Leslie Bartula

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Leslie graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she met her husband, Matt. After living in Chicago (and its suburbs) for 10 years, they relocated to DFW and have lived in Richardson since 2016. She is a stay-at-home mama to three boys (May 2014, February 2016, and October 2021), one girl (July 2018), and a crazy pup. She spends her free time running, reading, cooking, gardening, and adding projects to their home improvement list. You can catch her with a cup of coffee in her hands (or being reheated in her microwave) all day long. Follow along on Instagram @villa_villebartula.
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5 Benefits of Participating in Team Sports in Early Elementary

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In addition to the obvious benefits of exercise and teamwork, my husband and I discovered five additional benefits of participating in team sports in early elementary school.
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10 Ideas to Start Reading More

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Over the last few years, I've managed to fit a lot more reading into my life, even with new babies, all the kid activities, and trying to maintain our home. Here are my best tips!
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Eat Like a Hobbit for Hobbit Day (September 22)

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This month marks 85 years since The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien was first published. The Hobbit is one of my husband’s favorite books and has become a favorite with my 8- and 6-year-olds as...
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Easy Meal Planning for Back-to-School With Pioneer + A $250 “Day in Dallas” GIVEAWAY

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We fully embraced the laid-back summer at my house this year. The kids stayed up late and slept in late (mostly), we had many pajama days, and I took a long break from meal...
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My Favorite Book Club: Reading With My Son

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I’ve always been a big reader, and as an adult I’ve been part of a book club in some form or another for the last 15 years. I love talking about books with other...
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10 Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops in Dallas

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My ability to parent well (or not-so-well sometimes) is fueled by a heavy dose of caffeine. I make a pretty good cup of coffee at home (see my recipes for homemade coffee creamers post),...
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Neighborhood Favorites: Why We Love East Richardson

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This summer will mark six years of living in DFW. We moved here from Chicago and really didn’t know much about the metroplex or the best places to live. Based on recommendations from a...
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Wholesome Diaper Co: Making Cloth Diapers as Easy as Disposables

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This post has been sponsored by Wholesome Diaper Co. All opinions are 100% our own. Bringing a new baby home can be overwhelming. We live in a world with nearly limitless information at our fingertips....
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center exhibit with kids

Your Guide to Exploring Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center with Kids

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There are a lot of great parks and nature trails in Dallas. (Check out our list of stroller- friendly trails in Dallas.) But about 20 minutes from downtown Dallas lies a wild, remote place...
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Nursing-Friendly Spring Fashion for Mamas

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Affiliate links may be used within this post. The flowers are blooming, the weather is changing (constantly, cause it’s Texas, right?), and I am anxious to be outside! There’s only one problem: none of my...

How to Plant a Kitchen Garden in Dallas: Skip the Store & Grow Your...

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We started our kitchen garden in February of 2020 (you can read my beginners guide to starting a vegetable garden), and I have learned a lot in the last two years of gardening in...
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Pedalheads Bike Camp: Get Your Kids Off the Screens and Head Outdoors!

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This post has been sponsored by Pedalheads. All opinions are 100% our own. My husband and I have always limited screen time in our house. Instead, we try to encourage time outside as much as...