UPCOMING EVENTS

Nov
20
Mon
2017
5:00 pm Magical Winter Lights Houston @ Gulf Greyhound Park
Magical Winter Lights Houston @ Gulf Greyhound Park
Nov 20 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Magical Winter Lights Houston @  Gulf Greyhound Park | La Marque | Texas | United States
Magical Winter Lights® 2017 Houston Festival Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm Chinese Acrobatic Performances (included in admission): Sunday-Thursday 6:30pm & 8:30pm Friday-Saturday 7:00pm & 9:00pm This year’s festival will feature six fascinating themed sections including Magical Wonderland, Mystical Forest, Lone Star State, Santa’s Christmas Village, Mystery of the East, and Landmarks of the World. There will be an interactive dinosaur exhibit complete with dinosaur rides, daily acrobatic performances, authentic arts and crafts created by skilled Chinese artisans (available after December 15), amusement rides and games*, and live entertainment.  Tickets: Child (under 4) – FREE Child (4-12) – $13 Adult (13-64) – $21 Unlimited Carnival Rides WristbandRead More →
Nov
21
Tue
2017
5:00 pm Magical Winter Lights Houston @ Gulf Greyhound Park
Magical Winter Lights Houston @ Gulf Greyhound Park
Nov 21 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Magical Winter Lights Houston @  Gulf Greyhound Park | La Marque | Texas | United States
Magical Winter Lights® 2017 Houston Festival Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm Chinese Acrobatic Performances (included in admission): Sunday-Thursday 6:30pm & 8:30pm Friday-Saturday 7:00pm & 9:00pm This year’s festival will feature six fascinating themed sections including Magical Wonderland, Mystical Forest, Lone Star State, Santa’s Christmas Village, Mystery of the East, and Landmarks of the World. There will be an interactive dinosaur exhibit complete with dinosaur rides, daily acrobatic performances, authentic arts and crafts created by skilled Chinese artisans (available after December 15), amusement rides and games*, and live entertainment.  Tickets: Child (under 4) – FREE Child (4-12) – $13 Adult (13-64) – $21 Unlimited Carnival Rides WristbandRead More →
Nov
22
Wed
2017
5:00 pm Magical Winter Lights Houston @ Gulf Greyhound Park
Magical Winter Lights Houston @ Gulf Greyhound Park
Nov 22 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Magical Winter Lights Houston @  Gulf Greyhound Park | La Marque | Texas | United States
Magical Winter Lights® 2017 Houston Festival Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm Chinese Acrobatic Performances (included in admission): Sunday-Thursday 6:30pm & 8:30pm Friday-Saturday 7:00pm & 9:00pm This year’s festival will feature six fascinating themed sections including Magical Wonderland, Mystical Forest, Lone Star State, Santa’s Christmas Village, Mystery of the East, and Landmarks of the World. There will be an interactive dinosaur exhibit complete with dinosaur rides, daily acrobatic performances, authentic arts and crafts created by skilled Chinese artisans (available after December 15), amusement rides and games*, and live entertainment.  Tickets: Child (under 4) – FREE Child (4-12) – $13 Adult (13-64) – $21 Unlimited Carnival Rides WristbandRead More →
  • Thanksgiving Menu

    Thanksgiving Menu

    Giving Thanks…with a Full Plate & a Plan Last year I was just not feeling Thanksgiving. And it was a spectacular mess.  This year I feel the spirit and I am really looking forward to a house full.  You know what they say? Attitude is everything!  But, just in case attitude isn’t enough I will be putting all my holiday power into making this a light stress holiday.  Step One is a fabulous Thanksgiving Menu. The rest of my Stress-free Thanksgiving plan looks like this: Plan: Plan the Thanksgiving menu, the cleaning, the decorating – basically anything in my power.  This includes letting others help.  Allowing guests toRead More →Read More »
  • Liendo Plantation Civil War Weekend

    Liendo Plantation Civil War Weekend

    Liendo Plantation in Texas History Just a smidge northwest of Houston lies Liendo Plantation. It was built on a cotton plantation, by slave labor, in 1853. The home has changed ownership several times and the current owners, Carl and Phylis Detering, painstakingly restored the plantation to period accuracy. It’s location lent to it earning an important place in Texas History. Aside from being a profitable plantation it was renowned for its Southern hospitality and hosted many Texas dignitaries. During the Civil War Confederate Camp Groce was established to recruit cavalry, artillery, and infantry.  Later it was converted to a POW camp for those captured atRead More →Read More »
  • Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Blend

    Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Blend

    ‘Tis the Season to Pumpkin Spice Everything This is not #PSL This is, “I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to measure everything out.”  I mean, maybe you could throw it in your latte.  Sure, why not? If you are one of those people who Google things like: “Easy Thanksgiving Desert,” “What can I make and bring to my kid’s school in 30 minutes?,” or “Which spice is pumpkin spice?” then this is the recipe for you. Pumpkin Spice is a blend of spices that can be interchangeably used in all dessert recipes for the months of October and November.  It is basically allRead More →Read More »
  • This Weekend in Houston: Nov. 17-19, 2017

    This Weekend in Houston: Nov. 17-19, 2017

    Holiday Houston – Nov. 17-19, 2017 What are you doing this weekend? It has to be something because from here through the New Year the Houston Social calendar is packed!  Here’s a quick roundup for this weekend, Nove. 17-19, but be sure to check out the full calendar and our Guide to Houston Winter to find places to go, lights to see, and Santa to smile with! Happy holidays! Friday, Nov. 17 15th Annual Junior League Holiday Market (The Woodlands) The Downtown Holiday Lamp Post Stroll (Tomball) Elf at Miller Outdoor Theatre (Museum District) HMNS Weiss Energy Hall Grand Opening for Members (Museum District) Saturday, Nov. 18 15th Annual Junior LeagueRead More →Read More »
  • Early Holiday Generosity and a Giveaway!

    Early Holiday Generosity and a Giveaway!

    ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Generosity…So, I Have a Little something for You! There are so many reasons to look forward to the holidays but if you really get down to the heart of it – the holidays resound across cultures and nations because it is an entire season devoted to giving.  Sure, we can get caught up in the gifts and holiday drama. Certainly, being annoyed when you see Christmas decorations for sale before Halloween is fair, but once you peel away the commercialization it is a wonder that we have created a season that is a reminder to give. Thinking of others as ourselvesRead More →Read More »
  • Houston Thanksgiving Camps for Kids

    Houston Thanksgiving Camps for Kids

    Happy Campers Fall break has become a full week off for most school districts.  If this leaves you in the lurch with your school-age kids or if you just like for them to have something hands on to do then check out our list of Houston Thanksgiving camps for kids.  There is something for everyone all around town.  If you know of one that should be added to our list leave a comment below.  And, be sure to bookmark our main Camp page to keep up with camps that are offered throughout the city for each break – summer, fall, winter, and spring break. IfRead More →Read More »
  • The Good and the Beautiful: Homeschool Curriculum Sanity Saver

    The Good and the Beautiful: Homeschool Curriculum Sanity Saver

    TGTB, Where Have You Been All My Life?! I don’t know where I first learned about The Good and the Beautiful.  Probably in one of my many (many, many) Facebook homeschool groups.  I really am a member of too many and while it’s hard to keep up it’s also so much better than Yahoo Groups.  I really do not know how they have survived when all of the other Prehistoric Internet entities have faded into obscurity (goodbye, AOL Instant Messenger). But, I digress. The Good and the Beautiful (TGTB) is everything I was trying to accomplish on my own and at a price that is reallyRead More →Read More »
  • Oprah’s Favorite Things our Top 16

    Oprah’s Favorite Things our Top 16

    Sometimes it’s Nice to Peruse a Curated List – Oprah is Here to Help and we’ve Picked our Top Ten Does it make us seasoned to say, “I remember watching Oprah’s Favorite Things on TV?”  Maybe, but no matter how big or small the items are Oprah’s list has become a holiday staple.  This year she has chosen 102 gifts. I’m pretty impressed. I can usually only come up with my kids when people ask what my favorite things are. She, of course, includes a book,  she wrote, and her podcast (Free).  There are a lot of things on this list that you might want toRead More →Read More »
  • Guide to Houston Winter Festivals, Lights, and More!

    Guide to Houston Winter Festivals, Lights, and More!

    Houston Winter: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (a.k.a. the one we’re not sweating through) Welcome to the season after Halloween – Houston Winter! I know, the stores couldn’t wait.  There was definitely a Christmas aisle edging out the ghosts and ghouls. And, Hallmark? Wow, this is really their jam.  Christmas movies are already on a 24/7 loop of Hallmark love and jingle bells.  I bet this is where Sabrina the Teenage Witch gets most of her residuals from. Whether you are in the spirit, or not, it’s here!  This is definitely a better situation that if you can’t beat them join them.  What’s the worst that couldRead More →Read More »
  • A Day in the Life of Mom: Halloween

    A Day in the Life of Mom: Halloween

    It’s Halloween. I’ve tried pretty hard so far to make sure the bar is set pretty low. We didn’t decorate until last week and that’s just because I had to finally get that costume box out of the attic.  We were really just looking for a robe.  My eldest has realized that “homemade” costumes win prizes.  So we went homemade for him.  My little one?  I didn’t even give him a costume shopping choice.  He changes his mind the way I wish he changed underwear.  He has a thousand dress up clothes and has already changed his mind 25 million times. I really have no ideaRead More →Read More »
  • Tick Tock! Easy Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

    Tick Tock! Easy Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

    I’m not going to dress up. I say every year. But. Without fail. There is a reason. Sometimes it’s an adorable child with those big doe-eyes asking, “You dress up too, Mommy?”  Sometimes, its a Halloween party that you only found out about the day-of because the host errantly gave the invitation to your husband, who discarded it on the clutter-counter and never informerd you until the morning of he asks, “Are we going to that party tonight?” Say, what?!  Whatever the case it happens on occasion you must pull a costume out of thin air. Here’s some help.  Most of these can be put togetherRead More →Read More »
  • Book Club: Jane Steele

    Book Club: Jane Steele

    For When You Want Your Victorian Fiction More Murdery “Evil to some is always good to others” ― Jane Austen, Emma Jane Steele was sold as Jane Austen meets Jack the Ripper. This does not give credit to the author’s, Lyndsay Faye, witty and refreshing heroine. Jane is no Jack the Ripper. If you are looking for blood, guts, gore, and gratuitous killing this is not your book. Instead, what you get is Jane Steele a woman who learns her own history in conjunction with the reader. A story in a classic voice with some modern sensiblities – and, the occasional proclivity for solving problemsRead More →Read More »
  • Hot Onion-Cheese Baby Making Dip

    Hot Onion-Cheese Baby Making Dip

    You know when you have that dream about eating cheese? Hmm, just me? Whatever. We’re heading to the beach for a week and I need to get a menu together of flexible food.  Like, maybe there will be 15 people maybe there will be 4.  Maybe, I will be alone and everyone will be out of the house and I can eat cheese in peace. This usually brings me to a lot of appetizer, finger and snack-style food as beach people tend to graze.  You look up and a sandy herd wanders through the kitchen.  You look back and poof they’re gone and replaced byRead More →Read More »
  • Guide to Health Care Sharing Ministries

    Guide to Health Care Sharing Ministries

    I Gotta Have Faith All the believers were one in heart and mind. – Acts 4:32 Last week we were talking insurance, mandates, and every variable on the table.  One of these options is health care sharing ministries.  For a quick refresher, the Affordable Care Act (ACA, a.k.a. Obamacare) defines it as: “A health care sharing ministry is a tax-exempt organization whose members: share a common set of ethical or religious beliefs, AND share medical expenses in accordance with those beliefs, even after a member develops a medical condition.”  It must also have been in existence and sharing medical expenses continuously since December 31, 1999. To claimRead More →Read More »
  • DIY Halloween Costumes for Her

    DIY Halloween Costumes for Her

    Gomez: How long has it been since we’ve waltzed? Morticia: Oh, Gomez… hours. Get your dancing or creeping shoes on it’s Halloween! Here’s our roundup of DIY Halloween Costumes for Her.  These are some great ideas some are sexy but none are slutty and each is totally real-life doable. Also check out our: DIY Costumes for Kids Tick Tock! Easy Last Minute Halloween Costumes Places to go this Fall Joker Lady Joker is perfect for Big Texas Hair.  So dust of the hot rollers and teasing comb and you are half way there! To pull it together use a Makeup Kit and Green Hair Color for the overall look.  Then layerRead More →Read More »

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