splashway recap

Last weekend, we headed to one of our very favorite places, Splashway Waterpark and Campground. We went last year with my parents and had so much fun, we couldn’t wait to get back this summer (read a full review here). Bear really wanted to show Zach how he can do the big waterslides by himself, and we couldn’t wait to see Boonester in full force at the Waterpark this year since he was just 5 months old the last time we went. Sure enough, he lived his best life there. Sharing more below!

We arrived Friday afternoon around 1pm and were excited to hear that our cabin was already ready for us. We unloaded our bags and let the boys play for a bit because they both absolutely LOVED our cabin. Bear really thinks we’re “camping out” when we’re at Splashway, even though the cabins are nicer than a lot of hotels. The bed is like a cloud, you have your own kitchen, and can crank up the AC and much as needed on a hot Texas summer day. More like “glamping” and that’s my style.
We changed and headed to the waterpark, where we all did the Lazy River and Boone decided he needed a nap in the tube. We rented a cabana both days which we learned last year was totally worth it. The cabana gave me a private place to nurse Boone and let him nap, keep all of our things locked up in a safe, and order food/drinks at the push of a button. We had a blast before heading back to the campground for s’mores around the fire pit by the pond, a round of putt putt (Bear’s favorite), and watching Lion King on the lawn. I wish I could put into words how unique and special Splashway is; it’s truly like this magical place where I feel safe letting my boys run and play and they love it even more.

We all slept in on Saturday morning before making a donut run and hitting up the waterpark. We stayed in the park from 10:30am to 5pm and I think the boys would’ve never left if it had been up to them. Bear loved jumping over the waves in the wave pool, and there are at least 4 toddler areas that are perfect for Boone’s age. He had fun making little friends and going down the mini baby slides. Mama got a pretty good tan, so everyone was happy. Zach ended up floating around the Lazy River with Boone for almost an hour while he napped in a tube again; we laughed about how the River put him to sleep every time. It is relaxing…I could’ve taken a nap there, too.
Saturday night was probably my favorite part of the trip. We got back to the cabin and just relaxed, had burgers for dinner, and headed over for another round of putt putt per Bear’s request. We had laser tag tickets but Bear enjoyed putt putt so much the night before that we decided to do it again. Toward the end of the round, we heard music coming from over by the pond and looked over to see people had gathered and were listening to live music, some people dancing out on the “dance floor” under a giant oak tree. The sun was setting and turning the sky the prettiest cotton candy shades, and it just felt like such a beautiful moment with my boys. Bear convinced us to buy a net from the Camp Store, so he tried to catch fish and frogs while the sun was setting. We let the boys play on the playground and make some new friends before heading back to the cabin to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. Everyone went to bed with full bellies and full hearts.

We were sad to go on Sunday, but said goodbye to Splashway knowing that we’ll be back as soon as we can. When I shared stories on Instagram, so many of you messaged saying that your family loves Splashway too and plan to go this summer. If you haven’t already gotten your tickets, use code HONEY5 for $5 off here! If you’ve been to Splashway Waterpark and/or the Campground before, I’d love to hear about your experience! Bear couldn’t wait to get home and tell his friends all about it, and made my heart so happy to see how he’ll remember these “adventures” always.
xo, Britt

puerto vallarta recap

A little over a week ago, I jetted off to one of my favorite places in the world, Puerto Vallarta. Being only a short 2 hour & 15 minute flight from Houston, it’s a no-brainer when we locals want a tropical vacation without having to spend a ton of time traveling. I went to Puerto Vallarta exactly two years prior with my friend Shelbi and stayed at The Westin Resort & Spa, and was so excited to have the opportunity to partner with the hotel again this year. The trip came at the perfect time, honestly, because this mama needed a little break. Don’t get me wrong, I love my boys. I live to spend time with them. But with almost 13 months of nursing Boonester throughout the night and never once having a solid night’s sleep in over a year, my body desperately needed a rest. And there’s no better place to get that than The Westin in Puerto Vallarta.
I’m going to explain some of what I did there, why I love PV so much, and all about the hotel in case you’re interested in vacationing to this tropical paradise.

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A big reason why I partnered with The Westin was because the day I arrived there, March 15th, was their “Sleep Well” day. The Westin motto is “Eat well, sleep well, be well” and the hotel prides itself on promoting well-being for each and every guest. “JOMO” was the overall theme of Sleep Well Day, meaning “joy of missing out” instead of the popular “fear of missing out” acronym. This encouraged guests to relax, unwind, and find joy in taking time to rest. This is a mantra I can certainly get behind, and I love that The Westin puts so much focus on health and wellness.
When I arrived Friday evening, there was a big Sleep Well event happening in the lobby area. I got to do an incredible meditation class, meet some of the sweetest local bloggers, reunite with friends from 2 years ago (that have kept in touch all this time!), eat delicious food prepared there at the hotel by one of the chefs, and just chill (something I rarely do anymore!). After the event, the bloggers all headed to dinner at Arrecifes Seafood & Steakhouse, arguably my favorite restaurant ever. In a weak attempt to explain the ambiance to you, the restaurant is settled right on the Pacific, with the waves crashing in beside you, lights of the city glistening on the bay, and shadows of mountains standing tall in the distance. Beautiful acoustic live music fills the air Wednesday-Saturday evenings, and you can often catch a firework show over the ocean right above you. It’s an atmosphere I truly can’t begin to do justice with words, and I haven’t even gotten to the food! More on that later.

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Saturday morning called for room service in bed (The Westin has the most delicious waffles!) followed by a massage at the Spa with another local blogger, Dulce of She Petite Blog. I am being completely honest when I tell y’all that I’ve had the two best massages of my life at the Spa at The Westin in Puerto Vallarta. I know there are other options in the city, but there’s like strolling downstairs at your hotel, getting the most incredible hour-long massage, hitting up the sauna for a bit, and then lounging by the pool the rest of the afternoon. I don’t know where they train these masseuse at The Westin but….they’re so talented at what they do and I left the Spa feeling so calm and recharged.

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The pools at The Westin Puerto Vallarta are absolutely out of this world. We’re talking swim-up bar, crystal blue water that’s the perfect refreshing yet not cold temperature, hot tub if that’s your thing, stand-alone beds in the pool for sunbathing, and so much more. I could live there…and basically did for the weekend.

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Saturday evening was spent back at Arrecife Seafood & Steakhouse with my friend Nicole. It was so wonderful getting to know her over the weekend, as we’ve followed each other on Instagram for awhile and already felt we were friends. Dinner that night was amazing- the seafood at Arrecife is so fresh, likely caught day-of, and prepared in the most delicious and beautiful way. I also love the chocolate volcano at Arrecife- it’s a must!

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Easy breezy style for afternoons by the ocean with friends. The Westin is nestled on 16 acres of oceanfront property, so you can imagine all the exploring there is to do while you’re there.

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And in case you’ve explored all 16 acres and want to see more of the city, you’re in luck. The Westin is located conveniently right down the street from the Marina, which is another gorgeous area of PV full of quaint little shops, cutest dining options, and a breathtaking view of boats resting on the water. Most days you can catch a view of an alligator swimming by (saw one over 7 ft. long this trip!) and iguanas sunbathing on the rocks. Definitely worth the walk over and great for souvenir shopping.
Sunday evening consisted of dinner at another one of The Westin’s fine dining establishments, El Palmar. I opted for salmon yet again (it’s just too good there) and had the most mouth watering appetizer of roasted and boiled corn. No secret I “slept well” that night.

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If you’re wanting to venture out a little farther than the Marina and see more of PV, I definitely recommend doing so. The city is stunning everywhere you look, nestled on the bluest bay surrounded by mountains. Take a drive over to Los Arcos and you’ll truly feel like one of the locals, immersed in nature. Don't forget to wear a swimsuit as endless inviting beaches will be calling your name along the way.

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I had to spend my last morning soaking up the sun by the pool, and had the place basically to myself. Birds chirping in the distance, sounds of the ocean rolling in behind me, watching ships sail out into the vast blue water. Truly a slice of heaven on earth. My stay was so amazing and I loved meeting new friends, re-uniting with old ones, and getting some much needed R&R. I was ready to return home to my boys and it was so sweet seeing their smiling faces waiting for me at the airport.

I can’t begin to tell you how much I love staying at The Westin Resort and Spa, Puerto Vallarta. While I have worked with them, every word of my review has been honest and I even feel I’ve held back some (if that tells you anything). A question I’ve gotten quite a bit is whether or not the resort is all-inclusive and it is not. But in my opinion, it’s still a great deal. Rooms average around $120 per night and the restaurants are affordable yet world-class, so I feel it’s comparative to what you’d spend at an all-inclusive. I also think it’s important to see some of the city, as Puerto Vallarta is safe and there’s so much to do outside the walls of your hotel. The Westin is located 5 minutes from the airport and can easily send transportation to and from the hotel for your arrival and departure. Just don’t think too much about your departure, as you’ll never want to leave this beautiful place.

To my friends at The Westin Puerto Vallarta, thank you again for another dream vacation. I hope to be back very soon, and next time with the boys!
xo, Britt

spring break essentials

Spring Break is almost here and I for one am very excited about it! Not only does Spring Break usually signify travel of some sort, but it’s the start to warmer temperatures (hopefully!), more sunshine, and a week to sleep in without worrying about school. I’m sharing 13 items below that whether you’re jetting off somewhere tropical or just having brunch with the girls, you’ll find something for you. Everything is either Amazon Prime or Nordstrom (fast+free shipping) so you can get whatever you “need” in time for the break!

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1. One Piece Black Swimsuit, $16.99- I recently got this swimsuit in the mail and can’t say enough good things about it. It’s a great “mom suit”, with full back coverage and a removable strap. It also comes in white and runs true to size.
2. Natural Stone Three Layered Necklace, $12.99- I love a good statement necklace and it’s a trend that’s not going anywhere anytime soon. This one is really pretty without being “too much” and is unique with the marble stone.
3. Cover-up Maxi Dress, $68- Sadly it looks like the blue color sold out since I made this collage yesterday, but this versatile maxi dress is still available in both black and coral. I love pieces like this that I can wear from the pool to a nice dinner and can be dressed up with statement earrings.
4. Luggage Tags, $6.99- The cutest set of 2 luggage tags to ensure your bags don’t lose their owner! One of my best friends recently had a suitcase get lost; her luggage tags didn’t have the wire ring and so they had no idea who the suitcase belonged to. It’s a crazy story but weeks later she ended up getting it back (a follower had seen her Instagram stories about it and spotted her bag in a random airport). She now advises everyone to get luggage tags with steel rings, and I’m taking her advice.
5. Dolce Vita Leopard Slide Sandals, $65- These sandals are a little on the pricey side compared to what I normally share but I just couldn’t leave them off this list- it was like love at first sight (or slide :) ) for me. Leopard is the new neutral and these look just as comfy as they are cute.
6. Panama Hat, $16.99- I just ordered this hat and can’t wait to wear it- I’ve seen so many bloggers wearing panama hats this season and they look good on everyone! I also really like the white version that I may end up ordering, too. It has 5 star reviews and UPF 50+.
7. Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist, $16- Y’all know I am partial to my Olay face mists but this mist is my favorite for travel because it smells like the beaches of Hawaii to me. It has a base of coconut water to tone and hydrate the face, which feels amazing after a long day at the pool or beach.
8. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $22- A bit pricey but worth every penny in my opinion, this is my very favorite dry shampoo that doubles as texturizing spray. If your hair tends to fall flat around your face, this stuff is a total game changer! Spray it at the root of your hair, tease, and you’ll be amazed how much body it gives you. Not to mention the stuff smells amazing. I buy the smaller 2.2 oz. bottles and each one will last me a good 4-5 months. I use Oribe all the time but I especially won’t travel without it!
9. Small Faux Leather Travel Jewelry Organizer, $10.99- There’s nothing worse than getting to your final destination with your jewelry a tangled-up mess. Ain’t nobody got time for that! This organizer is small enough to fit in your purse and keeps all your jewelry safely in place, tangle-free. Comes in lots of pretty colors and has excellent reviews.
10. Cover-Up Jumpsuit, $68- Every girl needs a good comfy jumpsuit for travel and this one is super flattering+doubles as a cover-up. Win win!
11. Statement Earrings, $11.99- These fun, sassy earrings come in 6 color options and add the perfect punch to any outfit. The turquoise color would probably be the best choice because you could wear them with everything.
12. 7 Set Packing Cubes, $15.99- I have been on the hunt for cute packing cubes for months now and when I saw these, I had to have them. I am obsessed with the pink leopard print! They also have great reviews, come with an extra shoe bag, and will keep me much more organized on trips.
13. Expandable 3 Piece Luggage Set, $159.99- This luggage has great reviews, comes in 5 different colors, and is a great value for a 3 piece set. I’ve been on the hunt for new white luggage and this set is calling my name.


Are you headed anywhere for Spring Break? If you are, is it somewhere sunny or a cozy cabin in the mountains? I’ll be heading to one of my favorite spots and I can’t wait to share soon!
xo, Britt