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Cirque Éloize at Calgary Stampede

Cirque Stampede

The Calgary Stampede of 2015 is off and running! What better way to begin the festivities than with Cirque Éloize’s iD. Directed by Jeannot Painchaud,  iD is a bustling stage show that blends circus arts with dance and music. The city scape projected on the stage’s backdrop gives a sort of graphic novel edge as the performers […]

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How to Choose the Perfect Knife

how to choose a knife

Few items in your kitchen are as important as your knives.  You’ll use them for nearly every meal you create yet choosing a knife has left me with severe buyer’s remorse in the past.  I’ve had knives that gave me blisters and ones that never kept their edge despite incessant sharpening.  I’ve had knives that […]

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Six B.C. festivals not to miss this July


The longest days of the summer are here so get ready for fireworks, beer, bocce ball, outdoor yoga, live rock and roll or country music — and even wiener dog races.  From beautiful Vancouver and Whistler Mountain to the mountain towns of Squamish, Fernie, Kimberley, Merritt and Wells, we have a long list of festivals that will appeal to just […]

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Monster High Birthday Bash

monster high birthday party

My oldest baby just turned 8. She has changed so much in the last year – going from a child into a tween was a jarring transformation for me.  She has navigated the mean girl waters with grace and has made a few close friends.  They are interesting to watch as they play with collectible […]

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Better Burger Bliss

meatloaf burger

There are burgers and then there are burgers and this, my friends, is the latter.  This incredibly flavourful hamburger was inspired from my favorite meatloaf recipe. The key is that inside the beef is hidden flavor from onion, carrot and celery.  These veggies are chopped up super fine in a food processor so they don’t […]

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Visit the Pop up Park! #greenwhereyoulive

TD FEF 25 - Surrey Pop-Up Park (4)

  Here in Calgary, we are so lucky to have green spaces to enjoy over the summer – but things have been rough when you consider that so many trees were damaged from the snow last September and the parks also took a beating from the floods in 2013.  There was a lot of work […]

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Pineapple Coconut Muffins

gluten free coconut and pineapple muffins

It never hurts to have one more muffin recipe in your repertoire, right?  Especially as we move towards summer and meal times are flexible and snacks for kids who play outside all day in the sprinkler are pretty important.  I don’t know about your kids, but when mine are hungry it becomes a dire situation. […]

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Summer Gear Giveaway

Barbie giveaway

My kids are so happy to get on their bikes and scooters now that the paths and sidewalks are reliably clear of white stuff!  But safety first – helmets and gear are a must to protect little ones as they play.  Somehow Nate grew out of his helmet in a matter of days.  One day […]

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Move Fast! Alberta Ed Grant Cancelled!

Get My ACES Move Fast - Colour Ad

  I will admit to being terrible about accessing resources that are available to me.  I think, oh I’ll get to it next week, and then next week comes and it’s gone completely out of my mind.  But now there’s a deadline because the Alberta Centennial Education Savings grant program has been cancelled and you […]