“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.
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.”
In general, I avoid pills. I have my whole life.
Vitamins fine, but I even avoid taking Tylenol for a headache until it’s really bad. I have no grand health conscious reason behind not taking pills other than fear. I have to admit that I’m a bit of a control freak and I worry about how medications will affect me. Beyond that, my family history predisposes me to addiction so that makes me nervous as well.
We all know that helmets are an absolute must for bike riders, but do you actually know how it should fit? Proper hemet fit is essential! Thankfully, our friends at Pedalheads have put together some valuable information for us to share with you. Did you know that Pedalheads estimates that 50% of the kids that attend their summer camps do NOT have a properly fitted hemet and/or bike?
IS THE HELMET ADJUSTABLE FOR HEAD SIZE?
- Turn your child’s helmet upside down
- Look inside to see if the helmet can be adjusted so it is snug to your child’s head.
- If so, there will be a dial or similar feature you can turn to tighten or loosen the helmet.
- If your child’s helmet is not adjustable it will only fit one size of head.
- We strongly suggest a helmet that has an adjustable dial.
- From our experience skateboard or dome style helmets rarely fit properly.
IS THE HELMET IT TOO BIG?
- Place your child’s helmet on their head
- Keep straps off (straps will not affect the head fit).
- Have child shake their head front to back and side to side.
- Helmet should not move front to back or side to side.
- If there is movement and no adjustable dial the helmet is too big.
Examples of Helmets that are Too Big
IS THE HELMET TOO SMALL?
- Place your child’s helmet on their head.
- Face your child.
- Check that there is no more than a two finger gap between your eyebrows and the front part of the helmet.
- If the helmet sits too high on your child’s head then the helmet is too small.
One of the many things we love about Pedalheads Bike Camps is that they do a hemet and bike check on every child at the beginning of each session. Thinking about putting your child in bike camp this summer? There are still some August spots left PLUS Pedalheads just announced a bursary program! Selected families will enjoy a scholarship camp for the last week of August! Details to apply, nominate someone or share can be found here.
*Feature Image: Flickr Creative Commons
There are all kinds of challenges being a mom.
Whether you’re a SAHM, have a part time job, full time job, or are self employed, doesn’t matter. The biggest ones for me working full time, are balance and self care.
I have been lucky enough to become accustom to having a whole lot of free time to spend with my kiddos in the summer but this summer will be different. I have full time care for my kids Monday to Friday so I’ll be working a lot. I’m still working though, its not a break. And while my plan is to absolutely make the most of my weekends for family time, I’ve also had the opportunity and forethought to plan some me time.
The Take a Kid to the Course program starts on July 3rd with the goal to replace screen time with lifetime memories through golfing!
Whether you and your family are avid golfers or are just looking to try golfing out the Take a Kid to the Course program is a great way to try golfing with the family and save some money at the same time!
How does Take a Kid to the Course work?
For every paying adult, one youth under the age of 16 can golf for free. All you need to do it is mention that you are part of the Take a Kid to the Course program when booking your tee time.
Be sure to check with each individual golf course as some also offer additional programs such as junior clinics, free range balls, free junior club rentals and parent/child tournaments.
Where to find participating Golf Courses
In Alberta, there are many golf course that are participating in the Take a Kid to the Course program and it’s not just in Edmonton and Calgary! Other Alberta locations include Grande Prarie, Fort St. John, Jasper, Banff, Canmore, Radium Hot Springs, and at least 50 other locations. Check out www.kidsplaygolf.ca for a complete list of all locations across Canada!
Will you be taking advantage of Take a Kid to the Course this year?
Summertime and travel go together like peanut butter and jam. It’s just what we do: the kids are out of school, the roads are safe for travel and it’s too hot to work anyways, right? In our group of Alberta Mama founders we are planning on spanning most of the country and even the states with trips to BC, Ontario, Newfoundland, Montana and California this summer (of course lots of in Alberta explorations as well!). Yet, as most of us dreamily plan our summer travels we focus on the where to go and what to do, but we often forget about the what ifs….
We’ve hit an impasse. My partner, our pediatrician, even family members have all brought up the idea that it is time for Nova to move into her own room.
Moving Out at Seven Months – Or Across the Hallway
This is a tough issue – many suggest that co-sleeping (same room, separate beds) should happen until 12 months. On the other hand, our own doctor has suggested that Nova’s health, feeding, and capacity for sleep all would do well if she were to be in her own room.
Why am I fighting this? I absolutely could not tell you. You would think that as I lose sleep every night either staring at this beautiful girl or waking up to every small cough or sniffle, I would be pushing the crib out the door myself. In truth, I could have kept her in the bassinette until she was sixteen years old. Once she outgrew the bassinette I asked my partner if he could move it downstairs to storage while I was out doing errands because it brought me to tears that she would no longer be right there.
By Mona Ismaeil
The time has come when you may find yourself in those awkward situations where you offer your colleague something to eat or drink and they say they are fasting! Ramadan is near! It doesn’t have to be awkward! Here is what you need to know about Ramadan and your workplace:
What is Ramadan?
The Holy month of Ramadan is a very spiritual month for Muslims around the world. For 30 days, Muslims will refrain from food, drink, smoking and spousal relations from sunrise to sun set. Between these hours, Muslims fast. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. There are a number of reasons Muslim fast during Ramadan. The first is that it shows devotion to Allah (God). Secondly, during periods of fasting there is a heightened spirituality and closeness to God. The time of the year includes more prayers, reading of the Holy Qur’an and gathering in remembrance of God. Next, Muslims practice self-control and finally there is a recognition of the many blessings we are granted. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims are required to give a percentage of their wealth to those in need in an act of charity.
Need a bike? Need an upgrade? Have a bike to get rid of? This weekend is the Bike Swap in Calgary!
It’s bike season finally! Despite the name, it’s not about swapping bikes with others but rather a safe place to buy and sell bikes. You can bring your clean and taken care of bikes to be sold by the Alberta Bike Swap people and/or browse for you own bike.
You can unload your bike or even yous kids bikes. There are some restrictions on selling kids bike however, which you can find all about in their FAQ section. If you have one though that doesn’t meet the requirements and want to donate it, they will gladly take it and donate it to a child in need! They will even take bike parts that will also be donated to community initiatives to help repair bikes int eh communities!
When: May 5th 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm (Consigning)
8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Donating bikes)
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm (Purchasing bikes)
Location: City Center Parkade, 340 10 Ave
Check out their video of a past swap!