Where to Stay in Austin and the Only Bag You Need for Traveling

I assume that you are following me on Instagram and if you’re not, you should! Seriously, I share it all there before it makes it to the blog. Like our most recent adventure to Austin. We spent two days at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin! Because traveling is in our DNA, we are always up for a trip, wether it’s near or far. Anything from a weekend getaway to a multi day vacation just helps us reset!

So, we were beyond excited to visit the newly renovated Omni Hotel, especially because it’s within driving distance to Houston. Since summer is in full swing, I thought I’d share our experience with you here in case that you are looking for a getaway too.

The Rooms

Upon arriving at the hotel our experience was great. We were welcome by the staff, who was really friendly and headed in to check in. The front desk staff was just as helpful and made the check in process a breeze. So we made our way up to our rooms within minutes of arriving at the hotel and the first thing we noticed after opening the door was the view! You could oversee most of the resort -from the pool to golf course – and waking up to this view each morning was one of my favorite things. But don’t get me wrong, we love everything else about the room too! The cleanliness, the sitting area by the window and spacious shower just to name a few.

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The Spa

The spa was my husband’s favorite experience. We both got to enjoy a massage together, something we had not done before. And because he has back problems from serving in the ARMY, he loved it. It has definitely made a fun memory for us too because weeks later we’re still talking about it. I mean, we’re also parents and being able to relax this way was priceless. The spa felt so inviting and from the moment you walk through the door you feel a sense of relaxation, maybe it the scents and soothing music Whatever it was, it was amazing!


The dinning options at the the Omni Barton Creek were above what we expected! Would you believe me if I told you there were a total of SEVEN dining options onsite? There’s no need to venture away from the hotel with so many options. So we decided to do in-room dining for breakfast one day – which was delicious. And tried Bob’s Steak & Chop House – which was recommended by the locals – for dinner another night.

I am already thinking of booking another staycation because of how much we loved straying there. I will make sure to share a bit more if we visit again this summer. In the meantime if you need ideas on what to wear to a staycation like this one, see my last post. I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my weekender and you can shop over at Copper and Brass for one, just make sure to use THIRTYMINUSONE to save 20%. 😉

If you’re in Texas or traveling here soon and looking for a hotel option that offers great amenities, you’ve got to check out the Austin Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa! If you use code THIRTYMINUSONE you’ll receive a $75 resort credit! 😉


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What to Pack for a Five Day Trip to Panama

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Hi there! I’m back from my Trip to Panama! And if you followed along my Instagram Stories, you know I was in Panama for a few days.The reason for my visit was to take care of some business. So, this was the shortest trip I have ever taken there but I enjoyed every moment of it. I got to spend time with some friends and family. I was able to attend Fashion Week Panama and meet some local bloggers. And shoot some looks which I’ll be sharing later this week. Today, I wanted to share with you what to pack on a carry-on for a five day trip to Panama.

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  1. White Tee – for a comfortable yet chic vibe.
  2. Sunnies – because tired eyes need a place to hide.
  3. Beats – because airports and airplanes are noisy.
  4. Gucci Belt – to elevate the casual travel outfit
  5. Women’s Trimmer – because wearing a swimsuit means maintaining the bikini
  6. Slides –  make it easy to get through security lines.
  7. Jeans – because jeans are always a good idea.
  8. Carry-on – makes it easy to get out of the airport and skip baggage claim.
  9. Restorative Facial Milk – for beautifully hydrated skin.
  10. Invisible Sunscreen Gel – for the sun in Latin America
  11. Bare Face Cleansing Balm Stick – to remove impurities every day.
  12. Julep Night Shift Sleeping Mask – for the good night sleep skin deserves.
  13. Quip Toothbrush – it’s compact and has a powerful clean.
  14. Julep Charcoal Konjac Sponge – it’s a must for cleansing.
  15. Lingerie Liquid Lipstick – for days when make up is not an option.


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Two Day San Antonio Itinerary for Families

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Day 1

Two weekends ago we planned an impromptu trip west. We ended up in San Antonio and had a blast! We did some of the usual tourist attractions and then some new things as well. I love visiting San Antonio because even though it’s a small city, it’s a lot of fun. If you’re ever planning to drive through Texas, I recommend that you stop by San Antonio and maybe check out some of my recommendations. 😉

Our first stop after checking in to our hotel was the San Antonio River Walk. We walked around a little bit so the girls could get the river walk experience. Even though we had planned to do a boat tour, we didn’t get to this time. This is another way to get around the Riverwalk if you’re not up for a walk.

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Five Things To-Do in Galveston this Summer

I’ve talked about Galveston in the past and it’s because it is the closest beach town to Houston. I’ll admin that while the water is not clear blue like that of other beach towns, I still love Galveston. Even more I love the atmosphere, people, food and entertainment options. The people of Galveston are so laid back and easy going, exactly what you’d expect from residents of a beach town. The food is pretty darn good and I have a few spots that have become favorites, read about them here. As far as entertainment, there are plenty of options for adults and children alike. We like to keep it simple and the girls don’t mind, so we have done all of the below and had a blast.

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1. Take the Bolivar Ferry –

This is favorite because on all occasions we have been able to spot dolphins. This is exiting for the girls because it’s not an animal that you see often. It is also really neat to travel with the seagulls who follow along in hopes of being fed. Though you’re not supposed to, people often sneak in a treat for them.

2. Eat at Pier 21 –

Being near the sea, means better seafood options. There are some all over Galveston but I have to say that some of the restaurants along Pier 21 have great options, in particular Fisherman’s Wharf. Don’t be fooled, their extensive menu has plenty of non-seafood items too…

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Can A Vacation Make You A Better Person?

Can A Vacation Make You A Better Person?

Can a vacation make you a better person? Well, of course, that depends on how you focus on the vacation. A ‘vacation’ is simply a term used to attribute traveling in a convenient format with time limitations. However, the aspect of travel is not something that can be adequately described in a brochure, or even the best sales pitch of your travel representative. The virtues and benefits you take away from traveling are yours to experience, and sometimes, yes, they can culminate in a better you. Here’s how…

Opening Minds

Travel will broaden your mind. This is important to think about. Often we can get into a routine of going to work, coming home, working out, watching television or Netflix and sleeping. Rinse and repeat all year, until we gain a two-week vacation to lay on a beach and maybe read a novel. We’re not suggesting that your schedule is bad it’s just that your mind could be fed in such a superior way. Because travel can open your mind to new ways of thinking, new people, new events, new things to experience. There could be a whole hidden side of you that you have yet to experience, just waiting to get out. You could be the best salsa dancer in the world. You’ll never know unless you try.

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Force To Communicate

When out of your comfort zone in this way, you are forced to communicate with people around you whom you might not have otherwise met. Many people find that the language barrier can be a problem, but we’d suggest it’s simply a fun challenge. To do this will help you find similarities and wonder in the people around the world you otherwise would not interface with. You’ll find humor, goodwill and openness in most people you meet. Then you’ll realize that no matter how many sensational tabloid news articles you read, that the world is much more harmonious than you might think.

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Family Adventures make the Best Memories

Family Adventures make the Best Memories

There is nothing quite like a family adventure. Each adventure is the chance to build memories together, to see each other laugh and smile and share in the moments that will live long in each of your memories. Family adventures are those unique experiences that manage to bring you closer together no matter how far they take you away from home. They are the mementos that will grace your home’s walls forever, spark conversations and put a grin on your face during tough times.

Oh, yeah, there really is nothing quite like a family adventure, which is why we’ve pulled together a list of adventures that you and your family should try and plan because they will build memories like no other.

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