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Christine Reeve

In Health, Lifestyle, Recipe on
November 19, 2018

Ways to Make Your Favourite Meals Healthy

Can’t give up some bad habits? Do you love a sneaky soda or do you get the tub of ice-cream out for just two (six) scoops? Well what if you could still enjoy them? You just have to be a little inventive and make some small changes.

Have you ever tried frozen banana in the blender? Well it is a game changer, tastes exactly like ice-cream! You’re going to learn to make some simple changes that will have you eating healthy in no time.

Homemade Muesli

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start it off the right way.

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In Parenting, Random Thoughts on
November 17, 2018

National Adoption Month

How many of you have been touched by adoption?

Perhaps you know people, or maybe, like me, you weren’t officially adopted but rather, raised by someone who wasn’t biologically related. My parents met when I was 3. My Dad has been my dad since then. I never use the word “step dad” because I was so young and he’s the only dad I’ve ever known. Even though I wasn’t ever officially adopted by him, he’s my dad.

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In Lifestyle, Parenting, Random Thoughts on
November 12, 2018

Splitting Duties 50/50 as New Parents

We all have grand illusions on what it is like after a baby comes home. Your baby is content and on a schedule like you read in the books (depending on what book you read), your home is maintained the same way with the addition of a couple of baby related items, and all the extra baby tasks are split evenly between your spouse and yourself. If you already had your baby, you will realize this was all a dream that did not come true. Reality is not at all like this.

Often when talking to friends, the topic of splitting duties come up. Friends usually start to complain about how their spouse is not pulling their weight around the house and they wished their spouse would do more. The last thing I would hear from this conversation was how “unfair” it was.

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In Lifestyle, Parenting, Random Thoughts, Style on
November 5, 2018

10 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe on a Budget

As the seasons change, we want to change up our wardrobes too.  We have to admit that we feel amazing when we have a new outfit that shows our true style and makes us look FABULOUS! Your style and mood may change as quick as the weather does here in Edmonton but of course, most of us cannot afford to be buying a new outfit every week so we have to be able to revamp what we have or find ways to update our existing wardrobes and make them seem new and exciting!  Here are some tips for re-creating your wardrobe on a budget!

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In Lifestyle, Parenting, Random Thoughts on
October 28, 2018

Here’s to the Mom Birthdays

Let’s chat about mom birthdays.

Today is actually my birthday. Last night I was chatting with my husband and comparing birthdays as a mom to the whole New Year’s Eve phenomenon. The more you hype the event up, the worse the disappointment can be in the end. You can’t get overly optimistic about a birthday when you are a mother, because, let’s be honest, it isn’t really YOUR day anymore. There are still little mouths to be fed, laundry to be folded, a work day to get through and of course, the most difficult part of the day- bedtime. There is hardly any time around those events in which to schedule birthday activities. I laugh when friends ask me what we are doing for my birthday. Nothing! The answer is survival- just like every other day with three kids.

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In Edmonton, Explore, Parenting, Random Thoughts on
October 27, 2018

All is Bright – A MUST SEE in YEG

Albertans don’t let a little cold weather or snow keep them from getting out and enjoying some fun now, do we? No, and the All is Bright Festival on 124st is a great example of Albertans embracing this season in the city.

On Saturday, November 10th from 4PM to 8PM, the businesses of 124 Street and High Street invite you to their annual light up festival and let me tell you – it’s a must-see. My kids and I have gone every year and it never fails to impress.

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In Explore, Lifestyle, Parenting, Random Thoughts on
October 26, 2018

How to Keep Your Busy Baby Busy on The Plane!

Airplane travel with babies can be an anxiety-inducing adventure! Especially when your baby is under 2 years old and they are riding in your lap. I traveled lots with both of my children when they were babies and compiled this list of ideas that I’ve used personally to keep them occupied on those long flights.

 

 

 

This list is for babies aged about 8 – 18 months.

  • Lots of favourite snacks to munch on – also new snacks to try out will create a lot of excitement and wonder as well!
  • Coloured sticky notes to pull apart and stick around is always entertaining!
  • New board books or tiny books for small hands.
  • Magnetic sticker books.
  • Aquadoodle is always a hit with the older babies.
  • Wrap up little trinkets from the dollar store to let them unwrap on the plane. You’ll have to bring the wrapping paper and tape so you can do your wrapping after going through security.
  • New small toys. Anything with new texture or interesting gadgets they can handle and play with will keep them busy.
  • Stand and let your little one enjoy roaming around in your seat (if it’s safe of course!) Gives them more freedom than being confined to your lap.
  • Walk the aisles periodically to let them explore and stretch.
  • If all else fails, load some baby-friendly apps on your tablet or smartphone to keep them occupied or distracted.

Do you have anything great ideas to add to this list? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below!

Jody is a mom to two highly energetic daughters. She owns a marketing firm in Edmonton, www.makinamarketing.com, and is a travel blogger at www.worktravelrepeat.ca.You can find her on Twitter @holajody and Instagram @jodyninahyeg.
In Edmonton, Explore on
October 20, 2018

Sunset Tours with Haskin Canoe

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.

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In Central Alberta, Events on
October 5, 2018

Halloween Fun In and Around Red Deer

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!

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In Random Thoughts on
September 29, 2018

My Top 5 Guilty Pleasure Male Celebs List

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?

Here’s mine.

Johnny Depp

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.

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