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Our Visit to the Doc McStuffins Mobile Clinic

You know we love any excuse to go to the zoo, but when I heard that the Doc McStuffins “Doc Mobile” would be at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, I Knew we had to go!  We LOVE Doc McStuffins

We haven’t been to this zoo since the day Dave and I got engaged (It’s where we went after our Fenway Park engagement) and I was excited to take Avery to check it out. When we arrived we were shocked at the number of people there!  It took us an hour to find a place to park and we ended up parking a mile from the zoo entrance (OK, not a full mile….it was .88-I used my running app to check haha)

Everyone in New England had come in for their check up with Doc! If you are planning to attend any of the other stops along the tour, I recommend arriving early and being prepared for possible long lines.  The Doc is EXTREMELY popular!!

At this fun event with Radio Disney Junior, kids & families can experience Doc activities focused on healthy living and well-being. Kids will see how “there’s so much you can do…to take care of you,” and they can also be just like Doc and bring their toy for a check-up inside Doc’s mobile clinic.

After making our way in, and parking the stroller we got right down to business!

First stop: The Flex & Stretch station!  DJs from Radio Disney were on hand to teach the kids (and parents) some fun dance moves and educate us all on the importance of being active.  The two DJs had more energy than a toddler after nap time (drinking a red bull) Seriously, they were there, Dancing and singing ALL DAY! They really got the kids excited!


After we worked up a sweat we were brought in to the next station. Here we learned all about the importance of staying hydrated! This is important to our family since Dave was hospitalized for dehydration!! I used this as a reminder to him that water is so very important!!  The activity was cute.  The kids filled buckets and then poured them into funnels with hoses leading to Lenny! When he was full, he’d sound his alarm. Avery ended up pouring more water on herself then in to Lenny. Lenny’s Hydration Station was Avery’s favorite, she cried when we had to move on


Before moving on to the next station Avery spent some time visiting with Hallie and Doc. She just had to give Hallie kisses!


At the next station, Doc’s Picnic Time, we learned about eating healthy foods! While the concept was lost on Avery, she did have fun sitting with the older kids and coloring her very own placement!


And then it was time for our check up!!


Doc’s Mobile Clinic was absolutely adorable!  They gave Avery a tiny lab coat to wear, and we headed inside!  You can bring your own stuffed animal, but they had plenty of toys inside in case your forgot yours!  Avery put on her stethoscope and got right to work! Daddy helped her check Stuffy’s heart and we weighed and measured him! He checked out, and got the all clear from Doc Avery!

When we were finished with the check up we headed outside where we had our photo taken! They give you a print of the picture, and then lead you to an area with ipads set up so you can tweet, facebook or e-mail your photo!
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After our family photo, we were given a cute “goodie-box” and headed out!

Unfortunately, Doc herself was not Boston, but, kids and parents had the opportunity to meet real-life doctors from the Artemis Medical Society, an organization of more than 2500 female African-American physicians from around the world who formed their group after seeing a reflection of themselves in “Doc McStuffins.” Recognizing the opportunity to further inspire young girls, the group serves to nurture, mentor and provide the foundation necessary to create a diverse physician workforce.
8doc Our family had a great day visiting the Doc Mobile Tour!  We would definitely go to an event like this again!


Fans are invited to follow The Doc Mobile Tour route on their facebook page, Disney Junior And follow on Twitter @DISNEYJUNIORUSA Of course the Doc Mobile has it’s own hashtag!  #DocMobile.


Scheduled Tour Dates:

Sunday, August 18
Boston, Massachusetts
Franklin Park Zoo

Wednesday, August 21
New York, New York 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Times Square Disney Store

Sunday, August 25
Chicago, Illinois
Navy Pier Gateway Park

Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1 
San Antonio, Texas 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Festival PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Friday, September 6 
Dallas/Fort-Worth, Texas
Fort Worth Museum of Science

Tuesday, September 10
New Orleans, Louisiana
Audubon Zoo

Saturday, September 14
Atlanta, Georgia
Centennial Olympic Park

Tuesday, September 17
Washington D.C.
*Location TBD

Thursday, September 26 
Los Angeles, California
The Grove

Saturday, September 28
Phoenix, Arizona 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Arizona Coalition For Tomorrow Kids Health Fair – Salvation Army Community Center


(Note: As of now The Doc will only be in these Cities: New York, San Antonio, DC, and Los Angeles.)


And don’t forget!!  Season two of “Doc McStuffins” premieres FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 on Disney Channel (10:00 a.m., ET/PT) and Disney Junior (4:00 p.m., ET/PT). Guest voice stars for season two include: Geena Davis (“A League of Their Own”), Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”), Tony Hale (“Arrested Development”), Molly Shannon (“Saturday Night Live”), Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster (“Anything Goes”), Amy Sedaris (“Strangers with Candy”) and Peter MacNicol (“Grey’s Anatomy”).



We Went To The Zoo

This morning, we headed to the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston!  We went to see the Doc McStuffins Mobile, but I’ll talk more about that tomorrow!  Right now, I’m too tired to write, so I’m just going to share some photos of our day!

Sorry, I’m lazy! ENJOY!









I Don’t Hate Everything About RI

SO, people think that I hate EVERYTHING about Rhode Island. While I do hate a few things, and desperately want to move “home” to NY (I’m homesick!  My parents are homesick! My friends miss us all!) I don’t hate everything, and, in fact, there are some things I LOVE!  So, I thought I’d compile a list.





  1. My husband.  He was born here, raised here, and I met him here. Without Lil Rhody, I never would have met the most amazing person in my life and we never would have had the most amazing baby on the planet. Avery is also, technically a Rhode Islander, and I absolutely love her more than life itself.
  2. Rhode Island New Moms Connection.  For giving me a safe place to learn about myself as a woman and a mom. For helping me through those ROUGH first weeks, and the difficult first months and all that nasty PPD stuff. For introducing me to some amazing women/moms and for giving Avery a whole bunch of friends! Friendships that will last a lifetime.

  3. Roger Williams Park Zoo. My favorite place in the entire state! We’re members and I could visit the zoo every day!  It’s so wonderful to have such a great educational resource right in our backyard (Seriously, it’s less than 2 miles from our house!)
  4. Newport, Galilee, Tiverton, Block Island, & Bristol.

  5. Activities for the little ones.  There always seems to be something to do here with Avery. We go to story time at a few different Libraries (and we even have an adorable library on our street) There are “play places” and kids gyms all over the state, so we’re never “bored”
  6. Anchors.  That’s it.  I just love anchors, and they are kind of a symbol of the state.
  7. Minor League Sports. The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Providence Bruins. It’s nice to be able to go, as a family, to a sporting event and see “tomorrow’s stars, today”
  8. Waterfire. I really enjoy walking around Waterplace Park on summer evenings, watching them light the fires, listening to (often strange) music, people watching, and eating fried dough (or, “doughboys” as Rhode Islanders call it.)
  9. Gregg’s.  I love Gregg’s. I love being the youngest person in the restaurant by about 40 years. I love their rolls, and their cake, and their eclairs. I love the servers. I just love Gregg’s.
  10. Del’s Lemonade.
  11. I love that everything is nearby. Since we live in the middle of the state, nothing is ever more than an hour away.  It’s convenient. Want to go to the Beach? (I never do, but, if I did….) it’s less than an hour.  Want to go to the City?  It’s less than an hour (it’s minutes from us, actually) Looking for farms?  Forrest? Less than an hour away! Actual Rhode Islander’s may disagree, but nothing is far. NOTHING.
  12. Bike Paths.  I don’t even have a bike anymore, but I love walking the bike paths all across the state.
  13. RISPCA. Where we adopted Daisy.
  14. Being super close to Boston.
  15. My fellow Rhody Bloggers/Rhode Island Digital Media Women. A support system for everything, not just blogging. Some of whom have become my closest friends.

Jack O Lantern Spectacular

Last week Dave and I headed to Roger Williams Park Zoo to see our favorite fall event, the Jack O Lantern Spectacular.

The zoo holds this even every year from the beginning of October until  Halloween.  The Zoo has just announced that they will be EXTENDING the event until November 6th this year!! That’s a whole extra week of AWESOME! Hours are from 6-10pm (with the trail closing by 11pm) And features THOUSANDS (yes, seriously!) of glowing pumpkins, hundreds of them hand carved!

The theme this year is “A Journey Around the World.” From India to Ireland, Germany, to Italy, and everything in between you’ll be blown away by the intricate details carved out in pumpkins.  These aren’t your every day jack-o-lanterns, these are amazing works of art!

Here are just a few photos I took, none of which truly do justice to the carvings.

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Our favorites are the animals!

Some pumpkins are extremely creepy!

Some look more like paintings.

Visiting the Land Down under. Awww!!

We can’t wait to bring our kiddo to this!  Ive heard people ask if it was too “scary” for little ones.  It’s not!  There are a few creepy pumpkins, but this is not a hunted house type event, no monsters will jump out from behind gourds! The whole family will enjoy it!

You do not  want to miss this “Spectacular” event!  Get to Roger Williams Park Zoo now til Nov. 6th  Visit the event website  HERE  for more info (including ticket prices)

(Dave and I were given complimentary passes to this event. However, we’d honestly pay double the asking price because we love it so much!!  And with the extended dates, we’ll probably go again this year! It truly is our Favorite Rhode Island event, year round, hands down!)