Elk Island National Park is one of our little family’s weekend mainstays. It’s the only completely fenced national park in Canada, and is home to both the largest and smallest land mammals in the world: the wood bison and pygmy shrew, respectively. We visit often, especially for the beautiful hiking trails, and while we’re proud of our part in accidentally inventing the sport of “extreme off-road stroller hiking” this past summer when we had to drag our sturdy City Select through a bog, we haven’t been able to get out for as many adventurous dates as we used to. When I came across Evening Paddle Tours, I knew we needed to call up Nana to babysit and make it a date.
It’s one of my favourite celebrations – Halloween. Dressing up and candy – what’s not to love? Honestly, I’m not big on the scares though – I had nightmares from The People Under the Stairs – look it up, you’ll probably laugh. Whether you like a good scare or you don’t, it’s always fun to get out there and take in the fun that comes along with the day.
Do you head out and enjoy events around Halloween? Which are your fave?
Here are some great looking events we found in and around Red Deer!
OK, so this year I turn 38. That’s only TWO YEARS off 40. Apparently I’m hitting my prime? HA! So let’s talk celebs!
Older. Younger. Maybe gone from this world even. Who makes your Top 5?
Eccentric. Deep. I swear I fell in love with him in Cry Baby. Could you get any prettier than that singular tear and hip swiggle? Honestly Ladies, if you haven’t watched it – grab a drink and do yourself a favor. Meooooow.
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?
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.
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.
Who doesn’t love to be inspired?
Our feeds these days are filled with shocking content built to hook us to click that link. Or the culturally perfect image, wearing that outfit that reaches out to you and says – you need this to look your best. We could use some inspiration in our feed. I personally enjoy quotes, images and poetry that boost you up, make you think or take you away. In a 3 part series I’ve dubbed “Five to Follow”, I’ll be sharing Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts that will add a little inspiration to your day!
Photo Credit Maria Flores/Epiphany Design Concepts
“This retreat is like Summer Camp – For Moms!” ~ Maria, Mom of 2
I joined a few friends at the Summer Breathe, Women’s Retreat. The retreat took place by Winfield, Alberta at Pure Awareness,about an hour and a half west of Edmonton. To say this place was beautiful is an absolute understatement.