Monday, April 24, 2017

Field Trip to Dallas Heritage Village

In March, the kids had a field trip to Dallas Heritage Village. We had never been before and didn't quite know what to expect, so we were very pleasantly surprised by how cool it was. 

The 20-acre park is home to the largest collection of 19th century pioneer and Victorian homes and commercial buildings in Texas, and they were all moved here from various locations around the state. If you are even slightly a history nerd, I highly recommend a visit.

The weather was perfect on the day of the field trip, and we all had so much fun exploring the grounds.

{Pro tip: they sell ice-cold root beer in the general store.}

We clearly had to stop by the Thompson & Knight office. The Firm is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, and I couldn't be more proud of our long history of client service and community involvement in Dallas (not just marketing speak).

And while the historical buildings were super cool, our favorite spot was the farm/blacksmith area. 

Ava even learned how to saw logs.

{Shout out to the man in this picture whose name escapes me. He was absolutely wonderful, knowledgable, and just the sweetest.}

We will definitely be back!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Easter Basket Ideas | Preschoolers

After covering Easter basket gifts for the babies and toddlers, here are a few fun ideas for the preschool crowd.

1. ALEX Foaming Body Soap. This stuff is basically just colored shaving cream, but my kids went crazy for it last year. [You can find these a few places online, but it's hard to find one where you can pick the exact style. However, they typically carry them at Whole Earth.]

2. Bunny Ears Headwraps. I love this fun take on bunny ear headbands. 

3. Petit Collage Bunny Puzzle. These puzzles are not only cute, but they also come in a really small little box that fits well in an Easter basket (as well as in a diaper bag/purse to take as a restaurant activity). The butterfly or ladybug puzzles would also be good options.

4. Play-doh Spring Eggs. Since I feel like we end up with at least one dried-out container of play-doh every time the kids play with it, it's always good to have more on hand. 

5. Melissa & Doug Butterfly Bubble Blower. This little contraption (which also comes in a chameleon option) is easier for little ones to use for blowing bubbles. And if they spill some out of the little container, it is at least not a whole bottle. (Ry still can't be trusted with a bottle of bubble solution.)

6. Hanna Andersson Bunnydogg Stripe Pajamas. There are so many adorable Easter jammies out there for little girls (including these!), but not-too-cheesy boy PJs are harder to find. These definitely fit the bill. 

7. ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Stickers for the Tub Garden. Ava got these in her basket a couple years ago, and they were an instant hit. 

8. Water Wow Bible Stories. He is the reason for the season after all. 

9. Bunny Family in Carrot Purse. Mini animals + a cute little bag = a guarantee that Ava would love it. 

10. Easter Crayons. You could make these yourself if you have some broken crayons and the right cookie cutter shapes on hand. Or just buy them on Etsy for $3. 

11. Wolfie the Bunny. This story about a bunny family that adopts a baby wolf is so sweet and teaches a good lesson about not judging a book by its cover. I also really love the illustrations.

12. Bunny Slippers. Because there is not much in this world that is cuter than a tiny little person in bunny slippers.

About Me

My name is Catherine, but most of my friends call me Cat. I was born and raised in Austin, went to TCU, and ended up in Dallas for law school (where Josh and I met). I decided that being an attorney was not my cup of tea and pursued a career in legal marketing. I am now a mother of two attempting to balance family with a full-time job, which is always an adventure. I love: my sweet babies, handsome husband, very large family, and fabulous friends; trying new restaurants; wine; TCU football; holidays; cooking; The Bar Method; pajamas; Topo Chico; reading; coffee; Central Market; carbs; the beach; mani/pedis; Anthropologie; binge-worthy TV shows and podcasts; trivia; French 75s; Pinterest; cheese boards; The Ticket; dancing; Sprinkles cupcakes; The Texas Rangers; fresh flowers; thunderstorms; naps; Tex-Mex; the Texas Hill Country; porch-sitting; ranch dressing; throwing parties; and my job. I hate: working-mom guilt; snakes; heights; waking up early; ignorant people; stomach bugs; paper cuts; green fruit; snoring; bad hair days; the sound of people eating (Misophonia); scary movies; bad drivers; pulpy OJ; trimming baby fingernails; and Miracle Whip. That pretty much sums it up.


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