Saturday, December 14, 2019

@LythgoePanto - A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS #asnowwhitechristmas

Do you have any Christmas time traditions?  
The kids and I, over the past three years, have one that we absolutely look forward to every single year.

We were not paid to feature this post.  I was compensated by tickets to attend this event for free in return for a written post about our experience and opinion on the show.
Every year, we get dressed up (I love that we have a reason to get gussied up)...
We load up in the car (whoever is going with us) and we fight rush hour traffic into Pasadena (it was so bad) to attend the yearly OPENING NIGHT for the Lythgoe Family Pantos performance.  
Because of the traffic, we did things a little backwards this year...because we barely made it in time for the show.  
So we got our tickets...
Found our seats (this year we were super stoked to be in the balcony)...
And had to put our phones away until after the show (even though I heard them say no "flash photography or video taping the performance).  Every year, I try my best to explain what a Panto performance is...and why you should take your family to experience it.  And I feel like, every year I fall short of being able to explain JUST HOW MUCH FUN these theater performances are for kids & adults alike.  JUST TRUST ME...take your kids and you'll never want to miss another year!  It will become your Christmas time tradition too.
This year, the cast included:
This year, we were able to bring along my daughter's friend...and my oldest son passed on coming with us (insert sad face here).  
This was her first time attending a Panto Style show and she loved it!   
She was surprised how much "currently popular" music was in the show and she loved all the silly jokes.
Since we hit so much traffic on the way there...we had a very late dinner after.  The location of this event is always perfect because it's a part of a shopping mall, so there are restaurants and such within walking distance.  
We opted for Rubios...when we found out that PF Changs has changed their menu (boo and insert sad face here) and ALL of our favorites are gone.
We had such an INCREDIBLE night.  
The music, the giggles (so many cute jokes throughout the performance) and the making of memories that will last a lifetime.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Panto Style Theatre & get your tickets...because this show is for a limited time only!

I was not paid to feature this post!  We were given media tickets to attend this performance in return for our review/feature.  No monetary compensation was offered or accepted.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Teen Skin Problems - NO MATCH FOR @yourpersonalizedskincare

Teenage skin can be a bit of a problem.  
Especially if acne runs in the family.  
So far, only one of my genetic kids has had to struggle with some acne prone skin (nothing awful or painful thankfully) and enlarged pores...and she's a girl.  

All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about these products.

SO...we had to find a solution...because being a teenage girl is HARD ENOUGH as it is.  Because my daughter needs to feel confident in the skin she's in...100%!

I already had an incredible experience using the Y'OUR Skin product line (specifically for my skin needs)!  YOU CAN CLICK HERE to see all about it!
Because we already knew the Y'OUR SKINCARE products were great for my skin (fighting wrinkles and such), we were curious if they could help us in our efforts to clear up my daughter's acne prone skin too.  
WE WERE SO EXCITED when this personalized skincare kit (3 month supply) arrived for her to try out.
Of course, she had to check everything out...and she told me she was most excited about "THE SERUM".  
This personalized skincare kit has everything necessary for day and nighttime care of her "somewhat" acne prone skin based off her quiz.
She immediately started using the products...morning and night.  
The hard part is going back and forth between houses (consistency with skincare is key, especially with skincare).  Because she's from a divorced's hard to keep some things consistent...but I try really hard to make it that way for them.  Once we were able to keep her using the products routinely, there was a noticeable difference in her pore size for sure.  She still had some occasional issues pop up, but for the most part...her skin cleared up dramtically.  It is a little dry...but it's also winter and it just requires a little more moisturizer than normal in the cold months.
We are so pleased by the progress of this personalized skincare line for her skin (it's been about a month of her using it)...we want to tell other parents struggling to help your teenager out...that this Y'OUR skincare might work for them too.  Her skin is brighter and less broke out.  She is feeling more confident now that we've got her skincare routine LOCKED IN!

CLICK HERE to learn more about Y'OUR SKINCARE and take their SKIN QUIZ for yourself (or your kids).

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for this review/feature.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Check Out This New Movie - #BennetsWar

I can't imagine being a soldier in the war!  
I give so many props to the men and women who serve our country.  I always try to thank EVERY SINGLE Veteran I meet for their service.

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So when I was approached to check out a new movie about an Army soldier who is medically discharged from the war and heads home to find that he also needs to be a HERO there...I had to say YES!   
Sounded like a movie I would definitely enjoy!

BENNET'S WAR is a movie that shares the details about Marshall Bennett.  
An Army soldier who becomes severely wounded in an IED explosion (in the Army Motorcycle Unit) in combat overseas.  Upon his arrival home, he learns that his family's farm is at risk of being lost, because his father can't keep up on the mortgage payments.  As any solider does, he FIGHTS for what he believes in (at risk of his own well being) and pledges to help the family recover, the only way he knows how: MOTORCROSS RACING
We received a signed DVD of Bennett's War, which stars Michael Roark, Trace Adkins, Ali Afshar and Allison Paige.  
How cool is that?
This story is rated PG13 - because of language and brief violence.  
It is also inspirational and will have you cheering and at times, holding your breath.  I don't want to give to much away...but I've got one question for you:
WOULD YOU RISK everything to for your family?
Watch this movie!  Be inspired!  

CLICK HERE to learn more about this movie!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the DVD that was sent for us to review/feature.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

@SeaWorldSanDiego - #SeaWorldChristmasCelebration - CHECK IT OUT!

Yesterday, the kids and I packed up and headed out fairly early for a drive down to San Diego (my favorite So. Cal city) to enjoy a fun day at SeaWorld!!  
If you were watching my IG yesterday (CLICK HERE) you probably saw stories and "LIVES" from our day at the park.

We were offered five complementary tickets to the park and a parking pass, in return for this review/feature of their holiday festivities.  I was not offered any other monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about our time spent at the park.  All the food, drinks, etc. were purchased on my own accord.

If you can't tell from the looks on my kid's faces, they were pretty excited to get to spend the day, outside, enjoying all the sights and sounds that SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO has to offer us when we visit.  Of course, it is extra special this time of the year, because the park is DECKED OUT for the HOLIDAYS!  
You can't spend time there and not feel the magical Christmas spirit in the air.

Of course, there are always cute animals and fun rides to enjoy...but the things that made this visit unique from our typical SEAWORLD time is the all the CHRISTMAS FUN!

We went to the Sesame Street CHRISTMAS VILLAGE and got to meet some special "SANTA'S HELPERS".  Yes...Santa is there too (but since my kid's already did their Santa Pic with our local mall Santa, we passed on waiting in that line).  Mrs. Claus reads stories, there's fresh cinnamon rolls & donut holes to snack on (added cost) and you can't help but wanna take pictures in such a fun and festive place.

Over by the ARCTIC exhibits, is RUDOLPH'S CHRISTMASTOWN - with cute places to take pictures, and since it's the's already plenty cold with ice, animal exhibits for animals who live in a generally cold environment, etc.  
We even saw the Abominable Snowman and went for an ARCTIC ride.
There are lots of fun NEW shows for this Christmas Season too...

We managed to get into the second showing of the Cirque Christmas show.  This show is truly entertaining and so much fun.  A little short, considering the wait time to make sure we got a seat (we waited over an hour and half), but still super incredible.  
Some of these acrobatics will make you hold your breath.

We checked out the CHRISTMAS show "DOLPHIN ISLAND CHRISTMAS" which was so much fun.  The gal singing the music before the show started, got the audience involved in the show and the kid's smiling and laughing!  
Of course, the DOLPHINS did an incredible job entertaining us and we had to go say hello after the show.  We even got a little "SPECIAL SPLASH" as we were leaving the amphitheater by on of these friendly water friends.

For the first time, we snuck out to the Bay area and enjoyed a picture in Santa's Sled.

As it turned to evening...we headed over to watch our favorite CLYDE AND SEAMORE CHRISTMAS Show...this time again Christmas Themed!  
And always so dang cute!  We love those Sea Lions. 
They are always so entertaining.

The park looks incredible at night.  
All the lights, trees and decorations make it a truly magical place.

Our last stop of the night (after we grabbed some hot chocolate and cookies) was to our RESERVED SEATS (a perk of blogging) for the "WINTER WONDERLAND ON ICE" show.  Funny thing about it, it really isn't on ice.  These incredibly skilled skaters wear their ice skates and perform on basically a layer of plastic & olive oil.  Strange but unique, this show is guaranteed to entertain.  Santa even makes a special appearance!  I wish I could see these guys skate on real ice, because if they are that skilled skating on what they did...I can only imagine how they would tear up an ice skating rink.  
With a daughter that used to figure skate...these types of shows always tug at my heart strings a little.  
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT...and so did the kids.

SEAWORLD...we love you!  
You never disappoint us with a fun filled day full of laughter, great memories and CHRISTMAS SPIRIT.  The kids and I say thank you for helping us make memories that last a lifetime.

CLICK HERE to get your tickets for SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO!  They are running some amazing deals for Season Passes right now too!  Don't miss out!

I was not paid to feature this blog post/review.  We were given five complimentary media tickets and a parking pass in return for my honest opinion about the day.  I was not offered any money or any other perks for being there to write about our time.