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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fall into Fall with Just Between Friends Lees Summit!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Just Between Friends of Lee’s Summit. All opinions are my own. 

Back to school seems to be in full swing, and for me, that's crazy to believe. We're still busy playing outside and visiting splash parks, but we've had a hint of fall weather this week and that reminded me that I need to take stock of what kind of clothes the kids need for the upcoming seasons! Is your child's wardrobe already set for colder temperatures, or do you still need to do some shopping?

I've never been a fan of paying full retail prices for clothing - that's just crazy, because kids outgrow things way too quickly! And let's talk about Christmas...who wants to pay retail prices for holiday surprises? I can't wait to shop the Just Between Friends Lees Summit sale and save on it all!


I've been to this sale multiple times. If you're new to consignment shopping, it can be a little bit overwhelming! There is a lot of stuff at each and every sale! The most important tip I can offer is this: don't go in there without a list of what you plan to buy. You'll get distracted without it! It's my goal to snag some winter gear and Christmas gifts for the kids when I'm shopping this weekend.


Last fall, I shopped a JBF sale and saved 78% on the items in the photo above! You can read more about my #BestDeal here!

Need more info? Check out the JBF Lee's Summit website for all the details you need. You can join their email newsletter for details on how to consign, shop, or volunteer.

If you're planning to stop by the sale, here's where to find it:
John Knox Pavilion in Lee's Summit
520 NW Murray Rd, Lees Summit, MO 64081 

Thursday 10am: Primetime $10 Admission (you get the best selection at this early sale and all fees go to help JBF's charity partners!)
Friday 10-7: $2 admission 
Saturday 10-5: free admission 
Sunday 10-5: free admission (50% off sale!!) 

When you visit on Sunday for the 50% sale, bring your kids along to get a FREE photo from Bailey Paige Photo at her fall themed photo booth. Dress your kids in their Halloween costumes or just a cute fall outfit and download your free photo after you get home!

Follow along on Periscope to see behind the scenes of the sale - @JBFAmber will be posting all weekend long! You can also watch for me on Thursday morning around 9 AM when I'll be sharing my favorite deals on Facebook, Twitter, and on Periscope - @directorjewels!

If you're planning to shop the sale, don't miss the Facebook party for tips to find deals and the chance to win prizes like front of the line passes, prime time passes, JBF bucks, and more! The party is TONIGHT, Tuesday 8/25 at 9 PM central time. RSVP here!

What's the best consignment deal you've ever snagged?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

DIY Kid's Back to School Craft Station

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SchoolYearReady #CollectiveBias



I can't believe that summer is coming to a close and kids will be heading back to school soon. Wasn't it just the first of June? It's been a very busy summer here, and we're gearing up to start our at-home preschool program this fall. Lincoln and Addie are both so excited - they can't wait! Anytime we do a project that includes letters, numbers, paint, or glue, they are thrilled.

To get our schoolroom ready, I wanted to put together something to hold their basic craft supplies. I'm much more likely to sit down for craft projects multiple times a week if the supplies don't have to be dragged out of boxes and bins. It was a pretty quick project - only took part of a morning to make.


DIY Kid's Craft Station
Supplies Needed
-Tray
-Bowl
-Small Candlestick
-Spray Paint
-Glue (you can use something strong like E6000 - but hot glue might work depending on your materials)
-Craft Supplies


To make the craft station, find a tray and bowl to use for your storage area. Mine are made out of very light plastic, so they won't hold up any really heavy craft supplies. For the small items I'm using they turned out fine, but I might get a heavier plastic when I make another one! Step one is to spray paint the tray, bowl, and candlestick. Once they have dried, you just glue them together with the candlestick between the two pieces.


Once your craft station is put together, you can head to Walmart to stock up on school supplies while you wait for the glue to dry! Our list of supplies, of course, included Scotch® Magic Tape. There's no way we could get through preschool crafts without it! I found the Scotch® Magic Tape in both the stationary and seasonal sections at Walmart.


We stocked up on other preschool craft supplies too, and went home to get our craft station all set up.


With supplies like googly eyes, paper fasteners, craft sticks, and pom-poms, I know we will be able to create endless projects this school year.


I had to get some Post-It® Notes, too - in our house, we can never have too many of those. The kids love playing with them and I love that Post-It® products always stick securely, yet remove cleanly.


Which 3M products are essentials on your back to school shopping list? How much Scotch® Tape do you use in a typical school year?

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SchoolYearReady #CollectiveBias

Monday, August 3, 2015

Simple Choices with T-Mobile + Target Gift Card Giveaway

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Coupons.com, but all opinions are my own. 

How much are you paying for your phone service? It can be overwhelming to find a good deal in the sea of mobile offers out there! It's much more fun to spend time picking out which phone you want instead of which plan - so I'm always up for a deal that's easy to understand. I much prefer a Simple Choice if I have to make a choice at all!.


There are many plans out there, plus T-Mobile coupons to help sweeten the deal. T-Mobile's Simple Prepaid Plan is one of the easiest-to-understand plans I've found.

Here are the details!

T-he plan starts out at $40 for unlimited talk, text, and 1GB of 4G LTE data. It includes unlimited talk, text and data while on the network, with no overages or annual service contracts! NOW! includes unlimited calls and text to and from any number, including mobile phones, in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. You can even use your monthly 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada like in the U.S., at no extra charge.

-Data Stash™ rolls your unused 4G LTE data forward in to the next month, for domestic use in the next 12 months. Available with 3GB and 5GB data options.

-Music Freedom™ with unlimited music streaming on our network from top services such as Pandora and iHeart Radio without using your data.

-Unlimited data and texting when you travel to any of 120+ countries and destinations so you can stay connected when you’re abroad.

-Wi-Fi Calling: every Wi-Fi connection works like a T-Mobile tower.

-Smartphone mobile hotspot: Use your device as a Wi-Fi hotspot.


What would you do with all the savings from a Simple Choice phone plan?

Giveaway

One person will win a $300 Target Gift Card! This giveaway will end on September 3 at 11:59pm CST. This giveaway is open to US readers only. Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited.

To enter the giveaway, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below (you may need Javascript enabled to see the form and it may take a moment to load)! Once you complete the first entry, the other options will open up so that you can complete them as well. All of the "extra entries" are optional - you can do just one, or as many as you want! Winners will be contacted by email. Good   luck!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Mary Poppins at Kansas City Starlight Theatre {Review}

Disclosure: I received press passes to attend this event. No other compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own. 

Fiona Scott as Jane Banks, Analisa Leaming as Mary Poppins, and Maddox Bane
as Michael Banks in Starlight Theatre's production of MARY POPPINS. Photo by Kelsey Clark.

I've wanted to see a professional production of Mary Poppins for years. I was delighted to learn that this show would grace the stage under the stars this summer at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City.

With a rehearsal time period of under two weeks, sixteen Kansas City actors, and a heaping spoonful of magic, this production is breezing by in a hurry - it's only playing through August 2. The production was designed just for Starlight's audience and features new costumes created by Kansas City Costume Co. plus a set that was designed and constructed in collaboration with four other regional theatres across the country. The set design is seamless and scene changes fly by in a blink.

Each member of the cast exhibits the expected spirit of the familiar characters. I feel that a longer rehearsal time period may have built some additional chemistry and better pacing between the characters, but the energy was high and the crowd was enthusiastic. The musical's plot is a combination of the Disney musical adaptation and the original stories written by P.L. Travers.

Most people expect to see someone who reminds them of Julie Andrews in the title role, and Analisa Leaming (last seen at Starlight in The Sound of Music) did not disappoint. She was anything but a carbon copy, but portrayed a lovely character both reminiscent of the practically perfect movie and filled with new spirit of her own.

Fiona Scott of St. Louis stars as Jane Banks, and Maddox Bane of Kansas City stars as
Michael Banks in Starlight Theatre's production of MARY POPPINS. Photo by Kelsey Clark.

All in all, it is a magical production that will delight both young and old. There's a particularly supercalifragilisticexpialidocious bit of magic toward the end of the show that had the audience in awe! Make sure you stay for the curtain call singalong, too. I have to say that this is the first Starlight show I have seen in years where everyone stayed in their seats until the last note of music played. The fun was just too much - no one wanted to leave!

Tickets for Mary Poppins at Starlight Theatre are on sale now for $12 to $92. Tickets are available online at Starlight Theatre, by calling 816.363.STAR (7827) or at the Starlight box office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132. All performances begin at 8 p.m.

Thanks to Starlight Theatre for providing my tickets to the show. I received no other compensation and all views expressed are my own. For more information, you can read my Disclosure Policy.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at Kansas City Starlight Theatre {Review}

Disclosure: I received press passes to attend this event. No other compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own. 

I was so excited to learn that Starlight Theatre in my Kansas City hometown would be featuring Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella as part of their summer season. I wanted so badly to see this production on Broadway in 2013, but that wasn't logistically possible at the time. I'm a big fan of Laura Osnes, who originated the role of Cinderella in the Broadway revival, and just from watching promo spots back then, I knew this was a show not to be missed. I was not wrong about that!


Paige Faure in the National Tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
Photo © Carol Rosegg.

It was raining at Starlight on Tuesday evening for opening night, but that didn't stop the air from being filled with great anticipation. Everywhere I looked, there were little girls sporting princess dresses and painted faces. Starlight is offering a pre-show family event, the “Fairy Tale Festival.” The festival is open from 6:00 to 7:45 pm each night and includes activities like face painting, crafts, games, storytelling and more. If you have a pair of outgrown children's shoes taking up space in your house, make sure you bring them to donate to Operation Breakthrough as part of Starlight's "If the Shoe Doesn't Fit, Bring It!" charitable program.

The Cast of the National Tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Photo © Carol Rosegg.

Cinderella dazzles the audience from start to finish, from the ornate set design to the more than three hundred beautiful costumes (more on those later) to the breathtaking choreography. There are so many positive things I could say about this show that I think it would be easier for you to just watch it yourself and be astounded right along with me. A truly family-friendly spectacle, with nothing offensive for parents to worry about, this show was the highlight of the season for me, so far.

From Ella's In My Own Little Corner to Impossible/It's Possible to Ten Minutes Ago, we're captivated by Ella (played on tour by Paige Faure) and her desire to see her greatest wishes granted, while maintaining her character of kindness. You can't help but root for a character who displays a heart as pure as gold. Faure brings Ella to life with sweetness and charm, and I'm guessing every little girl in the audience went home dreaming of starring in that role someday.

Beth Glover, Kaitlyn Davidson, Aymee Garcia & Paige Faure in the National Tour of
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Photo © Carol Rosegg.

The supporting cast is strong and brings joy and laughter to the audience over and over again. Madame (played by Beth Glover), Gabrielle (Kaitlyn Davidson), and especially Charlotte (Aymee Garcia) stole the show with their lovely over-the-top character representations of Cinderella's infamous stepmother and stepsisters. The characters themselves have been redefined for the production, and it's nice to see some development in them, rather than just watching three ladies be "evil" throughout. A Lovely Night was hilarious and well-acted by these ladies and Ella.

Kecia Lewis & Paige Faure in the National Tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
Photo © Carol Rosegg.

Marie (the Fairy Godmother, portrayed by Kecia Lewis) stole the show at moments for sure. She has more than one magical transformation. It's always a delight to see young audience members light up at a bit of stage magic, but this show successfully caused more than just the little girls in princess dresses think that the impossible was indeed coming true right before their eyes.

Speaking of impossible, I have to throw it out there that I was one hundred percent blown away by the onstage costume transformations. I've never seen anything like it in my life. Go see this show for that, if for nothing else! I'm a director/actress/costume designer (not for Broadway by any means), but I was flabbergasted and have spent quite a few hours since seeing the show trying to figure out the costume design. Kudos to costume designer William Ivey Long for creating "impossible" magic to take this show above and beyond magical.

Adrian Arrieta, Paige Faure & Blakely Slaybaugh in the National Tour
of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Photo © Carol Rosegg.

If you need a night of magic and adventure, this show is at the top of my recommendation list this summer. Don't miss the tour stop here in Kansas City!

Andy Huntington Jones & Paige Faure in the National Tour of
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Photo © Carol Rosegg.
Tickets for Cinderella at Starlight Theatre are on sale now for $12 to $92. Tickets are available online at Starlight Theatre, by calling 816.363.STAR (7827) or at the Starlight box office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132. All performances begin at 8 p.m. You can follow the Cinderella Tour on Twitter and Facebook - and make sure you check out the Cinderella YouTube channel for sneak peek videos!

Thanks to Starlight Theatre for providing my tickets to the show. I received no other compensation and all views expressed are my own. For more information, you can read my Disclosure Policy.
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