camping fun in PA state parks

This weekend we joined a group of friends and went camping in French Creek State Park in PA. This year, we tried out a camping cottage. This was our home for the weekend:

Gorgeous! It costs about $35-40/night (as opposed to about $25 for a tent site with no electric). Sleeps 5, has a table and chairs inside (along with heat, a fan, and electricity!) and a picnic table and fire pit outside. Perfect for relaxing around with breakfast.

We ate lots and lots of s’mores…

And went hiking and boating and fishing….

And had hours of fun talking and laughing with old friends…

Perfect Memorial Day!

life is too short not to have the ice cream

If you’re wandering around Philly…


And you pass one of your old haunts


Even though its snowing outside, you just have to stop in. And order an old favorite… Mile High Apple Pie!


a la mode, of course.


The Mile High Apple Pie won. We tried. We really really tried. And we just couldn’t finish it…



stars at longwood

We just love Longwood Gardens! Its one of our favorite places in Philly. We’ve gone here on dates for lots of romantic strolling among flowers and we’ve brought the kids for some fun in the gardens. Its a quick drive from the Main Line out to Kennett Square. We’ve gone in summer, of course, and to see the famous Spring Blooms where you can walk through an ocean of tulips (so so amazing) but somehow, we’ve lived here over 10 years and have never actually been there at Christmas!! Wow – have we been missing out!

I wandered around a winter wonderland, with over half a million twinkle lights, thousands of poinsettias, and so many Christmas trees I lost count. It was gorgeous and magical!

I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite part. We have so many favorite parts of Longwood already. The Conservatory was breathtaking.  Can you even imagine the elegant parties the duPont’s threw here?

I highly recommend Longwood at Christmas! Its perfect for a family holiday tradition – and makes a romantic date night as well!

A few tips and tricks for enjoying a Longwood Christmas:

1. Timed Tickets Required: Timed tickets sell out quickly, so purchase early and online at to make sure you can get in when you arrive. Once you’re in, you can stay as long as you want.

2. Dress Warm: The Conservatory is lovely, but the grounds are impressive as well! Make sure you can enjoy them comfortably!

3. Save on Non-Peak Days. Purchasing a timed ticket during a Non-Peak day means fewer crowds and you save! Non-Peak days are Mondays through Fridays (except December 26–31) Click here for pricing.

4. Become a Member: Members only on Mondays! So to really avoid the crowds, join Longwood and enjoy a smaller, members-only crowd on Monday evenings.

5. Make a Reservation: The fine dining restaurant, 1906 is divine! BE sure to make a reservation the same day you purchase your timed admission ticket in order to enjoy – this place is especially popular during the holidays. You can also enjoy a more casual Café service which is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

6. Make a Day of it in Kennett Square! Before heading over to Longwood, head into the adorable historic Kennett Square! I was just there the other evening and I could have spent hours pouring through the lovely shops and boutiques! I saw fashionable boutiques, like Frolic and Green Eyes Lady, great gift shops, like Greenable and BedBuggzz… lots of gorgeous sparkley things at Bove Jewelers and yummy treats at Sweet Christines and Opa Yo Greek Frozen Yogurt… and La Verona was delicious! I’ll definitely be back to wander around and explore Kennet Square more!

 disclosure: I attended a blogger event at Longwood and Kennett Square and received samples and complimentary admission to Longwood. As always, all opinions are my own.

summer fun

Its the last week of school. (Oh, noes! Now what?) We kicked off the summer by heading to a minor league baseball game. What says summer more than baseball? We went to the Camden Riversharks game and the kids had a blast! Then on Sunday, we headed to the Crayola Experience in Easton, PA. It […]

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valley forge

Saturday we went to Valley Forge Park on a gorgeous afternoon. Washington’s Headquarters helloooooo in there!!   Tweet

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longwood gardens

On Saturday it was sunny. Then it suddenly started to snow. Then it stopped. Then the sun came out again. Weird. But we decided to live life on the edge and head to Longwood Gardens anyway! (Who says the wild and crazy life ends when you have kids?) Longwood Gardens is one of our favorite […]

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academy of natural sciences

This afternoon we had no school (insert daughters doing cartwheels here) so we hit up the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Now, I would never tell you to play hooky. But if you ever have a random day off, go into Philly and hit the museums when they’re not crowded. Even if you’ve been […]

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philadelphia flower show

Today the kids and I bopped into the city (literally – MMMbop was definitely played at one point) for an event at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for a sneak peek at the 2012 Philadelphia Flower Show. We have gone to the flower show several years now, and it is always a treat. Despite my definitely […]

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day in philly

We went into Philly on Friday and started the day in one of my favorite places, Reading Terminal Market, for breakfast at the Dutch Eating Place. Best breakfast in Philly. If you’ve ever had a hankering for a pancake the size of your head, this is the place to go.  Seriously – out of control […]

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wordless wednesday: christmas in philly

(and what do my kids get excited about seeing? a starbucks!) Tweet

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