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My Square Meal

July 18, 2012

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Excuse my spotty posting while I move.  But as I packed my tot’s lunch for camp last week, I was reminded of the perfection of her My Square Meal lunch box.  We both love the multi compartment design.  I love coming up with the contents to fill all the spots, and she loves discovering what I’ve come up with each day.  Easy to wash and environmentally friendly.  Add a monogram and it’s also a great gift.

Shelter Co. – California

July 9, 2012

Y’all know how much I love teepees.  And California.  Here’s a company that will set up chic shelter for you and your friends in the form of tents with stylish interiors.  Pretty close to a teepee, but with more space.  So you can camp out/hang out in style.  Perfect for a music festival (you know you’re dying to shack up at Coachella), or a wedding, or just a temporary hiatus from the modern world.  They can set up the shelters and restrooms, and can also cater an entire weekend.  If you don’t have a venue in mind, they have a list of ideal locations for your reacquaintance with nature.  Shelter Co.

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Alinea – Chicago

June 26, 2012

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Wow. There is a reason Alinea was ranked the best restaurant in North America, and number 7 in the world.  Eighteen courses of the most creative food combinations and presentations imaginable.  The experience is like going to the theater, where the food is the show.  There’s also incredible wine and champagne pairings and a full staff for each table.  Foodie heaven.  And an experience for your bucket list.  Make reservations months in advance.

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Rocking Horse Ranch – New York

June 14, 2012

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If you are looking for a fun family vacation that young kids will love and you might actually enjoy yourself, check out Rocking Horse Ranch in New York.  We just spent the weekend at this “ranch” resort for a family reunion, and kids of all ages were thrilled by it.  It was also easy for me to bring my new baby everywhere in the stroller (even in the pool areas) while Big Sister tried out every water slide and pool activity.  Each morning you receive a lengthy list of the day’s special activities, from softball tournaments to dance lessons to trail rides to bingo.  But the best features are the staple activities that are open all day every day, such as the indoor/outdoor water park, horseback riding, water-skiing, paddle boat rides, arcade, “bungee” trampoline, volleyball, tennis, basketball, and more.  For the adults there was even a blackjack tournament, and yes, there is an onsite bar.

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The Bar Method

June 7, 2012

Now that it’s time to lose the baby weight, I’ve been asking around, seeking some fitness inspiration.  What have I missed in the last nine months?  The Bar Method is the class of choice for a couple of my most toned friends, in fact, I’d say they are addicted.  I finally took a class last week.  It was exactly how I imagine a workout for ballet dancers.  Floor work and exercises at a bar.  Light weights and body weight only, but still incredibly challenging (especially the leg exercises–wow!).  A lot of good abdominal work at the end.  If this is the way to achieve a ballet dancer body, I’m in.  It’s a franchise so check their website, there are locations across the U.S.

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Pure Skin Therapy – Dallas

May 31, 2012

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As you know from being a loyal reader, I’m always bragging on my hair colorist, J.T. Osgood, who is a certified genius at coloring hair.  And J.T. often brags about a certain esthetician and skin specialist, Robyn Straza, and her skin care line, Pure Skin Therapy. So I decided, if Robyn is as good at skin as J.T. is at hair, I need to check her out.

Sure enough, 7 weeks on Pure Skin Therapy’s three-step cleansing system, and I’m hooked.  The focus is on cleansing because Robyn believes that is the real key to beautiful skin (plus enough sleep and a healthy diet, of course).  The best part is that she hand makes her products locally from organic ingredients, and they are totally free of synthetics.  It took years for her to develop the perfect formulas, with the final recipes requiring essential oils from France, and herbs and flowers from a farm on the East Coast.  Right now she is mostly known among discriminating Dallas clientele, but her products are so good that she’s probably about one marketing campaign away from becoming the next TaTa Harper.

Pure Skin Therapy products are available directly through Robyn at: 214-352-6122 or pureskintherapydallas@gmail.com.  She also does facials out of her home.  Or you can buy the product line at J.T.’s digs, The Songbird Society.

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Aria – Vegas

May 24, 2012

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I started this website several years ago to keep track of the best places to dine, shop, workout, chill out, etc., as discovered by yours truly or a trusted source.  Fast forward a growing family business and two kids later, and it’s a lot harder to find the time to write, and even harder to find the time to write well.  But hang in there, I might post less frequently (and with less words) but I still have some worthy info for you.  Right now it’s Vegas.  I managed to spend 36 hours there last weekend, and Aria Resort & Casino gets my vote as a great place to stay.  It’s sleek, it’s modern, with a good crowd and contemporary rooms and suites.  Plus it’s next to a phenomenal shopping center, as well as some of the best bars (see The Chandelier bar below) and restaurants.

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The Chandelier – Vegas

May 21, 2012

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The Chandelier bar in Las Vegas is one the coolest bars I’ve ever seen, and it’s now solidly in my top five favorite bars of all time.  Engulfed in 2 million crystals, you can sip specialty drinks (although champagne seems most appropriate) above, inside or below an enormous “chandelier” that spans three floors.  It’s exactly what I love about Vegas–a totally unique and creative experience so over the top that it’s hard to imagine it existing anywhere except Vegas.  A must-see.  Located in The Cosmopolitan hotel.

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Dallas Child May Issue

May 17, 2012

Wow.  It’s been a week already?! I’m obviously a bit behind on posting (and everything else).  Thanks for sticking with me as I get through the new baby phase. And the 3-year-old phase!  In the meantime, you can read about my friend Jenny Kirtland’s beauty secrets, The Gem Juice Bar, and Samudra clutches, in my May page for Dallas Child.

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The Ranch – Las Colinas

May 10, 2012

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Sometimes driving outside your usual 10 mile radius turns out to be a good thing.  The Ranch in Las Colinas is my new favorite concept in the ‘burbs.  Good menu (loved the kobe tacos) and drinks (sipped Texas tea and then champagne).  Lots of indoor and outdoor seating.  Live music on the patio.  Great wait staff.  Kid-friendly.  Happy hour-friendly.  Can accommodate big groups.  Wine and cigar room.  Everyone’s happy here, all around.  Check it out.

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