Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Kids Summer Activity in Atlanta - The Alliance Theater show The Dancing Granny

My son and I have seen numerous shows at the Alliance Theater and we have never been disappointed. The Alliance is currently undergoing a renovation and has taken the show on the road. The first show of the 2017-18 Alliance on the road season is The Dancing Granny, based on the book by Newbury Honor winner, Ashley Bryan. We are excited about seeing this show because we’ve already visited the exhibit of Mr. Bryan’s work that is at the High Museum through January 2018. The Dancing Granny is a family friendly one act play that opened on June 11th at Olgethrope University. The Dancing Granny is the story of how Anase the spider, a character well known in African folklore, tries to trick Granny into dancing away from her grandson so that he can steal her vegetables. His plan is thwarted when he gets caught up in dancing himself!

This show will be especially fun for us because my mother is going to see it with us, so my son may very well have his own dancing granny before it is all said and done! The show is running until July 16th. Tickets are currently available for the showing at The Galloway School until July 2nd and then moves to my alma mater Spelman College July 8th through July 16th. Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $8 for children 6-17 and free for children 5 and under. You can purchase your tickets for the show here.

We can’t wait to see the show and hope that you and your family take the opportunity to see this unique performance by The Alliance Theater!

Disclosure: I received tickets to preview the show, all opinions are my own. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Don't miss Finding Neverland at the Fabulous Fox Theater! #BroadwayinAtlanta

My son and I had the distinct pleasure of going to see the Broadway in Atlanta production of Finding Neverland on opening night at the Fabulous Fox Theater. We have seen numerous shows there but after seeing this one, my son said “Thank you for bringing me, this one is my favorite!” I have to say I was blown away because he nor I had any expectations going in. I didn’t tell him we were going to the show until we arrived at the theater and I had was not familiar with the show. I actually thought it was a take on the classic, Peter Pan...and in a way it was, it is the story of the author J.M. Barrie and how he finds inspiration to write the play after a chance meeting with the Llewelyn family in Kensington Park. The family is composed of Sylvia and her 4 fun loving boys.

The music was phenomenal. On more than one occasion I found myself tapping my foot and wanted to dance along with the cast of characters. The show delved into the world of imagination and the visual effects were spectacular. This is a show the entire family can truly enjoy, my son will be ten on Sunday and this was a birthday treat (we attended the 7:30 show on a school night). He was attentive for the entire musical. It was filled with dialogue that could be appreciated by the young and innuendo for the adults in the audience.

We were entertained by the real life characters and there were appearances by Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Tinkerbell. My absolute favorite scene was when Captain Hook entered the psyche of J.M. Barrie. Overall, this is a can’t miss show. I was more than pleasantly surprised when I realized this was a show about “the making of Peter Pan” because it was a totally new story for me. Finding Neverland is playing at the Fabulous Fox theater from now until May 21st. Be sure to get your tickets and treat your family to what is sure to be one of your favorite Broadway in Atlanta musicals! Tickets are available on the Fabulous Fox Theater website.

Disclosure: I was provided with media passes for this show. As usual, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Celebrate Mother's Day and help battle breast cancer #ProjectOm

Mother’s Day is May 14th and it is pretty low key around here. I rarely have any plans but I do know I will be hanging out with my son and perhaps we will take a visit to the zoo. One thing I have planned is to participate in the Project OM project, a collaboration between Susan G. Komen and Manduka the world’s most trusted yoga brand in yoga. Project Om aims to is a yoga class of One Million to battle breast cancer. This weekend there will be donation events nationwide and all proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen. You can find a full list of events on the ProjectOM website. I will be doing an online yoga class with my son on Mother’s Day to join in the event.

Today, at 5pm EST there will be a facebook live event that will be covering the Project Om Live Donation drive taking place at Bryant Park in New York. You can join in the viewing and also make a donation to help battle breast cancer. If you are in the market for a yoga mat, you can also purchase a Project Om yoga mat from Manduka and 10 percent of the proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen. I think this is a wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s Day and I am looking forward to watching the event and introducing my son to yoga this weekend. You can help spread the word by posting a photo of you and a friend in downward facing dog, in a M for Million, donate online or participate in an actual yoga class this weekend!

image by fitmominspirations on instagram 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

I've lost 18 pounds in 3 weeks with the Ladimax Lifestyle!

I’ve been following the Ladimax lifestyle program for two weeks now and you may remember that I started off with the Ladimax Lifestyle Hollywood Beatdown one week boot camp with some great results! It is time for an update on my progress and thoughts about what I’ve been doing thus far. I am enjoying living the Ladimax Lifestyle because it is an holistic approach to healthy living. Before I started, I had an intact call with NIcole Sanders, the trainer for the program and we talked about my goals and discussed things related to my personal training and diet plan. It went really well and I was soon on my way. There is a Ladimax website and community where I can track my meals and have guidance for my exercises. Since there is an app for my phone, I generally utilize that for food tracking and I do a good deal of interacting on the private facebook group for Ladimax Lifestyle participants.

In terms of my meal plan, for the first two weeks I ate the same thing daily. I personally like this approach because I don’t have to think about my meals. I try to do one big meal preparation day toward the beginning of the week and supplement with additional cooking as needed. After my first two weeks, my progress was assessed and if it is moving along nicely, my food options become more interesting. Based on my progress, the meal plan for this upcoming week has changed. I call that a victory!

My body has been changing each week and I have been really impressed by my results. To date, here are my numbers:

Weight lost: 18 pounds
Inches lost: 11.25
      Chest: 3 inches
         Waist: 5.5 inches
            Hips: 2.75 inches

Are my results the “norm” probably not, each of us have different body types that respond to changing diets and exercise differently. What I will say is this - I have done this in a way that is healthy, I am eating real food and I am exercising on average 30-45 minutes per day. I was totally strict about my diet the first couple of weeks but have had a few drinks and meal substitutions when I’ve gone out to dinner. This is life, things come up but I never stray far from my goals so I stay on track. I have been traveling this weekend so I have taken it off but I will back to exercising tomorrow! I have 11 more days until my reunion, I am still hoping to get into my jeans, stick around and see if I make it! If you’d like to join me and live the Ladimax Lifestyle, click here.

Disclosure: I am participating in the Ladimax Lifestyle program in return for my honest review of the program, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Woo Jr. Activity Books for Homeschooling and fun!

One of the things that I enjoy most is finding ways to make learning fun. When I was a kid I loved word searches, jumbles, logic games and brain teasers. In the midst of trying to figure things out, I also knew that I was learning too. As a parent, I have applied this tactic to the types of activities I expose my son too. Like me, he also enjoys completing word searches and to my surprise he also like crossword puzzles, which is something I didn’t start to enjoy until I was in college.

That is why I am so impressed with the series of activity books from Woo Jr. available on This series includes books for children ranging in age from 2 - 12. My son has the Word Search for kids from 9-12 and the Crossword Puzzles for kids 7 and up. I can’t even begin to tell you how much he enjoys both books. There are days when he is extremely quiet (if you are a parent you know this might not be a good thing) and I find him in his room working on a crossword puzzle or word search. I like this type of activity because clearly he doesn’t need me to direct him to do it, he does the worksheets because he has fun doing them.

These books are perfect for homeschooling and as a supplement to the things that my son does in school. I know that over the summer vacation I am going to have him using these for entertainment a few times each week! In addition to the books we have, there are books available with themes for Christmas, Halloween, and one that is specifically for Summer activities. The pages are reproducible and perfect for at home use and for educators looking for material for the classroom.

I highly recommend the Woo Jr. books and especially like the pricing  with the exception of the Word Search for Kids 9-12 ($6.79) all of the books are $5.99. You can find them on Amazon.

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