The Illusionists- Magic of the Holidays: Coming to the Palace (Ticket Information & Giveaway)

Tuesday, December 17th, the Palace Theater in Albany will be hosting The Illusionists- Magic of the Holidays for one show only at 7 PM!

Celebrate the holidays with the entire family at The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays, a mind-blowing showcase featuring jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

Check out a preview in this video… family and I can’t wait to see it live!


Tickets start at $35 and are on sale now!

Courtesy of the Palace, I am giving away 2 tickets to the show! Enter now by commenting below with “pick me!” A winner will be randomly selected and notified via email Sunday night. Good luck!

Gift Ideas Under $20

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It’s that time of year when many of us are looking for gift ideas for teachers, family and friends. Here are 5 popular gift ideas from Amazon for adults that will cost you less than $20:

  1. Reusable straw- These are definitely all the rage right now. My favorite is the Klean Kanteen version because it has a soft silicone tip, which makes it safe and easy to drink from, and a stainless steel base, which makes it easy to stir your drink. A 4 pack of these straws are only $9.30 on Amazon right now!

2. Book light– I have mentioned this one (LuminoLite brand) before as a great gift idea because it is flexible, has various levels of      brightness and is rechargeable in a USB port! No more buying and changing batteries on your book light! Currently $13.99 with a 5% off coupon you can clip on Amazon.


3. Packing cubes– We have been wondering how we ever traveled without these since we bought them! It is so much easier to pack, organize and separate clothing with these things! This set is only $16.99 on Amazon when you clip the $4 off coupon.

4. Car diffuser– For all the essential oil lovers. While many have diffusers in the home, not everyone has one for the car! I have had a couple different brands of car diffusers but a friend has this one and it seems to work the best. $13.99-$14.99 on Amazon, depending on color. Pair it with a pure organic oil for a nice gift.

5. Stainless Tumbler– Another super hot item and while I love my Yeti tumbler, I chose this one to highlight because of the 10,000+ reviews averaging 4 ½ stars and because right now select colors are half price (this turquoise one is $18.50)! These tumblers are amazing at keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for many, many hours.

Hallmark: Free Card Fridays is Back!

Hallmark is again offering a free greeting card every Friday from now to December 20, 2019. Just stop in a Hallmark store to pick out your card from the Just Because card collection and use your Crown Rewards member card to get it for free. In-store only.

Free Star Wars Event at Target Stores Saturday 12/7

Target stores are holding a free Star Wars event this Saturday, December 7th to celebrate the release of the latest Star Wars movie. The event will run from 10 AM to 1 PM demos of new toys, giveaways and extra deals. Click here to find participating locations.

50% off Misfits Market for Cyber Monday (Deal Available Through Friday)

My favorite online deal is back! Misfits Market (the company that delivers organic fruit and veggies to your home) is offering 50% off your first box if you sign up this week!

Their prices are already discounted because they “rescue” produce that would otherwise go unsold (because of over production, order cancellations, blemishes, etc.).

Here is what was in my latest box (I added on the organic cranberries for $4.38 for 2 bags, the rest was included in my “misfits” size box…..that’s a giant head of escarole hiding under the celery):

Misfits Market has slowly been expanding its reach and now serves Florida in addition to all East Coast states (those living in other states can join their waitlist).

I love that the produce is organic, that it prevents it from going in a landfill and that it shows up at my door on the date I choose! And select areas (Albany is one) are allowed to customize their boxes each time (so, yes, I selected all the items in the box pictured above)! Check out Instagram for a few more photos of boxes I received.

Here’s the Cyber Monday deal (valid through Friday, December 6th!): Order your first box this week using this link and get it for 50% off! That makes it just $11 a box + shipping (Albany shipping rate is $4.50)! (Note: If you use this link, I will also get 50% off a box) It’s a great deal- much cheaper than what you would spend at the grocery store.

Tip: For my family of 4, I still order the smaller “misfits” sized box and it is just enough. I usually get a handful of fruit plus enough vegetables that I am ready for a new box every two weeks.


Amazon: 5 Fun Gifts for Kids

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With Cyber Monday sales about to start, Amazon will have tons of deals available. Here are my gift list of 5 fun gifts for kids on Amazon:

1- Claw Machine– I spent a lot of time reading reviews on these mini claw machine games before selecting one for my daughter for her birthday. I made the right choice with this model and this gift has been a HUGE hit in our house and with friends! And it is the gift that keeps on giving- refill it all year long for continued fun and give out the tokens as rewards to your kids! Maybe Santa will even fill our machine back up for Christmas…..

2- Glitter Tattoo Kits– I have purchased these both at Micheals and on Amazon and they have been another fun gift. Kids find them easy to use and the “tattoos” come out looking professional! Great for ages 6 and up.

3- Sleeping Queens– Card games are great gifts and though this one has lots of rules for this game, it didn’t take us long to figure it out. Even my daughter at age 5 could do it. It is a fun, unique game that the kids love playing – plus, it requires some basic math to play! You can usually find it on Amazon for just under $10.

4- Crayola Art Easel– My daughter received this when she was a toddler and eight years later she still plays with it! My kids use it almost daily to draw pictures, practice spelling words and, lately, leave notes for our elf! One side is a chalkboard and the other a white board. Unlike ours, this one is also magnetic!


5– Latch Hook Kits- I bought this for my daughter when she turned ten not because she requested it but because I loved them when I was a kid. Happily, she was “hooked” as soon as she learned how to do it. 😉 Amazon has a bunch of kits for kids and most are $15 or less. Even my younger daughter was able to do it after a little practice.

Ticket Giveaway- Elf on the Shelf the Musical!

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical is next Friday in Albany! For one show only, the musical will be live on December 6th at 7 PM at the Palace Theater!

About the Show

The beloved tradition that continues to capture the hearts of children and their families everywhere comes to the live stage for the first time ever in this all-new musical and premiere stage production.

When the top Scout Elf of his graduating class is sent to a disconnected, multi-generational family struggle to rediscover Christmas spirit, he’s got to find a way off the shelf and into their hearts. This toe-tapping, heartwarming story of one small elf’s big impact on his adoptive family includes an exclusive invitation to Santa’s North Pole and engages audiences with a glimpse into the magical lives of Scout Elves.

Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and wondrous moments that make even the most cynical believe, this momentous celebration of the season leaves spirits high and captivates all with the splendor of Christmas.


Tickets can still be purchased tickets here but they also have some great seats available right now on Groupon for $35!


Want to win 2 tickets to see the show for free? I am giving away 2 tickets to one lucky reader! Enter to win by commenting below with “pick me!” by 12/1. Winner will be notified by email so pleas include your full name and email address when entering your comment. Good luck!

Target and Hannaford Coupons in Today’s Paper

Today’s Target ad in newspapers is full of coupons. Find coupons for:

$10 off an apparel, shoes or accessories purchase of $40 or more


$20 off a $75 purchase of apparel, shoes or accessories

$20 gift card when you spend $100 in the baby department 

And $10 off a $50 grocery purchase (valid today only)

All these Target coupons can also be found in the Target app.

Also in the Times Union’s paper today on page 27, find a Hannaford coupon for $8 off an $80 purchase:


Free Frozen 2 LEGO Event at Barnes and Noble Stores Saturday!

Barnes and Noble stores are celebrating the release of Frozen 2 on Saturday, November 23rd at 2 PM with a FREE build your own LEGO event! Kids can build their own castle to take home.

Find your store HERE and signup today. This event is for kids ages 8-12. Signup required. Limited quantities available.

Sesame Street Event at NYS Museum 11/29 and 11/30


The NYS Museum and WMHT are hosting a free Sesame Street themed event at the museum on Friday, November 29th and Saturday, November 30th from 1-4 PM to celebrate Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary!

Visit the Sesame Street exhibit to see the famous set, create your own character mask and so much more! Find more information here.