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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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Review: ANNIE The Musical in Boston

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

This past Wednesday our family was invited to the opening night of ANNIE The Musical at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston. Along with my sister and niece we waited anxiously for Annie and Oliver Warbucks to arrive for the red carpet. And oh – they arrived in style!

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Little Annie was played by 9 year old Issie Swickle – and as soon as she got out the car she was a ray of sunshine and generously signed playbills for eager kids including my own!

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I mean who doesn’t love Annie? It’s a great show, with incredible music and a great ending. Watching the movie that we love so much come to life on stage was a special experience. The group of orphans were animated and dynamic and a lot of fun. Miss Hannigan played by Lynn Andrews was my favorite character in the musical! She brought her own sass and humor to the musical that I know the adults really enjoyed!

After we left the show my daughter pulled me aside and asked me if there were any singing or dancing camps she could attend next summer. She was taken by the coordination and enthusiasm of the kids in the show and it only fueled her desire to one day (sooner than later) hit the big stage!

Be sure to catch ANNIE while the show is in Boston which is until November 16, 2014! Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE is a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

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You can catch the show Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm; matinees on Thursday, November 6 at 11:00 am, Tuesday, November 11 at 2:00 pm, and Saturdays at 2:00 pm; and Sundays at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Tickets are priced at $35.00 – $125.00; all prices include a $3.75 facility fee per ticket.  Tickets are now on sale at the Citi Center box office, through www.citicenter.org or 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.

Will you be attending Annie in Boston?



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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.

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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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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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