King Richard’s Faire – A giveaway



King Richard’s Faire is New England’s largest and longest-running Renaissance Faire. The 2015 season is to run September 5 through October 25, 2015 on weekends and Monday holidays.

Tucked away on 80 acres of enchanted forest off Rt. 58 in Carver, Mass., King Richard’s Faire announces its 34th season offering guests a full day of live, interactive entertainment for all ages. Guests will enjoy daring knights jousting on horseback and eight stages filled with song and dance, stunts and storytelling. Every Saturday afternoon, the King’s Stage offers themed contests and events to add variety to the festival-like entertainment lineup (see for details).


There are two childrens’ special costume events- the Prince and Princess Promenade on 10/3 and the Fairies and Pirates Parade on 10/17.

Both are at 4p on the King’s Stage, first 50 to line up can parade on stage to show the audience their awesome costumes. is donating the prizes and I can probably get my hands on a few to give away :-) Seedling activity kits are designed to help fuel young imaginations and open new paths to discovery. Young users are invited to use their own initiative at every stage of the activity – from the materials they’ll use to the ways they’ll play with it. Once they start, there’s no end to the possibilities.

One lucky Viola Cay reader can win four free tickets to King Richard’s Faire and a magical medieval activity kit from (total value around $160).

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Guests can mingle with the King and his royal court, noble and not-so-noble subjects and skilled performers. When as famished as a mud beggar, enjoy the Faire’s delicious spit-roasted turkey legs, buttery ears of corn, boules filled with chowder and stew, ringlets of fries, and quench thirst with champagne, wine and brew. Shoppers can stroll through the 16th century village filled with the wares of more than 100 unique and talented artisans, including New England artists. At every turn, guests will encounter fantasy and wonder through minstrels, musicians, acrobats, stilt walkers, giant puppets, wenches, and more. Carvershire has been bustling with excitement as King Richard and Queen Anne welcome new entertainers and talented artisans to our enchanting village including:

the Great Cats of the World Show, Draiku, the amazing aerialist duo, Topsy Turvey, two beautiful acrobatic stunt mavens, Squire of the Wire, a comedy and juggling high wire act, and Princess Sing-Along, with our favorite trio of princesses!

Special event schedule:

Saturday 9/5: Carver Day – free admission for Carver residents with proper ID

Sunday 9/6: Military Appreciation Day – free admission for all those with valid military ID

Saturday 9/12, 4p: Cleavage Contest

Saturday 9/19, 4p : Vow Renewal Ceremony and Guinness Book of World Records attempt by Jack Ze Whipper (consecutive whip cracks) to follow on the jousting field

Saturday 9/26, 4p: Game of Thrones costume and trivia contest

Saturday 10/3, 4p: Prince & Princess Promenade for ages 11 and under, followed by princess meet & greet for all ages

Saturday 10/10, 4p: Men in Kilts Contest (18+)

Saturday 10/17, 4p: Fairies & Pirates Costume Contest (ages 11 and younger only)

Saturday 10/24, 4p: Adult Costume Contest (Cosplay, Time Travelers, Steampunk)


Faire hours are 10:30a-6p every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays, from September 5th through October 25, 2015. Tickets are $29 for adults (12+) and $16 for children ages 4-11. Children under 4 are free, and parking is free. Allergy mamas be aware: You can NOT bring in outside food. Discounts given to groups of 25 adults or more and private parties can be accommodated (birthdays, vow renewal ceremonies, weddings). Groups may make reservations by emailing

The Faire is located at 235 Main Street (Rt. 58) in Carver, Mass. 02330. Visit King Richard’s Faire on Facebook and on Twitter and Instagram @KRFaire, and on Pinterest as well.


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KIDSFEST at Wachusett Mountain – Giveaway!

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SO much fun to be had in two days of music, food and fun for the whole family!

The 25th Annual KidsFest is

September 19-20, 2015

Enjoy sample foods on the spot, like burgers, hot dogs, pizza, ice cream, snacks and more… or take pre-packaged foods home with you more than 50 Market Basket Vendors!

As well as:
Flippenout Trampoline Show
Rainforest Reptile Show
Maximum Velocity BMX Bike Show
Baby Animal Petting Zoo!
Sample Skiing or Riding on our Kids’ Ski Deck
USA Ninja Warrior Challenge Course
presented by Sterling Gym
XLO’s In It To Win It Game Show Challenge

See the Wachusett page for all kinds of details!

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  • Free Samples
  • Inflatable Games
  • SkyRide (*)
  • Moonwalks
  • Jugglers
  • Bungee Jump
  • Magicians
  • Balloon Artists
  • Clowns
  • Face Painting
  • Pony Rides
  • Climbing Wall

*Additional Fee. All other activities are included in the admission price.




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PLEASE NOTE: SkyRide is not included in the admission. This event is rain or shine. Schedule and activities may change due to weather. No pets or coolers permitted. No re-admittance.

I can’t wait to go on Sunday the 20th with the Fam. Do you want to bring your family, too?

Here’s your chance!  I’m giving away a family four (4) pack of tickets to attend KidsFest at Wachusett (good for one day only) for the 19th or the 20th.

Enter Here:
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Winner will be chosen at Random and notified via email.  Contest closes at noon on Monday 9/14/15.

Wachusett Mountain is located at 499 Mountain Rd, Princeton, MA.



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Disclosure: This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a program by AmbitiousMoms.Com I have been given free tickets for my family to attend Kidsfest. 

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Refrigerator Light – how does this thing work.

Refrigerator Light – how does this thing work.

Ah the minds of 5 year olds. How do those work?!

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Preschool Graduation – the baby is all growed up

I’m not gonna lie. This hurts. This hurts like all get out.


My baby just graduated from Preschool. That means he’s off to Kindergarten in the fall.


Elementary School.

With the big kids.

A giant backpack on his back.

Lunch made.

Jumping out of the van.

Running up the path.

Away from me.


They are all moving away from me, all three. All the time. It’s the nature of kids. The grow. They move away from you. That’s what’s supposed to happen. But GAWD it hurts like a mutha.

I just want to keep them all right here, for just a bit longer.

I am having all the feels.

Next year means all the kids will be in one school. I got little brother into the after school program for the kindergarteners. That means one drop off. One pickup.

I have 8:30 – 2:45 all to myself. To do anything. Or something. I don’t even know what. What the hell am I going to do? But what if they need me? They’re so grown up, but still so little. Ridiculous.


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Red Jacket Beach Resort on Cape Cod

Our family recently took a trip down the Cape for April school vacation. We stayed at the Red Jacket Beach Resort in South Yarmouth. We’ve been to the Red Jacket Mountainview Resort and loved it, so we were really looking forward to checking out what the Beach Resort had to offer.


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The check in process was simple and friendly. The front desk even called as soon as we got in to make sure we found our room ok. I’m not sure that’s a regular thing as much as I think we looked a bit tired and confused about where to go (3 kids in the car for a couple of hours will do that to you ;-)

We stayed in one of the newly renovated townhouses. Amazing. The kids couldn’t stop saying “Oh Look!” and “Look at this!”. The oceanfront townhouse (37 steps to the beach – I counted) has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a completely outfitted kitchen, and a washer dryer.


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The resort has 150 guest rooms with queen or king beds, cottages, townhomes and other deluxe accommodations with comforts such as complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, private balconies or patios, in-house vended laundry and available Jacuzzi rooms. A good portion of the rooms were renovated over the winter and look lovely!
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We ate dinner at the restaurant at the resort the first night. It was pretty quiet and the food was average pub fare. I asked about it at the front desk the next day. They told me because it’s not high season they have a very limited menu. In the summertime they have themed buffets, out door patio dining, and it’s much more lively. But oftentimes families are looking for that quintessential cape cod restaurant experience and they go offsite after their day at the gorgeous Red Jacket private beach.

On our first full day the kids headed out to the Kids Klub after breakfast. Over April vacation they had all kinds of activities as a preview for summer fun at the Red Jacket. They check you in around 9:30 and it lasts until 1 pm. There are arts and crafts, games and a trip to the pool (in the spring).


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My oldest really enjoyed the magic of Markus and Angelique Steelgrave. My middle loved going to paint night wither her Dad. And the littlest was all about the pool. They also had X Box One tournaments, culinary demonstrations, martini samplings, s’more nights at the beach campfire, movies on the big screen, an in-house caricaturist, and much more.  There are tennis and basketball courts to keep them busy and moving as well. In the summertime there are also hermit crab races, beach parties, pirate week, nature walks, live music, and poolside movies!

There is a gorgeous full service spa on the property as well. I spoke to a woman at the lounge who had just come from a massage and she couldn’t say enough good things about it!

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The Red Jacket Beach Resort is a fun family getaway. We can’t wait to get back there this summer. We’re thinking we might head down for the Yarmouth Summer Celebration to catch the fireworks and all the other awesome stuff they have planned.

Ah summer… is it here yet??

Ready to book a trip? You can do that right here!


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Disclosure: This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a program with Red Jacket Resorts. I was given a complimentary stay at Red Jacket Resort. All opinions are my own.

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Spring is finally here and you have my daughter to thank

I was cleaning up my 6 year old daughter’s room a bit the other day. I am always telling her to be careful of leaving things over the heating vent. So naturally my eyes landed on a piece of paper over the vent. It was a bit wrinkled and looked like a note. I hesitated momentarily because, privacy. But then I remember, six.

I also noticed who is was addressed to… “Muthr Nachr”


That’s Mother Nature to you :-)

I HAD to open it. Privacy be damned. It was addressed to Mother Nature for goodness sake! Amirite?

So I open it and read it and what follows melts me to a muthr puddle.


In case you can’t decipher it. Let me translate:

To Mother Nature,
It is Sisi. I’m here to tell you my mom is having a lot of trouble with the snow.
And we are having trouble with the snow.
Please make it stop. Please?
Thank you.


Are you dying from cute? Because I did!

So you all have my daughter to thank for the snow stopping and Spring finally being here. You’re welcome.


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And this is her winter self portrait. Ad yes I know my special snowflake is super talented, but you can go ahead and comment on it anyway ;-)




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