Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Attic - Don't miss it!

All opinions are 100% my own. I was not paid for this review. I did receive 2 tickets to the show to facilitate my review. 

Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Attic - Don't miss it!

This past weekend we had the opportunity to check out the Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Attic. To say that we were blown away is an understatement. We knew some about the Trans Siberian Orchestra and loved their music. We even took some time on Youtube to prepare for what was to come. However, there isn't a video out there to prepare you for the awesome show you will experience by checking out Christmas attic.

What is it about? 
The story starts with a young girl in an attic. As she explores she finds many memories of Christmas past. Her goal is to figure out whether she can still believe in Christmas.

Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Attic - Don't miss it!
What can I expect? 

  • Varying Music Styles - You will find a huge combination of classical Christmas songs, blues styled music, rock, and many of the songs combine all of these together to make Trans Siberian Orchestra's unique sound. 
Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Attic - Don't miss it!

  • Incredible lighting - This may seem small to mention but it is not. The lighting was so impressive to me. There was a combination of traditional lighting and lasers. Be aware if you are sensitive to strobes or flashing lights that this probably isn't the show for you. 
  • Jaw Dropping Vocals - The vocalists blew me away! This is one of the rare occasions where the live performance is better than the cd. Not only could they sing these amazing songs but they made it look effortless. Ignore American Idol. Skip the Voice. If you want to hear a really powerful vocal performance you need to go to Trans Siberian Orchestra! 

Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Attic - Don't miss it!

  • A long concert - This is one circumstance where you really do get your money's worth out of the show. It was 2 1/2 hours long without an intermission and they were still playing when we had to leave at the ending time. The part that really amazed us is that they were going to perform and second show in under an hour! 
  • Unbelievable Instrumentalists! - The things these artists did on the violin, guitars, keyboards, and drums were hard to wrap my mind around. I still can't figure out how the violinists were able to head bang and play at the same time! Unreal! 
Where can I see it? 
Are you itching to see the show? You can find all the tour dates on the Trans Siberian Orchestra Website



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SchoolhouseTeachers.com 1 Year Membership Review

Something exciting has happened here at More Than a Coupon Queen. I have joined The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew! One of the first things I will be sharing with you is a review of the 1 year membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com. I have to admit I am really excited about this site. Talk about a great idea for computer based homeschool! I wasn't sure what to expect from it at first. However, ten minutes on SchoolhouseTeachers.com changed my whole perspective.

What can I find on SchoolhouseTeachers.com
There is something for everyone on this site. SchoolhouseTeachers.com is divided into helpful categories to make navigating online learning easier. Whether you are teaching a preschooler, early elementary aged child, middle schooler, high schooler, or you are looking for resources for yourself you will be good to go. 

What did you check out? 
I spent some time browsing the site. Because I have a five year old and an eight year old I wanted to see what I could find that would benefit them. The first thing that caught my eye was a photography class. I am a photographer but I wanted a more formal class for my 8 year old. 
R has already start the class and so far we are having a blast. Her first assignment was to go shoot three items on Auto that she could come back to. 
This is her first attempt. She loved that the lesson what simple to understand. I loved that she was able to the work at her age while still having a great time.
R also worked on studying aperture as part of her photography course. I loved that the lesson opened with scripture that directly related to the lesson. R had a great time using my DSLR camera and getting some pictures for her assignment. I was concerned that at 8 years old she wouldn't understand aperture but she immediately associated it with the way that our pupils dilate and she was good to go. I highly recommend checking this class out for your kids or for yourself. We are really impressed with it.


The second class that grabbed my interest is the Tinkers Club. This is a great section where there is a monthly project for the engineering minded child to build. C started his first lesson by working to take apart a toaster. He is so intrigued with the process of taking something apart. He has said at least fifteen times, "Thank you mom for getting me into this!" 


Can I print the lesson out? 
Many of the lessons I have clicked on offer you the option to print them out and use them in the future. Naturally you will lose some of the video content by going this route but if you are hoping to use the class when you are away from the computer.

What comes with the membership? 
Not only do you get access to over 100 courses you also get access to some of the following items:

  • Online Access to Back Issues of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine - These magazines are packed with a wealth of information any homeschooling parent would be glad to have. 
  • EZ Storybooks - These highly interactive storybooks are great for the early reader who wants to click everything and figure out what else things can do. 
  • Monthly Ebooks - There are pre-selected titles added to your account each month that you can read and enjoy. 
  • Member only Discounts to select companies - Some of these include curriculums, online games, and much more. 

  • Dailies - Not only will you find courses set to last for a semester or an entire year, you can also find some great daily resources. Some of these include daily spelling, grammar, and History helps. I highly recommend it. 
  • Arts Classes - There are many classes that will work with different forms of the arts. Whether you are looking for a piano class, painting class, or photography class there are plenty to be found. 
How easy is it to use? 
Ease of use will depend on the class you choose. While the format on all classes is very simple to understand some will require certain supplies in order to be successful. Keep this in mind as you look through courses. All of the courses I have looked at are simple to use and require little effort on my part once the class has begun.


How can I join? 
You can join SchoolhouseTeachers.com by clicking here. Your first 30 days are free when you register. After that you will pay $12.95 a month. I assure you it is worth it. I doubt you will find such a comprehensive collection of curriculum and resources anywhere else for this price.

It's on Sale! 
Right now you can get 40% off by ordering your monthly membership! That's only $7.77 a month! (sale runs through 11:59 on 12/25/2014)
SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review



Monday, December 15, 2014

Free Picaboo Photo Book - $4.99 shipping!

Are you looking for a great way to save all of those wonderful Christmas memories? Why not try a free Picaboo Photo book? You will have to pay $4.99 in shipping but that is nothing for a great memory book! Simply click the image above to create yours now! 

Peppermint Sparkly Slime Recipe


Peppermint Sparkly Slime Recipe - Great for sensory needs or for smell oriented children.
Peppermint is one of my favorite smells. In honor of the coming Christmas season I thought it would be fun to make some sparkly peppermint slime with the kids. I found the slime recipe over at Colorado Mom's blog. I knew that with a few tweaks it could get a great Christmas activity for kids young and old. Do not let your child eat this though. The borax is not safe for them.

What you will need: 

  • Borax  - 2 tablespoons 
  • Glue - 8 oz 
  • Green Glitter - about 4 tablespoons 
  • Water - 2 cups 
  • Red Food Dye 
  • Peppermint Essential oils - 2-4 drops based on how strong you want it. (You can contact me if you want more information about essential oils. 
What to do: 
  • Mix borax and 1 cup of water in a bowl. - Set aside for use later. 

  • Mix together glue, 1 cup water, peppermint oil, food die, and glitter. 
  • Add glue mixture to borax mixture. 
  • Stir until you get a slime texture. - If it comes out too waterry add glue. 
This is about the texture you want.  

Let your kids have fun exploring it. They will have a lot of fun with the texture of slime. 
Don't make my mistake and put down paper to avoid the mess. It will absorb your slime. 
Store in a jar with a lid when finished.  


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Legoland Florida Kicks Off Seasons festivities in Style!


Last weekend Legoland Florida kicked off their annual "Christmas Bricktacular" event in grand fashion. Merlin's Magic Wand donated tickets to over 200 guests through the Make A Wish Foundation so that they could enjoy the park and take in a special tree lighting ceremony. The kids and I had the opportunity to visit the park and watch as the nearly 30 ft tree sparkled and glistened in what proved to be a rather impressive sight. Made up with over 270,000 Lego Duplo and Lego bricks the tree serves as a fantastic central icon for the park during this fantastic holiday season. Before the ceremony we were also able to look at the variety of decorations that were also on display and to be quite honest we were rather impressed with Legoland's Holiday offerings. Guest attending this event can look forward to:


Special Character Meet and Greets- Special meet and greets will be available for a variety of holiday Lego friends.

A Lego Santa Scavenger Hunt- Its Christmas Eve in Miniland U.S.A. and Santa is busy dropping off presents to all of the "minilanders". The whole family will enjoy searching for Santa as they comb over the more than 30 million bricks that make up Miniland U.S.A.

A special Lego Build Activity- Family's will be invited to help out and contribute to the building of what will eventually be a special Christmas tree that will stand over 20 feet tall when completed.

Special Holiday Decorations- Legoland Florida guests will be completely submersed in the all of the sights, sounds and smells of the Christmas season in Fun Town. Complete with failing snow, this event will help increase the anticipation of the Holiday season as they go about their travels around Legoland Florida. 

Nightly Fireworks- From December 26th- December 30th a nightly firework show will take place over Lake Eloise.

For more information on Legoland Florida's Christmas Bricktacular event please go to: http://florida.legoland.com/en/Plan/Special-Events/Christmas-Bricktacular/