I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tips for Tuesday - Books: The Field, Movies:The King and I: From the Palladium; Misc.: UnPlugged 5K

We may been given one or more of the below mentioned products as well as access to an advance screening of The King and I: From the Palladium for free for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Books: The Field by Ian Dawson

Mom - Today I am recommending The Field by Ian Dawson. This novel based on a true incident from the author's childhood is about a teenage boy who is kidnapped and assaulted by a couple of older boys in a field near his home. It is the story of two opposing friendships. Daniel and Kyle have a loving unconditional friendship. When Daniel disappears, Kyle is determined to stop at nothing to assure that his friend returns home safely. Austin and James have an evil toxic friendship. Their friendship is based on Austin's control of James through James' fear of him. The novel  also presents a very accurate portrayal of male adolescence. There are lots of YA novels that deal frankly with female adolescence, but there  are not nearly as many that deal as well with male adolescence. In fact,off the top of my head, I can't think of any. However, this novel is not just a manual about friendships and growing up. It is still a great story.  It is like  an action movie in book form. From start to finish, it is an exciting heartstopping ride.

Movies: The King and I: From the Palladium

Mom - Today I am recommending The King and I: From the Palladium. If you never had the priviledge of seeing Kelli Ohara's Tony winning performance a few years ago in Lincoln Center's revivial of Rodgers and Hammerstein's  classic The King and I, you are in luck. The show was captured during its recent performances at the London Palladium and will be presented in movie theaters for two days only on Thursday November 29 and Tuesday December 4. That Tony award was much deserved, Kelli absolutely shine's in the role and you won't want to miss her performance. In addition to Kelly, most of the original cast is also in this production including a fierce Ken Watanabe as the King and  a resilent Ruthie Ann Miles  as the King's head wife, Lady Thiang. The latter also won a Tony for her portrayal of  the role on Broadway.  Her big song in the show Something Wonderful has never sounded better than when she sings it. The show is full of some of Rodgers and Hammerstein's best songs including the beautiful lover's duet, I Have Dreamed; the wistful, Hello Young Lovers;  and the delightfully fun Getting to Know You. The story about people from different cultures coming together and learning to respect one another is also very timely. All in all, it's a terrific production of the show that you will definitely want to see.

For more information or to find out where The King and I: From the Palladium will be playing near you visit, https://us.kingandimusicalcinema.com/?campaign=KandIWEBookingSite

Misc: UnPlugged 5K

Mom - Today I am recommending the UnPlugged 5K, a wireless portable charger from MyCharge. This multi purpose charger can be used with a wide variety of devices. If you have a Qi enabled device, you can charge it wirelessly by just placing the device on top of the charger. However, even if you don't have a Qi enabled device, you can still use this lighweight easy to carry around charger by using the built in charger port. If you do have at least one Qi enabled device, you can even charge two devices at once: one wirelessly and the other by using the charger port.  The  UnPlugged 5K is definitely a very versatile and useful charger to have.

For more about the UnPlugged 5K or to purchase one, visit

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

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