In From the Editors, Parenting, Random Thoughts on
September 23, 2019

#MomCrushMonday – Gabriela Tellier

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

I was a SAHM for the first three years of motherhood, and have been back in the work world for a year and half.

# of Kids? Ages?

I am the mother of two beautiful littles; Penelope is 4 and Oliver is 2.

What movie makes you cry?

I watched “Life is Beautiful” a few months ago, and watching that movie again as a mother – WOW- I cried a lot. It’s so powerfully beautiful!

Tell us about a mom/dad who inspires you?

As a child of immigrant parents, I can easily say that my parents really inspire me. Their strength, courage and selflessness to sacrifice a lot in their own lives in order to provide their children a safe, healthy and happy life; it’s SO inspiring.

What’s the fondest memory you have of your life as a mom/dad so far? The biggest challenge?

My fondest memory of motherhood so far, is hearing my children say “I love you” to each other for the first time. Watching their relationship foster in general, is one of the most beautiful things I get to witness.

My biggest challenge as a mom is the constant “was I enough today?”. Did I spend enough quality time with them today? Did I show them I loved them enough today? Did I listen to them enough today? etc. I understand that it comes from a place of love for them, but I’m trying to be mindful to be kind to myself as well. We can only do the best we can.

Would you rather be able to see 10 minutes into your own future or 10 minutes into the future of anyone but yourself? Why?

I don’t think I would be able to choose. If I could relive any 10 minutes of my life again, I would absolutely choose that instead…and 10 minutes wouldn’t be enough. But the lesson I take from that is that the only guaranteed time is right now, so being present, especially in the younger years of motherhood, is a gift.

You and your oldest child switch bodies for an hour. What do they do? What do you do?

Penelope (4) is very much into dressing up lately, so she would try on all the clothes and shoes in my closet, and love that they fit well.

I, in the body of a 4 year old, would relish in how much energy she seems to have all the time haha.

Gabriela is a Peruvian mother of two young children and lives in Edmonton. Inspired by motherhood, she uses her blog as the platform in which she explores and documents her journey and growth as a mother and woman, through storytelling, pictures, words, and DIYs.  Find Gabriela on her Blog, & Instagram 

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In Random Thoughts on
September 20, 2019

Confession: I’m Almost 40 And Don’t Know What I Want To Be When I “Grow Up”

I recall, as a child being asked – “What do you want to be when you grow up?

When you’re small, the sky is the limit. I wanted to be a singer most of all but a paleontologist on the side. As I grew up and realized I wasn’t going to make it as a singer, my second option became a focus. BUT my challenges in school – science and math, not to mention the cost of that kind of education, quickly laid that dream to rest. I grew up in a small town with no career supports and no one encouraging me to be ambitious. Let’s be honest, the first goal was getting to “the big city” and figure it out from there.

I didn’t go to university or college in the end. I had amazing opportunities continuously fall into my lap, worked hard and ended up around people who believed in me. I got incredibly lucky with being able to provide for myself and now my family.

But….

Now at almost 40 I’m asking myself the same question I was asked as a child.

What do I want to be when I “grow up

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In Lifestyle, Recipe on
September 12, 2019

Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Super quick and delicious bruschetta recipe using leftover or garden cherry tomatoes

I’m not sure whether it’s been the rain this year (there’s been little sunshine) or I just got lucky but I have a TONNE of cherry tomatoes in my back yard this year.

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In Lifestyle, Parenting, Random Thoughts on
September 6, 2019

Inclusion: Kids get it, Why Don’t Adults?

As we approach a new school year and the season of sports, extra-curriculars and clubs. I wanted to talk about something that is so important for both parents and kids as they begin to participate in new social settings. A conversation of healthy interactions and starting the year with a fresh mindset.

Inclusion: the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure.

Why is the concept of including people, despite their differences something that we as a culture seem to have so much difficulty with? Global companies are spending millions on training and resources to create a culture shift within their own organizations. We weren’t born this way. In fact, I would argue, that for several years we don’t have any problem with this simple concept.

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In Lifestyle, Parenting, Random Thoughts on
September 2, 2019

For the Mamas on the 1st Day of Kindergarten

I’m no stranger of not wanting summer to end. Every year I feel this certain kind of dread right around the end of August and refuse to embrace the PSL and cozy plaid until October. Summer is so fleeting in this part of the world (why would I ever want it to be cold?!) and the end of it always signifies the beginning of school. For the past 5 years this has been no huge deal, because I’ve been a mama casually working (mainly) from home. The extension of summer has been easy and blissful. Some years the weather has been nice enough that I could extend the summer vibes until October!

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In Lifestyle, Parenting on
September 2, 2019

First Day of School Printables

School is FINALLLLLYY starting, and while it’s going to be lonely and quiet at home, it’s also going to be SO GOOD! My kids, they need to be at school. They’ve had a great summer holiday, and now it’s time to get back to reality (and structure and something other than complaining that they’re bored).

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In Camping, Explore, Rocky Mountains on
September 1, 2019

Kananaskis Elbow Lake Trail Hike

One of the things we wanted to do more this summer was to explore different hiking trails. Our kids are getting a bit older (7&11) so going on adventure walks by the campsite isn’t cutting it anymore.

We were in Kananaskis and one of the very helpful park staff members suggested Elbow Lake. If you’re ever in Kananaskis we highly recommend you stop by the information center. It has a pretty good little (FREE) museum and the staff there are fantastic at suggesting things that suit your family.

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In Business, Explore, Lifestyle, Parenting, Random Thoughts on
August 30, 2019

10 Questions with Amber Ozero

Each month, we play 10 questions with one of Alberta’s most interesting mamas. This week we hear from Parkland County’s Amber Ozero, who owns and operates Good Morning Honey, along with her husband Richard. You can find Good Morning Honey on Facebook and Instagram, or connect in person at Callingwood Farmers Market, 124 St. Grand Market, and Millwoods Farmers Market in Edmonton. 

1. How did your career path evolve from working as an editor/videographer/reporter for major media companies in Western Canada, to owning and operating Good Morning Honey along with your husband? 

After having two kids under two, I decided to put my television career on hold and be a stay at home mom. We moved to a farm and I really enjoyed being with my kids and living the country life. It was my husband Richard’s idea to get into beekeeping. He was very passionate about it and before I knew it, so was I! It was a natural progression. I take care of marketing, promotions, farmers markets, event planning, website and social media along with any other jobs that need doing like pouring, labelling and delivering honey!

Photos from a Good Morning Honey hive in Parkland County as part of the Photo Collection Legacy Project Parkland County, AB, Canada.

2. What is the most rewarding aspect of running a family owned and operated business?  

Seeing what you can accomplish when you work together.

3. How does a typical day unfold in the Ozero household? 

Richard heads down to the shop (a short one minute walk!) to get things going for the day. I usually answer emails and plan out social media posts while having morning coffee. It all depends on the weather and the time of year as to what happens next! Some days are busier than others but there never seems to be a lack of things to do. Richard takes care of the beekeeping. I’m often filling orders, delivering orders, cleaning, doing paperwork, organizing, promoting, loading up for farmers markets, organizing events on our farm like long table dinners and Open Farm Days. 

4. Can you describe your parenting philosophy?

Now that we have teenagers, I’m a big believer in honesty and straight talk. I think that having an open dialogue about what is going on in their lives is important. Being a teenager is tough and I want my kids to know that they can come to me with any problem they might have.  

5. You can recommend one book to Alberta Mamas readers. Which title do you choose? 

Taking time to read a novel is something I struggle with! I read a lot of news and articles online. The only time I seem to squeeze novels in, is on vacation. I just started The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. My Mom recommended it to me. 

6. It’s Sunday morning. How are you spending the day? 

I like to make crepes or maybe bacon and eggs. Most likely two coffees on a Sunday! Last week, we hopped in the 57 Chev and went antiquing and out for lunch and a movie. That was a pretty good Sunday. 

7. What do you like most about living in Parkland County? 

The people! We love our neighbours and all the farmers that we work with. It’s a great place to live and operate a business. 

8.  Who do you find most interesting to follow on social media? 

@Thediymommy and @Brickbubble

9. What’s one thing about you that might surprise others?

I beat Gord Bamford (country recording artist) in a singing competition in grade two! (He obviously did more with his singing that I did!!!) 

10. What would you tell people who want to know more about Good Morning Honey? 

We are very passionate about bees and honey! We take great pride in our beekeeping practices and in our family business. Richard and I are big believers in working with local businesses and other entrepreneurs and feel fortunate to have the support from our amazing customers!

Kirsten Clark is a high school English teacher, a reader, a writer, a runner, a podcast junkie, a lover of good food, and, most importantly, a mom. She lives in Beaverlodge with her husband and son, a curious and energetic toddler, who keeps his parents on their toes!  Connect with her on Instagram @kirstenlanae , and at thefaucet.net, where she blogs every Monday, no matter what.