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Hi! My name is Emily and I'm a writer, a wife to Nick and mother to two very sweet little girls named Daisy and Ella. We live in a quaint little town outside Philadelphia, PA, with our two black lab sisters.

 

I started this blog as a way to stay connected with friends and family after Daisy was born and it has now become a home for musings on everything from our favorite family recipes, books, travel destinations and, ultimately, my quest to balance work, life, self-care and family - all while staying grateful. Happy reading!

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Our Summer Bucket List

June 20, 2017

I have noticed my mom friends posting about “bucket lists” that they’ve created with their kiddos for ways to spend their summer vacation and I love this idea. Daisy is obviously too young to contribute to this list, but, I thought we should start the tradition now, as there is plenty I know I’d like to do.

 

PYO at Linvilla Farm

I’ve written about Linvilla Farm many times before on this blog as it was one of the first traditions we established when we moved to Philadelphia – even before Daisy was born. We pick apples and buy pumpkins in the fall, chop down our own Christmas tree with hands warmed by hot apple cider in the winter and in the spring and summer, we love their pick your own orchards. In spring and summer they offer PYO strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, rhubarb, apricots, grapes, eggplants, plums peaches, tomatoes and lettuce – among other things. Daisy loves riding front-facing and watching this all go down, taking juicy bites along the way.

 

Classic family photo. Daisy hates us. 

 

Surprise Date Nights

One of my favorite things to do is surprise Nick with adventures. In the past few years, I've taken him to a speakeasy disguised as a laundromat and a secret underground sushi bar, among other things. This summer we are taking turns planning dates and surprising each other with the destinations. 

 

A Week in New England!

We are coming to New England for ten days in August and cannot wait for some quality time with friends, family, the BEACH and our beloved Boston. We’ve rented a little cottage on the beach a mile down the road from my mom’s house and a short walk to Nantasket Beach. We plan to spend most days with our toes in the sand or on boogie boards with nights reserved for BBQs with friends, ice cream at JJ’s Dairy Hut, lobster rolls at Jake's and a few evenings in the city which will include trips to our favorite restaurants and a visit to the Children’s Museum for Daisy.

 

Coloring & Finger Painting!

Daisy has graduated from all of her Early Intervention therapies except Occupational Therapy, during which focus on fine motor skills. We use big, fat crayons and plain white paper to show her cause and effect with art supplies. The color shows up nice and bright on white paper and the lines thick with a larger crayon like these. Finger painting is another way to stimulate and develop fine motor skills. I found these plant-based colors on Amazon that are non-toxic and totally kid-safe.

 

 

Second Sundays Cinema at Spruce Street Harbor Park

On July 11 they’re slated to play one of my all-time favorite movies, Sabrina (1954) with Audrey Hepburn. A kind chauffeur's daughter Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) returns home from two years in Paris a beautiful young woman, and immediately catches the attention of David (William Holden), the playboy son of her father's rich employers. David woos and wins Sabrina, who has always been in love with him, however their romance is threatened by David's serious older brother, Linus (Humphrey Bogart), who runs the family business and is relying on David to marry an heiress for a crucial merger to take place... It's an epic love story.

 

Live Music on the Waterfront

While Philly will never be able to boast an oceanic border, they make the most of the waterfront they do have along the Delaware River. In fact, I’m coming to realize their public programming far surpasses anything that happens along the waterfront in my beloved Boston. We plan to strap on Daisy’s noise-canceling headphones, grab some ice cream and listen to some live music at Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfont Sessions this summer.

 

SUP (paddle yoga) on the Delaware River with Aqua Vida

I love yoga and I enjoy paddle-boarding so naturally I’ve always been interested in this combination of the two. I think this would be a great day date for an afternoon with Nick, who is always willing to participate in whatever harebrained scheme I have going at the moment.

 

Lunch at Tired Hands Brewery & Café

Nick’s birthday falls on a Saturday at the end of June and his only request is that we make a trip out to Ardmore to visit the brewery responsible for some of his favorite beers. Their food menu looks pretty delicious so I’m excited for that part. Philly is home to some of the best breweries in the country and while I don't drink anymore, I do enjoy watching my husband in his element.

 

Picnic dinner under the lights at Spruce Street Harbor Park with the pups & Daisy

 

 

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