Groupon | ONE DIRECTION Tickets at Gillette Stadium!

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We have a HOT new Groupon for ONE DIRECTION TICKETS at Gillette Stadium on September 12th!!  I thought they were coming in July, but what do I know?!?!

You have 2 different ticket options:

Limit 8 per person.

Get your One Direction Tickets HERE

Highland Street Foundation: FREE Fun Fridays 2015

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Highland Street Foundation: FREE Fun Fridays 2015

Highland Street Foundation is again offering FREE Fun Fridays this summer in Massachusetts starting on June 26th, 2015.  There will be 70 museums and cultural venues open for FREE on Fridays all summer long.  These are perfect to schedule into your STAYCATION plans this summer.

You can see the schedule HERE, but these are the offerings through July.  Click on the date you are interested in to get specific details:

JUNE 26th, 2015

  • TANGLEWOOD
  • NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
  • THE MOUNT: EDITH WHARTON’S HOME
  • WORCESTER ART MUSEUM
  • MIT MUSEUM
  • PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
  • THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES

JULY 3th, 2015

  • BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
  • HERITAGE MUSEUMS & GARDENS
  • FALMOUTH MUSEUMS ON THE GREEN
  • BERKSHIRE MUSEUM
  • AMELIA PARK CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
  • NAUMKEAG, TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS
  • OLD MANSE, TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS

JULY 10th, 2015

  • EDWARD M. KENNEDY INSTITUTE
  • CAPE COD MARITIME MUSEUM
  • NEW BEDFORD WHALING MUSEUM
  • CHILDREN’S MUSEUM AT HOLYOKE
  • INTERNATIONAL VOLLEYBALL HALL OF FAME
  • DANFORTH ART
  • NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

JULY 17th, 2015

  • MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON
  • LARZ ANDERSON AUTO MUSEUM
  • THE SPORTS MUSEUM
  • CAPE ANN MUSEUM
  • CHILDREN’S MUSEUM IN EASTON
  • FITCHBURG ART MUSEUM
  • TOWER HILL BOTANIC GARDEN

JULY 24th, 2015

  • COMMONWEALTH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
  • ARNOLD ARBORETUM OF HARVARD UNIVERSITY
  • BATTLESHIP COVE / MARINE MUSEUM
  • EDWARD GOREY HOUSE
  • PILGRIM HALL MUSEUM
  • FRUITLANDS MUSEUM
  • MUSEUM OF RUSSIAN ICONS

JULY 31st, 2015

  • THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON
  • SANDWICH GLASS MUSEUM
  • CAPE COD MUSEUM OF ART
  • GARDEN IN THE WOODS
  • WENHAM MUSEUM
  • AMERICAN TEXTILE HISTORY MUSEUM
  • THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM

I will post reminders each week, but mark your calendars now!

Do not forget to check out other Massachusetts Staycation Ideas!

Staycation on a Budget 2015: over 50 cities!

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Staycation on a Budget

If you want to plan a staycation or frugal vacation somewhere in the US, go no further.  I have shared STAYCATION NEW ENGLAND: Boston and Beyond and how you need to make sure you UNPLUG, PLAN and be CREATIVE!  Lucky for us over 50+ other bloggers who did the same for their part of the country and here they are.  What a fantastic resource!

Be sure to come back and let me know what great staycation ideas you have for YOUR home state.

A – D

Phoenix, Arizona — Saving For Someday
Fresno, California — Living A Frugal Life
Orange County, California — More With Less Today
San Diego, California — Southern Cali Saver
Denver, Colorado — Bargain Blessings
Washington, District of Columbia — Kidventurous

F – I

Disney World, Florida — The Happy Housewife
Jacksonville, Florida — Saving The Family Money
Orlando, Florida — Coupon Mamacita
St Augustine, Florida — Simply St. Augustine
Tallahasse, Florida — SwagGrabber
Tampa Bay, Florida — LaToyaEdwards.net
Atlanta, Georgia — Pretty Frugal Diva
Dahlonega, Georgia — Kathys Cluttered Mind
Savannah, Georgia — This Mommy Saves Money
Aurora/Chicago, Illinois — A Savings WOW!
Chicago, Illinois — Entertaining Chicago
Indianapolis, Indiana — Chaos Is Bliss

K – P

Lexington, Kentucky — Homeschool Village
Louisville, Kentucky — The Kennedy Adventures
Northern Kentucky, Kentucky — Simply Sherryl
Carroll County, Maryland — Looking at life CreativLEI
Boston, Massachusetts — Maven of Savin
Battle Creek, Michigan — Pichea Place
Grand Rapids, Michigan — Give Me Neither
Metro Detroit, Michigan — Saving Dollars and Sense
Kansas City Area, Missouri/Kansas — Redefined Mom
Omaha, Nebraska — Family Fun in Omaha
Central, New Jersey — Our Good Life
Cincinnati, Ohio — Adventure Mom
Cleveland, Ohio — Kosher on a Budget
Columbus, Ohio — Cleverly Simple
Dayton, Ohio — Savings Lifestyle
Mansfield & Richland County, Ohio — The Traveling Praters
Miami County, Ohio — Something 2 Offer
Northeast, Ohio — Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
Portland, Oregon — Frugal Living NW
Harrisburg/Central, PA — Family Balance Sheet
Erie, Pennsylvania — Growing Kids Ministry
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Moms Need To Know
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — The Coupon High

R – W

Arlington, Texas — Grocery Shop For FREE
Fort Worth, Texas — Coupons and Freebies Mom
Houston, Texas — Melissa’s Bargains
Katy, Texas — Moms Confession
San Antonio, Texas — How to Homeschool My Child
Tyler, Texas — iLoveMy5Kids
Charlottesville, Virgina — How to Have it All
Norfolk, Virgina — The Talking Suitcase
Richmond, Virgina — Vacation Maybe
Seattle, Washington — Thrifty NW Mom
Tacoma/South Puget Sound, Washington — Queen Bee Coupons
Oshkosh, Wisconsin — A Little Bit of This and That

What are your favorite STAYCATION ideas?

Staycation New England: Boston & Beyond

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Staycation New England 2015: Boston & Beyond

Check out 50+ other city resources for Staycations HERE

New England, made up for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island & Connecticut, is rich with history and variety.  There are mountains, beaches, history, art, cities and country life… almost anything you could imagine.

I said it before and I will say it again… When is the last time you looked around where YOU live and took advantage of all it has to offer?  Massachusetts and the surrounding areas have a plethora of activities for the local or distant tourists.

Memorial Day approaches, HIGH gas prices remain and we continue to look for frugal summer fun.  More and more people will again be sticking close to home for STAYCATIONS, but this does not mean you need to settle for anything less than a spectacular.

Staycation – UNPLUG, RELAX, it is a REAL VACATION

Before we talk about WHAT you can do, you need to be in the correct state of mine.  A staycation does not need to be a “what we did because we could not afford to go away”.  It can be an adventure and you should plan it with as much excitement and vigor as you do a vacation.  Whether you are taking a full week off or using your days as a series of long weekends, it is important that you “pretend” you are actually away and on vacation.

  • UNPLUG – though this is tough with today’s technology, if you were on a cruise in the Bahamas, would you be checking email and texting all day?  I say NO, so do not when on your staycation.  The purpose of a vacation is to regroup, re-energize and spend quality time with the ones you love.
  • PLAN ACTIVITIES – Once you pick your staycation dates, plan the week with activities as you would a real vacation.  Even if you choose to have a down day and just relax, do not fill it with chores – you are on vacation.  READ a BOOK.
  • BE CREATIVE – Think outside the box.  Camping in the backyard could be just as fun as going away.  Vacation is a mind-set and if you set your mind into having a fun, fulfilling week, you will.  Take pictures just as you would on a traditional vacation.  Eat ice cream, sleep in, stay up late and any other things you typically do on vacation.

Year of the Staycation 2015: Exploring MA and beyond

I am lucky enough to live in Massachusetts where over 12 million tourist pay lots of money each year to visit.  So why is it that we feel we have to travel for vacation?  There is so much to do in this state in addition to all of the obvious Boston and historical attractions.  It is really easy to forget what is around you when you live here.  As you begin to plan, be sure to check out BostonCentral as well as some great daily deals on local attractions through Groupon, Eversave, LivingSocial, PlumDistrict and Amazon Local so keep an eye out for those as well.

Below are some fun activities and resources to help you explore Boston, all of Massachusetts, and even further into New England to help you plan a wonderful staycation:

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Fandango Movie Tickets – Buy one, get one FREE (Visa Signature Cards)

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Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 9.43.02 AMAre you headed to the movies tonight?   Fandango has a great deal if you have a Visa Signature card.  Every Friday, get 2 for 1 movie tickets when you use your Visa Signature card.

Check your VISA – it may be a Signature Card and you do not even know it.

Get a head start if you have a Chase Visa Signature card – you can order your tickets on Wednesday through Friday  for any film currently on sale for a Friday showing.

This offer is every Friday through 8/21/15.

What movies are you seeing?

Regal Cinemas Summer $1 Movie Express 2015

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summerThe Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express 2015

The Regal Cinemas are again hosting the Summer Movie Express with $1 movies on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10 am with a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

Each region may have a different starting date, but follow the same weekly schedule so call your theater to confirm.

Be sure to sign up to be a Regal Crown Club Member for great discounts – it’s FREE!

Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express 2015 Schedule

  • Week 1 Nut Job  and Annie (Tues June 9th and Wed June 10th)
  • Week 2 Earth to Echo and The Boxtrolls (Tues June 16th and Wed June 17th)
  • Week 3 Paddington and Turbo (Tues June 23rd and Wed June 24th)
  • Week 4 Rio 2 and How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Tues June 30th and Wed July 1st)
  • Week 5 Mr. Peabody & Sherman and The Book of Life (Tues July 7 and Wed July 8th)
  • Week 6 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Penguins of Madagascar (Tues July 14th and Wed July 15th)
  • Week 7 The Lego Movie and Dolphin Tale 2 (Tues July 21st and Wed July 22nd)
  • Week 8 Muppets Most Wanted and Alexander and the Very Bad Day (Tues July 28th and Wed July 29th)
  • Week 9 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The SpongeBob Movie (Tues August 4th and Wed August 5th)

REMEMBER to call ahead and verify, but this is a GREAT DEAL!  Perfect supplement to your Staycation Plans.

ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas 2014 Schedule

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ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas 2014

ABC Family has released the 25 Days of Christmas Schedule starting on December 1st.  There are many classics that we all remember.

What are your Christmas favorites?

Monday, December 1
(4:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) JACK FROST (1979)
(5:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) ELF
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE
(12:00–1:00 AM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN
(1:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) JACK FROST (1979)

Tuesday, December 2
(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH AND FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) ELF
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) PRANCER

Wednesday, December 3
(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) PRANCER
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) A VERY BRADY CHRISTMAS

Thursday, December 4
(5:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR
(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) SNOW

Friday, December 5
(5:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL
(8:00–10:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
(10:30–11:30 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN
(11:30 PM–2:00 AM ET/PT) – FRED CLAUS

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100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime

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You all LOVED the 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime which included some kids classics, but what about 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime.

The Amazon Book Editors have created a list of 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime that will create loads of adventures & memories for your kids.

It included classics from years gone by, classics in the making, the serious, the silly, the surreal. They chose the books based on the idea of selecting the 100 that cover the years from birth (those first well-worn titles) up to age 12.  

I have read so many of these… have you?  BOOKMARK this page and use it as a resource to check off what you have read or to pick out books for GIFTS!  I love to give books as gifts!

Check out the Readers Picks as well – there is a lot of overlap. 

  1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  2. The Classic Treasury of Aesop’s Fables by Don Daily
  3. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  4. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  5. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
  6. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
  7. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  8. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
  9. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
  10. Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales (Peter Rabbit) by Beatrix Potter
  11. Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
  12. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  13. Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
  14. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  15. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  16. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  17. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  18. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
  19. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
  20. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  21. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  22. D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire
  23. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  24. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
  25. Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection by Dr. Seuss
  26. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  27. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  28. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  29. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  30. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
  31. Grimm’s Complete Fairy Talesby Jacob Grimm
  32. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  33. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  34. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  35. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  36. Holes by Louis Sachar
  37. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  38. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
  39. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  40. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  41. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
  42. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  43. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  44. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  45. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  46. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
  47. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
  48. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
  49. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  50. Olivia by Ian Falconer
  51. Owen by Kevin Henkes
  52. Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling
  53. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
  54. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  55. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  56. Press Here by Hervé Tullet
  57. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  58. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  59. The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  60. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  61. The Call Of The Wild by Jack London
  62. The Complete Adventures of Curious George by H. A. Rey
  63. The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
  64. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  65. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
  66. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  67. The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
  68. The Invention of Hugo Cabretby Brian Selznick
  69. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  70. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
  71. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  72. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  73. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  74. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  75. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  76. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
  77. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  78. The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright
  79. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  80. The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, Book 1) by Carolyn Keene
  81. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  82. The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant by Jean De Brunhoff
  83. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  84. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  85. The Tower Treasure (The Hardy Boys No. 1) by Franklin W. Dixon
  86. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  87. The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  88. The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
  89. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  90. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  91. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  92. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  93. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
  94. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  95. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  96. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  97. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  98. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  99. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  100. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Add these to your kids reading bucket list and reread or read for the first time yourself!

What are your favorites?

The Color Run: $5 off registration NOW!

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The Color Run 2014 – The Original Paint Race

You all know I have been working on my fitness and being more physically active.  If you are too, check out The Color Run coming to many cities during their 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour  – hopefully near you!  October is the month for my local areas

The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality.  It is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants, or “Color Runners”, are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:

  • Wear white at the starting line
  • Finish plastered in color!

AND ends with an epic Finish Festival…

Have you ever done it???  Please tell us all about it!  Sounds like a blast…

You can also save $5 off a regular priced registration in The Color Run – valid for a single or team runner/walker/crawler.  See anyone can do it – LOL!  Just TYPE (copy/paste will not work) in the promo code HAPPY5OFF at checkout.  Not valid on the deluxe package or with any other discounts.

 Get signed up today!

Though it is a for-profit company, they have raised donations for more than 80 local and national charities since 2012. To date, The Color Run has donated more than $3 million to charity.


Kids Bowl FREE 2014

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Kids Bowl FREE is back again this year and I am so excited my local bowling alley is participating.

Every child can get TWO FREE games every day all summer long!  You will have to pay for shoe rental if you do not have your own.  Once you register for the bowling center near you, you will have coupons emailed to you weekly.

In addition you can also upgrade to a Family Pass for $24.95 which will get you 2 games per person for up to 4 adult family members.  That is a great a deal for some inexpensive family fun.

Kids Bowl Free is in 950+ locations in 46 states – plus Canada

This is a wonderful thing to add to your Staycation plans.

Kids Bowl FREE

Disclosure: I post about this every year regardless, but I was given a FREE family pass for my family this year.