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Things To Do Over Thanksgiving Break

School is out next week for the entire week! Are you ready for the week off and to keep your kids busy? We’ve got some awesome ideas for you to make sure your kids are not bored. Here’s a list of fun things to do over Thanksgiving break.

 

Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

November 23-24 This marks the 50th year for this family-friendly event! The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is a YMCA tradition that draws people from all over the country each year. Even if you’re not a runner or walker, there are fun activities for the whole family to enjoy: clowns, pony rides, bounce houses, live musical entertainment and much more!

Dallas Cowboys Game

If you have lived here for awhile you know we are serious about our Cowboys. It’s a big tradition for the Cowboys to play on actual Thanksgiving day. If you can’t get tickets to the big came consider going to visit The Star in Frisco. It’s also a fun place to take visitors! 

Six Flags

Going to Six Flag is always fun for the whole family. From rides to shows, they have something for everyone! Holiday in the Park is back and will run from November 17-January 7th.

Allen Annual Great Turkey Skate

Saturday, November 25th marks the 6th annual Allen Great Turkey Skate event at the Allen Community Ice Rink. The skating will take place from 12-4 pm that day. Join the fun on the ice for various Thanksgiving-themed, on-ice games, and activities, including Turkey Bowling.
Open to all ages. Entry is $5, and skate rentals are $3.

Bring a non-perishable food item for Allen Community Outreach and receive a free skate rental! (All on-ice participants must wear skates.)

Granbury Country Christmas Parade

November 24th at 6 pm Grandbury (west of Ft. Worth)

Grandbury is such a cute historic town located West of Ft. Worth. It’s worth going to shop in the downtown square area and this event sounds so fun!

Fun things to do over Thanksgiving

Musical Activities begin at 6 p.m. Lighted Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. Cookies for children and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at the NEW Santa’s House on the square following the parade.

Thanksgiving in the Stockyards

Why not venture out west of Dallas a little bit to Ft. Worth and visit the Stockyards? They have so many fun things to do and places to eat. The stockyards are so fun to walk around and people watch too.

Events over Thanksgiving include:

  • Santa’s arrival on the 24th at 11:30 am where Santa shows up in a horse-drawn carriage!!
  • Photos with Santa on the 24th at Noon
  • and the Stockyard Championship Rodeo at 8 pm on the 24th.

Be sure and visit the famous Billy Bobs! 

 

Xmas Tree Lighting – Sundance Square (Ft. Worth)

November 18th 6:30-8 pm

Be part of the magic of the Sundance Square Tree Lighting powered by Green Mountain Energy. Costumed characters, holiday music and our friends from Nissan will be there early to get this event started! Entertainment will begin at 5:30.

 

XTO Energy Parade of Lights (Ft. Worth)

November 19th 6:00 pm

This looks like a really fun event taking place in Ft. Worth this weekend. Fun is happening all day from shopping to entertainment followed by the famous parade and even a special appearance by Cowboy Santa that night! Be sure and get there early to get a good seat!

Carol of Lights in Grapevine

November 20th 5-8:30 pm 

Join all the Who’s in Whoville as they help Grapevine launch their Whobilation at its NEW location at City Hall and sing in the holiday season in the Christmas Capital of Texas! Your favorite characters the Chilly Dawgs and Mrs. Claus will be joining in on this wonderful entertaining presentation of singing, dancing and lighting the entire town! Show up at 5 pm to enjoy taking photos with reindeer, creating seasonal crafts and savoring tasty food vendors. Then at 7pm, we’ll enjoy the spirit of Christmas as the Mayor “flips the switch” illuminating all historic downtown, all while hoping The Grinch doesn’t try to steal our spirit!

Free to the community and no tickets necessary. All ages are welcome. Activities will begin at 5pm and the program will begin at 7pm.

Christmas at The Star– Frisco

November 24th at 6pm

The first annual lighting of The Star’s 52-foot Christmas tree, located on Tostitos Championship Plaza, will take place on Friday, November 24th at 6pm. The tree lighting is a free event that will kick off the Cowboys Christmas Spectacular.

Cowboys Christmas Spectacular: Every Friday and Saturday night
The Cowboys Christmas Spectacular is a weekly holiday performance showcasing the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Drumline, appearances by Santa and more. The Cowboys Christmas Spectacular will take place on Tostitos Championship Plaza at The Star every Friday and Saturday at 6 pm. Admission and parking are free.

Home for the Holidays – McKinney

A McKinney Christmas is the best way to start your Christmas celebration. The weekend after Thanksgiving in Historic Downtown McKinney features non-stop family activities, entertainment, food galore, a chance to finish your Christmas shopping and much more.

Watch faces light up at the tree lighting on Friday, Nov. 24 at 6:15 p.m. and start (or finish) your Christmas shopping with Candlelight Shopping until 8 p.m. at all the unique shops on the square.

Friday, November 24, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 25, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 26, 12 to 5 p.m.

Don’t forget about these fun places around town that always make for a fun day trip!

Dallas Zoo

New this year is the Dallas Zoo lights so after your day of fun with the animals you can stay for even more fun with lights!

Arboretum

Taking place right now is the 12 Days of Christmas! Gather the whole family and make a fun day out of it.

Ice Exhibit!

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don’t forget to go  Check out some Christmas Lights!

What’s top of your list to do this Thanksgiving week with your family?

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Christmas Lights

The Best Places in Dallas to See Beautiful Christmas Lights

‘Tis the season for all things holidays! We’ve shared our Plano Moms Holiday Guide and 6 Easy Ways to Prepare Your House for the Holidays. Are you feeling ready for all of the hustle and bustle? One of my most favorite family traditions is to dress the kids in pjs, make some hot cocoa for everyone, and drive around town looking at fabulous lights around town. Are you wondering where to go? There are so many great places. We’ve got you covered, check out these places to see beautiful Christmas lights around Dallas.

Vitruvian Lights (Addison)

Holiday Lights

Dates: November 24th- January 1st       3966 Vitruvian Way   Addison, 75001

Come enjoy a Flip the Switch Light ceremony!

Vitruvian Park is transformed into a dazzling and magical holiday wonderland during Vitruvian Lights, when over 1.5 million sparkling LED lights are wrapped around more than 550 trees. On Friday, November 24, 2017, the lights will be turned on during a spectacular lighting ceremony as Town of Addison Mayor Joe Chow flips the switch at 6 p.m.  Guests can enjoy live music by the Jordan Kahn Orchestra, FREE photos with Santa, an elf balloon artist, gourmet food trucks, delicious desserts and retail booths for gift browsing. Once the switch is flipped, the lights remain on every evening through January 1, 2018.

Enjoy additional performances during the free Magical Nights of Lights celebrations:

Saturday, December 2 – Phat Strad (Electric String Quartet)

Saturday, December 9 –The Chris Rivers Band

MAGICAL NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

Saturday, Dec. 2 from 6 – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 9 from 6 – 10 p.m.

These outdoor evening events are FREE and open to the public.

Mingle with family and friends, take a photo with Santa, dance and sing along to your favorite holiday songs and browse through the shopping village for gifts. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from gourmet food trucks on the event nights listed above. FREE parking is available at Vitruvian Park and additional event parking locations.

Deerfield (Plano)

Dates: December 1- 30th from 7:30-10:30 pm 

This has to be one of the very best around and right here in Plano. The neighborhood goes all out with lights, carriage rides, and carolers. My suggestion is to go early in the night and season unless you like to sit in super long lines and major traffic. People will come from all over the metroplex to see the displays at Deerfield.

This is free and open to the public but donations are always accepted to Children’s Medical Center.

Christmas In the Square (Frisco)

Dates: November 24th- December 31st from 6-10 pm daily    FREE to the public!

Families, friends and holiday guests from all over come and enjoy the spectacular show. Visitors may tune in to a local radio station in their vehicles, or listen to the music piped through speakers as they take a walk through the Square. The light and music extravaganza is choreographed by Frisco’s own Jeff Trykoski (Illumimax, LLC). With over 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring and 8 miles of extension cords, Christmas in the Square is unlike anything you have ever seen. Enjoy the festivities in a horse-drawn carriage ride Friday – Sundays during the event! Rides are $6 pp

Experience ‘snow flurries’ every 15 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays throughout Christmas in the Square. The same snow machines used by Disney, create a “Winter Wonderland” on the sidewalks of the Square.

Prairie Lights (Grand Prairie)

Prairie Lights takes you on a two-mile drive featuring 4,000,000 lights with all-new custom displays with themes like “Pirate Christmas”, “Santa’s Mailroom”, and “Winter Woods”. Mid-way through the drive, stop at Holiday Village for concessions, carousel rides, gift shop, photos with Santa and brand-new attractions. Check their website for hours and admission.

12 Days of Christmas (Dallas Arboretum)

Dates: November 4th- January 7th  from  6-9 pm

Celebrate the holidays like never before with this centerpiece exhibit featuring an elaborate collection of 25-foot Victorian style gazebos filled with the charming costumed characters, whimsical animals, and music made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Each gazebo will be encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience, and will feature mechanical parts and festive music that will assist in bringing the characters to an even more life-like state.

Ticket prices vary depending on if you are members so check their website for more info.

Dallas Zoo Lights 

Dates: November 17th- Jan 2nd. from 5-9 pm each night

If you plan to go to the zoo this winter, why not go at night? This is the first of a 3-year contract where the zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland of lights! Other features will include musical performances, a light show set to music, tasty winter treats, crafts/activities, fun photo ops, and carousel/train rides lit up in lights!

Tickets to the zoo lights are free with a zoo admission.

Houses With Awesome Light Displays

Plano

Westridge Lights Display, Plano

Westridge Dr. Christmas Lights

This is one of our favorites!! They start decorating in JULY!!!!!

Hours:  6:30 – 9:30pm Sun-Thursday, 6-10pm on Friday & Saturday. The lights will synchronize to music to make sure you tune your radio to 92.9 FM. This one is usually not very crowded and one you can go visit several times. It’s super cool!
2708 Westridge Drive, Plano

3601 Brookshire Drive, Plano

1101 Stone Trail Drive, Plano

2837-41 Biscayne Drive, Plano

Allen

1227 Concho Drive, Allen

1520 Harvest Run Drive, Allen

1106 Country Lane, Allen

1522 Rustic Trail, Allen

Do you have a favorite spot for seeing Christmas lights? Share it with us in the comments below!

Prepare Your House for the Holidays

6 Easy Ways to Prepare Your House for the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Have you been able to book some family fun holiday events with our Plano Moms Holiday Guide for 2017? As you are beginning to schedule your holiday parties and gatherings one thing you have to make sure you do is to get your house prepared! Never fear, we’ve got you covered! Here are 6 easy ways to prepare your house for the holidays! Your house will be looking good in no time and you can sit back and actually enjoy those festivities.

 

Christmas Lights

Decorate House

Let Glow Lighting light up your home for any holiday. Their services include commercial grade lights, and LED lights custom fit to your home with maintenance and take down! To contact: text Michael Trimmer at 214-491-2549 or email at glowlighting@yahoo.com.

Carpet Cleaning

House Ready for Holidays

Let’s face it: when you invite guests into your home, you’re also inviting a mess. But fear not holiday hosts & hostesses, there are several at home solutions you can use to remove pesky holiday stains from your carpet. Learn more from Carpet Tech. 

Offer: Buy one room of carpet cleaning, get one room free

Restrictions – Treatments not included, one room per household, room must be of equal or lesser size

Christmas Decorating

Prepare House for the Holidays

Let Get Organized create a very Merry Christmas for you! Whether you are turning your home into a winter wonderland or one that is classy and elegant…they will decorate for your style. Their Decor Specialist can do the shopping for a fresh look or use what you already have. Some of the areas they decorate are: trees, mantels, stairs, porches, kids trees, tables and more. They can even come back to take down and organize it for the next year. See our Dallas Morning News article.

Offer:  Schedule our In-Home Christmas Decorating Services or Take Down Services and receive two (2) hours of free personal shopping. Expires 1/31/2017. Mention code: GOChristmas2017-18

Wreaths

Having a beautiful handmade wreath on your front door would be such a nice way to greet your guests. Here are 2 great options for you.

  • Zealous Accents- Unique Designs for your Custom Ordered Wreaths contact at zealousaccents@gmail.com Find them on Facebook @ZealousAccents
  • Wreaths by Jessica    Jessica says she makes affordable and seasonal wreaths. She will also custom design something so you can message her on Facebook at @GreatCustomWreathsbyJessica

Maid Service

Having a clean and tidy home before a party is a must! It will save you so much running around and stress. Try these great options for cleaning services that come highly recommended.

  • Maid Brigade   Get your free estimate and read more about why people choose Maid Brigade
  • Maid in Texas   Contact  at (972) 833-1068 or email at info@maidintx.net   based out of McKinney

Catering

Now that your house is fixed you will need food. This is what people will talk about for days. Don’t be in the kitchen making food the week before! Try these great catering options that will do a fabulous job.

  • The Italian Cowboy  Fine Italian and Regional Fusion, Find him on Facebook @TheItalianCowboyCatering or call (415) 317-4956
  • Two Sisters Catering   Two Sisters Catering will impress you and your guests with exceptionally fresh menu ideas, presented with style and customized for your event.   Find them on Facebook @twosisterscateringdallas or email kitchen@twosisterscatering.com

 

Now you should be all set! You have your house all decorated, your carpets are cleaned, your house is cleaned and organized, and you have fabulous food. There’s only one thing left to do- enjoy the party!!! We are wishing you the best this holiday season!

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Holiday guide

Plano Moms Holiday Guide 2017

The holiday season is here, are you ready? Well, ready or not, it’s time to get yourself prepared for all things holiday going on around Plano and Dallas. This is such a special time of year to have fun with the family and make some wonderful memories. To keep you on track for all of these holiday events here is the Plano Moms Holiday Guide of 2017.

Prairie Lights- Grand Prairie 

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image credit: Prairielights.org

Prairie Lights takes you on a two-mile drive featuring 4,000,000 lights with all-new custom displays with themes like “Pirate Christmas”, “Santa’s Mailroom”, and “Winter Woods”. Mid-way through the drive, stop at Holiday Village for concessions, carousel rides, gift shop, photos with Santa and brand-new attractions.

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image credit: PriairieLights.org

Walk through the brand-new Snow Maze that takes you through a playful labyrinth of twists and turns as you try to find your way out! Take a stroll through the Holiday Magic Walk-Through Forest with even more displays and illuminated trees. Then, finish the drive through the park with the always-popular animated tunnel of lights!

Holiday Guide

Follow them on Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram for more info and the latest news and events.

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The Trains at North Park 

Holiday Guide

Dates: November 18th – January 7th 

All aboard!  The Trains at NorthPark exhibit is taking off on its annual journey, delighting families and spreading holiday cheer. Come experience new exhibits and classic favorites in a magical winter wonderland!  The exhibit is located at NorthPark Center, Level Two between Neiman Marcus & Nordstrom. The Trains at NorthPark benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas—a home away from home for families of seriously ill and injured children.

Prices: children under 2 are free, Kids 2-12 and Senior Citizens are $4, and Adults are $7,00.

ICE at the Gaylord Texas  

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Dates: November 10th- January 1st    Gaylord Hotel, Grapevine

Prices: Vary depending on dates and ages. See the link above for prices and times.

This year’s theme is Twas the Night Before Christmas! I bet it’s amazing and so much fun for kids. Be sure to use Plano Moms discount if you are going in November to get 50% off your tickets!!

 Candy Canes for Kids

Date: Saturday, November 18th 10 am – 6 pm 

Collin County’s premier Holiday kick off – enjoy a day of family fun including our famous peppermint tree stick tree build, children’s activities (pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, and more) character meet and greets, a Holiday Market, food, FREE entertainment all day including a FREE performance by Contemporary Christian artist HOLLYN, an all-day live broadcast with KLTY, prizes, FIREWORKS and, new for 2017, a carnival! All proceeds benefit Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County.

Lights at Legacy

Date: November 19th, 2-7 pm The Shops at Legacy (Plano) 

Tree lighting and family fun event starts at 2 pm and lasts all day! 2 p.m.
Holiday movie with Santa and Mrs. Claus sponsored by Sky Ranch. “The Grinch” at The Angelika Film Center at The Shops at Legacy. $8 tickets available for sale at angelikafilmcenter.com/plano

Lights at Legacy 4-7 p.m.
Enjoy Plano’s premier holiday event that will include holiday crafts with Mrs. Claus, magic with Mr. Scrooge, rides on the Atmos Energy Christmas train, live entertainment, caricatures, face painting and more. Photos with Santa will be available, sponsored by Plano Profile, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Children’s Health.

The holiday season officially starts with the lighting of the new LegacyTexas Christmas Tree at 6:30 p.m.

Enchant Christmas 

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Dates: November 24-December 31st       Globe Life Park in Arlington

Come see the world’s largest light maze, glide around the ice-skating pond, shop in the marketplace, and visit Santa’s Palace. This is going to be an incredible experience you do not want to miss!

Prices: Children 4 and under are free. Adults  (ages 15+) are $29.95, Children (ages 5-14) are $21.95) Family 4 Pack for $79.95. The tickets are limited per night so please make sure you get your tickets ahead of time. Parking is also limited.

Holiday Wonder at Fair Park 

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photo credit: Holidaywonder.com

Dates: November 21- January 7th     Fair Park, Dallas

Holiday Wonder debuts this winter as a new, unforgettable, family-friendly event in Dallas’s Fair Park to celebrate a season of light and magic. Holiday Wonder Dallas is an outdoor, walk-through winter wonderland, visitors will marvel at more than two million lights bringing to life holiday favorites in giant illuminated eye-catching displays, including Santa Claus, beautiful floating swans, perennial holiday favorites, and more. Guests will walk through a holiday wonderland that includes an enchanting snowflake corridor, playful polar bears and penguins, a 48-foot-tall Christmas tree, and more than a few holiday surprises. All displays are handmade by artisans whose specialized skills in lanterns go back generations and are all-new, custom creations for this festival.

Prices: Children 3 and under are Free,  Kids 3-12 tickets are $12, Adults are $20, Family 4 Pack – $54

Christmas at the Anatole

Dates: November 24th- December 30th  Anatole Hotel (Dallas) 

Holiday lights, train rides in the park, Marionette shows, Kids activities and crafts, Breakfast with Santa, and more!

Prices: A select number of tickets will be available to the public, but access to hotel guests is always available.  Please see this flyer for more info.

Home for the Holidays (McKinney)

Dates: November 24-26th  Free and Open to the Public

Thanksgiving weekend marks the 37th year for this hometown Christmas celebration. Visit the 14-block area of McKinney’s 165-year-old commercial historic downtown for family activities, food, and entertainment. Enjoy a uniquely McKinney Christmas celebration with neighbors and visitors from near and far. It’s an unforgettable experience and a great start to the holiday season.

Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday, November 24th at 6:15 pm.

Dickens In Historic Downtown Plano

December 1st, 2017 

This is a FREE event put on by the City of Plano that will be fun for the whole family! There will be live entertainment, food, and even a visit from Santa. This will take place at Haggard Park and live music will take place at McCall Plaza. Free parking is available at the municipal center. Leashed dogs are allowed as well!

Santa Run 

Holiday Guide

Date: December 2nd 8 am – 12 pm      Toyota Stadium, Frisco 

Benefitting the FC Dallas Foundation and My Possibilities.

The original holiday festival of its kind in the DFW metroplex. This event includes a 5K run and 1-mile walk, with a family and pet-friendly festival celebrating the holiday season. A five-piece Santa suit is even included with your registration! Come enjoy hot cocoa/coffee, live music, free food, Vendor Village, and Santa’s Playground, where kids and adults can both visit Santa!

Dallas Holiday Parade

image credit: visitdallas.com

Date: December 2nd 10 – 11: 30 am   Downtown Dallas 

One of the largest parades in the United States, this Dallas holiday tradition spans two generations of families while attracting a crowd of more than 500,000 spectators. This year’s parade will feature spirited marching bands, famous characters, magical holiday floats, larger-than-life balloons and much more. Kick-off your holiday season by attending the Dallas Holiday Parade!

Plano Lions Christmas Parade

December 9th   Theme: Peace on Earth

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image credit: Girl Scout Troop 659

The parade begins at 9 am and ends at 11 am. It’s a very quick, but a fun parade for the city of  Plano. It includes bands, cheerleaders, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and many more students walking and riding in floats. It usually begins by Vines High School and goes down Independence and ends near Plano Senior High.

Holidays at the Heard

Dates: December 15-16th, Heard Museum, McKinney

Guests will see lights and holiday décor along a half mile Heard nature trail. In keeping with the Heard’s role as a nature preserve, this light display is designed to enhance, rather than overpower, the sanctuary’s natural beauty.

Children and the young at heart will enjoy the opportunity to have a photo taken with Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a festive setting. Hot beverages and treats will be available for purchase. Family-friendly entertainment will complement the holiday atmosphere. Local musicians will delight audiences with live holiday music in the Heard outdoor amphitheater.

Prices: Children 2 and under are Free, Ages 3-12 are $5, and Adults/Seniors are $9

 

As you can see, there are so many fun events going on in the next few weeks to keep your family entertained! This is the best time of year to make memories with your family and friends. Happy Holidays!

Maid Brigade

Good Questions to Ask Before Hiring a House Cleaner

Now that the holidays are almost here it’s time to start planning those fun holiday parties and get together’s. What’s one of the most stressful things about being a hostess? Having a clean house?? Well, don’t stress anymore, save some time and hire a house cleaner! I’m telling you it is so worth it and you will love having a clean house. Before you do though, it’s important to do a little homework and not only shop around but ask around. Not only do you want a good deal but you want a good service. Here are some good questions to ask before hiring a house cleaner.

  • Do you Bring Equipment or Supplies?
  • What are Your Rates?
  • Are you Insured or Bonded?
  • How Many Cleaners Will Come the Day of?
  • What Will I do with My Pets?
  • Background Check on Employees?
  • How Long Have you Been in Business?

Having a shorter to-do list means getting more important stuff done and enjoying more quality time. But our lives are so busy these days that our to-do lists are only getting longer. This is the reason people choose Maid Brigade cleaning services!

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Top 10 Reasons People Choose Maid Brigade

1. Maid Brigade is reliable and consistent.
2. Maid Brigade is affordable.
3. We look out for your health with green cleaning.
4. We take pride in customer service.
5. Maid Brigade screens, trains and certifies every maid.
6. We use tested and proven cleaning methods.
7. Maid Brigade has established standard house cleaning procedures – every maid team, every cleaning.
8. We learn your needs quickly.
9. Maid Brigade complies with federal, state and local labor and tax laws and carries adequate insurance.
10. Maid Brigade brings our own green maid service equipment and supplies.
Every day they sign up new customers who want to do more to protect their health and understand that green maid service is a practical, affordable way to reduce the amount of harmful toxins in their home environment. Maid Brigade is the first and only nation-wide maid service to make a system-wide commitment to green cleaning, requiring it at every Maid Brigade franchise operation, for the health of customers and maids. Read more about their cleaning services.
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Kumon Math and Reading Center of Plano

Does your child need after-school Math & Reading assistance?

Would you like your child to excel in school? Is completing math and reading homework a war zone at home? Does your child struggle with test anxiety? Do you wish your child was more confident? Does any of this sound familiar?

If so, then Kumon Math and Reading Center of Plano is your answer.

Plano Owner, Shilpa Kumar says as fifth and seventh graders her two daughters surpassed every academic goal set for them. Acceptance to honors classes was a breeze, grades were at the top of their class, and still, they time to pursue piano, karate, and be a drill sergeant in the high school drill team. She says that our excellent school system did make a huge difference, but it was Kumon that put them on top of their game.

Kumon is an after-school Math and Reading program that unlocks the potential of children by motivating them to achieve more on their own.

After seeing the advancements in math and reading from her children, she moved from being a Kumon parent to Kumon instructor. She was a Texas certified Teacher and taught physics and chemistry for 10 years at Creekview High School and at Irving High School.   She saw her students struggle with calculations and simple manipulation of formulas due to a lack of fundamental knowledge. She realized that Kumon could help her own children get ahead, but also help struggling students like those in her classes to get caught up.

Kumon offers individualized instruction to develop each child’s ability to their maximum potential.

Instructors help each child self-learn through the Kumon worksheets by following step by step instructions. Students complete daily assignments specific to their current level of ability and advance once mastery is achieved. Through this process, students become self-learners studying ahead of grade level.

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Since opening her center at 1501 Preston Road, the success stories she has witnessed have expanded well beyond her own children.  She has many students that started Kumon struggling math and reading but now are excelling in school.

Saair joined Kumon in 3rd grade. In the initial meeting, he told Shilpa he did not like math. After four years in Kumon, he has changed his mind about math and is now in seventh grade and working on twelfth-grade reading and tenth-grade math.

Sai was only three when he enrolled in the math program. Sai told her that he liked math and wanted to get ahead of his peers. After two and a half years, he is working on sixth-grade math, far ahead of his first-grade peers. Experiencing such results has been incredible, and she looks forward to continuing to develop the students in Plano for many years to come.

Give Shilpa a call at 214-299-2002 or come and see her for a free Placement Test to set your child on the path to success!

 

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Holiday Craft Fairs

Holiday Craft Fairs in Collin County

Are you ready to shop for your holiday list? We have all of the best holiday craft fairs and trade shows happening in Collin County. Get Ready to Shop until you Drop!!!

Holiday craft shows 2017

November

3-4th Ursuline Academy Holiday Bazaar 4900 Walnut Hill Lane Dallas Friday is a preview day and is $10, Saturday is Free.

4th St. Gabriel’s Holiday Boutique (McKinney) 9 am – 4 pm  Over 80 vendors and each will have an item in the raffle drawing.

3rd-4th St. Jude Craft Fair (Plano) over 90 booths of hand-made items including jewelry, decorations, clothing, floral arrangements, quilts, candles and many more surprises.

4th Murphy Shopping Extravaganza 4:30- 7:30 Vendors include Lularoe, LipSense, Scentsy, Young Living, 31 Bags and so much more!

4th Wylie HS Fall Vendor Fair 9 am – 5 pm Come enjoy shopping with unique local vendors and stock up on gifts for the upcoming holidays!

4th-5th  Snowflake Holiday Bazaar (Plano West Senior) 9 am – 5 pm  Benefits the Band Gnomes by Anita will be at Snowflake Holiday Bazaar. There will be Christmas Gnomes dressed in red as well as neutral colored House Gnomes.

6th Sip and Shop (Plano Area Mothers of Multiples) 6-10 pm A wide variety of vendors selling things like jewelry, children’s boutiques, educational toys, make-up and skin care, bath products, wine glasses, ornaments, kitchen gadgets, wreaths, holiday decor and more!

8th-12th Neath the Wreath hosted by Junior League of Collin County A huge marketplace full of unique items… and your favorite Make Your Mark cups! Stock up for holiday gatherings and gifts (hostess, teacher, friends!). Mark your calendars!

9th Ladies Night Out Shopping Benefitting Amazing Grace Food Pantry (Wylie) 5 pm – 8 pm

11th Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash 10:30 am – 5 pm a premier handmade shopping event and party, will showcase the very best in handmade apparel, bags, jewelry, home décor, accessories, art, pottery and more.

11th Moms Of Muphy Holiday Craft Fair 10 am features local businesses and benefits the MoMs charity effort, Bless a Family.

15-18th Chi Omega Christmas Market (Fair Park, Dallas) Offers a unique one-of-a-kind shopping experience with over 180 merchants showcasing gifts for every age including holiday decor, women’s clothing and accessories, home accents, children’s clothing and toys, food gifts, and much more!

18th Holiday Craft Fair 10 am – 3 pm Some vendors include Mary Kay, Young Living, Thirty-One Gifts, and more

18th Holiday Vendor Fair 10 am – 4 (Denton)

18th Jpiihs Christmas Bazaar 10 am – 5 pm

24th- Dec. 31st Enchant Christmas Maze and Market (Arlington) Christmas Market with over 100 shopping vendors and food trucks, including the Arlington favorite Texas Christkindl Market Lane.

28th Lone Star Mercantile Eat, Drink and Be Merry 7 -10 pm Eat, drink, be merry! Join us as we kick off the Christmas season with after-hours shopping, refreshments, and prizes! Come shop the sales for everyone on your Christmas list

December

2nd- 2nd Annual Christmas Market (Burleson) 10 am – 5 pm This event will take place all outdoors in the streets of Old Town Burleson. We will have booth after booth of small business vendors, Christmas music playing all day long, food trucks, children activities and so much more.

2nd- Sip ‘n Shop Holiday Bazaar 9 am – 2pm Open to the public! Get your Christmas shopping started with some mimosas & holiday treats!

9th- Allen Holiday Arts and Craft Market 9 am – 4 pm Just in time for the holidays, this arts and crafts fair will put everyone in the giving spirit with creative crafts and a festive atmosphere! It’s time to go Christmas shopping!

8th-10th Funky Flea Market’s Vintage Christmas Please come and join us for the fantastic shopping experience filled with Christmas decor, vintage goods, unique gifts, fabulous finds, and FOOD TRUCKS!

Best Bakeries in Plano

The Best Bakeries and Sweet Shops in Plano

Whether you are wanting a delicious homemade cake or just one sweet treat, there are so many lovely bakery shops around Plano that can please your taste buds. From in-home bakeries to shops, here’s a look at the most requested bakeries and sweet shops in Plano from Plano Moms.

 

Brownies and Balloons

Best Bakeries in Plano

Owner Deepa Shankar specializes in custom decorated sugar cookies for all occasions. She makes every single cookie from scratch in her home kitchen using good quality ingredients. So if you’re looking for a sweet treat for yourself, your family, your workplace, kids teachers, open houses, Christmas parties….you get the idea…:)  Hit her up and she’d love to work with you!

Follow her FB page for all latest news!

Mention code PLANOMOMS for a $5 off discount on all orders through Dec 31, 2017.

Goodies by Jenn

Best Bakeries in Plano

Goodies By Jenn is a Licensed Home Bakery on the Richardson/Plano border, where custom items range from simple buttercream with delicate flavors and fondant-covered cakes to cookies, chocolates, cake pops, and pies. Organic eggs and other yummy ingredients are picked for the best quality available.  She also offers Gluten Free, Vegan, and Sugar-Free items and is happy to fulfill small orders and larger catering.  Goodies By Jenn has been awarded BEST BAKERY in Richardson 3 Times!

Contact her at Info@GoodiesByJenn.com or call 469-569-2555.

Mention Plano Moms and receive 15% off your order. 

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Amazeballz

Cake Balls and other baked goods. Located in downtown Plano and at Firewheel. Plano address: 930 E 15th St #200 75074   or call 214-223-8044.

Better Batter Cakes

The owner, Mary, bakes and decorates cakes and goodies out of her home in Frisco. She does everything from birthday cakes, baby showers, and wedding cakes. Contact her at 214-289-9232

Cake Agent

A home baker that provides cakes, cupcakes, and cake balls. Located in McKinney 214-551-7877

Elizabeth’s Cakes Plano

Your Sweet tooth has met its match. Gourmet Cupcakes, wedding cakes, baby shower cakes, custom cakes and much more! Located in Plano 2108 Dallas Pkwy or call (972) 403-3248. 

Sugar and Spice Bakery

Bakery items from cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and yummy food. Located in Plano 3115 W. Parker Rd. Suite 550C (by US Toys) or call (972) 964-1111

Tiff’s Treats

A privately owned cookie delivery service that was the first one in the US! Baked to order, delivered warm!! They have several locations across the area. Plano location: 5760 State Hwy 121 (close to IKEA)  #155 or call (469) 888-5560.

Sugar Ray’s  Bakeshop

Named the best bakery in DFW in 2016. They bake to order custom cupcakes for any event or personal order with over 30 different flavors! Located in Plano:  4021 Preston Road #624, Plano TX, 75093  or call 972-403-9200

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What are your favorite bakeries or sweet shops around town? Share them with us!

The Best Bakeries and Sweet Shops in Plano, TX

 

Do you know what goes best with a cupcake? A Burger!! Check out The Best Burger Places in Collin County!

Volunteer With Kids In Plano

Places Around Plano to Volunteer With Your Kids

Teaching kids about the needs of others is very important. You can open their eyes to many new experiences while teaching them to be kind and helpful to others. Teaching about charity is one of the most beneficial things you can do as a parent. There are several places around the city that accept children as volunteers. Take a look at these great places around Plano where you can volunteer with your kids. This would be a wonderful thing to do around the holidays with the whole family!

Volunteer With Kids in Plano

This Side Up Family

Moving families from surviving to thriving. A non-profit provides a safe, family-friendly environment while giving parents all the tools, skills and quality activities they need to succeed. Volunteers are always needed (14 years and older).  They have so many events going on all the time!

The Storehouse of Collin County

Housed out of St. Andrews Methodist Church, this organization provides food and clothing for those in need. They also provide training, help, and education for women in poverty to help them reach goals and become sufficient for their families.  Kids must be 13 years or older to volunteer and be with an adult. Adults must be 18 years or older, no longer in school, and complete a background check.

Wee Volunteer

Monthly calendar projects that can get the whole family involved. Some of the projects include Meals on Wheels, Operation Kindness, and the North Texas Food Bank. These are all tailored for preschool and elementary aged children. Check them out on Facebook! They are having a big family day on November 18th.

Hope’s Door

Offers intervention and prevention services to individuals and families affected by family violence. It’s located in Plano but serves all of North Texas area. They love volunteers! Kids ages 12 and older and must be present with a parent or guardian. All volunteers must complete an application, background check, and attend a 1-hour training.

Minnie’s Food Pantry

A mission to provide healthy meals and resources (with the red carpet treatment!) to families in need. Minnie’s is 100% community funded and loves volunteers. Moms have told me that they do require volunteers to be 13 years and older. Please check with them before going. 972-596-0253

Live Green in Plano Opportunities

A great way to get involved in the city is to help out around the town by cleaning up! All kids 13 years and older are welcome to join in. An orientation is required to attend before volunteering on an on-going basis. Programs include garden clean up, liter and creek cleanups, storm drain labeling, and more!

 

Other Places to Volunteer in Plano/Dallas:

Plano Animal Shelter: Must be 18 years old, agree to a 3-month commitment, and be able to volunteer at least 8 hours a month.

Children’s Hospital: Student volunteers are always needed at local children’s hospitals to support staff and help with customer service. Students must be 16 years or older and interested in donating time to help serve others. (Dallas campus only) Includes both summer and school year sessions.

JustServe: This is a great website where projects are posted based on where you live. All you do is select your area and choose a project you are interested in helping. You will have to read the requirements (if any) on how to get started and see if kids are allowed.

VolunteerMatch: Bringing good people and good causes together. Search for a cause you care about and find one in your area that is in need!

Have you ever volunteered with your kids before? Tell us about it! We’d love to hear your experience!

awesome outdoor playgrounds in collin county

12 Awesome Outdoor Playgrounds in Collin County

Whenever we have nice weather it’s fun to take kids to a great outdoor playground. This can really benefit you as a Mom! The kids can run off some steam and then hopefully sleep well that night. Isn’t that what we are always wanting?? Lucky for us we have so many wonderful playgrounds around our area. Here’s a look at the 12 awesome outdoor playgrounds in Collin County.

Outdoor Playgrounds in Plano

Haggard Park

Located in downtown Plano, this park has so much to offer. They hold so many family-friendly events throughout the year here as well. On-site, they also have a gazebo, pond, and it’s also home to Interurban Railway Museum.  Restrooms are on location next to the playground area and the DART station is within walking distance from this park too. This area also makes one of our top places to take outdoor photos!

Big Lake Park

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Image courtesy of Plano Mom Katie Foster Call

Located near Christie Elementary, this is a great area to see nature, play on playgrounds, fish, or just walk the trails!

Jack Carter Park

12 Awesome Outdoor Playgrounds in collin County

Plano’s newest park that just opened in April of 2017. It’s an all-abilities park meaning it’s great for kids all types of kids- even kids in wheelchairs. There’s several tables that are covered, a sand volleyball court, and nice trails nearby. Restrooms are on location.

Bob Woodruff Park

This is a great place to pack a picnic and spend several hours. There’s a nice play area and a large pond with a bike trail around it. This makes a great place to watch the fireworks in the summer time!!

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Park

Another great place to go and spend the entire day. If you love to be outside with the kids this is an awesome place to be! This park has over 200 acres! Jogging, biking, hiking, and more, this is a beautiful spot in Plano. Take a picnic or go spend a few fun hours in nature.

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image courtesy of Plano Mom Alegra Reich

Outdoor Playgrounds in Other Cities

Celebration Park (Allen)

Awesome large playground and fun splash pad when it’s open! Great for a family get-together or party!

Kids Kingdom (Rowlett)

Located by Rowlett High School, this looks to be a newer park that is gated for safety. It looks like so much fun!

Kids Corral Playground (Carrollton)

Looks like a fun park with lots to do. Looks like astroturf ground which would help when/if kids fall.

Heritage Park (Flower Mound)

Breckinridge Park (Richardson)

Hope Park (Frisco)

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This is an awesome park that is perfect for a party too! Just FYI, the tables book up fast so if you do want a party here then reserve it months in advance! There’s so much to do here with a great playground that is gated, splash area, pond, and places to ride bikes too.

 

These are the 12 most talked about outdoor playgrounds in Plano Moms. We have so many great playgrounds all over the place! Leave us a comment and tell us your favorite one.

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