Sunday, July 29, 2012

Grampy Jokes

My dad must have learned some new cool jokes this weekend, you know, from one of his super old cool friends. This friend must have gotten them from a joke book for four year olds.

When he told them, he was laughing so hard that he could barely get them out. I kid you not.

Here they are:

  • What did the mountain climber name his son? 
    • Cliff
  • What did the hamburger chef name his daughter?
    • Patty
  • What did the lawyer name his daughter?
    • Sue
  • Why do fluorescent lights hum?
    • Because they don't know the words. 

Clearly he needs some new hobbies. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Maui Jim Sunglasses: A Review

I got my first pair of Maui Jim sunglasses recently. I have to say...they're FABULOUS! If being in love with your sunglasses is wrong, then I don't want to be right. 

Since I work for an optometrist I know the importance of wearing a good sunglass. You want something that blocks out the UV rays that can damage your eyes. Prolonged, unprotected exposure can cause premature cataracts and macular degeneration. Not fun. 

Here's what MJ has to say about their lenses:

The difference is impossible to miss. Put on a pair of Maui Jims and, instantly, glare is gone. UV that can damage eyes, gone. The world's true colors come shining through like never before. Bolder. Richer. Crisper. With more contrast and clarity. That's patented, color-infused PolarizedPlus2 Lens Technology at work in an optically correct, distortion-free lens. 

The pair that I have are called Baby Beach. They come in gold, silver and black. I chose gold because it matches my hair (they didn't have grey, that might have matched better). I've had other people try them on and they literally look good on everyone. Young and old. My 74 year old father and my 7 year old nephew both look great in them. 
"Are they expensive?" you ask. Why yes, they are.  "Are they worth it?" you ask. Hell, yes. They're worth every penny. Sunglasses are not just a fashion statement, they're also protecting your eyes. Plus, lots of people see you in them, so you want to look cool. 
Here are some friends and family that tried on the Baby Beach. I had a hard time getting them back from some of them.  

So stop wearing those $4 sunglasses from CVS and invest in a good pair of sunglasses. You totally deserve it! 

Disclosure: My wicked awesome Maui rep gave me a pair of Baby Beach. After I begged. And pleaded. All opinions are 100% my own. My opinions can't be bought yo.  

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Brennan!

In honor of my nephews 7th birthday today, I give you The Letter:

Dear Brennan,

I find it impossible to believe that you're seven years old today. Where did the time go? It seems like this was just yesterday:

We were all surprised when you were born with red hair. It's a good thing Mom and Dad gave you Grampy's name for your middle name. He was a redhead too (when he had hair!).

You're an inquisitive child, often asking Mom or Dad a math question when you first wake up in the morning, "Mom, what's 100 plus 100 minus 10?" This is before they even opens their eyes.

You like being outside with the kids but you prefer being inside and playing by yourself. You're very happy with some quality alone time.

Sometimes you have trouble listening and following the rules. It often gets you in hot water at home.

You're completely fearless in some things and cautious in others.

You are an amazing sharer, often giving the other person the bigger half. Even if it's chocolate.

Speaking of chocolate, it's your very favorite thing. You're the only 7 year old that I know who prefers dark chocolate.

You're a very picky eater, though you love fruit and veggies. No protein for you, not even peanut butter.

Making people laugh is something you do well. You often get Harry in fits of giggles.

Your mom is your favorite person in the whole wide world.

Here are a few more of your likes and dislikes at the ripe old age of seven:

You like:

  • Reading
  • Video/computer games
  • Annoying your sister
  • Your dogs
  • Turtles
  • Harry
  • Swimming
  • Broccoli 
  • All of your stuffed animals

You dislike:

  • Homework
  • Brushing your teeth
  • Band-aids
  • Bedtime 

You unabashedly hold my hand in public places. 

You often put other peoples happiness in front of your own. It melts my heart a little when I see it. 

Since you graced us with your presence seven years ago, nothing has been the same. You've brought our family joy, laughter, frustration, worry and lots of love. It's an honor for me to spend time with you and watch you grow. You're an outstanding child and I love you more than I could ever express. You make me proud to be your Auntie Laura. 

Happy Birthday Bud. 

Auntie Laura 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sky Zone: A Review

Last week I took my niece and nephews to an indoor trampoline park called Sky Zone. It was a day that was really hot, so I was looking for something to do inside.

I made a reservation online for a time in the afternoon. I had my sister (their mom) fill out the waiver online. Everything was all set when we got there.

When we arrived they asked us our shoe size and gave us these special shoes for jumping. Snazzy!

When we got on the court there was a long net separating the area with the adults/bigs kids from the little kids.

 There were three "court monitors" who made sure everyone followed the rules and stayed safe.

The prices are reasonable. To jump for 30 minutes is just $8. Jumping for an hour will cost you $12. The kids had a great time! I was a little apprehensive to get out there and jump myself. Most of the other adults just sat at the tables and watched their kids. It took me a few minutes to get the courage to get out there. I was afraid of all the jiggling that would occur. There was a little jiggling going on, but I embraced it as I jumped my heart out. I had a blast!

We went to the Sky Zone in Boston. It was actually in Hyde Park. It was very easy to get to. The facility was clean and organized and the employees were very nice and helpful. I would highly recommend going for a fun outing.

There is a completely separate jumping area for toddlers under 40 inches and an area for dodge ball. 

If you go, remember to bring:

  • Socks!
  • Camera (They have lockers to hold your personal items. Most cost 50 cents)
  • Water
Have a blast!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cooking with Loopy: Berries in a Bowl

I brought this to a couple of cookout/parties this weekend. I got so many ooohhh's and aaahhh's that I thought I'd share the recipe with you.

  1. Get in your car and drive to the store 
  2. Buy a bunch of different kinds of berries
  3. Drive home
  4. Wash berries
  5. Put them in a bowl
  6. Cut strawberries and arrange in an eye-pleasing way around the edge of the bowl
  7. Bring to cookout/party
  8. Sit back and soak in all the praise you're sure to receive


Friday, July 6, 2012

Free Movies & Music on the South Shore

There's no shortage of free things to do on summer evenings. Here are just a few highlights.

I went to the movie "Jaws" the other night. It was so beautiful watching a movie outside, wrapped in a blanket with the harbor in the background. 

Enjoy some beautiful music on Friday and Saturday nights at Derby Street Shoppes 

Weymouth also offers music and movies in the summer. Here is a list of their offerings:

Concerts and Movies!
Please join us on Thursday nights for our 2012 summer concert and movies
series held at the Ralph Talbot Amphitheatre next to Town Hall.

July 5th Wayne Potash 6:30 pm
July 12th Johnny the K 6:30 pm
July 19th Toe Jam 6:30 pm
July 26th Java Jive   6:30 pm
August 2nd “Kung Fu Panda 2” 8:00 pm
August 9th “The Smurfs”   8:00 pm
August 16th “Mamma Mia!”(at the George Lane Beach) 8:00 pm

Rain date for all movies will be August 23rd
“This program is supported in part by a grant from the Weymouth Cultural Council, a local
agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”

Go on, get out and do something fun...and FREE. You know you want to. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Celebrating Independence Day

Christmas is my favorite holiday. Independence Day is a very close second. One of the reasons that I love it so much is that I get to celebrate at one of my favorite places on earth.

For many, many years my Dad's family has owned a cottage on the bay in Hull.

We celebrate every 4th of July at The Cottage with lots of swimming, 



and hanging out with family. 

My Dad celebrates with his annual swim. 

 When the tide goes out the kids (and some of the adults) go hunting for clams. 

The days bounty.

I hope you had a great 4th of July.
God bless America! 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

"Wanna hear a funny story?"

Has anyone ever said that to you?

 Next time you hear this:

"Wanna hear a funny story?"

Respond with one of these:

  • Nope.
  • No thanks. I heard one yesterday.
  • No thanks. I don't like to laugh.
  • Is it really funny or just a little bit funny? One a scale of 1 to 10? How funny are we talking?
  • Yes, but if I don't find it funny do I still have to laugh? 

So there you go. Never, ever start a story with "Wanna hear a funny story?" It just sets the expectations way too high. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Loopy's Review: "Magic Mike" and "Ted"

Saturday night I went to see "Magic Mike" with my best friend. I had two other movies on my list of "must see" but I knew she really, really wanted to see it so I agreed.

It's pretty much what you'd expect. Half naked dudes dancing around in their skivvies. Not bad. The men have amazing bodies. The sights you will see will not disappoint you. Lots of naked bums in this movie: male and female.

Will "Magic Mike" win best picture at the Academy Awards this year? Hell no. Should you grab your girlfriends, have a glass of wine and then see it? Hell yes!

Tonight I saw "Ted." After seeing the trailer a couple of times I knew what to expect. What I didn't expect was to laugh so hard that I was crying and my stomach actually hurt from the laughing as well. Will "Ted" win best picture? Hell to the no. Should you grab your husband and any fun friends that you have and go see it. Hell yes!

That being said, if you're a little uptight or uncomfortable around foul language and potty humor, these movies are probably not for you.

Bottom line: If you're in need of a good laugh go see either of these movies.