Potted Potter is a Must See

Normally I don’t do show reviews, but this is a special occasion. And, if you’re lucky, you can catch Potted Potter in a city you call home or are visiting.

Never heard of Potted Potter? First, shame on you! Just kidding. This is a two-man show that runs through all seven Harry Potter books in 70 minutes. Yes, you heard right. Two guys play all the major characters and do so flawlessly. I can’t choose a favorite, but I must say that you’ll love Ron Weasley.

So I took my mom to the last showing of Potted Potter at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland for her birthday and, let me tell you, it was amazing. Amazing, fabulous, hysterical, all of the above. This show is a must see for anyone who likes or loves the Potter series.

The talent is impeccable. Joesph Maudsley and James Percy know how to make the audience participate and laugh throughout the entire show, both kids and adults alike. The simplistic set and props really show just how talented and entertaining these guys are. I could rant and rave about these two for the rest of this write up, but will direct you to follow them on Twitter and find a show to see them yourselves.

Potted Potter gets five stars in my book. I would see this show again and again in a heartbeat, and just may venture to Ohio’s capital to see it for a second time. Check out the upcoming tour dates and be prepared to be laughing the whole show!

It’s time to go somewhere. I choose Nashville!

It’s almost April and I haven’t traveled anywhere yet. The start of the year is always crazy and it’s always difficult to find a good time to travel. But is there really a good time to travel? I need to make the time to explore!

I’m in the middle of planning a girls trip to Nashville, one of the many places on my bucket list for 2015. I’ve always wanted to go to Nashville and, gosh darnit, I’m determined to make it happen this year.

So what are we planning?

  1. Lower Broadway: What would a girls trip be without hanging out on Lower Broadway? I’ve heard the nightlife here is so much fun. There is live music wherever you go. I’m a big country fan, so this is going to be heaven for me. Music and dancing is right up my alley and I hear Tootsie’s is the place to be.
  2. Walking Tour: Friends of mine that have visited have shared that they really enjoyed doing a walking tour of the Downtown area. It give you a feel of where everything is and takes you through some of the landmarks. I’m all for the great nightlife, but why not learn a little during the day about the place you’re exploring?
  3. Pancake Pantry: If you go to Nashville, apparently you need to go to the Pancake Pantry. You’ll wait 45 to an hour to get some breakfast, but I hear it’s well worth the wait.

So the trip we’re planning in a 4 day weekend. What are your suggestions when visiting Nashville? Share them in the comments!

Photo of the Week: Welcome Back, Spring

IMG_1685This picture says it all. Open the windows and doors, I’m ready for SPRING! Here in Ohio, I know I’m not the only one wishing for the nice weather to come around. On the first day of Spring, we had a little sprinkling of snow in the morning. And it better be the last time we see snow until Winter. Fresh air, green grass and colorful flowers is what I’m excited for. Let’s make it happen, Spring!

How to Create a Wall Map Without Paying a Fortune

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I wouldn’t classify myself as a crafty person. When I wanted to create a scrapbook of my Italian vacation, I made it online and had it printed versus the tradition way to scrapbook. The time, effort and detail that goes into crafts tend to be a bit overwhelming.

But when I was looking to get a wall map to track my travels, I noticed that framed maps tend to be terribly expensive. Like, $200 expensive. The typical size I came across was 36”x24”. I wanted something larger and didn’t want to pay even more. So I decided I was going to channel my inner craft lover and build my own wall map.

What do you need?

  • Cork board
  • Foam core boards
  • Spray adhesive
  • Duct tape
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Map (mine is 50”x32”)
  • Map pins

Step by step:

  1. Start with your foam core boards. These will support your cork and map. You need a back so you can hang the map and these boards are light enough, yet sturdy, to do the trick. Measure out the boards to be the size of your map and duct tape them together. Tape both sides so they don’t bend when you move them.
  2. Cork comes next. Measure the cork out to fit the size of the foam boards. I found that purchasing the roll of cork is less expensive than the squares. Keep in mind that the roll is thinner than the squares, so it’s a matter of personal preference. Duct tape your cork together.
  3. Marry the boards and the cork. That’s right! Use the spray adhesive to glue the two together. I rolled up the cork and lined up one edge then continue to spray and roll until I got to the second edge. This is a two person job. You can easily go crooked, and we did, so be prepared to pay close attention to what you’re doing. Place something heavy on the top of the cork while you let it set. I let mine sit with for a week before getting around to the next step.
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  4. Marry the cork and the map. My map did not come laminated, so I went to Staples to get this done. Bring back the spray adhesive and glue the map to the cork. I used the same rolling method I did when doing this with the cork. I recommend two sets of hands for this, too. Again, place heavy items on top of the map and let it set.
  5. Get to pinning! This is the best part. I’m choosing just to mark where I’ve been. Some people use a different color pin and mark where they want to go. Figure out what you want this map to document and get to it!

This was a relatively simple process. I’m pleased that I took on the task of doing this myself. I spent under $80 on the map, materials and laminating the map. The time commitment to this is minimal. There is more waiting than there is working. So if you’re looking for a fun project to give you a beautiful wall piece? Try this one!

Have you made your own wall map? Have you purchased one? Share it with me on Twitter @tripintotravel so I can see your work!

Photo of the Week: Mediterranean Paradise

IMG_26230With this bond-chilling cold that’s been tearing through Ohio, I wish I was back on the Mediterranean Sea. I’d give anything to be back on our little boat circling the island and catching the suns rays. Until I can escape the cold or summer comes to Cleveland, I’ll be snuggling with my blankets and thinking of the sunshine.

Photo of the Week: Oscars Nod

DSCN1057With The Oscars happening last night, I thought it would be appropriate to share a picture of where the awards take place – The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. I would love to see this tourist-filled attraction transformed for The Oscars, but sadly I haven’t been that lucky in my life. Maybe next time I go back I’ll catch a movie.