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.

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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I forgot the Father’s Day Card

It’s been a long day. A wonderful day, at the Vikings in the Street festival, but we’re exhausted.  With grocery shopping and bedtime still in front of us – we decide to divide and conquer. Don’t forget a Father’s Day card. I reminded myself all the way to the grocery store. Unloading groceries at home, […]

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10 Adventure-Ready Things to Keep in Your Car This Summer

My boys and I went to the zoo today and as I was cramming our stroller back into the car, I looked down into the large box in my trunk full of extra winter jackets, toques and mittens and realized that it’s time to update my ready-to-go box for the summer months. What’s a ready-to-go […]

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Heading to Calgary? You’ve got to Check out These Places on the Way

“Mom, guess what?” Big dude is practically vibrating with excitement, “Dad says we can go to Calgary this weekend.” I glance at our calendar and see that we have a completely free weekend.  With two sets of grandparents in Calgary, the quick weekend trip to Calgary is a regular occurrence and so is the 3.5 […]

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“It’s Been a Challenging Day”

“It’s been a challenging day,” I step into my husband’s arms for a comforting hug, my words both an explanation and a warning. It’s been a challenging day has become our code for the periods when Big Dude is feeling big feelings, all our requests are met with an argument, every slight is magnified, and […]

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Parents: Use This Simple Technique When You’re on the Phone to Stop Yelling Interruptions

“Mom!” “Mom!” “Mom!” I sometimes wonder if my kids have a built in radar system that alerts them whenever I am speaking to another adult to that they will know to come and interrupt me with the latest breaking news in their life. Two rooms over, happily watching their daily allotment of YouTube videos and, […]

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Summer is Full of Magic – But It’s Also Expensive

Summer is ice cream at the zoo, bike rides around the lake, bubbles in the front yard and exploring new parks. It’s a trip (or two to Calgary), a whole day at the beach, and heading to the mountains. It’s fresh air, loud noises, fast running and wondrous discoveries. It’s also expensive. That’s the part […]

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