Places to Eat in San Francisco

Reviews are so helpful when you’re looking for a new place to try for dinner. But sometimes hopping from review to review gets tiring. Here is a selection of great places to eat in San Francisco with a little review of each! Now all you have to do is read one post and you have…

Oklahoma City Wheeler Ferris Wheel

Top 5 Things to Do in Oklahoma City

This past weekend I had my 10-year high school reunion and found out one of my dearest friends moved to Oklahoma City this summer. We got to talking about a great restaurant there and it made me want to write a post about my favorite things to do in Oklahoma City! So this one goes…

The best nurseries in Austin, Texas, to get high quality plants and high quality pictures!

The Best Austin Nurseries & Garden Centers

A version of this The Best Austin Nurseries & Garden Centers post originally appeared on Spiked Soil’s blog at www.spikedsoil.com/best-austin-nurseries-garden-centers/. Since I am technically a freelance marketing consultant, sometimes my job throws me curveballs. But sometimes those curveballs come in the form of last minute trips around Texas! This summer I visited the best Austin nurseries you…

Trying to plan a trip to Iceland and worried about how much it will cost? Click here to view an example Iceland budget for four days for two people!

Iceland Budget for Four Days

This is a blog post I’ve been meaning to get together, but like so many others, it just hasn’t come together. I have a similar blog post sitting in my drafts from my trip to San Francisco and maybe one day that will get done too. So here it is: A breakdown of my Iceland…

Café Bustelo Houston Pop Up Coffee Shop

Café Bustelo in Houston: A Pop Up Coffee Shop

Run, don’t walk, to Café Bustelo in Houston, the latest pop-up coffee shop in Montrose! Here’s the most important thing: If you want to try Café Bustelo’s espresso-style coffee, you must get there by May 25, 2019! Café Bustelo in Houston: Parking & Lines If you’ve read about Café Bustelo’s pop-up shop in Houston, you’ve had to…

Denver Airport Hotel Room

A Great (and Quiet) Denver Airport Hotel

If you’re looking for a hotel near the Denver airport, I’ve got you covered! This Courtyard by Marriott is only a 15 minute drive to the airport. And that means this Denver airport hotel is far enough away where the planes flying overhead won’t disturb you! If you’re wondering if this bed is as comfortable…

Things To Do In Verona, Italy: The Arena

Top 5 Things To Do in Verona, Italy

Planning a trip and looking for fun things to do in Verona, Italy? Well you’ve certainly picked a great location, so here’s a list of the top 5 things to do in Verona, Italy, to help flesh out your itinerary! Casa di Giulietta When we first arrived in Verona, we were desperate to find the places…

Japanese Tea Garden Bridge

2018 Year End Instagram Blog Review

Happy last day of 2018! I thought I would finish up the year with an Instagram blog review. Below you’ll find my most popular photos from my “first year” of blogging on Instagram. Instagram Review: Top 9 by Impressions #1: Fishermans Wharf of San Francisco at Night Coming in with a total of 1,058 impression…

Golden Gate Bridge

10 Iconic San Francisco Landmarks

Are you planning a trip to San Francisco and wondering what you should see? Here is a list of some of the most iconic San Francisco landmarks to help you make your itinerary! But if you’d like to take a downloadable (and printable!) copy of this list, simply enter your email here to have me…

Amazon Best Selling Travel Accessories

Looking for a last minute Christmas idea? How about one of the top selling travel accessories from Amazon! Please note some of the links below are affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. Digital Luggage Scale The…

San Francisco Restaurants with the Best Views

If you are looking for San Francisco restaurants with the best views, you’ve come to the right place! San Francisco is known for having some iconic views and what better way to observe them than sitting in a restaurant drinking wine from Napa Valley?! Alioto’s Restaurant The oldest of the family-run San Francisco restaurants, Alioto’s…

3 San Francisco Hotels Under $200

Bloomberg Business reported in 2015 that the average hotel night stay in San Francisco was just under $400. After reading that number I got scared when I went to look for hotels for our Labor Day weekend stay. Holiday rates are always more! I found three San Francisco hotels that were (before parking) all under…

Domaine Carneros in Napa Valley

Top Two Wineries to Visit in Napa Valley

Sometimes less is more. And with so many winery options in Napa Valley, sometimes it’s nice to have them selected for you! Here are my recommendations for the top two wineries you should visit on your trip to Napa Valley! Napa Valley: Domaine Carneros If you’re wanting to visit a fancy looking winery in Napa…

Muir Woods San Francisco

A Morning in Muir Woods, San Francisco

If you enjoy being in the great outdoors and hiking, I highly suggest you visit Muir Woods just north of San Francisco! Before you go, be sure you have properly prepared for your trip as you do have to make parking reservations. I’ve included a couple of tips below to help your trip go as…

Texas Gulf Coast Sunset

Texas Gulf Coast Adventure

Summer 2018, the time of my Texas Gulf Coast adventure with 30+ members of my family! I’ve just recently wrapped up sharing some of my photos from the trip on Instagram, and wanted to share some of those here too, in case you haven’t seen them. But I’m also sharing some fun photos for my…

The Best Travel Gifts: 8 Gifts Under $25

Looking for the best travel gifts for your globe trotter? If you know someone who loves to travel and they don’t already have these items, I promise they’ll love them! And if they don’t, send me a message and I’ll send you my mailing address to send it to me 😂 I’m always appreciative! Please note…

Vibrant Dessert

Houston Hotspots for a Bright White Feed

Are you searching for a great place in Houston to up your Instagram aesthetic? Visit one of these Houston hotspots to assist you in curating a bright white feed! Café Poêtes A french inspired café, you’ll definitely want to pretend to be Belle on their bookcase ladder. Sadly, I don’t have my own photo of that…

Grayton Beach Sunset

Grayton Beach in Florida

For anyone reading my blog who is not following me on Instagram, here’s a look at some of my favorite pictures from my 2017 family trip to Grayton Beach in Florida!     View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Jac • Blogger • Houston, Texas (@texantravels) on Aug 2, 2018 at…

Are you wanting to create a custom fall centerpiece, but don't know where to start? If you grew pumpkins in your summer garden or are picking one from a local pumpkin patch, follow this easy DIY to create your own unique pumpkin centerpiece!

DIY: Pumpkin Centerpiece

A version of this DIY: Pumpkin Centerpiece post originally appeared on MitoGrow’s blog at www.mitogrow.com/single-post/DIY-Pumpkin-Centerpiece. Are you wanting to create a custom fall centerpiece, but don’t know where to start? How about looking to your garden or local nursery! If you grew pumpkins in your summer garden or are picking one from a local pumpkin patch,…

Grotto Apps

Grotto: A Hit and a Miss

I hope you’ve arrived here after reading my harrowing story about securing our reservation at Grotto for our party of 25. If not, click here to read it and then come back! Also, if you’re looking to try Grotto on a Tuesday during the summer, call! Chances are they are open and the website just…

Cornelius Nursery Pumpkin Selection

Cornelius Nursery Pumpkin Fest

This weekend (09/29/18) I attended the Cornelius Nursery Annual Pumpkin Fest. If you missed it this year, it’s definitely an event you should consider taking your kids to next year! Travel Tip #15: Go Earlier in the Day This tip is great for multiple reasons: The earlier you go, the less picked through the selection!…

Willie G's Blackened Snapper Lafitte

Dinner at Willie G’s in Galveston

Atmosphere Willie G’s Seafood & Steaks is a nicer restaurant, but one you can still wear shorts to. If you are searching for a finer dining option in Galveston and have exhausted the same list of restaurants (link with list coming soon) that I did, call Willie G’s! They have a good amount of dining…

Gypsy Joynt Outside Wall

Lunch at the Gypsy Joynt

If you walk into the Gypsy Joynt and are surprised by their eclectic decor, what could you have possibly been expecting from a place called the Gypsy Joynt? Atmosphere There is so much to look at inside, and my only negative comment I can say would be that it was pretty dark inside and wasn’t…

Ahh, Coffee – Ahh, No

Occasionally described as a “hipster hotspot,” Ahh, Coffee, was definitely that. But it did not leave me saying “ahh” in the good way. Also, sorry for no pictures! The lighting was pretty poor in the back where we were sitting! My coworker Arianna, a local coffee expert, enticed me join her at the coffee shop…

Lunch at Local Foods Upper Kirby

Eating Local Foods in Upper Kirby

I had never heard of Local Foods before my coworker and I were looking for a place to eat one day. We started Googling and searching Instagram for a fun looking lunch spot and I came across a pretty night picture of Local Foods in Upper Kirby. Travel Tip #7: Lunch Spot or Date Night…

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Late Lunch at Tiny Boxwoods

You know when you see a place on Instagram and you’re like “OMG, I have to go there!” Well this was my coworkers reaction to Tiny Boxwoods. Technically, I had already been there. Disclaimer: I will never be able to be a food critic or food photographer and I’m not trying to claim to be…

Destin-Florida

Disney, the Outtakes

Click through to see these girls all grown up! You may have noticed some of my Instagram posts for Disney alluded to stories not related to Disney… And they may have left you wondering, “Did she forget that she was going to tell us this other story?” Well I didn’t! I was just saving it…

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The Road to Disney

Are you a family with teenagers and younger kids, wondering how the two groups will like and remember a family trip to Walt Disney World? Ten years later, here’s our family’s take on it: The Parents Mom, age 35 Parents certainly have a different take on Disney world, and my mom (now 45) has a…

Swan-Lake

Lake Garda, Italy

As I sat down to write my first blog post in five years (almost to the day), I had to decide what trip or location I wanted to write about. SO, I decided on what was probably my favorite place that I visited when I went to Europe in 2016, Lake Garda! Just a quick…

Dessert-Gallery

Dessert Gallery, Post Oak

Update (06/18/13): Apparently due to rising rent, Dessert Gallery on Post Oak has been closed. You can still check them out at their Kirby Drive location, though! Update (06/9/18): This post was moved here from its original place on my free WordPress.com account. True to its name, Dessert Gallery showcases a variety of sweet treats…

Potato Shack

Update (06/9/18): This post was moved here from its original place on my free WordPress.com account. Known as “the original meal in a peel,” Potato Shack offers a variety of potatoes and other inexpensive food items. Conveniently located in Bryan, on Northgate and South Wellborn, Potato Shack is easily accessible to anyone in Bryan and…