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We’re back from New England…

and…

WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

First, I want to send out a big THANK YOU to all of you who entered the contest.

And now without further ado..

it’s time to get down to business!

So you must be wondering what quintessential New England treasure(s) I found.

I had no idea what I would find, but the one thing that a New England autumn is known for is fall foliage, maple syrup and pumpkins!

On our fifth day, we hadn’t really experienced true fall foliage because up until that point it had been an unseasonably warm autumn.

Although our first days in Boston followed by Maine gave us just a small sampling of fall foliage, the autumn we hoped for started once we entered New Hampshire!

Green leaves were being overtaken by bursts of reds, yellows and oranges – a glorious display that made my heart beat faster with every turn of the road!

One thing I really enjoyed photographing in addition to autumn leaves were covered bridges, and New England had them in abundance!

But what’s better than a cute covered bridge in the heart of New Hampshire…?

A cute covered bridge that has a souvenir shop inside!  (Squeals of delight!!!)

Behold the Bartlett Covered Bridge!

Talk about a kid in a candy store!

Hubby watched our son so I could play (as he calls it) and see if anything caught my eye.

And something did…

The Birch Necklace

It reads:

“The gleaming white bark of the silver birch and its graceful branches have rightfully earned the name ‘lady of the woods’. This product contains a real leaf that has been carefully selected, preserved and transformed from nature into treasure.”

How could I refuse?

It’s so delicate, and the light just dances off of the leaves, and the color, well…it just truly represents a New England autumn!

I hope the winner enjoys wearing this autumn-themed necklace all year round!

But wait…there’s more!

How can I not include something maple-y in this prize package?

As we drove south on Vermont’s Scenic Byway Route 100, we stopped off at Cold Hollow Cider Mill to enjoy lunch, try some cider and of course, check out the gift shop!


This Maple Flavored Pop was too cute to pass up!

We stocked up on these for my hubby’s team at work and also one for the winner (ok and one for me too!!!)

Our second to last day found us back in Massachusetts on the Mohawk Trail in search of the Johnny Appleseed trail.

After getting turned around a few times, we literally stumbled upon Sholan Farms in the town of Leominster.

Sholan Farms

Filled with pumpkins, produce and autumn-y goodies…

I couldn’t refuse to check it out!

Well before I knew it, the Wicked Pumpkin Crunch lotion was in our car going back to the hotel with us!

After testing out the sample, I thought, now THIS is autumn!
I mean, who doesn’t want to smell like pumpkin pie?!
And bonus – it’s made locally!

So there you have it!

One lucky winner will receive the Birch Necklace, the Maple Flavored Pop and the Wicked Pumpkin Crunch lotion!

Now it’s time for the second item of business – who won?!

Rafflecopter did the honors and randomly selected the winner out of the 225 entries.

Can we have a drum roll please?

And the winner of the New England Mystery Giveaway is…

(Round of applause echoing through cyberspace!)

Congratulations Robyn!!!

I hope you enjoy wearing this necklace as you savor the maple leaf pop and indulge your senses with pumpkin crunch lotion!

Robyn, please email me the address you’d like to have your goodies shipped to at passporttobliss@gmail.com.

If I don’t hear from you by midnight (PST) on Wednesday, October 11th, another winner will be announced on Thursday, October 12th.

Thanks again to all who entered.

Stay tuned for a recap of our New England adventures!

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HAPPY FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN!!!!!

Hi everyone!

I’m back!

Well, I haven’t really gone anywhere except into motherhood overdrive!

I’ve been so busy with the many facets of being a mom that this blog, which was once treated like my baby (before baby), has sadly taken a back seat.

Summer hasn’t given us many opportunities for family travel, and the motivation to write just hasn’t been there…until now! 

That’s right, I’m excited to say that in one short week, hubby, baby toddler and I will be boarding a plane and taking the red eye to…New England!

A destination that was once unchecked on our bucket list will soon be crossed off, and I look forward to giving you a first hand account of our New England road trip and the many adventures we will surely have with our squirmy, curious, happy, fussy, soon-to-be 2 year old!

Our itinerary will consist of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont…but I must say, even though I’m looking forward to exploring all 4 beautiful states, I’m looking forward to Maine the most!

Why Maine?

Well, ever since grade school, I was fascinated by lighthouses, and I envisioned myself living in a Maine lighthouse.  The thought of this California girl traveling to the easternmost state and being in charge of lighting the way for souls at sea pulled at my imagination! To me, Maine was the ultimate nautical destination, and it had an aura of mystery! I also was pretty certain I’d marry a Maine fisherman while I was living in my Maine lighthouse! (And this was all from the mind of an 11 year old!)

Well, even though it was a nice childhood dream, little did I know that a much better California dream would unfold that didn’t include a lighthouse or a fisherman!

Things happen for a reason!

So here we are, getting ready for our first extended trip with our youngin’ to a place I’ve only dreamed of.

I also can’t wait to experience a REAL AUTUMN and to also brush up on one of my favorite hobbies…photography!

With the recent California drought, we get to experience leaves in various shades of brown.

It doesn’t make for a thrilling autumn, but the influx of pumpkin spice lattes at most coffee shops slightly makes up for it!

I must say though…I don’t know how I’ll react when I witness the vibrant punch of reds, oranges and yellows painted across New England!

I might just shed a tear!

To commemorate our journey and to KICK OFF THE FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN (WOOHOO!) , I’m having a fun little

As in true Passport to Bliss style, this giveaway is so mysterious, even I don’t know what I’m giving away!

As we peruse quaint little New England shops and markets, I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for something quintessentially New England…or maybe it’ll be something that truly represents autumn, or…who knows!

So how do I enter, you ask?

Well, it’s really easy.

Follow this link to enter the drawing via Rafflecopter, and choose your entry option! Or you can do all 3 and increase your chances of winning!

The giveaway begins TODAY (September 22nd) and will close at midnight (PST) on Sunday, October 8th. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 9th.
*Open to U.S. & Canada residents only!*

It’s just my little way to say thanks for just dropping by or following me (even though I’ve been on a mommyhood hiatus) and for being so awesome!

Good Luck to you all….

& HAPPY AUTUMN!

 

 

 

 

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