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 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…

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…

10 Things to Do in June for Babies + Toddlers in Edmonton | 2017

June is almost here… yasssss! The summer months have many new moms (and dads, of course) itching to find fun things to do that are baby-friendly. So, what is there to do for babies and toddlers in Edmonton? My list below (for June) will have you covered for the youngest crowd, perfect for new moms,…

How Baby-Friendly is Fort Edmonton Park?

Big news! This weekend, Fort Edmonton Park is opening its doors for another season. From the historic buildings, to the fort walls, the train, the tipi, the old-fashioned candy, classic cars, carousel and all of the animals, Fort Edmonton Park is a top family destination in our city. It’s especially fun to explore for older kids….

One Simple Everyday Way to Feel Happier

Well, my three mom coaching sessions with Jen (Heartlifted) are complete. My first session was about being honest — I worry, a lot — and setting a goal to feel strong, instead. I was introduced to the Life Wheel and told to rate how satisfied I was with 8 areas of my life. In the second…

Tara Tremblett: Owner of the Only Baby-Friendly Salon and Spa in Edmonton

Mamas, if you’re in desperate need of a haircut, a manicure, pedicure or an hour massage, I have just the place for you. Pamper & Play is a full-service salon and spa in south Edmonton, with a twist: it offers babysitting.   You read that right — you can get your spa on, drink coffee, and eat chocolate…

How Motherhood Enhances (Not Hinders) Your Career Potential

Motherhood is one of the most challenging and creative jobs anyone can do. The goal is to remake the world so that our choices are not so stark. ~ Naomi Woolf ~ New mom? On maternity and parental leave? Do you plan on taking 6, 12, 18 months, a few years, or an even longer…

I Underestimated What it Takes to be a Stay-at-Home Mom (Inside Heartlifted Coaching Session 2 of 3)

My second mom coaching session dug a bit deeper. I mentioned there were areas of my life that rated lower than others, remember? To recap for those just tuning in, I’m blogging about what happens inside three mom coaching sessions from Jen of Heartlifted. In my first coaching session, I told her about my tendency to worry… about…

3 Phone Numbers to Know if You’re a New Mom (in Edmonton or Alberta)

Becoming a first-time mom can be overwhelming. You’ve just had a baby (or two) so your life has changed in a big way. You will likely experience many new things — like fevers, illnesses, stress, and baby deciding to put something in his or her mouth. Not to worry — you are never alone. Alberta Health Services…

Register: Spots Available at Early Learning Childcare in Downtown Edmonton

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Early Learning Childcare. As always, opinions are my own. I am grateful to share an excellent resource with you. Are you on parental leave and starting to think about daycare? Do you work downtown? Want to visit your little one at lunch? Early Learning Childcare  just opened in Edmonton’s downtown…

Adelle Burtic: Helping Mamas with Authentically Healing You + Giveaway

Anyone love those aromatherapy rollerballs? There’s a local mom in Edmonton that makes them — and more. Mamas, meet Adelle Burtic — full-time working toddler mom, with one on the way, and a master of all self-care trades. She’s just launched her own business, Authentically Healing You, based out of her home in St. Albert. She’s…

6 Simple Ways to Love a New Mom

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. – Meryl Streep – That new mom that you know? She needs your love. In the first few months with a newborn baby, life can feel overwhelming and monotonous. The smallest, simplest gestures floated me through that short but overwhelming period. They broke up the…