Cavalia=AH MAZE ZING!

No, it isn’t DIA. It’s the gorgeous white tent tops of Cavalia.
Cavalia Tent

Last night I took the family to see Cavalia. To tell it in 140 characters or less: It is a Cirque-type shows featuring horses. Good thing I have more than 140 characters cause I could go on and on about this amazing performance. But to tell you the truth, when I was first offered media tickets which encouraged us to ask all generations I was skeptical. Other Cirque style shows, while amazing, were not something I could see kids being glued to the whole time. But, Cavalia had everyone completely engrossed from the opening scene to the last. The show symbolically shows the relationship between horse and man throughout time. Which seems like kids would be asleep in the first 5 minutes but they do it so well with a balance of slower, graceful acts and upbeat, comedic ones that the kids are constantly looking to see where the next horse is going to flying through the doors. I am sure many of the children missed the historical timeline symbology but that is OK. It was what added layers of depth that all generations could enjoy.

To say it is amazingly beautiful just scratches the surface. I wish I had the words to describe it. Graceful? Spirited? Spiritual? Fun? All work but none separately. So you are just going to have to trust me on this. It is an unforgettable experience. Tickets are not inexpensive. This is a special treat for most but it is completely worth it and I hope that you all have the chance to see whether here in Denver or your hometown.

Here is a sneak peek

Cavalia will be here in Denver through Oct. 17th. It is playing on the Pepsi Center grounds. I really encourage you all to try to get tickets if you can. It is a once in a lifetime experience and very appropriate and entertaining for the kids.

Disclaimer: I was compensated to attend this event. However, that in no way influenced my opinion of the show.

Why I ♥ Oscar Mayer

When most people think of Oscar Mayer an image of the wienermobile or hot dogs come to mind. You might even start singing the “Oh I Wish I Was” jingle. To be honest a year ago when I went to Madison to meet the folks at OM I didn’t really get what I could do with this long term. But here I am a year and a half later in love with their brand. To their credit, this is social media with bloggers done well.

The Oscar Mayer brand is big on education and community programs. That is why I keep coming back and supporting them. Sure, I love hot dogs and football and deli slices and parties but the reason I continue to put my name out there for them is that they constantly are running programs that fit well with the type of blogger I want to be. Someone who has something fun to say and gives back at the same time.

This is the time of year that Lunchables runs their back to school promos and this year they have brought back the awesome Lunch Notes Promise that you all helped me with last year. But they also added  a new campaign called Created By You. They’re asking kids to submit their big idea for a movie, song or video game for a chance to work with a pro, like Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers band, to bring it to life. Since we all know my little guy is hysterically creative this is a perfect fit  for him.

As part of the campaign I am hosting an awesome Created By You party for some of my local friends. If you live near me expect an invite soon. If your kiddo is creative, have them submit their ideas online and maybe they will get a cool chance to make it come true.

Here are all the details straight from Lunchables:

Q: What is the CBY contest?

A: We want to help kids realize their creative dreams! We’re asking kids to tell us their big idea for a movie, song or video game for a chance to work with a pro, like Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers band, to bring it to life. The kids at your party can learn more and enter the Created by You contest by visiting Lunchables.com and clicking the “Created By You” icon.

Q: Who can enter?

A: The contest is open to residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 6 to 13 years of age as of August 2, 2010. To enter the Created by You contest, by visit Lunchables.com and click the “Created By You” icon.

Q: What are the prizes?

A: The three Grand Prizes winners (one per entry category) will win a Trip for up to three people to meet with  the professional mentor in their category. The  winners will also see their idea come to live as  either a Movie, Song or Video Game in 2011.  Full rules can be found at Lunchables.com

Q: What is the entry period?

A: Kids can enter beginning at 12:01 am ET on August 2, 2010 through 11:59 pm ET April 31, 2011.

Q: What is the website people can go to enter?

A: To enter the Created by You contest, by visit Lunchables.com and click the “Created By You” icon.

*Yes, this is the disclosure part: I have an ongoing blogger relationship with Oscar Mayer. I am compensated in a variety of ways for my involvement in their campaigns.

Dihydrogen Monoxide Awareness

This is really important. I know so many people that are hooked on this stuff. Please help spread the word!

As always, I am very thankful to team up with Steve Spangler on this important mission. Please visit his site to learn more about how you can help:
Please Take Action! Understanding the Dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide