• Family Fun,  Health & Home

    Four Ways to Enjoy Winter in YEG

    We’re crawling out of the deep freeze and temperatures are on the rise, maybe only briefly, but I’ll take it for now! Working from home and homeschooling means we have the luxury of staying inside on the coldest of days, but after a few days in, the kids are climbing the walls and cabin fever is setting in. Getting outside and soaking up the Vitamin D is the best thing you can do when the winter blues start to take hold. Here are four fun, family oriented ways to be more active this winter.   Traditional Winter Fun  Skating and sledding are my family’s favorite winter activities.  I’ve never been a…

  • Family Fun

    SCA Fine Arts Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

    Strathcona Christian Academy Fine Arts put on a wonderful performance of the Little Mermaid back in February.  The girls and I enjoyed every moment, from the decorations throughout the hall, visits with princesses, and then the show itself!   Stunning singing and great performances took me back to when I was young and rewound my VHS copy of the movie over and over just to hear the songs again. It was a great moment seeing it live with the girls.  This year, SCA Fine Arts will be putting on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,  May 2-5, 2017. Tickets go on sale in the New Year and will be available on…

  • Family Fun

    Tree Lightings & Light Displays 2016 – YEG + Area

    Tree Lightings Beaumont – Brighten Up Beaumont Friday, November 25, 6pm-8pm, fireworks at 8:30pm  More info here Edmonton – Holiday Light Up November 12 4pm -7pm  More info here Fort Saskatchewan – Holiday Lights Up Celebration Friday, November 25, 5pm-7pm More info here Sherwood Park – Celebration of Lights Saturday, November 19, 3pm-5pm More info here Spruce Grove – Christmas in Central Park Saturday, November 26, 2:30pm-5:30pm  More info here St. Albert – Snowflake Festival Friday, November 25, 6:30pm-9pm  More info here  Stony Plain – Christmas Light Up Thursday, November 17, 6:30pm  More info here Light Displays Alberta Legislature Grounds – December 1 – 23  More info here Candy Cane Lane…

  • Family Fun

    CP Holiday Train is Coming To Edmonton!

    The CP Holiday Train 2016 schedule is out and it will be making a stop in Edmonton this year! Thursday, December 8, the Holiday Train will roll into the Edmonton station at 7935 Gateway Blvd.  It is scheduled to arrive at 7:45pm and from 8:15-8:45pm, you can enjoy live entertainment.   We have never made it to a Holiday Train event but it’s on the bucket list for this Holiday Season.  Bring a donation for the food bank and check out this spectacular sight. The complete route and information can be found on the CP Rail website.  Feature Photo credit Jerry Huddleston

  • Family Fun,  kids

    Our Favorite Sand Free Playgrounds in YEG

    Don’t get me wrong, I love sand, but it can stay at the beach.  With the weather cooling down in Edmonton, flip flops, shorts and tank tops are being replaced with sneakers, pants, sweaters and jackets. One of my biggest mommy pet peeves is sand in shoes, clothes, hair, and everywhere else! Plus, back in the spring my daughter had a cast on her foot, so we went in search of sand free playgrounds so she could still play without it affecting her cast. Recycled rubber is becoming the favorite choice when new playgrounds are being built. Here’s a list of our favorite sand free playgrounds in Edmonton. Alberta Ave…

  • Family Fun,  Get Back To Nature

    Get Back to Nature: Gold Bar Park Stream

    While Gold Bar Park is an amazing place to explore (largest urban park in Canada!), our favorite spot within it is a shallow stream that empties out into the North Saskatchewan River.   We first discovered this fun spot while visiting Rundle Park and saw people along the shore of the river on the other side.  We crossed the pedestrian bridge to Gold Bar Park and followed a narrow path through the trees that came out at the stream. The girls had fun wading in the water, picking up cool rocks and watching the minnows swim by. On our second trip back there was a summer recreation group exploring the…

  • Family Fun,  homeschooling

    Worldschooling From Home

    We are homeschoolers, we learn at home instead of in a brick and mortar school. I would also classify us as unschoolers, our lifestyle facilitates child led learning and exploration. Those two terms are becoming more mainstream, but there’s a new group of learners taking the world by storm (quite literally!). Worldschoolers are people that learn from the world around them, and this can be accomplished in many different way.  Some families prefer slow travel and spend many months or years in their new home away from home, some do short trips abroad and return to a home base, or some spend a short amount of time in a new area…

  • Family Fun,  Get Back To Nature

    Get Back to Nature: Whitney Lakes Provincial Park

    A few weeks ago the girls and I headed out on our first camping trip of the season.  I wanted to go to an area I hadn’t been before, but also one with a place for the girls to splash in the water and try out their new floaties. After some research and a few change of plans, I settled on Ross Lake Campground within Whitney Lakes Provincial Park.   Located 2.5 hrs east of Edmonton (or over 4 hrs when severe rain, hail and thunder storms cause you to pull over several times) in the County of St. Paul, this remote campground offers stunning lake views, private, treed campsites…

  • Family Fun,  kids

    G. Edmund Kelly Park: A Hidden Gem in YEG

    With hot summer nights here already, we love to head out after supper for a quick cool down before bed.  But with the larger spray parks jammed packed with excited kids, we sometimes want a quieter experience.  Then we came across this hidden gem in the Kilkenny neighbourhood, G. Edmund Kelly Park. This park includes a playground and spray park and is located at 150 Ave and 79 Street, Edmonton (easy access off 149A Ave and 82 Street). This spot offers a perfect evening escape with a moderate amount of people.  I love the fact that the playground and spray park are in the same park, but far enough away…

  • Family Fun,  Uncategorized

    Parades – YEG & Area 2016

    It’s Festival time in and around Edmonton and with festivals comes parades! Here’s a list of parades that your kids will enjoy this summer.  Click on the links for more information including start times and routes. June 4 – Farmers’ Days, Stony Plain June 4 – Pride Parade, Edmonton June 11 – Devon Days, Devon June 25 – St. Jean Baptiste Festival, Morinville July 1 – Canada Day, Fort Saskatchewan July 1 – Canada Day, Sherwood Park July 22 – K Days, Edmonton August 6 – Cariwest, Edmonton Be sure to bring a bag to collect some candy!  Feature Photo credit Kurt Bauschardt