Looking for a nice summer night out? Check out the special events at Fenway Park. Also, if you can tell me what your favorite thing to do near Fenway (besides watching the game of course) you will be entered to win a Jason Varitek bobblehead or Wally & Tessie bobblehead!

Here are some fun things to do with the family this last week of August. On Monday, August 29 “Catch ‘em All” night is a fun event for kids and families to capture all the characters around Fenway and battle in the gym. Your ticket will include a custom map serving as a Poké -map of the park and a limited edition Fenway gym badge. Special Ticket Required and here is the link http://m.mlb.com/bos/tickets/info/pokemon

On Wednesday, August 31 It’s “Wally Piggy Bank” Promo Item where Fans age 14 and under will receive a Wally Piggy Bank. (Presented By Hood)

The Red Sox and LEGO Systems, Inc. are proud to announce the first LEGO® Day at Fenway Park on Wednesday, August 31 at 1:35 pm when the Red Sox face the Tampa Bay Rays. The purchase of a game ticket through this special offer also includes a limited edition Red Sox themed player build, made with LEGO bricks. Additionally, this ticket package will include access to the pre-game LEGO Build Experience in the Kids Concourse from 11:00am-1:35pm. A life-sized Red Sox player LEGO model for fans to see and take pictures with be a special site! Tickets are limited to the first 2,000 guests who order through this special offer. Special Ticket Required and here is the link: http://m.mlb.com/bos/tickets/info/lego-day

Disclosure: I am part of the Red Sox Moms initiative and as such I am treated to special events and a game or two as part of the campaign.

Well, we did it!  Our first real family road trip. We have been on a road trip to NYC but that was only four hours! We packed up the car and headed to visit our relatives in Michigan. It was such a great trip as I have been talking for years about visiting my family in Michigan and we had such a great time. I do love traditions and traveling!  Along the way we stopped at Niagara Falls and my kids were in awe of the falls. We took a boat tour on the Hornblower. That is the Canadian version of Maid of the Mist and we really got up close to the falls! That is one boat ride that you have to take if you visit Niagara. The other fun, fast and very unique tour we took was on the Whirlpool Jet Tour!  We were treated to this very unique boat ride through rapids! The Whirlpool Jet Tour is one heck of a boat ride and one that you do not want to miss if you are headed to Niagara.

On this speed boat you will take a tour (around 45 minutes or 1 hour) learning about the history and geology of the majestic Niagara River. We arrived at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre where they walk through what to expect. As an fyi…This location is open July and August, and is accessible by the WEGO bus system and while you do not go see Niagara Falls, this trip down the river is unlike anything I have ever experienced and is truly a fast, fun and must do on your trip to Niagara.

This is as close to white water rafting as I am going to get! We were able to cruise through class 5 whitewater rapids! This is a boat ride for all you daredevils so if your family likes a fun adventure this is for you. Kids under 12 cannot ride in the first few seats but it is a great fast family boat ride. They do suit you up in life jackets AND you will get very wet so it is my recommendation to just wear a bathing suit.

Disclosure:  Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours offered us four tickets to experience this adventure! All opinions are my own in this blog post.

Here we are on the @whirlpooljet #jetboatadventure

Here we are on the @whirlpooljet #jetboatadventure

 

 

 

There are two fun events coming up for the Boston Red Soxs. This Saturday is Kid Nation Day at LEGOLAND Discovery Center and enjoy LEGO Day at Fenway Park during the August 31st game.

On Saturday, August 6 from 11 am to 3 pm, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston will host the Red Sox Showcase, powered by T-Mobile, at Assembly Row! The Red Sox themed truck includes a batting cage, pitching stations, a steal 2nd challenge and a virtual reality experience.  LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston’s Master Model Builder, Megan Quigley, will be conducting a live Red Sox themed build and visitors will have the opportunity to take photos with a World Series trophy replica made entirely out of LEGO® bricks! In addition, there will be brick pits, LEGO® build stations for fans to show off their Red Sox pride and visits from LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston costume characters Bertie and Kai from Ninjago.

The Red Sox and LEGO Systems, Inc. are proud to announce the first LEGO® Day at Fenway Park, Wednesday, August 31 at 1:35 pm when the Red Sox face the Tampa Bay Rays. The purchase of a game ticket through this special offer also includes a limited edition Red Sox themed player build, made with LEGO bricks. Additionally, this ticket package will include access to the pre-game LEGO Build Experience in the Kids Concourse from 11:00am-1:35pm. During the LEGO Build Experience  there will be an unveiling of a life-sized Red Sox player LEGO model for fans to see and take pictures with. Tickets are limited to the first 2,000 guests who order through this special offer.

Disclosure: I am part of the Red Sox mos  initiative and every so often I am treated to a Red Sox game!  All opinions in this blog post are my own.

 

This has been the summer of running around! I have had my traditional flip flops on nearly every day so far this summer and my feet hurt! I do love my flip flops but I needed something that was a bit more sturdy, yet could hold up on the pool deck. I learned from experience not to wear leather or fabric flip flops anywhere near chlorine as it does stain. I was so excited to receive two pairs of oofos to test out.  Yes, the name sounds funny and they look a bit different but THEY ARE SO COMFORTABLE! Obviously I don’t literally run in my flip flops but these line of sandals, flip flops and clogs are called recovery footwear so if you are a busy mom and have been going non stop in your flip flops give these a try! They are also super easy to clean too so if your kids are looking for a solid pair of slides or flip flops to put on after their sports these will be the ones they will want as they are so cushy.

OOFOS are very lightweight, easy to clean and the designers of OOFOS created them to provide impact absorption and arch support that you don’t normally see in flip-flops. While they are great for a busy mom to run around in they are perfect for my two girls to put on after a day of swimming, soccer and dive. OOFOS also helps to reduce strain on feet, knees and back and absorbs more shock.  Plus a bonus for us moms when the weather gets cold you can switch to the OOFOS clogs with the same OOFOS benefits. 

The OOFOS line was originally created for fitness enthusiasts to recover from repeated workouts on hard surfaces and they absorb shock after a workout. If you are a mom wearing traditional flip flops and have felt pain in your foot give these a try as they will certainly take pressure off your joints. Check out the Q&A on their site here.

 

Disclosure: The company sent me a couple pairs of OOFOS to test out. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

love my @oofos! They are the most comfortable flip flops

love my @oofos! They are the most comfortable flip flops

@oofos recovery footwear for anyone looking for comfortable shoes

@oofos recovery footwear for anyone looking for comfortable shoes

This summer is flying by so fast!  Between work and the kids swim and dive schedules I cannot believe that it is almost August. If you love the Boston Red Sox and plan to head to a game in August, here are some fun give-a-ways and events going on! Enjoy this great weather we have been having and head to Fenway this August for some fun!

 

Tuesday, August 9

Ortiz Bobblehead Giveaway

http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/ticketing/singlegame.jsp?c_id=bos

 

Friday, August 12

Star Trek and Boston Comic Con Night Giveaway of Captain Kirk Red Sox figurine

http://m.mlb.com/bos/tickets/info/star-trek

 

Sunday, August 28

Picnic in the Park at Fenway Park

http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/community/picnic.jsp

 

Tuesday, August 30

Bogaerts Bobblehead Giveaway

http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/ticketing/singlegame.jsp?c_id=bos

 

Wednesday, August 31

LEGO Day

http://m.mlb.com/bos/tickets/info/lego-day

Wally Piggy Bank Giveaway

http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/ticketing/singlegame.jsp?c_id=bos

 

Red Sox Mobile Showcase Events:

http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/fan_forum/mobile-showcase/

Monday, August 8 - Faneuil Hall, Boston

Wednesday, August 10 - Boston Parks & Recreation Fenway Challenge (Ramsay Park)

Thursday, August 11 – Boston Parks & Recreation Fenway Challenge (Dorchester Park)

Sunday, August 14 - Putnam, CT

Saturday, August 20 - Wakefield, MA

Sunday, August 28 - Faneuil Hall

The summer season is here and so are the fun events with The Boston Red Sox!! Here are some cool happenings today and this weekend.

 

Today only, from noon until 5 pm, vote #SoxASG five times and receive a special offer for 2 tickets to a select game for just $55! Help get your favorite Red Sox to the All-Star Game and see them at Fenway before the big game!

Voting: https://securea.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2016/ballot.jsp?tcid=ASG16_bos_dedicatedemail&partnerId=ed-10515134-908606643

 

Saturday, July 2

Red Sox Mobile Showcase in Danvers, MA: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/fan_forum/mobile-showcase/

 

Monday, July 4

All-American BBQ Night: http://mlb.mlb.com/bos/ticketing/all-american_bbq.jsp

 

Tuesday, July 5

Red Sox Mobile Showcase at Faneuil Hall: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/fan_forum/mobile-showcase/

Stars & Strips Cap Promo Item: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/ticketing/singlegame.jsp?c_id=bos

 

Enjoy the 4th everyone!!

 

Networking is not a dirty word…As we get older sometimes it is hard to network and the younger generation does not seem to know how to approach, network and help! One local organization is changing the way to network especially if you are a women looking for a career change or maybe returning to work after years at home.
The Second Chapter Sisterhood  is a community of like-minded women who gather in a casual, social setting to inquire and inspire, and help each other over the barriers between themselves and their goals. This is a unique networking and skill-building series for women in transition (whether it be for a job change, career change, or life change – are you kids heading to college soon?) The way it is designed it to both elevate the spirit and educate the mind.

I attended the Lexington event this week at the Inn at Hasting Park  and finally got to meet the lovely Kim Miles  in person (we met on twitter!) She has the best energy and after attending one of her networking events you will have the motivation to do anything! There is usually a guest speaker at the event and at this particular session it was Kim Meninger, an ICF-certified executive coach with a proven track record of success in the high-tech industry. Her talk was the No More Negative Self Talk: Tackling The Imposter Syndrome. Informative and educational (you know as women we can struggle with self-confidence at times!) we got to meet in pairs to learn from each other’s experience. What I liked most is when you first arrived everyone was welcoming and event after the event a few of us stayed to network a bit more.

Join the sisterhood to experience the “mix, mingle and mastermind” networking events which are usually 4 times a year and can include brainstorming, life/work balance topics, style sessions, branding and linked in insights.

More information can be found here

The next two meetings take place in the September/October timeframe and I will update you all on dates and locations. For those of you who live closer to the South Shore, there is a Sisterhood Chapter in Hingham as well!

Disclosure: I received a free ticket to the networking event. All opinions in this blog post are my own

We love the Red Sox!! They have some wonderful family friendly events in June including my favorites – Dog day and Movie Night! Here are some of the fun events going on:

Now – Thursday, June 30 - MLB All-Star Game Ballot

Voting is open to vote for players to get into the All Star game, so get out there and vote!  #SoxASG http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/fan_forum/all-star-ballot-offer

 

Friday, June 3 - Red Sox Pride Night

http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ticketing/pride_night.jsp

 

Sunday, June 12 - Out of the Park

The Red Sox will again be hosting “Out of the Park” on Sunday, June 12 where they will have a jumbo screen in Boston Common to watch the Sox vs. Twins game. It is a free event with food and entertainment, plus this will offer a sneak-peek of the new Red Sox Mobile Truck (officially called the Red Sox Showcase powered by T-Mobile).

 

Tuesday, June 14 - Varitek Bobblehead Giveaway

http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/ticketing/singlegame.jsp?c_id=bos#game=447827

 

Thursday, June 16  - Country Night

http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ticketing/country_western.jsp

 

Tuesday, June 21 - Papi Gnome Giveaway & Special Olympics Night

http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/ticketing/singlegame.jsp?c_id=bos#game=447923

http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ticketing/special_olympics.jsp

 

Wednesday, June 22 - Celtics Night

http://m.mlb.com/bos/tickets/info/celtics

 

Monday, June 27 - Dog Day at Fenway

Fenway Park will host a “Dog Day at Fenway” event on Monday, June 27th presented by NutriSource Super Premium Pet Foods. Fans are invited to bring their dogs to the ballpark for the evening. Fenway Park will be open to fans and their canines from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A “Dog Park” and pet-friendly businesses will be set up in the Big Concourse where water bowls and activities will be provided. Fans can also bring their pets out to the warning track for photos in front of the Green Monster. The World Series trophies will also be on hand in the seating bowl for photos. Tickets for Dog Day at Fenway are $10 for adults and are on sale now at redsox.com/dogdayatfenway.

 

Wednesday, June 29 - Movie Night at Fenway Park

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the 80’s classic comedy about a teen who feigns illness in order to skip school and spend a carefree day exploring Chicago with his friends, will be featured on the Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision® center field videoboard at Fenway Park, Wednesday evening, June 29. Movie Night at Fenway Park Presented by Mitsubishi Electric” is free for Red Sox Season Ticket Holders. Tickets will be distributed to members.  General admission tickets for the public, priced at $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, are on sale now. They can be purchased at redsox.com/movienight.

 

Disclosure:   I am part of the Red Sox Mom campaign with the Red Sox and as such I often get treated to a game, a luncheon and other fun goodies. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

The hot weather has arrived and summer is right around the corner. Now that I am older I wear a high SPF ALL THE TIME! I do like a bit of color and over the years have tried a ton of self tanning products. Some work and some don’t. As a person with fair skin I know you have to be careful with what types of products you use too. I tested out a new line called Skinny Tan and thought the products were great. So with summer here I thought it would be time to list my top 5 tips for a great self tan.

1. Use the mitt please – no tan palms.  I use a self tanning mitt that comes with most products as some of the latest products dry super quick. What I do after I apply self tanner with the mitt is go over any parts that need to be rubbed in a bit more with my hands and quickly wash. I also make sure I self tan at night as to let myself dry overnight as you need it to sit for at least 8 hours no matter what the directions say.

2. Exfoliate days before and day of to get the best result – prep your skin days before by exfoliating and moisturizing before and then day of exfoliate for best results. Skinny Tan has the best exfoliator and it smells like coconuts. What I like about Skinny Tan is it is made with a seed tanner plus they also use naturally derived Guarana that together with the tan will help make cellulite look visibly smoother and less obvious – bonus!

3.  Keep skin hydrated to make the tan last – You have to moisturize your skin as you don’t want flaky skin to come off with the tanner. What is tricky is I like to use oil and have not found an oil that does not take off the tanner until I tried Skinny Tan. Skinny Tan makes a nice after glow which is an oil that gives your skin a very nice sheen!

4.  If you have a big event to go to don’t test out self tanners but use a bronzer instead- A big event is not the time to test out a brand new self tanner that worked on your friend (because each skin tone is different) instead use a 24 hour instant bronzer that you can see going on that way you wont make any mistakes! Skinny Tan has a great bronzer that washed off easily with soap and water. However, be warned if it rains it will run a bit!

5.  Choose your lotion or mousse wisely – I like lotion the best. I found that certain mousses wash off right away in the shower the next day. One lotion I love is Vita Liberata as it lasts. The Skinny Tan does last as well but it did go on a bit thick so the next day the color was a bit overwhelming, however it faded each day and by the 3rd day I had a nice golden tan!

Don’t forget to use that SPF over any self tanner as many self tanners do not offer SPF!

Disclosure: Skinny Tan sent me a few products to test out; all opinions in this blog post are my own.

 

Try Skinny Tan for a natural glow with ingredients to smooth out cellulite

Try Skinny Tan for a natural glow with ingredients to smooth out cellulite

 

I have always loved Cape Cod and have frequently visited the lower and outer cape towns so many times over the years. It was not until a few years ago that I really discovered Falmouth. Oh sure I have been to Woods Hole to take the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard but never really stayed or ventured out in town. We were able to spend an overnight at The Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth (they were kind enough to extend the media rate) during April school vacation week and what a trip! As soon as we checked in and got to our ocean front room we were relaxed and the beach is RIGHT there! In fact if you stay in an ocean front room your kids can be on the beach and you can sit on your deck to watch them just feet away.

This waterfront resort is set on Old Silver Beach and is less than seven miles from Main Street Falmouth shopping and dining. The amenities are wonderful and include a fitness center, an indoor and outdoor pool, and a poolside bar. We were treated to lunch at Red’s and with the views of the ocean my kids said it felt like we were eating lunch on a ship! The sunset is stunning from this hotel and we highly recommend staying for April school vacation week. In fact I have never seen the water that clear and blue on the cape before – a very special location indeed!  This resort offers group activities, movie nights and especially for the kids the KANGAROO CLUB! Learn more about all the fun here.

The resort also has a conference center and is the perfect location for a wedding!

The weather was almost 70 degrees the day we were there and it felt like summer. We will have to go back to check out the resort in the summer as the kids really wanted to experience the outdoor pool!

Disclosure:  I stayed for an overnight at the Sea Crest using their special media rate and was treated to a lunch at Red’s. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

The fish and chips at Red's restaurant @SeaCrestCapeCod is fab!

The fish and chips at Red’s restaurant @SeaCrestCapeCod is fab!

Stunning views and clear water @SeaCrestCapeCod

Stunning views and clear water @SeaCrestCapeCod

The most beautiful sunset is @SeaCrestCapeCod

The most beautiful sunset is @SeaCrestCapeCod

The view from the ocean front room @SeaCrestCapeCod Kid friendly, welcoming staff and THE VIEW is what makes this resort special!

The view from the ocean front room @SeaCrestCapeCod Kid friendly, welcoming staff and THE VIEW is what makes this resort special!

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