Carla Meadows

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I'm a North Dallas wife and mother of two slightly over-scheduled teen girls and a happily overweight golden retriever. Living between the pulse of the city and tranquility of the burbs makes it easy to take weekly jaunts throughout the community in search of an interesting story lead, or just a good cup of coffee. Although I grew up in Oklahoma City, I've called Texas home for nearly 20 years. I guess that means I have dual citizenship on both sides of the Red River. When I'm not carpooling, I spend most of my time assisting a variety of nonprofits, schools and civic organizations in marketing and public relations throughout North Texas. My family and I recently returned from an epic 4,000-mile road trip, which is like driving further than Dallas to Honolulu. The experienced inspired me to write about building intentional family moments through the wonders of travel around town and across the U.S. in my blog, Mommy's Minivan Monologues I'm delighted to join Dallas Moms Blog and I'm excited to have you join me as I continue to discover the DFW area and share more tales from the road.

Winning the Great Thanksgiving Food Debate One Bite at a Time

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  It’s Thanksgiving and that means it’s almost time for Game Day. I’m not talking about the Thanksgiving Day football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Chargers. This competition is much more fierce. That’s...

10 Travel Hacks That Will Save Your Summer Road Trip

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Now that summertime is around the corner, it's time to let the sunshine in by planning one of the hottest vacations this year—The Great American Family Road Trip. Early May is the perfect time...
spring break staycation

Spring Break Staycation Ideas for Teens and Tweens

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Although spring break season is here, you might not be willing to “spring” for an expensive vacation. A spring break staycation is a great way to get out and explore locally. You can finally...

How To :: Create Spooktacular Halloween Family Fun

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Halloween has always been somewhat of a national holiday around our house. We go full throttle on the spooky décor, our Far North Dallas neighborhood turns into “Scare City Central,” and we always get...

New Food Finds at the State Fair of Texas

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After months of telling your kids to eat their veggies, there’s an occasion to throw caution to the wind and let them enjoy a “sometimes treat” of deep fried delicacies that are only available...

Create a Grand Celebration on Grandparents’ Day

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When I became a new mother, I thought one of the greatest joys was holding my newborns and watching them coo and cuddle all swaddled up and gently nestled beside me. I soon discovered that...
Activities for the Solar Eclipse in Dallas

Family-Fun Activities to Celebrate the Solar Eclipse

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Although your mother probably told you to never look directly at the sun with your naked eye, I’m sure skywatchers across the U.S. will be fixated on the that big bright star Monday, August...

Skratch Harnesses Power of Dallas Teens and Offers Gigs to Earn Summer Cash

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This post has been sponsored by Skratch to bring you information about this Dallas-based small business. All opinions are 100% our own! Although July welcomes a more relaxed pace and long lazy days at the...

Summer Blueberry Picking Guide for Dallas Day Trip

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Now that we’re heading into Memorial Day, that means June is just around the corner and the official kickoff to summer. It’s not only time to take in the sites of summer, but also relish...

Take Kids on a Safari of Art & Activities at the New ZimSculpt Exhibit

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Although I’m a road trip travel buff, I’ve longed to take my kids abroad on an exciting African safari.  The kind where you get to soak up the culture and customs among diverse wildlife...