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Jen Mallia is an Edmonton writer who is passionate about travel, Netflix, and raising good humans (not always in that order!) She has written for numerous print and on-line publications, and is always on the lookout for the next great story--around the corner or across the globe! You can follow her adventures on Instagram and Twitter: @jen_mallia

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What to see in Toronto in Any Weather

Posted on: March 9, 2020

Here’s what to see and do in Toronto, in any weather! Toronto is a lot of things: it’s exciting, it’s multicultural, there’s always something happening. But known for excellent weather? I would argue, no. Between city-shuttering snowstorms and summer humidity that curls even the straightest of hair, the climate in
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Spotlight on Culture in Salt River Arizona

Posted on: January 6, 2020

The sound of the drumbeat almost drowns out my host, who leans in and raises her voice to be heard above the pervasive rhythm. She fills in more information for me as the names and nations of people processing in are announced over the loudspeaker. The pageant unfolds in front
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Stay in a Charming Farmhouse in the Dordogne for a Quieter Side of France

Posted on: December 2, 2019

Paris is grand and the Riviera shimmers with glamour, but for families looking for a quiet French holiday, the Dordogne region offers the perfect respite from the crowded clamour of the more popular tourist hotspots. The charming rural area is home to castles, picturesque villages set on lush landscapes, and
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A Family Guide to Sault Ste. Marie

Posted on: October 3, 2019

Sault Ste. Marie is known for its excellent fishing, its place in the hearts of the Group of Seven painters, and as the birthplace of astronaut Roberta Bondar, but have you considered it as a family vacation destination? Here are my picks for what to do and where to eat
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Sunny Days and Theme Parks: Your Guide to School Breaks in the O.C. and L.A. County

Posted on: May 23, 2019

If you live in a place where winter has been pulling a heinous disappearing/reappearing act, (and even if you don’t live in Alberta) a summer trip (or spring break, or winter break!) where sunshine is virtually guaranteed seems like a solid plan. And if you are looking south of the
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Grown Ups Need Mom Time Too! Travels with Mom on Vancouver Island

Posted on: May 3, 2019

Where to go and what to do when you visit Vancouver Island with your mom–and why you should! If you think about it, there is no better travel companion than your own mom—assuming, of course, you have a good relationship with her. But if you are lucky like me and
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7 Spectacular Summer Festivals in the Thompson-Okanagan

Posted on: April 29, 2019

For some sizzling fun in the BC sun, check out these great Summer Festivals in the Thompson-Okanagan! Stretching to cover most of the central interior of British Columbia, the Thompson-Okanagan region has some lovely spots to spend a summer vacation. And to sweeten the deal, the region also plays host
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Pack Up for a Moms’ Weekend Like No Other: The Jasper PJ Party

Posted on: April 15, 2019

Why do Vegas when you can do the Jasper PJ Party? The dance floor is packed. Girls Club DJs are pumping out the early 90s hip hop and House of Pain is demanding we “Jump Around”! So jump we do. I’ve always been pretty badass for a soccer mom and
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14 Fantastic Things to do during Family Weeks in Sun Peaks

Posted on: April 1, 2019

Less than an hours’ drive from Kamloops, BC along a tree-lined mountain road is the resort of Sun Peaks. It boasts Canada’s second largest ski area (after Whistler-Blackcomb) and is a much-beloved if somewhat under-the-radar winter getaway. But as we discovered, it is a wonderful summer destination too. The fun
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Worthwhile Weekends: How to make the most of a quick trip

Posted on: March 22, 2019

Are we doing anything fun this weekend? It’s a common question in my house. Between sports and homework, and fundraising for the sports, and birthday parties, and swimming lessons (let me check my calendar, I think I forget something…) fun can be a relative term. One thing we agree is
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