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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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!





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!


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?


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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Win a pair of tickets to Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker!


The Nutcracker is the unofficial start of the Boston Christmas season! This year that season starts on Friday November 28th. To me, it’s not Black Friday, it’s opening night of Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker!

Two years ago my daughter and I were invited to attend the all new Nutcracker at the Opera House. It was truly magical. This year we’ve been invited again and we get to bring some guests. I would love for it to be you!

Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker is based on the libretto by Alexandre Dumas père titled The Tale of the Nutcracker, which is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The story follows the wondrous journey of young Clara, who receives a Nutcracker as a gift at her family’s Christmas Eve party. Later that night, her Nutcracker magically transforms into a handsome prince, who leads her through an enchanted forest and on to the Nutcracker Prince’s Kingdom.

All performances of The Nutcracker will take place at The Boston Opera House, November 28 – December 31, 2012. For more information, please visit:

Enter to win 2 tickets to opening Night of Boston Ballet’s the Nutcracker.

You get to choose from the following dates:
Tue, Dec 9 @ 7:30pm
Wed, Dec 10 @ 7:30pm
Tue, Dec 16 @ 7:30pm
Wed, Dec 17 @ 7:30pm
Thu, Dec 18 @ 1pm
Thu, Dec 18 @ 7:30pm

Win 2 Tickets to The Nutcracker!





This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a by The Boston Ballet. I have been given free admission to the show for this post. Image used with permission. All opinions are my own.

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Annie at the Citi Wang Theatre in Boston – Giveaway!



The first broadway show I ever went to was Annie. First and only until I was an adult.

It was a big deal. We didn’t have tons of money growing up and I think this was a bit of a stretch for my parents. But my mom got the tickets and off we went to Boston. We dressed up pretty, showed up early, and went to the theater.

Next week, because of this little ole blog that I have, I get to take not only my daughter but my mom to see Annie at the Citi Wang Theater.  Squeee!

The show opens next Wednesday, November 5th at 7 pm.

That night, Annie and Daddy Warbucks will arrive at 6 pm in a 1937 Packard to walk the Red Carpet into the Citi Wang Theatre. The Red Carpet arrival kicks off the 2-week engagement of the show. Fun right?

The show at the Wang is directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE is a brand new incarnation of the iconic original.  It also features book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

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

I can’t wait!

And that’s not all!

Would you like to win some tickets? Yeah baby!

Win 4 tickets to OPENING NIGHT on Wednesday, November 5 at 7:00 pm

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Want more chances to win? Of course you do!
But remember you can only win once! We all talk to each other so we’ll know if you try to be a Greedy McHoggerson.
Here are some other awesome local blogs giving away tickets:

Alexandra Elizabeth

Christy at Quirky Fusion

Emily at Nap Time Is My Time

Family Friendly Boston

Christine & Bonnie at Mom’s Lifesavers

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I have been given tickets to attend Annie for this post. Image used with permission. All opinions expressed in this post (and my sharing on social media) are my own.

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Swan Lake comes to the Opera House



My mother enrolled me in ballet class when I was just 3 because, well, I was a bit of clutz. Most three year olds are a bit clumsy, but I couldn’t seem to get out of my own way. And so began a life long love of dance. What do you want to be when you grow up? For a number of years the reply would always be “A ballerina.”

I took ballet for a few years before moving on to gymnastics. The floor exercise and the beam were always my favorite. The floor was about dance for me and the beam was about beautiful lines and balance. Dance, beautiful lines, balance: I still wanted to be a ballerina.

More often then not if you surprise me at home you will find me dancing in my kitchen. Dance parties happen there all the time in fact. There is always music on in my house.  My kids gleefully join me for a moment when they know I won’t try to tame their behavior. “Just dance.” I say!

Does every little girl dream of being a ballerina? Perhaps. I know that I certainly did. Those costumes. The leaps and spins that seem almost effortless and ethereal. It was like magic what they could do. And all the while remaining beautiful. Even the word ballerina is lovely don’t you think? Ballerina.

I’m so lucky to live near a city with a world class a world class – The Boston Ballet. I have been to the Nutcracker quite a few times. A couple of years ago I took my own young ballerina to experience the all new Nutcracker at the Opera House in Boston. It was magical.

So needless to say, I was excited to open my email the other day to an invitation to see The Boston Ballet’s Swan Lake. I have never seen Swan Lake in person before. I’m giddy.

Sometimes I feel like she’s still there. That young dancer. The soft leather of my pink ballet shoes. The way the skirt moved around my tiny hips. Getting lost in the music. I know she’s somewhere in here, hiding in this middle aged tired body.

Every once and a while I feel as light on my feet as that young dancer. I know for sure I will be feeling that way as I step in to the Opera House next week.

Swan Lake runs from October 30-November 16, 2014 at the Boston Opera House

Boston Ballet presents the world premiere of Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake, the classic fairytale of the Swan Queen Odette, Prince Siegfried, and the sorcery, betrayal and love, that unites them for all eternity. The production features magnificent new costumes and sets, with choreography that captures the flare and heart of Tchaikovsky’s romantic score.

The second collaboration between Mikko Nissinen and award-winning designer Robert Perdziola (set and costume designer for Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker) has a new prologue and scenic details that recall the emotion and impact of Petipa and Ivanov’s original ballet. As timeless as the love that binds Siegfried and Odette it will leave you spellbound until the very end. This is the Swan Lake not to be missed.

You can purchase your tickets to Swan Lake at the Boston Opera House HERE!




I have been given tickets to attend Swan Lake for this post. Image used with permission. All opinions expressed in this post (and my sharing on social media) are my own.

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The Shops at Prudential Center Family Film Festival – Giveaway

We headed out to the The Shops at Prudential Center Family Film Festival this weekend!


The Shops at Prudential Center‘s annual Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival is in full swing!


The festival runs every Saturday from July 5 to August 30 in the Center’s South Garden with entertainment, games and gift card giveaways beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by the featured movie starting at sundown.


The first 20 guests to arrive each night will receive a free picnic blanket compliment of The Shops at Prudential Center. The movies and fun are free to the public, and guests who make a $10 purchase in the Center can take advantage of on-site discounted parking.


My kids an I were invited  to come see a movie by The Shops at Pru Center. They had tons of fun dancing and playing the trivia games before the movie started. We had a picnic dinner from California Pizza Kitchen on our blanket! It was a beautiful night to be out in the city.



Complete details can be found on The Shops at Prudential Center’s website. The schedule for the Family Film Festival is as follows:

July 19: The Smurfs 2
July 26: Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
August 2: Despicable Me 2
August 9: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
August 16: The Lego Movie
August 23: Finding Nemo
August 30: The Little Mermaid

Want to win a similar VIP experience? I have a giveaway for you!!

Win a really handy portable picnic blanket and California Pizza Kitchen $25 gift card to enjoy at the movie.

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Disclosure: This post and it’s associated social media are part of a program run by the Shops at the Prudential Center. My family and I were given a VIP experience to attend this event.

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