Harmony Ryan: Curating the Best for Mamas Through BuddhiBaby (+ Giveaway)

I first heard of buddhiBaby last year. It’s an online store, owned and operated by a local mom, who curates gift boxes that contain essential and popular items for moms, dads, babies and toddlers. I keep coming back, again, and again, and again, and not just because of the products. Harmony Ryan is the incredible momma behind it. Her all-around positive vibe,…

12 Baby-Friendly Autumn Activities in Edmonton

Do you have a new little pumpkin? Or two little pumpkins? Are you humming Raffi right now? (Sorry, ha-ha!!) Are you looking for the best ways to get out of the house with them this Autumn? I’ve compiled the ultimate list of festivals, social groups, events, and classes for new moms (and dads!) with newborns and preschoolers that are happening…

Why I Left My Dream Job — In One Word

You’ve heard the news. A few weeks ago, I hesitantly handed my boss the resignation letter I never thought I’d write. Those close to me knew this choice was out of character, especially for a woman with “so much potential” in my career. I’d recently returned back to work after maternity leave, still unsure of how to…

The 5 Elements of Being Baby-Friendly

I’m on a mission to make Edmonton more baby-friendly. But what does “baby-friendly” really mean? Have you ever had to change your newborn baby on the dirty tile floor of a restaurant or coffee shop? What about the seat of a booth or a hard, water-covered bathroom countertop? Or on the display bed at a department store? (Guilty…) Or gone…

How To Move Forward From A Traumatic Birth

I’ve been hesitant to share my birth story until now. Why? Because it was traumatic. I’ve kept it off my blog for two reasons: One: I didn’t think it would do expecting and new mothers any good. I want to be a central resource, not a cause of anxiety. However, talking openly about it with other new mothers has…

This Week: Stars & Strollers | Edmonton Cineplex Locations

I highly recommend going to Stars & Strollers at Cineplex with your newborn and/or older baby. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, parents and littles between the ages of 0 and 2 are treated like VIP. Your ticket will be $2 less than regular price and baby is free. You’ll enjoy lowered theatre volume, stroller parking, dim…

Rogers Place: Baby’s Tour Through the New Downtown Arena

All of a sudden, Downtown Edmonton has come alive. Last night, my husband and I heard a lot more street chatter and noise than usual through our condo window. Bike engines roared. Laughter floated through the air. We knew the reason: Rogers Place had officially opened it’s doors. This morning, Baby Alex and I joined our…

Poo, Pee, EC, Oh My: Debunking 6 Potty-Mouthed Myths With Danielle Gajewski

Each year, there are over 1.7 billion diapers dumped into landfills in Canada. That’s around 4,000,000 diapers per day. (Environment Canada, 2004 Statistics) Did you just cringe? Me too. There’s no denying that disposable diapers are terrible for the planet. They use hundreds of thousands of trees and tons of fluff pulp to make, are…

Clara Ansel-Houle: 5 Self-Care Secrets From Edmonton’s Yoga Doula

I begged Clara Ansel-Houle to let me write a shameless plug about her. She witnessed my birth, after all — and she just became a new mom — how appropriate! I asked Clara if she would share her top self-care secrets. When it comes to that, she is definitely an expert. Clara is a talented Yoga Instructor…

Urban Kids Playgroup: How Edmonton’s Downtown Families Meet Their Neighbours

Playgroups for babies and young children don’t just exist in Edmonton’s suburbs. Urban Kids Playgroup is a wonderful new initiative hosted by the Downtown Edmonton Community League (DECL). It might be the first playgroup of it’s kind. Urban Kids Playgroup has been running as a drop-in play event for only six months — and it’s gaining…

Athena Raypold: Bravely Sharing the Story of Her C-Section Birth

Becoming a mother is an intense rite of passage. As part of this blog, I want to share all memories of birth — not only the beautiful and empowering, but also the traumatic and painful birth stories. Our experiences should be validated, respected, and acknowledged, especially by our peers, medical care providers, support network, friends…