Fogo de Chão… Kids 6 and under are always free & kids 7 to 12 are always half price!

Address: 8250 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063

Starting fifteen years ago, my husband and I would go on dates to the Brazilian steak house in Downtown San Diego. We did not go every week, but when there was a big event, we’d have the very best dinner.

Steak comes out on giant swords and is sliced at your table, the market (salad) bar is full of delicious vegetables and the staff is so attentive you feel like rock stars.

But then we had kids.  I didn’t want to pay for kids that may or may not eat anything… so we put our Brazilian steakhouse dinners on hold for the last 10 years.

And apparently I was missing out for no good reason.

We were invited out to Fogo de Chão in Houston… and I said, “Maybe in 10 more years.”… but they told me that the restaurant is family friendly AND that children 6 and under are always complimentary and kids 7 to 12 are always half price!

Do you know how many great dinners I’ve missed in the last 10 years… and many of which all my kids would have been completely free?!

And let me tell you… when we arrived at 7:00pm on a weekday, the place was full of families.  There were more families and extended families than tables with adults only.

We were seated very quickly, were warmly greeted by our server and were soon enjoying an amazing dinner.  At Fogo de Chão , you can visit the Market Table for salads and then have steak, chicken and pork cut at your table.

You just have a card that you flip to green and the servers start coming by with different selections.  If it’s not cooked to your liking, they will run and get what you need.

Not only this but they bring over cheesy rolls, mashed potatoes, caramelized bananas and polenta to the table… and keep on refilling it all dinner long.  There was no fighting over the last roll or banana… the kids had all they wanted!

My big kids ate salad and steak and rolls and potatoes and everything, my 5 year old ate rice and veggies and my baby sat in the highchair and teethed cucumbers like a champ.

And on this very rare occasion, all of my kids said they were full at the end of the meal.  This does not happen very often with my eaters.

Of course, I need to mention that Fogo de Chão is not an every night kind of place… but for celebrations and special events, it’s now a place where we can take the entire family.

It seems like everyone else at the restaurant already knew this.  There was a birthday dinner, a little family reunion with 20 people and groups that were dressed up for a celebration.  You can get the hours and prices HERE.

See more pictures below!

 

 

Fogo de Chão Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
 

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Houston Ballet Academy Preschool Summer Classes & Workshops

You know you can get dressed up, go to the grand Wortham Theater and watch the amazing Houston Ballet perform.  But did you know that your preschooler can train with them?

When our sponsor, Houston Ballet, told me this, I was intrigued… but is professional technical training too much for little kids?  Before I signed up my sweet and silly 5 year old, I decided to ask the experts.

Houston Ballet Preschool Class
First up was Auroramay Rodriguez, a 5 year old in Pre-Ballet.  She said, “I like dancing at the Houston Ballet because it is so much fun because you can do turns. You can dance and you get to wear tutus!”.

Her mom, Rita Rodriguez, follow up by saying, “The Houston Ballet preschool program instructors know how to train the children in an extremely fun manner. While terminology is still taught, the students do not realize they are technically training because they’re just having fun and learning to love ballet.”.

Next I asked Scarlett Solum, a 6 year old in Pre-Ballet.  She said, “The Houston Ballet is fun. My favorite steps are plies and tendues. I like having a pianist and seeing the professional dancers in costumes.”.

Her mom, Marie Solum, also said, “As a dance teacher and former dancer myself, I am absolutely thrilled that my daughter has the opportunity to attend the Houston Ballet preschool program. I formerly taught my daughter myself, but there is no comparison to learning ballet from high-level professionals.”.

So there you have it… turns and tutus, plies and tendues, professional dancers in costume and a love of ballet.  The experts love Houston Ballet!

Registration is now open for all Preschool Summer Classes, running June 5 – 17 & August 7 – 19. Check out Houston Ballet’s website for all the details.

If you also want to see if Houston Ballet Academy is right for your family, you can attend a week-long Children’s Workshop over the summer.

Houston Ballet Academy’s Children’s Summer Workshops are themed based on popular story ballets in Houston Ballet’s repertoire! From June 5 – 9, students can explore movement and musicality based on Artistic Director Stanton Welch’s lavish production of La Bayadére.

Children will also be invited to create their own costumes and show off what they’ve learned for parents at the end of the week. Tuition even includes two tickets to tickets to Houston Ballet’s production of La Bayadére at the Wortham Theater Center.

The Children’s Workshop section on the Houston Ballet website has all the info.


Sustainable Living Your Way Event at IKEA Houston, April 22, 2017

This Saturday, join our sponsor, IKEA, for the Sustainable Living Your Way Event!  On April 22, 2017 at 9:30am-6:00pm, learn how to live more sustainably without a lot of effort or money.

Bring your gently used furniture. IKEA will donate it to Goodwill Industries and give you a $20 off $150 purchase coupon.

Then step inside IKEA for a day filled with:
• Benefits of Biking Seminar: Learn about biking safety, Houston’s new bike paths and enter to win a SLADDA bike . ($400 value)
• Food Storage Workshops: Learn food safety tips, storage techniques and ways to save money with less waste. Leave with a prize to get you stated.
• Ready, Set, Sort!: How fast can you go? Try your hand at speed sorting using different recyclable products (cardboard, paper and plastic) win a great IKEA prize!
• Enter to win an IKEA product at one of the many activity stations throughout the store.
• Scan your IKEA FAMILY card for the chance to win a $100 gift card !
• ONE day only IKEA FAMILY offers to save over 50% on some of your favorite IKEA products.
• And lots more!

Get all the details HERE!

 


There is no good excuse for not visiting Mosaic Dermatology in Houston

“I just can’t get to the dermatologist.”

I’ve had several rounds of surgery on skin I damaged as a teenager… and I still find myself saying this.

It’s a silly thing to say because I need regular check ups, because I really prefer to not have the same acne as a middle schooler and because our sponsor, Mosaic Dermatology, makes going to the dermatologist a very easy thing to do.

Jill Jarvis Driving Around Houston
There are two locations with easy highway access, there are same day appointments, there are Saturday appointments and I can see female (or male) doctors.  They will even see you for acne emergencies before big events, poison ivy, and other urgent skin rashes that itch, bleed or spread.  Plus, kids over 5 years old can also get care at the same location.

Getting into the dermatologist is easy with Mosaic… and there is really no good excuse for not going!

Learn more on MCDermatology.com or by calling 281-941-5556.  AND you can go HERE for hundreds of 5 Star Reviews from verified patients!

Tanglewood Location: 5757 Woodway Drive, Suite# 185, Houston TX 77057, 281-941-5556

Upper Kirby Location: 2211 Norfolk, Suite 405, Houston TX 77098, (713) 522-7411


Video: Gearing Up for the Houston Baby + Kid Show on April 2, 2017

We’re at Baby and Kids 1st gearing up for the Houston Baby + Kid Show on April 2!

Here, parents will learn all about the latest baby trends for baby and child gear, the latest technology for all things baby and child, meet the experts behind the most popular baby and child brands, enjoy seminars from Houston’s top parenting experts and doctors, and receive exclusive discounts at Baby’s and Kid’s 1st pop-up shop on the best baby brands.

There will be huge giveaways AND all the stroller, carrier and gear for you to test out side by side!

AND you can use code “BIGKID” to get $5 off any ticket!

Watch the video HERE or below:


Houston Baby + Kid Show on April 2, 2017 + Coupon Code!

Mark your calendar for the Houston Baby + Kid Show on April 2!

Here, parents will learn all about the latest baby trends for baby and child gear, the latest technology for all things baby and child, meet the EXPERTS behind the most popular baby and child brands, enjoy seminars from Houston’s top parenting experts and doctors, and receive exclusive discounts at Baby’s and Kid’s 1st pop-up shop on the best baby brands.

AND you can use code “BIGKID” to get $5 off any ticket!

Bayou City Mamas Houston Baby and Kid Show Car Seat
General admission is $10/person. (Children are free.)

Plus, you can sign up for a seminar for $15/person.  Here you will receive a gift bag loaded full of baby products, enjoy expert advice from Houston’s top parenting experts and doctors, and be entered to win the big giveaways!

The most popular seminars are Swim Safety presented by Houston Swim Club, Bay Area Breastfeeding and Education, Hottest Products for Houston Parents with Nina Bassett, The Baby Chick, Pediatric Allergies (What You Really Need To Know) and Newborn Care presented by Kelsey-Seybold Clinic… so be sure to sign up for these soon!

Top exhibitors include Britax, Bugaboo, UPPAbaby, Cryo-Cell International, Kelsey-Seybold, Houston Swim Club!

Go HERE to learn more!


Children’s Memorial Hermann IRONKIDS Texas Fun Run on April 15, 2017

Let your kids be IRONKIDS!

Our sponsor, the Children’s Memorial Hermann IRONKIDS Fun Run offers young athletes the opportunity to feel the excitement of competition while enjoying the outdoors and promoting healthy living.

Memorial Hermann Iron Kids The Woodlands
Kids 3-13 are invited to participate in the 1 mile and 1/2 mile races meant just for kids.  (Parents, family, and friends are invited to cheer on the racers.)

Each athlete receives a race bib, finisher shirt, medal, goodie bag… and the pride of calling themselves an IRONKID!

Date: April 15th, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX
Ages: 3 to 13
Race Distances: 1 mile and 1/2 mile (Choose distance on race day)
Price: $20

Learn more and register HERE!

 


Better Dinners & Fewer Trips to the Grocery Store with Maria’s Gourmet Kitchen

I’ve been spending way too much time and money at the grocery store.  Up until January, I was going several times a week and spending a whole lot of money each time.

This year I’ve been trying to be more intentional with my time and money… and the most obvious place to start was with groceries.  Years ago I did a lot of couponing (and this is actually how I learned about blogs) but I’m not quite ready to get that serious yet.

Instead, I’ve found that if I just go to the store less, I save time and money.  In fact, even if I go to fewer stores and pay a premium on a couple items, I still save money.  There’s just a whole lot less getting added to the cart.

Marias Gourmet Kitchen Salmon Prep Box
So, when Maria, from our sponsor, Maria’s Gourmet Kitchen, told me to just order my dinner online, I was happy to skip another trip to the store. And having dinner prepared by a Parisian trained Chef was going to be a whole lot better than a dinner prepared by me.

So on two different nights last week, I served my family Maria’s Asian Street Tacos and Miso Glazed Salmon.

Marias Gourmet Kitchen Cooler Bag
My delivery was dropped on my step, kept cold with a cooler bag and ice packs.

First up were the tacos, with all the ingredients prepared in separate bags and easy cooking instructions. The steak was trimmed, the cabbage was chopped, the rice was seasoned… all I had to do was cook.

When I served the kids, they gave the ultimate compliment… “This tastes like it’s from Ms. Felicia’s house.”. My friend Felicia is one heck of a cook… and the kids have never compared my meals to her meals!

Marias Gourmet Kitchen Asian Street Tacos
Next up was the salmon. Now, let me tell you that my husband loves salmon and I don’t always love salmon. Sometimes it’s just too fishy.

Well, Maria’s salmon came with a miso glaze, pickled carrots and bok choy. I prepared just as she said on the label, and served this up for dinner:

Marias Gourmet Kitchen Salmon and Pickeled Carrots
Friends, my dinners do not usually look this good.

The fish was delicious and the carrots and miso (something I never would have thought to add) made it amazing. I thought we were eating at a restaurant (except for the Legos scattered under the table).

So, if you also want to spend less time at the store and less time preparing a fabulous homemade dinner check out Maria’s Gourmet Kitchen. This Houston mom will do the work for you.

AND, you can save $20 on a $100 order by using coupon code BKSCTRYMGK !

Marias Gourmet Kitchen Bok Choy
 

Marias Gourmet Kitchen Miso Salmon


IKEA FAMILY Appreciation Week

Spring Break is our sponsor’s IKEA FAMILY Appreciation Week!  Show your IKEA FAMILY card at SMALAND and you could get free tickets to the Houston Museum of Natural Science!  (IKEA FAMILY is free to join!)

Show your FAMILY card when checking into SMALAND and receive 2 tickets to HMNS. Available while supplies last.

Also, if you go on Tuesday… Kids Eat Free!  Just go to the restaurant where two kids eat free for every adult meal purchased.

IKEA Houston Restaurant Kid Area
And, all week, you can save up to 60% on select items and enter to win a $500 IKEA gift card!

Plus, you can get in early on March 11, 12, 18 and 19… just show your IKEA FAMILY card to enter the showroom at 9:30 am! The first 100 customers receive a free gift and enter to win $50 gift card.

Get all the details HERE!


Kids at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

Flemings Bone-in Filet
Address: 2405 West Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77098

Wait, you want me to take four kids to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse? The fancy steakhouse with white tablecloths?

We had been invited to Fleming’s for dinner and to try the kids menu (yes, kids menu) and they assured me that they do like families.

Flemings Steakhouse Tables
We kept trying to go early in the week and early in the day… but our calendar was just too full. So off we went at 6:00pm on a Thursday night, with couples on dates and lots of people at business dinners.

Now, I wanted the steak and I wanted the kids to experience a fancy restaurant, but sometimes restaurants just don’t want us.

A few years ago we went to a casual restaurant and took our seat, ate our food with very good manners and paid our big bill for 5 people. At this point, the owner came out and spoke to every single table, except ours.  He spoke to the college kids enjoying coffee and the singles enjoying a late lunch, but walked right past our booth to every other table in the restaurant.

I learned here that not all places like families and that I really wanted nothing to do with restaurants that do not like (well behaving) kids.  So you can be sure I was a little cautious when we went to Fleming’s.

Flemings Sliced Filet
Well friends, I cannot believe how friendly the staff at this fancy restaurant was to us.

When we arrived, there were several families in the booths by the bar.  They were all being served and treated well.  We went to the white tablecloths and were giving a table right in the middle of the restaurant.

The kids were given kids menus, cups with lids and a lot of respect.

After ordering, the hostess came over, introduced herself and made a big deal over us.  She even held the baby for a short time and asked how else she could make our experience even better.

Flemings Onion Rings
It was so nice to find a place that would let us practice our very best table manners and enjoy a good dinner.

The kids meals are about $15 each and come with apple slices, fries and a choice of steak, chicken tenders or mac and cheese.  For an extra dollar, you can get a scoop of ice cream.

On the regular menu, you order the main course separately and add on with salads and family sized sides.

I bet you know it’s not cheap, but you can find small plates for less.  See the menu HERE.

The pictures are not their usual quality because of the lighting (and armature photographer), but trust me, the food was great!

Flemings Kids Meals Apple Slices
Eating at Fleming’s was a real treat for my family.

Now, if you are looking for a play place, this is not it!  (Look at the map at the bottom of the post for a hundred other Houston restaurants.)  Kids should not run or yell at Fleming’s… but they can practice their good table manners and not feel bad if they get the fork wrong, forget to place the napkin on their lap or drop a few fries.

If you want to treat your family to a (very) nice dinner, check out Fleming’s!

 

 

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
 

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