Monday, April 21, 2014

Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History: Journey Through Montréal History from the Ground Up

**Disclosure: We did receive complimentary admission for the purpose of conducting a review. No compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

During our visit to Montréal, we had the pleasure of visiting Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History and I have to say that our family found the museum to be a uniquely tangible way to learn about the history of Montréal. When you visit Pointe-à-Callière Museum, you descend down below Montréal and in essence descend through time to hear the voices of past inhabitants.

Montréal was founded in 1642 making it one of the oldest cities in North America. Members of the First Nations lived on the island of Montréal for thousands of years, long before the city was founded. With thousands of years of history, the area of Vieux-Montréal is built upon layer after layer of civilization with many stories to tell. Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History provides an interactive way for families to virtually peel back these layers and see how Montréal has grown into the city it is today.

A spectacular introduction to Montréal:

Upon our arrival, we were pleasantly greeted by the staff who gave us a brief orientation of the site. Be sure to grab a map--we did get turned around a couple of times while exploring so it definitely helps! After, we headed into a theater to watch a movie about the history of Montréal. I have to say that this presentation has to be one of the most well done that I have ever seen! The theater is situated on top of ruins which is thrilling in itself. However, the presentation was truly engaging and exciting. Montréal really unfolded before our eyes through the spectacular use of multimedia!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Have a lovely Easter!

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Live Cake Auction at Norton's U.S.A. to Benefit Barrington Relay for Life {May 10, 2014}

Participate in an Old Fashioned Cake Auction to Help Everyone Celebrate More Birthdays:

The Saturday {May 10, 2014} before Mother's Day, Norton's U.S.A. will be hosting a Live Auction Cake Sale to benefit Barrington's Relay for Life! This is the third year that Norton's U.S.A. will be hosting the lively event. Last year, the event earned $1,900 for Relay for Life! You can participate by donating a delicious cake, participating in the spirited auction or both! Since the event is the day before Mother's Day, why not pick up a lovely, freshly baked caked for Mom? For those that may be unfamiliar with Norton's U.S.A., Norton's is a General Store in Barrington only selling products made in the U.S.A. So, this event is so fitting--what says America better than an old fashioned cake auction to benefit a great cause? Above is a picture of one of the delightful treats from last year's event. The auction will definitely be the place to pick up a treat for Mother's Day! For more information about the event, take a peek below:

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Empty Nest: Strategies to Help Your Kids Take Flight {Book Review}

**Disclosure: We received a complimentary book as part of our membership in Off the Shelf. No compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

Empty Nest: Strategies to Help Your Kids Take Flight is a new book by Marci Seither that serves as a guide to help parents gently navigate changes as their children leave home. While my daughter is still many years from leaving home, I thought that this would be an interesting read. As my daughter is progressing through elementary school, she is becoming more and more independent. So, I find our relationship rapidly changing as my daughter experiences more of the world without dear old mom at her side. While I am glad for some extra time to be me, there are times that I am wondering what she is up to at whatever function she is attending.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Easter Bunnies and Earth Day}

**UPDATED: Change of time for Culver's Easter Egg Hunt.

Are you gearing up for a fun weekend? Between Earth Day and Easter, there are a lot of fun activities to enjoy this weekend. I hope that everyone has their Easter baskets and walking shoes ready! Here are some ideas for this weekend:

Saturday, April 19

Hop over to Knupper's Nursery in Palatine for Hippity Hop Fun from 9:30AM-11:00AM. The fun includes an Easter egg hunt, Easter bunny visit, face painting and balloons. The hunt starts at 9:30AM. Bring a basket and camera for this free event!

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt at Culver's in Palatine at 10AM for kids 12 and under. Eggs will contain prizes including coupons for free scoops and value baskets. There will also be face painting. The event is free!

Celebrate the Earth at the Earth Day Celebration at the Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie/Tyner Center in Glenview from 10AM-2PM. The fun will include family activities, nature walks, exhibits and more. Goodwill will be accepting donations. The event is free!

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