Dallas, TX

Mom of two. Lover of books, gardening, cross stitch, and extra guacamole.

FYI: Goldfish cracker recall

Came across this Goldfish recall and thought others would be interested. Check those crackers! More info here:

Ash recommended a place Jul 18, 2018


There’s truly no place like this zoo! With a huge fully functioning desert dome, an indoor rainforest, an aquarium, an aviary, and miles of outdoor exhibits, playgrounds, splash pads, gardens, and other fun activities, it’s a nonstop adventure at any time of year. There are lots of places to eat but bring your own food to save money and have healthier options. There are plenty of shaded eating ... More

Ash recommended a place Jul 15, 2018


When my son asked to go here for his birthday, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But we actually had an amazing time. The place has go karts, a “rollercoaster” that’s kid-friendly enough for my 4 yer old, bumper cars, bowling, a huge play area for kids under 7, tons of arcade games, and a gigantic buffet. We spent half a day here and didn’t get bored. Plus there’s private party rooms, a huge family... More

Ash recommended a place Jul 15, 2018


We got my son’s fourth birthday cake made here and they did an AMAZING job. It was exactly what he wanted and so delicious. Prices are good and they can do custom designs. The cake really made our party!

Why consistent discipline doesn't always matter

I found this thought-provoking and reassuring. I'm definitely the "soft" parent and I worry sometimes that I'm not "consistent" enough with rules, etc. But, as this points out, behavior issues aren't always straight-forward, and it's okay to take a gentle approach and address things on a situation-by-situation basis. "What if a child has good reason for... More

For kids, how much risk-taking is too much?

We read a lot about different parenting styles and if it's better to be more "free-range," but this is a nuanced take on risk and the questions I think a lot of us ask ourselves in deciding how much freedom to give our kids. It's not always as black and white as helicopter or free-range. "From an evolutionary perspective, it’s very important to allow children to take ris... More

Free admission to Lauritzen Gardens through 6/30! ☀️🌸🌳

Omaha + surrounding metros: Lauritzen Gardens is doing free admission today 6/27 through Saturday 6/30. Only caveat is no picnics in the gardens, so plan lunch accordingly 🙂 Garden pic for attention!

Easy outdoor activity idea for kids ☀️

I saw this on Facebook and just had to share because it's brilliant! It's an outdoor obstacle course made out of pool noodles. Such a good idea, and if it's too hot outside, you could always add a sprinkler 😊

An important water safety reminder

This video of a kid climbing an "unclimbable" pool ladder is going viral. Pretty scary stuff. It only takes him a minute. It's pool season so just wanted to share as a reminder to all of us that you just never know what can happen! Be careful out there ❤️️ More

If your kids love cantaloupe or watermelon, be aware!

The salmonella outbreak in pre-cut melon is now in 23 states. Includes pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew, and mixed melon sold at Walmart, Kroger, Jay C, Walgreens, Payless, Sprouts Farmers Market, Costco, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods/Amazon. Here's the info:

Ash posted in Funny Jun 13, 2018

The most LOL Father’s Day gifts

So you can actually bid to have your dad’s head sculpted out of cheese for Father’s Day 😂😂 I also saw some reinforced boxers so men don’t get kicked in the privates while they’re babywearing. What other crazy/silly/random Father’s Day gifts have you seen floating around?

On raising emotionally healthy boys

A thought-provoking read from The Atlantic on why boys need more freedom of expression and more encouragement to be who they are. "It’s a societal loss that so many men grow up believing that showing aggression and stifling emotion are the ways to signal manhood. And it’s a personal loss to countless little boys who, at best, develop mechanisms for compartmentalizing certain aspects of wh... More

Austin's Free Summer Playground Program starts this week

"Starting Monday, June 11, parents in Austin can drop off their kids, ages 6-12, at 11 parks around the city for a day of free, supervised activities...The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday between now and Aug. 3, except on July 4. Most sites offer free lunch, and those that don't offer snacks." More info here: More

Ash posted in Sleep Jun 07, 2018

Help! My toddler refuses to sleep before 10 p.m.

My son is 3.5 and bedtime is torture. Last night he was still up at almost 11:30. It's not an adjustment to his bed. He's been sleeping in a real bed since 2 and was doing fine going to bed until a few months ago. We have a bedtime routine--bath, pjs/brush teeth, read books, sing lullabies with back rub--and we aim to have the kids in bed by 7:30 every night. But no matter what, he will... More

Ash recommended a place Jun 05, 2018


We did the mine tour with our 3 and 6 year old and it was so much fun! There is free parking along the highway and the tour itself is reasonably priced (free for kids under 5). You can also pay extra to pan for gold at the end if you want to. Our guide was funny and great with the kids, and the tour is fascinating but still short/easy enough for preschoolers.

Ash recommended a place Jun 05, 2018


This is a cute free spot with great views, lots of parking, and a big visitors center with a bathroom. We spent about an hour here and my kids loved climbing the dinos. It’s not a full park but it’s a cute place to stop and stretch your legs if you’re traveling through and a neat roadside attraction to check off your sightseeing list.

What chores should young kids be doing?

I’m mom to a 6-year-old and almost 4-year-old, and I have a confession to make: my kids don’t really do chores. They clean their rooms (with a little guidance) and will clean up other things when asked. They also help me cook sometimes, and my 6-year-old occasionally helps me clean the bathroom. But I feel like they are capable of more than only helping sometimes and should probably have design... More

Ash recommended a place May 29, 2018


My kids LOVED it here. We drove the wildlife loop (where we saw bison, donkeys, and prairie dogs galore), took a scenic drive up Needles Highway, and spent an afternoon hiking around Sylvan Lake, which my husband and I both agree is the most gorgeous lake we’ve ever seen. Sylvan Lake has a 1-mile loop trail that was easy enough for my 3-year-old to handle (some mud by the stream so wear closed ... More

What are your favorite podcasts to listen to with kids?

I’m on a road trip and looking for some kid friendly podcasts, preferably for kids ages 6-10. So far we’ve tried Tumble, which is a cute science one, and The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel (which my kids liked but I think is more geared towards like ages 10-12). Looking for anything science related, comedy, storytelling, or mystery.

Ash recommended a place May 25, 2018


We loved checking out Wall Drug while in town to visit the Badlands. The souvenirs are super reasonably priced, they have family bathrooms, and there are a million things for kids to see and do. We especially loved the giant “jackalope,” splash pad, and fudge shop. There’s also a giant robotic t-Rex that’s lots of fun for the kids (and the parents, judging by our photos.)

Should parents hand out goody bags when flying with kids?

I was just reading this story about two dads who handed out goody bags (complete with custom photo card!) basically apologizing in advance to all their fellow passengers in case their baby got upset while flying. I'm so torn. On one hand, this is super cute and a sweet gesture. But, it also seems a little extreme to feel like you need to apologize for bringing a kid on a plane, not to menti... More

Omaha drive-in movie nights with the kids this summer

The Falconwood Park Drive-in (south of Bellevue) announced their summer schedule today. A bunch of great kids + family movies on the list, like Wreck It Ralph, The Neverending Story, Ratatouille, Shrek, The Sandlot, etc.

Ash recommended a place May 20, 2018


First Watch is a regional chain but it still has a small, local feel. The restaurant is family-friendly with lidded kids cups and a coloring page kids menu with crayons. Prices are reasonable and their specials include a lot of seasonal options. One thing I really liked is that the kids menu has unique offerings like a fresh fruit crepe that are a bit of a departure from the typical syrup-laden... More

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