Things to Do for Mother’s Day in Dallas

Mother’s Day is coming up next month! The moms in our lives work so hard and give so much, so it’s important to take a day to make them feel special. Whether you’re celebrating your own mother, a step-mother, the mother of your children, or a friend who is a mom, here are some ideas of wonderful things to do with her.

Yolk

Since Mother’s Day always falls on a Sunday, it’s traditional for many people to take their mom out for brunch. This is always a winning idea, and in Dallas, there’s no better place for brunch than Yolk. This café takes pride in serving creative breakfasts, specialty juices, and their private label coffee in a bright and sunny setting.

Lakeside Park

May is the beginning of picnic season! The weather is warming up, trees and flowers are blooming, and outdoor celebrations are a safe option during COVID-19. A great place to take your mom for a picnic locally is Lakeside Park. The 14-acre park runs alongside Turtle Creek and is beautifully landscaped. It’s truly a lovely spot to relax and enjoy the scenery. After you eat, you can take a stroll on one of the many walking paths that go through the park, and maybe even visit one of its famous teddy bear statues.

Nasher Sculpture Center

If you want something unique to do with your mom, spend your day getting cultured at Nasher Sculpture Center. Both the indoor galleries and the outdoor sculpture garden have reopened to the public with social distancing measure in place, and the center is also offering at-home programming like arts and crafts and performances by local musicians. There’s really something for everyone!  

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

A lot of people get their moms flowers for Mother’s Day – but how about taking her to see thousands of blooming flowers? The Dallas Botanical Gardens are a lovely place to spend Mother’s Day with your special someone. You and your mom will enjoy exploring the 66 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and water features. If you were having trouble deciding between the Sculpture Center and the Botanical Garden, the good news is the gardens have art, too! Beginning May 1st, the exhibit ZimSculpt: Summer of Sculpture will be open. This means there will be 100 exquisite sculpture pieces by Zimbabwean artists placed throughout the gardens.

Petra and the Beast

If your mom is more of the traditional type, you might want to treat her to a classy night out. Consider Petra and the Beast, a New American restaurant serving up experimental dishes. Chef Misti Norris was in the running for the Best Chef: Texas category of the James Beard awards this past year. If you’d rather host your mom at home, you can order a delicious farm-to-table meal for takeout here and then throw down a white tablecloth and some candles to create that classy restaurant vibe.

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Best Car Washes in Dallas, Texas

If you’re looking for a place to wash your car and get the best service for your money, we have a few great suggestions for you in the city of Dallas, Texas. It doesn’t matter if it’s your own car or a rental car, clean or dirty, old or new, whether you’re on vacation or close to home, these car washes and detailers are guaranteed to make your vehicle look like a million bucks. These guys have seen it all. Don’t be afraid to show up with your cookie crumbs, your beach sand, or your toddler’s fast-food mess into the shop. You’ll be amazed at your car’s transformation! Let’s take a closer look at what car washes Dallas has to offer.

First, we recommend Flawless Detail. This shop is so sure they’ll do an excellent job they claim they’ll never have to put another coat of wax on your car. They offer several packages from which to choose, from a basic car wash to interior detail to their “flawless detail”, their most illustrious package, which includes headlight cleaning, an engine wash, and clay bar prep. They even offer cigarette odor removal and paint correction. They also offer mobile service, which means they’ll come to you.

Second, we suggest Best Stop Carwash Auto Detailing Service. All their cars are washed by hand in their shop. They handle vehicles of all types, from sedans to sports cars to trucks, minivans, and full-sized vans. They even clean your engine bay and wheels. Carpets will be vacuumed and shampooed as well. Call or go online for an appointment and to talk to them about specific detailing packages. They’re open seven days a week from 10am to 7pm.

Finally, Tic Tac Detailing might be just the right fit. This shop has been family owned ever since 1995. The owners of Tic Tac Detailing have even invented a few products they use on cars to ensure the greatest clean possible. They handle all kinds of vehicles, including cars, boats, RV’s, trailers, or fleets for businesses, churches, or car dealerships. Pick-ups, SUV’s, sports cars, minivans, full-sized vans, buses, motorcycles, even semi-trucks are all welcome at Tic Tac Detailing. Whatever you drive, come on down! They’ll detail your wheels, your wheel wells, even your engine. Call today to get a quote on your car wash and detail.

If you’d like to save a little money and be done in five minutes or less, you can visit some local drive through car washes as well, such as Carmel Car Wash on Lemmon Ave., Sierra Express Carwash on S. Buckner Blvd., and Tommy Terrific’s Carwash on Forest Ln. In a pinch, these drive through car washes will help keep you looking good until you can get that detailing done.

Wherever you decide to go, your car will be well taken care of. In the great city of Dallas, Texas, you’ll find detailers who truly care about their work and, most importantly, your car. With our recommendations, you’ll be in excellent hands.

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Pet-Friendly Hotels Around Dallas

Those of us with pets know it can be hard to travel. You have to arrange for a pet sitter, spend extra money paying them, stock up on food and supplies before you leave, and deal with guilt for leaving your furry friend behind.

One solution that works well for easy-going or adventurous is bringing them along with you! So, if you’re planning a trip to Dallas and want to (or have to) bring your fur baby along for the ride, you’ll need accommodations that are pet-friendly. To give you a jumpstart, we’ve analyzed a few of the very best hotels and B&Bs in Dallas that accept pets. All are highly rated and we’ve included a variety of options from budget-friendly to luxurious. Read on and choose the one that best serves your needs!

The Westin Dallas Park Central

If you’re looking for the cool factor, look no further than The Westin. This sleek hotel has a stunning lobby and rooms with bright, modern decor. Amenities like the outdoor pool, the fitness center, and pillowtop mattresses ensure you’re in for a comfortable stay. During your stay, dine-in on American fare and handcrafted cocktails at the restaurant in the atrium. Pets can stay for an extra $25 per night and you can have up to two pets (who weigh 40 lbs or less) per room. Just know that leaving your pets unattended in the room is against hotel policy.

Fairmont Dallas

For the ultimate luxury experience, check yourself into Fairmont Dallas. This elegant 4-star hotel prides itself on being “a retreat in the middle of the city.” They create that retreat feel with features like high-end hotel linens and sweeping city views in the rooms, massage treatments (for a fee), and services like evening turndown, grocery shopping, and valet! In fact, given the fitness center, the rooftop pool, a rooftop garden restaurant serving modern American fare, and a Starbucks in the lobby, you’d be happy even if you never left the hotel. There is a $25 fee per pet per day, however, the hotel places no weight limits on pets that are allowed to stay!

Downtown Apartment

If you like doing your own thing, you should rent this downtown Airbnb apartment, where you and your pet will have private access to the whole place! This includes free parking, Wi-Fi, a kitchen, and laundry. You’ll be enjoying a stay in a luxury high-rise building that comes with a ton of amenities. These include a 24-hour fitness center, restaurants on the first floor of the building, and a rooftop pool with a bar, lounge, and lawn games like cornhole and Jenga. The host, Nhi, has earned an impressive 5-star rating for her responsive communication, clean apartment, and unbeatable location.

Airbnb Condo

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly place to stay and don’t mind being a bit outside of downtown, this condo is only $45 and is still located within Dallas city limits. The condo is beautifully furnished with a polished color palette and touches like accent lighting, hardwood floors, and plantation shutters. You’ll have a lovely view and enjoy amenities like laundry, Wi-Fi, TV, a designated parking space, and a kitchen.

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Best Legitimate Places to get Vaccinated near DFW

There are currently three vaccines that have been approved for emergency use by the US government—Pfizer/BioTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.  Depending on what region of the country you live in will determine which brand will be available to you.

If you are considering receiving the vaccine, it is advised that you look around for a distribution center and make an appointment.  Many of the centers that are administering the vaccine do require patients to have an appointment ahead of time.

Places To Receive The Vaccine

When looking to receive the COVID vaccine, you can contact the local public health department to set up an appointment. 

Dallas County Health and Human Services

2377 N Stemmons Fwy

Dallas, TX 75207

214.819.2000

Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am to 4 pm

Several Dallas retailers are authorized to distribute the vaccine as well.  It is suggested that you call ahead of time, as an appointment may be necessary.

·         CVS

·         H-E-B

·         Good Neighbor

·         Tom Thumb

·         Walgreens

·         Walmart

There are also three mass vaccination sites available to the public.  It is suggested that contact the event handlers ahead of time as appointments are required.

·         NRG Stadium in Houston

·         Fair Park in Dallas

·         Globe Life Field in ArlingtonIf you are a veteran, spouse, or veteran caregiver, those enrolled in the VA health care system may obtain their vaccine at their local VA. Sign-up is available on this website.

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Great Places to Stay Traveling to Dallas

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Do you have travel to Dallas coming up soon? Whether you’ve been to the city before or it’s your very first time, if you don’t have relatives or friends to stay with, you’re going to be looking for a quality place to rest your head.

Finding the very best place can be overwhelming when you have to consider all the factors, like price, comfort, service, health & safety, location, and more! To give you a jumpstart, we’ve analyzed a few of the very best hotels and B&Bs in Dallas. All are very different -from quirky to traditional- but highly rated. Read on to see why these are your best options, and then choose the one that best serves your needs!

Hotel Zaza

If you’re looking for the cool factor, look no further than Hotel Zaza. This unique boutique hotel aims for a one-of-a-kind experience with its concept suites, a “perfect accord between Mediterranean elegance and comfortable chic,” and themes throughout that draw from faraway lands and lifestyles. It’s not all about cool, though. This 4-Star hotel also brings you an upscale experience, with amenities such as wedding and meeting venues, an onsite spa, fine dining at The Dragonfly, an outdoor pool, and a terrace for cocktails under the stars.

The Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center

When you’re traveling, it can be nice to stay somewhere that’s a bit of an adventure so that the stay itself feels just as exciting as your excursions. That’s where The Gaylord Texan comes in. In fact, you could never leave the resort and still feel like you’d had a satisfying vacation! This huge resort contains 10 dining options, two pools, 4.5 acres of indoor gardens, a spa, a salon, a fitness center, shopping, live music, and more. The building is also lovely, located right on the shore of Lake Grapevine. If you are looking to leave the resort, it’s just 30 minutes from downtown Dallas!

Hilton Anatole

Have some junior explorers tagging along with you on your trip? A fun place for families to stay is the Hilton Anatole, just north of downtown in the Design District. This hotel will provide kids with free dining, a waterpark, mommy-and-me spa packages, a marionette workshop, and more! A stay here will be very comfortable for adults in your party, too, due to its 9 on-site dining options, full fitness center, and over 1,000-piece art collection!

Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport

If you’re taking a quick trip through the city and want to be close to the airport, book a stay at the Hyatt Regency, which is practically located on the tarmac. You can’t get more convenient to the airport than being adjacent to Terminal C with a quick shuttle service to take you over! And in addition to the prime location, you’ll be enjoying a luxurious stay, with access to a fitness center, onsite restaurants, laundry, a pool, and free internet access.

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Spring Celebrations and Events Near DFW

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As the days get longer and winter gives its last hurrah, our mind turns towards sunshine-filled warmer days.  With spring just around the corner, we can begin looking forward to spring days filled with celebrations and festivals. 

In anticipation of the fun times ahead, to be enjoyed with family and friends, we have gathered some ideas on celebrations and events of interest near Dallas – Fort Worth, TX.

Queendom Spring Pop-Up

March 6, 2021 5pm – 9:30 pm

Music City Mall Lewisville

2401 South Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville, TX

Spring is in the air! Entrepreneurs and Business Owners showcase their new merchandise. Join us for an evening of food, fun, fashion, and networking. Grab a Queen! Tag a Queen! Come support DFW’s finest small business owners. Masks MUST be worn at all times!  VENDOR OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

13th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling

March 13, 2021 10am – March 14, 2021 5pm

Will Rogers Memorial Center

3401 West Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, TX

Join us for the Sweetest Spring Market Around! The 13th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling is a free family and pet-friendly market. Our market features the funkiest area makers and pickers selling the best in handmade, repurposed, upcycled, and vintage finds. The event also features swag bags, charitable raffle, pet adoptions, fundraising benefiting the Humane Society of North Texas and CASA of Tarrant County, and much more! Keep your dollars local by shopping at Funky Finds! As always, the event will have no direct sales or mass-produced goods.

Cowtown Crawfish Boil

March 20, 2021 12pm – 8pm

Horus Hall

208 Northwest 24th Street, Fort Worth, TX

The Fort Worth Stockyards go Cajun! Come celebrate the first day of spring with us and enjoy some live music, crawfish, and cold beer. The ticket price includes your parking and crawfish.

Spring Palooza

April 10, 2021 3pm – 9p,

Fort Worth

3825 S. Cravens Rd, Fort Worth, TX

First Outdoor Caribbean Event in the DFW area for 2021!! Come out and have a good time with live music, food, and entertainment.  We are bringing to you the ultimate Caribbean Event to kick start your Spring season here in the DFW area! We will be having food vendors, DJ’s and other attractive amenities at this event. This is one you don’t want to miss!  Tickets $15.

Spring Fling Pop Up Shop

April 10, 2021 1pm – 5pm

Forever Swing Dallas Event Center

2021 North Hampton Rd #175. DeSoto, TX

Local networking event. Come out and support local small business owners.

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What to Do at the Zoo in Dallas, Texas

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Have you found yourself in Dallas with nothing to do? Why not come and visit the Dallas Zoo? They’re open from 9am to 4pm and they’ve dropped their price of admission until February 28th to $8 per person! Children 2 years old and under are always free, as well as zoo members. If you’d like to purchase a zoo membership, they last a full year. An Individual Plus package is $89, a Family package is $129, and a Family-Plus package is $149. All tickets and memberships can be purchased directly from the zoo’s website, which is linked below.

One of the amazing things to do at the Dallas Zoo can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. They offer several virtual programs online as off-grounds programs cannot be held at this time. You’ll be able to meet various zoo animals from all over the planet in the new Virtual Animal Adventure and learn about them from the experts. This event is $200 and can hold up to 300 guests via Zoom. At this time, only virtual animal programs are offered at the Dallas Zoo until further notice. However, they can be customized according to what animals are available for the program. Simply email AnimalAdventures@DallasZoo.com for further details!

If you’d like to get to the zoo early and enjoy an hour all to yourself with other members, you’ll enjoy Member Mornings on Saturday, February 6th and Sunday, February 7th from 8am-9am, and also Saturday, March 6th and Sunday, March 7th from 8am-9am. This special early hour is only for zoo members, so be sure to purchase your membership beforehand.

If you’re an animal lover, you can “adopt” an animal from the zoo. Your gift helps to support the Dallas Zoo’s participation in Species Survival Plans (SSPs), which greatly helps endangered species all throughout the world. Once you’ve adopted an animal, it remains in custody of the zoo and no ownership rights are transferred. You are simply paying for the right to help take care of that specific animal. The good news is you are able to choose which animal you “adopt”! Your choices range from an African Elephant, to an African Lion, and from a Nile Hippo to a Chimpanzee. Adoption fees range from $50 for a Meerkat to $125 for a Reticulated Giraffe.

If you’d like the Dallas Zoo to host your event, be it a corporate meeting, a birthday party, or a wedding, they’ll help you take care of it all, including the price of admission, the catered menu, and a themed adventure. Larger parties get discounted admission. For your personalized event, book online! The link to booking your event is provided below.

Come on down to the Dallas Zoo and have yourself a roaring adventure!

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Five Best Airbnb’s in Dallas, TX

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Whether you are looking for some time away from work, a romantic weekend with your significant other, or just some quality downtime with the family, you can’t go wrong with an Airbnb.

Through the booking and use of an Airbnb, you can choose the environment of your choice, along with the city and location as well.  Choosing an Airbnb can prove to be an economical choice when looking to spend some getaway time. 

With this in mind, we have gathered five of the top-rated Airbnb’s in the Dallas, TX area.

Romantic Getaway Private Guesthouse

Quiet, cozy, stylish guesthouse nestled near downtown. Guesthouse with private entrance with a bedroom, full bathroom, full kitchen, dining/living area with a personal backyard.  This space is very private and close to many locations that you may enjoy during your stay. The guesthouse is within 10 minutes to downtown, 7 minutes to Deep Ellum, 11 minutes to White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

No parties or smoking permitted.

Family Charming Home

Enjoy all the best that Dallas has to offer in this charming home in the trendy State-Thomas neighborhood in Uptown. Wake up refreshed with gourmet coffee at the Alcove cafe across the street, then go explore the neighborhood and many nearby parks. After you finish exploring, dine at one of the many renowned restaurants in the community or grab a drink at Dallas’s hippest cocktail lounge, Parliament.

No pets, parties, or smoking permitted.

Near a famous landmark Cute Clean Condo

A fully furnished condominium in the heart of Dallas, Texas. Located on Gaston Avenue, this complex is nestled in the trees of Lakewood and perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the Dallas nightlife or a morning jog around White Rock Lake. It is minutes from downtown Dallas, Whole Foods, the shops and restaurants of Lower Greenville, Knox/Henderson, Mockingbird Station, and McKinney Avenue. Also close to Fair Park and the State Fair of Texas and about a 25-minute drive to the DFW airport.

No pets, parties, or smoking permitted.

Luxury Custom House

Masterful design and modern elegance are uniquely embodied in this gem. The home offers a sprawling open-concept layout, chic furniture, polished concrete floors, wood finishes, contrasting colors and textures, and a slightly industrial aesthetic.  The house is in a neighborhood of urban feel, mixed with old and new and worth exploring. The location is central to Uptown, Downtown, Deep Ellum, and M-Streets, and a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Ranked the best by Architecture Digest.

Pets, parties, and smoking are not permitted.

Budget Private Room In Central Dallas

Private bedroom with attached bathroom on the first level of a new townhome. Wi-Fi and DirecTV included. Minutes away (short walk or $4-5 UberX ride) from Uptown, Downtown, Deep Ellum, Knox-Henderson & Lower Greenville. The room is a single bedroom and bathroom on the first floor of a townhome, directly to the right of the front entry. It is the only room on the floor and has its own thermostat that can be adjusted by you.

Parties and smoking are not permitted.

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Five Awesome Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s 2021 in Dallas

Valentine’s Day is coming up next month, but roses, chocolate, and Hallmark cards aren’t for everyone. If you’d rather round up your best gal pals and celebrate the joys of female friendship on Galentine’s Day, read on, because we’ve rounded up five fun ways to celebrate with your girls this year in Dallas!

Petra and the Beast

A classic way to spend the evening is dinner and drinks at a renowned restaurant. For one of the most accoladed restaurants in Dallas, you’ll want to head to Petra and the Beast, a New American restaurant serving up experimental dishes. Chef Misti Norris was in the running for the Best Chef: Texas category of the James Beard awards this past year. If you’d rather host your party at home, you can order a delicious farm-to-table meal for takeout here.

Dixie House Café

If you’re looking for a more mom-and-pop type restaurant, Dixie House Café is the place to go. This family-owned joint has been serving up “real home cooking” since 1983 when it was started by a husband-and-wife team. Since then, they’ve expanded to six locations, but haven’t sacrificed quality. They still prepare everything fresh daily. They’re known for their chicken fried steak, but if you want to stay true to Galentines’ Parks and Recreation roots and order some waffles, they also serve breakfast all day!

Lakeside Park

If you’re trying to be safe due to COVID-19, an outdoor celebration is the way to go. For the best location, have your gal pals meet you a bit north of the city center at Lakeside Park. The 14-acre park runs alongside Turtle Creek and is beautifully landscaped. It’s truly a lovely spot to relax and enjoy the scenery. After you eat, you can take a stroll on one of the many walking paths that go through the park, and maybe even visit one of its famous teddy bear statues.

Lone Star Pedal Bar

If your friends aren’t content to just sit around and chat, you’re going to want an activity to get everyone moving. A really fun activity for you and your gal pals is to rent a party bike! At Lone Star Pedal Bar, you and your friends can bike from bar to bar. It’s a great way to get around safely while indulging in alcohol, take in lots of fresh air, and have fun doing something different. The rental comes with a sound system, lights, and a driver to steer while you pedal.

Nasher Sculpture Center

If you want something unique to do, spend your day getting cultured at Nasher Sculpture Center. Both the indoor galleries and the outdoor sculpture garden have reopened to the pubic with social distancing measure in place, and the center is also offering at-home programming like arts and crafts and performances by local musicians. There’s really something for everyone! And if you don’t mind celebrating Galentine’s Day a bit late, check out their Art with Friends: Art and Love event on February 24th.

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Best resources in Dallas, TX, to throw a fabulous virtual New Years’ Eve Party!

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, many party-goers are trying to plan out how they will ring in the new year and still keep the party safe and festive. 

With the ongoing pandemic, and many cities and states mandating that party-goers forego the usual gathering in groups to celebrate the festivities, an alternate method of celebrating the ball drop appears to be in order this year—virtual celebrations.

With this mindset, we have sought out some of the best sources in Dallas, TX, for drinks and food that will make ringing in the New Year less of a chore, and more of a blast!

Manny’s Uptown Tex Mex

Located at 6465 Mockingbird Lane

214.824.1616

Offering free delivery of their quality Tex Mex family recipes passed handed down from generation to generation.

Moxie’s

Located at 100 Crescent Court

469.687.0050

Offering delivery on their margarita kits featuring Altos tequila, house-made mix, limes, along with the necessary cups, jigger, and a reusable insulated bag.

TNT/Tacos and Tequila

Located at The Quadrangle 2800, Routh Street #55

469.518.7888

Offering delivery of margaritas by the quart or by the gallon, with the addition of wine and mimosa kits on most weekends.

If you are looking more for options that offer delivery to those friends that are close and local, who you want to be able to join in on the festivities as well, we have two suggestions.

Goody Goody Liquor

Located at 3316 Oak Lawn Avenue

214.765.6878

Goody Goody likes to think of itself as the store with friendly experts who can help you find the right drink for any occasion, and deliver it to your doorstep for your convenience.

Super Save Liquor

Located at 2543 N Fitzhugh Avenue

214.823.1340

Family-owned neighborhood shot with a wide variety of beer, wine, and liquor available for delivery.

And, lest we forget those friends and family that are out of town.  For them, why not have a little libation delivered conveniently to their doorstep, whether they live across town or across the country.

Drizly

When you want a variety and you want it quickly, Drizly has up a large, alcohol marketplace to shop for beer, wine, and spirits. Drizly collaborates with retail stores in cities across North America to offer a huge selection and competitive pricing, delivered to your door in as little as an hour.

Most of us will find ourselves celebrating New Year’s at home this year.  However, that doesn’t mean that the party has to be put on hold.  With the age of the internet, why not take your party to the next level and have a virtual get-together. 

With a little creativity and the use of the internet, you can have your food and drinks delivered right to you, or those party guests from out of town.

The extra added advantage is that everyone can join in the fun as no designated drivers are needed, and once the party is over, hey, your already home.

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