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

30 Places To Visit In North Texas by Local Influencers

Local Influencers are sharing their 3 favorite places to visit in their town. We selected the best from restaurants to parks, entertainment to bars.

Take a look at these 30 places that you can visit in North Texas!

Arlington, TX

Arlington, TX

Local: Valentina Meza – Kohnenkampf

@themamicam

www.themamicam.com

Babe’s Chicken:

230 North Center Street, Arlington, TX 76011

Serving (hands down) the best-fried chicken and the best banana pudding in town, Babe’s chicken is a family-owned restaurant, grandma’s recipes and friendly staff. With a super fun atmosphere and decorations, you can enjoy lunch and dinner there. Babe’s Arlington is located right next to the Arlington Music Hall, which opened in 1950 and still features the original theatre marquee. This is such a fun area to explore with the family and take pictures.

Texas Live:

1650 E Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX 76011

This is a vibrant entertainment center featuring a variety of restaurants, live music, cocktail bars & giant TVs. This is a MUST when visiting Arlington. You will find in the middle of two baseball stadiums the OLD and NEW Texas Rangers Stadium. You can also stay at the Loews Hotel and enjoy the amazing views.

AT&T Stadium Tours:

1 AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011

This is the Majestic Cowboys Stadium! And they offer daily tours for people of all interests and ages, take an afternoon to throw the ball on the field or admire the works of art displayed throughout the stadium. Or simply walk around this engineering and architectural marvel and enjoy the views and water features. At the AT&T Stadium, there is something for everyone.

 

Carrolton, TX

Carrollton, TX

Local: Joshlyn Davis

 @Joshlynphotography

 El Rincón:

 1114 S Elm St #100, Carrollton, TX 75006

El Rincón is One of the best Mexican food places in Carrollton. El Rincon offers quality cocktails and delicious food. Try the Papo’s brisket or the Blackened Fish tacos. You’ll come back over and over just to eat those again.  For cocktails try the Micheladas or margaritas. The key to el Rincón is the consistency with each visit, delivering the same delicious food, each time.

Lemma Coffee Roasters:

1014 S Broadway St #110, Carrollton, TX 75006

Lemma Coffee is a little shop located right off of the Carrollton square. While little, it’s proven to be a crowd worthy shop with its delicious sandwich options, my personal favorite being the ham sandwich since they add jalapeños, and savory coffee. My favorite drink, “The cheermeister latte” became popular December of 2019 earning its place officially in the coffee shop as now the Lemma Latte and it’s definitely a crowd favorite.

Hon Sushi:

1902 E Belt Line Rd, Carrollton, TX 75006

Hon Sushi is definitely a mom and pop location. Serving some of the most underrated delicious food. You would almost miss it since its located on a strip of stores, but once you try the food, it will be one of your favorite sushi places. From 11:00-2:30 you can order off the Lunch special menu which includes your Misu Soup. My favorite specialty roll is the “Ángel Hair.” If you enjoy fried Sushi, the “Crazy Roll” is delicious as well!

 

Dallas,TX

Dallas, TX

Local: Miner Deng

@chinalatinadfw

www.chinalatinadfw.com

Trinity Groves:

3011 Gulden Ln, Dallas, TX 75212

Just across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge explore an amazing selection of restaurants and retail shops. You can also walk across the street and walk through the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge were you can find a small playground for the kids. Trinity Groves has something for everyone.

The Dallas Arboretum:

8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a 66-acre botanical garden, experience the most beautiful plants and flowers. This is the ideal place for a walk or a picnic with the family.

Deep Ellum:

Deep Ellum is an entertainment district known for its vibrant street murals, art galleries and concert venues. You can also find restaurants, brewpubs and bars. Perfect for the weekends.

 

Flower Mound, TX

Flower Mound, TX

Local: Mandy Dorsey

@beautyandbeastmodeFIT

www.facebook.com/beautyandbeastmode

Lakeside DFW:

2314 Lakeside Pkwy Flower Mound, Texas 75022

Live, dine, shop, and play on 150 acres overlooking Lake Grapevine in Flower Mound, Texas. I’m a bit biased as I live here but it’s a newer hot spot in Flower Mound. Park your car and walk to eat, drink, socialize and even shop the cutest boutiques like Briesely’s & Hello Dafodil. On Friday nights in the summer, catch the Lakseside Summer music series where you can grab a spot on the lawn and listen to LIVE musicians. Walk across to Epic Gelato or Rush Bowls and grab yourself a cold treat too.

Twin Coves Park & Marina:

5001 Wichita Trail, Flower Mound, TX 75022

Plan a visit or stay-cation in picturesque Twin Coves Park in Flower Mound! Located on 243-acres on the north shore of Lake Grapevine, the park boasts 19 furnished cabins and 22 RV slips, Families can enjoy a variety of things including office/camp store, playground, 2 large pavilions, grass volleyball court, horseshoes and washer game sets, four-hole disc golf course, hike/bike nature trails, kayak rentals, boat launch, and a lake overlook area with a fire pit and seating. You can also rent the cutest little cabins for an overnight stay.

Parker Square:

400 Parker Square Flower Mound, TX 75028

A place to gather for sure as you scroll up & down the old town feel sidewalks and explore the various restaurants, shopping & dining. It’s a unique collection of independent businesses, vibrant restaurants, and convenient personal services. From an old-fashioned barber shop to a cutting-edge lash boutique; from enticing ethnic cuisine to traditional steakhouse fare – this cultural center blends a rich history with exciting innovations. And don’t forget to stop into Hive Bakery and grab a special treat – everything is so delicious and they make the most amazing cakes.

 

Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth, Texas

Local: Nicole Naomi

@niicolenaomi

Fort Worth Stockyards:

2501 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, TX 76164

The Fort Worth Stockyards are part of the historic district of Fort Worth. They provide different activities for the family, along with different stores and restaurants. Among the activities they have are: Rodeos, Cattle Drive and a Historic Stockyards guided walking tour which include a “Meet & Greet” with the Fort Worth Herd Drovers. My favorite restaurant in the Stock Yards has to be: Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, they serve traditional Texas BBQ. I visited the stock yards with my family and ate at Cooper’s and it was definitely a good experience that now is an awesome memory of the place.

Fort Worth Zoo:

1989 Colonial Pkwy, Fort Worth, TX 76110

If you have kids and even if you don’t the Fort Worth zoo is always a must. With more than 7,000 animals the Fort Worth zoo is a magical experience, it has an awesome reptiles exhibition with exotic snakes. From penguins to giraffes that you can feed, the zoo is an awesome adventure, but I would recommend to visit on Fall or on Spring because you can see more animals and you’d be more comfortable with the weather.

Sundance Square:

The Sundance square has a beautiful space on my heart because when we moved to Texas that was the first place I visited and it literally feels so good walking the streets, visiting the stores, and going to the movies. We love going to breakfast dates on Yolk restaurant and when we go to dinner our favorite is Cantina Laredo where you can taste Latin food in a good environment. I also love going to Sundance square to create content because it has a lot of Instagram worthy scenes.

 

Frisco, TX

Frisco, Texas

Local: Melissa Jackson

@casajackson_

www.casajacksonblog.com

The Star District:

9 Cowboys Way, Frisco, TX 75034

The Star District is a Dallas Cowboys fan dream come true. Not only does it offer an incredible selection of restaurants and shopping, but it’s also home to the Ford Center, where the Dallas Cowboys train 355 days out of the year. Those looking for a truly unique experience can even purchase tickets to tour inside the Ford Center. For a great picture opportunity, make sure to head to Tostitos Championship Plaza. There you will find an impressive 50-yard turf replica and ample space to relax.

Frisco Discovery Center:

8004 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034

For museum enthusiast, the Frisco Discovery Center is the perfect destination. Offering three different museum experiences, it’s a must visit while in Frisco. For train admirers, TrainTopia is an excellent choice. The National Video Game Museum is great for gamers and the Sci-Tech Discovery Center is catered for STEM lovers. Those looking to visit all three museums should consider purchasing the Frisco Museum Pass, which includes entrance to two additional museums located close by.

The Rail District:

6891 West Main Street, Frisco Texas 75034

Historic Frisco, also known as The Rail District, is a great place to enjoy some small-town charm. Walking down main street you will find old homes converted into restaurants and pretty wall murals throughout. There are also cute boutiques, a small coffee shop, and a vibrant farmers market close by. Blending the old and the new has never looked so good.

 

Grand Prairie, TX

Grand Prairie, TX

Local: Dayna Cantu

@Dayna.lizett

Epic Waters:

2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie, TX 75052

An amazing indoor water park open year round, great for all ages.

Premium Outlets:

2950 W Interstate 20, Grand Prairie, TX 7505

Shop till you drop! Nike, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Guess and more!

Lonestar Park:

1000 Lone Star Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Put on your best boots to watch seasonal horse races. Make sure to grab the cheese fries too!

 

Grapevine, TX

Grapevine, TX

Local: Jen Cox

@nowhereiwouldratherbe

Historic Downtown Grapevine:

It is one of five historic districts and contains several restored 19th and 20th Century buildings. Start on Main Street and check out the vintage shops and quaint, locally-owned boutiques! You can catch weekly classic movies at the Palace Arts Center, a restored 1940s-era in Downtown Grapevine

Grapevine Vintage Railroad:

705 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051

It offers a unique experience on authentic 1920s Victorian coaches. Take a train to the Fort Worth Stockyards or book a ticket on the adults-only Jazz Wine Train! Check their website for dates—they even offer one-hour train rides!

Local winery:

You can explore North Texas wine by booking a Grapevine Wine Tour, which lasts about four hours; it includes stops at two local wineries, and include a 3 course, wine-themed meal. Tours run daily, year-round and includes transportation to and from local hotels. Visit Grapevine in September to check out GrapeFest, a four-day festival featuring wines from over 40 wineries.

 

Irving, TX

Irving, TX

Local: Roselle Pliego

@In_dfw_family

www.indfwandbeyond.com

The Texican Court:

501 West Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX 75039

Is one the best-kept secret. It’s an All Americana boutique hotel that offers guests a feeling of a fun nostalgic getaway. The hotel feels very retro and has a great vibe on the property. We really enjoy the restaurant  Two Mules Cantina that offers southwest flavor meals, ranging from tacos, bubbly drinks, and yummy grill steaks. When you come here you will not want to leave.

Toyota Music Factory:

316 West Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX 75039

Is for sure a destination for everything you can do in one spot. Many restaurants like Gloria’s, Yard House and the newest restaurant Mamacitas cater to every taste pallet. The music scene here is equally fabulous at the Pavilion bringing in big talent to the stage. If you haven’t been to the Toyota Music Factory what are you waiting for? The fun here is endless

PinStack:

2750 W Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Irving, TX 75063

Last but not least, the bowling, arcade, restaurant venue all in one spot is a family night waiting for you. My family and I really enjoy coming here on weekends to get out and enjoy family time. Whether that’s bowling to beat a high score, or enjoying a juicy burger at the restaurant, this place has it all. Oh, I can’t forget, they have bumper cars here to, bring your competitive spirit for a good time.

 

Plano, TX

Plano, TX 

Local: Fabiana Faria

@fabbscreations

Ha Paleteria:

1601 K Ave Plano, Texas 75074

Summer days are here! What’s the best way to cool down? Yup, with a Paleta. This Paleteria is family owned and most of their produce comes from Mexico. Their paletas go all the way from Ferrero to Avocado; they also offer crepes, tamales and more. Definitely worth a visit while in Downtown Plano.

Haggard Park:

901 E 15th St. Plano, TX 75074

Having picnic fever? This park has you covered! With a beautiful pond in the middle of the park and the first train that transit through Plano, you have a great outdoor activity for you and the little ones! Right in front of the Plano Farmers Market you can enjoy a walk in the park.

Georgia’s Farmer’s Market

916 E 15th St. Plano, TX 75074

You need fresh produce? Georgia’s Farmer’s Market is your place! They also have plants right in front of the store for all of you plant lovers!

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That’s it! 30 places for you to enjoy North Texas. Thank you to all the Influencers that collaborated in this post. Follow their journey on Instagram they are all pretty amazing!

Love,

Valentina Meza – Kohnenkampf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY 15 FAVORITE DEEP ELLUM MURALS – Walking Tour With Map

Deep Ellup, Dallas Texas

I love Deep Ellum! This area of Dallas is filled with all sorts of colorful murals with a masterful explosion of creativity and I loved wandering through the many alleyways looking for my favorite Murals.

This time I strolled the area with my family, we took some pictures and we were selecting our favorites! Here is the result and includes a map as a guide for you to print!

Deep Ellum

1. Colorful Lines Wall Mural // 2625 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226

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2. Colorful Squares Wall Mural // 2810 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226

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3. I Love You Wall Mural // 2912 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226

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4. Stevie Ray Vaughan Wall Mural // 2803 Main St #110, Dallas, TX 75226

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5. Boom Wall Mural // Elm St and Malcolm Blvd5

 

6. Don’t Paneek & Clockwork Duck // 2911 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

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7. Microphone Wall Mural // 2800 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

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8. Series of Wall Murals // 2808 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

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9. Will Call Wall Mural // 2712 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

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10. Fine Pies // // 2708 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

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11. Enjoy Wall Mural // 2656 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

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12. Tacos // 2642 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

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13. Variety // Parking lot 2642 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

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14. American Flag Wall Mural // 2730 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226

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15. Visit Dallas Wall Mural // 2914 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226

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Have fun and take great pics!

Love,

Valentina Meza – Kohnenkampf

Strawberry Margarita with El Tesoro Tequila

Strawberry Margarita

Happy 5 de Mayo!

Today is the best day to talk about Margaritas, my favorite in drink in the whole wide world (lol!)  Add some chips and salsa!

I have to say, this recipe is one of my all-time favorites because it has a secret ingredient… Check how I turned out the classic Strawberry Margarita into a Super FRESH Strawberry Margarita!

Ready? take notes, save it or take a screenshot!

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5 ingredients:

  • 1 pound of fresh strawberries 
  • 2/3 cup of freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup of Honey
  • 1 cup of El Tesoro Tequila (or more) 
  • and my secret ingredient… 1/4 cup of Orange juice!

For serving: 

  • Ice
  • For the rim: Sugar (yes! sugar instead of salt) and Tajin
  • Lime slices and one strawberry for garnish

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Okay, now you need 5 minutes to make it… Add all the ingredients to a blender. Pulse until completely smooth. Taste, and add any extra you need.

Run a lime wedge around the top of each glass and then dip the top of the glass upside-down in a plate with the sugar and tajin, add garnish.

Fill up your glass with ice and then pour the margaritas! delicious!

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Now ENJOY! Cheers!

Let me know in the comments section your thoughts about this recipe!

With love,

Valentina Meza-Kohnenkampf