Tour Detroit Tuesday: Cirque Dreams Holidaze Giveaway!

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Are you feeling the holiday spirit yet? Well you should be! And what better way to bask in the spirit than by watching a show at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

Cirque Deams Holidaze is returning to the Fox after selling out in when it came in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014. This year’s show starts on December the 22nd and runs through the 27th as part of the Fifth Third Bank Theatre Series at the Fox Theatre. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at as well as other ticketing locales.

Here is what everyone is saying about the show:

“Created by Broadway director Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is “so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil” according to the New York Daily News and “a delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load.” The Rochester DemocratandChronicle raves, “even the Grinch would be impressed with this Christmas wonderland.” “Stuffed with so much holiday cheer and audacious acts, Scrooge would exit with a big ol’ smile on his face,” hails the Erie Times News about this “Broadway-worthy spectacle.” “The perfect way to come in from the cold, forget the holiday stresses and find the magic of the season” proclaims The Oakland Press. Don’t miss the international sensation that “Dazzled…at The Kennedy Center” according to the Washington Post.”

The show will feature over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from around the around!

What’s even better than the Cirque show coming to the Fox again this year? How about a chance to win two tickets to the show?! I am giving away two pairs of tickets to two different winners to the Wednesday December 23rd 7:30pm Cirque Dreams Holidaze show. To enter to win, just use the widget below. Good luck!

Cirque Dreams Holidaze Giveaway

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Stitch Fix Review #16: November 2015

Stitch Fix Review November 2015

It seems like it has been forever since my last fix! I rescheduled this month’s for the middle of the month instead of the beginning of the month like I normally get it because we were in Disney for the Wine & Dine. So at least it was for a happy reason that my fix is a bit later than normal.

In case you are not familiar with Stitch Fix, let me bring you up to speed. Stitch Fix is a monthly subscription service (although you don’t have to get one every month, you pick how often) that sends you clothes and accessories based on a style profile that you fill out. You can keep what you like and send back what you don’t. There is a $20 styling fee but if you keep any of the items, the $20 fee is deducted from the total purchase price of the item(s) you keep. If you keep all 5 of the items from your fix you receive a 25% discount on EVERYTHING. Basically it is like playing dress up as an adult…..and it is both fun and addicting! To sign up to get a fix of your own, click here to use my referral link!

Every month you can also leave a note for your stylist. So if you have an event that you need some clothes for or if you just have an idea of what kind of pieces you want to add to your wardrobe you can pass that information along!

This month I asked my stylist Diana for a cozy scarf, a vest, a poncho, a winter jacket and shoes. I was a bit particular this month, I guess. lol

Ready to see what Diana sent me?

Stitch Fix Stylist Note November

Item #1: RD Style Tipton Cable Detail Pullover Sweater

Stitch Fix RD Style Tipton Cable Detail Pullover Sweater

RD Style Tipton Cable Detail Pullover Sweater Stitch Fix

Let’s start with my favorite item shall we? I asked Diana for a poncho and she delivered! I love the rich color of it and that it has sleeves!

RD Style Tipton Cable Detail Pullover Sweater - Stitch Fix

And believe it or not, I immediately wore this poncho to work the next day for casual Friday. I think this is the first time that I have been so excited about an item that I wore it immediately after getting it.

Cost to Keep: $68.00

Status: Kept!

Item #2: 41Hawthorn Selfridge Cowl Neck Top

Stitch Fix 41Hawthorn Selfridge Cowl Neck Top

41Hawthorn Selfridge Cowl Neck Top Stitch Fix

When I first saw this top, I didn’t think it would be a keeper. The material seemed very thin and the shirt seemed a bit ordinary.

41Hawthorn Selfridge Cowl Neck Top - Stitch Fix

But once I tried it on, I realized I was wrong! Although the material is thin, I still felt quite warm. Feeling warm is a requirement at this time of the year for me as I am always cold. I also thought the shirt was far from ordinary and very flattering on me.

Cost to Keep: $48.00

Status: Kept!

Item #3: Liverpool Anita Skinny Pant

Stitch Fix Liverpool Anita Skinny Pant

Liverpool Anita Skinny Pant Stitch Fix

I loved these pants I soon as I saw them. I love the color of them and that I could pair them with many of the other items that came in my fix.

Liverpool Anita Skinny Pant - Stitch Fix

I was surprised that the pants were more of a thick legging material versus being a pair of colored denim. That wasn’t a deal breaker it was just unexpected. Unfortunately the pants were a bit big in the waist. So much so that when I was taking pictures I kept pulling the pants up. If I was already pulling at them for just that short amount of time that I had them on, I knew that they would bother me to wear them for a whole day. Not sure if these just tend to run a bit big or if I need to change my sizing in my style profile.

Cost to Keep: $78.00

Status: Returned

Item #4: Octavia Sandra Abstract Print Infinity Scarf

Stitch Fix Octavia Sandra Abstract Print Infinity Scarf

This scarf is so soft and cozy! I can see why Diana sent this to me.

Octavia Sandra Abstract Print Infinity Scarf Stitch Fix

Unfortunately, after looking through all of my winter jackets I’ve realized that the scarf doesn’t match any of them. If the scarf had been a blue color scheme it would have been a perfect addition to my winter wardrobe. So although I love the scarf, I can’t rationalize keeping it if it doesn’t go with any of my jackets.

Cost to Keep: $34.00

Status: Sadly returned

Item #5: Fun2Fun Danika Split Neck Beaded Blouse

Stitch Fix Fun2Fun Danika Split Neck Beaded Blouse


Fun2Fun Danika Split Neck Beaded Blouse Stitch Fix

Initially I wasn’t too sure about this top. I knew that it definitely wouldn’t keep me warm but I did like the beading as I love fun details.

Fun2Fun Danika Split Neck Beaded Blouse - Stitch Fix

Once I had it on, I actually liked it and I thought it might be a fun top to wear during the holidays. Unfortunately I didn’t see myself reaching for it after December and now that I am looking at the pictures of me wearing it I feel like it swallows me up. Flowy shirts tend to do to me.

Cost To Keep: $48.00

Status: Returned 

I have to admit that I am a bit relieved that I didn’t like everything in this fix. Between Disney and some other expenses this month, I couldn’t afford this month to be a 5 or 5. lol I will be back to my normal Stitch Fix routine of getting my fix at the beginning of the month so my next one is just a few weeks away. I am hoping for a fun winter jacket and a dress to wear to holiday parties. I already can’t wait to see what Diana sends me!

Ready to get your own fix? Click HERE to sign up for Stitch Fix through my referral link. It makes me happy when you do!

Want to see my past fixes? Click on the links below.

Stitch Fix #6: January 2015

Stitch Fix #7: February 2015

Stitch Fix #8: March 2015

Stitch Fix #9: April 2015

Stitch Fix #10: May 2015

Stitch Fix #11: June 2015

Stitch Fix #12: July 2015

Stitch Fix #13: August 2015

Stitch Fix #14: September 2015

Stitch Fix #15: October 2015

What did you think of my fix this month?

What would you have kept?

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical Review

I received tickets to The Grinch in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

How The Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical Review

Last week we had a family date night to the Fox Theatre to see Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical.

The Fox was already decked out in holiday decorations so you couldn’t help but feel the holiday spirit. Yeah, I know, Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet but I love Christmas and so does B!

Fox Theatre Detroit

I wasn’t able to take pictures during the show so you will just have to take my word for it when I say it was AWESOME. The show was about 90 minutes in length with no intermission. The costumes were great, the acting was perfect, Cindy Lou Who was as cute as could be and The Grinch was well….. grinchy.

B was a bit scared of the Grinch but who wasn’t as a kid? All five of us really enjoyed the show. If you haven’t seen it yet, there are still some tickets available for today’s shows at the Fox, it is the last day, so click here to purchase tickets. After today the Grinch will be moving on to a different city so if you do not live in Detroit, click here to see if the Grinch will be heading near you.

The Grinch Musical Recap

Oh and guess what? I actually got to meet THE Grinch at my work. How awesome is that?!

The Grinch!

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Tour Detroit Thursday: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical Giveaway!

Rudolph Giveaway

You all know how I feel about the Fox Theatre by now and it should be no surprise that there are many great shows currently playing or coming soon. One that is coming soon that I am particularly excited about is Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical!

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer has been a favorite movie of mine since I was a kid and I am so excited to see if come to life on stage at the Fox!

Here is more information about the live show:

“In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country. The longest running and highest rated television special comes to life, live on stage with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, featuring the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters. Rudolph and friends, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster, help Santa save Christmas during a tour this holiday season. Rudolph and friends will visit the Fox Theatre on Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6; as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series.”

Tickets for the show range from $25-$60 person and can be purchased by clicking here.

Another great thing about Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical is that they have joined up with the #ShineBright social media campaign that encourages kids to celebrate their uniqueness and if Rudolph isn’t a great example of that I don’t know who is!

Guess what else?! I have a family four pack of tickets to the Saturday, December 5th, 1pm showing of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical at the Fox Theatre in Detroit to giveaway to one of you! To enter to win, simply use the widget below. Good luck and remember to #ShineBright!

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical Giveaway

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Up Next: Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon

Disney Wine & Dine

YOU GUYS, I can not believe it is almost here. Sorry for shouting but I am just so freakin’ excited that this weekend is the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend!!

This will be my first race at Disney World but it is not my first Disney race. You may remember that little run I did earlier in the year at Disneyland. You know, the Star Wars Rebel Challenge. You can read about it here and here if you missed it.

If you are at all familiar with how these Disney races go, you probably know that when I complete the Wine & Dine this weekend I will also be completing the Coast to Coast Challenge!!!! Be still my heart. That fantastic medal is soon to be mine. AND I will be completing a bucket list item. Squeee! I’m a tad excited.

My blog will be a quiet for a little while but my social media channels will be full of magic. Disney magic that is. Follow me on all my adventures this weekend on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

RunDisney Wine & Dine

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Absopure Holiday Hustle Giveaway

Absopure Holiday Hustle 5k Giveaway

Thanks to Absopure I just added another race to my calendar! As you know, Absopure is the official water sponsor of all Running Fit races and despite the cooler weather (although the weather has been gorgeous this week) racing is not over in Michigan! The Running Fit Holiday Hustle 5k takes place in Dexter on December the 12th and I will be there. They offer either a 1 mile fun run or 5k race option. All participants of the race will receive a medal and a custom beanie.


Want to know what the best part of the race is? I don’t have to get up early! It’s an afternoon race. The 1 mile fun run starts at 4:15pm and the 5k starts at 4:30pm. It’s a rare occasion to not have to wake up at the butt crack of dawn for a race.

Holiday Hustle Course

Another great part of the race, and yes even greater than not having to get up early is that the race supports local Dexter charities.

Word on the street is Santa may make an appearance at the race as well! Better make sure you are doing your training because Santa knows if you haven’t been!

Want to run this race with me? Not only did Absopure give me a race entry but they also gave me one to give away to one of you. To enter to win a free race entry into the Holiday Hustle 5k thanks to Absopure, just use the widget below. (Please note if you are in my age group and you win the entry you must run slower than me. I kid, I kid. Mostly…..)

Absopure Holiday Hustle Giveaway

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Fashion Files Friday: Happy Halloween!

It appears that I am on a blogging series kick right now. For Fashion Files Friday, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite outfit of the week. Here’s this week’s winner.

Fashion Files Friday

B was nice enough to take this pic of me on our front porch. Don’t you love the Halloween decorations? It almost looks like I am wearing a crown of pumpkins thanks to our wreath. lol

Here’s the skinny on my outfit. My top is from Golden Tote, the pants are from New York & Company, the bag is from Stitch Fix, the necklace is from a Pop Sugar box and my shoes are from Famous Footwear.

So who has plans for the weekend?

Tonight I am going to the Luke Bryan concert where I am convinced that he is going to shake it for me and only me. And then tomorrow night Chris and I will be hanging out in the D.

What are you up to this weekend?

Have a favorite outfit of the week? Share a picture of it on my Facebook page!

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Tour Detroit Thursday: MythBusters Live Giveaway!

Nothing like starting a new blog series out with a bang right? In case you missed my first post of the day, you can read all about why I wanted to start the Tour Detroit Thursday blog series and you can also enter to win a family four pack of tickets to Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at the Fox Theatre by clicking here.

Now that you are back and you read my first post you are well aware as to how happenin’ the Detroit theater district is and how I got approached to write about some of the upcoming shows and give away some tickets to you!

Mythbusters Live!

The next show that I have to privilege of sharing with you is MythBusters Jamie & Adam UNLEASHED! at the Fox Theatre on Saturday November 28th at 7:30pm. I am sure you have heard of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series MythBusters. Now you have the opportunity to see it live and in person as co-hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage bring the show to life with on-stage experiments, audience participation, exciting videos and more!

The live show started in 2012 and has toured throughout the world but this will be its first time in Detroit! The TV series is on its 13th season and as such Jamie and Adam have become credited with making Science fun again. To see the fun for yourself click here to purchase tickets which start at $35.50 and go up to $100 for VIP tickets.

You can also enter my giveaway to win a family four pack of tickets to see MythBusters at the Fox. To enter just use the widget below. Good luck!

MythBusters Live Giveaway

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Tour Detroit Thursday: How The Grinch Stole Christmas Giveaway!

Lately I have had this idea in my head about doing a series on my blog called Tour Detroit Thursday. As you all know, earlier in the year I started working in downtown Detroit but what you may not know is how much I am LOVING it. I’ve been in the Metro Detroit area for many years but I had always lived and worked in the suburbs. My current job has given me the ability to see so much more of Detroit than I ever have before and I have been wanting to share all of its awesomeness with you. And yes, Detroit truly is awesome contrary to what you may read or see in the media.

Soon after this idea popped into my head I was approached with an opportunity to write about some theater events downtown and to give away some tickets to you, so I thought this would be the perfect way to kick off my new series!

Did you know that Detroit has a superb theater district?! In terms of seats it ranks second in the world just behind New York City. And on top of that we have some of the most beautiful theaters you will ever see.

Recently I had a night out at the Fox Theatre and I think you will agree with me that there is no denying how absolutely breathtaking it is!

Fox Theatre Detroit

The first event that I have to share with you will actually be at the Fox and it is Broadway’s #1 Holiday hit, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. Who doesn’t like Dr. Seuss and the Grinch?! It will be at the Fox from November 10 – November 15 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series. Tickets start at $35 and go up to $75.

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Here is some more information on The Grinch:

“Audiences will find their hearts growing a few sizes along with the Grinch’s when they experience the magic of the beloved tale on stage, which features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss), from the original animated television special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the loveable Whos.”

Are you as excited as I am about The Grinch?! It is a must see show! And lucky for you, I have a family four pack of tickets to give away to one of you for the Tuesday, November 10th showing of The Grinch at the Fox at 7:30pm. To try to win the tickets, all you have to do is use the widget below.

Don’t want to wait to see if you will win the contest or would you prefer to see The Grinch on a different date? Click here to find out more information on The Grinch or to purchase tickets.

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Giveaway

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What’s In My Workout Bag?

This post is sponsored by Absopure. All opinions are my own.

What's In My Workout Bag

I know you all have just been on the edge of your seats wondering what I carry in my workout bag so I am finally letting the cat of the bag so to speak and posting a tell all post about the contents of my workout bag.

What I carry in my  workout bag varies based on whether I am packing a bag for running outside or packing a bag to go the gym. Since I am all about honestly, I haven’t been to my gym in a while (but winter is coming unfortunately so I am sure I will be there soon enough) so this bag is packed for running outside.

Ready to see what’s inside my workout bag?

All the gear in y workout bag.

Isn’t it nice how everything dumped out of my bag so nicely? ;) And by the way,  who says you only need a good pair of shoes to be a runner…..

So in no particular order, here are the details on everything in my bag.

1. Workout Clothes - These are obviously a pretty big necessity for running or working out. What you see pictured is what I wear in warm weather. Now that the weather is cooling down, I add layers as necessary.

2. FlipBelt – I always run with my phone, so my FlipBelt is a must have for me. I also use it to store my house key or car key while I am running as well.

3. Running Shoes - I only run in Altra running shoes now and have been for a couple of years. The only exception to that rule is OCRs and mud runs and for those types of runs I run in Inov-8’s. Altra running shoes are zero drop which takes a bit getting used to but for me it was worth the transition. Altra shoes aren’t for everyone and I always recommend that the best way for you to find the perfect running shoe for you is to head to your local running store and ask someone on staff to fit you for a pair of shoes.

4. Absopure Plus - Staying hydrated is always a top priority for me, especially when working out. Because of that, I always carry Absopure Plus with me. Absopure Plus is a vapor distilled water that has electrolytes in it.  Drinking something with electrolytes is important when working out because we lose electrolytes through our sweat. Not only does Absopure Plus replace electrolytes lost during workouts it is also a great alternative to sports drinks that are loaded with sugar. For more information on Absopure Plus, click here.

5. Handheld Water Bottle – I never go out on a run without my handheld water bottle. It doesn’t matter to me how short the run is, I always like to have my Absopure water with me just in case and this is the easiest way to carry it while running.

6. Pre and Post Workout Food – I always have snacks with me because you never know when you will get a case of runger. Not to mention, it is generally a good idea to have some food before and after working out. In my case, I always have a Picky Bar or a Cliff bar with me as they are my favorites.

7. Visor – Visors have become a staple in my running wardrobe. Until winter that is, when I have to replace it with a hat.

8. Music - I am one of those people who can’t run without music. Ok, so maybe I can run without it, I just prefer not to. I always have my iPod, ear buds and arm band in my workout bag. And it should come as no surprise that I have a pretty large selection of country music on my running play list. Yes, you can run to country music, I swear!

9. Garmin – Good thing this list isn’t in order of importance because if it was my Garmin would certainly be closer to the top of the list. I am pretty attached to it. Not because I am out to break records or anything but I like that it keeps me on track. Also on my Garmin is a 1BandID that acts as my ID should anything go wrong while I am out on a run. I can not stress how important it is for you to have some form of ID with you just in case of an emergency. If you don’t run with something, promise me now that you will research which product will work best for you, I don’t care if it is RoadID or 1BandID or another brand, just get one and wear it. We will both sleep better at night if you do.

10. Sunglasses – I have a pair of Oakley sunglasses that I use just for running.

11. Inhaler – It looks like I saved the most important item for last. My inhaler. If you are not already aware, I have exercise induced asthma. This basically just means that exercise will cause me to have an asthma attack. Luckily as long as I use my inhaler 15-20 minutes before working out, I typically will not have any issues. I do however carry my inhaler with me on all runs just in case.

And there you have it! These are all the things I carry in my workout bag. I would love to hear about your workout bag essentials, so feel free to comments below as to what I would find in your bag if you gave me a peek.

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