After shedding the extra pounds that came along with hypothyroidism and three pregnancies, Melody Chandler founded Texas Fit Chicks Boot Camp to share her weight-loss strategies and support with other women. Her all-female staff of certified personal trainers helps exercisers of all fitness levels shape their bodies during group fitness classes. In an effort to challenge muscle memory, the team shakes up workout regimens by using different techniques and equipment—including kettlebells, resistance bands, and lead sweatpants—each day. Melody’s team also helps exercisers retain their results by supplying nutrition support with meal plans and recipes that use healthy ingredients.
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By engaging children on their own level, the teachers at Kids R Kids childcare center and learning academy recognize their students for what they really are: developing brains trapped inside tiny, perfectly spherical heads. The programs hew to a philosophy of "Hug First, Then Teach," meaning they encourage a child's development on an emotional, intellectual, social, and physical level. Also essential to their teaching approach is family involvement—when new skills are introduced, the instructors make sure the parents know about the approach and aren't politically opposed to arithmetic.
They rely on their own curriculum, Brain Waves, which takes a neurologically based approach that combines educational lessons with good nutrition, regular sleep schedules, and secure relationships. Additionally, the Brain Waves curriculum helps develop brains with many forms of language (including sign language) and exposure to technology in a controlled environment.
Celebrating their 11th year in business this year, Transformation Boot Camp’s team sums up their philosophy on living in one simple phrase: “We are never done.” In that spirit, Transformation Boot Camp celebrates positivity, teamwork, and the gallons of sweat that fuel people down the path to fitness. Each boot camp begins with a body assessment that allows students to track every ounce, inch, or percentage of body fat lost. To compliment the cardio-heavy circuit training, Transformation Boot Camp offers a set of Power Tools to help each boot-camp member hit their goals, including meal planners and refrigerators that make wisecracks about unhealthy food choices. All of this explains why Transformation Boot Camp was named Living magazine's "Best Weight Loss Program in North Dallas" in 2013 and 2014.
Like the bat signal beckons the caped crusader to fight crime, a phone call, online application, or text message alerts Image Dry Cleaners's fleet of roving drivers to tackle insidious laundry. With garment bags flapping in the wind, they gather sullied coats, blouses, suits, and linens such as comforters, tablecloths, and tapestries from a designated pickup spot, carting the items back to their base free of charge. There, they oust grime and stains, returning fresh, squeaky-clean fabrics to doorsteps three days later, or customers can affix a note to laundry bags requesting next-day drop-off without incurring additional fees. In addition to expediting the cleaning process, staff members alter ensembles, repair shoes, restore leather, and preserve bridal dresses so that new wives can memorialize wedding days without attempting to cryogenically freeze their maid of honor.
With a new-trampoline smell still fresh in the recently opened, indoor jump center's air, bouncers somersault and catapult across Cosmic Jump’s 29,000-square-foot of arenas. Four lanes run the length of the main trampoline area, with angled pads at the ends and, in the center, a high vault called The Summit that can only be cleared by heroic bounds or hitching a ride on a mountain goat. After dark, Cosmic Jump transforms into a glowing jump zone as a premium sound system blasts music, with LED black lights and colorful lights pulsing to the beat. Trampolines also host body-sculpting boot camps, dodge-ball classes, and Latin cardio dance classes designed to strengthen the core. Cosmic jump also hosts a wide variety of special events and birthday parties.
Accomplished photographers at Clix Portrait Studios capture elegant portraits of families, children, and beloved pets in their sophisticated studio. During sessions, the photographers put subjects at ease to lure out genuine smiles, natural-looking poses, and honest opinions about cheese. In addition to snapping classic-style portraits, the informal sessions provide the opportunity to customize shots with props or the inclusion of a favorite pet dressed in its favorite floppy hat. At the studio, clients can migrate from photo shoot to design center to turn their images from pixels to photo books, gift cards, and other portrait-bearing crafts with optional assistance from staff members.