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Four Things I Loved and the Two I Did Not: My Review of Beauty and the Beast

As “winter turns to spring,” movie goers are marching in mob formation from their homes to the theater to see the much anticipated live action movie, Beauty and the Beast!  Yes – it has FINALLY arrived for all of us to enjoy and I willingly admit that I have been anticipating this event for nearly two years! Continue reading Four Things I Loved and the Two I Did Not: My Review of Beauty and the Beast

Review of Burton’s Grill: Hit or Miss for this Food Allergy Family?

Word spreads rather swiftly through the food allergy community when a restaurant goes above and beyond to accommodate the needs of a customer with special dietary restrictions.  Burton’s Grill is one of those establishments whose name has been circulating around the food allergy community for some time now and with positive reviews.  When I noticed that we were fairly close to a large percentage of their restaurants, I made it a priority, while living in the Northeast, to find a way to experience this eatery and hopefully allow my son to enjoy another meal without fear. Continue reading Review of Burton’s Grill: Hit or Miss for this Food Allergy Family?

Extra! Extra! Newsies Hits Theaters and Gives Us Something To Believe In!

In my mind, it would be an oddity for someone to deny the magic that comes from watching a live, onstage Broadway production.   You’re talking talent beyond measure, music that transforms and transports, stories that connect with us face to face.  However, is there any love lost when the splendor of a stage production comes to the big screen?  Does the audience lose the energy or the sense of being involved in the production when a camera is capturing the action and delivering it to you versus seeing it with your own eyes firsthand?

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No snacks, no treats, no candy ~ Oh, MY! Valentine’s Day in the Classroom

It’s no secret that, when most of us reading this post were younger, we celebrated Valentine’s Day by sending each other paper valentines and shared parties at school filled with candy, chocolate and cupcakes.  Fast forward to today’s celebrations and we have a conundrum facing our schools as so many children are struggling with food allergies and other health conditions negatively affected by these kinds of edible gifts.  Valentine’s Day, among so many other holidays, has had to shift its focus a bit in the classroom, but the question remains, “Can it be done successfully?”  I say, yes! Continue reading No snacks, no treats, no candy ~ Oh, MY! Valentine’s Day in the Classroom

Snow Day Adventures: Making Pretzels with the Boys

I’ve actually been quite surprised at the mild winter we have had here in New England thus far this year (uh-oh….I probably spoke prematurely and will be blamed for the next Nor’Easter).  Nonetheless, we finally saw our first official snow / ice day off this season and the boys could not have been more ecstatic to have been able to stay home from school.  Of course, that begs the question….what does one do with three rambunctious boys on an unexpected day off? Continue reading Snow Day Adventures: Making Pretzels with the Boys