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May 23, 2017

One month from yesterday is the last day of school.  That means one month from today is the first day of summer break.

The boys will go to two weeks of camp each and we are taking a family vacation in late June and another in late July.

Which does not mean that they won’t be moaning “I’m boooored” on a regular basis.

A few years ago I wrote about my summer strategy:  Craft Tuesdays and a bored jar.

Craft Tuesdays have some what fallen by the wayside, but the Bored Jar is still going strong.  We use it year-round, actually.

But from 2014 to today the boys have grown, obviously.  So I have updated the items in the jar to suit.

The other thing we are doing is the 100 Day Project. Alistair, Larson and I are all participating in this one.

The original intent was to start over the winter, but we are starting on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and ending 100 days later, on the Monday of Labor Day weekend.

Our goal is to do at least one creative thing each day.

We bought sketchbooks to document our projects, and for things that happen in the third dimension (building, making, etc) we will take photos and put them in the books.

We are pretty excited to begin!



May 16, 2017

Sunday was Mother’s Day and we had Red Sox tickets.

Unfortunately the weather was …. awful.

Rainy, windy and 45 degrees – 30 with the wind chill.


Adding insult to injury, the seats were phenomenal.

We lasted exactly two hours (three full innings) before we had had enough.

Today is sunny and 75, and they are called for 90+ degrees later this week.

30 on Sunday, 75 on Tuesday, 90 on Thursday. Yup, that’s springtime in New England.



May 11, 2017

We went to Alistair’s spring violin concert last night.

This year the fifth grade strings, the fifth grade band, and a handchime group from one of the elementary schools had their concerts together, one at a time.  So it was really three concerts for the price of one 🙂


May 5, 2017

The kindergarten classes have spent the last few weeks working on a construction project.

Each class discussed things that would make our town better.

Some classes opted to redesign the entire town from scratch – adding things like a waterpark, a zipline across the river, and a petting zoo (among others) – another decided that it already has all the right things, they just need to be relocated, and so on.

Larson’s class thought that all that’s really missing is a single building – the Everything Factory and Museum.

On the inside there’s a candy factory, a cookie factory, a playground equipment factory, and a few other things.

He was very impressed with himself, as was I.

Also yesterday was May 4th. That is to say, May the Fourth. Also known as Star Wars day.  (As in, ‘may the fourth be with you).

My office does a weekly snacktime, sort of a social hour for the staff. This week’s theme was Star Wars, naturally. I work with some clever people.


May 1, 2017

Larson went on his first field trip on Friday – first field trip, first ride on a school bus. I was selected to chaperone.

Then on Saturday he had his first baseball game!

On Sunday Alistair and I met up with some friends to check out Harvard University’s ArtsFirst festival.  Usually we go to Somerville Open Studios together, which is next weekend, but this year we both are double-booked all weekend. This was a nice alternative.


April 27, 2017

Today I was thinking about my clean beauty journey.

It started back in 2011 almost by accident, and while there have been many twists in the road, I’m still committed to using as many chemical-free products as possible.

I use Juice Beauty facial products. The Organic Treatment oil is m everyday moisturizer, and I use their pressed powder and mascara as well. 

I recently discovered the Bar-Maids line of products, and have been using their probiotic deodorant, artisan soap (on my hair, even! It’s the killer app of soap) and lip balm for the past several weeks.

I wash my face with straight-up olive oil. And I use Kiss My Face’s olive oil soap in the shower (I alternate with the one from the Bar Maids), which has been my go-to for years. 

I’m still looking for a clean shampoo and toothpaste.  I believe Kiss My Face makes both, but I haven’t tried their products yet. 

As for lip color, I usually stick with Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm, but I suspect there are cleaner products out there. It’s just so very easy to find!

Full disclosure, I’m not getting anything in return for this post; I pay full retail for everything and I spend my own money. 

So, anybody have any recommendations, tips, tricks or life hacks they would care to share? Post them in the comments, please! I’m always looking for the next “best thing ever”.


April 25, 2017

Went to a baby shower this weekend, and presented a completed knitting project to its new owner.  At one point she had mentioned how cute baby cowboy booties would be, so I was happy to oblige.


And on Thursday I mailed a baby sweater to its new owner, a former co-worker who now lives in Washington DC.  She thanked me on Monday, so I know it’s safe to post the photo:

Also on Monday I learned that yet another friend is expecting a baby in October, so I have a few happy hours of finding just the right project ahead of me.

(Details of these and all my knitting projects can be found on my Ravelry page: )