Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Touring Boston - What to Know About Visiting Castle Island

Because Boston is so far north a lot of the beaches have freezing cold water, even during the hottest summer months.  The water temperature doesn't really matter if you just want some sandy space to layout in, but ice cold water is a lot less fun when you have young children who want to play in it, yet can hardly stand to keep their toes in the water.  Not that I blame them... we went to Revere Beach in late June and the water was so cold it was taking my breath away at calf deep.

Touring Boston - What to Know About Visiting Castle Island


We finally found a beach that works really well for both adults and children.  Castle Island (it's no longer an actual island) is perfect!  There is free parking, a long winding beach, delicious food (see my post about Sullivan's), a cool fort to walk around, lots of green space, a playground, and because the water here is in a bay, by mid summer the water is warm enough to actually get into.

We came enjoyed the fort and playground and ended up playing in the little beach near the playground.  It was shallow, warm and my son and I loved it!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Toddler A-Z - 100 Objects That Start with the Letter "R"

Big list of objects that start with letter R

A group of my friends started doing something we are calling Toddler Time and each week we choose a letter to focus on.  I realized that finding objects that start with the letter of the week can be a challenge and I thought it might be helpful to have a long list of "R" letter objects them on hand.  If I've missed something drop me a note in the comments, I would be thrilled to add even more letter "R" objects.

  1. Rabbit
  2. Raccoon
  3. Race Car
  4. Race Track
  5. Rack
  6. Racket
  7. Radicchio
  8. Radio
  9. Radish
  10. Raft

Toddler A-Z - Objects That Start with the Letter "Q"

Big list of objects that start with letter Q
Forgive the image, I belatedly realized my letters have the Q printed backwards, lol. 

A group of my friends started doing something we are calling Toddler Time and each week we choose a letter to focus on.  I realized that finding objects that start with the letter of the week can be a challenge and I thought it might be helpful to have a long list of "Q" letter objects them on hand.  If I've missed something drop me a note in the comments, I would be thrilled to add even more letter "Q" objects.

  1. Q-Tip
  2. Quack
  3. Quadruplets
  4. Quads
  5. Quagmire
  6. Quail
  7. Quarter
  8. Quartz
  9. Queen
  10. Queen Sized Bed
  11. Quesadilla
  12. Question Mark
  13. Quetzal
  14. Queue
  15. Quiche
  16. Quick Sand
  17. Quill
  18. Quilt
  19. Quince
  20. Quinoa
  21. Quoll
Can you think of any other letter "Q" words?  If so please comment and let me know, I'd love to get them added to the list.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Cardboard Creations - DIY How to Make a Big Blue Mailbox

Step by step instructions for creating a big blue cardboard mailbox (DIY) Cardboard Creations

My son has been really into Daniel Tiger lately and we recently watched an episode where they send a letter in the mail, then go the post office and learn about how mail is processed and the like.

Since we made personal mailboxes last month I thought it would be fun to make a big mailbox this month.  Now my son can pretend to be a mail carrier and writing letters to each other has gotten to be even more fun.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Touring Boston - What to Know About Kayaking the Charles River

My husband and I recently celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary, and per my request, we headed off to the Cambridge docks so we could go kayaking as part of our anniversary date.

I have been wanting to go forever, but it's super hard to make it happen with a toddler and I figured it would be even harder with both a toddler and a new baby.  Since I'm well into my 8th month of pregnancy I pretty much just sat in the front of the kayak, calling commands to my husband who paddled us around the river.  Perfect... and pretty good representation of where we are after 7 years.  :) To my surprise, my husband, who hates all things dirty and outdoors, loved the activity too.  We had so much fun being able to chat while we floated around our city.

Touring Boston - What to Know About Kayaking the Charles River

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Toddler A-Z - 100 Objects That Start with the Letter "P"

Big list of objects that start with letter P

A group of my friends started doing something we are calling Toddler Time and each week we choose a letter to focus on.  I realized that finding objects that start with the letter of the week can be a challenge and I thought it might be helpful to have a long list of "P" letter objects them on hand.  If I've missed something drop me a note in the comments, I would be thrilled to add even more letter "P" objects.

  1. Package
  2. Packet
  3. Paddle
  4. Padlock
  5. Pail
  6. Paintbrush
  7. Painting
  8. Pajamas
  9. Palette
  10. Palm

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Fantastic, Little Known, Cambridge Parks - 4 Things to Know About Artesani Park and Wading Pool

My favorite Boston park has to be Artesani Park.  This little gem is one of the few parks that seem to have all the perks; a river side view, a splash pad, a bathroom, free parking, on yeah... and a free wading pool complete with life guards.  Every time we've come here we've had a blast and left eagerly looking forward to coming again.

Fantastic, Little Known, Cambridge Parks - 4 Things to Know About Artesani Park and Wading Pool

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Toddler A-Z - Objects That Start with the Letter "O"

Big list of objects that start with letter O

A group of my friends started doing something we are calling Toddler Time and each week we choose a letter to focus on.  I realized that finding objects that start with the letter of the week can be a challenge and I thought it might be helpful to have a long list of "O" letter objects them on hand.  If I've missed something drop me a note in the comments, I would be thrilled to add even more letter "O" objects.

  1. Oak
  2. Oar
  3. Oat
  4. Oatmeal
  5. Oatmeal Cookies
  6. Oboe
  7. Ocean
  8. Octopus
  9. Off
  10. Office

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Touring Boston - What to Know About Celebrating the 4th of July in Boston

Boston is an amazing place to celebrate Independence Day!  There is so much going on around the city that it's hard to narrow down just a few of the things to do in Boston over the 4th of July to highlight in this post, but I'm going to try.

Touring Boston - What to Know About Celebrating the 4th of July in Boston


Let me just say Boston Harbor Fest. There are literally hundreds of events that take place in the city and really all throughout New England during this time, walking tours, historical reenactments, concerts, the USS Constitution sailing it's yearly nautical mile, the Boston Pops and of course fire works.