We had a chance to swing by the new L.L. Bean store opening Labor Day weekend in Mashpee Commons. The new store is across from Starbucks and in the old GAP building. It is refreshing to see L.L. Bean on Cape Cod so that locals now have access to some of their amazing products. The new store is nicely spread out with shoes, camping gear, jackets and more on the ground level. Upstairs there is apparel for men, women and children.
A highlight of L.L. Bean joining the Cape Cod community was their donation of $5000 to the Boy & Girls Scout troops in Mashpee. During the presentation they commented on the need to embrace the community and help cultivate a love for the outdoors. In the next few months they plan on rolling out programs for the community to participate in! We are really excited about this because it helps encourages families to get outside and introduces them to fun activities they may not have considered previously. Our family is most excited about archery and fishing. We can't wait to further explore L.L. Bean's supplies and classes.
Join them this weekend for the following events:
Starting at 9 a.m., the first 200 customer will receive an L.L. Bean Gift card which could be worth anywhere from $10 to $500.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Try your hand at fly casting and archery or take a turn at the Bean Boot Toss. Snap a picture with the Boot mobile!
It's all about kids! Come for a day of family fun. Complete an L.L. Bean Passport to win a cool patch. Check out wildlife programs throughout the day. Join the local Boy & Girl Scouts for hands on activities and games.
Plus while you check out the new store you can enter to win Red Sox tickets (10 winners) or a Trip for a Family of 4 to Maine!
Stop on by and take a look. Maybe post a picture with the boot mobile!
We are teaming up with local mom, Naomi from The Colorspace here on Cape Cod, to create some gorgeous custom tote bags ($20) that we hope our local moms would like to purchase. Sadly we are having trouble picking our favorites after we narrowed it down. Could you help us out by commenting below the picture number of the one you like best? Thanks!
The GoPro Hero from Verizon is Perfect for Our Family
The back to school countdown is on and boy has it been quite the summer. The time has flown by and already we are back to school shopping! Our family was able to experience a lot of fun and experiences this summer that have helped to make lasting childhood memories. Since summer always passes so quickly I was thrilled when Verizon reached out to me with an opportunity to check out the GoPro Hero 4 Session camera and see if it fit it could help us capture some family fun in exchange for an honest review!
When I was a kid I can remember our parents recording events and experiences. In today’s society we all have cell phones, which mean the majority of our pictures and videos are now done on these devices. However I have found that my video quality on my cell phone does not always translate well to a larger screen and my family camera is large and can be cumbersome to always have with us. This is why a GoPro is a great middle ground solution.
When the GoPro Hero 4 Session arrived, we were eager to check it out. The camera is a cube-shaped waterproof camera that is half the size of and 40% lighter than the other Hero4 cameras and only requires one button use. This can be a little confusing at first. The directions that came with the camera while simple did not fully explain the amazing capabilities the camera actually has however moms have a great ability to quickly cut to the heart of the matter and I was able to get the basics figured out. Luckily for me towards the end of our demo, I was also able to chat with David from Verizon who emailed me the online manual and helped me figure out how to try out some other features, some of which I can’t wait to try out on our upcoming trip.
We took the light weight and durable GoPro a few places to experiment on Cape Cod including the hiking, our neighborhood, and even the beach. Did I mention this camera is waterproof up to 33 feet without an additional enclosure? This makes the camera so much more useful. We brought it to the beach with us one day and I loved being able to just set it up and then hang out with the kids while they explored. This way I was able to relax and actually spend time with them while also capturing the smiles and laughter that comes from exploring new things and just having fun with family.
Just in time for back to school, we reached a major milestone as the Tiny One has learned to ride a two wheeler. He decided it was time to take the training wheels off, he hopped on and off he went. This was a great opportunity to check out the GoPro video capabilities. It was easily affixed to the top of his bike helmet and gave us an amazing view of the world as seen through the eyes of a child. When I viewed the video, I couldn’t help but laugh as he narrated his fast cruise around our neighborhood. I was also overwhelmed by how it made me feel knowing I had captured a snippet of such an important milestone in life.
Since we had affixed it already to our bike helmet we decided to go on a local nature hike with it. This was quite entertaining as the Tiny One was narrating his every move plus we were able to capture fun treasures we found along our way. This will also be a perfect way to capture that first day back at school as we swing from our favorite tree while waiting for our bus. The GoPro Hero 4 Session also comes with an app for your phone so you can edit, share and even more right from your phone! Some other great apps: Some great Family and/or Back To School apps to check out are Family Locator, Brainscape, Todoist, and Google Goals. Plus Verizon also has a Back to School deals page where you can save some money!
As a parent, video mode is my absolute favorite aspect to the GoPro. I love the ease in which I can easily place or affix the Session on and just stand back and let it record moments. The waterproof GoPro’s are super versatile and fit in seamlessly with a busy family lifestyle. I am grateful that there is new technology today that helps us get out from behind the camera and experience life with our families while still capturing all those moments that I will forever look back on and treasure. I am also super thankful to Verizon for allowing me to try out one of these cameras; it has been an amazing opportunity. Verizon has also graciously allowed me to check out the camera again when I travel next month and have an opportunity to snorkel one of the top beaches in the world: Grand Anse Beach. (Update: Check out our review from Grenada here!) This year, a GoPro is definitely at the top of this mommy’s Christmas Wish List!
Please Join one of Cape Cod Moms amazing
Advisers Tracy Lamperti for her upcoming workshop:
Helping Children Manage Stress
Tracy Lamperti has been counseling children and families for more than 25 years. Just in time for back to school, join Tracy as she shares information and strategies about what works when it comes to helping children self-regulate their emotions and behavior.
It is recommended that you bring your child to this training so that you can learn the strategies together and be prepared for the first moment they are needed as the 2017/2018 school year gets underway.
Strategies will be grouped in three categories; sound, scent and touch.
You can choose either of the workshop days so that it fits your schedule!
Date: Monday, August 21 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM & Friday, August 25 at 10 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Lamperti Counseling & Consultation
26 Wampum Dr, Brewster, Massachusetts 02631
Register for 8/21 Workshop
Register for 8/25 Workshop
Cost: $20 per adult. There will be no charge for children.
*Disclosure - Tracy Lamperti is a member of Young Living. NO purchase is required and a sales talk will NOT be part of this class. As such, if you are a member of another essential oil company, please come free of any concerns of conflict.
Each year since 2012 we have been lucky enough to be granted admission to King Richard's realm as guests for his annual faire as well as offer giveaways to our fans & readers. This year we are giving away 4-Family 4 Packs! We’ve had such great times while attending. Some of our favorite parts of the Faire are seeing the Prince & Princess Contest and the joust, eating turkey legs, attending the fabulous music and shows and much more. We love visiting the vendors as well and in prior years have purchased a piece for our outfit to attend in! Each year we find something fantastic and something new! We cannot wait to see what is going to be at the Faire this year! Check out our past visits and don't forget to purchase your tickets today using our custom discount code: CCMOMS-17 to save $4 per ticket!
King Richard’s Faire 2012
King Richard’s Faire 2013
2nd Review Blog 2013 by Meghan
King Richard’s Faire 2014
King Richard's Faire Meghan's 2014 Experience
King Richard's Faire 2015
Meghan's Review of the Shows & Interviews with the Kids for 2015
King Richard's Faire 2016
King Richard's Faire, New England's largest and longest-running Renaissance Faire, announces its 36th season running weekends including Labor Day and Columbus Day Mondays, September 2 through October 22, 2017. Tucked away on 80 acres of enchanted forest off Rt. 58 in Carver, Mass., King Richard's Faire announces its 36th season offering guests a full day of live, interactive entertainment for all ages. Enjoy daring knights jousting on horseback, exciting rides and games of skill, an original musical, and hundreds of talented entertainers on eight stages. Dancers, singers, acrobats, exotic animals, wacky wenches, happy villagers, and the King’s royal court greet you as you enter the gates.
When as famished as a mud beggar, guests will enjoy the Faire's delicious spit-roasted turkey legs, buttery ears of corn, boules filled with chowder and stew, ringlets of fries, and quench their thirst with champagne, wine and brew. Shoppers can stroll through the 16th century village filled with the wares of more than 100 unique and talented artisans from near and far. At every turn, guests will encounter fantasy and wonder through minstrels, musicians, acrobats, stilt walkers, giant puppets, wenches, and more.
Carvershire has been bustling with excitement as King Richard welcomes new entertainers to our enchanting village in 2017, including:
Rick, Jan and Snorkel the Trained Stunt Pig Show - new for this year featuring juggling, stunts and piggy humor - first four weekends only; Klass Klown brings fire juggling, ball balancing and high flying pogo stick stunts;
The Vodca Family musical dance and drumming show;
Gibbon the Troubadour and Hannah Rose on the fiddle; The Lord Sheriff Glenn Fieldenstream is back after a three year hiatus, ready to write tickets and summons laughter in “court”; And a new puppet: Jasper, King of the Rag Dolls!
Don’t miss beloved returning entertainers Draiku, a beautiful aerialist duo back for their third year; Great Cats of the World exotic cat show; Ses Carny’s The Torture Show; Daniel - Duke of Danger; the Washing Well Wenches; Jacques Ze Whipper; Bawdy Mud Beggars; and of course our brave and handsome knights jousting on horseback. Every day on the King’s Stage at 1:00pm and 3:30pm, talented cast members perform an original musical. See our website for full entertainment schedule.
Special event schedule:
Sunday 9/3: Military Appreciation Day - free admission for all those with valid military ID
Saturday 9/9, 4p: Cleavage Contest
Saturday 9/16, 4p: Vow Renewal Ceremony - Romance Is In The Faire
Saturday 9/23, 4p: Game of Thrones costume and trivia contest
Saturday 9/30, 4p: Clash of the Tartans: Highland Hunks, Men in Kilts Contest
Saturday 10/7, 4p: Harry Potter Trivia and Costume Contest
Saturday 10/14, 4p: Wee Ones Parade for Princes, Princesses, Fairies & Pirates Costume Contest (ages 11 and younger only)
Saturday 10/24, 4p: Fantasy Finale Weekend: Adult Costume Contest
Faire hours are 10:30a-6p every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays, from September 2 through October 22, 2017. Tickets are $32 for adults (12+) and $16 for children ages 4-11. Children under 4 are free, and parking is free.
Discounts given to groups of 25 adults or more and private parties can be accommodated (birthdays, bachelor/ette parties, anniversary celebrations, and weddings). Groups may make reservations by emailing email@example.com.
King Richard’s Faire is located at 235 Main Street (Rt. 58) in Carver, Mass. 02330, phone: 508-866-5391, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit King Richard’s Faire on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TheKingRichardsFaire) and on Twitter and Instagram @KRFaire.
Enter to Win 1 of 4 Family 4 Pack of Tickets to Opening Weekend King Richard's Faire
Comment and Tell us what you LOVE most about King Richard's Faire!
Official Rules: Contest is open to US Residents from 8/14/17-8/24/17 at 7:59pm EST. Contest is sponsored by King Richard's Faire and hosted by Mommies LLC. 4 winners will be chosen. Winners will be contacted via their contact email they use when submitting the comment for entry. Cape Cod Moms will coordinate with winner to get them the tickets which will be mailed to winner by KRF. Winner must respond to notification email within 24 hours or another winner (up to 3) will be chosen.
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