Thursday, December 8, 2016

Theater Thursday - Elf the Musical and Ride the Cyclone

We were given tickets to Elf the Musical at the State Theatre New Jersey for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Elf the Musical
         
Where: State Theatre New Jersey
             15 Livingston Ave.
             New Brunswick, NJ

When: December 2-4. 2016 For upcoming tour dates visit:
             http://www.elfontour.com/tickets-and-tour-schedule

Who: All ages
Me - Elf the Musical was great. It was based on the movie of the same name. The story was pretty much the same as the movie. It was the story of a human who was raised by Santa and the elves and when he finds out he is really a human he goes looking for his real dad. The Elf's name was Buddy. I liked Buddy. I didn't have a favorite character  in the show though. The acting was good. Even if you like the way, Will Ferrell played Buddy in the movie, you would still like the way the guy in the show plays him. The songs were mostly very happy and upbeat. My favorite songs was The Story of Buddy the Elf. There were a lot of happy parts in the show. There were a lot of funny parts too. It was really cool when they had a scene where they were supposed to be ice skating so they used roller skates as ice skates. It was also cool how the people playing the elves danced on their knees so it looked like they were really short. I don't know how they can to do that without hurting their knees. In general, all of the dancing was good.  It was a very enjoyable show.            
Mom - We recently had the opportunity to see the touring show Elf the Musical at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ. Elf is generally a light funny musical. There are some really touching moments in the show too, however. The acting was really good especially Spencer Micetich in the lead role of Buddy the Elf even my older daughter who is very attached to Will Ferrell's peformance in the original movie and doesn't like change enjoyed Mr. Micetich's performance. The songs are mostly lively happy tunes, such as, Sparklyjollytwinklejingley and The Story of Buddy the Elf, The latter of which is completely infectious, and you won't be able to get it out of your head.  There are a few sweet ballads too including Just Sing a Christmas Song and Never Fall in Love (With an Elf). There is plenty of dancing in the show as well including a dance on roller skates that are meant to portray ice skates. The show is full of holiday spirit and not just because almost half the songs in the show have Christmas, Santa or elves in the title. It is just a delightfully fun show for all ages and a great show for families to enjoy together. For more about Elf the Musical on Tour and to find out when and if it is coming to a town near you go to   http://www.elfontour.com/tickets-and-tour-schedule, For more about upcoming family (and/or other) events at State Theatre New Jersey go to 
https://www.statetheatrenj.org/events. To enter to win a pair of tickets to an upcoming event at State Theatre New Jersey  go to one of the posts listed below:

Win a pair of Doktor Kaboom tickets in the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop                                     
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What: Ride the Cyclone

Where: Lucille Lortel Theatre
             121 Christopher Street
             New York, NY

When: Now through December 18, 2016

Who: 13 and up

Mom - Ride the Cyclone is a dark musical. It is about a group of teenagers who died in a roller coaster accident competing for another chance at life. Although the characters are mostly somewhat cliched, there is  the closeted gay kid, the popular overachieving pretty girl, the overweight mousy best friend etc., the actors are all very good in their roles. Each actor has a chance to shine with his or her own solo number. The songs are mostly fun although some of them are a bit strange and some even seem like they are something out a completely different show. The show can be a bit scary at times. In fact, there is a character named Jane Doe who doesn't remember her name and is allegedly headless. In reality, of course, the actress playing her does have a head and there is no real attempt to make it look like she doesn't, however, she still does look a bit creepy even with a head. If you are not a little kid and you don't scary easily, the show is entertaining. If you are looking for something completely unique and original it is a good choice. If you are looking for a light happy musical or a show for the whole family this is not it. The show is recommended for 13 and up. However, if your child scares easily and/or is already afraid of roller coasters, I would not recommend the show for even older children. For more about Ride the Cyclone or to order tickets go to http://www.mcctheater.org//shows/16-17_season/ride-the-cyclone/index.html.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Giveaway: Win One of Two Pairs of Tickets to Doktor Kaboom in the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop
hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island. 

Nobody likes the winter with the cold and ice and snow. What better way to take your mind of all that than a fun giveaway hop! That's why we have joined this terrific group of bloggers to bring you this awesome giveaway hop. So stay inside where it's warm, and started clicking around to see what great prizes you can win. Of course, even if you live in a place where it never snows and/or it doesn't really get that cold, your still eligible to enter and win prizes too! Enjoy and good luck!


For our giveaway, we are giving away something that gives you another excuse to stay inside and keep warm - tickets to a show at the State Theatre New Jersey! We are giving away two pairs of tickets to Docktor Kaboom: Live Wire The Electricity Tour on January 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM at State Theatre New Jersey located at 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Docktor Kaboom is described as a "science comedy." It's a great show for kids. It's both fun and educational. It teaches kids about science in an entertaining way. They'll being having so much watching the show they won't even realize they are learning.


For more about the Doktor Kaboom show visit these websites:



To enter to win one of two pairs of tickets to Doktor Kaboom at State Theatre New Jersey on Saturday January 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM, enter below:

Giveaway Dates 12/7-12/21

Giveaway Open to Ages 18+ US Only
MUST LIVE IN OR BE ABLE TO TRAVEL TO NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ AREA ON 1/21/17 AT 4:00 PM
PRIZE INCLUDES TICKETS ONLY
LODGING AND/OR TRANSPORTATION 
NOT PROVIDED

ARV:$50.00 to $70.00



Once you have enter our giveaway, hop around to the other great giveaways listed below, and enter to win more great prizes:

Disclaimer: Hosts and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors and self-sponsoring bloggers who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Foods of NY Tours

We were given a free Foods of NY Tour for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Foods of NY Tour

Where: Locations Vary (See schedule at http://www.foodsofny.com)

Who: Teens and Up

Me - Our Foods of  NY tour was so much fun. The tour guide was really nice. Everybody even got a water bottle . One of my favorite foods they had were the meatballs. They were from a  restaurant called Pesce Pasta. They were homemade, and they were absolutely delish. I also really liked the cookies. We had chocolate chip cookies .They were from a place called Milk and Cookies. They were really creamy and chocolately. They were incredibly delicious! I liked most of the  the other foods too although I didn't really like the cheese, and the eggplant was just okay. I don't really like eggplant that much though anyway. I really enjoyed the pizza too. It was from a place called Joe's Pizza. Another thing I especially liked was the rice balls. It was a little bread ball with rice and cheese inside. Over, all it was a really fun tour to go on, and I would really recommend it. 
Mom - One of the things New York City is known for is the availability of a wide variety of great tasting foods of all types. If you want the opportunity to learn where to get some of those delicious foods and even a chance to taste some of them, you will definitely want to take part in a Foods of NY Tour. There are several different tours available. The one we participated in was the Greenwich Village Food Tour. Some of the flavorful foods we were able to sample on this tour included thin crust pizza, rice balls, chocolate chip cookies and cannolis. All of it was completely delicious.  If all we got to do on our tour was sample all the tasty foods that would be enough. However, there is more to  a Foods of NY Tours than that. Despite the name, it's much more than just a  food tour. It's also a cultural walking tour. As you walk around your knowledgeable guide will tell you all kinds of interesting and historical information about the neighborhood and the restaurants you visit. All in all, it's just a completely delicious and super fascinating tour. Come hungry and come well rested because you'll get to do a lot of walking and a lot of eating. Although Foods of NY  tours are recommended for adults, older children who have a good attention span and don't mind doing a lot of walking and a lot of listening might enjoy it as well. The tour is not recommended for anyone who has trouble walking and/or standing for long periods of time as only a couple of the taste tastings are seated, and the rest of the time you will be on your feet. For more information or to book a tour go to  http://www.foodsofny.com.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tips for Tuesdays - Misc. - Aero Pajama Bottoms and Yes to Cucumbers and Everyone 3-1 Botanical Soap

We may have been given one or more of the products mentioned below for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here our own
Me - Today I am recommending Aero Pajama Bottoms. I have one pair and I really like. They are really warm. They are really soft. They are really comfortable.  I would love to get more pairs. For more about Aero Pajama bottoms go to Aeropostale.

Mom - Today I am recommending two natural products.
The first product I am recommending is Yesto  Single Use Paper Mask Collection. This is a collection of four different one time use papers masks. There is Yesto Coconut Hydrating Paper Mask, Yesto Cucumber Calming Paper Mask, Yesto Tomates Acne Fighting Paper Mask and Yesto Grapefruit Pore Refining Mask. These masks are easy to use, reasonably priced and made from all natural products. I tried the Yesto Cucumber Mask. It was allegedly supposed to reduce puffiness. It didn't seem to do that. However, it was very calming and it left my face feeling completely refreshed.  However, the smell of cucumber was very strong so if  you don't like the smell of cucumber you might not want to use that particular mask. For more about Yesto  Single Use Paper Mask Collection and other Yesto facial products http://yesto.com/catalog/categories/face/#category-maskgo to .
The other product I am recommending today is Everyone 3-1 Botanical Soap.  Everyone 3-1 Botanical Soap is a shampoo, body wash and bubble bath in one. It is also reasonably priced and made from natural products. It is Gluten free, GMO free, Cruelty free and contains no synthetic fragrances. It is made from plant extracts and scented with essential oils. It feels good on your skin, smells good and leaves you feeling fresh and clean. There are several different fragrances  of Everyone 3-1 Botanical Soap available. The one we tried was coconut and mint, but mostly smelled minty but not in an overpowering way. Other everyone products include Everyone Botanical Bubble Bath and Everyone Epsom Salt Bath Soak. For more information go to https://www.eoproducts.com/.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Giveaway: Win One of Two Copies of A Spoonful of Sugar by Amanda Orr in the December To Remember Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to the December to Remember Giveaway Hop brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers!
Sponsored By: EatSmart
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CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO ENTER TO WIN THE GRAND PRIZE

GRAND PRIZE: EatSmart Bathroom Scale

The EatSmart Precision Digital Body Analyzer is not your ordinary bathroom scale because it quickly and easily measures weight, body fat, body water, body muscle and bone mass using electrode technology. This scale is perfect for individuals who are serious about taking control of their health. The Precision Digital Body Analyzer Scale stores up to 8 different users' personal profiles and will be able to recognize these users as soon as they step onto the scale. This auto recognition software makes it simple to operate, since all you have to do is stand on the platform barefoot and it identifies who you are based on past weight. Not having to select a user gives it the same functionality as a basic bathroom scale with added benefit of % body fat, % body muscle, % body water and bone mass. Let's not forget about its universal EatSmart features! The Precision Digital Body Analyzer uses "Step-On" technology which means no more tapping to turn on your scale. It measures up to 400lbs and will display an accurate readout to the nearest .2 lbs. on the oversized 3.7" LCD display. Its sleek design and slim profile fits perfectly into any surrounding. Purchase here.

Many bloggers have come together to bring you some amazing prizes! Each prize is worth a minimum of $15, but some are worth much more. There is no limit to how many you can win – so enter them all! GOOD LUCK!

The holiday time can be magical. The world of Mary Poppins is also magical.  Now, there is an updated Mary Poppins for grown-ups. Her name is Maria and she becomes the nanny to frazzled overworked mom, Anna More's 3 children in Amanda Orr's delightful book, A Spoonful of Sugar. Although Maria may not quite be magical in the sense that Mary Poppins was in her own way she does cast quite a spell over Anna's life and completely change it. For more go to our previous post: Tips for Tuesday: A Spoonful of Sugar and/or read this fun book for yourself, To enter to win one of two copies, fill out the rafflecopter below:

Giveaway Dates 12/6-12/20

Giveaway open to Ages 18+ US Only

ARV: $17.00

Once you have entered our giveaway, hop around to all the other blogs listed below to enter to win other great prizes,


The Hopping Bloggers and participating bloggers are not responsible for the delivery of prizes.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Giveaway: Win Two One Minute Mystery Books in the December 2 Remember Giveaway Hop!


Can you believe that Christmas is just a few short weeks away? Now Thanksgiving Feasts and Black Friday Shopping sprees are over, it is time to look forward to the New Year! But we don't want to forget the month we're in. Anderson's Angels, This Mamas Life, The More The Merrier and Woven by Words, are very excited to help create a December to Remember! We've teamed up with over 20 other wonderful bloggers, to bring you another great giveaway event! Each blog has gathered a prize package of $25 or more for December 2 Remember Giveaway Event!

Here at Says Me Says Mom, we have something for kids that is both fun and educational. One Minute Mysteries are a series of books by father and daughter team, Eric and Natalie Yoder. The books are quick mysteries that are solved using science or math principals. Kids will be so engaged in trying to solve the mysteries, they won't even realize they are learning. The books are even good for reluctant readers because each mystery is not more than a few pages long. For more about One Minute Mysteries go to Tips for Tuesday: More Mysteries You Solve With Science. However, please note that the book reviewed in that post is not the same as the books we are giving away as part of this hop. Here we are giving away One Minute Mystery: 65 More Mysteries you Solve with Science and One Minute Mystery: 65 Mysteries you Solve with Math as pictured below.



Enter below to win the above books.

Giveaway Dates 12/5-12/19

Giveaway Open to Ages 18+ US Only

ARV: $25.90


After you enter our giveaway, hop around to all the other blogs listed below to enter to win other great prizes.





Disclaimer: Hosts and bloggers are not responsible for sponsors and self-sponsoring bloggers that do not fulfill prize obligations.

Ten Great Shows for Kids Currently Playing in New York City

Me- Here are five great shows for kids currently playing in New York City.
1) School of Rock - This show in which a group of kids form a rock band with their substitute teacher is a kid's fantasy and kids are sure to be inspired by these talented kids. For more information visit schoolofrockthemusical.com.
2)  Aladdin - This story based on the hit Disney movie is a sure bet with kids. For more information visit aladdinthemusical.com

3) The Lion, The Witch and  The Wardobe - A fun show based on the book. Minimal props and sets don't take away from enjoyment of this show. For more information visit stlukestheatre.com
4) Blue Man Group - Not a show for very young children, but older kids would enjoy this completely unique experience. For more information visit https://www.blueman.com/.

5) Stomp - Kids that love to make noise will appreciate this show where music is made using all kinds of interesting objects. For more information visit www.stomponline.com.

Mom - Here are five more great shows for kids currently playing in New York City.
6) The Lion King - Another hit show based on a Disney movie but presented in a completely original manner which includes unique puppetry. For more information visit www.lionking.com.
7) Wicked - This story based on The Wizard of Oz might be a little scary for younger kids but older kids will love it. For more information visit www.wickedthemusical.com.

8) Cats - Kids will love a show where the cast actually play cats and are made up to look like them. For more information visit www.catsthemusical.com
9) Matilda -This show is based on the beloved children's book and movie. Keep in mind that the show is a little darker than the book or movie. Also, if you are interested in going note that the show will be closing on January 1. For more information visit us.matildathemusical.com.

10) The Gazillion Bubble Show - Kids that love bubbles will love this show and the incredible things that can be done with bubbles. For more information visit gazillionbubbleshow.com.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

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photo credit 1: Joe Shlabotnik School of Rock via photopin (license)
photo credit 2: vagueonthehow Aladdin via photopin (license)
photo credit 3: Roger Smith Blue Man Group via photopin (license)
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photo credit 5: BroadwayTour.net Wicked @ Gershwin Theatre on Broadway via photopin (license)
photo credit 6: Joe Shlabotnik Matilda via photopin (license)
 
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