Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Blog of the Week: {...a breezy life}

This week's blog of the week is written by one of our state reps, Brie!  Brie writes the blog {...a breezy life} all about her life and the changes that comes along with it!  Meet Brie:

Tell us a little about you:
I am a writer/SAHM living the dream in southern NJ. I have been married for six years to Pete, my RN/volunteer firefighter husband, and we are raising our nearly five year old son, PJ. I love books, coffee, music, trashy TV (think Honey Boo Boo), and Flyers Hockey!  

What is your blog about?
My blog is really just my own musings. I started it when I was a single work-a-holic, working two jobs and 80 hours a week. It has followed me through being engaged, married, pregnant, a new mother, mother of a child with Autism, woman who is separated from her husband, and reconciled wife. It is about my evolution, and everyone who is a part of that. 

What is your favorite spot to visit in the Northeast?
Oh, hands down, the Jersey Shore. The ocean is my happy place. My son PJ loves the ocean even more, and it has been the site of some of my favorite moments as a family. 

What do you love most about blogging?
Blogging is my form of therapy. I can get down on paper (on screen?) all of the things I might not be able to say out loud. It's my chance to record all of the amazing things that come with an ordinary life. 

What is your favorite form of social media?
Aside from my little blog, I am kind of in love with InstaGram! I love being able to share visual snapshots of all the little moments I might have missed otherwise. 

Where do you live and what do you love about it?
We live in southern NJ, and I love that we are an hour from the ocean. I love that we have all four seasons. I love that I live in the "Flyers Fan" part of NJ and not the"Jersey Shore" part. I love that I can see the Philadelphia skyline from Cooper River Park. I love begin tucked into a part of the world that is so close to other awesome places (NYC, Philly, Baltimore, DC). 

Brie is also the co-host of the Time for Mom Hop, a weekly hop for moms to share their blog posts and connect with other mom bloggers.

Here are a few of Brie's favorite posts, be sure to check them out and visit her blog this week to show her some blog of the week love!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October Instagram Link Up!


Welcome to our October Instagram link up!  This link up is for your instagram account only, please link up directly to that page! (example: http://instagram.com/your_instagram_name)

After you link up be sure to check out and follow at least three new people on instagam from the hop!  Leave some comments and hearts all around to spread the Northeast bloggers love!

Don't forget to follow Northeast Bloggers on instgram and sign up for the Northeast Baton while you're at it!


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Baseball Hall of Fame a gem in the Northeast

Baseball. The American Pastime.

If you are a baseball fan in the Northeast, you're a short trip to the ultimate baseball destination -- Cooperstown. No matter if one believes baseball was created in Cooperstown or elsewhere, the National Baseball Hall of Fame still sits in this quaint little village since its creation in the 1930s.

For those who love the history of the game or to be surrounding by baseball as much as possible, the picturesque little village in upstate New York is worthy of a trip. And being the Hall of Fame is a full-year museum, if one likes to avoid the crowds, the off-season is a fine time to visit.

Though the Hall of Fame is a spot for massive fans of the game and those who want to be around baseball as much as possible, it's also a great family spot. One doesn't have to just be a baseball fan as the Hall of Fame tells the history of the sport from the beginning. It's definitely an educational experience, so if you get an enjoyment out of history and such, this is a place to go.

The Hall of Fame is three floors full of baseball artifacts. Several displays change throughout the year, but there's a base amount of items that are always out. There's also some special spots that honor certain parts of the history of the sport, including Babe Ruth, the Negro Leagues, Hank Aaron and women in baseball. All of these areas of the Hall are especially nice.

Today's Game is a nice exhibit, too, as it has a "locker room" feel, featuring artifacts from every team, as well as any other significant moments from the past year or so.

The crowning part of the Hall of Fame is the Plaque Gallery, where the plaques for every enshrined Hall of Famer is on display. It's really quite a breathtaking area as you get to see all of the people who have been inducted.

The entry fee to the Hall is just shy of $20, but if you plan on going several times, it's well worth getting a membership. That will allow you entry to the Hall for a full year, as well as some other perks.

If it's your first time visiting the Hall, it's easy to spend three hours (or more) going around and seeing everything and watching the videos and doing other interactive activities. If you've been there before, it's still easy to spend a few hours inside, checking out different and new exhibits.

If you are a baseball researcher, the Hall also has a library with a massive amount of items on many players. It is usually good, however, to make an appointment for researching purposes.

Right down the street from the Hall of Fame, too, is historic Doubleday Field. If in Cooperstown, make sure you check this spot out.

Another note about Cooperstown -- it's not all baseball. There's the Farmers' Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum. The shops downtown are excellent and nice to browse in. There's also some great places to eat around town. Some places aren't open as much as others in the off-season, but most places have hours throughout the year.   


P.J. Harmer blogs about many items at A 'lil HooHaa

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