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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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Happy Birthday! Get FREE Treats on Your Special Day – Calgary Edition

Posted on: February 10, 2021

Celebrating your birthday? Kids get so excited, but we grown-ups sometimes grumble; those mounting years can start to get a little concerning! But we’ve found a great way to keep the kids’ fun going and/or cheer you up on your special day – FREE STUFF! Read on to find out
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Planning Family Adventures, But Don’t Have All the Gear? Where to Rent Sporting & Outdoor Equipment in Calgary!

Posted on: December 9, 2020

Sometimes family adventures call for some specialized equipment, but there’s no point in investing big bucks in stuff you’ll only use once. Gear rentals save you money, storage space and can also let you ‘try before you buy’. They’re also great for your out-of-town visitors who can’t bring all their
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Free Fun in the Summer Sunshine: Must-Visit Calgary Playgrounds

Posted on: May 28, 2020

I have many fond memories of my childhood summers… long bright days, loads of free time, 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 too unstructured and
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Get Your Family Moving! Guide to Family-Friendly Recreation Centres in Calgary & Area

Posted on: January 15, 2020

Recreation centres are great places for families to stay fit and have fun together. Work out with weights or cardio machines and go for a swim or a skate . . . there are lots of different options in the city, and that’s especially great when the weather is unpredictable.
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Refreshing Ways to Beat the Summer Heat in Calgary

Posted on: July 29, 2019

With summer here, we can all use some ideas on staying cool during hot weather. Even if you’re lucky enough to have air conditioning at home, staying in all the time is bound to make the kids restless and you irritable. (And if you don’t have air conditioning, there are only so
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Need a Mini Vacation? Put a Little Français Into Your Day… at Vélo Café!

Posted on: February 28, 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 retailer Market 17,
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Make Merry in Your Own City – Explore Downtown Calgary During the Holidays!

Posted on: December 14, 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 it means
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Make Friday Nights Family Night – At Home or Out on the Town!

Posted on: October 6, 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 the
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5 Fantastic Places to Picnic With Your Family in Calgary

Posted on: July 4, 2016

  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, kids can run around in the fresh air and enjoy amenities like wading pools, playgrounds, spray parks and wide open spaces for
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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

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 Calgary too! What’s
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