I live north of Boston, with my husband, two son's and dog (who is more like a child than a dog). We love to make the most out of each and every day and could easily be described as a family on the go. By day I am a social worker who works with older adults. By night I write and blog at The Family That Laughs Together I try my best to parent mindfully, learn from the moments and enjoy the ride.

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Thankful for A House Full of Boys

By Laurie Grant

With Thanksgiving a week away I can’t help but reflect on where I am today, in the moment. Today I am the mother of two young boys, one a spunky 3.5 the other just 2 weeks old and hanging right now in my baby wearing sling.  My 3.5 year old is at pre-school so I […]

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Sweet and Tasty Pumpkin Pie Dip

By Laurie Grant

I am making this Pumpkin Pie Dip for a Halloween Party this weekend and wanted to share.    It is way easier than it looks and OH so tasty.  I made this dish last year and had friends who literally stood by the bowl and dipped their cookies for most of the night (you know […]

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Let’s All Go to the Topsfield Fair

By Laurie Grant

Have you heard the joke about the 9 month pregnant lady, pre-schooler, and tired husband who went to the fair?  No? I’m not surprised.  Our trip to the fair wasn’t very funny, but it was fun and as always an adventure. The idea to go to the Topsfield Fair was spontaneous and not very planned […]

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Haunted Halloween in Salem

By Laurie Grant

Living near Salem, MA is great for a lot of reasons– easy access to Boston, the coast line, lower taxes, but the absolute best reason I enjoy living around here is Halloween! Salem is cleverly known as Witch City and it has so much to offer the ghoul in you during the month of October.  Haunted Happenings […]

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Very Pregnant Halloween Costumes

By Laurie Grant

What’s a pregnant gal to do in Salem on Halloween?  Dress up of course! I finally found something to be excited about and look forward too as I approach my 9th month.  The protruding belly can be used as a prop.  Adding to my costume and appeal as I waddle around Salem, MA.  I might […]

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Bradley Palmer State Park- Wading Pool

By Laurie Grant

One of my family’s favorite places to beat the heat in the summer is Bradley Palmer State Park.  The park offers you over 721 acres of trails, meadows, wild life and a water park.  Yes, you read that right.  A little known secret about this beautiful state park located in Topsfield, MA is that there […]

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Wild in Peabody – Home Gardening in Massachusetts

By Laurie Grant

If you happen to be in Peabody and want to see a sight that is truly wild and free stop by our WILD vegetable garden.  It is an attraction not to be missed.  There is no admission fee, at this time, although we might ask you to pull a few weeds. I am not sure […]

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Zucchini A Plenty? Garden Zucchini Lasagna

By Laurie Grant

Our vegetable garden is bursting right now and I am searching for recipes to keep up with the produce.  I thought I would share this easy and delicious dish that I will be making tonight for the second week in a row!  I am not one to make a dish two weeks in a row […]

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What I’ve Learned at Pre-School

By Laurie Grant

It was a big transition moving from a day care oriented class to a pre-school classroom, for me. My son, on the other hand, adjusted just fine, taking his traditional three days to adapt and move on.  Moving to pre-school meant leaving behind the small class where the teachers had the time to welcome you […]

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What’s My Name Fool?

By Laurie Grant

Are you happy with your name?  Do you think it fits your personality?  Would you change it or have you changed it? Lately I have been thinking a lot about names, namely because I am about to name someone in a few short months.   It is a lot of responsibility and a very personal decision […]

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