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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.)


Win the Ultimate Christmas Vacation: Enchant Christmas 2017

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

Christmas is my VERY favorite!  Ask anyone in my family and they’ll say I’d give Buddy the Elf a run for his spaghetti.  So, imagine my excitement and surprise when I found out about Enchant Christmas right here in Arlington, Texas!

If you live in DFW and love the holidays like me, you are always looking for something to set you in the Christmas spirit.  Enchanted is JUST the place you are looking for!

This year they have so many fun activities for you and your family.  I’ve talked about how much I love Christkindl in the past, but now check out all the new activities added to the agenda this year!

  • World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze, where families locate nine missing reindeer

  • Texas’ Largest Outdoor Christmas Tree, standing at 100 ft.

  • 300,000 square feet of holiday entertainment

  • More than two million twinkling lights

  • Santa’s Palace

  • Skating Pond – just like you would imagine in Central Park and other northern cities

  • Kids’ Play Area

  • Live Music and Entertainment

  • More than 20 Food Trucks

  • Unique Christmas Market with 85 Vendors, featuring the beloved Christkindl Market Lane

  • Free Parking

You can get your Enchant Christmas early-bird tickets starting on Monday, October 9th at 12:30 pm at www.EnchantChristmas.com

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  • 4 flights from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada (or $500 cash if driving)
  • 2 nights stay at our partner hotel
  • 4 passes to Enchant Christmas for our exclusive, sneak peek opening
  • Food & hot chocolate for 4
  • First access to our magical skating pond
  • A copy of the Enchant Christmas storybook, “The Great Search”

Enter one of 3 ways:  websiteFacebook, or Instagram.

Location: Globe Life Park – Lot F  1000 Ball Park Way  ArlingtonTexas 76011


SeaWorld San Antonio 2017

Hey Y’all!  Playing catch up here a bit and wanted to blog some memories of our trip to SeaWorld San Antonio.  We had a fabulous time, minus the crazy gas lines due to hurricane Harvey that particular week.

We took off for a long weekend and brought along our niece Ellie who is 22 hours older than Connor.  They’ve always been really close and Connor was super excited to bring his cousin.  During our trip you would be surprised how many people asked me how old my twins were…lol!  They do look alike with the blonde hair and blue eyes 🙂

We started our day out before the park opened.  We purchased tickets to feed the animals and have a private tour before hand.  I definitely recommend this!  It was so nice to not have to deal with crowds and get up close and personal with the sea life.

We headed to see the dolphins and got to play with them for a a little while.  We also wrote fun messages on the glass wall.  I loved those dolphins they were so friendly!

Our second stop was to feed the sea lions fish.  They were super hungry apparently and barked over and over.  Feisty little fellows!

My husband…the bird whisperer 🙂

Connor & Ellie with the dolphins

This bird shall be named Elvis for obvious reasons.  Elvis and I are great friends now btw.

Ready to see Shamu the killer whale!  We sat in the splash zone…don’t do this unless you want to walk out with soggy bottoms.

My absolute FAVORITE thing about the whole trip was being able to swim with the dolphins.  It was AMAZING!  They are so precious and interactive with everyone.  I now want to turn our pool into a saltwater paradise so I can have a pet dolphin.

Getting in and out of that wet suit was another story….but let’s move on shall we….

Terence’s recruiter from his Air Force days happened to be in San Antonio the same time we were helping with Hurricane relief.  We hadn’t seen him in YEARS and it was so nice to catch up with him and reconnect.  We enjoyed an authentic Mexican dinner and wonderful company.

We stayed at the Courtyard San Antonio SeaWorld and I cannot say enough about how wonderful our stay was here!  The rooms were nicely furnished and clean.  We had a sitting area, desk, and coffee nook.  If you are planning a visit to SeaWorld San Antonio I highly recommend this hotel.  It was the perfect location, minutes away from SeaWorld and right off the freeway.

We let the kiddos each pick out a souvenir of their visit and Ellie chose a pink dolphin and Connor chose an eel.  We made some great memories that I hope they will cherish forever and we can’t wait for our next adventure!

xoxo- Becky


If I Had a Dream Car…That is…

Hey Y’all!

So, lot’s to catch up on here!  A couple of weeks ago I went to a social media conference called Megaphone in Fayetteville, AR with two of my blogging gals Kim & Que.

We had a great time and a great ride thanks to Toyota.  We headed to Northwest Arkansas on Friday and this car is basically a dream.  It’s my dream car.  Everything you could ever need is pretty much in the Toyota Land Cruiser and I could totally live in it.

The girls and I had a great road trip, and that was in large part due to our fabulous wheels!

Kim was a great driver & Que was in her own comfort zone in the back seat.  We had plenty of plugins and gadgets…perfect for this social media bunch!

Connor and I got to drive the Land Cruiser for a few days before the road trip to Arkansas and he was in movie heaven with the two TVs.

Connor watched movies and Mama got some peace!  Can I get an amen???

Also, a pretty cool feature is this front facing camera and aerial view of the car.  This feature is super helpful especially when parking!  My co-workers always make fun of the way I park…I have zero depth perception.  If I had this it wouldn’t be a problem right???  The safety features were top of the line and nothing was left untouched.

Once we reached the conference we had a great time talking with friends and learning about different aspects of the blogging and social media world.  You never know what you are going to learn and who you are going to meet.  That’s the fun thing about conferences!  Also, the memories made are priceless.

Thank you Toyota for taking us places and keeping us safe!  We had a ride to remember!

Check out the fun little video I made of our week and the trip below:


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Connor and I just got back from a fun road trip to Arkansas!  We celebrated my Grandma’s 80th birthday.  We had the best time and got to see a lot of relatives we haven’t seen in ages.  I make the drive to Arkansas about 3-4 times a year and the only way I get through it is a book on tape (or whatever they are on now) and an iPad for Connor.

I remember the days of traveling when he was a baby.  One time Terence and I were headed home and Connor started getting sick all over the car.  We pulled into a gas station and Terence was just throwing paper towels at me saying “Get it I can’t look at it!”  Ha ha!  Oh yes…we’ve all been there a time or two.  I get crazy allergies when I go home too and I’m not sure why.  The last couple of times I’ve had to visit an emergency clinic.   All of this to say… PREPARE YOURSELVES PEOPLE!

I take our medicines and vitamins with us when we travel and it’s been a lifesaver at times.  I carry Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin® and Children’s Dimetapp® for Connor.  I just pop them in a waterproof bag or you could use a plastic bag, and put them in my purse.

Now I don’t have to run around like a chicken with my head cut off looking for a pharmacy when sickness strikes us!  If there’s one thing I know from traveling is you cannot be too prepared.

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