Five Things I Will NOT Miss About Winter

Feb 18, 2015 by

Look, I’m not a summer fan. I know it’s blasphemy to say that in New England when we’re experiencing record-breaking cold and literally several feet of snow, but I just hate being too hot…even more than I hate the cold. I’m really more of a spring and fall fan, but each summer I find myself pining for a nice, cold winter day when it’s 97 degrees and humid. However, as much as I don’t love summer, there are some parts of winter, specifically winter as a parent, that I just will not miss:

1. The freaking snow gear. Every morning, I have to build a solid 15 minutes into our already crazy routine. Why? Snow gear! With our negative temps lately, the kids need hats, gloves, coats, and boots just to get out the door and into school. Don’t even get me started on when we go out to play! Full snow gear for everyone, then soggy snow gear all over the mudroom, then soggy clothing which must be changed immediately…all I do is laundry!!

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#LikeAMan…what does that mean?

Feb 4, 2015 by

So, here I am, a born-and-raised New Englander, and I missed the Super Bowl (where I hear the Patriots did pretty well, by the way) in its entirety. I missed it all– the game, halftime, commercials, snacks. Whoops. Apparently, this fantastic ad from Always played. I’d seen it before, and I have to admit, I adore it:

Powerful message, right? My favorite part is a little over a minute in, when the boy in the yellow shirt realizes that his interpretation of #LikeAGirl insulted girls, including possibly, his own sister. I love this ad so very much.


Boy-mom over here, just has to say…what about the boys? Finally, our society is starting to take women’s equality in all areas of life seriously. It is no secret that women have been treated as less-than in so many areas of our world for so very long. As recently as 2011, full-time working women here in Connecticut were earning only 78% of what full-time working men earned. Heck, I am a woman myself, and I am overjoyed that we are telling our women and girls they can follow their dreams. But what are we telling our boys?

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#DontHateNewEngland…reasons for winter-haters to love our home

Jan 28, 2015 by

I can’t pretend to like winter. I just cannot. Every year I try so hard to psych myself up for it…it’s cozy! There’s cocoa! And sledding! And all of that! But then it arrives, and I just cannot muster any fondness for it. Every single winter I ask myself (and my husband) why we live in this cold, cold place, where we have to stock up on supplies for a possible multi-day power outage (which thank heavens, didn’t happen…this time…) without heat or water. Why. Not. Move? 

Well, here are 21 reasons to love Connecticut and stick around through this awful season, even if you loathe our winters as much as I do:

All photos taken by me. Please do not use without permission. Thanks!

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