Jan 032014

Yesterday I told you about how we brewed our own beer at Barleycorn’s Craft Brew. It was a very cool experience! Our beer had to sit and ferment for three weeks, so we made an appointment to go back so that we could bottle & label what we made. You saw yesterday that we brewed a huge vat of beer – enough to fill six cases. Yes SIX. That’s a lot of beer, huh?

The first thing we had to do was wash our bottles. We were given the option to bring our own or buy bottles from them for $25. Since we’re really not huge beer drinkers, we bought the bottles from them.


Chris is such a good guy – he did all the washing. After he was done, he & I placed them on these trees to dry a little bit. Continue reading »

Jan 022014

Chris has a knack for coming up with really cool date ideas.  I don’t know where he comes up with them, but really does come up with some cool things for us to do.  Our most recent date was a trip to brew our own beer at Barleycorn’s Craft Brew in Natick, MA.

When we first arrived, they gave us a list of different beers that we could choose from to make.  There are IPA’s, Lagers, Specialty Beers and frankly, just about any kind of beer you can imagine. The list/menu explains what each beer is and I think I’m safe in saying that there were at least 100 different kinds of beers to choose from.  We went with a lager.  It was actually called the Firehouse Lager  and the description on the menu said “Similar to a Sam Adams Lager, but mildly hopped for less bitterness”.  Since Chris was a fire fighter in the military and we both like lagers, it seemed appropriate.

Each beer has it’s own recipe and yes, there are people there to walk you through all the steps.

The first step was for us to measure out our grains.  They told us exactly which ones to use and how much of each to measure out.

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Dec 092013

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A friend of mine asked me about a week ago how my Christmas shopping was going.  My reply?  It’s done.  They were completely horrified because they hadn’t even started shopping.  Truth be told. I am one of those people that likes to be done before December 1st so that I can sit back and enjoy the season.  I actually start shopping the day after Christmas (you know, when everything is on sale) and sock it away all year long.

I am not big on crowds and I truly dislike going into stores with a gift idea in mind only to find that they’re sold out.  By planning and shopping early, I avoid the crowds and I always have more than enough time to get exactly what I want.

My mother is the exact same way with her shopping and that is undoubtedly where I picked up my Christmas shopping habits from.  She always gets her shopping and wrapping done before December so that she can really take in all that the season has to offer.  She loves writing out her Christmas cards, baking and planning the Christmas dinner menu.  She really taught me that shopping is just a small part of what Christmas is all about and I can’t thank her enough for instilling that in me at a young age. Continue reading »

Nov 162013

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Ho ho ho!  If you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas cards.  Do you typically send photo cards?  I love, LOVE receiving photo cards because I like to see how how the children have grown since the previous year – which is why I always order photo cards showcasing my own kiddos.  Some years I do a collage card and sometimes I just get a big old picture of the family and go with a single photo on the card.  It all depends on what kind of photos that I capture throughout the year.  You know, with little ones it’s not always easy to get a whole bunch of awesome photos, so I take what I can get.

Last year I sent out cards with six photos on them, so I decided that I wanted to do a card with just one picture this year.  Next weekend, the five of us will be gathering together for a photo session and then my hunt the perfect card to crop my photo into will be on!

At Minted, I found a whole bunch of card designs that I instantly fell in love with.  They have a vast array of stylish cards that range from modern to traditional.  Ordering is easy, too.  Just choose your favorite design, upload you pictures, and personalize your wording.  Easy as pie.

Here are a few of my favorite designs: Continue reading »

Jul 222013

I don’t homeschool my boys, but I am always on the lookout for new & creative ways to help them learn math skills.  Especially since I was terrible at math and I am terrified of passing on my math failures to my children, I always try to make learning fun through play.  That way they don’t even realize that they’re learning.  Score.  Zorbits Math is all about spreading the word on the importance of early childhood learning and even better – they make it fun!


Right now, Zorbit’s Math Adventure  is having a contest in which they are in search of creative way parents can help children who are between 3 and 5 years old learn any of the following math skills: Continue reading »

May 212013


A Larger than Life Train for the Ride of Their Life. The GO GO Thomas Tour 2013 is visiting the Edaville USA Railroad in Carver MA on June 15-16, 2013 and June 21-22.. This fun-filled event offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends series. Children will take a ride along with their favorite engine friend on his latest adventure and participate in Thomas-themed activities including:

* A 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine
* Meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway
* A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts, train tables, and coloring sheets
* Storytelling
* Video viewing and much more Continue reading »