Archive for March, 2011

a classroom kids will love

Posted by    |    March 29th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

After 10 years in the making, the Dallas Arboretum broke ground last Monday on The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, opening spring 2013.  Familiar (and notable) faces filled the garden to celebrate the creation of this game-changing, North Texas gateway into strengthening science education for our children. Honorary Chairman, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Dallas Mayor, Dwaine Caraway, spoke at the ceremony, sharing their support and excitement for what’s to come.

So what is to come?  A 7-acre, science adventure garden and laboratory, created specifically for children and tailored to families, that will profoundly impact the education of young minds.  The garden consists of 150 interactive exhibits and 16, primarily outdoor, “hands-on” classrooms, including The Incredible Edible Garden, The Wild Wetland Walk, Texas Skywalk and Pure Energy.  Your kids won’t even know they’re learning while they partake in the many activities the garden has to offer, like taking an elevated walk through the tree canopy, investigating natural energy, hiking in the grass tunnels of the wetlands or experience the 31 best fruit-bearing trees for North Texas…just to list a few. (more…)

little (spring) bean

Posted by    |    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Oh Lakewood – you never fail to impress me.  Just when I think I know all the in’s and out’s of my neighborhood, I stumble upon a delightful little surprise.  Which is all the introduction I need to tell you about Little Bean, tucked away in a residential-ish neighborhood of historic Junius Heights.  This bright, breezy storefront carries all things cool for kids – clothing, accessories, gifts and art…and all from hard-to-find lines.  Owner and East Dallas resident, Christine Visneau, carries the finest of fineries from indie designers all over the country, not to mention her own line, Little Bean.    A quick peek behind the cash register and you’ll see her studio, complete with vintage fabrics and a trusty sewing machine.  She takes special orders too.  When my neice was born, Christine graciously allowed me to look through all her samples to find just the right fabric for sweetly chic baby bloomers and a sundress.

My advice? Spring over and check it out for yourself – warm weather treasures are on the hangers and available for purchase!

Little Bean | 5308 Junius St. | Dallas, Tx 75214 | 214.370.9111

Centennial and the City

Posted by    |    March 18th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Have you checked out our video on White Rock Lake?  It’s a must-see. White Rock Lake: The Centennial Celebration

The sights of this East Dallas escape create an overall sense of peace. Not to mention gratitude for an oasis of rest, recreation and retreat in such close proximity – literally right down the street for Lakewood locals.  This signature Dallas park symbolizes many different things for Dallas residents, like relaxation, nature and wildlife, family activities and connection with a significant measure of our city’s history.  It’s a place for hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, bird-watching or simply enjoying the refreshing breeze off the water with a good book or good company.

No time like the present to honor the 100th birthday of this premiere park in North Texas.  The 2011 Comerica White Rock Lake Centennial Celebration kicks off tomorrow, March 19th, and runs through June 26th, bringing you and your family 100 days of events and activities, including a Centennial Concert at the end of June.  Proceeds benefit 10 capital improvement projects at the lake – letting you give back and get festive!

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Groove is in the Art

Posted by    |    March 16th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Springtime in Dallas, outdoor activities, colorful blooms as far as the eye can see…all groovy, if you ask me.  Throw in some original art and you’ve got plans for this weekend. ArtScape at The Dallas Arboretum kicks off this Friday, March 18 featuring close to 100 artists from around the country.  Explore an array of sculpture, paintings, jewelry, woodworking, photography and more – on display and available for purchase.  While you’re there take in the natural beauty of spring at this East Dallas oasis with Dallas Blooms. Running through April 10th and showcasing over 500,000 tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, it’s no surprise Dallas Blooms is the premier floral festival in the southwest.

So let’s re-cap.  Art show & sale, beautiful spring weather and 66 acres of spring-blooming bulbs?  I can’t think of even one reason not to go. Every day of the exhibit.

The Dallas Arboretum  |  8525 Garland Road  |  Dallas, Texas 75218

Kiss me, I’m…a frog?

Posted by    |    March 11th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Oh the times, they’ve changed.  Well, for those of us with kids, that is.  St. Patty’s Day in Dallas used to signify tailgating, live music…and, weather permitting, the first sunburn of the season.  Fortunately for tiny tailgaters (think juice box), the parade kicks off at 10 AM and promises fun for all ages.  But unless the kiddos are spending Saturday with Grandma and Grandpa, you may be looking for something a little more family friendly to do after the parade.   Look no further than the intersection at Skillman and Northwest Highway.  Dallas Children’s Theater keeps things green this weekend with their witty, whimsical production of The Frog Prince.  Well- known and beloved Dallas puppetry extraordinaire, Kathy Burks, partners with DCT to dazzle and entertain audiences both young and old(er) in this classic fairy tale told with a twist.  With four weekend show times to choose from, you’ll be tickled green with family fun.   Visit  DCT’s website or call the box office for tickets and show times.

Get festive in Dallas this weekend.  Kids or no kids,  it is easy being green.

Dallas Children’s Theater  |  5938 Skillman  |  Dallas, TX 75231  |  Box Office  214.740.0051 

You’re like…so Random.

Posted by    |    March 8th, 2011 at 4:30 pm


Southern Fried Paper available at Random

Haven’t been to Hillside Village lately? Gasp!  Don’t panic.  But do cancel your afternoon plans and, in the words of Kinsey Powell, Dallasite and no stranger to sarcasm, get…over there.  New stores are popping up all over the center, giving a fresh face to this Lakewood landmark.  One of my favorite new shops (and the prime place to perfect gift giving) is Random– a quirky, fun mix of stationary, home decor, jewelry and more.   Grab a Seda France candle for that hostess with the most-est, a Fatboy Doggielounge for your ever-faithful Fido or let your love flow with a greeting card by Southern Fried Paper.  “I love you more than NorthPark gold” is my personal fave.

6465 E.Mockingbird Lane #366
Dallas, TX 75214