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Author: Lori Sirmen

Marketer. Marathoner. Adventure Seeker. High Energy. Creative. Fun & Fun-loving. My Faves: food & wine, friends, fam, my sweet pup Bear, running & travel.

Irving's Most Hoppining Easter Eats & Treats

Friday, March 26, 2021 11:00 AM by Lori Sirmen

Let’s hatch a plan for the upcoming holiday weekend!

He has risen! And restaurants are being reborn this holiday too.  Easter is a traditional time for family feasting and celebrating, and eateries all around Irving are pulling out all the stops to bring you the holiday meal that you may have missed last year. So treat yourself and your special somebunnies to an amazing Easter meal and support a local restaurant while you’re at it. Whether you feel comfortable sitting down for a decadent brunch or dinner or would still prefer takeout meals, here’s how to feast for Easter in Irving. Hop to it — reservations and pre-orders are a must, and soon.

Top 5 Places to Propose in Irving

Saturday, March 20, 2021 12:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

You’ve found “the one,” received the blessing, shopped for a brilliant ring, but now you have to find the perfect place to pop the question. Of course, your proposal is going to be memorable no matter where you take a knee but choosing a locale with a little extra wow-factor is the icing on your multi-tiered cake.

Run for the Fun of It

Monday, March 8, 2021 12:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

* All photos taken prior to COVID-19 and social distancing orders*

Some may think runners are crazy, but most members of this special club understand the crazy and love the (sometimes grueling) fun. When you choose to join (we're always welcoming new members), you'll understand it, too.

Break The Covid Groundhog Day Cycle Safely

Do you feel like you’re caught in a time loop, living Groundhog Day or even Groundhog Year? Last year, Covid-19 crashed the spring break party. This year, Covid-19 is still an uninvited guest. Yes, a full year later, there is still a pandemic between us and the beach. But that doesn’t mean we have to cancel the festivities all together. One thing we’ve hopefully learned during these “rinse and repeat” days is to take the lemons, make the lemonade, then find a friend with vodka... at a hotel... with a

Run for Your Life!

Sunday, February 28, 2021 12:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

* All photos taken prior to COVID-19 and social distancing orders*


One of my favorite things about running is the fact that the sport is so inclusive. Just about anyone can run – no matter your age, location, culture, shape or size. And running can fit into your life in whatever way you need it to. And whether you’re NEW to running, have NEVER run in your life or you’ve been running your WHOLE  life, the Irving Marathon Series really does have a race for YOU!

Think Outside of the Chocolate Box

Friday, February 12, 2021 1:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

This week I have blogged ad nauseum about different ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Irving; so much so that you might be seeing (or vomiting) hearts! But, come on, can you really tire of love and ways to celebrate it? Let’s hope not, because I’m back with just a few more ideas. Whether you have a special someone, or you are your own one true love, Irving is brimming with ways to share your love for self and others. Today we explore unconventional Valentine’s fun. 

When Cupid Misses the Mark, Irving to the Rescue

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

Roses, Chocolates and Teddy Bears, Oh My!

Do you find these Valentine’s icons frightening? Do you believe that Cupid is stupid? Do you liken V-Day to, well, D-Day?  Expectations. Pressure. Cliches. Are you one of those people that thinks “Love Stinks” and so does the day created to celebrate it? The happiness of others. Big Hugs. Candy. Punny Valentines cards. Giving. Romantic gestures. Holding hands. Bah Humbug! STOP and swipe right (or down) right now!

"You'd think that people would have had enough of silly love songs.” - Wings. But look around and see it isn’t so.

From silly love songs to country and jazz, Filet Oscar to heart-shaped pizza pies, champagne toasts and sweet nothings to beers & cheers, Irving will have everyone feeling the love this Valentine's weekend. And it doesn’t matter whether you're single, coupled up, somewhere in between, or just looking for self-pampering or fun with your gal pals. You can paint the perfect weekend with Irving as your canvas. From a table for two next to the roaring fire, a serene water journey to the most lustful craft cocktails, you’re sure to embrace at least one fun idea, romantic notion or love-ly activity to express your sentimentality to whomever, however you choose. Use this guide as needed for Valentine’s Day and beyond. 

Save the Date(s)

Friday, February 5, 2021 1:00 PM by Lori Sirmen

While Valentine's Day gets all the credit, many people don't realize that there are actually seven (unofficial) holiday days leading up to the biggest romantic day of the year. If you’re a romantic at heart, you’ve got a full eight days a week to show how much you care. Now that we’ve passed you a love note with this little secret, you can up your Valentine’s game starting with Rose Day on February 7 to Propose Day, Teddy Day, Chocolate Day, Kiss Day and Hug Day, and then finally – Valentine's Day. We all need a new story this year, so let’s make 2021 a love story for the books! How does Irving love you? Let us show you the days. Love is all around!