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Why The Houstonian’s Trellis Spa Is Worth Your Dollar

Let’s face it, some of us – ok, most of us – neglect to pamper ourselves the way we deserve to be.  We work hard, take care of our families, spend our spare time running errands and doing those dreaded chores (ugh). But hey, it’s the circle of daily life.  

So, with everything that we do, why not schedule some time to relax? And no, I’m not referring to the hot bath with a glass of wine type of relaxation ….although there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. And yes, I am sipping a glass of Merlot while writing!  

What we need, ladies, is a day of pure serene relaxation.  A day of dealing with absolutely nothing but our own peace of mind.  And the place to do that at?  My hands down most favorite spa in the city of Houston – The Trellis Spa  at the Houstonian. I do save my coins and try to treat myself at least once a month and yes,  every single time my boys ask what I want for Mother’s Day, my birthday, Christmas, or just for being the awesome mom I am – well, you guessed it – a gift certificate to Trellis.

Now, I do understand that Trellis may be above what some of us may want to pay but let me tell you why it is so worth it.

Sure , there are those spas that cost less or even those that offer memberships but here are my reasons as to why Trellis is the best spa for your buck.

So, you go to your regular spa, get your 30 to 50 minute massage….then what?  Get dressed, get back into your car  onto the road in that horrible Houston traffic and that’s it……spa time ruined.

Here’s my spa day schedule at Trellis and I wish my words could tell you why it’s so worth it.  I am going to try but trust me, book that appointment and check it out for yourself!


Lola’s Tip On How To Spa At Trellis:

Book an afternoon appointment (around 2ish) and get there around 1pm. Get settled in – oh, and take a swimsuit! Take about 10 to 15 minutes in the whirlpool, then a few moments in the steamroom.  Rinse off in the rain shower and enjoy a few moments in the relaxation pool.  Enjoy the many fresh fruit juices (the melon is my fav!).  Rinse and get ready for your massage!

After your massage, grab a cocktail and take a nap in the relaxation room.  The dimly lit room is accented with plush chez lounge chairs and the fireplace along with the sound of the water feature.  After your nap (and maybe a little snoring, ha) grab a book, or some lunch and head out to the balcony amongst the trees. I usually like to grab a cup of complimentary coffee and cookies – WARNING – those cookies are addictive!

By the time I am ready to wrap it all up, I head back to the whirlpool with a magazine and order a libation.

After spending about 5 to 6 hours at the spa, I shower in the individual shower rooms that are not just spacious but have all of the amenities a girl can need.

So, 6 to 7 hours in pure luxury or 50 minutes for a massage and go?

For more information on the Trellis Spa click here 




Sensory Friendly Day At Children’s Museum of Houston

The Children’s Museum of Houston will host a culture-friendly Sensory Friendly Day on Dec. 14 in celebration of our Seasons of Sharing exhibit which commemorates holidays around the world.
Sensory Friendly Day is an opportunity for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore the Museum.
Doors will be closed to the public. There will be no music and sound-reducing headphones will be available. Outside food and drinks will be allowed (Fresh Café will be closed).


·  Music Therapy Activities: Move and groove to therapeutic music in   Tree Top Discovery Room
· Obstacle Course: Race through a fun and challenging obstacle        course in PowerPlay
· Hands-on Specialists: Engage in fun sensory activities with  Board Certified Speech Pathologists and Behavior Analysts.
· Interactive Story Time: Enjoy an interactive story time adventure  in Parent Resource Library
· Mehndi Hand Art: Design traditional Hindu hand art at Alexander  Art Academy.
· The Great Migration: Take flight with monarch butterflies in inEcoStation.
· Macaroni Menorah: Light a candle in celebration of Hannukkah at Junktion.
· Rangoli Revelry: Create Indian-inspired folk art at Junktion.

Sensory Friendly Day, Dec. 14, 2015
***Activities, events, and times subject to change.

Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004

• Special Sensory Friendly Day Admission: $5 per person. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.
• Pre-registration required. Please contact Lydia Dungus at ldungus@cmhouston.org or call (713) 535-7238 to make a reservation.
• For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.

City of Houston Announces Business Plan Competition for Women

The City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity, Small Business Administration of Houston and the Houston Community College System partner locally to provide training opportunities for women interested in participating in the InnovateHer Business Plan Competition for a chance to win $40,000.

Women entrepreneurs have been critical to growing businesses and creating jobs in Houston. Women entrepreneurs can be seen in the medical field, information technology and in the construction industry. Locally the City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity is pleased to partner with Houston Community College and the SBA to provide training opportunities so that women entrepreneurs in the Houston area are given the chance to compete nationally for a chance to win cash prizes to launch their businesses. The InnovateHer competition is open to any women who has an idea to impact the lives of women and families.

Criteria: Contestants must develop a product or service that meets the following requirements:

Has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families
Has the potential for commercialization and
Fills a need in the marketplace
Must be a citizen or permanent U.S. resident who is at least 18 years of age
Must maintain a primary place of business in the U.S.

To learn more about the competition and the trainings available in the Houston area interested contestants can visit www.hccs.edu/innovateher

Free Immunizations Through May 2016 At Children’s Museum of Houston

Children’s Museum of Houston to offer free vaccinations through May 2016

Free immunizations at the Children’s Museum of Houston every second Thursday of the month during Free Family Night from 5pm to 7pm beginning now through May 2016 for children ages 6 weeks to 18 years. Committed to creating a community of healthy children, Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic Program will administer free immunizations through the Vaccines for Children Program to the first 40 children to arrive. To qualify, parents and guardians must bring their child’s immunization records. No need to pre-register. Children must qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program. For questions about eligibility, please call (832) 824-6780.


SPECIAL NOTE: Flu shots will be offered exclusively in November to the first 200 children to arrive. After this month, flu shots offered along with the standard vaccinations to the first 40 children to arrive.

• Oct. 8 (standard vaccinations – limit of 40)
• Nov. 12 (Flu shots – limit of 200)
• Dec. 10 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• Jan. 14 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• Feb. 11 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• March 10 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• April 14 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• May 12 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)

Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004
***Activities, events and times subject to change.

• Free Family Night every Thursday 5 – 8 p.m.
• For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.

[Photo courtesy of the Children’s Museum of Houston]

Mayor Announces Recipients of 2015 Hispanic Heritage Awards

The 2015 Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Award recipients are being honored with proclamations from Mayor Annise Parker today and October 6, 2015 at Houston City Hall. Each honoree was selected based on his or her outstanding contributions toward enhancing the quality of life and advancement of Houston’s Hispanic community.

This year’s Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Award recipients are:

Lifetime Achievement Awards: Josefina Rendon and Jose Adan Trevino
Josefina Rendon was one of Harris County’s first Hispanic women attorneys and the first woman and first Hispanic Civic Service Commissioner for the City of Houston. In 1983 she became Houston’s third Latina municipal court judge, where she still presides. Her judicial career also includes becoming the first Latina Civil District Judge in Harris County. Judge Rendon is the immediate past president of the Association for Conflict Resolution – Houston and past president of the Texas Association of Mediators. She is a published author of over 100 articles and the recipient of both the Justice Frank Evans Award from the State Bar of Texas and the Susanne Adams Aware from the Texas Association of Mediators.

Jose Adan Trevino is founder and former President/CEO of Univision 45, Houston’s first Spanish language television station. Trevino has also been a strong voice on behalf of the Hispanic community at the local and national levels. He has served on many boards including the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Chancellor’s Council at the University of Texas-Austin, Houston Community College Foundation, Texas State Securities Board, Baylor College of Medicine, Governor’s Business Council and the Greater Houston Partnership.

Community Activist: Gilbert Garcia
Gilbert Garcia has enjoyed much success professionally, but he has also been a dedicated volunteer, leader and activist in the Houston Hispanic community. In 2010, Garcia was appointed as the first Hispanic chairman of METRO. Under his leadership, METRO has restored its public image, repaired its relationship with the Federal Transit Administration, improved customer service, obtained voter approval for more funding, expanded light rail service to the Hispanic community and received the Gold Leadership Circle Award for transparency from the Texas State Comptroller. His volunteer work includes countless hours of service on difference nonprofit boards and fundraising for community improvement efforts and organizations that benefit the Hispanic community.

Education in the Community: Gloria Zenteno
Gloria Zenteno founded Barrio Dogs in 2010 after she moved back to the East End and witnessed homeless, neglected and mistreated animals seemingly everywhere. The organization stresses the importance of spaying and neutering pets and encourages residents to report animal abuse or neglect to authorities. By working in community centers and schools and holding events at civic association meetings and parks, Barrio Dogs spreads its message to the larger community. Zenteno’s hard work and commitment to her East End community and to its animals are obvious and serve as a great example for others to follow.

Youth Activist: James Lee
James Lee is the public affairs field specialist for Legacy Community Health. While a student at the University of Houston (UH), he founded LGBT Advocates, the first undergraduate political organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. As the leader of the organization, he worked to expand UH’s nondiscrimination policy to include protections for all LGBT students. As a member of the UH Student Government Association, Lee also advocated on behalf of undocumented students and for revisions to academic policy regarding mental health. His work in the area of healthcare policy advocacy has been recognized by the Texas Freedom Network, which honored Lee with the 2012 Samantha Smoot Activist Award.

Art in the Community: Daniel Bustamante
Daniel Bustamante is Executive Director of the Greater Houston Fair Housing Center and a founding member of the Multicultural Arts Cooperative of Houston. He is an experienced producer, director and administrator of festivals, tours, television, community programs and special events. Bustamante’s record of community service spans nearly 40 years and includes being a founding member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Go Tejano Committee, membership in the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals and serving as chair of the Casa de Amigos Health Clinic Advisory Council. He has been founded, produced or directed a dozen local shows and festivals.

[Save The Date] Houston First Presents: HUE MURAL FESTIVAL

October 17-24, 2015  –  a week-long annual mural festival presented by HOUSTON FIRST and in partnership with EADO District, East End Foundation and Washington Avenue Arts District.  For Sponsorship and Volunteer information contact the festival at info@huemuralfestival.com.  Full Artist and Community Partner Rosters to be announced soon.  Stay tuned! Visit huemuralfestival.com for more information.

Your “Kiss is on My List” at The Pavilion Partners Pre-Concert Dinner & Fundraiser

Your kiss is on the exclusive invitation list at The Pavilion Partners Pre-Concert Dinner & Fundraiser Saturday, September 26 at 4:30 p.m. The event takes place in The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s House of Blues Hospitality Tent prior to the Daryl Hall & John Oates concert.

Enjoy an assortment of appetizers by Tommy Bahama, followed by dinner catered by Squash Blossom. Complimentary beer, wine and a signature “Maneater” margarita will be served. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite concert T-shirt to this casual event.

Unique games and exclusive auction packages will be offered at the fundraiser. Spin the “Everything Your Heart Desires” wheel for a chance to win various prize packages. Play the “Private Eyes” Bottle Pull to win a bottle of wine or spirits. Guests have a chance to go home with the booze they choose. Money raised from the event benefits The Pavilion’s educational outreach programs including Musical Scores, Fine Arts Education Day and Children’s Festival as well as The Pavilion’s performing arts events. Last year’s Pre-Concert Dinner & Fundraiser raised nearly $40,000.


This event will “make your dreams come true!” Tickets to this event are $225 per person and include orchestra level seats at the concert, dinner before the concert and VIP passes to the private Woodforest Bank Club. Guests who have already purchased concert tickets may purchase passes to the event for $100 each.


Tickets are limited and seating is allocated on a first come, first served basis. To make your reservations for the Pre-Concert Dinner & Fundraiser, contact Leslie Williams at lwilliams@woodlandscenter.org or 281-210-1125. You can also purchase tickets online by visiting our website at www.woodlandscenter.org/preconcertdinner.html.

Children’s Museum of Houston: Wearable Technology and Robotics With a Latin Twist

Outsmart Dr. Boredom in a final showdown to save summer fun during the Summer of Epic Adventure – Forces Unite! The Museum is partnering with the Smithsonian Latino Center’s ¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert to captivate the inquisitive minds of kids and fuel your determination to discover using STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).


Chevron Maker Annex Kid Creations: Meet kid inventors of the future as they showcase their inventions.

¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert:

  • Wearable Technology and Robotics: Latino scientists and innovators will demonstrate tech trends.
  • Create-It: Engage in a maker project of your own at Smithsonian Latino Center’s interactive station.
  • Meet the Science Expert: Hang out with STEM pros representing Latino-specific STEM organizations.
    • Jose “Pepe” Contreras-Vidal: A professor in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Houston. He will examine your brain activity and discuss how he harnesses that activity to develop robotics.
    • Javier Fadul: Has presented at TEDxHouston and SxSW on the possible futures of innovation and the accelerating returns of technologies that change the world. He will discuss the future of wearable technology.


KidMakers Expo

August 7, 2015, from 2 to 6 p.m.

***Activities, events and times subject to change.


Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004


MUSEUM SUMMER HOURS: – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun: Noon – 6 p.m.

  • General Museum admission: $10 per person and $9 for seniors 65+ and for active duty military personnel. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.
  • For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org

Civil Rights Leader Mamie King-Chalmers In Houston August 6

Civil rights leader, Mamie King-Chalmers, will share what life was like for African Americans before and during the Civil Rights Movement. This “History Talks” presentation will take place during Thursday Free Family Night, Aug. 6, at 6pm at  the Children’s Museum of Houston. 

The event is part of “Wake Up and Vote: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act,” carried out by The Honey Brown Hope Foundation. “Wake Up and Vote” takes a look at how far we’ve come and why we shouldn’t take for granted our right to vote. The event will feature onsite voter registrars to register voters.


Mamie King-Chalmers grew up in Jim Crow South.  In 1963, when Mamie was 22, she and her family met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and joined the “Children’s Crusade” by becoming foot soldiers for the Civil Rights Movement. Mamie was chased by dogs, beaten, and jailed under horrible conditions. One particular photo of Mamie being hosed with two unidentified young men became a famous iconic photo. This photo was taken by Charles Moore and gained national attention when it was featured in Time Magazine. The photo rallied the civil rights movement and alerted the world to the horrors African Americans faced in Birmingham.

***Activities, events and times subject to change.

 For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org