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Be green and get some black (coffee that is) on April 22 from Starbucks.

After years of attending, promoting and planning thousands of events(mostly in DFW), Mama realized she hadn't experienced everything Dallas. So using recommendations, several lists, and whatever else as a starting point, Mama has stepped up to the challenge to see what makes Dallas - well, simply stated, Dallas. So saddle up and read how "Mama Does Dallas."

My little boy is the biggest fan of Thomas the Train (technically it's Thomas the Tank Engine I've learned, but I digress), so when one of mama's projects was to promote the upcoming Dallas Kids Expo on Saturday with Thomas - I suddenly became the coolest mom ever (well for at least a week.)

In addition to all the other roles that a mom “gets” to serve as (chef, teacher, housekeeper, chauffeur…) – while home decorator and gardener often gets to be one of them. However, research often only happens when thumbing through magazines at the doctor’s office or catching a few minutes of the DIY Channel while folding laundry. Fortunately, creating your dream home and garden gets one step closer with a specialty event brings “Mommy, Me and H&G” for one afternoon!

Moms and the kiddos are invited to spend a few hours as special guests of the 32nd Annual Spring Dallas Home & Garden Show, Friday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dallas Market Hall. What a perfect mommy date to catch up with friends or a field trip with the playgroup while knocking off some of your spring to-do’s including saving money, relaxing, entertaining the kids, gardening tips and a swag bag!

The Mommy & Me event includes the following:

  • FREE admission ($10 value) and free parking
  • a swag bag, with one (maybe two) lucky mom(s)  discovering a $50 Tom Thumb gift card in the bag
  • relax in the Mommy  lounge
  • enjoy Radio Disney ‘s “Mommy and Stroller Rockin’ Road Show”
  • qualify for hourly door prizes including a hand-made quilt and limited edition signed art-piece with a NEW patented wireless sound system or a unique wine rack.  
  • learn at DYI how-to seminars by Master Faux Finisher Michael Graves and Home Depot Experts
  • discover professional interior decorating hints from Barbara Gilbert, CPD, Barbara Gilbert Interiors
  • meet NARI’s Smart Solutions for Your Home experts
  • stroll the many gardens and buy plants to take home
  • shop exhibitors, many with special show prices
  • gain tips for getting “Groceries Dirt Cheap” from Ruth Garrett groceriesdirtcheap.com
  • receive a two-for-one ticket to return with a family member during the remainder of the show.   

So what's your excuse for spending time with your friends and kiddos, while getting ideas for your home and garden and doing it for free?

After all the delicious sweets and family favorites of the holidays, January brings the reality that you need to take a look at the scales and your weekly menus to make healthier choices for you and your family.  However it’s not always fun to have to make the menu, cut the coupons, cook the meal, and then wait for the feedback from your children who ask if they really have to eat “that?” That’s why planning, preparing and eating as a family may be the real answer to making healthy changes that will actually stick.  Easier said than done, right?

 

Last week I had the chance with one of my clients to attend a special recipe showcase presented by Fuel Up to Play 60.  The program which is presented by the NFL, Dairy Council and DairyMax to challenge kids to get motivated about eating nutritional food an exercising 60 minutes a day with games and activities to receive prizes to win a trip to Super Bowl XLV.  I can only wish that this program was in my school when I was growing up (which wasn’t that long agoJ).  NFL players like Bradie James and Daryl Johnson visit the school and talk about how their food and exercise changes are what make it possible and fun activities are integrated into their curriculum that make it cool to eat and be healthy. This is a far cry from the pizza pockets, Skittles and cokes that we chugged down in middle school.

 

The FUTP60 showcase was one of the prizes from the most recent challenges to create a recipe that was healthy to make and that kids would enjoy eating.  A local group of kids from Grapevine Middle School were selected as one of the winners for their kid-approved, kid-friendly recipe for “Gobble it Up” Lasagna and now were cooking and serving their recipe along with some other winning recipes with celebrity Chef Jon Ashton at their school for some special guests. The kids did a great job and the food was actually really tasty as well as had a precious presentation.  The lasagna, of course, was the spotlight and rightfully so since who can go wrong with lasagna, yet a yummy pumpkin granola parfait almost reminded me of the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie – without the crust or the calories.  During the presentation, the kids, along with Chef Ashton, gave us some helpful tips for cooking healthy and kid-friendly.  However, the only thing the presentation didn’t include were tips to get the kids excited about clipping coupons or washing dishes.  Perhaps we need to work on that and it include a special curriculum for dads too!

 

So why not challenge your family to make and eat dinner tonight!  Try favorites like pizza with low-fat cheeses and veggies or a “Gobble it Up” Lasagna!  It may be a real touchdown!

 

To get the recipes from the Fuel Up to Play 60 Recipe Challenge: http://www.dairymax.org/recipes.aspx.

 

To get your kids or school involved with the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program: http://www.fueluptoplay60.com

Free Food around the metroplex

Every Christmas, my bulletin board gets full of beautiful Christmas cards I am sent of family, friends and business contacts. As a real stationery junkie, I love receiving them – and some of them that aren’t specifically holiday end up in photo frames for year-long viewing. However, a few years ago, time was not on my side and I resorted to using an electronic card only .

Arlington is not only the center of sports, but this weekend there's lots of things to do in the Big A for the HOLIDAYS!  Mayor Cluck's Holiday Party - Saturday at 2:30 p.m. - FREE Mayor Cluck's Holiday Party With Children will start at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the George W. Hawkes Central Library.

It's my favorite time of year thanks to Whataburger. I know I have gotten lots of emails from friends making sure I had this one on my list for this special bonus (from the burnt orange eatery that started last year) so I wanted to make sure this was definitely on your radar.

To keep you exhilarated, motivated and caffeinated – Racetrac is giving you a reason to call it Black Friday – with black coffee! From RaceTrac’s website: http://www.racetrac.com : Dallas bargain-hunters who venture out on the biggest shopping day of the year can expect to find the best deal of the day—free coffee—at their local RaceTrac convenience stores.

If you haven't already received this information on your Facebook page, then consider me your new friend. Just in time to ask your friend to coffee before the holiday chaos, invite them Nov. 18-20 to your nearby Starbucks to get a free holiday coffee drinks when you buy one. There's only two specific rules - first is that it is only available 2-5 p.m.

Free tacos at Jack in the Box Taking a cue from Alice in Wonderland to celebrate a non-important day, Jack in the Box is bringing on the festivities when they give away 2 free tacos for any guest on Tuesday, Nov. 16 after 2 p.m. until midnight. So catch up with a friend and take her for lunch that day on the cheap!

Looks like Burger King is trying to keep us all going on Fridays with Seattle's Best Coffee. During breakfast hours you can get your cup at local participating Burger King locations.

First off, let me clarify three things – yes, it really was my birthday (Oct 29 to be exact.) Two, this has nothing to do with me blogging for Mom2Mom. Three, I love free things.   With all that being said, a few weeks ago, I had my first of many mailings to come from one of the many restaurant/store lists that I have joined over the years.

Just in time for Halloween (and my birthday), IHOP is giving away a free SCARY FACE PANCAKE (Oreos, whip cream, strawberries and candy corn) for kids 12 and under when you dine in at any participating IHOP. So load up the kiddos and considering breakfast for dinner on Friday night with this freebie!

By now I am sure part of your first email check of the day includes seeing “what’s offered in the Groupon?”I know I have had my house cleaned, my carpets shampooed, my back rubbed, my hair cut and highlighted and my nails painted all with a “groupon.” But what many people don’t know that you have more than one choice nowadays here in DFW.

What's better than Starbucks? Free Starbucks! From the Starbucks Facebook page: Come visit us at your local Starbucks, Wednesday through Saturday, to pick up any free tall drink with purchase of new Starbucks VIA® Flavored Coffee. This new instantly delicious flavored coffee comes in Vanilla, Mocha, Caramel and Cinnamon Spice.

I love me some Taco Cabana (at least for drive-thru tacos) and breakfast there is yummy. They have a new offering with Kiolbassa (that's sausage, people) and egg taco and they are giving them free on National Taco Day (I do wish it was their chicken taco, instead, but hey, it's free!) FREE FOOD, Taco Cabana - Oct. 4 (7 AM - 9 AM) Participating Taco Cabana locations and only one person.

It may not be food, but this is certainly an event that you need to mark on the calendar for this weekend. (It may be a little crowded, so make sure to take that into consideration.) Free: Day in the District - 8 destinations. 1 day. Free.

It has been awhile since a freebie has been bestowed upon us, but looks like Panda Express is giving us a taste of their newest menu item, Kobari Beef on Sept. 29.    (From restaurantnews.com) –

My husband and I recently discussed moving to another home - except the normal discussions like where we want to live, being close to work and family, etc. weren't the only things we had to take into consideration.

Review: Nickelodeon Presents Storytime Live! August 27, 2010 Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie What it’s about: Just like tuning into your favorite Nick Jr. favorites, Dora the Explorer , Wonder Pets!, The Backyardigans and Ni Hao, Kai-lan, the live show is organized into episodes with the beloved characters and their adventures of storytime favorites like Alice in Wonderland, Hansel and...

I think I share everyone's sentiment that this week has been a stressful one (to say the least). Between the heat and the honey-do list, the fantasy of sitting next to the pool with a large margarita has been the only thing that has kept me going (that and a large Starbucks iced VIA).

Normally I don’t care for what’s on TV or I am completely too busy to pay attention to it, but I have noticed this week, TV has been on the brain! TiVo is my second best-friend to my IPhone, but this week I have scheduled to tune in like normal people rather than to wait for a moment to get it all in one time.

One would think you really don't need to embellish on the concept of saving money, but I know some people are not fans of those frequency/reward shopping cards that are hanging from their keychains. So I decided to do a little re-schooling about those little cards and perhaps find a better name for them in the process.

I don't know many people that don't like pancakes...so this freebie is a no brainer - especially since you get a meal for free, not once, not twice, but three times for becoming a member of the Pancake Revolution. All you have to do to join the IHOP Pancake Revolution is to go the the IHOP site or sign up via the IHOP Facebook .

I have been on the hunt this summer for these cute little "denim jean" diapers made by Huggies for my 2 year old. We should be entering the next phase soon with potty training, but until then I am sparingly using the little denim jeans diapers for special occasions...just like my special hand towels... What am I saying?

Let me preface this discussion with the following:   I am not a cake decorator – not at all. I am obsessed with “Ace of Cakes” and love to see all the intricate details and creativity they put it into it. So when I was asked to be the Mom2Mom Representative present at the launch of Kroger’s fourth annual “Bringing Hope to the Table”

After a viewing of “Sex in the City 2,” a friend and I were talking about the “good ole days” and how we used to spot Chanel, Gucci and Prada from a mile away. Well for some reason between the couture and the couch, we had lost our finesse.  

There might not be a Hallmark card for it yet, but make sure you mark your calendar (or your handheld device) to celebrate "National Donut/Doughnut Day" on Friday, June 4. Yep, it may not be the healthiest, but it sure is tasty when you bite into that sweet deliciousness!

I am so excited that summer is right around the corner. There's so much to do (and not to do) so I have time to get out and experience all the fun things that DFW has to offer. One of those is the new SummerFest Wonderland at the Gaylord Texan. Now if you haven't ever been - I truly suggest you make a weekend out of it.

It's my favorite time of the year (well, except my namesake season of course), but it's Festival Time in North Texas! And my favorite one of all - Taste Addison. If you have never been to Taste Addison - it is a three-day weekend of food, fun and festivities for everyone.

(Isn't that the most attention getting book title ever?) In celebration of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share one of the best books I have read in a long time, If You Have to Cry Go Outside – and Other Things Your Mother Never Told You . The author of this book is my new hero/mentor Kelly Cutrone. If you don’t know the name, then I can describe her as a fresh of breath of air –

I am normally try to be on top of news - especially that which affects my kid and my pocketbook. I had received an email from my friend about the product recall of several infant meds , but didn't instantly go through my medicine cabinet. (My bad). I had meant to later in the week, but of course, time got in front of me.

Most of you know I do my best to scour DFW for free food and I found it AND a whole lot more at Pine Cove camp in Tyler this weekend. I know you might think this might be a little too far for you to go, but when you see all the free fun they are offering for families (just for the fun of it) you might want to rethink a short trip to T.

I get the privilege to work with some pretty amazing events that happen in Dallas/Fort Worth. This weekend, the Dallas Kids Expo is here and I am pretty excited not just to promote it, but to attend it too! As a mom, I am always researching as much as possible about things in DFW that my family can do, information that I need to learn about being a better parent and to also fit in...

Jack is being generous this week, so take 'em up on this offer before it's gone. Jack-in-the-Box: Buy one, get one free Grilled Sandwich is available until May 2, so you will want to make sure and print this one out (you can print duplicates) and plan your Friday night out with this coupon before it is gone.

I think I have written this blog out in my head a hundred times times in my life when I would host an event or activity and find that no one had ever RSVP’d and then several attended or worst case, everyone said they were coming and then no one showed up. However, it got me thinking about how basic manners have gotten thrown to the wayside over the years.

Jack in the Box is debuting a new version of the french fry. I don't know what's diffferent, but they want you to try them out for free. April 16th only you can get a small fry at your participating Jack in the Box. For more info visit: http://www.jackinthebox.com/

On this special time of year known as Tax Day, restaurants are making it a little less "TAXING" as you write out our check to Uncle Sam with some special offers - free ones! Starbucks - Free Coffee Come to Starbucks on April 15. Bring in a reusable mug and Starbucks will thank you with a free coffee. (The earth will thank you too.) Mr.

Corner Bakery is getting in on the free food with a cleaver campaign to get you in the store AND engage a friend with their new Connect at the Corner Over a FREE Cup of Coffee promotion, March 29 - April 26. Basically using their fun little FACEBOOK app, you invite a FB buddy to join you for a free coffee break.

I am so thankful that I have so many amazing friends – especially at my age. I talked to at least one of them daily to help me vent, help me understand something better and now, to compare our kid scenario of the day. Many of them have been with me for many years – well before jobs, bills and mortgages were part of my vocabulary.

Well if there is one thing I love almost as much as free food it is free spa services. That's why I was so excited to see an ad in D Magazine inviting me and my girlfriends to come to a DFW Chevy Dealer, test drive a new Malibu and get a free massage. Could it be that easy? I don't know, but I got until April 18 to check it out.

Everybody likes cookies (we have to hide them in our house), so this is a good offer if you happen to be in the neighborhood of Atlanta Bread Company in Arlington or Wichita Falls (those are the only two Texas locations.) Fan Atlanta Bread Comany and get an offer for a free cookie by following this link: http://apps.facebook.com/couponshq/contests/25501 .

I took off this week to take care of my beautiful son who had a heart procedure at Children's Medical Center in Dallas. He is doing wonderfully and resting at home now, but next week we both will be ready to go with some exciting stories and adventures!

Get a free pastry on the morning of March 23 with the purchase of a handcrafted beverage. Come to participating Starbucks on Free Pastry Day, March 23. Choose a delicious pastry to pair with your beverage and that tasty item is free. To get your free pastry, print out the coupon below and present it to your barista. Or simply show them the coupon on any mobile device.

(oh, you thought we were talking about that, but I got you to click here, huh?) As a mom, you get to talk more about what happens in a diaper than ever imagined before having a child. From the moment your little one is born you are instructed to keep track of every BM, inspect them, and when the time is right, you get to choose the appropriate name for “potty time”

Dunkin Donuts is offering a free medium coffee or iced coffee, every Monday during the month of March. Make sure to start your week off right with a jolt of caffeine from DD. *Price and participation may vary. Plus applicable tax. No substitutes. One per person per visit. Offer valid on 3/8/2010, 3/15/2010, 3/22/2010 and 3/29/2010 only.

I am not a gardener by any means. I mean I could show you my yard, but I am sure you would think I uploaded a picture of a desolate, pathetic dirt field rather than the beautiful Southern Living yard (that I should have, but don't) so I will let your mind wander a bit instead of embarrassing myself.

The showdown is over – so who won the best new laundry detergent? A week ago I challenged HeyLaura to a Laundry Off. Her new Method Pump to my Purex 3-in-1. Two new concepts all developed to help busy moms make laundry easier and quicker. The only stipulations of the challenge were a white shirt, ¼

Many of us have been watching our dollars a little more closely in 2009 and have made efforts to decrease our eating out for healthy, homemade meals. The restaurant industry combated our efforts by bringing down their prices and at times offering FREE FOOD specials to celebrate anything and everything to get us in the door instead of around our dining room table.

My D-I-Y Christmas I don’t know what I was thinking, but this year, I decided to make many of my holiday gifts – with the help of course, from the Internet and good ol’ Martha Stewart. We have a rule in my office that we are only allowed to spend $5 

In my D-I-Y mode this year, I opted to create an electronic Christmas card (although we had to do a short run of traditional Christmas cards as well.) I have had many comments and rave reviews using Smilebox (downloadable for free).

I love Christmas Cards! I love to get them and see how everyone's kids have grown up and because I love stationery, I also love to see all the cool designs. In the past I have been very good at sending cards, signing each one and addressing it personally for that Martha Stewart touch. However, last year I began doing something different.

Movie Review: Disney's The Princess and the Frog Best for ages:             Rated G / best for any age What it is about:        Set during the “Jazz Age” in New Orleans, a hard-working waitress (Tiana)  meets a money-hungry prince cursed into being a frog (Prince Naveen) from a Voodoo doctor (Dr.

For those of you who have followed Jackson's journey and his CHD...here is latest update. What We Are Thankful For This Holiday Season We have been very fortunate to not have to communicate here for several months as our little   man has been growing stronger and more healthy everyday...we haven't had any change of plans for him since our last appointment.

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