SMASHBURGER has opened a new location in Prosper located at the Gates of Prosper shopping center that is becoming a popular spot on that side of the town. And to have a new burger restaurant is a great place for families and friends to meet up on any given day to connect, is fantastic.

 I appreciate the attention to detail because this location offers great outdoor seating with a view, and something I haven't seen at other Smashburgers is a big screen TV inside to catch up on sports while enjoying a meal. 

 When my family arrived to Smashburger it was a fun ride to prosper. It was nice to get away from our normal routine in Irving and explore a new city. I think that is one of the best part of living in the metroplex is the different cities offering something new to visitors.

Smashburgers is making a name for itself by creating burgers that are delicious and the meat is fresh never frozen. This is essential because the tenderness of the meat is put on seasoned hot grill and smashed to perfection. Hence the name, Smashburger. 

 I am sucker for the classic burgers and Smashburger has the Classic Smash with all the traditional toppings, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, american cheese, smash sauce and served on a soft egg bun. That egg bun really holds all the flavors and the juicy meat together making it a great combo for the Classic Smash.

 Also the Truffle Mushroom Burger is packed with excellent seasoned truffle mayo , sauteed crimini mushrooms and served on an egg bun.

 My kids were super excited about getting a milkshake with their kids meal. The kids choose a kids SMASH meal and the crispy chicken tenders. This was as simple as it could get for a kids meal and they kids spiced it up and got tater tot and sweet potato fires. 

Pro-Tip- I would highly suggest that you get the smash-fries that are packed with flavors of olive oil, rosemary and garlic. The toppings are great on the sweet potato fries and well as the tots. Get creative. 

 I saw that on the menu that Smashburger offers a variety of salads. I will come agian next time and order the Classic Cob or the BBQ salad. This can be great for those on the KETO diet, just don't get any dressing and your are set. 

Thank you to SMASHBURGER for hosting my family on a nice family dinner. 

CozyPhones at 35,000 ft in the AIR!

 Have you flown on a plane or taken a long road trip with kids? Then you know what is needed to make your trip peaceful and relaxing. The CozyPhones headphones was exactly what we needed on our family trip to Oahu.

 Keeping the kids entertained can sometimes be a challenge on long trips and having them use headphones that are cozy and easy to wear made the downtime more entertaining. 

 The CozyPhones are made out of soft fleece and a flexible durable braided stereo 3.5mm cord. The kids had a choice of two designs and they chose the fox and the frog to wear on the plane.

 I received comments from moms on the plane and also the stewardess about the CozyPhones and how practical and soft they looked on the kids. 

 I agree that the fleece was soft and comfortable but I would not recommend to wear them in summer months because it can make the kids sweat. The CozyPhones are best used in cars, homes, planes and cool places. This makes it nice to curl up in a blanket and get cozy.

 The only issue I found was that the ear pieces would occasionally slide backwards in the sleeve of the bands.

 The CozyPhones really did help keep the kids stay quiet on their tablets and not disturb each other. Let's keep it real, screaming and fighting kids is not fun, and can be reduced with good and wholesome entertainment.

Thank you CozyPhones for letting the kids experience the softest headphones. #sponsored 

Grimaldi's Pizza , Grapevine, TX

It's in the dough!

 Grimaldi's is extremely loyal to their original tradition of making pizza since 1905. Grimaldi's is holding on to their traditions because it definitely makes great pizza and it all has to do with their coal - fired brick oven and the water used in their pizza dough. 
 It is an attention to detail that isn't found in a lot of places and it's nice to see pizzas being cooked in this style.

 The coal-fired brick oven sets Grimaldi's cooking style apart. Their signature clean burning coal delivers award winning deliciousness that can't be achieved with traditional wood or gas ovens. 
 The clean burning coal also helps bring out the unique and delicious flavors of their "secret recipe" sauce, handmade mozzarella cheese and dough.

 I have never been to New York, but Grimaldi's makes sure that the pizza here tastes just as good as the New York original. How? The restaurants here use reverse osmosis system to create the same taste of water to get the dough tasting true to its origins. 
 My family was impressed when the manger expressed the information to us because we felt our experience was a priority.

 Now, do I like the pizza? Yes, I really do. Honestly I am a Neapolitan pizza lover and it is difficult for me to change my pallet to a new taste.  
 New York style pizza is different, but the pizza here is really good. I ordered their seasonal special pizzas, the BBQ chicken pizza and the Brooklyn Bridge, both outstanding pizza's with bold flavors.

 I have never had BBQ chicken pizza, and what can I say? It was delicious. 
 The chicken and the BBQ sauce with a sprinkle of cilantro was fantastic. Great combinations for sure just like the Brooklyn Bridge pizza with creamy ricotta, hand picked sausage, and oven roasted peppers. The burst of flavors here is just dynamic.

 The summer menu which includes the fruity lemonades and Italian sodas can be infused with watermelon, strawberry and apple. My kids really liked the taste of the lemonades.
Also the strawberry spinach salad was a fresh and delightful complement to the meal.

 I can't get enough of the homemade blueberry and strawberry cheesecakes. They both were creamy and satisfying. I would recommend that you save room for these desserts. It so good and I can't stop thinking about how good they were.

 My kids especially had fun with the dough that the chef gave them to play at the table.

 You have until September 10th to enjoy this summer seasonal menu. Check them out and enjoy this authentic New York pizza dining experience with your family without ever leaving Texas.

Thank you Grimaldi's Pizza in Grapevine, TX for hosting my family. 

Cheddar's Kitchen Made from Scratch.

 Cheddar's Kitchen is one of my families favorite places to go for a good weeknight dinner, take out our guests. It is also one of my favorite place for a mom's night out. Cheddar's restaurant to me offers that southern comfort foods and is made from scratch and I like that. 

 Take a look at why we like Cheddar's and the delicious food we got to try. 

 My kids really get excited when the warm honey butter croissants and house-made whipped honey butter come to the table, it really is a treat, its hard to just only eat one because they are so delicious and yummy. 

The summer menu offered the Watermelon Vodkarita
  • Watermelon Vodkarita: made with featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka, sweet and sour, and watermelon puree, and garnished with a large slice of watermelon.

  I would recommend when you order the Watermelon Vodkarita that you give it a good stir to get all the flavors. If you are not into the Watermelon Vodkarita, try the infused lemonades, my favorite is the peach and strawberry lemonades. They are sweet and totally refreshing.

 The appetizers here at Cheddar's have a great variety to choose from. I ordered the homemade onion rings, that are fresh cut, hand battered and made-to -order. I like the homemade ranch and cajun dipping sauce. It is so good.

 We also enjoyed the Sante Fe Spinach dip which is spinach simmered in sour cream , four cheeses and topped with mozzarella and that is one of my favorite dishes that come with nachos for good dipping.

 The main dishes is so hard to choose something that you can enjoy, because there are some many options that I want to try. I always go for the Monte Cristo, which is a deep friend ham and cheese sandwich that is served with raspberry preserve. 

 This time, I ordered the Chicken Fried Chicken Steak with mash potatoes, green beans and Texas toast. This is a Texas classic meal that most Texans call it a comfort meal. 

 I also tried the New Orleans Shrimp Pasta which is a favorite on the menu. It is flavorful burst of delicious shrimp, chicken, smoked sausage and served spicy alfredo sauce.

 The Half rack of ribs is a tasty option that I wanted to try, the ribs are rubbed with homemade rub, and slow smoked in house, and smothered in honey BBQ sauce.

 The kids really like the homemade dipped fried chicken tenders and fries, also the mac&cheese is my daughters favorite.

 We did save some room for dessert and we shared the Cheddar's Legendary Cookie Monster and the Hot Fudge chocolate cake. These deserts are super rich in flavor, but the warm cookie that's served in the skillet with vanilla ice cream is my favorite desert to enjoy.

Hawaiian Falls in Roanoke, TX


Summer fun in DFW just can't come to an end without a trip to Hawaiian Falls. My kids are all big fans of Hawaiian Falls because of all the fun slides, rides, lazy river and more. Here are some reasons why we LOVE Hawaiian Falls.  

Hawaiian Falls had an amazing event called the Luau and my family had the best time celebrating the Hawaiian culture and learning new Hula moves. The day began with some hula hoops, Hawaiian floral face paint, and a DJ. The hula hoops were really popular with Stella, she really enjoyed dancing to the music and shaking her hips with the hula hoops. Those moves really came in handy because later in the evening the Hula dancers really put on a show.

The Hula girls where super nice and friendly and it was nice to have them teach the crowd the moves. I felt confident in the moves because they made the lesson super easy. 

After the lessons the kids got to see one dancer use the fire poles, the boys enjoyed seeing the dancer throw the fire stick in the air and catch it and blow out a massive flame. This was pretty spectacular show for the kids to see. 

We felt super blessed to stay in one of the cabanas at HF. We stayed in the cabana #1. The Cabana was right by the Wave pool which is my kids favorite spot at the HF. They can swim and catch waves all at the same time which made it less stressful for us, because we were right at the edge of the wave pool. I would recommend that you rent a cabana at HF and go for #1. 

The food here is good and they offer a great variety. We had burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken tenders, hot dogs, ice cream and of course soft drinks. The service was the best and my kids really enjoyed the food, especially with a full day of swimming it was a great break to refuel. I also saw families come to water-park with coolers of food and drinks, it is a great option for families. 

If you are thinking about a trip to Hawaiian Falls, I would recommend you come here before summer ends. I am a big fan of the Roanoke location and the fun that my kids have here every summer. HF can also be found in Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, and Waco.

Check out below what Hawaiian Falls has going on for the end of summer deals and specials. 

July 29 – August 4 – School Worker Appreciation Week
Hawaiian Falls is offering school workers one last splash at all waterparks before returning to the classroom! Teachers, administrators, aides, custodians (anyone with a school ID) gets FREE admission with the purchase of a Big Kahuna ticket from July 29th through August 4th.

August 12 – 19 – Heroes Week 
During Heroes Week, Military and First Responders get FREE general admission at all waterparks by showing their badge. Each Hero can bring up to four guests for $21.99 each. 

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 makes the time here fantastic.

If you are worried that your kids may be too young, they probably aren't! I have a three year-old and I have not felt like kids couldn't be kids at 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,

This 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 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 family's 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
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