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Mother’s Day Event at Boardwalk Towne Lake

May 11, 2019

I’ve been looking for something special to do with my twin daughters this Mother’s Day so I was very excited to be invited to a Mother’s Day Blogger Event at the Boardwalk Towne Lake. We welcomed our third baby girl recently, and life has been more than a little hectic, so I really wanted to treat my older daughters to some special mommy and me time. We started the Mother’s Day Event at Boardwalk Towne Lake at The Flying Vine Lakeside Grille. This restaurant is so beautiful and all of the food we ordered was amazing!

The kiddos had their own table which allowed all of the moms to relax and enjoy some mimosas and delicious cheese trays! I ordered the chicken Caesar wrap for lunch and my daughters each had their favorite, grilled cheese sandwiches. The Flying Vine Lakeside Grille has a very pretty wine room for private parties, as well!

One of the coolest parts about this restaurant is the beautiful lakeside view and this fun mural wall located right outside. Who doesn’t love a good mural wall for endless Instagrammable photo ops?

Shop our outfits here:

All of the gorgeous balloons at our event were provided by Glamfettico! She has the most charming event decor and balloons for the prettiest parties!

These cute sun hats and beach bags in the picture above were provided by The Royal Standard. I had never shopped there before and was completely blown away by everything this store has to offer. They literally have everything from home goods to jewelry, workout tops, dresses, and lots of extra comfy pajama options!

The store is so beautiful that when I first walked in, I expected everything to be expensive but that was not the case at all! I ended up getting a workout top for only $10!!! The Royal Standard has workout tops that are very high quality as well as extremely affordable!

I also ended up getting a gorgeous chambray shift dress and these adorable flamingo pajama shorts in the picture above. The Royal Standard personalizes everything from bags, to hats, to wine glasses in store, which is extra convenient for personalizing gifts! I saw lots of great gift ideas for Mother’s Day, graduation presents, teacher appreciation gifts and even birthdays!

Most of the other moms picked out pretty jewelry. The Royal Standard has endless options of sparkly stones on their rings, bracelets and necklaces!

Shopping at The Royal Standard

After shopping we headed right across the street to get our nails done at Lux Nail Spa! This was the first time my daughters got pedicures and they were beyond excited about the entire experience!

Kids room at Lux Nail Spa

Lux Nail Spa has the perfect kids’ area with these adorable pink butterfly chairs! They even had the ever-popular, “Paw Patrol” playing on the TVs in the kid’s room for them to watch while they were being pampered. This is definitely going to be a birthday party idea for us in the future!

All of the moms were pampered with relaxing pedicures and offered strawberry margaritas which is not something most nail salons usually provide! Lux Nail Spa also does all kinds of specialty nail designs. Check out their Facebook Page to see all of the different services they offer!

Boat Transportation available at The Boardwalk Towne Lake

We absoultely loved our time spent at the beautiful Boardwalk Towne Lake! This gorgeous area is accessible by boat for local residents. How amazing is that? I love the dog that is enjoying an afternoon boat ride in the picture above!

Boardwalk Towne Lake is located at 9945 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress, TX. 7743. Here is a complete listing of all of the shopping and dining on the property. We will be back again soon for another mother-daughter outing! What do you like to do to enjoy one on time with your kiddos? Comment below or reach out to
http://makingmemorieswithmyminis.com/contact/ to share your ideas!

Special thanks to the Boardwalk Towne Lake, The Flying Vine Lakeside Grille, Lux Nail Spa, and The Royal Standard for hosting us! All photography in this blog post was provided by Studio 154 Photography.

Travel & Experiences

Dining at Disney

May 2, 2019

An important part of any trip (for me anyway) is the food! So, I figured I would share our experience dining out at Disney World. Our daughters are three years old so character dining was a huge hit with them! We went to all four parks and got to enjoy a character meal at each one as well as lots of other great food spots! There are literally endless options for dinning at Disney with young kids but I wanted to share some of the restaurants that we enjoyed the most! Also check out the best age appropriate rides at Disney World for preschool/toddlers here.

Breakfast at Port Orleans Riverside Resort

We enjoyed breakfast every morning at our resort, the Port Orleans Riverside. They have a wide variety of breakfast options to choose from, cereals, waffles, eggs, bagels, etc. and it was also easy to grab some granola bars and hit the road. The Port Orleans also has a separate restaurant for dinner, Boatwright’s Dining Hall that was perfect on a day that we were all too wiped out to stay at the park for dinner.

Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich at L’Artisan Des Glaces at Epcot

First of all the snacks are fantastic!!! There are so many options to choose from and if you only have time for a quick sit down meal there are tons of places to choose from for that too, here is a list of fast/casual restaurants on property. Our girls loved the snacks, of course! Mickey ice cream (pictured below) and pretzels were among their favorites. Most Disney dining plan options come with a TON of snack credits, we had about 60 leftover at the end of our trip. You can also use snack credits to purchase bottles of water throughout the day so that was a huge plus!

Mickey Mouse Ice Cream at Hollywood Studios

One of the most exciting parts of the trip for our daughters was the character dining. Each time we did a character dinner multiple characters stop by your table throughout the meal to take pictures with and hug or high-five the kiddos. This really made the trip for our girls!

The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom was a definite favorite of the girls! All of the Winnie The Pooh characters were there and they had a really nice buffet with something to offer for everyone.

We also went to the Be Our Guest Castle for breakfast at Magic Kingdom. They don’t do the character dining for breakfast but the ambiance there is really cool, the castle looks exactly like it does in the movie.

In addition toThe Crystal Palace and The Be Our Guest Castle we were told that the following restaurants are wonderful at Magic Kingdom:

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall & Princess Dinner at Epcot

Our daughters loved the princess character dinner at Akershus in Epcot. All of the princesses did a great job of coming by every table and giving all of the kids equal attention. They also signed a cute card and gave it to all of the kids at the end of the dinner. This was probably our daughter’s favorite experience from the whole trip, they still talk about it all of the time! We also enjoyed delicious food and a great character dining experience at the Garden Grill Restaurant in Epcot with Chip ‘n Dale characters!

Here are a few other restaurants that are supposed to be wonderful at Epcot:

Character Dining at Tusker House in Animal Kingdom

Overall our daughters had a great time at Tusker House Restaurant, in Animal Kingdom. We all enjoyed the buffet and they had interactions with Mickey, Minnie, Daffy and Pluto. A note about this restaurant – do NOT be late for your reservation! We were approximately 7 minutes late to check in with the hostess and were told they had already given our table away and we would need to wait at least an additional 20 minutes for another table. After speaking with the manager we were able to be seated a lot sooner than that. Other than that slight inconvenience we liked our experience at Tusker House.

Other restaurant options with great reviews in Animal Kingdom:

Restaurants we were told are amazing but we didn’t have time to check out in Hollywood Studios:

What’s your favorite Disney World restaurant? Comment below or feel free to reach out to http://makingmemorieswithmyminis.com/contact/ to share!

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Bluebonnets in Houston

April 14, 2019

I just love this time of year, seeing those gorgeous bluebonnets popping up all along the roadways makes our already beautiful state even more “purdy”. This time each year Texans search for the best little field of bluebonnets to plop their loved ones down for a few photo ops with our beautiful state’s flower. That’s why I decided to share a couple of great locations to find bluebonnets in Houston.

Photography by Heaven + Honey Photography

Houston is really flat, y’all. We don’t get to enjoy the picturesque hills filled with bluebonnets like our neighbors in the hill country. But, there are a couple of spots around town with mini inclines that help provide the illusion of that hill country feel.

Photography by Heaven + Honey Photography

If you live in north Houston, Spring or The Woodlands area The Montgomery County Memorial Library has a beautiful little field of bluebonnets right outside of their building at the Lone Star Circle Park.

Photography by Angela Renae Photography

Also in the Conroe area is a beautiful bluebonnet field off of Highway 105 near Ransom’s Steakhouse & Saloon next to Fernland Historical Park.

Photography by Angela Renae Photography

Rob Fleming Park located in the Creekside area of the Woodlands has a small field of bluebonnets each year. The only issue with this area is
that it’s encompassed by ropes so it won’t be mowed, this makes it difficult to take pictures without catching the ropes in the background. Luckily our amazing photographer, Angela Renae Photography was able to edit all of those ropes out.

Photography by Heaven + Honey Photography

The above picture was taken at Herman Park, right across the street from the Hermann Park Golf Course.

Photography by Heaven + Honey Photography

If you are looking for more bluebonnet locations in the greater Houston area be sure to check out this awesome list by Mommypoppins.com.

If you know of another great bluebonnet location in the north Houston area that isn’t listed above please comment below or reach out to www.makingmemorieswithmyminis.com/contact.

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Disney World With Toddlers

March 19, 2019

There is SO MUCH that goes into planning a Walt Disney World vacation with toddlers! There are 4 major parks with endless amounts of entertainment and great restaurants at each one so it’s hard to know exactly where to start when you’re trying to plan a trip to “Mickey’s House” as my daughters like to call it. We decided to go ahead and take a family trip this past February since the girls are still in preschool and we thought the parks would be a little less crowded than during their peak seasons. Little did we know Disney is ALWAYS crowded year round, apparently school age kids go there at all times of the year so we did not beat the crowds but we did manage to have a great time at Disney World with toddlers.

Minnie Mouse at a character meet and greet in Epcot

We decided to commit one full day to each park and not bother with getting any park hopper passes. I think this strategy worked pretty well because it’s a lot of work to transport young kids anywhere so going to more than one park per day just seemed way too ambitious to us. Rating our experience of all 4 parks in order from the best to worst is as follows:

  1. Magic Kingdom
  2. Epcot
  3. Hollywood Studios
  4. Animal Kingdom

We absolutely loved our time at Magic Kingdom and Epcot! These parks definitely have the most rides and character experiences for toddler/preschool age children. There are things for toddlers to do at every park but we enjoyed our experience at Magic Kingdom and Epcot the best.

Favorite Attractions at Magic Kingdom

Dumbo the Flying Elephant Ride at Magic Kingdom

A few of our favorite rides at Magic Kingdom included:

Definitely get FastPasses for all of these rides if you can! Dumbo and the Magic Carpet rides are very similar so you really only need to FastPass one or the other. You can start booking your FastPasses up to 60 days in advance if you are staying onsite at a Disney resort or if you have a regular ticket you can book up to 30 days in advance. Our kids also enjoyed the Swiss Family Tree House, you do not need a FastPass for this and there was never much of a line or crowd when we walked by. They also loved
Tom Sawyer Island which we did not need FastPasses for either. We also loved our dining experiences at all four of the parks. Here is a complete list of all of the best restaurants for young kids.

Favorite Attractions at Epcot

This picture was taken a very long day at Epcot which explains the look on my daughter, Ava’s face 🙂

We were really surprised at how much we enjoyed Epcot, there are lots of attractions for toddlers and we had some of our best character dining experiences here.

Our favorite rides & attractions at Epcot:

  • Frozen Ever After is a slow moving indoor boat ride with no height requirement, I was amazed that I was even allowed to bring our 5 month old daughter on this one. They have lots of special effects that the girls really enjoyed!
Meet Anna and Elsa at the Royal Sommerhus at Epcot
  • Soarin’ Around the World was a favorite for my husband and I but our kids were not tall enough to go on this one with us, they have to be at least 40 in for Soarin.’

We also really enjoyed The World Showcase at Epcot which is mainly a bunch of restaurants & bars featuring cultural food from countries worldwide.

Favorite Attractions at Hollywood Studios

Mickey Mouse ice cream at Hollywood Studios

Some of the best attractions for toddlers at Disney are the shows! At Hollywood Studios our favorite attractions were:

  • Beauty and The Beast – Live on Stage – the show only lasts about 30 minutes and there are lots of bright colored costumes, loud music and characters on stage to keep them fully entertained.
  • They surprisingly also liked seeing the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular show that included lots of explosions, fire, a gigantic rolling stone, and a car flip over.
  • Toy Story Land is supposed to be fantastic! We wanted to check out everything it has to offer but we ended up heading back to the room early for naps that day 🙂 I have heard it’s perfect for preschool aged kids too.

Favorite Attractions at Animal Kingdom

Mickey and Minnie at Adventurers Outpost in Animal Kingdom

Overall we enjoyed our time at Animal Kingdom but it was not the best park for toddlers compared to the other 3 parks. At Animal Kingdom we did enjoy the following attractions:

  • Kilimajaro Safari Ride, which has lots of animals that are very easy to see from the ride. We saw several lions, a cheetah, giraffes and flamingos to name just a few.

Other attractions I hear are a lot of fun that I wish we had been able to check out are the Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party and Finding Nemo The Musical.

Have you traveled to Disney with toddlers and loved an attraction that wasn’t mentioned above? Please let me know by commenting below or by reaching out to www.makingmemorieswithmyminis.com/contact.

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TFTI Experience

December 3, 2018

I had so much fun over the weekend at TFTI Houston! My parents offered to babysit so I could finally have a MUCH needed mom break and my friend and I were looking for something fun to do for an hour or two before going to a Christmas party that night. We decided to check out Thanks For The Invite and I’m so glad we did! This was pretty much the ultimate Instagram-able pop-up shop and overall we loved our TFTI experience. There are several different rooms with lots of unique photo ops in each including a love themed room with lots of pretty faux roses everywhere and a large light up sign. 

The upside down Christmas room was definitely my favorite. Everything in the room is upside down so when you stand in it and take your picture flipping the image upside down makes it look like you are hanging from the ceiling. This worked out perfectly because we were going to an ugly Christmas sweater party afterwards so I happened to have my sweater in my bag and threw it on for the picture.

There is also a cloud themed room with some pretty sweet origami, a neon sign, and a swing with lots of boomerang potential!

I loved this rainbow wall room that had lots of pillows and a feather blowing machine which made for some pretty hilarious videos!

 I would definitely recommend checking out TFTI for a fun hour of entertainment. The cost is $30 per ticket. This is a pop-up photo experience so it will only be in the Houston area until the end of this month, December 30th so go while you can! They are open Thursday through Sunday. As mentioned I had a babysitter for my kids but I did see a lot of kids there which would be really cute to get some unique pictures with your kiddos. If you are from the Houston area you will probably remember going to the once popular DRINK Houston, TFTI is now in that same building so we had fun reminiscing about our wild and crazy DRINK Houston days…. from about 100 years ago 🙂

We are always looking for fun new places to experience if you have a great recommendation please comment below or reach out using the contact page – www.makingmemorieswithmyminis.com/contact. 

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