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Dallas Cowboys New World Headquaters at The Star

by Linnea Lavell

Football season is almost here and the Dallas Cowboys are getting ready to move their headquarters from Valley Ranch to their new practice field in Frisco called The Star.

When completed, The Star will be a 91-acre mixed-use development that will include the Cowboy’s Headquarters building, an entertainment district with restaurants and retail, an Omni Frisco Hotel with convention center, a Baylor Scott & White sports medicine center and office space.

Here are some things you may not know about the new facility.

  • In a partnership between the Cowboy’s, the City of Frisco and the Frisco ISD; The Ford Center at the Star is a 12,000 seat indoor stadium that will house high school operations on one side and Cowboys operations on the other with the turf shared between them.  This is a first for an NFL training center.
  • The Cowboys will have a members-only club. The Cowboys Club at The Star will be similar to a country club only instead of a golf course, members will have the availability to watch the Cowboys practice.  Members will also have access to: a terrace overlooking the practice; the Cowboys Fit Club, where members of the Cowboys cheerleaders will train; talks given by coaches, players and owners; multiple dining options; private and corporate meeting spaces; billiards tables and a roof-top swimming pool. The initial 800 memberships are currently sold out. A family membership costs $4500 plus $350 per month.
  • Scheduled for completion the summer of 2017, the Omni Frisco Hotel will be a 16-story hotel that will have a two level connector between the hotel and the practice field.  There will be two restaurants that are open to the public in the hotel.  For a fun touch, some of the fabric used for the hotel will have a nod toward stitching on a football.
  • The Cowboys coaches offices overlook the practice field.  This setup allows the coaches to watch practice from a raised level and to diagram plays on a mini turf field outside of their offices.
  • The technology is amazing!!  The Cowboys are working with A T & T to install features in the war room (a 40 ft. by 30 ft. room) which include an interactive video wall made up of three rows of five 55 inch LCD narrow bezel displays; two 98 inch multi-media touch displays that will be used for side by side comparisons of players;  the Cowboys will be able to stream up to sixteen different video applications at the same time; and the room will include six secure phone lines for draft day for conversations with drafted players, the NFL, other teams, etc.
  • The team’s locker room, which will have walls are curved in the shape of a football will also have custom designed lockers which are being built off-site and will be delivered later.
  • One of the first events at The Star will be a quadruple header featuring all eight high schools in the Frisco ISD on August 27, 2016. For information on the Kickoff Celebration click here.

As Frisco continues to grow, we look forward to welcoming all the new businesses and residents to the area.

City of Frisco.

Frisco ISD.


Back to School Tips

by Linnea Lavell

As summer draws to and end it is time to start thinking about getting the kids ready for going back to school.  There are so many things to think about, it can get overwhelming so here are few tips to help make the transition from summer break to school a little easier for both the parents and the kids.

  • Update medical records.  Most schools will let you know if medical records are out of date.  This is a good time to review and make sure everything is current and if the kids will be participating in sports get the physicals out of the way.   Make sure to address any medical concerns and provide a list of allergies to staff and administrators at the school.  Also make sure that all medical emergency information is up to date.
  • Get to know your children’s new teachers.  Try to reach out to the new teacher outside of orientations, open houses and other school events so you have some one on one time with the teachers.   At the very lease send an introductory email that includes finding out things you can do throughout the year to help regardless of how big or small. 
  • Ask your kids about their concerns.  Starting school can be exciting but there can also be some anxiety associated with the “unknown” of a new grade or a new school.  Take some time and discuss what their concerns are, what they are looking forward to and what things might be worrying them.  Give them a forum to discuss their concerns and help them work through any worries in advance to help them avoid a rough start to a new school year.
  • Talk to your kids about bullying.  We have a serious problem with bullying as reports show one in three kids will be bullied at some time while they attend school and with the increase in social media it only seems to be getting worse.  Talk to your kids about how to speak with and treat peers as well as when to speak up if they see someone getting bullied.  Also make sure they know when to come to you if they feel they are being bullied.
  • Set up bed time and wake up routines in advance.   During the summer months you may have gotten a little lenient about sleep schedules.  If you can, start establishing bed times and wake up times a few weeks prior to the actual start of school.  The kids may not like it but it will help them have their routine in place and be fresh for the beginning of school.
  • Get school supplies.  Many local stores will have a list of school supplies needed.  You can also get a list from the teacher or school.  Do some research online to find out where the best deals are then take one day and get it done.
  • Organize clothes.  This is a great time to go through closets and donate items that don’t fit any more or are not wanted.  Once you have purged these items, go shopping to get  articles of clothing that will needed for the new school year.  Make sure to organize the closets and dressers so everything is neatly arranged for when school begins.
  • Plan healthy lunches and snacks.  Take time to plan healthy choices for your kids that include high protein, low fat foods, include fruits and vegetables and other healthy items.  These items will make sure the kids have the energy and brain power to make it through the day.
  • Set up an area for backpacks and school articles.   By having a staging area, it will be easier to find things in when you are leaving for school.  Make sure to have a calendar in the area so you can write down important events and family schedules.  Have your kids help you keep this area stocked with items needed for school and free of clutter that is not related to school.  Be creative and have some fun with this.


Don’t forget Texas Tax Free Weekend begins Aug. 5, 2016 and ends Aug. 7, 2016.  Most school supplies, backpacks, footwear and clothing priced under $100 will exempt from taxes during that time giving families an 8% savings.



Tips on Relocating with Younger Children

by Linnea Lavell

Relocating to a new city can be both exciting and stressful.  Especially for younger children.  Kids are concerned about leaving their familiar surroundings, friends, schools, home and everything they are used to.  Will they be able to make new friends? Will they like the area?  What will there be to do in the new city?  All of these are concerns that children have when relocating to a new home.  You can help minimize the concerns and make the transition smoother by following some simple tips.

  • Talk to your children about the new location. Build some excitement. Show them information about the new location such as parks, schools, fun activities and sporting events in the new location.  Have your children help you do research on the internet and show them pictures or articles about the new location.  Show them on the map where you are moving.  If they excel at sports, music or a special activity, find out what your new city has to offer in regards to these activities and encourage them to get involved right away with activities and groups so they are making new friends.
  • Create special note cards or stationary for your children and their friends in the location your will be moving from.  Encourage them to stay in touch with notes or cards to each other.  Your children can tell their friends all about the new location and stay in touch with their existing friends. Make it a project and let your children help design the stationary.  Maybe use the outline of the state they are moving to as a watermark on the stationary.
  • Keep the lines of communication open and let you children know you want to know their thoughts and concerns about the move then go over the information to put them at ease.
  • Don't forget that moving is a good time to purge items you no longer use or may not need in your new location.  Take time to go through closets, drawers, etc. with your children and have them be part of the process.  If they have outgrown some of their clothes or have toys they don't play with any more suggest that they be donated to a charity so other children will be able to get some use o
  • When packing for your relocation, select a few special toys or stuffed animals for your children to take with them while you travel.  Let your children pack some of the non-breakable toys they will not be able to take and either color on the moving box or place special stickers on the box so they can easily identify those boxes as theirs when they arrive at your new home.
  • When you arrive at your new city, take time to do some exploring with the kids.  Even if it is just driving around to figure out where everything is located in town make sure the kids are involved and add a fun activity such as going to the park or playground.  This will also give them an opportunity to make new friends right away.
  • Talk to other parents in your new neighborhood and find out where their kids enjoy about the area. See if you can arrange a play date with neighbor kids of similar ages as quickly as you are comfortable making those arrangements. 
  • Many cities have special activities for the kids during the summer.  Find out what those activities are and where they are having them, then get your kids involved. 

These are just a few tips that may help make your move a little easier for your children and yourself.

If you need information on the cities in Dallas-Ft. Worth area or help finding a new home in this area, see our communities section of our website or contact our office.  We can also provide you with a free relocation guide for the area.


City of Plano

City of McKinney

City of Frisco

Town of Little Elm

City of The Colony

City of Allen



Clear the Shelters

by Linnea Lavell

If you are considering adopting a pet, mark July 23 on your calendar for this years Clear the Shelters adoption event .  This event brings cities, counties and nonprofit organizations together to form a unified campaign to get pets in local shelters adopted into loving homes.  Adoption fees will be waived.* However other shelter fees may still apply.  

Thousands of animals in our area need to find forever homes.  The pets available range from cute kittens and puppies to snuggly adult dogs and cats. 

In 2015, nearly 20,000 pets found forever homes nationwide and in the State of Texas this year there are more than 60 shelters participating.  Finding homes for these adorable pets during the summer months is more critical as the population in shelters swells due to abandoned and surrendered pets after the spring births. 

The ultimate goal of this event is to help as many pets as possible find a perfect match.  Sharing your home with a four legged friend can be one of life's greatest joys.  It is also a great responsibility so do your homework before adopting a pet.  Research temperaments of breeds, activity levels, expense of care, time commitment required and so forth.  A younger pet is going to require more energy and training so maybe a more mature pet will be a perfect match for you.  Ask questions about the pets past situation.  While some shelters may not have information on the pets previous situation, some may have the information and will share it with you.  Some pets may have special needs so if you are able to take care of those needs, look into adopting those pets.

Pets are great companions and can even reduce your stress levels.   They give you someone to talk to, laugh at or snuggle up with on a stormy night.  I have adopted several shelter pets throughout the years and they are fabulous. My current fur baby, Boomer, even tries talking to me on occasion (usually when I am on the phone and he wants my attention).

The Clear the Shelters event is July 23, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Click here for a list of participating shelters in North Texas.

For tips on keeping your pet cool in the summer and safe in the winter, visit my blog.











*Other fees and shelter times may vary.

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Linnea Lavell
Lavell Realty, LLC
P.O. Box 1243
Little Elm TX 75068
Fax: 877-488-1740