Back on the Vlog Bus – Small Changes

I have been absent from my blog and my Youtube channel for a while. But I’ve been on Facebook, which makes NO SENSE at all. Facebook doesn’t show my stuff to anyone (or anyone’s stuff to anyone for that matter) so I don’t know why I waste my time there.

I do love a good vlog and videos so I decided to start back there (And here. Because if I vlog I need to blog it. Get it? :-)

I’ve been in a funk lately. A slump. Something. Things need to change around here and quick. Usually my MO is to throw everything at it. I decided that was really working for me. Clearly. So small doable changes are what I need.

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Insults hurled at you by those you love, or kids.

Insults hurled at you by those you love, or kids.

This is so funny! The comments on Youtube are even funnier. People be all “How could you let your kid talk to you like that?” Um it was edited that way. Obviously she doesn’t let her 4 year old barrage her with insults. Momhead. Brilliant.

Very funny stuff.

The other day my six year old said to me, in the middle of dinner “Mama, your belly looks like it has a baby in it.” Thank you darling. “No I mean it!” As if I thought you didn’t.

So much for home being your safe zone right?

 

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I found JOY at Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Look at this! That little kid getting the autographs? My boy! He was in the Globe too.





I have been in a scroogey, bah humbuggy, blerrrrrrgh to all things holiday mood for a while now. I do not know why. I can’t explain it. I have small kids, this time should be magical. That’s what everyone tells me anyway. But here’s where I get scroogey – it’s a lot of work. So many things, to do, and buy and make. It all just seems like too much sometimes.

I ran a giveaway for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas last week. I almost didn’t because I didn’t want to do the work. But then I thought just because I am in a foul mood doesn’t mean that someone else (read you my lovely and precious few readers) might like to go. That someone else might be in a joyous holiday mood. So I ran the giveaway. The winner was super excited to go!

Now it’s confession time. I have never seen the movie White Christmas. I get funny crinkled up nose looks when I’ve told people that in the past week.

“Really?” they say.
Really.

I almost didn’t do the giveaway which brought people joy. I almost didn’t go the show which brought me joy. I almost didn’t take some friends, who were thrilled to be able to go, joyous in fact. I almost didn’t go the red carpet beforehand which led to so much joy for my son.

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So all that joy and goodness and love and I almost didn’t get to do any of it. I almost didn’t go when the worst thing that could’ve happened was that I saw an awesome show. And it was awesome. The tap dance number in the middle of the show was worth the effort alone.

If you’ve seen the movie you’ll love the show. My friend that came with us has seen the movie many many times and she thought it was fantastic!

I just read this quote on someone’s Facebook page “What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?” Dr. Suess.

I needed a reminder that the holiday season means a little bit more. Joy. Bringing other people joy. And joy for me. Yes please, MORE JOY FOR ME :-)

Do you need some joy?

White Christmas is playing at The Wang Theatre through the 28th of December. You should go get some joy.

Use this link to save 20% per ticket for select performances, and buy tickets now using the code IBWC60.

 

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Viral Friday. No we’re not sick again – Videos

Love me some viral videos!

One is all – Yep been there – SOOOOO tired – where’s my coffee? Also I kinda dig Taylor Swift’s Blank Space.

 

 

The other is like OMG – I had no idea- this changes my life forever. The Duvet Burrito Method.
Also Meredith Vieira says the word orgasmic ;-)

 

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The Nutcracker 2014

Oh how we love the Nutcracker! We shared our love a couple of weeks ago with a giveaway. We love that too! I feel especially like Oprah when I get to give stuff away. I just wish I could give more! You get Nutcracker tickets and YOU get Nutcracker tickets and YOU get Nutcracker tickets!

My little girl was so very excited to go this year. The last time we went she was 4 and it didn’t go quite as well as I expected. This year was a wholly different experience! She talked about it for weeks in advance. What we would wear, where we would go, who we might see.

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We went out to dinner beforehand then ran across the street to meet friends for hot chocolate. It was a wonderful mother daughter event in the city.

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We made our way into the Opera House and the magic began. The Opera House is just stunning. It’s one of my favorite venues in the city.

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Before we found our seats we stopped at the merchandise to find the ballerina! I have also heard about the ballerina for weeks :-) The last time we were here I let her get a souvenir. She chose a very sweet Clara doll. Apparently her friend at school “had the ballerina that looked just like Clara”. She wanted her too! We found her – turns out it was the Sugar Plum Fairy doll.

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Doll firmly in hand we found our seats and then went to visit the orchestra pit. She loves to watch the musicians warm up and wonder aloud why they’re all wearing the same thing (black) and why they’re all playing different music that doesn’t sound so good (practice).

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And so it begins! Her favorite parts are the mice and the dancing bear, of course.

Please see my post The Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker – 5 reasons to go if you need a gentle nudge to get your tickets!

 

 

 

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Disclosure: This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a program by the Boston Ballet. I was given complimentary tickets to the performance. All opinions are my own. Image used with permission.

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Swan Lake at the Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet is not just The Nutcracker. Although it is a time honored holiday tradition and we LOVE it, there is so much more going on at the Boston Ballet!

I was invited to go to a performance of Swan Lake and I was beyond excited. Because this…

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“Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake follows the Swan Queen Odette and Prince Siegfried in a tale of romance, sorcery, and deceit. The second act, created by Lev Ivanov, is historically considered the finest piece of classical choreography for the corps de ballet. The production is set to a luscious score by P.I. Tchaikovsky, and will be performed by The Boston Ballet Orchestra.”

Swan Lake is back at the Ballet after a six year hiatus. The sets and choreography were redesigned and reimagined. But the story remains the same. A true classic ballet.

It was beautiful and wonderful and everything I hoped it would be.

As an aside, it also left me feeling like I wasn’t as kind to my body as I could be. These dancers are truly amazing. What their bodies look like is simply stunning, but what they’re bodies can DO is mind blowing. The twists and turns and jumps. Sometimes I can’ get up off the floor!

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I invited my mom to come with me because I didn’t think any of my kids would like it. And my husband was all bah humbuggy about it. So wouldn’t you know it, after getting comfy in our seats we see a man my husbands age with a boy my sons age sit down a few rows ahead of us. I was impressed and also a little jealous that I didn’t forced of my male brethren to come with me. The ballet is NOT just for girls I repeat the BALLET IS NOT JUST FOR GIRLS.

But we made a GNO of it anyway. And we had FUN!

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All that being said, truth be told, we’re off to opening night of The Nutcracker tonight!! Woooooooohooooooo and dancing bears!

Want to see what else is going on at the Ballet?

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Disclosure: This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a program by the Boston Ballet. I was given complimentary tickets to the performance. All opinions are my own Image used with permission.

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