Fire-safety Father


Coppell dad and retired Fire Captain Greg Lawler is working hard to make major changes in the fire-safety system.

Lawler recognized a flaw in the standard escape plan when his daughter Olivia failed to open her bedroom window during a fire drill at their home. She was 6-years-old at the time. As she struggled, he told her, “Do whatever it takes to get out because I love you!”

Lawler felt the need to find a solution for his family as well as others, so he created a product called Life Lift, a handle that makes it easier to escape a fire by exiting through a window. The handle uses larger muscles to apply more force and leverage.

He also hopes to raise awareness on the difficulties of exiting windows during a house fire through his program called the Hand2Live Challenge. The program asks families to make sure everyone can open all of the windows in their home.

The name was created to commemorate the night when Olivia couldn’t open her window during their fire drill. When he saw she was experiencing trouble, he asked his other daughter Hannah to give a “Hand to Liv” (Olivia).

He says many fire victims are found 4-5 ft. from the front door and may have passed a window in an attempt to escape. Lawler hopes to educate other communities on this issue by getting information and products like Life Lift into firehouses across the country.

To make this possible, Hand2Live has begun crowdsourcing in order to fund demonstration kits. Their mission is to distribute these kits to the two largest fire departments in every state. Funding will also go toward finding a more affordable way to manufacture the handles.

To make a donation visit:

Grandma + Camp + Science = FUN

19: 1

Join the University of North Texas in June for a two-day camp that delivers a trifecta of summer fun. If you want to give your kiddo a headstart on college, enrich their interest in science and provide a fun opportunity for bonding time with grandparents, check out Grandparents University.

On June 19 and 20, children ages 7–12 and their grandparents (or other parental figures) will learn about the stars, discover the science in veterinary medicine, build robots and more. After a day of captivating science activities, participants have the option to join others in the evening for poolside amusement or experimenting with science toys like a leaf blower hovercraft. For the full college experience, campers can choose to stay on campus overnight in a residence hall.

Registration costs start at $417 and hurry — the deadline to register is June 3. For more information call 940/565-3481 or visit Get a feel for the camp and watch this video from the 2013 Grandparents University below:

Earn $20,000 and stardom at the DFW ICON Vocal Competition


Waiting for your big break? Here’s a chance for the aspiring young singers in your family to get closer to super-stardom: the inaugural DFW ICON Vocal Competition coming to downtown Grapevine during Main Street Days May 16–18.

Singers between age 7 and 24, prepare two minutes of your favorite song (one that shows off your range, of course) for a chance to win more than $20,000 in prizes and services to help launch your career. Do you sing and play the guitar or piano? The same goes for you.

CEO of JG Entertainment, Jonathan George, who has developed singers for Disney, Nickelodeon, MTV, Universal and Sony, will be there scouting for talent and judging on vocals, performance and image.

See the details online and register at The application fee is $40 and all the proceeds benefit Kidd’s Kids.

Competitors in the prelims will perform at the Palace Theatre May 16–17 and the finals contestants sing on the main stage at the 30th annual festival. More for information, visit

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Fashion Activism

posted by on 2014.04.25, under Celebs, Charity, Fashion and Style, Mom, Products

We love when being fashion-forward can also mean helping those in need.

These products are perfect examples of when form (style) meets function (activism).

FEED Projects recently paired up with mommy blogger Joy Cho (of Oh Joy!) to create a limited-edition diaper bag. The purchase of a bag ($150) provides one mother and one child with micronutrients for an entire year! Not to mention it’s bright speckled pattern, perfect for summer. But don’t worry dads; the bag also comes in beige.

Founded in 2007 by model and activist Lauren Bush, FEED Project’s mission is to help feed the world through the sales of its bags, bears, T-shirts and other accessories. In creating the products, FEED practices fair-labor production and uses environmentally friendly and artisan-made materials.

Today, FEED has donated more than $6,000,000 and 60 million meals. That’s a lot of food!

Learn more about FEED

Get the bag

But FEED isn’t the only one making fearless humanitarian efforts in the fashion world.

Online retailer ShopBop and HIV awareness initiative Born Free collaborated with 22 of the fashion industry’s top moms like Tory Burch, Victoria Beckham and Vera Wang to create a women and children’s collection.

ShopBop will donate 100 percent of its profits towards ending HIV transmission at birth and the MAC AIDS Fund will match all donations and the total purchase price of all products sold, up to $500,000.

The collection features everything from a silk baby blanket by Alexander McQueen to matching mommy-daughter pleated skirts by Prada. You won’t need an occasion to sport this adorable get-up!

Shop the collection

Here comes the boom: Bugs Bunny Boomtown opens Saturday at Six Flags

posted by on 2014.04.24, under Around Town: Fort Worth, Cool Stuff, Family Fun

Bugs Bunny Boom TownThis Saturday, April 26, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington debuts its newly expanded kids’ area Bugs Bunny Boomtown featuring five new rides:
–Looney Tunes Adventure Camp: a massive play place with crawl tubes and curvy slides
–Taz Tornado: pint-sized swing carousel
–Marvin the Martian Space Rockets: think the Dumbo ride at Disney but in your own rocketship
–Daffy Duck Bucket Blasters: water barrels spin ‘round while you blast passersby with water cannons (bound to be a favorite during the hot hot summer)
–And the Bugs Bunny Cloud Bouncer
Plus, more seating and shaded areas to escape the sun between rides. Check out this video for a sneak peek.

The new kids’ area opens to the public at 1pm, and the whole park stays open until 10pm.

Got a season pass? (They start at $70.) Season pass holders will have exclusive access to the Bugs Bunny Boomtown the following Saturday, May 3 from 9–10am.

Single tickets at the gate are $65 for adults and $50 for kids from 3 years to 48 inches tall; free for kids two and younger. Save $15 by getting your tickets online beforehand.

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Beauty and the Beast opens Tuesday


Joan-MarcusDisney’s Beauty and the Beast the musical opens tomorrow at Dallas’ Winspear Opera House for a run April 15–27 (tickets are still available starting at $30) and we’re giddily humming “Be our guest, be our guest!” in anticipation of seeing the live-action versions of the characters we know and love: Cogsworth the worrisome clock, Lumière the amiable candlestick, Mrs. Potts, Chip, the Wardrobe. All those household objects from the Beast’s French castle got us thinking about our own humble abodes. What inanimate objects on our shelves would be full of personality?

Joan_Marcus1So like Belle reading her favorite book, we let our imagination run away from us and came up with a few household items we wish were anthropomorphic:

Object: Perfume bottle
What it’d do: As master of the vanity table, she’d spritz your neck and wrists before you leave for the office, date night or girls’ night out.
What it’d say: “Don’t bruise the scent!”

Object: Yoga mat
What it’d do: She’s your workout buddy and best cheerleader. Plus, rolls itself up and into your gym bag.
What it’d say: “Take a deep breath and clear your mind.”

Object: Coffee maker
What it’d do: Whip up your morning joe better than a barista and faster than a Keurig.
What it’d say: “The usual? Coming right up!”

Have any other just-for-fun suggestions? Leave them in the comments and don’t forget to get your tickets for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

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