Jun 252016
 

Red White & Blue Freeze Pops Recipe

The Fourth of July is such a fun holiday.  The cookouts, swimming, fireworks, spending time out in the sun with friends & family – what better way to celebrate Independence Day could there be?  I look forward to the 4th every year and this year will be no different. We usually host a cookout at our house and in addition to the mountain of burgers, hot dogs, steaks and chicken we’ll be having – there will be an additional mountain of desserts.  These red white and blue freeze pops are festive and the kids always love them.  They’ll be running around playing in the back yard for hours that day, so these are the perfect way for them to cool off. Plus, they are tasty and wicked easy to make.

Here’s What You Need

  • Red, white, and blue Gatorade
  • 3oz paper cups
  • Craft sticks

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Here’s What You Do

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Jun 252016
 

My Child Got Diagnosed With ADD - Now What

Last week I told you the story of how my son got diagnosed with ADD. If you didn’t read it, I suggest doing so before you read on – just so you have the backstory. It was a long process and definitely not an easy one. What I didn’t mention before was that when my son got his ADD diagnosis from the neuropsychologist, he was also diagnosed with depression & anxiety. Not only that, the neuropsychologist recommended that my son needed some OT (occupational therapy) and speech therapy. She explained to his father and me that our son had some auditory processing issues and was only catching every one out of 16 words that were spoken to him. The ADD diagnosis was expected when we got the results of his testing and I suppose it wasn’t a huge surprise that he had auditory issues, but the depression and anxiety were certainly news to his father and I.

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But now that we had an official diagnosis, we could start getting our son the help he needed. A copy of the neuropsychologist’s report was sent to me, his father, his school and his pediatrician and once everyone had a copy, things started happening pretty fast. Appointments were set up with both his school and his pediatrician and I am going to break each one down.

IEP (Individualized Education Plan) Meeting 

Once a special needs student is diagnosed, the school sets up an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting. That’s where parents and people from the school (teachers, the school psychologist, etc) meet to discuss that particular student’s needs and how they will be able to help that student succeed.  Someone from the SPED (Special Education Department) called me the day after receiving the report to set up the appointment.  My understanding is that they had 10 business days from receipt of the report, so I was thrilled that they called me right away to set up the meeting.

Before I go any further, I want to tell you how much I LOVE my kids school. My oldest is now in the middle school (which I am also very happy with) and he had a wonderful experience at the elementary school year after year. You know how you buy a house in a town because you hear the school system is good, but because you either don’t have kids yet or you do, but they are not school age at that point, you don’t really know until your kids are enrolled in the school system? I knew pretty much right away as soon as my oldest went into kindergarten that I made the right decision and could not possibly love the school system in my town any more than I do. Seriously, they go over and above where our kids are concerned and I could never possibly thank them enough for all they do.

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But anyways, back to the IEP meeting.

The day of the meeting, my son’s father and I met with his teacher (who has been absolutely phenomenal), a few ladies from the SPED (Special Education Department), the school’s Speech Language Pathologist, the Occupational Therapist and the school psychologist. About half way into the meeting, the principal joined us because we wanted to speak with him about the possibility of retaining him in 3rd grade. His father and I have decided to move ahead with the retention, but at that point it was still in question.

Anyhow, the meeting took about 90 minutes. My son’s teacher spoke at length about his behavior in class and his concerns. I was thankful for his brutal honestly, but in fairness we’ve met with him a few times since he took over the class in January and he’s never been anything less than forthcoming with us. Neither my son’s father or myself have ever been in denial about his situation, so we’ve always felt that we’ve been able to handle whatever his teachers have told us.

In addition to my son’s teacher speaking about his concerns, the school psychologist went over some of the findings from the neuropsychologist’s report. The ladies from the SPED department were both constantly asking questions to find out as much information as they could about our son and recording the information the entire time. They wanted to gather as much information from his teacher and both of us parents as they could to make an informed decision regarding his education.

After all was said and done, I was extremely happy with the results of the IEP meeting. My little guy is going into an inclusion classroom next year, which is what I was truly hoping for. In addition to the teacher, there will be a full time aide in the classroom. My son does better in small groups and that’s a lot easier to accomplish in an inclusion classroom. He’s also getting involved in a peer group at school, which I think is super important since he’s repeating third grade and will be with a whole new set of kids. I want him to make new friends – not that I am worried about that at all because he’s really friendly and outgoing, but since retention isn’t that common anymore these days, I don’t want it to be a huge blow to his confidence, which is already low at this point in time (the depression and anxiety).

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He will also be getting extra help in math & reading (visual aides as well as step by step instructions for math), as well as a behavior chart to help keep track of daily issues such as not paying attention or off task. His current teacher does this and it works really well for him. Oh, and he’ll be getting some extra time to complete his standardized testing from now on. There is a written copy of his IEP coming in the mail & I haven’t gotten it as of yet, but since school just got out for the summer last week, I don’t need it right at this moment.

It was also decided at the IEP meeting that my son was going to get his OT (occupational therapy) and Speech evaluations through the school. Since the meeting was taking place so late in the year, those evaluations will be done in September. Both my son’s dad and I were ok with that and will both go back in for the results once they are in. If he needs services for either one – or both – they will be done through the school.

One of my concerns about my son repeating third grade was that he wasn’t going to be challenged enough, but the school is going to work with him to ensure he’s being challenged next year.  I could not be happier with the help that the school is providing to my son and I am so thankful that they care so much.

Pediatrician Visit

So here’s the question – to medicate or not to medicate. Guys, there is no right or wrong here. Each parent has to decide what is best for their own family and not be made to feel bad about that decision. You know your family best and you know what will work for your family individually. My son’s father and I were both in agreement that we wanted to try medication for him. The poor kid just cannot focus. We’ve tried giving him a stress ball, which definitely helps, but the attention and being able to focus is definitely still a major issue.

My son, his dad and I met with the pediatrician to discuss our options.  I love my kids pediatrician as much as I love their school – just so you know. He’s a phenomenal doctor and I just adore him.

Anyhow, we had a half hour consult scheduled with the pediatrician at the end of his day and he spent well over an hour with us.  Both myself and my son’s dad had a lot of questions and the pediatrician was more than happy to spend the time with us to ensure that we were well informed as his parents.  By the time our visit was over, both my son’s father and I felt satisfied that medication was the best option for him. His pediatrician agreed as well.

When kids start medication for ADD/ADHD, it’s not something that’s regulated by weight like other medications such as antibiotics are.  It’s trial and error and based on the child’s metabolism and the medication effects everyone differently.  The pediatrician said he had a high school student of his on a very low dose, but has a six year old on a much higher one.  The medication is designed to help focus improve and stop a lot of that fidgeting that kids with ADD do.  My son literally would not be able to sit still for even a whole minute prior to the medication. I had no issue with it, but I know it’s not considered acceptable at school and I hate to see him get in trouble at school for something that is not his fault.  While my son’s school is AWESOME, I know that the fidgeting would become more of an issue when he gets into older grades.

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The medication is to be given at the same time each morning and will wear off between 6-9 hours later.  It’s just enough to get the kids through the school day and wears off by dinner time.

A big part of our decision to medicate was how it was going to help slow down our son’s decision making process.  He’s very impulsive and makes a lot of bad choices because his brain can’t slow down long enough for him to stop & think about the consequences of his actions.  The medication will help him slow down just enough to (hopefully) see the big picture and make better choices.  I will definitely keep you updated on it, though.  We just started medication two weeks ago and while the fidgeting has stopped and the focus has improved – we are all still learning.

And in case you happen to be feeling judgy about our decision, I offer you this:  I was always one of those moms that swore up and down that I would never medicate my kids if they ever got diagnosed with ADD.  I was dead set against it until I was in that situation and saw that the benefits far outweighed the negatives in our situation.  So you just never know. Each situation is different and we all have to do what’s best for us.

Therapy

The neuropsychologist recommended getting our son into therapy with a child psychologist for the depression and anxiety. The thing is, child psychologists aren’t as easy to come by as you would think. There are a lot of them around, but after calling at least 10 different ones in my area, none of them seem to take on new patients. It was a pretty frustrating week of leaving messages and waiting for calls back only to find out these people couldn’t help me. I ended up coming across a social worker in a neighboring town who not only specialized in helping kids with ADD, but also depression and anxiety. I set up an initial meeting with her so that his dad & I could make sure she would be a good fit for our son. We wanted to meet her alone (without our son) the first time and we both mutually agreed that she was going to be a great fit for him. She sees my son once a week and seems to be making some good progress with him, so we are very happy with that.

My ex-husband, both of my son’s step parents and myself just want to the best for him. The four of us get along really well and we all are actively involved parents, which is the best thing when it comes to our son. I am happy with all of the progress we’ve made in treatment over the last month and I love the “team” that we have helping us. I am happy that my son is going to have a much better school year starting in September.

I will definitely keep you updated once he goes back to school, but things are definitely looking up for him as of right now.

Jun 202016
 

How to Save Money on Theme Park Souvenirs

If you have ever been to a theme park, you know that there are very few ways to do it super frugally. The food can cost a lot, getting in the gate can be ridiculous and then, of course, there are all the things kids (and adults) will want from all the gift shops. If you don’t want to spend far out of your budget on these items, here are some tips on how to save money on souvenirs at theme parks.

How to Save Money on Souvenirs at Theme Parks

Look for discounts at area grocery stores. Many times, you will find discount tickets for getting in the gate, but you can also find park “bucks” (some parks offer them) to use in the park with tickets as a package that you can use to buy your souvenirs.

Buy souvenirs before you go to the park. If you are heading to a place like Disney World, you can buy all kinds of merchandise that could be souvenirs if you buy them right before you go to the park. Buy fun T­-shirts to wear to the park to help stave off the ‘I wants’ when you come across them in stores and gift shops. Continue reading »

Jun 202016
 

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5 ways to workout at the beach

I have been really trying to help my family live a healthier lifestyle lately. We have been eating better and getting more exercise and honestly it feels great. I have started working out a few times a week and we also do things together as a family, like hiking and bike riding. It’s been a wonderful way for my family to spend some quality time together. I have been really making an effort to be more active and it’s become something that I enjoy and look forward to. This weekend I had some free time and I decided what better way to enjoy the nice weather than doing my workout on the beach.

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So picture this – me on the beach in a bikini with perfect hair and makeup, working out while looking flawless and barely breaking a sweat. Okay, okay, you got me – I really did go to the beach to work out but I definitely wasn’t looking like a supermodel in the process, haha. I did get in a nice workout though and it felt amazing to be out in the sun with such a beautiful view of the water. Continue reading »

Jun 202016
 

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This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

When my boys were babies, Pampers were my diaper of choice. Pampers diapers provided overnight protection that helped them get a good nights sleep, which is important so they can achieve their dreams! Pampers knows that the big dreams of babies start with a good night’s sleep, which is why they’ve created products designed to help little ones sleep comfortably by offering overnight protection.

When the baby gets a good night’s sleep, so do mommy and daddy!  When everyone sleeps well, they wake up well rested and ready to conquer their dreams.

Pampers is thrilled to partner with swimmer Dana Vollmer, for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which is her first Olympic Games since giving birth to her son, Arlen, this past March.

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The love, support and encouragement from her family are what led Dana back to the pool. Her journey to Rio is one that she will share with them, and her goal of winning gold at this year’s Olympic Games is not just her dream – it’s her family’s dream. Continue reading »

Jun 192016
 

Getting An ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) Diagnosis

My youngest son, who is going on nine in August is the sweetest little boy I know. He is thoughtful, caring, considerate, polite, adaptable, shrewd, kind and absolutely hilarious. He is definitely one of a kind and frankly, he has so many endearing qualities that I could never possibly list them all.

In case you missed it, his birthday is in August. In the town we live in the cutoff for the school year is September 1st meaning that if you are born by August 31st, you are eligible to start school at age 5, but if your birthday falls after the cutoff, you have to wait a year. Kids born on say September 2nd (and after, of course) end up turning six while they are in kindergarten while my son was barely five when he started and didn’t turn six until right before he started first grade. He’s been the youngest in his class since he started kindergarten, but my other son – who also has an August birthday- did just fine going to kindergarten so young.

Sadly, it was a completely different story for my little guy.

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Before I tell you about what’s going on with school, I want you to know that my son went to preschool for two years prior to starting kindergarten and even though I saw signs that led me to think he might not be ready for kindergarten yet, his preschool teacher insisted he’s do just fine. I should have went with my gut. Continue reading »

Jun 142016
 

Homemade Aloe Ice Cubes For Soothing Sunburn Relief

If you’ve ever gotten a sunburn, you know that they are really painful.  I’ve had my fair share of sunburns over the years, some worse than others, and they are no fun. And once you get a sunburn there is no way to cure it. Once the damage is done, it’s done.

Using aloe vera for sunburn relief is easy and popular home remedy to soothe some of the pain associated with the burn.

Aloe vera gel contains salicylic acid (which is also found in aspirin) which helps to relieve the pain and reduce swelling.  It also contains polysaccharides, which promote cell rejuvenation, vitamin E, which helps moisturize your skin and my favorite benefit of using Aloe vera gel is that it’s antibacterial, so it helps to keep you burned skin from getting infected.

If you’ve ever tried using Aloe gel on a sunburn you probably noticed the cooling sensation you got when you first put it on the burn. You can take that instant comfort to the next level by freezing some Aloe gel in ice cube trays.  It will help to numb the pain while the aloe does its magic.

Here’s What You Need to make your aloe ice cubes:

  • Aloe Vera gel
  • silicone star mold
  • Freezer

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Here’s What You Do:

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Jun 132016
 

Why It's Important To Keep Up A Routine During The Summer

School is finally out for summer and it’s time for some fun in the sun! The end of the school year brings a welcome relief and well needed break from waking up at the crack of dawn, doing homework and early bedtimes – not only for the kids but for the parents as well. I mean, let’s face it, by the time summer vacation begins I am ready to break out a bottle of wine and celebrate, I can only imagine how great my boys feel when the last day of school is finally here.

So, I completely understand the temptation to let the whole school year routine take a backseat to having a super fun summer. You may consider forgetting bedtimes, chores, curfews and the regular rules of the household and let the kids just be kids and enjoy their summer. You may even think this is a pretty good idea; after all, the routine will always be there when you’re ready to go back to it, right? Now, the routine may still be there, but your sanity as well as the sanity of your children may not be there at that point. That’s why it’s so important to keep up a routine during the summer months.

Like I said earlier, we all need a break. Parents and children deserve to have a break and enjoy their time while they take that break, so I am not saying that you have to stick to the same routine that you follow during the school year. It’s okay to to keep the rules in place and modify them a bit. This allows you to keep the structure that you work so hard on while school is in session while still cutting you all some slack and taking time to experience the joy of a carefree summer. With some of these simple changes to your normal routine you can make it happen easier than you think. Continue reading »

Jun 122016
 

NYC Subway Yay or Nay

There are pros and cons to every form of transportation in a busy city. This is especially amplified in a huge and bustling city like New York City. In New York City the most popular choice is often the NYC Subway system. It is an interesting facet of the way the city functions and above all else it is part of what keeps the city running! As a tourist attraction it can be a complex subject. Use this guide to the NYC Subway to decide for yourself if it is a Yay or a Nay.

I think it’s always best to end on a high note so let’s cover the downsides first…

  • Remember you are in a city…a hugely populated city that never seems to stop moving. The subway is always busy and from a tourist standpoint this can be extremely overwhelming especially with kids.
  • Again, hugely busy and full of all kinds of travelers…the subway is going to be dirty and often it is clouded by the elements. Because it is underground it is semi protected but it is hot in the summer and cold in the winter.
  • The underground location and the natural (and unnatural) dirt attract a variety of furry critters. Don’t be surprised if you see mice, rats, and other rodents.
  • Because the NYC Subway system is such a large part of how people who live in the city get around you should expect it to be busy and crowded. That being said, not everyone shares you sense of hygiene or manners. Touch things and then sanitize or keep your hands to yourself!
  • The trains run underground for the most part so you shouldn’t plan to be able to work on emails, text messages, etc. Cell service can be intermittent at best.
  • Like all forms of transportation that run on a schedule you can miss trains, or be late because the train is running behind…plan ahead.

Don’t let that list overwhelm you! There are some really cool points about the NYC Subway system and some great pros to taking a ride! Continue reading »

Jun 122016
 

Easy Kids Snack Red White and Blue Sour Skewers

Every year we host a huge cookout on July 4th.  Ok, maybe huge is a bit of an exaggeration, but each year we normally have between 20-30 people at our house for some great food, even better company and maybe a sparkler or two.  As the years have passed, families have grown and what used to be 4 or 5 kids at the cookout every year is now fifteen plus.  The more the merrier and being the people pleaser that I am, I tend to go a little overboard with the food.  Being the mom of a picky eater has really opened my eyes when it comes to feeding the kiddos, and the way I figure is if the kids are happy (and their tummies are full) – everyone is happy!  Am I right?

The best part of any cookout is the desserts. Fact.  Dessert is my favorite part of any meal and I make sure to make a few extra special things just for the kids.   Every kid that I have ever met loves these Red White and Blue Sour Skewers – and guess what?  They couldn’t be easier to make, which makes them a perfect kid-friendly dessert to serve at your July 4th cookout, too!

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Here’s what you need:

  • Blue Sour Patch Kids
  • Watermelon
  • Regular Size Marshmallows
  • Food Picks (we got ours from the dollar store)

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Jun 072016
 

So lets talk laundry detergent… I don’t know about your house, but in ours we ALL have sensitive skin. Trying to find a laundry detergent that all of our skin agreed with was very painful to say the least. It can not have any scents or dyes added to it. No parabens or sulfates…. It is a headache to stand in an aisle and read label after label so I decided to make my own.

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I started my research and asked some friends locally who made their own and what they liked. Right away I knew I did not want to mess with the liquid form. Seemed like a lot more work than I wanted to do. So powder it was. Now which of the thousands of recipes did I want to try.

My first recipe contained the Fels Naptha soap in it (picture below). With that recipe you had to shred the bar of soap into your laundry detergent….. So I grabbed the cheese grader…. And lost half of my knuckles I swear. This is a very tough hard bar of soap. But success, between me and my hubby we got 2 of them shredded. Mixed up the recipe and fail. The fels naptha did not dissolve in the water. Instead it stuck to the clothing and I had to run an extra rinse to get it all out. NOPE!! Back to the drawing board. Continue reading »

Jun 072016
 

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Cheddar Stuffed Burger Bombs

We just love race day in our house.  It’s something that we’ve done as a family since the boys were little and plus it’s an awesome way to get the whole family together for something we all enjoy.  But let’s face it, what’s game day without a great snack?

My family is excessively carnivorous –  they want meat in great quantities.  Maybe it’s because they are all males – who knows? Meatloaf is often on our menu rotation, but we wanted to try something a little different.  In our house, we try to eat healthier most of the time, but some nights I like to treat them with what they really want – generous portions of red meat! The other thing my family can’t get enough of? Cheese! We put it in nearly everything so it was only natural that I pair these two for an awesome race day snack.

Here’s What You Need

  • 1 ½ lbs. ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. dried onion flakes
  • ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1- ½ cups grated cheddar cheese

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Jun 062016
 

7 lawn mower safety tips

There is nothing more relaxing than the sound of a lawn mower and the smell of fresh cut grass, but did you know that thousands are injured each year as a result of mowing their lawn? While lawn mowers give us gorgeous yards, they can also pose many dangers which is why it is always important to practice safety around them. If you are unsure about where to begin, take a look below at 7 lawn mower safety tips that can keep your lawn looking great while keeping you safe at the same time.

1. Service the mower at the start of each season.
Before you mow for the first time of the season, take your mower in to be serviced. Most hardware stores offer this service, and it is a great way to make sure your mower is functioning correctly. The specialist will inspect it and fix any issues that could pose a hazard, helping run not only at its best but safely.

2. Never remove the hazard and warning stickers.
You might like the clean look of a shiny new mower, but keep the warning stickers in place. These serve as important visual reminders of where the blades are and where other hazards are. They can also serve as warnings to children or anyone borrowing your mower. Continue reading »

Jun 052016
 

beach scavenger hunt printable

If you know me in real life, you probably already know that I love the beach. LOVE it. It’s one of my two happy places (the other one is Disney). I always try to make the most of summers here in New England and spend as much time as possible at the beach. I live right off of Cape Cod, but I’m normally found down at First Beach in Newport.  Frankly I don’t get the appeal of the cape and don’t go over the bridge all that often during the summer because it’s too crowded. I get a season parking pass for First Beach year after year and you can usually find me down there several times a week between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

My family got in our first beach day of the year over Memorial Day weekend and we seriously could not have been happier.

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Sadly, the boys don’t love the beach as much as their mom does, so often times they get bored after a few hours. Continue reading »

May 312016
 

Hello Masshole Mommy fans!!!!! My name is Brandi and I am a new blogger that will be submitting some things from time to time. I wanted to give you an introduction to myself so you could get to know me and my crazy life 🙂

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This is my crazy family!! I am a stay at home mom to the 3 beautiful kids you see above. Ronnie is my husband of 4 years this July. He is in the Military. Next is Hailey my step daughter she is 10, next is Colton, our son, who is 3, and last is Bailey, my daughter from a precious marriage, she is 7. We also have 2 dogs, a cat, a fish, and 6 snails…. Yes you read that correct 6 snails… My sons favorite movie at the time….. Turbo… So while gardening he found “Turbos.” He collected them in a cup and set on my counter. Mommy thought they were just empty shells, next thing I knew we had snails on the counter. So what does any good mommy do for their boy… Get a tank, dirt, food and raise snails. Continue reading »

May 302016
 

The Great Escape Room Providence

If you are a regular around here, you already know that I am always on the go & I am always on the hunt for new ways to keep my family – especially the boys, entertained.  Recently the four of us had a chance to check out The Great Escape Room in Providence, RI and not to give too much away right off the bat, we LOVED it.

You’ve probably noticed that escape rooms seem to be popping up more and more & I have been curious for a while now to check one out to see what all the buzz is about. I have never done anything like this before, so I honestly had no idea what to expect. Let me just say that our experience at the Great Escape Room far exceeded my expectations.

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Here’s a little background: “The Great Escape Room is a real-life room escape game based on the popular computer and mobile phone escape games. Escape games are the newest craze sweeping the nation – a fun, team-building, brain-busting experience! After entering a room with your team, the door is locked behind you. 60 minutes are on the clock! You must work together in order to find clues and solve puzzles that will lead you to your escape. It is part scavenger hunt and part puzzle game. Only about 20% of groups are able to meet the challenge and escape in time!” Continue reading »

May 302016
 

Watermelon Ice Pops Recipe

Today is Memorial Day here in the states and we all know that means it’s the unofficial first day of summer!  If you are like me, you’ve been waiting for this day since last summer. Since we only have about three months of warm weather here in New England, I make it my mission to get outside as much as possible while the warm weather is here.  The majority of my time is spent at the beach over the summer, but when I am not there you will find me outside on my deck or back yard.

What’s more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice pop?  I dare say nothing.  These Watermelon Ice Pops are sure to cool you off on the hottest of days this summer – oh and they taste GREAT.

Here’s what you need to make your Watermelon Ice Pops:

  • 3 Pink and 2 green Fla-Vor-Ice pops
  • 1/4 Cup chocolate chips
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Popsicle mold

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Here’s what you do:

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May 292016
 

I have been a New Kids on the Block fan since the beginning. I remember going to see them in concert at the old Foxboro Stadium (before they tore it down and built Gillette Stadium) as a teenager and it was one of my fondest memories of my teen years. The walls of my bedroom were covered in Donnie posters, because he’s the cute one after all, and you could definitely say that I had a mild obsession with the band.

Fast forward to today. The New Kids are just as popular today as they were back then – if not more so. Since they got back together and started touring, I’ve seen them live a few times and I can honestly say they’ve all gotten better with age.

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If you’re a die-hard Blockhead, you know that every year they do a tropical cruise with their fans. It’s the vacation of a lifetime for a true fan and last year the reality show “Rock This Boat” on Pop TV followed along with the adventures that took place on the cruise. The 2nd Season of Rock This Boat is premiering this week. I’ve gotten a sneak peek at the new season and I think you’re going to like it. Continue reading »

May 232016
 

Now that summer is in full swing here in New England, it’s a great time to head out and explore all that western Massachusetts has to offer.  Boasting a wide variety of attractions for every member of the family, western Massachusetts is the place to be. Although we’re been to the western part of our state many times over the years, my family recently spent a fantastic weekend in western Mass.  While we were there, we stayed at the Holiday Inn in Enfield, CT.

When you book a stay at The Holiday Inn Springfield/Enfield, you will get a chance to experience the comfort and charm of all that New England has to offer.  The hotel is only a short drive from Bradley International Airport and Enfield is centrally located between Springfield, MA and Hartford, CT, (right off I-91) which makes this hotel a great choice for travelers.  There’s plenty of free parking, too!

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In addition to a fitness center, indoor/outdoor pools, and on-site recreational activities that include tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, The Holiday Inn Springfield/Enfield offers an airport shuttle to nearby Bradley International for their guests. Continue reading »