The Herb Garden

I am an avid watcher of the Food Network. I may or may not have a slight crush on Bobby Flay and wish that Ina Garten was our next door neighbor. I seem to also be susceptible to their marketing ploys. One day while watching my “SHOWS” I got the bright idea that I would start a kitchen herb garden…

Three Years and Counting!

This month marks our 37th issue, but it seems like just yesterday Mike and I were having an offhand conversation about starting a magazine. This is an amazing adventure and to be able to do this with my best friend is a dream come true. None of this would be possible without the unbelievable talents of our writer Douglas Matus…

Local Love

I drive all over this fine town of ours and I am always surprised by all of the new shops and restaurants that keep popping up in the most unexpected places. The new Waterside Addition was my sneaky way home when I was late for curfew. I could fly down Bryant Irvin and make it into my driveway on Westridge…

Ladies, Ladies, 
Ladies

This month’s issue features some of my favorite women here in Fort Worth. I have the distinct privilege of calling a couple of these ladies “friend”. Each month when I decide on what stories to do, I think of the people that I have come in contact with, and which ones had a positive impact on me. Darla Bettencourt keeps…

Texas Fall

I absolutely love fall! It’s the beginning of college football and cooler weather is right around the corner. I am a huge college football fan. I worked for ESPN college sports division for many years and my love is deep for these kids that play their hearts out week in and week out. TCU was my home-base and getting to…

Way Back When

Back in September of 1975 my mom tricked me into thinking we were headed to play with friends. She didn’t actually lie, she did take me to meet new friends, she just failed to mention that we were meeting at St. Andrews for the first day of kindergarten, with Sister Corona at the helm. I don’t remember much about that…

In the Good Ole Summertime

I currently have 100 GIANT Pop Ice frozen snacks in my freezer. This is in preparation for summer in my household. I also have 6 dozen one-pint ice cream containers waiting for Mike to utilize his Christmas present, an ice cream maker. We are officially summer ready, with the possible exception of our bikini bodies. I have to confess something,…

Silly is as Silly Does

My Step-Father Jim, or Bonus Dad as I like to call him, gets in trouble on a weekly basis. Only, it’s not the normal kind of trouble you would expect. There is a game that he and Brileigh, aka The Noodle, play where she tells my mom all about some major infraction he has committed and my mom has to…

Generations

A couple of weeks ago Brileigh, our 8-year-old granddaughter, and I went to Bass Hall to see the Ballet Cinderella. The Texas Ballet Company did not disappoint! It has been way too many years since I have attended a ballet and Cinderella with “The Noodle” was perfect. We started our evening at the new Toll House Store with a feast…

Arty Pants

Over the years, during this issue I have shared stories about my amazing art teacher Elizabeth De Wolfe and my love of the MAIN ST Fort Worth Arts Festival. My daughter recently chaperoned “The Noodle’s” field trip to the Kimball and she told me that she just didn’t get looking at art. I told her art is subjective, it’s how…

Like Mother 
Like Daughter but Not Really!

My mom is a woman of many talents, one of them being interior decorating. She passed it on to my sister, but skipped me and went straight to my daughter. They are able look at a room and just know how to make it look amazing. I unfortunately need to be told in order to see it, repeatedly. Even if…

Food and Friends

I have a monthly Saturday brunch with my girlfriends where we get to catch up while enjoying amazing food and a lot of laughs. Our first brunch was held at Fixture. This is no coincidence that they are featured in this month’s issue since it was a direct result of that day. We tried almost everything on their scrumptious menu.…

New Year, New Me?

It’s a brand new year! Hello 2016, hasta la vista 2015. Some of us make resolutions and some of us give up making resolutions. I am so torn when I do January’s issue. I love telling all of the inspiring stories of health and fitness, shaping up and slimming down. Then all of a sudden, I feel like a complete…

Christmas 
angels.

Every year when we unpack the ornaments to decorate the tree, I am always transported back to 1994 when I was a young single mom of my precious Hannah. The times were lean and there was not a lot of extra money for decorations and a tree, but that year I was going to make it happen. I walked into…

Local love.

Last year we took the kids to the Parade of Lights and we were awed by the amazingness of this event. The pageantry and skill it took to put that many lights on a vehicle, bicycle or body was beyond my comprehension. My husband Mike quipped that this year we would engineer our own amazing float. He is quite creative…

Like mother, like daughter…

I was born without an artsy or a craftsy bone in my body. My daughter Hannah on the other hand, can create these amazing, elaborate, beautiful things that just baffle me. I do love to cook though and watch more Food Network than a person should be allowed. Hannah has to call me on how to heat frozen chicken nuggets.…

School dazed.

Hello, West FW! Summer was rather tardy this year so I can only guess that fall will regrettably take its sweet time getting here as well. I am ready for football and TCU tailgating. Go Frogs! But before that I have to get my youngest ready for his junior year.

Pet moms have feelings, too.

Mike and I are the proud parents of five fur babies: three dogs and two cats. Like any other family with very specific dynamics, I am in the unfortunate role of disciplinarian. Since I am in and out of the house all day, I am left to the task of making these crazy animals behave. I am “the mean mama”…

July memories…

My very first 4th of July memory was with my family on the banks of the Trinity River, watching a reenactment of Washington crossing the Delaware River. This was the 1976 celebration of the 200th birthday of America. But it was nothing compared to the greatest day, July 3, 1976. On that magical night my sister Kerri and I were…

Members only…

When Mike and I started dating over 4 years ago he had no idea what he was getting into. I had been a single mother for 12 years and the kids and I had an exclusive club that wasn’t really looking for new members.  When he entered our lives he was exactly who we didn’t know we needed to make…