Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lovebirds Lately

The past two weeks we've been hanging out locally around New England, and while we're gearing up for more adventures, I wanted to pop in with a quick update...

The biggest news?

YASSSSSS! My sister Ariane is engaged (aren't they a handsome couple?!). We all Skyped over the weekend and found out - Nia even cheered! I'm SO excited to welcome my future brother-in-law into the family. 

A rare moment when Grayson joined his sister to watch the musical
We were recently back in Portsmouth, NH to check out the Prescott Park Festival matinee of Mary Poppins. Grayson was more interested in running around, but it was a lot of fun to visit with friends

He rode this one 3x!

We're still making good use of our Six Flags membership. We were rained out (again!) this past Friday so took the kids on Sunday. The only thing is my feet still feel like they're walking around the theme park! We haven't kept up with swimming lessons over the summer, but the kids have been super confident in the water park at Six Flags. 

Nia started tennis camp, and we love the adjacent playground which gives Grayson time with me to play (and spy on big sister!). This summer's camp schedule is definitely more chill compared to last summer. 

Something else Nia's started? Getting into Pokemon thanks to my brother Michael. I tried watching a few YouTube videos about it, and while I don't quite get it, I'm glad it gives her something to connect with her uncle over especially since he lives in Tennessee, and we don't get to see him that often. 

Locally, we're keeping our eyes open for opportunities to get involved in the Boston community. We're approaching our 1 year anniversary of homeownership here, and it still feels surreal! The kids and I joined in at the Imagine Boston 2030 kick-of party to share the first wave of the study's results as Boston prepares for longterm improvement initiatives. 

Uka and I were hoping to sign both kids up for camp at the Y since Nia's a "late" 7 year old, approaching her birthday in a few weeks. They have a 3-6 year old program, but explained because she's entering 2nd grade they'd put her in the next level so I went ahead and decided to wait until she turns 7 for her to join camp and bypass camp for Grayson. She's doing 1 week as a trial and then will have the option to finish 2 more weeks prior to school starting. 

Today I'm excited to head off the grid for a few days...

Have a good week! 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

5 Reasons Why I'm Glad My Husband Attended BlogHer 2017

My experience at BlogHer this year was unique in that not only did I speak at the conference for the first time, but my husband attended with me. Coming from our courtship at Wellesley that started a little over 18 years ago, Mr. Lovebird knew a bit of what to expect when it comes to the gender ratio of BlogHer and overall he confirmed he's definitely glad he came with me. 

Here are 5 reasons why I am too...

Friday, July 7, 2017

Lovebirds' Top 6 Activities for Kids Visiting Chicago

Visiting Chicago with the kids has been on my bucket list since Mr. Lovebird started going there annually for work, and a few weeks ago we got to accompany him for 4 days. Before going I crowd sourced via social media to find the top recommended things to do with kids. While there were so many suggestions to sort through, I found those from Chicago natives Natasha of Houseful of Nicholes, Ashley of Mommy Week, and Keyonda of A Real Urban Mom to be most helpful (thank you!). 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Lovebirds' Summer Kick-Off

We've been traveling a lot and with family in town this past extended holiday weekend I'm finally catching up on getting organized for the rest of the summer! We have a couple weeks' break before our next adventure so I thought it'd be fun to do a pic heavy post to show what we've been up to...

Friday, June 30, 2017

Unique Birthday Gifts from UncommonGoods

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of UncommonGoods; all opinions expressed are my own.

May through September is our family's birthday season and one of my favorite companies I've been shopping from for years, UncommonGoods, invited me to pick a few items from their website. It was a hard choice, but the best part is that I was able to find something for just about everyone on my list! 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

My First Time at barre3 Brookline

Disclosure: I received a complimentary class from barre3 Brookline; all opinions expressed are my own.

Coming off our 8th anniversary, in just under 3 weeks Mr. Lovebird and I return to the city where we got engaged: Las Vegas. If you've followed me on the blog for some time you know it's a destination we return to time and time again, and we love how it's constantly changing, making each visit unique. 

Something else that's changed?

My body. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Our 8th Anniversary and Grayson's 3rd Birthday



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