The library. Libraries have a plethora of activities for all ages, but they are especially perfect for the littles. Our local library has an awesome kids room with books+toys+arts & crafts+comfy reading nooks. I take Harrison there when the weather is crappy, which in New England is often 😩
The beach 😊🙌👙⚓. What can I say lol. It’s my happy place and I grew up in a seaside town. Still to this day I don’t live more than 15 minutes from the beach. Here in New England we only get 4 months of summer, and you can find us at the beach every single day of it. We pack a lunch and bring beach toys and don’t spend a dime all day. If you’re a knowledgeable local like me you usually know where to find free parking 😋
The park. Kinda goes without saying. We currently live across the street from Kingston State Park in New Hampshire and there’s a path right to the lake beach from our front door. We also take walks in the park year round, just to get out of the house in the winter.
Rail trails. It’s a growing trend for cities and towns to turn old train tracks that aren’t in use anymore into paved trails. Perfect for the handicapped or strollers. We walk on our local rail trail year round.
The boardwalk. In my hometown of Newburyport, there’s a boardwalk that runs the length of the waterfront. Harrison absolutely LOVES to run up and down the boardwalk. There’s a little park he can play in too. Salisbury and Hampton have boardwalks as well.
Playgrounds. Always free. Always fun.
Play dates at friends’ houses. Same stuff, new location 😋…but seriously social interaction with the same age group helps develop cognition as well as language skills.
Sledding. We have more cold months than warm in these parts, and while we all usually learn to ski around 3 or 4, Harrison isn’t quite there yet. So what do we do with the toddlers? We go sledding! And no not with an engine Josh! My husband’s an avid snowmobiler and has already bought our son a tot snowmobile at 20 months old 🤦♀️
Swimming. We go swimming in the winter at our local Y. technically this isn’t free, but we don’t have a lot of access to town pools in our area because we’re so close to the ocean. But a membership to the Y isn’t usually as expensive as a gym and boy does my lil nugget love the water! 🐳
I’m Kris 🙋🏻♀️ I’m a boho hippie beach mom just trying to raise a family in New England. I have a perfect 3 year old lil boy with autism, a beautiful high maintenance diva baby girl, & 2 crazy rescue dogs and we live on a lake in the woods on the seacoast of New Hampshire just outside Boston.
I’m super Italian & pretty much check off every Boston Italian stereotype and lemme tell ya we are definitely our own lil cultural world 😋
I have a bachelor’s degree in psych that I don’t use at all lol and I used to be a medical/surgical assistant and worked in both orthopedic trauma as well as pediatrics. I f**kin LOVED my job & if the apocalypse ever hits I have the medical knowledge to survive 🤪
I gained & subsequently lost 100 pounds post thyroid surgery, 60 pounds with baby # 1, and 30 pounds with baby # 2. I have been every body size there is and they are all beautiful!
I don’t wear a lot of makeup, I don’t know how to curl my hair, I’m obsessed with yoga & plants, I hate big cities, I mostly rock t-shirts & flip flops, I have a mouth like a sailor, I’m fluent in sarcasm, I’m loud & full of opinions, and I drink a lot of wine 😋 Some people say I’m a lot... but would you wanna live life only being a little??
I’ve walked a lot of paths in life and have been through some serious shit. So I will never judge you for where you are on your path or how you’re walking it. You do you boys & girls (and everyone in between)! Let yo freak flag fly! All are welcome & supported in my corner of the Internet 😉
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