15 Ways to Stay Sane While Caring For an Elderly Parent

I’ve been caring for my 96 year old mother for several years now so this is a subject that is very close to my heart and one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.  I recently ran across this excellent article on Huffington Post from a few years ago that I wanted to share with any of our readers who may be dealing with the ups and downs of being the primary caretaker of an elderly parent.  I have personally experienced almost every point that the author makes and I would have appreciated knowing a lot of these suggestions in the beginning of my journey.
Unless you go through it you will never understand how really difficult it is to take on the role of caretaker and how important it is to have support.  I am very blessed that I have an awesome and helpful husband who loves my mother almost as much as I do and steps up when I need him to.  I also have a couple of very sweet sons who embraced having their Nanny in our home since they were small.  They’re grown now and I think that having her with us so much of the time has contributed to their great sense of family and the responsibility of honoring and caring for family members.  The overwhelming pressure is always there that I am ultimately the person who’s responsible for her care and medical issues.  My mother recently fell and broke her leg and the constant care has been very overwhelming.  I feel like at times that I am drowning in the responsibility of taking care of another person who is getting weaker and weaker and the help I’m receiving is getting less and less.
One of the most emotionally complex and difficult things a person can experience is taking care of an elderly parent. I recently spent time tending to my aging, widowed father, and thought I’d pass along these 15 points, each of which I found to be significantly helpful during this phase of my own life.Accept that things have changed. When a parent starts in any way depending upon their child, a world has turned upside down. Be prepared for that radically new paradigm. Old roles may not apply; old methodologies may not apply; old emotions may not apply. Be prepared to work from — and write — a whole new script.
  1. Accept that things have changed. When a parent starts in any way depending upon their child, a world has turned upside down. Be prepared for that radically new paradigm. Old roles may not apply; old methodologies may not apply; old emotions may not apply. Be prepared to work from — and write — a whole new script.
  • Take it slowly. Taking care of an elderly parent is generally a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t rush it. You and they both are in uncharted territory. Let the process reveal itself to you; to the degree that you can, let whatever happens unfold organically. As much as you lead what’s happening, follow it.
  • Expect nothing emotionally. At the end phase of their life, your parent might open up to you emotionally and spiritually; they might express for you the love that, for whatever reason, they haven’t before. But they also might not do that; your parent might even more tenaciously cling to their crazy. If as you care for your aging parent you bond with them in a new and deeper way, of course that’s fantastic. But going into caring for them expecting or even hoping for that to happen is to wade into dangerous waters. Better to have no expectations and be surprised, than to have your hopes dashed.
  •  Expect their anger. When you start taking care of your parent, they lose the one thing they’ve always had in relationship to you: authority. That’s not going to be easy for them to give up. Expect them, in one way or another, to lash out about that loss.
  • Give them their autonomy. Insofar as you can, offer your parent options instead of orders. It’s important for them to continue to feel as if they, and not you, are running their lives. Let them decide everything they can about their own care and situation.
  •  Ask their advice. A great way to show your parent love and respect — and, especially, to affirm for them that they are still of true value to you — is to sincerely ask them for advice about something going on in your life.
  • Separate their emotional dysfunction from their cognitive dysfunction. Insofar as you can, through your conversations and interactions with your parent, learn to distinguish between their emotional and cognitive dysfunction. The patterns of your parent’s emotional dysfunctions will probably be familiar to you; those, you’ll know how to deal with. But their cognitive dysfunction will probably be new to you. Track it; react to it gingerly; discuss it with your parent’s health care providers. Mostly, just be aware that it’s new, and so demands a new kind of response. This is a part of the process where it’s good to remember point No. 2.
  • Love your health care providers. During this phase of your life, you don’t have better friends than those helping you care for your parent. Cleaning person, social worker, physical therapist, nurse, doctor, caring neighbor — treat well each and every person who plays any role whatsoever in caring for your parent. When they think of your parent, you want everyone involved in their care to have good, positive thoughts; you want them to want to care well for your mom or dad. Steady kindness, and little gifts here and there, can go a long way toward ensuring that’s how they feel.
  • Depend upon your spouse. You may find that your parent is more comfortable relating to your spouse than to you. Though that can certainly hurt your feelings, don’t let it. It’s simply because your parent doesn’t share with your spouse all the baggage they do with you; mainly, they’ve never been the dominate force in your spouse’s life. Your spouse and your parent are peers to a degree that you and your parent can never be. Let that work for you. Depend upon your spouse to be as instrumental in the care of your parent as he or she wants to be.
  • Protect your buttons. No one in this world knows your emotional buttons like your mom or dad does. Surround those buttons with titanium cases and lock them away where your parent couldn’t find them with a Rorschach test. Unless he or she is an extraordinarily loving and mature person, your parent is bound to at least once try to push your buttons, if only to establish their erstwhile dominance over you. Don’t let them do it. You might owe them your care, but you don’t owe them your emotional well-being. With your parent, let “No buttons for you!” be your motto.
  • Prepare for sibling insanity. Expect the worst from your sibling(s). For perfectly understandable reasons, many people go positively bonkers when their parents start to die. Money, childhood mementos, furniture and possessions from the family house, money, diversified assets, money, the will… you get the idea. Prepare for the coming crazy. Do not participate in it yourself. Insofar as you must, of course protect yourself. But no amount of money on earth is worth your dignity.
  • Take care of yourself . It’s so easy to surrender to the care of your aging parent more of your life than you should. But you serve well neither yourself nor them if you fail to take walks; to stretch out; to eat right; to make sure you spend quality time away from them. Make taking time to rejuvenate yourself as critical a part of your care routine for your parent as you do cooking their meals or making sure they take their meds. Your life still needs to be about you.
  • Talk to a friend. If you have a friend with whom you can regularly meet and talk, or even chat with on the phone, do it. During this time the input and love of a friend is invaluable to you. Sharing what you’re going through with someone not immediately involved with it can be like a life preserver when you’re bobbing in the ocean. As soon as you get involved with tending to your parent, call your best friend, and tell them that you’re going to be depending upon them to do what friends do best: care, and listen.
  • Have fun. One of the things we most need in life is the one thing we most readily jettison once we begin caring for an elderly parent: fun. Fun! Have some! Have lots! Rent a Marx Brothers movie. Wear a goofy hat. Make your parent wear a goofy hat — when they’re sleeping, maybe. Whatever it takes. But remember: A day without fun is like a day where you almost go to jail for pushing your old mom or dad down a stairwell. Whenever, wherever and however you can, truly enjoy.
  • Pray or meditate. Life doesn’t offer a lot more emotionally salient or complex than caring for an aging parent. Accordingly, then, open yourself up to God, whatever that might mean to you. Be sure to with some regularly get down on your knees, or sit comfortably in a quiet place; close your eyes; breathe deeply and slowly; and wait to come over you the peace that surpasses understanding. What you’re undergoing with your parent right now is bigger than you, your parent, or anyone else involved.  Do not fail to avail yourself of the great and mighty source from whose perspective it has all, already, been resolved..
I know that I am truly blessed to have my 96 year old mother still  here with us and I try to appreciate every moment.  I know that she doesn’t like growing old and being dependent on her children so I try to take every day one day at a time and not worry about the future and what it looks like but I admit the days are getting longer and harder every day.  I can only do my best because that’s all I can do and I may need to ask for more help very soon – I’m almost there.  Because after all I may be dependent on my children someday and I hope they can do their best for me.

It’s Not Too Soon for Great Holiday Gift Ideas!

I know it’s a little early to shop for the Holidays but is it ever really too early to get some great ideas?  I have a few products that are perfect for people on your list.  Like that guy in your life that’s hard to shop for, the sister or bestie who loves jewelry and even that relative who is totally into health and fitness.  Another great thing about these products is that you can find on them all on online!

Let’s start with Delicora Jewelry because everyone in my family loves jewelry including me and this line is just lovely. Delicora jewelry is uniquely lightweight and has a delicate and simplistic style. Every collection in this line is made using hypoallergenic 14k gold filled and sterling silver materials for even sensitive skin to enjoy. The collection includes a wide range of semi-precious stones intended to capture a woman’s confidence, natural beauty and individual style. I love this about the company too – Delicora prides itself on its charitable DNA and for every piece sold, 20 meals are donated to fighting hunger through Feeding America.  They also just launched their Fall collection!  Check out this darling set of earrings that are perfect for that person who likes classic but understated jewelry.

Pricing is very affordable and runs from $25 – $100 and up to $150 for some sets.  To order go to their website at:  Delicora where you can get a 15% discount on your first order for signing up to get on their email list.

Geekey
My husband is a pretty handy guy so when he saw this product he basically geeked out about this go-to-tool!   He immediately put it on his key chain in anticipation that it will be a great thing to have the next time he doesn’t have his huge tool box with him.  The Geekey has so many uses but is super small – the size and shape of a house key! Incredibly Geekey has 16+ tool functions in the palm of your hand. Crafted out of 420 Stainless Steel, it takes on big and “tough as nails” jobs, yet measures in millimeters and remains lightweight.  This is a really great gift idea for your husband, boyfriend, or dad.  The Geekey is available on Amazon and runs about $26.99 but if you have Prime it’s only $20.69 right now!

 

Hudson and James

This line of products includes clean collagen, supplements, and skin care.  The collagen comes in two different flavors, chocolate, pink lemonade and unflavored.  Our sample was the chocolate flavor and I have to say it’s really delicious.  It is very flavorful with no after taste and melts very well in my coffee every morning. You can drink it in water as well.  I really like the fact that it’s collagen and protein in one product and can get the benefits of both in one drink.  There are so many benefits to gain from adding collagen to our everyday regime such as improving skin, hair, nails, bones, and joints not to mention it supports gut health.

Hudson and James also has a line of supplements that I would love to try and includes Vitamins A-D-K and something really intriguing called Daily Zen.  Daily Zen is a special Ayurvedic formula that includes 17 curated botanical, adaptogen, and herbal properties that delivers an abundance of antioxidants that help support health and longevity.

The Hudson and James  beauty line is also vegan and cruelty-free.  The skin care line is free from aging carcinogens, toxins, synthetic color, fragrance, glycols, DEA, TEA, parabens, paraffin, nitrosamine releasers, and lauryl sulfates.  Many of the ingredients are sourced from sustainable farms or co-ops to help provide fair wages and valuable income to support women, families, and entire communities. We believe in quality over quantity, which translates to no mass-produced ingredients.  Any product from this line will be perfect for your health conscious gift recipient. Go to their website at: Hudson and James

So as you’re starting to think about the holidays check out these fun and thoughtful gifts.  They’re also available to order online so even better!!  Happy shopping and stay safe!

 

Support Small Businesses and Shop These Great Finds!

Looking for a birthday, baby or graduation gift?  I have found some perfect places for you to shop and they’re all on line! During these tough times it’s important that we support small businesses who may be struggling.  A lot of us are relying on popular e-commerce sites to do our shopping but because these sites are much more popular we have found that the ship dates are much longer than we are used to.  The list below are small businesses that offer unique gifts, are well stocked and ready to ship to you right away!

The Short Years – Baby Book and App that is a gift new moms will cherish for a lifetime! The app easily allows busy moms to create (and actually finish) a beautiful baby book in just five minutes per week.

Hudson Candles – luxury candles that are made with all-natural coconut blend, essential oils sourced from France, and metal-free wicks. The letterpress labeling and packaging give it a sleek, elegant, and clean look.

ACouplePuns – delivers sweet messages accompanied by disarmingly darling drawings on superb card stock that is scored, folded and packaged by hand.

DefineMe – vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly line of fragrances looking to empower. They launched its scented, moisturizing hand sanitizer spray DefineMe HANDS a few short weeks ago.

ella+mila – highly sought after brand of cruelty-free, vegan nail polish line that offers over 140 color shades to date! In addition to being chip-resistant, quick-dry and high-shine, ella+mila nail colors are classified as a seven chemical-free product.

Eat Like a Woman –  line of shakes, bars, and cookies that are organic, plant-based, and gluten-free. Clean nutrition specifically for women.  Did you know that women have different digestive needs than men and develop heart disease differently than men?  This is very timely information to have with the pounds some of us have put on during the Pandemic or need to know so that we can learn to eat and live more healthy as women.  I’ve tried the bars and they are really delicious!  I will be ordering more!

Eila Chérie – quality and luxury shouldn’t be compromised due to the price tag. This price inclusive line of handbags, sunglasses, and watches are designed with modern looks and are thoughtfully crafted, using only premium materials.  The companies catch phrase is “Live the champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget”.  Love this because their products are really expensive looking but don’t have an expensive price tag.  The Olivia watch is comfortable to wear, has a sharp and clean design with a very cool marble watch face.  The small gold heart shaped earrings with etched logo comes in a black velvet box and really cute packaging.  This makes it a perfect graduation or birthday gift for that special lady in your life!

Sonoma Wool Company – on a mission to help you rediscover the wonders of wool. Collection of home goods, from luxurious bedding to long-lasting Dish Drying Mat.    Did you know that untreated wool is naturally water resistant?  The design of the Dish Drying Mat is attractive and allows you to store easily store it.  Your friend or mom will love this very unique and useful gift!

Takobia – with over 300 designs of earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, the wholesale brand adds simple elegance with a touch of modern flair to your attire.

 

So as you’re trying to find that perfect gift to order online (because that’s how we’re shopping these days) check out these small  businesses first!  Happy shopping and stay safe!

 

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!

 

 

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

Yogurtland Celebrates Giving Tuesday and Support Together We Rise

Yogurtland Kicks off the giving season on November 27 at select locations!
 
Don’t forget that tomorrow is “Giving Tuesday”!  Yogurtland is a company that believes “together we can and should do more to help kids”.  In order to do that, Yogurtland is celebrating ‘Giving Tuesday’ with a fundraiser for Together We Rise, a non-profit dedicated to transforming the foster care experience for youth across America. On Tuesday, November 27  select Yogurtland locations will be supporting Together We Rise with an all day fundraiser.
Yogurtland fans are invited to support this effort by showing a social media post, email,  flyer, or mention they are supporting the fundraiser at checkout and 20% of the sales proceeds will be donated to Together We Rise.
Together We Rise is setting out to revolutionize the foster care system and change the stigma. By building awareness and volunteer opportunities, the non-profit is enriching the lives of children in foster care and giving them a sense of normalcy and comfort through an unsettling time in their lives. The organization also provides thousands of foster kids across the country with new bicycles, college supplies and suitcases known as “sweet cases,” so children no longer travel from home to home with their belongings in a trash bag.
“Yogurtland believes in helping the children in need in the communities where we operate. It’s important for children in the foster care system to have a supportive community that wants to see them succeed, and Yogurtland is honored to be a part of that initiative with this fundraiser,” said John Wayne Carlson, Yogurtland’s SVP of Marketing, Development and Operations.
At Yogurtland guests can create their own treat, snack or dessert from a variety of handcrafted frozen yogurt, ice cream, and non-dairy sorbet flavors and an abundant topping bar with fresh fruits, candies, premium sauces, and more to create an experience as unique as they are.
Separating Yogurtland from other brands are the company’s flavorologists who continually create craveable flavors that keep fans loving their taste experience. Yogurtland also owns its own dairy, and by controlling the manufacturing process delivers the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for the industry and delighting guests all year long.
For more information and to find participating locations, please visit https://www.yogurt-land.com/togetherwerise.
 About Yogurtland
Yogurtland’s flavorologists continually create craveable flavors that keep fans loving their frozen dessert experience. Yogurtland owns its own dairy, and by controlling the manufacturing process, the company delivers the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for the industry and delighting guests each day.
Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors, ice cream, and non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that contains no antibiotics or added hormones. Fruit flavors are fortified with Vitamin C for an extra boost.
Presently, Yogurtland has more than 320 locations across the U.S., Australia, Dubai, Guam, Myanmar, Oman, Singapore, Thailand, and Venezuela. Flavors are always subject to creative change and popular demand. For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com or http://www.facebook.com/yogurtland.

The Lion King – The World’s #1 Musical Returns to Dallas

June 13, 2018 through July 7, 2018 at the Music Hall at Fair Park

 

This Classic Broadway adaptation of Disney’s animated movie has returned to Dallas!  After 20 years of performances it’s still one of the most creative productions ever made and remains one of the theatrical marvels of all time.  If you haven’t seen it before you must make the trek to Music Hall. If you’ve seen it before you must make the trek to Music Hall to see it again.

 

Tony Award Winner, The Lion King is one of the most popular productions of all time and has been seen by more than 95 million people around the world.  There’s a reason for that.  This is a musical that appeals to both kids and adults.  The Lion King has a universal theme that we can all relate to and yes, a lot of it is geared to the younger generation (this is Disney after all) but adults love it as well.  My 20 year son was in town from college and he surprised me when he agreed to go with me to see it.  He remembered that The Lion King was the first musical I took him too as a child and he was actually excited about seeing it again.  Not only can my son Jack quote every line from the movie because he saw it a million times as a child but he remembered the musical as being pretty great too.  This time though, he saw it through eyes of an adult and still enjoyed it as much as I did.  We marveled at the creative visual imagery, loved the familiar and catchy music (Grammy award winning actually), and appreciated the African culture depicted in the musical much more than we did before.  The message of the circle of life and the love of family still rang through for us as much as it did 20 years ago.

The performances are wonderful, the costumes are incredible, and the animals are delightful (except for the crazy hyenas – I never liked them and still don’t ha ha).   Take a date, a friend, or a child but go see The Lion King, have fun, and no worries for one magical night!

 

Disney’s The Lion King tickets are available at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by calling Ticketmaster at (866) 870-2717.    They can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling (214) 426-4768 or emailing Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org. VIP Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available.

 

 

 

TAKE YOUR KIDS ON SAFARI AT THE MUSIC HALL! 

Elevate your family experience during Disney’s The Lion King with a passport to the DSM Savanna presented by Frost Bank.  Get a DSM Savanna Passport for $15 per person. That’s $60 for a family of four.

Open two hours before each performance*, the DSM Savanna is located on the West Lawn of the historic Music Hall at Fair Park and includes:

  • Pre-show access to a shaded outdoor family-friendly experience
  • Coupon for one (1) snow cone per DSM Savanna Passport  
  • Face-painting and craft activities
  • Access to dedicated bars to purchase beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Access to food trucks to purchase pre-show snacks
  • Dedicated restroom facilities

**BONUS:  Get a Food Truck Voucher for a complimentary item with every 4 DSM Savanna Passports.

You can pick up your Savanna Passports online, or on-site at the Box Office or at the DSM Savanna check in, located at the doors to the West Lawn of the Music Hall.

*The DSM Savanna will open two hours prior to the show and close 15 minutes before curtain so be sure to arrive early to allow time to enjoy all of the activities.

Be sure to dress comfortably and prepare yourself for a wild adventure!

 

Following The Lion King, DSM‘s 2017-18 season will continue with the spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the OperaLove Never Dies: The Phantom Returns, July 24-August 5, 2018; and closing the season will be the hilarious new musical School of Rock, based on the hit film, August 15-26, 2018.

DSM will continue to bring the best of Broadway to North Texas in the 2018-19 season with shows like  Hamilton, Disney’s Aladdin, Hello, Dolly!, Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of The Phantom of the OperaAnastasiaMiss Saigon, Fiddler on the Roof and season add-ons Elf and The Book of Mormon.

 

Dallas Premiere – The Color Purple The Musical!

                                                                                               

  The Tony Award®-winning Broadway revival of THE COLOR PURPLE is at The Dallas Music Hall from January 23 – February 4, 2018.

 

Who didn’t love the movie THE COLOR PURPLE?!  I know I did and now the musical is in Dallas! THE COLOR PURPLE The Musicial  has been a huge hit on Broadway winning two 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, two Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, the 2017 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album and a Daytime Emmy®.  The musical is based on the Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the Warner Bros.  Amblin Entertainment motion picture.  The musical chronicles Cellie, a young African American woman in the American South from the early 1920’s to mid-20th Century.  It’s a journey of love, tragedy, and triumph.   Your heart will explode with emotions.

The very talented cast members from the 2016 Broadway revival lead the touring company, including Adrianna Hicks (Aladdin, Sister Act – Germany) as Celie, Carla R. Stewart (Ghost – National Tour, Rent – Regional) as Shug Avery and Carrie Compere (Holler If You Hear MeShrek the Musical – National Tour) as Sofia.

Don’t miss this incredibly energetic and entertaining musical!   Single tickets for the Dallas engagement of THE COLOR PURPLE, starting at $20 (pricing subject to change), are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1 (800) 745-3000. 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.  Groups of 10 or more get concierge service and can receive a special discount on their tickets. To book a group, please call (214) 426-4768 or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

Dallas Summer Musicals highly anticipated 2017-18 season will continue with:

ON YOUR FEET! – February 27-March 11, 2018

WAITRESS – March 28-April 8, 2018

LES MISÉRABLES – April 24-May 6, 2018

DISNEY’S THE LION KING –  June 13-July 8, 2018

LOVE NEVER DIES: The Phantom Returns –  July 24-August 5, 2018

And closing the season will be SCHOOL OF ROCK – August 15-26, 2018.

Single tickets are also now on sale for ON YOUR FEET! and LES MISÉRABLES and may be purchased online at DallasSummerMusicals.org or by phone at 1 (800) 745-3000. 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.