We thought we’d take advantage of some free time this summer and make our own ice cream. After all, how tough could it be? But by the time we had Googled a recipe (found plenty that did not require a machine) and made a list of ingredients we needed, the enthusiasm had waned, and we decided it would probably be best if we left the ice cream making to our favorite ice cream shop and enjoy the fruits of their labor!
From good quality ice cream chains founded right here in New England to one-of-a-kind specialty shops, there are plenty of places for Boston families to satisfy that need for something cold and sweet to beat the heat. Read on to find some of our favorite ice cream and frozen yogurt experiences.
Frustrated by those size 8 shoes your daughter wore once last season that now don’t fit? Or by your son’s pants that suddenly became high-waters come fall? Shopping for kids can be challenging. It’s one thing to invest in quality items as an adult but quite another when contending with growth spurts and heavy playground wear and tear. For many, consignment stores can be a godsend. Not only can you find items for your children, you can also resell your children’s gently used clothing. (Always check with the store first about whether they are actively consigning and for what season before arriving with an armload of things, as all stores have different policies and cut-offs.) These stores are also great for specialty items like Halloween costumes, dance apparel, baby equipment, and toys and books. Check out the following spots in the greater Hartford area to find a consignment store near you.
While we make it a point to encourage our readers to buy local whenever possible, we realize that doing holiday shopping online helps you avoid crowds and stress-while staying in your PJs. In addition to offering cool incentives like discounts and free shipping, many online retailers also give back to those in need during the holiday season by donating a portion of their proceeds to various charities. The opportunities to "shop for a cause" at this time of year are almost limitless, so we've highlighted nine favorites we think are particularly great for families. So go ahead and spoil the ones you love and feel good about it!
What about the egg hunt at home and the kids’ Easter baskets? Does the thought of stuffing them with candy and weathering the ensuing sugar high give you a headache? If you’re looking for some ideas for filling baskets and eggs without going overboard on the sweets, read on for basket themes, egg fillers, and places in and around Boston to get great little gifts.
It's the thing every expectant parent dreads and every new parent comes to accept within hours of their child's birth: the copious amounts of poo that little bodies are capable of producing. For families interested in "going green," cloth diapers may be an appealing alternative to sending endless bags of disposables to the landfill. But where to start? Fortunately, while cloth diapering can seem overwhelming, Boston has several local resources to help figure out if cloth diapering is right for your family.
Shopping with kids (groan). It can be a drag, both for the children and the adults. But sometimes it is necessary, especially during the holidays. Some Boston stores really go out of their way to make kids and families happy, and we love ‘em for it. Many offer free activities, a few have play spaces, and others are like theme parks! Check out these places to take the kids during your shopping excursions to add a little (or lot of) fun to running errands.
Local mom and “Outdoors with Kids Boston” guidebook author, Kim Foley MacKinnon, shares her best family outing tips and picks with you as part of our guest blog series with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors Bostonfree online community.
Winter, blustery weather, and the holidays are upon us, and it’s good to have a few strategies in place, especially when you have kids. Here’s a list of some cool products that can make winter even more fun for your family, and they all make great gifts as well.
I love for my kids to wear the cute, high-quality fashions found in boutiques, but spending $40 on a shirt isn’t in the budget. Here's my little secret: I shop for my kids' clothing and gear almost exclusively at consignment, resale, and thrift shops. If you have Hanna Andersson tastes on a Target budget, you may want to consider buying secondhand too. When they are young, the kids won’t know the difference, and they grow so quickly, it seems like a waste to spend a lot on something they will outgrow in a few months. Plus, consignment shopping is another easy way to be green – it takes recycling to a whole new level! If you also like to dabble in DIY, take a look at my back-to-school DIY fashions posts, Part I and Part II.
Read on for some great places in the Boston area to buy gently used clothing, toys, books and baby equipment. When you get compliments on your child’s adorable outfits, you can smile, knowing just how little you paid for them.
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