Saturday, March 11, 2023

Don't miss the Art of the Brick LEGO exhibit in Boston! Now until the end of April 2023

Nathan Sawaya is a renowned artist who has taken the world by storm with his captivating creations made entirely out of LEGO bricks. His exhibit, "The Art of the Brick," has been in Boston since November and delighting audiences.

"The Art of the Brick" features many sculptures throughout three floors, ranging from small and intricate to large and awe-inspiring. Each sculpture has been made using thousands of LEGO bricks, and we were tried guessing how many bricks were in each sculpture. We were surprised when we looked at the total number of bricks it took to build each one!

You are encouraged to take photos, being careful not to touch the structures on the first and second floor. Once you get to the third floor, you can build their own creations using LEGO bricks provided at the exhibit and even take a picture sitting in a life-size LEGO chair. This interactive aspect of the exhibit adds an element of fun and creativity that is rare in traditional art exhibits.

"The Art of the Brick" is a must-see exhibit for anyone interested in art, design, or LEGO bricks. It is a testament to the power of creativity and imagination, and it showcases the incredible potential of a toy that has captured the hearts and minds of generations. 

We are pleased to offer a giveaway for a 4-pack of tickets to this show. Please enter below using the rafflecopter widget:

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NOTE: We were provided with complimentary passes to the exhibit to facilitate this review as well as passes to giveaway to a lucky reader. All opinions are our own and no other compensation was provided.

Sunday, February 26, 2023

A fun time at the Run Show Boston - shoelaces by Caterpy and LockLaces and clean shoes by Shoozas

Caterpy Elastic Laces
Earlier this month, we went to the Run Show Boston, an event by runners for runners... We got a chance to check out some innovative things for the running community.

A few of the things I enjoyed and had the chance to try out were:

Caterpy Elastic Laces

These laces are a great option for runners as well as kids. You can put them through your sneakers just like regular shoe laces but as they go in through each loop the elastic bulb makes a pop sound. The best part about these laces is that you can adjust the tension very easily by pulling the laces tighter or loosen them - it takes a little getting used to but once you do there is really nothing like it. They also had hair elastics/bracelets made out of the same elastic material. The laces were also fun as a fidget toy due to their elasticity.

The best thing is that you can slip your sneakers on and off with ease and then tension of the laces just holds them in place. We really enjoyed that the name of the company as well, since the kids enjoy playing Pokemon and when we asked, they said the name of the company is most certainly a play on the Pokemon character. We had a good chuckle about that.

Lock Laces
LockLaces

We enjoyed the booth at LockLaces. These elastic strings can be threaded just like regular laces, and then at the top you put them through a grip mechanism and cut the excess lace and cap the end. This is also a great option for kids and folks looking to be able to slip on their sneakers and tighten them up without having knots and excess lace.

I had the chance to compete in a contest to see if I could lace up the LockLaces the fastest. They said the winner from yesterday did it in 46 seconds. I have never done this before so they showed me how to do it once and then I tried it myself and was able to complete it in 1 minute even - 60 seconds total. I was happy with my result but wasn't too confident I would win. I got an email after the show saying that I won that day's contest and was so excited! 

Shoozas
Shoozas:

This is like a spa for your sneakers. This innovative company sells cleaning kits for your shoes but also has a service where you can send them your sneakers and they will clean them up and ship them back to you. I certainly haven't heard of this before but it totally makes sense for shoes you wear a lot and especially if you paid a lot of money for them - you want to keep them in the best shape! Some people spend over $1,000 for a pair of shoes!

There were other vendors and we learned so much from them. We hope to share other stories in the coming months so stay tuned to the blog for more health-conscious content!

We have the chance to offer a giveaway for our readers of a pair of Caterpy laces - you can enter the giveaway here. Earn extra entries by telling your friends!

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NOTE: We were provided with samples of the products above in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own and no other compensation was provided.

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Fun Globetrotters Basketball and Disney on Ice performances and another Disney on Ice giveaway!

During the winter break, we checked out the Globetrotters at the TD Garden and Disney on Ice at Boston University's Agganis Arena. The shows were fantastic and the kids had a great time.

The Globetrotters show was exciting and hilarious as usual with the Globies putting on their usual performance of fun times combined with some great basketball. As could be predicted, the Washington Generals tried to keep up with the Trotters in scoring but couldn't catch their lead.

The Trotters had some fun moments like their Lion King reenactment where they pick a young kid from the audience and raise them up - it was hilarious! They also had some acrobatic moves flipping up on top of the hoop to block a shot. We thoroughly enjoyed staying for their fifth quarter, the autograph session where fans young and old could go down courtside to meet the players and take photos with them and get their autographs. Certainly some fun memories made, for sure!

Agganis Arena was a great location to see Disney on Ice: Find your Hero! We arrived a little before the show and were able to find street parking just off Commonwealth Avenue. We went into the venue and the kids enjoyed the show. We enjoyed performances from Moana, Tangled, the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and others!

We are excited to offer a family four-pack of tickets to the next Disney On Ice performance at the TD Garden, Frozen and Encanto, February 22 at 7pm. You can enter to win here:

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NOTE: We were provided with tickets to Disney on Ice and the Globetrotters in order to facilitate this review as well as the tickets for the giveaway. No other compensation was provided and all opinions are our own.

Monday, December 26, 2022

Need vacation week ideas and enter to win tix to Disney on ice! Globetrotters, Blue Man Group, Local Skating New Years Eve Spectacular and Disney On Ice are coming to the Boston area.

If you're looking for things to take your kids to this week during vacation, have we got some great options for you! Also, we have a special quick giveaway (ending on 12/28!) for a four-pack of tickets to Disney On Ice in Boston. You can enter through the rafflecopter here:

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GLOBETROTTERS BASKETBALL

The Harlem Globetrotters will be in Boston and Worcester this week on December 28 and 30th, respectively.  You can save 20% with a promo code I received for my blog readers: USFAM. You can see the schedule here: https://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/world-tour/schedule

BLUE MAN GROUP NEW YEARS EVE SHOWS - 12/31 at 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm & 8 pm

Blue Man Group Boston will be celebrating the last day of 2022 with special performances and festive elements for all ages to ring in the new year, Blue Man-style.

The four shows on December 31st (11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm & 8 pm) will feature party favors and a special musical performance by the Blue Men and the 8:00 pm show will also include a “countdown” by the Blue Men and band to ring in 2023. 

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve shows can be found at www.blueman.com.

NEW YEARS EVE SKATING SPECTACULAR - 12/31 at 6:00 pm

Ring in the new year with family and friends, and join The Skating Club of Boston and the City of Boston for the Frog Pond Skating Spectacular on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31st at 6:00 pm.  

An annual tradition of First Night Boston, this FREE outdoor show offers the public a chance to see national and international competitive figure skaters, soloists, groups, Team Excel Synchronized Skating and Theater On Ice of Boston teams in the center of the historic and iconic Boston Common Frog Pond.

The show will begin at 6:00 pm. Immediately following the show, fireworks will take place on the Boston Common at 7:00 pm. More info. can be found at https://bostonfrogpond.com/events/frog-pond-skating-spectacular-at-first-night-boston-2/

DISNEY ON ICE - Now through 1/2/23

Get ready to discover the hero inside us all when Disney On Ice returns with a magical adventure for the whole family!  Audiences will discover what it truly means to be a hero as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and friends from around the Disney Kingdom come together to take families on a journey through timeless tales when Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero skates into Agganis Arena at Boston University from December 22, 2022 - January 2, 2023.

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.ticketmaster.com/disney-on-ice-presents-find-your-hero-tickets/artist/1742147?venueId=8886&brand=doi


Monday, December 5, 2022

Cirque du Soleil presents 'Twas the Night Before.... at the Wang Theatre in Boston

This weekend, we had the opportunity to see Cirque du Soleil presents 'Twas the Night Before.... at the Wang Theatre in Boston and the show was absolutely amazing.

It is an exhilarating spin on the beloved Christmas classic with the acrobatic and theatric storytelling that is a signature Cirque du Soleil performance. 

We kept gasping and cheering for the artists as they performed many difficult moves and dances to a very upbeat musical soundtrack. There were aerialists, gymnasts and even roller skaters - we kept being in awe of one performance after the next.

We couldn't believe how one of the aerial performers did all of her acts while being hooked up to the rope by her hair (and can't imagine how much that must have hurt)!

My daughter loved the performers in the acrobating table and hoop diving. I enjoyed the aerial acrobatics at the beginning as well as the artists performing with diablos and involving two audience members as well.

The show is in Boston through December 11 and tickets are still available.

Although photos were not permitted during the show, we did receive some press photos that we are able to share below:

Photo credit Kyle Flubacker, MSG Entertainment

Photo credit Kyle Flubacker, MSG Entertainment

Photo credit Kyle Flubacker, MSG Entertainment

Photo credit Kyle Flubacker, MSG Entertainment

NOTE: We were provided with complimentary admission to the show in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are our own.

Monday, November 7, 2022

The best cup of coffee I've had! Aeropress Go is the best way to brew coffee and it's super quick and fun!

I've been on the search for the best tasting coffee I can make at home and after years of trial and error, with espresso machines, single brew makers (like Keurig) and French presses, I have found the best cup of coffee I've had and it is using the simplest principle - let the coffee steep and then push the coffee through a very fine filter and air pressure in the chamber will do the pressing for you and express a great tasting brew.

I received the AeroPress Go as a sample unit to facilitate this review and found that it couldn't be easier to set up, brew the coffee and then clean all of the pieces.

Once I got comfortable with brewing the coffee I wanted to minimize the drip through of the water as I was waiting for it to steep (I was making room temperature cold brew which gives you cold brew concentrate in only 60 seconds)! I had tried the inverted method to brew and that solved the dripping issues and still gave me the great cup of coffee I was expecting.

You can have two different filtration options: paper or reusable stainless steel. I have tried both and I like the stainless steel option so you can keep reusing it.

I strongly (pun intended) recommend this brewing method and coffee maker.




NOTE: I was provided with an AeroPress Go unit and filters in order to facilitate this review. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Back to school… Where did the summer go?

Well, I can’t believe we are here so soon but it is already back to school in our house. The summer totally flew by and we had a lot of fun and now it is on to new adventures. 

This weekend I canceled some things and decided to be a little more present with my family and a little more flexible with things. 

I enjoyed some time cleaning the house, donating a few items and walking on a nature trail in our town while catching Pok√©mon which is neat to see a fun use of mobile technology in the real world.