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Come to our next event – Plano Moms Plant & Sip!

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We love coming together and meeting each other. Here is a great fun night out for all y’all!

City Central Plano would like to invite you to our Plano Mom’s Plant and Sip Night Out

on Thursday, September 28th from 7:30 to 10:00 pm.

This will be a great opportunity for you to check out City Central’s amazing office and Co-working space while meeting other moms and having a great night!

They are conveniently located in Plano off of Spring Creek Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway.

You need to experience Plant and Sip. Through Plant and Sip, you get to plant and design your very own exotic succulent terrarium while enjoying food and drinks with your friends!

It’s an experience, a full teaching class, combined with Mommy Mixing for y’all to meet each other.

Plano Moms Plant and Sip

The Plant and Sip family has a love for all things nature. Their plants are bought from a family farm ensuring they get the very best quality while supporting fellow plant enthusiasts. Their love for nature doesn’t stop with plants. To be part of the Plant and Sip team, you have to have a love for animals and be willing to donate some of your time to local shelters and rescue groups. Three times a year, Plant and Sip holds fundraisers for their little friends where 100% of the proceeds go to local animal shelters.

Sooooo, to sum it up, come with friends to drink, eat, laugh, and create something cool!.. !

They will be giving away massages, one month of free coworking and other awesome door prizes our in-house massage therapist and we will have a In House Massage Therapist also giving away for door prizes. This is not to be missed!

Plano Moms Plant and Sip Women

Registration is only $20 (Wine and Beer Sips and Nibbles included) and includes your very own succulent terrarium.

Space is limited so register today!

Join us to talk about Car Seat Safety – get local tips and enter our giveaway for a new Britax Infant Car Seat!

All Moms are concerned about protecting their families. For new Moms and Moms of newborns, toddlers and growing kids it is vital that we find out about child car seat safety and keep updated with new models that become available.

Children need to remain in the backseat until they are 13 – did you know that? It’s a great time to remind ourselves about important safety tips, attend a fun event and enter our Giveaway!

Remember when you were a new Mom with a Newborn Baby? Or are you Pregnant or have a Newborn and planning ahead to bring your baby home?

Britax new Endeavours Car Seat

You might be planning to upgrade your car if you are adding a 2nd, 3rd or 4th child (or even more!) to your family. It takes some research to find the right car for you! We see tons of Moms swapping their suggestions in our Facebook group.

In addition to a new Car, we also look for a new Car Seat for our Newborn. Britax is front of mind in terms of Infant Car Seat Safety. If you are considering an Infant Car Seat Purchase soon, there is no better time than to come and meet representatives from Britax during Child Passenger Safety Week at a unique event on September 20th

It worries me to think that studies show that nearly three out of four children ride in car seats that are either installed or used incorrectly.

Are you #RideShareReady?  What about if you need to use an Uber or are riding in a Taxi? Do you know how to install the seat you have correctly in someone else’s car without a base?

Be Rideshare Ready for Car Seat Safety

Having representatives ready to demonstrate car seat installations and share their child safety tips in one easy location is a great opportunity!

Join me and meet representatives at the #TestDriveParenthood event

at Park Place Lexus Grapevine on Wednesday, September 20 @ 11 A.M – RSVP here

You can leave rest assured that you are equipped with the latest know-how from Britax having seen the latest family-friendly Lexus models that are available. Britax are also going to be showing us the innovative brand new Endeavours Car Seat, which is packed with safety features.

Don’t go yet!

Thanks to the great folks at Britax and SheBuysCars, we have 1 Endeavours Infant Car Seat to giveaway worth $299

Want to win one of eight (8) Britax Endeavours infant car seats?

How to enter:

Plano Moms Giveaway

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She Buys Cars Giveaway
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Must be 18 or older to enter, US addresses only. No purchase is necessary to win. Void where prohibited. Must fill out Rafflecopter form.
Small print: Entries open until September 30. Contest open to U.S. residents only. The car seat prize value ($299), prize cannot be substituted for cash or other merchandise and cannot be shipped outside of the United States;

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NTX Giving Day in Plano

40 Charities to Support on NTX Giving Day!

We asked Plano Moms everywhere to nominate their favorite charities to support on September 14th for North Texas Giving Day!

What is NTX Giving Day?

One day a year, for every dollar you donate to Charity, sponsors amplify it with generous bonus funds throughout the community. Some qualify for matching gifts. Communities Foundation of Texas launched North Texas Giving Day in 2009. In 2016, the 18-hour event raised over $37 million for 2,500+ nonprofits.

A minimum donation of $25 to each organization is required for your gift to be eligible for bonus funds from the foundation.

For those who are close to your heart, if you are wanting to give this year, September 14th is the best day to do so.

  1. Gifts for moms – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/gifts-for-moms
  2. Heritage museum – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/heritage-farmstead-museum
  3. The Texas Pool – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/texas-pool-foundation?
  4. Living only Love Sanctuary – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/living-only-love-sanctuary-1  – A spiritual community providing community projects to help those in need
  5. PISD Education Foundation – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/plano-isd-education-foundation
  6. Plano Young Life – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/young-life-plano
  7. Mypossibilities.org – A daytime activities group for special needs adults – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/my-possibilities
  8. The Storehouse of Collin County (at St Andrews UMC) – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/common-unity-inc.  They feed those in need through Seven Loaves Food Pantry & supply clothing
  9. Veterans Center of North Texas – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/veterans-center-of-north-texas
  10. S.N.Y.P Spay and Neuter your Pet. Helps avoid overpopulation for Pets – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/spay-neuter-your-pet
  11. Launch Ability – job placement services for adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/launchability
  12. Richardson Theatre Centre – they bring affordable entertainment to the community – showcasing local playwrights and talent – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/richardson-theatre-centre
  13. Livable Arrangements – retrofit work on houses to help the disabled and elderly stay in their homes longer – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/livable-arrangements-incorporated
  14. DFWCockerrescue.org – DFW Cocker Spaniel Rescue. Rescue and rehome abandoned cocker spaniels – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/dfw-cocker-spaniel-rescue
  15. Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County – safety, healing and justice for neglected and abused children – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/casa-of-collin-county-inc
  16. Dallas | Fort Worth Labrador Retriever Rescue Club – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/dallas-fort-worth-labrador-retriever-rescue-club-inc
  17. Greyhound Adoption League of Texas Inc – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/greyhound-adoption-league-of-texas-inc
  18. Boys and Girls club of Collin County – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/boys-girls-club-of-collin-county
  19. Faith Lutheran School – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/faith-lutheran-school
  20. Friends of WRR –https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/friends-of-wrr
  21. Art Centre of Plano – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/art-centre-of-plano-inc
  22. nonPareil Institute – provides better futures for adults with autism – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/nonpareil-institute
  23. Trivium Academy Charter School – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/trivium-academy
  24. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/girl-scouts-of-northeast-texas
  25. KERA Public TV – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/kera-tv-channel-13-kera-901-kxt-917-and-artandseekorg
  26. North Texas Food Bank – Many of the NTFB’s resources have been allocated to those in need from #Harvey-  https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/north-texas-food-bank
  27. Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/planned-parenthood-of-greater-texas
  28. Frisco Moms Care – our sisters in Frisco with multiple projects hoping local Frisco families in need https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/frisco-moms-care
  29. WERE Community – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/women-entrepreneur-resource-and-educational-community
  30. SheNow – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/shenow-womens-charity
  31. Families to Freedom – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/families-to-freedom
  32. Tails from the Heart Rescue – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/tails-from-the-heart
  33. Plano Symphony Orchestra – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/plano-symphony-orchestra-a-non-profit-corp
  34. Chamberlain Performing Arts – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/chamberlain-performing-arts
  35. The Storehouse at Seven Loaves – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/common-unity-inc
  36. The Womens Chorus of Dallas – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/the-womens-chorus-of-dallas?
  37. Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/cfts-relief-and-recovery-fund
  38. Assistance Center of Collin County – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/assistance-center-of-collin-county-inc
  39. Hope Women’s Center – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/hope-womens-center
  40. Tzu Zoo Rescue takes those that are left behind by others – https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/tzu-zoo-rescue

Here are some ideas for how we can teach our kids about the importance of charity

A Local Mom’s Insight to Home Schooling

You made the decision to homeschool. Yet despite your resolve, all those first day of school photos got to you, didn’t they? We are on our fifth homeschool year, and they still give me a tiny twinge of something I can’t quite put my finger on. I always enjoyed school. Am I depriving my own children of the experiences? What about your own life? How are you going to survive?

One aspect of homeschooling that I think was the hardest to adjust to was finding friends. Most of my friends sent their children to school. Sure, we did after school playdates for a time, but they can’t go to the park mid day. They didn’t understand curriculum struggles and asked questions like “How are you going to socialize your children?” This question always amused me and still does because, well, we were at the park playing, wasn’t that socializing?

The first year we homeschooled, we joined a park play date co-op. I wasn’t ready to commit to an academic co-op yet. The park co-op was a bit awkward as all new things are. A lot of the moms knew each other so I felt like the out of place newbie. Thankfully, because it was the beginning of the year, there were other moms standing around equally as shy. My oldest, thankfully,  is super social. He started playing with a little girl about his age. Her mother was one of the other newbies so I sucked it up and introduced myself to my first homeschool friend, Deanna.

I only went back to that park co-op one more time. Deanna and I decided we hated being new and struck out on our own. Our children got along fabulously as did we. Then they moved away, and I may have cried. Hopefully your first homeschool friends won’t move away so quickly!  Making friends with Deanna’s family encouraged me to try again. Finding these gems of homeschool friends isn’t hard, it just takes a bit more effort than you may be used to.

 

One thing I can promise you, is that you will find friends.Good friends. Fast friends. Friends you can call in the middle of the day and get it. Friends who help you rationalize why you decided to homeschool and who remind you that one bad day or week doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel.

If you’re lucky your first homeschooling friends may find you. You may have to awkwardly introduce yourself to someone. They may awkwardly introduce themselves to you. I’ll let you in on a secret, we’re all a bit awkward in the friend making department! I have usually let my children gravitate towards others and then I start the first date like ritual of talking to a random stranger. But I have also made some amazing friends this way.

Next year about this time of year, you’ll see the first day of pictures again. That little weird twinge won’t be as big. Instead of second guessing yourself, you’ll  text one of your homeschool friends about going to the park later that day. Then you’ll lie back down and try to grab a few more zzz’s before you try to to make your child understand long division.

This post is written by Kristina Roegner, a homeschool mom of 3. She enjoys sharing about homeschooling with others and is always happy to help local homeschoolers connect. Visit her website at www.dfwhomeschoolresource.com to see all DFW has to offer for homeschoolers.

Meet the Sherwins – a local family of Twins & Triplets

“You sure have your hands full!”- it’s a phrase we have heard countless times and we will probably continue to hear forever. The truth is, though the words have become monotonous they couldn’t be more true. We absolutely do have our hands full – literally! We have been blessed with a very unique family that is composed of my husband and I, 2 year old twin girls, and 3 month old triplets! It’s an interesting situation that often makes an “ordinary day” feel much more like a circus act.

After the triplets were born, they spent 10 days in the NICU learning how to eat and grow. The NICU experience was unfortunately not new to us, having spent 13 days there with their older sister Keona, one of the twins. It was during this second NICU stay that we got our first glimpse of what a challenge we were facing to care for the needs of 5 littles ones under the age of 3.

Since we’ve been home we have definitely been busy! Everyday brings at least 3 loads of laundry, 30 diaper changes, 6 hours of pumping, 21 feedings (or more)- Almost 100 oz. of milk, multiple outfit changes, and constantly revolving task of washing bottles and pump parts. All of this in addition to caring for our twins: 3 meals and snacks, potty training, conflict resolution, play time and crafts, bathing, reading books, and the list could go on and on. The twins have earned the term “twin-adoes” as they quickly leave a trail of toys in their path.

Luckily, the twins have blossomed into the MOST incredible big sisters. They are constantly putting pacifiers in babies mouths, helping with bottles, and giving their siblings hugs and kisses. The most important (and favorite) part of our job is getting 5 times the snuggles! Though we do have a big family with a LOT of needs, it is incredibly important to us that each individual child gets as many snuggles and kisses as possible. Luckily, we have been blessed with an incredible “village” of friends and family that have stepped up in a big way to help us achieve that goal. Often when people hear of our family dynamic they quickly call me “Super Mom”. Super tired? Yes. Super busy? You bet! Super blessed? Absolutely! But the truth is that I could never do any of it without my husband and my village.

When we first found out that we would be having triplets, the very first thing that I said to my husband, Robbie, was that we were going to have to be the absolute BEST version of ourselves. All we can pray for is that each day we will continue to better ourselves and our lives for the sake of these 5 little miracles. As the days go by we will continue to learn each child’s personalities/likes/dislikes a bit better, we’ll learn little parenting tricks to make our lives a bit easier, and we will work into a routine to help keep consistency in our home. Most importantly we will give these children every drop of love that we have in our hearts.. and then some.

In our 3 months as a family of 7, we have braved to get out of the house a few times. Getting 5 kids under 3 years old ready for a trip out of the house is stuff reality TV shows are made of! I can only imagine the spectacle we are running around the house collecting all of the things we need for even the shortest adventure out of the house. While we are out, I wish I could take pictures of the looks on people’s faces when they notice us! “Wait, you have twins AND triplets?!”, they say in disbelief. Yes, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

The phrase we hear the most often, sadly, is “I’m glad that it’s you and not me!”. Before you feel sorry for us though, please understand that though it may be five times the work, we also get five times the snuggles, kisses, laughs, memories and love. We may be outnumbered, busy and tired but if you think our hands are full, you should see our hearts! We fully believe that God does not give you more than you can handle, and for some reason He trusted us with these five beautiful souls.

The Sherwin family circus is officially in town! If you would like to join us in our adventure, please follow us at www.sherwinfullhouse.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sherwinfullhouse.

8 Ways to Score Back to School Deals!

Moms, it’s nearly August and before long the kiddos will be back at School. What if, just once, we got ahead of ourselves and got those important purchases out of the way early and scored a great deal with Cashback too?

Sounds good, right?

I recently downloaded a new app, called Dosh. It’s simple. You connect your payment cards (don’t worry about security, your data is safe!) and you can filter through Online offers and buy all those Back to School essentials right within the app.

The pricing is among the best I have seen. For everything I book through the App, I get automatic cash (called Dosh) back on my App which I can redeem whenever I like!

Download Now

 

Here are 8 of my favorite stores I choose to buy stuff for my kids (now I can buy and get money back!)

Target 1.4% Dosh Back

Hobby Lobby 3% Dosh Back

Gap and Old Navy 3% Dosh Back

Walmart 3% Dosh Back

Nike 4.5% Dosh Back

Toms Shoes 5.2% Dosh Back

Stride Rite 5.2% Dosh Back

 

You have to try it. When you download it and connect your cards you start earning Dosh straight away.

And if you refer your friends you’ll get $5 when they get their first Dosh too.

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Entertain your Family this Summer and earn Dosh too!

 

As a Work-from-home Mom, I am balancing my workload with entertaining the kids too. I also have visitors from out-of-town so I’m using the time to be a tourist in the city.

What if I told you that for every Dollar I spend on day trips, passes and admission into local places that I could get automatic cash-back on every purchase, without redeeming any coupons and all from my Smartphone?

Sounds good, right?

I recently downloaded a new app, called Dosh. It’s simple.

You connect your payment cards (don’t worry about security, your data is safe!) and you can filter through Hotels & Activities and book right within the app. The pricing is among the best I have seen. For everything I book through the App, I get automatic cash back on my App which I can redeem whenever I like!

Not only that, but every time I take my family to eat out, we get a % cashback on every meal.

Think local places like Dugg Burger or Hash House a Go Go!

 

And when I need to cool off and let the kids blow off some steam, I can take them to Chuck E Cheese and get a win-win out of it. Let the kids play and eat and I get cash back.

Over the Summer, I will get 5% cash back on purchases over $30!

You have to try it.

When you download it and connect your cards you start earning Dosh straight away. And if you refer your friends you’ll get $5 when they get their first Dosh too.

Are you ready? Get Dosh NOW

 

How to Find the Best Deals When Shopping Online

With a little planning, you can save big on your online orders. There are a few ways to find online discount codes, buy discounted gift cards, and even earn cash back!

Ebates

Let’s start by talking about Ebates! Ebates is a website that offer’s cash back for online purchases. All you have to do is start your shopping trip from your Ebates account and it will track your purchase and add your cashback amount to your Ebates account. Then every 3 months, Ebates will give you a payout of everything that you have earned! Ebates will even deposit $10 into your account after you make your first purchase. They even have a great referral bonus of $50 when you refer 2 people!
Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Raise.com

Another way to lower your checkout cost is to first buy a discounted gift card to use at that store. A reputable site for buying gift cards is Raise.com. You do have to make an account to buy (0r sell gift cards. They are offered at a discounted rate anywhere from 1% -30% or more. You can choose either egift cards which are usable immediately or physical cards which would arrive at you in the mail. Raise.com acts as the “middle party” between buyers and sellers in order to keep all information private and secure. Raise.com will even credit your account $5 after making your first purchase! Click here to sign up

Store Discount Codes

Your biggest savings will come from store discount codes. There are a few ways to get these. First, you can call customer service and ask if they have any online codes they could give you. Or, you can check sites like Currentcodes.com, Retailmenot.com, or Savings.com. Some retail stores like Kohl’s and Torrid will mail special sales flyers with coupon codes to their store credit card holders (and some store cards offer an additional discount just for using them). Other stores like JC Penny’s and Lane Bryant have a text subscription you can subscribe to on your phone and be sent coupon codes in a text as they are available. So any stores that you shop at regularly, be sure to call customer service and ask what additional ways you can be notified of sales and valid coupon offers.

 

With just a little planning, you can find the best deals online when you shop! Happy savings!

Your Annual, Family Based Entertainment Pass for DFW

Just in time for Summer, check out this HOT deal! 

Pogo Pass is a year long, family based entertainment pass, that gets pass holders into some of the best venues in Plano, Frisco, Dallas and all around DFW.  

They are always adding new ones, but right now there are 20 listed! If you’re staying in town and looking for fun stuff to do, get a Pogo Pass.

Access your PogoPass on any mobile device or print at home.

Show your PogoPass at each area venue and you’re in. 

Head over here and use code PLANOMOMS and get 68% off (you’ll pay $39.98 instead of $124.95). 

What does the pass include?  Check this out!

Just Hawaiian Falls and the Fort Worth Zoo are over $40 by themselves!

This is truly one of the best deals in family entertainment out there.

You’ll enjoy a FULL YEAR of admissions to places all over town (each place has their own details about how many times you get in with the pass).

It pays for itself within 1-2 visits!

Some things to know:

The Mom’s Guide to the Plano City Council Run-off Election

Moms, it’s Round 2!

To gain the council seat in each Plano City Place on the City Council, the winner had to achieve a 50% majority. While many of the seats were won in that way, we have a Run-off coming up June 10.
Here is what you need to know to cast your vote:
Plano City Council- 2 spots are available:
Place 2
Ann Bacchus – www.annforplano.com
Anthony Ricciardelli – www.anthonyforplano.com
Place 8
David Downs www.voteplano.com
Early voting has started and runs till June 6, 7pm. Times and locations are below.
Election Day will be June 10.  All the info you need is right here
We don’t present any candidate information here, but we encourage you to find out as much as you can to make an informed decision and most importantly, get out and vote!
Photos Credit: City Of Plano