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Get Your Family Excited About Saving for College! #UFundDreams

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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.

There are plenty of things that my daughter and I get excited about:

  • Puppies
  • Kittens
  • FRIDAYS!
  • Vacation
  • The Future

Yes, I said the future!!! It’s imperative that I stay educated about the various opportunities available to our family and many others across Massachusetts that directly relate to making higher education affordable. This summer, the folks at Fidelity and the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) have teamed up again to provide a fun, interactive and informative opportunity for families to learn about saving for college through events around Boston.

Last weekend, we visited the MayFair in Harvard Square and stopped by the U.Fund Dreams Tour tent. Not only did we get to be goofy while posing to make an animated GIF but also got to “shoot for the moon” and talk with representatives about the U.Fund, Massachusetts 529 plan, which is a phenomenal tool to help save for college.

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Those of you who may have visited the tent last year are in for a special treat! The tent has gotten a makeover and is even more engaging, bright and kid-friendly than ever. While your kids are “shooting for the moon” you can use one of the iPads to try out our college savings slinger digital web app and learn more about the benefits of starting early and saving regularly.It’s a true WHOLE family experience, that makes learning FUN.

Yes, college isn’t for another eight years (YIKES!) but it is never too early to plan for the future!

Check the MEFA website often to stay updated on where the U.Fund Dreams Tour tent will be next and to lean about all the benefits of the UFund plan.



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Dream BIG with the 2015 U.Fund Dreams Tour

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.

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I don’t know about you, but after the incredibly difficult winter we endured here in Boston, and around the country, I am more than excited for warmer weather and the deliciousness of SUMMER. Yes, it still exists people!! With summer fast approaching (June 21!!!!!) I’m busy finalizing summer camps, vaccinations, and hopefully a vacation! Summer is also a time I think a lot about my daughter’s future and education. The stress that accompanies the end of the school year is a bit scary. Every year she’s another year older, taller, more talkative, and closer to the big 1-8. I encourage my kiddo to fully enjoy her childhood – I have NO idea why she is so eager to grow up. I’ve had to remind her multiple times that being an adult is very, very overrated.

While I encourage her to hold onto her youth for as long as she can, I stay busy thinking about her future and how I can ensure I support her future dreams, whatever they may be. More than anything, I want to ensure that she has the opportunity to be anything and everything she wants to be. That’s why I’m thrilled to once again partner with Fidelity and the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) as they gear up for their 2015 U.Fund Dreams Tour. I was excited to learn about MEFA’s U.Fund, the Massachusetts 529 college savings plan which offers tax- advantaged growth for parents saving for their child’s college education.

Last year I had the opportunity to attend a few of the U.Fund Dreams Tour events in and around greater Boston with my daughter and we LOVED it! What is a dreams tent you ask? A chance for your kids to see their dreams come to life. MEFA wants every kid to reach and imagine themselves in various occupations while providing parents with the necessary information and resources to ensure they can adequately support their children’s dreams. Considering my daughter calls the man who works in the oval office “Uncle Obama,” I wasn’t surprised when she decided she wanted to be President last summer while visiting a Dreams Tour tent.

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The Dreams Tour set is pretty cool. It has been redesigned this year to provide a whole new engaging experience for the entire family. It will have a GIF booth experience, incorporating illustrations of your child’s dream careers, which can be emailed and printed out for attendees to take home. Because thinking about your child’s future education can be overwhelming and confusing, Fidelity reps will be on site at these the events to answer any and all questions that parents (and kids!) may have. Parents leave with more information and resources, and kids can leave with some goodies and the photo they took.

This weekend we’re headed to the MayFair in Harvard Square to check out the first event of the 2015 U.Fund Dreams Tour! Be sure to check the MEFA website for updates on where the Dreams Tour tent will be over the summer and Fall. While not all of the events are free to enter, the U.Fund Dreams Tour Tent is open to all attendees who gain entrance to each event. Seriously, so cool!!



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Support a Family in Need this Holiday Season {URGENT}

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I wouldn’t be where I am in my life without the support and generosity of others. At 19 I found myself frozen staring down a positive pregnancy test. I was sure I couldn’t support a child, I had no money, no real plans for the future and an unstable relationship. The odds weren’t in my favor. I didn’t have money for much of anything and went on public assistance so I could afford a few things for my unborn child, but I knew it wouldn’t be enough. I was surprised with a baby shower from an organization that provided me emotional support during my pregnancy. I walked into a room full of smiling women all ready to shower me with gifts and love. I’ll never forget their generosity and I’ve been wanting to support a teen mom in need ever since that day.

I couldn’t think of a better way to pay it forward than by throwing Carrie and William, a baby shower for their son Warren. This holiday season I am asking you to support these new teen parents who have faced incredible love, joy and loss this year after the birth of their twin boys at just 24 weeks. After with talking with Carrie, 18, this week I realized we had a lot in common. The youngest of four, estranged from our biological parents and a strained childhood. When I think about resilience, Carrie absolutely embodies it. She was taken away from her home at 14 and raised herself and her older siblings.  I can’t fathom that she spend part of her pregnancy homeless and sometimes living in a tent. The many stressors of her life caused her premature labor, and they welcomed their boys on September 2, three months before their due date.

They knew they were in for an uphill battle, as the twins weighed just 1-pound at birth, but didn’t expect to lose one of their sons. At just six weeks old, little William Jr. passed away. A loss that is absolutely indescribable.

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Carrie and William now live at Boston Children’s Hospital full-time spending every waking moment looking over Warren who grows stronger by the day. He is expected to be released this month after spending three months in the hospital.

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The young family knows that the road ahead will be difficult, but they are motivated by the love of their young son. Though they are in a place where they cannot afford many of items that they will need once they leave the hospital, and they need your help. We need your help.

Later this month, I’ll be throwing a baby shower for the family, as they weren’t able to have one before the twin’s birth. It’s my hope that together we can shower this family with much needed support and encouragement and make things a little easier for them.

How You Can Help:

Your help is critical and I hope you can join us as we prepare to give Warren a happy homecoming. Through the generosity of Sili of MyMamihood and her connection with Pampers the family will be receiving a “gift of sleep” package, but there is still a need. If you want to support the family in any way please consider getting involved in one or more of the following ways:

  • Purchase an item for Warren through their Amazon Wish list
  • Donate gently used baby boy clothing and gear
  • Attend Carrie’s baby shower in December near Boston (Date TBD)
  • Donate gift-cards to the family (Target, Amazon, Babies-R-US)
  • Donate money to help with funeral costs for William Jr.
  • Send an encouraging card to the family

If it’s possible please send any gifts wrapped, ready for the new parents to open. Warren is currently wearing size preemie and Carrie is breastfeeding. A gift of any size and any support of any kind is most welcome and very very appreciated.

I hope you’ll join us as we join together to give Warren a fighting chance by supporting him this holiday season. To pledge your support or for more information please email me at alexandra@alexandra-elizabeth.com.

I hope you will share the following image with friends, family and on your social networks. Let’s really shower Carrie, William and Warren.

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Thank you!



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GrubHub Boston Offering FREE Delivery! Win a $50 Giftcard Giveaway!

Disclosure: This is a compensated post with GrubHub. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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I have a confession. Me and cooking are frenemies these days. Last night for instance, made it back from the grocery store and had a million ingredients out to make arroz con gandules y chorizo (rice and pigeon peas with chorizo) and BEFORE I started cooking I was over it. Don’t get me wrong, I love love a home cooked meal, but after a long day of work or relaxing day the last thing I want to do lately is spend a bunch of time in the kitchen making a mess and then having to clean up the mess. No thank you!

Sometimes I need an “easy button” and that’s where GrubHub comes in. From pizza to sushi to falafel, in Boston there are more than 70 restaurants offering takeout and delivery on GrubHub! Dread going to the grocery store after work or on the weekends (or at all!) don’t fret, GrubHub has you covered whether you’re in Back Bay or West End, there’s a restaurant that’s sure to have what ya need! With so many places to choose from, you’ll have no trouble ordering lunch or dinner! Be sure to check out a list of Boston’s Favorite Takeout places! Ordering is a breeze with a GrubHub app available on Google Play and the App Store. The hardest part of ordering is deciding what to eat!

I love the convenience of ordering takeout when the thought of the kitchen irritates me, but what irritates me even more are delivery charges! What a total bummer! You’re in luck with GrubHub who is offering a new deal where they eat the delivery fee for you! SCORE!! Even better? A $50 GrubHub voucher for one reader!!

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Kickoff the Holidays at Macy’s Downtown Boston!

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

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It’s always hard to believe how fast the holidays arrive once the weather gets chilly. Friends of ours have already begun decorating their homes for the holidays and some have even (gasp) purchased a Christmas tree. Already! Whatever holidays you may or may not celebrate – one thing is for sure. There is something really special about the joy and sparkle that surround the holiday season.

Our local Macy’s store in Downtown Boston is preparing for a holiday spectacular for all ages complete with guest appearances, family friendly activities, and special holiday displays and a big ol tree! If you’re in town the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 28 and are looking for something fun to do– this is it! There will be a full lineup of activities throughout the store beginning at 12pm, cumulating with a 5pm light up ceremony on Summer Street just outside of the store with more special appearances and some singing! Be sure to get there early to get a prime spot for the show!

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Kickoff the holidays, get in the holiday spirit and spread some cheer (and do some shopping) with Macy’s Downtown Boston! Local friends, will we see you there?



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