Backyard Updates


Now that we’ve had a taste of warmer days here in Texas, I’ve ventured out to give our new backyard a bit of TLC. Last year it was all about just enjoying the new pool and pinching myself that this was all right outside my back door. Now it’s time to add some finishing touches like things to sit on (ha) and also some pretty plants and rugs and such to make it more homey. Here’s a sneak peek at what I’ve been working on!

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The Prettiest Balloon Decor

Prettiest Balloon Decorations 1 Balloons say “spring” to me. I got lost in a Pinterest hole looking at the prettiest balloon decor for parties, like this above from Petite and Sweet.

Learn how to make a balloon arch yourself at The House That Lars Built! Prettiest Balloon Decor 4

This rainbow aisle spotted at Rock My Wedding made me so happy! And perfect for a rainbow-loving kid party. Prettiest Balloon Decor 2

Adore this hot-air balloon centerpiece spotted on Bridal Guide. Prettiest Balloon Decor 3

Everything about this picture spotted on Spearmint Baby makes me so happy. Prettiest Balloon Decor 5

Pretty Geeky shared the great idea of using golf tees to secure balloons to the ground. Magical wonderland! Prettiest Balloon Decor 6

Love attaching the balloons right to the wall as seen on Honey & Fitz. Prettiest Balloon Decor 7

A balloon cloud! So cute! From Em-el-ie.Prettiest Balloon Decor 8

More amazing hot-air balloons, from Kara’s Party Ideas. Prettiest Balloon Decor 9

And I love the idea of writing on a black balloon with a gold pen from Hello May.Prettiest Balloon Decor 10


How to Make a Monkey Cupcake

How to make a monkey cupcakecurious georgeThis is George. He was a good little monkey and always very curious.

If you love this little guy as much as we do at our house, you will be excited to learn that you can watch all 9 seasons of Curious George, now streaming only on Hulu. Our friends at Hulu asked us to help them celebrate by decorating these easy Monkey Cupcakes. We did it with just a few ingredients from the grocery store. Curious? (ha) Here’s how to make some at home.How to make a monkey cupcake

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The Best Las Vegas Itinerary for Kids

Las Vegas Itinerary for Kids
All the travel plans we had for spring break fell through at the last minute, so I decided to hop in the car and take Scarlet on a road trip to Vegas. Las Vegas is amazing for kids, and we had a total blast. And I didn’t have to bother with drinking or gambling, it was all shows, food, and games for us. We packed a lot into about three days, here is my recommended itinerary for families. Prepare for exhaustion, but also extreme fun.

Day 1
-Arrive in Vegas and check into your hotel. We stayed at the Signature by MGM Grand, which was great because it was a suite with a kitchen, a great view, close to everything, and no gambling so no smoky smell. Ask to be in Tower 1 to save yourself some walking distance. The Mirage, the New York New York, and the Mandalay Bay are all great for kids.
-Go for a swim in the awesome hotel pool (the MGM and Mandalay Bay have the best pools with lazy rivers and wave pools, etc.).
-See a show. We saw Love by Cirque De Soleil at the Mirage (the Beatles themed show) and ADORED IT.

Day 2
-Eat a buffet at your hotel. The kids will love it.
-Head over to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage.
-Cross the street to have lunch and a gondola ride at the Venetian.
-Walk a little further south and stop at Serendipity for crazy ice Cream treats in front of Caesar’s Palace.
-Head back to your hotel for swimming/chillin’.
-In the afternoon, head over to the Bellagio to see the art exhibit and coservatory (amazing flowers) then catch the fountains.
-Spend an hour at the arcade at the New York New York, and ride the coaster if your kids are into thrills.
-Dinner at Rainforest Cafe (my kid loves Rainforest Cafe).

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Day 3
-Have breakfast at Le Village Buffet in the Paris hotel. It’s adorable. Make a reservation so you don’t have to wait on line.
-After filling up on crepes, head up the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Las Vegas.
-From there, grab a taxi or uber to the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. It’s awesome!
-Take the free tram from the Mandalay Bay to check out the Luxor (maybe see the Bodies exhibit, we passed on that) and/or the Excalibur (maybe see the Tournament of Kings, we had just been to Medieval Times so we skipped it).
-If you dare, take the Las Vegas monorail out to the Circus Circus. You can go to the Adventuredome for rides, or if they just like games then head into the hotel and play at the midway.
-To get your bearings back after all that, drag the kids across the street to the SLS for sushi at Katsu-ya.
-Head back to your hotel on the monorail

Day 4
-Pack up and head to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum
-You may want to stop for the Ethel M Chocolate Factory tour
-Head home!

Bonus, if you are driving to/from the West Coast, stop in Calico Ghost Town. We spent about 4 hours there, it may have been Scarlet’s favorite part of the trip!
Calico Ghost Town