Cirque du Soleil, A Must See!

Regardless of which show you attend, Cirque du Soleil is definitively a must see.  Read on to get a feel for why we say this.

We have been fans of the Cirque du Soleil for quite some time.  We not only enjoy the performances, but keep the memories alive until the next show we can attend via their amazing music and soundtracks.   This year, we were incredibly fortunate to be invited to their show TOTEM. The shortage of words to describe this amazing production has been overwhelming. Entertaining, provocative, intellectual, physical, educational, symbolic, engaging, beautiful, surprising, innovative, heart-stirring. You have to experience it. Written and directed by Robert Lepage, TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. It was for us the reflection and relationships between our origins and who we are today in a dynamic and fabulously artistic tale. The performance begins with several of the key characters mingling and interacting with the audience.   While we don’t want to give it out for those of you yet to go, we still have to give your some of our poignant moments. It all starts on a stage that features the giant skeleton of a turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations.  Center stage comes a dark figure that become an luminescent entity that descends from the skies to bring life and accompanies the show throughout.  We loved this concept as it allows for each member in the audience to make their own interpretations.   At intermission we conversed with fellow-in-awe patrons like us, and while one viewed it as God, another translated the image into the big bag.  Someone said it was a visitor from another planet planting its species seed….

credit Goon Production

The explosion of color is present the entire time, fantastic and original acrobatics are performed with perfect accuracy and with a passion I have never seen from a performer.  Everyone seems truly dedicated to their moment on stage and devoted to giving the best they can. Native American music, actors and symbolism gave it an amplified respect for nature and deep tradition.  One of the most sensual and dramatic acts was that of a couple on roller skates spinning on a two meter diameter drum.  Seriously touching and breathtaking! The imagery to set the mood change on stage via video is not only impressive but  graphically of amazing quality delivering on cue the right setting.  There is no doubt that technological boundaries are being pushed to the limits with the different projections on stage that  easily transport you from a field of wheat to a lake or to a beach. The eclectic mix of performers and acts truly felt like a representation of the world, our different cultures or preferences. We went backstage to more wow moments.  The first thing that caught our attention was the dedication of the performers.  The show had ended and most were at the gym, working hard!  True they were warm and were taking advantage of this, but still it made an impression.
We were able to see the costumes (all made in Montreal) and talk about attention to detail!  Yet more remarkable is how heavy these costumes are.  From stage they look like a second skin. Here are some facts we took away from our backstage tour: -The cast of TOTEM comprises 53 artists from 18 countries— • There are 120 touring employees with 50 official accompanying members (spouses and family). So a total of 170 on the road! • A total of 23 children are on tour between the ages of 6 months and 17 years old. Currently, the youngest tour member is 6 months and the eldest is 61! • One of the performers is a Cirque du Soleil baby: born, raised and now working on tour! • Quebec curriculum is followed at school • The kitchen employs one touring kitchen manager and three touring cooks.

We could really go on and on and on about our experience and how utterly captivating it is.  Nevertheless, we prefer to encourage you to experience it for yourself.  You will not forget this fabulous experience easily.

Cool Chill Mom

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Bahia Honda – Florida Keys State Park

Driving into the Florida Keys is always a fantastic change of pace, ambiance and feel. It is immediate beauty, harmony and relax all at once. There is no shortage of activities for all age ranges. It is here as well where you can come swim with the dolphins. Read our post on that here. Before summer really arrives…although it already feels as if it did, we ventured out for a Bahia Honda State Park visit.

This park has been selected more than once as the National Gold Medal Winner. We were very curious. Located at 36850 Overseas Highway in big Pine Key, it is 12 miles South of Marathon. The park is actually the result of a pre-historic coral reef. With the drop of sea levels several thousand years ago, the reef was exposed and formed an island to be our park. One day is not enough to e joy all what the park has to offer which explained so many RVs and tents!  There are also cabins for those if us not ready for a full fledged camping adventure. Kayaking, bicycling, fishing, snorkeling, are activities to take advantage of besides swimming and beach going. Important to note is that the park is home to great awaiting adventures and to the last remaining strand of threatened Silver Palms, as well as a rare small flowered lily thorn. Without doing half of the activities offered by this natural wonder it an amazing visit for all. You won’t regret coming here. It is just so wonderful to be able to be transported in such a quick and easy way (and drive!). Right on the Beach your will find huts with BBQ and tables, but set in such a way that there is an unobstructed view to enjoy to your hearts content the waves, the sea breeze and the views. I love how we felt we were the only ones there, and when we entered the park we were told we were to full capacity!

For more information call 305 872 2353
This is not a sponsored post, our friends challenged us to describe this beautiful place in 200 words or less and this is the result 🙂

Britax in Our Lives

Cool Moms Cool Tips is a BRITAX Latina Advisory Board Member and Blogger and are excited to  spread the word on child safety via Britax amazing products .All opinions, ideas,  and stories are our own.

We are always running around.

We are always running around town in our car.

Our daily routines always include several trips.  Take for  example a simple weekday

we drive to grandparenphoto.JPGts for a morning snack,

drop off at school, pick up at school,

playground time

go to our extracurricular activities and

finally drive back home.

 

That could easily be at least 30 miles a day.

On weekends, we are back to the car running errands or driving to fun activities.

We live in a city where traffic can be nightmarish and unfortunately there is no hope in sight for traffic to improve.  Truth be told, we are not the best drivers in the world, and if to that you ad the tourists that visits us every day, we end up with a crazy combination of people behind the wheel.

I think even if it were the safest city in the world to drive in, you never know what may happen.  Accidents occur in  a split second and for many reasons.photo.JPG

This is why we are so grateful to have Britax in our lives.

We have discovered there is no safer car seat in the industry as any of the different styles and versions that Britax has.

From first hand experience the ease of installation plus their new click it technology has parents comfort written all over them.  Of course kids ride comfortably in these car seats, so they just sit and enjoy every trip.

Far more importantly is the safety of this car seats.  The features like click tight for secure and safe car seat installation every time, or HUGS chest pads with Safe Cell technology,  paired to the above regulation standards used to construct the car seats are beyond any peace of mind anything can possibly give me as a parent.

A priceless jewel.

Definitively, the one advice everyone should be giving you at your baby shower: get Britax!

By the way, these are very durable and long lasting car seats that more than survive milk spill, crushed and mashed food, and all the harsh treatment kids put things through.  We simply love the easy to wash and clean these car seats.

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With amazing Britax Car Seats, our driving feels like we have a special bubble protecting our munchkins while we keep our schedules in check, run our busy lives and from time to time simply sit back and enjoy each other while we drive around.

We will not be slowing down on our driving any time soon, so bring it on while we ride in Britax style!   Britax has our back 🙂