Caboose in Andover, N.H.

Local: Where to See Trains

Playgrounds, museums and festivals offer a variety of options for locomotive lovers. By Laura Jean Whitcomb There’s lots of things for kids to like about trains. They have wheels. They move. They have sound. They are powerful. They are fascinating to watch. If kids are able to sit on a train, there’s much more to […]

Platinum ½ Pint Puzzles are learning toys, but the kids will never know!

By Laura Jean Whitcomb Science abounds on the benefits of puzzles: enhanced visual perception, improved coordination, better memory and heightened creativity. There’s left brain (logic) and right brain (creative) powers at work when you try to put together a puzzle. Puzzles are even a learning toy, encouraging children to follow simple steps to (successfully) solve […]

How to: De-stress

A class, meditation, essential oils — follow a mom’s quest to find peace and tranquility during a busy week of work and family. By Laura Jean Whitcomb “Stress has become a part of everyday life,” says Allison DeStefano. “It has become a badge of honor to be stressed…but, at the same time, it’s killing us. […]

Mountain Meadow Funplex (formerly Competition Complex)

Play Hard, Have Fun By Laura Jean Whitcomb Joe Roberts II had an idea for an indoor activity center 15 years ago. The Grafton, N.H., resident envisioned a place where families could spend the day playing games and sports. Roberts, already a businessman with several companies, asked his marketing department for a demographic analysis of […]

Make it: Lotion Bars

What’s a lotion bar? It’s lotion, but in a molded shape, that melts on contact with your skin. Ingredients: 1 ounce beeswax 1 ounce cocoa butter 1 ounce coconut oil 1 ounce Shea butter 1 teaspoon essential oil (vanilla and peppermint) Directions: Melt beeswax first (takes the longest). Add other ingredients; Shea butter last (doesn’t […]