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Karla Hess

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Cooking with Kids :: A Mama’s Guide to What’s Working

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My seven year old probably knows more about cooking now than I knew when I graduated from college. For a variety of reasons, I didn’t learn to cook growing up. I stayed alive through...

Texas-themed Children’s Books

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I've rounded up ten colorful, whimsical, informative Texas-themed children’s books for inspiration and gentle learning. Were you born and raised in Texas? Perhaps you're not from Texas...but Texas loves you anyway? (I'm a big...

Do Me A Favor: Skip the Goody Bags?

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My friend--I'll call her Grace--threw a lovely at-home birthday party for her five-year old. It was one of the best parties I've attended, and it ended unforgettably. As the little guests arrived (all girls in...

Sign Me Up For That! How Busy Kills Us

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Kids activities: I love them! And also: I loathe them. Our kids’ extracurricular activities can cause the wheels to come off the bus. We’re not alone. Talk to any parents of school-aged children, and this...

Six Ways My Natural Births Shaped Me as a Mother

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“Nobody’s going to give you a medal for natural childbirth, Karla. The woman who gives birth without drugs is going to have to take her baby home same as the woman who gets relief...

Nature Centers in DFW :: For Nature-Deficit Disordered Parents and Children

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My family and I moved to the DFW area five and a half years ago for my husband’s job. It all happened very quickly. I’d moved several times before; I considered myself to be...

Why I Took the Facebook App Off My Phone

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Shortly before the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, I deleted the Facebook app from my iPhone. A little too much champagne? No, no. My drink of choice was straight hot chocolate. I was...

Le Theatre de Marionette

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Until last night, if I heard the word “marionette,” I might have thought “Pinocchio,” thanks to Disney. This morning, a few new things come to mind. We took a chance with a Groupon to see...

Step back in time as you countdown to Christmas: Dallas Heritage Village and Log...

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Nostalgia and the holidays go together like hot chocolate and cinnamon sticks. When I discovered family friendly events that combine local history with the beauty and anticipation of the holidays, I found a lovely combination.  Today...

Be present and sleep peacefully.

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Essential, healing sleep. Parents need it. Babies need it. Advice about it is abundant. I’m not going to add to that advice by telling you what worked for me. Instead, I’m going to tell you...

The 2013 Nutcracker Ballet in Dallas-Fort Worth

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My daughter and I's annual holiday tradition of attending The Nutcracker is something we both treasure. If this holiday season is like most, I'll be last-minute gift shopping; however, I'll have our Nutcracker tickets purchased and...

Fall into Free Nights at the Levitt Pavillion

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If you’re interested in a family activity that is free, relaxing, soulful, entertaining, healing, inspiring, and checks “dinner” off your list...I might have something for you! Over the summer, my family fell in love with...