Let the fun begin – Dave & Busters is opening in Woburn next Tuesday, May 22nd at 11 am! This  very fun entertainment destination has food, drinks, over 170 games and a very large sports bar with massive TVs.

I was invited to check out the new location this week and saw all the games (my favorite was the ski ball area) and got a taste of the large selection of food they have on the menu. Chef crafted menu items include the best cobb salad I have tasted!  They also offer a variety of burgers and fun pretzel dogs for the kids. The cocktails looked great as well but since this was a luncheon I did not indulge but plan to go back to try the strawberry watermelon magarita or maybe the adult snow cone.

Wednesdays are half price games and they have quite a selection of rooms for corporate meetings, birthday parties or team building activities. Dave & Busters Woburn is open seven days a week and might I suggest you try out the eat and play combo (deals start at $16.99)

Disclosure:  I was invited to attend a luncheon and tour of Dave & Busters and received a gift bag with a gift card. All opinions are my own.

Enter Dave & Busters Woburn for the best arcade games.

Enter Dave & Busters Woburn for the best arcade games.

 

 

Yummy Food @DaveandBusters

Yummy Food @DaveandBusters

 

Recharge your card @DaveandBusters

Recharge your card @DaveandBusters


Summer is coming and that means I am on the search for a good sunscreen. Of course you should use a facial sunscreen all year but in the summertime is when I am really in need of a quick dry spray for my kids who have never been able to sit still for a rub down of sunscreen lotion.  So glad I was able to test out COOLA and Bare Republic Sunscreens. I try to stay away from sunscreen that has oxybenzone in it and tend to lean toward more natural sunscreens.  COOLA is  a hypoallergenic, PABA, Paraben and Phthalate free sunscreen. I tested out the COOLA Sport SPF 50 unscented organic sunccare and the Bare Republic 30 Kids natural mineral sunscreen spray. I also tested out the Bare Republic  SPF 30 mineral sunscreen lotion. I loved all three. The face lotion went on a bit oily at first but then dried to a nice light lotion. COOLA sport spray is ultra sheer, antioxidant infused and has no synthetic fragrances. Bare Republic is chemical free -  it has titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as its ingredients. Check them out online! COOLA is also available at Target as well.

Disclosure: Bare Republic and COOLA sent me the above products to test out. All opinions are my own.

All natural, easy to use sunscreen from @COOLA_Suncare @BareRepublic

All natural, easy to use sunscreen from @COOLA_Suncare @BareRepublic





Mother’s Day is right around the corner and a candle or accessory from Yankee Candle always makes a nice gift. They have new summer fragrances out now and they smell just like summer.

The cotton candy is my favorite fragrance for the summer – sweet smelling just like the candy. The salt water taffy smells just like the summer favorite as well. Yankee Candle also has some great accessories if mom is looking to decorate for the summer season. Simply gather up a few of the beachside bubble mosaic candle holder to add a bit of summer decor into your home and add the in the park tea light holder to a side table or counter for a fun summer decor idea.

Check out the new collection here.

Disclosure: The Yankee Candle Co. sent me a couple candles to test out. All opinions are my own.

@theyankeecandle summer fragrances: Cotton Candy is the best!

@theyankeecandle summer fragrances: Cotton Candy is the best!

 

Thanks to a great group of blogging buddies I was invited to a wonderful lunch @VineBrookTavern in Lexington. I have eaten here before but they are going to be open for lunch soon and on the menu today was a selection of brunch type items that were so yummy. Management also shared with us that they will offer signature pizzas to go at night so if you are out and about in Lexington running around with the kids and want to take a pizza to go this is the place to get it! You can make your own pizza creation or choose from their signature pizzas including a steak burger pizza or a prosciutto, arugula and blue cheese one! We also got to test out THE BEST french toast I have ever tried! It was a crispy french toast (challah bread in case you were wondering) soaked with custard and had maple pecan butter on the side. I shared my dish with @ohbabyboston! The grilled steak sandwich had arugula, fire roasted red pepper triple cream brie on a baguette and their house chips. Try to brunch with your friends if you can and visit them soon! (check out the website here)

Disclosure: I was treated to lunch today. All opinions are my own.

vb2The biggest cobb salad!

Vine Brook Tavern crispy french toast

Vine Brook Tavern crispy french toast

 

You know I love my burgers and now I was introduced to a new burger joint – although this one’s menu is very unique and really has something for everyone (especially vegetarians)

Smashburger opened its second New England location at 203 University Ave, University Station, Westwood on Wednesday April 1st and I was invited along with my blogger buddies for some burger tasting!

Yes, they have very good burgers with a bit of unique flavors but they also had THE BEST chicken sandwich I have had in a very long time and an avocado ranch black bean burger that was very good and I don’t even like black bean burgers!

The chicken sandwich was a masterpiece with cucumbers, spinach, goat cheese, tomato, onion and balsamic vinaigrette on a multi-grain bun. We also got to try the classic smash burger, BBQ bacon and cheddar burger, the truffle mushroom swiss burger and the buffalo and blue cheese crispy chicken sandwich. At Smashburger, the secret is in the smash. It starts with 100-percent—fresh, never frozen, All-natural Certified Angus Beef and is smashed on a 400 degree flat grill to sear in the juicy flavor. To further the “better burger” experience, the burgers are served on toasted artisan buns.

They also have tossed salads and the most amazing rosemary and garlic–seasoned Smashfries.  AND….they have some very unique sides including the Haystack Onions, and Veggie Frites (flash-fried and seasoned carrot sticks and green beans) – very yummy.  You have to try the fried pickles!  We also got to try the Haagen-Dazs shakes – um…hello salted caramel: you are my favorite. The chocolate shake and oreo ones were not bad either!

The 2400 square-foot Smashburger is very nice in side and much more upscale than an normal burger joint. Visit them and soon!

Disclosure: I was invited for a Smashburger tasting before it opened to the public and received a fun gift bag with goodies. All opinion are my own in this blog post.

Smashburger

 

 

Well, we are back from our Disney vacation and we miss it already. So much has changed since the last time we were there 5 years ago. I will NOT wait that long to visit again. Everyone has their tips and strategies for navigating through the parks so here are my top 5 tips/favs from The Walt Disney World Parks.

1.  It makes sense for us to stay at a Disney resort as you can take advantage of the magic hours and those magic bands are great as that is really all you need to carry with you. Who wants to lug around a bag with stuff all day especially if you have older kids.

2.  Early in, rest afternoon, late night,  back at it – Here is our strategy as our kids are a bit older (10 and 13) – Get to the park early, get your favorite rides in first thing and schedule fast passes for either late morning or later in the evening. My kids like to go on multiple times but with long lines that is not possible. We took a break each day at around 2 and we enjoyed the rides early in the morning with no lines, some days had the fast pass mid-morning and when we got back in the evening we enjoyed the sites and did not stress about the long lines. (at Magic Kingdom there were no lines at 11:00 pm lol)

3. Eat where you like and it doesn’t have to be a big sit down meal each day – we did not do the meal plan. We had one lunch reservation (so we could have a Fantasmic show pass) and of course the most coveted meal -a dinner reservation at Be Our Guest). The other meals we just went with what we liked – dinner at Epcot in Italy and Germany. We also like Downtown Disney as our favorite restaurant is Wolfgang Puck Express. It’s casual, the food is great and you do not need a reservation.

4. Treats! Get the Dole Whip treat at Aloha Isle in  Adventureland which is the popular frozen treat blended in pineapple, orange, vanilla or swirled flavors. I kept seeing that frozen banana on a stick everywhere! It was so good!  The  kids loved the Coke slushie in Animal Kingdom as they never drink it so that was a special treat.   Another favorite in Downtown Disney is Ghiradelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop. LOVE the one scoop sundaes.

5. Disney is not a relaxing vacation  -it is very fun but it’s non-stop and tiring. We were lucky as it was 85 and sunny each day so relaxing by the pool each afternoon was a real treat. That is one recommendation – to take a break and relax each day. There can be so much shuttling back and forth on those buses and waiting in line and running to the ride you want. TRY to relax each day if you can. We also spent our last day by the pool and got a ride to the airport at 3:30 (yes my kids were in the pool at 3:05….didn’t want to leave the 85 temps for 25 degrees back home!) so at least we got to have a bit of a wind down period.  As I kept saying to my family, “you can rest when we get home!”

 

Memories at Magic Kingdom #DisneySide

Memories at Magic Kingdom #DisneySide

 

Epcot!

Epcot!

 

Want to bring your kids to Fenway and enjoy a kid friendly experience?

New for the 2015 season, The Red Sox are “Calling All Kids” to join Red Sox Kid Nation.The first 25,000 kids who register for Red Sox Kid Nation (for free) will receive a free ticket to a 2015 game as part of the Calling All Kids program. Sign up here:

As part of the “Calling All Kids” program the team is making Fenway Park an even more kid-friendly atmosphere. Here are a few of the awesome additions.

Gate K & Kid Nation Concourse – This special new entrance at Fenway is dedicated to children and families and will be located adjacent to Gate B near the corner of Van Ness and Ipswich Streets. The gate will lead fans into the new Kid Nation Concourse featuring new attractions for young fans, including: A seven-foot giant Wally bobblehead, Interactive video wall, Life-size images & footprints Red Sox players, Balloon artist, stilt walker, and face painter will keep kids entertained!

• Wally’s Clubhouse – Red Sox Kid Nation Clubhouse is being transformed into the new “Wally’s Clubhouse,” open from the 3rd to the 7th inning season-long, providing families with little ones a place to play and walk around, and a welcoming venue for children to meet Wally the Green Monster.

• Red Sox Kids Crew – A new group of Fenway Park staff, Red Sox Kids Crew, will greet kids as they enter Gate K, lead children in games, and provide families with assistance and information about kid-friendly Fenway Park activities.

Be sure to sign up to enjoy a game and all the fun kid-focused activities! I am so excited to be a part of the #RedSoxMoms this year. I will be sure to update you on other fun Red Sox related activities.

Disclosure:  I was treated to a kick off luncheon for #RedSoxMoms this week and received a goodie bag with fun kid items such as a bobble head. All opinions in this post are my own.

#RedSoxMoms

#RedSoxMoms

My favorite line of make-up and skin care just launched a new venture with Target.

Pacifica’s partnership with Target is the part of the Made to Matter Program.  Pacifica is of the 31 brands selected for Made to Matter 2015 – Handpicked by Target, the collection features leading natural, organic and sustainable brands that use simple, recognizable ingredients designed to be better for everyone and accessible to anyone.

As part of the Made to Matter Program Pacifica offers the Power of Love Collection, exclusively to Target, which is set to launch April 1st. The new products include the Power of Love lipstick. For every lipstick purchased Pacifica will give one lipstick to a women in need. I love this new creamy lipstick as it’s hydrating and the colors are fun and bright. Other new products include the power of love coconut infused mineral eye shadows, coco pure make-up removing wipes and rose gold brightening primer serum!

I do love all Pacifica products, especially the wipes. Real easy to use for moms on the go and they all smell really great. AND…now Pacifica has hand cream AND in my favorite scent – Island Vanilla! It’s my favorite scent  in an easy to tote small tube. The stunning brows is a quick way to brighten up your face by making sure your eyebrows look done up. The web site calls the bb cream, “A true multitasking miracle that hydrates, primes, illuminates, and perfects leaving a sheer bare skin finish.” I call it the easiest make-up to apply. Be sure to add the sea foam complete face wash to your list of must haves. It smells like coconuts and really takes off your make-up in a flash.

Disclosure: Pacifica sent me the products in the photos to review. All opinions are my own.

 

Lip stick, Brow make-up and more from @ILovePacifica

Lip stick, Brow make-up and more from @ILovePacifica 

wipes, wash and new hand cream from @ILovePacifica

wipes, wash and new hand cream from @ILovePacifica

 

It’s snowing…again…cannot wait until Springtime! I got a sense of spring as Yankee Candle sent me a few of their new 2015 fragrances! So at least I can add a bit of spring in the air inside my home.

In case you didn’t know, The Yankee Candle Company, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of premium scented candles, and they have retail stores just about everywhere (more than 500 retail stores) you can also go online.

There are five new fragrances from the classic jar collection including the following:

Red Raspberry – Tangy sweet and full of nature’s goodness … there is nothing quite as delicious as ripe, rosy red raspberries.

Picnic in the Park – Warm and sunny … like an afternoon daydream stretched out on a soft blanket under a shade tree.

Blue Summer Sky – Under a bright blue sky … breathe the clean, earthy, airy scent of a heavenly summer day.

Peach Cobbler – Peaches, from the farmer’s market, perfectly baked with cinnamon and honey sugar.

Wild Sea Grass – Kissed by the ocean breeze, the green scent of dewy sea grass atop the sand dunes.

Also new are five new fragrances from the Pure Radiance collection including:

Pearlescent – Sophisticated pleasure … there’s a shimmery glow of elegance in this lovely, powdery floral bouquet.

Whisper – Heavenly sweet and luxurious, this perfume captivates the senses with its quietly enticing beauty.

Escape– Get away anytime with this perfect blend of refreshing beach air and a delicious tropical drink.

Paradise– Bask in a gentle, relaxing island breeze filled with the alluring scent of native fruit blossoms.

Meadow – Wonderfully carefree and playful … a clean, fresh scent filled with green fields, golden sunshine and blue skies.

We love love the freshness of Red Raspberry so sweet! Also, given that we just handed out over 90 boxes of Girl Scout cookies it nice to have a reminder of our favorite cookie now in the form of a candle. The Yankee Candle Company also launched the Girl Scout Cookies Candle Collection with 4 scents including Thin Mints, Trefoils, Chocolate Peanut Butter and our favorite Coconut Caramel Stripes.  Buy one and have the wonderful reminder of your favorite girl scout cookie!

Disclosure: The Yankee Candle Co. sent me the fragrances in the photo to try out. All opinions are my own.

Spring Scents from @theyankeecandle

Spring Scents from @theyankeecandle

 

We tried it and loved it! I am sure we are all done with snow and the aches and pains that come along with it. Maybe you forgot that Valentine’s Day is coming up so why not treat yourself to a massage or treat your hubby to one!

Massage Envy Spa has some great services and they also are a membership spa. What is really nice is you can join and then decide each month if you want a massage or facial. I had not had a massage in years and while it took time to relax the benefits afterwards were great. I was calm and ready for bed! You can customize your massage with what you need – a deep tissue, sports massage, foot massage or prenatal. They even have a sugar foot scrub therapy as an add on. I opted for a regular massage with a focus on cranial sacral therapy as I do get headaches a lot.  For Valentine’s Day why not try it? They also have a room where you can get side by side massages!  They do offer a three month special at $179.97 if you want to try it out. The monthly membership dues are $59.99 and if another family member joins they can add on for $49.99. This is the perfect gift for this long winter.  And for all you wondering if your guy will like it – he will – especially if he has been shoveling for the last few weeks!

Disclosure: Massage Envy sent my husband and I gift cards for the massage. All opinions are my own.

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