New Kids On The Block Total Package Tour - Viejas Arena | June 1, 2017

My husband is one stubborn, loving man. No matter how many times I tell my husband to not get me anything for my birthday, he will still manage to go out and sneak his way to buy me a gift. This can even be as simple as flowers. I came home from work ready to cook dinner but instead, he came home early to cook up a feast with my kids. He then presented me concert tickets to the New Kids On The Block Total Tour Package! They tour with Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul. The concert was at the Viejas Arena located at SDSU on Thursday, June 1, 2017. This was exciting for me because this was my very first concert! 

When I was a young girl, I was a hardcore NKOTB fan girl. Life was New Kids On The Block with every magazine, poster, pins, VHS videos, pajamas, every cassette album, and the list goes on. There was not one space open on my wall that they had to overlap to the ceiling. I wanted to attend one of their concerts so bad but we unfortunately could not afford it. Plain and simple, it was not even an option for me to think I'd be able to go unless I can try to win it on the radio. Back then we didn't have the internet and everything was having to go to the venue to purchase. remember trying and trying to win tickets on the radio and the worst sound to ever hear was the busy signal over and over again. I gave up. As I got older and got married, I had it tucked away in one particular box as I got older. When we were moving out of our first home, we had so much items we donated to Goodwill and guess what box was in that pile? I was heartbroken because that was a part of my childhood. 

The concert seats were shockingly amazing considering he got the tickets not far from the date of the concert. The seats were towards the side of the stage, but not too far from the stage. The opening performances were Boyz II Men and they are truly amazing and so very talented. Just hearing them acapella and their songs brought good memories back when I was in high school. We can dedicate their songs to loved ones because the whole song would actually have a meaning behind it. It told a story and was meaningful. Maybe I am still a bit old fashioned and still stuck in the 80's and 90's, but music has definitely changed in this new generation. Paula Abdul brought it back making me feel back in elementary and junior high school days. Paula did not age a bit! What is her secret?!!! I really enjoyed her music as a youngster. She was an icon that everyone loved even if she didn't last that long musically to continue on with new albums thereafter. Her songs were an icon to bring you back to a great era in the late 80's. I really enjoyed her performance!

When NKOTB came to stage, the anxiety was just overwhelming and I felt like a young girl again. I went back in a time capsule and when they spit out numbers to how many years it has been, I was thrown off guard because it's been so many years that I have been just this mature grown up for so long! They sang so many songs from all of their albums and my soul felt worry-free and just in a full realm of happiness during the concert. Even if it was only a few short hours, I could be in this realm a lot longer. Here's a post of my concert videos if you'd like to join me being there.


My daughter lucked out with getting some really amazing tickets. Her best friend Annie and her are Kpop fans and indulge in their music along with the whole KDrama scene. They attempted to buy tickets once to KCon but tickets sold out in a matter of less than five minutes. Sadness was all that came about when they did not score any tickets. They tried to buy tickets for the BTS Wings Tour in Anaheim for April 1st, but that also sold out in a matter of 4 minutes. With great news, they opened another day of April 2nd, 2017 and unfortunately we were not able to score any tickets. With the fate of one call from my daughter's best friend Annie, she lucked out on several tickets that were in the PIT! I have to say, $250 was a lot of money, but the moment was priceless. My daughter was stoked and overjoyed to be able to go with her best friend and experience a once in a lifetime event. 

The amazing part of this was that at least my husband and I was able to have a date and spend some quality time together without any kids. However, we were able to get an amazing deal on the new hotel in Irvine called Homewood Suites that not only was brand new, but had a full kitchen, living room, dining room, separate room and get this...our 2 dogs got to stay free. It saved us money from spending no boarding. The suite was so comfortable and cozy. I highly recommend your stay there. A full hot breakfast is included along with an Evening Lounge with complimentary snacks and drinks. 

My daughter was not stressed getting ready for the concert and it wasn't too far from the Honda Center in Anaheim. She was enjoying her weekend and getting energized to go scream crazy at the concert. I posted her experience in our vlog below so you can also see BTS on stage as well. The footage was as close as she can get as she was enjoying her time watching them live in person. I mean, it is hard to hold a camera while your busy screaming and going ballistic at the same time. Overall, we are so happy she got to have so much fun! Well worth making the memories!