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Celebrate National Pasta Month with Boston-Born Prince Pasta!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary Prince Pasta dinner kit. All opinions, as always, are my own.

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Now that Fall is here I’ve been craving comfort foods – potatoes (bakes, fried, mashed), cheese (mac & cheese, nachos) and big ol bowls of warm pasta and delicious sauce. So of course I had to post about National Pasta Month with Boston-Born Prince Pasta! I didn’t know the pasta company had roots in Boston and they’ve most recently partnered with the Pallotta chef owners of a local Italian hotspot NEBO Restaurant to develop recipe videos for four easy, great-tasting pasta recipes which are feature on Prince’s Facebook page.

Prince sent us a dinner kit which we tore open and of course – made a big ol bowl of spaghetti with!

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Only afterwards I realized there were yummy recipes included! I can be so impatient!

Oh and did you know that Wednesdays are Prince Spaghetti Days?! Yep – if you visit the Prince Pasta Facebook page on Wednesday’s you’ll have exclusive access to video recipes by the Pallotta sisters! Last week a Prince Breakfast Pasta recipe was shared. You heard me right…pasta for breakfast! There are crazier combinations, so I’m definitely intrigued:

Prince Pasta breakfast from MagicBullet Media, Inc. on Vimeo.

And today a yummy Prince Pasta Al Forno recipe was shared. I’m no foodie (though I love to eat) and had to figure out what Al Forno meant! It’s – simple enough – baked pasta! I’m always learning! This delicious pasta dish will be sure to be a hit for everyone in your family!

Prince Pasta Al Forno from MagicBullet Media, Inc. on Vimeo.

Will you and your family Celebrate National Pasta Month? It’s going to be a monthly celebration in our house! Just last night I used Prince Rotini mixed with broccoli and cauliflower and smothered in a butter/basil/garlic/red pepper sauce. It was just heavenly!!

What’s your favorite pasta recipe?



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Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Ever Comes To Boston!

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Boston is full of amazing events and a great event is happening next week for new Moms and Moms-To-Be! I still remember my baby shower, it was an exciting yet scary event and it really hit me hard that I had a baby girl coming in a month. It was so wonderful to celebrate the arrival of my daughter with so many close friends and family. Well, Big City Moms wants to celebrate YOU with their Biggest Baby Shower next Tuesday October 7 at the Back bay Events center! Big City Moms is thrilled to debut this unparalleled event experience in Beantown as they celebrate 10 years of Biggest Baby Showers!

The first and largest event of its kind, the Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Ever brings in over 500 Moms, Dads, Uncles, Aunts, Friends and Grandparents to SHOP with over 75 companies, EAT, LEARN and GIVE BACK:

SHOP: From carriers, car seats and strollers to nursery decor and newborn necessities, parents and parents-to-be can browse the leaders in baby gear. This baby shower has you covered with topnotch finds from brands such as Britax, Nuna, Summer Infant, Peg Perego, Dr. Smiths, Joovy, Lillebaby, Magic Beans and SO MUCH MORE.

EAT: Pregnant (and just plain hungry!) moms can satisfy those cravings with eats and treats including lights bites, sweets and the Big City Moms signature mocktail, which will have you yearning for more – long after your 4th trimester!

LEARN: Parents will hear from top experts on important topics ranging from sleep safety to breast feeding, healthy eating to navigating Boston as a new mom. Special gifts and prizes will be given to all attendees of the seminars.

GIVE BACK: Cradles to Crayons, an organization that provides essentials to children without, will be onsite collecting clothing, shoes, books, toys and more. They help children from birth through age 12 to thrive by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.

You won’t want to miss out on this highly anticipated event or the generous gift bag stocked with must-have baby essentials, plus games to win ultimate prizes like strollers, high chairs, car seats and more!!

Big City Moms is the the first and most successful resource to provide advice, support and education to moms, moms-to-be, and families on all topics related to parenting. Big City Moms provides a way for new and expectant parents to connect with each other and network – either through their online social networks or their well-known events that bring parents together, including their innovative and unprecedented “Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Ever!” 



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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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Listen To Your Mother Boston: I’m A Castmember!

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I’m a storyteller. I share painful and honest stories about my experiences, my fears, my mistakes and anything and everything in between on my blog. Opening myself up through writing over the past five years has provided me with an insight into myself I didn’t have before. It’s too easy for me to focus on the negatives in a situation – but through my blogging I’ve been able to work through those negatives, put them into perspective and try to come to peace with them. I write to heal, not because I’m broken, but because I want to grow and become a better woman for myself and better mother to my daughter.

When I heard about the Listen To Your Mother show come to Boston I was initially intrigued, share your story about motherhood? That’s what I do ALL the time on my blog and social media sites!! After the initial excitement wore off fear kicked in. I’m behind a computer screen pouring my heart out, not in front of a live auction. I was immediately worried my story wouldn’t be valid. That there wouldn’t be a place for me among the cast – that I was too different. I was scared of failure and worried I wouldn’t be able to deliver.

But sometimes you just gotta take a leap. You gotta get uncomfortable to grow.

So I auditioned.

And I was cast in the show.

When I walked into our first rehearsal this past Saturday I was beyond nervous. I was scared. Worried I wasn’t good enough. Why do I ALWAYS feel this way?! As we sat in the circle and began sharing our stories of motherhood a bond was created – no story mirrored my own but I found a piece of myself in every story that was shared, and I realized there is so much more that unites us then what separates us. I of course, cried my eyes out sharing my uncertainty on being a teen parent. What I didn’t know was someone else in that circle, Julie of Sober Mommies, was also a teen parent, had experienced many of the feelings of guilt and shame as I did when I found out I was pregnant. I walked in that rehearsal scared, and walked out with a renewed sense of confidence in myself and my experience and a new friend. I got so much more than I had bargained for, and while I’m scared to share my story to an audience of 500 in April, I know that they will hold me and support my experience.

Meet the cast:

If you are in town and want to hear an amazing group of women ‘give motherhood a microphone’ I’d love to see you on April 26 at 2:00pm at the Old South Church in Boston. Tickets are only $15 until March 15 and after that they are $20 and can be purchased by clicking here. I assure you – it’s a show you don’t want to miss…and I’d love to see a familiar face or two in the crowd!

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Boston Families: Enjoy a Stay-cation at @SeaportBoston during February Vacation!

It’s February….when did THAT happen? As much as I’d love to whisk my daughter off to somewhere warm and tropical with clear blue water during February vacation we’ll be here in Boston. With the snow. Sigh. As a working Mom, I’ll be working through my daughter’s school break, which means she’ll be at camp making 9 million rainbow loom bracelets. Its hard juggling working full-time and spending quality time with my daughter, that’s why our weekends are usually jam packed with full itineraries and adventures. This can often be difficult because so many activities (especially during the colder months) are expensive! And I’m a single mom trying to budget, which means we have to limit how many fun activities we can do per month.

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I’m always on the hunt for affordable and most importantly FUN local activities where my daughter can really enjoy herself. This February vacation, the Seaport Boston Hotel is providing that kind of experience – fun and affordability – all close to home! Did I mention the hotel is pet friendly? I encourage my local families to consider a stay-cation at this lovely hotel during the school break! Located on the historic waterfront at One Seaport Lane in Boston, there is local access to ice skating on the Frog Pond, the Children’s Museum, Science Museum and historic Fenway Park and more!

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The Seaport is making February vacation (February 17th – 23rd, 2014) at their hotel the PLACE to be for families with their School Vacation Getaway Package, for 2 adults and 2 children. For a special rate of $159/night (plus taxes & fees) your family can relax in a deluxe room along with several family-friendly options to make your stay memorable:

  • A $30 Seaport Gift Card at check-in (for incidentals, not the room rate)
  • A welcome toy for each child from Seaport’s Treasure Chest
  • Complimentary use of Wave Health & Fitness, including the indoor pool
  • Free family flicks daily with complimentary popcorn (two shows: 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm)
  • In-room use of a DVD player and a family movie
  • Access to Seaport’s Lending Library – offering books for kids of all ages to borrow during their stay
  • Complimentary wireless internet access

My daughter would be all up in that pool! And that’s not all. Guests taking advantage of the School Vacation Getaway Package can take advantage of several food and beverage options at each of the hotel’s dining spots:

  • Seaport’s Bakery Café: a breakfast package for $12, a lunch special for $8 and cookie decorating for $5
  • Aura restaurant: a breakfast buffet for kids for $8 (kids under 5 are free)
  • TAMO bar & lounge: a family lunch/dinner special for $30, which includes a cheese pizza for four and four non-alcoholic drinks of your choice

You and your family get full access to all of the above for just $159/night! That’s a steal in Boston and provides you the chance to “get away” and enjoy fun activities in the heart of Boston! You won’t want to miss out on this amazing deal, so be sure to book your stay today online at seaportboston.com by entering SOCIAL in the promotional code box, or by calling 877-SEAPORT.

Does your family stay local during February vacation or do you go away?



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