Thursday, May 21, 2015

Calling All Dreamers: Tomorrowland is the a Must See

Imagine a place where anything is possible. Got it? Now imagine seeing a spectacular film about that place and you've just imagined Disney's Tomorrowland.


The film is directed, produced and co-written by Brad Bird (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “The Incredibles”). The story builds off Walt Disney's own ideas that a place could exist that had ever evolving technologies and limitless possibility for innovation, an idea he articulated through the titular park of the same name. The film focuses on Frank Walker (George Clooney) who grew up a dreamer and inventor. When young Frank meets the charming Athena at the World's Fair, he is given an incredible chance to be a part of Tomorrowland; a chance he later blows. Later in life, a now disgruntled and disillusioned Frank's life is intruded on by Casey ( Britt Robertson) who has found a mysterious, and rather magical, tomorrowland pin and needs Frank's help to get her to that wondrous place.

Young Frank and Athena meet at the World's Fair



The movie was way different than its trailer portrays. The character Athena (brilliantly played by Raffey Cassidy) is someone that is barely shown in previews but is a huge part of the story, and one of its strongest parts. The film also spends a lot of time on Frank's childhood and those scenes were incredibly well done and heartwarming. I went into the film expecting only a science fiction movie, but I got a lot more: a movie with heart and a strong message about society that could really resonate with young viewers. If you truly fancy yourself a dreamer, Tomorrowland is the film for you!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Summer Fun at Roger Williams Park Zoo



This weekend was feeling downright tropical at points in New England. I knew The Monsters were going to want to spend as much time as possible in the sunshine, so we planned a trip to Roger Williams Park Zoo. We had such a perfect day! The zoo is unbelievably well kept compared to some other local zoos we've visited in the past. The girls especially loved the Alex and Ani Farmhouse and the Big Backyard since both feature areas for the kids to play actively. The Backyard even has water play and many little ones were already wearing their swimsuits their this weekend for maximum summer fun. I can't wait to return and we'll be blogging some upcoming events happening there all summer long. Check out some photos of our day and check the zoo out for yourself.
























Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Safety 1st Pop-Up Store Coming to Faneuil Hall this Week!

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my newest nephew so I have all things baby on the mind this week. Faneuil Hall in Boston is hosting an awesome pop-up shop this week to celebrate all things parenting and the incredible new products from Safety 1st.



The shop is open from May 14-17 and there are tons of great activities planned like stroller fitness classes, story time, and free makeup and hair styling to get all the mommies ready for date night. You can check out the full schedule in the clickable image below.



One of the reasons for this fantastic event is the new Step and Go stroller from Safety 1st.

This beauty is pretty much the dream stroller! Safety 1st promises that this is the easiest stroller you'll ever open since it has a simple step on the pedal....Finally, a stroller that knows parents always have their hands full! And get this, the seat pad is completely machine washable; all moms know how absolutely crucial of a feature that is. Check out just how easy to use this stroller is:




I can't wait to see the Step and Go in all its glory at the pop-up. Here's the most exciting part though: on Saturday and Sunday the shop will have the Step and Go Social Media Vending Machine on hand. The machine is stocked full of prizes for the on-the-go parent: You could win anything from EOS lip balm, to Babies R Us gift cards, or an iPad Mini. You never know what the machine will spit out, but everyone leaves with something! This is going to be one event you don't want to miss. You can RSVP for the event here, and let me know you'll be going by tweeting about the event using the hashtag #StepAndGoParent.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Summer Travel Preview: Virgin Islands Campground

The Monsters are going tropical! This summer we are doing our biggest travel piece to date and headed to the beautiful U.S. Virgin Islands. We're headed specifically to Water Island, just south of St. Thomas.

Paradise!
We will be staying at  The Virgin Islands Campground, an amazing and innovative travel destination. The Campground is a completely eco-friendly "glamping" spot.



There are no tents, but instead comfortable cottages with traditional bedding instead of sleeping bags. Every bit of the campground is designed to let you relax fully while leaving the lowest carbon footprint possible in the process.

I cannot wait to wake up to this view!
That hammock has my name on it!

We never visited the trail or Limestone Beach so I cannot wait to see it!

After a long day at the beach, we'll relax in the common room and watch some TV
Camping even I can handle
The terrace where we will be cooking and eating every day

The hubs and I have visited the campground before and it is truly an amazing location. The lodging is beyond comfortable, and there is great outdoor cooking space to enjoy all your meals under the caribbean sun. The best part is the absolute seclusion. St. Thomas is great, but very touristy and busy; Water Island is an oasis to enjoy all nature can offer including the breathtaking Honeymoon Beach.

Cannot wait for the first swim of the trip

I cannot wait to share with you all the Campground has to offer. We will be live vlogging our entire trip this summer so that you can see just how awesome The Virgin Islands Campground is to take your own lil' monsters to. Keep your eyes peeled for all our upcoming posts and definitely check out the campground for yourself at http://www.virginislandscampground.com




Here's a video sneak peek with some photos from our last trip!






Teacher Appreciation Week Gift Ideas


It's that time of year again....time to appreciate a special teacher in your child's life! That's right, tomorrow starts national Teacher Appreciation Week. I've rounded up some adorable guft ideas for you to show your favorite teacher how much you care.

These "super" great chocolate bars from Artsy Momma are so much fun and something you and the kiddo can make together.


I love these homemade cloth key rings with a free printable from A Girl and a Glue Gun. Not so crafty? Just use the printable and purchase a fancy key ring at the store.


Not feeling very creative at all this year? How about a simple gift card? Hip 2 Save has free card holder printouts that even the most uninspired crafter can handle!


Since every teacher is counting down the minutes until summer, this relaxation bag from Mom on Time Out is a perfect way to add to that summer excitement.


These are just a few of my favorite ideas this year. Remember to take a second to thank a teacher this week....we need all the appreciation we can get in May :)



Monday, April 20, 2015

5 Wits Foxboro: Where Adventure Awaits! Giveaway!

I am always on the look out for new adventures to go on with the Monsters, so when I heard about 5 Wits in Patriot Place, I knew we had to go.



5 Wits is a live-action entertainment venue that put you directly in the adventure, whether it be battling a giant squid or saving the world! Foxboro offers two great adventure: 20,000 Leagues and Espionage, and today we spent Zoe's birthday checking out 20,000 leagues. I have to tell you, we had a blast! 5 Wits makes you part of the action and for 20,000 leagues we were busy solving puzzles in order to unearth the secret of Captain Nemo's Nautilus.


We went through various rooms with a highly energetic and entertaining guide leading us through various tasks. One thing I really enjoyed is that we were paired with another group of six so we all had to work together to solve the mysteries. The experience lasts about an hour and each and every minute is action packed.

A call from headquarters


Our ride for the day


New squid BFF

I absolutely cannot wait to go back and check out Espionage which our guide told us has five separate endings, meaning you could get a different experience each time you visit. We only had time for one adventure today, but clear your schedule because with one regular admission, you can check out the other experience for only $5 more! Are you dying to check this place out or what? Well luckily for you, I have one family four pack of tickets for your choice of experience to giveaway. Entering is simple, simply check out http://www.5-wits.com/foxboro/shows.htm and leave a comment either on the blog or the corresponding facebook post telling me which adventure you would choose and why. One winner will be randomly selected May 1, 2015. Good luck!


 Hope you have as much fun as we did!