In Business, Parenting, Random Thoughts, Working Mama on
September 21, 2018

Career-minded mama, you’re not alone!

There’s a tribe for you.

By Kinia Romanowska

People will tell you that a year on maternity leave goes by quickly.

You may have scoffed at the idea, like I did. Especially when you’re sleep-deprived and have not had a shower in a few days!

But time does fly, and it’s never too early to envision a perfect return to work after baby. Did you know that fewer than 4% of new mothers indicated that taking maternity leave had positively impacted their career?

It doesn’t have to be that way. Taking the time to think about what you want is one of the first steps to plan a more positive transition.

Have you considered putting ink to paper and planning what that would look like?

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In Edmonton, Explore on
September 20, 2018

Christmas Glow is coming to St. Albert

Christmas Glow is coming to Enjoy Centre and it’s going to be the largest indoor family Christmas festival in the Edmonton area!

 Christmas Glow Garden is in town from  November 22 – January 19 at the Enjoy Centre in St. Albert and will feature:

  • Musical light tunnel (80,000 sq ft of interactive light sculptures)
  • Twinkling Christmas light gardens
  • Magic Castle Playground
  • Giant LED Swings
  • Glen the Glow-comotive
  • Seasonal food, sweets and adult beverages
  • Christmas Market with local artisans and businesses
  • Local food trucks and breweries
  • Daily visits from Santa

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In Lifestyle, Random Thoughts on
September 19, 2018

How am I not OK but OK?

One of our contributors shares her inner thoughts about change along the journey of life, motherhood and new beginnings. 

Who am I? I am a mother. I am still a mother. Am I still an entrepreneur? Do I still get be a dietitian? What about an aesthetician? I have loved having all of these labels. But now there is loss. A deep loss. A loss of a company, a team, loss of the school we started at and almost the loss of everything, including my family. It feels like I lost my village. And I’m not through it yet. So am I OK? I think so, but I don’t know how to reply.

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In Calgary, Explore on
September 18, 2018

Explore Calgary | Free Kid-Friendly Activities At Beakerhead 2018

Beakerhead Calgary

Taking place across Calgary September 19th-23rd, Beakerhead has plenty of kid-friendly activities which brings together arts, sciences, and engineering sectors to create interactive exhibits.

Free Kid Friendly Activities At Beakerhead 2018

Treeter Trotter – September 19th-23rd 
C-Square, 520 7 Ave SE, Calgary
A whimsical urban escape that explores nature in balance, hop on and enjoy the childhood playground

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5 Alberta Festivals to Check Out This Fall

Summer is over but it doesn’t mean that the festival season has stopped in Alberta. Fall is a season of all things, pumpkins and harvest and you can get all that and more with these 5 fall festivals in Alberta. So, grab your latte, pull on your wellies and lets get exploring.

Jasper Dark Sky Festival

When: October 12-21
Where: Jasper, Alberta
Events: Schedule of Events can be found on the Dark Sky website

Did you know that in 2011 Jasper was designated a Dark Sky Reserve, by the Royal Astronomical Society “due to its limited light pollution that creates ideal conditions for dark sky viewing” (source)

Jasper National Park is one of 17 designated Dark Sky Preserves in Canada. We are the second largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world, and we are the largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve – meaning there’s a town within the limits of the preserve.  – Jasper Dark Sky Festival 

Not your typical ‘fall festival’ there are no farms, pumpkins but the dark sky festival is unlike any other you’ll attend this fall. With both free and paid events, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to world famous scientists, astronauts, go star gazing or take photography workshops. Plus… you’re in Jasper and there are lots to do with the family while you’re there as we’ve written about before (tips for staying in Jasper inexpensively are here,  for food with kids click here).

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In Health, Lifestyle, Parenting on
September 15, 2018

Mat Leave Survival Guide For First Time Moms

By mom Elizabeth Tadman-Kickham

I didn’t always dream about becoming a mom. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited to welcome my baby to the world, but I was also terrified to spend a year at home, alone with her. I knew I would learn how to take care of her, hold her properly, change her diapers, feed her around the clock, but I didn’t know how well I would adapt to my new life at home.

Petrified of being lonely and going stir crazy, I stepped out of my comfort zone while on maternity leave and completely surprised myself. I’d be lying if I said every minute at home has been blissful but here are a few things I learned that have made the year an overall success.

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In Central Alberta, Events, Explore, Rural Journeys on
September 14, 2018

Sushi Sunday At Edo Japan In Lloydminster & Giveaway

Sushi Sunday

I am a huge sushi fan, so much so that when I gave birth to each of my 3 children my first non-hospital meal was sushi. Die-hard California roll fan right here!

If you’re a sushi lover too and live in Lloydminster, you’re going to want to get in on this deal!

Sushi Sunday

Sushi Sunday at Edo Japan in Lloydminster  

You’re invited to fulfil your sushi cravings at the Lloydminster storefront Edo Japan location (5027 – 44 Street, Unit# 103G). Even better, every Sunday until December 2ns is Sushi Sunday where you can enjoy delicious sushi rolls for just .50 cents-a-piece! (Excluding Shrimp, Alaska & House Rolls)

Sushi Sunday

Available all-day Sunday, you can choose from 6, 8, and 12 piece orders which will cost you just $3-$6. Not only does this make it the perfect place for a meal out with the family but you can also get your sushi to go!

Make sure you’re following Edo Japan on Facebook to get all the details on Sushi Sunday, plus other delicious promotions.

Enter to Win A $25 Edo Japan Gift Card

We’re giving away a $25 gift card for Edo Japan so that can enjoy some sushi! At .50 cents-a-piece, that adds up to a lot of sushi. Comment below and tell us what your favourite kind of sushi roll is!

***Must be 18 years or older to enter and live in Alberta. Contest closes on Friday, September 21st, 2018.

This post was created in partnership with Edo Japan, all opinions are our own.

In Health, Lifestyle on
September 12, 2018

Pregnancy + Exercise

prenatal exercise

Written by: Rachelle Howse

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

This is a time in a women’s life that is both exciting and terrifying! You start asking yourself a million different questions: Now what? Can I exercise? Can I run? Should I be performing core exercises? 

It is completely normal to feel overwhelmed and confused, especially when Dr. Google is telling you contraindicated advice? This is when you need to STOP and BREATHE!

Pregnant women are nervous about exercising while pregnant.  They are unsure of which exercises they can or should do. They are worried about doing too much or not enough.  They might be concerned about gaining too much or too little weight during their pregnancy and how that will affect both themselves and the growing fetus.  

If you are not having any complications in your pregnancy, you should be doing something to keep active, even if it’s just walking.

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In Edmonton, Explore on
September 12, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About the Royal Alberta Museum Opening!

RAM

We’ve got some exciting news about the opening of the highly anticipated Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton!

With 2.4 million uniquely Albertan stories just waiting to be told, you’ll find a-ha moments around every corner. Space rocks, live bugs, enormous dinosaurs, wildlife and personal accounts from people who have shaped our province come together in bold, new exhibits.” -Royal Alberta Museum

What You Need to Know:

  • The Grand Opening of the Alberta Royal Museum is slated for Wednesday October 3
  • To celebrate, there will be 6 days of FREE admission to the museum (From October 3-8)
  • Regular admission and hours will begin on October 9
  • The new Royal Alberta Museum is located at 9810 103A Avenue in downtown Edmonton
  • There is no on site parking lot at the new location. There are lots of private parking lots and street parking options available, or make an adventure out of it and take the LRT!
  • There are 16 strollers available to rent for parents with young children
  • Make sure you check out the 7,000 square foot Children’s Gallery filled with interactive exhibits, hands on demonstrations, a dig pit, toddler area, maker’s space and more!

For the free admission days you need to get tickets for a specific time slot. You can do this via the Royal Alberta Museum Website HERE. Be patient though, as the website has been crashing since the announcement!

Every Day Girl

In Lifestyle, Parenting on
September 8, 2018

Five to Follow – Funny Facebook

Ah Facebook, I have a love/hate relationship with you. As a Social Media Manager you make me crazy BUT as a person who’s made funny pages priority in my feed, I enjoy you. Why not add some Ha, Ha to your feed between the advertisements and Aunt Jo’s status update on her foot wart.

Paige Kellerman

This hilarious author out of the states has me in stitches daily. It’s like she is living my life!

 

Meanwhile in Alberta

Sometimes political, much like the Meanwhile in Canada Twitter I mention in the previous post – almost always funny.

 

The Comedy Network

This is a given of course. The Facebook page of a comedy network is bound to be funny – and this one is homegrown!

#IMomSoHard

Ah the realness! I had the absolute pleasure of seeing these gals in person in Edmonton and my stomach HURT afterward. The videos kill me – they have timing!

 

YMC

Ok, so it’s not ALWAYS funny, but when it is it is really good and when it’s not, it’s articles and topics moms can TOTALLY relate to. Plus is was created by fellow Canadian Erica Ehm – who’s pretty darn cool! Their website is a plethora of tidbits too.

 

Who do you follow on Facebook for some funny?

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