Thursday, April 21, 2016

Weekend Plans: April 22-24

Weekends are made to play! Here are a few of my favorite fun things happening in the metroplex. Click on the yellow text for direct links to each event. 


Cinderella & the Glass Flipper
April 22, 5:00
Visit the Fort Worth Community Arts Center for a fun twist on the classic Cinderella fairy tale. Please note that only the 5:00 Friday show is free and is first come, first served so get there early. 

April 23rd
Music, art and great food (for purchase) make this family friendly event a sure winner! Bonus: be sure to check out the 100/100 Art Show which features 100 pieces for $100 each.

North Dallas Artist Studio Tour
April 23rd and 24th at 10:00 AM
Ever wanted to peak inside an artist studio and learn about their process? This event is for you!

Earth Day Texas 2016
April 22-24
This incredible festival brings together environmental organizations, businesses, scholars, speakers, interactive programming, live music, outdoor experiences and family events to celebrate living green. Wanna take it to the next level? Ride the TRE/DART to Fair Park and save the commuter cars for Monday. 


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April 22nd, 6:00 
If you like cajun music (or in my husband's case married a cajun) the name Wayne Toups should ring a bell. Toups is incredible live and puts on a fun show at Billy Bobs! You just might see me there jitterbugging. 

Concert at Orchestra Hall
April 22, 7:00 
Donations Suggested
The FW Youth Orchestra is incredible on their own, but this show is a rare opportunity to also hear two winners of the Hong Kong International Music Festival. All proceeds benefit the next FWYO International Tour. 


Kidd Pivot
April 21st and 22nd at 8:00
TITAS is knows for it's presentation of innovative, high-quality dance and I'm betting that Kidd Pivot fits that bill. This show is a hybrid of theater and dance, fusing classical elements with structured improvisation. Check out a sample video on the event site. 

April 22-24
Variety of Prices
Jazz and symphony lovers alike are sure to appreciate Botti's Grammy winning musical stylings.

Have a fun weekend ya'll!

Monday, April 18, 2016

#MondayMotivation: Being an inspiration.

A dad named Philippe started classes called the Daddy Daughter Hair Factory 101

Classes are held all over the country and give dad's the opportunity to learn how to do their daughter's hair, bond with them and build a community with other dads. 

Their Facebook Page has 18,000+ likes and almost as many darling pictures of dads engaging with their daughters in a meaningful way. 

When asked why he started the classes he says he saw a need and wanted to make an impact. That's all it takes to change lives folks. 

This guy totally wins in my book.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Fresh Art Friday: Dori's Main Street Highlights

Y'all! Main Street is SO good this year. With more than 200 really amazing artists showing there is plenty of great work to see, but a few artists are clear standouts for me. Check them out below: 

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Steve works with the natural wood grain shaping each piece into a sumptuous sculptural piece. I literally want to pick up and feel each and every one of them.

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***Sigh*** I could just stare at Cali's work all day. Her award-winning photographs are sublimely simple and printed in stunning color. Crossing my fingers that I can own one of her pieces one day. 

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Luke uses traditional forging methods to create incredible contemporary furniture pieces. These stunners are clean, sturdy and sure to be that statement piece you were looking for. 

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Every time I see Jennifer's booth I stopped in my tracks. These incredible pieces are not actual bugs but you would NEVER know it. Jennifer's creations are so bright, colorful and fun they are sure to make you smile. And can you get over that talent?!

Fritz Olsen 
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Fritz' sculpture pieces somehow manage to be both striking and warm at the same time. He works mostly in stone and his mastery of the craft is evident by the fluid lines of his pieces. 

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Michael's large scale paintings are absolutely lovely. He photographs each flower in full sunlight and then paints them in an almost photo-realistic manner.  They are definitely a statement piece that would be wonderful in a dining or living space. 

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One of my favorite Main Street categories is always jewelry. Hilary's work drew me in because of it's clean lines and imaginative shapes. If you're looking for a well-made, unique piece look no further. 

Rey D'Alfonso
Booth 720

Rey's work is so vibrant and engaging that it's shocking to learn that his pieces reference the 19th century Cuban poet Jose Marti, whose forced exile continues to give a voice to immigrants around the world. If you're looking for a piece that is gorgeous and also has a compelling 'story' be sure to stop by Rey's booth to learn more. 

Main Street Arts Festival run's through Sunday, April 17th and is definitely worth the trip! 
Happy Main Street-ing!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Weekend Plans: April 15-17

This weekend there is really only 1 event you need to be at in the Metroplex: 

Why am I so confident that you'll have a great time? Let me tell you my top 10 reasons: 

1. It's free (well, not the funnel cakes but all other entertainment). 

2. View and purchase world class art from over 200 artists. 

3. All B-Cycle stations are 50% off with coupon code 76102 and you can park your bike with the free Bike Valet at the festival. 

4. Funnel Cake. 

5. Free water stations to fill your reusable bottle sponsored by TRWD. 

6. Free, live music on 4 different stages and throughout the street. 

7. The Times Ten Cellar's Wine Experience Tent. 

8. Kids activities abound at the Main Street Creates!

9. Support school aged artists at the Young People's Art Fair.

10. Get out and enjoy your community. 

Check back on Friday to see some of my favorite art at the Festival. 
Monday, April 11, 2016

#MondayMotivation: Online social media classes

Let's face it, EVERYTHING revolves around marketing. 

You wanna run a successful business? Marketing. 

Need to boost turnout for your next charity gala? Marketing. 

Want to make the high school mean girls super jealous just in time for your 10 year class reunion? Marketing. 

Lucky for you there are a slew of free or reasonably priced online marketing classes. Here are a few of my favorites:


Learn how to hustle effectively with this 1 hour class + access to a recorded Q&A, online workbook and presentation slides. 

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Quickstart guide to 9 different social media platforms including Instagram and Snapchat. 

Prefer to listen to your tips?

Social Media Marketing Happy Hour Podcast

Social Media Marketing Happy Hour helps entrepreneurs in 15 minute podcasts. 

Get out there and do something special today!


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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Weekend Plans: April 8-10th

Lots of fun happening around the metroplex this weekend! Here are a few of my suggestions: 

All Weekend

April 8-10, various times
Tickets start at $35
Join the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for a fun show featuring the music of Bugs Bunny and friends. 

Spring Fiesta

4/8 at 7:30, 4/9 at 7:00
Tickets $27
DCDT II team of dancers will perform three world premiers of contemporary dance.  


4/8, 6-10 PM 
Bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy local bands Reagan James, the Hendersons and Cut Throat Finches for the Southside's family friendly signature event series. Food and drink vendors are on site. 

4/8 at 7:30
Tickets $15-165
Join celebrity chef Padma Lakshmi for an evening of stories about how we eat, love, comfort and forge a sense of home. 



4/9 at 1:00 PM, Klyde Warren Park
Join the United Way of Metro Dallas for an afternoon of fun, health activities and music in the park. Learn how to stay fit as a family, enjoy face paintings, crafts, music and fitness activities. 

4/9 at 10:00 AM
Tickets $20 
Visit 4 of Dallas' most architecturally and historically significant Park Cities homes. Proceeds benefit the Highland Park High School scholarship fund for students studying history or preservation. 

April 9, 9-11 AM
Support the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History with their one mile fun run/walk. Science and history themed activity stations, face painting, raffle and light refreshments. Entry includes a t-shirt. 

Have fun out there!
Monday, April 4, 2016

#MondayMotivation: Exceptional Women Roll Models

For this week's #MondayMotivation I'd like to introduce you to to 5 exceptional female roll models: 

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan 

Dr. Sullivan is the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As a former astronaut Dr. Sullivan was the first American woman to walk in space!

Michelle Howard

Admiral Howard is the first woman to be promoted to admiral in the Navy and the highest ranking African American woman in the military. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ginsburg is the second woman to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court and a champion for the fair treatment of women. She's also an incredible example of civility.

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland has been making waves long before she became the first African-American woman to be promoted to principal ballerina with American Ballet Theatre. She has been an advocate for classical ballet, an ambassador for the Boys and Girls Club and has inspired countless youth of color to chase their dreams. 

Emma Watson 

Emma Watson is perhaps best known for her work in films, but she's been killing it lately as the UN Women Ambassador for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.  She even started a virtual feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf that 'meets' monthly. 

Now go out there and do something amazing!
Friday, April 1, 2016

Fresh Art Friday: Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn is an American artist working in large-scale, mixed-media drawing and paintings that often reference fragmented figures. 


Of his work, Mary Quinn says "I hope to convey a sense of how our experiences, both good and bad, operate to construct our identities I also want to portray a mutual relationship between the acceptable and the unacceptable, the grotesque and what is aesthetically pleasing."   

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, 'Peanut Head,' 2015, Litvak Contemporary
                        Peanut Head, 2015

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, 'Junebug ,' 2015, Rhona Hoffman Gallery
 Junebug, 2015 

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, 'Erica with the Pearl Earring ,' 2015, Rhona Hoffman Gallery
 Erica with the Pearl Earring, 2015

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, 'First and Fifteenth ,' 2016, Rhona Hoffman Gallery
                    First and Fifteenth, 2016 

In addition to being an amazing artist, Mary Quinn is an all around inspirational human.
Nathaniel Mary Quinn is represented by M+B Art

Fresh Art Friday posts are intended for the sole purpose of promoting excellence in the arts community and inspiring readers to find a love of art. Almond Milk & Honey is honored to share interesting, innovative and high quality art with readers. The author in no way intends to deprive the originating artist of his or her copyright status and readers are encouraged to respect the copyright status of all works posted. 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Weekend Plans: April 1-3

It's a buuuuuusssssyyyy weekend in Fort Worth! Here are some awesome things to do:

DanceTCU in Concert
March 31st to April 3rd, various times, $10 tickets ($5 for students)
TCU's Spring Dance Concert is sure to be a stunner! The mixed rep program features classical, neo-classical, contemporary and post modern dance. If you have a dance lover in the family this will be a winner. 

April 1st, 7:30 PM, Donations Accepted
Arborlawn United Methodist, 5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth
Celebrate an evening of Bach music performed by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, tenor Jack Swanson and the TCU Choral. Guests are invited to 'set their own ticket price' for this unique venue and performance. 


Fort Worth Zoo Run
April 2nd, 7:30 AM
Fort Worth Zoo, $18-35 registration
The Zoo Run is a perennial favorite for a very good reason- it's super fun! This year will be even better with the introduction of the Costume Awards. All participants receive a t-shirt, race bag and admission into the zoo for some after run fun. 

April 3rd, 11AM-4PM, Free!
Magnolia Green Park, 1201 Lipscomb Street, Fort Worth, United States, 76104
The Earth Party includes educational booths, live music from the BlueBonnets, Cut Throat Finches and Jessica Kosine, children’s activities, a tree giveaway and prizes.

Open Streets
April 3, 12-4PM, Free!
Magnolia Avenue between 8th and Hemphill
Open streets is a family friendly festival featuring locally made products, activities for all ages and a chance to safely ride down one of Fort Worth's coolest boulevards. Bikes, boards, roller skates, scooters and walking shoes all welcome! 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

#MondayMotivation: I LOVE Class Pass

I've always been what I would call a 'reluctant exerciser'- I don't like to sweat, the gym is intimidating and I'm picky about classes. Unfortunately for my pocketbook my favorite classes are almost always pricey, causing me to engage less than I would like. All of those concerns evaporated when I found ClassPass.

In my city (Fort Worth, Texas) a ClassPass membership gives me access to 30+ neighborhood studios and gyms up to 3 times EACH per month for about $100. Last week alone I did: 

spin (usually $19 per class)
barre (usually $19 per class) 
yoga (usually $15 per class) and 
a lagree method class (usually $25 per class) 

While the cost savings are awesome what's more important to me is that I have access to high quality classes from studios that I enjoy. And I'm discovering new studios and classes literally each week! All of the classes are booked through a single app or webpage which makes it really easy for me to keep track of my activities. 

If you're in the Fort Worth area my favorite studios so far are: 

I had not visited 3 Tree Yoga prior to ClassPass and I am so thankful that I now have! I've attended several different classes at 3 Tree and all of the instructors have been welcoming, knowledgeable and all around awesome. The Friday afternoon RockAsana class is a very favorite of mine!

One of my favorite local studios is Core Elements, which specializes in the Lagree Method of training. If you're looking for a workout that makes you sweat and shake this is for you!  Lagree is a little like Pilates, a little like resistance training and a little like cardio all wrapped into one.  The studio is small with a max of 10 students at a time so you get personal attention with the energy of a group class.

Zyn22 is another studio that is new to me through ClassPass. I'll admit that I was a little intimidated for my first class and made my friend Sierra come with me for moral support, but I am SO GLAD i went! Ya'll Zyn classes are fun. They have great playlists, riders are regularly encouraged to dance and all of the instructors are so motivating. I never thought I'd like sweating this much but it's worth it every time. 

I'm really excited to see what new classes are in my future through ClassPass and will be sure to keep ya'll updated as I find new favorites. If you'd like to give ClassPass a try feel free to use this code for $20 off your first month registration

- DBC 


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