View Life Better with LG’s Curved OLED Televisions

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Coopertize and LG Electronics. All opinions as always are my own.

Up until this past Spring our family owned one TV that was just around 20”. Did I just hear you gasp? I know – it was super small! But it did what we needed it to do and we spent our fair share of time singing along to many Disney movies! Earlier this year we took the plunge and purchased a 32” TV and WOW, what a difference! We don’t watch a ton of TV in our house, but when we do we desire to have a nice viewing experience. I thought my 32” was awesome, until I learned about LG’s Curved OLED televisions. And now my mind…is blown!

What’s an OLED television? Put simply, it’s the latest technology on the market from LG (released in 2013) that brings together breakthrough performance in a thin sleek design.

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The curved design provides a more natural viewing experience and with three times less blue light then LED TV’s OLED users experience less eye fatigue. So awesome!

These babies are gorgeous and I was able to experience the very obvious differences between LG OLED’s and competitor models. The difference was crystal clear. OLED televisions outperform LCD with a response time 1000x faster and just 4.5mm at its thinnest point! Talks about performance and perfect picture quality!

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It’s no surprise that LG’s OLED was named “King of HDTV for 2014” – it’s clearly the best technology on the market for curved display and are available in 55”, 65” and 77”. You’re making an investment with one of these bad boys as the starting price is $3,500!

While I don’t think we’ll be adding in one of these in our home anytime soon (it’d take up ½ our living room!) it’s fantastic to see how far we’ve come with technology and what is available for consumers!

Have you heard of OLED televisions? Would you purchase one?



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Kickoff the Holidays at Macy’s Downtown Boston!

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

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It’s always hard to believe how fast the holidays arrive once the weather gets chilly. Friends of ours have already begun decorating their homes for the holidays and some have even (gasp) purchased a Christmas tree. Already! Whatever holidays you may or may not celebrate – one thing is for sure. There is something really special about the joy and sparkle that surround the holiday season.

Our local Macy’s store in Downtown Boston is preparing for a holiday spectacular for all ages complete with guest appearances, family friendly activities, and special holiday displays and a big ol tree! If you’re in town the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 28 and are looking for something fun to do– this is it! There will be a full lineup of activities throughout the store beginning at 12pm, cumulating with a 5pm light up ceremony on Summer Street just outside of the store with more special appearances and some singing! Be sure to get there early to get a prime spot for the show!

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Kickoff the holidays, get in the holiday spirit and spread some cheer (and do some shopping) with Macy’s Downtown Boston! Local friends, will we see you there?



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Review: ANNIE The Musical in Boston

Disclosure: I received a four pack of tickets to attend Annie. All opinions – as always are my own.

This past Wednesday our family was invited to the opening night of ANNIE The Musical at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston. Along with my sister and niece we waited anxiously for Annie and Oliver Warbucks to arrive for the red carpet. And oh – they arrived in style!

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Little Annie was played by 9 year old Issie Swickle – and as soon as she got out the car she was a ray of sunshine and generously signed playbills for eager kids including my own!

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I mean who doesn’t love Annie? It’s a great show, with incredible music and a great ending. Watching the movie that we love so much come to life on stage was a special experience. The group of orphans were animated and dynamic and a lot of fun. Miss Hannigan played by Lynn Andrews was my favorite character in the musical! She brought her own sass and humor to the musical that I know the adults really enjoyed!

After we left the show my daughter pulled me aside and asked me if there were any singing or dancing camps she could attend next summer. She was taken by the coordination and enthusiasm of the kids in the show and it only fueled her desire to one day (sooner than later) hit the big stage!

Be sure to catch ANNIE while the show is in Boston which is until November 16, 2014! Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE is a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

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You can catch the show Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm; matinees on Thursday, November 6 at 11:00 am, Tuesday, November 11 at 2:00 pm, and Saturdays at 2:00 pm; and Sundays at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Tickets are priced at $35.00 – $125.00; all prices include a $3.75 facility fee per ticket.  Tickets are now on sale at the Citi Center box office, through www.citicenter.org or by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787), or through Ticketmaster. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets now by contacting Citi Performing Arts Center Group Sales at (617) 532-1116 or groups@citicenter.org.

Will you be attending Annie in Boston?



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ANNIE The Musical Comes To Boston & Giveaway!

Disclosure: I received a four pack of tickets to attend Annie. All opinions – as always are my own.

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“The sun’ll come out tomorrow, so you gotta hang on till tomorrow, come what may!

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I love ya, Tomorrow! You’re only a day away.”

What’s been really fun about parenting is exposing my daughter to movies and characters I loved as a child. Annie is a beloved classic and a movie that we love to watch together. The resilience of little 11-year-old Annie Hall, the sisterhood of all the orphans and the grumpy then loveable Oliver Warbucks together  make for a fun, engaging and warm-hearted movie folks young or old will enjoy. Even tipsy and lonely Miss Hannigan has a place in my heart.

All together now: We love you Miss Hannigan!

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The original movie (currently on Netflix) is near and dear to my heart – but I cannot WAIT to see the remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie, Jamie Fox as William Stacks, and Cameron Diaz as Miss Colleen Hannigan which opens in theatres on December 19, 2014!

I’m super excited to share that ANNIE has once again come to Broadway! The original production opened in 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and received wonderful praise including a Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and SEVEN Tony Awards®! The show remained one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever – and it’s coming to Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Wednesday, November 5 – Sunday, November 16, 2014 for 16 performances!

You’ll experience all the goodness of the movie with the beloved score including “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

Excited yet? Me too! Be sure to buy your tickets early! Use the code MOMS to save 20% off per ticket. Tickets are now on sale at the Citi Center box office, through www.citicenter.org, by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787), or through Ticketmaster. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets now by contacting Citi Performing Arts Center Group Sales at (617) 532-1116 or groups@citicenter.org.

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Ok – for the good part! I’m so excited ANNIE is coming to Boston and that I get to experience it with my daughter, sister and niece that I want to offer a lucky winner a 4-pack of tickets to the debut show on Wednesday, November 5 at 7:00pm!!

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Increases your chances of winning by visiting the my fellow Boston Parent Bloggers ANNIE giveaways below! We’re watching…you can only win once!

Sharon of ViolaCay

Annie of Stowed Stuff

Christy at Quirky Fusion

Emily at Nap Time Is My Time

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Christine & Bonnie at Mom’s Lifesavers

Good LUCK and hope to see you next week!!!



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Experience Rustic Family Luxury at Migis Lodge

Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay at Migis Lodge. All opinions, as always are my own.

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If you follow me on my social networks like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (I hope you are!) you’ve seen lots of pictures of my daughter and I travelling! It’s been a busy couple of months and we’ve had such a great time! I’m looking forward to more opportunities to travel and show her the world! Good news to share today as well – I’m a new contributor over at my girl Sili’s site MyMamihood! If you aren’t already getting Sili’s post, sign up now! She’s a funny down to earth mama and I love reading all about her and her frog princess and am lucky to now call her a friend!

Last weekend our family traveled up to Migis Lodge in Maine on Sebago Lake for a delightful weekend in a beautiful cottage. Only 2.5 hours from Boston it was a gorgeous drive and the property at Migis is stunning, absolutely stunning…a must visit if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and need to relax! Catch a sneak of my Migis Lodge review below and be sure to read the full post at MyMamihood!

Autumn in New England is simply breathtaking, and if you’re looking to experience the abundant beauty of this ever-changing season, Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake is the perfect family destination, not only in autumn but throughout the summer.Nestled amid 125 acres of wondrous pine forest 45 minutes from Portland, Migis provides it’s guests with a blissful lakefront vacation, a variety of activities and rustic yet luxurious cottage accommodations. This “hidden gem” is perfect for families seeking to escape tense crowded city streets who find enjoyment relaxing fireside, on the sandy shores of the picturesque Sebago Lake with rocky coasts or perhaps reading a book lakeside. Though there are daily activities such as cruises around the lake or hiking, what I enjoyed most about our vacation at Migis (pronounced my-gyss) was standing on our cottage’s deck in the morning, the crisp air cool on my face, though slightly warmed by a low fire in the living room and closing my eyes. I heard sounds of birds in the distance, chipmunks rustling in the leaves and smelled rich pine trees and fresh unfiltered air and I was still. Migis allowed me to be still in the most magnificent location away from congested city streets. It’s no wonder the area was named Migis which means “place to steal away to rest”.

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