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Christine Bruckmann

In Parenting, Uncategorized on
October 22, 2019

Parent Hack! Kissing Dots To Help Your Child Put Their Shoes On The Right Feet

kissing dots

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.

kissing dots

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.

Just Another Edmonton Mommy

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.

Where You Can See The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Around Alberta 2019

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 

In Uncategorized on
October 8, 2019

Ultimate Guide To Grey Cup Activities For Kids & Families In Calgary Nov 20-24

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
When: 6:00pm-6:30pm
Cost: FREE

Nissan TITAN Street FestivalNov 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
Cost: FREE

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
Cost: FREE

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In Calgary, Explore on
July 23, 2019

Kangaroos & More At Cobb’s Adventure Park In Calgary, AB

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.

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)

Cobb's Adventure Park Cobb's Adventure Park

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10 Hotels With Awesome Pools Across Alberta That Kids Will Love

Hotels With Awesome Pools Across Alberta That Kids Will Love

Hands up if you base your hotel booking on how awesome the pools are? With 3 kids it’s definitely one of the top must-haves on our list. Whether you’re still looking for a getaway during the summer or something further down the road here is a list of hotels with awesome pools across Alberta!

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In Explore, Uncategorized on
June 4, 2019

Spray Park, Zip Line, Ice Cream + More At Kinosoo Beach In Cold Lake, AB

Kinosoo Beach

If you’re travelling to Cold Lake this summer, Kinosoo Beach is definitely one place that you’ve got to check out!

Named as one of Canada’s top 25 beaches by Canadian Geographic Magazine Kinosoo beach is the perfect place to spend your summer days! With a roped off area to swim, zip line, spray park nearby and plenty of sand to hang out, it will soon become your favourite too!

Emma’s On The Beach is also open during peak hours and offers snacks, refreshments, as well as ice cream. You can also rent water recreation equipment from Wicked Watersport Rentals which include paddle boards, kayaks, and flyboards.

We have celebrated Canada Day in Cold Lake a couple of times and the celebration that is on Kinosoo Beach is amazing. From a flyover of fighter jets to fun family activities, there is fun to be had by all.

If you are also looking for a great campground that is nearby, Cold Lake Provincial Park has around 200 campsites with walk-in tenting, power, as well as power sites. Right in Cold Lake and about a 5-minute walk from the beach is also Cold Lake Municipal District Campground.

For more reviews on campgrounds and beaches across Alberta make sure you follow the Alberta Mamas Explore section on our blog!