July 25, 2013

Pictures, Information and Trail Conditions of the Chapel Brook Falls & Pony Mountain Summit Trail in Ashfield, MA


We took a trip to Chapel Brook in Ashfield, MA on a Sunday afternoon. The day was hot and the kids were restless! My daughter was celebrating her birthday and wanted to get out and do something. This became the perfect opportunity to go “fall seeking.”

At Chapel Brook expect a small area for only about 8 cars to park, also you could fit a few more along the dirt road that leads down to the falls. I don’t recommend parking on the main road unless you can get your car all the way off the road (this will require you to park into the shrubbery along the side). Although the traffic wasn’t heavy on that road, we did notice the cars that did come past drove quite fast! Also, there is a slight hill that hinders the sight of the road, so hang onto little ones hands!




July 23, 2013

The Real-Life "Rosie the Riveter," Alicia Vanderschuere, Owner of rosieMADE


Alicia Vanderschuere embodies the same character traits as the iconic figure her business was named after… Rosie the Riveter.  She has made it her goal to strengthen manufacturing in the USA by launching rosieMADE; an online e-commerce site that provides a selected assortment of American made products by women friendly companies. It is her goal to be your favorite resource for made in USA gifts!



July 19, 2013

Take me out to the ball game at Fenway Park

"....give me some peanuts and cracker jacks, I don't care if I ever get back!" 

What better way to celebrate summer than with a ball game at the historical Fenway Park! We want to give you the opportunity to visit Boston and enjoy a day of ball and fun by providing you with 4 tickets to watch the "Future's at Fenway 2013" game.

More information about what you can expect from this event can be found here.

This giveaway will run for this weekend only!!! Tickets will be mailed Monday morning via Priority Mail, so it is imperative you respond to our email immediately with your mailing address.

Only enter if you are able to go to the game on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 12pm

Good Luck!

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July 14, 2013

Superfood Fruit Smoothie

Curb your appetite with this fruit smoothie loaded with the nutrient rich superfoods, the avocado and blueberries! Many thanks to my sister Melissa for introducing me to this recipe.
You can save time and money buy using frozen berries. This allows you to have them on hand at all times and if you buy the large bags in bulk at a wholesale club (i.e., Bj's) you will save money too.

This recipe serves 2 people, because I often exercise with my son, and it is a real treat after our walks.

Fruit Smoothie:

Ingredients: (makes 2)

1 banana
1 cup. frozen or fresh strawberries (put frozen strawberries in microwave for 1 minute to thaw)
1 cup. frozen Wyman's Blueberries
1 cup. water
1 avocado

Place all ingredients into a blender until smooth!

Enjoy.


Approximate Calorie Breakdown per serving:
Strawberries: 25
Blueberries: 30
Avocado: 118
Banana: 52

Total Calories: 225 Per Serving 

Read here about the health benefits of an avocado! 

...and did you know an avocado is a fruit, not a vegetable?



July 8, 2013

Pictures, Information and Trail Conditions about the Grand Trunk Rail Trail in Sturbridge, Massachusetts


This is what you should expect when you decide to trek the Grand Trunk Rail Trail in the Sturbridge, Massachusetts area.

This trail system has separate trail sections. There are committees and agencies working throughout this region of Massachusetts to have a completed 66-mile trail from Palmer to Franklin within the next ten years.

You can read more about the history of this trail and why it was once called the Titanic Trail here.

On two separate days I visited 3 of the sections. All the sections I visited allowed dogs to be walked on a leash. They even provide ‘doggie’ bags for you to clean up after your dog. There are no public restrooms and ample parking off the road. Other than the Fiskdale section, you will find offshoots or nearby trails you can access as apart of your day.

Detailed information about the Trail Rating Scale can be found here.




July 1, 2013

The Vision of John Adams Photo Challenge


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Join us in celebrating our independence with a photo that captures the vision John Adams had in the early days of our nation.

Although we only consisted of colonies on this side of the Appalachian Mountain Range, Adams saw the future of America span all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

He also spelled out how we should observe our independence…

“ …it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

Inspired by his vision to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence from sea to shining sea, we invite you to use hashtag #Adams1776 when capturing your story of celebrating Independence Day! 

Challenge Dates: July 1 - July 7, 2013
You must Follow Us on Instagram
Use Hashtag: #Adams1776
Your account must be set to public
All other official rules apply.


All photos will be streamed on this post. A winner will be selected to win a prize of our choosing.




CONGRATULATIONS SABRINA N. ON YOUR WIN!!! 



April 17, 2013

#greatatbeing Hashtag on Instagram



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We all have a story to tell. Instagram has provided a platform to share our stories with each other. We can view the world through the eyes of real people as it happens.

it’s great to “BE” ® is a movement that celebrates the diversity, ambitions, curiosities and ideas of the world. We would love you to share your world with us!