Jen Mallia

Author Bio:

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


Posts by Jen Mallia:

Scary Heights and Spooky Sites in Banff National Park

Posted on: June 12, 2014

My husband stared at me the way one might look at a dangerous and unstable person. All I had said was “I hope our vacation is relaxing.” I received the look from the other side of our bedroom which was strewn with piles of clothes, books and toys I was
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Not Quite Roughing It | Parks Canada Equipped Campsites

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Things I love about camping: 1) Distraction-free family time 2) Early morning camp coffee 3) The wholesome feel of the great outdoors Things I do NOT Love about camping: 1) No vehicle on Earth can comfortably transport a  family and their camping gear. 2)Campsite set-up is the leading cause of
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Teacher’s Pet: Teacher Gifts from Yoshi-Bella

Posted on: June 5, 2014

I remember wandering through a yard sale that was basically tables full of every sort of apple themed item you could imagine, all in pristine, — dare I say, unused?– condition. “This is where teacher gifts go to die.” my mom smirked sotto voce into my ear. And while there
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Meet your Matcha: Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder

Posted on: June 2, 2014

Convenient, tasty and healthful too? Sign me up! I try to eat healthy foods, I do. I have every good intention of planning and executing meals for my family that hold a rainbow of colours with vitamins and omega oils and whatever latest nutrient has the mom-o-sphere abuzz. But sometimes
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When Kids go Wild, Mom goes Picture Happy

Posted on: May 28, 2014

Can my camera make me a better parent? When I picture myself as the ideal parent, I don’t just see perfectly obedient children. Oh no. What I see in that magical world of make-believe is me responding with patience and good humour to my family’s foibles and idiosyncrasies.  Other moms
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Driving to Distraction

Posted on: May 26, 2014

Here’s a stat that made me laugh out loud—actually laugh, not LOL, which is code for “smiled a bit”: Child passengers are four times more distracting than adult passengers. “No kidding” I thought. Actually the language was a bit stronger, but swearing like a sailor is something I have worked
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An Easter Tea Party, or Why I have no business being on Pinterest

Posted on: April 16, 2014

First of all, I probably shouldn’t have volunteered myself for this assignment. I’m not what you would call a “a good baker.” I don’t “measure accurately” or “read recipes.” My modus operandi when it comes to cooking is to read a bunch of recipes, take the gist of what the
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Cleaning Fairies: Bone of Contention or Sanity Saver

Posted on: February 21, 2014

Cleaning fairies: Magical ladies who come and whisk away the dust bunnies from under the couch and wipe the mystery sticky smudges from the fridge door. The first time I heard the term, a friend was surveying the damage a horde of children had done to her living room “Thank
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