Oct 182017
 

Here are tips to using Disney's Fastpass+. The Fastpass+ helps cut your wait time for attractions so you can make the most of your day at the parks.

Walt Disney World has been using the Fastpass+ system for a while now. It has made things a lot easier because it allows you to book in advance and save time. Below I will share what exactly the Fastpass+ is and some tips to using the Fastpass+ for you and your family!

Below you will find learn about Fastpass+ and the perks, and find ways to make sure you make the most out of the system! The tips below can help you with your schedule, so you can make sure to utilize each pass the best way possible.

Here are tips to using Disney's Fastpass+. The Fastpass+ helps cut your wait time for attractions so you can make the most of your day at the parks.

What is Disney’s Fastpass+
Fastpass+ is a system that Disney uses that allows you to reserve rides and attractions to reduce the time you spend waiting in lines both for rides and experiences such as character meet & greets or shows. They allow up to three Fastpasses per day to make the system fair, but there are a few restrictions. You can only make Fastpass+ choices for one park per day, so if you are visiting multiple parks, make sure to choose which park you want to use the Fastpasses on. Also, you can only book a Fastpass for each ride once per day, so if you love Space Mountain and want to book all three of your Fastpasses for three separate rides on the day you are at the Magic Kingdom – you are out of luck. The system won’t let you “repeat” rides on the same day. As of now you can book Fastpass+ for your whole trip 60 days in advance if you stay on property, or 30 days if you are not staying on property. Continue reading »

Oct 172017
 

When I was a kid my sister, brother and I waited all year long until my parents finally said we were going to “Edaville Railroad” to see the Christmas lights.  I’m dead serious – it was one of the highlights of my childhood and I have so many fond memories of going there year after year with my family. These days it’s know as Edaville Family Theme Park and I am so thankful that I have the chance to go there with my own children so they can have the same wonderful memories of Edaville as I do.

Halloween Fun at Edaville Family Amusement Park's Not So Spooky Halloween event being held weekends throughout October. It's fun for the whole family.

Edaville Family Theme Park is tucked away in the middle of cranberry country in Carver, MA.  It is a fun family attraction which features amusement rides including a Ferris Wheel, carousel my boys favorite: the bumper cars! Each admission includes a five mile train ride through the cranberry bogs on their property, all the rides,  Dino Land and Thomas Land. Continue reading »

Oct 162017
 

Create Halloween masterpieces with these Homemade Jack O'Lantern Crayons! They are super easy to make and the kids will love them.

Around here, we LOVE Halloween. Since I was a kid, it has always been my favorite holiday and my kids love it, too. Our house is decked out to the nines, there are always Halloween treats (cupcakes, cookies, etc) available and lots of Halloween movies and shows will be playing on my television all month long. One of the things we did recently was to make some Homemade Jack O’Lantern Crayons. We had millions of old crayon bits laying around, so I figured that I would put them to good use. These Homemade Jack O’Lantern Crayons seriously couldn’t be any easier to make and my kids had a blast with them.

Homemade Jack O’Lantern Crayons

Create Halloween masterpieces with these Homemade Jack O'Lantern Crayons! They are super easy to make and the kids will love them.

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Oct 162017
 

My husband calls me the “princess and the pea” when we travel because I am very picky about where I sleep. Falling asleep doesn’t come easy for me and I need certain things to happen in order for me to fall asleep in a timely manor. Things like no noise except for the noise of my fan (one little bird chirping outside my window can cause me to lay there awake all night long), no light (the windows in my bedroom are blocked like a meth lab) and I need my blankets tucked in a certain way.  I know, I know….

On top of all that, if my mattress is either too soft or too firm – forget about it. I won’t be able to sleep there.  The mattress I’ve had for the last 12 or so years was definitely on its last legs and while I knew it was time for a replacement, I was obviously hesitant because I am so particular about my sleeping arrangements. So when I got an email from Tomorrow Sleep about trying out one of their Hybrid Mattresses, I was both nervous and excited. I talked it over with my husband and we decided that since our current mattress was in such bad shape, that we’d go for it and ordered a medium soft queen mattress (medium firm was also an option, but I was afraid it would be too firm for me, so I went with the soft).

Tomorrow Sleep Mattresses are a balance of comfort & support, designed with premium temperature regulating memory foam and a gently stabilizing coil system.

Tomorrow Sleep is passionate about improving their customer’s sleep and building a system of products to help them along the way. I was pretty excited when I read that on their website because I’m admittedly picky. Continue reading »

Oct 152017
 

Check out this Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake.  I made a Fruity Pebbles milkshake not long ago and it got me thinking about what other kinds of cereal milkshakes I could make. We always have Cinnamon Toast Crunch on hand because it’s my youngest son’s favorite cereal, so I wanted to try making a Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake. I was really happy with the way it came out and a big part of that was the ice cream I used. I decided to use a non-traditional flavor and I am so glad that I did.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake

This delicious Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake will rock your world! Only 3 ingredients are needed and your milkshake is ready in minutes!

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Oct 112017
 

Follow these simple safety tips to keep you aware and safe this Halloween! Make safety a priority this year and have a Happy Halloween!

Below I am going to share some trick or treat safety tips for this Halloween! Of course, Halloween is a really fun night, where you can dress up as your favorite super hero or princess, go door-to-door knocking to get candy! But, it can also be dangerous, especially with so many children running up and down the road to houses. With the streets more crowded than normal with all the trick or treaters and parents, it can be really hard to see. So follow these simple safety tips below to keep you aware and safe this Halloween! 

It can be so easy to get distracted looking at all the fun costumes and Halloween decor draped on houses, but we have to remember safety first! So if you are driving be alert so you can help prevent any accidents! If you are out walking around with your child, be aware of the vehicles around you! 

Halloween Trick or Treating Safety Tips:

Reflective Tape or Glow Sticks| That way people can see you clearly as you are walking up and down the road and sidewalks trick or treating with your child! Don’t have these, then use a flashlight! 

Travel in Groups| Don’t let your kids run off alone on Halloween night, that is very unsafe. There are tons of people running all over the place, something bad could happen. Try to go out with a few people, so you are not alone in case you come across strangers who are bothering you. 

Sidewalks| Try and walk on sidewalks as much as you can, don’t go down dark alleyways or streets that are not well lit.  Continue reading »

Oct 112017
 

Minecraft is Coming to a Boston Movie Theater THIS Weekend!

Does your child love Minecraft? Starting this Saturday morning, instead of just playing at home, they can enjoy the game while meeting new friends as part of a local team representing Boston, thanks to Super League Gaming and their Minecraft City Champs tournament, run in partnership with Nickelodeon. It’s like little league for Minecraft players! Fun, positive and a great opportunity to get out and play with other kids their age. Past players clearly have had a GREAT time!

And one skilled player will win a HUGE prize for their family – 4 tickets to Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards 2018, inclusive of round trip airfare, 2 nights in a hotel and a $500 spending allowance. There will be other giveaways for all players, including an official Boston Revolt team jersey!

Minecraft is Coming to a Boston Movie Theater THIS Weekend!

While you may find it challenging to pull your little ones away from their iPad or Xbox, the truth is that playing Minecraft (and video games in general) can be beneficial for your kids on many levels, including problem solving, building self-confidence, enhancing creativity, understanding teamwork and improving academic performance. Continue reading »

Oct 112017
 

I think it’s safe to say that we all wish that cancer was GONE once and for all. One particular form of cancer that has affected my family is breast cancer. My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor and I am thankful every single day that she beat it. It’s an awful disease and when I found out that Valvoline Instant Oil Change was helping to Wipe out breast cancer, I was excited to partner with them to tell you about a wonderful campaign they have going on in October! While I partnered with Valvoline Instant Oil Change for this project, as always, all opinions expressed here are my own!

Let's help end breast cancer. This October Visit Valvoline Instant Oil Change and Get Your Pink Wipers to Help #WipeOutBreastCancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and VIOC is selling AutoTex PINK Wipers throughout October! The proceeds from the sale of these special PINK wipers is going to National Breast Cancer Foundation. What’s cool is that you can choose from full Pink Wipers or Black Wipers with a small pink ribbon.  It’s all about options, right? These all-weather wipers are available at select participating Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations and they fit 98% of cars, trucks and SUVs manufactured after 2003! Continue reading »

Oct 102017
 

I grew up in a big Italian family, so I am used to eating goooood. As a child, Sunday dinners were an all day eating fest filled with homemade recipes that came straight from my great-grandmother in Italy. Sometimes we went out for Italian, though, and back then to get good Italian food we had to go all the way into the North End of Boston.  Not that it wasn’t worth the trip into the city – because it was, but sometime in the late 80’s or maybe even the early 90’s, Bertucci’s opened a restaurant in the next town over from where we lived and suddenly we could get great Italian food without having to drive all the way into the city. Score.

Bertucci’s recently announced their new Specialitá Del Giorno menu, focused on everyday value and featuring the return of Kids-Eat-Free-Wednesdays.

In case you’re not familiar, Bertucci’s is a scratch-kitchen Italian restaurant and pizzeria known for artisanal authentic Italian brick oven pizzas, handcrafted pasta and their signature scratch-made dough that they use for their pizzas, calzones and those famous fresh rolls. Mmmmm…… Continue reading »

Oct 042017
 

It’s that time of year again…..Time for the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo that is. The Jack O’Lantern Spectacular is a nighttime display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns all along the zoo’s beautiful Wetlands Trail. There’s something magical about so many illuminated Jack O’Lanterns on display as you walk along the trail and it is running from October 5th through November 5th this year.

he Jack O’Lantern Spectacular is a nighttime display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns all along the zoo’s beautiful Wetlands Trail.

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank has been delighting audiences of all ages for years and each year has a fun theme. This year you will travel through time and visit with dinosaurs, explore the ice age, and peek into the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome. Wander the Feinstein Junior Scholar Wetlands Trail and delight in the history of the Middle Ages, discover the New World, and be fascinated by major inventions like cars, planes, space travel, and the computer. Infused throughout will be the art and music associated with each era. Imagine our planet’s history reflected on more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins. Continue reading »

Oct 032017
 

Create new memories by trying these Halloween activities this year! Here are 25 fun new traditions to start with your family this Halloween!

Looking for some fun Halloween traditions and activities to do with the family this year? I have some really fun ideas listed below to let you and your family create some fun memories! Some are very light and fun hearted, while others are a bit more spooky, so it can fit anyone’s preference on how they want to spend the holiday! This is a great way to have some fun this Halloween season with you and your family! 

I know for me carving pumpkins was always a blast when I was little! I love the templates you can now buy to really help you create awesome carved pumpkins like witches, cats, bats, and more. I never used one of them when I was little, but I wish I had! It was just a classic jack-o-lantern face for our family! It is easy to find any activity that can fit into a Halloween or Fall theme, below I have shared 25 options for you! But it could inspire you to find some other activity or new family tradition to do each year! 

Halloween Activities List 

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Oct 022017
 

Picture this: You are spending the morning wandering around South Boston and it suddenly hits you that you’re starving. It happens to me all the time. I will be out and about and it hits me out of no where that lunch time has already passed and I need to find some great food like NOW. I stopped into a great eatery in Southie recently and was so happy that I stopped in.  Named after a 19th century guest house in historical Saratoga Springs, NY, Worden Hall was exactly what I was looking for.

Stop into Worden Hall for delicious meal in South Boston. Visit them for lunch, dinner or brunch, this restaurant in southie is sure to please

But what sets Worden Hall apart?  Sure, there are lots of food options in Southie, but the American cuisine at Worden Hall stands out among the rest.  Just the variety on the menu alone….from classics like burgers and mac & cheese to char-grilled NY Strip to mushroom & vegetable lasagna! And that’s not even mentioning the deep dish pizzas that bring in the crowds! Worden Hall also boasts a wonderful seasonal food menu, an extensive craft beverage program with 40 rotating draft beers, a selection of over 100 whiskeys and modern inventive cocktails. How can you go wrong? Continue reading »

Oct 012017
 

If you're in the mood for a quick pumpkin recipe, try some of this Whipped Pumpkin Spread. It's easy, really delicious and will satisfy your pumpkin craving

If there’s one thing I love about fall, it’s pumpkin. Pumpkin everything. I make lots of pumpkin recipes and one of my favorites is this Whipped Pumpkin Spread. As much as I love pumpkin recipes, I especially love ones that aren’t complicated or take forever to make. That’s why this Whipped Pumpkin Spread ranks high up on my lost of favorites.  I love it because it’s incredibly easy to make and it’s freakin’ delicious.  I am one of those people who snacks throughout the day and this spread is made for people like me. I spread it on my bagel in the morning, and biscuits or fresh rolls throughout the day.

Whipped Pumpkin Spread

If you're in the mood for a quick pumpkin recipe, try some of this Whipped Pumpkin Spread. It's easy, really delicious and will satisfy your pumpkin craving

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Sep 292017
 

My hubby and I love to snack on chips & salsa when we’re Netflix binging or catching up on some DVR.  It’s our first go-to snack and we love it because it’s quick and easy. The thing is, it can be tough to find really good fresh salsa in the grocery store. And by really tough, I mean basically impossible. Until now.  I recently had a chance to try some salsa from Nola’s Fresh Foods and I’m hooked!

Nola's Fresh Foods salsa is an authentic Mexican salsa. No artificial preservatives, colors or flavors, no sugar and no oils & they're Vegan and Gluten Free.

Nola’s Fresh Foods salsa is an authentic, bold, fresh and all-natural Mexican salsa. Once you try it, you’ll never go back to any other salsas you’ve tried before. It’s a perfect snack or addition to your favorite meals (think taco Tuesday). Nola’s Salsas have no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors, no sugar and no oils. They are Vegan and Gluten Free, so everyone can enjoy the best salsa ever. At Nola’s, they are committed to providing you with the best product on the market using only the freshest, all natural ingredients available. Nola’s Salsas are always fresh and flavorful. Continue reading »

Sep 262017
 

The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in Woodstock, NH is an adventure that you and your family will never forget. Hike, climb and explore all day long!

Long before recorded history, massive glaciers shaped the land in North America. The powerful forces of water, wind, and time created the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in Kinsman Notch (Woodstock, NH) about 300 million years ago. The Ice Age brought glaciers that lifted and moved enormous rocks, which formed notches and mountains. When the ice eventually melted, the water eroded the rocks and the Lost River Gorge was formed. If you happen to visit the Woodstock, NH area, be sure to check out the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves.

The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in Woodstock, NH is an adventure that you and your family will never forget. Hike, climb and explore all day long!

We have a place in Woodstock, so my family visits the area regularly. Since that’s the case, we actually purchased season passes so that we could go all the time.  My kids love climbing through the caves and I love that it’s a great workout with amazing views. Continue reading »

Sep 252017
 

It’s fall here in New England and now that the chill is back in the air, it’s time to switch back over from iced to warm drinks to help me stay warm. My go-to beverage is coffee, but every now and then I like to get a little fancy….I just don’t like to pay the fancy prices.

Cue the McCafé beverages from McDonald’s!

Celebrate the Relaunch of McDonald's McCafé Beverages With Delicious Lattes and Mochas! The quality is outstanding and you can't beat the price!

This fall, McDonald’s is excited to celebrate the relaunch of their McCafé experience. The expanded offerings include the introduction of new café-quality espresso beverages to the McCafé lineup – which are made with freshly-ground espresso and U.S. sourced whole or nonfat milk – in addition to recrafted lattes and mochas. Continue reading »

Sep 242017
 

Frankenstein Pretzel Rods are a Spooky Halloween Treat! They are easy to make and are perfect for Halloween Parties and events.

Halloween is coming up quick you guys.  It will be here before we know it.  With the Halloween season comes party invites and lots of school events. I am always looking for creative things to bring to all the events and parties the kids get invited to. These Frankenstein Pretzel Rods are easy to make and are always popular when we show up with them.

Frankenstein Pretzel Rods

Frankenstein Pretzel Rods are a Spooky Halloween Treat! They are easy to make and are perfect for Halloween Parties and events.

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Sep 192017
 

Here is everything you need to know before you go to Disney World's 2017 International Food & Wine Festival, which is a food lover's paradise.

For the 22nd year, the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is back at Epcot. The festival is being held from August 31 – November 13, 2017 and all you need to enjoy this popular fall event is Epcot admission. Set up around the World Showcase, individual kiosks will offer guests the chance to try recipes from locations around the world! It’s a foodie paradise complete with delicious foods, wines, and craft beers from over 35 individual marketplaces.

Here is everything you need to know before you go to Disney World's 2017 International Food & Wine Festival, which is a food lover's paradise.

Food & Wine

In addition to the eleven countries represented in the World Showcase, you can try foods from places like Scotland, New Zealand, Greece, Africa, Belgium, Hawaii, India, and Patagonia. This year there is a wonderful Farm Fresh stand which features dishes like Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread and Red Eye Gravy and Roasted Beet Salad with Green Beans, Feta Cheese, Minus 8 Vinaigrette, and Toasted Walnuts (vegetarian and gluten friendly). Continue reading »

Sep 182017
 

Like me, you’ve probably seen the tv commercials for DNA kits.  They seem to be all the rage these days and I would be lying if I said that I didn’t want to try one.  All four of my grandparents were the first generation born in the US. Based on what they told me over the years, I thought I had a good handle on what I was made up of, but you never know right? I recently did have a chance to take a DNA kit thanks to MyHeritage and not only was it super easy to get my results, I was a little surprised by the results I got back.

MyHeritage is the leading global destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. Their platform and DNA kits make it easy for anyone, anywhere to embark on a meaningful journey into their past and treasure their family stories for generations to come. Their powerful technology does the searching for you, so you can get new information about your family history very easily – any time you want it.

MyHeritage is the leading global destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. Their DNA kits are easy to use and informative.

MyHeritage has a huge international records database so all you have to do is search a name to learn more about your ancestors. Their exclusive content and accurate results will help you uncover more than you ever imagined about your roots. Continue reading »