Jen Mallia



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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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Simply Super at Simply Supper

Posted on: January 12, 2021

I will never forget the look of panic on my new husband’s face as I chatted on the phone with my newly minted mother in law. She had asked what I was cooking for supper. There was no way for her to know that I had “planned” crackers and onion
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Clothing the Bump: Maternity Clothes in Edmonton

Posted on: January 12, 2021

Let’s talk about maternity clothes. Both times I have been pregnant were in the winter. Now, I have seen enormously pregnant ladies languishing in the August heat and felt deep sympathy, and I’m not saying I would rather go through that! However, the effort of trying to gingerly cross the
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The 8 Best Family Winter Adventures in Canmore

Posted on: January 12, 2021

Looking for family fun in the mountains this year? As attractive as hibernating sounds, cabin crazy kids have a way of making the longest season even longer. You may not have considered Canmore, on the doorstep of Banff National Park, as the place for the ideal winter family vacation, but
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Bugs Off…Naturally!

Posted on: January 12, 2021

I am one of those lucky few who have blood that mosquitoes find repellant. I’m not complaining. Actually, I’m kind of bragging. My kids, however, have that horrible combination of sweet sweet blood and a brutal reaction to mosquito bites. Watching their little bodies writhe with the sheer itch of
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Birthday Party on Target! Mini Paintball at Laser City

Posted on: February 24, 2018

The reaction from the group leader leads me to believe it is not the first time she has encountered the question. “You could eat the paintballs, they are non-toxic. But don’t.” The boys agree they would rather shoot each other than eat the paintballs, and the safety orientation continues. We
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REVIEW: PJ Masks Live: Time to be a Hero!

Posted on: December 12, 2017

The chamber at the Winspear is buzzing. The energy of hundreds of preschoolers is palpable. The excitement makes them buoyant; sitting in their seats is an impossibility. The heroes of PJ Masks are about to take the stage in real life, and I am slightly concerned that the little girls
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10 Ways to Deal with the Halloween Candy Conundrum

Posted on: October 31, 2017

The pillowcases full of Halloween candy have been carefully sorted through by mom and catalogued, compared among siblings and inventoried like the treasure it is. But now comes the hard part. What do you do with it all? We have compiled ten of the most popular ideas for dealing with
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5 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited about Star Gazing

Posted on: September 15, 2017

  Saskatchewan may be the Land of Living Skies, but Alberta is no slouch when it comes to expanses of Prairie skies! The wild blue yonder is a thing to behold at any time of day, but once the stars come out is when the sky really shines! (I’m sorry,
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A Day Out at the Alberta Railway Museum

Posted on: May 13, 2017

“My dad works for the railway!” my son proclaims proudly to all and sundry at the Alberta Railway Museum. My husband jokes he loves it so much he even spends his days off with trains (with two little boys in our house, it would be hard to avoid!) luckily at
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12 Ways to Spend Mother’s Day in Edmonton

Posted on: May 8, 2017

  Confession time: Eight years ago was my first Mother’s Day. I was so wrapped up in visions of breakfast in bed with my new babe snuggled sleepily beside me and being showered in bouquets of flowers that I actually forgot it was still Mother’s Day for my mom and mother-in-law.
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