Brazos Bend State Park

Brazos Bend State Park is a gorgeous park on the Brazos River. There are several lakes for fishing and alligator sightings are very popular. It’s a great place for bird sightings. Be sure to check out the Visitors Center for the opportunity to pet baby alligators and see the snakes of Texas. The Rangers are…

Laurienzo Brick Oven Cafe

After a hike up Sugarloaf Mountain, Laurienzo Brick Oven Cafe will for now on be our go to spot. This place is a hidden gem! The food is excellent, with a laid back family friendly atmosphere. Long tables and games make this a great spot.

Sam Houston National Forest – Double Lake Park Recreation Area

Texas has many great places for outdoor recreation. Sam Houston National Forest features many activities. Hiking, biking, camping, and fishing are just a few of the highlights. When we visited we didn’t bring our bikes, but if we ever go again we will definitely bring them. Plan ahead by downloading maps on your phone or…

Sugar Loaf Mountain

One of our family’s favorite family travel activities is hiking. It is inexpensive if not free, active, beautiful, and adventurous. Sugarloaf Mountain is a great outdoor adventure and has several paths of varying challenge. Insider’s Tip: If you use Google Maps be sure to check out the map location before navigating. The day we went…

The Bible Museum

The Bible Museum has done an extraordinary job of presenting a historical account of the Bible in a way that will engage many people from different backgrounds and of all ages. There is so much to do and see here from interactive exhibits that tour you through the content of the story the Bible tells,…

Creek’s Edge Winery

There are nearly too many wineries to choose from in Loudon County, but a few set the bar just a little higher and each have their own character and benefits. Creek’s Edge Winery is more the just a place to have a nice glass of wine or a tasting. This place is beautiful inside and…

Rainbow Bagels and Where To Find Them

Yum! Don’t forget a quick stop into Chestnut Street Philly Bagels for some rainbow bagels and funfetti cream cheese. The perfect stop for a unicorntastic breakfast! Insider Tip: There is a quaint park right next door.

Jim’s Steaks

What would a trip to Philly be without a cheese steak? Jim’s Steaks was just the trick. Be sure to go upstairs and check out all the photos and news articles from their history as you enjoy your cheese steak. Insider Tip: Jim’s is cash only.

Liberty Bell

One of the most iconic places to visit in Philadelphia has to be the Liberty Bell. There is nearby parking and while it was pricey, it was convenient to park in a garage. I found Philly to be one of the hardest places to find street parking. So enjoy this free exhibit and spring for…

Menil Park

For many this may come as an insider secret, or it may just be your local park. Menil Park is certainly not the biggest or the most equipped park in Houston but there is something about it that is quinessential Houston and feels like home. On the weekends you can find lots of locals picnicking…

Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia is full of history, culture, and world famous food. Over the next couple of days I’ll share a sampling of our favorites. The next time you are in Philly be sure to check them out! Our first stop was for brunch and this spot did not disappoint. It was delicious, diverse, and filling. The…

Brussel’s Sprouts Herb Lemon Pasta

This warm, fresh pasta can be easily modified for a vegan meal by omitting chicken and Parmesan cheese. Ingredients- 1 lbs Brussel’s sprouts halved olive oil Salt 1 lbs mini farfalle pasta 2-4 tbs infused olive oil 1 shallot finely chopped 4 garlic cloves minced 2 tsp herbs de Provence 1 tsp rosemary 1 lemon…