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Events, Travel

Love a Local Get-A-Way @TheDelamar @SeaCrestCapeCod #staycation #CapeCod #Greenwich #hosted

Crazy busy few weeks! Can you believe it is May?? I was so upset that I could not get to Florida for April school vacation week! What the heck did I have to complain about that for???? My younger daughter and I had a very nice couple of nights at two very special properties.

April is a great time to check out hotels in New England. The weather was pretty good for school vacation week too!  Our first venture was an overnight at the Sea Crest. This property in Falmouth is unlike any other place on Cape Cod. This beach resort is right on the water with a restaurant, pool and parking right there. The rooms have great water views – check out our ocean front room! The restaurant Red’s is just great. One night at this hotel is so relaxing that is will totally refresh and relax you. The front desk staff is always so nice!

Our second overnight was at The Delamar in Greenwich CT. This was a very nice property that was right near the rodeo drive of the east – lots of shopping right up the street so it was a great gals get-a-way. When you check in they give you champagne and they even had a wine and cheese reception. My 12 year old enjoyed the complementary tea and hot chocolate. The Delamar has a lovely spa right on the premises but we did not have time to experience it. (My daughter asked if it was complementary lol) Next time we will check it out and take a trip to NYC too. The train was close by the hotel and it was a 40 minute trip in to the city. The reception desk was quite helpful and suggested we come back in the summer when they offer local boat rides and a complementary ride to a local beach!

Both resorts are ideal for a girls trip too!

 

Disclosure: I received discounted hotel rooms at each location. As always all opinions are my own in this blog post.

Sea Crest has the best sunsets I have ever seen!

Sea Crest has the best sunsets I have ever seen!

A beautiful sunset at the Sea Crest

A beautiful sunset at the Sea Crest

The beach front view from the room at the Sea Crest

The beach front view from the room at the Sea Crest

The Delamar in Greenwich CT offers complementary wine and cheese!

The Delamar in Greenwich CT offers complementary wine and cheese!

A very nice welcome in your room at the Delamar

A very nice welcome in your room at the Delamar

Comfy beds at The Delamar Hotel

Comfy beds at The Delamar Hotel

 

 

Events

@RedSox Fun with Calling All Kids Program @Wally97

I love being a #RedSoxMom!  I also cannot wait to attend a Red Sox game. There are some fun events happening at Fenway and wanted to share this information:

Wally’s Opening DayWally has made it to TV! The Red Sox have debuted “Wally’s Opening Day” on  NESN. As part of the club’s “Calling All Kids” initiative, an ongoing effort to connect baseball to the next generation of fans, the Red Sox created this special 30-minute animated show, Wally’s Opening Day, featuring the loveable mascot and a star-studded cast.  April also marks the 20th anniversary of Wally’s introduction to Red Sox fans.  These voices may sound familiar to you as the characters have some big names! Wally’s voice is played by Tom Kenny aka Mr. SpongeBob SquarePants, Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie, Two Broke Girls), H Jon Benjamin (Bob’s Burger, Archer), and Lenny Clarke (Rescue Me).

Kid Nation – The “Kid Nation” program has launched for the 2017 season which again is giving 25,000 free game tickets to kids! Check it out here for more details. There is free and paid options for Kid Nation – both of which get the free game ticket!

Red Sox Showcase – Finally, the Red Sox Showcase is back again this year! The Showcase, which is a traveling Fenway Park and includes a batting cage, pitching stations, and a virtual reality experience, will be traveling throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island this summer. The initial kick-off event for this season will be at Faneuil Hall on Saturday, May 6.

Disclosure: I am a #RedSoxMom and as part of the program I may receive goodies and a ticket to a game. As always all opinions are my own in this blog post.

 

Events, Holidays

 A nice way to start the holiday season @bostonballet #BBNutcracker #hosted

I love our tradition of heading into Boston the day after Thanksgiving to see the performance of The Nutcracker. I was invited to the dress rehearsal and it was a fantastic show!

 Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker marks the five-year anniversary of Nissinen’s re-envisioned family-friendly tradition. The Nutcracker will run November 25-December 31, 2016 so there is plenty of time to get your tickets. All 43 performances of The Nutcracker will take place at the Boston Opera House (539 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111) It is a wonderful way to ring in the holiday season and a great way to start a tradition with your family. The Nutcracker performance length is approximately 2 hours including one intermission. If you have young children I would suggest attending a 1:00 pm matinee.

The Nutcracker includes the full company of 57 dancers, 13 Boston Ballet II dancers, and 224 Boston Ballet School students and they all dazzle. From young dancers to more experienced dancers they all do a fantastic job. The costumes and set design are magnificent and of course the music is classic. Each performance will be accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s renowned score performed by Boston Ballet Orchestra, led by five conductors: Music Director Emeritus Jonathan McPhee, Principal Guest Conductor Beatrice Jona Affron, and guest conductors Geneviève Leclair, Ming Luke, and Craig Edwards.

I really love all the scenes but my favorite is the dance of the sugar plum fairies. My husband had never seen the performance and really did not know the story! Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker is based on the libretto by Alexandre Dumas père titled The Tale of the Nutcracker, which is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The story follows the wondrous journey of young Clara, who receives a nutcracker as a gift at her family’s Christmas Eve party. Later that night, her nutcracker magically transforms into a handsome prince, who leads her through an enchanted forest and on to the Nutcracker Prince’s Kingdom.

Tickets start at $35. For more information, visit bostonballet.org

Disclosure: My family and I received tickets to the dress rehearsal. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

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Birthday Parties, Events, Toys

Saving on Birthday Party Gifts – top 5 list

Each school year the girls are invited to a ton of birthday parties!  What do families with many children do? What are the cost effective ways to save on Birthday party gifts?  Annmarie sat down with New England Cable News to talk about this topic!

Here are the top 5 ways to save and gift ideas from trendymommies.com.

 

1.  Make a plan each September -  write down your birthday gift needs and start shopping – look for buy one get one free toys, stock up on board games – all ages love a good board or card game (hello apples to apples). Board games are also usually on sale around Christmas time so stock up on multiple games then. You can even buy a smaller card game and add a gift card to the gift bag.

2.  Think seasonal – buy fun summer items at the end of the season and gift them for winter birthdays. A nice tote bag filled with sunglasses, a towel and a t shirt is a nice way to remember summer.

3.  Use your retail reward cards for savings – we love CVS and their extra care program – collect and save your extra bucks – it’s money to buy gifts!  CVS is a one stop shop for kids gifts 10 dollars and 5 dollars and under and for small toys, hair accessories, candy, cards and art supplies.

4.  Buy art supplies in bulk – cute note books, personalized note cards and a nice pencil set coupled with a gift card makes a nice gift. Discount retailers have note books in multiples so divide up and package nicely. Use the tote bags at Michael’s crafts for the packaging of the gift!  Kids can decorate it themselves!

5.  Save on tissue paper and gift bags – you can reuse gift bags and buy tissue paper at the dollar store. Stock up and save on these items so you have them and are not running around at the last minute and spending 5 dollars on a gift bag and tissue!

Happy Shopping!

Birthday Party!

Birthday Party!

 

Events, Red Sox

Get your @RedSox bobbleheads #Giveaway and Fun @fenwaypark events #LegoDay #RedSoxMoms

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.

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Some fun events and giveaways coming up@RedSox #RedSoxMoms

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

Events

#Networking #Hosted with @KimMilesinHeels #SecondChapterSisterhood

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

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@Red Sox Family Friendly June events @FenwayPark! #RedSoxMoms #RedSoxPets

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.

Events

Calling All Kids @redsox – get your free tickets #redsoxmoms

There is some exciting kids & family initiatives for the Red Sox season at Fenway Park! On the top of the list is of course free tickets for kids & student discount tickets. Entry-level membership in Red Sox Kid Nation (children 14 and under) will be free, and every child in the program can attend a game for free. You can begin signing up for the membership and free tickets HERE.

New this year for the first time, the club will offer a virtual reality experience at Fenway Park through a series of 360 videos that give exclusive, all-access views of what it’s like to be a Red Sox player during the 2016 season. Very cool! The virtual reality stations will be available to kids in Wally’s Clubhouse and to all fans in the Kids Concourse and the videos will also be available to fans online too.

Coming to a neighborhood near you debuting the week of May 9th – Be on the lookout for the Red Sox Mobile Truck. The Red Sox will take Fenway Park on the road with a new mobile truck that will bring the ballpark experience to communities throughout New England. The Red Sox Mobile Experience presented by T-Mobile features a 15-foot truck with panels that move to remake the Green Monster wall. The truck will carry a batting cage, virtual reality dugout, and pitching stations to dozens of cities and towns during the 2016 season.

If you have been to a game  you know the little ones can take a break at Wally’s Clubhouse. A few, fun new things this year include:

  • A rolling mobile exhibit will feature a miniature fiberglass version of Pesky’s Pole that youngsters can sign with a dry erase marker, a piece of the padded field wall that lines the infield and outfield, and various compartments with objects for them to feel, such as a deconstructed baseball and Fenway Park dirt.
  • Miniature lockers staged to look just like the ones in the Red Sox clubhouse will be installed in Wally’s Clubhouse, and an oversized trunk filled with authentic Red Sox jerseys, cleats, and batting gloves will be available for kids to play dress up!
  • The Red Sox will also host a comprehensive clinic later in the season for kids who want to learn how to score the game.
  • At the end of Spring Training, Tessie the Green Monster (Wally’s sister) will take her place in the Kids Concourse where she will be a permanent staple before and during Red Sox home games throughout the season.

Disclosure: I am part of the Red Sox Moms initiatives and as such was treated to a luncheon and goody bag and got to hear all about the great venues that the Red Sox and Fenway Park has to offer.

Our new #RedSoxmoms shirt this season

Our new #RedSoxmoms shirt this season

 

 

 

 

 

Events

Be there for @BostonBizWomen #bostonbusinesswomen #innovationconference May 9th at the @WestinCopleyPl

There are a lot of networking and conference events for women and while I try to attend as many as I can as a busy entrepreneur and mom my time does not allow me to attend them all. The Boston Business Women Innovation Conference is one I cannot miss. The inaugural Boston Business Women Innovation Conference is a conference developed by the group Boston Business Women and will take place May 9, 2016 at the Westin Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston.

Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief of The Huffington Post is the keynote speaker and the event will be emceed by Emmy award-winning producer and television personality, Jenny Johnson. The founders of Boston Business Women (which is a group I highly recommend you join) was founded by Kristina Tsipouras and Megan Marini.

Here’s a link to the schedule, as well as a link to purchase tickets here.

The Boston Business Women Innovation Conference will cover several topics, including money mindset, the secrets of success, personal branding and how to master work-life balance – I need this one for sure! I cannot wait to network and meet other like-minded business women.

Disclosure: I was invited to attend and given a free ticket. All opinions in this blog post are my own.