Holiday Picks

Favorite Cold Weather and Holiday Season Books

Owl Moon is one of North Shore Kid's favorite Winter Books!

We read every night at our house and nothing suits this season's cold nights more perfectly than holiday tales and vibrant illustrations on the pages of fun holiday books. Don't worry - we made sure the books we listed are fun for adults too!

Give the Gift of Membership

There are a lot of alternatives for gift memberships on the North Shore Massach!

Giving the gift of membership to one of your favorite organizations is a perfect way to tell somebody that you want them to share your interests and spend some time together. It's extending a hand of friendship and inviting the recipient to join you in a common experience - not just at the time of giving the gift, but throughout the year and beyond.

Cut Your Own Tree Farms North of Boston

Cut your own tree farm on the north shore

The weekend after Thanksgiving we begin to get into the holiday swing of things. I like to hang wreaths and lights and go to one of the local tree farms and select our Christmas tree. There’s nothing quite like the real deal–-a pine-smelling, sap-sticky, beautiful-in-its-imperfections Christmas tree.


Visit Thanksgiving History in Plymouth

Visit Plymouth Rock and the Plimoth Plantation this Thanksgiving Holiday

We are so close to Plymouth that it's worth a visit over the next few weeks so the kids can see and experience the history that they learn in school.  Check out Pilgrim Memorial State Park , home to the Mayflower II and the Plymouth Rock, then head down the road to Plimoth Plantation to experience pilgrim life as it was back in the 17th century. Plymouth is easy to get to from the North Shore, take 93 South to Route 3 South, you can't miss it!


Santa Arrives on the North Shore

Santa Arrives North of Boston

It's great fun creating holiday activities and traditions and one that I especially enjoy is finding all the super geeky, hi-tech tools and social media solutions to connect with Santa.


The Ultimate Christmas and Hanukkah Playlist for Kids

Best Christmas and Hanukkah Music for Kids

Get into the holiday spirit and sing and dance to the ultimate holiday playlist for kids. These CD's and MP3 downloads eschew holiday music cliché without losing the spirit of the season. 

Butter Toffee Chocolate Bunny

Cape Ann Kids Easter Guide for North Shore Families

The Vosges new toffee bunny is the sweetest bunny I've seen. The solid chocolate interior is a custom blend of milk with a punctuation of dark chocolate. The chocolate blend encapsulates crumbles of sweet caramel toffee. This little sweetie has a touch of pink Himalayan salt.

Vosges has other delightful Easter Gifts including an Easter Hatbox and the Mad Hare Orchestra.

I bought these last year as gifts and they were a big success. Place your order early, they sell out quickly!

So Much More Than a Holiday Card

Holiday Cards with a Discount

Last year I sent out Minted's New Minibook Holiday Cards and they were a big hit. The 6 page card has a very cool grommet binding, gorgeous matte card stock and a bunch of clean, festive designs to choose from. It was a nice gift to send to extended family and friends.

Games and Toys to Build Children's Hand Strength.

 I've just recently learned that kids need to build strength in their hands to be able to write and draw. At gym class with 'B', the instructor said that the jungle gym, trapeze ropes, and bar equipment were fabulous tools to increase kids hand strength.

Cranky Pants - Super Cute Hand Knit Pants

Hand knit pants for kids

These little adorables would have been a staple in 'B's' wardrobe! Super soft. Nice and warm and hand knit from 100% wool made in the Peruvian Highlands. Crankypants Longies are for kids 6-24 months. Extra durable and made with a drawstring waist for room to grow. The women who knit the pants are from a coop in Peru. The coop is made up of head-of-household women who use knitting to support their families.

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