One of the things I LOVE about being a mom in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is that there are tons of things happening. There are places to go and people to see. This is not limited to in real life (IRL) experiences . There is an ever-growing list of online resources for moms in North Texas. These are websites tailored for what moms want and need here in DFW.
*deep announcer voice*
We will begin with BURB MOM!
really, what did ya expect?
What is inside: Burb Mom is a website that has new daily content for moms in the Dallas-Fort Worth ‘burbs. It is like that that girlfriend that everyone needs that knows stuff – you know the friend you call when you need an electrician, a hair dresser, or a night out. She may not know the answer to your question, but she will definitely have a contact name for you. She is also the kind of friend that totally understands being hung up in the middle of a conversation because a child in the background yelled, “Mom, I just pooped!”
Stuff I like: Beyond the daily informational stories about mommy stuff in DFW, there is silliness. Funny stories about moms and families that happened right here in North Texas. Burb Mom is a great way to connect with your Dallas-Fort Worth ‘burb on a mom’s schedule…2 minutes here, 7 minutes there…even at 1 am.
What is inside: Around Town Kids is a website with a calendar of activities for kids in Plano, Frisco, McKinney and Allen. There is also information about each city, resources for parents, coupons and a directory.
What I like: The calendar at Around Town Kids is super easy to use. Each city has it’s own calendar so the information isn’t overwhelming.
What is inside: Daily Candy Kids – Dallas is part of the Daily Candy family of websites/e-newsletters for 5 major world cities. The Daily Candy Kids – Dallas is updated weekly with something unique for kids.
What I like: I love Daily Candy and receive all the daily email articles for Dallas. The look of the website is great and there is always something funky and off the beaten track featured. It isn’t really for kids…it is for the moms.
What is inside: Dallas Child is a part of the family of websites that include Fort Worth Child, North Texas Child and DFW Everything Family. Each website features the latest Child magazine plus website-only stories.
What I like: I love the look of the Dallas Child website. I also like that the stories are written by experts right here in Dallas-Fort Worth.
What is inside: DFW Area Moms is a forum-based website. Members sign up to participate in discussions of just about anything related to mom, family, work and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Regular membership is free, but members may upgrade for $20 a year after a trial period.
What I like: I am a member of DFW Area Moms under the name Texasholly. I like that it is an active forum with quite a few members participating on a daily basis.
What is inside: Moms Like Me is a discussion site for moms. I first heard about it when vacationing in Colorado where they were doing a lot of TV and newspaper advertising. There have over 100 local sites within the US and one of them is here in DFW.
What I like: I am a member of Moms Like Me under the name Texasholly. I like how easy it is to navigate the site and find what discussions interest me.
What is inside: The Fort Worth Mommies website is part of the Mommies Network of 95 websites nationwide. The site has news and mom-related stories on the front page and a discussion community where members can participate.
What I like: I am a member of Fort Worth Mommies under the name Texasholly. The website is a non-profit organization “dedicated to helping parents find support and friendship in their local community”.
What is inside: Family eGuide is an extremely comprehensive calendar of family events for the North side of the DFW metroplex. At the website you can sign up for a weekly e-newsletter which is an organized overview of what is happening close to home.
What I like: I love the Family eGuide. So much so that we are coordinating some future content exchange with Family eGuide in the near future! YEAH. If you are not on their email list…go now and sign up!
What is inside: Go City Kids is part of Nickelodeon’s Parents Connect Network of almost 50 local websites. The website has information about local activities, events and a directory of services. There is also a parent discussion forum.
What I like: I am a member of the Parents Connect network under the name Texasholly. Besides the discussion groups, there is a lot of local information on this site about things happening in the metroplex.
What is inside: In the Loop has been in the loop via email for over a year. July 2009 they launched their first website. The website provides general information about all things Dallas Mommy plus upcoming events.
What I like: My favorite part of the newly constructed site was the series of recipes for kids by local chefs.
What is inside: The Lila Guide is part of The Bump network of 25+ local websites for parents across the country. There are local reviews, events, groups and online message board for parents.
What I like: I am a member of this message board under the name Texasholly. I like the modern, yet retro look of the website.
What is inside: Mamasource is the ultimate mother forum. Moms sign up at the main website, enter their zip code and each morning they receive an email of 8 selected requests from the last 24 hours. Requests are questions from local moms. All you have to do is click on whatever request you want to answer and you are transported to the website where you can add your 2 cents. Mamasource is also behind the new website Mamapedia which will be compiling popular questions and answers into an encyclopedia-like format.
What I like: Mamasource is simple. I have been a member for over 2 years – under the name Holly H. in Flower Mound. It is so simple that I was interacting online with other local moms regularly on mamasource long before I started blogging. I have answered almost 200 questions. I love that there is tons of local interaction. It is part information and part soap opera.
What is inside: Metroplex Baby & Kids is a website for “MetroMoms”. It has a calendar, list of events, area directory, and a social network where moms can connect with each other and post to forums.
What I like: I am a “Metromom” under the name Texasholly. The network has current and frequent postings. I like that on member home pages they can display RSS feeds – this is one of the few local online networks that allow this.
What is inside: The Metroplex 4 Children website is a part of the Kirace.com family of websites. They have locations in several Texas and Wyoming cities.
What is inside: Modern Babies and Children is the website for the complimentary local magazine by the same name. Dallas-Fort Worth is one of 6 locations that currently has Modern Babies and Children websites/magazines. The magazine is published three times a year and can be read online. There are also resources, an event calendar and articles to read.
What I like: I like that the resource directory is broken down by child age and that grandparents are one of the targeted audiences of this site.
What is inside: Mom 2 Mom – DFW is a Fort Worth Star Telegram website for moms in the metroplex. There is new daily content from 11 featured bloggers that rotate days. Members of the Mom 2 Mom online network can also post blogs which can be featured as well.
What I like: I have been a member of Mom 2 Mom for almost 6 months. They have made some changes lately that make it much easier to navigate the network and post things easily. I am Texasholly there and write under the “June Cleaver Nirvana” blog. I really like that they allow full blog posts with links which is why I contribute to this site occasionally. I also appreciate that there is new content daily that is not dependent on a parent forum.
What is inside: Dallas Moms Blog is a feature of the Dallas Morning News website. It is updated on a daily basis and has information about Dallas specific to moms.
What I like: There are interesting and informative pieces about family life in Dallas written by local reporters.
What is inside: MeetUp is a website that connects online groups to in real life groups. You enter your location and a type of groups for which you are searching and a list appears in order of how close the group is to you. The screenshot above is Mom MeetUps near Flower Mound.
What I like: I love finding out how far away something is from me. I also am impressed with the variety of groups that are available. There is everything from exercise, playgroups, supper clubs, scrapbooking, etc….kickball for moms, anyone?
What is inside: Moms Outloud is a website and online network for moms in North Texas. Moms become members and create a profile that allows them to add reviews, post to forums and share information. Moms Outloud also has an extensive calendar of events for families in DFW that is featured monthly in North Texas Kids magazine.
What I like: I was one of Moms Outloud’s first members (under the name Texasholly). The site offers a lot of good information including area business reviews that isn’t available anywhere else. The calendar is very comprehensive. Moms Outloud often features DFW moms and their inspirational stories. Rebekah, the founder of Moms Outloud also writes at My Kind of Mom.
What is inside: North Texas Kids is the website for the North Texas Kids magazine. You can read the magazine online or view their calendar of things to do in North Texas. They also list summer camps in DFW. North Texas Kids also hosts periodic events for moms in the area.
What I like: You can sign up for a monthly newsletter which will give you the inside scoop for upcoming events and contests.
Parent Zone – Dallas
What is inside: Parent Zone is one of almost 75 local websites in cities across the United States. Dallas is one of their newest. Each site has a local tour guide who oversees the members who are invited to add listings and events. There is a calendar of event where all the added events are listed.
What I like: Parent Zone is easy to navigate and join. It appears to be a relatively new site (still listed as beta), yet has some information which is unique to its site. I am a member under the name Texasholly.
What is inside: Southlake Moms is an online forum for moms in the town of Southlake. Members post and answer questions related to family life in Southlake. There is a directory, calendar and classified area.
What I like: The website has a nice look. I am a member under the name Texasholly. I hope they don’t mind too much that I live 10 minutes out of Southlake…
What is inside: The Parent Hive is a website and online network for DFW parents. There are articles, events, a calendar, online groups and forums. The site is very new and still listed in beta form.
What I like: I am signed up as a member under the name Texasholly. I like that there are rewards for interaction in the social network that can be redeemed for prizes.
I think that is all of ’em. If you know of a website specifically for moms in the DFW metroplex, please mention it in the comments below. I will check it out and add it.