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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
This post was writting by Suzanne Pescod, mama to one little girl as well as Marketing & Communications Director for
@RMHCNA and @iabcyeg 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.
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.
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!
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!
This post was sponsored by the Oil Kings. As always, all opinions stated are our own.
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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):
- Comment below telling us what the best thing about getting a massage is.
- Visit us on Facebook and follow the directions in our post.
- 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.
*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!
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.
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 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.
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.