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Resource for New Moms :: A Guide for Tongue Tie

mykidsdds
**This post has been sponsored by myKIDSdds to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own** There are just so many things a new mom has on her plate. Having a new baby isn’t enough; there are so many new worries that come with that sweet bundle of joy. One issue affecting breastfeeding, […]

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How To :: Find Mom-Friends in your {Neighborhood}

Mom-friends
My neighborhood is one of a kind. I have known this since I was a child, since I am lucky enough to live down the street from where I grew up.  We moved into our house 2 years before we brought our first born home.  Before he was even born, I was on the search […]

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3 Tips for What NOT to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

What to pack in your hospital bag
Deciding what to pack and leave out of your hospital bag for delivery day can bring unwanted stress and worry. Do I bring something to pass the time during labor? How many outfits? What do I need for the baby? Consider leaving these 3 things at home so you can fully enjoy that sweet new […]

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Color me Impressed :: A Day Spent at the Crayola Experience Plano {+ Party Giveaway!}

Crayola Experience Plano
**This post has been sponsored by Crayola Experience Plano to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% are own!** When I was a kid, the coolest thing to ever happen was when Crayola came out with the 64 pack of crayons with a built in sharpener. So many colors, I was so excited to […]

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4 Family Friendly Earth Day Events in Dallas!

Earth Day plant
  A lesson I have always imagined instilling in my children is appreciation for the outdoors – playing, exploring, creating. But I don’t want my lessons on loving nature to stop at recreation, I also want to teach my kids that their environment is what they make of it and to be good stewards of […]

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We {Deleted} YouTube Kids…and Survived!

youtube
If I had to find one word to summarize my parenting ideal – it would be balance.  I’m all about everything in moderation.  Working hard and earning rewards.  Eating your broccoli and getting cookies for desert.  Which is why we allow screen time and both kids have iPads.  (Not having iPads would be awesome, but […]

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4 Best Podcast Episodes to Help You Improve Your {Life}

best podcast episodes
I’m so excited to share with you my top four podcast episodes to help you live your best life! After listening to some of the best podcast episodes out there, I find myself going back to these four again and again, and learning something new every time.  First things first: If you’re not already listening […]

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AIR PLAY :: Performing Arts for ALL AGES! {+GIVEAWAY}

This post has been sponsored by AT&T Performing Arts Center to bring you this giveaway experience. All opinions are 100% our own! Perfect for the whole family, Air Play arrives May 2-4th at the AT&T Performing Arts Center and tickets are only $10!  The AT&T Performing Arts Center believes that every child should have the […]

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Maternity Must-Haves :: Top Picks for Pregnant Mamas

pregnant
Is it your first time as a pregnant mom?  Isn’t it exciting registering for your new baby?  When I was pregnant, I couldn’t help picking up cute items for our Little Man every time I went to the store.  The anticipation for our new family member was almost more than my wallet could handle!  But […]

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Motherhood vs. Marriage :: Winning the Battle

motherhood vs. marriage
I am sure no one told me how hard it was balancing being a mother and wife. Okay, maybe one or two people warned me, but they definitely didn’t tell me that both motherhood AND marriage would be that hard. In my head, I had everything planned out. I planned how I would cook, handle […]

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Youth Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course in Dallas {+Giveaway!}

youth ninja
**This post has been sponsored by Youth Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** My 9-year-old son can climb anything — and he does. A few years ago I set out to be intentional to take him to all sorts of climbing/obstacle course type places and he […]

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Mom Confession :: The Worst Mom in the {World}

worst mom
I am here to tell you the story of Beauty and the Beast.  However, this isn’t quite the you story are familiar with from your childhood. It’s more like the tale of Jekyll and Hyde. With a sweet-faced 3-year-old (whom I will now refer to as Belle), as our main protagonist that turns into a […]

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Tips for Having “The Talk” with Kids

the talk
I remember it distinctly. My mom sat between my brother and I on the couch. I was around 5 and he was around 8. She asked us simply if we knew where babies came from. When we both kind of just shrugged and shook our heads she said that after today, we would.  She cracked […]

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3 Reasons NOT to Get Cosmetic Surgery

Regional plastic surgery center cosmetic surgery for moms
Yup! I’m one of those moms. I have fake boobs, have had liposuction on my flanks, and a full tummy tuck. I know right?! You may be thinking I’m “fake.” You may be thinking I’m rich. You may be thinking I’m vain. But in all honesty, I’m none of those things. I’m actually a pretty […]

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{10 Tips} for a Fun Visit to the Dallas Zoo this Spring

Dallas zoo
Springtime is a great time to visit the Dallas Zoo. We celebrate National Zoo Lover’s month in April and we are lucky to have such a nice zoo in our city. My son loves the zoo and we visited so often when he was a toddler, we quickly realized it was more cost-effective to become […]

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Trinity Christian Academy :: The Right Choice for our Family

Trinity Christian Academy
**This post is sponsored by Trinity Christian Academy to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** One Trinity Christian Academy parent shares her story of moving her kids from public school to elementary at TCA:   Why did you and your husband decide to move your kids from public school? Once both […]

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For the {Love} of Libraries :: 4 Ways to Celebrate National Library Week

national library week
Anyone who knows me also knows that I’m a book nerd. My parents read to me from the time I was a baby, and I can’t remember reading not ever being a huge part of my life. And don’t get me started on libraries! I distinctly remember getting my own library card and how proud […]

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7 {Sanity-Saving} Tips for Air Travel with Kids

air travel with kids
Whether you’re flying internationally, across the country, or just two hours away, travel with kids is rarely a breeze. We all have our tips and tricks, and here are a few of my favorites: PACKING If you’re traveling for less than 1-2 weeks for summer vacation, pack light. If you’re traveling for 2-3 months and […]

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Your Summer to Shine: The Westwood School Summer Camp

The Westwood School
**This post has been sponsored by The Westwood School.  All opinions are 100% our own!** This spring is a great time to think ahead to summer and make camp plans for your kids. You want your kids to have tons of fun over the summer, but of course, you also want their growing minds to […]

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Food Court Challenge Fun with Grapevine Mills

Grapevine Mills Food Court Challenge
**This post has been sponsored by Grapevine Mills to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Who doesn’t love a good food court? I mean what’s not to love?! You have multiple solid food choices all within a few feet of one another. In the mood for a slice of pizza, but […]

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A Plea to my Rebel Daughter :: Please Don’t Ever Change

rebel daughter
Call it whatever you’d like.  “Strong willed.” “Challenging.” Terrible two. Threenager. I prefer rebel because of the kind of person it brings to mind. Joan of Arc.  Ariel in Footloose.  Moana.  Someone who doesn’t follow the rules and evokes both a little bit of fear and a ton of admiration. All parents of children described […]

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5 Words of Affirmation {That are Not Based on Image}

affirmation
“You’re so beautiful.” A statement I constantly say to my girls because well…they are! I love to gush over and admire their sweet features that make them stand out. My wild-spirited 9 year old and her snow white fair skin, strawberry blonde hair and “sprinkles” that cover her from head to toe. My tiny 6-month […]

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5 Reasons You Should Enroll Your Preschooler in a Performing Arts Class

North Texas Performing Arts
**This post has been sponsored by North Texas Performing Arts.** The performing arts may seem like something for middle and high school children, but they have great benefits for children of all ages, even preschoolers. In fact, children learn to sing before they even learn to speak. The coos that babies make are more closely […]

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What Does a Real Dallas Mom Look Like?

dallas mom
A while ago, I received a local magazine focused on the lives of Dallas moms.  I think it was a short-lived foray into the life of motherhood with a super-sized side of Big D advertising in print form.  Here’s what I learned about being a real Dallas mom… I’ve been in Dallas my whole life, […]

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I’m a Minimalist Married to a Hoarder

creating minimalist style in the bedroom
We recently went through the process of selling our first home and it naturally brought out a lot of thoughts and emotions. Aside from the sadness we feel about leaving our first home, the one we brought our only child home to, I mostly found it overwhelming to get our house staged nicely while being […]

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Mom Confession :: Compassion and Keeping our Kids Safe

Showing love and compassion
I remember the day so vividly. I was a freshman in high school, almost twenty years ago.  There was chatter in the hallways about a school shooting. Of course, this was before access to the news was in the palm of your hand. We didn’t have information and it took about one more class period […]

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5 Tips to Help Our Kids Get Through STAAR Testing Week

testing
As we say good-bye to Spring Break and say Hello to April, I cringe just a little bit. April is the month of cramming in last-minute tutoring sessions and anxiety begins to build up in anticpitation of mandated state testing.  Why, oh why must there be so much pressure put on teachers and students when it […]

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Dallas Moms Need to Know :: A Guide to the Month of April

april events
Welcome to April, everyone! I warned you last time that we were entering festival season, and I was not kidding around. I think we’ve reached Peak Festival. It makes sense, what with the ridiculously pleasant temperatures and flowers blooming all over the place. Now is the time to play outside, and we’ve got plenty of […]

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7 Days of Indoor Play in the Dallas Metroplex

indoor play
No matter the season, it’s essential to have indoor play options in Dallas. You know how it gets – too cold, too wet, too hot, or way too flippin’ hot. Sometimes climate control is your only hope. We’ve done a couple indoor play roundups in the past, but it’s time for an update that includes […]

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Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Children’s Dentist

mom and child at children's dental & orthodontics
**This post has been sponsored by Children’s Dental & Orthodontics** Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Children’s Dentist You want your child to be healthy from head to toe, which means that regular dental visits should be part of your family’s routine. These visits are more than just a chance for your little one to […]

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4 Tips on Texas Gardening :: How To Get Your Kids Involved

garden in Dallas
We know all too well that Dallas does not always comply with the typical four seasons. Too much or too little rain, fluctuating temperatures, and extreme heat…the list can go on. Attempting to grow a beautiful garden in Dallas can be a daunting task. Don’t let the idea of a perfect garden overwhelm you like […]

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Crayola Experience Plano :: 5 Things To Know Before You Go

Dallas Moms Blog received complimentary admission into the Crayola Experience Plano on Media Day to write this post. All opinions are 100% our own! Crayola…a name that makes any adult feel young at heart! When it was announced last year that Crayola would be bringing their 4th national attraction to our hometown, I have to admit […]

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Introducing Volunteer Opportunities to your Littles :: It Only Takes a Little, to Give a Lot

children volunteer at park
Community service has been a pending item on my to-do list for a few years now, but life gets busy (embarrassed to say that). In January, I made a vision board for the New Year and as I put the glue stick to the magazine clipping I decided I had to set up a year-round […]

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The {Ultimate} Guide to Great Books for Strong Girls

strong girls reading
In our house, we don’t believe that by elevating women we are dragging men low. My husband and son love reading about these strong women who changed the course of history just as much as my girls and I love them. We love reading these stories all year long, but if you haven’t run across […]

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Fun, Easy {Easter & Spring} Crafts for Little Ones

Easter crafts
Spring is upon us, and so is Easter! Right now, I am feeling INVIGORATED by the beautiful weather and pretty trees blossoming all around. Is there anything better than going out in the morning and seeing that new flowers seemed to have bloomed overnight? Every year, I forget how much I love Easter until I […]

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Forget Your New Year’s Resolutions and Try a {Spring Refresh} Instead!

spring tulips
This past New Year, I thought I had it all figured out. I bought a beautiful productivity planner and set aside some time to go through my calendar, identify specific goals (dreams with deadlines!), and meditate on my intentions. I listened to more inspirational podcasts than I care to admit, and I felt invincible. You […]

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Forget Your New Year’s Resolutions and Try a {Spring Refresh} Instead!

spring tulips
This past New Year, I thought I had it all figured out. I bought a beautiful productivity planner and set aside some time to go through my calendar, identify specific goals (dreams with deadlines!), and meditate on my intentions. I listened to more inspirational podcasts than I care to admit, and I felt invincible. You […]

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6 Candy Alternatives For Your Child’s Easter Basket

easter basket
This year is really flying by.  It’s time to pull out the Easter baskets and fill the eggs for the big Egg hunt!  We still have Halloween candy stashed away, yet with a blink of an eye it’s time for jelly beans and marshmallow peeps. I don’t know if you are like me, but it […]

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Working Mom Life :: The Week I {Won} at Parenting

Working mom life
As a working mom there are many days that I go to bed and I feel like I just completely failed at motherhood. Many days I sit in my car and want to cry because I chose work over family. Let’s face it, living the working mom life is hard, and the sacrifices that we […]

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4th Annual Dallas Moms Blog Egg Hunt: A Look Back

Businesses mentioned in this post were sponsors a DMB event. All opinions are 100% our own! The general rule of thumb is that if you have a good thing you shouldn’t change it, right? The whole, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” premise. But every once in a while, it’s possible to make something good […]

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Spring Break Staycation Ideas for Teens and Tweens

spring break staycation
Although spring break season is here, you might not be willing to “spring” for an expensive vacation. A spring break staycation is a great way to get out and explore locally. You can finally make time for things you might not get around to on most weekends. Just because you aren’t going far this spring break […]

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Why My Family Made the Switch To Energy Ogre

This post has been sponsored by Energy Ogre. All opinions are 100% our own! For the last few years, my husband and I had been hearing all about this new technology company called making its way into North Texas. They’re not a provider, but a service that is designed to save families hundreds of dollars […]

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{THE GUN SAFETY ASK} Are you Prepared for Your Next Playdate?

gun safety at playdate
Nearly two years ago when we moved to Dallas, a friend of mine from overseas asked what I would do about playdates. “What do you mean?” I asked, thinking – what could be so different from Germany? We show up (me with overstuffed diaper bag and sibling in tow, appropriate snacks, a change of clothes, […]

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{THE GUN SAFETY ASK} Are you Prepared for Your Next Playdate?

gun safety at playdate
Nearly two years ago when we moved to Dallas, a friend of mine from overseas asked what I would do about playdates. “What do you mean?” I asked, thinking – what could be so different from Germany? We show up (me with overstuffed diaper bag and sibling in tow, appropriate snacks, a change of clothes, […]

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4 Fun Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Your Little Leprechauns!

St. Patrick's Day
Parading down Greenville Avenue and clinking steins filled with unnaturally green beer may not be on the agenda for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day as a parent, but that doesn’t mean that the day doesn’t have to be fun and festive! As an Irish girl myself (and one who loves to find any and all excuses […]

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4 Fun Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Your Little Leprechauns!

St. Patrick's Day
Parading down Greenville Avenue and clinking steins filled with unnaturally green beer may not be on the agenda for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day as a parent, but that doesn’t mean that the day doesn’t have to be fun and festive! As an Irish girl myself (and one who loves to find any and all excuses […]

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DARTable Day Trips: Do Something Different This Spring Break

This post is sponsored by DART. All opinions are 100% our own! First of all, let’s acknowledge how oppressive car culture can be. Endless driving and traffic and parking and gas stations. TEDIOUS. Plus, driving is so ubiquitous in Dallas that we rarely stop to consider other options. But you guys, taking a train to […]

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6 Reasons to Love {Instant Photography} with Kids

Instant photography
My husband and I take so many photos of our kids. We are usually just snapping quick photos with our smartphones but I also have a few instant film cameras. Our kids are interested in taking photographs too, of course, and instant photography is perfect. Our son really got interested in my Instax camera. We […]

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6 {Essential} Tips for Air Travel with Grandparents & Kids

air travel
Trips that include multiple generations of family are one of the hottest travel trends right now. Over the holidays, we had the opportunity to travel for a big family trip which included my husband and I, our kiddo, and one set of grandparents. We were all looking forward to the trip! As a mom of […]

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Why I’m Learning to Have a Happy Heart

happy heart
“Where’s your happy heart?” It’s a question we’ve asked our daughter since she was a toddler, a gentle reminder to consider her words and actions when she’s behaving inappropriately or moving towards disobedience. On a good day, she smiles, points to her chest and replies, “Here’s my happy heart!” On a bad day, that readjustment […]

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Join DMB for a Spring Break Food Court Challenge at Grapevine Mills!

This is a Dallas Moms Blog sponsored event for Grapevine Mills. We’re excited to partner with them on this exciting, exclusive event! Dallas Moms Blog & Grapevine Mills (A Simon Center) are partnering together for a family-friendly spring break food court challenge event. Join us as we share a special announcement, compete in a pizza […]

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Sandy Lake Amusement Park – Affordable Family Fun in North Dallas

Sandy Lake
Unless you’ve been to a company picnic or a birthday party here, or your 6th grade band played here, you’ve probably never heard of Sandy Lake Amusement Park. Tucked right in the middle of North Dallas, you would never expect to find this little park when driving down the road. Sandy Lake opens in March […]

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Texas Discovery Gardens: Spring Break Safari

This post is sponsored by Texas Discovery Gardens. All opinions are 100% our own! Are you still wondering how you’re going to entertain the kiddos all week? Screen time?? It’s a crutch! Why not get out and explore the wonders of nature at Texas Discovery Gardens? They’re doing a special Spring Break Safari all week, […]

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How To :: Get Your Kids Involved in {Spring Cleaning}

spring cleaning
Gorgeous balmy days, gentle breezes, and warmer temps can only mean one thing. Spring is coming, mama bears! Time to stock up on your favorite OTC allergy meds and declutter your household with some spring cleaning! I’m counting on this year’s spring cleaning session to be the best yet and not just because I have […]

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Cooper Fitness Wants you to Give a Tri a Try this {Spring}

Cooper Fitness
**This post has been sponsored by Cooper Fitness to bring you this experience.**   Triathlon training is gaining popularity in the realm of youth sports. Even as team sports are becoming more competitive and demanding, triathlon training allows kids at any age and ability level to participate and reap both physical and emotional benefits. The […]

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Cooper Fitness Wants you to Give a Tri a Try this {Spring}

Cooper Fitness
**This post has been sponsored by Cooper Fitness to bring you this experience.**   Triathlon training is gaining popularity in the realm of youth sports. Even as team sports are becoming more competitive and demanding, triathlon training allows kids at any age and ability level to participate and reap both physical and emotional benefits. The […]

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2018 Dallas Spring Break Camps {For Last Minute Mamas!}

Does spring break always throw a wrench in your schedule? Do you have a plan for stir crazy kids with too much time on their hands? Lucky for you, there are all sorts of spring break camps going on around Dallas the week of March 12-16, 2018. If you’re looking to get your kids out […]

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Go Learn, Go Discover, and Go Explore through Grapevine Parks & Recreation!

Grapevine Parks
**This post has been sponsored by Grapevine Parks & Recreation to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Imagine a North Texas city that simply offers a healthier, happier place to live and play. That’s exactly what Grapevine Parks & Recreation has in mind for its citizens, and is making that happen […]

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Your Vote. Your Voice. Why it Matters in March.

vote
Decisions are made by those who show up. And mamas, we have not been showing up. It’s time to vote. In Dallas County voters under the age of 40 averaged only about 17% of voters in the 2016 primary elections even though that demographic makes up over 40% of the electorate. This year is a […]

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5 Tips for Taking Kids to Sporting Events

sporting events
I grew up attending sporting events with my family, which were some of my favorite memories as a kid. Being a sports fan is a huge part of my identity in my adult life, and my husband and I attend games as much as we can. We never missed a home football game in college, […]

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Did You Know? There are 3500 Homeless Students in Dallas ISD

homeless students
Let me just put the hard stuff out here first – there are approximately 3500 homeless students in attendance in the Dallas ISD; 442 of them in high school. Most of them are lucky enough to move around in relative safety while in the care of a parent or other trusted adult, but there are […]

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Musso Family Dentistry :: The Healthy Start System You Need to Know About

Musso Family Dentistry
**This post has been sponsored by Musso Family Dentistry to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Musso Family Dentistry believes in the strong connection between oral health and overall health.  They may just have the right system to help your kids overcome certain challenges in school or not-so-great habits at home […]

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Dallas Moms Need to Know: A Guide to the Month of March

Happy March, lovely readers. We’ve got lots going on in Dallas this month – Spring Break, St. Patrick’s Day, Holi, daylight savings, and the return of FESTIVALS. So many festivals in our future. And don’t forget about our DMB Egg Hunt coming up March 3rd and 4th! Get your tickets now because this awesome event […]

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From Playroom to Guestroom in 3 Simple Steps {with DHP Furniture}

This post has been sponsored by DHP Furniture through City Moms Blog Network. All opinions are 100% our own.  When my husband and I were house shopping 10 years ago (pre-children), we had just a few requirements. At the top of the list was a minimum of 4 bedrooms so we’d have room to grow […]

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5 One-Pot Meals for the Cooking Impaired

one-pot meals
I think I’ll start by saying that I didn’t get the cooking gene – it just didn’t happen for me. Surely I’m not the only one…complex recipes with a million and one ingredients just aren’t for us. We need simple, easy dinners to make – and I do mean easy. Also, dirtying up a bunch […]

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Urban Air :: High-flying Adventures in North Dallas

Urban Air
**This post has been sponsored by Urban Air to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** I was super excited to hear about the recent opening of Urban Air, a new adventure park in North Dallas! Have you been yet?? Urban Air is a growing, full-service family entertainment center that offers a […]

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Losing Yourself in Parenthood :: The Two Necklace Dilemma

motherhood
My closest friends know that I treat the (supremely flawed) show Sex and the City like my own personal self-help book, occasional best friend, and security blanket all rolled into one. And while I wouldn’t call myself a Carrie (despite the sudden realization that I’m actually writing this “column” for a city “paper” right now…whoa), […]

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Neighborhood Groups :: Find Your Ultimate Mom-Tribe

Neighborhood Groups
I vividly remember the first evening we arrived in Texas.  I sat across from my husband at Village Burger Bar, exhausted from the 13 hour, halfway-across-the country trek.  I really had no idea where I was, as I had never actually stepped foot in this town before.  And all I wanted to do was burst […]

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10 Travel Hacks for Trips with Kids 

It ain’t easy vacationing with a small human (or more). I remember when my oldest was an infant, a wise mama ahead of me in stage said “it’s not vacation anymore, it’s a trip.” That expectation adjustment helped get me through the phase of toddler trips, and I believe I am safely through it. Now […]

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shhhh! Theater and Live Music Etiquette for Kids

In the past 15 years of my professional international career as an opera singer, I have sung for a fair share of audiences. From children’s school performances, to date-night audiences, to Sunday afternoon “silver and golden haired’ 2pm matinee audiences, I’ve seen it all from under the spotlights onstage. The cell phones buzzing or ringing, […]

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What Wine Should I Drink With That Tantrum? A Mommy-Wine Guide

I’m not a sommelier, but I can pronounce sommelier and I feel like that’s half the battle. I’ve also been to Napa once. And, let’s be honest, I’ve had my fair share of a few bottles of wine in my day. Both before and after having kids. But since having my sweet little angels monsters, […]

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{10 Ways} to Show Your Kids you Love Them

Valentine’s day is a great time of the year to remind your kiddos that you love them!  But don’t let it be the only time.  We know that kids when kids feel loved and valued at home, they have better self-esteem and relationships with others.  Here are 10 ways you can show your kids you love them […]

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Dallas Moms Blog’s 4th Annual Egg Hunt {Tickets ON SALE Tuesday!}

Spring has almost sprung which means it’s time for Dallas Moms Blog’s 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt!   Be sure to stay connected to our Event Facebook Page for details! What’s Included? Tickets are $15 per person (Children under 6 months old are complimentary.)  Ticket Information: Everyone needs a ticket to attend! Even young ones will be able […]

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Why You {Need} a Galentine’s Day

Galentine's Day
Mommin’ is hard.  We spend so much time keeping the tiny humans fed, entertained, bathed and, let’s be honest, alive.  Sometimes it’s hard to manage it all, and who knows that better than other moms?  Often we can get caught up in the negativity of criticizing other parenting styles or other life choices, but just […]

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Just for Mom :: the Perfect Personal Hiatus

personal hiatus
Listen, I need to start this by saying this is about as whimsical and as far-fetched as my writing gets. Just THINKING about taking a personal hiatus trip seems like a fairy tale, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think about it…often. I have thoughts all the time about spending weekends away ALONE, and I […]

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Tips To Get You Ready for a {Mommy Makeover}

Regional Plastic Surgery Center
The Mommy Makeover. The elusive way that only celebrities and rich women “get their bodies back” after having children. But, we are normal moms, right? We don’t have trainers. We don’t have chefs. We don’t have (gasp!) plastic surgeons! And we sure as heck don’t have oodles amounts of money sitting around to “play with” […]

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Sweet DIY Classroom Treats for {Valentine’s Day}

classroom treats
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Can you believe it?  Have you thought about the classroom treats your child will hand out this Valentine’s Day yet? How much time do you have for DIY classroom treats? That’s always my question! I have always tried my best to help my kids prepare little treats for […]

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How to Have a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Dallas :: 2018 Edition

We’ve got another mid-week Valentine’s Day this year, folks. Despite Wednesdays being quite unromantic in theory, there are actually all kinds of things you can do in Dallas to have a dreamy and memorable V-Day with your sweetie. The ideas below are totally different from last year’s Valentine roundup, so be sure to check out […]

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Black History :: What It Means to Me

Black History
Let’s be real, if you follow me, then you know one major thing, I love my Blackness. It is something that I own, something that I feel is truly me in its own special way. When January 31st comes around, it almost like Christmas Eve because I know that when February 1st rolls around, there […]

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Black History :: What It Means to Me

Black History
Let’s be real, if you follow me, then you know one major thing, I love my Blackness. It is something that I own, something that I feel is truly me in its own special way. When January 31st comes around, it almost like Christmas Eve because I know that when February 1st rolls around, there […]

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Simple Valentine’s Day Ideas for {Celebrating} with Kids

Simple Valentine's
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching so it’s about time to start thinking about what to do.  When I was younger, I would have been excited about a romantic night out.  But now that we have kids, staging a romantic night out takes a little more effort.  We need to secure a sitter (on a high-demand […]

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5 Dates I’d {Love} to Go On With My Husband

dates
Here we are: It’s almost Valentine’s Day. How’d that happen? We all know when Christmas leaves the stores, all the pink and red bags of chocolate hit the shelves! Which, honestly, I don’t exactly mind. On New Year’s Eve, I asked my husband if he made any resolutions. His answer? “To be a better husband […]

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Diastasis Recti and the 3 Things I Had to {Re-learn}

diastasis recti
I feel like I’ve been in “recovery” from my first pregnancy for three years. Pregnancy can definitely take a toll on a woman’s body. I knew it would be important to take it easy after delivering my sweeet baby boy, but I also wanted to show I could “bounce back” and get back into shape […]

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Dallas Moms Need to Know: A Guide to the Month of February

Happy February, everyone. I’m just over here googling “What’s the best elderberry vitamin on the market?” as I coat my children in hand sanitizer because that’s who I am now. Is this the most I’ve ever thought about the flu in my life? Yes! Hopefully y’all are staying healthy. And hopefully you’re rolling with the […]

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Signs of {Second} Child Syndrome

It seems to be a universal phenomenon. Every single two-child family I know (or have randomly surveyed in waiting rooms or on playgrounds) says the same thing. The second child is coo-coo for coco puffs. Loony toons. A soup sandwich. Cray. Z.  When the first child calmly gathers his clothes and methodically dresses himself after […]

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5 Ways to Support a Mom through {Difficult} Days

I am no stranger to surviving difficult times while being a mom. My children were born five and a half years ago. Since then, I have had five major surgeries, the removal of three organs, a cancer diagnosis, at least 2 hospital stays a year, and multiple chronic health conditions.  Because of my experiences, I […]

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Every {Single} Birthday My Children Have Is a Big Deal

Being Hispanic, we have many cultural traditions that we celebrate. We keep those traditions alive by passing them on to the children in our families. I am all for preserving these traditions and I will continue passing them on to my children. But there is one that I will be tiptoeing around as my daughter […]

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2018 Reader Survey :: Share Your Feedback & Win!

Dallas Moms Blog strives to be THE  go-to” parenting resource for you and Dallas Metroplex mamas. But as our amazing city grows, we want to make sure we’re continuing to provide you with the fabulous content YOU want to read and incredible events that you’re interested in attending. To do that, we need to learn […]

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VISION 20/20 :: Goal-Getting Vision-Boarding for Mamas

vision
I started 2017 off with a fresh start and fresh perspective. I was determined to do something different than all of my previous new years. I wanted to put my goals for the new year down on paper and pray over them. When I tell you the difference in my year that writing my goals […]

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To Do :: First Orthodontic Exam No Later Than {Age 7}

orthodontic exam
All of my kids started their orthodontic treatment in early elementary school.  Two of the three were already in braces by first grade, and all three had already had their phase one of treatment started, primarily the palatal expander, done before they hit double digits.  I didn’t know at the time that the American Association […]

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The New Year-New You Struggle-Bus :: Women and Body Image Goals 2018

body image
This is what my facebook feed looked like just before New Year’s Day and throughout the first week of 2018: “I made this list of workouts I could do at home. So, my burpees were super slow going. 10 nearly killed me. I am so out of shape.”  “Yoga with Adriene. Day 2. Done.” “Day […]

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6 Stages of A Mom Getting Sick

sick
Dallas is going through one of the worst cold and flu seasons I can remember.  Almost every I know has been hit by it this year, even yours truly.  If given the choice, I’d much rather be sick than have my kids get sick.  And I definitely prefer getting sick than nursing my husband back […]

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6 Simple Steps :: Poisoning Your Relationship With Your In-Laws

in-laws
It’s easier than you think! Let’s get something straight. This is basically a personal journal entry and pep-talk for me. I’m not an authority on healthy, thriving relationships with in-laws. My inspiration for this list is my own life and, especially with the extra family time during the holiday season, I am struggling through my […]

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Making The Most Of {Monster Truck} Shows With Kids

Monster truck shows are an annual tradition I’ve had with my twin boys for years.  This tradition started when they were about 3 and my father insisted this was a thing he’d want his grandsons to remember going to them when they grew up.  This reasoning was amusing to me since my parents had NEVER […]

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Hey, Don’t Yell at My CHILD!!

  I am a Mama Bear. My kids can do no wrong in my eyes, and I will protect them with every breath in me. Okay, that’s probably a little extreme, but I will defend them at all costs. Culturally speaking, growing up black can be a little harsh sometimes. We are taught from an […]

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What Hobbies? Rediscovering Your {Own Interests} After Kids

hobby, hobbies
“What do you do for fun?” A tired mom’s first response: “For what now?” Her second: “Well, I used to…” We gain an amazing new world when we become moms, but that big identity naturally squeezes out the old one quite a bit. Sometimes I unexpectedly run into my own self and say “Huh, you […]

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I Kept My New Year’s Resolution for the First Time and it Led to {My Most Positive Year} Yet

The Resolution I have never been one to make (much less keep) a New Year’s resolution. Even when I have resolved to do something, it was the basic health-kick type goals, which just didn’t last long into the year. In 2017, I decided that I wanted to make a realistic resolution, one that was manageable […]

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Skip the Gym and Stay Fit at Home {With Kids}

at-home workout
I’ve heard tons of moms sing the praises of in-gym child care. Drop off those littles, get your heart rate up (on purpose for a change), take a nice, long shower and maybe check some email in the cafe. I can totally see why that works for so many mamas and I wish I could […]

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Elmo, Raisins and 5 Other Things You Don’t Understand Until You Have Kids

I remember wondering (pre-parenthood) why Elmo became the muppet of choice amongst toddlers and pre-schoolers. He’s annoying and talks in baby talk, I thought, is that really what kids like? Yes, these are the deep, meaningful musings of my pre-parenthood self, but the shorthand answer is yes, the tots love that dude. I’ve seen it […]

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How I’ll Do More for Myself as a Mother This Year

Do you ever find yourself in a bit of a funk? Lately, I’ve been feeling somewhat swallowed up by motherhood – IT’S SO MUCH! With a 2-and-a-half-year-old and another one on the way, my brain is pretty much always hooked on these little ones. Hopefully Adeline will take a nap today. Does she have enough […]

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Do You Want to be a Part of the Dallas Moms Blog Team?

Dallas Moms Blog is growing and we’re growing fast! In order to keep up with the demands of our readers and partners, we’re looking to grow our team! Whether you want your voice to be heard to the masses or are simply looking for something fun and exciting to do behind the scenes, we could have […]

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My First Week as a Foster Parent :: What I Didn’t Expect

We were licensed on a Wednesday afternoon and by Friday night we got the call. A baby boy needed a home, but baby had multiple siblings. “I know you said your preference was one child under two, but would you consider taking a sibling as well?” our case worker asked. We wavered and then ultimately […]

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Realistic Fitness Goals for the New Year

Fitness goals
I’ve been in the fitness business as long as I can remember; but if I tell you an exact number, everyone will start doing the math and figuring my age. Then I may as well just tell you how much I weigh, too. So let’s just say, for the sake of a well kept secret… […]

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Science and Exploration :: A Toddler’s Guide to Understanding the World

**This post is sponsored by Primrose Schools.** The first three years of childhood are consumed with exploration and experimentation. In fact, Jean Piaget, one of the most influential developmental psychologists of the 20th century, described young children as “natural scientists,” referring to how toddlers examine their surroundings to understand the world around them. Given this […]

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Bringing In the Year Without New Year Resolutions

It is officially 2018, and for the last month I have enjoyed suffered through seeing the “New Year, New Me”, “Leave that in 2017” memes and posts flow up and down my timelines. As I was reflecting on 2017, I was trying to figure out “who” I wanted to be in 2018, and I realized, […]

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Setting New Year’s Resolutions for {Toddlers}

goals for toddlers
With a new year comes the promise of a new beginnings, turning over a new leaf, and starting with a blank slate. Setting New Year’s resolutions is an age-old tradition that allows us to envision a new year with a different ending. My husband and I, thanks to lessons learned from others years ago, have […]

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Modern Products for Period Having Mamas

I got my first period in the sixth grade. Like most first-timers, I used pads and panty liners. I hated them so much that I begged my mom to let me use tampons soon thereafter. Once she agreed and showed me the tampon-using ropes, I didn’t come near a pad for decades. Following the birth […]

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New Years Resolutions for {New Moms}

New Year for New Mom
My daughter turned one just a few months ago. When I look back over the past year to reflect and recap, there are a few things that come to mind as a new mom that I think we can all take to heart and resolve to strive for in the New Year. If you’ve just […]

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Dallas Moms Need to Know: A Guide to the Month of January

Ahhhhh, January. New beginnings. A clean slate. Let’s throw off the gross old husk of 2017 and get down to better business. The fresh vibe that comes with a new year cannot be beat. All that optimism, potential, and possibility – we’ll take it. Have a look at our roundup of January events and family activities below. […]

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Hidden Gems of DMB :: Great Posts You May Have Missed

Best of DMB 2017
Dallas Moms Blog has had another fabulous year of content! I thought it would be easy to pick my favorite posts of the year, but quickly realized it was quite a long list to pare down! After many hours of reading dozens and dozens of posts I’ve chosen sixteen of my favorites (in alphabetical order […]

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Holiday Money-Saving Tips & Tricks from Reliant

**This post is sponsored by Reliant. All opinions are 100% our own!** The holidays have a way of becoming a spending free-for-all, so we always welcome thrifty ideas to help offset the mayhem. Thanks to Reliant for suggesting some easy-to-implement energy (and money) saving tips! When it’s chilly outside, keep your thermostat at 68 degrees […]

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Why I Want My Kids to Have {Less} Fun

Because I am so mean. The end. Not really. I think this could sound crazy, but now that I’m emerging from toddlerhood I am realizing so many ways that I have prioritized things that entertain my kids. There are so many FUN things to do here in Dallas, which is a blessing. But now my […]

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Why Christmas Morning at Home Is Awesome (and Why Travel Is Overrated)

Last year, my kids woke up in their own home on Christmas morning for the first time. They were seven and three. When my daughter was young, we would head to my mom’s house. Or, we flew to Dallas to spend the holidays with my husband’s family. After the move to Dallas four years ago, […]

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The Only Christmas Dessert Recipe You’ll {Ever} Need

Today I’m sharing a recipe that I’ve been making for our family several years now and that’s become an absolute staple during the holidays. It’s great for a get together and perfect for Christmas Day! What is it? Chocolate bread pudding. Sure, there’s regular bread pudding – but for Christmas, shouldn’t it be kicked up […]

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5 Reasons Why You NEED to See The Grinch This Christmas

**This post is sponsored by AT&T Performing Arts Center.  All opinions are 100% our own!** There’s no figure in children’s literature that says Christmas quite like the Grinch. From his green grin to his too-small heart, watching, reading and singing the story of the Grinch and the Whos of Whoville has been a holiday tradition […]

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Caring and Giving :: Developing Character in Preschoolers

primrose schools
  **This post has been sponsored by Primrose Schools for City Moms Blog Network. All opinions are 100% our own!** All parents want their children to develop character traits that will enable them to live, work, and play in society in a healthy, productive, and positive way. Traits like empathy, integrity, honesty, kindness, and generosity […]

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Third Annual Dallas Moms Blog Breakfast With Santa: A Recap

This post contains links to sponsors who helped make Breakfast with Santa happen! All opinions are 100% our own! This time of year, with all the parties, gatherings, planning, and preparations, one thing that tops the list for most families with young children is a trip to meet Santa. Thanks to many lucky readers of […]

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Our “Framily” Holiday Tradition :: A Christmas Light {Scavenger Hunt}

The holiday season has so many fun traditions! When my husband and I made some incredibly solid friends here in the metroplex, we decided that we needed to create some of our own traditions to share together. In our closest circle, there are 8 adults and not ONE of us has family in town. We […]

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Formula Awareness Day :: When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Work

There seems to be awareness days for a LOT of hot topics these days, including breastfeeding. In fact, breastfeeding awareness has an entire MONTH now you guys… August.  When our parents were growing up, breastfeeding was taboo and people were not supportive of nursing moms, especially in public. So awareness was necessary so that the […]

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North Dallas Scores a Full Adventure Park with the Opening of Urban Air

How is it already December? Gone are the simple days of school shopping or staying up late to finish a last-minute Halloween costume.  Moms, it’s crunch time. Winter is coming, the time where moms are called upon to do their best, most challenging work of the year. Where they must draw upon every trick and […]

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I Can Be a Better Mom When I Can Do Something {Just For Me}

Sometimes moms need a break from mommyhood. When I say a break, I don’t mean walking into another room to “breathe” and count to ten.  I do that every day. I love my kids and some may say a little too much. Hmmm… that could explain why sometimes they just drive me crazy. But seriously, I […]

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Baby and Toddler Mamas :: Give Yourself {Grace} This Holiday

Holiday, Christmas, Toddlers
Pssst, mamas with strollers: over here. Past the “best” Santa for photos, and the coordinated ornaments, and sleigh rides, and cookie exchanges. Over here, near the baby changing table. I want to tell you something. You don’t have to do it ALL this holiday. Not this year. Not right now. Give yourself lots of grace. You […]

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A Charlie Brown Christmas at Dallas Children’s Theater

We took our two boys to their very first ever theater performance to see A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Dallas Children’s Theater. What a treat for the entire family! This production struck all the right chords with adults and children in equal measure. The only complaint I could possibly make after being in the […]

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How to :: Hunt Like a Girl

I don’t want this post to turn into a discussion on if hunting is “right” or “wrong.” You do you and stick to your “guns,” while I do me and believe that hunting is the circle of life and true conservation. Here we go… Yes, I hunt. Yes, I’m a girl. Heaven forbid, right? People […]

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A Look Back at A Bad Moms Christmas with Alamo Drafthouse :: A DMB Event

Dallas Moms Blog partnered with Alamo Drafthouse to provide our readers with an exclusive event. All opinions are 100% our own! We all know this time of year. You’ve barely wrangled your sugar-laden children out of their Halloween costumes, and there it is—the holiday season staring you in the face. As moms, this time of […]

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Teaching a Child to be a Cheerful Giver

cheerful giver
Teaching a child to be a cheerful giver is something that I’ve still not gotten the hang of, though I’ve had plenty of time to practice. I used to think that I could teach my kids to give to others, that out of practice and habit, it would become natural and decided.  But I long […]

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Moms, Stop and Take the Picture

As the holidays approach, I want to encourage all moms to stop and capture the moment.  I love seeing family photos and find it calms my kids down to shuffle through our Flickr account of baby pictures.  We could easily waste an hour of our time cuddling and looking at old photos.  Kids love to […]

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Surprise Diagnosis :: Pure Obsessional OCD

OCD
When I was in fourth grade, I remember being in the classroom playing with pogs and my opponent threw one at me (obviously my slammer had just destroyed his stack) and it hit me in the eye.  I was fine but my mind started imagining this scenario where it wasn’t, and while I won’t go […]

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Dual-Language Immersion Schools in Dallas :: WHY Choose a Second Language?

Dual-language immersion
According to the National Association for Bilingual Education, Texas leads the nation in the number of schools — about 700 — using dual-language immersion programs at the elementary level. Giving young children and school-aged students the opportunity to study in a dual language or complete language immersion program is not a tough decision in today’s […]

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Celebrate the Holidays with Allen Premium Outlets

This post has been sponsored by Allen Premium Outlets to bring you these holiday events. All opinions are 100% our own! This time of year, families tend to get into a routine with their usual holiday traditions, but I’m going to challenge you this year to think outside the box and do something a little […]

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What I REALLY Want You to Get My Kid for Christmas

Christmas Gifts
I love all things Christmas. Decorations, cookies, Santa, tiny kids recreating the Nativity scene, Christmas pageants, red and green and blue and sparkles and glitter and carols and reindeer.  The one thing I don’t love about this season? Gift giving. Hold onto your yule log before you yell Scrooge. I love giving gifts all year […]

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Santa Comes To Grapevine Mills!

**This post is sponsored by Grapevine Mills to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** There’s no doubt this time of year is the absolute most wonderful time of year! Kids are so excited, parents are busy planning the perfect gift, and there are whispers of the big man in red coming […]

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Santa Comes To Grapevine Mills!

**This post is sponsored by Grapevine Mills to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** There’s no doubt this time of year is the absolute most wonderful time of year! Kids are so excited, parents are busy planning the perfect gift, and there are whispers of the big man in red coming […]

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Mom Confession :: I HATE Doing My Daughter’s Hair

getting ready
      There is generally one task that, as a mother, we all dislike doing. While there are many things I can pick from, I think my least favorite task is doing my daughters hair. I get that it looks pretty and really brings out her face, but in less than 2 hours it seems […]

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10 Shows You Want to Binge Watch on Netflix Now

binge watch
There’s something about this time of year that makes me want to curl up with a blankie, sip some hot tea a hot toddy, and binge watch a great Netflix show on the couch while my kids pretend to go to sleep while repeatedly asking me for another sip of water/another kiss goodnight.  If you’re […]

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the {Men} in Your Life

**This post is sponsored by Gillette at Walmart to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** I LOVE CHRISTMAS! I love the lights, music, all of the food, the shiny wrapping paper, time with family and giving gifts. Unfortunately, my three boys are aging out of Legos and building toys and it […]

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{Surviving} Hyperemesis Gravidarum in Pregnancy

hyperemesis gravidarum
Apparently my mom told me stories of her “difficult” pregnancies before I was expecting my first, but I don’t remember that at all. Mom was really sick, and lost a lot of weight, and couldn’t keep working. I have a new appreciation for her pain now that I have (barely) survived hyperemesis gravidarum during all three […]

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The Working Mom’s Easy Advent Calendar

working mom's guide to advent
It’s the happiest season of aaallllllllll!! I love this time of year. Truly. Our house has had Christmas music playing since October thanks to my Christmas-obsessed husband.  Our tree went up the first week of November. When I say we love Christmas, you know we commit to the celebration!   The holiday season can quickly […]

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Dallas Moms Need to Know: A Guide to the Month of December

Happy December, everyone! Welcome to the coziest, sparkliest, busiest month of the year. We have holiday-themed activities in this roundup, to be sure, but don’t forget to check out our Dallas Holiday Guide for details on even more showstopping special events, activities, Santa sightings, etc. There is SO much going on in Dallas in December. Have […]

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Help with Health Insurance

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Ah, November. The weather is chilly, the football is weekly, the leaves are pretty. But November isn’t just the month of light sweaters and the kick off to the season of festive gatherings. November is also the month when Open Enrollment for Health Insurance begins. And nothing says “good times” like scouring through pages of […]

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How One Bad Habit Cost Me Thousands – Confessions of an Online Shopper

**This post is sponsored by Give10Back.com to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own.** Am I the only one who never shops in an actual store anymore? (My mother-in-law is literally the only person I know who loves to shop in real “brick and mortar” stores these days.) When I think of something […]

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A Healthier Way To Land {Your} Teen’s First Job

Cooper Fitness
This post has been guest written and sponsored by Cooper Fitness Center to provide our readers with some valuable information! For the past 11 summers I have had the pleasure of hiring teens and young adults for Cooper Fitness Center’s Fit & Fun Camps. As much as I enjoy running camps for kids 13 and […]

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Babywearing Isn’t Just for Babies :: 3 Great Reasons to Wear Your Toddler

toddler wearing
Sometimes I’m not sure who fell in love with babywearing first, me or my daughter. My partner and I both wore her from the moment we brought her home from the hospital. I remember feeling so lucky for this miracle contraption that stopped the crying and screaming and allowed me to use both hands while […]

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YoungLives :: A Place at the Table for the Teen Mom

My friend Amanda Cunningham is the leader of the Mesquite and Garland YoungLives Club and she’s opened my eyes over the last couple of years to a group of moms we often overlook: teen moms. In the mom-group and mommy-blog world we are so careful to include the working moms, the stay-at-home moms, the single […]

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Looking for weekend plans? Head North to OKC!

Dallas Moms Blog received a complimentary weekend stay in Oklahoma City in order to provide this post. All opinions are 100% our own! Never trust someone who tells you traveling with a toddler is easy. Fun? Sure, it can be lots of fun. A welcome break from the playground/preschool/Moana routine? Um, YES. But easy? Nope, […]

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Family Fall Favorites Outside of the DFW Area

Fall activities
We stay pretty busy during the school year and over the summer.  But my most favorite season to make plans for is the fall!  When the air turns cooler and we can bust out our boots and scarves… I am in heaven and I want to do so much more outdoors with my kids!  We […]

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3 Events To Make Your Holidays Even Brighter with Reliant

Reliant
**This post is sponsored by Reliant Energy. All opinions are 100% our own!** It’s very popular to complain about turning the clocks back and living in perpetual darkness all winter. I get it. Evening errands become a total drag for me and my self-diagnosed night blindness. Lately though, I embrace the time change because it’s […]

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7+ Things New Moms Need to Order From Amazon Right Now

Amazon
I will begin with this. If you don’t have an Amazon Prime account, get yourself one. It is definitely not the only way I shop, but I use it so frequently for so many things. Random things I need for our preschool (I got nearly every school supply through Amazon this year because who wants […]

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Why All My Kids Attended Cotillion Class

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Moms, I wanted to talk to you about Cotillion class since I remember it being around this time of year, or maybe even early winter, when I registered my kids for their cotillion classes.  Just putting the idea in your heads for you to keep watching for the upcoming new year class offerings.  Yes, all […]

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5 Steps to Creating a {Stress-Free} Party with Kazzam by Party City

Kazzam
Planning a party can be stressful – running around trying to find the perfect activities, decorations, theme, food, and more. Before kids, I would stay up until midnight the whole week before a big party – making decorations, preparing food, and sending e-mails. Even with one kid, I might be able to manage one all-nighter […]

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Gratitude :: A Perception Change that {Really} Works

Some days, as a mom of little kids, it seems like all the cards are stacked against you. In those times, it can be extremely difficult to practice gratitude. It is kind of hard to be grateful when you are cleaning up your third potty accident of the day, and you are already ten minutes […]

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SAVE THE DATE :: DMB’s 3rd Annual Breakfast with Santa {All The Important Details}

Dallas Moms Blog is partnering with many of the businesses below in order to make this event happen. Any opinions present are 100% our own.  It’s almost time for one of our FAVORITE events of the season – Dallas Moms Blog’s 3rd Annual Breakfast with Santa!  We invite you and your families to join us […]

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Attention :: Step Away from Being a Mom and Release the Caged Woman!!

Did that catch your attention? Good!! Are you suffering from moming so hard that you have forgotten how to be a woman? I mean uninhibited, party like a rockstar, walking barefoot on the sidewalk, wake up 36 hours later wondering what happened woman?!?! Or maybe take no mess, curled hair, high heels, Olivia Pope take […]

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5 Tips for Throwing a Budget-Friendly Birthday Bash

For the last few months, my husband and I have been watching our wallets. When my 8-year-old’s birthday popped up last week, we had to think creatively in order to give her a budget-friendly party that didn’t break the bank, but was still a lot of fun. I’m happy to report that we spent much less […]

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What I Loved Most About My First Adult Women’s Retreat

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I have to be honest, I haven’t felt the need to attend an all-women’s retreat as an adult. I attended a couple in college through my faith-based sorority, but since graduating and entering true adulthood, I have been to ZERO. Several weeks ago, a good friend of mine mentioned a church near her house that […]

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Santa…I Know Him! :: An Ivey Photography Storybook Experience

**This post is sponsored by Ivey Studio to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Apparently someone hit the fast forward button on 2017, because I’m told it’s already November. How is that even possible? That means Thanksgiving is precisely 10 seconds away, and Christmas is 25 at best.  If you’re like […]

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What Exactly *is* Type 1 Diabetes? A Quick Guide for Friends of T1 Kids

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More than 200,000 kids and teens in the U.S.* are waking up today and acting as their own pancreas. As kids with Type 1 diabetes, they don’t really have a choice. If you don’t have a child with Type 1 diabetes, there is a good chance you know one. And since November is American Diabetes Month, […]

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Goat Yoga :: Why You Should Try It

goat yoga
Goat Yoga is the latest exercise craze sweeping the nation.  Since I am easily distracted by baby goats, I took it upon myself to try a few Goat Yoga classes so I could give a review and some tips for our Dallas Mom’s Blog readers.  What is Goat Yoga?  It’s exactly what it sounds like.  […]

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Dirty Dozen :: Dangerous Apps Used By Kids

Dangerous Apps
I drove by a bus stop the other morning and I noticed EVERY SINGLE CHILD was looking at their cell phones. In our house we are SUPER strict with cell phone use because I work for a local non profit (Treasured Vessels Foundation) and we hear stories all the time about kids who are contacted […]

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The Gratitude Game

While I would love to take credit for this genius idea, it was inspired by one of my mom idols Carissa Byers. She shared that her family shares the things they are grateful for at dinner time each evening: The Gratitude Game. When I read this I realized it was such a simple task that could […]

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Join Us For An Exclusive Morning with Santa at Grapevine Mills

This is a Dallas Moms Blog sponsored event for Grapevine Mills. We’re excited to partner with them on this exciting, exclusive event! Dallas Moms Blog & Grapevine Mills (A Simon Center) are excited to bring you a one-of-a-kind family, holiday event! This intimate and private event will be an opportunity for children to meet Santa as […]

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What I’ve Learned in Two Years as a Stay-at-Home Mom

It’s been two years since I packed up my desk and hugged my awesome coworkers goodbye to venture into my role as a stay-at-home mom. To be perfectly honest, that’s a title I’ve only recently come to accept. If you had told me a decade ago that I’d be married with a kid, I would’ve […]

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Dallas Moms Need to Know: A Guide to the Month of November

Happy November! Am I going to get all emo on here about current events again? No, I’ll spare you this time, but let’s agree to stay positive and keep helping however we can; things are wild out there. One thing to be positive about is that we’ve finally got some perfect temperatures around here. Weather talk, […]

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{Effortless} Family Photos With AKA Photography

**This post is sponsored by AKA Photography to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** It’s that time of year again!  The mad scramble to get decent family photos before the holiday cards come out.  I loathe taking family photos.  No matter what time we take pictures or where we go, we […]

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How To :: Create Spooktacular Halloween Family Fun

Halloween has always been somewhat of a national holiday around our house. We go full throttle on the spooky décor, our Far North Dallas neighborhood turns into “Scare City Central,” and we always get slammed with nearly 100 trick-or-treaters seeking all varieties of “fun size” candy bars every October 31. Seeing little ones loitering at […]

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Teachable Moments In Target

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We’ve all been there. This story was relayed to me from a fellow mom who, like all of us, was just trying to get through another day. I’m sharing it here because I think we all have a valuable lesson to learn about teachable moments at any age – even if they happen in Target. […]

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3 Reasons to Spend the Howl-idays at Great Wolf Lodge

Dallas Moms Blog received a complimentary stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine to write this review. All opinions are 100% my own! School is officially in full swing and the day-to-day routines are starting to become…well…a little tiresome. I’m already anxiously awaiting the days of Thanksgiving and Winter Break when alarms can be turned […]

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Always Be the Best Dressed Mom in the Room

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I once had a girlfriend tell me “it’s always better to be overdressed than under dressed.”  Over the years I’ve had the chance to be both on many occasions, and thinking back – she’s absolutely right.  I much prefer being overdressed in any situation.  As a SAHM who also homeschools, there are plenty of days […]

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The Executive Assistant’s Guide to Managing Your Family

Managing family
In my day job, I’m an executive assistant.  There have been periods of time where I have had to keep up with the whereabouts of four busy executives.  Scheduling world-wide travel, getting them to meetings, making sure they have lunch, and pushing them out the door for their kid’s football game.  That makes it cake […]

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A Bad Moms Christmas with Alamo Drafthouse {Tickets on Sale!}

Some of our favorite moms in real life are bringing the joy of the Holidays and Motherhood to the Big Screen! Dallas Moms Blog & Alamo Drafthouse – Richardson are partnering together to bring our audience a private Rowdy Screening of A Bad Moms Christmas!  Starting at 6:30pm, we are taking over the lobby for a pre-event Happy Hour. Bring your […]

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Hospitalloween :: Focusing on Hospitality this Halloween

When I was pregnant with my second child, I prayed she would not be born on Halloween. I was due October 27, and I was 3 days late with my firstborn. I hated the idea of a spooky birthday year after year. (Sidenote: what a dumb thing to worry about. I am so much more […]

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Recycling 101 :: How To Make Recycling Less Intimidating

My family visited the Perot Museum recently and we were enjoying a snack on the outside deck. For five solid minutes I stared silently at a couple in their mid-fifties who, for five solid minutes were staring silently at the recycling bin. They each held a styrofoam cup and could not figure out how to dispose of […]

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Am I Less of a Mother for Being a Working Mom?

Choosing to be a working mom
In the field I work in, many women get pregnant later on in life than others because they chose to get advanced degrees to further their career. After putting in several years for school and reaching a point in your life where you are somewhat financially stable, it’s hard to make the decision to walk […]

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Meal Planning :: 6 {Go To} Recipes for Family Dinners

Over the years of cooking for our family I’ve had some hits and many misses. Practice does indeed make (closer to) perfect and I now have a decent arsenal of recipes that are simple, predictable, and most importantly, desirable to every member of my family. These are dishes I can incorporate into my weekly meal planning […]

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My Daughter Will Miss 7 Days of School for a Vacation and I’m Okay with That

Last week we left for a family wedding in California, after which we will head to Lake Tahoe with my recently married sister. By the time we return, my second grader will miss seven days of the new school year. At first, I pondered whether or not taking a vacation while she’s in school was a mistake. […]

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Lakehill Prep :: A Dad’s Point of View

**This post has been sponsored and guest written by Lakehill Prep.  All opinions are their own.** I’m not the first to say this, nor will I be the last, “Lakehill Preparatory School just feels like family.” This is especially true in Lower School at Lakehill Prep. It’s such a warm, inviting environment and my son […]

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Lakehill Prep :: A Dad’s Point of View

**This post has been sponsored and guest written by Lakehill Prep.  All opinions are their own.** I’m not the first to say this, nor will I be the last, “Lakehill Preparatory School just feels like family.” This is especially true in Lower School at Lakehill Prep. It’s such a warm, inviting environment and my son […]

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Sisterhood of the Traveling Baby Clothes

One of the best gifts I received as a first time mom-to-be? A huge bag full of hand-me-downs from my best friend, full of baby clothes and shoes her two girls had worn. Going through that bag, I remember thinking how long it would be before my tiny baby would fit into these huge clothes. […]

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Callbox Storage :: Making Storage Quick And Easy

**This post is sponsored by Callbox Storage to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Have you ever looked around your house and wondered, “when did I collect all of these things and where am I going to put all of them?”  As mothers, we can be to WORST at letting things […]

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It’s Football Season – High Five The Coaches’ Kids

Last year I wrote the post It’s Football Season–Hug a Coach’s Wife. At last check it had almost 200,000 Facebook shares! I never expected it would touch so many coaching families, but I guess sometimes we just need to know someone out there, even if it’s in internet land, gets us. Coaches’ wives have a unique […]

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Mom Confessions :: On Raising Middle Schoolers

I lived through those newborn days where my baby was confused about night/day and I felt like I could never sleep, it actually felt like it would never end. Then I lived through the terrible twos when they started at the age of one, not at two like the parenting book said! I also lived through […]

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Mom Confessions :: On Raising Middle Schoolers

I lived through those newborn days where my baby was confused about night/day and I felt like I could never sleep, it actually felt like it would never end. Then I lived through the terrible twos when they started at the age of one, not at two like the parenting book said! I also lived through […]

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Five Ways To Tame Teacher Trouble

I will always remember my first experience as a teacher. It was a Thursday evening, late August, which for me meant “Meet the Teacher Night”.  As a new, fresh-faced teacher with 22 precious first graders on my roll, I had spent several late nights preparing my classroom until everything looked absolutely perfect. The only thing […]

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Advice for New Mommies from an Old Mommy

Okay so maybe I’m not an old mommy, but I am coming out of the newborn fog for the third time now and feel like I’ve learned a thing or two!  I told someone just the other day that I wish my son (my first) could have the mommy I am now, because there are […]

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Mom Confessions :: When I Realized I’ve {Spoiled} My Kids

I'm spoiling my kids
Once upon a time, there was a mom at a flag football game who made me completely bananas. Bonkers bananas. She was the one that yelled so much, and so loud, and was so over the top in love with her little player that I couldn’t think of anything other than following her and becoming her […]

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Three Easy Ways to Keep Phone Use in Check

phone
Hi there, mama, from my phone to yours. I’m sure you don’t need me to recap how smartphones are both a blessing and a curse for parents, and how most of us run a daily balancing act between convenience/welcome distraction and the online rabbit holes of no return. So I’ll cut to the chase. Here […]

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Meal Planning for Working Moms

I know with all my heart that I am not the only working (or just plain BUSY) mom out there who loathes dinnertime each day. I previously struggled so much with this “Mom Task” that I would make lots of excuses to just take the easy road of eating out every night. Our budget and our […]

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Honoring Our Children’s Memory: An Infant Loss “Forever Loved” Memory Wall

When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. ~Ronald […]

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{Drama-Free} Family Dinners :: 4 Food Delivery Apps You Need

As a mom/wife/friend/homeschool teacher – there are a lot of things I do well.  Cooking and meal planning is, sadly, not one of them.  Somehow I missed that gene and/or lesson at school.  Add to that a house renovation and not having a kitchen for the past 4 months and I’ve had to get creative […]

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Try Some “Preventive Medicine” For The Home with Reliant

**This post is sponsored by Reliant through City Moms Blog Network. All opinions are 100% our own.** Ok, I know behind-the-scenes home improvement stuff is not a “fun” way to spend money. Replacing the galvanized pipes under my house does not give me the same thrill as new granite countertops and a fresh backsplash. HOWEVER, […]

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Dallas Synergy Chiropractic :: A Different Kind of Chiropractic Care

**This post has been sponsored by Dallas Synergy Chiropractic to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** A visit with your family to Dallas Synergy Chiropractic will take away any fears or misconceptions you might have about chiropractic care.  Drs. Bryan and Brittney Asby are a very caring team of chiropractic doctors, conveniently located at Hillcrest […]

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International Coffee Day :: 8 Kid-Friendly Places To Drink {& Enjoy!} Coffee in DFW

My school-aged kiddo has headed back to the classroom, which means I’m left with only one little person to wrangle on a daily basis. It’s time to hit up the preschool/playgroup circuit and arrange a get-together or two. The weather will be playground-appropriate soon, but sometimes my mom friends and I like to seek refuge in a […]

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Meal Planning :: My Approach to Healthy School Night Eating

I am one of those moms that really enjoys cooking for her family…well, most of the time, at least.  When my boys were younger and home all day I’d start cooking early, taking my time to enjoy the process and would even include them in the prep work. Think classical music, a crisp clean apron, […]

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Crest Exteriors :: Painless Roof Replacement

**This post has been sponsored by Crest Exteriors to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Let’s be honest, getting a root canal sounds more appealing than having to interview roofing companies to replace your roof. There are a lot of roofers out there, and a few I’d put in the same […]

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Taking Little Ones to the State Fair :: What to Know

  Funnel cakes! Corny dogs! Fried s’mores, fried PBJ, and…fried beer and sweet tea? Maybe they’ve gone a little too far with those, but to each foodie their own. As much as we all love the goodies the State Fair of Texas brings, there’s obviously more to it than yummy treats and gut-dropping rides…including fun […]

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How to :: Fix Meal Planning {by Looping}

Meal planning is the best way to feel in control of the week that is coming. I adore writing down a great menu and then shopping for the ingredients. I love trying new foods and new recipes, and I love even more exposing my kids to new foods! The major flaw in meal planning is […]

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I Wasn’t in Love with My Daughters at First Sight

Women love to tell their birth stories, often sparing nothing.  Luckily, I consider myself a birth junkie so I enjoy hearing every minute detail.  No matter what took place from the time the mom knew it was time to head to the hospital to the moment her baby was placed in her arms, every single […]

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How to :: Meal Plan {The Basics}

how to meal plan
I’m really good at starting things. Not so good at finishing them. Which usually means the week gets off to a great start, but my “go-get-’em” fizzles out by Thursday Wednesday.  That’s why I need a plan. A plan that takes minimal effort and thought so I can rock at keeping my family fed all week long. That’s where meal […]

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SURPRISE Gender :: Pros and Cons

With my first two pregnancies, we found out that we were having little girls.  I am in the home stretch of likely my final pregnancy and this time we opted to do SURPRISE GENDER.  I thought it would be fun to tell you the Pros and Cons of doing surprise gender!  FINDING OUT PROS + […]

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Fear :: Raising a Black Child in America

Fear. Fear is defined as “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.” I describe fear as an absence of faith when things become overwhelming or out of control. My biggest fear is that I will mess up raising a black child in […]

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Finding Community at Lakehill Prep

This post was sponsored and guest written by Lakehill Prep.  All opinions are their own. Choosing a school for your first born child in Dallas can be downright stressful. It’s the immediate topic of conversation between any two mothers of young children – even in the checkout line at the grocery store. Do you go […]

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{Free} Printable Meal Planner

Meal Planner - Megan Harney for Dallas Moms Blog
Meal Planning can seem overwhelming, but it ultimately makes life at home so much easier. By spending a few minutes at the beginning of each week or each month making a plan, I save so much time (and so much money) by skipping the ‘What are we going to eat tonight?’ question throughout the week. […]

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4 Simple Steps to Booking a Sitter

This post has been sponsored by Sitter. All opinions are 100% our own! Babysitters and Childcare. It can be one of the most frustrating parts of parenthood. The never ending search to find someone to watch your children in hopes that you can have a few hours to yourself or with your spouse.  The process […]

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How To :: Enjoy a Restaurant with your Toddler

When my son was a baby, it was so hard to take him out to eat. I would get to the restaurant and say to myself, “Why did I even bother?” But now that my son is a toddler, it’s easier and way more more fun to get out to catch a nice meal. But […]

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How To :: Enjoy a Restaurant with your Toddler

When my son was a baby, it was so hard to take him out to eat. I would get to the restaurant and say to myself, “Why did I even bother?” But now that my son is a toddler, it’s easier and way more more fun to get out to catch a nice meal. But […]

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Excuse Me, Your Mothering is Showing

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The last soccer game of the season was a doozy. My daughter’s (adorably) scrappy team of 6-year-olds were out-numbered, out-sized, and out-played. They held on until the bitter end to earn those post-game high-fives and snacks from the team cooler (the possible true motivation for any field effort). As Capri Suns popped behind me, I […]

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How To :: Prepping Your Family For Emergency Situations

With the aftermath of the largest and most expensive natural disaster in full swing on the Texas coast, it gets me thinking about how I can help.  Our own Krystal Hurst of Dallas Moms Blog posted a great article here about things you can do to help around town. That can be found here. After […]

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Back To School :: A Lesson About Rejection For Kids and Moms

“Hey buddy, come and look at your class list!” I said excitedly, remembering what it was like to learn who the teacher would be and what friends I would be in class with all year. I remember I couldn’t WAIT to go back school.  My son came bounding over to the computer and read the […]

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Learning The Importance of Forgiveness

My four year old needed my forgiveness big time recently. She had an epic meltdown in Hobby Lobby last week over a candy/toy contraption in the impulse-buy section at checkout. I have heard plenty of horror stories about such tantrums, but hadn’t ever had the pleasure of experiencing one myself until Monday. The story here […]

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September 10th is Grandparents’ Day! {DIY Gift Ideas}

It’s JUST around the corner! (And believe me, I only realized it when my son’s school sent out an email reminder just yesterday)- Grandparents Day! When many of our little ones have the honor to invite a VIP to their school, see their artwork, hand over a DIY card, and sing and dance for their […]

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Create a Grand Celebration on Grandparents’ Day

When I became a new mother, I thought one of the greatest joys was holding my newborns and watching them coo and cuddle all swaddled up and gently nestled beside me. I soon discovered that would pale in comparison to the immeasurable happiness I experienced while watching my parents do the same as they sweetly […]

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When Opportunity Knocks :: Teaching Kindness {An Adoption Story}

Opportunity is defined as a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something. When we think of opportunity, most of us imagine a chance for advancement, personal gain or success. We want our children to learn that a quality education and a strong work ethic will enable them to be ready when the right […]

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The Joy of Involved Grandparents

Grandparents day
I have been close to my parents my whole life, minus a couple months (years) during high school when I was a little more of a selfish teenager. Outside of that, I have always wanted to be near them, travel with them, go home on the weekends, and have them come visit me every chance […]

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There’s Nothing “Only” About Our Only Child

only child
I’m 41 and I don’t have a single tattoo. For my generation, that’s basically unheard of. As they say, though, people don’t usually stop at one tattoo. It’s too addictive. That was enough for me to figure I’d better not even start. You know what else is JUST like a tattoo, they say? Children. Once […]

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My New Dream Girl

Well it has been a while since I posted. I guess after finding out my dream girl was having a baby by another guy I just wasn’t in the mood to post. But I’m back folks! So I have a new dream girl. It is a bit of a long story so sit back,pour a cup of coffee and relax. So I have been stalking the Facebook page of the bar I use to work at-ya know how a single guys does when he has no life. I saw some pictures of a beautiful girl that bartends there. Blond hair,beautiful smile…just perfect. Of course I figured I would never have a chance with her-specially since she is about 20 years younger. But a guy can dream right? So a couple days ago I was looking around seekingarrangements to see if anyone new had signed up and who do I see? Yep that girl! We will call her…Tanya…So I figured hey send her a message who knows what might happen. She sent me a message back and we sent a few more messages back and forth. I gave her my number and SURPRISE she sends me a text! So we have been talking for a couple days now. She even says she likes older guys and not the young military guys that come into the bar where she works. We are planning on meeting this week. So we will see what happens…I have my fingers crossed and won’t be surprised if she disappears before we actually meet….but I might just actually have found my future wife-or she may just “ghost” on me like so many flakey girls do. Stay tuned..maybe the Single Guy won’t be single much longer!


Cook By Colours :: Having Fun With Your Kids In The Kitchen

Cook By Colours
**This post has been sponsored by Cook By Colours to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** My husband & I are blessed to be raising our son with our best friends who have a son just 3 weeks younger. We committed to family dinners together on Sunday nights recently, and our […]

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A Few Well-Placed No’s

Prioritizing family time
  Here’s the latest pic of kids 1-3, though they might actually die from parental humiliation if they see that I shared this.  But it won’t be the first “death by mom” – as they seem to have endless lives to be embarrassed by my love again and again.   Anyway. I know I say it all […]

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How to Survive :: LICE

how to survive lice
Itch, itch… maybe she has a mosquito bite on her head… scratch, scratch… no it can’t be… itch, itch…let me just take a peek…scratch, scratch…Oh Dear God, No!!! LICE!!! Ever since I became a parent I have been terrified of one day finding bugs in my kids’ hair. When they started at pre-school, I began […]

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How to Survive :: LICE

how to survive lice
Itch, itch… maybe she has a mosquito bite on her head… scratch, scratch… no it can’t be… itch, itch…let me just take a peek…scratch, scratch…Oh Dear God, No!!! LICE!!! Ever since I became a parent I have been terrified of one day finding bugs in my kids’ hair. When they started at pre-school, I began […]

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TIME TO VOTE! :: DMB’s Best of Dallas Awards – HEALTHY KIDS {Presented by Solv}

Dallas Moms Blog’s Best of Dallas Awards – Healthy Kids are sponsored by Solv. All opinions are 100% our own and nominations are not affected by this sponsorship.  A few weeks ago, we asked for your help and, mamas, you delivered! We’re hosting our first “Best of Dallas” Awards featuring businesses that focus on “Healthy […]

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Peek n’ Play Grapevine :: My New Favorite Playdate

Peek n Play Grapevine - Megan Harney for Dallas Moms Blog
As a Dallas mom, I am constantly looking for the best ways to have fun indoors. When our temperatures reach above 100 for weeks at a time and don’t cool down until November, that leaves a LOT of days in our house where this is a ton of energy and not enough things to do. […]

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6 Tips for Surviving Your Next Move

Raise your hand if you love moving! Me neither. My family is doing exactly that over the next month, though. On top of the move, we’re taking a two-week trip overseas between now and the day we close on our new house. Needless to say, it’s been somewhat of a mad scramble to pack, sell […]

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Hurricane Harvey :: What Dallas Families Can Do To Help

While there may be 250+ miles between us, Dallas is deeply connected to all of the Texas cities affected by Hurricane Harvey. The emergency situation that continues to unfold in Victoria, Houston, Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, and surrounding areas leaves many of us here in the Northern part of the state feeling helpless.  What can we […]

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Hurricane Harvey :: What Dallas Families Can Do To Help

While there may be 250+ miles between us, Dallas is deeply connected to all of the Texas cities affected by Hurricane Harvey. The emergency situation that continues to unfold in Victoria, Houston, Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, and surrounding areas leaves many of us here in the Northern part of the state feeling helpless.  What can we […]

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Now that You’re a Mom, Can We Still be Friends?

Friendships during motherhood
All of us have friendships that come from all aspects of our journey leading to motherhood. We have friends from childhood, friends from high school, college, work and so on. Some friends marry before you, get a house before you, have children before you. And there comes this point in time when there is change. […]

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I Let my Kids Choose My Wardrobe :: Breaking Free of Yoga Pants and Bathrobes

It’s August and I have basically run out of every single fun thing to do with the kids. Pinterest has failed me, I have exhausted every camp option available, I’ve cooked the same dinner 3 nights a week…and it’s too hot for me to care anymore. I realized that as my creativity started to fade, […]

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5 Positive Changes I’ve Made in My First 2 Years of Motherhood

This past month, my first born turned two years old. Naturally, this milestone made me reflect on many things from the past two years, but there was a surprising common theme – most of the things that have changed over the past two years have been in me. I have spent the first part of motherhood […]

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Pampers at Sam’s Club Pickup :: Saves You Time and Energy

This post has been sponsored by Proctor & Gamble and Sam’s Club to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own! I am a proud mother of four and when we buy groceries, we buy in bulk. I remember when they were all under the age of 6 and I would run out […]

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Pampers at Sam’s Club Pickup :: Saves You Time and Energy

This post has been sponsored by Proctor & Gamble and Sam’s Club to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own! I am a proud mother of four and when we buy groceries, we buy in bulk. I remember when they were all under the age of 6 and I would run out […]

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Self-Affirmations :: Building Your Child Up From the Inside

I still remember it like yesterday, sitting at home, at least 6 months pregnant with my son, watching the Trayvon Martin case and thinking to myself, “What type of world am I bringing my son into?” I prayed, and cried, and pretty sure I prayed and cried some more. I just knew that the world […]

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I Don’t Know What I’m Doing :: Potty Training {Answers from Our DMB Contributors}

potty training tips
Summer is a great time to take on new challenges, including for your kiddos.  For two of our DMB Contributors, Katy W. and Katherine H., they attempted the biggest toddler challenge of all…Potty Training.  We’ve asked them our most pressing questions about potty training and they’ve offered their experience and tips for potty training your own kiddos.  […]

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Why We Are Skipping Kindergarten

skipping kindergarten
I’ve always felt that the September 1 cut off for starting kindergarten was somewhat arbitrary. I get that there has to be an age requirement, but I think it should be a little more flexible, such as a couple months on either side of September 1.  All kids are different. Some kids who turn five […]

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One Mom’s Success Story After 6 Weeks at Utopia-Food & Fitness

This post has been sponsored by Utopia Food & Fitness to bring you this experience. All opinions are 100% our own!  As a homeschooling mom of twins that works from home (in all my spare time), I had gotten in to poor eating habits.  And maybe wine.  Everything seemed to be in a cyclical habit […]

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“Grown Up” Music That’s Also Child-Friendly

You can only listen to nursery rhymes for so long before you start hearing them in your sleep. My husband really loves music. He loves finding new artists, learning all the lyrics and backstories, seeing the up-and-comers live before they get popular and trade small, intimate coffee houses for huge, sold-out stadiums. Of course, when […]

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Never Say Never: I Left My Daughter in a Hot Car

Prevent accidents
I left my daughter in a hot car, and if I could do it-so could you. “Hey where is Penny?”  It was such a simple question, one that any parent of a young child will find themselves asking when things are too quiet.  It was a little after 8 p.m. and my family had just […]

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Why Take Maternity Photos?

taking maternity photos
I am about to pop with Baby #3, and there is a chance he or she will be here by the time this posts but I really wanted to share a post about why I chose to have maternity photos taken with my third pregnancy and what my experience taught me.  Some background: When I […]

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5 Ways to Find a Real Work / Life Balance

work life balance
Finding a work / life balance was difficult BEFORE having a child. Now the word “balance” elicits a chuckle that quite often turns into a literal LOL. How is it possible to balance work, kids, your partner, housework, the never-ending to-do list, and find time to keep your sanity intact? Here are the 5 ways […]

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Let it go! (or not?) Summer Travel and Vacation Routines

My children have been ‘off schedule’ since June 5th. We have traveled on trains, planes, in taxis, ubers, and busses at all hours of the day (and sometimes night). With a 5.5, just-turned-3, and an 8 month old, planning and timing isn’t always easy. And so with almost 3 months of travels to three countries […]

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Date Night at Dallas Farmer’s Market

My husband and I recently had a much-needed all day date thanks to my mother-in-law watching the kids for us. We spent the day in Waco and then headed back for a date night in Dallas. It was a special occasion (our tenth anniversary), but we were dressed pretty casually from our day checking out […]

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Tired as a mother: Surviving a sleep-challenged child

Sleep challenges
What if I told you that my two year old has only slept through the night a handful of times? And what if I said that we have (unofficial) family meetings in the middle of the night more often now than we did when she was a newborn? I’m not the first to say it […]

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Eighteen Summers to Enjoy Our Kids? Not With Teenagers!

summer with teenagers
Whoever it was that so lovingly reminded us that we only have 18 summers to enjoy our kids…. obviously didn’t have teenagers.  18 summers?  Seriously, I’m at summer number 17 with my oldest and its pretty much like he’s the renter and I’m the old boarding house owner who provides meal and laundry service, and […]

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Eye Spy::A Scavenger Hunt Recap

Let’s face it, everyday as a parent is a one big scavenger hunt. Where are your shoes? What’s in your hair? Where did you hide my ____(fill in the blank)? What do you want for dinner? The list is endless.  There are so many stressful things about being a parent, so when you have the […]

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Fun Interactive Books for Your Toddler

Hands down, one of the things I’m most passionate about in motherhood, is all the BOOKS. I’m just crazy about board books and have collected quite a few for my daughter over the past couple years. We love reading together, and the colors and illustrations can be so inviting – each book is almost like […]

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Late Summer is a (Hot) Mess

Sweaty? Annoyed? Daydreaming of locking yourself in a bathroom with only a milkshake for company? Perfect, you’ve arrived. Welcome to late summer, the no-man’s-land of parenting. The early summer days of plans, energy, and optimism (and most camps) are gone.  It’s an unstructured, windows-open hot* mess* (*literally), where high temps rule the day and mosquitoes […]

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The Non-Crafty Girls Guide to Freezer Paper Shirts

I have no idea when I became this type of mom, but when I was planning our first trip to Disney World as a family I knew I had to have matching t-shirts for my family.  I looked on Etsy and couldn’t find exactly what I wanted, either in design or price.  That said, I […]

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The Non-Crafty Girls Guide to Freezer Paper Shirts

I have no idea when I became this type of mom, but when I was planning our first trip to Disney World as a family I knew I had to have matching t-shirts for my family.  I looked on Etsy and couldn’t find exactly what I wanted, either in design or price.  That said, I […]

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Pericoach :: 8 Week Kegel Challenge Done! {+Giveaway}

This post has been sponsored by Pericoach for City Moms Blog Network. All opinions are 100% our own!  Well, folks I did it. I successfully made it for eight weeks without peeing my pants, and I’ve successfully turned my mommy-pee-pee dance into a happy dance! But more importantly, I now have my Kegels on my […]

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How Life’s Stampede Broke Me into Being a Better Mom

  As a working mom of two, there are times when I just can’t keep up with how fast life is going. Dishes seem to overflow, laundry keeps piling up, and I am pretty sure the kids are playing a game of “who can make mommy go crazy the quickest”. Prime example: MegaFest Weekend 2017 […]

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Nominations are Open for DMB’s Best of Dallas :: HEALTHY KIDS {Presented by Solv}

Dallas Moms Blog’s Best of Dallas Nominations and Awards are sponsored by Solv. All opinions are 100% our own and nominations are not affected by this sponsorship.  Dallas is an incredible city that offers endless options to the families that live here. Interested in pediatricians? We’ve got thousands to choose from! Need a Mommy & […]

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The Come Here Fist Pump {My Best (& only) Original Parenting Idea}

I have read a lot of parenting books, and implement a lot of other people’s good ideas with great success. But I can think of literally only one original idea I’ve ever had in regards to rearing my four children, and it’s been pretty darn successful so I’ve decided to share it with you. It’s […]

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Ayden Activation Group-A Guerilla In Marketing

This month we give our thumbs up to a business you might never have heard of but probable have seen their promotions. This month we salute Ayden Activation Group.
Ayden Activation Group is based in St. Louis. Started 12 years ago,Ayden Activation Group is a leader in nontraditional marketing. With their staff and resources Ayden is able to create a marketing plan for most any company promotion.
Ayden hires both w-2 and 1099 staff. With over 60,000 staff members wordwide Ayden Activation Group is creating jobs in the United States economy and beyond.
Some past Ayden campaigns were for Applebees,Sprint,GE,MetroPCS and Mr. Clean.
Contact Ayden Activation Group for your next ad campagin or for your next job in the marketing field. Ayden Activation Group can be contacted through their website:

http://aydenactivationgroup.com


Pearachute: Make Memories; Make Moments

This post has been sponsored by Pearachute Kids. All opinions are 100% our own!  Let’s face it, there is nothing better than watching your child’s face light up as they climb up towers, pet new animals, or make a new painting for your fridge. Well, I guess it is a little better when you know […]

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Is My Child Ready For Kindergarten?

In a few short weeks, my oldest son will be starting Kindergarten. It would be an understatement to say that we are excited. We have ordered school supplies, picked out a backpack, purchased a pair of awesome sneakers and made a list of our favorite lunches. But is this enough to make sure that our boy […]

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How To Host a Backyard Movie Night On a Budget

In our family, we love movies! We try to stay on top of the latest kid flicks and get out to the cinema as often as our budget allows.  But over the years, we’ve seen movie ticket prices spike and for a family of 5, it just gets too pricey sometimes.  Our solution to this? […]

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I Don’t Know What I’m Doing {Resources from the DMB Contributors}

Some days, I’m totally on it. My husband and I are completely in sync. Bath time is a cinch. We anticipate Little Man’s meltdowns before they happen. We’re ready for his next stage of milestones with pureed food, humidifiers for colds, baby gates for a baby on the move. Parenting? I got this. And then you’re hit with the milestones that leave you baffled. “Will he […]

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Choosing the Best Childcare for Your Family

This post has been sponsored by Primrose Schools for City Moms Blog Network. All opinions are 100% our own! I stayed home with my boys until the oldest was almost 5. A move to a new city, a drive to stretch my professional wings, and a blossoming toddler who too perfectly fit the stereotype of […]

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5 Things to Do with Kids in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Ahhhh, the summer road trip—it’s an American tradition! One of my favorite parts about living in North Texas is our proximity to other states. You can actually DRIVE to so many other parts of the country that it’s easy to plan a fun adventure with your little road warriors. And so, this summer, my family […]

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More Than Just a Mom

I’m that mom that lives by her calendar and a to do list. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t write it down, it’s just not going to happen in this lifetime.  I also have this list. I wouldn’t call it a bucket list really, it’s more of a list of goals I have outlined […]

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Surviving Mosquitoes In Dallas

For me and my kiddos, mosquito season in Dallas is any time there’s not ice on the ground.  With the lovely spring weather, comes one or two bites… followed quickly by months of pure mosquito assault.  We can barely walk to our car without getting bit several times each.  Any outdoor activity, we slather on […]

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Moms Night Out Ideas For Every Interest

As a busy work from home mom, I have a million excuses why I don’t have time to tend to my social life.  While I do agree that it is sometimes hard to make the time to get out, I also feel like it is important to get out of the house and spend time […]

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A Look Inside Dr. Sandra Petrocchi Pediatric Dentistry Visit

This post has been sponsored and guest written by Dr. Sandra Petrocchi and Dr. Luis Arango Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. All opinions are 100% our own.  First-time parent or not, it is always so exciting when your baby hits a new milestone in their life, with one of those being his or her first visit to the dentist. […]

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Get Fit Fast With Only 20 Minute Workouts And Chef Prepared Meals at Utopia-Food & Fitness

Dallas Moms Blog has partnered with Utopia Food & Fitness through a complimentary trial for our writer to bring you this post. All opinions are 100% our own! Merriam-Webster defines “utopia” as a place of ideal perfection. And If ideal perfection means the most delicious and perfectly portioned, healthy food and supportive staff, then Utopia-Food & […]

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Top French Restaurants in Dallas

I am married to a Frenchman who is very snotty about French restaurants not located in France! His rule of thumb is if the word “French” is in the name or a French Flag in the logo… steer clear! He also prefers to dine at restaurants that have an authentic French chef.  That being said, […]

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When Honesty and Rudeness Look The Same

If your kid is old enough to form complete sentences, the chances are that you’ve been in a situation where their honesty crossed the line over into rudeness. You know, those times when their acute observations make your cheeks burn and incite you to make a break for the nearest exit. Need examples? It goes […]

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Sleep Stages for the Itty Bitties {The First Year}

This post has been sponsored and guest written by the Cradle App to bring our readers valuable information on newborn sleep. We hope you’ll find it helpful! If you were a child of the eighties and early nineties perhaps you remember the much sought after toy, Puppy Surprise. At first glance one might assume this […]

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Skratch Harnesses Power of Dallas Teens and Offers Gigs to Earn Summer Cash

This post has been sponsored by Skratch to bring you information about this Dallas-based small business. All opinions are 100% our own! Although July welcomes a more relaxed pace and long lazy days at the pool, for some teens it’s a great time hustle up a summer job and earn some extra cash.    As […]

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Please, Let Me Hold Your Baby!

I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I love to see what people are up to and connect with long lost friends (and creep on the ones I am curious about but not ready to commit to a “friend” status). These ‘time hops’ that pop up to remind me of memories from my past […]

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Sneak Peek: Children’s Learning Adventure is Full STEAM Ahead

This post has been sponsored by Children’s Learning Adventure. All opinions are 100% our own! Here are two things I’m always thinking about re: my kids and their education. First, I want them to get a great foundation in math and science. No one in this country has any math or tech skills anymore, according […]

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7 products I’m loving right now for my toddler

When you have a newborn or an infant, there is so much info on great products that make life easier or more fun for mom and baby.  I remember reading so many “must have” lists and taking note of new products from each one.  These lists seem to dwindle when your child enters toddler-hood, which is […]

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Dealing with the Death of a Family Pet

We are dog people, always have been, always will be. When my husband and I first got together, our dog family married and we had three big adopted dogs at once. The eldest of the bunch crossed the rainbow bridge when our second baby was just weeks old. At the time, our first born had […]

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Now that he is TWO, when are you going to have Baby #2?

So you get married, get a house, and have a baby. You are enjoying watching your little one grown up and making memories. Life is good! You are adjusting to being a new mommy and getting your body back, then all of a sudden you hear, “oh my gosh he’s getting so big…he’s moving out […]

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Zumbini: A Fun New Way to Bond and Be Active {+Giveaway}

This post has been sponsored by Zumbini. All opinions are 100% our own! Hey Mamas! If you are looking for a fun, active, bonding experience with your child or are looking for an original and different kind of class for your child, look no further than Zumbini!   Created by Zumba and BabyFirst, Zumbini is […]

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This Working Mom’s Guide to the (ridiculous) Morning Routine

  On a recent trip out of town, alone one the first night in the hotel suite, I had one overwhelming thought: I don’t have to worry about my usual ridiculous morning routine for 2 whole mornings! I cannot be alone in my feelings about this insane morning routine mess. Here are the 37 easy steps that make […]

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Thinking About the ‘burbs? :: 5 Things You’ll Want to Consider

This post has been guest written and sponsored by Suburban Jungle to provide families with helpful tips for moving around in DFW.  Moving anywhere is a big decision. But making the leap from the city to the suburbs is huge, especially if you’ve got kids in tow. The key? Learning to suss out suburbia like […]

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Why I’ll never fly with a car seat again

My family and I have done more than a fair share of long-haul flights since our children were born. We have relatives all over the US and around the world from Germany to Israel, and I’ve flown for my job as an opera singer to destinations as far as Anchorage, Montreal, and Beijing. Now that […]

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Sleep Tight: How to Stop the Nightmares after Tragedy Strikes

Every day there seems to be another story of death, or loss in the world. I remember reading a story of a child who lost his younger brother and after the incident, could not sleep; he couldn’t silence the images in his head of brother he lost. Recently, my son started having nightmares, and although he has […]

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We Have a New Driver in the Family and His Name is Kid 1

There’s a new driver in the family and his name is Kid 1. He’s had his learner’s permit for quite some time but just hasn’t felt the need to get it all done till exactly two weeks ago. I’ve heard that trend is fairly normal for teens these days, the idea that teens don’t put […]

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