Posts Tagged ‘Local Interest’

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

The Dinosaur Hall

Sometimes, left to my own defenses, I will take the children on an adventure. That means undertaking an activity or outing that is probably more ambitious than it needs to be on a day that I won’t have any backup but that’s how I roll, I guess. Did you know that a) there is now MARC service between Baltimore and DC on weekends and that b) the dinosaur hall at the Smithsonian is closing in April for five years, FIVE! Taking the train to DC alone with kids is better than driving alone with kids, I’m pretty sure. I came home thinking I would definitely be up for doing that again.

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Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Walk In The Woods

It’s not like an official resolution or anything but I need to move more. We all do. And the weather’s been so nice this winter (except for the polar vortex business) so we’ve been hiking our way around Gunpowder. It’s the best Baltimore area state park in my opinion. It has everything and it’s the place Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, March 6th, 2013


DSC_0002Recently I had the privilege of hanging out with some serious local talent. Like, serious, serious. Joyce Hesselberth’s work is published everywhere but you would never guess just how accomplished she is by chatting with her. Which is to say that she’s just super nice and sweet and totally unassuming. You can see her amazing portfolio of illustration work here but recently she launched an amazing app for kids, PrestoBingo!

I don’t typically write sponsored posts and, technically speaking, this isn’t a sponsored post though Joyce did give me access to the app for free. I don’t give my kids a ton of time on my phone but when I do I want it to count, as in work, as in I gave you my phone to keep you completely occupied for some length of time. I think it’s a tall order, for the preschool set, to find a game that’s interesting, not too hard, is not hideous and doesn’t require you to constantly buy add ons just to play (I’m looking at you My Little Pony!)

PrestoBingo is beautiful. The puzzle boards are so charming and Avery loves to play it. When you find all the shapes the picture animates and she loves that too. She’s learning her shapes and I also love that it slips in counting up to 20. That’s totally where Avery is right now. We’re playing! We’re counting!

What can I say about this app? We’re loving it! I asked Joyce if she’d be willing to give a free download to one of my lovely friends and she was totally up for that so if you would like a free copy of PrestoBingo for your device just leave a comment and I’ll pick a random winner on Friday, woot!

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Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Apple Picking

I always look forward to apple picking. It would be cool if we had an orchard closer so we could pick less all at once and go more often. Like when I was a kid and our cottage was next door to an orchard and you could just hop the fence to get whatever you wanted. That would be awesome but, alas, is not the case. So we just stuffed our bags. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Summertime Rolls

(It is technically still summer.) Busy, busy. We have added an after school activity for the first time ever. It’s a lot but it’s doable. Though somehow I feel like I was the one playing lacrosse all afternoon instead of sitting around and watching it.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Book Report :: Extra Yarn

I picked this book up from where it was displayed because I always take a peek at books about fiber arts. I loved it right away! So I thought I would share it with you.

I’m not that interested in yarn bombing but I thought that the way it was woven into this story was cute. The illustrations are sweet and the story is simple but with a fairytale or fable like moral. An evil duke? sultan? I can’t remember but, in any event, he was evil and steals the box of yarn. To his dismay he discovers the bottomless box of yarn to be empty and throws it back into the ocean where it makes it’s way back to the little girl and she keeps right on knitting. It’s a cute story with lovely illustrations and my kids really liked it. Also, Mr. Crabtree remind me of the mister.

 Extra Yarn By Mac Barnett if you’re in Baltimore you can borrow it from the Village Learning Place.

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Friday, August 17th, 2012


I love growing them. Mostly because they are virtually impossible to kill. They are, however, somewhat hard to find. You’d think it would be easier to find succulents in Baltimore and probably there are some small shops that have them but how are you supposed to find them? The big box stores are unreliable and last time I checked IKEA (my old standby) they only had a handful and they were in really rough shape. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Last Bits Of Summer

Another busy day. Baby Bee had a doctor’s appointment this morning where I found out that her insurance is inactive. Not just that it’s inactive but that it’s been that way since July. Hahhahaha. But, no, not a joke. Awesome. So that has to be sorted out.

After lunch a fun outing seemed like a good idea so we drove over to Cylburn arboretum. It was a much needed respite. A few minutes to gather my thoughts while the littles ran around. I even closed my eyes on the picnic blanket for a second though. Just a second. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, July 19th, 2012

She Chooses The Ikat

UntitledMonths ago I bought a living social deal for G Street Fabrics. It’s not that far, right? It’s just Rockville. But I didn’t go and didn’t go until finally it was going to expire. The deal expires today and, just under the wire, we drove out there yesterday.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, June 15th, 2012

Sailabration 2012

We went downtown this evening to check out the tall ships.  If you haven’t already at least been down to see them you should go!  This week is so exciting between the Blue Angel fly overs and all the hustle and bustle downtown.  I told the girls they are very lucky to just be able to step outside to see the jets fly over or to jump on the (free!) bus to go and see the ships.  People are in Baltimore from all over the place just to check them out.   Read the rest of this entry »

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