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Saturday, October 16, 2021

CT Hidden Gem: Townline Farm, Woodbridge

When we find a hidden gem, we can't help but shout it from the rooftops. Townline Farm in Woodbridge is just that, a pure hidden gem. 


We stumbled upon it this past weekend and not only were we in love, but also lucky we got them at a time in the day where they weren't crowded so we could find out so much about the farm. 

Cristian bought the 90-acre farm earlier this year. It is directly on the Woodbridge-Derby line. In fact, the line goes directly through his property. He even put up a cute little sign to let you know exactly where it is. 

They have a cute little spread of pumpkins. They're already picked so it's not a go-out-into-the-field-and-pick-your-own. Plus, a cute sign for the kids never hurt either. 


The corn maze was a HUGE hit for us. There are so many corn mazes out there these days and we find a lot of them are challenging with small kids. Honestly, the last thing I want to do is get lost in a corn maze with frustrated kids for over an hour. This one took us 25 minutes. There are 6 trivia questions in the maze and a map that is pretty easy to follow. 
Fair warning: if you give the map to your 5-year-old you'll likely get lost. Ha! 



There's also a cute hidden photo opportunity inside the corn maze!


Our favorite part was the tractor ride. Cristian takes you on a tractor ride and gives you a tour of the property, He tells you all about the plans of the property as well. So far this year they have had a fruit and vegetable garden, wildflower garden, the corn maze and pumpkins. His goal is to build up the farm to be a pork and beef supplier to the local community. This has been his lifelong dream. With his passion and drive, you'd never know he's in his early 20s! 


His property is stunning and it's being turned back into a fully functioning farm. He's cleared land to make an area for the cattle as well as pigs. He's also cleared land and started the plans for their barn. He also has trees prepped to make his own maple syrup! Be sure you and your family count the trees to see if you find them all on your ride! 


Be sure you bring your family to check it out. And definitely listen to Cristian tell the history of the property. It's incredibly fascinating. He's only the third owner in the 350 year history of the property. There's a path through his property where the soldiers came through on horseback during the revolution. It's educational yet also fascinating. Our 5-year-old actually enjoyed listening to him tell us all about it. THAT says a LOT! 

We can't wait to see all of his plans and dreams come to fruition. 



Did you really do a corn maze if you don't take a selfie in it?! 


Let me know what you think of Townline Farm after you visit. It truly is a hidden gem of Connecticut! 


Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Glamping In Maine

In early August, we took a family trip to go "glamping" in Maine. I stumbled upon Sandy Pines Campground in my searches for fun places to stay in Maine. And it for sure was a fun place to stay! 

My husband said it best that this was the first time that we saw pictures of somewhere online and when we showed up, it was EXACTLY the same as it showed online. Down to the sheets, decor, you name it! 


At Sandy Pines, they have different types of glamping. You can stay in a cabin or a tent or a unique retreat (which are couples only). We chose the Boho Nest site, not only because it met our needs as a family of 3 but also it was the only one available. Keepin' it real here folks. 

The family glamps have either a twin or trundle or bunk beds in the tent OR the have another smaller tent next to your larger tent. Our son is 5 so that was not an option for us! But the sites next to us were those style and those families loved the set up, especially the kids!

There is real furniture, sheets and towels, a comfortable space, electricity, and even air conditioning. The only thing is there's no plumbing so any sink needs, toilet needs, or shower needs, you had to hike it to the bathhouse. Which from our spot was a little bit of a walk.   



Now, if you know me, you might think no way is this gal going camping. And you might find it hard to believe but I went camping as a child. And while it wasn't my favorite, I did enjoy it. But THIS, this is MY kind of camping.  

Every individual site has a picnic table as well as a fire pit with adirondack chairs next to it. This was our favorite spot every night. 


The porches are all covered and also include additional furniture. It was nice because we could keep adirondack chairs on the deck as well as by the fire pit and not have to move furniture depending on where we wanted to hang out and sit. Having multiple sitting areas was a nice perk. 


The other big perk about the porch area was that it was large and covered so if it rained, you could still be outside while staying dry! Another fun part was the string lights on the porch were on a dimmer switch so you could adjust them easily. When Ness went to bed, we dimmed them so they weren't super bright and kept him up while we sat by the fire. 


You drive throughout the campgrounds and you can see other options to stay, like these cute little trailers with pop up beds on the roof. 


And a converted airstream too! Definitely check out their website to see all of the other options available. They really got creative and adventurous with some of them. We have a list of which ones we want to stay at the next times we come. 


There are also lots of pathways throughout the property to cut around walking on the main roads. This was the pathway to our tent from the main road. 


Now.... would I do it again? Yes. BUT... I would pay more attention to the property map when I choose our location because it was not a quick hop skip and jump to the bathhouse. It was a hike, especially with a 5 year old. 

Pros: 

- Absolutely adorable place to stay. Super unique and fun and different. 

- Campgrounds in general were clean. Staff was friendly and knowledgable about the area.  

- A fantastic location and easy to get just about anywhere in the Kennebunkport/Ogunquit/Southern Maine area. 

- Close to Goose Rocks Beach, the best beach we found! 

- Tents and cabins are spacious and roomy and are far enough apart to have your own space.

- Individual parking spots for each glamp site. 

- Activities for the kids, several playgrounds on site, and game areas for kids and families to play. Plus lots of room for bikes to ride around the property. 

- Marsh at the back of the property with a perfect spot to launch a kayak. Plus they have kayaks to use. 

- They have a pool! Due to Covid, you had to sign up for a specific 2 hour block, but it was nice to have that option and know it wouldn't be crazy crowded too.

- It's affordable. We stayed during summer, peak season, and paid a little over $300 a night. Not bad when all is said and done. Plus, during Covid and a time where everyone just wanted to get away and go somewhere, we were able to do something affordably, not be around crowds, and still have a great time!  

Cons:

- Nowhere in your tent to lock anything up, including no lock on the entrance to the tent. No safe, no drawer that locked. So any valuables should be kept in your car and locked. (My husband is a New Yorker, this was a big issue for him. Me. not so much.)

- Not a fan of the bathhouses. While they were new, they weren't necessarily that clean and floors were often flooded from showers. I took a 2 hour shower when we got home! 

- No plumbing in the tent, but there's no plumbing at any tent or cabin. 

Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd say a solid 9. Definitely worth the trip and we'd totally go back! 


I will share in another blog post about all of the places we went as well as what was recommended to us that we didn't get to! Stay tuned =) 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

CT Hidden Gem: Wicked Tulips

For several years, I've seen friends post on social media about this tulip farm in Rhode Island and always was jealous. It looked glorious and picture-perfect. Almost too good to be true. And I'd always try to get tickets and when I could go, it was always sold out. Womp Womp. 


Well, they now have a property in Connecticut and I was able to finally get tickets this year. 

When I say it was glorious, I am NOT exaggerating. 



Ness and I were soooooo excited to check out alllll the tulips. 


He could not believe they were almost as big as he is! 


Can you tell he loved it there?


Rows upon rows of different varieties of tulips. 


As far as the eye can see.


He was quite proud of his bucket of tulips. 


He didn't want to leave. He just wanted to keep picking! 


Gorgeous, right?! No filter needed folks. 


So glad they have buckets you can borrow as our bucket was filled with water in the car ready for the long drive home! 


He wanted to smell them all. He said they smelled like flowers. LOL. 


Tulips upon tulips upon tulips! 


When you're done picking, they trim them for you and bundle them up in brown paper. 


I had a lot of fun arranging them when I got home. 


I'm so glad he loves a good morning adventure! This was totally and completely worth the 90 minute drive each way. I cannot recommend going enough. 

A few tips:

Bring your own bucket with water in the car to bring your flowers home in. They'll be thirsty!

Tulips prefer to be cut straight across, not at an angle, and ICE COLD water. 

It's $17 to get in and includes 10 flowers. However many you go over is $1 per flower. Fantastic if you have an over-picker like I did! 

Bring a hat, there's no shade and it's directly in the sun. We got hot very fast and it wasn't a hot day. 

When you pick them from the ground, pull up at the base where they meet the ground and you'll get a longer stem. Sometimes, the bulb comes out with it and that's ok. 

Order your tickets ahead of time and don't wait til the last minute to stalk the weather. Just get the tickets and go. It'll be worth it, I promise. Every year prior I waited because I was worried about the weather and always missed out. 

Have you ever been to Wicked Tulips before?




Monday, April 26, 2021

Mother's Day Wish List

Mother's Day is right around the corner and oftentimes I am asked for suggestions for gifts for moms in peoples' lives.


First and foremost, a day off. A day to herself. A day where she doesn't have to think or plan or prep or answer questions or respond or even function at 1/10th regular mental or physical capacity. A day to sleep in (and not til 7:30, like legit SLEEP IN) without being bothered or hearing a car chase downstairs, a nice up of hot coffee where she can relish it and savor each sip, a long shower or bath alone (without interruptions), some time to lounge around and watch television of her choosing with no commentary, a delicious brunch that she doesn't have to cook or make her own reservations for or clean up or even decide to do, an afternoon nap or lazy day in the sunshine, and being told she's appreciated while treating her with appreciation. THAT is what you should gift her. 

If you want a tangible gift for her to unwrap and be overjoyed upon receiving, here's some fabulous suggestions of items I would personally love to receive.




I have been lusting over Lake Pajamas for years as their reviews shout from the rooftops of how amazing they are. Size up one because if they're tossed in the dryer they can shrink. Stick with a classic stripe, everyone loves a classic stripe. 




Possible corny but well worth it and I'm sure needed. She likely has the same bathrobe hanging up that she wore in the hospital when she had your child{ren} 
A gorgeous gingham cotton robe is lightweight enough to wear year round and a perfect fabulous treat she wouldn't gift herself.  



Every woman loves a good pair of shoes and Rothys are a win win across the board. They have an exceptional return and exchange policy so if you're off on size, they'll hook you up easily. 

4. Beautiful slippers (wear inside or outside)


Birdies are a luxurious treat most women wouldn't treat themselves too. They're normal shoes but the inside are soft like slippers. Trust, they're phenomenal.  



Jo Malone is a go to for a classic, fresh scent that flatters almost any woman's natural aroma. Many options and you can even do a set that includes a candle (definitely get the set with the candle for bonus points)  

6. A bathtime gift set (think new fabulous towel, a tray for the tub, a new book she'd love to read, a fabulous scented candle, and a bottle of wine all for her) 




7. A gorgeous new leather bag, you can even momogram it!



Taking something gorgeous and extra and then making it personalized is so thoughtful. 
 
8. Sentimental plants. She have a green thumb of love flowers? Head to the local garden center and get her a peony plant, a rose bush, or even a young cherry blossom tree. Watching it grow and bloom year over year, this is a great gift from the kids for mom!  


9. New beverage set. She like to entertain or treat herself now and again to a beverage. Have her enjoy that beverage in a beautiful glass with coordinating pitcher. Make it a set so she can enjoy it with friends too. This pottery barn set screams MOM and SUMMER all together at once.   


10. A custom sentimental piece of jewelry. I'm not talking little charms of the kids or a mother's ring or necklace. I'm talking something classic and simple she'll wear every day and never take off. I love YearlyCo bangles and would love to slowly collect them with each symbolizing my story. I also adore my local jeweler who finds the best gifts that do this too.



Moms deserve so much. Every day, not just on the Hallmark day. Remember that.