The grass is greener where you water it.

A quote by Neil Barringham. Made pretty by the people at the blog Are you Serious.

You can buy a postcard of it there :-)

This snow outside is quite high and I’m dreaming of spring and the smell of grass. But that’s not what this quote is about is it. I’m am in and out on here and on social media becasue I’ve been spending more time watering the grass at home ;-)

 

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Family Photo Fun! A fundraiser for FWR

A couple of weeks ago we had our first family photo taken in a few years! It was a fundraiser for Fertility Within Reach, a nonprofit that aims to empower infertile individuals to advocate in order to build their family. A dear friend of mine is the founder and she does amazing work. Tracey Rodriquez Photography agreed to come on, was paid for her time and part of the proceeds go to FWR! Win Win Win. :-)

There was MUCH discussion about what to wear for our picture. Matchy matchy or not. What colors? On and on. We shopped in our closet and did not buy anything new. We took an hour and decided and did not sweat it after that. My baby girl helped me and we settled on something that I think looks pretty great.

This is the shot that will make it on to the wall.

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But the following series made it into our hearts!

Right in between these two shots Theo decided he should try to moon us to make us laugh.

That is why everyone is howling and incredulous at the same time.

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And here are my gorgeous kiddos.

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And there’s one more that I LOVE, but I may actually make a holiday card this year (as well as a video, of course) so you’ll have to wait!

Do you get your family photo taken every year? Or just once in a while? We may start doing it every year. They are getting so big SO FAST!

 

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Leapin’ Lizards! Annie at Citi Center Wang Theatre

So I told you my family was invited to opening night of Annie right? Well, that was last night, and it was awesome!

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It was everything I remembered and more. It was so great to be able to experience it with my own kids after going as a child with my mom.

Everything about Annie was great from the opening note until the lights went up.  This cast of girls! They have so much energy and talent. Annie is played by Issie Swickle and is just pitch perfect. The hilarious and uber talented Lynn Andrews plays Miss Hannigan.

By far my favorite performance is by Gilgamesh Tagget as Daddy Warbucks.  As a kid and even to this day (well, yesterday) I remember actually not liking Daddy Warbucks very much. He seemed cold and distant and perhaps that’s just the way he was played and directed in the other versions of Annie that I’ve seen. But this Daddy I liked from the beginning, and I could completely understand why Annie, and Grace, fell in love with him.

My four year old was set to fall asleep after intermission. He even worked out a little bed with the booster and scarf as a blankie. But when the lights went down again and the orchestra turned it up, he sat straight up. He stayed up for the whole thing. Imagine that? It’s that good :-)

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We were so happy to be able to go. If you can, you should go. It’s worth it!

ANNIE plays at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Wednesday, November 5 – Sunday, November 16, 2014, for 16 performances: 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

For more information, visit:

www.anniethemusical.com

@ANNIEonTour

www.facebook.com/AnnieTheMusical

Use the link below to save 20% per ticket for select performances, and buy tickets now using the code MOMS

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The dreaded lice email! Nit Nanny and $75 Target Giveaway!

School had not been in session one week when we got the first email. Lice.

The next week, another email. Are you kidding me?

Per the CDC, between 6-12 million children and adults get head lice each year in the US alone, as well as up to twice that many unreported cases.

Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice is at the greatest risk.  With close contact at schools, camps, sleepovers,  the crowding over electronic devices kids are always doing to get a look at the latest internet sensation and the constant selfies kids take, you can see why lice spreads so easily.  Girls between the ages of 3-15 have the greatest chance of getting lice, then they can easily spread throughout their family. One adult female can lay 10 eggs (nits) a day and she lives for 30 days…do the math.  They feed on your scalp blood; the bites are what cause the itching.  Many people are allergic to the bites, thus the itching. Ewwwwwwwwwwww!

What do you do if someone in your family gets lice?

Many lice ridding products are dangerous, they are loaded with neurotoxins and worse.  Compare the ingredients of the top over-the-counter products to a can of Raid…A CAN OF RAID!

Many home remedies are ineffective. Smothering lice with mayonnaise and olive oil for example will not work for everyone. Those melt, breakdown and liquefy due to your core body temperature which then allows the lice to breathe, not killing them.

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Lice Lifters, headquartered in Lafayette Hill Pennsylvania has come up with an all-natural and extremely effective in-store lice treatment process as well as the Nit Nanny Line of all-natural products to take lice out of your life.

The Nit Nanny Products will end your lice problems with no harmful chemicals.  From the first application, all adult lice will be killed, after that you follow the treatment plan.  Nit Nanny Products are all natural and do not liquefy therefore smothering and killing  all live activity in 10 minutes.

The Nit Nanny Lice Solution Treatment is a soothing blend of oils that quickly eliminates all stages of head lice. The 10-minute treatment is conditioning to your hair and scalp. It is safe and effective and leaves you non-contagious to others you are in contact with.

The Nit Nanny Lice and Nit Removal Comb is made of tempered steel. It has unique spiral micro-grooving that helps get underneath every egg. The long teeth can be boiled for sterilization. This comb is the best way to get rid of lice and nits as well as prevent future infestation.

The Nit Nanny Mint Spay deters lice.  It is a one-step product that detangles hair and deters lice. This product can be used on wet or dry hair and as often as you would like to help repel lice. This product is made with all natural ingredients that are offensive to lice but not to humans. The Mint Detangler Spray is non-toxic, smells great and is safe for the whole family.  A few spritzes of the fresh smelling spray are all you need.  If you know an outbreak is in your area or school, be diligent with the spray and putting your daughter’s hair up in a bun or in a tight braid or two.

Each of these products are available via Amazon, you can purchase them individually or as a kit.  This is your best solution if getting into a Lice Lifters Salon is not an option. And is the best all natural, safe and effective treatment available for home use.

Visit the The Nit Nanny Site for all the information you need to get lice out of your head, out of your life, and out of your home.  Check out “The Great Clean Up Page” for what else you need to do around your home when lice strikes.

For more information about the Nit Nanny products, Lice Lifters Treatment Centers, franchise information or lice facts in general, visit www.licelifters.com or www.thenitnanny.com .

So be prepared BEFORE you get that email!

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Annie at the Citi Wang Theatre in Boston – Giveaway!

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The first broadway show I ever went to was Annie. First and only until I was an adult.

It was a big deal. We didn’t have tons of money growing up and I think this was a bit of a stretch for my parents. But my mom got the tickets and off we went to Boston. We dressed up pretty, showed up early, and went to the theater.

Next week, because of this little ole blog that I have, I get to take not only my daughter but my mom to see Annie at the Citi Wang Theater.  Squeee!

The show opens next Wednesday, November 5th at 7 pm.

That night, Annie and Daddy Warbucks will arrive at 6 pm in a 1937 Packard to walk the Red Carpet into the Citi Wang Theatre. The Red Carpet arrival kicks off the 2-week engagement of the show. Fun right?

The show at the Wang is 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.  It also features 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.”

Use this link to save 20% per ticket for select performances, and buy tickets now using the code MOMS!

I can’t wait!

And that’s not all!

Would you like to win some tickets? Yeah baby!

Win 4 tickets to OPENING NIGHT on Wednesday, November 5 at 7:00 pm

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Want more chances to win? Of course you do!
But remember you can only win once! We all talk to each other so we’ll know if you try to be a Greedy McHoggerson.
Here are some other awesome local blogs giving away tickets:

Alexandra Elizabeth

Christy at Quirky Fusion

Emily at Nap Time Is My Time

Family Friendly Boston

Christine & Bonnie at Mom’s Lifesavers

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Red Jacket Mountain View Resort Review and Giveaway

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Last weekend the Red Jacket Inn Mountain View Resort hosted the ViolaCay family! The kids were um, excited to say the least.

And natch, we made a video…

The Red Jacket Mountain View Resort is in North Conway, New Hampshire. The White Mountains are beautiful, there is outlet shopping , and of course Storyland is there.

For the last couple of years we’ve gone to Storyland and looked up the hill longingly at the pretty hotel that sat way up there. The kids knew there was a water park up there too. But alas they had been too little to go. Fans of the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, and there are many, will tell you it’s quaint. Critics will tell you it’s a little dated. It’s both really. It’s quaintness shined through and it’s datedness fell to the background for me. Yes it’s true, there are lots of stairs and there are LONG hallways with lots of doors. But, that didn’t phase me much. I just loved it. What, or who rather, really shines at the Red Jacket Resort is the people.

From the general manager checking in on us all the way through to the cleaning staff. Just good people.

  • As soon as we got to our room we could see that we needed a rollaway or another mattress or something for child #3 up in the loft. The kids wanted to go to the water park like, RIGHT NOW. My husband called down and they said they’d take care of it. When we returned there was a mattress in between the beds, all made, with his blankie and stuffed Nemo perched on the pillow.
  • The front desk gal Teresa who assured my daughter that “Of course the tooth fairy comes to the Red Jacket, honey” after her brother knocked her tooth out in the water park (Daddy saved the tooth)!
  • The poor boy at the water park desk who couldn’t find a bandaid right away for me. He was clearly the maintenance guy that I had caught off guard while the regular desk person had stepped away. I made him blush when I said I could just a hold one of those tampons on the boy’s skinned knee as I pointed to the other supplies on the shelf. :-) He rushed away quickly to the supply closet to get more band aids.
  • The very patient staffer who lead a group of kids in a craft on a rainy day as they waited anxiously for the water park to open!
  • The waitstaff at breakfast who took care of us, and took our boy’s allergies seriously. Getting a chef to come out and take Theo’s breakfast order personally and then went to make it herself. Toast and sliced apples made to order :-)

We loved our stay and hope that you do too! Yes, that’s right one of you lucky ducks is going to win a 2 night stay at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort! Woooo hooooo!

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Includes: Two-night stay for a family of four at Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire and passes to Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park. Restrictions:  Not available on holidays, holiday weekends or school vacation weeks. Valid through October 2015. Other terms may apply.

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Please visit my lovely cohosts at
Diane at Dollops of Diane
Kim at Family Friendly Boston
Jodi at Family Travel Magazine

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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 Mountain View Resort. All opinions are my own.

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