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We Keep Bees



Last fall, Seth got it in his head that it would be cool to keep bees since we have a yard now. He mentioned it to our recently retired neighbor who loved the idea. He proceeded to do all the research and created a plan for beekeeping that we could do together. We agreed and within a few weeks, the bees arrived (by USPS - seriously):
The cage the bees were shipped in!
We're using what is called a Warre Hive. These hives closely resemble the kind of living space a bee would have in nature so they're considered "natural beekeeping" with the idea that bees are happier and more productive in these types of hives.
one of "our girls" carrying pollen back to the hive on her legs
Even though we have bee suits, these bees (Italian) are so docile we barely need them. I was able to get close for these photos without any issue.

We're so pleased with our bees and we've been encouraging everyone who will listen to consider getting a hive of their own (even city dwellers - yes, it's totally possible). They are essential components to maintaining a healthy environment and as we know, the environment could use all the help it can get! Plus, you get some tasty honey. That's a bonus too :)

Interested in reading more? We had an article all about our bee project published in the Cohasset Mariner! I also posted more photos here with captions too.

Have you ever thought about keeping bees?

#SurferGirl, Photos from Nantasket Beach in Hull, MA

Back in May on a particularly warm and sunny morning, I went to Nantasket Beach with my friend Jackie who invited me to hang out with her while she surfed. At first it looked like there were no waves but we were assured by a guy walking by that they had been there yesterday and would probably be out today.

Luckily he was right and I got some shots of Jackie getting ready to surf, heading into the waves, and even riding quite a few. It was almost as fun to watch as I'm sure it was for her to be out there.



Surfer: Jackie Fornaro
Location: Nantasket Beach in Hull, MA
Wetsuit: Billabong
Surfboard: Robert August



Recap: #Cohasset Triathalon 2015, the Tri that Wasn't

Yes, that man behind me ran in his swim cap. It was a good idea, wish I'd thought of it...
After so much anticipating, preparation, and training I was so looking forward to the Cohasset Triathlon on Sunday, as I mentioned in my previous blog post. Unfortunately Mother Nature was against us when torrential downpours, 5-7 waves, and 30 mph wind gusts forced the organizers (Steamline Events, who were amazing!) to cancel both the bike and swim portions of the race. Those of us who were crazy enough to show up and stick around wound up running an incredibly soggy 5k. All of that motivation to get home, showered, and dry definitely kicked in and I happened to run the fastest 5k to date! So it wasn't a total loss and it was definitely an experience.

The good news is there is another tri around the corner on August 2 - the Marshfield Duxbury Tri - so I'm going to sign up for that and keep the training going through the summer. Hopefully that one will be on a less stormy morning!

Have you ever experienced less-than-ideal race conditions? How did you handle it? I'd love to hear your stories!

#Instagram Round-up: May 2015

While April was the month that kicked my $%&, May was a breath of fresh air. I caught up on so many things I had on the back burner for ages and had several great shoots as well. Boat time, road races, gardening, BEE KEEPING (more on this later...), and spending as much time outside as possible. So happy that summer is finally here!!!

4 Boston Marathon Handmade Gift Ideas

The Boston Marathon is in 4 days and I could not be more excited to cheer on all 36,000 people running on Monday! With so many Boston Marathon themed items in shops all over the city and online, I wanted to highlight a few handmade goodies I've come across that were inspired by the infamous upcoming race-
This gorgeous 2014 Boston Marathon Print is by my friend Jenn of JHill Design which is part of her Sports Map series. Through April 31, get FREE personalization- just order the personalized print and use code RUN2014 at checkout. Include the year or the runner's time, runner's name and bib number.
Bev Feldman of Linkouture designed this lovely chaimaille bracelet complete with handmade runner charm. Bonus- she's donating 20% of sales of the bracelet to the One Fund!
I discovered this print in a blog post by the designer, Lindsay of Warren Tales, that said she was inspired by my Boston Marathon photo project- I was so flattered! I love the fun font and concept of this marathon route print which she is offering as a 9x16" and as notecards.
Running the marathon? Stop by Old South Church on Boylston Street and get a handmade scarf! The Old South Knitters group started a Marathon Scarf Project this year asking knitters to donate handmade scarves in the BAA yellow and blue for the athletes. As they said on their website, "In this year of Remembrance and Hope, our vision is to wrap each runner in the love poured into stitches of handmade blue and yellow scarves. We promise to wrap runners in your love until all your scarves are distributed."

What are your favorite Boston Marathon finds?

Fitness in Boston: The Club by George Foreman III

 Have you heard of sweetgreen passport? It's a program offered by the healthy take-out joint sweetgreen (which I blogged about here) and if you become a member (free) they offer monthly fitness classes with different gyms around the city. Of course I signed up and the first one I tried this year was the brand new boxing gym known as "The Club" in Fort Point.
Founded by George Foreman III, the Club offers a wide range of activities- from boxing/sparring to circuit training to yoga. We did the circuit training (Box-FIIT) which consisted of two minute intervals at 10 different stations. After a tour of the stations, we did a thorough warm-up and then broke up into groups of 5. I really enjoyed the stations, especially the body bag and kettlebell ones. Most of the stations had a slow and steady flow to them- form and control over speed- which I liked.

There were around 50 of us in the class so it was a little chaotic at first but once we got going it was a killer full-body workout. At the end we did some final exercises that involved the whole group which was fun and distracted me from the actual burn that was happening- not a bad thing at all!
In short, the workout was awesome and I had a lot of fun doing it. I'd definitely try one of their Box-FIIT classes again or any other class they offer. Also, the facilities are fantastic- clean, fully stocked locker rooms, awesome gym set-up and overall look. Definitely worth a visit, you'll be glad you did!
15 Channel Center
Boston, MA 02210

Yep, that is me, getting ready for the TKO (photo courtsey of Rachel/Healthy Chicks).

What are your favorite fitness classes?

Fitness in Boston: Healthy Noshing at Cocoanuts Boston in the North End


When I heard about a chocolate tasting at local candy shop, Cocoanuts Boston, I was not expecting it to be a very healthy evening. Turns out that Tara, the shop's owner, had three vendors lined up (two were Boston-based, one was from Brooklyn) who each had different healthier approaches to their candy-making. All three companies boasted handcrafted, chemical-free products and brought lots of samples to prove that candy can be just as delicious (if not more so!) without the junk.
Brooklyn-based Raaka is certified organic, certified fair trade, soy free, nut free, and vegan. A great gift for the sustainability-conscious or people with food allergies.
Pure 7 just started less than two months ago! Even at 87%, their dark chocolate was surprisingly not overly bitter which owner Carrie attributed to the fact that it is sweetened with local honey as opposed to granulated sugar. 


McCrea's Candies creator and "Caramel Scientist," Jason McCrea, was interested in creating a caramel that had no high-fructose corn syrup and used all USA-made (locally sourced when possible) products, including the cellophane the candies are wrapped in!


All three had a passion for their products and mission statements I could really appreciate. 

Another thing I loved about the shop is how they put up bios of their vendors next to their product displays! It's a great personal touch and I always enjoy learning about the stories behind the goods.

Thanks to Tara from Cocoanuts for hosting and Jen from Blog & Tweet Boston for organizing a delicious evening!
28 Parmenter Street
Boston, MA 02113