Archive for September, 2010

Kid Play Today

Posted by    |    September 29th, 2010 at 9:08 am

When I was little, my Mom used to limit our TV time. We each had 30 allotted minutes a day to watch a program. Between my brother and sister, this was an hour and a half total. We would put our heads together over the TV Guide on Sundays and spend (what seemed like) hours plotting out our schedule for the week to maximize our TV air time.

My brother and I had no problem picking two shows we both liked, such as, Gilligans Island, The Flintstones or Brady Bunch.  Sometimes, we’d have to pool our time to watch an hour long show like the Sonny & Cher Hour, Donny & Marie or C.H.I.P.S.  My sister, on the other hand, was four years younger than me and her show choices always threw a wrench into our plans.  Looking back, my Mother was one smart cookie.  She wanted us outside playing games and riding our bikes, but she used the situation to force us to work together and form our negotiating and communication skills. She probably didn’t even realize that’s what she was doing… but I’ll pretend like she did and give her some props!

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Incentive to Shop

Posted by    |    September 27th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Partners Card benefiting The Family Place is providing you with 750+ reasons to get your shop on. During the week of October 29-November 7, 750+ participating stores in the metroplex are offering 20% off when you purchase the $60 Partners Card. 100% of the $60 goes back to The Family Place, which is the only North Texas domestic violence shelter that houses men as well as women.
Last week, Bachendorf’s at the Plaza at Preston Center hosted over 100 attendees to kick off selling Partners Cards. The attendees were a mix of Partners Card and Family Place supporters, Partners Card committee members, and representatives from the 750+ stores. Notable people in attendance were Nancy Scripps, Gay Donnell, Kathryn Henry, Nancy Gopez, Nicolas Villalba of Nicolas Villalba Couture, and Channel 8 Anchor and Media Ambassador Gloria Campos. Sponsors included Texas Monthly and Pinkberry, along with Cadillac, Ylang23, Northpark, Galleria Dallas, and others. (more…)

You+Pics: SMU Pony Spirit

Posted by    |    September 25th, 2010 at 7:55 am

Southern Methodist University student spirit from Dallas, Texas

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Football Night in Park Cities: HP wins, Ponies fall

Posted by    |    September 24th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Two wild, exciting games tonight. At Highlander Stadium, the HP Scots held strong against a furious second half comeback by Rockwall to win 37-30. Senior wide receiver Dalton Stogner was brilliant, with three huge touchdown catches. Senior QB Jake Howeth passed and ran for scores, while also making numerous stellar plays in the secondary. The top-ranked Scots improved to 4-0.

Over at Ford Field, the SMU Mustangs hosted TCU, now ranked #4 in the nation. The Ponies gave the Horned Frogs ALL they could handle for three and a half quarters, but TCU pulled away late to win 41-24. The game was highly touted by SMU fans and according to one former SMU player who attended, “was a fantastic fight that reminded you of the old Southwest Conference battles these teams had. Just great football.” The best news? You+Dallas film crews captured incredible footage of both games which will be on the site this week!

Parkie Pic of the Week: Glass Gate

Posted by    |    September 24th, 2010 at 9:40 am

You’ve heard how people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Well, what if they are throwing glass stones? These things could kill you!

The first photo is the street-view of this beautiful gate on Euclid Street. I love that the house behind this gate is set back from the road. I also like the flagstone path leading up to the entryway.  It’s an interesting juxtaposition of textures and shapes.

Get closer and you see that this gate is formed of huge pieces of blue glass.  Now THIS is an entrance!  I’ve never seen anything like this and it’s a most impressive vision.  I love that they’ve taken the concept of an ordinary gate and created a unique art piece.

For those of you who live outside the area, University Park and Highland Park are together called Park Cities. Citizens of these fabled Texas towns  are called “Parkies”.  Hence, my weekly fun feature which I call “Parkie Pic of the Week” in which I like to highlight an unusual or spectacular feature of my neighborhood.

Click on any photo to enlarge it and enjoy in greater detail.

About the Author

Cynthia Smoot is a very busy girl: She spends her days developing social strategies for clients with Gangway Advertising , is the Vice President of the Social Media Club of Dallas, and Contributes as a Social Media expert for The Examiner. Cynthia and her husband are the proud parents of a 10 year-old son , dog, cat, betta fish and a colony of Sea Monkeys. She is an in-demand resource for many sites on the subject of Mommy Blogging and life in Dallas and Park Cities. You can follow her on Twitter @OhSoCynthia and @GangwayAdv

Nicholson-Hardie brings Italy to Dallas

Posted by    |    September 22nd, 2010 at 10:48 am

Beautiful images of the Italian countryside, gorgeous terra cotta, and rustic gardens ripe with the alluring smell of rosemary. No, your GPS has not accidentally landed you in Tuscany. This is Vietri: Beautiful living, Italian style handcrafted products that transform your home into a villa worthy of it’s own winery. This Thursday, September 23rd from 2PM-6PM, Vietri Founder Susan Gravely will reminisce upon the origins of Vietri, sign your purchases, and share her thoughtful tips for relaxed entertaining. Hosted by Nicholson-Hardie, owners Chris & Josh Bracken’s thumbs are permanently dyed green to match their enchanting nursery and garden center. Join Susan for Italian wine & Antipasti, and receive a 20% discount on your Vietri purchases. If your GPS can’t quite map it to Tuscany, the inspiring styles of Vietri create the picturesque ambience that it has.

Saturday Morning, um … Fun

Posted by    |    September 20th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

No one tells you that as soon as you have kids — especially in the Park Cities — that you can kiss your Saturday mornings goodbye. As a younger man, I would literally dream not about Friday night’s dance-fueled pandemonium, but about Saturday morning’s rapturous bonus hours of demi-sleep. No worries, no duties, no far-flung appointments. Ah, youth.

Flash forward to reality, current day. Like 130+ other fathers, I have sold my soul to HP Cross Country. That means that around 4:45 am each Saturday an alarm goes off in our house, and my daughter starts a groggy stumbling toward The Bus, which Cannot Be Missed, that ferries her and the other little rabbits off to some farm or field or forest where the latest meet is being held. An hour or so passes, and I am up and headed off to Denton or Round Rock or Wylie to watch. And by “watch” I mean cleverly position myself so I can see her and scream her name for a full four seconds before she races past. It’s crazy on every level, and yet the program, so brilliantly orchestrated by the inimitable Coach Jerry Sutterfield, works. Girls run and bond and drink in the culture that Coach Sutterfield and his four crack assistant coaches have perfectly brewed. Here is just a glimpse:

Thanks to videographer Jack Pyland for his deft touch.

Parkie Pic of the Week: Teddy Bears

Posted by    |    September 17th, 2010 at 8:48 am

Last week, my Parkie Pic of the Week was about Turtle Creek as a whole.  This week, I thought I would highlight one of my favorite sculpture installations within the Turtle Creek area – The Teddy Bears.

The Harlan Crow Family has been very generous to our community, donating land and art that you can find all throughout the city, especially in Highland Park (where the Crows reside).

This particular installation was placed here in 1995 and actually borders the Crow home on Lakeside Park on Turtle Creek.

There are four bears in the installation. A Mama Bear and three Baby Bears.  This is my 10 year-old who climbed up on the Mama Bear to give you an idea of the scale of these things.

They are a whimsical collection tucked away in a corner of the Park, barely visible from the road.  There are always kids crawling on them.  Like moths to a light.

For those of you who live outside the area, University Park and Highland Park are together called Park Cities. Citizens of these fabled Texas towns are called “Parkies”.

Hence, my weekly fun feature which I call “Parkie Pic of the Week” in which I like to highlight an unusual or spectacular feature of my neighborhood.

Click on any photo to enlarge it and enjoy in greater detail.

About the Author

Cynthia Smoot is a very busy girl: She spends her days developing social strategies for clients with Gangway Advertising , is the Vice President of the Social Media Club of Dallas, and Contributes as a Social Media expert for The Examiner. Cynthia and her husband are the proud parents of a 10 year-old son , dog, cat, betta fish and a colony of Sea Monkeys. She is an in-demand resource for many sites on the subject of Mommy Blogging and life in Dallas and Park Cities. You can follow her on Twitter @OhSoCynthia and @GangwayAdv

Tonight is College Night at HPHS

Posted by    |    September 15th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors and their parents are invited to attend College Night 2010 at Highland Park High School.  The event takes place tonight  from 6 – 8 and will include representatives from more than 200 colleges from around the country giving us their spiels on why our children should attend school there. Formal presentations from 15 schools will begin in classrooms at 6:30, 7 and 7:30, while all other schools will have browsing areas in the gym and cafeteria.

Formal presentations for 14 of  the 15 schools will take place in classrooms.  THE University will present in the large auditorium.  (If you don’t know which university I’m referring to, you don’t belong there anyway)  Others making formal presentations include: Auburn, Baylor, Davidson, Emerson, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Hah-vahd, Texas A&M, TCU, Texas Tech, Wake Forest and the Universities of: Georgia, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

Give bars a rest

Posted by    |    September 14th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Trinity Hall Pub in Mockingbird Station does not want you to go to a bar. Owner Marius Donnelly’s cheery Irish accent is worthy of saving you money on that trip to Ireland you were planning to take this year. Just park it right across from the charming pub’s seemingly endless beer and whiskey collection and listen to Marius tell you about his favorites from the UK.

Sports enthusiasts, welcome to your new hub. Soccer? Rugby? Yep. One of the top soccer pubs in Dallas, Marius and his seasoned staffers enjoy watching the game just as much as you. It’s like hanging out in your own living room, only with an infinitely cooler atmosphere, better drinks, and funner people (it’s a word). Yeah, it’s that same level of comfort.

Trinity Hall has a full kitchen with traditional Irish meals that are aesthetic as they are authentic, and a myriad of beer on tap (think: Guinness, Spaten, and Blue Moon). Great food, drinks, and the excitement of getting to know their patrons are their passions. When you stop by for a glass Dublin-inspired brew, don’t be surprised when you’re on glass number three trying on your own version of an Irish accent.