The thought of your child entering Middle School from the nesting safety of our quaint elementary schools was just too difficult to fathom back in June. Now its actually happening, and the emotions ranging from fear and nausea – to excitement and bravado {for both parent and child} are evident.

Navigating Middle School is not easy, seeing your child get on the bus or walk into the school alongside "kids" that shave is quite startling. It's a rough ride in the beginning but it does shake out, and no matter the outcome life lessons are learned {good and bad.} If only we had known what was ahead of us, we could've used tips to make the transition not so daunting. So Betty went and got 'em. We've went to the experts, both parents and professionals to get a handle on what we wish we knew before we knew what we know now {does that even make sense?}

So if you need it, check out Navigating Middle School: A 101 for the overly detailed/neurotic helpful information. For those without Middle Schoolers, get a new recipe, or daydream about a Day Trip to Maine, and relax a little {go ahead, it's ok, you earned it.}


Keep Up

Back To School Boots  


Do you long for a new Trapper Keeper or box of 64 Crayola crayons right about now? Is back-to-school truly your New Year? It is for Redhead Betty.

She drones on about it here>

tomato risotto 160  


Want to know what to do with your Farmers Market Bounty this summer?

Sausage & Tomato Risotto
Forgotten Zucchini Tart
Katia's Gazpacho
Robert's Sweet Corn Risotto
Roast Tomato Tart

kayaks 160 x 140  


Some say it's a great core workout. I say it's a great way to ogle waterfront homes.

Kayaking 101>
Kayak the Weir River Estuary>



Why does Rhode Island seem so exotic? {perhaps it's the mobsters + hipsters vibe? We dunno}

Get your roadtrip on here> 


maine boats  


You can get theyah from heyah– so do!

Antiquing in Maine>
Shopping In Portland> 


green apple on books 160 x 140  


It takes a village, Betty. We can't do all the nagging, cajoling,  teaching on our own. Bring in the big guns.

Find tutors in calculus, Chinese & everything in between here>


Find it, sell it, give it away on the Betty Board.  And get a sitter for the season, quick!

5 Things to do in Boston
Out of town guests? Find 5 things to entertain them in Boston.  Go here> for it.

Go here> to find Betty's Pinterest Boards:
Crafty Tween Girl DIY Projects
Veggie Garden Plans
Cape Cod Interiors 

Local Lobster
Betty bumbled across this post by Bea- La Tartine Gourmande with delicious recipes for what to do with the lobster you’ve picked up.

Music Here & Near 
September 15: Marcia Ball - The Spire
September 16: Chuck McDermott - Club Passim
October 9: Mad Love Festival - South Shore Conservatory
October 14: Peter Parcek 3 - The Spire
October 14: Danielle Miraglia & The Glory Junkies - The Spire
October 15: Aztec Two Step - The Spire
October 21: Patty Larkin - River Club
November 20: Gypsy Style Classical - South Shore Conservatory
December 2: Ellis Paul - River Club
December 10: Session Americana - River Club

For more local music & art events go to McGrathPR.com. There you can sort "tags" to find updated, concerts, art & theater events.

School Info

Hingham Schools
East, South, PRS, Foster, HMS & HHS
Sign up for newsletters, follow on twitter all the info you need.
Keep Up Here>

Hingham Education Foundation (HEF) 
Spelling Bee, Red Apple Program, Fete
Learn about it Here>

Cohasset Schools
Osgood, Deer Hill, CMS and CHS
Lunch Menus, School Calendar and Contact info.
Keep Up Here>

Cohasset Education Foundation (CEF)
Donate to your schools
Go Here>

Norwell Schools
Events, Announcements,Bus routes, you name it.
Keep Up Here>

Scituate Schools
Aspen Log in, contact info, schedules
Keep Up Here>


South Shore Art Center

Cohasset, MA
Find a schedule at South Shore Art Center. To help you select a course right for you, read "How to Select a Painting Class: a 101 Guide"

Hingham Rec Center
All Ages classes
Hingham Recreation Center>
for a schedule

South Shore Community Center
Cohasset, MA
Go to South Shore Community Center> for classes

Norwell Rec Center
All ages programs
Go to Norwell Recreation Center> for classes

The Link-fest

Hingham Public Library
Paul Pratt Public Library {Cohasset}
Norwell Public Library
James Library {Norwell}
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Harvard Natural History Musuem
ICA {Institure of Contemporary Art}
Peabody Essex Museum
Eric Carle Museum of Picturebook Art
DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum


Youth Sports information - go here>
High School schedules and info- go here>