The Story of North Texas Kids
North Texas Kids is a division of Scissortail Publishing, LLC which started in the Summer of 2001. The original concept for North Texas Kids magazine comes from our good friend Jennifer Martin of Martinhouse Publishing and Boulder County Kids. Founder Dr. Minette Riordan saw the need for a similar resource in our area and, as the mother of two young children felt the personal need for a more intellectual creative outlet. North Texas Kids has continued to grow in it’s reach around the Dallas Ft Worth metroplex as more and more young families have settled in the area.
After 8 years as a print publication, Scissortail Publishing decided to go green! In early 2011, we converted North Texas Kids to a 100% digital online format that parents can access on a computer, smart phone or e-reader. We are excited about the new interactive format that includes audio, video and hyperlinks throughout the website.
We are still committed to bringing you the best parenting tips, resources, experts and information on events, parties, ideas, crafts and kids activities in the metroplex.
Our mission is to provide families in North Texas with a guide to all of the resources available to them in the area, from education to entertainment. We strive to give our readership thoughtful, useful, and activity-based information in an easy-to-read format, and to provide it for free. North Texas Kids dedicates advertising and editorial space to supporting local non-profit organizations and events, either through article space, advertisements, or event listings. Finally, our mission is to be financially, environmentally, spiritually, and socially responsible towards our associates, our readers, and our community.
Liz Mangelsdorf joined Scissortail Publishing April 1, 2011. Liz runs the day to day operations of www.northtexaskids.com. She continues to champion one of the company philosophies that women can have it all. She makes the choice to be a working mom dedicated to her husband, children, family, friends and career.
Liz has spent the last 15 years working in the ice rink industry where she managed the skating programs, special events and marketing efforts for the Dallas Stars network of ice rinks. She was an active participant on several associations’ Board of Directors and a frequent speaker at industry conferences and seminars. Among several accolades over the years the most honorable was being named the 2009 Woman of the Year through the Ice Skating Institute.
Liz follows Minette’s lead and continues to grow North Texas Kids thru networking groups and the power of referrals. She is currently the co-host of a local networking group called WEBB – Women Engaged in Building Business.
Liz graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Sociology. She has a diverse background working in software marketing and development, radio sales and accounting. Liz moved to Dallas in 1994. Since then, she married a native Texan and now has two Texas born kids ages 6 and 4 .
Email Liz anytime at Liz@northtexaskids.com
About our Founder
For the past 10 years, Dr. Minette Riordan has successfully built a multi-media publishing company targeting families in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. She credits her success to learning how to connect with others through networking, referrals, strategic partnerships and an attitude of service to others first. Minette’s secret to sales success is not about winning a numbers game, but playing the people game: cultivating an attitude of curiosity and openness that will quickly help you attract clients and fans. Prior to starting her company, Minette was an educator. She has taught at the university and high school levels, as well as adult education and personal development workshops. She was named the 2009 Small Business Owner of the Year by the Plano Chamber of Commerce and received the 2007 Altrusa Outstanding Women of Today award. In 2011, the Texas Home Child Care Association honored her with their Libby Linebarger award for her commitment to child care.
Minette has worked with hundreds of small business owners to help them create affordable, practical marketing and business plans that will help them to take the fear out of marketing and sales and make it fun! When you shift your mindset around marketing, you also increase your ability to attract more of the perfect clients to grow your business. Growing your business through networking and referrals is fun, rewarding and fast. Minette can help you create a strategy to maximize your visibility through networking and strategic partnerships as well as traditional advertising and marketing campaigns.
Minette is an ACPI Certified Coach for Parents, popular public speaker and seminar leader. She is certified by CRG Leader to offer the Personal Style Indicator and other valuable assessments to help you grow your business. She is a Certified Rapid Success Coach through Rapid Success Partners.
She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org