Family Fun Ziplining near Dallas, Texas

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We love making memories in our family and look for ways to do this around Dallas! I posted about a coupon for Trinity Forest Aerial Adventure Park and we went to check it out first hand!

It was SOOO much fun! We had the three hours of zipling and used every minute of the 3 hours! It was so much fun! Our youngest, Maci wasn’t tall enough but she gladly stayed on the ground and cheered us on! Our middle girl, Emma was tall enough but her nerves got the best of her. She made it up and after looking down, lost her lunch…literally. Poor thing! She joined her sister on the ground and cheered us on as well. Our oldest, Chloe, is a lot like me! She was ready to tackle it!

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We were first suited up and schooled on how to use the safety clips and such. It took a bit of practice but we caught on and were climbing to our first course within a few minutes! This is not just a zipline, it’s an obstacle course. I went thru the two kid safe ones with Chloe and I have to admit I was challenged. She pushed me to keep going and I cheered her courage. After we were done, the kids offered to take pictures while Steve and I did an adult course together. I was pretty wiped out from the two hours with Chloe, but I was excited to tackle this with Steve.  It was great to push him and him push me. We leaned on each other and cheered each other on! So much fun!

We didn’t get a chance to explore the rest of the park, as we were so wiped clean out! We do plan to go back…maybe in a few months when it’s a little cooler. Here are a few tips for those who decide to go:

  1. Take a water bottle, perhaps one that you can clip to your body. You will get thirsty and there is NO water 50 ft up!
  2. Chew gum or something else that can help you keep your mouth moist.
  3. Wear tennis shoes, work out clothes, and sunscreen.

And last, be prepared to be VERY sore for a few days afterwards!

 

Pamper yourself at Spa On The Square in Southlake Town Center

Spa on the Square invited some bloggers to come preview their services. All opinions are my own!

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If you are looking for a one stop shop then you will want to head to Spa On The Square in Southlake Town Center! They offer so many services!

I got to check out some of their services and I loved every minute of it! I had my hair straightened! (I have naturally curly hair and it’s no fun to straighten!) This was a HUGE treat for me! I ended up buying the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask. I can’t wait to try it out on my hair and my oldest daughters hair!

I also got a mini massage! This was awesome! Linda, the therapist knew right where my sore spots were and she worked them over! She educated me a ton and gave me some awesome tips on how to prevent my back from getting so sore again!

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Photo Credit: Dian with GroceryShopForFree

The facial I received was a new experience for me. I didn’t know what to expect but I loved it! I could definitely tell that my skin was TONS softer. I loved that it was tailored for my skin.

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Photo Credit: Dian with GroceryShopForFree

I didn’t have much time get my nails done but did sit down and get some tips. Did you know that Moroccan oil makes a skin care line now? I didn’t either. Keeping my hands well moisturized will help keep the hang nails at bay! Who knew? (I didn’t!)

If you are looking for a place to get pampered, then check it out! I will definitely go back! Right now they are being featured on Groupon! Go grab this deal!

Back to School: Shoe Shopping at DSW (+ Fun Instore event)

*I have partnered with DSW to bring you this information, all opinions are my own and are honest!

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This weekend is Tax FREE weekend and a great time to head out and enjoy some savings! We are pretty caught up on buying school supplies for the coming year, but now we need to focus on shoes and clothes!

My girls wear flip flops most of the summer, or run barefoot. This is great for the summer and they love it…however when we try to put on shoes from just a few months ago…they don’t fit! My kids always outgrow their shoes from school year to school year.

We will be heading to a fun Back-to-Class In-Store event at DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse at Golden Triangle Mall in Denton on August 9th!

With between 75-100 choices from infants and toddlers up to youth sizes, we should find something for everyone.

As a bonus, you can earn DSW Rewards points towards certificates on all kids purchases.

Back to School Event Info:

  • Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014
  • Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm
  • Location: DSW 29211 Golden Triangle Mall
    2201 Interstate 35 East South
    Denton, TX 76205

There will be face painting, balloon artists, a popcorn machine and a fun photo booth as well!

There will be some fun door prizes and giveaways but you must be present to win (drawings at 12pm and 12:30pm) and prizes include a spa gift card, as well as two (2) $50 DSW gift cards! Who doesn’t want to win that? Here are a few other added free swag deals that you won’t want to miss out on:

1st 50 in store will receive: Shoe Lover Mug, Tote & Gift Box
1st 50 kids in store will receive: DSW Mini Footballs
1st 50 kids’ purchases at event will receive: $10 card to be applied to any future purchase

Download this coloring sheet and design your very own shoe! Judges will pick their favorites from three age groups. One (1) winner from each group will win a gift basket full of goodies perfect for the back to school season. *Be sure to add parent’s name and phone number to back before submitting.

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Kids Eat Free in McKinney/Frisco

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Here is a complete Kids Eat Free list put together by tons of McKinney Moms. Hope it’s helpful!

Applebees – Tuesday
Boston’s – Wednesday
Buffalo Wild Wings $1.99 – Wednesdays after 5pm.
Cafe Brazil 5-10pm
Cici’s pizza 3 and under
Cristina’s is only Mon and Tuesday
Dickie’s BBQ – Sunday
El Chico on Thursdays
Ernesto’s .99 – Tuesday
Freebirds – Tuesday
Gattitown with adult Buffett – Wednesday
Genghis grill with adult entree
IKEA – Tuesdays
Jason’s deli w/adult entree
JC’s burgerhouse – Mon and Tues 4pm-close
Kobe Hibachi – Sat and Sun
LePeep – Wednesday
Lost Canyon – Wednesdays
McAlester’s is .99
Nom Nom’s Mexican Grill – Thursday
Papa Lopez is Monday & Tuesday
Pluckers – Tuesday
Poppys Garden – Sunday
Qdoba w/adult entree
Rainforest cafe in Grapevine 1.99
Steak and Shake – Sat and Sunday
Tin Star – Sun and Weds
Varsity Club Wings & Sports – Mon Tue Wed

Girls Night Out fun at Painting with a Twist, Denton

I was invited to check out the new Painting with a Twist in Denton, TX. I knew it was going to be fun because I did a date night with my hubby at the Painting with a Twist in Grapevine.

Of course, with a few friends and a fun painting to create, it was definitely a lot of fun! I really enjoy painting and our teacher was so much fun!

Plan a girls night out and enjoy creating a fun canvas painting! Here is our finished paintings (me with Dawn from The Frugal Mom, and Arena from The Nerds Wife!)

Photo Credit: Dawn Monroe, The Frugal Mom

Photo Credit: Dawn Monroe, The Frugal Mom

Go here to see what upcoming classes are being offered and to book one for your night out! Classes run $35.

Amazing Jakes Food and Fun (+ Printable Coupon)

Plan some last minute fun before school starts in a few weeks! Head over to Amazing Jake’s in Plano. Amazing Jake’s is over 95,000 square feet of food and fun, conveniently located inside the Collin Creek Mall. They offer an Amazing Buffet of Pizza, Soups, Salads and Desserts. Practice your putting skills on our Miniature Golf Course, race your friends on the Go-Karts, take aim in Laser Tag, climb 25 feet off the ground on the Rock Climbing Wall, bump and dodge on our Bumper Cars, perfect your gaming skills and win prizes in our Mega Arcade or enjoy our various Kid City Rides!

Use this coupon to save even more! It’s good for a B1G1 FREE Buffet!

Lego KidsFest is coming to Dallas in August (+ Giveaway)

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The award-winning LEGO KidsFest returns to Texas – this time at the Dallas Convention Center — from August 29-31.

Those who attended the previous show can once again expect hands-on building, creative experiences and one-of-a-kind activities. Children of all ages and builders of all skills and levels are welcome. The show only makes seven North American appearances each year.

LEGO KidsFest features dozens of new activities and popular favorites on the three-acre show floor.

New activities for this year’s visit to Dallas include LEGO Chima, LEGO Friends Photo Booth, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Super Heroes and LEGO Mindstorms.
Once again, show-goers can enjoy the LEGO Model Museum, the LEGO Master Builder Academy, Race Ramps, Creation Nation, Construction Zone, LEGO DUPLO, LEGO Retail store and LEGO KidsFest Marketplace, the Big Brick Pile, LEGO Ninjago and more.

“Any family who likes to be inspired, get hands-on and have fun together won’t want to miss LEGO KidsFest,” said Vince Rubino, LEGO events manager. “We’re bringing so many activities for Dallas-area families to showcase their creativity and building skills in what is sure to be a family event to remember.”

Five sessions – all identical – are available for the August 29-31 tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for children and can be purchased online at http://www.legokidsfest.com.

Deal:

Limited OFFER! Everyone pays Kids prices! For a limited time, my followers can save $2 off each adult ticket purchased prior to August 8. These events have been selling out in past cities! Go here to get your tickets!

General Information:

The LEGO KidsFest is a giant traveling LEGO expo coming to the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, TX from Aug. 29 – 31, 2014. This is their third event in Texas, with sell-out shows in Austin and Houston preceding this trip.

LEGO KidsFest is a hands-on, educational, all-ages LEGO extravaganza features millions of LEGO bricks, not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO Friends, LEGO Chima, LEGO Star Wars, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space.

Five identical sessions are available. Tickets are $20 for kids and $22 for adults.

For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to http://www.legokidsfest.com/tickets.html.

* LEGO Model Gallery: dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
* LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play
* Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family
* LEGO Chima: choose a tribe and test battling skills with the whole family
* LEGO Star Wars: build and display a Star Wars model
* Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
* LEGO DUPLO: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
* LEGO Retail: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
* Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
* Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color to foster group creativity
* LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City
* LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member
* LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes
* LEGO City: using the imagination to create buildings and vehicles to the urban diorama

FUN FACTS

  • More than 400 billion LEGO bricks have been produced since 1949.
  • The LEGO minifigure represents the world’s largest population of people! More than four billion minifigures have been produced in the last 30 years. This is almost 12 times the population of the United States!
  • LEGO minifigures are out of this world, literally. The two Mars Rovers have an image of the LEGO minifigure etched into their front grill.
  • Approximately seven LEGO sets are sold each second.
  • There are about 62 LEGO bricks for every one of the world’s six billion inhabitants.
  • Laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times around the world.
  • There are 915 million ways to combine six eight-stud LEGO bricks.
  • Children around the world spend five billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks.
  • With a production of about 306 million tires produced a year, the LEGO group is the largest producer of tires in the world.
  • LEGO is the contraction of two Danish words, “leg godt” which means “play well”.
  • There are about 62 LEGO bricks for every one of the world’s six billion inhabitants.
  • 19 billion LEGO elements are produced every year. 2.16 million LEGO elements are molded every hour, or 36,000 per minute.

GIVEAWAY:

One of MY followers will win (2) tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, August 29,  2014  (4-8:30pm).  I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for all the latest ticketing updates as this event has been selling out in prior cities.    Must be 18 to enter, 1 entry per day allowed, random drawing by USFG on Wednesday! Go here to sign up for this giveaway!

Trinity Forest Aerial Adventure Park: Ziplining, Pedal Boats, and More


If you are like me, then you enjoy outdoor adventures that allow you to play and have fun with your family! Did you know that you can do this near Dallas? I didn’t either! I recently learned about The Trinity Forest Aerial Adventure park which features a fun Canopy Tour, Challenge Course and Zip Line Adventure. Totally Safe. Totally Fun!

Right next door to The Southern Cross Ranch, which offers a range of recreational activities such as Rock Climbing Walls, Pedal Boats, Bungee Trampoline, Swimming, Fishing, Wagon Rides, Pony and Horseback Rides on our Trails, as well as a 300′ Zip Line over one of the ponds. Book your ALL DAY COMBO TICKET!

Right now you can enjoy BOGO at Trinity Forest Adventure Park and BOGO at Southern Cross Ranch!

The Southern Cross is only open Thursdays through Sundays until September 1st, with a 2 pm opening on Saturday, July 26th and closed on Sunday, August 3rd!

Must Visit in Dallas: Reunion Tower

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There are several iconic places in Dallas that most visitors like to tour when they come into town. We have lived here for 5 years now and have no explored some of these places ourself. We decided this summer that we would cross a few of these places off of our list and I am so glad that we did! We were treated to a ride up to explore in exchange for this post with our honest opinions.

Reunion Tower was built over the course of several years, starting in 1974. In 1978, it opened to the public for the first time. Reunion Tower is 560 feet tall and it only takes a short 68 sec ride in the elevator to get to the top. After several years, Reunion Tower needed renovations. The GeO Deck reopened in 2013 and is beautiful! It’s very modern and interactive. You can also dine in Wolf Gang Pucks Five Sixty restaurant which rotates around the top of the Tower. (You need to make reservations for this!)

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We scheduled a visit to Reunion Tower for 8PM on a Friday night. We valet parked and went inside and got right in line to go up. Before going up, we had our picture taken against a green screen. (Once at the top, we were able to view our photos and make our selections!) We rode the elevator up…and it was VERY quick. The girls could look out as we went up and they thought this was so much fun.

Once at the top, we enjoyed learning more about Dallas from the big screens that are available indoors. The kids were able to zoom in and see many things via live cameras. They were also able to see light shows on the massive screens and see what special events the lights are designed for. It was fun seeing the OU/Texas lights! The kids could have played on this for HOURS! (They are basically massive touch screen computers!)

We went outside and walked around. It was beautiful and 8PM was a great time as we were able to enjoy seeing Dallas from up high in the daylight! We could see really far. We used the (free) telescopes to look even further away. The girls loved looking out. The weather was perfect and it was not crowded.

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We went back inside for a bit and the girls enjoyed making keepsakes, smashed pennys. We then went back outside to enjoy overlooking the citys night life. It was so beautiful. You could see so many buildings all lit up and it was a very clear night so the sky was dark and perfect.

Once we were ready to go back down, we got in line to get on the elevator. We enjoyed playing in the giftshop under the Tower and the kids found several things that they loved. They do sell a few snacks and drink options.

Tickets:

  • 3 and under are FREE
  • Kids 4-12 are $8
  • Adults are $16
  • Senior Adults are $14

Hours:

Monday-Sunday 10AM-10PM

Deals:

All active or retired military personnel will receive $5 off their admission tickets until August 31st at the GeO-Deck. Show your valid military ID at the Reunion Tower ticket booth at the base of the tower.

Follow Reunion Tower on Facebook and Twitter! Send a tweet out and watch the fun interaction that you get back!

 

Pay it Forward with Hawaiian Falls and Team Connor

Team Connor was started by the parents of Connor, a sweet boy who lost his four year battle with cancer in 2009. They started this foundation because they saw the toll childhood cancer took on families, both emotionally and financially.

FACT:

Cancer kills more children each year than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDS combined, yet the National Cancer Institute allocates only three percent of its budget to pediatric cancer.

TeamConnor has raised $1 million in its mission to find cures for childhood cancers. And the fight continues. All because of one inspirational little boy with a warrior’s heart.

SAVE and Pay It Forward:

Today, Hawaiian Falls has teamed up with TeamConnor to bring awareness and raise money! You can currently buy $20 tickets (good thru the rest of the year!) by going to teamconnor.org

They have a run coming up in Frisco in October. I’ll be posting more about that soon as well.