In Edmonton, Events, Explore, Random Thoughts on
February 22, 2019

Alberta Mamas SkirtsAFire Artist Spotlight – Writer Michelle Todd {+Giveaway}

As I prepare to perform Deep Fried Curried Perogies at SkirtsAfire Festival this March, I think of the person who made me a mother.

My first born. This beautiful, tall, lean, long physique, gorgeous smile, thoughtful, patient, gooby sense of humour, mini-man. And promptly burst into tears. It has been such a surprisingly long road, it’s not over, but man!

Suddenly he’s 16 and adulthood is around the corner. For him! I can barely believe that I’m no longer the “young adult”. I still can’t exhale. I’m still scared. When he was first born, to the oft asked “How is he? How is motherhood?” I would reply, “Still alive,” not because he had any history of disease, but because it was my new mantra and let’s be honest, many an African violet and bamboo plant have expired in my care. And now I had a human?!?!

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In Parenting, Random Thoughts on
February 22, 2019

How To Raise a Musical Child

I’ve never met an adult who regretted learning to play an instrument. Instead, time after time I hear from adults who wish they had been given the gift of early musicianship- children soak up new skills like this in a way that adults only dream of! So what is the best time to start our children on a musical journey? In fact, beginning musical learning and music literacy development right at babyhood prepares our child for the most success as they grow.

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In Business, Edmonton, Explore on
February 21, 2019

The Key To Being Productive Is Roundhouse Coworking Space

Roundhouse Coworking Space

Since we started Alberta Mamas we have met every month to discuss our plans for upcoming projects. As 2019 approached we knew that because of the changes and other commitments the new year was bringing for all of us that we would need to meet for a full day to plan for the upcoming months.

Roundhouse Coworking Space

We’ve always had our meetings at local coffee shops but that wouldn’t work for us this time as we knew that we needed a space where we would be able to lay out our ideas visually for the whole team to see and have access to WiFi to plan it out as we worked. This is where Roundhouse Coworking Space came in, which gave us access to an awesome board room complete with a smart board and LEGO table to spawn creativity for the whole day. Also, did I mention that there is coffee?

Roundhouse Coworking Space

Roundhouse Coworking Space

The Roundhouse Coworking Space is located at MacEwan University in Allard Hall and is an alternative option for those looking for a workspace for their business instead of working from home or in a typical office setting. Not only is it a great way to collaborate with like minds, but it is also a more affordable option too with pricing options starting at just $40/month.

Roundhouse offers several different options when it comes to looking for a working space which includes:

  • Private office space
  • Dedicated desk
  • Hot desk
  • Community Membership
  • Event Space
  • Conference Rooms

Roundhouse Coworking Space

All members also have access to the community kitchen, an awesome common area, bike storage, showers and change room (so you can freshen up after biking to work), tech library rentals (cameras, green screens, and even a REALLY cool robot that you can use for meetings) and so much more.

Roundhouse Coworking Space

How Our Day Went

Roundhouse Coworking Space

Being able to have space where we could work all day to plan for Alberta Mamas was amazing. We absolutely loved working at Roundhouse Coworking Space, and it was so successful that we realized that one full day every couple of months works WAY better than a 2-hour meeting once a month. I can not say enough about how successful this meeting was. We can’t wait to go back to Roundhouse again and are so excited to share what we are doing with Alberta Mamas this year!

To learn more about Roundhouse Coworking Space you can visit them online at Also, don’t forget to follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for an inside look to see what their space is all about.

In Contests, Edmonton, Explore, Lifestyle, Recipe on
February 20, 2019

The What’s for Dinner Nightmare (+ Simply Supper Giveaway!)

Meal prepping with Simply Supper

It’s 4pm, you are trying to get all the things from your to do list done in the last hour of the “work day” while shuttling children back and forth to sports and playdates. Then, you get the call, “what’s for dinner tonight?”. Ahhhhh! This is the thing nightmares are made of. Planning dinner every. single. night. Who else is with me on feeling the burden of this chore?

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In From the Editors, Lifestyle, Random Thoughts on
February 18, 2019

#MOMCRUSHMONDAY – Contributor Dionne Dillabaugh

WAHM/D, SAHM/D, Work out of the home or other?

I am currently a WAHM – Of course, I write for my own blog and I also do freelance writing for a variety of businesses and parenting websites.  I also run a little business called, ‘Ready, Set, Glide!’.

# of Kids? Ages?

I have 2 kids…a set of boy/girl twins who are turning 7-years old this month.

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In Events, Lifestyle, Random Thoughts on
February 15, 2019

Alberta Mamas SkirtsAFire Festival Focus Artist – Renee McLachlan{+Giveaway}

I remember my Mom picking me up from school and on the way home she would sing her heart out to Whitney Houston, Bonnie Rait, or Etta James.

I remember listening to her practicing for gigs in the basement, her voice would fill the house. I remember watching her play shows and perform in musicals, she was and is captivating.

I was simultaneously drawn to singing and annoyed by it. I was in absolute awe of her but a part of me wanted to rebel which I imagine a lot of people can relate to. You look up to your parents but you want to find your own path in the world.

My Mom gave me a guitar when I was a teenager. She started playing when she was 12 years old – it was everything to her and she wanted the same for me. I opened the gift and was disappointed. That was not what I wanted so I ended up selling it to my little cousin. Most likely I spent the money on clothes at the mall. Ugh. I cringe at this memory.

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In Lifestyle, Parenting, Random Thoughts on
February 15, 2019

My Dearest Second Born

The moment we found out I was pregnant was the moment I knew my life would be complete. I knew you were the missing piece to our family puzzle. You were the last member of our already amazing team and you would be the best friend your sister was searching for.  A baby boy was what we needed in our home.

I have to admit, I was terrified to have a second child. I was already past the baby stage with your sister and the thought of starting over was scary. I had finally started sleeping and being able to refocus on myself. I couldn’t possibly imagine loving another child the way I loved your sister.  Would I even have love to give you? Also, I was totally clueless about raising a boy! I only had a sister, most of my cousins were girls and I just had so little experience with baby boys. All these fears flooded my mind. What do I do about changing him? What do baby boys even play with? Will I be able to relate to him? How will I be able to raise a son that is brave but kind, a leader with compassion, motivated but tolerant? Perhaps these fears seem so trivial now, but they were very real at the time.

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