3 Great Dallas Date Ideas : January 2020

Dallas Date Night Ideas January 2020

Don’t take your old date ideas into a new year. There is always something fun happening in Dallas and in 2020 we’re aiming to bring you three new ideas each month to schedule for your sweetie or at least get you in the creative mindset to keep things fresh with your friends.

Each month you’ll get suggestions for one night out, one daytime activity, and one unique, fun or quirky idea that will make you the envy of all your friends. Here are our three great date ideas in Dallas for January 2020:

For a NIGHT OUT:

You’ll never have search for a conversation starter during Social Science Night at the Perot Museum Friday, Jan 24 7pm – get tickets here

Looking for something new to do on date night? Overdue for an evening out with friends? Social Science events transform the Museum into an adults-only hangout complete with innovative experiments, dynamic performances, engaging discussions, amazing inventions, and intriguing interactions — all specifically designed for adults. Roam the Museum in a kid-free environment with a signature cocktail or craft beer in hand.

The January the theme at the Perot Museum is ENGine-uity. Take your innovative ideas and put them to the test as you create, hack, and invent solutions to the biggest challenges of the 21st century. Hear about the clever projects local engineers are working on and mingle with inventors while sipping on a cocktail.

Friday, January 24 starting at 7 pm. Ticket Prices: $29 Public, $20 Member

For a DAYTIME DATE:

Spend the Day Exploring the Newest Exhibition Crow Museum of Asian Art’s Beili Liu: One and Another

Opening January 18th, this exhibition kicks off an exciting initiative of the Crow Museum – the Texas Asian Women Artists Series, a landmark, three-year series of exhibitions honoring the cultural traditions of Asia with new contemporary voices from Texas women. Beili Liu: One and Another is the inaugural exhibition.

Working with everyday materials and elements such as thread, scissors, paper, stone, fire and water, Liu manipulates their intrinsic qualities to extrapolate complex cultural narratives. Her work has been exhibited in Asia, Europe and across the United States, and she has held numerous solo exhibitions at internationally renowned venues.

The museum is always free, although donations online or in person are appreciated. Hours Tuesday-Sunday: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

For a Unique, Quirky, Fun Date:

Crushing on someone at the office? Invite them to the newest Office themed Pop- Up Bar : Dunder Whiplin, Inc. Wednesday-Saturday from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. through Feb 15

Office Themed Pop Up Bar Dallas Dunder Whiplin

This is wayyyy better than just going out for a drink after work. The Whippersnapper bar has transformed into an Office themed pop-culture haven complete with photo booths, themed food and drink menus, employees in costume and murals from local artists from the show. Whether your date is already a major Micheal Scott fan or one in the making, go visit and then invite them over to rewatch your favorite episodes.

Dunder Whiplin Dallas pop up bar

Hopefully these will give you some fresh ideas to start a spark in the Dallas area this January. We’ll be back in just a few weeks for Febuary the month of love with 3 more ideas. Comment below or reach follow us online to let us know which of these was your favorite.

Rep a new spot you think or readers should know about? email us and maybe we’ll feature it too!

Yule Love the Lights at Daystar Christmas

Looking for a new holiday tradition? Bring your whole family to enjoy the holiday lights and activities at Daystar! #DaystarChristmas

Our family went to visit the exciting display at Daystar with the intent to capture a few family holiday photos and were completely blown away at the fun we had! We’ve visited many light displays in DFW and this one has been our favorite experience of the holiday season.

Here are just a few things that make it shine brighter than the rest:

7 Reasons to Visit Daystar This Christmas

  • Lighted Tunnel Drive – Drive through a 950 foot tunnel with over 1.5 million lights that warmly invite you to the awe and wonder of Daystar
  • Christmas Town– Explore a whimsical world filled with your favorite characters at the kid-friendly Christmas Town.
  • Interactive Displays– On your visit plan to take LOTS of photos to share with family and friends. The 8-foot JOY and 9-foot lighted holiday wreath make the ideal setting for a picture perfect holiday photo.
  • Photos with Santa – on select days you can get your picture with Santa taken by Daystar’s professional photographer!
  • Christmas Story with Santa – December 20th at 7Pm, Celebrate the Season with Santa for a special reading of the Christmas Story
  • Christmas Treats at Scratch Cafe– Come inside and warm up with hot chocolate, coffee, or a sweet treat from Scratch Cafe right on site!
  • Life-Size Nativity– the meaning of Christmas comes to life as you are able to experience walking through a life size nativity celebrating the birth of Jesus, including angels and camels.

My Daughter’s First Panic Attack

I was compensated by Med-IQ through an educational grant from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Lundbeck to write about depression in college-aged students.  All opinions are my own.

As parents we pride ourselves in a lot of firsts. First steps, first haircut, first day of school, first dance….There just aren’t enough parenting articles written to prepare you for the first time your child has a panic attack. Earlier this year, due to a paid partnership with Med-IQ, we had begun having conversations at home that opened the door for our daughter to reach out to us quickly to help her through her first panic attack. I hope that by sharing our story it encourages you to talk about anxieties with your family members and remove the stigma in conversations surrounding mental health.


“I can’t breathe. I’m feeling very claustrophobic right now and my chest feels very tight. It feels like someone is sitting on my chest. It’s like I’m trying to get a deep breath but someone is holding my lungs. It’s like trying to breathe through a straw.”

This text from our high school daughter sent on a random Tuesday caused my husband and I to drop all the work we were doing on opposite ends of town. While we were proud that her first instinct was to reach out to us and talk her through solutions, we were highly concerned. She told us she was going to get some water and try to calm herself down. We encouraged her to go speak with the campus nurse as well.

As she was waiting for the nurse, we were able to reassure her through texts that health doesn’t just mean flu or throwing up. It also can mean taking inventory of mental and emotional health as well. It is totally valid to seek guidance from professionals at the first sign of an issue even if it doesn’t seem like a “big deal”. I was so grateful that we had already been encouraged to have these conversations and had been equipped with insights and tools on how to guide her through our partnership with Med-IQ.

How to Help
One of the things that kept us calm as we were talking through this with her was the information we had gained. We also know that in a handful of months she will be at college on her own and we need to continue to equip her for the transition to living away from us. There are several online tools that will help students learn how to track their own stressors and know when to get help. This site is focused on the ‘transition’ from HS to college: https://www.settogo.org/. This is another screening tool that is used a lot for colleges and universities: https://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/goblue

Whether your child is already a college student and is coming home for Thanksgiving or in high school preparing for college, prepare to set a little time by the fire to check in with them holiday season. By now, our students have all thought about the transition from high school to college. They may be experiencing or worried about a wide array of stressors to manage whether it be academic, home-sickness, worries of financial aid, or social pressures like underage drinking or sexual pressure. 

Part of the talk we had with doctors learning how best to prepare our students was helping them decipher who they are and who they want to be, and part of that is learning how to take care of their own health. If your child can talk with you about their anxiety, assure them that help is available. Once you and your child are aligned with the right resources, both of can breathe a sigh of relief.

Help us by Taking a Survey
Med-IQ is conducting an anonymous survey and would appreciate your input. The survey, which includes additional education on this topic, will take less than 15 minutes to complete. Survey responses are shared only in aggregate. Your responses to these survey questions will provide Med-IQ with important information about your experiences with depression and mental health in your college-aged child, which will help us develop future educational initiatives.

Take the survey here!
Once you’ve completed the survey, you will have the option of providing your email address to be entered into a drawing administered by SOMA Strategies to win 1 of 10 $100 VISA gift cards. If you choose to enter, your email address will not be sold, kept, or stored; email addresses are used only to randomly draw the winners and notify them of their prize.

Disclaimer: Links to external sites are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. They are not intended and should not be construed as legal or medical advice, nor are they endorsements of any organization. Med-IQ bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality, or content of any external site. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

Yomms: The Smart Snack Drawer Solution


Today’s smart snacking post is made possible through our sponsor Yomms.

Snacking often gets shunned but it can actually be a great way to fuel your life and get nutrients in during the day (think vitamins and fiber).  Mindless snacking and overindulging aren’t the right approach but with a little strategy you CAN snack smart. Skip the vending machine and bring joy back to the idea of snacking with Yomms. 

Long workdays often mean I don’t have a designated shopping day for groceries and it’s common to receive a “Can you stop to pick up — on your way home?’ text. This week was no different. It occurred to me as I was walking the aisle of Brookshire’s after work- but still long before I’d be home for dinner- how hungry I really was. Doing a quick time estimate of how long it would take me to get through the check-out line, drive home, and cook dinner, it still added up to at least another hour before we’d eat. I’d been so cautious not to fill up on mindless calories during the workday but I had been so busy, I was also skipping meals. I needed to look for a solution that would provide energy, keep me alert, and bring a little joy to the workday.  

This is when I added Yomms to my cart. Yomms is a convenient and tasty snack that is easy to take along to the office. It was also convenient for my budget since Brookshire’s had a BOGO Free, on the  4 oz bags (10/9-10/15). I picked up two bags of my favorite and another to share with my family. Snacks are for sharing but they never last long with two teenagers and their friends at home.

Balancing Work Life with Yomms : The Smart Snack Drawer Solution

I’ve worked so diligently on areas of my health this year. I was concerned about sabotaging my progress with snacks at work. I knew my busy schedule would sometimes get in the way of routine so I had to  be intentional with the snacks I was consuming. Instead of heading to the vending machine between meetings, I considered the option of stocking a snack drawer with smart options instead. 

There are a few functional benefits to consider when stocking your office snack drawer:

  • Will this item give me energy? 

Yomms is a plant protein and has plenty of fiber & ‘good’ unsaturated fats

  • Does it provide nutrients? 

Yomms has antioxidant vitamins, minerals, & phytonutrients

  • Is it convenient? 

Yomms comes in a variety of flavors (Coco Twist, Dark Chocolate w/ Sea Salt, Milk Chocolate, Sea Salted & more) and is packaged to take on the go. 

When you’re always on the go, you’ve got to be easygoing

Speaking of being on the go… Our teenagers always keep us on the go. Sometimes it seems like they never slow down. Except for snacks. They still stop and light up if I say I have a snack to share. Sometimes choosing the snack can be a conflict because we have several different eating styles under one roof. One of the greatest parts about stocking up on Yomms is that it’s a plant protein the whole family can share – vegetarians and non-vegetarians. We’ll often tell each other “food is fuel” as a reminder to snack smart but our choices can also bring a moment of delight to the day. It’s important to me to model this value for them.

Speaking of being on the go… Our teenagers always keep us on the go. Sometimes it seems like they never slow down. Except for snacks. They still stop and light up if I say I have a snack to share. Sometimes choosing the snack can be a conflict because we have several different eating styles under one roof. One of the greatest parts about stocking up on Yomms is that it’s a plant protein the whole family can share – vegetarians and non-vegetarians. We’ll often tell each other “food is fuel” as a reminder to snack smart but our choices can also bring a moment of delight to the day. It’s important to me to model this value for them.

We’ll often tell each other “food is fuel” as a reminder to snack smart but our choices can also bring a moment of delight to the day. It’s important to me to model this value for them.

SNACK JOYOUSLY! Fuel your day with a snack that brings you confidence and guilt-free indulgence like Yomms. For more joyful inspiration, check out the Yomms Facebook page.

The One Thing You Haven’t Prepared Your College Student For

This is a sponsored post. I was compensated by Med-IQ through an educational grant from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Lundbeck to write about depression in college-aged students.  All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting Thrill of the Chases. 

Getting ready for college has been a major topic of conversation in our house for a while now. Our teens still have a couple of years before they officially leave the nest, but because they are already attending an early college high school we talk about this almost daily. This means an even greater focus is already being put on college preparedness. This means homework and test grades stay up:; for college. They are aware that a well-rounded portfolio of volunteerism beyond academics is important: for college. Even our summer vacation schedule is dependent on when an additional summer class or two can be taken: for college. 

As parents, we are doing our best to prepare and guide them while still encouraging them to have as much autonomy over their lives as possible. We’ve had excited conversations about potential college tours. We’ve also had heavier conversations surrounding topics of college parties and campus safety. It wasn’t until Med-IQ approached us with this discussion that we considered how important it was to help them prepare their mental health for the college transition too. 

My partnership with Med-IQ allowed me to sit in on a discussion with doctors (John F. Greden, MD, Founder and Executive Director, University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center & Todd D. Sevig, PhD, Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Michigan) to ask questions and learn why this emphasis on mental health during the transition to college is so important. 

Why is talking about mental health during the college transition so important? 

During the call I learned that suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. So many risk factors are at play during this transition time that many could simply be overlooked until they weigh so heavily that you and your student is are left dealing with a crisis you are unprepared for. 

Risk factors include:

  • Loss of previous support system and social network  
  • Academic stress 
  • Increased pressure to succeed 
  • Feelings of isolation 
  • Mental illness, especially anxiety and depression 
  • Lack of adequate coping skills 
  • Conduct issues 
  • Previous suicide attempts 
  • Substance abuse 
  • Interpersonal difficulties 
  • History of abuse or trauma 
  • Impulsivity 
  • Fear of mental health stigma 
  • Insomnia

So, where we do begin? What can parents do?

The doctors advised that parents check in with their own level of stigma and their own history with mental health that may be keeping them from approaching the topic with their children. All students are affected to some degree and it is important to gain understanding and education about the realities of college life today. Use online tools and encourage your students to use them to gain insights and assess their own needs. These online tools can help students learn how to track their own stressors and know when to get help. As they transition to living away from their parents, the doctors discussed how the students are learning who they are and who they want to be, and part of that is learning how to take care of their own health.

Med-IQ is conducting an anonymous survey and would appreciate your input. The survey, which includes additional education on this topic, will take less than 15 minutes to complete. Survey responses are shared only in aggregate. Your responses to these survey questions will provide Med-IQ with important information about your experiences with depression and mental health in your college-aged child, which will help us develop future educational initiatives.

Take the survey here!

 Once you’ve completed the survey, you will have the option of providing your email address to be entered into a drawing administered by SOMA Strategies to win 1 of 10 $100 VISA gift cards. If you choose to enter, your email address will not be sold, kept, or stored; email addresses are used only to randomly draw the winners and notify them of their prize.

Without this conversation I would have been left without a starting point to begin a conversation. Looking back on my own experiences, I now recognize some factors in play that I probably should have sought help with when I was their age. At that time neither the adults in my life or I were informed enough to make that decision. I am hoping that because of this information our children will not struggle in the same ways I did. In a future blog post, I will share more about how we are planning to approach the conversation with our students, resources you can use, and what our teens thoughts are after the initial conversations. I hope you’ll participate in this part of the journey with us. I truly believe it will be life changing. 

Disclaimer: Links to external sites are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. They are not intended and should not be construed as legal or medical advice, nor are they endorsements of any organization. Med-IQ bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality, or content of any external site. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.