Archive | February, 2011

BOB Jogging Stroller Recall

28 Feb

Canopy drawstrings can pose a choking hazard!  For details, click here.

52 FEATS – NUMBER 8 (LOVING)

27 Feb

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.

DAY 7 (Sunday):

Well, my week of giving extra love to my husband has drawn to a close.  I don’t know if he noticed a difference, but I did.  I found that trying to be especially loving made me more patient and understanding.  I frequently stopped when I was about to say something snarky, and put myself in his shoes.  I was always trying to see his side of things, and give to him as much as he gives to me.

Patience is something I struggle with, and it struck me as interesting how closely it was tied to love in this week’s Feat.  I hadn’t realized that one is really an expression of the other.

I drove by a church yesterday, and the sign out front had a message about “fervently” loving one another.  Awesome!  What’s the point in loving half-heartedly?  You might as well give it your all – it certainly won’t hurt anything, and will likely make life more beautiful in the process.

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Weekend Calendar Reminder

25 Feb

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on this weekend – click on the links or check out our calendar for all the details!

Friday, February 25:

Pinkalicious at CATS

Saturday, February 26:

DMA Autism Awareness Celebration

Black History Festival at SE Library Branch

Free Kids’ Crafts at Lakeshore Learning

Curious George at Barnes & Noble (Parks Mall)

Kids’ Fishing at Bass Pro Shops

Kidtoon Movies at Studio Movie Grill

Kids’ Dental Health Event at Whole Foods

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs at Dallas Children’s Theater

Pinkalicious at CATS

Sunday, February 27:

Kidtoon Movie at Studio Movie Grill (Arlington Highlands)

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs at Dallas Children’s Theater

Pinkalicious at CATS

Free Kids’ Crafts at Lakeshore Learning

25 Feb

Lakeshore Learning, an educational store in Dallas, offers FREE kids’ crafts every Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm.

Upcoming crafts:

February 26: My Very Own Storybook

March 5: Mardi Gras Mask

March 12: Show Your Colors! Peacock

March 19: Rainbow Wreath

March 26: Brilliant Butterfly

For the Lakeshore Learning website, click here.

Black History Month Festival at the SE Arlington Library Branch

24 Feb

Saturday, February 26, 2011, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, come to the Southeast Branch Library in Arlington to celebrate African-American culture!

Schedule of Events:

10:00 a.m. Cornerstone Baptist Church Gospel Choir

10:30 a.m. Genealogy Workshop

12:00 p.m. Ferguson Junior High Step Team

12:15 p.m. Ashworth Elementary School Choir

12:30 p.m. “Reading, Writing and the Black Experience.” Shewanda Riley of Tarrant County College discusses how literacy has influenced black history.

1:30 p.m. “African-American Literature: Illusion and Reality.” Evelyn Wilson of Tarrant County College discusses the literary canon of black America from early writers to present day popular authors.

2:30 p.m. “Why We Celebrate Black History Month.” W. Marvin Dulaney of UT Arlington discusses the effort to ensure the history of African-Americans is included in the “American Story”

3:30 p.m. Melody Bell, griot/storyteller. Traditional storytelling with poetry, songs, instruments and circle games. Everybody gets to participate!

Children can create African-themed crafts throughout the afternoon. The library will have an African-American history display for the entire month. For all ages.

Kids’ Dental Health Event at Whole Foods

24 Feb

Head over to the Whole Foods in north Arlington for an event designed to teach you more about children’s dental health.  Get facts and tips – free samples, too!  Fun activities will be provided for kids.

Saturday, February 26, from 1 – 3 pm.  Free!

Whole Foods is located at 801 East Lamar Blvd.

Paella

23 Feb

This is a delicious recipe for anytime!  I made this over the weekend and was surprised that it only took about 30 minutes from beginning to end.  It was relatively simple.  I skipped the sausage this time.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2T butter
  • 1 pkg. Spanish-flavored Rice-A-Roni
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup mild salsa
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 pkg. sausage (12 oz)
  • 1/2 lb. peeled, cooked shrimp
  • chopped cilantro

DIRECTIONS:

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat.  Add rice mixture (reserving flavor packet) & brown according to package directions.

Increase heat to high, stir in water, tomatoes, salsa, and contents of flavor packet (from rice).  Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low.  Cver and simmer 15 minutes.

Stir corn and sausage into rice, layer shrimp on top and cook 5 minutes more until liquid is absorbed.  Top with cilantro.

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