What about the egg hunt at home and the kids’ Easter baskets? Does the thought of stuffing them with candy and weathering the ensuing sugar high give you a headache? If you’re looking for some ideas for filling baskets and eggs without going overboard on the sweets, read on for basket themes, egg fillers and places in the Greater Boston area to get great little gifts.
Shopping with kids. It can be a drag, for the children and the adults. But sometimes it is necessary, especially during the holidays. Some stores really go out of their way to make kids and families happy, and we love ‘em for it. Many offer free activities, some have play spaces, and others are like theme parks! Read on for places to take the kids during your shopping excursions to add a little (or lot of) fun to the day.
When I was a kid, I was very label-conscious. I wore the most popular brands and the latest fashions. At one time, I had almost a hundred pairs of shoes. I loved shopping with my mom, and I always looked forward to our back-to-school ritual: We scoured magazines and catalogs, picking out our favorite styles. We would head to the mall like everyone else, where we would check out the trends and see what the “rich kids” were wearing. Then we would visit our favorite thrift stores and consignment shops to buy those very same things at a fraction of the cost. All those shoes I had? Most of them came from Goodwill, and they cost less than a dollar a pair.
If you would like to outfit your kids in cute, high-quality clothes, but buying a $50 shirt at the children’s clothing boutique isn’t in the budget, you may want to consider buying secondhand. When they are young, the kids won’t know the difference, and they grow so quickly, it seems like a waste to spend a lot on something they will outgrow in a few months. Plus, consignment shopping is another easy way to be green – it takes recycling to a whole new level!
Read on for some great places in the Boston area to buy gently used clothing, toys, books and baby equipment. When you get compliments on your child’s adorable outfits, you can smile, knowing just how little you paid for them.
We thought we’d take advantage of some free time this summer and make our own ice cream. After all, how tough could it be? But by the time we had Googled a recipe (found plenty that did not require a machine) and made a list of ingredients we needed, the enthusiasm had waned, and we decided it would probably be best if we left the ice cream making to our favorite ice cream shop and enjoy the fruits of their labor!
From good quality ice cream chains founded right here in New England to one-of-a-kind specialty shops, there are plenty of places for Boston families to satisfy that need for something cold and sweet. Read on to find some of our favorite ice cream and frozen yogurt experiences, plus others that come highly recommended. We plan to test them all, and have already made a good dent in the list… Does your family have a go-to ice cream spot? Please share in the comments, below.
Do you remember way back in April, when The Curious George Store opened with much fanfare? No? You weren't there? Well, neither were we. Mommy Poppins got a sneak peek of the store before it opened, but we hadn’t been back since. I thought the place looked like it was going to be quite fabulous, but I wanted to see it through the eyes of my children, so we recently hopped on the T and headed to Harvard Square for a summer field trip to The World's Only Curious George Store.
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