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Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Weekend Edition: Dallas Trendy Moms

What: Great Wolf Lodge Labor Day Luau
Enjoy great music and great food poolside as you relax this Labor Day weekend at Great Wolf Lodge. You don't need to travel to Hawaii this weekend to experience a professional luau!

When: Saturday & Sunday - August 30 & 31 - 11am - 7pm

Where: Great Wolf Lodge, Racoon Lagoon

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

You've Got Mail

What kid doesn't love getting the mail? We've been searching for a little mailbox that appeals to the younger crowd...and we've found a great one. Check out this one designed by Melissa & Doug - you can find it at Oliebollin. They've also got lots of other cool toys for kids - so browse around once you're there - start getting those ideas for Christmas (I know it's August...but time flies with kids!)

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Her First Set of Heels

We seriously cannot get over these adorable little shoes! Got a baby shower to go to in the next few months? We DEFINITELY suggest picking up some of these Heelarious Heels for the baby - you will have the best gift - we PROMISE! With six different baby heels to choose from you're sure to find one that will make you smile :) Fits infants 0-6 months.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Weekend Guide: Dallas Trendy Moms

What: Fall Mommy Series

Join other savvy mommies to discuss 'Healthy Mommy', 'Fall Looks at Every Price', 'Teaching Your Children to be Financially Savvy', and 'Dispelling the Supermom Myth!'

When: Friday, August 29th {11am-1pm}

Where: At LFT, 2350 Victory Park LaneDallas, Texas 75219

Cost: Free & Complimentary Childcare will be provided by A Child 'N Play {please note that while this event is FREE - you must register online}

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Security Must...

This small and affordable, $3.95, finger printing kit is something all parents should own! Get one for each of your kids to have handy in case the unthinkable happens. There is even a DNA kit included....we hope you will never need to use it after you fill it out - but we'd hate for you to lose precious time should you need it and not have it. You can find this at Leaps&Bounds.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Too Cool for School...

So we've heard a lot of moms talking recently about getting ready to send the kids back to school...and labels keeps coming up. So we thought we'd scour the internet searching for the trendiest labels we could find...b/c if you're gonna subject your kid to labels on their clothing/backpacks/lunch containers, had better do it in style --- or there might be some snickering involved {and not from your kid}

For Backpacks and lunch totes we found - Sunny Day Tags

and for everything else like notebooks, binders, books, etc - ToodlesDoodles

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Weekend Edition: Dallas Trendy Moms

What: Baby & Me Expo + Radio Disney - Whether you're planning a family, expecting a baby, or alrady enjoying the challenges of parenting, this is for you! Don't miss this unique event that is all about babies and toddlers and the families that love them! You'll learn about the newest trends in baby care and baby products, find out the latest on pregnancy and childbirth and enjoy fashion presentations for kids and moms-to-be. There will also be fun activities for the kids, prize giveaways, and more. You can even learn infant CPR while you're there! Click on the photo above to see the schedule of events.

When: Saturday, August 16th 10am-4pm

Where: The Shops at Willow Bend - food court

Cost: Free

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Lock Up Those Meds!

Don't be caught later wishing you had done just that.

In 2006, unintentional poisoning caused about 703,702 emergency department (ED) visits (CDC 2008).
Almost 25% of these unintentional ED visits resulted in hospitalization or transfer to another facility (CDC 2008).
In 2006, poison control centers reported about two million unintentional poisoning or poison exposure cases (Bronstein et al. 2007).

Leaps and Bounds has this great little box that keeps your meds locked up and out of the hands of your kids. $16.95

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Back to School - Some in Need

During times of economic uncertainty - non-essential items such as school supplies are usually the first to go. Many children will go to school this year without any school supplies. If you would like to help - contact your local arm of The Salvation Army. They would love any donations you could provide. Put a smile on a kid's face ~ the first day of school is already an uneasy time for many kids ~ equip them with some supplies and alleviate the extra anxiety that accompanies going to school with nothing.

The Winner of the Frog and The Princess $50 gift certificate is: Jenny G, who said, "I like the Herringbone Tweed Hobo Woodrose diaper bag!" Congrats Jenny! You should be receiving an email shortly!

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Add Some Glam to Your Shots!

So we know you kid lovin' mama's out there are glued to your cameras - just waiting to catch little cutie doing something for the first time or something that should forever be remembered and posted on the family blog. Well, since you spend so much time with your trusty camera - why not spice it up a little bit? We found this great little online store, My Funky Camera that has some great straps! Check them out! They'll make you one trendy camera weilding mama!

And remember only one more day to enter the Frog and the Princess Giveaway --- see above for the link!

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Weekend Edition: Dallas Trendy Moms


Where: American Airlines Center

When: This weekend (Friday - Sunday) multiple showtimes

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You can purchase tickets here:

We NEED you - our readers in other cities --- we are looking for editors to join our team and write weekend editions for the following cities - send an email to for more information!

Austin * Atlanta * San Francisco * New York * Houston * Boston * Chicago * Miami * Philidelphia * Seattle * Charlotte, NC * Boulder * San Diego * Nashville

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Ribbit, Ribbit - did someone say bathtime?

Tired of the plastic toys all over the tub? Especially if you have an older kid who shares the tub with your 3 year old. I'm sure your preteen would really appreciate not stepping on that squirty duck toy each morning. Why not try this oh so cute (and functional we might add) Frog Pod. You can scoop, rinse, and store your kids bath toys in this cute little froggy. They've thought of everything - you can even store your shampoo and bodywash in the little compartment on the back. Ribbit Ribbit! We found it for $21 at --- so don't pay $39 at Walmart for this little guy!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

HELP! Potty Training! AHHH! the time has come...the dreaded potty training...SIGH

Should you skip the toddler potty and go straight to using the adult toilet? And if you do use a toddler potty - where do you find one and which one should you get? Ahhh, the joys of motherhood or fatherhood for this matter! We certainly don't have the answers....but if you do decide to use a toddler potty - we've got a couple in mind.

All of these can be found at Target.

Peter L. Stavinoha, Ph.D., is a Clinical Neuropsychologist in the Center for Pediatric Psychiatry at Children's Medical Center of Dallas and Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stavinoha completed a residency in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Stavinoha was named a University of Notre Dame Scholar and was awarded a University of Texas Fellowship. He was named Distinguished Psychologist for 2005 by the Dallas Psychological Association. Dr. Stavinoha specializes in the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional aspects of developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury in children. He is also an expert in general parenting, and is a regular guest on WFAA-TV's Good Morning Texas where he gives parenting advice about common issues facing children and families. He has recently written a book called, Stress Free Potty Training.
For more information on this new book ~ check out this website,

Here is a snipet from his recent appearance on Good Morning Texas where he discussed his view on Stress Free Potty Training

Potty training is one of many developmental tasks through which we as parents must guide our children. Successful potty training means more than just no more diapers – it is a developmental milestone for a child and an important accomplishment for parents. Potty training is a time when many parents first begin to realize that their children are their own person and do not necessarily share their parents’ desires or agenda. How parents approach this important parenting task can set the stage for how parents will deal with their children regarding many rites of passage throughout childhood. Parents who are in the midst of potty training their toddler soon learn, if they don’t already know, that their child has a mind of his/her own. Parents also quickly learn that they cannot really “control” their child’s potty training. This can be a frustrating and even stressful realization as parents look forward to the next 18 (or more!) years of their child’s development. However, if parents learn to approach potty training in a thoughtful manner and recognize that parents influence, but do not control, child development, then parents and child alike will be able to tackle this developmental challenge in a manner that sets the stage for effective and successful parent guidance throughout their child’s development.

When considering how to best influence the process of potty training, it is important to recognize that every child is unique and individual, and there is not a one-size-fits-all approach. This is an important lesson for parents to learn early on, as it applies to practically every aspect of parenting. One of the things that makes our children unique is their budding personality. Even during the earliest stages of childhood, children show characteristics of temperament and developing personality that are important to consider when making decisions about any parenting issue, including potty training.

Regardless of temperament, parents are setting up a no-win situation if they try to start the process of potty training before the child is ready. Readiness can be broken down into physical readiness (i.e., the child has the fine and gross motor skill necessary to use the potty), cognitive readiness (i.e., the child understands the sequence and concepts involved in using the potty), and emotional readiness (i.e., the child has the desire and confidence to try). Even when a child is ready, parents need to remember that readiness is not the same as willingness – when it comes to potty training, parents cannot do all the work – the child has to participate! Stress Free Potty Training discusses ways to facilitate the process of potty training for your individual child to make it as easy and stress free as possible.

In Stress-Free Potty Training, parents are introduced to five temperament types – The Goal Directed Child, The Sensory-Oriented Child, The Internalizer, the Impulsive Child, and The Strong Willed Child. If a parent determines that their child seems ready for potty training, then awareness of that child’s temperament helps guide the process. Regardless of temperament there are a number of strategies that are useful with any child who is nearing potty training – we call these Universal Strategies. These include strategies such as role modeling potty behavior, practice time on the potty, and time spent without clothes (a strategy we call Nakedtime) to demystify the process of elimination. After the Universal Strategies, a menu of temperament-specific strategies is provided that take advantage of specific characteristics to enhance the potty training process. Stress-Free Potty Training also provides guidance in terms of strategies to avoid with certain temperament types.

Recognizing that there is no cookbook or step-by-step parenting approach that will be successful with every child, Stress-Free Potty Training provides parents with more than just guidance to help their child learn to use the toilet. It provides a model for thoughtful parenting to help children through the many developmental challenges that they will face throughout childhood.

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Monday, August 4, 2008

The Trendy Mommy Launch Party 2008

Hi Everyone -We’ve got some exciting news! Due to the growth and popularity of The Trendy Mommy Blog over the past year we've decided to launch a true website,!

We're busy working on the website…It is proving to be a rather large task - finding great new products to feature, photos of nurseries and big kid rooms, researching great activities, and a whole lot more - but progress is being made and we're so excited about it!

We plan to launch the site in mid-September - we'll let you know the actual date in a few weeks ---- but boy oh boy is it going to be fun.

We have a mega Launch Party scheduled and are going to be giving away TONS of great stuff! So get ready, tell your friends and anticipate all that is to come!

In the meantime, we'll continue on here with business as normal with our daily posts Mon-Weds and The Weekend Edition on Thursday (for Dallas only - sorry other cities - your day is coming - we promise!!!). Your feedback is appreciated - after all, the goal for is to be a valuable source of information and a timesaver to all you Trendy Mommies out there who want the best information fast without having to search for it!

We're also looking for a few talented Trendy Mommies to write The Weekend Edition for the following cities:

1. Atlanta

2. Austin

3. San Francisco

4. New York

5. Houston

6. Boston

7. Chicago

8. Miami

9. Philidelphia

10. Seattle

11. Charlotte, NC

12. Boulder

13. San Diego

14. Nashville

So if you can write {well} and are always in the know about what's going on in your city for the kidos - shoot us an email at, let us know where you live and we'll get you more information on this opportunity to become one of our city editors! Please note that pay will be VERY limited in the beginning - but on the flip side the time requirement will also be limited --- email us if you're interested.

Thanks so much and stay tuned for details about the Launch Party and the mega giveaways!

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