Amanda Lauro

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Amanda is a co-sleeping, wine drinking, homeschool teaching, Bravo/HGTV watching, wife/mom/step mom. She married her fun hacker husband, Tony, almost 9 years ago and became a stepmom to 2 really cool kids, Nick and Izzy. Then she had 2 more cool kids - Miles and Natalie. Recently moved back to Dallas (from Frisco), Amanda and family can't get enough of urban living. Check out her blog at Miles Away From Suburbia.  All the pictures she posts of her kids on IG. And all the dinners she'll never make on Pinterest.  

Summer Reading for Moms from the DMB Contributors

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Now that summer is here, we all need at least one new good book to throw in our pool/beach (wishful thinking) bag!  But between a home reno that will never end, homeschooling, a hubby who...

5 Favorite Kid-Friendly Patios in Dallas

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The days are longer and the sun is out... oh hello Spring, I've missed you!  And during spring, is there anything better then finding the perfect patio to meet up with friends, feed the...

Sometimes I Make 4 Different Meals for Dinner

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Hopefully some of you can commiserate.  While the rest of you are probably shaking your head at me as you read this.  But it's very true, I find myself making 3 or 4 different...

Stepparenting 101 — Things I’ve Learned as a Stepmom

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Much like being a mom, being a stepmom is full of self doubt, questioning your every decision, having no idea what you are doing, and feeling like you're failing while simultaneously hoping for the...

Have a Family Pizza Night at SPIN! Pizza

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A thank you to SPIN! Pizza for hosting our DMB Team for a dinner in order to review their restaurant. All opinions are 100% our own! As cliche as it sounds, this big Italian family...

My Favorite Dallas Area Malls {Rated by Me}

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Mom Confession: I'm that extra kind of crazy person who LOVES going to the mall with my kids for some indoor play. Yup, even during the holiday madness! I love walking around with my...

Happy Holiday Traditions — Making Sugar Cookies With My Kids

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It all seemed like such a lovely idea as I was walking (alone) through Target yesterday.  The display of holiday sugar cookies screamed at me "mother of the year" and "holiday memories to last...

Creative Gift Ideas for the LEGO® Maniac at Dallas Bricks

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This post has been sponsored by Dallas Bricks. All opinions are our own! Hi!  My name is Amanda and I have a LEGO problem/addiction.  My son's room is running out of space for them and the...

7 Things to Pack for Travel With Kids

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Buckle up moms!  We are currently full speed ahead to Thanksgiving and the holiday season.  For a lot of families, that's means traveling with the kids to visit family for turkey dinners, traditions, shopping...

An Ode To My Texas Fall Favorites

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The days are getting shorter Pumpkin Spice is EVERYWHERE Mornings are finally chilly (a bit) And it's time for the Texas State Fair   Sea Salted Caramel Latte for me Spicy Pumpkin Soup (Spiked) Apple Cider Pine cone Pinterest crafts I'll never...

Don’t Smile — Two Magic Words to Make Your Kids Happy

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The other day I was talking with my 24 year old nephew.  He was upset about some family stuff and the conversation was getting pretty heavy.  We both paused.  Then I looked at him...

Prepping for our School Year – Homeschool Edition – How to Pick Curriculum

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I'd be lying if I said I wasn't jealous of all the moms picking out adorable backpacks with matching lunchboxes and *the* outfit for the first day of school.  I know "the grass is...