The Pros and Cons of Parenting Failure

Hi, my name is LaShawn and I am a parenting failure… Hi, LaShawn! The amazing thing is…I am OK with my failures. * Chase will be 3 years old in two months and has not even begun potty training.  He has no interest and runs the other way if you mention it.  At this rate […]




Day Trip on the Trinity Railway Express

Everyone Loves a Train ride…and this is our first aboard the Trinity Railway Express! Our schedule looked like this: ~~~~~~~~~~ Depart CentrePort DFW at 9:55 Arrive Dallas Union at 10:25 Tour Union Station and “Old Red” Dallas County Court House Depart Dallas Union at 11:55 Arrive Medical Market at 12:03 Tour train exhibit and have […]




Society + Boy = Uneasy Momma

I have an 12 year old son. I know he is not perfect. He smells like boy, his hair is a bit off at times, and he has a tendency to practice his beatboxing skilz right in my ear. I am all for artistic expression, but when I get spat on, you really need to quit. […]




10 Free Things to Do With Kids In Dallas

Looking for free things to do with kids in Dallas? Here is our list… What to do in Dallas: 1. Take a ride on the McKinney Avenue Trolley.  The trolleys are air-conditioned and heated and run up and down McKinney avenue 365 days a year.  There are lots of stops along the way so you […]




Trials of Motherhood

I don’t know exactly how it started, but when Rhett was 2, he started associating gum with medicine. When his older brothers ask for gum and I agree, Rhett starts pleading for medicine. I am sure at some point in the history of Rhett I must have doled out Tylenol for teething pain in the […]




History Repeats Itself

History Repeats Itself When I was in first grade, I went to a Catholic school where we had to wear uniforms every day. One precious day a year, all the kids were allowed to wear whatever they wanted for the grandest day of all…picture day. One boy? Got to wear a turtle neck and LOVE […]




Mama Called The Doctor, and The Doctor Said, No More Corn Kernels Stuck Inside Your Head!

Once upon a time, in the land of Vacation, was playing in the room while Mommy took a came into the bathroom & told Mommy “I put a popcorn in my ear!” “You did what? A what in your ear?” Mommy said. “A popcorn. Look!” And as digs his finger in his , Mommy yelled […]




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Anyone who has kids knows that once you have kids your life continues at a pace comparable to warp speed (once they’re around one year old and sleeping through the night and all that good stuff – before that life drags on at a snails pace.) I know that my kids are getting older.  I […]




Trains at North Park

The trains at NorthPark Center in Dallas is a fun thing to do with your kids over the holiday break. The trains are set up in a store front in the mall. All the proceeds go to benefit the Ronald McDonald house. When you walk through the train display, there are trains on both sides […]




dallas arboretum

These are pictures from our very first visit to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.  We went with a group of friends who swore that it was going to be kid-friendly.  I was skeptical…flowers and trees don’t hold my boys attention very long. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens – 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218; […]




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One of my boys favorite activities is riding the miniature railroad that starts in Forest Park and winds through Trinity Park to the duck pond and then back. The train route crosses several large bridges and circles through both large parks. Forest Park Miniature Railroad – Forest Park Depot off Colonial Parkway (on the left […]




It is Their Turn

Somewhere today a kid is stepping onto a playing field. Her first soccer game in her speedy pink shoes, his first freshman at-bat. And that standout day will be punctuated in some cases not by how well your child played, but by how you led them to the field. We have all seen the stories […]




Inappropriate Material Online – Talk to Your Kids About it

When I speak to parents about internet safety, one question they often ask  is, “When should I start talking to my kids about inappropriate material or pornography on the internet?” My response, “as soon as they begin to use the computer.” If your kids accidentally go to a pornographic website, they will try to hide it from […]




match game

Every night I play a game with Rhett(4). By his rules. At first I was terrible at this game, but I am getting better with practice. The Pajama Matching Game Rules 1.  Solid color pants go with solid color shirts (shirts may have some embellishment, but not a repeating pattern). Example:  These black shorts match […]




Must Haves if you have Preschoolers and a Newborn!

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There are five things that have made my life so much easier welcoming our latest bundle into the home.  Juggling a newborn with three feisty preschoolers can be a bit daunting, maybe these ideas will help you adjust to life with a newborn (and older kids). . New Toys: Keep your preschoolers entertained in those […]




Teaching Kids About Money

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My son’s birthday is right after Christmas… so needless to say, he gets a lot of cash and coins from relatives. He had it stashed in various places all over his room, because of course he’d rather play with toys than the ol’ dollar bills. I wanted to teach him about the importance of a […]




Drip-Free Jello Popsicles Recipe

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Do you have independent children?  So far, I have three of them!  This Popsicle recipe is perfect for them.  It was simple enough that with minimal supervision/intervention my four year old was able to give the directions (she loved that) to my three year old who mixed these yummy treats up!  We made a couple […]




Fuel kids for summer fun and fitness

Don’t let this summer go to your family’s “waist.” There’s no better time to be active together, plan, shop and prepare meals together and all get on track for a healthier future. Tips from registered dietitian, Neva Cochran, offer fun and easy ways to get kids to eat nutritiously and burn more calories.




Art Lab at Irving Arts Center

A few Sundays ago, the Irving Arts Center hosted an Art Lab for children & young adults. Jessie & I took Reese to see what exactly an “Art Lab” was, and what a neat surprise! The Arts Center had a large room set aside for the children, & our guide gave us a short introduction […]




Spice Up Staycation with Cheap, Creative Thrills

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You aimed to rent a beach house the Big Island this summer for your family, but alas, the economy has downsized your plans to include only cold showers at home. That said, you and your kids can substitute a costly vacation with a smashing “staycation” here in Texas. All it takes is a little imagination […]




Pear Honey – Blue Ribbon Quality!

When it comes to my mad skillz in the kitchen, they are pretty much non-existent. My kids’ favorite meal is Hamburger Helper and my husband usually just looks at what I’m cooking, then fixes something separate for himself. And, to answer your question, YES I find that insulting but I am so used to it […]




Mixing the Colors Yellow and Blue: St. Patrick’s Day Snack

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Are you looking for a quick, interactive treat to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or another celebration? Combine vanilla pudding with M&M candies for green goodness kids will gobble up happily. This is a fun way for a younger toddler or preschooler to learn about colors and color mixing. Thanks Julia for inspiring us to have […]




Opportunity for Kids to Contribute in North Texas – SLANT 45

The Super Bowl is coming to North Texas next year. It is something that we are all excited about. It is a novelty of epic proportions. We are all looking forward to the game, the circus of events that surround it and the positive economic impact it will have on our community.  The Super Bowl […]




Learning to Read with a Cootie Catcher

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Do you remember Cootie Catchers from when you were a kid?  I loved them!  Here is a cootie catcher perfect for the learning to read kiddo in your life!  For our paper we used one of the sheets of Shaving Cream Painted works from yesterday.  I was inspired by Jimmie and her daughter Sprite (love […]




Is your Preschooler Bored? It’s Paper Bag Activity Time!

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I loved discovering Mindi’s site, B.A. Bookworm, we are bookworm wanna-bes over here and I love some of the ideas she has for ways to encourage reading in our kids!  She is an advocate for getting kids up and moving, rather than sitting in front of a TV (or computer – we love starfall and […]




Stop and Go: The Perfect Rainy Day Preschool Activity

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This is a super simple activity I remember playing when I was a kid.  Basically, we created a stop/go sign and one person got to be “in charge”.  When the sign said go we ran around like crazy banshees!  When it said stop, we’d stop.  Super simple!  Kept them entertained for quite awhile.  I even […]




Canvas Totes your Preschooler Can Make

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Are you struggling to find something to give/make for someone on your list?  Wanting to give a handmade gift that people will really use?  In this day of heightened environmental awareness a canvas bag is a great gift.  I found this was a project that showcased the work of  even the youngest budding artists in an […]




Messiest Mess Maker Contest by BabyGanics

The Search for the Messiest Mess Maker is On! When faced with an incredible mess made by one of my kids, my tendency has been to reach for the camera…before the broom. Obviously, I am not the only one who does this because BabyGanics is announcing a photo contest to display your kid’s biggest messes […]




It seemed like a good idea at the time…

So a friend calls Wednesday morning and want to know our afternoon plans.. Not much really.. Well , There is anew “skate” park that just opened up and its outside, free and the boys can bring bikes, scooter, or skateboards. Great!! This has 3 of my favorite things.. Outside.. New.. and FREE!!!! We are soo […]




Blog Carnival: Chores and Getting Kids to do them!

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We have had so many terrific submissions!  So many tips! Thank you to all who participated in our first blog carnival! Our next carnival will Ticia is mommy to three preschoolers and she explains how she makes doing chores easy for her youngsters by using plastic dishes and even explains her method of getting groceries […]