Category Archives: Friends, Meetups, & Linkups

Getting Ready to Party with Balloon Time! #SpringInFullBalloon

This post is sponsored by BSM Media and Balloon Time.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Well, school is almost out and these kiddos are ready for summer and we are ready to celebrate!  Most of you know that I am a photographer and I find myself using balloons a TON as photo props.  I will also say that it’s a hassle to get balloons blown up on short notice…because the last time I went to get some there was over an HOUR wait at the party store!

Ain’t nobody got time for that….

Aren’t these boys cute?  I can’t believe they’ll be in second grade this fall.

I decided to get my own helium tank from Balloon Time because we have a lot of parties coming up this summer.  We have my Grandma’s 80th birthday bash and my sister’s baby shower this summer!  So I know that my Balloon Time helium kit will come in handy.  You can pick one up at your local Target and Walmart stores.

Balloon Time is the first and best-selling portable helium kit in the world! They’ve been bringing color, life and fun to celebrations around the globe for more than 30 years with their DIY floating balloon kits.

I found my Balloon Time helium kit in the party section at Target.

There is also a $2.00 off coupon you can download HERE.

The Balloon Time helium kit comes with:

1- Standard Helium Tank

30 Latex Balloons


Life goes by way too fast not to have a little fun!  I can’t wait to have our parties this summer and get some fun balloons to jazz up the space.  I’m also excited that I don’t have to wait in long lines anymore…so next time I want a balloon for a photo prop I’ve got it covered.

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Need ideas for your party? Check out the Balloon Time website for some fun ideas!

Summerfest Fun at the Gaylord Texan!

Holy Guacamole y’all summer is here in Texas and it’s so hot the chickens are laying hard-boiled eggs!  Just kidding….sort of….

I have a lot of friends from back home in Arkansas that love to come and visit and I always recommend the Gaylord Texan.  The service is above and beyond and the rooms are so very nice!

We’ve been to several events at the Gaylord Texan over the years, including my favorite – ICE!  If you come back in December, please for the love of all things Merry & Bright go visit ICE! at the Gaylord Texan.

Last week the boys and I attended a spectacular event called Summerfest: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  We got to visit with the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, and of course Alice herself.  The characters were so good with our kiddos.  We enjoyed a dessert bar and drinks while watching a 3D visual light show called “Breaking Through the Looking Glass”.  It was so cool!

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Connor and Brody enjoying the ice cream 🙂20160618_200857-2


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That silly Mad Hatter

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We also went through the Alice & Wonderland vortex maze with our 3-D glasses.  It’s a tricky one let me tell ya!  I posted some video of the maze on Instagram if you want to go see.

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The show begins….

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We had the best time & we never leave the Gaylord unimpressed.  It’s our own little piece of magic here in Texas. 20160618_215802-2

The Queen of Hearts “Light Up The Night” Glow Party and 3D visual mapping show “Breaking Through the Looking Glass” are FREE events every Friday and Saturday (Sundays on July 4th and Labor Day weekends) starting at 9pm at the Gaylord Texan!

If you would like to see our past experiences at the Gaylord Texan visit HERE, HERE, HERE, & HERE.

Flashback to our Shrek experience in 2012…my baby!


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! A Bachelor Party & #ASweetPairing

What’s better than a night in with girlfriends & jumping on the crazy train also known as “The Bachelor”?  Add in some wine and chocolate and you practically have a love fest going on, not to mention the best commentary in the whole world!  Ha ha!

My friend Kelly and I get together on Monday nights to have a Bachelor viewing party and girl’s night in.  (Have I mentioned how much I just adore Kelly and the fact that she moved here from Arkansas recently???)  It’s so hard to make friends when you move some place new.  I know God put her here for ME…at least that is what I’m telling myself because we have become instant friends 🙂  We say Kelly is my future self or I am her past self or whatever that is…ha ha!!!

Bachelor night with the girls.  I thought that was cute with my rose in my mouth. Ahem… BBP_5035


Anyway…we have the best time just doing anything!  So, this past Monday night was extra special because we threw a wine and chocolate party to go along with our Bachelor get together.

First stop…Walmart for all the necessities.


What’s better than some Ghirardelli chocolate and Josh Cellars wine for a girl’s night in?20160125_100623

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Me and Kelly aka “The Hostesses with the Mostesses” getting things ready for the night.20160125_191126 BBP_4974 BBP_4975

Fun little photo props I found at Walmart for around $3.00!BBP_4976

The way to a girl’s heart…chocolate.  That’s how I knew my husband was the one.  Within the first week he bought me a HUGE box of chocolates 🙂


Wine for all the girls.  I thoroughly enjoyed the Josh Cellars Chardonnay.  I’m a white wine gal.  What is your wine of choice?BBP_4981

Next we made some Ghirardelli covered popcorn.  Oh my goodness…YUM.BBP_4985

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Almost party time!


I also dipped some pretzel sticks in Ghirardelli chocolate.  The more chocolate the merrier in my opinion.BBP_5004 BBP_5019 BBP_5022

We have a party crasher and trouble over here.  Doesn’t trouble look like Adele???BBP_5026 BBP_5030

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“Let’s Instagram that!”

Pouring a little Josh Cellars wine to get the party started 🙂
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We also had some fabulous prize winners!  Woohoo for Lindsey and Jessica!  Parties are more fun when prizes are involved am I right?z

Now we are ready to chill and watch The Bachelor while I binge on chocolate and drink my wine.  I could not ask for a better night with friends.  We had some significant others there too and let me just say the commentary from men about The Bachelor is hilarious!

Jeff giving Kelly a rose.  Awwwww….


It’s Monday night ladies and The Bachelor is about to start!  What are you going to do this Valentine’s Day?  Mine is going to definitely include some wine and chocolate.  That’s for sure!


A special thank you to Ghirardelli & Josh Cellar wine for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.

Minions Movie Fun! #peepsholiday

PEEPS® and PEEPS & COMPANY® provided me with information, samples, & a discount code in exchange for this post.

Who doesn’t love a Minion?  I do…they are so cute and remind me of a Twinkie.  All they want is to be wanted.  Our family loved the Despicable Me movies and we were so excited to FINALLY get the chance to watch the Minions movie!


We had Alek, Connor’s BFF over the other day and I popped some popcorn and broke out all things Minions for the boys to enjoy the movie 🙂

The Minions movie was just released on December 8th and it would be a great gift or stocking stuffer if you have kiddos in your family.  Special thank you to PEEPS® – we got to watch the movie in style.

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Are these not the cutest EVER???


PEEPS® thank you for making this little boy’s day!  He has everything he needs to enjoy a POPPIN & PEEPIN PARTY!

Want a chance to win everything shown here?  Just comment and I’ll choose a winner on Monday, December 21st!


  • PEEPS® Large Banana Crème Flavored Minion: PEEPS® introduces a new banana crème flavored marshmallow in honor of the beloved Minions characters. Three varieties of the individually packed large Minions include the likeness of Kevin, Stuart and Bob – stars of the Minions movie available on DVD this holiday season.
  • PEEPS® Marshmallow Minions: To honor the PEEPS® Minions taste testers, for the first time ever PEEPS® has created a Minion-shaped marshmallow reflecting their fun PEEPSONALITY®. Fans can also enjoy limited edition comics on the back of the packaging made exclusively for PEEPS® by Universal Studios filmmakers.
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  • PEEPS® Pillow: Add a dash of incredibly comfy color to your movie night with this PEEPS® Chick pillow, featuring vivid blocks designed with your favorite Marshmallow Chick as the star of the show.
  • PEEPS® Blanket: You’ll love cuddling up with your family with this super-soft Peeps® Bunny Fleece Throw Blanket.
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Bring on the Bubbly! #SparklingHolidays

This post is sponsored by Acorn & Dasani, all opinions are my own.

Hip Hip Hooray!!!  Y’all we are SEVEN days until Christmas!  Let the festivities begin sistas!  I have been to a couple ugly Christmas sweater parties this year, and I have to say those are my favorite.  What’s better than getting together with friends and dressing up acting a fool?  Ha ha!


I love to have parties and entertain.  Baking and making fun beverages is at the top of my list.  This year I made a few fabulous drinks with DASANI Sparkling Water & I’m sooooo excited to share this deliciousness with you!

The first drink is a white wine spritzer.


Who doesn’t love a little bubbly wine?  Just choose a bottle of your favorite white wine and add in DASANI sparkling water.  It comes in several different flavors available at Walmart.  I chose the lime and berry flavors for my drinks.

I filled party glasses with 1/2 white wine & topped off with DASANI sparkling water in Berry and Lime flavors.



Top it with a yummy candy cane and you are all set!


Aren’t they so cute and festive!  The candy canes turn the drinks red and green 🙂BBP_2631 BBP_2635

Okay…now for you serious folks I have a little something else for you.


I added a little kick to some of the drinks with some cranberry and lemon vodka.  I added the cranberry in with the DASANI Berry sparkling water & the lemon with the DASANI Lime sparkling water.  These turned out delicious!

Top with a candy cane and you have TWO yummy drinks for the holiday season.




These were so easy to make and DASANI sparkling water is the perfect mixer because it has ZERO calories, no added colors, is caffeine-free and naturally flavored.

DASANI sparkling water comes in Lime, Berry, Lemon, & Black Cherry flavors.


You must be 21 to consume alcoholic beverages. When doing so, please drink responsibly. No drinking and driving, and no drinking and texting!