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In Calgary on
July 25, 2019

10 Questions with Hailey Hamilton

Each month, we play 10 questions with one of Alberta’s most interesting mamas. This month we get to know newborn photographer Hailey Hamilton. Hailey hails from Calgary, and is the owner and artistic talent behind Hailey Hamilton Photography. As a mom herself, Hailey gets that life with a new baby can be crazy, and strives to be flexible and understanding with her clients in order to make their experience relaxed and enjoyable. Connect with Hailey, and check out her beautiful portraits, by visiting her website or Facebook page.

1. How did your career as a photographer evolve towards a specialization in newborn photography?

At one time, I photographed almost everything. After a bunch of my friends had babies (and I was asked to take photos), I quickly learned how much fun it was to pose them and squish them into adorable curly positions. I found it was much easier to be creative with newborns and to be able to achieve the looks I was envisioning. As a mom myself, I’m also very comfortable working with babies!

2. What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Having the opportunity to snuggle new babies is obviously amazing, but as an artist, the most rewarding thing for me is achieving the final finished portrait and seeing my vision come to life!

3. Which three words best describe your artistic style?

Clean, simple, minimal

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

Brunch at our favorite breakfast spot, and then wherever the day takes us!

5. What’s your favourite kid-friendly destination in Calgary?

My son is a teenager so we don’t usually do too many kid activities. But escape rooms and go karts are always a hit.

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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)

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Fort Saskatchewan Event – Spark The Energy Credit Union Grand Opening

The first thing I asked myself is – What the heck is Spark The Energy Credit Union?

Here is a snippet from their About Us Page to give you an idea:

“Originally founded in 1953 as a credit union for employees of Shell Canada.
As the energy industry evolved, so did the credit union. On June 13, 2018, the membership approved to change the name from Shell Employees’ Credit Union to SPARK The Energy Credit Union to signal our opening to the people of the energy industry at large – no matter if you’re an employee, contractor, or consultant.”

They’re not just like any other financial institution – they’re for Albertans, by Albertans and they have the financial products, advice, service, and understanding to help you and your family thrive financially. 

And they’re opening a Credit Union branch in Fort Saskatchewan to do just that! 

The Grand Opening provides you with an opportunity to check it out AND have a little family fun!

DETAILS

When: July 26, 2019; from 10 to 2 pm

What:

  • Special SPARK gift bags for first 50 attendees 
  • Door prizes
  • FREE treats from the Tiny Tim’s mini-donut food trucks
  • Face painting & balloon animals 
  • Mix 107.9 will be live on location 
  • Grand Opening Giveaway of a Family 2019 Seasonal Membership to Jurassic Forest  

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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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5 Reasons We Love The St. Albert Botanic Park

This past weekend we decided to take advantage of the sunshine – it’s few and far between lately! My daughter has become interested in taking photos – especially of flowers – and we had never been to the St. Albert Botanic Garden so that’s where we went!

1. It’s FREE

You park in the lot and it’s right there. There is a gift shop you can peruse if you like but entrance is free.

2. It’s bigger than you expect!

I hadn’t looked up anything more than where it was so when we got there, the entrance gardens were already impressive. But then we kept walking. It’s LONG. There is an entrance park, an East park, a West park and more additional gardens. We stopped along the way so much to take photos we spent almost 2 hrs there.

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In Edmonton, Explore on
July 4, 2019

Snow Valley Aerial Park

The day after the best camping trip ever at Rainbow Valley Campground with Arrkann we met with our families at the Rainbow Valley Aerial Park.

Climb to the top (if you dare) and you’ll get a birdseye view of Edmonton from one of the coolest outdoor parks in Edmonton. Rainbow Valley Aerial Park opened in 2016 and includes a mix of challenging all that God gave you in terms of core muscles (mine = zero), balance and good humour.

The safety gear

The Details

There are two price points; an online price and a “walk-up” price:

Walk Up Rate Online Rate
Individuals
OVER 140CM (+ 4′ 7″) tall
$42.00 $37.00
Individuals
UNDER 140CM (- 4′ 7″) tall
$29.00 $24.00
Family*
Up to 5 people
$134.00 $119.00

Kids under 140cm must be accompanied by an adult the entire time.

 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Everyone is given a lesson on safety before they start. The lesson takes about 15 mins. This is important because the Snow Valley Aerial Park uses a special “Clic-It” system to keep you safe.
  • You are strapped in the entire time. It’s like rock climbing, if you fall, that’s OK (it’s almost fun).
  • There are different levels from little kid level to “you are an absolute rock star” level at the top of the park.
  • The higher you go, the better it gets. When you get to the harder level there are caravans, bikes, picnic tables. It’s the best.

My Thoughts

This isn’t a cheap afternoon out, but, it was insanely fun. But again the cost……knowing my kids I’m glad my kids were older doing this for the first time. They know their limits and felt comfortable testing them. If my kids where younger, they wouldn’t know their boundaries like they do now. Again…every kid is different. There were kids on the course that were younger than mine and they were leaping heads and feet over everyone. They had no fear whatsoever which was amazing. If you want to get a deal, the rate drops to $25  when you book to start less than 3 hours before closing.

The Snow Valley Aerial Park is awesome for testing your skills and seeing your kids surprise themselves. The views from the top are fantastic and I think it’s a great place to test your limits (in a safe way).

In Camping, Central Alberta, Edmonton, Explore on
June 28, 2019

Rainbow Valley Campground

How did I not know this little piece of camping paradise existed right in our own backyard?

The Mamas were very lucky recently. Arrkann RV set us up with some sweet trailers for Glamping right in Edmonton. You can  read all about our take on the trailers here – but I digress.

Rainbow Valley Campground boasts 39 15 amp powered sites + 29 natural sites;

And a massive green space WITH a playground.

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The Hats We Hang Up

We’ve all heard the expression of “wearing many hats”.

As a parent, our “hats” grow exponentially – teacher, disciplinarian, many meal maker, friend, therapist, taxi driver, launderer, the OMG It’s Lost Forever Finder Hat 😉 etc.

In order to take on all these new “hats” we often have to hang up some old ones. Sometimes it’s our Career hat. Sometimes it’s hobbies. Like, did you know I have my motorcycle licence? Probably not because I hung up my helmet once the babies came. Sometimes parents manage to juggle all the “hats” they had before – I’m not sure how they magically do that but that’s pretty amazing.

My kids are getting old enough now that a few of the “Mom Hats” don’t come out as often. It has me eyeing a few of the ones I hung up and thinking to myself that perhaps, I could take them off the hangers soon. I could maybe even try on some new ones and see what fits. It’s both freeing and daunting. Like, they won’t need me as much soon. And eventually not at all. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in mom mode ALL the time, but I always know if I’m not there someone else is taking care of them. There will be a point where they will be their own people completely, and in turn, well, so will I.

I might need to start looking at Kijiji and get myself some wheels. 😉

Did you hang up any of your “hats” when you became a parent?

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