From the monthly archives:

June 2011

This past weekend we celebrated our daughter’s 3rd birthday with a Princess & Pirate themed party at our home.  Despite a rainy start, the skies brightened in time for our guests’ arrival, and we ended up with a perfectly sweet party for our little princess!

The birthday girl wore a gorgeous Pink Tutu and matching Personalized Crown T-Shirt from Fairytale Tutu’s.  The pictures just don’t do justice to the cuteness of this outfit, it was just stunning in person.  It bounced when she ran, swirled when she twirled, and puffed perfectly when she sat.  What little girl could ask for more?

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The dessert table was an explosion of pink with a little bit of green and purple mixed in.    party032

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This beautiful Doll Cake was created by Sweet Melissa Cakes and Cookies.  The dress was covered in delicate pink frosting rosettes, the bodice made of fondant in the same color.  Melissa added a little bit of glitter, and the dress sparkled in person so prettily. The cake was so gorgeous, I didn’t want to cut it up!

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These adorable Princess Cupcake Toppers were designed by Kristin from K&L Designs using our party colors of pink and green.  So lovely sitting on top of sugary cupcakes!

PRINTABLE Princess Party Circles {keep reading…}

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imageAmy from Boston Twin Mommy is a Mama to twin preemie girls, social media enthusiast and blogger!  Today, Amy shares some thoughts on being a mom of multiples:

Having twins is really the best of all worlds. Your babies have instant playmates, you have double the fun and learn (very quickly) how to parent ‘on the fly.’ My husband and I had been married four years when we decided that it might be the right time to start a family. Figuring it’d take some time, we didn’t exactly ‘plan ahead’ (ah, planning ahead is for ninnies anyhow) and were surprised to learn we’d become pregnant… our anniversary was July 17th… my due date? April 18th… oooopsies!

We became even more astounded when I went to our first ultrasound. I don’t think the technician knew that we didn’t know we were having twins yet and when she nonchalantly mentioned the ‘heartbeat A & B,’ I think my husband damn near broke my fingers he was holding my hand so tightly. {keep reading…}

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imageWednesday, June 29th is the seasonal opening of the spray pool at the Boston Common Frog Pond!  Starting at 11am, families, children and guests are invited to kick off the 2011 summer season with a wonderful day celebrating the grand opening of the wading
and spray pool at the Boston Common Frog Pond.  There will be storytelling, face painting, a special visit from the official mascot
Frog Pond Freddie, and other family friendly activities. 

The pool will remain open every day from 11am-6pm until Labor Day. Visitors can also hop on over to the Frog Pond Café and enjoy sandwiches, snacks, refreshments and frozen yogurt at very reasonable prices.  {keep reading…}

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Today Nikki and Alicia from A Healthy Balance share some ideas for keeping the kids entertained, with a food twist!  Don’t miss out on the discount offer to save on their Be A Healthy Chef! cookbook at the end of the post:

The end of the school year is here, and we’re sure some of the local mamas are going to be looking for ways to keep the kids entertained. Summer vacation is a great time to explore and experiment with your kids and their daily food choices. Kids who know what their food is and are more intimately involved in its preparation are more likely to try new things and be open to healthier alternatives. Here are some tips to try out with your family:

1. Tour a local farm. Most farms that sell products also offer tours. Meet the cows that produce your milk, see the land where your produce grows.

2. Visit a pick your own farm. Strawberries start the season in mid-June, followed by blueberries and raspberries over the rest of the summer. {keep reading…}

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Summer is finally here – with it comes warm weather, long days spent outside with friends, afternoons in the sprinkler, evenings by the fire pit.  Unfortunately, summer also means some unwanted backyard pests.  Today Pure Pest Management shares some helpful tips on protecting your family from mosquitoes and ticks:

MOSQUITO PREVENTION:

  • Mosquitoes need standing water to reproduce.  Make sure that you reduce as much standing water around the house as possible.  Remove old tires, buckets, old flower planters, and anything that can collect water.
  • Weekly yard maintenance is very important – Not only does it make your property look great but it ensures that there are no unwanted household items collecting outside, this will help reduce pooling of rainwater and ultimately keep any mosquitoes from multiplying.   {keep reading…}

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imageStart off summer with a bang at Franklin Park Zoo’s summer kick-off event featuring Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys! On Sunday, June 26th from 10:30–11:30am visit the zoo for an outdoor concert by Vanessa and her band where they’ll have you strutting like peacocks, hooting like owls, cockadoodle-dooing like roosters, and jumping like monkeys!

Before and after the show, you can meet some of the Franklin Park Zoo’s animals up-close! The Zoo’s educators will present an animal encounter at 10:15am and 11:30am.   {keep reading…}

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