Shannon Gibson

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Shannon is a native Texan who first visited Boston in 2012 with her now-husband, Ben. Shannon and Ben immediately fell in love with New England, and it was during that trip that they knew they eventually wanted to raise their family in the Northeast. Fast forward to 2018, and Ben accepted a job as a Photographer/Director at a Boston ad agency. They said goodbye to Texas and moved to Woburn with their pup and daughter (2016). Oh, and Shannon was 6 months pregnant with their son (2018). Shannon holds her License and Masters degree in Social Work, and in the past has been a Case Manager to the homeless population, as well as a School Social Worker. She currently stays home with her two littles, and teaches online ESL courses through VIPKid. Most weekends, you will find The Gibson family traveling and exploring all that New England has to offer. Yes, Please: kindness, coffee, dessert, the beach, phone calls to her mom, antique stores, Target runs. No, thank you: passive-aggressiveness, sweet tea, clutter, sleep deprivation, shoes my toddler can’t put on herself, squeaky playground swings.

Visiting Boston :: Boston Historical Sites

When people ask me what my favorite thing about living in Boston is, one of my top answers is always “the history!” Living in Greater Boston is like participating in a giant history lesson....
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Our Family-Friendly Staycation at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf

Visiting Boston with your family soon? Looking for a family-friendly staycation local to Boston? As we recently discovered, Boston Marriott Long Wharf is the ideal hotel location for any family! Our family of four was...

I Don’t Know You, But I Will Be Your Village

The old saying goes: “It takes a village to raise a child.” Growing up, I heard this phrase recited to my mom, and now I hear it as a mom myself. Inherently, there is...

8 Tips for Surviving When Your Partner Travels for Work

My husband has always traveled for his profession, but that time away hit differently once we had kids at home. When we were newlyweds, I would feel lonely and bored while he traveled. Now...

More Than Just a Photo Album :: Preserving Our Family Memories

As a child, one of my favorite things to do at my grandmama’s house was to lay on my belly on her floor and look through her dozens of photo albums. She had maintained...
Normalize Not Commenting on People’s Bodies

Normalize Not Commenting on People’s Bodies

Jonah Hill took to social media a few months ago with the following message: “I know you mean well, but I kindly ask that you not comment on my body. Good or bad I want...
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I Didn’t Expect to Cry Over My Kid’s Loose Tooth, But Here We Are

“Say cheese!” I took my 5-year-old's picture and zoomed in on her big, beautiful smile. It was then that I noticed a crooked little bottom tooth. I asked her to let me check on...

Want to Support Small Businesses? Leave the Yelp Review

My family and I travel a lot. Inevitably, we end up driving through convenient fast-food chains for on-the-road meals. But otherwise, we dive into the local restaurants of the town we are visiting. Local...

Hey Mama, Don’t Just Facilitate Good Times — Join in the Fun!

"CUCKOO" Right as I was hitting my breaking point with my kids, the most absurd, silly sound came trumpeting out of my mouth from seemingly nowhere. We were in the middle of a stressful 30-hour...
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The Thing About Being 2 Years Old

Coming up on my son’s third birthday has me realizing that unless life throws a very unexpected surprise my way, I have raised my last 2-year-old. As many milestones are, this realization is bittersweet.  For...

Celebrating Pride Month with Young Children

Happy Pride!  My children are 5 and 2, and this is the third year we will celebrate Pride Month as a family. Each year we read Pride-centered children’s books, and we craft our own rainbow...
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My Love-Hate Journey with Breastfeeding

Before I was ever pregnant, I declared to my husband that I would not be breastfeeding. It just seemed a little too weird.  Fast forward, and by the time I was holding a baby in...