December Articles

Giving back is where it’s at…

Donating to help a family through World Vision

  My family and I have chosen to give up our usual materialistic Christmas and to give back to those in need. We plan to buy a goat for a family in Brazil in hopes that they will be able to provide food and nourishment for their loved ones.     As Americans, we have […]

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It’s not Christmas until you see the play!

A Christmas Carol at Trinity Rep

Every year we go to see Trinity’s production of A Christmas Carol. We all know the story of the old miserly moneylender who has lost his way given a chance on Christmas Eve to rediscover it.  It’s a classic.  And it’s such a tradition for Rhode Islanders that they refuse to declare it the Christmas […]

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Visitors from the Artic

Narragansett Bay's Harbor Seals

  Some of Rhode Island’s most interesting tourists visit our shores during the wintertime. No, they’re not New Yorkers, looking to get away from the Christmas crowds… they’re harbor seals, and Save The Bay is making it easier for us to see these visitors from the Artic.     Come and see these furry visitors […]

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Don’t let the stresses of the holidays get to you

Ten Holiday Stress Reducers

Christmas is approaching faster than we would like, but we can somehow survive the onslaught of shopping, wrapping presents, family gatherings, and getting through our everyday workload. We ask ourselves, “How am I going to get through the next few weeks and still be able to shop for presents? Decorate my home? Wrap? Bake? Cook? […]

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The Vadenais Family Dressing

A treasured recipe for your holiday feast

One of my dearest friends, from high school and college days, is Mary Vadenais Dexter, whose parents were in the fish-and-chips business. In fact, they made the best fish-and-chips in the area. That recipe, I’m afraid, is long gone, but “Mom’s Famous Family Dressing” is still with us. The Vadenais family makes it in a […]

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When Your Child Has to Fly Solo

Advice for Parents of Young Travelers

There are many reasons why your child might need to make an unaccompanied flight. In fact, for some children, unaccompanied travel is routine: summer trips to visit a parent or grandparent, trips to school or camp, or even a last-minute entry into a sports or academic competition. But today, as travel rules become more complex […]

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And Beyond RI

A Winter Getaway to Vermont

Woodstock, Vermont is the quintessential New England village you’ve dreamed of this winter, with something fun for everyone in the family. The quaint downtown is home to a thriving mix of art galleries, general stores, boutiques and restaurants, and has an abundance of beautifully-preserved Federal homes and buildings. Nestled on the banks of the Ottauquechee […]

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Travel Product Reviews

Can you believe that “SeaSnax” is made from seaweed?

When I was asked to sample a new product that was made from something that I didn’t expect to be palatable, I wasn’t sure what to say. It was made from seaweed, (or as the producers of Seasnax refer to as sea vegetables). Yes, I know, the material that grows in the ocean is what […]

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A Boot To Keep Our Men Dry

Testing LL Bean's waterproof Bean Boots

During the wintertime’s frigid temperatures and heaping mounds of snow, our feet sit comfortably in super insulated, knee high boots. In the summer, our feet are adorned with sandals, sneakers or just going barefoot. Autumn, with a chill in the air and leaves cascading to the grown, our feet are covered in different footwear, from […]

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Extraordinary Gift Ideas for Christmas

Being a Product Reviewer, I get sent some really unique items to look at that would be sure to ‘wow’ that special someone for Christmas. Or, maybe even ‘wow’ yourself! Check them out and see for yourself what they could inspire in someone. Speedy Plus Instant Marinator Ever try to marinate something with just a […]

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Keeping our valuables safe in a “small” way

Spibelt for Travel Safety

Whether I am taking a walk with my dog, going out for a hike or working out at the gym, I am always worried about how to keep my money (and valuables) safe. I don’t want to have to tote around a pocket book or backpack all day, which can be very annoying when I […]

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A Leisurely Walk with your Dog Made Easier!

A look at the inventive "Leisure Leash"

I love to walk with my dog into the deep woods — “off leash”. Yes, I walk my dog around the neighborhood with a leash because you never know about the maniacs in our neighborhood, but I prefer letting my dog run free and enjoy the outdoors as much as I do. However, when I […]

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Traveling with your kids just got a little better

Thanks to the National Geographic Almanac

Going on a family vacation is one of the best part of being a parent. All that planning and packing and who’s going to watch the cat and what about the mail and did will fill up the car yet and… well, it can get a little hectic at times but in the end, it’s […]

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Pure Water with Every Sip

Testing the Zerowater self-filtering tumbler

Water is essential for the human body to survive. Considering that the body is made up of approximately 65% water, drinking water on a daily basis helps the body function better. More and more people are drinking water daily and they do so in a number of different ways. Bottled water, water filtration systems in […]

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Feasting at the Big Game with Chipotle Mexican Grill Catering

Even if your team isn’t playing this year, you can throw the best Super Bowl party on the block with the catering options from Chipotle Mexican Grill. Whether you’re hosting a large gathering or a small group of friends, Chipotle has several choices for football fans everywhere. The Chipotle folks catered last year’s Superbowl party. […]

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Cute as a Bee

I am always fascinated with new inventions, especially those that really make sense. There are so many creative products that I am across in my reviews that I wonder why this hadn’t been invented before. Recently, I had a chance to review a really cute and innovative product that I need to mention to my […]

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Teaching the Kids to Grow

Soilless planting with DuneCraft

There’s a special joy in growing a plant from seed. Starting with a tiny dry pellet, with a bit of nurturing, and growing into a beautiful flower or perhaps even a plant that provides food gives that unique blessing of being a provider of life, no matter who you are. The folks at DuneCraft have […]

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