September 27, 2015

Finding Your Wings: When She Had Wings at Imagination Stage

Our Miss A saw her very first play at the tender age of almost two, and she was hooked on the theatre from that moment. In the four years since, we've seen more shows together than I can count: some funny, some scary, two that she truly hated, and many that we loved and shared with family and friends.

Last night, we saw a play together that made me cry for the first time in four years of shows with my little girl.

When She Had Wings is a sweet, funny story inspired by the life of Amelia Earhart. B (short for Beatrix) is almost 10, and her dearest ambition is to fly. But B is afraid that if she can't fly before she turns 10 it won't ever happen, and so she doesn't want her birthday to come. When a stranger crashes into B's beloved backyard tree  just a few days before her birthday, she can't believe her eyes. Could this stranger be B's idol Amelia Earhart? Will B take flight before her birthday with help from the stranger who calls herself A?

Magic is in the air as Imagination Stage kicks off its 2015-2016 season with When She Had Wings, a play by Suzan Zeder, four-time winner of the Distinguished Play Award by the American Alliance of Theatre and Education. Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer, When She Had Wings is a beautiful show with a powerful message of making the impossible possible with the limitless of childhood imagination. There's also a wonderful subtext of body acceptance that I wasn't expecting. 

My six year A didn't pick up on it, but as a parent I dearly loved this part of the story. B mentions her mother has bought her too-small pants as a gift and has plans to send her to weight loss camp for the summer. B laments growing up and getting too heavy to fly, while shrugging off her father's attempts to tell her he loves her just as she is. There's an especially touching moment near the end of the show when A tells B she needs weight to fly. I won't spoil the surprise but I will say this is the part of the show that had me tearing up.

Imagination Stage recommends When She Had Wings for ages 5 and up. While much of the show is funny and lighthearted, there are two storm scenes that are fairly loud. Children who are sensitive to noise may have trouble with these scenes. When She Had Wings runs September 23-November 1, 2015 in Imagination Stage’s Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Theatre. Tickets start at $10, and can be purchased online at, at the Imagination Stage box office, or via phone at 301-280-1660. Group rates are available, and I'm going to take advantage of that group rate to take A's Girl Scout troop to see the show.

Imagination Stage has several special performances of When She Had Wings, including: 

Post-Show Conversation: October 3 after the 4:00 p.m. show
The Creation of Power and Meaning through Imagination: A Young Girl’s Journey: Join child psychoanalysts Rosa Aurora Chavez Eakle, MD, PhD, and Carla Elliott-Neely, PhD and lead actress Pamela Christian and Director Kathryn Chase Bryer of When She Had Wings for a post-show panel moderated by Janet Stanford, Artistic Director.

Sensory-Friendly performance: October 11 at 11:00 a.m.
Sensory-Friendly performances are designed to be more accessible to those individuals on the autism spectrum or to others with sensory sensitivities.

ASL-interpreted performance: October 11at 4:00 p.m.
Please call 301-280-1660 for more information and to ensure proper seat location.

Saturday Night Flight: October 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy creative and fun activities courtesy of KID Museum!

Halloween Costume Parade: October 31 at 4:00 p.m.
Come in costume and take photos on the stage after the show!

All photos by Noe Todorovich courtesy of Imagination Stage

I received complimentary tickets in exchange for my honest review for Macaroni Kid Rockville-Gaithersburg.

August 19, 2015

#ShareYourLegacy Sweepstakes from H2O+ & Walt Disney Records

Disclaimer: I am participating in this campaign as a member of Entertainment New Media Network. Although this is not a paid post, I was sent a small thank you gift for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own. 

If someone asked you to share the legacy you hope to leave behind, what would you say? When I set out to answer this question, posed by Walt Disney Records and H2O+, I was sure I knew what my answer would be...and then just a few days ago we had an experience that changed my answer. I'm sharing it here in my very first (and possibly last!) vlog post. 

Feeling inspired to #ShareYourLegacy too? H2O+, the exclusive worldwide provider for in-room amenities at the Disney Resorts, is teaming up with Walt Disney Records to celebrate Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, which commemorates the anniversaries of Disney's most cherished and classic films. The Lion King 2-disc set launched the series last year.

Can you feel the love tonight?

They are inviting you to #ShareYourLegacy because all women (and men!) have a story and all stories lead to a legacy...and they're offering a chance to add a spectacular Broadway adventure to your story! 

Visit to submit a video and #ShareYourLegacy today!


US Only – 18+

Participants do NOT have to post #ShareYourLegacy to enter the sweeps.

Enter now for a chance to add an exciting Broadway story to your legacy. Grand Prize Winner and a guest will be whisked away to New York City for a once in a lifetime Broadway experience. Find out more at:

Prizes are:

- Round-trip airfare for two to NY
- Two night hotel stay
- Two tickets to The Lion King and exclusive behind the scenes tour
- H2O+ Skin & Bodycare Beauty Basket ($500 retail) full of bestsellers for healthy, glowing skin for your big night on the town.

Good luck - and happy memory making!


Barking Pet Food Truck Headed to DC!

 Note: I received a gift card in exchange for helping to promote the Wellness Natural Pet Food Wagon. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  

One of our family's favorite things to do each weekend is hit up our favorite food truck for breakfast at the farmer's market. This week, pets can join in the food truck fun at two DC area locations as Wellness® Natural Pet Food visits with their Wellness Natural Pet Food Wagon!

The Wellness Natural Pet Food Wagon is a dog-shaped food truck with a wagging tail and a horn that barks, and they're on the road sharing their 5 Signs of Wellness” as a way to educate pet parents on visible indicators of overall pet wellbeing.  

Pets and pet parents alike can come “wag their tails” in front of the wagon - and for every photo shared using the hashtag #WagsforWellness, Wellness Natural Pet Food will donate a bag of Wellness pet food to shelter pets in need.

There are two stops in the DC/Baltimore area this week:

·         August 19: PetSmart, 9041 Snowden Square Drive, Columbia, MD, 11 – 4PM
·         August 23: Petco, 10790 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA, 9 -2PM

Stop by and check out the dog agility course and sample the latest Wellness pet food and treats - and don't forget to take a picture and tag it to share the love with shelter pets!

August 2, 2015

Ready, Set...#RaceForTheCase!

Note: I received a Cartoon Cuts gift card exchange for helping to promote the Race for the Case campaign. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 
School starts here at the end of the month, and A is excited and ready to go. Last week, I shared a great back-to-school cause with you: Cartoon Cuts' Race For The Case. Join the fun this Thursday, August 6 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and help raise $25,000 to build a school in Guatemala!

It's hard to find hands on opportunities for young children to give back, and many of those opportunities happen around the holidays. Cartoon Cuts' Race for the Case is a great way to start a discussion with your kids about giving back all year long - and a great way to demonstrate that you can have fun while you give.

Pencil cases filled with pencils, combs, gift cards, free haircut cards, and other freebies will be hidden around every shopping center with a Cartoon Cuts location. Click here to find a Cartoon Cuts salon in your area!  To get clues where they are just follow Cartoon Cuts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for clues throughout the day on where you can catch a case!

For this event, Cartoon Cuts has partnered with Pencils of Promise (PoP), a for-purpose organization that builds schools in developing countries. For every pencil case champ that shares their experience on social media with the hashtag: #RaceForTheCase, Cartoon Cuts will donate $1 to PoP! The money donated will go toward their $25,000 goal to build a school in Guatemala. Learn more about this fun event here.

Can’t make it on Thursday? Cartoon Cuts has a donation page set up through PoP, so you can still help raise funds for the school! Click here their donation page.