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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 at 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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