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In Contests, Edmonton on
October 22, 2018

Win Tickets to Glow Christmas

We are SO excited for Glow Christmas to come to Edmonton! Glow is the largest indoor Christmas festival in Edmonton with half a million lights lit up at the Enjoy Centre along with illuminated sculptures and playgrounds for kids.

It’s all the magic and wonder of an outdoor festival, hosted inside a cozy and spacious venue.

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Celebrate the Season with Simply Supper Fondue – Plus Giveaway

The Alberta Mamas get together once a month to meet and this time we had Simply Supper Fondue! We had so much fun chatting while dipping and tasting all the goodies!

What we loved:

  • Super generous meat servings.
  • You could tell the meat was marinated and seasoned – so tender!
  • The broth was also actually super flavourful too.
  • There was 6 of us eating and plenty of everything to go around.
  • There was something for everyone with all the variety.
  • Everything was pre-portioned and meat was cut into bite sized pieces.
  • Dips – so many and so many different flavours to try! Kept it fun!

And as a side note;

  • Cheese fondue was good just more like a spinach dip than your traditional cheese fondue.
  • We bought a veggie tray to add on even more variety.

The kit we got included Beef Tenderloin, Pork Tenderloin, Chicken and Shrimp, 4 dipping sauces, Spinach & Artichoke Cheese Fondue, Bread, Beef Broth Fondue, apples and potatoes. This Ready to Fondue Package serves 6-8 for $160.

Getting a babysitter is hard enough, never mind on New Years, or really any date night occasion. No prepping involved here – perfect for date night at home!  FYI – December 18th is the last day to order if you want a kit in time for New Years Eve.

They have two locations:

Rabbit Hill Road – South Edmonton

Albany Square – North Edmonton

Let us help you make that date night, or get together happen. Enter to WIN!

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This post was brought to you by Simply Supper. As always, all opinions stated are my own.

In Christmas, Contests, Parenting on
November 9, 2017

Getting Your Kids To Declutter The Toys

Looking to declutter the toys? Want your kids to help?

As we approach the holiday season most of us are looking to declutter some of the toys to make room for likely the crazy amount of new ones.

Now I typically will actually go through my kids rooms and toy boxes and get rid of toys myself. My in laws occasionally like to take my kids for the weekend and I use this time to sneak out things while they aren’t looking.

Most of the time they never even notice. Except that one time…….

Yeah I may have donated a barbie house my daughter got from someone that was in the back of her closet and she never used. She had proclaimed she no longer wanted to play with Barbies and gave them all to her sister; who has a barbie doll house too.

BIG MISTAKE PEOPLE!!!!!!! 

Weeks later she came to me, “Mom, where is my green Barbie house?”.

Oh no.

“Well, ummmmm Mommy thought you were done playing with it so she gave it to another little girl that is playing with it.”

*Insert tears and pleas to ask for it back*

So I was going to be smart about it this time. I told the girls it was time to go through the toys they had. There was an overflow and some other little girls or boys could benefit from these toys. Which they were already on board with. They usually are. (I’m lucky I know).

A trend however I notice, especially with my older daughter (6) is she is starting this sentimental value to things. So I made them a deal. If they could EACH fill a blue recycle bag of toys to donate I would take them to the store to get them one single new toy. Within reason of course.

At first I let them go at the toy box while I did dishes or something but I noticed a lack of progress. So I decided I go through it with them. .We started to declutter  the shared toybox on the main floor, which they were highly motivated to go through.

By the time we moved up to their rooms things got a bit more challenging. I started in my older daughters bedroom because I new if her younger sister (4) saw her big sister decluttering, she would. As we worked through her room, we would come across a couple situations and here is how I handled them.

  • Slight sentimental value – Not like her favourite doll her grandma gave her the toy but so and so gave it to her, even though she doesn’t care about it anymore. I would ask, “Do you think you will still have this memory with auntie if you don’t have this toy?” Or “Are there other things you have that remind you of your friend?” But at no point did I force her. She was allowed to keep something she really cared for.
  • I paid a lot for the toy – yeah I got hung up here a bit too. But I tried to give these toys to friends and family or sell them.
  • Multiples – This is an unnerving theme I noticed. They had a lot of the same toys! But especially teddy bears! So I would ask her “If you have 4 brown teddy bears, can you maybe keep one you really love and donate the rest?” and this she usually was pretty good with doing.

After it was all done they both had a full bag of toys to donate and as promised their Dad and I took them to the store and got them a toy.

They happened to both pick out a Fingerling (which I’ve heard is the hot toy for Christmas this year, so bonus they already have them!!!) And they were content. In addition, they helped us drop off the toys and got see and do the good deeds.

Want to get your kids to help declutter?

We teamed up with  

to give away a $100 gift card to help you buy those special toys your kids are after! Head over to our Facebook and post a picture of your kids’ donation pile (BIG OR SMALL!) in the comments to be entered to win the $100 gift card!

Did you know?

Mastermind Toys is Canada’s largest specialty toy and children’s books retailer with 60 locations! 

Mastermind Toys always offers free gift-wrapping on all in-store purchases! 

Mastermind Toys carries over 10,000 carefully curated specialty toys and books that their experienced toy buying team has sourced and hand-picked from across the globe! 

The Mastermind Toys Digital Gift Guide

is available at www.mastermindtoys.com

 

The Bitchin' Housewife

Jen is a yoga teacher, fitness enthusiast, and health blogger over at www.BitchinHousewife.com

In Contests, Edmonton, From the Editors on
October 15, 2017

Edmonton Fall Home Show Contest

The Edmonton Fall Home Show runs October 20-22nd 2017 and we are so excited! They have a huge line up of presentations on the mainstage (including Kortney and Dave Wilson from the hit show Masters of Flip) that will inspire you! You will leave the show with the information to flip, DIY, Relove, design and go green all in one place. You can see a full list of mainstage presenters here and the full Urban Barn Mainstage schedule here.

We are also excited to have our own Alberta Mama Deanne Ferguson from Box Social Event Planning taking part in their DIY Inspiration: Notable Nightstand challenge presented by Rust-Oleum Canada in support of Habitat for Humanity. She went shopping at Habitat for Humanity and using only Rust-Oleum® paints and stains and a frugal $50 design budget she has created two nightstands that you can bid on at the show with 100% of proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity. You can follow her progress as well as the other participants on social media by following the hashtag #EFHS17.

Not only is there a ton of stuff for your home the foodie in you will love the cooking stage area where you can learn how to transform your left overs, the art of cake, how to brunch fresh & locally, learn how to make spicy pickles and more. For a full cooking stage schedule click here.

The contest!

We want you to go and enjoy the Edmonton Fall Home Show and take home some items from Urban Barn! Enter below to win four tickets to the Edmonton Fall Home Show as well as:

Tatiana Tray Small Grey

Benton Throw Ash Rose

Family Photoline Display

STOP! Before you enter below please note that you MUST be able to pick up items and attend the show in Edmonton October 20-22nd.

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*Disclosure: This post & giveaway was sponsored but all opinions are our own*

In Contests, Lifestyle on
June 23, 2017

Canada Screams for Ice Cream PLUS Giveaway

Canada Screams for Ice Cream

Canada Screams for Ice Cream 

And can you blame us?

Not much says  “Summer” to Albertan’s more than unwrapping a cold, creamy ice cream.

Sobeys Inc., parent company of Sobeys, Safeway and IGA, is giving you a chance to not only celebrate Summer but Canada 150 as well with a warm-hearted community campaign.

As a proudly Canadian company, Sobeys will be hosting Canada Screams for Ice Cream at stores locations across Western Canada in support of local youth-focused charities. On Saturday, June 24, customers are invited to visit their local Sobeys, Safeway or IGA store and make a $2 donation in exchange for a tasty ice cream bar. One hundred percent of funds raised will provide healthy meals and snacks for more than 100 local charities across Western Canada. Sobeys Inc. will also match donations raised, to a total of $100,000.

Find a participating store in your area and the Youth Organization they are supporting by visiting www.treatyourcommunity.com

The Canada Screams for Ice Cream event will also mark the launch of Sobeys Inc.’s Kids Paying-it-Forward program. The program will see 150 kids from participating charities each receive $500 in gift cards to donate to a community group that has helped their family, friends or neighbours. Through this initiative, a total of $75,000 will be donated, allowing Sobeys Inc. to help Canadian charities shape future leaders and caring Canadians. Visit sobeys.com, safeway.ca or west.iga.ca for more information on these campaigns.

Twist our rubber arm. I guess we have to treat ourselves to ice cream this Saturday. The kids will be so sad 😉

While you’re here;

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This post has been sponsored by Sobeys, all opinions are our own