Saturday, November 14, 2015

25 Acts of Giving before 2015 ends

Throughout the year I am always trying to pay it forward.  As my girls are getting older, they are really beginning to understand why I do what I do.  This year I really wanted to teach them the importance of giving. I want them to know how truly blessed they are and give them the opportunity to pay it forward with me.  

We are participating in the 25 acts of giving before 2015 comes to an end!

In no particular order...our list of 25 Acts of Giving

  1) Collect canned goods and non-perishables for the soup kitchen
  2) Donate to Toys for Tots and the Coyle toy drive
  3) Sponsor a student for Christmas
  4) Stuff That Bus
  5) Make a donation of supplies to the animal shelter
  6) Take 2 tags from the giving tree 
  7) Make a donation to the locally sponsored family of TNL
  8) Gift cards donated
  9) Christmas For Teens donation at Matthew 25:40 Mission
10) Fill a Bag donation at our local grocery store
11) Make bird feeders to hang outside for the winter
12) Ronald McDonald house donation
13) Assemble ornament craft kits for the nursing home
14) Assemble breakfast bags for TacT
15) Send cards to the soldiers
16) Leave $1 in Red Box rental for the next person
17) Give extra tip each Friday night at dinner
18) Light candles for those in need around us at Lasalette
19) Thank our local fire department- special treats
20) Teacher thank you's from both girls
21) Make and give thank you cards to our special friends (waitress, grocery clerk, postal worker, UPS/FedEx, Chinese food take out, librarian, etc)
22) Donate children's like NEW books to TEA drive
23) Giveaway/donate unused toys
24) Giveaway/donate outgrown clothes and winter wear
25) Donate shoes to Soles4Souls
26) Do it all again in 2016

Join us in giving back!  We'd love to see how you are helping others!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Cupcake Craze (Part 2)

In our last post we shared a few local cupcake eateries.  In this post we continued our search to feature some more delicious cupcake shops.

995 Broadway, Raynham, MA 
We bought 6 delicious cupcakes

top row: strawberry shortcake, chocolate chip, oreo
bottom row: lemon, ice cream sundae, funfetti

One of their newest flavors is the chocolate chip made with yellow cake filled with our own cookie dough dip, dipped in ganache and topped with buttercream, mini chocolate chips and a chocolate chip ganache cookie.

Cupcake Charlie's
 Their award-winning cupcake bakeries offer 16 freshly baked flavors every day. They bake homemade cupcakes and sweet treats in an inviting, fun, open kitchen atmosphere. Visit any of their locations to enjoy an afternoon cupcake with friends or take a dozen of your favorite flavors to go! 

 Plymouth Waterfront
6 Town Wharf
Plymouth, MA 02360

 Mashpee Commons
10 Central Square
Mashpee, MA 02649 

Historic Downtown Falmouth
153 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540

Patriot Place 262 Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035

 Located on Thames Street in the Brick Market Place
135 Swinburne Row
Newport, RI 02840 

 The Natick Mall
1245 Worcester Street
Natick, MA 01760 

 Kittery Premium Outlets
(located in the McDonald's Plaza under the Tower!)
345 US Route 1
Kittery, ME 03904 

pictured: Hostess with the Mostess- chocolate cake with cream filling, dipped in delicious ganache, topped with a buttercream swirl
Oreo Delight- chocolate cake with a cream filling, topped with an Oreo buttercream frosting and an Oreo cookie

 top row- Totally Toffee , Hot Fudge Sundae, Charlie's Chocolate Chip
bottom row- Funfetti, Oreo Delight, Chocolate Raspberry Surprise

Pattie Cake
1214 County Street, Somerset, MA
Explore their large assortment of cupcakes, cookies, french macaroons & don't forget to try one of their delicious cinnamon rolls.  Using only the freshest & finest ingredients.  
Home baked goodness, just like your grandmother used to make!

pictured: Birthday Cake (2) with cream filling, Lemon cake with lemon frosting, Chocolate Chip with chocolate chip cookie inside, Strawberry cake with cream frosting
Tell us about a local cupcake shop near you.  
We'd love to pay them a visit and feature them in upcoming reviews!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cupcake Craze (Part 1)

My family and I have a big cupcake obsession.  This summer we decided as we were out on our day trips that we would make it a point to visit a local cupcake shop.  I can't say that they were too upset about making this pit stop.

Cake in a Box-15 Broad St, Bridgewater, MA 02324
Stumbled upon this place as we were driving through Bridgewater center.  Very small, you might miss it if you don't look carefully.  It's located next door to D'Angelos.  They have a large selection of "jumbo" gourmet cupcakes baked daily and available anytime in store.  The cupcakes are indeed larger than we are accustomed to.  The store has a very unique spin to it and the cupcakes certainly follow in their uniqueness. 

top row: Candy Shop and Peanut Butter Cup (see pics below)
bottom row: Chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting, Vanilla cupcake with strawberry filling and whipped frosting (see pic below)

Sadie Mae's Cupcake Cafe 288 Main Street, Hingham, MA   781-740-1876

Very quaint shop with friendly staff.  Always make us feel welcome each time we pop in.  My favorite cupcake here is the Chocolate Sundae.  It is moist and chocolatey.  The chocolate ganache is the perfect touch.  My husband enjoys the seasonal Chocolatey Chip Cookie.  This one has chocolate chip cookie dough baked on the bottom of a chocolate cupcake finished with vanilla buttercream and a cookie wedge.  What makes this place different from the many we have visited is their "minis".  These are literally mini cupcakes perfectly made for the hands of my girls.  Just enough cupcake to satisfy and no waste! They finish 2 each without a problem.

Piece of Cake 34 Alden Street, Plymouth, MA
We found this gem right up the road from Nelson Park.  The place is known for it's cakes, cookies and cupcakes.  As we first walked in, we thought it was just for cakes because the counter didn't have a whole lot to choose from.  After further investigation we saw that they were indeed open to the public.  They were very busy preparing their weekend orders, but a sweet young lady quickly tended to us and we left with 3 yummy treats.

Top row: vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting, sprinkles and an edible butterfly...the ladies split this
Top row: vanilla cupcake with strawberry filling and strawberry frosting...AMAZING
Bottom row: vanilla cupcake, lemon filling and vanilla frosting dipped in coconut... heavy, very filling, but oh so good

Cupcake Town 219 N Main St, Mansfield MA
We visit this shop quite often as it has become a family favorite.  I have tried just about every cupcake in the place and can't say I have a favorite.  They are all that good!   I just never seem to take pictures so here is one from our very first visit last year.  We have also tried their cakes, also very good and the cake decorators are fantastic. Any cupcake they make can be made into a cake, and vice versa.

We wouldn't call this last place local, but it's worth sharing.  On our weekend up to Story Land we stopped at the famous White Mountain Cupcakery.   Located in the Mount Washington Valley at 2757 White Mountain Hwy, Conway, NH.  The White Mountain Cupcakery was featured on Cupcake Wars. 

Tell us about a local cupcake shop near you.  
We'd love to pay them a visit and feature them in upcoming reviews!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Mother's Day Fun 2015

With Mother's Day just around the corner, we have a round up of family fun events happening around you.  Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10th


Six Flags New England- Route 159, 1623 Main St,, Agawam, MA
Six Flags New England Season Pass Holders, bring a friend FREE Mother's Day weekend May 8, 9, 10

Franklin Park Zoo  1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA

Help us celebrate your mom (and all of ours!) this Mother’s Day with FREE ADMISSION for all mothers throughout the day. Bring Mom along with the entire family for a memorable day s pent discovering the incredible animals at the Zoo! And be sure to look for the animal Moms at the Zoo, too! 

Stone Zoo- 149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA
Help us celebrate your mom (and all of ours!) this Mother’s Day with FREE ADMISSION for all mothers throughout the day. Bring Mom along with the entire family for a memorable day spent discovering the incredible animals at the Zoo! And be sure to look for the animal Moms at the Zoo, too!
Help us celebrate your mom (and all of ours!) this Mother’s Day with FREE ADMISSION for all mothers throughout the day. Bring Mom along with the entire family for a memorable day spent discovering the incredible animals at the Zoo! And be sure to look for the animal Moms at the Zoo, too! - See more at:

Southwicks Zoo 2 Southwick St, Mendon, Massachusetts
Saturday and Sunday May 9 & 10- Mother’s Day Weekend
We are showing our appreciation by offering moms 1/2 priced general admission this weekend.

Heritage Museums & Gardens (Sandwich)
This Mother’s Day, celebrate mom with a visit to Heritage, a stroll through the gardens, and a bite to eat at the Magnolia CafĂ©. To show our love and appreciation for moms, all moms receive free admission to Heritage on Mother’s Day, May 10.  Stop by and check out the museum’s brand new Adventure Park (opening date May 9th).

TowerHill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, Ma
All moms are welcome to enjoy free admission at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on May 9 and 10 for two days of flowers, programs, and the celebration of spring’s return. 

Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge) Free admission and a special gift just for moms (while supplies last) on Mother’s Day at Old Sturbridge Village and enter a giveaway to win a Village-made tea set.  Family events are planned throughout the day, including a “Moms vs. Kids” tug-o-war, hands-on crafts, and performances.

Mother's Day Breakfast and Nature Walk
Mass Audubon's Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 293 Moose Hill Street, Sharon
8:00 am - 11:00 am COST: Members: Adult $9.00, Child $9.00 Nonmembers: Adult $12.00, Child $12.00
Celebrate Mother's Day at Moose Hill. Begin with an hour-long guided walk searching for signs of spring: singing birds, peeping frogs, buzzing birds, popping buds, and more. Return for a hearty pancake breakfast including juice, fruit, and a variety of hot beverages. Each family will receive a children's take-home craft bag to complete at home. Be sure to register early, as space is limited.

CALL: 781-784-5691

Kids' Price Saturdays
Rhode Island

Roger Williams Park Zoo-1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907
Mom's Day Weekend (May 09 - May 10)
Show mom a wild time at the Zoo this Mother's Day! Moms will enjoy free admission when attending with a paying child.


New Hampshire

Canobie Lake Park- 85 N Policy St, Salem, New Hampshire
Moms FREE and FREE Lunch!with paid child admission
Moms will receive FREE admission and FREE Lunch when accompanied by a paid child's ticket purchased at Canobie Lake Park on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10, 2015.

Note: Paying child ticket must be purchased at the Park on Sunday, May 10th. This special is not valid with pre-paid tickets. "Child Admission" may be either our under 48" ticket or our over 48" ticket. May not be combined with any other special, discount or promotion.


Lake Compounce- 186 Enterprise Dr, Bristol, Connecticut
On Mother’s Day, moms get in free with our buy one ticket,get one free promotion, available online only. Moms will get a chance to relax in our “relaxation zone” while the kids partake in an arts and crafts to make a special gift for mom. 

Please share any events in your area.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

King Richard's Faire Review

King Richard's Faire 2014
As is our yearly tradition, I took the family to visit King Richard's Faire in Carver, MAIt is New England's largest and longest- running Renaissance Festival.  As we walked through the gate, that familiar feeling of being transported into the enchantment of this 80 acre site was immediately upon us.
 Guests are invited to watch the King's daring joust on horseback, listen to talented musicians, and enjoy a full day of live, interactive entertainment for all ages.  There are eight stages filled with song and dance, stunts and storytelling, minstrels, acrobats, jugglers, stilt walkers, giant life-size puppets, wenches, and new liger cubs.
 The Faire offers a wide selection of food to tantalize your taste buds.  Delicious spit-roasted turkey legs, buttery ears of spit-roasted corn, boules filled with clam chowder and stew, ringlets of fries, champagne, wine and brew to keep you full all day!
Stroll through  the 16th century village filled with handmade wares from more than a hundred unique and talented artisans, including many local New England artists. Be amazed with sword making, glass blowing and portrait painting.  Revel in scented oils, perfumes and psychic readings as you make memories to last a lifetime!

King Richard's Faire 2014 season runs through October 19th on Saturdays and Sundays as well as Columbus Day from 10:30am-6pm. 
FREE Parking
  • Adult tickets:  $29.00
  • Children’s tickets (4-11 years of age):  $16.00
  • Children 3 years of age and younger are FREE
If purchased at the gate, CASH ONLY.  ATMs are available.  
Tickets may be purchased in advance here$2.00 Service Fee per ticket for online orders.
235 Main Street
Carver, MA
I received 5 adult tickets in exchange for this review.  
No other compensation was received and as always all opinions are my own.