A Cookie Before Dinner is a hyperlocal website focused on encouraging parents in Western Massachusetts to chase a sweet life well lived.

Hi there! I’m NJ and the founder of A Cookie Before Dinner. I am passionate about bringing parents who live in Western Massachusetts together to find community and explore their backyard with their family. I’ve lived in Western MA for over a decade and fallen in love with the amazing amount of activities, museums, outdoor adventures and playgrounds available to parents here.  My kids (son born in 2009 and daughter born in 2013) are obsessed with going on adventures. Which is awesome, because I am too!

In this space, you’ll find a mix of great content to make your life easier as a parent living in the Pioneer Valley. Each month we post a free/cheap activities guide as well as several posts on activities to enjoy with your family. In addition to suggestions for things to do in Western MA with kids, we also write about food your kids will actually eat, products we love, books/crafts and general parenting topics. Coming soon: A daily activities calendar! 

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Some of our most popular Western MA posts include How To Take Your Kids To The Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade , Jesscia’s Boundless Playground In Belchertown  and How To Save Money at Six Flags. 

I grew up in a small town in Illinois and my husband is from Cape Cod. We landed in the Pioneer Valley because of his job, but we don’t have any family nearby. When kids were thrown into the mix, we realized how important it was to build deep friendships with friends who live near us. Those friends, have become our family. It is my hope that you’ll find a great community of friends in Western MA too. In fact, I’ve got a Facebook Group called Western MA Parents where you can connect with other parents who live here!

Because I can’t be everywhere at once, I define Western Massachusetts as Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden County and think of the Berkshires as a separate space. From time to time I cover that area, but our friends at Berkshire Family Focus do a really great job.

In addition to serving our local community, we have found that we’re relevant to parents living outside of our area as well.

One of our most popular posts of all time is 101 Preschool Stocking Stuffers, no candy.  To date, that post has been pinnned over 20,000 times on Pinterest. Other popular posts include How To Save Money On Groceries Without Coupons, Pickle Wrap Dip and What To Do With Your Leftover Halloween Candy. 

Also, I have collaborated with a lot of nationally recognized brands to produce content on their behalf. If you are a brand looking for an influencer, I’d love to speak to you! You can reach me at acookiebeforedinner@gmail.com for my media kit and rates.

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One of my greatest joys is community and I’d love to connect with you beyond this blog. My email is acookiebeforedinner@gmail.com . Or you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

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