Friday, June 24, 2016

Noodles & Company Review and Giveaway

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Mom Among Chaos was invited to a special blogger event at the Royal Oak Noodles & Company restaurant. Personally, I'm already a big fan. I love fast casual dining out and avoid "fast food" restaurants. I had tried the Royal Oak location before and this visit was definitely an improvement. I'm looking forward to going there again soon.

Everything I tried was wonderful. The only thing I didn't sample was the Pad Thai because I don't eat eggs. Another great thing about this restaurant is they will customize your food to your requests. Every dish is cooked to order. For example, if you don't like broccoli & want to replace it with carrots, no problem. You are also able to add extra items, for an additional cost. If you want to add broccoli to your mac & cheese it's only about $1.25 extra.
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I really enjoyed trying the new salads they now offer. There is the Chicken Veracruz Salad, which is a little spicy because of the crispy jalapenos and Jalapeno Ranch dressing. 
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My personal favorite is the Napa Market Salad with Chicken. It includes mixed greens, gala apple slices, Roma tomato, red bell pepper, grilled chicken, bleu cheese, bacon, and a pomegranate vinaigrette. I love the delicious apples and yummy, sweet dressing.

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Special buy one, get one free deal! From June 23 through Sunday, June 26 buy any regular entrée and try one salad free. Valid only at Michigan locations. Click here to print your coupon now: http://www.noodles.com/mibogo

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Descendants Princess Birthday Party

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I LOVE planning birthday parties. When my girls were little, I would be more excited about having a party than they would. I was a professional face painter for over six years, so needless to say, I've been to quite a few parties. Over the years, I've picked up tips to make parties stress free. My daughter's tenth birthday is just a little more than a month away. So, her party would be perfect for a Descendants Princess Party. The Descendants is a Disney musical that is about the daughters and sons of Maleficient, Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruella Da Vil.  So, technically it makes the girls princesses. 

What I've found out over the years is that decorating and party favors are what makes a party memorable to a child. I recently discovered HotRef Party Favors. HotRef Party Favors are unique and affordable. I love that the party favors and decorations can be personalized for the birthday girl or boy and their guests.

The picture above is hair clips for when each princess arrives. The hair clips retail for $3.50 a piece. Each princess will receive a beautiful hair clip, a magic wand, and of course makeup with lots of (glitter) pixie dust.
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What is a party without a craft? I would put my princess' name and special date on these cute mason jars so her friends will always remember the day. These cute jars are $9.64 for a set of 12. We would fill them with sand art. Each princess would make them unique. It also serves as a beautiful sand decoration for each guest to take home.
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After having a dance party with of course Descendants music, and lots of pizza and cake, it's time to end the party. There is no better way to end than by using the above milk bottles to thank each princess for attending. The milk bottles are personalized and only $1.69 a piece! We will have a candy bar set up so that each darling can fill her milk bottle with her favorite royal candy goodies. 

You can find all of the decorations you will need for any party or event that you're planning at HotRef Party Favors. Check them out!
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

BigMouth Inc. Garden Gnome Review

Mom Among Chaos received this item in exchange for her honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. This blog post may contain affiliate links.

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I was scanning the internet one day for some excellent lawn decor for my new home and I came across BigMouth Inc. on Amazon. I immediately fell head over heels in love. I LOVE to laugh and I adored Big Mouth's cool designs.

I loved the gnome ninja because my husband is so close to receiving his black belt in Sanchin-Ryu. Of course, when he saw it my husband received a huge kick out of it. I took him out of the box long enough to grab some photos and then wrapped him back up because ninja gnome makes the perfect Father's Day gift!!
The cute little guy above melted my heart in a million pieces. Isn't he adorable? Every time, I open my patio door and see my new lawn decorations from BigMouth Inc. it brings a smile to my face along with a giggle or snort.

The lawn ornaments are tall and very well made. So, I'm sure they will last us a long time.

Would I recommend BigMouth Inc. products? Yes, it is a fun, creative company. You can pick up your very own garden gnome massacre or ninja garden gnome on Amazon because I'm not sharing mine.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Clean Your Electronics With Celluwipes

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Did you know that your cell phone is dirtier than a toilet? One in six phones has fecal matter on them, or that hand-held electronics have more germs than a door knob. Your phone has more than 25,000 germs per square inch, eighteen times more bacteria than a public restroom. Gross! Since your mobile phone is a constant companion, you can keep it clean with Celluwipes.

Celluwipes can be used on cell phones, tablets, laptops, earbuds, remote controls, gaming devices, keyboards and so much more. They come in handy pocket-sized packaging which makes them super easy to carry around with you. So, you can throw a few in your purse, car, or near your computer.

My daughter, Keira, has asthma, so we have to be super careful around flu/cold season because any little virus can turn into a big deal for her breathing. Celluwipes are perfect to throw in my purse for when she wants to use my phone or game on her iPod. Keeping her healthy is essential in our household and Celluwipes kills the lurking germs.
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If you're not cleaning your cell and other electronics daily, you need Celluwipes stat! Celluwipes kills the germs that could potentially cause you to get sick. So quit carrying around that phone that is dirtier than a public restroom and pick-up some Celluwipes.

Where can you find Celluwipes? You can purchase them on Amazon or at your local Midwest Meijer stores!
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Stitch Fix #14

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For Stitch Fix #14, I asked for summer clothes. I was sort of disappointed in this fix. I just now received the jeans I had requested months ago. Well hello, summer is here now. Also, I felt that some of the clothes looked like an older lady's style. Given I am forty, but I work hard to stay in shape and look young.

What is Stitch Fix? Stitch Fix is a styling service. When you request a box, the stylist will look at your Pinterest board, that you will set up, to find out your personal style. The stylist picks out five pieces to send you. The five pieces are to update your wardrobe and get you to step out of your "regular" style box. The cool part is you can try on the clothing in the comfort of your home and keep them for up to three days. If you end up purchasing nothing, you only pay a $20 styling credit. If you buy any of the items, the $20 styling credit is applied to your purchase. If you purchase the entire box, you receive a 25% discount. The best deal is when you keep the whole box.
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After peeking on the Stitch Fix app, I was fairly positive that I was going to hate EVERYTHING. Well, I was wrong. I liked this top. It fit perfectly, and I love the bright orange in the design. In this photo, my daughter caught me in a sassy pose! I ended up keeping this shirt.

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In another Stitch Fix box, I received these jeans in a size six. They were comfy, but I felt I could go down one size. I don't know why, but I've been afraid to size down. Months ago, I asked to try a size four petite. The size 4 fit me so much better than the six, but the petite was short and only hit my ankles. I wasn't going to keep them at first, but I decided that I adored them rolled up. I ended up keeping these. I love them with the top.

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I'm not a big fan of gold. I hated these shoes. They looked like granny slip-on shoes and made my feet look swollen and huge. Plus, the shoes had zero padding and lacked support, which sucked because they were over priced. I sent them back.

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I liked that this top was fitted and I love the cold-shoulder look. I thought this was a great everyday top like I had asked for. With that being said, I did not love the top, and I already own another shirt just like it. So, I sent it back.

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All I could think about is that I had old lady shoes and shorts on. I thought these were too frumpy for me. Also, I hated that they paired pink shorts with the navy top and gold shoes. It totally did not go together. I sent these back, too.

Overall I was bummed about this box but pleasantly surprised that I loved the first outfit. My next box is due in July. I asked for a sexy outfit for a concert that I'm planning on attending. 

Are you ready for your first Stitch Fix box? What item(s) do you like that I received?

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Salute to America at Greenfield Village + Ticket Giveaway

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A classic Independence Day celebration with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra that's as full of freedom-loving fanfare as they come.

July Fourth is the quintessential American holiday. What better occasion for a four-day party? Picnics, games, and festive holiday food from our award-winning culinary staff. Plenty of activities for kids, too. But the centerpiece of each evening is a joint concert by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the United States Army Field Band, Concert Band and Soldiers' Chorus, the premier touring musical representatives of the United States Army. Stick around for the grand finale, the DSO playing Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, featuring authentic cannon fire and a spectacular fireworks display accompanied by live patriotic music.

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Check out these photos from Salute to America 2015. 
We had a blast and can't wait to go again this year. 
Starting June 30 – July 3, The Henry Ford will host its annual Salute to America inside Greenfield Village with our special guests the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Also joining the DSO this year is the United States Army Field Band, Concert Band, and Soldiers' Chorus. Not only will families have the opportunity to see the DSO perform outside in Greenfield Village, there will also be a drum and fife parade, live pre-show music, games, music, and kid’s activities. Families are free to bring their own picnic, or grab a bite once inside.

Your experience includes:

  • Drum and Fife Parade
  • Live Preshow Music
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra Concert
  • Cannon Fire
  • Amazing Fireworks Finale
  • Access to "Take Me Home Huey", Steve Maloney’s mixed-media sculpture created from the remains of a historic U.S. Army Huey helicopter that was shot down in 1969 during a medical rescue in Vietnam.
  • Discounted Pricing for Members of The Henry Ford

Special Event Dates: June 30 - July 3, 2016
Time: 6pm-10pm

Ticket Prices

VIP TICKETS (special parking and seating package) $75 PER PERSON

Adult - Member $21.25, Non­member $25.00

Youth (5-12) - Member $13.25, Non­member $15.50

Children (4 & Under) FREE

Day of Event Pricing: Add $4 per ticket both members and non-members.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Watermelon Cooler Cocktail

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I love watermelon and I also like Pucker Liqueur. So, I came up with this Watermelon Cooler Cocktail, that is perfect for one, or you can multiply the ingredients to make a punch for entertaining a crowd. Feel free to add your own variations. I've created two different recipes and enjoyed them both.

If you don't enjoy sour or are watching your calories then try it this way.

2 oz of watermelon Pucker
1 oz Amaretto liqueur
Bai Kula Watermelon or diet lemon-lime soda

Fill a large glass or mason jar with ice. Add 2 oz of watermelon Pucker and 1 oz of Amaretto. Fill the glass or jar to the top with Bai or diet lemon-lime soda.

If you prefer a more sour drink, this is my favorite version.

3 oz of watermelon pucker
1 oz of amaretto
Sprite

Fill a mason jar with ice. Add 3 oz of watermelon Pucker and 1 oz of amaretto. Fill to the top with Sprite. 

Enjoy! This cocktail may become your new summer drink!

Friday, June 3, 2016

5 Mantras for Mommy-Madness


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You know that thing where your kid poops in the tub, and earlier fought napping for two hours, and wailed that you betrayed him because you said no to another popsicle, and you yelled at the microwave because why isn’t more like the crock pot? You know? Because the crock pot keeps food warm and ready until you are, but the microwave presents both a crime-scene-like splatter and also gives you coffee that is no longer warm. And then you catch a glimpse of yourself in the bathroom mirror and you don’t even recognize that person. Like maybe she is a fatigued older sister of yours but you don’t have an older sister, so that's weird.Me, neither.


Anyhow...because my children can identify the scent of mommy getting something done like a hungry shark finds a bleeding surfer, I’ve composed a list to cheer myself up when I’m up at 4 am, or driving the minivan I never wanted, or washing a load of laundry composed entirely of soiled toddler underoos and questioning my life choices.


  1. I am beautiful because I say so. My opinion counts the most because I am in this skin and under this hair, and no one else is.


Sometimes I just want it acknowledged, in public record somewhere, that before I sweat my makeup off taking the kids for a walk, before I was spat up on, before my hair was ponytailed, after losing one handful after another to the clutches of a baby’s fist, before my necklace got in the way of breastfeeding, and before I had to physically remove the toddler from the sandbox, I looked cute today. This woman you see-- barefoot, in leggings, and a tank top over a nursing bra, that neither hides discreetly under tank straps nor is decorative on its own, with hair severely restrained-- is more than the sum of her parts.


2. It's okay that being a mom feels so hard. We can do hard things.


That woman in the minivan with the "mom hair", and the athleisure clothes, and the giant cup of coffee is often wondering how she got there. Even if being a mom is a dream she’s always had, there is just no way to predict what it's actually going to be like when you get here. I am the oldest of EIGHT children and I’m still surprised. Because even when I babysat, I eventually got to go back to my own room and my own bed, and no one interrupted me while I showered, and if someone knocked on the door while I was using the facilities, I never worried about what kind of destruction or danger might occur if I truly stood my guns and refused them entry.  


3. My circumstances are unique and I cannot control them all. Neither can other mamas. We can all do hard things.

Let’s be real. Some kids require more work. Some don’t sleep at night. Some are stubborn as hell. Some have special needs. Some are chronically sick. Some have precious few people going to bat for them, and the ones that do are drained.


Some mamas haven’t slept through the night since 2009. Some have no choice but to stay home or no choice but to work. Some woke up to a toddler in bed with them, saying, “You’re so beautiful, mama. I peed.” Some found a secret corner today where their child was wiping boogers on the wall. Some made a sandwich to their child's exact specifications and then watched it be fed to the dog while trapped on the other side of the room, nursing a biter. Just random examples.


4.  It is strong and smart to ask for help. It is strong and smart to take care of myself.


Humans are social creatures. We used to raise our children in VILLAGES. With TRIBES. Without the help of conflicting studies on the best time to introduce organic avocados for your baby’s optimal gut bacteria. Trust me, I want the studies. I do. But I also want the village. And in the absence of a practical way to manage the latter, I’m going to unabashedly drive my minivan, take my Zoloft, and eschew my housework in order to meet up with friends at the park. Because we can’t be all things to all people. But we can be OURSELVES and we can give OUR happiness as a gift to OUR people. And happy people can help people. Healthy people can raise people.


5. Everyone feels like this. Comparing is a waste of energy.


Metro Detroit mamas…...if you see me, say hello! I’m the one chasing a toddler while holding a baby and listening to a first grader tell a really, really long story. I have red hair and spit-up on my nursing tank. I’m your tribe! If it isn’t me, the girl you flagged down is probably also drowning in car seat regulations, mosquito-borne illnesses, spelling lists, appointments, and dear-heaven-the-laundry.


So let’s make a top-ten priority list, put ourselves ON IT, and as for the rest, make like Elsa and let it the F%$# go.

Rachel Roth Tapling is a wife and mom in Metro Detroit.  Like no one else you know, she’s a former social studies major who now stays at home with her three boys, likes coffee and wine, watches a lot of female-driven comedy, and craves chocolate. A former teacher, she’s using her oodles of extra time these days to write and to travel the world virtually by marketing and selling fair-trade products with Trades of Hope. You can find her blogging at http://rachelerothtapling.com 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Santa Cruz Organic's Review & Giveaway

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I'm always looking for ways to get my kids to eat more healthy. I love when they eat organic. So, I was excited to try Santa Cruz Organic juice and applesauce. Santa Cruz Organic is a pioneer organic brand, and they offer over 50 natural products ranging from juice to peanut butter. Make sure you check out all their products!
Above is my daughter, Faith, tasting the Santa Cruz Organic Pomegranate juice. She loves it, in fact, the bottle is almost empty. The juice is gluten-free and lightly sweetened. The juice is 60 calories per serving. I do like the flavoring, but it tastes like tea to me. It's very light and refreshing.
We also tried the lemonade and the mango passionfruit flavors. Each drink contains fruit juice to fuel healthy bodies. The lemonade tasted like a "Snapple" drink to me. It was tart and had very little sugar. I love tart lemonade. The mango passionfruit was our favorite. It was sweet and very flavorful. We decided to use the rest of the juice to make popsicles.
My daughters couldn't wait to pack the Santa Cruz Organic apple sauce in their lunch boxes. Even my youngest daughter, who is one of the pickiest eaters ever, enjoyed the tart apple sauce.

Santa Cruz Organic are non-GMO project verified, lightly sweetened, and gluten free. Those facts totally make me want to buy more to fuel my kids in a healthy manner. Santa Cruz juices retail between $3.20-$3.49, depending on the location. I recommend giving them a try. I'm glad we did!

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Disney's Beauty and the Beast Review

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Mom Among Chaos received tickets to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. 
Last night my co-blogger, Stephanie, and I took our 9 year old daughters to see the Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan. We were in for a treat with a fantastic cast and beautiful scenery!

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton. 

The original creators of the Broadway production have reunited for this new touring production. The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award® winner for her work on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Lighting Design by Natasha Katz (five-time Tony Award® winner), Scenic Design by Stanley A. Meyer, Sound Design by John Petrafesa Jr. and Music Supervision by Michael Kosarin.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress.  If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Based on the 1991 Academy Award®-winning animated feature film and celebrating 20 years since its Broadway premiere in 1994, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has become an international sensation that has been seen by over 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries, and has been translated into 9 different languages.  This production launched in February 2010 and has been seen by 3 million people while playing over 1,000 performances in all 50 United States and 8 Canadian Provinces.  Currently, there are four other productions playing around the world including Paris, tours in Japan and Germany, and a new international tour that currently will visit over 12 countries in two years.
The story is adapted pretty close to the original version, but with a bit of adult humor thrown in. Since this is the Broadway version, it lasts for over two hours. I don't recommend this play for kids under the age of eight. It's a longer play and contains a little bit of adult content. I would still rate it PG, but some adults may not find it appropriate for younger children or those children that have trouble sitting for that long.

My favorite character in the play was Gaston. He was PERFECT! He had an incredible singing voice and totally nailed the arrogant part. Gaston has been my favorite character in Beauty and the Beast since seeing a fabulous actor at Disney World. The scenes and sound effects in the play were stunning and spot on. My daughter, Keira, also loved Gaston. She loved that he was so funny and full of himself. Crystal~
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My daughter Rylie and I loved the familiar songs and lines of dialogue. The classic humorous lines from the Disney movie had the whole audience laughing. Mrs. Potts had an excellent voice. I also enjoyed the dancing by the ensemble. I was really impressed with all the scene changes and special effects, like the fog and lightning. I would definitely go see this show again the next time it comes to Detroit.
~ Stephanie

You still have time to get your tickets for the Sunday performances! There are shows at 1 pm & 6:30 pm.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Detroit as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series.  Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage at the Fox Theatre from Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22.

Tickets (starting at $37.50) are on sale now and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre season subscription packages up to 20% and discounts for groups are on sale now, for details call (313) 471-3099. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour in Detroit June 3-5 + Giveaway

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Moya Doherty is proud to announce the international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand with Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour, which is celebrating an extraordinary milestone for an incredible show, as it makes stops in over 60 North American cities during the 2015-2016 season including a stop at the Fox Theatre on Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5; as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series.

Tickets ($25, $45, $65 and $75) are on sale now and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Discounts are available for groups 10+, for details call (313) 471-3099. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.

Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour, composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, is currently celebrating a sold out, critically acclaimed run across Europe and Asia and will arrive in North America in fall 2015. To mark the eagerly awaited return of the show to North America, ending a four-year absence, Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour will feature new costumes, new lighting, new projections and the addition of a brand new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an acapella hard-shoe number. For a complete list tour engagements and ticket information for the North American tour cities, please visit www.riverdance.com.

“The success of Riverdance across the whole world has gone beyond our wildest dreams,” said producer Moya Doherty. “The fact that the show continues to draw and excite audiences is a tribute to every dancer, singer, musician, staff and crew member who have dedicated themselves to the show. This 20th Anniversary Tour is a thank you to our audiences and a celebration of what has been an incredible journey across two decades.”

Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour has set design by Robert Ballagh, lighting design by
John Comiskey, costume design by Joan Bergin and sound design by Michael O’Gorman.

With engagements which will include the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary, Canada, in October 2015, Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour will play a coast to coast marathon stopping in more than 60 cities.

For over 20 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Producer Moya Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin in early 1995. When the show transferred to London in June of that year, the reaction was unprecedented, with the original 10 performances being increased to 151 in subsequent months. There followed a hugely successful tour starting in New York in March 1996, where 8 sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall heralded the start of 16 years of non-stop touring by Riverdance companies throughout North America. Since its inception Riverdance has packed theatres throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa and most recently South America.
Performance Schedule:
Friday, June 3 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 4 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 5 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Facts about 20 years of Riverdance 
- Played 11,000 performances 
- Seen live by over 25 million people in over 465 venues worldwide 
- Played in 46 countries across 6 continents 
- Travelled 700,000 miles (or to the moon and back and back again!) 
- Played to a global television audience of 3 billion people 
- Sold over 3 million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD 
- Sold 10 million Riverdance videos & DVDs 

Watch the Riverdance 20 YouTube Video here.
For more information, please visit:
Website: www.riverdance.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Riverdance
What is your favorite type of music or musical performance?

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Choosing A Path: Homeschooling or Public School

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Before my oldest was born, my heart was leading me towards homeschooling. I hated the day my husband signed her up for a preschool program. It was even worse when she started all day kindergarten. It felt wrong. I did not work and was perfectly capable of teaching her. We had friends and went out on excursions, so socialization wasn’t a concern for me.
It was when she was half way through first grade that I finally brought her home. By then, she believed I wasn’t as “smart” as her teachers. Already, she had decided she was “too stupid” to do the math and hated reading. We had a lot of work ahead of us.
In spite of that, I believed things would be better for her and her younger sister at home. For a time, things were going well for them. They grew to love reading, discovered their personal interests and opinions, and gained a firm foundation. As time went on, however, they grew older. Raging towards teendom, they began to hunger for outside friendships, input, and knowledge.
I got them involved in a co-op, but the distance was a stretch, and many of their friends lived even further away. Finding girls, their age, who homeschooled, and lived near us, was not very fruitful. Though the classes interested them; they wanted more. They enjoyed the group learning experience. It wasn’t long before they refused to do their lessons at home and began “bucking the system” we had. They wanted to go to public school.
I cringed at the idea. I resisted and tried to reject the possibility. Even after my husband enrolled them, I hoped my girls would see all the reasons why I didn’t want them there and would decide to come home. With eyes open, they did see and understand my resistance, and there were moments they did consider homeschooling again. At this time, though, each has chosen different paths.
My younger daughter is loving school and her friends. She is excelling and has made the high honor roll every term this year. My older daughter has applied to the local middle college program and is hoping to attend this fall. Opposite my fears and doubts, my daughters are standing strong, not only in their academics but also in themselves.
Going to public school has not ruined them. The foundation we built is too strong. I am no longer afraid of the influences others may have on them because I have seen the influence they have had on others. Their courage to be themselves, share their faith, and to go against the grain, shines in their daily lives. They are not afraid to question what they are being taught and pursue their understanding of most things. (Math is still an issue for my oldest.) Their friends have not corrupted them either. They have befriended those in need and have strived to be a light in their friends’ lives. At home, they didn’t have such a far reach.
A year after diverting onto this journey I can honestly say it has been a blessing. Not only for their friends and them but me. A blessing to watch them spread their wings, test their faith, and grow. To get a small taste of the fruit which has been sown into their spirits.
Letting them choose their path is a long, ongoing process. A beautiful adventure of growth for each of us. I know the river is just beginning to hit rapids and other treacherous waters. With each white water rush, I get to know them and myself in new ways. There is a freedom in that. 

In all honesty, there is still a part of me that misses having them home. I know, though we could still homeschool, we have made the right choice for them. My desire is for them to walk the path that is best for them. At one time homeschooling was, but now it is not. It has been difficult to accept, especially when I see other families stick homeschooling out successfully. Looking back, though, I’m finally okay with that.


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Nicole Salzano is the author of, “I Should’ve Stayed in Bed”, and owner of The Eccentric Housewife blog; http://littlemrsnikki2.blogspot.com/ She is the mother of 6, homeschooling and living on a hobby farm in SE Michigan.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

kidpik #1

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I heard about kidpik from a friend. I couldn't wait for my daughter, Keira, who loves clothing as much as I do, to check it out. My 13-year-old daughter was even interested, but the sizes only go up to 14 in girls. kidpik is girl's fashion delivered to your front door for sizes 4-14. 

How does it work? Your daughter fills out a style profile and selects her style. The boxes can be chosen for either one time only, once per season, or two boxes per season. You have the choice of keeping the whole box or selected items. If you keep the whole box, you receive a 30% off discount. The whole box which included over five pieces was $81. Not a bad price at all! I was impressed.
Keira's favorite color is purple. So, I was glad that kidpik took notice of her selections. She received the soft purple shirt, purple jeggings, white shoes, and headband. The shoes were too big. She is technically a 3.5, and I had requested a 4. At kidpik, all you need to do is call customer service if you need a sizing change. I loved the purple jeggings and purple top on her. We ended up sending the white shoes back because they didn't seem like something she would keep clean. Keira spends her recesses chasing boys and quickly wears out her sneakers.
What little princess doesn't love a twirly floral dress? Keira fell in love with this summer dress. It fit her perfectly. She's already worn it to school. It is gorgeous. We kept it.
We also received this floral tee shirt and lacy green shorts. The shirt was massive on Keira and also the shorts. We decided to send them back.
Finally, we received the above tank top and patches for FREE. What a fun freebie!

Would I try kidpik again? Yes. We received a pair of pants, shirt, tank, dress, headband, and patches for about $50. My recommendation to kidpik is that I would love to order boxes whenever. I don't want to wait until the next season because my daughter wants another box for her birthday. I think this is a fabulous idea and so fun for mother and daughter to become excited about together.