A few years ago, one of the gifts that I gave my husband for Christmas was date nights for a year. I planned and purchased everything we needed for them and even added in cash. Each date night went into an individual envelope, and it was a surprise every month with a fun activity. It doesn’t haven’t to be grandiose by any means but it’s a great way to ensure you’re spending time together.
For as long as Finn has been able to put on his own shoes, he could care less about his shoes being on the wrong feet…that is until he started preschool and kissing dots were introduced. Now he’s obsessed.
I wish I could take the credit for kissing dots, but all of the credit goes to Finn’s preschool teacher Ms.Rebecca.
It’s not just HIS shoes though that he wants to put kissing dots on, it’s everyone’s. Recently he was super upset when his older brother absolutely refused to even entertain the idea – they aren’t cool when you’re 9! Nevermind that daddy has black shoes, his solution….coloured paint (I mean it’s actually a good idea).
It’s also expanded to strangers. When we were out at a local indoor playground recently a parent was telling their child to put their shoes on the right feet and Finn loudly said: “You should get some kissing dots”. I’m sure had he known that I keep a permanent marker in my purse he would have offered that as well.
How Do Kissing Dots Work?
- Get a permanent marker (or paint)
- Grab the shoes
- Put a dot on the two inner outsides of the shoe so that they can “kiss” when they are together
- That’s it
It is literally the most simple solution that I can’t believe I’ve never heard of before, but you know what? Finn has put his shoes on the right feet since then.
Christine Bruckmann is one of the founding members of Alberta Mamas and is known to everyone as the research ninja. You can also find her writing on her blog Just Another Edmonton Mommy.
As the holiday season approaches a favourite activity for many families across Alberta is to check out the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train.
This year live entertainment from Dec 5th – 7th will be from Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo and then for the rest of the way it will be Terri Clark! Warm-up around the bonfires while sipping some hot chocolate, and of course seeing all of the beautiful lights that decorate the train cars.
Here is where you can see the Holiday Train for 2019:
|Provost||Field adjacent to railway tracks at 50th Avenue and 46th Street||2019-12-5||5:55 PM||6:00 PM – 6:30 PM||Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo|
|Hardisty||East end of CP railway yard, west of Highway 881 overpass||2019-12-5||9:00 PM||9:15 PM – 9:45 PM||Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo|
|Camrose||52 Avenue and 50 Street, next to Moose Family Centre||2019-12-6||1:05 PM||1:15 PM – 1:45 PM||Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo|
|Wetaskawin||CP ES Building, 4009 50 Street||2019-12-6||3:25 PM||3:30 PM – 4:00 PM||Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo|
|Ponoka||50th Street and 47 Avenue||2019-12-6||5:00 PM||5:15 PM – 5:45 PM||Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo|
|Lacombe||Len Thompson Fish Pond||2019-12-6||6:50 PM||7:00 PM – 7:30 PM||Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo|
|BlackFalds||CP tracks at Greg Street between Broadway Avenue and East Avenue||2019-12-6||8:05 PM||8:15 PM – 8:45 PM||Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo|
|Innisfail||52 Avenue and 50 Street crossing||2019-12-7||1:15 PM||1:25 PM – 1:55 PM||Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo|
|Olds||50th Street Level Crossing||2019-12-7||2:45 PM||3:00 PM – 3:30 PM||Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo|
|Didsbury||CP Mainline, 20th Street and 18th Avenue||2019-12-7||4:05 PM||4:15 PM – 4:45 PM||Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo|
|Airdrie||Nose Creek Park, Main Street, East side of CP tracks||2019-12-7||5:45 PM||6:00 PM – 6:30 PM||Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo|
|Calgary||Anderson C-Train Station – South C-train parking lot||2019-12-8||5:45 PM||6:00 PM – 6:45 PM||Terri Clark|
|Okotoks||Along Dagget Street between Northridge Drive and Veterans||2019-12-10||12:00 PM||12:15 PM – 12:45 PM||Terri Clark|
|Blackie||Across from Post Office at 1201 Railway Avenue||2019-12-10||1:35 PM||1:45 PM – 2:15 PM||Terri Clark|
|Vulcan||CP crossing at 1st Avenue and 2nd Street||2019-12-10||3:15 PM||3:30 PM – 4:00 PM||Terri Clark|
|Lethbridge||2nd Avenue North and 12th Street, behind Save On Foods||2019-12-10||7:00 PM||7:15 PM – 7:45 PM||Terri Clark|
|Fort McLeod||Level Railway Crossing on 5th Avenue||2019-12-11||9:15 AM||9:15 AM – 9:45 AM||Terri Clark|
|Pincher Creek||Mile 61.12 – Railway Crossing Range Road 302 off Highway 3||2019-12-11||10:35 AM||10:45 AM – 11:15 AM||Terri Clark|
|Coleman||South of 17th Avenue between 69th and 70th Street||2019-12-11||12:40 PM||12:45 PM – 1:15 PM||Terri Clark|
Also, don’t forget to bring healthy non-perishable food donations (or cash to donate instead) which will go towards local food banks in your community to help those in need.
For more information or to get live updates you can check out www.cpr.ca
This year the Grey Cup will be taking place in Calgary and from Nov 20-24th there are several fun activities for kids and families to enjoy!
Ultimate Guide To Grey Cup Activities For Kids & Families
Tim Hortons Kick-Off Party – Nov 21st
Start your Grey Cup off right! Plan to join us at The FREE Tim Hortons Kick-Off Party as we commence four days of fun and fandom! This is an ALL AGES event with fun for the whole family to enjoy! Festivities include the arrival of the Grey Cup with surprise hosts, musical guests and entertainment.
Where: 1801 Big Four Trail SE
Nissan TITAN Street Festival – Nov 20th-23rd
Come explore more than 140,000 square feet of family-friendly outdoor activities! Ride the 169’ Jiffy Lube Tube Slide, awe at the 360-degree projection in the ATCO Stratosphere, experience live music and entertainment at the Outdoor Stage, enjoy an adult beverage at the Outdoor Beer Gardens, play a quick game of catch on the mini field, experience a brand new Nissan vehicle in a 50,000’ all-terrain test-drive zone, get your face painted, snap away at the exciting photo opportunities and much more!
Where: Stampede Park
When: Nov 20th 6:30-9:30pm, Nov 21-23rd 9:30am-9:30pm
Jiffy Lube / Pennzoil Tube Slide – Nov 20th – 23rd
Experience downhill thrills on the FREE Jiffy Lube / Pennzoil Tube Slide at the Nissan TITAN Street Festival! Three lanes of high-speed, tubing fun for the whole family to enjoy! Hop on an inflatable tube and slide your way down the 169’ long slope!
Where: Lot 3, Stampede Park
When: Nov 20th 6:30-9:30pm, Nov 21-23rd 9:30am-9:30pm
Calgary is one of our favourite places to visit – and even more so now that my sister in law and her family recently moved there. A few weeks ago when we were visiting them we ventured out to Cobb’s Adventure Park.
Kangaroos & More At Cobb’s Adventure Park
One of the major things that Cobb’s Adventure Park is known for is their Kangaroos from older ones to little babies you can get up close to them and even feed them. (Staff walking around will give you food)