Once upon a time I was a single young woman with only myself to worry about. I made my own money and could spend it wherever I wanted after bills were paid. Fast forward a decade or so later and now I have a family to take into consideration. The family and especially the kids always come first. This means we have to tighten our budgets and many of the fun extras have long since disappeared. As a result we use Groupon frequently so that we can save extra money and still be able to take advantage of good deals and opportunities. Groupon always has great deals including ones for Amazon , Babies R Us, and even Target, which of course we use frequently to order diapers, presents and anything else we need to have immediately. We absolutely love all the deals we are able to take advantage of and it is because of Groupon that our family is able to save money on things. Check them out and see if some of your favorite retailers have deals going on that you can take advantage of us as well. Happy Shopping!
Cape Cod Child Development helps give your child a head start! Cape Cod Child Development is a great local resource for Cape Cod Parents. They offer world class child and family focused programs that nurture each child's full potential. Plus they have affordable rates helping parents keep a little extra in their pockets and help save for a rainy day. They currently serve over 3,000 families on Cape Cod with approx 240 staff and are NAEYC Accredited and EEC certified!
For income eligible families, Cape Cod Child Development pre-school provides:
Cape Cod Child Development is now enrolling for their preschool in Centerville. Cape Cod Child Development is a great local resource for Cape Cod Parents. They offer world class child and family focused programs that nurture each child's full potential. Plus they have affordable rates helping parents keep a little extra in their pockets and help save for a rainy day. They currently serve over 3,000 families on Cape Cod with approx 240 staff and are NAEYC Accredited and EEC certified! Check out this opening below.
When your child is obsessed with #donuts you make a healthy-ish version using spelt flour, agave, coconut oil, protein powder, eggs, unsweetened applesauce. Check out this delicious kid approved recipe below.
1c spelt flower
3 scoops protein powder (I used orgain vanilla)
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t baking powder
1/8 t pink Himalayan salt
Mix together dry
1/2 c unsweetened apple sauce
1T avocado oil
Mix together wet. Then add to dry
Then Bake 15 min at 375 in a donut tin.
Create the glaze: Glaze is 1/4 c dark chocolate with 1t coconut oil melted. Dip top in this then sprinkles.
Do you have a special recipe to create a healthier version of your favorite treat? Share below
Pamela is a working mom to an adorable little baby girl. She originally hails from Falmouth, but currently resides on the North Shore with her husband, daughter and their 2 dogs. She is still extremely active in the Cape Cod community and travels down here a lot. She has an incredible amount of experience in the marketing field as well as the health care field. Currently her focus is on healthy living and fun creative projects. She loves being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends as well as a Cape Cod favorite: the beach!
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge 2017
What I liked most was how small it was. We were able to see almost everything in under an hour, which was perfect because we were entering toddler meltdown zone. We saw a couple elephants, horses, a few black bears, some seals, a bison and various kinds of birds. The viewing areas were perfect for kids. I took a picture of my daughter looking at the Bears so you could see what I mean. Not having to pick her up to see everything was great.
If you are looking for a fun family outing that doesn’t take too long and doesn’t cost too much, I highly recommend going to this zoo. I know it can be a moral dilemma for parents because you feel bad for the animals (we did anyway), but it really is a nice way for your kids to see some big animals up close in person.
I think our next adventure is going to be Edaville… anyone been?! Follow me on Facebook TiredMomofTwo and let me know your thoughts!
By: Corinne Cameron
Life has been absolutely non-stop crazy for me, where I have not been able to write a blog post in ages. Things are no different right now, but there is a show, “Rock of Ages” coming up this weekend at the Tilden Arts Center that made me wake up an hour early so I could tell you about it. It’s that important!
Now you are sitting here thinking, Ok, theatre is entertaining and all, but important? Yes, important. The production has one goal, to serve as a fundraiser for a non-profit agency called Cape Cod Child Development. From May 12-13th the actors will perform 3 shows to raise money for CCCDP as well as the Cape Conservatory, who is receiving 10% of the proceeds to go towards student scholarships. I’ll tell you more about it further down but let me start by saying that I am not affiliated with the organization in any way other than being a former client on behalf of my 5 year old son, Remy.
Remy was born prematurely at 36 weeks and had a rough start to life, spending a total of 25 days in the NICU and Special care nursery off cape, before he was well enough to come home. Because of this he automatically qualified for services through CCCDP but little did we know, just how much we would need them and the impact the organization would have on us. Remy started off with some fairly minor stiffness on the right side of his body, a side effect of all the medications pumped into his delicate little body, and we utilized home based physical therapy services through their Early Intervention (EI) program. As he developed, he not only met his milestones, most were way ahead of the typical schedule. Then at about a year old, my husband and I, with our case manager, noticed that he wasn’t as vocal as we would have liked, so we monitored it for a bit. By the time he was 16 months, we decided to have a speech evaluation completed and the rest is history.
To make a long story, short, we had the pleasure of having CCCDP in our home multiple times a week to help Remy with his significant speech delays until he “aged out” at 3 years old and transitioned over to the public school system. In addition to having our case manager, we had a speech therapist, as well as a child development specialist working with not only Remy, but my husband and myself. What impressed me most was not only the service that they were providing, but their willingness to work within our personal ideals and boundaries. It was the definition of “child centered” and ‘individualized”.It was a sad day when we had our last EI appointment but also exciting to think of the future. Remy falls on the autism spectrum, with his receptive and expressive language being his largest stumbling block, but he is doing outstanding! The fact that it took what seemed like forever to hear my sweet boys voice say “mama’, it is even sweeter to now have him say, without prompting “Mama, I love you so much”. I can honestly say that it if wasn’t for CCCDP, I would still be waiting for “Mama”, as Early Intervention is key!
Early Intervention is actually the tip of the ‘iceberg” for Cape Cod Child Development as they have several programs to serve the Capes most vulnerable residents of all socioeconomic levels.They have the FUN (Family United Network) Program which has groups such as Music & Movement, Wildlife Playgroups, Children’s playgroups where they can explore fairytales, folk tales and original stories, Little Scientists and much more! They have Family Child Care, Preschool & Headstart Programs, and a Teen Parent Program. Since a good portion of clients fall at or below the poverty line, this non-profit organization relies on donations and grants to ensure they can serve any family that needs their service.
So what is so special about this production of “Rock of Ages” when we have an incredible amount of community theatre on Cape Cod? Well not only have some of the best talent on Cape been assembled, they have billed it as “Broadway meets Cape Cod” as they not only have 4 professional actors/vocalists joining the cast in lead roles, they have various production members that work in the business, working to make sure this show shines. I will mention that they have labeled the production PG-14, so this is an “Adult Night out to support our little ones”
So call your babysitter, grab your significant other or group of friends, go to www.CCCDP.org/children/events and reserve your tickets for one of the 3 shows and get transported back in time to re-live (Yikes! I am showing my age…..or live for the first time), your 1980’s rockstar dreams!
If you go:
Cape Cod Child Development Presents:
“Rock of Ages” by Chris D’Arienzo and arrangements by Ethan Popp
Featuring National Tour & Broadway Musical Artists
May 12th-13th, 2017
Tilden Arts Center, Cape Cod Community College
Professionally, Corinne was a social worker before becoming disabled from full time employment after a April 2007 car accident, however her most cherished “job” came to fruition on 11/11/11 when she gave birth to her rainbow baby, Remy. Remy was her personal miracle after suffering 10 miscarriages beforehand, a topic she is passionate about exposing as countless couples (1 in 4 pregnancies) every year suffer the same fate in silence. Along with raising Remy, who falls on the autistic spectrum, Corinne is a Director within the community theatre scene here on the Cape, as well as at Mashpee Middle High School since 2010. She also sits as Vice President on the Board of Directors at the Woods Hole Theater Company and runs an online support group of over 4000 patients, like her, who suffer from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. In her spare time she enjoys various crafts, cake & cookie decorating, watching movies and playing board games with her family and most importantly attending bible studies and events at her church.
Wine & Cheese in Chatham!
Moms Night Out with Cape Cod Moms
Hosted by Beach Plum Properties
Where: 57 Whitman Avenue, Chatham, MA
When: Tuesday, May 23rd from 6-8 PM
RSVP: by Saturday 5/20
This is a FREE event! Come enjoy a relaxing evening with other moms.
Becca (mom to Nellie-9 & Nate-5) and Ethel (mom to grown up Jake & Leah, grandmother to 6 amazing kiddos) are the owners of Beach Plum Properties based in Orleans and Boston. We renovate, rebuild and redesign. Our approach is collaborative and creative. Our goal is to honor and enhance the communities in which we work and take inspiration from each neighborhood's history and the natural environment. We've found that we can see the beauty and potential in properties and architectural pieces that are overlooked. Although we have completed other projects, big and small, in California and the Boston area, our development work is currently focused on Cape Cod, and includes the renovation of existing homes, new building projects and product sourcing/interior design for residential clients.
Our project at Ridgevale Beach began last fall when we started the process of revitalizing this lovely property. We were inspired by our recent trip to Waco, Texas, the site of the Fixer Upper empire! We were excited to stay at the Gaines’ rental property, Magnolia House, to visit the Magnolia Market & Silos and travel to Round Top, Texas for their world famous antiques fair where we were able to source items for the staging of these units.
In addition to building and renovating our own projects from start to finish, we also provide sourcing and design consultation for our clients. Want us to get your home or rental property ready for summer? We love to find the perfect side table, paint color or antique decorative piece to make a room feel more complete and more like home. We work with clients on an hourly basis to source specific pieces or on a project basis for larger full room design or staging support. Please feel free to get in touch if we can be of assistance to you!!
Sign up for this very popular summer camp for one week where students will learn songs, choreography and more! Camp will take place for a week in July and the kids are sure to love it!
Mother’s Day is approaching and it can be hard to find that perfect gift to give to mom. A few weeks ago we reached out to our moms and asked what they would love to receive for Mother’s Day. Since we love shopping local in order to support our community, all the gifts are can be purchased from local businesses on Cape Cod. Enjoy our list and if you stop in and purchase something from our list that local moms recommended be sure to tell them where you saw it!
Moms always appreciate a little something new and sparkly and we have just the suggestion. We are obsessed with some of the gorgeous new jewelry from Hannoush Jewelers of Cape Cod. The new custom Cape Cod Moments line designed by owner, Mustapha Akkawi is just stunning and one of the hottest gifts around right now. The line consists of necklaces and bracelets and the charms are interchangeable so you can wear whichever one you choose. There are a few new charms that were just realized including the Family Tree Charm and it is at the top of our list for Mother’s Day gifts.
If you are down in the lower Cape region, some moms also recommended stopping by Stephen Gallant Jewelers for some pieces that are sure to bring a smile to mom’s face.
Moms love photos and we especially love receiving photos from our kids and family. If you are looking to do a simple gift that will make mom happy, then we recommend taking a photo you love and framing it up for your mom!
If you haven’t had recent photos taken then photo sessions would be a great idea for mom. No one loves sharing and enjoying pictures of the family more than mom. When our local moms were asked they said they would love to receive a gift certificate to Fleeting Moments Photography, Danielle Ryder Photography, or Emily Renaud Photography.
Moms are always on the go and we never really get enough time to just sit back and relax. So it was no surprise when our moms stated overwhelmingly that they would love a massage as a gift for Mother’s Day. Their favorite places and people to get massages from include: Mark at Falmouth Massage, Janice at Waves of Therapeutic Touch, Cape Cod Massage, and a Massage, spray tan and red light therapy at You Are My Sunshine Tanning Salon
There were lots of suggestions from the moms with some fun different types of gifts that mom would appreciate. One gift for mothers of new or young children would be a Tula or LilleBaby baby carrier from Mommy & Me Natural Parenting Boutique. Bonus tip: this business is a participating Cape Cod Moms ShopLocal Club business which means you can enjoy a discount when shopping here if you are a member.
Some other ideas included something fun and nautical from Sativa or Three Buoys, or even a custom sign from On Cape Time or A Piece Of Sandwich by Kelly Clark Poti
It can be hard to find time for mom to have a nice quiet hair cut, style or an beauty services done. That is why gift certificates to some of the places our moms suggested are sure to make mom smile! HAIR Affinity was recommended for their amazing beauty services and a Facial at Eden Day Spa, in Osterville was also highly recommended!
Lastly, experiences and the gift of your time can be a great gift idea for mom too! Our moms suggested renting out electric bikes in Dennis Village at Pedego Cape Cod, enjoying a delicious breakfast or lunch at Pickle Jar Kitchen, The Underground Bakery in Dennis Village or Harvest Gallery Wine Bar.
We hope you found our Mother’s Day Gift Guide helpful. All of the suggestions we listed came directly from what local moms stated they would love to get. We hope you enjoy Mother’s Day and we know no matter what you will find something to make mom smile!
It is spring time now and Easter just passed which means Reese’s Easter Peanut Butter Eggs are on sale. I love peanut butter and chocolate and I use to love Reese’s Easter Peanut Butter Eggs but now can’t bring myself to buy them. But I came across a recipe from Minimalist Baker that I thought I would try with a few modifications. I think they came out really well next time I might use Green and Black’s 70% dark chocolate instead.
Peanut Butter Eggs
Modified from the Minimalist Baker
- 3 pitted Deglet Noor Dates
- ½ cup raw almonds
- 1 cup roasted ½ salt TJ peanuts
- 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
- 6oz Enjoy Life Mega Semi Sweet Chunks
- ¼ cup almond pulp or extra peanuts
1. Add dates to a food processor and process until only small bits remain. Next add almonds and peanuts to the food processor and mix until they turn to meal – a few small chunks are OK.
2. Next add peanut butter in 1 Tbsp at a time (8 Tbsp) until the mixture forms a loose dough. If it seems too wet to handle, add almond pulp or more peanuts. If it seems too dry, add more peanut butter. Refrigerate for 5 minutes so it's easier to shape.
3. Scoop out large rounds of dough - heaping 1 Tbsp - and form into an "egg" shape. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and pop in the freezer to harden for about 20 minutes.
4. In the meantime, melt your dark chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second increments. Then work in small batches to coat the "eggs." Take just 1 egg out of the freezer at a time for dipping - otherwise they'll get too soft to dip well.
5. To dip, drop eggs one at a time into the chocolate, flip once, pick up with a fork and gently tap on the rim of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. A little excess is OK. Place back on the parchment-lined baking sheet and pop back in the freezer to set.
6. Repeat until all eggs are dipped, re-warming chocolate as needed.
7. For optimum freshness, store eggs in an air-tight container in the freezer or fridge until serving.
What are your favorite Spring recipes? Have you tried any new recipes?
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Anyone who has been following the Cape Cod Moms blog for a while, knows that our moms love traveling up to Story Land each year. We look forward to enjoying some fresh mountain air with tons of fun! Some of our favorite things to do at Story Land include the tea cups and of course the Loopy Lab where you an fire foam balls all over the place (seriously the best room for parents)! Check out Meghan's review from her trip back in 2013.
This year we once again are looking forward to taking our trip and the folks from Story Land have offered our Cape Cod Moms & Parents a little discount on your admission! Be sure to use our link and code so they will continue offering this great deal to us in the future. Enjoy your trip this year and stay tuned for our yearly review and follow all the fun on social media this summer!
Cape Cod Moms as our very own designated webpage and personalized promo code for you to SAVE when purchasing your tickets! This is an exclusive discount on Story Land Admission.
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Story Land Admission Ticket: $3 OFF
- Regular Price: $33.99
- Discounted Price: $30.99
Roar-O-SaurusThe newest coaster, designed and built for Story Land’s unique natural setting, is the only wooden roller coaster of its kind in northern New England. The colorful train of 12 passengers is led by the newest family member, “Rory” the little Dino with the big roar! The coaster has a lift height of 40 feet (providing a spectacular view of the surrounding area), sends riders soaring down a first drop of 38.5 feet, features 1,242 feet of track length, and provides riders 12 unique airtime moments.
Tea Time Spend time with a real Princess and get the “Royal Treatment” during Cinderella’s very own Tea Party and Story Time. Put on your glass slippers & join us for a tea time. $9.99+ tax per Tea Party participant Book Today.
Duke’s Dance Party @ Character CoveSo you think you can dance? Duke the Dragon and his best friend Rory sure think they can, and they’re ready to put your rhythm to the test! Let loose with this interactive show that features brand new dances and a whole lot of fun! Duke’s Dance Party takes place at the all NEW Character Cove by Oceans of Fun Spray Ground every day at 12:45 pm. You can also meet Duke, Rory and Humpty Dumpty throughout the day at Character Cove!
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