Southwest Airlines project manager Natalie O’Donnell loves her neighborhood (Willow Ridge Estates) for the trees and the local elementary school. She and her husband Kelly are raising a brood of boys there: Cole, 8, Levi, 3, and John David, 18 months.
Favorite family restaurant The real MVP goes to Chick-fil-A. (They save us on so many occasions!) But for a quick, sit-down meal, we enjoy Jakes Burgers, Craft Pies Pizza Company and Luna Grill.
Jakes Burgers & Beer // 1141 Flower Mound Road, Suite 630, Flower Mound (more DFW locations)
Craft Pies Pizza Company // 2451 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 100, Flower Mound
Luna Grill // 2500 Cross Timbers Road, Suite 100, Flower Mound (more DFW locations)
Best park Heritage Park is our favorite place to go as a family. It’s a quick half-mile bike ride away and has a lot to offer the community: Heritage Springs Splash Pad, Fort Wildflower playground, disc golf course, pond, picnic tables and trails.
Heritage Park // 600 Spinks Road, Flower Mound
Favorite family outing We’re an active family and enjoy going on bike rides along the trail system.
Flower Mound Hike-Bike Trails // flower-mound.com/trails
For a night out The Tavern at Lakeside has a great vibe and atmosphere. Most restaurants at Lakeside have an outdoor patio, which is especially nice during their Lakeside Music Series.
Self-care spot I enjoy getting pampered at GrandLux Nail Salon. The salon is spacious and well kept, and the staff is friendly and does a great job!
GrandLux Nail Salon // 3750 Long Prairie Road, Suite 130, Flower Mound
Go-to for getting active We are members at Life Time—it’s a great facility with a lot of amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, rock climbing wall, child care, saunas, steam rooms and a spa.
Life Time // 3100 Churchill Drive, Flower Mound (more DFW locations)
For cooling off We love going to the pool at Life Time or the Flower Mound Community Activity Center, visiting the Heritage Springs Splash Pad or picking up an ice cream treat from Culver’s or Dairy Queen.
Flower Mound Community Activity Center // 1200 Gerault Road, Flower Mound
Heritage Springs Splash Pad // 600 Spinks Road, Flower Mound
Culver’s // 2709 Flower Mound Road, Flower Mound (more DFW locations)
Dairy Queen // 2000 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound (more DFW locations)
How they give back My husband and I serve as home group leaders at our church, The Village Church Flower Mound; volunteer at our children’s elementary school and preschool; and my husband coaches our boys’ sports teams.
The Village Church – Flower Mound Campus // 2101 Justin Road, Flower Mound
How she found her mom squad It can be hard to find a mom squad, and it’s ever evolving as my children grow and make new friends, but as a working mom, I found my first connections through my boys’ day care and at our church. Motherhood is tough, and it helps to have others to walk alongside you who can relate to the day-to-day demands.
Photo courtesy of Stacie LeAnn Photography.