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It doesn’t matter how many nannies, assistants, or housekeepers you have — being a single parent is still difficult. Whether they’re widowed, doing it …

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We are so excited to partner with WishYoo and NO MORE, a as they compete for a Guinness Book of World Records attempt at wishing the most moms — globally — a fabulously happy Mother’s Day and shine a light on the need to stay awake and encourage our sisters that may be living in the midst of domestic violence and sexual assault.

What’s the scoop?

WishYoo and NO MORE have partnered this year to celebrate Mother’s Day, with a collaborative Thank-You card where everyone can hand-write their personal message to that special person, who sacrifices so many wants and needs for us.

NoMore.Org works to support survivors of domestic violence and end the sexual assault. Credit: NoMore.org

The Global Mother’s Day Card is a charity year-round event, which supports No More’s continuous dedication to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault worldwide.

Today, most countries and communities have a place in their calendars for this important day, which honors the challenging and beautiful experience of having or raising a child.

Example of a WishYoo Card (credit:WishYoo)

This campaign will be launched in the U.K. during the last weeks of March. Right after, the card will be announced in the U.S., Asia, then find it’s way to Latin America, which celebrates Mother’s Day in the month of May. The card will end its path in Argentina at the end of October.

The organizers of this campaign are hoping to surpass the World Guinness Record for the largest collaborative greeting card, and for that they need to gather more than 40,000 signatures and dedications throughout the world.

The digital nature of this card is a sign of how technology can be used to create social good, in addition preserving the environment and leaving a lasting legacy in a unique way. WishYoo’s patented platform is a proud part of this digital and technological evolution.

How can you sign?

To learn more about the event and witness the digital trail of the card, visit https://www.wishyoo.com/mothersday

To add your own voice to the Mother’s Day Card, visit the card directly at http://bit.ly/2mymother

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Calling all writers! Forever is announcing the  All Love, All Voices Contest to reinforce their commitment to diverse, inclusive and love-inspiring community.  Right now, they have an open submission contest for authors promoting diverse backgrounds and experiences through their works.

Submissions will be accepted from March 19-April 15.

All Love, All Voices Contest from Forever

Here’s the fine print: No purchase necessary. A purchase does not increase chance of winning. Void where prohibited. Must be legal US resident 18 years or older as of March 18, 2019 to enter. Contest begins March 18, 2019 at 12:01am ET and ends April 15, 2019 at 11:59pm ET. Visit http://bit.ly/2UdNDRJ for Official Rules and details. Sponsor: Hachette Book Group, Inc., 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104.

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If you work as a realtor, then a great closing gift can really set you apart from the competition. We take a look at 15 inspirational ideas for closing gifts.

Buying a home can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. In fact, a study conducted by Homes.com has shown that 40% of the American population have found that to be true. The study also revealed that 33% of people have been brought to tears by the process.

You have been with your client throughout this entire life-changing event and now it’s finally time to close. Closing gifts serve to show your appreciation and can leave a lasting impression with your clients. You can be sure that when asked if they know a good real estate agent, your name will certainly pop up.

People remember how you made them feel. Choosing the right realtor closing gifts will have your clients referring you to family and friends for many years to come.

Closing Gifts That Show Your Appreciation

Showing your appreciation will help maintain your relationships with your clients and help you to continue to build upon them. How much you spend can depend on the amount of the sale, but it may also depend on the size of your business. If you are just starting out, you may not have much money to spend. Whatever amount you spend, you need to make it personal and thoughtful.

Fresh Flowers Delivered Monthly

It’s a fact that flowers brighten up a person’s mood and lifts their spirit. And freshly-cut flowers look good in any home. A closing gift of fresh flowers delivered monthly to their new home via subscription is the perfect stress relief for new homeowners. 

Meal Delivery Service

A new homeowner is extremely busy unpacking and setting up their new home. It can feel overwhelming just finding time to make a meal or to make that trip to the grocery store. A subscription to a food box or meal delivery service that comes right to their door can be a godsend during this stressful time. You could even stop over the house on moving day with pizza and beverages for everyone. Be sure that you remember to bring paper plates!

Moving Day Help

Moving day is extremely stressful. Once all the furniture and boxes arrive, it can feel overwhelming and feel impossible. Hire a service for your client that will help unpack and clean for them. This will take the stress off and won’t be soon forgotten.

Technology for the Home

New homeowners would love to have a smart home but find they can’t afford it. If you know that your clients are into the latest tech gadgets, getting them an Amazon Echo or Google Home can be a start to their smart home.

Gift Cards

Although buying a home these days is more affordable than it was, money can be tight. A gift card to the local home improvement store or for the local big box retail store can help

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We are delighted to collaborate with the Team at A Girls Guide to Cars to offer a great GIVEAWAY to Dallas Single Mom readers — see end of post ~ TBC

It’s that time of year when the automakers descend on Dallas and roll out the red carpets to share what is good, what’s new, what’s fabulous, deliver some great deals and answer any questions that you might have. It is DFW Auto Show time, and it’s a brilliant experience.

Photo Credit: Houston Auto Show

I’ve been going for the last five years to discover what the buzz is about — and it is absolutely worth the trip to the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas to take in the sights and learn more about the industry. Each year, it is a little different at the show — there is some new experience to take part in or an automaker brings a vehicle that down right takes my breath away. I can’t wait to see what is on display for this year’s show. I absolutely adore test drives and seeing the rapid integration of tech into vehicles. It is heartwarming to witness the scope of the philanthropic outreach of the automakers and community engagement that is on the rise. Also, seeing the adaptive responses of automotive manufactuers to trends, social requests and the demands of their clients and customers — the drivers — us — is impressive — listening to their audience and consumers is the way of the future.

This show will be no different. Stretched over five days, the Dallas Fort Worth Auto Show is one of the premier shows in this region. You can look forward to vehicles polished up and gorgeous ready to be seen, discovered and chosen. Over the years, I’ve learned that the vendor teams are professional, intelligent, friendly and more than willing Expect experiences like the Ride and Drive Experiences from ten vendors including Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota. Guests that prefer a VIP experience should visit here. There is a special promotion that is limited to the first 100 guests each day. Wear comfortable shoes so that you can in the offerings from some of the world’s premier automakers and bring your wish list.

Teia Collier, Editor for Dallas Single Mom at the Dallas Auto Show. Photo Credit: Teia Collier

The team at here at Dallas Single Mom has partnered with the team at A Girl’s Guide to Cars to offer a fabulous giveaway that our Moms and Dads are sure to love. Here’s the fine print and details:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest rules: Entries must be completed by midnight March 27, 2019. No purchase necessary; contest open only to US residents 18 and older and subject to the laws of Texas. Winners will be notified by email by March 28, 2018. Winners MUST pick up tickets in person at the DFW  Auto Show, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, at 650 S Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202 between March 28, 2019, and March 31, 2019. Winners may be asked to provide identification to receive their prize. Prize value $30 per prize, not exchangeable for cash or other items. Grand prize value is $130. A total of 10 pairs of tickets will be awarded and a total of 1 grand prize will be awarded.


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The 2019 Ford F-150 Supercrew is an efficient, everyday luxury truck that is ready to put in the hard work and do it in style.

DallasSingleMom.com First Drive for 2019 Ford F-150 Supercrew

First, let’s give thanks where it is due, and thanks to the Ford team for loaning us this truck for the week to review and put through it’s paces.

First impressions, this is a sharp truck. The color on this F-150 is stunning. It’s the Ruby Red, a bright pure red with a metallic tint. It catches the sunlight like a brilliant jewel on Spring day. It’s a stunning contrast to the polished aluminum wheels. The shape has a nod to a vintage era, but it is modern, striking and set up to stand the test of time with its Toughbed Spray-in Liner, Power Sliding rear window and high touch tech system.

I received and adored more random compliments on this truck from my neighbors, strangers in the parking lot, my family members that caught a peek on IG and other motorists. It’s a looker that is ready to put in a hard day’s work — either going to and from events, slow-rolling to the carpool lane or dancing through traffic on the Tollway. This truck can do both with ease, including hauling agave plants or a bed full from a Target run.

Ford F-150 Supercrew Limited

As a driver, I loved the fact that the driver’s seat remembered my settings, voice-activated navigation, the 360-degree camera, active park assist and the size of the LED lit side mirrors. The running board that power deploys is a boon for people like me that are 5’3 on a good day. The 3.5L V6 EcoBoost Engine gives this pickup plenty of get up and go to handle pretty much any challenge that I could throw at it; be it traffic heading up to Frisco or traipsing across rural Dallas County in search of historical markers.

Massage Seats for the win, Toughbed Liner and a Gorgeous MoonRoof (Credit: Teia Collier)

Inside, it is wide, comfy, luxurious without being pretentious, streamlined with wood accents, a deep, locking storage console, a twin panel moonroof that is perfect taking in the Texas sky and plenty of buttery leather reminiscent of beloved Bottega Veneta handbags.

The interior space is generous, even for a truck, with multi-contour, heated and cooling seats with the massage option for the driver and the front passenger. The car seat anchors are easy to locate and thoughtfully placed. The backseat folds up to allow more cargo room on the inside and when down has plenty of leg room for my husky, long-legged 6’4 brother or my bigs and my five year old in a car seat that likes to kick his legs. My kids thought that the FordPass Connect {the built in 4G Wi-Fi} was probably one of the coolest features to be found.

Interior Views

Outfitted as pictured above, this truck is MSRP at $71,150. Standard, the Ford F-150 4×2 Supercrew Limited Series with 145″ Wheelbase, 3.5LV6 Ecoboost is right around $67,000. It averages around 19-20mph, and I found that to be right on the mark. Take a peek and find your local Ford dealership here.

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Hawaii’s on your mind – especially during this long winter season – and with Southwest’s highly anticipated entry into the market and potentially reduced airfares to follow, there’s no longer any excuse.


In the Hawaiian Islands, even the most iconic, popular and well-traveled spots reveal unexpected finds and rewarding surprises along the route to get there. So even if you’ve been here before, Hawaii’s six major islands – the island of Hawaii, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, and Lanai – provide travelers with infinite possibilities. For example:

ISLAND OF HAWAII
IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and checked off everything on your list of must-see and must-explore places on its vast mountain and seashore acreage …

  • NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: brand new tours and experiences highlighting dramatic new landscapes following Kilauea volcano’s historic 2018 lava flow. Hawaii Island’s four other National Park Service-managed parks, sites and trails – Puukohola Heiau National Historic SitePuuhonua o Honaunau National Historical ParkKaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park and the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail – each has a unique story to tell of its importance and role in Hawaiian culture and history.

IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: Akaka Falls and Waianuenue (aka Rainbow) Falls and gazed longingly at each cascade’s substantial scenic splendor from their ground-level overlooks …

  • NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: hiking and helicopter tours of the island’s Hilo, Hamakua and North Kohala districts showcasing countless other interior and coastline waterfalls, streams and forest reserves within the vast eastside slopes of Maunakea and Kohala mountains. From birding tours in the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge and ziplining at Umauma Falls to hikes into Pololu Valley and up-close air tours of the North Kohala sea cliffs and valleys, there’s an adventure for every kind of forest and waterfall fan.

KAUAI
IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: Waimea Canyon, but taken in its visual grandeur of the 14-mile-long gorge only from its scenic overlooks …

  • NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: the less-traveled vistas of Waimea Canyon State Park from the Kukui Trail (which descends 2,000 feet to the canyon floor) or the Iliau Nature Loop Trail (which skirts the canyon’s west rim). If sightseeing from a two-wheel-perch is more your thing, take a sunrise or afternoon downhill bicycle tour with Outfitters Kauai descending canyon-hugging Kokee Road from its 3,600-foot elevation to sea level.

IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: Wailua River State Park and navigated its tranquil waters to the hanging emerald flora that gave the lava rock cavern Fern Grotto its name …

  • NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: the beautiful gardens of the nonprofit National Tropical Botanical Garden organization – Allerton Garden, a tranquil, surprise-filled marriage of ornamental and tropical flora, art and landscape design; and McBryde Garden, with its prodigious collection of tropical flora from Hawaii and around the world.

IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and taken its perennially-popular boat tour to the USS Arizona Memorial (currently closed for repair) …

  • NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: the three additional World War II museums, which are part of the nonprofit Pearl Harbor Historic Sites organization – the Battleship Missouri Memorial and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, both on Ford Island, and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, neighboring the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. While on Ford Island, visit the USS Oklahoma Memorial, honoring crewmembers who lost their lives when the battleship was sunk during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.

MAUI
IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: the summit of Maui’s Haleakala volcano for sunrise, along with the hundreds of others converging each day, to watch the rise of the morning sun illuminate the peak’s radiant, rust-colored cinder …

  • NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: the 10,023-foot summit area’s 30 miles of Haleakala National Park hiking trails, offering opportunities for hours-long (Keoneheehee “Sliding Sands” Trail), day-length (Halemauu Trail) and overnight (Kaupo Trail) treks in myriad environments, from high-elevation native shrub forests and cinder desert, to dense tropical rainforest. Further downslope, stroll through Hosmer Grove, where the towering non-native trees of a 1927 exercise in experimental timber industry and watershed forestation borders and contrasts native trees, ferns and shrubs of Haleakala’s 7,000-foot elevation.

IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: West Maui, gazed out from Lahaina’s Front Street seawall or sat on the beaches at Kaanapali, Napili and Kapalua and wondered why you’ve never been to those two islands across the channel …

  • NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: the islands of Lanai and Molokai on a day trip. Take off early in the morning on Expeditions’ Maui-Lanai ferry from Lahaina Harbor or short flight from Kahului Airport, and return after a full day of adventuring. On Lanai, rent a Jeep for paved (Hulopoe Beach) or unpaved (Polihua Beach) shoreline adventures, or a cool, upland forest run on the evergreen Munro Trail. Head to Molokai and spend your morning in small town Kaunakakai, followed by an afternoon on one of Hawaii’s longest white sand expanses, Papohaku Beach. Or spend the day at one of the Hawaiian Islands’ most remote, and wonderfully scenic peninsulas at historic Kalaupapa National Historical Park.

The possibilities for amazing discoveries are endless. For more trip ideas from residents and vacationers, follow the hashtag #LetHawaiiHappen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

All images courtesy of Hawaii Tourism.

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Editorial Note: Dallas Single Mom is committed to providing advancement opportunities and creative experiences for our readers and the community that we serve. This new program from Christie’s Education will be a great boon to its recipient. Good luck! ~ TBC

Christie’s Education, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. 2018. © Astrid Dill

The Christie’s Education Trust in conjunction with Christie’s Education, New York is offering a joint tuition and living expenses scholarship for one student in each of the following US master’s programs who demonstrates financial need and is committed to diversity and inclusivity in the art world.

M.A. Art, Law and Business (academic year commencing September 2019)

M.A. Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market (academic year commencing September 2019)

Individuals must satisfy certain criteria to be eligible for the joint scholarship, and eligible applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic merit, financial need, and other considerations.

All documents and parts of the application must be received by March 31, 2019 and in hard copy form. For more information, visit here

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Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio
courtesy of Dwell with Dignity

The final countdown begins for Dwell with Dignity’s largest annual fundraiser, Thrift Studio. The highly anticipated pop-up shop features vignettes that have been transformed into stunning and cozy living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and more, thanks to North Texas’ leading top designers, showrooms, and retailers, as well as a curated selection of original fine art from 34 prestigious artists curated by 2019 Art Chair Mione Plant. All of the high-end home décor items and original artwork on display will be available for shoppers to purchase at dramatic discounts with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting Dwell with Dignity’s mission to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design, one household at a time.

Kimberly S. Whitman, Host

Be among the first to shop through the wonderland of luxury home furnishings and art at the Opening Preview Party on Thursday, April 4, 7pm – 9pm, hosted by nationally-recognized author and lifestyle expert Kimberly Schlegel Whitman. General admission tickets for the party are $125 and VIP tickets are $175 and include premiere shopping between 6pm – 7pm and an elevated culinary and mixology experience.

Guests celebrating the work of Dwell Studio,
courtesy of Dwell with Dignity

Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio Pop-Up Shop is open from April 5 to May 4, Tuesday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is free for attendees to explore and shop. For those looking to snag the best deal, stay tuned to Dwell with Dignity’s Instagram, @DwellwithDignity, for special promotions on individual items. The pop-up shop will be located at Dallas Design Center – 1250 Slocum Street, #550, Dallas, TX 75207. For more information and to purchase tickets to the Opening Preview Party, visit www.thriftstudio.com.

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It is almost Bracket Season, that crazy time of March when people are literally matching teams for the best shot of winning. There is a reason that it is called March Madness. Think you have the perfect college basketball bracket? Prove it to win $1,000,000 with BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar. That’s right a cool one million.

Credit: GettyImages via NCAA.com

Here are the details for the BoomerJack’s Challenge.

Fans can enter their brackets at BoomerJacks.com/Bracket.

Entry closes on March 21 at 11 a.m. before the tip off of the first game. The group of 13 sports restaurants in the DFW area, known for mouthwatering food, backyard-style patios and wall-to-wall TVs will be giving away prizes ranging from $1,000 to $1,000,000.

Sports talk radio station The FAN’s Shan & RJ will be making hosting remotes and giveaways at locations throughout the tournament. The bracket contest, endorsed by RJ Choppy, will be promoted on the radio station and online.

Since BoomerJack’s is known for its TVs (as many as 150 and as large as 16 feet), you can make it your March basketball headquarters — and never miss a minute of any of the 63 games.

CONTEST INFORMATION

  • $1,000,000 for a perfect bracket
  • $10,000 for 60 picks
  • $1,000 for best bracket overall
  • March 11 registration opens
  • Entry period: March 17- 21 at 11 a.m.
  • BoomerJacks.com/Bracket
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