Thursday, January 5, 2023

New for 2023: Awesome New Play Areas in the Greater Arlington Area

Looking for a fun (indoor) spot to take your kiddo to play? Look no further than these awesome new play areas that have opened in recent months. 


Y'all. 
When my kids were little, I would have killed for a great play area for them to roam around in. One that wasn't attached to a fast food restaurant where they could beg for an endless supply of chicken nuggets and French fries. 
Ideally, it would be a spot where I could grab a seat. Maybe a coffee. And, on days when I had more on my to-do list than just "be mom," a table where I could prop open my laptop and type away while they ran in circles and enjoyed their lives.
When my girls were little, I had to drive all over the metroplex to find these places. And boy, did I! I drove to Frisco and Plano and Richardson and north Fort Worth that was so far north I figured surely we had to be in Oklahoma already. There was a great little play area in Grand Prairie when my kids were super little that my friends would talk about- I *think* it was called Abby's Play Land or something similar- that I never made it to before they closed. 
And that was pretty much it. 
Even during my three years at Pearachute (thanks, Covid, for killing off that awesome company!), I would enroll dozens of awesome play areas to the platform all over the metroplex. But none anywhere near my south-ish Arlington home.

But, parents with littles in the Arlington area, you are lucky ducks! There are a number of play areas that have cropped up in the past year that cater to your wee ones. Play areas that have ball pits and slides and imaginative play spaces. Many have seats for you, and, yes!, coffee. They have low entrance fees and offer your kiddo a place to play and make a mess that you don't have to clean up! You can enjoy some time out of the house and they can enjoy the thrill of new toys and playmates. Everyone wins! So the next time the temperature dips too low (or hits too high) to be outdoors or the rain starts falling, or you just need to get out of the house but aren't ready for the playground, check out one of these awesome new play areas in the greater Arlington area.

Kids on a slide
These girls have always loved to play- anywhere and everywhere their crazy mom will let them!



Five must-experience play areas for kids ages 0-8 in the Arlington, TX, area



Project Play Discovery Museum (Hurst)- This awesome new spot officially opened on December 31 and is so great for littles. They can explore different rooms that have engaging opportunities that let them learn while they play. We couldn't get enough of the slide into the ball pit. This spot also offers preschool classes as well as has an outdoor play space for warmer days. Kids are $14 and adults are free. Reservations recommended.

ball pit
My youngest enjoying the ball pit at Project Play Discovery Museum in Hurst in December. 



Play Park MTX (Mansfield)- Kids can climb, jump, run, explore and simply have a grand old time at this Mansfield spot. Parents can grab a seat- or book a birthday party here! Your kids will go gaga for 1900 square feet of indoor playground. Socks are required (there are some available for purchase). Kids ages 1-4 are $11 and kids ages 5-12 are $15. Kids 13 and over are $3. 

Play Street Museum (Mansfield)- I featured this spot on my social channels last spring after I took my niece and she loved it! There are actually multiple locations of this sweet spot all over DFW, and each "museum" has a different theme. Mansfield's theme is the great outdoors, and the museum is set up like your favorite camping spot. Kids can climb in the treehouse, make crafts, explore the different play areas and more. Kids ages 1-8 are $13 and that includes a snack when you leave. Bring socks! Reservations required. 

A Play Cafe (Duncanville)- Okay, Duncanville may sound far, but this spot is actually closer to my Arlington home than Project Play in Hurst! So, it's all about location, am I right? Perfect for little kids, this spot has climbing toys, rolling toys, imaginative toys, the list goes on! Even better? They have a full cafĂ© menu with all kinds of coffee drinks and smoothies for you! And the food menu? Well, let's just say the prices are fantastic and right up my alley. Everybody wins here! Kids are $11 to play. Reservations recommended. 

Pepper's Playhouse (Arlington)- This spot was featured on my social channels, too, months ago when it first launched. This spot, located in southeast Arlington, is perfect for little kids. Let them play and explore while you sit back and relax. This spot regularly hosts fun events and you can host your fun event here, too! There are often specials on admission (no rate is listed on the website) but follow them on social because open play was just $6 during November if you followed on IG! Check online for open play times. 

kids play place
My niece enjoying Pepper's Playhouse in Arlington last spring. 



Play Wid Uz (Arlington)- Located on Pioneer Parkway just east of Collins, this play area is a great spot for littles to roam free. They can jump, climb, run and play. You can also rent this space for private birthday parties and bring in your own food. No price is listed for open play. Follow them on social for more info on open play times and rates.

All of these spots I highly recommend for kids 7/8 and younger. My youngest just turned nine and, sadly, has outgrown these places unless she is with her younger cousins in a more supervisory role. Most of these spots have ample bathroom space for diaper changes and a few require socks, so make sure you stick some in the diaper bag. Now go and have fun!

What is your kiddo's favorite indoor play spot in the greater Arlington area?

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Arlington for the Holidays 2022

The EA crew has been joyously making the rounds in DFW to check out all of the holiday happenings throughout the metroplex. From Radiance in Frisco (use code magic for 15% off) to ICE at the Gaylord Texan (code Arlington will save you 50% on select dates), we have been happily hitting all the holiday highlights to let our readers and followers know where to go and what to see this holiday season.

Though there are almost too many great events to name, we highly recommend checking out Cirque de Soleil's Twas the Night Before and also Dallas Zoo's Zoo Lights, two of our favorite activities so far. Really, though, all of these events will leave you feeling all sparkly and shiny and ready for Santa to come down the chimney. Check out my Instagram, though, if you aren't sure which event you should spend your hard-earned money on.

Christmas lights
We love the holidays! 


That said, there is no reason you need to leave Arlington to soak up holiday cheer. There is so much to do around town these final few weekends before Christmas arrives. If you want all the holiday cheer with none of the drive time, check out these awesome area events (and if I've missed any, please email me at everythingarlingtontx@gmail.com- I'm just a one-woman show after all!).

Holiday Happenings in Arlington

Ongoing opportunities for holiday cheer

Campo Verde- Say whatever you want to about this legendary local restaurant (the cheese is neon, isn't it?), but it is a fun spot for kids (of all ages!) to snap some great photos, spend time with loved ones and gobble up some food. Try not to smile when your kids ooh and aah at everything on the walls.

Decorator's Warehouse- This spot calls itself the number one Christmas store in Texas, and if you've never been, you are missing out! Buy all the holiday trimmings you could possibly want, grab a drink or piece of pie from Dasher's Pie Co. or just go and take some adorable photos. This spot is truly a Christmas wonderland.

Texas Christkindl Market- Christkindl Market is back at Globe Life Field and I am here for it! My mom and I have gone every year it's been open since she moved here in 2015 and we have loved the experience. I spent time earlier this year in Germany and can't wait to check out the market this year. Stay tuned for my IG and Facebook Reels!

The Light Park- If you haven't seen my Facebook Reel about The Light Park, go check it out. This drive-through experience, located in Hurricane Harbor's parking lot, is 30 minutes of dancing holiday lights set to music on your car radio. Grab some hot cocoa and Christmas cookies, cram the car full of kids and soak up some Christmas family (or friend) time without leaving the car!

Six Flags Holidays in the Park- I love Six Flags this time of year. I will take a hard pass on all those rides in the middle of the summer when I can't stop sweating, but in the cold weather? Yes please! Sip hot cocoa, listen to festive music and just enjoy the rides when you aren't sweating through your clothing. Don't forget to stop and make s'mores! It would be real toss up for me if you were to make me decide if I liked Six Flags better in October or December...

Junior League of Arlington's Festival of Trees- Stop by daily through 12/23 to see more than 50 beautifully decorated trees. Admission is free. Dress the kids up in cute outfits and snap some great pics. The event is indoors so no need to worry about warm clothing. Vote for your favorite tree while you are there. What a fun community event!

reindeer
We love checking out holiday events. 


Free (or cheap) holiday events in Arlington with a limited run

Hometown Holidays- November 30- December 3, times vary. Mansfield. Free.- So many activities! Too many to name. Games, photos, toy drop offs and more. 

Grounds & Gold Sip & Shop- December 2, 4-7 pm. Holiday shopping and free Santa photos. 

Photos with Santa in DWG (free!)- December 4, 3-5 pm- Free photos with Santa, activities, refreshments.

Santa & The Grinch Photos at Chick Fil A on Sublett- Wednesdays, December 7, 14; Tuesday December 20th. Free. 



Arlington Holiday Lights Parade- Saturday December 10th. Free. Events all day in downtown Arlington followed by the always-awesome lights parade! 

DWG Santa Parade- December 23, 4:45 pm- Watch the big guy in red in a festive parade through DWG! 

The Arlington Public Library has so many awesome upcoming events I couldn't possibly list them all. From Winter PJ Story Time to 3D Printing Holiday Ornaments (I know- so cool!), you definitely need to check out their calendar (linked above) to sign up for some of these events. 

Santa
Time for annual Santa pics! Have you gotten yours this year?


Thursday, November 10, 2022

Holiday Happenings in Dallas/Fort Worth 2022

It's that time of year again... Time to start planning for the holiday season!

Dallas/Fort Worth is hosting a seemingly-endless number of awesome holiday events this year. From a walk-through light event in Frisco to North Pole-themed events in Dallas and Grapevine, DFW is your ho-ho-home for the holidays from north to south and east to west. Although 2022 won't see the return of the Magical Elf Journey that flooded Globe Life Park with holiday cheer last year, there are enough other events coming to the area that you'll have your pick of holiday happenings.

So whether you are looking for a drive through light show or an immersive experience, look no further than the DFW Metroplex for holiday cheer in 2022. Here are 10 events throughout DFW meant to get you in the holiday spirit, eggnog not included (though definitely encouraged!). 

tree
We are ready for some holiday magic in 2022!



(Be sure you are following me on Instagram, as I will be giving away admission to a number of these events this season there- www.instagram.com/everythingarlingtontx)

11 Holiday Events in DFW for 2022

'Twas the Night Before Cirque du Soleil (Grand Prairie)- Be prepared to be amazed when the circus blows into Grand Prairie! You'll get to marvel at acrobatic feats set to the backdrop at one of the most beloved holiday tales of all time. Kids will love seeing all the high-flying magic of the circus with a fun, holiday twist!
Why we love it: This show is truly something unique and different for the holiday season. Plus, no driving all the way to Dallas or Frisco to experience wonderful holiday magic. Texas Trust Theater is an intimate setting without a bad seat in the house, so kids of all ages will get to experience the magic of the circus combined with the magic of the holiday season. 

The Light Park (Arlington)- Open evenings through January 1; Starts at $29 per vehicle
Drive through thousands of sparkling Christmas lights in Hurricane Harbor's parking lot! Listen to festive music as you relax in the comfort of your vehicle as you bask in the glow of holiday magic.
Why we love it: Low cost per person if you drive a vehicle that seats seven and fill every seat. Bring your own hot cocoa and Christmas cookies to get the most bang for your buck. 

Radiance: Frozen in Frisco (Frisco) or Radiance at the Ranch (Weatherford)- Open nightly November 18- December 31. Tickets start at $34.99 per person.
There is so much to do at Radiance that it is truly a Hallmark Holiday movie brought to life. Build snowmen from real snow, go snowtubing, see thousands of holiday lights, go ice skating, have a snowball fight and lots more.
Why we love it: This is your one-stop shop for holiday magic. There is truly so much to do you can arrive when the show opens and plan to stay until they turn off the lights!

A Christmas Carol (Granbury)- Weekends in December. General admission tickets start at $39.
Immerse yourself in a live reenactment of A Christmas Carol in a truly delightful way. Follow the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future as actors bring to life the famous tale of Ebenezer Scrooge himself. Grab a cup of hot cocoa to keep you warm on this outdoor adventure.
Why we love it: This experience is truly unique. We did the Sleepy Hollow Experience last year and the kids loved it. Plus who doesn't love the story of Mr. Bah Humbug himself? 

Immersive Nutcracker Experience (Dallas)- Weekends in November and then daily in December. Tickets start at $30.
Watch the magic of the Nutcracker come alive around you as you partake this open space concept. Marvel at the images projected on warehouse walls that will illuminate the famous story of Clara and her wooden friend.
Why we love it: This event allows you to go at your own pace and experience this age-old tale in a truly 21st Century way. We have been to the Van Gogh Experience and have really enjoyed the ambiance and presentation of this immersive experience. 

The Trains at Northpark (Dallas)- Open daily November 12- January 6. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids or seniors.
For 35 years, area residents have enjoyed seeing miniature trains done up for the holidays. Enjoy winter scenes involving some of America's most iconic landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. 
Why we love it: These trains are so fun to see up-close and personal. This event is affordable for everyone and you can go whenever you want to- no need to worry about your time of entry.

Christmas at the Gaylord Texan (Grapevine)- Open daily, November 11- January 1. All events are a la carte, prices vary per activity. Packages available. Use code ARLINGTON to receive half off your ICE admission on select dates.
Head to the Christmas Capital of Texas for a truly magical holiday experience. The Gaylord does the holidays in a big way, fitting for a Texas resort! This year sees the return of crowd favorite ICE, where visitors don parkas and meander through thousands upon thousands of pounds of ice trucked in an meticulously carved and dyed to spread holiday cheer. We can't wait to return to this fun event!
Why we love it: When you visit the Gaylord, you are truly immersed in holiday cheer. There are festive trees and sparkling lights everywhere you turn. The Gaylord has so many holiday offerings- from cookie decorating to snow tubing and everything in between- that the kids will be occupied for hours. Just be sure to bring your checkbook and remind yourself that Christmas only comes once a year! 

ICE
Snagged this photo when we saw ICE at the Gaylord in 2019. Can't wait for this event to return! 



SnowDay (Dallas)- Open November 18- January 8. Combo tickets start at $35 for kids and $48 for adults. 
Embark on a whimsical "train ride" to see Santa and get a few photos with the man in red himself before you wander through a winter wonderland. Snap fun selfies, explore festive holiday scenes and generally have a holly jolly good time.
Why we love it: You'll get some fantastic holiday photos at SnowDay. If you are after unique holiday settings for one-of-a-kind photos, this is the spot for you! Plus the Santa photos give you a more unique backdrop than you might find elsewhere. 

Dallas Zoo Lights (Dallas)- Open select nights, December 17- January 1. Tickets start at $14 for kids and $18 for adults.
Zoo Lights returns this year as a walk-through event alight with holiday merriment. See the zoo lit up at night, enjoy live entertainment, sip toasty beverages and more. There will be fun photo opps spaced throughout the zoo and a place to visit with Santa himself. 
Why we love it: Who doesn't love the zoo?! And it's so much fun at night. You may not see all the animals you would during the day, but the lights and sounds of the holiday season more than make up for it. 

Prairie Lights (Grand Prairie)- Open nightly November 24- January 1. $50 per vehicle.
Drive through thousands of holiday lights while your car radio plays the holiday music you know and love. Stop at the holiday village mid-way through your experience for eats and treats, a walk-through village and a visit with Santa himself.
Why we love it: Not only is Prairie Lights nearby in Grand Prairie, it is a relatively inexpensive event when you look at the prices of other activities around DFW. Staying in your own vehicle means you don't need to worry about bundling up if you don't want to and can bring your own snacks. If you do plan to get out at the holiday village, though, be sure and dress for the weather. We love this event!

Prairie Lights
A sweet Santa snap from Prairie Lights 2021. 



North Pole Texas (Dallas)- Open weekends starting November 24 and running through Christmas. Adults are $43, kids are $36. 
Get ready for a holly jolly Christmastime at the Hilton Anatole. Book a North Pole Texas experience and play yard games, meet with Santa, make crafts and cookies... I could go on! Kids will love running around the expansive yard partaking in reindeer games while adults can nosh on sweet bites and delicious drinks. 
Why we love this event: There is literally so much to do that you won't hear the words "I'm bored" all day. There are a lot of activities for one fee, which is nice. Plus the Hilton is simply a stunning hotel, so you couldn't ask for a better backdrop for holiday cheer. 


What event are you looking most forward to this holiday season? What events would you love giveaways for?

Santa in the summer
My cool kids hanging with Santa in the summertime. 


Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Fall Fun throughout DFW!

Welcome to Spooky Season, friends!

Whether you're here for the boos or the booze, you have to admit there is something about fall. It is my favorite season, hands down, and I get so giddy this time of year about all the fun things on the horizon all around Dallas/Fort Worth.

DFW is no stranger to fun-filled events all over the area that cater to young ones (and ones who are young at heart) looking for some fun. If you've followed me for a while, you know that my girls and I have done all the things. From Peppa Pig World at Grapevine Mills Mall to Mainstay Farms in Cleburne and KidZania in Frisco to the Dallas World Aquarium, we have tried all the places and given you honest reviews so you know when to hit the road and when to stay home. If there is a spot I haven't reviewed, I would love for you to let me know!

In the past, I've done a comprehensive list of all the free events in the area for Halloween. Well, friends, time just isn't on my side this year and I'm not sure if I'll get that knocked out before Halloween wraps up or not (but hey, if you want to make a few bucks and compile the list for me, send me a message!), but I wanted to round up a few great ways for you to get spooky with the kids and have a creepy good time. These events are all running weekends (and some all week, as well!) through Halloween so you can get to haunting.

If you want to celebrate spooky season, check out these events all over the area. If you want me to add one, message me!


Happy Haunting, friends!


Halloween Happenings in the DFW Area

Pumpkin Nights (Arlington)- This event is frightful fun right here in town! My husband and I are headed there this week and can't wait! It's a great event for families- it's not too spooky but it is definitely neat! So many carved pumpkins along a fun, light-filled path. This event takes place at night, you can buy adult beverages and interact with vendors and just have a blast. We brought the girls the first year and went ourselves last year. We've decided this event works better for us as a date night but recommend it for families as well! Dress in your festive favorites but be sure to mind you weather app- if you aren't dressed for the weather once the sun sets you won't have much fun!


Pumpkin nights



Frights n Lights (Frisco)- Not dissimilar from Pumpkin Nights, just on the other side of DFW. We can't wait to check out this spot when we visit family in Frisco next weekend. There are mazes, games and pumpkins galore. It's a bit of a haul from Arlington, but you could certainly make a day or weekend of heading to Frisco and check out all the other fun things to do in the area, as well. We are excited about the axe throwing, hay maze, creepy crafts and more. Enter if you dare! 

The Sleepy Hollow Experience (Granbury)- Y'all... We did this last year and loved it! Embark on an evening adventure and watch as the story of Ichabod Crane comes to life in a whole new way. You'll spend an hour watching live actors retell this eerie tale like never before. Drinks are available for purchase, and the show is family-friendly, although it would also be an excellent date night! My girls still talk about this show from a year ago, so you know it must be good! 

Goblins at Giggles at the Gaylord (Grapevine)- The Gaylord is such a fun year-round destination for kids and families. We enjoy their winter activities during the holiday season each year, and this year, they have a whole slew of spooky and fun events for kids of all ages! Meet Spookley, my favorite square pumpkin from the children's book series of the same name and engage in several activities with the jolly round character. Make arts and crafts, try an escape room, trick or treat and more. There's even an interactive Ghoul School show. Cool!

Tunnel of Torment Car Wash (Arlington)- I posted about this last year and the post went crazy viral. Next to El Arroyo on Cooper is the Kwik Kar car wash that turns into a haunted car wash on the weekend nights between now and Halloween. People love to hate- so, if you went last year and didn't love it or if you think it's not scary enough, no worries. It isn't for everyone! BUT, if you have a kiddo who thinks they are ready for a haunted house but you aren't so sure, this is for you! You stay inside your car, so kids can hide in the floor board if they get too scared. Plus your car gets cleaned as you get spooked. Everybody wins, right? 


creepy car wash



Shadow Creek Pumpkin Farm (Midlothian)- This charming spot is the stuff your autumn dreams are made of! Have fun in the shade of this spacious farm in Midlo, where you can play to your heart's content! Enjoy the petting zoo, hayrides, mazes, playground games, food and so much more. Check out the axe throwing if you dare, and don't forget your cute Halloween shirts for all the photo opps on the property! 

Stockyards Ghost Tour (Fort Worth)- This event isn't limited to the Halloween season, so, don't fret if your October is already too full to squeeze this in. But, grab a glass of wine and embark on a 90-minute tour of the Stockyards on foot to hear all about the ghosts that haunt the area! Learn about shootings, hangings and so much more. Probably not a spot to bring the kids (although teenagers could possibly handle it at your discretion), but how fun would this be as a date night or as a girl's night out? 

Zombie Safari (Forney)- Journey through open fields in north Dallas hunting zombies! How cool is that? Yes, this Zombie Safari is open to all ages, although parent discretion is advised. This is an open first-person shooter experience where you will embark on a safari to rid the area of zombies using paintball guns. My girls are dying to give this a shot. Maybe this will be the year I indulge them...

What spooky events are you most excited about? Tell me in the comments!

Happy haunting, friends! 


girls and pumpkins






Thursday, July 21, 2022

Have Kids, Will Travel: Quick Weekend Getaway to Lake Murray, Oklahoma

Looking for a quick, easy weekend getaway? Check out Ardmore, Oklahoma, where you can experience Turner Falls & Lake Murray and embark on a fun weekend adventure!

Ardmore, Oklahoma, is less than two hours by car from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. It is home to Lake Murray State Park, Oklahoma's largest and busiest state park, as well as Turner Falls, a popular outdoor area that offers up lots of water-based activities and excitement. 

I recently wrote an article about this sweet spot for TexsCampgrounds, and my good friend Kara took her kids here for a weekend escape with her family of four. She offered up a few tips on how to escape to Lake Murray for the weekend and make the most of your time at Lake Murray! 


Ready for fun at Lake Murray. 


Things to do at Lake Murray in Oklahoma:

Lake Murray is considered the cleanest lake in Oklahoma. The area is big for tourists because it offers a plethora of things to do with guests of all ages. Whether you are wanting a weekend retreat with your SO or a family getaway with kids, you'll find something to do that will be fun for everyone. When you plan a getaway across the Red River, the hardest part will be choosing which of the fun activities you want to check out! From horseback riding to scuba diving, Lake Murray offers a close-to-home but oh-so-fun vacation for all guests.

Good to know: There are parts of Lake Murray where you may be required to wear a life jacket. You can bring your own or borrow once you arrive. Cost is $10 per car to enter Lake Murray State Park.

- Snorkel and scuba dive: Scuba diving in Oklahoma- who knew?! Lake Murray is, according to divers, a great spot to explore underwater. Guests who wish to explore the lake from the surface will enjoy snorkeling to see all of the fish that live in this body of water. Marietta Landing at Lake Murray is the spot to start your underwater adventure.

Ready to snorkel at Lake Murray.



- Watersports: For those who want to explore the water by vessel, you can rent boats and more at Lake Murray. My girls love to ride around on jet skis, exploring the water at high speed. If kayaks and canoes are more your thing, those available to rent, too. Lake Murray Watersports also offers a play area in the water that enables you to stay close to dry land while playing on trampolines and other stationary structures (this area is $10 per hour per person). Feel free to pack your own food- you can purchase sno cones and snacks on-site but no meal-time food. 

Watersports at Lake Murray. 



- Fishing: Hoping to catch your dinner? Lake Murray is a great spot to fish for large and small-mouthed bass as well as catfish. You can fish on your own or seek out a guide or service that will help you learn the tricks of the trade. 

Turner Falls, Oklahoma

This popular area, home of Oklahoma's largest waterfall, gets busy during the warmer months, so be sure to be prepared before your trip! With a spring-fed creek with waterfalls, areas for hiking and playing and a large castle to climb up, Turner Falls, the oldest park in Oklahoma, is great for a day of fun. The park has been a recreational area since 1868 and offers waterfalls as well as two swimming holes that provide hours of fun!

Good to know: Admission, on the weekends, is $20 per adult and $16 per kid (children younger than 5 are always free). It is slightly cheaper on the weekdays. The summer season runs from May 1- September 30. It can get crowded, and daily admission tickets may sell out, so consider buying in advance online if you are able. 

The waterfall at Turner Falls.


Tips from Kara for a great day:

- Hike up the castle. It's run down but neat to see from the top! The castle is easy to access and was built in the 1930s by the Dean of Education from the University of Oklahoma.

- Turner Falls is set on three levels. All three levels offer food, fun and parking. Level two has a waterfall and level one has a large swimming area with a diving board a lifeguard. All three levels have smaller waterfalls. Anyone younger than 12 is required to wear a life jacket, which is not provided so bring your own. Also worth bringing- your own tubes to play in. You can purchase some at Turner Falls, but there are none available for rent. 

- Parking can be tricky! Kara's advice: Bring your own food and pay to park. If you park in free parking, you can take a horse-drawn carriage for $6 per person or walk. The walk isn't long, just hot. Feel free to bring your own food to avoid the lines to get food. Kara did this and recommends it! 





Thursday, June 23, 2022

New Sheets for a New School Year: Organic Character Sheets from Morning Bird

 *Disclaimer: I received a free sheet set in return for my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*


Sleeping girl

Even though it feels like we just got out of school, back-to-school supplies are popping up in stores everywhere. My girls have picked out the backpacks they want for next year, and my oldest has her eyes on a new pair of Air Forces Ones. We are talking about hair cuts and first day outfits all the while I'm trying to keep the cupboard stocked and the laundry done-ish because summer can be brutal for moms!

My youngest wants to freshen up her room a bit this summer because we don't already have enough going on, so, when I got asked to try out a sheet set from Morning Bird it seemed like now was the time. My girls have always loved themed sheets and goodies that feature characters from their favorite shows and play sets. And MorningBird.com has an amazing collection.

We picked out LOL Doll-themed sheets because my girls go gaga over LOL Dolls, constantly getting excited about exactly which doll their newest purchase might uncover. We have quite the collection of LOL Surprise Dolls in all sizes and with more accessories than I, myself, own. So we picked out a fun set of LOL Surprise sheets for my youngest's room. Other sets available from Morning Bird include Trolls, Paw Patrol, Jurassic Park, Frozen and more. With Morning Bird, you are sure to find something for everyone! 


LOL Surprise
LOL Doll sheets from Morning Bird


If you are thinking it might be time for a room refresh, for the new school year, to pick a new theme, or just because, consider starting with sheets from Morning Bird. They are cozy, cute and oh-so-fun for kids. 

Reasons to buy your kids' sheets from Morning Bird

At Morning Bird, all of your sheet sets are 100% organic! Certainly there are cheaper sheets on the market- but cheaper organic sheets? You'd be hard-pressed to find those. Why do organic sheets matter? Well, let me tell you...


Organic sheets are better for your kiddos- and the environment

1. Organic sheets are breathable! It's hot in Texas, especially in the summertime. Organic cotton sheets will keep your kids cooler so they can sleep comfortably, even when the temps soar above 100 degrees.

2. Sheets that have been certified organic are gentler on your child's skin and overall safer for little ones. Organic sheets are made using fewer synthetic ingredients that could potentially irritate their skin or bother them long-term. 

3. Organic cotton is better for the environment. It is grow using less pesticides, which means less chemicals seep into Mother Earth.

Sheets from Morning Bird are just simply adorable!

What kiddo doesn't want to cozy up in sheets featuring their favorite characters? Morning Bird has multiple character sets for you to choose from, so you can find something for every kiddo.

- Trolls
- Frozen 2
- Paw Patrol
- Jurassic Park
- Hot Wheels
- Batman
- My Little Pony
- Ryan's World
- LOL Surprise

Morning Bird has character pillows, duvet covers, soft throws, sheet sets and more featuring your child's favorite characters. So you can find an entire matching set from the comfort of your couch. Your child will thank you!

LOL Surprise
A girl and her (LOL) dolls. 



These sheets are cozy and comfy.

My youngest has been sleeping in her sheets for more than a week now and gives them rave reviews. It can get hot in her second-floor bedroom, and she's a hot-natured little kiddo, but her LOL Surprise sheets from Morning Bird are keeping her cool and comfortable despite the summer heat. The sheet are super easy to wash in the washing machine, and we love spraying them with a lavender spray for sweet dreams every night at bedtime. Now she's trying to convince me to repaint her walls to better match her duvet cover...

LOL Surprise



If you are on the market for new sheets this summer, this next school year, or at any point for your little ones, shop at MorningBird.com. The organic, themed sheets are a fun treat for your kiddos. Which character set is your child eyeing?

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Summer Reading Programs 2022: Kids' Reading Programs near Arlington, Texas

Summer break is (practically) here!

Time for summer vacations, lazy days by the pool, day and overnight camps and just general relaxing and thinking about anything except school.

Buuuuut (my kids are going "Mom, don't even talk about learning" as I type this), if you are like me, you want your kids to do something, anything, that resembles learning over the summer.

Reading is the perfect compromise. It's educational and fun and something kids of all ages can do, most of them without parental guidance. Books can be borrowed for free from local libraries or found in Little Free Libraries all over Texas. Kids can find a genre or an author that they love and just dive in.

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This kid loves the Whatever After series!


Reading is good for kids (and adults!) for a number of reasons. It can improve your memory and focus, expand your vocabulary and improve brain function. There is no shortage of reasons why kids should read over the summer. 

If your kids need a little extra push to get reading this summer, they aren't alone. Locally, a number of local businesses recognize that kids sometimes need a small incentive to open a book and get reading. Here are some great programs that will reward your kids to do something rewarding in and of itself: reading!

Summer reading incentive programs for kids 2022


Pizza Hut Book It- Yep- Book It! is back. Actually, I'm not entirely sure it ever left. But if you spent your childhood reading to earn a free personal pan pizza, well, now you can pass the tradition on to your children! Kids 4-12 years old can read to earn a free pizza. Sweet!

Arlington Public Library Discover Reading- Formerly called the Summer Reading Challenge, this program offers so much for kids. Not only will the library host free concerts and play dates all summer long for kids and teens, but kids can read five books and earn a number of goodies. There is even an adult reading club! Sign up on the website for more details. 

Free Play Arlington Read It- Guys- I'm SUPER pumped about this one. If you can believe it, I have never been to Free Play! Kids can read 5 books and fill out the online form for free admission and a free swag item! I read 5 books in April... Can I get in for free? All those vintage games look awesome! 

HEBuddy Summer 2022 Reading Program- Designed for kids in Texas between the ages of 3 and 12, the HEBuddy program runs through October 1. Print out the reading log, complete your summer reading and mail in the journal for a special prize. 

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading List- Kids entering grades 1-6 can fill out this summer's reading log and turn it in for a free book from a pre-selected list. This program runs through August. 

Chuck E Cheese Summer Reading Rewards- Print the summer reading calendar and mark the days you complete the task. When you've filled the calendar, bring it to Chuck E Cheese for 10 free play points. 

Half Price Books Summer Reading Camp- Starting June 1, HPB will offer four different reading camps for kids. From camp creativity (focusing on arts and crafts) to camp imagination (focusing on music and arts), this program has lots of great programming that will appeal to everyone. 

I can't wait to get my kids reading all summer! And, if you want to keep up with me and all my reading, the next books on my bookshelf are The Paris Bookseller and Last Train to London!

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Reading from her favorite series. 



Happy summer reading!