Aquarium Adventures: Sea Life Grapevine

Once upon a time, I gave Phil a birthday present of a membership to the Sea Life aquarium in Minneapolis. We used to go a lot, often on a Friday evening, just to wander and watch all the cool fish and animals. Our favorite fish was the arapaima, a giant South American fish. Given our history of aquariums, I was surprised to realize we hadn't taken Jaye since we moved to Texas and she'd actually be aware of what was happening. So last night, Phil and Jaye and I headed to the Sea Life Grapevine … [Read more...]

DIY Large Wall Art that Makes a Statement

We used to have a big blank wall in our dining room. A big blank wall that we stare at every day. And of course, I didn't want to spend a bunch of money on artwork for that wall. It was a problem. Until one day I had an idea for how to create a DIY large wall art piece that would really fill that big blank space and make a statement. I wanted an art piece with texture and interest, but still modern and simple. And I wanted it to have meaning, too. To make my statement piece of DIY large … [Read more...]

A Newbie’s Tour of SXSW Interactive

March definitely had its low points. But before that, something fun and cool happened. Thanks to Pfister, I got the awesome opportunity to attend South by Southwest Interactive in Austin (aka SXSW Interactive or SXSWi). Here's what I did while there and some tips for other SXSW Interactive newbies. SXSW Interactive and the Gamers. The conference takes over the entire city and sessions and events happen in various buildings all around town. I spent a lot of time being nerdy at the gaming expo. … [Read more...]

The Great Greek Yogurt Taste-Off (Pt. 1)

When I was studying in Greece, Greek yogurt was kind of a big deal. Obviously. Yogurt with Honey was listed as a dessert on the menu of most restaurants (tavernas, they are called). And it really was a perfect dessert. Just a bowl of thick Greek Yogurt with honey drizzled over the top. A little tart. A little sweet. A nice light finish to my favorite Greek dinner. Before I travelled to Greece, I'd never heard of Greek yogurt. But now, Greek yogurt has become a much bigger deal even here in … [Read more...]

DFW in Review: Little Lakewood Playhouse

UPDATED JUNE 2016: Bake and Play Cafe has changed its name to Little Lakewood Playhouse. You'll find less food service, but still the same fun play area plus a new kids salon and boutique. Check out their website here: Jaye and I love exploring Dallas. A month or so ago, I heard about this new place opening up called Bake and Play Cafe. It's a little out of my neck of the woods, but it still lingered in the back of my mind as somewhere we should … [Read more...]