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Memorial Day ~ Entertainment, Restaurant, Retail Deals & Freebies

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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memorial dayIn honor of Memorial Day, here is a list of entertainment and restaurant offers, along with retail deals and even some nice free offers!

Entertainment

*Dallas Symphony Orchestra
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will close out the Soluna Festival on Sunday with a free concert at Klyde Warren Park. The “Salute to the Armed Forces” will honor those who have served our country with patriotic music accompanied by a piece created by video artist Monte Laster. If you miss the DSO on Sunday, don’t worry. The symphony will perform its annual Memorial Day concert at Flag Pole Hill on Monday at 8 pm. The concert will be followed by a fireworks show. In the event of the rain, the plan is to move the performance to the Meyerson.

*Blue Star Museum
Beginning May 25th through September 7th, 2015, more than 2,000 museums, art centers and exhibits across America will be offering up FREE admission to all active duty military personnel and their families as part of the Blue Star Museum Program. These include children’s museums, fine art museums, history and science museums, and nature centers. Even sweeter, there is no limit on the number of participating museums that you can visit over the summer. Click here to view the participating museums.

*National Parks
U.S. military members and their dependents can get a FREE annual pass to the National Parks. Check theUSGS website for more information.

*Dallas Arboretum 

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the Dallas Arboretum! Admission is free all weekend for all active and retired military personnel and first responders with valid photo ID at the ticket booth.

In the Pecan Grove, children of all ages can enjoy a petting zoo and face painting all weekend long from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Friday, May 22, families can decorate strollers and wagons from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the Memorial Day Stroller and Wagon Parade that starts at 1 p.m. at the Alex Camp House. Prizes will be awarded.

On Monday, May 26 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., there are two Eddie Coker concerts for younger children, at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn. Cost is free with paid garden admission. The concerts are sponsored by Dallas Child. Guests can enjoy $2 hot dogs, root beer floats, and patriotic music all weekend!

CC Web Site*Dallas Memorial March
The national relay Carry The Load will conclude at the Dallas Memorial March. This event was created as a way to raise awareness for veterans and military families.  The 20-hour and 15-minute walk will be at Reverchon Park in Dallas, TX, and this family-friendly event is a way to restore the meaning of Memorial Day and support our military. Dallas Memorial March
May 24-25, 2015 (3:30 pm-12:30 pm)
Reverchon Park
7550 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX 75219

*Lakeshore Learning
On May 24th from 11AM-3PM, kids ages 3 and up can create a FREE Memorial Day Flag! Go here for more details.

*Tutor.com
Students in military families can get FREE access to Tutor.com and receive help in more than 16 school subjects. Tutors are available online 24/7. Go here for more details.
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Restaurant

*Fogo de Chão
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse will honor the U.S. Armed Forces by offering retired and active personnel a 50% discount on their meal upon presenting their Military ID. Up to three guests for each retired or active duty personnel will receive 10% off of their lunch or dinner as well. As a way of expressing their gratitude, Fogo is increasing its military discount offer on an ongoing basis. On any day of the year, veterans and active duty personnel, plus up to three guests, will receive 10% off their meals*.

*Wendy’s
FREE small Frosty treat all day Monday, May 25 at participating restaurants (Call your local restaurant in advance).

Twin Peaks
FREE entree off of a special appreciation menu to all active and retired military and first responders on Monday

*Boston Market
On May 25th only, buy any Family Meal and receive 25% off – up to $12 in savings! Go here for details.

*McCormick & Smick’s
McCormick and Schmick’s will serve a free Memorial Day lunch or dinner meal to members of the U.S. Military, National Guard, and Military Veterans. Go here for details.

*Red Robin
Red Robin will offer all veterans, retired, active duty and military spouses, who are also Red Robin Royalty members, a FREE appetizer with any purchase of at least $10 between Saturday, May 23rd and Monday, May 25th, 2015, at participating Red Robin restaurants nationwide.

*Lone Star Steakhouse
Lone Star Steakhouse is honoring active military and emergency first responders with 15% off every Monday. A valid ID is required and the deal is only for active, not veterans or retired personnel. Go here for more details (wait for scrolling banner).

*Hooters
On Monday, May 25th only, participating locations are offering up 10 FREE Wings with Drink Purchasefor all military, active duty, veterans, and dependent (spouse) with valid military ID. Also, Ibotta is offering up the following Hooters rebates: $4 cash back on Hooters Traditional or Boneless Wings priced at $5.99 or higher AND $5 cash back on Hooters Salad or Seafood priced at $5.99 or higher.

*Jamba Juice
Now through May 25th, you can Buy any size Smoothie and get a small Smoothie or 12-oz Juice for only $1 at participating California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. locations.

*Texas de Brazil
Enjoy a complimentary ‪‎dessert‬ with purchase of a regular Dinner or Lunch on May 25th only (not valid with any other offers; not valid with salad area only lunch or dinner, or discounted children’s prices). US domestic locations only, valid up to 8 people per table. Go here for details.

*Outback Steakhouse
Now through 7/4, Military Personnel and their immediate family members with proper ID can save 15% off their entire guest check (excluding alcohol, applicable taxes and gratuity) at any Outback Steakhouse in the U.S. Not valid for AARP Membership Discount, Bloomin’ Monday, No Worries Wednesday or in conjunction with any other offer, discount or coupon. Contact your local restaurant for details.

Free

*iTunes
Head on over to the iTunes store to get this highly rated Anthem USA app completely FREE for your iPad, iPhone or iPad (requires iOS 3.0 or later).

*Amazon
Amazon is currently offering up Star Spangled Banner (The National Anthem) MP3 downloadcompletely FREE!

*A Story Before Bed
A Story Before Bed is giving away FREE recordings to parents in the U.S. military who are spending time away from their kids. Go here for more details.

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 3.29.54 PM*JCPenney Portraits
Through 5/31, get one FREE unenhanced 8×10 portrait and FREE sitting fees with military ID (limit 1 per family)! Plus, get 50% off your portrait purchase.

*Target Portraits
Through 5/31, get one FREE unenhanced 8×10 portrait and FREE sitting fees (limit 1 per family)! Plus, get 50% off your portrait purchase, including full album CD and also score $3.99 portrait sheets (reg. $9.99).

*BuildASign.com
Veterans and active duty military can snag a FREE Welcome Home banner/sign, Jumbo Card, or Yard Sign – just pay shipping. Go here for more details.

Retail

*Lowe’s
During Memorial Day weekend, veterans and active duty military can snag 10% off your entire in-store purchase. Go here and scroll down to the “Military Discount” section for more details.

*Home Depot
Veterans and active duty military can get 10% off your in-store purchase on Memorial Day weekend. Contact your local store for more details.

*General Motors
General Motors is giving all active duty members, reserves, veterans and retirees a GM Military Discountthrough June 30th, 2015. Go here for more details.

*Dell
While supplies last, Military members can save an additional 10% off all PC’s and tablets with this exclusive coupon. Note that the offer says it’s valid until May 1st, but it appears to still be valid?!

*Sam’s Club
Through May 26th, Sam’s Club is offering up a FREE $15 gift card AND FREE Groceries (which will contain 3 FREE product coupons!) when you purchase a Sam’s Club membership OR renew your membership! Go HERE for more details. The FREE product coupons will include a Rotisserie Chicken 2.75 lb, Five Cheese Macaroni, and Daily Chef Cookies (a $20 total value!).

LEGO Americana Roadshow at Stonebriar Centre Mall on 5/23

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 at 2:45 pm
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Come see large-scale LEGO models of beloved USA landmarks on display throughout Stonebriar Mall starting on Saturday, May 23rd, with a special Memorial Day salute at 2 p.m.!  Boy Scouts will lead a parade through the mall, distribute mini flags, present the Colors and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The Frisco Chorale will entertain shoppers with patriotic songs.

The Roadshow features 10 one-of-a-kind landmark models including the Capitol, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell and more. Selfies and social media posts are encouraged using #StonebriarCentreLEGOTour.

In addition to touring the structures, visitors can enjoy a Brick Play Area, enter a guess the number of bricks contest, go on a scavenger hunt, and make and take a Lego model. All activities are free. Giveaways are while supplies last. Adults must remain with children builders.

Stonebriar Centre Mall
2601 Preston Rd.
Frisco, TX 75034

Groupon Memorial Day Sale~ Extra 30% Off Select Local & Goods Deals

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 at 11:45 am
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Now through May 25th, head to Groupon to save up to an extra 30% off select local and goods deals. Note that there is no promo code needed as prices are already marked. Here are a few of our favorites:

~ Weight Gurus Smartphone-Connected Body Fat Scale For $19.99 (reg $79)

~ Two or Four Pulled Pork Sandwiches, One Family Pack, or Catering for 20 at Dickey’s BBQ (Up to 58% Off)

~ River Tubing with Tubes, Cooler Tube, and Re-rides for Two, Four, Six, or Eight at Chuck’s Tubes (Up to 63% Off)

At Home Decor Superstore Room Makeover Challange

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 at 10:30 am
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Have you been to any of the all new At Home decor superstores around DFW? Recently, I was given the opportunity to check out one of these awesome stores and makeover a room in my house. Of course, my 12 year old daughter volunteered her room, since it had been at least a year since the last makeover. Remember when we were kids and the only room makeover you got was when your crib was changed out for a twin bed! 😉

mWhether you are a home décor enthusiast or just need organization, there are endless possibilities at this huge store so there’s no question that you’ll find something just for your personality. It only took my kiddo about 20 minutes to find exactly what she liked even though there are literally millions of items to choose from!

And what is the easiest way to make a big change in a kids bedroom? Changing the bedding and wall art takes no time at all and can make a reallydramatic impact.

Below is a “before” photo of her bedroom and as soon as we finish the mini-makeover, we will post some “after” photos!

 

(Disclosure~ I am being offered a gift card from At Home as part of the blogger program to share my makeover experience.)

Why Move to Dallas?

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at 3:45 pm
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O.K. WE ALL know what is special about our home. But I wanted to share this from Transit.com. Why move to Dallas? Check out their reasons!

From Cowboys to Cabanas, Careers to Cuisine, Dallas is the home of your dreams. From professional sports teams to your endless fill of restaurants, Dallas is the city “y’all” should be “Fixin” to know. If you still aren’t convinced, here are 13 reasons to move to Dallas “ya’ll”!

13 Reasons to Move to Dallas

Things to Do in Grand Prairie, TX ~ City Spotlight

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at 11:30 am
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Things to do in Grand Prairie, 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 Grand Prairie, TX.  Grand Prairie is one of the oldest suburbs of DFW (established in 1863) and is home to Lone Star Park, Verizon Theater and the Grand Prairie Airhogs minor league baseball team. Here’s a summary of our must see places and activities that happen in this fun, family friendly town!

Annual Festivals

Prairie Lights~ Beginning in late November, Prairie Lights powered by Gexa Energy lights up Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake. You can check out approximately 4 million lights along 2 miles of of path and ending with the world’s longest light tunnel!

Cinco de Mayo Parade~ Each year, students K-12 have the opportunity to participate in an art contest, a parade, and an all day celebration with food, booths, and entertainment. Funds raised support scholarships for Grand Prarie ISD seniors!

Hatch Chile Festival~  This lively August festival features both raw and roasted Hatch chiles sold by the pound, live music and much more at The Grand Prairie Farmers Market. Browse locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, honey, pasta, spices, tamales, candles, soaps and more. The market is open every Saturday, March to December, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Flight of the Monarch~ This annual event in September celebrates the annual migration of the monarch butterfly from North America to Central Mexico and you can participate in butterfly releases, kite flying, kid zone, vendors, food and more.

Lone Stars & Stripes Celebration~ Celebrate the 4th at Lone Star Park to watch some heart pounding horse racing and fireworks!

 

Parks & Museums

Loyd Park~ On the west shore of Joe Pool Lake, Loyd Park covers about 791 acres of native Texas landscape but  is conveniently close to the major DFW attractions. Reserve an individual campsite- each one has a picnic table and pavilion, grill, fire ring, and more Texas tranquility than you can handle!

Lynn Creek ParkOn the northwest shore of Joe Pool Lake, Lynn Creek Park amenities include a new white sand swimming beach, playground, restrooms, showers, two boat ramps with eight lanes, a concession stand, almost 100 picnic sites, group picnic pavilions, and a sand volleyball court!

Green Meadows Petting Farm~ This adorable little farm is only open in the fall but don’t miss the petting zoo with farm animals such as cows, pigs & goats, plus pony, hay & train rides.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!~ The Odditorium boasts 11 galleries of interactive exhibits, featuring rare and bizarre artifacts inspired by the oddball collection of worldwide explorer Robert Ripley. Glimpse inside the Taj Mahal of the bizarre with astonishing and outlandish displays including odd inventions, ancient gewgaws, a conjoined calf, metallic prehistoric monsters, and a chance to spot a mermaid.

 

Unique Restaurants (found only in Grand Prairie)

Mixed Up BurgersThe burgers here are all hand-made and prepared when you order. Plus, they mix all the toppings in with the meat, so it is a little different than your average burger. And what goes better with a burger than an ice cold local Texas beer from the tap!

Don Juans Romantic Mexican FoodThis little joint has been a Grand Prairie staple since 1966! Good, simple, fast Mexican food from a family owned and operated business.

The Olive Branch ExpressEnjoy great Greek and Lebanese Food cuisine at this fresh and healthy local spot. Be sure to check out the Stuffed Peppers and Chicken Shawarma!

Theo’s Grill & Bar~ Another family owned and operated local restaurant that has been open for almost 25 years, this down to earth diner boasts great service and authentic home cooked meals like their Smothered Pork Chops and Chicken Fried Steak!

HOT! Six Flags Arlington ~ Everyone Pays Kids Price Coupon!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 9.52.57 AMWOW, check out this great offer!

Everyone Pays Kids Price with this Exclusive Six Flags Digital Coupon!

Just click here, share your email and zip code and you will get this exclusive coupon!

Come and Experience the 4D Interactive Dark Ride Experience –JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis!Opening this summer!

 

Details: Present voucher with bar code at Main Gate Ticket booths. Everyone Pays Kid’s Price Offer expires 8/30/2015. Only valid at the Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington location.

LEGOLAND Discount Tickets

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 3.21.19 PMAre you looking for discount tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Center this summer?

Here is a great way to save!  Pay $15.50 for tickets online through Goldstar.  Tickets normally retail for $21! This is the best way to save if you’re wanting to check it out.

Other ways to save:

LEGOLAND Online Saver Ticket 25% Savings — Tickets from $15.75 per person. Guaranteed entry. Valid all day. No need to print tickets. Just write down your confirmation number or show it on a mobile device. NOTE: You must purchase your tickets before your visit day.

Adult Night Ticket — Tickets $13.50 per person when you pre-purchase online, valid the last Monday of every month, 7pm – 9pm. No need to print tickets. Just write down your confirmation number or show it on a mobile device.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center & SEA LIFE Combo Ticket — Adult or Child $25. Valid for one visit to LEGOLAND and one visit to SEALIFE Aquarium Grapevine. You have 14 days to visit the second attraction after you visit the first. No need to print tickets. Just write down your confirmation number or show it on a mobile device.

LEGOLAND Annual Pass Special Offer — Unlimited play for 12 months for $50, or $40 per person if you get the 4-Pack. Includes 10% discount on your favorite LEGO® sets, 20% discount in the Café.

LEGOLAND Toddler Tuesdays Special Prices — $15 for a parent and two toddlers ages 3-4, priority entrance. Each additional child from ages 3-12 is just $5. Admission for children ages 0-2 are free. Valid on the first Tuesday any month 11am – 2pm. No need to print tickets. Just write down your confirmation number or show it on a mobile device.

Park open Mon-Fri: 10am – 8pm; Sat 10am – 9pm; Sun 11am – 6pm. Holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day: 11am-6pm; Halloween: 10am-8pm.

 Legoland Discovery Center, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy Grapevine, TX 76051.

Dallas City of Learning Kickoff Event This Saturday, 5/23

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 2:30 pm
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Save Up to 40% Off Reebok Spartan Races in Dallas on 6/20 + Giveaway

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 10:45 am
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Ever wanted to compete in a Reebok Spartan Race? This series of obstacle races of varying distance and difficulty are coming to Dallas on June 20th!

Races include the Spartan Sprint (3+ miles of obstacle racing), the Super Spartan (8+ miles), the Spartan Beast (12+ miles), and the Ultra Beast (26+ miles – one of two marathon obstacle courses along with Mudderthon).

And as a MyDFWMommy reader, Spartan Race is releasing a limited discount code, MEMORIAL, that will give up to $40 off of race registration! Plus, we also are giving away a FREE registration to this race to one lucky person, just leave a comment below as to why you want to participate in this life-changing event!

*Giveaway winner will be notified by email on 5/22.

Baking Subsitutions

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 12:30 pm
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Ever been knee deep into baking something only to realize that your are missing a key ingredient? Fear no more, here are some emergency baking substitutions. Unlike cooking, where you can easily improvise, the science of baking requires you to be exact. Shortly after I got married, my mom shared with me this “cheat sheet” of baking substitutions that can be used in a pinch and in the last 15 years, I have used it countless times!

1 tsp. baking powder = 1/2 tsp. baking soda plus 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 pkg. active dry yeast = 1 Tbsp. dry or 1 cake compressed yeast, crumbled

1 cup honey = 1 1/4 cups sugar plus 1/4 cup liquid, or 1 cup molasses

1 cup corn syrup = 1 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup water

1 cup cake flour = 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour minus 2 Tbsp. All-purpose flour

1 whole egg = 2 Tbsp water + 1/2 tsp baking powder for cookies/cakes or ½ banana or ¼ cup applesauce for batter breads or brownies

1 cup whole milk = 1/2 cup evaporated milk plus 1/2 cup water, or 1 cup nonfat milk or reconstituted nonfat dry milk plus 2 tsp. butter or oil

1 cup buttermilk = 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to
equal 1 cup, let stand 5 minutes

1 cup dairy sour cream = 1 cup plain yogurt, or 1 cup evaporated milk plus 1 Tbsp.
vinegar, or 1 cup cottage cheese mixed in blender with 2 Tbsp. milk and 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 cup half-and-half = 7/8 cup milk plus 3 Tbsp. margarine or butter, or 1 cup
evaporated milk

1 cup plain yogurt = 1 cup sour milk or 1 cup buttermilk

1 oz unsweetened chocolate = 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder plus 1 Tbsp. shortening or margarine

1 oz semisweet chocolate = 1 square unsweetened chocolate plus 1 Tbsp. sugar, or 3
Tbsp. semisweet chocolate pieces

1 tsp lemon juice =  1/2 tsp vinegar

1 cup sugar = 3/4 cup honey + 1/4 cup flour

1 cup powdered sugar = 1 cup sugar + 1/3 tsp. cornstarch, Blend small

Dallas Aboretum~ Memorial Day Activities Begin May 22nd

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 12:00 pm
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Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the Dallas Arboretum! Admission is free all weekend for all active and retired military personnel and first responders with valid photo ID at the ticket booth.

In the Pecan Grove, children of all ages can enjoy a petting zoo and face painting all weekend long from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Friday, May 22, families can decorate strollers and wagons from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the Memorial Day Stroller and Wagon Parade that starts at 1 p.m. at the Alex Camp House. Prizes will be awarded.

On Monday, May 26 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., there are two Eddie Coker concerts for younger children, at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn. Cost is free with paid garden admission. The concerts are sponsored by Dallas Child. Guests can enjoy $2 hot dogs, root beer floats, and patriotic music all weekend!

Free Concert Bells Of Fort Worth Concert Tonight At The Lewisville Library

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 11:45 am
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Not busy this evening? The Concert Bells of Fort Worth will perform a FREE Spring Concert at the Lewisville Public Library beginning at 7pm. Bring your friends and family for a great evening of beautiful music.

Concert Bells Concert
Lewisville Library
1197 W Main St., Lewisville
(972) 219-3570

Multipurpose DIY Uses For Baking Soda, Vinegar, Dawn & Peroxide

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 10:30 am
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We all love multi-purpose products- they are an excellent way to save (money and space) and are usually safer to use around kids and pets! Check out this great list of uses for Baking Soda!

1. Make toothpaste~ You can combine baking soda with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution to create a non-fluoride toothpaste.

2. Facial scrub~ Instead of going to an expensive spa, make your own facial scrub! Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Rinse clean. This is gentle enough for daily use.

3. Deodorant~ Pat baking soda under your arms to neutralize body odor. It’s a great alternative to harsher deodorants.

4. Use as an Antacid~ Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach and/or acid indigestion. Refer to baking soda package for instructions.

5. Treat Insect Bites & Itchy Skin~ For insect bites, make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply as a salve onto affected skin. To ease the itch, shake some baking soda into your hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower.

6. Make a Bath Soak~ Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration, it also makes your skin feel very soft. Epsom salts are pretty miraculous for the bath too.

7. Soothe Your Feet~ Dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water and soak feet. Gently scrub.

8. Make a Hand Cleanser and Softener~ Skip harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors on hands with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, or 3 parts baking soda to gentle liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean.

9. Freshen Sponges~ Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong baking soda solution to get rid of the mess (4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water).

10. Polish Silver Flatware~ Use a baking soda paste made with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for shining sterling and silver-plated serving pieces.

11. Clean Shower Curtains~ Clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain by sprinkling baking soda directly on a clean damp sponge or brush. Scrub the shower curtain and rinse clean. Hang it up to dry.

12. Boost Your Liquid Laundry Detergent~ Give your laundry a boost by adding 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry to make liquid detergent work harder. A better balance of pH in the wash gets clothes cleaner, fresher and brighter.

13. Gently Clean Baby Clothes~ Baby skin requires the most gentle of cleansers, which are increasingly available, but odor and stain fighters are often harsh. For tough stains add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your liquid laundry detergent, or a 1/2 cup in the rinse cycle for deodorization.

14. Remove Oil and Grease Stains~ Use baking soda to clean up light-duty oil and grease spills on your garage floor or in your driveway. Sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush.

15. Clean Batteries~ Baking soda can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars, mowers, etc. because its a mild alkali. Be sure to disconnect the battery terminals before cleaning. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, apply with a damp cloth to scrub corrosion from the battery terminal. After cleaning and re-connecting the terminals, wipe them with petroleum jelly to prevent future corrosion.

16. Deodorize Your Refrigerator~ Place an open box in the back of the fridge to neutralize odors.

17. Deodorize the Cutting Board~ Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse.

18. Remove Odor From Carpets~ Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let set overnight, or as long as possible (the longer it sets the better it works). Sweep up the larger amounts of baking soda, and vacuum up the rest. (Note that your vacuum cleaner bag will get full and heavy.)

19. Remove Odor From Vacuum Cleaners~ By using the method above for carpets, you will also deodorize your vacuum cleaner.

20. Camping Cure-all~ Baking soda is a must-have for your next camping trip. It’s a dish washer, pot scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste, fire extinguisher and many other uses.

21. Extinguish Fires~ Baking soda can help in the initial handling of minor grease or electrical kitchen fires, because when baking soda is heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which helps to smother the flames. For small cooking fires (frying pans, broilers, ovens, grills), turn off the gas or electricity if you can safely do so. Stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of the flame to help put out the fire–and call the Fire Department just to be safe.

22. Septic Care~ Regular use of baking soda in your drains can help keep your septic system flowing freely. One cup of baking soda per week will help maintain a favorable pH in your septic tank.

23. Fruit and Vegetable Scrub~ Baking soda is the food safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse.

24. Clean the Microwave~ Baking soda on a clean damp sponge cleans gently inside and outside the microwave and never leaves a harsh chemical smell. Rinse well with water.

25. Relieve Diaper Rash~ Put two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.

26. Fresh Flowers~ Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.

27. Repel Rain~ Wipe your windshield with it to repel rain.

28. Music Fruit Relief~ Soak dried beans to a baking soda solution to make them more digestible.

29. Spot-Treat Acne~ You can make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply the paste to surface zits. It probably won’t work as well for deep blemishes.

30. Cooking~ Use it as a substitute for baking powder by mixing with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.

Thanks, The Ready Store!

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Another great way to save is by using items you already have at your house. Check out these uses for Vinegar!

1. Clear dirt off PCs and electronics~ Your computer, printer, fax machine, and other home office gear will work better if you keep them clean and dust-free. Turn off your machine and wash with a mix of equal parts white vinegar and water. Wash with a cloth, not a spray bottle. You can use cotton swabs for tight spaces.

2. Get rid of smoke odor~ If you’ve recently burned a steak or can’t get rid of that cigarette smell, remove the lingering smoky odor by placing a shallow bowl about three-quarters full of white or cider vinegar in the room where the scent is strongest. To get the smell out of the air, moisten a cloth and wave it in the air.

3. Wipe away mildew~ Use undiluted vinegar to wipe away heavy mildew stains. Mix it with water to clean light mildew stains. You can even use a vinegar mist in a spray bottle to prevent mildew stains from forming in rugs and carpets.

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Southwest Airlines Flights Sale~ One Way Flights From Dallas Love Field For As Low As $73!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 9:15 am
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Thinking about getting out of town this fall? Be sure to check out these Discounted Southwest Airlines Flights out of Dallas Love Field for as low as $73 one way! Book by May 21st for travel from August 25th through October 28, 2015.

Dallas Memorial March ~ May 24-25th

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, May 18th, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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CC Web SiteHere is a great event for Memorial Day weekend. The national relay Carry The Load will conclude at the Dallas Memorial March. This event was created as a way to raise awareness for veterans and military families.  The 20-hour and 15-minute walk will be at Reverchon Park in Dallas, TX, and this family-friendly event is a way to restore the meaning of Memorial Day and support our military.

Dallas Memorial March
May 24-25, 2015 (3:30 pm-12:30 pm)
Reverchon Park
7550 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX 75219

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Just 55¢ @ Target + Tex~Mex Quinoa Summer Salad Recipe

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, May 18th, 2015 at 11:45 am
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Here is a great deal on Ancient Harvest Organic Quinoa at Target good through 5/30.

Ancient Harvest Organic Quinoa – $2.55
~Use the $1/1 Ancient Harvest Quinoa coupon (must boost coupon)
~ Submit for the $1 Ancient Harvest Ibotta rebate
Final Price = 55¢

If you have never cooked quinoa before, it is a SUPER healthy grain. Here is my favorite summer recipe- Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad. I make this all the time for BBQs and even my kiddos love it!

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 limes, juiced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more
to taste
1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
and rinsed
5 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
salt and ground black pepper to taste

1. Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
2. Whisk olive oil, lime juice, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl.
3. Combine quinoa, tomatoes, black beans, and green onions together in a bowl. Pour dressing over quinoa mixture; toss to coat. Stir in cilantro; season with salt and black pepper. Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator.

Thanks, Eating Well!

Free Asthma Awareness Dinner Event at Medical City on 5/21

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, May 18th, 2015 at 11:15 am
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May is Asthma Awareness Month and to bring awareness to this medical condition, Medical City Dallas Hospital is hosting a free asthma event open to the public. Plus, dinner will be served!

When: Thursday, May 21
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Medical City Children’s Hospital Atrium, First Floor
7777 Forest Ln. Dallas, TX 75230
Parking: Free valet parking will provided in front of Medical City Children’s Hospital.
RSVP: medicalcityasthma.eventbrite.com

During the event, medical professionals will:
~Demonstrate how to properly use inhalers
~Explain and answer questions about the correct way to use asthma medications
~Provide information about acute versus severe asthma, and how to treat both

Speakers during the event:
~A Pulmonologist discussing Bronchial Thermoplasty, a new, long-term, severe asthma treatment approved by the FDA. This is a non-drug outpatient procedure performed during three sessions.
~A physician discussing children with asthma, when they should week treatment
~A Respiratory Therapist sharing facts about asthma
~A patient story

*There will be opportunities during the event to ask our medical professionals questions.

FREE Football and Cheerleading Camp in Lewisville on 5/20

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, May 18th, 2015 at 10:10 am
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The Lewisville & Flower Mound Football Association will be hosting a FREE Football & Cheer camp on May 20th at Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park.

  • Ages 3-12 for Football.
  • Ages 3-13 for Cheer.
  • Registration from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.
  • Camp from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
  • No pads required. Come in athletic apparel.

Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park
1301 South Railroad Street, Lewisville, TX 75057

Weekend Entertainment Roundup

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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entertainmentHere are some free & fun events you can take advantage of!

*American Girl
Throughout the months of May and 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!

*Barnes & Noble
Mark your calendars! On May 16th at 11AM, attend the FREE Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret Storytime and Activities event.

*Bass Pro Shops
During May 16th and 17th, attend free Kids’ Adventure Activities, Crafts, Giveaways, and more. Go here for more details.

*Carrollton Free Parenting Classes

Take advantage of these FREE parenting classesgoing on in June and July at the Carrollton Library. Each of the following events is designed for adults only and they offer concurrent programming for children six and older, but please make alternative arrangements for younger children.

S.T.E.P. (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) Birth through the teen years.

These six classes offer parents a foundational understanding of parenting skills. It teaches a positive approach to problem solving, communication, and discipline . Please join us for as many as you can! A bilingual (English/Spanish) speaking instructor will lead these classes .

6/16 1-3pm Parenting Styles

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

*Fandango
If you’re planning to head to the movies TODAY, May 15th and are a Visa Signature cardholder, then this deal is for you! Simply head on over here where you can snag 2-for-1 Fandango movie tickets to be used TODAY only. Chase Visa Signature cardholders can take advantage of an extended redemption window by purchasing tickets on Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays through August 21st for a Friday movie showing.

*Junior League of Fort Worth Kids in the Kitchen

The Junior League of Fort Worth will host Kids in the Kitchen sponsored by Mayfest on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 11:00am-1:00pm at TCU Recreation Center.

The fun-filled fair targets under-served Fort Worth ISD elementary students and their families and educates them to make healthy choices in nutrition and physical activity. Mayfest provided a generous grant in the amount of $25,000 to sponsor the month-long educational initiative and event.

In addition to the partnership with FWISD, Kids In the Kitchen has expanded to include resources from other local groups targeted at improving the lives of the school aged children. Cook Children’s Medical Center will provide information about its mobile medical clinics and subsidized insurance programs. Fort Worth Fire Department will provide helmet and fire safety demonstrations. Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition will spotlight its “On Deck” water safety program provided at local city pools during the summer. At the conclusion of the event, Tarrant Area Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry Unit will distribute 25,000 pounds of fresh product and dairy to the attendees. Each attending family will have the opportunity to take home 3-5 days worth of healthy food items!

*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.

*Harkins Theatres
Receive a FREE medium popcorn every time you wear your Loyalty T-shirt to the movies through the end of 2015 (priced at $25). Also, enjoy $1.50 soft drink refills every time you bring your Loyalty Cup to the movies through the end of 2015 (priced at $5.25).

*Hawaiian Falls

Here’s your chance to catch a wave in the wave pool at Hawaiian Falls Waterpark at a terrific price! Choose from the Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke or Waco location. Pay only $16.99 for a day of fun in the sun enjoying the splashwater reefs, water rides, and wave pools,and more. (Tickets are regularly $26.99 each!)

Head over HERE to get your tickets!

Deal Fine Print:
May purchase multiple tickets. Good towards one general admission ticket. Can be used towards Big Kahuna or Lil’ Kahuna admission. Due to limited availability all sales are final. No refunds or exchanges given. Valid 5/24/15 – 9/1/15.

*Home Depot
Register your kiddos for the upcoming Home Depot Kids Workshop! You can now sign up for the FREE Kids Workshop on June 6th where kids can build a FREE Load ‘n Go Truck. 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, May 16th from 11AM-3PM, kids can make a Fly Away Hot Air Balloon! Go here for more details.

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

*Nasher Sculpture Center

Concert/film line-up for the 2015 season of ‘til Midnight at the Nasher. The popular evening program will continue to offer complimentary admission to all guests for the run of the season from May through October 2015.

’til Midnight at the Nasher presents live outdoor concerts featuring the best in regional music talent and film screenings in the Nasher Garden. Guests have the opportunity to engage in social media scavenger hunts, progressive tours and to view the permanent collection and special exhibitions. Nasher Cafe by Wolfgang Puck offers special reserve-ahead picnic dining for two and grab & go food items the night of the event.

Schedule of Events & Movie/Concert Line-up:

6 – 7 pm, Singer-Songwriter Spotlight:

Live acoustic sets by local talent. Recommend singer-songwriters you’d like to see showcased by visiting the Nasher’s social media channels.

7 – 9 pm, Live Concerts presented in partnership with KXT:

May 15:
The Fox and the Bird – With a beautiful harmony and folk sensibility, The Fox and the Bird will mesmerize you with their intoxicating voices and wide range of instrumentals.

*National Fishing & Boating Week
Mark your calendars! From June 6-14th, participate in the National Fishing and Boating Week with free fishing days and more. Go here for more details. Also, scroll down to check out your State’s Free Fishing Days for 2015.

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