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Over the last few months we have had to chance to visit 4 new parks (YAY!) and I have been itching to post about them here on the blog. This morning I finally got around to organizing my thoughts and all the photos from the parks to share with you. 

Back in May we took a trip down to South Carolina and took the opportunity to see what the Park Service had to offer us! We were able to visit 3 of the 6 parks located in this state.

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First up was a visit to Charles Pinckey National Historic Site in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Charles Pinckey was heavily involved in the development of the Constitution and was a signer of this important historical document.

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This National Park is housed on a small portion of Snee Farm that is left from when Charles Pinckney family lived in this area of South Carolina. There is small museum and introductory video at the visitor center but the highlight of the park is the beautiful grounds. 

It poured rain for most of our short time at the site but we still managed to take a quick walk outside and enjoy the plantation.

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The story behind this man and his property did not resonate with me as much as I wanted it to but it was still an enjoyable adventure for a rainy afternoon.

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#GetCraftyBoston

The lovely folks over at Michaels invited a bunch of local bloggers in to get a sneak peek at 1 of the of their 27 newly renovated stores in the Boston area, enjoy some refreshments, and take part in fun little DIY project. It was so great to run in to some old bloggy friends (Alana, Holly & Emily) that I haven’t seen much recently, catch up on each others lives and laugh over how bad we were at crafting.

I have been a long time fan of Michaels but am thrilled to see the new improvements they have made to their stores to make it easier to shop - wider aisles, brighter stores, more organized materials, etc. Plus, they have increased their home decor section - which I just love!

On Sunday, May 4 the 27 Boston-area stores will unveil their new look with a grand re-opening. Festivities will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:45am, and doors open at 10am. Michaels will be giving away more than $1000 in gift cards at each store!!

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2013 blog recap

So I posted a mere 61 posts in 2013 on this blog (EEEK! Barely 1 post per week!), my visits went down, and my sponsorships dwindled…but guess what? I am happier then ever with my content here and things I accomplished this year with my blog.

Here are my top 5 blog moments of 2013:

  1. My Park Ranger Amy series lived on and we visited 9 more parks this year!
  2. You joined us on our road trip travels to Western Massachusetts (one, two, three, four) and to Niagara Falls and back. 
  3. I partnered with London Times, Flips Audio, and Aeropostale for some really fun collaborations and partnerships.
  4. Blog Better Boston held another conference, launched a new website, and began {hub}LINKS. I could not be prouder of where #BBBos has taken me over the last two years.
  5. We witnessed the incredible support and love you all had to give us when we shared the news of the addition of our son, Logan to our family trough adoption.

I hope you have enjoyed joining me on this journey this year as well and that we continue on in 2014!

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