Mar 292014
 

I got a chance to go into my first grader’s school for a presentation recently called the Habitat Happening, which was a project done by all the first graders at the school.  There wasn’t much information on the flier as to what the presentation was actually about, and of course my six year old just shrugged his shoulders when I asked him.  The flier just said to be there at 2 pm on a certain date, so that’s where I was.

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Once all the parents and three out of the six first grade classes piled into the cafeteria, the teachers explained why we were there. That is after they talked about the common core standards for the project first.  Side note:  I hate common core! Continue reading »

Mar 292014
 

**I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I received a gift card as a thank you for participating.

It’s really no secret that Kohl’s is my go-to store for the latest fashion trends and this spring I’m excited to announce their partnership with renowned American Fashion designer Peter Som! Inspired by beautiful St. Barths, the exclusive Peter Som for DesigNation collection features bold patterns a bright colors in feminine skirts, dresses and separates. I absolutely love the beachy feel of his looks!  It may still be chilly here in Massachusetts, but the warm weather is going to be coming up quick – and I want to be ready with some new clothes!

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To be one of the first to shop the Peter Som for DesigNation line, be sure to RSVP to Kohl’s Peter Som Watch & Shop Google Hangout on April 4th at 12:00 PM ET.  Peter Som will be talking with fashion bloggers and giving us a look at pieces from his collection!  I can’t wait to join in- who else will I see at the Hangout?

Mar 282014
 

Disclosure: I was provided product samples to help facilitate this post. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way. 

When I was a child getting Peeps inside my Easter basket was pretty much the highlight of my spring.  I am a huge fan of Peeps and back then, Peeps were only available at Easter time.  Thankfully these days Peeps are available year round for many different occasions, so I can get my fix whenever I want to, but back then my mother would load up my basket so that I was stocked up for a while.

My friends at Peeps sent recently sent be a big box full of goodies and asked me to whip up something yummy with them.  Challenge accepted.

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I knew exactly what I wanted to make with all those Peeps, but first thing was first, though. The boys had to do a little taste testing. Continue reading »

Mar 272014
 

Earlier this year, I told you how my husband, Chris, decided that he wanted to run for the Finance Committee in our little town.  The Finance Committee takes care of all matters involving the finances and financial procedures in town & since Chris is an accountant, he thought the Finance Committee would be a good way for him to get started in town politics.

If you missed it, you can read about his first step in the process here.  Last week, he took his second step in the process of running for the position – he participated in a public forum in which he got the opportunity to introduce himself to the voters and state why he’d be a good candidate for the job. The forum was open to all candidates running for positions in the April town election (selectmen positions, school committee, finance committee, etc).

The thing is, my husband is very quiet and shy, so even though he didn’t admit it, I know he was nervous to get up and speak in front of a crowd. Especially since we really had no idea how many other candidates were going to show up and how big the audience would be. Continue reading »

Mar 262014
 

There are just some things that I can’t wrap my brain around.

1.  Hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock.  I don’t know about you, but first of all, I can’t fall back to sleep instantly, so once I’m up – I’m up.  Why would I just lay there?  The thought baffles me.  And secondly, for those people that can fall asleep instantly, what’s the allure of a second (or third) mini heart attack when the alarm goes off yet again?  Isn’t getting the crap scared out of you once per morning enough.

And even furthermore, if you need the extra few minutes of sleep that badly, why don’t you just set the alarm to go off later?

2.  Pictures of extreme temperatures from a phone app posted on Facebook.  You know what, I have my own phone and if I am interested in the weather, I can see for myself.  Or I could just watch the news like we did in the old days.  I really don’t need to see 573,856,589 of the same picture cluttering up my feed. Continue reading »

Mar 252014
 

Chris and I recently went on a little adventure to Connecticut.  Although the plans we originally had for the day didn’t work out as planned, we ended up stumbling across this interesting place called Wild Bill’s Nostalgia Center in Middletown, CT.

Let’s face it, it’s hard not to stop when you see this as you’re driving by:

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And have a look at how the building is “decorated”.
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Mar 242014
 

While Chris and I were in Connecticut recently, we stopped in at Louis’ Lunch, which is the birthplace of the hamburger.  We both love a good burger and couldn’t resist making a pit stop there.

This is what they have on their website:

The beginnings of the hamburger sandwich as we all know it today was really quite simple. One day in 1900, a gentleman hurriedly walked into Louis’ Lunch and told proprietor Louis Lassen he was in a rush and wanted something he could eat on the run. In an instant, Louis placed his own blend of ground steak trimmings between two slices of toast and sent the gentleman on his way. And so, the most recognizable American sandwich was born.

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As you can see, this place is extremely small and it was packed.  There were a few tables in there with few being the key word.   We were able to take  a few pictures of the process, but it wasn’t easy, trust me.  We were getting bumped left and right because there was barely any room to move in there. Continue reading »

Mar 232014
 

If you are a child of the 80′s, you probably saw the movie Mystic Pizza starring Julia Roberts, but did you know it was based on an actual place?

Mystic Pizza® caught the eye of screenwriter Amy Jones, who was summering in the area. Ms. Jones chose Mystic Pizza as the focus and setting for her story of the lives and loves of three young waitresses. The movie was filmed on location in Mystic and neighboring towns. “Mystic Pizza” was released in 1988 and was a hit, even Siskel and Ebert gave it two thumbs up!

We eat there almost every time we are in Mystic and I actually have posted about it before, but the post was deleted (long story), so I am writing about it again!

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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).

Bass Pro Shops/Outdoor World, Foxborough, Massachusetts

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 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 192014
 

Ok, so maybe it’s not world famous, but it is mighty tasty.

Have I mentioned that Chris and I are addicted to Mexican food?  We’ve both always loved it, but when we were in Old Town San Diego last April and had a taste of the most amazing Mexican food that either one of us has ever tried, we just can’t seem to get enough.

We were at a local Mexican restaurant not too long ago and got table-side guacamole (which is where they come make it fresh at your table) and we watched carefully as the guac was made so that we could replicate the recipe at home.  And that’s just what we did.  Now Chris makes guac for us at home all the time!

Here’s what goes into it:

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Mar 182014
 

On March 8th, we had a major milestone in our house – my six year old lost his first tooth!

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It had been wiggly for quite a while and I had given it a few gentle tugs in the week leading up to it coming out, but the tooth just wasn’t ready.  The day it came out, he was out at a birthday party & when he got back, the tooth was literally hanging out of his mouth.  Because I was afraid he’s swallow it in his sleep, I gentle pulled it out for him. 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 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 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 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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