Monday, July 27, 2015

7/27/15: Awesome Disney Costumes From Costume SuperCenter

We have a trip planned to go to Walt Disney World.  When we travel there we take the kids to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and the kids always dress up.  Of course Lauren has to be one of her favorite Princesses every time.  This year she is really in to Cinderella with the new movie that came out.  There are some awesome costumes at Costume SuperCenter and Lauren got to try out one from the new Cinderella movie.
This officially licensed Cinderella dress is beautiful and only $38.24 with a 15% off code on their website.  The detail is gorgeous with lots of iridescent glitter.  There is even a separate piece that is worn as an underskirt so that the costume is not itchy and makes it a bit more full.  Of course Cinderella needs a puffy dress for her ball gown.
This Cinderella Costume is so gorgeous and there are other options on the website.  This is the Girls Cinderella Movie Deluxe Costume in size Large.  It fit really well on Lauren who is 8 years old.
She loved modeling the costume for me and doing some dance moves in it.  The detail is really well done with butterflies at the top.
 It arrived very quickly and in great condition.  They have costumes that are perfect for Halloween, Disney World or just playing dress up around the house.  They even sell party supplies.  Plus their prices are really affordable.
 So go ahead check out their site:
Disclosure:  I received this costume in exchange for my review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

7/13/15: White Mountains New Hampshire Family Fun Itinerary

We love travelling to the White Mountains in New Hampshire.  I have already posted individually about all the places we visited but I wanted to put together an itinerary post of the highlights with links to each of the more in depth reviews.
While we were in North Conway we stayed at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort which was amazing.  Great accommodations in a Family Alcove Room, kids activities, fabulous location, plus Kahuna Laguna Waterpark!  To read more on any attraction or hotel just click on the name which is a link to my review.
We visited Story Land in Glen, NH.  We have been going here since the kids were one years old.  This is a super fun amusement park great for all ages.  Travel in to a story book world and visit with Humpty Dumpty, Cinderella and many other story book friends.  Experience lots of fun rides and shows.  Enter 3 hours prior to closing on one day and come back for another full day with the price of one daily admission.
The Conway Scenic Railroad is a lovely way to experience the area and see some gorgeous views on a beautiful train.  We take this train ride every year.  There are options for shorter and longer rides to Conway, Bartlett or Crawford Notch.  We have taken all three options and love them all.
If you want to cool off Diana's Baths is a great place to do that.  It is a short .6 mile walk from the parking on flat paths.  Once you arrive there are several levels of rocks to climb on and enjoy the fresh cool water.
We then stayed at The Beacon Resort in Lincoln, NH.  This resort is undergoing renovations and we had a lovely newly renovated room.  The indoor and outdoor pools were also very nice.
A visit to Clark's Trading Post in Lincoln, NH is a unique experience.  There is a Bear Show, Acrobats, a train ride, Water Spraying Boats, museums, and much more.  We really enjoyed our visit and I highly recommend it.
Santa's Village in Jefferson, NH is a quaint, wonderful Holiday themed amusement park for families.  You can visit Santa, play the Elfabet game, feed reindeer and ride the awesome rides.  Plus there is a water park.  Enter 3 hours prior to closing on one day and come back for another full day with the price of one daily admission.
The Polar Caves in Rumney, NH is a lot of fun to visit and allows you access to 9 caves ranging in difficulty level.  All of the caves are nice and cool on a hot summer day.  Plus there are animals to feed and other nature trails.
That is a quick roundup of great attractions in New Hampshire.
Disclosure:  I was provided with admission and lodging in New Hampshire for everything listed in this itinerary.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

7/22/15: Bonefish Grill Hooked on Tuesday Menu

We love trying out new restaurants.  There is a Bonefish Grill in Wayside Commons in Burlington, MA which we had never tried.  When I learned about their Hooked on Tuesday menu and with our 15 year wedding anniversary we decided to check them out.  We were not disappointed!
Here is a lovely view of the outside of the restaurant.  We had a reservation and I would suggest making one.
We were seated in a lovely booth like this one.  The ambiance inside is very nice and casual.
The Hooked on Tuesday menu features three course meals starting at $14.90.  This is a great value for the amount of food we got.  You can see their Hooked on Tuesday menu here, or check out their full menu here.
I started out with the Blackberry Red Sangria.  It was excellent.  So refreshing and the fruit in it was wonderful.  I had never tried a blackberry sangria and I loved it.  It was a unique twist on a traditional sangria.  I also learned from our waitress that all of their Martini's are made with fresh squeezed juices.  There were many wonderful drink options.
Back to the food though.  With the Hooked on Tuesday menu you can order the "Bang Bang Shrimp" for a discounted price of $6.  My husband ordered it.  Here is the surprise, I never, I mean never eat Shrimp.   I actually ate these shrimp!!!  They were so good.  Now I am craving them again.  Our waitress said she ate them for the first three months she worked there.  Now I can see why.  It is one of their signature dishes.  They are also $6 on Wednesday nights.
Here is the bread which had a wonderful pesto dipping sauce.  Plus the bread was warm.  It was really good and the kids ate it up very quickly.  I had to be quick with my camera as they were grabbing for it the second it hit the table.
There are two options for salad.  You can order the Classic Caesar or the Bonefish House Salad.  My husband and I both ordered the Caesar and it was really good.  The lettuce was still crisp and it was not drowning in dressing which happens all to often with Caesar Salad.
On to my meal.  I ordered the Fontina Pork Chop.  This meal was excellent and so much food.
You can see the thickness of the pork chop here.  I got a side of Au gratin Potatoes and fresh vegetables.  This meal is as good as it looks with garlic, mushrooms, prosciutto, fontina cheese and Marsala wine sauce.
John ordered the Spicy Tuna Bowl and said it was also excellent.
There is also a kids menu.  I called to make sure they had one as I didn't see it on their website.  The menu consisted of Chicken Fingers, Grilled Chicken, Fish Sticks, and Macaroni and Cheese for about $7.50 each.  My daughter ate all of her Chicken Fingers and thought they were really good.  By mistake she was brought broccoli but this was quickly remedied by our server and even asked if she wanted a replacement plate.
Then of course there is dessert.  There are three options Macadamia Nut Brownie, Classic Cheesecake and Jen's Jamaican Coconut Pie.  We ordered the brownie and the cheesecake.  Here is the brownie which the kids dug right in to.  They especially liked the warm brownie and vanilla ice cream.  There is also fresh whipped cream and a raspberry sauce that were really good.
The cheesecake was just as expected.  Creamy and rich and so good with a chocolate and sea salt caramel drizzle.
There is also an outdoor seating area to eat at that looked lovely.
Here is a view of the bar area.
Here is the full Hooked on Tuesday menu.
Atlantic Salmon — 6 oz., grilled to perfection + topped with your choice of a signature sauce, fresh side + seasonal vegetable 
Spicy Tuna Bowl — Premium sushi grade, sesame-seared rare, avocado, sweet chile sauce, jasmine rice + passion fruit salsa 
The Angler’s Sirloin Steak — 6 oz. center cut sirloin Ahi Tuna Steak — Grilled to perfection + topped with your choice of a signature sauce, fresh side + seasonal vegetable 
Cold Water Lobster Tail — 5-6 oz. lobster tail, seasoned and steamed, served with warm drawn butter + crispy Yukon gold potatoes 
Fontina Pork Chop — Boneless pork chop, fontina cheese, garlic, prosciutto, mushroom Marsala wine sauce 
Shrimp + Scallops — Jumbo shrimp and scallops + topped with your choice of a signature sauce, fresh side + seasonal vegetable 
Pecan Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout — Artichoke hearts, fresh basil + lemon butter 
Filet Mignon — USDA center cut 6 oz.
Definitely check them out!
Find them online:  https://www.bonefishgrill.com/
Disclosure:  I was hosted at Bonefish Grill for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

7/19/15: Edaville USA Giveaway and Sneak Peek of Thomas Land

CONTEST CLOSED:  CONGRATULATIONS TO ANNEKE FOR WINNING!
We were lucky enough to visit Edaville USA in Carver, MA today and got a sneak peek of Thomas Land.  I am giving away 2 tickets to Edaville USA for use this weekend July 25th or 26th for Superheroes and Princesses Weekend!  Read on to see some preview pictures of Thomas Land opening August 15th.
Today Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat made a visit to Edaville USA.  They had meet and greet times every hour on the half hour.
The expansion Edaville USA has been going through is amazing and this is just the start!
We got to check out some of the cool new rides that Edaville USA has added this year.  A huge hit with both of the kids was the Spinning Lady Bug Coaster.
 Not only is this a fun roller coaster but the lady bugs spin as they go on the tracks.  I went on with Lauren and it was tons of fun.
Lauren said it was her new favorite ride.
 She also checked out the Free Fallin' ride.  This ride bounces kids up and down.
There is also the new Jet About Ride.
Dino Land even has a new ride at the entrance. 
 Dino Land also has a cool gorilla in the entrance too.  If you want to see more about Dino Land you can read here.  In summary Dino Land has animatronic dinosaurs and transports you in to a land where dinosaurs live.
Of  course there are your old favorite rides there still too.  Evan loved the elephant ride.
 Here are some of the kids other favorites.
 

Plus you must take a ride on the train.  The train ran every hour on the hour and is about a 20 minute ride around the park.
While we were on the train we got a sneak peek of Thomas Land.  Construction is still going for their opening on August 15th.  I think you will recognize some of your favorite Thomas and Friends in these pictures.


Toby maybe?
 Can you see one of your flying friends?
Looks like Winston!
 
Trains need some where to sleep. 
 I see Cranky the Crane!
That is enough of a preview.  The whole family can't wait to see it when it opens! 
 General admission is $23, with free entrance to guests under the age of 2, and $20 for seniors. 
Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.edaville.com or at the park entrance.  Note prices do increase when Thomas Land opens. 
Enter below to win 2 tickets for either Saturday July 25th or Sunday July 26th.  

If you want family fun make sure to head to Edaville USA! 
Disclosure:  As an Edaville USA Family Ambassador I received season passes of tickets for my family to promote Edaville USA.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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