Jan 172018
 

Here are some Valentine’s Day date night ideas so that you and your spouse (or loved one) can enjoy a fun-filled evening of celebrating your love on this romantic holiday.

Going out for Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive, elaborate or even super fancy. There are many Valentine’s Day date night ideas that can bring about the most memorable moment without spending a whole lot of money. Today I am sharing some Valentine’s Day date night ideas so that you and your spouse can enjoy a fun-filled evening of celebrating your love on this romantic holiday.

Get Cultural
Head out to a local museum or art gallery together. Indulge in the lovely views of our current and past culture when you plan a Valentine’s Day date night out to an artsy location. If you are both art lovers, a museum or art gallery date night could lead to a wonderful evening of engaging conversation.

Trip Down Memory Lane
Put the kids to bed and plan an evening of looking back at photos and videos of your time together. You can watch your wedding video, family home movies or pull out the old photo albums. This will rekindle the bond that made you two fall in love and allows you to remember all of the good moments. Continue reading »

Jan 092018
 

There are many options you can do so your child can stay safe on the internet without invading their privacy. Here are some ways to monitor internet use!

As a parent you might find you want to monitor what your child might be surfing through on the internet. But your tween might be fighting back with, “You are spying on me!” Here are some ways to monitor internet use without invading your tweens privacy.

It can be a tricky balance of worrying about them and letting them have the freedom to explore and not feel like we are hovering. There are many options you can do so your child can stay safe on the internet without invading their privacy.

Privacy Settings
Make sure to check the privacy settings on your social media accounts and computer. Make sure it is set to the maximum security level. This can help limit and protect your computer as well. Most social media accounts require you go be 13 or older before you join. Each social media account has their own privacy settings you can adjust.

AntiVirus Software
Every computer should have antivirus software downloaded. The internet is full of spam and this will help protect you and your child. Having software can help block unwanted sites, keep your child from making it to bad sites and entering their personal information and getting it stolen, to seeing unwanted pop ups that aren’t for kids eyes. There are different brands you can buy, I suggest researching them to find what’s a good fit. Continue reading »

Jan 082018
 

No one likes getting sick, but it's bound to happen.By following these tips, you can help prevent colds and flu this winter (and all the time)!

I don’t know if where you live is being hit, but many states are getting hit hard with colds and flu already. I am the type of person who likes to try all I can to avoid anyone in our house from getting sick. Granted, no matter how hard you try you are bound to get sick every now and again. I try to keep us as healthy as possible, and I do so by following these tips below to help prevent colds and flu.

Hand Washing
Make sure every person has good hand washing, as that really helps limit exposure to viruses and germs. You need to scrub and wash hands for around 20 seconds or more. A lot of the germs we pick up are from door handles, counters and more, and washing hands often will help limit spreading germs. Carry hand sanitizer with you so that when you can’t wash your hands you can at least use hand sanitizer.

No one likes getting sick, but it's bound to happen.By following these tips, you can help prevent colds and flu this winter (and all the time)!

Protein
If you like protein try to make sure you have a higher protein diet. If you don’t consume enough protein it can lower your immune system. So think meats, eggs, dairy, and more. Continue reading »

Dec 192017
 

Start a family New Years Tradition this year! If you're wondering what you can do to ring in the new year as a family, check out this list for inspiration!

Family traditions are something I love to do with every holiday and year that passes. It is a wonderful way to create those lasting memories with your children. I still remember our traditions that took place on certain holidays when I was a child. It is a great way to really instill that family essence. I thought it would be nice to share some New Years tradition to start with your family this coming year. If you are wondering what you can do to ring in the new year as a family, check out the list below for inspiration!  Continue reading »

Nov 282017
 

Here are some of the best family board games to buy for 2017! You might find a few fun games to add to your collection and create some new fun memories.

When you think of family games you might think of classics like Monopoly, Clue, Guess Who. But I have some of the best family board games to buy for 2017! You might find a few fun games to add to your collection and create really fun moments for your family. Whether you buy these board games just for fun or use to give as gifts, your family will thank you! 

5 Second Rule| This is a game that makes you think on your feet. You pick a card, read the topic and then start the timer. You have just 5 seconds to name 3 things that fit into the topic. It can be a lot harder than you think. Kids and adults have fun playing this fast-paced game. 

Trivial Pursuit Family Edition| This is great for families and adults who love trivia questions. You will find 1,200 questions for you to answer to win the game. Lots of fun to be had with this one. 

Charades for Kids| If you have younger kids, they might enjoy this Charades for kids. They simply act out what they see on the card and let their teammates try to guess correctly.  Continue reading »

Oct 242017
 

Here are 10 DIY Slime Recipes that you can make right now!

Slime is all over the internet right now, everywhere I turn you see something about a DIY slime! I thought it would be fun to share some of the most popular slime recipes out there for you and your kids to try out today! You can find all kinds of slime recipes, some that are edible, others made with dish soap, contact solution and more. You never have to be slime-less again, with all the variations out there!

Head to your store, pick up the ingredients you need, and within a short time, you and your kids can have fun ooey-gooey slime to play with for endless hours of fun! Who knew slime was so easy to make? I always assumed it would take a ton of time, but it is relatively quick, and kids have so much fun creating the gooey slime!

10 Best Slime Recipes To Make

Lifesaver Gummy Slime| This is an edible slime that sounds so tasty. I can just smell the fruity goodness that this slime offers! Continue reading »

Sep 052017
 

ere is a list of 35 Fall inspired activities for you and your family to enjoy!

Looking for fun activities for you and your family to do this Fall? Check out this Fall bucket list for families, to help you stay entertained this Fall and create lasting memories! With the crisp cool air, beautiful colorful leaves, beautiful mums, and pumpkins. And if you are a pumpkin lover you can find pumpkin everything to snack on and drink! Same goes for delicious warm apple cider, one of my Fall favorites!

Below is a list of 35 Fall inspired activities for you and your family to enjoy! Create those memories and have fun doing it with this list! I love the idea of letting your kids pick a few items they absolutely want to do, and then have fun checking them off the list!

35 Fall Inspired Activities For Families

ere is a list of 35 Fall inspired activities for you and your family to enjoy!

1. Apple Picking at an Orchard
2. Decorate Your Porch or Entryway with Fall Inspired Decorations Continue reading »

Aug 282017
 

While I don’t live in Boston proper, I am in the city fairly often. My husband, Chris, works in Boston, so he’s in there all the time for work, but even on his days off – we always seem to find ourselves in the city for one thing or another. We go in to the city to eat quite a bit because the food just doesn’t compare out in the boonies where I live. I’ve walked past the Parish Cafe numerous times, but for some reason I never made it inside to eat. Until last week.

Each sandwich on Parish Cafe's menu is named for the chef and the restaurant they are from.

The Parish Cafe opened in November 1992 and usually has a line anytime you walk by. And now I know why! Owner Gordon Wilcox approached local Boston chefs and asked them each to create a sandwich for the Parish Cafe menu. Each sandwich on Parish Cafe’s menu is named for the chef and the restaurant they are from. I love this concept and was super excited when the Parish Cafe invited my husband and I to come in for dinner.

We grabbed a window seat (inside) so that we could do some people watching and started with some appetizers. Here’s what we got:

The Benny is stuffed with Vietnamese-style, spicy grilled chicken breast, assorted julienned vegetables, and mint-coriander mayonnaise.  It’s served with spicy purple cabbage slaw tossed with diced tomatoes, fresh mint, Thai basil, and cracked peanuts on the side. Continue reading »

Aug 172017
 

You all know this guy:

He’s the boy that made me a mom and is one of my two main reasons for living. I almost can’t believe that he’s THIRTEEN now. Omg you guys – I am the mother of a teenager. How did that happen?

I don’t want to embarrass him too much, but I’m going to share a story with you. About a year ago or so, he came off the bus from school and I was waiting at the door to greet him (like always). I wait for him inside the door of course because god forbid his friends on the bus see me outside anxiously waiting for him to come home. Anyhow, like I always do, I went to give him a big hug and kiss the second he walked in the door. Except this day was different. My sweet, sweet little boy almost killed me with the stench that immediately filled the room when he lifted his arms. My god, I almost passed out. I actually I did fall to the floor and pretend to faint because I figured that it would be less humiliating for him if I made light of it at first.

Once I regained consciousness got up off of the floor, I explained to him that it was time to start wearing deodorant. Every. Day.  The weird thing is, that smell came out of no where – one day he didn’t smell and the next day he did. He’s an active kid and now that his body is changing, he’s sweating a lot more. Continue reading »

Aug 142017
 

School nowadays is fast paced, and you might find your tween boys come home with piles of homework! Well below are some great apps that are a great way to get organized and keep track of all the homework assignments!

These homework apps for tween boys will make the school year run a lot more smoother when they utilize these apps! They are parent approved apps, if you are concerned!

These apps can help keep their homework in order, use a calculator to help with math, create flash cards to study and more. I love each of these apps, they are great for students to have easy access to making learning and organization easier this school year!

5 Best Organizational and Tool Apps for Tween Boys

My Homework

  • For: iPhone, Android, Kindle, Web,
  • Price: Free

My Homework is a great app for your tween to keep track of their classes along with assignments. When you import an assignment it will allow you to put a due date. Then it will create a priority level (color coded) so your child knows what they need to do before other work! It is a really useful app to have. Continue reading »

Jul 252017
 

Super fun games for pre-teens

Summer is here and you might have heard your kids say already a time or two they are getting bored! If that is the case in your house, consider buying some new games for them! I have gathered some board games for tweens! These games are for that in-between age, and can be harder to find ways to keep them entertained with games! I have found some, and I think you all might enjoy them! These games are for girls and boys, and perfect for a family game night as well!

I am a fan of family game nights, as it allows you to connect and unwind from a busy week. Share some laughs and these games will be a great one to toss into your game rotation! I think your tween will thank you if you bring home a new game for them. Let them play the game with their siblings, or have some friends over and they can hang out and play games!

Beat Summer Boredom With These Board Games for Tweens

Peaceable Kingdom This or That– This is a quick thinking game for your tween to choose between this or that. Chocolate or Vanilla? Text or Call? It is a fun way for them to answer questions and if you play with them, learn more things about what they would prefer! This is great for ages 10 and up, and you can have 2-8 players! Continue reading »

Jul 122017
 

Summer is around the corner and with that comes summer break! Summer break can be a blast if you have things for your kid to do, or else you might be consumed with hearing, I am bored twenty times a day! So I wanted to share 10 books for 10-year-old boys!

These books listed below are fit for their age group and can keep them interested and let their imagination take off! If you have a ten-year-old boy who likes to read, consider buying these or seeing if your local library has these to check out!

Summer Reading List for 10-Year-Old Boys

Hatchet: I had to read this when I was in school, and it is amazing! It is a survival story of a boy who gets stranded on an island and has to survive! It is such a great book, highly recommend.

Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja: Chase Cooper is a sixth grade ninja, and goes to his first day of school. Not knowing anyone but his cousin, can be a little scary. Then a group of ninjas invite him into their group. Continue reading »

Jul 032017
 

Summer is here and that means backyard barbecues, family gatherings and more! If you are looking for fun games and activities for summer BBQ’s than check out the list below! If you are hosting a summer cookout, set up a few of these games to make it a killer party!

I think it is a good idea to have some different kid games available to help keep the children entertained, and you can do a few games that are for the older crowd! I hope you enjoy these fun games!

Summer Party Games and Activities for a Perfect Party

Giant Hula Hoop: In a kiddie pool add some bubble mix, you can make your own easily! Then use hula hoops to create huge bubbles!

Giant Ker-Plunk Game: This is so fun, you can create a fun kid game of ker plunk! To make it even more fun use water balloons instead of balls!

Squirt Gun Water Races: This is a game kids will love and adults. See who can get their cup to the finish line first! Continue reading »

Jun 272017
 

I think we overlook that tween boys (ages 9-12) have a lot of energy to burn off, like younger kids. We see all these fun activities for little kids to stay busy during the summer! But, what about tweens? I am compiling a list of different activities to do this summer for tween boys!

All of these activities can be tweaked to fit the interest of your boys! I love finding fun and creative ways to let your boys pass the day, instead of playing video games non-stop or lounging on the couch! Get out have fun, or find things to do inside to beat the summer heat, and just have fun!

I also think it can be fun to let your tween create a bucket list of items they want to do this summer. They will have so much fun marking things off their bucket list, and looking forward to the next event! A really awesome way to enjoy the summer and not get bored! Continue reading »

Jun 202017
 

A long, nice car trip with your kids and your spouse is definitely one of the most beautiful experiences that a person can experience. However, it’s very important that you know how to adequately prepare for it, or your trip can quickly turn into a nightmare – and I’m sure that none of you want that.

There are two things that generally tend to be most important on a trip like this – keeping your kids happy, and making sure that road safety is at its absolute maximum. Today, I want to talk about some specific things that you should definitely do before any serious road trip with your family, so without further ado, here they are.

Plenty of Food

News flash, kids get hungry – way faster than adults do. In addition, not only do kids get hungry when they’re actually hungry, but also when they’re bored out of their mind (something that often happens on long road trips). This isn’t something that you’ll be able to explain to your child if they’ve been sitting for hours in a moving vehicle, so I find that it’s best to just go along with it. Make sure that they can eat as much as they want during the trip (up to a reasonable point of course – you won’t want them to be sick), so stop by the store and get lots of their favorite food before you take off. Continue reading »

May 292017
 

fidget cubes

I am sure you have heard or even seen a few fidget spinners around your town! The fidget spinner has become the biggest sensation, and has people of all ages talking about it!

Fidget spinners were created to help you with fidgeting. Whether that is biting your nails, playing with your hair, twiddling your fingers, or any other form of fidgeting.

Some retailers do claim that their fidget spinner can help relieve stress and anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, help those with autism and more. By playing with the fidget spinner it is supposed to relax and distract you from things that may be bothering you.

How does a Fidget Spinner Work

Fidget Spinners are a compact, ball-bearing device that you can rotate between your fingers. Some fidget spinners can spin for around five minutes without stopping, others are a few minutes. You can transfer it from hand to hand while it spins, and if you feel lucky, learn to do tricks with it! Continue reading »

May 242017
 

Struggling to find ways to connect to your older kid? If so, below are very simple and easy ways to make effort to connect with your child. They grow so fast, and before you know it they will be off to college! It is so important that you get in time to connect with your kid when you can! 

No matter what your child’s age is, they still crave love and attention. So that is the main thing, just make time for them, listen if they want to talk and be there! The best way to raise a child is with love! Below are easy ways to connect to your older kid, ages 8-12. 

Simple Ways to Connect With Your Older Child

If they are being quiet: If you see they are being extra quiet, try to get them to talk. Ask them about something you know they are interested in. Maybe a video game, movie that they love, or something else. Showing you care and trying to help them if they are having a rough time, without coming right out and asking can help them a lot. 

Ask How Day Was: Even if you only get a one word answer, it shows them that you are interested. One day you might be surprised and get a little story of something cool that happened!  Continue reading »

Apr 232017
 

Mother’s Day is coming up quick you guys. It’s May 14th! Have you put any thought on what to get for mom this year because if not, I bet she would love something homemade. I know lots of other moms and we love. love, love homemade gifts and that is one of the reasons that this Mother’s Day Napkin Holder is perfect. Not only is it easy to make, it’s useful and mom will love it.

Mother’s Day Napkin Holder

Here’s what you need: Continue reading »

Apr 092017
 

Homework stinks, right? No kid wants to come home from an entire day at school only to come home to do more work. As much as I wish they would just abolish the whole homework thing, I am pretty sure it’s not going anywhere any time soon, so I wanted to come up with a way to make homework a little more fun. These Pom Pom Monsters Pencil Toppers are super easy to make and my kids both love them. They’re not a toy per se, so I found that they didn’t distract my kids from their homework, but both of my boys definitely didn’t mind doing their homework quite as much once they had some little pom pom monsters to help them do it.

Pom Pom Monsters Pencil Toppers

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Apr 072017
 

Spring break is almost here and Foxwoods has some really cool free events lined up to keep the little ones busy.

Free activities:

  • Face Painting ~ Mondays
  • Balloon Characters ~ Tuesdays
  • Xbox and Playstation Games
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Giant Jenga, Tic Tac Toe & Connect 4
  • Cornhole

**Located at the 25th Anniversary Celebration Zone across from Great Cedar Casino.

If you and your family want to catch a movie, check out these free movies being shown in the Grand Theater:

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