Cirque Du Soliel’s OVO Returns To Jacksonville In August!!









Cirque du Soleil returns to Jacksonville with its touring arena show OVO after having to cancel shows in October due to Hurricane Matthew.

To honor its commitment in Jacksonville, OVO will be performing at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena from August 2 to 6, 2017.


Thrilling more than 5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in 2009, OVO has embarked on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, now in arenas, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their hometown.


Ticket Information


Advance tickets for OVO are now available online exclusively to Cirque Club members. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind-the-scenes information. To join, please visit


Just in time for the holidays, tickets for the general public will be available starting Friday, December 9th, 2016 at . Adult tickets start at $35 and child tickets start at $25 (subject to change).


About The Show


OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.


When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.


The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act where group of scarabs soar high above – from each corner of the stage – and land together on a platform in the middle.


About Cirque du Soleil


The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has almost 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from about 50 different countries. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit


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My name is Heather Little and my husband and I have two sweet girls and one crazy dog. We moved to Florida 6 years ago and have loved every minute of it! I enjoy crafting, good food, shopping, and of course travel!

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Helpful Habits For Cash-Strapped Parents

We all want more money to play with, and to provide the most comfortable life possible for our families. However, with all the necessities you need to cover as a parent, it can seem like there’s never enough to go around. It may not always feel like it, but your financial freedom is largely within your hands. The following is a list of easy and effective ways for cash-strapped parents to make their money go further…



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Get Familiar with your Fees

The first step towards greater financial freedom is becoming more familiar with your recurring fees, and cutting out everything possible. Dig out your most recent phone, credit card, and bank statements. Are there any fees that come as a surprise? If so, make a call to the provider and ask them for more details. By making sure you know exactly what you’re being charged, and the reasons behind this, you’ll be able to avoid certain fees in the future, and save a lot of money. In some cases, it may be worth the hassle of switching banks, phone networks or credit cards to wave goodbye to certain fees.

Compare Everything

One great habit to get into is shopping around more for the best price on absolutely everything. From utility companies to insurers, and even everyday things like groceries, the web is bursting with resources you can use to compare your options, and settle on the most affordable one. Once you find a retailer or service provider that offers the best price on whatever you need, looking for coupon codes for that business through sites like can give you some incredible discounts, making your frugal choices even cheaper!

Learn to Live Without

Like most parents, you’ve probably told your kids several times that they can’t have everything. However, a lot of us fail to practice what we preach in this respect! One of the simplest ways to free up more of your money is forcing yourself to live without some kind of luxury – a TV subscription, for instance, for a fixed period of time. When that time’s up, these luxuries will feel so much more luxurious, and you may even find that you can go without them indefinitely. You don’t really have to make any dramatic changes to your lifestyle, but little sacrifices here and there can make all the difference to how far the rest of your money goes.

Automate your Savings

Like many people, you might have an issue with self-discipline when it comes to saving the money you know you should. One of the best ways around this issue is making saving money automatic, and then forgetting about it. Log into your online banking, and then set a recurring monthly transfer of whatever you want to be saving from your checking account to your savings. Once you get paid, the money will be instantly diverted, and you’ll be at far less risk of overspending up until your next paycheque. Of course, nothing’s stopping you from dipping into your savings, but getting into the habit of thinking about your checking account as all your money will get your savings growing consistently.

Plan your Meals for the Week

Groceries make up a pretty sizable expense for any family household, but you can mitigate the cost by planning out your meals on a weekly basis. The guiding principle here is buying in bulk, and stretching the food you take home as much as possible. For example, you could plan to have a chicken Caesar salad for lunch the day after you roast a whole chicken for dinner. Planning ahead like this will help you cut down impulse buying, save time, and ensure your whole family is eating healthily.

Re-Discover Packed Lunches

Continuing with our point about planning meals ahead, you can also avoid spending too much on that convenient deli around the corner, or your kids’ school cafeteria, by re-discovering packed lunches and making this a part of your weekly grocery shop. Make a nightly habit of preparing and packing lunches for you and the kids, or better yet, teaching them how to do it themselves. You’re going to miss your favorite junk food lunches for the first few days, but it won’t take long for you to get in the swing of preparing and packing your own lunches. The odd time when you do go for convenience food, it will feel like much more of a treat as well!

Try these tips out, and soon enough you’ll be enjoying much more financial freedom!



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Meet Mommy Blogger Amy Higginbotham At St. Augustine Outlets on May 20th


Enjoy special perks in celebration of the start of summer wardrobes


WHAT: Area-moms are invited to a meet-and-greet with mommy blogger Amy Higginbotham of St. Augustine Moms Blog at Banana Republic Factory Store, located in St. Augustine Premium Outlets, on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

During the event, shoppers will have to opportunity to visit with about mommy tips and take a look at her favorite Banana Republic essentials to rev up your summer wardrobe. Plus, enjoy an extra special perk of 50% off regular prices for a limited time.

For more information visit Banana Republic Factory Store in St. Augustine Premium Outlets or call 904-819-0206.

HOURS: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

WHERE: St. Augustine Premium Outlets

2700 State Road 16

St. Augustine, FL 32092


  INFO:  Please call (904) 825-1555 or visit for more information.  Area shoppers looking for the latest deals, contests and event information can also visit St. Augustine Premium Outlets at or follow @staugustinepo on Instagram.


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Nickelodeon’s Welcome To The Loud House: Season 1 Volume 1 Review


Available on DVD May 23, 2017


Meet the Loud family – a family full of love, chaos, and craziness, and with all of that under one roof, one thing is always for sure: there is never a dull moment in the Loud house! The brand new DVD, Welcome to The Loud House: Season 1, Volume 1, introduces Lincoln Loud, an 11-year old boy who is the middle child of 10 sisters. The Loud House follows Lincoln and his sisters for an inside look at what it takes to survive growing up in a huge family. Lincoln remains the man with the plan to stay one step ahead of the chaos, but whether or not it works is where the adventures begin.
This 2-disc release of Welcome to The Loud House: Season 1, Volume 1 contains the first 13 episodes of the first season and is full of family fun and laughter. Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Welcome to The Loud House: Season 1, Volume 1will be available on DVD May 23, for the suggested retail price of $16.99.
Inspired by creator and executive producer Chris Savino’s (Rocko’s Modern Life, The Powerpuff Girls) life growing up in a family of 10 kids, The Loud House is the first series to be greenlit out of Nickelodeon’s annual Animated Shorts Program. Season two is currently premiering on Nickelodeon, home to TV’s top two animated kids’ shows with Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11, SpongeBob SquarePantsand The Loud House.
Welcome to The Loud House: Season 1, Volume 1 contains the following episodes:
  • Left in the Dark                      
  • Get the Message                      
  • Heavy Meddle            
  • Making the Case                     
  • Driving Miss Hazy                  
  • No Guts, No Glori                   
  • The Sweet Spot                       
  • A Tale of Two Tables             
  • Project Loud House                
  • In Tents Debate                       
  • Sound of Silence                     
  • Space Invader             
  • Picture Perfect             
  • Undie Pressure            
DISC 2:                       
  • Linc or Swim              
  • Changing the Baby                 
  • Overnight Success                   
  • Ties the Bind               
  • Hand-Me-Downer                   
  • Sleuth or Consequences                      
  • Butterfly Effect                       
  • The Green House                    
  • Along Came a Sister                
  • Chore and Peace                     
  • For Bros About to Rock                      
  • It’s a Loud, Loud, Loud, Loud, House            

 My Review:

My 8 year old daughter first told me about Welcome To The Loud House after she came back from a playdate. She loves Nickelodeon shows and usually watches them on either Youtube or Hulu (we cut out cable a couple years ago in our home). She was so excited about this show, she couldn’t stop talking about it! Luckily, right after she told me about it, I was able to review a copy of Season 1 Volume 1! I couldn’t wait to sit down with her and start watching this show.

This is a super cute show, reminds me so much of shows I watched when I was a kid. Your child will surely love Welcome To The Loud House!!


Welcome to The Loud House: Season 1, Volume 1 Fast Facts
Street Date: May 23, 2017
Catalog: 59187418000 (US); 59187419000 (CAN)
Running Time: 305 minutes
S.R.P. $16.99

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 37th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB). 
About Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment, digital and television distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and distribution across worldwide digital and television distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.


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3 Business Ideas for Busy Moms

It isn’t easy being a mother and we all know that it’s a full-time job. However, once those initial years are gone, you may just find a little more time on your hands than you are used to by now. If you are thinking about going back to your job but worried at the same time about restarting your career after such a long break, then know that you may not really have to go through those grueling hours ever again. Instead, you can start a business from home to work according to your own convenience, while never really being away from your family. It would help though if you had a bit more knowledge about business and marketing in general, and you can do that from the convenience of your home too. Just get an online MSM degree from the highly praised New England College and at the end of the course, you should be able to turn any venture into a profitable business in no time.


It is a somewhat saturated field but nevertheless, blogging continues to be one of the prime sources of income for stay-at-home moms. Choose a topic that you have both knowledge and interest in and post content to your blog regularly. Once the blog begins to pick up, your earnings will come via affiliate marketing, advertisements, and product promotions primarily. However, in order for it to pick up in an extremely competitive market, SEO optimization, social media marketing, guest posting and other forms of content marketing might be necessary.

Virtual Assistant

The job of a VA is to provide assistance to businesses primarily in terms of marketing, technical support and running administration. This is one of those jobs where you will get the best opportunities if you complete an online master of science in marketing management and put it on your CV. The advantage of being a VA is that instead of being tied down to a full-time job for just one person or company, you will have the opportunity to work for multiple companies and get paid for every hour that you provide them with your services; not to mention, you will be doing all that from the comfort of your home and your own laptop.

Food Business

This one requires a lot more funding than the two ideas above and getting a food license for operating a food business from home can be a tricky affair. However, once you acquaint yourself well with the rules and regulations that govern the prerequisites of getting the license and manage to invest some money into your business, a bakery or something similar can be a very profitable business, especially if you are good at cooking. When the business starts to see some profits, you can hire someone to help you so that you can get even more time for yourself.

In case you would like some more options, don’t worry because there are plenty! You could be opening up a child day care facility if you have sufficient spare space in your house. If creativity is your forte, then you could use your artistic skills to make and sell unique gift items or art online.


I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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