Author: Julie

Julie Farrell lives with her two daughters, wife, and dog in a downtown Edmonton condo. She coordinates the Downtown Edmonton Community League’s Urban Kids program and is an advocate for community enhancement and mental health. Julie also blogs about urban family life, sustainability, and minimalism at www.fourinthecore.com.

5 Reasons to Take the Kids to Folk Fest

Folk Fest is here – Beginning in 1980 with one staff and 300 volunteers, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival has grown and matured to become one of the leading folk festivals in the world. Now boasting a volunteer force of over 2000 people, the festival in a not-for-profit society dedicated to bringing in the best […]

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How to Make Bannock for Breakfast

We’re getting prepped for a camping trip later this week, and of course I’m meal planning and making grocery lists like the true type A lady I am. One of the traditions we have, which gives me one less thing to think about, is bannock for breakfast. It’s incredibly simple, and the (bigger) kids can […]

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Worried About Summer Sports and Entertainment Cost? You Need to Know About Sports Central

As a single parent, or low income family, summer can actually be an extremely stressful time. It’s expensive to keep our kids busy! Spring sports, the equipment that goes with them, a new bike for the kid that never stops growing, and don’t forget the helmet. These things add up quickly, and can, for some […]

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Love is Love

We talk a lot, in our house, about what it means to be a great ally. If your children are school-aged, they’re already learning about this responsibility. Their teachers are working hard to show them what inclusivity looks like, and to activate their empathy. There is more to be done, though, and it has to […]

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POGO Car Sharing + How it Works in Downtown Edmonton

The kids and I recently gave Edmonton’s car-share program, Pogo, a try. Because we live right in the core, and my partner takes our one car to work every day, we usually use transit, bike, or borrow my mom’s vehicle, but I’d been eager to see how Pogo could work out for us, on occasion. […]

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Alberta to Review Discriminatory Housing Legislation

In Canada, landlords and developers cannot lawfully prohibit minors from living in a particular apartment or condo building. Similarly, they can’t discriminate based on sexual preference, religion, or race. Makes sense, right? What if I told you that the above statement isn’t actually true? Not entirely, anyway. Alberta is the only province where minors are […]

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The Ultimate Kid-Friendly Dinner ‘The Feast’

Kid-Friendly Charcuterie, the Easiest Summertime Dinner, Ever. Or as mine call it, “Feast dinner” This is seriously the simplest dinner to throw together! It’s great for using up leftovers, or the end of your bag of snap peas. I love not having to turn the oven on when the summer weather hits, and my kids […]

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Find Help for Little Worriers Through an Incredible Resource for Edmonton Kids Suffering from Anxiety

Many of us know that feeling of dread that we can’t quite put our finger on. Maybe we’ve got too much on our plate, or we’ve been hit with a recent landslide of bad news. Maybe we haven’t, and we can’t figure out why our chest feels so tight, or why we can’t calm down. […]

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