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My 13 year old son's exotic fruit challenge: Dragonfruit

My Son’s Exotic Fruit Challenge: Dragon Fruit

My 13 year old son's exotic fruit challenge: Dragonfruit

My 13 year old son’s Exotic Fruit Challenge: Dragonfruit.

My 13 year old son's exotic fruit challenge: Dragonfruit

Reminds us of: watermelon crossed with kiwi. Read more…

My Son's Exotic Fruit Challenge: Prickly Pear Fruit

My Son’s Exotic Fruit Challenge: Prickly Pear Fruit

My son’s second Exotic Fruit Challenge: Prickly Pear Fruit (also called Tunas or Cactus Fruit).

My Son's Exotic Fruit Challenge: Prickly Pear Fruit

Reminds us of: pomegranate crosses with melon.

Texture: like Honeydew melon but with larger and harder pomegranate-like seeds.

Flavor: like kiwi. Read more…

What To Do and Where To Eat in San Antonio!

What To Do and Where To Eat in San Antonio!

We are heading to San Antonio where we will meet up with some indigo clothing co. models. Their parents are dear family friends, but, as my girls’ tell me, there is no such thing as a family vacation anymore because all vacations are working vacations for our young entrepreneurs.

Foodie Stops in San Antonio

The Luxury

103 E Jones Ave

San Antonio, TX 78215

Our friends know that we love Mexican street food and casual settings so they’ve scouted this restaurant out for us. It’s self-described as, “offbeat counter-serve kitchen & bar for big plates of high-end eats served in a funky outside space.” We can’t wait!

The Luxury San Antonio

Tito’s 

This light-filled Mexican spot lures locals with breakfast tacos, fajitas, enchiladas & margaritas.

955 S Alamo St

San Antonio, TX 78205

This looks like a fun area to explore: “located in San Antonio’s acclaimed arts district, Southtown.” “Here, tucked into historic pockets are grassroots art communities and notable architectural gems (not to mention the local enthusiasts working to preserve both) as well as more than enough unpretentious watering holes and good restaurants to make you consider taking up permanent residence.” from Texas Monthly

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Ali and Sidnie at Berkshire Soccer Academy

Our Girls at Berkshire Soccer Academy

In celebration of the launch of How To Coach Girls book, we are partnering with Berkshire Soccer Academy, a sleep away soccer camp for girls, with a five-part series.

March: The effect of Team Impact on the Boston College Women’s Soccer Team.

How To Coach Girls by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley

How To Coach Girls available here.

Ali and Sidnie at Berkshire Soccer Academy

I let my kids do one week of extravagant camp each summer. My son has picked computer camp to learn Minecraft and mods in the past. My oldest daughter’s picks tend to be arty. PickyKidPix decided, during the summer of 2015, to go to camp to meet Mia Hamm. And she did it with her friend Sidnie, whose mom happens to be the co-author of How To Coach Girls.

How To Coach Girls by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley

Berkshire Soccer Academy hosts a week with Team First in which Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, & Tisha Venturini Hoch offer once-in-a-lifetime overnight soccer camp experience. They lead 8 on-field training sessions but they also talk to the group of girls, imparting inspirational messages of the importance of teamwork and putting your team before yourself as well as working hard to achieve your goals. These are lessons for both on and off the pitch. Read more…

Indigo Clothing Co

Indigo, Samurai and My Daughters’ Clothing Company

My daughters have launched their own clothing company, upcycling vintage and modern pieces, and dying them using a Japanese shibori technique.

Indigo Clothing Co

Indigo Clothing Co. Products:
+ 100% natural indigo dye
+ a modern take on japanese shibori dyeing techniques
+ upcycled vintage & modern pieces
+ environmentally and socially conscious

Indigo Clothing Company Florida Photoshoot with Bengos

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Team Impact and Boston College Women's Soccer Team

TeamImpact and Boston College Women’s Soccer Team

In celebration of the launch of How To Coach Girls book, we are partnering with Berkshire Soccer Academy, a sleep away soccer camp for girls, with a five-part series.

How To Coach Girls by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley

How To Coach Girls available here.

Team Impact and Boston College Women's Soccer Team

Boston College Women’s Soccer Team has been working with Team Impact for a number of years.  Team Impact is a national nonprofit that matches kids facing serious and chronic illnesses with local college athletic teams. Read more…

HOW TO COACH GIRLS book launch events

HOW TO COACH GIRLS Book Launch Events

We have the following book signing events planned. We hope you can join us.

Newtonville Books

10 Langley Road
Newton Centre
Newton, MA 02459

Saturday, March 31, 2018

4:00pm

Alison and I will make a short presentation, take Q & A, and serve homemade cookies. Read more…

afternoon tea at The Duck and Bunny in Providence

Our Providence Foodie and Shopping Finds

Now that my daughter is in her second term of the RISD Pre-College Program and she’s commuting from Boston, thus eating lunch and snacks in restaurants around RISD, we’ve amassed a short list of foodie and shopping finds. I must make note that these are all carefully screened recommendations by Jenny Brown, a local artist in Providence, and a dear friend of ours.

The artist Jenny Brown, Jenny Brown Art, Providence

If you are visiting Brown University or Rhode Island School of Design, check out our foodie and shopping finds. It might make you decide that you want to spend four years (at least!) here!

Afternoon Tea & Crepes

Duck and Bunny, a snuggery for afternoon Tea in Providence

The Duck and Bunny

312 Wickenden St

Providence, RI 02903

We drive from RISD to this area but it’s walkable, though a twenty minute walk from RISD. We order the Afternoon Tea, but it also has great crepes. Housed in a historic house, this is a cozy setting with garden seating outside as well.

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The Best way to Maintain our Educational Facilities

The Best way to Maintain our Educational Facilities

The majority of us know that it is very important to maintain our education facilities and education institutions. Any facility that is maintained sends a certain message to people outside. However how important is it to maintain our educational facilities? How can you maintain these education facilities? These are some of the questions that we are going to tackle in this article.

Ways to Maintain Facilities

1. Following Health Policies

This is one of the ways of maintaining the facility. A facility should make sure it follows all the health policies of the state it is in. The environmental and health departments provide schools with programs that help in maintaining the facilities and ensuring they are clean.

2. A Good Plan should be laid out

The plan should include all the operations that should be carried in ensuring the facility is well maintained. This includes how the school is to be cleaned. All parts of the school should be cleaned from the exterior to the interior, the windows, doors and even the roofs. The management could also seek professional help from professional cleaning companies. For instance, a facility in Houston requiring air dust cleaning could hire air duct cleaning Houston Company, which ensures every part of your building is dust-free. Read more…