Emilie’s Book Club: September

I love reading, it is one of my greatest joys and I was positive I wanted to share this love with my kids. I started reading to Emilie when she was just days old and we haven’t stopped. I am so thrilled that Emilie loves books and its such a joy to share books and stories with her. Because we love reading so much I thought we would pick a few books each month that we are loving or new books we have found and share them! Here is Emilie’s inaugural book club! Happy reading!!!Read More »

Apple Picking at Russell Orchard

This year we made our annual trip to Russell Orchards, in Ipswich, MA. We have been going as a family every year since I was a baby. I love now being able to share this special place with Emilie and Olivia. There is no better way to start off fall in New England than by picking apples. Russell Orchards has a great pick your own apple selection, along with farm animals, pumpkin patches, a farm stand store, a winery, and an apple cider press.Read More »

Composting 101

One of our goals this year was to start composting! Composting is enormously beneficial to the earth and your garden.

Among its many benefits are not needing to use chemical fertilizers in your garden, introducing natural microscopic organism in your soil for more lush and healthier plants. It is also a great way to reduce food waste and landfill waste.Read More »

Quinoa and Avocado Salad

This is such an easy and delicious salad. It has tons of great nutrients in it and is more filling then just a regular salad. I generally keep quinoa made up and in the fridge so I can throw together a nutritious and fast lunch or dinner for the crazy days.

What you need:

  • 1/2 a cup of cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 an avocado sliced
  • 1/4 silvered almonds
  • 1 large handful of mixed greens
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

In a bowl toss together all your ingredients, add salt and pepper to taste! That’s it, so easy and so good! I am a big eater so this is a generous salad, perfect for sharing!

Happy Eating!

Our Summer Bucket List

Summer is almost here! After such a long winter we’re so excited to enjoy summer. The days are getting longer and warmer and Popsicle’s and pools are starting to make appearances. Sometimes summer can be a stressful time, the pressure to create fun experiences and memories can sometimes over shadow the actual memory making and enjoyment of the experience.Read More »

What’s in my suitcase: Iceland in September

Packing for a trip is hard enough, add in somewhere you’ve never been before, a climate that is unpredictable, and a toddler and its just bonkers. As always we had a few missteps, forgetting a back up pair of mittens, losing a boot on the way but we made it. Our trip was awesome and we are looking forward to going back to Iceland again soon. Here is what we packed for 7 days in Iceland’s Reykjannes Pennisula, Reykjavik and North of Reykjavik in September, hopefully it will be helpful to you when you are attempting to pack for your Iceland adventure.Read More »

Iceland: Geysers and Waterfalls

In September we took a trip to Iceland, it was a great experience and we can’t wait to go back when Emilie is older and I am not pregnant so we can explore so much more. Our first full day in Iceland we were anxious to go see the sights and also to stretch our legs after all that time traveling. We headed out to see some of Iceland’s most famous sights. We decided to start with the Great Geysir and Gullfoss. ​Read More »

Fall Bucket List

A bit late in posting this, we’ve already done a lot on this list but I still wanted to share. Every season we come up with fun things we want to try and do. As I mentioned in the summer bucket list, I feel sometimes there is so much pressure to do everything in a season, get the perfect picture, and have fun that we miss out on the fun and simply joy of being together. With that said here is our fall bucket list full of all the simple little things we hope to do to fully enjoy the season. Happy Fall!

  • go apple picking
  • go pumpkin picking
  • read stories
  • bake pumpkin pie
  • go hiking at least 3 times
  • come up with new soup recipes
  • plant fall vegetables
  • build lots of cozy forts
  • tell spooky (but not too spooky) stories
  • carve pumpkins
  • visit farms
  • jump in a leaf pile
  • make s’mores and have a campfire
  • collect leaves
  • make lanterns