Saturday, August 1, 2015

8/1/15: Middlesex Sheriff's Office Youth Public Safety Academy

Last week Evan was in the Middlesex Sheriff's Office Youth Public Safety Academy.  He had a blast and learned such awesome safety skills from our Sheriff's Office, and local Police Officers and Fire Fighters.
I love this week long camp for kids ages 9 to 11.  It teaches kids awesome safety skills including emergency preparedness, about Internet safety and bullying prevention.  One day they went on a field trip to the Police Station and Fire Station.  Every day they did fun activities and received breakfast and lunch.  It was an amazing value at only $75!  One day they went to the Boys and Girls Club and did obstacle courses.  Evan loved that. 
Evan was excited to hold the flag at graduation.  It is really cute that they have a graduation ceremony.
So cute.  Each team made a team flag.  They were called the Swaggin Patrol Squad.
All of the team flags.
All the cadets during their graduation.
There were three towns included.  Evan was happy to have some of his friends from school in his group.
Here is Sheriff Koutoujian talking to the cadets.  He spoke positive words to the kids including telling them they can be whatever they want to be if they work hard. 
Checking out his certificate.
I highly recommend sending your kids if you get the chance.

8/1/15: Nails and more at SunSations in Billerica

I love getting manicures, in fact I have had people tell me my nails should have their own Instagram.  Friends will always grab my hand to see what color or design I have as I try something new and fun every time.  I started going to SunSations Tanning and Nails in Billerica, MA four years ago and go every three weeks.  I love getting Gelish Gel Polish as it has no drying time and says on without chips for three weeks!  Plus at SunSations they have such awesome nail technicians that do such cool nail art that you can have nails for all seasons.
I love trying out all different colors and designs and they are great about recommending some beautiful options.
Often times I have gone in and they have painted some options on an artificial nail to show me some cool things that can be done.
I have also gone in with a picture from Instagram or Pinterest and they can reproduce beautiful designs I see.
I love this one for Easter with an egg and flower. 

I love my Halloween nails.
There are lots of cool glitter options that I love.
Pink with some glitter.
My absolute favorite nails that I do for our annual trip to Walt Disney World is my Disney nails.  Love them!
There are so many options for colors for Gelish which is wonderful.  Plus they have many nail polishes next to the Gelish colors for pedicures.
If you don't want a Gel manicure there are tons of color options for regular nail polish.
I love that they are also awesome with kids and the price is right.  They charge your child's age.  So Lauren can get her nails done for $8.  In fact we went today as we are going to Hershey PA and did super cute M&Ms nails.
Lauren loves coming with me and getting cool nails and being pampered. 
 How cute are these M&M nails?
They also do wonderful pedicures with many options.  If you just need a foot soak, polish change and nail cleanup you can get a Mini Pedicure.  There are also options for more deluxe Spa Pedicures.  You can check out all options here.
Plus there is tanning.  I tried out the Spray Tan in the VersaSpa and it worked really well.  It talks you through to let you know when you need to turn and is super quick.  My tan looked natural and even.
Check them out:
Disclosure:  I was provided with a manicure in exchange for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Friday, July 31, 2015

7/31/15: Red Sox Kids Press Conference with Brock Holt and Family Fun at Fenway #RedSoxMoms

As a part of the Red Sox Moms I get some pretty awesome opportunities.  I think I landed Mother of the Year with the experience at Fenway Park that I was able to offer the kids this week.  We started our day meeting Wally the Green Monster, a Kids Press Conference with Brock Holt and NESN's Gary Striewski, then got to try some Fenway cuisine, watched batting practice, went up to the Monster seats, checked out the Kid's Concourse, and then of course watched the game with a special ceremony for Pedro Martinez!  What an amazing day and any Red Sox Fans dream!
We did not know which player the Kids would get to interview but Evan was very excited when he saw it was Brock Holt who was in the 2015 All Star Game!

Here is a close up where you can see Brock, Gary, Evan (right below Gary) and Lauren (on the right).
Before we left for the Kids Press Conference the kids spent some time coming up with questions.  Lauren was very organized writing her questions down on a piece of paper.  They made sure to prepare a few questions just in case someone else asked what they wanted to ask.  Evan went first asking Brock what he liked to do aside from baseball.
Brock was very down to earth.  In fact he told Evan he is a very chill guy and likes to hang out and watch TV, hang out with his wife and likes relaxing.  Kids asked some good questions about what other sports he played, what sports figures he looked up to, what is his favorite position and more.
 Then Lauren asked a question.  She asked how long their practices are.
 Parts of the Press Conference will air on Sunday, August 2nd on NESN on NESN Clubhouse. 
Here is the one picture I got with his hat off.
 The kids took a group picture at the end of their Press Conference.
 Then we got to try out some of Fenway Park's cuisine.  Believe it or not they sell 10,000 hot dogs per game!  But that is not all they sell.  They have lots of great food options in the park that you would not expect.  They even have my favorite Clam Chowder.
They have also expanded their kids options to include chicken tenders and fries in a cool take home plate, Mac and Cheese bites, peanut butter and jelly, popcorn in a helmet, and even cotton candy with a light up bat!
We got to enjoy our food with a beautiful view of the field.
 Gorgeous!
 Then we headed down on to the field for batting practice.
 This is such an awesome experience to be on the field watching the players warm up.
 Awesome!
 We brought my Dad with us who had a blast.  He had never been on the field.
 Then we headed up to the seats on the Monster.
 These seats are very limited in number but have an awesome view of the game.
The best part about these seats is that a lot of balls get hit in to this area and Evan got one!!!
From there we headed over to the Kids Concourse to check things out.  There are lots of cool photo opportunities for kids.
 The Kids Concourse is a great addition to Fenway Park.
I think this could be one of my favorite pictures!!!!
 Kids can also see how fast they can throw.
 See how they compare in size to players.
 Mickey Mouse is even there!
Plus don't forget to check out Wally's Clubhouse which opens in the 3rd inning.  This area is a great place to come and cool off and entertain the kids.  There are games to play, coloring sheets and more for kids.  You can read more here.  Make sure to head there early in the 3rd inning if you want to see Wally and take a picture with him.
While we were there they had a ceremony for Pedro Martinez who was just inducted in to the Hall of Fame.
Before the game they had Pedro's plaque in the Gift Shop on Yawkey Way and the kids got to take a picture with it.
Despite the loss it was a great night for a game.  Beautiful weather and a wonderful day at Fenway Park!
A huge thank you to the Red Sox Organization for hosting us and to Brock Holt and NESN's Gary Striewski for the Kids Press Conference.
Disclosure:  I was provided with the Kids Press Conference, food, parking, batting practice access and Red Sox Game tickets for promotional purposes as part of the Red Sox Moms.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.