The REAL Real Housewives of Vancouver: Brandee Villaluz Foster

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Brandee Villauz Foster  is a 30-something wife to a great guy and mum to a very active 4 year old. In in the daytime, she works as a full time crime fighter, and started One Crazy Kid as a way to have a chance to write about fun things in their lives. She wanted to be able to share stories and adventures, and through this she remembered that she actually liked to write, and that wasn’t just her job. She is also very passionate about pole fitness, and the things that she’s learned about herself while doing it. This blog is part of how she is trying to find a balance between career, family, and not losing who she is as a person. You can find her on Twitter as @archaeolemur.

Brandee high res headshotWhat characteristics define the Vancouver Housewife?
I think that when most people think of the Vancouver housewife, they imagine a latte drinking, Lululemon wearing, Coach purse carrying, SUV driving soccer mom who is made up to the nines at a 5:30am hockey practice. When I think of one, I see someone who shops across the border to get the best deals, makes their lattes at home on a Tassimo, carries a purse she bought pre-kids, and either takes transit or rides a bike. Someone who is mortgaged to the eyeballs and lives in a 500 sq ft condo, so can’t actually afford to go out all that often.

Are you a good representation of a Vancouver Housewife? Why?
Since I actually live in the Fraser Valley (insert bad Valley girl joke here), I’m not sure if I might be disqualified out of the gate. Yes, I love my Starbucks, but I only wear my Lulus to work out in, and don’t drive an SUV. I will admit, though, that I got a gorgeous Coach purse for Christmas from my husband, but before that I had a little “purse” that clipped on to my diaper bag (you know, the one I haven’t carried in about 2 years). I don’t do yoga though, and there is nothing about me that would ever have you mistaking me for a “housewife”.

Do you feel that living in Vancouver in some way defines who you are? Please explain.
I think that I am more of a West Coaster, living the laid back life. We love the mountains and the water and feel lucky to live in such a beautiful place. We also eat a lot of ethnic food, which I attribute in part to the diverse population across the Lower Mainland.

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?
No. I recently saw a well-known celebrity hosting New Years Rockin’ Eve, and although her eyes moved, nothing above her lashes did. It scared me. I think that I am going to age as gracefully as possible. Or, at least kicking and screaming without any surgical interventions.

Other than your children (if applicable), what is the accomplishment of which you are most proud?
There are so many things I’m proud of in my life. Serving in the Army, finishing university, the each time I’ve conquered my fears and done a particularly challenging move on the pole. I can’t pick just one. I am all about the experiences and the people in my life. Those are what make me proudest.

Has the desire for affluence/power/money been a motivator in the choices you’ve made for your life?
No. Yes, I would love to make more money, but I work to live, not live to work. There are more important things to me. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, and you can’t take it with you, so why not enjoy what you have now?

Tell us about your stuff. What do you like to buy, collect, etc.?
I am a total bookworm. If I could, I would have my own library. Aside from books, and my music collection, that’s about it. Oh, and tea. I have way too much tea, and am always getting more. I might have a problem.

Do you have “staff” in your home? (E.g. nanny, driver, chef, etc.)
Sadly, no. Unless you count our security detail (aka cats), though they aren’t that great at actually doing anything I ask, and make more of a mess than anything. Although I would love to have someone come and help with the cleaning, I just haven’t gotten around to it.

Do you belong to any clubs, teams, groups or social organizations?
I do pole fitness at a great studio, as well as teach a dance fitness class a couple times a month. They are my girls.

Finish this sentence: “My life’s motto is ….”
Go hard or go home.

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  1. I came to this page via a link Brandee shared on Twitter. It’s a great interview. She described three types of Lower Mainland (AKA “Vancouver”) housewives here: the cliche, the ones you see and her version. I’m sure as this series progresses we’ll hear about even more types. The most important takeaway I hope people will get reading about Vancouver women and families is that (as in many urban centres) it’s expensive to live here. You don’t get that sense on the RHOV show as the women seem to be flush with cash. (Granted one comes by her affluence – no doubt augmented by her husband’s salary – via a 15 hour day job.) Women (single and married) are going flat out to make a living and pay the mortgage/rent while trying to work to live – not live to work. This is why I left Vancouver for five years when I was in my mid twenties. I could see that I could do more with my education elsewhere. I returned five years later because the first grandchild in my family arrived and I didn’t want to be a Skype auntie.

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