Author: chickadee

Indoor Playground vs. Play Cafe: What’s the Difference?

This is a question I get asked quite frequently when I tell people that I own a play café. “Is that like an indoor play gym with slides and rock climbing structures and trampolines?” I guess that’s what happens when you introduce an entirely new concept to your city. Indoor playgrounds have been around for…
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What I’m Reading: I Quit! Oh Wait, I’m the Mom.

A few days ago, my four-year-old asked me for a grilled cheese sandwich. Like the good mama I am, I whipped one up and served it to him. “Noooo!” I heard. “I didn’t want it cut like THAT!” I was kinda hungry so I ate his and made him another, cut the “right” way. Then…
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First Week With Baby? Here’s What I Remember.

We just celebrated my son’s fourth birthday.  We threw a Paw Patrol themed birthday party and made a birthday cake and at the end of the day, I sat down with my coffee and did what I do every year – flipped through photos of his birth, the day he arrived in the world and…
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Loot Bag Alternatives for Kids’ Birthday Parties

Truth time: I’m not a big fan of birthday loot bags. Usually filled with treats and trinkety toys, I find half the bag usually ends up in the trash can. When my son selected the Paw Patrol theme for his 4th birthday party, we visited the loot bag section and found the usual: candy, bubbles,…
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Do you have a word for 2019?

Every year, for the past several, I’ve been picking one word to represent what I want to focus on and achieve in the coming year. That one word is meant to guide my decisions all year long and bring me back to the intentions and goals that I’ve set for the year. Coming into 2019,…
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We Found Home

At long last, after months of searching for the perfect location for this family-friend play café, after intense lease negotiations, zoning approvals and building permit submissions, we have FINALLY found our location and have begun the work to bring Chickadee Family Café to you! What has taken sooooo long, you ask?  Well, friends, I didn’t…
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Why I’m Buying My Child 4 Gifts this Christmas

Oh, how the holiday season can bring out the little shopaholic in me.  This was me last year: walking through the stores, with the happy, jingling music playing in the background, my eyes darting from one shiny item to the next; from toys to books, to clothes and holiday décor. Before I knew it, I…
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Is It Just Me? No? Ok. Let’s Start a Business.

That’s pretty much how my journey into entrepreneurship began. I was just a coffee loving mom who frequented local cafes but found it difficult to drag a little one around with me while I tried to get my caffeine fix.  Picking up my coffee from a drive thru window and drinking it in my car…
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Trucks, Farts and Hockey Sticks: Confessions of a Boy Mom

Growing up, I never had any little boys in my family. We were a family of girls; my sister and I. We didn’t have any boy cousins or really any friends with little brothers that we went on playdates with. I babysat girls. I was a girl. So, when I had my son I had…
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Walking for Terry

If you’re like me, you probably remember doing the run at school every year and hearing the story of Terry Fox.  Losing his leg to cancer at the age of 18 then running across the country, being forced to stop after the cancer returned. For most people, the story ends there. It did too for…
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