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Family Values and Work

Up until 2 weeks ago, my work was full time. 730 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, both kids in Daycare. No flexibility, no leaving early, or even really being able to stay home with the kids if they were sick.

PS – this is not a political opinion post. 

This was a change after having an incredibly flexible, work from home or partial work from home job since my daughter was 1. I started this full time gig just before she turned 9.

I loved my work.

I loved the customers, I loved my co-workers and I loved the daily challenges. I respected and grew to care for the people I worked with. BUT there was certainly “culture shock”.

The kids being in daycare, coming home spouting opinions and “Well, Dayhome Lady says…” 9 hours of my day not seeing them. By the time I got home and made supper, it was pretty much shower and to bed. There was one time my son was a bystander of a fight on the bus, a kids head hit into his mouth knocking one tooth out, and he was bleeding. I wasn’t there at the stop for him. Dayhome was. It broke my heart.

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#MomCrushMonday – Chanelle Walsh

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

I’m a work from home mama, running my small business, Nora’s Closet – Baby Boutique from home. I make and sell birthday outfits as well as bows for little girls.

 # of Kids? Ages?

One little girl, Nora, who is 17 months.  

What movie makes you cry?

Toy Story 3 – every single time!

Tell us about a mom/dad who inspires you?

My sister, she is such an amazing mama to my two little nephews and I always go to her for advice!

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

The fondest memory I have was holding my daughter for the first time. It was just completely life changing!
The biggest challenge hands down has been lack of sleep and adjusting to sleeping way less than before having kids.

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

Most definitely my own future! I’m always curious what the results of my actions are long term!

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10 QUESTIONS WITH . . . Tracey McGonigal

Each month, we play 10 questions with one of Alberta’s most interesting mamas. This month we hear from Tracey McGonigal, the owner and creative force behind Tracey Bakes YEG. She’s also a busy wife and mama with a full-time day job. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram, sharing photos of her breathtaking cakes and cupcakes.

1. How did you begin this journey into the world of cake decorating?

When my daughter Olivia was born, being a first-time mom some days felt so isolating and lonely. While I was over the moon about having a beautiful, healthy baby I wasn’t used to staying home after being part of the workforce for so long. I’ve always liked to bake but this time gave me the chance to really fall in love with it and it was something I got to do for myself.

2. Can you describe your creative process?

I generally like to sketch out most of my cakes beforehand to plan on how I want to tackle it. I like to keep up with what’s trendy while staying true to a particular style on how I like my cakes to look and meeting up with what my client needs. I also love to work with both buttercream and fondant, I like to be versatile so I’m never bored doing the same thing.

3. What is the most rewarding aspect of owning and operating your own business?

Hands down the awe in my clients and how grateful they are when they see their cakes for the first time. Just knowing I had created something to do that makes all the long hours super rewarding.

4. It’s Sunday morning. How is your family spending the day?

My week is always so hectic (I also work as a full time medical office assistant) and Sunday is a chance to catch up on things like laundry or other “fun” house work. Some days we say the hell with it and do none of the above to do something fun out of the house with our daughter.

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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.

Beer Tours in Alberta

Alberta is BREWING (haha puns) over with craft breweries across the province. You may have heard of some of the bigger ones such as Yellowhead Brewery, Alley Cat or Grisly Paw, but there are hundreds of microbreweries making tasty delicious beer. There are now “…more than 125 existing and pending licenses” for independent craft brewers in Alberta.

 

“Alberta farmers grow some of the world’s most sought after barley and agricultural products. It only makes sense to grow the brewing industry right here and support good jobs from grain to glass,” said Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci

 

It would take a LONG time to track all these breweries down and taste the hoppy goodness, and thus enter in brewery tours. Brewery tours will take you to about 3-4 breweries and you’ll get the chance to talk to the brewmaster and sample some of the best of Alberta.

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In Business, Health, Lifestyle, Parenting, Working Mama on
January 12, 2019

My Jeans Don’t Fit…..And I Don’t Like It.

Last week I got excited. I was thinking about my health, and honestly, I tried on a pair of jeans that fit nicely not two months ago. They now wouldn’t go over my hips. This wasn’t a matter of washing machine shrinkage and the timing of New Years was purely coincidence – promise. It had more to do with the brie and crackers I was consuming, pretty much daily.

Something had to give and unfortunately, it wasn’t going to be my jeans.

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In Business, Parenting, Random Thoughts, Working Mama on
September 21, 2018

Career-minded mama, you’re not alone!

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?

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5 Ways to Create a Family Friendly Business

By Mona Ismaeial, photo’s by Mona at Go Nissan North Edmonton.  

As a busy work from home mom I definitely Feel the need for family friendly spaces. My son who is just over 2 years old is always in tow. He comes grocery shopping with me, we get oil changes, dr. appointments, meetings and of course out for coffee and meals.  For stay-at-home moms, work-from- home moms or just parents who want to take their kids with them rather than leaving them with family friends or a babysitter, there are a few very easy ways businesses can be more welcoming to families.

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