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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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4 Family Friendly Earth Day Events in Dallas!

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

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We {Deleted} YouTube Kids…and Survived!

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

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

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

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

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

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Maternity Must-Haves :: Top Picks for Pregnant Mamas

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

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Motherhood vs. Marriage :: Winning the Battle

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

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

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

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

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

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Tips for Having “The Talk” with Kids

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

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3 Reasons NOT to Get Cosmetic Surgery

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

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

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

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Trinity Christian Academy :: The Right Choice for our Family

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

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

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

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

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

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Your Summer to Shine: The Westwood School Summer Camp

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

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Food Court Challenge Fun with Grapevine Mills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What Does a Real Dallas Mom Look Like?

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

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I’m a Minimalist Married to a Hoarder

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

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Mom Confession :: Compassion and Keeping our Kids Safe

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

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5 Tips to Help Our Kids Get Through STAAR Testing Week

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

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

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

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7 Days of Indoor Play in the Dallas Metroplex

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

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Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Children’s Dentist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The {Ultimate} Guide to Great Books for Strong Girls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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6 Candy Alternatives For Your Child’s Easter Basket

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

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

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

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

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

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Spring Break Staycation Ideas for Teens and Tweens

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

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Why My Family Made the Switch To Energy Ogre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DARTable Day Trips: Do Something Different This Spring Break

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

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6 Reasons to Love {Instant Photography} with Kids

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

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

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

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Why I’m Learning to Have a Happy Heart

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

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

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

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Sandy Lake Amusement Park – Affordable Family Fun in North Dallas

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

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Texas Discovery Gardens: Spring Break Safari

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5 Tips for Taking Kids to Sporting Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5 One-Pot Meals for the Cooking Impaired

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

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Urban Air :: High-flying Adventures in North Dallas

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

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Losing Yourself in Parenthood :: The Two Necklace Dilemma

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

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Neighborhood Groups :: Find Your Ultimate Mom-Tribe

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

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10 Travel Hacks for Trips with Kids 

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

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shhhh! Theater and Live Music Etiquette for Kids

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

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

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

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{10 Ways} to Show Your Kids you Love Them

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

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

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

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Why You {Need} a Galentine’s Day

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

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Just for Mom :: the Perfect Personal Hiatus

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

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Tips To Get You Ready for a {Mommy Makeover}

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

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Sweet DIY Classroom Treats for {Valentine’s Day}

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

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

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

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Black History :: What It Means to Me

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

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Black History :: What It Means to Me

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Signs of {Second} Child Syndrome

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

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5 Ways to Support a Mom through {Difficult} Days

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

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

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

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2018 Reader Survey :: Share Your Feedback & Win!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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6 Stages of A Mom Getting Sick

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

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

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

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Hey, Don’t Yell at My CHILD!!

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

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What Hobbies? Rediscovering Your {Own Interests} After Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Realistic Fitness Goals for the New Year

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

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

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

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Bringing In the Year Without New Year Resolutions

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

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Setting New Year’s Resolutions for {Toddlers}

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

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Modern Products for Period Having Mamas

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

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New Years Resolutions for {New Moms}

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

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

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

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Holiday Money-Saving Tips & Tricks from Reliant

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

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Why I Want My Kids to Have {Less} Fun

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

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

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

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

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

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Caring and Giving :: Developing Character in Preschoolers

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

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

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

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Formula Awareness Day :: When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to :: Hunt Like a Girl

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

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Teaching a Child to be a Cheerful Giver

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

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Moms, Stop and Take the Picture

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

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Surprise Diagnosis :: Pure Obsessional OCD

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

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

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

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What I REALLY Want You to Get My Kid for Christmas

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

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

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

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10 Shows You Want to Binge Watch on Netflix Now

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

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the {Men} in Your Life

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

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{Surviving} Hyperemesis Gravidarum in Pregnancy

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

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The Working Mom’s Easy Advent Calendar

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

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Help with Health Insurance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Looking for weekend plans? Head North to OKC!

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

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

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

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Why All My Kids Attended Cotillion Class

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

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

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

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Gratitude :: A Perception Change that {Really} Works

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

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

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

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5 Tips for Throwing a Budget-Friendly Birthday Bash

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dirty Dozen :: Dangerous Apps Used By Kids

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

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The Gratitude Game

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

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

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

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{Effortless} Family Photos With AKA Photography

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

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How To :: Create Spooktacular Halloween Family Fun

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

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Teachable Moments In Target

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

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Always Be the Best Dressed Mom in the Room

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

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The Executive Assistant’s Guide to Managing Your Family

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

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Recycling 101 :: How To Make Recycling Less Intimidating

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lakehill Prep :: A Dad’s Point of View

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

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Lakehill Prep :: A Dad’s Point of View

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

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Sisterhood of the Traveling Baby Clothes

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

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Callbox Storage :: Making Storage Quick And Easy

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

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

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

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Mom Confessions :: On Raising Middle Schoolers

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

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Mom Confessions :: On Raising Middle Schoolers

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

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Five Ways To Tame Teacher Trouble

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

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Advice for New Mommies from an Old Mommy

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

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

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

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Three Easy Ways to Keep Phone Use in Check

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

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Meal Planning for Working Moms

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

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

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

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

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

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Try Some “Preventive Medicine” For The Home with Reliant

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

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Dallas Synergy Chiropractic :: A Different Kind of Chiropractic Care

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

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

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

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Meal Planning :: My Approach to Healthy School Night Eating

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

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Crest Exteriors :: Painless Roof Replacement

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

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

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

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How to :: Fix Meal Planning {by Looping}

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

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

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

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How to :: Meal Plan {The Basics}

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

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SURPRISE Gender :: Pros and Cons

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

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Fear :: Raising a Black Child in America

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

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Finding Community at Lakehill Prep

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

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{Free} Printable Meal Planner

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

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4 Simple Steps to Booking a Sitter

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

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How To :: Enjoy a Restaurant with your Toddler

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

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How To :: Enjoy a Restaurant with your Toddler

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

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Excuse Me, Your Mothering is Showing

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

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How To :: Prepping Your Family For Emergency Situations

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

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