Our Favorite CT Day Trips This Summer

Aug 13, 2014 by

I have dubbed this summer “The Summer of Day Trips” for my children and me. Now that my children are 5 and 3, I’ve realized this is the first summer in almost six years that I do not have a child who wears diapers, eats baby food, or nurses. Translation? No diaper bag! That’s right! I just waltz out the door carrying only my purse, usually with a few water bottles and granola bars shoved inside. It’s amazing!

This summer, when we found ourselves with a free day, or even part of a day, we decided to get out and explore. Of all the adventures we’ve had, these are our favorites so far…

Tour de New Haven: Full day

Science shirts for the girls; racks of camo for the boys?

Aug 6, 2014 by

I have seen many articles covering Land’s End recent addition of science-themed shirts for girls to their fall clothing line. This is great, and clearly long overdue. I don’t even have a daughter, but I’ve noticed the major anti-feminist themes running in clothing for shockingly young girls out there. I get it, and I applaud Land’s End for doing something about it.

Spreading Back-to-School Smiles in Your Community

Jul 30, 2014 by

I have a love-hate relationship with Back-to-School shopping. On the one hand, it’s the moooost wonderful tiiime, of the yeaaaar:

(that may as well be me in the commercial)

But on the other hand, the commercialism and greed of it all drives me nuts! I have looked though my kids’ closets, and they don’t actually need much. My older son legitimately needs sneakers and a bigger backpack, and both boys need fall pants but honestly, if you’ve lived through September in Connecticut, you know we still have about a month of summery weather after school starts. All those cute corduroy pants and sweater outfits they advertise are great…in late October. My kids will probably wear shorts for the first few weeks, then maybe they’ll add a hoodie. Maybe.

A Mom without a Hobby

Jul 23, 2014 by

A frequent, shall we say, topic of discussion in our household is the fact that I continually find myself with little to no “me time”. I’m not the kind of person who needs a whole weekend at the spa or on a vacation with friends (though I’m not saying I’d turn that down…hint, hint...), but generally, my only time away from the kids is when I’m working or catching up on weekend chores around the house. If there were a pie chart of my “Weekly Kid-Free Hours” it would look something like this:

(Image made by me on this site: https://imgflip.com/piemaker)

(Carefully crafted scientific chart made by me on this site: https://imgflip.com/piemaker)

Livin’ La Vida Loca(vore)

Jul 16, 2014 by

When I moved to our small CT town nearly five years ago, I’d never heard the term CSA before. Suddenly, I was hearing it everywhere, and I began to wonder what the fuss was all about. Did I need a CSA too? Yes? Maybe?? I didn’t even know! “CSA” is an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture. It basically means that you’re buying a percentage of a farm’s harvest and paying in advance. When you buy in, you’re doing so understanding that what you get is somewhat unknown. You share both the potential abundance and failure of the crops. Our local farm offers three CSA share sizes: small, regular, and large. As first timers looking to add more vegetables into our life, we opted for a small share. The price ($475, due before the harvest began!) seemed steep to me initially. However, I quickly realized that this worked out to about $25 per week, which is approximately what I spend on not-so-fresh produce that has traveled the world before hitting my plate each week at the grocery store. We are now about two months into our first CSA experience, and these are my thoughts on it from the perspective of a working mom of young kids:

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