WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS WEEKEND?
Greetings and welcome to GISH PICKS: A GUIDE TO CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES, a free weekly e-newsletter/blog I created as a service to the Houston community in 2003. Please enjoy and please share. My business grows by word-of-mouth from people like YOU!
We survived Halloween and now the REAL holidays are off to a rip-roaring start. Raise your hands if you already have your Christmas lights up!! Several of my neighbors do and I’m just not sure what to think. On the one hand, I like the magic of the lights but on the other hand, I want to savor each holiday as it comes instead of rushing headlong into the next. How do you feel about this? Is it too early to light up? Hop onto GISH PICKS and let me know. While you’re there, please LIKE our page and you’ll be eligible to win passes for groovy dance classes from Planet Funk Academy. And if you want to stay up on summer fun, go to THE SUMMER BOOK: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES and LIKE it as well. Speaking of both GISH PICKS and THE SUMMER BOOK, next year I’ll be celebrating the 10th anniversary of both with a big blowout at the Children’s Museum of Houston so stay tuned and mark your calendars now for March 23, 11am-5pm.
I’m sure many of you have out-of-town guests, so if you need some help with ideas, log onto my “Family Resources” page, which includes a list of over 200 Houston area attractions and almost 50 family-friendly restaurants. Another source I love for ideas is Artshound, produced by the wonderful Houston Arts Alliance. You can find attractions, events, and more. And, because I just can’t help myself, I created a page of Houston “Gems” that has plenty of ideas for uncovering the cool. Check it out and be informed.
If you have time on your hands, this is a perfect break to get organized and I have an easy tip for you to do just that: get a portable file box (so you can move it around!) and make four folders for holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas/Winter, Spring Break, and Summer. File ideas, schedules, and anything else (trip itineraries, a copy of THE SUMMER BOOK) in the folders. You can also create folders for other topics: schools, family trip ideas, sports activities, arts activities, report cards, test scores, etc. My file box is full of those papers I want to get to quickly (such as report cards) and is a place for me to stow ideas for upcoming vacations. And I also have boxes for each child’s school year – 1st grade, 2nd grade, etc. that is stored away and contains items like their favorite shirt, school work, and other memorabilia. It’s like their very own time capsule!
Black Friday a.k.a. “The Biggest Shopping Day of the Year” is just around the corner and Saturday is “Small Business Saturday” so if you can support the hard working small business owners in our community on Saturday, that would be swell. Supporting them year-round is even better!
Happy Thanksgiving and may you find many, many reasons to be grateful. I’m going to make an “A-Z” gratitude list this year (Z? That’s easy: I’m grateful for living with Zest!) so we’ll see how that goes. Have a great week, be kind to others, and GO.FIND.FUN.