Thursday, January 25, 2018

Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show Information and BOGO

Who doesn't love summer fun out on the water? Get a taste of summer now by heading to the 2018 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show which drops anchor at the Boston Convention Center, February 10th -18th. There is so much to do and the family will have a ton of fun. Read on to learn what they have to offer and a buy one get one free deal!
Honestly I had not heard much about the Boat Show before but now that I see all there is to do it sounds like a lot of fun!  The New England Boat Show is an interactive, educational, immersive and entertaining experience attracts more than 50,000 marine enthusiasts of all ages and lifestyles. 
With something for every budget and level of interest the Show will feature 600 boats, 250 exhibitors and the best deals of the year for New Englanders prepping for another glorious summer on the water.
 The 2018 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show is Saturday, February 10 through Sunday, February 18, 2018 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210) 
Hours: Saturday, February 10: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM Sunday, February 11: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday - Friday, February 12-16: 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM Saturday, February 17: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM Sunday, February 18: 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Tickets: $16 for adults; FREE for children 12 and under (when accompanied by an adult) 
My Readers can Buy One Ticket and get one free by purchasing tickets here:
Use promo code “BOATGO”
Highlights include:
NEW! Progressive® Boat Club: Attendees can take the helm at Progressive’s NEW Oculus Rift virtual reality experience, putting themselves at the helm of a virtual boat race, navigating simulated waters, all while trying to beat the clock. For those looking to improve their nautical know-how the Annapolis School of Seamanship will be on deck with an array of hands-on boating courses and visitors can master docking skills at the docking pool with remote control model boats. Plus, exhausted attendees can relax, talk to Progressive experts, get a free quote and win prizes in Progressive Boat Club’s lounge area.
NEW! Touch-a-Boat Tour: An up-close opportunity for kids of all ages to explore an array of vessels, talk with captains, snap a pic at the helm and learn the ropes of life on the high seas. Kids get their very own boat show passport to collect stamps at 10 boat stops around the Show. That sounds super fun!
Climb aboard a real United States Coast Guard Boat, plus a variety of recreational boats from pontoons to cruisers and more! 
Hop on “Salt”, the life-size whale, a 40’ life-size inflatable Humpback whale to learn about safe boating around whales.
Build a toy boat to bring home as a nautical souvenir. 
NEW! Boating Career Day – The first official Marine Innovation and Career Day takes place on Monday 2/12 to highlight the importance of the marine industry in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Marine Trade Association and other industry leaders will address the next generation of students considering a career in recreational boating. In the Bay State alone, the recreational boating industry has an economic impact of $2.1 billion, with more than 140k registered boaters, boasting approximately 11k marine jobs and totaling more than $317 million in boat sales in 2016.
NEW! Gone Fishing – Goose Hummock Shops will be offering top-notch fishing seminars and kayak demos in two giant, brand new fiberglass water tanks, attendees can test lures, rods and reels, plus the latest kayaks.
Climb Aboard: Hundreds of the latest boat models under one roof for attendees to browse, board and buy for every lifestyle and budget ranging from luxury cruisers and sport fishers to center consoles and pontoon boats, plus marine accessories and much more. 
Dozens of boating seminars: With a special emphasis on fishing tips and advice on sailing and boating topics. 
Learn to Do It Yourself: Step into Fred’s Shed, an interactive garage with experts teaching the art of boat maintenance and repair.
Discover Boating Center: Unbiased information and affordable boats - some can even be financed for less than $250 per month!
Pets on Board Contest: Share your favorite photo of your pet living the boating life to win a pet life jacket! There are 3 ways to enter– Bring the photo to the Show, tag #petsonboard and #neboatshow on Instagram or Twitter, or post your photo as a comment on the designated Facebook post from 1/27/18.
Boston certainly is beautiful from the water.
Don't let this boat leave you at the dock! Make sure you head over to the Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show!
Disclosure: This is a compensated post on behalf of the Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show. As always all opinions are my own.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Valentine's Gifts from My Gift Stop and Giveaway for a $500 Gift Card

I feel like we are still just recovering from the holidays, but guess what Valentine's Day will be here before you know it. Don't worry though, My Gift Stop has you covered! With a beautiful array of jewelry, watches, sunglasses, bags, clocks, writing instruments and more there is plenty to shop from. Plus read on for a great giveaway they are hosting which includes a discount code for all!
Hubby hard to buy for? I know mine is and I struggle every year trying to figure out the perfect gift. Are you looking for valentine gifts for him? There are plenty of options at all price points. The watches are beautiful and very well priced. Many were discounted 100s of dollars.
I love this one. There are fancy ones and also more sports type watches including brands such as Bulova, Casio, Citizen, Invicta, Movado, Seiko and more!
I personally was excited about all the Disney watches! I love Disney so much and there is a great selection including my favorite mouse, Mickey Mouse! Does your hubby love Disney, check this out!
They have beautiful Disney watches for women too, John if you are reading, hint hint! I absolutely love these!
There are tons of fragrences for women and men too including Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Dolce and Gabanna and more.
Love this one. Isn't it gorgeous!
I am sure my husband would love this Swiss Army Knife and the price is great. What a wonderful all around tool.
There is gorgeous jewelry too with rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Plenty of options for that special person in your life. Would also be a great place to shop for Mother's Day!

Plus they are doing a giveaway for a $500 Gift Card to to one lucky winner!  Enter here.
What is wonderful also is that all other participants will receive a 10% off coupon via email good towards any products. Entry closes on Monday, February 5, 2018, at 11:59 PM EST Winner will be selected at random on Thursday, February 8, 2018. 
Get shopping! Valentine's Day will be here before you know it!

Disclosure: This is a compensated post for My Gift Stop however as always all opinions are my own.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Girls Guide To Cars and Honda at the New England Auto Show

Car buying is such a tricky business. Dealing with high pressure sales people is not my idea of a fun day. That is why I love going to the New England International Auto Show to get a look at what is out there. This year I was lucky enough to be invited by A Girls Guide To Cars and Honda Motor Company to attend the Auto Show and learn more about the line of Honda vehicles.
We started out by learning more about the Honda Clarity!  This one is a beauty!  The Honda Clarity Electric Plug In. It is in it's signature blue color which I love! This car will go about 89 miles before needing to be charged. This car seats five and had quite a bit of room inside it. It also has several modes such as normal mode and sport mode.
Next we checked out the Honda Clarity Hybrid which you can plug in or gas up. This one is in a beautiful teal color which is it's signature color. A Girls Guide To Cars has an extensive review on their site which is great to read. It is wonderful seeing options like this coming to consumers. A Girls Guide To Cars is an excellent resource for investigating Car Brands with many extensive reviews including video.
We then moved on to the Honda Odyssey and I was amazed at the features it had and how they took family's needs in to their design. There is even WiFi and power ports at every seat which my kids wuld love! It has Cabin Watch and which allows you to have information displayed in front of you so you can see what is happening in the car. Cabin Talk has a microphone near you so that you can be heard in the back of the Odyssey. There is a Magic Seating arrangement to allow you to configure the two middle row seats. It is super easy to remove the center seat. I vowed when I was younger to never get a mini-van but looking at these great features it is tempting.
Photo Credit: Jeff Cutler Photo - This is me taking video
We also saw the award winning Accord. It is gorgeous and has Honda Sensing Technology.
With a family safety is key to me so I wanted to go in to the Honda Sensing Technology a bit which includes: 
Lane Departure Warning (LDW): LDW can detect unindicated lane departures from detected lanes. Alerts will flash and sound to help bring your attention to correcting the lane drift.
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS): If your vehicle begins to stray from the center of a detected lane without signaling, the steering adjusts to help bring you back to the lane center.*
Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM): If your vehicle detects that it is drifting too close to the side of the road without a turn signal activated, RDM alerts you with rapid vibrations on the steering wheel and then can provide mild steering input to help keep you on the road or apply braking to help keep you from going off it.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): ACC helps you maintain a set following interval on the highway, so you don’t have to manually change your speed. 
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™): Helps brake the vehicle when it senses an otherwise unavoidable collision with a vehicle detected in front of you.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) Integrated with the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), FCW: Uses a small camera mounted at the top of the front windshield to detect the presence of vehicles in front of you. If the FCW system determines that you are at risk of a collision with a detected vehicle, it activates audio and visual alerts to warn you. If you fail to act, the CMBS™ can automatically apply brake pressure.
Honda LaneWatch™: Any time you signal right, the camera on the passenger-side mirror will turn on and display live video on your Display Audio Touch-Screen, revealing nearly four times more than the average passenger-side mirror.
Blind Spot Information System: When your turn signal is on and a vehicle is detected in an adjacent lane, the indicator blinks and a beep sounds until the area is clear or the turn signal is off.
There are some amazing cars and options out there! Make sure to check out Honda Motor Company and A Girls Guide To Cars to learn more!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by A Girls Guide To Cars and Honda Motor Company. As always all opinions are my own.