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Best Botox Prices in Dallas ~ Injectable Envy + Other Hot Injectable Prices

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 at 7:00 PM
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Best Botox Prices in Dallas

So how do you know you are getting the best Botox prices in Dallas along with other injectables?  Trust me, I’ve shopped around on Groupon and didn’t have much luck, as what I thought was a deal ended not being such, with up-sells and more.

As many of you know, I’m a loyal customer of HerKare as they have changed my mental and physical well-being treating my hormonal imbalance.

Best Botox Prices in Dallas

Well, I learned a ton about pricing as Injectable Envy just moved into HerKare in Southlake.  Did you know the average cost for Botox in Dallas is $12 per unit. The highest priced botox can be found for $18!

Best Botox Prices in DallasInjectable Envy charges just $10!!!!  So to make the math easy, 25 units with Injectable Envy is $250.  At $12 per unit, you would pay $300! WOW!

In addition, Injectable Envy signs you up for rewards programs so you can get manufacturer discounts too! No one has ever shared that tidbit of information with me until now.  I did a bit of research and only found a few others offering that price. If you find one offering Botox for $10 or less, it’s a great deal.  Then do your homework on the person’s experience doing the injectable.

Why does Injectable Envy charge less?  Because, well…they’re good and one of the biggest buyers in the country. Because of that, they get discounts from the manufacturer. Instead of pocketing those profits, they pass those savings on to the consumer. Injectable Envy is a branch of Advanced Aesthetics from Las Vegas.  Samantha Daniel, RN has moved to the DFW Metroplex to build their business in our city and share the savings. She’s been doing this for 7 years now and is well respected across the country for her work.

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-6-00-10-pmSamantha Daniel’s resume:

Samantha Daniel, RN, is a highly specialized Certified Aesthetic Nurse Injector (CANS) with more than seven years of ongoing advanced training in aesthetics. She is the co-owner of the largest Med Spa in Nevada, based out of Las Vegas. Samantha has injected well over 20,000 clients while growing Advanced Aesthetics into a top ranked national account.  Samantha is a national trainer for some of the leading global aesthetic manufacturers including Galderma and Allergan Cosmetics. She has trained hundreds of doctors and nurses on her technique and is a frequent injector and participant at national aesthetic conferences.

It’s rare when you see prices publicly revealed, but Injectable Envy is proud of their pricing and they want people from all walks of life to have a chance at feeling better about how they look!

Botox: $10/unit

Dysport: $3.50/unit

Juvederm Voluma: $700/syringe – 2nd syringe – $500

Juvederm Ultra XC: $450/syringe – 2nd syringe – $350

Juvederm Ultra Plus XC: $450/syringe – 2nd syringe – $350

Restylane: $425/syringe – 2nd syringe – $325

Restylane Silk: $425/syringe – 2nd syringe – $325

Restylane Lyft: $500/syringe – 2nd syringe – $300

Radiesse: $500/syringe

Sculptra: $700/vial – 2nd vial $500

Kybella: $600/vial – 2nd vial $500

So if you’ve been wanting injectables at a great price, you’re sure to get a fair deal with Samantha and her team!  Happy saving!

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My Favorite Things: Empower Boxing Boot Camp At-Home DVD Only $24.99, Highly Recommend

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at 1:30 PM
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empower-boxing-boot-campAre you looking for an at-home workout that packs a punch, plus, save 50% off retail?  Then read on!

I try to make exercise a daily part of my life. I’ve always been a gym kinda girl, as I never found at home workouts very challenging. Until NOW!

It’s called The Boxing Boot Camp and is a super fun way to strengthen and tone your whole body.

The Empower Boxing Boot Camp package includes the 12 Rounds DVD, workout guide, pink/black jump rope, pink 6 pound toning ball, and pink/black 2-pound weighted gloves. The items in this box will give you a killer workout!  It retails for $49.99, but use

It retails for $49.99, but use discount code (25EMPBBC) to get 50% off for the Boxing Boot Camp on the Empower Website! Sweet!

This video really pushes you by keeping your heart rate up, strengthening the core and building muscle tone.  It’s a non-stop workout with 2-minute rounds of high-intensity cardio and punching, along with jump-rope and ball squats.

There are variations for the beginner, intermediate and advanced. I’ve done a lot of boxing and kickboxing before but I had never put weights on my hands. WOW, what an amazing difference at challenging your body.

Professional female boxer, Jaime “the Hurricane” Clampitt goes into beast mode and motivates you for 12 rounds as you harness the power of your body and learn to throw punches and combinations.

It really is a fun way to strengthen your entire body, release everyday stress and improve your self-confidence.

My daughter got some video of me in my back yard giving this program a run for the money.  And yes, it was a strong, solid workout even BETTER than some of those classes in a real kickboxing gym that I’ve attended.  Jaime kept my heart rate pumping and challenged me the entire time with little rest.  Of course, there are all kinds of modifications, but if you’re wanting an awesome solid workout at home I highly recommend this!

I was sent this workout kit to review.  As you can see, my opinions are 100% my own!

 

Best Gymnastics in Dallas ~ BEST Gymnastics

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, September 5th, 2016 at 6:00 PM
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My daughter is a gymnast.  I never imagined that this would be her destiny, but I owe it all to one gym, one I consider to be the best gymastics facility in Dallas.  One super fantastic gym filled with the best coaches I could ever imagine. I’m not writing about Best Gymnastics because I have to, but because I want to.

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I want to share our experiences since, as a “sports mom”, I know how important it is to find good coaches in whatever your child chooses to do.  A coach is responsible for laying a solid foundation of a sport, of sportsmanship, discipline, determination and competition.

Both of my kids have had good coaches and “not so good” coaches. Coaches of young kids lay a foundation and a future.  The coaches at Best Gymnastics understand how to bring fun to a sport all while teaching them proper form to avoid injury.

Ava is in level 7 now and the coaches push her just the right amount to get her to the next level.  They care and love all these gymnasts, both the big kids and the little ones just learning a cartwheel or somersault.   The coaches are some of the best I’ve ever worked with. Not only are they amazing with the kids, but it appears all of them love what they do. They put a lot of hours into that gym and it shows.

Kudos to Brad Turner and Cindy Perison and the team for building one of the best gymnastics programs in the area in my opinion! The parents of your gymnasts thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

bestIf you’re wanting to introduce gymnastics to your child or you want your child to compete, I encourage you to check out Best Gymnastics in Flower Mound.

It is one of the greatest experiences Ava and I have ever had.  And even if your child doesn’t want to be a gymnast they have plenty of other AFFORDABLE opportunities to get social and active including:

Best Parties

Best Gymnastics offers the BEST parties that you and your child will remember for years to come!

Best Open Gym

Best Gymnastics offers two Open Gym options every Friday for Best members and non-members! Friday Night Open Gym is offered from 6:00pm – 9:00pm for ages 3 – 13 year round. Participants can jump on the trampolines, play in the foam pit, tumble on the rod floor, play games on the Big Blue Floor, or swing on the bars. Friday Night Open Gym is a drop-off event so Mom and Dad can get away for a nice dinner or movie while the kids play with us! The cost is $12 per child and a snack is provided.
Best Gymnastics also offers a Friday Afternoon Open Gym from 1:30pm – 2:30pm during the school year for ages 6 and younger. This Open Gym offers a fun, supervised free play atmosphere as well, but is only $5 per student!

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Best Night Out, an awesome, fun-filled party, is offered the 2nd Saturday night of each month. This fun party, held from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, is designed for parents to get the night off while the kids have a blast at the gym!

Earn and then spend your Best Bucks at the Prize Station at each Best Night Out! We’ll have crazy games, contests, prizes, open gym, and lots of gymnastics too. Reserve your spot before we sell out! The cost is $25 and dinner and a drink are provided. Siblings receive a $5 discount.

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September 10th Western Party
October 8th Monster Mash Madness
November 12th Under the Big Top
December 10th Winter Wonderland

 

Best Gymnastic Camps

Kids ages 3 and up can have a blast in our 12,000 square foot gym! Best Gymnastics Camp is for beginners to very advanced gymnasts ages 3 and up.  We have two 5-hour sessions available each camp day. The morning session is 8:30AM – 1:30PM and the afternoon session is 12:30PM – 5:30PM. $25 per session (8:30am-1:30pm or 12:30pm-5:30pm) or $45 for all day (8:30am-5:30pm). You choose which session you want, whenever you want. Unlike most gyms, at Best Gymnastics we NEVER charge a membership or registration fee for any of our camps or events.

Spring Break Camp 2016

Summer Camp 2016

Winter Camp 2016

Best Field Trips

Field Trips offer different groups a fun, physical outing in a safe environment. Church groups, schools, day cares, and other organizations may attend this fun time in the gym. Field trips are offered as two different packages depending on the ages of the participants.

I’ve watched this gym blossom in just a few short years to what I consider being the best program in Flower Mound.

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Cold Stone Creamery Signature Cakes ~ One-of-a-Kind Cakes for Your Special Occasion

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 at 10:00 AM
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Cold Stone Creamery Let’s face it, a birthday isn’t a REAL birthday without a cake to celebrate, right?  My daughter is a HUGE ice cream cake fan!  So what better way to celebrate her special day than with this awesome Confetti Cake at Cold Stone Creamery®. This cake is a special way to “light up” her day!

What a perfect cake for a girl who loves sprinkles, red velvet and cake batter ice cream! Oh yeah, it is as good as it looks in the picture and Ava couldn’t wait to dive in!

These one-of-a-kind ice cream Creations™,  are made with fresh ingredients, combining your favorite ice cream flavors and mix-ins!  cold stone creamery 2

Oh, and mom got the LOSER award for not having enough candles (I bought some, I swear… but for the LIFE of ME I can’t find them, heavy sigh…

Good thing is, she really didn’t care, she just wanted to make her wish and dive in!

Plus for all you pinners out there, check out the birthday-themed Pinterest Contest through Sept. 16th.

Pinterest members may enter the Contest by completing all of the following: (i) Following Cold Stone® on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/coldstone; (ii) Creating a Birthday Party inspiration board; (iii) Pinning at least one (1) item from the Cold Stone board on your Birthday Party inspiration board along with everything else that you would do to create the most ideal birthday party,  such as home décor, fashion, recipes, birthday party themes and party favors; and (iv) Once your board is complete, submit your Pinterest user name to Cold Stone Creamery at http://bit.ly/2aBWgD2. The Pinterest prize will be: A One Hundred Dollar ($100) Cold Stone Creamery Gift Card and a Four Hundred Dollar ($400) Visa Gift Card.  There are a total of four (4) individual Prizes.

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Cold Stone has a TON of Signature Cakes to choose from.  They are all so yummy and the hardest part is simply deciding which one to choose! It’s super simple to order in advance and just pick up for your special day!  All of these cakes are offered year-round at Cold Stone Creamery stores throughout the United States:

  • Cake Batter Confetti™: Layers of moist Red Velvet Cake and Cake Batter Ice Cream® with Rainbow Sprinkles wrapped in fluffy White Frosting
  • Cookies & Creamery™: Layers of moist Devil’s Food Cake and Sweet Cream Ice Cream with OREO® Cookies wrapped in fluffy White Frosting
  • Cookie Dough Delirium™: Layers of moist Yellow Cake and Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Cookie Dough and Chocolate Shavings wrapped in fluffy White Frosting
  • Midnight Delight®: Layers of moist Devil’s Food Cake, Fudge and Chocolate Ice Cream with Chocolate Shavings wrapped in a rich Fudge Ganache
  • Strawberry Passion™: Layers of moist Red Velvet Cake, Strawberry Puree and Strawberry Ice Cream with Graham Cracker Pie Crust wrapped in fluffy Strawberry Frosting

Cold Stonecold stone 1 is one of our favorite places to visit and just “catch up” on life.  Ava and I also love to treat her friends.  Next special occasion think Cold Stone!

About Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery delivers the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted and made fresh in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery is a subsidiary of Kahala Brands™, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world, with a portfolio of 18 quick-service restaurant brands. Cold Stone Creamery operates more than 1,500 locations in 28 countries.

About “Made Fresh”

In Cold Stone Creamery locations across the world, our ice cream is hand-crafted in small batches – one flavor at a time. We start with the highest quality cream, sugar and flavorings to make our ice cream fresh in the back of each of our stores. This small-batch process ensures our customers receive the richest, creamiest, most delicious ice cream when they visit Cold Stone Creamery.  

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Artis Wall ~ Removable Reclaimed Wood Wall, My Favorite Thing + Giveaway!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, August 21st, 2016 at 2:00 PM
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Yep, I’ve found another item to fall into “My Favorite Things” category!

You see, I’ve always loved the look of a reclaimed wood wall.  It’s a great way to bring in warmth and character to a room.  It can be a very small investment that makes a BIG visual statement.

Removable Reclaimed Wood

Two of the most common challenges when creating an accent wall is that the products are difficult to install and they are permanent. But, I’ve found an awesome option if you don’t want it to become permanent (i.e. live in an apartment but want the rustic look or don’t want to damage your walls.)

Artis Wall™ can help you create a designer look in under an hour.

Now for the SUPER cool part! This product is removable and reusable and it doesn’t damage the wall!  Go here to see a video on how it works.

Every Plank Has History

Now another Super DUPER cool feature! The reclaimed wood comes from old barns and structures around the US.  It’s like a piece of history in your home.  You can actually learn about where the wood you purchased came from as each piece is originally part of a barn or structure around the country!  This makes for a great talking piece!

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I was given the opportunity to try Artis Wall in my home. I was so excited! For my room, I didn’t want a whole wall at first.  I wanted to make sure it would fit the room style and layout.  Now that I’ve installed this, I’ve fallen in love and think I may go for the whole wall. For now, however, it’s a great focal point to tie the room together. This took Geno and I just about an hour to plan and get installed.

artis wall 2When you take it out of the box, you’ll find the Artis Wall planks are cut and finished into thin panels. They come in random lengths to provide you with the ability to make one-of-a-kind patterns.

Each Artis Wall box comes with A.I.M. strips or Artis Installation Method strips. These strips make installation quick and easy, providing you with easy removal, leaving little-to-no damage to the wall.  It’s basically a really snazzy velcro that allows the wood to easily be removed.

Probably the most difficult part of the project was scoring the wood and breaking it to fit perfectly. But honestly, with the right tools, it’s was simple to do.  Like I said, this project took us under one hour and we actually had fun doing it!

A square foot is priced at $13.95, which also comes with the A.I.M. strips.  So 20 square feet costs $279.  BUT 1 very LUCKY MyDFWMommy reader gets one box of Artis Wall, choice of style, shipped to your home!  Just leave a comment below and a winner will be chosen on September 7th!

This is way easier than trying to buy or find the wood yourself and you get 100% damage-free reclaimed wood wall!

 

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Permanent Reclaimed Wood Wall

So if you don’t like doing it the Artis Wall way, or the really easy way, yes, you can do this on your own. Reclaimed wood can come from a variety of sources — shipping pallets, boats, barns, sheds, mills, commercial structures and even your home if you’re remodeling. It’s possible to score a pile of reclaimed wood for free if you know where to look and can do the legwork.

I’ve seen wood being offered on NextDoor Neighbors, Craigslist and even on Facebook Garage Sale groups.  Local excavation companies can also be a good source, since they are often called in to demolish old buildings, and the less they have to excavate, the better. It helps to be able to see it in person to get a feel for how it has weathered and aged — the characteristics that make it so distinctive.

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Tools you will need: If you decide to take on the project yourself, your list of supplies will vary depending on the condition of the wood. But you will probably need a nail gun, a chop saw and sandpaper. You’ll also want to know the square footage of the wall you’re covering — this will help with budgeting as well.

Here are some videos to use as resources to get you started.

 

 

 

Granite Huggers ~ Reclaimed Granite = GREAT Deals on Kitchens, FirePits + More

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, June 12th, 2016 at 12:30 PM
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Granite Huggers

I am proud to say that I have a brand new GREEN outdoor kitchen from Granite Huggers and spent just half of what I would have buying one at say Costco or built from scratch.  I have a unique piece of art in my backyard and couldn’t be more pleased!

granite huggers 2I shared with you earlier that I was going through “reverse nesting” as my son graduated from high school.  One of those projects included building an outdoor kitchen for my son’s graduation party.

I used Granite Huggers that saves unused granite from the land fill and creates these awesome fire pits, countertops, a Texas lazy susan, split stone and wine bottle displays.  AND they are SOOO reasonably priced!

Granite huggers framed our kitchen around the grill we already had.  Then used a beautiful piece for the top that would have gone to the land fill!  They also kept with the reclaimed “feel” by building a beautiful rustic door for the storage area.  The sides of the bar are also made from granite which gives it a natural feel.

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Granite Huggers  is giving our readers a great deal!  First, ANY granite job is just $35 a square foot installed.  That is a super great price!

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Granite Fire Pits

Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 11.23.09 AMSmall Square pits 22″ inside, 34″ outside ~ Reg $199 (MyDFWMommy Price, $179)

Small round fire pits 22” inside 34” outside – Reg $149 (MyDFWMommy Price, $129)

Granite split stone reg $9 sq ft    (MyDFWMommy Price, $7.50 sq ft)

Texas Lazy Susan  reg $149  (MyDFWMommy Price, $125

Corian wine bottle display reg $19 (MyDFWMommy Price, $15)

You can call Steve at (972) 670-4533, leave contact information here,  or email (sespenel@me.com) and tell him I sent you to get this price!

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Granite Huggers can build just about anything you put your mind to! They are extremely creative and do great work on bathroom vanities and kitchens too!

Now, Granite Huggers has full size slabs of granite and fabricate and install whole houses utilizing all of the waste to make the pavers, fire pits, and split stone.

Soon they will be making granite gravel so nothing will be going to the land fill.

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Buying a Mattress Online~ Crave Mattress Starting at $480 (+ $50 Off)

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at 7:45 PM
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Buying a Mattress Online

The “hubs” and I are the 5-minute cuddle couple.  Yep, a few minutes before snooze time to cuddle up, (a.k.a. spooning) and then we’re both scrambling off to our sides of the bed to grab some zzz’s.  But those precious 5 minutes were stripped from us because of a funky lump/bump in my old mattress.  Yep, it was like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro just to get close to my hubby, and frankly as tired as we are when we go to bed, it wasn’t worth the climb.

Online Mattress Shopping

Buying a Mattress Online

I’m happy to say, the quick cuddle is back in the Thornquist home, thanks to a brand new mattress I got online.  Yep, ONLINE!   We had been shopping for over a YEAR, and frankly, we just decided to “deal” with the cuddle blocker mattress because shopping in store for a mattress was mind-numbing, exhausting and just a pain. Plus, I just couldn’t swallow spending $3,500 on a bed (we wanted a plush bed) when my son is getting ready to go to college.

I’ve also done some research recently as to why there were so many mattress stores and why these mattresses so darned expensive? And EUREKA!!!  I’ve found a great option with Crave Mattress where you can get a high-quality, luxury (yes, the $3500 type) bed sent directly to your door where you save a ton of time and a ton of money!

First, let’s discuss why these mattresses found in brick and mortar stores are priced so high.

High-margin and low overhead

It’s reported that mattresses offer one of the best profit margins in retail, with a markup in the 40 to 50 percent range, according to Consumer Reports.  That’s a pretty HEFTY profit. If you research online, some say even higher! I’ve been told on average it costs around $300 to make a mattress. Do the math in your head… ouch!

You can shop specialty stores and big box stores, but be aware many give the same mattresses different names in different stores or they set up exclusivity agreements by mattress line in certain stores. This makes it impossible to comparison shop.

Why Order Online?

Now I’m sure many of you “showroom” – which means a customer examines merchandise in a traditional brick and mortar retail store before buying online. However, what if you were given a super deal on an awesome bed direct from a manufacturer and your satisfaction guaranteed or the bed ships back for free? Yep, now you’re speaking MYDFWMOMMY’s language!

In reality, I think we are all familiar with what kind of bed feels good to us. Personally, I can’t tell the difference between a $4,000 mattress or a $1,000 mattress and it’s nearly impossible to comparison shop since manufacturers sell exclusive lines to different retailers.

Geno and I wanted a 5-star quality hotel kind of mattress with a Walmart kind of price. Yep, we wanted high-quality and luxury!  One that was plush, but that provided ample support. When Crave Mattress contacted me to check out their mattress, I was thrilled as it was exactly the kind of mattress I had been looking for.

Crave Mattress Online

How to Order Online

It’s SUPER simple to order online and it arrives in about a week.  Crave Mattress offers two different options.  A memory foam mattress starting at $480- $930 and 12″ innerspring luxury plush starting at $525-$990. Oh, and right now they are offering $50 and free shipping with promo code: SAVE50.  Crave Mattress also offers a box and whole sleep system in addition to the mattress. The Crave Mattress box is called a Foundation and the bed frame is just a basic bed frame – only made very sturdy, unlike those new flimsy ones.

They compress, roll and ship directly to your door. The 2 options took the complexity and exhaustion of comparing mattresses while running from store to store.

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Picking the Mattress

My biggest suggestion is deciding what type of mattress you prefer before you shop online.  For me, I wanted plush so Crave Mattress was my choice. I chose the 12′ innerspring. Also, make sure and read the reviews as this will help you narrow down your decision on which bed is right for you.

I think the Crave mattress is an excellent choice for people that want a mattress that will cradle and envelop their body, yet still provides great support.  Basically, it feels like a traditional innerspring mattress with extra cushioning on top and I love the fact that the beds are made in the USA!  If you want to learn more, I suggest reading the FAQ’s!

Bed in a BoxUnboxing the Mattress

So my doorbell rang and I hear a “plunk”.  To my delight, there sits my bed.  My daughter runs out and says, “what is this?”.  I told her it was my new bed.  Honestly, she couldn’t wrap her head around it!

Check out the video!

You essentially cut (or in our case, tear) the vacuum sealed plastic wrapper and voilà… the mattress expands! It sits for a couple of hours and your bed is ready.  The smell is a little “interesting” at first, but it airs out after a few hours.

Note:  Be sure you have good box springs before you put the mattress on your bed as the warranty is not applicable if there are signs that it’s on a faulty spring.

The whole process is actually cool to watch and still a bit mind-boggling how it can be done. I didn’t have to deal with any delivery dates or charges and our trash guys hauled away the old mattress.

The Trial Period

Here’s the fun part! You have a 100-day trial to see if you really like it or you can return it if it doesn’t work out.  You get to just sleep on the mattress and decide how you feel about it. Crave Mattress will have someone come pick up the mattress and issue a full refund. Pretty simple and shipping is FREE, which is a pretty killer deal!

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My New Bed

My first night in the bed was literally “dreamy”.  No joke, I slept like a rock and didn’t even move.  I am more than pleased with this mattress, I’m ecstatic and so is my husband! The only bad part… I’m writing this post in MY BED now as it has become my new office :)!

This mattress, the one I’d spent almost zero brainpower to pick out, the one that I spent very little time shopping for, is PERFECT and a GREAT PRICE.

Oh, and look who got to try the bed first?  Yep, Rylie dog did and she gives it 4 PAWS up!

Buying a mattress online

NOTE: If you are one that needs a special bed built exclusively for you, this might not be your match, but realize you will pay high dollar.  I also know there are retail outlets – Costco, Ikea, that buy from mattress companies in bulk and sell generic mattresses cheaper.  If you chose this route, be careful of the warranty and return policy.  My brother-in-law bought one recently this way and it was a huge hassle trying to return the mattress, plus he had to borrow a truck to bring it back. I found the online option a much easier and hassle-free option for me!

CRAVE MATTRESS PROS:

  • Both mattresses are eco-friendly and all of it is handmade in the USA (including all components).
  • No ridiculous retail markups
  • Direct to consumer, no middle-man, no haggling
  • Ten-year life span made with convoluted latex and open-cell memory foam technology or the second mattress with the same technology paired with individually pocketed coils, that are comfortable yet cost effective

Chipotle Catering ~ Great Option For Large Crowds

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at 10:00 AM
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I asked an event planner what was the best catering option for graduations and events? She said hands down, Chipotle catering.  So I put her opinion to the test when we had a baseball team dinner for 20+ boys.

I needed some hearty food to fill their gullets.  When my son told the boys we were catering in Chipotle, EVERYONE came early to make sure they got their fair share. Chipotle is one of my son’s FAVORITE restaurants and apparently it was the other guys too! As busy parents on a Monday night and less than a week to plan, Geno and I didn’t have time to think through preparing a meal.  I ordered online 24 hours before the dinner, placed an order, picked it up at the designated time and WOW…did I have a meal for the masses!

I ended up going with the two meat spread for 20 people which included the following and cost $12 per person:

  • steak
  • chicken
  • White and Brown Cilantro-Lime Rice
  • Black Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Fresh Tomato Salsa (mild)
  • Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa (medium)
  • Tomatillo-Green Chili Salsa (medium hot)
  • Tomatillo-Red Chili Salsa (hot)
  • Sour Cream
  • Guacamole
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Chips
  • Crispy Taco Shells
  • Soft Flour Tortillas
  • Bowls, Utensils, Napkins
  • Serving Spoons & Tongs
  • Stands, Chafing Dishes & Fuel

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The price was $12 person.  The staff was amazing and had everything ready when we got there and offered to carry it to the car for us!

Literally, I had EVERYTHING I needed to set up a meal and I was able to have it ready in less than 15 minutes flat!  I added a fruit tray, some homemade brownies, and drinks.  And bam, I was ready for the onslaught of boys!

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Now I have to admit, I’m a sucker for their chips and that was my main course for the night as I wanted to make sure the guys were fed first. And as usual,  the guacamole was fresh and delicious.

Since the catering includes shredded lettuce and cheese, we were able to make great salad sides along with the meal.

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I can’t say enough about the fresh ingredients and the yummy meat.  I think the empty trays in 30 minutes flat speaks for itself.   The only thing I would have done differently is added an extra meat tray to the catering as these boys mowed through the meal quickly, plus we were hoping for some leftovers (LOL)!

They guys were so thankful for the food as team dinners in the past had mostly been burgers and dogs.  This was a great switch for them as all these boys LOVE Chipotle. The party was a success and the guys spent the night bonding as a team.

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Oh and one side note. if you haven’t tried the roasted chili-corn salsa, that is a MUST.  It’s blended with roasted poblano peppers, jalapeno peppers, red onions and freshly chopped cilantro.  I had some leftover and put it on my salad the next day!  OOOOOOH YUMMY!

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I sincerely thank the event planner for recommending Chipotle Catering for parties and for Chipotle for providing a portion of the meal after my request.  The planner was spot on and I WILL BE BACK for graduation!

These opinions are 100% authentically my own!

 

1byone Elegant Aroma Diffuser Only $35.99 (Retail $99.99) ~ My Favorite Things

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 7:45 PM
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1byone Aroma Diffuser

Here is another one that I put into “My Favorite Things” category and it’s marked down big on Amazon, priced at $35.99 (Retail $99.99)!  I took a quick shot in my bedroom so you can see what it looks like in a real setting.

I have this 1byone Elegant Aroma Diffuser in my bedroom. (Go here to get the Amazon price).  I turn it on every night before I go to bed and it puts me in the perfect zone for a good night sleep. I use it to get rid of the dry, stuffy air, plus the essential oils I use put me in the perfect “zen” state. The changing light colors and aroma are very soothing. The cool mist diffuser changes to 7 colors and will automatically shut off when the water runs low.

I personally love the color and modern design (shaped like a seashell), plus it has a large capacity tank that allows it to run up to 8 hours which is rare.  There are two mist settings and you can choose the color to match the decor or mood, or cycle through the lights.  I also love the fact that it turns itself off when the water is running low so the unit isn’t damaged.

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It also adds some humidity in the air without any condensation.  It’s super easy to fill up and clean as you just detach the AC adapter.

 

 

Treating Hormonal Imbalance ~ HerKare Brings Me Back!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at 7:15 PM
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Treating Hormonal Imbalance - HerKare

Battling Hormonal Imbalance

Since August of 2015 my life and health have changed significantly!  Prior to that, I was experiencing hormonal imbalance.  Over the past 8 months, I’ve been going to HerKare and I can’t imagine my life without it now!  Please ladies, if you don’t feel quite right, read on as there are some simple solutions beyond anti-depressants.

HerKare figured out what I was lacking and has brought me back to feeling normal again.  (Oh, and the beautiful thing is most insurance companies cover the treatment! WAHOO!)

I shared with all of you about some hormonal imbalances I was experiencing (read this if you aren’t feeling “quite right”).  The “swings” started as a “small” issue and then bombarded into an obvious problem for me. Kind of like an “out of the body” experience.  I never wanted to blame my hormones for my reactions, but looking back, indeed it was.

Dania KhoncarlyEvery other week, I sit down with Dania Khoncarly, PA-C, MPAS, BSN, RN for about 15 minutes.   She’s SO good at what she does and knows exactly if I’ve been following her protocol before I even say “hello”!   Dania knows if I haven’t been taking my special “cocktail” she built exclusively for my needs.  I take testosterone shots every two weeks, progesterone and thyroid meds daily, vitamin D and calcium.  And I recently started taking Lipotropic injections (this alone has improved my mood, helped my hair, skin and nails and allowed me to drop inches in my mid-section!)

What are Lipotropic Injections?

A Lipotropic injection contains a solution of lipotropic nutrients that are made up of one or more of the following fat burning compounds: choline, inositol, methionine, amino acids, vitamin b12 and other vitamins and minerals. Each of these properties are important because they each have a key role in utilizing fat, distributing energy, and removing toxins from the body.

  • Improve memory and focus
  • Boost energy
  • Improve mood
  • Promote healthy hair, skin & nails
  • Aid in liver detoxification
  • Burn body fat
  • Decrease fluid retention
  • Facilitate weight loss

Seriously, Dania is a staple in my life now as she cares about my health and wants me to experience to the fullest!  I am so thankful for this woman and for HerKare!

Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 6.36.05 PMDid you know that doctors can determine exactly your symptoms and what is probably going on just by your blood results? During my visit to the Southlake clinic, Dania and Dr. Raymond Westbrook, D.O. could describe my symptoms to a tee without me having to tell them much. I didn’t feel so “evil” and out of control knowing it’s such a common problem.

My results? I had a low thyroid, low Vitamin D (very common), low testosterone and progesterone.  I go in every 10 days for a testosterone shot and take prescription medicine for the other deficiencies.  Now I’m sleeping better, feeling happier and have the energy I thought I would never get back.   My moodiness has decreased and my patience level is back to where it was before. I’m BACK and my family is more than thankful, especially my daughter, Ava.

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Ladies, I’m telling you if you have any of the symptoms below, regardless of age you need to at least get it checked out.  Your choice of treatment is your own, but for me, I couldn’t afford not to get treated as I can’t slow my pace down…just not yet.

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Depression
Fatigue
Acne
Hot Flashes
Insomnia
Low Libido
Night sweats
Irritability
Loss of concentration
Loss of muscle mass
Mood Swings

A deficiency in any of these can result in lower energy, fatigue, moodiness, weight gain… heck you name it.

But you don’t have to be OLD to have these imbalances either. Other causes include post pregnancy, genetic deficiency, birth control and obesity.

I feel so comfortable when I visit HerKare. If you haven’t heard of it, my guess is, you will soon from others besides me. To put it simply, HerKare diagnoses and treats hormonal imbalances in women.

HerKare has been able to drastically improve women’s lives, making them feel good again, happy, able to lose weight. In my opinion, this option is much better than popping an anti-depressant pill to try to get along.

The office is so clean and the staff is SUPER friendly. They put you right at ease and make sure you know you aren’t alone. They are also very open about how they can help. In some situations, there are contraindications where they can’t treat a woman.

herkare2No woman is alike and so every treatment is individualized.  I would like to consider it “special” as each and every one of us are unique and special.

Things to consider with hormone replacement therapy.

What are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy?

  • Improved energy levels
  • Improved mood
  • Reduction or elimination of night sweats and hot flashes
  • Improved memory and concentration
  • Improved sex drive
  • Prevention of vaginal thinning & dryness
  • Improved fat loss and muscle tone
  • Decreased skin wrinkles
  • Protection from osteoporosis
  • Reduced risks of heart disease

Are there risks involved.  Yes, there are and HerKare is very open and candid about them. Official FDA information regarding potential risks and side effects of each of the individual hormone replacement drugs utilized at HerKare is available here: Click Here

Of course, as any medical therapy, there are potential risks and side effects that must be carefully evaluated during the course of therapy. That is one of the reasons that the HerKare model fosters a professional relationship between physicians and patients, focusing on regular interaction and monitoring. With regular evaluation, the treatments professionals at HerKare can closely monitor the course of therapy and adjust as necessary to reach for clinically optimal outcomes.

In my opinion, it’s worth every second to find out what is going on with your body. HerKare provides just that. The treatment is up to you. But as women we deserve a fighting chance!

HerKare currently has 6 locations, three of which are in the DFW area. It’s a unique clinic of medical professionals focusing on the treatment of hormonal imbalance in women and accept insurance!

Liquid Metal Artwork ~ Dallas Teacher Makes Beauty Through Welding

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at 3:00 PM
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Liquid Metal

Sometimes you just come across something so cool that you feel like you just have to share!

Kirby Hicks is a North Dallas teacher, but he’s also an amazing artist.

Liquid Metal Artwork was born from his passion for welding and creating beautiful things with metal. In his 30 years of welding experience, he learned that welders must use their artistic brain to do their best work. Liquid Metal Artwork represents his journey.

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He donated this BEAUTIFUL piece for a fundraiser for my son’s baseball team. I loved it so much that I bought an item from him!Liquid Metal Artwork

I feel in love with the piece pictured above and it’s now displayed in my bedroom. I was so appreciative of his donation to the team, but now I’m even more appreciative to have one of his pieces in my home.  Prices vary depending on project, but I think his work makes for an amazing GIFT!  Go here to see even more of his pieces!

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Look at the work he’s done for weddings with these butterflies! He does wall art, yard art, furniture, sport art, sculptures…really anything you really want!

He can make something custom for you and is super easy to work with. So if you’re looking for something super unique and made “just for you”, give him a call or send him an email! Kirby is a blast to work with too!

Please fill out the form to contact him or call or text to 469 853-1778.

Kirby Hicks

LiquidMetal ArtWork

Argyle TX 76226

 

Gordmans ~ Trendy Affordable Decor

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, April 4th, 2016 at 10:00 AM
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I’m soooo jealous of those of you in Tyler, Texas!  You have a Gordmans, lucky dogs! 🙂 When I lived in Kansas City, I would shop Gordman’s for all those super “hidden” gems in apparel and for the home. Make sure to stop in or shop online at Gordmans where you’ll save 60 percent off department store prices.

I’ve been doing a serious overhaul on my house… you’d think I was nesting.  Repainting, selling old furniture, redecorating.   I think it’s my way of ushering in spring.  And as someone who likes to pinch pennies but get some really COOL things, Gordman’s has been one of my go-to places.

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Gordmans is keeping it trendy by offering “country chic” and “coastal cool” categories. And did you notice the prices???? Yep, totally affordable to give any room a new look!

Country Chic: Classic and comfortable, modern farmhouse décor keeps any room looking simple and organic. A mix of reclaimed wood, metal and whitewashes, farmhouse décor creates a cozy and rustic vibe. Grab more of this signature design style for less at Gordmans.

Make A Splash: Gordmans’ coastal collection of décor features aquatic-inspired wall art, boating motifs and plenty of navy blue. Whether you’re decking out a lake house or just adding some ocean views to the bathroom, Gordmans beach décor will have you dreaming of warmer days ahead. Additionally, refresh the home with Gordmans’ go-anywhere storage solutions to aid in spring cleaning, including soft bin storage, trendy wire baskets and a wide variety of food storage sets.

I fell in love with their Modern Farmhouse items! I found these adorable lanterns at 1/2 the price I would have shopped anywhere else!  I love the look and feel that it brings to my fireplace and when we are entertaining outdoors!

If you don’t have a Gordmans near you, don’t miss out on all the awesome finds at super good prices!  You can shop on Gordmans.com.

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Happy Saving!

1byone Infinity LED Portable Desk Lamp Only $50.99 (Retail $109)

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 at 6:00 PM
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I am ALWAYS on the computer in the wee hours of the morning and late at night.  I found the perfect light that literally travels everywhere my laptop goes in the house.  This light, portable desk lamp goes into “My Favorite Things” category!  Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 8.09.08 AM

It’s the  1byone Infinity Glow Eye-Friendly LED Desk Lamp.  It’s priced at $50.99 right now, retail $109.

It has 3 light modes and 6 dimmable levels. On the front, there is a little touchpad, which lets you choose from 3 different light colours – warm, cool or neutral white. A 6-level dimmer lets you adjust the level of brightness. L.E.D.’s are the hot trend in the marketplace because they produce a lot of eye-pleasing light.

This is a good price for a high-quality portable LED light.  Not to mention, it looks pretty cool too! The lamp uses anodised aluminum in its construction and the base part is made of quality rubber, which is very flexible, so you can use the lamp anywhere!  I use it in the office and in my bedroom to read my books before bed.  I also took it on a recent business trip which was super convenient.

The lamp is wireless and it has a built-in rechargeable 2000mAh battery and lasts anywhere from 3-30 hours of use depending on the light mode and dimmer setting. You can turn the lamp on by gently tapping the power on/off switch.

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Description:

Extremely Durable – The LED panel will last over 50,000 hrs (no splash screen, not dazzling).

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3 Light Modes – Warm White, Cool White, Neutral White. with 6-Level Dimmer freely adjust the strength of brightness. Preserves your eyes at night by selecting a comfortable working or reading atmosphere.
Adjustable & Anti-Fall Design – The lamp can be bend to either the right or left by up to 180¡ã (please see the picture). And 1 Meter fall protection ensures the lamp can sustain small drops and bumps. Automatic memory: Retain the last light mode you set.
Practical & Portable – Wide application and easy to carry to work outdoors, you can use it with your smart phone, pad, computer, while reading or writing, on the sofa, bed, table, desk, etc, practical to carry and move around. Fits in any environment and eye-friendly.

Secrets to Looking Younger ~ Before & Afters + Great Procedures & Discounts to Use

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, February 14th, 2016 at 12:00 PM
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Secrets To Looking Younger

For the past few months, I’ve been learning all I can about the secrets to looking younger that doesn’t cost an arm & a leg or require surgery. I have been visiting with our expert, Dr. Lori Stetler from The Dallas Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics. In my opinion, she’s one of the best in town! Through all of this, I’m learning the graceful agers aren’t aging better, they’re just aging smarter, so that is why I’m doing this series on the Secrets of Looking Younger.

Through the winter, Dr. Stetler put me on a plan to lighten and brighten my skin.  We did some procedures that were non-invasive, quick, inexpensive and produced great results! Here are the before and after shots.

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You’ll notice a BIG improvement in pigmentation and texture! My skin feels brighter, not so dull.  I had a bunch of dark spots all over from sun damage and those have almost all disappeared!  WAHOOOO!!!  I had a lot of discoloration around my mouth and you can see what a difference these treatments made. My skin is so much clear and I’m not afraid of leaving the house without any make up now! For me that speaks volumes!
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My hubby has also noticed how much smoother my skin feels and that says A LOT for him to notice.  LOL!

Here are the procedures I took part in:

NOTE: Click on the links to find special deals if you would like to try any of these procedures with Dr. Stetler’s team!

“Glow” Chemical Peel 

HydraFacial treatment (my favorite)

Clear+Brillant  (another favorite)

Botox 

Here are some great lessons I’ve learned during this series:

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

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

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

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

Lesson #5: Botox is a REALLY quick way to bring back youth and fix trouble spots. This FDA-approved product helps to soften facial expression lines around the forehead, eyes, and mouth without surgical intervention or unnecessary downtime.

Lesson #6:  There is really no quick-fix to undo damage to your skin.  It takes time and patience and choosing the right plan for you.  That’s why it’s important to choose the right doctor.

Lesson #7: It doesn’t take a ton of money to get your skin back in shape.  But if you make the investment, take care of it afterward.  Don’t just go out and be a sun goddess again!

Lesson #8:  DRINK WATER and lots of it, at least half your body weight in ounces daily. Your skin will thank you!

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

Training and Achievements

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

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

Eco Vessel ~ AWESOME Sturdy Water Bottle, Great Gift Idea for Outdoor Enthusiast, Athlete, Kids + 20% Off

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, December 10th, 2015 at 7:50 PM
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Eco Vessel ~ My Favorite Water Bottle
This one goes in “my favorites” category!  These Eco Vessels ROCK.

If you’re looking for a high-end water bottle for Christmas, take advantage of this 20% off code from Eco-Vessel.  These rarely go on sale! Use promo code HOLIDAY2015.

Prices range from $14-$50 +.  These are great for kids, moms, athletes, tea lovers, beer lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Choices include:

BIGFOOT Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Tea, Fruit, Ice Infuser – 45 oz

BOSS Insulated Stainless Steel Beer Growler Bottle with Tea and Fruit Infuser – 64 oz

Boulder Insulated Water Bottle with Tea, Fruit, Ice Strainer – 20 oz & 24 oz

Double Barrel Insulated Beer / Coffee Mug – 16 oz – Matte Colors

Double Barrel Insulated Coffee / Beer Mug – 16 oz – COPPER Moscow Mule + Much More!
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I got The Boss for my son Nick for Christmas and I know he’s going to LOVE IT.  As many of you know he’s a baseball player and an outdoor enthusiast and he is ALWAYS drinking water.  We’ve been through dozens of water bottles because he’s hard on them. I have no doubt The Boss will withstand anything Nick can bring its way.  The also have super cool and smaller bottles for everyone in the family.

The Boss keeps drinks cool for up to 36 hours and warm up to 8 hours.  You can scour the reviews on the internet and the Eco Vessel wins every time in the length of keeping things cool.  It’s great if you have an outdoor enthusiast in the house.  It’s also great for those who are always in the gym.

The Boss is Triple Insulated and the big boy for keeping a lot of water cold for 36 hours or tea hot for eight hours. Eco Vessel included a large stainless steel infuser for loose tea leaves, red or white wine, slices of oranges, limes, pineapple, or sangria.

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Dallas Warehouse Sales ~ Buy Local & Save Big

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 4:00 PM
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Why pay retail prices when brands are willing to sell you perfectly good inventory for less? If you have a fondness for fashion but don’t care to spend a fortune, there is an answer to your dilemma.Just head to the warehouse!!! Yep, our area has some great Warehouse Sales to choose from including Haggar, Ivy Jane, Lady Primrose, TOMS and Ladies Designer Warehouse Sale which will be open to the public November 12th-14th.

It’s a great way to score brand name items at below cost prices, from 40% up to 90% off. Consider it a clearance sale on steroids.
Here are some tips when shopping warehouse sales.

*Go early for the best selection especially if this is your first go-around at warehouse sales or if you have a unique size. Or go late for the markdowns.

*Be prepared to get directions… these are warehouse sales so they aren’t easily found sometimes

*Dress comfortable so your feet aren’t killing you and you can try on clothes easily and leave the kids at home.

*Many have open dressing rooms… not a cool place for the little one’s.  Keep the kids at home!

*Be patient. Shopping warehouse sales can be overwhelming. Just stay focused and make a list ahead of time for the things you really want or need. But keep an open mind as you could find some amazing treasures beyond just what you were looking for.

Here are some of the upcoming warehouse sales in our area!

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The Ladies Designer Brand Warehouse Sale —Huge Fall Fashion Event BLOWOUT sale is coming up November 12-14th.

There are tons of hidden gems and great prices here, starting at just $20! I use the Ladies Designer Brand Warehouse Sale to STOCK UP plus find those extra accents to brighten up my wardrobe!

This warehouse sale has something for every woman and every size with prices ranging from $20-$60. It’s a great way to stay “in-fashion” and on-budget.

  • All CC accepted/cash or check
  • NO CREDIT CARD GIFT CARDS ACCEPTED
  • NO Men or Children under 12 allowed

10367 BROCKWOOD RD, DALLAS, TX  75220, just a few doors down.. follow the yellow signs…

  • Thursday, November 12, –8am-7pm
  • Friday, November 138am-7pm
  • Saturday, November 148am-5pm

Remember.. plenty of close, FREE parking.. plenty of new try on areas/rooms… and always many Fashion Fair godmothers to help you find just the perfect outfit!

 

TOMS

Toms is having a big warehouse sale here in Dallas from Nov 12-15th at Fair Park! Prices on shoes start at $15!

When:

Thursday, November 12th | 10am – 8pm
Friday, November 13th | 10am – 8pm
Saturday, November 14th | 9am – 7pm
Sunday, November 15th | 9am – 7pm

Where:

Fair Park
Grand Place Building
3701 Grand Ave.
Dallas TX, 75210

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The Lady Primrose Warehouse Sale is back on November 11th & 12th from 7am-2pm. Everything is 50-75% off and gifts start at $5. Perfect for getting a head start on your holiday shopping list!

3325 Roy Orr Blvd., Suite 200
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

 

Chamberlain Studios ~ Self Defense Tips, Free Class (November 21st), Family Fitness Day + More #Chamberlains Kicks

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, October 16th, 2015 at 1:30 PM
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Wow, what a sense of empowerment.  Ladies, I attended a self-defense class at Chamberlain Studios of Self-Defense™  with the well-known and respected Professor Nick Chamberlain and a group of great bloggers! I learned so much in such a short amount of time and became MORE than impressed with the programs run by Chamberlain Studios and their outreach to help all in the community (read on for free classes for you!)!

LOOK what I learned to do!

I’m no self-defense expert, but here are some take aways:

chamberlain 2*Avoid bad situation.  Make smart choices.  Think ahead.  Use the buddy system. Meet dates in open area during daytime.  Park in open areas.

*Self defense. The key is to create space from the attacker so you can get away. Find vulnerable targets.  They eyes, neck, privates and feet.

*If someone comes after you don’t put your hands in a fist.  Open hands and tell them a story that you want them to back off.

*Be aware of your surroundings.  Look at your phone when you safe in a locked car, not walking out to your car.

*Use your phone or keys as a self-defense tool if attacked.  Hit them in vulnerable areas

Want to learn more on your own:

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Nov. 21 Free Women’s Self Defense Course: 

  • Donations will benefit Genesis Women’s Shelter
  • Free women’s self defense course—open to the public
  • St. John’s Episcopal School (private Lakewood school) 484 Harter Road, Dallas, TX 75218
  • Women will receive a free 2 hour interactive self defense course and work out including self defense tactics and safety tips. Comfortable clothes recommended. The Dallas Police Department Northwest Substation will also have an officer there to cover general/holiday safety and awareness topics.
  • Free child care is provided by the Chamberlain trained staff in neighboring gym where kids (potty trained and up) will experience martial art school activities and exercises.
  • Free Pizza for adults and children provided by Primo Brothers Pizza (32 yr old Lake Highlands establishment)
  • Women can also ‘Break a Board for a Buck’ where each dollar will benefit Genesis.
  • Parking and gym location:  Participants should follow the drive way to the back part of our campus and the Main Gym will be located on the far east side of the building and down the stairs.

FREE Family Fitness Day – every last Saturday: (Lakewood and Bachman locations)

Every Last Saturday Family Fitness Day occurs at both locations of Chamberlain Studios. The entire family is welcome to any of the classes below.

The Lakewood location hosts two classes:

8:45-9:15 for ages 4-6

9:30-10:15 for ages 7-11

The Bachman location hosts 2 classes:

9am-9:30 for ages 4-6

9:30-10:15 for ages 7-11

Note:  3 Steps to a Great Kid: The Chamberlain martial arts curriculum for kids and their program called ‘3 Steps to a Great Kid’ teaches character virtues (etiquette, sportsmanship’s, manners, respect) to their young students. This program truly differentiates them from all the karate schools in town as the students build character all along while building their martial arts skills.

Parent’s Night Out: Second Friday of every month.
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Want a fun and GREAT workout and then BEER?  Oh yeah, sign me up!

On November 7th from 12:30-1:30 take part in the Brewery Fitness Workout.  For $20 you get a T-shirt, free pint glass, 3 beers, live bands, food trucks and yes… the WORKOUT!  Imagine lifting beer kegs and more.  What a fun way to mix it up!  Sign up here!

*Proceeds benefit Genesis Women’s Shelter

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Chamberlain Studios of Self-Defense™ is the premier provider of martial arts instruction in the Dallas Metroplex.  They offer classes for men, women and children in Kenpo Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Judo, and Self Defense.  With two main locations, and numerous after-school programs in the Dallas Metroplex, we are in or close to: Dallas; Farmers Branch; Carrollton; Irving; North Richland Hills; Addison; Coppell; Lewisville; Flower Mound and Plano.  Our primary mission is to bring you  The Best in Martial Arts, featuring modern techniques combined with traditional training methods.

They offer a family-oriented training environment that provides a variety of programs
and classes for both children and adults.

HOT DEAL ALERT! Energy Ogre ~ Save 50% On Electricity Bills (Please Share With ALL Texans!)

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at 7:28 PM
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Almost 90% of us in Texas have been buying energy all wrong and overpaying.

I just saved $700 a year on my energy bill in 5 TOTAL minutes! AND that’s getting me out of a contract too! Many of you will save EVEN more!

Energy Ogre is getting a 40-60% savings on average for electric customers all across Texas.  That is a savings of $800-$2000 on average!  Would you pay $1.50 more per gallon at the pump just because? That’s what you’re doing by saying, “I’ll deal with this later!”

Instead of trying to find the lowest rate for the longest time, Energy Ogre says customers should routinely be making changes, taking advantage of every great deal that comes along.

Who has the time for that time of legwork?  Not me, and that’s why Energy Ogre is here. The Ogre cuts your electric costs by finding the “sweet spot” between your consumption needs and the provider with the best bargain.  Energy Ogre has access to nearly every rate plan on the market and it updates every hour.

For $10 every month, the Ogre constantly compares your personal consumption with the best offers for your electric needs and finds the one that mathematically results in the lowest cost to serve electricity to your home or business. Consider it a $10 investment for up to $700 savings or more.  And you don’t have to invest if they can’t save you!

Energy Ogre is not a retail energy provider.  They work for the consumer and not for other energy companies. You have the power to choose who you go with.  Energy Ogre just shares the best deals.  Kind of like me…hahaha!

If you live in the DFW area, and you use “the biggies who advertise on tv” , i.e. TXU or Reliant, PLEASE don’t bypass this.  How do you think they have all that money to advertise?  That’s YOUR money!  For the DFW members enrolling using the new forecast calculation methods, your estimated annual savings ranges are between 45-48% and $1,260-$1,330. And some DFW members will save over $5,000 their first year alone.

For six years, I’ve saved you dollars and cents at the grocery store, buying items you want and often need.  For once, I’m helping you save a lot for a need you MUST have, not desire and that’s why I’m so passionate!

Just go here to the savings calculator and plug in your info from your most recent electric bill, the amount of energy you used and how much you paid. Immediately the site will tell you your actual electricity rate and how to find plans that are cheaper. If you want to switch with the Ogre’s help, you pay $10 a month. Energy Ogre then becomes your administrative agent and they make changes on your behalf, often times putting you in a shorter term plan or opting for you to pay an early termination fee just to get on board with a much better rate than the contract you’re currently in.
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Here is the plan I chose.  The green is what I will pay.  The red is what I had been paying locked in on what I thought was a good rate.

They can even update your auto pay or your direct draft. You will have to supply them with your social security number ONLY because the retail energy provider requires it, but the information is all encrypted.

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Do you do “balance bill?” I understand having a consistent payment every month, BUT you are paying WAY too much. How about budgeting $250 and your bill is $70 on low months and $200 on high months! Can’t get better than that!

Are you under contract? Yep, so was I. However, I payed $150 to GET OUT of my contract and still saved $700 a year. WHAT???? Yep, that’s how much I was overpaying and making someone else very wealthy!

If you don’t believe me, go here and see what the press in Texas are saying!

Remember they don’t have a huge advertising budget to share this savings, so please share this with friends and neighbors.  (Remember they make just $10 per person and real people have to make these changes on your behalf!)

I could go on and on about all that I’ve learned but the bottom line is, how do you save? You get yourself an energy “agent” through Energy Ogre.  THEY WILL SAVE you up to 1/2 off your bill in your first year and keep you on the lowest possible bill in following years so you never overpay. That’s the best $10 investment I ever made.  $10 to get $700 in return?  Heck yes!

And you get a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Want to do it yourself?  Here are some tips.

For those of you who haven’t already clicked over to see how much you can save here is some history along with some education.  If you still want to do it on your own, read on as there are some valuable tidbits so you are comparing properly to get the absolute BEST deal!

As you know the state of Texas is deregulated. It was meant to do us good and help us save. What happened? The marketplace got so convoluted and so confusing that most of us just don’t get it and sign up for what “seems to be” a good deal! BIG KEY… “seems to be”. With over 2500 energy retailers (all of the energy comes from Oncor or a few others), and many of those retailers using several different names (i.e. Reliant, Green Mountain, Cirro and Pennywise are one BIG company… some are the “Rolls Royce” and others the “Dollar General” equivalent, but its the SAME energy (there isn’t any better energy out there (lol))!

Here’s the deal… we all have our own energy usage DNA.  We all use it differently and at different times.  Energy Ogre takes all of this in consideration as energy experts in the industry have built an algorithm to find your usage needs and pair it with the best deal.  LEARN you usage DNA and shop the best plan according to how much you use.  Don’t buy into to the $250 yearly rebate, etc.  These are just plans to get you hooked in, but may not be the best plan for you in the long-run.

EFL labelMany of us know about the state’s website, The Power to Choose allowing you to compare rates and plans.  But it has been the “Power to Confuse” as it’s overwhelming and confusing. Educate yourself and make sure you are comparing apples to apples, the amount of usage you use and the fees incurred if you go over that usage.

Finally read the EFL label and compare plans.  This is the only way to know you are getting the best deal for you and your family!  Good luck!

How to Buy a Car and Save

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, October 11th, 2015 at 12:00 PM
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I told my son a few years ago that we would buy him a truck if he got a baseball scholarship.  He did!  YAY! But that put us in the car market. BOO! For me, car buying can be like pulling teeth…. dealing with salespeople, spending time on the buying process, figuring out financing, and finding the right car.

Here are some tips and tricks on how to buy a car and save!

Find the Value of Your Current Car ~ Sell Yourself or Trade-In

car 1Learn the trade-in value and private resale price of your current car through Kelley Blue Book or search eBay’s completed auctions to get an idea of the car’s value.  We had a 2004 Z71 Tahoe.  Blue Book valued our car from $6,500-$7,000.  But the car wasn’t in the best of shape, with a torn leather seat and just wear and tear from a teenager.

I took it to a couple of dealerships and asked trade-in value.  The gave me a range from $4,800-$5,600.  Obviously I was going to get more money selling it myself.  Trading it in was more convenient so I gave myself three weeks.  If I didn’t sell it I would trade it in.

We wrote “for sale” on the back of the car with a phone number and price and we put it on Craigslist.  That is where we got the calls.  I had 5 calls and two offers.  One low-balled me, but it was still more than what I would get trading it in.

We did sell it for $6,000 cash.  I priced it fair and below value to a really nice family.  It really was a great car so we were happy it went to a good family.

Here are the documents you will need:

  • Bill of sale or vehicle purchase agreement (much better if this document is notarized)
  • Original vehicle title properly endorsed to transfer the title to the buyer
  • Texas motor vehicle transfer notification

Here is a link to the documents you need to sell your car to another person.

Know Your Budget and Have a Finance Plan

First I used a rate calculator to determine the price of a truck we could afford for our son. The most we were willing to pay for a truck was $24,000.  We narrowed down our searching further when we asked Nick to choose 3 truck models he liked.  We did all of our research first online from buying directly from owners to dealerships and car auctions.

I then called my Credit Union and asked for a loan pre-approval letter.  Having your own financing can keep dealers in line and their rates competitive.  (This is one way the dealership increases the price of the car so they make more money). Through this process I learned my credit scores and what rate I could get almost anywhere.  Knowing your credit scores allows you to get  the best rates on a car loan and to thwart any dealers who might lie about a credit score to increase financing rates.

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Secrets to Looking Younger ~ HydraFacial® is AWESOME (+ Discount for Readers)

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Sunday, October 11th, 2015 at 10:00 AM
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Secrets To Looking Younger

I’m trying to learn all I can about the secrets to looking younger that doesn’t cost an arm & a leg! I have been visiting with our expert, Dr. Lori Stetler from The Dallas Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics.  I’m telling you, she keeps it “real” and fun and she’s one of the best in town!

Through all of this, I’m learning the graceful agers aren’t aging better, they’re just aging smarter, so that is why I’m doing this series on the Secrets of Looking Younger.

We’ve discussed:

Botox (plus deals for our readers)

Clear+Brillant (plus deals for our readers)

This week we are discussing HydraFacial®

Talk about a jacuzzi for your face!  This is AWESOME! Here’s a tool to add to your bag of tricks at any age to prevent signs of aging and to get back the glow and smoothness of your skin. It’s called HydraFacial®. A HydraFacial treatment firms and tones the skin, improving its texture and the skin’s overall health. Basically, it’s stronger than a normal facial but gentler than skin resurfacing.

To put it in “my terms” HydraFacial sucks out junk and replaces it with really good stuff to restore the skin’s vibrant tone and texture instantly.

Hydration is a critical part of maintaining healthy, youthful-looking skin. This is good for just about anyone and I would recommend more than one treatment.

Skin conditions that can be alleviated by a HydraFacial procedure include:

  • Uneven texture
  • Oily, congested skin that’s prone to acne
  • Dry skin by removing dead skin cells and providing hydration

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I tried HydraFacial® last week. Heather Gros is a clinical aesthetician at Dallas Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics. She explained the procedure and we went for it! There is absolutely no pain, just suction.  It extracts the impurities that are damaging our skin and replenishing beneficial elements that protect and strengthen it. When I was done my face was so vibrant and had GREAT texture.  My skin was exfoliated and nourished.

HydrafacialEWWWWWW… look what it sucked out?   That was in my skin and yes, I do wash my face (at least once a week, hahaha).  I can’t tell you how AWESOME my face felt and looked.  The texture was so smooth and the lines were filled.

It took only 20 minutes to exfoliate, peel, extract and hydrate with the fancy machine. There is no down time at all and you like GREAT after!

Specifically, HydraFacial uses a serum and delivery protocol to restore:

  • Antioxidants: These key chemicals help protect and repair skin cells by isolating damaging free radicals.
  • Peptides: These amino acids boost the production of collagen and elastin, which help keep skin looking smooth and youthful.
  • Hyaluronic acid: Naturally produced by the body, hyaluronic acid is responsible for giving skin volume.

Special for MyDFWMommy readers: You can do buy 3 and get the 4th free if you mention MyDFWMommy.

Look what the Hydrafacial did to this woman:

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This set me up for my second Clear + Brilliant® Perméa.  Basically it’s a gentle fractional laser treatment that reduces signs of aging to smooth fine wrinkles, even out skin color, and reveal a radiant glow. I am already seeing some amazing improvements in my skin.  I’m even o.k. with not wearing makeup now and going out.  I NEVER thought I would be able to do that again.  I have two more Clear+Brilliant treatments and can’t wait to show you the before and after photos!  WOOHOO!

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