Jul 23, 2015

Save BIG With This Schlitterbahn Summer Fun Pack!





Save BIG with this Schlitterbahn Summer Fun Pack available for purchase at North East Mall in Hurst through September 7th (while supplies last).


Two (2) One-day, full access passes to Schlitterbahn Waterpark (New Braunfels tickets available)

One (1) $25 Simon Gift Card that may be used at the Waterpark, gas, shopping, food, etc.

Beach Tote Bag filled with goodies (items to be determined).

Tickets purchased online are $50.99 each so this is a great savings!


Jul 8, 2015

Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort & Spa ~ A Little Slice of Heaven in the Texas Hill Country





A Little Slice of Heaven in the Hill Country 



Born and raised in Texas I have traveled to just about every corner of this great state and I have to tell you the Texas Hill Country is without a doubt one of my favorite areas on the map. Living in the DFW Metroplex can feel a little “busy” at times so when it comes time to planning  a relaxing vacation, the hill country is always at the top of my list. 
The Texas Hill Country spans across many ideallic towns and courthouse squares but my recent visit to Boerne, Texas and the 220 acre  Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort and Spa has now clinched my heart as a Texas Hill Country favorite.

La Cascada


Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort and Spa is tucked away treasure worth finding in Boerne, Tx. On a recent weekend my best friend and I hit the road for an all girls road-trip getaway to visit this beautiful resort in hopes of finding some much needed relaxation and of course a little bit of fun. This was approved by my two lovely teenage boys who told me they were just as excited to have a stay-cation at home without mom. Wait!?What!? Well, we all have to stop and relax at times and this was our weekend to step away from the "mom" life where the car is always running for taxi duty and the dishes always need to be washed.

Oh, don't worry.  Mimi and Papa had supervision duty so I came home to a house fully intact!




Just the beautiful scenery alone as you make your way down the winding country road to Tapatio Springs will get you excited about your stay. We arrived on a rainy afternoon and thought that might put a damper on our weekend. However, after checking into our room and sitting on our private balcony for just a little while, the rain lifted and we began to plan just how we would spend our weekend. From the friendly staff and our handy map we were given at check-in, we knew there were two amazing pools to explore (with poolside games), the Spa (always a girls favorite), Golf, dining at La Cascada, shopping in Boerne and more.

We decided not to plan our weekend too much which worked out really well for us. It was glorious just to relax and enjoy the resort at our own leisure. Over the course of the weekend, we visited the town of Boerne, relaxed in the pool and hot tub, watched the deer and ducks, ate s'mores around the fire pit, dined at La Cascada and so much more.
Needless to say I was like a pouting baby when the weekend came to an end and my bags had to be packed to head back home. If only I could stay one more day I thought to myself but real life mom duty awaited. At least we were headed home all refreshed and re-charged and that is exactly what we were seeking here and successfully found at Tapatio Springs.


If you're looking for a  fun family vacation , a romantic getaway or even a fine dining experience (foodies welcome), you will find it all at Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort and Spa!

Are you excited to plan your visit yet?


What Can You Expect at Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort and Spa? 


Here are some of the highlights from our weekend.......


1.        Getting There
As I mentioned, I live in the DFW Metroplex where I am surrounded by miles and miles of buildings and  highways.  Sometimes it’s nice just to get out of the city and experience the beautiful landscape of rolling hills and trees. The Texas Hill country has not shortage of beauty. From the wildlife to that small town feeling, you will get excited just making your journey to Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort and Spa.

Entering Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort and Spa



2.  Outstanding Resort Staff

By far, the staff at Tapatio Springs is the best I have experienced at any resort. From the moment we arrived, the staff welcomed us and made us feel like we were old friends.  When we checked in, we were greeted and given information about the resort and where we could find everything. Sometimes it can be confusing visiting a large property but not only were we given a map, we were personally escorted and shown points of interest like the pools and spa.  It didn't stop there either. Our entire stay we were treated like they really appreciated us and any time we had a question, they were extremely friendly and helpful.  For me, the staff can make or break a vacation destination and this was quality service at its best.



3. Room Accomodations

From Hill Country guest rooms to spacious King Suites and Specialty Suites, Tapatio Springs has you covered. Our guest room was spacious and comfortable and the bed was AHHH-mazing!  The rooms are nicely adorned in a way I can only describe as "country elegant". The bathrooms are nice and spacious too. Our guest room had a shower/tub combo with vanity area that was separated from an adjacent area with two additional well-lit vanities. We really liked how we could both utilize this space comfortably at the same time without being crowded. You know how important a girls hair and make-up space is!! Another great feature to our room was the private balcony . Sitting on our balcony overlooking the lush green golf course just added another slice of heaven to our stay.




4. Fine Dining at La Cascada Table and Bar

Executive Chef Michael Collins has brought Texas cuisine to a top level and made Tapatio Springs a fine dining destination.  La Cascada Table and Bar is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as happy hour. Friday and Saturday evenings you can enjoy outdoor dining and live music. We ate at La Cascada for dinner both nights during our stay and it was a top notch dining experience each time. The wait staff was friendly as well as fun to talk to. They really know how to take care of business and when our food arrived, we were in heaven. Not only was it delicious but it was almost a work of art on a plate!  I highly recommend the Fried Green Tomatoes for an appetizer and the Pineapple Upside Down Cake for dessert! DELICIOUS!!




5. Pool and Spa

Tapatio Springs has two amazing pools. We spent a lot of time poolside and enjoyed every minute of it! Our favorite was the smaller pool as it was more geared for adults and  featured a picturesque waterfall. The larger pool is great for families with children who can enjoy the waterslide and splash are with mini-fountains. There are plenty of activities poolside in this area as well. Here you can play cornhole, order a drink from the outdoor bar and even make a sweet smores treat on the outdoor fire pit. While we didn't get a chance to visit the spa personally, you can book an appointment for a day of pampering if you like. I will definitely be visiting the spa on our next visit!



6. Outdoor Fire Pits

Sit out under the stars and enjoy a delightful treat of smores. Our favorite fire pit was right on the golf course where we could look out over the beautiful greens and see the hill country all around us. Kicking back in an adornack chair and looking up at the night sky full of stars just does something to the soul. Ahhh.....I am relaxed now just thinking about it.



7. Golf!

You don't need to be a golfer to appreciate Tapatio Springs but if you are then you will be in heaven! This 18-hole championship course has been rated a "Top Ten Course" by the Dallas Morning News and it is no wonder why. It is absolutely a sight to see. We didn't personally golf but we spoke to many families who came just so dad could play golf while they enjoyed the rest of the resort.

P.S....
The golf course is invaded at night. No, I'm not kidding! I woke up around 2am one morning during our stay and stepped out onto the balcony. When I looked over the edge of the golf course I could see a slow moving parade of - well I really didn't know what of at first but as I came out of my slumber I could see that they were deer. Not just one or ten or twenty deer but a group of deer that numbered easily into the hundreds. I was in awe as I watched them for a good twenty minutes as they slowly trekked across the course for as far as I could see. They walked with such ease that it was a beautiful thing to witness. I guess you can tell I'm a city girl, huh?


Savings Tip:

Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort and Spa makes this a frugal family destination with special deals and savings promoted regularly on their Facebook Page. Head over to the Tapatio Springs Resort and Spa Facebook Page for their current promotions and to book your stay!

* Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort and Spa provided complimentary accommodations. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.

Jun 20, 2015

Visit Cascade Caverns this Summer and Save!



This weekend we are spending time in the Texas Hill Country and are very excited to visit Cascade Caverns! 
We will get the chance to see Texas Downunder! Did you know that Cascade Caverns has been declared a Texas Historical Site for its combination of history, geology and archaelogical signifigance? Here you will take a guided 45 minute to one hour tour that takes you through corridor after corridor of timeless beauty. 

The tour leaves continuously throughout the day but check seasonal schedules for specific times during the year. You will want to wear comfortable walking shoes and remember to bring your camera.  What is the climate of the caverns? The cavern is a cool living cavern with millions of glistening drops of pure water reluctantly falling on spectacular rock formations, a comfortable 64 degrees year round.

You are also able to bring your picnic to enjoy the 105 acre park before or after your tour. There are nature trails and a playground to explore as well as a gift shop for you to visit.

Cascade Caverns is a fun and educational experience for adults, teens, and kids. It is also the ideal setup for parties, rallies, musical events, or corporate retreats.  

Check out Cascade Caverns for yourself and plan your visit at www.cascadecaverns.com

Savings Coupon
Present this COUPON  and receive $1 off Child Admission / $2 off Adult Admission OR $5 off Camping at Cascade Caverns.




Cheap Summer Kids Movies 2015 in DFW



When the kids aren't busy splashing in the pool this summer, stay cool indoors and entertain the kids with free or cheap kids movies in DFW area theaters.

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE: Alamo Kids Camp
Catch a kids movie on the big screen all summer long without breaking the bank. Movie showings are generally Monday - Thursday with start times between 10am - 12:30pm depending on your preferred location. Purchase Online and choose the admission price of $1, $2 or $3 dollars based on the donation amount you wish to give. 100% of your donation will go to non-profit organizations helping people right in your community. The following schedule is for the DFW area theaters

June
Despicable Me
Mary Poppins
The Land Before Time
Night At The Museum

July
Charlotte's Web (2006)
Chicken Run
Matilda
Muppets Most Wanted

August
Follow That Bird
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Kung Fu Panda 2
The Parent Trap (1961)

CINEMARK: Summer Movie Clubhouse
Movie are $1 or buy a Bundle in advance and get 10 movies for just $5! Showings are usually Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings but it does actually vary by location. Search your DFW area Cinemark for specific dates, times and showings. When searching your location you will be able to print the coupon at the bottom of the page for $1 off a Movie Snack Pack.

June
The LEGO Movie
Dolphin Tale 2
Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Penguins of Madagascar

July
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Hot To Train Your Dragon 2
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

August
The Nut Job
Rio 2

Premiere Cinemas: Summer Kids Fest
Families can enjoy $1 movies on Wednesdays at 10:00am throughout the summer. Premiere Cinemas does not have a lot of DFW locations but it does however have many theaters all over Texas. If you are traveling or visiting family in Texas this summer, find out if there is a Premiere Cinema location near you.

June
June 10: Rio
June 17: The Croods
June 24: Rio 1

July

July 1: The Book of Life
July 8: Horton Hears a Who
July 15: Madagascar 3
July 22: The Spongebob Movie: A Sponge Out of Water
July 29: Hotel Transylvania

August

August 5: Despicable Me 2


Studio Movie Grill: Kids Summer Series

Escape from the heat and head to SMG for the Children's Summer Series. Beginning at 11am Monday-Friday you will be able to catch a new kids showing each week for $3.

June 1-5: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
June 8-12: Madagascar
June 15-19: Rio 2
June 29- July 3: Chicken Run
July 6-10: Horton Hears a Who
July 13-17: How to Train Your Dragon
July 20-24: Ice Age 2
July 27-31: Monsters vs Aliens
Aug 3-7: Kung Fu Panda
Aug 10-14: Puss In Boots
Aug 17-21: Turbo

Regal: Summer Movie Express

Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1! Movies are shown Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning at 10am.

June 9-10: The Nut Job and Annie
June 16-17: Earth to Echo and Boxtrolls
June 23-24: Paddington and Turbo
June 30- July 1: Rio 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 2
July 7-8: Mr. Peabody and Book of Life
July 14-15: Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb and Madagascar
July 21-22: Madagascar 2 and Dolphin Tale 2
July 28-29: Muppets Most Wanted and Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
August 4-5: The LEGO Movie and The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water



Jun 16, 2015

Moody Gardens Galveston All New "Spongebob SubPants Adventure" and Our Family Trip 2015!


FAMILY FUN AT MOODY GARDENS GALVESTON!

OUR SUMMER ADVENTURE 2015

What better way to kick off summer than with a trip to Galveston, Texas! That is exactly what we did to start this season of fun in the sun. Our destination was Moody Gardens Galveston to see the premiere of the All New “Spongebob Subpants Adventure” and boy did it deliver on the fun and much more!  Stay tuned for more details below and special SAVINGS for my readers…..




As a single mom of two boys, I was excited that my mom came along with us to experience Moody Gardens Galveston. Since this was our first trip to Galveston, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. As we drove along the I-45 Causeway, Moody Gardens came into view with the beautiful pyramids.

When we arrived and began to check-in, the boys were already well on their way to investigating the surroundings. Gift shop…check, Elevators….check, Vending Machines….check. Yes, those seem to rank high on the list for my kiddos when we travel. Priorities, Right? 

Next on my priority list was to get to our room to drop off our luggage. When I walked into the room I was immediately impressed with the beautiful d├ęcor and the view from our room overlooking the Pool, Pyramids, and the Ocean. Ahhh, I could feel then that summer had arrived!



Moody Gardens is host to many attractions but since we are total Spongebob fans, first on our list was the All New “Spongebob Subpants Adventure”  in the Discovery Pyramid.  As soon as you enter the attraction area, your visual senses are heightened as you walk into a room with tanks featuring beautiful jellyfish, coral and other sea-creatures. Next, our sea captain showed us a short video and we were then ready to board the “Le Plunger”  for the  life-sized world of Bikini Bottom which is viewed through a 30-foot wide observation window. Patrick Star and the rest of his underwater animated pals then took us on a 3D technology adventure where guests were able to have real-time conversations with him that help choose our path through the underwater adventure. The audience interaction was a great element that had us laughing all the way through.  Another feature is the 4D sensory element that brought the adventure to life through scents, like the smell of sunscreen, bubbles that popped above our heads and a bouncing beach ball in the audience. We saw first-hand the hard work Nickelodeon  put into this attraction and it was so much fun!

Next, we were ready to explore even more of what Moody Gardens had to offer.  If you have never been, let me inform you that there are 3 Pyramids (Aquarium, Rainforest and Discovery)  playing host to many attractions. We decided to start with the Aquarium which showcases sea-life in many forms. A highlight for us was the walk-through aquarium with my sons favorite….the sharks! We also encountered the penguins (oh, so cute),  the sea lions and oh yes, an Anaconda! Let me just say it was HUGE and I just may have gotten the Heebie Geebies.  This is not just a small aquarium either. I was impressed with the amount of sea-life and other creatures on display.


Where to next? The Rainforest of course! We stepped into a true Rainforest environment where tropical plants surrounded us, butterflies fluttered around and the tropical birds were beautifully perched. Another exhibit in the Rainforest we found exciting were the Bats. We were able to see them up close as they flew around their habitat. My youngest son had never seen bats so this was fun for him. As we left the Rainforest we were ready to head to the Discovery Pyramid to catch a showing at the MG 3D Theater.



The Discovery Pyramid is great in that is houses many theater attractions as well as a restaurant and snack bar. At this point in our adventure we were pretty tired from all the walking so it was nice to just grab a snack and relax for a moment.  We had chosen which show we wanted to see at the MG 3D Theater so that was next on our list. It was a Jacque Cousteau feature that was really informative about sea-life. We all walked away with new  and interesting facts. That really is one great thing  about visiting Moody Gardens. It is fun and educational all at the same time. 

We didn’t visit ALL the attractions Moody Gardens has to offer due to other scheduled adventures in Galveston, but  you will want to plan on spending a full-day or even two (2) days on your visit!

Savings!

With so many cool and exciting  attractions at Moody Gardens, you will want to be sure to visit each and every one of them with a Moody Gardens One-Day Value Pass priced at $54.95 with this special code for my readers:MGBLOG02

Click HERE to purchase your One-Day Value Pass!


**Moody Gardens invited me to experience the All New "Spongebob SubPants Adventure" and accomodated me with a 1-night stay.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Jun 11, 2015

Main Event FREE $5 Fun Card!



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May 15, 2015

Moody Gardens Unveils All New Spongebob SubPants Adventure This Memorial Day Weekend + Discount Code




Get ready Spongebob Squarepants fans!

Do you have a Spongebob Squarepants fan in your house? Get excited because this Memorial Day Weekend Moody Gardens Galveston, Tx will premiere the all new "Spongebob SubPants Adventure" in the Discovery Pyramid!



What can I expect?

Guests will experience a whole new kind of submarine adventure as they take the "Le Plunger" into the hyper-real, life-sized world of Bikini Bottom which is viewed through a 30-foot wide observation window. Patrick Star and the rest of his underwater animated pals are seen on screen through 3D technology and guests are able to have real-time conversations with him and help choose their path through the underwater adventure. To further immerse guests, four large viewing portholes bring the experience of the entire submarine to life!



Wait....It get's even more exciting!

The attraction takes visitors from digital to real time through exciting 4D sensory elements bringing the adventure to life through scents, like the smell of sunscreen, bubbles they pop above their heads and bouncing beach balls. 


Spongebob SupPants Adventure Pricing: $18.95 Adults and $16.95 Seniors

Savings!

With so many cool and exciting  attractions at Moody Gardens, you will want to be sure to visit each and every one of them with a Moody Gardens One-Day Value Pass priced at $54.95 with this special code for my readers: MGBLOG02

Click HERE to purchase your One-Day Value Pass!