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 »

Sep 072014
 

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To celebrate the back to school season, Santander Bank, N.A. today announced a new “Soccer Scholars” sweepstakes in partnership with the New England Revolution as part of the Bank’s sponsorship of the Major League Soccer team.

Between August 28 and September 19, 2014, parents are invited to submit 100 words or less highlighting their child’s finest academic accomplishments from the 2013 school year using the sweepstakes nomination page, www.revolutionsoccer.net/santander-soccer-scholars. With every entry, the parent will be entered for a chance to win a spot for his or her child in an exclusive soccer clinic led by Revolution Academy coaches and New England Revolution players in the Dana-Farber Field House at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, September 28. Continue reading »

Sep 052014
 

**Thank you to Depend for sponsoring today’s post about the #dropyourpants for #underwareness movement.**

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Have you ever laughed so hard that you peed your pants?  Me, neither, but chances are that if you don’t suffer from bladder leakage, you know someone that does. For me, it’s some of the ladies that I zumba with.  Whenever a song that involves jumping of any kind, there is usually a collective sigh from the moms who experience it.  I feel for them, I really do.

Luckily for people who experience bladder leakage, Depend underwear is here to the rescue!

The #underwareness movement is all about educating people about the prevalence of bladder leakage and the misconceptions about Depend underwear. Depend provides a variety of discreet products that help people regain their freedom and get their lives back, including:

  • Depend Real Fit for Men and Silhouette for Women briefs: Look, fit and feel like real underwear and feature a cloth-like fabric for a sleek, ultra-smooth fit.
  • Depend Underwear with Fit-Flex protection: Features more Lycra stands for a smooth and comfortable close-to-the-body fit.

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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As soon as you walk through the gate, you feel like you’re stepping into medieval times. Continue reading »

Sep 032014
 

5 Ways To Keep Mornings Chaos Free

School is starting and mornings can get so chaotic. It’s important to have a way to reduce the chaos and make everyone’s lives a little easier. Check out these five tips to get your family moving in the right direction on school mornings.

#1. Clothes Laid Out

This seems like something that shouldn’t take more than five minutes in the morning to do, however, when you’re in a hurry it can take forever. If you take five minutes the night before and lay out the clothes, you will be in chaos free heaven the morning of.

#2. Easy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is also one of those trouble makers on school mornings. It’s time to kick the chaos to the curb with the help of easy breakfast ideas. If you have to feed your kids cold cereal every morning for school, do not feel bad, you’re just trying to make the mornings easier on everyone. You can also plan ahead for breakfast by making mini muffins over the weekend and freezing them for the busy week ahead. Continue reading »

Sep 022014
 

Crunchy Baked Onion Rings with Panko Crumbs

Have you ever been to a restaurant and thought to yourself “Why can’t I make it taste like this at home?”. There are just certain things that you have to go out to eat for and I was TIRED of spending money on onion rings. I’ve tried my hand at making them on several accounts and while they tasted okay, they didn’t have a bite to them and were kinda lifeless. So I decided to experiment in the kitchen one afternoon when I was having an onion ring craving and came up with this delicious Crunchy Baked Onion Rings recipe.

If you have ever had Red Robin onion rings you know they are EXPENSIVE to say the least. They are pretty damn good, but, I refuse to pay the price. So this recipe is a reflection of them. However, they are not a “copy cat”! Continue reading »

Sep 012014
 

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One of the biggest problems people struggle with when it comes to losing weight and eating healthy is portion control. We always wanna go back for that second plate and buffets are the worst thing that ever happened to us! LOL. If you pay attention and try your hardest you can really work on portion control and it will extremely effect your look and health!

1. Use smaller plates. If you use a smaller plate it will appear that you have more food on your plate and your mind will believe that after your one plate, you’re full. You won’t need to eat extra food or go back for seconds. It’s smart to use a salad or side dish plate for your main meal rather than a big huge plate, that is just more room for you to fill up your plate with unhealthy foods!

2. Portion out snacks ahead of time. When it comes to snacks such as chips, pretzels, or cheez its get small snack baggies and portion them ahead of time according the proper serving size on the nutrition facts rather than eating from the bag or box! This will save you so many calories and leave you feeling satisfied without breaking your diet! I’ve found doing this and writing the calories of that portion on the baggy really helps with not eating so many salty, unhealthy snacks! Continue reading »

Aug 312014
 

**As part of the WWE Ambassador Program, I received some really cool back to school items for my kids to welcome us into the program.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

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The Creative Coalition and WWE, co-founders of the Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) anti-bullying initiative, today announced the launch of the S.T.A.R. Alliance, a group of actors, musicians, comedians, athletes, television personalities and members of The Creative Coalition, who have joined together to help put an end to bullying.  (See the full list of members here).

The WWE is working hard to break down prejudices and promote a culture of fairness and respect through programs and initiatives that educate, enrich, and empower people to create a positive social environment for all, regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

Be a STAR is an anti-bullying initiative co-founded in 2011 by The Creative Coalition and WWE. Its mission is to encourage young people to treat each other with tolerance and respect through education and grassroots initiatives. WWE and The Creative Coalition leverage the power of The Creative Coalition’s entertainment industry constituencies and WWE’s global brand and platforms to help combat the bullying epidemic plaguing today’s youth. Continue reading »

Aug 292014
 

10 Back to School Tips for Elementary Students

Want to prepare your elementary students for going back to school? Despite what you think, there are some major things you can do to prepare your kids. Ready, set, check out these 10 back to school tips for all of the elementary children in your family.

#1. Establish a routine

I can’t emphasize this one enough. Establishing a routine for the whole family is a way around this matter. Everyone has a bed time and an up time.

#2. Reading together

You can prepare your elementary student for back to school by spending thesummer reading. It’s never too late to start because the more you read the more your child can learn.

#3. Planning for back to school

Nothing helps your child more going back to school, than you helping them plan for it. Pick out clothes together, buy school supplies together, and discuss what next year will bring.

#4. Keep ‘em counting Continue reading »

Aug 282014
 

10 Drool Worthy S'Mores Recipes

Do you love s’mores as much as I do?  If so,  how about whipping up a couple of these simple s’mores recipes? If you’re having a summer cookout, these are all sure to wow your guests when it comes time for dessert!

S’more Bites Mini Cupcakes

S’mores Cookie Bars

Indoor Peanut Butter Cup S’mores

Patriotic Party S’mores

S’mores Pops

S’mores Frappuccino

Double Chocolate S’mores Bark

No Bake S’mores Icebox Cake

Banana S’mores

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Enjoy!

Aug 272014
 

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It is almost time to send kids back to school! That means there will be lots to do before that first bell rings. Saving money on school lunches is at the top of most parents’ lists for back-to-school and it isn’t that hard to do. You can save money with your kids’ lunches with these very simple steps and tips.

Buy the right equipment

If you want to send your kids to school with a homemade lunch, buy the right equipment to pack it all in. When you don’t have the right lunchbox, thermos, and other containers, you will end up wasting food because it will spoil before your child can actually eat it.

Meal plan

It’s a well-known fact that meal planning can help you lose weight, but did you know that it can also save you money? If you plan out your meals, including snacks and drinks, you can cut your grocery bill by as much as 20 percent in one month, and that includes your kids’ lunches. Plan it all out before grocery shopping. This will also save you time on making lunches in the morning. Continue reading »

Aug 262014
 

If you are new to Disney World, you may not have heard of Dole Whips before. Or maybe you have heard of a Dole Whip, but you’re not quite sure what one is and you’re wondering what all the buzz is about.

Well, let me clear this cult dessert up for you.

What is a Dole Whip at Disney World

What is a Dole Whip?

A Dole Whip is a non-dairy (lactose free) soft serve frozen dessert.  It is made from puree, which is then reconstituted with tap water and frozen before serving. The infamous frozen treat is available in three flavors: pineapple, orange and vanilla – and yes you can get orange or pineapple swirled with vanilla.  Pineapple is original flavor and definitley my personal favorite! A Dole Whip can also be combined with pineapple juice to create a float and word on the street is that they are awesome, but I have never personally tried one.

Where you can find a Dole Whip at Walt Disney World: Continue reading »

Aug 252014
 

10 Things I Wish I'd Known About Raising All Boys

Raising boys isn’t for the faint of heart and I can tell you this from firsthand experience. There are some things I wish I’d known about raising all boys before I began this journey. Here are ten things I wish I knew:

#1. Boys are so Sweet

You always hear all of the negative things about raising boys, but you hardly ever hear the positive. I wish I knew how sweet boys are because I would have had ten more (just kidding).

#2. Boys Love Dirt

I don’t know how many times I have to tell my sons to stop digging in the dirt. You let them outside for two minutes and they’re covered in dirt. No one told me how dirty boys get.

#3. Boys Make Great Brothers

I can’t imagine not having both of my boys because they make such great brothers. I honestly never knew how awesome having multiple boys could really be and the best part is that they impact my life on a daily basis. Continue reading »

Aug 242014
 

Upcycled Altoid Tin First Aid kit

With two active little boys in my house, there are bound to be some bumps and bruises along the way.  Ok, they happen pretty much every single day and when they happen, I like to be prepared.  I always have Neosporin and Band-Aid’s on me, so I figured why not put all my first aid supplies in a cute little container to carry with me in my purse.

It’s so cute that I bet you want to make one now, too, right?  It’s super easy to make and here’s what You’ll Need:

  • Green Duck Tape
  • Pink Duck Tape
  • Altoid Sized Tin
  • Scissors
  • First Aid supplies

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Aug 222014
 

10 Ways to Save Money During Your Next Trip to the Amusement Park

Family trips to the local (or not so local) amusement park are so much fun, and a great way to make memories that will last for years to come. These days, however, this fun can come at a hefty price. The cost of amusement park tickets alone has increased tremendously, and the additional costs involved, such as food, parking and accommodations if you are traveling can make the whole trip cost way more than you planned.

  1. The key here is planning. Think ahead to get the best prices on your admission. Ticket prices can vary depending on the season, and there are often great deals if you look for them.
  2. Try going online to see if there are any ticket discounts, and also keep your eyes out at grocery stores and restaurants, there are often “2 for 1” deals as well. If nothing else, purchase your ticket online, not at the gate, you will most likely spend less money.
  3.  Be sure to go during the park’s “off season.” It will be cheaper and less crowded. Continue reading »
Aug 212014
 

Delicious Watermelon Martini Recipe

I just love summer don’t you? It is all about having fun, sitting outside and relaxing. Oh and enjoying a cool mixed drink or two. If you are looking for a new flavor drink to try this summer, I have one for you. I have come up with a delicious mixed drink recipe for a Watermelon Martini that I think you will LOVE! It is not only good with the taste of summer, it is super easy to make! Continue reading »

Aug 202014
 

10 Back to School Tips For Parents

Parents, are you tired of all of these “back to school” tips for kids— what about the PARENTS? The parents need back to school tips too! Well, here are 10 tips to help you stay on track with your kid this summer. (Warning, some of these may be a bit sarcastic).

#1. Stop staying up so late

As you are reading this, it’s probably already past your bedtime. Waking up earlier than usual is going to be harder than you thought, so get to bed when you can.

#2. Take your vitamins

This is no joke. If you want to have energy to help your kids get up for school, then you will need to make sure you’re taking care of yourself.

#3. Keep a full gas tank

You don’t want to make anyone late in the morning. When your gas tank is empty, fill it up. Don’t procrastinate on this, you’ll regret it later.

#4. Pack lunches the night before Continue reading »

Aug 172014
 

5 Apps That You Need If You're Traveling

Going on vacation or travelling for business can be very exciting, but it can be a stressful experience, too. Thankfully, apps exist for just about everything and that includes making traveling easier for you. These free mobile apps are ones that just about any tourist needs to make sure their trip is the best it can be.

1. TripIt  (Available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows)

If you like to be organized, this is the app for you! This one app keeps all of you confirmation emails at your fingertips, and it creates an itinerary for you based on information you enter into it. You can even use the app to book reservations or reserve tickets for events.

2.  ImedJet (Available for iPhone and Android)

There are many times you may find yourself without Internet reception and you are in need of using an app. ImedJet allows you access without a connection and gives you info to help you stay safe and healthy as you travel with a medical guide, first-aid information, and the ability to store your personal medical information (such as emergency contacts, allergies, medications, and more). Continue reading »