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Jack’s First Musical: Aladdin at the Hippodrome

3 Dec

I’ve loved watching musicals as long as I can remember. I was in a few musicals in middle school and high school, and even minored in Theater in college. So, whenever I get the chance to see a really, really good show on Broadway or a touring production in DC or Baltimore I jump on it!

I had wanted to see Aladdin when I was in NYC in 2015, but tickets were crazy expensive for the crappiest seats. So when I heard on the radio that a touring production of Aladdin was coming to the Hippodrome in Baltimore, I clicked right over to check out available tickets. I also thought it might be the perfect first show for Jack. He really enjoyed the on-stage productions when we saw them on cruise ships, so I hoped that 7 ½ was the magical age to take him to “the theatre” (you have to say that in a super snobby way, FYI).

Anywhoo. I snapped up a couple fantastically close tickets for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We didn’t have any Thanksgiving plans this year (our dinner was on Friday instead), so I figured that way we can both sleep in afterwards.

Here we are right before the show started:

And…he LOVED it! I had to remind him a few times not to talk during the show – which was especially hilarious when a funny scene ended and Jack loudly said “THAT GUY IS REALLY FUNNY” to the amusement of everyone around us. It was Aladdin though, so there were lots of other kids in the theater who were much louder than Jack.

The show itself was phenomenal. I have super high standards for musical numbers and OHMYGOSH the performer’s voices were insanely good. Their harmonies gave me chills and Aladdin, his three best friends, and the Genie were FANTASTIC!

Even better, when I asked Jack if he’d be interested in seeing another show one day he said “YES! OF COURSE! That was SO AWESOME!” So yeah, proud theater mommy over here.

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My Christmas Wish List

2 Dec

Each year I have a terrible time coming up with a Christmas wish list. The problem is, if I want something… I stalk it until it’s on sale and then I just buy it for myself! So, when Christmas rolls around, I don’t know what to ask for. However, around this time each year my mom asks for my Christmas Wish list… so I had to think up something.

I’ll put together my list of things I’ve bought over the last year and loved for you soon (maybe next week?), but for now, this is my exact list I gave my mom. Maybe it will help some of you figure out what you might want!

Gray Stripe Tablecloth, $17.99 (find it here) and Chevron Place mats, $4.99 each (find them here).


We use a tablecloth on our kitchen table because it’s pretty beat up and I can’t commit to spending a bunch of money on a new table. I have a couple I rotate between, but could really use a new one to add to the mix. I picked out this tablecloth and place mats from Target because they are neutral, but still pretty fun.

CleverMade EcoBasket Reusable Grocery Tote Bags, 3 pack, $29.99 (find them here)


We shop at Aldi, which means that we have to bring our reusable grocery bags with us each time. I have a few from a previous school fundraiser that I’m currently using, but I don’t love them. I did a ton of research on Amazon and found this 3-pack of collapsible bags on Amazon and they seem like exactly what I’ve been looking for.

L.L. Bean Wicked Good Camp Moccasins, $79 (find them here)

Source: L.L.

I pretty much ask for these same slippers every 2-3 years because I wear them from September to May. I love the L.L. Bean version because they are super fuzzy and warm inside and have an actual sole in case you need to run outside to take the trash out. They also go on sale around the holidays, so don’t pay full price!

Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla coffee, $6 (find it here)


I know it’s not very fancy, but it’s awfully useful. Both Travis and I make a pot of Dunkin Donuts vanilla coffee every single morning and I just can’t start my day without it. I feel like I’m buying it ALL THE TIME, so I figured I’d stick it on my Christmas list!

Hard Cider Tasting Pack

We loooove hard ciders, so a mixed tasting pack of a bunch of different ciders to try would be pretty great! Most of the liquor stores by us allow you to mix your own 6 pack, so I’m hoping for a cornucopia of cidery goodness.

There was nothing super crazy big or cool on my list, just a bunch of useful odds and ends. I actually love receiving items that I can immediately put to use… so this list is just a little bit of perfect for me.

Bonus Husband Round: As I said, I’m terrible to shop for — which includes my husband trying to buy me gifts. Last year I told him to take Jack to Homegoods/TJ Maxx and spend $50 on random stuff I’d like and it worked out wonderfully. This year, I’m planning to do the same thing… but I also realized my favorite pajama pants were starting to get a hole.

As it turns out, Soma is having an online sale right now so I ordered myself a few new things and will be sticking them under the tree from my husband. It’s a win-win for everyone!


Here’s what I ordered: Embliss Knit Lace Trip Sleep Top, Cool Nights Lace Flutter Sleeve Top, Lace Trim Sleep Pants, and Cool Nights Pajama pants. Sizing tips: I’ve found that the pants tend to stretch over time, so even though I typically have a large butt I get a medium in Soma pajama pants. I stick with larges for tops though!

What do you have on your list this year?

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Loving Right Now: Dollface

26 Nov

{Pssst, my Loving Right Now posts aren’t paid or sponsored or anything. They are just stuff that I’m totally digging now and thought you would like too. You can check out my previous posts here}

So the one show I wanted to watch before I cancelled my Hulu subscription was Dollface. I’d seen a few advertisements on Instagram and I thought it looked kind of funny. It was also only 10 episodes and they were 30 minute each, so I felt like it was the perfect binging size for me.

Here, check it out:

I wasn’t really sure if I liked it after the first episode, but I pushed on. And I really did end up liking the series. Well, there was one Wizard of Oz themed episode that was kind of cringy, but the rest of it was pretty darn funny.

So now I want to know… did you watch it?

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Spoilers for the Winter 2019 Causebox

25 Nov

One of the things I really like about Causebox is that they release spoilers before the box is out. This is pretty awesome because if you’re an annual member and not thrilled with the spoilers, you can pause your box!

They just released the Winter 2019 Causebox spoilers, so let’s check them out together:

Imani Collective Knit Throw Blanket, $120 retail value


First up is this oversized throw blanket in either slate or cream (annual subscribers get to pick and monthly subscribers will be surprised). We have throw blankets ALL OVER our house and I am of the mind that you can never have too many, so bring it on! I’m going to pick the slate gray version pictured above.

Choice 1:

  • Samara Luxe Jewelry Box, $42 retail value
  • Artisan Direct Gold Servings Spoons, $39 retail value
  • SIIZU Convertible Mittens, $33 retail value

For the first choice, annual subscribers get to pick between a travel jewelry box, servings spoons, or mittens. I don’t really have much use for any of the items — I already have gloves AND mittens, and I don’t travel with much jewelry, so after some back-and-forth I decided to pick the gold serving spoons.

Choice 2:

  • VITIV Daily Hair Vitamin, $30 retail value
  • PUR 4-in-1 Correcting Primer, $33 retail value

This was another tough choice – I had to pick between a spray in hair vitamin or a correcting primer. While I have plenty of hair conditioning stuff already in rotation, I decided to try out the primer simply because I’ve never tried a primer before. I’m not really a full-face makeup person (usually I just do my eyes and chapstick), so I thought it might be fun to give it a try.

Choice 3:

  • Machete Holiday Hair Clip Set
  • Foxy Originals Mix & Match Stud Earrings
Source: Causebox Instagram

This was an easy choice… I hate the hair clips! They just look like something that you can find at Walgreens for a dollar, so I did not want them in my box. As for the earrings, I basically never change out my diamond studs… but if I did, these are awfully cute. I’ll either gift these or try them myself at some point.

Every season, members receive a limited edition curation of products from the leading socially conscious brands. Some of them are designed exclusively for CAUSEBOX. Each box is designed and filled with love. From the original artwork on the outside of the box, to the lovingly handmade products that fill it up, there is love in every detail. The cost is $49.95 per quarter if you subscribe annually, or $54.95 per quarter if you subscribe by the quarter. I don’t have a referral code to give you, but if you click on their website you might see a pop-up with a promo code on it:

Are you a CAUSEBOX subscriber? What is your favorite spoiler for the Winter box?

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.

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