A Party for a Princess

June 29, 2011 2

This past weekend we celebrated our daughter’s 3rd birthday with a Princess & Pirate themed party at our home. Read all about it!

Opening of the Spray Pool at the Boston Common Frog Pond

June 27, 2011 0

Wednesday, June 29th is the Grand Opening of Spray Pool at the Boston Common Frog Pond! Starting at 11am, families, children and guests are invited to kick off the 2011 summer season with a wonderful day celebrating the grand opening of the wading and spray pool at the Boston Common Frog Pond. There will be storytelling, face painting, a special visit from the official mascot
Frog Pond Freddie, and other family friendly activities.

{A Healthy Balance} Where Food Comes From

June 24, 2011 0

Today Nikki and Alicia from A Healthy Balance share some ideas for keeping the kids entertained, with a food twist! Don’t miss out on the discount offer to save on their Be A Healthy Chef! cookbook at the end of the post:

The end of the school year is here, and we’re sure some of the local mamas are going to be looking for ways to keep the kids entertained. Summer vacation is a great time to explore and experiment with your kids and their daily food choices. Kids who know what their food is and are more intimately involved in its preparation are more likely to try new things and be open to healthier alternatives. Here are some tips to try out with your family…

Tips on Mosquito & Tick Prevention

June 23, 2011 0

Summer is finally here – with it comes warm weather, long days spent outside with friends, afternoons in the sprinkler, evenings by the fire pit. Unfortunately, summer also means some unwanted backyard pests. Today Pure Pest Management shares some helpful tips on protecting your family from mosquitoes and ticks.

{Around Town} Jumping Monkeys Perform at Franklin Park Zoo

June 22, 2011 0

Start off summer with a bang at Franklin Park Zoo’s summer kick-off event featuring Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys! On Sunday, June 26th from 10:30–11:30am visit the zoo for an outdoor concert by Vanessa and her band where they’ll have you strutting like peacocks, hooting like owls, cockadoodle-dooing like roosters, and of course, jumping like monkeys!

{Giveaway} Win a Copy of “Food For Thoughtful Parenting”

June 21, 2011 25

Here it comes: the long days of summer and full on family time! In Food For Thoughtful Parenting, local authors Nina Coslov and Tara Keppler offer up a collection of ideas that help parents see more possibilities for creativity, connection, and joy with their kids. A slim volume of ready-to-use tidbits, it’s a perfect summer read. Here they share a few of their favorite ideas as we head into summer. Be sure to read to the end of the post for your chance to win a copy of their book!

What Not to Wear – Dressing for Your Summer Photography Session

June 20, 2011 0

Choosing your family’s clothing for your photo session can be a daunting task for some. The old trend was to match: everyone wore khaki pants and white polo shirts. The new trend is to coordinate add color, pattern and texture. The trick is to show off your family style in a coordinated timeless way. Here are some guidelines from Ladybug Photography to help your achieve a great family photo.

{Around Town} Summer Reading Series at the South Shore Plaza

June 17, 2011 1

The Dependable Cleaners 2011 Read to Ride Program promotes reading for kids ages 6-15 by giving them a chance to win a brand new bike (see details here)! As a part of this program, Dependable Cleaners has partnered with Yogibo (a lifestyle lounge bag company a the South Shore Plaza), to create a series of in store reading events with local children’s authors.

South Shore Art Festival at The Pinehills in Plymouth

June 16, 2011 1

Art on the Green, an annual art festival at The Pinehills in Plymouth, returns this Saturday, June 18th form 10am-4pm*. The festival features over 90 local and regional artists showcasing their paintings, sculptures, jewelry, wearable art and more!

Life is Good Festival in Canton

June 15, 2011 0

The Life is Good Festival is back this year with a great 2011 lineup. The festival, scheduled for September 24-25 at Prowse Farm in Canton, will feature the Imagination Movers and The Laurie Berkner Band on the Good Kids Stage alongside special kids performances from Keller Williams and local favorite Ben Rudnick and Friends. Other stages feature Ray LaMontagne, The Avett Brothers, Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Levon Helm Band, Brandi Carlile, Martin Sexton, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Raphael Saadiq, Ingrid Michaelson, The Hold Steady as well as The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Maceo Parker, Tristan Prettyman, The Ryan Montbleau Band, Zee Avi, Dwight and Nicole, and Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents.

{Summer Fun} Free Outdoor Movies at The Hingham Shipyard

June 14, 2011 2

The Launch at Hingham Shipyard will be showing free movies every Thursday night during the summer, starting July 7th and ending August 25th. Movies will be shown on an outdoor screen in the amphitheater behind Hingham Beer Works. Movie concessions will be available for sale; Hamburgers and hot dogs from Alma Nove, popcorn and candy from Patriot Cinemas and iced tea from Red Mango! Moviegoers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating.

Lego Club at Open Space Studio in Plymouth

June 13, 2011 0

Calling all Lego fanatics! Stop by the Lego Club at Open Space Studio in Plymouth, and show some of your building skills! Lego Club will take place on Wednesdays at 1pm from July 6th to August 31st, and is appropriate for children 5-8 years old. The studio will provide the building materials, you bring the inspiration!

Ladies Night Out!

June 7, 2011 2

Mamas, you work hard, it’s time for a night out with the girls! On Thursday, June 16th from 7-10pm, the Hanson Children’s Museum presents Ladies Night Out at Venus III restaurant in Hanson. There will be shopping, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, spa treatments, raffles and dancing, what more could you ask for?

{Summer Fun} Boston Harbor Islands Free Ferry Day and Kids Programs 2011

June 6, 2011 0

Summer is so close now that we can almost touch it, and with the warm weather comes lots of local family friendly events! Check out these from the Boston Harbor Alliance… Tuesday, June 21st is Free Ferry Day! Ferries to Spectacle and Georges Islands will run for free every half hour from 9am – 4pm…

Solutions for Your LEGO Chaos {Part 2}

June 1, 2011 0

Yes, it’s another post about Lego storage! I apologize to all the readers out there who don’t own a single set, but organizing these things is becoming a bit of an obsession for me. The Lego people may have found a storage solution in our house, but that still leaves a whole lot of loose bricks in a bin that need to be dealt with. Here’s what I’ve found (and liked) in my search so far: