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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.

Didn't we do a good job!!

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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Kick-Off the Holidays with 90+ Cellars & Drink Great Wine for Less!

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I’m no wine connoisseur, but over the years I’ve become quite fond of a nice sweet glass of wine. Even though more than two glasses has me dozing off, wine is my drink of choice and perfect around the holidays. I’ve always wanted to attend a wine tasting and awaken my palate to different flavors, as I’ve been drinking the same wine for years! Change is hard!! This past Sunday, thanks to the Boston Bloggers group I had the opportunity to experience some great wine at Dante Restaurant in Cambridge hosted by the folks at Boston based 90+ Cellars wine.

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The event was a kick-off to the holidays and highlighted eight 90+ Cellars wines and pairing suggestions. As someone who hasn’t ever considered pairing wine with specific foods, I found their tips really helpful and gave me a new perspective on wine! My two favorite wines that I tasted were the smooth Riesling and bubbly Prosecco. As I think about upcoming holiday celebrations their Prosecco is definitely one I’d like to invite to the party!

In addition to the great atmosphere, yummy bites, and great wine I had the opportunity to meet a few people from 90+ Cellars including Brett Vankoski, Vice President and Co-Founder, Jeannie Hannigan, Marketing Manager, and Adjovi Koene, Regional Account Manager. All were so friendly and engaging and helped me better understand why 90+ Cellars wine is so great – in addition to the taste! Buying wine can be overwhelming and the price tags on some can be quite intimidating. 90+ Cellars believes that great wine shouldn’t leave your pockets empty – you can have great quality wine at an affordable price! Their motto (which is so fitting) is that their wine has a Saturday night taste with a Tuesday night price! Amazing!!! I don’t know about you but with the holidays coming up and expenses with raising a daughter – money is tight. But that doesn’t mean I should have to sacrifice some good bubbly, especially around the holidays!

About 90+ Cellars: It’s been our goal to seek out, bottle and deliver fine wine that costs you less money.  The landscape has changed, but our mission has not. We partner with highly respected wineries around the globe to provide you with wine that will keep more dollars in your pocket and impress the pants off your friends. Great Wine. Anytime. 

Oh and did I mention they have a wine club? Wine….delivered to your door? I’m so hooked!! With 56 varieties of wine listed on their site ranging from $12 – $30 there is something for everyone, that won’t break the bank! So this holiday season (or anytime) consider choosing 90+ Cellars wine and have some great wine at a great price!

Suggestions from 90+ Cellars on how to pair some of their wines!

Suggestions from 90+ Cellars on how to pair some of their wines!

Disclosure: No compensation was received for writing this post. I’m a fan of 90+ Cellars and wanted to share their goodness with my readers!



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Giveaway: Win Tickets to A Christmas Story, The Musical in Boston!

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****Congratulations to Robert Loranger!!!****

With Halloween now over, it’s only a matter of time before Christmas will be knocking on the door. I’m not quite ready to accept this truth, even though I’ve already begun Christmas shopping! Along with the hustle and bustle of Christmas comes an important tradition in our house – watching A Christmas Story. The day long marathon still excites me and the jokes never get stale – it’s a classic movie that will never go out of style. We are a musical family and are delighted that A Christmas Story, The Musical is coming to the Citi Wang Theatre this holiday season! What a special opportunity to see all your favorite movie characters come to life on stage!

About A Christmas Story, The Musical:

Celebrate the holidays with this cherished story that will entertain the whole family with this heart-warming classic tale! The story from a cherished movie classic that has enchanted millions is now a musical spectacular. The story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas—a Red Ryder BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Co-produced by the film’s original Ralphie, Peter Billingsley, A Christmas Story, The Musical is musical comedy entertainment that captures a simpler time in America with delicious with and a heart of gold.


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A Christmas Story, The Musical plays at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Wednesday, November 20 – Sunday, December 8 for 27 performances: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm; matinees on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 2:00 pm, and Sundays at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Note, press opening is Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are priced at $45.00 – $125.00; all prices include a $3.75 facility fee per ticket and are on sale now. Visit www.citicenter.org or call (866) 348-9738 for more information.  Groups of 10 or may reserve tickets now by contacting Citi Performing Arts Center Group Sales at (617) 532-1116 or groupsales@citicenter.org.

Experience A Christmas Story in a new and exciting way this holiday season! Use the code LEGLAMP to save 15% on your tickets or enter my giveaway for a pack of four tickets to the show on Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30 pm using the widget below:

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Good Luck & Happy Start to the Holiday Season!



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