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$19 Tickets For Cheap Trick on Saturday, November 7th

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 11:30 am
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Head to Groupon and score cheap tickets to see Cheap Trick on Saturday, November 7, at 8 p.m. at the Bomb Factory! What a great excuse to go hang out in Deep Ellum for the night!

Fun Things To Do on Labor Day in Dallas & Fort Worth

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 11:00 am
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No one wants summer to be over so take this last chance to get out and spend some quality time with your family over Labor Day weekend! If you don’t feel like staying at home, here’s our list of fun things to do on Labor Day in Dallas & Fort Worth:

Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival
1951 L Don Dodson Drive
Bedford, TX 76021
(817) 952-2128
Tasty southern BBQ and a stellar line-up of legendary blues musicians like Robert Cray and Shemekia Copeland make for a smashing way to spend Labor Day weekend. This annual blues fest is so popular that it draws over 20,000 people from around the country. Festival goers can expect an array of vendors selling everything from artisan wares to food and beverages. Also highlighting the festivities are several BBQ cook-off competitions where cue connoisseurs can vote and feast on samples from a variety of pit-masters for an additional fee.

Labor Day Luau @ Great Wolf Lodge
100 Great Wolf Dr
Grapevine, TX 76051
Say Aloha to your worries and spend the weekend enjoying poolside activities including live music, tie dye t-shirts, games and a limbo competition. Make your way back inside to enjoy nightly Story Time and end the night with a rockin’ Grand Lobby dance party.

Amazing Animals @ Perot Museum
2201 N. Field Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Discover the marvels of natural engineering and see how humans can draw inspiration from the innovations in the animal kingdom! Feel the pressure of a giraffe’s heart, catch the wind with your own simulated wings, slow down the graceful gate of a sprinting cheetah and more as you make your way through this wild exhibition. Digital interactives, immersive movies, hands-on displays and incredible specimens create an experience you won’t soon forget! $24 for adults (18-64), $17 for youth (2-17), free for children 1 and under, and $18 for seniors (65+).

Trinity Forest Adventure Park
1820 Dowdy Ferry Road
Dallas, TX 75217
(214) 391-1000
Those looking for an exhilarating adventure will enjoy trekking through the treetops of this recently opened seven-acre aerial playground. Channel their inner Indiana Jones while they traverse on 12 zip lines through six elevated obstacle courses— equipped with ladders, rope bridges, cargo nets, tight ropes and other elements to keep everyone challenged. The three-hour aerial adventure starts at $39.95 for kids ages 6-9, $44.95 for ages 10-15 and $49.95 for adults.

Baseball: America’s Presidents, America’s Pastime
George W. Bush Presidential Center
2943 SMU Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75205
America’s Presidents, America’s Pastime showcases how baseball has mirrored trends in our larger society. At various points, the sport has personified America’s racial, economic, and national struggles. Adults $16, Senior $13, Youth (13-17 years) $14 & Youth (5-12 years) $10

Sail With Scott
2055 Summer Lee Drive
Rockwall, TX 75032
(855) 724-5948
Sail around Lake Ray Hubbard on a 40-foot catamaran or a 57-foot power boat- charter one of the boats for your own party or you can take one of the shared rides that are offered at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and at 9 p.m. daily. The cruises are all BYOB, so be sure to bring along your favorite beverages and a picnic, or order something from one of the restaurants at the harbor. The price for 90-minute cruises range from $25 on the Harbor Lights power boat to $30 on the Seawolf catamaran.

Hillbilly Haven Campground
10801 Interstate 20 West
Millsap, TX 76066
(817) 341-4009
Located only 45 minutes west of Fort Worth- river tubing packages start at $17 per person. And you’ll even get a ride back up when you’re finished. Other amenities at the site include canoe rentals, fishing and camping. There’s also live music and karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights. Don’t worry about reservations, visitors can go with the flow daily between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Gaylord Texan Resort’s 12th Annual SummerFest
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051
Enjoy the last weekend of fun family entertainment, unique culinary programs, and exciting outdoor affairs at our 10-acre pool & lazy river playground-Paradise Springs! There is an abundance of activities for those of all ages to enjoy!

$5 Days @ Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Rd, Dallas
Check out outstanding floral displays, exciting activities, amazing discounts and fun for the whole family this weekend at the Dallas Arboretum.

Hawaiian Falls Last Week-end
The Colony, Garland, Mansfield & Roanoke
This is the LAST week-end of the season so join them for your final summer blast! Admission is $19.99 for guests under 48 inches tall and $26.99 for everyone else.

Labor Day at Main Event Entertainment
Fort Worth, Frisco, Grapevine, Lewisville & Plano
Bowling, Billiards, Laser Tag for $15.95 per person (Glow Golf, Rock Climbing and Gravity where applicable). 2 sessions available – see website for times.

Labor Day Train
707 South Main Street Grapevine, TX 76051
Mon, Sept 7th Trains start at 1pm
Bring the family out to enjoy a great train robbery on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad on Labor Day. Train departs at 1:00pm from the Grapevine Cotton Belt Train Depot and returns at 6:00pm.  Or hop aboard the Trinity River Run, departing the Fort Worth Stockyards Station at 3:15pm, returning to the Stockyards at 4:15pm.

Dallas DanceFest
Dallas City Performance Hall
2520 Flora St
Dallas, TX 75201
214-219-2290
This prestigious event features an exciting display of dance styles including – ballet, modern, hip-hop, classical Indian dance, contemporary, tap, and Ballet Folklorico. Tickets: $25-$45.

Pickin’ for Preemies Acoustic Jam
Billy Bob’s Texas
2520 Rodeo Plaza Fort Worth TX
Take part in the 10th Annual Pickin’ for Preemies benefiting the Cook Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In addition to Texas Red Dirt country music, there will be a chance drawing, silent and live auction and lots of opportunities for you to see how your generous support makes a difference in the lives of premature babies.

Last Blast from the Past featuring Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band @ Dallas Zoo
650 S R L Thornton Fwy,
Dallas, TX 75203
Phone:(469) 554-7500
Say farewell to Giants of Jurassic during Labor Day Weekend! Take advantage of extended Zoo hours and live music on shady Cat Green for an epic last hoorah. Listen to the vocal stylings of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band. The music kicks off at 7 p.m., but the fun lasts all night! Kick back on a blanket or lawn chair, or rent a cabana for your family and friends, while enjoying the food, craft beer, cold soft drinks and wine available for purchase. The concerts are free with the price of Zoo admission, which is $15 for ages 12-64; $12 for ages 3-11 and seniors; and children under age 2 and Dallas Zoo Members are free. The gates open on Saturdays at 9 a.m., and parking is $8 per vehicle.

Lewisville Labor Day Rodeo
Lewisville Saddle Club – Mill Street Arena
N Mill St & Parkway Dr., Lewisville, TX 75057
The rodeo will take place nightly on Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children, free for active military.

Frisco RoughRiders
Dr. Pepper Ballpark
7300 Roughriders Trail
Frisco, TX 75034
On September 5–7, the RoughRiders close out the 2015 season against Texas League South Division rivals the Midland Rockhounds. Before the action even begins, early-bird fans can take advantage of special giveaways. The first 2,000 fans to arrive on September 5 receive RoughRiders footballs, the very same ones pitchers throw to confuse opponents each and every game. The following evening, the first 2,000 kids ages 12 and younger get team jerseys.

Labor Day at Hurricane Harbor & Six Flags Over Texas
2201 Road to Six Flags
Arlington, TX 76010
When it comes to building the world’s greatest collection of roller coasters, water slides and family thrill rides, Six Flags has already done all the work for you – all you have to do is climb aboard! Tickets start at $50.99.

 

Secrets to Looking Younger ~ Products, Procedures & Skin Care

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 12:00 pm
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Secrets To Looking Younger
When it comes to aging, there are those who “look” older and then there are those who are “aging gracefully”.  You know, the lucky ones who seem to be getting better like a fine wine while some are just learning by trial and error. I’m learning the graceful agers aren’t aging better, they’re just aging smarter, so that is why I’m doing this series on the Secrets of Looking Younger. AND if you have any questions about skin care, please leave comments below and I will get some answers for you from our expert, Dr. Lori Stetler from The Dallas Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics.

For those of us who are learning the hard way to keep grace and age in the same sentence, we are going to learn so simple and inexpensive ways to maintain our youth, as well as discuss all the procedures available for those of you who want to take that route. And for those of you who are thinking “I’m not there yet…”, well it’s never to early to start taking care of yourself, so read on!

Have you ever noticed when I share pictures on my blog of myself that they are far away? That’s because I can’t stand looking at my CLOSE UPS!  I think there is a reason your eyesight also goes with age… that’s because you can’t see the wrinkles and sags that come with age too (haha)! Age can sneak up on you SUPER FAST!  I’m not gonna lie ladies, for me, aging stinks, big time!  I love the wisdom I’m gaining, but the rest is ….BLAH!  Not to mention, we are our own worst enemies. With that being said, please understand, I’m thankful for good health, a loving family and a wonderful life God has blessed me with.

But this series is about aging gracefully and with all the tools, products, procedures and knowledge available, why not fight it a bit if you can, right?

So I’m throwing vanity OUT THE DOOR!  Here it is…

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First we’re going to start with our skin. Your skin is unique; your skin care should be too so I’ve found who I consider to be one of the best in the DFW Metroplex. The Dallas Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics is a leading-edge cosmetic dermatology practice that integrates current aesthetic procedures with clinical dermatology treatments for a lifetime of health and beauty.

I will be consulting with the awesome Dr. Lori Stetler. She is very well-known in this community and frankly, “just knows her stuff!”  See her bio below and you’ll be mightily impressed.

In the picture above you can see the trouble spots Dr. Stetler will attack.  I have heavy forehead lines and crows feet.  I’m starting to get “jowls” and I have sun spots… LOTS of sunspots.

When I went in for my first visit, I told Dr. Stetler I needed a “clean canvas”.  With all this “wisdom” I’ve earned, I know how to properly take care of my skin now.  I will openly admit, I was the kid who was the “sun-goddess”, using those silver blankets that attracted the sun & baby oil.  I’m THAT OLD that back then we weren’t told to stay out of the sun or use sunscreen. Old habits die hard.  Over the past 5-7 years I’ve actually used sunscreen but not like I should.

Dr. Stetler had me pegged and we discussed sunscreen.  Before she could do anything to my skin I need to return to my normal skin color. Until that time, we’re going to do some botox next week.  I’ll be checking back in with REALLY embarrassing pictures, but that’s o.k., I’m happy to be the guinea pig for all of us.  LOL!

Lesson #1:  If you’re wanting to do any type of treatments, get back to your original skin color

Lesson #2:  Dr. Stetler advised in get “hooked” on sunscreens.  The higher the number the better.  She said SPF 30 is great IF you re-apply but many of us often don’t nor do we put it on well enough.  Her opinion, go higher on sunscreen for added protection.  For me, she suggested sunscreens with helioplex, for example Neutrogena, Aveeno an LaRoche Posey. For more information on sunscreen, you can read my post on How to Choose the Best Sunscreen here.

Lesson #3:  Become one with an umbrella and hat when your out in the sun.

Lesson #4:  Don’t just protect your face, protect your body and sun will damage and age other parts including your legs, hands, etc.

I’ll be checking back in with you and sharing before and after shots along the way and hope you will learn secrets to staying younger with Dr. Stetler right along with me!

Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 1.30.32 PMLori Stetler, M.D., is a board-certified dermatologist in Dallas whose career path began with an undergraduate education from Baylor University in Texas. She was a summa cum laude graduate and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School where she was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She completed an internship in internal medicine and a dermatology residency at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She served as chief resident her senior year. She became board-certified in dermatology in 1993. Following her residency, Dr. Stetler began her private practice in dermatology in Dallas at Medical City. She moved her practice to its current location in Preston Center in 2001.

Training and Achievements

Dr. Stetler specializes in cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery, dermatologic surgery and general medical dermatology. Dr. Stetler is a Clinical Professor in the department of dermatology at UT Southwestern. She currently trains dermatology residents, fellows and medical students in cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. Dr. Stetler is a national speaker and trainer for several pharmaceutical companies in the proper use and injection techniques of neurotoxins and injectable fillers.

Dr. Stetler is active in a number of local and national organizations including the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. She has served as president of the Dallas/Fort Worth Dermatological Society. Dr. Stetler has been named one of the “Best Doctors in Dallas” by D Magazine annually since 2001.

Dallas Arboretum~ Special $1 Admission for August Dollar Days (Last Weekend)

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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The dog days of summer are almost over and that means one thing at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: August Dollar Days, presented by Time Warner Cable. The garden will offer $1 general garden admission, select $1 and $2 food and drink options and $2 Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden admission to all guests during August.

August is the last month of Summer at the Arboretum, which features the impressive topiary flower houses that feature Texas tales along with daily interactive activities in the Children’s Adventure Garden. The many beds are bursting with ageratum, impatiens, lobelias, petunias, cleome, begonias, salvia, marigolds and zinnias during the summer. As it heats up, caladiums, lantana, pride of Barbados, variegated tapioca, elephant ears and coleus are added to the gardens.

As a part of August Dollar Days, there will also be $1 and $2 food and drink items including hot dogs, juice boxes, root beer floats and more at select restaurants in the garden.

 

On Saturday, August 15, it’s Time Warner Cable Day at the Dallas Arboretum. From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Rosine Hall, paid garden guests are invited to participate in crafts, hands-on science experiments, photo opportunities at the Time Warner Cable Welcome Wall and much more. Family activities at the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden will continue to be offered, too. For a complete list, check here.

August Dollar Day tickets are available for purchase only at the gate. Parking is available for a discounted $8 if purchased online in advance. For more information on August Dollar Days and other daily activities, call 214.515.6500 or visitwww.dallasarboretum.org.

FREE Reunion Tower Lawn Party Tomorrow Featuring the Dallas Mavericks

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 2:30 pm
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Tomorrow you can check out this month’s FREE Lawn Party at Reunion Tower! It features a special twist from the Dallas Mavericks, live music, food trucks, a beer garden, lawn games, Mavs Dancers, ManiAACs and much more!

Admission is FREE but bring cash for parking, food and drinks. Feel free to bring your own blankets, chairs and lawn games. No coolers or outside alcohol permitted.
Go here for updates on music and food truck line-ups.

Reunion Lawn Party
Saturday, 8/29 From 6:30pm-10:30pm
692 Sports St, Dallas, TX 75207

5 Fun Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day Today

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 12:15 pm
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National Dog Day began 10 years ago today on August 26th as an idea by animal behaviorist and author Colleen Paige. She wanted a day to celebrate all dogs, to bring attention to dogs in need of rescue, to honor dogs that devote their lives to improving ours and to celebrate their unconditional love and companionship.  So here are 5 fun ways to honor your furry friends!

1) Give your dog some fun exercise by taking him or her to a doggy play resort. Here is a list of some of the best in the area.

2) Bake you dog some homemade doggie treats. My pup loves this recipe!

3) Take a bunch photos of your dog and then load your pictures on Fuzmo.com! There is also an app and this will keep you and your family entertained for hours!

4) Have you kiddos write a letter to their Congressman and ask that he/she support the ban of Puppy Mills and Gas Chambers in your state.

5) Head to your local shelter and adopt a dog! Or volunteer your time to walk a dog or play with a dog, clean cages or anything else they need help with.

Dog Days of Summer Adoption Event ~ August 26th #NationalDogDay

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 7:00 pm
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Shiloh Rose Marie BubbaWho can turn these sweet little faces away?

Norma’s Cafe, will team up with Operation Kindness and Pet Supplies Plus for its fourth annual “Dog Days of Summer” pet adoption event on Wednesday, August 26 to help raise money for the Carrollton-based no-kill shelter. All three Norma’s Cafe locations, as well as the Keller Springs Dog Park, will have dogs and puppies of various breeds available for adoption.  Here are some of the cuties that will be there:

 

–          Bubba is a three month old Terrier mix. Yes, his ears stay that way with one up and one down. So cute!

–          Shiloh is an eight month old Schnauzer mix and is incredibly lovable and sweet.

–          Rose Marie is a five month old Italian Greyhound mix and is super cuddly and fun.

If you are dog lovers, come out next Wednesday and check out the event.

Wednesday, Aug. 26

8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.    Oak Cliff Location
1123 W. Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75208

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.         North Dallas Location
17721 N. Dallas Parkway #130
Dallas, TX 75287

2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.      Wagging Tail Dog Park
5841 Keller Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75248
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.           Frisco Location
8300 Gaylord Parkway #19
Frisco, TX 75034

In honor of the event and National Dog Day, Norma’s Cafe has brought back its popular chili dog platter – two juicy, 100 percent beef Nathan’s Famous hot dogs served open-faced over Texas toast and topped with chili, cheese, onions and jalapenos (served with chips, fries or tots). In addition, Norma’s Cafe will donate a portion of their sales from the day to support Operation Kindness’ care for nearly 300 animals every day. The funds will provide the organization with resources for medical care, food, shelter and the chance for the animals to find a new home.

Groupon ~ Great Wolf Lodge 1 Or 2 Night Stays + Waterpark Passes Starting Under $200

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 4:47 pm
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Been thinking about a short staycation? Take advantage of these sweet offers from Groupon to stay at The Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine!.  Plus you can use promo code UNLOCK10 to get an additional $10 off! (this code ends tonight 8/25)

~Stay for six in a Wolf Den, KidKamp, or Family suite; or stay for eight in a Loft suite

~Daily water park wristbands for each guest

~$25 resort credit per night with dates into July

Just go HERE to check out all the available dates and corresponding rates!

Like Zingerz Comedy Club on Facebook, Get BOGO Admission

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 3:00 pm
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Ever heard of Zingerz Comedy Club?  They are a new company that performs family friendly improv comedy shows- like TVs “Whose Line Is It Anyway”, but cleaner.  Zingerz is not a typical comedy club, but a comedy membership club, The membership is FREE and Club Members receive 20% off all admissions to shows.

And they are currently running a promotion where if you “LIKE” them on Facebook you can use a code to get BUY ONE GET ONE FREE admissions for the Aug 29th shows! For more information on times and location, go here.

Norma’s Cafe 4th Annual Dog Days of Summer Pet Adoption Event on 8/26

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 12:00 pm
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Norma’s Cafe, the original Dallas dining icon, will team up with Operation Kindness and Pet Supplies Plus for its fourth annual “Dog Days of Summer” pet adoption event on Wednesday, August 26th to help raise money for the Carrollton-based no-kill shelter. All three Norma’s Cafe locations, as well as the Keller Springs Dog Park, will have dogs and puppies of various breeds available for adoption at the below times:
8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Oak Cliff Location
1123 W. Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75208

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
North Dallas Location
17721 N. Dallas Parkway #130
Dallas, TX 75287

Wagging Tail Dog Park
5841 Keller Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75248

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Frisco Location
8300 Gaylord Parkway #19
Frisco, TX 75034

In honor of the event and National Dog Day, Norma’s Cafe has brought back its popular chili dog platter – two juicy, 100 percent beef Nathan’s Famous hot dogs served open-faced over Texas toast and topped with chili, cheese, onions and jalapenos (served with chips, fries or tots). In addition, Norma’s Cafe will donate a portion of their sales from the day to support Operation Kindness’ care for nearly 300 animals every day. The funds will provide the organization with resources for medical care, food, shelter and the chance for the animals to find a new home.

Norma’s Cafe guests who adopt on-site will receive a free $25 gift card to the restaurant. All adoptable pets on location will be current on vaccinations, spayed or neutered, and microchipped. The adoption process is quick and simple – guests of Norma’s Cafe are able to adopt their new pet onsite and take them home, or pick up their new family member from Operation Kindness after work. A full list of adoptable dogs can be found online on the Operation Kindness website at www.OperationKindness.org. Pet Supplies Plus, the official pet supply retailer for Operation Kindness, will also be in attendance and will be providing dog treats and coupons throughout the day to all Norma’s Cafe guests.

For more information about the Norma’s Cafe on W. Davis Street, Dallas Parkway or in Frisco, having Norma’s Cafe cater your next meal or ordering its famous Mile-High Pies, call (972) 820-5871 or visit www.NormasCafe.com.

Tweet it: @NormasCafe celebrates #NationalDogDay on August 26 with adoptions and @originalnathans chili dogs! #NormasDogDays

Homemade Gel Ice Packs & Moist Heat Packs

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, August 24th, 2015 at 4:00 pm
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If you have an athlete in your house or suffer from back pain, here are a couple of recipes for some DIY relief.  I have actually tried both of these this past weekend and they work great- plus, this could save you around $10-$20 and a trip to to the drugstore!

It’s easy to make a hot or cold pack with materials you already have at home. Also, as a rule of thumb, cold packs help reduce inflammation and numb a painful area while heat packs help increase circulation to a specific area of the body and can promote healing.

Reusable Homemade Gel Ice Packs

What you need:

    • 1 quart or 1 gallon plastic freezer bags (depending on how large you want the cold pack)
    • 2 cups water
    • 1 cup rubbing alcohol

 

Instructions:
Fill the plastic freezer bag with 1 cup of rubbing alcohol and 2 cups of water.

~Try to get as much air out of the freezer bag before sealing it shut.

~Place the bag and its contents inside a second freezer bag to contain any leakage.

~Leave the bag in the freezer for at least an hour.

~When it’s ready, place a towel between the gel pack and bare skin to avoid burning the skin.

 

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Reusable Homemade Moist Heat Packs

 

What you need:

  • Cloth container (like an old sock)
  • 4-6 cups filling (uncooked rice or oatmeal)
  • Needle and thread (optional, but recommended)

 

Instructions:
~Fill your container with the filling.

~Tie or sew the container shut.

~Microwave container for 1-3 minutes. (check every 1 minute interval)

So whether you are using cold or heat therapy, apply for no more than 15 minutes at a time and the best way is to alternate 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off for up to 2 hours. Keep these recipes handy and you’ll always be prepared for an injury or unexpected flair-up!

Dog Days of Summer Adoption Event ~ August 26th #NationalDogDay

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 pm
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Shiloh Rose Marie BubbaWho can turn these sweet little faces away?

Norma’s Cafe, will team up with Operation Kindness and Pet Supplies Plus for its fourth annual “Dog Days of Summer” pet adoption event on Wednesday, August 26 to help raise money for the Carrollton-based no-kill shelter. All three Norma’s Cafe locations, as well as the Keller Springs Dog Park, will have dogs and puppies of various breeds available for adoption.  Here are some of the cuties that will be there:

 

–          Bubba is a three month old Terrier mix. Yes, his ears stay that way with one up and one down. So cute!

–          Shiloh is an eight month old Schnauzer mix and is incredibly lovable and sweet.

–          Rose Marie is a five month old Italian Greyhound mix and is super cuddly and fun.

If you are dog lovers, come out next Wednesday and check out the event.

Wednesday, Aug. 26

8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.    Oak Cliff Location
1123 W. Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75208

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.         North Dallas Location
17721 N. Dallas Parkway #130
Dallas, TX 75287

2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.      Wagging Tail Dog Park
5841 Keller Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75248
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.           Frisco Location
8300 Gaylord Parkway #19
Frisco, TX 75034

In honor of the event and National Dog Day, Norma’s Cafe has brought back its popular chili dog platter – two juicy, 100 percent beef Nathan’s Famous hot dogs served open-faced over Texas toast and topped with chili, cheese, onions and jalapenos (served with chips, fries or tots). In addition, Norma’s Cafe will donate a portion of their sales from the day to support Operation Kindness’ care for nearly 300 animals every day. The funds will provide the organization with resources for medical care, food, shelter and the chance for the animals to find a new home.

Miles From Tomorrowland: Space Mission Mars Activities, Contest + More #MilesSpaceMissions

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at 2:45 pm
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Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 12.40.18 PMWhat better way to throw and end of summer party than Miles from Tomorrowland Space Style!  Yep, that’s what we did.  We went on a mission to put a little learning into the last few days of summer time fun.

Ava and her neighbors are fans of Miles from Tomorrowland, so we set out on a mission to have a themed pool party.  Let’s face it, all too often our kids get “dumbed down” with mindless TV shows.  I always want these girls to play and have toys that encourage  learning, imagination, and discovery.

That’s why we are big fans of Disney Junior’s, Miles from Tomorrowland where each episode features a fact related to space or science that inspires the storyline!

tomorrowland1We had SO much fun today!  You can do the same! Complete fun mission activities inspired by Miles FromTomorrowland and take a picture of your kids with the completed activities and submit them for a chance to win a VIP family trip to the Kennedy Space Center to see a rocket launch, meet an astronaut, and receive a 3D printer, virtual reality viewer and Miles From Tomorrowland toys!

There are tons of activities to choose from including tech, vehicle and space!  We had fun choosing our activities and I’m sure you will too!  And the themed carried right into our food with cosmic cookies and “brown cloud” treats!

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First the indoor activities and then outside for what we called a little gravity test.  Yep, the dreaded egg toss.  For some as you can see, it was a COSMIC BUST!

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We did some “oxygen testing” with a bubble gum chewing contest…made what the girls called “orbit floam” with contents from home…and finally “cubed” it in the pool Miles from Tomorrowland style! These girls had a blast!  And guess what, so did I. It was a great way to end the summer on an educational note!

Plus start the countdown to the premiere of Miles from Tomorrowland Space Mission: Mars on Saturday, September 19th at 9 am/8c on Disney Junior on Disney Channel!  And if you love Twitter parties, don’t miss this one on September 19th from 8-9 a.m. CST!

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Haven’t seen the show? Here is more information:

Miles from Tomorrowland:Space adventurer Miles Callisto is always ready for action, traveling through the universe with his family and his best friend, a robo-ostrich named Merc. The family includes mom Phoebe, the ship’s captain who sets a good example and encourages her family on every mission; dad Leo, a laid-back pilot and inventor who isn’t afraid to try new things; and big sister Loretta, who is a brilliant computer coder and always has her brother’s back. Together, they use teamwork and problem solving as they encounter obstacles while completing missions throughout outer space for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.

DiMe will provide a digital activity kit, and a $75 gift card to purchase refreshments

Car Prep: 5 Important Tips To Teach Your Child Before They Leave For College

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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Millions of American parents will see their kids off to college this fall. But beyond financial tips, what do kids need to know about their cars so that they don’t end up stranded on a dark and lonely road?RepairPal gave us a critical checklist for  teens and young adults: 

1.  HELP THEM FIND A MECHANIC NEAR THE COLLEGE
You’ll need to find a trustworthy and safe local mechanic, but walking into the first shop that you find on Google in a new city is like rolling the dice. Teach them to do their homework by searching for a shop with certified technicians who will make sure your ‘baby’ is in safe hands.

2.  TEACH THEM THE ‘MAGIC NUMBER’
Teach them to research average repair prices before they have to visit any shop for repairs and tell them to beware of any prices much higher or lower than the average (which may signal low quality parts or potential overbilling).

3.  KEEP THEIR CAR FULLY STOCKED
Make sure your kid’s car is fully equipped with the following safety materials:

*An inflated spare tire
*A tire iron
*The car manual
*A spare key
*Materials for cold weather driving, like blankets, gloves, and tire chains (if necessary)

4.  TEACH THEM ABOUT WARRANTIES
Because a poorly-executed repair could put them back in the shop just weeks later, they should always choose a shop that offers an excellent warranty in case anything goes wrong. RepairPal independently certifies auto repair shops nationwide for superior training, quality tools, fair pricing and a minimum 12-month/12,000-mile warranty.

5.  REMIND THEM OF THE GAS LAW
Their gas gauge should never go below a quarter tank – it shortens the life of the fuel pump and they’ll be in for costly repairs down the road. Teach them the importance of caring for their gas tank, particularly if they’re traveling in bad weather or on a long road trip. RepairPal is a great option for students in that it also offers roadside assistance in case they’re ever in trouble.

As a free resource, RepairPal independently certifies auto repair shops nationwide, provides data on the average cost of each repair, and offers trusted customer reviews — eliminating the need for your student to shop around.

Most Dangerous Streets in Dallas

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at 12:00 pm
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Safety is always at the top of Mom’s list when it comes to her kids. From sunscreen to seat belts, we’re constantly looking for the best ways to protect and safest routes to take for our children. When it comes to streets and the terrifying frequency of pedestrian involved car accidents, us Moms simply can’t be too careful.

Local personal injury lawyer, Jeff Benton, of The Benton Law Firm, used crash and traffic data to create a list of the most dangerous streets and intersections in the city. The most dangerous streets in Dallas include Preston Road, S. Good Latimer Expressway, and the intersection of Marsh Lane and Frankford Road. To see the complete list and learn tips to staying safe on the roads, read the full article here. Keep your family protected and use extra caution when driving, biking, or walking in these areas.

Here is the information:

Whether you drive, ride a bike, or walk, there are some places around town that are simply more dangerous than others. The hazard may come from the amount of traffic, strange configuration, or other factors that make an area of town a more difficult place to navigate safely. While every street and intersection can become dangerous when drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians fail to follow the rules of the road and pay attention, here are some of the most dangerous places in Dallas.

Most Dangerous Dallas Intersections:

  • TX – 121 and Preston Road
  • I-635 and Coit Road
  • Belt Line Road and MacArthur Boulevard
  • Hebron Parkway at Hwy 121 and at Old Denton Road
  • Parker Road and North Dallas Tollway
  • Irving Boulevard and Story Road
  • Marsh Lane and Frankford Road

Many intersections in the city have traffic cameras installed. The footage provided by the cameras is often used in vehicle accident cases to determine who is responsible. Use caution everywhere, but remember that your actions may be recorded when you are driving through certain areas of town.

Most Dangerous Dallas Streets:

  • S. Good Latimer Expressway; avoid crossing the road here when possible.
  • Texas 12 Loop, the Ledbetter to Great Trinity Forest stretch. The area has had several pedestrian deaths and many vehicle accidents.
  • Grand Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Both these spots have fast moving traffic and very few crosswalks.
  • Oak Lawn residential area. Nighttime is a particularly dangerous time of day for foot-traffic and this area has a busy nightlife, making it prime location for nighttime accidents.
  • Preston Road. Another fast road with few crosswalks is careful taking any mode of transportation up and down this Dallas road.

These are some of the streets and intersections you may recognize as having particular problems with traffic, multiple types of traffic, and careless driving behaviors. When you drive though these areas, use extra caution. Avoid them when possible.

To read more, go here!

 

The 87th North Texas Fair and Rodeo Starts Today in Denton

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 2:15 pm
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The 87th North Texas Fair and Rodeo will open for nine days starting today with food, attractions for all ages, and plenty of music and rodeo action to go around!

For more information on ticketing and events, visit www.ntfair.com.

NORTH TEXAS FAIR AND RODEO SCHEDULE

When: Friday through Aug. 29. Gates open at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Where: North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd.

How much: Tickets cost $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 7-12, free for ages 6 and younger. Parking costs $5. Season passes are available for $100; a four-day pass is $40.

Friday

All day — Youth Art Contest, Creative Arts, Photography Contest
6 p.m. — Tractor Pull, Brian Burns, Tommy Alverson
7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — Extreme Raptors: Birds of Prey
7:30 p.m. — PRCA Rodeo
9:30 p.m. — Randy Rogers Band
11 p.m. — Zane Williams

Saturday

All day — Youth Art Contest, Creative Arts, Photography Contest, Pre-Junior Miniature Herefords
10 a.m. — North Texas Fair and Rodeo Parade, Junior Steer Show
3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. — Extreme Raptors: Birds of Prey
6 p.m. — Tractor Pull, Bubba Harper
7:30 p.m. — PRCA Rodeo
9:30 p.m. — Ronnie Milsap
11 p.m. — Green River Ordinance

Sunday

All day — Youth Art Contest, Creative Arts, Photography Contest, Pre-Junior Miniature Herefords
9 a.m. — Junior Heifer Show
3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. — Extreme Raptors: Birds of Prey
4 p.m. — Mini Miss pageant
6 p.m. — Tractor Pull, Conjunto Azabache, Little Miss & Mister pageant
7:30 p.m. — PRCA Rodeo
9:30 p.m. — Bobby Pulido

Monday

All day — Youth Art Contest, Creative Arts, Photography Contest
6 p.m. — Tractor Pull, Brian Houser, Jolie Holliday, Sonny Burgess
6:30 p.m. — Open Beef Cattle Show
7 p.m. — Little Miss Junior and Junior Miss pageant
7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — Extreme Raptors: Birds of Prey
7:30 p.m. — Invitational Ranch Rodeo
9:30 p.m. — Jake Hooker
11 p.m. — Brian Houser, Sonny Burgess, Jolie Holliday

Tuesday

All day — Youth Art Contest, Creative Arts, Photography Contest
6 p.m. — Mutton Bustin’, Tractor Pull, Jaime Richards, Josh Grider, Kimberly Dunn
7 p.m. — Miss Teen pageant
7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — Extreme Raptors: Birds of Prey
7:30 p.m. — 21 & Under Rodeo, Miss North Texas Fair and Rodeo pageant
9:30 p.m. — Bleu Edmondson
11 p.m. — Jaime Richards, Josh Grider, Kimberly Dunn

Wednesday

All day — Youth Art Contest, Creative Arts, Photography Contest
6 p.m. — Mutton Bustin’, Tractor Pull, Courtney Patton, Erick Willis, Kaitlin Butts
7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — Extreme Raptors: Birds of Prey
7:30 p.m. — 21 & Under Rodeo
9:30 p.m. — Mike Ryan
11 p.m. — Courtney Patton, Erick Willis, Kaitlin Butts

Thursday, Aug. 27

All day — Youth Art Contest, Creative Arts, Photography Contest

1 p.m. — Open Boer Goat Show
6 p.m. — Tractor Pull, Open Breeding Sheep Show, Tyler and the Tribe
7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — Extreme Raptors: Birds of Prey
7:30 p.m. — Bull Blow Out
9:30 p.m. — Cody Johnson
11 p.m. — Tyler and the Tribe

Friday, Aug. 28

All day — Youth Art Contest, Creative Arts, Photography Contest
4 p.m. — Junior Pig Show
6 p.m. — Tractor Pull, Dusty Smirl, Kody West, Shaun Outen
7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — Extreme Raptors: Birds of Prey
7:30 p.m. — Bull Blow Out
9:30 p.m. — Josh Abbott Band
11 p.m. — Sam Riggs

Saturday, Aug. 29

All day — Youth Art Contest, Creative Arts, Photography Contest
9:30 a.m. — Jr. Livestock Judging Contest
1 p.m. — Junior Goat Show, Junior Lamb Show
3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. — Extreme Raptors: Birds of Prey
6 p.m. — Tractor Pull, Blue Moon Swamp
7:30 p.m. — Bull Blow Out
9:30 p.m. — Charlie Daniels Band

Groupon~ Discounted Admission To Sea World San Antonio

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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Here’s a RARE deal if you’re planning on taking a Texas vacation between now and May 17th! Head to Groupon and grab this deal for 54% off tickets to Sea World San Antonio!

Choose Between Two Options
~$30 for one single-day admission for a child age 3–9 (up to $61.70 value)
~$34.50 for one single-day admission for an adult or child age 10 and up (up to $72.53 value)

Admissions may be redeemed on the following days:
August 22–23 and 29–30
September 5–7, 12–13, 19–20, and 26–27
October 3–4 and 10–11

Children under 3 get in free. Separate admission is required for Aquatica.

Lady Antebellum Wheels Up 2015 Tour with Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt~ September 10 at 7 p.m.

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 12:00 pm
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Hurry to Groupon to score discounted tickets to Lady Antebellum Wheels Up 2015 Tour with Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt on September 10 at 7 p.m.! Choose from:

Things to Do in Grapevine, TX ~ City Spotlight

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, August 20th, 2015 at 10:30 am
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Things to do in Grapevine, TX

As a regular feature on MyDFWMommy, we are going to put the spotlight on the suburbs of our great Metroplex! We’ll take one city and break down all it has to offer!

For this installment, we will talk about things to do in Grapevine, TX.  Grapevine is home to several local wineries and in 2007, CNN Money rated it as one of “America’s Best Places to Live”. Here’s a summary of our must see places and activities that happen in this fun, family friendly town!

Annual Festivals

Main Street Days Festival~  In May, kick off your summer and enjoy great food, music, wine, and beer at the annual Main Street Days festival, which features the popular Pizza Piazza.

July 4 Fireworks~ Relax and enjoy this great Grapevine tradition with the entire family every Independence Day.

GrapeFest~ This is the largest wine festival in the Southwest, is held in September and features an incredible array of wine tastings, food pairings, and other entertainment including the traditional Vintner’s Auction and the Texas Wine Tribute Gala – a black-tie formal affair for gourmet food lovers and wine enthusiasts. GrapeFest attendees can also vote for their favorite Texas wines at the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic.

Butterfly Flutterby~ In October, guests are invited to enjoy a one-day event observing the migration of Monarch butterflies as they migrate from Canada to Mexico, making their way through Grapevine.

Christmas Capital~ Every December, Grapevine is transformed into the Christmas Capital of Texas. Grapevine is the essence of Christmas decor, as the city is blanketed with millions of lights, enormous decorations, animated characters, and more than 1,400 events, including the North Pole Express, ice sculptures, parades, Christmas wine trains, holiday-themed live musicals, and many more.

Parks & Museums

Grapevine Botanical Garden~ The Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park is a beautiful park with trails, streams, ponds, sitting areas and hundreds of varieties of plants for viewing. This garden really is a hidden gem in Grapevine that does not get the appreciation it deserves.

Grapevine Museums & Galleries~ Every month, the Grand and Tower Galleries host a variety of art, cultural, historical and educational exhibitions. The exhibitions offer a chance learn something new, to see something innovative or interesting and to be exposed to a wide variety of mediums and artists. Offering a mix of exhibits, one month we might display a traveling Smithsonian exhibition, the next month, a contemporary art show.

Oak Grove Park~ Oak Grove Park sits on 40-acres of land along the southern shores of Lake Grapevine.  This is one of the largest parks on the lake holding a marina, restaurant, three boat ramps, running trails, and plenty of picnic and play areas.

Grapevine Historic Main Street District~ Public art, a historic train, boutique shopping, restaurants- historic Downtown Grapevine has it all. Anchored by Main Street, this walkable, preserved historic area is home to winery tasting rooms, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, the Palace Arts Center, the Grapevine Glockenspiel Clock Tower, one-of-a-kind shops, live entertainment venues, restaurants and art galleries.

Unique Restaurants (found only in Grapevine)

Tommy Tamale~ Tommy Tamales isn’t an actual restaurant- it’s a small converted house that sells fantastic tamales, chips, salsa and related items to go. Check out the habanero, beef, chicken, buffalo and veggie tamales and more.

Farinas~ This is one of my personal favorites! Tons of local wines, great Italian food and live music on the weekends make this a great date night spot.

Meat U Anywhere BBQ~ This is fantastic Texas BBQ with sides that are just as good! Be sure to try the jalapeño bacon mac n’ cheese.

Buon Giorno~  You feel like you’ve entered an historic European coffee house and on the weekends, they often feature local musicians. They have a bookcase full of old board games and you can bring your own if you want. Buon Giorno specializes in espresso and French press coffee and theirs is off-the-chart good!

Back-to-School Expo at North East Mall on August 22nd

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 at 3:30 pm
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Summer is coming to a close and it’s time to get ready to head back to school!  Shoppers of all ages are invited to visit with local exhibitors including Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital, First Choice ER, Back in Motion, Explore Horizons, Tarrant County 911 and more at the FREE Back-to-School Expo!

Kids will enjoy an inflatable Bounce House, Face Painting, a goody bag filled with lots of loot to take home.  Hank FM Party Patrol will also be on property with games, prizes, great country music and much more!  This is an end-of-the-summer event you don’t want to miss!

WHEN: Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 12-3 PM

WHERE:North East Mall – Center Court
1101 Melbourne Rd.
Hurst, TX 76053

Please call (817) 284-3427 or visit www.simon.com. Also visit www.facebook.com/ShopNorthEastMall, www.twitter.com/ShopNorthEastMall or www.instagram.com/ShopNorthEastMall.