Modern Mama Spruce Grove

Friday, December 30, 2011

New Years Eve: Modern Mama on CTV

Sajida and I were invited to CTV Edmonton this morning to talk about "Celebrating New Year's Eve Family Style" with the fabulous Dez Melenka! Here's what we talked about:

Family-friendly Events:
Stony Plain: Family Fest
Celebrate "outdoors" with the family at Heritage Park from 6-9pm. Enjoy skating, bouncy tents, hot dogs & hot chocolate, horse-drawn wagon rides and more for FREE! The fireworks kick off at 8:45pm.

St. Albert: Fireworks
Fireworks guru Rob Kowalyshyn and Victory Life Church are putting on a $28, 000 fireworks display at Seven Hills. The "bang" starts at 8:30pm!

Sherwood Park: New Year's Eve Festival
Enjoy family fun activities both indoors and outdoors at Broadmoor Lake Park, the Community Centre and Festival Place from 3-8pm. Magicians, snow golf, skating, and LOTS more! The fireworks display tops of the evening at 8 pm. 

Staying In:
It's midnight somewhere, right? Celebrate "early" and ring in Canada's New Year with Newfoundland at 8:30pm or the Capital City (Ottawa) at 10pm. Here are a few ideas to celebrate at home:
- pajama party
- movie night
- games night
- make a "family time capsule" to open next New Years
- make "dream boards" for 2012

What do I pay my Babysitter?
If you are fortunate enough to have secured a babysitter, how much should you be paying? Flat rates are anywhere from $70-150 (WOW)! If you have a regular babysitter you will be paying a premium of up to $20/hour! Rates are always negotiable... but keep in mind it is New Year's Eve! Of course if you are lucky enough to have grandma or a good friend babysit, be sure to give them a treat!

Don't have a regular babysitter? Wondering where to find one? Modern Mama has been hosting the event, "Mama Needs a Babysitter" since 2008. It's like speed dating for moms and sitters. Upcoming events include Edmonton West/SW on January 25th and St. Albert on February 11th. Register early!

Happy New Year mamas!
~Josline, Connie, Sajida, Erin, and Kjristen

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Meet: Robin of Robadig

Fun, funky and 100% one-of-a-kind clothing!

Robin Hill began creating at a very young age! She learned to “create things instead of simply sew things” at the age of 10 after a sewing mishap! Years later she is upcycling one sweater at a time. Robin describes upcycling as using something old in a new way; taking something simple and turning it into something grand. 

Robin is the owner and mom behind Robadig clothing. She takes gently used clothes, sometimes new, and reconstructs it into 100% handcrafted, 100% unique clothing. “I aim to keep clothing out of the landfills and make the earth a little happier”, says Robin.

You'll find items for everyone from the "wee ones" to stuff for mom, too! My favorite... the orange crush t-shirt dress! Not quit my size!

After spending the last 9 years on a farm, Robin and her family moved to Spruce Grove in June 2011. She is a mom to 3 beautiful children aged 8-18 and Robadig has become somewhat of a mother-daughters project! “My girls help me match colors and prints; it really is a family affair”, says Robin.

You can find this busy mom at, on Facebook, or twitter!

Have “useable” clothing you are throwing out or would like to give away? Robadig will gladly accept your gently worn items!

100% handcrafted 100% Unique 110% Fabulous

Friday, December 16, 2011

Weekend "Shopping" Guide: December 16-18

This Weekend: Shop, Shop, Shop and make it LOCAL!

Who: Shelly’s Finds
What: Home d├ęcor, giftware, bath & body products, and MORE!
Where: #104, 3805 - 49th Ave, Stony Plain
When: Saturday 10am - 5pm. Closed Sunday.
Why: My gift pick… Energy Muse Jewellery! Beautiful, functional, wearable crystal energy, providing tools of empowerment, inspiration and hope!

Who: Lady Bird
What: Unique treasures and finds for women!
Where: #103, 5112 - 50 Street, Stony Plain
When: Saturday 9am - 5pm. Closed Sunday.
Why: My gift pick… Happiness Kits by Love & Toast! Each one contains 10 different sample 'love & toast' products including shampoo, lip scrub, hand lotion and many more!

Who: Previously Adored
What: Previously adored and NEW children’s wear!
Where: #108, 636 King Street, Spruce Grove
When:  Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 12 - 3pm.
Why: My gift pick… reindeer food! Sprinkle the shimmer on your lawn Christmas Eve so the reindeer can find your house from the sky and have a little snack!

Who: Sugar Leaf Cupcake
What: Family-owned cakery making “all things cake”!
Where: #106, 3805 - 49 Ave, Stony Plain
When: Saturday 11am - 4pm. Closed Sunday.
Why: My cupcakes picks… Candy Cane and Christmas Wreath!  

Who: Pink Paire Clothing
What: Clothing and accessories for the classy or trendy woman!
Where: #302, 183 Highway 16A, Spruce Grove
When: Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 11am - 4 pm.
Why: My pick… need holiday dress? Pink Paire has the best selection for the modern mama!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Weekend Guide: December 9-11

Enjoy the best of Spruce Grove (and area) this weekend... online and LOCALLY!

EAT! Check out the Loft at Sandyview Farms for brunch and shop for your Christmas platters while you are there!
SLEEP! Check out these holiday sleep tips by local mom and sleep coach, Heather Plante who was recently featured in Urban Infant!

SHOP LOCAL! Check out the Mamapalooza Holiday Hitlist! Our local Golly Gee Baby and Sophie Madison were featured this year!

EXPLORE! Check out the new Greenbury Development backing onto the 60-acre Jubilee Park right here in Spruce Grove. Stop in at the Dolce Vita showhome while you are there!

GO ECO! Shop eco-friendly and local! Visit local mom, Robin Hill at her etsy shop or online at!

We are also ecstatic to announce that Meet-Up Mamas is now officially Modern Mama Spruce Grove! New name, new look... exact same everything else! We will be announcing our Winter Mama & Baby and Mama & Tots programs next week!

Photo credit: The City and Baby, "I Shop Local" campaign! Logo by CHILDishes!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Weekend Guide: December 2-4

Support LOCAL this holiday season. The amazingly inspirational, City and Baby, has challenged it's readers to shop local. Join us as we support the City and Baby campaign, "I Shop Local"!

Who: Sandyview Farms
What: A fundraiser... all "tips" will go to benefiting the community!
Where: The Loft at Sandview Farms- #20-135 South Avenue, Spruce Grove
When: Saturday 7am- 2pm.
Why: The serving staff are committed to giving back!

Who: Spruce Grove Farmers Market
What: Local Farmer's Market (open until December 17th!)
Where: 100 Railway Ave, Spruce Grove
When: Saturday 9:30am- 2:30pm.
Why: Christmas gifts, baked goods, and balloons for the kids, too!

Who: Spruce Grove Specialized Transit Service (STS)
What: Collections for the Parkland Food Bank
Where: Safeway Parking Lot, 94 McLeod Ave., Spruce Grove 
When: Saturday 10am- 6pm and Sunday 11am- 5pm.
Why: Let's fill the bus! Bring non-perishable food items and/or a cash donation (tax receipts available).

Get out!
Who: You are FIERCE (MOM Mag)
What: Glam, Glitz, & Grace! A FIERCE Fusion event for ALL women!
Where: Sephora in West Edmonton Mall
When: Sunday 9-11 am.
Why: Meet Leanne Power, local author of "You Are Sooooo Beautiful", get holiday home decor tips, and SHOP! Tickets online or at the door.

Image taken from the City and Baby website, designed by CHILDish.