Kathy Riojas-Crespo

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Kathy is a native Texan who has lived in Carrollton since she was 4. She holds a master's degree in counseling from SMU. After 13 years in public education, Kathy traded middle-school hallways for a small office in a private practice. She and her husband, Juan, are raising three children whose ages span from 21 to 4 years old. Following an autism diagnosis of their youngest son, Kathy has prioritized mental and physical health. Nothing prepares you for this news as a parent. Kathy credits her friends, family, faith, Trader Joe's, Orangetheory and the occasional weekend getaway for keeping her fulfilled and sane.
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Teenage Mental Health: Common vs. Concerning Behaviors

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The teenage years can be difficult. And I’m not talking about the parenting piece, I mean being a teenager is sometimes hard. Because we expect the teenage years to be a bit rocky, it’s...
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Raising a Child with Autism: What I Wish I Knew in the Beginning

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Our youngest son was diagnosed with autism so early that I can hardly remember a life before it. While the memories seem spotty, the feelings certainly don’t. Those feelings are still raw and real....
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A Guide to Kid-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Events in Dallas 2022

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There’s no one way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dallas. From family-friendly festivals to events catered specifically for those 21 and up, Dallas has it all. And after several years of shutdowns, I...
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{10 Ikea Hacks} from Mom DIY Experts

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Home is where it all happens these days, from work to school to rest and play. No matter the size of your home, a quick trip to IKEA can transform any space. If your...

My 2022 Texas Travel Bucket List

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My goal for 2022 is to travel more often. More road trips. More experiences. And more memories. But instead of focusing on particular destinations, these Texas travel plans are based on priorities I have...
Newborn Care

Harmony Baby Concierge: The Village Moms Need

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This post has been sponsored by Harmony Baby Concierge. All opinions are 100% our own. They say it takes a village to raise a child. When we welcomed our first son, I was convinced my...

Last-Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas You Can Grab at Target

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I really aspire to be the kind of mom who has her life put together. But I’m not. I told myself that I wouldn’t wait until the last minute to figure out my Elf...

5 Types of Gifts That Are Always In Stock

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This year, gift-giving is going to look much different. I’m replacing boxes with envelopes because if there’s one thing we need less of in my home, is more stuff. Blame the shipping delays. Blame...

Holidays are Hard :: Confessions from a Special Needs Mom

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We secured the kids' costumes months ago. The planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities is almost done. Trust me, I don't operate this way because I want to; I operate this way because I...
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My Favorite Season to Make Memories with My Own Parents

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The only season that really mattered in my childhood home began with F and ended with LL. Not fall, but football. I’m a child of the ’90s. When the glory days of the Dallas Cowboys...

Sorority Recruitment :: 3 Ways to Support Your Daughter

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And just like that, the little girl whose tiny hugs made you melt will be off to college. For thousands of young women, sorority recruitment will be their first official college experience. The house...
Summertime Magic

{microblog} Summertime Magic is for Mommas Too

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Ten years ago, my badge of honor as a mom was proof that my kid was busy and happy, even if I was stressed and exhausted. My summertime plans were her plans because I...