Stocking Stuffers from North East Mall


When I think about stocking stuffers for Christmas I want to make it simple and memorable. We really enjoy picking out some great gifts to stuff in our kids stockings can be tricky. But when I was contacted to go to North East Mall in Hurst,TX I knew I had to think of some nice stuffers that my kids would like. I was gifted $100 to spend at three retail stores in the mall and I knew I would find something from all three.

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We started our trip to the Crazy 8 store. This was my first time going to crazy 8 and I can say that I will be going back. The whole store was under $12 bucks and I only decided to spend the gifts for my youngest daughter. I picked our several items here, like some awesome silver metallic shoes, a journel, hair bow, tutu skirt and a sweater. Everything was under $12 bucks and that's what I like. Good deals especially for a mom on budget during the holiday season, if you visit the crazy 8 store online the deals are going on there $12 dollars and under.







What I like about North East Mall is that the kid stores are near each other. It made it super easy to go to the stores with the three kids in tow and make in and out of the shops. Across the way was the Gymboree store. I was able to get a few clothes and super cute socks here. The whole store was 50% off and that's a great deal for Gymboree. I got the long sleeve shark tee with lights, khaki pants , holiday socks and the bubbles. Bubbles really are great stocking stuffers for children. My kids insisted that we use the bubbles right away. 





Next stop can't be complete without a trip to the Gap kids. The gap also had a great deal of the store 50% off everything. When the Gap has sweet deals this is exactly the bet time to shop. I was super impressed with the Star Wars collection of kid clothes and goodies. My kids are all obsessed with everything Star Wars and the selection here was very good and especially with the 50% off made is that more sweeter. Here we got a Star Wars long sleeve shirt, grey fleece joggers and watches. Watches are really good for stocking stuffers too.





I hope that you found some ideas on what to add to your stocking stuffers and gifts under your tree. As a mom of three I was able to use $100 dollars to shop at the North East Mall and get something special for every child. And it did help to go to crazy 8, Gymboree, and Gap kids to find awesome deals with great sale prices.

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IKEA in Grand Prairie Opening Date Giveaways




The newest IKEA in the Grand Prairie is opening it's doors on December 13th. But the fun will begin this Saturday at the Klyde Warren park and continue throughout the week ahead. I can't wait for all the new growth that is happening in Grand Prairie and especially having an IKEA so close to me now. 

I was able to get a sneak peek into the new store and all the new upgrades and changes that has been made to make your experience here that more special. You will first notice that the new room installations will resemble neighborhoods and making it feel that more cozy. You will notice that the rooms will feature new windows with LED lights. Those new bright lights makes the rooms look brighter and more inviting.

The new one story store is special to DFW because the Frisco location in two-story. But with the store only being one level makes it nice and especially easy to navigate the store with the short cuts we know all to well. This IKEA store in Grand Prairie is a great addition to the city and everything that you like in IKEA and the catalog you will find here, but with some sweet shopping experience here.

Below is the list of the giveaways and activities you can expect in the next few days.




Saturday, December 9, 2017- Sunday, December 10, 2017 

1. IKEA Virtual Reality Experience at the Southeast section of Klyde Warren Park Near the corner of North Olive Street and Woodall Rodgers Freeway (2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, Texas)
 IKEA Reality takes virtual reality to the next level with a dynamic 360 experience in which participants can discover IKEA designs in a whole new way. 
 From 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day, anyone can stop by and take a turn in IKEA Reality, play for giveaways, and explore the pop up room settings.

Customers may begin lining up at 9 a.m. CST on Monday, December 11th – 48 hours before the store’s opening at 9 a.m. CST on Wednesday, December 13th. Entertainment for customers waiting in line will begin at 6 a.m. CST on opening day with the ceremony starting at 8:15 a.m. CST.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 

1. *First 47 adults (18 & older) in line receive a free EKTORP three-seat sofa.
2. *Next 100 adults (18 & older) in line receive a free POÄNG armchair.
3. The first 100 children (17 & younger) in line receive a free FAMNIG heart-shaped soft toy.
4. The first 2,500 adults (18 & older) will receive a random prize envelope with IKEA Gift Cards ranging from $10 to $250, or a “Buy One, Get One Free” voucher.
5. The first 100 adults (18 & older) with a birthday on today’s date only will receive a $47 IKEA gift card. Offer valid only on Dec. 13.


Thursday, December 14, 2017 

1. *First 47 adults (18 & older) in line receive a free HAUGESUND mattress.
2. *Next 100 adults (18 & older) in line receive a free ALINA “sleep set” that includes a bedspread and cushion covers.
3. The first 100 children (17 & younger) in line receive a free GOSIG golden dog soft toy.

Friday, December 15, 2017 

1. *First 47 adults (18 & older) in line receive a free 5-piece IKEA 365+ cookware set.
2. *Next 100 adults (18 & older) in line receive a voucher for 12 monthly meatball meals for two at the IKEA Grand Prairie Restaurant through next year, expiring on December 31, 2018.
3. The first 100 children (17 & younger) in line receive a voucher for a soft-serve frozen yogurt available that day at the IKEA Grand Prairie Exit Bistro.

Big D Holiday



Are you looking for traditional events to celebrate the upcoming holiday season? The Big D Holiday guide is an assortment of events and activities happening around Dallas and this list will guide you in finding activities that your family will enjoy together. My family is planning to start our Big D Holiday fun with a trip to the Dallas Arboretum to celebrate the annual 12 Days of Christmas exhibit presented by Reliant.  





I love to take the kids to the Dallas Arboretum because I am always impressed with the gardens and the beauty of the exhibits that they have on display. I can spend hours here with my family browsing the beautiful gardens, hanging out at the Rory Meyers children’s garden or participating at the various activities hosted here.





The annual 12 days of Christmas display at the Arboretum is a fun tradition where many of the locals come here to take pictures with the beautiful grand displays representing the 12 days of Christmas. Each of the Victorian style exhibits showcases the 12 days of Christmas and life size entertainment within the gazebos. The Garden reopens nightly from 6pm-9pm for special themed events.




The evening at the Dallas Arboretum during the 12 days of Christmas celebration will have many activities going on including the Elves workshop, Serenade and Sweets, Visits with Santa and many more. These activities all have specific dates and times. Be sure to check the event calendar for more details.


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Visitors from all around the state and beyond come here because of what can be experienced during the Big D Holidays. The lineup of events will fill your calendar with great traditions and wonderful memories. We are looking forward to The Nutcracker at the Dallas Winspear Opera house that will
begin November 25th. I can’t wait to participate in a Holiday tradition of a beautiful ballet performance.

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The Fair Park will transform into walk-through light display of lanterns called Holiday Wonder. The Dallas Children’s Theater will put on a performance of Frosty and Friends and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Also, Galleria Dallas will host a Grand Tree Lighting featuring ice skating and pyrotechnics.

I can’t wait to see and do more in the city we call home. I know that you will find something here that you can enjoy make the memories while experiencing the Big D Holidays fun. The Visit Dallas website will have the complete guide for your Big D Holiday Experience.


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Magical Winter Lights 2017 & Giveaway



 Are you ready for a Magical Winter Lights experience? This is the largest Lantern festival in the United States and something that would be great to make memories as a family.  I am very impressed with that title because everything is bigger here in Texas and what better way to have a grand event here. 

This event started in Houston and this will be the first time they are bringing the lights here to Lone Star Park in Grandprairie.  The Magical Winter lights will have the Chinese lanterns on display that are larger than you will see anywhere else. The event will also include food court and nightly performances. 





I have a GIVEAWAY of 5 Family 4 packs to experience the Magical Winter Lights at Lone Star Park. This is a giveaway that I know you will want to enter and experience the lights with your family. The giveaway will be on my Instagram page and I hope you are following for a chance to win. 



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Good LUCK,

I am doing a giveaway of only 20 tickets to see an Advance Screening of the movie A Bad Moms Christmas at the Harkins Southlake on October 30th @ 7pm.

1. Please comment below, I want to know what is on your Christmas List. Have you even started thinking about what you want for yourself?

2. Click the link below to get your tickets and take a friend with you for a girls night. PLEASE arrive early for your seats for the movie. Movie starts at 7pm, so be there early. 

3. Comment/ DM on my Instagram page www.instagram.com/in_dfwfamily so I know if you entered. 
http://stxtickets.com/INDFW

A day in Lewisville!


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A day in Lewisville should be on your city tour bucket list. We love to eat at Cavalli pizza and of course check out old town Lewisville! Click link below for my Visit DFW itinerary of fun! I love it and I know you will use it with your family too!

http://visitdfw.com/downtown-lewisville/


Points of Light for Halloween




Halloween is just around the corner and we like to look for fun and safe ways to celebrate Halloween. The Point of Lights is a great way for your family and neighbors to get excited about the holiday.


 


What is Point of Light? It is a clear globe that has beautiful sparkle lights that show a dazzling display of lights. The lights change colors from spooky purple and orange, creepy green and more sequences of colors. The remote that comes with the globe is what you will use to change the colors. 



The Point of Light has really made our block more festive. The neighbor's kids have been to our home several times just to see the colors shown on our house. Our kids like that the house shines a little brighter at night. 





We like to keep it simple, safe and fun for the kids. If you are looking for a fun way to display Halloween colors on your house and not deal with string lights, than this can be an ideal option for you. 


















Hello- Mommys. Alexandra Gray Cardigan

I love fall weather and I really love dressing for fall too. I am always looking for clothes that I can wear that's comfortable and easy to style. I was so happy to get in contact with the online store Hello-Mommys and be gifted an item to choose from the online store. It was a tough decision because everything on the website was very nice and super affordable. 



What does comfort feel and look for me? I am a very basic t-shirt, high waist jeans and vans mom. My life involves a lot of running errands, taking pictures around Dallas for my blog and of course my favorite running around with my kids. My comfort is a priority to me and I appreciate brands that make comfortable clothes. It's very important to me feel cozy. If you are a mom like me who is on the go then you can relate. Don't you just hate the feeling of being restricted and clothes not looking right on. 



I hope that you can be inspired by my simple look and how I styled it with the simple Alexandra Gray cardigan from Hello-Mommys. The fabric feels super soft and just the perfect layering piece with any outfit, I felt as if I could wear it with jeans and a t-shirt, and even with a dress. Keeping an outfit easy and simple is smart for a lot of reasons. This cardigan is a great addition to my minimal look that I want to keep up, less is more and I can rotate clothes by just changing the key pieces. 




In_DFWFamily takes over D.C.

 

I am always excited about taking trips to new places with my family. To explore new places with my children and experiencing the excitement with them. But this weekend was a different weekend for me in a different city. I knew I wanted to do something for my birthday and at first I was planning a trip to go see J.LO with my closest friends. But when that trip fell through I still wanted to go somewhere for my birthday. Hence, the idea of a mommy solo trip to visit a friend in D.C.



Washington D.C. is one of my favorite places to go. We've been there a few times as a family and I really enjoy all of the American history that the city offers. There still are so many National Monuments that I would like to see and to visit with more time of course. I knew where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do, and because I was prepared it made the trip that more chilled and easy.





First we had brunch at the place called Bus Boys and Poet. This place was recommend by my BFF. With several locations in the city we knew we wanted to find a place with easy parking. The parking in D.C. is terrible, which is why the locals take the subways all around. As a tourist in D.C. I think the subway is so much fun.



The subway system is pretty easy to navigate, but you really have to have a knowledge of where you want to go and which exit you need to take. My friend mapped out each location for us and made the trip less stressful and easy. I had a great time being on the train and of course, I enjoyed people watching along the way.






Here is the list of some great places that we visited during my trip to D.C. If you're ever in D.C, I hope this list helps you make your adventure in D.C. more enjoyable.

1. Bus Boys and Poet
2. Milk @ City Center
3. Momofuku @ City Center
4. Ben's Chili Bowl @ U-Street
5. Georgetown Cupcakes @ M-Street
6. The Society Restaurant @ Silver Springs
7. Duck Donuts @ Gaithersburg 
8. Lincoln Memorial
9. Nandos 
10. Dean and Deluca @ Georgetown M-Street
11. & other stories @ Georgetown M-Street



Magnolia at the Silos, is a trip worth it?


 Have you seen the show Fixer Upper? Well if you haven't heard about this show then you are living under a rock. This is a power couple duo based out of Waco that flip homes and have a show that features their demo and design skills. They usually get the homes for really cheap and client families set a budget for the homes to transform with ship-lap. Well, enough about the show, go find it on HGTV or Netflix and you will be hooked.



 We are lucky to live in Dallas and only be 1 hour and half away from Waco and the Silos. This place has been one of the many destination spots that girls take girl trips, and ladies drag their husbands to see Magnolia at the Silos. The Silos is an amazing and gorgeous property nestled near downtown Waco. Is it really worth the hype?




 My answer is YES. Of course I am going to say yes. You need to come to experience this place once if you're in the close proximity. The drive for those that live in Texas is pretty awesome because we are truly spoiled with the scenery along the way. Once you make it you will have fun. There is something for everyone to enjoy. The food trucks, the storefront, the bakery and the list goes on. I know that you will enjoy being lazy on the lawn and watching the kids play. We really enjoy that about the silos, the environment there is so chill that you really lose track of time just being there. I highly recommend that you take the time to really look around the grounds and see all the nooks and crannies of this place. You will be amazed at all you will see and might even miss some amazing gems if you don't. 





 I also liked the variety of food trucks at the Silos. They had BBQ, rice bowls, fresh juice and crepes. I mean if you do it right, everyone needs to get something from every truck that they like. It's awesome to share and get a good taste of what others may have. I really enjoy that part. We also found the popcorn stand offering delicious popcorn that I wish we bought extra to bring back home with us. 



 The Store is also massive. You can feel overwhelmed inside because it was super crowded. The store has so much to see that I really didn't get a chance to see everything. I say go by yourself inside the store to just be safe that your kids wont knock things down. I also noticed that the bottom floor of the store was less crowded and check out was fast. I went in for a candle because they smell amazing and was happy about that purchase.







 Y'all have fun and take a trip to Waco and see what the Silos at Magnolia has to offer. I can't wait to drive only 1 hour and half back to the Silos to finally try the Cupcakes. YUMMY.