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Breastfeeding is hard- don’t be hard on yourself (+ Philips Avent Giveaway)

About two months into new motherhood I posted the following to my Facebook;

“Nothing gives you empathy for the modern dairy cow like hooking yourself up to the double breast pump”.

Breastfeeding and pumping CONSUMED my life for Nova’s first six months on this planet. Before I go on – I am going to talk quite a bit about nursing and pumping, but I acknowledge that this is not the road for every mom and baby, and at the end of the day I have written this before – but FED IS BEST. However, I do wear my breastfeeding and pumping hours as a badge of honour. It was hard, painful sometimes, challenging, but also rewarding, connective, and an experience like none other.

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In Contests, Edmonton, Uncategorized on
June 5, 2018

Win tickets to celebrate our 1 year anniversay with Alberta Mamas in Edmonton this Saturday

You guys,  we’ve officially passed our one year of Alberta Mamas and boy has it been a fun ride so far!

This past year has provided us with so many great opportunities to work with some amazing companies, we’ve been on the radio and on tv, explored Alberta through many road trips and camping, and so much more.

We’ve also had some AHMAZING contributors here at Alberta Mamas and know that we wouldn’t be where we are because of them! And really that’s why we started this blog, to begin with, to give Alberta parents a place to have a voice! And boy are there lot’s of great voices!

We’re celebrating 1 year!

What fun would celebrating being a year old be without a party?! This Saturday we’re hosting an invite-only birthday party and want to give away some tickets for you to come and celebrate with us too!

  • When: Saturday night, June 9th
  • Where: Downtown Edmonton

So how do you enter?

It’s really easy! Tell us your favourite blog post that you’ve read on Alberta Mamas for a chance to win a pair of tickets. Tickets include a glass of bubbly, snacks, and a chance to get out of the house and party with some great people. The winner will be picked this Thursday!

 

 

In Contests, Edmonton on
May 23, 2018

Super fun kids camps with Metro Continuing Education

If your kids are anything like mine, they’re very particular about the types of camps they attend summer. We don’t do a lot of camps during the summer because being bored is important for kids (as well as being very annoying for mom and dad), and the costs of camps can really add up (especially with three kids). The camps we sign the kids up for have to be special in that they’re learning a skill or improving on a skill set they have. It’s a lot of money to send kids to a camp so it’s important to us to make sure that the camp is a high quality.  As a parent I get excited when my kids get excited about camps and here’s a couple that we’re excited about from Metro Continuing Education in Edmonton.

We’re excited to be giving away a one week camp up to $400 for one lucky winner! Contest rules are below, but here are some of our favourite camps at Metro Continuing Education to get you thinking of what class you’d like to win! * Contest is now closed*

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The One-of-a-Kind International Children’s Festival of the Arts is Coming + {Giveaway}

The International Children’s Festival of the Arts: Stories Alive is a one-of-a-kind kids experience that happens right here in Alberta. St. Albert, Alberta to be exact! This annual cultural extravaganza is happening Tuesday, May 29 through Sunday, June 3, 2018.

There’s no shortage of fun at this festival!

Photo Russell Bingham

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Learn to Bike this Summer with Pedalheads! (+ Giveaway)

Biking camps in Alberta

If you are looking for a day camp idea in Edmonton, St. Albert or Calgary we seriously suggest that you take a look at Pedalheads! Whether your child is just learning how to ditch the training wheels or you need a fun activity for your child(ren) so that you can ALL have a break this summer- this is it!

I’m speaking from experience here, my son tried Pedalheads for the first time last year and he went from not being able to even pedal a bike with training wheels (he had spent 2 years prior on a balance bike) to riding a 2 wheeler sans training wheels in less than 2 classes! He hasn’t slowed down since, and my husband and I get to enjoy the fun part- riding as a family instead of managing the tears and fear.

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In Contests, Lifestyle, Parenting, Uncategorized on
April 11, 2018

Big and Little Things – Philips Avent Anti-colic Bottles with AirFree Vent + Giveaway

Philips Avent Anti-colic Bottles with AirFree Vent

I wish I could put into words the sound I made when my little girl held the bottle the first time. Such an innocuous little moment – but all of a sudden it felt so ferociously independent. A very tiny “Mom – I got this” kind of moment that makes your heart soar and tears well up because your little one DOES NOT SLOW DOWN.

When my little girl was less than a month we had to try and get her to take a bottle, so I could spend the day presenting at a conference (something I agreed to do before having a baby – wow, was I disillusioned). We were very lucky that she adapted pretty quickly, and it didn’t interfere with breastfeeding, and I could easily switch from one to another.

Let me say this – I love nursing (now – the first two months were HARD), but I love it now. However; the freedom that comes with being able to give your baby a bottle is incredible. It might seem small until you are in the trenches of nursing and cluster feeding and turning down every single invitation to leave the house because you fear leaving too long in case your little one needs a nosh.

Philips Avent Anti-colic Bottles with AirFree Vent

If it wasn’t for that conference I probably would have put off trying bottle for a few months – hindsight being what it is, I am so glad we pushed when we did.

Walk into any baby store and you will find a ton of options – all offering a lot of things I didn’t really understand were important. In a very unscientific way I wanted to break down what ended up being important to me and how I found that in the Philips Avent Anti-colic Bottles with AirFree Vent.

EASY TO CLEAN

This statement is no joke. I spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen cleaning bottles. When you are pumping at least twice a day, as well my little one gets at least two bottles a day (either from daddy, or a grandparent, or even friend who wants to feed her) – it makes for a lot of cleaning. The wide bottle style ensures you aren’t stuck missing those nitty gritty spots, and it helps your bottle brush last a bit longer since it isn’t bending at impossible angles.

WIDTH MEANS STURDY

I mentioned before that I found breastfeeding hard the first two months. I cannot empathize that enough to new moms – it IS HARD. It is no walk in the park, everything hurts, and I fall into the category of women who really struggled producing enough milk to keep up during growth spurts. Those of you who have been there know – every ounce is like liquid gold. Which means you can only imagine my horror when three ounces of that got knocked over one morning. “No crying over spilled milk” – YEAH RIGHT. I sobbed. The Philips Avent bottles shape sits sturdy on your counter and the wide base means it’s not going all tipsy turvy on you.

LET’S TALK NIPPLES

They hurt. Oh wait – that’s mine. I meant to talk about bottle nipple shapes. I am someone who has ordered a bunch of different ones, from thin to thick and every shape in between. What I enjoy about the nipple shape on the Philips Avent Anti-colic Bottles with AirFree Vent is that it does mimic my own breast shape. This is important because we nurse, and use bottles every day and there isn’t an issue going back and forth. It is also great because my little girl could fit a whole thin bottle nipple into her mouth and it makes for an awful feeding…and I very much do not want her to be doing the same thing when it comes to me nursing her.

TOO FAST TOO FURIOUS

…is how my daughter drinks her breastmilk. We are sticking with the 0+ month nipple, it is wide and easy to clean, recommended for breastmilk AND the Philips Avent Anti-colic Bottles with the AirFree Vent makes a big difference in how fast she consumes her meal. You can actually see the air bubbles that are being stopped before getting to her little mouth – which would inevitably lead to some pretty serious gas.

Philips Avent Anti-colic Bottles with AirFree Vent

It is not an easy decision to go to the bottle, and every mom and dad have their own ideas about when (if ever) is right for them, how they want to incorporate it, and what they put in it. You’re not doing anything wrong taking any route you choose. But look for the little things that might end up making a big difference in your day to day living; things like cleaning, and spillage, and nursing mixed in with bottle feeding.

If you have one of those sweet little babes who can down a bottle faster than you ever imagined – make sure you can keep them a little less uncomfortable when it comes to gas. If you are really struggling with the idea of going to a bottle – know that at the end of the day FED IS BEST. You got this mama!

PTPA SEAL OF APPROVAL

The truth is that when you’re choosing the products that you are using with your baby, you want to know about the real experiences and why you should trust them. This is why the PTPA Seal of Approval is so important, and even better many of the Philips Avent products have won the PTPA Seal of Approval because their products have been used, tested and reviewed by real parents.

ENTER TO WIN A
PHILIPS AVENT ANTI-COLIC BOTTLES WITH AIRFREE VENT
ESSENTIALS GIFT SET 

We’ve parntered with Philips Avent to give you the chance to win a Philips Avent Anti-Colic Bottles with AirFree Vent Essentials Gift Set. This Gift Set is valued at $87.99 and the contest closes May 6th. Enter below.

Philips Avent April Giveaway

This post was writting by Suzanne Pescod, mama to one little girl as well as Marketing & Communications Director for  and  board member(Capital Awards). Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram

Alberta Mamas is part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and have received compensation as part of our affiliation with this group. All opinions are our own. 

In Contests, Edmonton, Explore on
March 21, 2018

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Fort Edmonton Park

Easter at Fort Edmonton Park

It’s the first day of spring and just like that Easter is around the corner. Fort Edmonton Park is making Easter easier for you this Easter with the Easter Bunny’s Pancake Breakfast! The morning starts out with a kid-approved breakfast of pancakes (with all the toppings), scrambled eggs and sausages, followed by Easter crafts you can take home and magician, Ron Pearson will be on hand to entertain the family.
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In Camping, Contests, Edmonton, Style, Uncategorized on
January 19, 2018

Edmonton Renovation Show Giveaway!

We don’t know about you but we are SO excited for camping season to start!

We camp on average 45 nights during the summer so our trailer has been very well used. That is why we are excited to see that the Edmonton Renovation Show has a new Camping Chic section at the show! Our little trailer could use a bit of a facelift so you know we will be checking out how to personalize our home-away-from-home. They will also be giving space saving tips to get the most out of your RV.

Check out this trailer reno! Serious camping goals right there!

The 2018 Edmonton Renovation Show has Bryan Baeumler HGTV Host & Owner, Baeumler Quality onstage Friday January 26th @ 6:00pm & Saturday January 27th @1:00pm  which we are excited for as well. The TELUS future home will also be there, the Edmonton Zoo will be onstage talking about all of their projects they are working on, and many many more things to see over the three days!

The Edmonton Renovation Show runs:

Friday, January 26th, 2018              12PM –   9PM
Saturday, January 27th, 2018          10AM –   9PM
Sunday, January 28th, 2018            10AM –   6PM

Buy your tickets online here to save $3 OR enter to win passes below in our GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to the Renovation Show we have TWO four packs of tickets to giveaway! Tickets can be picked up at the show box office and the draw will be Wednesday, January 24th.

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In Contests on
December 16, 2017

Holiday Break With The Oil Kings +{Give Away}

A holiday break filled with hockey? How Canadian! And with Oil Kings games seats starting at $20, affordable too!

Oil Kings games are fun for the whole family and a great way to experience junior hockey at Rogers Place. There are great family memories to be made at the “Good Ol’ Hockey Game”. You can take the train and make it an adventure! If you spot Louie the Lion, be sure to stop at take a photo with him!

Check out the games coming up during the break!

Enter to win 4 tickets to see them in a Battle of Alberta against the Calgary Hitmen on Jan 1st at 2 pm.

An AWESOME way to start 2018!

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Did you hear about the Teddy Bear Toss game this year in Support of the Stollery? A record-breaking 14,122 stuffed toys – way to go Edmonton and our Edmonton Oil Kings!

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This post was sponsored by the Oil Kings. As always, all opinions stated are our own. 

In Contests, Parenting, Random Thoughts on
December 11, 2017

Red Socks Go With Absolutely Anything {Give Away}

Have you heard of this awesome book?

It has a fantastic positive message that started with a quirky family tradition revolving around red socks. Also, when books are purchased, additional copies of the book are printed and donated to a school, local charity and/or organization.

Red Socks Go With Absolutely Anything demonstrates how a simple pair of red socks can give someone special a boost and confidence when they are feeling down or out of their comfort zone. In this story we find a youngster called Sunshine, who is experiencing a series of events over the course of their young lifetime. Some moments seem bigger than others to an adult, but they are daunting in the eyes of a child at the time.  At each turn, when our Sunshine begins to fill with doubt, we notice the mother’s subtle but powerful gesture of wearing a pair of red socks to show her support. With each event Sunshine comes to realize that love and encouragement creates a feeling of being strong, ready and able to do anything.

The message is “… one that will speak to youngsters from their earliest and most intimidating moments, and will carry them throughout their lives in a wonderfully empowering way…” (Children’s Literary Classics).  

“This is not a book that you sit down, read from cover to cover and then kiss the kid goodnight and forget about it. You talk and talk, and support and change yourself in order to become better parent, because of the inspiration the book gives and because you can’t just be indifferent, after creating this great vision in your children…”(BookOwly, Book Blogger).  

Enter to win a Red Socks Go With Anything Prize Pack!

Including a casebound copy of the book, a paperback copy to be donated to the winner’s favorite charity/cause, Red Socks mug, Red Socks plush, inspirational blanket & more, valued at approx $260!
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