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
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.
It’s down to the wire….Christmas is almost here so hopefully you don’t have a lot of running around left to do. One of my favorite retailers – CVS -is my go to stop when I need any extras to get ready this holiday season. Actually it’s my stop when I need ANYTHING. I have done food shopping at my local CVS – to pick up a few things – and you may have noticed at your local CVS all the different choices in store. What great fun it was today to take a field trip to CVS to hear from representatives about what is new in store.
For the #CVSMeetUps a group of bloggers got together to see the better bites, better selection and an even better grab and go part of one of their bigger stores. We walked some of the isles to see new products. I love the radiance platinum line of supplements now. There was a sample in the gift bag they gave us and I tried it right away. This line is certified organic and non-gmo as well. The allergy solution isle now has clearly marked signs to help you pick the best option for allergy season and in the beauty isle they have multiple organic lines to choose from including their own Organic Promise, my fav line Say Yes, Alba, Jason and more! Also new is the addition of premier brands for beauty including Jouviance and Wilma Schumann.
Back to your last minute holiday shopping…..What I love about CVS is that it is a great one-stop-shop. CVS provided me with a gift card to pick up some stocking stuffers and some items for the holiday season. They have the best selection of holiday decor (lights are on sale this week!), the best travel item section (great for stocking stuffers), your every day items like detergent, tissues and I needed a frame and batteries for holiday gifts and they have those items as well. I have frequented there many times for milk and bread and of course for birthday party needs like cards, gift bags and balloons. Their candy selection is extensive as well. Plus you can shop online too if you cannot get out to a local store. So think CVS for all your holiday shopping needs this season!
Disclosure: CVS sent me a gift card, presented us with a gift bag with goodies and treated us to lunch today. As always all opinions in this blog post are my own.
New organic beauty items at @CVS_Extra
Great new signs in store @CVS_Extra #findyourhealthy
CVS carries a multitude of items from health and beauty to holiday decor and more #findyourhealthy @CVS_Extra
The holiday season is a great time to visit Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg as snowland is the theme of this massive indoor waterpark destination! From November 28 through January 3, Great Wolf Lodge transforms into a magical winter wonderland. My family and I spent an overnight at the lodge and was welcomed with wonderful holiday décor and fun activities. Santa was on hand to hear all the kids wishes and we even got to stay in the Snowland Suites. Our room had a Christmas tree and lights were everywhere. There were decorations of snowflakes hanging from the ceiling and I loved the extra touch of how they wrapped all the pictures in the room. It really was a nice way to get into the holiday spirit. We also got to take home with us a commemorative Snowland throw and a copy of the winter story book, Unique as a Snowflake – add to that a delivery of milk and cookies at the end of the night by a special Great Wolf Kids™ character and the extras really make this a unique get-a-way unlike any other. It really is more than an indoor water park. For the younger kids there is story time, forest friends show and more. The Howlin timbers play park which offers Howl at the Moon Mini Golf, Ten Paw Alley, the Frog Hopper amusement ride and the Howlers Peak Ropes Course. So mom if you are weary of the twisty water rides take a visit with your kids to the ropes coursein the play park or have the kids visit the scooops spa! Click here for a list of all the attractions.
The Great Wolf Lodge is a fun, close get-a-way this holiday season with lots to do for kids of all ages. We stayed onsite to enjoy a dinner at the Lodge Wood Fired Grill and it was great. I got the buffet which was mostly a Mexican theme and it was really good. Kids loved their meals as well, but there are so many food options to choose from. There is also a Dunkin Donuts onsite. As my kids are on the older side the two best slides, according to both of them, are the wolf’s tale and howlin tornado. The wolf tale is super fast and daring! You step into this launch pod – according to the description on the web site – and the floor drops out from under you, and you’re hurled into a nearly vertical, 20-foot free fall, followed immediately by a 360-degree, high-speed loop! Everyone in my family did it. I did not this visit but have in the past and I cannot believe I did it! It is unlike any water ride I have been on. And the howlin tornado, well this ride is built for four and has lots of tilting twists and turns! We went on this together several times and the drop was unbelievable.
We also received paw passes which allowed us to receive free games, tattoos, create your own stuffed animal and more. There is also lots of gift shops too! Check out the web site for their latest deals and fun!
Disclosure: I was able to stay overnight at a discounted media rate and received complementary paw passes. All opinions are my own in this post.
Fun and adventure @GreatWolfLodge #GWLNE
If you are looking for something special to do with the kids this holiday season Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker is that special experience unlike any other. I remember seeing the performance as a child with my parents. My mom would also have to make a stop at Lord and Taylor (hmm…wonder where my love for shopping comes from?) She also loved the ballet as well. The Nutcracker is a fun holiday tradition to start with your family. For those in the suburbs make a day trip adventure and stop for shopping and dinner, but don’t miss this magical performance this season!
We were so lucky to be invited to an afternoon dress rehearsal. We took photos in the grand lobby AND the performers visited with the audience and took photos during intermission. It was such a treat and a wonderful performance. The music, dancing, stage lighting and decoration was magical. This was my older daughter’s first time seeing the Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker and she really did enjoy it. For those with little kids The Nutcracker performance length is approximately 1 hour and 57 minutes includes one intermission. It really is a performance for all ages.
Here is more information about this special ballet. Boston Ballet’s Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker is a completely re-imagined production which premiered in 2012 and has since received praise from audiences and critics alike. This year’s production will feature all-new lighting design by Finnish-based Mikki Kunttu, and includes the full company of 68 dancers along with more than 200 Boston Ballet School students. The Nutcracker will run November 27–December 31, 2015 at the Boston Opera House so get your tickets and enjoy the magic of The Nutcracker! For more information click here.
Disclosure: My kids and I were given tickets to the dress rehearsal performance. All opinions are my own in this blog post.
Such great ballet dancers at #BBNutcracker
We had a fantastic time at @BostonBallet
Thanksgiving is almost here, time for good fun and cheer! This year we are cooking a turkey which in years past we usually buy our turkey pies from my favorite place growing up - Raymond’s Turkey Farm. My kids love their turkey pie and fixings and it’s funny as I loved it as a child too. I just was so busy that I did not have time to get there. I do love this time of year for celebrating traditions. I am trying to make fun memories for my kids and continuing on with my goal of doing something fun and different, (and to travel more – whether it’s a day trip, weekend away or vacation) we are headed to a couple fun events this coming weekend including The Boston Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker and a visit to Great Wolf Lodge! More on those fun events later.
The girls asked me if they could do the Turkey Trot in our town this year and wanted me to do it with them. Well, I am not a runner – AT ALL – but thought this would be a fun event to do with my kids and it’s for charity (proceeds go to our local food pantry) I have been trying to run every other day but I am only up to 1.5 miles LOL. Believe me this is the most I have ever run – it’s just not my thing- I am trying though….I hope I can make it the 3 miles! So we shall see how this Thanksgiving morning tradition will go. I will not complain though as I am lucky enough to be able to run, my kids are active, my family is here for Thanksgiving so lots to be thankful for!!
What traditions do you have?
In the rush of weekend soccer and activities I forgot that this coming weekend is Halloween. In between soccer and dive I also had to grocery shop, needed some supplies and gifts for upcoming parties and like all moms had to figure out how to run around and get the kids their costumes and Halloween candy. I did it all in one stop at @BJWholesale club this weekend. They were nice enough to send me a gift card for the Halloween season and they had costumes, decorations and of course the best selection of bulk candy I have seen. The kids picked out the 110 bulk bag of dots and tootsie rolls. If you have lots of kids that come to your door on Halloween you have to get your candy here! They also have very unique decorations for Halloween. They had rows of Disney costumes as well – a good selection the week before Halloween. It’s not too late to check out the selection this week at your local BJs Wholesale Club.
Disclosure: BJs Wholesale sent me a give card to use. All opinions in this blog post are my own.
BJ’s Wholesale Club candy supply is looking good this weekend
Shop BJ’s Wholesale Club this week for the best selection of Halloween candy, costumes and décor!
Stocking up on Halloween décor @BJswholesale
Stocking up on more Halloween décor @BJswholesale
It’s always a great day for a ball game! Even if your kids are young there is always something to do at Fenway Park! There are so many food options and places to check out even when you need a break from the game. Yesterday we were treated to a special event – a Red Sox Kid Nation Press Conference. The kids were excited to be able to ask Brock Holt questions and then we got a tour of some of the great spots to watch the game – hello green monster! What is great about Fenway and the Red Sox games is it really is a family event and very kid friendly. Wally’s Clubhouse is the perfect spot for kids to take a break from the game and is open each home game from the third through seventh innings. Is is located in the champions club and offers activities for kids of all ages including face paining, balloon artists, caricature artists and appearances from Wally! Plus it is cool in there so especially after yesterday’s heat it was great to take a break.
We also had an opportunity to view the rooftop garden called Fenway Farms. The Red Sox have created a rooftop garden behind the Gate that will grow vegetables and herbs throughout the baseball season. Presented by Stop & Shop (our favorite grocery store!) Dole, Sage Fruit, and Fenway Park concessionaire Aramark, the items grown will be used in food products prepared at the ballpark, including the restaurant in the EMC Club. As part of yesterday’s festivities we got to sample some Fenway cuisine with a small Fenway Food Festival and hear more about the yummy offerings (there is much more to eat than a fenway frank). The kids loved the grilled cheese and chicken fingers and I loved the pad thai inspired noodles. If you want to head to a game and learn more about what’s in store for kids at Fenway click here.
Disclosure: The Red Sox treated us to an afternoon of fun and food and the game as part of a partnership as a Red Sox Mom. All opinions in this blog post are my own.
Red Sox Kids Nation press conference
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.
Yummy Food @DaveandBusters
Recharge your card @DaveandBusters
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.