Tony Award Winning “The Band’s Visit” in Dallas –  February

Playing in Dallas from February 5 – 16 at the Winspear Opera House and February 18-23 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center

THE BAND’S VISIT is a beautiful, nontraditional musical that is subtle and somewhat slow in its delivery but powerful in its message.  This is not your usual musical with lots of big numbers and foot stomping music and if that’s what you expect when you go you’ll be disappointed.  But if you go with an open mind and heart you will find yourself moved in ways that you didn’t expect.  It is definitely worth the trip to see it.

Here’s the Plot:

THE BAND’S VISIT tells the story of an Egyptian police band that goes to Israel to perform a concert. Because of a funny mix up of the town’s name at the bus station, they wind up in the wrong town. With no bus till morning, they are taken into their homes by the locals for one night and the rest of the story is funny, heartwarming, and at times heartbreaking.

The ensuing interactions between the band and the locals examines how even though they may come from completely different cultures, human connection is very powerful.  The beautiful music that the Egyptian band brings with them to the small “nowhere” Israeli town meshes these two cultures together for one (very long) night.  Despite their many differences, the possibility of conflict never materializes and in fact, it becomes something much more powerful.  This is a story about acceptance and the revelation that we are all simply human trying to make it through life with the same desires, dreams, disappointments, and yes, even heartbreaks.

THE BAND’S VISIT is the winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, making it one of the most Tony-winning musicals in history.  Starring in the Dallas Production is a cast of world-class performers  led by award-winning Israeli actor Sasson Gabay, star of the original film and Broadway production. THE BAND’S VISIT is actually based on the 2007 film of the same title written by Eran Kolirin.  The show also features a band of very talented actors/musicians that perform the score which is a combination of jazz and traditional Middle Easter music.  The final number is a satisfying ending to this poignant story about how a small insignificant band brought light and hope to a group of lonely people in another country.

Leave the kids home for this one.  It’s not that the musical is inappropriate but it’s not your typical crowd pleasing musical with nonstop music and dancing.  It’s a musical for adults who enjoy theater and the many surprises that you may find there.  My husband and I are still talking about it.

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The Blue Man Group Speechless Tour is in Town!

The Blue Men have returned to Dallas with a brand new show! BLUE MAN GROUP SPEECHLESS TOUR, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, is at the Winspear Opera House January 15-19 and features new and original compositions, acts, and instruments alongside iconic Blue Man Group moments!

My husband and I went last night and were pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed the new show! We had seen Blue Man Group before in Vegas but this is an all new and really entertaining show.  If you’ve never seen it before you should go and if you’ve seen it before you should go again!  This is a fun interactive show that plays with your senses through art, non-verbal communication, and music.  It’s like a rock concert and comedy show rolled into one fun happening.  The quirky blue men are so interesting to watch and the creativity of their performances continue to delight audiences everywhere!  This show appeals to all age groups so take your kids or your parents – they will enjoy it, I promise!

 

TIP:  Try to sit on the bottom floor to get the most out of the visual and interactive part of the show and DON’T sit on the front row if you don’t want to get wet and DON’T sit on the end of the row if you don’t want to get pulled up on stage!  Like I said, it’s an interactive show!

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to see The Blue Man Group.  They’ll be at Winspear Opera House  (2403 Flora St.) in Dallas from January 15-19.

  • Single tickets for the BLUE MAN GROUP SPEECHLESS TOUR start at $20 (pricing subject to change) and are available at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 800-982-2787.
  • Purchase in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling (214) 426-4768 or emailing Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org @dsmusicals #DSMBway

Arcopedico are The Coolest Shoes Ever!

 

 

 

 

 

What a great find these shoes are!  If you’re like me, I’m ALWAYS looking for a shoe that’s comfortable and cool but cute too!  Arcopedico Shoes have all three “must have’s” – they are cool, comfy, and cute!  Who would think they would be cool in the summer too but they are!  At last I have found a great option for myself and all of you comfort shoe seekers out there!

Real Posh Mom Review:

Arcopedico shoes are handmade in Portugal and have been around for quite a while (since 1969) but they have been consistently adding different styles and features to their product line.  I was recently asked to partner with the company and received a sample several weeks ago to try out.  I have to admit that I was skeptical at first because I am a sandal wearing girl in the summer.  As I get older if my feet get tired and achy I am not a happy camper, I become a bit of a grouch you might say.  But I’ve been wearing the sample of Arcopedico’s Sec V shoes this summer and I have to say they are VERY comfortable and your feet REALLY do stay cool during the summer!   I NEVER wear tennis shoes in the summer because my feet get so hot and sweaty but the shoes’ nylon knit fabric is so breathable and stretchy that it didn’t bother me at all and my feet do not get sweaty at all!  They are super easy to get on and off and will be great when I’m on vacation and going through airports and security.  Arcopedico‘s Sec V shoes are very lightweight (they only weigh 7 ounces) and almost feel like you are not wearing shoes at all.  I am very pleased with how well this shoe performs throughout a day of running errands, going to lunch dates, and doing chores around the house and pool/yard.   I don’t have much of an arch in my feet and the shoes gave me great support and the soles are not slippery at all.  These shoes are absolutely perfect for traveling and miles and miles of sightseeing!

 

About this Fabulous Shoe:

This particular style of Arcopedico ( Sec V) is the original style from the 60’s and is still their top selling style.   This shoe is in the “Knit” line and features a blend of techno elastic technology with the use of a special knitted nylon fibers that provides a controlled freedom of your foot shape.  The shoe is lined with a soft interior for barefoot wear and a built-in SanSmell technology to promote an antibacterial environment.  The shoe also has an updated removable foot bed and features a patented twin arch support system that distributes weight over the entire plantar surface which helps keep your feet nice and dry and not tired. The shoe has a sporty grip sole and was nicknamed “Shocks” for the shoe like durability but with a sock like feel.

I chose black for my pair of Arcopedico‘s (because I wear so much black) but they come in a variety of colors and really cute patterns! They are incredibly comfortable and come in a variety of great styles and designs – they even have some really cute sandals and boots!   I will definitely be purchasing another pair to take on my anniversary trip this fall!

Other Wonderful Features:

  • Variety of fun (and classic!) colors and patterns
  • Nylon knit upper provides controlled freedom and promotes healthy circulation
  • Water resistant
  • Washable
  • Certified biodegradable, which makes them highly sustainable and earth-friendly – including the packing!

Where to Find These Amazing Shoes:

Arcopedico Shoes are available at a variety of shoe retailers throughout the US and on line through Amazon, Zappos, etc.

Go to their website to find out more at:  https://arcopedicousa.com/  You can see all of their products and stay up to date on new styles and sales!

 

 

Huel – Human Fuel and Ready-to-Drink Meals

Summer means that we’re all very busy with the business of summer such as running our kids from activity to activity, vacations, and errands.   Moms are usually stuck with the task of getting everyone fed in between and most of us suffer from mom guilt because a lot of the time we have to rely on fast food to get our children fed quickly.  If you’re like me I always feel like I should do a better job of giving them more nutritional and healthier meals and snacks.   I have the perfect answer for you and it’s a quick and easy and very affordable way to get both yourself and your kids the nutrition you need to keep up the pace!

I recently received samples of a nutritionally complete food called HuelHuel is a UK company which was recently launched in the US after becoming the most popular complete nutrition brand in Europe.  After using it for a week I’m ready to tell you all about it!

First of all,  Huel offers a wide variety of Ready-to-drink meals for when you don’t want to or don’t have time to cook.  Huel also comes in vanilla and chocolate powders (including gluten-free options)and is a perfect balance of carbs, fat and protein, as well as all 27 essential vitamins and minerals in just the right amounts.   Huel has boost flavors also available so that you can customize your nutrition drink such as:  Banana, caramel, mint-chocolate, strawberry, apple cinnamon, chai, mocha, and chocolate.  They are designed to work best with Huel Original and Huel Vanilla.

 

I started off drinking Huel in place of breakfast and/or lunch.  It not only tastes good but it is very filling and I didn’t get hungry at all, seriously!  After the first couple of days of drinking the vanilla flavor (which I think has a nice “light” and not strong vanilla flavor.  It makes a good base flavor to the added boost flavors of your chose.  I added some of the boost flavors throughout the week and the banana and strawberry flavors are my favorites but the others are nice too.  My 21 year old son tried the mocha and really liked it (BTW he’s sold on Huel and can’t wait to use it when he gets back to college in the fall instead of driving through fast food places every day).  My husband is on board with Huel too because he likes the tastes and really likes the idea of each family member being able to customize their drink with their favorite flavor = saving money on buying several different flavors of the drink.

Key features of Huel include:

–       It’s Easy: Huel is a perfectly balanced and nutritionally complete meal that you can prepare in under one minute
–       Nutritionally Complete: Huel Powder is a nutritionally complete food that is high in protein and fiber, low in sugar and salt, rich in phytonutrients and contains all 27 essential vitamins and minerals
–       Plant-based and Lactose/Soy/GMO-Free: It contains no lactose or any animal products, no soy and no GMO
–       Affordable: Huel starts at just $2.35 for a 400-calorie nutritionally complete meal and bulk and subscription discounts can be enjoyed by anyone for as low as $1.95 per meal
–       Huel is Food: Huel is far superior nutrition to most conventional diets. Huel can replace any meal or even as a between-meal snack. In this way it can be an add-on improvement to your diet to ensure you’re giving your body what it needs.
–       Zero food waste: Because you only use the Huel that you need to consume, and because Huel powder has a 1-year shelf life, Huel produces zero food waste
–       High manufacturing standards: Huel’s facilities and equipment are held to the highest safety standards and regulations
–       Vegan/environmentally friendly: Being vegan and producing zero food waste means Huel has much less of an environmental impact on the planet than many other food products

 

The branding is very hip and cool – stark black lettering on white background and here’s Huel’s Mission Statement:  “To make nutritionally complete, convenient, affordable food, with minimal impact on animals and the environment.”  I like it, a nutrition drink that has an environmental conscience.

I’m going to continue using Huel for myself for breakfast because I’m really bad about eating breakfast (I usually skip it and I know that’s bad) and I need the combination of nutrition and calories early in the day instead of loading up at the end of the day with a big meal.  I think it will help me hit my goal of losing a little excess pounds too.

So if you’re in the market for a healthy alternative for your own diet and nutrition needs or for your kid’s busy schedule this summer or during the school year this is it!  Huel is huge all around the world, having sold over 40 million meals in over 80 countries so get on the train peeps!

More information is available at Huel.com

 

Old Jews Telling Jokes Coming to The Eisemann Center in July!

OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES
JULY 11-28, 2019
Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts

Don’t Miss a Hilarious Evening in the Catskills with Jokes, Skits, Song, and Dance!
From the Producers of My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy and
My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, & I’m in Therapy

Philip Roger Roy and Playhouse Productions, Inc. have announced a limited engagement of the off Broadway hit Old Jews Telling Jokes at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations Bank of America Theatre. The visiting production is set to open on Thursday, July 11, at 2:00 pm and the engagement will continue through Sunday, July 28.

Created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent and Directed by Jeremy Quinn, Old Jews Telling Jokes, which has been called a “pickle-barrel full of giggles,” showcases five actors in a revue-type production that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. It celebrates the rich tradition of Jewish humor and ‘all the rabbis, complaining wives, fed-up husbands, patience-challenged physicians, gossiping ladies, and competitive men’ populating it. The humor is suggestive and even raunchy as the ‘Old Jews’ make fun of themselves as well as followers of every other religion. Producer Philip Roger Roy said this, “Think Catskills comedy with jokes, songs, stories, skits, and routines. The humor is reminiscent of the great Jewish comedians from Buddy Hackett and Alan King to Tom Lehrer, and more.” Warning: adult (bawdy) humor. Not for audiences under 21.

Old Jews Telling Jokes has received rave reviews around the country including The Huffington Post who said this about the show, “A non-stop laugh fest.” Said the New York Times, “Hilarious … magnificent, enduring rhythm of Jewish humor!” And from the New Yorker, “The laughs-per-minute average is as high as anything you’ll find on stage!” Legendary comedian Mel Brooks enthused, “Chock full of laughs!”

Get your tickets now for this very funny production while it’s in town! The regular performance schedule is Thursday at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, Friday at 8:00 pm, Saturday at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sunday at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Ticket prices range from $39-65 and may be purchased online at: www.eisemanncenter.com, by phone at 972.744.4650 or in person at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, TX 75082. For group sales information, call (888) 264-1788.

 

 

Last Minute Mother’s Day Idea! Sips by® Monthly Tea Subsciption

Okay it’s almost Mother’s Day and you still can’t think of anything to get your mother right?  I have the perfect last minute but fabulous gift idea for you!  Give her the new monthly subscription service Sips by™— that delivers a fully curated box of new and intriguing teas straight to her door!

About Sips by™     
Sips by is a new monthly, personalized and multi-brand tea subscription service that matches you with a tea expert who learns your tastes and sends you 4 unique teas to try each month.  It’s an Austin-based startup founded by a small group of tea lovers who want discovering tea to be fun, personalized, and affordable.  Each box is truly unique to your preferences!

Reasons to fall in love with Sips by™:
• Each month is completely customized, featuring 4 teas (15+ scintillating cups)  uniquely selected for you and your profile.
• Discover 100+ artisan brands from around the world.
• You can choose from both herbal or caffeinated options.
• Expand your palette with unique flavors and blends.
• Receive exclusive offers and coupons.
• Great for gifting the tea novice or afficionado for those special days like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthdays, Valentine’s, and Christmas!
• Vegan options available.
• Affordable monthly service at only $15 each month.

Every month your mother will think of you when her personalized Sips by™ box of teas arrives!  Your gift will continually be enjoyed by her as she relaxes and savors her teas and she will be reminded how much you love her!

Boxes are just $15 a month and can be gifted in 3, 6, or 12 month packages AND there is a 10% discount on your first box when you sign up!

Visit www.sipsby.com to learn more and to sign up for your own taste bud adventure.

Get Organized this Spring with Mindspace!

Every Spring I vow to get more organized and clean out my closets.  But I really mean it this year because I have found the perfect solution to making spring cleaning and organizing easy!  Real Posh Mom has partnered with Mindspace to help give our readers ideas on how to get organized and simplify our lives – yay!

Mindspace has an array of products that includes everything from utensil caddies and cutlery trays for the kitchen to a variety of organizers for your workspace, closet, and beauty products.  All the products are versatile and can be used for multiple uses.  The products are made of an attractive metal mesh that is lightweight but sturdy and is available in a beautiful silver and black color.  Mindspace basically has something to help you organize every room in your house!

Here’s an example of the variety of products Mindspace offers:

Office, etc.

Let’s start out with the Mindspace Utensil Caddy which I received from the company to review.  Even though it’s under the kitchen category I decided it would be usedful in my home office to help clean up the clutter and organize my desk!  It has three spaces for my pens, pencils, and scissors and a larger space for all the notepads I am constantly looking for.  You could also use the caddy for your kitchen for your various utensils, condiments, or silverware.  It has a movable carry handle and is a sturdy mesh steel construction that allows your to use it indoors or outdoors.  It would also be great in the bathroom for your beauty products.

Mindspace has lots of options for office to get you organized!  They offer desk organizers such as a 3 tier desk tray organizer, inclined file organizer, letter and file organizer, wall file organizer, and a desktop fill organizer sorter.  They also have a 2 tier stackable letter tray and a compact organizer caddy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom, etc.

Now here is something every woman can use (because we all have too many shoes right?) the Over Door Shoe Organizer!  It has 24 large pockets that can store your shoes or pretty much anything in other rooms of your house like toys, laundry supplies, etc.

Kitchen

I also received the Mindspace 5 Compartment Cutlery Tray which is much nicer than plastic one I have now.  It has spacious compartments and will hold all my cutlery and serving pieces in one beautiful tray that should last a lifetime it’s so sturdy.  You can also use this organizer in the office for your pens, pencils etc or in the bathroom for your makeup.  Really, the uses are endless for this product.

 

Mindspace makes it easy for you and comes completely assembled which eliminates the stress of assembly! We all need less stress in our lives right?! They’ve also made it easy to order go to:  Amazon, Zulily, eBay and the Mindspace website.

For more information, visit www.mindspaceny.com

 

Remember an uncluttered space is an uncluttered mind!

 

 

Dr. Plotka’s Mouth Watchers Flossing and Antimicrobial Toothbrush Review

You may think that a toothbrush isn’t that exciting but I have to say I was pretty excited to receive my new Dr. Plotka’s Mouth Watchers brushes in the mail!  Before I give you my thoughts on the toothbrush, here is a little background on the creator and the technology that makes Mouth Watchers toothbrushes different than your everyday toothbrush:

  Mouth Watchers was created by Dr. Plotka’s who has had a 40 year dental career and actually pioneered dental advancements such as: Dental Bonding, Tooth Sealants, Same-day Crown Fabrication and Laser Dentistry Technology.  Dr. Plotka’s incredible resume and expertise created the unique and revolutionary Mouth Watchers Toothbrushes that have:

  1. Antimicrobial Technology* infused into the bristles eliminating bacteria growth, leaving your brush clean for every use.
  2. A unique dual flossing bristle system that reaches down into to hard to reach areas, where cavities form, and sweeps out cavity and gingivitis forming debris.
  3. Mouth Watchers was included as the only toothbrush in the “Best Products Evaluated During 2012” by the Clinicians Report (the Consumer Reports for dentists), founded by world famous dentist Dr. Gordon Christensen.

Pretty impressive stuff huh?  I’m no expert on toothbrushes but here are my personal thoughts:

  • The bristles are soft and a light crème color which gives it an “organic” look. That’s a good start!  FYI – dentists advise patients to use a softer toothbrush.  When brushing it feels like the bristles are gently messaging my teeth and gums but removes plaque as well.   Wow!
  • I really like the feel of the shape of the toothbrush itself (a soft curved plastic) and the uniquely designed long and short. I think the brush actually does reach areas that an average toothbrush doesn’t although I still feel the need to floss but maybe not as often as before.
  • I love the way my mouth feels after brushing. It feels sparkly clean and really does feel like you’ve just had your teeth cleaned – I’m not kidding!
  • Finally, I am totally sold because this toothbrush has Antimicrobial technology infused into the bristles which eliminates bacterial growth (ugh) makes me feel better overall about my dental hygiene. Did you know that bacteria on the average toothbrush doubles every 20 minutes?   Plotka’s toothbrushes eliminates 99.9% of bacterial buildup due to their proprietary silver bristle technology.  It also eliminates the need to replace the toothbrush as often as the average toothbrush.

Final Thought? I am still very excited about this toothbrush and will purchasing more in the future for myself and my family.  You should get excited about brushing YOUR teeth too!  Go to: https://www.mouthwatchers.com

The Mouthwatchers Manual toothbrush retails for only $4.99 which I think is a bargain considering how good it is for your teeth!  There are also other options such as the power toothbrush for $24.99 and the travel size for $5.99.

Be sure to follow Doctor Plotka’s Mouth Watchers  at:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mouth_watchers
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MouthWatchers

15 Minutes of Fame at Kid Biz – February 9th!

Fame Parties founder Skylar Reeves will be taking professional photos capturing the love at KidBiz/TheBiz located in Inwood Village from 10AM to 4pm on Saturday, February 9th, 2019. This is a perfect event for all parents / children. It takes just 15 minutes and they will get 60-100 fully color corrected and uniquely edited photos of your loved ones for purchase/sharing. Whether you want amazing photos of just your kid(s) or family photos, they will have the backdrops and talent to make that happen!
Purchase your outfit from KidBiz/TheBiz, wear it for your FAME PARTY photo session and receive 20% off your purchase + $100 upgrade to any FAME PARTY package purchase.  Different packages, discounted the day of the shoot, are offered or you can order items a la carte, but you don’t have to purchase a package or commit to any costs.
Whether you want amazing photos of just your kid(s) or family photos,  we will have the backdrops and talent to make it happen! Digital photos of your loved ones will be available for purchase/sharing on Valentine’s Day! 

Bonus: We will have stylists on site to dress and accessorize your kids! 
For pricing information visit:

https://t.e2ma.net/click/pam7y/dxjf1p/t9bqnf

The Book of Mormon Review

 Back by popular demand, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical returns to Dallas, Music Hall at Fair Park for a limited engagement January 29 – February 3!  Presented by Dallas Summer Musicals.

Disclaimer:  First of all, I’d like to apologize to Mormons everywhere because I thought this was the funniest musical I’ve ever seen.  The musical is filled with offensive song lyrics and profanity not only aimed at the Church of Later Day Saints but really all religions and ethnic groups (no one is off limits).   If that offends you then this is not the show for you and PLEASE – no children should be in the same building with this musical!

So now that I’ve apologized and warned you, here’s the truth:  Despite the shock value (every scene not only makes you gasp but makes you laugh out loud despite yourself) there’s a reason why The New York Times calls THE BOOK OF MORMON “the best musical of this century.”  The musical was created and written by the same team of writers Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone who created the TV Show “South Park” and  the musical “Avenue Q”.  If that’s not a hint to what’s in store for you then I don’t know what is.   It’s sarcastic, silly, offensive, clever, rude, inappropriate, and makes several brutal commentaries about our society but in a lighthearted and hilarious way of course!

The numbers in The Book of Mormon are creatively staged and absolutely inspired.  To say that the dancing is lively and fun to watch is an understatement and the songs are not only hilarious but actually really good!  After you’ve seen THE BOOK OF MORMON you understand why this musical has won 9 Tony’s and has been widely acclaimed by critics everywhere.  You may not like everything you hear but you will definitely love and appreciate the musical itself.  This is definitely one to check off your bucket list!

Tickets for the Dallas engagement start at $29 (pricing subject to change) and will go on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at (800) 982-2787. They can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling (214) 426-4768 or emailing Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.