Try something new when the kids go back to school

Stacy Lynn. Photo by Indigo Peaks Photography.

ROCKWALL, TX (August 20, 2014) School has been out of session for nearly 90 days, and all of a sudden the kids are headed back to class again. After a sigh of relief, relaxing over some peace and quiet with coffee and a nap, this begs the question, “Now what?”

Getting back into a routine is not only difficult for the children, but also for us moms.  Here are a few ideas to help you try new things while the kids are in class.

When I first moved to Rockwall I tried sewing because I always wanted to learn – and because I watched many episodes of Project Runway! I’m a believer in learning something new whenever possible, so I went toRockwallSewingSchool at500 Turtle Cove Drive and took lessons from Kathlene Backer.

Kathlene is kind, patient and a fabulous instructor. I made a bag to tote my fabric to class, a fabric purse, several dresses for my daughter and even her Halloween costume. I won’t be auditioning for Project Runway anytime soon, but I sure did enjoy my lessons at Rockwall Sewing School.  For more information, go to their website at or call 972-322-7727.

If you’re not crafty but like to work out or are looking to get in shape, I highly recommend checking out Britts Gym at 205 County Line Roadin Rockwall. Paul Britt is the owner and trainer. His philosophy is to restore mobility, stability then strength using kettlebells, body weight, ropes and other tools. I’m happy to report it has been fun, challenging while also very effective. I’m personally in the “sweating for the wedding” mode and Paul has helped me look better and feel amazing! With class times ranging from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., there are a few class times that are perfect after dropping off the kids for school. For more information, go to or call 972-836-9265.

Supporting the community you live in and making a difference in the lives of others is something I have always been passionate about. While I may be sarcastic at times and appear tough, I really have a big heart and love to donate and give my time to local charities. Rockwall County Helping Hands serves Rockwall residents by alleviating financial crisis and providing a medical home to the underserved. Helping Hands has a food pantry that you can always go to drop off goods to, a thrift store that you can shop at, a donation center to bring your unwanted or unused items to and a health center. Volunteering and giving back is a great example for your children! This organization is always looking for help, so please consider volunteering and go to for more information.

If all else fails, there is always Pinterest!

By Stacy Lynn, Rockwall mom and Realtor with JP & Associates Realtors. Read her other articles, “On a Tank of Gas from Rockwall, Texas” and “Coupon shopping: How to Clip Your Way to Savings” in her Not So Southern Stacy guest column at