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2017 out with a bang!

So, probably wondering, what’s up with the blog there, Trista? It's been a while since we've heard from you. I’m still here. The end of the year kinda went off the rails a teensy bit and blogging took a backseat. Apologies. 2017…

Kids Summer Checklist

How did it happen that today is the last day of school already?! I might be freaking out a little that I officially have a 3rd grader - and that she has the whole summer on her hands. Or rather, my hands as we'll be home together. Me…


50th Birthday Party Planning

Post sponsored by Jason’s Deli. All opinions are my own. I keep having this conversation with other married friends, about how the universe matches us with someone who can be so opposite to us in so many ways. I love my husband but we are very different in many aspects. I like to be early for things, he is perpetually late. I like to plan and…


How to choose lighting for your home

There’s something about a dazzling crystal chandelier that makes my heart flutter. I get all gah-gah when I see the sparkly rainbow that it throws against the wall. Add something unexpected like wrought iron or a splash of color and I’m a goner, totally mesmerized. I could easily spend a few hours in a lighting store and enjoy it way more than a…

Author Trista Perot

Welcome to my Dallas Lifestyle blog where we’re talking about things that busy moms make, things they shop for that won’t break the bank, things moms like to eat in their stretchy pants and things they like to do around DFW and beyond! I’m always going to be a Mommy and I’m always looking for the upgrade so follow along on social media or by subscribing to get Mommy Upgrade via email below. PS – As you can imagine, a site like this takes a lot of resources to maintain. One way we can support its maintenance is through affiliate links. While these links to online merchants do not effect the price you pay when you check out, they may offer a small commission to We appreciate your support by shopping through our affiliate sites!


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october, 2018

25jul(jul 25)10:00 am06jan(jan 6)4:00 pmFort Worth Museum  - Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body

16sep(sep 16)10:00 am06jan(jan 6)5:00 pmUltimate Dinosaurs at Perot Museum Through Jan. 6, 2019

16sep(sep 16)10:15 am23may(may 23)4:00 pm3D Films in the Hoglund Foundation Theater - a National Geographic Experience

18sep01janPerot Museum's Architecture Tour

05oct(oct 5)10:00 am27(oct 27)6:00 pmFall Family Fun at Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery: Grow Your Own Glass Pumpkin

05oct(oct 5)10:30 am21(oct 21)3:00 pmButterfly Tag & Release at the Texas State Fair

12oct(oct 12)10:00 am14(oct 14)6:00 pmRattlesnake Days at the Texas State Fair

12oct(oct 12)7:30 pm13(oct 13)7:30 pmThe Wizard of Oz at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, TX

13oct(oct 13)9:00 am14(oct 14)5:00 pmBell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show

17oct(oct 17)10:00 am31(oct 31)7:00 pmPumpkin Carving with Sharks and Creepy Creatures at Sea Life Grapevine

19oct5:00 pm9:00 pmGirls Night Out Fundraiser & Shopping at the Alexander Mansion

19oct(oct 19)6:30 pm20(oct 20)2:00 pmNash Farm: Barn Dance and 18th Annual Fall Round-Up 

20oct9:00 am4:00 pmCraft Fair at the Alexander Mansion

20oct(oct 20)10:00 am21(oct 21)6:30 pmLEGO Pumpkin Patch & More at LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Brick-Or-Treat

20oct(oct 20)10:00 am28(oct 28)6:30 pmLEGO Pumpkin Patch & More at LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Brick-or-Treat!

26oct(oct 26)9:00 am28(oct 28)5:00 pmWings Over Dallas WWII Air Show 

26oct(oct 26)8:00 pm27(oct 27)1:00 amHalloween Costume Ball at the Alexander Mansion

27oct(oct 27)10:00 am28(oct 28)6:30 pmLEGO Pumpkin Patch & More at LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Brick-Or-Treat (Copy)

27oct7:00 pm9:00 pmNash Farm: Bewitched by the Barn

28oct2:00 pm7:00 pmGame Pink Presents: Minecraft Live Event, Frisco, Texas

30oct6:00 pm7:30 pmTrunk or Treat Halloween Family Festival at the Alexander Mansion

31oct5:00 pm7:00 pmTreat Street at the Fort Worth Stock Yards

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