deals – september 12



1458190This week I finally gave in and bought a car seat for our second vehicle. I didn’t want to fork out a lot of money as it would be in our secondary vehicle, and as such would be used on occasion, but I didn’t want to get a poorly designed seat either. On my search for a quality seat on a tight budget, I came across an amazing deal at Walmart that I just had to share.

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family fun in the city – september

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There are some amazing events in and around our city this month that the whole family can enjoy!

What The Truck?! – September 12

whatthetruckWhat The Truck?! is ending the food truck season with the biggest event of the year. There will be a totally of 25 trucks, the most in the history of What The Truck?! For an event this big you will want to make sure you get there early :) If you’re planning to come, please RSVP on Facebook to give them a better sense of numbers.

For a list of the 25 amazing trucks that are going to be there click here.

Click here for the menus for the 25 trucks.

Cost: no admission fee – just show up and enjoy some excellent food
When: Friday, September 12 @4-8pm
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square Edmonton

Kaleido Family Arts Festival by Arts on the Ave

Feature-kaleido2012Alberta Avenue comes alive with a free arts festival featuring music, dance, theatre,film, literary, and visual arts.

Artists collide in an environment of creative exploration and performances on rooftops, sides of buildings, back alleys, parks, old spaces and new spaces of 118thAvenue.

To view the festival map, click here.

Cost: Kaleido is FREE! Please donate what you can at the colourful donation tubes on site. Programs for sale $2 at the Carrot prior to festival, and at the info and merch booths during festival.
When: Friday, September 12 @ 8:00 pm – 12:30 am, Saturday, September 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 am and Sunday, September 14 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: 118th Ave from 90-94th Street

Party in the ParkPresented by The House of Many and Frugal Edmonton Mama

10541885_1467317680182586_4639214514535093491_nParty in the Park brings together all of the Family Friendly services and businesses that Sherwood Park has to offer with a day filled with family fun.

Some activities include bouncy castles, glitter tattoos, jedi training sessions, free hair braiding and color strands from Beaners Sherwood Park, juggling, magic and music demonstration classes, sportball classes, appearances from Anna and Elsa and personalized hair and make-up sessions with the duo, Yoshi, Spiderman, Ninja Turtles, bubble demonstrations, and Crafts with Wonderwoman.

Tickets are not going to be available on the day of, so make sure you get your tickets before the show. Every ticket gets a swag bag, and the chance to win over $5,000 worth of door prizes, including a brand new stroller system, an annual family pass to Fort Edmonton Park, cold hard cash, restaurant gift certificates, yoga wear, a kids snowboard + much, much more.

As an added bonus, each ticket purchased will get your name entered for a BEAUTY MAKEOVER with Anna & Elsa at the event. There will be 4 of these given away – one for each time slot.

Cost: Tickets are $20/family (up to four kids). Get your tickets here.
When: September 21, 2104 @ 10am – 4pm
Where: Agora (Strathcona County Library Hall)

hidden gem – pico bello cafe

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pico bello 1On most weekends our little family goes out for breakfast as a treat .  We prefer to support local businesses as much as possible, so we are always on the hunt for hidden gems within the city.   A couple of weeks ago we were driving to Winners/HomeSense in Mayfield Common (our favorite place to shop… more on that on another post) when I noticed a small restaurant called Pico Bello Cafe located next to the Boston Pizza; it looked interesting so I did decided to do some quick research. After checking UrbanSpoon and Tripadvisor I realized that I might have found a hidden gem! The first thing I noticed was that their eggs benedict looked delicious and being my hubby’s favorite I knew that this Continue Reading

Zofia’s Picks

Zofia's Picks

Last weekend as we were wandering through Southgate Mall, Zofi insisted that daddy (Pawel ) put her down.  As soon as he did Zofi made a bee-line for the LEGO® store!  We followed her into the store as she went straight to one of the multiple play bins (of course not the duplo bin, but one containing standard legos) that are setup around the store.  She instantly grabs as many pieces as she can fit into her little hands and proceeds to distribute them to her new found friends.

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deals – September 4


I had to share some amazing deals that I found online and in-store:

  1. GAP Kids & Baby Sale: Up to 40% off select styles includes ALMOST NEVER on sale favorites (in-store and online). Ends 9/9.
  2. Joe Fresh Flash Sale: 25% off selected styles, online only.  Ends Today!
  3. Indigo/Chapters: Free Shipping NO Minimum! Ends Today!
  4. IKEA Bedroom Event:
    • 15% off all bed frames (in-store and online).  Offer excludes sofa beds.  Offer includes cribs/cots, children’s beds, bunk beds, daybeds, and headboards. Ends 9/15.
    • 15% off all foam and latex mattresses. Ends 9/7.
  5. Old Navy: 20% off your purchase.  Use code ONSAVE.  Cannot be combined with super cash. Excludes Everyday Steals & Hot Deals Online. Excludes Clearance & Today Only Deals in-store.
  6. Motherhood Maternity:  Buy 1 Get 1 Free Redlines (in-store and online). Restrictions apply.

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In the City – September 5-7

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Edmonton Mamas, here is our list of things to try in the city this weekend.

  1. Edmonton Eskimos vs. Calgary Stampeders at the Commonwealth Stadium.  The Battle of Alberta returns to Edmonton when the Eskimos host the provincial rival Calgary Stampeders for the Labour Day Rematch. The classic battle will mark the second time the teams face each other in less than a week and the third and final meeting of the regular season.

Cost: Tickets range from $15-$95

  1. CCMA Coast-to-Coast Country at West Edmonton Mall.  See performances from country music artists representing Canada from coast to coast!
  1. Canadian Country Music Awards Jiffy Lube FanFest at West Edmonton Mall.  Avid country music fans will be delighted by the stellar lineup boasted at CCMA FanFest, a free larger than life festival held at West Edmonton Mall’s Ice Palace in honour of our biggest and brightest country music stars and the fans that hoisted them to the top.

Cost: CCMA FanFest is open to all, free of charge!

  1. Spare the Rod at Fort Edmonton Park.  Find out what it was like growing up in the 20s from Farm Chores to Baseball.

Cost: Included with the entrance fee.

  1. The Incredible Journey at the Metro Cinema (operating out of Edmonton’s historic Garneau Theatre).  When the Hunter family sets out on a holiday, they leave their three pets – bull terrier Bodger, labrador Luath, and Siamese cat Tao with a friend. But when a series of assumptions are made, no one realizes when the animals decide to embark on a 250 – mile trek across Canada’s rugged terrain to return to their home. With only barks and meows, the trio encourages each other on their journey homeward as they battle hunger, hunters, and more along the way.

Cost:  Free admission for children 12 and under! Adults: $10 Student/Senior: $6 (Student ID required). Tickets and memberships go on sale at the box office 45 minutes before showtime. No advance sales unless otherwise noted on the website or in the programme. All events, prices, and times are subject to change without notice.

  1.  Garden Fall Family Festival  at the Devonian Botanic Garden. Create your very own scarecrow, build a bird house, or make a beautiful dried/silk flower arrangement. Enjoy a beverage and bake a yummy apple by the Grebe Pond.

Cost: Regular admission includes refreshments and family fun activities. There is an additional charge of $10 for scarecrow, birdhouse or fall flower arrangement craft kits. Garden Season Pass holders and Friends of the Garden members get free admission to this event.

  1. Harvest of the Past & Harvest Food Festival at the Ukrainian Village.  It is the final special event of the season and witness traditional harvest activities from the period of 1892-1930. Take in a free horse-drawn wagon ride to see more than 30 historic buildings.  Delicious food awaits at the Harvest Food Festival starting at 11:30 a.m. with a number of local food trucks along with traditional Ukrainian food. The new Village Cook Off offers a different approach to culinary tourism with visitor witnessing local chefs compete to make the best pyrohy (perogies) using a kitchen pantry and a list of secret ingredients.

Cost:$10 for adults, $25 for a family (two adults and their children ages 7 to 17), $8 for seniors and $5 for youth (ages 7 to 17). Children six and under are admitted free. Admission is also free for those with a current Experience Alberta’s History Pass or Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society membership card.

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my nest in the city….first day of school

I recently went through some old school keepsakes and found my kindergarten picture and list of  favourite things. It became the perfect addition to our first day of school photo.  So here is Noelle and my kindergarten self circa 1985, with the essential 80′s curled bangs and a dress with poufy arms.

First Day of School


Wishing you a totally wonderful back to school week.

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back to school style for moms

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Mamas, if you are feeling left out of the back to school action, here is a list of some of my favourite things in shades of grey, black, white and gold.

From top (L to R):

1. Joe Fresh Sweatpants – Stylish sweats are totally a thing this fall….yes really!

2. Cat Watch from Knee Deep Denim – You need this, like right meow.

3. Hustlin Mama Tee from Mulberry Press Co. – For all the hustlin you will be doing this fall.

4. Mama Bear Tee from maisonwares – Because you need more cute graphic tees in grey and black this fall, you just do.

5. Kate Spade 2014-2015 planner from – A crazy, hectic schedule isn’t so bad when you have a pretty planner to write it down in.

6. Matt & Nat Kintla Handbag – Because everyone else gets a new backpack, and you need somewhere to keep you new planner.

7. Grumpy Cat Mug from The Apple Tree Shop - Enjoy your morning coffee with grumpy cat, hand painted just for you.

8. Heart to Heart scarf from Peppermint - Because gold hearts make fall a little less dreary.


happy nesting!

in the city….sweet treats

sweet in the city

Edmonton Mamas, here is our list of sweet things to try in the city this weekend.

1. Chickie Dough - Get all the yummy, sweet, deliciousness of ice cream but without the guilt. A chickpea based dip featuring flavours like Chocolate Hazelnut, Orange Blueberry, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, and many more. Seriously, we kinda think the Chickie Dough diet should be a new thing. Go check them out this weekend at City Market Downtown and Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market.

2. Frickin’ Delights Donuts - Vegan donuts that are so totally delightful and pretty. Check them out at the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market on Saturday, or  you can get your donut fix from Whimsical Cake Studio until they start delivery again. So go get some, we donut think you will regret it. 

3. Confetti Sweets - Enjoy some sweet cookie love at the market this weekend or at their newly opened shop in Sherwood Park. Details here.

4. The Cheesiry - Makers of raw sheep milk cheese with many, many varieties. Pick some up from Blush Lane Organic Market this weekend.

And we know that cheese is not exactly a sweet per say, but this cheese is just good and we are pretty sure you will enjoy it with all the above, so go enjoy some cheese and cookies this weekend.