Things to Do at the Dallas Zoo

Things to Do at the Dallas Zoo for kids of all ages!On a recent trip, I was amazed at all of the things to do at the Dallas zoo, especially for children. If you follow my Instagram stories, you got a front row seat to our adventures that day! Our favorite? Getting to pet and feed a giraffe!

Anyway, this isn’t the same zoo experience that I had as a child! That is for sure. We spent most of our time at the The Children’s Zoo that day and you won’t believe the activities that are available for kids of all ages.

Thing to Do at the Dallas Zoo

1. Birds Landing

On Annabelle’s first trip to the Dallas zoo last year, we took her to this interactive aviary to feed birds. You pay $1for a seed stick, wait your turn to enter, and birds from all over the world visit you for a nibble. We all loved it! Somewhere I have a video of a dozen or so birds landing on my mom. It was hilarious!

2. Discovery House and Discovery Yard

This is toddler central which was prefect for Annabelle. It’s all about play! This part of the zoo has nature play options, puzzles, and hands on play experiences hosted by the staff. They even have animal encounters at different times throughout the day. You might get to pet your favorite bird or reptile at an encounter!

3. The Stream

If you’re going to the Dallas Zoo in the summer, cooling off is essential. The Stream is a shallow running creek where kids can splish and splash while parents watch. There’s even a play area nearby for bouncing, crawling, and climbing on a giant spider web, tortoise shells, a bird’s nest, and a hollow tree with slide!

4. Nature Play Space

This playground introduces kids to nature. From climbing on logs to building hideaways, creating art inspired by nature, and making mud pies, children are inspired to get their hands dirty here.

5. The Farmyard

This is King of the petting zoos. Little ones can touch sheep, chickens, goats, and tons of other farm animals here.

6. The Underzone

Calling all crawlers! This tunnel allows for a close up view of hornbills, mole-rats, and mongoose! Nothing stands between you and these creatures but glass. However, it feels as is nothing is separating you!

7. Junior Rancher Adventure

Want to go behind the scenes? The Dallas Zoo has a special exhibit for kids ages 3-8 called the Junior Rancher Adventure! Visit DallasZoo.com for details.

We could spend hours upon hours exploring the Dallas Zoo! Couldn’t you?

What's your favorite thing to do at your local zoo?

Saison de Celebrations: How to Host a Spring Brunch

This blog post entitled ‘How to Host a Spring Brunch’ is sponsored by la Madeleine.

How to Host a Spring Brunch - Brunch is quite possibly America’s favorite meal. Simply uttering the words makes people happy. With Mother’s Day approaching, consider having Mom over for a proper spring brunch. Enjoy these tips to elevate your hosting experience!Brunch is quite possibly America’s favorite meal. Simply uttering the words makes me smile. With Mother’s Day approaching, I decided to make Mom smile by having her and some family members over for a proper spring brunch. Isn’t that a great idea? [Read more…]

Preparing for Home Improvement

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Since moving into our new house over the summer, home improvement has been on the forefront of my mind. Sometimes it seems like a task that’s just too cumbersome to take on. If we truly want to settle into this house for the coming years, however, a renovation undertaking is completely necessary. Preparing for home improvement can be stressful but we’ve done our research we have found a financial partner that meets our needs. [Read more…]

Eat, Bowl, Play, & Party at Main Event!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Main Event Entertainment. The opinions and text are all mine.

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When a company loves what they do, it shows.  At Main Event, it couldn’t be more evident that they love to deliver fun to guests each and every day all across the USA! This exciting, multi-activity entertainment center is your go-to destination to Eat, Play and Bowl.

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My husband and I recently visited Main Event in Frisco, TX for a fun date night. We were impressed by everything that Main Event has to offer. From state-of-the-art bowling, to multi-level laser tag, gravity ropes adventure courses, billiards, video games and more, Main Event has something for everyone.

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We were also impressed with the food. Main Event serves delicious cuisine from fresh Italian street market options to bar favorites to full-on casual dining. We ordered a steak and scalloped potatoes and everything was perfect.

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Main Event also has cocktails, beer and wine at multiple bars inside the facility. A highlight of our evening at Main Event was trying the Main Event Breeze, which is their signature cocktail. Coconut rum, anyone?

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Did you know that Main Event isn’t just for date nights and family fun outings? They also provide customized, festive experiences for birthday and holiday parties, corporate and private events. Think tons of activities and delicious food and drinks that everyone will look forward to. Yes, and yes!

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Main Event packs more fun per square foot than any other venue, and can accommodate groups from 10 to 1,500. From corporate team building events to birthdays to holiday parties, event planners are an extension of the Main Event staff. Let them take care of the details so you can enjoy the party, too.

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Need an entire location for an event with full-on fun? Done.

Main Event will work with you to customize a package that can include Bowling, Billiards, Laser Tag, Rock Climbing, Gravity Ropes Course, Mini Golf, Bocce Ball, Video Games, Private Meeting and VIP Rooms, Delicious Buffets and Full-Service Bars. They even have a karaoke room!

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Main Event’s mission is to give every guest – whether they’re 5 or 95 – the best options to let their fun out together with family and friends, and coworkers. If you’re interested in booking an event, take a look at the offer below.

Main Event is offering a $100 Gift Card for every $500 spent at a party at Main Event held between December 1, 2016 and January 8, 2017.

Visit MainEvent.com/events for more information on Main Event’s party planning programs. With 30 centers and growing, Main Event has a location near you and can’t wait to host your next event.

Visit http://www.mainevent.com/events for more information on Main Event’s party planning programs.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Main Event Entertainment. The opinions and text are all mine.

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This post has been sponsored byMinute® Rice. All opinions are my own.

Last week in Dallas, I attended a Minute® Rice Live Party with some fellow bloggers. It was a Friendsgiving and I had a lot of fun catching up with my bloggy friends. The main attraction, however, was the food.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some photos that I shared at the event.

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Photo Credit: Jennifer King of Soul Dreamer Photography

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OK! Magazine Play Date with Melissa Rycroft & Huggies Diaper Pants

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Huggies Little Movers Diaper PantsBaby Annabelle and I recently had the chance to attend a play date at Kidville in Dallas sponsored by OK! Magazine and the *NEW* Huggies Little Movers Diaper Pants. At this trendy play date event I got to meet one of my favorite celebrity moms and try out Huggies diaper pants on the best critical reviewer there is, my diaper loathing 1 year old.

Before I get into my admiration for these diaper pants, let’s talk celebrity. So who was the celebrity guest at the playdate event? Melissa Rycroft! She was in attendance with her son Beckett who has a lot in common with Annabelle, as you can see from their photo op together. I’ve been watching Melissa for years. First I witnessed her win The Bachelor (Jason’s season) only to have her heart broken by him at the reunion show. Then I cheered her on as she won Dancing with the Stars. Now I see her make an appearance every now and then on a celebrity news program or I catch up with what she’s doing in a magazine. I love rooting for a local girl and this former Dallas cowboy cheerleader is Dallas through and through, y’all. Plus, I think she’s a great mom and she always seems happy, gracious and stylish to boot! It’s only natural that we’d have the same taste in diapers, right?

Huggies Little Movers Diaper PantsOk, now on to the diaper pants. Let me tell you a little bit about this fabulous new product. Huggies Little Movers Diaper Pants are specifically designed for moving babies that are constantly on-the-go. That’s my baby for sure! I love how they slip on like a normal pant, but still have easy open sides so I can remove them quickly when it is time to change, just like a regular diaper. What is probably the coolest part about them is they are the first product to offer more absorbency right where my baby needs it. On the diaper pants for your little man you’ll find more absorbency upfront, and for your girl you’ll find it right in the center. It is genius!

Does Annabelle like them? You bet! First of all, they’re pink so they were already her favorite for that reason but mostly I can tell that she feels comfortable in them. She’s a rough and tumble kind of girl and these diaper pants don’t get in the way of that.

Huggies Little Movers Diaper PantsI took some diaper pants home with me and I have to be honest with you, I’ve already blown through my entire pack! I am so excited that they are now (finally!) on shelves at Target and available at Target.com in sizes 3 to 6. I am definitely going to stock up and you should, too! Don’t delay . . . If you buy 2 packs now through October 17, you get a $10 Target gift card.

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Favorite Baby Products Series: Gerber’s 3rd Foods

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gerber.

Gerber Lil Bits Chew UAnnabelle and I had the privilege of attending her very first school orientation last week in Dallas. Nope, it wasn’t for pre-school. Think higher. It was for the masters program at Chew U. Yup, I’ve got a baby genius on my hands! She’s already getting her masters . . . in chewing.

The purpose of the event was to learn all about Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes. It’s a brand spankin’ new product from our favorite baby food brand designed to ease little mouths into transitioning to table food. While Annabelle tasted ten varieties of Lil Bits flavors like Sweet Potato Apple Carrots & Cinnamon and Banana Apple Mango, I munched on these mini pancake stacks. We were both in taste-testers heaven.

Mini Pancake StacksTo officially become a student at Gerber Chew University, Annabelle had her picture taken for her student ID. She was even given a collegiate t-shirt to wear! Move over Texas A&M and TCU, we’ve got a new team to root for in the Pilgrim household!

Gerber-Lil-BitsDuring class, she was taught that Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes offers a gradual texture progression with perfectly sized soft bits so that she can ace mashing and chewing, which are essential milestones in her development. Thanks to this delicious new product line, Annabelle and her classmates will be ready for table food in no time!

GerberChewUShe was also interested to learn that Gerber had 80 experts that spent over 120,000 hours on product development for Lil’ Bits recipes. Furthermore, they tested 30,000 spoonfuls of Lil’ Bits recipes to develop the perfect texture. It’s good to know that Gerber does their homework too!

Gerber Chew UniversityAs a first time mom, I truly believe that Gerber is filling a gap in early childhood nutrition with Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes. Transitioning your baby to table food can be stressful and third foods is a new and exciting category changing innovation. Way to go Gerber!

In conclusion, Annabelle did, in fact, obtain her masters degree in chewing at GerberChewU. I learned a lot myself! Since this event, I’ve told every mom friend of mine who will listen that Gerber’s 3rd foods is a fantastic way to teach your child to mash and chew. That’s why it has made my Favorite Baby Products List and why I will continue to promote it.

Here’s a live video that I made from the GerberChewU event.

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I'm live at the GerberChewU event in Dallas with the new Lil' Bits product line. Love it!! AD

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Apparently, Annabelle only wanted to be on camera for a second. Guess where she ran off to? I found her taste testing more Gerber’s 3rd Foods. That’s my child alright! A total foodie in the making.

Gerber Chew University today, learn more about Gerber’s 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes, and win tons of prizes. Now through September 4!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gerber.

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Mom Rocks! HMK for Mother’s Day Giveaway

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Hi gals! How cute is this “My Mom Rocks” serving tray and glassware? They’re from HMK and if your lucky enough to live in Dallas, Kansas City, or Denver, you know how special this store is. On-site monogramming while you wait? Yes, please!

You may remember my first monogram purchase for little Annabelle last year. It was almost Mother’s Day and I had attended a blogger event at a one-of-a-kind new shop at the time called HMK. Ring a bell? Well, I’m back with info about HMK’s newest unique gift items. They’ll make shopping for mom a breeze this year! [Read more…]

Make Your Mother’s Day with Market Street DFW

This post is sponsored by Market Street. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

She kissed your bruises and scrapes, cheered you on at your sporting events, and she’s still the one who can always make your day better. This Mother’s Day, celebrate your mom with a special gift from your local Market Street.

Market Street DFWMarket Street is a grocery shopping experience for DFW families in Allen, Plano, Coppell, and Colleyville that combines everyday grocery needs with the gourmet, specialty, whole-health, and fresh prepared food items you crave. They also carry a wide array of unique gift items. From custom cakes to unique home decor, Market Street has the perfect selection of gifts to make your mother’s day on May 10.
Here are a few Mother’s Day gift items that can be purchased at Market Street.

1. Made-to-Order Floral Arrangements and Delivery
2. Greeting Cards
3. Gift Cards – Choose from a large selection of national stores and restaurants.
4. Cakes, Cookie Cakes or Cupcakes
5. Home Décor & Dish Selections – Dinnerware, serving ware, paper goods, college branded products, holiday items and more!
6. Wine

What are you waiting for DFW? Drive to your nearest Market Street today and find something fabulous for mom. Isn’t it fun to spoil those we love?

Goodbye Gym Membership, Hello ClassPass Dallas

ClassPass Dallas - Why I ditched my Dallas gym membership and joined ClassPass.I grew up as a competitive gymnast. Think Kerri Strug or Mary Lou Retton. Yup, that was little ‘ol me training for 4 to 5 hours a day on the bars, beam, vault and floor. I was fit beyond belief. I got burned out in high school and gave up on my olympic dreams so I took up tennis. Then I won district. In college, I was a competitive cheerleader. After graduation, I pretty much never worked out again. Fast forward 10 years (wow, really?) and I am a new mom with 30 pounds to lose and a bad history with gyms. This is where ClassPass Dallas comes in and saves the day.

What’s my bad history with gyms? It’s simple. I don’t go. My background is in competitive sports so gyms bore me. Oh how I wish I could have all of the money back that I’ve spent on gym memberships that I didn’t really use! Gyms like to lock you into a year long commitment and that is pretty outrageous, in my opinion, to be the norm in 2015. That’s the main reason that I chose a ClassPass membership, it’s a month-to-month membership that can be canceled at any time. Hooray! Here’s the 411.

The ClassPass 411

ClassPass is your “pass” to take unlimited group fitness classes at 100+ studios in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex for a monthly fee. Right now that fee is $79. You can take as many classes as you want to, but you are limited to 3 visits per studio a month. No biggie.

ClassPass SchedulingIt’s easy to sign up online and schedule your classes on the ClassPass website or the ClassPass app. You can search classes by neighborhood, time, studio, or activity. I usually search by neighborhood to find classes that are near my house so I can get back to the babysitter in a timely manner afterward. I also look for classes that have “beginner” in the title or description because that’s what I am.

What I Love

There’s something to be said for being able to attend a fitness class anywhere in the city (or anywhere in all 30 cities with ClassPass Flex) anytime of day. Well, not anytime of day but between the hours of 5AM and 8:30PM . . . same thing. Furthermore, there are a ton of classes in the 1PM-4PM time slot and this is something that most gyms do a poor job of offering. As a stay-at-home mom, daytime classes fit my schedule better than morning and evening ones do.

Another pro is that there are some pretty nice studios to choose from. My barre class tomorrow night is at Exhale. I’ve stayed at The Highland, which is the hotel that it’s in, and it is a super posh place!

A huge plus to ClassPass is it’s variety. From hiking yoga to rock climbing to outdoor bootcamp to burlesque dance classes, the aerobic options are endless and exciting. You can’t quit ClassPass Dallas due to boredom, that’s for sure!

What I Hate

Cancellation fees. If you’re a no-show and don’t cancel 12 hours prior, you get charged $20. THIS IS CRAZY. Life happens and there will be times that you simply can’t get there. I missed my very first ClassPass class, in fact, due to a traffic jam on Central. Guess what? That traffic jam did not give me 12 hours notice and now it owes me $20.

Despite ClassPass being cancellation nazis, I am pretty pumped about my membership. And scared. I feel like such a novice but I am hoping that my competitive instincts will kick in and I will stick to working out this time. Stay tuned!

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