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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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/
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
December 9th Theme: Peace on Earth
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.
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!
We hear constantly that shopping locally is better for the environment and our bodies. Lucky for us we have some farms and even stores and markets and sell local produce that makes it very convenient to purchase. Here’s a look at some of the best places to get local produce in Collin County.
At Gober Grass Fed Farms, there is a restored relationship between the family farm and the community it serves. Here, husband and wife team, Justin and Wendy Gober, proudly graze grass-fed, grass-finished beef, pasture raised chicken, and truly free range chicken and duck eggs. Raw honey is also available in the summer.
Located just 30 minutes east of the metroplex, Gober Grass Fed Farms offers cuts by the pound, bundled packages, and bulk/wholesale orders. Customers are welcome to visit the farm, or orders may be picked up at any farm to freezer drop location around the metroplex. Delivery to your door is free within 50 miles of Kaufman, TX (this includes all of Plano, TX!) for orders of $100 or more.
Special discount for Plano Mom’s of 10% off of any package from their website.
A local family-owned produce market located in downtown Plano. They specialize in homegrown produce, locally made jams, salsa, candles and more. Address: 916 East 15th Street Plano 75074 Phone: Call (972) 516-4765
Local growers offer juicy melons, peaches, vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh corn on the cob and lots more. Also offered are baked bread, meat from local ranchers, honey, arts and crafts, and various other products.
Address: 8821 4th Street Frisco, 75034 (between Main and Elm)
Dates: May 6th- October 21 Every Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm
Natural Farm fresh eggs, chicken, lamb, and beef produce. Locally grown, organic, and free of GMO’s
Address: 8436 County Rd. 134, Celina, TX 75009 Phone Number: (214) 707-8029
A family-owned meat market since 1992. They have meats including sausage, beef, games, and seafood. They also have experienced meat cutters.
Address: 1301 W. Parker Road, Ste #100 Plano, 75023 Phone Number: 972-633-5593
Store Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM; Tues – Fr Saturdays: 9 am – 5 pm Closed Sunday/Monday
Open every Sunday from 10am-3pm in downtown Plano. The market has vendors that include local honey, grass-fed beef, crafters, sweets, and local farmers selling fresh produce at amazing prices! Address: 1520 K Avenue, 75024
State Certified A Dairy licensed to sell cow and goat milk, sour cream, yogurt, kefir, eggnog, and buttermilk. Goat cheese and goat milk soap are also available. Free range eggs, seasonal produce, as well as whole grain foods, granola, muffins, and bread can be purchased. All of their animals are hormone and antibiotic free.
Address: 40 Crossroads Road, Collinsville, TX. 76233 Phone: 903-429-2319
Their goal is to provide you with the healthiest farm-fresh locally made dairy products available.
Address: 3721 N. Jupiter Road Plano, TX. 75074 Phone: 972-423-8080
What local produce stands or farms have we missed that you love? Tell us about them and we’ll add them in!
Since 2014, the Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program has been going on. It connects motivated high school students to local businesses and organizations. These interns are provided real work experiences that help them transition into college and future careers.
Let’s meet Sara, one of the many chosen interns for this past summer. She is going to tell Plano Moms more about her summer internship. The photos below are some that Sara took during her experience.
– What age, grade, and school do you attend?
Sara: 16 years old. Going to be a Junior at Plano Senior High School.
– Why did you apply for the program?
Sara: My Business Teacher recommended me to the Internship program. It interested me because you don’t see a lot of opportunities for High School undergrads to get out into corporate America. I want to be an Event Coordinator someday, and it was the best opportunity for me to get placed in a hotel. Did it meet your expectations? Yes, definitely! I know I shouldn’t go in expecting anything. However, it exceeded my expectation.
– What did you learn from the experience?
Sara: While in the hotel, I shadowed several different departments. I started off in Front Office/Housekeeping, Accounting, Kitchen, Banquets, Restaurant, Human Resources & General Manager. I ended my Internship with four weeks in Sales/Catering & Events. During my time here, I learned how crucial how important leadership & teamwork is to be successful.
My favorite part was being able to plan the Plano Mayor’s Internship Luncheon for 400ppl. I started by planning the menu with the kitchen to relaying the information to all of the departments. It was exciting to see it come through to fruition on Monday, July 31st.
If anyone were to ask me today, 10 out of 10, I would recommend applying for the internship.
Shannon, who is the Director of Catering Events at the Hilton Granite Park says that
“Sara attended several of our internal meetings to see that being in Events, there is a lot more to the “behind the scenes” in planning. She also responded to leads, went to Wedding Tastings, shadowed corporate groups while they were in-house, worked social events (weddings), assisted with office projects, attended Sales calls with the team as well as go on hotel sites with prospective clients.”
It was important to her to “ensure that Sara had a well-rounded experience within all aspects of the Sales/Catering & Events Department. Each department strives for the same goal, to get business into the hotel and ensure the client is happy with their event. Sara gained experience in each department, to know not only what they do, but also allow her to decide where she would like to be in the future.”
It sounds like Sara had an awesome experience, something she will always remember! Do you know someone that might be interested in applying for the next summer’s internship? Here’s how to apply!
Thank you so much to Sara and Shannon
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.
Birthplace: Medford, OR
Occupation: Occupational Therapist
It’s time to break out your running shoes and participate in Plano’s most memorable and talked about yearly races at this years Plano Balloon Festival Runs! This year there will be 4 races, something for everyone! This year will include a half marathon, relay, 5K or 1K. Come read more about the races and sign up today!
If you are really adventurous there is a Sky-High Challenge where you can run in BOTH days! (The half marathon and the 5K). There is even a 3rd metal involved!!
As you run and walk you will have the best views of the balloons taking off for their morning departures. The balloons will be launching at 7 am on both race days. You will not want to miss this!!
All participants will receive a commemorative finisher medal featuring 7 hot air balloons. Participants will also receive two tickets to the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival plus parking on race day! That will be worth the race itself! There are so many activities lasting all day and into the night so you will definitely want to come back and bring the whole family for this special day.
Registration fees depend on your age and races you enter. Please see the Plano Festival Runs page for more info on this as well as packet pick up and FAQ’s for the Race. Sign ups are happening right now so dust off those running shoes and get ready to have so much fun!
****GIVEAWAY*****Are you interested in running in the race? Comment below with why you want to run in this race as we are giving away one FREE race registration to someone that comments!!
If you’re looking for some good family fun this summer then check out the DFW Summer Boat Expo. It’s the largest boating event in North Texas and will feature over 450 boat and watercraft models from over 20 North Texas boat dealers. This would be fun for the entire family to check out. Here’s more info about the boat show and how you can earn free tickets!
Thursday, July 20, 3-8 p.m. (Free admission)
Friday, July 21, 3-8 p.m. (Free admission)
Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m- 9 p.m.
Sunday, July 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The weekend days will have a lot more traffic so try and attend on Thursday or Friday to save money on admission!
Where: Dallas Market Hall
2200 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75207
Cost & Ticket Information:
$6 Children (ages 5-13)
Free (Children under 5)
Tickets for the show are only available at the door
Parking is free of charge
These are some of the brands that will be represented:
Bennington, Regal , Yamaha , South Bay, Four Winns, Triton, Glastron, Blue Wave, Berkshire Pontoons, Xpress Boats, Sea Hunt, Xcursion, Cobalt Boats, Starcraft, Supra, Moomba , Chaparral, Cruisers Yachts, G3 Boats, Southwind, Nautic Star, Rinker, Hurricane, Sweetwater/Godfrey, Aqua Patio, San Pan, Polar Craft, Malibu, Axis, Correct Craft/Nautique, Legend Boats, Sportsman, Sun Chaser, Avalon, Caravelle, Hurricane, Epic, Nautic Star, Clearwater, Veranda, Xpress Boats, Skeeter, Supreme, Sylvan, Monterey, Crest, Sea Fox, Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Harris Flote Bote, Bayliner, Meridian, Grady White and more
Visiting the DFW boat show is the perfect way to beat the heat this summer and help support the boating and marine industry of North Texas. For more information about the DFW Boat Expo, go to www.dallasboatexpo.com/. Connect on Facebook – www.facebook.com/dfwboatexpo and Twitter – @dfwboatexpo.
Meet Plano Mom, Courtney Echols
Birthplace: San Francisco
Occupation: Special Events Manager, Fitness Instructor
Family/Kids: Ripken (4), Millie (2)
What’s on her DVR: This is Us
Favorite Plano Restaurant: Urban Rio
Favorite date night spot around Plano: Sixty Vines
Beverage of choice: Green Juice
Words she lives by: ‘You are your only limit’
Favorite app: Mindy Body
Beauty product she can’t live without: Daily moisturizer and sunscreen
Dream vacation: Anywhere with a beach
If she had more hours in the day, she would: Make a home garden
Favorite thing to do in Plano: Live, Work, Play
Spavia Day Spa located in West Plano is a great way to relax and unwind after a busy day. Affordable, luxury day spa so you can frequently relax, escape and thrive – Voted Plano’s Best Day Spa and Massage! Here are their 6 Healthy Tips to Help Busy Moms Relax.
Enjoy a warm cup of your favorite Tea: Taking a short time out for ‘yourself’. Spavia offers a complimentary seasonal tea bar to enchant and relax before and after your treatments. Spring and summer teas include strawberry hibiscus, blueberry, chamomile lemon, mint, ginger peach and more.
Lavender Linen Spray. The scent of lavender is known to help reduce stress and anxiety levels Spray pillow and bed sheets with a lavender linen spray at home. Lavender can be found at Spavia throughout the guest experience including in our warm, neck wraps offered to each guest as well as in the treatment rooms to further enhance the relaxation experience.
Exercise. Great to relieve stress, improve mood, can be social. Spavia Day Spa offers sports massages as well as deep tissue and hot stone therapeutic massages to relieve inflammation or tension in those overworked muscles.
Lose Yourself in a Book. Escape from the every day for a few minutes with a good book. At Spavia, they have curated the most special, uplifting books offered in our retreat rooms to help lose yourself in the experience of mind, body and soul rejuvenation.
Plan a Girls’ Day. Uninterrupted adult conversation, much-needed laughs, and connection with friends. At Spavia, they offer Spalabrations to allow ladies to relax and escape together in our cozy, private retreat rooms.
Take a Hot Bath. Taking time for yourself…. Escaping.. proven to relieve stress. Add some Epson salt and your favorite lotions and essential oils to further enhance relaxation and reduce stress. Spavia offers handmade bath bombs that smell incredible and leave the skin soft and moisturized. They also offer a tropical selection of organic lotions created from plant extracts that are used in the massage treatments as well.
Here’s a great offer just for Plano Moms;
Plano moms always receive a complimentary Island Escape of their choice to any full priced 60 min or greater massage, facial or body wrap. Must present coupon at checkout with each visit. Island Escapes choices include:
Island Bliss hand or foot treatment – A unique blend of exotic nut extracts rapidly hydrates skin and locks in the moisture to hydrate and nourish your skin. A nourishing, vitamin-rich body butter is applied to your hands with Fijian crushed shelled mitts, the warmth of hot stones and a hand massage to enhance the experience leaving your hands silky soft!
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If you’re going out to eat with kids then you want to make sure you visit one of these kid-friendly places. We have several with parks for play areas built in for instant fun and entertainment for the kids. These restaurants were suggested from other Plano Moms that have tried these places. Here’s a great list of kid-friendly restaurants.
Joe’s Crab Shack Sand area and playground for kids.
Nico’s Casina (Carrollton) Covered patio with playground attached for kids
La Vista Mexican Cantina (Carrollton)
The String Bean Restaurant (Richardson) Kid-Friendly foods and a Playroom area for kids
Rail Yard (Frisco) Food Truck Park
Watter’s Creek (Allen) Lots of restaurants and a play area for kids in a grassy area
Gloria’s Mexican Food (Fairview) Restaurant is next to a splash fountain/water show for kids
Super Chix Playspace at all locations, one in Frisco and one in Dallas
The Lot (Dallas) Nice patio
Hub Streat (Plano) Just opened Spring 2017, Plano’s Food Truck Park
Have we left off your favorite kid-friendly place? Let us know by leaving us a comment and we’ll add it to this list!