Zara Stone

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Omg, this place is aaaaaaaawesome!!  Especially for you DIYers like myself.  I needed some pea gravel for my son’s sandbox...supposed to easier to maintain and more sanitary?  Just picked up 8 bags which was more than I needed, only used 4 bags.  Poured it into his sandbox and rinsed it out with water and ready to go!  I don’t even need to cover it to protect it from rain.

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Maison Pucha

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It’s a nice restaurant, very nice.  Very pretty interior.  We sat at one side of the restaurant for lunch, the less formal side.  Looks like a great dinner or brunch place.  The fish I ordered came highly recommended but I thought was underwhelming.  Skin on a fish always makes me a little wary, and this time the fish was a little fishy,  I couldn’t finish it, but the veggies were good.  This dish is pretty isn’t it?  All my dining mates seemed unimpressed with their meals too.  Anyway, that’s all I got.

M&M Lighting

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Seriously the best allotment of lighting fixtures I have seen in one place!  Thanks to M&M we are almost done with the renovating of our duplex and should be on the market next week! 

IKEA Kids

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Those bookshelves you wanted to get for your kid’s room, I found it for you!  Put a few of these together, done!  And best part, it only cost $55 for one set! 

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That little kiddie table you’ve been wanting to get, check! 

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Those floating shelves you’ve been meaning to build to get those things off the floor, another one done! 

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And all those shoes that are everywhere you don’t want them, here you go!  You can thank me later. 

DOC Band

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Uhm yes, isn't this the cutest thing ever?  Yes, so my second child has a moderate level flat spot on the back of his head and this time I'm doing something about it.  So this is called the DOC Band and I'm sure you have seen babies with this helmet while you were out and about...and no they are not retarded or handicapped...it's a flat spot, that's all.

So anyway, as I was saying he has a moderate level flat spot that could take anywhere between 4-12 weeks of time spent in this helmet, no biggie.  He'll be thanking me when he's a young man and he decides he wants a fade, buzz cut or if he goes bald.

This is becoming more and more common and more parents are going this route to ensure their child has a normal, rounded head shape.  And as that becomes more and more in demand, so is the service of designing them.  I got mine done at Spectrum Graphics through my contact Jimmy Vu.  They were very accommodating to the fact that my son could not be out of his helmet for a full day and was able to get his done within a few hours.  Isn't it cute?  Looks awesome and most importantly it makes it not so awkward or shameful but instead really makes it attention grabbing in a fun and interesting way.  Anyway, call them if you need one, they should be able to help you out.  Jimmy, (832) 231-2090, signs@gotospectrum.com.

Jinya Ramen

I can’t believe I haven’t posted about our favorite local ramen restaurant!   Uh yeah, it’s our favorite place because it’s good, they have tasty apps like our favorite Quinoa salad and I’ve gotten over the regular tonkatsu ramen and looking for something that taste like my instant Korean spicy ramen that I can’t seem to find anywhere except the closest is at jinya.  I will have to post pictures next time I go, promise!

Nino’s on W. Dallas

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So this is the place you always drive by when driving on W. Dallas next to Whole Foods and those red brick townhomes...and I'm wondering how it is I've never come here and after going here tonight this is what I realized...

It's not the kind of place you think of when you think of hip trendy Italian food.  It's more like the place you end up going to, that your parents or in-laws selected as their favorite local Italian restaurant.

Overall the food was pretty decent but the crowd was very...family oriented, or how do I say..."older", and not that there’s anything wrong with that, but just trying to paint an accurate picture.  Anyway, you get my point.

My table ordered the Scampi, the Spaghetti Carbonara, Americana Pizza and the Fish.  All good, but the Scampi was the tastiest.  We also ordered the Lemon Tart and Chocolate Cake for dessert, which was both good, Lemon Tart a tad better.

Our server was 3 days into his job and actually pretty great! The food good, prices a tad high, ambiance just ok.  Not sure I would return honestly...because of the ambiance, and food didn’t quite have that, push me over the edge, factor.  The outdoor eating area is pretty nice cool, especially on a rare cool day like today.

Emmaline

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So I’ve been hearing not such great reviews by friends, actually only 2 sets, nothing I actually looked up, but still wanted to try because it looked so cute!  And it is, it’s super cute, great ambiance.  We started at the bar and with the help with our bartender we started with the Burrata, which was delish.  Then the House Salad, tasty.  For dinner we ordered the House Pizza and the Lamb Papardelle, which we’re both a little off, enough to make us not want to finish our dishes and the sundae, which came highly recommended by our server was excellent!  A little disappointed that the main entrees were not that great, Matt said he wouldn’t want to come back, but I wouldn’t mind sitting at the bar with some small bites...for the ambiance...it’s a cute place, very cute.

Brave Landscapes AstroTurf

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I finally got my AstroTurf in!  Love it, it feels so much nicer and not to mention much cleaner!  I feel like rolling around on it...it’s oretry awesome!  I especially loved what they did for my vines panels.  I was wondering how they were going to handle those.  Looks awesome!

Batteries + Bulbs (Yale/I-10)

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I always forget about this place.  I already wasted my time at target and was about to drive out to Richmond and fountain view to a camera shop when I remembered this place...and they had my battery charger for my Nikon camera!

And my client couldn’t find a bulb for a light he had to replace, as was requested in the contract, he went everywhere and couldn’t find it, I told him to try this place and they had it!  This place is awesome!

New Listing in Houston Heights! $499,900

A rare 2-story floor plan w/ living on the first floor, all bedrooms on second with a flex bonus space, nursery or office, and zoned to Harvard Elementary!  Call me to schedule an appointment!

www.har.com/60990618

SOO KIM
BROKER ASSOCIATE
The Reyna Realty Group
soo@sookim.com

Piggy’s

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Finally!   I’ve been wanting to try this place for sometime and I like it! The restaurant is cute and I love the banquette seating and the food was actually pretty good and they say brunch is really popular so to come before noon so I can’t wait to try it again! 

New Garage Apt in Upper Kirby only $1300!

This cozy and charming garage apartment located in the Upper Kirby area is a 2 story building, detached from the main house and located in the rear of the property. Living is on the first floor, bedroom/loft with bathroom on second floor and balcony, also includes refrigerator and stackable washer/dryer, on-street parking. This one goes quickly so schedule your appointment today!

Flowers

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For Mother’s Day my husband bought me this huge bouquet of flowers which I’m sure cost a pretty penny and weren’t even that pretty, to be all honest.  Look at these beautiful arrangements at Central Market and they only cost $13!  I’d pick one of these over any huge prearrangements from Kroger any day!

Poo the Rescue

While on the topic of my backyard...now that we have kids, for lack of time, I do let the dogs out back for convenience.  Sometimes, you just can't get out whenever you want and since I've redone my backyard, I have not cleaned up pet waste.  Now that the little man is wanting to go out back, I knew I had to and man I was not looking forward to cleaning up back there...so I did some research and called Poo the Rescue and man this guy is great!  The owner's name is Brian and he's so helpful and when his technician missed a few poops, he personally came out and combed through the backyard himself.  Super nice, super great service and I definitely recommend them!

pootherescue.com