Massachusetts

Summer Camp

IMG_1243Summer Camp

Summertime…Or, Oops I forgot to sign up for camp! While most of you have camps already in progress, you just might be looking to fill in an odd week here or there. There are still tons of options – not to worry!

Camp Seekers.com

Campseekers makes summer scheduling easier by giving parents a targeted list of summer camp sessions that meet specific criteria.

You can search for camp by location, date and camp type (i.e. sports) to find camp sessions that meet specific criteria – you can then filter by activity (i.e. soccer) or age to find the camp sessions that best fit their summer goals.

Currently, Campseekers includes approximately 250 camps representing close to 10,000 sessions in the greater Boston area. It is completely free to become a member of Campseekers.

Land’s Sake

Our family has loved this camp for many years. Low-key, educational, fun and in the dirt. What could be better? From the site: Kids learn about gardening and farm ecosytems, care for our chickens and rabbits, explore, and create! From kindergarten to high school, our experienced and highly trained educators lead exciting, age appropriate activities all summer long.

Environmental Science Program

From the site:
The Envi Sci program combines fun outdoor activities with learning about the environment. Each year it builds on the “peer education” principle by having the student leaders design, develop, and deliver the materials that the students use. New students are encouraged to return and become leaders in subsequent years, continuing the thread of responsibility for care and teaching about the environment.

A typical activity would be a hike to an area of interest, often in Newton but sometimes elsewhere, such as the Arnold Arboretum. Other activities range from bicycle trips to night walks for learning about nocturnal wildlife. We go on a 12-mile canoe trip on the Charles River, and we take water samples to report on the water quality. The learning materials for each day may cover ecology, geology, botany, pollution issues, or other areas that the student leaders select.

Each year there is an environmental cleanup project in which participants get hands-on involvement with improving an environmental sit

Learnivore (Build your own camp)

Find an Instructor

Search and message instructors directly, or create a Request and let them come to you.

Get to know each other; and if the fit is good, schedule your lesson. Take a lesson (or two) online, at home, at your instructor’s studio.

Find Classes Get inspired. Just sign in, and you’ll be able to see every new class that’s created in your area in your activity feed.

 

There are also great city and town camps – check with your town – Newton Community Education is where I generally start.

Getting Back On Track with Learnivore

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Some Much Needed Lifelong Learning with Learnivore

It was a long, cold winter – something I don’t have to tell those of you who stuck it out here (ahem, not you, Mom and Dad), and my daily routine of a good hour plus walk with our dog was disrupted. Okay, it stopped cold…if you’ll pardon the pun. The usual brisk walk became me in all my warmest gear as I begged, cried, and pleaded into the scarf that covered most of my face to my dog to just hurry up already so we could go back inside. It was not my finest hour, or hers, really.

Despite a few trips to the gym and some epic snow shoveling sessions, it was hard to stay on track, and I didn’t. At all. And with the nice weather upon us,  I have no more excuses, just a habit of less exercise. So when the local social network company, Learnivore, offered a class for me to sample and review (any class), I immediately chose yoga. It’s been a while since I practiced daily, and I knew some individual attention would help motivate me.

The super easy to navigate Learnivore site (you can log in with Facebook or an email address) lets you explore classes that are set up under the fantastic headings of Athletics, Arts or Academics. It’s easy to narrow your search by geographic area, too. And each instructor has a profile page so you can read all about them before you even book a class. There were several options for yoga within 10 miles of my home, too. After reading a few profiles, I booked a yoga class with Christie R. – it was easy to communicate through Learnivore to set a time and date.

The morning of the class, one of my nieces dropped by (she is out of school for the year), and I invited her to join me in my class. After checking in with Christie, we were off to my first yoga class in a while. My niece is quite a few years younger than I am, and a terrific athlete to boot, so I was hoping she would distract Christie from my ineptitude. Maybe a little. I needn’t have worried.

Christie Rosen - Yoga Instructor for Learnivore, Boston, MA, Capability Mom
Christie Rosen

Christie is warm and lovely with a wonderful manner, and was easily able to accommodate our two very different skill and ability levels, and somehow managed to keep us focused and on task (we lean to chatty, this niece and I). Christie’s home studio was equipped with blocks, bands and blankets to help with proper positioning, and I did so appreciate the care she takes to make sure each pose is thoughtfully and properly executed. Christie is an incredible instructor – kind, patient, caring and knowledgeable. What a great and gentle reintroduction to an activity I love and will definitely continue. I also noticed there are instructors for Track and Field – maybe now that I’m getting back in shape I’ll join a Master’s team, but first I might need a refresher class or two…

Are you a lifelong learner? Learnivore has classes for the whole family, too. Here’s a listing of the available classes: Screen shot 2015-05-27 at 4.36.35 PM

Athletics
All Air Sports Archery Baseball Basketball Bowling Boxing Camping & Hiking Caving & Canyoning Climbing Cricket CrossFit Cycle & Spin Dance – Athletic Diving Driving & Racing Equestrian Extreme Sports Fencing Field Hockey Fishing Fitness & Training Football Golf Gymnastics Hunting & Firearms Kayaking & Rafting Lacrosse Martial Arts Massage & Physical Therapy Nutrition Other – Athletics Paintball Parkour Pilates Poker & Cards Rowing Running & Endurance Sailing & Boating Self Defense Skateboarding Skating & Hockey Ski & Snow Sports Soccer Softball Surfing Survival & Orienteering Swimming Tennis & Racquet Sports Track & Field Triathlon Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball Water Sports Wrestling Yoga

Arts
All Beauty Brewing Circus Arts Craft Creative Writing Culinary Arts Dance Design Dramatic Arts Fashion Film Gardening Knitting Life Music – Brass Music – Composition & Arranging Music – General Music – Guitar Music – Low Strings Music – Other Music – Percussion Music – Piano Music – Viola & Violin Music – Voice Music – Woodwinds Other – Arts Photography Sewing Travel Visual Arts Wine & Spirits Woodworking

Academics
All Academic Writing Accounting Alternative Medicine Anthropology Archaeology Architecture Art History Astronomy Biological Sciences Business Chess Child Development Computer Science Economics Education Engineering Finance History Home School Journalism Languages – Chinese Languages – ESL Languages – French Languages – Other Languages – Spanish Law Literature Management & Leadership Marketing Mathematics Medicine Other – Academics Philosophy Physics & Chemistry Political Science Psychology Reading Mechanics Religion Social Sciences Speaking & Presentation Special Education Speech Sustainability Technology Test Prep

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Learnivore Capability Mom Yoga Rugg Road Boston Christie Rosen

 

 Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are, as always, my own.

 

More Fruit and Chocolate (Week 2 of the Scavenger Hunt)

More Fruit and Chocolate (Week 2 of the Scavenger Hunt and a Grand Prize $200 Amazon Gift Card)

The nice people at Edible Arrangements are running a scavenger hunt and the prize is chocolate dipped fruit! I am always about the share (especially when I get my own). So look for Summer Strawberry (I think it’s pretty hard to miss a person in strawberry costume and there are clues, too.

Wednesday, August 22 from 2 P.M.-4 P.M.

  • ‘Summer Strawberry’ will be stopping by the second largest city in New England on its tour of Massachusetts and New Hampshire! The city, which is about 40 miles west of Boston, was named after a city in England.
  • This city is home to 10 colleges and universities including College of the Holy Cross, Assumption College and a Massachusetts state university whose mascot is the Lancers.
  • Summer Strawberry’ will be visiting the Edible Arrangements store off of Rte. 122, in between Ingleside Avenue Historic Park and Lake Avenue.
  • The store is located in _________ Plaza, a plaza that is named after the town in Cape Cod that was made famous by the Kennedy’s vacation compound.
  • After stopping in to visit ‘Summer Strawberry,’ you can grab a slice at a popular pizza chain whose slogan is, ‘Better Ingredients. Better Pizza,’ or stop by a tax prep company located in the plaza.

Did you decipher the clues? Good, then head over there on Wednesday betwen2-4 pm. Too far from home? Can’t leave the beach? Stuck in a carpool line or back to school shopping? Here are other ways to win some prizes:

  1. Leave a comment below with the address/store location where Summer Strawberry will be this week.
  2. Go to the store and take a picture of Summer Strawberry. Email it to jkaye@carltonprmarketing.com for another entry.
  3. Go to the store, take your snap of Summer Strawberry. Follow @DoFruitNE on Twitter and tweet them the photo with the hashtag #ILoveFruit

Ways to win – even one for those of you who can’t make it to the store. As a bonus, go to your local Edible Arrangements location between the hours of pm and mention the Scavenger Hunt. You’ll get a box of dipped fruit!

You can have another chance at The Scavenger Hunt – it is happening over the next three Wednesdays – so have fun!

Free Fruit and Fun!
Anyone who correctly deciphers the clues and finds ‘Summer Strawberry’ within the designated 2-hour time period will receive free samples of smoothies, dipped fruit or fresh fruit salad when they mention the scavenger hunt.

Emailing a picture of ‘Summer Strawberry’ to jkaye@carltonprmarketing.com or commenting on this blog post the address/ store location where you found ‘Summer Strawberry’ will enter you to win the grand prize, a $200 Amazon gift card, or one of four arrangements !

Doing both will get you two entries! Tweeting a picture of ‘Summer Strawberry’ with a caption that includes the hashtag #IFoundFruit and showing it to the cashier will get you an additional entry and a 6-piece box of dipped fruit!

Live far from the selected store?
If you correctly decipher the clues but cannot make it to the selected location, you can still enter the contest by commenting the address/ store location of ‘Summer Strawberry’ on this blog post. Better yet, you can visit your local Edible Arrangements during the pre-selected 2-hour time period and mention that you are there because of scavenger hunt and you will receive a 6-piece box of dipped fruit!

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Edible Arrangements and its public relations agency will not retain any email addresses during this promotion, other than to notify winners of the prizes awarded. This particular contest is just for MA and Southern NH locations.

Find them on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/ediblearrangement

I was not compensated for this post but I will be receiving an arrangement from Edible Arrangements much to the joy of my family.

Fun Scavenger Hunt from Edible Arrangements

Free Chocolate and Fruit?

It is true, I have a very difficult job (sigh). Sometimes I read books that people send me, and then write about them. Taxing. Then occasionally people send me food (more specifically chocolate) and I have to (sigh, again) taste and write some more. Again, grueling, but I’m up for it. Okay, before you stop reading…mostly, I am driving children to endless camps, lessons, activities, making dinner, doing laundry, running errands, and slowly becoming a working mom…so don’t mind when I get a bit of free chocolate, please. Plus I can tell you how to get your own free chocolate. See, I do play well with others!

So – How can free chocolate (and fruit) be yours?

Free Fruit and Fun!

Over the next four Wednesdays, The folks at Edible Arrangements are running a fun promotion/scavenger hunt. Here is the scoop for this week –

Wednesday, August 15 from 11 A.M.- 1 P.M.

  •  ‘Summer Strawberry’ will be stopping by the easternmost portion of Massachusetts which is a huge New England tourist destination, especially during the summer months!
  • This town has the initials ‘SY’ and is located between West Yarmouth and Dennis Port.
  • The first traffic rotary in the United States is in this village at the intersection of River Street and Pleasant Street.
  • This village is home to the Red Sox, no not the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox that play in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
  • ‘Summer Strawberry’ will be at the Edible Arrangements store located in a plaza near a popular pizza chain that shares its name with a classic game (if you get this answer, you’re spot on!) and songs by Van Morrison and most recently, Jessie J.

Did you decipher the clues? Good, then head over there on Wednesday from 11 to 1. Too far from home? Can’t leave the beach? Stuck in a carpool line or back to school shopping? Here are other ways to win some prizes:

  1. Leave a comment below with the address/store location where Summer Strawberry will be this week.
  2. Go to the store and take a picture of Summer Strawberry. Email it to jkaye@carltonprmarketing.com for another entry.
  3. Go to the store, take your snap of Summer Strawberry. Follow @DoFruitNE on Twitter and tweet them the photo with the hashtag #ILoveFruit

Three ways to win – even one for those of you who can’t make it to the store. As a bonus, go to your local Edible Arrangements location between the hours of 11 – 1 pm and mention the Scavenger Hunt. You’ll get a box of dipped fruit!

You can have another chance at The Scavenger Hunt – it is happening over the next four weeks – so have fun! This particular contest is just for MA and Southern NH locations.

 

 

 

Edible Arrangements and its public relations agency will not retain any email addresses during this promotion, other than to notify winners of the prizes awarded.

 

I was not compensated for this post but I will be receiving an arrangement from Edible Arrangements much to the joy of my family.

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