So I did a thing last night! A very brave thing for someone who has zero real art skills! I went to Paint Night at The Fish in Bemus Point, NY. I might be the craft master, but when it comes to painting and drawing, my hand is just too shaky for that! Only girl I know that has worse hand writing than a doctor! I don’t know if it’s nerves from anxiety or all the caffeine I devour daily, but my hands just Shake Shake SHAKE. No such thing as a straight line when I have a paint brush in my hand lol...
Tuesday Paint Night
When I found out The Fish hosts Paint Nights every Tuesday at 6:30pm in the side lawn, I figured I mind as well give the whole Paint Night thing a try since it’s FREE! That’s right, FREE! Just buy your own booze and The Fish will supply the rest. I figured if I sucked THAT bad, I could always quit and hide out at the bar since I invested zero dollars into art supplies.
Info From The Fish
EVERY TUESDAY IN THE SIDE YARD WE HOST A FUN PAINT NIGHT. THIS IS A FREE PUBLIC EVENT AND EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
WE HAVE HIRED A COUPLE LOCAL ARTISTS TO LEAD THE PAINT CLASS EACH WEEK. EVERY TUESDAY THE GIRLS COME UP WITH A NEW PAINTING AND THEY INSTRUCT THE GROUP, STEP BY STEP, ON HOW TO PAINT IT. YOU CAN FOLLOW ALONG EXACTLY OR ADD YOUR OWN LITTLE TWIST OF CREATIVITY.
THERE IS NO SIGN-UP REQUIREMENT. WE START SETTING UP TABLES EARLY AND IT IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. WHEN WE RUN OUT OF TABLES AND CHAIRS, WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE SITTING IN THE YARD, OR ANYWHERE THEY CAN COMFORTABLY FIND A SEAT.
WE HAVE MEMEBERS OF OUR STAFF ON HAND IF ANYONE WANTS TO ORDER FOOD OR DRINKS WHILE THEY PAINT.
Honestly, I ended up having a blast! What I assumed would turn into a big “me making fun of how much I suck” evening wasn’t that at all! While I did poke fun of the fact my flower came out looking like a tree, I was rather impressed with myself. My painting somewhat resembled the sample! The instructor did a good job explaining how to use a paint brush & explained how to mix the paints to make the different colors for those of us that blocked out all high school art classes from our memories.
My biggest worry, that I would be surrounded by art gurus was just that, a worry about nothing! While there were a few Picasso’s in the crowd, most people were like me. There to try something new regardless of their lack of talent! Booze makes everything better, so if you do goof up, there is a drink to help you recover by boosting your confidence ;-)
Would I Go Again?
Heck yeah! Now that I know that the mood of the class is low key, I’m all about going to future Paint Nights. I love no-judgment type things and this was exactly that! I could suck all I wanted and not one person would care or say a word about it!
My friend that joined me for the evening is even debating bringing her third grader next Tuesday since well behaved kids are welcomed with open arms. Me however, I will be leaving my 6 year old at home. She’s definitely not ready to sit through an hour and a half long class. Plus, Paint Night makes a perfect escape from home during summer break. Mama needs a drink with the girls and Paint Night makes the perfect alibi.
Thank you Sea World for sponsoring this post.
Our family LOVES Sea World! Born in Texas, then living in Central Florida for more years than I can remember before moving to NY, Sea World played a huge role in my life. I went all the time as a child & once I was an adult, it was too “cheap” not to become an Annual Pass holder and enjoy all that the park has to offer year round! Now that I’m a mom? Ever time we make a Texas or Florida trip, Sea World is on the itinerary so my daughter can share some of those same memories I have of Sea World as a child.
Since I can literally walk through Sea World with my eyes closed, I figured I would share with you my top tips so y’all can make the best of your next Sea World trip!
1. Split Your Day Up
My favorite way to enjoy Sea World is to split the day up. If you peak at the daily show schedule,you will notice if you arrive at opening, the first show usually takes place an hour later. That will give you plenty of time to rent strollers, grab a map and figure out where you are and what you are doing! If you follow the show schedule, you can literally show & animal exhibit hop until around 1pm! At that point you will have watched all the daytime shows before they start repeating and can easily take a pool/lunch break back at your hotel. Come back to the park around 4:30 after you have cooled off and filled your tummies to enjoy all the night time shows & maybe hop on a ride or two!
2. Pay The Few Extra $$ For The Annual Pass!
$175!!!! That’s right! Only $175 for an annual pass. When a ticket is costing you around $99 online, why not splurge that extra $76 for a pass that is valid all year round if you’re a Florida resident?
3. Arrive To Night Shows Early
I know it can be a pain to sit somewhere ridiculously early when you have little ones in tow, but if your heart is set on seeing Shamu at night, that show fills up super early. You can be at Sea World on a mild crowd type of day & that last Shamu Show (they change names so often so I’m calling it the Shamu Show to keep this post relevant forever ) will reach maximum capacity. Get to the show 20 minutes early if you don’t care where you sit, 30 minutes early if you’re trying to land splash zone seats.
4. Splash Zones WILL Get You Wet!
I know, this sounds like a duh! tip, but I honestly can’t tell you how many times I have been to Se world with people who thought the splash zone was a sprinkle zone. If you’re in those first few rows, you are getting soaked! If you’re further up, you will still get wet, but 50/50 chance you will be leaving not completed drenched.
5. Flamingo Walk
Every morning around 11:00 am (times vary), you’ll see Flamingos walking through the park. Head to where the Flamingos are on your map to spot them strolling the park. This past trip to Sea World my daughter wanted to hit up the One Ocean 11am show, so we missed out on the Flamingo action, but if you have never experienced this before, It’s a do-not-miss sight to see!
6. Head To The Rides First
Visiting Sea World with older kids that have zero interest in animals? Have you already had the pleasure of watching all the shows on a previous trip & are interested in the rides more than animals? If this is you, I highly recommend hitting up the rides when the gates open! Rides like Manta & Atlantis can have waits up to 90 minutes later in the day. Save yourself a few minutes and hit those rides up first to get your thrill fix! You will thank me later!
7. Dodge The Parking Fee.
If you’re not an annual pass holder, parking will
cost you anywhere from $20-$40 depending on the day/type of parking you opt for. Dodge that fee by checking to see if your hotel offers Sea World transformation. Most resorts 3 Stars and up in the Orlando area usually offer some type of free shuttle service to and from all the theme parks, Sea World included! That’s a huge savings when traveling with the family. Heck, that savings can buy y’all lunch at Chick-Fil-a! So check out your hotels transportation options!
8. Charging Stations!
You’re reading this correctly. It’s CHARGING not changing ;-) Did your phone die due to all those epic photos you were uploading all day to the gram? Have no fear, charging station are here to save the day. Just head to the Nautilus Theater and between the Antarctica area and the Dolphin Theater. These free charging stations will having you snapping away in no time!
Trying new restaurants is literally one of my favorite pastimes. Nothing better than sampling a chefs yummy creations!!!
When I noticed Mother’s Day was days away, I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to try SEAR Steakhouse in Buffalo, NY. The restaurant had been on my bucket list for awhile so I told my husband to make a reservation!
SEAR is a modern take on the traditional steakhouse and features a contemporary, chef-driven menu, an extensive wine list and well-curated craft cocktail program.
SEAR marks the first collaboration between some of Buffalo’s best: restaurateur David Schutte of Oliver’s and Creekview Restaurants, former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson, cornerback Terrence McGee and punter Brian Moorman, David Anderson, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dave Pietrowski, President of LoVullo Associates and Ron Raccuia, President of ADPRO Sports.SEAR has also partnered with Pegula Sports and Entertainment in various aspects of the business including marketing, branding and creative services. The SEAR experience promises to be completely unparalleled to anything that we have seen in downtown Buffalo.
Located in the heart of Buffalo just a few minutes from Canalside, SEAR is a modern steakhouse situated on the first floor of the Avant and Embassy Suites Hotel.
The best thing about the location of Sear is that it is indeed inside of a hotel which means Valet parking! No need to pay ridiculous downtown parking prices. Just validate your parking at Sear before leaving and your valet parking is FREE!
COMPLEMENTARY BREAD SERVICE
Who doesn’t love bread! I swear carbs are life. Sear goes on the awesome list of restaurants that serve complementary bread!!!! The complimentary bread service Parker House rolls topped with rosemary butter and salsa verde for dipping. Beyond delicious!
SEAR Executive Chef JT Nicholson showcases an innovative menu featuring a wide variety of prime and dry-aged steak selections, fresh seafood, creative small plates, sauces and side dishes. 350 wines have been hand-selected to be apart of an extraordinary wine list. SEAR proudly focuses on using locally grown produce and meat and also features impressive cocktails, desserts and after-dinner drinks.
We Started with the Wagyu Tartar, I had the Wagyu Flat Iron with asparagus for my main course. My husband has the Steak Fritas & my daughter had the Mac & Cheese!
Honesty hands down my new favorite steakhouse in Buffalo. The restaurant would be considered on the pricey side. However, if you are into high end dining, you would be rather happy with the prices. I never once glanced at the menu thinking ripoff. Prices were fair and food was amazing! My wagyu Flat Iron was literally to die for and ran about $40. The Steak Fritas was in the $20’s if you are looking for a budget friendly meal option.
The only downside was no kids menu which was rather shocking since the place was packed with families. Sear will work with you though and help create a kid friendly meal option. They turned their lobster Mac & Cheese into a super cheesy plain Mac & Cheese which tasted amazing. I may have taken a scoop for myself since the portion was ridiculously big for a 6 year old.
If you find yourself in Downtown Buffalo and have a steak craving, SEAR is definitely the place to go! Two thumbs up from us here at The Trophy WifeStyle :)
200 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
We just love visiting Texas! The state is so large and grand that every time we make a trip, it’s always a totally different experience since it’s literally IMPOSSIBLE to see everything. So much to do & as always on any trip, so little time!!!!
While we were on our San Antonio trip, we had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at one of the most unique amusement parks we had ever been to!
What Is Morgan’s Wonderland?
Non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland is the first theme park of its kind in the world. Morgan’s Wonderland is a purpose-
built 25-acre theme park for guests of all ages and abilities. That’s right, kids with disabilities of all kinds can have the same fun as everyone else!!!
The park, which opened in spring 2010 on the site of the former Longhorn Quarry, was developed by Gordon Hartman, a former homebuilder from San Antonio. He said his daughter, Morgan, who deals with cognitive and physical challenges, inspired creation of the park. He wanted a place she could enjoy!
Rides custom-designed to accommodate wheelchair riders means that every family member can enjoy the fun. WooHoo!!! Adapted rides include the Wonderland Express train, with a half-mile of track that wraps around the park’s scenic lake. The Off-Road Adventure, where guests can test their driving skills in sporty vehicles. The Whirling Wonder Ferris wheel, with a dozen brightly colored gondolas that rise up to 5 ½ stories high for panoramic views of the park and a carousel, offering all kinds of horses and other animals ready to be ridden. The latter sits flush with the ground and has “chariots” that move up and down as the carousel turns, giving those in wheelchairs the same sensation as guests riding horses.
At The Wharf that juts out into the lake, guests can captain their own remote-controlled pirate ships or enjoy catch-and-release fishing for catfish or bass. There’s also the Sensory Village™, a cluster of storefronts with activities to encourage imaginative play and stimulate all the senses.
After playing in either of two expansive, shaded playgrounds or on a large variety of swings (including wheelchair swings), guests can enjoy a family picnic at the covered Picnic Place. Families have the option of purchasing snacks and drinks at Morgan’s Wonderland or bringing food with them to the park.
Morgan’s Wonderland has welcomed approximately a million guests from all 50 states and 67 other countries! Admission for those with special needs is free! Admission fees for accompanying family members, friends, caregivers and the general public are nominal.
PricingSpecial Needs - Free
Children 2 and under - Free
Children ages 3-17 - $ 11.00
Adult ages 18-61 - $ 17.00
Military with valid ID - $ 11.00
Seniors 62+ $ 11.00
Morgan's Wonderland Admission Includes: • Full access to Morgan's Wonderland park only.
• GPS Adventure Band (Optional) - Group ID and code embedded band to auto-track and locate all group/family members plus Instant free photo-captures at several park features, sent instantly to you through e-mail.
• FREE Parking
• Picnics welcome (No glass containers.)
*Prices as of May 12th, 2018*
I think it’s safe to say that this place is incredible for ALL children. Non-judgment and my child could just be free. Being a mama of a non-verbal child, I’m used to going places and all eyes are on me and my child since we communicate differently. The term “non-verbal” just means your child doesn’t speak like you and I. So when my daughter does talk, questions galore on why a 6 year old speaks babytalk. Me being an introvert that hates small talk, those situations are always tough regardless on how many times they happen a day. At Morgan’s Wonderland, people would talk to my daughter & zero questions about her speech. She was accepted just the way she is and I didn’t have to have small talk with anyone lol....It was such a stress-free environment. I wish we had a Morgan’s Wonderland in NY we could get seasons passes too. We would go all the time for the environment alone!
As for the rides, we all had a blast!!!! I just love that all the rides were inclusive. I can only imagine how tough it must be being a wheelchair bound kiddo not being able to ride the same rides as your friends. Morgan’s Wonderland does a fantastic job of including everyone.
If you couldn’t tell, we are Morgan’s Wonderland’s biggest fans!!! I recommend this park to everyone!!!! Not just special needs. It’s the perfect place for toddlers. Would also make an awesome place for play dates since the environmental is so non-judgmental. Your kids can just play freely and no one will bat an eye! I wish the whole world could be that way.
Long story short, if you find yourself in San Antonio and have a free afternoon, I highly recommend Morgan’s Wonderland. Your kids will have a blast!
Have you ever been to Morgan’s Wonderland?
Hi! My name is CourtneyLynne & I’m a theater junkie! I just can’t get enough of these awesome productions. The obsession began many years ago when I was in elementary school. The very first broadway musical I had the pleasure of seeing was the Original Phantom of the Opera. I fell in love with Phantom & made my mom purchase the soundtrack after the show. I literally listened to that soundtrack on repeat for weeks. Safe to say I have been hooked on musicals ever since.
When I spotted a Facebook event a few months back for a remake of Andree Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, I was intrigued. I just had to see it. So I googled for tickets and scooped up two seats for the preview night in Buffalo, NY. I couldn’t wait to see if it would live up to the original.
Did It Live Up To The Original?
I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but Cameron Mackintosh’s version of Phantom of the Opera is not the lavish spectacle you may fondly remember from your childhood. This is definitely a very stripped-down version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic. This director tries to eschew eye-popping scenery and sets in favor of character-driven intensity, but falls far short. Sadly, this less haunting Phantom has lost much of its power to mesmerize.
I totally get it!!!! The director’s more minimalist approach makes perfect sense on paper. The only way to revive a show this beloved after 30 years is taking it in a whole new direction. For me, I missed the over the top sets!!!! No ghostly candles rising from beneath the lagoon in the phantom’s lair. Even the chandelier crashing is no more. Now it just sputters and sags.
However, if you were crazy obsessed with Webber’s soaring melodies, the score and plot will still cast a spell. You will have the tunes stuck in your head for days!! It’s just that the original production had a sweeping sense of extravagance, that this revival never musters.
At the end of the day, I am glad I purchased tickets. I’m spoiled so we attend shows frequently. It was something interesting to do on a Thursday evening. However, if you have to choose between two shows and can only attend one. I would scoop up tickets for the other show you are eyeing. Don’t spend your savings on this production.
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.