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The McKinney Area Trolley in Dallas for Toddlers

McKinney Area Trolley Dallas Texas to Klyde Warren Park

Now that we have completed the intitial purchasing process for Landon Homes and we are oficially, really, moving out to the suburbs to Frisco, Texas...I'm diving in to all my favorite parts of the city life; embracing them with one giant bear hug farewell. Yes, I can still drive the 20-40 minutes in the future to enjoy them, but it is just not the same when they are your backyard.

With 3 kids in the city, nothing is more fun than a trolley day. the McKinney Area Transit Authority runs old style trolleys for FREE around the uptown area of Dallas with several awesome stops and sites to take in. The ride starts at the City Place transfer station near Highway 75 and runs 2 to 3 blocks into Downtown Dallas. 

Our favorite spot to hop on is the Starbuck's Coffee at West villiage. Why? Two very good reasons: free parking! and a safe trolley access point. Most other trolley stops, like bus stops, are just a pole on the sidewalk right off a road. Fine for me, not so great with mobile toddlers. Here, mommy can get her Chai Tea Latte, breakfast for the kids - yes my 3 year old has a Starbuck's habit, and sit on the outdoor patio leisurely waiting for the trolley. Life is good. 

Getting on the trolley, you quickly realize how many years each car has seen; beautiful wood walls, intricate metal details and high step entrances. On a stunning day like today, we open up the windows and my son watches traffic and buildings pass by his view. Our destination is Klyde Warren Park; an oasis in the city built over a highway that brings downtown and uptown together in one park, for the people, but the people. 

My son is one of those that has to do activities the same way each time. We start at the children's play area with water features, mist, tree houses and jungle gyms and move over to the library followed by food trucks and open exploration. I have a couple YouTube videos highlighting the childrens' experience.

What to Bring to Klyde Warren Park:

First, just let me say, I am a very light packer. I like hopping the trolley, freely and without a lot of baggage - but I travel with a toddler and a baby. First and foremost, I wear the aby on my back in a carrier, my favorite carrier, a Didymos Indio Aurora. This eliminates the need for a bulky stroller. Second, I carry a Coach purse instead of a diaper bag. It is divided into two sides by a zipper pouch; one for mom and the other side for kid stuff. They no longer make that style, but Tory Burch does!

What goes in the bag? A couple of Luna bars, grapes, sun block, two diapers per kid and baby wipes. Add swim clothes for each kid and a blanket that doubles as my scarf and that is it folks. Everything else I get from Starbuck's or the park food trucks. 

To mark our journey, we tried a new app for my Verizon iPhone in the iTunes App store that maps your route and even allows you to take pictures along the way, Track-Kit! My old phone, of course, died as we were leaving the park, but I was still able to track the trolley route from Starbusck's in West Villiage to Klyde Warren - I just got a weird line back to my house as the crow flies. 

Track Kit Net map of the McKinney Area Trolley Route to Klyde Warren park

One of my favorite aspects of this app was the ability to see interesting data from your trip. Never knew this fact, the trolley reaches speed of 28 miles per hour. Who knew? Area altitude was over 500 feet above sea level. 

For my fellow bloggers, especially the travel bloggers, this would be a fun application to use, because after you create a map with interactive pictures and note, you are able to upload them to the main site for others to see and download! 

Track-kit app on the McKinney Area Trolley in Dallas, Texas

Have you ridden the trolley yet? What are your favorite points of interest along the trolley? Let us know in the comments below!

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Momma Got a New iPhone 6 Plus AND Invite to Exclusive Verizon Event

I just fell in love. After a bit of a hectic day running errands with the two little ones, I brought home my new, golden beauty, iPhone 6 Plus, herein known as “My Precious.” And what could make this day more complete? The first email I read on my new 5.5” amazing display was from Verizon inviting me and my blog typing fingers to a special event to work with bloggers as brand ambassadors. Yes please, I love my Verizon!! On March 27th, I will have the privilege of being one of a very select number of bloggers and influencers who will enjoy meeting with a public relations manager to learn about the hottest wearable accessories, devices and apps launching this spring. Bonus to my fellow bloggers, they’ll cover exclusive deals and how technology is shaping the blogging industry.

So now that I have My Precious…I need all the iPhone 6 Plus Accessories! The top accessories on my list to get:

The new iPlanet extendable Bluetooth Selfie Stick 

So before you hate, as a blogger, you need original images. Need. One of the reasons I have been really looking forward to my upgrade to iPhone 6 Plus is the amazing camera, not my DSLR, but can hang out taking great impromptu shots like a boss. The selfie stick can get those shots that include background, all my friends and without my arm super imposed and forefront in the image. 

the selfie stick

 

Photo curtesy Verizon Wireless

A Blinged Out, Photogenic, iPhone 6 Plus Case

As I’m learning, every lifestyle, fashion and beauty blogger needs a photogenic phone case. Something I learned today, Swarovski has phone cases - crystal and all! Back story, I grew up in small towns that lacked the glimmer and shine of Dallas and prior to the internet being a thing. On each base was a store known as the BX (Base Exchange) that always had a display tower for Swarovski Crystals. I thought they were the epitome of glamour. I still love the brand and shopping at their NorthPark location. Downside is that I was unable to find one for the iPhone 6 Plus. Deeply saddened. 

Swarovski crystal phone cases in silver

Photo Curtesy Swarovski

The other brand I am considering is Kate Spade with gold details. Kate Spade device covers have bright dynamic colors with classic yet fun designs.

Kate Spade iPhone 6 cover in gold stripes

Photo curtesy Verizon Wireless

What cell provider do you use and why? Let us know in the comments below!

I will receive a gift in exchange for writing about the Verizon event. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own and I could not possibly be happier to support such a solid company that I have used for over 5 years now.

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KickStarter…Big Ideas in the Works Over the Last Month

I have simply fallen in love with KickStarter and the concept of micro-venture capitalism. I realize I am late to the game, but that happens with three kids. I have some updates and pointers for future KickStarter campaigns as well as some exciting news for the future of MissJena.com and blogs everywhere. First up, all 3 campaigns listed on my Fashion Friday blog post have been successfully funded!!! Go entrepreneurs!! Whoop Whoop

Don’t Lose Out on a Campaign 

I lost out on a great product, a macaron gel nail kit, because when it went to charge my card, my Amazon account didn’t have 50 extra pieces of information that it needed to process payments - which I had never done before. And because I had KickStarter notifications going to my spam email address….I completely missed out. Truly devastated. 

le mini macaron LED gel nails

My Mom Pants AKA Awesome Leggings are in Production…and I finally lost Baby Weight

I order these super stellar leggings from GeekWeave in a medium, only to loose the extra baby fluff shortly after they are fully funded and I have chosen my size. Life. Good news, is I am still pretty sure I am not a small.

Satina GeekWeave leggings for Dallas Cosplay and moms with style

Peace, Love, Unity and Respect (P.L.U.R.)

Here is an exciting news for those who want to spread Peace, Love, Unity and Respect (P.L.U.R.), Kandi Beadz made the kickstarter goal! They offer blinking L.E.D. colorful pony beaded keepsakes. These pieces are a step beyond the popular and tradable friendship bracelets and are found at various festivals and parties around the world.  For those of you who purchased, visit www.kandibeadz.com and choose the one you like!

Kandi Beadz by Victoria Vika Dallas Rave culture

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Rave light bracelets for Dallas Fashion from kickstarter

And Last but Not Least...Big News

Miss Jena will be spinning off a PR company of sorts specific to bloggers and the brands that want to know them! I talk to so many people that have a blog and just can't meet the brands they would like to partner up with. So I am taking up the challenge, connecting small startup brands like those on KickStarter to the blogs that want to share them with the world! Signup for our email list to be the first to have access! 

What is your experience with KickStarter? Let us know in the comments below!

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Mom of 3 Kids Here with Tips to get Rid of Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks after 3 kids

Stretch marks, the bain of every mother. I have had three kids and my stomach got bigger and bigger during pregnancy with each kid. So once you have them and the deed is done, how do you go about getting rid of them? Why do you get them? How do you prevent them? All questions on the mind of every pregnant woman with hopes of looking good naked ever again.

Water Water Everywhere

Guzzle that water pregnant momma...and postpartum. Our bodies are made of water and need all the water we can get just to make the baby and feed it...that is not even counting our own selfish needs. By far, #1 tip I can give any woman wanting to look and feel healthy and beautiful 24/7

Shea Butter While Pregnant

Shea Butter After Pregnancy

Use that stuff by the tub. Buy it by the gallon. You'll smell like fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, but your skin will be soft and supple. It has 100 other uses and is a wonderul item to have around the house. I won't pretend to be an expert, but the Examiner has a good article to explain better.

These are my two saviours...hands down. I still have the stretched out skin, but much harder to see without trying hard. You can hit up a doctor to nip and tuck too, but that isn't my thing.

What is your stretch mark secret? Let us know in the comments below!

*****I received compensation in exchange for writing this blog post. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.*****

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My Trials with Stella and Dot Leave Me in Shock and Awe

Stella and Dot online trunk show

For the past month I have had the privilege of hosting an online party for Stella and Dot to help a friend and fellow Junior League of Dallas member out while she was sick with mono. I say privilege because she dropped off a huge stash of stunning jewelry for us to borrow and use the last 30 days! Pretty, intricate, durable, fashionable…everything you are looking for in jewelry. 

I initially have been turned of by Stella and Dot seeing them as just another Network Marketing company selling overpriced items. Holding them in my hand, wearing them, and comparing them to my own stash of designer jewelry has changed my mind. I have several Michael Kors jewelry pieces that cost quite a bit more and Stella and Dot is directly comparable in quality and design. I think the handbags might actually be better...is that blasphemous?

Stella and Dot handbag clutch

Stella and Dot with Miss Jena

Babywearing Didymos indio aurora with Stella and dot jewelry

Alythea Jacket with Stella and Dot cuffs

Do you want to host a Stella and Dot Online Party? Let us know in the comments below and we will get you connected!

Full disclaimer...I do not in anyway sell Stell and Dot, but have used links to my good friend and Stella and Dot stylist, Miss Lindsay Bendorf. I get no commision, free gifts and have not been paid for this post, but I did get to check out her amazing stash.

Stella and Dot jewelry stash, working at home and breastfeeding

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Thanks @Verizon for the invite to your event today! So much fun and I won a UE Mini Boom!!! Getting a second one for the new Landon Home for home surround sound straight from my phone. 
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Thanks @Verizon for the invite to your event today! So much fun and I won a UE Mini Boom!!! Getting a second one for the new Landon Home for home surround sound straight from my phone. #VerizonSpring #ueminiboom

Love is a gift that should be given freely and often ð #love #gifts #motivational #todayneedslove

Love is a gift that should be given freely and often ð #love #gifts #motivational #todayneedslove

MissJena.com got picked up to be a Brand Ambassador for Verizon Wireless!!! Favorite technology I've seen so far? Turning your car into a hot spot coming to you April 20th!!! And you can order it today on Verizon. 
#VerizonSpring #hotspot @verizon #dallaslife #citylife #blogger #geek

MissJena.com got picked up to be a Brand Ambassador for Verizon Wireless!!! Favorite technology I've seen so far? Turning your car into a hot spot coming to you April 20th!!! And you can order it today on Verizon. #VerizonSpring #hotspot @verizon #dallaslife #citylife #blogger #geek

It's only Wednesday! #HumpDay Had a great but busy day with the kids, play dates, #babywearing, and photographing the new home site in #Frisco neighborhood, #Richwoods

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It's only Wednesday! #HumpDay Had a great but busy day with the kids, play dates, #babywearing, and photographing the new home site in #Frisco neighborhood, #Richwoods #quotes #supermodel #stress #humor

Took the kids out today for our McKinney Area Trolley Ride trip from Starbucks in West Village all around to Klyde Warren Park and even tracked our route with a fun new app! Such an amazingly beautiful day âï¸ðâï¸If you can get out, I highly recommend it âºï¸ðð Navigate Uptown using the trolley with toddlers now on the blog with cool maps. Link in profile. #MATA #trolley #uptowndallas #citylife #citymom #citykid #dallaslife #imgoingtomissthecity @uptowndallas @starbucks

Took the kids out today for our McKinney Area Trolley Ride trip from Starbucks in West Village all around to Klyde Warren Park and even tracked our route with a fun new app! Such an amazingly beautiful day âï¸ðâï¸If you can get out, I highly recommend it âºï¸ðð Navigate Uptown using the trolley with toddlers now on the blog with cool maps. Link in profile. #MATA #trolley #uptowndallas #citylife #citymom #citykid #dallaslife #imgoingtomissthecity @uptowndallas @starbucks

Marriage is hard. Add three kids and it can be exhausting. Sometimes I think I have forgotten what it is like to be me, but then I realize I'm still me, just like version ME 11.2.15 ððð I'm a better version of the old me capable of far more complicated computations. And just like every software version, there are bugs to fix and upgrades to install. Just think, does anyone want to go back to the original #Microsoft Operating System? 
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Marriage is hard. Add three kids and it can be exhausting. Sometimes I think I have forgotten what it is like to be me, but then I realize I'm still me, just like version ME 11.2.15 ððð I'm a better version of the old me capable of far more complicated computations. And just like every software version, there are bugs to fix and upgrades to install. Just think, does anyone want to go back to the original #Microsoft Operating System? #seizetheday #carpediem #quote #marriage #OS #gettingold #livelife #marriedwithkids #me #software #tobeyoungagain #17again #loveyoufirst #momproblems #kidproblems

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