Rania Batrice

If she began explaining her background and heritage to you, your head might explode…so let’s just say that Rania is a native Texan, of Middle Eastern descent, with a love for travel, art (in all forms), food, new adventures, and cross-cultural collaboration. Rania spent almost a decade in the political world, has ventured into publicity and marketing, but might be most well known for her “quotes of the day,” which you can find by following her on Twitter or friending her on Facebook.

No More Sugar, No More Spice – 15 Gender-Neutral Holiday Gift Ideas that Make Girls & Boys Play Nice

No More Sugar, No More Spice - 15 Gender-Neutral Holiday Gift Ideas that Make Girls & Boys Play Nice

Tweet I have two, four-legged furry children. They are my little rescue miracles and the closest thing I have to my own children (of the human persuasion of course). I love them so much, and I would do anything for them. It's possible that everything they have is gender neutral because I can't stand the [...]

21 Places & Things I Miss Most About Dallas After Moving

21 Places & Things I Miss Most About Dallas After Moving

Tweet I've made a temporary move north...way, way north--like almost Canada. And while I'm always keen for an adventure, there are some very serious things missing from my life on this adventure, and no, it’s not just sunshine in the Spring. I'm counting this as the second part of my "Dallas' Best Kept Secrets" series. [...]

Not Your Mother’s Oscar Film Review

Tweet When I go to see a movie, I expect it to be a mini vacation, an escape from whatever the day may have thrown at me, a time to unplug from reality. Every year, I try to catch all of the Oscar-nominated films for Best Picture and have finally learned, despite my disappointment, that [...]

Peace, Hope, and Butterflies 2012 Festival Benefitting Children’s Medical Center

Peace, Hope, and Butterflies 2012 Festival Benefitting Children's Medical Center

Tweet Sometimes, after a long week of being an adult and dealing with our own issues, the best therapy is to just act like a kid. And what's even better than getting to act like a kid-- acting like a kid for a good cause! The Miracle Players Foundation for its second year is hosting [...]

Mother’s Day Gifts with Purpose by Dallas Designer and Humanitarian Abi Ferrin

Mother's Day Gifts with Purpose by Dallas Designer and Humanitarian Abi Ferrin

Flowers are nice, a spa visit is sweet, but these Sak Saum for Abi Ferrin pieces are more than just "nice and sweet..." They make Mom feel extra special while also giving to someone else, someone who may not have had a chance at life, the gift of freedom.

Sports, Politics, Freedom, Rock and Roll at the 2012 Dallas International Film Festival

Sports, Politics, Freedom, Rock and Roll at the 2012 Dallas International Film Festival

Tweet I'm a little bit peeved because The Other Dream Team has now forced me to change my top 5, all-time favorite sports movies list (thanks a lot Dallas International Film Festival)...I'll get over it thought because this film was so unbelievably amazing and an absolute must-see. This is not just another feel good sports [...]

DALLAS INSIDER SECRETS: Random Playlist, Side A

DALLAS INSIDER SECRETS: Random Playlist, Side A

Have you ever wondered what are some of the hidden gems in Dallas that only the insiders or locals know? This article gives five recommendations for new and classic Dallas insider locations for eats, drinks, relaxation, and entertainment. Learn the secrets.

INTERVIEW: ILiveInDallas.com Speaks with Nat’l Geographic Films Director Justin Chadwick About Recent Piece

INTERVIEW: ILiveInDallas.com Speaks with Nat'l Geographic Films Director Justin Chadwick About Recent Piece

Tweet Let me start out by saying that I understand there are so many movies that are, "based on a true   story," or "inspired by actual events," or just a recreation of a story told a hundred times and deemed entertaining enough to captivate an audience for 90 minutes. They all generally have a common [...]

2011 Dallas International Film Festival Announces Environmental Vision Award Winner

2011 Dallas International Film Festival Announces Environmental Vision Award Winner

If a Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front is insightful, disturbing, and even frightening. It also gives a look into the justice system and how new forms of terrorism create a need for an adjusted and augmented penal code. The final screening of this film will be at the Angelika in Plano at 4pm today and is not one to be missed.

Review: ‘Spilt Milk’ Showing on 2011 Dallas International Film Festival’s Closing Night

Review: 'Spilt Milk' Showing on 2011 Dallas International Film Festival's Closing Night

Spilt Milk isn't the Dallas International Film Festival's best or worst pick of the 2011 lineup. There are some funny scenes, however the writing leaves a bit to be desired. But if you're looking for a subtle laugh and not much else, you won't be disappointed...just make sure you stay through the final minutes.