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Monday, December 15, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Night At the Museum: Secret of the Tomb + $25 Visa Gift Card & 4D Triceratops Skeleton Fossil #sponsored


NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB
20TH Century Fox
In theaters December 19, 2014

Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dick Van Dyke, Dan Stevens, Ricky Gervais, Ben Kingsley, Rebel Wilson, Mickey Rooney, and Rami Malek

Directed By: Shawn Levy

Screenplay By: Robert Ben Garant, David Guion, Michael Handelman, and Thomas Lennon

Produced By: Shawn Levy, Josh McLaglen, and Mary McLaglen

Official websites - #NightAtTheMuseum
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Review: Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure at The Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, MD #FFA #sponsored



Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure made a stop at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, MD last week. I had the pleasure of taking my family to see the show thanks to my partnership with Feld Entertainment. Believe it or not, this was my first time seeing a show at the Lyric. I absolutely loved this experience. Let me tell you why.


First, the location was great. We normally see all of our shows at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. Although the Lyric is a little deeper into the city, there is not as much chaos and traffic around the venue. On this particular night, there was an event being held at the Raven's stadium that prevented us from arriving on time (the one time I was actually on schedule) and the rain added a few setbacks. I made a few wrong turns getting there. But, I finally arrived at my destination just in time to see the show.


The Lyric Opera House is located at 140 W. Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore MD 21201. I love how quaint the area was and how the holiday decor lit up the streets, making it inviting as we took a short walk from the garage to the building. Just behind the Lyric is the Fitzgerald parking garage, located on 80 W. Oliver St., Baltimore, MD 21217. The parking fee was so reasonable at only $10. Getting in and out was a breeze, too. Just make sure you take your ticket with you and pay for it before going back to the car.


We had a mix-up with our tickets upon arrival. It was straightened out in no time. We were given seats in the orchestra, on the left side. It was fairly close to the stage. Thankfully, the Lyric is an intimate theater and makes the seats good enough to enjoy from a lot of locations. This gives each family the chance to see the show not matter how much they can or cannot afford for ticket prices.


As mentioned before, traffic and rain caused us to miss the first part of the show. We arrived at intermission. There is a pre-show featuring Doc McStuffins. This takes place roughly 10/15 minutes before the show. You will need to get there early and plan accordingly if you want to see this (I'm sad we missed this. We are super Doc fans.) Sofia the First is the first part of the show.


Then, there is an intermission. Jake and the Never Land Pirates is the second half of the show. Then, the entire cast takes the stage for a final performance. I would say the entire show runs just under two hours. I think this is the perfect amount of time to capture the attention of everyone before they have a major meltdown.


We really enjoyed our time. My son is almost two and his cousin is two. They sat, sometime on the edge, of their seats and did not make any fuss. I believe they had a blast.


I loved the special appearances by other Disney characters – Micky and Minnie Mouse, Peter Pan and Cinderella. They went over will with the crowd. I also loved the crowd participation moments where they asked everyone to sing along. It was fun to hear the children, and parents, sing along to some of the hits that are on these popular shows. There were bubbles, silly string and confetti blasted into audience. This added another element of surprise and excitement to the show.


As with most of these events, children are welcome to dress up as their favorite character. I always love seeing the little ones walking around in a princess costume, sporting a pirate get-up or having their face painted just for fun. It takes them on another adventure and allows them to escape reality for a moment.

There wasn't much to eat at this particular venue. You will probably want to eat before to hold over your group. There is a nearby pizza spot, just across the street called Two Boots.

Of course, the lobby is filled with Disney merchandise, photograph opportunities and so much more. Be prepared to negotiate with your little ones. I saw a few parents who lost that battle and had bags filled with merchandise. They also sold special gift bags with other characters and items in it for $10.

Overall, we loved this show. It was fun, colorful and kept the attention of everyone. I love how well the cast members resembled the animated characters on the television. Great job on this. I loved the props on stage, too. They were simple, but made a huge impact to the storyline. I cannot wait to get back to the Lyric to see another production.

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I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. The opinions and views are my own.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB in Theaters December 19th #sponsored #NightAtTheMuseum



Night at the Museum is back for another installment. This time, it's the Secret of the Tomb. On December 19th, head to your local theater to see the same great cast, and a few new-comers, take on this new story line.

I became a fan of the movie because of its connection to the Smithsonian here in Washington, D.C. It was cool to see the characters in a space that my family and I visit on occasion. It made it that more interesting to watch. The stellar and hilarious cast didn't hurt either.

Take a look at the trailer for the upcoming movie:


About the film
Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum
ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new
characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is
gone forever.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dick Van Dyke, Dan
Stevens, Ricky Gervais, Ben Kingsley, Rebel Wilson, Mickey Rooney, and Rami
Malek

Directed By: Shawn Levy

Screenplay By: Robert Ben Garant, David Guion, Michael Handelman, and
Thomas Lennon

Produced By: Shawn Levy, Josh McLaglen, and Mary McLaglen
Official websites - #NightAtTheMuseum
Visit the Official Website
Like ‘Night at the Museum’ on Facebook
Follow on Twitter , Instagram, Google+
Subscribe on YouTube 


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Break Out the @Clearasil to Bring On Clear Skin #ClearasilMom #sponsored #MC


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Clearasil. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


As a teenage girl, I experienced my fair share of breakouts. I never properly removed my make-up, sweated a lot during dance class and probably touched my face with my germy hands throughout the day. These things all contributed to the nasty pimples and clogged pores my face had to endure during the most fragile moments of adolescence. Thank goodness I had products from the Clearasil brand to help me give my face a fresh and clear start each time.

Fast forward to about twenty years later. I still have episodes where acne decides to make an appearance at the most critical times. Most of the time, I have breakouts when it's that "time of the month", or, I am extremely stressed. Imagine the horror of getting all fancied up for a night out with the girls, only to discover there is a huge zit on your nose. As if!

But it appears that I am not the only person in the house who is dealing with the issues of breakouts and acne. My (soon-to-be) teenager has now stepped into the same world I was in back in the day. Who would have ever thought that we would be able to bond over pimples? But hey, I'll take it!

We were sent two Clearasil products to test out – Clearasil Ultra® Rapid Action Daily Gel Wash and Clearasil® Daily Clear® Hydra-Blast Oil Free Daily Face Wash.


Ultra Rapid Action Gel Wash:
• Clearasil Ultra® Rapid Action Gel Wash is dermatologist tested and gives you visibly clearer skin in as little as 12 hours. It is scientifically formulated with maximum strength acne medication and starts working quickly to open blocked pores and help you get healthy looking skin. So you get visibly clearer skin fast.

Hydra- Blast Oil-Free Face Wash:
• Clearasil® Daily Clear® Oil Free Daily Face Wash is dermatologist tested and helps reduce breakouts by up to 85% in just 4 weeks. The face wash is scientifically formulated with a moisturizing complex to leave your skin feeling soft and cared for. So you get clearer skin every day.

I knew that my son was growing up when he seemed excited to test out these products. It showed me that he cared about his appearance and hygiene as a young man. (I'm guessing he didn't want the girls at school to see him in this "condition" either.) He expressed concern to me about the constant breakouts on his face and I told him I had just the product for him. We wasted no time giving it a go.

He opted to try the Clearasil Ultra® Rapid Action Gel Wash first. He needed to see faster results and this particular product can deliver those in just 12 hours, possibly as quickly as 4 hours. So, he lathered up just before bedtime. It was just what he needed to settle into bed for the night, feeling refreshed while doing so.


He left the bottle right on the sink so that it was a reminder for him each time he looked in the mirror and saw a bump forming. The other product, Clearasil® Daily Clear® Oil Free Daily Face Wash, was left in the shower for more frequent usage. This also made it easier to remember each time he took a shower. Routines are vital in the morning when preparing for school.

Just before he went to bed, this is what his face looked like:


The very next morning, you could see a difference already. It was approximately 10 hours. His face looked like this:


It was great to see my son excited about the results of using this product. He also trusted my advice on using the Clearasil to help rid his face of acne. Even though the bump was not completely gone, it started to fade away and was not as noticeable as before. That was a success to us.

We did notice that the Clearasil® Daily Clear® Oil Free Daily Face Wash will dry your face out if it is used frequently. I would suggest using this every other day to avoid dryness. It left my son's face looking a bit "ashy". This was our only complaint about the product.


The great thing about both of these products is the smell. Normally, facial cleaners and washed have a medicated scent or smell to them and can leave you feeling like you just stepped out of a doctor's office. I was pleasantly surprised to get a whiff of both and loved that it wasn't hard on the nose. This is a huge plus.

My son has been incorporating the Clearasil Ultra® Rapid Action Gel Wash and the Clearasil® Daily Clear® Oil Free Daily Face Wash into his daily routine for a couple of weeks now. He is showing me that he is responsible for sticking with this. He also knows the importance of taking care of his skin and the benefits of being consistent with his regiment.


Clearasil has been a big part of my life and now, I am passing the torch over to my teenage son (although, I use the products, too). I hope that clear skin that is acne-free will give him the confidence he needs to grow into a great young man.

Twitter: @Clearasil
Facebook: Clearasil US

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