Hump Day Love: Main Street Creamery

creameryThis week’s Hump Day Love goes to the place where everyone knows your name.  It’s where family and tradition matter.  It’s where dogs are welcome.  It’s where your tastebuds will delight.  It’s Main Street Creamery in Old Wethersfield, CT.

When you walk into Main Street Creamery you’re immediately aware of how much their customers matter.  Pictures of families and children enjoying the Shop’s ice cream line its walls and ceiling.  You’ll feel a part of something more than just a local ice cream shop.  The warm, family friendly atmosphere will impress you, but the ice cream will keep you returning.  Whatever your fancy…soft serve or hard ice cream, cotton candy or classic vanilla, smooth coffee or cookie filled……they have it all.  That includes lactose free and vegan options.  It’s all delicious!  Plus, as dog owners we appreciate their dog friendly atmosphere and dog ice creams.

Recently, under new ownership, this local Ice Cream Shop hopes to continue its long

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Our youngest enjoying his ice cream!

tradition of serving neighborhood families delicious ice cream as well form new partnerships with local vendors and schools.  In addition to ice cream, the shop offers special functions such as birthday parties.

Be sure that next time you’re in the Old Wethersfield neighborhood to take a stop by Main Street Creamery and satisfy your taste buds!

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Hump Day Love: AMC Plainville 20, Plainville

We absolutely love the AMC Plainville 20 Movie Theater.  They’ve brought back comfort to movie theater watching!  The red leather reclining lazy-boy style chairs is a big reason for that comfort but also spaciousness. There is no more squeezing into small seats and being stuffed into a theater like sardines.  Not to mention, there is assigned seating.  So, you can pre-choose what seats you’d like to sit in.  This is ideal for children!  I can pre-pick our seats to ensure that our son can see.  However, the reality is that the way the theater is structured there is almost no bad seat in terms of being able to see well.

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Our oldest son at his first movie ever this Summer!

The ability to pre-choose seats is a testament to their step into the “technical age.”  Lines are decreased thanks to the ability to pre-purchase but also there are multiple kiosks where you can purchase your tickets and again, leads to shorter lines and quicker moving lines.  I recently went to another theater where they didn’t have kiosks and the line was outrageous because only 1 person was working the desk.  Unnecessary.

Also, the concessions stand is well-stocked, has plenty of choices and very clean as is the rest of the theater and the restrooms.

It is for all of these reasons that this theater is constantly busy.  We recommend pre-purchasing your tickets to ensure that you get a ticket and plan to get there early if parking in a convenient spot is important to you.  Parking is always available but if you get there later it may be a bit of a walk.

As your planning your weekend, think about seeing a movie at AMC Plainville 20.

 

Hump Day Love: Rose’s Berry Farm

Day after Election 2016.  You may be happy.  You may be angry.  You may be ecstatic.  You may be shocked.  You may be in despair.  But, there’s one thing we can’t deny….the holiday season is around the corner!  So let’s get into the spirit and start decorating!

For those of you looking for a Christmas tree, we have the spot.  Rose’s Berry Farm in Glastonbury is a great place to find your perfect tree.  They open on November 19th for Christmas Tree season.  The staff is always helpful, tree selection beautiful and the gift shop at the front of the farm offers the perfect options for some great gift ideas including Rose’s Berry Farm homemade Jam.

Right now isn’t the only time to pay attention to Roses’s Berry Farm.  Pay attention to Rose’s Berry Farm from June – December for a picking calendar of bountiful, delicious crops including strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apple, etc.  In addition, they have a beautiful porch in which they offer Sunday Brunch.  Enjoy brunch with fresh fruit toppings and then pick your own fresh crop this Summer!  Don’t forget about the Fall festival they have every Saturday and Sunday in October.  It’s a great place for kids that includes a playground, tractor drive to a pumpkin patch and corn maze, face painting and pipping hot apple cider donuts.

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Our oldest enjoying the face painting at Rose’s Berry Farm this past October.

Hopefully, you’ll have the opportunity to experience Rose’s Berry Farm before the end of 2016, but if not then be sure to put it on your “must-do” list in 2017!

Hump Day Love: Old Wethersfield Country Store

Are you craving a small town feel?  Are you craving  store that has unique finds that you really can’t get anywhere else?  How about a place that specializes in local goods?  Or a place that brings you back to the “good old days”?  We’ve got the place for you!

Old Wethersfield Country Store is just that and more.  Looking for a good bottle wine?  Connecticut Vineyard Wine bottles are featured here.  How about a good jam or bbq sauce? Local brands are specialized here.  Home-made dog treats?  Fun gifts like beer glasses that feature “I love Wethersfield” or “I love CT” on them?  Craving a Nora cupcake?  Need some gluten free rolls?  How about filling your body with sthe endless benefits of Kombucha juice…on tap!?  Check, check and check!  This store has it all and don’t forget about the old fashioned candy display….perfect for both adults and kid.  wethersfieldstore

Recently, they’ve been featuring their ability to create and cater cheese plates for your next party.  It’s a great idea for your next picnic or trip to the vineyard.

The owners of this beautiful, small-town store are always welcoming and do a fantastic job of keeping the store consistent yet updating it throughout the year to offer fun, new surprises and features that are consistent with the seasons/holidays.  Be sure to “like” their Facebook page as they are always highlighting their daily in-store features and it makes you want to rush right in as to to be sure not to miss anything!

It’s certainly worth a visit whether you’re in Wethersfield or anywhere in the area; be sure to stop by and trust us….get some Kombucha juice!

Hump Day Love: A Moment Away Spa

Thanks to the generosity and thoughtfulness of a client, I received a gift certificate to A Moment Away Spa in Southington.  So I took some time and treated myself to a “mommy time-out.”  I gave my skin and feet some much needed attention with a facial and pedicure.

I had the facial first and it was lovely.  I’ve only ever had 1 facial before and it was not at all relaxing. (I won’t disclose the place I had it.)  This facial was relaxing and rejuvenating.  I not only felt much less stressed at the end but could instantly feel a difference in my skin.  Eileen was fantastic and explained to me everything that she was doing and why.  It gave me great guidance for my next facial and my general skin care routine.

Next, was my pedicure.  My feet had taken a beating while pregnant and they were definitely neglected.  However, now they are refreshed!  What I loved most about this pedicure is that I got so many choices to customize it to make it my own.  I was able to pick out what kind of smelling soak and scrub I wanted.  I loved that it was unique to me.  Best of all, my feet came out looking great!

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Happy Feet!

A Moment Away Spa has ample parking, is easy to get to and I had no problem arranging for a reservation.  The atmosphere is very calm with dim lights and soothing music.  While there was a nice aroma throughout the facility, it wasn’t overwhelming.  The only thing I would have liked to see is to have made the appointment more of an “escape.”  I would have loved a glass of champagne or even some sparkling water and a nice robe or slippers to move around the facility since I was there for multiple appointments.  Regardless of this, it was still an enjoyable experience and one I’m sure to repeat again.

Hump Day Love: Donut Crazy

Let me just re-live eating these donuts for a moment…mmmm…soo good!  This past weekend we had a very fun “Friends-giving” with a group of friends and one person brought donuts from Donut Crazy in Shelton.  It’s impossible to tell you how good these donuts are.  Can you say iced red velvet?  French toast?  Beyond the unique flavors, they are large, fluffy donuts and simply melt in your mouth.  It’s like eating a donut on the outside and an amazing homemade cake on the inside.  I wish I had personal pictures but we were so in love with savoring these donuts that we couldn’t think of anything else…except when we’re going to be taking a trip out to Shelton to get these donuts again!

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Photo Credit to Savorysweeteats.com At least someone remembers to take a picture before enjoying them!

Hump Day Love: Hooked Up Party Rentals

This week’s Hump Day Love is going out to Hooked Up Party Rentals. For our son’s birthday a few weeks ago we decided to rent an inflatable slide to keep the kids occupied. Our son loved it! The guests loved it! It was an overall hit! We did some research in trying to find a company to use. We had originally booked with another one who came very highly recommended by a lot of people. Then 2 weeks before our son’s party we went to another party who had a bounce house from Hooked Up Party Rentals. We hadn’t heard of them before so we hadn’t called them. We decided to call them and they came in about $50 cheaper than the original place that we had booked. So we cancelled our reservation and booked with Hooked Up Party Rentals.

My son, me and a friend enjoying the slide!
My son, me and a friend enjoying the slide!

They were on-time and set-up very quickly. The slid was a good, quality slide that provided hours of fun. When our rental time had been over the party was still going on. They quietly came in and took the slide down quickly without disturbing the party at all. The only negative aspect that I saw from renting from them is that the other company that I had originally booked with told me that it was an all day rental. I could use set up and break down time. This place was only a 5 hour rental. For our purposes, this was fine but if we were having a larger, longer party we’d have to see if they would rent for longer and how much that would cost. It may not be a cost savings at that point, but overall, it was a great choice to hire them and we’ll be sure to use them again.

For anyone interested in checking out Hooked Up Party Rentals, visit their website here.