UPCOMING EVENTS

Dec
12
Tue
2017
5:00 pm Magical Winter Lights Houston @ Gulf Greyhound Park
Magical Winter Lights Houston @ Gulf Greyhound Park
Dec 12 @ 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 →
6:00 pm Dickinson Festival of Lights @ Dickinson Plaza Shopping Center
Dickinson Festival of Lights @ Dickinson Plaza Shopping Center
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dickinson Festival of Lights @ Dickinson Plaza Shopping Center | Dickinson | Texas | United States
Dickinson Festival of Lights Celebrating their 19th Anniversary – A Walk-thru Event at Paul Hopkins Park – With Free Admission, Parking and Shuttle Service Open Nightly from November 26th Thru December 30th, 2016, 6pm – 8:30pm (Weather Permitting) Last Inbound Shuttle Bus runs at 8:30pm; Outbound Shuttles runs until the Park is empty. All Parking and Shuttle Buses are FREE Of Charge! Parking Courtesy of Dickinson Plaza Shopping Center. Exit 19(HWY-517) I-45N feeder Rd. Parking is available on the West side of Paul Hopkins Park, entrance at the red light on Maple Drive, Mondays thru Thursdays November 28th through December 15th. All Weekend parking, Friday through Sunday, and during the days of December 16th thru the 30thRead More →
Dec
13
Wed
2017
5:00 pm Magical Winter Lights Houston @ Gulf Greyhound Park
Magical Winter Lights Houston @ Gulf Greyhound Park
Dec 13 @ 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 →
  • Gifts for Homeschoolers – 25 Ideas!

    Gifts for Homeschoolers – 25 Ideas!

    Gifts for homeschoolers can be a lot of fun to buy.  Typically, homeschoolers travel outside of the mainstream in wants.  Since they are not around a ton of like-aged kids the peer-pressure element tends to lessen.  The desire for name brand clothes and shoes seems to be a bit less (my kids wouldn’t know the difference between generic sports shorts and Under Armor and my pocketbook is happy).  Often they are unaware of the “it” toys.  Homeschoolers tend to be a bit of a different breed when it comes to gifting. Homeschooling is very tailored to the child(ren) often you are buying things year round. Read More →Read More »
  • Gingerbread Cupcakes with Molasses Caramel Frosting

    Gingerbread Cupcakes with Molasses Caramel Frosting

    Y’all. No, really, y’all. Y’all, these Gingerbread Cupcakes with Molasses Caramel Frosting might be the most amazing things I’ve ever made.  They’re AH-mazing!  The frosting. The cake.  It is just a marriage of flavor and happiness.  Your brain is going to be so happy when you eat these. Your dopamine signals are going to be exploding. Plus, you’ll win your kid’s holiday party snack war (not that there is any such thing as mommy-competition, nope). All in all, on the cupcake side, they are fairly straightforward.  The frosting has an extra step but it is worth it.  You will need a candy thermometer.  If you haveRead More →Read More »
  • This Weekend in Houston: Dec. 8-10, 2017

    This Weekend in Houston: Dec. 8-10, 2017

    Happy Holidays, Houston! – Dec. 8-10, 2017 It is Holiday Houston time! There are places to go, people to see, things to do galore! Lights will be in full swing so this would be a great weekend to take a drive and rock some carols! Here is a quick roundup of events and sights for this weekend, Dec. 8-10, 2017, but be sure to check out the complete GHM calendar and full Guide to Houston Winter to find all the big seasonal events and where Santa will be smiling! Happy holidays! Friday, Dec. 8 A Christmas Carol (Downton, The Alley Theatre) Dickinson Festival of Lights (Dickinson) – 6-8:30 p.m. HolidayRead More →Read More »
  • Book Club: Fates and Furies

    Book Club: Fates and Furies

    Fates and Furies – A modern twist on the Greek Tragedy …or Comedy, they were basically the same “Storytelling is a landscape, and tragedy is comedy is drama. It simply depends on how you frame what you’re seeing.” — Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies Everyone has a story and Fates and Furies proves that true. The baristas serving your morning coffee, the people you pass on the street, a woman so old her age is indeterminate they all are living their own stories.  What choices, events, coincidences bring people to the exact moment in time that you encounter them.  We are all living our stories and itRead More →Read More »
  • The Best Stocking Stuffers

    The Best Stocking Stuffers

    My favorite part of Christmas gifting is the stocking. It is infinitely flexible (unless you have some big items).  I love that you can go inexpensive or hide a big ticket item in there (like diamonds), and sometimes you forget it is even there so after all the presents are opened it is a whole new surprise! Stockings are also the place where, I notice, families tend to keep personal traditions.  Meaning year after year families put very similar things in their stockings – candy, socks, diamonds – whatever!  So, even if in your optimistic youth you were fishing about for an elusive set of carRead More →Read More »
  • This Weekend in Houston: Dec. 1-3, 2017

    This Weekend in Houston: Dec. 1-3, 2017

    It’s December, Houston! – Dec. 1-3, 2017 Well, it’s almost December. It will be December this weekend.  If you are not in holiday mode it is definitely time to get on board.  Lights will be in full swing so this would be a great weekend to take a drive and rock some carols! The December Houston calendar is like me after Thanksgiving – overstuffed!  Here’s a quick roundup for this weekend, Dec. 1-3, but be sure to check out the full calendar and our full Guide to Houston Winter to find places to go, lights to see, and Santa to smile with! Happy holidays! Friday, Dec. 1 ARead More →Read More »
  • Wow! Weiss Energy Hall!

    Wow! Weiss Energy Hall!

    Weiss Energy Hall 3.0 Remember waaaaay back in, like, 1995 when you were writing a paper in Microsoft Word and there was a little animated paper clip who would pop out to make sure you were on track?! Yeah, that was the old Weiss Energy Hall.  It was cute and helpful but nostalgic and in need of a makeover. The New Weiss Energy Hall is definitely Rachael Leigh Cook when she became “All That“. The old Weiss Energy Hall was on the first floor just past the pendulum.  It was nice.  The new Weiss Energy Hall is on the 4th floor (that no one even knewRead More →Read More »
  • Where to Shop Small Houston

    Where to Shop Small Houston

    Where to Shop Small Houston Shopping small local businesses is a great option for the holidays.  Not only do you support the local community by keeping your commerce in town but you are more likely to find unique gifts that aren’t going to be at the big box stores. But, Houston is huge so where should you go? Our list is your best bet for shopping local. You will find awesome places that are 100% Houston: Books, Comics, Games, Gifts & Eclectic Blue Willow Bookshop (Memorial) – Opened in 1996, an indie bookstore with kid-specific activities. Books Abound (Cypress/ Willowbrook) – Compact independent bookstore offering a selection ofRead More →Read More »
  • This Weekend in Houston: Nov. 23-26, 2017

    This Weekend in Houston: Nov. 23-26, 2017

    Happy Thanksgiving Houston – Nov. 23-26, 2017 It’s a looong weekend! The Thanksgiving Houston Social calendar is packed!  Here’s a quick roundup for this weekend, Nov. 23-26, 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! And, don’t forget to enter our Holiday Giveaway by midnight tonight! Thursday, Nov. 23 HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade (Downtown) – 9AM, Free Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Rice Village) Friday, Nov. 24 Movie on the Lawn: A Christmas Story (Levy Park), Free Bayou Bend Collection and Garden Grand Post-Harvey Re-Opening (Memorial) Black Friday Weekend –Read More →Read More »
  • Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce

    Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce

    This cranberry sauce is easy and delicious.  It’s sweet and tart, great warm or at room temperature.  And, it can be made up to a week in advance.Read More →Read More »
  • Book Club: You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain, by Phoebe Robinson

    Book Club: You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain, by Phoebe Robinson

    For When You Want Your Relevant Societal Topics Funnier They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” -Andy Warhol Phoebe Robinson has written the book non-people of color need to read.  Her memoir You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain approaches the issue of race in America in an affable, humorous, pop culture-laden style.  She is not preachy, often self-deprecating, and always funny. Throughout Robinson’s book, she refers to non-white people as people of color (POC) as a more inclusive catchall since, even though she is writing from a black person’s perspective, she recognizes aRead More →Read 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 »

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