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…

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 — I’ve found 9 baby-friendly pubs in Edmonton. I know some of you might be thinking — babies and pubs — no way. But I’m saying yes — yes way — and I’ve found 9 pubs that will welcome you with open arms. New parents have it hard enough. I’m not talking babies…

12 Baby-Friendly Edmonton Coffee Shops

Edmonton is home to some incredible coffee shops. New moms love coffee, and need to socialize, so cafes are generally hot-spots for mamas carrying bucket seats. For mamas with younger babies in Edmonton, I’ve put together this list of 12 baby-friendly coffee shops. They’ve got high chairs, change tables, a stroller-accessible entry, comfortable seating, and are…

32 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…

Jacquie Duval: How One New Edmonton Mom is Finding Her Work-Life Balance

Yesterday, I cozied in with creative local Edmonton Mom, Jacquie Duval, at the Woodrack Cafe. She’s one of the gutsiest mamas I’ve met, and I love her story. Our meeting goal was to learn from each other — and drink lattes. We wanted to get to know each other and also draw on each other’s…

The One Quality to Look For in a Daycare

My daycare deserves a big, online pat-on-the-back. Maybe yours does, too. (Or your dayhome, or preschool, or nanny…) For two months now, I’ve been a resident-blogging momma at a downtown daycare in Edmonton, called Early Learning Childcare. I’ve spent a good chunk of time hanging around there and have discovered what makes it special. There’s…

Having Two + Not Just Feeling Blue | Moms Anonymous

Moms Anonymous is a collection of stories written by new mothers across Canada who bravely share their most candid experiences without revealing their names. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #momsanon and #momsanonymous. Image by artist, author and new mama Heather Dube. To submit your story, follow instructions in the original post.  The Truth About Two +…

The Down Low on Rad Dads Edmonton Chapter (+ Father’s Day Concert at 9910)

You’ve likely heard of them. The Rad Dads are making waves in Edmonton. Meet Kristian, Darren, Mike and Kelly — just four of the Rad Dads — who were volunteering at the Annual Family BBQ for The Terra Centre for Teen Parents. Rad Dads Edmonton Chapter is a new, supportive community that hosts an event…

Mrs. Jones’ 2nd List of Local Edmonton Mom Bloggers | 2017

Fellow Mamas, here it is. My second (and just-as-fabulous) list of local Edmonton Mom Bloggers. Check them out, give them a follow, pick a fave. Last year, I published my first list of momma bloggers in Edmonton. Since then, I’ve found 18 more incredibly talented bloggers. These moms are not only sharing their own stories —…

Why the Terra Centre for Teen Parents is Incredible (+ Diaper Drive with LOVEPIZZA)

Can you imagine becoming a new mom in your teenage years? No way, I know. Yet, it’s a reality for some teens in Edmonton. These teen moms (and dads) often come from challenging life situations, are living in poverty and have little or no support. Their babies and toddlers are the most vulnerable in our city. That’s where the…

Why I Look Forward to Tuesdays Each Week

This past month, I started a really unique experiment. I’ve been resident blogging at Early Learning Childcare. I was given a really incredible opportunity to bring my toddler to the new downtown daycare, one day per week, in exchange for sharing my experiences on the blog. So that’s what I’ve done on Tuesdays — I drop…

My Love Letter to the Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Dear Lois Hole Hospital for Women, I wanted to write you a love letter, because you deserve it. You specialize in many areas of women’s health, but the one I most deeply connect with is your outstanding work in perinatal health — labour and delivery and postpartum care. You are the only dedicated women’s hospital…

How Baby-Friendly is Jurassic Forest?

Did you know that Edmonton has it’s very own outdoor dinosaur theme park, where you can see huge prehistoric creatures move in the trees and hear them roar? It’s called Jurassic Forest — and it’s now open for the 2017 season. How Baby-Friendly is Jurassic Forest? My husband and I took our toddler last week. It…

A 2nd Birthday in Edmonton: the Balloons, Cupcakes, Cakes, Photographer and Venue that Saved the Day

Our Jones family photo says it all. Alex’s second birthday party went off without a hitch. Hah-hah!  If you are searching for birthday party vendors for balloons, cupcakes, cakes, a venue and photography in Edmonton — I know secret superstars. My two girlfriends, Joanne and Julie, were my wing-mommas. All of our little ones are May Babies and…