Shrek the Musical Jr. At The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

Shrek and FionaMy kids love Shrek. They love the movies and the holiday show. It’s one of those animated shows that even adults enjoy. When I heard that Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati had a stage version, I was super excited! I was even more excited because my favorite actor was returning…Bob Herzog, as Donkey!

Everyone’s favorite ogre is back in SHREK THE MUSICAL JR., the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film.  The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati brings this production to life on the Taft Theatre stage April 8-10, 16-17, 2016.

In a faraway kingdom, the green ogre Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits, runaways who’ve been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wise-cracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty Princess Fiona from the Dragon-guarded tower, his swamp will be returned to him. But, a fairy tale wouldn’t be complete without unexpected twists and turns along the way.

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig.  Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire.  Music by Jeanine Tesori.  Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions.  Original production directed by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford.  “I’m a Believer” by Neil Diamond.  Puppets by The Frisch Marionettes. Directed and Choreographed by Roderick Justice.

SHREK THE MUSICAL JR. presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, is playing April 8-10, 16-17, 2016. Showtimes are:

Friday April 8 at 7:30 PM

Saturday April 9 at 2 PM

Sunday, April 10 at 2 PM

Saturday, April 16 at 2 PM and 5 PM

Sunday, April 17 at 2 PM

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is located at 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets prices are $7-$25. You may call 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com for tickets.

WIN!!!

Would you and a friend like to check out this performance on us?  Well, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has partnered with I’m Living the Good Life to give one lucky reader FOUR tickets to the opening night performance—that show is Friday, April 8th at 7:30pm.  Please make sure you can attend that show time before entering, as the performance time cannot be changed.  Must be 18 and live in the surrounding area to win.

Here’s how to enter:

Entry 1:  Tell me who you would love to take to this show.

Entry 2:  Share this giveaway on Facebook and tag I’m Living the Good Life as well as The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  Leave a comment that you did.

Entry 3:  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment that you did.

That’s it!  Enter soon because opening night is going to be here before you know it!  The winner will be drawn randomly on Monday April 4th and announced on Facebook.  The winner has 24 hours to respond before another is drawn.

Disclaimer:  I was given complementary tickets for the show in exchange for this giveaway and review.  All opinions are my own.

Snow White and the Dancing Dwarves by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati *Giveaway*

Snow White and apple good lifeThe Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents the World-Premiere of Snow White and the Dancing Dwarfs

This February at the Taft Theatre!

My daughter loves fairy tales! I know she’ll call in love with Snow White on the big stage. And, this production by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has lots of dancing! I know lots of kids who are going to love that!

Here’s a little more about the show:

Did you know that Snow White’s Dwarfs are dancers?  Come see for yourselves as the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale of Snow White, her evil stepmother, the all-knowing mirror and the handsome (but not-too-brainy) prince, step their way back into your hearts and imagination.  This is a world-premiere production you don’t want to miss!

 

Story and book by Ken Jones, music by Jamey Strawn and lyrics by Christine Jones. The trio previously wrote  TCT’s 2013 holiday production of “The Day Before Christmas” as well as other successful shows including: “Burgertown,” “CHURCH GIRLS, Umatilla USA,” and “LINCOLN: A Pioneer Tale.” The show will be directed by  Artistic Director Roderick Justice.

SNOW WHITE AND THE DANCING DWARFS is showing at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, through February 21st. Tickets prices are $7-$25 and show times are as follows:

  • Friday February 12th 7:30 PM
  • Saturday February, 13th at 2 PM
  • Sunday, February 14th at 2 PM
  • Saturday, February 20th at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday February 21st at 2 PM

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Taft Theatre is located at 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Please call 1-800-745-3000 or go to www.ticketmaster.com to reserve tickets.

WIN!!!

Would you and a friend like to check out this performance on us?  Well, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has partnered with I’m Living the Good Life to give one lucky reader FOUR tickets to the opening night performance—that show is Friday, February 12th at 7:30pm.  Please make sure you can attend that show time before entering, as the performance time cannot be changed.  Must be 18 and live in the surrounding area to win.

Here’s how to enter:

Entry 1:  Tell me who you would love to take to this show.

Entry 2:  Share this giveaway on Facebook and tag I’m Living the Good Life as well as The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  Leave a comment that you did.

Entry 3:  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment that you did.

That’s it!  Enter soon because opening night is going to be here before you know it!  The winner will be drawn randomly on Sunday February 7th and announced on Facebook.  The winner has 24 hours to respond before another is drawn.

Disclaimer:  I was given complementary tickets for the show in exchange for this giveaway and review.  All opinions are my own.

Kinky Boots presented by the Aronoff Center for the Arts

Kinky Boots on Broadway is playing right now at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in downtown Cincinnati!

Kinky Boots 3A friend and I enjoyed a performance of Kinky Boots Wednesday evening. I was excited to go, because I’d heard so many positive reviews, but honestly I didn’t know much about the show.

Boy was I in for a treat!

The energy of the performers is amazing. The show is jam packed full of fantastic musical numbers from The Most Beautiful Thing in the World, when Charlie’s dad explains to him the importance of shoes, to Everybody Say Yeah, when the whole crowd celebrates the first sexy, successful pair of Kinky Boots to leave the assembly line.

J. Harrison Ghee, as Lola, is absolutely fabulous.  I don’t even know where to begin…with his beautiful singing voice, his phenomenal sassy attitude or his gorgeous long legs?? He perfectly captures Lola as a successful drag queen looking for not only the perfect pair of sexy heels, but for acceptance.

Adam Kaplan, who plays Charlie Price, is excellent as the young man trying to grow into his own person, but pulled back to his father’s business. He is then forced to run it, as firing everyone backfires!

The entire cast of characters is so unique and fun. They are an incredibly talented group who depend on the Price and Son shoe factory for their livelihood.

Here’s a little more about the show:

With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, Kinky Boots Angeland the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Sons. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), Kinky Bootsis the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.

If you’d like to catch a performance of Kinky Boots, and I highly recommend it, there is still time. The show is in town until January 17th. Tickets start at $29 and may be purchased at the Aronoff Center Box Office at 650 Walnut Street in downtown Cincinnati. You may also buy them online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS.

kinky boots wallShowtimes are as follows:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm

Friday – 8:00pm

Saturday – 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Sunday – 1:00pm and 6:30pm

This is really such a great show. I loved the music, performances and story. I hope you make time to see it!

 

Disclaimer: I was given complimentary tickets to a performance, in exchange for media support. All opinions are my own and I truly loved the show! 

 

PLEASE NOTE:

 

Remke Markets Shopping App * Gift Card Giveaway*

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New Remke Rewards Program

I hate going to the grocery.

I hate it even more when I have to take small children.

So much more stuff ends up in my cart when I take the kids. I am balancing my crumbled up paper list, monitoring the ‘goodies’ they are trying to toss in my cart, making sure they don’t knock over the elderly or a display of cookies, and maintain my sanity.  It’s hard.

What makes my shopping easier?  Especially at Remke Markets?

Their new shopping app!  And, it’s free! Picture it…your list, coupons, new recipes, and Remke store ad all on your phone in one place.  This makes things so much easier.  Now if I could only leave the kids at home!

Here is how you get started:

1) Download the app.  Simply search for “Remke” in the Play Store on your device.  Download it for free and open. Then remke 3make sure you register your account.  You’ll need to have your Remke card handy to ensure that your card is connected to your app.  Don’t have your card?  No problem!  Contact Remke and they can search it for you.  I had to do this and
they sent my card number super fast!

2) Check out the recipes Remke offers.  They have a weekly recipe and more! What looks good?  Start making your grocery list.  But, you don’t have to write it down, click on the Shopping List from your menu and just search and add what you’d like.

3) Peruse the weekly specials Remke has.  Click on Weekly Specials from the menu and then add products to your Shopping List.

remke 54) Add any coupons.  Now that you have your Shopping List, based on your menu plan and the weekly specials offered by Remke, click Manufacturer Coupons, Digital Coupons and Store Coupons in the app to add any coupons that are applicable to your card. When you check out, make sure you use your Remke Shopper card to deduct these coupons!

5) Go shopping!  You are ready now.  No paper list.  No paper ad.  Just take your phone and scroll through your Shopping List.

It’s so easy and convenient.

Check out this link to the Remke Rewards page.  It lists all of the benefits, such as the mobile app, digital coupons and more!

Don’t have a Remke Rewards card yet?  No problem! Check out this link to the Remke Rewards application page!

Last, are you like me?  I type in my phone number at the register because I’ve lost my Remke Rewards program shopper card!  Well, that’s not a problem!  Just click the link to the Remke inquiry submission page and you can get your number!


*WIN*WIN*WIN

Would you like to try out the app and do a little shopping on me?  The folks at Remke Markets have given I’m Living the Remke 6Good Life a $25 gift card for one lucky reader!  Here’s how you can enter.

1) Comment below your favorite shopping tip. Do you make your menu a month at a time?  Shop only at certain times of the day?  What’s the scoop?

2) Share this giveaway on Facebook and tag both Remke Markets and I’m Living the Good Life Blog. Comment below once you’ve shared.

3) Tweet this giveaway and tag @GoodLifeBlogger and @remkemarkets. Comment below once you’ve tweeted.

I will randomly draw a winner on Tuesday December 22nd.

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this review, but all opinions are my own.

A Charlie Brown Christmas presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati: Review

Charlie-Brown-Banner--225x300Last Friday night, my family and I got to see A Charlie Brown Christmas at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  We were so excited.  Of course, we all love the television production of the show and wondered how the characters would be brought to life on stage.

The show opens with a giant television on stage and the characters popping out of the screen.  This was a great way to show kids which characters each actor represented.  Because, of course, in real life they look a little different! My kids were super impressed with Charlie Brown and his crew jumping out of the TV and wondered how in the world they did that.  It was pretty cool.

Charlie Brown, true to his character, was searching for the meaning of Christmas.  Linus, just like his TV counterpart, was there to explain it.  The story was very close to the television version, with extra fun pizzazz at the end with Santa and his reindeer.  I especially loved seeing Charlie Brown’s poor little tree dressed up in the end.

The characters and costumes were so bright and vibrant.  It was so much fun to watch. The Frisch Marionette Company did an excellent job, as I loved watching Woodstock fly around Snoopy, driving him a little batty! One of my favorites was how Pig Pen was portrayed…dirt and all!  You’ll have to see it to find out what I mean!

Here’s a little more about the show:

Bring your family and celebrate Christmas with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s live rendition of everyone’s favorite holiday special. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS!  Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get you down – Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us all about what’s most important during this Yuletide season.  By Charles M. Schulz.  Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson.  Stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer.  By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson. Puppets by The Frisch Marionette Company. Directed by Roderick Justice.  Choreographed by Jay Goodlett.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the TV program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965.

A Charlie Brown Christmas is showing at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, through December 13th. Tickets prices are $7-$25 and show times are as follows:

  • Friday December 4th 7:30 PM
  • Saturday December, 5th at 2 PM
  • Sunday, December 6th at 2 PM
  • Saturday, December 12th at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday December 13th at 2 PM

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Taft Theatre is located at 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Please call 1-800-745-3000 or go to www.ticketmaster.com to reserve tickets.

We hope you get to kick off your holiday season with this awesome show!

Disclaimer:  I was provided tickets to this show in exchange for a giveaway and review.  All opinions are my own.  We loved the show!

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati *GIVEAWAY*

Charlie-Brown-Banner--225x300I remember as a kid watching A Charlie Brown Christmas every holiday season. It was one of my favorite Christmas shows, and still is. I love that my children also enjoy it. It’s so great to be able to share this tradition with them. I’m even more excited to watch the stage version at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati with them this Friday!

Here’s a little more about the show:

Bring your family and celebrate Christmas with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s live rendition of everyone’s favorite holiday special. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS!  Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get you down – Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us all about what’s most important during this Yuletide season.  By Charles M. Schulz.  Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson.  Stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer.  By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson. Puppets by The Frisch Marionette Company. Directed by Roderick Justice.  Choreographed by Jay Goodlett.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the TV program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965.

A Charlie Brown Christmas is showing at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, through December 13th. Tickets prices are $7-$25 and show times are as follows:

  • Friday December 4th 7:30 PM
  • Saturday December, 5th at 2 PM
  • Sunday, December 6th at 2 PM
  • Saturday, December 12th at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday December 13th at 2 PM

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Taft Theatre is located at 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Please call 1-800-745-3000 or go to www.ticketmaster.com to reserve tickets.

WIN!!!

Would you and a friend like to check out this performance on us?  Well, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has partnered with I’m Living the Good Life to give one lucky reader TWO tickets to the opening night performance—that show is Friday, December 4th at 7:30pm.  Please make sure you can attend that show time before entering, as the performance time cannot be changed.  Must be 18 and live in the surrounding area to win.

Here’s how to enter:

Entry 1:  Tell me your favorite character from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Entry 2:  Share this giveaway on Facebook and tag I’m Living the Good Life as well as The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  Leave a comment that you did.

Entry 3:  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment that you did.

That’s it!  Enter soon because opening night is going to be here before you know it!  The winner will be drawn randomly on Wednesday December 2ND and announced on Facebook.  The winner has 24 hours to respond before another is drawn.

Disclaimer:  I was given complementary tickets for the show in exchange for this giveaway and review.  All opinions are my own.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid presented by TCT: Review

Ariel swimmingFriday night my family visited The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati to see a performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

We loved it.  The kids were mesmerized the entire time.  From the moment Ariel’s sisters took the stage practicing their singing to the very end with Prince Eric and Ariel finally declared their love, they hung on every word. I thought that after seeing The Little Mermaid on screen so many times, they’d be tired of it.  But, the wonderful performance, brilliant colors and engaging songs drew them in and kept them there.

The underwater life in Disney’s The Little Mermaid set was fantastic. To create such a fun world for Ariel, puppets were created by The Frisch Marionette Company.  They captured the bright colors beneath the water’s surface and the fluid movements of ocean waves.  We loved watching the many creatures swim by as Sebastian sang Under the Sea…giant jelly fish, schools of fish, singing flamingos, a blow fish, a seahorse, clams and more.  It was so much fun to see them bring Ariel’s world to life.

Every part of Disney’s The Little Mermaid set made you feel like you were under the water.  I was very impressed when Prince Eric fell overboard and ‘floated’ to the surface.  Of course, he did this with the help of harnesses, but his movements were so fluid that he really seemed to float.  I noticed the kids eye glaze over as they watched Ariel come to save him and swim away pulling him to land. They were impressed too.

My favorite scene was when Ursula was first revealed.  The curtains opened to her dark, creepy under water lair.  Her tentacles waved like evil Ariel Ursulabranches swaying in the water.  It was fantastic. It took my kids a while to realize just how her tentacles moved…that’s how good it was! Ursula’s tentacles were also provided by The Frisch Marionette Company.

Our family really enjoyed this show.  And, there is still time for you to see it!  Show times are as follows:

  • Saturday, October 24 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday, October 25 at 2 PM

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Taft Theatre is located at 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Please call 1-800-745-3000 or go to www.ticketmaster.com to reserve tickets.

Disclaimer:  All opinions are my own.  We LOVED this show.  The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati provided my family with complementary tickets for this review and giveaway.

 

Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. presented by TCT *Giveaway*

image003.jpgDo your kids LOVE The little Mermaid?  I know that mine do, and they are super excited to see:

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. this October at the Taft Theatre!

Here’s a little about the show from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

Audiences will dive into the new season of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati with Ariel and her aquatic friends in DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. which has been adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production.  The show runs October 16-18, 24 & 25 at the Taft Theatre.  The show will be directed and choreographed by Roderick Justice. Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, Music by Alan Menken.  Book by Doug Wright.  Based on the Hans Christian Andersen Story and the Disney Film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker and Ron Clements.  Puppets by The Frisch Marionettes. Flying Effects provided by ZFX, Inc.

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and be part of the world above. But first she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice that he has been seeking.

DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR., The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, through October 25. Tickets prices are $7-$25 and show times are as follows:

  • Friday October 16 7:30 PM
  • Saturday October, 17 2 PM
  • Sunday, October 18 2 PM
  • Sunday, October 25 at 2 PM
  • Saturday, October 24 at 2 PM and 5 PM

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Taft Theatre is located at 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Please call 1-800-745-3000 or go to www.ticketmaster.com to reserve tickets.

WIN!!!

Would you and a friend like to check out this performance on us?  Well, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati has partnered with I’m Living the Good Life to give one lucky reader TWO tickets to the opening night performance—that show is Friday, October 16th at 7:30pm.  Please make sure you can attend that show time before entering, as the performance time cannot be changed.  Must be 18 and live in the surrounding area to win.

Here’s how to enter:

Entry 1:  Tell me your favorite character from Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR.

Entry 2:  Share this giveaway on Facebook and tag I’m Living the Good Life as well as The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  Leave a comment that you did.

Entry 3:  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment that you did.

That’s it!  Enter soon because opening night is going to be here before you know it!  The winner will be drawn randomly on Friday October 9th at 10pm and announced on Facebook.  The winner has 24 hours to respond before another is drawn.

Disclaimer:  I was given complementary tickets for the show in exchange for this giveaway and review.  All opinions are my own.

Bluegrass for Babies and Green BEAN Delivery GIVEAWAY

bluegrass-babies08 sliderSaturday, September 19 marks the 7th annual Bluegrass for Babies concert benefiting Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

This family-friendly concert runs from 3-9pm at Sawyer Point, and features music from top bluegrass bands, lots of family-friendly activities, a variety of vendors, local and organic concessions, and more! It’s been a hit in Cincinnati for the last 6 years and we hope you can join us!

 

Check out this year’s concert lineup from returning local bands and more!

  • Hickory Robot 3pm
  • Comet Bluegrass All-Stars  7pmBluegrass+for+Babies(1).jpg
  • Special guest Jennifer Ellis will perform her popular children’s songs at 4:15pm
  • Headlining the event with a performance at 5pm is Pennsylvania band Cabinet—Cabinet was recently named one of the “Top 10 Country Artists You Need to Know in 2015” by Rolling Stone.

Here’s a little more about the event, from Bluegrass for Babies:

New for this year’s concert are expanded food options including booths from Eli’s BBQ, Mazunte, Dewey’s Pizza and Green BEAN Delivery. Local craft beer offerings have also expanded with beers from Mad Tree and Mt. Carmel breweries on tap.

The concert, an official Giving Hope Fundraising Event for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, was started by Anne and Matt Schneider in 2009 as a way to give back to Children’s, which had provided life-saving surgery to their newborn son. Since the first concert in their backyard in 2009, Bluegrass for Babies has raised nearly $130,000 for Children’s, and has evolved into the Healthy Roots Foundation, a year-round organization providing tools, programming, and resources as well as hosting a variety of special events with the mission of helping parents create an optimal environment to raise healthy children.

“Our lives were forever changed because of the care we received from the physicians at Cincinnati Children’s,” said co-founder Anne Schneider. “We created Bluegrass for Babies to not only raise funds for the hospital, but with the goal to help educate parents on raising healthy children.”

Money raised at the concert will be donated to the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and an innovative pilot study being conducted at the Center for the Prevention of Preterm Birth.  Dr. Louis Muglia and his team are working to better understand environmental exposures such as air and ground pollution and their effects on pregnancy outcomes. Rather than using geographic and EPA data, the researchers will provide pregnant women with personal monitors that will collect specific, individual data. For the first time ever, researchers will have detailed information about the environmental impact on increased risk for preterm birth and still birth.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for the Bluegrass for Babies benefit concert are $15 for adults in advance and $20 day of, with children admitted for free.

Group tickets, new this year, are $10 in August and $12 in September. The group with the most participation will win several great prizes!

Presale period ends Friday, September 18, 2015.  Tickets can be purchased at www.bluegrassforbabies.com.

 

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Do you love fresh, local produce?  I know I do!  Well, check this out!  Green BEAN Delivery has a special deal for Healthy Roots Foundation Supporters. Use the code HEALTHYROOTS to get $15 off your first bin. AND, 5% of your next 25 bins will go to the Healthy Roots Foundation. Pretty cool!

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Would you like to go to Bluegrass for Babies for free?  It sounds like an awesome day, doesn’t it? And, how about a free combo bin from Green BEAN Deliver?  Well, one lucky I’m Living the Good Life reader will receive a pair of tickets to the Bluegrass for Babies concert on September 19th along with a combo bin from Green BEAN Delivery*!  Here’s how to enter:

Entry #1:  Check out I’m Living the Good Life on Facebookbluegrass+for+babies+benefit+giveaway.jpg

Entry #2:  Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest (tag #GoodLifeBlog )

Entry #3:  Tell me what you will be most excited about at the festival…the bluegrass music, the arts activities, the organic food, supporting a great cause…what will it be?  Leave your email in the comment.

A winner will be drawn  Tuesday September 15th.  The winner will be announced on facebook, contacted, and given 24 hours to respond.  Another winner will be drawn if there is no response.

Good luck!

*Please note that the winner of the Green BEAN Deliver bin will have to provide credit card information for the bin.  You will NOT be charged for your winnings, however, you MUST cancel the subscription after you receive your FREE combo bin.  The winner is responsible for canceling this, immediately, not I’m Living the Good Life.

Disclaimer:  For running this giveaway, I received the same package the winner will receive.  Rest assured, all opinions are 100% my own.

Back to School Organization

Back to school organization

Back to school pensIt’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!!

Not Christmas.

Back to school!

Actually, I love summer with the kids. But, this year, the last couple weeks have been tough. Arguments galore between the kids! So, I’m ready to send them back.

Sorry teachers.

This year, I am determined to be organized and dedicate equal time to each kid.

When you’ve finished laughing, come back and read how I’m going to do that.

I’ve realized that when they get home, they are starving. My middle schooler gets on the bus at 7am and isn’t home unti

Back to school snacksl close to 4pm. Rather than tell them to wait a couple hours while I cook dinner, I have a snack ready for them as soon as they get off the bus.

Just like June Cleaver. Ready on a plate. What have we had so far?

  • Bagel Bites
  • PB&J cut into cute little squares
  • Cheese, lettuce and mayo hoagies cut into fourths
  • Cheese and pepperoni crackers

Anything that is bite sized works great.

Today I cut up donuts and my middle schooler ate every last one…even after I told him “Save some for your brother and sister!” So, maybe dividing them up among the kids works better.

Back to school boardWhile they are chowing down, I grab my home made dry erase board, dry erase marker and all 3 backpacks.

I go through each backpack, throwing out old papers and saving important ones. I write all 3 kids’ names on the board and record any homework, or papers that I need to sign, under their name. This includes reading time. That makes it more concrete…it’s easy to say, oh you have to read for 20 minutes, and then forget…but, if it’s written on the board, it’s a visual reminder and more often is complete.

I am sure to call each child over and say “Here is your homework for the night. Do you understand?”

Then they can play a little. We start homework right before dinner and finish it after, if needed.

I’ve also been using my color coded markers to record spelling words, test dates and other important class information in my etsy Purple Plum Planner.

So far, barring any giant projects, this system has worked.

Fingers crossed and check back with me in November!

What systems work for you?