An Interview the Young Star of “LITTLE BOY”

Little boy imageThe movie LITTLE BOY is opening tomorrow, Friday, April 24th and it sounds like a wonderful family movie! LITTLE BOY is a film about a young boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his dad home from World War II alive. The heartwarming story will capture your heart and lift your spirits as it reveals the indescribable love a little boy has for his father and the love a father has for his son. Set in the 1940s, LITTLE BOY is an instant cinematic classic that captures the wonder of life through the eyes of a 7- year-old little boy. Written and directed by Smithsonian Institute Award winning director Alejandro Monteverde, LITTLE BOY highlights themes of faith, hope and love in the face of adversity.little boyFrom the filmmakers who won the prestigious Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award for their movie Bella, LITTLE BOY features an all-star cast with two Oscar nominated actors and is directed by Smithsonian Institute Award Winning Director Alejandro Monteverde; produced by Eduardo Verástegui and Leo Severino; written by Alejandro Monteverde and Pepe Portillo.
littleboy3 The cast includes some wonderful, well known actors such as Kevin James, Ted Levine, Michael Rapaport, Tim Wilkinson and Emily Watson.  The 7-year-old main character, Pepper Flynt Busbee is played by the actor, Jakob Salvati.  Jakob is a terrific and gifted young man who already has a lot of credits for someone his age.  He has appeared in the TV series Grimm and Cleaner.  I recently had the great opportunity to interview this very talented young actor:
Jakob 2 Jacqueline:
Have you always wanted to be an actor?

Jakob:
Yes, it’s always been a dream. I’d like to be one of those actors who people can recognize on screen and look up to as an inspiration.

Jacqueline:
What do you like most about school?

Jakob:
Language Arts is the best part of school for me and my favorite subject.

Jacqueline:
What was your experience like being the star of a major movie?

Jakob:
It was a privilege and it was great even though it was hard work.

Jacqueline:
What did you learn from the film about bullying?

Jakob:
As far as bullies, they only go after the weak, so if you’re being bullied I would say to stand up for yourself like Pepper in LITTLE BOY movie.

Jacqueline:
What are your interests/hobbies when you’re not acting?

Jakob:
I like to hang out with my family and watch family movies. I also like to play soccer, and I love parkour!

Jacqueline:
Do you have any advice to other kids who want to be an actor?

Jakob:
I would just say to pray about it and work hard and one day that chance will come.

LITTLE BOY deals with some powerful themes such as prejudice, bullying, love, hope and never ending faith.  It is sure to move you and your family.  It could also help open dialogue with your children about issues in their own lives. I can’t wait to take my teenage boys to see it! Rating is PG-13.

For more information go to:  http://littleboyresources.com/

Rocksbox Unlimited Designer Jewelry

What if someone told you that you could have an unlimited supply of designer jewelry for just $19 a month?!  If you’re a fashion jewelry addict like I am then you would say “where do I sign up”?   Here’s the scoop:  Rocksbox is a membership-based jewelry styling service.  Members pay a flat rate of $19/month to get access to a personalized rotating closet of designer jewelry, sent in sets of three at a time.  Do I need to continue?

Rocksbox2First of all, it’s like Christmas and Birthday all rolled up in one when you receive your cute Rocksbox box! Check out the treasures I received in my mailbox yesterday. Kendra Scott Elle Cobalt Cat’s Eye earrings are gorgeous (perfect timing to wear with my new cobalt blue dress), the Perry Street Scarlett necklace is very current and the Sophie Harper Double Bar ring are fit my personal style! Rocksbox partners with established and emerging designers such as Gorjana, Kendra Scott, Loren Hope, Margaret Elizabeth, and many more.  Their jewelry inventory is constantly evolving to reflect the seasons, members’ tastes, and the latest trends.

Here’s How It Works –
Complete your personalized style profile in just 3 minutes and create a wish list.

  • Rocksbox stylists use your profile to personally select designer jewelry just for you from their collection of over 30 designers sets are curated for you based on your style profile.
  • The three chosen pieces are placed in a very snappy, signature Rocksbox box and delivered from their San Francisco headquarter to your doorstep with no shipping charges!
  • You can keep and wear your Rocksbox pieces for as long as you like.
  • You can return your set anytime, as often as you like, and Rocksbox will send you a new set of three jewelry pieces.
  • You pay the same membership fee regardless of how often you exchange your box.
  • If you fall in love with a piece (and you know that’s going to happen) and want to keep it forever, you simply don’t send it back when you return your box. You will be billed at the Insiders’ Price shown on your packing list.JacqueRocksbox

The jewelry seems to be high quality and how great is it that you can change it out as your mood and the seasons change? For someone who gets bored with their jewelry after a few wears, I’m thinking I may be hooked!

Sound easy?  Ready to sign up?  Go to: https://www.rocksbox.com/  For 1 month free Rocksbox, use this special code when you become a member:  jaqueferrisxoxo   Become a Rocksbox Insider today and Rock on!

Disclosure: Rocksbox provided Real Posh Mom with one month of free membership trial.  All opinions are mine and may not reflect those of the company. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” All photos are mine and subject to copyright.

Colorado Bound!

When you think of Colorado you usually imagine the majestic Rocky Mountains, lots of beautiful white snow, and some of America’s most incredible skiing.  Our family goes at least once a year for a family ski vacation.  We’ve been to several different ski resorts in Colorado and they all have something to offer but one of our favorite destinations in Colorado is Breckenridge and the surrounding area. Breckenridge is just a short drive (approximately 1 ½ hours) from Denver.  It’s located in the Summit County Area which is surrounded by three mountain ranges and is home to several world class ski areas that include Keystone, Copper Mountain, Frisco and Silverthorne.  It’s sometimes called Colorado’s “Playground” because there is so much to do and see!

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Breckenridge or “Beck” as the locals refer to it, is known worldwide as a top winter destination.  It has 155 ski runs and includes a new 543 acre expansion on Peak 6.  The slopes offer all kinds of ski and snowboard terrain.  Don’t ski?  Try snow tubing, sleigh and dog sledding, snowmobiling, and ice skating.  There’s no excuse to stay inside!

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Tired of the same old summer beach vacation?  Then head for Colorado this summer!  One of our favorite family summer vacation trips was in Breckenridge.  There is an endless list of things for families to do!   Summit County has a 10 mile interconnecting system of wide paved paths for walking, bike riding, rollerblading, and running.  You can race down the Gold Runner Coaster, which is an elevated Alpine slide located on Peak 8 Fun Pack.  Pan for gold or take the family white water rafting on the Blue River.  The area is a paradise for camping, hiking, fly fishing, and backpacking.  Enjoy the beautiful nearby Dillon Reservoir.  You can go fishing, boating, or simply sit on the shores and enjoy the view of the water and mountains.

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Personally my favorite thing about Breckenridge is the historic and quaint downtown area.  It’s a shopper’s paradise including several unique boutiques that include everything from designer jeans and cupcakes to locally made goods and imported olive oils and vinegars.  There’s also over 70 restaurants to choose from with not a franchise in sight.  You can easily explore the town on foot or take a horse drawn carriage just for fun!  Breck is becoming one of the state’s emerging art towns and hosts monthly art walks.  The town has also become well known for its Brewery.  You can tour and sample their award winning premium bourbon whiskey.   The summer fun kicks off with the opening of Breckenridge Fun Park June 12 – 21, gold panning, a bike festival and Kingdom Days.  For more information go to: http://www.gobreck.com/events/event-calendar

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Take at least one day to drive over to the Historic town of Georgetown and take a train trip on the Georgetown Loop Railroad!  It’s an old time steam locomotive that chugs its way up the canyon to Silver Plume.  The trip has breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and you can hop off halfway and tour the historic Lebanon Silver Mines.  Our kids loved this outing!  The train runs several times a day from April 30th through December 30th.  For more information go to:  http://www.georgetownlooprr.com/

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Be sure to visit Historic Downtown Georgetown for a taste of Colorado’s mining history. Self-guided walking tours of the town are available. One of my favorite places in Georgetown is the legendary Hotel De Paris Museum built in 1875 by Louis Dupuy during the silver mining boom. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The hotel included a first class French restaurant, a showroom for traveling salesmen, and was considered a luxurious hotel during the Gilded Age.  To further delight your kids, the hotel has been rumored to be haunted!  May 23rd is the opening date for the 2015 Season.   For more information about this historic building and tours go to:   http://www.hoteldeparismuseum.org/

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Would you like information about other Colorado destinations?  Go to:  http://www.colorado.com/

 


The Illusionists Bring Magic to Dallas Summer Musicals!

illusionists_musichallsiteheader2The Illusionists “Witness the Impossible” opened their show on Tuesday at the Music Hall in Fair Park with some eye popping acts.  This world’s bestselling touring magic show is playing at Fair Park as part of DSM’s 75th Anniversary Season line up and is ready to amaze North Texas audiences.

First of all, this isn’t your parents’ Magic Show.  It showcases the “magic” talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists in the world with acts that are futuristic, classic, and edgy.  I took my 17 year son, Jared to the show to get his reaction to the show as a teenage boy.  Jared loves comedy and admittedly has high standards for what he considers entertainment.  He was thoroughly entertained and blown away by some of the magic tricks.  His favorite Illusionist was “The Trickster”.  As “The Trickster”, Jeff Hobson is the epitome of showmanship with his over the top comedy routine and  impressive magic acts.  Imagine a cross between Liberace and the funniest comedian you can imagine.  He emcees and entertains the audience throughout the show.  We are still laughing today about some of his funny comedy lines.  Illusionists2.jpg4
Jared’s next favorite act was “The Manipulator”.  Yu Ho-Jin is from South Korea and is considered the rising superstar in the world of magic and was recently named the 2014 “Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Arts.  You cannot take your eyes off of him as he performs his card tricks.  I know what you’re probably saying to yourself, “What’s new and fantastic about card tricks”? Well, you will have to see his act for yourself to understand it.  He manipulates the cards in such a lyrical, fluid, and mystical manner that you are mesmerized from start to finish.Illusionists2Also entertaining was the young and very high energy Illusionist, “The Futurist”.  Adam Trent who has been compared to the Justin Timberlake of Magic brings CGI into his magic act along with some very impressive card tricks and performance magic imagery.Illusionists_Poster_Web.jpg2There is also the “magic meets Goth”  Illusionist “The Anti-Conjuror”, Dan Sperry.  He combines magic with the macabre. Dan who apparently is one of the top 10 most Googled people in the world, starts out kind of creepy (very creepy actually) but has some very funny moments in his game of Russian Roulette/magic act with an audience member.  He finishes his performance of the night with an incredibly mesmerizing magic act by conjuring up a whole menagerie of flying birds while wearing a Count Dracula like costume.   How do these artists come up with these ideas?the illusionistsThere are some “classic magic” Illusionists in the show if that’s how you prefer your magic shows.  “The Inventor” Kevin James, delivers some very innovative illusions and is well known and celebrated in the magic world for his tricks.  Also “The Escapologist”, Andrew Basso performs his own Houdini version of escaping from the famous Water Torture Cell.  You hold your breath along with him for the whole three minutes that he is underwater.  And last but not least is the strong and silent Illusionist, “The Warrior”,  Aaron Crow.  He specializes in weaponry magic.  Not speaking a word throughout his act he delivers probably the most dangerous act using swords, paintball guns, and crossbows.Illusionists2.jpg3Did I mention there is a lot of audience participation?  It makes it fun but it can give you some anxiety if you’d rather not be on stage.  Kids are asked to participate in several tricks and as we all know, most kids love being part of the act.   The audience participation gives you the feeling that you are part of the magic.   FYI – The Magicians don’t force anyone to participate and there are always willing volunteers, so don’t stay away based on that!
Illusionists 156Our family’s final review?  There is something in the show for everyone, young and old.  My husband thought parts of it were very funny (he loved “The Trickster” Illusionist too) and is still trying to figure out how they accomplished most of the tricks, my 17 year old was thoroughly entertained from start to finish, and I thought the show was very entertaining and high energy throughout.  We give “The Illusionists” six thumbs up!

“The Illusionists” Witness the Impossible is at Fair Park from April 7-19, 2015.

For Tickets go to: http://www.dallassummermusicals.org/shows_illusionists.shtm

Review: Microsoft Band Smartens Wearable Tech

A couple of months ago I attended the grand opening of the Microsoft store in Dallas. It is the largest one they’ve opened, and so of course the biggest would have to be in Texas. The manager and staff were enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about the many Microsoft products that are now available for you to test drive in-store. While there, the one that caught my attention was the Microsoft Band. They generously gave me one to try and to see how my husband and I would like it. This is Microsoft’s entry into the smart-watch, Fitness band market. It is aptly just called the Band because it turns out that it’s a bit of both.the-bandThe Microsoft Band can connect via Bluetooth with either your Android, or Apple smart phone and displays your texts, tweets, messages, and even the weather. If you happen to have a Microsoft windows phone, you can do even more with it. It’s limited to just display when used with my iPhone, but still convenient when my phone is in my pocket. For me, it serves mostly as a fitness monitor. When used in tandem with the Microsoft Health Cloud app that I down loaded on my phone, there’s quite a bit I can keep track of. It costs $199 and packs an impressive list of sensors. There’s an optical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyrometer, GPS, ambient light sensor, skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, capacitive sensor, galvanic skin response sensor, and a microphone. It measures common metrics like steps and heart rate, and calculates some second order metrics like sleep quality and calories burned.Microsoft_Band_LifestyleMonitoring my activity and sleep provide me the best opportunity to fight the effects of the aging process which most of us worry about. Last night, I slept for 6.5 hours and awakened 4 times. This is only an 85% sleep effectiveness rating. I am feeling a little tired today, and tonight, I will be making a conscious effort to get more sleep. With the feedback gained, I can also try different sleeping positions and room temperatures to reach a more optimal rest pattern. These are things that I couldn’t, or wouldn’t think of doing if I didn’t have the great feedback I get from my Band. I have also begun setting goals for how many steps I walk in a day, and I am more likely to take the stairs just because I know I’m monitoring steps.microsoft-bandThe Band is a sleek looking device and I get comments from people all the time about it. It’s comfortable to wear, and over time, I don’t even notice it’s there until I feel the vibration alerting me to a new message. It has taken a little getting used to wearing it with the face on the underside of my wrist, but it is easier to read due to the horizontal display. I wish the battery lasted longer between charging, and I wish I did not have to take it off to charge it. Other than that, I really like everything about it. Personal health tracking is only getting more and more popular, and it seems everyone is getting into the market. With my Band, I have both smart watch and fitness capabilities, and I love it. I have to go walk now, or I won’t reach my 7,000 steps today!

Dallas Summer Musicals brings The King and I to Dallas

thekingandiDallas Summer Musicals continues their 75 anniversary season with their current production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I.  Like last year’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, DSM is producing the show themselves.  This exciting new production features a revamped script, timeless songs, and a new physical production with an entirely fresh interpretation of the musical.  This is a great musical for both adults and kids.

If you’re not familiar with the story of the musical here’s a short summary: East meets West in 1862 in the country of Siam when a very proper English widow, Anna and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok to tutor the king’s many children and wives. The King, is considered to be backward and a barbarian by Westerner standards and wants Anna’s assistance in changing his image. Through Anna’s teachings and devotion to the King’s family the two grow to understand and respect each other in a unique and touching love story. The quizzical king and the English tutor develop a bond that transcends their cultural differences.thekingandimusicalBroadway veteran Rachel York, stars as Anna. If you shut your eyes you would swear that Julie Andrews herself is on stage, she’s that good. She has an incredible voice and has a delightful chemistry with the King who is played by Alan Ariano. The classic songs were a delight to hear again and made me want to sing along with them. The two actors who played the forbidden lovers were showstoppers when they sang “We Kiss in a Shadow”. The sets were fresh and colorful as were the beautiful costumes. One of my favorite parts of the musical is the extremely creative Jerome Robbins ballet, “The Small House of Uncle Thomas”. It encompasses the humor of the story and the exotic nature of a country that most of us Westerners can’t understand but appreciate. I would go see the musical again just to experience this performance again.

Did you know? In 1895, the second revival of The King and I opened at the Broadway Theatre, where it ran for 191 performances. It won Yul Brynner a special Tony Award for his 4,525th performance in the role of King.

The King and I continues through April 5th at Fair Park Music Hall, 909 First Avenue, Dallas, $98-$108.  214-346-3300, dallassummermusicals.org

The King and I JackieAs a former season DSM ticket holder, I am very excited about this year’s 75th anniversary line up of shows because it bring to town several new and classic shows that we haven’t seen in Dallas.  Tune in for Real Posh Mom Reviews for the upcoming shows at DSM:

Coming up next is The Illusionists, April 7-19, 2015.  This bestselling touring magic show is a mind blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, June 9-21, 2015

Dirty Dancing, June 23-July 5, 2015

Pippin, July 7-19, 2015

Live Nation Will Open The Music Factory in 2016

Last night at the House of Blues, Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company, announced that it will open an all-new, state-of-the-art concert venue in Irving, Texas.the-pavilion-at-the-music-factory-indoor-theaterThe Pavilion at The Music Factory lifestyle center, will open in Spring 2016 and will play host to world-class artists! The Pavilion will be the perfect anchor for Irving’s highly anticipated new entertainment and restaurant complex known as The Music Factory. It was Irving that decided it needed to have an entertainment-destination development such as The Music Factory. Live Nation looked throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth before landing in Irving as a regional destination. The 17-acre site sits adjacent to the Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas has proximity to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, State Highway 114, State Highway 183, Interstate 35E and Interstate 635. The proximity to roadways wasn’t the only appealing aspect, he added. The Pavilion at The Music Factory also will be located near rail stations on the newly completed DART Orange Line, include 4,200 dedicated parking spaces and 15 valet stands.Irving Music FactoryThe innovative new venue in Las Colinas will convert from a 4,000-seat indoor theatre to an 8,000-person capacity boutique open-air pavilion! Can’t wait until it opens – live music just got bigger and better in DFW! The convertible concert venue gives Live Nation the ability to bring in a wide variety of concerts ranging from A-list headliners to growing artists by using electronic doors that fold up horizontally before being lifted vertically at the back of the venue to open up in a panoramic view to the grassy lawn.
the-pavilion-at-the-music-factory-outdoor-open-air-pavilionThe live entertainment company plans to hold 60 to 70 concert events at The Pavilion at The Music Factory each year. The Pavilion gives Live Nation the ability to round out its venue portfolio in the region, which is the fourth largest metro area in the United States. The Pavilion at The Music Factory is scheduled to open on April 1, 2016. Live Nation plans to begin marketing shows at the concert venue in fall 2015.

12 Days of Christmas at Dallas Arboretum

Arboretum12DaysofChristmasCelebrate the holidays at the Dallas Arboretum like never before with this $2 million centerpiece exhibit entitled The 12 Days of Christmas featuring an elaborate collection of 25-foot Victorian gazebos filled with the charming costumed characters and whimsical animals that are made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Each gazebo is encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience, and will feature mechanical parts and festive music that will assist in bringing the characters to an even more life-like state.GazeboEnjoy the .75-mile walk through the garden exhibit, as you witness these handcrafted gazebos spread across a winter wonderland.Dallas Arboretum 12 Days of Christmas Mansion.jpg2During the day, visitors can enjoy the lavishly decorated DeGolyer Estate, filled top to bottom with a collection of Byers’ Choice Ltd. Christmas Caroler figurines. This exhibit runs from November 26, 2014 – January 4, 2015 | Daily | 10AM-4PM Visitors can also stroll the gardens to view seasonal plantings and enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities.ArboretumGazeboDuring the evening, the garden will remain open for extended hours for The 12 Days at Night, where the beautifully illuminated gazebos will be showcased for magical nighttime viewing. During this time, visitors will be even further immersed in the Victorian-era holiday theme as they enjoy live carolers and holiday themed treats.

The 12 Days of Christmas daytime exhibit is included with general garden admission:
Adults | $15 non-members
Seniors | $12 non-members
Children ages 3-12 | $10
Children under 3 receive free admission
Parking | $10 at the gate | $5 online only
Member Parking | Free
Member Admission | Free

Other Holiday Events at The Arboretum

Special Weekend Holiday Festivities
November 29-December 21, 2014 | Saturdays and Sundays | Noon-4PM
Enjoy visits with Santa, reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Holiday Tea
Starting November 28, 2014 – 11AM and 2PM daily
Enjoy an elegant, three-course holiday tea for a special Christmas memory for those 13 and older. Prices range between $47 and $57 and include parking and admission to the garden. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 214.515.6511.

Make this a new Christmas tradition for your family; it will be a truly magical experience!

Microsoft Opening in Dallas

RPMMicrosoftStoreMicrosoft opened its newest and largest store in the nation last weekend, November 8, 2014 in NorthPark Center in Dallas. The opening marked the 106th Microsoft store and the 10th in Texas. “NorthPark was a place we have wanted to be in for a long time,” said Store Manager Mike Williams. “We just couldn’t find the right deal but right now is the perfect time to be here.” The 5,323 square foot store is located between Nordstrom and Macy’s and not too far from the Apple store.Microsoft openingThousands of people were lined up early Saturday morning for the official grand opening ceremony that started at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. The first 2,500 people in line for the ribbon cutting ceremony received a pair of tickets to see Tim McGraw and The Band Perry perform live at 1PM. Some people camped out in the mall’s parking lot in order to be the first 100 in line to win a Meet and Greet with performer Tim McGraw prior to the concert.microsoftstoretexasopeningOn hand for the opening ceremony were Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Darren Laybourn and Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins. As part of the grand opening, Microsoft donated a software grant to community organizations more than double the size of its usual amount. The company’s technology grants totaled $2,125,000 and checks were presented to representatives from the following organizations:

MicrosoftProductsThe store offers an assortment of products including Windows 8.1 desktops, tablets, laptops, Windows Phone devices, Xbox One, Office 365, Surface Pro 3, and W HP’s Sprout.  Also available are Microsoft Surface Pro 3, a PC with built-in project screen and touch pad, only available in 20 of Microsoft’s stores, and Microsoft’s Band, which has various capabilities including GPS, heart rate monitoring and sleep quality tracking. The latest smartphones including Microsoft’s Lumia line and Blu Win HD, which can load SIM cards from two different carriers are available.microsoft-bandThe store has a living room area, where shoppers can play with the Xbox One and try various demos, a theater, which is designated for business training sessions and special events, and its answers desk, where customers can go to check out or find more information. The store’s 51 employees have received at least four weeks of training and will keep learning from two or more teacher staffers in each store.  Customers can receive service, get recommendations and receive help with PC setups.  The store also offers free computer tune ups and free virus removals.

Since 2009 when Microsoft opened their first store in Scottsdale, Arizona they have opened 104 retail locations in 189 countries worldwide. They have welcomed more than 400 million customers to their full line and now count Dallas as one their newest and premier locations!