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Your perfect solution to finding a Babysitter

Have you ever had to say no to Social Plans or couldn’t get to work on time because you couldn’t find a Babysitter when you needed one?

I think at some point most Moms have had this exact problem, asked their friends or ventured to Nextdoor App or Facebook to get names and numbers.

Then they spent time making calls, sending texts and waiting to get responses. Does that sound like something you’ve done before?

It’s frustrating, right?

If you are lucky, you find someone great and then end up looking again if they are already booked, or happened to leave the area or go to College.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a list of Babysitters ready to receive your request when you need them, knowing they are reviewed by other local parents, live locally to you and you know that your friends or local neighbors have used them too?

What if you had a choice of Sitters, of different ages and stages for different needs? Need someone to play in the Backyard and throw a ball with your 2nd grader, or a Mature Sitter, a Grandma who can offer that sense of security for your newborn and can handle diapers and meals with no problem at all?

YES?!

I have great news for you.

A Dad from Pacific Palisades, California, Sean Greene, had this exact problem and took it upon himself to create the Bambino App. Bambino solves all these problems and provides so much more!

What about at the end of the night when you realize you don’t have the cash to pay the Babysitter & you have to drive-round to find the nearest ATM? Ugh!

Not with Bambino. Once you’ve connected your credit card, payment is made automatically.

bambino sittersAnd if you need to change the length of the sit, the messaging system within the app allows quick and easy communication with your sitter and you control the length of the Sit in a couple of easy taps.

 

Local Mom, Kelli said:

I was so excited to be introduced to the Bambino app!  It was so easy to use.  I love that I can connect with sitters in our neighborhood that my friends recommend!

Our sitter, Emily was great with our boys!  She was awesome at communicating with me throughout the evening.  We will definitely request her again!

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If you have an Android or iPhone, you can download via the Google Play store or the iTunes App Store. Then use your Facebook profile to login. This identifies you, connects you to your friends and allows you to see their recommendations as well as place your own.

Try it once and you’ll be hooked! It’s the easiest way to secure a sitter when you need one.

 

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And we have an exclusive code for you to get $10 discount on your very first sit with Bambino.

Just use code PLANOMOMS when you check out! 

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The Dosh App gives you Cashback and Savings at the same time!

The Dosh App continues to line our pocketbooks! 

We need this right now as the Holidays are quickly approaching…

Sometimes it’s so easy, that it seems too good to be true. A couple of months back I was introduced to an App, which for Moms everywhere offers the chance for automatic cashback whenever you use your normal payment cards to pay for everyday items.

I’ve been testing it out and excited that they keep adding new options. The lowest cashback % seems to be 2% but in some cases it is as high as 8-10%!

Recently they added the following:

Forever 21 – 5% cashback in store

Sams Club (yes, Moms – Sams Club!) – 2% in store with a valid membership (not including tyres or gas)

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 Denny’s – eat breakfast and get 10% back (in-store)

Cost Plus Market 2% in store and 4% online

Within moments, your transaction is tracked back to your Dosh account and the money is added to your wallet. You can connect your Bank Account, Paypal or even choose to donate your wallet funds to a Charity of your choice.

This month, they added a new way of boosting your Wallet, by using the power of chance and social sharing.

You’ll be notified straight away that you can try the Cashback Multiplier if you choose to share your earnings with a friend via Facebook and Twitter. Once you do, you can take a spin!

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Then see what the Multiplier gives you!

Not only that..

At this time of the year we are also looking ahead and planning our Thanksgiving trips. Travel is a great way to boost your Dosh.

Dosh has a large number of hotels listed. You can easily see the offers they have and compare pricing against leading Travel providers. Not only that, but you should take into account the cashback to get a real price!

When you combine your hotel with local restaurants who are also listed in the App the money really starts to add up.

So, what are you waiting for?

Download it, connect your cards and watch the Cashback and the Savings add up all at the same time!

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Come to our Fall Mommy Mixer & meet your new BFF!

It is time for our Mommy “Speed Dating” event – the Mommy Mixer!

Please join us on Saturday November 4th from 3-6pm at Cambria Hotel & Suites Plano-Frisco for a fun early evening of mingling & making new friends!


Get Tickets

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New to the area? Been here a while and still haven’t found your BFF?

Need a new crafting/coffee/shopping/etc. buddy? Just like to hang out with fun moms? Then THIS IS THE EVENT FOR YOU!


Get Tickets

Our first two events were a huge success, one of our moms said:

“I thought the Mommy Mixer was a blast! I so enjoyed meeting other mommas in the area and have contacted some since so it definitely served it’s purpose”

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Please RSVP below, the event link is in the comments! See you soon! (This event is for up to 100 moms and includes Food, Soft Drinks & House Wine).

All this for a small fee $10+$1.80 for processing & fees. This is a not for profit event!

Great News!!
 
Need a Sitter to be able to attend?
 
Just download the Bambino App now and use code PLANOMOMS to get $10 off your First Sit (which you can use during the event!)

Shopping for the Holidays?

It’s never too soon to get started! 

It’s nearly time to start thinking about Shopping for the Holidays. Most of our Plano Moms have been talking about it in our Facebook Group and buying presents ahead of time.

When you go online there are tons of options which provide Cashback through the Dosh App – whether you are booking Travel or Gifts or Household items!

Did you know Dosh users have already received more than $100,000 in just the past few months? Whether from hotel stays for end-of-summer vacations, or back to school shopping – when you link up your card on file, it automatically tracks your spending and gives you cashback.

Each month, new offers and retailers are being added. Just this past month alone, they’ve added great offers from Hollister and Forever 21, plus many more!

Many household favorites are already listed: Old Navy, GAP, Bed Bath & Beyond, Hobby Lobby, walmart.com and so many other common every day places are included.

Eating Out

In addition to buying items, there is a growing list of places to eat out locally. There are so many places near me, that have a cashback amount from 2% up to 10% on your family’s meals out.

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Booking Travel!

One of the things I love about the app, is that you can book hotels through the App and give generous cash back amounts for booking your travel!

So, when you are planning your Thanksgiving or Holiday travel plans, make sure to check the app first before you book

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Being Charitable!

I choose to use my Dosh to support victims of Hurricane Harvey by donating from my Dosh Wallet directly to a charity organization. The American Red Cross is just one of many of the charities listed that is offering relief in Houston.

So, where do you start?

Link your cards with the app so that you can get the Dosh in your account as you make purchases! Add them in (securely) and you don’t have to think about it again!

Download Now

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How to Keep Your Kids Safe on Social Media

How do we keep our kids safe on social media is one of the most talked about topics when I meet up with my fellow neighborhood Moms. We’ve been discussing it since our kids were in kindergarten. Sadly, things are not getting any easier. If anything, things are getting harder! There are so many more hidden dangers and secret ways for kids to hide things on their phones.

If you have a teenager or a soon to be teenager,  then you know they are all about their phones and social media. Whenever your family decides to allow your kids to have access to phones/social media, it’s important to know some ways to keep everyone safe and stay ahead of the game.

How to Keep Kids Safe on Social Media

Here are some basic facts about kids and social media.

  • Nearly 15 million teens in the U.S. were “social network users,” and nearly two million
    children (three to 11 years old) also used social networking websites
  • Among teens 12 to 17 years old, 65% have a profile on an online social network
  • 84% of teens polled said they have a Facebook profile
  • 52% of teens have given out personal information online to someone they don’t know offline,
    and one in four (25%) have shared personal photos and/or physical descriptions of themselves
    (twice as many girls as boys)

(Taken from Mcafee.com)

As we can all see, technology isn’t going anywhere. We need to be in the know of things around us to keep our children safe. These are some scary facts!! Are you prepared for your kids to be on social media? What are your rules and regulations for them? Here are some ideas.

  • Start early talking to your children about social media
  • Set some ground rules
  • Limit their time allowed online
  • Discuss what is appropriate on and offline

Tell them to remember that Nothing is secret when it comes to social media. My kids are still young so luckily we’re not there yet with the phones but we only allow Ipad/laptop use in common areas where we can see. My daughter also has time limits and certain things she can and cannot go to.

What ground rules do you set??? Do you check or monitor their phones? The good news is that there are constantly new apps and ways for parents to stay on top of safety with parental apps and monitoring programs. Here are 2 apps to download and look at to see if they fit your needs:

Keep kids safe on social media

MM Guardian

Protection for Kids, Peace of Minds for Parents

Advantages: Set time limits for usage, block apps and websites (including porn), parents can view browsing history, prevent sexting and cyber-bullying, get a location of child’s phone at all times, see how much they are texting and who they are texting to.

Cost: Varies/They have monthly subscriptions to try or other plans to try depending on a number of devices.

 

PhoneSheriff.com

Advantages:  Block phone numbers, set restrictions, and limits, monitor text message, and activity, time location tracking, more.  You can determine who they can and can’t communicate with, block websites, activity, and more.

Cost: $89 per year

I’m definitely (like many of you Moms) learning as I go with this tricky situation. My oldest is just starting to be at the age where she wants a phone and other devices and I know as her Mom I have to protect her. I want to hear from you and your experience. What are you doing to keep your kids safe on social media?? Let’s band together and help one another with this!

Keeping Kids Safe on Social Media

Looking for Fun Things to Do this Fall? Check out this awesome list of Fall Festivals.

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 Plant and Sip Event 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 a Plant and Sip Event. 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.

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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 Plant and Sip Event is not to be missed!

Plant and sip Event

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

Space is limited so register today!

Find out about another Plano Mom event that we have hosted:

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

She Buys Cars Giveaway

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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Meet Plano Mom, Alicia

 

Birthplace: Dallas, TX

Occupation: UXUI Designer, Calligrapher, Photographer

Family: Married and mothering. Husband: Ray + 4month Daughter: Audrey Victoria

What’s on Her DVR?: My 4month old laughing out loud do the first time 💕
Favorite Plano Restaurant?: Mexican Sugar, Shops of Legacy
Best Place for a Date Night: Shops of Legacy, you’ll always find something to do.
Beverage of Choice: Moscow Mule, but first Coffee…
Words She Lives By: “Grace not perfection.”
Favorite App: VSCO app
Beauty Product She Cannot Live Without: FRESH rose lip balm
Dream Vacation Place: Paris, France
If she had more time in the day she would?: Get more sleep. 😊
Favorite Thing to Do in Plano: Walk or bike the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
Would you like to be the next Meet a Plano Mom? Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch soon!

Meet Plano Mom, Lynea

Hello Moms! It’s time to meet another Plano Mom. Let’s all welcome Plano Mom, Lynea to the group. Come meet all about her.

 

Name: Lynea

Birthplace: Medford, OR

 

Occupation: Occupational Therapist

Family: 5-Month-old little boy
What’s on Her DVR?: Orange is the new black and crime TV shows
Favorite Plano Restaurant?: Whiskey Cake
Best Place for a Date Night: 6 Vines
Beverage of Choice: Beer and Wine
 Words She Lives By: Everything Happens for a Reason
Beauty Product She Cannot Live Without: Aveeno Moisturizer
Dream Vacation Place: Italy
If She had more time in the day she would?: Travel
Favorite Thing to Do in Plano: Downtown Plano, Walking, Skating, Biking

Reasons to Join a Local Moms Group

Now that schools sessions are about to start up again for the fall, have you ever thought about joining a local Moms group? Maybe you are new to town or your kids are starting school?  There are several groups around Plano and the surrounding area that has some great meet ups so now is the time to get together and meet some new Mommy friends!

 

Local Moms Groups

 Make this time for yourself, You need Community!

Reasons to Join a Moms Group

Reasons to Join a Moms Group

You’re here reading this post wondering why should I join a moms group? Even if you are new in town or have lived here forever it’s important for your entire well being to be able to meet talk amongst adults every once in awhile! Most of these moms groups meet once a week for less than an hour. Anyone is welcome. Some do a service project together but mostly it’s for friendship and community. This will be a time for support and encouragement, and if nothing else some good adult conversation!

These groups will all have you with similar aged kids or stages so it’s definitely something to consider. Most of these groups meet just once a week for a short time.

What are you waiting for? Check out some of these awesome local Moms groups and let us know which one is your favorite and why!