Thursday, December 30, 2010

Northwest Private School Preview

Contemplating private schools and overwhelmed by all the choices?

Save the date. Cypress Creek YMCA is hosting a private school preview on Sunday January 30th from 3-5 pm

For a full list of schools included, click here.

Cypress Creek YMCA
19915 Hwy 249

Friday, December 3, 2010

A Visual Nativity

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and the Genesis Academy Preschool present a nativity play performed by the church's young children.

After the play, the church offers camel and donkey rides, crafts and a lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs.

10 am - 12 pm
Free!

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
16650 Longenbaugh Dr.
www.popcopperfield.org

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Snowed In: Aerodrome Ice Skating

Save the Date::::December 11, 2010

Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex presents its annual winter ice show, featuring solo skaters from Aerodrome's skate school.

This year's theme is 'Snowed In' and the storyline takes place around a blizzard covering Houston with massive snow.

1 pm - 5 pm
$10-$20

Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex
8220 Willow Place Drive N
Houston, TX
www.aerodromes.com

Gingerbread Dreams Workshops

Camp Cook is offering a Gingerbread Dreams Workshops and their 4th annual Cookie Extravaganza.

What's included? Small gingerbread house and base, gingerbread dough and keepsake cookie cutter, festive chef hat, royal icing and all the decorations, peppermint hot cocoa and two hours of dreamy gingerbread fun.

Holiday Mini-Camp
December 21-22

Winter Camp
December 28-30

4th Annual Cookie Extravaganza
December 20th
10-12 or 1-3 pm

More information? Visit their site www.camp-cook.org

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Mistletoe 5K Fun Run

Run Over Cancer hosts its inaugural Mistletoe 5K Fun Run and Family Walk at Bridgeland, with proceeds from the race going to Run Over Cancer to benefit Griffin's Army, a fund for cancer patient and CyFair ISD student Griffin Turley.

A Santa Claus activity area is open from 8-10:30 am for children and prizes handed out for overall winners of the 5K and the person with the best costume.

www.runovercancer.org

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Free Samples of 8-Layer Cake at Cold Stone

It was nice and chilly this AM in H'town, how 'bout some ice cream?

Surely it will be in the 70s by 5 pm and you can go enjoy a free slice of Cold Stone's newest temptation...their 8 Layer Cake.

When? November 16th from 5-8 pm

Enjoy!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Cupcake Awesomeness for the Holidays

‘Tis the season for cupcakes! Below is a message from Jen and Monica at D'Lish Cupcakes.

Here are a few things we have going on at D’Lish this holiday season…


Monday, November 22nd:
*We will have our Pumpkin Cream Cheese and our Caramel Apple cupcakes available.
*Pick-up times will be from 11am-1pm and 5-7pm at either of our homes. (Rock Creek or Vintage Lakes)
*Please place your order by Saturday, November 20th. We’ll have boxes of 4, 6, or 12 available.

Friday and Saturday, December 3rd and 4th:
*We will be selling all our D’Lish flavors, including our Christmas collection, at the Rock Creek gift market. (14223 Winding Springs Drive, Cypress, TX 77429)

Hours are: December 3rd, 5-10pm and December 4th, 9am-4pm. We will be taking orders for our holiday gift boxes. Each box will include Red Velvet Rudolph, Let it Snow, Sugar and Spice, and Santa’s Cocoa. Price will be $12 per box.

Thursday, December 16th,:
*Holiday gift boxes can be picked up…. These make great gifts for teachers, neighbors, co-workers, and friends.
*We will send out an e-mail with photos of the gift box early in December. Please place orders by Monday, December 13th.

We are also offering limited bookings for holiday parties in December. Please contact us at d-lishcupcakes@hotmail.com for more information.

For our customers who need to expense orders for business needs, we are now offering payment via PayPal. We would like to reserve this option for corporate and large orders.

D’Lish is finally entering the 21st (or is it 20th??) century. Become a fan of D'Lish Cupcake Catering on Facebook by clicking here We are getting our page organized, but there are a lot of photos you can check out now.

Make the season a little merrier with D’Lish cupcakes!

Jen and Monica
D’Lish

Monday, October 25, 2010

Texas Hockey Day- October 30th

The Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex will host a free hockey class for children ages 4 to 9 to celebrate Texas Hockey Day. Register online at www.hockeydayintexas.com.

Other events include discounted public skating for all ages and a free youth hockey game following hockey lessons.

More info? www.aerodromes.com

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Parent's Night Out at Two for Tea

Tea for Two is offering a Parents Night Out in October! I didn't see a date listed, so call Susan for more details. Maybe they are offering several?

Parents Night Out

Kid's Halloween Treats & Eats Cooking Class ~ Ages 5 & up

Parents get the night off as the kids scare up all kinds of ghostly goblins and wicked witch treats. The night will start off with making the scariest (cutest, really) treats and then we get to the eats!

35.00 per person


Payment is due upon registration and there is a 7-day cancellation policy. For more information or to register call Susan at 832/237-4749.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

D-Lish Cupcakes Available Today!

D-Lish Cupcakes were featured at the Gyspy Market yesterday and they have extras to sell today.

And they are offering fabulous bundle pricing! 4 cupcakes for $10 or 6 for $15.

Please see their note below and give them a try. You won't be sorry.

Good morning friends! We had a great day at The Gypsy Market yesterday. Unfortunately, due to miscommunication we will be unable to sell cupcakes we planned to sell there today. Sooooo, we need to sell 200 cupcakes today! If you did not have a chance to see us at one of our fall markets, this is a great way to try some D'Lish variety! The complete list is below! They are $3.00 each, can be purchased in any quantity, and can be picked up at my house any time today! Please call my cell by 1:00 if you would like us to reserve any for you (832-594-4955). After 1:00 we will be delivering any that have not been reserved to local businesses/offices as samples. Please pass this along to anyone you think might be interested. Thanks!

Monica
D'Lish

Here's what we have. Our menu is attached with descriptions of each cupcake!

Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse: 14
Boston Cream Pie: 9
Cranberry Orange Cheesecake: 7
Raspberry Lemonade: 1
Mint Chocolate Cheesecake Swirl: 7
Tiramisu: 8
Strawberry: 16
Pina Colada: 4
Dulce de Leche: 21
Creme Brulee: 9
Red Velvet: 38
Caramel Apple: 3
Carrot Cake: 25
Coconut Cream Pie: 1
Chocolate Lovers: 26
D'Lish Original: 11

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fall Cooking Classes at Two for Tea

Check out Tea For Two's Fall Class Schedule

2010 Fall & Holiday Cooking Classes


Kid's Halloween Treats & Eats Cooking
~ Ages 5 & up
Friday, October 29 ~ 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Lakewood Forest location)
Parents get the night off as the kids scare up all kinds of ghostly goblins and wicked witch treats. $35.00 per person

Kid's Holiday Helpers and Hosts Thanksgiving Cooking Class ~ Ages 5 & up
Wednesday, November 24 ~ 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (Lakewood Forest location)
Let your kids learn how to be in on all the Holiday preparations. In this class we will be making Pine Cone Cakes, Relish Trays, Place Settings & Place Cards and Centerpieces.
The emphasis in this class will be manners, food preparation and learning to be a kitchen helper. $35.00 per person

6th Annual Gifts from the Kitchen Cooking Class (ADULT)
Thursday, December 2 ~ 6:30 p.m. - ? (Lakewood Forest location)
You will not want to miss this fun night! We will be creating 5 different Gifts from the Kitchen at five different stations in groups of eight. Come alone, come with a friend or come in a group of 8 friends. A fun night is ahead with appetizers, sweets, door prizes and the gifts will be completely ready for gift-giving along with complete recipes. You may bring your own wine or such, if you wish!
$50.00 per person Ask how to get 50% off this fun class!

6th Annual Gifts from the Kitchen Cooking Class (ADULT)
Tuesday, December 7 ~ 6:30 p.m. - ? NEW *** Copperfield location*** NEW!

You will not want to miss this fun night! We will be creating 5 different Gifts from the Kitchen at five different stations in groups of eight. Come alone, come with a friend or come in a group of 8 friends. A fun night is ahead with appetizers, sweets, door prizes and the gifts will be completely ready for gift-giving along with complete recipes. You may bring your own wine or such, if you wish!
$50.00 per person Ask how to get 50% off this fun class!

6th Annual Gifts from the Kitchen Cooking Class (ADULT)
Thursday, December 9 ~ 6:30 p.m. - ? (Lakewood Forest location)
You will not want to miss this fun night! We will be creating 5 different Gifts from the Kitchen at five different stations in groups of eight. Come alone, come with a friend or come in a group of 8 friends. A fun night is ahead with appetizers, sweets, door prizes and the gifts will be completely ready for gift-giving along with complete recipes. You may bring your own wine or such, if you wish!
$50.00 per person Ask how to get 50% off this fun class!

Gifts from the Kitchen for Kid's ~ Ages 5 & up
Sunday, December 12 ~ 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The kids love to make gifts to give! They take such pride in saying "I made it myself"! The emphasis in this class will be appreciating the Art of Giving.

For more information or to register call Susan at 832/237-4749.
Payment is due upon registration and
there is a 7-day cancellation policy.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

D'Lish Cupcakes

It's no secret I really enjoy gift markets. Granted, most in this area have some of the same vendors that I know and love dearly, but I still like to pop in and take a peek to see if there is anything I just cannot live without.

Plus, I get the chance to love on my friends who are uber creative and have booths at these markets.

There was a Christmas in July market this summer at a nearby church and I discovered 2 gals that are taking cupcakes to a whole 'nutha level.

Mercy me. These cupcakes are the perfect trifecta: look amazing, smell delightful and taste like nothing I had ever tasted.

May I introduce you to D'Lish Cupcakes?

Monica and Jen are the co-owners of D'Lish Cupcakes. They bake these darlin' treats in their own kitchens in Spring, TX.

They offer cupcake catering for all occasions: private parties, birthdays, corporate events, weddings and gifts (I took a box of 4 to a friend as a housewarming gift, SCORE!)

They offer a myriad of unique flavors. Here's a few: coconut cream pie, pumpkin cream cheese, cranberry orange cheesecake, caramel apple, strawberry (with real strawberries pieces, yum!), dulce de leche, pina colada, raspberry lemonade, mint chocolate chip, and their signature d'lish..which is the ultimate chocolate cupcake with turquoise frosting.

What I loved about these gals is they have taken the cupcake and dressed it up by thinking outside the box. Their flavors are uniquely theirs and they have a hint of decoration that is the perfect touch.

Take a peek at the pictures below and see if you can resist. If you can't, email them at cupcakes@dlishcupcakes.net and asked to be added to their email mailing list. They will email you what shows they will be at and also when certain flavors are available.







Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pumpkins, Corn Maizes, Hayrides and More

*Halter Inc Pumpkin Patch
17410 Clay Rd.
281-508-65001

*Matt's Family Orchard
20010 Bauer-Hockley Rd.
Tomball
reservations required
281-351-7676

*Old Time Christmas Tree Farm
yes...they have pumpkins!
7632 Spring Cypress Rd.
Admission $3
281-370-9141

*Dewberry Farm
7705 FM 362
Brookshire
281-934-3276

*Cypress United Methodist church
13403 Cypress N Houston
281-469-0730

*Oil Ranch
23501 Macedonia Road
Hockley
281-859-1616

*Home Sweet Farm
7800 FM 2502
Brenham
979-251-9922

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Complimentary Admission Days at the Zoo

The Houston Zoo wants to offer you complimentary admission!

According PAIGE HEWITT of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE ... "Rather than offering free admission on already-crowded holidays, patrons now will be admitted for free after 2 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month."

So which Tuesdays are the free days? The zoo website states "the Houston Zoo will offer free admission to our guests on the first Tuesday of every month from 2 p.m. until closing. During the months that Daylight Saving Time is in effect, the Houston Zoo closes at 7 p.m. (last admission at 6 p.m.). During Central Standard Time, the Houston Zoo closes 6 p.m. (last admission at 5 p.m.)."

Less crowds and less heat. Double bonus!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fall Gift Market & Festivals

Girls, I'm not going to lie....I love me some gift markets and there are new vendors popping up all over!

Mark you calendars for these fall markets and a few festivals, mixed in for good measure. Know of one that I missed? Give me a shout and I'll add it to the list.

***updated 11/8/10

September


*St. Mary's Fall Gift Market
September 24th & 25th
9 am - 3 pm
15415 N Eldridge Parkway, Cypress

*Bridgeland Nature Fest
September 25th
10 am - 6 pm
16919 North Bridgeland Lake

October

*20th Annual Carousel of Crafts Bazaar
October 1st & 2nd
9 am - 5 pm
Cypress Creek Christian Church
6823 Cypresswood Dr.

*St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church Fall Festival & Craft Show
October 2nd - 3rd
7810 Cypresswood Dr.

*Girlfriends Gift Market & Pumpkin Patch
October 9th
9 am - 4 pm
Good Shepherd UMC
2015 Cypreswood Dr., Cypress

*Lakewood Methodist Holiday Market & Craft Show
October 9th
9 am - 4 pm
Lakewood Methodist Church
11330 Louetta

*CyFest
October 9th
10 am - 2 pm
Lone Star College- CyFair
9191 Barker Cypress, Cypress

*Augusta Pines Holi-Daze Show
October 14th
11 am - 4 pm
19 Augusta Pines Dr.
Spring, TX 77389

*Judy Dierker Holiday Market
October 16th
9 am - 4 pm
The Foundry Methodist Church
8350 Jones Road

*St. John's Lutheran Turkey Supper & Bazaar
October 21st
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
15235 Spring Cypress

*Coles Crossing Gift Market
October 22nd - 23rd
9 am - 4 pm
Coles Crossing Community Center
Barker Cypress & Jarvis

*Boo Bash For Kids
October 23rd
1 pm - 4 pm
Traders Village
7979 N Eldridge, Houston

*Gleannloch Farms Holiday Market
October 28th
10 am - 7 pm
Gleannloch Farms Golf Club
19393 Champion Forest Drive

*Fallelujah Festival
October 30th
Lakewood Methodist Church

*Wee Wuns Fall Festival
October 30th
10 am - 2 pm
Cypress Methodist Church
13403 Cypress North Houston

*Halloween Trick or Treat off the Streets
October 31st
Houston Premium Outlets
29300 Hempstead Rd., Cypress

November

*Vintage Harvest Festival
November 6th
10 am - 6 pm
Vintage Park
110 Vintage Park Blvd., Houston

*WinterWonderland Shopping Experience
Nov. 13th
1-4pm
Kids Arena Academy
8373 Creekbend
Houston, Texas 77071


*28th Annual Home For The Holidays
November 6th and 7th
Old Town Spring

*Nutcracker Market
November 11th - 14th
Reliant Center

*Ravensway Craft Show
November 12th
9:30 am - 5 pm
12730 Jarvis

*15th Annual Langham Creek FFA Fall Craft Show Roundup
November 13th - 14th
11206 Telge Rd.

*Dickens on Cypress Creek Christmas Market
November 19th - 20th
9 am - 5 pm
Cypress Creek Christian Church
6823 Cypress Wood Dr.

*Junior League Holiday Market
November 19th - 20th
Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel

*Cypress Creek YMCA Christmas Gift Market & Craft Fair
November 20th
9 am - 5 pm
Cypress Creek YMCAA

December

*Longwood Gift Market
December 1st & 2nd
10 am - 7 pm
Longwood Golf Clubhouse
13300 Longwood Trace

*Wee Wuns Holiday Market
December 4th
9 am - 3 pm
Cypress United Methodist Church

*Rock Creek Christmas Market
December 4th & 5th
Rock Creek Clubhouse
14223 Winding Springs Dr.
$10 Entrance Fee

*Cy Fair FFA Country Christmas Craft Show
December 4th & 5th
CFISD Exhibit Hall
11206 Telge Dr.

*Christmas At Juergen's Store
December 9th
9 am - 8 pm
Juergen's Store - Cypress Top
260626 Old Hempstead Highway at Spring Cypress (behind Lowes)

*Cy-Creek FFA Cougar Christmas Market
December 11th & 12th
CFISD Exhibit Hall
11206 Telge Rd.

Houston Urban Outdoors

With our brief cool front last week, some of you might have outdoor activities planned in the coming months.

How about camping trip?

The Houston Urban Outdoor Program works through the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to partner with local organizations that are looking to provide informative classes on nature, wildlife, fishing and more.

They have regional campsites, national parks and area RV Parks that parks that they partner with for an awesome adventure.

Check out their site for more details.

Save The Date: Shop 'Til You Drop

Copperfield Women's Club hosts 'Shop 'Til You Drop' with 230+ vendors under one roof, for the largest craft show in NW Houston.

When? Saturday September 11th
Times? 9 am - 6 pm
Where? Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road

Need more info? www.copperfieldwomensclub.org

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Houston Restaurant Week Extended

Get out of town! Houston Restaurant Week has been extended until September 6th.

We tried Haven and Pesce and they were both amazing.

Don't miss the chance to try some of Houston's finest restaurants at a fraction of the normal price!

Friday, August 20, 2010

McCormick & Schmick Gift Card Winner

For the record...my 22 other blog readers missed the chance to have the blessing of a McCormick & Schmick gift card.....must have been a busy week or we have a bunch of non-meat-eatin' girls reading the blog lately.

I'm just sayin'...

And the winnner is......Jennie!

Jennie, email me at intheknownorthwest@gmail.com with your address and I'll have the certificate mailed to you.

Congratulations and many blessings for your first week of school (I snuck a peek at your blog) and have a great date night with your Hubs!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

First Ever ITKNW Giveaway!

That certainly got your attention!

As you know, Julia Robert's newest movie Eat, Pray, Love*** just opened last week in theaters. I know the book was wildly popular (thanks to Oprah) , so I'm sure the movie will draw a few chickadees out of their homes for some much needed girl time.

As luck would have it, McCormick & Schmick's is running their Reel-to-Reel special from now until September 30th where any diner who purchases a dinner entree has the option to add one movie ticket to their dinner bill for $5.00. Skip the box office hassle and enjoy a discounted movie ticket.

So, here is where you come in.

In The Know Northwest is having its first ever giveaway! A $25 McCormick & Schmick’s dining certificate has been offered to help one of the ITKNW faithful readers plan their dinner-and-a-movie night out.

Leave a comment with your favorite restaurant to visit when you need to escape it all and a winner will be randomly chosen Friday morning at 10 am.

Need more details about participating theaters? Click here.


***In The Know Northwest has no said opinions about Eat, Pray, Love. I'm not touchin' that with a ten-foot pole. I'm just here to bring the gift certificate goods.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Disney Pin Trading Party at EJ's

The "Unofficial" Disney Pin Trading Event at EJ's

Saturday, August 14th 11:30 - 1:30

Bring your family, friends and Disney Trading Pins to EJ's for the "Unofficial" Disney Pin Trading event this Saturday. This is not a Disney sponsored event, just a bunch of Disney Pin Traders getting together to swap pins, stories and enjoy a delicious lunch while doing so.

Tell the cashier that you are there to participate in the Disney Pin Trading event and receive a 15% discount off your meal.

They will have special tables set up for you. You don't need to stay the entire 2 hours, come and go as your schedule permits.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Packing a Lunch

Packing lunches are a lot like shopping for jeans or choosing a Mexican restaurant....everyone likes different things.

I recently read the article below, and thought it might give us a little jump start as we begin this daily regime in just under 2 weeks. You'll notice this teacher/mom prefers natural foods...no trans fats, nitrates, extra sugar, etc. Whatever your preferences, a lot of option are listed.

Packing a Lunch: Healthy Food to Go

There are two philosophies in packing kids’ lunches:

1. Let kids help so that they have some agency, some choice in the process. That will encourage them to eat what has been packed, and Mom is more informed about what they like.

2. Pack kids’ lunches yourself. Then you are in charge not only of what is packed, but portion sizes. Sometimes this is important, but I would tend toward the first philosophy unless you have a strong reason to go with number 2.

Many parents find great success in making a list of foods with the child(ren), organizing it by category (main dish, vegetables, fruits, snacks, fun foods, etc) and allowing the child(ren) to choose an item from each list for the day’s lunch. If this is too complicated for you (for example, the more kids you have, the less they probably get to choose because you must streamline the packing process!), may I highly recommend this policy:

Whatever goes to school, comes back home, unless you have eaten it.

I always told my students to take home whatever they didn’t eat, “So that moms and dads know what you like, what you don’t like, and how hungry you were today.“ (Broken record teacher line right there, were you feelin’ it?) I explained that taking home the half sandwich you didn’t like because it had mustard on it and you hate mustard is a very effective way of communicating, almost like writing a note. Sometimes I even told kids to write notes about dislikes and put them into the lunchboxes! Do explain this concept to your kids; it’s a great way to stay in control even when you’re out of control because you’re not there. :)

Ideas for healthy school lunches lunch

If you’ve been struck with “lunch-packing block” in the past (you know, like writers’ block, except you can’t think of anything creative to pack instead), it is my fervent hope that you will find some new ideas on these lists that get you packin’ once again.

Healthy, Packable Foods for School Lunches
(and others who eat away from home)

* Cut veggies with dip
o Veggie ideas: cherry tomatoes, carrots, pea pods, cucumbers, cauliflower or broccoli spears, celery, fresh green beans, colored peppers,
o Dip ideas: hummus, homemade yogurt dip or yogurt cheese dip, ranch dressing, even ketchup if it’ll get them to eat their veggies!
* Apples and natural peanut butter (kids love to dip!)
* Frozen peas
* Homemade yogurt (with frozen fruit and/or granola in it)
* Fresh fruit, whole or cut depending on the child
o Bananas, oranges, apples, pears, plums, melon, grapes, cherries, strawberries, peaches, nectarines…try to stick with what is more or less in season and watch the Dirty Dozen list.
* Dried fruit
* Homemade whole grain muffins/quick breads
* Hard-boiled egg with salt and pepper (cut in half is easier to handle)
* Sandwiches (on 100% whole grain bread or homemade):how to pack nutritious lunch healthy
o Natural peanut butter and raw honey
o PB and jelly (I made honey-sweetened freezer jam this year; just be sure to watch the ingredients for high-fructose corn syrup if you buy it)
o PB and banana
o PB and pickle
o Leftover roast chicken or turkey
o Egg salad, chicken salad, or tuna salad
o Cream cheese and jelly
o PB and cream cheese
o Son’s new favorite: cream cheese with strawberry slices and raw honey
o BLT
o Bean spreads (search for recipes that used mashed beans as a sandwich spread – a great way to get protein in without breaking the bank or dealing with lunchmeat nitrites/nitrates)
o Try making a wrap to switch it up, but watch the tortilla ingredients for trans fats. I make my own homemade tortillas.
* Cheese and whole grain crackers
* Cottage cheese with various mix-ins
* Homemade “lunchables” – a reader idea from Llama Momma – stack crackers, cheese slices, and meat slices for the child to assemble with apple slices and cream cheese dip.
* Leftovers that can handle the “thermos” treatment:
o Homemade soups
o Homemade mac-n-cheese
o Many casseroles
o Spaghetti and other pasta dishes
o Stir fry with brown rice
o Of course, heat on the stove before packing in the thermos. Not that I would use the microwave anyway, but mic’d food just doesn’t hold the heat long enough, no matter what.
* Potato salad
* Cold bean salad (same idea as above – you know me and beans!)
* Leftover homemade whole wheat pizza
* Homemade granola bars
* Homemade applesauce or storebought natural (no sugar) applesauce. Add cinnamon for your kids to sweeten it up a little without adding a sweetener. My kids also like cinnamon-applesauce stirred into their yogurt.

Convenience packaging options:

* Natural applesauce single cups
* Goldfish crackers, only the “Made with Whole Grain” version
* Pretzels, as long as there isn’t HFCS or trans fats in the ingredients
* Boxed cereal and milk
* Canned fruit cups
* Store granola bars…but be wise about reading ingredients
* Plain yogurt with fruit in it or organic yogurt cups
* Pita bread and hummus
* Lunchmeat, as an occasional thing unless you get nitrate-free meats
* string cheese and real cheese slices (pre-sliced)

Remember the goal....

The purpose of lunch is to provide the person with brain food and energy for the rest of the day. Learning happens all day long at school, and it’s so important that kids don’t have a “brain drain” between the hours of 1-3:00 because their lunch didn’t provide them the fuel they needed. Many kids also need energy for after-school sports or playtime. It’s okay to constantly remind your kids that good food makes you feel good, think better and get stronger.

And here are a few more links you might want to glance at:

Creative School Lunches

12 Course Lunch for Preschoolers

Gingham Lunch Card Notes

Monday, August 9, 2010

Chilly Milly's Snow Cones

Summertime is making plans to pack her bags and leave us in 2 weeks.

Dern.

I almost feel like she already has one foot out the door as football practice begins tonight and hence begins my what-to-do-for-dinner-when-dinner-is-at-8pm situation. But that is a post for another day.

Although Cypress is saturated with ice cream shops and wine bars, you do not see many snow cone options.

Chilly Millys has come to town!

She has a little red trailer at the corner of Grant and N. Eldridge and she boasts of New Orleans Style snow cones. We caught her right at closing time yesterday and will most certainly find ourselves holding onto summer a bit longer by visiting her again in the coming weeks.

Give her a try!

She is open 1 pm- 7 pm Tuesday - Saturday and 12pm - 5 pm on Sundays.

Chilly Milly Snow Cones
13750 N. Eldridge
Cypress, TX 77429

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Painting With A Twist Summer Camp

2+ weeks more of summer....how 'bout squeezing in one more camp?

Painting with a Twist is offering a kids camp next week.

Each child ages 6+ will participate in taking a 2-hour painting class. After the class we will enjoy mini cupcakes, snacks and lemonade!

Where: 12344 Barker Cypress Rd. Suite 200
Cypress, TX 77429
(281) 256-8383

When: 9:00am - 12:00pm on 8/9/2010

Price per person $35.00

Need more information? Click here for more details.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Whataburger!

If you know me well, you know my youngest loves him some ketchup. We were thrilled to find a shirt on a recent vacation that summed him up...it says "I put ketchup on my ketchup".

True dat

And there is no better ketchup in all the land that rivals the ketchup at Whataburger. I am talking taste and the cute little tubs. You know the ones that you just rip the top off and have instant dipping potential instead of having to open endless packets to yield 1 measly teaspoon of ketchup.

Tell me I am not alone here.

So, anyhoo....today from 5-8pm, if you show up at any Whataburger wearing orange, you will be greatly rewarded with a whataburger in celebration of their 60th birthday.

And do not forget to stash some of that yummy ketchup in your purse for late.

Not saying I have ever done that...

Finally, a good reason for my oldest to wear that hideous burnt orange shirt he loves so dearly. Yes, he still loves the Horns.

Mercy, me

Thursday, July 29, 2010

'Keep EJ's Open' Month

Restaurants are a dime a dozen in the Cypress area, some better than others.

But it means a lot when you have one close to home that can be called upon to feed the family in a pinch or when Mama just ain't feelin' it...if you know what I mean.

EJ's Neighborhood Pizzeria needs your help. See the letter below from Eric, the owner. BTW- their Tomato Vinaigrette is to DIE for.

Dear Loyal EJ’s Customers,

I have reached out over the past few months asking for your help to keep our doors open. The response has been great and I want to share a sincere thank you!

Over the past month, we have seen a few restaurants and businesses close their doors here in the Cypress area. Please help us continue to thrive so we do not become another victim of this economy.

As we continue to move forward, I am officially declaring August as “Keep EJ’s Open Month”. Although we are doing better, August has historically been one of our worst months. I am personally asking you to help us keep our doors open through continued visits and inviting those who may have not been to EJ’s before, to give us a try.

Here are some other ways that you may not be aware of that can continue to help us thrive:

Host a birthday or team party here. We have a great deal of $5 per person that gets you pizza and drinks for everyone!

Let us cater your party. If you are hosting a party at home or at work, we can provide you with pick-up or drop-off catering orders.

Are you a part of an organization who’s looking to raise money? EJ’s has hosted numerous successful fundraisers in the past! We will donate 15% of our sales back to your organization.

Need to entertain a group of kids? We offer kitchen tours and make your own pizza parties. We host kids groups of 10-15 where they get to take a tour of the kitchen and then make their own pizza. We’ve been doing this for years and is one of our best kept secrets (not purposely though).

Be an EJ’s advocate! Please feel free to forward our email offers to your friends and encourage them to sign up for our email club. You can also join us on Facebook and share you great experiences with you friends.

I know that I have continually asked you for your support and you have stepped up. Now it’s my turn. I vow to you that EJ’s will continue to improve. I am already working on several new menu items. I also plan to refresh the restaurant and retrain my employees to provide better customer service. These are just a few of the commitments I am personally making to you, our loyal EJ’s customers.

Once again, I sincerely appreciate all of the time and support you have given to EJ’s. I look forward to being a part of this community for many years to come!

Eric Lippmann

Houston Restaurant Week 2010

Are you a foodie?

Get ready to be dazzled.

It's time for Houston Restaurant Week 2010.

From August 1st-21st, you have a chance to dine out to help fight hunger in Houston. The opportunity to enjoy a three course gourmet meal for $35 per person (not including beverages, tax or gratuity) awaits you. Participating restaurants will donate $5 from each special meal sold to the Houston Food Bank. This is a wonderful opportunity for diners to try new restaurants or re-visit old favorites while helping to fight hunger in Houston.

And new this year....a LUNCH option! 2 courses for $20 and $3 will be donated to the Houston Food Bank.

Below is a sneak peek of some of the restaurants that are participating....and you can go here to view menu choices.


III Forks
51 Fifteen
Americas Post Oak "The Original"
Amerigo's Grille
Azuma Sushi and Robata Bar
Backstreet Café
benjy's in The Village
benjy's on Washington
Bistro Catron
Bistro Don Camillo
Branch Water Tavern
Brasserie Max & Julie
Brennan's of Houston
Brenner's on the Bayou
Brenner's Steakhouse
Cadillac Bar Houston
Café Moustache
The Capital Grille
Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano
Cavatore Italian Restaurant
Ciao Bello
Cielo Mexican Bistro
Crapitto's Cucina Italiana
Crave Sushi Boutique
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
Downtown Aquarium
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Feast
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Frank's Chop House
Gigi's Asian Bistro & Dumpling Bar
Gravitas
Grotto
The Grove
Haven, A Seasonal Kitchen
House of Blues Foundation Room
Hugo's
La Griglia
Le Mistral
Mark's American Cuisine
Masraff's
Max's Wine Dive
McCormick & Schmick's
The Melting Pot - Westheimer
Michelangelo's
Mockingbird Bistro
Monarch Restaurant and Lounge
Morton's The Steakhouse
Mo's…A Place for Steaks
Noe @ The Omni Houston Galleria Hotel
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Ocean's
Olivette at The Houstonian
Ouisie's Table
Palm Restaurant
Pappas Bros. Steak House
Pappas Grill
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
Pesce
Polo's Signature
Post Oak Grill
Prego Restaurant
Quattro at Four Seasons Hotel Houston
Rainbow Lodge
Ruggles Grill
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Sambuca Restaurant
Smith & Wollensky
Soma Sushi
The St. Regis Houston - Remington Restaurant
Strata Restaurant & Bar
Sullivan's Steakhouse
Tony's
Truluck's
Valentino Vin Bar
Vic & Anthony's
Willie G's Seafood & Steaks

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bringing the 411 for August

*Free 1st Sunday at The Children's Museum of Houston: Admission is waived each first Sunday of the month courtesy of Target. Noon - 6 pm.

*Kiwanis Kids Triathlon: August 7th at The Lakeland Center at Bridgeland hosts this triathlon designed for kids ages 7-12. Races are divided into age groups. Register at www.usatriathlon.org. 7am-10 am, Cost $25-$30

*NW Houston Shot Blitz: The annual event, hosted by Northwest Assistance Ministries, provides low-cost immunizations for uninsured children. Patients with private insurance aren't accepted. Cash only, $10 per child. 15555 Kuykendahl Rd. August 9th-13th, and August 16th-19th. More info? Check here

*Just the Two of Us: Shield-Bearer Counseling Center hosts a 3-course candlelit meal for married couples who have forgotten how fun dating can be. Held at the Pecos Grilling Co, in Tomball. Limited seating is available and registration is required a their website. $50

.....and I read that a Babies R Us is also coming to the shopping center at SH 249 and Gessner....my best guess is the lot either across from Costco or where the old Circuit City was located. Keep your eyes open for that!

Cypress Falls Pet Resort

Pet lovers near and far, there is a new choice in the area.

The new Cypress Falls Pet Resort will be open Labor Day, just in time for your pet to enjoy the weekend holiday.

The 17,000+ sq ft. facility will be located 1 mile west of SH 249 on Spring Cypress @ Avenplace Rd.

They will also offer training, grooming, doggie daycare, and a few more surprises. Check out their website for more information.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Save The Date:: Penny Pinching Mama's Resale

Hi Ladies!

I've been off the radar for awhile because I just didn't have much that was blog-worthy.

But I'm back and I've got a few things to share.

First, you'll want to save the date for something new coming to our area... (please excuse the all caps...I cut and pasted directly, I'm not one to shout unless it involves some dang good dessert.) Now, know that I don't know anything about this group, I'm just reporting what I saw from a sign at the Berry Center, so if you know more scoop, please leave a comment. Thanks!

PENNY PINCHING MAMAs will have its huge Back to School Summer/Fall Consignment Sale August 26-28th at the Berry Center off Barker Cypress in Northwest Houston. Want to Go Green? Have Kid's Item's? Need Extra Cash? If you answered yes, then you are reading the right AD!! PENNY PINCHING MAMAs is having a Back to School/Baby Consignment Sales Event featuring tons of name brand clothing (GYMBOREE), baby equipment, toys, books, shoes, nursery furniture, strollers, car seats, swings, bouncers, etc. We will also have teen clothing, shoes, and other accessories. First time parents, please be sure to log on to our website at www.pennypinchingmamastx.com to sign up for your free PRE-SALE Pass! As a consignor you will automaticall earn 70% of your PROFITS and get to attend the presale! You can even earn up to 80% of your profits! Log on to our website to find out how. www.pennypinchingmamastx.com

Whether you are a Consignor, Shopper, Volunteer, or First Time Parent.... PENNY PINCHING MAMAs CHILDREN'S CONSIGNMENT SALE is right for you!

Be sure to mark your calendars! We are accepting OVER 100+ consignors!
There will be plenty of space and you will find everything you need!

PENNY PINCHING MAMAs CHILDREN'S CONSIGNMENT RESALE EVENT IS COMING THIS AUGUST!!

WE ARE NORTHWEST HOUSTON LARGEST CHILDREN'S CONSIGNMENT RESALE EVENT WITH OVER 4900 SQFT OF BARGINS!!!

SAVE THE DATE !! AUGUST 27TH - 28TH @ THE BERRY CENTER IN CYPRESS

CONSIGNOR ARE STILL NEEDED!! EARN 70%-80% OF YOUR SALES!! REGISTER AT www.pennypinchingmamastx.com

PLEASE JOIN OUR FACEBOOK PAGE (PENNY PINCHING MAMAS) FOR UPDATES AND CONTEST POSTING

WE ALSO HAVE TONS OF VENDORS TO SHOP BOUTIQUE AND GIFT ITEM.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Christmas in July Summertime Market

Sleigh Bells Ring, are you listening?

Wait....what???

How can one even think about snow, sweaters or hot chocolate when the heat index is over 100 here in Cypress?

Duck in from the heat and join lots of local vendors for the Christmas In July Summer Gift Market at Winwood Presbyterian Church this Thursday, July 15th, from 9 am until 7 pm.

You might just run into the gals from Carriage Candles, Sweet Pea of Mine, Sassy Zebra and more!

Here's the 411

Thursday July 15th
9 am - 7 pm
Winwood Presbyterian Church
249 and Spring Cypress

Monday, July 5, 2010

Shoplifting Birthday Party Ideas

I'm a rule-follower to the core, so I can safely tell you that I don't lie, cheat or steal...or tolerate those that do (and all the Aggies said, Whoop!).

So when I say I'm shoplifting birthday party ideas, I mean that I'm linking to another fabulous site and giving her all the credit.

We do share a name, after all.

Happy Birthday Planning!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fireworks!

Looking for a place to go see fireworks tonight?

Check out this link and have a wonderful 4th!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Groupon for Silverado Theater

I'm new to the whole Groupon thing....but I decided to take the plunge on their Houston deal today....2 tickets at the Silverado theater in Tomball for $9.

Click here to check it out. TODAY only!

What about you? Had any luck with Groupon or other online coupon sites?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Bunch of Fun

There is a new indoor play option in Northwest Houston!

A Bunch of Fun is an indoor play and learning center located near Barker Cypress and 529. ABOF is geared towards kiddos 5 and under.

Kids can explore, create, pretend, problem solve, and learn valuable skills all in one spacious, safe, and clean play area. It's not just entertainment, its edutainment, customized just for kids, with plenty of options for parents, too.

The 6,000 square-foot play center boasts a playhouse, slides, large sand box, manipulative toys,and imagination-inspiring play areas for children, as well as a snack bar and a comfy area with TVs and WiFi for the adults. Our wide variety of creative and education enrichment classes make learning fun and our open play area allows kids to frolic freely and independently, while staying safe and parent supervised.

For celebrations, such as birthdays and other special occasions, A Bunch of Fun has party rooms and a trained staff ready to host and provide anything a child could want and need for a fun and successful celebration, from goodie bags to cake and ice cream. The best part is that it takes the stress off the parents so they can sit back and relax.

A friend visited today and L-O-V-E-D it. Super clean and lots to do! She mentioned that older siblings can play the playstation but their goal is to keep it safe for little guys, 5ish and under.

Click here for admission prices and hours.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Painting With A Twist

Looking for a fun evening out while creating your own masterpiece?

Painting With A Twist just arrived to the Cypress area. You can go alone or grab a friend or two, your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, and paint a picture along with a local artist.

They provide your paint, canvas and brushes and you'll have a fun evening with friends. Plus, at the end of the evening, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind creation and, hopefully, a newfound talent you'll want to explore!

Think it'll be too hard? Their instructor will guide you through each step of recreating the featured picture, and you'll have painlessly created a piece of art before you know it.

There are no commitments, and their calendar offers what masterpieces are options to create.

More questions? Check our their FAQ's.

June & July Happenings

June is almost over....have you created some fun so far this summer?

Here's a few ideas to get you going for late June & July:

June 25th
Urban Nights
Grand opening celebration of Lakeland Heights in Bridgeland
Live enterainment from 6-9 pm, shopping at a festive urban market, complimentary food and wine tasting, street performers and more. More information can be found here.

July 4th
Don Julio's 4th of July Independence Bash
3pm
25250 Hwy 290, Ste 190
Cypress

The Cypress location of Don Julio's will feature live music, games and giveaways.

July 4th
Towne Lake 4th of July Celebration
Towne Lake will host it's 3rd annual Forth of July celebration. Fireworks begin at 9, but a 'family fun zone' will be available in the afternoon.

June 25th-July 11th
West Side Story

The Houston Family Arts Center presents this classic adapted from Romeo and Juliet. Performances vary. Click here for more information.

July 19th
Barmollys Snake Show
Northest Branch HCPL
11355 Regency Green Drive
2 pm

The Northwest Branch of the HCPL will most a live snack and reptile show courtesy of Barmollys.
Free admission. For more information, call 281-890-2665

July 21st-24th
Kung Fu Kitty
2pm
Houston Family Arts Center



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Black Leather and Pink Satin Jackets

Last week my top news source, Yahoo.com, revealed to me that Top Gun was released 24 years ago.

What you talkin' 'bout, Willis?

HOW is that possible?

My bratty brother-in-law informed me he was 4 at the time.

I hope he can feel the stink-eye I am giving him all the way from H'town to Germany.

Punk.

And just like I can remember where and when I saw Maverick, Goose, Slider and Ice Man play that famous sand volleyball scene, particular music has the same effect.

Music is a great marker for memories of our lives.

I'm going to out myself by saying that sometimes the dial on my radio somehow arrives on Sunny 99.1 and when I hear a Chicago song, it takes me back to slow dancin' in the gym of my Junior High School.

Arms extended, hands on each other's shoulders (we kept it PG back then) and feet moving side to side, side to side.

I'm quite sure I was workin' some amazing hair....big bangs and Sun In, baby!

But just as High School Music captured a generation of kids a few years back, our soundtrack was Grease.

It was the word, after all.

Brace yourself..... there is something coming you are going to just L-O-V-E, LOVE.

Girls, there is going to be a Grease Sing-A-Long.

It's true!

Here's the catch.

One night only....July 25th....and limited release.

But here's the problem. One VERY important city is missing.

H'town.

Dallas got the love. Austin got the love. We need Summer Lovin' too!

Visit Grease Sing-A-Long and there is a special spot that you can click on to add Houston.

I feel a girls' night out comin'!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Alessandra’s Angels
Craft Show and Silent Auction
Benefitting
Pediatric Melanoma Research at
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Saturday, June 5, 2010
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Bridgeland Lakeland Activity Center
16902 Bridgeland Landing
Cypress, TX 77433

Join us for a day of fun for the whole family! Browse a variety of vendors to find gifts for that special someone or something just for you! Check out the wonderful silent auction items and go home the winning bidder! Grab a bite to eat with our food vendors, concessions and bake sale! Don’t forget to bring the kids as we will have activities for them too-bounce houses, face painting, sand art and more! Musical entertainment will be provided by Rock N Robin!

This event is being held in remembrance of Alessandra Lopez, who lost her battle with melanoma cancer last year at just 2 ½ years old. All proceeds will be donated to Pediatric Melanoma Research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Visit www.bridgelandlife.com for more information.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Take Away Chef at Tea for Two Tea Room

Tea for Two has a new service that will make dinner time oh-so-easy at your home.

Take Home Chef offers homemade, hot food prepared just for you to pick up and then serve.

Each week offers a new menu. Here is a sample from last week.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Chicken Pot Pie
King Ranch Chicken
Inside Out Poblano Peppers
Beef Stroganoff, Basil Chicken with Penne Pasta
Lasagna Roll-Ups
Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Samplings:

Wednesday, May 19 Tea for Two - Lakewood 11:00 a.m. until supplies last!

At the bargain price of $10.95 (serves 4) you could stock up for the week! Please call ahead for availability if you have a favorite as it is first come first serve.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Save The Date: A Taste of CyFair

A Taste of Cy-Fair
Sunday, June 13th
Noon til 4pm

Northwest Forest Conference Center
12715 Telge Road
Cypress, TX 77429

Sample food & beverages from over 40 local restaurants!
Live Bands - Shopping - Silent Auction - Raffle
For the Kids... moonwalks, face painting, crafts & more!

Purchase tickets online prior to the event at A Taste of CyFair.com

All proceeds benefit the Layla Grace Cancer Research Foundation

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Longwood Spring Gift Market

“Girls Gone Shopping”

At the Longwood Spring Gift Market

One Day Only

Thursday, May 6th 9am-7pm

Longwood Golf Pavilion

13300 Longwood Trace

Cypress, Texas 77429

Unique custom-made items that everyone will love for

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day!!

There will be one-of-a-kind florals, candles, jewelry, clip boards, home décor, food,
clothing and much, much more.

All attendees draw for discounts and prizes this year, so…

Come shop with friends, family and neighbors while enjoying

Wine & appetizers at this 10th annual wonderful market!!

More Info: libby.young@sbcglobal.net

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Free Goodies on Tax Day!

CINNABON: Get two free bite-sized cupcakes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at participating mall locations as part of "Tax Day Bites!" Flavors include Chocolate Passion, 24-Carrot Cake, Vanilla Bliss and Cinnacake Classic.

MAGGIEMOO'S: Get one free slice of ice cream pizza -- ice cream with red frosting to look like sauce and white chocolate to look like cheese -- at participating locations from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. (Gonna have to go to Aggieland for this one, ladies)

STARBUCKS: Get free brewed coffee all day Thursday if you bring your own mug, a promotion the cafe chain says is friendly to the environment as well as taxpayers.

-- DISCOUNTED MEALS

BOSTON MARKET: For a "last-minute tax break" -- one free meal for each one you buy Thursday through Sunday -- show this coupon: http://bit.ly/d1YlRO

IHOP: Expanding on the tax deduction parents get for kids, the restaurant chain is offering free dinner for one child age 12 or younger with each adult meal purchased 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. all month long.

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK'S: The seafood restaurant is offering $10.40 dinner and drink specials in the bar on Thursday -- a nod to the 1040 tax form. Bar guests who come in April 15 also receive a $10.40 gift certificate for a later visit. And professional tax preparers, who may have to work right until the midnight deadline Thursday, get their freebie Friday: dessert on the house plus a $10.40 certificate if they show a business card.

P.F. CHANG'S: Get 15 percent off food purchases for dine-in or take-out, excluding alcohol and happy hour food and beverages.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Family Camping Workshops

Camping in Texas can be a great family activity but can be a be a bit intimidating if you have never planned a trip or gone camping before.

The Texas Outdoor Family Program offers families the opportunity to learn the basics of camping through weekend workshops around Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.

These workshops are hosted at state parks and at various partner sites (such as city and county parks) where your family receives hands-on experience learning basic outdoor skills. You will learn everything you need to create great memories enjoying the outdoors with your family, including:

* How to set up and break down camp (including your tent)
* Fire starting
* Outdoor cooking
* Guided walks
* Nature activities
* How to use a GPS
* Geocaching
* Introductions to a wide range of outdoor activities (such as fishing, kayaking, wildlife watching) depending on the site location, facilities and the season of the year

Best of all, no experience is necessary and you get all the help and advice you need from highly skilled outdoor specialists and trained volunteers!

Take a look at their calendar and pick a workshop that works for you!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sleeping Beauty at the Berry Center

The Houston Repertoire Ballet will be performing Sleeping Beaty and Other Tales Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11 at the Berry Center.

HRB's studio is on Jackrabbit Road just off of Highway 6 and consists of local area ballerinas. In addition, Houston Ballet principal dancers Sara Webb and Connor Walsh will perform as Princess Aurora and Prince Florimond in the timeless tale of Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora’s Wedding. HRB is the organization that performed Cinderella last spring at the Berry Center and they also perform the Nutcracker annually in Tomball.

Here is the link to the performance page and to purchase tickets.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Hugs for Layla Grace Fundraiser

Hugs for Layla Grace

Come join us as we raise money for Layla Grace’s family and
help find a cure for Stage IV Neuroblastoma!

Where: Legacy Learning Center
12300 Queenston Houston, TX 77095

When: April 10, 2010 - 10 am. to 12 pm

Nothing gives a child comfort like that of a hug of a favorite stuffed animal. Join us as we stuff animals in honor of precious Layla Grace. Animals will range from $20 to $25. You can stuff an animal for your own children or stuff one and donate it to be given to the patients at Texas Children’s Hospital. All profits will be given to Layla’s family to help with their medical expenses and to further the research for a cure for Stage IV Neuroblastoma.
So, invite your family, friends, neighbors and come join the fun and we honor Layla’s legacy. 100% of the profits will go to the Marsh Family. Lots of fun activities for the kids!!!

This fundraiser has been approved by the Marsh Family.

Call Leigh Ann at 281-970-2404 with any questions
or email at ldyer4@hotmail.com

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Path To The Cross 2010


You and your family are invited to an interactive Easter drama depicting Jesus' life as He journeyed through Jerusalem in His final days. Scenes included are Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the garden of Gethsemane, Herod's trial, and the crucifixion.

In its 4th year, this precious church desires for The Path to the Cross to reach across faiths in the worship of Christ. Take the time to be a part of this amazing opportunity. Such a tremendous effort with everlasting benefits.

The ultimate sacrifice.

The Easter story.

The greatest story ever told.

The Path to the Cross.

Wednesday – Friday, March 31st-April 2nd

Jersey Village Baptist Church

Outdoor walks start every 10 minutes

between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.


Jersey Village Baptist Church

16518 Jersey Drive, Houston, TX 77040

713.466.6102

www.jvbc.org


Monday, March 29, 2010

VBS 2010


Have you ever been sailed the high seas? Experienced a trail ride while relaxing on the ranch? Traveled to a galaxy far, far away?

What better way to travel than through Vacation Bible School? Pack your bags.... Adventure ahead!

We love us some VBS! Pick a week that works for you (or 2! They often have different themes at different churches)

****Updated 6/7/10
**some churches are still updating their sites. If my information is wonky, let me know. Thanks!

John Wesley UMC: June 7-11

Foundry UMC : June 14-18

St. Mary's Episcopal: June 14-18

Champion Forest Baptist Church: June 14-18 (they are breaking into different ages groups this year over different days. Be sure and give them a shout for details)

Faithbridge UMC: June 14-18

Good Shepherd UMC Fairfield: June 14-18

Jersey Village Baptist: June 14-18

Salem Lutheran Church: June 14-18

St. Mary's Episcopal Church: June 14-18

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church: June 21-25th
Session 1: 9:30-12:30 and Session 2: 5:30-8:30

Houston Northwest Baptist: June 21-24

Trinity Vineyard Church: June 21-24 (6:30-8:30 pm)

West Houston Church of Christ: June 21-25

Cypress Methodist: June 28-July 2

Houston's First Baptist Church: June 28-July 2

Lakewood Methodist UMC: June 28- July 1

Prince of Peace Catholic Church: July 12-16

The Met: Jones Road Campus: July 19-23

The Met: Fry Road Campus: July 19-23

St. Aidan's Episcopal Church: July 26-30

Do you know of more VBS fun in the Northwest Houston area? Please share! intheknownorthwest@gmail.com

But Wait, There's More.... Summer 2010

******Updated 5-5-10
***Some links have 2009 information..Hang tight. The sites are updating daily with 2010 info.

Alrighty...roll out the red carpet for additional summer camps!

*After School Enrichment Facilitators

*All About Music

*Apple Summer Computer camps :
Nothing beats Apple Camp when it comes to a fun summer activity for your kids. In free workshops at the Apple Store, kids learn how to do cool stuff on a Mac using iLife and iWork applications. They’ll make a movie, compose a song, create a photobook, and learn how to present everything to an audience. When Camp is over, they’ll bring the projects they made home on a DVD, along with skills and ideas to create even more. All workshops are recommended for ages 8 to 12.

*Artisan Ballet Company Summer Intensive

*Arthur Murray Dance Studio

* Camp Cook- A Slice of Summer Big Adventures in Cooking : A hands-on cooking adventure for little chefs.
Through the process of cooking, kids hone their skills in reading, math, and science. In addition to educational skills, kids learn to be organized, how to complete tasks, all while building social skills, self esteem, and the important character trait of patience.

*Camp Invention:
Camp Invention is a non-profit program of the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame that inspires creativity and inventive thinking through hands-on activities that are fun and also integrate science, mathematics, history, and the arts in an exciting environment conducive to learning. Weeklong day camps for students entering grades 1-6 are held at area schools and churches. Here is a snapshot of their locations. Most camps are 9 am to 3:30 pm, but the camps at Pump It Up, which is the Cy-Fair location off of Sam Houston Tollway at Fallbrook, include two hours of after camp care and free play on the Pump It Up inflatables, until 5:30 -fun for all kids and particularly good for working parents.

*Christian Youth Theater: summer day camps that combine singing, dancing, and acting with lots of fun games, including a wild and wacky water day. Everyone at camp participates in the showcase and all campers receive a camp t-shirt. You know kids dig t-shirts!

*CyFair Music and Arts: KinderMusik, Guitar, Piano, Art and Drama camps

*Cypress Dance: Ballroom, Latin, Line Dancing, Salsa, Swing, Hip Hop, Zumba, Ballet

*Drama Kids Camp: Unique combination of fun, creativity and entertaining theater and speech activities such as large group improv, silent scenes, dialogue development, scene starters and theater games. Four locations:Copperfield, Fairfield, Cypress and Spring. Early Bird Savings......$20 off when you enroll by May 1st and use Code: Flyer20

*Dinosaurs Rock:
Campers participate in a highly interactive presentation by DINOSAURS ROCK experts. Hands-on activities include a fossil dig, fossil excavation and/or crystal-filled Geode opening. Campers also get to "see & touch", up-close an extensive 50+ piece exhibit including genuine Dinosaur Eggs, Meteorites, Dinosaur Teeth, Dinosaur Claws, Dinosaur Footprints, Amber and many other fossils that range from 2-Million to over 500 Million years old right at your camp. 2008 Camp information currently posted...keep checking back for 2009 info

*Grand Oaks Farms Horse Camp

*Houston Family Arts Center Drama Camps

*K2 Academy
**Mention Bunny Hop ad and receive $25 off summer camp. Expires 4-30-10

*Kidventure:
*New location in Coles Crossing!! Summer day camps provide Houston families with the opportunity to experience the adventure and opportunities of Kidventure Camp in a variety of camp locations that are convenient. Each campsite provides outstanding amenities for a safe and rich curriculum.

*Mad Science: Their mission is to spark the imagination & curiosity of children. They provide fun, interactive & educational activities that instill a clear understanding of science & how it affects the world around them. Mad Science camps are hands-on, have daily take homes, include daily snack-tivities & supervised play breaks, offer many different themed weeks and are not to be missed! Over 30 locations in the greater Houston area.

*Mathnaseium Jump Start for School

*Mark Kistler's Art Camp

*The Artist Within Summer Art Camp

*Nature Trekkers:
Join Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Naturalist teachers for fun-filled week long camps that explore the natural world through active hands-on indoor and outdoor adventures at our 155 acre sanctuary. Children are taught in classes by age (5 & 6 yrs., 7 & 8 yrs., and 9-12 yrs.).

*Pine Cove Base Camp at Salem Lutheran Church: July 19th-23rd (1st-5th grade)

*
Posh Cookie Baking Camp: intro to baking and decorating in July and more advanced
decorating in August for 3rd-6th graders

*Precious Dancers Academy:
a special and whimsical event where your princess learns she is truly royal because Christ is King (1 Peter 2:9). We will have a giggly girly time learning through Princess Fun Dance, Protocol Etiquette, Regal Crafts, Courtly Games and Castle Story Time. The week will culminate with a special Finale Day where the Princesses come in Princess Attire, we have a Royal Dinner and also conduct a Regal Procession for parents, siblings and friends to attend.

*Princess With A Purpose
teaches the true meaning of “princess” through puppet shows, live princess performances, hands-on lessons, crafts, music, sign language, Biblical truths, and manners to help them discover their royal purpose in Christ.

*Warrior Prince Academy
Warrior Prince Academy is biblical warrior training program for young boys. Throughout the event, the boys learn leadership development, chivalry, and scriptural truths of who they are in Christ Jesus.


*Robotics Camp: Katy Texas, Working in teams, students learn how to design remote and computer controlled robots. Students work with all the mechanical and technical LEGO building materials, including specialized pieces such as axles, gears, beams, wheels, motors, pulleys, microcomputers, and pneumatics enabling them to safely design robots to do the things they want it to do. They decide and build, as a team, the best design of their robot for the end of class competition. We focus on team building, problem solving, creativity and fun.

*Science Adventures:
Champions Science AdventuresTM engages your child in exciting and educational hands-on science programs. The day camp format allows your child to participate in involved, multi-day projects such as constructing robots, building and launching model rockets, and engineering an electric race car!

*UH College of Technology Discovery Camp

*CyLakes Science Summer Camp: for kiddos 10-14 years old

Free Summer History Camp At Bayou Bend: Bayou Bend's Summer History Camp is a unique, interactive history camp that gives students a fun, educational opportunity to learn about life in 18th-century America. Geared toward students entering 5th grade

And finally....a few more to wrap up:

Houston Family Magazine Summer Camp Directory provides additional camps around or near the Greater Houston area

Know of more summer camps? Please share at intheknownorthwest@gmail.com


Lots of Themes, One Location 2010


***Updated 5-5-10
**Please remember links are being updated daily with new 2010 information with some of the info below


Often churches/organizations will offer camp several weeks in the summer but have different themes each time. Check out these great choices below.

Arts of Glaze Summer Camps
**Sign up before May 1st and get $10 off!

Bear Creek Methodist Church
*too many to list-those south of 290 check this out!


Camp Cornerstone
*2yrs- completed 4th graders. They have a week long camp in June, July, and Aug. Taught by the preschool teachers with super fun themes. Cornerstone is located in Copperfield.


*Foundry UMC Faith Factory Summer 2010

Jersey Village Baptist Summer Camps
****Registration Opens 3/29/09....these fill quickly

Houston Family YMCA
Creating summer fun the longest- gotta love the good 'ol Y

Houston Museum of Natural Science Summer Xplorations (2 locations, Main and Woodlands)v

John Wesley S.A.C.K. 2009
*Summer Adventures for Curious Kids (SACK) is designed for children 18 months old through 5 years (as of September 1, 2008). Registration was Friday, March 27, at 9:30 a.m. for church members and 11:00 a.m. for non-members. Contact church to see if spots are still available.


*KIDConnect: Swim Lessons, Summer Camp and Tennis Camp at The Met

*Summer Fun at Kinsmen Lutheran Church: Themed Weeks, Ages 12 months-4 years and K-7th grade

Lakewood Methodist Church
*2010 brochure can be found here


Lone Star College. Here is good place to start


Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts Summer Museum camps
*drawing & painting and printmaking (grades 3rd-6th and 7th-12th)

Tea for Two Summer Cooking Classes: Click here for class schedule. If this link is acting squirrely, go here and keep checking back until they post the schedule or call Susan Glass at 832-237-4749 for more information or email her.

Wee Wuns at Cypress Methodist Church
*Summer camp that runs MWF for 2 weeks from July 12-23 and is available for ages 14 mos.- current 2nd graders. Contact the Wee Wuns office at Cypress United Methodist Church for more information.

Winwood Presbyterian Summer Ministries Camps
*Check site for camp information and registration




Know of any multi-themed-one-location ideas? Please share! intheknownorthwest@gmail.com

Sports Camps Summer 2010



**updated 5-17-10

It's time to start thinking about Summer 2010. Get our your pencil, your 3 month-at-a-glace summer calendar and take a peek.

**Note...some of these links are from 2009. These sites are updated daily with the new information. Just hang with me...ok?


*Advantage Baseball Camp

*Asics Willowbrook Sports Complex-Volleyball

*Champion Forest Baptist Sports Camps, brought to you by Triumph Sports.

*Cypress Academy of Gymnastics offers Parent's Day Out each Thursday in June, July and August

*CyFair Baseball Camp (not listed yet, but watch for camps that will be held the first 2 weeks of
June)

*Cypress Infield Academy

*Huber Tennis Ranch (camps not listed yet, keep a look out for them soon)

*Christi Borne Tennis Camp at The Met

*Cypress Lakes Golf Camp

*Giammalva Racquet Club Summer Tennis Camps

*Matt Bullard Basketball Camp

*Longwood Golf Camp

*Blackhorse Ranch also offers a golf camp, but nothing mentioned on their site yet.

*Miracles Baseball Camp

*K.I.D.S Camp Soccer Camp

*King Daddy Sports Tennis Camp

*Soccer Tots Summer Camps

*Sports Prep USA

*Sports Quest Soccer Camps (lots of locations)

*Sports With A Twist

*Summer Tennis & Day Camp
Cypress Tennis Academy is hosting its 4th Summer Tennis and Day Camp at Lakewood Residents' Club. The camp is open to kids entering grades 1-6. Campers will not only receive tennis instruction from a certified USPTA professional, but will also learn additional sports and skills as well (fishing,swimming,arts and crafts, etc...)

*Texas Elite Basketball Camp: All Skills Camp at Hamilton Middle School June 14th-17th, 9-3pm. Email rthomson47@comcast.net for more info or call 832-220-6104

*Texas Tornadoes Volleyball

*
Velocity Sports Nike Summer Perfomance Camps

*Youth League Tennis

*The Good 'Ol YMCA offers a multitude of summer programs for members and non-members. Stop by for a schedule. My boys enjoyed the Sports Camp last summer (indoor gymnastics-feel to it)

Although this is a pretty good start to run off some of that summer energy, I am certain there will be more camps that will be announced soon.

Please share your summer camp information! intheknownorthwest@gmail.com

Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring Festivals

Save the date for these annual festivals near our area

German Heritage Festival
March 26th-28th
Old Town Tomball, 201 S. Elm St.
www.tomballsistercity.org

Old Town Spring Crawfish and Music Festival
April 9th-11th, 16th-18th, 23rd-25th
Old Town Spring
www.texascrawfishfestival.com

Bluebonnet Festival
Apri 10th-11th
5145 Main St., Chappell Hill
www.chappellhillmuseum.org/festivals

Houston Children's Festival
April 10th-11th
Downtown Houston
www.houstonchildrensfestival.com

Festival of Greece
May 13th-16th
1100 Eldridge Parkway, Houston
www.festivalofgreece.com

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Date Night: Live Music

For quite some time, I've wanted to start posting about fun places to go on date-night with your significant other.

You see how far my wanting to has gotten me....zero posts. Yes, ladies, you know where good intentions get you sometimes.

But today, as I stumbled across a pretty extensive list of venues that are offering live music, I thought this was a great place to start.

Below are 6 different places to enjoy live music in our area. Know of more? Send 'em my way.

Baker St. Pub & Grill
17278 Hwy 249 (near Willowbrook Mall)
Live music Tuesday-Sat evenings
www.sherlockspubco.com

Cork Cafe
25712 Hwy 290, Ste C, Cypress
www.corkcafe.com

Cypress Saloon
12710 Telge Road, Cypress
Live music Friday and Saturdays at 9pm
www.cypressssaloonlive.com

Goode Co. Texas Bar-B-Q
20102 Hwy 290, Houston
Live music every Friday 7 pm
www.goodecompany.com

Killburn's Tavern
2 locations, one on Barker Cypress and one on Malcomson
Live music every Friday and Saturday 9pm
www.killburnstavern.com

Texas Tavern
13800 Cypress North Houston Road, Cypress
Live music Tuesday - Saturday
www.texastavern.com

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tea For Two Upcoming Cooking Classes

Upcoming Cooking Classes

Thursday, April 1st
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
(ages 3 1/2 -5)
Teeney Cuisiney Cooking Easter Class
$25.00

Friday, April 2nd
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
(ages 3 1/2 - 12)
Teeney Cuisiney & Kid's Easter Cooking Class
$30.00

Friday, April 2nd
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(ages 8 - 12)
Kid's Easter Cooking Class
$35.00
**This is for kid's a little bit older and ready for a more challenging class!

They will be announcing their Summer Cooking Class Schedule around April 1st.

Teeney Cuisiney Cooking Classes are for ages 3 1/2 - 5 and last about 1 1/2 hours

Kid's Cooking Classes are for ages 6 - 12 and last about 2 hours

Teen Classes are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more.

Also, ask about their new Jr. Iron Chef Competitions

Did you know they also offer Birthday Party and Scout Cooking Class Packages?
All classes are at our Lakewood Forest location on Louetta near Grant.
Registration and prepayment required.

CALL SUSAN at 832-237-4749 for more info or to register or e-mail her at glass-s@sbcglobal.net

Please provide your child's name, age and a phone number for prepayment information. A class confirmation will only be sent when prepayment info has been received.

Free treat offers

Tomorrow, March 23rd from 12-8 pm, is free cone day at participating Ben & Jerry's locations.

Click here for more details.

From what I hear, Starbucks is also offering a free pastry with purchase of a hand-crafted beverage from opening until 10:30 am. You'll need coupon, don't forget.

I don't do crowds....y'all have a great time!

Friday, March 12, 2010

FM 1960 Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

The 1960 Parade Committee is excited to announce the upcoming 32nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade for Sunday, March 14th, 2010. The parade benefits Cypress Creek EMS. Thanks to the community, the parade committee has raised over $100,000 over the last 5 years!

The parade is presented by an all volunteer committee. No administrative costs are deducted from your contribution! We need your sponsorship to meet the financial needs of this popular community event. It is your support that makes the parade possible.

Cypress Creek EMS is the volunteer-based 9-1-1 ambulance service covering 250 square miles of North/Northwest Harris County. They respond to approximately 30,000 calls annually and serve over 50,000 people. Community support has always been at the core of the organization's success.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. and proceeds down FM 1960 from Champion Forest Drive to Kuykendahl. Last year, over 100 entries and at least 75,000 spectators attended the parade. This is one of the largest community events in the Houston area!

Please click here for sponsorship information and here for entry forms.

If you have any questions or would like to register as a sponsor, please contact Elizabeth Livingood at 832-519-3135 or Rod Hudson at 713-822-4308.

YMCA Spring Break Camps

Join the YMCA all week for their Spring Break Camps. Camp runs all week, full-day and half-day camp options. Choices include a "Mix" camp (dance, cheer gymnastics), Creative Art Camp, Fit & Fun camp and Mini-Racquetball Camp. (Ages vary per camp)

This particular link is for the Cypress Creek YMCA, but I am sure quite sure the other branches are offering camps as well.

Need more information? Contact Melanie Thompson at melaniet@ymcahouston.org.