Thursday, September 11, 2014

Last Comic Standing Tour: Coming Soon to Bring the Laughs to You!

I am counting down the days until September 25th....why you ask? The Last Comic Standing Tour is coming to Foxwoods Casino and we are covering the event! If you didn't watch Last Comic Standing on NBC this year, you really missed out. There were great new judges, including Roseanne, and absolutely hilarious comedians! The top five comedians are going on a national tour and it should be a night full of belly laughs featuring Nikki Carr, Joe Machi, Lachlan Patterson, Rocky Laporte, and winner Rod Man.

Stay tuned on this blog for more coverage of this tour including an interview coming soon, as well as live coverage the night of the show. I will also be letting you know all the great Foxwoods comedy and entertainment events coming this fall; trust me, Foxwoods has a ton to offer! You can check out all the tour dates for the Last Comic Standing tour in the meantime by clicking the link below!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Maximum Relaxation and Family Fun at Indian Head Resort

We love New Hampshire at the Monster household. We definitely try to get up there at least once a year to hit up all the kiddie venues and see the gorgeous mountains. On our recent trip up to visit Story Land and Whale's Tale with the girls, we stayed at the Indian Head Resort in scenic Lincoln. I have to say, this resort is awesome!

We stayed in one of the Lakeview Premium rooms and we were not disappointed. There were two super comfy beds (we also got a pack and play for Lea) a sitting area, but most importantly, a spectacular view of the lake and mountains!

Are they even serious with that view? It was breathtaking and the girls were obsessed with going on the deck to look at the mountains. That lake you see even offers paddle boats during your stay. The view only got more beautiful in the morning too; what a way to wake up!


The resort also offers one of the best outdoor pool areas I have ever had the pleasure to swim in. The pool was toasty warm despite the cool mountain air. The outdoor hot tub was also super relaxing. Zoe, who is just figuring out the whole swimming thing, did not want to leave the pool area the entire visit.

We also visited what I would like to call the tower of terror....well at least for me who is afraid of heights! The resort has a tower you can climb to get even more amazing panoramic views of the mountains.


Couldn't convince me to stand up!
Our trip to Indian Head was an absolute 10 out of 10! Foliage season will be starting soon and I cannot think of a better place to visit to take in all that New Hampshire beauty; I definitely hope to visit again soon! The resort is offering lots of great events this fall/winter like:

November 26 - 28

November 28 - 30

December 5 - 7

December 12 - 14

December 12 - 14

Check out Indian Head me, you will thank me for it!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

We had a Whale of a Good Time at Whale's Tale: Lincoln

The last week before school started again, I just knew we had to get one last family trip in. I knew immediately that I wanted to return to New Hampshire. We went (and blogged about) there last summer and had such a great time. This trip, we got a chance to try out a new attraction that this New Hampshire connoisseur had shockingly never visited: Whale's Tale.

Whale's Tale is pretty awesome! For one, the whole family can play in the only wave pool in the White Mountains. Zoe absolutely loved the wave pool and pretty much refused to leave. Admission includes use of 11 waterslides,the huge wave pool, and the best lazy river I have been seriously went on forever! There were also two kids play areas: one is more geared for toddlers and the other for bigger kids; the latter features some fast kiddie slides and lots of splashing and spraying water.

The two kiddie areas

Everything at the park was clean and well taken care of, and there were plenty of safety vests available at no cost for the girls to use. We truly had a wonderful day at Whale's Tale. The park is now closed for the season, but you need to get there next summer. Check out the hours and admission prices below as well as more pictures from our great day at Whale's Tale.

How beautiful of a day!

Loving life

My lil' blonde fishy

Wish I were there right now!

June 27 - August 24 
10am - 6pm
$35 - General Admission 
$25 - After 3 
$5 - Toddler (Age 3 and under, who can walk) 
FREE - Infants and 70+

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Starting Violin: Featuring Rozanna's Violins

Since Zoe has been a toddler, she has always told us that she wanted to play violin; I think her obsession with it began when she was watching Little Einsteins. I never took any sort of music lessons, but Alex plays guitar and has been a vocalist in many bands and still writes and performs music to this day, so music is in Zoe's blood. I think music lessons are extremely beneficial for children: it increases academic skills as well as discipline and most importantly gives a child a sense of culture.

We recently got Zoe a beautiful, and I mean beautiful, violin from Rozanna's Violins. These violins are basically any little girl's dream instrument. They are made of solid spruce and maple and feature insane artwork. When you think of violins, you may think that a quality instrument is too expensive to purchase. These violins retail for under four hundred dollars making them affordable for any family with a future virtuoso on their hands.

Zoe's pink violin with sunflower art

A closer look at this gorgeous craftsmanship

The designer, Rozanna Weinberger is an accomplished musician herself, having worked with many of the world's greatest musicians. She believes music is a right and not a privilege and offers awesome free violin tutorial's on her YouTube channel.

I don't have Zoe signed up for lessons just yet because her school is going to start a program soon with a local strings orchestra just for 5 and 6 year-olds which I hope to get her a spot in. How old were your children when they started music lessons? Any pointers for me? Stay tuned for more about Zoe's violin lessons and please check out Rozanna's Violins for your own violin shopping needs!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Loot Crate Unboxing and GIVEAWAY!

This year Zoe has discovered the world of Youtube; in particular, she has become obsessed with toy unwrapping videos. Not familiar? Let me explain. There is a whole phenomenon of people opening toys and blind bags and boxes on the internet for your enjoyment. Zoe loves these videos and has developed interests in a lot of new products from watching them. She watched a Loot Crate unboxing and NEEDED to have one for herself.
Loot Crate is actually really cool. Think of it as a nerdy box of goodies delivered to you monthly. Each box has a theme and contains toys and collectibles related to that theme. Our August box was hero themed, and the month prior featured a villain theme. These boxes are perfect for the comic and toy aficionado regardless of their age or gender. Each box contains over $40 worth of merchandise for only $13.37 or less; that is a fantastic deal, trust me (we get sucked into a lot of toys in this house!)  The best part is that Loot Crate is a subscription service, so each month the fee gets automatically taken out of your credit or debit card and the box arrives. It is like a nerdy Christmas every month of the year! You can find lots of coupon codes on the internet for Loot Crate too so that you are paying even less money for your loot!

Look at all that loot!

Happy nerdling

Now, don't laugh, but Zoe has a very specific career aspiration at the moment. She wants to be a Youtube star. I'm not joking, that is what she says. So, like any stage parent...I mean good parent, I made her a Youtube account so she could make her own toy videos. Watch her unbox her Loot Crate in the video below. Guess what else? You can win your own September Loot Crate! Please watch the video and enter below....Good Luck!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School Giveaway with Dabbawalla Backpacks

It's that time folks...back to school! Zoe is psyched to be starting first grade. Little Lea is still at home with daddy, but she shouldn't be left out of all the back to school fun, right? So, I got her a perfect peanut sized backpack, exactly right for the pre-k crowd from Dabbawalla.

She loves it!

Dabbawalla makes great recyclable and toxic free bags that are durable and stain resistant. Thee foam material also is pretty insulating and will regulate food temperatures. Lea picked a super cute crayon bag, but Dabbawalla makes loads of cute prints. Check some of these out:

Aren't they adorable? Don't you want one? Well you are in luck because we are giving one away! You get your choice of a Dabbawalla backpack that is in stock (stock does fluctuate, but they are all amazing anyway!) Enter below to send your lil' monster off to school in style!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bailar Dancewear $50 Giveaway!

I don't know how this is even possible since Zoe is 6, but this will be our 5th year at our dance studio! Zoe is beyond psyched to get her five year trophy this year and Lea loves going to class every week. The girls have a pretty expansive dance wardrobe from all the years, but it's all the typical stuff everyone gets at Target. I recently stumbled on Bailar Dancewear's website, and it is beyond cool. They have all your typical stuff like leotards, shorts, and skirts, but each item comes in over 200 choices of color and fabric....whoa!

The girls had a ton of fun modeling their new dancewear for you. Both girls got the regular lycra leotard. Zoe chose the holographic circle skirt and high waist shorts while lea went classic lycra shorts.

So Shiny!

Bustin a move

She posed like this on her own...I'm in big trouble 

All of the items are great quality and all priced reasonably. I love how the pieces mix so well with others, like Zoe pictured above. Great news for all my dance moms: I am hosting a $50 giveaway for your choice of Bailar Dancewear items. Enter below to really amp up your dance wardrobe this season!

Note: You get multiple entries for various tasks. make sure you check them all out. Having trouble entering? Try to not use a mobile device. Check out our Facebook page for a BONUS entry...
Good luck!