Learn how easy it is to provide the best stimulation for baby

The best stimulation for baby is cheaper and easier than you think

Experts tell us that babies need sensory stimulation to grow and develop properly.  For new parents, knowing which stimulation is best can be difficult.  With every book you read, documentary you watch, or auntie you ask, the question of what’s the best stimulation for baby seems harder and harder to answer.   This post offers simple advise to put you on the right track. Growing little people is hard work On top[…]

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keep that vacation feeling with these easy to do tips

Give yourself that vacation feeling (even after the vacation has ended)

Who doesn’t love a good vacation?  For a few days you get to leave the stress of work and home behind.  You slow down and allow refreshing calmness to seep in.  You play and sleep deeply and explore.  Then, you return home feeling rejuvenated and ready again to take on daily life.  Yet, before you know it, you are planning for and counting down to your next little escape.  Right?[…]

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Why your kids need more active play: a book review of Balanced and Barefoot

You want to see your child succeed.  You put them in school, in lessons, and in clubs.  You make them read and practice and buy them the necessary gear for all their various pursuits.  You are a supermom, managing all the scheduling and shuttling that goes along with their activities. What if there was another way?  What if there were an easier way to help your child to grow to their[…]

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Kid's gardening: grow excitement, flowers, and carrots too!

Kid’s Gardening: How to grow interest and excitement in the backyard garden

No child is too young to play in the garden.  Not only will early exploration of the garden instill an interest in the growing world, help build stronger bodies and minds, but it could also lead to some yummy meals of roasted carrots and strawberry shortcake in years to come.  So, how do you cultivate your child’s inner gardener to grow?  It’s easy!  You only need to provide some garden[…]

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make your family backcountry camping trip a success with these good preparation tips and tricks

Backcountry camping: how to prep for success

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 backcountry camping for some intimate wilderness and family time?  Does this idea terrify you or you are considering this type of adventure?  Read on for some practical advice for getting your family ready for camping in the woods We first brought[…]

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A Jasper Winter Day: read about all the activities to do while visiting Jasper National Park in the wintertime

Why you need to visit 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. Come wintertime, Jasper is ready to slow down and get cozy (or at least I am!).  If you are planning a trip to Jasper during the winter months, you won’t find yourself alone in the[…]

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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 keep your family warm when playing outside in the winter

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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Camping in Jasper? Don't forget to make a campsite reservation.

The most important tip for camping in Jasper

Thousands of people camp each summer in Jasper National Park.  Are you planning to be one of those people?  Don’t let your camping plans be ruined because you forgot to do one very important thing.  Don’t lose out on a fantastic family camping trip because you forgot to make a Jasper campground reservation!  As I write this, the snow is falling, the temperature is dropping, and thinking about sleeping in[…]

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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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