Sep 082014
 

Last weekend my family decided that we wanted to spend the day in Boston.  There is so much to do in the city, so we like to get the kiddos in there as much as we can.  Since it was a lovely day out, we decided to take the new Cultural Connector, which is a first-of-its-kind water transportation service that provides a water shuttle linking Boston’s waterfront cultural destinations.

The Cultural Connector can bring you to six different cultural destinations on Boston’s historic waterfront:

  • Institute of Contemporary Art
  •  Tea Party Ships and Museum
  • New England Aquarium
  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Faneuil Hall
  • USS Constitution and Museum

We decided that we wanted to spend our day at New England Aquarium

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I have been to the New England Aquarium many times over the course of my life.  My very first school field trip was to the aquarium (kindergarten) and I love that the aquarium really hasn’t changed much over all these years. Continue reading »

Jul 272014
 

Haunted Boston

Haunted places from houses to building to cemeteries are a part of our culture. Being in a house and then finding out it is haunted can be a bit unnerving. Have you ever gone in search of haunted places when you are traveling? Boston is one of the oldest cities in the US and has no shortage of haunted places to check out. It doesn’t need to be Halloween to get your scare on. Check out these haunted Boston establishments and let me know if you experience any paranormal activity.

Fort Warren

Out on George’s Island at the entrance to the Boston Harbor is Fort Warren. This granite fort was built in the 1940s and housed the prisoners of war during the Civil War for the Confederate Soldiers. Even back then the island had a history of Union soldiers seeing shadows and they also complained about being watched. One woman, called the Lady in Black, was Mrs. Lanier whose husband was being held prisoner at the fort. She broke in to rescue him and during their escape attempt, her husband was shot accidentally from her own gun when a guard knocked the pistol from her hand. Mrs. Lanier was then hung and buried on George’s Island. She is seen quite often wandering the grounds in those same black robes she wore the night she tried to free her husband. Continue reading »

Jul 102014
 

*My family and I were invited to this attend WWE’s Money in the Bank live pay per view event and received tickets at no charge. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Back in March I chaperoned my youngest son’s class field trip to the aquarium.  On both the bus ride to the aquarium and the ride home, all the little boys talked about was wrestling.  John Cena this and Kane that.  It was really cute, but prior to that, I didn’t realize that my son knew anything about any of the WWE wrestlers.  When we got home that night I asked him about it and he sure schooled me.  He knew them all and talked my ear off for a good half hour about the WWE and mostly John Cena.

When my family received an invitation to attend the live pay-per-view (PPV) event, Money in the Bank on June 29, 2014 at the TD Garden in Boston, I knew it was going to be the highlight of my boys summer!

We arrived at the show about an hour before the event started and my boys were super excited when we got there and they saw the ring all set up!

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At the beginning of the show, Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan made an appearance and gave the audience an update on his neck surgery recovery was going.  As soon as they announced his name, the crowd went insane.  They cheered him for a good couple of minutes and after everyone settled down, he told us that he didn’t know when he was going to return and that he actually might need to have another surgery. Continue reading »

May 222014
 

I love living in Boston.  I grew up here and I couldn’t imagine living or raising my children anywhere else.  I could probably give you at least a million reasons why I love living here so much, but one of first things that comes to mind is the sports.  Boston is a huge sports town and we’re very passionate about our teams.

When I got an email from the Boston Red Sox organization recently inviting me to join the Red Sox Family as part of their inaugural Red Sox Moms Club, I don’t think I could have responded with a very enthusiastic YES any faster.  The Red Sox Moms Club is a  group of influential moms who live in the Boston area and over the 2014 season I am going to be telling you about some of the events, information and activities happening within the Red Sox organization.

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There is an amazing event coming up at Fenway Park, which is the home of the Boston Red Sox, that I got to preview last week and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

FenwaYoga.

That’s right, a yoga session right inside historic Fenway. Continue reading »

May 152014
 

She’s a figure skater, an activist, an entrepreneur and a busy mom.  She is Kristi Yamaguchi and she recently paired up wit Alpine Lace® Deli Cheese to share some of the ways in which she balances life.  Alpine Lace and Kristi held an event in Boston recently so that Kristi could talk a little bit about how she establishes a balance between work, family and play – and guess who was invited?  That’s right, moi!

The event was  held up on the rooftop deck of the Taj Boston hotel.  As soon as I arrived, Kristi was sharing three of her top life ingredients – the things that she needs for a happy, healthy life.

Family, Fun and Career.

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Apr 242014
 

Today is a big day here in the Bay State.  It was twenty five years ago (1989) that former Massachusetts Governor, Michael Dukakis, declared today, April 24th, New Kids on the Block Day.

Seriously.

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At the time I didn’t know it yet, but that following summer I was going to be heading to the old Foxboro Stadium (before Gillette) to see the Boston boy band live in the flesh.  At the time, it was the highlight of my young life.

So, in honor of NKOTB Day, go ahead and channel your inner 14 year old and celebrate.

Tell me, which one did you think was the cute one?  FYI – the correct answer is Donnie.

Apr 232014
 

Last Friday I told you about how my site crashed while I was in San Diego last year and that I lost a years worth of posts (heavy sigh).  One of the posts that I lost during that mishap was a post that Chris had written about taking the train to & from work.  He works in Boston and takes the train in and out of the city every day because it’s cheaper and much easier than driving.  I still had the email with the post that he sent me last year, so I wanted to share his post again because I thought it was really good.

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Hello Masshole Mommy readers!  This is Chris here again for another guest post. I recently started to take the train to work instead of having to deal with a one hour commute in traffic. I have to say that I’ve put down my foot and decided that from now on I will only take a job that is a 15 minute walk or less from the train station.

I LOVE taking the train because I love to read. I am now reading 2-3 books a month and relaxing on the train ride while all those other people are stuck in traffic

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That being said, I have some tips on things that I have learned since I became a trainy (not tranny – get your mind out of the gutter). Continue reading »

Apr 082014
 

If there is one thing you can count on in Boston, it’s that the Big Apple Circus comes to town every spring.  The circus is set up right on City Hall Plaza under a big old tent. We’ve gone to the circus a few times in the past, but when I heard several of my blogger friends were giving away family four packs of tickets to the circus, I entered a few of their giveaways and wouldn’t you know – I won one of them.

My hubby, Chris, works in the Federal Building right next door to where the tent is set up, so he was kind enough to snap this picture of the view from above.

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Chris and I didn’t tell the boys in advance that we were going, so they were really happily surprised when they found out.  We’ve been seeing lots of commercials on tv for it and they asked to go every time one came on.  When we arrived, they were each given clown noses, which made their day. Continue reading »

Apr 072014
 

**Masshole Mommy received four complimentary tickets to see Blue Man Group in Boston in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in anyway**

Have you ever seen the Blue Man Group?  I recently had an opportunity to go see the show with my family and I don’t even think words can express how much we loved it.  I was super excited to take my family to see it.  I had seen the show three or four times in the past, but it was the first time seeing the show for my husband and boys.  Knowing them, I knew it was going to be a hit with all three of them and I was so happy that they all liked it even more than I thought they would.

Ok, so you’ve heard of Blue Man Group, but you’re not really sure what it’s all about, huh?  Well, it’s really hard to explain, so here’s what they say about the show on their website:

Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. Blue Man Group’s shows have been described by critics as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining.” But the only way to truly understand Blue Man Group’s global popularity is to see the show for yourself.

The show is about an hour and 40 minutes with no intermission, and it flew by.  I was shocked when I looked at my watch and saw that the show was nearly over.  Blue Man Group is fast moving and highly entertaining.  We were not bored for a second.  Honestly, if you are looking for something different to do with your family, check out the show – it’s very family friendly and so much fun! Continue reading »

Mar 212014
 

The Skinny House is located at 44 Hull Street in the North End is an extremely narrow four-story house that has the unique distinction of being the narrowest house in Boston.

Legend says that in Colonial times Joseph Euestus (who is buried across the street in Copps Hill Burying Ground) and his brother inherited land the house sits on from their father. While Joseph was away, his brother built a grand house on the part of the land away from Hull Street leaving little for his brother. But it was Joseph who had the last laugh. He built the skinny house on the narrow lot in front of his brother’s home and at four stories it was enough to cut off his brother’s view of the harbor. The legend persists and today the house at 44 Hull Street is still often referred to as the ‘Spite House’.

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Mar 202014
 

You’ve all heard the phrase “One if by land, and two if by sea”.  Well, today, I am going to show you where it came from:  The Old North Church  in the North End of Boston.

The famous “One if by land, and two if by sea” secret signal is said to have been  orchestrated by Revere during his historic ride from Boston to Concord on the verge of American Revolutionary War. In April of 1775, Paul Revere told three Boston patriots to hang two lanterns in the steeple of the Old North Church -one lantern meant that the troops chose the longer land route and two lanterns meant the shorter route by water, leaving less time for patriots to react.

The signal was meant to alert patriots about the route the British troops chose to advance to Concord.

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Mar 162014
 

Recently, Chris & I took the boys to The Museum of Science in Boston.  Since Chris is a retired Military man, we parked at the Coast Guard Station (because it is free to park there for anyone with a military ID) and we walked to the museum, which was about a mile away.  As we walked along, I took some pictures of the city. They are nothing special – just a few pictures that I snapped with my iPhone as we walked along.

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Mar 152014
 

Last week I told you about our visit to the Harvard Museum of Natural History.  We had no idea that when we got our tickets for that museum, that another museum was included in the admission price.  The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is attached to the natural history museum on the 3rd floor, so you can walk right into the second museum after you are done with all the fun stuff in the The Museum of Natural History.

Because we were limited on time the day we were there, we only got to see one floor of the Peabody Museum.  There are three floors, so I think another visit is in order soon.  The day we were there, we got to learn a little bit about the history of Latin America.  The first exhibit that we came to was called Storied Walls: Murals of the Americas.

Storied Walls: Murals of the Americas explores the spectacular wall paintings from the Maya murals of San Bartolo and Bonampak in Guatemala and Mexico, respectively; and the Moche huacas of northern Peru. The artists and artisans who adorned these walls left stunning visual accounts of some of the most significant and enduring stories of their times—stories that insist upon being read, even now, centuries after their creation.

The original art works remain for the most part in situ. Storied Walls uses the photographs and drawings of archaeologists, models, and fragments of original murals to examine the meanings and social uses of murals within the Maya, and Moche cultures; the history of their discoveries and investigations by affiliates of the Peabody Museum and others; and ongoing efforts to preserve and restore these fragile painted surfaces.

Here are a few of the pictures I took of the items on display:

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Mar 122014
 

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend an event put on by our local major league soccer team, The New England Revolution. The event was a fashion show, held at Royale Night Club in Boston, in which they would be unveiling their new 2014 team uniforms.

Before the fashion show started, there was a cocktail hour with the players, which gave fans a chance to grab some autographs and take pictures with their favorite players.  Here I am with Bobby Shuttleworth, Goalkeeper.

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I got to meet a lot of the players, actually. Continue reading »

Mar 112014
 

We recently took a trip into the Museum of Science in Boston with the boys.  It’s one of their favorite places to go because of all the hands-on learning they get to do there.  They think they’re playing, but they’re really learning at the same time!

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There are three floors of exhibits, so it’s usually a jam packed day whenever we go there.

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Mar 062014
 

Yesterday you read all about our adventures in bones and taxidemied animals and as promised, I am going to show you a few of the pictures I took the in the Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

From their website:

Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery

This renovated gallery displays thousands of rare minerals and sparkling gemstones in both rough and cut examples, including a 1,600-pound amethyst geode from Brazil. Exhibits highlight new research and offer a broad overview of the dynamic processes and events that formed our planet and that have shaped its continuing evolution. Visitors can touch rock and mineral specimens that date back to the beginning of our solar system. Uncover mysteries of our planet’s origins revealed in ancient meteorites and terrestrial rock containing some of the oldest minerals on Earth, zircon crystals that have survived intact for 4.3 billion years!

Here is the 1,600 pound amethyse geode:

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Mar 052014
 

Last weekend, Chris & I took the boys the The Harvard Museum of Natural History (yes, THAT Harvard) because of a friends recommendation.  I am so glad we listened because the museum was amazing and my boys LOVED it.

The museum was sort of split into two sections.  One was filled with fossils & taxidermied animals. The other was the Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery, which has thousands of rare minerals and sparkling gemstones on display.  Today, I am going to show you the pictures I took of the fossil & animal galleries.  Why?  Because I took SO many pictures that I didn’t want to overwhelm you all in one post.

We got there right when the museum opened and walked right into the EVOLUTION exhibit as soon as we got there, so we spent a while examining the fossils on display!

EVOLUTION invites visitors to examine the fossil, anatomical, and genetic evidence that all life is connected through a shared evolutionary history. View animals and plants that sparked Darwin’s theory, dramatic displays of diversity within species, and computer simulations that demonstrate how natural selection acts.

See a model of the 375-million-year-old fossilized remains of Tiktaalik roseae (see image below)—a fossil fish dubbed the “missing link” between fish and land animals—discovered in 2004 by a team of scientists in northern Canada.

EVOLUTION offers a behind-the-scenes look at ongoing evolution research at Harvard, from exciting new discoveries about human origins, to surprising insights from new genetic and developmental studies on Darwin’s finches.

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Sep 062013
 

While the boys & I were in Boston last week, we decided to check out the Skywalk Observatory, which is up on the 50th floor of the Prudential Tower. We saw some amazing 360 degree views of Greater Boston and beyond up there and I was so glad that I got the tickets.

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Sep 032013
 

Last week, I took the boys on a duck tour in Boston.   The “DUCK”, a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle, took us all over the city, showing us many of the highlights of the city including  the golden-domed State House, Bunker Hill, the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston Common, the Public Gardens, Copley Square, Faneuil Hall, Government Center, fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market, Trinity Church, the Hancock Tower, the Prudential Tower, and much more.  And if that wasn’t enough, about half way into the tour, our ConDUCKtor splashed our DUCK right into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.

Anytime you’re in the city, the Duck boats can be seen all over the place and the boys have wanted to go on one for a while now.  Since we had a free day, I couldn’t think of anything more fun to do with them, so we headed into the city for a tour.

There are three different locations that you can catch the tour from:  the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Science and the Prudential Center.  We left from the Prudential Center because I was able to buy a combo ticket that included admission to the Skywalk Observatory, which is up on the 50th floor of the Pru, and I thought the boys would love seeing the city from that high up.  Plus, we didn’t have all day and I didn’t want to get sucked into going to the Museum of Science or the aquarium afterwards.

Anyhow, we had tickets for an early morning tour & here we are waiting for the duck boat to arrive:

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I ended up getting roped into buying these quacking duck bills for the boys, but they ended up coming in handy because the tour guide had us quacking out loud at unsuspecting people who were on foot around the city throughout the tour. Continue reading »