Monday, June 29, 2009

Judy's Book

Who wouldn't want a book of local secrets?

Judy's book has over a million nation-wide write-ups, reviews and ratings on local businesses to help you make informed decisions.

For someone who lives and dies by reviews, I just found heaven-on-a-stick.

And probably just put this blog out of business.

Good times.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Chik-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day

Save the Date!

Chik-fil-A is having their 5th annual Cow Appreciation Day on Friday July 10th.

Show your appreciation for the cows while eating more chicken. Put on your best cow costume and head over to your favorite Chik-fil-A location for free fun on Friday July 10th.

Don't have a costume? Make your own by using their starter kit.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Tennis, Anyone?

I don't know about you, but I think an INDOOR tennis camp deserves a post all it's own!

Check out King Daddy Sports Summer Tennis Camps.

We might just survive August after all.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Houston On The Cheap

Houston On The Cheap is your online destination for saving money around the city on entertainment, family freebies, cheap restaurant deals, and other to-die-for bargains.

Vicki Powers, a native Texan, brings you the latest deals and all-things-free throughout the city. She loves discovering and sharing how to save money during these crazy economic times.

Houston On The Cheap is part of a national network called Cities On The Cheap. It’s a great resource to find timely bargains as you travel around the country. Feel free to share this blog with your family and friends. Let’s help each other learn how to live On The Cheap and still enjoy all that Houston has to offer.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Mom's Night Mixer

Hey Moms, you've asked for it, and here it is.
Mom's Night Mixer is coming to Houston!

Moms have unique needs and challenges when it comes to finding time for herself. They've designed an evening where mom's can have a blast, meet new friends, and learn a few things about what Houston has to offer the family and particularly - Mom! They''ve piled all the resources new moms, expectant moms, and experienced moms need to have fun while gaining info on living happy, healthy lives in Houston. And everyone knows, "When Mom is happy, we're happy!"

If you are a stay at home mom, working mom, single mom, foster mom, or anything in between, they have an evening planned just for you.

Here's the 411...Save the Date!

Saturday, June 27th 2009
6:00pm - 9:00pm at
The Westin Galleria in Houston
5060 West Alabama
Houston, TX 77056

They'll have activities designed to connect moms by interests, childrens' ages, and neighborhood! Enjoy live music, cocktails, and a catered menu all evening. You'll also receive the 2009/2010 Mom's Resource Directory for the Houston Area, full of info, important numbers, schools, and local businesses that cater to moms.

And you
know they'll be giveaways!

Questions? Check out their FAQ's.

Grab a friend or two and mark you calendars. Tickets are now on sale. Click here to register.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Allessandra's Angels Benefit Craft Show and Silent Auction

I do not know this sweet family, but was asked to spread the word.

Alessandra's Angels
Craft Show and Silent Auction
Benefiting Cure Search and the Lopez Family*

Saturday, June 20th, 2009
10:00am to 2:00pm
Bridgeland’s Lakeland Activity Center
16902 Bridgeland Landing, Cypress 77433

Come join us in remembrance of Alessandra, a 2 ½ year old little girl who recently lost her battle against metastatic melanoma. Our vendors will have a wonderful selection of gifts for that special someone or something just for you! And don’t forget to check out our silent auction items! You can even satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst at our concession stand courtesy of the First Ladies of Bridgeland and the Bridgeland Empty Nesters!

Shop Entertaining at Home, Stitched with Love by Erica, Sweet Bee Bowtique, Monique Monogrammed IT!, Texas Ultimate Cloth, KM Interiors/Carriage Candles, Trendy Trinkets, Debbie’s Delectables, Bling It On Fashion, Mary Kay Cosmetics, 3 GEMS Jewelry, Sticky Monkey Designs, Homemade Gourmet, Discovery Toys, Houston Autographs, Sweet Feet, The Miche Bag, Pampered Chef and more!

Donors, in addition to our vendors, include Blackhorse Animal Hospital, Dominos Pizza on Fry Road, Cowgirl Creek, SharaMaddoxPhoto, Charles E. Dyer IV, DDS, Sassafrass Designs, The Dance Bag, The O’Keeffe Family, Sonic, Darling Homes, J. Barry Morrison Photography, Cork CafĂ© and the Bridgeland Council, Inc.

*50% of the proceeds will be donated to CureSearch NCCF and 50% will be given to Alessandra’s family

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

June Vintage Park Cinema Alfresco

Movie Under The Stars this Saturday!

Raiders of the Lost Ark is the feature film.

Click here for details.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Comedy Sports Summer Kidz Camp

They've been providing improvisational comedy to Houston for over 18 years. During the summer Comedy Sportz offers kids and teens the chance to explore their imaginations right along with us!

At ComedySportz, participants will laugh, have fun and learn some of the games played in our improv performances. They'll also focus on confidence, commitment, listening skills, working with others, acceptance, and being creative.

Each camp is a one-week session, running Monday through Friday, 1pm - 4pm. All camp sessions are held at the ComedySportz Arena and are run by a seasoned professional member of ComedySportz-HOUSTON. Each session also culminates with a Friday evening performance for family and friends at 5:00pm. Cost is $150 per session, per child.

Ages Session Dates Performance
8-12 June 15 - 19, 2009 June 19, 2009 - 5pm
July 13 - 17, 2009 July 17, 2009 - 5pm
13-17 June 22 - 26, 2009 June 26, 2009 - 5pm
July 20 - 24, 2009 July 24, 2009 - 5pm

Space is limited, so call us today at 713-868-1444 to register.

Summer Children's Movie Series

Get out of the heat and catch a movie!

*Studio Movie Grill is once again hosting the Summer Children's Series and it begins this week!

When? Monday-Thursday at 11:00 am
Where? Studio Movie Grill, Copperfield
How Much? Adults $2...Kids $1

*Rave Movie Theater is featuring Free Family Movie Festival

When? Every Tuesday and Wednesday (for 8 weeks) at 10:00 am, beginning June 9th
How Much? FREE

*Museum of Fine Arts Target Free Family Flicks

Where? The Museum of Fine Arts
When? The First Sundays of June and July at 2:00 pm

And for you Tomball folks..Silverado is doing a free movie gig as well.

And don't forget...not free but still fun

Showboat Drive-In

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Model Home Furniture Sale

Royce Home Builder is closing up shop and they are selling all their furniture and fixins from their model homes and sales offices.

Here is the scoop: They have five large storage units of furniture and accessories filled to the ceiling and they have leased 3600 sq ft of space next to a retail store in Katy called Model Home Furniture, 613 S. Mason Rd, Katy, Texas 77450. More furniture coming Tuesday the 9th, as well.

They are trying to price everything right so that folks will find something they can't live without.
The sale started Friday, June 5th but I'm thinking there is still lots more to be seen and found.

The hours are Monday-Thursday 10-7 and the address is 613 S. Mason Road. The store is located about a mile south of the intersection of IH-10 and S. Mason Road on the east side of the road, adjacent to Fuzzy's Pizza.

Fill up the gas tank and head to Katy! There is a Chik-fil-A on Mason Rd...maybe grab a peach shake for the ride home.

Yes, it's almost always about the food for me.

Friday, June 5, 2009

City Pass

CityPass programs can be found in 10 exciting big cities and offers up to 50% off the price of a select group of the most popular, most famous attraction admissions. Booklet in hand, skip most main ticket lines. CityPass destinations include: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Toronto, Hollywood, Boston and Philadelphia.

Five or six premier attraction tickets are bound in a booklet that fits in your pocket. A map, attraction hours of operation, transportation directions, best times to visit, tips from the experts at National Geographic Traveler magazine, and money-saving coupons make CityPass a smart, budget-friendly urban escape. Use CityPass for an active weekend, or at a leisurely pace over the nine days that each booklet is valid.

Houston CityPass is a carefully selected collection of Houston’s most popular, most famous attractions, priced a whopping 45% less than the cost of tickets purchased separately. The CityPass youth price (ages 4-11) shaves 43% off individual ticket prices. $39 for adults, $29 for kids.

Inside each Houston CityPass booklet are five actual admission tickets, each with a little tip revealing a CityPass secret to skip main ticket lines. Plan an action-packed weekend -- or take up to nine leisurely days -- to explore Houston’s shops, restaurants, and neighborhoods. Houston CityPass offer one admission to each attraction:

  1. Space Center Houston (NASA): general admission including the Giant Screen theater
  2. Downtown Aquarium: general admission to Adventure Exhibit
  3. Houston Museum of Natural Science: general admission to exhibit halls
  4. Houston Zoo: general admission
  5. The Health Museum: general admission, including You: The Exhibit
    George Ranch Historical Park
    : general admission
  6. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: general admission; including You: The Exhibit
    The Children’s Museum of Houston
    : general admission
But wait....there's more!

Booklets provide you with
attraction information, transportation directions, best times to visit, a map, and expert advice on where to find distinctive Houston tastes, goods, and off-beat places from the experts at National Geographic Traveler magazine. Plus discount coupons: preferential seating and a free appetizer at any of 33 Houston-area Landry’s restaurants and VIP shopping offers from The Galleria. Houston CityPass is your guide to Houston – and it fits in your pocket.

Buy an E-ticket now. In just a few clicks a print-at-home E-ticket will save shipping costs. Trade it for a CityPass booklet at the first Houston CityPass attraction you visit. We can also ship booklets directly to you. Send CityPass booklets as gifts. Or, you can purchase Houston CityPass at any of our Houston attractions. It’s the same low price no matter where you buy.

CityPass. It’s the smart ticket to an affordable Houston adventure.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program

As I lover of books, I have to say Half Price Books is such a wonderland of treasures. They might pay beans for books, but sometimes you find exactly what you are looking for, for under $5.

They are having a summer reading program called Feed Your Brain. The program is from June 1st- July 31st. Kids 12 and under can earn a $3 Half Price Books Shopping Card for each week they read at least 15 minutes per a day. Do that math, people, that's a potential of $24 smackers!

Find a store near you and get started!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Free Root Beer Floats

Sonic is celebrating the last day of school by offering free 10 oz Root Beer Floats from 8pm until Midnight on Wednesday June 3rd, while supplies last.

Wish I could offer you a fun link to click on, but the Sonic site is currently so overwhelmed by interest in their bold offer of generosity, that the site is frozen.

Love me some Sonic!

Happy Summer!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Galveston Sand Castle Contest

Saturday June 6th is the 23rd Annual AIA Sand Castle Competition on Galveston's East Beach.

What is AIA Sandcastle?

For over two decades in the first part of June, Houston area architects, designers, engineers and contractors have taken their tools to East Beach in Galveston for what is considered one of the world’s largest sandcastle competitions. The Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) sponsors this annual contest where some 80 teams have their eyes (and shovels) set on winning the prestigious "Golden Bucket" award.

Firms begin months in advance generating ideas, developing designs, and assigning duties. On the day of the event, the teams stretch along the beach meticulously sculpting their sand piles and working non-stop for five hours. The judging of the sandcastles is rated on originality of concept, artistic execution of the concept, technical difficulty, carving technique, and utilization of the site.

At the end of the day, everyone goes home with memories of a great day on the beach filled with fun, sun, sand, and sea.

Green Sandcastles?

The AIA is mainstreaming green at this year's Sandcastle event. In 2007, we instituted beverage container recycling with remarkable participation. The effort reduced the amount of waste destined to the landfill by diverting plastic bottles and aluminum cans to the recycling center.

We will initiate recycling within the event teams and sponsors for larger participation in being environmentally responsible at the beach. Waste Management is providing the recycling containers and volunteers to help make the recycling effort as smooth as possible.

Event information can be found here and pictures from past competitions can be found here.

And visit this link to find out about the Top Sandcastle Tournaments around the US. One is in our backyard in October at South Padre Island.