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.

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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How to have a Blast in Your Own Backyard

There are so many amazing activities, playgrounds, splash parks in Edmonton that I can forget that fun in the summer doesn’t have to mean leaving our backyard. A few days ago, little dude had enough exploring and insisted (loudly with foot-stomping) that he was NOT. LEAVING. HIS. HOUSE.  When little dude followed that announcement by […]

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Grass-Roof Houses, Canoeing and History – How to Spend a Day Exploring East of Edmonton

“We should take the kids to the Ukrainian Cultural Village.” I look at my husband and nod. The two of us had visited the site pre-kids but we had never taken the boys. And it’s perfect because I’ve wanted to visit Elk Island Park with the boys and the two sites are located within minutes […]

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Exploring Edmonton: The Telephone Historical Center

“Answer the phone,” Big Dude shouts. “Quick. It’s ringing over there.” As little dude looks around, a bit confused, I answer the rotary style phone and have a brief conversation with big dude. And for an hour that scene repeated itself again and again as we visited the Telephone Historical Centre. We had visited the […]

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Give Back: Canada Screams for Ice Cream on June 24th | 2017

“Can we get a cookie?” Little dude asks as we put our shoes on to go for a walk. “Where would we get a cookie?” I ask – enjoying the chance to tease him a little bit. “From the cookie lady at Sobeys,” Little dude is very serious as he shakes his head at me. […]

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