Archive | April, 2012
Addie playing in the mud at Yosemite National Park.

5 Things for Families to do in our National Parks!

We are so fortunate to have a national system of almost 400 protected historical, urban, and natural sites spread throughout our country. Since 1916, the U.S. National Park Service has provided the world with many opportunities. Whether you’re a an outdoor enthusiast, history buff, or you just want to relax and unwind, there is something for […]

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My Personal Connection to Lowell National Historical Park – Lowell, MA

As an inner-city teen, I found refuge in the Lowell National Historical Park. While many of my peers were getting drunk, pregnant, or dropping out of school, I was weeding the slag heap at the Saugus Iron Works National Historical Site, squeezing into a War of 1812 uniform for parades, getting First Aid certified, and writing articles for […]

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Ticks on a leaf.

Holy Tick! What to Do When You Find a Tick on Your Kid.

As I was getting Addie ready for her bath the other night, I found a deer tick digging its way into her shoulder. I was mortified! My first thought was Lyme Disease. My second thought was, “how the heck am I supposed to get this thing out?” The head of the tick had already burrowed […]

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Flying kites in Wells, ME.

Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

We spent this weekend on the southern Maine coast with my sister’s family and my mom. It was cold – right around 45 degrees and lots of wind. Though it would have been very easy to stay curled up in the house, warm and toasty, while watching movies together, it was not meant to be… […]

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Addie climbing a tree at the Stevens-Coolidge Place.

National Walking Day – 3 Activities For Family Fun

I never met my Pop – my maternal grandfather. He died from a massive heart attack the year before I was born. Just 46 years old, he left behind eight children, the youngest of whom was eight. His death was a shock to everyone. He was a varsity athlete in high school, and went on […]

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Addie pouring water into the Mountain House Mountain Oven.

Gear Review: Mountain House Mountain Oven Flameless Heating Kit

While we were in Europe last month, I was contacted by Mountain House (a company that specializes in freeze-dried foods) and asked if I would like to review their new flameless heating kit – The Mountain Oven. I personally have never eaten a freeze-dried meal – I always thought they were for astronauts. That’s what […]

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