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Citywide Chanukah Celebration on SaturdayCitywide Chanukah Celebration on Saturday On Saturday, Dec. 20, Congregation Ahavath Sholom in Fort Worth will host a Citywide Chanukah Celebration from 6:30 to 9 p.m. You don't have to be Jewish to attend! Enjoy music from the synagogue's children's...

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Holiday Story Time at Barnes & Noble TonightHoliday Story Time at Barnes & Noble Tonight Tonight, Dec. 19, the Barnes & Noble Hulen Center location is having a Holiday Classics Storytime at 7 p.m. The session will feature holiday classics such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The...

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Breakfast with Santa at Dave & Buster'sBreakfast with Santa at Dave & Buster's Still looking for a Breakfast with Santa event? Dave & Buster's is having one on Saturday, Dec. 20 at their Arlington location beginning at 8 a.m. Admission is $15 per person and includes a full breakfast...

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Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio This WeekendKimbell Kids Drop-In Studio This Weekend This Saturday, Dec. 20 is the latest installment of the Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio, a fun, free event for kids ages 12 and under. Each session features a brief gallery activity and a related studio-art...

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Taco Cabana Pays It ForwardTaco Cabana Pays It Forward It's the season of giving, and Taco Cabana is getting into the spirit! Don't forget to stop by your local restaurant sometime soon to enjoy some of their flavorful dishes. For a quick, cheap meal, there's...

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Breakfast with Santa at Dave & Buster’s

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, holiday

 photo briotuscansanta_zps9caf2b95.pngStill looking for a Breakfast with Santa event? Dave & Buster’s is having one on Saturday, Dec. 20 at their Arlington location beginning at 8 a.m. Admission is $15 per person and includes a full breakfast buffet (drinks not included), a $10 Power Card with unlimited video game play, and a photo with Santa. The doors will open at 8 a.m. and seating is first-come, first-serve. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Kids 2 and under don’t need a ticket.

To purchase tickets ahead of time and ensure your spot, visit their ticketing site here.

Dave & Buster’s is at 425 Curtis Mathes Way in Arlington.

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Family Fun at Irving Arts Center

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free, holiday

 photo irvingartscenterholiday_zpsc99e6a28.jpgThis weekend, the Irving Arts Center is holding fun, free family events. Here’s what’s going on:

Friday, Dec. 12 – Tango from Heaven – Starring harpist and dancer Anna Maria Mendieta, this exciting multi-media concert leads the audience through the tight turns and dips of the Tango. With live music, dance and film clips, Mendieta and her troupe of musicians and dancers capture the finesse and fire of the tango in an exciting new way. Free. Begins at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 13 – Silver and Gold: Annual Holiday Open House – The Irving Arts Center shines with holiday spirit in celebration of the Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed exhibition. Enjoy performances, meet Santa Claus for a photo op and enjoy art work by Irving ISD elementary students. Kids can take a train ride in the Sculpture Garden and make holiday-themed art projects and greeting cards. Complimentary refreshments. Free.

The Irving Arts Center is at 3333 N. Macarthur Blvd.

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Save on American Girl Dolls at Zulily

Category : dining, drinks, Featured, grocery, holiday, shopping, sports

 photo zulilyamericangirl_zps682a5ff0.pngDo you have any little girls on your Christmas list? Head over to Zulily right now and take advantage of their American Girl sale. These deals won’t last long – you can pick up discounts on lots of different dolls and some outfits, too. What’s more, Zulily guarantees they’ll all arrive by Christmas.

Check out the sale here and pick up your gifts today!

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FREE Gifts from Tiny Prints

Category : family, Featured, free, gifts, holiday, shopping, Uncategorized

 photo tinyprintsmug_zpsd67dfba6.pngFrom now through Dec. 11, Tiny Prints is offering your choice of four FREE gifts. Just pick the one you want and enter the code CHOOSEGIFT at checkout. No additional purchase is required, though you will have to pay a small fee for shipping. Pick from the following: a free magnet, free personalized notepad, a free 11-oz white photo mug, or $16.99 off a home decor item. This promo is valid for both new and existing customers, but you can only use the offer code once. I’m going to make a notepad and give it to one of the many teachers on my gift list.

See all the details here and pick up your gift while there’s still time!

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Historic St. Nick Photos @ Log Cabin Village

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, holiday, Uncategorized

On Saturday, Nov. 22, Log Cabin Village will offer photos with a historic St. Nicholas from 1-4 p.m. This is a great option for those who are looking for out-of-the-ordinary Christmas pictures. No reservations are required. Cost is regular Village admission plus a $5 fee for the photo and holder.

Also on Saturday, the Village will hold a candle-dipping workshop from 1-4 p.m. Cost is regular admission plus a $3 fee. This event will repeat on Sunday, Nov. 23.

Log Cabin Village is at 2100 Log Cabin Village Lane in Fort Worth.

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Half-Price Starbucks Gift Cards

Category : Featured, gifts, holiday, shopping

 photo starbucksgroupon_zpsde235b97.jpgIt’s back! Today, you can visit Groupon and pay just $5 for a $10 Starbucks gift card. Your gift card will come in the form of an e-gift, which you can print out and take to your local store, or transfer the balance to one of your existing Starbucks gift cards. Quantities are limited, so snag yours while you can. There is a limit of one deal per person.

See the details here. Happy caffeinating!

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Save on Custom Holiday Cards

Category : family, Featured, gifts, holiday

 photo papercultureexample_zps3d710e27.pngIf you’re making your own photo cards this season, there are plenty of ways to save some money on your order. Check it out here:

Simply to Impress – pay $19 for $40 in cards or $45 for $100 in cards – I have personally used this site and they make beautiful, high quality products.
InvitationBox – pay just $14.99 for 40 custom made cards – other options are available for larger orders; also good for party invites and announcements
Picaboopay just $19 for 40 5×7 photo cards – includes envelopes; more than 200 designs available; other options available for larger orders
Staples – pay $10 for 50 custom cards – flat cards can be picked up at your local store; pay $19 for 100 cards
PrinterPix – pay $18 for 40 custom cards – 5×7 cards; lots of designs available; other quantities available, too
Zazzle$24.99 for 40 cards – high-quality, full-color cards with heavyweight paper; envelopes included
Mail Pix - pay $14.99 for 50 cards – this deal is good for 5×7 cards; other quantities are available for a higher fee
Cherishables – pay $19 for $50 in cards – pick from flat or folded styles; design from scratch or use a template
Photobook America – pay $13.99 for 25 cards – over 800 styles to pick from; check the deal for options on larger amounts of cards
Paper Culture$15 for $50 in cards - this is another site I have used and I am very happy with them; company plants a tree for every order made
Vistaprint$27 for $70 worth of cards – can also be used for custom mousepads, calendars, phone cases and more

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This Weekend: Funky Finds Holiday Market

Category : entertainment, Featured, free, gifts, holiday, shopping

It’s back! This weekend, Nov. 15 and 16, is the Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience – a semi-annual extravaganza featuring lots of handmade items from local vendors. Over 100 artists, designers, craft-makers and food-makers will be on hand to help you get your holiday shopping list completed. The market takes place at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, and admission is free. Kids and pets are welcome to attend.

In between your shopping excursions, there will be other fun things to do, too – for a $5 donation to the Humane Society of North Texas and Toys for Tots, you can get a photo with Santa (pets can participate). There will also be pet adoptions, a Toys for Tots drop box, and raffles. The first 75 people through the door each day, who purchase $10 in raffle tickets, will also receive swag bags featuring goodies from some of the vendors. Here’s an example of past swag bag contents.

Get directions and parking info here. The hours for Funky Finds are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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Save Half on Santa Photo Experience

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, holiday

 photo santaphoto_zps09b3e83e.jpgIt’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas! Today, you can visit LivingSocial and pick up this jingle-all-the-way deal: $24 for a Santa meet and greet and photo. This is a $52 value. The experience takes place on your choice of two dates: Nov. 28 or Dec. 19. You’ll head either to the Ridgmar Farmer’s Market or Wild Orchid Florist, both in Fort Worth, to redeem your deal. In addition to meeting Santa, you (or your child) will get a photo with him, and will also get a chance to mail a letter listing their Christmas wishes. Each voucher is good for 1 person.

If you buy this deal, you must redeem it on one of the two given dates. If you can’t attend, you may arrange to have a video chat with Santa (see the fine print for details). The hours are 2-6 p.m. on Nov. 28 and 3-7 p.m. on Dec. 19. See all the details here and get your deal before they run out!

Other deals you might like today include:
$6 for one family admission to the Fort Worth Aviation Museum – the whole family can use this deal to visit the museum near Meacham Airport, featuring 24 aircraft on display dating from 1943 on
$15 for one admission to “The Nutcracker”
– save 45 percent on a ticket to see this holiday classic performed by Ballet Frontier of Texas, on either Nov. 21 or 22 at Will Rogers Auditorium
$18 for one admission to “The Nutcracker”
– can’t make it in November? You also have a chance to see this ballet, performed by the North Central Ballet, on either Dec. 5 or 6, at Will Rogers Auditorium. Packages for multiple tickets are available.
$30 for 2 weeks of barre fitness classes from Smart Barre Cityview – get unlimited classes that change your shape with a blend of Pilates, yoga and ballet; pay $65 for 4 weeks

Photo courtesy USACE Europe District/Flickr

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Save 68% on Sam’s Club Membership Package

Category : Arlington, dining, entertainment, family, Featured, food, holiday

 photo samsclub_zpse58f7183.pngIs there anyone who pays full price for warehouse membership anymore? Visit LivingSocial today and save 68 percent on a Sam’s Club Plus membership. You’ll pay just $45 for a 1-year membership, plus you’ll get a lot of bonuses: a complimentary membership for a spouse or other household member, a free $20 Sam’s Club gift card, and coupons for four free fresh food items (a rotisserie chicken, spinach artichoke dip, cookies and a French baguette). This is a $142 value!

As a Plus member, you’ll also receive extra perks, like rewards on your purchases, VIP member events, and more.

If you buy this deal, you’ll won’t be able to redeem it until Oct. 29. After that, you can activate the membership anytime through Feb. 3, 2015 at your nearest Sam’s Club. See all the details here and get yours before the deal is over!

Other LivingSocial deals available today include:

$8 for 2 tickets to the Holiday Magic Gift Market – shop from over 100 local vendors for holiday gifts on any day from Nov. 7-9 in Arlington; benefits Junior League; $16 value

$12 for $20 at Habaneros Fresh Mex – save on tacos, fajitas and more in Fort Worth

$25 for a 2-hour painting party from Paint Nite – create a masterpiece while hanging out and having drinks with friends; all supplies included; paint parties are happening in Colleyville, Fort Worth, Addison and more

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