Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Visit to the Providence Children's Museum

Before Juno blasted New England, we got a chance to spend a fun family day at the Providence Children's Museum. The museum offers lots of fun for children of all ages, featuring many exhibits like:

Play Power – Send objects soaring through air tubes and construct magnetic mazes in an environment that celebrates the power of children’s play.

Water Ways – Explore ice, mist and discover the swirling, whirling ways of water in an all-new water play environment!

The Children’s Garden – Explore a garden of native plants, a perfect place for a picnic lunch and for active outdoor play.

The Climber – Wriggle and stretch through an artful two-story-high climbing maze.

Underland – Discover an imaginative subterranean world of roots, worm tunnels and critters’ burrows.

Iway – Tackle bridge-building challenges and plan a city in an exhibit about solving problems.

Coming to Rhode Island – Take a time-traveling adventure to meet people who immigrated to Rhode Island from around the world.

ThinkSpace – Experiment with shapes and spaces in this dynamic new learning environment.

Littlewoods – Climb into a tree house, swoop down a slide and crawl through a bear cave in an enchanting woodland environment. Just for infants to 4-year-olds and their caregivers.

Discovery Studio – Explore a different activity each week in a vibrant program space designed for science and nature exploration and art experimentation.

Strings Attached – Bring marionettes to life and learn about the artistry of two Rhode Island puppet masters.

We visited on Martin Luther King Day and the museum had a lot events tied into the history of that day. We had a fantastic visit and the girls can't wait to return! Check out our fun photos from the day below as well as visiting information

September - March
Open Tuesday - Sunday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Open select Friday evenings until 8:00 PM.
Closed Mondays except holidays and public school vacations.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and December 24 & 25.
April - Labor Day

Open daily, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and select Friday evenings until 8:00 PM.

See a detailed calendar of activities.

Visit the Museum's Facebook page for schedule updates and announcements.

$9.00 for adults and children; babies under 12 months are free.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Our #DisneySide Cake is Going to be Amazing: A Look at Sin Bakery in Providence

What's a good party without a great cake? I love a great cake, but we have the added caveat of finding great vegan cakes in this house. Now, I can make a mean boxed mix, but that's not exactly what I had in mind for our #DisneySide party. I wanted all the little princesses to be wowed, so I immediately thought of Sin Bakery in Providence, R.I. 

Sin is an awesome bakery that does handmade wedding and birthday cakes that just look amazing! And get this, they can make vegan cakes too! I also have a little girl with nut allergies attending the party and their vegan cake also happens to be nut free as well....score!

If you can dream it, Sin can make it! I gave them free creative control over our Preschool Princess cake, but check out some of their previous Disney creations:

Who doesn't love these two?

Perfect for a baby girl's first Disney birthday!
What little boy wouldn't love this?

All the classic characters in one perfect cake!

I cannot wait to show you all what Sin creates for our party! If you are in the Providence area check them out for all your party needs; they are great to work with and you won't regret it! So "Eat Wicked" and check out Sin!

Sin Bakery
200 Allens Ave. Providence, RI, 02903
(401) 369-8427 or e-mail

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Frozen Karaoke Machine Giveaway from Sakar!

"For the first time in forever" I am planning a Disney party....well really the last one was just this August, but anyway. I want this #DisenySide soiree to be my best one yet so I started looking for some fun things for the girls to do and Sakar immediately caught my eye with this bad boy:

That, my readers, is a Frozen karaoke! I had to have one! The machine is super cute, featuring Anna and Elsa and a light up display amongst other features.

The machine also comes with a CD with two of Frozen's best songs in instrumental version, but the machine also can play any CD you would like.

This machine is going to be the hit of our #DisneySide event, and guess what? The good folks over at Sakar are giving one of my readers the exact same machine! With a chance like this to win, don't "Let it go!" Check out some pictures and video of the girls trying this out and also enter for your chance to win below!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Wreaths Aren't just for Christmas: Getting #DisneySide Ready with Wreaths with Character!

We are busy prepping for our second #DisneySide party. While I haven't gotten my actual party box in yet, I know the theme is "Preschool Princess" so I have started to think about the decor. Like I mentioned in another post, I've been pinning like crazy, and also searching Etsy for some unique finds. I found a shop I absolutely adore and can't wait to incorporate into my party. Wreaths with Character takes the notion that wreaths are just for Christmas and throws it out the window! The shop owner, Krista, makes adorable themed wreaths perfect for any occasion. I fell in love with this Rapunzel one immediately!

Seriously, how sweet and girly is this? I love the colors and the use of the plush Rapunzel as a centerpiece to the whole thing. I think my preschool guests will just go crazy when they see this girly girl piece hanging on my door. 

Krista offers lots of great characters and themes, but let's check out some more of her #DisneySide:

The O.G.

A sweet one perfect for Valentine's Day

Do you wanna build a snowman?

So sassy!
These wreaths are the perfect addition to any party or just as general decor. I can't wait until mine gets here! Krista was kind enough to offer my readers 10% off any wreath by using the code VALENTINE15 at checkout, so check her out for the perfect way to add some Disney to your decor!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Brothers-All-Natural Disney Fruit Crisps Giveaway!

As I have written about on here before, we are pretty strict with what the monsters eat. We are a vegan and all natural family, so while there are tons of junk food vegan snacks on the market, we don't really buy them. This limitation is making planning of our #DisneySide party a little tricker. I want to show our guests how yummy that healthy can taste. I immediately thought of Brothers-All-Natural Fruit Crisps, a staple in our home. The fruit crisps contain only freeze dried fruits: no added sugars, no preservatives, Don't believe me, check out the package:

Luckily for me, the crisps come in a Disney Princess variety which is the ideal tie in for our Preschool Princess party.

Brothers-All-Natural kindly agreed to sponsor some snacks for my guests and to offer a giveaway to readers too! The kind folks at Brothers-All-Natural are offering one lucky reader a chance to try their own fruit crisps in the same adorable princess packaging. One winner will receive a 24 pack of Brothers-All-Natural Disney Variety Fruit Crisps! Enter below and good luck!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

We're Hosting our Second #DisneySide Home Celebration!

EEEEEKKKKK!!!!!! Look what was in our email:

That's right....we're hosting our second #DisneySide home celebration and this time our theme is "Preschool Princess." We had such a great time with our Mickey and Minnie party last year and I cannot wait to see what my party package includes this time. Since the party needs to be before the end of February, I've decided to have a Valentine's party. I put together this little save the date today:

I cannot wait to share all my plans with you all and I especially can't wait for the big day! In the meantime, check out some of my posts from last year's party below and follow my "Preschool Princess" board on Pinterest to plan right along with me.

#DisneySide Links:

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Resolution Time!

It's New Year's Eve! Believe it or not, these homebodies are going out tonight. Yup, we have a crazy night planned: a party for kids that ends at 7! In all actuality, that sounds just about perfect to me. Before we head out for the evening and all you crazy folks head out for the night, I thought I would talk resolutions. Mostly, I think New Year's resolutions are a joke, but I'm trying to keep mine simple this year so that I can actually stick to them. Here are my 2015 resolutions:

This one should be easy...I hope. I am coffee addicted! I have a cup before work and then stop for a large coffee on my way in. Here's the thing though, I usually don't even enjoy it. Many times, they mess up my coffee and I end up not drinking it at all. The other thing is that I have access to a Keurig at work, so why not just make a cup myself and save myself like $15 a week!

We have way to much junk! We have actually decided tomorrow to do a clean sweep of the house getting rid of any stuff we actually don't need or use. That being said, I want to get rid of some older junky stuff and invest in some better quality home stuff. I resolve to have less stuff that is all better quality in 2015!

And maybe, just maybe....

I have never had any interest in buying a house. How can I commit to living in Massachusetts my whole life? But here's the thing....Zoe is in a great school and we probably won't be moving far away in the foreseeable future and she has been saying she wants a house lately (specifically she says it needs an upstairs.) So even thought I love where we live and am in no rush whatsoever, maybe 2015 should have me resolved to at least start looking and thinking about it. You can't be Peter Pan forever right?

How About you guys? Any resolutions?