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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

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  **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

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      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

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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

cotillion class
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

women's retreat
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

insulin pump, kids with diabetes, type 1 diabetes
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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Kazzam by Party City :: Become the Most Envied Party Hostess {EVAH!}

**This post is sponsored by Kazzam by Party City to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** When I was growing up, my mom was the ultimate hostess with the mostest. She loved hosting parties, cooking up a storm, planning fun entertainment, and preparing for days! But when the time came for the […]

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Unique Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Dallas

Unique Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Dallas
I love the Fall – pumpkin patches and corn mazes; apple orchards and hayrides. These celebrations are the hallmark of autumn. There are certainly plenty of ways to experience these pastimes in the DFW area, but one of my favorite things about living in Dallas is the unique events and experiences that are right outside […]

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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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Prepare To Get Goosebumps At The Dallas Children’s Theater!

**This post is sponsored by Dallas Children’s Theater to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Fall is the best time of year in Texas.  The weather starts to cool down, fall festivals are every weekend and it’s time for spooky parties and pumpkin spice lattes.  Now that it is October, my […]

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New Food Finds at the State Fair of Texas

After months of telling your kids to eat their veggies, there’s an occasion to throw caution to the wind and let them enjoy a “sometimes treat” of deep fried delicacies that are only available once a year at historic Fair Park  from Sept. 29 to Oct. 22. It’s the State Fair of Texas. That’s when […]

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Three Easy Ways to Keep Phone Use in Check

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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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Mommies In Need :: Because Moms Don’t Get Sick Days

Mommies In Need
We have all been there. The whole house is sick with the flu, or a stomach bug, or one of those things that doctors say is just a cold but you are pretty sure is actually the plague. And Mom is the one who has to chug a bottle of Dayquil to keep the household […]

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

Welcome to October, gals! For those of us who frequently refresh a social media timeline or two, the news has been relentlessly heavy in almost every way. I just saw someone quote their therapist on Twitter, basically saying, “It’s ok to go offline sometimes because humans aren’t meant to process suffering on this kind of […]

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Dallas Bike Ride – Celebrate Life on Two Wheels

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**This post has been sponsored by Dallas Bike Ride to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** If you’re an active mom, you might have run a 5K, hiked a trail, or danced through a Zumba class, but you’ve never seen the city like this. For the first time, Dallas Bike Ride […]

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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}

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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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Texas Discovery Gardens: Make Fair Day Extra Kid-Friendly This Year

This post is sponsored by Texas Discovery Gardens. All opinions are 100% our own! Doesn’t the State Fair of Texas make you feel like it’s finally, officially fall in Dallas? As far as fall touchstones go, I think it’s at the top of my list. This year the Fair runs from September 29 – October 22, […]

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The State Fair of Texas is Just Like Paris, Obviously 

My family loves the State Fair of Texas. We find it absolutely Parisian. Here’s why… Food – Obviously, Paris is widely known as the cockpit of culinary innovation, and the plates executed by world famous French chefs such as Alain Passard and Joël Robuchon tempt the tastebuds of many tourists each year. But if you can’t […]

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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

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

I will 100% not be making pumpkin spice jokes in this intro. But I will most certainly say something about the temperatures, because let’s be real, September is almost indistinguishable from high summer around here. September in Dallas means getting overly excited to bust out my fall fashions, then sweating to death in boots and […]

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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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Solar Eclipse Tips And Dallas Events For Busy Moms

solar eclipse dallas
With back to school chaos already in full swing, who has time to think about the upcoming eclipse approaching on August 21, 2017?  No one.  So let me give you some quick information about what is going to happen during the solar eclipse and how you can easily make it safe and fun for kids […]

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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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Family-Fun Activities to Celebrate the Solar Eclipse

Activities for the Solar Eclipse in Dallas
Although your mother probably told you to never look directly at the sun with your naked eye, I’m sure skywatchers across the U.S. will be fixated on the that big bright star Monday, August 21.  That’s when we’ll experience a rare total solar eclipse across America. For some Dallas children, the solar eclipse also coincides […]

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Texas Discovery Gardens: Pollinator Party!

This post is sponsored by Texas Discovery Gardens in partnership with Dallas Moms Blog events. All opinions are 100% our own! Trivia alert! Pollination is a behind-the-scenes process that we never think about yet is crucial to our environment and food supply. Did you know that one in every three bites of food we take […]

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

Well, here we are, the dog days of summer. I know this is true because Thanksgiving recipes and Christmas decorations have started to creep into my browser history. Fantasizing about cold weather holidays – classic sign of summer burnout. BUT! It’s not over yet, and we’ve got a whole bunch of ways for you to […]

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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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News Sharing Etiquette :: Is It Your Story To Tell?

news sharing
News Sharing. We are so overwhelmed and overstimulated with information, opinions, tickers…every screen, every minute, every day. But we’re not just fed news anymore. With our blogs and social media accounts, we have become producers of news and information. In our constantly ticking social media world, perhaps we start to think that it’s our job […]

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Let’s Slow Down This Summer (A Simple Bucket List)

Summer is here. We are IN IT. As the mother of a two-year-old, I’m excited that my daughter’s at an age where she can take part in some fun summer-y activities. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling the need to slow it down and really enjoy some quality time with her. I read […]

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The Best Audiobooks for a Road Trip with Kids

Best Audiobooks for Road Trips with Kids - Megan Harney for Dallas Moms Blog
Ready or not, summer has arrived! With long days and popsicles by the pool comes my favorite (and least favorite) part of the summer – road trips. I love going on vacation and seeing family across the country, but I do not look forward to being stuck in a car for 12+ hours with two kids. I have discovered […]

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My Babysitter Wish List

Some girlfriends and I were talking the other night about our babysitters and how we wish they knew certain things that put our minds at ease when we go out for the evening!  Below is a “Babysitter Wish List” from the perspective of a couple of Moms with littles at home.  If you’re going to be […]

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How to Survive All the Summer Reading

I love summer reading. I love it so so much. Am I alone here? We all know it is good and necessary to keep kids sharp over the summer, but it can also feel like a chore for parents to implement. As my kids have gotten older, I have developed a (work-in-progress) list of tips to make […]

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Mom: If You Struggle to Love Your Body That’s Okay

Heather Creekmore is a former contributor of Dallas Moms Blog, and we’re delighted to have her guest write for us upon the release of her new book! Affiliate Links may be included below.  If one more person tells me to just love my body, I may throw something. It’s not that simple! Those of us […]

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Mom Confession: I Have AFV Syndrome

The scene is always set for the perfect storm- Dad holding the rope that controls the piñata, standing just a bit too close to an unsteady four year old that is blindfolded and was just spun around like a toy top.  This party guest starts his series of five attempts to hit the dangling Superman […]

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I Keep Saying I’m Gonna to Lose These Last 10 Lbs, But What if I Just Embrace Them

I still have those last 10 (on a good day) to 15/19 lbs of baby weight I’m trying to lose.  Which doesn’t really count as baby weight anymore when your littlest one is almost 4.  I guess chips and queso weight is what I will lovingly name it at this point.  But I digress… I […]

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The Working Mom’s Summer Bucket List

It happens every holiday, 100%, without fail. I tell myself, “This year, I’m going to let it go.”  It will be ok to let this holiday pass without putting up decorations. I’m not going to get my husband a gift for this Hallmark holiday. Or wish for a gift.  And yet. Two days before said holiday? […]

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Baby Weight: Why It Took A Personal Trainer The Third Time Around

I still can’t help but keep those numbers in my head. The number on the scale when I got married. The number I weighed when I got pregnant with my first, my second, the number I gained with the stress of an international move to Texas right before the midwife recorded the number I weighed when I was […]

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How I Intend To Make This Summer Count

As an elementary school educator, I have always looked forward to summer. No alarm clock, no schedule. Plenty of lazy days and lots of down time. A time to get refreshed and geared up for another amazing school year. Then I became a mom and summer turned into quite the opposite of what I was accustomed […]

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Hold on to your Hats, Dallas Families: Hat Creek Burger Co. is Coming to North Texas

This post has been sponsored by Hat Creek Burger Co. All opinions are 100% our own! As an Austin-Dallas transplant, there are definitely things I miss about Austin, mainly food and old friends. When I heard that Hat Creek was expanding to our neck of the woods, my mouth literally started watering. The burgers!  That […]

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Skip the Trade Groups! :: Sell Your Gently-Used Items with Ever Brighter Consignment

This post has been sponsored by Ever Brighter Consignment. All opinions are 100% our own! There’s a growing trend that’s been popping up in my newsfeed lately — Facebook “resale” trade groups. I’m sure you’ve all seen them, and many moms reading this are probably active in those groups; selling, trading, or maybe even bartering. […]

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Skip the Trade Groups! :: Sell Your Gently-Used Items with Ever Brighter Consignment

This post has been sponsored by Ever Brighter Consignment. All opinions are 100% our own! There’s a growing trend that’s been popping up in my newsfeed lately — Facebook “resale” trade groups. I’m sure you’ve all seen them, and many moms reading this are probably active in those groups; selling, trading, or maybe even bartering. […]

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Baggage For Days

We just recently moved and I decided THIS time I was NOT going to bring broken toys, clothes that don’t fit, furniture I don’t like, things I don’t use or need and crap that keeps my house cluttered, into the new house. Usually, I would have just taken the 85 junk drawers and dumped them […]

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Big City, Little Tourists: 6 Tips for Sight Seeing

We just got back from a trip to visit family in Massachusetts and decided to book a couple nights in Boston on the front end of our trip to see some sights with our two boys. At 5.5 and 2.5 years old, they’ve got some experience with travel, but this was our first city sight […]

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My Experience with JCPenney Portraits

When I think about JCPenney portraits, I think back to the overly propped/ posed images of my sister and I growing up in the 80s stuffed in a water bucket “bath” with a cheesy rubber ducky and shampoo bottles strewn about.   But JCPenney – and let’s be honest, WE – have come a long way […]

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The Day I Stopped Yelling at My Kids

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*Record scratch* OK, let me be more realistic with that title: The day I stopped yelling at my kids AS MUCH.  Because there was a specific day, and a specific moment that changed me.  First, can we just admit that we ALL lose our temper with our kids, even though we wish we didn’t? I’m think it’s […]

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Keep Moving Forward! : 4 Activities to Prevent Summer Regression

This post has been sponsored by Primrose Schools. All opinions are 100% our own!1 It never fails…the last day of school my mind is racing with joyful emotion — we did it! we survived another year! — but at the same time feeling completely overwhelmed at the thought of being solely responsible for my children’s […]

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The Silent Marriage: My Husband and I Officially Have Nothing to Talk About

My husband and I have been together for almost half our lives, and we officially have nothing to talk about. We have fallen victim to the “silent marriage”. It wasn’t always this way, however. There was an initial thrill, when dating, of learning everything about each other. We met in college, and we took advantage of […]

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Serving Life Chiropractic :: Helping DFW Families Reach Optimal Wellness

This post has been sponsored by Serving Life Chiropractic in partnership with our Indoor Playspace Tour. All opinions are 100% our own! Taking a more proactive approach to health care is very important to my family.  There are many ways to help create and foster a healthy lifestyle for our children, but one of the […]

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Everything I Lost When I Had You

Dear Daughters, There was once a time when your mommy led a fairly glamorous life. I know that is hard to believe when you look at the woman before you who has two bottles of dry shampoo in her 10-day unwashed hair, but it’s true. When you are older I will show you some of […]

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A Tale of Two Toddlers

I’m not a huge Dickens fan, and to be honest, these days I struggle to make it through a People magazine cover to cover, but that doesn’t stop me from remembering the great literature I will find my way back to one day.  Even if you aren’t a book nerd like me, the first paragraph […]

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Wonder Woman 2017: The Modern Maternal Woman

With Wonder Woman coming out this summer, I thought about all of the mommies I am surrounded by who have supernatural powers. Supernatural in being able to juggle everything that this modern world demands of them. A lot of professional moms strive to find that perfect balance of being a wonderful mom and achieving their […]

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6 Tips to Skip the Summer Slide

As summer approaches, I know my kids are ready for a break. They want to sleep in, stay up late, go swimming and hang out with friends all day. I don’t blame them, I want to do the same thing! But parents, here’s the run down on what this summer slide business really means for […]

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Ten Ways to Occupy a Toddler While You Shower

Showering when you have a baby is hard, but if you’re willing to listen to a little fussing, it’s totally doable. They aren’t going anywhere or getting into anything. They can be safely contained with ease. But then they get mobile and curious and showering while they are awake feels equivalent to handing them a […]

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FANCHEST Has Father’s Day (And Game Day) Covered! {+Giveaway}

Dallas Moms Blog received product in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% our own! FANCHEST took care of our Father’s Day needs with ease this year! FANCHEST is a literal treasure chest (for real, the goods came in a treasure chest shaped box) filled with everything the Dallas Cowboys fan in your life […]

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3 Dallas Library Must-Knows for Moms of Little Ones

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Scene: You and your child are at a bookstore/book fair. The bright book display looks magical and your kid wants, I don’t know, ALL OF THEM for a grand total of about a million dollars, give or take. Your little one doesn’t see how they can put ANY books back because all 50 are their absolute favorite. The […]

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Work Behind The Scenes :: An Open Call for DMB Executive Team Members

Dallas Moms Blog is growing. . .fast! In order to keep up with the demands of our readers and partners, we’re looking to grow our executive team and for dedicated individuals to help us behind the scenes!  Dallas Moms Blog is officially hiring both volunteer and paid positions. We know there are moms of all interests […]

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Unique Finds: A Spotlight On A Few Lovely Locals

I was at the Earth Day event at Fair Park a few weeks ago and ran across my kind of shopping – booths of all creative sorts, some so directly interesting to moms that I had to get a few business cards and pass them along to you.  Y’all, this is not a paid post.  […]

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Unique Finds: A Spotlight On A Few Lovely Locals

I was at the Earth Day event at Fair Park a few weeks ago and ran across my kind of shopping – booths of all creative sorts, some so directly interesting to moms that I had to get a few business cards and pass them along to you.  Y’all, this is not a paid post.  […]

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Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas :: So Much More Than Cookies and Camping!

This information has been sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. All opinions are 100% our own! I have never been accused of being outdoorsy. Camping holds no appeal for me and access to indoor plumbing is high on my priority list. Based on this, it might surprise you to learn that my twin […]

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5 Reasons Why Living in Rockwall, TX is Awesome

There are many reasons why one chooses a neighborhood. Family. Proximity. Wide Open Spaces. When we made the choice to move to DFW, my family and I chose Rockwall. Why? We had the desire to be near family members with kids the same age as ours, and my husband is a Garland/Rockwall native. Oh, and […]

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That Time I Let Someone Else Make My Parenting Choices for Me

This is a story from about 18 months ago, when I did something I shouldn’t have, and as you might expect from the title, it totally backfired. You see I let someone else (not me or my husband, you know, the parents) dictate the way a particularly dreaded part of parenting happened. You see, my […]

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It’s a Girls Weekend at the Omni Dallas Hotel

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Dallas Moms Blog partnered with Omni Dallas Hotel to bring you this review. All opinions are 100% my own.  Please excuse the selfie, but this is the face of one happy momma!  This is the face of a mom who just had the best girls weekend away without having to go very far.  This is […]

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5 Tips for a Happy Family Beach Vacation

It’s almost summertime! For many families in DFW, that means hitting the road and heading toward a favorite sandy destination. This year, for us, that’s Florida! By the time this is published, I’ll be there with my husband, our two-year-old daughter, and some good friends. I’ve learned over the last couple years that beaching with […]

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STRESS FREE Dinner: My Two Cents on a Meal Delivery Service

A few weeks ago my friend Ashley sent me a free week of Hello Fresh.  To give you some background on me…  My LEAST favorite part of the week is my trip to the grocery store. I am not a cook.  And I DO NOT ENJOY preparing meals. I am also not skilled enough to “throw stuff […]

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Summer Reading for Moms from the DMB Contributors

Now that summer is here, we all need at least one new good book to throw in our pool/beach (wishful thinking) bag!  But between a home reno that will never end, homeschooling, a hubby who travels for work, and a Facebook addiction (keeping it real) – finding time to read seems impossible.  But we all […]

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Pericoach :: Let the 8 Week Kegel Challenge Begin!

This post has been sponsored by Pericoach through City Moms Blog Network. All opinions belong to the guest writer.  “Mommy, why are you dancing like that??” “Hurry, hurry, hurry….open the door for mommy, please. I need to GO!” “Sorry, sweetie…I need to go home and change my clothes. Again.” These are just a few things that […]

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Pericoach :: Let the 8 Week Kegel Challenge Begin!

This post has been sponsored by Pericoach through City Moms Blog Network. All opinions belong to the guest writer.  “Mommy, why are you dancing like that??” “Hurry, hurry, hurry….open the door for mommy, please. I need to GO!” “Sorry, sweetie…I need to go home and change my clothes. Again.” These are just a few things that […]

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My Biggest Mom Guilt Moments

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Mom guilt is a real and intense thing. It sneaks up on you and surprises you when you least expect it. And it makes you feel like crap. We all have those moments when we have done something, said something, not done something, not said something that slaps us in the face and makes our stomach […]

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A Day In The Dallas Life With MOX Shoes

This post has been sponsored by Mox Shoes and City Moms Blog Network. All opinions are 100% our own! Also, don’t miss their special offer for a 10% discount (with code DALLAS10) at the end of my post!  Being a mom in Dallas means being a mom on the go — Between morning drop-offs, work, getting a mini-workout […]

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Ever Heard of Greenwashing? :: Bloom Naturals Gets to the Truth

This post has been guest written and sponsored by Bloom Naturals to bring you valuable information about your skincare products. I am sure you have noticed the ‘green’ shift that’s been happening in the past five years. In response, companies are advertising their products as natural and environmentally friendly but how much of it is […]

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5 New Board Games for Family Game Night

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Family Game Night is a tradition that brings people together. While everyone knows about classics like Uno, Monopoly, and Clue, you might not realize that there is a thriving board game industry beyond the aisles at superstores. If you step out of your comfort zone, you might just find a new favorite. Here are 5 great new […]

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Road Trip: Tips and Tricks When Traveling With Kids

It’s almost summer and for our family it means we plan a road trip from Dallas to Minnesota. This is a trip I usually make alone with my four kids, it’s a 15-hour drive and more than once it has rendered me an angry crying mess because no one had created a portal to make […]

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To The Mom Fostering A Child That Comes From A Hard Place

May is National Foster Care Month, a time set aside to acknowledge the foster parents, child advocates, volunteers and organizations who help children in foster care find permanent homes. For me, it is a time to acknowledge and pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of courageous children that, due to no fault of their […]

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When You Want To Yell…Try This Instead

I wish I could say I was one of those moms that never yells at her kids. Sitting here typing in a quiet house while my kids are at preschool, it feels very attainable to just not yell anymore, like I could simply decide to be done with it. In fact, when I think of […]

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Tiny House: 15 Reasons to Live Small in Dallas

While it might not fit the universal definition of a tiny house (under 500 sf, according to a google search), my house is small by Dallas’ standards. Especially when you take into account our living things to square foot ratio: 6 people and two dogs with less than 200sf each.  We have looked at bigger homes for […]

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Dugg Burger Deliciousness in Dallas

Dallas Moms Blog received a complimentary meal in order to provide you with this review. All opinion are 100% our own! Attention Moms! There is a great local gem serving up AMAZing and delicious burgers and you don’t want to miss it. Casual (read: yoga pants and hair in a bun), fast (read: you will […]

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Dugg Burger Deliciousness in Dallas

Dallas Moms Blog received a complimentary meal in order to provide you with this review. All opinion are 100% our own! Attention Moms! There is a great local gem serving up AMAZing and delicious burgers and you don’t want to miss it. Casual (read: yoga pants and hair in a bun), fast (read: you will […]

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Healthcare Got You Down? Look Into Cost-Sharing!

Healthcare (health insurance and medical bill coverage) keeps getting more complicated, yes? No matter where we land politically, there’s something for us all to despise about this industry. Perhaps healthcare for you is unaffordable. Frustrating. Unavailable. Confusing. Long before RepubliCare – even before ObamaCare – the healthcare industry is not one most people think of with fondness. Many people are voicing their […]

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One More Month of School Lunch: 10 Tips

I don’t know about you, but every weekday I have a moment of dread when I think about packing lunches for my kids for the next day. I don’t know why the relatively easy task of putting together a take away meal for my boys irks me so, but it does. Keeping it healthy, easy […]

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Fisher Farm :: Freshness Delivered To Your Doorstep

Dallas Moms Blog has partnered with Fisher Farms to bring you this post. All opinions are 100% our own! There’s no surprise that the produce we find and see in our larger supermarkets can sometimes be meh.  The variety offered at my local supermarket isn’t always appealing, which can be disappointing for a mom like me.  I pride […]

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13 Things I Learned Watching 13 Reasons Why-One Mom’s Perspective

As a parent of young kids, one of my favorite things to do when my kids go to bed is to binge watch a series on Netflix.  Add in some take out meals and it makes for a cheap date night any day of the week.  So when all the buzz about ’13 Reasons Why’ […]

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Five Tips for Finding Your Mom Icon

I was flipping through the pages of a magazine, admiring the silhouettes of clothes I’ll never be able to wear, reading the stories of the beautiful people and where they find their inspiration and the thought crossed my mind that, whether you work or stay home, the job of “mom” is a job that requires inspiration–inspiration to […]

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Cloth Diapers: Good for the Environment and Wallet

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As a loyal cloth diaperer, I assumed that writing a post about the ease of cloth diapers would be, well, easy. I wondered how I could condense all my knowledge (aka the information gained from obsessively scouring the internet for hours while nursing) into a single post? Let me just start by saying, “You can cloth […]

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Cloth Diapers: Good for the Environment and Wallet

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As a loyal cloth diaperer, I assumed that writing a post about the ease of cloth diapers would be, well, easy. I wondered how I could condense all my knowledge (aka the information gained from obsessively scouring the internet for hours while nursing) into a single post? Let me just start by saying, “You can cloth […]

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Raising Children with Gender Neutral Skills

I can knit, crochet, sew, mod podge, and hot glue with the best of them. I also can find studs, drill pilot holes, change out light fixtures, and use a miter saw. I can bake just about anything, and consider baked goods one of my love languages. I know what spark plugs do, and the […]

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I Want My Little Kids Back. Please.

I dreamed that I had been kidnapped by an oddly kind, yet manipulative community of people that lived on a farm.  And that I was going to have to live in some sort of metal barn or building, and possibly be an auto mechanic or shuck corn; I’m not really sure.   It all gets fuzzy […]

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Ways to Cope When Your Family Vacation Goes Awry

We recently went on a family vacation to Disneyland, and let’s just say it was NOT The Happiest Place on Earth for my family and what I deemed to be a ruined vacation.  I forgot our tickets at home (and had to repurchase them with hopes of having them refunded) my oldest daughter fell and busted […]

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Dive into Summer with Cooper Swim Academy

With summer approaching, time by the pool, beach vacations, and preparation for swim team season are top of mind for many parents. Choosing the best way to prepare your children for these fun water activities can feel overwhelming since swimming is a crucial lifesaving skill. With drowning being listed as the leading cause of youth […]

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Your Mother-in-law Wants You to Read This

As far as I know, there are two ends of the spectrum with in-laws: The Unicorn  — that miraculous relationship where a woman and her in-laws are seamlessly co-annexed into each other’s family; everyone just hugs all the time — and The Opposite — the entertaining-to-hear-but-not-live-out drama; the reason no one said “Huh? I don’t get it” when a […]

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What Having a Sensitive Daughter Taught Me

My daughter has been highly sensitive to people since she was three months old.  At a time when most babies are oblivious to strangers and can be passed around like a football, she panicked anytime we entered a crowded room.  At four months old, we had to leave my grandparents’ 60th anniversary dinner before the […]

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More than 300 Summer Camps! :: Something For Everyone at Parish

This post is sponsored by Parish Episcopal School’s EXTEND Summer Camps. All opinions are 100% our own! When it comes to planning summer activities for my kids, I have these recurring daydreams where everyone sleeps in and we leisurely enjoy peaceful afternoons at the pool. No one fights. It’s glorious. These daydreams last for about […]

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If You Take a Mom to Target…

If you take a mom to Target… She’s going to want a Venti Latte at the in-store Starbucks. The first sip of that foamy lifeline will remind her that she’s out of milk. She will check her Cartwheel App to see if there is a special, and notice a 5% off coupon for Boogie Wipes, and […]

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Some Days are Harder Than Others

This year has been quite the transitional year for me because I became a working from home mom. One thing I am learning the hard way is that raising two boys, who are just two years apart, is a huge and frustrating task on some days. Oh boy! Aside from trying to break arguments up between […]

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The “Go-To” Pool Party Guide {With A Little Help From Pinterest}

Let’s face it.  Those 100-degree temps will be here before we know it.  Everyone will be ready to hit the pool to cool off from the hot, summer blaze.  In my book, that calls for the ultimate pool party with the kiddos, family, and friends!  Check out our guide below for all your pool party needs […]

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Why We Traveled Overseas With Our One-Year-Old (and Would Do it Again)

“You’re going to Europe and taking the kid with you? …Why?” “You guys are, like, crazy!” “She won’t remember a trip until she’s older.” These are some of the reactions we got when we said we were going to Europe and bringing our one-year-old with us. I have to say, I understand where each of […]

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Infertility Warriors: Don’t Forget You Have An Army

Naked from the waist down with a paper “blanket” over your girl parts, waiting for yet another vaginal ultrasound might be the definition of vulnerability. As you mentally prepare for the doctor you both love and emotionally fear to walk through that door, you realize that these visits are your low points.  The anticipation of […]

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Keepsakes & Friendship Books for Graduating Preschoolers

For having just turned 5, my son has already had to say ‘goodbye’ to many different friends from around the world. We moved to Texas from Germany last year, and he had already graduated from a Krippe (12 month – 3 year old daycare program) to a Kita (age 3 years through 6 years), he […]

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Keepsakes & Friendship Books for Graduating Preschoolers

For having just turned 5, my son has already had to say ‘goodbye’ to many different friends from around the world. We moved to Texas from Germany last year, and he had already graduated from a Krippe (12 month – 3 year old daycare program) to a Kita (age 3 years through 6 years), he […]

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War Is Coming

People don’t want to admit it but war is coming between the U.S. and North Korea. North Korea is getting close to having a long range Nuclear missile that can hit the U.S. Americans don’t have the stomach for war but they need to get it and fast. If North Korea is allowed to get a missile that can strike our home land the party is over. The war is not going to be pretty. Lots of people in South Korea will die and so will American soldiers. But war is the only way to stop the mad man in the North. The left wing Liberals,liberal media and lots of gutless Americans think that we can talk to the leader of North Korea to get him to stop his Nuclear and missle programs. But that just won’t work. The more we talk the more he keeps building. He now has a million man army. Now to be honest-again something the Liberal media will not tell you-a lot of those million soldiers in the North are just teenagers. When the real fighting starts a lot of that million is going to run home to mommie. Right now the boys think they are cool in a uniform fighting for their country,but when the bullets and bombs fly the coolness will end and they will drop their arms and run. But there will still be soldiers that fight. The war will start shortly with an air campaign. Once our bombings of the North start then North Korea will start bombing South Korea. Then China will get in as well as Japan. If we are lucky the Russians might sit this one out. They have no real interest in that area of the world and they know they have their hands full in Syria. The war will be short but bloody. And President Trump will carry the blame,when he is actually doing what Presidents before him should have done. They should have stopped North Korea long ago before they were strong enough to give us a battle. But yes America war is coming-so get ready for it!


Saying Goodbye to Our House

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In a few short weeks we will be handing over the keys to our house to new owners. Our months in the throws of selling and buying will be over and we will be on to a new home. And now that the stress of putting our house on the market and finding a new […]

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Hippity Hoppity :: Dallas Moms Blog’s 3rd Annual Egg Hunt Event Recap

Hunting Easter eggs. Frilly dresses. Toddlers in vests and ties. Monogrammed Easter baskets (because…Texas). Your weight in chocolate. These are the things that make up a fun Easter holiday when you have children. Our annual egg hunt event is one of our favorites to plan all year! The weather is beautiful, the flowers are blooming, and […]

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The Search for Dallas Swim Lessons: A Parent Resource {Splash Into Summer Series}

Summer is almost here and we’re ready to start dusting off our sprinklers and blowing up some floaties! As the weather starts to warm up and we get closer to slipping on our swimsuits, Dallas Moms Blog and Emler Swim School bring you a new post each week focusing on water fun & safety. Join us as […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Attend Club SciKidz Dallas

This post has been sponsored by Club SciKidz to bring our readers information on their summer programming. All opinions are 100% our own!  Every parent has a dream of providing additional learning opportunities while kids are at home during the summer. Some of us have big goals and head to Pinterest to create daily at-home […]

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Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Foster Parent?

Far and away the most common response I get when telling people the infant in my care is a foster placement is something to the effect of “You are so amazing/it takes a special person to do that/I could never do that” etc. etc. etc.   I have yet to say what I am really thinking […]

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Embracing The Highlight Reels

Every now and then, I have to take a break from social media, especially if I am going through a particularly busy season of life. It’s hard to see a mom friend celebrating date night when my husband and I haven’t been on a date in months. It’s difficult to see pictures of well behaved […]

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