Category Archives: child rearin’

Valleyview Park

Out and about East Calgary and need a place to chill? Check out recently redeveloped Valleyview Park. Located in West Dover, The park consists of wide open fields, rolling hills, beach volleyball courts, a big kid playground and a little kid playground (both with modern play structures) and a summertime spray park. Valleyview Park connects with the Bow River Pathway along the west side. The beautiful landscaping was completed in 2009.

Valleyview Park is truly an East Calgary gem. Here are some pictures of the toddler playground.

The Smokin’ 45s performing at Valleyview in 2010.

Take care!

Thriftstore find: race car rug


I’ve been planning on buying the little guy a race car rug for a while. So imagine my happy surprise when I found two at the Salvation Army for $6 each. With the original store tags still on!

Happy trails!

Sweet potatoes for my sweet pea

I made some mashed sweet potato for the little one.

  • Cut into cubes 2 medium sized sweet potatoes.
  • Boil until soft. Mash.
  • Add dollop of margarine and pinch of brown sugar. Mix.
  • Freeze them in ice cube trays.
  • Once the food is frozen, pop them out and store them in bags.

Happy trails!

Retro toys 2 and other thrift store finds

Today was a stellar day for rummaging at the WINS (Women in Need thrift store). I found lots of great stuff and the prices were right.

Vintagey gold-coloured jewelry box with automatically opening drawer ($6)

Retro Fisher Price toys for the little guy ($5). See more retro kids’ toys here.

A hand-made Arnold Churgin clutch purse and nautical-themed KEDS shoes

Copper 2-cup French press ($2)

Suze Orman’s Women and Money ($2.50)

Take a tour of the WINS store here.

Happy trails!

Women in Need: living in a thrifter’s paradise

Everyone's a winner at WINS.

I took a trip today to the Dover, Calgary Women in Need thrift store. The WINS, as it affectionately known, is a fantastic place to buy furniture, household items, toys and random oddities.

The thrift store collects money that goes to the charity. And women in crisis have access to free goods.

WIN’s mission is to “help women and their families help themselves”. Can’t argue with that!

Go here to see an inventory of my purchases.

Retro dresser $30…it’s still there

Books! It’s like the internet on paper.

I’ve entered bizarro world.

Books galore!

Oddities too special to be out in the store. These treasures are sealed away in a glass case.

Happy trails!

No fuss baby birthday game

Organizing party games can be like herding cats. For my son’s first birthday I wanted to have something that was easy: hence the Guess Baby’s Age game.

The concept is self-explanatory. I adhered photos to poster board with paper flaps containing his age in months. Party guests had fun guessing his age, and it took zero organizing on my part. Just put the poster up and let the guessing begin!

A game party guests can play with zero involvement from the host

Happy trails!