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I Suck at Playing…and it’s OK


By Mara Needham of Peace River, AB

I like to think I’m doing pretty ok in the mom department: I pack my kids (relatively) healthy lunches every day, we are on time for school, we read stories at bedtime and for the most part my kids are happy, well adjusted kids. But I have a confession. There is one area where I am severely failing as a mom: I suck at playing. While I’ll play board games, card games and do puzzles with my kids, when it comes to imaginative play- you know the kind where you’re down on the floor building Legos, having a tea party, playing hot wheels and trains or coming up with new Paw Patrol episodes to act out in the basement- I am awful.

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February 1, 2018

I Live Where The Air Hurts My Face

By Mara Needham

12 years ago I moved to Peace River, a town of 6000 people, (at the time there wasn’t even a Walmart) 500 km north of Edmonton, for a job. Fast forward to present day and I have a wonderful husband and am a stay at home mom to 2 gorgeous children and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

It’s not always easy living 250 from the closest major center (Grande Prairie is a couple hours away). There’s a definite lack of shopping, although thankfully Walmart did set up shop a few years ago, online shopping is my best friend. But this time of year, the biggest hurdle for a lot of people up here is the “I live where the air hurts my face” meme was invented about us. It was -43 (before the wind chill) a few days ago. According to the weather across the world, Peace River was the 6th coldest place on Earth. The north and south poles were warmer than my town.

Now, of course, my Facebook feed was filled with statuses complaining about the cold and how everyone just wanted to go back to bed. While I am not saying that I like it that cold, or that those temps don’t cause problems (we’ve had 3 water main breaks in less than a week in town and there was a gas shortage in a town north of us), I wasn’t one of the complainers. My kids still went to school that day…we definitely had chocolate after school to warm ourselves up, but life didn’t stop for the cold. And here we are almost a week later and it’s a beautiful sunny winter day. Perfect for tobogganing or skiing or snowmobiling The -43 days aren’t all winter, and I like having all 4 seasons.

There is something to love about every season in this town. In spring, our valley starts to green up and the days are longer (in winter often you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark). In summer we have daylight til 10 or 11…giving you more time outside to enjoy camping, boating on the river or whatever your favorite summer activity is.

Fall is beautiful in the Peace Country- the valley is filled with oranges and yellows and reds…local photographers are out in full force, capturing the beautiful scenery. And winter? It’s days like today…watching my kids run and play in the snow, having snowball fights, making snow angels, snowmobiling, tobogganing, skiing, skating…you name it.

So while the air may hurt my face some days…most days it’s pretty awesome.

My name is Mara Needham. I am 32 year old stay at home mom to Grayson (6) and Madeleine (3.5) in Peace River, AB. I have been married to my husband Sean for almost 8 years. I have never written a blog of any kind before, but up until I became a mom I wrote commercials for the local radio station. Find me on FacebookTwitter , & Instagram


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January 24, 2018

Never Ever Days: A chance to try Skiing & Snowboarding on the cheap

Never Ever Days Alberta

I haven’t been skiing or even to a ski hill for or over 20 years. There are however days where I think it would be fun to try it again – but the price tag that comes along with it (for something I may not like) isn’t something that I am willing to shell out for…

Never Ever Days Alberta

However, as I was scouring the internet one day I came across information about Never Ever Days. These are for anyone who’s ever considered trying skiing or snowboarding and it’s just $25 (+tax). This ultimate beginners package includes everything you need – equipment rental, beginner lift ticket, and a lesson. The best part is that Never Ever Days has 15 ski areas in Alberta and over 80 across Canada.

Locations for Never Ever Days in Alberta

  • Castle Mountain Resort – Pincher Creek
  • Hidden Valley Ski Resort –  Elkwater
  • Kinosoo Ridge Snow Resort –  Cold Lake
  • Lake Louise Ski Resort –  Lake Louise
  • Long Lake Ski Hill –  Thorhild
  • Misery Mountain Ski Area –  Peace River
  • Mt Norquay –  Banff
  • Nakiska Ski Resort –  Kananaskis
  • Nitehawk Year-round Adventure Park – Grande Prairie
  • Pass Powderkeg Ski Resort – Coleman
  • Rabbit Hill Snow Resort –  Leduc County
  • Ski Marmot Basin –  Jasper
  • Snow Valley Ski Club –  Edmonton
  • Sunshine Village –  Banff
  • Valley Ski Hill – Alliance

How to register

Spots for Never Ever Days need to be booked online and are on a first come first serve basis. Different ski areas have different dates available and anyone age 9 and above can register. To see what dates are available for ski areas in Alberta as well as ski areas across Canada check out the Ski Canada website here.

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