New ice cream alert! #meetharvey

I scream, you scream, we all scream for new HOOD ice cream! WooHoo!

harvey bar shirt

Okay, I know that seems a little over the top, but I LOVE ice cream. If you follow me over on Instagram (cherylbudge) you know that I eat lots of ice cream. When my friend Julie from A Year With Mom and Dad invited me to her Hood play date I might have jumped for joy. I might have even did a little happy dance at my desk when I saw the invite. Not only was I going to see a bunch of my local blogging friends, I was going to taste the new Harvey Bar from Hood. What a perfect day!

harvey bar

It was neat to hear fun Hood facts. Did you know that the Harvey Bar was named after Harvey Perley Hood who started his company in 1846 in Charlestown, Massachusetts? Well now you know! After we all chatted about the new Harvey Bar, the kids played with bubbles and we all had some ice cream. YUM. We were so happy that we were in a nice shady spot at Wickham Park. It was about 100 degrees outside. A great day for ice cream!

harvey collage

I am now a fan of the new Harvey Bar. I tried the Vanilla Crisp and was thrilled I could actually taste all the crispy things. Usually when something says “crisp” it is hardly noticeable. Not the case with this bar. I loved it. Chloe loved it. We bought a few packages with the coupons they gave us. I was already a Hood chocolate chip ice cream fan and now I have a new favorite!

Thanks Julie and Hood for the fun afternoon!

Oh, and let’s keep the ice cream happy dance just between us okay?


My day with the Red Sox!

Just writing that title makes me smile.

Best email ever!

Best email ever!

When I opened my email and saw an invitation to Fenway Park, I almost fell off my chair. I am part of a HUGE Red Sox fan family. All of my family lives in the Boston area. To see this in my email was awesome! Date night for Kevin and I!

We started off the day with a tour around the park. Loved hearing all of the stories. The history of Fenway is amazing. I remember going to games when I was younger and I never actually thought about the history. I was just there for fun. After the tour, we sat down in the offices for a fantastic “focus group” discussion. I learned SO much. I had no idea how family friendly a trip to Fenway could be. I found myself saying “Jake would love this” or “Chloe would think that is so cool.” We started planning our next trip before we even left.

Heard stories from THE BEST storyteller!

Heard stories from THE BEST storyteller!

Red Sox 1

Red Sox

Red Sox

Oh! I can’t forget about the Red Sox Kid Nation membership. Such a fun idea!


Perfect gift for kids who are Red Sox fans! I am totally buying a few for my nieces. They will get such a kick out of it. My kids love getting anything in the mail, and they flipped out over this!

We had such a great day! I was even surprised by the reasonable food prices, good to know I wouldn’t have to sell one of my kids just to feed the rest of them! I really had no idea how fun it could be to bring the whole family. I think Jake would love to walk around outside in Yawkey Way. I know Kevin loved walking around out there and he had to have the sausage before we left!

Kevin HAD to have a sausage!

Kevin HAD to have a sausage!

If you are looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend, look no further! Check out Futures at Fenway. Here is the information from

Futures at Fenway
Join us for the Eighth Annual Futures at Fenway on Saturday, July 27, 2013!

Don’t miss this great day of baseball action featuring Red Sox prospects and lots of family fun. Ticket prices range from $5 to $30. Following the game, there will be post-game autograph session with Sea Dogs players.

New this year:

Post-game concert featuring Kidz Bop Kids
For the first time at Fenway Park, fans will have a chance to bring their dogs to the ballpark. Designated sections of the seating bowl will be available to owners and their dogs. To purchase a dog ticket, please call 877-REDSOX-9. All dog owners must print out the attached waiver, complete it and bring it with them to Fenway Park on July 27.

First pitch 12 p.m.
Gates Open at 11 a.m.

Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox AA affiliate)
Harrisburg Senators (Nationals AA Affiliate)

You can bring your dog and see the Kidz Bop Kids! Check out the website for all of the information and to print out the waiver. Looks like it is going to be a blast! If you are planning to go, let me know! I’d love to hear how you liked it!

This was Kevin's favorite spot.  The view from the Green Monster seats!

This was Kevin’s favorite spot. The view from the Green Monster seats!

Thanks so much Red Sox! We will be back with the whole Budge Bunch soon!

I received complimentary tickets to the game and vouchers for food.
As always, all opinions are my own.


Thinking of going to Atlantic City? Do it!

Disclosure: Caesars Entertainment and D6 Sports were official sponsors of our #JerseyLove trip.
They provided accommodations, activities and meals to our group.
As always, all opinions are my own.

View from my room at Caesars.

View from my room at Caesars.

Ever since I got back from my Atlantic City trip I have been talking about it non stop. People keep asking me about it! While I was there, I was getting messages asking me where I was staying, and what did I think of it. Every time I Instagramed a new pic of the food I was eating, I swear, two minutes later I was getting a text about it. Most of my local CT friends had no idea how fun Atlantic City could be. Although it is not a far drive for me, I had never been to Atlantic City. One of the reasons I think was because I didn’t think it was a place we could go as a family. Boy was I wrong! Kevin and the kids decided to tag along last minute and they LOVED it.

We were pleasantly surprised by our room. It was big enough for all of us and we had an ocean view! But what really knocked our socks off was the TV IN THE BATHROOM MIRROR. Yes, CAPS were necessary for that. It was the coolest thing! I wish I had a good picture of it.

Caesars was SO pretty. I loved walking around the shops and restaurants. The customer service was amazing! I would totally stay there again. Actually, Kevin and I are planning a trip back there soon without the kids. If you also follow me on Instagram, you now that I love talking about and taking pictures of food. I love food. And let me tell you, this trip DID NOT disappoint. I had a fantastic welcome dinner at Mia. The chicken was amazing! I am still talking about it with people. I would go back to Caesars just to eat at Mia.




Another fabulous restaurant inside Caesars is Cafe Roma. I had a lovely breakfast there with some of my favorite blogging friends on Saturday morning and a yummy and fun dinner there on Saturday night with my family. The service was excellent and the mood was very relaxed. I think this was my kids favorite restaurant of the whole trip. We HAD to try their famous Boardwalk fries and I am glad we did! They were great! My meatloaf was delicious! The prices are reasonable and the food is really good. We give this place two thumbs up!

Breakfast at Cafe Roma

Boardwalk fries!

Dinner at Cafe Roma

Oh! I can’t forget about “Taste of Atlantic City” Dinner hosted by Caesars Entertainment
at the Pool Loft at Harrah’s Resort on Friday night. What a nice night! We had the luxury of sampling some of the best food around. The Pool Loft is beautiful and the chefs were fun to talk and hang out with.

The Pool Loft

The Pool Loft

It’s no surprise to those who know me that the desserts were my favorite!

Sunday morning we were treated to Caesars Sunday Brunch at Nero’s. Talk about knock your socks off! This brunch was awesome. I tried Eggs Benedict for the first time and loved them. I mean really, where have they been all my life? I made a yummy crepe topped with fruit, whipped cream and of course chocolate syrup. So good! I had so much food I can’t even remember everything I had. It was really the most diverse brunch buffet I have ever been too. If you could think of it, it was probably there. Seafood, steak, eggs, waffles, desserts. It was ALL THERE. My Mom would have been in heaven. This was her kind of brunch buffet. The perfect end to our weekend.

Sunday Brunch

This is just one of the many posts I will be writing about this trip. It was an amazing weekend, and I am so honored to have been a part of it.

Have you ever been to Atlantic City? Are you planning a trip soon?


Caesars Entertainment D6 Sports


Rustic Crust and American Flat Bread Perfect for the big game or a busy Wednesday night #BigGameParty


We LOVE pizza. We are a pizza family. My husband makes fantastic homemade pizza. To say we are picky about our pizza is an understatement. We had a couple of go to brands of frozen pizza that we can put up with on a busy weeknight when there is no time to cook. Right now, I don’t think we will be needing those anymore. We tried the Rustic Crust Ciabatta Flatbread the other night and it was fabulous. We had the basil and sea salt flatbread and we topped it with tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil. SO GOOD.


So on those nights where you just have a hankering for a frozen pizza, try the American Flatbread Frozen Pizza. It tastes like fresh homemade pizza. Not frozen cardboard. I do not have pictures of our cooked pizza. I realized I forgot to take pictures after we ate! Some blogger I am huh? But seriously, we really loved this frozen pizza. My kids usually complain when they see me take out a box of frozen pizza for lunch or dinner. They asked for this! Right there I know that we have a winner!


Just for fun I scanned the code on the back of the box and it brought me to a YouTube video from American Flatbread Pizza. It made me hungry! I am a dork and I love when I can scan something and get more information. Try it!

Scan the code and watch a video!

Scan the code and watch a video!

Check out Rustic Crust on Facebook HERE and American Flatbread Frozen Pizza on Facebook HERE

Have you tried either the Rustic Crust Flatbread or The American Flatbread Frozen Pizza? What did you think?

This post is part of a campaign with The Blogger Connection.
Although I did receive free pizza for this campaign, all opinions are my own.