My Favorite Things This Week 3/17

my faves for this week:

1. Maple Syrup Festival
2. Chartreuse & Co.
3. Grief is Love

4. Car seat travel tray


Hosted by the Friends of Cunningham Falls State Park and Gambrill State Park, this event has been a staple in Frederick County for more than 50 years.

Events take place each day of the event from 10AM to 2PM. A sign language interpreter will be stationed at the Sugar Shack. Syrup-making demonstrations and hayrides take place every hour on the hour. $5 donation per person is requested at the entrance. Maple syrup sales are cash-only. 

Proceeds from the Maple Syrup Festival benefit the nonprofit Friends of Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks. 

Cunningham Falls State Park (William Houck Area)

14039 Catoctin Hollow Road Thurmont, MD 21788


Spring is here and that means Chartreuse is open- hooray!  Visit them March 17-19 from 10 am – 4 pm for food trucks, wine, cocktails, baked goods, local plants, and lots of shopping – vintage, antique, and new. 


4005 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD 21704


I’ve already read it twice. It’s just that good. If you’re experiencing grief, anticipatory grief, or any type of loss, this is a book worth reading. (Or, if you’re me, listening. I loooove audiobooks.)

In beautiful, compassionate prose, Lee elegantly offers wisdom about what it means to authentically and defiantly claim space for grief’s complicated feelings and emotions. And Lee is no stranger to grief herself, she shares her journey after losing her mother and a pregnancy. These losses transformed her life and led her to question what grief really is and what healing actually looks like. In this book, she the author reveals the key factors that proper healing requires: permission, care, feeling, grace, and more.


This is silly, so it’ll be my last favorite of the week, but dang, I love this little Travel Tray. It keeps snacks and drinks out of your child’s lap, right at their side using their current cupholder. It comes with an adapter and “grippi” to provide 4 different sizes, allowing you to adapt to most cup holders. Bonus info: it’s dishwasher-safe, free from BPA, PHT, and PVC. 

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