Flying at Reliant Kite Relay Competition for New Friends New Life

The 2nd annual Reliant Kite Relay for Charity kicks off this Friday in celebration of the Reliant Trinity River Wind Festival, which takes place this Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 146 W Commerce at the Trinity River viaduct in downtown Dallas. Reliant Energy invited me to compete by flying a kite at least 50 feet in the air while performing an array of “wind related activities at 5 stations” for a charity of my choice. Anything for charity sounds fun to me!

The charity I will be flying for is New Friends New Life (NFNL). Reliant is generously making a $250 donation to each competitor’s charity and $2,500 to the winner’s charity. New Friends New Life is a faith-based organization located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that enables women to leave the degradation of the sex industry and to build new lives for themselves and their children. NFNL help women overcome backgrounds of abuse, addiction, poverty, and limited opportunities by providing access to education, job training, interim financial assistance and spiritual support.

I’d love if you can join me on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11AM-12PM as a NFNL and Real Posh Mom cheerleader. “Hope is knowing that people, like kites, are made to be lifted up.”

The Reliant Trinity River Wind Festival is FREE and runs from noon to 6PM. It features family fun including:

  • Show kite teams from the Southwest
  • Reliant Energy kite giveaway
  • Visit Reliant’s Smarter Home on Wheels
  • Hot Air Balloons on display
  • North Texas Hang/Para Gliders Association
  • Kroger Kids Fun Zone with bounce houses, clowns and face painting
  • Blackland Prairie Raptor Center birds
  • Sprint Cellular Phone recycling center
  • Dallas Zoo with birds and cool animals
  • Wildflower Planting
  • Paper Plane Making Designs and Contests
  • Free Dallas Wind Symphony Concert
  • Food for purchase
  • Other exciting surprises

Heroes and Handbags

Some people loves shoes while others are purse fanatics. If this is you, come join me at 7th annual “Heroes and Handbags” brunch on Friday, May 4, 2012 beginning at 9:30 AM at Hilton Anatole. In addition to the brunch, there is a silent auction of one of a kind vintage and new designer handbags.

Heroes and Handbags” benefits Heroes for Children, an agency that provide financial and social assistance to Texas families with children (0-22 years of age) battling cancer. Heroes for Children is unique in the fact that they raise money to help relieve the financial burden that is often coupled with the diagnosis of cancer in a child. They pay for things such as: rent, car payments, groceries, electricity bills and even go as far as throwing events for birthdays, graduations and other “milestone” events that take place in a child’s life.

Help eleviate someone else’s “baggage” while showing off yours!

Genesis Annual Luncheon

The 19th Genesis Annual Luncheon is this Thursday, April 26, 2012 at the Hilton Anatole! This luncheon benefits Genesis Women’s Shelter, which is committed to preventing violence by raising the level of community awareness regarding the pervasiveness and effects of domestic violence. It’s a sold-out event, but you can support Genesis by purchasing your RAFFLE TICKETS here! Hurry as online sales end by midnight this TUESDAY TONIGHT. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100 You may indicate your preference of raffle options at purchase. Good Luck!

Option # 1: “Confessions of a Shopaholic” 
Turn heads with a show-stopping, meticulously crafted bracelet donated by BACHENDORF’S and SHAMBALLA JEWELS. Custom made for Genesis Women’s Shelter, the bracelet is comprised of a Star of Shamballa bead in 18K rose gold, ebony pearls and a white centre diamond. You will also experience PREMIER SHOPPING with a $1,000 gift certificate to the exclusive luxury stores of HIGHLAND PARK VILLAGE – pure delight for the shopaholic in you!
Estimated Retail Value: $5,300.00

Option # 2: “Midnight in Paris”
Hear Big Ben ringing in London, run with the bulls in Pamplona, eat crepes in Paris or glide across the waters on a gondola in Venice!  Whether for business or leisure, you will travel to Europe in style with two, round trip business class tickets from AMERICAN AIRLINES (excludes Milan and Rome, and Friday – Sunday travel).
Estimated Retail Value: $10,000.00

Option # 3: “Eat, Pray, Love”
Recharge your body and mind during a seven-day, one-person stay at The RANCH AT LIVE OAK/MALIBU, California.  This no options fitness and wellness retreat promotes a healthy lifestyle by supporting guests through challenging outdoor physical activity, exercise sessions and a structured nutritional diet of homegrown, fresh organic vegetarian fare.  You are sure to return rejuvenated and ready to take on the world!
Estimated Retail Value $5,600.00

Option #4: “Good Will Hunting”
It’s a getaway for the guys at ROUGH CREEK LODGE AND RESORT. Enjoy a two-room, two night stay for four with breakfast and dinner included both days, and a gourmet lunch one afternoon. Nestled on 11,000 acres, this adventure-packed trip also includes a half day of mixed bag hunts and a round of sporting clays for four guests.
Estimated Retail Value $6,090.00

Dress 4 Yellow

Spring is here, and the highly anticipated Dress 4 Yellow fashion show & luncheon perfectly scheduled in the season’s must-have hue! This unique fashion show will include original designs inspired by LIVESTRONG‘s mission to eradicate cancer and a “Yellow Brick Road” auction that includes yellow accessories donated by celebrities. Here are some of my favorite dresses:

Thakoon: Asymmetric sleeveless dress with shoulder drape detail
Zang Toi: Couture original “Yellow Rose” gown created for D4Y.
Backless gown with rose detail and sweep train.
MY FAVORITE! Nha Khanh: Original dress created for D4Y.
Yellow sheath with sheer overlay and black leather trim/accent

Globally benefiting the LIVESTRONG Foundation and locally benefiting Cook Children’s Cancer Center. Click here to make a donation if you are unable to attend.

Also TODAY is the last day, you can start picking yellow on Mulu, and you may win a seat at Lance’s table during the Dress 4 Yellow event on April 5, 2012.

FASHION TIP: The gorgeous canary yellow can be worn on every skin tone with equally as gorgeous results, even varying person style (from masculine chic to femme fetal dresses) can incorporate this bright, bold color. For a classic look team the bold color with neutrals like beige, tan and nude or jump on the color-block trend with a hint of turquoise.

Accessible Luxury

Come enjoy Accessible Luxury on Saturday, April 21, 2012, beginning 7 PM at Park Place Premier Collection Dealership. It is a wonderful night of cars, design and fashion all benefiting the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.


Tickets may be purchased here, beginning at $125 for a individual ticket, $225 for a couple or $1,000 for an exclusive VIP couple ticket which includes priority runway show seating for 2, access to VIP hour, test drive of a Luxury vehicle and a Luxury swag bag.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is a world leader in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions. They strive to improve the care of children worldwide through innovative research and teaching programs, training physicians from around the world. They treat Texas children with orthopedic conditions, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders and limb length differences, as well as certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia.

What a great way to enjoy fashion & help the children in our community!

How Sweet It is Being Named 40 Under 40

I am honored to be named as one of the 2012 40 Under 40 by the Dallas Furniture Bank. I hope that you can join me and Honorary Chairs Mike & Mary Terry, Dustin & Melissa Pridmore and Chair Katie McKinley as we celebrate leadership and voluntarism in helping the DFW community! The people given this award were selected for their civic efforts benefitting families in DFW, leadership in heralding awareness that makes our community more socially conscious and inspiration to others of all ages to reach for greater accomplishments deserve applause! Paired with fabulous bakers battling for your vote, it’s a reminder just how sweet life can be.

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 6, 2012 from 6:30-8:30 pm
WHERE:  The Room on Main (2030 Main St, 6th Floor, Dallas, 75201)
FEATURING: 
  • Presentation of awards to our 40 Under 40 Honorees
  • Battle of the Bakers with People’s Choice Vote and Celebrity Judge’s Vote with bakers including The Cake Guys, Fearing’s-Ritz Carlton Hotel, Sugar Ray’s, Asian Mint, Renaissance Productions/Razzl Dazzl & more
  • Complimentary libations
  • Party pics by Doc Strange Images
  • Complimentary valet
TICKETS: $40 or $75 for Patron level tickets, Sponsorships beginning at $500
 
CONGRATULATIONS 2012 40 UNDER 40
Jessica D. Baker, PE, CFM, PMP, Halff Associates, Inc.
Chris Boone, FACHE, CPHIMS, PMP, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
Stephanie Braislin, Whitley Penn LLP
Tiffany Bryan, Dallas Regional Chamber
Jennifer Buxton, Real Posh Mom & Social B
Starlett A. Carter, Weil, Gotshal and Manges, LLP
Lindsey Cook, CPA, Capstead Mortgage Corporation
David Danish, RealPage, Inc.
Candice Day, Weir SPM
Matthew Enzler, Trammel Crow Residential
Catherine Flagg, Jackson & Flagg Public Relations
Matt Garcia, Office of U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX32)
Zarin Gracey, City of Dallas
Tiffaney Dale Hunter, Tiffaney Dale Agency
Amanda Knobloch, HBK Capital Management
Karen Liu Pang, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Luis A. Marrero Jr., Chase Paymentech
Iris McAllister, Oh*Brownie
Ira A. McGraw Jr, Cedar Crest Golf Course & Banquet Facility
Amy Moore

Help Homeless One Pound At A Time

It’s a sad fact of modern life that the number of people without a permanent residence to call their own are growing dramatically. According to the National Coalition For The Homeless, children under the age of 18 made up 39% of the population of homeless shelters, and 42% of those kids were younger than five.

As stressful as my life gets, I have never worried about where my family was going to sleep. I’m one of the lucky ones. Fortunately, there are organizations like Dallas LIFE. The largest homeless shelter in North Texas, Dallas LIFE ministers to the homeless in need both physical and spiritual healing. It provides food, clothing, shelter, education and long-term rehabilitation programs founded on spiritual principals and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Medieval Times in Dallas announced their goal of donating 2,000 pounds of food to Dallas Life. This Thursday, February 9, 2012, bring a non perishable food item and receive 50% off your adult admission! They have already collected 1,306 pounds and 694 more to go.

What a great way to get rid of “your pounds” and give to those who need it!

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
2021 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX

Dallas: Resistance Is Feudal

Each year, there is always that person who is hard to buy a gift. I have found that buying an experience is great for anyone versus something they won’t remember next year. My family just experienced Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament for the first time. I’d highly recommend it for children 5 years and older and for those who aren’t too “proper.” 😉

Medieval Times has recently offered a NEW show that has taken 2 years to make with many new elements and keeps some traditions. The live show will features two-and four-legged performers with a utensil-free meal serviced in a castle-inspired arena.

The new live production presents live jousting, swordplay, horsemanship and falconry. You are encouraged to cheer for one of six “Knights of the Realm” named after historic regions of medieval Spain. With authentic weaponry and enhanced armor, the new production presents non-stop action tied to the tempo of the music. There’s a general theme of “good versus evil” throughout the show.

Guests will even enjoy an upgraded menu for the utensil free meal during the new show.  The menu includes:

Tomato Bisque
Focaccia Bread with Olive Oil and Seasoning
Oven Roasted Chicken
Larger BBQ Spare Rib
Herb-Basted Potato Split into Two Quarters
Spiced Carrot
Braided Apple Strudel
Larger Beverage Servings and Coffee 

Guests can purchase tickets at the door or online at www.medievaltimes.com.

Please comment below on why you have or have not been to a dinner show. You can also add your comment on twitter by replying to @realposhmom and @medievaltimes

This post was sponsored by Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. While I received admission to show, my opinions are 100% my own.

FCA Coaches Appreciation & Leadership Dinner

Come enjoy the third annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Coaches Appreciation and Leadership Dinner on Monday, November 14 from 6:30 PM – 9 PM at Prestonwood Church in Plano. It will feature speaker Jon Kitna and musical guest Brent Lamb.


Kitna is known for being outspoken about his faith. He has said that “When you don’t have a lot of success, as a Christian you really start to learn God’s character and how much He really loves you. And then you become grounded and rooted. Then when we have the success that I think God is bringing our way, we already have a solid foundation.”

This evening was created as a way to say thank all coaches in the Dallas area who volunteer valuable time to partner with FCA through our huddle ministry and various student-oriented events throughout the year. Awards will be presented to honor coaches in the community who have shown outstanding service and leadership.

Tickets are currently available UNTIL this Wednesday, November 9, for purchase here, beginning at $125 for an individual or $1,000 for a table of 8. All proceeds from this event will be supporting the ministry of the Greater Dallas FCA as well as helping thank the wonderful coaches and their spouses.

2012 Chevy Traversed to the Posh Side

Confession: I love cars. Actually, I get giddy test driving them, so when Britain Chevrolet approached me to try out one of their vehicles. My curiosity piqued. There is one thing you have to know about me. I will NEVER, yes NEVER, drive a mini-van. Daniel at Britain Chevy had bigger plans – their 8-passenger crossover 2012 Chevrolet Diamond Traverse.

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is an impressive vehicle. Yes, you heard me right. I was surprised how much I loved this ride. It was very refined and smooth. It soaked up bumps large and small, keeping highway chatter from upsetting the cabin. I averaged 19 mpg on gas mileage.

Cargo room distinguishes the Traverse, enough for a large cooler behind the third row. Fold all the seats, and the Traverse has tons of space like a truck but protection from the outdoors. The first and second rows have decent space, and the three-seat second-row bench reclines and slides forward and backward. Adults in the third row may need passengers in the second row to move it forward a few clicks to create sufficient legroom.

Thanks to top scores in all crash tests, the Traverse is a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It also earned an excellent, five-star rating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s challenging side pole test. Standard safety features include three-row curtain airbags and an electronic stability system.

The Diamond Traverse had power accessories including driver seat and steel wheel. Features that I loved included steering-wheel audio controls and Sirius XM radio. Can you guess which station I enjoyed?

I also have never used Bluetooth in a vehicle, but now I think that it is “a must” in ALL vehicles for the ease to communicate on the phone while driving. Finally, not a must but a luxury that I like in all of my cars is the heated and cooled front seats. 

You, too, can test drive this vehicle or the Chevrolet Malibu and receive a $40 SpaFinder Gift Card! Click here for more information.

Disclosure: Britain Chevy gave me two weeks to test drive the 2012 Diamond Chevrolet Traverse. These are my opinions.