Various plates of food on a dark restaurant table

Yummy Eats: Top 5 Family Restaurants in Jasper

Make eating out decisions easier with a few top recommendations below.  If you’re planning a family trip to Jasper National Park, chances are you’ll want to eat some food at some point.  There are so many choices to choose from, that sometimes making that decision can be overwhelming.  To help, I’ve narrowed down a few top family restaurants for Jasper below. Favorite family restaurants in Jasper National Park:   Top[…]

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How to make these cute and easy valentine's day nature craft cards with dried leaves

Cute and Easy Valentine’s Day Nature Craft

Do you or your littles enjoy collecting leaves?  Do your children like to make their own Valentine’s Day cards?  Here’s an easy Valentine’s Day nature craft card which will combine both activities! (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through my link I receive a small commission at no added cost to you. I only recommend stuff I use and enjoy. See my policy[…]

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View from the top of Sulphur Skyline Trail

Miette Hot Springs and Sulphur Skyline Trail in Jasper

What will you see and do in Jasper National Park?  There are mountains, and marmots, and miles to hike… and not enough time to see it all! Have you heard of the Miette Hot Springs?  Yep, Jasper has hot springs too.  And, next to the spring fed pools there is this amazing hike you can do called the Sulphur Skyline Trail.  There are tonnes of big horn sheep living in[…]

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A woman wearing a purple cross-shoulder bag as her mom purse

Packing your mom purse for outdoor adventure

You can spot a first-time mom from across the playground… fancy stroller, watching attentively, drink and snack ready in hand, and that huge diaper bag parked on the bench beside her.  Then there’s the third-time mom, slouched on the bench, slurping her coffee, book or phone in hand, purse thrown down at her feet.  She might still have that similar look of mom exhaustion, but she’s no longer dragging around[…]

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a picnic table covered in a red checkered table cloth and picnic foods

Easy Family Picnics are Simpler Than You Think

Have you ever flipped through the pictures of a Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook?  Well, for starters, if the food in those cookbooks will make my thighs look like hers, then let’s get cooking.  But what I really covet (and you might too) are the glamorous family picnics she and her kids enjoy: hand-stitched quilts, laced napkins, antique tins, and smiling, well-gromed children frolicking in golden fields… Real life family picnics are[…]

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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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