Even my sister’s FIVE-MONTH-OLD loved the show. His big round eyes were glued to the rink, his little head bobbing to the fabulous Disney music. And doesn’t Disney have the most fabulous music? Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid….

I think The Little Mermaid was my favourite part of the show (at least of the first half). Because the skater who played Ariel was a-ma-zing. I felt like I was watching Olympic-class skating.

After taking us through 4 Princess stories — Aladdin, Snow White (Rascal LOVED the Dwarfs!)….

…Sleeping Beauty (the music…!), Mulan, and Beauty and the Beast — there was an intermission. The Monkey and I ran downstairs and she DANCED with me, as if she herself were a princess! Did I mention she was, of course, wearing her Disney princess dress? Complete with RUFFLES and PINK? Motherbumper and Her Bad Mother‘s kids (whom we bumped into on the way out) were ALSO wearing their dresses!

After the intermission, we were treated to the entire Cinderella story….

Bippity bobbity boo! And we loved it.

I got teary-eyed at one point in the show. Because this production was so wonderful for the kids: the settings, the costumes, the choreography, the skating were all pretty spectacular — and it was all FOR THE KIDS. Fahklempt! And I got teary-eyed because the show succeeded in bringing ME back to my own childhood, and my dreams and belief in magic.

Cheaty highly recommends…. Check Cheaty Goodies for tix and a special promotion.

Happy Holidays!


Pure+Simple

It’s hard for me to keep up with four Cheaty Blogs, as you can see by the scarcity of Recommendations on this blog! So, when I do recommend something here, you have to know it’s GOOD — if I’m taking the time to actually post it!

Today, I want to recommend the best natural foundation on the market these days. Of course, it’s by my favourite company in the world — the ONLY company I trust with my skin — Pure and Simple.

What’s particularly awesome about their new line of foundations, “Flawless Complexion,” is that the foundation not only offers superb coverage, but also nourishes, protects and hydrates the skin. It is the perfect addition to my growing collection of Pure and Simple anti-aging concoctions.

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Because I’m so fair skinned, I use the Biscotti shade. At first, I was alarmed at how dark looked in the container! But, Kristen assured me that it was the right colour for me. And she was right. The foundation is so transparent that it matches my skin perfectly when I apply it. It gives me a slightly tanned appearance — without contrasting with my neck, amazingly enough. Hard to explain why that is. Basically, it gives me a healthy, natural looking boost of colour! A GLOW!

So, if you’re looking for a totally natural foundation — that’s good for your skin and, of course, the earth — I’m confident that this is your best bet.

You can purchase this item at any of the various Pure and Simple locations. If you live outside Toronto or Oakville, you can absolutely purchase it ONLINE at pureandsimple.ca. Your skin will totally thank you. And people will tell you your skin is GORJ and that you look SO YOUNG all the time!

Disclosure: I was not paid or asked to write this recommendation. Earlier this year, I was given a very small sample of it to test because I’m a brand ambassador for the company. I’ve been using the product ever since (I buy my own). As a brand ambassador, I’m given complementary monthly facials — BUT I’d never get a facial ANYWHERE but at Pure and Simple! I started representing this company years ago by my own volition because they’re the real thing and I truly love them. Cheaty HIGHLY RECOMMENDS!


It was my parents’ 37th anniversary on Saturday. THIRTY-SEVEN. And, I wanted to do something special for them. So, I took them and the Monkey, my sister, her hubby, and their little boy to DISNEY ON ICE: DISNEYLAND ADVENTURE at the Rogers Centre, Toronto.

I gotta tell you, Gorgeouses, I was really fahklempt before the show, during the show, and still now just thinking about it.

When I was little, I wondered about these Disney on Ice shows. I LOVED figure skating, and I imagined these shows were amazing and magical. But, we never went, for some reason. We went to other, perhaps more intellectual stuff, like every musical that came out, Macbeth, and others that I (in my post- Hanukkah-party state) can’t recall at the moment. It was important to my parents to expose us to the arts. And, we never got around to Disney on Ice. We went to Disneyland, yes — travel was always important, too — but we never went to the Ice show in our very own city.

And, you know? It’s okay that we never went. Because I’m making up for it now, and I LOVE it!

We aren’t getting to Disneyland this year either, but we got our Disney fix at Disney on Ice: Disneyland Adventure. It was DEFINITELY magical and amazing — for the Monkey, and for me!

Here’s a video of the show highlights to give you an idea of what it’s like:

As you can see, there’s actual skating in this show. We’re talking triple jumps and spins…. And, they really went all out with the choreography, the costumes, the music, the sets, the story. It was a GREAT SHOW. I got chills throughout it because it was such a treat, and because Monkey was loving it. My heart melted over and over again…. FAHKLEMPT!

The monkey loved every minute of it. She and her cousin even helped the Incredibles save Mickey and Minny from the evil SYNDROME with their li’l cheers! It was awesome.

Everyone showed up for the event, too. EVERYONE. Even my favourite — GOOFY — was there! And Pluto, and Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella and Snow White, the Pirates of the Caribbean, and Monkey’s favourite, BUZZ LIGHTYEAR from Toy Story was there!

And, her NEW favourite, FROZONE. She totally fell in love with him….

She keeps insisting she wants to be him for Halloween! Here’s her classic at a FROZONE COSTUME….

Ha! Eeeee! What else? You have to go and see for yourself. Seriously, Gorgeouses, if you love Disneyland, you’ll love this show. You literally FEEL like your at a Disneyland parade for a lot of it — only you don’t have to squeeze onto the sidewalk with a million other people to watch. And, the Incredibles’ adventure is edge-of-your-seat, indeed!

If you’re interested in getting tickets to the show, it’s on until December 28th. Check it HERE! Enjoy the show, and tell us how you liked it!