Boston Travel and Adventure Show 2019

My family & I had a wonderful time at the Boston Travel and Adventure Show on Sunday.

My daughter is 14 months old & she loved the Global Beats Stage & all the vendors that talked to her and gave her toys. She got a fan from the visit Korea booth and mini beach ball from The Jersey Cape.

The highlight of my day was riding a camel!!! Very cool bucket list activity.

After I road the camel, I watched our daughter, so Dave could make a s’more at the Camp Cody booth.

We had such a great time we’re already marking our calendars for next year: January 11-12th 2020

Same place, Hynes Convention Center in Boston

Hope to see you there!

Disclaimer: I received free admission to Travel and Adventure Show – all options are my own

Photo Blogging Challenge – Books


The theme for January 2019 Photo Blogging Challenge was books. I was overjoyed at this theme because I make sure reading is part of everyday life for my 1 year old daughter.

I have way too many photos to choose from, so I tried to get it down to the most interesting.


Winnie-the-Pooh Exploring a Classic exhibit came to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Elise toured the exhibit with Mom, Dad, Grandma, and Godmom/Auntie Jen.


The Thomas Crane Library in Quincy has a kids winter reading challenge – in bingo card form. Elise is entered in the 0-7 group after reading books for all 25 squares. The grand prize is a build a bear experience – so wish her luck.


Mother Goose came to the Thomas Crane Library for storytime this month and it surprised Elise when she called her by her name.

(The woman playing Mother Goose is a children’s librarian that knows Elise through other storytimes.)


Reading with Nanie Donna (Grandma) is the best!


Excuse me Miss Anne – I’d like to see the book a bit closer please. Mind if I crawl over?

From storytime at the Scituate Library

Bonus: If you think all you’ll find at a library is books, you’re wrong!


Elise LOVES the fish tank in the Children’s Room at Milton Library


Weymouth Library has the “PAWS to read” program that brings therapy dogs to the library for kids to read to. This poodle mix, Spencer, was awesome with my daughter petting her.


Hope you enjoyed my photos! Keep on reading. 🙂


This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.




Photo Blogging Challenge – Feliz Navidad


The theme for December 2018 Photo Blogging Challenge was Feliz Navidad.
I don’t know Spanish so I turned to Google to confirm it meant what I think it meant (Princess Bride fans anyone?). “Happy Christmas

My office is in a large building named “The Nonprofit Center”. I loved their holiday decorations.


My daughter stole my hat on Christmas day, but I think she may have worn it better than me.


My Mom collects unusual santas.  After a few year break, a small part of the collection returned this year – which she claims was for granddaughter Elise.


Stone Zoo in MA gets into Christmas by having a “Zoolights” spectacular. Here’s a statue I particularly liked in their santa’s village.


My friend Jess is a personal trainer and I loved her ornament on her Christmas tree.


Bonus: This is what it looks like when you had just too much fun on Christmas!


I had a really hard time using only 6 photos this month, but I weeded them down to photos of things no one else was likely to have seen. Hope you enjoyed them!

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and Happy New Year to all!

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Photo Blogging Challenge – Nom Nom Nom


The theme for the November Photo Blogging Challenge was “Nom Nom Nom”. With Thanksgiving falling this month, I figured it couldn’t be too hard to get photos.


Baby Elise is not too sure about turkey at her first Thanksgiving celebration


My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my Mom’s potato pie


We made it to my husband’s side of the family for Thanksgiving dessert


Elise is happy whenever it’s meal time


I bought Elise her “own phone” to nom on instead of trying to eat mine

Hope you enjoyed my photos!

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Photo Blogging Challenge – Places You’ve Been


The theme for the October Photo Blogging Challenge was “Oh the Places You’ve Been”.

First is a beautiful sight just a few feet from our home.


Fountain at the new Adams Hancock Common in Quincy, MA


This display at the Scituate Town Library made me smile


Elise (10 months old) enjoying the new tactical wall in the Thayer Library Children’s Room – Braintree, MA


Dad reading to Elise at the Boston Public Library Children’s Room

during the Boston Book Festival


This was a view from New Hampshire on Labor Day weekend

Hope you enjoyed my photos!

No surprise that the many libraries I bring Elise for storytime are 3 of my featured places this month.

I had too hard a time choosing just 5 this month.

Here’s a bonus photo of some deer we saw driving home from Scituate Library:


This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.



ZOOMA Cape Cod 2018


ZOOMA Cape Cod 2018 Ambassadors

I had an amazing time running ZOOMA Cape Cod 10K!

It was my first 10K and I finished in just under 2 hours.

Running/Walking with all women was so empowering and I made an awesome new friend from Texas!



The course was beautiful – very scenic – throughout Falmouth.


I’d recommend ZOOMA to any lady runners. So glad I raced!


I also had the best cheer squad on the race course – my daughter & husband!

The first picture is me running over shouting “That’s my baby!!!”