Homestead Open House at LLELA

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) is a little secret tucked away here in the ‘burb. It is one of my very favorite places to explore with the kids. Pictured above is the Minor-Porter Log House in their 1860s homestead recreation. It’s a step back in time where visitors can learn what life was […]

Tutti Fruitti Frozen Yogurt

fall crafts for kids

While on vacation last summer, my family had the chance to try a yogurt by the ounce place.  We loved it and were so excited to see that we have one in Flower Mound! Tutti Frutti is located in Flower Mound Crossing which is at the intersection of Flower Mound Road (3040) and Long Prairie […]

Kale and Berry Smoothie: Genius Way to Get your Kids to Eat Veggies

playing with veggies

With three preschooler, an infant and a hubby who thinks “green” has a flavor, I have had to resort to a few tricks to make sure my kids are getting enough green leafy vegetables. My Genius Tip, for the Kenmore Challenge, is to get picky kids to eat veggies.  Guys, they beg for these!  We […]

The big sleep

Late to bed, and early to rise, makes the Maiden healthy, if health can be measured by the boundless a.m. exuberance directed at the lump of sleeping flesh that calls itself her mother when it reluctantly wakes.  It makes her wealthy, if wealth can be measured by the toys, food, and privileges lavished upon her […]

Now only $5 for $20 to spend at Brilliant Sky Toys in Highland Village!

She Is Dallas recently promoted a Juice In The City deal for $10 for a $20 purchase at Brilliant Sky Toys.  That’s a great deal but now it’s even crazier! They are running the deal again but the price has dropped!  You might want to sit down for this one…. Only pay $5 for $20 […]

Outrageous Kid Parties on TLC

Are you the parents of a 5 to 10 year old and plan on throwing an over-the-top party for your kid? Would you like America to experience this event with you? Whether it’s a birthday party, a graduation or any milestone celebration, each week OUTRAGEOUS KID PARTIES documents parents as they give a their kid […]

If You Give a Texas Mom a Sunny Spring Day…

If you give a Texas Mom a sunny spring day she will ask you to find her a field of bluebonnets. If you take her to a field of bluebonnets she will definitely need her camera. After she locates her camera she may even want to make sure her children are in coordinating outfits. Once […]

Forest Park Miniature Railroad – Fort Worth

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. She Is Dallas Info: Forest Park Depot off Colonial Parkway.  It is on the left just a […]

Photography Lessons From My Nine Year Old

Austin asked me to go through some of the pictures he had taken and edit a few for him. I noticed that we can learn a lot about photography from our kids….so I give you photography lessons from my nine year old, Austin: #1 You will never go wrong when you photograph subjects that you […]

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 […]

Insert Cliche Here

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; […]

forest park miniature railroad

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!


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

handprint stepping stone

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


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

Decorating Easter Eggs with your Preschooler

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 […]