In Lifestyle, Random Thoughts on
September 19, 2018

How am I not OK but OK?

One of our contributors shares her inner thoughts about change along the journey of life, motherhood and new beginnings. 

Who am I? I am a mother. I am still a mother. Am I still an entrepreneur? Do I still get be a dietitian? What about an aesthetician? I have loved having all of these labels. But now there is loss. A deep loss. A loss of a company, a team, loss of the school we started at and almost the loss of everything, including my family. It feels like I lost my village. And I’m not through it yet. So am I OK? I think so, but I don’t know how to reply.

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In Calgary, Explore on
September 18, 2018

Explore Calgary | Free Kid-Friendly Activities At Beakerhead 2018

Beakerhead Calgary

Taking place across Calgary September 19th-23rd, Beakerhead has plenty of kid-friendly activities which brings together arts, sciences, and engineering sectors to create interactive exhibits.

Free Kid Friendly Activities At Beakerhead 2018

Treeter Trotter – September 19th-23rd 
C-Square, 520 7 Ave SE, Calgary
A whimsical urban escape that explores nature in balance, hop on and enjoy the childhood playground

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5 Alberta Festivals to Check Out This Fall

Summer is over but it doesn’t mean that the festival season has stopped in Alberta. Fall is a season of all things, pumpkins and harvest and you can get all that and more with these 5 fall festivals in Alberta. So, grab your latte, pull on your wellies and lets get exploring.

Jasper Dark Sky Festival

When: October 12-21
Where: Jasper, Alberta
Events: Schedule of Events can be found on the Dark Sky website

Did you know that in 2011 Jasper was designated a Dark Sky Reserve, by the Royal Astronomical Society “due to its limited light pollution that creates ideal conditions for dark sky viewing” (source)

Jasper National Park is one of 17 designated Dark Sky Preserves in Canada. We are the second largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world, and we are the largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve – meaning there’s a town within the limits of the preserve.  – Jasper Dark Sky Festival 

Not your typical ‘fall festival’ there are no farms, pumpkins but the dark sky festival is unlike any other you’ll attend this fall. With both free and paid events, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to world famous scientists, astronauts, go star gazing or take photography workshops. Plus… you’re in Jasper and there are lots to do with the family while you’re there as we’ve written about before (tips for staying in Jasper inexpensively are here,  for food with kids click here).

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In Explore on
September 16, 2018

Where To See The CP Holiday Train Around Alberta 2018

CP Holiday Train

Like many checking out the CP Holiday Train is one of our favourite holiday activities to do with the family.

CP Holiday Train

CP Holiday Train Date & Locations Across Alberta

CP Holiday Train Schedule for Alberta
Station Address Date Arrival Event Time Performers
Medicine Hat Queen & North Railway Street, East of CP Station 2018-12-7 4:15 PM 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Tilley Southeast side of crossing at Highway 876 2018-12-7 6:30 PM 6:40 PM – 7:05 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Brooks 1st Avenue, rear of Civic building 2018-12-7 7:45 PM 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Gleichen Field adjacent to CP track along Railway Street at 2 Avenue *Stop and Go 2018-12-7 9:55 PM 9:55 PM – 10:30 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Calgary Anderson C-Train Station – South C-train parking lot 2018-12-8 6:45 PM 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Blackfalds CP Tracks at Gregg Street between Broadway Ave and East Ave 2018-12-9 12:45 PM 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Lacombe The Len Thompson Fish Pond 2018-12-9 2:00 PM 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Ponoka 50th Street and 47 Avenue 2018-12-9 3:45 PM 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Wetaskiwin CP Building, 4009 50 Street 2018-12-9 5:30 PM 5:45 PM – 6:15 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Millet Pedestrian crossing, 50 Street and 48 Avenue 2018-12-9 6:50 PM 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Leduc 3915 50 Avenue 2018-12-9 8:15 PM 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Josephburg Moyer Recreational Center 2018-12-10 5:00 PM 5:15 PM – 5:45 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Edmonton South of the Edmonton CP Station, 7935 Gateway Boulevard 2018-12-10 7:45 PM 8:15 PM – 8:45 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Innisfail 52 Avenue and 50 Street (the FasGas crossing) 2018-12-11 1:15 PM 1:25 PM – 1:55 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Olds 50th Street level crossing 2018-12-11 2:35 PM 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Didsbury 20 Street and 18 Avenue 2018-12-11 3:50 PM 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Airdrie Nose Creek Park, Main Street, East side of CP tracks 2018-12-11 5:30 PM 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott
Cochrane Between River and 4 Street, behind the Provincial building 2018-12-13 2:45 PM 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown
Morley Adjacent to the Morley Gas Station 2018-12-13 4:15 PM 4:25 PM – 4:45 PM Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown
Canmore Behind the Save On Foods 2018-12-13 5:45 PM 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown
Banff CP Train Station 2018-12-13 7:00 PM 7:15 PM – 7:45 PM Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown

You’re invited to take in the beautiful Christmas lights, enjoy live entertainment, and sip some hot cocoa!

Don’t forget to bring a cash or healthy non-perishable food donation as well! Everything collected is donated to the local food bank and helps families in the community.

For more information check out www.cpr.ca/holiday-train

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In Health, Lifestyle, Parenting on
September 15, 2018

Mat Leave Survival Guide For First Time Moms

By mom Elizabeth Tadman-Kickham

I didn’t always dream about becoming a mom. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited to welcome my baby to the world, but I was also terrified to spend a year at home, alone with her. I knew I would learn how to take care of her, hold her properly, change her diapers, feed her around the clock, but I didn’t know how well I would adapt to my new life at home.

Petrified of being lonely and going stir crazy, I stepped out of my comfort zone while on maternity leave and completely surprised myself. I’d be lying if I said every minute at home has been blissful but here are a few things I learned that have made the year an overall success.

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In Health, Lifestyle on
September 12, 2018

Pregnancy + Exercise

prenatal exercise

Written by: Rachelle Howse

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

This is a time in a women’s life that is both exciting and terrifying! You start asking yourself a million different questions: Now what? Can I exercise? Can I run? Should I be performing core exercises? 

It is completely normal to feel overwhelmed and confused, especially when Dr. Google is telling you contraindicated advice? This is when you need to STOP and BREATHE!

Pregnant women are nervous about exercising while pregnant.  They are unsure of which exercises they can or should do. They are worried about doing too much or not enough.  They might be concerned about gaining too much or too little weight during their pregnancy and how that will affect both themselves and the growing fetus.  

If you are not having any complications in your pregnancy, you should be doing something to keep active, even if it’s just walking.

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In Edmonton, Explore on
September 12, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About the Royal Alberta Museum Opening!

RAM

We’ve got some exciting news about the opening of the highly anticipated Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton!

With 2.4 million uniquely Albertan stories just waiting to be told, you’ll find a-ha moments around every corner. Space rocks, live bugs, enormous dinosaurs, wildlife and personal accounts from people who have shaped our province come together in bold, new exhibits.” -Royal Alberta Museum

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In Explore, Northern Alberta on
September 5, 2018

Exploring Hard Luck Canyon

September might be here, but don’t despair my fellow Adventurers! Fall is a great time to get out and explore our gorgeous province. This weekend we did just that and checked out Hard Luck Canyon by Whitecourt. The area gets a lot of attention for the Rotary Park River Slides (which is pretty cool), but our entire group was so impressed with the accessibility and absolute beauty of this little gem.

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