Rehoboth Beach Delaware

Rehoboth Beach Delaware

We took a quick day trip to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware last weekend and it was a prefect outing for our little family. It was about 2.5 hours from our home in northwest Baltimore County. It was a bit further than the Kent Island beach on the Chesapeake Bay that we had...
Austin Nature Center

Austin Nature Center

We visited the Austin Nature and Science Center in February and it’s truly a hidden gem of the Texas capital. Located inside Zilker Park, the center has indoor specimens and exhibitions, a marshy waterway, animal rehab, and a dinosaur digging pit. So yeah, we’ve got a...
Adventures at the Houston Zoo

Adventures at the Houston Zoo

We spent a couple of days at the Houston Zoo when we were visiting. Believe me when I say this is a massive zoo! (You can download the map here and they also have an app.) It’s not exactly the land size but the extensive animal collection that makes this zoo so...
Project Playground: Centennial Park

Project Playground: Centennial Park

Project Playground is something we’ve been working on for a couple of years. When we first moved to Maryland, we decided to make exploring our new area into an adventure by trying out as many new places as possible and reviewing them. We talk about what we are...
Project Playground: Meadowood Regional Park

Project Playground: Meadowood Regional Park

We’ve visited Meadowood Regional Park in North Baltimore County a few times. Most recently we were there for a NOT Back-to-School Picnic. Meadowood is a park I feel we ought to love, but it seems every time we go, there’s some kind of issue. It’s...
The Sunflower Garden

The Sunflower Garden

Last weekend we ventured out to The Sunflower Garden in Westminster, MD. It’s a sweet little spot for photos, pick-your-own flowers, or just enjoying the day outdoors. We had a wonderful time! I had heard about this place toward the end of the summer last year...
Summer Travels and What’s Next

Summer Travels and What’s Next

Time for the obligatory vacation recap and vision-for-the-future post. We spent almost six weeks visiting family in Houston and Baton Rouge! The first part of our trip was just me and the kids at my parents’ house. My dad hadn’t met little M yet and of...
Tulips at Sherwood Gardens

Tulips at Sherwood Gardens

A few weeks ago* we visited Sherwood Gardens in Baltimore to see the famous spring tulip bloom. Sherwood Gardens is a open strip of land in a neighborhood of stately homes. Tens of thousands of tulips bloom each spring in a gorgeous display of color. The mixed color...
Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens

Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens

We visited the Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens to see the Spring flower display– Where the Wild Things Grow. It was our first time inside, though we had driven past many times on the way to the Maryland zoo. The conservatory is inside a gorgeous glass...
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (with kids)

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (with kids)

The weekend before last we went down to Washington, D.C. to check out the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. My kids have been really interested in outer space so this was a fantastic field trip! The Air and Space Museum is the second most visited museum in...
Maryland Science Center – Science & Main

Maryland Science Center – Science & Main

One of our favorite places to go is the Maryland Science Center at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. We purchased a membership with a Groupon deal and were amazed at how many fun learning opportunities we found. It’s worth every penny, even at the full price! In...
Apple Picking 2015 – Baugher’s Orchard in Maryland

Apple Picking 2015 – Baugher’s Orchard in Maryland

This September we went apple picking at Baugher’s Orchard in Westminster, Maryland. We went last year, too, so I guess it’s become a yearly tradition thing. It’s a perfect way to welcome in the fall. Not far from us in Baltimore County,...
Sunflower Fields in Harford County Maryland

Sunflower Fields in Harford County Maryland

Last September*, we drove out to visit one of the sunflower fields in Harford County Maryland. Each year, the blooms begin in late summer and last only a few, glorious weeks. Harford County, which is north of Baltimore, is famous for the brilliant yellow fields, but...
Terrapin Nature Park – Beach Day

Terrapin Nature Park – Beach Day

A few weeks ago, we decided to spend a day at the beach to say farewell to summer. After a little research and asking around we decided to go to Terrapin Nature Park located on Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay. It was a really perfect spot for us! Not too crowded,...
Double Rock Park

Double Rock Park

A few weekends ago we enjoyed a beautiful day at Double Rock Park in Baltimore. It’s a small little gem hidden just inside the 695 Beltway near Parkville. I was first introduced to the location through some homeschool friends and I knew I wanted to go back and...
Learning about Butterflies at Irvine Nature Center

Learning about Butterflies at Irvine Nature Center

One of our favorite places to spend the day is Irvine Nature Center here in Owings Mills, MD. We have been looking forward to the opening of the new Butterfly Room this summer. It’s a small screened-in room just to the right of the front entrance. The exhibit...
Washington D.C. Cherry Blossoms

Washington D.C. Cherry Blossoms

We got the chance to go down to D.C. to see the Cherry Blossoms last weekend. It was gorgeous! After such a long winter, it was amazing to be able to be outside in the sunshine and see some stuff growing and blooming. The trees in Washington, D.C. were given to the...
B&O Railroad Museum

B&O Railroad Museum

  A couple of weeks ago, we went to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, MD. It’s a nice little museum that’s perfect for an outing with children. I actually learned a lot myself! All I knew about the B&O (and honestly, most railroads) was...
Travel activity ideas for toddlers

Travel activity ideas for toddlers

About to embark on a trip with a toddler? Terrified? Before you panic and spend hours creating ‘sorry’ bags for all the other passengers, try planning a few easy of these travel activity ideas to help your little one stay busy. 1. Snacks. Naturally, pack...
Texas Travels & January Monthly Wishes

Texas Travels & January Monthly Wishes

Greetings from Texas! Today I have a few photos and updates to share along with my Monthly Wishes for January 2015. (Find more wishes at The Nectar Collective.) We first stopped in Louisiana and now my Texas travels have taken me to the Austin and now Houston where...
Snow Memories

Snow Memories

Aside from the occasional dustings of snow we would get growing up in Houston, I’d never really experienced snowfall until I was a study-abroad student in Pamplona, Spain. I was sitting in class. Art History, I think. As I glanced out the window I noticed the...
Maryland Zoo

Maryland Zoo

 What a gorgeous Tenth! We went to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore today. It was a stunning day. I couldn’t stop taking photos. I might have taken more than ten! The zoo was the first place in Baltimore we purchased a membership since my son loves animals so much....
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

  Last weekend we made a trip to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. It was a nice little adventure and we got to see lost of animals– my son’s favorite thing in the world! This is our second time visiting D.C. since we moved...
Surprised by Art

Surprised by Art

I’ve been to a lot of art museums. I think seeing art in person is much more powerful than looking at a photograph of it. Standing in front on the mural-sized Guernica or walking in a garden of Rodin’s statues, for example, gives you a tangible...
A little bit of Houston

A little bit of Houston

As I mentioned yesterday, we took a little trip down to Baton Rouge and Houston in January. We did a bunch of random stuff in Houston, but mostly hung out at home. One of the best days was when I left Boo-Boo at home with my mom and got to have the day to myself for...
Callin’ Baton Rouge

Callin’ Baton Rouge

Last month we took a trip down South to visit Boo-Boo’s grandparents. Since he turned two this week, it was his last trip he got to fly for free! Here’s a little peek into our time in Baton Rouge, LA.  Though it’s the state capital,...
Around the World in Montreal

Around the World in Montreal

This is officially the last installment of my photos from our trip to Canada. You’d think that travel photos would be a little easier for me to throw up on the old blog, but, you know, I’m a procrastinator. These are photos from our quick side trip to...
Canadian Museum of Civilization

Canadian Museum of Civilization

Today I’m sharing another update from our trip to Canada last month. It seems a little surreal to be writing about our chilly trip while I’m in Houston. We are wearing short sleeves and running the air conditioning in the car here! One of the neatest...
Ottawa in December (yes, it was cold)

Ottawa in December (yes, it was cold)

So about a month ago, we went on a trip to Canada. I know I promised photos long ago– but, hey, I have an excuse! Hubby had a conference in Ottawa and we got to say in the swanky Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel. It was probably the most expensive hotel I’ve...
Love The Place You Live {Duke Gardens}

Love The Place You Live {Duke Gardens}

Since I returned from an extended stay in Texas, I’ve been meaning to take Boo-Boo out on an adventure here at home. So when Design Mom encouraged her readers to to something fun and local this weekend and then post about it on Monday, I instantly knew how we...
Babies! (on a plane)

Babies! (on a plane)

I still consider myself a new mom even though Boo-Boo is 16 months old. So I usually don’t think of myself “expert” enough to give advice about parenting. But flying with a baby is something I’ve had a lot of practice with so at the start of...
Strawberry Picking

Strawberry Picking

Last week we went strawberry picking. I had never been to pick strawberries or anything else, really. I guess we should have gone a few weeks ago for the best berries, but these weren’t bad. Now I’ll know what to expect for next year. It was a little...
A Day at the Beach

A Day at the Beach

I had a FANTASTIC weekend! It just so happened that I didn’t have work or babysitting and Hubby didn’t have anything major going on at the lab. This almost never happens, so we decided to take advantage of the free time and drive over to the coast....
Let’s Go Shopping: Sam Moon

Let’s Go Shopping: Sam Moon

Happy Friday! This week I’m starting a new Friday feature that’s a little different than the stuff I usually write about. It’s about shopping. It might be coupons, clearance finds and good deals or maybe just inspiring things I saw at the store. It...
A day at the museum

A day at the museum

Today we had the opportunity to visit the Children’s Museum of Houston with one of my best friends from high school and her sweet daughter. It was nice to catch up and see how big our little ones have gotten in the few months since we last met. I have clear...
Babe in Arms

Babe in Arms

Traveling South on a stormy Spring morning is never fun. But with a 13-month old it can be downright exhausting! The alarm clock got me out of bed at 4:00 for my early morning flight. I hustled through check-in and security with a backpack, stroller and Boo-Boo tucked...

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