Downtown Life

Surprisingly, High Tea at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is Very Baby-Friendly

Mamas, I have a new secret baby-friendly gem to share with you. To my surprise and delight, the High Tea in the Harvest Room at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is incredibly welcoming for moms and babies, and anyone else who’d love to join. Your investment: around $60 per adult at tea. The payoff: being spoiled…

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 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,…

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…

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…

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…

Truth: It Takes An Online Village To Raise A Baby

As a modern day mother, I’ve really come to appreciate social media. New mothers have turned more and more to online communication, and I think it’s an amazing, valuable resource for us. Nowadays, it truly does take an online village to raise a baby. I used to look a people who were “glued to their…

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…

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…