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  • MAY 2016


    Meet our 2016 Awesome Moms

    FRESH FUNProduce-picking

    in Oklahoma

    BUTTERFLY CENTRALPlant a spring

    garden to attract butterflies

    See our calendar for 179 May events!

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  • 10BUTTERFLY HAVENTips for creating a butterfly garden at home.

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    22YOU-PICK PARADISEDiscover produce-picking opportunities popping up throughout Oklahoma.

    Must-See Murals in OKC


    16 How One Local Non-Profit is Rebuilding Families 24 Awesome Mom Contest Winner Revealed

    54 Mom Humor: One Glorious Weekend

    70 Kid Review: Hafer Park

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    HAVE A STORYOR BIG EVENT?We are all about family activities and fun in the OKC metro. If you have a story to share, let us know!

    CONTACT THE TEAM AT 405-818-5025 or email

    EDITORIALSarah TaylorPublisher

    Hannah SchmittManaging EditorLindsay CuomoAssistant Editor

    Heather Davis, Erin Page and Mae KigginsContributing Writers

    Emily Hart and Mark Doescher Contributing Photographers

    Brittany ViklundContributing Illustrator

    DESIGN & SALESStacy NoakesArt Director

    Callie CollinsMarketing Director Athena Delce, Dana Price &

    Jessica MisunSales Kathy AlbertyOffice/Distribution

    Shelly SandersonBusiness Development

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    Volume 19, Number 5


    You never outgrow your need for your mom. A few weeks ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with a stomach bug. As I was crouching on the floor by the bed, vomiting into a bowl, my very sweet (and very tired) husband woke up and said, "Are you sick? Do you need a napkin?" A napkin?! I would have laughed out loud if I wasn't puking. As helpful as my husband is in a variety of situations, this situation made me miss my mom.

    A mom would know that wasn't a job for a napkin. A mom would somehow hear that sound and immediately come out of her middle-of-the-night groggy state and know just what to do. Even though I'm approaching 30 and my mom lives in another state, she doesn't bat an eye when I call her in the middle of the night to find out how to stay hydrated while enduring a stomach bug.

    In high school I was sure I was on the cusp of never needing my mom again but I understand now it's not something you outgrow. If you're fortunate enough to have a relationship with a mom or motherly figure during your lifetime, then you understand how important it is to celebrate these amazing women. Our annual Mom Issue is a special reminder of all the unique roles moms fill.

    On page six, we share some advice from our Real Moms archives. We've interviewed some incredible moms over the past year and we hope you'll be touched by their words of wisdom.

    On page 24, we highlight the winner and two finalists who were nominated in our annual Awesome Moms Contest. We had dozens of entries in the contest and it was almost impossible to narrow down the inspiring list.

    On Mother's Day and beyond, I hope you'll find some time to love on your own mom and the other special mother figures in your life.

    Hannah SchmittEditor


    WelcomeFROM OUR EDITORThis month, we celebrate moms, guide you through making a butterfly garden at home and spark your creativity with some incredible public art.

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    Find our top resources: Each month, we round up the best free events happening in the OKC metro along with the top events for teens and toddlers and ideas for date nights with your significant other. Find these timely articles and more at




    Calendar starts on page


    THIS MONTHS COVER:Landen M., 4, is the son of Jennifer and Janna of Moore. Landen loves to make people laugh and is a big fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the team mascot, Rumble.



    family buzz

    Were buzzing about moms

    "Getting time away is a huge part of mental health. It's hard as a mom to admit you need to take a step back and take care of yourself. There's not a mom I've talked to who doesn't feel the same way. You have to have some space for yourself so you can better take care of others." -Rachel Shingleton

    One of my favorite parts of our magazine each month is the highlights on Oklahoma City moms. These women are incredibly inspiring and always have something insightful to say. Here are some words of

    wisdom from some of the moms we've highlighted in the past year.

    "With motherhood, you learn on a first-hand basis that it is 'not all about me.' Being a single mom, you understand the meaning of sacrifice and what sacrifice is as a parent." -Contessa Bass

    "I say 'you get what you get and don't throw a fit.' With a large family, it is darn near impossible to make sure everyone gets exactly what they want all the time. I think that it an important lesson for the girls because life absolutely does not work that way. Because of this, they are pretty good at rolling with the punches. I feel like it also is so much more special when we are able to give them exactly what they want." -Abbey Ahern

    Women are prideful. Put away the pride and lead by example because you are a role

    model. If you dont like something your kids are doing then take a look at yourself because they probably got it from you.

    -Stephanie Price

    "Children watch more of what you do than what you say. Speak less and do more." -Gina Darby

    "Be true to yourself. It is important for our children to know who their mother is as an individual. You are more than just a birth giver or a parent. Keep connected and share who you are with your children." -Jennifer Teel

    "It (being a mom) means trusting the big picture and finding contentment in the every day. It means having an open heart and patience in abundance, along with the willingness to forgive myself when those things don't come easy. It also means lots and lots of love and laughter, which is the best part by far!" -Emily Hart


    Peace, Love & Goodwill FestivalYou probably already know your donations of clothing and household items to Goodwill help the organization raise money through their 20 retail stores in the metro and surrounding area, but attending the organization's annual Peace, Love & Goodwill Festival provides an opportunity to enrich the lives of Oklahoma City youth and have fun at the same time.

    This year's festival is scheduled for June 5 and benefits Goodwill's Youth Programs including GoodGuides At Risk Mentoring Program, Work Adjustment Program, Summer Youth Program and Ability Scholarship Program.

    More than 10,000 people are expected at the massive festival, which will include a full day of family-friendly activities like face painting, inflatables, crafts, bubble stations, live entertainment, food trucks and more.

    The annual event funds programs that do incredible things for local youth:

    The Goodwill Abilities Scholarship Program provides disabled and disadvantaged youth with college scholarships.

    The GoodGuides A