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Want to see @OctonautsLive in Atlanta? #Giveaway

Calling all Octonauts!! Calling all Octonauts!!! Chances are, if you have a small child and you have the Disney Channel, you have seen or at least heard of the show, Octonauts.  We may have watched it one or two (hundred) times!   It is a cute show that we have loved and I was excited to see that it was headed our way for a Live showing!   (There are actually 2 shows headed to Georgia, one in Atlanta and the other in Macon.)  Lucky for my readers, one lucky family is going to win a pack of 4 tickets to see the Atlanta show, November 29th at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.
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Photo Credit- Ken Jacques

Explore. Rescue. Protect! "Octonauts" announced a brand new, action-packed and interactive theatre show for the very first time in the U.S. The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure ( features brand new and fan favorite songs led by the entire Octonauts eight-member crew including Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, as they invite audiences aboard an underwater quest through a world full of adventure, interactivity, and tons of sea life surprises. Starting in San Diego on September 22, the tour will head coast-to-coast visiting more than 60 cities including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and Dallas.

Citi® Cardmember and Facebook presale tickets as well as VIP meet-and-greet ticket packages that include a special after party and premium seating, will be available starting Wednesday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m. (local time). General public tickets and Citi® Cardmember Preferred Tickets go on sale beginning Saturday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m. (local time).

The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is a high-tech production featuring costume characters and animated projections to a massive screen on stage.  "We are thrilled for kids and families to see Octonauts come to life on stage," said Amy Koudelka, SVP of Product Development and Brands, Silvergate Media. “The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is an opportunity for Octo-Cadets to be a real part of the action.”
The tour comes on the heels of new Octonauts episodes premiering throughout the year on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. Seasons one, two and three are also available on Netflix, and the first ever Octonauts 4D movie adventure is coming later this year.
“We are calling on all cadets and their families across the country to assist our very dynamic team of adventure heroes on their fast-paced, exciting underwater adventure,” says Jonathan Shank, executive producer at Red Light Management. “This stage show is packed with sing-a-longs. Audiences can expect a high level of interactivity with their favorite characters on stage.”
The Octonauts will be the official mascots for World Oceans Day, June 8 at participating zoos, aquariums and museums.  In addition, many new Octonauts products continue to roll out as part of key licensing deals with Fisher Price, Penguin, Ncircle and Leapfrog. 
The Octonauts live show consists of two acts each running about 30 minutes, plus a brief intermission. For more information, visit or search on social media using #octonautslive.
The tour is produced by Red Light Management & Fiery Light, in association with Silvergate Media. 

The tour schedule includes:

October 13Oklahoma City, OKHudson Performance Hall
October 14St. Louis, MOFox Theatre
October 15Kansas City, MOArvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
October 16Topeka, KSTopeka Performing Arts Center
October 18Peoria, ILCivic Center Theatre
October 19Grand Rapids, MIDeVos Hall
October 20Louisville, KYPalace Theater
October 21Rockford, ILCoronado Theatre
October 22Columbus, OHPalace Theatre
October 23Rosemont, ILRosemont Theatre
October 24Minneapolis, MNNorthrop Auditorium - University of Minnesota
October 26Cedar Rapids, IAParamount Theater
October 27Milwaukee, WIRiverside Theater
October 28Detroit, MIFox Theatre
October 29Indianapolis, INMurat Theatre
October 30Akron, OHAkron Civic Theatre
November 1Greensburg, PAPalace Theatre
November 2Cincinnati, OHAronoff Center
November 3Huntsville, ALVon Braun Center - Concert Hall
November 4Macon, GACity Auditorium
November 5Columbia, SCKoger Center For The Arts - University of South Carolina
November 6Nashville, TNAndrew Jackson Hall
November 9Wilmington, NCCape Fear Community College's Humanities and Fine Arts Center
November 10Charleston, SCCharleston Gaillard Center
November 11Durham, NCDurham Performing Arts Center
November 12Baltimore, MDHippodrome Theatre
November 13Washington, DCWarner Theatre
November 15Norfolk, VAChrysler Hall Theatre
November 16Wilkes Barre, PAKirby Center
November 18Glenside, PAKeswick Theatre
November 19Morristown, NJMayo Performing Arts Center
November 20Boston, MAOrpheum Theatre
November 22Bethlehem, PASands Bethlehem Event Center
November 23Red Bank, NJCount Basie Theatre
November 25Wallingford, CTToyota Oakdale Theatre
November 26Brookville, NYTilles Center for the Performing Arts
November 27Richmond, VACarpenter Center
November 29Atlanta, GACobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
November 30Jacksonville, FLFlorida Theatre
December 1Ft. Myers, FLBarbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
December 2Clearwater, FLRuth Eckerd Hall
December 3Orlando, FLDr. Phillips Center
December 4Miami, FLFillmore Miami Beach

Show credits:

  • Directed by Richard Lewis
  • Lyrics by Matt Lewis
  • Set design by Simon Scullion
  • Lighting design by Matt Haskins
  • Music composed by Mani Svavarsson
  • Sound design by Helen Atkinson
Photo Credit- Ken Jacques
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My experience with Home Chef

I will be the first to admit that I am not one that loves to cook.  Want me to tell you why?  Honestly, I don't want to spend all of my time in the kitchen using these different ingredients that I know NOTHING about and then not like the food.  That is real talk right there.  We went out to eat once and I ordered something with sage... yeah, realized I am not a sage fan... I ate it, because I paid for it... but I would have been ticked if I had paid for it AND took the time to cook it to find out I did not like it.  Lucky for me, Home Chef gave me a chance to check them out and in the process try a few new things.   Ready to hear all about it? 
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So, like I said, we were given the chance to try Home Chef out for ourselves.  I went on the website and answered a few questions about our eating preference. (It isn't that hard, basically I said we like to eat meat and there is nothing that we really don't eat based upon the list they offered.)  I will say that I do wish their website was a bit different, as I was ordering from the phone and at first I could not figure out what I was doing.  Luckily I was able to see the meals they were sending me.  I also noted that I could change it to a different suggested meal, if those they had planned were not what I was in the mood for.   Then, I waited for the delivery day.  
Morning of the delivery, I received an email basically reminding me that my order was headed my way that day. Please note, you do NOT have to be home for it. They pack it up nice with lots of the ice packs in there so you are good to go.  Head to work and when you get home, it will be there waiting on you nice and cold.  
They have each meal packaged separately so that you don't have to worry about what ingredients you need to pull out for each meal.  They also have every single ingredient labeled, so that people like me that have no clue in the kitchen can go into cooking the meal like we do somewhat know what we are doing.  
In your Home Fresh box, it also contains a binder to store your recipe cards.  On the recipe card it tells you to read it all once to familiarize yourself with the meal before preparation.  It also tells you that some ingredients will be halved (like the butter, they send 2 packets, you use one pack for each step.)  It really is broken down so that newbies can do it as well as pros.  
You then cook each meal and enjoy. This was the Parisian Bistro Steak with dauphinoise potatoes and green beans.  Since I am being honest with you, let me tell you this. We are eaters.  The meals were SO SMALL.  It was a serving for 2 people.  We had 2 steaks like 1 potato and then around 12 green beans. I thought it was a joke, until I cooked it.  I was laughing telling Marc he was going to have to pull through a drive through to pick up dinner since this was the appetizer.  Once I cooked it and plated it, I was surprised at the amount of food that it actually became.  I mean, look at the plate. Doesn't that look like a great amount of food?  I was shocked and delighted with the end result.  Not only did it look pretty good, it tasted AMAZING.  
The next night, we tried the other meal option. This was the Oktoberfest Pork Medallions with smashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts.  Again, the portions looked so small until I started cooking...  again, surprised at the amount it ended up being. Marc and I tried to decide which was our favorite, but we couldn't pick just one.  We decided that we would always just have to order both, since they were really that good.
Let me level with you a bit more.  I was not a fan with how long it took.  As a mom to a 7 year old and a 1 year old, I don't like spending much time in the kitchen.  I like throwing things in a crock pot and letting it cook for me.  I also like dishes that are easy to make and require as few dishes as possible to have to clean up later.  The only time I cook many different things is for holidays.  Even then, I am not thrilled to do it.. but I do love seeing my family happy and spending time around the table together.
Bottom line.  Would I order again? I said no at the beginning because of the time it took to cook and clean it all up.  The more I think about it, yes I would.  
Because it was something totally different that I would not normally ever think to cook.
Because it was so easy to read their instructions.  (They literally tell you step by step for the entire meal.  They also have pictures and it is on ONE SHEET, so I am not having to flip pages for each item. Seriously, it is perfect the way they do the recipe/ menu sheet.)
Because it was DELICIOUS and we LOVED the flavor.
Because it was cheaper than going out to eat and we were able to enjoy it in our own home.

I have already been looking at their menu options for the next week and I think I am going to have to order again.  If you are looking to try something new, you can order for 2, 4 or 6 servings.  You can order standard plans and family plans.  If you order through my Home Chef link, you get a $30 credit and I get a $30 credit as well.  We can say we bought each other dinner one night!!!  Why not give it a try and let me know what you think?  Try it out, see how delicious the meals are and then you can even plan to give someone a gift of dinner on you for the holidays!!!   Remember, if you decide to order, please order through my link so we each can get the credit!!!!   
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