Modern Mama Spruce Grove

Monday, April 30, 2012

Modern Mama is your modern, mom-focused, moms group! It’s about “getting moms out of the house”. All events are small, private and led by an expert, since 2008. Have a look at what’s coming up in Spruce Grove!

{one} The Home Event

Join us Wednesday, May 9th from 7-9pm for a private event focusing on all things HOME! We’ll have designers and home organizers on hand offering tips and answering all your questions. We’ll also hear from the Backup Mama herself about how to keep the house clean… with kids! Enjoy wine and cupcakes while you mingle, decorate, and more! For more information and to register click here.

{two} Infant & Child CPR/First Aid

Join us on Thursday, May 10th from 10-11:30am at the Tri-Leisure Center for the “basics” of infant & child CPR and first aid. Make this a “morning out” for mommy while we learn AND socialize. Cupcakes will be on hand from Sugar Leaf Cupcakes as well as refreshments! Keep baby near you during the event or take advantage of the TLC’s childcare service. Check it out here!

{three} Essential Series on Parenting

Join us May 27th at 9:30am for “Building a Healthy Parent & Child Bond”, the first in our 3-part Essential Series on parenting topics! Irene Haire, Masters in Counselling and Registered Provisional Psychologist, will give us tips and strategies to build healthy attachments, which in turn help children develop trust, self-control and problem-solving skills. This event takes place at Twisted Yogurt and tickets include the expert speaker, frozen yogurt, and coffee! Register here!

{four} Hottest Tot Products Event

It’s here, and it’s superb! It’s our second annual Hottest Tot Products event! Come prepared to pick your favourite product and take it home! We have rounded up all the best and hottest products for pregnancy and beyond for you to select from. Everyone goes home with one Hot Product! Join us May 30th at 7pm at the Century Grill. Stay tuned to our pinterest board and website for more details! Register here on May 2 (Perks Cardholders) or May 9 (General Public)!

{five} Mama Needs a Babysitter

"Mama Needs a Babysitter" is Tuesday June 5th from 7-9 pm at Bellies in Spruce Grove. Do you need an occasional babysitter? You've come to the right place! It’s an evening of babysitter-speed-dating. Come out to Bellies to meet great babysitters, shop, and enjoy a glass of wine and sweets! Space is limited. Join the event here and never go without a date night again!

Let's meet! Let’s get a coffee! Let's get out of the house... with baby in tow!


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Essentials For Moms

Essential Series: Building a Healthy Parent & Child Bond

Join us on May 27th at Twisted Yogurt, Spruce Grove for “Building a Healthy Parent & Child Bond”, the first in our 3-part Essential Series on parenting topics!

This parenting workshop is offered by Irene M. Haire, Masters in Counselling and Registered Provisional Psychologist. Irene will be speaking on “healthy” parent-child attachment and how to build a healthy “bond” with your child(ren). The quality of the relationship between parents and young children is one of the most powerful factors in a child's growth and development. "Parents with children of any age will benefit from this information", say Irene. Irene will give us tips and strategies to build this healthy attachment, which in turn helps children develop trust, self-control and problem-solving skills. Irene will hold a Q & A session to follow!

Irene Haire has worked as a therapist and group facilitator since 2003. She completed her practicum at the Support Network, Children, Adolescent, Family Mental Health (CASA, 2008), and various schools within Edmonton. Irene is also a Pharmacist, and has been since 1978. She works with adults, adolescents, and children, working with individuals, couples, and facilitating groups. She graduated with a Masters in Counselling with an Art Therapy specialization in 2010 and is currently a Registered Provisional Psychologist. For more information and to check out her Parenting Workshop, go to

Our venue is the YUMMYlicious, Twisted Yogurt in Spruce Grove! Twisted yogurt is all about exploring your creative side, because you get to create your own frozen masterpiece. You start by choosing one of eight flavours of fresh, natural non-fat frozen yogurt and then add on as many of over 50 toppings as you can load into your bowl. By making it yourself, it's always exactly the way you like it! Load up your frozen yogurt with fresh fruit and cereal to start your Sunday morning with us!
Come Twist up some yummy fun!

There is no childcare for this event, but you are welcome to bring your pre-mobile babies.

In addition to our expert speaker, cost includes yogurt (up to $8), coffee and bottled water. Register for Building a Healthy Parent & Child Bond here!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Five Things: Now it's Personal

My family has this "thing" for personalized items. I have t-shirts with childhood pictures of myself on them. Every Christmas someone gets a personalized picture mug. We even have a Christmas plate for Santa's cookies with each of us on it! So, when I found Make-A-Ball on twitter, I was ecstatic! Here are five things I love about Make-A-Ball.

{one} Online
Make-A-Ball is an online site where you can create personalized sports balls! Online means I can shop from the comfort of my home while the kids are nestled in their beds! Simply create an account, create your ball, and check out securely with Pay Pal. Don't worry if you don't finish your project, it's stored in your "locker" for you to work on anytime!

{two} Unique
Looking for a unique birthday gift or keepsake for your little all-star? Have a sports fanatic in the house? Personalized items always say, "I put a lot of thought into this"! Make-A-Ball items make great keepsakes for your little ones to remember that first goal, sports teams, all-star game, and more! I personalized a football for my son Jackson as a gift from the Easter Bunny!
{three} Fundraise
Looking for a different way to fundraise? Make money for your little ones school, troop, or team by doing a Make-A-Ball fundraiser. It's simple... sign-up for group sales and receive a voucher code to give out to fundraising participants. Participants log into the site, enter the code, design their own personalized sports balls... and Make-A-Ball gives you the profits!

{four} Variety
Make-A-Ball has 7 personalized sports "balls' to choose from! Personalize a baseball, football, basketball, soccer ball, softball, volleyball, and for us Canucks... a hockey puck! The balls range in price from $25-60 and items take about a month for production and shipping to Canada. Jackson loved his football for Easter! I love that he'll have it forever!
Make-A-Ball allows you to be as creative as you'd like! Choose from 2 creative options, "super easy" or "super flexible". In "Super Easy" you simply upload your photos and enter your text onto pre-designed balls. "Super Flexible" allows you to choose a background, add clip-art, upload your images, and add text. Either way, you'll still look like a creative genius with your one-of-a-kind ball! Looking for some inspiration? Check out this gallery.

{five} Customer Service
I was so impressed with level of customer service from Make-A-Ball! I'm not super creative and I tend to have LOTS of questions. On the site you'll find how-to-do video demos, a "LIVE HELP" button to answer any questions, an extensive FAQ's section, and if all else fails, a "Please feel free to contact us by email" button.

Go check it out... and let me know what you think of Make-A-Ball! Play around, design a ball; and if you'd like to order, use this coupon code to save 20% (ball only): MAB.2012.20DOWN.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Five Things: Sugar Leaf Cupcakes

Five Things you NEED to know about Sugar Leaf Cupcakes!

{one} Local and Family-Owned
Sugar Leaf Cupcakes is a "family owned and operated" business in Stony Plain! Owner Linsday Stupar grew up in Stony Plain with her family and opened Sugar Leaf October 18, 2010. Lindsay's inspiration came from her grandmothers and mom who loved to bake and cook! "My mom made cakes for everyone's birthday, anniversaries, weddings, etc. while I was growing up", says Lindsay. Lindsay's mom taught her how to bake and decorate at a young age and today helps her run the store.

{two} Fresh Favorites
Sugar Leaf offers 11 delectable cupcakes everyday! All cupcakes are baked fresh every morning! Using fresh ingredients like lemons, limes, and carrots, Lindsay makes "from scratch" cake and icing! The 10 daily favorites are the Sugar Leaf, Coconut Bliss, Plain Jane, The Duchess, Elvis, Cookies & Cream, Freckled Lemonade, The Brunette, Chocolate Espresso, The Redhead, and the Banana Split (my personal favorite)!

{three} Cupcake of the Month
What's cupcake #11 you ask? To add to the already delicious menu, every month there is a feature cupcake that suits the month. March's cupcake of the month was the Mountain Dew- a lemon lime cupcake infused with REAL Mountain Dew pop! April's cupcake is the Honey Maple- a honey maple cupcake with honey apricot cream cheese buttercream! Can you say YUMMY?!

{four} Custom Orders
With the slogan, "creating all things cake", don't forget about their custom cakes for any occasion! Sugar Leaf makes custom cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, too! You can see the custom creations posted weekly by following them on Facebook. If you (or your little one) can dream it, Lindsay can make it!

{five} Open Daily
Last minute party? Need dessert for a playdate? Did your personal creation flop (that's me)? Sugar Leaf is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11am-6pm, Thursdays 11am-7pm, Fridays 11am-6pm and Saturdays 11am-5pm. This means you can get fresh and unique cupcakes last minute, and still look like you had it planned for days! And with late night Thursdays, you can stop in after dinner!

At Sugar Leaf Cupcakes, taste and quality are number one; looks and a great design are the cherry on top!

Shop Local! Play Local! Eat local! ~Josline
Logo and design credit: Manta Creatives

Monday, April 2, 2012

Mama Needs a Babysitter!

"Mama Needs a Babysitter" is Tuesday June 5th from 7-9 pm at Bellies in Spruce Grove. Do you need an occasional babysitter? You’ve come to the right place! It’s an evening of babysitter-speed-dating. Come out to Bellies to meet great babysitters, shop, and enjoy a glass of wine and sweets!

Come meet great babysitters, all of which:
  • are experienced with child care and some hold safety certifications
  • are able to provide their own transportation (public transit included)
  • are willing to travel within Spruce Grove and area
  • are over 17 years of age
  • range from high school students to university students, child care workers or full-time nannies
  • want occasional sitting (particularly evening/weekend
What’s included:
- information sheet for each Babysitter in attendance
- ‘How to Hire a Babysitter’ article
- at-home ‘for the sitter’ reference sheet
- wine & sweet treats and a fun social night out with other moms
- face to face casual interviews with each sitter

Children are welcome! We understand that you’re trying to find a babysitter! Note however, that nanny service is not available at this event. There are typically between 5-10 babysitters in attendance.
What is NOT included:
- no pre-screening or reference checks
- Modern Mama assumes NO liability for hiring and working with any Babysitter met at the event
- no set wages were agreed upon, it is up to you and your babysitter to agree on an hourly rate. It was suggested to these women that the average rate for this area, based on experience, number of children and number of hours (and night vs. day) is $8-$12 per hour.
- Modern Mama is not an agency, we do not provide ongoing referrals to babysitters

Please Note: this event is about meeting sitters face to face, and it is just as important for the sitters to meet you, as it is for you to meet them. Please understand that we cannot send you sitter information if you are not attending in person.

Space is limited. Cost is $40 ($35 for Perks Cardholders). Register here!