Amanda MacKay

Author Bio:

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.


Posts by Amanda MacKay:

Tightening Your Belts and Pinching Your Nickels? Don’t Stay Home in a Funk – Find Calgary Family Fun for Cheap!

Posted on: January 28, 2016

January 2016 The current economic downturn has been hitting many Calgary families hard. Lots of families have experienced the loss of an income (or two!) or a pay cut, not to mention the reduced value of their investments. So when time’s get tough, how can you keep your family busy
Continue Reading »

Spa-rrific Birthday Parties at Divas and Dudes Kids Hair Salon and Spa

Posted on: January 6, 2016

January 2016 Over my eight years of being Mom to 2 kids (1 boy and 1 girl), I’ve thrown quite a few birthday parties. We’ve had parties at home and elsewhere, superhero parties, sports parties, tea parties and science parties. They’ve all been wonderfully fun and unique. But I was thrown
Continue Reading »

A Holiday Stroll Down Memory Lane at Heritage Park

Posted on: December 4, 2015

This story was originally published in December 2014. This year’s Once Upon Christmas details are available here. I didn’t grow up on a farm, nor did my parents or grandparents. None of us ever got around by horse-drawn wagon, either. So when I say that a visit to Heritage Park always feels
Continue Reading »

Yearnin’ to Return to Vernon, BC – For Some More of the Good Life

Posted on: November 30, 2015

November 2015 Quick – name a city in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley! You said “Kelowna”, right? I’m willing to bet most readers did; it’s what I would have said too. Given its central location and international airport, it’s not surprising that Kelowna is the best known city in this BC region and
Continue Reading »

No Babysitter? No Problem! Your Whole Famiglia Will Savour a Meal at Bocce

Posted on: November 29, 2015

November 2015 Our family really enjoys a good restaurant experience. My husband and I like to get out kid-free sometimes, but with no relatives living nearby, free babysitting is not an option and going out without our youngsters is pricey. We also like for them to try new things and learn to be comfortable and well-mannered when eating
Continue Reading »

Outdoor Enthusiasts (and Wanna-Be’s) Rejoice! Cabela’s Is Now Open in Deerfoot Mall

Posted on: October 20, 2015

October 2015 There’s a new outdoor sports retailer in town! As of October 15th, Cabela’s has opened a 70,000 square foot retail location in Deerfoot Mall. I am familiar with this store from visiting the Kalispell, Montana location and I love it. Whether you really need new gear or not, it’s
Continue Reading »

My AeroAdventure: Meeting the Planes & Pilots of the “Wings Over Springbank” Airshow

Posted on: July 17, 2015

July 2015 Ask my husband how I feel about air travel, and I bet he will tell you that flying (in a plane; learning how to do it myself would be pretty awesome) ranks high on my personal Top 10 List of Least Favourite Things to Do. I never let on to my kids,
Continue Reading »

Spend a Day on the Farm at Butterfield Acres

Posted on: April 21, 2015

Spring is in the air and Calgary families are coming out of hibernation and looking for family fun in the great outdoors. That is, parents are wanting to get everyone out of the house; kids are sometimes a little resistant to getting back outside after a long winter. Not to worry…
Continue Reading »

Funkins Are Green, But Come in Lots of Colours and Patterns

Posted on: April 1, 2015

April 2015 Watching your kids grow up can be bittersweet, but I generally like that my own have reached elementary school age. They are thriving in school and are fortunate to attend one that is stimulating, nurturing and, well, pretty educational. There are, however, a couple of things that I don’t love
Continue Reading »

The 8 Best Family Winter Adventures in Canmore

Posted on: January 13, 2015

January 2015 Don’t let the winter weather keep your family stuck indoors, arguing over the remote control! Head for the hills to enjoy the beauty of winter and make family memories that will last a lifetime. Not sure where to go and what to do? Check out this terrific list
Continue Reading »