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It’s Going to be an ENCHANTED Christmas! Enter to WIN 4 VIP Tickets to Enchant!!!

This post is sponsored by Enchant Christmas.  All opinions are my own.

I’m so excited that the holiday season is FINALLY here!  You all remember when I shared with you about Enchant? This is the first year this fabulous display of lights will be in DFW.  We are so lucky to have this experience right here so close to home.  This is the U.S. debut of Enchant Christmas.

Here is a little sneak peek of what Enchant will be like:

Also, if you’ve never experienced Christkindl you must go.  It’s the best German Christmas Market and the food…oh my!

Now is your chance to enter to win the opportunity to attend the BIGGEST (and brightest) holiday premiere in North Texas this season! This is an outdoor event, so dress warm!

When:  Tuesday, November 21, 7-9PM

Where: Lot F at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Complimentary parking)

Your world of Christmas wonder awaits at the U.S. debut and VIP premiere of Enchant Christmas Light Maze & Market. Surrounded by millions of dazzling lights and brilliantly lit sculptures, you and your family will be the first to navigate through the world’s largest light maze, visit Ole Saint Nick in his one-of-a-kind golden palace, glide around the ice-skating pond, waltz through The Enchant Christmas Market (including Texas Christkindl Market Lane), and toast our opening of with hot cocoa and holiday treats. You’ll find enchantment around every corner!

PRIZE WINNER WILL RECIEVE:

  • Winner will win a Family 4-pack – no extra tickets are for purchase.
  • Winner must be able to attend the event on Nov. 21. (No exceptions.)

ENTER TO WIN!!!

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Santa’s Toy Factory: Christmas Fun for the Whole Family in DFW!

I’ve partnered with Bloggin’ Mamas & GGP Parks at Arlington to share these free family events with my readers, and am being compensated for this partnership. All opinions expressed are my own.
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The Parks at Arlington Mall has partnered with Mattel to introduce a new holiday adventure that will be memorable for the entire family. Santa’s Toy Factory will open on November 11 in the center court area of the shopping center.

I love Christmas shopping and the hustle and bustle of everyone around!  There’s nothing that puts me in the Christmas spirit more than shopping for goodies with an eggnog latte in hand!  I’ve got 13 nieces and nephews and they love all sorts of toys like Barbies, Hot Wheels, and Thomas & Friends.  All of these great brands, including Santa will be at Santa’s Toy Factory this year!  If you live in the DFW area, then you have to take your kiddos to go check this out.  And the best part…IT’S FREE FOR EVERYONE!

Here’s a bit more about Santa’s Toy Factory:

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Image Credit: ©2017 Gullane (Thomas) Limited. ©2017 Mattel. All Rights Reserved.

Santa’s Toy Factory is designed to empower creativity through an interactive, immersive experience to meet Santa. Within the 1,600 square-foot space, young guests will have the opportunity to “test” new toys in Santa’s Factory before they get delivered to all the boys and girls on Christmas morning. After they “test” the toys, they visit different stations to digitally design, build and paint toys from Mattel’s iconic brands including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, and Thomas & Friends.. The grand finale, of course, will be meeting Santa himself for photos and to share their holiday wish list.

“We are proud to be partnering with Mattel to bring this new, one-of-a-kind holiday concept to life,” said Lorie Lisius, general manager of Parks at Arlington. “We are always looking for ways to introduce new brands and experiences to our community and can’t wait to showcase Santa’s Toy Factory this holiday season. We know our guests will embrace it.”

The experience with Santa’s Toy Factory is free-of-charge and photo packages begin at $39.99. To make reservations to ensure quicker access, please click HERE. If you’d like more information, please visit www.VisitSantasToyFactory.com. Parks at Arlington is located at 3811 South Cooper and is home to a plethora of high-quality tenants including H&M, Aveda and Dickey’s BBQ.

Check out these One-Day Special Events Too!

You Can Be Anything Barbie

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November 11, 2017
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Center Court

Thomas and His Super Station


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November 28, 2017
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Center Court

Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage

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December 10, 2017
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Center Court

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Fall 2017

Hey Everyone!  I am always playing catch up, but I’m usually pretty good about posting all my random daily events on Instagram and Instagram stories…SO CHECK IT OUT!

Let’s recap shall we?

Even though it’s like 90-something degrees out I am going to wear a sweater and crank my air conditioner up all the way because the Starbucks holiday beverages are out….and nothing is going to stop me from listening to my Pentatonix or Michael Buble Christmas music holding a hot eggnog latte dang it!

I don’t know what is wrong with Connor’s face…I think he’s over this picture?

I got the cutest pajamas for Christmas this year from Lazy One!  I just love the little bottoms on these…ha ha!  My friend Michelle has a coupon code for 10% off if you want to use it: “MML

I’m also going to be decorating for the holidays soon and I can’t wait to share that with you all!  Terence is trying to hold me back for as long as he can from putting up the Christmas decor.

I ordered the cutest quilt from Steinmart and it’s so soft too!  It was only $29.99, so it was a bargain and I’ve been enjoying watching ALL the Hallmark Christmas movies wrapped up in this quilt.

Bad Moms Christmas was just as funny and fabulous as I thought it would be!  My friend Courtney and I had a great time seeing a sneak peek of the movie before it hit theaters.  We got cute little “Bad Moms” glasses too!  Y’all have to go see this movie….it’s hilarious!

We had our favorite cousins from England come stay with us for a week and it was FABULOUS!  Oh those babies and their little British accents….I die.  We had so much fun and can’t wait to go back over the pond to visit them again soon!

Connor and his cousin Ethan are the same age and got along like best friends <3

Speaking of Christmas….I’m full swing into fall/Christmas photo sessions again.  I can’t believe this year has already passed.  I say that every year, but this year it truly has.  It has been a crazy year too…so much going on in the world.  Good, and a lot of bad things happened this year in our country, but I know God is in control of every situation.  Without knowing that and having hope I don’t know how you can survive in this world.

And what a wonderful life it is….I have a beautiful new niece, Ella Cate, and I can’t wait to hold her and smell her fresh baby goodness.  My twin sister Bonnie gave birth to Ella a couple of weeks ago.  If you’ve been following this blog awhile, then you know Bonnie used to blog as well.  It’s been so hard living away and not being able to go home….but I will get there eventually!  In the mean time I’m so thankful for modern technology, facetime, and photos.

I’ve got a great coupon code for you if you live in DFW or are traveling here for the holiday season!  Every year the Gaylord Texan has a beautiful ICE! exhibit and you can get 50% off your tickets using this coupon code below:

Well, that’s all for now…but much more to come!!!

xo, Becky


It’s FALLING outside! Prepping for Fall + Enter to WIN!

This post is sponsored by Zoono GermFree24®, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hi All!

Okay so today it’s like 80-something degrees…but wait for it….Saturday it’s going to be in the FIFTIES!!!  Bring on the scarves, boots, and sweaters….YIPPEE!

Here’s my little punkin and the pumpkin patch.  He’s getting so big!  

I love sooooo many things about fall.  The smell in the air, the clothes, the temperature.  A reason to drink HOT coffee!  One thing I don’t care too much for is GERMS!

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  • Doorknob: 8,643 bacteria
  • Computer mouse: 79,000 bacteria
  • Remote control: 17,000 bacteria

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No Reserves about it…A visit to Starbucks Reserve

Ever since I found out Dallas was opening up a few of the Starbucks Reserve stores I’ve been dying to go visit.  If you’ve been following my blog for the past 11 something years…then you know my love for Starbucks runs deep.

I had heard lots of things about the Reserve.  I heard they had different coffees, flavors, and concoctions.  When I first walked in the atmosphere was very warm and inviting and the bar looked kind of like a chemistry lab.

(On the left is my Americano Con Crema & on the right is Terence’s Vanilla Latte)

Well….let’s get to experimenting now shall we!

I tried the “Americano Con Creme” and it was delicious!  It’s an Americano with cold, blended foam, made with milk, vanilla, and cinnamon.  My first thought was that it doesn’t taste like regular Starbucks coffee.  The burnt flavor that everyone claims Starbucks coffee has wasn’t there.  Also, there is was a $3 extra charge for special “Reserve shots”.  Be prepared to spend a little more for your fancy coffee.

The Starbucks Reserve also offers tons of other flavors of coffees from different places all over the world.  These are coffees that you normally won’t see at a regular Starbucks.  These are small batches that come from different origins all over the world.

As far as food goes…they don’t really offer any bites different than their normal menu.  Starbucks Reserve is clearly all about the beverage.  I was a bit disappointed in that because I had hoped they would offer other foodie items as well.

So, my biggest takeaway…I liked it.  I don’t think I would go out of my way to get this coffee as opposed to a regular Starbucks drink.  It’s more about the experience and atmosphere.  I think next time I’ll be trying one of the ice cream beverages.  You can’t go wrong with a Classic Affogato or Cold Brew Float with scoops of vanilla ice cream.  

In other fall family news…we made our annual trip to the pumpkin patch!  This kiddo is getting so big!  Every morning I wake up to my Facebook and Time Hop just kills me every time with the flashbacks.  Does any other Mama think Time Hop makes you a little teary eyed?

It has been a busy season for sure!  I look forward to cooler temps here in Texas and sharing lots more with all of you over the next few month….good things to come!

xo- Becky

(As much as I wish this post was sponsored by Starbucks…it is not.  All opinions are my own.)