Aug 142014
 
I Got a Professional Fashion Makeover in Boston!

“You’ve got to tell me how your professional fashion makeover went!” friends demanded since they learned I’d booked a company called Stilista Boston to save my ailing style.

“I mean, what did the fashion consultant do?” they pried. “Did she make fun of your clown-like shoes? Did she throw that hideous orange shirt out the window? Did she burn that ragged brown cardigan?” (Sheesh — clearly I wasn’t the only one who knew I needed some fashion resuscitation.)

Given how great my [...Read More!]

Jun 092014
 
My Favorite Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

For the first time in my life, I found an art exhibit so enthralling that I returned TWICE to see it. In fact, I have plans to go back a third time. Ooh, the “Quilts and Color” exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts makes me happy! Its rainbow blasts are a perfect match for baby, too, as wee ones adore patterns.

What I find particularly moving about these quilts is not just their beauty, however: it’s the history [...Read More!]

May 262014
 
Don't Miss Boston's Arboretum in Spring: Flower Heaven!

No visit to Boston in our glorious springtime is complete without strolling through the Arnold Arboretum. This sprawling, lush park was established in 1872, and is owned by Harvard University. Just hop off the Orange Line train at the Forest Hills “T” stop, and you’re there!

Skip along with me, now, as we ogle the rainbow colors of May in the Arboretum.

Gorgeous, eh? So which of these blooms would you most yearn to take [...Read More!]

Mar 112014
 
The Best Ice Cream in Boston, and a Beautiful Baby

My baby has my nose, and he also has my adoration of food. Therefore, even though I couldn’t take baby with me during the blogger ice cream tasting I attended yesterday at the famous Boston-area store, J.P. Licks, my son was very much on my mind the whole yummy time.

Now, in the years before baby, I could always flit off to epic blogger events before you could say, “Burp!” These days, however, [...Read More!]

Feb 162014
 
The Miracle of the Icicle from Antarctica-Boston

The hot new trend among my travel blogger friends is journeying to Antarctica. Given that I have a new baby, that trip is not gonna happen over here for a while… But never fear! The Polar Vortex is alive and well here in Boston, and with it comes Antarctica-style dramatic ice.

Today I walked around a quiet suburb of Boston, shivering in the biting cold and gazing at all the frostiness. In [...Read More!]

Dec 242013
 
11 Best Travel Adventures of the Year, Plus Baby Pics!

Oooh Mama, it’s been quite the year!

Here’s a ranking of the best travel adventures of the past 365 days, with links to photos and details of each if you click the blue words.

Accompanying this end-of-year roundup are photos of our awesome new baby, because, well, I cannot resist.

11. New Hampshire. We saw some of the best sunsets of our life above the New Hampshire mountains in July! That state has become [...Read More!]

Dec 082013
 
Why Do New Parents Disappear? See This Graphic...

When humans travel to certain places, certain things inevitably happen. Folks who voyage to West Africa often return with a vibrant African print cloth shirt or dress. Travelers to Vietnam rarely leave without scarfing down Pho soup. And new parents who enter Newborn Baby world nearly always… disappear.

I witnessed this New-Parent-Vanishing numerous times over in the last decade, always from the outside. Coworkers who were models of excellent communication went utterly [...Read More!]

Dec 022013
 
You Gotta Experience It to Get It, With Travel and Baby

Until actually getting close enough to touch something, all you can see is its outline; all you know are rumors.

Before we traveled to India, people gushed about the colors, smells, history, and animals we would encounter… but it wasn’t until we were standing right there in the middle of New Delhi, sucking in the thick, scented air, hearing honks scream, and ogling the street monkeys (monkeys?!) that I began to “get” India. Flickers of [...Read More!]

Nov 252013
 
Welcome to the World, Our Beautiful New Baby!

Oh, hooray!!!!!!! Colin and I are OVERJOYED to announce the birth of our healthy, happy baby boy! Little baby Devi was born this week after 28.5 hours of labor (the first 18 of which were unmedicated– oh my), and emerged with a lush head of dark hair that the doctor promptly styled into a curled cowlick.

At birth, Devi weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long. Pretty petite for the [...Read More!]

Nov 142013
 
Crazy Video: Our Baby Dancing Inside My Pregnant Belly

Pregnancy is so weird, sometimes I wonder what other mammals must think of it. On what level is a female aardvark, for example, aware that she is carrying a tiny aardvark-ito inside her fleshy belly? Does she just assume she has ongoing indigestion and is randomly getting fatter, until that day when her infant-vark suddenly pops out?

I bring this up in particular because it’s hard to ignore the subject of the [...Read More!]