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October 30, 2014
by christinacoker

MAMMA MIA coming to the Majestic

*press release. photos from




SAN ANTONIO (October 27, 2014) – Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to the Majestic Theatre for eight performances, June 9-14, 2015. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, October 31st

Tickets for MAMMA MIA! start at just $30 and are available by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 982.ARTS (2787), at all Ticketmaster outlets including the Majestic Box Office, or online at and

Seen by over 54 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating 5,000 performances on Broadway and is the 9th longest running show in Broadway history. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is now in its fifteenth year and has celebrated over 6,000 performances in London and the international tour has visited more than 74 foreign cities in 35 countries and been seen by over 4.3 million people. The blockbuster feature film adaptation of MAMMA MIA! is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide.

Seen in 38 productions in 14 different languages globally and with a worldwide gross of over $2 Billion, MAMMA MIA! is acclaimed by the Associated Press as “quite simply, a phenomenon.”


An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends—practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya – from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own.

On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities.


Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

October 29, 2014
by christinacoker

Mid week mani

Halloween’s only 2 days away and I haven’t done a single spooky nail art look for you guys. Since the birth of the itty bitty mini babe, I’ve been less than motivated to want to do my nails. But never fear, I have 3 looks I whipped up last year that I want to re-share with y’all.

spooky eyes


spider web

The simple spider web nail art was actually featured on this month along with 8 other Halloween looks. I promise it’s very simple to create yourself.

Which of these looks would you love to try?

Happy polishing!

October 28, 2014
by christinacoker

Do Seum construction completion bash


Join me at the new San Antonio Do Seum tomorrow for the Construction Completion Bash to celebrate as the exterior building process comes to an end.

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Guests will be the first to experience The Do Seum from the inside out, with a night of food, drink, and frivolity. Enjoy adult beverages free of charge alongside complimentary food from a fleet of unique and local food trucks, as well as music by the Flying Balalaika Brothers. There will also be a variety of fun activities including a roving mentalist named Giani, exciting games like the Dunk Tank, Master Striker, and Super Football Toss, and so much more!

To celebrate this milestone as the building becomes The Do Seum, the Construction Completion Bash will offer guests a tour of The Do Seum for a first-hand look at the exciting changes that the new children’s museum of San Antonio will offer our local community.

“We have seen 2800 Broadway transform from a flat patch of land into a dynamic structure with the vision of becoming one of the most state-of-the-art children’s museums in the United States,” says Vanessa Lacoss Hurd, executive director of the San Antonio Children’s Museum. “We want to celebrate not only how far we have come, but where we are headed as an institution and as a city.”


As homeschooling parents of 4, I can’t tell you how excited the hubbs and I are for the Do Seum to open. What a great resource for our community; we’ll definitely be members!

Grab your tickets now for this fun filled event and support local!

October 27, 2014
by christinacoker

DIY wedding photography tips

*thank you to Laura Dolman for contributing today’s post

Keeping a close eye on your spending when you are planning your wedding can be very challenging. It is so easy to underestimate what it costs for your special day as there are so many things to think about. Sometimes spending spirals so much that something has to be sacrificed.
One of the essentials of a wedding that comes with a much bigger bill than expected is the photography. Quotes for photography typically start at £900 and can reach £2000. You will get a limited number of 10’ x 8’ prints included, but your package determines which parts of your day are covered.

Most photographers will NOT let you have digital copies of your photo meaning you can only get extra reprints from them direct.
Surprisingly, you do not own any of the imagery of your big day. You cannot easily get more copies or crop the images to fit special frames or airbrush out that pimple yourself. You will have to pay the photographer extra. A good SLR digital camera and small lamp costs under £500 so you may be tempted to do your own photography. Do you have a friend willing to follow you around all day to capture the events you want?

Of course, a photographer is more than a button pusher. They know the shots you will want and how to frame it, but below is a list of the pics you may want to remember your day with:

The wedding invitations – probably 2 laid out on a white table cloth so you can see both sides. Pop part of a bouquet or table decoration from the event just in the edge of the picture.

The Wedding Venue – it’s often nice to see the reception venue before the guests arrive. The ceremony room should be full of guests. If you can get them to turn in their seats to face you as you take a photo from the back, the picture will look like the Bride’s point of view.

Bride and Groom – you will want a mixture of full length to see your outfits and close-ups of your faces. Always include some flowers or some stunning scenery in the frame.

Guests – take pics of the guests staged against beautiful scenery or framed by flowers.



Other shots you may want to capture:
Bridal preparation
Wedding car
Guests arriving
Rings on hands
Vows and kissing the bride
Parents at the ceremony (wiping tears with a smile on their face)
Signing of the marriage books
Bride and Groom leaving the ceremony
Bridesmaids and Best men
Groom’s family and friends
Bride’s family and friends
Cutting of the cake
First dance
Parents dancing
Children enjoying themselves
Grandparents or older relatives enjoying themselves
Receiving the gifts
Throwing of the bouquet

Undertaking your own photography means you will always have the original shots, and can edit them later to tidy them up.  A little bit of know how can save you some serious cash.

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