Archive | December, 2010

Happy New Year from More than Mothers!

31 Dec

Lisa, Lori, and Jen wish you all a safe and wonderful holiday.  Here’s to a great new year in 2011!

Jiggle Butt Run 5K

30 Dec

Start the new year strong with a fun 5K run/walk for women and girls!  The Jiggle Butt Run is on Saturday, January 8 at 9:00 am at UTA (Mavericks Athletic Center).  There will also be the “Wiggle Butt Run” – a 1K fun run for kids under 12.

This event benefits SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

Click here for more information and to register for the Jiggle Butt Run. Online registration ends January 3.

For more information on SafeHaven, click here.

Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

30 Dec

The Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, located just inside the city limits of Fort Worth, is an undisturbed wilderness of forests, prairies, and wetlands boasting 3600 acres with over 20 miles of hiking trails.

Upcoming events (fees are $5 for adults and $2 for kids, in addition to paid admission to the refuge):

Resolution Hike – January 1 from 1-3 pm

Fossil Hunt for ages 3-7 – January 2 from 1-2 pm

Sky Rangers – January 4 from 6:30-8 pm

Nature Kids for ages 3-7 – January 29 from 1-2 pm

Some events require pre-registration.  For the FWNC&R website, click here.

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

30 Dec

A friend of mine throws a New Year’s Eve party for kids every year.  It’s a fun get-together filled with food and party favors.  (Gotta love those tiny champagne bottle confetti poppers!)  The kids can run around and be crazy, and we do a “countdown” at around 7:00 pm.  It’s pretty cool – the kids get a little taste of a New Year’s celebration, but no one’s a cranky mess on January 1 from lack of sleep.

Do you celebrate the New Year with your kids?  Maybe you let them stay up really late just for this one night?

What are your creative New Year’s kid-friendly celebrations?

Home Depot Kids’ Workshops

29 Dec

From 9 am to noon on the first Saturday of every month, all Home Depot locations offer a FREE workshop for kids ages 5-12.

Kids get to learn about tools and tool safety while building a fun project!

Kids who attend the workshop will receive a project kit, an orange Home Depot apron, and an achievement pin.

Upcoming scheduled projects:

Saturday, January 1, 11 am-2 pm – Battery organizer

Saturday, February 5, 9 am-12 pm – Heart shelf

For more information, click here.

Noon Year’s Eve at the DMA

28 Dec

On December 31, come to the Dallas Museum of Art for a kid-friendly way to ring in the new year!  Enjoy prizes, music, and games, all courtesy of Radio Disney.  Celebrate with a special countdown at noon for the entire family – or for those who just don’t want to stay up late!

Half-price adult admission and parking is available from 10 am to 2 pm.

This event is suggested for ages 6 and under.  For more details, click here.

Resolve This – Roundtable Discussion

27 Dec

OK, so I know the statistics are against my success, but I do it every year anyway – I make a New Year’s resolution list.  And it’s a doozy.  Sometimes dozens of items.

My husband makes one, too – he jots down a couple of things.  Then he rolls his eyes at me as my list grows exponentially every day until January 1.  (He laughed for weeks the year I wrote, “Grow out hair” on my resolution list.  He didn’t think that should really count as a resolution – but hey, I accomplished it!)

I’ve usually been able to cross off about half the items on my list each year, which I suppose isn’t too bad.  But I don’t think I’ve ever changed a bad habit, which is something I’d like to do.  People say the trick is to make small, specific resolutions – instead of a general one like “Exercise more,” you can resolve to hit the gym twice every week.  Or instead of the ever-popular, “Lose weight,” you could just resolve not to eat fast food.

Who else out there makes a resolution list?  Be honest – how long do you actually stick with it?  Any secrets for success?  I could use some tips before I start making my list for 2011!

FREE Yoga Class at Velociti Fitness

23 Dec

Velociti Fitness is very generously offering a FREE power yoga class at 9am Friday morning!  Velociti Fitness is personally one of my favorite places to do yoga!

They are located at 3533 Marathon Street in Arlington.  For more information you may contact them at info@velocitifitness.com or check out their website at http://velocitifitness.com/.

Ban on Drop-Side Cribs

22 Dec

Based on malfunctioning hardware that has caused the deaths of dozens of infants and toddlers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently voted in favor of a ban on the use and manufacturing of drop-side cribs.  Additionally, new regulations will be enforced on all types of cribs, which could temporarily drive up the cost of cribs as manufacturers rush to comply with the new rules.

For more details on the recall, click here.

Slow Down the Season…Please!

20 Dec

I’m having a near-panic attack this holiday season.  Surprisingly, it has nothing to do with shopping for the perfect gift.  (I’ve finished my shopping AND wrapping already, which is definitely a new record for me.  And it was no small feat – I have a LOT of people to buy for.)

My panic attack has to do with the fact that it feels like the season is slipping away too quickly, and I’m afraid I’m forgetting something.  I keep feeling like there’s more I should be feeling, more I should be squeezing out of this month.

Christmas is only days away, which has me worrying – what holiday-themed celebration have we missed?  What movies did we forget to watch?  What crafts did we neglect to do?  It’s almost too late!

Perhaps this is more of a general feeling I have about my life right now.  My kids, now 3 and 5, seem to be growing so fast I can’t hang onto anything.  Even my memories are hard to hang onto.  And today, my son is sporting his first loose tooth.  How did all of this happen before my very eyes?

Since my shopping obligations are complete, I plan to spend the rest of this week reveling in as much family time as I can get.  Let the housework go undone; let the laundry pile up.  I’m going to watch Christmas movies, drink hot chocolate, and lay by the fire with my kids and husband.

And maybe by New Year’s we’ll have our first visit from the Tooth Fairy!

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