Lowell Folk Festival 2014

Lowell Folk Festival: A Celebration of Culture

I was a 14-year-old seasoned Junior Park Ranger when the first Lowell Folk Festival was held in 1990. It was a spinoff of the National Folk Festival, which was held in Lowell from 1987-1989. Bringing huge crowds, music, ethnic foods, and folk crafts to the city, it helped revitalize my urban hometown. Though festival organizers […]

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Hiking at Crane Estate

Hiking: Crane Beach, Ipswich, MA

We are not generally beach people, but with crawling twins and a four-year old who loves jumping waves, the beach has become our new hangout. Needless to say, when my friend Jenn suggested a hike at Crane Beach on the Trustees of Reservations’ Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA, I thought it would be a fun adventure […]

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Summer fun in Maine

Writing More About the Everyday

When I started this blog in 2006, I titled it Jen and Kendra. Simple enough. The two of us were headed off on an epic European adventure, and I figured blogging would be a fun way to keep our families updated on our travels. Over the next few years, I blogged occasionally, usually when we were […]

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NYPD Deli Patrol

Review: NYPD Deli Patrol All Natural Roasts

When Kendra became pregnant with Addison, she avoided deli meat. In solidarity, I stopped eating Italian subs… in front of her. Once Addie was born, we started paying a lot more attention to what we were putting in our bodies, and hers. We did our best to buy locally grown, organic produce and dairy products, […]

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Hiking with Babies and Toddlers - The 10 Essentials

Hiking with Babies and Toddlers – The 10 Essentials

Once upon a time, we considered ourselves seasoned hikers. We packed the 10 essentials. We planned ahead. Then we had a baby. When Addie was born, we made some adjustments. The essentials list expanded. We planned even more. We learned a lot during her first three years as we experimented with what we needed and what […]

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Midland ER300 Weather Alert Radio

Gear Review: Midland ER300 Weather Alert Radio

We are not usually the type of folks who listen to the radio while camping, but when offered the chance to test out Midland’s ER300 Emergency Crank Weather Alert Radio, we figured it would be worth it just for the weather information. What we didn’t realize was that the radio is jam-packed with a lot of […]

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Celebrating LGBTQfamilies with Mombian, Residence Inn, and the Family Equality Council

Blogging for LGBTQ Families 2014: We’re an Ordinary Two-Mom Family

When I first started participating in this event just three years ago, my wife Kendra and I were new moms, and only five states recognized same-sex marriage. Now that number has grown to 19, the federal government recognizes same-sex marriages, and we became a family of five when our twins were born last August. While […]

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Camping at Dolly Copp Campground in Gorham, NH

Camping With Infants: It Takes a Village

Okay, not really, but it certainly helps to camp with amazing friends who like your kids. And by like, I mean are willing to change a poop-loaded diaper in the middle of the night on a sleeping bag, whilst getting poop on their hands. Or to gently rock one of your kids in a hammock until […]

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hiking AMC Noble View

Exploring the Outdoors With Urban Teens

Camping with a toddler is challenging. Add in eight teenagers, most of whom are not English speakers, and things get even more interesting! As the leader of my school’s Outdoor Adventure Club, I take the kids camping every year. This year we headed to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) Noble View Outdoor Center in Russell, MA. Even […]

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Celebrating Earth Day

6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day With Your Kids

Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. – Native American Proverb Today is Earth Day – a time to celebrate the awesomeness of this planet we live […]

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