Easter Egg Hunt In Katy, TX April 3rd

City of Katy Egg Hunt

City of Katy Egg Hunt

City of Katy Easter Egg Hunt happens on Friday, April 3rd, 4:30pm-6:00pm.

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You Have Not Really Gone Green Unless You’ve Seen Your Undies Blowing On A Clothesline

The Wind Beneath My Undies

The Wind Beneath My Undies

I don’t think my neighbors care about the clothes drying in the backyard.  I only have neighbors on one side of my house since our house backs up to a drainage ditch.  I hang undies on a low line out of the line of vision of passerbys.

I have been unplugging all of the outlets in my house when not in use.  I’ve even unplugged my microwave and washer/dryer.  The electric bills in Houston can get over $200 in the summer and about $100 in the winter even without the A/C.  Let me know if you have started unplugging and line drying at your house in order to save as much as you can on your next energy bill.

When A Mom Is Too Lazy To Fix Her Kids A 100% Whole Grain Organic Breakfast

I love them too!

I love them too!

On Monday my kids head back to school from spring break.  We are out of the streudal and no money budget to buy.  Now is the time to fix oatmeal and whole grain toast but gosh darnit I love these little fruit-filled concoctions too!  Shame on me.  I am weak.

Houston Family Fun: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo March 3rd-22nd

Reliant Stadium
Reliant Stadium

p3200009 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo March 3rd-22nd website

My six-year-old son won 4 tickets to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (March 3rd-22nd) when he colored a picture of some cowboys and entered it into the rodeoart contest.   We attended the huge county fair last night (Friday) and we had tons of fun despite me getting separated from the rest of the family for an hour and a half (no cell phone reception in the area).  Here are just a few photos from the Exhibit Hall where tons of merchant, animals and farm equipment was on display.  Enjoy!

 

 

Mesquite Leather Bedroom Headboard-Only in Texas.
Mesquite Leather Bedroom Headboard-Only in Texas.

 

Relaxing Music In The Carpool Lane: Corneille CD

Corneille CD

Corneille CD

There you are in the carpool lane waiting in line to pick up your kids at school or there you are in the bathtub relaxing after puttting  the kids to sleep for the evening.

What music do you listen to after a long day of parenting??  I suggest the  music CD by the singer Corneille to relax to when the days finally slows down.

Corneille’s vocal sound reminds me of Seal’s sound (“Kiss From a Rose”) and strangely the vocalist from  the band Maroon 5 (“This Love”).  I would put his music in the category of easy listening+romance ballads+light r&B= international soul.   The singer sells out arenas in other parts of the world and usually sings in French so he has the romance sound down pat.

The Canadian singer  and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador’s new album “The Birth of Cornelius” is his first English language CD.   Check out some of his French language music videos on Youtube.

All of Corneille’s music tracks are made for background music at a dinner party or times when you want relaxing sounds but not a ton of distracting beats or loud lyrics.   My favorite track is “Back To Life” (track 1) because of the laid back uptempo beat of the song and the plea in his voice to a woman to love him back to life.

Foolish Heart (track 6) reminds me big time of 80s song artist Lionel Richie’s “Hello”.  Corneill’s romantic vocals against the soft piano is a soothing combination.

I am a big music lover and it is nice to here not only new music as a parent but something other than the song “Who lives in a pineapple under the sea….”.

Check out Corneille’s website here or http://corneillemusic.com/.

School Spring Break Kid Stuff To Do This Week: Free Computer Game Sites

Giraffe Houston

Free Entertainment for Kids on Spring Break “Stay-cation” 
10 Web Sites to Keep Your Kids Entertained and Safe

In these tough times, a lot of families are opting for Spring Break “stay-cations” instead of big holiday trips. But if you’re staying home, it can be hard to keep the kids entertained and out of trouble. Many parents are naturally cautious about letting their kids loose on the Internet, but there is a lot of good, free, appropriate content available online – if you know where to look. Here’s a list of 10 web sites to bookmark that can help your kids beat Spring Break boredom if they’re staying home.

Best Set-and-Forget Web Environment for Kids

· KidZui – KidZui is actually not a Web site at all – it’s the Internet made just for kids. It gives kids access to millions of Web sites (including all of the below), YouTube videos, games and photos that have been vetted by a team of parents and teachers. Kids love the cute little avatars they can create and the safe social networking features, and parents love the fact that there’s no chance of enquiring minds stumbling across anything inappropriate.

Best Web Sites for Kids

· Club Penguin – A snow-covered virtual world where children play games and interact with friends in the guise of colorful penguin avatars.

· Lego.com – Ideal for the Lego fan, your child can watch Lego comics and movies, play games and construct their own Web page to show off their creativity.

· Nick.com – Your child can pledge to save the world, play games, check out the latest news on SpongeBob or create a virtual life on Nicktropolis.

· PBSKids.com – With games themed around Sesame Street, Clifford, Curious George, Arthur, Barney and other kid classics, your kids will have fun “interacting” with their favorite characters.

· Poptropica – This virtual online world lets kids create a character, play games, compete with other kids and travel between islands on a blimp to explore new areas.

Best Online Game Sites for Kids

· Cartoon Network Games – With more than 200 games featuring favorite cartoon characters, your kids can hunt monsters with Scooby-Doo, play Ninja Survival or follow the Path of a Jedi.

· Funbrain – Part of the Family Education Network, the site provides educational activities for parents and teachers, as well as interactive games to help your kids with math and reading.

· Funschool – This site, provided by Kaboose, is designed for elementary-age kids and offers free educational games as well as printable activities, coloring sheets and craft projects that will help your kids learn while having fun.

· Hot Wheels Games – For car fans, Hot Wheels has dozens of vehicle-related games that let kids drive through mazes, race friends and solve puzzles.

KidZui’s Cliff Boro believes that parents needn’t be afraid of letting their kids use the Internet. “The Internet is a wonderful tool that, when used appropriately, provides endless hours of free entertainment for the whole family,” he says. “And more than that, it’s a great way for kids to learn and discover new things without even realizing it!” And what parent wouldn’t approve of that?

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Free Entertainment for Kids on Spring Break “Stay-cation” 
10 Web Sites to Keep Your Kids Entertained and Safe

In these tough times, a lot of families are opting for Spring Break “stay-cations” instead of big holiday trips. But if you’re staying home, it can be hard to keep the kids entertained and out of trouble. Many parents are naturally cautious about letting their kids loose on the Internet, but there is a lot of good, free, appropriate content available online – if you know where to look. Here’s a list of 10 web sites to bookmark that can help your kids beat Spring Break boredom if they’re staying home.

Best Set-and-Forget Web Environment for Kids

· KidZui – KidZui is actually not a Web site at all – it’s the Internet made just for kids. It gives kids access to millions of Web sites (including all of the below), YouTube videos, games and photos that have been vetted by a team of parents and teachers. Kids love the cute little avatars they can create and the safe social networking features, and parents love the fact that there’s no chance of enquiring minds stumbling across anything inappropriate.

Best Web Sites for Kids

· Club Penguin – A snow-covered virtual world where children play games and interact with friends in the guise of colorful penguin avatars.

· Lego.com – Ideal for the Lego fan, your child can watch Lego comics and movies, play games and construct their own Web page to show off their creativity.

· Nick.com – Your child can pledge to save the world, play games, check out the latest news on SpongeBob or create a virtual life on Nicktropolis.

· PBSKids.com – With games themed around Sesame Street, Clifford, Curious George, Arthur, Barney and other kid classics, your kids will have fun “interacting” with their favorite characters.

· Poptropica – This virtual online world lets kids create a character, play games, compete with other kids and travel between islands on a blimp to explore new areas.

Best Online Game Sites for Kids

· Cartoon Network Games – With more than 200 games featuring favorite cartoon characters, your kids can hunt monsters with Scooby-Doo, play Ninja Survival or follow the Path of a Jedi.

· Funbrain – Part of the Family Education Network, the site provides educational activities for parents and teachers, as well as interactive games to help your kids with math and reading.

· Funschool – This site, provided by Kaboose, is designed for elementary-age kids and offers free educational games as well as printable activities, coloring sheets and craft projects that will help your kids learn while having fun.

· Hot Wheels Games – For car fans, Hot Wheels has dozens of vehicle-related games that let kids drive through mazes, race friends and solve puzzles.

KidZui’s Cliff Boro believes that parents needn’t be afraid of letting their kids use the Internet. “The Internet is a wonderful tool that, when used appropriately, provides endless hours of free entertainment for the whole family,” he says. “And more than that, it’s a great way for kids to learn and discover new things without even realizing it!” And what parent wouldn’t approve of that?

Story Credit: Elliote Gillmore, Atomic PR

Drive-In Movie Theater $4 Kids Houston Area

WALL-E

WALL-E

This place is closed!

Updated Post:  Here is the updated  website for “The Showboat Drive-In” :

http://www.theshowboatdrivein.com/

The Showboat Drive-In movie theater is located just 5 minutes east of highway 290.

The address is 22422 FM 2920 Hockley, Texas. See the map below for location.

Here is their website:http://www.theshowboatdrivein.com/Photo courtesy of EveryStockPhoto.com

There is a front screen and a back screen at the drive-in. You get to park and view two new release movies without having to move an inch.

Please check with movie theaters for current movies and times.

There is even a playground and snack bar. I plan to go sometime this month and I will take pictures and post them right here.