MOOYAH, Jennie-O a spicy combination 

Life with a toddler and an infant is full of sweet snuggles, dirty diapers and very little sleep. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for cooking so Zach and I were excited to get the opportunity to try MOOYAH’s turkey burgers.
  
Jennie-O Turkey has partnered with MOOYAH restaurant to offer a Jalapeño Jack Turkey Burger. Spicy, healthy dinner we don’t have to cook? Yes, please.
  
For less than $25, we each got a turkey burger with fries and Zach got a vanilla shake. 
If you want a chance to win some MOOYAH Moolah (get it?), be sure to share some shots of your MOOYAH meals and tag your social media posts with #myMOOYAH. 

{Fun rolls in with The Trains at NorthPark}

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The Trains at NorthPark is the most elaborate toy trains exhibit in Texas with 1,600 feet of track. Miles got a sneak preview today. He loved it! He is a huge fan of trains so this was a magical surprise for him.

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Be sure to bring your camera! The trains roll through more than 4,000 square feet of U.S. vignettes including downtown Dallas, the Perot Museum, the Grand Canyon, the Golden Gate Bridge and The White House. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children 2 to 12 and seniors 65 and older. Children under 2 get in free and discounted tickets are available at Tom Thumb ($1 off).

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I found the Cotton Bowl scene especially impressive. It’s amazing how much detail they have in these scenes. Miles loved watching the hot air balloons moving up and down. He has been talking about seeing the trains since we got home.

Cotton Bowl

This is the train exhibit’s 16th year at NorthPark Center and 27th year in Dallas. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. It opens Saturday, November 22, 2014 and runs through Sunday, January 4, 2015. (Early closings are scheduled for Nov. 26, Dec. 24, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The Trains at NorthPark will be closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.)

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Thousands visit The Trains at NorthPark every year. For the last 27 years, the exhibit has raised money for the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. This fundraiser provides the funds for nearly one-third of their annual operating budget. The Ronald McDonald House of Dallas has served more than 35,000 families of seriously ill or injured children who have traveled to Dallas seeking medical treatment in area hospitals.

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The exhibit is run by more than 1,500 volunteers working as individuals or in groups in three-hour shifts. For more information on how to volunteer or purchase a hand-painted railcar, visit thetrainsatnorthpark.com.

Miles and Mommy

Getting there:
NorthPark Center
(Level One between Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus)
8687 N. Central Expy
Dallas, TX 75225

{summer fun}

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Miles has been asking to go to the “pahk” (not sure where he gets his Boston accent) for days. He finally got to go to a park this morning. A splash park!

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It was our first time. He was wary of the water and all the people but warmed up after about 20 minutes and had a great time. He mostly stuck to the less crowded little river at one end of the play area.

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I’m so glad Cynthia suggested this for today’s play date. Our boys had fun and the weather was just right. It was just starting to feel too hot as we left.

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I know we still have a couple months of hot weather. It gets too hot for the regular park pretty early in the day so we may have to start checking out more of these water parks and splash pads.

{feathered}

The birds of the Dallas Zoo are such great models. These were some of my favorite shots from our last visit. I didn’t leave the house once tonight so I’m living vicariously through my photo album. I’m looking forward to cooler temps so we can go back for another visit.

I also want to check out one of these Safari Nights at the zoo sometime. Oh, and I just found out they are having a Feathers, Fur and Scales Photo Contest. Hmm …

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Spring Bash day!

For the last few weeks I’ve been working to get ready for the Etsy Dallas Spring Bash. I have hand-stamped rows and rows of notebooks. I have used the changing table as a standing desk. I have stamped new covers to debut at the Bash.

The Spring Bash is today (April 26, 2014), and I’m so excited! Being a vendor at this event has been on my business bucket list for years. If you’re in Dallas, stop by The Shops at Park Lane and say hello.

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a Minted love letter

Preparing for special occasions, such as welcoming a baby or planning a party, can be overwhelming. I’m always grateful for sites like Minted that make it easier to find something beautiful and personal. Just look at their birth announcements. If Zach and I are lucky enough to have more children, we are going to have the best time picking out announcements. So much awesome:

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Minted is one of my favorite places to shop. I’ve spent hours browsing just for fun. And I really love how supportive Minted is of indie artists. That kind of attitude toward art and commitment to artists is hard to find from retailers these days.

I am still in love with the personalized ornament cards I ordered for Christmas. I have one hanging from my rear view mirror and people compliment me on it all the time.

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Seriously. I took my car to get the oil changed a couple weeks ago and the guys were asking where I got it because they want to do order some too.

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The Minted site itself has been a big draw for me. You won’t spend ages trying to dig around for what you need. I’m always on my phone so I love that they have a website that works well for mobile and standard browsing. They offer everything from wedding invitations to business cards. My current obsession? Their art and Valentine’s gifts. I mean …

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Aren’t they the sweetest? There are so many beautiful and fun art prints I want to get for Miles’ room. Here are some of my favorites:

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I’m always happy to share the good in the world, so I am so grateful the kind folks at Minted asked me to share with you. Now go check out all the great design for yourself.

True Food Kitchen is magically delicious

Zach and I are kind of in love with True Food Kitchen in Dallas.

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We went for our “date night” after trying it a few weeks ago for lunch. The first time we visited, it wasn’t especially busy. The service and food was awesome. We decided to come back again for dinner sometime.

It was much more crowded Friday night, of course, but well worth the hour wait. (I think we only actually waited 45 minutes.) Zach enjoyed an Old Fashioned while I tried the Medicine Man. I had sneezing fits all afternoon and evening, which magically ceased halfway through my drink. Medicine Man, indeed!

True Food Kitchen menu

The Panang Curry was so delicious the first time we visited. So I ordered it again. I know, I know. I’ll try something different next time. Maybe. Zach ordered the Miso Glazed Black Cod. I had no idea cod could be that good, y’all.

For dessert, I ordered the Squash Pie with coconut whipped cream. It. Was. Amazing. The pie was perfect and the coconut whipped cream kind of blew my mind. Be still, my dairy-free heart. Zach got the Chia Seed Pudding.

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I know so many people who say they want more health-conscious, food-allergy-friendly restaurant options in Dallas. I hope True Food continues to do well. Actually, I hope it does so well they open more locations in the area. Perhaps one in Addison? Fingers crossed! Now if only we could afford to eat there every week.

a favorite adventure: canopy tours in Costa Rica

About five years ago, Zach and I planned a trip to Costa Rica. We found an incredible deal at Banana Azul, a hotel in Puerto Viejo de Limon, on the Caribbean coast. We had a blast. We were a five-minute walk from the beach, which was nice. We didn’t spend too much time on the beach since Costa Rica is so close to the equator. And I thought Texas was hot!

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Stray dogs roam all over Costa Rica, at least where we were. We met many friendly pups while we were there.

I could write a pages and pages about the trip, but basically all you need to know is the people are warm and welcoming, the food is some of the best I’ve had in any of the roughly dozen countries I’ve gotten to visit, and the country is beautiful. I think my favorite part of our adventure was the zipline canopy tour we did. We were a sweaty mess by the end of it, but it was such a cool way to see the forest.

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Zach and I were sweaty and gross after the canopy tour, but it was a good kind of sweaty and gross. 🙂

That was the last real vacation we took. We’ve been on a few short trips since then, usually for Zach’s triathlons. When is the last time you went on an adventure?

There are lots of places I still want to visit someday. If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

where you want to be this weekend: adventures with a plumed serpent, birds + sharks (August 17-19)

What do a plumed serpent, birds and sharks have in common? They all want to be a part of your weekend, obvi. There’s plenty to learn, see and even dissect this weekend. Are you ready for all the awesomeness Dallas has to offer this weekend?

Friday

It’s that time of the month for the DMA. You know you love Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art. Be there 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, August 17, 2012.

Admission is $10 or less and the night includes twitter treasure hunts, yoga for kids, live performances and more. An art historian will provide a special tour of the exhibition The Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico. Check out the evening’s schedule for all the fun details.

Getting there:
Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood
Dallas, Texas 75201

Saturday

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Attention fellow nature lovers: The Trinity River Audubon Center is offering $1 admission all day every day this month. Visit TRAC 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 18, 2012.

The center offers 6,000 acres birds, wildlife and plants with a hardwood forest, wetlands and grasslands. TRAC offers a downloadable trail map and a checklist of birds common to the center. Audubon.org warns that many species of birds are being affected by climate change, including the beautiful owl above. A visit to TRAC is sure to make you want to help our feathered friends. And you may even be inspired to become one of the more than 40 million bird watchers in the U.S.

Getting there:
Trinity River Audubon Center
6500 Great Trinity Forest Way
Dallas, Texas 75217

Sunday

You know Shark Week is here, right? And it’s the 25th anniversary. Here’s a great way to cap off Shark Week and your weekend without remaining glued to your couch: Check out Sharky Sunday at the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science with special guest Kelly Morales of SeaWorld San Antonio. Pricing varies; Planet Shark Admission is $18 for adults and $13 to $16 for children.

The museum features a 12,000 square foot shark exhibit where you can learn all about the creatures. Visit the museum noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, August 19, 2012. And hurry if you want to check out the popular shark dissection at 1 p.m. Rumor has it the room fills up fast.

Getting there:
Dallas MNS – Science Building
1318 S. 2nd Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75210

where you want to be this weekend: West Village’s Buy, Buy Summer Sidewalk Sale

Ready for deals? West Village’s Buy, Buy Summer Sidewalk Sale takes place August 10-12, 2012. Shops offer discounts up to 75 percent off, which means you can get clothes, accessories and décor without busting your budget. And let’s face it, the discounted summer clothing will probably be weather appropriate for a few months. It’s Texas! We wear summer clothes eight months out of the year.

The sale takes place 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Frugalistas can get great deals from shops including Pitaya, Epic Apparel and Indigo.

P.S. Don’t miss out on the “Friends Events” this weekend!

Getting there:
West Village
3699 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204