Safari Run – Get Active with the Kids This Summer…Indoors! {giveaway, too!}

Safari Run – Get Active with the Kids This Summer…Indoors!

Safari Run Plano, TX

I received free tickets and an opportunity to check out Safari Run. All opinions are mine.

The hot summer temps have hit Texas and unfortunately, they're here to stay until September.  Thankfully there is a brand new place to take the kids!  Opening June 19th, Safari Run is an air-conditioned, indoor activity and entertainment center for kids of all ages.  

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Create a Surprisingly Easy Backyard Obstacle Course This Summer!

Create a Surprisingly Easy Backyard Obstacle Course

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Our boys have always loved being outside and they also love to invent new ways to play with their things.  Seriously, most of their toys are not even used in the way they were intended to be played with.  One night a few years ago, we were all outside, gardening, grilling, or maybe just enjoying the weather.  The Captain started climbing on the swingset and at first it was a bit scary, but I realized it was a great challenge for him!  When D was old enough, he started doing the same thing and now, they race through it and make it a fun way to spend time outside. 

One afternoon, I came up with the idea to make a American Ninja Warrior-esque obstacle course and time them as they completed it to make it more fun.  They LOVED this challenge!!  

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The Perfect Spring Picnic Is Made Special With Collin Street Bakery

The Perfect Spring Picnic Is Made Special With Collin Street Bakery

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This post has been sponsored by Collin Street Bakery. All opinions are mine. Contains affiliate links.

Late Spring is the perfect time for a picnic.  The weather is usually perfect for a picnic by the lake, at the park, or even in your own backyard.  We like to have picnics in our backyard, just as a fun way to take family mealtime outdoors.  It provides a fun change of scenery and helps us, as parents, loosen up a bit and enjoy our family and not the spills and messes.

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Give Your Kitchen A Spring Makeover!

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Give Your Kitchen A Spring Makeover!

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I spend a huge amount of time in my kitchen.  Preparing school lunches, breakfasts, lunches, dinners….and then brunches, snacks, 2nd snacks and after dinner snacks, too…the kitchen gets lots of my attention.  If I was able to give any room in my house an upgrade, the kitchen would be my top choice, hands down.  The appliances are reliable, but they are very outdated.  I would love to refresh the old appliances with elegant, updated appliances that do more and use energy better, too.

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Why Should You Have Your Glove Steamed?

Why Should You Have Your Glove Steamed? 

Mizuno Glove Steaming

This post has been brought to you by Mizuno. All opinions are mine.

The Captain played modified t-ball last year and really got into it!  He loves batting practice and also playing catch with us.  He had a hand-me-down glove last year, but we found that it was a little small for his hand.  Luckily, a teammate let him borrow his Mizuno glove and it made a big difference.  His confidence grew when he could actually catch a ball with ease.  The proper sports equipment makes it more fun to play!

glove-steaming-1We were able to visit our local Dick's Sporting Goods and check out their awesome choice of Mizuno gloves.  The Captain, of course, picked out a red one for 7 and 8 year olds, and it fit great!  I did notice that it was a bit stiff, however.  


The Captain was thrilled when we saw the sign for a free glove steaming RIGHT when we walked into Dick's Sporting Goods.

We saw the sign for a free glove steaming when we walked into the store, but honestly, I had no idea why one would even need to have their glove steamed, but after we went through the process, it became very obvious!  

Reasons You Should Have Your Glove Steamed:

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Three Ways To Grow Spiritually In The New Year – Prayer Wall DIY

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Three Ways To Grow Spiritually In The New Year and Prayer Wall DIY

Three Ways To Grow Spiritually In The New Year

It is always funny to me how at the end of the year, we are so busy and things are so chaotic.  The Christmas season is supposed to be about remembering Jesus and celebrating his birth here on the Earth, but quickly becomes about cooking, gifts, travel, parties, and other worldly things.  For me, every year's end, I find myself wishing that I had spent more time with Jesus and making plans to be better in the new year.  

Here are three simple ways to grow spiritually in the new year. Of course you don't have to start January 1st.  Any time is a good time to focus on Jesus, and these ideas are good year-round.  

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Visit Texas Christkindl Market Arlington TX

Christkindl Market Arlington TX

Texas Christkindl Market Arlington TX

This post has been brought to you by the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau. All opinions are mine.

Arlington 2011 Christkindl Market Day Two photographed Saturday, December 2, 2011. Photography by Bruce E. Maxwell.[/caption]

We love holiday events, but are always unsure about the best ones in our area, and if they are even family friendly.  This year we will be attending the Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington, TX and here's why!  

First of all, the event is free and parking is free.  It's not a gamble to if your family will like it and if it's "worth it," because you only spend what you want to spend.  It's an open air market where you can shop for gifts and holiday decorations, enjoy German cuisine, holiday beverages, live entertainment, events for the kids, and much more.

Christkindl Market Arlington TX

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Family Dinners are Important, Even On Busy Days {Dinner Table Question Game Printable}

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Fall is a busy time of year for us. Like most families, we have school, sports, and church events, holidays, and also three birthdays!  All of the boys were born in November or December and it's a crazy time of year!  Some days are so jam packed, that we resort to quickly eating whatever we can find in the fridge or going out to eat.  I simply cannot be stuck in the kitchen for hours, although I want to always provide my family with good tasting, all natural foods.

Keeping the freezer stocked with easy to prepare foods is a must for this time of year.  I was thrilled to see the selection of homemade comfort foods by Blake's, at Walmart the other day.  And right now, there's a great deal on ibotta that will make stocking up on Blake's frozen foods even smarter.

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VeggieTales Live! Little Kids Do Big Things! Coming to Verizon Theatre, DFW!

If your kids love "Veggie Tales" and you're in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Texas area, you should definitely take them to "Veggie Tales LIVE!" on November 28th at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie!  Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and all of their Veggie friends will be there for the VeggieTales Live! Little Kids Do Big Things tour.

Fans of all ages are sure to love this show.  Join the crew in a musical review that celebrates kids and the fact that with help and faith, they can do big things, too!  This all new production features live performances of Veggie silly song favorites like The Hairbrush Song and I Love My Lips as well as songs that inspire like Big Things Too.  This high-energy show is jam packed with VeggieTales greatest hits.

VeggieTales provides wholesome, quality entertainment that promotes values and lessons kids use for a lifetime such as telling the truth, sharing and forgiveness.   

Tickets to VeggieTales Live!  Little Kids Do Big Things tour can be purchased at, by phone 1-888-929-7849 or at the theatre box office.  A limited number of VIP tickets are available, which include premium seating and a special meet and greet with your favorite VeggieTales characters!

For the most up to date tour itinerary and additional ticket and tour information please visit

HUGE Best Buy Holiday Shopping Event: This Saturday, November 7!

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