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All Things Trisha’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and I wanted to share my top picks for gifts for that special someone in your life.

Gifts for Her

Kate Spade

Red Kate Spade Everyone is carrying a Coach or Michael Kors purse so buy her a bag that will separate her from the pack with a bag from our favorite purse designer Kate Spade.

Bottle of Wine

A subscription to Club W is the gift keeps giving. Upon sign up, she’ll be asked to fill out a palate survey, which will help the Club W team match ClubW Bottle of Wineher with the perfect bottle of wine. You can select the number of bottles she’ll receive every month. Just imagine tasting a fabulous bottle of wine together while watching Scandal or Empire!

Maid Service

There is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. So, why not arrange a cleaning service to come by and Spring clean. Dallas Maids and Walo Maids are great local companies.

Gifts for Him

Wet His Whistle

witherspoonArrange for the two of you to take a guided tour at the Witherspoon Distillery in Lewisville.  They offer guided tours to the public on Fridays at 4pm and Saturdays at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm for only $10! At the end of the tour you and the man in your life will enjoy whiskey and rum as well as a little rum cake. 0


He works hard and he deserves a little time just for him. So, arrange for a spa day at The Boardroom. The Boardroom is an boardroomexclusive upscale spa experience JUST FOR MEN!

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

It’s sad but most men have never received chocolate on dudeValentine’s Day! Send him a gourmet box of chocolate from Dude Sweet Chocolate to his office.


Store Bags I love watching kids go under the tree on Christmas morning and tear open their gifts. But I hate watching my hard earned money literally become trash. So, the cheap chick in me came up with 3 FREE GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS.

  1. NEWSPAPER – I just walked in to Starbucks and asked for the old newspapers. The nice young lady gave me a ton. Add a pretty bow (saved comicwrappedpresent2-300x200from last year’s gifts) and you have a beautiful and chic gift. For the kiddos wrap the gifts in the comic strips.
  1. DEPARTMENT STORE BAGS: I always ask for a box and the biggest bag they have no matter the size of my gift. Many stores still offer both option for free. You can open the bag up at the folds and use the bag for wrapping. It doesn’t matter if the gift is from the bag’s store, just cut off the name and wrap or turn the bag inside out. Gel pens really or simple ribbon can add a nice touch. (See picture above)

Grocery Store Bag

  1. GROCERY STORE BAGS: I shop at Central Market and Trader Joe’s all the time and I love their thick paper bags.  Glue the front of an old Christmas card to the top for an added touch. (I got this idea form Thrifty

All Things Trisha’s 5 Things to Do over Thanksgiving Weekend in Dallas

dallasIf you will be in Dallas over Thanksgiving weekend or you have family coming in for the holiday and need something to do other than Black Friday, then check out ALL THINGS TRISHA’S list of 5 Things to Do over Thanksgiving Week-end in DFW. You’ll be happy to know that many of these events are FREE!

1. A Christmas Carol

Location: McKinney Performing Arts Center

Address: 111 N Tennessee St, Mckinney, TX Click for Google Map

Date/Hours: Nov 28 & 29 @ 2pm

Ages: All ages

Cost: $10 adults; $7 students & seniors; $5 kids 12 yrs & under
Instead of watching A Christmas Carol on TV go see a live performance of the classic presented by McKinney Repertory Theatre. The 55-minute long adaptation by Dr. Andrew Harris is affordable family theatre and has been a holiday favorite since 2006.

2.   Dollar Day at Dallas Zoo

Location: Dallas Zoo

Address: 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas TX 75203 Click for Google Map

Date/Hours: Nov 26 @ 9am – 4pm

Ages: All ages

Cost: $1 admission and $1 treats available all day!
Catch the last Dollar Day of the year! Each year before Thanksgiving, the Dallas Zoo offers $1 admission and $1 food/drink specials, too.

Take the DART Red Line to the Zoo entrance to avoid traffic or pay only $8 for parking.


3.   North Pole Express

Location: Grapevine Depot

Address: 705 Main St. Grapevine, TX 76051  Click for Google Map

Date/Hours: Starts November 28

Cost: Prices vary
This is the coolest thing to do if you have grandparents in town. Your train experience will start at the Historic Cotton Belt Depot platform when elves and carolers greet you as you board wonderfully decorated Victorian Rail Coaches.  Departing the platform, you will enjoy live entertainment and the reading of a Christmas story. Every child will receive a “We Believe” Silver Santa Bell.

4.   Christmas in the Square with Holiday Lights

Location: Simpson Plaza at City Hall

Address: 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco , TX 75034 Click for Google Map

Date/Hours: Daily beginning Nov 28, 2014 @ 5:30-9:30pm

Ages: All ages

Cost: Free
Frisco Square does holiday lights big and installs over 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring and 8 miles of extension cords to create an extraordinary computerized light show. You can drive through the streets listen to Christmas music or walk off those Thanksgiving calories to enjoy the dazzling display.

5. Annual Dickens of a Christmas…Home for the Holidays

Location: Historic Downtown McKinney

Address: 111 N. Tennessee St. McKinney, TX 75069 Click for Google Map

Date/Hours: Nov 28 – 29, 2014

Ages: All ages

Cost: Free
Go back in time with the Home for the Holidays festival in Historic Downtown McKinney. Take a ride in an old fashioned horse drawn carriage, sing along with carolers, visit with Ole’ Saint Nick and be sure to stay for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony Friday @ 6:15pm, shopping galore and activities for all ages.