• Family Fun,  homeschooling

    Terry Fox – Canadian Hero

    Terry Fox is a Canadian icon. Diagnosed with bone cancer at age 18, he had to have his right leg amputated above the knee in 1977. While receiving treatment and recovering in the hospital, he witnessed cancer patients, including many children, not survive their diagnosis and treatments. He was determined to help and so the Marathon of Hope was born. His goal was to run across Canada, as a cancer survivor and amputee, and raise money for cancer research. He started training and on April 12, 1980, set off from St. John’s, Newfoundland. He ran over 40 km a day, through varying weather conditions. Unfortunately, by the time he reached Northern Ontario,…

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    New Library in YEG – Calder Branch

    Yes, I admit I’m a bit of a book nerd. New and used book stores and libraries are some of my favorite places to visit. When I heard the new Calder branch opened up at the end of January, I was itching to try it out. But with trip prep and packing and being away for two weeks, I never had a chance yet. Until today. As homeschoolers, we try not to go anywhere on a PD day to avoid the crowds but we braved it anyway to check out something new. Located at 12710 131 Ave, Edmonton, the bright and open concept is very inviting. There’s a tv and…

  • Family Fun

    Paws the Cat Cafe

    There’s a new Cat Cafe in town, full of more beautiful, adoptable kitties! Paws the Cat Cafe opened this month just north of downtown at 10588 109 Street. The kitties in the cafe come from the Edmonton Humane Society and are adoptable after going through an application process.  The cafe offers a great selection of coffees, teas, Italian sodas and snacks. There is a small seating area in the cafe section, or you can take your beverages into the cat lounge to one of the tables in there (just watch your drink because kitties are curious creatures). Admission to the cafe is $12.50 and includes an hour in the cat…

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    YEG Fun With a Ride on the Funicular

    Edmonton’s latest project, the Mechanized River Valley Project, is complete and open to the public.  Consisting of several components including a new staircase, 100 Street Funicular, Promenade, bridge over Grierson Hill Road, the Frederick G. Todd Lookout, and elevator, this project promotes accessibility to Edmonton’s River Valley and offers gorgeous views.   Able to accommodate strollers, bikes, wheelchairs, scooters, etc. the Funicular (which accommodates up to 20 people) and elevator (holds up to 10 people), allow people of all ages and abilities to have quick access from downtown to the river valley.  You can access it a block south of the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, or we parked in Louise McKinney Riverfront…

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    Light Walk and A Blue Christmas at the Muttart

    Visiting the Muttart Conservatory at night is a magical experience that isn’t offered too often.  The last time we were able to visit at night was during the bloom of Putrella the Corpse Flower earlier this year. For the remainder of December however, the Muttart is open until 9pm on Thursday evenings. Showcasing a feature called Light Walk (6-9pm), you can take an illuminated stroll through the Temperate Pyramid.  Also part of the Thursday evening line up are visits with Santa on December 7 from 5-8pm (free with regular admission, take pictures with your own phone or camera), and Concert Series: Holiday Cheer with Amati Musicians December 14 and 21…

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    Giving Back in YEG

    The holiday rush has already begun.  It seems to start earlier each year.  There have already been Christmas Parties held in early to mid November, Christmas markets and craft shows are in full swing and Black Friday sales have become a week long or more event. When you’re caught up in the rush it’s easy to forget about others that might need a bit more help during the winter and holidays. It’s important for me to teach my children about giving back and supporting others in need.  This holiday season we’re talking about ways to give back and offer support. Below is a list of charities in the Edmonton area…

  • Family Fun,  kids

    Kid’s Hour at the Cat Cafe on Whyte

    My 8 year old is cat OBSESSED! She greets her kitty as soon as we walk through the door, wants to make a cat tower with her grandpa and if she touches anything soft, it’s as soft as “5000 cuddly cats!” When I heard that there was a Cat Cafe coming to Edmonton, I knew we would have to visit.   I was initially disappointed to hear that the cafe would be for adults and children 10 and up. I totally understood though – you don’t want the kitties to be overwhelmed and stressed out from little ones chasing them and pulling their tails all day long.  But I was…

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    The Goats Have Arrived!

    There’s a new pilot project on right now in one city park that will help combat noxious weeds.  A herd of 170 goats is being introduced to Rundle Park between July and September and they have been specially trained to munch on Canada thistle, leafy spurge, common tansy, common burdock, yellow toadflax as well as the occasional dandelion.  This pilot project comes after the city voted in 2015 to reduce it’s use of herbicides.  Goats are known for their iron stomachs.  They are able to consume plants that may be toxic to other animals due to special stomach enzymes. The plan is to have the goats consume the weeds before they…

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    YEG’s Favorite Summer Festivals

    Edmonton is nicknamed the Festival City and for good reason.  Summertime in Edmonton means non-stop festivals and fun. Here’s a list of some of the great festivals and cultural experiences YEG has to offer.   June 20-July 16 – Freewill Shakespeare Festival June 30-July 9 – Sand on Whyte July 7-9 – Whyte Avenue’s Art Walk July 7-16 – Edmonton International Street Performers Festival  July 20-29 – Taste of Edmonton July 21-23 – Interstellar Rodeo July 21-30 – K-Days August 5-7 – Servus Heritage Festival August 10-13 – Edmonton Folk Music Festival August 11-13 – Cariwest August 12-13 – Edmonton Latin Festival August 17-27 – Edmonton International Fringe™ Theatre Festival…

  • Family Fun,  homeschooling

    Celebrate Canada 150 With My Favorite Canadian Playlist

    Summer’s here and it’s Canada’s 150th Anniversary! It’s the perfect time to celebrate great Canadian music and also share it with the kids.  I have spent hours at a time pouring over different genres and decades of music with the girls. Watching videos on You Tube and discussing the lyrics, we have had great talks about life in a different time. In honour of Canada’s 150th in 2017, below are 17 of my favorite Canadian songs, songs that I have enjoyed throughout my life and evoke great memories.  1. Tragically Hip – Nautical Disaster It’s almost impossible to choose your favorite Hip song.  But after a friend posed that question…