Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Touring Boston - What to Know About Apple Picking at Tougas Farm

I had a friend set up a toddler playgroup date to Tougas Farm, the one she claimed was her favorite place to go apple picking and I was excited to go experience another apple picking farm (see my post on Lookout Farm for the first experience).  I was extra excited because we didn't have a car at the time and she offered to drive us there, which was amazing.  It seems like a lot of Pick Your Own Apple farms are a good 45+ minutes away from the Cambridge/Boston area and you really can't get to them without a car.

What to Know About Apple Picking at Tougas Farm


This orchard is set up in two parts.  You drive there and park, across the street from the parking area is a barn where you go to purchase your pass or to pick fruit and on the same side as the parking lot there is the farm store, a huge playground, and farm animals.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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

Big list of objects that start with letter Z

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 "Z" 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 "Z" objects.

  1. Zebra
  2. Zebu
  3. Zeppelin
  4. Zero
  5. Zest
  6. Zeus
  7. Zig Zag
  8. Zinc
  9. Zinnia
  10. Zip Code
  11. Zipper
  12. Zit
  13. Zither
  14. Zombie
  15. Zoo
  16. Zucchini
  17. Zucchini Bread
  18. Zumba
Can you think of any other letter "Z" words?  If so please comment and let me know, I'd love to get them added to the list.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Touring Boston - What to Know About Apple Picking at Lookout Farms

One of the first things my husband and I did after moving to Cambridge back in 2013 was going apple picking.  It sounded so New England and his school was planning a trip, renting a bus to haul all the students and families, and taking us out to the orchards.  How could we resist?

The place they chose, among the many Massachusetts Pick Your Own Apple Orchards was called Lookout Farm.


What to Know About Apple Picking at Lookout Farms


This was my first time apple picking so I wasn't sure what to expect, my initial thought was that we would be climbing small ladders and throwing apples down to each other to put into burlap bags... but that's not they way do things out here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Family Friendly Boston - How to Have a Fantastic Camping Trip With Kids When You Don't Have Gear (Shawme-Crowell State Forest)

I grew up in a family that loved camping and all things outdoors... and I married a man who hates anything that could be considered remotely dirty.  With that said camping has not been very high on his list of priorities but it's something I've really been wanting to do and really wanted to take our son to do.

How to Have a Fantastic Camping Trip With Kids When You Don't Have Gear (Shawme-Crowell State Forest)


As another summer season was nearing it's closed I realized that another year was going to pass without us getting out and really enjoying nature the way I did growing up, and felt disappointed about the loss and I also realized if I wanted this to happen I was going to have to make it happen.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

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

Big list of objects that start with letter Y

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 "Y" 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 "Y" objects.

  1. Yacht
  2. Yahtzee
  3. Yak
  4. Yam
  5. Yard
  6. Yard Stick
  7. Yarn
  8. Year
  9. Yearbook
  10. Yeast
  11. Yellow
  12. Yellow Cake
  13. Yo-yo
  14. Yoga
  15. Yogurt
  16. Yoke
  17. Yolk
  18. Yucca
  19. Yule Log
  20. Yurt
Can you think of any other letter "Y" words?  If so please comment and let me know, I'd love to get them added to the list.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Touring Boston - What to Know About Visiting the Franklin Park Zoo

First thing to know is that if you live in Boston/Cambridge and you have a library pass you can get discount tickets to the zoo, you just have to go to the library and ask for them.

What to Know About Visiting the Franklin Park Zoo


Unfortunately the "T" doesn't get super close to the Franklin Park Zoo so if you don't have a car you'll have to take a bus, and for us it was a bit of a hike.  We got there on a summer day where the weather was in the 90 degree range and I realized that zoos everywhere are pretty much the same. You do a lot of walking in heat to see lazy animals hiding out in the shade.  Going into it with that mentality here are my thoughts about Franklin Park Zoo.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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

Big list of objects that start with letter W

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 "W" 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 "W" objects.

  1. Waders
  2. Wafer
  3. Waffle Iron
  4. Waffles
  5. Wagon
  6. Wagon Train
  7. Wagon Wheel
  8. Waist
  9. Waiter
  10. Waitress

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Touring Boston - What to Know About Visiting the Bunker Hill Monument & Museum with Kids

One of the last stops of the Boston Freedom Trail is the Bunker Hill Monument.  For two years I could see the spire of the monument light up at night from my apartment window, but somehow whenever we went on the Freedom Trail or took visiting friends or family we always got distracted from the Freedom Trail about the time we went near Mike's Pastries and never finished the second half.

What to Know About Visiting the Bunker Hill Monument & Museum with Kids


When my parents came to town to visit I was determined that we were going to do the full trail so that I would finally see both the USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument.