What We’re Watching: Star Wars & Mockingjay

Posted April 15th, 2016 by Sandie in DVD, Entertainment, Movies

What We’re Watching: Star Wars & Mockingjay

We’re a pretty geeky family when it comes to movies, which is just the way it should be, considering I write movie reviews for a living. Recently two Blu-ray DVDs came out that have been on repeat on my house: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and THE HUNGER GAMES collection, […]

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Virginia Travel: Couples’ Getaway to Clifton Inn

Posted April 1st, 2016 by Sandie in Living, Travel

Virginia Travel: Couples’ Getaway to Clifton Inn

Earlier this month, my husband and I were invited to have a quick overnight at the Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our accommodations and meals were complimentary, but I will note that this is not our first time there, and all opinions are our own. This trip was magical for many […]

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Flash Giveaway: JERSEY BOYS at National Theatre

Posted March 31st, 2016 by Sandie in Entertainment, Theater

Flash Giveaway: JERSEY BOYS at National Theatre

When I was 11 years old, I saw the movie that became one of my enduring favorites of all time — DIRTY DANCING. And in DIRTY DANCING’s amazing soundtrack is the song “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” which as you probably know, is by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Since my mother was […]

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Theater Outing This Weekend: Annie for Kids

Posted March 17th, 2016 by Sandie in Entertainment, Theater

Theater Outing This Weekend: Annie for Kids

This review was written by my husband, who went to the show with our daughter and our best friend’s daughter. For the last 40 years, “Annie” has specialized in placing adorable kids with 1,000-watt smiles onstage to delight audiences with their spunkiness and enthusiasm.  The touring production of “Annie,” now […]

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Giveaway: Allegiant Swag & Movie Tickets

Posted March 14th, 2016 by Sandie in DVD, Entertainment, Giveaways, Movies

Giveaway: Allegiant Swag & Movie Tickets

This week, the third DIVERGENT film, ALLEGIANT, comes out in theaters. It may be the final book, but as is the norm with recent YA adaptations, there are two installments of the last book, and this is the first half. #ALLEGIANT stars the always talented Shailene Woodley as main character Tris, the […]

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What to Watch: PBS Kids’ Ready Jet Go!

Posted March 8th, 2016 by Sandie in Entertainment, Television

What to Watch: PBS Kids’ Ready Jet Go!

I’ve been a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Important Parent) for five years now, and I never cease to be amazed at the quality of their children’s programming. Even though two of my kids have aged out of the shows, they still watch along with their little brother if it’s a show […]

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Synetic Theater’s Romeo and Juliet: Review

Posted February 22nd, 2016 by Sandie in Entertainment, Theater

Synetic Theater’s Romeo and Juliet: Review

I’m happy to share another theater review from our resident teen critic, Lexie, a ninth grader at a Montgomery County high school. Below is her review of Romeo and Juliet at the Synetic Theater. Romeo and Juliet is a tragic story of two star-crossed lovers. The two teenagers are desperately in love […]

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GIVEAWAY: ANNIE at the National Theatre

Posted February 12th, 2016 by Sandie in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theater

GIVEAWAY: ANNIE at the National Theatre

ANNIE was my very first vinyl record. I was six years old and the musical was more popular than ever. It had been on a immensely popular national tour, and the movie adaptation had come out and was my very favorite movie. So, my mom bought me the movie soundtrack, and I played […]

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