Moving On

Have a seat, we need to talk. There comes a time in every blog’s life when it’s author needs to make a decision. Keep eeking out posts with less enthusiasm and waning motivation or move on to other things. Maybe you can tell by the title of this post what I’ve decided.

Wicked Cheap in Boston has been my baby for almost five years now and it was, like, the cutest. So squishy and happy. I’d bring it out into public and people would coo and say “you must be so proud” (sort of). And I was! It went through a few iterations, and there were times when I felt like it was firing on all cylinders. But most of the time, especially recently, I just wasn’t as pumped about it as I should be (seeing as how it is a hobby and all). It felt a bit bogged down, stifling, boring. I thought about retooling in the same vein but I kept putting it off and to me that’s a sign that I just really didn’t want to do it. I also thought about quitting blogging all together. Surely I share enough on social media that I don’t need yet another outlet. But the thought of that made me sad. Writing and sharing is very rewarding to me and I couldn’t walk away.

So…what now?

Introducing……

What Molly Did

I feel like that needed more fanfare. Hold on. Here we go:

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That’s better.

A brand spankin’ new blog. Hop on over to get a taste.

I’ll be keeping WCiB up for now, until I decide what I want to do with archives. I’d also like to leave you with some recommendations of the people who are doing what I wanted to do with this blog but better: Boston On Budget, The Boston Calendar, Boston Day Book. All really fabulous sources for all your Beantown needs.

It’s been real, and I hope to see you all over yonder.

 

The Paint Bar – Sip, Paint, Brag

Did this holiday season run anyone else over by a truck? Thanksgiving got blown in by a blizzard, quickly followed by my birthday festivities, a week long flu, and then BAM CHRISTMAS. I did take some time to get all artsy-craftsy in the weeks leading up to the 25th, though.

I was invited by the folks at The Paint Bar to try out a class at one of their studios. Though I had reviewed a similar company a few years ago, I was still excited to try this out. If you’re unfamiliar, this is a social painting lesson where you show up with any level of experience (yes, even zero experience) and leave with a fabulous piece of art. I always have a good time at these types of things and I wanted to see what a permanent location had to offer.  Rather than other outfits who bring the creative fun to bars in the area, The Paint Bar has two locations – Newton and Newbury St. This means the set up makes a bit more sense when it comes to actually being able to see and hear the instructor and getting your supplies. Big points for The Paint Bar.

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The first thing I noticed when signing up for a class is that these types of sip-and-paint places have come a long way in a short time with the types of paintings offered. There’s a lot more advanced-looking stuff that I’d actually want to hang. My first choice was a chalkboard advent calendar, but the universe conspired against me the day of the class and I had to reschedule. I ended up choosing a snowy Boston cityscape.

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Our instructor, Elly, led us through simple steps.  That’s what I love most about these classes – you see the finished work hanging up and think it looks super complicated and that yours will never look like that. An hour later you’re patting yourself on the back and contemplating which gallery will exhibit your work best. I think the key is to not think TOO hard about what you’re doing and to stop while you’re ahead. Also, take a sip of wine before each brush stroke.

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Not bad if I do say so myself.

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Thanks to my friend and coworker Emily for being my date and thanks to The Paint Bar for providing us with a free class!

Half Price Tickets from Me (and Goldstar) to You

Do you hear it? That faint jingling? Aw yeah. It’s the holidays. Time for mittens and peppermint mochas and MY BIRTHDAY and watching people fall while skating on Frog Pond. WHO’S EXCITED?

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Along with presents and baked goods and family time, something I always look forward to is holiday theater. Anything even vaguely Christmassy on stage gives me all the warm fuzzies. But it can be tough to fit in ticket prices with the gifting budget.

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That’s where Goldstar comes in. I’ve talked about Goldstar, the discounted ticket people, before, and I love their service. Which is why I was super excited when they contacted me to be an official Goldstar Affiliate. What’s that, you say? It means I have my very own Goldstar Wicked Cheap Tix portal on this very blog. (It lives permanently under the Guides To Boston menu at the top right.) Official Disclaimer: It also means that I get a little monetary snuggle when a new member signs up and buys tickets via my links. Which I will then most likely give right back to Goldstar to get tickets for myself. It’s the ciiiiircle of liiiiiife.

So what kind of tickets can you get? How about the Boston Pops Holiday Concert, Handel’s Messiah performed by Boston Baroque, Urban Nutcracker or even Craftboston Holiday. More performances and events will be added throughout the season.

Of course there’s non-holiday-related events like Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy, Back Bay Chocolate Tour, or Blue Man Group.

Want to check for tickets on the go? Traveling to another city and want to find tickets there? Goldstar has an app for that, of course.

Save some money, sing some carols, and have a cozy fun season!