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Living Social~ Get 20% Off Sitewide Through 7/5

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at 3:30 pm
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Now through Sunday, Living Social is offering 20% off sitewide when you enter code STARS20 at checkout. There’s lots to choose from including local events and activities, restaurants, getaways, & more!

You could score this deal for some fun this weekend at Adventure Landing:

• $13.60 ($39 value) for a fun pass for three single attractions for two people and two regular-size sodas
• $7.20 ($19 value) for a fun pass for three single attractions for one person and one regular-size soda

Promo code must be used by July 5th, 2015 11:59 PM PST. One code use only per credit card, maximum discount of $20. Promo codes not valid for tickets or Deals required to be completed on a third party site. Valid in the US only. See the full terms and details HERE.

4th of July Cocktail Recipes + How to Save on Alcohol For a Party

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at 2:15 pm
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If you are hosting an Independence Day Party and are tired of serving just beer and wine, here are some ideas on how to save on cocktails and make your July 4th get-together a success!

~ Ditch the Full Bar Courteous guests will gladly accept what you have on hand- just go with the essentials and pick one or two specific cocktails you want to serve.

~ Buy the House Liquor Purchasing the premium brand liquors will break any budget, so purchase what would be called a “house brand” or what is on sale.  If you are mixing it with other ingredients, there’s no need to spend extra..

~ Serve a Punch Get out your big party bowl and make your punch as alcohol-heavy or light as you would like it to be. 

~ Make your party BYOB This doesn’t mean you can’t supply some of the drinks yourself. It just means that, in the case of booze, if your friends are going to hover around your home bar, they should at least make a small contribution like a bottle of their preferred liquor or wine.

~ Choose Your Cocktail Wisely Be sure to choose drinks that don’t require some strange, exotic mixer that you will never use after the party. Save time and money by making a simple syrup (sugar dissolved in water) ahead of time- it is an ingredient in hundreds of mixed drinks.

 

But, if you want to splurge this weekend, here are a few of the recipes for some of our favorite patriotic concoctions!

Life and Liberty

– 1 oz. UV Blue
– 1 oz. raspberry sherbet
– 1 oz. lemon-lime soda

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass.

 

 

Red, White, and Blue Sangria

– Strawberries and Blueberries
– Pineapple, cut into star shapes
– 2 bottles dry white wine
– 1 cup Triple Sec
– 1/2 Cup berry-flavored vodka
– 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
– 1/2 cup simple syrup

Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir. Chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours.

 

 

Watermelon-Blueberry Cooler

– 6 ounces watermelon
– 1 ounce blueberry vodka
– 1-2 lemon wedges
ice
– blue decorating sugar or blue pop rocks, optional for rim

Puree watermelon, vodka and juice of one lemon wedge in a blender. Add ice (to desired thickness) and blend until smooth. If sugaring the rim, pour a small amount of blue decorating sugar onto a plate. Run lemon wedge around the rim of the glass. Dip rim in sugar.

Thanks, Tasty Trials & Heavy!

July 4th Fireworks Celebrations in DFW Area

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at 10:10 am
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The DFW area has awesome July 4th fireworks celebrations – from parades to concerts to barbecues, you’re sure to have a great Independence Day! Here is a rundown of our favorite celebrations throughout the city- just look for an area near you to find the activities. If we’ve missed any, make sure and let us know!

Addison’s Kaboom Town: Festival starts at 5:00 pm with an amazing Fireworks Show capping off the night (FREE) July 3rd, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Bedford’s 4thFest: Live music, family activities, car show and more make this a fun place to be all day. The evening finishes with a great fireworks show. (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Denton’s Kiwanis Club Fireworks Show: The City of Denton has a big fireworks display hosted by the Denton Kiwanis Club. (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Fair Park Fourth: An all-day celebration is held in Dallas at Fair Park. Rides, Games, & Concessions will be available all day. You can view the fireworks from within the Cotton Bowl. (FREE) July 4, 2015, fireworks at 9:45 pm

Flower Mound Independence Fest & Fireworks Show: An all-day celebration that begins with a parade and ends with fireworks. Bands perform all day.  (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 9:50 pm

Fort Worth – Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic: All day concert near the FW Stockyards. Concert prices apply. July 4, 2015

Fort Worth’s Fourth: A day of family fun & activities on the banks of the Trinity River (FREE) July 4, 2015, fireworks at 10:00 pm

Fort Worth Symphony’s Old Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic: Three nights of an Independence Day concert & fireworks in the FW Botanical Gardens.  July 2-4, 2015 at 8:15 pm

Frisco Freedom Fest: Party in the plaza with food, family activities and end the night with fireworks.  (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 10:20 pm

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Grand Prairie’s Lone Stars and Stripes: Family Fun & racing at Lone Star park throughout the day. Fireworks show at night. Admission applies. July 4, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Grapevine’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza: Fireworks form the Lake Grapevine can be seen from several spots around town. (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Hurst Stars & Stripes: Family fun event featuring children’s activities, music & food. (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Irving Independence Day Celebration: Family event with food, fun & fireworks  (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm

McKinney’s Red, White, & Boom: Parade & Car Show in downtown McKinney. Evening festival & fireworks later that night.  July 4, 2015 at 9:45 pm

Lewisville Castle Hills Freedom Festival: Family festival with food trucks, life music, and fireworks. (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Plano’s All-American Fourth: Family fun event featuring children’s activities, music & food Fireworks timed to music starting at 9:45pm.

Richardson’s Family 4th Celebration: Fireworks following a concert by the Richardson Community Band. (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 9:45 pm

The Colony’s Liberty by the Lake: All day festival that includes a drum line, magic show, & BMX Stunt Show! July 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm

 

Get a Complimentary Angie’s List Membership When You Buy a Service Offer

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 3:45 pm
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ScreenHunter_1218 Mar. 21 11.40Here’s a fantastic deal on a service I use all the time! Through 7/5, get a complimentary Angie’s List membership with purchase of any service offer! This membership grants you access to more than 500 home and personal services in categories such as home, health and wellness, auto service, and pets! Just use promo code 1YEAR at checkout after you have added both a service offer and Angie’s List membership package to your cart!

Angie’s List helps consumers find high-quality contractors, doctors, mechanics, veterinarians, and other professionals by collecting reviews from the people who have hired them in the past. More than one million members nationwide grade experiences on a scale from A to F, with optional marker-drawn smiley faces awarded for especially outstanding achievements. By forbidding anonymous reviews, allowing companies to respond to customers’ posts, and screening each submission for red flags, the location-specific site better ensures its members a transparent and balanced information resource.

New Coppertone Kids Products Coupon + Deals at Target & Walmart

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 3:45 pm
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Print this new coupon valid for $3/2 Coppertone Kids Products – NO size restrictions and take it to Target this week…

Target Deal Scenario
Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 8 oz bottle $6.74
Buy 2 = $13.48
~Use the 10% Off Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Cartwheel Savings Offer (will deduct $1.35)
~Plus, use the $3/2 coupon found here
Final Cost = $9.13 – just $4.55 per bottle

Or stock up on the Sunscreen sticks at Walmart:

Walmart Deal Scenario
Coppertone Kids Fragrance-Free SPF 55 Sunscreen Stick $4.84
Buy 2 = $9.68
~Use the $3/2 coupon found here
Final Cost = $6.68 – just $3.34 per stick

Thanks, H2S!

4th Of July Themed Recipes

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 11:15 am
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Looking for some fresh, new dishes to try this 4th of July? If so, here are just a few of the best 4th of July themed recipes from Pinterest.

Fourth of July Wands (makes 20 wands)

INGREDIENTS:

1 watermelon
2 pints blueberries
20 skewers

DIRECTIONS:

1. Slice the watermelon into 1/2 inch round slices, and then cut out star shapes using a three-inch star-shaped cookie cutter.
2. Gently slide the blueberries on wooden skewers* and finally place a watermelon star on the top.
3. Place the skewers in a tall glass or in decorated floral foam as an eatable centerpiece.
* If serving to young kids make sure they’re careful with the wooden skewers.

Thanks, Weelicious

4TH OF JULY FRESH BERRY TRIFLES

INGREDIENTS:

One 12-ounce lemon pound cake (homemade or store bought)
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons granulated white sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1 1/2 cups finely diced strawberries
10 8-ounce plastic (see-thru) cups

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cut the pound cake into 10 slices. Use a small STAR cookie cutter to cut out 10 stars from the center of each slice. Chop the remnants of each slice into small pieces. Set aside.

2. Place the cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl. Use an electric mixer to combine them until well combined (1 to 2 minutes). Add the cream and continue to whip until the mixture is soft and creamy.

3. Assemble the trifles: Set all of the plastic cups on a tray. Sprinkle a few cubes of pound cake into each cup. Top with a small spoonful of cream and a spoonful of both blueberries and strawberries. Layer again- more pound cake, more cream and more berries, and then place a star-shaped piece of pound cake on top.

Thanks, Recipe Girl

Firecracker Popcorn

INGREDIENTS:

1 bag Pop Secret Homestyle microwave popcorn
1 cup white candy melts
1 package Strawberry Pop Rocks candy
Blue sprinkles

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare the popcorn according to package directions. Spread onto a cookie sheet and allow to cool.
Meanwhile, melt the candy melts and drizzle onto the popcorn.
Sprinkle Strawberry Pop Rocks onto the popcorn.
**If you want some EXTRA sizzle, use Blue Pop Rocks, too!**
Add sprinkles and allow to harden completely.

Thanks, The Nerds Wife

Red, White and Blue Patriotic Peppermint Patties

INGREDIENTS:

¼ cup butter, softened
⅓ cup light corn syrup
4 cups powdered sugar, divided
1½ tsps lemon extract OR ½ to 1 tsp peppermint extract OR any other extract you want
food coloring – I used Wilton’s red and blue icing color in the gel format
½ cup granulated sugar

DIRECTIONS:

Combine butter and corn syrup together in a small bowl.
Add 2 cups powdered sugar and your choice of extract and beat until well combined. Add extract ½ teaspoon at a time until the mixture reaches your desired flavor.
Stir in an additional cup of powdered sugar.
Turn bowl onto a cutting board sprinkled with last cup of powdered sugar.
Knead the mixture until sugar is absorbed and is completely smooth.
Divide dough into three portions.
Tint one portion red with the red food color/gel and one blue. Leave one portion white.
Shape into ¾ inch balls and roll in granulated sugar.
Flatten gently with a fork.
Let candies stand, uncovered, at room temperature for 1 day.
Store in an airtight container.

Thanks, Mom On Time Out

4TH OF JULY STAR COOKIES

INGREDIENTS:

1-1/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup powdered sugar
24 strawberries, thinly sliced
1 cup blueberries

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325°F. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Form the mixture into 3 small balls and knead each one until smooth.

On a lightly floured surface, roll a ball of dough to 1/2-inch thick. Use a star cookie cutter to cut into stars. Place them 1-inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake for 8-10 minutes until cookies are set. Let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

In a small bowl, blend the cream cheese and powdered sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Carefully spread icing evenly over each cooled cookie. Slice each strawberry slice in half and arrange on the cookies pointing outward. Place three blueberries in the center of each cookie.

Thanks, Gold Medal Flour

Patriotic Cake Pops

INGREDIENTS:

Red candy melts
Royal blue candy melts
White cookie icing
White sugar sprinkles
1 can prepared vanilla frosting
Favorite cake recipe or cake mix (plus ingredients)

Supplies:

50 cookie sticks
Wax paper
Cookie sheet
Chocolate melting pot

DIRECTIONS:

Prep the cake. Bake cake as directed on package. When completely cool, break the cake into crumbs by hand in a large bowl. Mix in full can of frosting until well blended.
Make cake balls. Roll the cake mixture into 50 1-inch balls and place on waxed paper.
Melt the candy melts as directed. For the “stars” of your flag, use the royal blue candy melts. For the “stripes” pops, use the red candy melts.
Add the sticks. Dip a cookie stick about 1/2 inch into warm candy melt and insert the stick into the rounded part of a cake ball. Repeat for remaining cake balls.
Prop up pops. Place pops cake end down, on waxed paper while the chocolate is still slightly warm, so the candy hardens into a flat surface at the top (this will help your pops stand up when serving).
Cool the pops. Place the cake pops in the freezer for about 10 minutes, or in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, to firm.
Add a second layer of chocolate. Once the pops are firm, remove from the fridge/freezer and dip each into the melted chocolate, tapping excess chocolate off.
Sprinkle on the stars. Decorate the blue pops with white sprinkles before chocolate coating hardens.
Drizzle on the stripes. Drizzle white cookie icing over the red pops after chocolate coating hardens.
Make your flag fly! Line up your pops to create the Stars and Stripes on a tray.

Thanks, Party City & MySTLMommy!

Ad Pages Deals~ Golf, Flight Museum + More

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 10:15 am
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Here are some great summer deals from Adpages- get out and do something fun!

Golf Passes: $45 for One Golf Pass ($99 value)
$55 for Two Golf Passes ($198 value)
$65 for Three Golf Passes ($297 value)

El Chico: $7.50 for $15 to Spend at El Chico Mexican Restaurant in McKinney

Chaucers Sushi Bar: $15 for $30 to spend at Chaucer’s Sushi & Bar in Arlington

Laser Tutors: $24 for 2 Hours of any Online Course, Any Subject ($48 Value)
$48 for 4 Hours of any Online Course, Any Subject ($96 Value)
$96 for 8 Hours of any Online Course, Any Subject ($192 Value)

Obstacle Courses: $21.99 for Combo Ticket to New Hawaiian Falls Waterpark and Adventure Park in Pflugerville (up to $34.99 Value)

Frontiers of Flight Museum Admission: $10 for Two General Admission Tickets ($20 value)
$20 for Four General Admission Tickets ($40 value)
$50 Family Membership for 2 Adult and 2 Children ($75 value)

Goldstar~ Deals on Movie Tickets, Annie + More

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at 10:45 am
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Goldstar has a ton of great deals available right now when you’re looking for things to do ~ most tickets are half price!

Movie Tickets: Any Movie, Any Time (Regal & AMC) only $8.50

Leapin’ Lizards! Annie Comes to Dallas

Def Leppard Tribute Band Def Leggend

Beastie Boys Tribute: Saved By The ’90s With Rhymin’ N’ Stealin’

What is GoldStar?

Find live entertainment, like theater, comedy, sports, music, performing arts and even things like wine tastings, sushi making classes and rodeos at half off. They work with more than 4,000 venues and producers across the country, and offer the world’s largest selection of half price tickets.

Unlike so many ticket sellers online, they’re not brokers. They work directly with 4,000 venue partners to connect them with our huge and growing Goldstar audience. Not every show sells out, so instead of letting seats go empty, venues list them with us to sell to our members.

DFW Boat Expo ~ July 10-12th & 17-19th (Great Deals on Boats + More)

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at 8:15 am
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boat3Summer is here, the lakes are full and the DFW Boat Expo returns to Dallas July 10-12 & 17-19!  The Summer Boat Show is the BEST time to get a deal on 2015 models as they make room for 2016 models! This, the largest boating event is North Texas, is a great family outing- The kids (both big and little) LOVE to see the $1m+ boats!

The 2015 DFW Summer Boat Expo, featuring more than 450 boat and watercraft models from over 20 North Texas boat dealers, is offering free admission to women and children after 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays both weekends. And Fridays are FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL!

Did you know Texas is the #2 Boating state in the Country behind Minnesota and our state has more square miles of inland water than any other state! WOW!

boat4Location: Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207.

Parking is free.

Dates and hours: Friday, July 10, 3 – 9 p.m.
 Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m – 9 p.m.
 Sunday, July 12, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, July 17, 3 – 9 p.m.
 Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m – 9 p.m.
 Sunday, July 19, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tickets for the show are only available at the door:
 $12 Adults, $6 Children (ages 5 – 13),
 Free (Children under 5)

***Friday July 10 and July 17 are FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL!

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Lowe’s Kids Clinic~ Register Now to Make Free Avenger’s Black Widow Sky Cycle

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, June 29th, 2015 at 3:45 pm
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Register now for the upcoming Lowe’s Kids Clinic on Saturday, July 11th at 10AM!

Head to your local Lowe’s where kids can build a FREE Avenger’s Black Widow Sky Cycle!  Be sure to register your kiddos now as spots tend to fill up quickly!

Groupon~ $10 Off $25 Purchase or 20% Off Local DealsFor Select Members Today Only

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, June 29th, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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Through today, June 29th, Groupon is offering select subscribers 20% off up to THREE Local Deals with the promo code THANKU20 at checkout! (up to a $50 discount per deal)

Or you can also try the code SWEET10 to get $10 off $25 or more! This is a great time to save on restaurants, haircuts and color, manicures, massages, entertainment and more.

For example, head to Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch with the kiddos for less than $20 after the promo code!

 

July 4th Fireworks Celebrations in DFW Area

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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The DFW area has awesome July 4th fireworks celebrations – from parades to concerts to barbecues, you’re sure to have a great Independence Day! Here is a rundown of our favorite celebrations throughout the city- just look for an area near you to find the activities. If we’ve missed any, make sure and let us know!

Addison’s Kaboom Town: Festival starts at 5:00 pm with an amazing Fireworks Show capping off the night (FREE) July 3rd, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Bedford’s 4thFest: Live music, family activities, car show and more make this a fun place to be all day. The evening finishes with a great fireworks show. (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Denton’s Kiwanis Club Fireworks Show: The City of Denton has a big fireworks display hosted by the Denton Kiwanis Club. (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Fair Park Fourth: An all-day celebration is held in Dallas at Fair Park. Rides, Games, & Concessions will be available all day. You can view the fireworks from within the Cotton Bowl. (FREE) July 4, 2015, fireworks at 9:45 pm

Flower Mound Independence Fest & Fireworks Show: An all-day celebration that begins with a parade and ends with fireworks. Bands perform all day.  (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 9:50 pm

Fort Worth – Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic: All day concert near the FW Stockyards. Concert prices apply. July 4, 2015

Fort Worth’s Fourth: A day of family fun & activities on the banks of the Trinity River (FREE) July 4, 2015, fireworks at 10:00 pm

Fort Worth Symphony’s Old Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic: Three nights of an Independence Day concert & fireworks in the FW Botanical Gardens.  July 2-4, 2015 at 8:15 pm

Frisco Freedom Fest: Party in the plaza with food, family activities and end the night with fireworks.  (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 10:20 pm

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Grand Prairie’s Lone Stars and Stripes: Family Fun & racing at Lone Star park throughout the day. Fireworks show at night. Admission applies. July 4, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Grapevine’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza: Fireworks form the Lake Grapevine can be seen from several spots around town. (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Hurst Stars & Stripes: Family fun event featuring children’s activities, music & food. (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Irving Independence Day Celebration: Family event with food, fun & fireworks  (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm

McKinney’s Red, White, & Boom: Parade & Car Show in downtown McKinney. Evening festival & fireworks later that night.  July 4, 2015 at 9:45 pm

Lewisville Castle Hills Freedom Festival: Family festival with food trucks, life music, and fireworks. (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Plano’s All-American Fourth: Family fun event featuring children’s activities, music & food Fireworks timed to music starting at 9:45pm.

Richardson’s Family 4th Celebration: Fireworks following a concert by the Richardson Community Band. (FREE) July 4, 2015 at 9:45 pm

The Colony’s Liberty by the Lake: All day festival that includes a drum line, magic show, & BMX Stunt Show! July 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm

 

Verizon Wireless ~ What’s HOT? Smart City, Smart Home #VerizonSummer

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at 2:15 pm
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Last week I went to #Verizon Summer Smart Home Event to learn about smart home and city solutions. The wave of the future NOW is a #smartcity!

There are so many many amazing options for your smart home, but it goes WAY beyond just our homes. We are talking smart cities. What is a smart city? Cities are able to collect data from apps and devices to improve communities.

The city of tomorrow is a city of information. Smart cities are greener, safer, faster and friendlier. For more than a decade, Verizon has been helping to transform cities into smarter cities. They are helping cut costs and increase efficiency.

For example, smart street lights reduce energy costs, smarter buildings include advanced elevator systems, more security monitoring, emergency response applications and so much more.

Think smart city, smart car, smart campus, even smart bus stops with wifi and charging stations. Our world is changing and we need to stay on board.  With Verizon’s all LTE 4G network, we know we are in good hands.

In fact, Verizon makes sure we are covered during big events so we have continued service. They roll out “cows” for special events like Kaboomtown? COWS=Cell on Wheels! They are also there for emergency preparedness.

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Now let’s talk about how we keep our homes smart to keep up with smart cities.

Verizon carries a ton of smart products online and at your local Verizon store.

Here are some of my favorites:

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Canary (Retail $249)

Canary is the answer to home safety. Canary is a complete home security system packed into a single device. It adapts to your home over time, and sends intelligent notifications with HD video directly to your smartphone. That way, you’re never surprised when you walk through the door. Canary shows you if everything’s safe before you, your family, or your roommates open the front door.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 10.05.56 AMNetCam HD Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision (Retail $129.99)
Not only does the Belkin NetCam HD allow you to keep tabs on kids or pets from your smartphone or tablet–it also allows you to see all the action in 720p HD video. Ideal for anyone who has kids, pets, or grandparents at home, the camera captures smooth video and crisp digital audio that makes you feel like you’re right there with them. You can watch and hear all the fun on your mobile device, wherever you go.

 

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 10.03.06 AMJBL Pulse (Retail $149.99)
This is so cool! Taking dance parties to a new level and perfect for pool party fun!  The JBL Pulse is a compact wireless Bluetooth speaker that delivers good sound for its size and distinguishes itself with an integrated light show with preprogrammed and customizable themes. The built-in rechargeable battery offers 10 hours of battery for sound only and 5 hours with the light show in effect.

 

 

 

WeMo Switch (Retail $59.99)
Left your curling iron on? Want lights on at home while you’re out at night? Do it from your phone! Control any electronic device with an ON/OFF switch from your smartphone or tablet. Turn devices on or off or set a customized schedule from anywhere with Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G access. Your home Wi-Fi network provides wireless control of your devices Control your TVs, lamps, fans and more. Set schedules and receive notifications Get notified when your laundry is finished or find out when your child has exceeded their TV limit so you can turn it off.

Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 10.24.15 AMTagg Pet Tracker (Retail $99.88)
Fido can’t get lost any more with Tagg pet tracker. Tagg GPS Plus is a location tracking device that attaches to your dog’s collar so you can keep track of them wherever they go.

 

 

verizon 3iGrill (Retail $79.98)
Knowing exactly when to take your meat off the grill has never been easier. Just insert the iGrill probe into the meat you’d like to track, let the free app know what you’re tracking and leave your iGrill by the side of the grill (or smoker). Now you can get back to your guests, go inside and watch the game or work on other dishes. Keep a close watch on the temperature progression of your meat right from your smart device and receive an alert once your food is ready to enjoy.

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II – Carbon (Retail $199.99)
Never leave home without it! Think baseball games, pool parties, boating! AMAZING SOUND! It delivers full, natural sound from an ultra-compact speaker that fits in the palm of your hand. New for 2015, the Bose® SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth® speaker II is speakerphone-enabled for easy hands-free communications and has a Micro USB charging port that charges with most USB power sources for added convenience. The Bose® SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth® speaker II also lets you simultaneously connect via Bluetooth wireless to up to two Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as your smartphone and tablet or other Bluetooth devices.

Finally if you aren’t a Verizon customer, right now you can get 10GB of data for just $80 a month. Great for on the go families during the summer! Or get a $100 bill credit for every smartphone line you bring to Verizon.

Thanks to Audrey and team at Verizon for showing all of us why being “smart” is the only way to go!
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Fandango ~ $3 Off One Movie Ticket

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at 12:30 pm
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Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 8.58.47 AMHere is an easy way to save a few bucks at the movie theater! Fandango takes $3 off one movie ticket.

You will see the discount appear in-cart. Some exclusions may apply.

Deal ends July 30.

Victoria’s Secret: Attend Ultimate Summer Party on 6/28

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Saturday, June 27th, 2015 at 12:15 pm
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victoria's secretThis Sunday from 6-8PM, select Victoria’s Secret stores are hosting an Ultimate Summer Partyand having Spin-the-Wheel Prize Giveaways, including a FREE Limited-Edition Makeup Bag ($12 value),Beauty Rush Lip Gloss ($10 value), Everyday Perfect Panty (up to $12.50 value), Victoria’s Secret Boxie Short ($36 value), or Limited-Edition Hair Ties ($9.50 value)!

Plus, you’ll be able to save an extra $15 off $75, $25 off $125, $50 off $200, or $75 off a $300 purchase! Go here for more details or here to find a participating store near you.

Thanks Collin!

Weekend Entertainment Roundup

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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entertainmentHere are some free & fun events you can take advantage of!

*American Girl
Throughout the month of June at various locations, girls ages 8 and up can participate in various FREE events. Head over here to see the full list of dates and participating locations as well as a phone number to make reservations.

*BabiesRUs
BabiesRUs is partnering with various organizations to offer New Parent Workshops and Classes…choose from Breastfeeding, Baby Basics, Infant CPR, Prenatal Yoga, & more!

Bass Pro– Head to your local Bass Pro Shops on June 20th and 21st to attend the Gone Fishing Event where the first 100 customers to visit the fishing department can get a FREE Gone Fishing hanging sign!

Plus, get a FREE Photo Download from Noon to 5PM at the Catch and Release Pond and attend various Fishing seminars. Go here for more details.

eppa*Eppa SupraFruta Sangria, America’s only sangria made with real, organic superfruit juice and organically-grown grapes, is launching its first national mobile tour. Traveling across the country, the Eppa Sangria Organic Oasis: Summer of Sangria Tour will visit a total of seven cities over two months.

This greenhouse on wheels is decorated with real superfruits found in the premium sangria. Wine lovers can stop by the truck and enjoy a free glass of Eppa, partake in mini yoga sessions from local instructors in the interior yoga studio, sample organic beauty products from Weleda and receive complimentary massages.  Visitors also have the chance to win athletic gear from Soybu with on-site raffles and social media giveaways.

Saturday, June 27th

Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
Dallas, TX 75201
Time: 12pm – 6 pm

*Gander Mountain
Attend FREE Kid’s Workshops from 10AM-2PM each month this year with Crafts, Activities, Giveaways, and more!

*Family Christian
Now through August 27th, Family Christian Bookstore is kicking off their Summer Reading Program! Kids 12 years and younger can earn a FREE $10 off $10+ Savings Pass whenever they read and complete a Book Report form for six Christian books and bring in the forms to any Family Christian store! If you don’t live by a Family Christian store, you can submit your completed forms and mailing address to customerservice@familychristian.com.

*GoBowling
Head over to GoBowling.com where you can watch a short video and then click the link to request a coupon valid for a FREE game of bowling. Your coupon will be emailed to you and is valid thru 7/26. Limit one free game of bowling per person, per coupon, per day. Coupon is valid at participating centers on regular days of operation between the hours of 8:30AM and 5:30PM local time. Go here to locate a GoBowling center near you.

*Home Depot – Register for the upcomingHome Depot Kids Workshop! Sign up for the FREE Kids Workshop on July 4th, where kids can build a FREE Minions Scooter. These workshops are designed for ages 5-12 and are offered the 1st Saturday at all The Home Depot stores between 9AM-12PM.

*Kids Bowl Free
Get your kiddos out of the house and keep them entertained all Summer long with the Kids Bowl Free Program! The 8th annual Kids Bowl Free program can be found at over 1,000 bowling centers in the US and Canada and is valid for kids ages 15 and under. Registration is 100% FREE – each child will snag coupons for 2 free games of bowling daily throughout the summer.

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 9.01.20 PM*LEGOLAND- While supplies last, head over here where when you purchase one LEGOLAND ticket, you’ll get one for FREE – just use the promo code 159915 at checkout! Head here for more information.

Lowe’s – Don’t forget that on Saturday, June 27th at 10AM, head into Lowe’s where kids can build a FREE Avenger’s Captain America Motorcycle!

Be sure to register your kids now as spots tend to fill up quickly!

*Michaels
Attend various Kids Club events for only $2 per child. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM-11:30AM. Go here for details.

*Microsoft YouthSpark Summer Camps
Microsoft retail stores are hosting YouthSpark Summer Camps for kids ages 8-13 throughout the summer. This FREE camp is divided into two age groups for beginner Game Coders (recommended for ages 8-11) and intermediate Game Coders (recommended for ages 8-11 or older). The camps are 2 hours a day, Monday-Thursday, and are available at Microsoft Retail Stores throughout the country.

*Operation Kindness is hosting a 12-Hour Adopt-a-thon and is extending its hours, offering $99 adoptions from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In 2014, more than 56 animals found their forever homes at Operation Kindness’ Adopt-a-Thon. This year’s goal is to beat last year’s adoption record with more than 300 animals available for adoption.

~Discounts on adoption fees– all adopters will receive a discounted adoption fee of $99
~Raising Cane’s will provide complimentary chicken tenders, fries and awesome lemonade from 11:30 to 1pm
~Complimentary coffee and donuts
~Food Truck Rally 6-9 p.m.

All animals at Operation Kindness have been neutered/spayed (over eight weeks old) and are current on all vaccinations; treated for fleas, ticks and any known illness; wormed; tested and treated for heartworms, if necessary, plus heartworm preventative for dogs and puppies; and micro-chipped with a lifetime registration. Each has a collar and tag with an Operation Kindness ID and is eligible for a month of free health insurance.

*Redbox
During the entire month of June, Redbox is offering up surprise deals during their Pop-A-Deal promotion! To sign up for these offers NOW, just text PLAY to 727272 and they’ll text you scratch cards that will reveal surprise deals starting in June. Go here for details.

*Studio Movie Grill – Lots of great movies still to come over the next few weeks! Right now, go here where you can pay$5.00 for a movie ticket at Studio Movie Grill!

Valid at 7 area Studio Movie Grill locations. Expires July 12, 2015. Limit 10 per person. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid Friday and Saturday after 5pm.

*ToysRUs
Heads up! On June 20th from 12PM-2PM, head to your local ToysRUs store for a FREE LEGO Jurassic World Build Event where kids will be able to build and take home a Free LEGO Jurassic World Gate. Gohere for more details.

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*Water Works– Since we went from wet to HOT, here is a way to save and stay cool!  Go here to get a coupon for $2 off your Water Works Park admission.

Water Works Park has everything you need to make this an awesome summer! They also offer exciting Aquatic Explorer Camps, kayaking camps, and swim lessons for kids on summer vacation. Enjoy four giant outdoor water slides, two toddler water slides, one giant indoor water slide, a beautiful lazy river, a children’s play pool, sand volleyball court, new concessions, and more.

*Williams Sonoma
Go here to check out FREE Junior Chef Classes and Technique Classes.

LivingSocial~ 15% Off Entire Order Today Only

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 1:15 pm
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Today only, shop LivingSocial where they are offering an extra 15% off your entire purchase (up to a maximum discount of $20) with the promo code SUMMER15 at checkout.

There are lots of great deals! One of our favorites is this offer from Taste Buds Kitchen of Southlake. Nut-free and always kid-friendly, the helpful staff will guide students through savory and sweet dishes, providing a fun environment and you’ll pay just $38.25 ($60 value) for a one-day cooking camp!

Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game This Saturday at Dr Pepper Ball Park

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 11:45 am
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On Saturday, June 27th check out Dirk Nowitzki’s 2015 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game presented by Baylor Medical Center at Frisco at the Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco starting at 6:30 p.m. Game goers are encouraged to come out early for family-fun festivities and a Heroes Special Olympics All-Star Softball Game plus post-game fireworks to round out the evening.

For the 14th year, two baseball teams, each made up of celebrity players and amateurs, will slug it out for nine innings of hard-charging, umpires-umping, trash-talking, base-stealing, home run-hitting, authentic baseball! From Mavericks to Cowboys and more, famous faces will include Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks MVP and 2011 NBA champion), Charles Barkley (NBA Hall of Famer and TV analyst), Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys wide receiver), Cole Beasley (Dallas Cowboys wide receiver), Terrance Williams (Dallas Cowboys wide receiver), J. J. Wilcox (Dallas Cowboys safety), Jack Crawford (Dallas Cowboys defensive end), Tyron Smith (Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle), Brian Cardinal (former Dallas Mavericks forward and 2011 NBA champion), Monta Ellis (Dallas Mavericks guard), Devin Harris (Dallas Mavericks guard), Charlie Villanueva (Dallas Mavericks forward), Ryan Cabrera (pop/rock singer and Dallas native) plus more names to come. Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks forward) will be a team manager.

Tickets are on sale now for $8, $12, $16 and $19 at Ticketmaster (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com) or at the Dr Pepper Ballpark Box Office during office hours.  Tickets also will be available at the door.  Last year’s event was a sell-out, so advance purchase is recommended.

 Proceeds will benefit the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation. For more information, go to heroesbb.com.

Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game
Saturday, June 27, 6:30 – 10:00 PM
Dr Pepper Ball Park, 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco, TX 75034

Clever Everyday Uses For Pool Noodles

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 at 11:30 am
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Although summer noodling is my preference, pool noodles aren’t just for summer and pools. In my search for alternate uses, I found some ingenious people bending, twisting, cutting and taping them into creative and functional uses. Here are 8 creative ways to re-purpose these styrofoam sticks if they are clogging up your patio or garage!

1) Use noodles as a bed rail to keep little ones from falling out of bed when traveling

2) Cover those dangerous trampoline springs

3) Put a noodle over a cheap plastic hanger to avoid creases

4) Add to the edge of a door to prevent slamming

5) Baby proof furniture with sharp edges

6) Make a floating cooler using a plastic bin

7) Make painting easier (and cleaner) by keeping your brushes organized

8) Keep your boots upright and organized in your closet

I am sure there are a million other uses :) – let us know if there is a cool way you recycle these handy little noodles and we will share it!

CCA Night at The Movies @ New Moviehouse & Eatery in Flower Mound on July 7th

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 at 11:00 am
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Join CCA at the Moviehouse & Eatery in Flower Mound to experience the new Moviehouse & Eatery before it official grand opening! For just $10, you can enjoy a social hour that includes appetizers, snacks and soft drinks, a ticket to either The Lego Movie, American Sniper, Annie, Penguins of Madagascar, The Princess Bride or Unbroken.

The admission cost also includes food from the Moviehouse menu while you enjoy your movie. A cash bar will be available. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets today.