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Some Thing GOOD is Here! GOOD THiNS Snacks

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons and GOODTHiNS. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Some Thing GOOD is Here! GOOD THiNS Snacks!

If you have not had a chance to try GOODTHiNS, you might want to head to your local store the beginning of March 3rd! You can find them in your cracker aisle at Albertsons/Safeway stores! I made a dash to our local Shaws store and picked up a few boxes for me and my family to try!

My two favorites were the Original Sweet Potato and the Rice Veggie Blend! I love sweet potatoes, so I was excited to try them, and I was not disappointed! The sweet potato had a nice and light flavor that wasn’t heavy and left me feeling satisfied and happy! These GOODTHiNS Snacks make for a great snack anytime of the day! 

You can toss some in a resealable bag and send off with your children for school, snack on them while you are at work, or just enjoy at the end of the evening! There is truly no wrong time to enjoy some of these light and crisp GOOD THiNS snacks! 

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Why I Love GOOD THiNS Snacks

GOOD THiNs snacks are a nice wholesome snack option for you to enjoy! You don’t need to top them, just put some in a bowl and eat them alone! Or if you are like me, and can’t resist, eat them straight out of the box! They are made with real ingredients like wheat, potato and rice. These snacks are baked not fried, which is a huge win for me!  GOOD THiNS have 60% less fat than the leading regular fried potato chip! 

These have become my go to snack on days, I am craving something with a little crunch to it! GOOD THiNS snacks are really light and crisp and the flavor is on point! 

  • NO high fructose corn syrup
  • NO artificial colors
  • NO cholesterol
  • NO partially hydrogenated oils
  • Goodness baked inside
  • Wholesome

Variety of Flavors To Try Out: 

GOOD THiNS Sweet Potato, GOOD THiNS Chickpea Garlic and Herb, GOOD THiNS Original Potato, GOOD THiNS Potato Spinach & Garlic, GOOD THiNS Rice Veggie Blend

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons and GOODTHiNS. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Discovery Museums in Acton, Ma. ~ Hands on Minds at Play!

On Saturday we were invited to explore the Discovery Museums in Acton, Massachusetts.  My mother has talked about how great this place was when my brother and I were younger, however I never made the trip over to check them out with my kids before Saturday.  After visiting the museums as an adult, I am now regretting not becoming a member when the kids were little!

The Discovery Museums consists of two separate museums that are located next to each other, the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Science Discovery Museum.  For the general cost of admission you receive access to both museums!


The first museum we explored was the Children’s Discovery Museum.  This museum is created for toddlers thru early grade school age.  It is designed within a large Victorian house, and every room has a different theme.  Each time we walked through another doorway we were greeted with an exciting adventure, from a train room, to a bubble and water room, to a full diner set up, and of course Aidan’s favorite the camping themed room. 
There was so much hands on fun in every nook and cranny of this house and the kids had so much fun exploring.

I loved how this museum was also very low-key and relaxed.  It is the perfect place to take the little ones and just get on the floor and have fun.  
I remember countless days feeling trapped in the house with twin infants and wishing there was a place I could take Anthony and the babies on my own.  The Children’s Discovery Museum would have been absolutely perfect.

Once we finished up the Children’s Discovery Museum it was time to head over to the Science Discovery Museum.  

This was what Anthony was excited about, he is obsessed with everything science related right now and this museum was perfect for him.

Everything at the Science Discovery Museum was hands on, from magnet exhibits, a mist tornado exhibit, and an inventors station.  This museum really encourages kids to use their hands and minds while learning and discovering.
I really like how this museum is extremely child friendly,  this is NOT a museum where you walk around and look but don’t touch.  At the Science Discovery Museum the kids got to jump around from exhibit to exhibit, laughing and experiencing all there was to learn.

  This meant Aidan really got to enjoy his experience, and I was able to relax knowing he was less likely to have a meltdown.  This in turn meant I got to really watch my science lover Anthony in his element, which was incredibly heart warming for me.

Anthony’s favorite exhibit at the Science Discovery Museum was the harmonograph drawings.  Lilly’s favorite part of the museum was all the magnet exhibits, while Aidan couldn’t get enough of all the sound studio and musical instruments.

The Discovery Museums also offers an amazing Autism program.  During certain times of the month the museum closes to the public and families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are able to visit the museums for free and enjoy exploring the exhibits with other families that have similar needs.  

Museum staff can usually direct visitors to a quiet space in each building for children that may need to take a break from stimulation.  
Also food, including gluten-free options, is generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton!  

The 2016 event calendar is available here along with more information.

Need an unique place to host a birthday party?  The Discovery Museums have you covered with customizable birthday party packages.  Party packages include unlimited time at the museums, invitations, activities, goody bags, and more.

They can host more than just birthday parties too!  
Check out their venues for family functions, meetings, and even wedding receptions.

The Discovery Museums offers annual memberships starting at $90 for 2 family members and $140 for 4 family members.  This is a great option for families with young children who are looking for a safe and educational place to explore through out the year.  This option would allow you to escape the house during the cold winter months for a change of scenery and enjoy picnics and outdoor play once the nicer weather arrives.
The Discovery Museums
Where:
177 Main Street
Acton, Ma 01720
Cost:
Child and Adult: $12.50
Seniors: $11.50
Children under 1 years old are Free
Teachers are Free
Disclosure: We received free passes to help facilitate this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

The LEGO® Americana Roadshow is at Providence Place!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of GGP at Providence Place. All opinions are 100% mine.
Its cold outside and the kids are getting restless, so the LEGO® Americana Roadshow LEGO® Roadshow has come to Providence Place at the perfect time!
We visited this fun and free event on Saturday and had such a great time exploring all the incredible LEGO® constructions.

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BeanTown at Jordan’s Furniture in Reading: Featuring the BeanStalk Adventure Rope Course! + Coupon

Disclosure: We received free passes to BeanStalk to help facilitate this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.
I have never seen a store go to such great lengths to make sure their customers have so much more than just a shopping experience.
Jordan’s Furniture is so much more than a furniture store!
For as long as I can remember, my family has made the trip to the Avon store to enjoy the Enchanted Village and MOM ride at Christmas.  So when Jordan’s Furniture came to Reading years ago, I can remember my grandmother’s excitement as the opening neared.  Back then they only had a candy store and the Liquid Fireworks show, but we would still take Anthony as a baby to Jordan’s to watch the water show constantly.

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Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic

As a child I remember taking the train into Boston with my Mom and Grandmother to see Disney On Ice.  I remember the light up swords and wands, the music, and the amazing skaters jumping in the air.  Disney is magical whether you are standing in front of Cinderella’s castle, shopping at the Disney Store, or in a stadium seat watching Mickey and Minnie tell a story on ice skates.  This is why Disney memories are memories that last a lifetime and why we are huge Disney fans!

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Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The Boston Opera House

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Living in the suburbs of Boston, The Christmas season always brings certain pictures to my head immediately.  Tree lighting’s, ice skating on Frog Pond, strolling Faneuil Hall, and of course Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker!
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This year we were invited by the Boston Ballet to attend the dress rehearsal of The Nutcracker and meet the dancers.  You may not be able to tell, but my inner child is still screaming as I type this.  It was such an amazing show filled with tutu’s, ballet slipper, snow flakes, and the most incredible talent.  Best of all I got to experience this event my own little dancer, Lilly.
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Lilly who’s three years into dance, is still at an age where the kids all sort of just bop around in dance class.  So to see her eyes grow bigger and brighter in awe of how these ballerinas are able to dance, was a priceless memory.
This was Lilly’s favorite dance.  When she saw this ballerina during intermission, she ran through everyone else to get to “the queen”
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While I love that I have this precious mother/daughter memory, I contemplated bringing Aidan but was worried he wouldn’t be able to sit through the show.  However after this visit, I think this will be a great experience for him in the future also.  Some of the scenes made me think of him and how he would be giggling at costumes or in awe of the male dancers.
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Courtesy of the Boston Ballet
Courtesy of the Boston Ballet
Courtesy of the Boston Ballet
The Nutcracker truly is a must see, it lived up to everything I had heard about this breathtaking show!
We also got to meet some of the dancers while at the show,  this was the highlight of Lilly’s day.  She went right into dance class the next day and announced to everyone that she knew “a ton of real actual ballerina’s and they are so pretty”.
The Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker runs through December 31 at the Boston Opera House.  They also offer matinees on Saturdays and Sundays if you want to share this amazing experience with your little ones.  Tickets start at $35 each, Visit http://www.bostonballet.org to learn more and purchase tickets.
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Disclosure:  I was provided with tickets to this show to facilitate this post.  All opinions are my own.