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Upcycle: Be Mine, Holiday Cards!

Portland, Maine – I guess it’s a week after Christmas when I think of an old friend I’ll call Sally. Sally told me that every year, she takes everyone’s holiday cards and puts them in an album. What a respectful thing to do, especially when you consider the thought, time, and expense spent on holiday… Read more »

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Reading Leaves

Portland, Maine – Nothing like combining reading and writing with a great big adventure!  The falling leaves give us a great opportunity to find lots of words in the woods. Here’s what we are using to capture them! A DECOMPOSITION BOOK –  I’m so glad we stumbled upon this decomposition book. It’s the perfect field… Read more »

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Can You Hear Us Now?

WARNING: To my southern aunts (the keepers of all that is proper and right as taught by my dear grandmother, Mamawa) Save yourself; Stop reading NOW! Portland, Maine – “Woo! Woo! Woo!” yells my almost 2-year-old so loudly you wonder if you can still hear. Until– “The fire truck, Deedah!” shouts his brother, “The FIRE… Read more »

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Gain Five Pounds the Easy Way

Portland, Maine – Want to gain five pounds? Want to enjoy every bite of that journey? Done! Eat here EVERY WEEK…One of the joys of living in Portland, Maine – Standard Baking Company. This French bakery is across the street from the ferry terminal on Commercial Street. There is something absolutely intoxicating about walking out of… Read more »

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The Education STOPS Right at the CAFETERIA Doors!…Except Here!

Washington, D.C. – My little explorers and I have hit the doorsteps of nearly two dozen museums. TWO DOZEN! Each one filled with fantastic experiences, knowledge, curiosities, and little tidbits that morph into invitations to explore even more. It’s the kind of journey that can make inquiring minds hungry… I mean hungry for LUNCH. And… Read more »

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In the Kitchen: Granola Bar Recipe

I never thought I’d be a stay-at-home wife or mom. I’m a journalist. It’s all I knew. And never ever did I think I’d be the sort of wife who would send her husband to work with home-baked goods. In fact my career-driven inner 25-year-old is vomiting at the mere mention of such an eventuality…. Read more »

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Tonight’s the Night! (and tomorrow night too)

The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks tonight and tomorrow night (August 11-12). Tonight, I am going to repeat one of the most FUN things I’ve ever done as a mom. And you can too. Wake your munchkin  up in the middle of the night and take that shocked little pumpkin outside to watch meteors streak across… Read more »

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Fall is Coming…Fire Up Your Sewing Machine!

It’s pumpkin time! Okay, not exactly… but back-to-school means one thing only: START your fall sewing RIGHT NOW! If you’ve been with me for a while, you know the temperatures barely need to dip to get my creative juices flowing. There are so many wonderful things to be sewn between now and the new year!… Read more »

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Maine Fairies Beckon our Little Architechts

Mackworth Island, Falmouth, Maine  – The children of Maine are working children. The girls and boys don’t work for money or food. They are an altruistic bunch and work for the joyful satisfaction of a putting a roof over the heads of Maine’s tiniest inhabitants… the Fairies. When first light appears, the fairies wake. They take… Read more »

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‘B’ is for Boats. Really BIG BOATS

Portland, Maine – From the working fishing wharves of Old Port where lobster are sold fresh every day to the island ferry boat rides to the shipping channel for cargo and crude oil, our port is a busy one. It’s one HUGE adventure to small boys… and mom… and dad. But the first time my… Read more »

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