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When I Am Well :: My Mental Health Journey

The Brain Performance Center
**This post has been sponsored by The Brain Performance Center to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** When I am well, I have healthy relationships. I have hardly any fights with my friends and family.  The arguments I do have are “fair” and I do not dwell on them. I interact […]

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Fall Fun With McDonald’s

**This post has been sponsored by McDonald’s of North Texas to bring you this Lunch Bunch experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** By the time the weekend rolls around, I’m always looking for something outside of our day to day routine everyone in my family can enjoy. Something seasonal, something fun, something cultural, just […]

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Lakehill Preparatory School :: A Place Where Every Child Can Thrive

Lakehill Prep
**This post has been sponsored by Lakehill Preparatory School to bring you this experience.** Kindergarten at Lakehill is a special time. It is a big and exciting time in a child’s life anywhere, but at Lakehill, it is extra special. The moment you walk through the doors, after stopping to shake the Headmaster’s hand, of […]

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Winning the Great Thanksgiving Food Debate One Bite at a Time

  It’s Thanksgiving and that means it’s almost time for Game Day. I’m not talking about the Thanksgiving Day football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Chargers. This competition is much more fierce. That’s because this competition takes place every Thanksgiving in kitchens all across America. It’s part of the great debate on […]

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5 Thankful Traditions

thanksgiving traditions
I am so thankful! Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holidays.  So many fun traditions from growing up, until now. Here are some ideas to start with your family (if you haven’t already)— YMCA Turkey Trot I started this tradition with my dad and my sister as she got older.  How amazing is it to […]

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Bring on the Christmas Magic with Toydle Kid’s Fort

Toydle
**This post has been sponsored by Toydle Kid’s Forts to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** I am so excited to tell all my mom friends about Toydle kid’s forts in time for the holidays. Tell Santa your kids need this fort! My little ones are 3-years-old and 6-years-old and they […]

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Why I’m Participating in No-Screen November

screen time
After some soul-searching and the realization that my preschooler is planning her day around what shows she will watch and when, I am declaring it to be No-Screen November in the Pangburn household. This decision was made with some fear and trepidation, mostly because I realize it’s going to be met with a lot of resistance […]

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{Ticket Giveaway!} The Magnificent Circus Mystery at The Eisemann Center

The Eisemann Center Richardson
This post has been sponsored by The Eisemann Center. All opinions are 100% our own!

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New Holiday Traditions Inspired By My Culture

traditions
I remember growing up with an amazing chef for a grandmother, my abuelita, and family traditions started in the kitchen. I used to think to myself why couldn’t we just have a normal Thanksgiving feast with turkey and mashed potatoes like everyone else? Thanksgiving and any holiday or special event with my family consisted of tamales, mole, […]

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Today I was a Lazy Mom…And That’s OK!

lazy
I wish I could say this post is filled with an abundance of information on a useful topic, or an awesome how-to for moms, but it’s not. It is simply one of those, easy read, “hang in there, you are doing a great job even on your worst day” reassurance posts that we all need […]

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Clean Clean Clean :: Get a Clean House with Valet Maids

**This post has been sponsored by Valet Maids to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** If you’re anything like me, there isn’t enough time in the day for all the cleaning that must be done!  As a working mom with a working husband, who has the time?  When I’m at home […]

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My Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition

thanksgiving tradition
For the last eight years – since my oldest was about one year old – our little family has experimented with setting family traditions. At Thanksgiving the traditions seem easier because there wasn’t a lot for me to recreate from my childhood, and because I only have one goal: teaching gratitude. I remember years as […]

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Critical Components of Early Education :: Exploration and Discovery

Trinity Christian Academy
**This post has been sponsored by Trinity Christian Academy to bring you this experience.** Click around in the app store on any mobile device, and you can quickly become overwhelmed with all of the “educational” offerings available for youngsters. Electronic programs offer the promise of keeping your child’s mind engaged, and some do provide learning […]

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The Meeting with Santa that Made Me Cry :: How Ivey Photography Changed our Holidays

Ivey Photography
**This post has been sponsored by Ivey Photography to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** The holidays are almost here. Can you believe it? I already have friends preparing their holiday cards and most of my shopping has been done (#winning). My family decided to do something extra special this year. […]

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5 Ways to Incorporate Bilingualism at Home :: An Interview with a Former Bilingual Education Specialist

bilingual education
Marcella Savala-Hamilton is my mom and a former Bilingual Education Specialist with Dallas Independent School District. I wanted to interview her to be able to give tips on how non-bilingual parents can incorporate Spanish, or any other language, at home. Living in Texas and being half Hispanic, it was very important for me for my […]

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5 Ways to Incorporate Bilingualism at Home :: An Interview with a Former Bilingual Education Specialist

bilingual education
Marcella Savala-Hamilton is my mom and a former Bilingual Education Specialist with Dallas Independent School District. I wanted to interview her to be able to give tips on how non-bilingual parents can incorporate Spanish, or any other language, at home. Living in Texas and being half Hispanic, it was very important for me for my […]

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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 […]

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Start the Holidays off Right with a Family Trip to Enchant!

**This post has been sponsored by Enchant Christmas to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** There’s nothing quite like kicking off the Holiday season than walking in a true winter wonderland. Enchant Christmas is the perfect experience jam packed with holiday cheer that is sure to put even Mr. Scrooge in […]

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Apply TODAY To Be A Part Of Dallas Moms Blog! :: A Contributor Open Call

At Dallas Moms Blog, we are passionate about the Dallas community and the moms who live here. Our goal is to make this city feel just a little bit smaller. By using both our website and social media outlets, we want to keep our readers up to date on family-friendly activities around town, provide advice […]

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5 Insider Tips to Make the Most of ‘Neath the Wreath

This post has been sponsored by Junior League of Collin County to bring you this informational post on their upcoming event. All opinions are 100% our own! It’s almost time for the 23rd Annual ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market! Thursday, November 8 through Sunday, November 11, 2018, shoppers from all over North Texas will […]

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Neighborhood Guide :: Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Richardson

richardson kid friendly restaurants
I am quickly becoming the City of Richardson’s cheer mom, but after so much success and interest from my original post a couple months ago about Top Richardson Restaurants, I thought I would get specific on those that are the most kid friendly in our sweet city. While my previous post is for anyone to […]

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TICKETS ON SALE :: 5th Annual Sweets & Treats with Santa

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 5th Annual Swwets & Treats with Santa {presented by myKIDSdds}! (Formally known as Breakfast with Santa.) […]

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TICKETS ON SALE :: 5th Annual Sweets & Treats with Santa

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 5th Annual Swwets & Treats with Santa {presented by myKIDSdds}! (Formally known as Breakfast with Santa.) […]

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Hand to Hold :: A Powerful Resource for NICU Families

hand to hold
If you have had a baby in the NICU, or if you have a friend who has had a baby in the NICU, then you MUST listen to the podcast NICU Now. This podcast is for parents, family, and friends of NICU patients and is revolutionary. Before I was introduced to the services offered by […]

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The {Life-Changing} Mantra Every Mom Needs to Embrace

mom-life
Dear frazzled mom who needs this right now: I see you and I know what you need. It’s the mom-life mantra I have embraced and it changes my perspective in an instant. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still frazzled my fair share of days but my go-to mantra usually smoothes out the stress. So what […]

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

November Dallas Events
This monthly guide has been sponsored by Traders Village and the Jewish Community Center of Dallas to bring you more details on a few November events. All opinions are 100% our own!Not to be all, “I can’t believe it’s already November,” but for real, y’all. There are Christmas events on this list. If you’re starting […]

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Lakehill Preparatory School :: A Testimonial

Lakehill Preparatory School
**This post has been sponsored by Lakehill Preparatory School to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** From the time our children were born, there was a constant dialogue in our household discussing where they would attend school. Over the years, we had the same conversation repeatedly. We were happy to find […]

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Dia de los Muertos :: How and Why You Should Celebrate the Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos
  In full disclosure, I am an outsider to this beloved holiday and tradition of Dia de los Muertos. But it is one that my family will begin celebrating in our own respectful way. Even though I am half Hispanic, this holiday was never something we participated in. Last year, my grandmother, Feliz de la […]

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Boxing Myths :: Busted! A Knockout Workout for Moms

Cooper Aerobics
**This post has been sponsored by Cooper Aerobics to bring you this experience!** If you’ve ever passed by a boxing studio, you know the sport can look intimidating. The punching. The grunting. The sweating. Cooper Fitness Center Boxing Pro Derrick James believes reasons like this prevent people from giving the sport a go. “In the beginning, a […]

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National School Bus Safety Week :: Tips from Your School Bus Driver

first student school bus
**This post has been sponsored by First Student to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Each and every school day, you get your little ones ready to head off to school, fill their bellies with a healthy breakfast, and make sure their homework is complete.  You’ve reminded them to be kind […]

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In Defense of Halloween Candy

halloween candy
*The best alternatives to Halloween Candy* *The top things to hand out on Halloween that aren’t candy* *Great ideas for Halloween prizes instead of candy* I put those sentences up there in hopes that while browsing the internet, moms looking for Halloween candy alternatives will find this article. So that I can look them straight […]

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The BMW Dallas Marathon :: a Run for the Entire Family

BMW Dallas Marathon
**This post has been sponsored by BMW Dallas Marathon to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** The BMW Dallas Marathon returns to the heart of the city December 7th-9th with new race options for the ENTIRE family! This is a perfect opportunity to introduce your child to the fun and enjoyment of running […]

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Sleep Series :: Surviving Sleep Regressions

sleep regressions
This post is part of our Sleep Series.  Fellow moms trying to help you rest easy! My son just turned two. He is energetic, funny, and adorable. And he’s decided that he doesn’t want to sleep. Naps? Who needs ‘em! Waking up his parents at 3:45 A.M. and refusing to go back to sleep? So much […]

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The Black Mom Experience :: Mahogany Momology

mahogany momology
Moming is hard! SO many different experiences, options, choices, and decisions to make for some little person who depends on you. Moming as a black mom is extremely hard. Culturally there are a different set of worries and norms that black moms experience that other racial groups may not face. This is not to negate […]

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The Eisemann Center :: The Imagination of a Child is a Theater of its Own

**This post has been sponsored by the Eisemann Center to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** I was invited to a showing of The Wizard of Oz at Richardson’s Eisemann Center recently.  And traveling between my house and this beautifully modern performance center, I considered my own road to Oz – […]

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The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to the Keto Diet

keto diet
By now it’s likely that you’ve heard of the “miracle diet” that has gained visibility in the last few years, watched the popular documentary about it on Netflix, or seen incredible before-and-after shots on social media. You may know people who are “living the lifestyle” and can’t stop talking about it. Yes, folks, we’re talking about the […]

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Goldfish Swim School :: a New Swimming Experience

Goldfish Swim School
**This post has been sponsored by Goldfish Swim School to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Goldfish Swim School in Carrollton is much more than a swim school. You feel it the moment you walk in. The staff at Goldfish truly has passion, not just for kids and swimming, but a […]

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25 Easy Ways to Love Your Neighbor

My best friend and I saw Won’t You Be My Neighbor recently, and we were both incredibly moved by the entire documentary. I pray all the time that my child will be the kindest kid in the room, but I am definitely not leading by example enough. It has inspired me to go out of my […]

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SPARK! Ignites Creativity with new Creator Studio and Music Programs

Spark
**This post has been sponsored by Spark! to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** My son and I recently visited a local spot filled with magic and creative inspiration in Dallas. SPARK! is a hands-on learning and total creative immersive environment. Your kids will love it and so will you. SPARK! […]

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On My Miscarriage :: Staying Positive (For the Most Part…)

miscarriage
It was the just like any other summer day.  I was about 10 weeks pregnant, taking my son Miles to the mall to meet a friend.  Then, I got the phone call from my Doctor stating that my numbers didn’t rise and I would need to come in for a sonogram. I kept it together, […]

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This is How You Choose a Preschool {Courtesy of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool}

Little Sunshine's Playhouse & Preschool Southlake
This post is sponsored by Little Sunshine's Playhouse & Preschool. All opinions are 100% our own!**This post has been sponsored by Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool. All opinions are 100% our own!** Ok, so choosing a preschool is kind of daunting. How can you tell which ones are going to be good? Little Sunshine’s Playhouse […]

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Instant Pot Cinnamon Spice Apple Butter

instant pot apple butter
Somehow it is already October but I feel as though the great debate of fall flavors has been going on since late in the summer. Every year once the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte is released from our favorite indulgent coffee supplier, I see the internet erupt with two teams: those who love their PSL so […]

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You Need to Know About The Westwood School {Preschool Parent Preview}

The Westwood School
This post is sponsored by The Westwood School. All opinions are 100% our own!**This post has been sponsored by The Westwood School to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** One of the most important tips I can give you about choosing the right preschool is this: Do not leave it until […]

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You Need to Know About The Westwood School {Preschool Parent Preview}

The Westwood School
This post is sponsored by The Westwood School. All opinions are 100% our own!**This post has been sponsored by The Westwood School to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** One of the most important tips I can give you about choosing the right preschool is this: Do not leave it until […]

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13 Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Kids

halloween
Here in the Mock household, we love any reason to celebrate! Fall is one of my favorite times of year because it is the big kick off to a long fun festive season.  I try to make the whole season festive and fun for my daughter, but let’s face it, it’s partly for me too […]

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Quick Tips for Flu Season Survival!

flu
Sneezing, fever and coughs… oh my!! Guess what time of the year it is? That’s right! Dreaded flu season. Everyone just take a moment and remember how awful the strain was last year. The news reported multiple deaths caused by the flu which was terrifying in general, but especially because I had just had my […]

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Critical Components of Early Education :: The Importance of {Play}

Trinity Christian Academy
**This Post has been sponsored by Trinity Christian Academy to bring you this experience!** While talking with high school students, you might hear a wistful moan and a desire to be back in kindergarten where school included coloring, classroom games, and recess. There is a certain joy associated with the primary years of education before […]

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What to Wear to Walt Disney World in the {Winter}

Disney World
Disney World is the most magical place on earth! Except when it’s crazy cold and rainy…then it loses something in translation. I’ve been to Disney when it’s warm and it’s an amazing place to be. But sometimes the winter weather in Florida is tough to predict…and even harder to pack for. I’ve now experienced two […]

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Lakehill Prepatory School :: Not Everything is Bigger in Texas

Lakhill Prep
**This post has been sponsored by Lakehill Preparatory School to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Lakehill Preparatory School is an extraordinary school, guiding your children toward success. Have you heard of the expression, “small, but mighty?” That is exactly the type of school Lakehill is–a smaller community with strong academics that […]

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Skip the Doctor Visit :: Rapid Flu and Strep Testing with Physician 360

physician 360
**This post has been sponsored by Physician 360 to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** It happens every fall/winter. One of my children spikes a fever in the middle of the night. Chugging my second cup of coffee, I call our pediatrician as soon as the office opens to get an […]

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Where’s the Glamour in Being a Teacher Mom?

teacher
There are so many misconceptions about teachers.  I hear different ones every year. Despite what you may have heard, teachers do not have a glamorous life.  We don’t have summers off completely, nor do we get off at 3pm during the school year, nor do we play with kids all day long.  I didn’t get […]

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

This monthly guide has been sponsored by Trader’s Village & McDonald’s to bring you more details on a few September events. All opinions are 100% our own! It’s October and that means EVERYONE is getting in on fall festivity and Halloween action. We actually have a separate, massive post dedicated to all the fall fun in […]

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Keep the {Crisis} out of the Closet with Mulberrys Garment Care

mulberrys
**This post has been sponsored by Mulberrys Garment Care to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own.** As a working mom, I’m constantly trying to manage all. the. things.  Groceries, lunches, school drop off, commutes, evening schedules, babysitting…the list goes on.  The thing I usually forget?  Dry cleaning.  That is, until I […]

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Our Mess Turned Into A Moment :: Bonding at it’s Realist

bonding
My Mess Turned into a Moment I can think of many times I’ve felt like a terrible mother, but let’s not focus on the bad and instead I want to share with you something new I’ve learned this month. I find myself in a busy season. I think in so many ways I tend to […]

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Join us for a Fall Beauty Event with DPSI & EpiCentre Dallas

Dallas Moms Blog has partnered with Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute & EpiCentre Dallas to bring you this event. All opinions are 100% our own.  One of our favorite things we look forward to each month is our boxed subscriptions. Ipsy. Birchbox. Boxycharm. Yuzen. For only $10-$20 a month, you can receive high-quality samples (sometimes full-sized) […]

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Make Fall EPIC at Epic Waters!

Epic Waters
**This post has been sponsored by Epic Waters to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Summer may be over, but things are still splashing at Epic Waters in Grand Prairie!  Why is that, you ask?  Because this EPIC water park is completely indoors!  Which means you and your family can take […]

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Tips for Starting (and Keeping) a Gratitude Journal

  Keeping a gratitude journal provides benefits not just for the grateful but for those around them as well. And while many of us have tried to make gratitude a part of our everyday lives, it’s easy to forget to give thanks, especially when we have so much going on already.  Giving thanks doesn’t have […]

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4 Reasons to Visit Traders Village in Grand Prairie

Traders Village
**This post has been sponsored by Traders Village to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Traders Village is an adventure for the entire family! Spanning 150 acres and located in Grand Prarie, Traders Village is one of the largest year round marketplaces in America. My family and I recently explored all […]

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My Latest Favorite At-home Toddler Activities

at-home activities
I have a three and one year-old at home with me. Some days we love getting out and exploring, and other days you just need to stay home and have a “quiet” (haha) day. I’m listing my latest favorite at-home activities for toddlers. Some require zero prep, and others need a little forethought. But, if […]

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What Parents Need to Know about STEAM

Primrose schools
**This post has been sponsored by Primrose Schools to bring you this experience.** Lately, everyone seems to be talking about STEAM. This acronym—which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics—has become a hot topic in the world of education and in the business community. The practice of teaching by incorporating these concepts into multidisciplinary […]

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Spirit, Let’s Hear It! Fun Mom Spirit Wear for Game Day

spirit wear
I’m the mom of 2 high school football players, and a third kid that travels between baseball, golf and tennis these days.  And luckily this year they all attend the same school which allows me a little more flexibility in my high school athletics wardrobe selection….meaning, I can buy all the same color and wear […]

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{You’re Invited} Mizzen+Main Opens First Flagship Store in West Village

Mizzen+Main
**This post has been sponsored by Mizzen+Main to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** We are in love with Mizzen+Main. If your man doesn’t have any yet, you’re going to want him to add some Mizzen+Main shirts to his wardrobe. If you’re in Dallas, this weekend is the perfect time to […]

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Make A Difference Today! DMB’s Top Charities for #NTXGivingDay

As moms, we often spend many of our days just trying to “survive.” We take care of our homes, our children and (sometimes) our spouses. There’s co-workers, employees, and projects that need our undivided attention. We want to be good stuwards to our friends and religious organizations. At the end of the day, giving more […]

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Here’s What It’s Like To Be a Non-Drinking Mom in a World of “Wine Wednesdays”

wine
  There’s usually a specific look I get when I tell someone for the first time. Their eyes widen and in a split second they catch themselves and convert their display of shock into a too-enthusastic smile. “Wow!” is all some people can muster before they change the subject. Others, fascinated, embark on their in-depth […]

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A Skin Rash App that Won’t Keep You Guessing: a Review of Aysa

Aysa
**This post has been sponsored by Aysa to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own.** As parents, we all have fretted over a mysterious rash that’s developed on our child’s skin. You know the questions that run through your mind….Is this serious? Do we have to go to the doctor? Can we […]

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Self Care through Fitness at Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center {+ A Free Event!}

Tom Landry Fitness Center
**This post has been sponsored by Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center. All opinions are 100% our own!** With motherhood comes a whole slew of emotions, responsibilities, joys and typically the loss of personal time. Taking care of the little ones in our lives can be an all consuming task and I find that when I […]

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5 Tips for {Taming} the Toys

toys
  Toys. Whether you’re like me and consider them a necessary evil or love every single one, I think anyone with kids can agree that they tend to take over the house. While I want my home to be a place where my children can enjoy their stuff and have fun, I also want a […]

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5 INSTANT-ly Easy Back-to-School Dinners

Instant Pot
The temperatures may not feel like fall yet but fall routines are back in FULL swing! The supplies have been bought, the backpacks packed and our cute, little students are walking their way back into school. Hopefully you are finding your school schedule groove and your kiddos are adjusting well to their new routines. I’m […]

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Give Your Home A Face Lift with C.B. Anderson Woodworks

This post has been sponsored by C.B. Anderson Woodworks. All opinions are 100% our own! Over the last few years, I’ve noticed a steadily growing trend on my TV. It all started with Joanna Gaines and her Fixer Upper‘s. Then those Property Brothers caught my eye followed by Love It or List It. Now, home […]

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No Plumber’s Crack Here :: How billyGO Saves Time and Money

billyGo
**This post has been sponsored by billyGO to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Oh, the joys of home ownership. It seems like there’s always something that needs to be fixed. Water leaks, hot water heaters, clogged drains, AC units, electrical problems… Seriously. And we all know that when it rains, […]

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No Plumber’s Crack Here :: How billyGO Saves Time and Money

billyGo
**This post has been sponsored by billyGO to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Oh, the joys of home ownership. It seems like there’s always something that needs to be fixed. Water leaks, hot water heaters, clogged drains, AC units, electrical problems… Seriously. And we all know that when it rains, […]

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No Plumber’s Crack Here :: How billyGO Saves Time and Money

billyGo
**This post has been sponsored by billyGO to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Oh, the joys of home ownership. It seems like there’s always something that needs to be fixed. Water leaks, hot water heaters, clogged drains, AC units, electrical problems… Seriously. And we all know that when it rains, […]

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Digital Family Events: A Facebook & National PTA Partnership

Facebook made a huge announcement today!  Parenting in this crazy world of technology can be scary and intimidating. Similar to other “heavy”  topics, parents often avoid the subject until their faced with it head on because you get stuck in the rut of “where to start” the conversation. Unlike many other parenting topics where you […]

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Digital Family Events: A Facebook & National PTA Partnership

Facebook made a huge announcement today!  Parenting in this crazy world of technology can be scary and intimidating. Similar to other “heavy”  topics, parents often avoid the subject until their faced with it head on because you get stuck in the rut of “where to start” the conversation. Unlike many other parenting topics where you […]

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Digital Family Events: A Facebook & National PTA Partnership

Facebook made a huge announcement today!  Parenting in this crazy world of technology can be scary and intimidating. Similar to other “heavy”  topics, parents often avoid the subject until their faced with it head on because you get stuck in the rut of “where to start” the conversation. Unlike many other parenting topics where you […]

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Foster Care Still Makes Me Cry

foster
It has been nine months since our last foster placement left our home, and I am still prone to cry about her when I think of her. This coming month it feels more acute than some because it will be the 9th month since she has left us, after being with us for 9 months: […]

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Foster Care Still Makes Me Cry

foster
It has been nine months since our last foster placement left our home, and I am still prone to cry about her when I think of her. This coming month it feels more acute than some because it will be the 9th month since she has left us, after being with us for 9 months: […]

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Dallas Bike Ride: Car-Free Fun for All Ages!

Dallas Bike Ride
**This post has been sponsored by Dallas Bike Ride to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** My oldest daughter just turned six, and with it came a childhood right of passage. She woke up the morning of her birthday and was greeted by a shiny purple bike with a big bow […]

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6 Ways to Teach Gratitude to Kids

gratitude
In a world of instant gratification, it is easy for true gratitude to become obsolete.  It’s important as parents that we take the time to show our kids what it means to be grateful and how to show our gratitude.  There are many ways to share this gift with our children from being mindful of […]

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Neighborhood Guide :: Top Richardson Restaurants

Richardson Restaurants
Richardson residents can attest to LOVING our community. We love that we are a great suburb (the first north of the Big D), we love that we have a great school system, and we love all the unique things we have to offer – including great food! When you find yourself in that bubble between […]

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Neighborhood Guide :: Top Richardson Restaurants

Richardson Restaurants
Richardson residents can attest to LOVING our community. We love that we are a great suburb (the first north of the Big D), we love that we have a great school system, and we love all the unique things we have to offer – including great food! When you find yourself in that bubble between […]

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Neighborhood Guide :: Top Richardson Restaurants

Richardson Restaurants
Richardson residents can attest to LOVING our community. We love that we are a great suburb (the first north of the Big D), we love that we have a great school system, and we love all the unique things we have to offer – including great food! When you find yourself in that bubble between […]

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Where There’s a Will, There’s Only One Right Way :: Mesa

Mesa
**This post has been sponsored by Mesa to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** One of the hardest discussions my husband and I have ever had was about our estate planning and the guardianship of our children. The thought of someone else caring for our children… Well, it means that we […]

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Teen Dating in the Age of Technology

teen dating
To the young lady who called my son 28 times last night.  There’s a reason he didn’t answer. To the young lady who makes my son feel guilty for spending time with friends or having a long sports practice, or especially for just turning off the phone so he can watch TV or spend time […]

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What Moms Need to Know About {Klyde Warren Park}

Klyde Warren Park
Every mom knows, the best place for your kids to run out energy and have a moment with friends while sipping coffee is at the park. If you’re a Dallas mom, you need to know about Klyde Warren Park. You probably drive by it, or under it, regularly.  Under it?  That’s right! The Park is built on […]

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How I Use a Timer to Get My Toddler to do {Anything}

toddler
Ok, maybe not anything.  It kind of happened by accident.  We were at our witts-end with getting me out of our Little Man’s bedroom at night.  We would near the end of our bedtime routine and if I left before our toddler was fully asleep, he’d cry and be awake for another 30 minutes.  I’d tell […]

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

September events
August has seemed like a long month to me. Anyone else? I’m quite pleased that it’s September as I am extremely ready for fall. Also doing my usual thing of pretending like September in Dallas can remotely be considered fall instead of just Summer: Part II. But let’s not dwell on the weather. Instead, let’s […]

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Let The Games Begin :: Grapevine Mills Scavenger Hunt Recap

Grapevine Mills Scavenger Hunt
**This post has been sponsored by Grapevine Mills to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Is it us or does it seem like school literally just let out for the summer?! By the end of summer most parents are grappling for anything they can do to entertain their kids (preferably indoors) […]

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If You Take A Mom and Her Kids To Target…

Target
Click Here to read part one: If You Take a Mom to Target.  If you take a mom and her kids to Target… She’s going to cringe when her littles demand that they all ride in an impossible-to-steer giant double-seat cart/boat. As she walks up to the door she will say a silent prayer that […]

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Work Hard, Sleep Harder :: New Parent Sleep Facts from Mattress Firm

This post is sponsored by Mattress Firm. All opinions are 100% our own!**This post has been sponsored by Mattress Firm to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** When you have a baby, everyone tells you to “sleep when the baby sleeps.” Almost insultingly simple, isn’t it? Too bad it’s actually super […]

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Your Guide to At-Home Preschool

at-home preschool
We are fortunate to live in an area with countless options for preschool programs. With the help of a few seasoned preschool moms, I researched what I thought would be the best option for my recently turned 3-year old. Teaching preschool at-home wasn’t even on my radar.  To my own surprise (and probably after too […]

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From One to Two Kids :: Who Knew it Was So Emotional?

two kids
  Eight weeks ago, I became a mother of two. TWO KIDS. Plural. When people ask me how the transition is going, I say with a smile, “Ohh, it’s been an adjustment!” I always heard the jump from one to two is super tough. It’s usually the following: Life is suddenly more chaotic, it’s twice […]

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Get to Know the Aaron Family JCC of Dallas

**This post has been sponsored by the Aaron Family JCC of Dallas.** Does it ever feel like you live in your car? Between dropping kids off at school, rushing them to after-school activities, squeezing in a quick stop at the gym and running other assorted errands, you probably spend more time in your car than […]

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Join us for A Totally 80’s Moms Night Out!

Dallas Moms Blog partners with brands to make our amazing events even more amazing for our moms. We appreciate your support of the businesses listed below! School’s back in session and mamas all over the metroplex are ready to celebrate. That’s why we’re letting loose and going big (and maybe not going home) for Dallas Moms […]

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Back-to-School Kindness Challenge!

Kindness challenge
The time has come…and I can’t believe it.  The 2018-2019 school year has snuck up on us and is about to be in full swing! I  can honestly say I have a love hate relationship with the idea of my oldest returning to school. My anxiety is just not equipped to handle all the “what-ifs” […]

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How to Make Back-to-School Special for Your {Bonus Kids}

I do not personally have a school-aged kid just yet, but I have lots of “bonus kids” in my life that I love and cherish times when I can do something special for them. Last year, I thought of starting a back-to-school tradition of a little treat ahead of their first day. My “bonus kids” […]

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Simple School Safety for Elementary Kids

school safety
Is it just me, or is it super overwhelming when we talk about school safety? Thinking about overall security, the different ways schools can improve, training opportunities for teachers… I know, it’s a lot and I tend to start spiraling.   The parent role of educating my young child in safety is one I’ve worked […]

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Pre-School Jitters :: Bring on the Waterworks

pre-school
And just like that, my first born is entering his last year of pre-school. Four years ago I was dropping him off on his first day of school, that was such a huge step. Just like for any parent, one of many big monumental moments. This month, will be too, but with so many more […]

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On Becoming a Person Again :: Taking Care of You After Taking Care of Them

motherhood
My last baby turns a year old on Thursday. A quick calculation tells me that of the last 81 months, I have been pregnant or nursing for all but 15. I am still near the starting line of this whole motherhood gig, but this part, the pregnancy and baby part, is ending. I read articles […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About Early Childhood Education

Little Sunshine
This post is sponsored by Little Sunshine's Playhouse & Preschool. All opinions are 100% our own!**This post has been sponsored by Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Step right up if you’re starting to think about preschool programs for your child. It’s a big milestone! […]

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How to Celebrate Milestones For and With Your Child

Celebrate Milestones
A few years ago when my oldest was heading off to Kindergarten, some friends and I brainstormed on how we could celebrate our kids (all boys) to encourage them before they started school. We landed on the idea of making gift baskets for each kid with some meaningful things inside – an idea, which while […]

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Ten Nostalgic Television Shows to Binge Watch With Your Tweens

television shows
My oldest daughter has transitioned from watching TV shows like Calliou (thank goodness!) and Sofia the First to tween hits like Bunk’d or Fuller House and I thought I would be relieved to see live action over cartoon but I just can’t get into any of the shows with her! When she is watching a […]

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Why We Chose Year-Round School

year-round school
When school let out for summer vacation this year, I remember seeing the panic for many parents as they wondered what they were going to do with their children for the next two months. I remember hearing how expensive it was to feed children, get them into programs (that the kids actually enjoyed), and just […]

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Sleep Series :: Surviving Night Terrors

night terrors
This is the first post in our Sleep Series.  Fellow moms trying to help you rest easy! You’ve just dozed off to sleep after a long day when your child wakes with an alarming panicked scream.  You run into their room to find them still asleep but thrashing around screaming.  If you don’t know what […]

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The Ultimate Birthday Gift Guide :: 30 Unique Gift Ideas for Kids Ages 1-8

I have always loved birthday parties – as a mom, I have a great time planning details for my children’s parties and genuinely enjoy helping my children celebrate other kids’ birthdays. In my (imaginary) perfect world, my babes create homemade personalized cards for each friend whose party they are invited to, I patiently guide them […]

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The Best Planners for {Busy Moms}

planners
Planners. I love them. I love getting a new one every year, the shiny possibility of it. If there was a single thing that I could credit for keeping me sane(ish) and (mostly) organized, it would be my beloved planner. And as schedules fill up with events and activities with the start of a new […]

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National Breastfeeding Month :: Guilt-Free Support for Feeding your Baby

breastfeeding
  August is National Breastfeeding Month and I’m here to tell you there is no one way to feed your baby. I’m not a nurse or a lactation consultant. I’m a mom who has experienced having too little milk and having too much. Listen up. I’m about to tell you the most important thing you […]

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A Back To School Scavenger Hunt with Dallas Moms Blog & Grapevine Mills {Reserve Your Spot NOW!}

Dallas Moms Blog & Grapevine Mills are partnering together for a FREE family-friendly sponsored event.  Bring the whole family for a FREE “Back To School” Scavenger Hunt with Dallas Moms Blog & Grapevine Mills! We’re kicking off “Back to School” with a FREE Scavenger Hunt at Grapevine Mills; the ultimate destination for families looking to score […]

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A Blanket Apology for Always Being Late

late
  Dear Teacher/ Coach/ Principal/ Work Colleague/ Doctor/ Stylist/ Friend, I would like to apologize for our tardiness to school/practice/ work/ my appointment/ literally everything. I don’t want to make excuses, but simply to say that I am sorry that we are always late. I realize that no one likes having their time wasted and […]

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All Your School Supply Sales in One Sweet Spot

I have such nostalgia about getting new school supplies – bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils, anyone? These days it’s a little different; you have the option of ordering your child’s entire list directly from the PTA, to be delivered straight to their classroom. Super efficient, but it can’t be the cheapest. And all those ordering […]

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5 Favorite Meal Train Ideas

meal train
I love a good Meal Train! What a great tradition to bless the family with a new baby or just a family in need of some help. However, I find myself at a loss in times when there are several meal trains floating around. I don’t want to just do a spaghetti and meat sauce […]

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Game Night with the Family!

game night
There’s something you should know about my family, we LOVE game nights and we are so competitive! We started this family fun tradition last year.  Our weekly game nights are once a week, right after dinner and typically mid-week. Game nights have become important to me as a mom because I can see that my […]

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Poppins Payroll Takes the Pain Out of the Household Payroll

Poppins Payroll
**This post has been sponsored by Poppins Payroll to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!**   We have exciting news, y’all. Poppins Payroll just launched in Texas! You may have heard about them from your friends in California or Colorado. Well now they are in Texas, and they’re offering the first […]

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7 Ways to Defeat Mom Exhaustion

exhaustion
As my husband says, “you’re always tired.” My response is something along the lines of “I’m not ALWAYS tired.” But the truth is, I am.  Between my full-time job, my small business side hustle, attempting to be a cool mom and the wife gig, well life is EXHAUSTING. We can just call this the tornadic, […]

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Power of a Mom Tribe :: Surviving Motherhood

motherhood
*Takes sip of wine* “Tell me everything…” The 3 words I live for from my best friend. It doesn’t matter what is going on in our worlds, if one of us is in crisis or we get the “I need to rant” text, we always stop what we are doing and we say to each […]

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Power of a Mom Tribe :: Surviving Motherhood

motherhood
*Takes sip of wine* “Tell me everything…” The 3 words I live for from my best friend. It doesn’t matter what is going on in our worlds, if one of us is in crisis or we get the “I need to rant” text, we always stop what we are doing and we say to each […]

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

Welcome to August, everyone! We’re still in the midst of a full-blown heatwave around here, so that’s fun. Remember what a cool breeze feels like? I sure don’t! No worries though, we can totally make the most of these dog days of summer. Check out our guide below for all the cool family activities and […]

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Going Into the Kitchen at McDonald’s with Dallas Moms Blog

McDonald's Lunch Bunch
**This post has been sponsored by McDonald’s of North Texas to bring you this Lunch Bunch experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Holy moly, this summer has been one for the books as far as heat is concerned. Most moms I know have been scrambling for ways to keep their children entertained indoors, myself […]

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Stop Summer Slide With These Awesome Tips from KinderCare Education

KinderCare
**This post is sponsored by KinderCare Education. All opinions are 100% our own!** These are good, you guys. KinderCare sent us a bunch of ideas to help with summer learning, and I’m 100% taking notes. If you aren’t familiar, “summer slide” refers to loss of the achievement gains developed during the school year – something we […]

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Topgolf :: The Perfect Summer Activity for Your Entire Family!

Topgolf
**This post has been sponsored by Topgolf to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Have you been to Topgolf yet this summer? Want to try something new? There’s no better time than now. Topgolf is the perfect summer activity for you and your loved ones, ages 0-99! Topgolf‘s goal is to […]

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Travel Packing List :: Medication Must-Haves

medication
I am fortunate to have the opportunity to travel quite often for both work and pleasure.  I have my packing list down to a science, but over the years I have discovered the importance of a specific genre of items: medication.   In my every day life, my family has a couple of prescriptions, so that […]

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Play Like a Kid…but Eat Like an Adult :: Guide to Dallas Restaurants with Play Space

restaurants
Frequent scene in the Coker House Andrea: I’m hungry, but can not bear the thought of cooking. Mike: Same. Want to take the kids and all go sit down somewhere and have a nice dinner? A: That sounds great. I will grab a small educational toy that will surely occupy all the children for the […]

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Play Like a Kid…but Eat Like an Adult :: Guide to Dallas Restaurants with Play Space

restaurants
Frequent scene in the Coker House Andrea: I’m hungry, but can not bear the thought of cooking. Mike: Same. Want to take the kids and all go sit down somewhere and have a nice dinner? A: That sounds great. I will grab a small educational toy that will surely occupy all the children for the […]

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Parental Control Only Goes So Far, Better Learn That Lesson Early

control
This is really in response to a blog post I read not long ago…. I think it was another organic vs non-organic foods for the good of mankind debate.  Whatever.  And I wouldn’t normally even leave a comment.  Because y’all, I’m not in the business of telling other moms how to raise their kids.  But […]

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Outdoor Family Fun :: Camping at Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Palo Duro Canyon
Did you know the second largest canyon in the country lies in the heart of the Texas panhandle? Recently we took a long family road trip and stayed the night at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Canyon, TX. It did not disappoint! Located 30 minutes SE of Amarillo, Palo Duro Canyon offers spectacular views, […]

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Sorry, Not Sorry :: The Not So Perfect Mom

perfect mom
It was just another night out to dinner.  My husband was out of town, so I decided to go to a new family restaurant to meet some other friends with their kids. Let’s be honest, trying to get anywhere with a kid(s) by yourself is already a little stressful trying to make sure you have […]

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Pro Tips :: Parenting Hacks for Making It Work While Your Partner Travels

partner travel
I start to feel anxious whenever my husband is going out of town. But I think I’ve finally gotten the hang of doing this parenting thing while he’s away. To all you single parents, military spouses, parents whose partners travel often, etc., I have so much respect for you! Here are a few ways I […]

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5 Best Podcast Episodes on {Parenting}

parenting
After connecting with many of you about one of my previous posts, 4 Best Podcast Episodes to Help You Improve Your Life (check it out if you haven’t already!), I’m thrilled to share with you five of the best podcast episodes on parenting. As you may know by now, I’m a podcast junkie, and try […]

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Dear Future Me Mom :: A Letter to Myself in 10 Years

future
Dear Future Me Mom, How have things been? I can’t believe it has been 10 years and we have teenagers now!! It seems like only yesterday you were sitting on the couch wondering when they would grow up and calm down. Now it seems like they are never around and those special moments are few […]

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5 Lessons I can Learn From My 4-Year Old

lessons
My daughter just turned four.  The night before her birthday, I was doing what all parents do; going through my phone and looking at all the cute photos of her from the last four years.  Sniffling at her baby pictures and marveling at how much she has grown.  I started to think about what a […]

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When The Days Are {Very} Long :: Finding the Joy of Motherhood

enjoying motherhood
We’ve all experienced it. For me, it’s usually a kind, well-meaning elderly woman at the grocery store. I’m trying to get everything on my list as quickly as possible before my children finish whatever treat I’ve given them as a bribe to be quiet and for heaven’s sake, stay in the cart and no, don’t […]

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Five Tips for Traveling with a Big Group

traveling
In my 15 years with my husband, I have never once thought I would say this, but here goes…I am currently in the planning stages of a beach vacation with his family – a family with 20 immediate family members. In theory, experiencing new places and making new memories is what it’s all about. HOWEVER, […]

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What I Learned from 7 Months as a Stay-At-Home-Mom

stay-at-home-mom
My time as a stay-at-home-mom wasn’t exactly by choice.  We had always planned for me to work after baby came.  But there I was with an unexpected break in front of me.  After years of being at someone else’s beck-and-call, I could take the time to be a SAHM mom for a little while, then […]

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Stay Cool, Dallas Moms :: 6 Summer Popsicle Recipes

popsicle
It’s hot y’all. It’s summer, in Dallas, and it is HOT. You would think that after a lifetime of living in this city I would be used to the blazing Texas heat but every July it hits me hard and I find myself reaching for any and every cold treat that will help keep my […]

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I’m Not Waiting on the BOY…It’s Complicated

Conversations with people lately seem to always end up in “all you need now is the boy” or “how many kids do you want?” or “trying for any more?”. These are all innocent questions that open wounds for me. I try to smile, or say something like “who knows”. But for someone who has, or […]

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3 Basic Principles for Successful Co-Parenting

co-parenting
There is no sugar-coating this, co-parenting can be messy and it is hard. Co-parenting with an ex is probably one of the biggest sacrifices you will make as a parent and the truest act of love because you do not do it for yourself, you do it for the tiny humans that follow you around […]

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Mom on the Run

run
I don’t share this story often or with many, but right after I had my second child, I was very overweight and unhealthy. I had just been laid off from my corporate job and had decided to return to college at night while raising two kids under the age of 3. The decision to go […]

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Crowd-pleasing Dishes to Try this 4th of July

4th of July
No need to scour Pinterest and food blogs for new recipes this 4th of July. Whether you are heading to a cookout or hosting one yourself, here are some of my tried and true dishes that always receive praise at large gatherings. I’ve also thrown in a few recipes that recently caught my eye and […]

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Visit the {Caldwell Zoo} and the Newly Renovated African Overlook Exhibit

Caldwell Zoo
**This post has been sponsored by Caldwell Zoo to bring you this experience.** Your next safari is not so far away! The newly renovated African Overlook exhibit at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas, is a great summer day trip boasting many attractions and amenities-and you can buy your tickets online. In the fall of […]

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

july events
Happy July! Hope everyone is having a great summer so far. Obviously, the big deal this month is Independence Day. Head over to our 4th of July Fireworks & Festivities Guide for a whole bunch of ways to celebrate. The guide below will focus on all the other fun things to do in Dallas in July, including […]

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Mom Confession :: He Almost Ran Me Away from Church

grooming
  It is so important to know and be able to recognize the signs of predatory grooming of children.  This is a pretty heavy piece for me. I think I will just get right into it and take you through a painful memory for me. Setting the stage At a church I was a previous […]

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Where to Find “Kids Free Admission” in Dallas

I think we’re all on the same page here – free admission is THE DREAM. Going out as a family can be so pricey, and even something simple like seeing a movie adds up real quick, as we all know. So! To help you hang onto as much of your hard-earned cash as possible, we […]

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The Lion King is a Roaring Hit at Music Hall at Fair Park

Dallas Moms Blog received complimentary tickets to The Lion King at Dallas Summer Musicals to bring you this experience. All opinions are 100% my own. A Dallas tradition since 1941, Dallas Summer Musicals is off to a roaring start with the world-renowned production of The Lion King. Seen by audiences in more than 100 cities and […]

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Aqua-Tots :: The Safe and Fun Way for Kids to Learn to Swim

Aqua-Tots
**This post has been sponsored by Aqua-Tots to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Summer in Texas is hot, really hot.  That’s why many Texans take to beating the heat with fun summer pastimes such as swimming.  With the joys of swimming however, also come certain dangers.  It is essential that […]

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Mom’s Guide :: Packing for a Family Vacation

family vacation
Packing for a family vacation can be a daunting challenge for even the most experienced mama. Here is a real life guide to help. First, it is crucial you have forgotten all details of last year’s vacation and that it simply exists in your memory as a foggy sun-kissed romp full of children’s smiles and […]

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Why Pride Month Matters to this Two-Mom Family

pride
I’ve been to my share of LGBT pride parades and events in my 42 years. The rainbows, the music, the queens and kings and bears, oh my. But there was no bigger pride month celebration than in June of 2015 when SCOTUS finally recognized same-sex couples’ right to marry. My partner and I snuggled our […]

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4 Important Reasons Moms Are Choosing Britax

This post has been sponsored by Britax through City Moms Blog Network. All opinions are 100% my own! I’m a mom of 3 boys; ages 7, 5, and 3. Safety is constantly on my mind as I spend each day trying to prevent them from doing major damage to themselves (and our furniture). As much […]

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A {Guide} for Mamas Who Mow

Mamas who mow
Call it initiation.  Baptism by fire?  Whatever it is, it’s home ownership.  And cutting the grass is part of it.  I feel like I’m part of a new club, that gets even smaller when I look down the street and don’t see any other women cutting the beautiful lawns.  But then I have conversations with […]

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4th of July Fireworks & Festivities Guide for Dallas 2018

Back in the day, I don’t remember there being too many options for big fancy fireworks shows on the 4th of July. But times have changed, and you can now find public fireworks displays (and July 4th celebrations) all over the Dallas metroplex. Independence Day is on a Wednesday this year, so we’ve included the […]

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{How to} Turn Multiple ‘Kid’ Meals into One Family Meal

family meal
When the pediatrician asks about their eating habits, I answer truthfully- They eat mostly everything that I make! The key word being *mostly. And, also- I only make what I already know they like, *mostly. Recently, I’ve fallen into the post-school, post-extra curricular activities routine of getting something on the table for the kids that […]

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Four Ways to Keep Your Baby’s Head Round

Baby Begin
**This post has been sponsored by Baby Begin, LLC to bring you this experience.** “What has happened to my baby’s head?” exclaims Becky, mother of 2-month-old Sarah. “I looked at it one day, and all of a sudden it is flat!” Have you heard new mothers say something like this? Most likely, the baby has […]

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Secret Favorite Things Party

favorite things
One of my favorite things I have done with my friends recently is a Favorite Things Party. If you have been to one before, this is likely similar; it is a party where (like Secret Santa) you have a person you are giving to, you have a certain amount of money you should spend, and […]

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Reading Guide :: {7} Books for Summer

summer reading
To me, summer and reading go together like cold piña coladas and a beach. And if you combine all four of those things, you pretty much have my ideal vacation. But sometimes it can be hard to know what book to read, especially if you’re browsing Amazon or the aisles of Barnes & Noble two days before […]

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3 Ways to Make the Most of Your Farmers Market Experience

farmers market
There is a lot to love in a farmers market, from the fresh produce to the sense of community. Something about spring and summer always make me feel like it’s time to hit up the market. I mean there is so much to do this summer but we still need to get fruit and veggies, […]

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Natural Playscape Alert :: Texas Discovery Gardens

Texas Discovery Gardens Playscape Playground
**This post is sponsored by Texas Discovery Gardens. All opinions are 100% our own!** If you’ve only been to Fair Park during the State Fair or for a concert at Starplex, you might be under the impression that getting into Fair Park requires a lot of effort. But that’s because those crowd-heavy events make the […]

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Finding Family Memories in Branson Year After Year

branson
  We planned our first family trip to Branson, Missouri after buying a Branson family vacation package at our elementary school silent auction.  We were already regularly vacationers in nearby Arkansas –  and Branson was a one hour drive there and back.  Plus, it was for the kids.  The ticket package included tickets for Silver […]

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Weaning My Toddler :: The Joy and Heartbreak

nursing
I never thought the day would come, but I’m officially in the process of weaning my 21-month old, Theo. And I don’t even know how to feel about it! My sweet baby has been quite the nursing enthusiast since day one. In the hospital, it felt like I was breastfeeding non-stop. My body was sore […]

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Trouble Sleeping? Five {New} Tricks to Help MOM Fall Asleep

sleeping
While all parents experience different and unique journeys, there is one thing that all parents can relate to: sleep.  It doesn’t seem to matter if you have a great sleeper from birth or one that needs a little extra “practice” to get it down, we can all share our war stories surrounding sleep. As parents, […]

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Soccer Mom Survival: Recipes to Keep Your Soccer Star Fueled

This post has been sponsored by POST Cereals in affiliation with City Moms Blog Network. All opinions are 100% our own! Saturday morning alarm rings… must mean one thing! It’s time to hit the soccer fields. Soccer Saturdays are a staple with many families raising kiddos, but it takes a small bit of practice (on Mom’s […]

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Bombas :: Socks for the Whole Family

Bombas
**This post has been sponsored by Bombas to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Who run the world? Moms! And what do we want to run the world in? Socks that are comfortable, supportive and perfect for the whole family.  Bombas has created just the sock while simultaneously giving back to […]

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My Top 5 Books for Pre-schoolers

books for preschoolers
BOOKS! There are so many books out there for pre-school age children. I get overwhelmed, not only by the amount of books out there to choose from, but also when is it time to let go of those books that your kid once loved (when you figure that out, let me know).  We are currently […]

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Corpus Christi :: Your Next Beach Vacation Awaits

Corpus Christi
**This post has been sponsored by Corpus Christi Visitors Bureau to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** As the school year comes to a close, you may be starting to think about your family’s summer vacation. One destination that tips a lot of people’s list is the beach. It’s the perfect […]

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10 Souvenir Ideas for Summer Travel

souvenir
Summer is around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about vacation! Looking for affordable, pack-able souvenir ideas for your family? Here are some classics with a twist and some new ideas! Penny smasher – Usually just fifty cents plus the penny, the penny smasher gets five stars for souvenir affordability. Consider drilling a […]

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How I’m Learning to Embrace the {PINK} of Raising Daughters

raising daughters
I’ve just finished the first bit of laundry for our second baby girl, who’s expected to arrive in about a month. We all know baby clothes are WAY TOO MUCH FUN and I’m finding it impossible not to buy some new stuff, even if we have plenty from our first daughter. That’s just how it […]

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{GIVEAWAY} 3 Ways to Reconnect with Your Family at Deer Lake Cabins Ranch Resort

deer lake cabins
**This post has been sponsored by Deer Lake Cabins Ranch Resort to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure or ways to relax and refresh, Deer Lake Cabins Ranch Resort is the perfect getaway to reconnect with nature and family. The family-owned working horse ranch is […]

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Summer Camp at Home!

summer camp
Well, it’s summer folks! I’m not entirely sure how that happened, but here we are in the glorious Texas heat and it’s time to figure out our new summer rhythms and routines (unless you already have, and in that case I applaud your proactive planning)! If you are still on the lookout for summer camps […]

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10 Relationship Game-Changers

relationship
This month, my husband and I celebrated 11 years of marriage, 15 years of togetherness. In comparison to how many more years we have to go, I recognize we still have a lot to learn but I’ve recently been thinking about some relationship game changers that have made our last decade one of “wedded bliss.” […]

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Energy Costs are Rising – Let Energy Ogre help Ensure You Have the Best Rate!

Energy Ogre
**This post has been sponsored by Energy Ogre to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** The heat is on… did that come fast for anyone else? It is that time of year where the temps go up and so will your electric bill. Unfortunately, energy costs are also expected to rise […]

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Summer Body Alert :: My Favorite Social Media Fitness Accounts

fitness
SUMMER BODY ALERT!! I hate to sound the alarm, but it is time ladies. Summer is coming up QUICK, and you’ll be finding yourself in a swimsuit in no time. If you’re like me, you are squishier than you hoped you’d be at this point. Never fear, busting your back-end at the gym and eating […]

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

This month’s Family-Friendly Guide has been sponsored by McDonald’s of North Texas to bring you information regarding our upcoming event. All opinions are 100% our own! Ok, y’all, it’s June and summer is a GO. Time to get yourself a stylish caftan or two for maximum summer vibes. Maybe a head wrap. New sunglasses? Just […]

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5 {Easy} Summer Hair Styles for Girls

summer hair styles
You know those super cool, intricate, Elsa-looking braids? And those insane hair twists all over the head that end up making crisscross designs? Well, I don’t have any of that for you in this post! But I do have some easy summer hair styles for girls. Perfect for us moms-on-the-go! I have one toddler with […]

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5 {Easy} Summer Hair Styles for Girls

summer hair styles
You know those super cool, intricate, Elsa-looking braids? And those insane hair twists all over the head that end up making crisscross designs? Well, I don’t have any of that for you in this post! But I do have some easy summer hair styles for girls. Perfect for us moms-on-the-go! I have one toddler with […]

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Goat Milk Formula for Baby :: Kabrita USA

Kabrita
**This post has been sponsored by Kabrita USA to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** I was a breastfeeding mom to my three biological kids before our family started fostering. I worked hard to breastfeed through my babies’ milk protein allergies and reflux, and I was proud of pushing through some […]

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5 Activities {Besides TV} to Do After the Kid’s Bedtime

Bedtime
You made it. That beautiful, perfect, never-thought-I’d-get-there moment when all the kids are asleep, and you get to enjoy quiet time to yourself. Thank goodness for bedtime! For me, this usually translates to sitting on the couch with my husband and catching up on shows we’ve missed or our latest Netflix obsession while scrolling through […]

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Dallas Donut Crawl 2018

It’s almost National Donut Day! In honor of what I like to think is the happiest day of the year, I put together a fun little Donut Crawl around DFW.  Hit them all or pick your favorite.  I’ve got you covered from wild and crazy confections, to cronuts to a classic glazed.   Dallas has […]

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Why It’s Important to get Outside this Summer at Cooper Fitness Center’s Fit & Fun Day Camps!

Cooper Fitness
**This post has been sponsored by Cooper Fitness Center to bring you this experience.** After recently attending the 2018 American Camp Association (ACA) National Conference in Orlando, Florida, on behalf of Cooper Fitness Center, we reflected on their mission. Enriching lives through the camp experience—physically, socially, emotionally and mentally—mirrors what we offer at Cooper Fitness […]

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Ditching the Suburbs for the Countryside

suburbs
We sold our home in the suburbs this past month and it still feels a little surreal. Our house of 15 years was the place for holiday gatherings, birthdays, celebrations and of course, this was the first and only home my children ever lived in. Mi casita holds so many memories, but it’s time for a […]

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Day Camps for Your Little Entomologist at Texas Discovery Gardens

Texas Discovery Gardens Day Camps
**This post is sponsored by Texas Discovery Gardens. All opinions are 100% our own!** Next up on the family to-do list – what the heck are we gonna do with these kids all summer?? Can I interest you in some day camps? I’m convinced that sleepaway camps are only enjoyed by like 3% of children, […]

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5 Fashion Tips for How to Hide Your Tummy

fashion tips
I’ve been binge watching The Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix and am in love with Drew Barrymore.  She’s cute and the show is weird and fun.  But my absolute favorite thing is Drew’s (yes, I call her that now, we’re bffs in my head) mom bod.  She’s tiny and fit, but girl has a bit […]

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Why Bullet Journaling Is Perfect for Moms!

Bullet Journaling
I have a notebook problem. The clearest sign that I am overly stressed is finding myself in the nearest SuperTarget staring at the wall of fancy notebooks, as if picking the right one will cause a magical beam of organization to come down from on high. Enter, Bullet Journaling. If your fancy, half-empty planner and […]

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Summer Bucket List Alternatives

I have never told anyone this. I don’t want to tell, because I don’t want to steal the joy from all the people who love a great bucket list of fun summertime activities to stave off the boredom and the whining, and to create amazing summer memories. These people are my friends. I love my […]

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Summer Bucket List Alternatives

I have never told anyone this. I don’t want to tell, because I don’t want to steal the joy from all the people who love a great bucket list of fun summertime activities to stave off the boredom and the whining, and to create amazing summer memories. These people are my friends. I love my […]

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A Picture is Worth the Smile :: They are More than Just an Image

picture
Pictures are not just some image on your phone, or artwork for your house. They are much more than that.  My name is Liz, and I love to take pictures. I lost a family member last week. It was a rough one. For me, and like many others, it’s not only difficult to lose someone, […]

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Surviving the Kitchen Remodel with Kids

Maybe you’ve saved up enough to finally get that kitchen of your dreams. Maybe you’re renovating in order to sell and get the most out of your investment. Or maybe you’re just wondering how to make life with kids a little more challenging. Whatever the reason, you’re remodeling your kitchen. Good gravy, Mama it’s gonna […]

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7 Magic Words to Stop Whining in its Tracks

whining
Whining. It’s like a kid’s rite of passage. As a mother you’ve heard it in all forms.  They whine because they wanted the red cup, not the blue cup.  Or because they are hungry, thirsty or sleepy.  The opportunities for a child to whine are endless, and as a parent it becomes exhausting putting out […]

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Drama-free Disneyland ::  5 Tips for Keeping Your Sanity at the Happiest (and Most Stressful) Place on Earth 

Disneyland
I think my partner and I made a “no Disney” pledge before I was even out of the first trimester. We aren’t big into princesses and the idea of spending our much-craved, much-saved for, precious vacation time around a million kids and families didn’t really peak our interest.  So how did we become people who […]

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5 Things to Bring on Your Trip to Epic Waters

Epic Waters
**This post has been sponsored by Epic Waters to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Epic Waters is the new, indoor water park in Grand Prairie.  I had no idea what to expect when we arrived at Epic Waters, but wow. oh wow.  It’s amazing.  It’s easy to get to from […]

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Selling Your Home :: Surviving Home Showings with Your Kids

This spring we decided to put our home on the market. The goal was to list by the end of March and move by summer. By mid-April our home sailed through the option period and we hit a pending status on the sale of our house in no time.  It’s a bittersweet moment when you […]

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Where to Go :: A Guide to Berry Picking and Local Farms

berry picking
It’s May in North Texas, which marks the start of berry and peach season in the DFW area. Visiting a local pick-your-own farm is a great way to enjoy some fresh air, teach your kids about where our food comes from, and give them little slice of agricultural life. While I’ll be the first to […]

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Keep Your Children Engaged This Summer :: Summer Writing

Trinity Christian Academy
**This post has been sponsored by Trinity Christian Academy to bring you this experience.** With summer quickly approaching, our minds are turning towards vacations, camps, ice cream, and lazy days. While a slower schedule is important, research warns not to send reading, writing, and math on a vacation, as well. If our children don’t practice […]

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Letter to a {New Mom} :: Dear Mama, You Are Enough

new mom
Dear new mom, I was in your shoes less than two years ago. As you settle into new motherhood in all its glory, with its confusing influx of intense (and often conflicting) emotions, sleep deprivation, and self-doubt. . . as you begin to reconcile with your miraculous body that has now become an unfamiliar and […]

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Letter to a {New Mom} :: Dear Mama, You Are Enough

new mom
Dear new mom, I was in your shoes less than two years ago. As you settle into new motherhood in all its glory, with its confusing influx of intense (and often conflicting) emotions, sleep deprivation, and self-doubt. . . as you begin to reconcile with your miraculous body that has now become an unfamiliar and […]

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4 Perfect Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day
Every year as Mother’s Day comes along I get the dreaded question, “What do you want for Mother’s day?” And every year I can never think of a reasonable answer for that question. While there are a thousand different things that we can ask for, but (let’s be honest) material gifts aren’t really what mothers […]

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McDonald’s Lunch Bunch :: Healthy Eating

McDonald's
**This post has been sponsored by McDonald’s to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Healthy eating definitely top most parent’s lists of hot topics these days. Everyone is doing their best to make the best dietary choices for their family amongst a never-ending sea of options. This task becomes a little […]

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A Letter for the Broken Hearts on Mother’s Day

remembering on mother's day
Dear Loved One, I know you are fighting back anger as you walk through the store and see all of the greeting cards and gifts for Mothers Day. Your instinct is to walk over and pick the perfect item that captures your feelings beautifully, but you have to remind yourself this year is different.  I […]

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Mimosas for Mom :: Recipes for your Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Mother's Day brunch
It’s May! Have you thought about how you will be celebrating Mother’s Day this year? A big family gathering? A meal out with family and friends? Or perhaps the perfect Mother’s Day gift is doing absolutely nothing at all! If you have yet to pin down your plans for Mother’s Day you may want to […]

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Club SciKidz Dallas :: Help Your Kids find their {Passion} for Science

Club SciKidz Dallas
**This post has been sponsored by Club SciKidz Dallas to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** “Every Kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them.  A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact.” — Carl Sagan When I […]

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To a Newly Bereaved Mom before Mother’s Day

bereaved mom
If you are a newly bereaved mom, first let me tell you I am so sorry for your loss. I am so sorry you have joined the club no one wants to be a part of. If we were in person, I would ask you to share your story, to tell me your child’s name.  […]

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Keep Your Children Engaged This Summer :: Fun & Educational Ways to use Technology

Trinity Christian Academy
**This post has been sponsored by Trinity Christian Academy to bring you this experience.** You may find yourself in a battle of wills this summer with kids who want to spend time on screens instead of enjoying the sunshine and lazy days at the swimming pool. Even though they may love playing outside, sometimes kids […]

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How to :: Help Your Toddler Navigate Change

toddler change
There’s nothing like introducing a little change to your toddler’s life to make you rethink your parenting techniques.  Encouraging your toddler to ditch the paci is likely to make you both cry yourselves to sleep.  Transition from a nanny at home to daily daycare, and then make the decision to go ahead and move from […]

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10 Travel Hacks That Will Save Your Summer Road Trip

road trip
Now that summertime is around the corner, it’s time to let the sunshine in by planning one of the hottest vacations this year – the Great American Family Road Trip.  Early May is the perfect time to call a family meeting (and don’t forget Fido) to start plotting out your next adventure!  You’ll be ready to hit […]

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Keep Your Pockets Big at Small Pockets

Small Pockets tea party
**This post has been sponsored by Small Pockets to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Dressing my daughter is one of my favorite creative outlets. I’ve always loved putting outfits together, but having a little one to coordinate is next level awesome. The problem lies in the fact that the clothes […]

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5 Ideas for a Smooth(ish) Transition from Only Child to Big Sibling

sibling
“Going from 1 kiddo to 2 is so much harder than going from 0 kids to 1 so be prepared” – said my doctor. For the life of me, I could not make sense of that statement because I was already in the parenting game, I had faith in my parental capabilities and I knew what […]

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Why We Didn’t Sell Our Home to the Highest Offer

home
We recently sold our first home, and it was an incredibly emotional and FAST process. We were lucky to be on the selling side in this apparent sellers’ market, for sure! We received 4 offers in the span of a weekend, and we didn’t choose the highest one. Here’s why… and maybe this can help […]

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

Welcome to May, mamas. I was just looking at my kid’s monthly school calendar, and the last square says “Come back and visit us!” I had a little moment of, “Oh yeah, summer is like…here.” ARE YOU READY? If nothing else, I’m ready to not be packing lunches at the crack of dawn. Talk about […]

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A Guide to Finding the {Perfect} Pediatrician

pediatrician
I officially met my pediatrician before I had my first child, but I knew she was “the one” at my daughter’s one-week checkup. She looked into my tired, red-rimmed eyes—and probably noticed a hint of “what have I done?!” panic— and told me “You’re doing such a great job!” Her kind and sincere words were […]

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Concerned about ADHD :: Work with FutureSearch Trials

FutureSearch Trials
**This post has been sponsored by FutureSearch Trials to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** As parents, we all just want the best for our kids. We want to provide them with opportunities to learn and to use their talents to excel. They are our kids, and we think know they […]

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The {Secret} to a 20-minute Bedtime Routine

bedtime routinen
You know that baby shower ritual where everyone goes around the room and gives advice to the mom-to-be? I’m four children and nearly eight years in to motherhood, and for years now I’ve had the same (always shocking) advice: Skip baby’s nightly bath. Is a freshly clean newborn snuggled in a towel the cutest thing […]

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10 Tips For Your Nips – A Guide For A Pumping Mama

exclusively pumping
I was prepared as anyone can be for what the breastfeeding world was going to bring me. Nothing could stop this mama from getting it right. I knew it could be a bumpy journey (literally bumps all over my breasts), but I never thought I would completely FAIL at breastfeeding. Tons of crying, bleeding, and […]

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Keep Your Children Engaged This Summer :: Summer Reading

trinity christian academy
**This post has been sponsored by Trinity Christian Academy to bring you this experience.** Summer is around the corner, and it’s a great time of year to slow down and take a breath. It’s a nice time of year for our children to take a break from school, too; however, it is important they continue […]

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A Mama-friendly Swimsuit Guide

swimsuit shopping
Last year we went to the beach for vacation, and it was glorious. I was 750 weeks pregnant with our third child and gave not one single darn. I wore two borrowed maternity swimsuits and walked around the beach and pool like I owned the place. People moved out of my way. This year it’s […]

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Kids Eat Free in Dallas :: An Updated Guide

kids eat free
You know those people who prep and portion out freezer meals for 6 solid months of family dinners? I bet that mom still has days where she’s like, “Screw it, I don’t even have the energy to thaw.” We all know this feeling. I have phases where I’m operating at peak meal planning for months, […]

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Say Goodbye To Fat Cells :: CoolSculpting

epicentre
**This post has been sponsored by EpiCentre to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** Let’s play a game! Raise your hand if you have children. Keep ’em raised if you are over 30. Keep them up if your metabolism just mocks you, and you’ve just about given up on your pre-baby […]

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The Kids’ Playlist :: Parent-Friendly Songs

The Kids' Playlist
Last month I wrote a post on great books about strong girls/women that my family loves to read together. Our family also loves listening to music together, keeping it on in the background. Below is my music playlist of kids’ songs that won’t hurt parents’ ears. Add them to your playlist, because we can only […]

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Resource for New Moms :: A Guide for Tongue Tie

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

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

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

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3 Tips for What NOT to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

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

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We {Deleted} YouTube Kids…and Survived!

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

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

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

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

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

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Maternity Must-Haves :: Top Picks for Pregnant Mamas

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

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Motherhood vs. Marriage :: Winning the Battle

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

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

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

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Tips for Having “The Talk” with Kids

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

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3 Reasons NOT to Get Cosmetic Surgery

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

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

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

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Trinity Christian Academy :: The Right Choice for our Family

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

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

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

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

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

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Your Summer to Shine: The Westwood School Summer Camp

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

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Food Court Challenge Fun with Grapevine Mills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What Does a Real Dallas Mom Look Like?

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

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I’m a Minimalist Married to a Hoarder

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

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Mom Confession :: Compassion and Keeping our Kids Safe

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

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5 Tips to Help Our Kids Get Through STAAR Testing Week

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

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7 Days of Indoor Play in the Dallas Metroplex

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

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Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Children’s Dentist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The {Ultimate} Guide to Great Books for Strong Girls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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6 Candy Alternatives For Your Child’s Easter Basket

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

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

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

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Spring Break Staycation Ideas for Teens and Tweens

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

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Why My Family Made the Switch To Energy Ogre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DARTable Day Trips: Do Something Different This Spring Break

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

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6 Reasons to Love {Instant Photography} with Kids

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

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

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

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Why I’m Learning to Have a Happy Heart

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

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Sandy Lake Amusement Park – Affordable Family Fun in North Dallas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5 One-Pot Meals for the Cooking Impaired

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

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Urban Air :: High-flying Adventures in North Dallas

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

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Losing Yourself in Parenthood :: The Two Necklace Dilemma

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

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Neighborhood Groups :: Find Your Ultimate Mom-Tribe

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

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shhhh! Theater and Live Music Etiquette for Kids

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

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

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

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{10 Ways} to Show Your Kids you Love Them

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

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Why You {Need} a Galentine’s Day

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

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Just for Mom :: the Perfect Personal Hiatus

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

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Tips To Get You Ready for a {Mommy Makeover}

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

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Sweet DIY Classroom Treats for {Valentine’s Day}

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

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

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

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

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

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