Event Review: Weekend of Fantasea

Event Date: April 8 – 10, 2016  (My review is only for Friday, April 8th)

Location: Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA

This weekend my hubby and I started our weekend off attending the Queen Mary’s Fantasea: Magic Festival “Friday Night of Illusions” show.  Once we got there we thought we were “underdressed” because everyone was dressed in suits and nice dresses.  After we stood in line & enjoyed a complimentary glass of red wine, we realized the line we were in (with the overdressed people) wasn’t for the Fantasea Friday Night of Illusions show – It was a private event. Ha! Thanks for the wine generous folks!

Before attending the show, I had never been to a magic show so I couldn’t say whether I do or don’t believe in magic.  They say the hands are quicker than the eyes…I must have really slow eyes because I see no way possible for some of those tricks to happen.

This guy…was AMAZING!

Murray Sawchuck (below) was the main magician & illusionist for the show  He made appearances on the History Channels “Pawn Stars” as a magic expert & he has his own show in Las Vegas, NV at Planet Hollywood.  He was funny, talented, & engaged with the audience during the entire performance.   I mean, I was actually asked to participate once.  I had to hold a diamond ring (from someone in the audience) inside a bandana tightly. I promise I held on to that sucker! He snatched the bandana from my hand & the ring was gone!! It ended up on his assistant’s finger!  Can you believe that?

After the show, we were able to enjoy close-up magic tables along the Enchanted Corridor.  The Hubby & I wanted to capture a moment on the way to see Jon Armstrong’s “I Do Card Tricks and I’m Funny” show in the Hocus Pocus Parlour & Pub.

At 9:30pm, we were able to catch the final “Magic Mixology” show in the Cauldron.  I actually thought we would see cocktail mixing with some type of illusion or magic.  In actuality, it was a 30-minute cocktail tasting (with pre-mixed cocktails) they served while giving us a brief history on cocktails.  The information was interesting, but for a late night show, it was kinda too much reading.  I’ll just say that was my least favorite show.   Maybe next time, instead of a tasting, maybe they can show us interesting ways to mix drinks and provide recipes to take home.  I did enjoy this Cold Deck Cocktail.  I’m not a huge fan of cognac, but it had a really smooth finish.


Overall, it was a great night!  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the entire weekend.  If it comes back again next year, I would definitely  try to make the entire event.

XO

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Photo Credit: All photos were captured by me.

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My Crush on Literature

My first crush started in elementary school.  The first day Scholastic came to our school for a “Book Fair” was the day I fell enamored in words.  Walking through the classroom turned book fair was like walking through a candy store.   So many choices…I wanted them all.   At the time, I was hooked on the Sleepover Friends series by Susan Sanders.  I’m sure any 80’s baby could relate.  I read every last book!  That’s when I knew,  I had a thing for reading & books.  That thing, that crush on literature, that love for words, never faltered.

This year, I decided to re-ignite my passion & do something I’ve never done.  I’ve always thought about doing it, but never actually brought it into fruition.  I’m going to do a reading challenge.  I want to challenge myself to read as many books as possible.  I want to read the plethora of books I have at home and never read.  I want to challenge myself to get out of my reading comfort zone and experience other categories of books.  I want to read an Autobiography.  I want to read books on the “banned books” list. With that being said, here is my challenge for 2016:

  1. A Pulitzer Prize Winner – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. Banned book – The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  3. A book I bought and still haven’t read
  4. A movie I like & haven’t read the book
  5. A genre I’ve never read
  6. A book many people have read, except me
  7. A friend’s favorite book
  8. A book published in 2016The Obsession by Nora Roberts {04/27 – 6/09}
  9. A classic from the 21st Century
  10. An Autobiography
  11. A book I haven’t read since high school
  12. A book from my childhood
  13. A NY Times Best Seller
  14. A book becoming a movie this year or turned into a movie last year
  15. A book recommended by a stranger
  16. A Self-Improvement Book
  17. A memoir
  18. A book from Oprah’s Book Club
  19. A book with a protagonist who has my occupation
  20. A murder mystery – So far I’ve read two (both free on iTunes) –  Death by Honeymoon, by Jaden Skye {03/08 – 03/17}  & The Forgotten Girls by Alexa Steele {03/17 – 03/22}
  21. A non-fiction book on something I’ve always wanted to know
  22. Trilogy – The World of Alpha Trilogy: Alpha, {03/22 – 03/31} Beta, {03/31 – 04/19} & Omega {04/19 – 04/26} by Jasinda Wilder.  Just when I thought this was going to a typical millionaire falls in love with broke girl love story…I realized, I was so mistaken.

I will update my progress as I go – BOLD will mean it’s completed.

Quick question – How do you prefer reading books?  electronic or physical book?   Me, I like the physical book.  Although, I’ve accustomed myself to the convenience of buying books on my iPad.

xo

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Girls Day in San Diego

Outside of all the shenanigans we got into before my wedding, it had been such a long time since my girlfriends & I had a girls day to just hang out and talk. So a couple of us decided to get together to enjoy a beautiful Saturday without our kids, spouses, & everyone else who may claim our time. To our surprise, we found a 2-hour cruise around the San Diego Harbor aboard the Hornblower for $18.

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Navy ships
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Coronado Bridge

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The description said we would see Sea Lions & it was true! We seen a dozen of them out sunbathing.

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We purchased cocktails & snacks during our cruise and the price was reasonable.  Seeing they were in plastic cups & more mix than alcohol.

– Nic

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Welcome to Sixth N’ Pink

I am so excited to write my first post on my new blog.   I am no longer writing at Everything Coordinated.  Although I’ve written great stuff & I stand by everything I’ve written,  I no longer want to write strictly about Weddings & Special Events.  I still love & will share those details here, you will see an influx of social events, special outings I attend with my family, friends, or for business.  Here you can indulge yourself in my personal lifestyle.

2015 was such an amazing year for me & my family…I am officially Mrs. Robinson!  I married a wonderful man on September 6, 2015.  OMG…it was beautiful!  You better believe I took my own advice! &  I planned the entire wedding (up until a few weeks before) by myself – because I have the know-how…in 5 months.  Can you say Exhausting!  but it was sooooo worth it & I will do it all again.  My vendors were amazing!  the hotel was gorgeous!  my dress was…let’s just say people are STILL talking about it 😉  & MY Groom! he still has me crushing  on him.  I will share every detail & Spotlight every vendor, so stay tuned.

My Bridal Shower – was wonderfully thrown by my Maids.  However, I wasn’t completely happy.  I will explain those details in a later post.

My Bachelorette Party – I seriously can’t even expose those details.  My Bro (who was my Man-of-Honor, funded most of the trip…he didn’t come…oh absolutely not!) Sis & Maid Chicks gave me the BEST time in Vegas ever.  I’ll never tell so don’t look for those details.

Our Honeymoon – My husband & I Honeymooned in St. Thomas, Virgin Island.  I have a serious flying phobia so I don’t do much traveling.  However, I will seek all the counseling I may need to get me back there.  The people, the food, & the water! (oh my, the water!) was everything!  I can’t wait to share pictures with you on how Gorgeous the water is.  I failed to take pictures the way I should’ve.  I was too busy “Honeymooning”  so…I need a St. Thomas do-over. Ha!

Promotion – I got promoted to a Senior Level Secretary.  More money is always a blessing & my boss is great.

Whew!  God is Good!

Stay tuned for Event Posts I’ve written but haven’t posted, Up-Coming Events & more…

With Love,

Mrs. Robinson

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