Friday, November 27, 2015

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical! is Coming to Jacksonville



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Join us on Opening Night of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL, Broadway’s #1 hit musical, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at the Times-Union Center for Chase Family Night on BroadwayThe FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase, is partnering with Jax4Kids, PRI Productions, Savor…Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Public Library, MOSH, My Gym, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and Sweet Pete’s to create special pre-show activities from 6:30-7:30 p.m. All Family Night activities, including children’s games, face painting, photo ops, coloring stations, crafts and more, are free with paid show admission tickets. Kid-friendly foods will be available for purchase from Savor…Jacksonville, the Times-Union Center’s official caterer. 

Save on Family Night tickets purchased through the FSCJ Artist Series. Buy two tickets at half price with promo code CHILD at Restrictions apply.*


The Grinch broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James and Hilton theaters in New York. Since then, more than 1.2 million theater-goers across America have been delighted by this heartwarming holiday musical, which the Gannett papers hailed as “A genius of a show! A total delight for both kids and adults.”

Audiences will find their hearts growing a few sizes along with the Grinch’s when they experience the magic of the beloved tale on stage, which features the hit songs "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas” (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss), from the original animated television special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from the loveable Whos.

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features magnificent sets designed by John Lee Beatty and costumes designed by Robert Morgan, inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original book, while the Music and Book of Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason breathe new life into this timeless story.

The 2015 production is directed by Matt August and choreographed by Bob Richard, based on the original choreography by John DeLuca and originally created by three-time Tony Award® winning director, Jack O’Brien.

The U.S. National Tour of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL will be performed at Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater for nine performances only, matinees and evenings.
Tuesday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. – Chase Family Night on Broadway!
Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 3 at 11 a.m.
Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 5 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 5 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 6 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 6 at 4 p.m.


Tickets for HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSCIAL in Jacksonville start at $38.50 and can be purchased at 442-2929, and the FSCJ Artist Series Box Office between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at (904) 442-2947

*Family night ticket offer is 50 percent off per ticket plus facility fee and service charge; facility fee and service charge not discounted. Valid for December 1 performance only. Subject to availability. Restrictions apply, not valid on previously purchased tickets, and cannot be combined with any other offer.  Promo code CHILD expires at 3 p.m. on December 1 or may be withdrawn at any time.
All photos courtesy of The Artist Series.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Disney's The Finest Hours Hits Theaters Soon {Watch the Trailer Here}


Disney has released a TON of great movies so far in 2015. There's been Cinderella, Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, McFarland USA, Inside Out, and many more. One would think they would be finished for a while. Nope. I'm convinced, the creators at Disney simply never rest.

Based on a true story, the most daring rescue mission in U.S. Coast Guard history, Disney's newest film, The Finest Hours is sure to be a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Starring Chris Pine, Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz and Eric Bana, The Finest Hours storms into theaters on January 29, 2016.

Check out the trailer below.

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THE FINEST HOURS opens in theatres everywhere on January 29th, 2016!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Disney/Pixar's The Good Dinosaur NEW Free Printable Activity Sheets

What if a giant astroid hit Earth and all of the dinosaurs became extinct? Wait, but, what if it didn't? There's a NEW Disney/Pixar film coming soon that my kids have been talking about for months, The Good Dinosaur. On November 25, find out what happened if a giant astroid missed Earth completely and dinosaurs still roamed among us. You'll meet Nash, Butch, Ramsey, and more importantly, Arlo {voiced by Raymond Ochoa} and Spot {voiced by Jack Bright}.

Looking for a little something to keep the kids busy while they're out of school for Thanksgiving break? These The Good Dinosaur activity sheets below will be plenty of fun and entertaining, too. Click on each sheet individually, click on them once more within Flickr to make them full-size, save them to your computer, and print!










Watch The Good Dinosaur trailer below and get just as excited as your kids to see this new movie!!

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR opens in theatres everywhere on November 25th!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

She Just Kept Swimming {Watch Disney/Pixar's Finding Dory Trailer HERE}


When Finding Nemo hit theaters in 2003 it quickly became one of my favorite Disney movies. I had a one year old son, so I had a good excuse to sit down and watch it over and over. Dory swam her way into my heart with her quirky and forgetful personality. I mean, I could relate. LOL My son had Finding Nemo bedding, we had toys and stuffed animals galore, and we owned the VHS. Yep, VHS. 

Now, thirteen years later, Finding Dory is hitting the big screen with her own ocean-sized featured film. On June 17, 2016, Dory is swimming back into all our hearts. 

Ellen DeGeneres returns as the voice of our favorite blue tang, Dory. Of course, we'll be meeting new ocean friends along the way in Finding Dory. Ed O'Neill is voice to Hank, an octopus. Ty Burrell plays Bailey, a beluga whale. And, Kaitlin Olson voices Destiny, a whale shark. The movie wouldn't be complete without Nemo and his dad, Marlin, swimming back onto the scene and helping Dory find out more information about her family.

Are you excited, er, are your kids excited about Finding Dory? I know where I'll be June 17th, 2016!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

McKinley is a River City Rockets Cheerleader!


I don't think I've shared with you all that McKinley is an All-Star Cheerleader now. For months she was flipping around the living room and running back and forth perfecting her cartwheels and roundoffs. My husband and I agreed that she needed somewhere to do this on a larger, more organized level, so we signed her up for the local cheerleading/tumbling gym, River City Allstars. In the three months that she's been a part of this team, we've seen such a talent blossom and her personality skyrocket! In short, we couldn't be more proud of her!

Last weekend was an event that the gym calls "Blast Off!" It's a day of public performance, an introduction to competition, without the pressure, if you will. The girls could invite friends and family to come and cheer for their team. To say it was a success would be an understatement. There were HUNDREDS of people there cheering for ALL of the girls, not just their own. There were moments that literally took my breath away. Memories of my own cheerleading days came flooding back to mind. The cheers. The "GO RANGERS!" The screaming and clapping...words can't describe the excitement in the building!!

Look at how grown up she is!! Six going on sixteen!

Her first competition is December 6th. She's so excited!! She tells me almost daily that competition is only XX days away. Truth be told, I'm just as excited as she is!!!


McKinley is selling raffle tickets now through December 7 for $1 each. Most of the prizes are for Jacksonville locations, but there are some cash prizes available to win. All of the proceeds from this fundraiser goes toward her cheerleading and competition expenses. McKinley and I would appreciate ANY purchase you make. Email me at to purchase your raffle tickets TODAY! Thank you in advance for your support!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach , FL {a Room Tour}


Are you headed to Daytona Beach, Florida in the near future? Looking for a place to stay that is both beautiful and comfortable? Have I got the place for you...I present to you The Shores Resort and Spa.

As soon as I found out that my stay in Daytona Beach would be at The Shores Resort and Spa I turned to the internet to show me photos. It didn't disappoint. The Shores is the ONLY resort in Daytona Beach that has a AAA Diamond rating, and it isn't hard to see why.

{photo credit: The Shores Resort and Spa}

The Shores Resort and Spa is home to Azure, the only fine-dining oceanfront restaurant in Daytona Beach Shores. My first night at The Shores I experienced Azure's delicious menu. I started with an Azure-tini, a beautiful cocktail in the most beautiful shade of blue. Next, my table shared a multitude of appetizers. We had Crispy Calamari, Warm Goat Cheese Dip, Lump Crab Cocktail, and more. Each dish was so beautifully plated, and were absolutely delicious.


Upon check-in, Florida residents that book the Florida Resident Package are given tickets for S'Mores kits. That's right, there are fire pits out back that are lit when the sun goes down. Sit back, listen to the waves crash and enjoy an ooey-gooey graham cracker, {burnt} marshmallow, and chocolate concoction for your taste buds. Don't worry, if you aren't a Florida resident, you can purchase S'Mores kits that feed 4-5 people at the front desk for $10.

{photo credit: The Shores Resort and Spa}

Now, let's take a look inside the room. My room was spacious, with a king sized canopy bed and seating area perfect for watching the waves crash outside. 

Daytona Beach, FL ::: The Shores Resort and Spa

Daytona Beach, FL ::: The Shores Resort and Spa

Daytona Beach, FL ::: The Shores Resort and Spa

Daytona Beach, FL ::: The Shores Resort and Spa
{This cute little love seat opens up to create additional sleeping space.}

The bathroom was large enough to wriggle out of a wet swimsuit and get showered after a big day at the beach.


Daytona Beach, FL ::: The Shores Resort and Spa

Would you like to see more of the inside of the room at The Shores Resort and Spa? Watch my video below. 

Have you been to The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach, FL? I'd love to hear all about your stay! What was your favorite attraction outside of the resort? Tell me about it in the comments below.

I received complimentary accommodations in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015


If you're a fan of all-things Star Wars, chances are you've already seen this trailer. More so, you've probably watched it time and time again to see what you missed the first time you watched it. If you're a super fan, you've even pre-purchased your tickets for the nationwide midnight premiere on December 17th, or the 18th, however you'd like to look at it. I have a friend who loves Star Wars so much that she has tickets to go see it on the 17th, 18th, and 19th! And, I'm guessing she'll see it even more in theaters than those three times.

I want to share with you a few new posters that were released today, also. I love that you can look at each of these posters and know they are from the same movie without looking at the movie title. There's something to say about the sameness of them all. The Harrison Ford one is my favorite.

Star Wars Collage


So, just in case you haven't seen the trailer yet, watch the video below. Even this girl, who isn't a super fan, is looking forward to this movie! 

So, tell me, are you a super Star Wars fan?? What is YOUR favorite movie? Tell me in the comments!