Day Trip to Portsmouth, NH

One of my favorite things about living in Boston is all the amazing places that are so close to visit. I love getting in the car and exploring all of New England. When I lived in Chicago you could drive to Michigan, Indiana, or Wisconsin, but those places can’t quite compare to the beauty and history of New England (they are also farther drives!).

This past week my Aunt Sue Anne was in town and we decided to take a quick drive to Portsmouth, NH. This is my second time in Portsmouth and it doesn’t disappoint! It’s only about an hour away from Boston, which makes driving a piece of cake. When planning a day trip I try to not to go anywhere that’s more than an hour and a half drive, which still leaves plenty of options near Boston.

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I’m not a Runner but I’m Running

I have never been a runner. My favorite type of exercise is playing sports, but trying to play an hour of tennis while your toddler watches patiently is never going to happen! Since having Dylan (and before having him to be perfectly honest) it has been really hard to maintain a consistent exercise routine. This past year I was teaching and Dylan was in daycare so it was tough to find the time to workout. Breastfeeding burns calories so that counts as exercise, right? I don’t understand how working moms exercise regularly. It doesn’t seem possible to me but I am so impressed by those who do it!

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Sweet Potato Surprise

My philosophy on baby/toddler diets is “try your best.” I try my best to give Dylan a wide variety of nutrient dense meals but I don’t freak out if he eats a non-organic noodle or, god forbid, something with refined sugar. Dylan started eating solids around six months and the goal was just to expose him to a variety of foods. I was still breastfeeding so I knew he was getting all the nutrients he needed from me. After I stopped breastfeeding (when Dylan was around 14 months) I started to worry more about his diet. Dylan has always been a good eater (does it look like this kid has missed a meal lately?) but we all know toddlers are unpredictable. One day they love something and the next day they’re chucking it all over the floor. They might even love something and still toss it… I guess it is pretty fun!

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Yes, it’s another mom blog

I know what you’re thinking…”now that she’s a mom she thinks she’s an expert on all things baby.” I can assure you I am not an expert on anything and am totally aware that there are a million other mom blogs already out there. I am also sure anything I write about has already been covered many many times.

So why am I doing this?

  1. I love being a mom (most of the time) and really enjoy talking about motherhood.
  2. I’ve been a teacher for the past nine years and recently decided to take a break from teaching and stay home with my little man. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to not work but it’s definitely an adjustment. This blog gives me a creative outlet and something to do so I don’t go crazy.
  3. I’ve only lived in Boston two years and don’t have family or a large social circle here. I’m using this blog as motivation to put myself out there, meet new people, and experience new things around the city.
  4. Let’s face it, Dylan is just so stinking cute that I would be depriving the world if I didn’t post pics of him.

Thanks so much for taking a look at the blog and I can’t wait to share more about our life!