MONDAY MUSINGS: Rainy Mornings and Changes of Perspective

Mama Wisdom

Sometimes, it is all about perspective.   It can change the feeling of a day, and the gorgeous that is lying dormant in the rain.  My Mom shared this absolutely adorable and fitting gif on how women look at a day…. and themselves.

It’s the same day.

The same moment.

The same wind.

The same sky.

“All the matters is the way you look.”

Find the beauty.  Choose pleasure.  Choose happy.

Cheers to another lovely Monday,






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ARTS: Cabaret returns to the Dallas Winspear Opera House on May 25, 2016

Cabaret returns to Dallas on May 25, 2016.  (credit: ATT Performing Arts Center)

One of our pleasures in Dallas is our arts community.  Alive, fleshed out and with a variety of options to suit your favorite flavor.  It’s an amazing accomplishment that continues to grow and draw the fascinated in.  One of my personal favorite places to visit is the Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District.  In both turns, glamorous and welcoming, the Winspear Opera House, situated inside the ATT Performing Arts Center, is home to a flourishing home for live performances.  The latest show in the series is the classic production of Caberet.

Below are details and the link for ticket purchase.  I’ll be there opening night, and I hope to see you there.



“Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece returns to Dallas! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Nine and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET.

Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd — and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-World War II Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times?

Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside — life is beautiful at CABARET, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.”




May 25, 2016 – June 5, 2016



Winspear Opera House

2403 Flora Street

Dallas, Texas 75201



Available here




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SUMMER: KIDS: Dallas Galleria welcomes KIDS GONE WILD for Free Family Fun Activities on June 11, 2016

Storytime at 2015's Kids Gone Wild

Cheers Dallas Mamas,

It’s about that time again.  Summer!  Already, I know!  I’m fairly certain that like me you love activities that are fun and those that make the summer that much cooler (with minimal effort from mom 🙂 .  Here’s a fun one from the Dallas Galleria.  See below for the details.

Images from last year's Galleria Dallas' Kids Gone Wild Activities
Images from last year’s Galleria Dallas’ Kids Gone Wild Activities



Free Entertainment, Education and Crafts Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Galleria Dallas invites families to celebrate free family fun this summer on Saturday, June 11, when Kids Gone Wild returns to North Texas.  Families are encouraged to celebrate by dressing for the ultimate beach party and prepare to clown around at performances by Slappy & Monday and Magician Magic Mike!  Enjoy crafts and activities provided by Galleria retailers such as American Girl, Build-A-Bear and LUSH, free face painting, balloon magic, stilt walkers and a special activities hosted by community partners including Texas Discovery Gardens. All kids will be able to create a custom flip book with photos taken on-site!  Kids under 42 inches can also experience Galleria Dallas’ Play Place area with colorful jungle-themed climbing structures, seating for grown-ups and fun interactive elements for toddlers.  It’s time to have some summer fun and let the kids “go wild” at Galleria Dallas. ”

Storytime at 2015's Kids Gone Wild
Storytime at 2015’s Kids Gone Wild

WHAT:          Kids Gone Wild at Galleria Dallas FREE Family fun

WHEN:         Saturday, June 11, 2016, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

*Shows presented by Slappy’s Playhouse will be at: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm


Galleria Dallas – Level 3

13350 Dallas Parkway/I-635 at North Dallas Tollway

Dallas, Texas 75240


COST:              All activities are FREE and open to the public.  Self-parking complimentary OR Valet available

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Messy Moments Happen: A Scrubbing Bubbles Review #SCJMessyMoments #Walmart #ad

Scrubbing Bubbles in my local Walmart Marketplace.
Messy Moments Happen.
Scrubbing Bubbles in my local Walmart Marketplace.
Scrubbing Bubbles in my local Walmart Marketplace.
As a mom of three under 10, a small business and an active family life, the craziness is bound to ensue.  One of the things that I really enjoy is when I find a product that helps the messy go away FAST!  So when the opportunity to review Scrubbing Bubbles® products came across my desk, I had to give it a try.  The youngest and I rolled up to our local Walmart Marketplace and went in search of the Scrubbing Bubbles® products.
Easy peasy!
They had several different kinds, in different scents and also a family pack.  I grabbed the Disinfectant Scrubbing Bubbles ® Bathroom Cleaner for my review, grabbed a few groceries and headed to the register.
As with any day, messy moments happen.  Today’s is the after baseball practiced muddy streaks on the bathroom tile floor.
After Baseball Red Clay Streak — not so cool!
Streak free — yay!!!!
According to the instructions, just spray, wait and wipe.  I love that it kills odor
causing bacteria, disinfects bathroom surfaces, expands into hard to reach places and leaves a nice
scent in the space.
It works beautifully!  I can spray it, the bubbles foam and do the hard work for me.
It was brilliant, and I’ve been sharing the news.  At less than five dollars, Disinfectant Scrubbing Bubbles® Bathroom Cleaner is a win.
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HOOKS and NEEDLES: Spring Shawls on the Horizon

It’s the season for gorgeous lightweight outer layers.  Lightweight pieces in the colors of blooming flowers and neutrals the shade of beach sands on exotic islands start to beckon me.  It’s no surprise that some of my favorite knitwear and crochet designers have set out some rather gorgeous designs.  Partner that with the lovely new linen yarn from PurlSoho and some new to me favorites by Fyberspates.  It’s going to be a great season.
Follow Teia Collier’s board Spring and Summer Shawls on Pinterest.

(All patterns are available on Ravelry now.)

Joji’s Growth reminds me of the tiny leaves on our apple tree that have blossomed in the last couple of weeks.

Ms. Weaver’s Two Summer Stories have been in my que for a while, and One Summer Day might just be calling a skein of Tosh Lace that has been hanging around in my stash for a while.

Plum Dandi fans will love Melissa’s Benevolence with its gentle waves balanced by easy lace.

Very Shannon’s Amberle popped up in my feed Monday and promptly fell directly into my shopping cart.  I’ve got a thing for textured, worsted weight shawls, and this one is a stunner.

These are a few of my favorites, but which are yours?

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INVITATION: ArtCure 2016 to Benefit Cancer Research at Gilley’s Dallas

ArtCure logoOn Friday, April 15 from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. at “The Loft” at Gilley’s Dallas, ArtCure will host their premier event to benefit cancer research.  The event will include a premier art auction and festive entertainment during which guests can enjoy light bites, beverages, music and of course, bid on a variety art!

Dallas-based Doyle Glass artist and founder of Art Cure.
Dallas-based Doyle Glass artist and founder of Art Cure.

Doyle Glass, local artist and ArtCure founder, lost his wife to breast cancer and has made it his life’s mission to fight childhood cancer and metastatic breast cancer.  To further his dedication to a cure, he will match all proceeds raised at the event. The proceeds will be split equally between Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) and Dr. Matthew Ellis’ lab at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.  Previously known as Art to Beat Cancer, last year the event raised $165,261 for childhood cancer research at Children’s Research Institute and $200,000 for metastatic breast cancer research at University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

This year for the first time, Mr. Glass himself has created six sculptures titled, “Fortitudo de Muliere,” meaning strength of the woman.  These sculptures honor all women who battle metastatic breast cancer. The five sculptures will be sold at $1,000 each and each sale will be double-matched, resulting in a $3,000 donation to ArtCure. There will be a sixth artist proof, which will be awarded to the top donor.

Prior to the event, an online auction featuring over 50 pieces of art from acclaimed artists will be available at the Bidding for Good website. The online auction is currently open and will end at 9:30 p.m. CDT on April 15.

Doyle Glass Sculpture available for auction
Doyle Glass Sculpture available for auction



ArtCure 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

“The Loft” at Gilley’s Dallas

1135 South Lamar Street

Dallas, Texas 75215

Tickets are available here

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INVITATION: Join Irishman Tullamore D.E.W. Ambassador Tim Herlihy for an Evening of Whiskey and Legends

As St. Patrick’s Day is coming near, it’s only fitting that Irishman Tim Herlihy, Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador and Irish pub historian, launch a month-long adventure across the United States in search of the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in all 50 states (and D.C.) as a part of the “Tullamore D.E.W. Irish True Pub Tour.”

Tim Herilhy - Brand Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W
Tim Herilhy – Brand Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W

Herlihy will trek across the country aboard trains, planes and automobiles and will sweep the nation, visiting towns, pubs, and exploring the stories of people that have contributed to making March 17th a great American holiday. As a special treat, he will also be debuting Tullamore D.E.W. Trilogy, a 15 Year Old Irish Whiskey.  The Tullamore D.E.W. Irish True Pub Tour begins on Feb. 17 in Los Angeles and ends March 17 in New York City.


Details below for the Dallas event:

Join Tim for a Toast to Dallas

Trinity Hall at Mockingbird Station

5321 East Mockingbird Lane

Dallas, Texas 75206





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Lovely image from The Barefoot Writer

On a Monday, after the house gets quiet, nap time is happening, and I’ve recovered from the abrupt transition from weekend to hustle bustle of Monday morning.  I may sit with a cup of tea and troll some quiet places on the internet.

Here are my favorites today:

The Salonniere

French Kiss Life with Tonya Leigh

This is Glamourous

Camille Styles

Sugar & Cloth

Food 52

Smitten Kitchen

There is a collection of food, inspiration and quiet style.




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INVITATION: UPDATED: Prashe Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show on March 11, 2016


Prashe2Prashi Shah, award-winning couture designer will present her 2016 Ready to Wear Collection with a Jan-Strimple Runway Show at One Arts Plaza on June 3, 2016 at 7:00pm.  In the first ever fashion show held at the Dallas $125 million multi-use structure, Jan Strimple will orchestrate an elaborate and undeniably extravagant outdoor runway show feature over 50 models in the signature style of Prashe.

Known for hand-embroidery, exquisite detailing, vibrant patterns, luxurious linens and silks, this collection reflects a special time in Shah’s life.  She notes that this collection is feminine, flirty, fun, colorful and confident tying together her loves of nature, travel, international architecture and love.




Event Details:

Prashe Ready to Wear Collection Runway Show

June 3, 2016 at One Arts Plaza, Dallas, TX


Tickets available here

VIP Seating (Pre-Sale) includes: Front Row Seat, VIP Gift Bag, Complimentary Cocktails, Complimentary Valet Parking (1 Parking Pass Per Ticket Purchaser), Access to Exclusive After-Party with Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres
General Admission (Pre-Sale) includes: Open Seating, Gift Bag, Complimentary Cocktails
Standing Ticket (Pre-Sale) includes: Complimentary Cocktails



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