Jul 122014
 

The Red Sox will host the 9th annual “Futures at Fenway” minor league game and screen the popular movie “Field of Dreams” at Fenway Park on Sunday, July 13

And guess what? For the second straight year, fans are welcome to bring their dogs to the ballpark for the game. A dog parade and “Best in Show” competition judging the best dog in the parade will precede the game.

Futures at Fenway

This year’s minor league game features Boston’s short-season Single-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners, who will make their sixth appearance at Futures at Fenway taking on the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Continue reading »

Jul 112014
 

Usually when school lets out for the summer, I move the boys bedtime back a little and let them stay up a little bit later. I wish I could say that when they stay up later they sleep later in the mornings, but sadly that’s not the case.  At all.

Such is life.

With our extra time in the evenings, we find ourselves having lots more family movie nights.  It took a long time before the gruesome twosome would actually sit and watch an entire movie, but now that they will – I take full advantage of it.  We love to grab a snack, which is usually a bowl of our favorite cereal, curl up under a blanket and watch our movie.

That’s part of why I was so excited when I heard that I could get a free movie download when I purchased my favorite Big G cereals.  Yesterday, I curled up with my loves to watch Diary of a Wimpy Kid and of course, have a snack.  Because it’s no fun if there are no snacks involved, right?

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Jul 102014
 

*My family and I were invited to this attend WWE’s Money in the Bank live pay per view event and received tickets at no charge. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Back in March I chaperoned my youngest son’s class field trip to the aquarium.  On both the bus ride to the aquarium and the ride home, all the little boys talked about was wrestling.  John Cena this and Kane that.  It was really cute, but prior to that, I didn’t realize that my son knew anything about any of the WWE wrestlers.  When we got home that night I asked him about it and he sure schooled me.  He knew them all and talked my ear off for a good half hour about the WWE and mostly John Cena.

When my family received an invitation to attend the live pay-per-view (PPV) event, Money in the Bank on June 29, 2014 at the TD Garden in Boston, I knew it was going to be the highlight of my boys summer!

We arrived at the show about an hour before the event started and my boys were super excited when we got there and they saw the ring all set up!

WWE Money in the Bank PPV

At the beginning of the show, Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan made an appearance and gave the audience an update on his neck surgery recovery was going.  As soon as they announced his name, the crowd went insane.  They cheered him for a good couple of minutes and after everyone settled down, he told us that he didn’t know when he was going to return and that he actually might need to have another surgery. Continue reading »

Jul 092014
 

For some of you, this will be the fourth time you’re seeing this post and if that is the case – you should totally re-read it because it’s hilarious!  Why in the world would I be posting something for four years in a row you ask?  Because it’s my birthday and I feel like taking the day off.

So without further adeu…..

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…..

Seriously, though, today is a very special day in history. Wanna know why? Because today is my birthday. Now, of course, I’ll never tell you how old I am, but I have compiled a list of some celebs who share this awesome day with me.

Here we go….

Everyone’s favorite castaway, gay lawyer, astronaut and Bosom Buddy…. the mermaid lovin’ Tom Hanks, was born on July 9th 1956.


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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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Jul 072014
 

5 Ways to Keep Kids Learning this Summer

It’s summertime, doesn’t this mean poolside relaxation? All adults wish that was the case, but you need to keep your kids learning this summer. Here are five ways you can keep your kids learning, but still have a few moments to yourself by the pool.

#1. Computer

You’re not a bad mom or dad if you use the computer to teach your kids a few learning skills. There are awesome websites out there that simply teach our kids better than we can. Starfall.com and ABCMouse.com are great websites for preschoolers. Your school might even have a few recommendations for ideal learning websites. If you think a computer might be too much, just set a timer and only allow the child to use the computer for that amount of time.

#2. Adventure

Taking your children to see people, places, and things this summer is one way to keep them learning. There are plenty of free places to visit, so don’t fret about money. Exposing your child to different learning environments will help them greatly in the long run. Visit zoos, children’s museums, parks, libraries, and the occasional water park for optimal learning opportunities. Continue reading »

Jul 052014
 

**Masshole Mommy received two Budsies in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

A stuffed animal made from my boys drawings?

Yes!

I had no idea such a thing existed until recently when I was approached by a company called Budsies and “told that they bring kids’ artwork to life”.  As soon as I heard that, I knew my boys would love to create a Budsie. The way the whole process works is really pretty simple. You have your child draw their Budsie (they can either draw their own or use one of the templates on the website), submit the drawing to www.budsies.com  and in about five weeks the kids hand-sewn, high quality, one of a kind stuffed animal will arrive at your doorstep!

Here are what my boys drew (the six year old’s followed by the nine year old’s):

Budsies Collage Pictures

They both literally asked me every day when their stuffed animals were coming and after about five weeks, their Budsies showed up in the mail.  They couldn’t rip open the box fast enough.   Continue reading »

Jul 052014
 

There are many aesthetically pleasing items within a property that serve to accent any room. Curtains are great home accessories because they enhance home ambiance and boost functionality. Unfortunately, these drapes can also be a magnet for dust and dirt over time. This can eventually lead to a drab appearance and if anyone has allergies, the dust produced can be a nightmare on the respiratory system. Cleaning the said home accessories from time to time should be a household chore that is never overlooked. Thankfully, this can be accomplished in a handful of simple steps. Continue reading »

Jul 052014
 

Most people do not take full advantage of the time between their kids going to bed and themselves getting tired and going to bed, though relaxing is very important for your wellbeing. Instead what though often find themselves doing is sitting in front of the TV not really paying attention as it is not exactly exciting. There are so many other things you could be doing and the internet is a great tool in order further used to utilise your time better. Continue reading »

Jul 042014
 

DIY Patriotic Star Bunting Banner

Are you having a cookout today for the 4th and in need of a few last minute decorations.  This quick craft is super easy, inexpensive and will liven up any 4th of July party!

Patriotic Star Bunting/Banner Craft Materials:

*1 24 ct. package of Patriotic cupcake liners. I found mine at Dollar Tree for only $1.00 each.

*1 roll of twine

*single paper punch

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Jul 032014
 

4 Helpful Tips for a Successful Picnic

One of the beautiful things about the nice weather is the ability to get outside and eat in the manner that the Italians call al fresco, which means to eat outside. Around these parts, though, we usually refer to it as a picnic. How should one go about having a successful picnic? Here are four important subjects to consider.

1. Where to Have the Picnic? ­

When I think about having a picnic, the first  location that pops into my mind is under a shady tree, but there are so many other options.  Parks, beaches, even a rooftop can be the perfect setting for your picnic. Perhaps the easiest way of choosing a location is considering how far you wish to travel and/or the distance from your home. Try using online maps (I use Google maps) that display everything within a given perimeter and you can choose from there.

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Jul 022014
 

10 Patriotic Decorations

I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe that the 4th of July is almost here.  I love to decorate my house for as many holidays as possible, but sometimes the holidays sneak up on me and I don’t have time to run out & buy decorations – so I make them.  Here are ten of the cutest red, white and blue decorations that are not only super cute, they are easy to make, too!

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Jul 012014
 

While we were in San Diego in April, you may remember that we took a morning and spent it at the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.  As we pulled into the parking lot that morning, the kids couldn’t help but notice a really nice playground off in the distance.  Chris and I promised we’d head over there after the museum because we both know how much they love playing at the playground.

The Pepper Grove Playground is suitable for kids of all ages. It is separated into two main areas. The side designed for children younger than five has a giant sandbox, cushioned floors, slides and swings. The other side, designed for kids five and older, offers a large jungle gym, faux zip line and fun things to spin on.

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Jun 302014
 

10 Fireworks Safety Tips

As we get closer to the Independence Day holiday on July 4th, it is time to start thinking about fireworks and safety. Although many areas now prohibit the use of fireworks within city limits or select subdivisions, there are still a lot of areas where it is okay to shoot off fireworks in your own backyard. This year don’t take chances, instead take not of these 10 Fireworks Safety Tips that will help protect your family while giving you a chance to enjoy fun holiday celebrations.

10 FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS

ALWAYS SUPERVISE CHILDREN & TEENS. No matter how knowledgeable or responsible your kids are it is never a good idea to leave them unsupervised with fireworks or fire of any kind. Always be mindful of where they are and what they are doing with the fireworks. This applies even to the use of sparklers that are common for children to handle by themselves.

ONLY SHOOT FIREWORKS IN CLEAR AREAS AWAY FROM HOMES, TREES OR FLAMMABLE OBJECTS. While it may sound fun to stand in your front yard right next to the house to shoot off Bottle Rockets and Roman Candles it is very dangerous. Taking the chance of a firework landing in an area that could end up catching on fire is never a good idea. The best locations to shoot fireworks are large open areas where the remnants that fall from the sky can be easily located. Continue reading »

Jun 292014
 

10 summer outdoor games and activities

Summer time is just around the corner! I have been on the hunt for some fun outdoor games and activities! I have put together a great list that the kids are sure to love! From Lawn Twister to Capture the Moon, I can not wait to try them all! How fun would a Trike Car Wash be for the little ones? Can I go through it myself? Some of my best memories as a child are the things I did with my friends & siblings outside in the summer time. I am ready to help my children create some of those memories, too.

  1. Lawn Twister
  2. Glow in the Dark Baseball
  3. Glow in the Dark Bowling
  4. Jumbo Scrabble
  5. Water Balloon Pinata
  6. Cold Potato
  7. Capture the Moon
  8. Water Balloon Target Practice
  9. Glow in the Dark Ring Toss
  10. Trike Car Wash

What are some of your favorite outdoor summer activities?

Jun 282014
 

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I am a regular at my local Stop & Shop grocery store.  I have been going there for so long that I have the entire store mapped out in my head & make my shopping list by aisle, which allows me to blow in and out of the store in near record time.  HA!

But get this:  Now, when I don’t have the time to actually spend time in the store to do my shopping, I can do my shopping online and my groceries will be ready for me to pick up when I get to the store (after I select the pick up date & time of course).  Talk about a huge time saver.

Here’s how it all works:

Online shopping for Stop & Shop fulfilled by Peapod:

  • Shop online — browse or search the aisles to add items to your cart. Enter your Stop & Shop Card to shop from a list of items you’ve previously bought in the store.
  • Choose a location & pick-up time from the one-hour window that best fits your schedule. Submit and pay for your order.
  • Pick-up your groceries at the Pick-up Point location during the time slot you selected. An associate will greet you and have your groceries loaded into your car, all within 5 minutes.
  • Plus, you still get weekly specials, real deals, and earn A+ School Rewards and Gas Reward points. Use manufacturer coupons for additional savings!

I got a chance to try out Peapod’s new pick up service recently at the Stop & Shop in Quincy along with a few other local bloggers, so I can tell you based on my experience – it was pretty awesome to be able to have my items ready and waiting for me.  I sat down a few days before I wanted to pickup my groceries to place my order on Peapod.com and once all my items were added to my cart, I went through the checkout process, selected my date & time that I wanted to pick up and boom – I was done.

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I think what I love the most about the pickup service is that I can shop for my groceries whenever and where ever I want.  All I need is internet access and I can sign into the site & place my order.  I am all for anything that makes my life a little easier! Continue reading »

Jun 272014
 

While we were in San Diego in April, we had a chance to make a stop at the The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, which features more than 100 interactive science exhibits.  My boys love that sort of thing and I wanted to take them if we ended up having a little extra time, which we did.

fleet science center outside

When I initially told my sister in law, who lives in San Diego, that I wanted to take my boys there, the first thing she said was that the Museum of Science in Boston was much better.  So, I actually read a few reviews about this place before we went because her statement had a me a little worried.

Many of the reviews that I read were by adults that went to the museum and didn’t enjoy it because it was geared towards children. Well, duh.  That sort of museum is intended for children, so those had me a little baffled.  And there were quite a few of them, which also made me scratch my head. But anyways, all the reviews that I read by adults that were also parents said that the Fleet Science Center was awesome, so we went. Continue reading »

Jun 242014
 

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Remember when I told you about our visit to the La Jolla tidepools when we were in California in April?  Well, while we were still in San Diego, my brother in law told us about another tide pool in the area that might be worth a visit and he was definitely right.  They were called the  Cabrillo tidepools and they are located on Point Loma in San Diego, which was even a little closer to our hotel than the tidepools in La Jolla.  Score.

In case you are unfamiliar, during periods of low tide, pools form along this shore in rocky depressions and you can see a  myriad of sea creatures in them.

The Cabrillo tidepools were definitley different than the ones in La Jolla simply because of the fact that there were lots and lots of cliffs there, so we really needed to keep an eye on the kiddos until we were able to make our way down to the bottom of the cliffs.  They weren’t like Roadrunner cliffs, but they were steep enough that if you fell off, you would most definitley be injured.

Not to mention that  there are no hand rails at all and the rocks/cliff can get slippery, especially when wet – so we were very careful.

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