Looking for some local, affordable family fun for New Year's Eve? Check out this clip from today's Mass Appeal show-- we're highlighting all the local events taking place on the last day of 2018. #happynewyear
A gallon of Hood 1% Milk is only $2.99 at participating F.L. Roberts locations (23 locations in our area). That's a great price anyway, but if you sign up for the Rewards Plus card, you save an additional $.20 per gallon, and for every 10 gallons you purchase you earn a FREE gallon of milk!
The Rewards Plus card makes you eligible for other great discounts at the gas station/convenience stores as well. There is always a FREE item available at the convenience stores every Friday too. All of your purchases earn points which add up to discounts on gas purchases, and who doesn't want that?
I'll do anything to avoid a busy grocery store or plaza parking lot when I only need milk. So a convenience store milk deal like this works for me. And even though I always buy two gallons at a time it somehow still doesn't prevent me from waking up at 6:00 a.m. on a Saturday and realizing there's no milk for the coffee. [insert eye roll here].
Where do you usually visit Santa? We had the most magical visit last night with Santa at Mittineague Park in West Springfield. He's there Monday through Friday evenings from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30-4 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Santa was amazing -- he knew exactly how old Faith was and was able to chit chat with her about her requested toy. Each family gets to visit with Santa in his house alone so there is no loud crowd distracting from the visit. It was perfection.
Bring your own camera for a photo in Santa's beautifully decorated house. There is no charge to visit Santa but please leave a donation in the collection box to support the West Springfield Park and Recreation's Operation Santa campaign. Our local park and rec departments bring so much to our communities -- don't forget to offer thanks.
In the past we have visited with the head elf at Santa's Trains at Look Park or at the Holyoke Merry Go Roundwhich are both lovely (and also free), but I really appreciate the quiet and privacy of visiting Santa's House at Mittineague. I think we have a new favorite spot.
Santa's House is located right on Route 20 (1695 Westfield Street) in West Springfield. There is plenty of parking and a port-a-potty on site. Each family gets to visit with Santa in his house individually so there may be a small wait time on his front porch -- don't forget to bundle up. There were four other families ahead of us in line and we waited about ten minutes for our turn. I hope you love Santa's House as much as we did. #believe #christmasmagic
Valerie Smart is a average mom trying to raise average kids. She is passionate about unplugged parenting and providing her girls with an old-fashioned childhood full of outdoor play, unstructured time, creative pursuits, and making family time a priority. She is attempting to swim against the tide of hyper competitive parenting that has become the norm today. Comments and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for visiting!