East Coast Mama

Keeping Kids Creativity Flowing this Summer! #KeepBuilding



We are in the middle of a heat wave in Boston, and even the kids are water logged from the pool and choosing to lounge around in the air conditioning.  However I refuse to let them spend their summer stuck in front of a screen.
I want them to use their imaginations, be creative, and when needed follow directions.  Luckily their favorite activity, building with LEGO bricks, allows them to do all that!

Step Into Your Favorite Story Book at Story Land in Glen, NH

Have you ever wanted to walk into your favorite storybook?  Well Story Land gives you that opportunity!  I have loved making memories at Story Land ever year with my children.  Story Land is packed with fun attractions and rides for kids of all ages, so I have enjoyed taking the kids since they were toddlers.   

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.

New to American Girl - The Wellie Wishers Line!

Just when I thought my love for American girl couldn't grow any stronger, they came out with a new doll line called the Wellie Wishers!

Santa's Village my Favorite New England Tradition!

I have pictures of myself and my cousin sitting on the train at Santa's Village and in the sleigh outside from the early 80's and now I am ecstatic to have pictures of my own children sitting in that Santa's Village sleigh and memories of us riding on Santa's train.

What to Keep in your Priority Moving Box, Plus my Top Moving Tips! #CleanHomeSavings

This post was sponsored.  All opinions are my own.
Are you planning a move?  We are!  We announced to our family last week that we are are moving down to the Tampa area of Florida!
For the past 5 years or so, my husband and I have debated between moving to South Carolina or Florida, and a couple years ago we took a road trip up and down the east coast and all around Florida, trying to decide on where we wanted to transplant to.  We ended up staying in Massachusetts because I chickened out at the idea of being away from all my family while the kids were so young.  However they have gotten older, and easier, so the move was back on the table.  Then my parents made the sudden decision 6 months ago to make their Florida home, their permanent home.  Suddenly the idea of moving became easier.  My father is home during the day and my mother is working from home so they were able to find us an apartment to transition into and they had already gotten to know the area towns and local establishments.
Plus my brother is only 5 to 6 hours away from Florida in South Carolina, and visits the Tampa area every couple months.  We had been taking a long road trip to South Carolina twice a year over the last few years, so being closer to him is a huge perk. 

Expand STEM Knowledge While the Kids are Out of School!

This post was sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
How did summer vacation come so quick?  It feels like the kids just had their first day in September yesterday!
While I love the lazy mornings and the beach days, I also worry about how much knowledge my children are loosing during the school break, especially being a special needs family.  

After watching the regression of my children in the early school years and feeling helpless, I learned that I need to tap into the subjects they are passionate about and develop a good out-of-school schedule that keeps them engaged and learning in-between those beach days.