“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.
Cute animals, food and local breweries and that’s just the start of Alberta Open Farm Days.
On August 18 and 19 all Albertans are invited to join their rural neighbours to learn how your food gets from the farm to your table at Alberta Open Farm Days.
What you need to know
Admission: FREE with the exception of the Culinary events.
Location: All across Alberta
When: August 18 & 19
What: Three types of events: Culinary and Farm Tours.
On a recent family trip to visit Drumheller we made the best decision ever, and took the slight detour off of Hwy 56 to visit the Rowley ghost town. Located between the towns of Big Valley and Munson, about 5 Km down a gravel road, the town has a current population of approx. 10 people and is considered abandoned.
The setting for several movies including Bye,Bye blues, Pelican Brief, Legends of the Fall, and a few others, the bulk of the buildings can be found down one main street. Stop in at the town office to take advantage of the free, though tips are greatly appreciated, tours that are offered and get you access into all the buildings. Tours run from 10-6 every day in July and August. Our guide Brayden was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and offered lots of interesting facts as we made our way through town, and super patient with the kids who asked about a million questions as kids tend to do. The kids loved exploring the train station (operational from 1925-1965) and old garage with vintage cars. Another favorite by the kids was the old school house. A cool thing about the school is that at every desk is seated a plush doll with a name plate of a person who actually attended the school when it was operational. There are lots of antiquities to be found as you go through the buildings including a bible from 1871 in the church and a large printing press that was used between 1900-1920, that is housed in its own separate building.
Another great bonus is the large covered picnic area and playground located in the middle of town. We were also pleasantly surprised to learn the town offers free no hook up camping on site if you’re planning on staying in the area. While still being fairly central to all the main attractions in the area it’s a great alternative to paying for camping as long as you don’t required all the frills of a power/water site. If you happen to be there on the last Saturday of the month be sure to check out pizza night held in the still functioning salon.
A must stop attraction whether you’re travelling with or without kids. Would definitely recommend going if you are anywhere in the area. We would go back in a heartbeat.
Born and raised in Edmonton , Amanda is a single mom to a fantastic 8 year old daughter and works full time in emergency services. She has great fondness for all things old and abandoned and can be found camera in hand when ever she has a spare minute.
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.
Essential Oils; how I went from non-believer to believer!
By Pauline Halina
Nowadays, it seems like everyone and their dog are on social media trying to sell you something. It’s hard to get away from it, literally every time I login in to Instagram, I see posts ranging from skincare lines to vitamins to jewelry to hair products, you name it! Let’s be real, someone you know has approached you about this “great new product that will change your life.”
Lac La Biche is home to some of our favourite campsites (which you can read about here and here) but it’s also the home of some really great parks and trails for kids. If you’re heading to Lac La Biche, here are some of our top picks:
The drive between Calgary and Edmonton can be pretty and also pretty monotonous, and it’s not often I decide to go off the highway. Opportunity leant itself for a “side” road trip when driving from Calgary a few weeks ago. Deanne and I decided that we were on a road trip we were going to make the most of it. We left Calgary and headed up the Cowboy Trail for a perfect little side trip.
First we need to talk about the car we drove. Ford Canada graciously handed over the keys to an 2018 EcoSport for the 24 hours we were gone. Honestly, there is nothing like driving a new car, especially one that was so comfortable to ride, and was kid free (no fishy crackers!). It took a while to get used to driving a vehicle smaller than my usual ride (a mini-van) but the EcoSport still held all of our bags, and backpacks with room to spare. I have to say my favourite part of driving this vehicle was the 8-inch touch screen. I like to geek out at tech… like a lot, and I didn’t think I’d get super excited about a touch screen in a car, but I did. The touchscreen is perfect size for navigation, the map was nice and large on the screen and I didn’t have to pull over to have a look at what Range Road we were at.
That one time we weren’t listening to 90’s on 9
Risky Play has been one of those terms parenting experts have been throwing around a lot lately. I think we have all seen the video of the playground in New York where it looks like the kids are playing in a junkyard and no parents are around. The fun that the kids are having is apparent in their faces but we have yet to find a park like that in Alberta and realistically no one wants all that junk in the backyard.
A few weeks ago we posted on Instagram (If you aren’t already following us on Instagram you can do that here) a few videos of Deanne’s kids playing in the backyard with tree stumps and boards. We had so many questions about it that we decided to write a “how to” for you to bring more risky play into your backyard without it looking like a junkyard.
Have you heard of Willey West? I hadn’t before my Husband came home and asked if I wanted to take the family there for a RVing camping trip. I’m ALWAYS up for camping, especially now that the in-laws have a motorhome we can borrow. We left Friday evening last weekend, once the storm had calmed down!
Looking back at them just hanging out took me back to my childhood trips RVing with my grandparents. It made my heart so happy! But, I digress.
Looking for a nice little escape (without the kids) this summer? Take the hubby on a date weekend or pick up the girlfriends and head to Pigeon Lake! I spent a blissful few days here earlier in the summer and I was really impressed with all there is to do in the area. Pigeon Lake is kid friendly too, but by this point in the summer you might be itching for a little adult break…. am I right?
What to do in Pigeon Lake:
- Visit Essentials Spa & Wellness: This place is amazing! Treatments are top notch and staff are friendly and provide quality services at fair prices. I loved the deck off the relax lounge nestled in the trees. Try the 1 hour massage and/or pedicure! They also have a cozy couples massage room.