Making Memories at The Marshfield Fair

*Disclosure–Thank you to the Marshfield Fair  for the MEGAPASSES for our family to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own, as always! Making Memories at the Marshfield Fair

Growing up, I spent many summer days at our Upstate New York county fairs. Many hours were spent watching pig races and tractor pulls, eating fried dough and cotton candy, exploring the craft barns, conning my nana and poppa into buying me balloons and toys, visiting my uncle’s cows and all the other livestock my parents wouldn’t let me have as pets, riding the rides, and singing along with the bands at the performance stage. The fair is a big part of my childhood memories and I love sharing that experience with Avery.

This year we visited a new-to-us fair. The Marshfield Fair in Marshfield MA.  We’d hard great things about this fair from friends, but had never had the chance to visit it ourselves. This year we were determined to make the time!

The Marshfield Fair has so much to offer! From the awesome entertainment and the thrill rides and games in the midway, to the food and creative craft vendors, to the horticulture and agriculture, and the butterfly and chick hatcheries, and, and, and, and…. we didn’t want to leave!

We really had a WONDERFUL day at the Marshfield Fair and we know you’ll love it too! Here are some of our favorite things about the fair!

The Animals:

Our first stop at any fair is always a visit to see the animals in the 4-H barns. We visited with the cows first.  Avery and I adore cows and I think we could spend a full day just hanging out with them!! We also saw goats, many varieties of chickens, bunnies (even wee little baby bunnies!), and horses. marshfield fair cowmarshfield-3

The Food:

As soon as we walked through the entry gate, Avery was asking when we were going to eat. After our time with the animals, we strolled around the fairgrounds, checking out the food options. There were so many! It was hard to choose, but eventually Avery decided on a foot-long hot dog (well, TWO actually!) while Dave and I grabbed super delicious burgers from Northern Soul. We highly recommend them! Not just because the food was so good, but because the family that owns it is so wonderful! The dad gave Avery a freeze pop, and their young daughter delivered our food so we didn’t have to wait and could sit and listen to the band. If you’re craving a burger (or pulled pork egg rolls, or waffle fries, or linguica hot dogs)  give them your business!  Later in the evening we had ice cream, snow cones, and of course, friend dough! marshfield fair midway foodmarshfield northern soul burgers fried dough marshfield snow cone

The Entertainment:

When I say there is so much to see…I mean there is SO MUCH to see! We honestly couldn’t get to everything we wanted, but we enjoyed a few fun shows! There was a magic show, a lumberjack show, live bands on the family stage, and musical performers in other areas as well.  Definitely check the daily schedule so you don’t miss out on any great shows!

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The Rides:

We had the MEGAPASS includes a ride wristband for unlimited mechanical rides.  I knew they’d have a TON of rides, but I wasn’t sure if there would be anything that Avery could ride (or that I’d let her ride lol) We were all pleasantly surprised to find a whole area of the midway with rides that were perfect for the younger and smaller thrill seekers! Avery rode the scrambler, carousel, Dragon Wagon coaster, Hot Shot, and ran through the funhouses over and over and over again! And she did it all by herself! Here are a whole bunch of pictures to prove it!!

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The Scavenger Hunt:

The Great Family Scavenger Hunt was our favorite thing about the fair. It really made it even more special, and ensured that we didn’t miss an opportunity to learn something new! We met beekeepers, ham radio operators, wood carvers, a blacksmith, birds of prey, a bunch of farmers, and more! At each station Avery received a stamp and once she had them all, she received a prize! It really was a fun experience for our family, and I highly recommend your family not miss out on it when you visit the fair. It’s easy to spend all your time in the midway, but don’t forget there is so much more to the Marshfield Fair, and so many interesting people to meet!

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That right there is the face of a kid who had so much fun, learned so much, and was SUPER proud of her successful scavenger hunt!! After a long day, we made walk back to our car. Tired legs, bellies full of yummy food, happy hearts, and heads full of the memories we made at The Marshfield Fair!

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The Marshfield Agricultural and Horticultural Society presents…

The 151st Marshfield Fair
August 17– 26, 2018

$10.00 (Children 6 & under FREE)
Parking on-grounds $5.00

Gates Open:
Noon – 10 pm
Everyday

140 Main Street
Marshfield, MA 02050

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Not Everyone Loves Disney…

Not everyone loves disney

Not everyone loves Disney.

And that’s ok!

Really.

Last night, while scrolling my Facebook feed, I came upon a post on a local moms blog. The title and image grabbed my attention, then I read the excerpt. It was clearly another anti-Disney post, like the dozens I’ve read (and hundreds I know are out there) but this one was more than just a post saying why the author doesn’t enjoy Disney, this post was far more vicious, calling out those who do love Disney as ignorant and “what is wrong with the world” As a Disney fan, it irked me. As a mother it made me shake.  The judgement in the post was STRONG, the tone harsh and mean spirited.

You all know how much our family, immediate and extended, love Disney. The movies, the books, the parks, the cruises, the adventures, the MEMORIES. It is a part of our life that brings us a lot of joy.

I also know that it is not for everyone.  

I have friends, and even family (you know who you are!) who openly dislike Disney. They have their reasons, some all of them valid. Some think it’s just too expensive. Some hate the crowds, and are only able to travel at peak times because of work or school. Some prefer to use their vacation funds to visit the beach, or road trip to National Parks, others take an annual trip to NYC to see a Broadway show, one visits family in Europe, and there are even a couple who have taken a stand against what they deem to be a problematic corporation. Some just hate magic and fun (again, you know who you are!!) And ya know what?  I am totally cool with that! Do I joke with them, and tell them they are missing out? You know it! Do they throw it back at me and tell me I’m crazy for loving it so much? They certainly do! But, none of us judge the others for their choice of vacation spot. Because it’s just that: THEIR CHOICE.156185_10151172267226452_1015708101_n

The post implied that those of us who go to Disney aren’t teaching our kids about REAL culture, we’re showing them the fake Paris in Epcot, when we should be taking them to the REAL Paris.  That is truly a privileged view. The fact is, not everyone has the opportunity to choose the real Paris over Epcot. There are many reasons, maybe they have young children who they don’t think are ready for a trip to Europe, maybe they have a fear of flying but can road trip to Florida, maybe they cannot afford it but Disney is something they are able to make happen. I have not taken my daughter to Paris. It’s not something we have a lot of interest in at this time. I’d love to take her to Europe when she’s older, though! However, just because she hasn’t traveled the world doesn’t mean she doesn’t know about other cultures.  Through our family, friends, and her school, we’ve made sure that she is exposed to other cultures. And *shockingly* Disney has been a part of that exposure. She’s learned traditional German dances, she’s sat with woodcarvers from Africa and listened as they shared how they learned the art form. She’s been taught Berber and Arabic words. She’s learned about Alebrijes and taught to play djembe. And she’s met, spoken to and befriended cast members (and other guests) from all over the globe. Disney has only increased her knowledge of world cultures.

The post also blamed Disney and princess culture for causing body image issues for women. While I don’t disagree that film and media often portray a very skewed ideal of beauty, I don’t think we can put the blame solely on Disney princesses. (Especially when you’re basing that assessment on films from the 1930s and 40s, which were based on fairytales from centuries ago. I think Merida, Mulan, and Moana have done a great job showing my girl that Disney princesses don’t need a prince to prove their worth.)  Certainly our girls (and boys) are influenced by what they see around them, but my daughter isn’t only surrounded by Cinderella and Tinkerbell. She has female doctors, lawyers, writers, artists, scientists, teachers, musicians, athletes, nurses, social workers, all shapes and sizes, all different religions and races and ethnicity, different sexual and gender identities, different levels of education and socioeconomic status, some with physical disabilities, some with cognitive disabilities and challenges. She is surrounded by all different women.  Strong women. Brave women. Amazing women. 

She has never told me that she wants to be a princess when she grows up. But, she knows that she can be ANYTHING she wants (except President. I don’t want my kid to be president, it’s a terribly stressful job) She can be a stay at home mom, or a high-powered corporate executive. She can be a doctor or a nurse or a dentist or a vet (but I’m trying to explain to her that unless Dr. Henry Wu finds some funding and a new lab space, “Dinosaur Vet” is not going to be a lucrative career path) She can join the military, she can be an actress, she can be the first female pro baseball player, she can be a painter, she can be an astrophysicist. She can be a Disney Princess and bring smiles to the faces of thousands of little girls in Disney World.  She can be anything. There is no asterisk. Anything means anything.14721643_10154048452956452_1970799903050460267_n

She also knows she doesn’t need a prince (though she has a few suitors already) She has told me “I am never getting married!” just as many times she’s said “Mommy, I’m going to marry ____.” She’s told me she is going to adopt  baby, because she doesn’t think she wants to have a baby in her belly, and she doesn’t want a husband but she wants to be a mommy. Snow White isn’t my daughter’s most important teacher, I AM. And I think I’m doing a pretty alright job.

Our family loves Disney. And it’s ok if you don’t. You have your reasons, but perhaps, before you judge, take a moment to understand why so many of us do love it.29579_10151172241651452_976562929_n 13138931_10153617629706452_540310698663810381_n

I’ve been visiting Disney World since I was 3. Vacations there, with my  grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins are some of my fondest memories. My grandparents are no longer with us, and my daughter never got to meet them, but we can visit Biergarten in Germany and I can tell Avery stories about watching my nana and poppa dancing together to the German band. I can see Avery watching the parade from her daddy’s shoulders and have those butterfly feelings, reminding me of when I used to watch the parade from my daddy’s shoulders. I get to take her on her first roller coaster just like my dad took me back in 1985.

When Dave and I first met, he had never been to Disney World. It wasn’t something he ever really cared to do since he doesn’t like “theme parks” When he walked down Main Street and saw the castle for the first time, he immediately understood. It was magical. He was a kid again. And he told me, “I can’t wait to bring our kids here someday!”199503_10150110170521452_5418864_n

Now we get to experience the magic through the eyes of our child. And let me tell you, that is absolutely amazing. Because to her, it’s all real. And it is incredible and beautiful to witness the power of magic in that way.10622963_10152480098426452_702883171057106534_n

So why do we love it so much?  Why did I visit so often, even before I had a child? For me it is truly magical, it is a happy and safe place. A place where the stress and worries of things at home disappear and I can be a kid again. The turning point for me, was a trip when I was a teenager. It came at a time when my family was really struggling. We arrived at the Magic Kingdom, and it all melted away. There were no arguments, no stress, no fear. There was just love, and joy, and fun.

Sometimes, an escape from reality is what we all need. Friends have visited the parks after the sudden loss of a loved one–they said it helped them heal, and laugh again. Other friends have gone after a cancer diagnosis. Others after a major surgery. Others before a long and scary deployment.  Others as a final family trip after learning a family member didn’t have much time left. Disney gave them time to be together, having fun, laughing, finding joy when they needed it most.

When Avery was 8 months old, and I was DEEP in the grip of postpartum anxiety, ocd and ptsd, we went to Disney World. For the previous 8 months I was drowning. I didn’t think I’d ever come up for air. I was hopeless. Day after day I was hit with crippling anxiety and ocd that left me compulsively listening to police scanners and texting Dave, certain that he had died at work if he didn’t respond immediately.  When he’d get home, my rage would explode on him, blaming him for causing me so much stress. When we got to Disney World, I was ok. I felt safe. I felt joy that I hadn’t been able to feel for months. Disney saved me, Disney helped me to be the mom I was meant to be, Disney gave me a glimmer of hope that I was able to cling to like a life-raft, and I held on.

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These are just a couple stories…there are many more that I won’t share here because they are just for us. But, I could fill a book with the stories of magic we’ve experienced in Disney World, and on Disney Cruises. And there are millions of others who have stories like these.

For us Disney isn’t just about princesses and castles. It isn’t just rides and shows and food. It isn’t about money, or elitism. It’s about family, and joy, and love. It’s a place we can visit with our families, young and old, and feel happy and safe.

It’s about the amazing service. It’s about the incredible cast members who make you feel like the most important person in the world. The ones who appear, seemingly out of thin air, with another Mickey Bar after they saw you child drop theirs. Its the ones who will sit and talk about cheetahs until they lose their voice, because that 4 year old little girl has so much to say! The ones who call every gift shop on property to find that baby Pluto doll that your child can’t live without, and then it magically appears in her bed when you return to your room at the end of the day. It’s the Snow White who truly remembers your child year after year. It’s the photopass cm who sees you holding your daughter in front of the castle, and takes the pictures that make you cry tears of pure happiness when you discover them in your account. It the ones who put their arm around you, while you cry at the end of a tough day and tell you “You’re doing a great job, mom!” The cast members make it magical. 

Is it expensive? Yes, it is. But, for those of us who love it, our visits there are a priority. Some save for years, some are fortunate enough to be able to afford frequent visits. Some make cuts in other areas of their lives–maybe they don’t go out to eat, or the cut out cable, or they live in a smaller house with a smaller mortgage (ahem) I don’t judge anyone who chooses to go elsewhere for vacation.

We all make choices, and for many of us, Disney is that choice.

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Below are some quotes from friends sharing why they love Disney. Please take a moment to read, and understand why, while it may not be for you, it is for others. Have a magical day!  

“It’s a place where all members of the family can feel young at heart. In addition to this, my autistic child feels free to be who he is. Cast members don’t judge and help all in need.” B.L.

“Cause it’s always happy” C.H. -age 538159479_10217441129686800_7305640934140542976_n

“After a terrible and embarrassing meltdown from my preschooler which then caused a fight with my spouse, and left me standing there in tears, with a broken stroller. An older gentleman CM put his arm around me and let me know it was ok. He said “She’s tired, he’s tired, and you are tired. You’ll all be ok when you get some rest. I see this many times a day, all this magic can be overwhelming for everyone, but you’re doing a good job, mom, and you’ll all be fine.” S.L.11160_10151737091641452_1606745508_n

“I have no idea why, but whenever we arrive, we’re all just happy. We never argue when we’re there.” S.T.

“We went to Disney with “The Make A Wish” foundation! We could have gone literally anywhere in the world including Rome or Paris or wherever! My daughter, my beautiful, very sick (at the time), barely able to walk, bald daughter wanted Disney! I wanted to give her make believe and that is what Disney is. It’s a fantasy world filled with princesses and romance and cartoon characters with high pitched voices, bright colors and punchy music! It’s exactly what she needed!  It’s exactly what every kid needs! Because unless you live in a glass tower, this world can be terrifying and ugly and filled with hate. Disney is everything reality is not. It’s why people go there!” M.T-S.

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“Disney is a place where me and my family connect with one another. No video games, or TV .. no iPads or laptops .. just good old family time.” M.M.

“I had a tough upbringing, no money, dysfunctional home life. So a trip to Disney–or anywhere really!–wasn’t on my radar, not something I thought I’d ever get to do. When I got married and had my sons, this was something I really wanted to be able to do for them. We saved and planned and brought them on what we thought would be a once-in-a-lifetime trip when they were 5 and 7. They’re 16 and 18 now and we’re going back next month for our ninth visit! And they’re still just as excited. There’s so much pressure on kids now–have to have perfect grades, extracurricular activities, testing, college applications, fitting in, etc., etc.,–this is one place they can “run away” to and just be a kid. Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, it’s commercialized. But it’s all about your family and what you bring to it. For us, it’s a place with lots of amazingly happy memories and a chance to forget all the everyday pressures and schedules and chores and responsibilities and…and…and… Mom can wear her Mickey ears. Dad can talk like a pirate. We can scream on a roller coaster. Give a big hug to a favorite character. We can just have fun as a family, something that’s all too often overlooked! “ C.M.

“I love it for so many reasons and I’m not sure I’ll be able to articulate it in a way that captures why I enjoy it so much.

It might sound cliche, but I adore how magical it is. I can become a little girl again (even at my age) and absorb & experience the wonder of it all. I enjoy bringing my children, but I’d have just as much fun without them either by myself or just with other adults. Disney is truly a place for everyone no matter your age.” M.B.

“Disney is a magical place for the young and young at heart. It provides an escape from reality into a fantasy world in which Disney has mastered. Disney was meant for the young and old. It brings smiles and joy to anyone and everyone.” S.K.

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The BEST memories we have made as a family are at Walt Disney World. They are the best for me because when I was a little girl I dreamed of the day I would go to Walt Disney World with my own family.  I actually have a full wall in my house just full of pictures from our Disney vacations. It was Walt Disney himself that said, “A dream is a wish your heart makes.” When I am in Disney with my family I turn into the ultimate kid. What’s so great is that I get to experience the ultimate childhood only in my 30’s. Hey, it’s better late than never. I can not begin to describe the joy that I feel watching my kids at Disney.  I get to take those moments of their happiness with me. “ N.E.

“Our first trip as a family was when N was 5 and T was 2. One night after dinner, my husband took the little one back to the hotel and I surprised N and took him back to the Magic Kingdom at night. Watching the fireworks together that night was so amazing. I remembered watching them with my parents when I was a kid and doing that with my own son was surreal. Going to Disney as a kid is so fun and memorable. But being a parent and watching your kids experience it for the first time is truly magical!” J.D.

“It’s as if the whole (outside) world disappears as soon as you enter the gates.” J.B.Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing

“I love Disney because I have many happy memories there! While everyone else would ride Space Mountain, and I was too afraid to, Nana would take me on the People Mover. We’d ride it over and over again (there was never a line), and I loved every minute of that time spent. It’s not just a ride anymore. It’s a very happy memory.” A.R.

“My son has special needs making every day tasks most people take for granted very challenging. He can become frustrated and struggle with his self esteem. He has loved Disney World since he was 14 months old. It has been his happy place, his safe zone. He can be himself and truly feel accepted there. His smile is carefree and genuine; as a mother I’d do anything to give him these experiences as often as I can. Personally, I have worked as a manager in the foster care system for 12 years. My every day is filled with horrors most people dont want to know about. Most of the children I know have been abused or neglected, often severely. My emotional and physical health is significantly impacted from the stress of this. I need Disney. I need over the top, sparkly, happy, magic. I need to be consumed in a fantasy land where people spoil the shit out of their kids to make the world right again. I love it. I will always love it. I will sacrifice to be able to go. And no one can change my mind.” J.Y.38404947_10157766712158569_8759697671205158912_n

“ I’ve always said they just do things right.” C.D.

“MAGICAL! PERIOD.” M.M.38198958_10214872632403562_1934265571457630208_n

Disney is the ONLY vacation where I can truly relax. We have a whirlwind of things going with our family. Special needs kid who has sensory issues and me with food allergies, it’s usually a special brand of hell picking a destination. Disney provides a safe space where we can all have fun, have the quiet spots pointed out and be safe at every meal. My favorite story goes like this: I had a girls dinner with some friends at Sanaa. We alerted them to my nut allergy and at dessert, Chef Chris came out with a concerned look…the pudding we thought was safe, HAZELNUTS. And we had no idea. So, he whips me up this DREAM dessert which had the rest of the table jealous! So, in another place, I may have ended up in the hospital because of this. Disney, nope! They also accept my “flappy happy” kid and make him feel normal.” L.F.

As much as I adore my little family, I didn’t have the best anticipations about Disney. But I will say that it turned out really well.  And we DID have a lot of fun.  It was crazy busy, crazy hot and crazy tiring – and we were all cranky and complainy at certain points – but oddly enough, I kinda did feel the magic.  I drank the Disney Kool-Aid. There really is something for everyone. We’re not running back any time soon – but I will admit that I’m sold. It’s a right of passage for a family and I’m overjoyed that we did it.” M.J.

38264049_10215095180987440_8517711869354442752_nI grew up with a season pass to Disneyland, we went weekly, sometimes more. We went to Disney World at least every other year, if not more. i grew up on Disney movies, I love the princesses, as a kid I didn’t think about the adult concepts that we put on them. Now as an adult, I still love the original princess movies that depict stories much much older than Disney. They bring to life the fairy tales my parents read to me. They encourage imagination and hours of imaginary play. I am one of those adults that very much loves going to Disney as an adult and without kids because it lets me relive all those happy childhood memories. What I love about Disney as a parent is seeing the magic come alive in my children’s eyes. When they get to meet their favorite character, or go on a ride that brings their favorite story to life, it’s a feeling that I will never forget. Disney doesn’t force girls to be princesses, as evidenced by oldest wearing a prince costume. She can love to be daring like Mulan and explore the galaxy like Buzz or fight like a Jedi. My youngest loves fashion, it is in her bones and getting to wear amazing princess costumes is who she is, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to be a police officer when she grows up. We need to stop putting our own expectations on it and realize that to a child it is only about the Magic. That is what Disney creates and I for one love watching that magic come alive, because childhood is only as long as they believe in that magic and ultimately, that time is so short. “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ― Albert Einstein” K.B.38136131_10215095175507303_973663176128200704_n

“We love Disney and have had many magical moments but the one that sticks out the most to me is when we went for a weekend but on Friday night we drove to Tampa to go to our daughters Architecture Open House. We were staying at Fort Wilderness in our RV while my Mom was staying at All Star Movies. When we got back late Friday night I drove my Mom over to her hotel as her night vision isn’t the best. I was then going to take a bus to MK and catch the ferry back to FW as our campsite was just outside the settlement (200 loop). The MK bus was at ASM when I was walking up so I said I quick goodnight to my Mom as to not miss the bus. The bus driver saw us both and asked if my Mom was coming too and I explained what we were doing. Well I ended up being the only passenger on the bus so he radioed in and got permission to drive me straight to FW and drop me off at the settlement so I didn’t need to get any other bus or transportation. I don’t remember the gentleman’s name any more but I did write a nice letter thanking him for that little bit of magic as my Mom was worried about me getting back safely.” L.H.

“When we were there M  who is on the spectrum, has an anxiety disorder and speech disorder was completely comfortable and spoke to cast members and characters without prompting and without speech difficulties. And S decided then that she not only wanted to be an engineer, but an Imagineer so she could build Disney. And S’s all time favorite character is Figment (next to Daisy Duck) because she feels your imagination is the most important thing to have.” H.K. “

“A CM working the trashcans saw we were hot and gave us a wet washcloth so we could cool down.” K.B

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“One year we went to Disney and stayed in a few different hotel rooms. My oldest son, who has autism, had brought his “travel buddy” a stuffed animal that he brings on every trip. As we’re packing to go to the airport, my son realizes he can’t find it. At that point, we’re afraid that the trip will be ruined and he’ll forever think of Disney World as “that place I lost my travel buddy.” We went to the hotel desk and spoke with them. They told us that they NEVER throw away stuffed animals that are left behind and they’ll not only look for it, but will mail it to us free of charge. By the time we were waiting for airport security, Disney called us to let us know they found his buddy. A week or so later, a small box arrived that held the lost buddy. This might seem like a little thing, but it kept the trip from being ruined for my son.

Second story: One year we were at Disney World so my wife could attend a conference. While she was there, the boys and I went to Epcot to meet characters. My oldest son REALLY wanted to meet Beast, but when we got to France, only Belle was there. The boys meet Belle and my oldest mentioned that he wanted to meet Beast. They got a photo with Belle and got her autograph and we left. An hour later, we saw a line for Belle and noticed Belle AND Beast coming out. We waited on line and, when it was our turn, Belle introduced my boys to Beast BY NAME and told Beast that my oldest really wanted to meet him. How many kids does Belle meet in an hour’s time? The fact that she remembered my sons’ names and my oldest’s desire to meet Beast made them feel like the most important kids in the park.” J.L.

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Thank you so much to all my friends and family who shared their thoughts, stories, and beautiful photos! Love you all and hope to see you in the parks! <3

 

And if you do decide to go to Disney World, you’ll definitely want to check out

Toy Story Land  (Awesome review and photos from Our Potluck Family)

Red Sox Round-Up – August Events

I am a proud member of the Red Sox Parents. We are provided with tickets to Sox games and events in exchange for sharing this great info with all of you! All opinions are our own, for love of the game! RED SOX events august

We’re heading into August, which (sadly) means we’re more than halfway through regular season . BUT don’t worry, there is still time to catch a game at Fenway! The Red Sox have a whole bunch of great events in store this month… Check ’em out!


Fenway concert series AugustFenway Concert Series | August 9, 10, & 11 

Thursday, August 9  – Jimmy Buffet 

Live Nation and the Boston Red Sox are excited to announce that the wait is over! Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band has been added to the Plainridge Park Casino Fenway Concert Series – one night only on Thursday, August 9, 2018 – as part of Jimmy Buffett’s “Son of A Son of A Sailor” Tour 2018. TICKETS

Friday, August 10  – Billy Joel  

Live Nation and the Boston Red Sox are excited to announce the return of legendary musician Billy Joel, who will take the Fenway Park stage on Friday, August 10, 2018 for an unprecedented 5th consecutive year. TICKETS

Saturday, August 11  – Journey & Def Leppard

The Boston Red Sox and Live Nation are excited to announce that two of the world’s greatest rock bands – Journey and Def Leppard – will take the Fenway Park stage on Saturday, August 11 when they team up for a massive co-headlining North American tour. TICKETS

 

showcaseSunday, August 10, 11, 12, 15 | Red Sox Showcase

The Red Sox Showcase, powered by T-Mobile will bring Red Sox baseball and Fenway Park to towns across New England all summer long. The truck will carry a batting cage, pitching stations, a steal 2nd challenge, giant jenga, and a virtual reality experience.

8/10/2018 Worcester Neighborhood Health Fair Family Health Center of Worcester 26 Queen Street, Worcester, MA 01610 11am-3pm
8/11/2018 Faneuil Hall Faneuil Hall Marketplace 4 S Market Street, Boston, MA 02109 10am-2pm
8/15/2018 Tenacity Community Event Beren Tennis Center, Harvard University 65 N Harvard St, Boston, MA 02134 10am-2pm

red sox out of the parkOut of the Park | Sunday, August 12  | Boston Common

“Out of the Park” is a free event featuring a live viewing of the 1:05 p.m. August 12 Red Sox – Orioles in Boston Common with the Sox Showcase, caricaturists, balloon artists, face painters Red Sox Mascot Wally the Green Monster, his sister Tessie, and a live DJ throughout the day.

“Out of the Park” is free and open to the public.
For more information, please visit: highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/out-park

cutMovie Night | Tuesday, August 15  | Jurassic Park

The Red Sox will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park by screening the blockbuster on the video board at Fenway Park. Fans are invited to walk the warning track from 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. ahead of the movie beginning at 8 p.m. Concessions will be available. Tickets are $10; $5 for under 12. redsox.com/movienight


cutSaturday, August 18
 ft. City Rivals  & Sunday, August 19 ft. Dalton & The Sheriffs | Fenway Rooftop Sessions

The Fenway Rooftop Sessions, presented by vineyard vines is a new and unique way to enjoy the game. With scheduled dates throughout the season, tickets include a pregame performance from a local Boston band, plus a ticket to the game. Fenway Rooftop Sessions

 

 

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Monday, August 20
 | Peanuts Night

Join us on Monday, August 20, as we celebrate as one of the most popular comic strip of all-time, “Peanuts”. This ticket package includes a ticket to the game against the Indians, as well as a limited edition bobblehead of Snoopy in a Red Sox uniform! Be sure to add this to your collection.  Buy Tickets HERE
special olympics night red soxMonday, August 20
 | Special Olympics Night

Join us as we celebrate Special Olympics Night at Fenway Park on August 20th. Bring your family, friends, and athletes for an evening of fun watching the Boston Red Sox take on the Cleveland Indians. Buy Tickets HERE

rehab night red soxMonday, August 20 | Rehabilitative Services Night

Join us as we celebrate Rehabilitative Service Night at Fenway Park on August 20th. Bring your family, friends, and co-workers for an evening of fun celebrating members of the Rehabilitative Services community. Don’t forget to arrive early to see a special pre-game ceremony honoring Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapist on the field.  Buy tickets HERE

For groups of 20 or more please contact Gennifer Davidson at gdavidson@redsox.com or 617-226-6285.

 


got redsoxTuesday, August 21
 | Game of Thrones Night

Baseball is coming to Fenway Park! Join us on Tuesday, August 21, as we celebrate the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning series, Game of Thrones®. Ticket packages purchased through this special offer will include a Game of Thrones / Red Sox ‘K’ Slayer Chris Sale

 

bobblehead. Be there to help us Defend The Wall against our enemies from the west, the Cleveland Indians.

Fans who purchase this special Game of Thrones ticket package will have the chance to sit on the Dragonstone Throne for a photo opportunity and see the Map Table of Westeros from 5 p.m. to 5:40 p.m. This opportunity is available on a first-come, first-served basis.* redsox/promotions

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Tuesday, August 23 | #SoxPromos | Wally & Tessie Headphones

All children under 14 in attendance will receive a pair of Wally & Tessie headphones

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Tuesday, August 23 | #SoxPromos | Puzzle Cube

The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Red Sox Puzzle Cube

kids run the bases red soxThursday, August 23 | #SoxPromos | Kids Run the Bases

After the game, kids will have the opportunity to run the bases at Fenway Park! redsox.com/promos

fenway latino festivalSunday, August 26 | Latino Family Festival

A family health and fitness festival starting at 11 a.m., with musical acts beginning at 3 p.m.

Tickets are all general admission for just $10!  Buy tickets HERE

So  there you have it fans!! Grab your tickets now, and fill up your calendar with fun events at Fenway and beyond!

 

Movie Night at Fenway – Jurassic Park

I am a proud member of the Red Sox Parents. We are provided with tickets to Sox games and events in exchange for sharing this great info with all of you! All opinions are our own, for love of the game! cut

Ok, I don’t want to make anyone feel old, but…

Did you know that the original Jurassic Park is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year? Seriously. Weren’t the 90s just ten years ago?

Jurassic Park is one of my all time favorite movies and the films that followed also hold a special place in my heart! My dad and I *may* have even written lyrics to the theme. It *may* have gone something like this…

Don’t go out
After dark
In Jur-a-a-a-ssic Park
You’ll be eaten for sure
By a di-i-i-nosaur

Thank you, thank you. I agree, it is some of our best work.

So, anyway…

On Tuesday, August 14th the Red Sox will host a screening of the (best) film (ever!) Jurassic Park will be shown on the videoboard in center field at Fenway Park!! How cool is that?

To ensure the best viewing on the 40 by 100-foot videoboard, fans in attendance will be seated in the lower seating bowl and down the first base line. Fenway Park gates will open at 6:45 p.m.and the movie will begin at 8 p.m. Attendees will be invited to walk the warning track from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., weather and field work permitting. Concessions will be available.

Tickets for “Movie Night at Fenway Park,” presented by Fandango, are available now at redsox.com/movienight or by calling (877) REDSOX-9. General admission tickets for the public are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The event is free for Red Sox Season Ticket Holders.

See you in the park!

 

 

Red Sox Round-Up – July Events

I am a proud member of the Red Sox Parents. We are provided with tickets to Sox games and events in exchange for sharing this great info with all of you! All opinions are our own, for love of the game! RED SOXWow! How are we almost halfway through this month?!  Summer is flying by, and we’re just a few day away from the All-Star break! Which reminds me… don’t forget to #VoteBenny

I wanted to give you a heads up on the great events that the Red Sox have planned for the rest of the month. The Sox are on fire and it’s a great time to catch a game!

red sox wwe nightWednesday, July 11 | WWE Night

Tuesday Night SmackDown is switching to Wednesday for the Red Sox WWE Night. Pedroia is stepping into the ring –  or at least his bobblehead is – as the limited edition giveaway item fan will receive with the special ticket purchase. In addition, 50 fans with tickets will be selected for a photo opportunity with WWE Jamaican sensation Kofi Kingston before the game! redsox.com/wwe

kids run the bases red soxSunday, July 15 | #SoxPromos | Kids Run the Bases

After the game, kids will have the opportunity to run the bases at Fenway Park! redsox.com/promos

cutSaturday, July 28 ft. Will Dailey  & Sunday, July 29 ft. Parsonsfield | Fenway Rooftop Sessions

The Fenway Rooftop Sessions, presented by vineyard vines is a new and unique way to enjoy the game. With scheduled dates throughout the season, tickets include a pregame performance from a local Boston band, plus a ticket to the game. Fenway Rooftop Sessions

red sox grateful dead nightMonday, July 30 | Grateful Dead Night

Dead Heads will take over Fenway for the Red Sox annual Grateful Dead Tribute Night featuring a special pregame concert by tribute band Bearly Dead on Jersey Street and a Grateful Dead Red Sox t-shirt (available to those who purchase the special event tickets). A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Rex Foundation. redsox.com/gratefuldead

bogaerts bobbleTuesday, July 31 | #SoxPromos | Bogaerts Splash Bobblehead

The first 10,000 fans at Fenway Park will receive a Bogaerts splash bobblehead. redsox.com/promos

Don’t miss out on these great events!  (Just wait til you see what August has in store!)

5 Reasons to Choose Teamworks Camp This Summer

*Disclosure – We received a summer camp experience in exchange for this review.  All opinions are our own, and we are so happy to share our love of Teamworks Camp with all our readers!*

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Schoooooooooools out for summer!!

And what the heck am I going to do with this child of mine for eleventy thousand weeks of vacation???

Growing up, I looked forward to my summers at camp. From town camp, to Art Camp, to a camp just for girls, to Law Camp…I had fun, learned new skills, and made many memories & friends!  I couldn’t wait for Avery to be old enough to attend camp and have similar experiences.

Over the last two summers, Avery has attended camp at Teamworks in Warwick. Starting with half-day camp when she was 4 years old, and full day camp last year at age 5.  This year, Avery will be spending 5 weeks of her summer at Teamworks and she couldn’t be more excited!

 

One of the things I love about Teamworks camp is that their schedule is great for working families. So many camps run shorter hours like 9am to 1pm. Some offer “later” pick up at 4pm. This doesn’t work for those who work a regular 9 to 5 schedule.  Teamworks Warwick offers an earlier drop off (between 8 and 9am)  and while camp ends at 4pm, you can opt to extend your camp day to as late as 6pm! SO convenient!!

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This is just one of the many reason we choose Teamworks Warwick as our go-to summer program. But there are many other reasons that you should send your kiddo to Teamworks camp this summer!

Keep ‘Em Active
I hear parents talk all the time about how t hey’ll keep their kids busy and active during summer vacation. It can be easy to fall into a cycle of sleeping late (not that there is anything wrong with that!) and spending most of your time lounging around, watching TV or on tablets and gaming systems.  A little of that is fine, but doing that every day makes for a boring summer. At Teamworks camp, your kids will be running, playing, learning, creating, having fun — all day, every day!

Camp Friends are the Best Friends!
When Avery attended her first week of camp, she didn’t know anyone. Now, going into year 3, she has her “camp friends”  that she looks forward to seeing year after year! She also makes new friends each summer (and each session!) which is perfect for our little social butterfly, but also great for kids who may have a bit more trouble making friends.  Camp is free from the pressures and expectations of school, and kids can just relax and have fun together. It often allows them to open up, and make friends easily.

Counselors You’ll Never Forget!
I will never forget my favorite counselors from art camp, Mike and Brianne. They were both incredibly creative, kind, and fun! In fact, I idolized Brianne to the point of trying to copy her signature style (birkenstocks, baggy jeans and a plain white T) for the rest of that summer. Avery has been blessed to have AMAZING counselors at Teamworks. She too has asked for specific style shorts and sneakers “Just like Coach!!” The counselors are Teamworks have truly blown me away with their professionalism, enthusiasm, energy, and love for the campers in their care. I know that Avery is safe and well taken care of when I drop her off each morning, and that peace of mind is invaluable.

New Experiences and Continued Growth!
Soccer, Basketball,skateboarding, flag football, lacrosse, parkour…Teamworks offers specialized camps, beyond their all-sport and traditional camps. Kids have the opportunity to try a new sport, or continue to develop their skills in a sport they already play.  Even in the Traditional camps, kids will learn new skills and games and have new experiences.  Camp also offers kids a chance to become more independent,  build confidence, and learn life-long skills.

Affordability!
I’m a mom of one, and I’ve found that there are many camps that are just out of reach for our family, financially. One week at some of these camps could be equal to a mortgage payment for some families.  Teamworks strives to provide families with a safe and fun summer camp experience at an affordable price.They proudly offer high quality programming at a low cost to the community. They even offer loyalty discounts! So, the more weeks your register for, the more you save!

Teamworks Camp Counselors are SUPER!

Teamworks Camp Counselors are SUPER!

Another benefit of Teamworks camps, and probably my personal favorite, is that they offer lunch! That’s right, you do not need to pack lunches every day! Campers can purchase lunch and snack through Teamworks or bring their own if you prefer. Avery will be buying her lunch daily, so I don’t have to deal with her list of foods she suddenly will not eat.

OH! And I can’t forget about the theme days!!!!   You all know how much I…I mean, Avery loves a theme day! The campers and counselors really get into it and it’s just one more thing that makes Teamworks Camp so special!

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Teamworks Warwick has camps running weekly from June 11th – August 31st.  Kids can choose from these different camp options:

  • Multisport
  • Traditional
  • Soccer
  • One on One Basketball
  • Flag Football
  • Parkour
  • Baseball
  • Skateboarding
  • Challenger Soccer
  • Travel Camp

Multisport and traditional are offered every week, while the others are offered only on certain weeks.

There are half day camp options for kids who don’t need or may not be ready for the full day.

You can find more information, and register for camp HERE  And please let them know Avery sent you 😉
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We hope to see you at Teamworks Camp this summer!!

Preparing Your Home and Pets for Summer Travel

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FreeandCleanLiving #CollectiveBias

pREPARING YOUR HOME AND PETS FOR SUMMER TRAVEL

Summer vacation is right around the corner, and so many of us will be taking this time to travel, even if just for a weekend or day trips. We don’t have anything planned yet, but I’m sure our family will find ourselves hopping in the car to speed off on a little getaway or two!

When we travel, our cat, India, stays home to enjoy some peace and quiet. My parents come a few times a week to check on her. Daisy, our dog, either comes with us or spends the week at the doggy resort.  India gets full reign over the house without the dog, or Avery pestering her. India LOVES when we go away! We give her a full hopper of food, (and remind her not to eat it all at once) we leave her favorite catnip toys out so she stays active while we’re gone, and we set out some cozy blankets around the house in her favorite resting spots. We also make sure to leave her with a clean litter box. There are few things worse than coming home from vacation to find that your house smells like animals, or worse–finding that your pets left you some unwanted *surprises* outside the litter box.

On our last trip, we started using New TIDY CATS® Free & Clean™ Unscented Clumping Litter.  I prefer unscented litter because the after awhile, I start to associate the fragrance of the other litters with litter box odor. So while some may smell “Fragrant Fresh Clean Honey Blossom By The Sea” All I smell is litter box.

Tidy Cats® knows powerful odor control is at the top of your list of litter must-haves…but sometimes added fragrances and dyes just aren’t what you want. Free & Clean offers you the odor-absorbing power of activated charcoal plus TidyLock® Protection to lock away odors—giving you the clean you need free of the stuff you don’t. It is our go-to litter, especially when we travel.unscented cat litter

We pick it up at Target (where else would we go??) It’s convenient since we can purchase all our travel necessities there.  Travel toiletries, sunblock, smoke alarm batteries, cat food, etc. Everything we need to prepare for vacation is available at Target! And I am there every day, anyway! Tidy Cats at Target

Target is also running a great coupon through the Cartwheel app and you don’t want to miss out.  You can get $10 off on your pet care purchase of $40 or more. I stocked up on litter, a new litter box, new toys, food, and an adorable cat tent (because what cat doesn’t want a tent??) and took advantage of that great deal!

Now we have everything our cat needs for our future trips! So how do we prep for vacation?  Well, here are a few of our tips for preparing your home AND your pets for summer travel:

  1. Make it look like someone is home:
    1. Put a hold on your mail and newspaper delivery or have a friend or neighbor pick it up daily.
    2. Put lights on a timer. An outdoor motion sensor light is also a great idea.
    3. Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway, or move your car every now and then, so it looks like someone is home.
    4. If you’ll be gone awhile, consider hiring someone to mow the lawn.
  2. Turn it off, Unplug it, Turn it down:
    1. Unplug all small appliances.
    2. Turn off your water at the main valve .
    3. Turn down your a/c or heat to save electricity/fuel.
    4. Turn down your hot water heater.
    5. Check/replace batteries in your smoke detector.
  3. Clean up:
    1. Throw out food in the fridge that may go bad while you’re gone.
    2. Take out the trash.
    3. Wash the sink, and garbage disposal.
    4. Add a toilet cleaner tab to your toilets to prevent bacteria build up and staining.
  4. Prepare your pets:
    1. If you are boarding or traveling with your pet make sure they are up to date on all required vaccinations.
    2. If your pets will be staying home, look into hiring a dog walker and/or pet sitter to care for your pets while you’re gone.
    3. Even if your pets do not require a ton of care while you’re gone, ask a friend or family member to at least check in on them.
    4. Clean up anything that could be a temptation to your pets while you’re away. (plants, shoes, piles of clothing, small toys, etc.)
    5. Purchase automated food dishes.
    6. Clean out the litter box, and fill it with fresh litter (we recommend New TIDY CATS® Free & Clean™ Unscented Clumping Litter)
  5. Other Tips:
    1. Don’t announce your travel plans publicly on social media.
    2. Make sure everything is locked and secure. This includes pet doors!
    3. Do not leave a spare key outside. Give keys to anyone who may need them.
    4. Notify your security company that you will be traveling.
    5. Notify your credit card company of your travel plans.

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It is important to us, as I am sure it is to everyone, the ensure that our home is safe and secure when we are out of town. And our pet’s comfort is a major priority as well.  I’m happy that we’ve found a cat liter that we can trust has benefits for her (no scents, no dyes, and 99.9% dust free) and works well for us (Unscented Odor Control with the Power of Activated Charcoal, tight clumps for easy scooping, and TidyLock Protection to lock away odors.)

What are your best tips and tricks for prepping your home and your pets for travel? Please share them in the comments!

black catIndia can’t wait for our next vacation!