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Posted on December 4, 2017

Celebrating With The Whole Family | Christmas At The Keg

Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and The Keg and have received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own.

christmas at the keg edmonton family dinner

When you have kids the days feel long (especially long with the limited winter daylight), but the years go by quickly.

This year we have so much to celebrate! Matt’s last year of school, a new baby, our health, and looking forward to a new year full of change.

To celebrate the Christmas season we took our daughters with us to The Keg. They were so excited to go to a new restaurant, they chose their own clothes and wanted their hair done.

Dining Tip: I highly recommend a booth if you are outnumbered by your children, it’s easier to divide and conquer when there is a parent at each end of the booth.

Our girls knew right away what they wanted to order, the delicious Keg Mini Burgers which came with their own little appetizers of vegetables and fruit. I really liked they had appetizers because it gave Matt and myself time to relax and look through our own menus. Then their meals came with their choice of ice cream with chocolate or caramel sauce, it was the perfect motivator to eat all their food.

Matt and I started with the Tuna Tacos, with seared rare Ahi – they were so fresh. Then we both ordered our favourite steak: the Peppercorn New York. It is deliciously spicy, and mouth-watering!

We ended the dinner perfectly with sharing the girls’ first cherry cheesecake. They were hesitant at first at the word “cheesecake” but they could not get enough of it once they took a bite. Matt and I had to fend for ourselves to get a taste of our dessert.

I cannot wait to come back with friends and family no matter what their dietary needs, The Keg offers gluten-free and allergy-aware menus! Plus throughout the holiday season The Keg has extended their hours, so if you want to start earlier or later you can at The Keg.

I always look forward to receiving a Keg gift card from my dad, it’s his go-to present for Matt & I. We treat ourselves to a date night, or treat another couple to a double date, or treat our girls to a fancy dinner as a family.

If you’re looking for gift ideas, celebrate Christmas at The Keg by giving a gift card!

Do you have all your Christmas shopping finished?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on December 1, 2017

6 Ways Dads Bond With Their Baby | Philips Avent Anti-Colic Bottle

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are 100% my own.


I love watching Matt with our girls, he’s always been so helpful and supportive. Bonding for a mom and their baby is so important, while we often forget about the dads.

Fathers play a big role in their children’s lives, and parenting doesn’t come easily to most so bonding and developing that infant/parent relationship is crucial even when their just born.

Here are 5 ways for dads to bond with their babies:

  1. Take On Diaper Duty – sure diapers can be gross at first, but eventually you’ll be a pro! Make sure to talk to your baby and make a lot of eye contact. Not a big talker? Narrate what you’re doing, it’s as simple as that!
  2. Be A Part Of The Bedtime Routine – Being consistent with a bedtime routine can set your baby up for longer sleeping stretches, which is every parents goal… right? Choose a part of the routine you want to do! Whether it’s the bathing, dressing, story time, or laying them down for a good night. 
  3. Wear Your Baby – I love how popular using wraps, slings or carriers have become over the last few years! It’s the perfect way to sooth your baby and hold them close to your body, while freeing up your hands.
  4. Baby Massage – Babies are very receptive to touch, so grab a little coconut or olive oil (especially for their very dry skin during the winter) and work it gently into their skin. Take 10 to 15 minutes to massage their feet, legs, tummy, arms, and hands (I like to sing my favourite song on repeat, Adeline finds it very relaxing). Just like diaper changes remember to sing/talk and make lots of eye contact!
  5. Soothe Her Tears – Try picking up your baby and giving them a pacifer, singing, gently rocking them, walking around, holding them close. We always go through the checklist of potential issues – diaper, too hot/cold, gassy, tired, hungry. Once those are all checked all you can do is cuddle and love them, and then go through the list again!
  6. Bottle Feed – Feeding your baby is one of the best ways to receive baby snuggles, is there anything better than baby snuggles? On days that Adeline takes a Philips Avent Anti-Colic Bottle we track her milk consumption with the uGrow App. That way we can record when she fed and how much she ate.

Adeline takes so well to these bottles! She’s an eager drinker, which results in a lot of gulping and air in her tummy. The Philips Avent Anti-Colic Bottles have an advanced venting system that are clinically proven to reduce colic and discomfort. Plus their BPA free, easy to clean, and leak free! 

The best part? I’ve partnered with Philips Avent to giveaway a Natural Essentials Gift Set! Enter below!

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Avent December Giveaway

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Posted on November 25, 2017

5 Parenting Wins & Fails Parents Love To Bond Over

Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and PC Organics Baby and have received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own.

5 Parenting Wins & Fails Parents Love To Bond Over

I love play dates, it’s a chance to catch up with or meet new mom friends.

Let’s be honest, it’s kind of hard to find good mom friends that you like… But when you do your friendships bloom over discussing these 5 parenting wins & fails:

  1. Sleep (or lack of) – We’re all striving for more than 6 hours of sleep in a row, when we achieve it we have to share it with parents who will be happy with us! They know the struggle of lack of sleep, and this is something worth celebrating!
  2. Physical Milestones: Rolling over to sitting up to crawling to walking to running. It’s the big moments of watching our babies grow up that we love to share!
  3. Verbal Milestones: Are they talking yet? What were their first words? From mispronouncing a word or stringing together a funny sentence, kids say the most hilarious things.
  4. Diaper Blowouts/Potty Training: Nothing binds parents together like sharing our diaper blowouts and potty training fails. It’s right of passage in parenting, if you haven’t had at least one insane blowout or potty training fail please sprinkle a bit of luck on the rest of us.
  5. Food: Whether you’re exclusively breast-feeding, formula feeding, pumping, baby led, early starter – we all feed our children in different ways. The main milestone you’re trying to teach your child is self-feeding. We all have to learn it!

I’m teaching my two year old, Abigail, to self-feed by using President’s Choice Organic baby food products – they are 100% certified organic food products for up-and-coming self-feeders from 6 months to 3 years old. The snacks are full of enticing flavours and balanced nutrition.

I like practicing their fine motor skill of using their pointer finger and thumb to pick up the Multigrain O’s. And Abigail’s favourite snacks are the mini rice cakes and fruit, veggie & oat bars (they come in 2 new flavours).

Have you tried PC Organic baby food products for your self-feeders?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on November 24, 2017

Things To Do In Edmonton This Christmas 2017

Edmonton Christmas Activities To Brighten Up The Season

I’ve had so many requests for things to do in Edmonton this Christmas 2017, so I made a list of all the fun shenanigans happening in Edmonton for you to treat your family, friends, and yourself to!

Don’t forget to share this page to spread the Christmas community events!

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What will you get up to this Christmas season?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on November 18, 2017

Board Games For Everyone | Black Friday Week Deals

Christmas traditions

Matt’s family loves board games! Over the years we’ve played the classics and introduced new games – we all have favourites and ones that we’re not the best at but we all end up laughing and creating memories.

These are board games for everyone, and these are our favourites in no particular order:

Buzzword

Catch Phrase

Splendor

Wits N Wagers

Codenames

Telestrations

Munchkin

Settlers of Catan

Taboo

Ticket To Ride

Blokus

Sheriff Of Nottingham

Amazon has their Black Friday Week sales on, and a lot of these games are discounted! So add some board games for the holidays to your cart and create new, wholesome traditions this Christmas.

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on November 7, 2017

Adeline Orpha | Rustic Newborn Photography

I love the friendship that has budded between Melissa, of Bespoke Photography, and my family. We first met a year ago on a Christmas photo shoot, and then we collaborated on my baby announcement and baby gender reveal posts.

My sweet Adeline at 10 days old… and now she’s almost 3 months old! The days are mostly a blur in those first few weeks, but I’m so glad Melissa captured these newborn moments of Adeline.

Adeline has changed and grown a little everyday, where I don’t notice until I have to put her in 6 month sleepers and I wonder where her newborn sleepers went.

Adeline is such a sweet baby. You might have to work for her smile but once she starts she can’t stop smiling. She’s such a joy!

In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing her sleeping tips and tools, but if you have any specific questions on what I’ve been doing with her nap/sleep schedule comment below!

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