Fresh Start to Fall

If you have been following me up until this point, you know I have been struggling to post on a somewhat frequent basis. For those of you who don’t, my apologies. I am hoping to turn over a new leaf so to speak this fall with some exciting new content.

More on that to come. Let’s talk about the start of the fall market season in New England. Every year, I make a point to mark my calendar for the start of the Brimfield Antique show and another year goes by and I miss it. This year was no different, however instead I managed to attend its sister show, The Pro.found Market in Lancaster, MA.

This market is a little smaller – think 120 vendors instead of 1000 – but it focuses more on sustainable goods and I like that. Here are some highlights from my market shopping today. Almost all of the vendors were female-owned local Massachusetts businesses. Enjoy! And if you bump into me at any of the markets next month, please let me know what you think of the blog.

Farm + Sea – paraben free body lotion and candles – Newburyport, Massachusetts.

The Crate Cottage is a local sustainable business that takes empty cranberry bog crates and reuses them as pet beds or foot stools. They have an IG and FB account if you are interested in contacting them for a future collaboration.

And lastly, I was able to find The White Cottage Co. of Westboro, Mass and their booth did not disappoint! I hope to visit their storefront next month.

Check out my IG stories for more about this fun event. See you soon around the New England fall markets!

Slow Start

How’s your 2019 going so far? I feel like toward the end of last year, I was definitely growing tired of the same-old stuff. In so many ways, 2018 kicked too many people’s butts that by default at the stroke of midnight, things are bound to be better, right? Let’s hope.

Since I have been struggling with this blog for about a year, I have decided to make one last commitment to make the most of my content or bust! Don’t get me wrong, I like writing and being creative, but sometimes it’s hard to find the time or the energy to produce stellar content for y’all on a weekly basis. But. I. Will. Try.

My Three Favorite Beach Reads This Summer

Lambert's Cove Beach

Have you missed me? I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the summer so much I forgot to keep this blog up to date. A number of you have responded to my poll a few months ago (thank you!) where I asked what this blog should focus on. After reading your responses, I’ve decided to focus on whatever sparks my interest – whether it be what I’m reading now, watching, or interesting places to travel to – I promise to update at least once a week. Instagram, too!

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My New Year’s Resolutions for 2018

New Year's Resolutions 2018

Happy New Year everyone and cheers to the holidays being over and hopefully this cold weather! My New Year’s Resolutions for 2018 were quick to write – not true for past years. I think I have a good handle on what I want to accomplish this year.

When I first started this blog 6 months ago, I was hoping to learn more about marketing and SEO, but truth be told, I love the fact that I need to blog once a week, that I need to engage with all of you on some level, and that I need to find my voice and make this site unique enough to make you all come back to it every month.

So for this year, 2018, I decided to really focus on moving this blog into what I think it can be – a great snapshot of my view into the New England life. Maybe I won’t attract 100 users a day, or a week for that matter. But I won’t let that deter me from keeping this thing going.

Thinking about my goals for 2018, I have heard from many of you that this year is the time to focus on experiences rather than material things. I’m not sure that is on my list, although I definitely like the idea of an experience-focused year.  For me, I am proposing a focus on things that I enjoy doing and for whatever reason stopped doing in 2017. So here’s to 2018 and all the blessings that it has to offer. And please comment below on what you want to focus on this year.

Cheers!

My 2018 New Year’s Resolutions:

1. Run more
2. Knit more
3. Read more
4. Write more
5. Socialize more

 

5 Last Minute Gift Ideas 2017

Holiday 2017

It’s two days before Christmas and you haven’t finished shopping. Now what? Amazon to the rescue? Don’t stress. Here are 5 last minute gift ideas that I think will surely save you from going to Grandma’s empty handed. Happy shopping!

  1. Amazon Echo 2nd generation – charcoal black (wifi _bluetooth): The best gift for the techno-lover in your life. Hint, hint: Grandma. And with Alexa as your home assistant, she can help you find the best restaurants near you, make a reservation and order your next Amazon gift, all from the comfort of your home. PS: It has the best surround sound on the market too.
  2.  Hannajams – Hanna Andersson: These are the happiest pajamas on the market today. Equipped with their own hashtag on ig: #hannajams. Perfect for the family that likes to wear matching clothes on Christmas morning. Hannajams are sold out on Amazon, but you can save $60 on shipping if you order direct from the web site tonight.
  3. Instapot: Come on, you really aren’t going to find this as a last-minute gift delivered in time, unless you are seriously lucky or there is a store near you with one left on the shelf. But you can order it and it will soon arrive (after Christmas) and you can tease the future owner with a cookbook or two while they wait.
  4. GliderGlove touchscreen gloves: Who doesn’t find themselves in the freezing cold texting or trying to text on their phone? These were the best pair I could find online that were insulated and where the entire glove works on your touchscreen, not just a digit or two.
  5. Casper Dog Mattress: Last but not least, fido needs some love this Christmas and what better way to show him with a memory foam mattress. After all, it is 2017. If that doesn’t work, on Amazon you can buy the dog teepee which for $39.99, might be the coolest thing you will give him this year.


Season’s Greetings and My Favorite Finds

Hi Everyone! I finally got the chance to write a blog entry for December. Yay! Finding the time to enjoy the holidays and still keep up with the day-to-day routine is not easy. Especially since I’m a last-minute shopper at heart and it’s very stressful.  I think it’s due to getting caught up in the season so much so that I realize too late – usually the week before Christmas – that I need to buy gifts. Like, NOW!

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Fall 2017 Bucket List

leaf-peeping

I’m having a bit of FOMO this fall season, as I check out my instagram feed and drool over all of the cool photographs of New England and the foliage. How the heck do you all do it? In any case, I decided I would share my fall 2017 bucket list to remind myself of things I would like to do before winter arrives.  Leave comments below if you want to share your bucket list too. Enjoy!

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Fun Things to Do In Peterborough, NH

Photo of fall leaves in Peterborough, NH 2017

Looking for a few hours to escape your crazy routine? Take a drive up to Peterborough, NH in the Monadnock region. The area has a blossoming art scene as well as an up-and-coming dining scene. You can make a weekend of it and stay at one of the many cozy inns within walking distance of the downtown. Here’s a list of fun things to in Peterborough, NH on a cozy fall weekend.

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