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!) 


Hayrides

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+)

 

 

 

Happy SIX Months SGL! : Why I Started Blogging...

Happy 1/2 Birthday to Style Grace + Lace! 

Six months ago today, I launched my lifestyle, fashion, and motherhood blog in search of a new hobby and a way to express some creativity. Of course, I have a love for writing, which seems should be a given when you're a "blogger," but for me, starting this blog was almost a cathartic release. I was a new(ish) stay-at-home mom to an 8-month old baby girl, struggling to find an outlet. I was sitting on my couch in early February; London was napping her first (of three) naps for the day, and I was basically binge watching Teen Mom OG (don't judge!). I remember feeling really down and kind of (for lack of a better word) defeated. I cherished the quality time that I got with Lo and we had established our own little routine, but I found myself worn out from the monotony of everyday life. I knew I needed to get out of the funk I was in + use what down time I did have to do something positive and productive. 

Enter SGL. 

In many ways, this little space on the internet saved me. I am able to express my love for style, fashion, travel and fitness all while sharing my journey and joy in being a mom. My passion for writing is stronger than ever, and I can honestly say that it has made me happier and in turn, a better wife + mom. The beauty of this whole blogging world is that there's SO much to learn and while I'm still learning everyday, SGL continues to provide me with some pretty cool opportunities and has allowed me to meet and collaborate with incredible people. 

I want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who has supported my journey with Style Grace + Lace. I'm so appreciative of every single reader + I hope to bring you many more months of lifestyle + motherhood goodness :)

xx,

Ashley

Mommy + Me in the city...

One of the many reasons why Boston is an incredible city to raise your kids, is how accessible it is. You can get almost anywhere around the city on foot and the public transportation or "T" is super efficient. I find it so important to venture out with my daughter and immerse ourselves in the amazing playgroups and classes the city has to offer, so I've gathered a list of my favorites for you to check out with your little(s). 


1. Mama & Me, Jamaica Plain

Photo credit: MyMamaandme.com

Photo credit: MyMamaandme.com

Located in Jamaica Plain, this is one of our favorite spaces to frequent in Boston. They've got an amazing open playspace that includes things like: dress-up clothing, puppets, building blocks, and soft gym equipment to provide a creative and safe environment for your kids to explore. They also offer classes, including a variety of art and movement classes, many which begin this fall and I can't wait to register for one. What's better than letting your child explore + get messy outside of your home ... no clean-up is an added bonus! 


2. Little Lovage Club, South End

Photo credit: Little Lovage Club website

Photo credit: Little Lovage Club website

This upscale, boutique space offers art, music, and fitness classes and also has an event space for birthday parties. It really encompasses everything you need to give your child room to explore and discover. The "Messy Munchkins" class introduces your toddlers to sand, water, playdough, paint, and more! The Lovage Club also offers signature events for open play and all ages such as "Old MacDonald" themed playtime which will be happening next month! Check out the calendar here for more upcoming events to attend with your little one(s)!


3. ASANA, Charlestown + Coolidge Corner Yoga, Brookline

Photo credit: Sons & Daughters Photography

Photo credit: Sons & Daughters Photography

BYOB. Bring Your Baby to Barre class. This absolutely HAD to make the list because for those mama's that like to get their sweat on but don't have childcare, it's an answer to your prayers! This 45-minute class is for pre-walkers only, but strap your baby in a carrier and incorporate them into your workout! Head over to Coolidge Corner Yoga in Brookline for a Kids Yoga class with your walker! They provide a safe space for your child to explore the breath and movement of yoga and the instructors will grab their attention using storytelling, music, and games. 


Photo credit: CMCB

Photo credit: CMCB

Once considered a "hidden gem" in the city, the CMCB is now the central hub for all things music. There are so many offerings here for ages 5 months - 7 years with classes such as "Little Notes" for an introduction to music and "Music & Movement" to teach kids how to use their bodies, voices, and beginner instruments to create sound. This is a fun way for Mom + child to connect with their peers as well as each other! 


5. Charles River Aquatics, Boston University, Boston

Photo credit: Charles River Aquatics

Photo credit: Charles River Aquatics

The "Tiny Tots" class is offered to kids ages 3 and under is a great way to get your child to love the water! What makes this class so great, is that it's less about teaching your kids how to swim and more about using music, song, games, and activities to increase their comfort in and around the water. There are a variety of classes for older kiddos as well like the "Splash" class which incorporates more teaching of skills and helps your child develop a sense of independence in the water.


6.  Boston Public Library, Multiple City Locations

Photo credit: Boston Public Library website

Photo credit: Boston Public Library website

With over 24 neighborhood branches in the city, there's definitely something for everyone and every age! The central library, located in Copley Square, has newly renovated Children's Library that hosts a variety of programs for your littles. If you take a look at the calendar, you'll see something offered nearly daily for your kiddos, including "Baby Lapsit," "Baby Dance Party" and story time. Also, check out the "museum pass" section of their website ... you may even be able to score some free passes to one of your favorite Boston museums! 

 

 

Weekly Style Roundup...

Happy Weekend, Everyone!

It's been a busy week for me and for SGL ... with a few fashion posts that I definitely don't want you guys to miss out on. I've consolidated them all here for your convenience, because who has time to search for anything these days ;) I'm super into the olympics right now, which is why I'm extra tired - I CAN'T STOP WATCHING! They're on so late, and even though I tape it, I always seem to get sucked in. Anyway ... I was inspired by Team USA so I chose my favorite RED, WHITE + BLUE wardrobe pieces and you can (and should) shop them here

The color black seems to take over my closet and now I'm into pairing everything with white. I just love the contrast between the two colors. I wanted to share some of my favorite things BLACK + WHITE ... shop them here

Lastly, I've discovered that I really need some new bags in my life ... (aside from the ones that are directly below my eyes!) I am usually annoyed by having to switch purses all the time - but I do appreciate a nice bag that can pull my entire outfit together. Here are some of my favorites...