Quick giveaway for tickets to see Cirque Du Soleil’s One Night for ONE DROP (giveaway ends 5/29/16)


One Night for ONE DROP

Coming to theaters for one night only (June 7, 2016) is One Night for ONE DROP featuring the world renowned Cirque Du Soleli.

I have never seen a show by Cirque Du Soleli, but I would love to see one someday. From what I have seen they look amazing.

Here is some additional information about the event.

One Night for ONE DROP is an annual celebration around World Water Day to bring awareness and raise funds for water issues worldwide. This completely original, only-one-night production features artists from each of the eight Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil productions, alongside renowned guest performers.

In its fourth year, One Night for ONE DROP returned for an electrifying performance in front of a limited, exclusive and sold-out VIP audience at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas making it one of the hottest tickets in town.

Each performer volunteers his or her time for this magnificent charity initiative in which all Cirque stages are dark for one evening to bring the spotlight of talent to a special “performed once only” show to support ONE DROP – an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to safe water. The programs central theme ties to the charity mission of bringing awareness to global water issues. Each year, this beautiful and uniquely custom show wows a super limited audience that pays thousands of dollars per ticket. Now, for one night, audiences across the US can view this breathtaking and truly exclusive, larger-than-life event on the big screen without breaking the bank. And, because a portion of proceeds from this Fathom Event benefit One Drop and their mission to make clean water accessible around the world, your attendance at this truly unique event supports an amazing cause.

Check out this brief trailer for the show.


If yoou would be interested in learning more about this special event, please visit the Fathom Events website. On their site you can find a list of participating theaters. From what I can see it will be shown at a few hundred locations across the United States.


Fathom Events would like to give a lucky winner a set of FOUR tickets to see the show.

Before you enter please make sure it will be shown at a location near you. Check here to find your nearest location.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 29, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Father Events is responsible for the prize package.

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How to make a beautiful sea glass wind chime inspired by Nicholas Sparks’ The Choice


The Choice

If you read my post about the Nicholas Sparks The Choice movie night I hosted you might recall that I spoke about a wind chime my guests and I were trying to make. At that time I didn’t have the directions for it, so we were confused by what we had to do. There were seven of us and none of us could agree on how it should be made. Each of us had our own ideas. Because it was getting late and we hadn’t watched the movie yet we decided to forgo the wind chime craft for the time being.

I finally received the directions and I was able to make it on my own.

The wind chime was inspired by the film The Choice, which is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

You can read my review, as well as read about our movie night experience, in this post – Nicholas Sparks’ The Choice Movie Night.


For this lovely craft you’ll need the following.

  • Embroidery Hoops in two size (one large, one small)
  • Paint (optional)
  • Sea Glass (available at most craft stores)
  • Wire (the kind you use to wrap jewelry with)
  • Clear string (like fishing line)
  • Scissors
  • Crazy Glue

And ideally, someone to help you out so that you tie the strings on correctly (a mistake that I made).

First and foremost you can get rid of (or re-purpose) the outer rings on the embroidery hoops. You only need the inner ones.

chime 1

Paint the hoop (optional) any color you want. I received white and gold. Initially I painted them gold but then I went ahead and “white washed” them with white paint. I wanted to give them a beachy/weathered look.

This is not a clear picture (I cropped it) but I wanted to show how I combined the colors to give it a washed out look.

This is not a clear picture (I cropped it) but I wanted to show how I combined the colors to give it a washed out look.

Let them dry for at least an hour and DON’T rest them on paper towels – they will stick to it (lesson learned the hard way).

While the hoop are drying take the crafting/jewelry wire and wrap it around the sea glass. Try and wrap it tightly (use a needle nose pliers if you have one). If need be you can add a dab of Crazy Glue to keep the wire in place.

I wrapped an assortment of colors, shapes and sizes.

craft 2

One you have wrapped as many piece as you want, string the clear string through the wire and tie it to the sea glass. Cut the strings in a variety of lengths.

When the hoops are fully dried (if you painted them) you’ll need to use the clear string to attach them to one another. The directions I have tell you to make the smaller hoop go on top (over) the larger hoop. I did it the opposite way because I had envisioned the wind chime to resemble a chandelier. I would think either way would work, depending on your preference.

My mistake was to do this on my own. I didn’t attach the smaller hoop to the larger one with equal length string, causing it to go more to one side than the other. I figured I could counteract that by putting heavier sea glass to the other side so it would balance out OK.

You can also use a dab of Crazy Glue on the clear string to keep it from slipping.

After I put it together I realized that I needed to re-do the hoops because they are clearly not centered properly. For that reason I haven’t put all the sea glass on it as of yet. So at this moment in time it’s a “work in progress.” This weekend I am going to assemble it a bit to do it the right way. Then I’ll attach the remaining sea glass that I had wrapped in wire and tired to the clear string.

These pictures didn’t turn out so good, but hopefully you get the idea.



I know that I can fix it so that it look a lot better.

None the less, I had fun with it and I am looking forward to the final result.

I’ll update this post with the final project once it’s completed. In the mean time, this would make a fun family activity. I could see this being done with sea shells too. I love the idea of using shells and sea glass you and/or your family finds on the beach, that way every time you look at it you’ll remember your summer by the beach.

What do you think of this craft idea? Do you think you’ll try to make one of your own?

Have you seen The Choice yet?

The Choice 2


*I received the items to make this project for free. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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Nicolas Sparks’ The Choice Movie Night (now available on Blu-ray, DVD and HD)



I LOVE entertaining people in my home. There is nothing I like better than having friends and family over for some good food, laughs and maybe even a good movie.

I enjoy going all out for my guests. I even enjoy coming up with “themes.”

When it comes to food there is never a shortage. The photo (above) is from one of my parties. Needless to say I stop at nothing to ensure that my guests have a great time. Sadly, it doesn’t always work out that way.

I was hosting a movie night with some friends to watch the newest Nicholas Sparks film, The Choice. Normally I do it on a Saturday but this time I had to do it on a Sunday, which happened to be Mother’s Day. That was mistake #1. Sigh…

I will spare you all the mishaps that went on. Let’s just say that the party started later than expected, a guest was late (really late), we couldn’t figure out a fun craft project that I wanted to do and the worse thing of all – my phone died and wouldn’t turn back on. Ugh! I had to take it to the Apple store and leave it there for them to fix it. THANKFULLY they were able to fix it and my photos were OK.

NOTE TO SELF: Put things on the Cloud that way I can access them from my husband’s phone.


The first part of the evening (pre-movie) we attempted to make a lovely wind chime out of sea glass. I am going to post about that separately. Whether it was the wine (LOL) or something else, we couldn’t figure out how to make it. Luckily I got the directions, but I had to make it on my own, not with my friends.

The movie of the night was The Choice by one of my most favorite author’s, Nicholas Sparks. If you are a fan of his you know that his books and movies are always centered around the water and beaches. For that reason I picked up some beautiful place mats, each one depicting a different beach scene.

The Choice 1

The Choice 2

Do you notice the wine glass in the top photo of the place mats? Those were sent to me in a wonderful package from Lionsgate to help me host a wonderful movie viewing party.

The wine glasses are BEAUTIFUL! So beautiful that I wish I had a place I could display them when not in use. I absolutely adore the etched Starfish design.

I have a nice assortment of wine on hand for my guests. These glasses were PERFECT for my guests to enjoy The Choice with.


Of course you need a wine opener as well as a stopper (although the wine went pretty quickly, so the stopper wasn’t needed that night – LOL).

In addition to the wine glasses I also received a wine opener and gorgeous Starfish wine stopper.

I’m enjoying the beach related party items.

Wine stopper

You can’t watch a movie without something to nibble on. I made sure my guests had plenty to eat. It was well after dinner time so I focused more on sweet treats and snacks more so than food (dinner) items.

We always have chips and dip. Not pictured is a spinach dip that I made.

I LOVE the flower cookies. I know they don’t match the beach theme but they were just too cute to pass up when I saw them in the store.


Cookies 2


Last but not least, Lionsgate sent lovely wine charms for the wine glasses. I had thought about letting my guests take home the one they used, but I love the set so much I opted to keep them. My guests can enjoy them again and again – beach theme or not.


We were having too much fun eating, chatting and trying to figure out the wind chimes that we started the movie much later than normal.

The Choice is the story of Travis Shaw  (Benjamin Walker) and Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer). They are neighbors who live along a coastal beach in Willmington.

Travis is a local veterinarian and Gabby is a medical student.

Their first meeting didn’t exactly go off too well. Gabby complained that Travis, his friends and his music were too loud and disrupting her studies.

Their second encounter was also not without drama. Gabby blamed Travis for letting his dog run lose and getting her dog pregnant (not knowing that Travis’ dog was neutered).

Eventually the ice thawed between them and Travis and Gabby became friends.

Gabby had a boyfriend and Travis was romantically involved with another woman, whom he was reluctant to fully commit to.

The Choice

In time their friendship turned into something deeper. As you could probably guess, they fell in love. However, if you are a fan of Nicholas Sparks you know that nothing comes THAT easy. There has to be something life altering that comes into play that threatens the characters “happily ever after.”

What happens to Gabby and Travis? Knowing the title is The Choice you know that there must be some kind of a choice that can’t be easily made.

To find out for yourself you need to pick up a copy (or download on HD) The Choice, now available where movies are sold.

The Choice, in my opinion, is NOT one of Nicholas Sparks’ most “heart tugging” movies – thankfully. The last thing I wanted to do was ball my eyes out in front of my friends. LOL!

This is a sweet story with a somewhat predictable, but still emotional, ending.

I enjoy Teresa Palmer in this role. She was the perfect choice for Gabby. I wasn’t “feeling” Benjamin Walker in the role of Travis initially, but he grew on me.

As with every Nicholas Sparks movie the setting is an important part in the story. There were no secret bay filled with ducks like in the Notebook, but there was a secret island with the most breathtaking view (I would LOVE to visit that island).

This is a sweet movie that will leave you feeling romantic and hopeful (not depressed!). Honestly, I don’t consider this a “chick flick” either. I think men can enjoy it just as much as women.


Bonus features include:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Ross Katz and actor Benjamin Walker (I am not a fan of commentary).
  • Cinematic Choices: Making The Choice – A behind the scenes look at the making of this film. I always appreciate bonus features like this because I feel like they give you more insight into the film and a better appreciation for it.
  • Choosing Home: Nicholas Sparks and North Carolina – A look at the author’s favorite place to shoot his films.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Molly and Moby: Choice Dogs – A close up look behind two of the furry characters from the film.
  • Nicholas Sparks with... – Nicholas Sparks interviews the various cast and crew from the film.
  • Natalia Safran’s “Daylight” Music Video.

I watched the bonus features on my own, not with my guests.

As for my guests, they really enjoyed the film. Everyone kept talking about the beautiful location where it was filmed and how much we’d love to move there.

Have you seen The Choice? If so, what did you think about it?

What is your favorite Nicholas Sparks film or book?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

The Choice


*I received a free screener copy and other goodies to facilitate my review and movie night. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Disney’s Live Action Beauty and the Beast in theaters March 17, 2017



Coming to theaters next spring is the live action retelling of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast.

Disney has made several classic animated films into live action films as of late including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauy (Maleficent) and Alice in Wonderland.

Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald with Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon from a screenplay by TBD based on the 1991 animated film, the film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

Check out the teaser trailer for the film.


I can’t wait to see this. I have enjoy the other live action films and I am looking forward to this one as well.

If you would like to keep up to date on this film you can check it out on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #BeOurGuest.

What do you think about the live action version of the film? Are you excited to see it? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Be out guest


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.


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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Beyond the Known Universe available TODAY on DVD



Cowabunga Dude! There is a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVD being released today called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Beyond the Known Universe. 

The Turtles embark on an out-of-this-world adventure to save Earth in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Beyond the Known Universe, a two-disc, 12-episode adventure available on DVD May 24. In the first 12 episodes of season four of Nickelodeon’s hit television show, Leo, Raph, Donnie, and Mikey embark on their most epic adventure yet–outer space!  Allied with a cyborg known as the Fugitoid, the Turtles hurdle through space, meet strange and bizarre alien creatures, and combat galactic monsters in a race against time to save planet Earth.  The DVD release coincides with the upcoming Paramount Pictures feature film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, and comes with a National Movie Cash offer of up to $8.00 ($8.50 in Canada) off your ticket for the new film as well as a Michelangelo zipper pull as a gift with purchase.* Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution.

*while supplies last

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Beyond the Known Universecontains the following episodes: 

Disc 1:

  • Beyond the Known Universe – The Turtles meet a strange alien robot called the Fugitoid.
  • The Moons of Thalos 3 – When the Turtles crash land on an ice moon along with the enemy, they must put their differences aside to survive.
  • The Weird World of Wyrm – When Casey discovers a hypercube, he unleashes a fourth-dimensional being, Wyrm.
  • The Outlaw Armaggon – When Lord Dregg hires a bounty hunter to destroy the Turtles, the team flees to an abandoned space station.
  • Riddle of the Ancient Aeons – The Turtles find themselves on a planet of pure evil.
  • Journey to the Center of Mikey’s Mind – When microscopic aliens invade Mikey’s mind, the Turtles have to chase them through the strange world of Mikey’s subconscious.
  • The Arena of Carnage – The Turtles are captured and thrown into the Triceraton Arena!

Disc 2:

  • The War for Dimension X – The Turtles have to gain the trust of the Utrom Council to find the next piece of the Black Hole Generator.
  • The Cosmic Ocean – The Turtles journey through an ocean-like area of space.
  • Trans-Dimensional Turtles – The Turtles are transported to another dimension, where they meet their ’80s alternate-reality counterparts.
  • Revenge of the Triceratons – Donatello is feeling inferior to Fugitoid, but his intellect is put to the test when the Triceratons attack!
  • The Evil of Dregg – When Raphael loses his fighting mojo, he must overcome his feelings to save his brothers from certain doom.
  • SPECIAL FEATURE – TMNT: Kicking Shell & Taking Names – Series recap.

The DVD set has a run time of 304 minutes and a suggested retail value of $19.99. Look for the DVD where ever DVDs are sold.



*I received a free copy in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. 

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Alice Through the Looking Glass in theaters May 27, 2016 – FREE activity sheets available


Movie Poster

Coming to a theater near you on May 27, 2016 is Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass. The film brings back many of the characters from the original Alice in Wonderland film including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas, Rhys Ifans with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

In Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland to save her friend the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings a unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. Alice Through the Looking Glass reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.

Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past three years sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland. Reuniting with her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the White Queen and the Cheshire Cat, Alice must save the Hatter and Underland itself, before time runs out. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.

Check out this brief clip from the movie.


It looks very interesting.

Here is a link to the film’s movie page – Movies.Disney.com/Alice-Through-the-Looking-Glass.

If you would like to learn more about the film you can check out the official Facebook page as well as the film on Instagram. In addition, you can check out Walt Disney Studios on Twitter. The official hashtag is #ThroughtheLookingGlass.

To help get you excited about the film I have some FREE activity sheets you can save to your computer (download), print out and enjoy. Simply click on the link below each image to download the activities.

What do you think about the film? Do you think you will go and see it? Did you see the original film, Alice in Wonderland?


Alice Through the Looking Glass Bookmarks

Coloring Pages

Alice Through the Looking Glass Coloring Pages


Alice Through the Looking Glass Giant PuzzleMaze

Alice Through the Looking Glass Maze


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers.

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