Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nursery or no nursery? That is the question.

As a first time mother, I was thrilled to find out the hospital I was giving birth in kept babies in the rooms with mothers unless for some reason they had to go to the NICU. Thinking about this gave me comfort. I would have my son with me and nobody could take him away from me. When my family visited me, he would be there with me to meet them. When he cried, I would be there to comfort him.

I would be able to observe the care he received at all times. I would be able to feed him when he was hungry and bathe him when he needed it. My husband and I were so excited to share our private suite with him.

It was great...in theory.

In practice it was a trying experience.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Review: The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse

Note: I am a season subscriber at the Paper Mill Playhouse. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I given tickets in exchange for this review.

In 2010, my husband and I visited the Paper Mill Playhouse for the first time. My husband loved the play "Lost in Yonkers" and I bought him tickets, expecting a second rate production on a similar level to a local theater. Instead, what we saw was a Broadway-caliber production for a quarter of the price. The following year we decided to take the plunge and become seasons subscribers and we have renewed each and every year since.

It was purely by chance that Newsies premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse the following season. It was so well received that it ended up on Broadway and won multiple Tony awards. Since then, Disney Theatrical Productions and the Paper Mill Playhouse entered into a special arrangement for their up-in-coming shows. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is Disney Theatrical Production's next project, and it seems that it will be following in Newsies footsteps.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Managing the WDW Crowds: Extra Magic Hours

Welcome to the next stop on Blogorail Red. Today we are discussing how to manage the crowds at the Disney Parks.


Walt Disney World is a magical place, but sometimes the parks can feel a little less than magical when you're waiting in endless lines and oppressive heat. What if you could enter the parks an hour early, or hang out in the parks a couple of hours late? Sounds great...and you can if you're staying at any one of the more than 25 Walt Disney World Resort hotels.