Dads Doing Their Part

Jeff Woods

I am a father of three kids, two daughters (18 and 10) and a son (8). My role as a father has been the most rewarding thing in life, besides falling in love with their mom. I am a working dad and my wife is a stay at home mom. There have been times where work kept me away from home for lengths of time. That was hard on everyone. Things have progressed over time to where we are now, living in Edmonton and a better work/life balance.

Image supplied by Lorraine Marie

Image supplied by Lorraine Marie

I may have worked lots and spent time out-of-town, but one thing that has always stayed true for me is being a great husband and father. I have always viewed parenting as an equal role. Where moms and dads support each other, share equal responsibilities in the house all to make life easy for ourselves. In return to better support our kids.

Back when my kids were babies, I was there every step of the way. Feedings, changings, bath time, bedtime and so on. Taking the night-time wake ups, even though I had to work early just so mom could get some much-needed sleep. That role has never changed for me. I still have a very active role in my kids lives. I am proud to cook and clean, do laundry and grocery shop. The way mom and dad act in the house were no role is gender based and we both help each other is how my kids learn. Our daughters will grow up strong women and our son will be quite the gentleman. 

Image Supplied by Jeff Woods

Image Supplied by Jeff Woods


Fatherhood is changing direction. This can’t come soon enough. No more dads sitting back, leaving everything to mom. For the longest time I have been on the outside so to speak. The butt of jokes at work for showing my love and support for my wife and kids. This is changing!
I will always be very proud to be there for my family. That my kids don’t solely have to rely on mom for everything. That my wife isn’t dealing with day-to-day things all on her own. My kids know dad is there to help in any way possible. Homework help, trouble with friends, bed times, suppers, this list is long. Attending school events whether it’s parent teacher night, a performance or a sporting event means so much to me as well as my kids. Taking them to the doctors or dentist is also rewarding. They know dad is there to help when not feeling well or are scared while getting a filling done at the dentist, for example. Being the dad I am only helps them grow to become the future self they want. My wife and I have such a strong relationship as well given that life isn’t left to just one of us. Equally we both take care of our kids and our home. Stepping up when the other is sick or having an off day.

Image Supplied by Jeff Woods

Image Supplied by Jeff Woods

Dads, we need to keep this change going. We need to keep up the great parenting and stop leaving life in moms hands alone. Our children are the ones who will see the benefit from this and that is what parenting is all about.

Jeff Woods, is always on his toes trying to raise his three kids into adulthood, he's a hard working dad who shares local events and little snippets of his every day life with his family on his blog,  Drooling Daddy "Just a Dad's Life" . You can connect with him via his social media pages on : FACEBOOK , INSTAGRAM , TWITTER


5 Tips for Travelling with Toddlers

by Donna McGougan 

 You’ve picked your destination and planned what you’ll do when you get there. But, first you need to get yourself and your toddler there in one piece! While travelling with a busy little one who loves to explore may seem overwhelming especially when it’s the first time, it doesn’t have to be.

1. Prepare them for the journey explain to your toddler what’s going to happen on your trip. Like adults, it’s nice for them to prepare mentally for being away from the safety and familiarity of home. Let them know you may be waiting in lines (especially if you’re flying) and be prepared with games or books to keep them entertained while waiting. If they’re old enough, there are some great videos online that show kids what it’s like to go through security. Pack one of your child’s favourite toys or blankets in their carryon so they’ll have something familiar to comfort them when they feel tired or overwhelmed.

2. Pack lightly It’s no secret that toddlers need a lot of “stuff”- highchairs, Pack’n Plays, cribs, monitors, just to name a few. A general rule of thumb is to only take what you’ll need and to leave behind what you can rent at your destination. The less you have to carry, the less you’ll be distracted or stressed. If you do take it all, consider using a porter at the airport to help with your luggage. You won’t have to worry about keeping an eye on your luggage and can focus on keeping track of your toddler.

3. Be an “Early Bird” When Flying Pre-book your seats whenever possible. The extra cost is worth the peace of mind knowing your family will be sitting together. Check in online so the airline knows you will be on the flight, decreasing your chance of being bumped from an overbooked departure. Get to the airport early to give yourself extra time to get through long baggage and security lines. Kids pick up on our stress and if we can stay calm and relaxed chances are they will too!

4. On the Flight When travelling with a toddler for long flights, be prepared with food your toddler will eat since airline food isn’t always toddler friendly. A drink can come in handy during take-off and landing to help your little one’s sensitive ears equalize. Remember to finish any fresh fruit and vegetables before you leave the plane as they will not be allowed into your point of arrival. Be sure to check the CASTA website so you follow the guidelines for liquids and gels and check the rules for your destination since security regulations may differ. Don’t forget to pack extra diapers and an extra set of clothes for both yourself and your child. Storms or mechanical issues can mean a longer than anticipated wait on the tarmac and no one wants to run out of diapers on an airplane! A “busy bag” full of stickers, a journal, a small toy, and new book is also a must have for the plane, as well as during any unforeseen delays. Pull the new items out one at a time to prolong the entertainment value. And, with the abundance of kid friendly apps, you should be able to find one or two to download onto your device.

5. Have fun! Travel days can be long and stressful for parents, but if you are organized and prepared, it will decrease your stress. Try and see everything from your kid’s perspective and have fun. Take the moving sidewalks or the shuttle carts. Watch the planes landing and taking off. Window shop in all the stores. Have a ridiculously priced treat at the airport - It’s all part of the journey so take your time, have fun and enjoy it.

Image supplied by Donna McGougan

Image supplied by Donna McGougan


Edmonton mom and traveller, Donna McGougan is a Certified Travel Consultant, of Connections Family Travel  who launched her business out of her experiences travelling with her two busy boys. 

Interview with the Rad Dads Edmonton Chapter

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Image SUPPLIED BY Dynamic Imaging Studios 

I chatted with Rad Dad's local Edmonton chapter leader, Kristian Basaraba, about Edmonton's new group that supports local dads, about why he started the movement and what events are taking place.

YEG INSPIRED : Can you tell me why you started Rad Dad's ?
RAD DADS : Oh man people ask me that all the time, I got the idea from a group in Vancouver (Vancouver Rad Dads) and reached out to them (Dave). he suggested I give it a go in Edmonton.  So I did. 

YEG INSPIRED: Is there any particular reason why ?
RAD DADS : I have a few reasons I'm doing this.  One is that I believe in being part of and building community and what better way then to do a dads group - something I have some (limited) experience in.  Based on the response there is a definite need in this city for one - I had 80 dads show up at our first "dads-only" meeting in February (and I expected 20).  I think "dads" don't really have anyone to talk to and what better way than a room full of dads drinking beer and talking about their experiences. 

YEG INSPIRED:  How often does Rad Dad's meet up?

RAD DADS : The goal is to have 4 "dad-only" meetings a year each with a different theme, our first meeting was on "Building Community"  or next meet up scheduled for end of May will have a music theme, the August meeting will be a sports theme and looking at science theme for Novembers meeting. 

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IMAGE SUPPLIED BY DYANMIC IMAGING STUDIOS

Each meeting will hopefully have a feature dad guest speaker centered around the theme, a local craft brewery supplying the suds and an opportunity to meet new dads.  We may also incorporate some sort of food aspect to them as well.  Any money raised  will be donated to a chosen charity related to the meeting theme through the sale of T-shirts. Kraft Kits I've designed and any other merch we decide (and can afford to create for dads).

YEG INSPIRED: You have some other events going on as well for the kids?

RAD DADS : Yes, Between each meeting I plan on having a "Kool Kid" event.  Something centered around the "dads-only" meeting theme.  Hence the "Build & Bond" Lego party this upcoming Sunday, we'll be hosting the "Build and Bond" event this Sunday April 9th from 1-3pm at 99ten Event Space, at  9910B 109 Street NW , located just below the Common. This event will feature buckets of Lego provided by the NALUG for an afternoon with kids of all ages to build whatever their imagination can envision. We plan on also having a balloon animal artist and a photographer on site, everyone is welcome, moms, dads and kids of all ages. 

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 The 2nd Kool Kid event is going to be a family-friendly "rock concert" with some live music from bands I know.  The sports event is yet to be decided but we're looking at hosting a street hockey tournament and finally the 4th event will be a science-inspired party of sorts (having kids doing fun science things).  I'm a high school science teacher so this is my "jam" of sorts.  Which I guess brings me to another reason to do this.  All the "Kool Kids" events are things I like to do and want to do with my son.  Science, Rock & Roll, Lego and Hockey, so maybe a selfish reason?? 

YEG INSPIRED: I think it's a pretty darn good reason!  You have another event as well coming up, the Hangouts?  

RAD DADS:  The Whiskey tasting was initiated by Have Mercy and I've been calling these Rad Dads Hangouts.  Have Mercy reached out to our group and this provides another opportunity to meet up and get together. The Whiskey Tasting is taking place on April 18 at Have Mercy Southern Table & Bar from 8-10pm. The Cost is $25 for food, booze and a whiskey education from the people at Wildturkey. Spaces are limited so you'll want to get on the list by emailing kristian.basaraba AT gmail dot com to reserve your space. 

RAD DAD's graphics and promotional material is designed by the talented,  Nigel Hood

RAD DAD's graphics and promotional material is designed by the talented,  Nigel Hood

YEG INSPIRED : I love that you've started this group and brought it to the Edmonton scene. Why is it important for you

RAD DADS : It's important for dads to get support in the "trials and tribulations" in this parenting game.  I want to erase the whole "deadbeat dad" attitude that is still prevalent out there today.  There are many dads that are highly involved in the lives of their kids and sometimes I don't think they have a voice or opportunity to share their experiences, this group provides that avenue.  

YEG INSPIRED: Thanks for taking the time to email and chat with the YEG Inspired Community. It's fantastic to see a group like yours come to the city to change peoples thinking and encourage support, something that YEG Inspired believes in strongly! 

To connect with the local chapter of RAD DAD's, or to join an upcoming event follow them on social media at Facebook, Instagram, and on Twitter

 

Preparing for a Connected Portrait Session | Edmonton Photographer

We have all been there. You're lined up, standing awkwardly with your family, and then the photographer says the cringe-inducing phrase, “Everyone, look at me and say Cheese!”. Most photographers (myself included!) have been guilty of using this technique at some point in their career.  If a photographer doesn't go into a session with the priority of capturing genuine interaction and connections, it's almost impossible for the result to be images that have authentic emotion.

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Over the last several years, my style of photography has shifted. The way I approach a session now is fundamentally different.  I will always take a few images with everyone looking at the camera, but my real goal is to capture those true, intimate moments. In my experience, the more comfortable my clients are, the more likely the final images will be a true expression of their family.  I invest time before the session to get to know them: all of my sessions include a complimentary pre-session consultation where I chat with my clients about their children, learn their likes and dislikes, and hear about their unique personalities. When I pick up the camera to photograph their sessions, I usually feel like we're old friends.  My clients love the whole experience too and often say things like, "We had so much fun!", and "That was so natural feeling!". When I, as the photographer, am relaxed and having a good time photographing my clients, they're having a good time too and those natural interactions with their loves are achieved so much more easily.

There are a lot of great tips that I could give you about getting ready for a portrait session that just focus on timing and preparation... Like, Maternity Sessions are best scheduled between 28-34 weeks.  This will vary for every mama, depending on how you are carrying. Ideal timing is when you still feel great and your belly is round and prominent, and before you get too heavy and uncomfortable.  And, Newborn sessions are ideally scheduled between 5-10 days old, when your baby is still sleepy and squishy and curling up like they were in the womb.  Babies older than two weeks will not curl up the same way that they do when they're brand new, but you can still get great images if you've missed the "newborn" window. Older babies will start to show personality, give great eye contact and often will have started to fill out with sweet chunkiness and adorable baby rolls. These are important things to know and take into consideration while you are planning for your session, but won't help you achieve those intimate connections.

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The number one thing that I can tell you that will result in connected images with your family is to just relax. You may think this is obvious, but it's really, really hard to put into practice. I think as mothers, we all want our children to be perfect, and look perfect, and behave in a perfect way at all times, but that is just not reality.  I want to capture that unique personality - the pouting 2 year old, the melting down three year old, and the goofy eight year old.  Don't tell your children to look at the camera and smile.  When they are misbehaving, pouting and crying don't yell at them, or try and bribe them. Create moments. Talk to them. Cuddle them. Tell them secrets. Share a joke. Lift them over your head. Let them run. These are your imperfectly perfect children. These are the memories that you need to have.

For more tips to create organic portraits and connections in your session, download my free guide, "Creating Organic Portraits and Connected Images"

I am Jamie and redwagon photography is my boutique, cozy home based studio in Edmonton, Alberta. Organic, natural light portraits that showcase connection and emotion are my specialty.

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What the BLEEP am I doing?

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I don’t know. Is that the baby monitor or my alarm clock? It is 3 am and I would JUST really like to go back to sleep. That baby monitor gives me so much anxiety. He is breathing, so I should fall back asleep but I can’t. I mute the baby monitor, but can’t help feeling guilty.

When I see scissors or a knife, morbid thoughts appear. What am I doing? Am I being a bad mother for having thoughts that I don’t seem to have any control of? Maybe my family is better off without me if I’m that crazy. Self-loathing and more intrusive self-harming thoughts ensue, which perpetually feeds the anxiety. I scored poorly on the postnatal depression survey, and was referred to Managing Motherhood. It wasn’t, however, until I started seeking cognitive behavioural therapy (through AHS) that I could co-exist with such thoughts by not giving anxiety any power.

Parenting without a reliable village is isolating and difficult. Other than my husband, no one else can help with the night waking. Post a photo of my smiling baby, it gathers 75 likes on social media. Nobody knows what I’m going through on a daily basis: feeling guilty or judged, inadequate, alone, and exhausted.

Our parenting journey has not been perfect. Our birth plans did not go accordingly. My anxiety began when we didn’t know if Art was going to live (it took over 20 minutes to resuscitate him in the delivery room). I gave him a quick kiss on his left cheek before he was whisked away to a ventilation machine in a different room. I lost a lot of blood and could not breastfeed properly. Not only was recovery hard, but trying to nurse Art enough was also challenging. He just barely missed having the feeding tube re-inserted during his 8-day stay in NICU.

As a new parent, it was hard not to let any advice or old wives’ tales impact my confidence and self-esteem. Reading parenting books just caused more anxiety, not less. But there is a reason why there are so many parenting books being sold – there is no right or wrong when it comes to parenting. It finally hit home when I was attending the “I Am a Parent” seminar hosted by Southwest Early Year that I have been struggling with naming my own emotions. I cried in my seat at the seminar. I grew up in a dismissive and authoritative parenting environment where I was not allowed to express any feelings. I hid them. I often don’t know what I am doing and it isn’t healthy if I do not have any coping strategies when I feel overwhelmed. It is only through recent therapy that I am starting to acknowledge every feeling (including doubt) while knowing that it is okay to have these feelings, that I am okay. 

If you can relate with my experience, please know that you are not alone. Visit your nearest Parent Link Centre (PLC) to register for resources they provide. The PLC at Jasper Place hosts empathy coaching (contact Pam) and Family Futures in Milhurst and Westbrook host Managing Motherhood (contact Lori).

If you are experiencing a crisis and need immediate help, there is the 24/7 Crisis Response Team (780-342-7777). Dropinyeg.ca provides free drop-in counselling services. Alberta Mental Health Services is also a no-fee self-referral program: 780-342-7700.

 

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 Born and raised in Brunei, where co-sleeping is a cultural norm, Cynthia Priest is a cloth-diapering and baby-wearing first time mother, who loves to cook and bake. Cynthia plays and teaches piano, develops recipes, maintains a food blog, Cynful Kitchen, and aspires to write a cookbook in the near future.
Photography: Lorraine Marie Fotography

 

*The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect that of the publisher. Yeg Inspired welcomes your opinions and comments, individuals leaving comments are responsible for their own actions, abusive, degrading , racist comments will be deleted and removed without notification. 

It’s Time to Feel Good About Feeding by Rachel Jones

As a first-time mom, feeding my baby was a constant source of concern, but I’m realizing that, after fifteen months, it didn’t have to be. While pregnant, I had read and heard unfamiliar terms like lactation, let-down, latch, supply, top-up, formula, donor milk, colostrum, mastitis, expressing, engorgement, pumping, bottle-feeding, solids, purees, infant cereal, and baby-lead weaning. Feeding seemed to be a big topic, but nothing I couldn’t handle. 

Once my baby was born, and breastfeeding began, I started to experience what some of these words meant. I felt overwhelmed. I wanted to give up. I sobbed to my mom, telling her I didn’t have the strength to keep it up for much longer. I wondered if I should be nursing on a set schedule, if I was producing enough milk, or if I was eating something that upset caused my baby. I thought my son would miraculously sleep through the night if I fed him formula, but I felt guilty if I gave it to him; it was a time-consuming (and sometimes embarrassing) process to get my boob out; trying to bottle-feed felt like more effort than pumping; and my boy has a tongue and lip tie, so we had to work at getting him to latch properly. It felt like an endless struggle. 

Once I’d met other moms who had difficulties, my perspective changed. Some of my friends were unable to breastfeed due to post-partum depression and anxiety, physical pain, or an anatomical inability to express milk. Some babies couldn’t latch. Some babies were fed formula or donor milk from their first day of life. Some mothers pumped exclusively just to bottle-feed breastmilk. I wasn’t the only one who felt overwhelmed, guilty, or concerned about feeding my baby. I started to feel better – because it was tough for everyone.

After three months, my baby and I had a routine down. At five months, he was trying solids. But then the worry crept back again – this time, about food variety. I would buy one of every vegetable, making a puree for each. It was time consuming and sometimes frustrating to have my baby reject it. But, I kept at it. And it got better and better. Six, nine, twelve, and now fifteen months have gone by, and guess what? We are still breastfeeding, imagine that!

I wish I could rewind the clock and tell myself to keep it simple. I’d tell myself to trust my instinct and mute the opinions of others unless they were positive. I’d be more confident in my choices and adapt when I felt the need. I would reach out for more support and I’d try to feel good about my choices from the beginning, for myself and for my baby. 

 
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Rachel Jones is an up-and-coming local blogger and new mother, who recently left the desk job of her dreams to parent full-time. She is a talker, connector, planner and community enthusiast, who enjoys living in the heart of Downtown Edmonton with her young family. Learning as she goes, Rachel is writing about important places, news, events, and resources for new parents and centralizing it all on her blog, Edmomton. 

 

RESOURCE LISTING 

HOSPITAL

Grey Nuns: 780.735.7346

Misericordia Hospital: 780.735.2577 

Royal Alexandra: 780.735.4605


INDEPENDENT LACTATION CONSULTANTS    

Lactopia Lactation Services: lee-ann@lactopialactation.ca / 780.278.2662

Roots Family Services: kim@rootsfamilyservices.com / 780.490.8902

Fiona Lang-Sharpe: fionalangsharpe@gmail.com / 780.886.6818


LA LECHE LEAGUE

La Leche League facilities offer free group and one-on-one breastfeeding support in your community. Meetings are held by volunteers and are listed online. Go to www.lllc.ca and search your area for information on the meeting date, time, and location. Call 1.800.665.4324 if you have questions. 

Notes: IBCLC means International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.


*The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect that of the publisher. Yeg Inspired welcomes your opinions and comments, individuals leaving comments are responsible for their own actions, abusive, degrading , racist comments will be deleted and removed without notification. 

Top Three Travel Perks from the Edmonton International Airport

This is the legalese to let you know that this post is sponsored by the the fine folks of the Edmonton International Airport, all opinions are my own. 

Edmonton International Airport (EIA) invited me to take a tour of the airport with some local bloggers, do a little airport shopping and introduce us to some of their amazing services they offer local travellers. Here's my list of top 3 travel perks when you're travelling through YEG! 

1. TRAVEL PERKS

Most people have the idea that shopping or dining at the EIA can be overpriced, it's surprisingly not. In fact, if you know you'll be flying this season, I'd recommend their EIA Rewards Program. It's free and you'll save money with exclusive discounts, you'll enjoy free premium unlimited Wi-Fi in the terminal and save 25% off the Plaza Premium Lounge and 30% on parking fees, bonus! 
They also have Valet Parking, helping you unload luggage to get you on your way! Their valet and concierge also offers complimentary coat check, a perk if you don't want to bring your winter coat on your travels, the upside is instead of leaving it in the car, it'll be warm on your arrival home! 

The Plaza Premium Lounge, offers comfortable seating while you wait for your flight and no age restrictions. 

The Plaza Premium Lounge, offers comfortable seating while you wait for your flight and no age restrictions. 

The Plaza Premium lounge, may not be on your radar but the lounge is a great way to kick off your holiday or if you're travelling solo for a mom's getaway, it offers exceptional value and should be added to your itinerary. For $40 for 2 hrs per person, you'll be able to enjoy comfortable seating, enjoy a meal (yes, it's included) and enjoy a drink. In fact you can enjoy 4 alcoholic beverages making this an amazing deal. If you have the EIA rewards, you'll save even more! 
The lounge is open from 4:30 am to midnight daily
 

2. SHOPPING

Shopping at the EIA I came across some great deals and found a couple of gift ideas and last minute purchases for friends and family. Here's a list of my favourites while shopping with our guides and fellow bloggers.

 Cookies by George
A tin of cookies for a hostess gift is great way to start off the trip and let your host/ess know how much you appreciate them. A small tin of six cookies starts at 17.95 and includes cellophane wrap, making it a cute gift on the go! 
Tip: You can call them in advance for a cookie order (link above) and it'll be ready for pick up once you go through security!

Chapters & Indigo

I won't hide the fact that Chapters is one of my favourite places to shop and having a location in the airport is an added bonus! They have a great kids section with products from Melissa & Doug and a fantastic assortment of holiday books for the kids, plus you can always grab a trade paperback or journal and treat yourself! 

The dynamic duo of bloggers featured above, Lil'Bean, The UnDad & Mrs.Undad! 

The dynamic duo of bloggers featured above, Lil'Bean, The UnDad & Mrs.Undad! 

HBC Trading Post

Like a smaller version of the Bay, I found the exclusive HBC Limited Edition Barbie (retails for $59.99, same price as listed in store) It's a great gift for any Barbie collector on your Christmas list! The HBC store also carries their signature sweaters in a variety of sizes, sleepers for little ones, knit teddy bears, and my favourite, latte mugs for $15 a piece! Yes, I did pick up two! 

Discover Alberta
This store carries not only Canadian favourites like classic maple syrup but Edmonton favourites as well, including sports tees of your favourite teams, military tees and travel bags, plus they carry one of my favourite personal care products from The Rocky Mountain Soap company., like the butter sticks and their line of heavenly smelling bar soaps.

Tech on the Go
For all the tech junkies on your list, this shop carries head phones, speakers, portable chargers for your electronics and if you forget any cords, they more than likely have it! 

3. ANXIETY FREE TRAVEL 

I love to fly but I get anxious and little stressed making sure we have everything we need for our trips but while shopping with EIA, my fellow bloggers and I were introduced to a new program from the Pet Therapy Society where they are doing a trial helping anxious passengers to calm their nerves before a flight by enjoying a visit with one of their friendly pooches! From what I hear, they also have cats and rabbits so keep your eyes peeled as they roam the airport with their guides.

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One last little perk and travel tip, and this one is a bonus, if you or your kids play Pokemon Go, you'll be interested to know that the EIA is home to a bunch of Wild Pokemon. Let the EIA know via social media and they may even drop a couple of lures for you!  

To connect with EIA or find more information on their services you can visit FLY EIA

Article by: Lorraine Stephanyshyn, Images provided by Lorraine-Marie

 

*The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect that of the publisher. Yeg Inspired welcomes your opinions and comments, individuals leaving comments are responsible for their own actions, abusive, degrading , racist comments will be deleted and removed without notification. 

Edmonton Magazine Launches at the Valley Zoo

Welcome to YEG Inspired! 

On Wednesday October 26th, we celebrated the launch of our Baby Issue with a local event sponsored by Quikcard & hosted at the Valley Zoo in their Otter Room where we revealed YEG Inspired's new look, with a small trade show featuring three local businesses that have helped us on our journey: Park City Doula's, Hot Mama Fitness & House of Posie

Box Social Event Planning brought along a wonderful winter themed sensory bin for the kids, with halloween bags and colouring activities sponsored by Lorraine Marie Fotography

With 65 in attendance each guest received a swag bag of goodies including a copy of the magazine with door prizes sponsored by local businesses including Portage & Main, Park City Doula's, Ruby Thursday Collective and Hot Mama Fitness
 

On behalf of Athena Raypold (YEG Inspired's editor) & Lorraine Stephanyshyn (YEG Inspired's Founder & Publisher) we wish to thank everyone that has supported us along the way. To both our families, thank you for your support and encouragement, to each advertiser that invested in the magazine we could not have done this without you and wish you the greatest success! YEG Inspired is a free magazine, your support has made this all possible! THANK YOU! 

One final note, we would like to thank each person who brought a donation to the launch party in support of Basically Babies. A local organization that helps to provide families in extreme need in the greater Edmonton area by outfitting families with a year supply of baby clothing. I (Lorraine), was reminded of this wonderful organization by Edmonton blogger, Rachel Jones of Edmomton. Rachel, organized a volunteer night for several of us moms where we sorted through donations and took a tour of the facility learning about some of Basically Babies greatest needs. We rallied together to put a call out for boys sleepers on behalf of the organization and our tally from our launch party event is 57 sleepers plus an assortment of bibs, onesies, boys outfits, sleep sacks and a pair of brand new shoes.