Bianca Bujan is a foodie, blogger, shopaholic, and arts enthusiast. She works as the Manager of Business Development for VancouverMom.ca by day, and spends her evenings and weekends catching up on quality time with her loving husband, two beautiful children, and Dalmatian. In need of a creative outlet, she started her blog Bits of Bee in July 2011. Through her posts, she shares advice, quotes and anecdotes on her life as a career mommy of two, with interwoven stories about her life as an adoptee. She chose the name because each post represents only a tidbit of the person that she is as a whole. Her ideal weekend is spent enjoying the outdoors with her family, with lots of snacks and a fully-charged camera. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram under @bitsofbee.
I think many would describe the stereotypical “Vancouver Housewife” as a fit, healthy, yoga-pants-wearing, seawall-running, couscous-eating, latte-sipping, fresh-makeup-wearing city-loving lady.
Are you a good representation of a Vancouver Housewife? Why?
I do love me a good pair of yoga pants, and I definitely drink my share of lattes, but that’s probably where the buck stops for me. I’m a huge carnivore (also known as the BBQ master in my house), and am not a huge fan of tofu and couscous. I have only recently taken to exercising (slowly working on becoming a barre star).
Do you feel that living in Vancouver in some way defines who you are? Please explain.
I’m a true Vancouverite – born and raised in the heart of our beautiful city. From refusing to use an umbrella on rainy days, to owning more than few pairs of yoga pants, to pronouncing the city’s name “Vang-couver” (which I’ve been told is a sign of a true Vancouverite), my city is definitely a big part of who I am.
Have you ever had cosmetic surgery, Botox, Restalyne injections, etc.? If so, please provide details. If you haven’t had any of the above procedures performed, would you consider it?
I never have and never will have cosmetic surgery. I’m a huge fan of keeping it real, except I guess for my chemically-straightened hair. But it’s still my hair and not a weave so that’s “natural” right?
Other than your children (if applicable), what is the accomplishment of which you are most proud?
My kids are definitely my biggest life accomplishments, but I’m also proud of myself for obtaining a university degree, and for managing to barely survive my crazy life as a successful career mommy of two.
Has the desire for affluence/power/money been a motivator in the choices you’ve made for your life?
Never. My life has always been about doing what makes me happy, about following my aspirations (both personally and professionally) and about learning from the people and experiences that cross my path along the way.
Tell us about your stuff. What do you like to buy, collect, etc.?
Like many ladies, I love to shop. A girl can never have too many purses and shoes, right? But while I’d like to think that I’m practical about my retail purchases, I tend to splurge on my true passion: food. Always on the hunt for the perfect steak, I love to try new restaurants and taste new cuisine. I guess you could say I’m a true foodie at heart.
Do you have “staff” in your home? (E.g. nanny, driver, chef, etc.)
While I’d love to have my own personal chef, and a house cleaner to clean my toilets and fold my heaps of laundry, I am currently wearing all of those hats myself (with the help of my assistant husband of course!).
Do you belong to any clubs, teams, groups or social organizations?
I feel as though the mom blogger community has become my club/team. There are so many great women out there who come from various backgrounds, who have been so supportive, and who have taught me so much and have made me feel welcome. I’m also part of a mommy group who have been with me since my first pregnancy, and who have become some of my closest girlfriends.
Finish this sentence: “My life’s motto is ….”
I’m in love with this quote by Mary Oliver: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” One of my favourite bloggers references this quote regularly, and I think it’s a great reminder to live in the moment and to live life to the fullest.
As a special thank you to Bianca for participating, she will be receiving a special gift of Dagoba Chocolates from Canadian Choice Wholesalers. Canadian Choice Wholesalers was established in 1999, out of a recognized need for an independent voice in the natural, organic, and specialty foods market. Our extensive catalogue, and customer-oriented service focus allow us to make these products available at all levels of retail, from the locally owned and operated markets to the most popular grocery chains across the country. Canadian Choice Wholesalers is BC family owned and operated. Offerings include products manufactured locally, throughout North America, to international specialty foods. Current product representation stretches from throughout Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, and the interior of BC to Calgary, Edmonton, the prairies, Ontario and Quebec. For more information, please visit www.cdnchoice.com and on Twitter @cdnchoice.by