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Thrifty Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about costumes. Kids’ costumes can cost over $50 dollars if you buy a specialty or character costume. For something that will be worn once or twice - and smeared with chocolate - that’s too much! With a little planning, your kids can dress well with little cost.

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Traditions with a Twist

I grew up in a wonderful home with traditions that have shaped how I try and make the holidays special for my husband and two kids. I remember year after year listening to German Christmas carols as we decorated the tree.

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Skating Season in Banff

With hockey being our National Pastime, it’s never too early to take Junior out for his or her first skate, and what better place to start than on a real frozen pond or lake! November is a magical month that locals in Canmore and Banff refer to as “Skating Season.” Many of the lakes freeze over but are still snow-free and clear for endless gliding across the teal green ice.

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Halloween Photos in the Park - Dress 'em up & Take 'em Out

I love taking pictures of my kids dressed up in cute Halloween costumes. In Calgary, it can be challenging to do this on Halloween, though. It gets dark early, it’s cold and sometimes there’s even snow on the ground. You’re lucky if your kids aren’t wearing snowsuits while they trick-or-treat. Last year, a friend and I took our sons out for a walk in Confederation Park with their costumes on. We got great pictures, the kids had fun and it was adorable watching a little lion and dinosaur chase each other around the park.

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