Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Seattle Children's Theatre presents The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!

*Disclosure: I received tickets to attend this show for the purpose of writing this review. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

The 2016-2017 season started with a bang at Seattle Children's Theatre with the opening night of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I'm a longtime fan of pretty much everything that C.S. Lewis wrote, and an especially big fan of Narnia, so was very excited to see this play! In case you're new to Narnia, here's a bit about the play, from the SCT website:

SCT proudly presents C.S. Lewis' magical, timeless classic from his Chronicles of Narnia series, and one of our most beloved productions of all time. When Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie arrive at the English countryside during the Second World War, they discover an enchanted wardrobe that spirits them away to the land of Narnia, where they find talking animals, mythical creatures, grand adventure, and a great quest awaiting them. No one is prepared, however, for a shocking betrayal that leads to one of the greatest battles of Good and Evil in children’s literature.
Parents and children familiar with the series, or discovering it for the first time, will love this dazzling musical which champions honesty, bravery, and goodness.

The play, as with all plays at SCT was absolutely beautifully presented. The sets and costumes were lovely and really brought the story to life. I was a bit surprised that this play was a musical. I'd missed that fact in reading about the play beforehand. The music was great, but personally I didn't think it added much to the story. Still, kids will like the songs and it does keep the play from getting too heavy. It's hard to scale such a big story into a play, but I thought the creators did a good job and that the actors were fantastic. This is a great way to introduce kids to the wonderful world of Narnia and a fun family event!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Facial/Body Brush Cleansing System from ToiletTree

*Disclosure:I received this product to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 

The holidays are almost upon us, which means lots of gatherings with friends and family and coworkers. And it usually also means lots of photos being taken, so we all want to look our best for the holiday season. A simple way to help your skin look bright and vibrant is to use a facial cleansing system. I recently had the opportunity to review one from ToiletTree! Here's a bit about it, from the product's website. 

An advanced cleansing tool to help polish away dull skin and gently exfoliate away impurities that traditional cleansing leaves behind. Wonderfully cleaner, softer, radiant looking skin. The Professional Skin Care System, along with a daily cleaning regimen, helps assist the following:
  • Stimulates skin renewal.
  • Improves overall skin clarity and appearance.
  • Removes dead skin cells to expose healthier-looking skin.
  • Energizes skin and leaves it sooth, soft and radiant.
  • Cleans deep to help remove stubborn makeup.
  • Enhances absorption of moisturizers.
System includes:
  • 2 face exfoliaters (1 soft face brush & 1 medium face brush)
  • 1 body exfoliator
  • 1 pumice sphere

I really like that this one tool is designed to help clean both body and face. I don't have the shower space to be storing multiple tools. I found it easy to switch between the face brushes and the body brush. The brushes just snapped on and off and made it easy to clean my skin. While it was easy to get the pumice on and off the handle, I found this one to be a bit more difficult to control as I tried to use to to scrub my feet. Possibly I just need more practice, but it was something I noticed.

All in all, I like this product and think it's worth the $34.95 asking price. This would make a great stocking stuffer or gift!