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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.

PERFORMANCES
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
Tickets start at $33.50 and are available by visiting www.FoxTheatre.org/phantom, 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  www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour or www.BroadwayInAtlanta.com

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MORE INFO
For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, please visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour/

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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: http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/

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.

Loving This: The Create 365 Happy Planner – A Review

TheHappyPlannerHave you met the NEW Create 365 Happy Planner from Me & My Big Ideas? If you’re a planner nut like me, you’re going to love it. When I first saw pictures of it surfacing on Instagram, I fell in love, and immediately wanted one. This response was very similar to what happened when I first met the Erin Condren Life Planner last year, but I think I was a little more excited about the Happy Planner, if that’s even possible. Part of the excitement was that I couldn’t even get my hands on it right away. This is BRAND NEW.

Monthly View - with a little decoration for July 4th
Monthly View – with a little decoration for July 4th

The Happy Planner was released in April, I believe, but then there was the whole port embargo or something crazy on the west coast, so it wasn’t actually available to ship to stores until May. Luckily, Me & My Big Ideas (MAMBI) has their own online shop, and the planners were available there first. Was I one of the first to order on the very first day? No, but it was hard. I think I waited about 5 days before I took the plunge. I wasn’t sure about buying it, even though I wanted it; I already had an ECLP that’s good through December of this year. But when have I ever let something like that stop me? Yeah. Never.

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Notes/Birthdays Page Before Monthly Divider

I couldn’t wait to get it, and it actually didn’t take long to ship, hurrah! I’ve been spoiled by Amazon, and now can’t stand to wait more than 2 days for anything I order to get to me. I didn’t do an unboxing video or anything crazy like that, but here are my first thoughts and reasons why I love this planner.

LOVE:

  • It’s so pretty! Love the gold foil, even though I wasn’t sure about it.
  • Removable pages.
  • Ability to add pages/inserts (oh, the possibilities).
  • Interchangeable covers.
  • Expandable – larger rings/discs can be purchased, which equals more pages!
  • Monthly/weekly views.
  • Lays flat.
  • Daily morning/day/night divisions.
  • You can fold it over on itself, like a notebook.
  • Tabs for each month.
  • The discs have hearts in the center!
  • The weekends in the weekly view are shaded, setting Saturday and Sunday apart from the rest of the week. As it should be.
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Weekly View

Love a little less:

  • The monthly tabs aren’t laminated, BUT, the front and back covers actually lay over them, so that should help keep them from getting bendy. I may still get tab covers just to be on the safe side.
  • No personalized covers unless I make them myself. Don’t think I won’t.
  • You have to get a special hole punch in order to add your own pages and inserts. A standard 3-hole punch won’t work (at least not that I’ve discovered).
  • It’s printed in China.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love my Erin Condren, and will continue to use it. I haven’t actually used the Happy Planner yet, as it doesn’t start until July 2015, and I haven’t gotten the extension pack with customizable extra pages to go ahead and start using it now, but I will soon.

Overall, I’m really happy with this planner and excited to use it.

I’ll be doing a full-on comparison between the Erin Condren Life Planner and The Happy Planner in my next post, so stay tuned!

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Fun Finds Friday: The Erin Condren Life Planner

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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?

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