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Garden Fresh Marinara – The Simple Kind

Last year, kale and cucumbers ruled our garden. This year, while little white moths enjoyed our kale, we ate cukes ’till we were sick of them and picked tons of tomatoes. Beautiful red cherry and black cherry tomatoes and a larger variety called Rose de Berne that grew huge and plentiful. We harvested the remaining […]

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Just What You Wish For – Winvian

I know. Love Them What? I’ve been on an extended blogging vacation, the highlight of which was the birth of my beautiful niece, Violet, who you can meet here. There’s plenty more to share from my hiatus – the circus party we warmed up for on July 4th, our new treehouse and lots of tomato […]

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I Can’t Believe Its Butter

I always wanted to be Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie. She wasn’t as smart as Mary and not as cute as Carrie, but she was happy being Laura. Always grinning and up for fun with her sisters or Pa. The contented middle daughter. A bit like yours truly. We made butter last […]

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The Greatest Show On Earth: Your Family Circus

Thank you all for the enthusiasm over my Better Connecticut appearance last week. If you missed it, you can watch the segment here. THE WINNER OF THE Toddler On-the-Go Package is JENNIFER BENOIT. Congratulations Jennifer! ******************************** We’ve had circus on the brain ever since my three year old’s preschool class put on a circus for their end of the year […]

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Love Them Madly on Better Connecticut

Best Products for Traveling (and Living) with Kids If you are joining me from Better Connecticut, welcome and thanks for visiting! I was thrilled to make my first appearance on Better Connecticut this morning to share some baby gear that makes our lives a lot easier. Me, on TV! As some kind of parenting expert! Scary […]

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Anything Girls Can Do…

The boys’ camps finished on Friday so my counselor gig has officially begun. We’ve been getting through our Summer Bucket List  and finding fun everywhere.  I supplemented a little and dropped both kids off at Art Class with Tara (that’s the “A” on our list) yesterday. “What are you going to do when we’re at art?” Noah asked. […]

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Heat Wave Edition

Four summers ago, we went through a heat wave just like this one. Only recollectable difference: I was nearly eight months pregnant last time. With Ryan in tow (then three years old), I climbed our playscape with a power drill and expertly installed the water slide adapter my husband said would not fit on our […]

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I Spy My Most Puzzling Neighbor

I had no idea that Walter Wick, creator of the “I Spy” and “Can You See What I See?” children’s book series, has been working on his best-selling picture puzzle books in a renovated firehouse just a few miles from our house. With 43 million copies of his books in print, I’m guessing I am not the […]

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Our Summer Alphabet in Photos

Our Summer Alphabet Bucket List…in photos Art Class with Tara Blueberry Picking Fishing Kayaking Lots of Lake Paddleboarding Quonnie Pond

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Chalk it Up for Father’s Day

After school yesterday, I showed my kids and our neighbor a few Father’s Day crafts I have been admiring on-line.  Despite some drizzly rain, they couldn’t wait to create these pavement chalk art photos. I’ve seen plenty of these on-line but none starring my kids.  This was totally delightful playtime as the kids happily focused […]

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