When Camping

Ignore the cold (HA) by taking a long walk through the colored palates of the season, and ignore the whine of children who stayed up late eating too many s'mores and "HATE" sleeping bags (unless they are in yours with you).Find a quiet spot and get LOUD with giggles- despite yourself.Continue reading post...more

Apple Picking!

One of my favorite fall family activities is apple picking! This year we went twice, once early on in the season at the beginning of September and then again today.Today was even better because it was FREE!Smolak Farms in North Andover, MA had such a great crop this year that they opened up their apple orchard for FREE picking today (11/2) and tomorrow (11/3) from 9-4....more

Not Your Average 25 Year old

Not your average 25 year old.....more

The 5 Stages of Halloween Fun

 Halloween was meant to be fun. But, I think there is an evolution that happens in your life from the time you first discover what it is even all about, to the time you become a parent and it is all of a sudden your job to make sure your kids’ Halloween wishes come true. Halloween changes over time as you age. And, while there is fun to be had in every stage, everything changes when you become a parent....more

Getting Our Happy Back

Hello,I am Jackie Roseboom aka Traveljac. Thank you for reading my first blog post. ...more

Nature vs. Nurture, is your child a dandelion or an orchid?

I recently had a conversation with a colleague about raising children in the suburbs versus the city. Context: said colleague is a professional African-American male and he and his wife are thinking about starting a family. He was raised in a city but went to high-school in a more affluent and homogenous community....more

Walking with your children

With Autumn approaching there seems no better time to get your little ones away from the computer screens and walking. Autumn is a wonderful time of the year to be out and about, there is nothing more satisfying than crunching through  dried leaves in your wellies. Walking together as a family is an excellent way to spend some quality time together....more

Ginger Soy Chicken Thighs