In Parenting, Uncategorized on
October 22, 2019

Parent Hack! Kissing Dots To Help Your Child Put Their Shoes On The Right Feet

kissing dots

For as long as Finn has been able to put on his own shoes, he could care less about his shoes being on the wrong feet…that is until he started preschool and kissing dots were introduced. Now he’s obsessed.

kissing dots

I wish I could take the credit for kissing dots, but all of the credit goes to Finn’s preschool teacher Ms.Rebecca.

It’s not just HIS shoes though that he wants to put kissing dots on, it’s everyone’s. Recently he was super upset when his older brother absolutely refused to even entertain the idea – they aren’t cool when you’re 9!  Nevermind that daddy has black shoes, his solution….coloured paint (I mean it’s actually a good idea).

It’s also expanded to strangers. When we were out at a local indoor playground recently a parent was telling their child to put their shoes on the right feet and Finn loudly said: “You should get some kissing dots”. I’m sure had he known that I keep a permanent marker in my purse he would have offered that as well.

How Do Kissing Dots Work? 

  • Get a permanent marker (or paint)
  • Grab the shoes
  • Put a dot on the two inner outsides of the shoe so that they can “kiss” when they are together
  • That’s it

It is literally the most simple solution that I can’t believe I’ve never heard of before, but you know what? Finn has put his shoes on the right feet since then.

Just Another Edmonton Mommy

Christine Bruckmann is one of the founding members of Alberta Mamas and is known to everyone as the research ninja. You can also find her writing on her blog Just Another Edmonton Mommy.

4 Beautiful Winter Hikes for Families around Calgary

The weather outside is getting colder and mountains are slowly being capped by snow. The cold weather and extra layers to go outside and explore with kids can be a daunting task. It is not always easy convincing toddlers and preschoolers to keep their mitts on. However, it is worth the struggle. Trust me. The trails turn into a beautiful winter wonderland. For children, this means entering the land of “Frozen”. Hot chocolate by the fireplace is also so much more enjoyable after a day of exploring in the cold. These 4 hikes, located in the Born to be Adventurous “Hiking Guide for Families”, are perfect winter hikes for everyone to enjoy. They are rated for little kids and range from easy to difficult for little feet. This means that toddlers and their grandparents can find a hike to enjoy together this winter.  

3 Winter Hiking Tips: 

Bring along Ice Cleats in the backpack in case the trail gets slippery.

Plan to take a little longer finishing the trail as hiking in the snow can be a little more challenging for kids. 

Be prepared and consider using some of these 7 hiking tips for hiking in the winter with kids.  

4 Beautiful Winter Hikes for Families around Calgary

Troll Falls

Troll Falls is an easy 2.4 km hike with minimal elevation located in the stunning Kananaskis area. In the winter, Troll Falls turns into a natural frozen masterpiece. Use caution when exploring the falls as it is very slippery, and pieces of ice can break off from above. Park at the Troll Falls Day Use area. The trail starts passed the end of the parking lot on the left side. 

If the trail is packed down with snow in the winter, then consider bringing a sled to pull the kids when they get tired of hiking.  Even though the downhills are not too long or steep, it is best to get off the sled during the downhills to avoid accidently hitting a tree or another hiker. 

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In Health, Lifestyle on
October 20, 2019

Cheap Self-Care Ideas and a DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe

When you search “Self-Care” you are inundated with articles encouraging you to take a trip, book a spa day, or buy yourself an expensive gift. Now that all sounds amazing but not in everyone’s budget.

Self-Care doesn’t have to be expensive.

The point of self-care is to take time for yourself and if you’re spending the whole time thinking about your budget OR you come back from your self-care time stressed about how you are now eating KD for the rest of the month to afford your time away it is not going to work.

So what can you do?

We’ve created a list of easy, effective self-care rituals you can do that are cheap or free! As a bonus we’ve also added a recipe for our favourite DIY Sugar Scrub. This easy, cheap scrub will leave your skin feeling amazing and you will probably have all the ingredients in your pantry already.

Inexpensive Self-Care Ideas:

  • Go for a walk and leave your phone at home.
  • Take a bath.
  • Bake cookies and lick the spoon.
  • Pour a glass of wine and binge your favourite Neflix show. We recommend The Good Place for a feel good easy watch.
  • Invite some friends over for a clothing swap. (Learn how to host one here.)
  • Go for a drive blasting your favourite music. The louder the better.
  • Colour.

DIY Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Sugar (regular white sugar for face/body, brown sugar for a coarser feet/hand scrub)
  • 1/2 cup oil (Almond, olive, coconut all work)
  • squeeze of a lemon
  • lemon zest
  1. In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients and mix until combined. Store in a glass container and use within a month.

That’s it. See told you it was easy 😉

 

 

In Health, Parenting, Random Thoughts, Working Mama on
October 18, 2019

The Pressure To Do

The pressure on a mom is unlike anything I believe. There is the old motivational quotes about diamonds being coal that did well under pressure. They turn out to be these beautiful things because so much pressure has been put on them.

I don’t know about you guys, but I think I would settle for a pretty rock found on the beach instead of a diamond. Worn smooth by the ever changing flow.

As women we have come so far. Even from just a hundred years ago. A Beyonce says in the song We Run The World, “we smart enough to make the millions, strong enough to bear the children, then get back to business.” Now I’m not one to argue with the Queen B herself of course, but this is the exact problem.

So much pressure to do it all.

  • We should be great mothers.
  • We should be awesome kick ass business runners.
  • We should be gorgeous.
  • We should have clean homes.
  • We should be patient, kind, loving, understanding and strong.
  • We should be amazing cooks and bakers.
  • We should be top notch crafters.
  • We should be able to mend worn clothing, sibling rivalry and broken hearts

As my teachers say “Stop shoulding on yourself”.

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Where You Can See The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Around Alberta 2019

As the holiday season approaches a favourite activity for many families across Alberta is to check out the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train.

This year live entertainment from Dec 5th – 7th will be from Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo and then for the rest of the way it will be Terri Clark! Warm-up around the bonfires while sipping some hot chocolate, and of course seeing all of the beautiful lights that decorate the train cars.

Here is where you can see the Holiday Train for 2019:

Provost Field adjacent to railway tracks at 50th Avenue and 46th Street 2019-12-5 5:55 PM 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Hardisty East end of CP railway yard, west of Highway 881 overpass 2019-12-5 9:00 PM 9:15 PM – 9:45 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Camrose 52 Avenue and 50 Street, next to Moose Family Centre 2019-12-6 1:05 PM 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Wetaskawin CP ES Building, 4009 50 Street 2019-12-6 3:25 PM 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Ponoka 50th Street and 47 Avenue 2019-12-6 5:00 PM 5:15 PM – 5:45 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Lacombe Len Thompson Fish Pond 2019-12-6 6:50 PM 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
BlackFalds CP tracks at Greg Street between Broadway Avenue and East Avenue 2019-12-6 8:05 PM 8:15 PM – 8:45 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Innisfail 52 Avenue and 50 Street crossing 2019-12-7 1:15 PM 1:25 PM – 1:55 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Olds 50th Street Level Crossing 2019-12-7 2:45 PM 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Didsbury CP Mainline, 20th Street and 18th Avenue 2019-12-7 4:05 PM 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Airdrie Nose Creek Park, Main Street, East side of CP tracks 2019-12-7 5:45 PM 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Calgary Anderson C-Train Station – South C-train parking lot 2019-12-8 5:45 PM 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM Terri Clark
Okotoks Along Dagget Street between Northridge Drive and Veterans 2019-12-10 12:00 PM 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM Terri Clark
Blackie Across from Post Office at 1201 Railway Avenue 2019-12-10 1:35 PM 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM Terri Clark
Vulcan CP crossing at 1st Avenue and 2nd Street 2019-12-10 3:15 PM 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Terri Clark
Lethbridge 2nd Avenue North and 12th Street, behind Save On Foods 2019-12-10 7:00 PM 7:15 PM – 7:45 PM Terri Clark
Fort McLeod Level Railway Crossing on 5th Avenue 2019-12-11 9:15 AM 9:15 AM – 9:45 AM Terri Clark
Pincher Creek Mile 61.12 – Railway Crossing Range Road 302 off Highway 3 2019-12-11 10:35 AM 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Terri Clark
Coleman South of 17th Avenue between 69th and 70th Street 2019-12-11 12:40 PM 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM Terri Clark

Also, don’t forget to bring healthy non-perishable food donations (or cash to donate instead) which will go towards local food banks in your community to help those in need.

For more information or to get live updates you can check out www.cpr.ca 

In Lifestyle, Parenting, Random Thoughts on
October 12, 2019

Thankful For….

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we give you – Thankful for…..

1. That two hours of sleep you got between feedings. Cause, you know, it could have been just one.

2. That silence you had for 20 min. It was great, until you find them “painting” with your Sephora make up.

3. That 5th time you said their name and they responded to you vs tuning you out.

4. Booking that dentist appointment once a year. 45 whole me time minutes.

5. That 5am Saturday morning wake up. Cause dragging them out of bed all week has been super fun.

6. All the extra room in your massive purse. Because you need a change of clothes for each kid when you go out, snacks – oh and your husbands wallet.

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In Parenting, Random Thoughts on
October 11, 2019

Mama, Can You Cuddle With Me?

The other night as I frantically finished up the evening chores and sent the kids off too bad my daughter came up to me and asked me if I would cuddle with her in bed.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who has answered this way but I told her “just let me finish up the dishes and what I am doing here and I will come cuddle with you.” I guess deep down my hope was that she would fall asleep and I could continue finishing up cleaning up the kitchen, putting away toys they had missed, hang up jackets, prep snacks and lunches. That I could finally sit down and throw on some Netflix or do something that I had been wanting to get done the whole day and needed my alone time to do it.

After about 3 minutes of silence I hear her say “mama are you still coming?” I instantly felt bad, she had actually been waiting. I had given her this hope that I was coming when I didn’t really have the intention of coming to cuddle with her. This mom guilt came over me and I dropped the sponge and went to her room. I invited our son to come and cuddle with us too. I mean was it going to take an extra two minutes of my time, five minutes even to lay in bed with them cuddle recite some Quran and make them feel like they are loved and cared about until the very last minute of the day. It’s about them going to sleep feeling like it was a good day no matter what happened at school or whatever fears or struggles they had at the end of the day it’s us against the world and no matter what mama is there. It was just a simple moment that she’d asked for but I was telling her without really telling her that I had other things that were more important than her.

Perhaps in my head I justify it as I had spent the day with them, running errands for them, rushing around for them, cooking for them taking them to the library, driving across the city with them and many other “mom duties”.

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In Edmonton, Events, Parenting, Random Thoughts on
October 9, 2019

Get To Know The Know Tribe Edmonton

We have had the absolute pleasure of working with The Know Tribe Edmonton and had the opportunity to showcase Alberta Mamas alongside many other amazing lady run businesses in Edmonton in The Know Book. 

The reason we love everything about this endeavor is that it’s really all about women supporting women. Marina, Renata and Stephanie (Know Ambassadors) are women helping other women get out there and be seen. Not just creating connections within the group but with The Know Book, exposure that can be touched, felt and picked up by people all over the city.

The Book:

It’s a vetted guide that highlights dynamic women that are often under-the-radar, behind-the-scenes, and are busy perfecting their craft. It is a diverse collection of women from all walks of life, industries, ages, and backgrounds.

The Tribe

It’s a casual place where high-level, like-minded women come together to create and foster relationships. There are absolutely no mean girls allowed. We are a sisterhood.

The events that you can take part in are incredibly fun. One of the best parts is being in a group and realizing you are meeting people you follow on social, and admire, IRL. Connecting, inspiring and learning from each other.

You can even see what others have said about being part of the Tribe on YouTube!

Get In The Know 😉

There’s an event coming up that you can attend to really see what it’s all about.

October 17 at the Creative Hive! Check out the Eventbrite for all the details.

‘YOU CAN ALWAYS TELL WHO THE STRONG WOMEN ARE. THEY ARE THE ONES BUILDING ONE ANOTHER UP RATHER THAN TEARING EACH ANOTHER DOWN.’

In Uncategorized on
October 8, 2019

Ultimate Guide To Grey Cup Activities For Kids & Families In Calgary Nov 20-24

This year the Grey Cup will be taking place in Calgary and from Nov 20-24th there are several fun activities for kids and families to enjoy!

Ultimate Guide To Grey Cup Activities For Kids & Families

Tim Hortons Kick-Off Party – Nov 21st
Start your Grey Cup off right! Plan to join us at The FREE Tim Hortons Kick-Off Party as we commence four days of fun and fandom! This is an ALL AGES event with fun for the whole family to enjoy! Festivities include the arrival of the Grey Cup with surprise hosts, musical guests and entertainment.
Where: 1801 Big Four Trail SE
When: 6:00pm-6:30pm
Cost: FREE

Nissan TITAN Street FestivalNov 20th-23rd
Come explore more than 140,000 square feet of family-friendly outdoor activities! Ride the 169’ Jiffy Lube Tube Slide, awe at the 360-degree projection in the ATCO Stratosphere, experience live music and entertainment at the Outdoor Stage, enjoy an adult beverage at the Outdoor Beer Gardens, play a quick game of catch on the mini field, experience a brand new Nissan vehicle in a 50,000’ all-terrain test-drive zone, get your face painted, snap away at the exciting photo opportunities and much more!
Where: Stampede Park
When: Nov 20th 6:30-9:30pm, Nov 21-23rd 9:30am-9:30pm
Cost: FREE

Jiffy Lube / Pennzoil Tube Slide – Nov 20th – 23rd 
Experience downhill thrills on the FREE Jiffy Lube / Pennzoil Tube Slide at the Nissan TITAN Street Festival! Three lanes of high-speed, tubing fun for the whole family to enjoy! Hop on an inflatable tube and slide your way down the 169’ long slope!
Where: Lot 3, Stampede Park
When:
Nov 20th 6:30-9:30pm, Nov 21-23rd 9:30am-9:30pm
Cost: FREE

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