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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.

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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 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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In Contests, Edmonton, Health, Lifestyle on
December 5, 2017

Mama Needs this for Christmas: 3 Leaf Wellness {+ Giveaway}

Let’s face it, being a mom at Christmas is both joyous and EXHAUSTING. It seems like we are pulled in so many directions with all the events, special recipes, shopping, wrapping, to-do lists….. I could go on. One of the best gifts you can give a busy mama is the gift of relaxation. Luckily, if you are in the Edmonton area we know just the place, 3 Leaf Wellness Centre!

I’m a huge fan of 3 Leaf Wellness Centre for a lot of reasons, so read on to see why and then be sure to enter our giveaway for a 60 minute massage!

Why the Mama in Your Life Needs a Gift Card from 3 Leaf Wellness Centre this Christmas

  • The Services!

3 Leaf Wellness Centre offers glorious therapeutic massages by 2200 hour registered massage therapists. 60 minutes (or more) in silence with a highly trained massage therapist working through all your tension feels like going to the beach for the day by yourself. Being a mix of a spa and clinic in one, 3 Leaf Wellness also offers other wellness services including reiki, reflexology, craniosacral, lymphatic drainage, myofascial cupping and an infrared sauna.

Massage at 3 Leaf Wellness Centre

  • The People!

It’s hard to find a place with a friendlier owner and staff. I always feel welcome and appreciated when I visit, whether it’s for a treatment or to pop in to drop off a donation (more about that later on). In fact, I once was locked out of my car with no keys or cell phone, and the receptionist stayed late so that my son and I could use the phone and relax in the waiting room with tea and blankets while waiting for the locksmith. No pretentious spa vibe here, ever.

  • The Beauty!

Katie, owner, must have been an interior decorator in a past life. This place is simply gorgeous, I wish it was my house! My favourite part is that most pieces are personal DIY projects by the creative owner. The environment created is one that instantly relaxes me and makes me feel that I’m in a special place- one I never want to leave!

  • The Little Extras!

Focusing on quality and overall experience, 3 Leaf Wellness Centre offers nice little perks such as heated massage tables, heated hypoallergenic lotions, quality linens, mints, makeup remover, hair ties, lemon water and delicious loose teas served in china tea cups. It’s all in the details.

  • The Shopping!

3 Leaf Wellness has quite the boutique. They stock the most gorgeous and unique items like jewellery, toiletries, candles, body products and more. The best part? They are all personally sourced by the owner and are Canadian products.

  • The Giving Back!

3 Leaf Wellness Centre is big on community and helping others. They are regular supporters of Edmonton’s most vulnerable and have collected hundreds of donated items for charities like the Bissell Centre and Terra Centre. As a new mom herself, the owner is dedicated to helping others and creating ongoing programs for giving back.

Enter to Win:

We’re really excited because 3 Leaf Wellness Centre has offered our readers the chance to win a 60 minute massage! You can gift it if you’d like, but we won’t tell anyone if you keep it for yourself:)

3 Ways to Enter (do all or one, the more ways you enter the more chances to win):

  1. Comment below telling us what the best thing about getting a massage is.
  2. Visit us on Facebook and follow the directions in our post.
  3. Head over to Instagram and tag some of your mama friends who need to win.

*Contest closes Wednesday December 13, 2017 at midnight MST. Winner will be chosen at random from either the comments below, Facebook entries or Instagram entries. Contest is open to Canadian Residents. 60 minute massage prize will be valid until March 31, 2018. Winner will be contacted via the method the entered the contest and will have 24 hours to respond before another winner is drawn. 

Every Day Girl

*This post was sponsored by 3 Leaf Wellness. As always, all opinions stated are our own. Seriously, we don’t write about something if we haven’t experienced it!

 

Alberta Mamas Holiday Guide 2017

Tis the season to be inspired! Alberta Mamas has put together our 2017 Holiday Guide. Enjoy our suggestions for gift giving, seasonal recipes, holiday experiences, and enjoying the spirit of the season with your family. Check back often as we continue to build on to this guide.

See the Alberta Mamas Holiday Guide 

Photo Credit: Rayne or Shine Photography

In Contests, Health, Parenting on
November 23, 2017

Immunity Boosting Feel Good Syrup Giveaway

We are in the thick of cold weather now, which means we are usually indoors more and need a good immunity boost. Add the approaching holiday season where we are at parties and malls filled with people and sometimes those people are sick!

We can’t change that, but we can boost our own immunity!

We have teamed up with Feel Good Syrup to do a giveaway of one of their bottles of immune boosting elderberry syrup! Made right here locally in St. Albert, Alberta by a Albertan Mama like you and me!

The syrup itself tastes really good and can even be mixed with juices for a delicious drink. Making it an easy thing for the little ones to take, because we all know how hard it can be to get them to take anything!

Enter to win your own bottle of Feel Good Syrup.
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Winner must be able to pick up in St. Albert.

The Bitchin' Housewife

Jen is a yoga teacher, fitness enthusiast and health blogger over at www.BitchinHousewife.com

 

In Contests on
November 22, 2017

Personalized Gift Giving Made Easy With London Drugs + Giveaway

London Drugs

London Drugs 

The holiday season is here and Christmas shopping is in full swing! If you’re like me, you always try to find the best gift for each person on your list. Something that says Merry Christmas, I think this gift is perfect for you.

London Drugs

While it might take a little longer to find that perfect gift it’s worth it and luckily London Drugs Photolab can help you out!

Giftspiration at the London Drugs Photolab

There are many options for personalized gifts at London Drugs which include photo calendars, beer steins, coin banks, coffee mugs, bookmarks, placemats, ornaments, jewelry boxes, photo books (with the option to pull pictures from Instagram) as well as photo enlargements and gallery wraps! And that’s not even all of it…

With an easy to use website, you can create all of these personalized gifts online from the comfort of your own home. Need a little extra help? You can also visit a London Drugs near you and complete them in store too!

**The deadline to order items and them available for pickup in store is December 13th for crystals and December 17th for photo mugs, calendars, cards, express books, prints, enlargements, and gallery wraps.

Enter to win a $50 Gift Card

We’ve teamed up with London Drugs to give away a $50 gift card to get you started on your gift shopping! Head on over to the Alberta Mamas Instagram to enter and follow the instructions.

Entrants must live in Alberta and follow AlbertaMamas and LDPhotolab on Instagram in order to be entered to win. The contest ends on December 4th, 2017at 11:59 pm.

 

In Christmas, Contests, Parenting on
November 9, 2017

Getting Your Kids To Declutter The Toys

Looking to declutter the toys? Want your kids to help?

As we approach the holiday season most of us are looking to declutter some of the toys to make room for likely the crazy amount of new ones.

Now I typically will actually go through my kids rooms and toy boxes and get rid of toys myself. My in laws occasionally like to take my kids for the weekend and I use this time to sneak out things while they aren’t looking.

Most of the time they never even notice. Except that one time…….

Yeah I may have donated a barbie house my daughter got from someone that was in the back of her closet and she never used. She had proclaimed she no longer wanted to play with Barbies and gave them all to her sister; who has a barbie doll house too.

BIG MISTAKE PEOPLE!!!!!!! 

Weeks later she came to me, “Mom, where is my green Barbie house?”.

Oh no.

“Well, ummmmm Mommy thought you were done playing with it so she gave it to another little girl that is playing with it.”

*Insert tears and pleas to ask for it back*

So I was going to be smart about it this time. I told the girls it was time to go through the toys they had. There was an overflow and some other little girls or boys could benefit from these toys. Which they were already on board with. They usually are. (I’m lucky I know).

A trend however I notice, especially with my older daughter (6) is she is starting this sentimental value to things. So I made them a deal. If they could EACH fill a blue recycle bag of toys to donate I would take them to the store to get them one single new toy. Within reason of course.

At first I let them go at the toy box while I did dishes or something but I noticed a lack of progress. So I decided I go through it with them. .We started to declutter  the shared toybox on the main floor, which they were highly motivated to go through.

By the time we moved up to their rooms things got a bit more challenging. I started in my older daughters bedroom because I new if her younger sister (4) saw her big sister decluttering, she would. As we worked through her room, we would come across a couple situations and here is how I handled them.

  • Slight sentimental value – Not like her favourite doll her grandma gave her the toy but so and so gave it to her, even though she doesn’t care about it anymore. I would ask, “Do you think you will still have this memory with auntie if you don’t have this toy?” Or “Are there other things you have that remind you of your friend?” But at no point did I force her. She was allowed to keep something she really cared for.
  • I paid a lot for the toy – yeah I got hung up here a bit too. But I tried to give these toys to friends and family or sell them.
  • Multiples – This is an unnerving theme I noticed. They had a lot of the same toys! But especially teddy bears! So I would ask her “If you have 4 brown teddy bears, can you maybe keep one you really love and donate the rest?” and this she usually was pretty good with doing.

After it was all done they both had a full bag of toys to donate and as promised their Dad and I took them to the store and got them a toy.

They happened to both pick out a Fingerling (which I’ve heard is the hot toy for Christmas this year, so bonus they already have them!!!) And they were content. In addition, they helped us drop off the toys and got see and do the good deeds.

Want to get your kids to help declutter?

We teamed up with  

to give away a $100 gift card to help you buy those special toys your kids are after! Head over to our Facebook and post a picture of your kids’ donation pile (BIG OR SMALL!) in the comments to be entered to win the $100 gift card!

Did you know?

Mastermind Toys is Canada’s largest specialty toy and children’s books retailer with 60 locations! 

Mastermind Toys always offers free gift-wrapping on all in-store purchases! 

Mastermind Toys carries over 10,000 carefully curated specialty toys and books that their experienced toy buying team has sourced and hand-picked from across the globe! 

The Mastermind Toys Digital Gift Guide

is available at www.mastermindtoys.com

 

The Bitchin' Housewife

Jen is a yoga teacher, fitness enthusiast, and health blogger over at www.BitchinHousewife.com