MERRY CHRISTMAS 2013

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Merry-Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2013

Hope you all have a joyous day with your family and friends.  RELAX and take in the season’s pleasures.

Santa’s LIVE Reindeer Cam

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I almost forgot to tell you about Santa’s LIVE Reindeer Cam.  You can catch a glimpse Santa feeding them at 11am, 6pm and 9pm EST each day.

ENJOY and I hope you get a chance to see Santa!  I just did.

Check out Santa’s LIVE Reindeer CAM

FREE Boston Duck Tours

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FREE Boston Duck Tours

Looking for something to do tomorrow?

Thanks to Santander we can all ride the Boston Duck Tours for FREE on October 18th ONLY.  So if you missed this as part of your Boston Staycation, now is the time.

The entire Boston Duck Tour fleet has been reserved on this day in order to give free Duck Tours all day! Reservations for October 18th cannot be made in advance. Tickets may only be obtained the morning of Friday, October 18th in person at any Boston Duck Tour ticket booth location – the Museum of Science, Prudential Center or New England Aquarium.

They open at 8:30 and run every 1/2 hour until just before sunset. Space is limited, and tickets are available on a first-come, first serve basis. Maximum of 6 tickets per person.

If you have never done this it is super fun.  Even if you have grown up here all your life, you will learn something new.  Learn more HERE.

thanks BostonOnABudget

Highland Street FREE Fun Friday 2013 – STARTS tomorrow!

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Highland Street Foundation: FREE Fun Fridays 2013

Like I told you, Highland Street Foundation is again offering FREE Fun Fridays this summer in Massachusetts starting on June 28th, 2013 – THAT IS TOMORROW!!!

There will be 60 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 here are the places you can visit tomorrow for FREE.  Click on the date you are interested in to get specific details:

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JUNE 28th, 2013

  • FREEDOM TRAIL FOUNDATION
  • MASS MOCA
  • STONE ZOO
  • WORCESTER ART MUSEUM
  • HERITAGE MUSEUMS & GARDENS
  • TANGLEWOOD

The freebies during the month of July looks like fun!

Where are you going to go tomorrow?

Kids Bowl FREE 2013 – starts this week!

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IT STARTS THIS WEEK – just got my coupons via email!!!

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.

Highland Street Foundation FREE Fun Fridays 2013

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Highland Street Foundation: FREE Fun Fridays 2013

Celebrating their 5th Anniversary, Highland Street Foundation is again offering FREE Fun Fridays this summer in Massachusetts starting on June 28th, 2013.

There will be 60 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 for July.  Click on the date you are interested in to get specific details:

JUNE 28th, 2013

  • FREEDOM TRAIL FOUNDATION
  • MASS MOCA
  • STONE ZOO
  • WORCESTER ART MUSEUM
  • HERITAGE MUSEUMS & GARDENS
  • TANGLEWOOD

JULY 5th, 2013

  • MASS AUDUBON’S BOSTON NATURE CENTER
  • CAPE COD MUSEUM OF ART
  • MARTHA’S VINEYARD MUSEUM
  • CHILDREN’S MUSEUM AT HOLYOKE
  • VOLLEYBALL HALL OF FAME
  • PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

JULY 12th, 2013

  • MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON
  • LARZ ANDERSON AUTO MUSEUM
  • CAPE COD CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
  • PILGRIM HALL MUSEUM
  • MUSEUM OF RUSSIAN ICONS
  • JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL

JULY 19th, 2013

  • JFK LIBRARY & MUSEUM
  • REAGLE MUSIC THEATRE
  • BUTTONWOOD PARK ZOO
  • DANFORTH ART
  • HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE
  • GARDEN IN THE WOODS

JULY 26th, 2013

  • COMMONWEALTH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
  • NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
  • AMERICAN TEXTILE HISTORY MUSEUM
  • CHILDREN’S MUSEUM IN EASTON
  • AMELIA PARK CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
  • HIGGINS ARMORY MUSEUM

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

Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day to all those dad’s, almost dad’s, father figures (you are just as important!) who love us, play with us, keep us safe and above all, make us laugh!

I think this photo montage from AwkwardFamilyPhotos says it all!

BUT really dad, we just want you to know we LOVE YOU because YOU are YOU! Emmy says it all HERE.

Summer Water Play for Kids

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photo: TheKennedyAdventures.com

Though it has been hard to imagine in New England, the warm weather will be back and the kids will be home looking for something to do.

Whether you are away on vacation or enjoying a frugal STAYCATION, when it is HOT there is nothing better than WATER FUN to get the kids outside and cool things down a bit.  My friend Dianna over at The Kennedy Adventures just did a series – 5 Days of Water Play –  and I cannot wait to give them a try… check them out:

I absolutely HATE pinatas at parties, but I am definitely going to give the Waterballoon Pinatas a try this summer.

What other creative WATER FUN ideas do you have?

Year of the Staycation 2013: Frugal Fun Across the US

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If you want to plan a staycation or frugal vacation somewhere in the US, go no further.  Yesterday we talked about STAYCATION 2013 Boston: Frugal Fun in Massachusetts and how you need to make sure you UNPLUG, PLAN and be CREATIVE!  Lucky for us over 90 ther 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.

Mid Atlantic

NW (or all), Connecticut :: Parenting Miracles
Boston (or all), Massachusetts :: Maven of Savin
Central, New Jersey :: Our Good LIfe
Adirondak Mountains and Central, New York :: For This Season
Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York :: Ann’s Entitled Life
Syracuse, New York :: I am THAT lady
Erie, Pennsylvania :: Growing Kids Ministry
Greater Harrisburg, Pennsylvania :: Family Balance Sheet
Hershey, Pennsylvania :: Good Deal Mama
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania :: Beyond the Cover
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania :: The Coupon “High”
Poconos, Pennsylvania :: Bucktown Bargains
Scranton, Pennsylvania :: Bucktown Bargains

Midwest

Des Moines, Iowa :: Make the best of everything
Aurora, Illinois :: A Savings WOW!
Central, Illinois :: The Homeschool Scientist
Chicago, Illinois :: Chicagoland Homeschool Network
Naperville, Illinois :: The Sensible Mom
Schaumburg, Illinois :: Ravings By Rae
Fort Wayne, Indiana :: Simplified Saving
Indianapolis, Indiana (Metro Area) :: In Good Cents
Muncie, Indiana (Central IN) :: the daisyhead
Northern Indiana :: So Dough Savvy
Kansas City Area :: Kansas City Mamas
Metro Detroit, Michigan :: Saving Dollars and Sense
Grand Rapids, Michigan :: Give Me Neither
Oakland County, Michigan :: Bargain Shopper Mom
Minneapolis, Minnesota :: Creative Couponing
Rural Minnesota (either Southern our Lake Country) :: Mommysavers.com
St. Cloud, Minnesota :: Frugal Finders
Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas :: Kosher on a Budget
Springfield, Missouri :: Getting Freedom
Cincinnati, Ohio :: Family Friendly Cincinnati
Columbus, Ohio :: Cleverly Simple
Dayton, Ohio :: Savings Lifestyle: Dayton
Mansfield, Ohio :: The Traveling Praters
NE Ohio :: Raising Lifelong Learners
Northeast Ohio (Canton, Akron, Cleveland) :: Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
Black Hills, South Dakota :: Little House Living
South Dakota :: Moms Mustard Seeds
Oshkosh, Wisconsin :: Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom

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Staycation 2013 – Boston & Frugal Fun in Massachusetts

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Staycation 2013 Boston: Frugal Fun in Massachusetts

NOT IN MASSACHUSETTS, have no fear, check out these Staycation Ideas across the U.S.

Memorial Day approaches, HIGH gas prices remain and we are all looking for frugal summer fun.  More and more people will be sticking close to home for STAYCATIONS, but this by no means you are settling.  When is the last time you just took a look around you?  There are so many resources and fun things to do that we overlook daily.

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.
  • 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 2013: Exploring Boston and Massachusetts

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, and Amazon Local so keep an eye out for those as well.

Below are some fun activities and resources in Boston and Massachusetts to help you plan a wonderful staycation:

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