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Join us for the Sundance NEXT FEST Twitter Party Aug 9th!


Are you passionate about film and music? Then clear your schedule on August 9th at 11amPT/2pmET and join us as we spend an hour on Twitter chatting with the Sundance NEXT FEST team and Shira Lazar, Amanda Oleander, and Shelly Peiken about the upcoming film and musical lineup.

Sundance NEXT FEST

Sundance NEXT FEST is a summer festival celebrating film, music, and the renegade spirit of independent artists. This year, six bold new films fresh from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival make their Los Angeles premiere. Each is paired with either a special musical performance that embodies a shared artistic sensibility or a conversation with filmmakers and the luminaries that inspired them.

Sundance NEXT FEST will be lighting up downtown LA, August 12–14 at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel with the headliner Big Freedia and other amazing acts. Join us for our #NEXTFESTChat Twitter Party on August 9th and win a Weekender Pass for you and a friend.

The Weekender for Two includes:

  • 14 tickets—2 tickets to every event at The Theatre at Ace Hotel* (Short Film Master class not included)
  • Membership Party access for two
  • NEXT DOOR outdoor venue at Ace Hotel access
  • 15% discount on lodging at Ace hotel

Don’t think you can make it to LA August 12-14? Come join the chat anyway! We’re also giving away some fun Sundance swag!

Take a look at the full event line-up and get ready to come chat about all the excitement with the Findery/StorySet team (@Findery), the Sundance NEXT FEST team (@sundancefest), Shira Lazar (@shiralazar), Amanda Oleander (@AmandaOleander), and Shelly Peiken (@Shelly_Peiken)!

To be entered to win you must RSVP and you must actively* participate in the #NEXTFESTChat chat on August 9th at 11amPT/2pmET.

*Active participation is defined as: A tweet by a participant who has RSVPd, in response to one of the official party questions asked by @Findery on behalf of StorySet, during the course of the hour long #NEXTFESTChat Twitter Party, containing BOTH the #NEXTFESTChat and the #Contest hashtags. Official party questions will start with Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4, Q5, or Q6
. See full rules and regulations.

A Trip to Southern California with My Tween


I remember the day I got pregnant with my second child. I wasn’t ready. How could I adjust as the mother of two, when I was faring so poorly as the mother of one? How would I give her the attention she needs?

Over the years, I’ve discovered that one way to make my now thirteen year-old feel important is by taking trips alone, just the two of us. Very recently we spent a week in Southern California exploring every amusement park under the sun. The trip had her name written all over it, as you can imagine, and I’ll admit that we did take a week off from seventh grade to make it happen. From Disneyland to SeaWorld to Universal Studios to LEGOLAND, we covered the area’s attractions in five days. Here’s how it went:

One Day at Universal Studios Hollywood

My tween is a huge fan of Harry Potter, so it was a natural choice to first hit Universal Studio Hollywood’s new “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme park, inspired by J.K. Rowling’s popular stories and characters. From walking down Hogsmeade Village, to taking a trip on the park’s signature ride, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” to drinking Butterbeer, we immersed ourselves in the Harry Potter experience. Once we were done exploring the fictional English village, we went on the Studio Tour to see where production on all our favorite TV shows and movies takes place, rode the Simpson’s ride, amongst others, and played carnival games at Krustyland. We stayed a short distance from the park at The Garland which offers renovated, spacious guestrooms, a revamped lobby and lobby bar, and the addition of The Front Yard, a trendy restaurant with dazzling food fit for all ages, made with healthy, organic ingredients.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter


Two Days in Disneyland

Needless to say, Disneyland was the highlight of my tween’s trip. In California Adventure Park, she took delight in the California Screamin’ coaster and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters. At Disneyland Park, we rode our favorites, from It’s a Small World to Snow White to the Jungle Cruise together, and she went on fast rides like Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain and the Matterhorn Bobsleds.


We were lucky to be at Disneyland during the park’s 60th anniversary to witness their spectacular evening performances, such as the “Paint the Night” parade and the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks display. We indulged in food at Wine Country Trattoria, River Belle Terrace, Goofy’s Kitchen and the Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel (where we stayed), had a churro ice-cream sandwich in Downtown Disney and sat by the pool at our hotel. It was 2-1/2 days of pure bliss for the tween.

There were tricks to easing the stress of going to a Disney theme park. Firstly, we were thrilled to find that our CityPASS allowed us to get FastPass tickets so we were able to jump several lines. Secondly, since we were staying at a Disneyland resort, the Disneyland Hotel, we were allowed early morning access to both parks when the lines were relatively short and fast.

Disneyland Forever



At LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, a suburb of San Diego, we explored the new NINJAGO® World, which includes five new interactive attractions with NINJAGO The Ride being the main feature, designed to train guests to become a ninja.

While the majority of LEGOLAND was designed for younger kids (ages 3-12), we enjoyed walking through MiniLand, LEGO replicas of from landmarks around the world (the Freedom Tower is being built to join the rest of the NYC structures) and my tween rode Project X in the Technic section numerous times. We lunched at California’s Pizza & Pasta Buffet and stayed at LEGOLAND Hotel, a LEGO lover’s dream, complete with a disco-themed elevator, LEGO-themed rooms and onsite restaurants. The hotel sits at the entrance to the park, simplifying the experience for any parent.

One Day at SeaWorld

We kicked off our day in SeaWorld with a Dolphin Encounter where we came up close and personal with bottlenose dolphins. Afterwards, we went on a tour of their Animal Rescue Center. SeaWorld saves 100-200 animals a year, often more. Working with local, state and federal agencies, they help animals that are orphaned, ill, injured or in need of expert care. It was heartening to see their work and the animals being helped. We went to shows, went on a few rides, but our favorite experience without question was lunch with Shamu, the famous killer whale.




To sum up our five days in Southern California, my tween would describe it as pretty perfect. Not only were we able to spend quality time together, but she certainly got her amusement park fix.


This post was written by Holly Fink of The Culture Mom. Follow more of her travel adventures on Findery

Join us for our Staycation #FinderyChat


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Summer is very often synonymous with packing a bag and jetting off to far flung exotic locations. But, really, there’s no need to travel far to get away. If you look around and do a bit of research, adventure awaits in your very own backyard or just a short car or train ride away.

Join us on Tuesday, June 21st 10am PT/1am ET as we come together with some of our favorite travel bloggers and adventurers for #FinderyChat on Twitter where we’ll be discussing tips for planning and making the most of your next Staycation Adventure!

From exploring local parks and museums to discovering nearby eateries and day spas, we’ll show you that there are always new experiences to find and fun to be had!

Come join us to share your favorite ways to get away without jetting away! We can’t wait to hear your tips on Tuesday.

How to participate in #FinderyChat

To start:
Follow Findery on Twitter
To see the chat:
Log into Twitter and, in the search box, type in #FinderyChat
To chat with us:
Jump into the conversation and be sure to tag your tweets with #FinderyChat.

Travelers are Storytellers


“When someone goes on a trip, he has something to tell about,” goes the German saying, and people imagine the storyteller as someone who has come from afar. But they enjoy no less listening to the man who has stayed at home, making an honest living, and who knows the local tales and traditions.

I was rereading Walter Benjamin’s famous essay The Storyteller, and came across this passage, which summarized, in a lovely way, how travelers are always storytellers, how moving through the world inevitably gives one something to tell. It even explained the thinking behind the Near and Far screen on the Findery app!


Enjoy peace of mind even when you’re traveling


There’s nothing quite as amazing as booking a trip, packing your bags, and slamming your front door shut as you head out to your next adventure. But as you’re off experiencing new sites, new foods, and new cultures, your door is staying right where you left it and it might be getting more visitors than you think.

Installing a Ring doorbell before you jet off, ensures that you always know who’s coming around and knocking, or rather, ringing. Wouldn’t you love to gift that kind of peace of mind to the dad in your life this Father’s Day?

Join us on Twitter, Tuesday, June 7th at 10amPT/1pmET as we join together with the Ring team and some incredible influencers for a Twitter Party during which we’ll discuss all the ways having a Ring doorbell can bring the dad in your life peace of mind and make you all feel #AlwaysHome even when you’re away.

Findery Ring Twitter Party

To participate, simply join us on Twitter at 10amPT/1pmET on June 7, 2016 and search for #AlwaysHome.

Be sure to follow Findery and Ring to make sure you don’t miss any of the fun! Our co-hosts, Leticia Barr, Kris McDonald, Ciaran Blumenfeld, and Drew Bennet will be there answering questions about their experience trying out the Ring doorbell system.

If you’d like to be entered to win a Ring doorbell system, comprised of Ring Video Doorbell, a Stick Up Cam, and a Solar Panel, valued at $450, please RSVP below, and tweet responses to the questions asked during the event with both the #AlwaysHome and #Contest hashtags. A winner will be selected from the active event participants. For full sweepstakes rules, please click here.


Chris Mann + Findery = Behind-the-Scenes Stories for Fans Around the World


Chris Mann Twitter Chat

We’re beyond proud to be the place that Chris Mann chooses to share his tour travel stories and photos with his fans. Chris has been chronicling his travels on Findery since 2012 and has shared almost 200 notes written in over 60 places. We are some of his biggest fans, and not just because he loves us too!

This week we had a chance to have a little sit down with Chris to ask him a few questions about his new album (squee!) and his biggest fans. Ready to see what he had to say? Read on!

What is it that drew you to use Findery?

I have had an incredibly loyal fan base who have followed me since I toured with Idina Menzel and India.Arie, through the ups the downs with labels, my time on #TeamXtina on The Voice and now as I play The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera U.S. Tour! What drew me to Findery was the ability to quickly create Notes on the fly using my phone.

My fans know that I have a quirky sense of humour, so it’s fun to share these places with them as well. And there are so many cool things to share behind the curtain at these theaters I am so lucky to perform in every night and I love to share these with my fans.


We know you love connecting with your fans, what do you like best about using Findery as a communication tool?

I’ve always tried to share as much behind-the-scenes insider scoop with my fans. As I crisscross the country with Phantom, and on my tours, I often run into lots of funny or cool landmarks, local oddities, donut shops, and coffee houses.

It’s fun to be able to share my experiences with the fans who have supported me since the beginning and continue to make this amazing ride possible. It’s only fair that I share as much of this experience with them and Findery makes that easy and fun.


How have you found that Findery helps you stay connected with your fans and friends while you are on the road?

It can be tough to be on the road so much, but social tools like Findery help me stay connected with fans, family and friends. It’s also cool to see my pins laid out on the map, reminding me of where I’ve been and some of the cool fans and celebrities I’ve been able to meet.

It’s been fun to give, both MANNfans and PhantomPham, a peek behind the scenes of the biggest touring Broadway productions in the country! But I also think of Findery as my scrapbook, where I can organize and share my life on the road with my fans, family and friends. Findery makes it easier to feel like we are all in this adventure together.


Of all the notemaps (or notes)  you’ve created, which is your absolute favorite?

Touring with Phantom, has been a dream come true. So, I’d have to say my Phantom Tour notemap is my favorite. That notemap also includes one of my favorite notes —a Phantom battle with the hilarious, James Corden.

And I love meeting fans on my own tours, as well as the Phantom tour, so the Selfies With Chris Mann notemap is another favorite! I especially love meeting my Mini MANNfans—it’s great to see so many kids at Phantom wearing their masks!


Tell us about your new album, Constellation.

I’m incredibly proud of this new album. “Constellation” features twelve original songs co-written by myself and some of the best songwriters in the business. Each song is a special piece of me written over the past 10 years. To me, they are all shining stars–my constellation.

Some of the amazing co-writers I was able to co-write with include Justin Tranter, dubbed “the hottest songwriter in pop music” by the New York Times for his string of chart-topping smashes (“Sorry” by Justin Bieber, “Good For You” by Selena Gomez).  

Together, Justin, myself and Felix Snow wrote the lead single, “Echo”–an epic, energetic anthem declaring that “in the end we are mirrors searching for a reflection…you are my voice, I am your echo.


We love the track, “Comeback.” What does it mean to you?

Thank you! For me, “Comeback,” is what I call the feel-good track of the album. I just released the video and it has quickly garnered buzz on social media. Basically it tells the story of underdog determination and perseverance straight from the pages of my  life.

I’ve had so many ups and downs in the music business–doubters, naysayers, in and out of labels. But this album and this song are my way of fighting on and taking life, and my music, by the horns.

“Comeback” was co-written with Amy Foster (“Just Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Buble) and Who Is Fancy? (“Boys Like You feat. Meghan Trainor & Ariana Grande”)–it’s an infectious torch song that will have listeners singing with the choir, “don’t you know what a comeback looks like?!”


When did you have time to record an album while on tour with Phantom of the Opera?

This album was a labor of love. It was a lot to take on, especially while still performing as The Phantom every night, but so worth it. I recorded the album during the Phantom of the Opera run at the beautiful Pantages Theater in Hollywood. I would record during the day, then head to the Pantages to perform as Phantom at night.

But the payoff has been seeing such a positive reception for the album from fans, who helped fund the making of the album, and to see it debut at #15 on iTunes, #1 on Amazon Vocalist chart and appear on 10 Billboard Charts after its first week!  The response to the album has been so humbling and the chart exposure has really amazing as an indie artist. My army of MANNfans continue to amaze me!


Want to chat with Chris Mann?

Join us on Twitter Tuesday, May 24th at 11am PST / 2pm EST, to chat about his new album “Constellation.” Now that it has launched Chris is excited to spend some time with his fans and he could think of no better way than in a LIVE Twitter chat moderated by the Findery team!

Want to ask Chris question about Constellation, his new music video for Comeback or anything Phantom? Of course you do! Post your question in the comment section of this note. We will be moderating the discussion with questions from the fans — so get your questions in!

No need to RSVP or do anything special, just be sure to follow @Findery and @IamChrisMann on Twitter jump on Twitter on May 24th at 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern and do a search for #FinderyMannChat. Then, simply join the conversation, being careful to include the hashtag #FinderyMannChat in all of your tweets!

Chris Mann is currently starring as The Phantom, in Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success new production of The Phantom of the Opera through October 2016. His current album, Constellation, is now available on iTunes, Amazon Music and

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Come chat with Chris Mann and the Findery Team


Calling All #MannFans!

We are thrilled to announce that we will be hanging out with Chris Mann on Twitter Tuesday, May 24th at 11am PST/ 2pm EST, to chat about his new album “Constellation.” Now that the album has launched, Chris is excited to spend some time with his fans and he could think of no better way than in a LIVE Twitter chat moderated by the Findery team!

Want to ask Chris questions about Constellation, his new music video for Comeback, or anything Phantom? Of course you do! Post any burning questions you might have for Chris in the comment section of this note. Chris will be answering as many of the questions as possible during the Live Twitter chat. 

No need to RSVP or do anything special, just be sure to follow @Findery and @IamChrisMann on Twitter, jump on Twitter on May 24th at 11am PST / 2pm EST and search for #FinderyMannChat. Then, simply join the conversation, being careful to include the hashtag #FinderyMannChat  in all of your tweets!

We are looking forward to chatting with all of you on Tuesday!

Chris Mann Twitter Chat

Chris Mann Twitter Chat

Wellness & Self-care Travel #FinderyChat


Yes, adventure travel is fun and culture travel is good for the brain, but sometimes you need to travel to take care of your soul. Everyday lives are fraught with teeny-tiny, and not so small, hassles that slowly wear away at our resistance until we’re completely drained.

Ideally we’d all be living the kinds of lives that allow us to recharge our batteries on a regular basis. Realistically, life all too often gets in the way of the little things that allow us to take care of ourselves. The solution? A little TLC in the form of wellness & self-care travel.

That’s right. We’re talking about jetting off to do nothing more than sit by an idyllic pool or be pampered at a five star spa. And we’re going to be talking about it for a whole hour on Tuesday, May 17 at 10PST/1EST during our next #FinderyChat on Twitter.

We hope you’ll join us to share your stories on why you love the idea of a relaxing and healing spa getaway or where you’d most like to take one.

No need to RSVP or do anything special, just log into Twitter on that day and at that time and do a search for #FinderyChat. Then, simply jump into the conversation, being careful to include the hashtag #FinderyChat in all of your tweets!

Looking forward to hearing how you take care of yourselves!

Wellness and Self-Care Travel  Twitter Chat

Exploring National Parks during #FinderyChat


Did you know that the National Parks Service is celebrating it’s big 100th birthday this summer? Just like anyone celebrating a milestone that big, all they want for their birthday is for you to come visit already.

If you go, you won’t be alone.

According to the National Parks Service, 307,247,252 people visited National Parks in 2015. That’s a whole lot of people striking out to visit some of the most treasured lands in the United States. But when you consider the fact that there are no fewer than 58 National Parks nationwide and that every year the number of visits to the parks increases by almost 10 million, the number doesn’t seem as surprising any more.

Really, anyone who has ever been to a National Park knows exactly why the numbers keep increasing. When you’ve been to one National Park, you’re suddenly struck with an intense desire to go visit them all.

Feel as passionately about National Parks as we do? Join us on Tuesday, May 3rd at 10am PST/1pm EST as we come together to to discuss all the wonders that National Parks have to offer in our bi-monthly Twitter #FinderyChat. 

National Park #FinderyChat Invitation


Have great photos and stories about National Parks? Come share them on Findery before the chat and we’ll be sure to include them in our discussion!

Camping, glamping, or RVing?


When the sun comes out and the weather starts to warm up, the thought of hitting the road with a sizable chunk of your belongings packed into the back of the car and heading to a campground to become one with nature starts to have a certain appeal.

Or, for some, it’s the thought of hopping into a fully loaded RV, or even heading to a camp site where everything is supplied and you can sleep on a comfortable little cot instead of on the hard ground.

In any case, warm weather is ideal for camping, glamping, or RVing and we know you have lots of thoughts and stories to share about this particular style of travel.

Come chat with us on Twitter, tomorrow, April 19 at 10PST/1EST as we discuss the ins and outs of camping, glamping, and RVing. 

No need to RSVP or do anything special, just log into Twitter on that day and at that time and do a search for #FinderyChat. Then, simply jump into the conversation, being careful to include the hashtag #FinderyChat in all of your tweets!

Looking forward to kicking back and relaxing around our virtual campfire with you!

Chat about camping and RVing with Findery