Schoena & Tara: The Sisters Behind Yo Mama Maternity

One of the best part of blogging has been getting to know the people behind business that serve expectant and new mothers in Edmonton. I’d like to introduce Schoena and Tara, the sisters (in-law) behind Yo Mama Maternity. I love their vibe, their attitude and their hilarious motherhood postings on Facebook and Instagram. Both of these women have a…

Sarah Baeumler: Three Secrets to Success as a Mom & Entrepreneur

The phenomenal HGTV couple, Sarah and Bryan Baeumler, were invited to be the celebrity guest speakers at this past Edmonton Home Renovation Show. (Leave It To Bryan, Bryan Inc.) On the Friday afternoon just before the show, I was invited to a meet-and-greet with Sarah, along with one guest. I ran a giveaway. A fellow mama and new…

Most Popular Posts of 2016 & What’s New for 2017 | Edmomton

Happy New Year, everyone. I’m Rachel Jones, author of the blog Edmomton — Becoming A Mom In Edmonton. I launched this blog on April 6, 2016. If you have just discovered it, or have been following since April, muwwwah. Why did I start? I needed a creative outlet after a surprise home birth and rough start to…

Free Finnish-Inspired Baby Boxes: How to Get Them In Alberta

I’ve been doing some researching into Finnish-inspired baby boxes for new moms in Edmonton. I’ve found two kinds of free baby boxes, each inspired by Finland, but both very different. You are eligible to get a free, safe-sleep Baby Box from The Baby Box Company (Canada) if you are an Alberta resident who has had, or…

Raising Baby in the ICE District: 3 Reasons To Love It and 3 To Loathe It

Do you associate ideal family living with the new ICE District in Edmonton? While most don’t, there are many families living comfortably in the core, including mine. We’re the Joneses. My husband, toddler and I live in the heart of downtown, two blocks away from Rogers Place and the developing entertainment hub that’s attracting attention…

6 Free Social and Support Groups for New Moms (in Edmonton)

New moms need other moms. Period. Here is a list of free social and support groups that are perfect for you if you’ve just had a baby. Sure, it can be time-consuming to pack up baby (or babies), your own essentials, and get out the door — but give it a try. Don’t stress about being on…

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…

9 Baby-Friendly Edmonton Pubs

Here’s the epic list you’ve all been waiting for — I’ve researched and found 9 baby-friendly pubs in Edmonton. When it came to rating “baby-friendliness” for pubs, I stretched my expectations. My 5 elements of being baby-friendly didn’t really count when compiling this list. If the pub — at minimum — had one or more high chairs, it made…

12 Baby-Friendly Edmonton Coffee Shops

Edmonton is home to some incredible and delectable coffeehouses. New moms love meeting at these places to swap stories and support each other. They can grab a caffeinated beverage or a herbal tea, a treat or quick lunch, and enjoy a visit in relaxed atmosphere. There are many coffeehouses Downtown, on 124 Street, on Whyte, and outside the…

31 Baby-Friendly Edmonton Restaurants

The food scene in Edmonton is spectacular. I feel like I hear about a new restaurant every week. All I have to do is search #yegfood and a ton of mouth-watering pictures appear. While many Edmonton eateries are popular for special date nights, quick grabs, or picky palates, they may not always be the best choice…

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…

My 4 Juicy New Mom Confessions Not Shared On Facebook

As a new mom, who is now one year in, I still don’t have it all together. Not even close. I’m pretty sure none of us do. Not all the time, at least. If we say we do… there’s a really good chance we’re lying. I have four things to confess from this last year. My not-so-picture-worthy mom…

Sarah Chan: 5 Key Questions on Becoming a Mom in Edmonton

I’d like to introduce you to the marvelous Sarah Chan. At only 35, she is a force of change and positivity in our city as a passionate social advocate, a bicycling and public transit enthusiast, a piano teacher, and most importantly – a mother to two beautiful babies (well, they aren’t babies anymore!). Oh yeah,…

15 Essentials for New Edmonton Moms

I had first-time-mom tunnel vision. I’m not afraid to admit it. I thought pregnancy was the hard part and that the intensity of taking care of a baby wouldn’t surprise me. I needed to brace for impact. While pregnant, I spent a wild amount of time thinking about and preparing for labor, like most first-time pregnant ladies do. I insisted on finding one midwife…

More Time for Moms: 5 Reasons To Love 18-Month Parental Leave

The Canadian Federal Government has decided to give new parents (not just moms) more parental leave — up to 18 months — and I love it! Why? Time. Tiiiiiimmmmmeeeee. With a capital T. Are you an employer? More time away from work with a new addition could mean happier, more productive, less stressed-out employees. That is, as long as they…

Six Reasons You’ll Love Simply Supper (+ Giveaway)

I wrote this post and shared photos on social media as a thank-you for receiving six meals from Simply Supper, and taking part in the Simply Supper Social. As always, my opinions are my own. How many of you struggle to find different, no-fail ideas for dinner? Have you ever decided last-minute on what to make…

Monochrome-Loving Mamas, Meet My Mila {+ Giveaway!!!}

I’ve got a secret to share with you all — I’m actually from Calgary. Yes, yes, I know… the mama blogger behind “Edmomton” is really a Calgarian. I moved up north from YYC to YEG in 2013, for love and for career, and became a momma here. Now, I’m drinking the Capital City Kool-Aid. I’m a die-hard…

Mamas: Trust Walmart’s Grocery Experts To Do Your Shopping (+ $10 Off!)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart Canada for IZEA as part of the Walmart.ca Grocery Pickup program. In exchange for this post, I have received perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this post are my own. I’m all about keeping life simple – especially with…

The Roughleys: Their Secret To Snapping Perfect Family Photos {+ Giveaway}

Ever wonder how your friends get those effortless family photos? Shauna Roughley, local photographer and momma, is here to remind us that no photo session is effortless — that’s the reality with babies and kids. She is one half of the popular local Roughley Originals Photography duo. Shauna and husband Gareth are partners, working together on weddings, newborn,…

#flawless | Moms Anonymous

“I am doing the best that I can.” Such a simple phrase that I should be confidently telling myself. But instead all that I hear echoing in my mind is, “Am I doing the best that I can?” Sometimes I envy those who raised children in a time before social media bared its fickle grin….

No Bond With My Newborns | Moms Anonymous

I was thirty when I had my first baby. Historically, women have never had to do this alone — raising a child was the responsibility of a community. I had done everything right in life. I thought I’d have motherhood in the bag. I became a Registered Nurse, got married and lived life before kids. I was…

Tools for Toddler Tantrums — Part One | Live It All In

Mercedes Bender, author of the local blog Live It All In, provides words of wisdom on toddler tantrums. This is the first of two posts — giving us tools to manage strong emotions in our young ones. Her educational blog shares creative activities for preschoolers, that focus on learning through play and wholistic living. Find her on Facebook…