CLOSED: $25 Target Card GIVEAWAY + Season Premiere: Born This Way

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I am very excited to share the news about the second season being released for the show BORN THIS WAY which chronicles the lives of a group of young adults born with Down syndrome as they pursue their passions while defying society’s expectations. The series also follows their parents who share their own journey of joy, sacrifice, and unconditional love.


Season 2 of BORN THISWAY premieres Tuesday, July 26 (10/9c) on A&E Network. You can also join the social fun with A&E on Facebook & Twitter following and tweeting with the hashtag #BORNTHISWAY

In honor of this season premiere, I am also running a $25 Target Card giveaway now through August 5th. Comment below with the name or relationship of the person (i.e. mom, dad, teacher) who motivates you the most for a chance to enter to win. (U.S. shipping addresses only)

Enjoy the trailer below to get a taste of this delightful show and the truly amazing people highlighted in it.

(Disclosure: I was compensated with a gift card for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)


WEEKLY GIVEAWAYS: 2 FREE Movie Tickets to The Met Opera: Live in HD Summer Series


Comment below to be entered in weekly drawings for 2 Tickets to one of the following Met Opera Summer Encore specials showing on screen in cinemas near you!

Let me know which date you are available & theater where you would attend. Click through link of the date or opera of interest below and find a theater near you. Let me know which opera & the theater that interests you in the comments below. I am giving away 2 tickets to each to 4 different recipients.


Puccini’s Tosca – Wednesday, June 22
Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore – Wednesday, June 29
Puccini’s La Bohème – Wednesday, July 13
Mozart’s Così fan tutte – Wednesday, July 20

Drawings will take place in the weekend before each show! Comment daily for additional entries.


35% off Riverdance tickets at the Academy of Music NOW!

The BEST seats were just released for Broadway Philadelphia’s “Riverdance” now at the Academy of Music NOW through Sunday!

Click Here: EXCLUSIVE OFFER 35% with the coupon code 20YEARS

Join the social fun: @Riverdance #BWYPHL





Recently I received a DVD of the movie Awakened which is now available in stores and on Amazon for $9.99. It is a faith-based thriller which turns over the leaf of demonic oppression to create suspense and intrigue.

Personally, I don’t usually watch thrillers and don’t enjoy supernatural threats to life and limb,  not to mention the residual memories of them that haunt me in my sleep. I watched this one purely out of the desire to support Christian movies and producers who I hope are ultimately trying to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ with their craft and perhaps need an edge like this to break into the very short attention span of the current media consumer.

As for this particular movie, the plot is a bit slow — punctuated by the occasional sermon & visit to the pastor to remind the viewer who to turn to in times of trouble. Honestly, I started watching it in fast forward.  I think it needed just a bit more action throughout. I felt that the performance Rob Boltin (Jacob Harker) was the best of the actors. I wasn’t too impressed with his “wife” played by Gwendolyn Edwards but I am not sure her lines for the script were much to go on.

ABOUT Awakened:

Newspaper reporter Jacob Harker (Rob Boltin) loses his job, forcing he and his wife, Haley (Gwendolyn Edwards), to move into a small rental house owned by Webster Cain (Michael Monks). In the process of moving in, Jacob discovers a discarded audio recording of 60’s blues singer Carol James (Hannah Hughes). Captivated by the voice on the recording, Jacob conducts an investigation into Carol James’ life and death.  Through his pursuit, Jacob becomes haunted by an evil spirit. While the spirit seductively persuades Jacob, drawing him deeper and deeper into its own malicious plot, the spirit attacks and terrorizes Haley, creating both fear and distrust in the Harker’s home. Haley sees her husband turning into someone less recognizable each day.



MOVIE NEWS: Living Hope


Have you ever met someone who changed the course of his or her life completely to follow Jesus? In the movie, Living Hope, be prepared to be inspired by several individuals and families who gave it all and got so very much in return – not in money or fame but in the joy and peace of knowing they were serving the living God with their lives, serving the poor and needy, through the ministries of Living Hope in South Africa, where “poor” takes on a whole new meaning.

I had the great pleasure to go to South Africa recently on my way to Kenya for a Christian conference with the non-profit for whom I work. This movie truly shows the heart and soul of the people of Africa and I enjoyed the inspiring stories I saw here.


LIVING HOPE is the story of three extraordinary individuals who have devoted their lives to serving the poor in South Africa. It is a feature length documentary created by the filmmakers behind Journey to Everest, Apostles of Comedy, and Honoring a Father’s Dream: Sons of Lwala.  John Thomas, a pastor who is leading his church to serve the sick, hungry, and dying in the communities that surround them. Journey beside John through the neighborhoods where they work, meet the people their ministry has impacted, and hear from his heart why they chose to make a stand for the poor.  Joey Lankford, a businessman and father of four who moved his young family from the United States to Cape Town. Journey beside Joey as he equips men and women with job skills, and leads them out of the bondage of poverty.  Leonie Rustin, a single mom and nursing assistant, who turned from a life of crippling drug addiction to follow Christ. Journey beside Leonie as she attempts to help other in her community unshackle the chains of addiction and prostitution.

Learn more about how YOU can get involved in this amazing multi-faceted ministry.

Enjoy this Living Hope Trailer:


MOVIE NEWS: Chasing Grace


Recently, I had the opportunity to view a new Christian movie called Chasing Grace. Christian movies often get a bad rap because the filming quality, the acting quality, etc. (which is not the case in this film) but I do like to support them because I believe in the heart of the message and that is to glorify Jesus. Movies like Chasing Grace show us a bit about what happens when normal, God-fearing people deal with human emotions and human realities in the face of truly difficult circumstances. Every day we face temptations to walk away from God’s perfect will for our lives and there are very real consequences which this movie explores well.

Overall I felt that the movie moves at a pretty good pace and has some great actors and actresses in it. It also included a bit of a twist I didn’t see coming which is always a welcome surprise.

Read below a bit more about the movie and watch the trailer for yourself!

ABOUT: Chasing Grace


A tragic accident threatens to destroy a pastor’s family and sets into motion a complex betrayal between two brothers, while exposing secrets no one wants to face.

Pastor Jonathan Matheson lives in a world of black and white, yet finds a way to navigate the “grey in-between” to work to his advantage, while facing one of the most tragic moments of his life. Set in small-town America and woven inside a tale of redemption, “Chasing Grace” is a story of how one family takes on the burden of guilt in order to make sense of their loss. While pointing the finger of blame at his brother, Pastor Jonathan also chooses to hide from the truth while trying to escape his own personal demons. “Chasing Grace” is loosely based upon true events and provides a powerful story about the redeeming power of forgiveness.

Buy the DVD on AMAZON.

Learn more about the movie HERE.


CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – OVO comes to Liacouras Center in Philadelphia May 11-15

Last night I and a friend went to see the very talented cast of the CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – OVO performing at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia now through May 15th. The show was simply phenomenal and created to appeal to all ages with a colorful bug theme and energetic acts that keep you on the edge of your seat.


The first-ever Philadelphia engagement of Cirque du Soleil’s OVO, a new arena touring production, opens at the Liacouras Center on May 11-15. (OVO also premieres in Atlantic City, at Boardwalk Hall on June 22-25). 
OVO, one of Cirque du Soleil’s incredible & amazing combinations of acrobats, costumes, music and international performers, is an ‘insect-themed’ production focusing on a unique,colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, and play in a non-stop flow of energy and movement.
Buy your tickets NOW to see CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – OVO at the Liabouras Center.

Join the social fun: : OVO – Cirque du Soleil

Twitter : @cirque #OVOCirque

Instagram : @cirquedusoleil #OVOCirque


Enjoy the trailer for this delightful show below:


Broadway Philadelphia’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Growing up with the movie Sound of Music makes the opportunity to see the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway version live down in Philadelphia next week all that much more special. I can never get enough of one of MY favorite things –  a story filled with classic lyrics, tantalizing romance and big picture tension that keeps the plot moving throughout.

Can you believe that EVERY time my husband says “So . . .”, I immediately think and occasionally say, “a needle pulling thread . . . “? And, if he pauses too long, I may even start at the beginning with “Doe, a deer, . . .” Love, love, love this timeless classic that has contributed to many phrases in our culture today not to mention how we view Julie Andrews and her incredible talent in so many ways.

somMy friend Jo-Lynne and I are headed down to enjoy the show on opening night March 15 at 7:30 pm. The show will run March 15-20 and right now you can get a family 4-pack for only $179 through the Kimmel Center Ticketing website with the code EDELWEISS.

To join the social fun, follow the Kimmel Center on Twitter @kimmelcenter and hashtag #BWYPHL for news on all upcoming shows.

To get a brief glimpse of this North American Tour, see the trailer below:


32nd Season of #Survivor starts tonight! #BrainsBrawnBeauty

This last week, my friend and I embarked on a journey of surviving the train to NYC to take part in a totally FUN first-ever blogger preview of Survivor, now in its 32nd Season. (Can you believe we got on the “quiet” train by accident coming AND going?!)

IMG_20160216_155551461Jo-Lynne and I are both BIG Survivor fans going back to the start in 2000. In 2008, my sister gave my husband and I tickets to see the Survivor Micronesia Season Finale in New York. Of all the coincidences, two people who accompanied host & executive producer Jeff Probst to this media event were Micronesia winner Parvati Shallow and two time contestant Stephen Fishbach. How fun is that! Of course, I had to geek out and pull out my buff from that season andIMG_20160216_160044948 have Parvati and Jeff sign it.

But on to the BIG news, this season, filmed on the island Kaôh Rōng in Cambodia, is starting with three tribes: Beauty, Brain & Brawn. In the live interview posted below, Jeff, Parvati and Fishbach all answer questions about the show and their previous experiences on Survivor and how they dealt with challenges on and off the beach. Parvati gave a unique perspective about being behind the scenes one season when she went as press instead of contestant. Jeff answers the question “Which tribe would you be?” with Brains, of course (which he clarifies is because he humbly doesn’t see himself as beauty or brawn)!

Also, when asked if contestants respond to Jeff’s running narrative, Fishbach and Parvati enjoyed sharing instances where it motivated and then times they simply had to tune him out (hehe).

The event organizers from CBS went all out to welcome us and make us feel a part of the process – giving out colored buffs and very colorful cupcakes! We had plenty of time to talk to Jeff, Parvati and Fishbach and get our own pictures with everyone which is always fun as a blogger. We were also able to see most of the show – except who was voted off. Watching again tonight to see the ending along with my daughter.

We also received copies of Jeff’s best-selling book series STRANDED: SHADOW ISLAND which he shared came from all the conversations with kids about Survivor. When he asked our group who would want to be on Survivor, guess who raised their hands? The kids! Not the moms and dads in the crowd. Apparently, this book series came from their youthful optimism and confidence. I can’t wait to read them myself.

I just interviewed my own daughter asking “Why do you watch Survivor?” Her response – it’s a place where anything goes! (which if you see the amount of lingerie worn for clothes in this season, you might agree!)


Here is the live Q&A where you can see some fun questions being answered including background insider scoop on the worm in one contestant’s ear that you will see in tonight’s beginning to what is being called the most grueling season yet!

For more detailed information on SURVIVOR and the castaways, log on to

Join the Survivor Social fun on Facebook & Twitter here and here. Hashtags: #Survivor & #BrainsBrawnBeauty



Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to #BWYPHL – Family 4-pack Special

unnamedThis coming week, I am looking forward to taking one of my colleagues to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which comes to Philadelphia Broadway this next Tuesday December 29th and stays through January 3rd.

Last summer, I saw “Joseph” at Sight and Sound out in Lancaster and I am interested to see with this Broadway production what they mean when one description for it reads that this biblical story has been “reimagined.” It is truly a great story regardless and I know it will be good.


Ring in the new year, with a 4-pack starting at $120.16!*


ABOUT THE SHOW: One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. The magical musical is full of unforgettable songs, including “Go Go Go Joseph,” “Any Dream Will Do,” and “Close Every Door.” Book your tickets and be part of the magic!

*Offer limited to select sections and performances to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Merriam Theater. Minimum of 4 tickets per order. May not be combined with any other offer and cannot be applied to previous purchase. All Sales Final.