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17
Dec
2016

Why I’m giving my kids their old Christmas toys for Christmas…

This year, my kids are getting a TON of presents under the Christmas tree. I'm so excited, just look at the great big pile! There's 8 Nerf Guns (because one for each child just isn't enough), two Sphero SPRK + STEAM education robots (yep... one for each of the older boys), Lego Mindstorms (because my oldest has been pining and asking for this since he was 4 years old), a rock tumbler and crystal growing set (for my budding geologist/gemologist), Circuit Scribe Kit (for my budding engineer), Pokemon cards (about 600 of them total but who is counting) and Basketball cards (just shy of 300 cards I believe). I can't wait to see their surprised little faces when they open them all up and find that these are their old Christmas toys from previous years.
9
Nov
2016

Chooze Pop Up Shop for holiday shopping

America you have chosen! I won't comment on political views but I'm so relieved the election is finally over. I'm done with choosing one over another and am happy instead to announce that Chooze is back with a pop up store for holiday shopping! For those who don't know, you don't have to choose sides with Chooze shoes. The right shoe is harmoniously different from the left shoe but both are united in step and design. I wish that kind of unity for our country too as we move forward.
14
Oct
2016

7th Annual Texas Veggie Fair returns October 22

The annual Texas Veggie Fair is one of our favorite fall festivals. The annual event returns to Reverchon Park on Saturday October 22. I love it because it doesn't drain my wallet, fill my children up with sugar and give them a bad case of the "Gimme Gimme" as they ogle all the rides and useless soft toys. Texas Veggie Fair is different. It feels more lovey and less grabby. We go and play good old fashion carnival games, eat a few meatless items and then sing kumbaya while giving everyone free hugs. Ok not exactly but vegan singer Erykah Badu did let the kids come on stage with her one year while she was performing. We leave having learned a few things about healthy green living, animal welfare and inspired to cook more with vegetables. This is Texas' largest celebration of all things veggie!
4
Oct
2016

Dîner En Blanc

After weeks of anticipation, the most sought after secret event, Le Dîner en Blanc finally arrived. Pedestrians walking near the Dallas City Hall last Friday evening, stood agape to witness an intriguing scene unfold. Busloads of people clad in pristine white, holding white tables and chairs and baskets of food started arriving at the Dallas City Hall. 2300 people transformed the dull concrete courtyard of the Dallas City Hall into an ethereal procession of picnicking angels. Welcome to the second Annual Le Dîner en Blanc!
3
May
2016

Pretty Pantone trend for Mother’s Day Gifts

Thanks to Pantone, the latest color trend evokes tranquility which is perfect for Mother's Day gifts. The Pantone Color Institute's announcement of not one but two colors for their Pantone Color of the Year was unprecedented this year. The harmonious pairing of two complimentary colors Serenity and Rose Quartz makes for the prettiest color trend for 2016. Serenity, a soft blue representing the weightlessness and calming qualities of the sky; and Rose Quartz, a gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. My full article appears in the Dallas Morning News this week with Pantone Color of the Year themed gift ideas from many of my favorite places in Dallas. But here's a gallery below to get inspired and add a little zen and bliss in Mother's Day gifts!
17
Jan
2016

Focusing on the important

Last winter my family escaped the cold for a glorious tropical break in Malaysia. We flew in for an extended family reunion. Everybody attended, all except that is, my sweet father who had passed away earlier that year. I spent 2015 walking about like a big open wound. Last year was a year of coping for me. Every 'firsts' like his birthday, wedding anniversary, Father's Day and so forth gutted me. 2015 was the year where I distilled further on what matters to me most in life. As we go into a new year, I'm reminded of the wise words of Dr Seuss, "Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory." Focusing on the important for 2016 is a top priority for me.
18
Dec
2015

AMC Theaters $50 Gift Card Giveaway

School is out and the kids are home for the holidays. We love the winter break because we miss having our older boys at home to just hang out. One of our favorite things to do is go to the movies and watch the latest holiday blockbusters. In case you've been hiding under a rock, it is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening weekend. Today, I'm sharing our 'secret' AMC theater location and because it's the holidays, Itty Bitty Foodies is giving away a $50 AMC gift card to one lucky person to treat their family to tickets and popcorn.
7
Dec
2015

2015 Itty Bitty Foodies Holiday Picks

It's that magical time of the year again; holiday lights aglow, winter's snow and warm gatherings. There's no need to scramble for holiday gift ideas this year, Itty Bitty Foodies have done the research for you. Some are local, handcrafted and others specially curated but all thoughtfully put together for you. Here's the 2015 Itty Bitty Foodies Holiday Picks! May you be filled not only with your bellies but with lots of love and joy as you celebrate with friends and family.
18
Oct
2015

Chefs For Farmers 2015

We are so excited about Chefs For Farmers coming up next weekend. What began with a simple dinner on a farm has matured into one of the most popular food and drink events in Texas. In its fourth year, Chefs For Farmers returns October 23-25, 2015 to showcase the best of Dallas and of Texas, while welcoming chefs and culinary ambassadors from around the country to come collaborate and celebrate the city we love. Chefs For Farmers' mission is to bring chefs, artisans, and culinary influencers together to celebrate supporting local and regional farmers at a three-day culinary blowout.
7
Oct
2015

A Tale of Tacolandia

Once a upon a time, in a not too distant land, Taco Gods convened in a secret council pow wow. "The people of Dallas are loyal followers. They love our tacos" said Urban Taco, one of the council members. "Yes! Yes!" they all shouted in agreement. "We must reward them," Velvet Taco said. "For one day only, let us show our thanks by giving them unlimited tacos to gorge upon," declared Fuzzy's. Yes, folks! Dallas Observer's Tacolandia is going to make your wishes come true. But like all fairy tales, it ends after a few magical hours. Here is how you can join in the tacolicious event on Saturday October 17th, 2015 and score two complimentary tickets to the Tacolandia love fest.
25
Sep
2015

Good Local Markets offers Free Farm-to-Market Workshop for Children

As if we didn't love Good Local Markets like crazy, starting this Sunday September 27th, Good Local Markets are partnering with Farm to Market Workshop to offer activities for children ages 3-8 at the markets. The workshops are free and parents must remain onsite during the time. Through a holistic, project-based program, workshops run by instructor, Jennifer Stuart will engage young mind through the exploration of food, farming, nature and life skills. This sounds like heaven for our Itty Bitty Foodies who love to cook, learn about nature and garden though watering a garden with a water gun is probably not what they had in mind. Here are the details of upcoming workshops.
1
Sep
2015

How to do Addison Oktoberfest with kids + ticket giveaway

Have you ever wondered why the Addison Octoberfest starts in September? The town of Addison has timed their festival to coincide with the famed Munich Oktoberfest which begins in September and runs till beginning of October. While we may be 10 hours away from Bavaria, DFW denizens can still revel in much of the same traditions, music, folk dancing as well as German food. If you're looking for a taste of Germany, the Addison Octoberfest would be a fun way to introduce your kids. Here's how to do Addison Octoberfest with kids plus a chance to win 4 tickets!
19
Aug
2015

Get back to school in style with Macy’s

Do I hear the 'S' word? Not 'summer' but 'school'. School is just round the corner and Macy's is rolling out a bunch of events to help your child be cool for school. The Itty Bitty Foodies will be attending this Macy's get back to school in style event at Macy's Park in Arlington this Sunday August 30th at 2pm. It's going to be an afternoon of crafts and activities including Disney Princess and Star Wars coloring books, the chance to make your own Princess crown and pose for a picture in our Disney Princess and Star Wars-themed photo booths.
5
Jul
2015

Itty Bitty Foodies Travel Guide to Napa Valley

Every time I tell someone we went to Napa Valley for a vacation, people would ask me in surprise, "With the kids?" We've just spent five glorious sun-filled days in Napa Valley, California with a nine, seven and two year old and the trip was a smashing success! We enjoyed world-class wines, ate at fine restaurants, visited a geyser and picnicked our way through Napa Valley. Though we had to make some concessions for our napping toddler, there are lots to do in the Napa Valley with kids. Here's how we did it.
2
Jun
2015

Good Local Markets’ Lemonade Contest

Have you made a trip out to Good Local Markets for fresh produce, meats and artisan breads? Good Local Markets operates three farmer’s markets in Dallas that includes only local growers and makers. If you have a special family lemonade recipe or your fancy yourself a mixologist of lemonade, save the date for Good Local Markets' Lemonade Contest. Good Local Lemonade Contest will be held at their Lakeside Market (9150 Garland Road) location on Saturday June 20th, beginning at 10:30am. What a fun thing to do with your kids.
29
Apr
2015

Style Surfing: Clarisonic for beautiful skin

Happy Mother's Day to my beautiful Mum and all the other Mothers out there! The last couple of years, my sweet husband, Beefcake has gifted me Clarisonic products and they've been some of most practical gifts I've gotten to maintaining beautiful skin. I'm very lucky that I come from a line of women with gorgeous skin but as you get older, some maintenance is in order. I can honestly say I've used my Clarisonic cleansing brush system and Pedi transformation every single week.
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