22 December 2006

...And to All a Good Night.

Only two more shopping days until Christmas, and if you’re still searching for the perfect gifts, you can’t say we didn’t offer a few suggestions over the past few weeks!

The next time you hear from us, we’ll have a jam-packed January issue out on the stands, our first of 2007. In it, you can look forward to features on childcare and gifted education, as well as a special teen supplement. While you’re enjoying January, though, our minds are almost in March. We just like to keep one step ahead of you that way!

We’re taking a day or two off--to regroup, to relax and to celebrate, but we’ll be back shortly, and we’ve got big plans for ’07.

Enjoy your holidays

18 December 2006

All Aboard!

I love Dallas during the holidays. Where else can you experience a Christmas tradition like the Grapevine Vintage Railroad's "North Pole Express." We caught the 10:30 a.m. train this past Saturday with the boys (pictured). Little ones are encouraged to wear their jammies (parents too!) a la the real "Polar Express" and the mood is festive with sing-alongs and a surprise visit through the coaches by Old St. Nick. Tickets for the final weekend (this Friday and Saturday) are sold out, but often extra seats are released right before departure — so for train lovers it's worth a shot (plus there's free entertainment in the form of an ornament factory, Santa visits with photos, holiday model train layout and live entertainment at the "North Pole Fun Park" - aka Cotton Belt Depot in Grapevine).

And, if you're looking for something to do with the kids after Christmas, load up the fam for a round-trip train ride to the Fort Worth Stockyards Station Dec. 26-31. Trains depart daily from Grapevine at 1 p.m. and return at 6 p.m; or depart the Stockyards at 3:30 p.m. for the Trinity River Run to 8th Avenue and return at 4:30 p.m. For more info and prices, check out the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. --shelley

Age Games: Your Comments Wanted!

I recently sat down with our editorial director, Shelley, in preparation for an article I’m working on for the February issue regarding older versus younger moms. She asked me to think about the differences that she and I would experience as mothers each raising similar-age children (I have one on the way and she has three under 5) in respect to our ages (we differ by about 10 years). As a younger mom, will I be more fun-loving? As an older mom, will she be more patient? Will either of us become jealous of our stations in life in regard to parenting?

These questions really got me thinking and I posed these, and several others, to members of our readers’ panel (if you’d like to join, just shoot me an e-mail) to see what they thought and now I’m asking you. Have you ever felt ostracized by a group of older or younger moms? Do you feel like you “don’t fit in” because of your age? If you’re a younger or older mom, in a nutshell, how do you view the other mommy group?

I’m looking for moms who aren’t afraid to speak their minds! =) E-mail me at senior.editor@dallaschild.com. All comments may be used in the feature, so please include your full name, city in which you live, age now, age at which you became a mom and number of kiddos in your response.

I look forward to hearing from you shortly!

13 December 2006

Chic or Eek? Is Your Closet Calling for Help?

If you are a mom anything like me, your closet could best be described as casual meets corporate meets maternity meets carpool (in a variety of sizes to suit all life phases). I love to shop. I have many receipts to prove it {insert husband cringing}. I enjoy fashion and pour through women’s magazines for ideas. I have a clue. The one thing I don’t have much of is time. And, that’s what it takes to pull together a smashing wardrobe: time.

Or Nancy.

Who is this magic makeover marvel? Without giving away too many details (you’ll have to read the January issue of DallasChild), Nancy Klompus is the secret-weapon to many a well-dressed mom in the Metroplex. With more than 25 years of designer fashion experience (think Neimans, Saks and Barneys) under her belt, she works as a personal-style consultant, whipping wardrobes into shape with her impeccable eye for style. Nancy takes the best of what you have, organizes it, reinvents it and builds upon it.

I was brave enough to invite her into my closet {yes, nervously so, but you have to admit there is a problem before you can make improvements!}. Find out what I learned (tips you can steal, too) and discover why the right personal shopper might actually help save you money! --shelley

ps ... Who wants to vote? Is that my closet pictured above? Is it Tessa's? Or random Internet photo that Liz dug up? You tell us.

12 December 2006

Sugar & Spice for Dallas families

Fresh from feeding families at Thanksgiving, the North Texas Food Bank is hosting a special event this Friday for families at Dobie Elementary in Richardson.

Food Bank chef, Kyra Effren, will host a gingerbread house party for graduates of the six-week Operation Frontline program. Operation Frontline is offered through Dobie’s Even Start program and teaches Spanish-speaking families how to make healthy and “budget-wise” food choices through hands-on classes.

Effren will assemble the houses and let the families decorate with all sorts of candy décor.

Sounds like fun and a great way to give these families something sweet for the holidays.


06 December 2006

Just Two Weeks Left to Shop...

On the heels of Shelley’s shopping list (see “A Few of My Favorite Things” entry) and Liz’s shopping blitz taking place this weekend (check out “Time to Shop”), I decided it was time to dish on all the goodies I’ve been hording in my holiday hat, as well. Enjoy!

* If you want to make the holidays “blingy” and bright, gift a little one (newborn to age 6) with Swarovski-crystal or nailhead-embellished treats from u*b*baby. The angel onesie (with crystal-outlined wings on the back) is my absolute favorite!

*To make someone’s home (and heart) all aglow, check out the customized creations from Light Affection. Just submit a favorite photo and the company will turn it into an amazing standing light or night light. (I have one of these in my office and it’s beautiful!)

* For those on your shopping list who like to be in-step with celeb life (apparently Eva Longoria and Jessica Simpson, among others are loving this line), then check out gear from Bejeweled. I have my eye on the “Royal Highness” tee — too cute. Shop at www.fashionchateau.com or www.angelarunway.com.

*Want to give the gift of art this season? Swing by the
Mary Jack Studios’s Web site to see the wonderful, whimsical creations designed to inspire all little minds.

*Nothing says lovin' like something from the oven, but how about helping a Dallas-area charity at the same time? The Creating Comfort cook book, which benefits the Genesis Women's shelter, is chock full of tasty recipes for appetizers, main dishes and desserts. Shop at www.genesisshelter.org.

*For the new mom (or about to become one) on your list, visit LillaBoo. This stylish site offers fashion-forward baby basics. Think geometric-print bibs, blankies and bags — a great alternative to the more humdrum offerings that tend to flood the market.

* Want a truly inspirational gift for that woman in your life that reminds you to walk on faith (thanks mom!)? Check out Dallas-based company Christian Couture. ShaeLyn Werner’s collection (the creator) is something to behold. Bonus? For those of us with a baby bump, there’s also a maternity line that boasts sayings like “Blessed Belly” and “Heavenly Sent.”

*And finally, shield against the winter chill with a cozy fleece blanket from Affirmagy. These cuddly wraps boast uplifting affirmations, covering subjects like motherhood, love and serenity.

Happy hunting!
much love~

05 December 2006

Sneak Peeks...

Maybe it’s still December to you, but for us here at the magazine, December has come and gone – it’s time for the new year! For the covers of January’s DallasChild and FortWorthChild, we chose two fiery (and fun) red-heads by the names of Caitlin (DC - bottom picture) and Kelsie (FWC - top picture). The two girls didn’t seem upset that they were missing school to be “models,” dressing up in the “princess skirt” and other outfits selected for them. Here are sneak peeks of the little firecrackers from their cover search test shots from this past fall.

Thanks to Caitlin, Kelsie and their moms for such great and entertaining shoots this morning!


Time to shop!

If you survived Black Friday, but still don’t have your holiday shopping finished, you are in luck. Our fair city is not short of shops, but if you’re still at a loss, do not miss the annual Holiday Market sponsored by The 500, Inc. at Dallas Market Hall.

Five dollars gets you into this 2-day shopping fest this Saturday (12/9) 10-6 and Sunday (12/10) from 11-5. You’ll find more than 200 vendors selling everything from gifts and clothes to jewelry and crafts.

The 500, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of the arts in Dallas for nearly 40 years, and also hosts the annual ARTFEST.

And, if all the shopping becomes too harried, we’ve stumbled upon this little gem called Christmas Eve: the Joy of Giving, by Lisa Sferlazza Johnson and Tucker Johnson. Eve is a charming little fairy who goes to help build toys at the North Pole, where she learns that quality is more important than quantity…especially come Christmas time.

Happy shopping!


01 December 2006

Help Your Neighbor

It takes years to build a home, and minutes to lose it...

Operation Homefront is asking for your help for an Arlington family. A fire in late November destroyed the Willows Apartments and left the Davenport family with nothing. Dad is in Iraq and mom is caring for kids ages 6, 2 and 2 months.

The Davenports desperately need clothes, and so will Dad when he returns next year. (Sizes 6, 4T, and ever-increasing infant sizes for the kids, and mom is a 14)

They will also needed are furniture, kitchen items and, of course, diapers!

Operation Homefront’s chapter president, Karla Ayala, suggests saving your shipping costs by donating money or gift cards (all money will be converted to gift cards for the family). “Gift cards can be purchased at banks that can be used anywhere and Wal-mart gift cards are good to because they would cover food, clothes, toys, etc,” she says.

Operation Homefront is a national, non-profit, created after 9/11/2001 to provide emergency assistance to U.S. troops and their families.

Visit Operation Homefront's Texas chapter for information on how to help.

Many thanks, and have a great weekend

Oops! We Did It Again!

Fresh from the Dallas Bar Association's 23rd Annual Stephen Philbin Awards Luncheon (during which John Edwards was the keynote speaker), our star contributing reporter/writer, Lisa Poisso (looking radiant and stylish I might add), dropped by the office with the 2006 award for excellence in legal reporting in hand! This is the third major award given to Lisa's two part series: Overhauling Child Protective Services. Qualifies it as a must read, don't you think?
Happy weekend. --shelley

27 November 2006

A Few of My Favorite Things

Moms, it's time to start your holiday shopping (especially from the comfort of your computer). Since we are in the parenting pub biz, you can bet that we get the inside scoop on all sorts of great products (and, we simply don’t have the space in the magazine to run everything). So, here are three neat items on my own list:

Personalized pop art portraits (pictured above) created from your photos (great for playrooms): allPopart

Soothing lullabye Cds by Coldplay, Metallica and Radiohead (no kidding). Michael Armstrong takes popular bands’ chart-toppers and turns them into serene instrumentals: Rockabye Baby

Unique and hip shoes for kids: Vincent Shoes

I would love to hear about your finds! Drop me an email. --shelley

20 November 2006

My Hubby is “Pregnant,” Too

OK, so my hubby, Chris, is no medical marvel, a la Arnold Schwarzenegger in Junior, but I think he’s getting pretty close. Since the day I said the words “You’re going to be a daddy!,” Chris has been experiencing sympathetic pregnancy — and it’s cracking me up!

For those who don’t know, my hubby is a stocky, goatee-sporting bald man who passes more for a bouncer at the neighborhood bar, rather than a dutiful shopper at Babies “R” Us. And though I’d heard about this phenomenon where daddies-in-development start “feeling” preggars, I never in my wildest dreams thought Chris would be one of them.

But he is.

In fact, he just called (like he has nearly every day the past few weeks) and asked, “Hey, are you tired?” As usual, I said “Absolutely,” and he replied, “Me, too.” We’re on the same wavelength when it comes to all things related to this pregnancy: headaches, exhaustion (if you called either of us around 8:30 on any given night lately, there’s a good chance we’re both already sawing logs), mood swings and hunger pangs. The only thing he hasn’t developed is my strong aversion to seafood — yet.

I tease him mercilessly when he starts getting mopey and whiney (meaning, he sounds and acts just like me), but honestly, the fact that he is so in tune with me and the baby, just makes my heart swell (then makes me cry with laughter, what can I say — mood swings).

Here’s hoping my intuitive “prego” partner continues to share so fully in this experience — but hands off the stretchy panel pants, mister, those are all mine!

much love~

It's a ... Katie!

The Press Club of Dallas announced its coveted (and nationally recognized) Katie Award winners this weekend and guess what? We won in the category of Best Investigative News Story (beating out fellow nominee D Magazine and scores of other publications throughout the Southwest). The story that earned us the gold: Overhauling Child Protective Services - a two part series written by Lisa Poisso.
In related news, DallasChild also nabbed the American Cancer Society's Texas Media Award in the Best Magazine Feature category for Deborah Dove's riveting tale: Diagnosis Cancer: The Worst News Can Bring Out the Best in Parents.

15 November 2006

Dear Hannah … Love, Santa

The leaves are falling (well, more like being catapulted off the branches today due to the one-million-mile-per-hour winds), there’s a chill in the air and there are only eight days ’til Thanksgiving. So what does all this mean? Santa will be “sliding” down that chimney before you know it.

If your little one hasn’t already penned the first draft of her letter to Santa, it’s only a matter of time (minutes, probably). But for every letter she wishfully sends each year, how many does Santa send in return? Sure, he may scribble a quick note after scarfing down the milk and cookies on Christmas Eve, but as for a personalized, straight-from-the-North-Pole piece of snail mail addressed to Hannah herself? Umm, probably hasn’t happened. Afterall, he’s a busy man.

But … there is a company willing to give the ol’ guy a helping hand and bring a huge smile to your child’s face. Letter from Santa is an online e-tailer that allows fun-loving moms and dads, such as yourself, to customize a letter (from Kris Kringle) with your tot’s name, hometown, gender and good deeds. Within just a few days of placing your order (it’s $9.95 per letter) your little one will receive a customized letter from Santa on holiday-themed paper. Just imagine how thrilled she’s gonna’ be.

Hmm, wonder if Santa writes to adults, too? =)

much love~

13 November 2006

What’s In the (Cocktail) Sauce?

It’s been two weeks since I last blogged – I know, what a slacker. But my lack of online input has simply been because I didn’t know how to follow-up on my last entry, “Boy or Girl?” Here’s my quandary, do I spill the beans on baby’s gender (yes, the hubby, Chris, and I now know) or do I keep it secret a little while longer? I decided to go with the latter … for now. =)

But here’s what happened on Halloween.

The representatives from IntelliGender (Rebecca and Teresa couldn’t be sweeter, by the way) stopped by the office to pick up “my sample.” I’d told them I didn’t have any “official” collection cups and asked what I should use. Rebecca said she’d received samples in everything, even a Starbuck’s cup. So the night before I pillaged the kitchen, looking for something suitable. Behold the abandoned shrimp-cocktail jar in the back of the fridge — perfect! It had a tight, no-spill lid and wasn’t gynormous like the pickle jar I’d contemplated only moments before.

I scrubbed the label off the jar, rinsed out all remnants of seafoodiness and gave it a run in the dishwasher. The next morning, thinking I’d been smart by finding such a user (and tester) friendly collection “cup,” I presented Rebecca and Teresa with my sample. “Wow, this is certainly a first,” they laughed upon seeing the jar lid, which read Golden Dipt Cocktail Sauce. My face turned crimson, much like the cocktail condiment I’d rinsed away the night before. “Hey, at least it has a lid,” I joked, knowing it would be a long ride back to the testing area without one.

By 3:30 that afternoon, the “sauce” had spoken.

much love~

p.s. A big thanks to all of you who e-mailed and weighed in on “peanut’s” gender. I loved reading your responses.

I Scream, You Scream...

There’s an interesting new partnership between the North Texas Food Bank and Carvel Ice Cream.

In celebrating the spirit of Thanksgiving, Carvel is asking you to bring canned food donations to any Metroplex location. As a reward for your good deed, Carvel will give you a free cup or cone for every five items donated.

Need more of an incentive than just free ice cream? Probably not, but just in case, here’s the NTFB by the numbers:

$1 donated = 6 meals provided

57,000 North Texas families fed each month

37 million pounds of food distributed last year.

You could help prepare 57,000 Thanksgiving feasts with your donation…and not spend a minute in the kitchen.


10 November 2006

These Boot(ies) Are Made For...

In the spirit of holiday giving, Robeez Footwear, creators of those soft-soled shoes that are often seen on the tootsies of local babes, is matching the number of Robeez shoes bought on their North American, European and Australian websites during the months of November and December 2006, with the same number of shoes donated to K.I.D.S. (Kids in Distressed Situations).

Robeez Heart & Sole program is responsible for this charitable initiative, and has been quite successful in the endeavor. Since its formation three years ago, Robeez has donated over 95,000 pairs of shoes and booties to children in need.

It costs you nothing, so if you have a little tot or need a present for one, check out Robeez online. It's a contribution well-appreciated...


09 November 2006

Hit the Road

DallasChild is headed to Fort Worth this weekend. It’s kind of like a road trip, except no songs and no license plate games. We have places to go—families to see. We’ll be at Ridgmar Mall on Saturday for our FortWorthChild cover search, our last one of the year.

Because we’ll be in Cowtown, here are some happenings going on west of I-35 this weekend.

Today, the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation dedicates a new study area celebrating the arts at the Fort Worth Central Library. The Betty and Hardy Sanders Art Study Area will feature book displays, reading chairs and study tables, as well as the Foundation’s growing collection of art works. Among these works are five original works on paper by Andy Warhol.

On Saturday, after dropping by our cover search, of course, the brand new GSX Athletics facility is hosting the GSX Games. GSX is an innovative athletic facility for youth sports and adult training, and the games will offer “Olympic-style events” for kids (think soccer, gymnastics and martial arts) and an open-house look at the family-friendly gym and its classes.

Enjoy your weekend!

08 November 2006

What You're Not Supposed to See...

Yesterday we had our photo shoot for the covers of DallasChild and FortWorthChild’s December issues. For December, we decided to go with a rich holiday feel of black and gold for our last issue of the year. Once again, our wonderful photographer, Jennifer Weintraub, gave us great shots of little Lauren of Dallas (top picture), and tomboy Toni (you never would guess by looking at her) of Grapevine, in the comfort of her own dining room. Pushing all tables and chairs aside, this is the site where we shoot many of our covers. (PS – there are many behind-the-scenes tricks and secrets that you would be amazed about, but of course…we’re keeping some under wraps).

The two gorgeous girls were perfect little angels at the shoot, and will make your hearts melt in their “princess” dresses. Thanks to Lauren, Toni, their mothers and of course Jennifer for such a great end to our year!


03 November 2006

National Adoption Day

November 18th is the 7th Annual Tarrant County National Adoption Day sponsored by Child Advocates of Tarrant County.

The event is to celebrate the finalized adoptions of more than 80 children in Tarrant county, who will be permanently placed with families and leaving the foster care system for good.

Adoption ceremonies will take place all morning in several courtrooms at the Family Law Center in Fort Worth. Children and families will also receive gifts, be able to have family portraits taken, and enjoy various other festivities.

For more information, visit www.nationaladoptionday.org, and don’t miss our feature on transracial adoptions in the November issue of DallasChild, out now. Thanks to the Child Advocates for the info.


01 November 2006

Look Who It Is...

Guess who was at our New Arrivals Baby Fair and Cover Search for his debut as the Fall/Winter face of babyDallas? It was Ilan, the beautiful baby boy gracing our latest issue of babyDallas. Only about four months old at the time of the shoot, Ilan has grown into his good looks quite well and is as handsome as ever. Now this 10-month-old is preparing to become a big brother. They grow up so quickly these days….

babyDallas is out on stands now, so don't forget to pick up your copy if you're a new or expecting family!


30 October 2006

Boy or Girl?

Is the little “peanut” that’s growing in my belly destined for hues of blue or sassy shades of pink? This, my friends, is the question.

And, if things go according to plan, Chris and I won’t have to wait the normal 20-plus weeks to hear the answer! A new company in Dallas, IntelliGender, is working to create an at-home gender detection kit that can be taken during the first trimester and tomorrow I’m going to be a guinea pig — a very excited guinea pig.

I’m the worst when it comes to waiting, so in anticipation of the big news, I’ve been consulting the Chinese calendar, evaluating my cravings and sleep patterns, as well as peanut’s heartbeat to see if I can come up with a “best guess” as to whether the name Madison or Cooper will soon adorn a nursery wall.

Here are my stats:
  • Sleep: constantly exhausted, always prefer to sleep curled up on my right side
  • Cravings: potatoes, potatoes, potatoes, oh and dill pickles (I know, how cliché)
  • Chinese Calendar: predicts a boy
  • Heartbeat: as of two weeks ago peanut’s heartbeat was 156

What do you think baby will be? E-mail me your thoughts at senior.editor@dallaschild.com.

much love~

Tiny Dancers

As I mentioned September, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is on its way to North Texas. But, before the curtain rises Nov 10, the ensemble had to find two young, local dancers to play the part of Clara in The Nutcracker segment of the show.

Julia Nicholson, 10, of Coppell (pictured left) and Brittney Dito, 12, of Lewisville (right) dazzled judges Oct 1 with their grace and precision and won the coveted roles.

Both girls take lessons from the Ballet Academy of Texas and are already seasoned performers. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the famed Rockettes, opens at the Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie Nov 10 and runs through Dec 3 for a total of 40 shows! For more information and tickets, visit the Dallas Summer Musicals website.


To all our "fans"...

Thank you to all who came to see us Saturday at NorthPark Center for our NewArrivals BabyFair and Cover Search! We all had such a great time meeting you and your little bundles of joy. There were so many cute babies, that our Art Director, Laura, and I will definitely have a difficult decision ahead of us when it comes time to pick which one will grace the cover of our Spring/Summer 2007 issue of babyDallas.

Thanks again for such a great Saturday!


26 October 2006

The Clock's Ticking...

Remember to vote for DallasChild and FortWorthChild’s Best for Families awards that will be announced in the Decmber issues of the magazines! Votes will be compiled on November 1, so that means Halloween is your last day to make your vote count!

Vote now! Go to www.dallaschild.com for DallasChild, or www.fortworthchild.com for FortWorthChild.

A Cautionary Halloween Tale....

Our friends at the Fort Worth Public Health Department are wonderful with advice about the West Nile virus, flu vaccines, and the occasional E.coli outbreak info, but yesterday they released a list of tips for Halloween safety, and I thought I’d pass them along. These tips are what you’ll likely be seeing on the news in the coming days, but, as always, better safe than sorry!

Things to remember for your trick-or-treaters:

Wear fitted costumes and shoes (to avoid falls)
Only carry flexible costume props (no hard plastic swords, etc)
Make sure masks fit well (for visibility purposes)
Use reflective material (so ghosts remain visible after dark)
Use the buddy system (and/or a chaperone)
Cross the street safely
Check treats for evidence of tampering
Always carry a flashlight in the group

Just a few good things to keep in mind for trick-or-treaters of all ages.

Have fun out there!


25 October 2006

If You Snooze...

Visit us this Saturday at NorthPark Center in front of Macy’s for our babyDallas Baby Fair and Cover Search. We’re looking for precious babies to don the cover of our Spring/Summer 2007 issue, and we want to see you and your newborn – 12 mo. old baby there! This year, we’ve changed things up, so come see what it’s all about. Also, we have our New Arrivals Baby Fair, sponsored by Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, going on for those expecting and new families to enjoy and grab some information along the way. We’ll be there from 10a – 4p, so come see us!


20 October 2006


If you’ve read our October issue (out on stands now) then you know my amazing, incredible news, but if you haven’t had the chance to peek inside our pages yet, then here it is, I can’t keep it a secret from our blog readers any longer: I’M PREGNANT!

I went in for my sonogram this morning, to check on the cyst situation (read last entry “Mustard Seeds” for backstory) and it appears I have not one, but four little “friends.” BUT … it seems they’re shrinking (which is why I was having such incredible cramping yesterday). So scary pain = great news … YAY! Now, back to the fun stuff.

On the morning of September 18, when I was scheduled to go in for blood work to see if I had ovulated on my first cycle of Clomid, I took a pregnancy test (just to see …) and lo and behold that little stick actually gave me a positive sign! After taking those things for nearly three years I was convinced I would never see one work in my life, unless of course it was someone else’s. I called the doc’s office to see if we could add a pregnancy test to the lab work – I wanted to make VERY CERTAIN that I was, in fact, preggars before spilling the beans to my hubby.

That night, with positive results in hand, I let our little yorkie, Max, break the news to Chris. I affixed a new tag to his collar, which I had inscribed with the words “You’re Going to be a Daddy” and outfitted the little furball in a t-shirt that read “Big Bro” across the back. When Chris came in and saw Max all decked out he nearly fainted. “No way! You’re kidding! Nu uh! What? Seriously?” were his words, all the while grinning from ear to ear. It was an awesome moment we’ll never forget.

Now, over two months into pregnancy, all is going great (except for those “friends” of mine, but as long as they don’t bother peanut, then I’m not going to let them bother me). I’m exhausted all of the time and have developed strong aversions to certain foods (don’t even mention seafood to me right now!), but other than that … I’m just truckin’ along.

Just seven more months to go. =) I can’t wait to meet this little peanut of mine …

much love~

19 October 2006

Mustard Seeds

September of last year I had a cyst removed from my right ovary – it was a painful recovery as my doc opted to forgo the laser and went with the traditional incision instead. “Better chance of saving your ovary,” she’d said, which, since I’d been battling infertility, sounded like the best course of action to me. Two egg-producing o’s had to be better than one, right?

Two weeks ago I went in for a sonogram to see how everything was looking. The technician kept measuring and remeasuring one large spot and since everything on a sono looks the same to me, I assumed it was my uterus. It wasn’t. It was a cyst.

I have another “friend.”

I panicked of course (hello, thought we were done with this!) and the doctor reassured me that everything would be OK. Now, however, I’m having pain — intense, excruciating, leg-numbing pain. I called the doc. She said the cyst was probably trying to rupture, but it was nothing to worry about (apparently only patients get freaked out by words like “rupture,” lol). I’m having another sono in the morning to see what’s going on in there.

But here’s the real point of my ramblings, an e-mail I just received from my mom: “I hope you are not hurting as much now — I’ve been praying for you all night. God said all it takes is a mustard seed of faith. Well, if that is true then you may have about a billion children!!! =) You are going to be the most awesome/eclectic mommy there has ever been — stay true to yourself! Be safe in God's Amazing Grace.

How can I worry when my mom is planting so many mustard seeds on my behalf? And how can I be anxious when there are so many wonderful strangers — readers — who have been following my journey and sending me their hope, faith and encouragement?

Tonight I’m planting my own mustard seeds of faith — for my mom — for you — for all of us. May these seeds bloom and grow into the beautiful miracles they are destined to be.

much love~

16 October 2006


Last Friday, my favorite rockstar/activist, Bono, was on Oprah. He wasn’t there touting a new album, or tour, but instead introducing us Americans to his a new idea: PRODUCT(RED).

Already up and running in the UK and as of Friday, the US, companies such as Emporio Armani, Motorola, Apple, and Gap are teaming up with PRODUCT(RED) to produce “red” products (for those who don’t like the color red, not to worry, not everything is red). Why red? Red is the color associated with fighting AIDS, which is what this venture aims to do. According to Bono, it takes very little money to provide Antiretroviral (ARV) Drugs to those women and children in Africa afflicted with the disease. Bono, together with Bobby Shriver, co-founded PRODUCT(RED), in an effort to make contributing as easy as buying a t-shirt.

Why should we, living in Dallas, get involved? We have to set an example for our kids to teach them compassion, selflessness and to care for others, even if you don’t know them or aren’t affected directly by them. It doesn’t take much money, or time for that matter, just a want to help change the world just a little to make it a better place for your kids to live in.

To learn more, and see all the PRODUCT(RED) things available, check out www.joinred.com.


12 October 2006

Hey Columbus- The World Is Flat

I’ve recently had a book recommended to me by several people, through my work at DallasChild. I sensed there was a hype surrounding it, and that usually is enough to attract me. The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman seems to be related to much of what I’m working on lately, so I also felt I should do my homework. So here’s an informal book review, keeping in mind that I’ve only read a chapter and a half. But, no worries, I’m hooked.

TWIF is about globalization, which Friedman says essentially comes down to the instant, reliable worldwide communication that we now depend on. By saying that the world is flat, he is saying that the global playing field has been leveled. (Not in the process of being leveled, but that this is how it is NOW.) Economically, politically and socially, we all have basically the same access to goods, services and most importantly information, thanks to the Internet, and it’s changing how companies and countries do business and politics.

How does this relate to my work? Well it affects they way our children will (should) be educated. After all, they’re future economists, politicians, and CEOs, right? The authors of The Mislabeled Child, Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide, with whom I am working for a story on gifted children, agree with Friedman. With barriers to communication down and access to information for all, it takes more than knowledge of facts to be successful. (Think: a class can all get perfect TAKS or SAT scores, but what will make each student stand out to college admissions? Future employers?)

It’s more important than ever to teach creativity and innovation instead of mere facts and rote memorization. This is a hard balance to strike when there are standardized tests involved. But rather than see it as a negative, I see it as more of a challenge to think and teach differently.

The book is an eye-opener, and it’s surprising how relevant it is—to anyone with kids and/or a career (everyone). Friedman writes about the present, but makes you look to the future. And it only took 40 pages to do it for me.


11 October 2006

Look Out...Here They Come!!!

This week we had our cover shoots for the November issues of DallasChild and FortWorthChild, and let me brag a little by saying these covers are going to be fabulous! These great snapshots submitted by their moms, caught our eyes and led us to choose them to grace our November covers. Ashton, our Dallas cover-boy performed like a pro, even though he was a little under-the-weather. You’ll see his personality (and precious attitude) radiate on the cover. Mason, our Fort Worth cover kid, was all smiles all the time, and one of the happiest (and friendliest) two-year-old boys I’ve ever encountered. His smile will light up your day, and did for all of us at the shoot. Both boys were so adorable, that Laura (our art director) and I wanted to take them home with us. Thanks to Ashton and his mom, Cheryl, and Mason and his family for being so easy and wonderful to work with! Also, a big thank you to Jennifer Weintraub, our fabulous photographer who did it again!


06 October 2006

A Date with Tootsies

Every mom deserves a little glamour in her life. That’s exactly what I got yesterday. Tootsies (a store that I admit I’ve never entered) contacted me recently saying they would like to provide clothing for any upcoming photo shoots. As luck would have it, I had a photo shoot scheduled with Sugar Photography for my editor’s note/holiday pics. So, I made an appointment to meet with Amy Bertrand, the dress consultant.

I was a tad nervous as I stepped into the famed bastion of Dallas fashion. Immediately, I spied a bar (a BAR?) and quickly ascertained that it must be for the wonderfully generous husbands who accompany their wives into this carefully edited boutique (that and it comes in handy for those trunk shows/parties they host – take the one with Nicole Miller scheduled this Thursday). The service was warm and gracious and I was quickly whisked upstairs to meet Amy, who is adorable (young and clearly NOT a mom). I’m quite sure she was looking at me thinking … let’s get some Spanx on that girl. Instead, she sends me to the fitting room with dresses one size too small (which I secretly hope I can fit into but end up needing to cop to my “real” size). Let me just say this: She is an expert. Everything she selected I absolutely loved and fit me perfectly (read: hid my flaws, accentuated what’s left of my assets). They are not styles/colors I would have chosen on my own, but that’s the point. You let the experts do the work at Tootsies (or, I’m sure any fine retailer).

I ended up with several dresses for the photo shoot (including the knockout Nicole Miller number pictured above). Tootsies also has a great selection of contemporary and casual clothes, not to mention a killer shoe department. I’m pretty sure I’m going to buy one of them (as long as my husband isn't reading this). Because, here’s the thing I’ve learned: Treat yourself to that one special dress. Wear it to every holiday party on your agenda - instead of alternating between a few different so-so frocks - and change out the accessories. There is no better feeling than reclaiming your (pre-baby) sex appeal and setting tongues a wag with whispers like “I can’t believe she looks like that and she’s had three kids.”

Thank you to Amy for reminding me of that.

Happy weekend (go Longhorns!). --shelley

04 October 2006

Yes, Lauren, There Is A Santa Claus

But, before the presents and winter wonderlands, we have Halloween, and probably my favorite holiday.

What could be more fun as a child than dressing up as a fairy princess and gorging on candy? OK, I did this last year, plus Halloween-themed cocktails. I love it all, from sheet-covered ghosts to cheesy rubber bats hanging from ceilings. I even feel a tinge of sadness when I see pumpkins massacred in the streets by carousing teenagers. That was someone’s Jack-o-lantern!

The irony is, I don’t really like to be scared. For me, I can enjoy the fall season without the horror and gore. But, for those who appreciate being terrified, there is Hangman’s House of Horrors in Fort Worth. In its 18th scary season, Hangman’s prides itself on supporting local charities. Since it’s inception, it has donated $1.3 million. How scary could that be?

This year, the House of Horrors has three sideshows, which include scary clowns (is there any other kind?) a fun house and something called “Hillbillies Revenge.” But, keeping in mind that this fear is all for good causes, including the American Cancer Society and SafeHaven of Tarrant County, it could be a frighteningly good time. As for me, I’ll be watching for Hangman’s later this month on the Discovery Channel’s Top Haunted Attractions in America. At home. With all the lights on.

Also, congrats to Tania Foster and the Dallas Is Love organization for pulling off an incredible fundraiser yesterday at Potbelly’s in Garland. I met former Dallas Cowboy Tony Hill and NBA star Ira Terrell, as well as the wonderfully warm Foster family. I hope the event was a great success, and keep up the good work!


03 October 2006

'Tis the Season...Already

Christmas is my favorite holiday by far, and one of the things that jumpstarts my festive mood most is opening up Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book for the first time. This morning, I got an upclose (and personal) look as Neiman Marcus unveiled it’s newest (and might I add one of the best) Christmas Books in its history. Walking around at the press preview, I was amazed not only at the companies who thought up these products (e.g., Pencil Skyscraper by the Art Guys), but even more amazed that Neimans located these fantastical concoctions. On the list of “fantasy” gifts to die for, are the Limited-Edition Pet Homes, GG Quad Four-Wheeler, the Backyard Water Park, and of course possibly the most coveted M6 BMW convertible, amongst many others. There’s always something for everyone in The Christmas Book, big, tall, short and small. They don’t call these the “fantasy gifts” for nothing!

Check out what made The Christmas Book this year online.

Cheers –

A Positive Sign

One of us is preggers! Check out the back page essay of the October issue to find out who ...

29 September 2006

Some Call Her Mayor, Three Call Her Mom

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dallas city Mayor Laura Miller and let me just say, it was a wonderful experience. Aside from leading one of the largest metropolitan cities in the country, this former journalist-turned-politician is the devoted mom to three young children ages 11 to 16. During the course of our 45-minute conversation in a large conference room on the fifth floor of City Hall, Mayor Miller shared with me some truly interesting tidbits:
  • she once kicked a school board leader out of his office during an interview (this was in her journalism days) so she could “pump” (she breastfed each of her three children for a year)
  • she arranges her schedule so she can have dinner with her busy family every night (very few exceptions to this rule are tolerated)
  • her children recently asked her if she would consider having another baby (aww!)

Want to know more? Look for the December issue of DallasChild, where I profile this fascinating mom and reveal the one local hot spot the Mayor absolutely can’t live without, plus the REAL reason she’s not running for re-election.

much love~

25 September 2006

"Oh When the Saints..."

Whether you’re a sports nut or not, tonight’s Monday Night Football game on ESPN is one for the history books. It marks the first time the Louisiana Superdome is back in action after a “makeover" - a much needed one at that - post mayhem and devastation that took place in the Superdome following Katrina's wrath. Forget the game, I assure you that you won’t want to miss the pre-game show as U2 (my absolute favorite band) and Green Day team up to perform together live in the Superdome for a better reason than just football. They will be singing a cover of The Skids track, ‘The Saints Are Coming’ before the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons take the field. Shortly after their performance, a download of the song will be available on Rhapsody.com. The entire proceeds will go to Music Rising, a campaign created by The Edge (U2's mastermind guitarist), which is dedicated to bringing music back to churches, schools and professionals in the Gulf Coast area. The Edge hopes that Music Rising will ensure “’that one of the Gulf Coast’s greatest assets, its music, rise again.’”

Watch them on ESPN tonight during the pre-game show 6 – 7:30pm CST. For more information, go to Music Rising.

cheers -

21 September 2006

It's Almost the Weekend...

The Man in the Yellow Hat and his endearing little friend George are coming to Dallas to celebrate the DVD release of the little monkey’s big screen debut.

Valley View Mall is hosting a day of Curious George activities starting at noon on Sunday (9/24), and the first 60 kids to register can audition for a voiceover role in a future animated production by Universal Studios.

Billed as a “Curiosity and Creativity Day,” the event promises face painting, coloring and promotions galore. Check it out, if you’re curious…

Valley View Mall 13331 Preston Road, Dallas

Also this weekend, Desperados restaurant, a Greenville Avenue Tex-Mex favorite, is having a 30th anniversary fiesta. A nominal donation gets you in the fiesta tent this Saturday, where the food will be free and free-flowing all night.

The event benefits the Love for Kids organization, which helps to serve some 264 local organizations that assist children in need.

Special guests will include former Dallas Cowboy Tony Hill (and friends). Hill will also be stopping by our friend Tania Foster’s fundraiser for Dallas Is Love on October 3. (See below)

Finally, the Desperados have planned a taco-eating contest featuring local media personalities. Dallas Child wasn’t asked to participate, and I think we’re all ok with that. But go see which of your favorite news anchors, reporters and columnists take the challenge and which ones are left with guacamole on their faces. Do it for the kids.

Desperados 4818 Greenville Ave, Dallas

Have a great weekend!

20 September 2006

Future Plans ...

This past month on Clomid was one of the most emotionally challenging periods in my nearly three-year-long fight with infertility.

Not only were my emotions on overload (sorry honey), but my mind was consumed with the business of making a baby:

  • Take Clomid (and forewarn anyone in your path that you are, in fact, taking hormone-affecting meds and caution is advised)
  • Pop prenatal vitamin that rivals the size of a human head
  • Wear too-tight OV-Watch that makes wrist sweat
  • Potty on ovulation-determination sticks (does anyone else have issues finding the stream the first time out? Lol!)
  • On the “O” zone (ovulation) days, “do the laundry”
  • Post-laundry, hitch hips toward the sky on a mammoth “pregnancy” pillow for 20-30 minutes
  • Get blood work done to determine if you really did ovulate or if the stick l-i-e-d
  • Wait … wait … and wait some more for the end of the cycle, which will either bring about joyous, beautiful, life-changing news or another month of “fun.”

Despite having to constantly be aware of what day it was in my cycle and what my body was (or wasn’t) doing, knowing my husby, Chris, and I were taking that “next step” toward becoming Mom and Dad made it all worthwhile. (And, come on, of course I have to admit there is some fun to be had during the whole baby making process, lol!) All this said and done, I’ve decided to detail my adventures in “wanna-be-mommyhood” in our October issue, on stands the first of next month. This is a story you won’t want to miss as I learned a huge life lesson in between my steps (and stumbles) as “infertile myrtle.”

much love~

p.s. The family photo above was shot for the October article by our PR/Marketing guru, Ashley, who is also a fantabulous photographer. Kudos Ash for your awesome talent and for actually getting Maxie to look your direction! =)

18 September 2006

Thanks to our CoverKid Contestants

Saturday's event was a hit! We met so many adorable children and great families. I worked as a photographer with Tessa as my "assistant." OK, actually I was supposed to be the assistant, but after about five minutes we switched because Tessa is much better at handling the paperwork and details, while I like to be the creative type. At least we know that about each other and work well as a team! We had so much fun with the kids and so many of them sprang to life in front of the camera - there will be plenty of fresh faces to choose from for our covers next year. We'd love to hear what you thought of the event ... e-mail us. --shelley

15 September 2006

Could Your Child Be Our Next Cover Kid?

Tomorrow, Saturday September 16, is our annual DallasChild Cover Search and it’s going to be a blast! We’re taking over the castle at Kids Dental (3001 N. Dallas Parkway, Plano on the West side of the Tollway) in hopes of finding fresh new faces to grace the covers of our 2007 magazines.


Kids ages 1-12 (accompanied by mom or dad) are welcome to stop by between 9am-3pm; registration is $35. A DallasChild photographer will snap 3 pictures of your child and the best shot will be printed as a mock magazine “cover” as a souvenir for you to take home.

But it’s not all about the photo shoot … this is going to be a fun-filled day complete with a bounce house, games, an ambulance and helicopter the kids can check out and much, much more.

Come on by, we’ll be looking for ya’!

much love~

Holiday Pic Outfit Inspiration

I'm sure I'm not the only mom who is already obsessing over what my little angels are going to wear for their holiday photo (which will take place next month with the lovely and talented Ms. Jennifer - our cover photog extraordinaire). I am envisioning bright colors and breezy casual. So, when I received a sample from Happy Green Bee, I went ga ga over the sumptuous bands of burnt orange, bricky red and earthy green. The garments are super soft and made of organic cotton too! One of these outfits is a top contender for my baby (if I can match the other boys with equally gorgeous hues). Send me your ideas, moms! --shelley


13 September 2006

Little Darlings

I must tell everyone how excited I am about our upcoming cover girls, Iris (DallasChild) and Briauna (FortWorthChild). Both are spunky 4-year-olds with more enthusiasm and charisma than we could have ever hoped for! They were such fabulous first-time models, you would have thought they came straight from America’s Next Top Model. Here are a few of the outtakes of the girls having fun at the shoot yesterday.
I found our girls’ precious Sister Sam outfits at KidBiz at Preston Center, in Dallas – a store that has been around so long that I remember shopping there with my mom and grandmother as a young girl myself. If you haven’t stopped in lately, I would suggest doing so.
Also, a huge thanks goes to our photographer Jennifer Weintraub of Sugar Photography. She really knows how to work kids (experience gained from being a mom of two little ones) to get the absolute best pictures, especially from our Iris and Briauna. Check out The Sweet Life to see what she has to say about our shoot. I can’t wait for yall to see our latest crop of beautiful darlings on stands Oct. 1!



It’s time once again to cast your vote for the very best family-friendly haunts around town in our annual Best for Families (visit www.dallaschild.com or www.fortworthchild.com to vote). To keep things interesting, we’ve added some great new categories like Mom & Dad (What’s the best date night hot spot that you and your hubby love to frequent?) and Weekends (What’s the absolute greatest One-Stop Shop to Get all your “To-Do’s” Done?).

Come on moms, you know you have secret spots that you’re just dying to bring into the limelight — now’s your chance. (Plus, living in my non-mommy bubble right now, I want/need to know who’s got the best baby gear, where to meet other moms, etc. just in case that “little stick” says “PREGNANT!” in a few days … my fingers and toes are crossed!).

Oh, and one last thing … vote in all of our craveworthy categories and you’ll be entered to win a craveworthy $200 gift certificate from one of our fabulous advertisers — now that’s something that should get your fingers to typing!

Have fun!

much love~

p.s. Thanks to Shelley Anne Marie for the shout out ... always good to know you're "luved." =)

12 September 2006

Tessa Anne Marie!

No, that's not her "real" middle name. But we both insert "Anne Marie" after each other's first names when we want to make a point (kind of like when your mom called you by your first and middle names when you got into trouble as a kid). Tessa took off on "vacation," mumbling something about needing a "break." Whatever. Here I am struggling to keep things organized and running smoothly (and trying hard to stay motivated - she's the ultimate whip cracker) and just when I was devising a plan to put a "ban" on any future little getaway ideas of hers, I open my desk drawer and find a GIANT chocolate bar with a little note from her. Not only is she the machine that powers our editorial department, she's thoughtful too (sort of ... she knows I'm on a diet!!!). Here's to looking forward to her return tomorrow; I guess I better be nice to her ( : -- shelley

08 September 2006

Is it Hot in Here? Or is it Just Mom?

Personally, I thought producers were about to run out of ideas for reality TV shows, but apparently, I was wrong.

A new show is in the works, and casting directors will be in Dallas on Saturday, September 16 to hold auditions for the Hottest Mom in America.

So what is the show looking for in a mom?

"Our Casting Directors are looking for the Hottest Moms in Dallas, with style,
confidence, and sexuality beyond the carpool!" says the show’s press release.

So, moms, come by Reunion Arena a week from Saturday at 8 am and dazzle the casting directors with your stunning personality.

No word yet on what the show will actually require of its contestants, but don’t worry, we’ll keep you posted.

And while you’re in the mood, why not bring the kids by the Dallas Child cover search the same day? We promise…no reality TV stunts required.


07 September 2006

Dallas Is Love

While we’re bragging about people, I want to introduce 18-year-old Tania Foster. I interviewed Tania for our October North Texas Teens, and I’m completely in awe. In my excitement, I don’t want to give her story away too soon, but I did want to share what won’t make it in the magazine.

Tania started a web site Dallas Is Love.org to show love to American troops in South Korea. Her grandfather was a lieutenant colonel and her grandmother is Korean, hence her connection to the country. Through Dallas Is Love, you can donate money which will be converted to gift certificates through the Army and Air Force Exchange Service that the servicemen and women can use anywhere in the world.

After several visits to South Korea to visit her mother’s family and military personnel, Tania decided to amp up her campaign to raise a quarter of a million dollars to show the troops that they are appreciated. Her philosophy that all troops need support, but that they're not concentrated in one small area of the world, as we often assume, is refreshing.

The Fosters also met and befriended Sgt. Allen Cottone while in South Korea. Cottone will be coming home just in time for Christmas, and has not seen his wife in two and a half years (they’ve been married for three).

He asked if he could pay the Fosters a visit while he is on leave, and the generous family said they would be happy to have him. Meanwhile Tania has arranged for Dallas Mavericks tickets and is working on securing a room at the W Hotel, donations from local restaurants, etc. to make sure Sgt. Cottone and his wife have an amazing time in Dallas. After all, who knows where the army could take him next.

Tania has also organized an event at Potbelly’s in Garland (Firewheel Mall) on October 3. She has arranged for KISS FM and possibly Miss Dallas or Miss Texas USA to be there to drum up support. I know I will be there.

Since “Dallas Is Love,” I wanted you all to know about this incredible young woman.


06 September 2006


I am officially in the “O” zone (read: this AM’s “stick” said I’m ovulating). I couldn’t be more excited … well, if the “stick” says I’m preggars next month then of course this excitement will be eclipsed by impending mommyhood, but for now, after surviving my first roller-coaster cycle of Clomid (and almost three years of not ovulating), this is, in a word, thrilling! YEE-HA!

Other exciting news? I am constantly and consistently in touch with local moms who are absolutely amazing and have great things to share with the magazine and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to get this inside look at motherhood. Take for instance Lindsay Kwait, a young woman I met through a mutual friend who traded in her interior-design dreams to be a stay-at-home mommy to her 6-month-old son, Travis. She’s one of those totally plugged in people that we all aspire to be: she blogs constantly and what she posts is awesome. I check in periodically and am always impressed with what she shares – like the video she posted of Travis’ first solid-cereal experience – she didn’t want her mom (who lives out of town) to miss seeing it (aww, too sweet). Be sure to grab the Fall/Winter issue of babydallas out next month to see what Lindsay has to say about all the things she’s wish she’d known pre-baby.

And then there’s Tiffany Cotney, a breast-cancer survivor I’m profiling in our October “Mom Next Door” department. She is fabulous! I spoke with her for over an hour today about her experiences in beating breast cancer and she is inspiring. She has twin 2 year olds (precious!) and we talked about how the past year (she was diagnosed in Aug., 2005) impacted her as a parent and as a woman. You just have to read her story – her spirit, her upbeat (read: bubbly and full of laughter) personality and zest for life is contagious.

My fingers are crossed that I’ll soon be able to join the ranks of these fabulous moms.

much love~

P.S. The sign I'm holding in the photo says "MOMS ROCK!"

The Case for a European "Holiday"

If you can’t tell already through my other posts and bio, I am a HUGE advocate of spending time abroad – especially at a young age. The benefits are overwhelming, and if you spend enough time mingling with the locals, you’ll not only get a true picture of Americans from the “outside world,” but see that the “American way” is not always the only way. For this reason, I believe that it’s crucial for teens and college-aged students to spend time abroad; the lessons they learn, and the perspectives they’ll gain are invaluable and will help shape their lives. They did for me.
I just finished working on an article about just that (advocating teen trips to Europe) for the October issue of NorthTexasTeens. In it, I let you in on the personal experiences I’ve gone through, and the knowledge and lessons I took back with me crossing back over the pond.
If your teen is asking for a trip abroad, or even thinking about it, I hope that after reading this article, you give them the green light – I promise that it is one of the greatest gifts you could ever give them.

PS - the photo is of me (denim jacket, far left), some of my classmates and a Scottish bagpipe player on the Millenium Bridge in London

05 September 2006

Calling All Ballerinas:

Tiny dancers ages 10-14 have just less than a month to get warmed up for auditions for The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes.

Auditions will be held Sunday, October 1 in the Dallas Opera Rehearsal Hall for the part of Clara in "The Nutcracker" segment of the show. A limited number of parts will go to seasoned, young en pointe dancers, and the chosen few will perform in some of the 40 shows during the production's Dallas run.

Email for more information and registration searchforclara@yahoo.com

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is presented by the Dallas Summer Musicals


Fall's Forecast...

Summer heat is still “blessing” us with its presence, but as far as the beauty industry is concerned…it’s fall! Neiman Marcus Willow Bend in Plano is hosting their Backstage Beauty Reception to kick off the season’s newest additions this Thursday night from 6 – 8 pm on the first floor in Cosmetics. Get all the inside info on fall’s big beauty must-haves and secrets, along with the fabulous complimentary red tote with a cosmetic or fragrance purchase of $85+. See you there!

- Lauren