Thursday, February 7, 2019

Loves of My Life & Giveaway

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This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own.

February is the month of love. I've been blessed with three loves of my life. My husband and my kids. I couldn't just pick one because we are family. 

Is my life perfect? Anything but, most days it's a hot mess of arguing over who gets to shower first or what movie we are going to watch. Anyone that portrays the perfect life I worry about. Are they communicating? Are they putting on a show? Well, I'm glad to tell you my loves of my life are imperfect.

Relationships take work! I can honestly say I love my husband more today than when I married him. Over the years we've worked out many kinks, and we work out more as they come along (teenagers).

My husband is my best friend, my biggest cheerleader, the listening ear I need daily. He's the one that makes me set boundaries and sees my worth. He's the one that tells terrible jokes and is obsessed with karate and politics. He's definitely not everyone's cup of tea, but he's mine. 

My kids when they were born showed me what a fierce mother's love is like. The love for your kids is strong and ferocious. 

Love is a learning process. Being a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend takes practice, patience, and the ability to make changes when you're wrong. When my kids were newborns, I would remind myself that they've never been a baby before just like I've never been their mother before. Love includes grace.

Honestly, the most romantic thing my husband can do for me and does occasionally do is help me out. If you see something that needs to be done, do it without being asked. Trust me I notice. Also, I love our lunch dates. Keep them rolling along.

You don't have to spend a fortune to celebrate your loves! In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I've included 10 tips to St. Valentine's at home. So, this year skip the crazy, chaotic lines and check out these tips.

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The St. Valentine Love Kit includes:
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1 – Gold tone “Love” bangle bracelet
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Friday, February 1, 2019

5 Things on Friday

I've missed you guys. Life has been so busy, and I decided to simplify my life which I will tell you more about in a moment. Here is what's happening in my crazy household.

1. My kids haven't had school this week since we've been dealing with this crazy polar vortex. Guys, it's been colder here than Alaska and Antartica. I'm not going to lie I did get out to go to physical therapy, get my oil changed and for lunch with the hubster.

I'm starting to feel like I need out. This needs to end by tomorrow. This weekend we're supposed to be in the '40s which is dramatic considering we've been in the negative digits.

2. I quit my job teaching. I've been tossing it around for months since I starting working for Shipt. My internet kept dumping me causing me to lose teaching jobs. This went on for months. I obviously need to be hit on the head with a bat when God is telling me to do something.

I've enjoyed sleeping in. Getting up at 4:30 isn't for the faint of heart. Lounging in bed until 6:30 has me feeling so much more refreshed and happier.

3. I'm finally in phase two of frozen shoulder. I'm past the crazy pain and now into the bearable pain phase. My motion is still limited, but it's just going to take time to unfreeze again. Did I mention that I think my frozen shoulder is from my dairy allergy which made me susceptible to it? Yep, this girl has gone through a diet overhaul.

4. I'm thinking of rebranding my blog. I don't have little kids anymore. So, I'm thinking I need to do some updating.

5. I'm over this winter! I need some sun and warmth. I'm so glad that never-ending January is finally coming to an end.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Rogers + Hammerstein's Cinderella at Fox Theatre Detroit

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Mom Among Chaos received tickets to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. Rogers + Hammerstein's Cinderella at Fox Theatre Detroit
Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The King & I and The Sound of Music, will play the Fox Theatre for a limited engagement from Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31 as part of the Fox Theatre Series.

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Tickets (starting at $34) are on sale now and can be purchased at 313Presents.com, Little Caesars Arena XFINITY box office and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.

Fox Theatre Series subscription packages and discounts for groups of 10+ are available by calling the Olympia Entertainment Group Sales Department at (313) 471-3099. Subscription packages include savings of up to 20 percent when purchasing three or more Fox Theatre Series titles.

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With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too. 

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. Originally directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, the tour is directed by Gina Rattan and choreographed by Lee Wilkins. Music adaptation and arrangements are by David Chase and music supervision is by Greg Anthony Rassen. Orchestrations are by Bill Elliott and are adapted from the original Broadway orchestrations by Danny Troob.

One of Rodgers + Hammerstein's most popular titles, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was written for television -- debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. In 2013, the show made its long-overdue Broadway debut. Along with CINDERELLA, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's legendary musicals include OKLAHOMA!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific and The Sound of Music.

Mr. Beane's book for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA blends masterfully with the musical's cherished score with songs including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible," "Ten Minutes Ago" and "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?"

The creative team includes scenic design by Tony® Award nominee Anna Louizos, costume design by six-time Tony® Award-winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony® Award-winner Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony® Award nominee Nevin Steinberg.

The Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA tour is produced by Work Light Productions. CINDERELLA was produced on Broadway by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Luigi Caiola & Rose Caiola, Roy Furman, Walt Grossman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, Glass Slipper Productions LLC/Eric Schmidt, Ted Liebowitz/James Spry, Blanket Fort Productions and in association with Center Theatre Group.

Twitter: @CinderellaBway

 Performance Schedule:
Friday, March 29             7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 30        2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 31          1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

California Design Den Sheets & Giveaway

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This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own. California Design Den Sheets & Giveaway

I love sleeping and lounging in my bed. It's my happy place! You spend the majority of your life in bed. I think since we spend so much time in bed we might as well do so in luxury. California Design Den sheets do just that. They provide beautiful sheets at affordable prices.

California Design Den Sheets & Giveaway

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The first thing I noticed about these sheets was they went on quickly. I have a custom made king bed. One side of the bed is custom for me and the other side for my husband so you might notice a lump. LOL. Sometimes that makes it rough for putting on sheets. Half the time they don't fit right, and I have to wrestle with them. This was not the case. The sheets fit my king bed easily and putting them on was a breeze.

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The king set came with a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and two king-sized pillowcases. I loved how the sheets had a cool iridescent color to them. It's kind of hard to see in the picture.

Here are some features of this sheet set that I love!
  • 100% cotton
  • Durable fitted elastic, so they stay on the bed.
  • Anti-pilling fabric
  • Fade resistant
  • Head/Foot tag on sheets (makes life easier)
I go from freezing to sweating at night, so I LOVE that these sheets are 100% cotton. It helps keep my temperature regulated better.

The only thing I recommend with these sheets is that you wash them before using them. They kind of have an odd smell when they come out of the plastic. Other than that, I love them.

California Design Den sheets come in a variety of colors and thread counts. The ones I received were 600. They were silky smooth! 

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

7 Tips To Save Money While Renting

Saving money while renting a house or apartment is a tough challenge. With all the bills and fees that you have to cover as a tenant, it seems like saving is the last thing you’ll ever accomplish in your life.

But the truth is, some tips and tricks will help you actually save money while renting. Some of the most effective ones are as follows.

Choose location wisely

Before you sign up that lease, make sure that the apartment you chose is close to your job or school, to major establishments and transportation. Make sure that it’s only a few minutes away to the places that you will visit frequently. Aside from allowing you to save money, choosing the best location can save you precious amounts of time!

Know your wants and needs

If you are dead serious about saving money while renting, you should cut down on some rental perks and amenities. Always go with the space that offers all your needs for a pretty affordable price instead of renting one with added amenities that you won’t be really using that much as a tenant.

Watch out your energy consumption

Turn off the lights when they are not in use. Unplug all of your appliances (don’t just turn them off) if you’ll be away for a few hours or so. If you can replace all of the electrical appliances into energy saving ones to save money in the long run.

Go with the utility bills included with the rental 

Houses or apartments for rent with utilities included can help you save money while renting in the long run. Look out for these spaces and see if the stuff they offer is fit and right for your needs and preferences. With these, you also don’t need to think about paying your utility bills separately.

Use multitasking furniture or appliances.

Multitasking furniture or appliances don't only help you save floor space. It also enables you to save money in the long run. Get a sofa with a hidden bed. Use a coffee table that doubles as storage. The same thing goes with your kitchen appliances and items.

Consider roommates

The best and easiest way to save money on your rent is by getting the right roommate. Get someone you know or trust to live with you in your rented space. This way, you can split all the bills, not only the rental fee, but also the grocery, utility (if they are not included on the rental) and more.

Negotiate your lease

If you are a good tenant, negotiate when you sign a new lease. Good paying tenants are always of excellent value for landlords. They will do everything they can to keep you in. It won’t hurt to ask them for some sort of discount or special fee upon signing your renew lease. They might not give you much, but if you plan to stay in the long run, it can turn into significant savings on your bank account.

Saving money while renting could be tough but not that impossible to achieve. Try the above-given tips, and you’ll be able to keep some of your hard earned money.

About the Author

Ron is the webmaster of Apartments-For-Rent-In-Michigan.Com. He often writes tips and advice for homeowners, tenants, and landlords. You can visit MichiganHousesOnline.com blog for more information.

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