Gingerbread Saturday

Gingerbread men have been a major discussion point this Christmas season. They focus on gingerbread at Z’s school because it seems as though gingerbread men are a safe, non-specific holiday theme that everyone can enjoy no matter what holiday you celebrate. They’ve made gingerbread men, read books about them, craft projects, you name it. So when I heard that the Cottage in Chestnut Hill was hosting a gingerbread breakfast this past weekend I thought it would be fun to make a whole day of it. And I took a few photos so I could share here!


The breakfast was cute – breakfast buffet, hot chocolate with marshmallows for the kids, and treats to take home in goody bags.


There was a station to decorate your own gingerbread man cookie…


…which seemed to be the highlight for the kids.


The photo booth area with the gingerbread man was adorable, although the guy in the costume made the gingerbread look angry and melting.


Then we hopped in the car and drove into Boston. Our first stop was to the Taj to see their Boston Tea Party scene that was made completely out of gingerbread. It was awesome! They even had the boxes of tea “floating” in the water.




Our last stop was the Boston Public Library and their new children’s wing, which was so fun – big, a nice play area, tons of books, and a really fun stage area with huge window overlooking Exeter Street.


We found some gingerbread books to read, played, and called it a day. Fun!

Exciting News (New Job!)


I like to get dressed. And, even more so, I like to get my kids dressed. So, as it were, when I saw a job posted on a moms group I follow on Facebook to be a stylist for Mac & Mia, I thought – that is for ME! Mac & Mia is a clothing delivery service for children ages 0 to 6 (much like Stitch Fix, if you’re familiar). You give me details about your kids (she hates red and will only wear dresses and skirts, for example) and I fill a box of 8 to 10 clothing pieces and send them to you. You look them over, try them on your child, keep and pay for what you like, and send back the rest. Easy! Convenient! And oh so fun for me!


It’s a part-time, work from home job which makes it even that much more appealing and the only way it would work with our little family right now.


Mac & Mia has tons of clothing brands I work with to find just the right pieces for your little ones. Some favorite brands like JoJo Maman Bebe and Hatley. Some new to me brands like Angel Dear (for babies, SO cute). And of course they’re all fun brands like Pink Chicken.


So…that’s what’s new, it was time I shared! If you’re interested in signing up and learning more you can use my direct link for Mac & Mia here. Or my stylist code is JessJ.



He won’t eat a wedge of a clementine, rather, take half of one and suck out the juice.


She helped me stamp and mail all of our Christmas cards this week (and took the job very seriously!).


Happy Thanksgiving! We had a great day with family that was relaxing and filling, exactly how it should be!


He learned how to “cheers” just in time for Thanksgiving.


Doing her own workout after our Baby Bootcamp class this week.