Relive Summer Camp in the Kennebunks

by parenture on August 18, 2012

“Maine’s coastal villages offer cabins in the woods, New England comfort food, and a full roster of activities on land and at sea.”

We spent last week in southern Maine–what an awesome vacation destination! I shared some of the highlights from our trip in this new travel story for New York Magazine. Would love to know your thoughts. Wishing you a happy summer with lots of adventures–near or far.

Photo courtesy of the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Chamber of Commerce


America’s Coolest Summer Cottages

by parenture on July 19, 2012

America's Coolest Summer Cottages: Dunton Hot SpringsAmerica's Coolest Summer Cottages: Hidden PondAmerica's Coolest Summer Cottages: Wandawega Lake Resort“Remember when summer was endless? It smelled like pine needles and roasting marshmallows and felt like a splash of icy fresh lake water. Well, you can recapture those sensations at new bungalow cottages in Maine—without roughing it and without chintzy florals. Hidden Pond’s cottages are part of a cool breed that prove an authentic, carefree vacation is still possible and can be even better than you remember, thanks to sophisticated twists.”

For more details on how to experience true getaways like this, read on… in my new article for Travel+Leisure: America’s Coolest Summer Cottages.

Photos, from top to bottom: Dunton Hot Springs, Hidden Pond, and Wandawega


Designer tents from FieldCandy

by parenture on June 28, 2012

These tents from FieldCandy are, by far, the coolest ones I’ve ever seen (via joy creation).

Out of a suitcase
Out of a Suitcase
What a melon
What a Melon

Fully booked
Fully Booked

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This week’s wanderlust… Camp Orenda

by parenture on June 27, 2012

Camping without any of the work near Lake George? Um, yes please.

With four canvas tents like the one above, that’s just what family-friendly Camp Orenda offers. For $135 per person/per night, plus half that price for kids, all meals and on-site activities are included. Sounds like a pretty idyllic summer vacation to me.

Photo courtesy of Camp Orenda

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The coolest summer blazers

by parenture on June 25, 2012

These three blazers are serious multi-taskers. They’d work equally well in an air-conditioned office, on your next airplane trip, and for a night out. Plus, they’ll easily transition into your fall wardrobe. Which one do you like best?

Gia Blazer from Club Monaco, on sale for $179

Structured Blazer from Topshop, $130
Blazer with leather elbow pouches from Zara, $129

PS. We made these turkey burgers from Marin Mama on Sunday night, with corn on the cob. Our almost two-year-old only ate the veggies and half an English muffin bun, but I thought the whole meal was delicious. Oh, and the new show that aired on HBO, the Newsroom? I’m a fan.


Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

by parenture on June 22, 2012

Have you read the cover story in this month’s Atlantic –“Why Women Still Can’t Have it All,” by Anne-Marie Slaughter? It may not offer easy solutions for everyone, but I think it sparks an interesting and important conversation about work-life balance. Have a great weekend.

Photo by Phillip Toledano, courtesy of the Atlantic


This week’s wanderlust… Sea Island, GA

by parenture on June 19, 2012

A pool? Check. Horseback riding? Check. An ice cream shop and s’mores? Check, check. At just two years old, my daughter might be a little too young to take advantage of all these awesome summertime activities at Sea Island, but if you have older kids and you’re looking for a last-minute family getaway in July or August, this place could be the perfect fit.

Just off the southeastern coast of Georgia, set on five miles of private beach, your little ones can participate in fun-filled programs like Camp Cloister. Or the Coastal Discoveries Program, which offers daily adventures ranging from archery and kayaking and to beach eco-labs, fish dissections (really!), and gyotaku fish printing. The Survival Skills After Dark program takes place on Friday nights, and kids can test their survival skills such as building fires, tying knots, pitching tents, and reading a compass — then celebrate their accomplishments roasting marshmallows by the fire. There’s also tennis, squash, nature walks, cooking classes, and sea turtle excursions. For a real splurge, check out the cottages.

This place sounds like such a find. Let us know if you make the trip!


Sunshine and flower party theme

by parenture on June 19, 2012

You Are My Sunshine Wooden Distressed Subway Art Sign Wall Hanging50 YELLOW Stripe Paper Straws.... Retro, Vintage Inspired...Paper Drinking Straws....Cake Pop Sticks... Weddings, Birthdays, School Events
24 Decorative Bright Yellow Pink Water Lily Party Picks, Cupcake Toppers, Toothpicks, Food Picks, Drink Picks - No762
My daughter wants to pick every dandelion she sees sprouting up between the city sidewalks, so I think it’s time to give her whole bunches. Second birthday party theme? Sunshine and flowers. What do you think? And even though we’re just having a small, low-key gathering at my parents’ house, I wanted to order printed invitations because they make such a nice keepsake. So I used a photo of her picking flowers and ordered this one from Paper Culture, which plants a tree for every order. Aren’t they cool? Here are a few party-related things I’ve found so far for inspiration:

- this sign
- these straws
- some cupcakes with cheerful liners and toppers like these
- maybe sappy shirts, but probably not
- refreshing lemonade

Happy flower picking.

PS. I just discovered this food blog. I can’t wait to try this recipe and this one.

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Monday muffins

by parenture on June 18, 2012

blueberry muffins naptime chefOne perk of working full-time during the week, versus freelancing, is that a weekend actually feels like two days off. We spent Saturday night with a bunch of friends drinking beers and eating burgers on the roof at Bark Hot Dogs in Brooklyn Bridge Park–if you’re looking for a place to gather, this is such a great spot to go. You can reserve tables for up to two hours, the food’s inexpensive, and you can have a grown-up night out if you get a sitter (like we did) or bring your kids (and your dogs). Sunday, we took the free ferry to Governor’s Island and had a picnic. Then, Sunday night, I baked these delicious blueberry muffins from Brooklyn Supper (one of my new favorite food blogs) for Monday morning breakfast. What did you do this weekend?

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Supper

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Birth Story

by parenture on June 15, 2012

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & The Farm Midwives

Have you heard about this new documentary, which premiers on Saturday at the Los Angeles film festival? While I’d love to visit Ina May Gaskin’s inspirational farm, I’ll settle for watching this movie in the meantime. If you’re similarly inspired, you can add your support to the filmmakers here.

“Remember this, for it is as true and true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.”
― Ina May Gaskin, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth


Happy Father’s Day

by parenture on June 14, 2012

Doesn’t this tee-shirt sum up what Father’s Day should be like for all the awesome dads out there? I think we’re planning on a picnic at Governor’s Island. What are you doing to celebrate this Sunday?

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