3 Reasons to Move to Dallas, Texas

Are you thinking of moving to a new city? Dallas, Texas is one of the best places to live in America with its thriving economy, vibrant culture, and excellent quality of life. From great employment opportunities to award-winning restaurants and world-class shopping centers, there’s something for everyone living in this beautiful, bustling city. Here are three reasons why you should call up a team of the top Dallas movers to plan your relocation today.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is a Cultural and Economic Hub

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is an exciting, vibrant region that offers a unique blend of culture and commerce. It serves as a hub for art, music, and theater, featuring world-class museums and cultural events that attract visitors from all over the globe. Additionally, it is home to a diverse array of businesses and industries, including finance, technology, and energy. With a thriving economy and a rich cultural heritage, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is a destination that has something for everyone. Whether you are looking to explore the local art scene, attend a major sporting event, or simply enjoy some of the best restaurants and shopping in the country, this area is the place to be.


Affordable Living Costs Meet Great Weather

Do you dream of living in a place with warm and sunny weather all year round, but don’t want to break the bank? Look no further than Dallas, where the cost of living is affordable, and the weather is delightful. Imagine waking up to blue skies and sunshine every day without sweating about your budget. Dallas has a unique blend of natural beauty and urban convenience, with a cost of living well below that of many other warm, sunny destinations.


An Abundance of Activities, Shopping, and Dining Options

Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, there’s no shortage of things to do in this bustling city. With an abundance of activities like hiking, biking, and sightseeing, you’ll never have a dull moment. And when you’re ready to take a break, indulge in some retail therapy at the many shopping venues. From high-end luxury boutiques to unique local stores, there’s something for everyone. And when hunger strikes, the city’s diverse dining scene offers endless options, from trendy eateries to cozy cafes serving up delicious food. With so much to see, do, and taste, Dallas is the perfect place to call home.


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The Universal Studios Guide: Plus Size at the Parks

I wrote a First Timers Guide to Universal Studios where I shared a few tips on visiting the parks, but I wanted to share a bit more information with my readers who have asked a lot of questions about being plus size at the parks; if you’ve ever been nervous about visiting Universal because of your size, I’m here to answer questions, and put your mind at ease.

What to Wear.

The first thing I want to address is attire. Besides wearing thin clothing to help fit on rides (we will address this more down below), you want – no need – to be comfortable. Number 1 its hot. If you are not used to Florida weather, you don’t realize how hot and humid it can be. Dress for the weather.  Personally I have pretty big calves and knees, so I don’t like to wear shorts. My favorite thing to wear when its hot is cotton capris. My favorites are Spalding Women’s Capri’s – and they aren’t even expensive! Under $20 for plus sizes! They are breathable, and comfortable. The band doesn’t roll over, and if you decide to go for the yoga pants vs capri, they have pockets!

Secondly, as a woman – I highly recommend breathable under garments. Sports bras can also be great if you are well endowed, because it can help with fitting on rides that are a close fit.

For a top I say go with what you are comfortable with: If you are comfortable with a tank top that would be my suggestion because of the heat, tee shirts, tanks, sleeveless tops, whatever works for you (just don’t forget your sunscreen!)

Last but not least when it comes to what you wear – shoes. This one is super important. Even if you are relatively active, you walk a lot, like a LOT when you are in the parks. And you stand a lot. You want to make sure that you have comfortable shoes – preferably more than one pair if you’ll be in the parks more than one day. Now personally I prefer Sketcher Go Walk’s. They are comfortable, padded, and they come in wide width. I wear their slip ons, sneakers and flip flops. Even with the best shoes, you still will have achy feet, and maybe some blisters. Be sure that you soak them every night, and have these moleskins handy!

Possible Ride Complications.

So the biggest issue at the parks is – will I fit? No one wants to do the embarrassing walk of shame when you are told that you don’t fit, and you have to exit the ride.. right in front of everyone else that fits, and everyone else that is in the queue. So being plus size at the parks, what rides are the biggest concerns?

Revenge of the Mummy – Universal Studios
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts – Universal Studios
Hollywood Rip Ride Rock It – Universal Studios
Jurassic World VelociCoaster – Univeral’s Island of Adventure
The Simpsons Ride – Universal Studios
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – Universal’s Island of Adventure
The Incredible Hulk Coaster – Universal’s Island of Adventure
Doctor Dooms’ Fearfall – Universal’s Island of Adventure
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey – Universal’s Island of Adventure

So with that being said, I want to preface that most of the other rides are not a problem for plus size people up to a 3x/4x or so. If you are plus size past size 3x, there could be other rides that may be a problem.

Now with the rides I mentioned above, there isn’t a specific way to know for sure you are going to fit; Unfortunately height and weight aren’t the only factors in if you’ll be able to ride or not. I know of people ‘smaller’ than me that couldn’t ride, and people ‘bigger’ than me that could. I highly recommend joining the Universal Orlando Plus Size Riders  Group on Facebook. It may help give you some insight on what rides you’ll more likely be able to ride, and what ones may give you problems. You may find someone else who is close to the same height/weight/measurements and ‘squish’. It definitely made me feel better about riding.

So here’s my personal experience: I am 5’6, in mid 250’s, and I wear anything between an 18-20 or a 1-3x top (depending on brand). I have been to the park when I was closer to 220, and I didn’t have a problem riding anything. Since I have gained weight, I was a little more concerned and didn’t try certain rides.  For example, I could ride Incredible Hulk, but I asked for the extended seating; all that is , is a longer seat belt. I am not very squishy; my fat is hard lol. So though I fit in the seat, its hard to pull over the restraint and buckle it without the extender. The staff was nice, and always put my party in the same row and just told me which seat had the extender. Easy peasy.

Forbidden Journey always made me nervous bc it would depend; I have large arms, so that made it a little difficult to pull down. If you pull down on the restraint as you sit down and pull it hard with you, most likely you’ll get the 2 clicks needed to ride. Sometimes they will help you push it down – sometimes they won’t. Don’t go after lunch lol. I road several times, sometimes I was able to do it myself, sometimes I wasn’t. Depending on who you talk to, it can be an issue.

Revenge of the Mummy was a little tight, but if you ride in the back, it seems to be easier to fit. same with Escape from Gringotts.

Even when I was smaller, I did NOT try Rip it, or Doctor Doom because I have heard of people even small plus size people, not being able to ride and I have an awful fear of being embarrassed, and unfortunately would rather miss out than do the walk of shame.
Now there are test seats for a lot of these rides – but that doesn’t mean for sure that you’ll be good. I have heard of people fitting in the test seats, but being turned away on the ride itself. I really wish that Universal would put the test seats in a private area, maybe behind a wall, or even be creative like a ‘virtual ride’ box, or something – but that is neither here nor there I guess.

Again, like I said – definitely join the Facebook group, it will give you better insight on people that may be your same size/shape, and give you a better idea on what to try!


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Ohio’s Most Romantic Getaway Destination: Shores & Islands

IF you are like me you have a tendency to put your romantic life on the back burner; with kids, their activities, pets, a house, a career – well, it just seems to happen that way. But on occasion you have to put all that on hold to do something for yourself. Including those little weekend getaways for romance and relaxation.

So ideally if I lived near the ocean I would spend my days in a bathing suit on the beach without much thought for anything else; but since I don’t, and I live where well, we have seasons, you look for alternatives.. and boy did I find one! I love when I find a place that is amazing no matter what the weather – like Shores and Islands Ohio.


The great thing about Shores & Islands is that you can enjoy it during any season, as a family trip, girls weekend – or a romantic getaway. There are a TON of things to do, and something for everyone.

If I’m not laying on the beach, I want to be doing SOMETHING – museums, shopping, restaurants , I love to explore! So visiting in the fall is the perfect time to do all of the above. We started a romantic weekend at the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton.

The Liberty Aviation Museum showcases operational, historical aircraft and vehicles including “Georgie’s Gal”, a WWII B-25 Mitchell Bomber, a U.S. Navy WWII TBM Avenger, Pt-boat, and more! You can also dine in the 1950’s era themed Tin Goose Diner!

There were so many amazing things to look at, artifacts from the Titanic, war and movie memorabilia , and some amazing vehicles!

We could of spent hours, but decided to head outside and enjoy the weather and check out the beach and lighthouse in Port Clinton at the Waterworks Park.

What I LOVE about the park is the walking paths, the beautiful lighthouse, benches to sit and talk with a view of the water, and pier fishing.

I love walking out onto the water and watching the fish jump, and the birds fly – just remember to bring a jacket if you visit any other time besides summer – it gets a little chilly out on the lake!

After exploring we decided to go check in at our bed & breakfast at The Captain’s Lodge. Beth & Turbo run the lodge, along with an amazing fishing charter – that makes this place one of the best, and unique stays near Lake Erie! I absolutely LOVE Beth & Turbo, they are one of the most down to earth BUSY couples I have ever met! Their stories of fishing and hunting, and all their travel make the stay at their bed & breakfast feel like home!

We were able to freshen up and get ready to head to dinner at The Orchard Farm Stand. I will have to admit, this was one of my favorite places (so be prepared to scroll through a lot of pictures)!

The Orchard Farm Stand offers coffee, bakery, applewood fired pizzas and sandwiches daily. Enjoy Orchard signature wine and cocktails at the indoor/outdoor Farm Stand bar featuring a view of the vineyard, apple and peach trees. You can also shop the market for local produce , honey, jams and jellies, french linens, coffee, wine, baked goods, kitchen items and more!

We ordered to appetizers to share and try; the Coconut Shrimp sounded amazing,(and it was!) and asked our waitress what was the best appetizer on the menu, she hands down said that the hot honey & whipped feta with grilled pita! She was right – it was amazing!

Also per her suggestion we ordered the Peach BBQ Burger – I really was unsure about the peach bbq sauce but OMG it was soo good, we bought some to bring home! It came with their signature hot catawba peach chips!

Last but not least, the chicken bacon ranch pizza with truffle hot sauce (WARNING: don’t pour on the pizza, dip lightly lol – hot BUT AMAZING!)


After dinner we checked out the store, and the stand out front, which I LOVED! I would love to bring my parents and my kids back up just to visit The Orchard!

After perusing the store and the stand, we headed over to the Orchard Bar, which had the cutest set up; this would be a perfect place for a wedding, or even a reception (which they did have going on while we were there) the sky was gorgeous, and as it got cooler they turned on the fire pits that kept us warm.

After some time hanging out and talking by the fire, we decided to head to the lake to see the sunset. There is something about a sunset over water that is just peaceful.

This was just Day 1! Keep an eye out for the rest of our romantic getaway!

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How to Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done

It’s all too tempting to put off work and tasks that we know need to get done. It can be daunting to think about all we have to accomplish before the day’s end, and this could make us feel overwhelmed and end up putting it off until the last minute.

While it’s okay to put things off here and there, if you frequently procrastinate, you’re setting yourself up to always be anxious and on edge. That’s why we’re here to help you out by offering some advice on how to stop procrastinating and get things done. Take a break from looking into new helmets from Get Lowered Cycles, and let’s look at some tips on how to stop procrastinating, so you can get back to work!


Create a To-Do List

Creating a to-do list is one of the most effective ways to help prevent you from procrastinating. However, a to-do list is only useful if you actually stick to it. That means you need to make it a priority to accomplish whatever you have on your list, and it helps to put a time limit on the tasks you listed out.


Hold Yourself Accountable

We often procrastinate and put things off because we have issues with self-discipline. We go too easy on ourselves and let things slide. That’s why if you’re serious about wanting to be more productive, you have to hold yourself accountable. Stick to your word and commitments, and don’t let yourself off easy when it comes to getting things done.


Minimize Distractions

There are plenty of distractions in life that make us prone to procrastination. We’d much rather be scrolling social media than working on the report that’s due at the end of the day. In order to prevent procrastination, you’ll want to minimize the distractions that veer you off course from getting work done. Keeping your phone on do not disturb or turning notifications off is a great first step.


Schedule in Breaks

It’s okay to have breaks during the day. In fact, research actually shows that taking regular breaks helps to increase productivity, which is good news for us all! When you schedule breaks during your day, you’re much less likely to get restless, and therefore be more prone to procrastinating. Try and fit in 5 or 10-minute breaks every couple hours or so, and see if it helps to improve your productivity.


Reward Yourself

If you’re a notorious procrastinator, it’s going to be challenging to learn how to put a stop to it. To make the process easier for you, consider rewarding yourself for the tasks that you get done. This could be something as simple as congratulating yourself or allowing yourself to take a short walk outside. Rewarding yourself will make it more likely that you’ll remain consistent when it comes to being more productive.



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Smoked Queso

A smoky version of our favorite Mexican party dip! This smoked queso dip is the perfect appetizer to share. You can make it mild or hot, and you can add hamburger, or whatever you’d like – the possibilities are endless!

What I love about this smoked queso is it actually heats up really well – just store it in a air tight container, and heat and serve.

Recipe for Smoked Queso 

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook Time:1.5- 2 hours
Serves: 8-10 (as appetizer) 



  • 1 (2 lb) block Queso Blanco (with jalapenos) Velveeta or similar, cubed 
  • 1 (16 oz) package Hot (or mild) pork sausage 
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chiles


  • In a  pre-heated grill or smoker, break up the pork sausage in a cast iron pan or aluminum pan.

  • Close the lid and cook for about 45 minutes to an hour at 225. (or until sausage is cooked)
  • Once sausage is cooked, add the rest of the ingredients and close the lid and let cook for another 30 minutes at 225.
  • Stir and then let the smoker or grill get up to 350 and finish cooking for another 30 minutes. (or until completely melted)

  • Serve with chips or pretzels.

NOTES:**cooking times may vary,  you can cook at a higher temperature for faster cooking times.


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