Nov 202014
 

**Disclosure: My family was invited to Bonefish Grill to experience their Sunday Brunch at no charge in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

There is something special about going to brunch on a Sunday, isn’t there?  Growing up, my parents took my sister, brother and myself out to breakfast or brunch every single Sunday and it was always something that the whole family looked forward to. To be honest, I have totally slacked on keeping that tradition alive with my own children, so when I get the chance to indulge in breakfast foods, I take full advantage.  So when the opportunity to go to Sunday brunch at Bonefish Grill came up recently, I was excited to try it out.  I had never been there and was excited to see what they had to offer.

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Brunch at Bonefish is only available on Sundays, but believe me when I say that it will probably be the highlight of your week.  Bonefish Grill serves brunch from 10 am until 2 pm every Sunday!

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There were so many delicious choices, that I had a really hard time narrowing down what I wanted to order.  At first, I was seriously considering ordering the Endless Bubbles Brunch. For just $19.90,  you have your choice of an Omelet, a Brunch Favorite, or Eggs Benedict along with an endless supply of Endless Bellinis, Mimosas or Blackberry Sangria.  For under $20, that seems like a great deal, right? Continue reading »

Sep 182014
 

**My family received complimentary admission to Sky Zone, but all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

The gruesome twosome are very active little boys.  Some days they go non-stop from the time they wake up in the morning until the time they go to bed at night.  I was super excited to take them to Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park, in East Providence this past weekend so they could burn off a little extra energy.

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Before we ever left the house to head to Sky Zone, I filled out a liability waiver on their website. All jumpers under the age of 18 are required to have one on file. It only took a minute to fill out and it’s good for an entire year.  Don’t worry if you can’t get one filled out ahead of time, either, because you can fill one out there.  It just saves a little time to do it ahead of time.

At Sky Zone all jumpers are required to wear SkySocks, which cost $2 per pair, but they are reusable, so be sure to save them! Continue reading »

Jun 032014
 

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On Mother’s Day, Chris and I decided to take the gruesome twosome for a walk along one of Newport’s most famous attractions – The Cliff Walk.   The Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile path along the gorgeous coastline of Newport, RI.  The Cliff Walk runs behind several of the Newport Mansions and it’s an absolutely gorgeous place to go for a walk.

We started the walk at the beginning, which was right next to First Beach on Memorial Drive .  At that point along the path, it’s paved and pretty easy to navigate, but there are some rocky, unpaved sections further down along the path. Continue reading »

Feb 162014
 

My family are regulars at Roger Williams Zoo in Providence.  We have had a membership there since my oldest was two years old (that’s seven years for those of you who are keeping track). Sometimes, depending on the day, there are docents (volunteers) around the zoo that help to teach guests about the animals there.

On our last visit, which was about two weeks ago, we ran into a docent over by the elephant exhibit that was holding something that looked quite interesting.  Sure enough it was elephant poop.

The docent asked the gruesome twosome if they wanted to touch or hold it – don’t freak out, it was shellacked, so it was safe to touch. The boys weren’t sure about it at first:

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My little man ran away and wanted no part of it at all, but my nine year old was a little bit braver.  He was leery, but he touched it. Continue reading »

Feb 072014
 

Yesterday, I told you all about our adventures on Wickenden Street in Providence.  Wickenden Street has numerous independent shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants that are popular among local artists, professors and students.  Among the shops on Wickenden Street are a few antique stores.  Chris and I get a kick out of antiquing sometimes, so we stopped into one of them while we were down there.

As soon as we got into the store, I walked right into this little beauty.

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I have no idea what anyone would do with that hideous thing, but frankly, she kind of creeped me out, so I moved on quickly and didn’t look back.

As I walked a little ways into the room, I saw that they had this old version of The Poky Little Puppy for sale. Continue reading »

Feb 062014
 

Last week, Chris had a day off from work and since the kids were at school, we decided to head down to a trendy, artsy little neighborhood down in Providence, RI called Wickenden Street.  I actually haven’t been to that section of the city in ages, but what you need to know is that Wickenden Street has numerous independent shops, art galleries, a farmer’s market, coffee shops and restaurants that are popular among local artists and students. Wickenden Street is nestled in between Brown University, RISD and the Moses Brown School, so it’s pretty happening there.

Our first stop of the day was Willy’s, which is part coffee shop part organic market.  It was a little strange to be honest, but we hungry, so we went in.

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The thing was, all their bagels, pastries and muffins were sitting out in the open, probably getting stale and breathed on by the girl working behind the counter, so Chris & I decided to get hot chocolates.  Sadly, they both ended up being luke warm chocolates & we decided to blow that Popsicle stand for a better place.  A much better place. Continue reading »

Jan 282014
 

A couple of weekends ago, Chris & I took the boys to a Providence Bruins game. The P-Bruins are the AHL team for the Boston Bruins and they played the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins the day we went.

“The American Hockey League is a 30-team professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental circuit for the National Hockey League”

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The P-Bruins play down in Rhode Island at the Dunkin Donuts Center (aka the dunk). Tickets are MUCH cheaper than tickets to a Boston Bruins game and frankly, it’s a lot more fun for the kids. Continue reading »

Jan 162014
 

At the beginning of November, Chris and I brought the gruesome twosome to the Rhode Island Comic Con which was held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. Never been to a comic con before?  It’s a huge event showcasing comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television, anime, video games, toys, and all sorts of other pop-culture related things.  All of us love that kind of stuff, so it was kind of a no-brainer that we would end up there.

If you’re thinking that something like this event may not be appropriate for young kids, think again.  On the first level of the building, there was an entire area dedicated to the little ones.  There were magic shows, crafts, comic drawing classes, story telling and light saber training – which we skipped out on since we just did that in Disney World.

Here they are watching the magic show:

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And my nine year old got chosen to help out with one of the tricks, which he was psyched about: Continue reading »

Sep 242013
 

Last Sunday morning, it was a little bit rainy here, so Chris & I needed something to do with the Gruesome Twosome that was indoors.  It had been almost a year since the last time we visited the Providence Children’s Museum in Providence, RI, so we were long overdue to go back.

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The Providence Children’s Museum is filled with all sorts of hands-on, play-filled exhibits and programs that explore the arts, culture, history and science.   Unlike some other children’s museums we’ve visited that are geared more towards preschool aged kids, this one is age appropriate for kids up to age 10 or 11, so my nine year old was entertained the entire time we were there.

They loved these suction tubes that sucked furry balls & scarves right out of their hands and sent them shooting through the maze of clear tubes.

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And lucky for me, this tunnel building activity was double sided so there was no fighing about who got to build their track first.  Continue reading »

Jul 032013
 

You may remember a few weeks ago when I told you that Chris and I visited The Marble House in Newport, RI (and if you don’t, feel free to click the link) Well, since Chris and I had another night sans children last weekend, we headed back to our favorite go-to spot – Newport….and you guessed it, we visited another one of the famous Newport Mansions.

The Newport Mansions are a collection of 11 historic properties. The Gilded Age mansions are all restored “summer cottages” that belonged to some of America’s wealthiest families during the 1800′s and early 1900′s (think Vanderbilt).

This time we headed to The Elms, which was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York. Mr. Berwind made his fortune in the Pennsylvania coal industry.  The house itself was modeled after the mid-18th century French chateau d’Asnieres (c.1750) outside Paris.  The Elms was completed in 1901 at a cost reported at approximately $1.4 million.

I think they said the Berwind’s lived there for something like two weeks a year.  Can you even imagine?

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Just like when I was at The Marble House, being the little law breaker that I am, I managed to snap a few pictures inside the house.  They aren’t great, but they are better than nothing.  Plus, I didn’t use my flash, so no harm no foul, right?

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Jun 202013
 

Last Saturday, Chris and I decided to go for a walk along one of Newport’s most famous attractions – The Cliff Walk.   The Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile path along the gorgeous coastline of Newport, RI.  The Cliff Walk runs behind most of the Newport Mansions, so we’ve both been on little sections of the path at one point or another, but neither of us have actually walked it.

We started the walk at the beginning, which was right next to First Beach on Memorial Drive (where we spent the first half of the day).  At this point along the path, it’s paved and pretty easy to navigate, but there are some rocky, unpaved sections further along the path.

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We stopped a few times when we saw good photo ops.

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Jun 192013
 

Last Friday, Chris and I had a chance to visit another one of the famous Newport Mansions.   The Newport Mansions are a collection of 11 historic properties.  The Gilded Age mansions are all restored “summer cottages” (must be nice……) that belonged to some of America’s wealthiest families during the 1800’s and early 1900’s (the Vanderbilt’s to name one).  Chris and I had each toured a couple of the other mansions at different times in our lives but, we’ve never been to The Marble House, so that’s where we decided to go this time around.  This is the third mansion that we’ve visited together (we’ve also been to The Breakers and Rosecliff).

Marble House was built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. It was a summer house, or “cottage”, as Newporters called them in remembrance of the modest houses of the early 19th century. But Marble House was much more; it was a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport’s subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the legendary resort of opulent stone palaces.

Imagine?  A summer cottage!  The Vanderbilt’s lived in this ginormous house for something like three weeks a year.  Anyways, they only allow photos to be taken outside, so here are a couple that I took.

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But being the little law breaker that I am, I managed to snap a few pictures inside the house.  They aren’t great, but they are better than nothing.  Plus, I didn’t use my flash, so what’s the harm? Continue reading »

Jun 182013
 

Chris and I spent the weekend in Newport, RI.  Whenever we get a chance to go away without the kids, that’s usually where we end up.  It’s only about a 45 minute drive from where we live and there are so many cool things to do in Newport – including some really good eating establishments (and you all know my love of eating), tours of the famous Newport Mansions and tons of shops to visit.  Plus, we get wicked cheap lodging at the Naval Base down there because Chris is in the military, so  it doesn’t cost us an arm & a leg for an entire weekend away.

Anyways, we were looking for something different to do while we were there last weekend and about a month go, I did some snooping around and came across a link to this place called The Firehouse Theater.  They have live improv comedy shows there every weekend featuring a comedy troupe called the Bit Players.  I’ve seen live improv before, but Chris hadn’t, so we decided that we’d check it out.

When we got to the theater, we checked in at the desk and then were able to seat ourselves once we paid.   I’m not positive, but I’d guesstimate that there are somewhere around 75 seats in the theater and we picked seats right in the front row since we were there nice and early.  Here’s a picture of the stage.

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The place itself was pretty laid back.  Chris and I had a few laughs over the ghetto chairs they had in a few of the rows.  Don’t worry – there were only three or four of them in there. Continue reading »

Jun 172013
 

Peanut butter and chocolate is my all-time  favorite combination in the world.  I’m not sure who first thought to dip their chocolate bar into a jar of Skippy, but let’s just say that they are a genius.  Plain and simple.

This past weekend, Chris and I spent the weekend in Newport, RI, which is one of our favorite weekend getaway locations.  It’s only about a 45 minute ride from where we live and there is so much to do there.  One thing we always do when we’re down there is to stop a massive peanut butter cup.  There are a couple of fudge/candy shops down there that sell them and this time around, we actually bought two – one each.

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Just so you have a frame of reference, here I am holding one in my hand:

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May 272013
 

Because I am always looking for thing to do with the gruesome twosome, we have memberships at a couple of local zoos.  One of those zoos is the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI.

The zebras & wildabeasts are the first animals you come to when you enter the zoo, so obviously, it’s our first stop.

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After that, we headed right for the newest part of the zoo. It’s called the Big Backyard and it’s an outdoor play and nature exploration area. They added it last year and my two love it.

There is this huge treehouse for the kids (and grown ups, too) to climb in – which is their favorite thing in this part of the zoo.

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But there is all sorts of fun to be had in the Big Backyard and we spent a good part of out time at the zoo over there. Continue reading »

Sep 092011
 

After the lack of, well, anything paranormal during our tour of the Lizzie Borden House on Sunday, I somehow managed to talk my poor scaredy cat husband into going on a local ghost tour. I love ghost tours because they’re a combination of history and paranormal and he loves….um, well, nothing about them.  He loves history – just not when ghosts are involved.  But despite the fact he is scared to death that he didn’t really want to go, he said yes when I asked him to go.  So, I just left it at that.  Usually I have to drag him, literally, to that sort of stuff.

We debated which tour to go on, but ultimately decided on Newport.  The last time we went on the Newport tour was almost two years ago, which you can read all about here if you like.

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May 252011
 

Summer vacation is rapidly approaching!  In my town the kids last day of school is June 24th – which is only a month away!  Yikes.

Since I work from home and have the luxury of being flexible with my hours, I tend to take the kids out a lot.  I live on the South Shore and there are about a million and a half things to do with the kids in the area, but I decided to make a list of places I frequent because I can speak from personal experience.

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