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Review: The Land of Eataly

My family’s summer bucket list would not be complete without food destinations. As such, last week my girls and I found ourselves in the Back Bay one evening at the new Eataly Food Marketplace. Their motto is: Eat. Shop. Learn. And they offer it all in spades.

Real Estate: Helping Your Parents Downsize

After my father-in-law passed away, my mother-in-law was left with a big condo in a town she didn’t really like. We convinced her to move into a smaller condo, but she liked and felt very attached to ALL of her things. And thus began an education on downsizing…

Real Estate Feature: The Importance of a Pre-Approval

A pre-approval from a qualified and respected lender is the single most important thing you can do to put yourself in a position to make your best offer. Let’s get you started on the right foot!

Pet Adoption Series: Buddy Dog Humane Society

I have always been an animal lover, but first and foremost I’m a dog person. When I was ready for my first pet as an adult, I had learned a lot about the sad fate of shelter dogs. As a result, I decided to adopt.

The World’s New Holiday: Amazon Prime Day!

Yes, it’s true. There’s a new shopping holiday thanks to my personal addiction, Amazon. Right now they’re having crazy deals – it’s going on a little over 30 hours but I’m late to the game and it started Monday. So here’s what’s happening!

Giveaway: Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Class!

Giveaway! Are your kids always in the kitchen, wanting to help you cook? Great news! This month’s LiveNewton.net giveaway comes from Kids in the Kitchen, offering fantastic kids cooking classes in Brookline…

ICA Free Thursdays – Outdoor Music, Art, & More!

Our area is rich with museums and we’re fortunate to have such cultural abundance at our fingertips. Today I’m sharing a fantastic list of musical (outdoor!) events from the ICA on Boston’s Waterfront! During the summer they offer ICA Free Thursdays Nights. Get your calendar out…

How Newton will Celebrate the Fourth

Tuesday, the 4th of July in Newton will be filled with activities for all ages stretching from 10AM – 10PM (rain date for fireworks is July 5th)…

Head into Boston for Harborfest!

It’s a few days into it now, but there’s plenty to do at Harborfest Sunday through the 4th! I haven’t ever been (always out of town) but plan to check it out this year with my family and wanted to share in case you’re around…

Boston Pizza Festival

Boston Pizza Festival is a 2-day outdoor festival featuring live music, food and giveaways. Local and international vendors in the food industry will be there. Each pizza vendor will be selling their own product…

Review: Date Night at The Farmhouse

With non-stop schedules and juggling family, friends and obligations, my husband and I don’t go out on a date often enough. Recently we decided to make the effort to have more one-on-one dates. Luckily, this lead us to The Farmhouse in Needham Center.

Review: Date Night at The Farmhouse

With non-stop schedules and juggling family, friends and obligations, my husband and I don’t go out on a date often enough. Recently we decided to make the effort to have more one-on-one dates. Luckily, this lead us to The Farmhouse in Needham Center.

Hibachi Throw-Down!

Like many kids I know, my girls adore Japanese hibachi. If you haven’t ever taken your kids, you are definitely missing out. With hibachi, it’s all about gastro-tainment wherein a mildly comical ‘chef’ in a tall white hat slices, dices, squirts, and performs small feats of dexterity all while cooking your food before your very eyes…

Review: Davio’S Power Lunch

Recently, Davio’S invited LiveNewton.net to experience their new Power Lunch. Don’t let the name fool you. While ostensibly geared toward the business crowd, the Power Lunch is also designed to please the palates – and schedules – of stay-at-home and work-at-home parents alike.

Starbucks Frappucino Happy Hour Deal

Frappucino happy hour…save 50% off for a limited time…

Comedor: My Favorite Restaurant!

Local foodies, rejoice! We are so fortunate to have some amazing restaurants in and around Newton. Restaurants that, in my opinion, rival some of the best in Boston. My personal favorite is Comedor. My husband and I have been there a handful of times and have never been disappointed…

Review: Hot New(ish) Restaurant Branch Line

Tucked behind the brick walls of Watertown’s Arsenal area is a restaurant worth discovering; Branch Line. Friends had been raving about it for months, but I had a hard time getting a reservation. Later I’d understand why…

Review: Good Friends & Good Food at Ronsky’s

My friend Becca and I have been pals since our oldest children met in preschool. We spent time together on a weekly basis. Now that they’re in 4th grade, we need to plan to get together, which brought us to the popular Ronskys Italian-style cafe on a recent Saturday. Here’s how it went…

Review: The Naan Americans Cooking Class

I was convinced I could never cook Indian food. (At least not well.) But recently I discovered Newton start-up The Naan Americans – an Indian food cooking class taught by Home Chefs to showcase “simple and easy recipes with a blend of modern and classic International cuisines that can be easily reproduced in your own kitchen.” I was intrigued.

Book Your Easter Brunch!

For those who celebrate Easter, it’s a wonderful, fun celebration when families come together and enjoy the holiday and each other. It’s also a good excuse to get out and eat a special meal! If you’re planning to stay local and would like to find a good restaurant for Easter Brunch, look no further.

Restaurant Week Is Back!

It’s new name may be Dine Out Boston, but it’s “Restaurant Week” all the same. It starts today (Sunday) and runs through Friday. Participating restaurants in Boston, Cambridge, and Metrowest, North and South design 3-course prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner that highlight their best selections. There’s no better time…

REVIEW: Singh Cafe in Wellesley

I’m always on the hunt for great Indian food. Today I’m sharing my discovery in the hope that we won’t all flock there on the same night. If you don’t already know about the Singh Cafe in Wellesley, you’re welcome…

Kids Summer Reading Recommends

Now that summer is here, we plan to blow through many books. I wanted to share some of our favorites (avoiding the obvious and much-loved ones). I find the recommended ages really depend on your reader – some kids are earlier than others, some are later. Either way, whenever you stumble upon them…we hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

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Review: Warrior Ice Arena

The Boston Bruins have opened a gorgeous new training and practice facility in Brighton that is directly adjacent to the hull-shaped New Balance headquarters. Great news for recreational skaters (like my girls) thanks to regular public skating hours. We’ve been several times during their public skating hours…

Our New Ice Skating page has launched!

If you can’t beat it (the cold, that is), then enjoy it! Check out our new Ice Skating page with dates, rates, tips, and important details. Ice skating is a fun way to entertain and to keep moving…

‘Boston Winter’ @ City Hall Plaza

It’s been a long time in coming, but it’s finally here! Finally. The city of Boston has an event to celebrate the many gifts of winter…

Holiday Showcase: Moving Paintings

This week in our Holiday Showcase we’re excited to feature artist Ben Raynes and his Moving Paintings. These charming watercolor dioramas bring landscapes to life, connecting the viewer with the art…

Where to Find Santa This Christmas

On the hunt for Santa? Here’s a round-up of where-to-spot-Santa events (classic photo ops!) this month in metro Boston…

What to do with all that Candy?

A big part of our lives these days is teaching our kids about leading a healthy life. In turn, this helps us make a case for donating that candy they’ve been eagerly awaiting…

Family ACCESS Annual Halloween Fair – Sat, 10/29/16

Family ACCESS is holding its annual Halloween Fair tomorrow Saturday, October 29, 2016 in West Newton, MA from 10am-1pm…

Halloween Family Festival and Fundraiser

Halloween Family Festival sponsored by Everwood Day Camp in Sharon, MA…

Winner of Giveaway: Edaville’s Pumpkins Aglow!

Win (4) Tickets for Edaville’s magical Pumpkins Aglow event! Journey through Dino Land, explore an illuminated display of hand-carved pumpkins and get ready for trick-or-treating and lots of fun!

More Halloween Events for Your Calendar!

There’s so much fun planned in the next eight days that we decided to do another Halloween Events post. Get the most from this season by stopping by a few of these great Newton area offerings!

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