Traveling Tuesday!!

This snow is making me wish for summer!  Besides shoveling, I spent my day watching Rehab Addict!  How did you spend your snow day?  I have also been thinking about tropical vacations a lot today.  This weather makes me miss the Caribbean in the worst way.  2013 was my first time visiting the Caribbean.  I took a cruise and instantly fell in love with cruising and being able to visit so many different places in such a short amount of time.

A large group of us went on the Celebrity Summit and visited the islands of Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Maarten and St Thomas.  Each of these places were absolutely beautiful and I did amazing excursions while I was visiting.  For my first “Traveling Tuesdays” segment, I want to share St. Lucia with you!  While I was there I went on a flower garden/volcano tour.  Our excursion stopped at Marantha Gardens.  This was a beautiful little garden set on the side of a hill.  The colors were absolutely beautiful and the flowers were so fragrant.

We also visited the world’s only drive in volcano in the town of Soufriere, called Sulphur Springs.  I love volcanoes, so visiting this place was a must for me.  The smell here from the sulfur was awful.  We walked on pathways through parts of the volcano to the main viewing area.  It was so cool to be able to actually take a bus right into the volcano and see the mud bubbling from the warm springs underground.

The scenery on the island of St. Lucia was beautiful but it is a very poor country.  On our way to the garden and volcano we stopped at 3 little villages that were filled with residents trying to sell us handmade items.  I wouldn’t advise wandering around the island yourself, I would make sure to stay with a tour group.  I hope you enjoy my pictures!

The prayer garden in St. Lucia

The prayer garden in St. Lucia

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Beautiful flowers inside the prayer garden

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One of my favorite colored flowers

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These smelled so tropical, I really could have spent all day taking pictures of the flowers here

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Soufriere Sulphur Springs Volcano. At one time you could have walked across the tan rock area, but a now its too dangerous and they have gated off the area.

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Mud bubbling from inside the sulfur spring

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Open air market stop in St. Lucia

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Happy New Year!!

Hi Everyone!!  Happy 2015!!  Things have been so busy since my last post!  I am now a part time travel agent and still workng my full time job on the overnight shift!  I haven’t posted anything in a while but now that the new year is here, I am motivated to change all that!  It is time to start over!!

This is going to be a great year!  I am excited to be taking a Blogging for Beginners class hosted by a local blogger Anne at Stowed Stuff.  I am really excited to learn about blogging a little more indepth and to bring you some fun content and new adventures!!

Stay tuned for a great 2015!!

Back To School, Back to Fundraising!

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link**

 

Are you in a member of the PTA or on the fundraising committee at your child’s daycare center? Are you looking for new ideas for raising money?  Little Passports is the perfect partner, with an award-winning educational product that kids and parents love.

 

Learn about other countries or states with Sam and Sofia!  Get these monthly shipments to your home or classroom!

Here’s How the program works:  your school community shops at Little Passports and they will donate 15% back to your school. They even have a flyer to help you spread the word. Get more information here:  www.littlepassports.com/schools.

 

The fundraising runs from October 21st through 28thThe deadline to sign-up your school is October 10th so check it out today!

 

Apps to help save you money!

Let’s face it, everyone could use a little extra cash, right? I have been using two apps to help me do just that! Ibotta and Receipt Hog help me save money by offering cash back on things that were already on my shopping lists.

I really love Ibotta! Do you shop at Wal-Mart, Target, Wegman’s Whole Foods or Big Y? Those stores along with Stop and Shop, Hannaford’s. CVS, Costco, BJ’s, Rite Aid and Walgreens all offer rebates on certain products. Here’s how it works:

After you sign up, simply shop at your favorite stores that are listed as retailers with Ibotta,

see if any of the items on your list match up with the products being offered.

Complete a short, one question survey or two then scan the barcode on the product.

Then upload a picture of the receipt and VOLIA!

The refund amount automatically appears in your Ibotta account!

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You can earn redeem your account balance for cash or you can add they money to your Paypal or Venmo accounts.  You can even turn your cash in for a Starbucks, iTunes or Regal Cinema gift cards!  You can also earn extra money by earning cash bonuses for buying certain products and completing certain tasks.  I have only had the account since June and have saved $20.00 into my account.  There are more categories than just groceries they have rebates available in Beer, Wine and Spirits, Apparel, Electronics, Movie Theaters and more!

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The next app is called Receipt Hog and it’s so simple to use!  All you need to do is shop at your favorite grocery stores and take a picture of your receipt , upload it and earn coins for your purchases!  I have redeemed my receipts from Target, Wal-Mart, Big Y, BJ’s, Stop and Shop, CVS, Walgreen and even Market Basket.  Depending on the total amount spent on your receipts you can earn between 5 and 15 coins.  You also earn a spin on the slot machine to earn even more coins!wpid-screenshot_2014-08-27-05-18-54.png

When you shop you have to make sure that you have at least one or two grocery type items on your receipt to earn coins.  For instance, a few days ago I spent $84.50 at Target.  I uploaded the receipt under the “snap” option in the app.  I had six grocery items and eight other items, I earned 15 coins and a spin.  You can upload up to three receipts a day and redeem the coins for cash or an Amazon Gift Card!

 Sign up online at Ibotta and if you sign up with Receipt Hog you can earn an extra 5 spins with your first receipt upload!  Or you can download the through the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store and sign up directly on your phone!

Use the code p3bew for Ibotta!

Use the code r9e8ki1l for your extra 5 spins on Receipt Hog!

 

 

 

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Are your kids eager to learn about the world?

DISCLOSURE: We received one free month and compensation from Little Passports in exchange for our experience and opinions with this product.

A few weeks ago, I became intrigued by an ad that appeared up on my Facebook page. It was for a company called Little Passports. For a small monthly or one time fee, your child can receive a package once a month from Sam and Sofia. There are two options, World Edition or USA Edition.

In the World Edition, Sam and Sofia visit a different country every month and send a package to your child with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, a passport (to track their travels) and activity sheets!

In the USA Edition, Sam and Sofia visit two states every month. This package includes an activity journal, postcards and stickers! Each subscription also features access to online activities. The recommended ages for both editions are 5 to 12 years old.

I am really excited for our first package to arrive and share with the Littles! I also look forward to sharing their experiences with you also!

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Summer Baseball!

If you are looking for some family fun this summer, what’s better than a Boston Red Sox game?  How about their Triple A affiliate the Pawtucket Red Sox!  Just 50 minutes from Boston, Massachusetts area, McCoy Stadium is perfect for family time!

 

The tickets at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island are extremely reasonable.  The blue “General Admission” (first come, first serve) tickets are five dollars ($5.00) for kids and seniors and eight dollars ($8.00) for adults.  For twelve dollars ($12.00) per ticket you have two options, the red or green “BoxSeats” (assigned seating).  Parking at McCoy Stadium is always FREE and gates open one (1) and a half hours before game time.

 

Currently, three Boston Red Sox players are on the roster in Pawtucket.  Pitcher Brandon Workman, third baseman Will Middlebrooks and right fielder Mookie Betts, who was just optioned back to Pawtucket to make room on the Red Sox roster for outfielder Shane Victorino, on July 19th, who also spent some time playing in Pawtucket this summer.

 

There are also great promotions offered during home games at McCoy!  From peanut free nights to running the bases after the game on Sundays to Mondays dollar concession night!  All hot dogs, popcorn, chips, peanuts and Cracker Jacks are all just one dollar ($1.00)!

 

Here are a just few of the upcoming promotions:

June 30th – Peanut Free Night – Peanut products will not be sold anywhere throughout the ballpark.

July 31st – FREE Scholastic Book Night – Be one of the first 750 kids through the stadium gates and are 14 and under and you will get a FREE book from either the SUPER Captain Underpants series or the OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot series!

August 1st – FREE PawSox JerseyNight – The first 5,000 fans entering McCoy Stadium will receive a PawSox Team Jersey.

August 2nd – Family Sleepover Night– After the game, a family sleepover will take place on the field for fans of all ages.  Special Tickets are needed.

August 3rd – Run the Bases– After the game line up for an opportunity to run the bases!

August 5th – Dollar Menu– All  hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, chips, and Cracker Jacks are just a dollar!

 

For more information on the promotions for the rest of August check out the PawSox website!

 

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This is the view from Section 13 watching the PawSox warm up!

 

 

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FREE Friday Activities!

Happy Summer Everyone!! Since summer is in full swing I wanted to share with you one of my favorite on-going summer events. It is sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, located in Newton, Massachusetts and WCVB-TV . Every Friday select museums, parks and cultural events are FREE (and I really mean FREE) to the public! The listings for this Friday and the rest of the summer can be found here at the Highland Street Foundation website. There are some really great museums to check out!  Let me know where you venture out to!

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A Local Discount Resource

Hi Everyone!  It has been such a busy spring so far with first communions, sports and the start of the Little’s birthday season!  My youngest Little just turned four!  For the last few years I started the tradition of taking each little out for a special day just the two of us!  Since there are quite a few Littles, I am always looking for discounts for their favorite places!  My most reliable resource has been my local library!  They have almost 20 discounted or free passes to several local attractions such as Roger Williams Zoo, Boston Children’s Museum, and the Mystic Aquarium.

Every discount is different for every location and there are some restrictions that apply.  Museum passes can also vary from town to town.  Head on over to you local library to see what they have available!  My youngest Little chose to go to the big zoo for her outting!  I went to my local library website and was able to reserve my pass!  Most libraries allow you to book a pass up to three days in advance!

While your at the library check out the other programs they offer!  Most are free and they are sure to have something for every member of your family!

 

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Groupon!!

This website has been my fun on the cheap savior for the second summer in a row!  Last summer I purchased my first Groupon for the CityView Trolley Tours.  This was a big hit with two of the littles!  The older two littles had a special day with me in Boston!  We were able to enjoy a trolley ride around the city and hop off and on as much as we wanted all day.  Included in the trolley ticket is a narrated harbor cruise!  We were not able to use the cruise portion on the same day, so CityView gave us a voucher to come back at a later date over the summer!  There are nine stops on the tour and you can start your tour anywhere!  Both times we started our tours at South Station, right on Summer Street.  A few stops later we were at the main ticket booth to collect our actual tickets.  The staff came over to us and we didn’t have to leave our seats on the bus!  I checked the website for CityView for their regular price Adult and Child (ages 4 to 12 ) combined is $52.  Buying through Groupon, I paid $38 and saved $14! 

Later that same summer I purchased a Groupon for the Boston Sea Lightning.  It is a one hour speed boat tour of Boston Harbor.  It is definitely NOT for the weak stomached!  We went around the outer harbor and spun 360s and did figure eights!  The oldest little LOVED it.  The regular adult price is $49 per person.  With the Groupon, I paid $35 per person, another $14 in savings!    

Groupon has amazing deals on other things like vacations, food and goods of all kinds.  I have even used my Groupons on vacation!  Last spring I bought a hop on hop off bus tour of Honolulu, Hawaii!  No matter what city you live in, you could probably find a great deal!  Be sure to give Groupon a chance this summer.  In the Boston area alone I found over 300 deals on things to do!  This summer is looking to be even better than last year!  I have stocked up on trolley tours, horseback riding, train rides on Cape Cod and even a glass blowing class for myself!

 

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(ABOVE) Our Travel Gnome, Keelan and the 14 passenger Boston Sea Lightning!

 

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(ABOVE) A view from our trolley of the Custom House tower!

 

**Just as a side note**I am in not being paid in any way to rave about my Groupon experience.  I just want to share my happiness abut saving money with you** =)

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Larz Anderson Auto Museum

Who else is excited that spring is FINALLY here?! One of my favorite places to visit and take the Littles this time of year is Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts. This museum has been in operation for over 85 years, is known for having “America’s Oldest Car Collection” and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Set on 64 acres of land and just ten minutes outside of Boston, Larz Anderson boasts some great events throughout the year they are best known for their Sunday Lawn Event.  Every Sunday from May 18th until October 26th, with the exception of holiday weekends,  there is a different theme of car each weekend.

I recently brought two Littles ages twelve and seven to explore here.  They LOVED it.  The carriage house has two levels with all kinds of memorabilia.  The seven year old Little loved finding the cars that looked like the ones from her favorite movie, “CARS”.  The twelve year Little loved reading all about the old cars and looking at the pictures on display.  We made a whole day out of our trip there.  We packed a lunch, blankets, a soccer ball and our baseball gloves.  The 64 acres of grounds is beautiful and the view into Boston is the Littles favorite part.

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Larz Anderson is located at 15 Newton Street, Brookline, MA.

Hours:  Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10am to 4pm

Closed: Monday and major holidays.

Adults are $10

Military, Seniors, Students and Children ages 6-10 are $5

Children ages 6 and under are free

You can also become a member, there are five different levels to chose from.

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