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This giveaway is sponsored by the Contest Corner 2019 Mother’s & Father’s Day Gift Guide; this post contains Amazon Associates links. In celebration of the 2019 Mother's & Father's Day Gift Guide that I just launched over at Contest Corner, Carol and I are teaming up to bring you a fab giveaway that will help you check off your shopping list for both Mother's AND Father's Day! Check out the prizes you could win: Prize #1: $25 Amazon eGift Card Because so many Gift Guide picks are available to purchase on Amazon, we're giving away a $25 Amazon eGift Card, delivered right to your inbox! This will help the lucky winner buy their favorite Gift Guide products and take advantage of exclusive Amazon Gift Guide discount codes! Prize #2: 1 pair of Horizon I Sunglasses in Winner's Choice of Style - ARV $89.95 Horizon I Sunglasses are giving away one pair of sunglasses in the winner's choice of style: • The Slope lenses feature attractive gradients that converge in the center, the dramatic lines creating a look that is powerful and sophisticated. Reminds one of the character Neo’s sunglasses in The Matrix movie trilogy. • The Wave lenses crest above the eye to present a modern look that projects glamour and intrigue. • The Mesa lenses arc over the frame’s rim, providing extra eye protection and a flattering silhouette with a streamlined upper edge that makes the wearer look like they’re moving, even when standing still. The Horizon I sunglass frames are glossy black and are made of Grilamid® TR 90 polymer, a strong, flexible, low density material with high resistance to UV and chemical damage. The frames are medium adult size (lens size across 65mm, bridge 15mm, arms 125mm long). All sunglass orders include: three pairs of interchangeable lenses (grey, rose, and clear tints) all of the same shape, a zippered soft carrying case with belt loops and a clip on the outside and pockets for lens storage inside, a lens cleaning cloth, lens-changing instructions, and a manufacturer's lifetime warranty. Psst: Can't wait to find out who the winner is? These sunglasses are on sale until 4/30/19! Get 25% off on Next Horizon Eyewear Amazon orders, no coupon code needed! Prize #3: June & May Aroma Diffuser - ARV $44.95 FRESHeTECH are giving away their June & May Aroma Diffuser: The June & May Aroma Diffuser practically exudes relaxation. Give any room in your house the pleasing sense of calm that comes from our essential oil scents. Our unique essential oil diffuser comes with a power cable and one bottle of orange June & May essential oil so you can immediately achieve the calm you’ve sought for so long. Free yourself from the stress and strains and cacophonies and eyesores in the world outside; when you come home, relax and find peace of mind with our safe, quiet, color-changing pretty essential oil diffuser. Your peace of mind is most important; make sure you have an essential oil diffuser kit that truly is essential. The June & May Aroma Diffuser works with any essential oil. Giveaway Time! Want your shot at winning all three of these great prizes worth $159.90? Simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway is hosted by Contest Corner and is open to residents of the continental US, 18+, and ends on April 30th 2019 at 11:00 PM PST. Winners will be chosen through Rafflecopter the following day and notified via email. Winners have 48 hours to respond to our notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Each sponsor will mail or electronically deliver their prize to winner separately within two weeks of receiving winner's address from Contest Corner; winner will be provided with contact information for each sponsor so that they may contact them with any questions or issues regarding shipment. Void where prohibited. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter, and by entering this giveaway, you completely release Facebook and Twitter. Entrants who have won the same prize via another blog may not be eligible to win twice. Contest Corner is not responsible for late entries or entries lost due to technical malfunctions. Please see our Privacy Policy and Disclosure for further details on our site’s policies.

 

DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free debuts all new episodes exclusively on Netflix April 5! Change is in the air for Lucky, Pru and Abigail, as Season 8 of DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free find the PALs faced with big changes and even bigger choices. Lucky becomes a big sister, Pru and Chica Linda take on a new competition, and Abigail rescues a wild wolf pup! When the opportunity to go to boarding school presents itself, the girls must decide if this new adventure is worth leaving Miradero behind.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw3J3ZwiPqo This talented cast includes the voice of Amber Frank (Emma’s Chance) as Lucky, Sydney Park (The Walking Dead) as Pru, Bailey Gambertoglio (Bubble Guppies) as Abigail, Darcy Rose Byrnes (The Young and the Restless) as Maricela, Nolan North (Deadpool) as Jim Prescott, and Kari Wahlgren (Rick ad Morty) as Aunt Cora. This season also features great guest stars including Tony Hale (Veep), Holland Taylor (The Practice) and Maddie Ziegler (Leap!). 

 

I don't know about you but I am pretty tired of the mountains and mountains of candy in Easter baskets. I would rather have my kids get some fun games and cool DIY projects which is why I gathered some of my favorites. Enjoy!  

 

Thursday evening my family and I had the sheer pleasure of seeing the touring Broadway show of Disney's Aladdin at Keller Auditorium in Portland, Oregon. I have to tell you, it was one of the best tours I have ever seen. The animated classic came out in 1992. I was 18 years old and living a hop skip and jump from Disneyland at the time. My youngest sister Grace was 7 years old and I am pretty sure we watched Aladdin on video every day for over a year straight. I could recite the film and sing the songs today. The Broadway show has every single one of the original songs, some original dialogue, and a range of new songs to help it make more sense on the stage. Gone is Abu the monkey and in his place are three of Aladdin's besties which I didn't seem to mind. Raja the tiger was also replaced by 3 of Jasmine's chamber girls. Iago was there in a birdlike rotund human. Even though the animals were gone there were nods and hints to the new character origins, such as Jafar complaining that Iago is "parroting" him by repeating everything he says. Aladdin's friends make mention of acting like monkeys in the bazaar too. With the new characters came some fantastic new songs as well.  But the obvious standout is Genie played by Major Attaway. Showstopping number "Friend Like Me" was expertly sung and imagined onstage by the cast. The scene ends with streamers and fireworks and really brought us, the audience into the performance. it was pure magic and a sight to see. Clinton Greenspan as Aladdin captures the child-like unrefined-yet-charming personality of Aladdin perfectly. Lissa deGuzman has the Disney princess thing down to a science and perfected Jasmine on stage.  Aladdin is at Keller Auditorium through April 7 2019. For more information visit Broadway in Portland or head over to my Aladdin Announcement for more details. 

 

Cultivating gratitude in your life is an important skill. Gratitude can help you feel satisfied with what you have, rather than focused on what you don’t have. One way to cultivate this skill is by making sure you say “thank you” to your friends and family.  Telling your friends and family you’re thankful for them will help strengthen your relationships and help you feel happier. Usually, thanking people via phone call, text, or face to face does the trick. Sometimes though, when someone has done you a huge favor, you’ve got to send a thank you card. There’s a trick to writing thank you cards. If you start off by saying “Thank you so much for X,” it’s hard to find something else to say after that. But if you don’t say anything else, your thank you card is only a sentence long. To help lengthen your thank you card, try talking about what they did for you, without thanking them for it at first. Here’s an example: “I’m really looking forward to going to college, Aunt J. I can’t wait to signup for classes and make new friends. The money you gave me will be so helpful to pay for everything. Thank you so much for all your love and support! Love, Alice” Aunt J helped pay for Alice to go to school, so Alice talks about school first. Then she mentions the money Aunt J gave to her, then Alice thanks her for it. And there we have a nice four sentence long thank you card. Aunt J is sure to feel the thought and care that went into writing it. Now that you’ve got a fool-proof method for writing your thank you notes, you need to find some cards you love to send out. One website with some great options is Basic Invite. They have all the thank you cards you could ever want, and all of their designs are color customizable. So if you like a design, but hate the color scheme, you can change it up how you want. They have over 40 different colors of envelopes, so you can match your cards to your envelopes. I’m partial to their glamorous typography thank you cards, but if that’s not your style, you can find all their options here. They also have cards for most major life events, like weddings and graduations. I really like their graduation picnic invitations and their official graduation invitations. I hope you can use this advice to write some awesome thank you cards and cultivate gratitude in your life. And I hope your friends and family adore the beautiful stationery you send them!  

 

Anyone who lived through the 90's will fondly remember Disney's Aladdin animated feature bursting through the theaters. We all fell in love with Genie (Robin Williams in a show-stopping role), rooted for the street rat Aladdin, and booed Jafar and Iago. Portland can see the broadway production of Aladdin at Keller March 27-April 7 and you will NOT want to miss it.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, the show features music by Tony Award®and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award® and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and four-time Tony Award® nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).   The production features Clinton Greenspan (Aladdin), Major Attaway (Genie), Lissa deGuzman (Jasmine), Jonathan Weir (Jafar),Jay Paranada (Iago), Jerald Vincent (Sultan), Philippe Arroyo (Omar), Zach Bencal (Babkak), Jed Feder (Kassim), Korie Lee Blossey (Standby Genie & Sultan), Ellis C. Dawson III (Standby Genie & Babkak) and Adam Stevenson (Standby Jafar & Sultan). Rounding out the cast are Michael Bullard, Michael Callahan, Cornelius Davis, Bobby Daye, Mathew deGuzman, Olivia Donalson, Gaby Gamache, Erik Hernandez, Orianna Hilliard, Cameron Hobbs, Cameron Mitchell Jackson, Albert Jennings, Kenway Hon Wai K. Kua, Jason Scott Macdonald, Pierre Marais, Charles McCall, Angelina Mullins, Celina Nightengale, Cassidy Stoner, Liv Symone, Annie Wallace, Michelle West and Zach Williams. In Portland, Aladdin will play Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 pm (with a matinee on Thursday, March 28), Saturdays at 2pm and 7:30pm and Sundays at 1pm and 6:30pm (see full schedule below).  VIP Ticket Packages, which include prime seat locations, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by calling 503-295-3509, 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday.   Aladdin opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 13 New Amsterdam Theatre house records and welcoming nearly 10 million people worldwide. Its global footprint has expanded to include productions in Tokyo, Hamburg, London and Australia, in addition to the two U.S. productions. Tickets available at BroadwayinPortland.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TICKET AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION   Aladdin will be at Portland’s Keller Auditorium for sixteen performances. The full schedule for the Portland engagement is: Wednesday, March 27                    7:30pm Thursday, March 28                        1:00pm – Audio Described Performance 7:30pm Friday, March 29                              7:30pm – Audio Described Performance Saturday, March 30                         2:00pm and 7:30pm Sunday, March 31                            1:00pm 6:30pm – Open Caption Performance Tuesday, April 2                               7:30pm Wednesday, April 3                         7:30pm – Open Caption Performance Thursday, April 4                              7:30pm – ASL Interpreted Performance Friday, April 5                                   7:30pm Saturday, April 6                              2:00pm – ASL Interpreted Performance 7:30pm Sunday, April 7                                 1:00pm and 6:30pm  

 

This giveaway is sponsored by the Contest Corner 2019 Mother’s & Father’s Day Gift Guide; this post contains Amazon Associates links. In celebration of the 2019 Mother's & Father's Day Gift Guide that I just launched over at Contest Corner, Carol and I are teaming up to bring you a fab giveaway that will help you check off your shopping list for both Mother's AND Father's Day! Check out the prizes you could win: Prize #1: $25 Amazon eGift Card Because so many Gift Guide picks are available to purchase on Amazon, we're giving away a $25 Amazon eGift Card, delivered right to your inbox! This will help the lucky winner buy their favorite Gift Guide products and take advantage of exclusive Amazon Gift Guide discount codes! Prize #2: 1 pair of Horizon I Sunglasses in Winner's Choice of Style - ARV $89.95 Horizon I Sunglasses are giving away one pair of sunglasses in the winner's choice of style: • The Slope lenses feature attractive gradients that converge in the center, the dramatic lines creating a look that is powerful and sophisticated. Reminds one of the character Neo’s sunglasses in The Matrix movie trilogy. • The Wave lenses crest above the eye to present a modern look that projects glamour and intrigue. • The Mesa lenses arc over the frame’s rim, providing extra eye protection and a flattering silhouette with a streamlined upper edge that makes the wearer look like they’re moving, even when standing still. The Horizon I sunglass frames are glossy black and are made of Grilamid® TR 90 polymer, a strong, flexible, low density material with high resistance to UV and chemical damage. The frames are medium adult size (lens size across 65mm, bridge 15mm, arms 125mm long). All sunglass orders include: three pairs of interchangeable lenses (grey, rose, and clear tints) all of the same shape, a zippered soft carrying case with belt loops and a clip on the outside and pockets for lens storage inside, a lens cleaning cloth, lens-changing instructions, and a manufacturer's lifetime warranty. Psst: Can't wait to find out who the winner is? These sunglasses are on sale until 4/30/19! Get 25% off on Next Horizon Eyewear Amazon orders, no coupon code needed! Prize #3: June & May Aroma Diffuser - ARV $44.95 FRESHeTECH are giving away their June & May Aroma Diffuser: The June & May Aroma Diffuser practically exudes relaxation. Give any room in your house the pleasing sense of calm that comes from our essential oil scents. Our unique essential oil diffuser comes with a power cable and one bottle of orange June & May essential oil so you can immediately achieve the calm you’ve sought for so long. Free yourself from the stress and strains and cacophonies and eyesores in the world outside; when you come home, relax and find peace of mind with our safe, quiet, color-changing pretty essential oil diffuser. Your peace of mind is most important; make sure you have an essential oil diffuser kit that truly is essential. The June & May Aroma Diffuser works with any essential oil. Giveaway Time! Want your shot at winning all three of these great prizes worth $159.90? Simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway is hosted by Contest Corner and is open to residents of the continental US, 18+, and ends on April 30th 2019 at 11:00 PM PST. Winners will be chosen through Rafflecopter the following day and notified via email. Winners have 48 hours to respond to our notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Each sponsor will mail or electronically deliver their prize to winner separately within two weeks of receiving winner's address from Contest Corner; winner will be provided with contact information for each sponsor so that they may contact them with any questions or issues regarding shipment. Void where prohibited. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter, and by entering this giveaway, you completely release Facebook and Twitter. Entrants who have won the same prize via another blog may not be eligible to win twice. Contest Corner is not responsible for late entries or entries lost due to technical malfunctions. Please see our Privacy Policy and Disclosure for further details on our site’s policies.

 

DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free debuts all new episodes exclusively on Netflix April 5! Change is in the air for Lucky, Pru and Abigail, as Season 8 of DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free find the PALs faced with big changes and even bigger choices. Lucky becomes a big sister, Pru and Chica Linda take on a new competition, and Abigail rescues a wild wolf pup! When the opportunity to go to boarding school presents itself, the girls must decide if this new adventure is worth leaving Miradero behind.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw3J3ZwiPqo This talented cast includes the voice of Amber Frank (Emma’s Chance) as Lucky, Sydney Park (The Walking Dead) as Pru, Bailey Gambertoglio (Bubble Guppies) as Abigail, Darcy Rose Byrnes (The Young and the Restless) as Maricela, Nolan North (Deadpool) as Jim Prescott, and Kari Wahlgren (Rick ad Morty) as Aunt Cora. This season also features great guest stars including Tony Hale (Veep), Holland Taylor (The Practice) and Maddie Ziegler (Leap!). 

 

I don't know about you but I am pretty tired of the mountains and mountains of candy in Easter baskets. I would rather have my kids get some fun games and cool DIY projects which is why I gathered some of my favorites. Enjoy!  

 

Thursday evening my family and I had the sheer pleasure of seeing the touring Broadway show of Disney's Aladdin at Keller Auditorium in Portland, Oregon. I have to tell you, it was one of the best tours I have ever seen. The animated classic came out in 1992. I was 18 years old and living a hop skip and jump from Disneyland at the time. My youngest sister Grace was 7 years old and I am pretty sure we watched Aladdin on video every day for over a year straight. I could recite the film and sing the songs today. The Broadway show has every single one of the original songs, some original dialogue, and a range of new songs to help it make more sense on the stage. Gone is Abu the monkey and in his place are three of Aladdin's besties which I didn't seem to mind. Raja the tiger was also replaced by 3 of Jasmine's chamber girls. Iago was there in a birdlike rotund human. Even though the animals were gone there were nods and hints to the new character origins, such as Jafar complaining that Iago is "parroting" him by repeating everything he says. Aladdin's friends make mention of acting like monkeys in the bazaar too. With the new characters came some fantastic new songs as well.  But the obvious standout is Genie played by Major Attaway. Showstopping number "Friend Like Me" was expertly sung and imagined onstage by the cast. The scene ends with streamers and fireworks and really brought us, the audience into the performance. it was pure magic and a sight to see. Clinton Greenspan as Aladdin captures the child-like unrefined-yet-charming personality of Aladdin perfectly. Lissa deGuzman has the Disney princess thing down to a science and perfected Jasmine on stage.  Aladdin is at Keller Auditorium through April 7 2019. For more information visit Broadway in Portland or head over to my Aladdin Announcement for more details. 

 

Cultivating gratitude in your life is an important skill. Gratitude can help you feel satisfied with what you have, rather than focused on what you don’t have. One way to cultivate this skill is by making sure you say “thank you” to your friends and family.  Telling your friends and family you’re thankful for them will help strengthen your relationships and help you feel happier. Usually, thanking people via phone call, text, or face to face does the trick. Sometimes though, when someone has done you a huge favor, you’ve got to send a thank you card. There’s a trick to writing thank you cards. If you start off by saying “Thank you so much for X,” it’s hard to find something else to say after that. But if you don’t say anything else, your thank you card is only a sentence long. To help lengthen your thank you card, try talking about what they did for you, without thanking them for it at first. Here’s an example: “I’m really looking forward to going to college, Aunt J. I can’t wait to signup for classes and make new friends. The money you gave me will be so helpful to pay for everything. Thank you so much for all your love and support! Love, Alice” Aunt J helped pay for Alice to go to school, so Alice talks about school first. Then she mentions the money Aunt J gave to her, then Alice thanks her for it. And there we have a nice four sentence long thank you card. Aunt J is sure to feel the thought and care that went into writing it. Now that you’ve got a fool-proof method for writing your thank you notes, you need to find some cards you love to send out. One website with some great options is Basic Invite. They have all the thank you cards you could ever want, and all of their designs are color customizable. So if you like a design, but hate the color scheme, you can change it up how you want. They have over 40 different colors of envelopes, so you can match your cards to your envelopes. I’m partial to their glamorous typography thank you cards, but if that’s not your style, you can find all their options here. They also have cards for most major life events, like weddings and graduations. I really like their graduation picnic invitations and their official graduation invitations. I hope you can use this advice to write some awesome thank you cards and cultivate gratitude in your life. And I hope your friends and family adore the beautiful stationery you send them!  

 

Anyone who lived through the 90's will fondly remember Disney's Aladdin animated feature bursting through the theaters. We all fell in love with Genie (Robin Williams in a show-stopping role), rooted for the street rat Aladdin, and booed Jafar and Iago. Portland can see the broadway production of Aladdin at Keller March 27-April 7 and you will NOT want to miss it.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, the show features music by Tony Award®and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award® and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and four-time Tony Award® nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).   The production features Clinton Greenspan (Aladdin), Major Attaway (Genie), Lissa deGuzman (Jasmine), Jonathan Weir (Jafar),Jay Paranada (Iago), Jerald Vincent (Sultan), Philippe Arroyo (Omar), Zach Bencal (Babkak), Jed Feder (Kassim), Korie Lee Blossey (Standby Genie & Sultan), Ellis C. Dawson III (Standby Genie & Babkak) and Adam Stevenson (Standby Jafar & Sultan). Rounding out the cast are Michael Bullard, Michael Callahan, Cornelius Davis, Bobby Daye, Mathew deGuzman, Olivia Donalson, Gaby Gamache, Erik Hernandez, Orianna Hilliard, Cameron Hobbs, Cameron Mitchell Jackson, Albert Jennings, Kenway Hon Wai K. Kua, Jason Scott Macdonald, Pierre Marais, Charles McCall, Angelina Mullins, Celina Nightengale, Cassidy Stoner, Liv Symone, Annie Wallace, Michelle West and Zach Williams. In Portland, Aladdin will play Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 pm (with a matinee on Thursday, March 28), Saturdays at 2pm and 7:30pm and Sundays at 1pm and 6:30pm (see full schedule below).  VIP Ticket Packages, which include prime seat locations, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by calling 503-295-3509, 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday.   Aladdin opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 13 New Amsterdam Theatre house records and welcoming nearly 10 million people worldwide. Its global footprint has expanded to include productions in Tokyo, Hamburg, London and Australia, in addition to the two U.S. productions. Tickets available at BroadwayinPortland.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TICKET AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION   Aladdin will be at Portland’s Keller Auditorium for sixteen performances. The full schedule for the Portland engagement is: Wednesday, March 27                    7:30pm Thursday, March 28                        1:00pm – Audio Described Performance 7:30pm Friday, March 29                              7:30pm – Audio Described Performance Saturday, March 30                         2:00pm and 7:30pm Sunday, March 31                            1:00pm 6:30pm – Open Caption Performance Tuesday, April 2                               7:30pm Wednesday, April 3                         7:30pm – Open Caption Performance Thursday, April 4                              7:30pm – ASL Interpreted Performance Friday, April 5                                   7:30pm Saturday, April 6                              2:00pm – ASL Interpreted Performance 7:30pm Sunday, April 7                                 1:00pm and 6:30pm