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Life in DFW

My life as a wife and mom in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and all things fun about it!

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Whimsical, Engaging, and Fun -- This Is The #CaterpillarShow

Debora Manusama

Having been translated to more than forty-five languages since it's first published in 1969, children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the most memorable  classics of all time. Creator Eric Carle's charming storytelling and colorful illustrations have captured millions of hearts, ours included. 


Last weekend, we're so excited to finally check out the book's theatrical adaptation at the Dallas Children's Theater, along with the adaptations of Eric Carle's other works including The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, and The Very Lonely Firefly.

The play was created by Jonathan Rockefeller, who directed a short animation movie called 10 Little Rubber Ducks , also written by Eric Carle. 

We came to the 1.30 PM show on a Saturday, when J had just gotten up from his nap. He was immediately intrigued by the colorful hanging mobile at the DCT lobby and of course the butterfly cardboad cutout by the entrance. 


Turns out, the catterpillar wasn't the only one who was hungry. J was also very hungry! We decided to give him a little bit of his gluten-free chex mix at the lobby area before walking into the theater, because no food/drinks are allowed inside. 

photo by Linda Blase

photo by Linda Blase

From the very beginning, the show was very engaging and captivating. We loved the different colors projected to the stage by the lighting equipments. And the 75 muppets really brought Eric Carle's famous characters to life, including Mister Seahorse! 

photo by LInda Blase

photo by LInda Blase

The play successfully captures the whimsy and playfulness that we love about Eric Carle's works.  

photo by Linda Blase

photo by Linda Blase

It was lovely seeing and hearing kids of all ages gush, laugh, and even count as they watch the show. The show will run till February 25th, so if you haven't got your tickets yet, NOW is the time to do so by clicking here.

We applaud DCT's effort in making the show as accessible to as many children and families as possible, by providing wheelchair seating, visual impaired seating, and even a sensory friendly show (on Febuary 17 at 1.30 pm)! An ASL interpreted show was also provided on January 28.  For more information, please call 214-740-0051, and for any other info about DCT calendars, activities, and membership, visit. DCT.org . 


Spread the word y'all, don't forget to use hashtag #CaterpillarShow. No photography/video is allowed throughout the duration of the play, but the puppets and puppeteers do come out at the end of the show for photos. You can even meet the puppeteers in person at the lobby! 

We hope you and your family get the chance to experience the show and we can't wait to come back for DCT's upcoming shows throughout the year! 


*post cover photo by Linda Blase


Bringing Good Cheer, #BigDHoliday is Here!

Debora Manusama

Some of the most fun things to do this holiday season in Dallas, with your family. GIVEAWAY for a stay at the Hilton Anatole and more. Click, read, comment, and share!

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Arts, Splash Pads, and Food Trucks -- A Day at DMA & Klyde-Warren Park

Debora Manusama

Summer at Dallas Arts District is always fun. You can start the day pondering upon incredible artworks at the DMA and then chill at Klyde-Warren park both without paying for admission! Here's a look of what these two downtown gems have got to offer!

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Win BIG by Sharing Your Big D Moments!

Debora Manusama

VisitDallas is launching a campaign designed to inspire locals from all over North Texas to rediscover Dallas. WIN BIG Prizes including a night stay at the Ritz-Carlton and tickets to Justin Bieber by sharing unique images with the hashtag #DallasBIGMoments via Instagram from May 8 – May 31.

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Laidback, Family-friendly, Colorful - It's Bumbershoot BBQ!

Debora Manusama

Brisket sausage, St. Louis Ribs, Loaded Tater Tots - all in a spacious, outdoor spot surrounded by tall trees, string lights, and paintable wooden posts? Oh yes, this is Bumbershoot BBW in Argyle, TX!

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Healthy Food for A Happy World - Welcome to Dallas, Flower Child!

Debora Manusama

A bright and happy place serving good food made of quality local produce, Flower Child is finally open in Dallas on March 14! Very family-friendly with a good variety of menus, organic wine, and a mean olive oil and lemon cupcake! 

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Cheeseburger Eggs Benedict & Gelatos - This is Black Walnut Cafe!

Debora Manusama

I was craving for some 'brunch food' one morning when I thought to myself, "Why can't we have eggs benedict on weekdays?" ;) I mean seriously, why do we have to wait for the weekend to savor those creamy deliciousness?

Lucky for us, there places out there like Black Walnut Cafe that serve Benedicts on daily basis! Yaas!!

Established in Houston, TX back in 2002, Black Walnut Cafe serves everything from eggs benedicts, tacos, pasta, to even kolaches on daily basis. In the DFW metroplex, you can find them in Allen, Colleyville, Flower Mound, Frisco, and the location I visited, Coppell. 

Oh yes, on top of it all, they also serve gelato and cheesecakes! (Click the food pics to read their full menu)

I like the fact that we get to order at the counter and pick up our food once our beeper goes off. It makes the whole dining experience much faster. 

I got J some apple juiec, warm almond croissant and fresh fruits. And as for me? I went with their BACON CHEESEBURGER BENEDICT. Whaaaaattttt?? Yaasss mama!

Two extra-large poached eggs, two mini burger patties, toasted English muffin, American cheese, diced crispy bacon, potatoes, and cayenne citrus hollandaise. It tastes as good as it sounds, y'all! Pretty self-explanatory, I don't think I have to try to describe them any further here. It's a really good spin on the staple brunch dish. And seriously, think about it, burger patties do taste good with creamy egg yolks running through it!

I would definitely like to try their Lobster Benedict, Salmond Benedict, or Sirloin Steak Benedict next time! And put a bow on my whole dining experience with some gelato for sure! 

If you're in the area, definitely come visit, they have plenty of room for groups, a spacious bar area, and a patio as well! Love the woody, classic vibe they got going on in here. Very cozy, classic, but casual. 

My basic Wednesday morning instantly felt like a Sunday morning that day. I was like, "Wow, this is too good of a breakfast for a weekday." But then again, why not? Treat yo' self every once in a while! Everyday is a special day ;)


A Family-Friendly Brunch Spot in Deep Ellum

Debora Manusama

Deep Ellum might not be the typical area for your to go for a Sunday brunch with your family. But this one spot might change that. This is Filament! 

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