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Free summer fun in Boston | fitness, cultural events + family activities

Free summer fun in Boston… Because the only thing better than summer fun, is free summer fun.  I think.  

Even better, still, would be if this free summer fun came with some sort of plan that enables you to prevent your toddler and preschooler from running in separate directions, at high speeds, at the same time, in public…

Holler at your girl if you have such a plan.  In the meantime, there are so many great (and yes, free) events being held in the Boston area this summer.  Here are a few that caught my eye.

FREE SUMMER FUN IN BOSTON

free summer fun

Sail Boston

June 17 – 22, Boston

All events are free + open to the public (see the link above for full listing).  I’m hoping to catch a few sail by’s (is that a thing?) at Castle Island as the ships depart next Thursday, and will definitely be taking the kids to see the ships docked in the Seaport earlier in the week.  You can find the list of ships by pier locations here.

W.E.L.L. Summit Yoga + Barre at the Lawn on D

Sunday, June 25th from 8 – 11 AM at the Lawn on D, 420 D Street in South Boston (see link above to register, attend one or both classes)

  • 8:30 AM: Barre with Jessica Diaz
  • 9:20-10:40 AM: Summer Spark + Revive Yoga with Emily Griffin and Sara DiVello

Summertime at The Street | music, kids’ events, yoga, etc.

June through October at The Street, 33 Boylston Street (Rt. 9) in Chestnut Hill (see link above for full schedule, and this Eventbrite link to register for events).  Highlights include:

(Very cute) side note:  That’s Grace playing the street piano at The Street a few weeks ago.  We took her to Shake Shack after her end of the year gymnastics performance.  A+ idea, if I do say so myself.

Free Fun Fridays | free admission at the area’s best cultural venues, courtesy of the Highland Street Foundation

This great annual program sponsors admission at several different museums and institutions on Fridays throughout the summer.  Check the schedule (linked above) for featured venues, June 23rd through August 25th.  Highlights include:

  • June 23rd: Peabody Essex Museum
  • June 30th: Boston Children’s Museum, The Garden at Elm Banks
  • July 21st: MFA in Boston, Tanglewood
  • August 18th: ICA in Boston, Cape Cod Children’s Museum
  • August 25th: Boston Harbor Islands National + State Park

Seaport Sweat | free fitness classes in the Seaport

June through September at the Seaport Common, 85 Northern Avenue (see link above for full schedule).  The highlights include:

  • Monday: Box and Body with Monique at 6 PM, Kick It by Eliza at 7 PM.
  • Tuesday: HIIT with Athena at 5:30 PM, Boxing Conditioning with Monique at 6:30 PM.
  • Wednesday: Yoga with Jenna at 6 PM, Kick It by Eliza at 7 PM.
  • Thursday: Kick It by Eliza at 5:30 PM., HIIT at 6:30 PM.
  • Friday: Yoga at 12 PM.
  • Every other Wednesday: Free bike tune-ups with Landry’s, 7:30-9:30 AM.

More (free!) fitness in Boston

If you’re looking for additional (free!) fitness classes throughout the city…. from yoga to line dancing and yoga to boxing, Jamie Ducharme at Boston Magazine has a great round-up here: Your Ultimate Guide to Free Fitness in Boston.

City of Boston events | including a roller disco…

There are a number of great events on City Hall Plaza this summer, including the 4th annual Celebration of Summer (yes, a roller disco in honor of Boston native Donna Summer) and the Tito Puente Latin Music Series.  See the link above for the full city calendar.  You can also find summer reading, programs and resources through the Boston Public Library — each branch has a full calendar this time of year!

I hope you enjoy a really fun, interesting, peaceful, happy + safe summer.

Also On Tap for Today:

What is on your bucket list for summer?

 

Meal + workout plan for the week of 3/13

…Coming to you live from snowy Cape Cod with this week’s meal plan + workouts.  The babes are napping, so I figured I’d make an attempt to get my act together for the week before we head back to the city.

this week's meal plan + workouts

Note to the entire internet self: I need to figure out if Tuesday’s storm is the real deal or not and plan my grocery shopping accordingly.  My favorite meteorologist (yes, I have one of those) seems to be on vacation, so I am essentially lost.

THIS WEEK’S WORKOUTS

+ (a decidedly wintery) MEAL PLAN

  • Spinach + black bean quesadillas
  • Vegetarian chili for lazy people
  • Spiced lentil + sweet potato stew (recipe from Rachel Ray)
  • Flatbreads + salad
  • Stuffed baked sweet potatoes + salad
  • Grilled cheese + tomato soup

Breakfasts will likely be some combination of yogurt, fruit, cottage cheese, English muffins and/or a porridge made from my children’s table scraps… Lunch is usually a giant salad.  I expect these dinners will make for really good leftovers to tag along with my greens.  And my peasant parent porridge.  

Time to Google the weather.  Catch you on the other side… of the Sagamore.

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s on tap for your week ahead?  

Day of WELLness

Over the years, including the 8 I’ve spent blogging here (making me essentially an Internet senior citizen), my understanding of words like fitness and healthy and wellness have changed and evolved.  From running marathons to training to being able to run a 5k again, from getting “wedding ready” (whatever that means) to becoming a mother, from learning to eat mindfully to managing stress, I’ve found that health and wellness is not a linear journey.

There is no one path to wellness.  We all make our way.

One of my favorite things about being in this community is learning from the paths and experience of others.  For that reason, I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Day of W.E.L.L.ness in Boston on 3/18.  For those of you living in the New England area (or looking to make a weekend trip!), you might want to check it out, too!

I think it’ll be a worthwhile stop on our path.

day of wellness

  • What: Day of W.E.L.L.ness 
  • When: Saturday, March 18th from 8:15 AM – 6 PM
  • Where: Wyndham Beacon Hill (a short walk from the Charles Street/MGH T stop on the Red Line)
  • Discount: Use code ELIZABETH to receive $20 off your ticket order

This Day of W.E.L.L.ness is sort of an off shoot of the annual W.E.L.L. Summit (hosted in New York City) and showcases wellness from a 360 degree viewpoint.  Breakout session topics include Ayurveda, meditation, nutrition, fitness, financial health and building a wellness business.  The day also includes a DIY breakfast oatmeal bar from Thirst Juice Co., a custom tea bar and healthy snacks, an incredible gift bag, an afternoon yoga class, access to New England based exhibitors and more.

I’d love to see you there!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary ticket for this event and this post contains referral links.

Also On Tap for Today:

How do you define wellness? What’s your path looking like these days?

 

 

Things to do in January

I don’t know about you, but putting away the holiday decorations nearly does me in every January.  The gloomy weather and a cold I can’t seem to kick (kids and their germs, I tell ya) aren’t helping.  

Winter Elizabeth is a lot less fun than Summer Elizabeth.

things to do in january

Semi-related: Winter Elizabeth somehow lost one of her children’s birth certificates. Not my finest work.  Hence, baby Nick and I made our way to the registry office at City Hall today.  As much as I would have rather stayed home, curled up on the sofa with a blanket and a book…

  1. One-year-olds don’t do that.  They just don’t.
  2. An object in motion stays in motion… while staying put is a great way to lose momentum.  And I’d already lost the birth certificate, so…

I couldn’t help but brighten up a bit as we approached City Hall, though.  I love the juxtaposition of old and new less old buildings.  I like seeing tourists milling about. I like the buzz of it all.  

Once we finished the grown-up business part of our outing, I figured we may as well embrace a bit of adventure, too.  We were bundled up and had plenty of snacks, why not?

mother juice unicorn blood

We split a cup of Unicorn Blood (yes, really… it’s a delicious mix of beet, carrot, celery, watermelon + pineapple) from Mother Juice at the Boston Public Market, walked along the Greenway and did some people watching at Faneuil Hall.  A little adventure was the perfect antidote to my winter mood.

matthew hoffman greenway art

So good, right?  Click to learn more about MAY THIS NEVER END by artist Matthew Hoffman currently installed along the Greenway.

For me, keeping busy (especially with good, fun, interesting things… not just boring, necessary things) goes a long way in keeping the winter blues at bay.  In that vain, here are a few things to do in January.

THINGS TO DO IN JANUARY

  • Get outside for a walk to improve your mood + overall health.
  • Take an art class. (Creative Bug is my favorite source for online classes– I gravitate toward the painting and drawing classes, but you’ll find really accessible courses on knitting, sewing, collage, drawing, etc.)
  • Or take a yoga class.
  • Join in a day of service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  You can find projects in your community here.
  • Put together a new playlist (Stevie Wonder on repeat here currently).
  • Celebrate an obscure January holiday (I’ve got big plans for National Popcorn Day on the 19th… mostly, my plans involve me + eating popcorn).
  • Unpack your holiday decorations.  No one can deny the magic of twinkle lights.
  • Ride the subway (i.e. the T) sans pants… or don’t. 
  • Spend an afternoon at a museum.  The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and The Clark Art Institute are my (Massachusetts) favorites and I’ve been dying to take the kids to the Children’s Museum.  
  • Refresh your walls with some new (or DIY) artwork.  What you look at all day matters, obvi.
  • Get outside for another walk.

P.S. While the acronym SAD is sort of laughable, Seasonal Affectedness Disorder and winter depression are no joke.  Please don’t be afraid to seek help if you need it. <3

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s on your January to do list?

A beautiful Black Friday

It’s Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and the hunt for the perfect holiday gifts is officially underway.  The only door I plan to bust, however, is the one that leads to a walk on the beach.  As much as I love the holiday rush, I find myself craving calm and quiet more and more lately.  I think this is true for many of us.

organic bath co black friday

Fortunately, the lovely people at Organic Bath Co. are taking both the guesswork (beautiful bath products and gift sets) and the legwork (easy online ordering, curled up in pjs with a cup of tea) out of gift giving this year.  If you’re looking for gifts that will encourage your loved ones to take a bit of time for themselves, while supporting a small business doing great work, I think you’ll enjoy this brand (and this sale!) as much as I do.

Organic Bath Co. is a women-owned business founded in Boston on the principle that taking care of yourself is tantamount to taking care of others and the planet we all inhabit.  You can learn more about their work and philosophy here, and check them out on Instagram for a healthy dose of inspiration.

I‘m completely hooked on their Nourish Night Face Balm (I swear it’s a godsend) and PeaceFull body butter, and can’t wait to share some of their other self-care products with family and friends this Christmas and holiday season.

ORGANIC BATH CO. HOLIDAY SALE

  • Organic Bath Co. is hosting their biggest sale of the year today (Black Friday) through midnight EST on Tuesday, November 29th.  You can save 25% site wide using the code THANKS25.
  • In addition, friends who place orders over $75 and enter ELIZABETH in the notes section at checkout will receive one of my favorite products, Zesty Morning Organic Body Scrub.
  • For every purchase made, Organic Bath Co. donates to 1% for the Planet and other charitable organizations.  

Wishing you a beautiful Black Friday and peaceful and happy start to the holiday season.

I received complimentary products from Organic Bath Co.  All opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting brands that I believe in.

Also On Tap for Today:

What is your favorite type of gift to give?

 

 

Happy long weekend.

A long weekend is the best kind of weekend.  Saturdays feel like Fridays, Sundays feel like Saturdays, and Mondays feel like… well, Sundays.  That extra day is such a gift.  

happy long weekend

I’m going to spend as much time as possible watching the waves (one of the many advantages to living in Southie, across the street from the ocean).  And I’m going to drink cuvée from a can.  And I’m going to trick Nick into doing a partner workout with me while wearing our matching shoes (yep, like a total creep, I copied him and ordered the same pair of Nikes).

And maybe I’ll do some laundry.

I hope you have a lovely long weekend.

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s On Tap for your long weekend?

Summer Bucket List | 2016

Memorial Day has come and gone.  Time to put on your white pants, your white shoes, your white hats…. and make a summer bucket list.

summer bucket list

We have time booked down the Cape (I’d be happy if the only item on my summer bucket list was “be at the Cape as much as possible, if not more”) and a weekend in Maine for a wedding, but the rest of our summer is free for all sorts of adventures.  Or naps.  

SUMMER BUCKET LIST | 2016

  • Yoga outside.  A few classes I have in mind: Pop Up Asana in the Seaport and M Street Park, Castle Island Beach Yoga with Radiant Yoga, Fit By the Field yoga at Patriot Place (free), Yoga on The Green at The Street in Chestnut Hill (free), Island Yoga on Spectacle Island (free with ferry ticket, requires pre-registration) and hopefully a few beach classes in Harwichport with MoveWith again this summer.
  • Mini golf.  We pass by the golf course at Franklin Park a few times a week and Grace is fascinated.  She keeps asking if Uncle Christopher will take her (and a dog… presumably Clark?) golfing.  I sort of think mini golf might be more our speed.  Holiday Hill in Dennisport is an old favorite, but there’s also McGolf closer to the city, in Dedham.
  • Take a boat somewhere.  Another special request from Grace. 
  • Swimming lessons for both babes.  We took a little hiatus when Nick was born, but he’s now old enough for class and Grace has missed taking lessons, so we’ve got them signed up for back-to-back classes.  We spend so much time near the water (we live across the street from the ocean + my parents have a pool), that focusing on water safety is sort of a non-negotiable.  Plus, lessons are fun.  And baby bathing suits are ridiculous.  
  • Visit a lighthouse.  
  • Read 5+ beach books.  I feel like I used to read 1,003 books each summer.  And if I counted how many times I’ve read Elmo Goes to the Potty, I’d probably be close already.  And it’s been less than 24 hours since Memorial Day.  But I’m talking about real, actual, normal, grown-up books.  Please let me know if you have recommendations!
  • Watch fireworks.
  • Visit Martha’s Vineyard and/or Nantucket.  Both are easy trips from the Cape… and require boat travel, thus checking off two bucket list items.  I love being efficient (mostly because it’s a very rare occurrence these days).  
  • Make a non-dangerous (if that’s possible) slip-n-slide.  Maybe get helmets.  And mouth guards.

You know me.  Safety first… (summer) fun second.  

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s on your summer bucket list?

Today: 2016 Boston Flower and Garden Show.

I look forward to the Boston Flower and Garden Show every year.  It means spring is just around the corner, and I get a chance to see how the other half (the half that can keep flowers and plants alive) lives.  Plus, flowers are fun to draw and paint, so it’s the perfect place to get a bit of inspiration.

This year I brought baby Nick with me to enjoy the roses, daffodils, pansies and pitcher plants… but he snoozed through most of it while I snapped away with my trusty sidekick iPhone.  

The 2016 Boston Flower and Garden Show

A few of my favorites photos from the show

boston flower and garden show

boston flower and garden show

boston flower and garden show

boston flower and garden show

boston flower and garden show

boston flower and garden show

boston flower and garden show

boston flower and garden show

boston flower and garden show

boston flower and garden show

The colorful beehive is my favorite.  Do you think I could keep, like, tee shirts in there?  Instead of bees?

Also On Tap for Today:

Today: Happy Weekend.

It finally feels like winter in Boston.  Time to trade the flip-flops for boots, and break out the pom-pom hats.

A few things to check out if you’re staying in this weekend:

Wishing you and yours a cozy, happy weekend.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Shopping for a new (non-maternity) winter jacket
  • Ignoring the laundry
  • Sharing the January love

What are you up to this weekend?

Today: Currently | November, 2015.

The mild weather made this month feel more like April than November, so we got plenty of adventures in.  And I sort of forgot to have my snow tires put on.  Whatever, man.  

I assumed (along with everyone else, I think) that we’d be a family of five by now (counting Clark, obvi… I do not have a secret human child somewhere)… but unless he makes his grand entrance before midnight, we’ll be welcoming a December baby.  All this anticipation is making the days crawl, despite the month having flown.  

And like any month, there were ups and downs — but one of the most wonderful moments had to have been meeting our niece who was born two weeks ago.  She is just perfect.

Currently November 2015 Boston

Speaking of perfect, the weather and view (minus the seagull) could not have been better on a recent stroll along the Harborwalk.

Currently | November, 2015

Reading

  • My copy of the Get Messy x UNHCR charity magazine arrived this weekend.  I am so grateful to have been a part of this collaboration, which supports relief efforts for Syrian refugees, and love seeing everyone else’s art work in print.  You can order a copy here (all proceeds are donated to UNCHR).
  • Still working through: Big Magic and Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?
  • Reading with Grace: But Not the Hippopotamus 
  • Mostly just looking at the pictures: Vogue, December 2015

Listening to

  • Adele’s 25 (along with the rest of the planet) on repeat.  I’m not ashamed to say, I am obsessed.
  • Christmas music
  • Clark snoring
  • The Undisclosed Podcast

Making

  • An attempt to finish my Christmas shopping in the next day or two.  We’ve done a really fun Secret Santa with my siblings and significant others the last three years and I highly recommend DrawNames.com if you’re organizing a similar swap.
  • Comfort food: Onion tartlets, mashed potatoes, tomato soup, cucumber salad, quesadillas with sharp cheddar and gala apples
  • A top secret Christmas card muhahaha (I hope everyone finds it even a 1/100 as funny as I do)
  • Progress in my sketchbooks and art journals (you can see some recent work on Instagram or here and here)

Enjoying

  • The Christmas decorations I put up (…before Thanksgiving… couldn’t help myself)
  • A fresh bouquet of flowers 
  • Our current routine (while it lasts)

Feeling

  • That Coach Belichick would be my ideal spokesperson right now.  When asked how he felt when he saw Rob Gronkowski get injured during last night’s game, he snapped, “How do you think I feel?”  Exactly.  Except I don’t think I get away with being quite so sassy.  So instead, I’ll just say… okay, fine, impatient, a little cankle-y, hopeful, hungry and tired.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Deleting 900 million Black Friday and Cyber Monday emails
  • 20 ways to be creative when you don’t feel inspired via CoSchedule
  • Trying to keep up with Dishwasher and Laundry Hamper Zero (it’s like Inbox Zero… kind of… but way less cool to bring up in public)