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Wednesday, August 15, 2018


We continued on down Rt 2 on Sunday to one of the kids favorite stops.http://www.deerfielddinos.com/

Bella and Billy have been visiting Deerfield Dinos: Rock Fossil and Dino Shop for years with John's parents. A quaint fun spot that is more than the eye sees at first glance. As you walk up to the shop the water flume is very obvious, and one of the key attractions. Yet the fun does not stop there. Once you enter the shop you are surrounded by all types of rocks, fossils, and bones.  When you head towards the rear of the store you can find Mine shafts that the kids can explore to find treasure (for a fee). Once outside in the back of the building, you enter into a land of Dinosaurs. With Sandpits to dig for fossils to bring home also for a fee.

Prices for the Activites are very reasonable. Each child gets a pamphlet that helps them figure out what treasure they found and what country it came from. Our ride home was not spoiled by one "I'm bored" or "Are we almost home?". They studied their gems/stones and shared the information they found with John and I. They told us about birthstones, rocks that are used to make makeup and more.
We did hear many I can't wait to go backs and can you wrap this one to use for jewelry?

Bella and Billy each got their own bag to pan for gems/stones with our total spent $18 ($9/bag)

Please visit here to see the pricing: http://www.deerfielddinos.com/activities/

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kringle Candle

Kringle Candle -Bernardston, MA
Started by James Kittredge III and Mike Kittredge (Orginal owner of Yankee Cadle) 

Kringle Candle is one of my mother's favorite spot to visit when she is up here in Massachusetts. 
Started by James Kittredge III and Mike Kittredge (Orginal owner of Yankee Cadle). I love the story of how Kringle Candle came to light. The story can be found here: http://inside.kringlecandle.com/about-kringle

We decided to check it out this past weekend to experience for ourselves. Started by James Kittredge III and his father Mike Kittredge (the original founder of Yankee Candle)
As you arrive at Kringle Candle on one side of the street is the Retail Store, the opposite side of the street hosts The Country Barn, The Chocolate Cottage, and The Farm Table. 

We arrived shortly after opening, and the rain seemed to be keeping the crowds away. Which made for a great blogging visit. Bella was in charge of photography this time around, with a little help from John. 

As we entered the retail shop,  we were welcomed by one of the sweetest ladies Barb. I really regret not asking for her photo with the kids, she was so sweet. Once she learned we had never been, she told us all about the store. Highlighting the sale items (which we all know is my favorite) and where they can be found. The time she took to welcome us and make sure we knew where we could find everything was such a fantastic personal touch. It added to the charm of the store. Filled with every candle scent you can imagine, everyone was having fun finding their favorite scent. Being allergic to candles I was beyond surprised to find the store was scent free and filled with unique gifts. 

The Country Barn is three floors of fun and has something for everyone. The first floor is filled with cooking oils, gourmet food, fudge, loose tea and so much more. The samples were the kids favorite. Everywhere we turned there was pretzels or animal crackers for guests to try the spreads, syrups, oils and more. 

The top floor has a cute Christmas shop,  decorations for the home, women's wear, jewelry, bath and body products, and so much more.  The soaps are so pretty I would almost be afraid to use them. The store has such great unique gifts we definitely will be returning for teacher's gifts this year. 
The basement was the kids dream.. you guessed it TOYS. From wind-up toys, puppets, stuffed friends, and more. If you need a different gift for a special little one this is the store for you. 

Sadly, we missed the Chocolate Cottage and The Farm table. however, we plan on returning soon. 

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Rotary Throw Back

Days like today when work is insane and the kids can not get along. Make me crave for Beachie Beans ice coffee. Where the ice cubes are even made out of coffee! My favorite moment from that visit was the kids trying to learn how to use the rotary phone! 

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Staying cool at Cabela’s

It has been a sweltering few days here in Massachusetts. We had some time to kill yesterday and decided to visit Cabela’s. 
A super inexpensive cool distraction. Bella and Billy love poking around. I am pretty sure Bella made a few wishes for a boat. Billy really wants to drive. How do you stay cool on those insanely hot days? 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Welcome to Flamingo Wishes

Welcome to Flamingo Wishes!

Hi, my name is Christina, I am a working mom living in central Massachusetts. My flock consists of my husband John and our mini flamingos Bella and Billy.

My flock of Flamingos is working hard to bring affordable family fun to your flock.
We will share weekly ideas, tips, and tricks that will help free up time and funds for family adventures.