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 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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How to Enjoy Kid-Friendly Events in Edmonton Despite the Crowds

“I’m done here.” Little dude is tugging on my arm. “Go now.” I close my eyes and take a deep breath. I knew the words were coming. The event has started to get crowded and noisy. It’s starting to get difficult to navigate and line-ups have started to pop up at every activity station. “Mom,” […]

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5 Reasons to Sign Your Kids (And Yourself) Up for the Edmonton Public Library Card

Use at the first sign of boredom. That’s the slogan on my Edmonton Public Library card. And that’s what I do. I use my local library all the time. I’ll confess, as an avid reader, the library has always been a big part of my life but since becoming a parent, it has taken on […]

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Pause

It’s been a hard week. Not for my kids but for me. My oldest turned six and my heart broke just a little bit as it let go of the baby and embraced the big kid. Before this birthday, I never felt sad about watching my boys grow older. There was no pang of sadness […]

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Minimalism, Imagination Week and Lying to Your Kids

Minimalism is a buzz word that has taken over social media lately. Everyone wants to purge their house and buy less stuff.  Less is more. Unless you are a small child, in which case, every McDonald’s toy you have ever gotten is precious to you and your most favorite toy ever. If you are a […]

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