Real estate agent and mom Sherien Joyner hails from Egypt but has found her home in Carrollton with her husband Charles, 5-year-old son Liam and their German shepherd puppy, Dixie. Carrollton’s DFW-centric location is perfect for Joyner and her family as they explore restaurants, parks and events within a 15-minute car ride from their home.
Favorite family restaurant My husband and I are foodies! Especially during COVID-19, we found ourselves getting tired of our own cooking (though we love to cook) and longing for our favorites. Anything on the menu at Italian Villa will bring a smile to our faces. We also became semi-addicted to street tacos from Ale Taco; those never disappoint!
Best park Oak Hills Splash Park is by far our favorite, because it has the best of all worlds. It has a playground, a splash pad with fountains and fun slides, a volleyball court, a basketball hoop, an open green space to play any fun game of choice and much more. Plus, it’s less than 10 minutes from our house.
Oak Hills Splash Park // 1210 E. Hebron Parkway, Carrollton
Favorite family outing Indian Creek park is walking distance from our house; it has a playground, a pavilion, and a pond with a dock, so we love to walk over there and feed the ducks, geese and turtles, then take a walk in our neighborhood. Coyote Ridge is also a part of the Indian Creek HOA. I happen to be on the social committee, and we hold about 11 events a year for our residents. Due to COVID-19, we had to halt a lot of our events, but one of our neighbors is a professional singer, so she began to serenade us each week, first in front of her house, and then we moved her to our HOA stage so more people could attend while safely social distancing.
Carrollton’s downtown area has an active summer series of events and we usually attend at least a handful of those each year. It’s easy to find parking, enjoy the outdoor space, maybe grab some pizza at Cane Rosso, then head back home. Occasionally, we will hop on over to Castle Hills Shopping Village or make a dash to Andy’s for a treat.
Indian Creek Park // 2701 La Costa Drive, Plano
Historic Downtown Carrollton // 1100 S. Elm St., Carrollton
Castle Hills Village Shops and Plaza // 2520 King Arthur Blvd., Lewisville
Andy’s Frozen Custard // 1733 E. Hebron Parkway, Carrollton (more DFW locations)
For a night out Zocado’s Mexican Restaurant is a favorite for margaritas and chips on the patio. Masu Sushi & Sake is also a local place my husband and I frequent when we can steal away a quick date night.
Self-care spot Between my job and busy family life, I find my self-care in times I can be silent or simply observant. I love going to local coffee shops like Parks Coffee or exploring what the Carrollton Farmers Market has to offer.
Go-to for getting active It’s hard not to be active with a 5-year old and a puppy! But I’ve enjoyed joining local running groups, or even walking with other moms around the neighborhood or other locations like Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Andy Brown Park, or Coppell Nature Park, all within 10–15 minutes away.
For cooling off We are blessed in that we have a pool—but if we don’t have people over, we enjoy going to the Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex. It has a lazy river, a kids area and a larger pool area.
Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex // 1334 E. Rosemeade Parkway, Carrollton
How they give back For the last three years, I have been volunteering on the social committee for our HOA. As these types of things tend to go, this quickly became a family affair, with my husband frequently also volunteering and my son coming along and learning to help, as much as a 5-year-old can. Usually he’s our little social ambassador, greeting and talking people up wherever he goes. We have also volunteered as ESL teachers for several years through our church. Now we volunteer at our church with more community–type activities.
Indian Creek HOA // indiancreekhoa.org
How she found her mom squad After I had my son, I started joining a lot of mom groups on Facebook. I received so much love, encouragement and mom advice. That was how I found out about storytime at the local library, and while I was there, I came upon a table hosted by Carrollton Early Childhood PTA (CECPTA). That’s a local organization for moms of children from birth to preschool age. When you join, you are placed in a group with other families of kids of a similar age. Together you host weekly playdates, social gatherings, service projects and monthly informative meetings. They have been a cornerstone for my mom world. Additionally, I am the admin of Carrollton Moms Chat on Facebook. We have close to 2,000 members from Carrollton and surrounding areas. Our members now include dads too; they are an equally important part of the village it takes to raise our children.
Carrollton Early Childhood PTA // Meeting locations vary
Carrollton Moms Chat // Search “Carrollton Moms Chat” on Facebook
Why Carrollton is great for families From a plethora of parks, trails and playgrounds to active public libraries and a full community calendar, there is always something to do with your children that’s not too far and not too expensive. Additionally, we have a good variety of schools from three different ISDs here, as well as a good selection of private institutions. Carrollton is also centrally located, so the ability to explore other parts of DFW is so much easier than living on the outskirts.
Photo courtesy of Sherien Joyner.