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Don’t Miss “The Phantom of the Opera” at The Fox in Atlanta – Through Mar. 5

Image credit: Matthew Murphy
Image credit: Matthew Murphy

It is both iconic and amazing, weighing as much or more than a water buffalo and having a drop speed of 10 feet per second, but the chandelier from PHANTOM is just one of many meticulously constructed set  pieces which make Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA so mesmerizing. The music, of course, is also legendary, and listening to the live orchestra is a treat which far surpasses any recorded offering. It staggers the imagination to consider the time and effort that went into this production which boasts a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.​

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The many moving lights, haze, and smoke effects are amazing and might make members of the fire department the rare few who are unable to appreciate this unique production. Even if there were no pyrotechnics (and there are 50 elements in the chandelier alone), these guys would still have to be on hand, because Katie Travis as Christine is simply electric, setting off sparks with every aria.

The love story of the music of the night, replete with angst, yearning, rejection and redemption is an emotionally gripping tale complemented with choreography and singing so superb that we were eager for intermission to finish and the production to resume. The poignant portrayal of the man behind the mask, brought to life by Derrick Davis, would be a winner for any date night.

See The Phantom of The Opera and enjoy “The Music of The Night” at The Fox Theatre here in Atlanta – playing through March 5, 2017.

The performance schedule is as follows:

Tuesday-Thursday 7:30 p.m.
Thursday 1 p.m.
Friday 8 p.m.
Saturday 2 p.m., 8 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $33.50 and are available by visiting, calling 1-855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office (660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308). Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit or

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Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets to this performance in exchange for this review. Opinions, however, are entirely my own. Go see it. Really.

Now at Fernbank: Wild Weather Exhibit and Extreme Weather 3D

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My 10-year old daughter and I recently had the opportunity to visit Fernbank Museum of Natural History to tour their new exhibit Wild Weather and view Fernbank’s first-ever 3D film Extreme Weather 3D.

From hurricanes to snowstorms, and tornadoes to droughts, there’s so much to see in this exhibit, and the many hands-on learning opportunities for kids keep them actively involved. The snow section offers an igloo to climb through (not made of ice), as well as a kitchen area where we learned how to be prepared in case of emergencies. My daughter’s favorite part in this section was the virtual window, where she could control the snowfall intensity, size of snowflakes, and the wind speed. It was a blizzard outside by the time she was done!

There was a display of actual photos from natural disasters here in the U.S., such as Hurricanes Ike and Katrina. My daughter was able to see just how much destruction weather phenomena can cause. From there, we moved on to the cockpit of an airplane where we could see the view from a Hurricane Hunter plane as it flies through a hurricane, or view what it’s like from the ground. In this sections there’s also a great spot for a photo op; we were totally blown away!

When we were finished in the exhibit, we headed to the new Giant Screen Theater to view Extreme Weather 3D. The theater re-launch kicks off the Museum’s 24th year in Atlanta, replacing the previous projection system with state-of-the-art digital laser projection with 3D capabilities – this theater is simply amazing! The ground-breaking laser-illuminated projection system was designed and installed by giant-screen industry leaders D3D Cinema, and engages moviegoers in the sights and sounds of science-based films unlike ever before. We donned our 3D glasses, sat in our comfy seats, and stared in awe at the truly giant screen. I felt like we were in the boat right next to an Alaskan glacier with the researchers. Ashes and embers from wildfires seemed close enough to reach out and grab. The movie itself was fascinating, covering tornadoes, Alaskan glaciers, and wildfires. When it was over, I asked my daughter to describe the movie in one word. Her response: “Awesome!” The exhibit and movie are a definite must see.

Want to go?

See the Wild Weather exhibit at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, through May, 7, 2017. Extreme Weather 3D is playing through May 19 in the newly updated Giant Screen Theater.

Hours: 10am to 5pm daily
Location: 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Phone: 404.929.6300
Website & Tickets:

Looking for more fun things to do around Atlanta? Check out Macaroni Kid Smyrna Vinings Marietta and Macaroni Kid Buckhead Midtown Brookhaven!

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*The author received complimentary tickets to this exhibit in return for this write-up. All opinions, however, are entirely her own.

Legging Love and a Giveaway!

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It’s funny how things come back around, especially in fashion. I remember in late middle school, early high school when leggings, known then as “stirrup pants” were all the rage. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a pair of black stirrup pants, so off to Maurices we went where black stirrup pants and a long dark green v-neck tunic sweater were procured. I threw on a white scoop neck shirt under the sweater and a long ankh necklace (probably from Contempo Casuals), and I was good to go. That was my favorite outfit. I even had a black Debbie Gibson-esque hat to go with it. Ah, the early-nineties. Gotta love it.

These days when someone mentions leggings, the first name that comes to mind is Lularoe. This company seems to have single-handedly brought leggings back into vogue through their hundreds of consultants now pushing the product on Facebook. I can’t tell you how many LLR Facebook groups I’m currently in, because not all consultants carry the same selection. If you don’t have fast fingers when you see something you like, you’re out of luck. The purchase process is kind of annoying; you can’t just go to one website and buy what you want. You have to stalk at least eight different consultants to find what you’re looking for, then you have to “Claim” it, fill out a form, then wait for an invoice to pay. Annoying.

Leggings, thick socks, and chill.

You have options. I recently found a company called Legging Army offering leggings that are practically the same as the Lularoe version. Super soft, super comfy, the same fabric content, fun patterns AND solids (yes, black is currently available), always FREE shipping, and the best part: you can order from a website and they’ll show up at your door! No more stalking, no more waiting for an online “pop up shop” to see what the selection is. It really is a One Stop Legging Shop. Check out all they have to offer here.

Now that I’ve found these awesome leggings, I’m offering a giveaway! See below for details..and good luck!

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It’s the Most, Wonderful Time of the Year…

…no no, not that one. But it IS coming right up! But, right now is the most popular Customer Special of the year for Thirty-One! Our best-selling Large Utility Tote is the Customer Special this month, AND you can also get the INSERT for the tote! The Stand Tall Insert is only available once a year, and they always sell out, so be sure to get yours! The Insert adds stability to the Large Utility Tote, and pockets, making the tote even better!

Ready to order? Go to and shop online. Or, call/text/email me for more details!


Catching Up…

Latest-UpdatesJumping back in with a few updates!

1. In my last post, I was absolutely gushing over The Happy Planner. I like it, it’s a nice planner, but I decided to go back to my Erin Condren Life Planner. Why? I’ll post about that later.

2. I became an Independent Consultant with Thirty-One Gifts, and I absolutely LOVE it! I’ll post more about that later, too, but, in the meantime, if you’d like more information, or a catalog, fill out this form:  Be sure to check out my website:

3. You may be asking, has the scope of your blog changed? Not really…you may see more posts about my business, but all in all, it’ll stay the same, at this point. I hope you keep reading! :)


Easy Cheesy Mexican Rice in the Rice Cooker!


Do you love the rice you get with your dish at your favorite Mexican restaurant? Are you looking for an easy way to recreate it at home? We have ‘Taco Tuesday’ nearly every week, and Mexican or Spanish Rice makes a great side dish. I was buying the packs of precooked 60-second Mexican Rice at the grocery store, but those packets are kind of expensive when you’re buying them week after week. And there’s no telling what kind of stuff is in there – hello, ingredients I can’t pronounce. So, I went on the hunt for an easy and tasty recipe that I could make at home. Specifically, I wanted something that I could just throw in my rice cooker and let it do all the work.

I finally found a recipe that I modified a bit, and the family loves it! This is a regular in our house, and if we don’t have it with our tacos, enchiladas, and/or quesadillas, there is mutiny. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Rice Cooker Easy Cheesy Mexican Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: About 2 cups


  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 to 1 cup cheese - depends on how cheesy you want your rice!


  1. Place all ingredients in your rice cooker, and stir gently.
  2. Select the "White Rice" setting.
  3. Check the rice after 30 minutes - my rice cooker doesn't need the entire cycle, or the rice will be over cooked.


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I just wanted to post a quick note to say THANK YOU for the response to my free printable below. I’ve been completely shocked at how many times it has been downloaded! I sincerely hope the stickers bring a little bit of light and motivation to your week. I know I love seeing them in my planner! Speaking of which, I need to print out and whip up some more.

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Saturday Steals: Famous Footwear BOGO – Great for Back to School

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Yes, it’s Back to School time! School starts for us on Monday, August 4, which seems super-early, but really, it can’t come fast enough in my opinion! But that’s another post.

Back to School time means shopping to get the kids geared up and ready to go – time to replace all the clothes and shoes they outgrew and/or ruined over the summer! Shoes are always the most expensive in our household, as I refuse to buy used shoes for the kids. Clothes, fine. Shoes, no way; they need the support only new shoes, especially sneakers, can offer, in my opinion.


Famous Footwear is currently running their BOGO deal: Buy one pair of shoes, get another pair of equal or lesser value for half price. I love this deal. And, to top it off, if you join their Rewards program, you get a coupon for an ADDITIONAL 20% off! If you don’t want to join, but why wouldn’t you, you can still get a coupon for 15% off. Still a great deal.

I ended up getting a pair of Skechers Light-Up sneakers (they both insisted) for each of the kids for a grand total of $40. TWO pairs of SKECHERS for $40. You can’t beat that. They’re happy, I’m happy.

Fun Finds Friday: The Erin Condren Life Planner


I’ve always been a paper planner kind of girl. I just love paper. I posted a while back about creating my own blog planner, and I am still excited about that thing (I just need to use it!). In that post I mentioned about creating my own personal daily planner, but that hasn’t happened yet. Then, just recently, I discovered the Erin Condren Life Planners, and I’m kind of obsessed. This planner looks exactly like what I would have created for myself! It’s like it came from my brain, it’s that scary.

It is a little pricey, starting at $50, but there are so many ways to customize the planner to fit your needs. I love looking at how others are using their planners – just search for #erincondren on Instagram or Pinterest, and you’ll see thousands of different ways people are using them. From daily planners, to fitness tracking, to meal planning – so many options. All of the washi tape and cute stickers just make me go ooohh and ahhhh constantly.

In spite of the price, I do plan on buying one very soon. I just can’t resist all of the cuteness! These planners are so pretty and cheerful, how could I not use it?