Try these unheard-of solutions for your picky eater

The Picky Eater | Quick and “Dirty” Solutions

After another busy day you finally get dinner on the table.  Everyone has been served, glasses filled, and you sink down into your chair.  Then you hear it: “I don’t like this.  I want pasta.  Mommmy where’s mmyyy food?”  Your three year old is sitting back, arms crossed, upturned nose.  You have a picky eater. You’re not alone.  I’ve seen kids pour ketchup on everything.  I’ve seen kids refuse anything[…]

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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 our kids need more outdoor active play

Your Kids Need Outdoor Active Play, Not Indoor Play Gyms

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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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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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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Easy and assessible walk at Pyramid Lake Island in Jasper National Park

Pyramid Lake Island, easy and quick fun for little ones

We just love this little island!  Pyramid Island is quick to get to, an easy walk, and offers beautiful views.  Going to Pyramid Lake Island is a favourite activity for our family.  We especially love to go here with a bag of goodies from the Bear Paw Bakery or Snow Dome Café, and the intention to sit and relax while the kids run, play, and explore. A few weeks ago, after dropping the oldest child[…]

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The Maligne River and Magic Water

Kids love magic.  Kids love water.  So, what could be more exciting than finding magic water while out on a hike? Here in Jasper we have a very special lake, Medicine Lake.  This lake fills and empties through underground rivers.  Then, these rivers follow various courses under and above ground to rejoin the Maligne River.  And when underground rivers flow out of the ground, it is magical. (This post contains affiliate links[…]

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Great place to explore - Horseshoe Lake in Jasper National Park, Canadda

Horseshoe Lake: Rock climbing and root hopping

Where should you go with active kids who love to run and climb and jump?  Horseshoe Lake.  This is our 7-year-old’s absolute favourite spot in Jasper National Park.  The lake and trail are close to the parking lot, and full of rocks and boulders, questionable bridges and stairs, a cave, cliffs, and lots of roots and fallen trees to climb over.  As adults, it is a nice short walk and a fun challenge to[…]

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Hiking with kids along the Pyramid Lake Fire Road

Jasper weather has been uncharacteristically crummy as of late.  The temperatures are low and the sky seems to be cloudy with a continual threat of rain.  Although I would rather stay warm and dry indoors, summer is too short here.  If I don’t get outside to enjoy the trails now, soon they’ll be covered in snow.  And so, with rain jackets and umbrellas in hand, we set off on another kid-friendly[…]

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Discovering wildflowers in Jasper National Park

Discovering Wildflowers on the Jasper Discovery Trail

I love this time of year in Jasper. The weather is warm, town is full of tourists, camping season has begun, and school has ended.  Out in the forest the trails are dry, the bugs aren’t too bad yet, and the wildflowers are in bloom. The town of Jasper is circled by a walking trail called the Discovery Trail. Just a short stroll from my door puts me onto this trail[…]

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