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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1 in 4 children has an undiagnosed vision problem… Nominate 1 for a free exam and glasses with Let’s Go See at Visionworks

She was right, I was wrong.

For two years my daughter had been telling me she needed glasses and I kept telling her that she was trying to trick me.

Her good friend has glasses and since Brooke had passed the exams at school, and at the pediatrician’s office, I told her she was being silly.  Plus, she’s a little fashionista, and wanting another accessory for her Caboodle was a pretty typical request from her.

Glasses at Visionorks
Well, this 7-year-old would soon show me how wrong I was with the “I told you so” dance.

It was time for my annual eye exam, so I finally brought along Brooke.  Here the doctor examined her eyes and kindly told me she had been squinting so much, for so long, that he had trouble even figuring out her correct prescription.  What he did know was that she needed glasses and that she had probably been struggling to see at school.

Ahhhh, heck.  She was right and I was wrong wrong wrong. Cue the dancing.

One in four kids needs glasses
So now we have some beautiful new glasses and a girl that can see in the classroom.

At Visionworks, our sponsor, the office has a sign says one in four children has an undiagnosed vision problem.  My biggest boy pointed to this and then pointed to his sister.  One of my four kids had an diagnosed vision problem.

Sorry Brooke.

I do have health insurance and could have taken her in, for a full eye exam, months (or years) before I did.  But what about other kids? What if they cannot cover the cost of an eye exam or glasses?

Visionworks Glasses on Brooke
Visionworks and Davis Vision have already donated more than 8,300 vouchers to children in need since the 2016-2017 school year started, and now they want YOU to nominate a child, school or organization in need. This year alone, they will donate 15,00 vouchers and glasses through the Let’s Go See program!

If you know of a child that needs an eye exam… or if your child has been struggling in school (or is like Brooke and has been asking and asking and asking for glasses), go get your eye exam or nominate the child today!

Visionworks Sunglasses


I find it really hard to plan in advance… and Mosaic Dermatology is okay with it.

I really don’t know what is happening next week.  I mean, I do have my calendar of activities, but I never really know who will get sick, when a babysitter will cancel or what surprise will pop up.

As much as I like to have control of my calendar, I find it really hard to plan too far in advance.

When it comes to doctor’s appointments, I really need an office that can get me in the same day or next day.  This is what I love about our sponsor, Mosaic Dermatology.

I know from experience that regular dermatology check ups should not be put off, and Mosaic allows me to fit appointments into my unpredictable schedule.

Mosaic has several Houston locations for preventative screenings, acne treatmentssurgical treatments… and to get you ready for the Houston summer, underarm sweat and odor treatment with options like Miradry.

Busy Mom
We all know that this beautiful weather will soon be replaced with Houston’s summer.  Mosaic can help us remove aluminum-based antiperspirants from our routine for good… and right now, the consultations are absolutely free.

So if you want to be ready for summer, to get your acne under control or get your skin examined, contact Dr. Rashid of Mosaic Clinic Dermatology.

Mosaic has urgent same day appointments, next day appointments, and Saturday hours for those that cannot miss work or school. Go HERE for hundreds of 5 Star Reviews from verified patients!

 

Mosaic Clinic Dermatology has offices in Upper Kirby and Tanglewood.  Dr. Rashid treats adults AND kids over the age of 4 years old.  Learn more on MCDermatology.com or by calling 281-941-5556.

 

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


Celebrate Super Bowl Week in Fleming’s Fashion… with $100 Give Away!

Take the family to Fleming’s Steakhouse!  It’s not just a “kid restaurant”, but the staff assures me that kids are welcome… AND they want to give one family $100 eat here!

Flemings Bone-in Filet
Celebrate Super Bowl week in Fleming’s fashion with an elevated selection of USDA Prime beef. The Fleming’s experience offers an engaging ambiance and lively environment to enjoy great food and fine wine.

The three Houston locations will be open during this celebratory week, including River Oaks, Town & Country and The Woodlands. Guests can make a reservation online or via phone – more location details are below.

All of the Houston locations will be showing the game, but with no sound… so dine at Fleming’s during the week before the Super Bowl.

Locations:
Houston/River Oaks
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
2405 West Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77098
713-520-5959

Houston/Town & Country
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
788 W. Sam Houston Parkway North, Houston, TX 77024
713-827-1120

Houston/The Woodlands
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands Mall
The Woodlands, TX 77380, 281-362-0103

Update: Congratulations to Mary N!

Contest Ends: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Official Rules: http://wp.me/P2efXF-aLW


ABBA Color Photography for Baby Photos… Your Need to See These

I can take my own baby pictures.

I have a good camera, I take pictures all day long and there is no need to hire a photographer for Juliet’s 3 month photos.  This is what I told myself.

So I dressed her up, found some good natural light and took a whole bunch of pictures that looked like this:

3 month photo failure
Let’s just call it baby photo failure.

And maybe I’d have just given up, but I was determined to get a good picture in this little dress. It was mine as a kid, my big girl wore it 7 years ago and now it belongs to baby Juliet.

So, I called ABBA Color Photography, they invited me out for another session and I got this:

Juliet ABBA Color Photography Dress
And friends, having ABBA take the photos was such a relief.  I got to capture this moment in time… and there was no stress involved.

It is amazing how well the photographer, Maricela, handles babies. You just hand her over, give as much or as little guidance as you want, and the photos get done (and done well).  She comforts fussy babies, she poses them, she gets them to smile and she is quick with the camera and captures great photos.  And when she gets hungry or needs a new diaper, she just takes a break and lets you take your time.

Juliet ABBA Color Photography
For this 3 month session, I brought my one dress and told Maricela she could do whatever she wanted for the rest.  And just look what she did!

ABBA has baskets of clothes, headbands and studio full of backgrounds and props.  I pulled out my favorites but also tried things I would have never had thought of on my own.  The lacy dress is not something I would ever think to buy, but I can hardly stand how adorable Juliet it in it.

Juliet Abba Color Photography Box
If you are looking for amazing baby or kid photos, I whole-heartedly recommend ABBA Color Photography. And next time I’ll just call them and skip the frustrating at-home  photo session.


Benzoyl Peroxide is Your Next Best Friend… Be Done with Acne at Mosaic Dermatology

jill-jarvis-and-babyI’ve asked before and I’ll ask again, how is it that a mom of 4 little kids can have wrinkles like a grandmother and acne like a teenager? Do I moisturize or do I raid my tween-age niece’s drawer for Clearasil and Sea Breeze?

And why is it necessary to not only battle clogged pores, whiteheads and blackheads… but also comedones?  I did not know the name of these… but if you have acne, you’ll recognize these as the small, skin-colored bumps usually found on the forehead and chin.

According to Dr. Rashid, from our sponsor Mosaic Dermatology Clinic, stubborn acne, at all ages, is very common. The solution is not Clearasil or Sea Breeze. It’s not even those cool looking pore strips that only unclog part of the pore. Another approach you can try to really get aggressive with acne is a treatment with Benzoyl Peroxide.

It is a strong and effective treatment that bacteria cannot develop resistance to, therefore it holds a major advantage over antibiotic medications. Benzoyl peroxide is an organic compound in the peroxide family and is used for the treatment of acne and has antibacterial effects.

To learn more, check out this FREE Benzoyl Peroxide guide from Mosaic.  You can also get FREE shipping on Mosaic Cleansing Cream to use as a wash for the face and other affected areas. This can also be used as a cream in small amounts on bothersome spots.  The price is $20, which is really reasonable for acne care.

Dr. Rashid of Mosaic Clinic Dermatology has urgent walk-in appointments AND has Saturday hours for those that cannot miss work or school. More than this, he is thorough, caring and gives patients enough time to answer all their questions.

See for yourself… HERE are hundreds of 5 Star Reviews from verified patients!

Check out the Mosaic Clinic Dermatology offices in Upper Kirby and Tanglewood.  Dr. Rashid treats adults AND kids over the age of 4 years old.  Learn more on MCDermatology.com or by calling 281-941-5556.

 

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


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