Thursday, December 18, 2014

12/18/14: Fun Toys from Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon has some awesome holiday gifts with your favorite Nickelodeon characters.  We received three sets and they are next up in my holiday gift guide.  First up is the Krusty Krab Attack by Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants.  We love SpongeBob, in fact my husband was watching SpongeBob before we even had kids.  
The Evil Plankton is at it again and trying to steal the Krabby Patty recipe yet again in the Krusty Krab Attack by Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants.  Kids get to build the Krusty Krab.  Here is Evan with all 407 pieces.
 
He had no problem following the directions to build.
I love that it is interactive.  Once you build it there are manual patty launchers and robot minions.
Kids can build an adventure in Bikini Bottom with all of their favorites including Mr. Krabs, Squidward, Plankton and of course SpongeBob.
The kids loved building it and playing with it afterwards.
This set features: Buildable Krusy Krab that opens up for interior play Dish launcher, manual patty launcher and collapsing sign SpongeBob, Plankton, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward micro action figures Two buildable evil robot minions.  Plus you can combine with other Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants playsets to build your own wacky world of fun in Bikini Bottom.
They loved it.
This set retails for $29.99.
We also received some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys including the Lego Turtle Sub which includes 4 minifigures with weapons and accessories: Donatello Leonardo, 2 Kraang, plus a Leatherhead figure.  The Turtle Sub features a detachable top shell, opening cockpit, control panels, shooter, flapping fins, periscope, weapons, armory storage, exercise bike and an opening hatch to remove the mini sub.  Mini Kraang sub features a flick missile shooter, computer dashboard, power cell and translucent elements Weapons include 2 swords, 2 harpoons and a staff.  It retails for $59.99.
Last but not least is the Carrera Go Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles X-Loop Race Set.  This set has scale 1:43 racers, a track, 2 speed controller, lap counter, and lots of fun!  My son loves racing so this is so much fun for him.
Nickelodeon has some awesome toys this holiday season!
Disclosure:  I received these toys for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

12/18/14: Irving Berlin's White Christmas The Musical Holiday Fun

Watching a great holiday show is such a wonderful way to get in to a festive mood for the holiday season.  Last night we were lucky enough to go to Irving Berlins White Christmas The Musical at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre and is there until December 28th!  Not only did we see the show but we also got to attend a Red Carpet Opening Night star studded arrival of the cast!
The kids were so excited to see the beautiful car pull up with the cast.  What a gorgeous car they arrived in.
 The cast was all smiles as they arrived.
 The kids were so excited talking to the cast.  They were so personable and asking the kids if they tap danced as there would be a lot of dancing in the show.  Of course Lauren taps and is on a competition tap dance team so she spoke right up.
Plus they signed their books.  Here is Jeremy Benton who is "Phil Davis" and Kaitlyn Davidson who plays "Judy Haynes.” 
 Here is James Clow who plays "Bob Wallace," and Trista Moldovan who plays "Betty Haynes". 
 
 Evan was chatting it up too.
 
I love their costumes.
 If that was not enough excitement then of course we had the show to go to.  I also have a discount code for you:
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 The show was really well done.  The singing and dancing were amazing.  We especially liked the tap dancing.  There were some full numbers that had tap dancing in them.  Everyone had a beautiful voice and could dance which is a difficult combination.

Another highlight was the train scene.  I love the Snow song.  I want to wash my hair in snow!

 I have to admit during the whole show I was comparing to the movie.  I think they did an excellent job keeping the spirit of the film but also adding some aspects.  There were some funny moments that were unexpected also which my son is still talking about.  In the movie General Waverly's granddaughter is played by an older girl than is in the musical.  In the Musical it was a younger girl and she had a much bigger part.  She had her own song and dance number that was wonderful.

If you don't recognize him, John Schuck who played "General Waverly” has been in many TV shows and movies.  Most notable is The Munsters.  He did a great job in his role as the General.  The highlight for our family was the ending when they sang White Christmas.  I have to be honest I wished this section of the show went on longer.  The backdrop was wonderful and it snowed in the theatre!



The whole show was fantastic and a wonderful show for the whole family.  I highly recommend going!  My kids loved it and so did I!
More info about the show:
Irving Berlins White Christmas tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and the unforgettable title song,  
Irving Berlins White Christmas promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family! The creative team includes direction and choreography by Randy Skinner (42nd Street) who was nominated for a Tony Award® for this production; book by David Ives (Finnian's Rainbow, On the Town) and Paul Blake (Beautiful-The Carole King Musical); set design by Anna Louizos (Avenue Q, In The Heights); set adaptation by Kenneth Foy; costumes by Carrie Robbins (A Class Act); lighting design by Ken Billington (The Drowsy Chaperone, Annie); sound design by Keith Caggiano; orchestrations by Larry Blank, also nominated for a Tony Award® for this production; vocal and additional arrangements by Bruce Pomahac; music direction by Michael Horsley; casting by Jay Binder C.S.A/Jason Styres.  
Irving Berlins White Christmas features Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin, and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank. 
Irving Berlin's White Christmas plays at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Tuesday, December 16 – Sunday, December 28, 2014, for 16 performances: Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm; matinees on Wednesday, December 23 and Friday, December 26 at 2:00 pm and Saturdays at 2:00 pm; and Sundays at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Tickets are priced at $35.00 - $125.00; all prices include a $3.75 facility fee per ticket. Tickets are on sale at the Citi Center box office, through www.citicenter.org or by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787), or through Ticketmaster.
Disclosure: I received 4 tickets for my family and I to attend the show and 4 tickets for giveaway for review purposes. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

12/11/14: BJ's Wholesale for the Holidays

I was invited to BJ's for a Holiday Preview Event recently and learned that they have everything to make your holiday perfect.  Everything you see in this post can be found at BJs.  They may be a warehouse club but they are catering now to the every week shopper with smaller sizes.  They have lovely gifts and decorations for the holidays.
I had no idea you could outfit your whole holiday table with wonderful items from BJ's.  Their appetizers, chocolates and treats were so good.
These were absolutely amazing!  These are J Scott Bacon Wrapped Scallops and Lobster Crostini.  Perfect for your holiday gatherings.
Another way to make your holidays easier is with pre-made meals.  These are new at BJ's and were really good.  We got to try the Chicken Cordon Bleu and the whole family gave it a thumbs up.  It was super easy as all I needed to do was heat it up.
There are several options.
Even Turkey Wraps, Mac and Cheese and more.
Plus there are gifts for everyone on your list for great prices.  Here is the Nurti Ninja personal blender.
They have the new cool curved TVs and when I was there they had an instant $800 off!
They even have Nikon cameras.  The nice thing about the cameras is that they came with a bundle including accessories.
Trying to get more fit in the new year, UP by Jawbone tracks your daily fitness and sleep activities.  It also had an instant savings.  These are great for so many people.
Super cute party host gifts.
They even have gifts for the pooch in your life.  I know our dog Fred would love these gourmet cookies.
There are also tons of the hottest toys.
You can even get your Christmas Tree there.  They had several lovely options.
They also have tons of decorations, lights and more.
Beautiful gift wrap, tags and cards.
There is so much at BJ's this holiday season.  Check them out!  Plus you can get a trial membership for the holidays free to try them out.
Disclosure:  I received a gift bag from BJ's for promotional purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

12/10/14:Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical

I love theater shows that are great for the whole family.  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a classic that kids love and parents love as we grew up with it.  This television classic is brought to the big stage at the Citi Shubert Theatre and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is playing until December 14th.
All Show Photos courtesy of Karen Almond Photography
Unfortunately I was too sick to attend the show this week however my winner of tickets was gracious enough to send me some feedback and pictures.  The show looked absolutely amazing and I was very sad to have to miss it.
I had previously met Lexy Baeza who played Rudolph in the show.  She was in Peter Pan last year in Boston and I met her after the show.  Here is one of her pictures in her lovely costume.  I am sure she is awesome in this show!
Photo Credit to Lexy Baeza
My ticket winner said that the show was awesome and very true to the original holiday classic.  Her family really enjoyed it.  The show has a 90 minute running time including intermission which I think is the perfect amount of time for young children.  Plus with the puppets, and actors I think the kids will be thoroughly entertained.  There was also a lot of great products for sale.
 How cute is Rudolph?  I want one!  There is a sing-a-long at the end of the show that the whole audience got in to and loved.  Plus they loved to see Rudolph fly!
 Seriously how cute is the Abominable Snow Monster?
Yukon Cornelius was also a highlight of the show and a crowd favorite.  The whole show looks so well put together.
I love how adorable Santa is!
Tickets are now on sale at www.citicenter.org or by calling (866) 348-9738.  Tickets are priced at $28.00 - $68.00.
Don't miss the reindeer games and get your tickets now!
Disclosure:  I received 4 tickets for my family to attend the show and 4 tickets to giveaway for promotional purposes.  No other compensation has been received and all opinions are my own.