Tales from the Trenches: My in-library Mommy FAIL

Ever read a blog post that just stops you in your tracks? That’s how I felt when when I read a post from Children’s book author and former teacher, Cynthia Lord.  I didn’t even make it to the last word before I shouted out “Amen!” And then I spread her gospel on Twitter. It was that … Read more »

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Update: How YOU and Jack are saving precious lives!

Maine – Eighty-thousand dollars. I’ll just give you a second to let that sink in. And maybe I can find the words to express our gratitude. Because that’s how much money was raised in a single day for the New York Presbyterian’s Perinatology Fund. EIGHTY-THOUSAND DOLLARS. That’s a lot of money and it’s going to… Read more »

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Jack Changes Everything: Meet our Miracle

Cape Elizabeth, Maine – I noticed a missed call from my brother, Tim, in the middle of the work day. As I picked up my phone, he texted. “Call me. 911” I called immediately. He could hardly get the words out. His wife, Kelsey, was having an emergency C-section. He was in a taxi, rushing… Read more »

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TiPi: A Garden Fort for All Seasons!

Maine – Need a little backyard magic?  Friends, an edible teepee is the ticket! This is where fun meets nutrition and education. Who’s with me? Simply drag sticks out of the woods or buy bamboo poles at a garden shop. Dig holes to drive your sticks into the ground. Just a few inches deep will do. Lean the tops… Read more »

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FROZEN: Antarctica at your fingertips

We didn’t set out to study Antarctica. We stumbled onto it through a book, which is my favorite way to discover anything. And if you don’t have a copy of MAPS  by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski, do WHATEVER you must do to add this book to your collection. It’s a children’s book, but honestly I’ve come close… Read more »

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The BEST Countdown to Christmas EVER!

Cape Elizabeth, Maine – Stop EVERYTHING and do this…. RIGHT NOW! People, I stumbled across an idea that has changed our countdown to Christmas. Instant family tradition material… to be passed down for generations. Normally our Advent Calendar is filled with chocolate. NOT THIS YEAR. Because someone mentioned a life changing concept… a BOOK. ADVENT. CALENDAR…. Read more »

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Welcoming Fall!

Portland, Maine – It’s Fall, Y’all! Okay, no one else in Maine is saying it quite like that… but the excitement of leaf peeping, pumpkin hunting, and all things Autumn is here. I was seriously daydreaming about whether I could travel the globe to spend an entire year in Autumn – an entire year. For… Read more »

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Trash Your House (and make an engineer)!

Portland, Maine – Well let’s just chalk this up to one of the ten thousand things I swore I would never do when I had kids. But here we are.  We taped our trash to the walls. And it was awesome. For someone who used to iron her guest bedroom sheets, this is huge. Some… Read more »

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Maine Maple Sunday

Portland, Maine – The first sign of spring in Maine is NOT daffodils… it’s sap. Taps and buckets start appearing on maple trees everywhere. And then steam rises from the wood fired sugar houses. And the best part of all… these amazing smelling sugar shacks open their doors to the public to celebrate the sap… Read more »

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