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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Your Family Will Love a Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018

All aboard!  If you follow regularly, you know that we try to give our children a new experience each month.  We want to connect them with new views of the world around us. In today's post, I'll share a sneak peek into our experience for April -- The Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018.  This trendy event in Grapevine, TX is sure to be a memorable experience. Let me share the details.

Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him for a day of big adventures and even bigger memories at Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018. Children everywhere can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Grapevine on April 13-15 & 20-22, 2018. Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018 is presented by Mattel.

This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including crafts, photo ops, and more. The tour, now in its 23rd year, will make 42 stops across the U.S. and Canada and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2018.

WHO: Thomas the Tank Engine

  • A 25-minute ride with a talking Thomas the Tank Engine
  • A Meet & Greet with Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway
  • A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station featuring a variety of activities
  • A ‘Passport to Adventures’ booklet for children to track their journey at the event a receive a special prize upon completion.
  • Thomas & Friends-themed activities including crafts, photo ops, and more
  • Storytelling, video viewing and live music

WHEN: April 13-15 & 20-22, 2018

EVENT HOURS: 9:00am to 5:15pm Fridays, 9:00am to 6:00pm Saturdays & Sundays

WHERE: 705 S. Main Street, Grapevine, TX 76051

Tickets for Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2018 are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free 866-468-7630, or by visiting Ticket prices are $21-25 plus tax for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply).

For more information and directions, contact the Museum of the American Railroad at 214-428-0101 or Visit our website at for more event information! For information on Thomas & Friends, visit

For more information about the wonderful world of Thomas & Friends please visit their website and Facebook page. For bonus material and exclusive content, visit on YouTube.

Follow this trendy event on Facebook and Twitter @HistoricTrains #DayOutWithThomas
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Take Your Family to the Trendy Cirque Italia in Grapevine or Denton (The Italian Water Circus)

If you follow regularly, you know that we try to have one unique "experience" with our children each month.  We want our children to experience the world around them.  The experience that we have planned for this month is a visit to see Cirque Italia. While many people travel to see different Cirque shows, those of us in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro are fortunate that Cirque Italia is visiting Grapevine and Denton for the next few weeks.  This is an amazing opportunity for your family to experience.  Let me share a quick YouTube clip and then more details about the show, show times, and tickets.

Let's start with the YouTube clip.

Here is an overview
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “Aquatic Spectacular”? Water, entertainment, excitement……? You can expect all these things and so much more from the brand new themed Cirque Italia production with its perfectly fitting new title. After six years of enhancements, a rigorous casting selection, and countless performances nationwide, this newest form of Cirque Italia’s innovative and unique “traveling circus” spectacular production is set to be its finest to date.

Aquatic Spectacular came to life all thanks to its imaginative creator Manuel Rebecchi, along with invaluable direction and production management by Chanté DeMoustes. Cirque Italia’s brand-new theme show is an artistic blend of human abilities, technology and the element of water. This one-of-a-kind production combines water fountains, jet-skis, pirates, and more in a fun filled atmosphere all ages are sure to enjoy.

Performers from all over the world have been brought together under the enchanted spiral of the white and blue big top. The merging of their astonishing skills with the poetic element of water has led to the creation of a truly unforgettable experience. Cirque Italia has managed to create a beautifully unique theatrical production by combining the gracefulness of the human body with the calming fluidity of water, along with bursts of power and excitement as well.

Aquatic Spectacular offers two hours of high-end entertainment. Beautiful aerialists dazzle and shimmer on a chandelier high above the ground, but they aren’t the only ones that will draw your eyes toward the sky. You can expect to see contortion in a bubble, a Venetian aerial duo, and even someone hula hooping while in the air. Don’t worry about getting your eyes checked, you aren’t seeing double; there are TWO lasermen. Duo jugglers, duo roller-skaters, the always breathtaking wheel of death………the list goes on and on. It is even possible for a pre-historic dinosaur to make an appearance. Let your imagination wander, because anything is possible in this new whimsical production.

One might be concerned that such a spectacular entertainment opportunity is out of his/her price range, but Cirque Italia is committed to bringing a Las Vegas quality production to your hometown at an affordable price. They also feature many special offers and promotions.

Cirque Italia continues to contribute to the modernization of the performing arts and the circus industry by abiding by a strict animal free policy.

Here are the showtimes:

When: March 23-April 1

Where: Grapevine Mills

At: 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051

Located: in the parking lot... under the grand, swirling White and Blue tent! 

• March 23- Friday: 7:30pm

• March 24- Saturday: 2:30pm, 5:30pm, & 8:30pm

• March 25- Sunday: 2:30pm, 5:30pm, & 8:30pm

• March 26- Monday: 7:30pm 
• March 29- Thursday: 7:30pm 
• March 30- Friday: 7:30pm 
• March 31- Saturday: 2:30pm, 5:30pm, & 8:30pm 
• April 1- Sunday: 2:30pm, 5:30pm, & 8:30pm 
Box office hours:  The box office opens on-site on Tuesday, the week of the show.
  • Non-show days: 10am – 6pm 
  • On show days: 10am – 9pm 
You can purchase tickets through their website here or by phone: (941) 704-8572.  For more information visit and make sure to check all their social media accounts. 

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Recipe: The Best Waffles with Pure Maple Syrup for National Waffle Day + Learn About Maple Syrup Tapping Season

Did you know that March 25th is National Waffle Day? In today's post, I will share my favorite waffle recipe and then some facts about pure maple syrup and tapping season!

Recipe: The Best Waffles to Make During Maple Syrup Tapping Season

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 dash of salt
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla beans

1. Preheat the waffle iron.

2. Beat the egg and then slowly add all of the remaining ingredients, beating until smooth.

3. For each waffle, spray the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the mix onto the waffle iron and then cook until golden brown.

Now that I've shared our favorite waffle recipe, let me share some facts that I gathered about Maple Syrup Tapping Season.  Let me thank B&G Foods for sharing this information.

B&G Foods, a pure maple syrup powerhouse, is the largest bottler of pure maple syrup in the United States. Tapping Season is now underway, so it’s time to celebrate and learn more about B&G Foods’ extensive offering of  pure maple syrup brands, including:  Maple Grove Farms®Spring Tree®Cary’s® and MacDonald’s.

Tapping Season, as the maple syrup season is known, is the time when the trees are “tapped” to gather sap which is then boiled in sugar houses to produce maple syrup. It takes 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup.  Tapping season, which typically lasts about six to eight weeks, ends sometime in April. Weather dictates the length of tapping season - warm days followed by cool nights are needed to get the sap flowing. Once a tree buds, tapping season has come to an end.

Pure maple syrup is just one ingredient, sourced from nature, and contains no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial flavors or colors.  Our pure maplesyrup is naturally gluten-free and certified kosher.  Additionally, pure maple syrup offers inherent benefits of the minerals manganese and zinc.

With proprietary blending methods and the highest standards of quality, B&G Foods is proud to offer the largest branded portfolio – nearly six times that of the nearest competitor. Maple masters on staff have an incredible 860 years of combined experience, ensuring that only the best maple syrup is bottled for our leading brands. Our pure maple syrup goes through numerous taste and consistency checks to ensure the highest quality. 

With changes in pure maple syrup grading in 2015, all of our pure maple syrup is now Grade A followed by a color and taste qualifier (Golden Delicate, Amber Rich and Dark Robust). Different grades are best suited for different usage occasions and taste preferences which is why B&G Foods’ portfolio of brands feature different grades and sizes. Additionally, our Maple Grove Farms and Spring Tree brand offer Organic varieties that are USDA or QAI certified and support the sustainable practices of maple syrup farming. For all of our syrups, trees are never tapped in the same place twice, to ensure the health and safety of this renewable resource.

Multiple reports have shown the use of maple syrup is on the rise. According to Techonomics, restaurant menus have shown a forty-five percent increase over the past four years in the use of maple syrup.  Additionally, maple syrup – a delicious alternative to cane sugar and artificial sweeteners - reflects the alternative sweetener movement that has grown 200 percent in the past four years.

“Pure maple syrup is affectionately called liquid gold,” says Meghan Swatt, Brand Manager, B&G Foods.  “It is the secret ingredient to almost every recipe occasion and our brands offer an array of grades and certifications, but one thing always remains – our commitment to quality and consistency.  We encourage everyone to explore with our pure maple syrup beyond breakfast—as a sweetener in baking, roasting vegetables, poured over salmon, stirred into a cocktail and even in your morning tea or coffee!”

B&G Food’s portfolio of pure maple syrup brands satisfies every palate and use:

  • Maple Grove Farms has been making maple products since 1915 and sources syrup from   local and well established farms, including trees that have been tapped since the 1700s.  Maple Grove Farms offers Golden Delicate and Amber Rich grades as well as Organic varieties of pure maple syrup.Bottled in the maple syrup capital of the United States, St. Johnsbury, Vermont, in a Zero Waste Certified Facility, Maple Grove Farms pure maplesyrup is nationally distributed in three sizes: 8.5 fluid oz., 12.5 fluid oz. and 32 fluid oz.
  • Spring Tree was founded in 1976 and is named after the time of year maple syrup is produced.  Spring Tree pure maple syrup is available in both Amber Rich and Dark Robust in Organic and regular options.  Spring Tree pure maple syrup is available nationally in three sizes: 8.5 fluid oz., 12.5 fluid oz. and 32 fluid oz.
  • Cary’s, is the oldest maple syrup brand in the United States, founded in 1906 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Cary’s pure maple syrup is available in Amber Rich nationally in 8 and 12.5 fluid oz. sizes.
  • MacDonald’s pure maple syrup is available predominantly in the Midwest and West Coast in two sizes of Amber Rich:  8.5 fluid oz. and 12.5 fluid oz.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Hop Over to North East Mall for Spring Kids Fashions and Easter Bunny Photos

This is a sponsored post, but the opinions about the trendy kids fashions at North East Mall are my own.

Spring is in the air! It's the perfect time to visit North East Mall to take photos with the Easter Bunny and to enjoy a shopping spree for spring fashions with your children. We dropped by today and created happy childhood memories with the Easter Bunny and shopping for new spring trends. (Spoiler alert - Crazy 8, Gap Kids, Gymboree and Kids Footlocker have the latest Spring trends for kids and great deals!)

Let's start with the Easter Bunny. My baby was skeptical of the Easter Bunny. It's funny because he kept giving him looks of distrust that I have never seen before. He may not be able to talk yet, but his looks were worth a thousand words. Thank goodness for the amazing staff at the North East Mall! They had four staff members that were pros about calming him. One of the staff members told me that it happens frequently, so they know all of the tricks to make them more comfortable. For instance, my baby preferred for the Easter Bunny to stand behind him instead of sitting next to him. He also seemed to find it soothing to hold a giant Easter egg. He even received his first lollipop. Check him out below! I will always treasure the memories of my high maintenance baby and the amazing staff that worked their magic!

Here are the details for the Easter Bunny photos: Simon®, a global leader in retail real estate, will host its annual Easter celebration festivities at North East Mall, offering families the chance to participate in traditional and unique seasonal events. Children can visit and take pictures with the Easter Bunny through April 1. He'll be waiting for you at his garden located in Center Court near Starbucks and Macy's Saturday, March 9 - Sunday April 1. Each child visiting the Easter Bunny will receive a set of adjustable bunny ears, while supplies last.  They accept walk-ins or you may register for a time in advance here.

As I mentioned earlier, the new spring lines for kids are available. Personally, we loved the latest fashions at Crazy 8, Gap Kids, Gymboree, and Kids Footlocker.

Let's start with Kids Footlocker.  My older son is a sporty kid and loves this store.

The Kids Footlocker store at North East Mall has the latest spring trends. When it comes to athletic shoes, I think that it's almost guaranteed that your child will find trendy shoes that they love.

In addition to shoes, they also have popular clothing items for spring, including the light jackets shown below. 

We love the classic fashions at Kids Footlocker right now. In the Dallas/Fort Worth metro, the weather fluctuates during spring. One day is hot and then the next day is cold and rainy. It's hard to predict the weather at this time of year.  That's why we were excited to find a nice jacket and pullover for our son to wear. 

We stocked up on socks on the Buy-One-Get-On-Half-Off sale.

We also found sandals for him to wear to swim practices.

Gap Kids is another one of our favorite stores. As a mom, I appreciate the fashion forward trends and high quality clothing at Gap Kids.

Gap Kids currently has a great selection of trendy spring clothing. Personally, I love the soft fabrics this season.

I also love their swim shorts and tops that offer some UV protection. As someone who has had skin cancer, I am thrilled that clothing with UV protection is popular.

Gymboree has a special sale this weekend where the entire store is 50% off!  This is a rare event, so you'll definitely want to schedule time to visit North East Mall this weekend.  We are big fans of Gymboree because many of their fashions are timeless, plus seasoned moms will tell you that their clothing is excellent quality.  

We buy a lot of t-shirts from Gymboree because they have many cute designs. Plus, as mentioned earlier, this is a brand that survives my energetic children!

Gymboree also receives my adoration for their nice selection of swim shirts and shorts that offer UV protection.  I hope that my children never experience skin cancer like me.  It's nice that there are stores like Gymboree that offer stylish swimwear with UPF.

Finally, Crazy 8 has an amazing sale where everything in the store is $12.99 or less this weekend. Plus, when you purchase an Easter Bunny photo package in the mall, the staff will give you a 20% off coupon for Crazy 8 that you may combine with this fabulous sale!

The $10 jeans are an amazing deal! They have all of the popular colors and cuts for only $10/pair. That's only $8/pair if you use the 20% off coupon from the Easter Bunny.

You'll want to stock up with this sale. They have a great selection of clothing for our crazy Texas weather, including short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, pants, and shorts.  Many of the items are great for layering!

While I am a boy mom, I also noticed that they had trendy clothing for girls too. The pretty dresses made me wish that I had a daughter to dress up!

As mentioned above, I love that the spring lines include UPF swimwear.  Crazy 8 has UPF shirts and shorts on sale for $10.  Again, if you buy a photo package from the Easter Bunny in the mall, you'll receive a 20% off coupon for Crazy 8. That brings the UPF shirts and shorts down to $8 + tax.  You can't beat that deal, especially considering the cute designs!

I hope that you enjoyed this peak into our recent visit to North East Mall.  I hope that you have the opportunity to take your children on a spring shopping spree and create happy childhood memories with the Easter Bunny while you are there!

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

How to Make Organic Salt Dough for Baby Handprint Keepsakes

How to Make Organic Salt Dough for Baby Handprint Keepsakes


  • 1 cup of organic all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of organic salt
  • 3/4 cup of water 
1. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and slowly add water, kneading it until all of the water is added and everything is well combined. You want to make sure that it isn't sticky. It will feel like Play-Doh, but a bit softer. It shouldn't be sticky. If it feels sticky, you will want to add a small amount of flour and salt and work it in.  Keep a 1:1 ration of flour and salt. If there is too much flour, the dough rises and could ruin the little handprints.

2. Roll the dough out to your desired thickness. I rolled the example above to approximately 1/2" thickness.

3. Gently press your baby's hand(s) and/or feet into the dough.

4. You'll want to dry the dough in the oven. Notice that you want to dry it and not bake it. Your goal is to dry the dough out, so you'll use a very low temperature. The one above seemed to be perfect for us. We used a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. We when used 100-degrees for 3 hours. We put it face up for the first 2 hours, then gently flipped it upside down for the last hour. I then let them cool overnight before painting.

5. I painted it with two different colored paints. Choose your favorite colors. I couldn't resist a sparkly handprint!
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

(Win it!) The Best Books for Easter

Easter is on April 1st this year.  If you are like us, you'll enjoy finding non-candy Easter surprises such as books for your children. In today's post, I'll tell you about some trendy books that are perfect for Easter.  Plus, we'll share a chance for one lucky winner to receive all of the books that are featured in this post and a plush bunny.

I had my son read the books before deciding whether to recommend them here.  I won't spoil the books, but I'll tell you that my son loved them. It turns out that they were all amazing and kept him busy. Not only did he enjoy reading these books, but he also enjoyed telling me about the content and sharing ideas for how to make the world a better place.  Let me share the details.

Somebunny Loves Me (hardcover picture book, ages 4-8, $16.99) by Parry Gripp. Parry is an Emmy-winning singer-songwriter whose quirky, popular tunes, including “Nom, nom, nom” and “It’s Raining Tacos” have made his YouTube channel a smash hit with nearly 140 million views. He is an avid animal lover and his bunny Bruno is often the inspiration behind so many of his songs.  In Somebunny Loves Me, Parry’s sweet and silly rhymes are cleverly written to share how children can best understand, appreciate and interact with a variety of fuzzy, feathered or scaly pals.  Paired with adorable, full-page photographs, Parry also includes a personal note in the back of the book giving kids and their parents more tips on how to be good pet owners — from how to keep pets safe, clean and healthy to how to best interact with them and even pointers on on how to make a pet music video.  Check out the Somebunny Loves Me music video and sing along as you and your kids turn the pages (hopefully with their favorite pet by their side!):  

Who’s Who in the Bible (hardcover, ages 8-12, $14.99) - Everyone you need to know from the old and new testaments!  From Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to Paul's ministry to the ancient world, this beautiful book pairs need-to-know information about biblical personalities with timeless artwork. Each vibrant, colorful profile is accompanied by fast facts, including which booksof the Bible the person appears in and what he or she is best known for. Feature spreads cover the history, archaeology, and geography associated with notable individuals. An alphabetical index covering more names not mentioned in profiles ensures that kids reading the Bible never have to ask, "Who's that?"

A Seed is the Start (hardcover picture book, ages 6-9, $17.99) - Spring is about to, well, spring into action, and the magical seed is where it all begins.  Beautiful photography and lyrical text pair with comprehensive picture captions in award-winning author Melissa Stewart's story about the surprisingly diverse world of seeds. Learn all about the plant cycle, from how seeds grow, the fascinating ways they travel, and what it takes for a seed to become a plant. The magic of spring, revealed!

100 Ways to Make the World Better (paperback, ages 8-12, $9.99) - Who says kids can't change the world? If they've got the will, Nat Geo Kids can guide the way, with doable activities, hands-on projects, advice from National Geographic explorers, interviews with experts, weird-but-true facts, and more inspiration.  In keeping with the Nat Geo Kids mission, the book is full of practical, positive, and powerful ideas that every kid can consider, from simple acts of kindness to creative adventures to good-for-the-planet projects.  Ideas are presented as simple concepts with engaging graphics and photographs, and many are followed by detailed supporting information. Kids get a sense of their own power to make a difference and an understanding of what actions contribute to positive outcomes. Sometimes all it takes is starting with something simple, and before you know it, together we've reshaped our planet for the better.

These books are perfect for Easter. We hope that you have a chance to check them out!

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One lucky winner will receive a copy of each of the four books listed above and a plush bunny.  Enter using the Rafflecopter below. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to our email with their shipping address. Otherwise, we will select a different winner. Good luck!
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