Cape Elizabeth, Maine – It hasn’t felt much like winter around here… until TODAY! The cold weather and the date on the calendar are a double whammy that will have me up to my eyeballs in wrapping paper for most of the day. It’s day one of our unwrap-a-book-a-night-countdown-to-Christmas. To get ready, I’m wrapping up… Read more »Read More
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 »Read More
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 »Read More
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 »Read More
TiPi: A Garden Fort for All Seasons!
Maine – Need a little backyard magic? Friends, an edible tipi (Teepee, Tepee) 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… Read more »Read More
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 »Read More
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 »Read More
An Island Time Forgot (No, this is not the title of a book, but a real place you can visit!)
Swan Island, Maine (Not to be confused with Swan‘s Island, Maine) – When our boat left the banks of Richmond, Maine, crossed the Kennebec River, and docked on Swan Island, I had no idea that we’d just traveled back in time to the 18th century. But when we took the island’s only road up the… Read more »Read More
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 »Read More
Boredom Buster: Window Paint
Portland, Maine – Want a colorful way to drive boredom from your house? We do! And, to tell you the truth, with the bitter arctic cold we’ve experienced this winter, I’m taking every chance I get to change our perspective on spending another day inside. All you need is some paint, freezer bags and tape. I… Read more »Read More