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Do Me A Favor: Skip the Goody Bags?

My friend–I’ll call her Grace–threw a lovely at-home birthday party for her five-year old. It was one of the best parties I’ve attended, and it ended unforgettably. As the little guests arrived (all girls in this case) they were led to a table with crayons, markers and stickers scattered liberally about. Each girl was handed […]

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Sign Me Up For That! How Busy Kills Us

Kids activities: I love them! And also: I loathe them. Our kids’ extracurricular activities can cause the wheels to come off the bus. We’re not alone. Talk to any parents of school-aged children, and this is bound to come up. The year we started homeschooling, I had stars in my eyes and big plans for […]

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Nature Centers in DFW :: For Nature-Deficit Disordered Parents and Children

My family and I moved to the DFW area five and a half years ago for my husband’s job. It all happened very quickly. I’d moved several times before; I considered myself to be adaptable and resourceful. We expected to stay a while, so I hoped DFW and I would like each other. I found […]

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Making mushroom-barley soup with prosciutto, practically by herself.

Cooking with Kids: A Mama’s Guide to What’s Working

As I write, my 7 year old daughter is in the kitchen whipping up Valentine’s Day treats on her EZ Bake Oven and bringing back memories of when I did the same thing on my own. Like mother, like daughter. Well…not exactly. You see, my seven year old probably knows more about cooking now than […]

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Rudolph was tender and graceful as he flew through across the stage!

Le Theatre de Marionette

Until last night, if I heard the word “marionette,” I might have thought “Pinocchio,” thanks to Disney. This morning, a few new things come to mind. We took a chance with a Groupon to see a holiday-themed show by Le Theatre de Marionette, a local company that uses beautiful locally hand-crafted string puppets for unique […]

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Photo compliments of Log Cabin Village.

Step back in time as you countdown to Christmas: Dallas Heritage Village and Log Cabin Village

Nostalgia and the holidays go together like hot chocolate and cinnamon sticks. When I discovered family friendly events that combine local history with the beauty and anticipation of the holidays, I found a lovely combination.  Today I’m singing the praises of two events held at living history museums in the metroplex: Dallas Heritage Village and Log […]

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The 2013 Nutcracker Ballet in Dallas-Fort Worth

My daughter and I’s annual holiday tradition of attending The Nutcracker is something we both treasure. If this holiday season is like most, I’ll be last-minute gift shopping; however, I’ll have our Nutcracker tickets purchased and a little pre-performance party planned in advance. Spending quality time with the ones I love is my “love language.” When that […]

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