5 Ways to Make Weeknight Cooking Easy
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Making Weeknight Cooking Hasslefree
With a little planning, a little restraint and a little determination, you can get through weeknight dinners easily.

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Articles by Mina Frannea

A Mom to eight-year-old twins, my life is zany, unpredictable, yet richly rewarding. Thank goodness for my wonderfully supportive hubby who keeps me grounded. I write about life in general, family friendly activities around town, recipes I want to share, and crafts that keep my twins busy and happy. For more posts by me, visit my personal blog themomsjournal.com.

Down Syndrome: Brooke’s Story
October 16, 2012 – 11:05 am | 3 Comments
Down Syndrome: Brooke’s Story

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month
 
by Mina Frannea
Down Syndrome is a congenital disorder in which extra genetic material causes delays in the way a child develops, both mentally and physically. This disorder affects about 1 …

Pinkalicious the Musical: Pinktastic Fun for Fans of PINK!
September 26, 2012 – 6:08 pm | 4 Comments
Pinkalicious the Musical: Pinktastic Fun for Fans of PINK!

by Mina Frannea
Pinkalicious has been a long time favorite of our 9-year-old daughter’s so we were pretty excited to attend the opening night performance of Pinkalicious the Musical at Dallas Children’s Theater. As we were …

Music Summer Camps from Plano Symphony Orchestra
July 5, 2012 – 5:46 am | No Comment
Music Summer Camps from Plano Symphony Orchestra

Summer music workshops for kids in
grades 1-2 and 3-5
by Mina Frannea
Plano Symphony Orchestra is partnering with SMU Plano to offer four new music summer camps as part of SMU Plano’s summer youth programs. Each summer …

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
June 29, 2012 – 6:53 pm | No Comment
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

A tale of self-discovery
 
by Mina Frannea
As we walked in to the lobby of the Dallas Children’s Theater for opening night of Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, we saw a crowd gathered around a group of men playing …

Get Buggy with a Worm, a Spider and a Fly
May 23, 2012 – 7:18 pm | 2 Comments
Get Buggy with a Worm, a Spider and a Fly

by Mina Frannea
In its regional Southwest premiere, Dallas Children’s Theater’s Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly artfully weaves together three of Doreen Cronin’s popular children’s books. Directed by Joan Cushing, Diary of …

Easter Egg Hunt for Special Needs Families
March 27, 2012 – 12:57 pm | One Comment
Easter Egg Hunt for Special Needs Families

2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Individuals with Special Needs and Their Families
 
by Mina Frannea
Especiallyneeded.org is hosting it’s 2nd annual Easter Egg Hunt for Individuals with Special Needs and their families. Especially Needed is an organization …

Dallas Children’s Theater Calls Out Teen Bullying in The Secret Lives of Girls
February 23, 2012 – 3:00 pm | 5 Comments
Dallas Children’s Theater Calls Out Teen Bullying in The Secret Lives of Girls

Teen bullying is more prevalent than
you might think
 
by Mina Frannea
According to familyfirstaid.org, almost 30 percent of teenagers in the United States are involved in school bullying. Thirty percent represents about 5.7 million kids who are …

Girl Power and a ‘Big Giant Puppy’ at Monster Jam
February 22, 2012 – 11:09 pm | 2 Comments
Girl Power and a ‘Big Giant Puppy’ at Monster Jam

Candice Jolly revs up the crowd with Monster Mutt Dalmatian this Saturday at Monster Jam
 
by Mina Frannea
Candice Jolly is one the few women in the world that professionally races monster trucks. She’ll be the only …

Scouting for Food: Boy Scouts of America
February 16, 2012 – 3:00 pm | One Comment
Scouting for Food: Boy Scouts of America

Support Local Food Banks by Donating to Scouting for Food this Saturday, Feb 18th
 
by Mina Frannea
Scouting for Food is the largest door-to-door food collection effort in the Dallas-Fort Worth area benefiting more than 45 assistance …

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: A Marvelous ‘Tail’ of Mischief and Mayhem
January 26, 2012 – 3:00 pm | 2 Comments
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: A Marvelous ‘Tail’ of Mischief and Mayhem

by Mina Frannea
Mischievous Mouse, Karl Schaeffer, punctuates humorous lines with finely  tuned physical comedy that keeps the audience (kids and grownups alike!) chuckling throughout the performance. Playing a young boy who is home alone and warned not …