Life on the Flatlands
where writing is my Passion…
But the kids are definitely my life! With four daughters, it gets a little chaotic in my house. My blog tends to be the best place to escape, so hang out with us as I try to hang on to the last shred of sanity I have. It gets cold here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, so we spend a lot of time together at home in our small slice of heaven with family-friendly crafts, events, and video games!
I’ve been writing my entire life and while being Mom is my number one priority, sitting down to share tips and activities gets me through the day with my kids.
Surviving and thriving in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, my family tries to explore everywhere our home has to offer. Every day is different for this friendly geeky Mom; activities and schedules are something I try to stick to for the kids’ sake. I love making lists…but can’t always follow them. My main goal with this blog is to document my family’s life for the future while helping to bring awareness to mental health and the challenges surrounding it. The world has many mom blogs, and each one is valid! So I hope you like this Mom’s guide to how she does what she does – if you ever want to let me know if you agree or disagree with something, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Why did you pick Edmonton?
This is a question I often think about. Why, exactly did we pick Edmonton? I left Vancouver Island because you can’t eat scenery. I had originally moved to Calgary and then in 2011 made the big move to Alberta’s capital city – Edmonton.
I came for the future, and so far, I’ve stayed because Edmonton is everything important to me – where my family is.
If you are someone who needs a content creator or needs something written, you’ve come to the right place. This isn’t just another Mom blog. Writing, as I said, is my passion! It also happens to be something I use to help others, coupled with networking and SEO abilities. I’m no web developer, but Life on the Flatlands is a great example of my skills.The Blog!
Canadian Parenting Blog
Upcoming Blog Posts
A Mom’s Guide to the end of Summer
Seriously girl, have you lost your mind? Nope!! The end of summer can be tricky, so let me help you get through those last few weeks of summer.
Lunch Recipes for Normal People
I love the idea of a bento box, but I have FOUR. KIDS. And a serious lack of time. School lunch recipes for normal people will help with ideas!
New School Guide
Changing school can be tricky; what do you need to do, what is okay to skip?? Well, let us figure that out together, shall we?! The New School Guide will help navigate the sometimes confusing world of Canadian Public Education.
Trending Mommy Blog Round-up
What’s everyone reading? This week I’ll be posting my favourite fellow Mommy Bloggers.
Christmas with a BIG family
It’s not always easy to navigate big family events, but I’ll be posting a “Guide to Christmas with a big family” around September.
News about the blog!
I’m excited to let you all know some of the things I am working on – a digital recipes book full of helpful Mom tips to make cooking fun for you and family-friendly! Expanding on the idea @GeneandTeens sampled, “Hiding veggies,” it will have my favourite taco recipe that includes onion, pepper and broccoli without changing the texture or taste. My hidden veggies taco recipe helped change my kids from picky eaters to anything eaters!
My recipes will not just be healthy; everyone is human, and sometimes shoving your face full of cookies is just what the doctor ordered. My favourite cooking toy is my InstaPot! Make roasts with ease following my tried and true recipe.
Mental health advocate
As someone who has lived with major depression and generalized anxiety since childhood, I find it’s healthy to talk openly and share experiences with it. Parenting doesn’t come with a readme, and neither does mental health! I want everyone to feel welcome, share in our lives and hopefully help break the stigma of mental health issues.
You are not alone – we can get through this together.
The anxiety doesn’t have to win!!
Parenting four kids…send help
The next one will be a boy! They said. What’s one more? I said. Octavia rounds out our crew of Valkyries, four amazing and only kind of insane kids who complete my soul. My girls are my life. My life is my girls.
That doesn’t mean I have this Mom thing figured out! Instead, they inspire me with their quirky and sometimes downright scary antics. Parenting a big family can be hard. Hopefully, something here helps!
Real-life Mommy moments
On Instagram, my feed is really truly based on being honest and real. It’s not staged, not fake, it’s not sugar-coated, and my blog is the same. Here you get the best of both worlds though, Instagram will only let me say so much. Anyone who knows me…knows how much I like to talk! In any form, I can get carried away when it’s something I’m passionate about. So let’s just say don’t get me started on Batman vs. Superman or Futurama. Or why being Canadian rocks!
Sleep is like my cat. I can call him by his name, but he still won’t come to me.Shane Koyczan, Canadian spoken word poet
Big family life in Edmonton, Alberta
Where a Mom comes to write!