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Before I got pregnant with Bryce, we traveled often. I can’t tell you how many random trips we would take throughout the year. Quinn and I would book flights and trips on a whim then just explore everything we could. The year I got pregnant was the big year of Zika and my OB suggested I didn’t travel to many of the places we had planned that year so our travels were put to a halt. 

Once Bryce was born, we decided that our travels weren’t going to stop because we had a baby. While traveling with a child is much different than traveling with adults, I have discovered traveling in a whole new light. I’m constantly looking for small towns with charm to discover. The amount of hidden gems in small towns around Texas is astonishing. I’m quite bummed I didn’t start discovering them earlier with intention. 

One town on our list of fun discoveries is Brownwood, Texas. This small town located in central Texas on the tip of Hill Country is only a few hours away from Dallas. Bryce and I packed up one afternoon and made the short trip to Brownwood to discover what it was all about. Ideally, I was looking for family friendly things to do in Brownwood, Texas. 

I didn’t know how the weekend would go since Bryce is two years old and I was traveling alone with him. It’s a bit intimidating packing up going to a new town with a little one but we were welcomed with open arms everywhere we went.

Here’s a quick guide to Discovering Brownwood Texas and some of our favorite spots. 

Where to eat in Brownwood, Texas

The Turtle Enoteca – We came across this gem while walking around Downtown trying to stretch our legs out from the short drive from Dallas. Bryce was being a typical two year old and our waitress was the sweetest. She had conversations with Bryce, offered him anything and everything he needed and made our visit so pleasant. To get started, we tried the corn queso. Admittedly, I had never had Corn Queso until trying it here. I love the idea of sneaking vegetables in something to delicious.

Bryce and I shared their Smash Burger that was so good and hit the spot but what we were even more impressed with was their homemade chips. These chips not only had the perfect crunch but were so big. 

Turtle Enoteca offered us a great dessert menu but we were so full we had to pass. Next time we’re in town, we’ll definitely stop by for something sweet.

Runaway Train Cafe – Who wouldn’t love to dine in a real life train? Upon arriving, you’ll instantly be WOWed. Being able to be up close and inside a train car was such a fun experience. Runaway Train Cafe serves cafe food. I had one of the best BLTs ever with jalapeno bacon which gave the classic sandwich a good twist. I ordered Bryce chicken strips from the kids menu and was impressed with how big their portions were! 

As much as I thought this place would be packed with kids, when we went there were families but just as many couples eating dinner without kids. It’s definitely a town favorite and I can see why.

Steve’s Market and Deli – I was a bit bummed we didn’t get to eat here and it was mainly my fault. We had intentions to but there was a sign on the door that said they do not accept debit or credit cards. Unfortunately, I had no cash on me so we had to skip out on it. This is at the top of my list of places to come back to. Steve’s Market and Deli is known for their quirky decor, great vibes and some of the best food in Brownwood.

Tres Leches Bakery – This is a hidden gem in Brownwood that people need to know about mainly because who doesn’t love a good taco? The name of the location can be deceiving but they offer a full menu, not just sweets. 

Common Grounds Coffee House – If you’re like me, you’re always on the hunt for coffee to consume. As much as I love Starbucks, I always like to find local coffee houses especially when I’m out of town. Common Grounds is located in a house turned into coffee house that is perfect for meeting with friends, working on your laptop or grabbing a coffee on the go. 

Now that we’ve established where to get the best food, let’s talk about things to do in Brownwood Texas. While this is small town Texas, there were still lots of great activities throughout the city.

The Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum – Since Bryce is only two, I wasn’t sure how he would interact in the museum but was pleasantly surprised by the setup. At the front of the museum, there are two large train cars that you can walk through and explore. They are setup exactly how they were originally used with beds, tables and more. It was so much fun to be inside of one and go back in time to when they were used. 

Inside the museum there were so many great model trains to look at and admire. Exhibits include a variety of railroad memorabilia and equipment, photos and stories of early railroads while vividly interpreting the importance of the railroad to this area and American life. Also on display are running model trains of every size and Bryce loved watching them go round and round. 

Admission to the museum is only $3 for adults and $2 for children 5 and over which is a steal. Towards the back of the museum, there was a small play area for kids that I would bring Bryce to every single week if we lived there.  Just outside of the museum is a mini train that operates every Saturday from 10 to 3, weather permitting. Both adults and children can ride, only $2 per person.

Brown County Museum of History – The museum features exhibits from over 150 years of Brown County history – from the Native American band of Penateka Comanche and earliest Texan settlers to the WWII-era Camp Bowie military collection. Admission is only $3 for adults and children over 5. 

Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center  – The Camp Bowie Aquatic Center is a public pool opened Tuesday – Sunday in Brownwood. We could have spent all day and night there because it was so much fun. There is a dedicated space for kids to play, a lazy river, slides and more. 

I loved the dedicated area for toddlers and young children. At public pools it can be overwhelming with little kids but having a special area just for them makes things so much easier. Bryce was obsessed with the kids water slide and went down it a minimum of 100 times. 

If you’re like me, after I figure out how I am going to get to a destination whether it be by plane or car, the next thing I tackle is where we are going to stay. Once you have those two things in place, the rest of the trip just falls together. There are many options when traveling to Brownwood, whether it be in a hotel, resort or bed and breakfast. Here are some places to stay in Brownwood, Texas

Air BnB – We stayed in the cutest cottage located next to Howard Payne University during our stay in Brownwood. It was located within miles of everything we were doing. The cottage was one bedroom, one bath and worked out perfect for me and Bryce.  

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The Perot Museum has been one of my family’s favorite things to do in Dallas. It’s a place that all ages have fun, no matter if you’re 5 or 85 – there is something for you. Quinn and I have been going since the day it opened. We enjoy spending hours in the museum exploring and learning. No matter how many times we go, we always discover something new. 

Ever since Bryce was born, I couldn’t wait to take him to the Perot Museum. There is so much to do there and since so much of it is hands on, I didn’t worry so much about him destroying the place or him running around and having fun like I would at other museums. 

The first time we took Bryce he was only a few months old. Obviously, he couldn’t do much but knew I wanted to bring him back as soon as he could explore. Fast forward a year and a half and I finally brought him back. I don’t know what took me so long but so glad I took him to play.

While the Perot Museum has so many things for older kids to do, there is also a lot for the smaller kids. The Moody Family Children’s Museum is the perfect place for those 5 and under to learn and explore with adult supervision.

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Upon entering the Dallas Children’s Museum, kids can discover multiple stations that will intrigue all their senses. I love that each station is “Dallas” themed! 

The Farmers Market is so much for little ones. They can use their imagination and be a vendor, shopper or a delivery person. There is a large variety of fruit and vegetables for kids to play with. Bryce loves to take a basket and shop for food then take it over to the delivery truck. 

The nature section is based off of the Trinity River. Inside this area, you don’t want to miss the terrarium animals such as frogs, lizards, spiders and even a snake. Bryce loves any type of play that involves water so being able to splash around and play with toys in an area shaped like the river was more than exciting to him. 

One of my favorite sections of the Children’s Museum is the play area that is shaped just like the Dallas skyline including a bridge just like Margaret Hill Hunt Bridge. In this play area, there is a slide and blocks (with a pulley system) for kids to run around and play with. I love that there is a dedicated space for the kids to just run to get all that physical energy out. 

Just outside the doors to the Children’s Museum is a sand area where kids can dig for dinos. It’s a great way for kids (and adults) to get some fresh air in an enclosed space that’s safe. 

Color, craft and more in the dedicated Art Lab. This lab is open every day until 3pm (specific hours below) with hands-on activities available for kids 5 and under. From crafts made with recycled materials to thought-provoking puzzles to themed free-form projects, there’s always find something new— no registration required. Bryce loves to color and get messy. He loved being able to have access to so many kid friendly craft accessories. 

ART LAB HOURS

  • Monday: 11am-3pm (Member only hours 9am-11am)
  • Tuesday-Friday: 9am-3pm
  • Saturday: 9am-3pm (Member only hours 8-9am)
  • Sunday: 10am-3pm (Member only hours 9-10am)

While there aren’t discounted/specials for the Children’s Museum, a Family Membership is a cost-effective option as it pays for itself within a few visits and offers many great perks that would be helpful for your followers to know. Member benefits include free general admission, discounted pricing on films, traveling exhibitions, birthday parties, gift memberships and programs, plus savings in the Café, Museum Shop and on parking. 

Members get exclusive access to the Children’s Museum on Mondays from 9am-noon this summer and member-only hours on weekends one hour before public opening. They also receive free admission to 360 museums worldwide via the reciprocal ASTC Travel Passport Program. 

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Anybody else have the travel bug? Before Bryce, Quinn and I would literally jump online book a place ticket and head out the next day for an adventure. We traveled all the time. Obviously, having a baby makes things a little different. It hasn’t stopped us from traveling but it’s made us rethink and evaluate the places we’re visiting a little more than before.

Living in Dallas all of our lives, we’ve visited most of the big cities in Texas and surrounding states so we’ve starting exploring more. Each little town has it’s charm and we’re looking for that. We want to discover new areas, explore and live the locals. Our latest adventure took us to Bentonville, Arkansas. In full disclosure, I have been there before but it was years ago and it’s boomed so much in the past few years. So much had changed that it was like I had never visited.

Bentonville, Arksansas is in Northwest Arkansas and only about 5 hours from the Dallas metroplex. We spent the weekend there and had such a good time exploring the city like a local. H

Hotels in Bentonville, Arkansas

We stayed at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton. I love these hotels because of the large amount of space in each room. When traveling with a toddler, being cooped up in a small room is tough so the more room he has to run and explore, the better. Nothing beats being greeted with chocolate chip cookies upon arrival. This hotel is perfect for families or groups who want a great priced room during your stay.

If you’re looking for a different type of hotel, check out 21C Museum Hotel. This hotel is upscale and doubles as a museum. They have exhibits that travel between their different properties so check and see which is currently at the hotel before booking. When we visited we walked through the exhibit “The Future is Female.” There were so many great pieces and conversation starters.


Restaurants in Bentonville, Arkansas

Although we were only there for a weekend, we were able to eat at some delicious restaurants in Bentonville. I’m sharing some of the places we went and some of the places that were highly recommended to us. We didn’t get to hit them all but we will have to go back and visit again to give them all a try.

For breakfast, I highly recommend stopping by The Hive located inside the 21c Museum Hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is served here. I also heard their bar was a hot spot to grab a drink too. The whole restaurant is decked out in honey combs and bees.

For breakfast, I stayed semi healthy with an egg white omelette that ended up being one of the best I’ve ever had. The omelette was stuffed with mushrooms, spinach and goat cheese and served with a biscuit.

The pancakes looked pretty amazing too. It was a toss up between the two.

If you’re looking for a more laid back breakfast, I suggest Onyx Coffee Lab located in downtown Bentonville. This coffee shop is really popular and the perfect place to grab an iced coffee and muffin before starting the day. They have a lot of seating options and also serve beer. So no matter what you’re in the mood for, they have it.

For lunch, I highly recommend Louise, a modern all-day cafe located in the Fieldhouse at Thaden Field – Bentonville’s Public Airport. We sat next to a window that is right next to the runway so we were able to watch planes fly in and out. Talk about such a cool experience. When we dined at Louise, I was a bit bummed because they were only serving their brunch menu but after tasting my avocado toast my mind changed instantly.

It was absolutely delicious. I’m not going to lie. I’m obsessed with avocados but I never jumped on the avocado toast trend so I wasn’t over the moon about ordering this. Once it arrived and I took my first bite, it became one of my very favorite meals of the whole weekend. The avocado toast had grilled halloumi cheese, tomato, everything seasoning, avocado, scrambled eggs and a side salad. If you visit Bentonville, do not skip Louise!

At Louise there is also a playground, a dock to fish from and other outdoor activities for the family. It’s a fun experience and the kids will love being able to see all the airplanes.

For dinner, there are so many options in Bentonville. We really enjoyed Tusk and Trotter, an American Brasserie, located just a block off the square. When we arrived, we were starving and couldn’t wait to indulge in the menu. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable and so helpful when we were deciding on our main courses and what drinks to order.

I ordered a drink called “Bees Knees” that was made with honey infused Smithwork’s vodka and lemonade. It was such a simple drink that packed so much flavor. Definitely a drink worth trying to make at home, I’m so glad I discovered it!

For dinner I had the “Carnivore’s Dilemma,” a flatbread that was packed with meat. This flatbread had meatballs, sausage, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, onions, garlic, olive oil, arugula, gruyere, parmesan & mozzarella cheese served on a crispy artisanal crust. It was great and full of flavor. Don’t let the ‘flatbread’ title trick you, I couldn’t even finish half of it.

Things to do in Bentonville Arkansas

Now that we know where to stay and where to eat in Bentonville, let’s talk about some fun things to do during your visit.

The Walmart Museum was on the top of my list. Walmart’s headquarters are located in Bentonville and there is so much history to learn. I was surprised I loved the museum as much as I did. I went twice during my weekend visit! It’s completely free to go through and you go at your own pace. You could spend 15 minutes in there for a couple hours, it’s up to you.

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The amount of hidden gems located within a small drive from Dallas is mind blowing. One of the reasons I started this blog was to rediscover these places that are within short drives from Dallas that we often forget about or don’t even know they exist.

For years, I’ve been wanting to visit Glen Rose, Texas and decided to make the short trip earlier this month. This was our first stop of many through a Texas road trip but I couldn’t believe how quick the trip was from Dallas or Fort Worth.

We stayed the night in Glen Rose, Texas but could have easily made a round trip visit in a day which I highly suggest doing if this stop isn’t part of a longer road trip. Travel time to Glen Rose from Dallas is 75 miles one way or 150 miles round trip. It takes approximately 1.5 hours one way.

For this Texas Road Trip, we put the Toyota RAV4 Crossover SUV to the test. With a toddler in tow, we needed extra space for things like his stroller, a cooler for snacks and his extra large car seat.

We left our house around 10am and headed straight to Glen Rose, the beauty of short Dallas day trips is not having to stop before arriving at your destination. The drive was super easy since you stay on the same roads for long stretches of time.

The Toyota RAV4 GPS helped us guide the way. One of my favorite things about this GPS was that it would alert me when there would be traffic ahead and ask if I would like to reroute. It would also let me know if I was on the fastest route for our destination. We traveled through many small towns where the speed limit would drastically change from 60mph to 30mph, so being able to see the current mph at all times was a blessing. No good road trip begins with a speeding ticket!

There aren’t tons of hotels to choose from in Glen Rose, so if you are going during a peak time (for instance, Spring Break), I highly suggest booking in advance. We stayed at the Best Western in Glen Rose for one night before heading to San Antonio.

There are not tons of hotels in Glen Rose, but there are a handful to choose from. I’ve listed them below to help with your planning.

Hotels in Glen Rose, Texas
Hotels in Glen Rose, Texas
The complete list of hotels in Glen Rose, Texas - the dinosaur capital of Texas.
Glen Rose Inn ⋆ Magnuson Hotels
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The Glen Rose Inn offers guests an outdoor pool, free Continental breakfast served from 6:30 am to 9:30 am, Big Cup Restaurant and Lounge, free high-speed wireless Internet access, fax/copy service, wakeup service, free parking and small dogs are accepted with additional charges.

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Holiday Inn Express & Suite Glen Rose
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Glen Rose is rich in family fun, relaxation, and nature. Get the quaintness of a small Texas town.

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Inn on the River Glen Rose Texas
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Historic Boutique Inn

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The Price House
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All 2nd floor accommodation in historic l902 home includes bedrooms, hospitality room, one bath and screened porch. One block from town square

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Country Woods Inn
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Secluded cabins, century old guesthouses, Main Lodge, even a restored Santa Fe Railroad Car or an authentic Airstream Land Yacht.

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Lodging – Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
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Fossil Rim lodging

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Skybox Cabins
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At the tip top of the Texas hill country, our cabins offer endless views from their bedroom balconies while providing a rustic feel with modern amenities. It is the perfect spot to feel both lost and found all at once.

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Live Oak Bed and Breakfast
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Live Oak is a beautiful Bed & Breakfast nestled in the heart of Glen Rose. Close to so many things.

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Rough Creek Lodge & Resort - 90 min southwest of Dallas Fort Worth, Tx
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o matter what your individual style, Rough Creek Lodge and Resort is a “have-it-all” place for our “want-it-all” guests. Rough Creek Lodge, Resort and Dallas Conference Center is nestled on 11,000 acres in the foothills of the picturesque Texas Hill Country.

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Quality Inn and Suites
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Go to your people in Glen Rose, TX and get a great value while staying at our pet-friendly Quality Inn & Suites® hotel, located close to The Promise and the Historic Courthouse Square.

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If you’re visiting Glen Rose, you’re either coming for the Dinosaurs, Fossil Rim or both. Since our visit wasn’t going to be long, we wanted to try to do everything we can in the couple days we had scheduled.

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Disney on Ice has always been one of our favorite events to attend in Dallas (even before having Bryce). It’s such a fun event that is great for all ages – young and old! Disney on Ice is returning and we couldn’t be more excited that this year’s theme is “Mickey’s Search Party“.

Embark on a quest with Mickey Mouse and pals as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map for clues to find Tinker Bell after he attempts to capture her magic. Journey across the Marigold Bridge with Miguel from Disney Pixar’s Coco into the magnificent and mystical Land of the Dead and discover a vibrantly colorful performance with skeletons atop sway poles dancing over the audience in a beautiful cultural celebration of family.

Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle and sing along with Elsa as video projection creates a kaleidoscope of crystals to help build her ice palace. Witness Belle lift into the sky as the enchanted chandelier comes to life high over the ice for onlookers seated above and below. Demonstrate the power of teamwork when Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie recruit the Green Army Men and the audience for a daring rescue in Andy’s room. Board the Jolly Roger and laugh hysterically as the hilarious pirates flip, tumble, and twist on air tracks, stilts and more in an effort to showcase their talents for Captain Hook.

Sail away with Moana on her daring voyage across the ocean and bravely encounter the fiery wrath of Te Ka. And make memories with your whole family during Aladdin and The Little Mermaidas the search party becomes an all-out celebration. 

Disney on Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party showtimes at American Airlines Center:

  • Thursday, March 28 – 7:30pm
  • Friday, March 29 – 7:30pm
  • Saturday, March 30, 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, March 31 – 1:30pm, 5:30pm

Every Disney on Ice show I have been to has been magical. There is not a bad seat in the house and tickets start at just $15. The performances are on ice, in the air and through the seats so everybody gets in on the action. All seats are reserved so you will know exactly where you’re seated.

Here are a few things to know before you go to Disney on Ice:

How much are tickets? Tickets start as low as $15 – very affordable!

Where can I buy Disney on Ice tickets? You can purchase them online through Ticketmaster or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Is the show suitable for toddlers? Yes, I took my one year old last year. There are some loud moments and a few special effects that might scare them but overall it was great.

Should I dress for the cold because the show is on ice? Believe it or not, it’s only 10 degrees colder in the arena than it is outside. I would suggest wearing your normal comfortable clothes and bringing a light sweater in case you get chilly.

Is there a difference in pricing between child and adult tickets? No, all tickets are the same price for ages 2 and up.

How long will the show last and is there an intermission? The shows average between one hour and a half to two hours. This includes a 15-20 minute intermission.

Can I bring my camera? Yes, but only non professional cameras (with lenses shorter than 6 inches). Photos are only to be used for personal use.

Let me know if you have any other questions. See you at the show!

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Have you and your partner been unsuccessful getting pregnant? It’s something that many people don’t talk about but I want to shine a light on this taboo topic that so many people don’t share.

My story starts in 2016, my husband and I had been married almost 2 years and the one thing on my mind was having a baby. Since the day we got married, all I ever wanted was to have a baby. I’ve always wanted a big family and since I didn’t get married til I was in my late 20’s, I was ready to get the show started.

Well, after a couple years and no pregnancy, I started to worry. I think many of us who are in the same situation that I was in start to freak out a bit. All these questions and ideas come to mind, “What if I will never get pregnant?”, “Is there something wrong with me?”, “Is there something wrong with my husband?”, “Will I ever get pregnant?”, “Will I live in shame the rest of my life if I don’t have a baby?”

The thoughts were endless, I just wanted to get pregnant. From our early teenage years, we were drilled not to have premarital sex because you will get pregnant! While some people are able to get pregnant their first try, that is not the case for many people. Did you know a couple between ages 29-33 with a normal functioning reproductive system has only a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month? This blows my mind. You can do everything right during the month (tracking your cycle, having sex on specific days, etc) and you still only have a 20-25% chance of getting pregnant!

During this time of frustration, I had no friends to talk to who would understand. My friends were either not married or were not ready to grow their family. Let me tell you, trying to talk to people about fertility when that isn’t something they’re going through is not fun. As much as they might care, they don’t understand what you are going through or what you are feeling. It’s a tough road.

My husband and I decided it was time to go see a fertility specialist. Hindsight, this should have been the first thing I did instead of stressing over things I couldn’t control. I made the appointment and was terrified for my life. All of those negative and scary thoughts came rushing back into my head about not ever being able to have a baby.

At the appointment, we met with the fertility Dr and went over the basics. Simple questions were asked about our health and sex life. The dr was so easy to talk to and I instantly felt at ease. Being able to talk to someone who completely understood what I was going through made my worries melt away.

There was a standard list of tests that I went through to help determine why we weren’t getting pregnant. Some of the tests included my husband’s sperm test, a hysterosalpingogram (to make sure my tubes were clear), and an ovary check during all visits. It seemed like a lot during the time but looking back I believe my anxiety made it feel like more than it really was. Our Dr determined we were good candidates for ovulation medicine.

Within three months, I was pregnant with Bryce. There was a lot of appointments, a couple shots and some other hiccups during those three months but every single bit was worth it. Looking back at our story gets me emotional. I was so scared for so long but as soon as I went for professional help, everything literally fell into place. It makes me want to scream from the rooftops and tell everybody to go see a fertility doctor no matter if you’re having trouble getting pregnant or not.

I know one of the things that held me back was not knowing who to see about not getting pregnant. You don’t want to just go see anybody but someone who can help you with all your needs. First thing you need to do is call CCRM (Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine). Don’t let their name throw you off, they have locations all across the United States with one of them actually being right here in the Dallas Metroplex.

Unlike many other fertility clinics that outsource their specialists and testing needs, CCRM leverages its own data, as well as a dedicated team of in-house reproductive endocrinologists, embryologists and geneticists in order to deliver consistent, successful results. If you decide to pursue the IVF route, this is the place you want to go. They have some of the highest IVF success rates in the industry, offering families the fastest path to the healthiest baby.

Dr. Dorette Noorhasan is part of CCRM’s team of award-winning physicians, dedicated to delivering leading patient outcomes,. She is the medical director and co-founder of CCRM Dallas-Fort Worth and practices out of CCRM’s Frisco location located at 8380 Warren Parkway, Suite 201.

CCRM wants to shift the cultural narrative around fertility and family planning, because it is critical to understanding and overcoming infertility. I highly suggest to making an appointment with a fertility specialist as soon as you start to think about having a baby. Start the conversation early and understand the process. It’s the single best thing I ever did. If I never went to see a specialist, I may not have my child. He’s my pride and joy and I want everybody to be able to experience the type of love a child brings into your life.

If you have any questions about the process that I went through, my experience or just need someone to talk to, feel free to reach out! Let’s start the conversation, you are not alone. #LetsTalkFertility #CCRMFertility

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Producer Jeffrey Seller, Dallas Summer Musicals, and Broadway Across America announce a digital lottery for HAMILTON tickets will begin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (April 2) at Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas. 

Hamilton Joseph Morales and Nik Walker will lead the second national tour of Hamilton as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, respectively. Other principal roles in Hamilton will be played by Ta’Rea Campbell as Angelica Schuyler; Marcus Choi as George Washington; Elijah Malcomb as John Laurens/Phillip Schuyler; Shoba Narayan as Eliza Hamilton; Fergie L. Philippe as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; Kyle Scatliffe as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Danielle Sostre as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds and Jon Patrick Walker as King George. The second national tour also includes Tia Altinay, Amber Ardolino, Conroe Brooks, Cameron Burke, Evan S. Cochran, Phil Colgan, Desmond Sean Eillington, Hope Endrenyi, Lili Froehlich, Daniel Gaymon, Camden Gonzales, Jennie Harney, Stephen Hernandez, Kristen Hoagland, Abby Jaros, Emily Jenda, Wonza Johnson, King David Jones, Carina-Kay Louchiey, Brandt Martinez, Taeko McCarroll, Tyler McKenzie, Justice Moore, Antuan Magic Raimone, Julian Ramos, Jen Sese, Willie Smith III, and Julius Thomas III.

Forty (40) tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each.  The digital lottery will open at 11:00 AM CT on Sunday, March 31 for tickets to the Tuesday, April 2 performance.  Subsequent digital lotteries will begin two days prior to each performance. 

HOW TO ENTER

· Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (http://hamiltonmusical.com/app).

· You can also visit http://hamiltonmusical.com/lottery to register.

· The lottery will open at 11:00 AM CT two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9:00 AM CT the day prior to the performance.

· Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent at approximately 11:00 AM CT the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).

· No purchase or payment necessary to enter or participate.

· Each winning entrant may purchase up to two (2) tickets.

· Only one entry per person. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.

· Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4:00 PM CT the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4:00 PM CT the day prior to the performance are forfeited.

· Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning 2 hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID. Lottery tickets void if resold.

ADDITIONAL RULES

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Tickets for HAMILTON are currently on sale.  Patrons are advised to check the official HAMILTON channels and www.ticketmaster.com for late release seats which may become available at short notice.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by

Andy Blankenbuehler and music supervision and orchestrations by Alex LacamoireHAMILTON is based on

Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

The HAMILTON creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical

IN THE HEIGHTS.

HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA, and General Management by Baseline Theatrical

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

Launching April 2019 in Chicago, HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION will take visitors deeper into the life and times of Alexander Hamilton through the immersive exhibit featuring a dynamic, interactive mix of in-depth scenography, lighting, sound, multimedia, music, and an audio tour narrated by Mr. Miranda. For more information about HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION, please visit hamiltonexhibition.com.

The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide.  The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.

For information on HAMILTON, visit www.HamiltonMusical.comwww.Facebook.com/HamiltonMusical,www.Instagram.com/HamiltonMusical and www.Twitter.com/HamiltonMusical.

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For the fourth consecutive year, Talbots and O, The Oprah Magazine have partnered together for a good cause. They’ve launched a few pieces of clothing that directly benefit Dress for Success when purchased. 30% of the net proceeds will go directly to Dress for Success.

Talbots launched this five piece limited edition collection to help women feel like comfortable and beautiful at the same time. When I go shopping, that is exactly what I look for, clothes that I can move in and that I feel good in.

Finding casual clothes that you can wear anywhere isn’t always the easiest but this collection is just what all women are looking for. I received the T by Talbots Maxi Dress and just love the way it fits and how comfortable it is.

Behind-the-scenes of the 2019 O, The Oprah Magazine Collection Photo Shoot - YouTube

To date, the TalbotsxOMagazine partnership has raised over $4 million and collected over 15,000 boxes of donated business attire for Dress for Success®, benefiting over 100,000 women.

Shop the Talbots x O Magazine Collection

Dress for Success is amazing not-for-profit organization that provides women with the tools they need to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

If you’re interested in getting involved with Dallas Dress for Success or want to learn more, head to their website for more information.

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The post is sponsored by the NEW Oikos Oh! Double Cream Yogurt but the content and opinions expressed are my own.

At the beginning of this year, I really wanted to put my best foot forward. Everybody was making big goals for this year and having a “word of the year” to help them stay on track. As much as I enjoyed seeing everybody’s ambition, I knew I wanted to be a better me. Whether that meant finding more time for my mental health or crushing a small goal I’ve set for myself.

It seems that a lot of conversations my friends have with me is about their weight and health, but as much as I would love to lose a few pounds, I’ve never been one to stress over my appearance. Does that mean that I love my body all the time? No. Does that mean I think I look better than everybody else? No. Could I probably change a few things about myself? Yes. I’m very content with myself and my body.

With that being said, I am a big advocate of working out and eating well. I’ve been an athlete since I was in elementary school and played division 1 collegiate sports so working out runs deep in my blood. I’m at my best when I’m working out whether that means going for a long run or attending a yoga class. I don’t do it to change my body physically but more for my mental health. It’s amazing what a good workout can do to your mood!

There’s a flip side to everything, right? Even though I encourage everybody to stay active and keep their body moving, I have no problem mindfully indulging in my favorite foods as part of my overall balanced diet.

One of my favorite quotes is “Everything is at its best when it’s balanced.” There is so much truth to that statement and it applies at all areas of life, not just food.

Since I’m all about balance, I want to introduce something that helps me balance my healthy choices with indulgent choices in my life – meet Oikos Oh! Double Cream Yogurt.

Curious what makes Oikos Oh! Double Cream Yogurt different?  It’s made with double the cream versus Oikos Whole Milk Yogurt to create a one-of-a-kind thick and luscious texture that you won’t be able to get enough of! The more I work out and stay active, the more I have a desire for something sweet and Oikes Oh! Double Cream yogurt is the perfect treat to fill my need.

Oikes Oh! Double Cream Yogurt has four different flavors to choose from. There’s a flavor for everybody.

  • Oikos Oh! Double Cream Yogurt Honey Drizzled Blueberry
  • Oikos Oh! Double Cream Yogurt Magnificent Mixed Berry Rhubarb
  • Oikos Oh! Double Cream Yogurt Lemon Sweet Cream Delight
  • Oikos Oh! Double Cream Yogurt Salted-Dusted Caramel Creme

My personal favorite is the Oikos Oh! Double Cream Yogurt Salted-Dusted Caramel Creme. The bottom of the yogurt is packed full of a hyper-indulgent caramel flavored sauce at the bottom which tastes perfectly with the extra creamy yogurt.

I’m always on the go whether it be to one of my son’s many activities throughout the week or heading to a yoga class. I love that I’m able to throw a yogurt in my purse and eat it while I’m out running around. It satisfies my sweet tooth every single time.

If you’re looking for the most indulgent snack, you’ve got to try these out! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Remember to treat your self when necessary and keep your life as balanced as possible. You only live once so make the best of it!

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Every month, I meet with a group of local bloggers to discuss our ups and downs, offer each other advice, celebrate our wins and help with any issues that we may be having. We’ve been doing this for over 3 years now and it’s always something I look forward to.

Not only do I love meeting with people who understand our industry but I love that every month we meet somewhere delicious for lunch. We usually all come together and find a place to go but this month I got to choose and without a doubt, I knew mexican food was a must.


We met at El Rincon Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar and it did not disappoint. El Rincon is located in downtown Carrollton on the square. I had never been to the square before and it is so cute – definitely a place to spend an afternoon shopping around at the shops after eating.

Like any good business lunch, I started off with a margarita on the rocks. I learned that El Rincon has a tequila of the month. When I went to El Rincon, the featured tequila was Tequila Ocho, a very smooth tequila. It’s one of those liquors that will get you in trouble real fast so I stuck with only one. El Rincon is also a tequila bar so if there is a specific tequila you’re looking for, they will have it!


Before our main course, we a couple entrees for the table to split. Pictured below on the right is the Poblano Enchiladas which consisted of shredded chicken and spinach enchiladas topped with creamy poblano sauce; served with cilantro rice, grilled peppers, zucchini and squash.

We also ordered brisket tacos which are some of the best I’ve ever tasted! The meat was marinated and cooked for over 24 hours and you can instantly tell the second you take a bite. The meat literally melts in your mouth. I highly recommend ordering this as your meal or as a dish to split between the table!


I love a good taco salad so I ordered a shredded chicken salad for my main course. It was the perfect size portion, it was served in a housemade tortilla bowl with iceberg lettuce, cheddar cheese, guacamole, sour cream, tomato and black beans. It was very filling and perfect for lunch.


Just when I thought I couldn’t eat anymore, we decided to try their dessert because – why not? We ordered two desserts, the Ganache de Chocolate and Strawberry Cheesecake Rolls. I’m fairly certain I ate the whole entire chocolate dessert by myself. Not my proudest moment but it was so good! Don’t skip desserts!

Stop by for either food or drinks, El Rincon offers $3 Crown and Fireball shots daily which is a steal. They have a reverse happy hour that starts at 7pm that you don’t want to miss!

Food was amazing and I’m looking forward to going back and spending more time in Downtown Carrollton. It’s such a great area and has some really cute shops nearby.

El Rincon Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar is located at 1114 S Elm St STE 100 Carrollton, TX 75006.

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