A Day of Fun at the Boston Children’s Museum

Hello and how was your weekend?  We had a great weekend here!  I did a barre training this weekend to help hone my barre teaching skills.  It was really amazing!  What did you get up to?

Last week I met up with my brother, his baby and my cousin and her two boys to check out Boston’s Children’s Museum.  I vaguely remembered it from when I was a kid, but I was excited to become reacquainted with my little guy.

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Cooper’s Transportation Party

Hello hello!  We had one craaaaazy busy weekend here at Casa Bendall but it was so so worth it!

Saturday we celebrated the little guy’s 2nd birthday with a big bash (seriously, the kid has more friends than me!).  Cooper’s Transportation Party was a big hit but a ton of work leading up to it!

The morning dawned a little overcast but the skies began to open as the guests arrived.  I purchased a party kit on Etsy to make our transportation dreams come to light.  I knew Cooper would love it because he is obsessed with all things cars, trains and airplanes!


But because I knew a 2 year old wouldn’t really understand the concept of it being his party, I made sure to get some great catering for the adults at the Fueling Station!







And, of course, I had to make sure there was something available for the little ones–popcorn and candy it is!




I loved putting together all the cute decorations for Cooper!  The centerpieces and the banners totally won me over!




Another highlight for the adults (because as long as the parents are happy, right?), was the Pit Stop!


Mimosas and beers for the adults and lemonade for the kids!


And of course, I didn’t forget the kids!  There were plenty of toys to tickle their fancies!  A train set, a race track and plenty of cars for starters!



A big Thomas the Tank and Fire Engine Play Tent for fun!



Some fancy cars to take for a spin!


And a coloring station full of transportation themed color-ins!


But I think everyone’s favorite part of the whole party were the sweets!


The dessert table!


This Cooper cake was just beyond!  Trains, planes and cars all in one plus his name and a 2! 🙂


The cupcakes were equally adorable!  But I really loved the cookies (and that is what Coops chose!).


My mom’s pumpkin bars were pretty amazing as well!


And who do you think cut out and glued all the little stickers on the candies!  #ihaveanocdproblem



At the end, all the guests left with a cute little bucket from Coops saying Thanks for Flying By and taking home a coloring paper, crayons, candy and some playdough or bubbles!


It was a totally exhausting 2 hours but totally worth it for my little 2 year old!



Party Printables: Amanda’s Parties To Go

Cake, Cupcakes & Cookies: Tammy Montagna

Catering: DeKomer Eventos


Happy Birthday Cooper!

Someone is TWO…well almost!  Tomorrow my little baby becomes a baby no more when he turns two.  I can’t believe it!  He has grown up right before my eyes.  Everyday he is such a joy!

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Five days old.

It’s hard to type this without tearing up.  Cooper has grown and learned so much and I am loving all of his new words and imitations!  Plus, his new found independence.  Even small things like grabbing something he wants of my plate in a restaurant or learning to dip chips into dip.  The simple things amaze me.


So happy birthday to my little son!  You are the light of our lives!


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Fazendinha Estacao Natureza

One thing that always amazes me is the ability of big metropolises to be so urban and then all of a sudden open up to something quaint and rural and unexpected.  That is exactly what we experienced this past weekend when we drove about 20 minutes from our house to a small kids farm in the middle of Sao Paulo.

We actually missed the entrance the first time because it was so unexpected driving around the city and you couldn’t see any farm-type place from the road.  But when we found it the second time around, we were surprised by how great the set up was for kids!  

After entering the park and being shown around.  We embarked on a fun excursion to get down to the level with the animals.  We walked across wooden bridges suspended over the animal pens, checking out everything below us from the bird’s eye view.  It ended with a slide that was fun for Cooper and a little awkward for the adults!  We later figured out that there is actually a very large, straightforward and stroller-accessible ramp down to the animals but we wanted to enter with a bang! 🙂


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Things To Do With Kids on Cape Cod

Hi friends! I’m back! After a whirl wind week on Cape Cod, I’m back to my regular programming.  It felt so nice to be on vacation, even though my definition of vacation has changed greatly since having Cooper!  These days it is less about biking, kayaking, reading and lounging and more about sandcastles, splashing, playgrounds and swimmies.  Even though my definition of vacation may have changed, the level of fun certainly has not.  This summer I challenged myself to experience the best Things to Do With Kids on Cape Cod and I’m pretty sure I found them!  This list is best for toddlers and young children but I have no doubt it will be updated over the years.

Things to Do on Cape Cod with Kids

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