Oct 292014
 

**Disclosure: My family was invited to the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston and received our meals at no charge in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

My kids went to their first Hard Rock Cafe earlier this year when we were in Hollywood and have talked about how much fun they had there off & on since we were there this past April.  When I told them that we were going to the one in Boston for lunch recently, they both just about burst with excitement.

The reason for our visit was because on Saturday, October 25th, The Hard Rock Cafe in Boston rolled out their new kids menu featuring the the Hard Rock Roxtars® and we wanted to check it out.

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Here’s a little bit of information about the Hard Rock Roxtars program:

The Hard Rock Roxtars are a band of characters serving as brand ambassadors for Hard Rock’s multifaceted brand-wide programs catering to children of all ages, presented at Hard Rock Cafes®, Hard Rock Hotels and Rock Shops® worldwide.  Kids who dine at the Cafe will receive their own activity book, Hard Rock Roxtars themed menus and they get to eat off of cool guitar-shaped plates!

As part of The National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program in collaboration with Healthy Dining, a mission and online resource that helps parents and children alike select healthy menu options when dining out, Hard Rock Cafes worldwide will offer healthier food options, ranging from Skiddley’s “Not-so-diddley” chicken breast to the “twisted ‘n tasty” cavatappi pasta. Continue reading »

Oct 162014
 

**Disclosure – I received a pair of New Balance sneakers for each of my boys and a family four pack of tickets to the Franklin Park Zoo at no charge to help facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

As the mom of two very active little boys, having comfortable sneakers for their little feet has always been a high priority for me.  While comfort is the number one thing I look for when it comes to my boys footwear, style is a very close second.  I want their feet to feel good and I want them to look good at the same time.  And that’s why I love New Balance.  Not only are they a Boston based company (yay Boston!), but they make really, really awesome sneakers, too.  I have been wearing NB kicks myself for years and the gruesome twosome have each had numerous pairs of New Balance sneakers over the years.

Just in time for back to school this year, my boys were each sent a new pair of New Balance sneakers.  For my little guy, I chose the Hook and Loop 574 sneakers.  He can tie, but is still a newbie & it’s a little slow going, so I thought the velcro closure might be a little better for him while he’s away all day at school.  My oldest picked out his own sneakers and chose the Varsity 574.  I’d say both pairs are pretty sharp looking, wouldn’t you?

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I am excited to tell you about New Balance’s newest line – the Trip to the Zoo collection! This colorful collection of kicks is perfect for kids planning to hit the playground, explore the zoo, or impress at school! Featuring a lightweight EVA midsole, synthetic/mesh upper, and hook & loop closure for easy on/off, the new collection has been available since October 1st in infant and preschool sizes at www.newbalance.com & in New Balance stores for $47.95-$54.95. Continue reading »

Oct 012014
 

I admit it, I have a slight zombie obsession, so naturally when I heard there was an an interactive tactical live-action zombie experience right in Abington, MA, I was all over it. Interactive you say? Yes, interactive!  During the interactive experience you get to travel through a small city infested with zombies.  Don’t worry, you will have the help of a guide and you’ll get a shotgun to shoot with to ensure you survive.

There are two areas of the city to be cleared at Boston Zombie Apocalypse. Chem Zone 44 contains slower Zombies and is a shorter experience. If you are nervous at all or are accompanying young people (no one under 8 allowed), then Chem Zone 44 is for you.  Z-Swarm 617 is a longer battle through a larger more intense part of the city.  You can do one or both.

Here’s the thing.  I went last year and had a pretty bad experience.  It was very poorly organized and I ended up waiting outside for over two hours in the cold.  Once I was inside the building, it literally took less than five minutes to run through the experience and boom, we were done.  I left there last year feeling very disappointed that I waited for that long to get in and it was over in just a few minutes.

But guess what, Boston Zombie Apocalypse has new owners this year.  They really listened to all the feedback about people’s experiences last year and greatly improved things this year.  Instead of having to stand in an extremely long line to wait for tickets, they are selling a limited number of tickets by the half hour to the two different zombie fields. That will ensure that you will enter your sector in a timely fashion without having to wait.

Chris and I were there this past weekend and were so happy that the whole process was streamlined.  Our tickets were for 7:45 pm and we only had to arrive about 20 minutes early.  It was so much better this year, so if you were turned off by your experience there last year, trust me – it’s not like that this year.  Oh, and did I mention that they have a food truck there this year now, too.  Last year while we waited for over two hours everyone in line kept saying that snacks would have been nice while we were waiting.  See, the new owners listened!

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Anyway, once it was our time to go in to the live action experience, we entered the building in a small group (about 8 people) and were met by a military guard who showed us how to use our shotguns and let us all have a practice shot at a target. Once we all got that, we met our guide who would be taking us through the city.  He led us through the field and we defended our territory by shooting the zombies that came at us alongside the rest of our team. Continue reading »

Sep 212014
 

Before we get started here, I need to take a minute to apologize for all the crappy photos you’re about to see.  The venue that the event in which I met the first love of my life the handsome Donnie Wahlberg in was very poorly lit and on top of that, I went to meet him armed only with my iPhone.  What kind of a so-called blogger goes to meet someone she’s swooned over for the last 25 years without an actual camera?

This girl.

But I digress……

Today I am going to tell you the story of how it all came about.

But first, let me give you the back story.

I love Donnie Wahlberg.  When New Kids on the Block first came out in the late 80’s they were probably a bigger deal here in Boston than in other places because as we all know, all of the New Kids are from here.  I was in junior high when they first popped onto the scene and every girl I knew loved them.  As everybody knows, Donnie Wahlberg was the cute one.  Not Jordan. Not Joey.  Certainly not Danny and not Jonathan.  It was Donnie. It has always been Donnie.

Swoon.

I remember seeing NKOTB in concert at the old Foxboro Stadium (before Gillette Stadium was built) during the summer of 1989 and at the time, it didn’t get any better. I was so far away from the stage that all I could see were five little dots singing and dancing on the stage, but I didn’t care….I was in the same venue as my celebrity crush.  Life was good.

Since their boy band reign in the late 80’s/early 90’s, the New Kids have broken up and as you probably know, have reunited.  I have gone to see them in concert three times over the past four years and if they tour again – I’ll be there.

But back to my crush on Donnie.  Even in the Sixth Sense, when he literally looked his worst, I still loved him.  Like I said, it has always been Donnie.  So fast forward twenty five years (to about three weeks ago) and this finds its way into my inbox:

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I cried.  Literally. Continue reading »

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.

Fenway Park

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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