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Imagine Van Gogh – Boston Ticket Giveaway

Sponsored Content – Our family received a family 4-pack of tickets in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

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This Christmas is going to be filled with horses, American Girl Dolls, kawaii, and ART! Avery has been drawing and painting non-stop this year, and I am loving it! She’s taken an interest in art history and loves learning about artists both past and present. One of the gifts I’m most looking forward to giving her this year is a ticket to see Imagine Van Gogh.

Imagine Van Gogh is the ORIGINAL immersive exhibition in Image Totale © featuring more than 200 of the Dutch artist’s paintings. It will be on exhibit at the SoWa Power Station in Boston’s popular SoWa Art + Design District.

Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron are the Artistic Directors behind the creation of the Imagine Van Gogh. They are known for their work at Cathédrale d’Images in Les Baux-de-Provence, France.

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Imagine Van Gogh “brings Van Gogh’s canvases to life in a vivid, spectacular way: the audience will truly enter the artist’s world of dreams; visitors are literally transported on a journey to the heart of the artist’s work.”

I can’t wait for Avery to experience this immersive exhibit.

Tickets start at $33.99 (plus service charges and fees) and are on sale now. For more information, please visit www.imagine-vangogh.com

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But wait, there’s more!!  I am excited to offer you, dear reader, a chance to WIN a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see Imagine Van Gogh. Winner will receive a code to select ANY available time to attend the exhibition during our entire run (December 21, 2021 – February 20, 2022) All you have to do is leave a comment on this post!  One winner will be selected on December 28 at 9PM EST.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA at Foxwoods

*Disclosure-We were provided tickets to the show in exchange for our promotion and honest review. As always, all opinions are our own, and we are very happy to be working with Foxwoods Resort Casino on this fun post*30073115_1748409355227485_5777133462662426345_o

Every afternoon, on our drive home from school, we pass the billboard for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA. And every day Avery asks “Can we go see that show?!” Well, tomorrow all her dreams will come true!

I’m taking her for a very special night out, just us girls, to Foxwoods Resort Casino for opening night! We’ll have ourselves a lovely dinner (I’m guessing she’ll choose Sugar Factory or California Pizza Kitchen) and then head on over to the Fox Theater for the show!2018Cinderella0119r

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award® – winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists!

Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including In My Own Little Corner, Impossible/It’s Possible and Ten Minutes Ago, in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.

I remember watching the original, Julie Andrew’s TV Musical as a kid. And later the remake starring Brandy as Cinderella, Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother, so I am extra excited to experience this Broadway stage version with Avery!2018Cinderella0107r

Avery has her fancy dress all picked out and has been practicing her princess curtsy all week. She is READY! She also can’t believe that I’d take her to a show on a school night!! But, I think it’s worth it! I love having opportunities like this to spend special, quality time with my favorite girl!

The show runs May 8 – May 13 and tickets are still available! You don’t want to miss out! Bring your spouse, your kids, your friends, and make a night of it! It is sure to be a truly magical time!2018Cinderella0058r

For more information, and to purchase tickets click HERE

Show Dates:
May 8, 7:30PM
May 9, 7:30PM
May 10, 2:00PM
May 11, 8:00PM
May 12, 2:00PM
May 12, 8:00PM
May 13, 1:00PM
May 13, 7:00PM

Ticket Prices:
$35 & $55

Location:
Fox Theater – Foxwoods Resort Casino

A Merry Target Christmas Photoshoot

This post contains affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.
This Target Christmas Photoshoot was in no way sponsored by Target. We just love the store. Like, a lot. 

You guys know how much Avery and I love Target. So, when it came time to take our Christmas card photos I thought “What a better backdrop than the place we spend so much of our money time!”  It was hilarious, and we felt like total weirdos, and people were looking at us like we were nuts (we are) But we both love how these came out and we all laugh and laugh whenever we look at them!

Check out our Target Christmas Photoshoot!

Making her christmas list

girl reading Target flyer

Toys at Target

Target Starbucks Santa

Girl with tinsel

Ugly sweater

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Holiday fashion at Target

 

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Christmas garland Target

Childrens books at Target

Tired Target Starbucks

 

10 Simple Ways to Connect with your Kids

#advertisement I received compensation from Dr. Scholl’s® to write this post. All opinions are entirely my own. #CustomFitRelief #DrScholls 

10 Simple ways to Connect with your kids

image2As you know, Avery started kindergarten this year! It has been amazing to watch her make new friends, learn new things and have new experiences (like her first field trip, where the highlight was getting to ride a school bus!) She’s really thrived in her new school, and life is good!

However, as good as it’s been, it’s still been a major adjustment for both of us! I went from having my sidekick with me all day, every day (other than the 9 hours a week she was in preschool) to being without my buddy from 8 to 3, 5 days a week! With school and after school activities, our time together has really been cut.

Because of this, I’ve really had to make sure that the time we do have together is quality time. We have some great conversations in the car on the drive to and from school.  It’s amazing the questions and comments she comes up with at 7:15 in the morning. In the afternoons I’m more likely to learn about all the things that make her angry (Usually me)  or annoy her (Usually me, again!) or ruin her life (you guessed it, usually me!) But our best conversations happen during our Friday afternoon walks.

Connect with your child

I’ve found that Friday, after school, is when Avery is finally ready to tell me about all the things she’s done through the week. (On the other days of the week my questions are usually met with “Nothing!” or “I don’t know!”  or just a growl)  It also seems that being outside, in nature, helps her to open up a bit more. I can relate, as I feel more relaxed and open when I’m in the woods, too.

We get outside, we get moving, and we enjoy each other company for that hour or so before we have to head home for dinner.

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The only issue is, by Friday, my body is shot! After a full week of errands, and work, and just being on my feet so much, I am TIRED!  My lower back aches, my feet hurt, and I’d like to just curl up in bed and hibernate.

But, I can’t do that. And I do really love our weekly walks!

While in Walmart, I noticed the Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® kiosk and decided to give it a try! It’s simple.  

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You remove your shoes, and step onto the platform.  It uses over 2,000 pressure sensors to create your Custom Footmap – identifying your arch type, foot length and unique pressure points. In under 2 minutes, the kiosk evaluates all this data and recommends the Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts that are right for you! The orthotics are all right there on the kiosk, so you can just grab the one you need and you’re ready to go!

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I slid my Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotics into my sneakers and could feel the difference immediately!

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Custom Fit® Orthotics are made up of 4 layers, each providing a different benefit. Together, these layers provide support and cushioning to immediately relieve foot and lower body pain and provide you with all-day comfort.
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You can find a Custom Fit® Kiosk near you HERE and you can save $10 on your purchase HERE.

Foot and lower body pain, discomfort, or fatigue can drain you of energy and hold you back from being on the go and truly enjoying every day as fully as you want. Try Custom Fit® Orthotics and get all day pain relief from foot, knee, or lower back pain from being on your feet, so you can keep moving!

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It’s so important to me that I can keep moving, without pain, because as I mentioned above, it’s a big part of how I connect with Avery.

There are many other simple ways that you can connect with your kids, and I’ve put together a list of ten, just for you!

10 Simple Ways to Connect with Your Kids

  1. Be an active participant in their activities: I understand that not everyone has the desire or can make the time commitment to coach their kid’s team, or lead their troop, or teach their class. But, I think it’s super important to be there as much as you can.  Go, cheer them on, tell them how much you love to watch them play. Join in when you can, and practice at home.
  2. Get Outside: Walk in the park or just around your neighborhood. It doesn’t have to be long. Sometimes Avery and I make one loop around the park, other days we walk until it starts to get dark!image1
  3. Make a Date: Once a week or once a month, schedule a date with your child.  It doesn’t have to be anything big. It’s just a chance for you to have one on one time with your child. Go to dinner, or even just out for ice cream! This can be especially nice if you have more than one child.
  4. Work together on something: Set a goal, or start a project. Something simple like “Walk 3 miles a week” or more challenging like “Train for and run a 5k” Or work on a project together. Maybe you work on a huge building brick set, or paint a mural, or read a whole book series! Find a project that you can both work on and complete, together!
  5. Volunteer Together: This is similar to the previous tip, but different enough that I thought it needed it’s own bullet point. Find a cause that you both care about, or that your child cares about and volunteer your time to support it! Maybe you help with a beach clean up because your daughter is passionate about marine life. Or you love knitting, and want to share that hobby with your child by working together to make hats for the homeless, or newborn babies! Visit a nursing home or spend a day volunteering at an animal shelter or food bank.
  6. PLAY!: Get on the floor and play with your kids. Be silly together! Get messy! Play a game! Have a dance party! Be creative! Just play!
  7. Put the Phone Down: Are you always on your phone, checking Facebook or e-mail or work?  Yeah, I’m guilty, too! As a mom who works from home, I can often find it hard to disconnect and set boundaries. I’ve found myself working at dinner, during family outings, and even on vacation! My daughter has noticed and will say “You’re always working!”  So when you are with your kids, make a true effort to put the phone away. I like to tell Avery “I’m going to leave my phone in the other room while we play, so you have my full attention!” and she loves it!
  8. Embrace Their Interests: Is your child super interested in something that maybe you know nothing about?  Help them learn more! Show them that it’s important to you that they explore those interests.  For example, Avery has been very interested in drawing and illustration.  We attended the Festival of Children’s Books and Authors at her school. The next day I took her to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and purchased a learn to draw book.  It means a lot to kids when you help to nurture the things they are passionate about by giving them these tools and experiences.image6
  9. Just Listen: Let your child know that you are there to listen, even on the days they don’t want to talk. Saying “I understand that you don’t want to talk about this right now, but when you are ready, I will be here to listen!”  Means a lot to adults, and even more to kids! You don’t always have to give advice–like adults, kids don’t always want advice. Sometimes they just need to get things off their chest, or talk through a problem. Just listen.
  10. Include them: My daughter loves when we include her in our “grown-up” world.  Getting to have dinner with me and one of my friends, helping her Dave work on a kitchen, helping me make decisions about what dress to wear to a wedding, or something as simple as deciding what to make for dinner. Ask them their opinions, and let them help!

How do you connect with your children? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear your ideas!

10 Simple Ways to Connect with your Kids

10 Ways to Connect with your Kids

King Richard’s Faire in a Few Photos

*Disclosure* Our family received tickets to the Faire to facilitate our blog posts. All opinions are our own!*

 

King Richard’s Faire – 2017

We visited King Richards Faire today (FINALLY!!)  and had a great time. I wish I’d taken more photos, but we were so busy riding unicorns,  playing with baby dragons, learning about big cats, eating yummy food, and watching hilarious shows that I hardly took out my camera!

You still have one day left to visit the Faire, so I’d suggest you get your corsets tightened and armor polished, and head there tomorrow!!

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King Richard's Faire 2018

Until next year, King Richard!

You can learn more about the Faire in our previous blog post HERE

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King Richard’s Faire, New England’s largest and longest-running Renaissance Faire. Tucked away on 80 acres of enchanted forest off Rt. 58 in Carver, Mass., King Richard’s Faire offers guests a full day of live, interactive entertainment for all ages. Guests will enjoy daring knights jousting on horseback and eight stages filled with song and dance, stunts and storytelling. Every Saturday afternoon, the King’s Stage offers themed contests and events to add variety to the festival-like entertainment lineup (see kingrichardsfaire.net for details).

Guests can mingle with the King and his royal court, noble and not-so-noble subjects and skilled performers. When as famished as a mud beggar, enjoy the Faire’s delicious spit-roasted turkey legs, buttery ears of corn, boules filled with chowder and stew, ringlets of fries, and quench thirst with champagne, wine and brew. Shoppers can stroll through the 16th century village filled with the wares of more than 100 unique and talented artisans, including New England artists. At every turn, guests will encounter fantasy and wonder through minstrels, musicians, acrobats, stilt walkers, giant puppets, wenches, and more. 

  • Adult tickets:  $32.00
  • Children’s tickets (4-11 years of age):  $16.00
  • Children 3 years of age and under are FREE

You’ll find the Faire at 235 Main Street (Rt. 58) Carver, Mass. 02330 For more information, visit King Richard’s Faire on FACEBOOK   and don’t forget to check out the WEBSITE!

Don’t Miss King Richard’s Faire 2017

*Disclosure* Our family received tickets to the Faire to facilitate our blog posts. All opinions are our own!*

Looking for an adventure for the whole family?  Venture into the shire for a day filled with fun, food, and fantasy at King Richard’s Faire!

Our family has been visiting the Faire for the past few years, and it never disappoints! Dave loves the food,  Avery loves the Unicorn rides, and we all love the entertainment! We haven’t visited this season, YET but we will be, very very soon, and we can’t wait! Free-performances-1024x1024

King Richard’s Faire features many shows and performances throughout the day, all are included in your ticket! Magic, song & dance, comedy, stunts, juggling, aerial, shenanigans…there is something for everyone! The Squire of the Wire and the Great Cats of the World Show have always been our favorites. But there are so many shows to keep you entertained all day! We love listening to the musical performers while we eat our lunch!

And don’t miss the Royal Parade or the Joust to the Death!!Jousting-1024x1024You’ll also want to spend some time visiting the Artisans of the Realm!  You’ll find everything from hats and dresses, to fairy wings and pet dragons!Shopping-at-King-Richards-Faire-968x1024And of course the food is fit for a king!  Grab a turkey leg and some meade or pizza and soda. There is something for every palate! Food-at-King-Richards-1024x961

King Richard’s Faire is going on now through October 22d. It is open on weekends (and Columbus day!) from 10:30am to 6:00pmFairy-village-1024x815

Our family is looking forward to our upcoming visit to King Richard’s Faire! We hope to see you there!

 

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King Richard’s Faire, New England’s largest and longest-running Renaissance Faire. Tucked away on 80 acres of enchanted forest off Rt. 58 in Carver, Mass., King Richard’s Faire offers guests a full day of live, interactive entertainment for all ages. Guests will enjoy daring knights jousting on horseback and eight stages filled with song and dance, stunts and storytelling. Every Saturday afternoon, the King’s Stage offers themed contests and events to add variety to the festival-like entertainment lineup (see kingrichardsfaire.net for details).

Guests can mingle with the King and his royal court, noble and not-so-noble subjects and skilled performers. When as famished as a mud beggar, enjoy the Faire’s delicious spit-roasted turkey legs, buttery ears of corn, boules filled with chowder and stew, ringlets of fries, and quench thirst with champagne, wine and brew. Shoppers can stroll through the 16th century village filled with the wares of more than 100 unique and talented artisans, including New England artists. At every turn, guests will encounter fantasy and wonder through minstrels, musicians, acrobats, stilt walkers, giant puppets, wenches, and more. 

  • Adult tickets:  $32.00
  • Children’s tickets (4-11 years of age):  $16.00
  • Children 3 years of age and under are FREE

You’ll find the Faire at 235 Main Street (Rt. 58) Carver, Mass. 02330 For more information, visit King Richard’s Faire on FACEBOOK   and don’t forget to check out the WEBSITE!

2017 Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors

2017 Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors

Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books and Authors

What are you up to on October 14th?  We will be at the Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors at Lincoln School in Providence! Our family looks forward to this event every year! We’ve been attending since 2013!  That was the year Avery met the amazingly talented Dan Santat! 1380518_10151723169521452_1183999168_nThen in 2014 she met one of my favorite authors (and now hers as well) Jon ScieszkaJon-Scieszka-Author-The-Stinky-Cheese-Man-and-Other-Fairly-Stupid-Tales-Book-Somehow, I don’t have any photos from 2015, and last year we had to miss it because we were in Disney World.

Anyway… We LOVE this event and you will too.

Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors you will have the opportunity to hear 30-minute presentations from  authors and illustrators. During these talks, they will share a bit about their work, life, and philosophy. You can find the full schedule HERE

Not only will you have the opportunity to hear from the authors and illustrators, you can meet them and have books signed! (You may bring up to three books to be signed. Only books by this year’s authors and illustrators may be brought into the festival.) Books will be available for purchase at the festival bookstore!

Between talks, kids can visit the craft tables and work on some fun bookmaking projects!

The Festival is collaborating with School One and Goat Hill to offer short fiction writing workshops at 1 and 3 pm. These workshops are offered as part of Write Rhode Island, a short fiction competition for RI students in grades 7-12.

Lunch will be available from some of RI’s favorite food trucks!  The Gilded Tomato, rocket fine street food, Presto Strange O Coffee, La Creperie, Like No Udder, and Erms Cupcakes will all be parked on the Lincoln campus, so you will not go hungry!

Tickets are $5 (available at the door)

We hope to see you there!

 

The 2017 Authors include:

R.W. and Zöe Alley

Selina Alko

Mira Bartók

Marc Brown

Gaia Cornwall

Charise Mericle Harper

Alan Katz

Kara LaReau

David Macaulay

Ann M. Martin

Barbara McClintock

Cathryn Mercier

Sean Qualls

Susannah Richards

Jon Scieszka

Melissa Sweet

Chris Van Allsburg

Sarah Weeks

Steven Weinberg