The Mommyhood Life

Fun in New England

Take a Ride on the Mount Washington Cog Railway!

A trip to the White Mountains is not complete with out seeing the views from the highest peek in the north east at the top of Mount Washington.
There are 3 ways to get to the top of Mount Washington, hike it, drive it, or take The Mount Washington Cog Railway.  I can’t hike up a hill never mind a 6,288 foot mountain, plus I have three kids in tow so that option went out the window quickly.
Many people drive up the mountain, however I get an anxiety attack driving in town, so windy roads on the side of a mountain didn’t sound like a peaceful afternoon.  Plus I had nightmares of my brakes failing and my car overheating when I considered it, so driving was a “no-way”.
The Cog Railway was exactly what we needed.  We pulled up, and parked, got our tickets, then sat back and enjoyed the views throughout the 3 hour guided train tour.

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The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum ~ A Must See in Boston!

Living in the Boston area my entire life, I thought I had been through all the best museums the city has to offer.  I was wrong!  I had never been to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum.  Actually I wasn’t even aware that it existed until our last visit to The Boston Children’s Museum and Anthony pointed out the “awesome” ship across the harbor.
With Anthony being the museum lover he is, I knew we had to explore it on our next trip into the city.  However I had no idea what to expect because and wasn’t sure if it would be something that was interesting enough to hold a 10 year old boys attention.

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Museum of Fine Arts Boston

I talked about the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum as the best place to find some history in Boston, Today I want to share the best place to find some art and culture in the city.  The Museum of Fine Arts is an enormous museum, literally we walked over 3 hours and didn’t see everything, that is full of amazing art and cultural artifacts from all over the world.
As we walked in we were in awe of the incredible wall art and the staircase.  It was simply breath taking!

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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.

K1 Speed Go-Kart Racing in Wilmington, Ma!

Are you looking for a new indoor activity to take your kids to?  I’ve found it!  The cold short days make my kids extra rambunctious so I was ecstatic to get invited to K1 Speed in Wilmington, Massachusetts.
The Wilmington location is new so we had never been there before, and the only go-karts the kids had driven in the past were small ones at the local ice cream stand and the one that Santa had gotten Anthony a few years ago from the toy store..  When the boys walked in and saw the go-karts at K1 Speed their reaction was beyond words.  Aidan’s voice was screeching over the excitement and Anthony face was lit up with a smile from ear to ear.
After we all registered at the front desk and signed waiver forms, we were ready to enter the racing area.  The staff was great, explained everything to the kids from how to drive the karts to what each flag meant.  Plus they took the time to answer every question Aidan asked, which was a lot because he was over excited and his sensory issues were starting to show.
A huge thank you goes out to the men in the racing area for having all the patience in the world with Aidan’s autism!
Once the kids knew how to drive the junior karts and were all set in their safety gear, it was time to race!
The staff is able to control the speed, so the junior drivers rolled out to the starting line slowly.
Then once the race started the go-karts were able to drive at full speed, which is FAST!  After watching the cars go by, I understood why there is a 42″ height requirement for the junior karts.  However like at the start of the race, the staff was able to slow the karts down when needed.  So when Lilly got bumped into and stuck in a corner, they slowed down Aidan and Anthony and ran right over to help her.
The junior races consist of 12 laps and winners are based on speed which is calculated and displayed on the board throughout the entire race.
Anthony came in first place followed by Aidan in second, and as you can see below, Lilly wasn’t very happy that the boys beat her.
However she was smiling again once she got her print out with all the details from the race on it.  She learned she would be able to track her improvement each time we go back and her goal is now to win against her brothers on a future visit.
After the kids settled down from their junior race, it was time to watch daddy take part in an adult race.
The adult races have a minimum height requirement of 58″ and consist of 14 laps.
Wilmington has two race tracks, one that is for both junior and adult races and another that is more curvy and is only for adult racing.
The building is set up beautifully with arcade games, pool tables, and plenty of seating for hanging out with friends and family or grabbing a snack from the snack bar.
K1 Speed also offers birthday party packages for both kids and adults along with hosting special events.
This would be a unique and fun birthday idea that would surely make amazing memories!

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