Jul 122016
 
Block Island, Rhode Island: Wild Beauty and Relaxation

Block Island, RI has always seemed a fairy land to me: A mystical rock suspended just out of reach, moated by ocean waves. During the four college years I lived in Rhode Island, friends would periodically take weekend trips to the island, returning sun-smooched and salty, euphoric grins on their faces. I always yearned to go, but somehow just never organized myself to find the ferry.

When would I at last get to see this famed island? Why, [...Read More!]

Jul 052016
 
My Husband Crocheted These Outfits For Our Baby?!

My husband Colin crochets. Swoon! In the months leading up to the birth of our second child, Colin crocheted for hours on end, day upon day, spinning a wee wardrobe in perfect stitches, and letting the thread’s pull ease our growing nervousness about becoming DOUBLE parents.

Our sweet and chunky baby is now four months old, and we finally have our feet under us enough to do the fashion photo shoot of all Colin’s crocheted creations: Two [...Read More!]

Jun 202016
 
Where to Stay in Provincetown, MA With a Family or Dog

“Drat!” I growled as the ferry pulled away from Provincetown, MA, chugging baby and me back to Boston. “I forgot to photograph the cookies!”

When choosing where to stay in famed P-Town, Cape Cod, knowing that there is a plate of fresh-baked cookies in the central living room of a hotel all day is a key factor, and our bed and breakfast had ’em. These cookies were going to be front and center in this article… [...Read More!]

Jun 132016
 
Provincetown, MA Has Some of Cape Cod's Best Food

“What did you do in Provincetown?” asked my friend, upon my return from a three-day jaunt with baby to that famed tip of Cape Cod. I had no choice but to tell the truth: “We ate. A LOT.”

What follows is the guide I wish I had read before spending hours searching for fast, affordable (well, affordable for a town known for its high prices), DELICIOUS bites in Provincetown. All of these spots [...Read More!]

Jun 052016
 
The Finger Lakes, NY Town of Elmira is Full of Surprises!

While planning our family’s Finger Lakes, New York summer trip, I assumed we should stay right ON one of the lakes. Upon reflection, however, Elmira, NY emerged as an affordable and strategic base for our exploration of the region, and proved to have a wealth of history and attractions to offer, itself.

Elmira, a former manufacturing and railroad hub, is located an easy 30-minute drive away from many top Finger Lakes attractions, including Watkins Glen‘s gorgeous [...Read More!]

Apr 042016
 
What Do New Mothers Do All Day (and Night)? One Word.

There is a one-word answer for me to the following questions: “What do new moms DO all day… and night? Why do people say new parents don’t sleep?” and “Why do new mothers disappear?” The one-word answer is something that many women with newborns do (70% in the U.S.) — and do for up to 35 hours a week — but that is seldom discussed or understood in terms of the time it [...Read More!]

Mar 182016
 
Lovely Vineyards of the Finger Lakes, New York

As the weather warms, summer travel schemes bubble in my brain, and my thoughts turn to our fantastic Finger Lakes, New York escapades last summer. A huge highlight of that week was touring the famous vineyards of the region.

Now, before you slam shut the computer because you aren’t a wine fan, know that I was secretly pregnant the whole trip, and thus never once imbibed — but still had a fabulous time! [...Read More!]

Feb 292016
 
She's Here! Our New Baby is Here! Woo Hoo!

Yaaaaayyy!!! Colin and I are so happy to introduce you to our new baby: an 8-pound, 20.5-inch cuddler named… Joya. I have covered her soft cheeks in kisses in the hours since her birth, and plan to kiss her a whole lot more in the years to come.

Joya was born with robust health at 4am after 12 hours of labor — significantly shorter than the 28 hours I labored with Devi. The [...Read More!]

Feb 142016
 
Boston Winter: Beautiful Photos and Travel Advice

“Should I visit Boston in winter?” is a question I get a lot from readers who know that this city is my beloved hometown. The answer is simple: the weather in Boston from October to April is a game of roulette. You can win big, or get slapped in the face!

On one hand, you may luck out with your winter visit to Boston. It may be ridiculously warm and gorgeous here, making your tourism in “America’s Walking City” [...Read More!]

Jan 252016
 
The Most Beautiful Art Exhibit in the World: Chihuly Glass

Is there a word to describe nostalgia for something you’ll never see again? A beloved house that’s been sold. A favorite store that’s closed forever. A one-time-only art exhibit that’s since been disassembled and scattered around the world…

This “I’ll never see it again! Nooo!” nostalgia was my feeling about the Chihuly glass art exhibit that I fell in love with in 2011 during its temporary showing at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. I knew [...Read More!]