Rockin Mama™ Motherhood, Giveaways and Product Reviews Thu, 01 Dec 2022 15:34:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rockin Mama™ 32 32 111966601 Musical Theatre West Presents Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella Thu, 01 Dec 2022 15:27:49 +0000 As a young girl, Cinderella was my childhood fairy tale. I absolutely adored Cinderella’s kindness, strength, and positivity. And while I’ve seen a number of productions by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cinderella is a show that remains on my theatre bucket list. This holiday season, families will enjoy a classic with a modern twist as Musical Theatre West presents Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

MTW Rodgers and Hammersteins Cinderella

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Premiering on December 2nd, 2022, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella will enchant and delight families this holiday season. Based on the classic fairytale, the story of Cinderella will prove that impossible things happen every day. The original TV version of Cinderella premiered in 1957 and starred Julie Andrews. In 2013, the broadway production premiered was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and went on to win Best Costume Design.

Ella and Fairy Godmother in Cinderella

The story originates from the fairytale and depicts a young woman who is forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother. Dreaming of a better life, she is transformed into an elegant young woman with the help of her Fairy Godmother. Cinderella attends the famed ball and meets her prince, whose eyes are opened to the injustice of the kingdom because of her. This new show also introduces new characters, including a sympathetic stepsister, and features a score with songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Cinderella Tickets and Showtimes

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella will perform on select nights from December 2 – 18, 2022 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Tickets range in price from $20 – $120 each and are available by phone at 562-856-1999 or online at Goldstar also has a limited number of tickets on sale starting at $20.

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Non-Alcoholic Coquito Recipe (Puerto Rican Eggnog) Thu, 01 Dec 2022 15:00:00 +0000 {Sponsored}

Last week I had my first glass of eggnog this season, and combined with the weather, the holiday decor in stores, and the overall sentiment in our home, it truly feels like Christmas. As my children get older, I’m striving to incorporate some of my own family’s cultural traditions and one of the easiest ways to do that is through food.  We love hosting people in our home, particularly around the holidays, so I thought I’d re-create one of my dad’s favorite Puerto Rican drink recipes which is our culture’s take on the traditional eggnog.

Coquito Recipe

Coquito incorporates some of the same spices you’ll find in traditional eggnog and mimics the seasonal favorite’s consistency but uses coconut milk/cream, and sweetened condensed milk in place of cream/milk.

Coquito Ingredients

Traditionally, Coquito is also made with rum, but since we don’t drink and we wanted our kids to enjoy it, we altered my father’s recipe and made it kid-friendly.  But don’t worry, it’s equally delicious!  Here is my Coquito Recipe:

Coquito Recipe

Coquito Recipe (Puerto Rican Eggnog)


  • 4 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1.5 Tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp . cinnamon
  • Coconut flakes


  • Mix all ingredients in the blender.
  • Pour into a serving carafe and refrigerate well (overnight is best).
  • Serve in small glassware, top with froth, and a dash of cloves and cinnamon stick for fragrance.
  • To adorn with coconut flakes, dry on a paper towel
  • Coat one side of the glassware with agave nectar and dip into the coconut flakes
  • Fill glass 3/4 full with Coquito.

In this recipe, I used heavy cream in place of sweet condensed milk so I could adjust the amount of sugar and omitted the egg yolk.  I still found the consistency to be smooth and creamy.  Depending on how spicy you like your beverages, you could adjust the amount of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to your palate.  You could also add vanilla or use cream of coconut for an even richer, creamier consistency.

Since this is also the season where many of us invite guests into our home for parties, get-togethers, and meals, this drink is an easy entertaining solution that looks gorgeous and festive and tastes delicious.  I chose to serve our Coquito in these Square Shot Glasses available at Walmart.

What are your favorite holiday recipes?  Do you incorporate your culture or traditions into the season?  I’d love to share your ideas below!

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American Ballet Theatre Performs The Nutcracker at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Tue, 29 Nov 2022 18:30:00 +0000 The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Segerstrom 2018

I saw The Nutcracker for the first time as a child, mesmerized by the beauty and grace exhibited by the ballet dancers. The two-act ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was adapted from The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Ironically, the original production was unsuccessful. However, Tchaikovsky extracted a 20-minute segment that gained popularity. Today, the complete ballet is performed around Christmas and follows the story of a toy Nutcracker, that comes alive. After defeating the evil Mouse King in a battle, the Nutcracker takes Clara to a magical kingdom.

The Nutcracker Ballet

The Nutcracker at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

This season, families can enjoy 12 performances of The Nutcracker at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The ballet is choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky with music performed by the Pacific Symphony. The cast includes students from the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center and eight additional talented young dancers from Orange County alongside the American Ballet Theatre company. This particular story, with a score by Tchaikovsky, takes young Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on a dreamlike journey.

The Nutcracker Ballet Dancers

Performances of The Nutcracker run from December 9 through 18, 2022. Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online, via phone (714.556.2787), or in person at the Box office. Right now, you can use the code CM22 to unlock a special buy one, get one 50% offer on The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker Segerstrom Center for the Arts

American Ballet Theatre

The American Ballet Theatre is one of the greatest dance companies in the world, now recognized as a living national treasure. Each year, the company performs for more than 300,000 people in the US. The company has also performed in 132 cities across 50 countries.

Nutcracker Sweet Seats

Segerstrom Center for the Arts will offer a limited number of exclusive Sweet Seats for the weekend performances of The Nutcracker! These tickets feature prime Orchestra seating and come with a Segerstrom Center keepsake ornament, a The Nutcracker collectible poster, and a delicious holiday cookie.

Holidays Around the World

Holidays Around the World at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Celebrate the holidays at the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza this winter. The celebration takes place on December 10, 2022, and includes a variety of live performances from local music acts and dance groups celebrating holiday traditions from around the world. Kids can also create their own seasonal crafts and experience a sparkling snowfall on the Plaza.

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Guide to Illuminate Silverlakes Holiday Nighttime Event Fri, 25 Nov 2022 04:58:33 +0000 My daughter has been listening to Christmas music since September and on Halloween, I was already pulling out our flocked Christmas tree. Suffice it to say, we have been ringing in the holidays for months. This season, a brand new experience is coming to Southern California. Journey to a sparkling wonderland at Illuminate Silverlakes, located in Norco, California, from November 25 through December 30, 2022.

Santa at Illuminate Silverlakes

Illuminate Silverlakes

Illuminate Silverlakes is a brand-new holiday experience featuring live entertainment, holiday shopping, and dining, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and more spanning 2 acres surrounding a lake. On display, you’ll see thousands of sparkling lights showcased on nearly 50 shimmering holiday light installations during this nighttime Christmas event. Here is what you can expect at Illuminate Silverlakes.

This outdoor nighttime wonderland will feature six distinct, themed holiday areas for families to enjoy.

  • Christmas Holiday Marketplace: Explore holiday craft vendors for last-minute gifts, plus enjoy live musical performances, roast s’mores, and decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus.
  • Illumination Trail: See larger-than-life toys and presents in Toyland, enjoy a Holiday Light Show with a magical snowfall in the Electric Forest, and experience the beauty of the season in Reindeer Grove.
  • Santa’s Village: Take a family photo with Santa, then savor seasonal food and drinks while enjoying festive music.
Kids Imagine Nation

Live Entertainment at Illuminate Silverlakes

The entertainment lineup at Illuminate Silverlakes will have you dancing and singing to your favorite tunes. Kids will love the high-energy Kids Imagine Nation Holiday Dance Party as they sing and dance to holiday favorites. The Marketplace Stage will light up with trumpet player Walter Simonsen and his Holiday Hop. Singer Renee Rojanaro will also take to the Marketplace Stage with her Jazz and swing-infused renditions of holiday classics. If you opt for the VIP experience, you’ll enjoy a capella renditions of your favorite Christmas carols by vocalists Definitely Dickens Holiday Carolers.

Illuminate Silverlakes

Food and Beverage Options at Illuminate Silverlakes

Warm up with the festive, holiday menu at Illuminate Silverlakes.

  • Seasonal Soup Stations: Tomato Basil (vegan), Cowboy Chili and Chicken Enchilada, Clam Chowder, Caesar Salad Wrap (vegetarian).
  • Mrs.Clauses Cottage: Sugar Cookie Decorating Kits.
  • Sweet Shoppe: S’mores Kits, Candy Apples, Charming Gingerbread, Christmas Cookies, and Candies, Jumbo Candy Canes, Assorted freshly made cupcakes and rich chocolate brownies, Individual Fruit Pies, Christmas Muffins, and Scones.
  • Fresh Off the Grill: Holiday Tamales, Smoked Turkey Legs and Roasted Corn on the Cob, Bratwurst w/ grilled peppers and onions, and all beef hot dogs.
  • Comfort Snack Foods and Hot Beverages: Warm Churros, Kettle Korn, and warm Bag O’PretzelBits, Coffee, and Hot Chocolate.
  • Holiday Cheer: Specialty Christmas Cocktails.
  • VIP Lounge: Full-Service Bar–Specialty Holiday Beverages, Hot Spiced Apple Cider, Charcuterie Box, S’mores Kit, ShrimpCocktail, Warm Pretzel Bites, and Mac n Cheese bread bowl.
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Illuminate Silverlakes Tickets, Information, and Discounts

ILLUMINATE SILVERLAKES will run select evenings, November 25–December 30, from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Silverlakes Sports Complex is located at 5555 Hamner Avenue, Norco, CA 92860.

Tickets are $48 for adults and $34 for children ages 4–11. There is a parking fee of $20.

Active and retired police officers, fire and rescue personnel, teachers, and U.S. Military members will receive 20% off discounted tickets. This discount is good for up to six people per party while supplies last each evening (appropriate ID required).

For more information, please visit

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Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation *Giveaway* Sat, 19 Nov 2022 21:19:58 +0000 My love for musical theatre and Winnie the Pooh converge in Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation. The musical, which debuted in 2021, is based on the Winnie the Pooh film franchise and was first performed last October in New York City. Just in time for the holiday, the musical will perform at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles from November 23rd through December 30th, 2022. Be sure to scroll below for an opportunity to win tickets to this heartwarming musical plus a special discount price on tickets.

Pooh and Tigger Winnie the Pooh Musical

Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation

As a little girl, I found myself fascinated by the character of Winnie the Pooh. His innocence and kindness are compelling, and while he may be “slower than the average bear,” many of the stories demonstrate his wisdom. Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation is inspired by author A. A. Milne’s cherished books and the classic Disney featurettes.

Owl Winnie the Pooh Musical

Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation features a new story from the Hundred Acre Wood with the iconic characters kids have grown up with for generations. Life-size puppetry and an original socre from Nate Edmondson (including Winnie the Pooh, The Blustery Day, and The More It Snows) make this musical the perfect introduction to the theatre.

Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation will perform at the Kirk Douglas Theatre November 23 – December 30, 2022. Tickets are priced starting at $35 and can be purchased online at VIB (Very Important Bear) tickets are also available for an additional fee and include a signed poster, a commemorative pin, and a character meet and greet after the performance. Don’t miss the magic of the Hundred Acre Wood right here in Los Angeles!

Winnie the Pooh Musical

Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation *Giveaway*

One of you will win a family pack of four (4) tickets. Simply complete the Rafflecopter form and leave a comment with the name of your favorite character from the Winnie the Pooh stories. Comments will close on December 5, 2022.

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US Residents only. Duplicates and comments not including the above information will be disqualified. Comments are moderated. If you don’t see your comment in a reasonable amount of time, send me an email. Bloggers and non-bloggers may enter. If you don’t want to leave your email address, please be sure to check back for my announcement on the winner. Please note that winners must respond within 48 hours of being announced/contacted or another winner will be drawn.

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