Dec 022016
 

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Cirque Dreams newest touring show is coming to Boston for the first time! Cirque Dreams Holidaze will be playing at the Citi Shubert Theatre December 9-11 for six performances ONLY!

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THIS IS A SHOW NOT TO BE MISSED…it’s a cirque show…Broadway musical…holiday spectacular…and family show all in one. From the creators of the groundbreaking Broadway hit Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is “so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil” according to the New York Daily News and “a delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load.” The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle raves, “even the Grinch would be impressed with this Christmas wonderland.” “Stuffed with so much holiday cheer and audacious acts, Scrooge would exit with a big ol’ smile on his face,” hails the Erie Times News about this “Broadway-worthy spectacle.” “The perfect way to come in from the cold, forget the holiday stresses and find the magic of the season” proclaims The Oakland Press. Don’t miss this international sensation that “Dazzled…at The Kennedy Center” according to the Washington Post. Continue reading »

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Nov 302016
 

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Have you guys ever eaten at the Bonefish Grill?  If you’ve been around here for a while you know that the Bonefish Grill is one of my husband’s and mine favorite restaurants. The food at Bonefish Grill is delicious, the prices are very reasonable and I think that the Bonefish Grill is a great restaurant to stop into for a casual meal or a special night out.

At Bonefish Grill, they focus on every little detail of your experience, anticipate your needs, and provide personalized service that allows you to enjoy a delicious meal in a comfortable, vibrant atmosphere. Their menu is the envy of the seafood world and has taken the mystery out of fish. Full of fresh and innovative dishes, their menu specializes in seasonal fresh fish, and indulgent appetizers like our guest favorite, Bang Bang Shrimp. Dinner, Lunch, or Brunch, you know when you walk into Bonefish Grill you’ll find that they do it right, every single time.

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Nov 012016
 

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This is a sponsored post by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own.

A couple months ago my 10 year old niece started saying that she hated school and didn’t want to go anymore. I was shocked because this kid has loved her classmates, her teachers and everything about school since the first day when she started Pre-K. I knew something was going on and I took some time to speak to her alone in her room. My niece is beautiful, inside and out. She is pretty enough to be a model but more importantly, her personality and her heart is even prettier. She is a sweetheart – always wanting to help someone, defending someone who is being bullied – she loves just about everyone she meets.

In her room that day, she told me that a boy in her class called her ugly and told her she was too skinny and looked like a skeleton. What she confided in me not only broke my heart, but it gave me flashbacks to when I was her age. You see, I was the fat kid back then. I was teased when I was her age and my reaction was the same as hers; I didn’t want to go to school anymore. A place I loved became a place I dreaded going to and it hurt me to even think that the same thing could be happening to my niece. Continue reading »

Oct 262016
 

The tradition of “Booing your Neighbor” has been around for several years now and it has really grown in popularity as a fun, safe, family-oriented activity. It’s also known as “Ghosting” or “Boo-gramming” and each year, this new tradition is building in popularity. The person doing the “booing” would put together a home decorated bag of treats including a note with instructions on how to “boo” and a poem and deliver it anonymously to their neighbor, friend or relative. The recipient would then have 48 hours to do it to their next door neighbor or friend which creates a chain throughout the neighborhood.

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It’s an easy and fun way to brighten someone’s day & here’s how you do it:

1. Choose your “boo” bucket.
2. Fill your “boo” bucket. Continue reading »

Oct 252016
 

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Have you noticed an increase of teal colored pumpkins on people’s doorsteps in your neighborhood over the past few years and have been wondering why?  It’s because of a relatively new nationwide initiative dedicated to making Halloween safe and fun for all kids and it’s called the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Every child should be able to experience the joy of going out trick-or-treating on Halloween night, but often times kids with food allergies are left out of the fun since most candy is off limits to them. The Teal Pumpkin Project helps make sure that all kids will be able come home on Halloween night with something they can enjoy.

The Teal Pumpkin Project™ was launched by the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014. It’s a great way to let people know that you are offering non-food treats to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. This way, kids with food allergies and other medical issues such as diabetes can still have a fun & safe Halloween.

Instead of candy a few of the parents I know in town are beginning to offer things like bubbles, glow sticks, spider rings and little bouncy balls for the trick-or-treaters that come to their home.  Oriental Trading Post has lots of safe, non-food Halloween goodies for you to offer to your trick-or-treaters this year if you are planning on participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project.  This way no one has to miss out on the Halloween fun. Continue reading »

Oct 072016
 

Did you see the premier of Timeless last Monday on NBC?  Over the summer when I first heard about this show, I added it to my list of new fall shows to check out and it definitely did not disappoint.  My husband and I were instantly hooked and  I can’t wait to see more. One thing that really drew me in was the heroine Lucy, portrayed by Abigail Spencer.  She is a talented actress, writer and producer on both the big and small screen, and she is quickly making a name for herself in Hollywood.

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Spoiler alert for those of you who haven’t seen the first episode which aired last week, I found that she was a really relatable character and I was totally shocked when she went back in time and ended up altering her future.  I am dying to see what happens next for her. I am also curious about a potential relationship between Lucy and Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter’s character). Continue reading »

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Sep 232016
 

Notorious premiered last night (Thursday) at 9|8c on ABC – did you see it?  If you missed it, you might want to go back and watch it because it was really, really good.  I feel like I have this bad habit of missing out on shows until they are a few seasons in.  Then I am stuck having to binge watch for a week straight to catch up. This time I caught myself, though, and I am happy that I started Notorious from episode one.  Now I won’t have any regrets about not watching it.

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Wondering what Notorious is all about:

Notorious duo Jake and Julia are always in charge. She’s a top rated investigative news producer and he’s a high powered lawyer. Together, they mix law and media in a sexy interplay of scandal, drama, and the twisty exploration of what it means to make the news. Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata star in Notorious, Thursday at 9|8c on ABC.

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There were lots of plot twists and the cast was awesome. I have been a fan of Daniel Sunjata since Rescue Me and he was fantastic in Notorious.  Piper Perabo was phenomenal as well. I can’t wait to tune in next week.

**Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.

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Aug 222016
 

Last week I headed up to the Merrimack Premium Outlets to spend the day shopping so that I could stock up on all the back-to-school essentials that my kids will need this fall!

Merrimack Premium Outlets is an outdoor shopping center located 35 miles northwest of Boston and easily accessible off Exit 10 of Everett Turnpike (RT 3 from Boston). They have over 100 stores and in New Hampshire, you can enjoy tax free shopping at stores like Banana Republic, Bloomingdale’s Outlet Store, Coach, Elie Tahari, J.Crew, Michael Kors, Nautica, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Tommy Hilfiger and more all at saving of 25%-65% everyday.

My 12 year old will only wear Under Armour clothing these days so I was happy to see that they had an Under Armour outlet there. My little guy is into Nike, so I was wicked happy that I could get lots of great clothing for my boys for back to school at discounted prices.

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For the 2016 back to school season, Simon is encouraging shoppers to ‘find your style’ while reflecting on your past first days of school and the outfits that were the height of fashion in the 80’s and 90’s. Continue reading »

Jul 272016
 

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Back when I was a kid, there was no such thing as a “tween”.  You were a kid or you were a teenager.  That was it.  Somewhere along the line the “tween” thing happened and guys, it’s legit.  Kids between the ages of 10 and 12 fall into the “tween” category because they are too old to be considered a kid, but too young to be considered a teen. My oldest son is going to be 12 next week (wait, WHAT??) and this mama is struggling to come up with awesome birthday gift ideas.

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You might be thinking that a kid who’s not really a kid or a teenager should be fairly easy to buy for, but trust me on this – it’s one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in a while. He’s too old for toys and too young for “teen” gifts.  I am thinking teens only get gift cards, but hey, I could be wrong.  I am not the mother of a teenager – yet, so I have never had to buy gifts for one. Continue reading »

Jul 192016
 

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As you know I am the mom of two very active little boys.  Well actually they are not so little anymore. They are going to be 9 & 12 next month and I honestly don’t know where the time went. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was changing diapers and doing midnight feedings, but alas my boys are definitely not babies anymore.

I want to take a second to emphasize something I said before, though.  I said that my boys were active, and on most days that would be an understatement. I strongly believe that a big part of why they are so active today is largely due in to the multiple mommy & me classes that I did with each of them at the Little Gym. I had originally heard about the Little Gym when my oldest son was about five months old and after doing a little research, I found out that they offered classes for children as young as 4 months old.

I called my local Little Gym (which at the time was in Raynham, MA) and set up a free introductory class.  The class was a combination of singing, open gym play, circle time and a basic gymnastic skill (which for the littles were things as simple as rolling over). My little guy had such a fun time in class, I signed him up for the whole 20 week “Bugs” class.

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Each week the classes were structured the same way.  We always started the class by sitting in a circle while the instructor sang a welcome song, always naming each child in the song. Then we would learn a new skill for the week (rolling, forward rolls, etc) and then it was time for free play. Each class ended back on the padded mat in a circle with a goodbye song. Miss Lisa was the teacher for all the classes that my boys took at the Little Gym (spanning about six years time) and I was always impressed that she knew every child’s name and always made it a point to compliment each child on their specific achievements during class as they left. 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 »

Apr 142016
 

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Hey moms and dads, do I have some good news for you! Pampers is offering a high value coupon that you can print at home for $2 off 1 pack of Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants.  Believe me, I’ve been there with my two boys and I know that the struggle is definitely real. Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants were an absolute lifesaver when I was going through the process with my two. Those and the sticker chart that I used to reward them when they had success on the potty!

Help make the potty training process easier and more affordable with this high-value coupon.  Here’s how to save:

  • You can clip the Pampers Easy Ups coupon at: http://www.coupons.com/brands/pampers-coupons/
  • You will need to open a coupons.com account if you do not already have one.
  • Then you can print, shop, and save – and keep an eye out for more Pampers coupons in the future!

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Pampers Easy Ups have an absorbent core that holds 25% more than the other leading training pant (Huggies* Pull-Ups* Learning Designs*) and helps little ones stay dry and happy. Pampers Easy Ups* have fewer leaks than the other leading training pant (Huggies* Pull-Ups* Learning Designs*)  and up to 12 hours of leakage protection. Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants are sold in sizes 2T-5T and can be found at mass, discount and grocery stores where baby care products are sold.

For more information on Pampers diapers and pants, visit http://www.pampers.com or the brand’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

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Mar 312016
 

Time Saving Cleaning Hacks

This review was made possible by iConnect and Mr. Clean.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are my 100% mine.

Okay, let’s be very real right from the start: Cleaning Hacks are amazing. They save me time, effort, and they get me done with the cleaning faster. Who doesn’t love to be done cleaning faster?!? Anyone? I think just to be safe I am going to assume that EVERYONE wants to be done cleaning faster and proceed with the list of cleaning hacks!

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One of the best cleaning hacks out there is to divide up the cleaning chores. Not only does this make life so much easier and organized but it makes you feel better about the whole cleaning process. There is never going to be a time when I want to give up an ENTIRE day to get everything done at once so work it out however it suits your schedule but definitely break it down. Cleaning one room or one floor or just completing one task everyday will make your whole process easier and more in the long run, more efficient too! Continue reading »

Mar 282016
 

If you follow along here regularly, you probably already know that I have a five sisters in law who have had eight babies between them within the past five years. I miss not having little ones around the house and love that my sisters in law keep having babies so that I can get my fix on a pretty regular basis. In fact, my newest niece is only six weeks old and I was so happy when I got to meet her last weekend.  She lives two hours away in Connecticut, so I don’t see her, her big brother or big sister as much as I wish I could, but I take what I can get.

My boys are 8 & 11 now, so there aren’t as many toys around my house as their used to be, but back when they were smaller they had more toys that any of us knew what to do with.  My mom would shower them with toys every time she saw them, so you can only imagine the amount of toy clutter we had in our house.

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If you are looking for some really cool educational toys and you are also tired of the clutter, you’ll want to check out Le Bundle. Le Bundle is a personalized toy rental subscription that supports early learning for children 6 months to 4 years of age.  They offer a unique variety of educational toys that you normally won’t find at most common retailers.

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I love that Le Bundle is personalized, meaning that parents have the freedom to choose the toys they want. But, if you want the surprise factor they also send expertly recommended toys that are appropriate for your child’s age. Bundles are shipped the same day that you place your order. Continue reading »

Mar 162016
 

Energy efficiency is paramount to anyone who wants to save money every month. Homes that aren’t zipped up tight can cost you more money every month in electricity and natural gas, because they don’t function as efficiently as they should or could. HomeSelfe is an app designed to help you save money every month by allowing you to see where you could improve your home’s energy efficiency.

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Energy Efficiency Evaluation Made Easy

It’s the Year of the Ruehrweins, and we’ve been making the most of it. It’s been such a fun-filled changed from the hum drum we normally do, and we’re all thoroughly enjoying it. To keep enjoying it, my husband and I are continually looking for ways to save money. One of those ways is making sure our home is as energy efficient as possible, so we avoid paying more than we have to each month on heating and cooling.

HomeSelfe is an app designed to help you easily evaluate your homes’ energy inefficiencies and give you solutions on how to change them. What’s great about this app is that rather than having someone come in and charge you a few hundred dollars, you can do it yourself. And you can do it for free. I like free.

How HomeSelfe Works

This fun, easy, and free application was developed in cooperation with local, state, and national public utilities and is designed to give you the best possible energy efficiency audit results for your home and your wallet. With this patent pending app, you can create a digital mock up of your home, and you’re provided with a simple questionnaire which you can answer at your own pace. Once your HomeSelfe is complete, you’ll instantly get a free, easy to understand report providing a clear assessment of your home’s energy efficiency, where you need to improve, and what upgrades are most important to your home. Continue reading »

Mar 142016
 

Although it’s been a while since my boys were in diapers, when they were Luvs was my brand of choice. The contoured shape hugged my little guys for a great fit, and a cottony material felt soft and gentle on their skin. I always loved that Luvs had larger refastenable stretch tabs so fastening Luvs diapers was super easy. I could rest assured knowing that my boys had a secure, snug fit time after time. The best part for me was that Leak Barrier Leg Gathers and a Leakguard Core made life easier by helping to keep leaks in the diaper where they belong!  Plus it kept my boys dry and comfortable.

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Did you know that Luvs has Money Back Guarantee?   They feel so strongly that their diapers will keep your baby leak-free that they’ve guaranteed them! If you aren’t satisfied with the leakage protection of Luvs, they’ll refund your money. See their website, www.luvsdiapers.com, for details. Continue reading »

Feb 282016
 

Groupon Coupons - Even More to Love About Groupon

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Groupon coupons is rapidly becoming the place to go for great deals on name brands from top companies. With Groupon Coupons, you can save on more than just events and experiences. This coupon resource from Groupon allows you to find coupons that work and are verified from many of your favorite retailers.

Groupon Coupons Bring Even More Savings

Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about the savings, so this coupon service from Groupon is perfect for me. I’ve always used Groupon to get excellent deals on things like restaurants, family fun attractions, travel, birthday gifts, and holiday gift items. Now I can use Groupon as a great source for coupons, as well. I love it because I can score great deals on things I need and want, I know these coupons will work, and I don’t have to pay a cent for membership or other fees. It’s completely free!

Here’s a quick rundown on just some of the places that you can get great deals on with Groupon Coupons. Continue reading »

Feb 172016
 

When I first started dating my husband Christian, one of the first stories he told me was about how he applied to be on the very first season of SURVIVOR.  He tells the story about about how he had to fill out an application, write an essay on which Gilligan’s Island character he most resembled (he chose the Skipper because he compared himself to someone in a leadership role) and make a short video about what he would take with him to the island if he was chosen to go.  Thousands of people apply each season and while Christian was not chosen to be on the show, we never miss a season and we’re super excited about the premier of the 32nd season tonight on CBS!

Castaways embark on the most grueling 39 days in Survivor history and test whether brute strength, looks or smarts will be the attribute that helps capture the title of Sole Survivor. Also, one castaway deals with excruciating pain when a bug gets stuck in their ear, on SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 32nd season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Feb. 17 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

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The spring edition of SURVIVOR was filmed on the island Kaôh Rōng in Cambodia and  will be themed “Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty.” The location offers harsh conditions and relentless weather for the castaways, presenting one of the most physically grueling seasons in the show’s history. Continue reading »

Jan 252016
 

Have you heard the news?  Last week McDonald’s introduced a brand new breakfast item – the chicken sausage!

Offered as an alternative protein to McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches and platters, the new chicken sausage is a juicy breakfast meat flavored with rosemary and additional spices. Those familiar with McDonald’s pork sausage will find the taste, texture, and appearance of the chicken sausage just as tasty and the best part is that it contains only 5 grams of fat and 80 calories!.

**Disclosure:  This conversation is sponsored by McDonald’s of Eastern New England, but as always all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

Chicken Sausage at McDonalds

The chicken sausage is an especially great addition to one customer favorite, the Sausage McMuffin with Egg – a warm, toasted buttered English muffin made with wholesome chicken sausage, a slice of American cheese and a freshly cracked Grade A egg! Continue reading »

Jan 192016
 

Easy Focaccia Bread Recipe

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In our house Sundays mean one thing and one thing only – game day! For most of the season, our New England team has been doing some serious damage across the NFL. While we haven’t had a perfect record this season, we’ve done pretty darn well.  Whenever our beloved team plays, my family is glued to the television to watch.  Even though we only live about 20 minutes from the stadium where they play, we prefer to watch the games from the comfort of our own couch on game day!

Since we like to watch from home, we usually end up having some people over to watch the game with us.  The more the merrier when it comes to watching our team kick some butt! From prepping before my guests arrive, to the clean up after they leave, I can count on Proctor & Gamble to have me covered and the best part is, I can get everything I need for our game day traditions right at Walmart. Continue reading »