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.
Rose-Rich Veterinary Clinic expanded its pet-care services with the opening of its 10,000-square-foot facility in 2010. Cat condos built into a bay window, separate checkup, surgery, and treatment rooms, an isolation ward, and eight themed luxury dog suites are among the new amenities at the clinic, which first started serving the community’s furry friends nearly 50 years ago. The facility also makes room for six veterinarians and an animal-care team that keeps boarded pets fed, exercised, and up-to-date on global news.
For all that’s changed and improved with the recent expansion, much has stayed the same. Dr. Charles McDonald, who founded the practice back in 1964, is still a part of the medical team—now he specializes in large-animal care—and Dr. Tucker Robinson, who joined Dr. McDonald in 1966 as a young Texas A&M grad, is still there, too, looking after the smaller patients.
The technicians at New Life Therapy, armed with ML830 therapeutic cold lasers, take aim at the pain caused by fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel, and other ailments during 30-minute noninvasive treatment sessions. Emitting from a handheld device, the invisible laser light travels beneath the skin's surface with an 830 nm wavelength to blast both acute and chronic pain, internal swelling, and alien invaders responsible for tennis elbow. Inquisitive patients can peruse medical studies pertaining to the success of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on the manufacturer's website and in the laser's family Christmas letter.
T.G.'s To Go's menu of homemade, ready-to-go meals satisfies groups of any size with homestyle casseroles, comfort foods, and side dishes. Trays of meatloaf, stuffed manicotti shells, and almond-topped chicken with wild rice vie for shopper's attention in the fresh and frozen coolers, with a small portion of any entree ($20) feeding a family of four or a touring kazoo quartet. Tubs of specialty salads such as black-eyed-pea and mandarin-orange ($3.50–$4.50/person) stand ready to act in a supporting role to any meal, and corn chowder and mushroom bisque ($10–$15/quart) warm bellies and fill soup-lover's bathtubs.
Lilli Design LLC is an interior design firm based in Dallas, Texas, and was founded in 2008. Katie Reynolds is a licensed and registered interior designer with a bachelor's degree in interior design. Over the years Katie developed a passion for designing residential spaces.