Dec 152014
 

**I was invited on a sponsored press trip to the John Carver Inn’s Beach Plum Spa and WaterFire Tavern, but all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Recently I was invited to join three other area bloggers at the John Carver Inn in Plymouth, MA for a day of pampering at the Beach Plum Spa and some great food at the WaterFire Tavern.  I live in the area, so I have actually stayed at John Carver Inn before, but I had never had the chance to try out the spa or eat at the WaterFire Tavern, so I was excited to get the chance to experience both of those things for the first time.

The great thing about the John Carver Inn is that it’s a quaint, charming hotel that’s within walking distance of the Plymouth waterfront, shopping and attractions of historic Plymouth like the Plymouth Rock and Mayflower.

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When we arrived at the John Carver, we got a tour of some of the rooms as well as the opportunity to go check out the Pilgrim Cove Indoor Theme Pool.  I have actually been to the pool with my kids before and it was a big hit with them. They ask to go back all the time.

After our tour, it was time to head to the Beach Plum Spa, located on the second floor of the hotel.

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The Beach Plum Spa at John Carver is a full service spa and they offer a complete array of spa treatments for men, women and children. Yes, children.  In addition to traditional spa services such as massages and facials, the Beach Plum Spa offers a full range of cosmetic medical services including skin rejuvenation, body sculpting & contouring, and pain-free hair removal. 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 042014
 

Last year, Chris and I took the gruesome twosome to King Richard’s Faire, our local Renaissance fair, which is open every September and October in Carver, MA. The boys loved King Richard’s Faire so much that we promised it was something we would do with them every year.  Seriously, they have talked about it off and on all year long  (you can read all about our day there last year by clicking here) and they were thrilled when we went back over Labor Day weekend. The fair includes all sorts of entertainment, exciting rides, shows, games and so much more on the 80-acre site of King Richard’s Faire.  

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Jul 082014
 

Recently, the boys and I headed over to Edaville USA in Carver, MA for the Grand Opening of the newest addition to the park, Dinoland!  In case you’ve never been, Edaville USA is a family fun amusement park located in South Carver, MA.  In addition to Dinoland, the park features train rides through picturesque cranberry bogs, vintage amusement rides, indoor and outdoor play spaces, and some newly acquired modern rides.

I grew up going to Edaville and was super excited that I was invited to attend the VIP grand opening of Dinoland!

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Dinoland offers children and adults a chance to travel through the wooded footpath and witness over 20 life-sized dinosaurs moving and roaring in an outdoor environment.

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Jun 012014
 

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Sometimes my family likes to spend time down by the Cape Cod Canal.  We only live about 20 minutes away and it’s a really, really nice place to go for a walk or a bike ride. The Cape Cod Canal bikeway extends for about 8 miles along the Cape Cod Canal between the Bourne and the Sagamore bridges.  The bikeway is a paved path designated for bikers, foot traffic and non-motorized vehicles only. The views of the canal’s various boat traffic, along with the area’s quaint shoreline scenery are absolutely gorgeous. Continue reading »

Apr 292014
 

UPDATE:  Boomer’s has closed it’s doors as of summer 2014!

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My boys love going to indoor play places and one that we are frequent visitors at is called Boomer’s Playland in Carver, MA. It’s only about ten minutes from my house and the boys have a flippin’ blast every time we go there.

The main attraction at Boomer’s is their interactive Mega-Climber filled with tubes, nets, windows, mats, slides.

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Apr 222014
 

In the little town of Raynham Massachusetts, there is a restaurant inside of a two story milk bottle.  I grew up in the next town over (Easton) and I remember going there quite often for breakfast as a kid.  Back then I didn’t think anything of it.  Actually, I still don’t.  While my husband and I were having breakfast there recently, it occurred to me that a gigantic milk bottle is probably a bit unusual….ok, a lot unusual – and I thought it was worth sharing.

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The 40 foot Milk Bottle is located at 785 Broadway in Raynham, MA.   They serve breakfast and lunch, but it’s a cash only establishment, so if you’re big on using your debit card everywhere like me, stop at the ATM first – unless you want to end up doing dishes for the day. Continue reading »

Apr 062014
 

It may have been 40 degrees out a couple of weekends ago, but to us, it was a great day to head to the zoo.  We have memberships to two local zoos and one of them is reciprocal with the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, MA, so we took a ride over there.  The zoo is only about 20 minutes from my house and it’s quite possibly the smallest zoo of all time, but they have a nice playground, so that kind of makes it worth going.

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Apr 012014
 

You may remember that a ways back I took the boys to Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA.  It’s a collection of battleships that you can board and tour. Since I had taken so many pictures the day we were there, I decided to break up each battleship into separate posts rather than bombarding you with 859,234 pictures all in one absurdly long post.

Today I am sharing some of the pictures that I took while we were on board The USS Massachusetts.

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Mar 312014
 

About two weeks ago, I got to chaperone my first grader’s field trip to the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford.  My family used to be members there, so he was familiar with the place, but for many of the kids, it was their first time there.

Three out of the six first grade classes went on the field trip that day & the other three went the following day.  The people at the Ocean Explorium split each classroom into groups and we went through four separate stations as a group.  The Ocean Explorium is relatively small, so I think that was the best way to run things.

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Our first stop was Science on a Sphere.  Using high-speed computers, multiple projectors and advanced imaging techniques, Science on a Sphere creates an image of the planet in 3-D. Continue reading »

Mar 222014
 

Sometimes people ask me what some of  my go-to inexpensive activities to do with my kids are.   Visiting the Bass Pro shop in Foxboro is high up on the list.  My boys could spend hours in that place (actually they have).

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While you’ll find a huge selection of outdoor gear, Bass Pro Shops stores are also part museum, art gallery, antique store, aquarium, education, conservation and entertainment center.  Using more than 3,500 area artifacts, antiques, pictures, mounts and memorabilia, the store becomes a living museum of New England’s hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor legacies.

The store is huge.

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We went there a few weeks ago and the first thing we did when we were there was to grab a snack.   On the second floor of the store, there is a snack bar which has ice cream, fudge, coffee, pretzels, nachos and things like that.  The boys got some ice cream while Chris & I split a chunk of fudge. Continue reading »

Mar 172014
 

Yesterday, Chris & I took the gruesome twosome to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Abington, MA.  Back in the day, I used to go to the big parade in Southie (Boston), but the crowd can get a little rowdy in the city, so I wanted to take them to a smaller event like the one in Abington.

As far as parades go, it was a pretty decent one to be honest.  It was our first year attending that parade and the boys loved it.  Maybe I should clarify, though.  They loved all the candy they collected from the people throwing it off of the floats.

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We got there a little early so that we could get a good spot to see the parade. Continue reading »

Mar 142014
 

You may remember that a ways back I took the boys to Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA.  It’s a collection of battleships that you can board and tour. Since I had taken so many pictures the day we were there, I decided to break up each battleship into separate posts rather than bombarding you with 859,234 pictures all in one absurdly long post.

Today I am sharing some of the pictures that I took while we were on board The USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.

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Mar 132014
 

It’s called the Marshfield Hills General Store.

Steve Carell and his family spend their summers in the town of Marshfield, Massachusetts (on the south shore), which is about 25 miles south of Boston.  In 2009, he bought the store to save a piece of Americana.

Carell told the Boston Globe in an email: “This is much more of an emotional investment than a business one….I saw an opportunity to help to preserve a little piece of history. I also felt that places like the Marshfield Hills General Store represent a gathering place, and give people a sense of community. These spots are growing more and more scarce. I hope to keep this particular one alive and well.”

Located in the heart of Marshfield Hills Village on Boston’s South Shore, “The General” has been the epicenter for this historic neighborhood for over 150 years. In 2009, actors Steve and Nancy Carell, both Massachusetts natives, bought the property and restored this treasured landmark to its original glory and stocked it for its 21st Century clientele. Step inside and experience quintessential New England charm.

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Mar 102014
 

Fourth Cliff Family Recreation Area is a 56-acre seaside resort located in Humarock on Massachusetts’ South Shore.  It is operated by Hanscom Air Force Base as a military recreation area & it’s open to anyone with a valid military ID including active duty, reservists, Department of Defense employees, retirees and authorized family members.  In case you didn’t know this, Chris is an Air Force retiree.  He retired last year after serving 20 years as a fire fighter for the USAF.

Anyhow, we only live about 30 minutes from Fourth Cliff and had a night without the kids, so we decided to check it out.  Fourth Cliff is a relatively small reservation and it’s not easy to get reservations to stay there.  They only have 17 cottages, four efficiencies, 11 RV camper sites and four tenting areas. It’s right on the beach, so reservations go quick.

Since we had never been there before, we weren’t sure what to expect.  We plugged the address into Lance and were a little put off when we got there.

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Mar 072014
 

I love living so close to the coast of Massachusetts.  Not only am I just minutes away from the beach, but another one of my favorite things about living where I do, is that there are so many lighthouses.  Recently, Chris and I stopped to take a few pictures of the Scituate lighthouse, which is located at the entrance of Scituate Harbor.

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Mar 032014
 

Over February vacation,  we had a warm day, so I decided to take the boys to Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA.  Battleship Cove is a is a nonprofit maritime museum and war memorial that houses a collection of military vessels of local, national and international importance.

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Mar 012014
 

Over the February vacation, we had a chance to meet up with some friends.  Since the kids love to bowl, we decided on Ryan Family Amusements in Buzzards Bay.  We usually visit the Raynham, MA location, which is a little bigger than this one, but our friends are out of town and Buzzards Bay was about half way between us.

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They way they did it at Ryan, was the kids played until they were done & then you pay at the end. That works better for us because sometimes my boys like to play a couple of games & sometimes they get bored quickly and only end up playing one. Continue reading »

Feb 282014
 

During the February vacation, we were looking for something to do with the kiddos and I ended up coming across a post on Facebook about an Owl Festival that was being held at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell.

The way the building was set up, was that there was an EcoZone Museum to the left and then the Owl Festival was being held in a big function room on the other side.  We decided to see what was in the EcoZone Museum first. Basically, it is a multidimensional, interactive exhibit area that focuses on the ecosystems of southeastern Massachusetts.

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Feb 252014
 

Recently, the gruesome twosome got to try their hand at snowshoeing.  We were at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell, MA and snowshoeing was included as part of the admission price on the day we went (tune in later this week to hear about our visit to the Science Center).

A snowshoe is a type of footwear used for walking over the snow. Snowshoes work by distributing the weight of the person over a larger area so that the person’s foot does not sink completely into the snow (also sometimes called “flotation”).

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