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Bert’s Big Adventure ~ Nominate a Child

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 at 12:30 pm
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Bert’s Big Adventure,Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 11.15.49 PM a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families,is now accepting applications for children to join the magic as a part of the class of 2016 families.

If you know of a child and family that meets the requirements below, please submit an application online. Please visit here for information on how to nominate a child and/or family. Options are available to anonymously submit families, as well. All applications must be postmarked by October 10, 2015 to be considered.

 

Bouncy Ball Recipe ~ Courtesy Of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 at 9:15 am
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Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 11.02.41 PMWant something fun to do with the kids?

Bring summer camp to your house with a bouncy ball recipe that will be sure to cook up fun and adventure for your kids from Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. A recent push from Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is getting girls involved in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with activities like this one.

Below is the recipe for the bouncy balls developed by Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. They are sharing the recipe after wrapping up their STEM College Prep Camp for High School Girls where activities like this one aimed to encourage interest in STEM fields.

Bouncy Ball recipe from Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

Materials:

  • Borax solution (100 ml water plus spoon of borax, stirred and dissolved. Borax is sold at most major grocery stores)
  • Cornstarch
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Stick
  • Beaker (or glass cup)

Procedure:

  1. Add 15 ml of glue to the beaker.
  2. Add 8 g cornstarch to the beaker.
  3. Add 2.5 ml borax solution to the beaker. DO NOT STIR!
  4. Wait 10-15 seconds so the ingredients can start to react together.
  5. Stir with the stick until it becomes impossible to do so, and then take it out of the cup and start molding the ball with your hands.
  6. It will be sticky at first but then solidify as you knead it. This may take several minutes.
  7. Once the ball is not sticky, you can bounce it!

Weekend Entertainment Roundup

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, July 31st, 2015 at 4:00 pm
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entertainmentHere are some free & fun events you can take advantage of!

*American Girl
Throughout the month of July 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.
*Bank of America Free Museum Weekend

Are you a Bank of America card holder? Did you know that for a full weekend each month, you can visit a museum for FREE?

This is the weekend – August 1 & 2, 2015, where you can get one FREE admission to the Perot Museum in Dallas or the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History! For more about FREE Museum Weekend from Bank of America and a list of museums go HERE.

 

*Dallas Arboretum

The dog days of summer 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. As a part of its Connect a Million Minds Initiative (CAMM), Time Warner Cable partners with the Dallas Arboretum to provide August Dollar Days to the general public and to support after-school STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities as it applies to science and nature.

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.

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.

*Disney Store
Through September 1st, attend the FREE Summer Play Days for store events including Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. Stop by every week and receive a character button.

*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.

*Flower Mound

This weekend, enjoy FREE, air-conditioned entertainment for the entire family at Trietsch United Methodist Church’s production of “Godspell.” If you’ve seen past TMUMC summer musicals (Annie, Sound of Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, etc.) you know they put on elaborate productions with talented casts.

It’s open to the community and everyone is invited to experience a little Broadway in FloMo. FREE childcare is provided, but the show is great for kids ages 5 and up.

Friday, July 31st, 7:30pm

Saturday, Aug. 1st, 7:30pm

Sunday, Aug. 2nd, 2:30pm

Monday, Aug. 3rd, 7:30pm

*Doors open 30 minutes prior.

 

 

 

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

*Great American Cookie

According to a recent online survey, released this week by Great American Cookies and conducted online on the brand’s behalf, 94 percent of parents say they have rewarded their children for good behavior. :)

In response to the survey results, Great American Cookies is launching the first-ever National Bribe Your Child Week from Aug. 9 – 15 to provide parents with the next sweet reward for their children. Parents can visit RewardYourChild.com to download a pledge sheet, work with their children to complete the sheet, and bring it to any Great American Cookies location in Dallas during National Bribe Your Child Week in exchange for one free regular chocolate chip cookie!

*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. 

*Goldstar has a ton of great deals available right now when you’re looking for things to do ~ most tickets are half price!

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth — The Indoor LEGOLAND only $12

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

Various Texas Rangers Games

Encounter Ocean Creatures at SEA LIFE Grapevine only $9

Motown the Musical: Broadway Hit Filled With Unforgettable Music

UniverSoul Circus: A Modern, Upbeat, International Extravaganza

The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents: Macbeth!

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.

 

*Home Depot

Register now for the upcoming Home Depot Kids Workshop on August 1st where kids can build a FREE Chalkboard Door Hanger.

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.

*Lowes

On Saturday, August 8th at 10AM, head on intoLowe’s where kids can build a FREE Avenger’s Hulk’s Tank! Be sure to register your kids now as spots tend to fill up quickly!

And don’t forget that on August 1st from 9AM-Noon, kids can build a FREE Chalkboard Door Hanger at the Home Depot Kids Workshop.

*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.

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

7-elevenBeginning this Saturday, 7-Eleven will be giving out freebies every weekend in August. To qualify, you’ll need to download their iPhone or Android App here (or text EARN to 711711 to get a download link). Afterwards, you can sign-in and view the “Scan and Save” section after 9 AM PST to view each weekend’s offer.

This weekend, you’ll be able to claim a FREE medium Fanta Slurpee. Make sure not to select “redeem offer” until you’re ready to check out as each offer is only valid for 15 minutes!

Freebies for the month include:

  • August 1 – 2: medium Fanta Slurpee drink
  • August 8-9: Juicy Fruit Starburst gum
  • August 15-16: medium Fanta Slurpee drink
  • August 22-23: Snickers Brand Singles Bar
  • August 29-30: Butterfinger bar

*Things to do in Dallas and Fort Worth

There are SO MANY great things to do in Dallas and Fort Worth! So as a new 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!

Here’s a summary of our must see places and activities that happen in our metroplex cities!

Things to Do in Arlington, TX ~ City Spotlight
Things to Do in Frisco, TX ~ City Spotlight
Things to Do in Grand Prairie, TX ~ City Spotlight
Things to Do in McKinney, TX ~ City Spotlight
Things to Do in Plano, TX ~ City Spotlight

Six Flags Theme Parks~ 50% Off General Admission Ticket With Empty Bag of Popchips on 8/5

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, July 31st, 2015 at 2:30 pm
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Next Wednesday, August 5th only, bring any empty popchips bag to a participating Six Flags Theme Park before 3PM and check-in at the popchips Day event table outside of the Six Flags main gate to receive a coupon for 50% off a full-priced single day general admission ticket and a VIP wristband for the Exclusive Ride Time Event!

If you’re already inside the park, just purchase popchips at select in-park locations on August 5th and receive your VIP wristband for access to the event.

*Cannot be combined with any other discount offer or applied towards the purchase of other tickets, including a Season Pass.  Not valid on online purchases.

Plus, go here to print a coupon valid for $1/2 any bags of Popchips!

Thanks, Pooja!

Godspell ~ Free Entertainment this Weekend at Trietsch

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 4:30 pm
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This weekend, enjoy FREE, air-conditioned entertainment for the entire family at Trietsch United Methodist Church’s production of “Godspell.” If you’ve seen past TMUMC summer musicals (Annie, Sound of Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, etc.) you know they put on elaborate productions with talented casts.

It’s open to the community and everyone is invited to experience a little Broadway in FloMo. FREE childcare is provided, but the show is great for kids ages 5 and up.

Friday, July 31st, 7:30pm

Saturday, Aug. 1st, 7:30pm

Sunday, Aug. 2nd, 2:30pm

Monday, Aug. 3rd, 7:30pm

*Doors open 30 minutes prior.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Godspell is a musical by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Prince of Egypt) that tells the parables from the Gospels and is interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns.

***Note: This production will be the 2012 Broadway revival and not the groovy 70’s rendition!***

 

AMF Bowling Centers: FREE Game of Bowling on August 8th from (10AM-Noon ONLY!)

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 3:15 pm
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bowlIn honor of National Bowling Day, August 8th,AMF Bowling Centers will be offering up a FREE Game of Bowling from 10AM-Noon for all guests ages 4 and up! Please note that shoe rentals are not included. Head here for more information and to locate an AMF center near you.

Thanks, Freebie Radar!

Van Halen With Special Guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band on September 23rd~ Up to 58% Off

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 11:45 am
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We love seeing concerts at the Gexa Pavilion and listening to music under the stars! Here’s a great deal on a few of my favorites! Check out Van Halen: Live on Tour with Special Guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band on September 23rd!

The Deal

  • One G-Pass to see Van Halen: Live on Tour with Special Guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
  • When: Wednesday, September 23, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Gexa Energy Pavilion
  • Door time: 6 p.m.

Ticketing Options

  • $20 for general-admission lawn (up to $47.89 value)
  • $55 for section 200 or 205, rows FF–RR, or section 201 or 204, rows SS–XX (up to $91.23 value)
  • Click here to view the seating chart

DIY Cleaning Your Air Conditioning Units~ Get Better Efficiency + Save $

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 10:30 am
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I think the Texas heat is starting to get to everyone and there is no better time to make sure your A/C units are working in tip top shape! Did you know that you can save $20-$50 yearly on your cooling costs simply by keeping them clean?

This is not a difficult DIY project to complete and there are no special skills needed. Here’s what you need to do:

1) Turn off the electrical power at the outdoor shutoff or, if you can’t find it, the circuit breaker panel. (don’t just turn off the thermostat)

2) Remove leaves, branches, nests and any other debris that may be wedged up against the air conditioner. Create a 2-foot clearance zone on all sides of the unit and a 4-foot zone above it by cutting back any encroaching bushes or branches.

3) With a high-powered vacuum and soft brush attachment, gently vacuum the exterior fins- these can be bent easily. To access them fully, you might have to unscrew and lift off a metal box. Check the fins, and, if they appear slightly bent, simply straighten the fins with a fin comb from your local home improvement store or even a sturdy, wide dinner knife from your kitchen. Realigning the fins will help improve air flow.

4) Remove any leaves, clumps of dirt, nests and other debris as you look down into the unit.

5) Use a hose – never a power washer – to spray the fins with low to moderate water pressure.

6) Restore power to the condenser and enjoy the savings!

Thanks, The Family Handyman!

Bank Of America Museums On Us~ One FREE Admission to Local Museums This Weekend

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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Are you a Bank of America card holder? Did you know that for a full weekend each month, you can visit a museum for FREE?

This is the weekend – August 1 & 2, 2015, where you can get one FREE admission to the Perot Museum in Dallas or the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History! For more about FREE Museum Weekend from Bank of America and a list of museums go HERE.

Lowe’s Kids Clinic~ Register Now to Make Free Hulk’s Tank from Avengers on August 8th

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 11:15 am
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On Saturday, August 8th at 10AM, head on into Lowe’s where kids can build a FREE Avenger’s Hulk’s Tank! Be sure to register your kids now as spots tend to fill up quickly!

And don’t forget that on August 1st from 9AM-Noon, kids can build a FREE Chalkboard Door Hanger at the Home Depot Kids Workshop.

Thanks, Coupon Pro!

Getting Organized For Back to School

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, July 26th, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 10.40.43 AMBack to school time will be here before you know it.  Here are some great ways to get organized for back to school fun!

* Clothing – does your child need a uniform or have certain qualifications on what they can/can’t wear? Load up on coupons and online promo coupons. We list daily deals here!
* Supplies – obtain list by grade from school, schedule shopping trip, check out our weekly back to school supply deals, or order from EduKit if your school offers this option
* Medical & Immunization Records – many Pediatricians require these forms weeks in advance, to complete and sign by the start of the school year
* Registration – is your child officially registered for school and have you completed any necessary paperwork required by the school?
* Lunches – is your child planning to buy or bring their lunch? If bringing, it’s time to buy a lunchbox and lunch organizers. We list great deals daily!
* Snacks – is the school providing daily snacks, or does your child need to bring them? Include healthy snack options here
* Food Allergies or Special Needs – touch base with your school’s nurse and find out what he/she needs in order to keep your child safe in case of emergency
* Memorize Key Info – depending on age, teach your child your phone number, address, Mom & Dad’s names, etc. in case of emergency
* Backpack/Book bag – include great places to buy or special offers here
* Labels – include places to buy or how to make labels – to label everything your child takes to school
*Academic Prep – make sure your kids are reading throughout the summer. Fun board games and flash cards that will get your child ready for the next school year can be purchased at Lakeshore Learning. Many local libraries also offer summer reading challenges and programs, to keep kids engaged with reading during the summer months.
*Sleep – half the battle of getting back into the school routine is sleep patterns. 1-2 weeks before school starts (and it’s a good idea to mark this date on your calendar ahead of time), have your kids start going to bed at their normal “school year” bedtime, to get their bodies and minds back into gear for a motivated mindset.

Contributing ideas provided by Gretchen Darby, President of Gretchen Darby Consulting LLC (www.gretchendarby.com) which specializes in Marketing & Public Relations, Mom of 3 kids under 6 (including twin boys), Community Leader, and current Board Member/Public Relations for LECPTA (http://www.lecpta.org).

The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is a network of more than 500 Lakewood and East Dallas families of expectant parents and parents with children from birth through Kindergarten – and beyond. We offer support through the joys and hardships of parenthood. Our group is a resource of information on parenting, daycare, education systems, neighborhood activities, support from other moms and dads with kids of the same age, mostly a fun networking experience! We encourage community involvement throughout the year with membership-sponsored events, including holiday parties, adult outings, speakers, kids’ activities and playgroups, all organized and run by our board members.

The LECPTA is also responsible for the planning and execution of the renowned Lakewood Home Festival which began in 1976 and showcases a line-up of unique and interesting homes that focus on design and architectural elements. The Lakewood Home Tour raised over $150,000 in 2014 for the Lakewood area schools (http://www.lakewoodelementary.nethttp://www.jllong.comhttp://www.woodrowwildcats.org), and includes a fabulous Auction Party being held this year at the Belo Mansion. This year’s Lakewood Home Festival will be held the weekend ofNovember 13-15, 2015
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For PR questions relating to LECPTA, please contact Gretchen Darby at gretchendarby@gmail.com 
For PR inquiries relating to the Lakewood Home Festival/Tour, please contact Wendi Fuller at wendipoo@hotmail.com 
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New Famous Footwear Stores Grand Opening Events on 7/25~ FREE Shoes To First 100 Guests!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Saturday, July 25th, 2015 at 8:00 am
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Famous Footwear announced it is opening two new stores in the Dallas area. Both locations will host grand opening events on July 25th!

· The first location is at Cityplace Market at 2415 North Haskell Ave. Famous Footwear’s new space has 8,000-square-feet.

· The second location in Granbury, Texas has 5,000-square-feet and is located in the Luton Ranch West center at 3736 E Highway 277.

To celebrate the openings, both Famous Footwear locations are hosting an all-day grand opening event on July 25 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Shoppers are invited to experience fun festivities including:

· Free pair of shoes to the first 100 guests who attend the grand opening event

· Drawings from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a chance to win free shoes

· An appearance from popular local radio stations, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., giving shoppers the chance to meet some of their favorite radio personalities and win prizes.

Weekend Entertainment Roundup

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 4:00 pm
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entertainmentHere are some free & fun events you can take advantage of!

*American Girl
Throughout the month of July 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.

*Bass Pro Shops
Head over to your local Bass Pro Shops through July 26th where they are offering up FREE Family Summer Camp Events including Catch & Release pond & photo download, Shooting Arcade, Casting Challenge, BB Shooting Range, and more!

*Chick-fil-A

Daddy-Daughter Date Night is only 4 days away at Chick-fil-A Northwest Highway!

If you’d like to go, simply email your RSVP to marketing@cfanwhwy.com. Please include which time you would like to make a reservation for, and the first names of those who will be attending. There is no “age limit” on dads or daughters…all are welcome!

They are currently taking reservations for 5-5:45 and 6-6:45on Tuesday, July 28th.

 

*Dallas Arboretum

The dog days of summer 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. As a part of its Connect a Million Minds Initiative (CAMM), Time Warner Cable partners with the Dallas Arboretum to provide August Dollar Days to the general public and to support after-school STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities as it applies to science and nature.

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.

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.

*Disney Store
Through September 1st, attend the FREE Summer Play Days for store events including Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. Stop by every week and receive a character button.

*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.

Famous Footwear announced it is opening two new stores in the Dallas area. Both locations will host grand opening events on July 25th!

· The first location is at Cityplace Market at 2415 North Haskell Ave. Famous Footwear’s new space has 8,000-square-feet.

· The second location in Granbury, Texas has 5,000-square-feet and is located in the Luton Ranch West center at 3736 E Highway 277.

To celebrate the openings, both Famous Footwear locations are hosting an all-day grand opening event on July 25 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Shoppers are invited to experience fun festivities including:

· Free pair of shoes to the first 100 guests who attend the grand opening event

· Drawings from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a chance to win free shoes

· An appearance from popular local radio stations, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., giving shoppers the chance to meet some of their favorite radio personalities and win prizes.

*Fandango

Hurry on over to Groupon where you can score a voucher for TWO Fandango Movie Tickets for ONLY $16 (up to a $26 value)and you can apply the credit towards the Fandango convenience fee!

*This voucher is valid through December 31st, 2015.

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

*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. 

*Goldstar has a ton of great deals available right now when you’re looking for things to do ~ most tickets are half price!

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth — The Indoor LEGOLAND only $12

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

Various Texas Rangers Games

Encounter Ocean Creatures at SEA LIFE Grapevine only $9

Motown the Musical: Broadway Hit Filled With Unforgettable Music

UniverSoul Circus: A Modern, Upbeat, International Extravaganza

The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents: Macbeth!

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.

*Grapevine

Grab your blankets, lawn chairs, family and friends and get outside to enjoy a movie together! Hang at the pool and watch a movie on their brand new 3-D capable screen! Movies start at dusk and will be free and family-friendly!

July 24th @ Dove Waterpark (pool admission required) =Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs  

Find more information on playgrapevine.com.

 

*Home Depot

Register now for the upcoming Home Depot Kids Workshop on August 1st where kids can build a FREE Chalkboard Door Hanger.

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.

*Lakeshore Learning Store
On Saturday, July 25th from 11AM-3PM, kids can make a Stay Cool Sun Visor! Go here for more details.

*Lowes

Registration is now open for the upcoming Lowe’s Kids Clinic! On Saturday, July 25th at 10AM, head on into Lowe’s where kids can build a FREE Avenger’s Hawkeye’s Quinjet! Be sure to register your kiddos now as spots tend to fill up quickly!

And on August 1st from 9AM-Noon, kids can build a FREE Chalkboard Door Hanger at the Home Depot Kids Workshop (just be sure to register to reserve a spot)! These workshops are designed for ages 5-12.

*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.

*SPARK! is celebrating the grand opening of its 11,000-square-foot prototype facility located in South Dallas. SPARK! is a one-of-a-kind, hands-on learning environment for children ages 7-17.  Take a Walk on the Creative Side and join them on July 23 from 7-10 pm. Explore our new space and enjoy cocktails, appetizers and a silent auction. Purchase your tickets today

SPARK!’s summer programming is now open to groups for day trips and private parties with creative workshops, where children can explore and embrace their full creative potential by learning from artists, craftsmen and creative practitioners!

SPARK!
1409 S. Lamar St. Suite 004
Dallas, TX 75215 United States
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*Things to do in Dallas and Fort Worth

There are SO MANY great things to do in Dallas and Fort Worth! So as a new 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!

Here’s a summary of our must see places and activities that happen in our metroplex cities!

Things to Do in Arlington, TX ~ City Spotlight
Things to Do in Frisco, TX ~ City Spotlight
Things to Do in Grand Prairie, TX ~ City Spotlight
Things to Do in McKinney, TX ~ City Spotlight
Things to Do in Plano, TX ~ City Spotlight

Daddy-Daughter Date Night at Chick-fil-A Northwest Highway on 7/28~ Reserve Your Spot Now

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 2:30 pm
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Daddy-Daughter Date Night is only 4 days away at Chick-fil-A Northwest Highway!

If you’d like to go, simply email your RSVP to marketing@cfanwhwy.com. Please include which time you would like to make a reservation for, and the first names of those who will be attending. There is no “age limit” on dads or daughters…all are welcome!

They are currently taking reservations for 5-5:45 and 6-6:45 on Tuesday, July 28th.

AMC Theaters~ New Coupon For $2 Coke

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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Heading out to see paper Towns or Pixels this weekend?

Be sure to take this awesome AMC coupon with you and enjoy a cold, refreshing Coke for only $2!

Fourth Friday Films in Grapevine Tonight @ Dove Water Park

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 1:45 pm
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Grab your blankets, lawn chairs, family and friends and get outside to enjoy a movie together! Hang at the pool and watch a movie on their brand new 3-D capable screen! Movies start at dusk and will be free and family-friendly!

July 24th @ Dove Waterpark (pool admission required) = Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs  

Find more information on playgrapevine.com.

Shamrock Farms Back To School Sweepstakes, Recipes, + Reader Giveaway #spon

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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This summer, Shamrock Farms launched its protein-packed, on-the-go regular, chocolate and strawberry milk in Walmart stores nationwide. To celebrate this and back to school being right around the corner, Shamrock Farms wants to help one lucky family start the school year right. Roxie’s Ultimate Back-To-School sweepstakes will give one winner a mega-shopping spree worth $4,999! Other prizes include Walmart gift cards to help stock up on school supplies, groceries and a new wardrobe! The sweepstakes is open to people ages 18 and older, no purchase necessary and open until August 20, 2015. To enter, simply visit www.shamrockfarms.net/walmart.

In addition to this sweepstakes, Shamrock Farm and their lovely mascot Roxie have been cooking up some fantastic, kid friendly recipes that pair perfectly with On-the-Go mmmmilk! Roxie’s Midday Menu features protein-packed, delicious snacks that are simple to make yet super delicious.

Banana Rolls
Fruit Kabobs
Healthy S’mores
No Bake Energy Bites
Protein Popsicle Smoothies
Fruit Bars

My kiddos and I made the No Bake Energy Bites, Protein Popsicle Smoothies and the Fruit Bars in our “test kitchen”. They were all delicious but our favorite was definitely the Protein Popsicle Smoothies! What is so great about these recipes is that they can easily be altered according to what you have in your pantry, plus my 12 year old was able to make all of these with very minimal assistance!

We would love to offer our readers a $100 Walmart gift card to try out these yummy Shamrock Farms On-the-Go mmmmilks!  What a great way to end the summer and get a head start on all those lunches you will have to pack soon. Just leave a comment below with which one of Roxie’s recipes you would like to try and we’ll choose a winner on July 31, 2015. #spon

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Groupon~ 2 Fandango Movie Tickets For Just $16 (Up To $26 Value)

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 10:45 am
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Hurry on over to Groupon where you can score a voucher for TWO Fandango Movie Tickets for ONLY $16 (up to a $26 value) and you can apply the credit towards the Fandango convenience fee!

*This voucher is valid through December 31st, 2015.

Summer Fun Thursdays @ The Shops at Willow Bend

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 at 9:45 am
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Families get ready for a summer of heart-pounding, bubble-popping, mind-stretching, floor-stomping and clown-laughing fun during this summer’s performances at Summer Fun Thursdays! Children and parents are invited inside the cool, out-of-the-sun to The Shops at Willow Bend’s FREE annual community program starting at 1:00 PM in Grand Court, located on the lower level between Neiman Marcus and the Food Court. The performances include:

  • July 23, 2015:  Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey. Join Ambassadors of Laughter, Slappy and Monday, as they celebrate performance power that boosts circus-goers excitement. Step right up, test your circus skills, and laugh at the hilarious antics of the clowns prior to LEGENDS coming to American Airlines Center.
  • July 30, 2015:  Live on Stage with Lizza Connor. Award winning artist Lizza Connor will perform songs from her new album Commander Salamander. Her songs are whimsical, funny, and will inspire the whole family. Come ready to clap your hands, stomp your feet, and be thoroughly entertained.

 

DIY Upcycle Project~ Homemade Mosquito Candles

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 at 10:30 am
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The mosquitoes in North Texas are out in full force again and it is that time of year that you start spending LOTS of money on anything that will keep them away from you and your family!  Here’s a super simple way to make your own homemade mosquito or citronella candles while repurposing glass jars you already have.  Plus, the cost of the materials for this come to about $1 per candle you make- can’t beat that! To make these citronella glass jar candles, you will need:

  • Glass jars
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Long-strand, untreated cotton wick
  • Citronella Oil
  • Wax dye (optional)

 

1.) Start with clean and dry glass containers- you can use mason jars or upcycle leftover applesauce jars, jelly or pickle jars or even baby food jars. Any type of glass jar with a metal lid will work for this project.

2.) Make a hole in the middle of each jar lid. To do this, place a nail on the jar lid and gently hammer it straight down. After the hole is made, pull the  out.

3.) String the cotton wick through the glass hole. Leave the wick long enough to reach down into the oil, and even coil a little for a longer burn. Trim at the top about 2 inches tall.

4.) Fill the jars with citronella oil of choice. At this point, you can stir in melted wax dye to add color if you want.

5.) Dip the wick into the oil, fully submerge it, pull it through the hole, tighten your jar lid and light the wick. As the wick burns down, simply pull up more of the wick to keep on burning.

These candles are perfect for celebrating summer with outdoor picnics and parties! They look crafty and will keep mosquitoes from ruining your fun. :)