Author: Allison

Allison is a mom of two energetic boys. Constantly trying to balance life, often caught between the needs of her boys, financial reality and her own desire for a meaningful career, you’ll find her leaning on her village in North Edmonton. Her philosophy of more experiences less stuff is constantly challenged by her kids love of all stuff.

Some Days We Allow “Too Much” Screen Time, And That’s OK

We are a technology-friendly house. With two iPads, two smartphones, two laptops, PlayStation, plus television and DVD player, my dudes have a lot of screen-time options. I know the guideline. I recognize the value of those guidelines AND I break those guidelines all the time. Driven by guilt that I wasn’t tracking their screen-time closely […]

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Tips For Surviving Multi-Family Photos When You Have Kids

Every year, we do family pictures with our whole extended family.  Fourteen people, from my parents who are in their sixties to my youngest nephew who is just about two, gather together and try to get photos taken with minimal crying and fighting (and that’s just us parents). After about a decade of family photos, […]

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It’s A Problem Everywhere, But it is Literally in Our Hands to Change in Our Own Communities

There is a problem in Edmonton. It happens in every neighborhood and at all times of the day. Most of us are guilty of doing it and the reality is that it puts our kids at risk. It needs to stop but it’s so hard to break the habit. Distracted driving. Keep reading. It’s important. […]

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Raising Children Who Choose to Read

“You’re so lucky that your boys like to read.” A mom at the playground whispered to me as big dude ran back to playground after coming over to tell us about this week’s library book that was tucked away in his backpack. I nod but I want to tell her that it’s not luck. My […]

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I want to touch it too, but my big dude would like to cut back on the hands-on a bit

I get it. I totally understand. I want to touch it all the time. Walking down the street. Cuddled up on the couch. In the middle of playing a board game. I want to reach out and touch my son’s curly blonde hair. I understand the urge. I do. Those blonde curls explode around his […]

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The Gems from Our Mothers

“I think I’m becoming mom,” I whisper into the phone to my younger sister. I have to whisper because I am also shoving chocolate into my mouth and I don’t want to share with my children (#adultingwin). “It’s probably not that bad, what did you do?” My sister is also whispering, I bet she’s eating […]

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10 Things to Know Before You Hit Up Calaway Park with the Kids

Calgary is our go-to city for weekend trips. As we were planning a mid-summer visit, my mom reminded me of all the childhood fun I had at Calaway Park.  Big dude has been obsessed with amusement parks lately so we added Calaway Park to our itinerary. We had a blast and it was just as […]

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Six Things You’ve Got to do at the Edmonton Valley Zoo

“Is the ice cream truck open because then I’ll go?” Big dude declares from his nest of blankets on the couch. I resist the urge to tell him that I was telling him that we were going to the Edmonton Valley Zoo, not asking him – especially since I am just excited that the ice […]

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Day Trip: Exploring the Alberta Railway Museum

“Mom – we’re going to the train place.” Big dude shouts from the couch, where despite the soaring temperature he is bundled under blankets. I look at my husband – I have no idea what big dude is talking about – does he? My husband spins the computer around so I can see the webpage […]

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Three Words to Change Your Life with Kids: Asked and Answered

“Mom – can we have a slurpee?” It’s 6:01 a.m. and, clearly, it’s going to be a long day. “Go back to bed. And no slurpee today. We had too much sugar yesterday.” I pull the covers over my head to hide from big dude’s negotiating. 10 minutes later, I’m out of bed, and I’m […]

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