A Letter To My Sister On Her Wedding Day...

Sister ... A best friend for life. Player of dress up. Teller of stories. Keeper of secrets.

My Sweet Big Sister,

Oh, how many stories we could tell and how many secrets we have shared. It's ENDLESS. The memories, the laughs, the tears, the highs, the lows ... we lived them all. We are about to experience yet another beautiful memory today as you say your vows and marry the man you were always supposed to find. First, I've got to say a few things...

I would need a thousand blog posts to tell you just how much you mean to me and just how PROUD I am of you. I will start by saying, I have been blessed in so many ways by having you has my sister. You have always been a person that I look up to, respect, and admire. You are everything "good." What I mean by that is ... you're the kind of good that's not just surface deep, but you're good to the core; the purest of hearts. You always see the best in people and treat them with a kindness that is rare to find and anyone that is lucky enough to be in your life is BETTER because of it. I am so proud of you for your strength and resilience. It hasn't always been easy. You fought through difficult circumstances, and dealt with hardships, but you have overcome! All of those experiences have brought you here...to this special day. Through the ups and downs, God was faithful and we saw this first hand when he placed someone in your life that adores you. It is an answer to our prayers that you how found a man that cherishes you and sees you for who you are; how we all see you. Someone that makes you feel safe and accepts every part of you.

Remember, I will always be here ... to reminisce about "the good ole days," recite the hilarious stories about Dad that NEVER get old, to watch reruns of "I Love Lucy" or have "Anne of Green Gables" marathons (Mom might want in on that one too), to make a late night run to McDicks for some hotcakes or hit up Giffy's for a hot fudge sundae. Most importantly, anytime you need to be reminded of how AMAZING you are - I'll be here. I love you beyond words and am the luckiest girl in the world to have you as my sister. Happy wedding day, Linny! The best is yet to come...

All my love,


Favorite Fall Finds ON SALE NOW...

This past weekend, my mom came to spend a few days with us so the hubby and I were able to get away for brunch and some shopping (which we never get to do together!) Even though we felt like we were rushing, it was nice to get a few hours to run around the city like we did before baby ;) Chris went on a little spree to boost his fall wardrobe - and I tried my best not to get side-tracked looking at all of the women's stuff! I wanted to focus on him, since he never takes time to shop for himself! Besides, I get to put fun Fall lists together for all of you which is basically like shopping every day! Today's list is all about a good SALE! I'm always on the lookout ... especially when they're STEALS like the ones above! Can you believe these Dolce Vita booties marked down to $70? This jacket by Calvin Klein is on my must-have list also! I love the camel color ... perfect for fall! I know I've shared these sneakers before - but they're definitely worth another share! Trendy AND comfortable ... for all my stylish mama's out there! Cardigan lovers ... this looks like the softest cardi ever (Free People)!

If you're looking for something more specific, shop my "Favorites" page here



Must Do: Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary...

There's no better way to spend the day with your kiddos, than by escaping the city for a few hours to become one with nature! The 30-minute drive to Drumlin Farm in Lincoln is absolutely stunning. Instead of your typical view of taxi cabs and sky-high buildings, you'll see green rolling hills and smell the fresh summer air. Pack a lunch for a picnic and make sure to bring along a basket so you can load up on fresh produce from the farm!

Animal Barns

Sheep, goats, pigs, horses, cows, and chickens ... no shortage of livestock here! Your little ones will shriek with delight when they walk through the chicken coop and hear all of the racket! (London was a professional "bawker" by the end of the tour!) The sheep were munching on hay in the barn, and a few pressed up against the fence close enough for little fingers to feel the thick fleece. Make sure to take a stroll through the largest barn on the farm, which is home to the cows, horses and ponies. Here, kids can pretend to milk a cow, brush a pony's tail and play in the "horse around" room. (Helpful tip: There are bathrooms located in this barn as well!) 


I'm not sure who was more excited for the hayride ... myself or my daughter, but either way - we had a blast! London was mesmerized by the giant tractor wheels and the booming sound of the engine. The hayrides start at the main entrance (the Red Barn) and travel around the farmyard. The price is just $2/adult and $1/child (cash only). 

Farmstand + Learning Garden

Photo: www.massaudubon.org

Photo: www.massaudubon.org

The farm offers fresh produce for purchase, which I thought was such a treat! My daughter was really into the bright, colorful vegetables and of course wanted to touch and taste test everything she saw! You can score some farm fresh eggs, maple syrup, goats milk soap and even yarn or fleece as well! The Learning Garden is a really neat opportunity for your kids to get their hands dirty! It was so fun to show Lo where everything grows and let her smell the oregano, mint, basil and more! 

Tips to Make Your Trip Easier:

  • Visit on a weekday, if possible ... just don't forget - the farm is CLOSED on Mondays!
  • Drumlin Farm provides complimentary strollers for your little ones! Talk about a sweet deal! 
  • Bring cash for the hayride, which is an additional cost ($2 adult / $1 child)
  • Pack a lunch and/or snacks to enjoy a picnic
  • There are 3 restrooms located around the farm at the Red Barn, the Picnic Area, and the Nature Center
  • Bring a change of clothes for the kiddos. They'll be "one with nature" so bring something fresh for the drive home, just in case :) 
  • It's that time of year for TICKS. Make sure you check your little one over when you get home!

Location: 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773

Hours: November - February / Tues-Sun & Mon holidays, 9am - 4pm // March - October / Tues-Sun & Mon holidays, 9am - 5pm

Admission: Non-members: $9 Adults / $6 Children (2-12) / $6 Seniors (65+)