• 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Tweens or Pre-Teens

    2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Tweens or Pre-Teens

    Gifts for tweens or pre-teens, the 9-12 set, can be hard to figure out. They are too old for this, too young for that! We have found the Goldilocks of gifts – just right for these kiddos. 1: Escape Room Experience  |  2: Wreck This Journal  |  3: Ask Me About My Trex T Shirt |  4: National Geographic Mega Slime & Putty Lab  |  5: Xtronaut: The Game of Solar System Exploration  |  6: K’NEX Thrill Rides – Bionic Blast Roller Coaster Building Set with Ride It! App  |  7: LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit  | Read More →Read More »
  • 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Elementary or School Aged Kids

    2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Elementary or School Aged Kids

    Gifts for elementary or school-aged kids is almost too easy! There are so many options! And, if they have seen a commercial?! Whoa. We’ve curated a more manageable list. 1: littleBits Marvel Avengers Hero Inventor Kit – Build Super Hero Gear & Code Your Own Super Powers  |  2: 6ft Kids Cotton Canvas Indian Teepee   |  3: Gobblet Gobblers  |  4: The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors  |  5: Anki Cozmo  |  6: Boys Cotton Clothing Set  |  7: KidKraft Disney Princess Cinderella Royal Dreams Dollhouse  |  8: K’NEX K-Force – Flash Fire Motorized Blaster Building Set  |  9: Retevis Kids Walkie Talkies  | Read More →Read More »
  • 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Teens

    2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Teens

    Gifts for teens are that fine line between fun and functional.  We have great ideas for your almost adult! 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8  |  9  |  10  |  11  |   12 More ideas for TEENS! Shop more Gift CollectionsRead More →Read More »
  • HPL Winter Reading Program

    HPL Winter Reading Program

    We all gear up for summer reading but the Houston Public Library is introducing a winter reading program for the family!  So snuggle up, light a fire, pretend its snowing, and pick out a book!  The program begins December 15, 2018 and runs through January 15, 2019. How to Participate Reading to a child for 20 minutes a day for 10 days Listening to a child read to you for 20 minutes a day for 10 days Having older siblings read to or listen to a child read (both are then eligible for prizes!) Earn a Free Book After reading for 10 days participants areRead More →Read More »
  • Our Favorite Simple Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas

    Our Favorite Simple Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas

    We like to do simple outdoor Christmas decorating.  As much fun as a Griswald-esque lighting extravaganza is to see we like it a little more key and with all of the holiday hustle and bustle, it is about all we have time for. So we’ve scoured the web and rounded up our favorite simple outdoor Christmas decorating ideas that you can use today.  From classic to fun we found a little bit for everyone! Simple Outdoor Christmas Decorating Evergreen Wreaths So simple and classic! Use some ribbon to tie up your wreaths add a few swags and boughs and you are set! DIY Gift Boxes What IRead More →Read More »
  • 7 Simple Ways to Teach Children Gratitude

    7 Simple Ways to Teach Children Gratitude

    Gratitude is a spirit of thankfulness and being grateful.  During this time of year, it is shared with overwhelming alacrity.  Gratitude can be contagious – people “pay it forward” and dig a little deeper.  Our nightly news stories shift to stories of positivity and highlight the good in humanity. But, it can also shine a spotlight on our own prosperity and how it comes into stark contrast with those who are less fortunate. We, parents, often want to help our children understand that they won the lottery just by being born into a country brimming with the spirit of hope, independence, and opportunity. How canRead More →Read More »
  • Rotisserie Turkey

    Rotisserie Turkey

    Mmmmm, rotisserie turkey! We love cooking our Thanksgiving turkeys on the rotisserie.  If your grill has one and you haven’t given it a go yet this could be the year for you! The most difficult part is balancing the weight. Prepare to get up close and personal with your turkey. It’s okay to give it a name.  You will get intimate.  However, once you get it balanced and spinning the pay off is worth the wrangling! A rotisserie turkey has crispy browned beautiful skin.  It is extra moist and, maybe the most important factor, it frees up your oven for other dishes! A few things willRead More →Read More »
  • Cranberry Goat Cheese Log with Walnuts, Pecans, and Parsley

    Cranberry Goat Cheese Log with Walnuts, Pecans, and Parsley

    This Cranberry Goat Cheese Log with Walnuts, Pecans, and Parsley is an excellent appetizer for the holidays. It is tasty and beautiful!Read More →Read More »
  • Houston Area Thanksgiving Take-Out and Delivery

    Houston Area Thanksgiving Take-Out and Delivery

    Thanksgiving take-out and delivery options in the Houston area. Because sometimes you need a little turkey to go. Delivery too!Read More →Read More »
  • #GivingTuesday: A Global Giving Movement

    #GivingTuesday: A Global Giving Movement

    What’s better than Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday? Definitely #GivingTuesday! Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) #GivingTuesday kicks off the season of giving, charity, and goodwill. What Can You Give? Take to social media and brush off your hashtags this may be the only time your Facebrag is appropriate!  You can give small or large, monetary, goods, or time.  As always, it is not about the ‘what’ it is about the ‘why.’  Give freely. Give cheerfully. Give thoughtfully. You have a little over a week to decide or help your kids come up with a project. Need some ideas: MakeRead More →Read More »
  • The Golden Nugget Lake Charles with Kids

    The Golden Nugget Lake Charles with Kids

    The Golden Nugget Lake Charles is an easy two and a half to three-hour drive from Houston.  Its proximity makes it a popular destination for Houstonians and Texans alike. But, what about as a family destination? We recently were able to tag along and scoped out all the pros and cons of heading to our neighboring casino with family in tow. Should I plan a trip to The Golden Nugget with my Kids? The short answer to “Should I plan a trip to The Golden Nugget with my Kids?” is no.  However, that is in the scenario of having a weekend to find a familyRead More →Read More »
  • 2018 Houston Holiday Markets

    2018 Houston Holiday Markets

    Time to check out all of the 2018 Houston Holiday Markets! So much shopping so little time! All across the city Houstonians are prepping for the gift-giving season. And we sure do love a market!  It is a chance to find the perfect non-commercial gift or bauble. Thankfully, with such a large city we have some really great options!  We’ve updated and curated and looked high and low, here are your options for 2018 Houston Holiday Markets. See you at the shops! Want to keep track of all the updates? Bookmark our Holiday Market Directory page to stay up to date from year to year. HoustonRead More →Read More »
  • All Your Plastic Surgery Questions Answered!

    All Your Plastic Surgery Questions Answered!

    Whether it is the little lines creeping across your face or you finally have time to think about nipping something your would like tucked plastic surgery is no longer reserved for the old and wealthy. Botox and fillers have snuck into the PTA. Now we regularly use terms like “preventative maintenance” and hear of people popping out on their lunch hour to have things frozen or rejuvenated. If you are heading into the holidays thinking about a tweak or just curious we have a great guest post today.  He addresses those questions you didn’t know who to ask. With more and more plastic surgeons strivingRead More →Read More »
  • Tips for Surviving Daylight Savings!

    Tips for Surviving Daylight Savings!

    Lose Daylight Without Losing Your Mojo That post-summer sluggishness usually kicks in every October as we head into fall. The temperatures drop and the one thing that makes winter’s rapid approach evident regardless of climate is the loss of daylight. For many, this loss of daylight also leads to a loss of energy, an uptick in short temper and even bouts of depression. So how can we ease into the rapidly approaching winter months? Dr. Sanam Hafeez, an NYC based licenses clinical psychologist and faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teachers College, offers practical tips to prepare for the clock change. Before we get intoRead More →Read More »
  • Fall Market: Just Between Friends! ***FREE PASSES***

    Fall Market: Just Between Friends! ***FREE PASSES***

    Perhaps it is called fall because you can so easily fall into shopping mode!  When school starts we are on the lookout for good deals on school supplies and new outfits.  As we settle into our routines focus shifts to the holidays.  The savvy shopper knows that you do not have to wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday for the best deals! We have partnered up with Just Between Friends for the Goldilocks of shopping times!  By October you are probably thinking about the holidays (even if you have not started squirreling away presents) and when you started the school year there are reallyRead More →Read More »

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all-day Dickinson Festival of Lights @ Dickinson Plaza Shopping Center
Dickinson Festival of Lights @ Dickinson Plaza Shopping Center
Dec 13 all-day
Dickinson Festival of Lights @ Dickinson Plaza Shopping Center | Dickinson | Texas | United States
Dickinson Festival of Lights Celebrating their 21st Anniversary – A Walk-thru Event at Paul Hopkins Park – With Free Admission, Parking and Shuttle Service Open Nightly from November 24th Thru December 23rd, 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 →
all-day GUST: Celebrating a Decade of Di... @ Discovery Green
GUST: Celebrating a Decade of Di... @ Discovery Green
Dec 13 all-day
Discovery Green presents GUST: Celebrating a Decade of Discovery, a kinetic field of color along the park’s Brown Foundation Promenade. The interactive, site-specific artwork brings to life the invisible patterns of the wind with vivid color, subtle motion and patterns of light. Inspired by simple celebrations of community, and by folk traditions of hand-made art, GUST aims to provide a joyful gathering place for people to come together, to feel and see the breeze, and to play. Intended to be playful and interactive, GUST also invites you to ´be the wind´ and make the pinwheels turn and spin yourself. There are four stations where you can play with the art. EachRead More →
all-day Spring Creek Growers Christmas T... @ Spring Creek Growers Christmas Tree Farm
Spring Creek Growers Christmas T... @ Spring Creek Growers Christmas Tree Farm
Dec 13 all-day
Spring Creek Growers Christmas Tree Farm November 17 – December 24, 2018 Monday-Thursday 2:00-5:30pm | Friday & Saturday 9:00am-5:30pm | Sunday 10:00am-5:30pm | Closed Thanksgiving Day There is no admission charge or parking fee to enter the farm. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Your journey begins when the hayride pulled by an antique Farmall tractor that takes you to the Christmas tree fields. Saws and measuring poles provided. After selecting your tree, simply place the tag with your name on it and the hayride driver will assist you with returning your tree for processing. They shake and net for easy transport home. Visit “Old CedarRead More →
all-day The ICE at Discovery Green @ Discovery Green
The ICE at Discovery Green @ Discovery Green
Dec 13 all-day
The ICE at Discovery Green @ Discovery Green | Houston | Texas | United States
Ice skating at Discovery Green powered by Green Mountain Energy Glide beneath the glittering lights of downtown Houston and embrace the holiday cheer on The ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy! Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday:  5-10 pm (Fridays open until 11pm) Saturday & School Holidays*: 11 am-11 pm Sunday: 11 am – 8 pm Thanksgiving Day: 11 am-11 pm Christmas & New Year’s Eve: 11 am-7 pm Christmas & New Year’s Day: 1-7 pm MLK Day: 11 am – 10 pm (Jan. 21) School Holidays (HISD) include: Nov. 19-23; Dec. 24-28 & 31; Jan. 1-4 & 21 The ICE rink hours will be affected by privateRead More →
all-day The Ice Rink at The Woodlands To... @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion multi-purpose building
The Ice Rink at The Woodlands To... @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion multi-purpose building
Dec 13 all-day
The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center The 21,000-square-foot permanent multipurpose facility features ice skating in the main room with lighting, a state-of-the-art sound system, tables for parties and concessions. Schedule: Nov. 17, 2018 – Jan. 21, 2019: Monday – Thursday 3-9 p.m. Friday 3-11 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday noon-7 p.m. Exceptions: Due to a private event on Sunday, December 16, 2018, The Ice Rink will be open from Noon to 2 p.m. School Holidays: November 19 – 23, 2018, December 20, 2018 – January 7, 2019, & January 21, 2019 Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday: 11 a.m. to 11Read More →
10:00 am Moody Gardens Holiday Attractions @ Moody Gardens
Moody Gardens Holiday Attractions @ Moody Gardens
Dec 13 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Moody Gardens Holiday Attractions @ Moody Gardens | Galveston | Texas | United States
Regular Season Hours VALUE DAYS: Save $5! Sunday – Thursday through Dec. 20 (Excludes Thanksgiving): 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Open Christmas Day. Click the schedule button below for hours.   The largest holiday destination in the Southwest, Moody Gardens offers more holiday attractions, activities, festive fun, dining and hotel packages than you can imagine. Ice Land: Pole to Pole A skilled team of master ice carvers has taken 2 million pounds of ice to create your festive journey from the North to South Pole. See polar bears, penguins, humpback whales, snowy owls, walrus and of course reindeer! Glide down theRead More →
5:00 pm Free Vaccinations at Children’s ... @ Children’s Museum of Houston
Free Vaccinations at Children’s ... @ Children’s Museum of Houston
Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
FREE VACCINATIONS Children’s Museum of Houston to offer free vaccinations through May 2019 Every second Thursday of the month during Free Family Night Limit first 150 children WHAT: Free immunizations at the Children’s Museum of Houston every second Thursday of the month during Free Family Night, now through May 2019. Committed to creating a community of healthy children, Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic Program will administer free immunizations through the Vaccines for Children Program to the first 150 children to arrive (while supplies last). To qualify, parents and guardians must bring their child’s immunization records. No need to pre-register. Children must qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program. For questions about eligibility,Read More →
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® 2018 Houston Festival Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5:00 pm-10:00 pm Friday-Saturday 5:00 pm-11:00 pm Extended Hours: Thanksgiving Day                          Christmas Eve – New Year’s Day  5 pm – 11 pm  Chinese Acrobatic Performances (included in admission): Sunday-Thursday 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm Friday-Saturday 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm Step into Magical Winter Lights, the largest lantern festival of its kind in the United States, and begin your enchanted journey to tour more than 100 individual lantern sets in eight unique themed sections. Find lantern renditions of landmarks of the world, a Christmas village,Read More →
6:00 pm Santa’s Wonderland @ Santa's Wonderland
Santa’s Wonderland @ Santa's Wonderland
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Things to Do Santa’s Hayride Tours: Santa’s Hayride Tours offer the total quality Texas Christmas Experience! The views are absolutely spectacular with open visibility, festive holiday music, freshly bundled hay and raised seating for better views during your tour of millions of dazzling holiday lights. No reservations are required! Hayride Tours are available every evening of the season RAIN or SHINE! Frostbite’s Mountain Grab a tube and race down one of our furiously fun snow tubing lanes! Snow Playground Come frolic in REAL Texas snow! Make snow angels, snowmen, snowballs, and snow-filled memories! Visit Santa, Grab some grub, Listen to live music, peruse the shops,Read More →
6:30 pm Holidays in the Plaza @ Sugar Land Town Square
Holidays in the Plaza @ Sugar Land Town Square
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Holidays in the Plaza Throughout the holiday center, the Sugar Land Town Square will host a series of Holidays in the Plaza seasonal music, dance, and shows. Friday, November 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Chris Mitchell Jazz Saturday, November 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Living Rhythms Saturday, December 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Houston Show Choir Friday, December 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Heart & Soul Ensemble Saturday, December 8 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Holiday Dance Showcase Thursday, December 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Travis High School Orchestra Saturday, December 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Holiday Music with First Colony Church of Christ Friday, December 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long (adsbygoogleRead More →
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