Kate Cotter

Kate came to New England for college a decade and a half ago, and fell in love with all things Boston. She is the mom of two beautiful baby boys, ages 2.5 & 10 months, and loves watching them explore this lovely area of the country, experiencing Boston through their eyes. Heart-filling: spending time with my family, spontaneous hugs, kisses and “I love you Mommy” from my boys, reading great books, fall in New England, the Adirondacks, golden retriever puppies (don’t have any yet!), coffee, champagne, and serendipity. Can do without: Boston traffic, inconsiderateness, never-ending winters and stir-craziness.

Berry Picking Around Boston :: 16 Farms to Check Out This Summer

This post was originally published in 2018. It is updated yearly with the most up-to-date information for Boston-area families, but please be sure to check each individual website for information before visiting.  As soon as...

Seeking the Perfect Christmas Tree

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, Thy leaves are so unchanging. As this well-known Christmas carol goes on to say (in summary), the tree’s leaves are equally as...
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You Know School Is Almost Out for the Summer When…

Every day, my kindergartner reminds me how many days he has left in kindergarten — and how many days until he is officially a first grader. And I nostalgically reminisce about how lightning fast this school year has flown. 
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What I Learned in Kindergarten This Year

I'm amazed by what my son has learned academically this year. Yes, I knew in September that the curriculum would be more rigorous than it had been when I was in kindergarten, but I didn't realize my son would be reading me 'Green Eggs and Ham' by Dr. Seuss' birthday. It is truly lovely to be read to by your child.
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On Worrying, and Taking Timeless Parenting Advice from a Beloved Author

Spring has just about sprung — the season of light and life, blooming joy after a long, dark, brutal winter. And yet, I worry. Truthfully, it doesn't matter the season. I worry regardless. I've always been a worrier, and this only became amplified when I became a mother. It consumes me, at times. Some of this worrying is a natural part of motherhood.
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Three Cheers for Spring!

There’s always hope that this milder weather will stick and that days spent outside for hours are just around the corner. That March, which came in like a bit of a lion with its foot of snow, will go out like a peaceful, gentle dove, segueing into a perfect summer.
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Where to Find a Cozy Cup of Hot Cocoa in Boston

The first soft, fluffy flakes of winter have fallen on our city, much to the delight of my 2.5-year-old. I think he remembers last year’s crazy winter with a sense of wonder — and he's ready...
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Recipes on Rotation in My House This Winter

Two of my goals for the New Year are to get more creative with my meal planning, and to cook as low-carb as possible in a Whole30-ish way. I’ve done Whole30s in years past, and one of the biggest benefits I've felt was a clearer mind and calmer sense — huge perks in my chaotic world! Here are a few family-favorite recipes we'll rotate throughout this winter and beyond!
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Just Like That

I’ve reached the point in motherhood, now five years in, where the oft-repeated adage, "The days are long, but the years are short" is really starting to show itself in full color to me, each and every day. When I began this journey, I did not have the faintest clue about how the carousel of time would carry my children and me around and around, up and down, from different emotions and milestones, every second of every single day.
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Holiday Happenings In and Around Boston

After much anticipation and excitement, it's finally here — the 2018 holiday season! Are your kids as excited as mine are to get their merry on and celebrate the magic of this season? If you're looking for some out-of-house entertainment to celebrate the holiday season in and around Boston (that won't add to the already-hefty cost of the holidays), I've culled a list of some free and low-cost family-friendly holiday happenings to check out!
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There’s Plenty to Do in November in Boston!

Here is a roundup of family-friendly activities to enjoy right after Halloween and before the holiday season. Let's make the most of November in Boston!
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These Hands

Lately, I’ve been noticing my hands quite a bit — and how much they’ve changed in the five years since I first became a mother.