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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!

How to Survive the DMV

One of the most dreaded chores you will do is going to the DMV to renew your license, take a drivers test, or change names on documents. I say dreaded because if you’ve lived here long enough you’ve heard horror stories of hours and hours of waiting time and other issues. Luckily Plano Moms know some tricks to help you. Here is a guide on how to Survive the DMV.

How to survive the DMV

 

The DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) is located in a few places across the metroplex. Here are some locations that might be close to you.

Here’s the good news, you can renew do a lot of these online now so check to see if you qualify for online renewal and changes. A new change is now you can MAKE AN APPOINTMENT to ‘check in’ online and this will save you hours!

How to survive the dmv

Make an On-Line Appointment To:

  • Renew/Replace your DL
  • Get a First Time Texas DL/ID/Permit
  • Change Address or Name
  • Take a Written Test or Add Endorsement

I can speak from experience with this because recently I had to renew my DL. I knew it was time because I got something in the mail as a reminder. 6 years ago I renewed online so now I had to go in the office. Poor me. I was dreading this all summer long! I got up early one morning and went to this website, clicked to renew my DL, chose the Plano location, and was able to check in online. I received a text with a time to arrive.

Upon arrival, the line was around the corner of the building. It looked like people had been waiting for hours! (and come to find out they actually had!) They started calling out appointment times and once they called mine I was able to get in, sign in and get a number. Next, the waiting started. I had to wait about 50 minutes until my number was called. This was agony. It was hot, people were frustrated, and it felt like forever!

Just be prepared that even when you have an appointment you will have to wait!!

Here are my tips:

  1. If you can renew or make changes online then do this first! That’s the best!
  2. If you have to go in then make an appointment. Try to get online to make your appointment before 10 am (this will get you in earlier in the day so they won’t be as backed up!)
  3. Bring reading material or something to do when you wait!
  4. Don’t bring kids (if you don’t have to!)
  5. Try to do in the middle of the work week and not in the summertime (if you don’t have to!)

Relocating to Plano: One Mom’s Journey

We have so many Plano Moms that are transplants all over the country and the world. Here’s one Mom’s story of the journey on relocating to Plano with her family. This story is written by Shailaja Keely. The images are hers. 

relocating to Plano

Relocation sounds so easy. I wish it was as simple as ‘just pick up your things and go’. If you’re married & have a toddler, like me, then you know it’s HUGE work.

I am from India & have come to this beautiful country, the United States of America, to pursue higher education in 2009. Soon, I began working as a consultant – got to explore new cities/states and had the opportunity to work with some of the best clients, learn about businesses and make good friends and memories along the way.

Even after traveling quite a few times, this is one of the biggest relocation I have ever done as I have been working for the same company in the last 5years. So, Kentucky will remain very special to me – I have not just built my memories but I’ve lived my dreams here. My life & myself as a person, have changed in more ways than I could describe. I made good friends, colleagues; got married to my best friend (who I dated for 10+ years), and went on to have our beautiful daughter.

Therefore, it took me a while to accept the idea of moving out of KY to TX, although I was informed about the upcoming move 2 years ago. It didn’t feel real & we kept putting our plans off until we got closer to the move time. I felt so lost, not knowing where to begin & my heart raced in many directions at once.

Very quickly I could see things picking up momentum and we began making a list of things to take care of amidst all of it. We could see pros, first one being weather (very similar to that of India’s climate); second, bigger city meant more opportunities, third, better schooling for our little one and lastly but importantly, have better flights back home (anyone who travels to India would agree that direct flights are much easier to manage). The biggest con for us right now is the expenses –it will be my personal expenses and not company provided. And, timing is off too – because of several companies (at least that I know of) moving to Plano, TX, the cities and neighborhood have gotten EXPENSIVE. So, it is a huge slam on our budgets.

Some of the questions we started off with were – where to live? Plano, Frisco, McKinney, etc. Should we get a house or rent an apartment? What about my daughter’s child care? It was a great accomplishment to get her used to the current child care and teachers around her. I still remember her first few weeks at the child care, (we started her childcare when she was 6 months old), I would spend almost anywhere between 1-2 hrs/day & then call her teachers almost every hour or two to ask how she was doing. Now, at 17months, she loves her daycare – made friends, loves all her teachers but also has a favorite one.

relocating to Plano

And, what we dread the most? PACKING!! Being a working woman & a first-time mom to a toddler (do I need to say that hubby is a grown-up kid here?) is a challenge. It was not until maybe 2 weeks ago that reality hit us hard and we began to realize all the tasks. I know we want to live in McKinney, TX but a school for my daughter is still work in progress. Other laundry lists of things to do would be to – setup electric, internet, water connections; get renter’s insurance, and then disconnect all the said services in KY etc.

I do picture my sweet family, holding our hands, walking along the parks, nature trails or even shop at the Galleria of Dallas or Allen Premium Outlets. I can imagine us with almost no jacket/winter gear every winter or shovel the snow from our cars. I might be walking into hails but that’s a different story. I just hope my daughter someday understands how special KY is to us, as a family, and as her birth place. Right now, she is keeping mommy busy – by unpacking everything her dad & I packed ;). If this continues, it might take forever for us to move out of here.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Plano, TX.

The Practical (mom) Meets the Fashionable (mom)!

Based in Dallas, Bag Bug is a designer house of innovative accessories, bridging the gap between the fashionable and the practical. The first patent-pending product designed by a woman for women is the Bag Bug™, an accessory created to help keep your handbag from constantly slipping off the shoulder, while adding comfort, and accessory appeal.

The Bag Bug™ can also be used to keep your purse off the floor by hanging it on the corner of a table, bar, or countertop, as well as on the back of a (round) chair! Bag Bug™. Wear it, Love it, Adore it.

The Bag Bug™ can be used on both round and flat straps, and most strap materials (cloth, leather, plastic, rope).

 

How to wear your Bag Bug™:

Everyone’s shoulders are different. You may have more than one handbag or diaper bag that you like to use. Because of this, my recommendation is for you to test different areas of your shoulder for the “sweet spot” of comfort. For me, the Bag Bug™ feels most comfortable toward the front of my shoulder. For others, that sweet spot is right in the middle of the shoulder. So, play with it, move it around and find your comfortable sweet spot! Keep in mind that sweet spot may be different when you switch purses and/or strap types.

 

How to select the shape of your Bag Bug™:

The best way to decide which shape of Bag Bug™  to get for your purse is to determine if the majority of your purses have round or flat straps, to begin with.  Tip: If the straps are flat and thick, the round shaped Bag Bug™ works best as it opens up wider and holds wider straps than the flat shaped Bag Bug™.

The Bag Bug™ can be used on most types of bags: Cocktail purses, small, medium, large and extra-large purses, with flat or round straps, including laptop and diaper bags.

 

How to attach and remove the Bag Bug™ to your purse: Whether you have 1 or 2 straps, it’s easy as 1, 2, 3!

Attaching the Bag Bug™ onto your handbag with a Round Strap(s) or Flat Strap(s):

  1. Widen the opening of the Bag Bug™ with your hands. Don’t be afraid to open it; it’s stainless steel so it’s strong material and won’t break on you (just don’t open it to 90 degrees). Slip your strap(s) through to the middle or back edge of the Bag Bug™. Depending on the size and thickness of your straps, you will be able to fit both or only 1 strap through the Bag Bug™. Nevertheless, the Bag Bug™ will keep both straps on your shoulder, as long as you wear it correctly.
  2. Once your straps are inside the Bag Bug™, press down strongly to close the Bag Bug™ over the straps so that it works properly and doesn’t slip off. This is the most important step! You don’t want to lose your Bag Bug™!

Here’s a helpful video that demonstrates how to attach your Bag Bug™, and shows you how to get the most out of your Bag Bug™!


Removing the Bag Bug™ from your handbag with a Round Strap(s) or Flat Strap(s):

  1. Widen the opening of the Bag Bug™ enough for the strap(s) of your purse to slip out easily. This will prevent your straps from being scratched by the Bag Bug™.

Note: The Bag Bug™ is designed to remain on the strap(s) you place it on. You can remove it at any time and it can be used daily.

How to select the color of your Bag Bug™:

I like to match the color of the purse’s hardware (the metal clasps, buckles, etc) to the color of the Bag Bug™. Each Bag Bug™ comes in 3 different colors: Silver, gold-plated, and rose gold-plated.

An offer for Plano Moms: Through the end of June only, get any Bag Bug™ online for just $29!!! That’s a saving of 30% to 60%!! To redeem, simply go to www.bag-bug.com, select your Bag Bug™ from the Boutique tab of the website, and at checkout enter the

PROMO CODE: PLANOMOMS29

Any other time, if you’re a Plano Mom, you get 25% OFF any Bag Bug™ purchased online.

To redeem, simply go to www.bag-bug.com, select your Bag Bug™ from the Boutique tab of the website, and at checkout enter the PROMO CODE: PLANOMOMS25%

To keep up with Bag Bug, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Our Mommy Mixer

Have you ever been to a Mommy Mixer?

We have now had two events this year so far. It’s long awaited for many of our moms who were looking for their new BFF!

Our Plano Moms team know that you have moved to Plano, TX from someplace else or simply found it hard to meet new friends and this event was perfect for meeting that need.

Our Plano Moms Mommy Mixer team included Lauren, Jaime and Susan who were there to run the event on April 29th and August 5th at Celebrity Café & Bakery.

Susan said “The Mommy Mixer went AMAZING!  It really was a great event and the ladies loved it”

Upon arrival, our moms got Name-tags and stickers with their name/email address. Ideal for swapping with new friends, they were very popular!

All the moms had free chances to win fabulous door prizes from some of our own Mompreneurs offering gift certificates for all types of products and services – from Hair & Make Up, Personal Training, Custom gifts, Clothing and much more!

Speed Mommy Dating needs to be planned, right? We matched our moms based on nearby locations and age of kids for maximum success.

Our timings meant that each pair of moms had a chance to chat and move around with some question ideas for inspiration.

Lots of stickers were swapped & many have become Facebook friends and already arranged meet-ups!

Celebrity Café & Bakery ensured that our ladies were fueled with a great buffet and soft drinks. Many of our moms brought their own wine and beer and shared among each other

“This really was so much fun! I definitely enjoyed myself and I can’t even begin to tell you how thankful I am for this event. Having moved here last summer I just haven’t really had the chance to meet very many people and with this event I was able to connect with moms I may have never met. I feel like I have the beginnings for some really great friendships all because of this event. I truly am very grateful to everyone that helped to organize and run this. Thank you so much for creating such a fun way to make new friends” – Sydney, a Plano Mom.

Who wants another one? Our first Mommy Mixer was a success and we are busy planning our next one!

 

 

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Reasons to Hire a Newborn Care Specialist

Picture this… You’ve just had a baby that you brought home from the hospital and you have no idea what to do. You were given around the clock care in the hospital and now you’re on your own. Maybe you had to have a c/section and you are still recovering from surgery. Maybe you have other children at home and you need help handling it all. It’s possible you don’t have any family to help at this time. What are you to do?

Let me tell you about a great solution to your needs. Meet Valerie Ybarra, a Newborn  Care Specialist. She has so much knowledge and experience to help make life with a new baby easier on you.

 

Providing in home mother care, newborn care/education, breastfeeding help, sleep training, care of multiples, and temporary nanny services. Travels to all states.

As a new mother who has just given birth and baby coming home, you will need some mothering yourself. She is a certified postpartum doula with a combined 30 plus years experience as a Doula, Newborn Specialist, Nanny, Traveling Nanny, Nurse Assistant within the maternity unit and  Newborn Educator at a local OB/GYN in McKinney.

She’s here to mother you by providing non-judgmental emotional support when you are feeling blue, anxious, depressed, or just out of sorts and overwhelmed. Just some of the things she provides are a mother’s massage before bedtime, run errands for you and the baby, and chauffeuring both of you to your first doctor’s appointment.

A postpartum doula/newborn care specialist is very nurturing and giving by nature. She will make your first weeks at home a soothing, loving, and calming experience that will support you emotionally and physically. A postpartum doula or newborn care specialist provides overnight newborn care for your baby while you sleep, bringing your baby to you when it’s time to feed. You don’t have to leave your bed if you don’t want to, allowing you additional time to sleep and rest. Then she will work with you on sleep training/coaching your baby.

She will bring the “back to basics” of newborn care with the new information that is given today. As a dai ma, she provides traditional Indian Infant massage with oils right before bedtime to help baby to relax and aid with his digestive system and gas. As a Newborn  Care Specialist and a Postpartum doula, she’s here to educate you. Educating you with the best possible training for you and your newborn.

Valerie can be there for you and assist with the baby’s care. Her services include Newborn Care Specialist, Postpartum Doula, Breast Feeding Support, Infant Massage, Birth Photography.

Call her today and schedule and interview!  valerie@adoulaonthego.com or 480-236-2924

Offer for Plano Moms: When you sign up for 8 weeks of night care, you will get 1 night of night care for free!

What you need to know about Sunburn

Well, it is that time of year again, summer.  With the warmer weather, most people will be enjoying an increase in outdoor activities such as baseball games, gardening, and swimming.  As we spend more time outside, we increase our exposure to ultraviolet radiation. If the proper precautions aren’t taken, this increased exposure to UV rays can lead to the unfortunate consequence of sunburn.  The CDC reported that over 43% of adults have had a sunburn in the past year.

So you may be asking yourself, “What is the big deal about a little sunburn?” A sunburn is the skin reddening caused by overexposure to the harmful ultraviolet radiation which can come from the sun or from artificial sources like a sun lamp.    There are three wavelengths of light given off by the sun UVA, UVB, and UVC.  The UVC never reaches the earth, but the UVA and UVB both reach the earth and are able to penetrate skin and cause skin damage.  The obvious sign of exposure is red skin, but under the surface of the skin the UV radiation can alter DNA, and prematurely ages the skin. Overtime DNA damage can lead to skin cancers.

 

How do you prevent a sunburn?  Stay out of the sun from 10 am to 4 pm this is when the sun is the strongest.  Wear wide brim hats to protect your face, and sunglasses with UV protection to prevent eye damage.  Wear clothing made with sun protective fabric, most of these garments will have a special label that indicates the level of UV protection.  And last but not least, the American Dermatology association recommends using a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or greater.  Apply sunscreen generously and frequently, at least every two hours.  

Although prevention is the best method to prevent skin damage, as the CDC reported, at least 43% of adults suffered from a sunburn in the last year.  So what should you do to treat your sunburn?  Take frequent cool baths to help cool the skin, then use a moisturizer after to help trap water in your skin.  You can use a lotion with aloe vera or soy to help soothe the skin.  Drink plenty of water and take ibuprofen or aspirin to help decrease inflammation. You should protect any sunburned skin from additional sun exposure while it heals.

Enjoy your time outside while the weather is nice, but be mindful of protecting your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays.  Take precautions to prevent sunburn and skin damage.  

Credit: Amy Buford is a native of Louisiana.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from  LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans.  She graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans, and did her training in Emergency Medicine at UT Houston at Hermann Memorial Hospital in the Medical Center.  She is board certified in Emergency Medicine. She currently lives in the Houston area and is active in the community.

If you have any Symptoms or are worried about Sunburn and it’s effects, Elite Care is the new standard in Emergency Room Medical Care.  They practice serious ER medicine, just like a hospital ER, but with these important differences:

  • VIP treatment for all patients
  • Special pediatric room
  • Comfortable NO Wait waiting room
  • High-end amenities and conveniences
  • Board certified ER physicians
  • ER physicians experienced in pediatric emergencies
  • Dedicated, friendly and professional staff
  • Fast lab results
  • Radiology Department and laboratory ON-SITE
  • Pharmacy services with immediate Rx access

This is a sponsored message with useful tips and info for Plano Moms, provided by our friends at

Elite Care Plano, 2000 N. Dallas Parkway, Ste 100 (at the corner of Park & The Tollway)

Plano, TX 75093

www.elitecareplano.com

 

Mother’s Day Giveaway

Since Mother’s Day is almost here we wanted to know what Moms really wanted on their special day! Most Moms said they’d love a nice dinner or lunch out, some wanted some time away, and some said they would love a little relaxation and pampering! We decided to make that wish come true for one lucky Plano Mom. Would you love to pamper yourself for Mother’s Day?? If so, then check out how you can do just that!

 

 

Spavia Day Spa

Spavia Day Spa of West Plano is holding an amazing Mother’s Day promotion right now for any Mom. They’re offering a Relax Package (60 min signature massage and signature facial) for $128 (reg. $158). call 469.304.9444

A 60-minute Massage


 Mella Bella Photography

1 hour Beauty Photo Session (Location of your choice), 10 retouched images, and 1 8 x 10 Photograph!


Nothing Bundt Cakes 

(1) 8 inch decorated Mother’s Day Cake


Plano Nail Bar

A $40 gift card to use how you want!


Whole Foods 

Everything you need to pamper yourself on your special day; our gift to you from Whole Foods Market! All items meet the highest quality standards and were hand-picked for you by the Concierge team at the Plano store.


 

Miniluxe at Shops at Legacy

A free manicure and pedicure!


These gifts are valued at over $500!

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Affordable and Elegant Event Planning, Decor, and Treats

Planning an event can sometimes be quite overwhelming. Sometimes, we find ourselves with so many options that it becomes overwhelming, we’re too busy to fit time in to plan ourselves, or we don’t have any expertise in the planning area and we could use a little help. When searching for an event planner, it’s important to find one who treats every client as an individual, and who thoroughly enjoys what they do. It is equally important to find an event planner who is able to work within your budget.

To make things a little less complicated, find an event planner who offers other services you are looking for as well. A one stop shop can make things a whole lot easier.

Look at reviews and/or ask for references.

Check out their work on their website and social media pages.

Be realistic. Set a realistic budget. It is impossible to order a steak from a 5-star restaurant on a budget for a fast food restaurant, so have realistic expectations.

Enchanting Events & Decor is a special event planning, treat and decor making company dedicated to transforming your dreams of elegance into reality in a budget-friendly way.

Based in Lewisville, TX, the company strives to provide clients with superb customer service and a personalized and enchanting but economical experience.

Ensuring that our clients are stress-free and reassured that their event will take place seamlessly and elegantly is our top priority. At Enchanting Events & Decor, elegant meets affordable.

 The company strives to provide clients with superb customer service and a personalized and enchanting but economical experience. We plan and coordinate events ranging from weddings and birthday parties to nonprofit and corporate events, make customized handmade decor and centerpieces, make delectable cake pops and other gourmet chocolate covered treats, style dessert buffets, and candy tables, and offer event and decor consultation

Are you ready for Enchanting Events & Decor to plan your big event? Right now,  book an event and receive $50 off. Offer valid through December 31, 2017. Mention Plano Moms for the discount! Get more information here http://clementalan.wixsite.com/enchanting  Contact Chiku at 7733169875 email info@enchanting-events.com and find her on instagram @enchanting.events.decor