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Amanda MacKay



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Amanda is mum to two fun and lively kids. Together with her entrepreneur husband, she loves seeing the world through her kids’ eyes, introducing them to new experiences and adventures and, when they are finally asleep, tucking into bed with a good book. Visit Amanda on Instagram at Food + Country.

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Five Fantastic Places to Picnic With Your Family

Posted on: May 15, 2024

Nothing says summer quite like a tasty meal eaten outdoors. When your own back deck gets repetitive, a picnic in a nearby park is a perfect choice! Parents can relax and kids can run around in the fresh air and enjoy amenities like wading pools, playgrounds, spray parks, and wide-open
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Free Fun in the Summer Sunshine: Must-Visit Calgary Playgrounds

Posted on: May 25, 2023

I have many fond memories of my childhood summers… long bright days, loads of free time, and seemingly endless weeks of freedom from the regular school routine. But now, as a parent, I realize that my own parents may have found those summer days just a tad too long and
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Need a Mini Vacation? Put a Little Français Into Your Day… at Vélo Café!

Posted on: February 28, 2017

February 2017 On Calgary’s 17th Avenue SW, about a dozen blocks west of ‘restaurant mile’, there exists a foodie mecca and the perfect spot for a quick getaway from everyday reality. The Casel building is home to upscale French eatery Cassis Bistro, her little sister Vélo Café, whole and organic foods
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Make Merry in Your Own City – Explore Downtown Calgary During the Holidays!

Posted on: December 14, 2016

December 2016 Traveling during the holiday season can be tough. With crowded airports, the already-challenging suitcase packing complicated by bulky gifts and the higher than usual chance of encountering delayed flights or snowy roads… it can all add up to frayed nerves and some less-than-festive feelings. Some families choose to forego this craziness altogether, even if
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Make Friday Nights Family Night – At Home or Out on the Town!

Posted on: October 6, 2016

October 2016 Say “How are you?” to any parent these days and there’s a very good chance that their answer will include the word “busy”. Between work, school, chores, extracurricular activities and friends, modern family life certainly is busy! Families may, in fact, start to feel like ships passing in the night… or in
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Climbing the Walls (Well, Running Up Them) is Part of the Fun at Breathe Parkour Birthday Parties!

Posted on: June 12, 2016

June 2016 A few months ago, my son attended a friend’s birthday party at a gym I’d never heard of, which teaches a sport I’d only just barely heard of. He came home raving about the fantastic party and absolutely positive that he wanted to hold his own birthday party at Breathe Parkour
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Try Out a New Alberta Weekend Getaway… Sundre is a Great Place for Families to Play!

Posted on: May 24, 2016

May 2016 Getting a little tired of the same old weekend getaways? Want to show your kids more of their home province? We’ve got a great spot for you to check out! Sundre, Alberta is located just a 75-minute drive from Calgary – northwest along the Cowboy Trail – in
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Quest Theatre is offering 12 Summer Camp Bursaries for Fort McMurray’s Displaced Kids!

Posted on: May 24, 2016

May 2016 In a fantastic civic-minded move, Quest Theatre is giving away 12 bursaries for 1-week Quest Theatre Summer Drama Camps to displaced families from Fort McMurray. “Quest Theatre wants to help children who have endured extreme stress and unimaginable loss because of the fires,” says Iam Coulter, Director of Education, Development
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Starbelly Open Kitchen + Lounge

Posted on: February 24, 2016

February 2016 Walking into Starbelly Kitchen + Lounge during our recent visit, I was struck first by the decor. It’s a large space, but it’s beautiful, thanks to features like a modern fireplace at the entrance, an open kitchen flanked by backlit open shelves of preserved foods and a hanging liquor
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Have Weekend, Will Travel: Southern Alberta Winter Road Trip Adventures

Posted on: February 11, 2016

February 2016 Family road trips are not just for summer. Some of Southern Alberta’s best destinations lie within easy driving distance of Calgary and you can do lots of them in a weekend.  But where to go? We’re so glad you asked! High Times in the Rocky Mountains This area, which you
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