five good things.

5 good things.

one// My Grey’s Anatomy obsession has picked up exactly where it left off 3+ years ago. I am deep in the midst of season ten and find myself loving the characters just the same as always. When I was in grad school I watched a span of 7 seasons in approximately 3 months– a true marathon if there ever was one, and then one day, I just stopped. I blame a few things for this pause in my dedication to one of the greatest shows on television. First, one of my favorite characters up and died on me ! (no real surprise there of course, my favorite characters always die), but also, I caught up in real time, and waiting one week to watch another episode is NO way to watch a show if you ask me. I had to wait good and long for the ability to truly binge watch, but I waited the wait and it was all worth it for this streak I have going on currently. I wonder who will have the next untimely death? Don’t tell me! I want my tears to come as I watch and not a minute too soon.

two // February vacation is in 1 week! Thank the sweet Lord. This time of year is honestly my favorite for teaching {we are so in the thick of it!} but nothing is better than vacation. Simply nothing! I am still deciding what to do with the front end of my week, but the tail end I’ll be in Vermont skiing and lounging and loving the mountain life. Wheee!

three // Do you know about The Crafter’s Box? Zan gifted it to me for Christmas and it is so amazing. Basically once a month you receive a box in the mail with all the supplies and instructions for making the most awesome craft. The first month was a Rya Weaving from my favorite Maryanne Moodie and this month it’s hanging planters + air plants from Emily Reinhardt of The Object Enthusiast! Both serious artists I admire, both crafts I am so excited about. If you want to sign up I believe there are still a few openings for February. If not get on the list for March! I am so excited to see what the new craft will be.

four // I have loved the blog elephantine for a number of years now. I love the easy way of it and it always makes me so happy to see a post pop up in my reader. Rachel has an online shop Mignon which is the most wonderful collection of items I have ever seen. I have been adding things to my cart for awhile now and I think it’s finally time to pay up and receive some happy mail. Go check it out! You will love it too.

five// That puppy. ♥ I seriously cannot get enough of her. She loves to hop up on all the chairs and couches and push the pillows off to make room for herself. This is one of my favorite photos yet.

nanner’s boston love list // a favorite guide to my favorite city.


This post first appeared on Hither and Thither for Ashley’s “5 Things” series. I loved writing this guide last year and frequently receive emails requesting a list of my favorite places around town. For this post, I have added a few lot more of my favorite city spots to make this truly my ultimate guide to Boston. :)


It’s no secret that Boston is my favorite city. I moved here after graduating college, almost 11 years ago to be exact (!), and I haven’t looked back since. Just 2 hours from Portland, Maine, and even less to parts of the Cape and Rhode Island, you could easily find yourself enjoying a day trip to the beach in the summer or hiking the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the fall. The city of Boston is known for being a walking city– most areas are completely accessible by foot or by train, and if you’re in a pinch, there’s always an Uber around, too. We’ve got great history, the best seafood, and without a doubt, charm and beauty around every corner if you know where to look.

Edited slightly from the original, this guide is divided into 5 sections, EAT, SHOP, STAY, PLAY & LOVE. Throughout I have covered all my favorite neighborhoods and the best things to see and do {in my humble} opinion. The final section, LOVE is a place for me to add those extra special spots that I don’t want you to miss!


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Neptune Oyster, 63 Salem Street, (617) 742-3474

When in Boston, eating seafood is a MUST. And oysters? The best! Try Neptune Oyster on Salem Street in the North End for the coziest, most delicious dinner on this side of the Charles River. With only a handful of tables and a guaranteed full bar, the wait for this place can certainly be significant, but worth it! Put your name in, walk around Hanover Street, get yourself a canolli (Modern Pastry is my personal favorite) or a drink at Bricco or Lucca, and then come back to Neptune when a seat opens up (they will call you on your cell). Once inside enjoy the warm light and a glass of wine, then decide which oysters to try or any other seafood that may strike your fancy. I highly recommend the buttermilk johnnycake and the hot Maine lobster roll. Oh, everything is just so good! You will love this place.


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Follain, 53 Dartmouth St, (857) 284-7078

My favorite place to shop is Boston’s South End, home to many local artisans, small shops, and vintage goods. I always make a stop at Follain when I’m in the area, picking up healthy skin care products in the most gorgeous light spattered space on Dartmouth Street. While you’re in the neighborhood you’ll also love SOWA Open and Vintage Markets, Olives and Grace, and Pioneer Goods. Grab a coffee and a cupcake at The Buttery if you’re around in the afternoon, Picco for a pizza, or a drink at The Beehive while you listen to some Jazz if it’s close to dinnertime. It won’t be hard to see why the South End is such a unique part of the city.


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Airbnb — My Boston Wishlist

If I had to choose I would choose to stay in Beacon Hill over any other neighborhood. It is one of the loveliest neighborhoods you’ll find in Boston, and one of the most historic, too. The above apartment interior is my friend Rachael’s, nestled right on Chestnut Street — a place we were lucky enough to stay at last summer while she and her family were out of town. In Beacon Hill you’ll find brick lined sidewalks, gas-lit street lamps, and some of the most gorgeous old brownstones in the city. While you’re there be sure to walk the length of Charles Street (find Acorn Street if you can!), eat a meal at The Paramount, and meander through the Public Garden and Boston Common ending your adventure at Brattle Book Shop, an outdoor book store that’s sure to make you smile.

Hotel Options // If staying in a hotel is more your style, try the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro or The Liberty Hotel for reasonably priced rates in Beacon Hill. Other well-priced hotels include The Chandler Inn Hotel, Chandler Studios, and The Lenox.

The Verb Hotel by Fenway Park is another option and a sweet one too! I’ve heard amazing things about both the hotel and their restaurant Hojoko. Two new to me places I hope to find myself visiting at some point in 2016!



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The Charles River Esplanade, Back Bay, on the banks of the Charles River

Skywalk Observatory, Prudential Center, 800 Boylston Street

Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street

There really are endless sights to see while you’re visiting Boston, but my favorite days are those spent walking or biking along the Charles River and a visit to the Boston Public Library. For the best, most stunning views of the city visit the top of the Prudential Tower where the Skywalk Observatory is open daily and can gives you a birds eye view of each neighborhood including Fenway Park and the famous CITGO sign. While you’re visiting the Skywalk stop for a drink in the lounge at the Top Of The Hub for a memory you won’t soon forget. If you do visit the library be sure to step into the Reading Room and if it’s a warm summer day, sitting out in the courtyard with a book is such a happy place to be.


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There are so many favorite places I didn’t even yet list! Below are some additional stops to consider adding to your agenda. It’s sure to be a busy stay, and you’ll definitely have to pick and choose, but one thing I can promise is that you won’t regret seeing any of it.

Other Neighborhoods + Places of Note //

Charlestown {Freedom Trail!} | Cambridge {Harvard Square!} | Brookline {Brookline Booksmith!}

Christian Science Reflecting Pool | Fenway Park — Go Sox! | Rose Kennedy Greenway


Museums //

Isabella Steward Gardner Museum | The MFA | Harvard Museum of Natural History | ICA


Indoor/Outdoor Markets

Boston Public MarketCopley Farmer’s Market {Seasonal}


Favorite Restaurants //

Too many to name and too many I still need to try. Here is the latest BOSTON list, and below are some of my tried and true favorites:

Donuts! Union Square Donuts | Blackbird Doughnuts | Dunkin Donuts {yes! I love them!}

Breakfast: Cafe Luna | Tatte Bakery | Brookline Lunch {in Cambridge}

Lunch: Flour Bakery | Clover | Rifrullo Cafe | Sweet Green | Saus

Dinner: ToroIsland Creek Oysters | Loco | Gaslight Brasserie

Coffee, Hot Chocolate! Loyal Nine | L.A. Burdick | The Thinking Cup | Gracenote

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Lastly, I have been keeping tabs with a hastag on instagram #nannersbostonlovelist, and I started a Pinterest Board {including the maps feature}. I will add to both as my weekends take me to new and fun places!


I hope I didn’t miss anything! I am so excited for you to visit.

And don’t forget your camera! There is so much beauty here! You will want to capture it all.

january 2016

january 2016

1 year since we were engaged, 7 months married and just about 5 months with this little snuggle unit. A good run in the books so far and only getting better. Since the excitement of last summer I feel like we’ve really spent a good amount of time just relaxing at home together and soaking it all in. Having a puppy makes for a more homebody life, too. The slow life feels like a good life right now so I’ll take it. :)

Here is a little update from January, 2016…

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This is a close-up of the painting we bought in Positano on our honeymoon. It is the one piece of artwork we purchased on our trip (the only souvenir at all we purchased on our trip actually!) and for many months it just sat tucked away in the closet. A shame, I know but hanging artwork has proved to be hard for me and apparently going to the frame shop is too. I think I also just wanted to find the perfect place for it, you know?

Last week we rearranged our bedroom and the wall space suddenly presented itself perfectly. So it’s currently at the frame shop and will be hanging above our bed soon! ♥

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Did I mention having a puppy is hard work? Up until a few weeks ago we could not trust Pennylane in this room {more specifically on this rug} for fear she would pee on it. THE WORST! I tried to follow all the rules perfectly for housebreaking a pet and STILL the sweet thing continued to fail me. We had baby gates up for months! Fingers crossed we’re past it, but for awhile there I didn’t know if we would ever see the light!

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A fun night out at the ICA a few Thursdays ago. I loved the Black Mountain Collage exhibit about a liberal arts school in North Carolina dedicated to the study of art and art education, focusing on community and creativity. The exhibit is now closed, unfortunately (as is the school), but I enjoyed seeing the many artifacts and reading about the philosophy of teaching and learning there. It sounded to me like a pretty idyllic place!

Afterwards, we went to Row34 and it was delicious. I went with the hot buttered lobster roll and Zan got the whole grilled black sea bass. We shared Brussels sprouts and corn bread and had a great time in a great atmosphere. Still dreaming of the maple butter cornbread. It was wonderful.

Last weekend, Meg came over and spent the night which is always so much fun for me. I miss our years of living together! We watched to movie About Time which is pretty much my favorite movie of all time. Do you know it? It has a really great cast and the best message! I am always smiling so hard at the end, I just can’t help myself.


Walking walking, always walking. And I don’t really mind it one bit. I look forward to the early morning walks around our neighborhood each day. Zan and I usually try to go together, which is nice because sometimes the weeks can get busy and it’s guaranteed spent time together. They wake me up and I always feel good about getting a little exercise in too. Some days Zan doesn’t need leave for work until an hour or more after I do. On those days I get to sleep in a little I don’t really mind those mornings either. :)

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Speaking of framing and hanging up art, this gallery wall took me almost two years to put together. But I did it and I am IN LOVE WITH IT! I cannot even contain my happiness. After rearranging our room I just decided I was ready to tackle it one day, using command strips which eased my fear of knocking so many holes in the wall. I have been collecting this art work for so long it’s nice to finally get to enjoy it!

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And another view of our newly arranged bedroom. It feels so right. For our rehearsal dinner last June, Zan’s aunts blew up our Save the Date on to a foam board for part of the decor. I got a simple frame from ikea (where pretty much all of my frames are from!) and it is one of my favorite peices in our entire home. Such happy memories from such an exciting amazing time.

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Here we are enjoying a sunny Saturday at Cat Rock Park, a new (to us) dog trail park that has a reputation for being the “Disney World for Dogs”. There are tons of paths and open space and even a pond for swimming. At this point we still keep PL on her leash (we don’t want to lose her!) while we walk there but I hope some day we can let her run free.

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New pillows in a favorite room in our house. (They are all my favorite.)

Here she is again, at Cat Rock. What a little love muffin. Can you even handle it? I can never! We are so lucky she’s ours. I say it every day.

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Finding my winter groove and I’ve done a lot of reflecting and cleaning and organizing and just being. Quiet and cozy, the way January is meant to be. ♥

Shackleton’s Journey


Shackleton’s Journey, by William Grill on Goodreads


For a huge portion of the year I teach an integrated reading and social studies unit called “People Who Make a Difference”. Over the course of the unit we visit each of the seven continents and learn about geography, land features, and culture. We also delve heavily into reading biographies on inspiring people who have made a difference throughout history. I love teaching second grade SO MUCH. There is a never-ending supply of things to learn and read and do, each day is the most exciting {and sometimes crazy} race from start to finish. I also LOVE my class this year. They are so motivated and interested, every day is fun and incredibly rewarding.

Over the past two weeks we have been traveling through Antarctica learning about the coldest continent on earth, reading and writing facts about penguins, and seeing the dangers through the eyes the many explorers who have attempted to travel there.

This book about Ernest Shackleton is such a fantastic account of the journey he took exactly one hundred years ago — so many amazingly accurate details and drawings about one brave man and his crew trying (and surviving!) a truly heroic trip to one of the coldest places in the world.

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“I choose life over death for myself and my friends…
I believe it is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the
unknown. The only true failure would be to not explore at all.”

-Ernest Shackleton


We ended our study of Antarctica by writing diary entries from the point of view of the explorers. We painted the papers with tea to make them look old and everyone got so into it! I am so proud of my students and the voice they brought to their writing. Definitely some of their best work this year.