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North Texas Kids is committed to bringing you the best in family fun, kids activities, parenting tips, raising kids, and much more — for your whole family. We hope you enjoy learning more about the people who contribute to North Texas Kids and have helped us become your number one resource for relevant information about issues affecting families.

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North Texas Kids expertLiz Mangelsdorf


Liz is the Owner of www.northtexaskids.com.

I continue to champion one of the NTK company philosophies that women can have it all. I make the choice (everyday) to be a working mom dedicated to her husband, children, family, friends AND career. I graduated from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) with a degree in Sociology. My two “Texas born” kids (ages 7 and 5) keep me busy and remind me every day not to take life too seriously. I try to live in the moment as much as possible as nothing speeds up the hands of time like having kids! My Texas native husband is an avid golfer, an involved dad and my perfect partner. I can be a workaholic. I embrace technology (addicted to Pinterest, you should follow me), but still can’t get rid of my “momAgenda calendar”. I love primetime TV shows (thank goodness for my DVR) and I am a big sports fan (did I say Go Ducks!). I have been a figure skating coach for the past 20 years and currently coach a youth Synchronized Skating Team (think synchronized swimming on ice).


Mina Frannea


Mina Frannea is the editor and social media manager for North Texas Kids Magazine. She also designs and sends out our twice weekly eNews. A freelance writer, Mina has a blog, TheMomsJournal, and also contributes articles to other family oriented sites.  Mina enjoys the Arts, new technology, cooking, enlightening discussions, and sharing relevant information with other Moms. A Mom to boy/girl twins, Mina enjoys writing about family fun, kids activities, favorite recipes and sharing her thoughts about events and/or performances that she has attended.

Mina’s background includes social media, SEO, content editing, website administration, estate planning, managing a small law firm, working for a US Senator, and retail management. To learn more about Mina, visit TheMomsJournal at www.themomsjournal.com.


Lorraine Brock

Lorraine Brock is a professional organizer, family coach, speaker, and founder and owner of Get Organized! Get Organized! is a professional organizing company in the Dallas, Texas area. Get Organized! specializes in organizing and de-cluttering homes as well as implementing systems in the home for better family management. A popular media guest, Lorraine has appeared on Dallas’ two top morning television shows: Good Morning Texas and Good Day Fox, and has been featured on various radio outlets. She has been hallmarked in many local, regional, and national print and online magazines, such as the Dallas Morning News, The North Texas Kids Magazine, SheKnows.com, and Daily Candy Kids. To get more information about Lorraine, visit www.GetOrganized.ws.


Abigail ClarkAbigail Clark

Abigail Clark is an up-and-coming freelance writer. She graduated from The University of South Florida with a bachelors in marketing, minoring in journalism. When she isn’t up to her neck in coupons she is enjoying the outdoors fishing. She loves doing reviews for technology, home products and beauty products. You can find Abigail on Twitter @downtownabby17.



Dr. Minette Riordan

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. You can read her complete bio here.


Shannon Alexander – eCubed Coaching & Consulting

Shannon Alexander, Founder and President of eCubed Coaching & Consulting Inc., is on a mission to educate, empower and encourage others in identifying goals, uncovering strengths, skills and power within to be successful and vibrantly alive in their personal and professional life. She combines candid honesty with warm compassion and her coaching sessions are known for being inspiring, energetic and transformative. Through a solution-focused approach clients are able to shatter boundaries and limitations and implement positive, lasting, and immediate changes; reaching peak performance while taking your personal and professional success to new heights.

Jennifer Barling - NTK Contributor - HeadshotJennifer Barling

A part-time freelance writer and full-time mother of two, Jennifer Barling is the visionary behind the blog www.morethanmothers.com, which chronicles her adventures in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex as she creates educational adventures for her kids, scrambles to keep up with her energetic husband, and tries to stay organized while doing it all!  Jennifer has also written for several local magazines, including FortWorthChild and 360 West Weddings.


Samantha Conner of Crafty Texas Girls

In my “past life” I earned a degree in Education at TCU and taught elementary school. But these days, I am working as a super stay-at-home-mom with a serious craft addiction. During naptime, I am an avid blogger, runner, and nester. My blog is the place where I chronicle my journey in homemaking and sell my fabulous handmade bows, tutus, and hair accessories. I have a loving husband and two young daughters. Their enthusiasm and support is what drives my creativity in home decor, unique crafts, party planning, holiday fun, and all things girly. I am dedicated to creating a warm, loving home for my family. And to me, that means a lot of ‘crafty how-to’ projects along the way. I believe that life can be more fabulous with the use of polka dots, tulle, ribbon and rhinestones! I hope you enjoy sharing in our adventures and that I can inspire you to ‘get crafty’ in your own home.  Follow my crafting journey at craftytexasgirls.com


Wendy Darling

Wendy Darling is the founder of Thumbprints International LLC, a personal growth organization. She has over 30 years of experience as a life coach, management and organizational development consultant, keynote speaker, radio talk show host, and columnist.  Wendy’s Thumbprint MethodTM  blends innovative practices with practical life skills. Wendy has been dubbed a “Fairy Godmother” by her clients because of her ability to support them in turning their dreams into reality. Wendy has programs on Loving Yourself Lean, Simply Charming for Middle School Girls, and Positive Parenting.  Wendy holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Specialist’s Degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


myskoop.comHolly Duenas

When she isn’t changing diapers, carpooling, or picking up the box of Cheerios that was just dumped on the floor, stay-at-home-mama of fiver, Holly Duenas, is enjoying her passion: writing. She started writing about her family and their many fun and “silly” adventures six years ago when they moved to the DFW area in her family blog, My Kids Say I’m Silly, which was recently voted as the #6 family blog on Circle of Moms. She has found that she is often the go-to girl for advice on fun places to explore with her family which inspired her to created mysKoop a place where she reviews DFW family fun spots, restaurants, attractions, parks and more.  Its also a place where she gives her “skoop” on all things involving ways to draw closer as a family and have fun together. She  enjoys traveling, reading, blogging, tennis, baking…and eating what she bakes.


Dr. Caron Goode, NCC

Proclaimed as the “compassionate counselor and coach,” Dr. Caron Goode sees into the heart of the matter and transforms a client’s overwhelm into clarity, consistent focus, and prosperous action. Caron is the founder of the HeartWise relationship-building and communication model based on interactive styles, values and strengths. She assists others to effect lasting transformation through personal coaching, books, and seminars. Caron is the founder of the Academy for Coaching Parents International, an e-learning global portal for training and certifying parents and professionals as self-employed Coaches for Parents and Families. (www.academyforcoachingparents.com)

In addition, Caron manages www.HeartWiseParent.com, which provides a holistic approach supporting children’s physical health, emotional fluency, mental development, and spiritual enrichment. She also founded Intuitive Parenting & Intuitive Children web site, which offers specialized training for parents and parent coaches.



Parents Take ChargeDr. Sandy Gluckman

Dr. Sandy Gluckman, PhD is the creator of the internationally acclaimed programs, Parents, Take Charge! and Teachers Take Charge!

For more than 35 years Dr. Sandy has been educating parents, educators, healthcare practitioners and business leaders how to stay in the forefront of what is happening in their worlds. She holds a degree in Clinical Psychology and Dr. Sandy’s PhD thesis, The Whole Brain Approach to Education, shows the benefits of using both sides of the brain in teaching and learning. She uses whole brain tools in her seminars, workshops, and keynotes to create high levels of engagement, as well as learning and retention of new skills.

Now Dr. Sandy Gluckman is revolutionizing the care of children by offering a medication-free approach to the treatment and prevention of learning, behavior and mood disorders that is grounded in the most up-to-date, scientifically-proven information. You can learn more about the program here.


Holly Homer – SheisDallas.com

Holly Homer is the partially-stay-at-home, partially-work-from-home, partially-home-schooling mom of three boys.  She counts survival at the end of the day as a major success.  Holly can be found online at June Cleaver Nirvana, Quirky Momma and She is Dallas.




David McGarry of Working Mom Workouts

David McGarry earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Exercise Science and an MBA from UT Dallas. Along with his degrees David is certified through the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is the current owner of www.davemcgarry.com and www.workingmomworkouts.com.  Working Mom Workouts is a lifestyle program geared towards providing busy moms weekly fitness workouts that can be done at home to maximize their time and their fitness goals without sacrificing anymore time away from the family.


Kerrie McLoughlin – The (Mommy)Kerrie Show

Kerrie McLoughlin is a homeschooling, write-from-home mama of 5 who has written for over 100 regional parenting magazines. She is also the author/compiler of the ebook “Get Published in Parenting and Family Magazines: Make Money to Write About Your Kids” and the upcoming “Tater Baby Casserole e-Cookbook.”  When Kerrie isn’t parenting, sleeping, playing, teaching, giving her husband grief or writing, she enjoys reading, walking, avoiding chores, eating chocolate, scrapbooking and learning new things.



 The Saving SeedAshley Parks – The Saving Seed

Ashley Bogard Parks, CFP® is actively involved in her community and feels deeply that we are all products of our surroundings. We all have a personal root system that has been developing throughout our lives. Ashley’s career has offered her amazing insight into the personal lives of individuals that she comes in contact with on a daily basis. That insight, along with her own personal journey, spurred her to put her passion on paper. The stories and personal experiences over her career motivated her to write a book geared towards helping families gain not only personal well-being, but financial well-being. The Saving Seed is Ashley’s gift to others. Her philosophy on life is one of becoming self and becoming greater than our temporal world suggests. “What can we do that will positively impact others and allow us to grow?”