In Lifestyle, Random Thoughts on
May 21, 2018

Book Review – How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

By Leah Ison

“The first rule is that you don’t fall in love, ‘ he said… ‘There are other rules too, but that is the main one. No falling in love. No staying in love. No daydreaming of love. If you stick to this you will just about be okay.”

There have been many stories about the curse of time that have sparked the romantic in me. The Time Traveler’s Wife, Winter’s Tale and Outlander to name a few. When I came across How to Stop Time, I immediately grabbed it, not just for it’s whimsical cover, but for the excitement of possibly finding a book that will pull me away from my own curse of time as a work-at-home-mom. Take me away, I demanded!

Did it pass the test? Yes and no.

The concept behind the story is neat. Tom Hazard is a seemingly normal 41-year-old-man, but because of his rare condition, he has been alive for centuries. Only aging one year in every 15 or so years, Tom has found himself to be over 400-years-old and starting a new career as a (surprise!) History teacher. Some may find that predictable, but to me, it felt charming. He could easily take advantage of his knowledge and condition and be something spectacular, yet he feels too insignificant. He strives to be normal in a world trying too hard to be different.

During his long lifetime, Tom has been in love, even though the first rule is to never take that jump. Who makes up these rules, anyway? A man named Hendrich who started a group called the Albatross Society to control everyone with their condition. Breaking the rules seems to be Tom’s thing. He has too much heart.

As much as I loved the author’s writing and characters, I was left craving more heartbreak. I yearned for a larger focus on Tom’s meaningful relationships, rather than him name dropping people like Shakespeare, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Captain Cook. Don’t get me wrong, it’s cool that he met them, but I feel like they made an unbelievable story even more unbelievable. If that makes sense.

Overall, and despite what I felt the story was lacking, I read the book in two nights. It was enjoyable and entertaining. In fact, I suggest you pack it up and let it join you on vacation. It’s the perfect beach read, and we could all use some beach right about now. Let’s close our eyes and dream …  

Leah is a full-time work-at-home-mom, stepmom, and total bookworm. 
Check out her Bookstagram at yegbooklovers

The One-of-a-Kind International Children’s Festival of the Arts is Coming + {Giveaway}

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.

There’s no shortage of fun at this festival!

Photo Russell Bingham

From Toddlers to Big Kids

This festival has been igniting the imagination of children and families across the region for over 35 years. With music, stories, & live theatre including a re-telling of Thumbelina, skillfully blending dance, puppetry and live music. Also, the world of Neverland brightens up the stage with aerialists, tumblers and jugglers. Stories really do come alive with so many more diverse main stage Feature Performances , site activities, a pancake breakfast and even free things to do!

Thumbelina – photo Michel Pinault 2017

Neverland

New This Year

Festival organizers will launch a pilot program, designed with the help of the Centre for Autism Services Alberta and Autism Edmonton, to support children and other visitors with sensory processing disorders. “We’re always looking for ways to make the Festival more inclusive. This initiative, generously funded in part by the Edmonton Community Foundation, is designed for kids with a range of special needs and offers a variety of supports, such as calming zones, enhanced way-finding, and kits equipped with noise and light dampening devices, to help manage sensory overstimulation,” Jerrott explains.

Plan Your Day

From the Festival Flyer to the Festival Map and of course, there’s Toddler Town , they’ve got a so many online resources available. There’s even a FREE app for Android and Apple!

© Marc J Chalifoux Photography 2017

Enter to WIN a FAMILY PASS to the Festival!

This includes: 2 Butterfly Passes and 2 Adult Feature Performance Tickets to be used Saturday, June 2 or Sunday, June 3. The Butterfly Pass includes one Feature Performance*, one wristband for unlimited access to all site activities and Toddler Town, a caricature trading card and a Festival treat.

 Winner will bring a certificate to the Arden Theatre Box Office to redeem tickets
  • The Feature Performance must be selected at time of purchase
  • *This certificate is not valid for the Festival Finale
  • *All shows subject to availability     Arden Theatre Box Office 780-459-1542
Monday – Friday: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM Weekends: Closed  See website for Festival box office hours

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This post was sponsored by the City of St. Albert. As always, all opinions stated are our own. 

In Lifestyle, Parenting, Style on
May 17, 2018

DIY Mobile: Multiculturalism in Motherhood through Exploration and Creation

By Gabriela Tellier

Like many Alberta mamas, I am an immigrant mother. I arrived in Edmonton when I was 17 years old, and was welcomed to a beautiful city, to a beautiful province and country, that I now call home. Today, I am the mother of two young children, and am privileged to introduce to them the culture of their home land, as well as that of their mother’s. My children are Canadian, and they are also Peruvian.

We recently celebrated Canada Day, a day that is very special for all Canadians, those who were born here, and those who arrived later in life. Inspired by that, I share this DIY. As a mother raising bicultural children, I am always looking for creative and fun ways to teach my children about both cultures. By getting the kids outside to explore, and making art together, I embrace multiculturalism in motherhood and honor the land that gave a home to my children and to the culture that came before them.

Exploration

Our DIY begins in the outdoors where we collect our materials. I have a two year old daughter and a 6 month old son, and one of their favorite things to do is to be outside exploring nature. During our walks on the many beautiful Edmonton trails, my daughter picks up dandelions, pine cones, fallen branches, and she learns about the native flora. Through exploration, my children are embracing the nature of their homeland, and learning to love their mother’s language as they practice the names for trees, flowers and rocks in English and Spanish.

Creation

I like easy, simple and affordable DIYs. In this case, most of the materials are collected from nature, and the rest you most likely already have, or are easy and inexpensive to get (ie. Dollar Store).

You’ll need:
– Dandelions, pine cones, sticks (but the potential for materials is endless).
– String
– Glue Gun
– Scissors

We began by cutting the stems off the dandelions we collected. We placed them face down between two sheets of paper in a large heavy book, and allowed them to dry.


My daughter helped me tie “talking knots” or “quipu” into the string, a practice that is native to her Andean culture. The number and color of the knots conveyed meaning, sort of like writing. In this mobile, the number of knots in the strands read my children’s birthdays, and we used a green marker to color them.

Once the dandelions were dry, I glued a small piece of cardboard onto the back of the flowers for easier handling, and glued them back to back onto the string. I tied pine cones different heights and secured a little Spanish note in the shape of a leave in there for a special touch.

Once two pieces were completed, I placed them together at a perpendicular angle, and secured them with wrapped knot leaving a little loop at the top for hanging. And voila!


Gathering materials that are abundant in the Albertan flora, with addition of details native to my ethnic culture, my children and I create a simple, but special, piece of art that brings activity, culture, nature, and a sense of identity together. All encompassed by something all mothers, of all cultures, share – love.

I hope this inspires one of you.

Gabriela is a Peruvian mother of two young children and lives in Edmonton. Inspired by motherhood, she uses her blog as the platform in which she explores and documents her journey and growth as a mother and woman, through storytelling, pictures, words, and DIYs.  Find Gabriela on her Blog, & Instagram 

Learn to Bike this Summer with Pedalheads! (+ Giveaway)

Biking camps in Alberta

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.

Biking camps in alberta

A few reasons why I think Pedalheads camps are so successful:

  • The instructors are quality! All of the instructors on site were knowledgable and comfortable working with kids in a way that made them feel ok with taking risks.
  • They played. There were a lot of play and games incorporated into the daily activities. The kids got to “drive their cars” on special routes and even finished the week with a bike parade where they decorated their own bikes. Fun = Learning!
  • They learned that having a bike is a responsibility. During the week bike care is taught. The kids are expected to learn about parts of their bikes, how to maintain it as well as store it. This, to me, is just as important as learning how to ride.
  • Safety is paramount. At Pedalheads there is a big focus on bike safety. Based on the age group they are in, kids learn about signals, rules of the road, navigating different surfaces, etc.
  • The classes are small. Your child will get the one on one attention that they need to develop skills in a comfortable environment, without being overwhelmed with a huge group.
  • There is always room for a challenge. By the end of the week, my son’s group was working on riding up ramps! As soon as a child had mastered a skill they would be given something else to try.

Biking camps in Alberta

There’s multiple levels to choose from, so you can find the perfect fit based on your needs or progress through them all! Kids can start Pedalheads programs while riding a trike or balance bike and move into Level One where they learn to get rid of the training wheels, Level Two where they learn to start and stop on their own and progress all the way up to Level Eight (Crankheads) where they become proficient with gears, riding in light traffic and trips up to 1.5 hours! If you have a child who is ready to take on the trails there is also Pedalheads Mountain Biking program (in certain locations) to develop skills in a supervised environment. Regardless of which level you choose there is a focus on safety and each class promises to be small and engaging.

We should also mention that Pedalheads isn’t JUST about biking! In Alberta kids can register for the Heroheads Program, which focuses on multi sport development with a superhero twist. Participants will be busy exploring baseball, soccer, archery, dance, football and more with carefully designed skills and sport challenges. The weeklong camp culminates with the exciting ‘Rescue Race’ which puts their skills to the test all while working with the superhero theme!

Sports camps in Alberta

Win a Week Long Pedalheads Camp!

We are excited to be able to GIVEAWAY a half day week long camp to one lucky winner in Alberta this year! Just follow the instructions via the Rafflecopter Widget below!
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We can not wait for our camp to start this year! Keep an eye on our social media feeds where we will be sharing our experiences:)

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Bike camps in Alberta

*This post was sponsored by Pedalheads. As always, all opinions are our own.

 

In Parenting, Random Thoughts, Working Mama on
May 12, 2018

A Full Time Working Moms Note to Her Kids This Summer

I have been blessed. Previously working from home, and only part time I was able to spend much of the summer having fun with my kids. This will be the first summer I am working full time out of the house and I’m full of all the feels.

Little ones the times have changed.

Mama can’t watch you play in the sunshine, day after day.

She has a new adventure that takes her away.

She’ll miss slathering on the sunblock to spend hours outside.

And you should know her thoughts will stray.

To when you were just an arms length away.

To when her job was tending to you.

Duty calls, bills to pay.

But she wouldn’t have those years any other way.

So while you’re having fun with your new friends,

and new adventures where mama won’t be.

Don’t forget, she’ll need a big hug when you see her

lots of snuggles,

and to hear all about what you’ve done and the things you see.

Edmonton's Child

In Health, Parenting, Uncategorized, Working Mama on
May 11, 2018

Moving Out at Seven Months – Or Across the Hallway

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.

Avent Monitor

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.

Avent

Now we are seven months in – she sleeps on average 8-10 hours a night (I AM SO SORRY to any parents reading that who are getting nowhere near that kind of sleep- we were there, I’m sure we’ll be back there again), and the recommendation is to venture off into the big scary world – which in reality is a beautiful green nursery room quite literally one half step away from our own bedroom.

All of a sudden access to watching her through technology has become important. But what else is important – having tools to sometimes limit that access so you don’t go crazy. A few days ago, my mom was watching me watch the monitor during nap time. She said, “you know – I think we might have had it easier before, we just shut the door and walked away”. She might be right, but I don’t think my nerves could have handled that!

So what do you do when you want the maximum and the minimum inability to watch over your little one? You have to find a monitor that gives you balance and options.

We have been using the Philips Avent Digital Baby Video Monitor with ECO mode and it’s working great for a number of reasons. Some funny, some thoughtful, all of them useful.

  1. It is not hard to turn on. (That’s what she said – sorry, I had to).
  2. There are several ways that you can monitor your baby. Video, Audio. VOX and a wonderful setting called ECO.

Video is pretty obvious, it constantly shows you what your baby is up to. Great to catch those moments when she finally rolls over for the first time – which we saw on the monitor! As well, when your child is sick or fussy, or you and your partner just want to have a glass of wine and watch your greatest creation sleep peacefully away and completely forget those awful sleepless nights like they never happened.

Audio – a function I never thought I would use until my mom made the comment about shutting the door and walking away. I had/have a bad habit of staring into the screen like life’s meaning will somehow appear. When I tried it on Audio it was amazing how much more relaxed and engaged I was for the rest of the evening with the people who were actually awake. Those people are called adults. I miss those people.

Vox. Once you get comfortable with Audio, give VOX a try. In this setting your video screen won’t turn on unless baby really makes a fuss and needs your attention. Very handy and also gives you an ability to relax more like the Audio function.

ECO. You will forget to charge your monitor. It will happen. You’ve had a baby – you’ve left car keys in fridges, every coffee you’ve had since baby in the microwave, and countless other things that pre-baby you would have never forgotten to do.

  1. Temperature monitor – something I didn’t even realize I needed. We bought our gorgeous home because of two reasons: It was close to grandparents, and it was close to grandparents. But a third very important reason was because of a beautiful solarium that is picture perfect. But the giant south facing wall of windows means that you are completely out of sync with what your home feels like. Because of that room, it is hard to tell which rooms of the house are getting too hot or too cold at any given time, and since she naps in a playpen there in the day sometimes, or in the bedroom sometimes – it’s a great feature to have. I love that I can set an alert to let me know when the room has hit a certain degree.
  2. You can make this monitor whatever you need it to be, including vibration over sound to get your attention. You can set it for different sensitivities, which is crucial when your doctor tells you to stop picking up your baby every whimper and JUST LET HER SLEEP.
  3. It sings. Okay maybe not sings but it does have a selection of lullabies that you can turn on from a different room to help soothe your baby back to sleep. And if that doesn’t work the talk command is great so that they can hear your voice without having to even enter the room. It is also a very fun way to scare your partner from another room. Especially when you can catch their reaction on video.

Things to consider

The one feature it doesn’t have is the ability to move the sightlines of the monitor from your device. It hasn’t been an issue for us as the monitor covers the entire crib space (and then some) but if you need something to be able to scan across a room you would find a challenge.

As I practice with the monitor during nap times – I am thinking of the night, probably not too far away from tonight, when I am going to put Nova down in her own room, kiss her goodnight and step across the hallway into a bedroom she once occupied. It is going to break my heart – I know this. But I am also going to get some sleep. And I am going to be fine with all of it because this is what it means when they say “The days (and nights) are long – but the years are short”, so I savor every moment.

This post was written by Suzanne Pescod, mama to one little girl as well as Marketing & Communications Director for  and  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. 

In Health, Lifestyle, Uncategorized on
May 11, 2018

Ramadan 101

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.

Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan?

There are many reasons that Muslims fast:

  • Sawn (fasting) is one of the five Pillars of Islam
  • Act of devotion to Allah.
  • Time of heightened spirituality
  • Empathy for those who are less fortunate
  • Practice of self-discipline
  • Health benefits
  • A special time for family and community; strengthening relationships
  • God’s wisdom guides Muslims to fast for reasons beyond their understanding

What do Muslims refrain from during Ramadan?

Unlike other Faiths where worshipers may refrain from certain things for the entire time like that of Lent, Muslims only do during fasting hours; sunrise to sunset.  This includes:

  • Food
  • Drinks (yes, not even water)
  • Smoking
  • Spousal intimacy
  • Speaking ill of others
  • Uncontrolled tempers
  • Gossiping
  • And more

How can you show respect to someone fasting Ramadan?

  • Be genuine; you may have questions and that is perfectly fine. Be sure you are asking from a place of genuine curiosity and not judgement.
  • Be normal around them. It is okay to eat and drink around them. Muslims believe that the blessing is in the struggle. They are consciously choosing to fast, and would not want to feel like they make things awkward for others.
  • When planning work lunches, or celebrations, take them into consideration. If something must be planned during Ramadan, know that your Muslim colleague may or may not attend.  Respect their choice, they are not trying to offend.
  • Give them space; if you notice your colleague withdrawing a little and no longer coming out for lunch like before it is not personal. As Ramadan is a time of heightened spiritual practices they may choose to use their lunch break to do that. Also, they may be a bit tired and need some down time.
  • Try to be understanding. Fasting is a difficult task but with great reward. With long fasting hours, you may notice some colleagues asking for adjusted work hours. Try to understand that they are doing their best to balance their personal spiritual life with their work.  It is about ensuring their personal life does not affect their work performance.
  • There are many reasons someone may not be fasting at any given time or even at all. Some include: pregnancy, menstruation, illness, need for medication and so much more. If you see your colleague eating or drinking be respectful and do not ask them why. Fasting or not fasting is a very personal experience and there is no need to ask. If they want to, they will tell you.
  • Give it a try. If you want to experience fasting, then go for it! Try it for a couple hours, for a whole day, try it!

With your patience, support and respect you can help ensure your Muslim colleagues have an easier and more spiritual Ramadan.

Mona Ismaeial is a modest fashion blogger, writer and community organizer. As Director of External Affairs with Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council – AMPAC, Mona advocates for Muslim women and promotes their civic engagement, builds interfaith bridges, and is passionate about bringing awareness about Islamophobia to light in public forums. A trained teacher and seasoned educator, Mona lectures on a variety of subjects across the province, including Islamophobia, bullying, building acceptance, and multiculturalism. Her favourite thing to do is spend time with her 2 children enjoying all Edmonton has to offer!
In Business, Edmonton, Working Mama on
May 9, 2018

5 BIG Emotional Mistakes People make while buying or selling Real Estate

By Sajida Pellegrini

Buying and Selling real estate is usually  a very emotional process. As a REALTOR® I  know  part of my job is to remain objective and keep my clients on track. This is because people may not be thinking as clearly as they would like to during the process, which can lead to mistakes that can cost them.

Why do people make emotional mistakes in real estate?

Real estate transactions often coincide with important life events both happy and not so happy. For example having a baby can be an amazing joyful experience, however it is often accompanied by many stress factors. Parents  are overwhelmed with so many important decisions about the baby, and now have to also think about logistical issues of perhaps needing more living space to raise a family.  And can they  afford to upgrade to a larger home?

Other emotional life events that often accompany a real estate transaction include divorce, a death in the family or moving to a new city.

Here are the 5 most common (emotionally triggered) mistakes I see people make:

  • Pricing your home incorrectly for the market

It’s hard to stay objective when pricing your own home. Your home is the largest investment you have likely made in your lifetime and you have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into it. As a REALTOR® I want to see you get the maximum amount of money for your home and not a penny less.

However when pricing your home, it is important to stay objective.

What I like to do is sit down with all potential clients and show them exactly what other similar homes in the same neighbourhood are selling for. We actually look at MLS® together and go through all the comprable homes that have ACTUALLY SOLD in the last 90 days.

Together we come up with a price that makes sense and feels right to the seller. Buyers will shop around, so if they find a home that is similar to your home for much less, it’s unlikely they will pay more for yours. The first two weeks your home is on the market is crucial and when you will see the most activity. Being priced correctly right out the gate can give you a big edge in the market.

  •  Renovating the home with a very specific taste.

Your home is your castle and who doesn’t want to make it their own? It’s important  however to remember  that the average person moves every 5 to 7 years. With that in mind think very hard about what renovations you want to do and whether they will help improve your home by adding value or if they will  deter buyers from buying your home.   If you are thinking you may move, you will want to consider which types of renovations to actually do.

For example, wall colour is easy to change. You may love those red walls -so go for it. However when you are ready to put your house on the market, budget for a painter to paint the walls with a neutral palate. Your house not only will likely sell faster but you will usually get 90% of what you paid the painter back.

But watch out for more permanent, unorthodox changes. For example you may think installing a hot tub in your living room is a fabulous idea! It’s likely the future inhabitants won’t!

  • Over improving your home for your neighbourhood.

Renovations can add value to your home but be careful about how much money you spend and on what. We all know kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, so these are good areas to improve.

Depending on your neighborhood, you may want to stay away from the exotic granite countertops and ultra-high end finishes. Although you will likely see some return on investment, if you “over improve” in a less desirable area, you may not get as much back as you expect.

When thinking about renovating also consider asking a REALTORS® opinion. This can even help you if you are working with a builder. A Realtor can not only help negotiate the price for you, but can also negotiate things like finishes, landscaping and appliances and tell you what is appropriate for the neighborhood and what type of return on investment you can expect if you sell.

  • Buying the wrong layout for your family

We have all done it. Gone to a show home and fallen in love! Or even fallen in love with a resale home that is staged amazingly well.

If you are a buyer, be cautious of all the pretty staging. Before you start looking, you should sit down with your REALTOR® to discuss your wish list. This should include things like “absolute must haves”, “like to haves” and what you “can live without”.

An experienced realtor can also guide you on what type of layout is better for a growing family and what might be okay for an adult-only lifestyle. Focus on the functionality of the home and watch for things like the entryway. Is it large enough? Is there enough closet space? How much counter and cupboard space does the kitchen have? How does the space flow? Every family is different so think about how you and your family live and use space.

  • Buying a home that your family cannot afford

The first thing you should do when thinking about purchasing a property is to sit down with a mortgage broker. A mortgage broker can take a look at your finances, calculate your debt to income ratio and tell you about any recent changes with  mortgage rules.

Once you are pre-approved and your mortgage rate is locked in for 60-90 days you can move on to house shopping.

It’s important to also remember that just because you “qualify” for a mortgage at a certain level, does not mean you should necessarily maximize this amount. Think about things like do you plan on taking vacation? What other  activities  do you and your family partake in? What type of lifestyle do you want live?  Buying your dream house is exciting until you realize you are house poor and cannot afford to do things you once loved. Your REALTOR® should be able to guide you, look at your budget and show you homes you can actually afford in a neighborhood that is right for you.

About Sajida Pellegrini

Houses are more than just land and buildings to be bought and sold. They are people’s homes that create the lifeblood of communities. It’s the spirit of the community that inspires my work as a REALTOR and as a volunteer. I love giving back to Edmonton in various ways including feeding those in need at the Hope Mission Centre, volunteering for my community’s events and through the greater good program at The Good Real Estate Company.

When I’m not helping my clients I spend time enjoying my own home and community with my family, drinking a Chai at my local Remedy cafe and connecting with friends over a glass of wine.

I’ve always had a knack for marketing and promotions. It’s truly what sets me apart as a REALTOR . I do not rely solely on traditional real estate marketing strategies. I love using social media in unique ways that will allow your property to shine. Using live stream videos, professional photographs and spending my marketing dollars on promoting your property, rather than promoting myself as a REALTOR® . I know if I do my job well my clients will recommend me to others, and in my opinion that is the best type of promotion.

Links

Website : www.sajida.ca
Facebook :@sajidapellegriniTGRC
Twitter :@realtor_yegmama
Instagram :realtor_yegmama

 

 

In Edmonton, Uncategorized on
May 8, 2018

Summer Camps With Kepler Academy

One of our favourite child care providers in Edmonton is offering summer camps this summer! Using the same innovative approach to education Kepler Academy has joined these approaches and curriculum to day camps in July and August for children ages 5 to 12.

There are three summer camp modules for your kids;

  •  The Amazing Race
  • The Arctic
  •  Real-Life Superheroes

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Amazing Race Module

During the Amazing Race module children will create their own passport, study maps and search for clues, imagine traveling and exploring other countries.

Arctic Module

In the Arctic module, children will learn about famous polar explorers, dive into the Arctic Ocean and study its importance and explore the different plants, animals and discover the unique geography in the north.

Real-Life Superheroes Module

Although I’m partial to the Amazing Race and the Arctic (hello Narwhals!) this module looks like it would be really fun for the kids. This module introduces children to Real-Life Superheroes. In this module they children will meet important everyday superheroes in their community and explore how their own superhero potential makes an impact on their city.

Locations

Kepler Academy has three locations in Edmonton, Westlink Center (16826 – 107 Avenue), Sun Life Place  (10123 99 Street) and College Plaza (8215 112 Street)

About Kepler Academy

The name Kepler derives from the Kepler Telescope the same telescope NASA uses to discover distant planets, and what an amazing symbol for what it is that children do. Children are constantly discovering; their hands, their feet, and social interactions. Childhood IS discovery.

The Program

Kepler Academy is an innovative childcare provider in Edmonton that is rethinking early childhood development and education by working on 6 areas of learning which are modified depending on the child’s age:

  • Social and Emotional
  • cognitive
  • Discovery
  • Intellectual
  • Language
  • Physical and fine motor.

Kepler’s Exploratory Education approach means creating a program that focuses on a mix of learning-through-play and a curriculum that promotes discovery, with extra-curricular activities like yoga, jiu-jitsu, robotics, coding cooking and more. They are changing the way children discover their passions.

Registration

Kepler Academy’s Summer Camp space is limited, so early registration is recommended. For rates and to register, e-mail info@kepleracademy.ca or phone 780-700-9427. Summer Camps run at two of Kepler’s three Academies: College Plaza and Westlink Center. You can also register online for childcare at one of Kepler Academy’s three locations. Visit their website and use the downloadable form.

Kepler Academy is an exceptional childcare provider and you can view all of Kepler Academy’s childcare programs at
www.kepleracademy.ca/child-care- programs.

 

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Email:  info@kepleracademy.ca

Call 780-700- 9427 for more information

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.

I used to beat myself up and stress over my lack of playing ability. I thought in order to be a great mom, I had to be great at everything. But guess what? I don’t have to be. In fact, I’d bet every mom has an area (perhaps even more than one) that they feel they are failing at- even the moms who look like they stepped out of the pages of Vogue or have Pinterest inspired birthday parties or who get on the floor and play with their kids every day. Yet we somehow all feel like failures and that we don’t measure up to other moms.

You know who doesn’t suck at playing? My husband.

He will get down on the floor and come up with elaborate scenarios and situations for Ryder and the pups, build crazy award winning hot wheels tracks and sit and have so many cups of “tea” he has a British accent. He is a fabulous player. And I have never felt the need to compete with him over it.

Instead I am grateful my kids have a dad with imagination and wants to play. But if another mom came along and started playing with my kids, I know I’d feel this twinge of inadequacy in my stomach and that I better get down on the floor cause what if she thinks I’m a bad mom? When did we as moms start putting so much pressure on ourselves to compete against each other and to be the “best”? When we did we start feeling judged if we aren’t “perfect”?

The sad thing is, I can almost guarantee our kids don’t care about any of it. They don’t care what kind of birthday cake they have. They don’t care if you live in yoga pants and ponytails. They don’t care if the pancakes at Easter brunch are boring normal looking pancakes. They don’t care if you have zero imagination. They just want your time and your love. And in return they love you unconditionally, no matter what.

I can also pretty much guarantee that the person you’re competing with is your own voice in your head. I would never talk about another mom the way I judge myself. I don’t look down at the frazzled mom at school drop-off, cause chances are, it’ll be me tomorrow. I don’t go to a birthday and turn down birthday cake because it’s cupcakes with Betty Crocker icing. Let’s stop striving for “perfection”. Let’s stop worrying and putting pressure on ourselves. Let’s all just be who we are, faults and all.

Mara Needham is a stay at home mom to 6 year old boy and 3.5 year old girl. Wife of 8 years. She lives in Peace River and has an unhealthy love of food and country music.  Find Mara on 

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