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ANNIE The Musical Comes To Boston & Giveaway!

Disclosure: I received a four pack of tickets to attend Annie. All opinions – as always are my own.

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“The sun’ll come out tomorrow, so you gotta hang on till tomorrow, come what may!

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I love ya, Tomorrow! You’re only a day away.”

What’s been really fun about parenting is exposing my daughter to movies and characters I loved as a child. Annie is a beloved classic and a movie that we love to watch together. The resilience of little 11-year-old Annie Hall, the sisterhood of all the orphans and the grumpy then loveable Oliver Warbucks together  make for a fun, engaging and warm-hearted movie folks young or old will enjoy. Even tipsy and lonely Miss Hannigan has a place in my heart.

All together now: We love you Miss Hannigan!

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The original movie (currently on Netflix) is near and dear to my heart – but I cannot WAIT to see the remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie, Jamie Fox as William Stacks, and Cameron Diaz as Miss Colleen Hannigan which opens in theatres on December 19, 2014!

I’m super excited to share that ANNIE has once again come to Broadway! The original production opened in 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and received wonderful praise including a Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and SEVEN Tony Awards®! The show remained one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever – and it’s coming to Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Wednesday, November 5 – Sunday, November 16, 2014 for 16 performances!

You’ll experience all the goodness of the movie with the beloved score including “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

Excited yet? Me too! Be sure to buy your tickets early! Use the code MOMS to save 20% off per ticket. Tickets are now on sale at the Citi Center box office, through www.citicenter.org, by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787), or through Ticketmaster. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets now by contacting Citi Performing Arts Center Group Sales at (617) 532-1116 or groups@citicenter.org.

Giveaway!

Ok – for the good part! I’m so excited ANNIE is coming to Boston and that I get to experience it with my daughter, sister and niece that I want to offer a lucky winner a 4-pack of tickets to the debut show on Wednesday, November 5 at 7:00pm!!

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Increases your chances of winning by visiting the my fellow Boston Parent Bloggers ANNIE giveaways below! We’re watching…you can only win once!

Sharon of ViolaCay

Annie of Stowed Stuff

Christy at Quirky Fusion

Emily at Nap Time Is My Time

Family Friendly Boston

Christine & Bonnie at Mom’s Lifesavers

Good LUCK and hope to see you next week!!!



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Review: Mix it Up and Paint at The Paint Bar!

Disclosure: I received complimentary passes for a class at The Paint Bar. As always, all opinions expressed are my own!

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Can I tell you a secret? I don’t allow paint in my home! I know, I know, I’m such a terrible Mom! During my daughter’s toddler years she loved to draw and color, as many toddlers do. I have boxes full of her masterpieces that I don’t have the heart to throw away. (If anyone has ideas on what to do with kids artwork email me!). Her love for drawing and coloring slowly outgrew paper and made its way to the walls. Maybe it’s my fault though; I gave her those washable crayons you can use to write with in the tub. Either way I freaked when my pretty white wall had paint marks on it and therefore all paint was laid to rest in my house. RIP.

But thankfully my mini Picasso doesn’t have to mourn the loss of paint, as she is able to mix it up at The Paint Bar! I was sold after learning that they provide all that you need to create your next masterpiece: the paint, the instructor, the brushes, the aprons, the music. Two hours later you can pat yourself on the back for creating Boston’s skyline, Fall trees, or Moonlit Dragonflies! Oh and cleanup? As easy at throwing out your paint plate, washing your brushes, taking off your apron and heading out the door with your canvas? Are you in love with this idea already? No? They serve booze too. I know….you’re in love now!

A few weeks ago before my kiddo and I headed on vacation we were invited into The Paint Bar’s Newton location to mix it up! We’d be painting “Funky Seashells”. Mini me was over the moon excited, me on the other hand, I was worried. I’m no artist, so I was worried I’d create a piece of crap and everyone would laugh at me! Our instructor, a funny woman named Breanna quickly began the class with an overview and many jokes and also said that no shaming of our work would be allowed or we’d have to go on stage! Step by slowly created our “Funky Seashells” and sure did mix it up with the colors! With Breanna’s instruction and some music in the background we settled in and over the course of two hours left with two beautiful pieces! A few women next to me really customized their paintings adding rocks, birds and airplanes!

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You may think The Paint Bar….for kids? I’m telling you YES! Many sundays at 1:30pm The Paint Bar hosts Family Days with family friendly options like a Fluffy Owl, Colorful Birch Trees, and a Funky Pumpkin. While alcohol is offered for purchase during this time many people don’t take advantage of indulging. It’s a great opportunity for families, grandparents and beyond to get creative! What’s great about this whole experience was that I came in with ZERO painting experience…and that is ok! They are teaching folks like me how to paint and offer painting classes for anyone and everyone ages 8 and beyond! They are bringing together a great experience and fun environment where people can have a relaxing yet entertaining night (or afternoon) out for around $25 – 35 a class! And remember this includes ALL materials you’ll need and minimal cleanup! Oh and you can also purchase a frame for your canvas too! They’ve really thought of it all! The Paint Bar has two locations: 823 Washington Street in Newtonville and their newest location at 248 Newbury Street in Boston.

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Didn’t we do a good job!!

We had such a fun time we’re considering hosting my daughter’s birthday party there and I’m excited to go there for date night! It’s good to mix it up and get creative!

Have you visited The Paint Bar or another paint night? What did you love most about it?



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Boston Families: Annual Family Film Festival at The Shops at Prudential Center!

While August is upon us, our family has just under a month left until the school year begins. But until September 2nd rolls around we’re still enjoying the summer sun with lots of time outdoors with friends! While we prefer to be outdoors than inside watching the TV, we’re looking forward to the Annual Family Film Festival at The Shops at Prudential! The Prudential Center’s Magic 106.7 (my favorite bedtime relaxation station) festival runs until August 30 so there is still time to get the family down to the Center’s South Garden and enjoy a flick when the sun sets! Enjoy entertainment, games and gift card giveaways (starting at 6pm) and the first 20 guests to arrive receive a FREE picnic blanket compliments of The Shops at Prudential Center! Oh and did I mention there is no admission fee? That’s right, the Annual Family Film Festival is free and open to the public! If you feel like heading inside the shops and grabbing dinner or dessert of $10 or more, you can take advantage of on-site discounted parking!

Considering it is New England, in the event that it rains Saturday rain dates are scheduled for the following Wednesday. Full details can be found on The Shops at Prudential Center’s website or Facebook page.

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 Our family will be attending the August 16 film to see The Lego Movie…who wants to join us?



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This Weekend: WGBH Boston 2014 Music & Ice Cream FunFest! #WGBHfunfest

I’ve partnered with Fidelity & MEFA for this post in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 I scream, You scream, We all scream for, Ice Cream!

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Summer and ice cream. Can you think of a more perfect union? Well, if your family loves music, ice cream, and fun you won’t want to miss WGBH’s FunFest this weekend, sponsored in part by MEFA and Fidelity Investments. Get all the details below:

When: Saturday, July 12, 10am-4pm (rain or shine!)

Where: WGBH Studios, One Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135

What: The FunFest will be full of music, ice cream, performances, face painting and interactive games. Are you excited yet? You’ll want to make sure you stop by the Massachusetts Educational Financial Authority (MEFA) U. Funds Dreams Tour tent and give your kids the opportunity to live out their dreams. What’s a Dreams Tent? It’s where your child and their dreams unite! Does your child have aspirations to be the next President? Astronaut? Musician? Watch their dreams come to life in front of a real green screen complete with props, and leave with valuable information about saving for college along with a takeaway of your child in front of a background of their choice! The dreams tent does not disappoint!

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Who: Some of your favorite kids characters like Curious George, Arthur, and Clifford The Big Red Dog! You’ll leave with a happy belly after stopping by some of the vendors including Ben & Jerry’s, Friendly’s, J.P. Licks, Nesquik, and Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese!!

Will we see you there? Click here for more information about tickets and parking.

WGBH enriches people’s lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives.



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Saving for College Is Possible with the MA U.Fund & ‘Grace for President’ Book #Giveaway #DreamsTour2014

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With the end of another school year upon us (we’re counting down the final TWO days of school) it’s been fun to look through the projects, pictures and poems my daughter created over the year in 2nd grade. Along with a special book of poetry and projects learning about her Jamaican and Colombian heritage was a packet asking her what she wanted to be when she grew up. I’ve asked her over the years what she wanted to be when she grows up and she hasn’t been shy about her varying desires.

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“Mommy, I want to be a Police Officer like Daddy and help people. I also want to be a Teacher. Oh and I love music, and Michael Jackson is my favorite artist, and I want to be on the Disney channel and be a singer and dancer. Mommy – why aren’t there any female Presidents? I think I could do that too.”

Do I want my baby girl to grow up? Sometimes…but not really. Am I looking forward to seeing the woman and advocate she will be when she grows up? Absolutely. Listening to her speak of her future gives me butterflies. I’ve always encouraged her to be creative and engage in diverse activities so she has a well-rounded childhood. Did I tell you she’s running a triathlon at MIT next month? I don’t want any opportunity to be out of her reach – and if I’m able I want to provide her with varying experiences to show her all that the world has to offer.

Growing up as the youngest of four children I don’t remember having conversations with my Mother about my future or career. I wasn’t encouraged to think about the future or college, I knew I had greatness within me, but didn’t know how to tap into it. I completed college applications on my own, didn’t receive any monetary support for college, and actually didn’t participate in sports my senior year of high school so I could save for college. I still remember moving into my dorm room 11 years ago with less than $20 in my bank account. My future didn’t seem very bright at that time, and I wish with the support of my Mother we could have planned for my college journey.

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My College Graduation

As I think about my daughter entering 3rd grade in the Fall (yikes!) and eventually graduating high school and moving onto college – it makes me quite nervous! As a single Mom who isn’t yet 30 I’m still building my life, and figuring out where the road will take me – but my daughter’s education is a priority because I don’t want her to have any barriers accessing higher education as I did. But I can’t plan for her future alone, which is why I’m thrilled that the U.Funds Dream Tour and their Dream Tents will be engaging with families around Massachusetts this summer and fall and getting them excited about seeing their dreams come to life and saving for college.

I had the opportunity to stop by the Dreams Tent this past weekend and was so impressed at the valuable information for both kids and families and the interactive displays for kids. The most exciting part for my daughter was being in front of a green screen decked out in rockstar attire. Given that she has big dreams of being a singer and dancer she was able to pose and see her picture printed on top of a concert background. She was able to see her dreams come to life which was great and also brought up how she can pursue her dreams – and we both know that education is key.

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The U.Fund Dreams Tour is just the beginning and a great way to get your kids involved with their future. MEFA’s Ufund is a Massachusetts 529 college-investing plan, tax-advantaged savings plan managed by Fidelity. MEFA is a dynamic local non-profit state authority working to make higher education more accessible and affordable.

My daughter’s education is an investment in herself and her future. I never want her to stop learning or stop growing and I hope through saving for her college education at an early age will truly provide her with the support she needs to dream BIG.

Speaking of dreaming big, one of our favorite books to read is a great book called “Grace for President” by Kelly S. DiPucchio which talks about one determined young girl who is upset there haven’t been any female Presidents and runs a Presidential campaign in her school – and wins! It’s a powerful educational book to read with my daughter that reinforces my desire for her to think and dream BIG and I want to offer this book to one lucky reader – enter below!

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