08 October 2015

Disney on Ice Ticket Giveaway

It's my favorite season - Disney on Ice time! While my four-year-old is worried about being cold when we go to the show, I'm sure we'll all have a great time! If you're in the Detroit area, or otherwise able to attend the performance in Auburn Hills on Thursday, October 15 at 7:30 PM, be sure to enter to win at the end of this post.

Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses –Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White.  Ahoy, Mateys!  Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land!  Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’  Tick-Tock!  Tick-Tock!  Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army of Cards. Set a playdate with Woody and Buzz Lightyear because the toys are back in town. Relive magical moments in this ultimate Disney animation celebration coming to Auburn Hills!

You can also get 20% off tickets with promo code DEAL2 (Offer expires on 10/14. Not valid on Rinkside or VIP seats. ).

Tickets start at just $20 for shows scheduled October 15 - 18.

Oct 15, 2015 07:30PM
Oct 16, 2015 11:00AM , 07:30PM
Oct 17, 2015 11:30AM , 03:30PM , 07:30PM
Oct 18, 2015 12:00PM , 04:00PM

You say you'd rather win tickets? I'm giving away a family four-pack of tickets to one lucky reader. I'll draw a winner on Saturday, October 10 at 8PM. Please be sure to leave me a reliable contact email, as I MUST confirm with the winner Sunday morning to request the tickets. Use the widget below to enter.

Please note: The widget requires you to leave a comment on the blog. If you fill out the widget but don't comment on the blog, you can't win. Both actions are necessary.

Disney on Ice ticket giveaway

I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts/opinions are my own.

07 October 2015

Movie Week!

Well, hubby is mostly caught up with time-sensitive car repairs (mostly, as I hear there are some ball-joints that need replacing coming our way next week..). So it means we get a bit of grown-up time after the kids are in bed, while he's in the house!

We've watched three movies this week, and I wanted to give you my take on them. We don't shy away from movies that look 'bad,' instead we relish the experience. Hahaha... If you have some movies that may be considered bad but you still think we should see, please let me know!

Hung: Adventuring is exactly what thou needst!
Joe: "Needst" is not a word.
Hung: Where we are, it is.
First up this week was the Knight's of Badassdom. As it began, Knight's was very reminiscent of Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (a Canadian series we  watched on Netflix, but a while ago). Now I kind of want to watch Todd again.

Anyway, I'm surprised Knight's was just made in 2013. It struck me as a 90-something film. We sat through the whole thing, and got a couple of chuckles and groans at the gore, but when it was over, my first comment was that this was a couple hours we'd never get back. I think we should have been enjoying a lot more alcohol to truly appreciate this movie.

Would I recommend it? Maybe, but just for time to kill.

The second movie we saw this week was 22 Jump Street with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. It was exactly what we expected. I laughed out loud several times, but usually because what they were doing was so freaking stupid.

I did like the interesting-ish twist at the end when it finally wasn't just like 21 Jump Street. LOL

Of course you want to see this, although everyone but me may have already seen it. Watch 21 Jump Street first, and then pencil in 23 Jump Street for when it comes out. Headquarters will move back across the street, to be next to the Korean church, and Schmidt and Jenko will once again prove that the good guys frequently win through sheer luck.

Our third movie this week was my Netflix pick, Election. As the opening credits rolled, hubby said I'd already seen this one. I don't remember it, but a lot has happened since its release in 1999.

Not sure why I sit here thinking now that I liked this one better than Knight's. Reese Witherspoon was cute (and OH so young!), and Matthew Broderick did a great job as a responsible teacher. The section toward the beginning about some previous indiscretions kind of made me legitimately angry about stupid adults making very bad choices, but overall the film was amusing.

Again, this is a fine movie to watch, but not for any real purpose.

Enjoy your movie-watching, and let me know if there's anything I HAVE to see!

28 September 2015

Reading Challenge - Book 22

I read Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed to fit category number 14 on the reading challenge - a nonfiction book.

Cheryl is in her twenties and newly divorced when she decides to undertake one  hundred days on the Pacific Crest Trail. From southern California to partway through Oregon, she hopes the solitude will help her come to terms with the loss of her mother, and the feeling of disconnection that led to her divorce from a man she still says feels like her best friend. The trail and the people she meets there seem to point her in the right direction as she discovers a strength she previously only hoped she had.

I enjoyed the stories from the trail, as well as the backstory of her life growing up, and losing her mother. I was really happy to have the after-story and finding out immediately what happened in the years after her hike.

What have you done that has helped you 'find yourself?' Or, what's your favorite book/story of an individual's personal transformation?

26 September 2015

Marvel Universe LIVE! - Review

The Marvel Universe LIVE! show is one you don't want to miss! The action was seriously nonstop!

I was a little nervous at the beginning, as my superhero knowledge isn't necessarily up to snuff, but this show was literally like being part of a movie - 3D without the annoying glasses. The whole plot was really spelled out, complete with superhero introductions.

Don't make the same mistake I made though. When they talk about pyrotechnics, that's another word for fireworks and explosions, people. Poor Jack was super startled the first time, and insisted that I hold my hands over his ears for the rest of the show. So thank you to hubby for the pictures ;)

Spiderman battling against Goblin.
Little dude's favorite character was Spiderman. I loved watching the development of the characters in and out of their superhero personas. The banter between Peter Parker and Tony Stark started off the show with some laughs, and later Bruce Banner had a great time teasing Wolverine about whether he'd ever been in a bouncy house. Just my kind of humor.

All the characters in the finale.
My daughter's favorite character was Black Widow. The first fighting scene when she was introduced was incredible. We all enjoyed the motorcycle tricks - it was amazing what they could do with the bikes in such a small arena, with people moving around them too!

There are still performances throughout this weekend at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Show Times Schedule:

Date Morning Late Afternoon Evening
Saturday, September 26 11:30 AM 3:30 PM 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 27 11:30 AM 3:30 PM 7:30 PM

There's still time to get tickets for your family! Kids tickets are $20 (valid on ages 2-12 - restrictions and additional fees may apply). 

Check out the Marvel Universe Live Facebook page here,  and their Twitter here.

I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts/opinions are my own.

25 September 2015

10 Random Things for Friday

  1. Am I the only one who thinks fall - like September - feels busier than the 'first of the year.' Never mind new years' resolutions after Christmas, my new year is NOW!
  2. SO. EXCITED. to see the Marvel Live show tonight!! You can still get tickets on Ticketmaster or at the box office. (and I'll be back tomorrow AM to tell you how awesome the show is!!)
  3. I've been having a quite productive day, but Jack just yelled to me, "Mom? I want to snuggle." I can never resist that <3
  4. Halloween is falling into place. My mom found the costumer that Maggie HAS TO have today, and while Jack right now says he wants to be a doctor, last week he wanted to be a cowboy, and then a detective... I have a feeling after tonight's super hero show he may change his mind again. At least he picks things that are less likely to sell out ;)
  5. What do you hate most about cleaning? Mine is hair. I hate pieces of hair all staticky and sticking to everything. And then each one has to be practically individually plucked off the floor/counter/everywhere and thrown away. I. Hate. Hair.
  6. Today was (and I assume still is) a PERFECT fall day. The air was exactly the right temperature - not hot, not cold, just barely there.
  7. I am so-close to my Perfectly Posh goal this month!!! Everything is $25 or less, and all three of our exclusive Halloween items are still available. I would be eternally grateful if you took a look and bought something to pamper yourself :) It's all buy five, get one free every day! Thanks for considering, and watch for a special thank you from me if you purchase.
  8. I think next week's big project will be starting the Halloween decorating, of course done while finishing up all of Jack's birthday plans for next weekend.
  9. My office got a lot better again, but has now plateaued. Today I dealt with the rest of the house so I can get back in here in my free time next week. Wish me luck!
  10. I also NEED to visit a cider mill. The time for fresh cinnamon-sugar donuts, cider, and caramel apples has definitely arrived!

24 September 2015

Products I've Loved This Week

Actually this week I want to talk about two products and a service.

First, my BFF recommended this Covergirl - Bombshell Volume by Lashblast mascara. The exact quote I sent to her after using it for a few days: "It is the bomb-diggity." For realz.

It's a two-step thing (I believe you can use just one of the steps, but I can't be bothered to put on my reading glasses to discern the fine print on the package). This would have initially turned me off after my experiences with another popular two-step mascara, but this one is much easier and more straight-forward. Neither of the steps is flaky or goopy - they both just feel like regular mascara. I can actually see the second step separating my lashes (yay - no spider lashes) and making them appear longer.

For only around $10 at your regular Covergirl carrying drugstore or market, you need this mascara in your life.

My second fabulous find in the last week or so was these barkTHINS. OMG.  I got a coupon for the flavor of my choice in my last Influenster VoxBox and chose the Dark Chocolate Pretzel with Sea Salt. Again, OMG. These things were so good! I got them before a road trip with above-referenced bestie, and am now afraid for her to find out how super-delicious they were, because we never opened them on the trip. I ate the whole bag, by myself, the day after our adventures.

The dark chocolate of this particular flavor keeps them from being too sweet, and the always-heavenly combo of sweet and salty resulted in a genuine party in my mouth. I will definitely get these again.

And since we all hear plenty of complaints about the United States Postal Service, I had to share my wonderful experience. I actually have lots of good experiences with the office where my PO box is located, but the office that delivers mail to my residence leaves lots to be desired.

My wonderful experience, though, was a phone call with a woman at a mystery office. I had ordered some stickers for my Erin Condren planner a few weeks ago, and was super excited when the tracking information on the USPS site showed an estimated delivery of Thursday, September 17. But September 17 came and went, and my stickers stayed about an hour from my house. I finally went through the website and submitted an inquiry over the weekend.

Monday a pleasant and efficient employee called me to get the tracking number and look into it for me. She said a first-class package like mine can take up to two weeks to deliver. After two weeks is when they usually start sending requests to track and stuff like that. But she went ahead and said she'd message the appropriate office that day. Her explanation was reasonable and polite, but she still offered to go above and beyond to see if she could get it moving again for me.

That night, I watched the tracking update to show my package leaving that office an hour from my home around 7PM, and they were in my mailbox the next morning! Thank you nice lady!

What's gone right for you this week?

22 September 2015

Reading Challenge - Book 21

Yet another book I found in my office while waiting for my list of requested Kindle library books, I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg was a delightful read that I'm using for the 24th category - a book based entirely on its cover.

What started out as a book about a woman planning to end her life ended up as a wonderful mystery solved, and a whole lot of good news for good people.

Maggie thinks her life, spent mostly with her co-worker Brenda and thoughts of her regrets from her past, isn't going to get better, and has really passed its high-point already. She considers it a service to end it now, before she's a burden to anyone in her approaching old age.

Without giving too much away, after several humorous side-trips as she tries to meet her goal, she sees another light entirely. Her life, and the lives of those close to her, become more of what everyone deserves.

While I wouldn't have expected a book originally premised on a planned suicide to be quite so enjoyable, I'd highly recommend this book as a way to pass the time, and an uplifting view of what could be, if we just keep pushing on.

Reading Challenge - Book 20

Well, I knew when I picked this book up from the floor in my office that I'd read it before. But I sadly never remembered the ending til I'd read it all the way through...again. And I don't think it made much more of an impression the second time.

I read my list of categories several times, and can't even find one (not used already) that this book would fit. You've Been Warned by James Patterson & Howard Roughan was a decent read as a psychological thriller, but I really ended up reading it just to finish the ending. I will be sure to give it away before I accidentally read it again ;)