• Holidays,  MA Fun

    Holiday Fun in Eastern Massachusetts

    Massachusetts is so beautiful this time of year.  There are so many places to have some holiday fun in Eastern Massachusetts!  Plenty of these places are free or low cost (unless you have my kids with you – who are always hungry!)  Whether you are in town visiting family or just looking for some fun stuff to do, check out the list below. Most of these places are about an hour drive from Boston.  As always check out their website for more info including hours and dates they are open.. Many cities and town have their own local tree/square lighting – Be sure to check out your city’s local website for more events…

  • Frugal Life

    How to use what you have when food (and money) is running low.

      Did you ever look at the calendar and realize payday is still 7 days away and you are out of everything?? Or worse, you’re not sure when that next paycheck is coming??  Lately, the holidays have been zapping up what (little) extra money is around.      There are pantry challenges all over the internet testing people to use what they have instead of buying more. For some people (like me) it’s out of necessity more than a fun challenge.      I have been there (and currently live there). With 5 in my family and living on one income, it takes some creativity to get by with what we have. Sometimes…

  • Family Traditions,  Holidays

    16 Ways to Make Christmas Magical for Kids

      It’s finally here! After waiting all year – the magic of Christmas is upon us. The sound of Christmas music everywhere, the frosty weather and yummy goodies. There are so many fun ways to gets excited for the big day!  Having children makes Christmas so much more fun and there are a bunch of ways to make Christmas magical for them. Whether your kids are getting older or you have a new little addition to your family- it is important to make Christmas a magical experience for your kids.  Don’t feel obligated to do ALL of these things! Who needs more stress added to their life? Pick something that you…

  • Holidays

    Things to Stop doing at Christmas (so you can enjoy the season)

       The holidays are upon us. It is such an amazing time of year!  Especially when you have kids- they really help you get into the holiday spirit. The lights, the music, the excitement- it is so much fun if you actually enjoy it.    Sure, the holidays can be stressful as well. Let’s face it.. every year I always say I’m going to have money saved, the wrapping done early, cookies baked and ready to go. How often does that actually happen?  We always feel pressured to do a million things every season. As hard as this is to hear- we usually do this to ourselves. Half the things we…

  • MA Fun

    Family Fun at Edaville USA

       There are so many ways to have family fun at Edaville USA.   Edaville is a place close to my heart.  Growing up in Southeastern MA, Edaville was one of the only family theme parks around.  I have so many wonderful memories of Edaville, even before Thomas Land was a thing.     Now that Thomas Land has been added, its even more fun!   Edaville is a small family based theme park that is really geared towards younger kids. My oldest loves to go for the nostalgia and my little ones love all the rides. Our favorite time is to go around the holidays.  Halloween is so much fun and the kids…

  • Holidays

    Fun Thanksgiving Treats for Kids

    If your kids are anything like mine, they probably eat a spoonful of mashed potatoes and 3 dinner rolls for Thanksgiving dinner. Let’s face it- they are holding out for dessert!  Aren’t we all? There are the old standbys like all kinds of pie and cheesecake.  But if you are looking for something to appeal to kids at the dessert table.   Look no further!  These Thanksgiving treats ideas are pretty easy to achieve.  They can even be used for Thanksgiving movie night treats or  friends-giving as well.  

  • Holidays

    How to Prepare for Christmas Early

          Prepare for Christmas Early this year!  It seems like the holidays come earlier and earlier every year, don’t they?  With so much going on around the holiday season, it makes a parents life so much easier to prepare before hand.  After Halloween I really start to get into Christmas mode.  I start doing some behind-the-scenes planning in order for the Christmas season to be easier with less stress and hassle for me. It may seem like it’s too early to start planning- but it makes life so much easier! Especially when you have more time and are not rushing around. Here are some ways that you can get ahead…

  • Family Traditions

    Why Family Traditions are So Important

        When you have kids, traditions are something that you may start to do automatically. Even if you didn’t have many family traditions as a kid, it is such a fun way to make memories with your own children.  As your family grows and kids age, some traditions may change with time.  You may choose to carry on things you did as a child or add entirely new traditions to your family’s repertoire.  Most families decide to do a mix of both.   If you think back to when you were a kid,  those memories and traditions are the pillar of what defines your childhood. I remember sleeping in my brothers…

  • Family Traditions,  Holidays

    Thanksgiving Family Traditions

      Thanksgiving is such a wonderful family holiday. It is such a magical time of year, the leaves have changed and the holidays are right around the corner. While the food is arguably one of the best parts of Thanksgiving, spending time with family runs a close second.  I loved waking up and watching the parade as a kid and having a loud family dinner together.  Now I may sleep on the couch with one eye open watching the parade with my kids after working night shift – but it still is a part of our Thanksgiving family tradition!                        …

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