DISNEY TIPS – For a stress FREE experience!

Y’all! I finally put together all the tips I can think to help you have a stress free experience at Disney (or any park!)

We visited Cali a month ago and we were able to visit 3 Parks!

Get ready.

Print this and start the checking out!

Plan your Visit:

  • Buy tickets online
  • Visit on non-peaks days (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday)
  • Download the app (Link your tickets there)

Select your bag:

  • Select a bag that doesn’t’ have to many pockets (Saves you check in time)
  • Make sure material is waterproof

Pack your bag:

I always bring two bags, a small crossbody bag with my personal and valuable items: Wallet, phone, camera and makeup (lol)

And a backpack with:

  • Ponchos (Because we never now with the weather)
  • Extra change of clothes (For kids AND adults)
  • Water (We put our water in the freezer overnight to have nice cold water during the day), All Disney parks allow you to get free water at counter service restaurants
  • Wipes (We use them for everything)
  • Snacks (Chips, cookies, crakers, fruits)
  • Hand sanitizer (because, you know)
  • Bring a towel (to dry off seats after rain or claim your spot at a parade) Turkish towels are a great idea
  • Stroller fan
  • Reusable straws
  • Sunscreen! (You won’t regret this one!)
  • Medications
  • Bathing suit for the kids
  • Hats for the whole family
  • Blister balm (because you are going to walk a lot!) 

Prepare your Phone:

  • Make sure your phone has enough memory
  • Phone charger
  • Compact external phone Charger (This is a MUST for me, I loooove taking pictures and videos)
  • Ziploc bags (to protect your phone for those water rides)
  • If you can, Airplane mode so no one interrupts you during the day
  • Make sure to clean lenses often
  • When holding your phone to take a picture, hold it at eye level, not above your head. You’re gonna get a better shot if you can see what you’re photographing
  • Not everything has to be staged. When it comes to memories, candid shots will tell the stories you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Plan your day:

  • When you park your car, make note of the location. It may be helpful to snap a photo of this location with your phone
  • Arrive at the park before it opens. I suggest arriving 30-45 minutes
  • Always start your day form the back to park to the front
  • Buy the photo pass, as photographer I can tell you is TOTALLY WORHT IT!
  • Leave the most popular rides to the end (We did this in Universal and we were able to ride the most popular one 3 times with a waiting time of 5 minutes!)
  • If your child isn’t tall enough to go on a particular ride, use the “Child Swap/Rider Switch” program
  • We don’t do reservations, but if you are a planner, you should (We eat anything whenever we are hungry)
  • Unless you are absolutely positive you’ll need Park Hopper tickets, hold off buying them since you can always upgrade a ticket at Guest Services, but you can’t get your money back if you don’t use it
  • Have a midday break with your lunch, take some time to rest and recharge
  • Many stores remain open after rides close, so you can do your souvenir shopping before leaving the park

Ride Tips:

  • Check the rides before (Since I’m not a fan of rides I check each one of them in youtube to make sure which one I want to ride)
  • The back row on the coasters are typically the fastest and the roughest (Keep that in mind)
  • Some rides have controls you can move that allow riders to go either up and down or tilt front to back
  • For most people, the 3-D effects in attractions are best seen from further back in the theaters
  • Single rider lines are a blessing! If you can split up your group, do it.
  • Lines close at official park closing time. However, the park stays open for at least one more hour. Therefore, plan to get in line before the park “closes” and you will be safe to ride an attraction past the official park closing time
  • Bring some games or books for those long waiting lines

More tips:

  • Bring a stroller! I cannot tell you how much time you will save having your kids in a stroller (you walk faster, they are secure when in crowds and they don’t get tired!)
  • Tie a ribbon (or another identification marker) to the handle. This way you can easily identify your stroller

I hope you enjoy your next visit to the parks the same way we did it!

And let me know in the comments if I’m missing more tips!

Love,

Valentina Meza – Kohnenkampf

Our California Adventure with the All-New 2021 BUICK ENVISION

We are so excited to tell you everything about our California Adventure! A magical trip that my family and I were able to enjoy after being in lockdown for more than a year.  We want to thank Buick for letting us test-drive their Luxury SUV Envision Avenir 2021 for a whole week!

Being able to drive this amazing SUV from Los Angeles to sight-seeing the beautiful beaches from Redondo Beach to San Diego driving the Pacific Coast Highway, going to the parks, and driving it East to the desert in California, the Buick Envision was a total joy to drive.  My husband and I were very impressed with how smooth the car drove and the very advanced technology features in the Envision. 

Whether you are looking for an SUV that you can use to commute to work, take it for long drives on the weekend, the space and safety features will make you feel safe and comfortable.  This is a perfect Mami car and one of my favorite features of the car is the 10.2″ color touch-screen diagonal Buick Infotainment System. The ergonomic angled design has all the features you are looking for from Navigation to Bluetooth technology to controlling the AC and much more. Besides the huge screen. here are some of my other favorite features in the Envision 2021: 

–      Wood tone accents on the doors. This makes it look so fancy. 

–      HD Surround Vision Camera. The view is truly amazing, you can see it at a 360-degree angle making it easier to park, get out of small parking spots, and more! 

–      Driver’s seat massage feature. This. Just WOW 

–      Wireless smartphone charging. After a long day at the beach or at Disney, you just drop your smartphone there, and it charges. No More Tangled Cables around the car!

–      Dual-wing center armrest. This is a must for me now! 

–      Covered storage compartment below the instrument panel. Its retractable cover allows hidden storage of valuables. Genius. 

–      Heated steering wheel. No more wearing gloves inside the car, you really know what I mean…

–      Rear Seat Reminder. This is so important for us, for parents on the go! 

–      Panoramic power moonroof. We enjoyed this so much, California weather was perfect to keep it open all the time. 

What about Safety? 

The Standard safety tech features include lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot warning, rear parking sensors, and GM’s Safety Alert seat that vibrates to attract your attention to all those safety systems. You can also add a 360-degree camera, front parking sensors, a head-up display, and GM’s rearview camera mirror. 

Exterior Luxurious Look

The exterior design and features are top-notch, the modern aerodynamic lines, intelligent LED premium headlights to the hands-free liftgate, and premium wheels make this a beautiful luxury SUV for you.  

Performance

The 2021 Buick Envision features the new 2.0L Turbo ECOTEC engine which shows Buick’s commitment to performance while featuring some of the highest standards in safety including the intelligent All-Wheel Drive that adjusts each wheel to maximize traction in wet and dry conditions to Selectable Drive Modes.

I could go on and on about all the safety, technology, and performance features including their interior and exterior design. The Envision is definitely one of the best Luxury SUV’s Buick has to offer and I had the pleasure to test drive!  

Thank you BUICK! and thank YOU for always following our adventures!

#ThatsABuick #BuickEnvision

Love,

Valentina Meza – Kohnenkampf

PLACES TO VISIT IN DFW DURING THE SUMMER AND HOW TO SAVE MONEY VISITING THEM

Summer is here and I know some places in the DFW area that you can visit with your kids and also ways to save money while you visit them! Check this out!

Just minutes from downtown Dallas, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden sits on 66 acres along the southeast shore of White Rock Lake. The property’s fourteen world-famous displays showcase seasonal flowers, ornamental shrubs, trees, and plant collections. The gardens also host seasonal outdoor festivals, concerts, art shows, and educational programs, and guided tours of the property are available.

Address: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas

Official site: www.dallasarboretum.org

  • Adult general garden admission (13-64): $15
  • Seniors general garden admission (65 & over): $12
  • Children general garden admission (2-12): $10
  • Children general garden admission (under 2): Free
  • Children’s Adventure Garden admission: $3 (additional general garden admission for non-members)
  • On-site self parking or parking garage: $15
  • Discounted daytime parking: $9

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

AUGUST Dollar Days August 1 – August 31: General Admission is $1

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PlayGrand Adventures is a playground that will encompass 10 acres of park land, separated into distinct play areas or “Zones”.  Each “Zone” contains unique play equipment, specifically designed for inclusive play.  This is not just a children’s playground but one designed for all ages and abilities, that incorporates various challenges to encourage teamwork, cooperation,  and achievement.  The playground is contained with a perimeter border for safety. Phase I, approximately 5 acres, is now open.

This project’s future phases are being led by a committee of dedicated individuals from the community, local and national organizations, and the City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department. 

Address: 2100 Epic Place, Grand Prairie, TX 75052

Official site: https://playgrandadventures.com/

FREE

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Kidzania is entertaining and educational!

Every activity at KidZania is the perfect combination of fun and learning. For example, children learn about human anatomy while performing surgery on a mannequin at the Hospital, or get a degree in archaeology at the University, or create a nutrition & workout plan at the Fitness Studio… Each activity is created by professional educators to blend in local school curriculum for deeper, more advanced outside-the-classroom learning.

Address: 2601 Preston Road. Suite 3011. Frisco, Texas 75034

Official site: https://dallas.kidzaniausa.com/

  • Prices starting at $14.95

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

Check their website for Group discounts.

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Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before! This exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in interactive scenes inspired by the beloved film. Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life… right before your eyes.

  • Discover the science of Jurassic World.
  • Meet the most adorable baby dinos.
  • Get up-close and personal with velociraptors.
  • Come face to face with life-size dinosaurs.

Don’t miss this awe-inspiring journey into Jurassic World: The Exhibition, for a limited time in Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Address: 5732 Grandscape Blvd. The Colony, Texas 75056

Official site: https://jurassicworldexhibition.com/

  • Prices starting at $19.50

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POP! is an interactive experience for all ages that takes guests on an adventure through themed rooms and photo moments.

A fully-immersive and truly unforgettable experience, POP! features unique photo opportunities for guests to have fun, strike a pose, and snap a picture – including 7 extra-special photo moments with integrated cameras and lighting. Kids are going to have a blast and you’ll keep those amazing pictures as memories.

Address: 13350 Dallas Pkwy. Dallas, Texas 75240

Official site: https://www.dallaspop.com/

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

  • VIP (All ages – Skip the line + extra goodies!): $50
  • Adults (Ages 13 to 64): $22 to $32
  • Kids (Ages 4 to 12): $8 to $12
  • Toddlers (Ages 3 & under): Free and do not need a ticket
  • Military or Seniors: $20 to $28

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The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a top Dallas attraction for families and curious tourists. The museum is divided into thematic areas with interactive educational stations, games, and high-tech displays. These themes include engineering and innovation, energy, evolution, earth sciences, and more. It also features a 3D theater, the Moody Family Children’s Museum and playground, and a 54-foot escalator that overlooks the property from within a glass enclosure.

Address: 2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, Texas

Official site: www.perotmuseum.org

  • Prices around $13-$20/non-member

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

City Pass Save up to 40% off admission to the Perot Museum, plus three more top Dallas attractions.

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One of the ten largest museums in the United States, it has a collection of more than 24,000 works from the Americas and around the globe, including everything from ancient artifacts to contemporary art. Highlights from the collection include Classical art and artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, paintings by Claude Monet in the European art gallery, and several contemporary pieces by Jackson Pollock. In addition to the permanent collections, temporary exhibits highlight the work of prominent artists, explore thematic topics, and display historic collections.

Explore works of art in the Museum’s collection through movement, sketching, stories, and more on this interactive tour led by DMA Teen Ambassadors.

Address: 1717 N Harwood Street, Dallas, Texas

Official site: www.dallasmuseumofart.org

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

General Admission: Is FREE! Every Day.

The general admission includes viewing the Museum’s collection galleries and most exhibitions.

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Dallas World Aquarium is a fun and educational place. Housed in some 87,000 gallons of saltwater are a vast array of sea life including bonnethead sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, sea turtles, giant groupers, and rare leafy seadragons. A beautiful highlight is the Orinoco Rainforest exhibit, complete with numerous free-flying birds, such as toucans, along with tree sloths and aquatic species.

Address: 1801 N. Griffin Street, Dallas, Texas

Official site: www.dwazoo.com

  • Adult – $26.95 + tax
  • Child – $18.95 + tax (2 thru 12)
  • Child – free (under 2)
  • Senior – $22.95 + tax (65+)

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

Membership Levels

Membership card(s) are non-transferable. Photo ID must be presented with your membership card for admittance.

  • Individual – $95/ privileges for one adult cardholder
  • Dual – $150/ privileges for two adult cardholders
  • Senior Individual – $85/ privileges for one adult cardholder over 65 years of age
  • Senior Dual – $105/ privileges for two adult cardholders over 65 years of age
  • Family – $195/ privileges for two adult cardholders and up to four children under 18 years of age residing in household
  • Single-parent Family – $140/ privileges for one adult cardholder and up to four children under 18 years of age residing in household
  • Grandparents – $150/ privileges for two adult cardholders and up to four grandchildren under 18 years of age
  • Single Grandparent – $120/ privileges for one adult cardholder and up to four grandchildren under 18 years of age
  • Corporate – $1400/ privileges for six corporate assigned cardholders with up to three nondesignated guests per cardholder
  • Non-designated Guest(s) – $80

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The Dallas Zoo is a 106-acre park housing more than 2,000 exotic animals from 406 species in a variety of different habitats. Focusing on two major regions – Zoo North and the Wilds of Africa – the zoo includes highlights such as Giants of the Savanna, the Otter Outpost, the excellent Wildlife Amphitheater with its displays of birds in flight, and the Endangered Tiger Habitat with its forest-like setting. Another attraction kids will love is the Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park, a fun theme park with enough bungee jumps and free-falling rides to keep them amused for hours.

Address: 650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas, Texas

Official site: www.dallaszoo.com

  • Starting at $15

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

Check their website for daily savings.

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Heart of the City of Dallas, Klyde Warren Park serves as a central gathering space for Dallas and its visitors. The 5.2-acre deck park, is an urban green space built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets in downtown Dallas. Klyde Warren Park is a highly active space, providing daily free programming for the public ranging from yoga to lecture series to outdoor concerts and films. The park is privately operated and managed by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation.

Food trucks

Bootcamp

Yoga

Barre

Dance

Live Music

Address: 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201

Official site: https://www.klydewarrenpark.org/

FREE

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Established in 1866, Fort Worth Stockyards is one of the biigest tourist attractions in the DFW area with all kinds of entertainment and fun things to see and do, from rodeos to live music shows, museums, and western-themed shopping. Start your adventure at the Stockyards Visitor Center or the Stockyards Museum in the Livestock Exchange Building.

Address: 500 NE 23rd Street, Fort Worth, Texas

Official site: www.fortworthstockyards.org

FREE

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The Water Gardens are a beautiful collection of pretty fountains to gaze at. Designed to allow visitors to cool themselves in the flowing water, they are a refreshing contrast to the hot urban landscape of this southern city. The largest of these is called the “active pool,” a 38-foot-tall terraced area that is used by waders as steps while the water flows across the stone and into a central pool. The “aerating pool” is a collection of fountains that sits beneath the shade of towering oak trees, especially beautiful at night when it is lit up. The “meditation pool” is a peaceful place that is cordoned off by cypress trees, while water slides down sheer walls into a calm, blue pool.

Address: 1502 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, Texas

FREE

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Fort Worth Zoo is a world-class facility with hundreds of species from around the world, including 68 endangered and threatened species. This is the only zoo in the United States that houses all four species of Great Ape (chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, and orangutans). In addition to its diverse range of animals, the zoo has several attractions, including the Country Carousel, rock climbing, the miniature Yellow Rose Express Train, a petting zoo, and a 40-foot-long statue of an iguana nicknamed Iggy.

Address: 1989 Colonial Pkwy, Fort Worth, Texas

Official site: https://www.fortworthzoo.org/

  • Adult (13-64) $16
  • Child (3-12) $12
  • Senior (+65) $12

Parking is $5 per vehicle.

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

Wednesday is half-price day at the Fort Worth Zoo! These tickets are valid for Wednesday admission only and must be used within 30 days of date of purchase. No refunds, rainchecks, or exchanges. Parking is not included in the price of the ticket.

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One of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, Fort Worth Botanic Garden is spread over 109 acres and is a great place to visit any time of year. Home to 2,500 species of plants laid out in 23 unique gardens, with highlights like the Fragrance Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Rain Forest Conservatory. The Botanic Garden also hosts interesting programs, like adult educational programs and kids’ workshops, and has dining on-site with garden-view patio seating.

Address: 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas

Official site: http://fwbg.org

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

  • Adult $12
  • Child (ages 4 – 12) $6
  • Child (3 and under) FREE
  • Seniors (age 65+) $10

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One of Fort Worth’s most popular destinations for visitors and locals alike is Sundance Square, a privately owned, 35-block section of the historic downtown core that is full of things to do with restaurants, cafés, and hotels, Sundance Square contains many excellent shopping opportunities, from high-end boutiques and interesting art galleries to large department stores. The centerpiece of the district is the Plaza, a vast public square with fountains and seating, as well as a stage used to host live concerts and other entertainment like Yoga or Zumba classes (check website for info) and their famous Movie nights every Thursday during the summer.

Address: 201 Main Street #700, Fort Worth, Texas

Official site: http://sundancesquare.com

FREE

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The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth have a large permanent collection of 2,600 modern and contemporary piece. Some of the more famous names represented are Anselm Kiefer, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Susan Rothenberg, and Andy Warhol. Designed by Tadao Ando, this unique complex, with its five pavilions of concrete and glass, overlooks a one-and-a-half-acre reflecting pond around which is a sculpture garden and terrace.

Address: 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, Texas

Official site: www.themodern.org

  • $16: General (age 18 and above)
  • $12: Seniors (age 60+), Active/Retired Military Personnel & First Responders with ID
  • $10: Students with ID
  • Free: Under 18 years old

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

The Museum offers half-price tickets on Sundays and free admission on Fridays. 

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Have a great summer!

Love,

Valentina Meza – Kohnenkampf

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2021

Celebrate every reason Mom Is Magnificent with any of these amazing Gifts!

P.S: I secretly want every single one on this list! that means your mom/sister/friend would too!

For the coffee lover always on the run! Buy it HERE!
If decorating it’s her thing! Buy it HERE!
Farmers Market Girl? this is for her.. Buy it HERE!
Just add some Chips to this one! Buy it HERE!
She likes cooking? This is for her! Buy it HERE!
We need this in our life! Buy it HERE!
Ahhh so comfortable! Buy it HERE!
A coloring book, so she can relax! Buy it HERE!
Believe me, she need this one! Buy it HERE!
If she likes to host, she would love this one! Buy it HERE!
She would like this one, even if she doesn’t workout! Buy it HERE!
This kit literally has EVERYTHING for her manicure! Buy it HERE!
This purse is just perfection! Buy it HERE!
For the gamer Mom! Buy it HERE!

I really hope you can find the perfect gift for MOM here! and if you do send me a picture or tag me here!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MAMACITAS!

What to do in Austin,TX in 24 hours

We spent a super fun day in Austin, TX in the all New 2021 Chevy Trailblazer. You will find all the fun things we did in ONE day. YES! less than 24 hrs! below, but first let me share a bit more about the 2021 Trailblazer, the best SUV for small families, new drivers and for any road trip!

When I look for a car, I always look for the best safety features, and the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer has so many!

Here are a few:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning (Amazing)
  • Lane Change Alert
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Automatic Emergency Braking (So needed)
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • HD Rear vision camera (It’s so clear!)
  • Rear child security door locks (This one!)
  • Teen Driver (I’m impressed with this one)

So Yes, my favorite safety feature is the Teen Driver settings that helps to encorage a better driving behavior and of course you’ll feel better letting your Teen drive this USV.

Also, It’s a good looking car! My daughter loved the double sun roof, she looked at the stars and the sky all the time.

Love love this! You can setup the top speed for your teen.
The interior is so elegant!

Without a doubt the best option for road trips, it also has Flat-Folding seats (Including the passenger one!) that means extra room for your cargo! Trailblazer has the efficiency to take you wherever you want.

For more information visit: https://www.chevrolet.com/suvs/trailblazer

Let’s talk now about all the places we visited in this trip with the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer:

Address: 3800 Mount Bonnell Rd; Austin, Texas 78731

We started the day with a super fun/easy hike to one of the best views in Austin, this beautiful mount alongside the Lake Austin portion of the Colorado River. The mount provides a breathtaking vista of the city of Austin, Lake Austin, and the surrounding hill.

Address: 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Next stop, the amazing Texas State Capitol. Located in downtown Austin, Texas and surrounded with a park where you can walk, have a picnic and visit the inside of the building (check dates and times online) One fun fact, the Texas Capitol is bigger than the US Capitol in Washington DC.

Address: 1720 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

If you are in Austin, you need to visit this colorful, wall-sized painting depicts a retro postcard.

Address: 1300 S. Congress Ave.

Austin’s most well-known mural is this “I love you so much.” wall. Stop by this famous piece to snap a picture with your loved ones!

Address: Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, Austin, TX 78704

Then we headed to the Pfluger Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge, a shared bridge spanning Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, which connects the north and south sides of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. Either you want to hike, bike or just walk this is the best place to do it. Look at that view!

Address: 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746

We also visited the “Jewel in the heart of Austin”. The Zilker botanical garden has theme gardens such as rose, herb and Japanese garden, they are all interconnected with streams, waterfalls and Koi-filled ponds, yes! huge Kois! We loved it!

Address: 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin, TX 78758

We finished the day visiting this retail center, we walked around, had some shopping done and of course we enjoyed the food and desserts! The best way to finish our trip.

Hope you can add Austin to your next trip and enjoy all these locations! Austin is truly beautiful.

With Love,

Valentina Meza – Kohnenkampf