Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wrapping Tape


Hello my blogger friends. Back Sunday night from visiting New Hampshire for Thanksgiving with family. It was a wonderful time being together. Jumped into the week and just starting to catch up on blogging. Such a busy time this is for all!

....and it's also that time where a corner of my dining room is beginning to transition


....dedicated to wrapping paper, boxes, baskets, tissue paper, bags, tags, bows, ribbon, colored pens, scissors and ..........tape! Not just regular "scotch" tape, but "A New England" tape! Yes, it's true, tape from New England!

TapeSwell Check out this festive and decorative tape to dress up a holiday bag, handmade card, solid color wrapping paper or even an envelope! TapeSwell has many other patterns available and will even create custom tapes for you!

Now, that's a wrap!

TapeSwell-A New England find.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Adorable Preppy Earrings!

I've been meaning to post about this Rhode Island company, but when I recently received an email announcing their new earrings, I couldn't resist.

This is a young New England company with a really fun line of small accessories in vintage preppy fabrics. They really do capture the fun, casual, laid back feel of New England preppy. You must browse kieljamespatrick for uniqe fabric knot rope bracelets for your tween or college bound hipster. The headbands are so adorable; a mix of vintage, preppy and Ralph Lauren looking fabrics. My tween has her eye on several.

But what stole my heart were the adorable earrings. How cute are these silk woven earrings with classic preppy New England motifs?

Kiel James Patrick - a New England find

Friday, November 20, 2009

'Tis the Baking Season-Part 1:Baker's Chocolate!

In the spirit of the "baking" season...and knowing how many of us work so hard to bake the most perfect "Martha Stewart" looking holiday treats, I thought I would dedicate each Friday to a "holiday baking" theme. Perhaps I'll post about a special New England bakery, or traditional New England holiday baked good, a history piece, or perhaps stoneware or baking utensil offered from one of New England's finest...the possibilities are endless so I hope you will enjoy and follow along.

I would like to start with Baker's Chocolate. You know, the cute little box of chocolate squares in sweetened, unsweetened, german and white chocolate that we love to break up for cake or pie recipes, etc. not to mention drizzling over sliced fruit!

Originating from Dorchester, Massachusetts, this is a suburb south of Boston that was very, very rich in Irish working class history as well as the home of many factory mills along the historical Neponset River.

Let's go back to 1760, introducing an Irish immigrant and chocolate maker named John Hannan, who was a sketchy little fellow but a popular whiz at understanding the process of melting cocoa beans in hot water and setting up a "proper mill" thus making sweetened chocolate drinks. Now, these drinks were much like our coffee fix of today!
Impressing many and opening doors for others to venture into the cocoa (chocolate) business became a popular trade and a much needed job during those tumultuous times in Boston. (We can relate to that)! Well, during this time, someone else was paying close attention to Hannan. Realizing his great skill, a wealthy and smart Dr. James Baker, teamed up with Hannan and together they started the first chocolate factory; Baker's Chocolate, outside of Boston, Massachusetts in 1780. Business was great! Baker was the "financial backer" as Hannon was the "creative hand" behind the mill and sales grew forcing them to a larger mill along the Neponset River.

This is where Baker's brother-in-law, Edward Preston, comes into the picture and shakes things up as he is the larger mill's landlord. Plus, he wanted "in" on what he could see was a lucrative chocolate business. He kept quiet and learned alot! As sales continued to grow favorably, they decided to buy an additional mill. Baker and Hannon started quarrelling. Hannon now ran the other chocolate mill which suffered a massive fire. That's enough to make one stressed, and he was very unhappily married. So, one day he up and left telling all he was venturing to the West Indies to buy more cocoa beans. Hannon was never heard from again. Well, surprise surprise, quiet Mr. Preston raked Hannan's share and produced Preston's Chocolate as a major competitor for years to Baker's Chocolate. (Hmph!)

Years later, James Baker, known as "the king of cocoa" stepped down leaving all to his son. It's always the younger generation that takes the family business to new heights! And that's just what Edmund Baker did by purchasing a larger and fancier mill offering more features available during that time!

War of 1812-Not a good time and Edmund Baker's chocolate business was doing very poorly. Luckily, Edmund was another smart one and ventured into other industries to keep that money coming in, because he knew once again, those cocoa beans would be flying off those ships and Boston's finest river would be spilling with chocolate! Soon after the war, Baker's chocolate was in the general stores once again!

Welcome Walter Baker, Edmund's son. Another smart one that successfully ran the business in one of Boston's largest mills at the time and the first to hire two women! But the climate in Boston was harsh in the winter and steamy hot in the summer. So imagine this town full of hard working immigrants working in not the best of conditions in such weather. But business prevailed over time and Baker's Chocolate from Boston, Massachusetts succeeded as the pioneer of chocolate, even with stiff competition from Preston Chocolates!

Baker's Chocolate was eventually purchased By General Foods and after 1965 was manufactured elsewhere outside of New England. The Walter Baker Mill remains as do many of the mills in the Dorchester area and have been refurbished into beautiful town lofts. If you ever happen to be visiting Boston, check out the Lower Mills historic section of Dorchester, Massachusetts. It's a great walking tour.

Interesting fact: an employee named Sam German, developed German's sweet baking chocolate for the Baker Company in 1852. It wasn't until 1957, when a Texas homemaker (a SAHM) sent a cake recipe using Baker's German chocolate to a Dallas newspaper thus resulting in a huge increase in Baker chocolate sales. Today, that most famous cake recipe is German Chocolate Cake!

Baker's Chocolate- A New England piece of history!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ame and Lulu November Special!

Another great discount coming from New England!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A. Tierney

Monday, October 19, 2009

And the Bracelet winner is....

Biscuits are NEVER Boring!

Congratulations on winning the adorable Halloween Angela Moore Bracelet!
Have fun wearing this trick-or-treating!

Miss Preppy/Sporty Tween sure enjoyed picking the name out of a hat! I explained to her how the contest worked and went through the number of entries for each response. She was delighted to be a part of it! Thanks everyone!

THANK YOU to Angela Moore for graciously offering this fun treat! Thank you to everyone that participated in this give-away! Loved reading your comments about your favorite AM jewelry!

Friday, October 16, 2009

25% off Eliza B on Saturday online only!

Angela Moore Halloween bracelet giveaway!

Happy Friday!
Don't forget to enter my Halloween bracelet giveaway.
Spread the word!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Halloween Giveaway with Angela Moore!

"Halloween Magic"
Ghosts and goblins, gather 'round! It's Angela Moore's favorite time of year for ghoulish celebrations, so bring on the black cats and break out the candy corn...we witches can't wait.
So how "hauntingly" preppy is this little treat? I just love Angela Moore and know many of you do too! I think this would be so fun to wear trick or treating with the family or when celebrating the spooky holiday with friends!

So, I thought it would be fun to host a Halloween giveaway! The folks at Rhode Island based, Angela Moore, were so gracious to offer this handpainted bracelet retailing at $50!

1 entry = you are a follower
2 entries = you are a follower and you posted the Halloween giveaway on your blog (I'll be checking!)
3 entries = follower, posted and tell us about your favorite AM bracelet

Deadline to enter: Sunday, October 18th at 5:00 pm!

Now, my Miss Preppy/Sporty Tween is very excited about this and was hoping to draw a name out of a hat? pumpkin?....If that's ok with you, I will triple check the names and # of entries.

Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Halloween Giveaway Coming Up!

I had so much fun doing my first giveaway last month, I decided to do
a festive Halloween treat for my fellow bloggers!
Of's a treat from a New England find!

Stay tuned this week!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Checking the time at Orvis!

Founded in 1856 in Manchester, Vermont, this is a New England icon
if you prefer the great outdoors and distinctive sporting tradition. I was browsing for some gift ideas when I came across this adorable Ladies watch. I just love the tartan ribbon band. How cute for fall tailgates or other casual weekend outings?
Makes a great gift. Monogramming is available on the back.

...a true New England find!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Favorite Cookbook!

I thought I would share with you one of my favorite cookbooks.

This was given to me many years ago by a very close friend when I moved from Boston to Dallas, Texas. That was a very exciting time for me as I accepted a job post with a large advertising agency. Moving to the South, starting a new job in my career path, meeting new people and making new friends was just something I could not say, "no" to! It meant leaving my family and friends here for a while. I also left a good job here that was working out very well for me. So, it was a most trying time to make sure I was making the right decision for myself, and thankfully, that proved to be true! I always knew I would come back to Boston!

The picture posted is in far better condition than my book, as the cover has faded in color, edges are ragged, and torn in one place! Truly the sign of a well-loved and often used cookbook! I don't think it is in circulation any more but check

This cookbook is a wonderful collection of recipes from various inns throughout New England, compiled by Sandra J. Taylor. I do use the book frequently as many dishes are a favorite and fairly easy to make. I really enjoyed cooking traditional New England fare for my southern friends!

The recipe that I just made the other day was a true autumn favorite;

Yankee Pot Roast
Longfellow's Wayside Inn
Concord, Massachusetts

1 bottom round roast (4-6 lbs.)
1/2 cup oil
2 celery stalks
2 carrots
1 onion
1 can tomatoes (1 lb.)
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 cups of water
1/4 cup of flour
1/3 cup of each- cooked peas, cubed carrots, cut string beans
1/2 cooked, chopped celery

In Dutch oven, brown roast in oil with celery stalks, carrots and large slices of onion around meat. Add tomoatoes, salt and pepper and cover with water. Bring to a boil and let simmer over low heat or in oven at 350 for 2 1/2 hours.

Lift out roast, and keep warm. Strain vegetable stock, discarding the vegetables. Skim fat off stock, returning just a 1/4 cup of fat to Dutch oven. Stir the flour into fat in Dutch oven, stirring regulary. Add (what you should now have as 4 cups) of vegetable stock. Cook and stir until thickened. Add the cooked peas, carrots, celery and string beans.

Serve a gravy with the sliced beef.

I served this with a french bread and herb butter.

I hope you try this and do enjoy.

I plan to feature more recipes from this cookbook in my blog periodically.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Eliza B Tent Sale!

This looks like a great Saturday outing if you happen to live in the New England area and want to get a head start on some holiday shopping at fab prices.

Head on down to Essex, CT on October 17th for their big blow out tent sale!

Check out elizab for more information!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Giveaway Winner

Hello bloggers! Sorry to be so behind in blogging and announcing my first giveaway winner! A very busy weekend quite busy with soccer, yes in the rain, and other things and some school events.

Thank you so much for participating in my first giveaway and a BIG THANK YOU to
Jen at The Trendy Tot and Sarah at Up My Sleeve Boutique.

Congratulations to the winner:


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My first Giveaway: Up My Sleeve and The Trendy Tot!

Don't forget to enter my first New England giveaway!
Deadline this Saturday at 10:00pm!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A "New England" Giveaway!

I am so excited to host by first Giveaway to celebrate reaching 100 followers!

Thank you to all of you who have been following me since I started this past May. Blogging has been such fun; a creative outlet as well as a great resource! I have enjoyed getting to know so many of you, your humor, sense of style and creativity! Thank you all for your comments, those that post daily and those that pop in every so often. It's wonderful to hear from you either way!
I have decided to host my first "New England Giveaway" featuring two New England boutiques that I posted about earlier. They both joined Preppyinnewengland early on. Sarah and Jen have been lovely to work with and are so generous to offer these fab items!

Joining me are; upmysleeve and thetrendytot! These items are so beautiful for your daughter, granddaughter, niece, or a special little girl you know of!
Nantucket Starfish Dress with matching Starfish Mini-Basket Purse!

The adorable little girl's blue Nantucket Starfish dress created by The Trendy Tot is available as 12 mos, 2T, 3T, 4T, and 5T. And just how cute is the matching Starfish basket purse from Up My Sleeve! The purse will ship no later than Oct. 15th in U.S. only.

To enter:

1 entry = you are a follower of preppyinnewengland

2 entries = follow my blog and both boutiques on facebook;

3 entries = Post a comment on preppyinnewengland blog of your favorite item from both boutiques and be a follower of all three.

4 entries = Post this "New England Giveaway" on your blog and be a follower of all three.

5 entries = Comment about your favorite place in New England! Plus do 1-4 above! (perhaps your visit, a magazine picture, or location you read about!)

Deadline: Friday, September 25th at 10:oopm!
This will be my first time doing and I hope to have winner announced by Sunday, September 27th!
Thank you !!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Eliza B - Special!

From September 21st through October 5th, 2009
take $10 off all sandals & ballet flats!

Just use the following coupon code at check out:


Stay tuned for My first Giveaway!

Almost to 100 followers and I can't believe it!
I will be posting my first "New England" Giveaway tomorrow!
(Just one away from a 100!!!-hint,hint!)
So tell your friends to check out Preppyinnewengland!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Beacon Hill, Boston

We had a wonderful anniversary weekend despite the rainy weather on Friday and Saturday. We stayed at the liberty hotel which was once the infamous Charles Street Jail. Elements of this historical city jail site dating back to 1851 have been so preserved throughout including old iron bars from the jail cells! Lot's of history here! It's an unbelieveable hotel and a happening place!

A rainy Saturday morning welcomed us but didn't put a damper on taking a morning walk and shopping along the old brick lined sidewalks of Charles Street in Beacon Hill. The neighborhood's brickfaced row houses are just so elegant; some with small flower and herb gardens in the adjacent patios or gorgeous flower boxes under large drape lined windows. We have strolled around here during the holidays and the door decorations are simply stunning. It is a very quiet neighborhood in Boston. I think that is what I like about the area so much. The hustle and bustle is found throughout other great spots in the city. Breakfast at Panificio on Charles Street was the perfect stop on a gloomy morning.
Jersey Boys at Boston's Shubert Theatre was FABULOUS! You must see! So much fun. It's the story of how Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons started out, their struggles, the brains behind their path to success, the meaning behind some songs. Mr. Boston and I truly enjoyed it and would see it again.
We dined at the french restaurant; led by head chef Marc Orfaly. Named after the red light district of Paris, I found that to be so ironic as the restaurant is tucked away in Boston's theatre district. Our dinner, presentation, champagne and wine was delightful. Truly a romantic setting!
Sunday out on the town on a glorius day had us starting off again on Charles Street for brunch at beaconhillinnandbistro before heading over to Newbury St. This is an adorble little inn located in the heart of Beacon Hill with a fab french bistro. Took us right back to France!

Thank you all so much for your sweet, sweet comments. We did have a wonderful time.
Announcing my giveaway in a day or two!! Tell your friends to hop on over to Preppyinnewengland and help me reach 100 followers!!!!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Le Boston!

We are Boston bound for the weekend celebrating our wedding anniversary of 16 years!!!! When we honeymooned in France, we made a promise that each anniversary would be celebrated with a French theme. We have kept to that promise over the years with dinners at French restaurants, sips at some wine bars, gifts with some french theme, etc. Many establishments we have enjoyed together over the years.

This year, we decided to stay local. School just started on Tuesday and with all of the excitement and jitters, I wasn't to sure how the first week would go. Mom and Dad travelling far on the first week of school seemed a little selfish to me, so we decided for a weekend in Boston.

I can't tell you how excited I am. We always head into town for day trips with the kids. I go in frequently to shop. Mr. Boston works in town. We attend theatre, go out for dinner, meet friends occcasionally and then head home from a nice evening out. This is a little special. We're spending the whole weekend there. Funny thing, I live about 40 minutes away! Hee-hee!!!!!

I'm looking forward to walking and shopping along Charles Street, Newbury Street, maybe a little run along the Charles River. We are going to see Jersey Boys and I can't wait! Dinner at a french restaurant of course! It will be a lovely weekend celebrating and taking me back to hanging out in the city long before we had children. We have so much to be thankful for; patience and kindness towards each other, our love and friendship, our health, happy and beautiful children.

Enjoy your weekend and spread the word about preppyinnewengland. I'm almost to 100 followers and can't believe it! A very, very nice giveaway is being planned to celebrate!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Just Madras Sale!

Head on over to the "End of Summer Sale" at Just Madras; Great items, great prices! Have fun!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

WOW! 20% off those bangles I just posted!

I posted about these bangles earlier today. Just checked my mail and discovered this offer!

New Bangles from A. Tierney

These are adorable...just had to post!

Back to School... Back to Blogging!

Hello my blogger friends. I have not posted in several days. Enjoyed the last weekend of summer doing a "last hoorah" at the beach and a New England amusement park;
A glorious day only a bit chilly for the last of those water rides!!! Labor Day was spent at a family cookout.

School started yesterday and was a morning full of jitters and excitement. My Miss Preppy/Sporty Tween started middle school, rode a school bus for the first time, and wore her first Converse pair of sneakers!!! Big day for her. She came home smiling and talking non-stop about her new locker, schedule, lunch and the latest with each of her friends. Non stop until bed-time. I loved every minute of it!!!

My little baseball guy was excited to walk with his friends, get a routine back in his life and start school. Boys need so much STRUCTURE! He, too, came home smiling but was ready to play baseball in the yard with his friends before I got any scoop. I had to wait until dinner time!

I miss them. I like hanging out with them. I like being spontaneous and deciding at breakfast what we wanted to do that summer day. I liked their crazy hectic sport schedule. I liked playing basktball in the driveway. I liked playing baseball in the backyard. Going to the beach meeting up with friends was fun. Bikeriding around town together and on Cape Cod was always an adventure. Our day trips into Boston were always nice. Family visits up to New Hampshire was always fun. Summer swimming in the pool, lake and ocean was a blast! Our Maine vacation was terrific. Most important, having downtime and fun together as a family and with friends was the best!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

R. Williams Preppy Backpacks

Head back to school or work with one of these preppy looking backpacks!
I just love the classic designs and colors of these backpacks by
You must check it out and it's a great story originating from New England!

How stylish and sophisticated to tote around campus, or commute to work, or even for Mom to bring to the park! Why, I think this is one backpack even Dad might not mind carrying on those family day trips! The interior even holds a pocket wide enough for a laptop. How convenient for the library or coffee shop! Seems like a great holiday gift for the graduating high school senior as well! What do you think?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Lake swimming!

A mad rush to blog before I get everything together and relax for the evening for my fav; Mad Men!

A fun time in NH visiting family this past week with golf and swimming as our source of fun! Here is a picture of Lake Horace in New Hampshire. This is a small little lake not far north in NH at all. A great little lake for boating, kayaking, swimming and fishing. We live on the coast and swim in the ocean and pools so lake water is a refreshing experience.

Hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Penabscot Bay

Just downloaded some of my pictures and so far very pleased! Remember how I said I wasn't too savvy with pictures and blogging? I just need to learn how to post picture with copy underneath! I'll get there bloggers, I will!
We took a boat out in the Bay around the many little islands in the region, some with very, very, very, private and expensive resort homes, as well those home to moose only!!!!!! It was a beautiful day and lovely scenery! Above is Breakwater Lighthouse that we could walk to everyday from the resort. I was happy to get this view in the water from the other side! And this is Owl's Head Lighthouse on Owl's Head Island. The kids enjoyed climbing this one.

I'm off to New Hampshire for a few days visiting and may not be posting. I hope to add more pictures later. Enjoy the week!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Samoset Golf Resort, Maine

This is where we stayed. Samoset Resort is located on the water in the Penobscot Bay region which is located in the Camden-Rockport area of Maine.

Although we didn't experience the usual late summer, balmy, upper New England weather, it was still a fabulously hot, hot, hot, week. Temperature and humidity not seen in the area in years! Well, how lucky for us as we enjoyed swimming in this pool and the poolside service offering us frozen drinks while listening to some very "fab" music, and taking in this gorgeous view! Relaxing, indeed, is all one can do when you have a view like that from your lounge chair!

Our room had beautiful views with a large deck overlooking the golf course as well. Mr. Boston did his golf time and we also went out as a family late in the day a few times. This place is truly a golfer's paradise. The deep blue color against the greens was breathtaking! Ok, so I didn't golf as well as I would have liked. I'll just blame it on being distracted from my surroundings! (hah!) My little baseball guy was driving farther than me on a few holes! What?!!!! I just couldn't pay attention!
This well-known resort dates back to the late 18oo's and was sold to the Poland Spring owners. It soon became the premiere coastal resort in Maine. Fact: it was renamed "Samoset" after the Native Indian; Pemaquid Chief, one of the first to greet the first Pilgrims off the Mayflower. Over the years, ownership passed frquently and in time the "grand" became old and unkept. It was destroyed in a fire in 1970 only to be rebuilt later and in time with an 18 hole championship golf course. The lobby of the hotel displayed beautiful old photographs of vacationers from the 1800's. Women in long skirts with big straw hats and men in suits paraded the grounds, played croquet and enjoyed the same breathtaking views as we did last week! That gave me the goosebumps!
We truly enjoyed our time at this resort. More to come about our adventures in the area.

Vera Bradley on Rue LaLa!

Starts tomorrow at ruelala.

Back from vacation and facing a day of laundry, the remains of unpacking, children's dentist appointments and grocery shopping! Augh!

We had a wonderful time and I need to get my pictures downloaded for a post this week.

I also am thinking about a "New England" giveaway when I reach 100 followers. I'm almost there, so join in following Preppyinnewengland if you haven't done so yet!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Having a great time in Maine!

This is a quick post! I'll download my pictures next week when I return, but in the meantime, you can get a peek of what we are enjoying up here from other photos I just saved!
Yes, weather has been sooo hot, unusual this far up in Maine, but no complaints here!!!!
Everything has been just perfect!

Monday, August 17, 2009 we come!

We are off to Maine for a week staying in Camden-Rockport!

I think it is going to be a scorcher weather-wise. We plan to golf, bike ride, swim, and lot's of other fun things!
I hope to do a post or two throughout the week!

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Good Part of My Summer-Part 2!

My Miss Preppy/Sporty Tween tried a Summer Softball Travel league for the first time. She had such fun learning the game, becoming stronger, sharing laughs and silly times with friends. Competitive, yes. Did they do well? Heck no! Did they care? Well, yes, because the girls' tried and gave it their all, but in the end, it was all about putting on a uniform, getting out there with friends and just playing a summer-time game and having a good time! I am so proud she did this and kept it all in stride.
Now basketball is a different story for her. This is her passion. Practicing in the driveway with her Dad, and participating in summer camps was a highlight this summer. She loves it. Watching her dribble and do lay-ups in the driveway every day is a fav past-time for me. I marvel at her ability and determination.
I love how girl's have so many sporting opportunities today; from simple programs offered through town recreation dept.'s to organized clinics. It encourages the girls to become more confident in themselves, have better eating habits and organizational skills, better self esteem and have fun sharing a sport with their friends.
Miss Preppy/Sporty Tween also loves the piano. No, a Lilly pink piano just won't work in our home!! (hee-hee!). Begging her to practice, I never have. This is a creative outlet. She truly enjoys playing every day and expresses that to us. Neither myself or Mr. Boston are musically inclined, so when we started her with lessons, it was assumed to be short-lived. Surprise, surprise. And...well now it has reached a different level of instruction (and of course, a more costly one!). Oh well, we just can't refuse musical instruction if there is great interest, and so we just have to do without some other wants!
So there you have it, softball practice and games, basketball camp and weekly piano lessons for Miss Preppy/Sporty Tween's summer.
Part 3 to be posted shortly, but I'm getting ready for next week's vacation in Maine.
I'm also thinking about my first giveaway when I reach 100 followers...hint, hint, hint!!!!!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Good Part of My Summer!-Part 1

I realized I haven't posted much about my family on my blog which truly was not intentional. I have so enjoyed blogging about the fun, preppy items I have or fun items I have discovered, but I also wanted to use this blog to share some of my family's adventures. So, I decided I need to mix this blog up a bit! A little variety, know!

So why not start with the activities that have consumed most of my summer (part 1)! No, not the Boston Red Sox, but my little baseball guy's Summer Travel Baseball season. Due to the rainy weather early on, games and practices had been cancelled, rescheduled, cancelled and rescheduled again. Crazy, crazy times! I soon became this Mother pulling by little baseball guy early from the beach or play only to say, "you need to rest before the game"! What?!!!
Very light meals were prepared "before the game"and "after the game" soon became sub and pizza nights! What?!!! Big wins or good games became rewarded with ice cream! What?!!! I couldn't treat my little little guy to ice cream just because the team lost?....Just kidding!

I really have to say, despite all the running around, schedule changes, carpooling, not the best of meals on game days, my little guy's passion for baseball is precious to me! I will always cherish the memories of watching him out the window while he was deep in thought of "pretending" to be a major league baseball player in our back yard. Watching him practice swinging with the bat and checking out his muscles is priceless, watching him throw balls in the air to catch or run and dive and roll in the grass throwing his arm up with the ball inside the glove and the biggest smile on his face is priceless, hearing him talk to himself calling out as if he was an umpire is priceless. Many times I joined him, batting the ball so he could run and catch, or go for grounders. Hmph! I must have been pretty good because he would ask me to play! Many days, a friend would come to play and they would practice. Mr. Boston would take him to the town field and batting cages to practice.

The games were exciting and fun as well as heartbreaking at times. These little boys tried so hard. They were very good, some better than others, but they held it together as a team, did well and had fun. My little baseball guy learned a lot; from his Dad, his coaches, his teammates.
Oh who knows, maybe he learned something from me throughout all of this too! I need just a smidgen of credit since I did all the driving!!!!!

But most important, my little baseball guy was laughing in that dugout, goofing with his buddies but "no nonsense" out in that field! My little baseball guy was helpful and responsible; making sure his uniform was always ready, making sure his bat bag was together and he had enough water! He was always ready to go to practice or a game, never complaining, never tiring of baseball. The season ended with a loss to the #1 team in the league in playoffs.
That's ok, my baseball guy's season ended as a better player, a smarter player, a happy player to have shared this with his family, a player who wants to come back to the field next summer...ready!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Beach Sand Snowflakes!

Inspired by building sandcastles with her children, this Cape Cod artist, Kellie Quinn, recognized that no grain of sand is the same, much like that of a snowflake. And so, the idea of a sand snowflake came alive as an ornament.
And indeed it is a special one. These sand snowflakes are wonderful momentos of your time on Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard or any other New England beaches. Not to worry if you have never been here. Many sand snowflakes from other beaches worldwide are also available.
A very sentimental gift and in such a cute package!
-A New England find!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Discount at Up My Sleeve Boutique!

I am very excited to tell you that Sarah over at the lovely Etsy site; Up My Sleeve Boutique is generously offering Preppyinnewengland followers a
20% discount off total purchase before shipping now until Labor Day!!!

These basket handbags are just beautiful!
Inspired by the natural settings of the Massachusetts North Shore beaches, Cape Cod and Nantucket, Sarah embellishes the basket top with handpainted shells, starfish, cute bows and baby pearls, and such pretty, pretty monograms . All so lovely!

There are also little girl's baskets that are so unbelievably adorable. One, in particular, was featured with the Nantucket Starfish dress from The Trendy Tot; a New England boutique I posted about earlier. So precious!

So, I have read many blogs that are looking for stunning and different bridesmaids, MOB or flower girl gifts, well here is your New England source...and at 20% off! (note: discount does not apply to sample sale items).

Simply let me know you are a follower!...Send your friends my way!
Then, head on over to Up My Sleeve Boutique and let Sarah know you are a Preppyinnewengland follower too!
- Do enjoy this lovely New England find!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Eliza B Promotion!

Not that am in any mood to back-to-school shop now when New England is finally getting decent hot summer weather, but I thought I would post this promotion.

I'm enjoying the beach, bike riding and the last of my little guy's baseball games! Whoohoo!
It's been quite the schedule of baseball and softball this summer, let me tell you!

Back shortly with a nice discount for my followers at another lovely, little New England boutique!
Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Nantucket Wild Gourmet & Smokehouse

...and here is something to serve on your "Lobsterland" dinnerware! Perfect for the porch dinner party, or a dinner on the beach! This is a fabulous New England shop dedicated to the unique and traditional Irish/Scottish technique of slow, cold-smoking seafood. This is superb. You must try!
Bon Appetit from New England!

Friday, July 24, 2009

"Lobsterland" on Sale!

My New England favorite: Stonewall Kitchen out of New Hampshire has the oh-so charming "Lobsterland" dinnerware on sale from $8-$28! Summer is not over yet and there is still time for those lobster dinner get-togethers! Check out the adorable mugs, chowder bowls, buckets, dinner and salad plates.