Jaci Arnone

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Having grown up in Southeastern Massachusetts, Jaci chose the Ocean State to raise her family after stints on the West Coast, Southern Florida, and a few cities in between. Jaci is a freelance writer and part-time researcher in the nonprofit world, although spends most of her time as a chauffeur, activities coordinator, and conflict mediator for her four children. Her hobbies include combing thrift stores for treasures, competing in triathlons, and surfing at local and not so local beaches with her husband and kids. Jaci also blogs here: http://spiderbyte.typepad.com/

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Today’s Home Work: Roisin McGettigan

Today’s Home Work: Roisin McGettigan

[ 1 ] July 26, 2012 |

Roisin McGettiga is an Irish runner who specializes in the 3000 metres steeplechase. She graduated from Providence College in 2003 and competed in the her first Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing. In addition to her ongoing training/professional running career, she also is a business owner and a new mom.

Jaci Arnone recently interviewed Roisin for our Home Work series. We love getting to know parents and learning how they manage to squeeze in work time at home (whether working for someone else or running their own business) along with juggling kids, home life, and childcare (or lack of it).

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Build It and They Will Come

Build It and They Will Come

[ 1 ] July 20, 2011 |

Feeling the pressure of facing another season with an unproductive garden? Are your less than attentive gardening methods causing your neighbors to scowl? Feeling like you’d rather be beaching it this summer than pulling weeds?

For me, it’s all of the above. So we’re trying a no-fail, maintenance free approach this year. We’ve turned our notoriously unsuccessful backyard plot into a Fairy Garden. It’s easy, cheap, better looking than my poor excuse for a garden last year, and fun for the kids…huge points for me!

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Mystery Trip: Concord

Mystery Trip: Concord

[ 2 ] May 23, 2011 |

Like many other families, this year’s April vacation was of the staycation variety. But after keeping it local for a few days, I felt the urge to cast the net into new territory. So we embarked on what my kids call a Mystery Trip. We set out in the morning equipped with a days’ necessities (snacks, misc. spare clothing, a reloaded Starbucks card) and only a very loose game plan.

Since my older son recently finished a book report on Henry David Thoreau, I thought Walden Pond was a great place to start. I have to admit that although I grew up in Massachusetts, I’ve never been to Concord or the surrounding areas.

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Local Haunts

Local Haunts

[ 2 ] October 11, 2010 |

By Jaci Arnone What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than visiting one of our local historic cemeteries.  It’s one of our family’s favorite autumn past times, when the weather is perfect for leaf and grave peeping.  And with over 2,800 historic cemeteries in Rhode Island alone, we have plenty to choose from. […]

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Ladies, Are You Ready to Rock?

Ladies, Are You Ready to Rock?

[ 2 ] July 16, 2009 |

Do you embarrass your kids with your killer air guitar riffs? Channel your inner Janis Joplin in the shower? Sneak downstairs for one more round of Rock Band after the kids go to bed? Well, this summer you have the chance to make all your Rock dreams come true! Girls Rock! Rhode Island recently announced […]

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IKEA: Weekday Fun for Kids

IKEA: Weekday Fun for Kids

[ 12 ] March 16, 2009 |

For those of you who have only visited IKEA on the weekends when the aisles are jam-packed with shoppers, you are probably thinking that pitching IKEA as a destination for kid-friendly fun is a bit of a stretch.  But, can you keep a secret? I recently discovered that IKEA during the week is simply not […]

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Bento Mania

Bento Mania

[ 10 ] October 28, 2008 |

Honestly, is there anything cuter than Hello Kitty molded to perfection out of sticky rice? Or more enticing to your kids than hard-boiled eggs pressed into the shape of Mr. and Mrs. Pac Man complete with nori Power Dots? If you think I’m kidding, try searching “Bento” on flickr.com, and you’ll find over 67,000 images […]

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With Jam in Your Toes and Fingers Up Your….

With Jam in Your Toes and Fingers Up Your….

[ 2 ] July 25, 2008 |

I don’t think I’m sharing anything off the “best-kept secret” list here. Actually, I’m beginning to believe that the Toe Jam Puppet Band is edging up there with the Big Blue Bug as part of Rhode Island’s popular culture. But I urge you, if you haven’t brought your little ones to a Toe Jam show, […]

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rhode trip: Carousels around Rhode Island

rhode trip: Carousels around Rhode Island

[ 10 ] June 18, 2008 |

Nothing quite says summer has arrived like our first ride of the season on the Looff Carousel at Crescent Park. This year as we sat outside the pavilion enjoying a frozen lemonade and reveling in the thrill of our first ride, I couldn’t help but wonder about the story behind this Rhode Island treasure. I […]

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Helping Kids Help Others

Helping Kids Help Others

[ 5 ] April 23, 2008 |

I would like to introduce Jaci Arnone, a new contributing writer for Kidoinfo. Having grown up in Southeastern Massachusetts, Jaci chose the Ocean State to raise her family after stints on the West Coast, Southern Florida, and a few cities in between. Although she works part time as a prospect researcher in the nonprofit world, […]

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