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A commitment to love

MAKING A HOME FEEL RIGHT

11 SECRETS

OF HAPPY MOMS BE YOUR BEST

FOR FOSTER AND ADOPTED CHILDREN

MAKE YOUR LIVING SPACE A RELAXING RETREAT

RESTORE THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP The new rules of the sisterhood

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY


MARY SHARES

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A MOTHER’S LOVE DEEP SEEDED AND UNENDING

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e will never be able to get our children to understand this message until they themselves are parents, and maybe that’s God’s plan! As a mother, I can see clearly that all the “mothering” my own mother provided to her four children came from a deep seeded and unending love to protect and nurture according to God’s plan for her. I lost my mother late last year; however, I am fortunate to remember how she continued to nurture me in many ways as I was nurturing my own children. (Thank you Mom, In Heaven) I’ve often reflected upon and share with my children what they were like while in my womb. I told them that I knew them before they were born. After I said those words, I realized I have read them before. God said those words. Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” What I’ve come to realize is that a mother’s love is a reflection of God’s love. God nurtures me and gives me strength. My mother nurtures me and gives me strength. I nurture my children and give them strength. This would not happen without the love of God. I also shared with my children how they are not much different now, as far as temperament, or behaviors, as they were before they were born. My son was not anxious to change his environment; he was perfectly happy in the womb. I had to work hard to deliver him. My daughter was ready and pushed her way through and sprang out into the world. If you are pregnant now, God has already provided you with a deep seeded and unending love for the life of your baby. You are a reflection of His love! Happy Mother’s Day to all!

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YOU SHOULD KNOW A Mother's love

HELPFUL HUGS

WHAT’S BETTER THAN A HUG FROM MOM? NOTHING. But, according to one study, a phone call is just as good. In the study, a group of girls were put in a stressful situation and then allowed to be physically comforted by their mother, verbally comforted by her, or neither. Interestingly, the girls who were only able to call their mom still experienced the same rise in oxytocin levels (which helped lower stress levels) as the girls who were able to have physical contact with her. (The third group showed no rise in oxytocin levels.) What’s more, the calming effects lingered long after the conversation was over. It’s kind of comforting to know a hug from mom is just a phone call away.

HAPPINESS IN TODAY'S TEENS Is the decline linked to digital media activities? According to the World Happiness Report of 2019, happiness and life satisfaction among US adolescents suddenly declined after 2012 while the year before (from 1991-2011), it had been primarily increasing. What happened? Some say smartphones. By 2012 the majority of Americans owned smartphones and began spending more of their leisure time on digital media activities such as gaming, social media and texting, and less leisure time on other activities linked to happiness like face-to-face interactions, attending religious services, and sleeping. Experts think it could be the displacement of these other activities that is making us less happy, and not simply the addition of the digital media activities.

TANTRUM CURE

You may not want to hug your child when they’re throwing a tantrum, but it may be just what they need. No, you’re not rewarding bad behavior. You’re actually helping them calm down. Hugging triggers the release of oxytocin, the feel good hormone that helps reduce stress. Remember, kids don’t throw tantrums simply because they’re stubborn. They do it because they can’t self-regulate their emotions. Once everyone’s calm, you can address the problem.

KIDS IN FOSTER CARE MOM WORTH Last year, Salary.com surveyed stay-at-home moms and discovered they spend up to 96 hours per week working to keep the family running. This work includes academic advising, accounting, educating, event planning, housekeeping, grounds keeping, maintenance supervision, network admin and more. Then, they calculated what the average annual salary for mothers would be - if they got paid for all that work. The amount? Over $160,000. Bummer there’s no actual paycheck.

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There are over 400,000 children in foster care in the US. The average age of kids entering foster care is 7. More than 60% of the children spend two to five years in the system before being adopted. About 30,000 age out of the system without being adopted and research has shown that those who never find a forever family are more likely to experience homelessness, unemployment and incarceration as adults. Something to consider.


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QUESTIONS

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Talking to my kids about having good manners is not working as well as planned. What else can I do?

Early in life, kids are taught proper manners because most parents understand the social, educational and, eventually, professional benefits it could have on their child’s future. Kids do watch their parents, so make sure they see your own good manners often. Being polite and respectful at home will help children learn to navigate through life’s challenges appropriately, like having consideration for the rights and feelings of others. Continue to talk about how being on time and showing up when they say they will, having good table manners, and being polite to others will keep them on the guest list of any party or gathering! Regularly discuss cell phone etiquette. Start with no phones during dinner! Amber Griffin \ Owner, Model Prep \ www.modelprep.com

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What are some things to consider before becoming a foster home?

Fostering children who have come from hard places should not only mean you are providing a safe place for these kids, but also helping them heal through relationships, giving them voice, and seeing the need behind behaviors. Children in foster care have experienced trauma, and they are typically functioning in survival mode. Behaviors like stealing, aggression, and lying are survival strategies to get needs met. As a caregiver it is your job to figure out the need behind those behaviors and find a way to replace those survival skills with appropriate ways to meet their needs. CASA believes that all children are precious and deserve a loving, safe home that is able to meet the complex needs they have. Sarah Barker \ Child Advocacy Supervisor CASA of Tarrant County \ www.speakupforachild.org

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My husband doesn’t have a ton of friends and is jealous of mine. What can I do? I need my friends!

Blake, I am happy to help you. Moms do typically want to be with the family on Mother’s Day, and are happy to receive a written poem or a drawing with a sentiment. And since I don’t know your age, I might say that making her a special meal, maybe with help from your dad, would be pleasing as well. After you sing or present your gift make sure to encourage your mom to take some time for herself. Maybe spend the day with her own mother or another mom friend. And of course do not let her clean up the kitchen, you should do that!

Yes, we all need a balance with our committed partner and friends. Friendship is important for everyone as it offers a different value than our partner. We fall into an unrealistic expectation that our partner needs to fulfill every aspect of our life and in reality - we have to find balance. Our partners can’t meet all our needs. This is where having friends, family, and hobbies help form our individual self. By finding the person we are- we begin to unravel our needs and the expectations that we have of others get fulfilled in other ways. Encourage your husband to find a hobby that makes him happy. Be supportive on his journey of finding his authentic self.

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CARE SKINCARE + Every Mother Counts This gel-cream moisturizer has an incredibly soothing texture. The multiple weights of hyaluronic acid absorb deeply to provide multi-level hydration and support skin elasticity. Designed for use as a daily moisturizer and can be applied under or over makeup. The moisturizer can also be used as a quick-rehydrating, leave-on mask. Every Monday in May 2019, Care Skincare will donate 100 percent of proceeds from its Deep Moisture Fix Hydrating Water Cream to Every Mother Counts. $35, available exclusively at www.careskincare.com

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TEATIME by OMGard Teapot

This beautiful and modern Tea Pot with filter is great for hot or cold beverages. OMGard Teapot has a heat-resistant body and high quality, removable stainless steel infuser so it can brew loose or bagged tea. The removable infuser enables you to make the strength of your tea easily and clean easily. $25.66, www.amazon.com

Roll it away with this Migraine Stick

Moms, you are busy every day - don’t let a migraine get in the way. Carry this Migraine Stick in your purse for when a headache or migraine starts to ruin your day. Migrastil Migraine Stick™ aromatherapy roll-on contains essential oils and is applied to the temples, forehead and back of the neck. The stick has a built-in roller ball for easy application and is the perfect size to take with you in a pocket or purse. Ingredients: Therapeutic Grade Peppermint, Spearmint & Lavender Essential Oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil. Set of three $24.99, www.migrastil.com

CUTLERY WITH DIGNITY Do you have a parent that has dexterity issues? This polished-looking adaptive silverware set brings a sense of dignity to those with dexterity issues who need the extra help, but don’t want to stand out. The ergonomic designs feel good in the hand and are easy to maneuver, and because the set is made with stainless steel, it looks more like typical cutlery. A rounded handle is easy to pick up and a flat bottom prevents the knife, fork, or spoon from rolling out of reach. $89.95, We found it at www.thegrommet.com

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SPINNING SPRINKLER By Hoppy’s Garden Art Artist Steve Hopkins, aka Hoppy, handcrafts this functional (and fun) sculptural piece that spins, sprays, and shines in outdoor spaces! Each one is built with polished copper hoops and a blown glass orb that won’t fade over time. A statement piece that measures up at four feet tall and is as much about creating whimsy in the garden as it is about actually, you know, watering the garden. Stake it in the ground, attach the hose, and let the sprinkler mesmerize you! $240. www.thegrommet.com


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The smart photo manager Perfect for parents who take tons of pictures of their kids but are afraid to lose them. With 2TB of memory, and never connecting to the cloud (so there are no privacy concerns), it’s easy to organize via the ibi app on your smartphone, and you can invite your friends and family to add photos to your ibi as well! Find it at amazon.com or meetibi.com, $179.99

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BOOK SHELF

A Compulsively Readable Book

I’M FINE AND NEITHER ARE YOU In this book, writer Camille Pagan brings to light the unspoken rules of womanhood: that you must measure your pain against other people’s before admitting it exists. “If yours is not as serious as the person sharing theirs, you’re expected to swallow your feelings, paste on a smile, and remind yourself how very lucky you are,” explains Pagan. Readers will see how this rule plays out for two women, best friends who become so good at hiding their pain that those closest to them don’t know anything’s wrong. Camille Pagan \ For Women A Project for Moms

MAKING YOUR OWN GREETING CARDS AND GIFT WRAP This “crafty” book shows how to make impressive cards, boxes, bags, tags, wrapping paper and envelopes. With more than 50 fun and unique projects that use all of the wonderful materials now available to card-makers including stickers, transfers, napkins, wire,… and more. Go ahead, get your “craft” on! You may never need to buy a card again! Vivienne Bolton \ For Moms 365 Days of Inspiration and Encouragement

THE LITTLE BOOK OF FOSTER CARE WISDOM This beautiful devotional is filled with inspiration, including 365 days’ worth of daily tips, inspirational quotes, motivational short stories and anecdotes. Dr. John DeGarmo, director of The Foster Care Institute, with his wife, Dr. Kelly DeGarmo share their experiences to inspire other foster parents. Dr. John DeGarmo \ For Families

RESTORE THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP The new rules of the sisterhood The time has come, ladies! For too long, we believed there weren’t enough seats at the table and women are competition. This authentic and outspoken author challenges those beliefs and encourages us (through humor, common sense and a little sarcasm) that we need our sisters and creating healthy relationships with them is possible. Her new ’rules’ are what we need to change the conversations and start rebuilding the sisterhood. Janet Bernstein \ For Women

Moms Need a Bit of Momspringa

THE OVERDUE LIFE OF AMY BYLER What happens when an overworked, underappreciated single mother of two gets an opportunity to spend a week away from reality in NYC? And, what happens when this rare gift of personal freedom, self-reflection, and fun comes to an end? This delightful and empowering new novel is about a middle-aged woman’s much needed Momspringa! (A period of time when moms are given more personal freedom and time away from the demands of daily life, including their children, so they can recharge and reconnect with themselves as human women.) Kelly Harms \ For Women

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PRACTICE GRATITUDE

In a gratitude study at Eastern Washington University, researchers found a positive correlation between gratitude and happiness. “We have found that grateful individuals tend to be happy individuals and that grateful thinking improves mood,” the researchers report. Try writing down three things you are thankful for each day--small moments count too.

Several moms polled for this article agreed that moms’ night outs with their friends help them feel more optimistic. And science proves it. Studies find that time spent bonding with friends boosts a woman’s level of oxytocin, a natural hormone that reduces stress. Check out mothers’ groups in your area if you are struggling to build a support network.

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Women who make time to care for their bodies, enjoy a stronger self-image and feel more self-confident and energetic. Exercise, try to get adequate sleep, schedule regular massages and make healthy food choices to feel your best. “I know that when I am reasonably well-rested and happy, I am absolutely more patient, energetic and empathetic to everyone in my household,” says Erica Wilson, a mom of one.  

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Whether you like surfing Pinterest, training for a 5K or simply taking a warm bubble bath, moments stolen throughout the week contribute to our overall sense of well-being. “I try to take at least a few minutes a day outside. I close me eyes, take deep breaths, and listen to the sounds,” says Melanie Werner, a mom of one.

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During the rush of the week, most of us throw meals together just to get our hungry crew fed. If you enjoy cooking, find a day when you can slow down and relish the preparation. The process of chopping and measuring ingredients is meditative and soothing. Create a feast to delight all of the senses by serving your meal on a table laid out with your favorite dishes and cheerful flowers.

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COMMIT TO HEALTHY LIVING

TAKE TIME FOR PERSONAL PURSUITS

NOURISH YOURSELF

LAUGH. FAMILY LIFE CAN BE FUNNY

Kids say hilarious things. Pay attention and write those gems down. Next time you need a lift, read them. Need more ideas? Look at funny family videos or photos, hang out with lighthearted friends, watch a silly movie or read a humorous book.  

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FOLLOW A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

Studies find that people who lean on an inner belief system are happier. There are many traditional spiritual practices. Whether you prefer journaling, meditating quietly or attending an inspiring religious service, take time each day to intentionally seek a sense of peace to get the most out of your spiritual practice.

GET A GROOVE ON

Whether she participates in a Jazzercise class or switches on upbeat dance tunes in her kitchen, Jessie Mallicoat, a mom of three, says, “If I’m in a bad mood, I put on some ‘dancy’ music and it usually helps.” In fact, studies find that dancing boosts the body’s feelgood endorphins. Dancing has even been found to reverse depression and increase self-confidence.

SET BOUNDARIES

Moms who are happier make conscious decisions on a daily basis about who and what is allowed into their lives. Switching to this way of thinking is empowering. You don’t have to be harsh or hurtful to accomplish this goal. Politely decline invitations that don’t fit with your priorities and limit interactions with negative individuals

ACCESS GOOD CHILDCARE

Seek reliable childcare in order to feel secure pursuing personal interests, maintaining routine health check-ups and for date nights with your partner. A positive marriage contributes to the overall emotional health and happiness of your family. Having trouble finding a sitter? Check out SitterCity.com, Care.com and ask other parents for references.

AVOID COMPARISON

Parenting philosophies that work well in one family, may not work well in another. Thanks to the influx of information at our fingertips, parents have no shortage of advice. Decide which strategies make sense for your family. And beware of spending too much time on social media if you’re starting to feel like you don’t measure up. “Being happy with yourself and how you parent is key to accepting other moms and how they parent, which creates a more supportive parenting community all around,” says Mandy Yokim, mom of two.

Freelance journalist, Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two boys. She finds happiness in historical romance novels, sunny days and chocolate chip cookies. Christa is the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life.

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B for foster and adopted children By Rachael Moshman

ringing home a new child is an exciting experience. It can also be overwhelming, especially when the child comes to you through foster care or adoption. The child has already been through the trauma of at least one move and separation from familiar caregivers. They are likely scared, and confused. The same is often true for the new parents and any children already in the home. My daughter entered foster care at age four and lived in a dozen places before my husband and I adopted her when she was nine. We met her on a Monday and she moved in with us that Friday. This included flying half way across the country with us. We had anxiously been preparing to bring her home for six months while we waited for interstate placement paperwork to clear. However, she wasn’t given nearly the same amount of time to process the change. We weren’t allowed any contact with her before our first meeting and she didn’t even know we existed until days before our arrival. She had a new state, home, school and parents to adjust to with very little preparation. It was a difficult transition for our family. We understood each home has a different set of rules, expectations and dynamics and that our daughter would need time to adjust. However, my husband and I underestimated how challenging it would be for us to settle into our new life as parents of a traumatized nine-year-old.  Therapist, Nancy Mehesy, has worked with many foster and adoptive families. She offers the following advice.

HAVE REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS Nancy says, “Foster and adoptive families have a delightful desire to care and love but are often surprised when the child is not responsive and appreciative. Expectations are usually unrealistic.” She suggests parents consider what the situation is like for the child. “Children are usually very scared and have no idea what to expect when they enter a new home. It’s like arriving in a foreign country in which you do not know the language or customs until you step on the landmine and are corrected.” She encourages those starting this journey to talk to experienced foster or adoptive families and caseworkers who can guide them towards more realistic expectations. She also emphasizes that the family will never be the same. “Adding a child to the home through foster care or adoption changes the dynamics, priorities and daily operations of the home and impacts every member of the family.”

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WORK TO EASE THE CHILD’S FEAR AND ANXIETY Nancy says there are several steps foster and adoptive families can take to make the transition easier. She suggests: • Allow the children to have choices when appropriate. • Respect items they bring with them from previous homes, such as books, toys, clothing and photos. • Give the child plenty of notice and time to adjust to the family’s expectations and schedules. • Help the child find words to express their feelings. • Provide a safe and quiet space for when the child is overwhelmed. • Grant permission for the child to continue caring about their biological family or previous foster parents. She adds, parents shouldn’t expect bonding to occur quickly or to try to force it. Attachment takes time for everyone involved. She urges, “Be honest with yourself about all your feelings, hopes and fears, even if you think they are unacceptable.”

PREPARE FOR CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR Nancy explains that the child may never have experienced structure or adult responsiveness. Instead they’ve learned that the world isn’t a safe place and they can only depend upon themselves. They may act out in an effort to keep themselves closed off to the new family for fear that they will be rejected yet again. Each move is very traumatic and often results in the child building stronger internal walls in an effort to protect themselves.  She includes that challenging behaviors, including defiance, tantrums, aggressiveness and destruction, are common in foster and adopted children. “Their wounds are silent and often misunderstood. Their behavior, which may be unusual, has a much deeper meaning than trying to rebel against authority.”  She offers three warnings:  1 The child may go through a “honeymoon period ‘good’ behavior” at first. 2 Traditional parenting methods are often ineffective with traumatized children. A therapist experienced in trauma and adop tion issues can help you explore alternatives. 3 Friends and family may pull away because they don’t understand the situation or know how to respond. She adds, “A commitment to love even when children behave in an unlovable manner is vital.”


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Calendar \ May 2019

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CANDYTOPIA May 1-31

Be showered in confetti by candycoated unicorn pigs, or swim in a pool of 300,000 marshmallows! www.showclix.com/event/ candytopiadal

BYRON NELSON May 6-12

The AT&T Byron Nelson is one of North Texas’ biggest sports attractions and most anticipated social events of the spring. www.attbyronnelson.org

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Candytopia Explore the sprawling sanctuary of confectionary bliss, with 14 carefully curated and crafted rooms and environments. Be showered in confetti by candy-coated unicorn pigs, or swim in a pool of 300,000 marshmallows! Discover the sweets of Candytopia with 9 samples of candy items throughout the experience. Multiple timeslots available each day. Tickets start at $23. Closed on Tuesdays in May and June. See website for more information. Through July 31. 8021 Walnut Hill Lane Suite 2000, Dallas www.showclix.com/event/ candytopiadal Dinos at the Dallas Zoo 9am-5pm ZooNorth transforms into a prehistoric jungle with over two dozen larger-than-life dinosaurs waiting to be discovered. This exhibit extends throughout ZooNorth, and you’ll learn how dinosaurs are connected to the animals you see here at the zoo and what part you play in their survival. All activities are included in general admission: $17 adults; $14 children ages 3–11; free for children 2 and younger and for Dallas Zoo members. Through September 2. 650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas www. dallaszoo.com/exhibits-experiences/dinos-at-the-dallas-zoo

THURSDAY 2 Cool Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm Cool Thursdays is Dallas’ only concert series overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake. Guests can bring picnics and

beverages or purchase food from some of DFW’s favorite food trucks. Tonight’s performance: Rocket Man, Elton John tribute. Single tickets: $21 adult members; $31 adult nonmembers; $10 children ages 3–12. 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas www. dallasarboretum.org

FRIDAY 3 Zorro the Musical 7:30-9pm Zorro the Musical retells the dramatic tale of a romantic hero with spectacular sword-fighting and incredible magic – all set to the famous red-hot Gipsy King beat brought to the stage with the authentic colors of traditional flamenco. Through May 11. Tickets from $16. 444 E Pipeline Rd, Hurst www.artisanct.com The Island of the Skog 7:30-9p Based on the book The Island of the Skog by Steven Kellogg, the best laid plans of mice and well, Skog, are upended in this lively musical adventure that navigates land and sea. Recommended for ages 3 and older. Tickets from $17. Through May 25. 5938 Skillman St, Dallas www.dct.org/plays

SATURDAY 4 Cinco de Mayo 10am-5pm Traders Village will be celebrating Mexico’s 1862 victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla, now called Cinco de Mayo. There will be live music and fun on three different stages on May 4th and 5th. There will be a full afternoon of entertainment and live bands on both days. Free. $4

Parking. 2602 Mayfield Rd, Grand Prairie www.tradersvillage.com Cottonwood Art Festival 10am-7pm Now in its 50th year, Cottonwood Art Festival is a semi-annual event featuring works by more than 240 artists. Stroll through the park, shop for art, enjoy live music and entertainers, food and drinks, and the ArtStop Children’s Area. Free. Through May 5. 1321 W Belt Line Rd, Richardson www.cottonwoodartfestival.com May the Fourth Be With You Celebration May4-5 Celebrate the power of the Force with special activities, films, performances, character meet and greets and treats! This two-day event is an opportunity to dress in costume and connect with the light and dark sides of the Force. Activities are free with general admission. 2201 N Field St, Dallas www.perotmuseum.org Safari Nights 7pm The Safari Nights concert series is back again for another rockin’ summer. Original artists and tribute bands will fill the park with music for 11 consecutive Saturday nights. Safari Nights is included with admission, so you can see more than 2,000 animals during the day, then enjoy the concert and after-hours programming at night. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Through July 6. 650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas www.dallaszoo.com

SUNDAY 5 Cinco de Mayo Parade 1-3pm Marching bands, dancers, floats, special guests and DJs on


every block are all part of the festivities at the Dallas Cinco de Mayo festival presented by the Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts.  Shops, restaurants and vendors along Jefferson and beyond will offer samplings, discounts, games, prizes and more. There will be free tailgating and parking available. Parade runs along Jefferson Blvd in Oak Cliff. www.oakcliffart.org/dallas-cincode-mayo-.html

MONDAY 6 Away from the White House – Presidential Retreats 9am-5pm Come see this special exhibit exploring presidential retreats. These four featured retreats – Camp David in Frederick County, MD, Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, TX, LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, TX, and Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport, ME – will reveal how U.S. presidents have used these retreats for work, rejuvenation, and rest. $19 general admission; free for members. Through 10/7. George W. Bush Presidential Center, 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas www. bushcenter.org

THURSDAY 9 Cool Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm Cool Thursdays is Dallas’ only concert series overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake. Guests can bring picnics and beverages or purchase food from some of DFW’s favorite food trucks. Tonight’s performance: Limelight Band, an Emerald City party band. Single tickets: $21 adult members; $31 adult nonmembers; $10 children ages 3–12. 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas www.dallasarboretum.org

FRIDAY 10 Crafternoon 4:30-5:30pm Join us for an afternoon of unstructured crafting. We provide supplies, you provide your creativity and imagination! Best for ages 5 and up. Audelia Branch Library, 10045 Audelia Road, Dallas www.dallaslibrary.librarymarket.com/crafternoon-208

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First Tuesdays at Dallas Museum of Art 11am-2pm First Tuesday programming is specifically designed for children ages five and under, but all ages are welcome. Enjoy thematic art-making activities, story times, performances, and gallery activities. Free activities with DMA regular admission. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood Dallas www.dma.org

Lone Star Bark 2:35-6pm Enjoy a dog-friendly day at the races at the annual Lone Star Bark event at the racetrack. In addition to Thoroughbred racing, there will be dog races, animal rescue organizations, pet friendly vendors and giveaways for every dog. The Family Fun Park will be open with bounce houses and other fun attractions for kids. Dogs are free, but must be pre-registered. 1000 Lone Star Pkwy, Grand Prairie www.lonestarpark.com/events/ lone-star-bark

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SUNDAY 12

AT&T Byron Nelson 8am-7pm The AT&T Byron Nelson is one of North Texas’ biggest sports attractions and most anticipated social events of the spring. For the second year, the event will be held at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas. Practice round day. Free admission for all guests today. 5000 S Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas www. attbyronnelson.org

Mother’s Day Concert with Butterfly Release 12:30pm and 2:30pm Two concerts conclude with a live butterfly release in the 2-story butterfly habitat. Complimentary family photos available in the lobby with on-site photographer between 1:30–2:30pm. 12:30pm performance is tailored for families with young children, with new programming (50 minutes).

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2:30pm performance follows traditional crowd-favorite format (60 minutes). General admission seating: $10 child; $25 adults. 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas www.txdg.org

School & Sachse High School – Jazz Ensembles; May 23: Texas Instruments Jazz Band. Free. Downtown Garland Square www. garlandtx.gov/gov/lq/parks/rec/ events/jazz_on_the_square.asp

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Marine Military Academy Presentation 7pm. May 13-May 15. Come and learn more about our school and camp for boys ages 11-18 in Harlingen, TX. Event is at The Westin Dallas Park Central, 12720 Merit Dr 972-385-3000. MMA-TX.org/ SummerCamp 956-423-6006. See ad in this issue.

Pinocchio Come along as mischievous Pinocchio embarks on a whirlwind quest to become a real boy. With its phenomenal costuming and innovative choreography,  Performances accompanied by the Dallas Opera Orchestra and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Tickets from $25. Through May 19. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St, Dallas www. attpac.org

TUESDAY 14 The Art of the Brick 10am-5pm Discover your inner architect in the hands-on, interactive Lego brick gallery, with building challenges, games, and open play spaces. $7 for members; $10 plus general admission for non-members. Through August 18.Perot Museum, 2201 N Field St, Dallas www.perotmuseum.org/brick/index.html

WEDNESDAY 15 Garland Jazz in the Square 7-9pm Experience a laid back, relaxing evening in beautiful downtown Garland while sipping coffee and soaking in the soothing sounds of jazz. Chairs and blankets welcome. May 16: Garland High School & Sachse High School – Jazz Ensembles; May 23: Texas Instruments Jazz Band. Free. Downtown Garland Square www. garlandtx.gov/gov/lq/parks/rec/ events/jazz_on_the_square.asp

THURSDAY 16 Garland Jazz in the Square 7-9pm Experience a laid back, relaxing evening in beautiful downtown Garland while sipping coffee and soaking in the soothing sounds of jazz. Chairs and blankets welcome. May 16: Garland High

SATURDAY 18 Candytopia Explore the sprawling sanctuary of confectionary bliss, with 14 carefully curated and crafted rooms and environments. Be showered in confetti by candy-coated unicorn pigs, or swim in a pool of 300,000 marshmallows! Discover the sweets of Candytopia with 9 samples of candy items throughout the experience. Multiple timeslots available each day. Tickets start at $23. Closed on Tuesdays in May and June. See website for more information. Through July 31. 8021 Walnut Hill Lane Suite 2000, Dallas www.showclix.com/event/ candytopiadal

SUNDAY 19 Sensory Sundays at Crayola Experience Plano 9-11am Join this special morning designed for kids and families with sensory needs to experience the arts and craft activities. Guests get exclusive access to the entire 60,000-square-foot attraction. The attraction is open to everyone at 11am. Lights will be dimmed, no music, and quiet rooms available. Included with general admission: $21.99 plus tax per person. Online price $19.99. Free for 2 and younger. 6121 W Park Blvd Suite A100, Plano www.crayolaexperience.com/plano

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TIME OUT Birthdays

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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Celebrate the Children 9am-5pm Guests can interact with beautiful, hand-crafted bronze sculptures of children, which are displayed throughout the garden. In the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, there are experiments and fun learning activities daily. General admission: $15 adults; $10 children 3–12. Through Oct. 31. 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/gary-lee-price

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 7:30-9pm Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. Lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.. Tickets from $16. Through June 29. 444 E Pipeline Rd, Hurst www.artisanct.com

The Art of the Brick 10am-5pm The Art of the Brick is a critically acclaimed traveling exhibition comprising the world’s largest and most elaborate display of pieces constructed using only Lego bricks. $7 for members; $10 plus general admission for non-members. Through August 18.Perot Museum, 2201 N Field St, Dallas www.perotmuseum. org/brick/index.html

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Baby Basics Storytime 11am-12pm Babies and their caregivers are invited to learn simple rhymes, sing songs, and read books designed to stimulate infants. Suggested ages: 0 - 18 months. 9480 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas www.dallaslibrary. librarymarket.com/baby-basics-storytime-671

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Zaryn \ 9 May 11

The Lightning Thief – The Percy Jackson Musical 7:30pm The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. Nominated for 3 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, The Lightning Thief is “mesmerizing” and proves “lightning can strike twice!” Tickets from $29. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street, Dallas www.attpac. org/on-sale/2019/the-lightning-thief

Scarborough Renaissance Festival 10am-7pm Here you will discover a 35-acre recreation of an English village with a festival of entertainment, artisans, food, magic and merriment.. See the website for ticket information and for the daily schedule of events. Advance discount tickets are available at srfestival.com. Through May 27. 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie www.srfestival.com

WEDNESDAY 22 Allison \ 5 May 14

Bowen \ 5 May 15

Toddler Storytime 11-11:45am Practice the skills you need to be ready to read. Hear stories, sing songs, jump around and learn! Suggested ages: 18 months to 3 years old. Audelia Branch Library, 10045 Audelia Road, Dallas www.dallaslibrary.librarymarket.com/toddler-storytime-1157

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Eesha \ 7 May 27

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Cool Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm Cool Thursdays is Dallas’ only concert series overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake. Guests can bring picnics and beverages or purchase food from some of DFW’s favorite food trucks. The gardens are open to stroll through before the concert. Tonight’s performance: Bruce in the USA, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band. Single tickets: $21 adult members; $31 adult nonmembers; $10 children ages 3–12. 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas www. dallasarboretum.org

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SUNDAY 26 Memorial Day Music Fest 2-6pm Meet on the lawn at Klyde Warren Park comes alive with the park’s first-ever music festival. Between performances, explore vendor booths, play in the family game zone, have your face painted and feast on bites from our famous food trucks. Free. 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas www. klydewarrenpark.org/Things-To-Do/ events/memorial-day-music-fest.html

MONDAY 27 Memorial Day Train 1-5:45pm Step back in time with a nostalgic ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad for a special Memorial Day Train ride to the Fort Worth Stockyards and back. The 21-mile trip rolls at a leisurely pace and is perfect for the entire family. Tickets start at $18. Special rates are available for service members and their families. 707 S Main St, Grapevine www.grapevinetexasusa.com

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THURSDAY 30 Cool Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm Cool Thursdays is Dallas’ only concert series overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake. Guests can bring picnics and beverages or purchase food from some of DFW’s favorite food trucks. Tonight’s performance: The Motowners, a tribute to the history of Motown. Single tickets: $21 adult members; $31 adult nonmembers; $10 children ages 3–12. 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas www. dallasarboretum.org

FRIDAY 31 Taste Addison 6-11pm A North Texas legend since 1993, Taste Addison dishes out the best food and flavor with a healthy side of jam. The region’s original food festival continues to deliver Addison’s favorite eateries, national music artists, and activities for the whole family with a three-day menu of fun, May 31 - June 2, 2019. $15, Kids $5, Free for 5 and under. 4950 Addison Circle Drive, Addison www.tasteaddisontexas.com/about-us


FUN STUFF

HOW DO YOU KNOW YOUR MOM LOVES YOU?

HOW DO YOU SHOW YOUR MOM YOU LOVE HER?

Part One

Part Two

• Because she always hugs on me. — Amy, age 5 • Well, she hugs me and takes me to the park. She probably wouldn’t do that if she didn’t love me. — Kat, age 6 • If she can do something to make me or my brother happy she does it. But we say thank you, my dad said you should always say thank you to your mom. — James, age 7 • She told me so! — Caleb, age 4 • My mom is always there if I want to talk to her, and she listens even though maybe what I’m saying isn’t that interesting. — Katie, age 10 • She makes us breakfast every day, even if she isn’t hungry and doesn’t want anything to eat. — John, age 6 • Because that’s what moms are supposed to do! — Kaitlyn, age 7

• I make her pictures with me and her and lots of hearts because hearts mean lots of love if you draw them over the heads. — Shania, age 4 • I like to do stuff for her. Like if she is tired I might bring her a pillow and a blanket. — Marcus, age 6 • Sometimes I make my bed. She seems to get really happy about that. Don’t ask me why. — Kenneth, age 7 • I remind my dad to get her flowers when he goes to the store. She always says, “THANK YOU!!!” when we do that because it’s not even her birthday or anything. — Jeffrey, age 6

GOTTA LOVE ‘EM I took my 4 year old daughter to the doctor because her tummy was upset. The doctor told me, “Looks like she picked up a little virus somewhere.” She looked at me with big eyes and said, “I bet I got it from daddy’s computer!”

Off Beat Holidays TO FIGURE OUT IF SOMETHING IS EVENLY DIVISIBLE BY… • 2> – The number must end in an even number. Therefore, 148 and 236 are, but 257 is not. • 3> - The sum of the digits are divisible by 3. Therefore, 357 is (3+5+7=15) and 243 is (2+4+3=9), but 245 is not (2+4+5=11) • 5> - The number ends in 5 or 0. Therefore 100 is, but 103 is not. • 9> - The sum of the digits are divisible by 9. Therefore, 3960 is (3+9+6+0=18) but 4291 is not (4+2+9+1=16).

to celebrate in May May 3: Hug Your Cat Day May 4: Star Wars Day May 5: Cinco de Mayo

May 6: National Nurses Day May 9: National Lost Sock Memorial Day May 10: Clean Up Your Room Day

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WHOLESOME ENDING

Your living space

THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME GO AHEAD, CLICK THOSE RED SHOES Your living space should be a relaxing retreat from the stress of everyday life. According to sensory science, the notion of the home as a sanctuary is helpful for you to find that the environment you create has a big impact on your outlook and sense of well-being; from the pictures you have on your walls to the pillows on your couch. These influences can have a great impact on your mood and attitude. Any change you make could nourish your senses and turn your home into a healing haven.

SOOTHED BY MUSIC

Relaxing with music 30 minutes a day can lower the stress hormone cortisol better than relaxing in silence; and including some deep breathing while listening to music can ease anxiety as effectively as a massage! — Group Health Research Institute in Seattle

AFTER YOU COLOR

LONG LIVE ONIONS

In Ancient Egypt the onion was revered as a symbol for eternity, due to its circle-withina-circle shape just inside its skin. Sulfur compounds thin your blood and lower blood pressure. The quercetin in onions helps to prevent oxidation of bad cholesterol and defends against cancer and cataracts. To gain maximum quercetin, choose red onions, then yellow, then white.

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Wait 48 hours to shampoo. Dye molecules need time to set into strands. When you are ready to wash, choose a shampoo for color treated hair, which contains gentler detergents. Rinse with tepid water. Hot water expands the cuticle, which will lead to fading.


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