Top 3 Tips for Disney on Ice First Timers

*full disclosure: We were hosted by Feld Entertainment. All opinions are my own*

The Pre-Party

We had the opportunity, last Friday, to attend our very first Disney on Ice show – Mickey’s Search Party! Thank you so much to Feld Entertainment for hosting us!

We started our night at Golden 1 Center at a Coco themed pre party! The kids got to make tissue paper marigolds, color their own mandolin, and do color sheets of their favorite Coco characters! Light snacks were provided and we also got to meet the one and only Minnie Mouse!

The pre-party was so much fun! We wrapped up after Minnie meet and greets and we were escorted to our seats in the arena for the big show!

The Main Event : Disney on Ice , Mickey’s Search Party !

Mickey’s Search Party is a fantastical display of ice skating, dancing, and expert acrobatics! AND, It’s chock full of all the Disney Magic you know and expect from Disney!

The classic characters- Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald come together to rescue Tinker Bell from some pesky pirates! The crew takes us along adventures from some of our favorite stories: Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Moana, Frozen, and in its Disney on Ice debut- Coco!

Throughout the night, I found myself making mental notes of things to remember for our next Disney on Ice show, and I brought them all together for this post!

Here are my Top 3 Tips for Disney on Ice First Timers! :

1. Pre-Plan Parking & Arrive Early

This goes for most arena style shows, but getting to the venue early pays off. We had a little trouble with finding a parking garage that accepted event parking, and was close enough to walk quickly to the event center. Getting parking pre planned will alleviate some of that last minute stress.

Also, Hawaiian Airlines had a cute little pre-show before the Disney on Ice start time so everyone is entertained while you wait for the main event!

2. Eat Before the Show

We came early, but not quite prepared! We had some small snacks before we left our house and were planning to eat at the venue but food at arenas is super pricey. We caved and bought some because, of course everyone was hungry…but in hindsight, a big meal before leaving the house would have been the best bet. So be sure to come with full bellies or be ready to pay for the high arena food.

3. Prepare to be Amazed!

Seriously, Mickeys Search Party completely blew me (all of us!) away. Disney on Ice has been a bucket list item for our family, and this was our first show. It did not disappoint!I have heard from many a Disney on Ice veteran that this was the best show yet!

We got to see and hear from so many of our favorite Disney characters! Not only that, but this was this is the debut of the Coco characters to Disney on Ice!

Head to my Instagram to check out my Disney on Ice highlights!

The bright colors, costumes, and theatrics were second to none, and we all loved singing along!

The show features jaw dropping acrobatics, fun interactive sequences, engaging storytelling, and larger than life sets & costumes!

In Conclusion

I honestly cannot recommend Mickey’s Search Party enough! It was 10 out of 10 fantastic and left me anxiously awaiting our next trip to the Golden 1 center and Disney on Ice! Thank you again Feld Entertainment for a wonderful night full of Disney Magic that we surely won’t forget!

If the show is coming to a town near you, and you want to go see it, use code FB20 for a discount on select seats!

Classic & Simple Christmas Porch Makeover

*full discloure: this porch makeover was in partnership with Green Acres & Rod Works. *

We go all out at Christmas time, even outside. Decorations go up as soon as I can possibly get them up – sometimes even as early as Nov 1st. YEP! I’m one of *those* people. I jokingly refer to myself as “part Elf” for this reason.

Tis the Season for Holiday Magic

While many may not share my same early bird enthusiasm for the holiday of all holidays, I think it’s safe to say that a lot DO appreciate the decorations and they joy they bring!

I had so much fun decorating my porch with Green Acres Nursery & Supply this fall (see my fall porch here) that I decided to partner with them again, as well as with Rod Works Unique Home Decor for my Christmas Front Porch makeover!

Front Porch Before

If you didn’t see that post, I shared a before and after. Check out my porch BEFORE adding the holiday cheer!

Pretty basic stuff. A good spot to sit and sip coffee and enjoy the morning air, plants to add some pops of green, but far from festive!

So, the family and I made a trip down to Rocklin to our local Green Acres, and picked out some things to add just the right amount of Christmas to our space!

Christmas at Green Acres

We love these live trees they carry! Perfect size for porches or small living spaces! And since they’re potted, you can plant in your yard when the season is over and have your own live tree all year long! We got one of the small ones!

So many gorgeous fall & winter flowers! The kids loved looking at all the colors.

They also have a ton of cute decor pieces to chose from! These were some of our favorites!

We ended up taking home a beautiful wreath, a small live tree, a metal “Merry Christmas” sign, and a bag of pine cones.

Christmas at Rod Works

Next up, we went down to Rod Works, a destination for unique home decor! I needed a few things to add some Christmas magic to the porch!

One of our two local locations is relocating so the entire store was discounted for their moving sale. I always love browsing around Rod Works so I cant wait to see where the new location will be!

This was a first time visit for the kids and my husband, but they all loved the selection they had and ooh’d and ahh’d at what they’d found!

So many cute things for the holiday season, but they have things for all year round! My style is timeless decor that incorporates natural elements ( marble, wood, metals ) , and they have so much of it! This place is truly a home decor lover’s dream!

I ended up falling head over heels for a metal “silent night” sign, an antiqued brass jingle bell, a faux pine stem with mini pine cones, and a long strand of wooden decor beads, and I knew exactly how I wanted to use them!

Armed with the plants and pieces we got that day, and a few other pieces I’ve picked up along the way, it was time to add a little Christmas magic to the front porch! Check out how it all came together!

Simple Christmas Front Porch

I added a simple velvet bow to the beautiful pinecone wreath from Green Acres

The metal “Merry Christmas” sign we picked up at Green Acres made its way to our wall medallion!

I’m on the market for a galvanized bucket for my live tree, but I propped it up on a stool I had for a little height, added my plants (also, coincidentally from Green Acres!) to one side, and my trusty garden owl on the other.

The Silent Night sign and Jingle Bell from Rod Works make this spot a perfect little magic moment, and I added tall candles on either side to frame it out.

I love my little live tree from Green Acres so much, and the fact that we can replant it! We opted for the small size since we rent and this isn’t our forever home. This way we can add it to a larger bucket as it grows and eventually plant it in the ground when we do have a place to call our own.

Mini Live Christmas Tree

I carefully wrapped it in the decor beads from Rod Works, some gold bead & ornament garland, and battery operated twinkle lights. It adds the perfect sparkle at night and honestly I think it’s the cutest little thing!

I even topped it with its very own mini gold star!

Another fun and simple DIY was inspired by the bag of pine cones from Green Acres. Originally I was going to simply add them to a basket for the corner by the door, but I thought they needed a little more love.

Easy DIY Christmas Decorations

The pine cones got to keep their home in the basket, but instead of adding them to the corner, I turned them into a centerpiece for our outdoor coffee table!

I first put my potted plant in the center of the basket, surrounded the plant with the pine cones, and added a simple bow to the front! I put it in a metal serving tray to offset the color of the basket & table, and I love how it turned out!

If this were indoors, I would replace the plant with a pillar candle in a large hurricane vase filled with coarse salt to replicate snow. The possibilities are endless!

The faux pine swag made its way to my beloved salvaged window, got its very own velvet bow, and I also added a jingle bell strand for good measure and more sparkle.

In Conclusion

We are so happy to have partnered with Green Acres and Rod Works for this classic and simple Christmas front porch makeover!

With just a little bit of effort and a whole lot of love, it’s easy to transform any space into one that brings joy and happiness to all who see it! We hope you feel inspired to add a little holiday magic to your home and life today! Happy Holidays!

2019 Holiday Gift Guide

*disclaimer- this Holiday Gift Guide contains some affilliate links, which may give me a few cents when you shop through them. They cost nothing extra to you and help me to keep sharing content you love!*

As the season of giving is underway, I’ve been scouring the web to find you some of the best gift ideas out there for my Holiday Gift Guide series. I’ve shared with you my Kid’s Gift Guide for this season, and now I’ve got something for the grown ups!

My goal with these Holiday Gift Guides is to share a little inspiration for every budget, with many of the items being things I know and love personally! I also want to make shopping a little less hectic this holiday season. To do that, I’ve added a link for each gift for easy shopping. Enjoy!

For the Foodie

Harry & David Christmas Gift Basket with Wine

St. Dalfour Classic Flavors Gift Set

Mason Jar Makerplace Hudson & Lee Mason Jar Coctail Shaker Gift set

Green Chef Meal Delivery with clean ingredients

Pyrex Simply Store 22pc glass food storage set

For the Homebody

Scott Living Chenille Rib Decorative Throw

Scott Living Flameless LED Wax Pillars set

Dearfoams Sweater Knit Clog Slippers

Certified International Artisan 4 pc Mug Set

Sensorpedic Scent Infused Memory Foam Pillow

For the Tech Lover

Google Home Mini smart speaker

Aluratex 8in Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor and 4GB Memory

Solo Pilot 15.6in Slim Laptop Briefcase

gofanco EdgeS 5 Port Charging Station

Chargeworx Power Bank Portable Charger

For the Jet Setter

U.S. Traveler Sparta Hardside Spinner Luggage

Travelon Multi-Purpose Travel Packimg Cube

iLive Bluetooth Wireless Active Noise Canceling Headphones

Violet Ray Floral Whipstitch Passport Holder and Liggage Tag Set

SensorPEDIC Conforming Memory Foam U-Neck Travel Pillow

Hopefully this Holiday Gift Guide makes your shopping a little easier!

Be sure to check out my Kid’s Gift Guide for gift ideas that encourage learning and creativity!

Gift Guide : Kids Gifts that Encourage Learning & Creativity !

*disclaimer- this post of Kids Gift Ideas contains some affilliate links, which may give me a few cents when you shop through them. They cost nothing extra to you and help me to keep sharing content you love!*

Happy Black Friday friends! Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s officially my favorite time if they year, Christmas time!

I’ve put together a gift guide full of Kids Gift ideas for kids of all ages! I hope this helps inspire you this holiday season, and I’ve provide easy to shop links for each one! Enjoy!

Babies & Toddlers

STEM Blocks Wooden Block Set

From Classic toys, this adorable Wooden Forest Baby Walker

This Leap Frog Puppy Pal Scout was also a hit when mine we’re younger! It’s a fun and interactive educational toy and oh-so cute!

Encourage baby’s curiosity and fine motor development with this Multi-Activity Cube wooden toy from Classic Toy!

Little Kids

Melissa & Doug Scoop + Top Wooden Ice Cream Play Set

We’ve got a couple of these Crayola Jumbo Art Creativity Kit tubs. I love that they are a starting point for their creativity to run wild! I also love that we can reuse the heavy duty containers indefinitely for storage!

Pair this Melissa & Doug Wooden Tabletop Paper Roll Dispenser with some crayons for hours of fun!

Magformers 30 pc Magformers Magnet Tiles set

Schylling 70 pc. Make It Wood Building Set

Big Kids

My son got this Learning Resources STEM Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set last year for Christmas and he absolutely loves it!

Hey! Play! Mirror Refracting Telescope

T.S. Shure Oragami & Other Fun Fold Ups Book

ALEX 124 pc. Travelers Sketch & Draw Easel Case

Mom Life Hack: Machine Washable Rugs featuring Ruggable

*full disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ruggable. All opinions are my own.

Be sure to read to the end for 15% off discount code from Ruggable !

Being a mom of 3 young kids, and 4 fur babies, you can bet this house sees it’s fair share of dust & dirt. I’m sure I must vaccuum at least twice a week, but even so, the area rug in our front room never seemed clean.

Between the dirt the kids drag in, the dust & hair from our pets, and the ware and tear of daily life, it was looking grimy within a couple of weeks of purchasing.

Not only that, but no matter how hard I tried to flatten them, the edges kept curling up and it just looked bad. I knew we needed to try something different.

Curled sides on our old rug.

The kids have a Ruggable rug in their room and we love it so much! Ruggable rugs are machine washable, water resistant, and so easy to clean. After a year with our traditional rug in the living room, and knowing that something needed to change, we decided to make the switch to a Ruggable rug!

Cambria Sapphire rug by Ruggable

We chose the Cambria Sapphire 8×10 rug for our living room. The size is perfect to separate our living area from the rest of the space in the room, and tucks nicely under our sectional couch.

With the help of my husband, we had the old rug rolled up and the new one in place in about 20 minutes.

Watch this video to see how easy Ruggable rugs are to install!

Ruggable rugs are a two part system. They include the nonslip rug pad, which makes them perfect for smooth surfaces like tile or wood flooring, and the rug design cover itself.

The rug covers are low pile, stain resistant, waterproof, and can be thrown right into your washer and dryer for easy cleaning. Yep- even the 8×10 size! I’m telling you it’s a dream come true! You can learn more about the Ruggable care instructions here.

I am so pleased with how easy yet impactful this simple change was for our living room, and just in time for all of the holiday entertaining we will be doing! Now is the perfect time to make the switch or add a brand new Ruggable rug to your home- whether it’s a 3×5, a runner, or an area rug like ours.

Update: It’s been over a year since we got our ruggable and I still love it! I do have one corner that curls in a high traffic area but have found that using a garment steamer I can flatten it back down with ease!

Ruggable has been so generous to give my readers a 15% off discount with the code FUNKIMI15! Find all of their designs and shop Ruggable rugs here .

New Boutique Salon in Auburn, CA

*full disclosure: this post is in partnership with Signature Salon by Bryan Hoshall*

Auburn CA Locals, listen up! If you’re looking for a new salon with knowledgeable, friendly staff, beautiful atmosphere, and convenient location- look no further than the brand new Signature Salon by Bryan Hoshall !

Signature Salon by Bryan Hoshall located at 1310 Grass Valley Hwy Auburn, CA 95603

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Signature Salon by Bryan Hoshall, a boutique salon here in Auburn, California. While the salon is new to town, Bryan Hoshall has been in the industry for the last 25 years, and learned the craft under the direction of his father- Bill Hoshall- also an industry legend. What a special place to have opened up in Auburn!

I was invited to come check out the salon by Ciara Hoshall, who is a talented hair stylist (check out her work here), the manager of Signature Salon and also Bryan’s daughter.

Since one of the topics I LOVE talking about with you guys is local places / businesses, I was so excited for the opportunity to check out Signature Salon, and so I made an appointment with Ciara!

When I arrived for my appointment, I was greeted by Ciara and another stylist- who were both working on their previous clients. Both were warm, friendly, and attentive as they finished up with them.

A quick breakdown of my hair story so far: I have naturally blonde hair, but for most of my adult life, have been dying my hair darkest brown with box dye. Starting about a year and a half ago, I’ve been working with my wonderful stylist friend to gradually lighten my hair back up to blonde. My appointment with Ciara was my first with her, but 3rd in my lightening process, and so our goal was to continue to gradually lift me up a few tones at a time so as not to damage my hair.

My hair so far. Before: 2018, boxed darkest brown. 1st session: step one of lightening. 2nd session: Spring 2019 step 2 of lightening, and before my appointment at Signature Salon.

After discussing the best way to move forward, Ciara got to work on my hair. We had a good conversation and she kept me informed of everything she was doing, and what products she chose and why. I felt very comfortable, and she even offered coffee & pastries while I was there.

After a couple of hours of processing, washing, and cutting, my hair was complete! I love the way it turned out and the way Ciara styled it afterward was exactly how I like it! She finished everything off with Kenra products and had me take one last look to make sure I was happy with it…I loved it!

Overall, my experience at Signature Salon by Bryan Hoshall was exactly what I was hoping for and even exceeded my expectations! I definitely reccomend it and can’t wait to visit again! To learn more about the salon and make an appointment , check out their website and find them on Instagram.

A big thank you to Ciara for the opportunity to work with you and share the news about the wonderful Signature Salon!

Feel Good Foods for Gluten Free Weeknight Meals feat. Congra Foods

* Full Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Conagra Brands. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *

In the six years since my celiac diagnosis, and seven years being strictly gluten free, the gluten free food market has grown leaps and bounds! Even so, I often receive questions and comments about finding new gluten free foods at the grocery store that *actually taste good.*

While I agree that it is pretty overwhelming, even daunting, at first… there are a few key things you can do to maintain your gluten free lifestyle without feeling overwhelmed and defeated.

My struggle as a mom of 3 is always weekdays- non existent are the days of eating the crusts off of my kids PBJ’s (they’re not gluten free!), and I’m always running 10 places at once so anything I can grab-and-go makes my life so much easier. I’ve learned a few things along the way so here are some pretty easy-to-do tips on how to make sure you’re all stocked up for your gluten free week!

Tip 1: Pile Up the Produce

This may seem like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people ask me if certain veggies are gluten free- potatoes and carrots surprisingly get the most questions.

Cruise the produce section of your store with your reusable cloth produce bags, and fill those babies up with all the fresh fruits and veggies you like! It’s all gluten free, and they make perfect on the go snacks.

Some may need a tiny bit of prep…No problem, just wash and chop when you get home and store in a glass jar in the fridge, so when you’re hungry, it’s as easy as opening the fridge and taking your pick!

Tip 2: Pasta Perfection

I was devastated when I got my diagnosis. An Italian girl, who can no longer enjoy her pizza and pasta and pastries? What a shame! And you won’t believe how bad the gluten free “pasta” at the time tasted. It was strictly brown rice pasta and it was a terrible, gummy mess!

We’ve come so far over the years and there are now soooo many wonderful varieties out there- from boxed to fresh, spaghetti to rotini. My whole family loves pasta, and it’s perfect for busy nights, so we just buy the gluten free pasta for everyone! The texture is just like the real deal. Make sure to keep a couple of boxes in the pantry for easy gluten free weeknight dinners.

Tip 3: The Freezer is Your Friend

Okay, say it with me, “The Freezer is my friend.” If you’re thinking ‘who is this crazy woman trying to get me to say I love the freezer?’ just hear me out…

The freezer aisles at your local grocery store is where you will find the majority of your tasty gluten free options, and now a days they are so good. I always check the gluten free section, but be sure to scope out the rest of the freezer aisles for gluten free sprinkled throughout. Many stores will often have an extra hang-tag on their gluten free products.

I like to stock my freezer with a few different things, the Healthy Choice Grain Free Power Bowls – made with cauliflower rice and all kinds of goodies from evol are some recent favorites. Here are a couple I’ve got on hand right now for busy weeknight meals!

First up is the Fire Grilled Steak bowl from evol. I LOVE the way this bowl tastes! They are made with nothing artificial, the seasoning is spot on, and it is great as is. You could also pop it into a gluten free tortilla to make a burrito or over greens for a hearty salad!

Check out this description of the bowls from their website:

Fire grilled steak raised without antibiotics is combined with black beans, white rice, red and green bell peppers, roasted corn and cheddar cheese mixed with an insanely tasty cilantro lime pesto sauce in this flavor-packed favorite. Did we mention it’s also gluten free? With 18g of protein and 7g of fiber in each bowl, this dish is more than just delicious, it’s just what you need!

Healthy Choice Power Bowls : Grain Free

These grain free (gluten free, whoop whoop!) bowls are right up my alley. They’re served over riced cauliflower and their single serving bowls are made from plant based fiber! That little touch goes a long way with me. Besides that, the Grain Free Healthy Choice Power Bowls taste sooo good, the veggies are nicely cooked, and they are really a great meal.

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Check out the description of this bowl from the Healthy Choice website:

Chicken and broccoli don’t have to be boring! This grain-free dish tosses those healthy-eating staples with riced cauliflower, mixed veggies, a zesty marinara sauce, and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese for a dish that proves anything is possible with the right ingredients–and the right attitude.

And there you have it! A few easy tips for keeping up your gluten-free lifestyle all week long with some feel good foods from Congra brands! I hope this was helpful and that you can shop confidently in your grocery & freezer aisles from now on! Be sure to check your packages for the words “Gluten Free”.

To purchase the products from Congra Foods mentioned above, shop here .

Summer Adventure Essentials featuring Babble Boxx

Full disclosure: This post is sponsored by Babble Boxx

Summertime and adventures go hand in hand. Like peanut butter and jelly. Peas and carrots. Thelma and Louise. You get my point.

You can’t have one without the other, and Babble Boxx sent me their Summer Adventure box to share some exciting products with you! With all of our mini vacations & day trips, I know these will all be put to great use!

What is a Babble Boxx?

Babble Boxx connects top brands with likeminded influencers, and sends the influencers specially curated themed boxes ( a Babble Boxx ) to share with all of our friends!

What’s in the box?

This Babble Boxx is perfect for my husband! I couldn’t wait to open it up and show him what was inside! I’m hoping you will be just as excited as we are to learn about these great products! Included in the Summer Adventures essentials box are:

    2 Hanes Ultimate Xtemp / FreshIQ tees
    UltraSwim Chlorine Removal Shampoo
    Medipro First Aid Pods from me4kidz
    MAGLITE Solitaire LED & Mini MAGLITE Pro LED

Hanes Ultimate Xtemp Tees

Let me start off by saying that these Hanes Ultimate Xtemp / FreshIQ tees are insanely soft! When Caleb put on the purple shirt, he was excited about how comfortable it was! I love that they provide that Hanes Classic Comfort we all know and love!

Apart from being soft and comfortable, the Hanes Ultimate Xtemp is made for durability! They are an essential for your busy Summer days, whether it be out running errands, or hiking on your favorite trail, because the Xtemp temperature technology and odor control technology keep you feeling fresh and cool all day long.

Shop Hanes Xtemp / FreshIQ tees here.

UltraSwim Chlorine Removal Shampoo

Next up in the box is the UltraSwim Chlorine Removal Shampoo . Raise your hand if you spend many a summer day poolside 🙋🏼‍♀️! It’s another one of those quintessential summer adventures!

While a day in the pool with friends is so good for the soul, it does a number on our hair! Especially being blondies, we’re very familiar with that Chlorine green. Enter UltraSwim Chlorine Removal Shampoo.

This specially formulated swimmers shampoo works hard to remove chlorine and chemical build up to heal and repair chlorine-damaged hair, and prevents that “swimmer’s green” hair we all dread. The moisturizing UltraSwim Chlorine Removal Shampoo is gentle enough to use after every swim, to give you back the soft and shiny hair you love!

Learn more about Ultra Swim Chlorine Removal Shampoo and where to find it here.

Medipro First Aid Pods from me4kidz

I’m just gonna go ahead and say it: The Medipro First Aid Pods from me4kidz are my favorite product in this box. Why? Well, because as a mom of 3 young kids, there isn’t a day that goes by without some kind of *booboo*. Scrapes, splinters, sunburns, mosquito bites, you name it- someone is always in need of a bandage and magic mommy kisses to fix it and make it all better. And this kit is chock full of all the fixing things!

me4kidz pediatrician approved, latex-free award winning products are always BPA free, earth friendly (which you know is SO important to me), and non toxic, and offer the widest range of kid friendly healthcare solutions out there! These stacking pods, while compact and convenient, contain ONE HUNDRED items for all of your basic first aid needs. I have this one in my bathroom but I’m going to get myself a second one ASAP to keep in my car!

Learn more about Medipro First Aid Pods from me4kidz and see where to purchase them here.

Medipro First Aid Pods from me4kidz Discount Offer:

Use code babble2019 for 25% off from now until 12/31/19

MAGLITE Solitaire LED & Mini MAGLITE Pro LED

Before opening up these MAGLITE flashlights, I thought “Oh cool! I needed this!” But after turning them on…both mine and Caleb’s minds were BLOWN! And I don’t say that lightly. We turned them on at night when the house was dark, and couldn’t believe how bright they were!

A standard flashlight will cast a narrow, isolated, dimly lit beam, but these compact flashlights provide a bright, wide LED beam and light up everything else in the direction it’s pointed – think tunnel vision vs. peripheral vision.

And, because we’re weirdos, we wanted to see how bright they were against our hands. Guys, we could see our VEINS! 😱 These are so powerful! If you are going on a camping trip, hanging out in the yard under the summer night sky, or taking a late night stroll, these will be your best friend!

The MAGLITE Solitaire is small but mighty and perfect to carry on your keychain. This little light casts its beam 50 yards (or half of a football field) while being compact and only needing 1 AA alkaline battery!

The Mini MAGLITE Pro LED flashlight is still compact and easily fits in your pocket, purse, or glove box, and it’s beam reaches almost as far as two whole football fields!! It provides spot to flood focusing, and utilizes 2 AA alkaline batteries.

Learn more about the MAGLITE Solitaire and Mini MAGLITE Pro flashlight here.

MAGLITE Discount Offer:

Use code MAGBB15 (15% off online orders – Some restrictions apply. Outlet, seasonal shop and discounted items excluded. Cannot be combined with another offer or discounted item. U. S. Shipping addresses only. Offer valid from: July 8 to August 15 2019.

Broadway on a Budget featuring Broadway Sacramento & The Drowsy Chaperone!

Full Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Broadway Sacramento. All opinions are my own.

Born to Perform

I’ve been a lover of the theatre & musicals as far as I can remember. My earliest loves were Annie & Bugsy Malone. I’d rent them on repeat at the Video Craft down the street (think Blockbuster, but local) when my mom would take me as a little girl.

As I got older, Grease, Singing In The Rain, and White Christmas were added to my personal favorites. My teen heartthrob was Gene Kelley and I’d fight anyone who questioned his charm! (Not physically of course, but a heated debate would often ensue!)

In middle & highschool I took as many performing arts classes as I could- children’s theatre, drama, dance, choir. I couldn’t get enough! As an adult my husband and I love going to shows together- Lion King & CHICAGO were sensational.

Needless to say, that passion runs deep. So when Julie Gallaher reached out to me and asked if I’d like to attend a blogger party at Broadway Sacramento for the dress rehearsal of the Tony Award winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone, I jumped at the chance!

The Party

I brought my sister as my plus 1 to the event and we were greeted by Julie, who I had been corresponding with via email for a couple of weeks. It was so great to meet her! What a wonderful, warm, and positive energy she brings!

We received our tickets and entered the pavillion for a brief informative chat with Julie, Sara Hanson- marketing director of Broadway Sacramento, and Chris Arena- social media / digital coordinator of Broadway Sacramento.

They shared with us the history of the Music Circus – which actually started as a TENT theatre in 1951, and also some great money saving tips that I can’t wait to share with you!

After the chat there was a raffle drawing, and then we were encouraged to mingle. Snacks and wine were also provided. I was happy to see some of my friends and meet some that I’ve been friends with for a while on Instagram but hadn’t yet met in person!

Broadway on a Budget

A night at the theatre may sound expensive and intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. As promised, here are some great money saving tips that were shared by Sara of Broadway Sacramento! With these, you can enjoy a magical date night in the heart of Sacramento without overspending!

•Pre Book your parking through Sac Park ! You can find, book, and pre pay for your parking and avoid searching for meters, spaces or overpriced lots!

• Enjoy 10% off at surrounding restaurants for ticket holders. See the list of participating restaurants here .

•$35 under 35- Additionally, if you fall between the ages of 18-35, you qualify for low priced tickets to the show! Check it out and see how it all works here !

The Drowsy Chaperone

I admit, I hadn’t heard of this show before, but my sister was extatic when I asked her to come with me! After seeing the show, now I know why! It was insanely funny and the cast was incredible! I highly recommend seeing this show if you get the chance!

The Synopsis

(Credit for photos below: Broadway Sacramento )

The Broadway obsessed Man in Chair shares his love of The Drowsy Chaperone, and it’s ability to cure him from his moments of sadness. As he putters around his old apartment sharing the history of the fictional play, the musical suddenly comes to life as the actors appear in his home.

A hilarious story unfolds around world class showgirl Janet Van de Graaff and oil tycoon Robert Martin on the day of their wedding.

Comedian Bruce Vilanch (who I LOVED watching on Hollywood Squares) is hilarious in his role as Man in Chair, Lynne Wintersteller as the Drowsy Chaperone is insanely funny, and Kayleigh Cronin wows the audience with her performance and vocal talent as Janet Van De Graff! Other notable performances can be seen by Matt Loehr as Robert Martin and Bradley Dean as Adolpho ( I think he was a crowd favorite! SO funny!). EVERY actor in this show is incredibly talented and funny, and the theatre in the round experience is something so special, with the actors coming in and out through the aisles.

Get your Tickets!

Broadway Sacramento only runs their shows for six days, so if you are local, I can’t encourage you enough to go see this show before it’s over this weekend! Purchase your tickets for The Drowsy Chaperone here.

Honest Review & Benefits of HydraFacial

  • full disclosure: this post is in partnership with Vibrance Medical Spa .All thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more about my disclosures here.

For as long as I can remember, achieveing and keeping clear skin has been a struggle for me, seemingly out of reach alltogether- like some magical unicorn I would never be able to find.

I can remember daydreaming about what it would be like to have a plump, radiant, and clear complection as early as my pre teens. My stepmom knew I struggled and she so thoughtfully would take me in for regular facials at that time. I always felt so pampered, and it gave me hope that maybe clear skin wasn’t so out of reach afterall. I still didn’t have crystal clear skin, but I knew it was possible with some consistency.

Fast forward a couple of decades, a marriage, a couple career changes, interstate moves, and add a few young kids, and as you can imagine, my skin hasn’t been my top priority. Because of that, and since the birth of my twins over 4 years ago, my skin has suffered more than ever, and this year I’ve been making changes and making time to choose skincare as self-care. It’s been a challenge, but it is so necessary.

Vibrance Medical Spa in Auburn, California

A couple of months ago, I was given the opportunity to visit a local Medical Spa here in Auburn, California : Vibrance Medical Spa . Not only does Vibrance offer skincare services, but they also provide massages (stone, deep tissue, lymphatic etc.), non surgical procedures, laser hair removal, cool sculpting and more.

For my visit, I was treated to a HydraFacial, with esthetician Chantal. I wasn’t asked to provide any of my services or a review in exchange, but I enjoyed and benefited from the process so much that I couldn’t help but share my experience with you!

The Spa

When I first arrived at Vibrance Medical Spa , I was greeted by the friendly front of house staff. I checked in, and was asked to take a seat in their beautiful lobby, and Chantal would come grab me when it was time.

The HydraFacial

Once greeted by Chantel, she walked me down a short hall and into our private room. The room was dimly lit, with soothing music playing, and decorated in calming, neutral decor. I instantly felt welcome in this space and Chantel helped set my social anxiety at ease with her friendly demeanor. She showed me around the room, handed me a towel-like robe to put on, and instructed me to get comfortable on the treatment table/bed while she stepped out.

When she came back in the room, Chantel explained the four steps of the HydraFacial, showed me the machine and how it works, and asked if I had any questions (she was very knowledgeable and thorough so I didn’t have any questions left unanswered.)

After the introduction, she gave me some information on what products would be best for my specific skin type (oily) and my facial began.

Step One

As the facial started, Chantel started cleansing my skin with the HydraFacial machine. This first step uses Vortex technology, so the spinning action of the tip of the tool exfoliated the top layer of skin. This helped to open the pores up and slough off dead skin cells, which Chantel explained helps to make the product used in the treatment more effective by giving it a better opportunity to absorb into the clean skin. I loved the feeling of this tool, it felt like my congested skin was getting the deep cleaning it needed!

Step Two

After Chantel effectively cleansed my skin, she then moved on to step two, which used the same tip to add salicylic acid and glycolic acid to the skin. She explained that these, in combination, help to get rid of any excess dirt and debris left in my now open pores, and that they are effective in helping to treat the pores to treat and prevent acne. My skin is very acne prone so I really appreciated this step!

Step Three

The third part of this four part HydraFacial is extraction. I don’t know about you, but this part fascinates me. I’m one of those weirdos that likes pimple popping videos, so I wish I could’ve watched this in action! This step used a vacuum like suction to pull blackheads and other impurities from the skin. Like I said before, my skin is very congested, so this was one of the main reasons I was so excited about getting my HydraFacial! And, in case you’re wondering, this step was painless. It almost felt like a little fish sucking on the skin. Weird analogy, but hey- that’s what it felt like!

Step Four, the Final Step

For the grand finale of the HydraFacial experience, the piece de resistance, Chantel applied a combination of enzymes to my skin to provide hydration and detox the skin. Antioxidant, peptide, and hyaluronic acid formulas helped to make my skin plump and radiant! She also used the tool on my lips, and I could feel the hydration being restored instantly!

We closed my facial with some Red Light therapy, which helps the skin to produce collagen and minimize the look of fine lines and redness.

Final Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed my entire experience at Vibrance Medical Spa. The staff was welcoming & professional, and the spa is just gorgeous, and they also have a makeup counter I can’t wait to check out more!

I saw instant results from my HydraFacial. Chantel told me to be sure to stay out of the direct sun as much as possible for the few days following, as the microdermabrasion in step one would make my skin more sensitive to sunburn. I did as directed and my skin was fine. I saw continued improvements in my skin up to a week following my treatment, and am still seeing clear skin over a month later!

Before (top) & After, day of HydraFacial

I would definitely consider this deep cleaning treatment every other month to a couple times per year if you are prone to congested skin and acne like I am!

To learn more about Vibrance Medical Spa and their services, including HydraFacial , click here.