Friday, November 27, 2015

11/27/15: Elf the Broadway Musical in Boston

What a better way to get in to the holiday spirit than watching a holiday show live!  We were lucky enough to go to Elf the Broadway Musical at the Citi Wang Theatre in Boston recently.  This show is so much fun for the entire family!   Judging by the reaction of the audience I think everyone really enjoyed the show.
The show is playing in Boston until December 6th so you still have time to buy tickets.Elf The Musical has opened in Boston. To buy tickets visit 
 When a movie is turned in to a Musical I am always a bit worried of how it will compare.  This show truly captured the spirit of the movie and retold it in a wonderful way.
From the very beginning of the show everyone was enthralled.  I loved how Santa starts out and talks to the audience about the story of Buddy the Elf and even had a shout out to the New England Patriots.  The show really is hilarious at times and very touching.
All show photos credit to Amy Boyle
The highlight of the show and the shining star is Buddy the Elf!
His dancing, singing and acting were spot on.  You could not help but giggle every time he did something.  He truly acted like a "fish out of water" in New York City.
There were so many touching moments with him.  You truly felt for him and wanted him to be happy.  I must admit I left the theatre singing "Buddy the Elf, It's the Story of Buddy the Elf".  Such a catchy tune.
The whole cast was so high energy.  The dancing and singing were wonderful.  The moments with Jovie were really sweet too.
 I love when they were skating together at Rockefeller Center.  It was so beautifully done.
The music was wonderful also along with all the props and back drops.  One of our favorite musical numbers was "Nobody Cares About Santa".  They did a great job with this.
I love the depiction of a family with a Dad who is always busy for work and then learning the true meaning of Christmas by the end of the show.
When they sang the Christmas Song to get Santa's sleigh going I loved it.  "Just sing a Christmas song, it's like magic if things go wrong. Just spread some Christmas cheer, by singing loud for all to hear".  It was so beautiful.
Honestly not to sound totally sappy but sometimes we get totally caught up in the buying gifts and everything we need to "do" for the holidays that we forget some of what the season is all about.  I love another line from the Christmas Song "The ornaments you made way back in second grade, untangling Christmas lights...let those moments live again".  It did make me think back to when I was a child at Christmas and how magical it really was and it helped me put things in perspective.  Being a parent can make the holidays overwhelming but if we focus on believing in the magic of the season it makes it a wonderful time of year!
Here is the Full Tour Schedule:
Check it out when it comes near you.  You will have so much fun!
Disclosure:  I was provided with tickets for my family and I to attend the show for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Monday, November 23, 2015

11/23/15: Win 4 Tickets to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical

I can't count how many times I have seen the holiday special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  I love that it has been brought live to the stage.  This show looks so fun and great to take the family to.  It is coming to the Citi Shubert Theatre for one week only from December 1st to the 6th and I am giving away 4 tickets!  Read on to win.
All Photos courtesy of Jesse Ashton Photography
After becoming an instant holiday hit in Boston in a sell-out engagement last season, an original television Christmas classic comes to life again as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical returns to the Citi Performing Arts Shubert Theatre stage, playing December 1 – 6 for 13 performances.
I also have a discount for the show to save 25% per ticket!
Enter the code RUMEM for these performances: 
Tue, Dec 1 @ 7pm Wed, Dec 2 @ 7pm Thu, Dec 3 @ 7pm Fri, Dec 4 @ 7pm 
More about the Show:
In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country.  This season, the “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated television special will return live on stage with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.  The world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster will help Santa save Christmas during three North American tours visiting 50 cities this holiday season. “Because our inaugural run was so popular, we will have three tours this year in an effort to bring Rudolph and his friends to even more families and young theatergoers across North America,” says Producing Partner Jonathan Flom. 
 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical practically transports audience members into the television special as songs drive the plot while familiar and nostalgic set design with projections, costumes and characters are brought to stage.  The cast brings new energy to the classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and lovable puppets help showcase the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects.  “We address all of the familiar story elements from the television special with a talented cast and puppeteers who help recreate the magic on stage,” says Producing Partner Bob Penola.  
The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is ousted from the reindeer games in Christmas-town.  He flees town, meets up with new friends Hermey and Yukon, and a series of funny and endearing adventures ensue including a visit to The Island of Misfit Toys. Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas.  Can Rudolph save his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday? 
The production will expand on its campaign benefiting PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center.  
This show looks awesome and I can't wait to go see it! 
Win 4 Tickets to the show on December 1st at 7 pm. Enter below!
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. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, November 22, 2015

11/22/15: Noodles and Company Review

As a busy family with activities after school sometimes it is hard to find time to cook a full meal.  I am always looking for good options for convenience, quality and food options for the whole family.  Recently we got to go to Noodles & Company and the food was a hit with the whole family!
We started out with Garlic Bread with cheese which was a big hit with the kids.  It was really good with a marinara dipping sauce on the side.  They also have a Margherita Flatbread that looked really good.
There are a lot of options for everyone.  Here is their full menu.  I have been watching my diet lately and ordered the Buff Bowl.  Buff Bowls swap out the noodles for Spinach.  This is the Buff Tuscan Fresca with Grilled Chicken Breast.  It was really good with a mere 300 calories.  I like that they have a whole under 500 calorie area on their website.  Go here and you can see many flavor combinations with low calories.
My husband tried the Indonesian Peanut Saute.  He really enjoyed it.
They recently also added Kids Meals to their menu in the last three months.  These meals are great and a value at only $5.00.  There are four options with a variety of sides.  Lauren got the Spaghetti and Meatballs with butter and not marinara sauce.  There are also options of Macaroni and Cheese, Grilled Chicken, or Buttered Noodles.  It also comes with two sides and a drink.  That is a great deal for $5.00.
Lauren loved her food.  She ate almost the whole thing which is uncommon for her.
There are also great salads and soups.  My husband tried the Thai Curry Soup and enjoyed it.
I also love that you can order online and pick up food on the way home.
They also have very yummy desserts.  We got to try Snickerdoodle Cookies, Rice Crispy and Chocolate Chip Cookies.  They were so good and soft.
I missed it but Evan was giving me a thumbs up here.  He really liked these cookies.
My favorite dessert was this cake with strawberries.  It was soaked in a creamy sauce and was awesome.  I don't see it on their menu so maybe ask them about it when you are there.
Lauren was loving the Snickerdoodle Cookie.
I highly recommend checking out Noodles & Company.  
Here is a view during the day.  
Check them out online:
Disclosure:  I was invited to Noodles & Company for a food tasting with my family.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Friday, November 20, 2015

11/20/15: Choice Collectibles Iron Man War Machine

Do you have someone on your list that you struggle with trying to come up with a unique gift idea for?  I may have a solution.  Choice Collectibles Fine Art has animation, limited edition and out-of-print fine art.   They have many pieces of animation art in all price brackets.  They also have a partnership with Marvel and have some great Marvel Art.  We received "Iron Man War Machine".

It was created by staff artists inside Marvel and features Tony Stark with his Iron Man arsenal, comprised of a multitude of "Mark" versions of his suit.  The iconic bachelor scientist appears on the left side of the piece in civilian clothes, as if to highlight his ability to transition from impressive man to even impressive superhero combo of man and machine.  In the background, a dulled shadow of the original Iron Man suit from his first comic appearance emphasizes Iron Man's technological transformation through the ages. 
This piece is one of 1000 and has a certificate of authenticity on the back.  Choice Collectibles also has a huge collection from Disney, Warner Brothers, Hanna-Barbera, DC Comics, Sports Memorabilia and more.
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is $50.00.
This would be a perfect gift for adults and children.  Check out their full collection here:
Disclosure:  I received this art piece for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

11/20/15: Discount for Elf the Musical at the Citi Performance Arts Center Boston

I love going to holiday live shows.  What a great way to get in to the holiday spirit.  When I heard that Elf the Broadway Musical was coming to the Citi Wang Theatre in Boston I couldn't wait to see it. The whole family loved the movie so I knew they would love the show.  Read on and I also have a discount code to save $25 on tickets.
All show photos credit to Amy Boyle
 Elf The Musical has opened in Boston. Grab the kids and get your buddies together to see Buddy live on stage at Citi Wang Theatre now - Dec 6th! 
Offer: $25 off Use Code: ELFOFF 
Valid all prices levels and to the following performances: 
Sun, Nov 22nd 6pm 
Tue, Nov 24th 7pm 
Wed, Nov 25th 7pm 
Fri, Nov 27th 2pm 
Fri, Nov 27th 7pm 
Sun, Nov 29th 6pm 
To use the discount code visit 
 More about the show:
ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. 
Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. 
This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). 
 The show looks like so much fun!  We can't wait to attend.  Here is the Full Tour Schedule:
Check it out when it comes near you.

Disclosure:  I was provided with tickets for my family and I to attend the show for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

11/19/15: Lightsaber Crystal Growing Lab Review

Next up in my Holiday Gift Guide is a cool product from Uncle Milton that combines science and Star Wars.  Evan loves both so he was very excited to have fun with this Lightsaber Crystal Growing Lab.  What a cool toy for kids.
There are easy to follow directions to get your crystals started.  You start with boiling water in a measuring cup and add the packet to make a solution that will turn in to crystals.
Evan working on the solution.
Lauren getting a turn.
After the solution is fully mixed you pour it in to the Star Wars display case.
Here is the solution to start.  There is another packet that gets added to this.
This was two days later.
This is after 7 days.  The crystals at the top get removed.  You are supposed to remove them as they grow and not disturb the water.  I just let them stay until the crystals were ready and took them off.  You then pour the water out.
Here is the crystals taken off the top and the crystals inside rinsed off.
Here you can see a view from the top.  You can chose blue for the Jedi.
Or red for the dark side!
What a cool toy.  Here it is as packaged.  The manufacturer's retail price is $19.99.
Disclosure:  I received this Star Wars Science Set for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.