Friday, October 9, 2015

A Holiday Tradition: Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015 North American Tour {Coupon Code}

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When it comes to holiday traditions, some families have a particular dish or meal, some travel to a certain destination, and some decorate their tree with the same ornaments or lights year after year.

For others, however, the ultimate holiday tradition is one that creates memories for a lifetime when they go to see the amazing artistry, costumes, performance, puppetry, music and more involved in Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker!

moscow ballet nutcracker

Tickets are on sale now!

The company of almost 40 dancers is the only internationally touring ballet group to perform to critical acclaim in over 75 North American cities annually. The renowned, award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet thrill audiences with their expertise, dramatic expression and stunning leaps, turns and drops.

Including over 200 romantic costumes and 10' tall playful animal puppets; shimmering colorful, backdrops splashed with 3-D effects; life-sized Matrushka (Nesting) Dolls and a puppet show for shadowing the Nutcracker Story at the opening Christmas Party, this is one performance unlike any other.

Masha and Nutcracker Prince in Snow Forest

The production is also known for its dedication to world peace: naming Act II the "Land of Peace and Harmony" and featuring a stunning "Dove of Peace" with a 20' wingspan (danced by two dancers each with one feathered wing).

Nutcracker Dove of Peace

Children and adults of all ages will be amazed at all there is to see throughout this performance! During the battle with Nutcracker Prince and the 3-headed Rat King, a golden cannon shoots roses. In the Magical Snow Forest an authentic Russian style Troika Sleigh, known as the fastest sleigh in the world, is escorted by Father Christmas and Snow Maiden on their way to Act II.

Truly, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is a breathtaking sight to behold from start to finish!

Nutcracker sleigh

As tickets are on sale for Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker in most cities on the 2015 North American tour, now is the time to order some for your family to get into the spirit of the season.

But why not shop with a discount? Use the promo code JOY to receive the largest discount available (up to $30 off!) so that you can save money while partaking in this wonderful holiday tradition!

For a full schedule of event dates/venues and times, head over to today!

This post is part of a promotional campaign with Moscow Ballet but all thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Rockboard Original Scooter vs The Rockboard RBX Scooter {Review}

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Although the concept of the kick scooter isn't new to the outdoor scene, for many years the only difference was the number of wheels or the materials used for construction.

But as cool as it is to zip along on your own little wheeled platform, I have to admit that nothing about the standard scooter gets me excited. It's small, it's flimsy, and its singular use is to put one foot on, and then push and glide, push and glide, push and glide every few feet.


Unless you're talking about a scooter that's not just a simple scooter. Because if you're talking about the next generation of scooter, one that is versatile, built to last, comfortable, and includes the most fun propulsion technology around, then I'll definitely take that ride.

In that case, you're talking about the innovative and unique Rockboard Scooter.

Rockboard scooters

On a mission to provide today's youth with fun and innovative ways to enjoy spending time outdoors, Rockboard Scooters are a hybrid that combine the drive-chain propulsion of a bicycle with the practicality of a kick-scooter. As well as providing a way to be used as a traditional push scooter, it gives you the option of using a rocking motion to propel yourself forward continuously at speeds up to 10 miles per hour. The faster you rock up and down, the faster it goes!

Available in three versions, the Rockboard Scooter comes in the Original size for ages 8+, the RBX version that is also for ages 8+, and a Mini version, for ages 5+ (up to 90 pounds). You can easily get the entire family zooming down the block!

However, while one visit to the Rockboard website can easily get consumers excited about these one-of-a-kind scooters, I found myself going back and forth looking for differences between the Original and the RBX version. Which would prove to be the better buy?

Rockboard scooter boxes

When the Rockboard Original Scooter and the Rockboard RBX Scooter arrived, the first difference was immediately seen in the decorative versus the plain cardboard packaging. If ordering and shipping a gift directly from Rockboard, the box of the Original is quite a bit more eye-catching and exciting!

Inside the boxes, there was a second large difference between the models in that the Original requires little to no assembly. The whole scooter was already put together and only needed to have the handlebars tightened up and the body itself unfolded into its open position. Then it was ready to ride!

Original Rockboard Scooter

The Rockboard RBX Scooter, however, does require a small amount of assembly as it comes out of the box in a few different pieces.

Fortunately, due to the clear instructions, included tools, and minimum construction steps, it only took me around five minutes before I had the full scooter put together in all of its glory.

RBX Rockboard Scooter

Both the Original and RBX have a simple height adjustment knob to make it a snap to change for taller or shorter riders and I appreciate the convenient hand brake and kickstand for safer riding as well as parking.

When it comes to hopping on, a Rockboard Scooter provides a ride unlike any other that you have experienced before! It does takes a few attempts to get the hang of balancing as you shift your weight from your front foot to your back foot, but once you do, the entire thing glides along so smoothly that you never want to get off!

With the generous size of these scooters, how easy it is to ride them (once you try it, you'll find that keeping your balance is just like riding a bike), the convenience of the hand brake and height adjustment, and how extremely fun it is overall, you really will be hooked.

Big Sister E and Little Sister B never want to stop and I have found myself not only having fun but feeling a great leg workout at the same time!

Rockboard Scooter kids

In comparing the Original with the RBX, we have yet to find a difference in the ride quality. Both scooters glide smoothly on pavement and the padded handles for steering are easy to grip and turn. Aside from the difference in the color (the kids like the red of the RBX better), I don't know if we would be able to tell them apart without checking closer!

Rockboard Scooter review

The Rockboard Original Scooter does have two features that the RBX does not, however.

First, not only have we been impressed with just how much fun it is when rocking it back and forth and zooming down the street, I appreciate how quickly users are able to switch from the Rockboarding mode to the low-profile kick scooter mode.

In only around a minute you can change the adjustment knob from super-cool propulsion into classic push-scooter to be able to place one foot on the board and push with the other to enjoy your leisurely ride. For tweens that are still getting used to shredding the pavement, being able to switch to traditional scooting offers a way for them to still be comfortable or take a break when needed. I love the idea of having two scooters in one!

Rockboard Original push scooter

Second, when it comes time to put your Rockboard Original Scooter away, it only takes a few more minutes to fold it up and lock it closed for easy storage. It is quite a bit heavier than other scooters, but then again, other scooters don't have anywhere near the really cool technology that this one does.

In contrast, the RBX doesn't fold and therefore takes up a bit more room when being stored or would be much more difficult to put into the trunk to bring along to a park or on a road trip. However, it does only weight 16 pounds compared to the Original's 20.8 pounds and those 4.8 pounds are noticeable when it comes to moving or lifting them.

Rockboard Scooter storage

From day one, everything about these Rockboard Scooters has proven to be high quality, well-designed, and made to last for years of active fun — I have yet to see my children's (or my own) interest wane and we have received multiple comments from neighbors and friends who can't wait to hop on and go for a ride!

Currently the Rockboard Original Scooter is available in blue, orange, red or white with an MSRP of $199.99 while the Rockboard RBX Scooter comes in black, blue or red for $159.99. These amazing scooters can be purchased worldwide directly from the Rockboard Shop, on Amazon or in retail stores near you. Although both have a higher price tag than other scooters out there, this really is a great product.

Besides, if the options for tweens and teens are between a Rockboard Scooter and over-priced electronics and video games that will stick kids to the couch, I would go for this innovative alternative any day! Visit to find out more and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to find out about these and all of their unique products.

Other than the Original and RBX Scooters that I was provided by Rockboard in order to facilitate my review, I was not compensated or enticed to do this post in any way. This review is solely my honest opinion about these products.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Organize or Volunteer for an Event with Ease with VolunteerSpot {#SignUpSpot}

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This post is part of a sponsored campaign for VolunteerSpot, however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are completely honest and my own.

When it comes to volunteering our time, the general consensus is that we would all like to do more of it.

But why does it seem like oftentimes the hassle and work of signing up or organizing an event can leave just about everyone involved frustrated? The endless Reply All's that fill up your inbox; calendar and email reminders that continue to ding; and, for the person in charge, continually having to answer individual questions over and over.

In short, organizing anything from a large fundraiser to a classroom snack sign-up to a PTO volunteer event can quickly turn into a full workload and a turnoff for anyone thinking of taking on the job.

However, these days instead of choosing to not be a part of your next school or community activity, the whole volunteer process can actually be much more convenient and manageable thanks to VolunteerSpot!

On a mission to make volunteer coordination and volunteering as simple as possible, VolunteerSpot aims to help people save time and money with their one-stop-shop for all scheduling and fundraising needs. Whether you are the organizer or the volunteer, everyone has access to the project calendar to easily see what tasks need to be done. No stress, no jumbled communication, just the tools needed for people to work together!

And did I mention that VolunteerSpot is completely free? It really couldn't be much easier!

VolunteerSpot steps

Organizers begin by visiting (available online as well as on mobile) and creating a free account with just their name and email address — no software to download or complicated technology to install.

From there you are ready to reach out for volunteers! Your free VolunteerSpot account includes unlimited online sign up sheets and calendars, an event planning wizard, automated email reminders, smartphone sign up and electronic calendar sync for volunteers, the ability to export activity data, and much more (there is also a paid, premium service available to people planning very large events).

Just put in the facts about your event (e.g. date, time, location) and make a list of the tasks that need to be done, the supplies needed, and more. Once your calendar is ready, it can be sent out to prospective volunteers by entering email addresses into the planning wizard, by sending the direct link through email or by placing a signup button on a website.

Everyone who is interested just clicks on the link and is brought directly to your VolunteerSpot calendar to see the details clearly laid out!

Soccer Snack Sign-Up

Volunteers have the option of signing up for an account themselves or simply giving enough information to respond to your event invitation. Either way, when looking at the calendar, it is a snap for anyone (technologically challenged or not) to click on available days and tasks and sign up for one or more open spots of their choosing.

No more wondering if there will be cups brought to the Halloween party, what times are available for the upcoming Parent/Teacher conferences, who will bring snack to the next Soccer game, if there are enough helpers to have the fall carnival run smoothly, and more!

Fall Party Sign-Up

When it comes to planning an event, VolunteerSpot is the perfect way to save yourself time and stress! All of the information stays in one place (cutting down on repetitive questions) and volunteers are able to select their own assignments, greatly increasing their interest and availability.

Not to mention that the whole process is so quick and easy that more potential volunteers will sign up solely because the steps aren't repetitive and disorganized. If helping is easy, you are more likely to have more people want to help out!

Charity Race Sign-Up

This fall and beyond, let VolunteerSpot make volunteering and managing events easier for your events, big or small. In the classroom, within your neighborhood, among church members, for school fundraisers or for any of your volunteer needs, this FREE system can help your day run as smoothly as possible.

Skip the endless emails or old school phone trees and let VolunteerSpot do the work of bringing the helpers! Find out much more about the quickest and most simple way to recruit volunteers for your next occasion by visiting and connecting with them on Facebook and Twitter today.

Saturday, October 3, 2015


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