Monday, July 7, 2014

A Little Visit to Mansfield, MA

Now that Summer is in full swing.  We have been taking advantage of the great weather (not too hot and humid)!  This year's bucket list consists of once a week day trips to a city/town that we have never visited. 

One of our recent stops was to the town of Mansfield, MA. Home of the Xfinity Center (a concert venue).  It is a quaint town rich in history. The village center area has many local businesses to visit.

We had a quick lunch at Fresh Catch, 30 Chauncey Street.  We started with the clam chowder, not the best I've had but still good.  The girls each had a fish and chip meal but one could have easily been shared. Their fried seafood platter is delicious, huge and perfect for sharing!

Be sure to swing into the Old Country Store & Emporium, it is a real "treat for the senses." Located at 26 Otis St. it is welcoming and offers a sense of nostalgia.  Our girls loved browsing the antique candy counter and seeing all the homemade creamy fudge.  There is also an old time provisions section featuring common crackers, a variety of cheese spreads, maple products, preserves, jellies and fresh ground coffees. They have some beautiful clocks and curios for sale.  Not to miss in the Emporium are the Attic, the Barn and the Stove Room.

Before heading home we stopped at Cupcake Town, 219 North Main St for some dessert to go.  Adorable little shop offering cupcakes, pastries, cookies, fresh ground coffee and Espresso.  They also make custom cakes.  We selected an assortment of half dozen cupcakes. Pictured below are Oreo, Smores, chocolate with patriotic frosting, chocolate chip, pink lemonade and peanut butter cup.

 I'm sure there is much more to see and we will need to go back.  If you are a resident or have visited, what are your suggestions for Mansfield family friendly hot spots?!

I was not ask to write nor was I compensated for this review.  All pictures and opinions are my own. Check them out for yourself.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Frates Drive-In Restaurant Review

I took the family to Frates Drive-In Restaurant for the first time.  I had driven by so many times but just never stopped in.  Now that things are slowing down and the nights have gotten longer, we decided to pop in for a visit.

The place was hopping when we arrived.  I thought the wait was going to be long, but the staff did a great job of getting the orders in and out.  The girls kept busy with all the fun stuff there is to see while you are there.  They sang with Elvis and chatted with a few cows. Dennis and his staff were so friendly and welcoming.

So let's get to the food. I ordered the clam roll, hubby got a plain steak and the girls...well ice cream of course, lol. The food was delicious! Not cheap but also not overly priced.  There's so much to choose from we just have to go back.  I hear the lobster roll and fish and chips are to die for!

Support a local business 
located at 1423 Somerset Ave, Taunton, MA
Open daily from 11am- 9pm until October 31, 2014

Check them out online
Like them on Facebook  (be sure to check out their menu)

I was not ask to write nor was I compensated for this review.  All pictures and opinions are my own. Check them out for yourself.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Snow Day Fun

It's New England and you just never know what each season will bring.  For those of you who have an extended winter break the kids might be getting stir crazy,lol.  Here are some fun activities to help you through the weekend.  Bundle up, get your hot chocolate fix and have some fun!

Shaving Cream Snowscape

Playing in shaving cream sensory bin.

Make an Ice Wreath

Making an Ice Wreath |

Snow Storm in a Jar

Make a snow storm in a jar- FUN Winter Science for Kids

Snow Ice Cream


 Snowball Experiments

Snow Paint

Painting the snow is so fun!  Here are two fun ways to make snow paint

Sunday, September 8, 2013

King Richard's Faire Review

King Richard's Faire 2013
I took the family to visit King Richard's Faire in Carver, MAThis was our second visit to the faire.  It was their second weekend of the 2013 season and boy were they hopping. We arrived a little later than I wanted (10:30am gates open) we just missed the fun introduction they do before opening the gate.  That familiar feeling of being transported into the enchantment of this 80 acre site was immediately upon us.  

The Village of Carvershire is bustling with excitement as it celebrates its 32nd Season with new performers, entertainers and artisans!

*New this fall are the fabulous acrobatic and juggling act “Vicious & Delicious”; The hilarious comedy antics and stunts of Wacky Chad (Sept. 21 & 22 Only!)

Be sure to visit their eight stages to see acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, minstrels, dancers, fire eaters, puppeteers and exotic tigers. The girl's favorite performance is the Tiger Stage where they were able to see the rare liger, beautiful white lion and cute tiger cubs. The Royal Zoo offers a wide selection of exotic animals every season.

We brought our two princesses to the Princess Academy show and they both loved it.  There are a variety of rides, games and shops around the Kid Cove that kept us busy.  

Of course you won't want to miss the King’s mounted knights battle on horsebackBe sure to check the day's schedule for the event times.  The joust is a great way to end your visit to King Richard's Faire.

For some family friendly tips be sure to revisit my review from last year
New tips that I am adding this year:
  • No pets allowed
  • Food is purchased with tickets- be sure to find a ticket booth and buy your tickets (tickets cost $1 each and are sold in $5 lots only), then go to the food stand and make your selections.

King Richard's Faire 2013 season runs through October 20th on Saturdays and Sundays as well as Columbus Day from 10:30am-6pm.
  • Adult tickets:  $28.00
  • 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 4 adult tickets in exchange for this review.  
No other compensation was received and as always all opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

It's Apple Picking Season ~2013~

It's my favorite time of the year! 
It's back to school time, the weather is warm but not hot and of course football.   I love the coolness of the late afternoons, the vibrant colors and the Fall harvest.  I especially love throwing on a sweatshirt, a pair of jeans and my sneakers and going apple picking.

We New Englanders are blessed to have the opportunity to drive a short distance and find the nearest apple picking farm.  There are so many to choose from that over the past few years we have personally tried several.  Each one has it's own unique style, friendly staff and of course delicious tasting apples.  

Depending on how early/late the harvest is each year will determine when apple picking season begins.  It seems this year many will be ready for Labor Day or shortly thereafter.  Be sure to contact the farm directly for up to date information. 

Here are a few family friendly pick your own apple farms/orchards for you to try this year.  Be sure to tell us which is your favorite!

Honey Pot Hill Orchard, 144 Sudbury Road, Stow, MA  (978) 562-5666
Visit with our friendly farm animals & get lost in our Hedge Maze and Tunnel Maze (ages 4-10)

Belkin Family Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant Street South, South Natick, MA  (508) 651-1539
Ride the train to the Children’s Play Area, visit with our farm animals and enjoy many other fun activities.

Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling, MA  978-422-MOOO(6666)
no information at the time of posting but I will update

Schartner Farm, 211 West Berlin Road, Bolton, MA 01740  (978) 779-5588
Hayrides and farm animal petting area included with maze, apple or pumpkin purchase 
open August 31st through October 27th, 2013 10am-5pm

George Hill Orchards582 George Hill Road, Lancaster, MA
Pony rides, petting zoo, face painting and hayrides
It is currently peach season at the farm...check back or their website for updates

Tougas Family Farm, 234 Ball Street, Northborough, MA 01532  (508) 393-6406
Our barnyard, playground, and farm kitchen are family friendly activities all will enjoy.

Boston Hill Farm, 1370 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845   (978) 681-8556
Farm Festival, hayrides, petting zoo, ice cream and bakery
It is currently peach season at the farm...check back or their website for updates 

Keith's Farm, 1149 Main Street, Acushnet, MA 02743
Hayrides will be on weekends only, Saturday and Sunday and Columbus Day - WEATHER PERMITTING 

Rhode Island
Barden Family Orchard, 56 Elmdale Road, North Scituate, RI    401-934-1413
Apple picking Season has started

Jaswell's Farm, 50 Swan Road, Smithfield, RI

Farm Tours available
currently blueberry season

Harmony Farms, 359 Saw Mill Road, Harmony, RI  401-934-0741 

Apple Picking Daily in September-  from 9am - 5pm (closed on Mondays)

Steere Orchard, 150 Austin Ave, Greenville, RI

Pick your own apples through October, FREE hayride on weekends

Pippin Orchard,  751 Pippin Orchard Road, Cranston, RI    (401) 943-7096

Pick your own apples has started up, 10-4 everyday -Weather Permitting

Dame Farm and Orchards, 94 Brown Avenue, Johnston, RI    401-949-3657

Currently blueberry season
Pick your own apples and pumpkins, September Weekend Walk-in Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides (Call for Times)

Sweet Berry Farm, 915 Mitchell's Lane, Middletown, RI       401-847-3912

Apples- September

Always call ahead to be sure!