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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
King Richard’s Faire is located at 235 Main Street (Rt. 58) in Carver, Mass. 02330, phone: 508-866-5391, email: email@example.com.
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.
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!
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