Samanda Miller

Samanda is a native Oregonian who moved to Texas after college. She did not plan to stay in DFW very long, but met her soulmate at work and decided to stick around. She is married to Kendall, a Dallas native, and they live in Rowlett with their two daughters: Sydney (age 9) and Kara (age 7). Samanda earned her M.Ed. from TCU, and she and her husband are both educators. When she is not shuttling kids to soccer, Samanda enjoys shopping, working out, trying new restaurants and naps.

A Guide to Weighted Blankets

Weighted blankets are everywhere right now, and they have been hyped up to solve a litany of ailments. No longer relegated to the world of occupational therapy, weighted blankets are now being used by...

Four Easy Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season!

Whew! 2020 is almost in the rearview mirror. Unfortunately, though, the last part of the year usually brings the most stress and that stress is typically centered around the holidays. Between planning for holiday...

TED Talks for Kids

I love TED Talks! In 18 minutes or less, I can learn about the latest scientific breakthrough, learn about the science of sleep, become an expert on climate change, or take a crash course...

The Back to “Middle” School Manual for Moms

Middle School is tricky in a normal year, and the added stress of starting in the middle of a global pandemic has altered our expectations of what this school year will bring. Middle school...

(Re) Opening Day! Activities to Celebrate the Return of Baseball

There’s nothing like a visit to the ballpark, the crack of the bat, or chowing down on hot dogs while listening to Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Our family usually attends at least...

National Nurses Week :: Why We Celebrate {and how businesses are saying thank you}

If there’s anything the COVID-19 virus outbreak has taught us, it’s that nurses are essential. Actually essential just doesn’t seem to be a big enough word to describe nurses and the work they do....
speech therapy

Online Resources for Speech Therapy

COVID-19 has changed everything and everyone. School is canceled. Parents are now teachers. Teachers work from home. And millions of children are adjusting to life without school. Like many other families, my child receives speech...
World Down Syndrome Day

Celebrating the Lucky Few :: World Down Syndrome Day!

On March 21, people everywhere will celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. This day is set aside to learn more about individuals living with Down Syndrome (or Trisomy 21), the contributions they've made to society,...

Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Love this Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air! It is February, after all. If you’re like me, you're frantically trying to figure out how to plan a meaningful Valentine’s Day for your loved ones (and also an...

Have you Appreciated a Dragon Lately? Dragon-Themed Recs for All Ages

Dragons are having a moment. Move over unicorns, because dragons have taken the top spot for most popular mythological creature. You can thank J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books and the How to Train your...