Cirque du Soleil | TORUK – The First Flight | PDX

Photo: Errisson Lawrence Costumes: Kym Barrett  © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Errisson Lawrence Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Ever since I was a little girl I have dreamed of seeing Cirque du Soleil. Every time we made a trip to Disney World I would beg my parents to take me and as I got older I would then hope that we would get tickets for a show when they passed through Montreal, but alas neither ever happened. When I heard that Cirque du Soleil TOURK was coming to Portland I again was hopeful for tickets and so when I was asked to share this event with you and host a giveaway (see below) and that I would also receive tickets for myself I couldn’t pass it up!

TOURK inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR. I’ll be honest I have never seen Avatar and it’s not for my lack of interest it just has yet to be crossed off my ‘to watch’ list. So to say I’m excited is an under statement.

Photo: Errisson Lawrence Costumes: Kym Barrett  © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Errisson Lawrence Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

So what is TOURK all about?

Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and populated by unforgettable characters, TORUK – The First Flight is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film AVATAR, and before any humans ever set foot on Pandora. Through cutting edge visuals, puppetry and outstanding performances, this family-friendly show transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting.

When a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, Ralu and Entu, two Omaticaya boys on the brink of adulthood, fearlessly decide to take matters into their own hands. Upon learning that Toruk can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out, together with their newfound friend Tsyal, on a quest high up in the Floating Mountains to find the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Prophecy is fulfilled when a pure soul rises among the clans to ride Toruk for the first time and save the Na’vi from a terrible fate.

Take a look for yourself- doesn’t it look magical?

Date of Shows:

Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30pm

Thursday, December 8 at 7:30pm

Friday, December 9 at 3:30pm and 7:3pm

Saturday, December 10 at 4pm and 8pm

Sunday, December 11 at 1pm and 5pm

Location:

Moda Center, Portland, OR

Tickets Can Be Purchased:  https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/portland/toruk/buy-tickets/

Also take advantage of the family four pack ticket offer and save on 2 adult and 2 children tickets.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/123078/2114288/notap?did=f4pk

GIVEAWAY!

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Portland Babywearing Adventures with BabyDoo

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Since moving back to SE Portland we find ourselves spending a lot of time walking to coffee shops, restaurants, shops and events. With walking we end up doing a lot of babywearing because little legs are bound to get tired. This is one of our most recent adventures in Portland- specifically, the Sellwood neighborhood.

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On this day we headed out to Portland Homestead Supply Co, one of our favorite shops in all of Portland. It’s filled with everything you could want for homesteading including lots of canning and fermenting supplies, supplies for making soap, candles, lip balms and so much more. We stop in almost weekly for a draft kombucha and a visit out back to say ‘hi’ to the chickens and goats – Bindi and Nilla.

2015_10_04_SellwoodAdventures - lily and mamaOn this day, we stopped in to their harvest festival for music, cider and arts and crafts.

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Our little arts and crafters where in their happy place surrounded by glue, string and markers.

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Alder completed his necklace and then we headed over to listen to the music while Edith happily glued away. Wraps have more benefits than just babywearing, they also make a fantastic blanket to cover the scratchy hay bails.

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Once the party died down, it was back up in the wrap (Baby-Doo). This time on the front for some mama snuggles. We made a trip to the playground and then headed to dinner where spaghetti face was all the rage.

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It was a great day exploring our neighborhood, made all the more special by the closeness and intimacy that babywearing affords us.

Holiday Events This Week In PDX | 11.23.15

Who is ready to to kick off the 2015 Holiday Season? We are! I have been taking stock of all of the fun activities going on in the Portland area this week and thought I would share a few with you.

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November 26th: You have probably heard of a Turkey Trot but how about a Tofurky Trot? Join Tofurky for a 5k pre-Thanksgiving dinner race. Especially great for plant-based families!

November 27th: It’s the annual My Macy’s Holiday Parade on Friday morning. This has been a yearly tradition of ours and we are looking forward to attending once again this year. The parade runs from 9-10am and goes through downtown Portland – you can find all the route details hereTip: DRESS WARM. I don’t know what it is about the day after Thanksgiving but it is always freezing in Portland so make sure you dress nice and warm for this parade.

November 27-28th: This is one of my favorite weekends of the year because Little Boxes! Little Boxes is a city wide event that really takes Black Friday and Small Business Saturday to a new level. This event encourages you to check out participating local shops and they make a game out of it by including a raffle with really amazing prizes.

November 27th-January 3rd: Another annual event for us is Zoolights at the Oregon Zoo. Another event to bundle up for but it’s so much fun to see all the lights, ride the train and visit the bats. Also checkout their value nights if you are looking to attend but want to save a few dollars.

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What holiday events are you looking forward to this year? If you’re in Portland what are you favorite holiday events?

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you’d like me to post one weekly for this holiday season let me know! 

Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with Kids

Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsOf the two of us Neil is the outdoor explorer. He is the hiker, the backpacker, the adventurer. For him it’s a passion. Me? I love camping and hiking but usually only after complaining or looking for excuses to bail on things. That’s until we had children. 
Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsHaving children put the outdoors in the forefront of my mind. I want them to spend as much time as possible enjoying the great outdoors, exploring, getting dirty, breathing in the fresh air and using all of their senses to become more familiar with the world around them. So about a 8-months ago I decided that we would have at least one dedicated nature walk each week on top of the neighborhood outings and weekend family adventures. Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsOne of our more recent adventures was to Mount Talbert Park in Clackamas, Oregon. I hadn’t planned this outing in advance but after a few long days solo parenting and a cranky afternoon I threw my hands up and said “we are getting out” so I packed us up and out we went. 
Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsIt was a chilly day but the fresh air was just what we all needed and the kids were geared up in their Cozey 7 Trailhoppers so they were cozy and warm. 
Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsThere is a small loop just to the right of the picnic area that was perfect for both A and E to run around and explore. They spent time drawing with sticks in the dirt, playing with the gravel and chasing each other. 
Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsWe also made our way to the paths on the left which were a little steeper and rockier. The path was on the skinny side which is a little more challenging with littles but we made it up about 1/2 a mile before heading back down to have a snack and to do the loop once again. 
Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsOf course we had to stop and say hello to the squirrel friend as well. 
Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsOverall I really enjoyed this nature area however I will say to do the paths that go up in the woods I would feel a little more comfortable wearing A and/or having Neil with us to do those paths but the loop is great and I love that their is a covered picnic area.

Disclaimer: Cozey 7 provided us with their trailhoppers at not cost. We were not required to review them but I’m sharing them because I think they are fantastic.

Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with Kids

Why do I love Cozey 7 – the trailhopper? I love the wide neck on them that allows them to be worn over most anything without restricting the neck. I also love their little carrying bags and just how high quality they are. Also they run a bit big but that’s a good thing because it allows them to fit over even bulkier clothes and will last your little ones longer. For reference Edith is around 38 or so inches tall and 28lbs and she fits perfectly (with extra room) in the 18m-2T size.

Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsYou will surely be seeing them regularly on our blog and instagram over the cool months.

Cozey 7 has a kickstarter running right now and I encourage you to check them out. If you love spending time outside with your family and you want to keep them nice and warm these outfits are perfect!