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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…


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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july, 2018

13jun(jun 13)7:30 pm07jul(jul 7)7:30 pmDisney's "The Lion King" leaps onto the stage at The Music Hall at Fair Park

18jun(jun 18)9:00 am20jul(jul 20)12:00 pmRun Away with the Circus at Lone Star Circus Summer Camp for Kids!

30jun01julLegoland® Discovery Center Celebrates 40 years of the Lego® Minifigure

07jul7:00 pm11:59 pmFerris Wheelers Partners with Brotherhood for the Fallen to Host Fundraiser for the Dallas Five

12jul(jul 12)8:00 pm15(jul 15)6:00 pmJunior Players Presents Hit Musical "Dogfight" at University of TexasFirst musical collaboration with the University of Texas at Dallas to run July 12-15

15jul1:00 pm6:00 pmYogurtland Celebrates National Ice Cream Day On July 15, 2018

22jul(jul 22)11:00 am28(jul 28)8:00 pmCelebrate the 30th Anniversary of Shark Week at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium!

24jul(jul 24)7:30 pm29(jul 29)11:00 pmJunior Players Presents Timeless Performances of Romeo & JulietDramatic collaboration with Shakespeare Dallas to run July 24-29

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