Family backcountry camping: make it a success

This post contains affiliate advertising links.  There are no added costs to consumers when affiliate products are purchased.  And, yes, I only recommend stuff I use and enjoy! No internet.  No running water.  No electricity.  Just lots and lots of fresh air, just ourselves and our surroundings for entertainment.  Pure adventure.  Are you ready to bring your kids into the backcountry for some one-on-one wilderness and family time? We first brought our kids on[…]

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some independent pumpkin carving... just one of the life skills a child should know

One mom’s new year’s resolution: daily life lessons

For my 2017 new year’s resolution I set myself this goal of teaching my kids something new every day. To clarify, these teachings had to be something which would help them on the road of life (read more here).  For example, how to load and run the dishwasher, how to address an envelope, or how to use the automated bank tellers. This resolution came about a few ways.  For starters, my husband and I[…]

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How do we know we've succeeded at parenting?

Can we win at parenting?

How do you know you’ve done your job as a parent?  This is a huge and heavy question.  Yes, we all have varying values and measures.  At times, we have taken different paths, been challenged with unique hurdles.  But, in the end, how do we know we’ve arrived at our collective destination?  To have done a ‘good job’ as a parent? Well, like any goal setting guru will tell you, in order to achieve your[…]

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Skating on Pyramid Lake in Jasper, Canada

How to do Jasper in the Winter

Rosy cheeks under pompom toques, hot chocolate by the crackling fire, nuthatches clouding the sky, skis gliding through a white forest, and the soft slow fall of big fat snowflakes… these are just a few of my favourite winter things. I find that come wintertime, Jasper is ready to slow down and get cozy.  Or, at least I am.  I look forward to family cuddles on the couch under our cozy blanket with the snowy mountains watching us through the window. […]

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Marmot Meadows – Cross Country Skiing and outdoor winter fun

Getting our kids excited about cross country skiing can be challenging, especially when it is so cold outdoors and so warm indoors.  Even I have a hard time convincing myself to go out.  But Parks Canada has done a good job helping families make the most of an outdoor adventure by creating – what Parks calls – a winter hub at Marmot Meadows here in Jasper National Park. We took advantage of their inviting programming[…]

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how to stay warm on the slopes

How to stay warm on the slopes, ensuring a great day at the ski hill

“21 below with a wind chill making it feel like minus 34″… no one really want to hear that forecast, right?  And they really don’t want to hear that forecast for their upcoming family ski vacation!  But it happens.  So here are a few pointers on how to stay warm on the ski hill from a Canadian who hates being cold. Long Johns are your friend Dress in layers!  To do it[…]

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why you should consider a reservation when camping in Jasper National Park in Canada

Most important tip for camping in Jasper National Park

Right now the snow is falling, the temperature is dropping, and thinking about sleeping in a tent is far from our minds.  We all know the snow won’t last forever and come spring we’ll start craving smores, campfires, and outdoor destinations.  We’ll be eager to sit down with friends and our calendars, marking off all potential camping weekends. However, to really do things right, we should actually be looking at our calendars now, in December.  But, we’re[…]

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Old Fort Point, a family walk with a few challenges and great rewards

A thorough exploration of Jasper’s best known walks would not be complete without a climb up to the top of Old Fort Point. This hill looms up out of the surrounding forests to stand sentinel beside the Athabasca River. I guess, in a way, it does resemble a fort, maybe even more so to those long-ago travellers making their way through the Rockies along the Athabasca.  But, as far as I[…]

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How you and your friends will make $75 from holiday shopping and referral rewards

Okay, I’ll be honest: I don’t like chain letters and I cringe whenever I receive them.  I tried to participate once.  No one sent my child any stickers even though we sent out our 7 envelopes.  Oh well, that was that. So, am I going to suggest here that you participate in a chain letter?  Well, this isn’t exactly a chain letter, but your referral rewards do depend on the actions of those following you. […]

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12 Days of Christmas: starting a new family tradition

In our home, the Christmas holidays are drawn out – from December 21st to January 1st.  We refer to this time as the 12 days of Christmas: 12 days of dedicated family time, lots of formal get togethers, greater appreciation for gift giving and receiving, and increased appreciation for all that happens at this time of year. Read this post about why we started celebrating the 12 days of Christmas: […]

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