Last Minute Summer Bucket List In/Near Boston with Upparent

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It’s our family adventure to make a Last Minute Summer Bucket List. That’s why we rely on Upparent to be the online destination for parents seeking inspiration from other parents. I’m proud to be partnered with Upparent for this blog post.

Upparent Partner Upparent is the online destination for parents seeking inspiration from other parents and it's helped us build our last minute bucket list!

In the Boston area, school doesn’t start until September – after Labor Day! That’s why it’s always a priority of mine to write a Last Minute, Late Summer Bucket List. I find that August is when I do the most adventurous things, like go to comic conventions (thanks, Boston!) and that’s when I went to Alaska. Our favorite summer camp gets out in early August, leaving over three weeks of unchartered, pure fun, family adventures. I’ve always loved that this is the GREATEST time to explore the Boston area. I have so many happy memories of summers past in the Boston area. And we have many adventures ahead.

Recently, we discovered Upparent, and that was a big summer changer for us. It’s an exciting new startup that is helping to gather the many conversations parents are having with one another into one place. That way we can all share family-friendly recommendations about things to do, places to go, products to try, and of course, adventures to have! We are all about local family fun, and Upparent is the online destination for parents seeking inspiration from other parents.

I love to share things like local events and activities.

We love that Upparent is easy to use and has family-friendly content that can be searched and saved to make it more personalized and relevant. The personal recommendations on the site are gathered into convenient lists and polls, so that the content is reader-friendly and easy to browse. This is a dynamic resource for parents, by parents, and with content that is ever evolving as community members (like me) add their own recommendations, vote, and comment on favorites.

My kids have the “Boston Bug” or the “Big City Bug” lately, so we built a last minute summer bucket list based on events and activities in and near Boston. In fact, I proudly contributed to the Boston Summer Bucket List for Family Fun with my own must-do activity for families this summer, and beyond. When you think beyond the bucket list, Upparent has you covered on a number of topics! If you’re unsure what to give for a birthday present, they have lists of great gift ideas by age and theme. And since back to school is inevitable, Upparent’s “Heads Up” lists help sneak some fun into your back-to-school routine.

I’ll also be checking the site for great lunch box ideas and the best lunch packing supplies. And don’t even get me started on the holidays! This is a resource to turn to for almost anything you can think of – and you can share your own wisdom.

Suffice it to say, what a wonderful resource to have all year long. Here’s our late summer bucket list:

1 – Amusement park. There are a ton of wonderful ones in the New England area. And they all have their perks. We can’t wait for our trip in late August to ride some roller coasters and ferris wheels together. What fun that will be!

2 – Children’s museum. In fact, I wrote about that in the Boston Summer Bucket List for Family Fun.

3 – Get on a boat. Boston is full of some fun rides and tours. One of my kids really wants to go whale watching, and the other is afraid of sea sickness. Fear not, little one, for Upparent has boat ride ideas for all speeds and ages.

4 – Comic Convention. We went to a big one last year and this year it will have SO MANY actors we love. Can’t wait!

5 – See music outside. I think this is a summer staple. We did it last year and we’ll do it this year!

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There’s Still Time for a Summer of Love

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week's topic is: It was the summer of...

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that summer’s magic is real – enticing, reaching, and drawing you in its embrace.

Sometimes, I’m the type to sit and wait for something amazing to happen. You see, I’m a lucky person and I’m able to skate by on luck and charm and brief powers of inspiration. It doesn’t last, though. It wears out – like a light – and then I’m left shivering in the dark. Every time I step out into the light, I believe I surround myself with more warmth and stamina – enough to keep me surrounded when the light goes again. My light. Summer’s light. It all comes and goes – and I’d like to believe we’re all building our own light boxes and filling them with objects and subjects. Luck and time run out so fast..

..but summer is magic, and maybe, so am I.

If I measured out my life moments, both good and bad in terms of seasons, some of the biggest moments would fall into the summer category – the sudden death of my father, meeting my husband at JFK Airport, and the birth of my firstborn, Scarlet. The summer of 2018 is supposed to be a magical summer like many magical summers. The thing is, it’s not going to happen if I sit back and wait for it. It’s spurts and bursts of inspiration, to eventually settle into a hopefully long-lasting momentum. That starts with me. I have to take that first step and reach my hand up and out to be pulled into the light.

  • This is the summer I was supposed to have that buff bikini body. Now I know I’m naturally slim, but that doesn’t mean that tone is my friend. You know what is my friend? Ice cream and mashed potatoes. So the buff summer body may never happen, unless I really want it to, but it’s all good because I have a body and it’s summer. Voila – summer body! And this body is strong and proportionate and gives me way little in the ways of aches and pains, and in the grand scheme of things I know that one day I’ll look back on photos of my 30-something body and have to adjust my glasses. I’ll say to myself:

“What a hot body you once had!” Now pass the mashed potatoes and cake.

  • This is the summer my Twitter account was hacked, and in all of that panic and rebuilding, I learned how awesome it is to be 100% me and to have real followers who like my late night ice cream eating/Hallmark movie watching tweets.

  • This is the summer I was supposed to get a zillion page views, but it’s summer, and not everyone wants to read my dribble. So this is the summer I realized it’s all ok. If you build it, they will come. So build it strong, and they will stay.

  • This is the summer I was supposed to believe in myself, but I’ve learned that maybe we all are just halfway portraits of self-belief. Other people have no trouble telling you what they can do. Well this is the summer I’ve learned to tell you what I can do. I can take photos of your child and rebuild smashed Twitter accounts and write with my heart and make fun and quirky recipes and rebuild from smashed lenses and smashed hearts. There are many things I can do, to do for you!

  • This is the summer I was supposed to get the guts to rent a cabin alone or not alone in the middle of nowhere, Maine with waist-high wading boots and a rented or bought zoom lens. It hasn’t happened and still could, but instead I’ll count the victories that are either booked or done. Cape Cod. Photographing my dad’s 50th reunion. Starting the process of renewing my passport. Renewing my driver’s license without swearing in the RMV. Booking a wedding, and many portraits.

Magical baby steps.

  • This is the summer I was supposed to find work/life balance, but instead I worried too much about Twitter accounts and page views and slept through so many cuddle opportunities with the kids and the dog. Yet, the kids were happy. Our jobs have allowed us to send them to some pretty awesome camps. They are memorable, loved and engaging. Sometimes it feels like all I do is work and hide, rinse, repeat, but every foray into the world is only broadening my own little world.

It’s not failures or missed opportunities. Not yet, oh no. It’s missed steps and dissed steps and ebbs and flows and victories and setbacks. It’s missteps and mistrusts and rebuilds and re-trusts, all leading to the same place – where I want to be.

Where I want to be.

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week's topic is: It was the summer of...

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “It was the summer of…” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin: HERE.

There’s still time for a summer of love.