our favorite summertime snacks


This post was sponsored by Kroger. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Kroger.

Summer is almost here and our family couldn’t be more excited. Sleeping in, pool days, road trips, and lazy days at home are all on the agenda for the next 3 months. Bear got a bike a few weeks ago and has loved riding it around the neighborhood with his friends, but it never fails that after a few laps they’re running in our house for a snack. I like to be prepared for such occasions (that occur daily), so I like to have Cracker Barrel Cheese on hand. It’s a crowd favorite, for sure, as there are so many tasty options to choose from! Sharing more below.

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Whether we’re just grabbing a quick snack from the fridge or setting out an easy but classic charcuterie board, Cracker Barrel cheese has become our go-to. I find all of our favorites at Kroger:
Cheese Sticks (10 count)- Bear’s favorite. I put one of these in his lunch box every day.
Cheese Dip & Pretzels- My personal fav and a great on-the-go snack. I’ll throw this in my bag and snack on it while running errands, and Boone loves it, too.
Pairing Boards- You will never find my refrigerator without a few of these! It never fails that we have friends stop by on a whim and I like to be prepared. They’re always impressed with the spread when I set a Cracker Barrel Pairing Board on a charcuterie board. It’s so much easier, and more affordable, than buying each component separately. There are several flavors you can choose from and we love the one with jalapeño cheddar cheese best.
Rich and Bold Cubes- The VERY best cheese cubes you’ll ever eat. Perfect for portable snacking OR elegant entertaining, they come in several flavors and sizes.


We’ve long been fans of Cracker Barrel cheese which is why I couldn’t wait to try these new products when I spotted them at Kroger. I couldn’t believe the price and our whole family was immediately sold on the taste. Cracker Barrel cheese makes snack-time feel just a little more special without breaking the bank, which is ideal for a busy mama of two little boys. And much healthier than the popsicles they’ve been known to request, as well.
What’s your go-to snack in the summertime? Do you crave cold snacks like cheese when it’s hot out? I’d love to hear in the comments! And keep an eye out for Cracker Barrel cheese in your local grocery store!
xo, Britt

River Oaks Shopping Center 2019 Video

I recently had the pleasure of being a small part of the 2019 promotional video for River Oaks Shopping Center and it’s finished! Y’all know by now how much we love River Oaks Shopping Center; from dining to shopping and lots in between, it’s our go-to for fun in Houston. I'll let ya'll watch the video below, but I also want to share a few fun summer happenings at the Center!

If that doesn’t make you want to visit River Oaks Shopping Center, I’m not sure what will. There are countless things to do at River Oaks — from a variety of stores, like my favorite Vikari Boutique, to workout options like The G-Y-M and Pure Barre, to self-care options like TGF Hair Salon, and even delicious dining choices like La Griglia and Perry's Steakhouse. River Oaks Shopping Center has a feeling of home, and a small-town, friendly vibe in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Space City.

Today is our first full week of summer, and I’m trying to plan all the things to fill our days. If you other mamas can relate, River Oaks Shopping Center has lots of fun going on this summer to keep you and your littles busy (and sane!). Summer movie nights (sign up to be notified about the next one here) are sure to be a hit for the whole family, and did you know that Barnes & Noble in ROSC has story time for kids every Thursday at 11am? View the full summer schedule here, since the location also offers additional story time hours and even baby story time for children 0-2. This is a free activity and a great way to beat the heat while letting your kids participate in something educational AND enjoyable!

Have some spare time without the littles? Modern Acupuncture is offering a free session for first time visitors. Such a great way to relax in their Zen Room and feel refreshed and replenished on these hot summer days. Houstonians, call 713-677-0551 to learn more and book a free session.


Can you tell I’m all about the free entertainment this summer? With 2 little kids at home, days can be long and outings can get expensive in a hurry. I love that River Oaks Shopping Center is offering so many free activities and options for families. What are your plans this summer? Trips, staycations, days at the pool? Would love to hear in the comments!
xo, Britt


*Thank you to ROSC for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

elissa's baby shower

Last weekend, we showered my best friend Elissa with lots of love and anticipation for her baby boy on the way (you may remember the beautiful baby shower Elissa gave me here). Elissa’s shower was held in our home but it was a group effort that wouldn’t have been possible without Elissa’s Mom, Jody, and Elissa’s good friends, Kristen and Rubi. Lots of thought and love were put into every detail of the shower, from the gorgeous florals (thank you, Jody!) to the yummy food (thank you, Kristen!), it was truly a special day that I hope Elissa and baby boy enjoyed. Sharing all details and lots of photos below!

Shower details:
photos: Ban Avenue Photography
cake: Tiny Bakes
This cake was so delicious! I had heard about Tiny Bakes from a friend and now I can honestly say that Elizabeth will be my go-to for cakes in Houston from here on out. The top layer of the shower cake was funfetti and the bottom layer was chocolate (Elissa’s favorite). Both flavors melted in your mouth and were moist, flavorful, and just so good. Highly recommend!
invitations/thank you notes: Whitney Farnsworth Design
I looked far and wide on Etsy for a shower invitation that wasn’t “cheesy” and had more of a classic nautical feel. As soon as I saw the watercolor sailboats on these Whitney Farnsworth Design invitations, I knew Elissa would love them. Even more of a bonus that they came with matching thank you notes which we set out for guests to address at the shower. Whitney was so easy to work with and does amazing work.
cookies: Cookie Queen of Spring
You guys know I’m all about the sugar cookies at parties and we had to have some for Elissa’s shower, of course. Jody found a design on Pinterest and the Cookie Queen of Spring made the cookies come to life. In fact, I love how they turned out even more than the inspo picture. The Cookie Queen herself, Brooke, is such a kind soul and is truly talented beyond words at her craft. The cookies tasted just as good as they look, as every single one got eaten at the shower. Houston friends, you have to use Brooke for your next event!
florals: Lary’s
seashell garland: Michael’s
guestbook: Seeonee
Elissa’s dress: Pink Blush
food: Zoe’s Kitchen
other decor: Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, etc.

Jody found the centerpiece boat and painted it to match Elissa’s nursery, along with making the sail. Lary’s filled the boat with flowers which made such a gorgeous centerpiece for the table. Jody also did the “message in a bottle” with wishes for Jose, Elissa, and Baby.
Kristen was in charge of the guest book which will be such a cute touch in Baby Carmona’s nursery. Kristen also was in charge of all the food from Zoe’s…and boy was there food! We had a huge, delicious spread that everyone enjoyed. Kristen also found all the paper goods, which were also a hit.
Rubi flew in from Florida just to be here for Elissa’s shower, which was such a special gift in itself. Rubi was in charge of all the games for the shower, which provided some laughs, and props that made for the cutest photos.
Guest took home bath bomb favors wrapped in burlap and tied with anchor ribbon, with a sign reading “Please take a favor from Elissa’s shower to yours”.
Kristen made the food label cards, and Zach helped me make (aka he did 90% of) the wooden card holders.
The mantle was a stunning work of art done entirely by Jody. She took wooden 2x4’s to add height to the seashell garland, which she surrounded by cream colored florals. The hydrangea’s smelled so good! She also made the banner that hung from the mantle reading “It’s a boy” with sea creatures matching the theme.
Most of the decor we used all belongs to Elissa; she kindly let us use her nursery decor for the shower since she already had a lot pieces. I love her nursery theme; it feels “vintage nautical” and is going to be so sweet for their baby boy.


Beanie (Elissa and I have called each other this since college),
We cannot wait to meet sweet Baby Carmona! We love him so much already and you and Jose are going to be the best parents ever. We love you so much and can’t wait to see you as a family of 3!
xo, Britt