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  • How To Throw A Percy Jackson Party

    How To Throw A Percy Jackson Party
    Every year, we host a big backyard party, in honor of both of our boys' birthdays which are four days apart.  I smile when I think back on all of our "themes".  The "Fabulous Fair" featured a cotton candy machine, a small petting zoo and booths of games.  When we were really into Harry Potter, a bird specialist brought hawks, falcons and owls to fly around and delight the crowd...completely awesome.  This year, we weren't really sure what to do...but, after much discussion, we decided to make the fiesta a finale to our summer of reading the Percy Jackson series.  We transformed our house into a cross between Camp Half-Blood and Poseidon's sea world.  We're pretty happy with the end was a blast...and kids left our house saying, "I can't wait to read those books!"  So, having a crazy party that actually inspires excitement about reading is pretty cool.
  • Reminders of Sandy: Fairfield's Beach Pavilion Still Closed

    Reminders of Sandy: Fairfield's Beach Pavilion Still Closed
    When the boys were both born, we were the proud owners of a small, yellow Cape on a quiet road near Fairfield University.  We bought the house when we got engaged...choosing this large yet welcoming town because I was working in Hartford, my husband in...

    Ready to Rent

    Ready to Rent
    Savvy car buyers often avoid buying a brand-new because of the immediate depreciation. The same principle can apply to wedding gowns. If you buy a gently used bridal frock, you can easily save 20 percent or more. Even better, if you can simply borrow...

    Enjoying the Ride

    Enjoying the Ride
    Today we watched Spring appear. Our packed red Suburban carried us 937 miles from north to south over the past two days, and we saw actual green grass, then buds, then leaves appear. Click right here to read why on earth we’re doing this. Did...

    Couple's reception at 1681 home keeps budget at historic lows

    Couple's reception at 1681 home keeps budget at historic lows
    Some days come down to this: the perfect mixture of autumnal sunlight and crispness, the throaty renditions of a jazz quartet, the elegance of dining under a tent - and the backdrop of a red house brimming with historical significance. For Joan Thorne...