Author Bio:

Kristi McGowan is a transplant to Canada, moving to Edmonton in 2017 after living her whole life in various places throughout the US. She's a self-proclaimed foodie, habitual runner, Netflix aficionado, Diet Coke addict, and never-satisfied seeker of adventures. But most importantly, she's a mama to the world's cutest twin girls, wife to the kindest (and funniest!) man ever, and dog owner to the worst behaved goldendoodle.


Posts by kristimcg:

Favourite West Edmonton Mall Attractions Open for Summer!

Posted on: July 13, 2021

The giant wave pool. The always perfect 31°C temperature. The giggle-inducing slides. The stomach-dropping roller coasters. The spinning rides. The games. The list goes on and on of the things we love — and have so desperately missed — about World Waterpark and Galaxyland at West Edmonton Mall. But after
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3 Reasons to Make Lethbridge Your Summer Vacation Destination

Posted on: June 14, 2021

Rugged mountains. Glacial lakes. Dinosaur remains. Hoo doos. Isn’t it quite amazing how much wonder Alberta has to offer? With summer ahead of us, this is your opportunity to see it all and making Lethbridge your headquarters for Alberta vacation adventures is the smart move! 3 Reasons to Make Lethbridge
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Our Enchanted Botanic Garden Experience

Posted on: May 31, 2021

Every summer I tell my husband “Hey, we should visit the University of Alberta Botanic Garden” but several summers have passed and we haven’t made the trip out to Devon. After all, it’s just a garden and we’ve got plenty of green space in Edmonton, could it really be worth
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5 Delightful Picnic Spots in Edmonton

Posted on: May 17, 2021

One of the highlights for summer in our family is eating meals outside while enjoying the warm summer breeze. I love picnics because they’re easy meals. Make everyone’s favourite sandwich (peanut butter and jelly is a fave here!). Throw in some snacks veggies, chips, and fruit and off you go.
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The End of the World is Here in Edmonton

Posted on: May 11, 2021

Don’t be alarmed. The actual End of the World isn’t coming — at least not that I’ve been made aware. But you can visit a beautiful lookout in south central Edmonton nicknamed the End of the World. Located in the Belgravia neighbourhood, Keillor Point will be familiar to Edmonton natives
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Party From Home with EXPLORUM Birthday Parties

Posted on: April 14, 2021

Are you trying to plan another Covid birthday party for your child? Limits on social gatherings have really put the damper on birthdays, but EXPLORUM has developed virtual birthday parties that are sure to make your child’s special day perfect. You’re probably thinking, “No, I don’t want to do another
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5 Great Loop Walking Trails for Families

Posted on: April 11, 2021

Before having kids, my husband and I were the epitome of an active couple. We hiked almost every weekend, we trained for a half marathon, we went for long walks and long bike rides. When we had twins a few years ago, we worried it was the end of our
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Celebrate International Dark Sky Week: Visit a Dark Sky Preserve

Posted on: April 5, 2021

We’re so used to it. Street lights, traffic lights, business signs, billboards, car lights, security lights. When you start to make a list of all the nighttime lights that we see in towns and cities across Canada, it adds up quickly! All of this lighting is considered light pollution. Being
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YEG Families Love Burgers & Fries: Our Top 5 Recommendations

Posted on: March 10, 2021

When we’re looking for an easy meal that satisfies everyone in our house, burgers and fries is often the answer. Sure, there are always the trusty standbys like McDonalds, Burger King, and A&W when you need something quick before the kids lose their marbles, but when you’re looking for something
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Our Shop and Stay-cation at Fantasyland Hotel!

Posted on: March 1, 2021

Call it the winter blues, Covid lockdown craze, or cabin fever. Whatever it is, our family was in it deep and we needed a break – STAT! I love that we live so close to one of the coolest hotels — Fantasyland Hotel at West Edmonton Mall. An overnight staycation
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