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.

our favorite holiday shopping in houston

It hit me hard this morning that Christmas is just two weeks from today and there’s still so much left to do! Maybe it’s having a baby but for some reason, I’m off my game this year. We normally are about done with Christmas shopping by this point but it’s looking pretty sad underneath our tree in the present department. Thankfully Boone and I hit up our favorite spot last week, River Oaks Shopping Center, to mark a lot of names off our list! Now if I can just find a few minutes to wrap, we’ll be in business.

What I love most about buying gifts in River Oaks Shopping Centeris that I can find things unlike anywhere else. It’s not like the typical mall shopping where everything is cookie-cutter and you pick up a scarf that everyone has seen on 84 different people. No, River Oaks Shopping Center is where you go when you want gifts that feel personal, special, and meaningful. Where the shop owners take pride in their crafts and take the time to gift wrap your presents in unique, beautiful holiday paper. Where you’ll find something for everyone on your list, from fine chocolates for the sweet tooth to trendy dog collars for the pet parent. River Oaks Shopping Center truly has it all, while still giving you an enjoyable and laid-back shopping experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Boone and I pulled up to the Center last Thursday around 11am and parked without a problem- no meters, no parking garages, just easy peasy (free) pull-up-and-park. I whipped out his new umbrella stroller and we spotted Cacao & Cardamom Premium Chocolates, which we’ve never been in, so naturally we had to see what the hype is all about. Located right next to the historic theatre, I’ve never seen a more beautiful selection of chocolates that looked almost too pretty to eat. Note: almost. The chocolate fountain alone lured me into the shop and once I was inside, found the perfect treats for several ladies on our list.

After sitting outside to enjoy the cool weather (and some Starbucks), we walked down to the newest pop-up in River Oaks Shopping Center, Burd & Burdies. I actually know the owner from her well-known local earring line, Burd Life, and was so excited to hear that she has a pop-up in ROSC. SO MANY GORGEOUS THINGS! I wanted to buy the entire store, not just as gifts but also for myself. Every item is unique and one-of-a-kind; Natasha’s Mom even makes beautiful pashmina scarves that hang along one wall. Be sure and stop by soon because Burd & Burdies’ last day in River Oaks Shopping Center is December 31st. If you have any hard-to-shop-for ladies on your Christmas list, you can definitely find something they’ll love here!

I hadn’t been in Talbots in months and have been on the hunt for some comfortable winter flats, so we popped over to see their shoe selection. They have so many gorgeous shoes and handbags right now, I knew I was supposed to be buying gifts but had to treat myself, too. They had the cutest plaid puffer vests that I picked up for my Mom, and are still running a 30% OFF storewide sale that is hard to beat!  The stores in River Oaks Shopping Center are all so stroller & baby friendly- it’s a nice change of pace from other shopping areas where it’s hard to navigate a stroller. Talbots has these big comfy houndstooth chairs that make a nice rest stop for weary shoppers, young and old.

On the way out of Talbots, I couldn’t get over how festive their window display is for the holidays and had to snap a few pictures. I love the details of the letters to Santa that I’m covering in these photos- I wish Bear had been with us because he would’ve LOVED it. The shops and restaurants in River Oaks Shopping Center always go out of their way to make things special, especially around the holidays, not just for adults but also for children. While Boone looks serious in these pictures, he didn’t cry once and enjoyed the outing, too!

I plan to make one last run to River Oaks Shopping Center next week for last minute gifts- I didn’t have time to run in a few of my favorite stores like Chico’s or Vikari. I also want to get my nails and hair done before holiday parties we have coming up and y’all know I love me some Full Blown Dry Bar and Nailtique!

Are you almost done with your holiday shopping? Just getting started? There’s still plenty of time to get it done but shipping gets risky at this point so I prefer hitting the stores myself over online shopping. Plus, nothing gets you in the holiday spirit quite like beautifully festive windows, holiday music playing in the background, and the chilly temps we’re finally having in Houston. It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year and I love it!
xo, Britt

*This post is sponsored by River Oaks Shopping Center, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Why We Love Living in The Woodlands, TX

When Zach and I first moved to The Woodlands area 7 years ago, we knew we’d be starting a family soon and wanted to find an area that had everything: parks and hiking trails, lots of shopping (high up on my list), great restaurants (high up on both of our lists), community swimming pools, and more. That’s the beauty of The Woodlands community- you have the best of everything. Whether you prefer spending your Saturday mornings working out at your local fitness center or brunching at a 5 star restaurant, you’ll find it all within a few minutes of where you live in this award-winning master planned community in Houston.

If you follow us on Instagram, then you’ve seen how often we frequent Creekside Park® Village Green in The Woodlands. I ate at Levure Bakery twice a week throughout my entire pregnancy with Boone because he loved their oatmeal pancakes and bacon, and Creekside Park is home to my favorite nail salon in Houston, Nails of America. But not only do I love the area, our entire family enjoys spending a day at Creekside shopping, eating, and playing on the vast open lawn, complete with turf, Adirondack chairs, and a splash pad. The Woodlands’ events are not to be missed. In the summer, they host Family Movie Nights and we always meet up with friends for Crust Pizza and a movie on the lawn. We recently spent a gorgeous fall Sunday at Creekside Park® Village Green in The Woodlands and I didn’t think we’d ever get Bear to leave- he also never asked to see a cell phone or tablet the entire time we were there. That’s what I love so much about this area- we can all unplug, spend time together as a family, and enjoy some much needed fresh air.

Our first stop was at Fieldings Local, probably my favorite brunch spot in The Woodlands next to Levure Bakery. My boys prefer Fieldings on the weekends because their brunch is out of this world- I’m talking chicken and waffles, lemon cream cheese stuffed pancakes, and turtle french toast. If I’m having brunch with girlfriends, we have to get their famous mimosa flights. I recently hosted my friend Aimey’s baby shower at Fieldings Local on the patio and it was the perfect spot for a shower!

After brunching our hearts out, we headed out to the lawn to let Bear burn off some energy. The Houston weather was so perfect, 70 degrees and warm enough for kids to be enjoying the splash pad. Nothing beats fall in Houston! Bear brought his soccer ball and he and Zach kicked around the ball while Boone and I did laps around the lawn, eventually putting Boone to sleep. I could sit in those Adirondack chairs all day, people watching and soaking up the sunshine but cupcakes were calling, so we walked over to check out the new Cupcakes and Bubbles.

The minute we opened the door, I fell in love. I have been in a lot of cupcake shops and never seen one this fabulous! And not only is Cupcakes and Bubbles major interior design goals, Zach and I agreed the cupcakes were the best we’ve ever tasted. I got the Chocolate Pumpkin and the boys got Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough- we both devoured them in minutes and I’m still dreaming of that delicious cupcake. I didn’t realize that the shop has a large private room area and offer cupcake decorating classes and wine tasting nights, along with hosting birthday parties, showers, cupcake decorating parties, and currently pumpkin carving parties. I’m dying to get my girlfriends here for a fun night of champagne and champagne- would make the best Moms’ Night Out spot!

We headed to Artisanat Home Decor next, since we are currently decorating our new home and wanted to see what new pieces they have. We weren’t disappointed- even the boys found things they wanted for the house which never happens. We left with the most beautiful throw pillows, hand-woven in Mexico, and we’ve already gotten compliments on them. What I like about Artisanat is that they have unique, high-end pieces handcrafted by artists around the world that you can’t find anywhere else locally. They also host private events like birthday parties and showers, and offer activities hosted by artists such as string art and wood sign painting. Zach is really into all the wood art they have- thinking I’ll be getting his Christmas present at Artisanat.

My parents are coming to visit this weekend and we always like to welcome them with a treat, so per Bear’s request we walked next door to Jordan’s Sweet Shoppe to find a tasty gift. My Dad LOVES Jelly Belly’s and Jordan’s has the best selection; Bear filled up a bag of jelly beans while I picked out some homemade chocolates for my Mom (can you say Milk Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles?!). Jordan’s Sweet Shoppe has endless gifts for the sweet tooth in your life, and they also serve Bluebell® ice cream which we can never resist. Speaking of not resisting, you haven’t lived until you’ve had a giant cinnamon roll from Levure Bakery. They are out of this world!

In case we haven’t already convinced you to visit Creekside Park® Village Green in The Woodlands, I’ll tell you a few other reasons why we love living in this area:
-There are almost 8,000 acres of green space, 130 neighborhood parks, 205 miles of hike and bike trails, 200-acre Lake Woodlands, and world-class golf, fishing, and kayaking.

-These Greater Houston schools are incredible, which is the reason we recently moved into The Woodlands neighborhood zoned to Conroe ISD. Bear’s elementary is ranked 10/10, and Tomball and Magnolia ISD are excellent as well. Not to mention, the top private schools and over 12,800 students enrolled in college courses. Education is a top priority and top notch in The Woodlands. And coming from parents who are both retired school teachers, this was a priority for our boys.

-You have close proximity to top Houston restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. We’re never far from anything we could ever need, both outdoor and indoor fun. Zach works in Hughes Landing® on Lake Woodlands, and we love visiting him during his lunch breaks to get outside and grab a tasty lunch at one of the restaurants on the water. We can walk over and get groceries at Whole Foods®, or pop in for a coffee at Starbucks®, or head across the street to the beautiful Northshore Park where they recently redid their playground area.

Zach and I discuss often how much we love The Woodlands and raising our boys in a place that’s so family friendly, while still being able to enjoy “adult things” like a night out on The Waterway or a staycation at one of The Woodlands’ Hotels, like The Woodlands® Resort. Bear has grown up frequenting Creekside Park® Village Green and it’s one of his very favorite places to go; I can’t wait until Boone can run around in the splash pad with him next summer! There’s honestly nowhere we’d rather raise our boys than in The Woodlands, Texas, and feel so lucky to call this amazing place deep in the heart of Texas our home.
xo, Britt

*This post is sponsored by The Woodlands, however all thoughts & opinions are my own.