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…

13 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…

Thanking My Daycare — You’re Strong As A Mother

August hasn’t exactly been a slice for my daycare — there have been challenges. They deserve a big thank you for the wonderful space they’ve created, their resiliency through a tough time, and the beautiful community they continue to grow. They’ve truly been #momstrong. I’m giving them a huge pat-on-the-back with a LOVEPIZZA giveaway. (Thank…

The Only Lactation Cookie Recipe You’ll Ever Need

There’s something you mamas might not know about me: I’m an avid baker. Especially on rainy days like today. One of my favourite things to de-stress is mixing up a recipe in my handy little Kitchen Aid — usually muffins, cakes, breads or cookies. I love watching them morph in a hot oven. For some…

The Nook: Quite Possibly the Best Baby-Friendly Cafe in Edmonton

Finally, Mamas — our dreams have come true. There’s a new cafe in Edmonton that’s cozy, trendy, serves up-scale coffee, lattes, and more (mimosas!) and boasts baby-friendliness in spades. I’m actually hesitant to blog about it — I want it to be a secret gem. But it’s too good not to share. It’s called The…

Country Moms or City Moms: Which Have a Better Lifestyle as New Parents?

Do you feel it in the air? Fall is coming up, which translates to “pumpkin spice season” for urban mommies like me. (Hah-hah!) When I see signs of harvest magic starting — I get giddy. Fall leaves, festivals, pumpkin patches, leggings and lattes. Right! Right?! I might be a city-slicker mom with a downtown lifestyle,…

Flexibility: What (I Think) Canadian Moms Want From Their Employers

Moms, it’s almost a year to the day that I left the job I loved to raise my toddler full-time. It was August 12, 2016 to be exact. I wrote this post about why I left. Was it scary? Yep. Do I still think about my old job? All the time. Do I regret it?…

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 —…