Apr 082014
 

If there is one thing you can count on in Boston, it’s that the Big Apple Circus comes to town every spring.  The circus is set up right on City Hall Plaza under a big old tent. We’ve gone to the circus a few times in the past, but when I heard several of my blogger friends were giving away family four packs of tickets to the circus, I entered a few of their giveaways and wouldn’t you know – I won one of them.

My hubby, Chris, works in the Federal Building right next door to where the tent is set up, so he was kind enough to snap this picture of the view from above.

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Chris and I didn’t tell the boys in advance that we were going, so they were really happily surprised when they found out.  We’ve been seeing lots of commercials on tv for it and they asked to go every time one came on.  When we arrived, they were each given clown noses, which made their day. Continue reading »

Apr 072014
 

**Masshole Mommy received four complimentary tickets to see Blue Man Group in Boston in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in anyway**

Have you ever seen the Blue Man Group?  I recently had an opportunity to go see the show with my family and I don’t even think words can express how much we loved it.  I was super excited to take my family to see it.  I had seen the show three or four times in the past, but it was the first time seeing the show for my husband and boys.  Knowing them, I knew it was going to be a hit with all three of them and I was so happy that they all liked it even more than I thought they would.

Ok, so you’ve heard of Blue Man Group, but you’re not really sure what it’s all about, huh?  Well, it’s really hard to explain, so here’s what they say about the show on their website:

Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. Blue Man Group’s shows have been described by critics as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining.” But the only way to truly understand Blue Man Group’s global popularity is to see the show for yourself.

The show is about an hour and 40 minutes with no intermission, and it flew by.  I was shocked when I looked at my watch and saw that the show was nearly over.  Blue Man Group is fast moving and highly entertaining.  We were not bored for a second.  Honestly, if you are looking for something different to do with your family, check out the show – it’s very family friendly and so much fun! 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 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 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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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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Mar 062014
 

Yesterday you read all about our adventures in bones and taxidemied animals and as promised, I am going to show you a few of the pictures I took the in the Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

From their website:

Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery

This renovated gallery displays thousands of rare minerals and sparkling gemstones in both rough and cut examples, including a 1,600-pound amethyst geode from Brazil. Exhibits highlight new research and offer a broad overview of the dynamic processes and events that formed our planet and that have shaped its continuing evolution. Visitors can touch rock and mineral specimens that date back to the beginning of our solar system. Uncover mysteries of our planet’s origins revealed in ancient meteorites and terrestrial rock containing some of the oldest minerals on Earth, zircon crystals that have survived intact for 4.3 billion years!

Here is the 1,600 pound amethyse geode:

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Mar 052014
 

Last weekend, Chris & I took the boys the The Harvard Museum of Natural History (yes, THAT Harvard) because of a friends recommendation.  I am so glad we listened because the museum was amazing and my boys LOVED it.

The museum was sort of split into two sections.  One was filled with fossils & taxidermied animals. The other was the Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery, which has thousands of rare minerals and sparkling gemstones on display.  Today, I am going to show you the pictures I took of the fossil & animal galleries.  Why?  Because I took SO many pictures that I didn’t want to overwhelm you all in one post.

We got there right when the museum opened and walked right into the EVOLUTION exhibit as soon as we got there, so we spent a while examining the fossils on display!

EVOLUTION invites visitors to examine the fossil, anatomical, and genetic evidence that all life is connected through a shared evolutionary history. View animals and plants that sparked Darwin’s theory, dramatic displays of diversity within species, and computer simulations that demonstrate how natural selection acts.

See a model of the 375-million-year-old fossilized remains of Tiktaalik roseae (see image below)—a fossil fish dubbed the “missing link” between fish and land animals—discovered in 2004 by a team of scientists in northern Canada.

EVOLUTION offers a behind-the-scenes look at ongoing evolution research at Harvard, from exciting new discoveries about human origins, to surprising insights from new genetic and developmental studies on Darwin’s finches.

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Sep 062013
 

While the boys & I were in Boston last week, we decided to check out the Skywalk Observatory, which is up on the 50th floor of the Prudential Tower. We saw some amazing 360 degree views of Greater Boston and beyond up there and I was so glad that I got the tickets.

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Sep 032013
 

Last week, I took the boys on a duck tour in Boston.   The “DUCK”, a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle, took us all over the city, showing us many of the highlights of the city including  the golden-domed State House, Bunker Hill, the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston Common, the Public Gardens, Copley Square, Faneuil Hall, Government Center, fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market, Trinity Church, the Hancock Tower, the Prudential Tower, and much more.  And if that wasn’t enough, about half way into the tour, our ConDUCKtor splashed our DUCK right into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.

Anytime you’re in the city, the Duck boats can be seen all over the place and the boys have wanted to go on one for a while now.  Since we had a free day, I couldn’t think of anything more fun to do with them, so we headed into the city for a tour.

There are three different locations that you can catch the tour from:  the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Science and the Prudential Center.  We left from the Prudential Center because I was able to buy a combo ticket that included admission to the Skywalk Observatory, which is up on the 50th floor of the Pru, and I thought the boys would love seeing the city from that high up.  Plus, we didn’t have all day and I didn’t want to get sucked into going to the Museum of Science or the aquarium afterwards.

Anyhow, we had tickets for an early morning tour & here we are waiting for the duck boat to arrive:

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I ended up getting roped into buying these quacking duck bills for the boys, but they ended up coming in handy because the tour guide had us quacking out loud at unsuspecting people who were on foot around the city throughout the tour. Continue reading »

Jun 062013
 

On Sunday night I went into Boston with some friends to see The Package Tour – Boys II Men, 98 Degrees and Boston’s own New Kids on the Block.

I first saw NKOTB at the old Foxboro Stadium (the old stadium that my beloved New England Patriots played in before they built the snazzy new Gillette Stadium that they play in now) when I was in the ninth grade.  So, if you’re better at math than I am – we’re talking a little over 20 years ago.   Imagine being  a girl at the ripe old age of 14 getting to see her biggest crush…..let’s just say that at the time, it was pretty much one of the greatest nights of my life.

But some things never change.

Here is is 2013 and there were more girls there with crimped hair than should have been (for the record, that number should have been a big fat zero).  I understand that that NKOTB were big in the late 80′s/early 90′s, but that doesn’t mean that anyone needed to dress up like they were stuck in that time period.  You know what I mean?  Besides, who the hell even still has their crimper from 1989 anyways?

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Oh, and there was this chick with a banana clip.  And again, I have to ask – who still has one of these in their house?

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May 112013
 

Spring is finally here, and that means Mother’s Day is just around the corner. A great way to show any Mom appreciation for all she does is to do the cooking—and baking—for her!

Rosie’s Bakery has a delicious array of spring-inspired cakes, pastries and cookies—something for every Mom’s tastes! A stunningly decorated cake is a wonderful ending to any meal. Try a moist yellow cake… a deep, dark flourless chocolate cake… or a rich coconut layer cake. Rosie’s also offers beautiful gluten-free heart-shaped chocolate deliriums, and glazed sugar cookies and cupcakes decorated just for Mom!

When I was contacted by the folks at Rosie’s Bakery asking if I’d like to try some of their goodies, how could I say no?  So, last week I received a delivery with a  little bit of everything!

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Dec 132011
 

I can’t believe that I’ve lived in this area for my entire life, but just went to the Medieval Manor in Boston for the first time this past weekend. It’s an interactive dinner and show set in the dark ages and it was a fricken blast. Throughout the night we were entertained by the King, the Minstrel, the Jester, an Oaf and a few Wenches who all put on quite a show filled with jokes and music. All of the performers (minus the king) were also the servers, so they had double duty. But since we were doing things dark ages style, meaning we had to eat all our food with our hands, the performers were able to just drop our food and go. I guess they didn’t have forks back then.

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Dec 102011
 

I had an opportunity to attend an informative winter warm-up event in Boston!  The event featured somet of the latest gadgets from Vicks to help aid in cold and flu prevention.  I was really excited when the email showed up in my inbox last week because I’ve been using Vicks products since I was a kid and it’s a brand that I trust.

Dr. Meg Meeker was the guest speaker and she was just phenomenal.  She gave us some great tips on how to stay healthy this upcoming cold and flu season.  I learned so much from her and I am excited to share some of her great advice with you.

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Aug 282011
 

 

The Life is good Festival is a one-of-a-kind fundraiser event taking place the weekend of September 24th & 25th at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA. The festival is a two-day celebration of music and optimism, featuring three stages of nationally known musical talent, hands-on games, interactive arts activities, and the “Good Kids” zone — home to the top acts in kids entertainment. 100% of Life is good’s profits from the Festival will go towards The Life is good Playmakers, helping kids overcome life-threatening challenges such as violence, illness and extreme poverty!

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Jul 102011
 

This past week my kids and I were able to attend the kickoff event for the Bark About Books initiative at the Tadpole Playground, located in the Boston Common.   

The Bark About Books initiative is a WGBH/ReadBoston/WGBY partnership to provide readers in Boston and Springfield with access to high quality children’s books, coupled with activities and reading incentives. Over the summer, the Bark About Books! Massachusetts Summer Reading Initiative will distribute more than 5,000 books to children in Boston and Springfield communities. The goal is to promote early literacy, address the decline in reading ability over summer vacation, and engage families in their child’s learning. Visit ReadBoston to learn how to help going forward.

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