I’ve lived in Dallas for over 20 years. I’ve stayed at many resorts locally and dined at many top restaurants in town, but there was one that I’d never stepped in….until now. Thanks to Sprout, I recently dined at the famed Mansion on Turtle Creek.
As if that wasn’t enough, I was able to visit with the folks behind my daughter’s first television channel, my first blog ambassadorship, and yes, I met Nina!
I remember when my daughter first showed an interest in television. I was determined to keep it at a minimum and wanted to watch it WITH her so I knew exactly what she saw. I was worried about commercials. Funny thing was, Sprout impressed me right away. Not only were commercials limited, but they were extremely family friendly and not as “commercial” as others.
I soon felt safe leaving my toddler watching favorites like “The Berenstain Bears”, “Sesame Street”, and “The Pajanimals”.
It was about the same time that I started blogging and through a series of amazing occurences, I became a member of “Sprout’s Band of Bloggers”. What a thrill! But things were about to get more exciting as Sprout would soon send me off to New York City to visit the actual set of Sesame Street!
If you haven’t read all about that amazing trip, oh you should!
So you can imagine how grateful I was to meet up with Sprout again, but this time at home, here in Dallas.
We heard from Andrew Beecham, Senior VP of Programming, who discussed the big happenings going on at Sprout, and there are many. First off, they are moving to NYC after having spent years in Philadelphia. You’ll find them soon at 30 Rock. 🙂 How fun is that?
But Andrew didn’t come alone.
In fact, my daughter was proven right yet again. She always says I get to meet her favorite friends while she is at school.
I met “Nina” from “The Good Night Show”. Many of you will recognize “Nina”, who is paired along the adorable “Star” each evening to help all the Sproutlets (aka our kiddos) get ready for bed. With a bit of yoga, sign language, crafts and story time, Nina has been in my daughter’s life for years.
Meet Michele Lepe, aka “Nina”, who is so sweet in real life, just as you would expect. She is a proud mama herself to two little ones and we shared stories and chatted about all the things that moms usually do. Michele is the type of down to earth person who I could easily be friends with.
Can I just take a small break here to talk about the food at the Mansion on Turtle Creek – out of this world! I’m still mesmerized by the tortilla soup!
Speaking of out of this world………..let me introduce you to Sprout’s newest show, one you may have already started seeing promos for. I’m talking about Astroblast!
Launching this July on Sprout is Astroblast. My daughter and I recently sat down to preview 2 episodes and loved them. The characters are funny and totally relatable (think of kids who like to take shortcuts when finishing their chores). If you are lucky, some cities are even hosting Astroblast Camp this summer!
And debuting later on is a new show featuring “Nina” as a child. You’ll learn more about her and why she learned sign language. I can’t wait to see this one!
Michele Lepe (aka Nina) was so nice to hug “Star” for my daughter and pose for this photo before I left the luncheon. What a sweet surprise!
Thank you Sprout for a wonderful afternoon!