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Easy Adirondack Hike | Mt. Jo

Today I want to share my experience(s) of a great hike in the Adirondacks that is totally accessible to newbies and kids.      We had a lot of fun taking Mom up Mt. Jo as her first Adirondack mountain during family vacation this summer, and it was such a great little hike with a wonderful summit, that I thought it would be a good intro for the girls this fall!     Mt. Jo takes about two and a half hours round trip (with kids) and is a really cool way to get a taste of a "true" ADK hike and summit view.     So pack up your water and your snacks and head to Adirondac Loj Rd. for parking at the High Peaks Information Center. It's $10/day and you get a last minute bathroom stop. Plus there's park staff to answer any last minute questions and a small store for any last minute supplies you forgot. The signs from this area are pretty clear, but to get to the trailhead of Mt. Jo you'll actually walk

How a “Watch” Strengthened My Resolve to be Present… Plus a Giveaway for You

Look what I found! It looks like a watch, it feels like a watch, but it's NOT a watch. It's a reminder to slow down.     And a very important reminder it is... This "watch" is great! You don't have to worry about batteries, daylight savings, time zones, or alarms. It really helps me remember to worry less. period. It may not minimize or eliminate all time-related worry, but it does remind you that sometimes, the best answer to the question "what time is it?" is "now."       I found the company on instagram (@stealtimeback) and I fell in love with their product and their message. You can browse their website here to find out more about the "now" movement, check out their shop full of cool bracelets, and read their awesome blog... full of inspiration and gentle reminders to enjoy this beautiful life that we have a tendency to FLY through at frantic pace. Consider these products as a great little gift for

Flipping the Coin

Baby Abigail, my most recent client, was practically born with eyes wide open. It reminded me of a story I've heard a lot throughout my life... and the lessons I've pondered as I think of it... My parents love to tell the story of my first moments of life. After a grueling labor and delivery, my Mom was finally able to recover and my Dad was handed his first child, a healthy baby girl. And he says I just stared at him. Literally. Moments after birth, my eyes were wide open, almost expectant. Kind of like little Abigail here ;-)   He likes to say it was my first "what's next?" look.  My whole life, apparently from moment one, I have had a pretty crazy big appetite for the next thing. I have an obnoxious amount of energy and I love to get a lot of fun, exciting things on my plate. I want to do it all! I hate saying no! But I have had to learn to stop constantly asking "what's next" because I was in danger of missing out on what's NOW. (And also

How Losing My Watch Made Me a Better Mom (& Daughter, Sister, Friend)

Hi, my name is Jessica, and I am a recovering watch-addict. I didn't realize I had such a problem until I accidentally left my watch on the beach during a vacation. And then decided not to buy a replacement right away. I mean, you don't need a watch on vacation.       Well come to find out, I don't need a watch for real life either. In fact, I am better off without it! Until the watch was gone, I didn't realize how often I looked at the time... how often I stressed about "what time it was" and the fact that "we needed to hurry up and do this and that" before "that time". I also didn't realize how much of my day to day stress was based on the fact that I was running behind this imaginary demonic schedule that I hadn't really created intentionally. But it was there. And it bugged me. And I wanted to be "on time". Always. Even for silly things like dinner time and bedtime. (5:30 and 7pm SHARP thankyouverymuch)     So losing

Birth Photography | Welcoming Baby Abigail

For anyone who has wondered why someone might choose to deliver their baby at home, I hope that the following story gives you a glimpse into what a home birth can look like. Every baby's birth is unique, just like every baby is unique.  So this is just one of the many beautiful examples of a family welcoming their newest little one. It's always an honor to be a part of the team, no matter where the event takes place!     Lindsay went into labor in the wee hours of the morning. An excited group gathered around her... her husband Russ, her midwifery team of Deb and Deb ;-) and her mom and two sisters. Everyone patiently waited in the calm quiet of their living room as she worked through her contractions.      When the wee small hours of the morning turned into just the normal early morning, Lindsay's three kiddos (and eventually her nephew) woke up to hang out with the crew! I think that's one of the most beautiful