5 Fun Places to Explore this Memorial Day Weekend and Beyond

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Pack a Picnic, Explore and Meander Along these Hidden Gems on the South Shore
1.  Weir River Farm and Whitney and Thayer woods, which is near Weir River Farm – Hingham and Cohasset.  I love this place because they offer an outside Story Hour for little kids every Wednesday June to September, 10 – 11 a.m.  After story time, wander through the trails off the farm and into Whitney and Thayer woods where you’ll find bridges over streams, carefully sited benches, a hermit’s shelter, and secluded holly grove. 
2.  World’s End in Hingham.  You’ll feel like you’re miles away from the “real world” at this unique destination featuring rolling hills, rocky shorelines, sweeping views of the Boston skyline and tree-lined carriage paths.
3.  Francis William Bird Park inWalpole has meandering pathways and artisan-built stone bridges at this family-friendly park of open fields, groves of trees, and frog ponds.
4.  Holly Hill Farm in Cohasset, a beautiful organic working farm.  Make sure you print out clues to the hidden Quest – South Shore Quests  – http://www.southshorequests.org – to help your kids explore the farm.  Questing is a summer “must do” with your kids.
5.  South Shore Natural Science Center and Hornstra Farms in Norwell.  Explore animals and trails and get ice cream after Hornstra Farms.

May 21, 2015 at 11:49 am Leave a comment

Whimsical Mom Things That Make Us Smile, Part 2

Dream Catcher Coloring BookLast week on MommaJam, we talked about whimsical moms things that make us smile.  On today’s MommaJam, there’s a recap on the coloring books for grown ups, great apps for moms and Mother’s Day gift ideas that should be on our “Wish List” all year long.  Enjoy!

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Resources Referenced on MommaJam:
Dream Catcher, A Soul Bird’s Journey
Other great links with more coloring book ideas
Sincerely apps, INKED, which allows you to create and snail mail custom photo cards from your smart phone photo library.  It’s super EASY and fun!
 The other app is called SESAME.  If you send gifts to family and friends, this is a fun app to try out.
Cupcakes and Cashmere, one of my favorite new websites.
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May 9, 2015 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

Celebrate Earth Day April 15 at Stop & Shop Hingham

Earth DayCelebrate Earth Day early!

Stop & Shop and Ben & Jerry’s are teaming up on April 15th from 11:00 am to 2 pm to raise awareness about climate change, focus on environment stewardship and encourage customers to be part of the solution by using reusable bags and reducing waste.

As part of the effort, you can celebrate the “First Taste of Summer” Ice Cream social at the Hingham Stop & Shop (400 Lincoln Street) on Wednesday, April 15th from 11 to 2 pm in the store’s parking lot.  Everyone is invited!

  • Hear Co-Founder Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s live and in action discussing climate change
  • Enjoy a FREE SCOOP of favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavors from 11-2 pm along with a DJ and giveaways

For more than 40 years, Earth Day, April 22, has helped to mobilize the environmental movement and promote green policies at home and all over the world. As a responsible retailer, The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC has a long track record of looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and help customers go green on Earth Day and every day.

“This event will raise awareness about the importance of taking small steps to protect the environment. An easy way to reduce the impact of too many plastic bags ending up in landfills and waterways is to encourage our customers to bring their reusable bags with them each time they shop,” said Jihad Rizkallah, Vice President of Responsible Retailing. “These bags are environmentally friendly, larger and fit more groceries than a traditional plastic grocery bag.”

“At Ben & Jerry’s we are asking people to get involved in the climate movement by joining Avaaz.org, a global web movement that brings people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere, and calling on world leaders to support a transition to 100% clean energy.” said Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s. “We are happy and proud to support Stop & Shop and their customers on their Earth Day efforts.”

Jerry Greenfield will speak at noon to customers and associates in the store parking lot. Shopper can enjoy music as DJ Lisa from WXKS-FM will be spinning tunes along with another DJ as well. Giveaways will be handed out and free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream scoops will be available.

April 14, 2015 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: April Vacation 2015

School Vacation Ideas

April School Vacation is looming!  Here are 4 sites to check our for ideas on where to bring the kids all week long, especially for Earth Day, April 22:

1.  Get prepared with great ideas from MassVacation.com.

2. The whole week and after places are celebrating Earth Day around the world.  Check out Boston’s Mommy Poppins for Earth Day events.
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3.  Native Perspectives on Mother Earth at Plimouth Plantation.
4.  EcoTarium in Worcester is having a 1/2 price admission Earth Day event on Friday, April 24.
Have fun!

April 9, 2015 at 7:08 am Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Activities for Special Needs Children

Sing Explore Create

Sing Explore Create, a studio in Rockland, Mass., for special needs children, specializes in classes for kids with all types of disabilities, such as autism, but also offers classes for the general public and adults.

The studio helps children of all ages who may have a hard time interacting with other people socialize and cope with physical and/or mental disabilities through music and art.  Classes are available for infants all the way up to teens.  A dedicated team of therapists, artists, musicians and teachers all work together to help kids relax and enjoy life by exploring the arts.  Many summer camp classes are available to both the general public and for those who need assistance.

Click arrow to hear more details about Sing Explore Create in the replay of MommaJam on 95.9 WATD’s South Shore Morning News Show with Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian. MommaJam on WATD

Related Story:  Blind Artist’s Altruistic Vision (Inspiring! Must read!)

Go to SingExploreCreate.com for more information, class schedules and camp details.

Additionally, South Shore Conservatory is offering Yoga for the Special Child, a comprehensive training course for those who want a basic certification to teach the theory and practice of yoga to babies and children with learning or developmental disabilities.  The training class runs from July 11 through 17 at the South Shore Conservatory in Duxbury, Mass.

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March 31, 2015 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD: Easter and Passover Traditions with Kids

Chalkboard EggsNew Ways to Color Easter Eggs

Spring is here, and with Easter about two weeks away – Sunday April 5 – now is the time to plan when your family is going to color eggs this holiday season.

South Shore Mamas, a popular parenting blog on the South Shore, has a recent post with lots of fun, new ways to color eggs. My favorite is the chalk board paint style.  You can buy chalk board paint at your local craft or hardware store.  Obviously, these eggs are NOT edible, but they are cute looking! Other fun ideas that South Shore Mamas includes are:

  •  Washi Tape.  Washi tape is a great creative supply to have in your craft bin.  Staples and cute tape, an online store, have a hugeWashi Tape selection of colorful washi tape.  It’s not cheap – in fact several rolls make a great birthday gift for kids who are into crafting – but worth the few extra dollars for  beautiful designs and colors.

Related Story:  Washi Tape Discussed on MommaJam

  • Tattoos!  Every mom has tattoos leftover from birthday party goodie bags.  Gather them up and use them to decorate eggs this year.  Or, buy a certain style that you like – hearts, rainbows, bunnies, etc.  Go to South Shore Mamas for the complete tutorial on coloring Easter Eggs.

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We’ve talked about the MommaJam kitchen brewing up natural dyes for Easter Eggs a few years ago…. it was a true science experiment!  While it was fun and healthy, we found natural dyes don’t have the same vibrant punch as the Paas tablets.  If you want bright colors, go for the store bought kits.

Related Story:  Coloring Eggs with Natural Dyes Discussed on MommaJam

Kid-Friendly Passover Dinners 

Passover starts the evening of April 3.  Time for menu planning.  It’s hard for little kids to “do without” for a week, so we’re sharing PopSugar’s ideas for kid-friendly dinners during Passover.  My favorite idea is the brisket taco with a matzo soft taco shells – matzo meal replaces the corn mesa.

Also, try making matzo at home with kids with this recipe from Kitchn, a terrific website for anyone who likes to cook.  This easy recipe also demonstrates how bread doesn’t rise and provides a history lesson for kids of all religious backgrounds.

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March 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: 4 Fun Tips for Valentines Day

Red Velvet Cupcakes, Photo and Recipe By Kitchen Scoop

Red Velvet Cupcakes Photo and Recipe By Kitchen Scoop

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Here are 4 fun tips for celebrating Valentine’s Day with your family.95.9 WATD

1.  Crafts!  

Get out the glitter, get out the glue.  Valentine’s Day is the best holiday for crafts with kids.  You could spring for the boxed cards from the super market, but it’s way more fun to create homemade valentines.  Use magic markers, colored paper, stickers, glitter and glue to create one of a kind Valentines.  Get your supplies today, so you have every thing you need to work on the project over the weekend during the blizzard.  Don’t forget to make cards for your favorite teachers, crossing guards and other special people in your kids’ lives.

2.  Kick off Valentine’s Day Week with Pink Pancakes

We talk a lot about cooking on MommaJam.  This idea is from Tara Hollander of Doorknock Dinner, a company in Norwell that makes homemade meals and delivers them to your door step.

Tara suggests getting creative in the kitchen with your kids by make pink heart-shaped pancakes on the griddle.

Use roasted, peeled and then ****pureed beets instead of sketchy red food coloring.  Fold the beets into the pancake batter to make it turn pink.  Top pancakes with fresh sliced strawberries and homemade whipped cream.   This is a great idea for the weekend.   We have pancakes every Sunday morning.  We are going to kick off Valentine’s Day Week with Tara’s Pink Pancakes.

*** Test Kitchen Note:  Try juice from defrosted frozen raspberries instead of beets for sweet taste.

3.  Make Heart Shaped Sandwiches for Kids

Mandy Keith, owner of Yummy Mummy Meals Workshop suggests making a Valentine’s Day lunch.  Cut kids’ sandwiches into heart shapes and add fruit shaped hearts to their plates.  This is a fun way to surprise your kids next Thursday on Valentine’s Day.  They will love it when they open their lunch box at school and see heart shaped foods.  Make the moment extra special and pack a sweet  Valentine’s Day note.

Mandy runs Yummy Mummy Meals Workshop out of her home in Hanover.  She teaches moms how to prepare a series of meals and gives you the ingredients to take home and later make the meals on your own.

During February, Yummy Mummy Meals Workshop is making Dishes with with a romance flair, such as Tender Loving Tenderloin.

4.  Splurge on Treats! 

We just finished a January series on wellness… but every now and then it’s fun to splurge.

Three words:  Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 2, 2015 at 10:00 am 2 comments

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