5 Reasons Why You Should Go See A Live Production

Live Production
Movies are big business around the world because people love to be entertained. While movies are great fun, you should not ignore the other forms of entertainment that are available. One way to spend an entertaining evening is to go see a live stage show and check out the hard work and talent that goes into pulling off something that literally happens right in front of your eyes. There are a lot of good reasons to go see a live production and you should consider getting some tickets for a live show in your area soon!

The Audience Interaction Matters

When you go to see a movie, the audience laughs and cries along with the action, but those responses have no effect on the performance. But with a live stage production, the audience becomes part of the performance and the actors do respond to audience feedback. Roaring laughter can cause the production to stop and acknowledge the audience, while the applause at the end of the performance gives the actors a feeling of a job well done.

A Live Performance Has A Different Energy

Most live performances are accompanied by live music and amazing special effects. It is one thing to see special effects performed in a movie, but it is a very different experience to see it live. A live performance has a different feel to it than a movie and it is something that every person should experience at least once.

Watch Your Favorite Actors Live On Stage

It is always exciting to see your favorite performers in a live situation and that is especially true when your favorite movie stars get involved in live productions. Many actors enjoy doing live theater as much as making movies and that gives you the chance to see your favorite movie star performing in a way that would be completely opposite to what you are used to. You will see your favorite stars in a whole new light when you see them performing live on stage.

A Live Performance Can Be Unpredictable

Something magical can happen in a live performance when an actor forgets a line or a piece of the the set starts to malfunction. When actors are put in a position where they have to work through mistakes, it can lead to some interesting performances. With a movie, everything is edited and produced to the point of perfection. But with a stage production, errors can happen and those errors can often help to make the performance memorable.

Watch Innovation At Its Finest

Stage productions are perfectly-timed performances that utilize a variety of sets to help tell a story. Each production has its challenges and it can be fun to see how those challenges are overcome with clever innovations. When everything happens right in front of the audience’s eyes, the level of ingenuity required to create convincing special effects can be astounding.


Resources such as the Marc Shmuger slideshare presentation regarding “Because of Winn-Dixie” can help you to understand the passion and energy that goes into creating a live stage production. The next time you see an advertisement for a live production in your area, take the time to check it out and see what you have been missing.

Go City Card is the EASIEST Way To Get Discount Attraction Tickets!

~I received Go City Card Cards for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

I live in Orlando which is definitely one of the top family travel destinations in the world. I like going to all the attractions as much as any tourist and when I get my tickets I too want the best deal possible. One way to get discount tickets to top US cities is with the Go City Card from Smart Destinations. It is a multi-attraction access pass that saves you up to 55% on top attractions, museums, tours and so much more versus buying tickets individually at each gate.


Go City Card attraction passes are currently available in nine U.S. destinations with more regions coming soon. Current cities include: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Oahu, Orlando, San Diego, and San Francisco.

Go City Card

They offer different types of passes so you can get the one that is the best fit for you and your family.

  • All-Inclusive Pass provides a you with carte blanche access to visit any of that city’s included attractions. All-Inclusive Passes come in a choice of durations varying by city.
  • Explorer Pass features the opportunity to visit a specific number of attractions for one low price. Explorer passes come in a choice of attraction increments varying by city.
  • Build Your Own enables consumers to create their own custom pass and itinerary and pre-select the attractions they plan to visit while receiving guaranteed savings (between 15% to 25% depending on the city and number of attractions selected).

Once you have purchased your pass your tickets are instantly sent to you in an email. There you can print out paper tickets or just click a link in your email that takes you to digital tickets. Skip the ticket line at the attraction and they scan the bar-code on your digital ticket. It is that easy! Every Go City Card pass comes with built-in cancellation insurance free of charge. This risk free guarantee means any traveler who does not activate and use their pass within one year of the purchase date is able to receive a free refund, no questions asked. Activated passes are non refundable.

Here in Orlando there are over 30+ attractions including LEGOLAND, Kennedy Space Center, Gatorland, Fun Spot America Theme Park, WonderWorks, Boggy Creek, Congo River Adventure Golf, Bus Tours, and more. Don’t forget this pass is a great way for locals to get discount tickets too!

Orlando Eye

The Go City Card worked exactly as it should when I decided to play tourist with my family all over Orlando. I even went on the Orlando Eye Ferris wheel despite my terrible fear of heights. Each place was easily able to scan the bar-code on my phone and we had a blast at each location! It can be hard finding discount tickets especially when you are traveling so I really like how you can purchase this Card before you get there and you are already ready to go. No need to hunt down cheap tickets for rides individually. The Go City Card is definitely the way to save on attraction tickets for your family.

Connect: You can connect with Go City Card on their website, Facebook and Twitter.

Check Out The Ridiculously Cute Picture Book: The Day The Crayons Came Home

~I received The Day The Crayons Came Home for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

Last month I shared a review of the adorable book, The Day The Crayons Quit and now I am excited to share with you the companion book, The Day The Crayons Came Home.


I’m not sure what it is about this kid Duncan, but his crayons sure are a colorful bunch of characters! Having soothed the hurt feelings of one group who threatened to quit, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. From Maroon Crayon, who was lost beneath the sofa cushions and then broken in two after Dad sat on him; to poor Turquoise, whose head is now stuck to one of Duncan’s stinky socks after they both ended up in the dryer together; to Pea Green, who knows darn well that no kid likes peas and who ran away—each and every crayon has a woeful tale to tell and a plea to be brought home to the crayon box. Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers have combined to create a companion book every bit as funny and kid-friendly as the #1 bestselling The Day the Crayons Quit.

The Day the Crayons Came Home Inside

Duncan is happily coloring away with his crayons when a bundle of postcards comes in the mail with his name on them. Each postcard is from a lost crayon. They remind Duncan of the time they were last yesed and where they are now. Postcards include one from a crayon that was eaten and thrown up by the dog and another that got stuck to a sock from going through the dryer. Duncan is sad to think about his old discarded and lost crayons so he sets off to find them!


Check out the #EveryCrayonCounts Pinterest Sweeps (8/18-8/31). Create a Pinterest board inspired by your favorite crayon color (can be from the books, can be any other color you like!) and use #everycrayoncounts when sharing.

I don’t know how it is possible but this book might be even cuter than the first book. Each postcard is hilariously written and the illustrations blend together so well that it makes the perfect children’s book. Truly a children’s book everyone will want to read over and over again!

Connect: You can connect with The Crayons Books on their website and Penguin Kids on Facebook and Twitter.


Safe Harbor Natural Suncare Offers Great Family Sun Protection

~I received Safe Harbor samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

My Beach bag ALWAYS has sun protection in it. I am pretty diligent when it comes to protecting my girls from the sun’s powerful rays. Combining science with nature, Safe Harbor is an advanced range of sun care products that are complete with a mineral zinc oxide-based formula, which naturally protects skin from the damaging effects of the sun. With a focus on providing the most natural, effective and chemical-free suncare, Safe Harbor’s products also include a rich blend of ingredients such as red algae, green tea, sea buckthorn, and jojoba for added antioxidant benefits.

Safe Harbor


This moisturizing sunscreen lotion offers maximum SPF protection, while at the same time nourishing skin with an advanced anti-aging formula. Rich in age-defying antioxidants including red algae, sea buckthorn, rooibos tea leaves, lemon balm and more, this silky smooth lotion is the most nourishing sun protection that nature has to offer.


A perfect blend of high SPF protection with natural anti-oxidants that reduce visible signs of UV aging. This quickly absorbed lotion helps the skin maintain its natural nutrients, and prevents excess loss of hydration.


The formula is enriched with a natural anti-aging formula essential to protect your face and neck. The chemical-free mineral UV filters offer uncompromising protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays, while reducing signs of sun-induced aging including wrinkles and age spots.


Perfect for baby and children, the chemical free formula offers protection from harsh UV sunrays. This easy to apply and gentle formula includes 100% naturally sourced sunscreen actives, along with nourishing nutrients such as jojoba oil, chamomile, lemon balm and more.

I have used this sunscreen at Disney World, at water parks and at the pool and it has worked every single time. It is a little thicker than a normal sunscreen but it really does work great. My girls learned long ago sunscreen is a part of any outdoor fun in the sun. All of Safe Harbor’s sun care products can be purchased for $9.99 at WalMart. Safe Harbor products are free from chemical filters, while still providing maximum, broad-spectrum protection against harmful, skin-aging UVA and UVB rays.

Connect: You can connect with Safe Harbor Suncare on their website, Facebook and Twitter.
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