25 Candy Free Kid’s Valentines

With the focus on helping kids make healthy choices,  schools now request that children send in Valentines that are candy-free.   This can become time consuming and expensive (or everyone ends up with pencils and erasers!).  Fear not my friends, we have put together a list of easy and fun valentines for you to make with your kids that don’t require loads of time:

  1. Animal Mask Valentines from And We Play
  2. Bee Mine by Pizzazerrie
  3. You Make My Heart Bounce by The Crafting Chicks
  4. I’m Stuck on You by Located Living
  5. Color Your Heart Out by Northwest Loves
  6. I’m Crazy for You by Ginger Snap Crafts
  7. DIY Toy Animal  by Please Note Paper
  8. Don’t Ever Change Half Dollars by Jac O’Lyn Murphy
  9. Friendship Bracelet Valentines by Dandee
  10. I’m Wild About You  by The Crafting Chicks
  11. Race Car Valentines by Paper and Pip
  12. Play-Doh Valentines by g*rated
  13. I Spy Valentines by Sally J Shim
  14. You A-Maze Me (Gender Neutral) by The Crafting Chicks
  15. Princess and Super Hero Pegs by Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line
  16. Whoopee Funny Valentine by Paging Supermom
  17. You Blow Me Away by The Girl Creative
  18. You Rock by Red Bird Crafts
  19. Glow Stick Bracelet by Kommuicated
  20. Valentine’s Bookmarks by Summit Avenue Design
  21. Love Bug Valentines by Dandee
  22. Seed Starter Valentine by Martha Stewart
  23. You Rule by Located Living
  24. You Brighten My Day by Modern Chic Tots
  25. Blow Me A Kiss by Lil’ Luna

Easter Basket Fillers

Is the Easter Bunny stumped on what to fill those baskets with? We’ve got you covered with our Easter Basket Filler ideas from your favorite local stores.

Mono Mono Boutique, Once Upon a Time, The Toy Box Hanover, Rock Paper Scissors

DIY Halloween Decorations

Halloween is one of those “holidays”. Either you’re obsessed with it and can’t wait for it to arrive, or it’s just another day.

For those of you who are obsessed, here are some great DIY Halloween decorating ideas. Some fun and some downright scary!

Happy Halloween…

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New England In All Its Glory Celebrating Independence Day

There are so many festivals and firework displays throughout New England celebrating the Fourth of July. In order to make it easier to decide which one to go to, we’ve tried to compile the most popular festivals and displays in one location.

BOSTON HARBORFEST
July 2 – 7, 2015

http://www.bostonusa.com/harborfest/
Boston Harborfest is a six-day long Fourth of July Festival that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the cradle of the American Revolution: the historic City of Boston. The award-winning festival strives to honor and remember the past, celebrate the present, and educate the future with reenactments, concerts, historical tours and much, much more. More than 200 daily events during the festival are concentrated in Boston’s historic downtown and waterfront districts, with sponsored main events on Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Visitors to the Annual Chowderfest will vote for “Boston’s Best Chowder” after sampling traditional New England-style clam chowder from some of the Boston area’s top restaurants.

BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR
July 3 – 4, 2015

Boston, MA
http://www.july4th.org/
America’s premier Independence Day celebration, this annual event is a Boston holiday tradition which is televised across the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come from around the world to celebrate America’s birthday on the banks of the Charles River. The Boston Pops Orchestra leads the celebration, including a famous rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” which features real cannons and the live ringing of area church bells. The entire event ends with a spectacular fireworks show in the skies above Boston. Take public transportation, bring some picnic food and drink, and arrive before noon to find a good seat!

AN 1830’s INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE
July 4 2015

Sturbridge, MA
https://www.osv.org/event/july-4th-fireworks-0
Old Sturbridge Village is the largest outdoor history museum in the northeast and portrays life in a New England village in the 1830s. Step back to a time when America was new, and veterans of the fight for freedom still lived. Join in the fun as the martial band leads the citizen’s procession as they march through the streets. Cheer and huzzah during a rousing patriotic reading of the Declaration of Independence and sign a giant reproduction of the document. Make your own tri-cornered hat to wear as you learn to drill with the Sturbridge Militia. Learn dances done by 19th-century Americans and play a game of “base ball.”

STRAWBERY BANKE: AN AMERICAN CELEBRATION
July 4, 2015

Portsmouth, NH
http://www.strawberybanke.org/
A real old-fashioned fabulous 4th of July! Complete with a children’s bike & wagon parade, giant kite fly, potato sack races, kids liberty treasure hunt, garden crafts, live music, historic garden tours, costumed role players, colonial hearth cooking, basket weaving, hand-thrown pottery, food and fun for all. Tour a Gundalow River Boat and meet Abe Lincoln.

AMERICA’S OLDEST INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE
July 4, 2015

Bristol, RI
http://www.july4thbristolri.com/
Come to the town of Bristol, Rhode Island, for the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the USA. Overlooking Narragansett Bay, this town has a classic American main street feel with beautiful stately homes decorated for the occasion. There’s also a Fourth of July ball, a Drum Corp show, a visiting ship and fireworks over Bristol Harbor.

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
July 4, 2014

Eastport, ME
http://www.eastport4th.com
The largest July 4th celebration in Maine, with dozens of scheduled events over several days, including a Grand Independence Parade, fireworks, entertainment, games, antique car show, and contests. Also free tours from a visiting U.S. Navy ship.

HOMETOWN CELEBRATION
Freeport, ME

http://www.llbean.com/shop/retailStores/100thcelebration
Freeport and L.L. Bean team up to deliver three days of patriotic entertainment and lots of outdoor fun. Everything from road races and parades to terrific live musical performances and even opportunities to see the Red Sox World Series trophies are scheduled, plus a grand finale fireworks show.

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Gorham, NH

http://www.gorhamnh.org
Often spanning multiple days leading up to the 4th, this event features live music nightly, plus a carnival, road race, chili and chowder cookoff, horse drawn wagon rides, classic car parade, fireworks and more!

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
July 4, 2014

Stowe, VT
http://www.gostowe.com
A day-long extravaganza of food, music, entertainers, and events. Face painting, politicians dunking booth, pet parade, magicians, clowns, balloons, and a Main Street sidewalk sale. Mayo Farm hosts a field carnival and everyone turns out for the incredible annual fireworks display.

“Pick Your Own”


It’s Summertime and that means an Enjoyable and Edible family outing is in your future to pick your own fresh fruits such as:

Strawberries in June
Blueberries July-September
Peaches July-September
Apples August-November
Pumpkins September-October

To find a farm near you, click on the below website for your specific state~Enjoy!

Massachusetts:
http://www.mass.gov/agr/massgrown/pyo.htm
Connecticut:
http://www.ct.gov/doag/cwp/view.asp?a=3260&q=399070
Rhode Island:
http://www.visitri.com/state/pick-your-own-farms/

Winter Wonderland is here to stay, choose to embrace it and play like a kid again!

Winter is here, and here to stay for a while. With that, we have the choice to either hibernate and check off the days on our calendars until the first day of Spring arrives, or we can choose to embrace all of the mounds and mounds of white stuff Mother Nature has so graciously given us over the past few days, and play in it like we once did as a kid, all day long, and loving every minute of it.

Here are some great snow toys that will bring hours and hours of fun not only for the kids but the entire family. From building and decorating your own Dinosaur or Snow Bear to hiding in the igloo you just built with Snow Bricks because a snowball fight ensues with the Snow Ball Blaster, to racing your Polaris Remote-controlled Snowmobile around the mountains of snow everywhere.

Have fun and play. Spring will be here soon enough, enjoy today!