Boston Advance Screening: CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE (free passes available)

This is a sponsored post. All opinions as always are my own.

Advance Screening in Boston May 27!

Catch Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele and more in a DreamWorks Animation of the long-awaited Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie! Based on the bestselling book series the family friendly comedy tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters, George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredible superhero named Captain Underpants! The movie is set to premiere nationwide on June 2, 2017 and is directed by David Soren.

Boston area friends, want to catch a screening of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE? Click the link below for your free pass! Each download admits 4 people. Tickets are limited so get yours today!

Where: AMC Assembly Row (395 Artisan Way, Somerville, MA)

When: Saturday, May 27 at 10am

What: FREE passes that admit 4 each! Click here to download

Parking: Free, Free, Free!!

Screening passes are on a first come first serve basis so please arrive ~30 minutes early in order to guarantee seating.

Hope to see you there!



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Event Recap: Bloom: An Event for New and Expectant Parents by Boston Moms Blog

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With nearly *gasp* 12 years between my kiddos, I very much felt like a new mom when my son was born this past February. I’ve been immersed in all things tween for years so I had to pivot and learn all about new products and gear for babies, and wow, much has changed in over a decade! So when I heard about Bloom: An Event for New and Expectant Parents hosted by Boston Moms Blog I immediately bought a ticket and welcomed an opportunity to meet with various local and national brands about all things baby!

Held at the International School of Boston in Cambridge, MA, Bloom was a partnership with City Moms Blog Network and promised an afternoon of pampering, yummy food, educational resources, giveaways and swag and connecting moms and families with relevant resources. Attendees were asked not to bring babies under a year in carriers only, due to space limitations. I left baby Hunter home with Dad for the event and attended Bloom solo, though wish I would have invited a friend!

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Upon arriving I received the cutest mama bag full of amazing goodies and resources including wipes, samples and coupons. My ticket also included some raffle items and the giveaway items were great. I put all my tickets in to win a year’s supply of diapers from BJs and crossed my fingers and toes that I’d win. Oh, the money I would SAVE!

Truly geared towards expectant and new moms there were around 30 vendors focused on resources for families from doulas, to meal delivery companies to kids music classes. I’ve highlighted my favorites below:

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Team Glam and Go provided *free* manicures at the event, and I jumped right in line because my nails…needed some serious TLC. Launching in August, Team Glam and Go is a mobile app aimed at providing on demand beauty services. I had a blast chatting it up with owners Annie and Kerrie and learning more about their inspiration for the company which is mission driven and supports local charities like The Greater Boston Food Bank.

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Hunter will be four months next Sunday (seriously when did that happen?!) and we are super excited about introducing some pureed foods to him! HappyFamily takes our same approach to feeding him incorporating organic fruits and vegetables, nutritious ancient grains and seeds without trans fat, high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors or food coloring. They have products geared towards moms, babies, toddlers and kids that include formula, fruit and veggie pouches, veggie straws and teethers. Oh and their cookbook The Happy Family Organic Superfoods Cookbook For Baby & Toddler is already in my Amazon cart! It includes age appropriate recipes and tips and would be a great resource for anyone interested in homemade baby food.

I’m newly dairy free and was super happy that the Williams Family Baking Co. provided delicious sweets for attendees that included a dairy free option – hooray! Craig and Emily were great and offer mouthwatering delicacies on their menu and are available for catering.

We’re a musical family so it was great to meet Laura, the founder of Groovy Baby Music and learn about the importance of music for babies and kids. Laura has spent years researching the role music plays and offers tons of music classes around Greater Boston as well as in-school education programs, community events and private birthday parties. Most programming for infants starts at six months, but I was excited when Laura told me that I could enroll 15 week old Hunter in a class! Rock on!!

I loved learning about Nomsly a meal delivery service for kids! Get delicious and nutritious lunches delivered right to your doorstep. It’s Lunch, Simplified!

Before I left I met the lovely Ana of Lovely Pictures Studio based in Boston and she made my dark eyes disappear in my photo! Magical!! Even better? She offered free 30 minute mini sessions to attendees! Sign. Me. Upppp!!

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The event wasn’t very crowded so it allowed me to have lengthy conversations with vendors. Expert panels were also available, but I spent all my time chatting so I missed that portion.

All in all, a good event, the location appealed to me because of it’s proximity to my home. The ticket price was reasonable – I paid $15 for one ticket. I appreciated the range of vendors and opportunity to leave with some goodies. Good job, Boston Moms Blog!



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2017 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with PAPYRUS, Nalgene®, Solo NY and Pangea Nutrition. As always, all opinions are my own.

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With Mother’s Day creeping right around the corner on Sunday, May 14, 2017 many (like me) are still scrambling to find the perfect gift to honor the special Mother’s in their lives. Choosing Mother’s Day gifts is no easy task (just ask my family) but I’m hear to offer some last minute gift ideas sure to please all types of Mother’s! Be sure to read to the end for a special Mother’s Day Giveaway:

Give Her Some Self-Care: Bloom Beautifully Box: Donna and Tom from Parks and Rec (featuring Amy Poehler as the amazing Leslie Knope) remind me that I need to Treat Myself. And the Bloom Beautifully Box does not disappoint. A self-care subscription box for the special mama in your life delivered every eight weeks packed with hand chosen items focused on beauty, health/wellness and personal development. Think empowering books, delicious body polishes, soaps and lotions, calming teas and positive affirmations.One of my FAVORITE items I received in my box was a quote by the dynamic Tracee Ellis Ross printed on gorgeous colorful watercolor paper:

I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.

Perfect For: The Mom who is quick to take care of everyone around her. The selfless Mom who kinda sorta forgets to prioritize her own self-care. The busy Mom who could use a little something special on her doorstep just for her. Not the kids. Or partner. Or work. Just. Her.

Retail value: a subscription for 1 box begins at $39.00. Subscribe and support my friend Tara, a small woman owned business!

Give Her A Bag! Bridgehampton Backpack from Solo NY: Since I’ve become a Mom I’ve become a bag lady. I know I’m not the only one! The Bridgehampton is pretttty and the perfect combination of utility and stylish aesthetic and a nice departure from an overfull diaper bag! Featuring timeless plaid detailing and several inner compartments to hold everything from a laptop, books, and technology. Complete with a fully padded 13.3” laptop compartment, two front pockets, gunmetal hardware and a drawstring closure. A functional choice that won’t break the bank.

Perfect For: The stylish Mom on the go who who appreciates minimalistic design.

Retail Value: the Bridgehampton Backpack is $89.99.

Give Her Something Sweet To Cherish! PAPYRUS Mother’s Day Gifts: The details count, amirite? I adore PAPYRUS products, the variety of products at their 200 locations in the US and Canada ensure you can head into your local store juuuuust in time for Sunday! Make the special Mom in your life feel extra special with their unique cards and gifts from the perfect gift, to gift wrap and ribbon and bows. Oh and did I mention PAPYRUS staff are available to wrap anything you need! Yup, go ahead and check that off the to-do list! My favorites include Mom Life Tea Towels, the Gold Mother Charm and the I Love You Mom Medium Artisan Trinket Dish.

Perfect For: Moms who appreciate special gifts and cards picked out just by you.

Retail Value: Mother’s Day gifts and accessories start at $4.95.

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