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The Perfect Girls Night Out~Twas a Girls Night Before Christmas~{Giveaway}

Twas A Girls Night Before Christmas: The Musical

Thursday, December 5 through Sunday, December 8

From the producers of the box office smash Girls Night: The Musical comes the must-see holiday show, Twas A Girls Night Before Christmas: The Musical. The Christmas sequel will play at the City Theatre from Thursday, December 5 through Sunday, December 8.

Twas A Girls Night Before Christmas: The Musical will feature the five ladies we have all come to know and love gathering for a night on the town to laugh, cry, gossip and just let their hair down during the craziest of times: THE HOLIDAYS! This musical is guaranteed to resonate with anyone who has survived the holiday season, from the long visits with in-laws to the overcrowded malls. Twas A Girls Night Before Christmas: The Musical will feature the touching and hilarious writing by Roche that has entertained audiences worldwide, with classic Christmas songs and contemporary hits that will have everyone singing and dancing along.

Get your tickets here: https://313pres.co/2WRRAh3

Giveaway!  Now is your chance to win tickets to the perfect girls night out!  Suburbia Mom has partnered with 313presents to give away 4 tickets to opening night on Thursday, December 5th at 8:00 PM.  To enter use the link below. Giveaway ends on November 25th.   Good Luck and thank you for entering!

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The SpongeBob Musical Comes to Detroit~Giveaway

The SpongeBob Musical
Fox Theatre-Detroit
December 24-December 29th

The critically acclaimed, award-winning The SpongeBob Musical, declared “Brilliant!” by The New York Times, will play the Fox Theatre in The District Detroit for 8 performances starting Tuesday, December 24 through Sunday, December 29 as part of the 2019-20 Theatre Series.

“Wonders pour from the stage in a ravishing stream of color and invention” (Time Out New York) as Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in a neon-sparkly “party for the eyes and ears” (Daily Beast). Be there when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe—until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. This “creative explosion” (Broadway.com) is “nothing short of genius” says TheaterMania, so bring the entire family to celebrate friendship and cooperation and learn the power of unity and inclusion.

The SpongeBob Musical explodes with energy and features an original pop and rock-infused score by a legendary roster of Grammy® Award-winning songwriters. Led and conceived by visionary director Tina Landau (2018 Tony Award® nominee) and a Tony Award®-winning design team, the production brings the spirit of SpongeBob to life with humanity, heart, and pure theatricality. The SpongeBob Musical features a book by Kyle Jarrow, orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt, musical supervision by Julie McBride and Tim Hanson, and choreography by Christopher Gattelli. The design team includes scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Kevin Adams, projection design by Peter Nigrini, sound design by Walter Trarbach, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, make-up design by Joe Dulude II, foley design by Mike Dobson, and casting by Stewart/Whitley.

The SpongeBob Musical is a one-of-a-kind musical event with original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil’C and songs by David Bowie & Brian Eno, and by Tom Kenny & Andy Paley. Additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. Additional music by Tom Kitt.

The Original Cast Recording is available now from Masterworks Broadway wherever music is sold and streamed.

Explore the depths of theatrical innovation in The SpongeBob Musical, 2018 Best Musical winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, where the power of optimism really can save the world.

About SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants launched on July 17, 1999, and has reigned as the number-one kids’ animated series on TV for the last 17 years, generating a universe of beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, consumer products, a Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical and a global fan base.  SpongeBob SquarePants is the most widely distributed property in Viacom International Media Networks history, seen in more than 208 countries and territories, translated in 55+ languages, and averaging more than 100 million total viewers every quarter.  SpongeBob SquarePants is created by Stephen Hillenburg and produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif.  The character-driven cartoon 


What a fun outing The SpongeBob Musical would be during winter break!  Suburbia Mom and 313presents wants to give you an opportunity to win 4 tickets to the Thursday, December 26th performance at 7:30 PM.  To enter be sure to follow the link below on ways to enter.  Good Luck!
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A Minimalist Approach to the Holidays and Goldfish Swim School Holiday Package

A Minimalist Approach to the Holidays

The holidays are here and we are all busy creating our wish lists and letting Santa know what we want for Christmas.  My kids have been busy circling toys from the Target holiday catalog and they are so excited!  Even Amazon sent us a toy catalog which is extremely smart!  I've been gently reminding them that just because it's on your wish list doesn't mean you will receive it.  It's just that a "wish list"!   I think most of us would agree that many of the our childrens' toys are simply just taking up space and not being played with!

I'm a minimalist at heart but with kids it's hard!  They love their stuff and the hard core truth is I love my stuff also!  Recently, I cleaned out my sons room while he was at school and moved a lot of his toys to the basement.  Having a clean room has changed his world of play.  Now instead of having a roomful of toys he picks one or two toys from the basement and brings them upstairs to play with.  It has been such a game changer for all of us!  

Now with the holidays approaching fast we are facing the toy overload once again! Yes, we can donate to the Salvation Army and make room for new ones but  chances are the new toys will also  make their way to our basement.  It makes me think about the story of the Velveteen Rabbit.  It's only real if a child loves you so much!

“Real isn't how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real.”

Last year we went on vacation for Christmas and woke up on Christmas morning on the beach!  It was unique and special.  We checked one large luggage filled with our stockings and some of Santa's little surprises!  Yes, Santa found us in Florida and gifted us with small gifts that could make their way home on an airplane!  It was so nice to keep things simple and still just as magical! 

We didn't have any big expectations and loved our day on the beach.  It was the first year that I didn't feel stressed out over Christmas.  It was truly simple and memorable!  We had an experience for Christmas and that made it so special.

With the minimalist term being more frequently tossed around it makes me think about ways to give meaningful gifts that are just as simple and special as our Christmas vacation was.  My biggest takeaway from last year is a sleigh full of toys will not bring joy all year round but the memories we made always bring a smile to our faces and fills our hearts. 

One way to create a year full of joy is to ask our kids what activities bring them joy and have them create a list.  For an example, my daughter loves gymnastics, jumping on trampolines, and swimming. With a list like this we can encourage her to ask for passes to Sky Zone or swim lesson to Goldfish Swim School.  Something that gets us out of the house during the long winter months and promotes happiness!  

How about passes to go ice skating!  

This year I encourage us all to think with a minimalist mind and think of ways to bring joy that lasts longer than a basement full of toys waiting to be loved!

Many businesses offer awesome holiday packages.  One to consider is Goldfish Swim School.  Each holiday season they offer a holiday package for new members. I've partnered with Goldfish Swim School to offer $10 off a holiday package using the promo code holidaydanielle.  The holiday package is offered for $205 and with the $10 off promotion you will receive it for $195!

 The Rochester NEW MEMBER holiday package this year includes: (Offer ends 12/23/19)
  • Family Credit ($180)
  • Annual Reg Fee
  • First 2 classes on us 
  • Goggles
  • 2 extra family swim passes
  • 1 snack shack punch card

I'd love to know your thoughts on a minimalist Christmas. What other gifts can we give that bring lasting joy?

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Fox Theatre December 13-15

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Fox Theatre-Detroit

December 13-15

Cirque Dreams Holidaze brings its latest electrifying and re-imagined live holiday family stage spectacular to the Fox Theatre on Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 15 with five unforgettable performances. This critically-acclaimed extravaganza is a Broadway musical and new cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save $10 on select tickets with code SAVE10

Link to purchase tickets: https://313pres.co/2LlXVfB

Grinch at The Fox Theatre

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The MusicalFox Theatre-DetroitNovember 20-23

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical returns to the Fox Theatre!  This classic holiday musical will enchant adults and children alike during seven performances November 20 through November 23.

Performance Times:

Wednesday, November 20th- 7:00 PM
Thursday, November 21st- 7:00 PM
Friday, November 22nd- 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 23rd- 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 8:00 PM

Audiences will discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life live on stage. Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming GRINCH, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Whos.

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features magnificent sets designed by John Lee Beatty and costumes designed by Robert Morgan, inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original book. Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason’s music and book breathe new life into this timeless story.

Tickets are on-sale now: https://313pres.co/2xMXFzZ

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