5 Ways DFW Families can teach their kids about saving electricity/ Payless Power


5 Ways DFW Families can teach their kids about saving electricity


The following is a sponsored post brought to you by Payless Power, a DFW Energy Provider that gets DFW residents the lowest rates on electricity with the goal of decreasing the cost of electricity for all.

Making small changes in your day to day life is simple enough in theory, but it can be a lot harder than it sounds to break “bad energy habits”. The easiest way to avoid this problem? Not letting these habits develop in the first place! Now yes, we know you can’t go back in time and change your learned behaviour, but you can do the next best thing by instilling great power saving habits in your own children. Do this the right way, and by the time they’re your age, being energy efficient and eco-friendly will be their second nature!

Here are a few tips and tricks to help get you started:

1. Educate Them on Energy
The average five year-old has no idea about the concept of electricity and energy, so teach them! There are plenty of resources in libraries and online that will help you teach your little ones that it’s not magic powering the television and stove. Understanding the value of energy and everything involved in producing it is the first step to caring about conserving it.

2. Make Energy-Saving Fun
Something like clicking a power-off button might not sound very entertaining but when it comes to kids, anything can be a game. Why not keep a tally of how many light switches your children remember to turn off, and reward them when they reach a certain number? Or how about explaining the concept of wasting water, and time your family’s showers to see who can finish first?

3. Let Them Participate in Energy-Saving Activities
Kids love lending a helping hand and feeling like grown-ups, so include them next time you start an energy saving project. For instance, let them help you seal your windows with plastic to keep the heat in during the winter, or allow them to hang their own laundry up instead of using the dryer. Remember, good habits come from good actions.

4. Enjoy Eco-friendly Activities as a Family
TV shows, videogames, and computers might be the easiest way to entertain a child, but their certainly not the most energy-efficient. Try to regularly arrange good-old fashioned outdoor fun with your family, whether it be a nature-walk, a trip to the lake, or a skiing adventure. Aside from being eco-friendly, it’s also healthier and dare-we-say much more fun than any electrically charged fun!

5. Set a Good Example
Perhaps most important of all, set a good example for your children. Remember, monkey-see, monkey-do. Make a point of using good habits like turning off lights when you leave a room or changing the thermostat when you leave the house and your kids will follow suit!

How I Became a Pirate! The Dallas Children's Theater.



The Dallas Children's Theater brings in amazing cast and productions and we have been here several times and like always our time here is great. We come here as a family to experience something new and the kids can appreciate talent from all over the country that come to the DCT. Not only is our family time valuable when we visit the DCT, but that staff here make it a priority to make everyone feel welcome and that make the time here nice.

If you are worried that your kids may be to young, They probably aren't! I have a three year old and I have not felt like kids couldn't be kids in the DCT.  My toddler may shout out her enthusiasm, but mostly, the theater is filled with sounds of kids experiencing something great. 

I will share with you the fun my family had at The Dallas Children's Theater National Touring Production " How I Became a Pirate" 

Karen Almond

Ahoy Matey,

The is pirate talk and my kids were super excited to learn the ways of the pirates and of course watch Jeremy the young boy who learns how to become a pirate. This was a wonderful production of five pirates and a young boy Jeremy taking the audience on an adventure on the high seas but we never ever left our seats.

Karen Almond


The pirates exchanging conversations with Jeremy the young boy was very entertaining especially when conversations would turn into a song. The silly costumes and of course the scenery tricks made my kids laugh throughout the scenes and kept them on the edge of their seats waiting for what was going to happen next.  With all the belly laughs it did not seem possible for my kids to think that misbehaving pirates and Jeremy were in danger on the seas but just having an adventure.

Karen Almond


Karen Almond


My kids were able to relate to Jeremy in so many ways, like his love for soccer, making new friends, and of course always wanting to be tucked in for bedtime. If my kids can relate to the characters in the play so will yours. It is family- friendly and I recommend you come here with your kids. The six person cast was superb.

The DCT is becoming one of my families favorite place to enjoy great theater shows from brilliant casts and productions that go above and beyond to bring joy to my kids day.

How I Became A Pirate
DCT's NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION
HOW I BECAME A PIRATE
Book, Music & Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman
Based on the book by Melinda Long
Illustrations by David Shannon

June 15 - July 8, 2018
ASL Interpreted Show: July 1 4:30 pm
Sensory Friendly Show: July 7 1:30 pm (Phone only)

Recommended for ages 4 and up


Father's Dау Exреrіеnсе 2018 Tоуоtа Land Cruіѕеr


Father's Dау Exреrіеnсе 2018 Tоуоtа Land Cruіѕеr




 Fаthеr'ѕ Dау gіvеѕ uѕ аll a сhаnсе tо tаkе a mоmеnt tо lеt dаd knоw how muсh wе аррrесіаtе all hе dоеѕ fоr us аnd fоr thе еntіrе fаmіlу. Dаdѕ uѕuаllу rесеіvе a lоt of ties, ѕhіrtѕ оr cards аѕ gіft іtеmѕ, But this year was extra special for our family. We had the pleasure to collaborate with Toyota for an ultimate Father’s Day experience. This was a great opportunity for my family to enjoy the luxury of a Toyota Land Cruiser for a week and tickets to the Texas Rangers baseball game on Father's Day.




 Our family really enjoyed having the Land Cruiser for a week and the kids could not wait to try out all the fun features that the Land Cruiser offered. My Husband was super excited to know that we also received tickets to the Texas Rangers game. The game was super fun because we got to experience the game on Father's Day and driving to the game in the new 2018 Land Crusier was super AWESOME. The Rangers won the game. But, here are some of the reasons that we enjoyed the Toyota Land Cruiser and its fun features.










Thе 2018 Toyota Lаnd Cruіѕеr іѕ bоth tесh-ѕаvvу аnd соnvеnіеnt, wіth several new fеаturеѕ thаt оffеr ѕаfеtу аѕ well аѕ reliability which is key for us. These Imрrеѕѕіvе nеw fеаturеѕ include thе Lаnd Cruіѕеr'ѕ available Smart Kеу Sуѕtеm, whісh аutоmаtісаllу unlосkѕ the dооr when  I approached the vehicle , backup саmеrа, which I liked whіlе rеvеrѕіng ,and  аlеrtіng me of nearby objects.







The 2018 Land Cruiser оffеrѕ ѕеvеrаl standard ѕаfеtу fеаturеѕ, іnсludіng frоnt, knее and ѕіdе curtain airbags, аnd a tіrе рrеѕѕurе monitoring ѕуѕtеm, whісh alerts the drіvеr whеn tire levels аrе сrіtісаllу lоw. 

The Lаnd Cruіѕеr іѕ designed wіth thе fаmіlу іn mind  The kids  really enjoyed the DVD player and Bluetooth head phones that kept the kids entertained on long road trips, but for real they wanted the DVD players on every time we got in the car. It was nice because the kids can watch their movies and I could listen to my music in the front, very nice feature to keep everyone happy. 

I was also happy with іtѕ сhіld-рrоtесtоr rеаr door locks, and Child Restraint Sуѕtеm, іnсludіng tор tether anchors аnd lоwеr anchor points. This was especially important to me because I have two young kids that use car seats.



The one things that I would like was that the car would  offer the captain seats to make it easy for my oldest son to get to the backseat with ease. This would've been a great feature for us.



The vеhісlе іѕ еԛuаllу сараblе of carrying our entire family for a week to our dеѕtіnаtіоn without аnу dіѕсоmfоrt. In thе еvеr-еxраndіng wоrld оf аutоmоbіlеѕ, Tоуоtа off-road ассеѕѕоrіеѕ аnd Toyota оff-rоаd parts are rеgаrdеd аѕ thе ultіmаtе vehicles thаt no оthеr vеhісlе саn outclass. Whеthеr уоu wаnt to hаvе off-road fun, grеаt trаvеlіng еxреrіеnсе оr іf уоu juѕt wаnt tо drіvе busy streets wіth аll уоur extra саrgo all this can be ѕuссеѕѕfullу ассоmрlіѕhеd bу this versatile and multі-рurроѕе Tоуоtа vеhісlе. 

We are thankful for this amazing opportunity with Toyota and also the tickets to the Texas Rangers game on Father's Day. This by far was a week that we won't forget and my kids now are big fans of Toyota and recognize its symbol each day on the road. 

This was a sponsored opportunity with Toyota. 

THE GROVE FRISCO & GIVEAWAY



Oh Frisco - You nearly convinced me to relocate here with my family.

We were recently invited to see the Frisco's newest intentional planned neighborhood that is called The Grove Frisco and during our trip we of course, enjoyed visiting some old favorite spots long the way.

LOCATION:

The Grove Frisco is located one mile from the Four Corners location- where the cities of Frisco, Plano, Allen and McKinney intersect. This is a prime location for families to get to and from work and play. This prime location has easy access to the Sam Rayburn Tollway and very close to shopping, dining, entertainment, schools, healthcare and employment in either direction of the Four Corners location.

Natural Beauty:

I was definitely impressed as we explored the grounds of the beautiful property that is nestled in a beautiful scenery of tress. This  is unique to the property because tress that were removed for construction have been carefully harvested and replanted in strategic places around The Grove. Intentional planning is a focus of this beautiful property keeping  the heritage alive and continuing to tell its story, allowing families to "establish roots" here for future generations.




Home - Builders:

The Grove is beautifully designed with a great attention to details that is also apparent in the choice of four top-selling home- builders that have made this property special. They are the American Legend, Highland Homes, Southgate Homes, and Drees Custom Homes. All new homes will be nestled within the 735 acres of Texas land. Home pricing start at 400,000 to 700,000. 




Orchard Hub:

Amenities found at The Grove Frisco are a valuable foundation for this new community. The Orchard Hub is a unique central point for residents and those visiting and will cater to the needs of working families, grandparents, young professionals and more. Swirl Bakery, a fitness room, splash pads, pools, and grilling area will be located at the Orchard Hub, which is a modern farmhouse to welcome the community on any given day. Swirl Bakery will serve pastries, coffee, sandwiches and chef prepared meals for anyone to enjoy on the go or relax in the incredible insta-worthy cafe.




Intentional Planned Community:

The Grove Frisco is an intentional planned community that will be here for generations to come and establish roots here. This unique community is pretty special and when my family got a chance to tour these amazing homes from the top - selling builders and we could only say WOW. We walked out of each home saying, Oh Frisco - you're really convincing us to call The Grove home. 

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Join our Grand Opening Event on June 23 from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located in Frisco, just west of Custer
Road between Main Street and Rolater Road.

Enjoy live music, fresh bites and sampling demos from
a local chocolatier, sommelier and brewmaster. Engage
local experts on floral design, home organization and the latest interior design trends.
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Memorial Day Weekend!

Things to do on Memorial Weekend in Irving
Irving is located at the center of Fort Worth and Dallas. It is filled with a barrage of arts, entertainment, theatre, music Kid-friendly entertainment and outdoor activities among others. 
One of the days I enjoy with my kids is the Memorial Day weekend. It is an amazing time to gather friends and family for pre-summer activities and cookouts. It is also a remarkable time for your kids to learn about our true heroes, our men and women of service who paid the biggest price for our freedom.
There are lots of things to do during the Memorial Day weekend, and listed below are a few of the best activities my kids and I enjoy.



It's the summer and I like getting away with my kids for some fun and adventure. This is just what the four seasons resort and club Dallas situated in Las Colinas offer you. You can partake in this fun-filled venue and enjoy a Dallas Zoo educational program, hayrides, Live Texas music, calf roping and a host of others.


The entire family can have fun this weekend at Irving's spray parks, city pools and aquatic centers which will all be available during the Memorial Day weekend down to the rest of the summer starting from the 2nd of June.
This is free for kids aged 3 and below as well as seniors aged 50 and above. For adults and children, there is a little fee for seasonal passes and daily admission.
 
 
Irving Concert Series for Kids

I and my kids enjoy music a lot, and if you have that same passion with your kids, there is no better place to enjoy this than the Irving concert series. The Hey Lolly music which was produced by Laura Freeman, an Austin musician, will provide kids with a host of educational and interactive shows for kids that the entire family can enjoy.
This concert is tailored for preschoolers and toddlers or aged 5 and below. It will urge them to dance, sing as well as play along. It takes place at the Irving Soccer Complex and the show begins at 10 am although doors are open by 9.


Summer Bucket List!


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The Summer vacation is here! This is the time for you and your family to grab your summer bucket list and start making new memories. We are thrilled to start marking off some of the fun things to do and see in DFW and beyond. My family and I can't wait hit the trail. 

Click on the Bucket List image above for a link to a printable pdf. A special "Thank You" to @Mozdeb for the image designs.

I encourage you to go ahead and print out your families Summer Bucket List NOW!