Dallas Children's Theater - The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show-

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Created by Jonathan Rockefeller
Produced in association with Rockefeller Productions
Based on four Eric Carle books

On Monday the caterpillar ate through one apple, but he was still hungry. We are all familiar with the book called The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This is one of the books that my kids like to read and some of the other well known books like The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse and more.

Photo by Louis Dilion-Savage.

We were invited to see the newest show to come to the Dallas Children's Theater called The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This is the newest show to run at the Dallas Children's Theater and it is one that is great for the whole family. What makes this an extra special show for Dallas is that we will be the first to experience the world of 75 larger-than-life puppets on stage. The puppeteer show is bright, shiny and beautiful by taking the stories we love from Eric Carle and displaying them in a majestic theater show.

Photo by Linda Blase

What I really enjoyed is that we were entertained with life sized puppets under the control of an awesome cast with the reenactment from stories from four popular stories from the author Eric Carle. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, and of course the star of the show The Very Hungry Caterpillar. What a treat to see four amazing books transform and literally pop off the page and open up our imagination of what we can see and enjoy.

Photo by Linda Blase

Plan some fun for your family and come dressed in your pajamas and 30 minutes before the show enjoy some arts and crafts and face painting. After my kids finished their artwork of the caterpillar I couldn't resist taking them over to the display of the cutest butterfly wings for a picture.

I am always looking for some entertainment that the whole family will enjoy and coming to the theater to watch a live show is like no other experience for kids. My kids really enjoyed it and even my 8 year old was laughing the whole show. We liked all the surprises that were unexpected and made it  more unique.

I also want to mention that DCT has made it a priority to be very inclusive by offering ASL and sensory-sensitve shows. These shows will be on specific dates.

Performance Dates and Times:

-       Friday, January 19, 7:30 PM – Opening Night
-       Saturday, January 20, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, January 21, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, January 21, 4:30 PM
-       Saturday, January 27, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, January 28, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, January 28, 4:30 PM (ASL)
-       Saturday, February 3, 1:30 PM
-       Saturday, February 3, 4:30 PM
-       Sunday, February 4, 1:30 PM
-       Saturday, February 10, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, February 11, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, February 11, 4:30 PM
-       Saturday, February 17, 1:30 PM (Sensory-Friendly)
-       Sunday, February 18, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, February 18, 4:30 PM
-       Saturday, February 24, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, February 25, 1:30 PM
-       Sunday, February 25, 4:30 PM

Ticket Prices:

$15-$28 for single tickets. Prices subject to change. Group rates available for parties of 10 or more. Phone reservations required for sensory-friendly performances. Call the Box Office for details, 214-740-0051. General tickets are available online at dct.org

-Weekday Student Matinee shows also available Tuesdays through Fridays. Call Dallas Children's Theater at 214-978-0120 or visit dct.org/fieldtrips.

Photo by Linda Blase

Stocking Stuffers from North East Mall

When I think about stocking stuffers for Christmas I want to make it simple and memorable. We really enjoy picking out some great gifts to stuff in our kids stockings can be tricky. But when I was contacted to go to North East Mall in Hurst,TX I knew I had to think of some nice stuffers that my kids would like. I was gifted $100 to spend at three retail stores in the mall and I knew I would find something from all three.

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We started our trip to the Crazy 8 store. This was my first time going to crazy 8 and I can say that I will be going back. The whole store was under $12 bucks and I only decided to spend the gifts for my youngest daughter. I picked our several items here, like some awesome silver metallic shoes, a journel, hair bow, tutu skirt and a sweater. Everything was under $12 bucks and that's what I like. Good deals especially for a mom on budget during the holiday season, if you visit the crazy 8 store online the deals are going on there $12 dollars and under.

What I like about North East Mall is that the kid stores are near each other. It made it super easy to go to the stores with the three kids in tow and make in and out of the shops. Across the way was the Gymboree store. I was able to get a few clothes and super cute socks here. The whole store was 50% off and that's a great deal for Gymboree. I got the long sleeve shark tee with lights, khaki pants , holiday socks and the bubbles. Bubbles really are great stocking stuffers for children. My kids insisted that we use the bubbles right away. 

Next stop can't be complete without a trip to the Gap kids. The gap also had a great deal of the store 50% off everything. When the Gap has sweet deals this is exactly the bet time to shop. I was super impressed with the Star Wars collection of kid clothes and goodies. My kids are all obsessed with everything Star Wars and the selection here was very good and especially with the 50% off made is that more sweeter. Here we got a Star Wars long sleeve shirt, grey fleece joggers and watches. Watches are really good for stocking stuffers too.

I hope that you found some ideas on what to add to your stocking stuffers and gifts under your tree. As a mom of three I was able to use $100 dollars to shop at the North East Mall and get something special for every child. And it did help to go to crazy 8, Gymboree, and Gap kids to find awesome deals with great sale prices.

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IKEA in Grand Prairie Opening Date Giveaways

The newest IKEA in the Grand Prairie is opening it's doors on December 13th. But the fun will begin this Saturday at the Klyde Warren park and continue throughout the week ahead. I can't wait for all the new growth that is happening in Grand Prairie and especially having an IKEA so close to me now. 

I was able to get a sneak peek into the new store and all the new upgrades and changes that has been made to make your experience here that more special. You will first notice that the new room installations will resemble neighborhoods and making it feel that more cozy. You will notice that the rooms will feature new windows with LED lights. Those new bright lights makes the rooms look brighter and more inviting.

The new one story store is special to DFW because the Frisco location in two-story. But with the store only being one level makes it nice and especially easy to navigate the store with the short cuts we know all to well. This IKEA store in Grand Prairie is a great addition to the city and everything that you like in IKEA and the catalog you will find here, but with some sweet shopping experience here.

Below is the list of the giveaways and activities you can expect in the next few days.

Saturday, December 9, 2017- Sunday, December 10, 2017 

1. IKEA Virtual Reality Experience at the Southeast section of Klyde Warren Park Near the corner of North Olive Street and Woodall Rodgers Freeway (2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, Texas)
 IKEA Reality takes virtual reality to the next level with a dynamic 360 experience in which participants can discover IKEA designs in a whole new way. 
 From 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day, anyone can stop by and take a turn in IKEA Reality, play for giveaways, and explore the pop up room settings.

Customers may begin lining up at 9 a.m. CST on Monday, December 11th – 48 hours before the store’s opening at 9 a.m. CST on Wednesday, December 13th. Entertainment for customers waiting in line will begin at 6 a.m. CST on opening day with the ceremony starting at 8:15 a.m. CST.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 

1. *First 47 adults (18 & older) in line receive a free EKTORP three-seat sofa.
2. *Next 100 adults (18 & older) in line receive a free POÄNG armchair.
3. The first 100 children (17 & younger) in line receive a free FAMNIG heart-shaped soft toy.
4. The first 2,500 adults (18 & older) will receive a random prize envelope with IKEA Gift Cards ranging from $10 to $250, or a “Buy One, Get One Free” voucher.
5. The first 100 adults (18 & older) with a birthday on today’s date only will receive a $47 IKEA gift card. Offer valid only on Dec. 13.

Thursday, December 14, 2017 

1. *First 47 adults (18 & older) in line receive a free HAUGESUND mattress.
2. *Next 100 adults (18 & older) in line receive a free ALINA “sleep set” that includes a bedspread and cushion covers.
3. The first 100 children (17 & younger) in line receive a free GOSIG golden dog soft toy.

Friday, December 15, 2017 

1. *First 47 adults (18 & older) in line receive a free 5-piece IKEA 365+ cookware set.
2. *Next 100 adults (18 & older) in line receive a voucher for 12 monthly meatball meals for two at the IKEA Grand Prairie Restaurant through next year, expiring on December 31, 2018.
3. The first 100 children (17 & younger) in line receive a voucher for a soft-serve frozen yogurt available that day at the IKEA Grand Prairie Exit Bistro.

Big D Holiday

Are you looking for traditional events to celebrate the upcoming holiday season? The Big D Holiday guide is an assortment of events and activities happening around Dallas and this list will guide you in finding activities that your family will enjoy together. My family is planning to start our Big D Holiday fun with a trip to the Dallas Arboretum to celebrate the annual 12 Days of Christmas exhibit presented by Reliant.  

I love to take the kids to the Dallas Arboretum because I am always impressed with the gardens and the beauty of the exhibits that they have on display. I can spend hours here with my family browsing the beautiful gardens, hanging out at the Rory Meyers children’s garden or participating at the various activities hosted here.

The annual 12 days of Christmas display at the Arboretum is a fun tradition where many of the locals come here to take pictures with the beautiful grand displays representing the 12 days of Christmas. Each of the Victorian style exhibits showcases the 12 days of Christmas and life size entertainment within the gazebos. The Garden reopens nightly from 6pm-9pm for special themed events.

The evening at the Dallas Arboretum during the 12 days of Christmas celebration will have many activities going on including the Elves workshop, Serenade and Sweets, Visits with Santa and many more. These activities all have specific dates and times. Be sure to check the event calendar for more details.

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Visitors from all around the state and beyond come here because of what can be experienced during the Big D Holidays. The lineup of events will fill your calendar with great traditions and wonderful memories. We are looking forward to The Nutcracker at the Dallas Winspear Opera house that will
begin November 25th. I can’t wait to participate in a Holiday tradition of a beautiful ballet performance.

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The Fair Park will transform into walk-through light display of lanterns called Holiday Wonder. The Dallas Children’s Theater will put on a performance of Frosty and Friends and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Also, Galleria Dallas will host a Grand Tree Lighting featuring ice skating and pyrotechnics.

I can’t wait to see and do more in the city we call home. I know that you will find something here that you can enjoy make the memories while experiencing the Big D Holidays fun. The Visit Dallas website will have the complete guide for your Big D Holiday Experience.

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Magical Winter Lights 2017 & Giveaway

 Are you ready for a Magical Winter Lights experience? This is the largest Lantern festival in the United States and something that would be great to make memories as a family.  I am very impressed with that title because everything is bigger here in Texas and what better way to have a grand event here. 

This event started in Houston and this will be the first time they are bringing the lights here to Lone Star Park in Grandprairie.  The Magical Winter lights will have the Chinese lanterns on display that are larger than you will see anywhere else. The event will also include food court and nightly performances. 

I have a GIVEAWAY of 5 Family 4 packs to experience the Magical Winter Lights at Lone Star Park. This is a giveaway that I know you will want to enter and experience the lights with your family. The giveaway will be on my Instagram page and I hope you are following for a chance to win. 


Good LUCK,

I am doing a giveaway of only 20 tickets to see an Advance Screening of the movie A Bad Moms Christmas at the Harkins Southlake on October 30th @ 7pm.

1. Please comment below, I want to know what is on your Christmas List. Have you even started thinking about what you want for yourself?

2. Click the link below to get your tickets and take a friend with you for a girls night. PLEASE arrive early for your seats for the movie. Movie starts at 7pm, so be there early. 

3. Comment/ DM on my Instagram page www.instagram.com/in_dfwfamily so I know if you entered. 

A day in Lewisville!

        A day in Lewisville

A day in Lewisville should be on your city tour bucket list. We love to eat at Cavalli pizza and of course check out old town Lewisville! Click link below for my Visit DFW itinerary of fun! I love it and I know you will use it with your family too!