Best Holiday Season

How to Create a Good Morning Routine
to Make for the Best Holiday Season

A good morning routine is essential for setting you and your family up for a successful and enjoyable day. However,during the holidays, it’s easy to let your family routine fall by the way side amid the school breaks, dinners, seasonal activities, and other special events.Alas, this can make for a stressful season. Fortunately, there are ways to fully embrace the holidays while maintaining structure and keeping the stress to a minimum:

Maintain a clean home

The first part of establishing a holiday morning routine is maintaining the cleanliness of your home. A clean and clutter-free living space is critical to keeping stress levels down. And no matter how busy your schedule may get during this time, you can still keep your home in tip-top shape. Start by de cluttering your home before you decorate, and keep your decorations to a minimum. Try to keep all your items in their designated place, keep all surfaces clear (i.e. tabletops,counters, shelves, etc.), spend 10 minutes a day getting rid of clutter, and make sure everyone in the home participates in these tasks.

 If your budget allows for it, consider hiring a cleaning service to come in during the holidays. A little extra help cleaning can save you major time while ensuring your home stays in pristine condition and ready for guests. Right now  the costs for a one-time cleaning service runs from $110-$227 — a worthy investment for your holiday sanity.

Keep a decent bedtime.

 Another thing you want to do is establish a realistic bedtime for your kids. School may be on a hiatus, but you don’t want their sleep habits to go completely haywire.Even if it looks a little different for the holidays, it’s important  for your children to go to bed at the same time each night. This helps ensure they get enough sleep, as well as make it easier to transition when school starts back up. Furthermore, it’s critical that parents get enough sleep; otherwise, stress will quickly overtake your holidays.

 Plan for the next day.

 helps to wake up to some sort of plan in the morning. Whether it’s preparing breakfast, delegating chores, or packing things up in the car for a trip,consider planning the night before. Also, be sure to schedule adequate time for things like personal hygiene, getting dressed, and eating breakfast. Not having to rush is key to avoiding the stress of a chaotic morning. If you really want to start off on the right foot, wake up before the kids to do something relaxing, such as reading with a cup of coffee or meditating.

 Be flexible.

 Having some level of flexibility is always helpful in life. But during the holidays, you can’t really survive without it. Your family’s schedules are likely to be more different and demanding than ever, and you will need to work hard at maintaining order while staying open to the changes. For         instance, try to be consistent with bedtimes, but don’t let that keep you from going to see The Nutcracker with your kids one evening. Or if your morning doesn’t go as planned and it gets stressful, don’t let the rest of the season turn upside-down by giving up on your routine. Take it a day at a time.

When you have a routine for the family, it reduces stress and allows you to fully embrace the holidays. Remember to keep your home clean by spending a little time on it each day. Make sure everyone is getting enough sleep, and start planning for your morning the night before.Finally, remain flexible as you adhere to your routine. Keeping a solid routine will make for a better holiday season for the whole family.

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Pogo Pass San Antonio is HERE!

Pogo Pass San Antonio: 21 Fun & Family Friendly Activities for Kids = 39.98


If you’re looking for fun & cheap kids activities in San Antonio , the POGO Pass is exactly what your family needs.

What’s a POGO pass…?

Imagine an activity pass that gave your family the ability to explore 35 family-friendly places in KC.

Go to The San Antonio  Zoo, Rampage games , Wonder World  Park, UTSA home games, AND visit Splashtown (among other things) …all for less than $40 per person…for ALL  21 activities at  15 destinations.

Fun & Cheap Kids Activities…Pogo Pass.

Activities for kids include:

The San Antonio Zoo, Urban Air, University UTSA home games, Rampage hockey games. You even get 2 admissions at some locations with the activity pass – Playlive Nation, Laser Legend & Pump it Up

The Pogo Pass gives you access to many family friendly activities in San Antonio for one price – $39.98 per pass.

Pogo Pass Promo Code: RGVTOTS

With each activities pass, you get admission to 15  family-friendly venues and things to do in San Antonio . If you bought each thing to do separately – it would cost hundreds more.

This is a steal – cheap family fun!

Use our promo code to get the special, discounted price. The kids activities pass is usually $99.98.

15 Family-Friendly Destinations in San Antonio = $39.98

The Pogo Pass activity pass get you at least 1 FREE admission to each of these fun events or activities for kid

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One Pass. One Price. One Year of Family Fun

Find a full list of  San Antonio participants & Purchase a Pogo Pass with code: RGVTOTS to get the pass for only $39.98.

This Pogo Pass code can be used in San Antonio , Austin, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Kansas City, or Dallas to purchase their respective activities passes.

Watch to learn why the Pogo Pass is so awesome!

Pogo Pass Makes Family Fun Possible at a LOW cost!

Purchasing each fun kids activity separately would be costly. With the one-time cost of the Pogo Pass, you are saving a TON of money…hundreds of dollars!

Some even include more than one visit, so you can come back more than once.

Each person needs their own Pogo Pass to get into the activity with the card. Additional admissions can also be purchased separately for individual activities.

You can even use your mobile phone to show the Pogo Pass – it is that easy!

  • Pass is valid for 365 days.
  • Each pass is for 1 person – it includes their name & is non-transferable.
  • You can print the pass or show membership using your mobile phone.
  • Some activities include 2 admissions – check the website for updated details on activities.

Pogo Pass San Antonio Participants:

Each kids activities pass includes at least one visit the the below San Antonio locations.

  1.  UTSA Athletics: One (1) general admission ticket to the 2018-19 UTSA home games: Listed UTSA events can be attended by presenting your Pogo Pass at ticketing for a general admission ticket
    1. Men’s Basketball
    2. Women’s Basketball
    3. Baseball
    4. Softbal
  2. San Antonio Zoo: (1) One visit to the San Antonio Zoo.
  3. Splashtown San Antonio:  One (1) general admission ticket to Splashtown San Antonio.
  4. Wonder World Park: One (1) visit to Wonder World Park
  5. San Antonio Rampage: Two (2) San Antonio Rampage games during the 2018-19 AHL hockey season.  Each Pogo Pass member receives One (1) ticket per game.
  6. Two (2) visits to the San Antonio Urban Air Trampoline Park NE for a One (1) hour Bronze package jump session. Re-usable Urban Air socks are required at select locations and can be purchased for $2.50
  7. PlayLive Nation:T wo (2) Visits to Playlive Nation. 2 hours of gaming per visit. Visits can be used at Ingram Park location. Playlive Nation offers Pogo Pass members a 10% discount on Birthday party packages and more
  8. San Antonio Aquarium: (1) One visit to the San Antonio Aquarium.
  9. Two (2) visits to Incredible Pizza for a free buffet: Each visit is good for One (1) free buffet
  10. University Bowl: One (1) game of bowling per visit. Subject to available space/lane availability. Shoe rental not included
  11. Pump It Up San Antonio: Two (2) visits to Pump It Up. Visits can be used during open jump times at the Pump It Up Northwest, or Pump It Up Northeast locations.  Ages 2 yrs (34″) and up. Each pass holder receives $50.00 OFF any birthday party booking Monday thru Thursday with their Pogo Pass.
  12. Battle For Texas: One (1) visit to the Battle For Texas Museum.
  13. Laser Legend: Two (2) visits to Laser Legend for Laser Tag or Glo Golf. Visits to be used on separate days
  14. The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum: One (1) visit to The Buckhorn and Texas Ranger Museum.
  15.  UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures: One (1) visit to the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures.

Don’t Miss Out on Fun Things to Do for Cheap

If your family does even a few of these activities, the Pogo Pass pays for itself! Less than $40 is a steal for some family fun in San Antonio.

When you purchase the activity pass, be sure to use Pogo Pass code: RGVTOTS  to get the 60% OFF discount.



Christmas Lights RGV Guide

Looking for Christmas lights in the Valley and other Christmas displays?

We have YOUR go to Christmas Light Guide!

Free Lighting ceremonies, light displays, shows, Christmas light trails and more!

This holiday season get the kids in the car and enjoy the RGV Christmas Magic!





Where to find RGV Christmas Lights?

From the Christmas sand castles to Lights at the ZOO we got you covered!

Before you head out for a magical evening  check weather and drive safe!


Christmas Tree Holiday Lights :


#1- Brownsville Holiday Lighting Ceremony

When: December 1, 2018  Time: 6pm-9pm

Where: 700 E Madison St, Brownsville, TX 78520

Brownsville Tree Lighting: Like bright lights? Love Christmas cheer? Want a selfie with Santa?
If you answered yes to any of these…

Make plans to join the City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department for a festive night of holiday cheer, elfish entertainment, food vendors, games more.

Join us as we light up the park and brighten up the season at the Washington Park Holiday Lighting Ceremony.

Bring your friends, bring your family, and bring a lawn chair (we’ll be showing a movie in the park too).


#2- City of Edinburg Tree Lighting

When: December 6, 2018 Time: 6-7pm

Where: 15 W. University Dr. Edinburg, TX


#3- Arroyo Lighting

When: December 6, 2018 Time: 6:30-9pm

Where: 1325 S. 77 Sunshine Strip Harlingen, TX 78550

32nd Annual Lighting of the Arroyo
Come celebrate the holidays at McKelvey Park! The annual celebration will include Christmas performances, food vendors, and a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus!
Don’t forget to enjoy the view as the park is transformed into a Christmas wonderland!


#4- Mcallen Tree Lighting:

When: November 26 Time: 6;30-8:30pm

Where: McAllen Convention Center – Oval Park

Join us for McAllen’s 5th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the McAllen Convention Center’s Oval Park. Special appearance by the one and only Santa Claus!

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Drive Around Light Displays:


#5- Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights

When: Dec 1-Dec 31- Call for more information (956) 842-3352

Where: R315777  Hidalgo,, TX 78577

Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights starts at sunset every night throughout the month of December.


#6-Christmas at the Ranch

When: Dec 15, 2018 Time: 4:30-7:30pm

Where: 34179 FM 1577  San Benito, TX 78586

2nd  annual Christmas at the Ranch and we are very excited! This year they  have a sponsor who is helping us improve the event. Bingo Gardens has supported them  since the beginning and they are helping us add more lights and Christmas lights. Bingo Gardens shares our goal to provide an event for families to connect and have fun in a ranch and camp environment.


Adults: $5
Under 18: $10
Under 2: Free
Single Mothers: Free- you do not need to purchase a ticket for yourself, only for your children.


These prices will include all of our games and activities for all of the family. As always we encourage parents and even grandparents to play the games with their kids and teens.

Hay Rides through Christmas lights
Gaga Ball
Snowball Fight
Two Barnyard petting zoos and other animals:
Chickens, goats, pigs, horses, turkeys, macaws, a peacock, ducks, koi fish, a dog, and some cats. Our two baby horses will be here for everyone to meet. We will also have baby chicks, baby pigs, and possibly baby goats by then.
Car Bash
Bazooka Ball
Golf Cart Track
Several Carnival Games
Christmas Craft
Face painting
Several vendor booths selling interesting local products and creations
A food truck and a variety of food and hot chocolate offered
And more.


#7- McAllen Christmas Fantasia

When: Holiday Season

Where: 1916 Jefferson Ave  McAllen, TX 78504


#8- Maddie’s Christmas Lights

When: Holiday Season

Where: 6712 N. Bentsen Rd McAllen, TX 78504


#9- Ruiz Bricklayer and Christmas Lights

When: Holiday Season

Where: 216 Nadia St.  San Juan, TX 78589


#10- Holiday Village- Brownsville

When: November 19- Jan 1, 2019  Times: Sun-Thurs 8am-11pm & Fri-Sat 8am-11pm (lights come on at 6pm).

Where: Dean Porter Park

Come stroll through the Holiday Village and be magically transported to the North Pole. Admission is free and the memories are priceless.


#11- Zoo Nights and Lights

When: Dec 7-9 ,2018 Time: 6pm-9pm

Where: Glady’s Porter Zoo 500 E. Ringgold St, Brownsville TX

This year’s holiday celebration is scheduled for December 7th, 8th and 9th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Gladys Porter Zoo, Come out and enjoy live performances from local bands and choirs while taking in the dazzling displays of approximately 135 lighted animal and holiday fixtures along with 800 luminary bags placed all around the Zoo grounds. Admission is $2.50 per person, or free with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy for the Toy for Tots campaign. Zoo members get in free with their membership cards. Tickets are available for pre-sale online at or can be purchased at the gate on each night of the event.


Father Christmas Santa Claus


Christmas Parades & Festivals


#12- Holiday Sand Castle Village

When: November 30- Dec 16th Time: 12pm-8pm

Where:  7355 Padre Blvd South Padre Island

Come visit our Holiday Sand Castle Village filled with unique Holiday Sand Sculptures built by incredibly talented sand artists. From a Sand Snowman to Sand-ta, and much more, this new exhibit will include a lighted musical performance. The Holiday Sand Castle Village will be open to the public every Friday, Saturday & Sunday — Nov. 30 through Dec. 16 at the South Padre Island Convention Center.


#13- Christmas in the park

When: Dec 1, 2018 Time: 12pm-11pm

Where: 1921 N. Bicentennial Blvd McAllen, TX

Saturday, December 1st from 12 noon to 11 p.m. The event will be held on Tamarack between Bicentennial and 23rd Street. We will have 30 food vendors and a Marketplace with over 40 craft vendors. We will also have a main stage and a community stage with entertainment running on both stages throughout the event. Photos with Santa will be available on Friday from 5pm to 11pm.


#14-McAllen Holiday Parade

When: Dec 1, 2018 Time: 6pm-10pm

Where:  2001 N Bicentennial Blvd McAllen, TX

The largest illuminated holiday parade in Texas takes place December 1st at 6:00PM at the McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium! You can expect giant helium character balloons, illuminated floats, marching bands, & celebrity guests!



#15-  Festival of Lights Illuminated Parade

When: November 30th  Tine: 7pm-10pm

Where: R315777  Hidalgo,  TX 78577

The Hidalgo Illuminated Christmas Parade, will take place on FRIDAY, NOV. 30th at 7 PM outside of City Hall Plaza, located at 704 Ramon Ayala Dr., Hidalgo, TX The event is FREE to the public! Come and experience the Magic! There will be food, music, and plenty of fun!


#16-Hidalgo Illuminated Christmas Parade

When: Dec 2, 2018 Time: 6pm-10pm

Where:  704 E Texano Dr. Hidalgo

Don’t miss one of the favorite traditions of Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights, the Illuminated Christmas Parade! Catch it LIVE in person at 6 pm in front of City Hall Plaza, or see it on CBS 4 News Rio Grande Valley starting at 6:30 p.m. Expect to see your favorite superheroes as we celebrate a Superhero Holiday in Hidalgo, and of course, jolly Old. St. Nick! We invite everyone to come dressed as their favorite superhero and join in on the fun!


#17- 66th Annual Brownsville Christmas Parade

When: Dec 3, 2018 Time: 7pm-9pm

Where:  E Elizabeth St  Brownsville, TX 78520


#18- Santa’s Enchanted Forest

When: Dec 15, 2018 Time: 9am-12pm

Where: 600 Sunset Drive, Mcallen TX

This Holiday season come on out to Quinta Mazatlan and see Santa’s Enchanted Forest!! Bring the whole family & dance in the snow, take pictures with Santa, enjoy face painting, food vendors, Christmas carolers & story time.

Admission : 3.00-5.00





Know of more Christmas Events or Neighborhood lights? Email us the info add to the list!  Email us at

Whatever you decide to do this holiday season, get out and enjoy the beautiful Christmas scenery!


Happy Holidays,

From our families to yours!















Saving $$ on Your Child’s Hobby


Tips for Saving Money on Your Child’s Hobby


From video games to basket weaving, the internet offers a range of activity ideas for people of all ages. However, this means that it can be difficult for parents to figure out which hobby options are best for their children. Additionally, many parents may have trouble finding a hobby for their children that doesn’t obliterate their bank accounts. The good thing is that there are many varieties of fun activities your children can explore that are both easy to put together and light on the financial burden. Here are a few starting suggestions.


Become a Scientist at Home


Not every hobby has to be a complicated, heavily regimented team sport requiring pricey equipment and extensive training. Many children find a great deal of joy in simple home science projects and other kinds of similar experiments or crafts. Often, home science projects use very few hard-to-find items, more frequently relying on basic kinds of ingredients you probably have lying around your house already. For example, all your child needs to make their own glass of lava is a container, some vegetable oil, water, salt, and food coloring.


As your child becomes more experienced with home science projects, they may want to explore other types of science, like robotics, that require slightly more specialized tools and parts. In this case, you should still not feel like you have to spend a quarter of each month’s paycheck on an exclusive membership. You can generally find starter kits or hobby essentials at online retailers, often for a fraction of the cost you would pay at a specialty store, especially if you use daily deals and use coupons for retailers like Amazon. You can also find offers and promo codes for brick-and-mortar stores like Target. Science lets your child explore the uses of their creativity through concrete, tangible actions. It can help foster a lifelong love of learning and reasoning.


Learn to Play an Instrument


Some hobbies are typically on the expensive side, including playing an instrument. However, the same ideas apply. There is no need to pay full price for an instrument (particularly when your child is just getting started) when you can buy a used instrument or rent one on a temporary basis. Of course, you can always pick up a new one, but remember to look for weekly sales and get cash back at stores like Walmart to save money. Additionally, many music programs also offer rebates if your child is of a certain age or intends to use their instrument in a school program such as marching band.


Playing an instrument offers a wide variety of avenues for your child — if your child enjoys folk or rock, they may want to pick up an acoustic or electric guitar, bass, or harmonica. If your child is into jazz, they may be suited to a saxophone, trumpet, violin, or piano. The whole array of strings, brass, and woodwinds is available if your child is of a more orchestral bent. When getting started musically, let your child make the choice as to what instrument they would like to play. (While there are limitations — smaller children may find it difficult to support a tuba or stand-up bass — most instruments depend on technique, not physical strength or size.)


If you take the traditional route of paying full price for gear and memberships, hobbies can be expensive.  However, by using online shopping, discounts, and rebates, you can find a less expensive path.  Remember to let your child have a voice in selecting their preferred hobby — if they are passionate about it, they will be much more likely to stick with it over the years and learn from their experiences.


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Nurse Family Partnership – RGV

Expecting, new moms get support from Nurse Family Partnership :

When a woman is pregnant for the first time, she has dozens of questions and just as many opinions from friends and family. How can she learn to make the best choices for her and her baby? To help pregnant Valley women and new mothers through those unfamiliar times, the Nurse-Family Partnership pairs a first-time mother with her very own, personal nurse to guide her through pregnancy and give her expert health advice.


The national program launched in the Valley in 2012 and is offered for FREE by DHR Health Women’s Hospital. There is no waiting list at this time, and friendly nurses just like Gabby Calzada are ready to help expecting moms of all ages be the best moms they can be.


Vanessa Bocanegra was a high school senior and 24 weeks pregnant when she learned about Nurse-Family Partnership. Although she was nervous to meet Gabby, Vanessa was quickly put at ease and glad she made the decision to join the program.



Gabby met with Vanessa every other week throughout her pregnancy. Vanessa’s son Damian is now 14 months old and doing well, and Vanessa credits her nurse with making her feel proud to be a mom and fall even more in love with her son. Vanessa is confident in her parenting skills, because she knows how to listen for or notice exactly what Damian needs. Gabby has also given her important parenting support and answers at the times when she needed them the most.


There is not a waiting list for the Valley’s Nurse-Family Partnership program.


Pregnant women in Hidalgo County who are eligible for these free services can enroll immediately. Once enrolled, a first-time mother is connected with a personal nurse who can answer her questions about what to expect during her pregnancy, childbirth and taking care of her baby. To find out more, pregnant moms can visit

Helping First-Time Parents Succeed – Nurse-Family Partnership

With your very own free Nurse­-Family Partnership personal nurse, you will get the support, advice and information you need during your pregnancy and when your baby arrives.

5 Tips to Throw a Fun & Easy Party

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5 Tips to Throw a Fun and Easy At-Home Birthday Party on a Budget


One of the challenges of parenting in the digital age is the worry about making everything “Pinterest perfect.” Kids’ birthday parties are no exception, but the reality is that our children just want a fun time to celebrate with their friends. When you get back to the basics with an easy at-home party, it’s not only budget-friendly, but it’s also less stress and more fun for everyone.


Start with a Theme
Planning around a theme gives you a focal point and serves as a springboard for other ideas. For younger children, loose themes that are gender neutral work well, such as fairytale characters or bugs and butterflies. Older children may already know what theme they’d like, or you can brainstorm possibilities together based on their interests. If you’re still looking for inspiration, we like these theme ideas that are broken down for different age groups.


Another option is to have an activity-based party, so you have the theme, activity, and sometimes even the food all rolled into one, making party planning even easier. Two activity themes we love from HuffPost are chocolate-making and scavenger hunt parties.


Make Low or No-Cost Invitations

Printing invitations can really bust your budget, but digital options are free or inexpensive and are more eco-friendly too. Going digital can give you the option to manage RSVPs online with services like Evite. If you’re tech-savvy (or have a design-savvy child), sites like Canva give you plenty of creative freedom to make your own special invitation.


If you decide to go the paper route, let your child help make homemade invitations. Use craft supplies you already have lying around, or grab some blank cards from a dollar store and let your child decorate them to their heart’s content.


Set the Scene


Decorations transform your home from the everyday into a world of wonder, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on them. One budget-friendly way to decorate is to keep store-bought decorations general and spruce them up yourself. A couple of DIY decorating ideas we like from Babble are confetti balloons and using printed washi tape to decorate plain cups. Try to get the best bang for your buck with inexpensive decorations that really pack a punch. Decorating with string lights is a great way to spice up your party, both indoors and outdoors, without spending much since they are inexpensive and kids usually love them. And when you’re finished with your party, you can use the string lights to add comfort and warmth to a space in your home!


Focus Refreshments on What Kids Want Most


Instead of setting out an expensive spread of food, focus on what kids really want, such as fun snacks like popcorn and, of course, the best part: cake and ice cream. You can get away with this by timing your party to start mid-morning or mid-afternoon when no one expects a meal. Most children would agree that the cake is pretty important, so consider making it yourself and starting a tradition by letting the birthday child help.


Play Classic Games and DIY New Ones


Planning a few activities is an absolute must because downtime leads to boredom and kids running wild. Classic games are just as fun as ever, so pick a few like freeze dance, hot potato, or red rover to keep kids entertained at no cost.


For something more current, one of the more popular party activities these days is to set up a photo booth. Scour the internet for photo prop templates that fit your theme, and print them yourself on heavy paper. To up the fun even more, use large cardboard boxes to make an actual “booth,” and let your children get involved by decorating it themselves.


The reality of modern party planning is that when you get back to basics, it’s easier to let go of stress and focus on what matters most. Children won’t remember (or even know) how much you spent on their party, but they will remember how much fun they had. Use these tips and your own creativity to pull off a memorable, fabulous shindig at home without breaking the bank.


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Summer Camps 2018!

Hello RGV FANS. Summer is around the corner. Have you signed up the kiddos for Summer Camps? Looking for ideas? Well here are great selections for you to choose from!

Summer Camps kids 2018


Nadia’s School of  Dance-  Ages: 2-11. Mission, TX 956-534-0132


Language Success- Mcallen, TX 956-683-8810


Camp Invention- Mcallen, TX  1-800-968-4332


Albartos Colegio Infantil- Edinburg 956-683-1977 & McAllen, 956-928-1966



Danz Force Academy- McAllen TX 956-400-1068





Jing’s Gymnastics- Mission 956-585-4967 & Pharr 956-702-4967



Musical Living Academy- McAllen, TX 956-221-3145



All Star Basketball- McAllen TX – 956-627-0390



Susy’s Art & Summer Camps- McAllen, TX 956-617-6527 or 956-627-0677



La Quinta Mazatlan- McAllen, TX 956-681-3370




Art Connection- McAllen, TX – 956-330-4335



KinderMusik- McAllen TX- 956-624-9436



Framboyant Summer Camps- McAllen TX – 956-687-4697




Debi Lou Modeling- McAllen, TX – 956-454-0510



Little Paradise Summer Camps- Edinburg- 956-720-4340 & McAllen 956-627-1450


Sweet Boulevard- McAllen TX – 956-432-8047


Want to advertise your Summer Camps? Give us a call! 1-877-887-7816, ext. 701


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How to Teach Your Child About Financial Responsibility

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Teaching your children about financial responsibility at a young age can help instill values and knowledge that will last them a lifetime, and it’s a great way to prepare them for the real world. Even if your children are old enough to have learned about how money works, school will likely not teach them about how to save, how to spend wisely, or why a budget is so important. These are skills you can develop in your children with some hands-on teaching.

Think about what you want to teach your children, and make the lessons fun. For instance, you might encourage your children to set up a lemonade stand with a friend, or buy a piggy bank with a built-in money counter that will help them keep track of their savings.

Here are a few of the best tips on how to teach your child to be financially responsible.

Be consistent

Teaching young people about the importance of being responsible with money is difficult if you aren’t consistent with things such as giving allowance for chores. Some parents don’t believe in paying children to help out around the house, while others feel it’s a great way to help them learn about earning and saving. If you do decide to let your children earn an allowance, stick with it for a while to help them learn the right way to handle their finances.

Work from home

If your schedule will allow it, consider getting a part-time job from home so you can share everything about your job with your children. A great example is working for a dog-walking company, which would allow you to make some extra cash while you teach your children about the importance of being responsible, how to budget both money and time for the week, and what to do with the money you earn. Just be careful not to let your children take over the dog-walking duties; this is about what you can teach them.

Use gifts as teachable moments

Many kids receive cash for birthdays and holidays, so it’s a good idea to show them how to take a portion of it to put away in savings. It might even be the right time to open up a bank account just for your children so you can help them start saving. For older kids, you can strike a deal to match dollar for dollar what they put in up to a certain amount, as long as they keep their grades up and agree to some rules about withdrawals.

Teach your child to shop smart

Teach your children how to shop without overspending by talking about what they want to buy, creating a budget, and comparison shopping online before going to the store to make sure you get the best deal. By showing your kids how to be smart about their spending, they’ll learn that impulse buying can be hard on a budget.

Talk about “needs” and “wants”

It’s important for your kids to learn the difference between what they need and what they want, so include a lesson on the basic human needs and why they are so important. Emphasize that clothing, shelter, food and water, sleep, and family are the most important things in a person’s life, while toys and video games are merely for entertainment.

Talking to young people about money can be a big responsibility, and it’s often difficult for parents to know where to begin. Start off slow and easy and use as many real-life situations as you can to show your children how to be savvy financial planners so they’ll retain these lessons for a lifetime.


Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations


St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally associated with green beers and an ever-elusive pot of gold. But your Irish heritage celebration doesn’t have to be boozy to be interesting and fun for the entire family.

Here are ways to enjoy the luck of the Irish with your littlest lad or lass.


Dinner party

Few meals conjure up images of hungry Irishmen after a day of hard labor more than a traditional dinner of bangers and mash. By plating plump sausages with creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, you have yourself an Irish meal that most everyone will agree is delicious. Here’s an interesting fact: Bangers – the sausage – get their nickname from linked sausages that tend to pop when exposed to heat. Bang! Of course, if you don’t have time to cook or aren’t handy in the kitchen, you can always make it a breakfast night and let the kids enjoy a bowl of Lucky Charms.


Brush up on your Celtic

There are few people in the U.S. who actually understand many of the most popular old Irish sayings. You and your family can research Celtic language and idioms and compare similarities to English. Business Insider’s list of 15 Irish expressions is a great place to start. Also, Google’s translate feature is a really fun way to share the language with your entire family. Bain sult as féin!


House hop

You don’t have to stop with just your house to enjoy a Celtic dinner. Talk to the neighbors and get everyone involved. One house can provide appetizers, another the main course and another still an enjoyable Irish dessert.


A family vacation

If you would like to really immerse yourself in Irish culture, a trip to the Emerald Isle is an excellent way to celebrate the holiday. Ireland is not only known for its looming castles and grandest estates, it also has some of the best beaches you’ll ever have the honor of relaxing on. If you don’t have an extra $10,000 lying around for an international vacation, you can also find family-friendly activities in Irish heritage-rich areas such as St. Louis, Missouri, and Charlotte, North Carolina, on



Movie marathon

If the weather’s bad or you simply don’t want to leave the house to celebrate, there are plenty of Irish films that will satisfy your cinematic senses this St. Patrick’s Day. The youngest in your crew may enjoy the animated classic The Secret of Kells or Disney’s Luck of the Irish, which chronicles the life of an everyday American teenager who finds out he’s actually not ordinary at all but half leprechaun.


Understand the holiday

St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional holiday that celebrates life of the eponymous Saint Patrick. As the Patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick is celebrated each March 17 and has been since the 17th century. What first started as a religious feast has evolved into a secular day of fun featuring festivals, parades, and special events in most major cities in the US and UK. The History Channel offers more information about St. Patrick’s Day.

Another great way to learn about this Irish day of honor is to visit your local cathedral and partake in a Catholic mass. Most parishes are happy to host guests but be sure to talk to children about Catholic traditions before attending as they may be wildly different than your own place of worship’s weekly service

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to honor good St. Paddy as well as your Irish heritage without a hangover on March 18. And by forgoing the libations, you and your family can enjoy the day – or week – together making memories that you’ll cherish for years to come and relive each St. Patrick’s Day.



Holiday Party Planning Made Easy!

Holiday Party Planning Made Easy: Tips for Doing it Right


Are you worried about planning that perfect holiday get together? Relax!

We’ve got the steps for you to follow to make it easy and fun. Here’s how:


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Additional Holiday Party Prepping Resources:

  1. Cleaning tips for a party-ready house
  2. Party planning checklist
  3. How to prep your home for festive entertaining
  4. 10 stress-free holiday party decorating tips
  5. 10 holiday party mistakes to avoid

Now that you know how to get started, you can enjoy the process. Make those lists, light some candles, and start thinking about your menu. You’ve got this!