Rooted in ME wins Liebster Award (gee, thanks!)

Rooted in ME, started humbly last year as a place to record my thoughts about diving into Maine culture. Since then, we’ve added a little girl to our family, bought a house and I’ve started a new job at the paper. It’s been a fun year. Anyway, Sarah over at Housewife Plus, a fellow “Mom […]

Unique baby names of 2014 released

BabyCenter, which culls lists of baby names ranging in popularity each year, released its list of 2014′s most unusual baby names last night. I’m all for unique, meaningful names, after all, we named our daughter after a county. But, some of these are really different (read: Agape). According to the website, at least three children in […]

Christmas through an almost 1-year-old’s eyes

Now that Christmas is officially on its way, I’m realizing how much more special this season is with a little one experiencing it all for the first time. Last year, the girl was only days old on Christmas morning. I was so sleep deprived and overwhelmed, I couldn’t even fathom getting dressed, let alone starting traditions […]

Bangor native plays key role in designing children’s archaeology game

Jessica Rosenblatt, a Bangor native, recently helped create a new application for children designed to teach them about Israel and archaeology through play. “Dig Quest:  Israel” is a free educational app for iPhone and iPad users ages 7 to 11 that allows children to learn about the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Lod Mosaic. During the […]

5 ‘no-bake’ ways to use up extra apples

The last of the apples from our backyard tree are sitting in the fridge slowly aging. We must have had nearly 100 apples either picked or dropped on the ground this year. Many were baked into pies, breads, juiced, eaten raw and thrown to the dog. Then I found myself sort of at a loss […]

Take a book, leave a book — Little Free Library goes up downtown

What is black and white and”read” all over? The little red, shingled wooden box full of books in Downtown Bangor of course. Central Street Farmhouse has added a “Little Free Library” to its pocket park and is encouraging area residents to take a book and return the same or different book at a later time. […]

Let’s Talk (about sex) Month: Planned Parenthood encourages going beyond ‘where babies come from’

Among other things, October is “Let’s Talk Month,” 31 days of sexual health organizations encouraging families to talk about sexuality and relationships. And this year, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England wants parents to go beyond the basics of where babies come from, and talk about making healthy decisions. The organization also wants families to […]

How to get away with not keeping a baby book

I received two beautiful baby books when The Bug was born. One I’ve written in a handful of times, the other is still in the box. It may be shocking considering she’s my first and usually baby number one has everything from a blink to the first haircut recorded. But that’s not to say I […]