Wednesday, January 16, 2019

**Thanks to the PR firm who provided complimentary tickets to view the show in exchange for my review following the show. I received no other compensation. The thoughts and opinions shared are mine and mine alone. Others may disagree.**

Ladies and Gentlemen, as my new friend Yente would say, "I have such news for you!"
You're all invited to a wedding! Yes, there will be a wedding all wrapped up in a very sweet time of deep tradition and family values.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has arrived in Cincinnati's Aronoff Center for shows from January 15-27 (2019).

I had the pleasure of attending opening night of this production last night and had such a great time. The cast brought to life everything we know and love of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. The music, the dancing, the lighthearted moments, and family values came through in rich tones that kept me sitting comfortably as their story was unfolding. The characters quickly felt like family friends and I found myself admiring the similarities and differences between us.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is a celebration of traditions and the way things used to be for a specific group of people. The story is captivating and vulnerable as viewers are invited to see life through a different lens in a different time and place. I left appreciating some of my own values in a new way, inspired to grow individually, and laughing (still) at some of the scenes that had the whole audience in stitches.

photo credit: Broadway in Cincinnati

I have to call out Tevye, played by Yehezkel Lazarov, as the extra twinkle in the spotlight last night. Lazarov had an uncanny similarity to Chaim Topol, who played Tevye in the movie production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. He was larger than life, with a bit of clever wit and endearment tucked beneath the brim of his cap. Lazarov was made for the role he played and deserved the standing ovation he received at the curtain call.

photo credit: Broadway in Cincinnati

Head to Broadway In Cincinnati for more information and tickets. This is one you don't want to miss! 

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

**thanks to the pr representative who sent complimentary item(s) for review. I was not compensated for this post beyond those items. This is my experience and opinion. Others may have a different experience or view. 

A classic from my childhood, and probably yours too, is A Charlie Brown Christmas. It's something I feel like I've watched every year since I was small. One of the things that makes it so great is the sound track. There is nothing like the nostalgia that hearing this music brings. 

Speaking of nostalgia, I began collecting vinyl records about a year ago after I restored an old turntable. There is something so warm about the sound of good music being played under a needle. You can imagine my excitement when I was given the opportunity to review (AND GIVE AWAY) a copy of the original sound track to A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio. 

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Along with the one I restored, I also own a small, portable turntable that sits in my great room. Right now, my 9 year old daughter plays this album just about every day on there. She loves the music just as much as I do. I don't know what it is, but it just brings a smile to our faces.
...Maybe it's in the moments when we pretend to dance like the Peanuts characters. LOL

AND...Did you see that pretty GREEN color of the LP?  That makes this treasure of nostalgia that much sweeter.

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Can you hear the sound of your favorite song right now? 

Head over to Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, or just about any store that sells vinyl to get your copy.


How would you like to WIN a copy of this LP for your home??? 


A Charlie Brown Christmas [Green Vinyl LP!]

A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio is one of the most popular and beloved holiday albums of all-time. This remastered recording on green vinyl includes 3 bonus tracks not on the original 1965 LP plus a 20-page booklet filled with images from the program and liner notes by Vince Guaraldi historian Derrick Bang.

Artist:                   Vince Guaraldi
Title:                     A Charlie Brown Christmas
Config:                 Green Vinyl LP
Item No:             F-8431
UPC:                     025218843119
MSLP:                  21.98 
Release Date:    8/24/2009
Record Label:    Fantasy Records
Genres:                Holiday, Jazz, Soundtrack, Children’s, Nostalgia

Track Listing: 
  1. O Tannenbaum  
  2. What Child Is This 
  3. My Little Drum 
  4. Linus And Lucy  
  5. Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)
  6. Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal) 
  7. Skating 
  8. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing 
  9. Christmas Is Coming 
  10. Für Elise 
  11. The Christmas Song 
  12. Greensleeves 
  13. Great Pumpkin Waltz 
  14. Thanksgiving Theme

The Deets: Winner will receive one vinyl LP that will be shipped to him/her directly from the PR firm. Use the widget below to enter. Good luck!

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

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Let me help you get some shopping done and share with you some ideas on my list! Just click the Pic and toss it in your cart. You're welcome!

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Monday, August 27, 2018

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I've been waiting (and waiting) to be able to build my dream dining room table but it wasn't exactly in the cards...or the budget...after we moved across state lines in early January. Don't you just love those additional costs to moving that just show up? 

Anyway, I decided that if I had to keep my current table, it couldn't stay "as is". There was just no way that was going to work with the look I'm going for in my new home. 

Chalk Paint DIY

There you have it. The before. And I know it isn't pretty, y'all. That's precisely what made me take a school day at home alone and a quick trip to Hobby Lobby for supplies.

For this project, I wanted to go with a two-tone look. I grabbed the color Primitive by DecoArt for the table top, Castle Slate by Folkart for the base, and the Home Decor Satin Varnish to seal it when the paint had dried.

Chalk paint DIY

I began by painting the top with one coat. It took three full coats to get the finish I was going for. I didn't want to see much of the wood color through the paint. Also? I absolutely adored the gray undertones of this white color.

Chalk Paint DIY

Chalk Paint DIY

I really liked how the white paint was finishing around the rough, old edges of the table. It gave it an aged look without compromising the beauty of the chalk paint finish. And the Castle Slate on the base was everything I hoped it would be. I only did 2 full coats on the base as I didn't feel I needed that much coverage with a darker color.

Chalk Paint DIY

Here is the table with one of the chairs painted in Primitive to match.

Chalk Paint DIY
I'm in love with the contrast of these 2 colors but mostly I love how they compliment each other rather than compete.

Someday I'll be able to build that Farmhouse style table and bench seat. But for now, I'm enjoying the simple upgrade to what I already had. It was inexpensive and took an afternoon to do. The chalkpaint dries pretty quickly which makes is a quick process.

Ready to do this yourself?

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