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The Bubble Lounge Podcast is the only weekly podcast show for women living in Highland Park and University Park Texas. With over 190 episodes and 109,000 listeners, we are the go-to source for all things in the neighborhood. The Bubble Lounge podcast is a refreshing and dynamic podcast designed for women living in the Highland Park area of Texas. The podcast provides a platform for women to connect with each other, share experiences, and discuss topics that are important to them.Hosted by two women, Martha Jackson and Nellie Sciutto, the Bubble Lounge Podcast is a weekly show that covers a wide range of topics, from philanthropy, beauty and fashion to health and wellness, relationships, and also current events.The podcast is unique in that it provides a local focus, catering specifically to the women of Highland Park, Texas. The hosts bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the show, with Jackson being a marketing and public relations expert and Sciutto having a background in acting and writing. One of the things that sets the Bubble Lounge podcast apart is its engaging and conversational tone. The hosts are open and relatable, and they encourage their listeners to participate in the conversation. They often bring in guests who offer their own unique perspectives and insights, which helps to broaden the scope of the show and provide a more well-rounded discussion.The Bubble Lounge Podcast is also a great resource for women who are looking to connect with others in the Highland Park community. The show often highlights local businesses and events, which can be a great way for listeners to get involved and support the community.The Bubble Lounge is a podcast that is both informative and enjoyable. It provides a space for women to come together, share their stories, and learn from each other. If you're a woman living in Highland Park, Texas, or just interested in the topics covered by the podcast, the Bubble Lounge is definitely worth checking out.For more information and sponsorship inquiries for The Bubble Lounge Podcast, visit
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Join us us we dive into one of the most significant milestones in parenting: when your child leaves for college. In this episode, we sit down with Rebecca Padek, a highly experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of practice in the Dallas, TX area. Her expertise in adolescent and adult therapy, family dynamics, and marital therapy makes her the perfect guide to help us navigate this exciting yet challenging time.Discover how to effectively handle the emotions and challenges that arise when your child takes flight to college. Rebecca shares valuable insights on self-care, creating a supportive environment, and preparing both parents and children for this life-changing transition.Don't miss out on this episode full of expert advice and actionable tips to help you embrace change and thrive as your child embarks on their college journey. And please share with others who will benefit from this topic.To learn more about Rebecca Padek, visit  
In this episode, we have a very special guest joining us, Dr. Mike Rockwood, the newly appointed superintendent for Highland Park Independent School District (HPISD).Join us as we sit down with Dr. Rockwood to dive into his background, experience, and his exciting plans for HPISD. We'll get insights into his educational leadership journey, including his central office roles in Lamar CISD and Sheldon ISD.Dr. Rockwood's educational background is impressive, with a doctorate in educational leadership from Baylor University, a master's degree in strategic public relations from The George Washington University, and a bachelor's degree in communications from Texas A&M.We'll also discuss Dr. Rockwood's remarkable contributions to education, such as being named one of 25 "National Superintendents to Watch" by the National School Public Relations Association and selected as a "40 Under 40" leader by the Dallas Business Journal for his successful business practices in the Metroplex.Tune in to hear about Dr. Rockwood's vision for Highland Park ISD, his goals for academic excellence, and his unwavering commitment to the success and well-being of students.This episode is a must-listen as we explore the exciting future of education in our community with Superintendent Rockwood. Don't miss out on this insightful conversation and please share with friends.
A lot of families have children and teens who are struggling with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Many people are looking for resources to navigate this very complicated process during a time when they are in a very stressed and in an emotional state with concerns for their child. We wanted to offer tips and resources for these families in an effort to help those who need it.Joining us today is Happy Madden, Licensed Professional Counselor with Nakao Counseling Center. Happy previously worked at Children’s Health as a mental health coordinator in the Emergency Department, where she helped children in crisis and their families navigate the mental health system. We dive deep into the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety in children and teens, effective treatment options, common triggers and underlying causes, and preventative measures that parents can take to promote good mental health and emotional wellbeing in their children. We also discuss how parents can best support their child throughout the treatment process and what steps to take if they suspect their child may be struggling with suicidal ideation. Tune in to this insightful and informative episode to learn more about how you can help your child navigate their mental health journey.  And please share with friends who can benefit from this information.To learn more about Happy Madden visit: Nikao Counseling Center 15441 Knoll Trail, Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75248 Direct: (972) 733-0050 ext. 10 Fax: (972) 733-0049 happy.madden@nikaocounseling.comResourcesNational Alliance on Mental Illnesswww.nami.orgChildren’s Hospital of Southwestern – Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care signs/ what to say if your kid is showing signs of a mental health condition Suicide & Crisis Lifeline website with resources for youth/parents:   What to expect if your child is admitted for psychiatric inpatient treatment: 
This episode is sponsored by Skibell Fine Jewelry In this episode, we're excited to welcome Lyn Skibell, the owner of Skibell Fine Jewelry in Preston Center. With Mother's Day around the corner, Lyn is here to share her expertise on how to update your jewelry collection and what to look for when purchasing new pieces.Join us as Lyn talks about her passion for jewelry and how she has helped many clients update their jewelry collections with something that speaks to their personal style. So, whether you're looking to repurpose your old jewelry or purchase something new for yourself or your mom this Mother's Day, this episode is packed with valuable insights that you won't want to miss.Tune in now to discover more about Skibell Fine Jewelry and how they can help you create your own unique and personalized jewelry collection. To learn more about Skibell Fine Jewelry visit 
On our 200th episode, we sit down with the captains of the Highland Park High School Lacrosse team - Ben Abel, Quinn Gordon, Wesley Irversen, and Frank Mousa. We dive into their upcoming final home game of the season against rival Episcopal School of Dallas, where the team is preparing for a run at the state championship. With a record of 16-4 overall, undefeated in Texas and district play, The Scots are on fire this season and determined to win. In addition, we learn about Spirit Day, the team's biggest event of the year, where they are hosting a block party with Chick-fil-A, the Highlander band drumline, cheerleaders, and bagpipes. Tune in to hear the inspiring stories and experiences of these young athletes as they strive for success on and off the field.To learn more about Highland Park Lacrosse visit your Beat ESD T-shirts, tickets and Chick-fil-A Sandwich here: us fill the stands of Highlander Stadium and show the Scots our support as they battle ESD in the final home game of the regular season. See below for the details.Friday, April 28Highlander Stadium4233 Grassmere Ln. Block Party5:00 PMHP DrumlineBagpipesScot CheerleadersChic fil AHowdy Homemade Ice CreamGame Starts 7:45 PM GO SCOTS!
Cattle Baron’s Ball started with a group of 10 women working with the American Cancer Society who wanted to do something different for Dallas that didn't involve tuxedos or a hotel ballroom.  50 years later it has grown to:  A team of 100 women Over 3K attendees26 Cattle Baron’s throughout the countryRaised over $93 million40,000 patients have received treatment50 Nobel Prize-winning scientists have received funding for research 50th Anniversary Cattle Baron’s Chairs, Andrea Cheek & Isabell Novakov Higginbotham, join us to share the history of how it started, what the theme is, what to wear and how to be a part of the world’s largest single night fundraiser for American Cancer Society.   October 14, 2023 Cattle Baron’s BallSouthfork Ranch For more information and to purchase tickets or sponsorships visit
If you’re missing Friday night lights at Highlander Stadium as much as me, you have an opportunity to experience college football Friday night, April 14, as SMU plays their spring intrasquad game at Highlander Stadium.  Joining us is SMU Head Football Coach, Rhett Lashlee, who will share everything you need to know about the spring game, what to expect for the upcoming football season and details of the Weber End Zone Complex construction project at Ford Stadium. See you at the game! SMU Spring Football Game Friday April 14, 6:30 PMHighlander StadiumFree admission/free parking/everyone come out and support SMU Mustangs!  To learn more about SMU Football visit @smufb 
Many people struggle with ADHD and often don’t even know they have it. ADHD can cause symptoms such as inattention, lack of focus, poor time management, weak impulse control, exaggerated emotions, hyperfocus, hyperactivity and executive dysfunction.Joining me today is Hilary Stern, certified ADHD coach and ADHD Consultant and founder of ADHD Advance Coaching and Consulting. Hilary is going to share some common misconceptions about people with ADHD, what are some signs you may have it, effective strategies for managing symptoms and how parents can support their child and help them thrive in school.Please share this episode with friends who can benefit for this information.For more information visit or email Hilary Stern at hilary@adhdadvance.comHilary Stern, M.Ed., CALC, Founder ADHD Advance Coaching and Consulting LLCCertified ADHD Life Coach ADHD Consultant More resources  
We started March celebrating Women's History Month at Kendra Scott and this week we wrap it up with shout outs to women owned businesses in the Park Cities! We  would also like to help out Dallas Lutheran School, who was hit by the 2019 tornado and is still recovering. This weekend they are hosting The Boots & Bling Spring Gala, at 7:00 Saturday at The Statler Hotel. Please visit the link below to bid on amazing items and to donate. Any amount is much appreciated.Your donation will help rebuild educational facilities damaged in a tornado.https://dallaslutheranschool.muradbid.comWomen owned businesses to supportWe are so proud of our women owned local businesses and would like to encourage you to support these women today and everyday!Afloat App, Sarah-Allen Prestonwww.theafloatapp.comBaldwin Bred, Wendi Jones4811 W Lovers Circuit, Shannon Jud6105 Sherry Lnwww.clothescircuit.comKat Noelle, Shannon Jud710 W Lovers Ln Suite Wall, Kathy Wall State Farm Insurance5600 W Lovers Lane Suite Bar, Laura Harbison5360 W Lovers Lane Suite 210www.theozonebar.netRed Stix Street Food, Chef Uno6501 Hillcrest  Saffron Jewelry, Susan Saffron5450 W Lovers Lanewww.saffronjewelry.comThe Body Lounge, Copper Dallas6803 Hillcrest Avewww.bodyloungeparkcities.comThe Lash Lounge Park Cities, Stephanie Summers5560 W Lovers Ln Suite
How amazing would it be to escape city life quickly and spend time at the lake? What if you could own a second home in a luxury community and only spend a little over an hour getting there?We're excited to introduce you to Long Cove, a luxury lake front community just one hour and 15 minutes away from Dallas. We were so fortunate to be able to experience lake living at its finest at this gorgeous development and also do what we love, introduce you to a new place that you may not know about.Join us as we talk with Kiki Pennington, Rob Crain and Kate Cutshall , who share how they spend time making memories and having fun with family and friends at Long Cove.  For more information and to set up your personal tour, visit or email  the team at Long Cove will be happy to help you. This episode sponsored by Long Cove, your 1200 acre back yard.  
Today’s episode is going to be one of the best stories you’ve heard all year because it’s a story of a woman who went through one of the most humiliating and difficult situations that a mom could possibly go through and was able to turn it around and not only survive but thrive. She’s been on Oprah Winfrey, “What Pedophiles Don’t Want You to Know,” Dateline NBC’s “To Catch a Predator,” 20/20 and now she’s sharing her story on The Bubble Lounge Podcast! Darlene Ellison, M.S. SVP/Veritex Community Bank, Community Bank Lender Motivational Speaker, Author and Founder of Women in Business joins us to talk about how she overcame a family trauma and used her experience to help other women.Darlene’s book, The Predator Next Door was released in February, 2009. Since that time, the book has been awarded two top national independent publishing book awards, a 2009 IPPY (True Crime) and a 2010 Indie Book Award (Autobiography).To learn more about Darlene, visit, and
The weather is beautiful and we're ready to celebrate spring is here! This week we discuss Women’s History Month, new restaurants and Nellie shares what it was like to work along side John Malkovich in her most recent film, Mind Cage.Join us on March 1st as we kick off Women's History Month at Kendra ScottMarch 1stKendra Scott 5-7PM8383 Preston Center Plaza Enjoy bubbles, sweets & shop the new Kendra Scott spring collection.Guests will enjoy 10% off all purchases and an additional 10% will be given to Highland Park Literary Festival.Sparkling wine provided by Courtney Bono, Founding Member Scout & CellarLinks to things we talked about it this episode:Au Troisieme Park Literary Festival Scott www.kendrascott.comLong Covehttps://www.longcovetx.comCheck out Nellie in Mind Cage Cellar, Courtney Bono, Founding
We just had a 6-day weekend, it’s been raining all week, and Valentine’s Day is here. Are you ready?  We’re here to help!Links to places we talked about:Kat Noelle Boutique5710 W. Lovers Lane Suite 102Instagram @ katnoelle_boutiqueGalentine’s Sip & Shop Saturday, February 11th from 3-5PM Be sure to tell them The Bubble Lounge sent you! Clothes Circuit6105 Sherry Sip & Shop event, Friday, February 10 3-6PMBaldwin Bred Boutique4811 W. Lovers Lane Park Literary Fest Lumen6101 Hillcrest Ave. https://www.thelumendallas.comSpecial Valentine’s MenuStarter, entrée, dessert and complimentary bottle of Benaccetto Prosecco$70 per coupleRed Stix Streetfood6501 Hillcrest Ave. 
The 27th Annual Highland Park Literary Festival is coming up and Renne Lokey and Amanda Morley are sharing everything you need to know.Flick Fest kicks off February 8th at the Angelika Theater with a screening of 12 Mighty Orphans which happens to have a local story line with local actor, Luke Wilson, with a certain high school football team being mentioned!On March 2, National Best-Selling author of The River, Peter Heller, will speak at an assembly during the school day for the students as well as in the evening for a free community event.March 3 LitFest hosts Student Workshops with 20+ novelist, journalists, poets, songwriters and playwrights from around the country in some 75 workshops.There’s something for everyone at this incredible LitFest and students will be highly engaged and are sure to walk away inspired and with more knowledge.For more information and to buy tickets visit
Mark your calendar for February 3rd when Peyton's campaign kicks off. She needs our help reaching her goal of raising $50K. Watch our posts for more details. 17-year-old Peyton Bono has been selected as a Teen of Impact by the American Heart Association and is 1 of 30 teens driving awareness for The American Heart Association. Peyton is the only teen who actually has a heart defect and has a goal of raising $50K and would like your help.  See below for details.Peyton and her mother, Courtney, share their story of what it was like finding out she was born with Tricuspid Atresia , under going open-heart surgery at 5 months old, and how they had to navigate the process on their own. How to support:Campaign Launches February 3 – April 6, 2023Feb 4th 12-2pm Kendra Scott Preston Center University Park Visit Peyton and check out Kendra Scott’s customized heart necklace. All sales during day and with special online code, will give 20% of sales back to Peyton’s AHA campaign. Feb 18th 9am Peyton’s Heart Walk at YMCA Park Cities Meet at YMCA, wear Red or purchase a Peyton for Hearts T-shirt ($30) and participate in an awareness walk around the community. All are welcome. March 4th 5-8pm Peyton for heARTs show at Zhen Music and Arts Studio Come purchase amazing and impressive art from well renowned artist in our community. 50-100% donated toward Peyton’s campaign Zhen Music and Arts Institute 4901 W Lovers Lane Dallas TX 75209 Opening Reception starts at 5pm with Complimentary Valet Parking and clean-crafted wine provided Artwork by: Terry Currington, David Rubin, Jennifer Olivier, Sarah Janece, Bruce Tinch and Zhen Wu To donate any amount and to follow Peyton’s journey, and her awareness campaign visit Instagram @Peyton_For_Hearts 
University Park Chief of Police, Bill Mathes, joins us to talk about what the past 26 years have been like working in our community. We talk about what it takes to advance up the ranks from patrol officer to Chief of Police, tips for staying safe and what goes on behind the scenes to make sure the police, are prepared for emergencies.To learn more about the City of University Park visit follow-on Instagram @cityofuptx and be sure to subscribe to the newsletter The Arbor via the website.A big thank you to all the men and women at the City of University Park for your part in making our community amazing and thank you to all members of law enforcement everywhere for your time and dedication in keeping us safe.
In this episode, you’ll discover the history of the Volk Family, developers of Volk Estates and the founders of Volk Department Store, the first suburban department store in Highland Park Village. Leonard Volk, the oldest member of the family (at 94 years of age) shares his family history dating back to 1889 and dazzles us with his book of photography, "everyday". "everyday" is a collection of photographs Leonard has taken over the past 70 years and includes rarely viewed photographs of Dallas over the decades. This rich visual history of Dallas is complimented with the advice and guidance from the author on how anyone can easily pursue their passion for photography.So whether you are new to the Park Cities or have been here for decades, you will love the stories Leonard shares from his nearly 100 years in Dallas.Historical Note: The Volk stores started as a shoe store (Volk Brothers) on Elm street and eventually grew into  Volk Department Stores. To learn more about Mr. Volk visit the links below: https:everyday// Historical Society “A Night with Leonard Volk" Interview by Leonard Volk
It's only a few days into 2023 and a lot has already happened! Join us for a special episode when Martha's daughter, Alexis fills in for Nellie and  explains how and why 40 Christmas trees ended up in our front yard this week!Martha talks to her daughter about all that has happened this senior year and more importantly, what she plans to do for the future.What better way to start off the year then with some Mother / Daughter chatter in the Bubble Lounge.
To celebrate Christmas (and our last show of 2022) we invited Reverend Dr. Chris Girata from Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church to join us and share his thoughts about this holiday season. Chris provides a refreshing insight into the role of religion in our daily life with an inspirational message that will help you truly appreciate Christmas this year.And as a bonus, he shares a great framework for how to structure the perfect prayer for Christmas dinner :)We hope you enjoy this special episode and we will be back in January 2023.Merry Christmas everyone!This episode is sponsored by The Lumen, a Dallas boutique hotel across from SMU. Please visit their website at hear more from The Rev. Chris Girata visit or follow on Instagram @smaadallas and @cgirata
One of us was feeling a little Grinchy this week and needs to get some things off her chest! Join us for some fun as we address holiday party etiquette, showers, snowflakes, Snoop Dog, and we share some insider tips for visiting New York this holiday season. Thank you to The Lumen for sponsoring this episode.  Be sure to stop by for dinner and drinks this holiday season, right across from SMU. The Lumen 6101 Hillcrest Ave. 
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