Friday, July 22, 2016

We had a Wet and Wild Time at Water Country!

You may have seen our recent Water Country giveaway, but I wanted to take a moment to tell you about our recent trip. You can see a little bit of it for yourself in the video recap below.



We managed to time our trip perfectly so that we were at the park on the hottest day of the summer so far. Even though the park was definitely very busy, it didn't feel crowded at all and none of our waits for the bigger slides felt too long.

Let's have some fun!


Since the Monsters are still relatively small and just figuring out the swimming thing, we mostly rode the family tubes, lazy river, and the awesome kids areas. That being said, Zoe did try out the triple giant slides this year which are tube free, and she loved it!

Our favorite kids area in the park comes with its own slides!

She loved it!

Until next time...

We spent hours in the hot summer sun playing together as a family and it was awesome. July and August are prime Water Country season, so make sure to get your tickets!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Family Fun at the Harraseeket Inn

I love the timehop app on Facebook to remind me of what life was like in years past. Recently, I saw that I once posted "If I ever get rich enough to use 'summer' as a verb, I will do so in Maine." I have to say, after my recent visit to Freeport's Harraseeket Inn, this status still rings true. Maine is absolutely gorgeous in the summer, and the Harraseeket is a wonderful place to take it all in. Nestled right in the heart of  Main Street amongst various luxury outlet stores, the Harraseeket offers wonderful amenities, fantastic service, and grade "A" accommodations.





We arrived at the inn just in time for daily tea, which is served at 3:30. There were various types of tea, finger sandwiches, baked goods, and a tremendous fruit platter. We filled our bellies in the ornate drawing room before heading up to our room.





Our room for our two night stay was very classy and also comfortable. The beautifully canopied beds had us all sleeping well. Our room was particularly spacious with an additional sleeper sofa and coffee table. The bathroom was definitely the best part though with a huge bath that everyone in the family enjoyed.






We thoroughly enjoyed other amenities at the hotel too. The Harraseeket's pool is the only swimming pool I have dove right into in a long time...it felt like a bathtub, so warm! The girls swam for hours. We also took advantage of the free breakfast daily (if you book directly with the hotel) which was very impressive. This was no normal continental breakfast and there were various hot dishes to please every palate. Besides that, the grounds themselves are picturesque. We loved letting the girls wander around looking at all the flora and fauna.





The next time you find yourself in Maine, take in the beautiful surroundings, great dining, and shopping, and consider a stay at the Harraseeket Inn, you won't be disappointed.

Friday, July 1, 2016

The BFG is a HUGE amount of family fun


I had the pleasure of sneaking a peek at Disney's newest film The BFG before it hit theaters everywhere today and I absolutely adored it. Having Steven Spielberg, one of the greatest directors of all time, team up with Disney is an absolute dream, and I knew the movie would be magic the second the timeless Amblin logo merged with the iconic Disney Castle.

In the middle of the night, when every child and every grown-up is in a deep, deep sleep, all the dark things come out of hiding and have the world to themselves. That’s what Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) , a precocious 10-year-old, has been told, and that’s what she believes as she lies sleepless in her own bed at her London orphanage. While all the other girls in the dormitory dream their dreams, Sophie risks breaking one of Mrs. Clonkers’ many rules to climb out of her bed, slip on her glasses, lean out the window and see what the world looks like in the moonlit silence of the witching hour. Outside, in the ghostly, silvery light, her familiar street looks more like a fairy tale village than the one she knows, and out of the darkness comes something long and tall…very, very tall. That something is a giant who takes Sophie and whisks her away to his home in a land far, far away. Fortunately for Sophie, he is the Big Friendly Giant (BFG) and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. With each having been on their own in the world up until now, an unexpected friendship blossoms.
The new friends meet for the first time
I don't want to give away much more of the story, but it involves some treacherous other not so BF giants, a trip to the Queen, and a journey into the world of dreams. The entire film is jaw droppingly beautiful, abolute Disney magic, and frankly quite heartwarming. I may have even shed a few tears during the last scene.

Amazing scenery
My recommendation is that you absolutely take your own Monsters to see this film, but definitely pay the extra few dollars for 3D, the gorgeous scenes in the movie deserve it. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Water Country Giveaway: Facebook Exclusive

A wise man once said, "When the sun is blazing and the summer gets hot, Water Country's a very cool spot." Those words are ingrained in my brain as the temperatures climb and  I cannot wait to make the trip to Portsmouth for some fun in the sun. The park has an amazing 26 acres of water filled fun for the whole family, from baby to total thrill seeker. We had so much fun when we went for the first time last summer.


Now that Lea Monster is a little older and stronger at swimming, I can't wait to go on some of the bigger slides as a family, like Thunder Falls which is a family tube ride. I also love their not so lazy river called the Adventure River, complete with caves and waterfalls. 





I'm planning my trip, but what about you? I have two tickets to giveaway, but only to my facebook fans, so what are you waiting for? Head on over to our facebook page and "Have some fun!"


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Adventures in Babysitting Coming to Disney Channel this Week: GIVEAWAY!



This Friday I know the monsters will be glued to the television....why? The 100th. Disney Channel Original Movie, Adventures in Babysitting, premieres Friday, June 24 (8:00 p.m. EDT) on Disney Channel. In a heartfelt story that celebrates individuality, friendship and self-empowerment, the live-action adventure comedy made for kids, tweens and families, pays homage to the 1980s classic with familiar references and iconic scenes. Adventures in Babysitting unfolds when Jenny Parker (Sabrina Carpenter) and Lola Perez (Sofia Carson), two teen girls with distinctly different personalities, each interview for a coveted photography internship and accidently swap phones. When the Anderson family calls Jenny's phone looking for a last-minute babysitter, audacious Lola, in need of some extra cash, picks up and nominates herself. Meanwhile, dependable Jenny is already set to babysit the Cooper family for the evening. Unfortunately, Lola's first attempt at babysitting takes an unforeseen turn when one of the Anderson kids sneaks out to go to a concert. Jenny, determined to protect her
reputation, and Lola with the remaining kids in tow, head out and have the adventure of a lifetime during one magical night in the big city.



After its premiere, the movie is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and Google Play on Saturday and then on Tuesday, June 28 it is available on DVD at retailers nationwide. The DVD includes exclusive bloopers and a complimentary magnetic photo frame. Can't wait to rush out and get your own copy? I have 4 copies available for giveaway on the blog. Enter below and don't forget to check out the premiere this Friday on the Disney Channel.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Why Finding Dory's Message Matters



I took the Monsters to see Finding Dory on opening night and, naturally, I loved it and so did the girls. The movie has already made over 130 million in opening weekend alone, so obviously it wasn't just us who were feeling the love. What I want to talk about in this post isn't just how great the movie, but how great the message of the movie is.

#FreeDory
Without spoiling much, the movie has certain scenes take place at an aquarium like facility where the message is clear: rescue, rehabilitate, and release. As a vegan mom raising two vegan little girls, I felt the movie made a very clear point that keeping animals in captivity for entertainment purposes is not okay. People think I am crazy when I say that I won't bring the girls to our nearby aquarium, but I can't align our family morals to visiting a place that only focuses on captivity and not rescue and release.

Will Dory get that tag off her fin?
I think Finding Dory opens up a conversation around what is right and wrong when it comes to animal based attractions. This could also be the reason Disney World is thriving while Sea World is plummeting thanks to the documentary Blackfish. Disney even uses rescue animals and endangered species only for its animal safari ride in Animal Kingdom. So, while Finding Dory rocks on almost every level, I give it two enthusiastic fins up for its positive and important message about animal captivity. Way to go Disney!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

KIDZ BOP Live coming to Providence this Month


My little Monsters are quite the budding pop stars these days. All of my cool indie rock has been replaced in the car by Taylor Swift and Rachel Platten so the girls can rock out from the back seat. That's why when I saw that KIDZ BOP was coming to Providence on June 25, that we just had to be there. The #1 kids’ music brand is taking its 15th. birthday celebration on the road with the “Life Of The Party” tour and features the biggest pop songs of the year and awesome new dance moves. Birthday boys and girls will also be treated to a special surprise from The KIDZ BOP Kids and Friendly’s Ice Cream. The“Life Of The Party” tour is the ultimate pop star experience that’s perfect for the entire family!


The stars of the show

I can't wait to dance along with my girls at the show, and you can get your own tickets by clicking the link below. You can also check out a music video by the band below. 



Show Details:

Where: Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
79 Washington St.
Providence, RI 02903

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
6:00 PM – doors
7:00 PM – show

Who: The KIDZ BOP Kids: Ashlynn Chong, Grant Knoche, Matt Martinez, and Sela Hack

To purchase tickets, visit: ETix.com