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5 Favorite Kid-Friendly Patios in Dallas

The days are longer and the sun is out… oh hello Spring, I’ve missed you!  And during spring, is there anything better then finding the perfect patio to meet up with friends, feed the family, sip on some tasty beverages AND let the kids play!?  It’s the best of all worlds and we’ve made it […]

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Stepparenting 101 — Things I’ve Learned as a Stepmom

Much like being a mom, being a stepmom is full of self doubt, questioning your every decision, having no idea what you are doing, and feeling like you’re failing while simultaneously hoping for the best. But unlike being a mom, there’s not a lot of support systems for the stepparent.  I’ve found some negatives groups […]

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My Favorite Dallas Area Malls – Rated by Me

Mom Confession — I’m that extra kind of crazy person who LOVES going to the mall with my kids for some indoor play.  Yup, even during the holiday madness!  I love walking around with my kiddos, eating at the mall food court, hopping from LEGO store to Disney store to Starbucks.  Zoning out on my […]

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Happy Holiday Traditions — Making Sugar Cookies With My Kids

It all seemed like such a lovely idea as I was walking (alone) through Target yesterday.  The display of holiday sugar cookies screamed at me “mother of the year” and “holiday memories to last a lifetime.”  But ‘Target Amanda’ had little concern for ‘Future Amanda’… and Future Amanda lives in reality, very much unlike Target […]

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Creative Gift Ideas for the LEGO® Maniac at Dallas Bricks

This post has been sponsored by Dallas Bricks. All opinions are our own! Hi!  My name is Amanda and I have a LEGO problem/addiction.  My son’s room is running out of space for them and the LEGO bricks are spilling out onto bookshelves in our living room, playroom, and kitchen tables! I pretend like they’re for […]

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Don’t Smile — Two Magic Words to Make Your Kids Happy

The other day I was talking with my 24 year old nephew.  He was upset about some family stuff and the conversation was getting pretty heavy.  We both paused.  Then I looked at him and said my two magic words — “Don’t Smile!”  Despite everything, he couldn’t help himself!  A huge grin spread across his […]

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Snapchat – A How To Guide – And Why I’m Obsessed!

If you’re anything like me, you might not know all the cool and fun things this Snapchat app for your phone has to offer.  Honestly, I thought I was too old/too uninterested to bother.  And I’d heard all the negative things about this app and was totally put off by it. Thankfully a friend made […]

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