August 4, 2020

Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, MO- Where to stay, What to eat & What to do!

This post is LONG overdue because every time we go to Big Cedar, I get so many messages on my Instagram asking all the questions! We are clearly in love with BC, as we go twice a year. Once in the summer, and once at Christmas. We truly love both seasons there and feel there is plenty to do both times. Before we get into all the deets, I want to answer the questions you all left on my Instagram about Big Cedar:

Your questions answered!

1. How far in advance do you book your visits?

If we are staying on the big cedar side (I’ll clarify this more below), we book at least a half a year in advance. If we are staying on the timeshare side, we book as close to 2 weeks out from the trip.

2. Do you recommend the spa?

YES I DO!!! It is pricey, but what spa isn’t. It’s totally worth the money, in my opinion. If you book any spa service, the spa amenities are included for free for the entire day. Which is the sauna, grotto (an amazing heated pool area with lounge chairs to sit and relax, and many more. I recently got a 90 minute massage on our last trip and paid $250, but there is less expensive treatments to choose from. They do a great job of making you feel pampered from beginning to end.

3. Is it worth checking out going if I don’t have kids?

YES! There are a wide range of guests there. It is a great pace for couples, singles, girls trip, and families!

4. Top of the rock, do you need reservations? Is it worth taking smaller children?

Yes and no to this one. I would recommend reservations to eat, but you can also walk in and sit at the bar without a reservation. The only restaurants that are open at Top of the rock right now are both pricey. Expect to pay about 20-50 per entree and drinks are around 20 each! There are plenty of kids that go, but if you want to get out cheaper, maybe leave them with grandma 😉 As for other things to do at Top of the Rock, I will answer that below, because there is other things that are great to do with kids!

5. Is this a good trip with teenagers? Or just bring hubby?

It’s a great place for teenagers!! There are 5 pools on property and lots of places in the resort for them to go off and be teenagers lol. There’s also lots of outdoor activities that are free. Not to mention renting a boat! I would definitely bring my teens, but also a trip alone with the hubs would be great too 😉

6. How do you book a rental there? Do you have to have a timeshare?

All this info is below under “How to Book” and no, you don’t need a timeshare!

 

Okay, let’s dive into all the details!!

 

How To Book

There are 2 ways to visit Big Cedar: Staying in a Big Cedar cabin, cottage, lodge, or staying on the timeshare side of the property in The Wilderness Club. Both come with all the same amenities and there really is no difference, other than price. We stay on the Wilderness side majority of the time, due to price. One plus to the Wilderness side is that they have laundry machines in all their units. The Big Cedar side does not. When we go in the summer, having the laundry is very needed! The cabins look the same on either side of the resort, so there is no difference there.

Big Cedar Side:

To find out about renting on the Big Cedar side, head HERE. If they don’t have any dates listed on their website, you will have to call and their number is (800) 225-6343. A rep can help you further. The lodges on the Big Cedar side are the most reasonable, and the prices go up from there if you’d like a cabin or a cottage. It also depends what time of year you go. The high season gets very pricey, where as the off season has more deals. We have stayed in THIS lodge before and it was very nice and doable! If you’re booking on the Big Cedar side, and are wanting a cabin or a cottage, I would book at least a few months in advance (unless price is no option), but they usually have lodge rooms pretty readily open. We have booked a lodge room a few days ahead of time with no problem. We even got a deal because Sunday nights are discounted!

The Wilderness Club:

This one is more detailed, but definitely worth a small hassle! To rent on the timeshare side, you have to rent it from an individual timeshare owner. To do that you either have to rent from a referral, Craigslist, or Ebay. Owners will rent out their units on those sites and you can find some great deals. We typically pay anywhere from $75-250 a night. We have stayed in both a cabin and a 2 bedroom lodge, and prefer the lodge for our family (and also for the view!) To search on Ebay or Craigslist, just search “Big Cedar Wilderness Club” and dates and units will pop up. It can be a little strange sending a random person money for a rental without knowing them, but if you send it through PayPal, you’re protected against fraud. We have rented 6 times now doing it this way, and have never had an issue. It’s a VERY common way to rent there. You can also talk to the person on the phone, which I’ve done many times, before sending the money. Once you send the money, the owner will set up your dates and you will get an email through Bluegreen Vacations with your rental info. Once you get that email, you won’t hear anything again from Bluegreen until you show up, so don’t be alarmed by that. You can always call (417) 348-4085 and verify your reservation, if you’re concerned.

If you are renting a lodge through the Wilderness side, call about a week in advance and ask to have a top floor unit with a view of the lake. You won’t regret it 🙂 They will do their best to accommodate that. Booking on the Wilderness side is great because you can find great deals if you’re flexible and can go within a few weeks of booking. Most of the time the owners will discount their unit the closer it gets to the date, so that is a bonus for you! You can also try and negotiate the rate with the owner. We have had luck doing that twice. It can be more difficult to negotiate rates if you’re going in the summer, since it’s such a popular time, and they have no problem renting out units.

Below is the view from Viney Creek Lodge in Wilderness Club.

What To Do

There is so much offered on the resort, that we generally don’t ever leave, unless we are going to Silver Dollar City. When you are in the resort, there are free shuttles that will take you anywhere you want to go within Big Cedar. You just call the front desk and a shuttle will appear! If you have strollers, that will add a level of inconvenience , but everything is pretty walk-able, as well.

Pools

Lets start with the pools. There are 5 pools on the property and each have their own pluses and minuses. Our 2 favorite pools are Devil’s Pool and the Falls pool. Devil’s pool is attached to the Buzzard Bar and it’s a great place to people watch. It’s a smaller pool but the view is amazing and it has food + drink service, which is right up our alley 🙂 Give us a pina colada poolside, and we are some happy campers! The Falls pool is on the Wilderness side and is great because it has a nice baby pool and has a pretty waterfall that separates an upper pool from a lower pool. It’s big, so there’s lot of space for people. There is no food or drink service at the Falls pool, so you will need to bring your own. They also have a lazy river that is really popular with a lot of people! We decided we aren’t lazy river people lol, but people seem to love it.

Spa

As I mentioned above, I highly suggest the spa! It’s worth saving up for. Its absolutely gorgeous inside, and every service I have gotten has been top notch. They make you feel pampered from the second you walk in, till the second you leave. If you don’t want to shell out for a treatment, you can always just pay for a day pass, and that gets you access to the saunas and grotto. That alone would be worth it!

Below is the grotto area.

Outdoor activities

There is a lot of free things to do around the property. One of them is mini golf, and my girls live for that. You can find a list of all the free things offered around the property HERE. They always have free events at night year round, that we absolutely love. They have bonfires, outdoor movie nights, and so much more!! There is always something going on 🙂 The girls love doing the paddle boats! There is also a little beach near the paddle boats and the kids love playing in the lake and swimming. There is also a great 5K trail that we love to run on every time we go and is very scenic!

Fun mountain

Fun mountain is fun for kids… and parents hear dollar signs LOL, but it is great because they have a bowling alley, obstacle course, arcade, lazer tag, go karts, bumper cars and a restaurant/bar. Be prepared to hear daily “Can we go to fun mountain?!” 🙂

One thing I highly recommend taking advantage of at Fun Mountain is Adventure Club!!! Its for kids 4 and up, and is essentially a babysitting service, but the kids have SO MUCH FUN! They have different activities every day and it’s for a 4 hour span, so it gives mom and dad some much needed time away 🙂 The girls absolutely love doing this! They get to play in their fun room that has a jungle gym, they eat a meal there, they get to do their build-a-bear activity, they also do whatever activity is planned for that day. Last trip they did fishing, and also camping. They learned how to build a tent + fire and roasted marshmallows! It really is so fun for them!

Boat rental

This is hands down our favorite thing to do here. It is always our favorite day, and we rent the boat for 8 hours and a spend a full day on the water. You can rent from Bent Hook Marina if you’re staying on property, or Long Creek Marina and State Park Marina if you are staying somewhere else. You will pay a premium at Bent Hook, but we love the convenience of it. You can also rent a tube or skis for the boat! Make sure to bring food and drink on board! They will supply you towels and life jackets. We always rent the Regency pontoon boat, and it’s perfect for our needs. You can also rent jet skis, which we did this past time and our girls LOVED it!

Top of The Rock

This is a two part one because I feel differently about the food at top of the rock, versus activities. I would highly recommend going there with or without kids! They have a museum which you can check out HERE, they have a really fun golf cart tour that we highly recommend, and just walking around the grounds is a must! The view is incredible and can’t be missed. You can go take some pics at the restaurant, even if you don’t eat there. As I mentioned above, the restaurants are very pricey, so plan for that if you decide to eat there. There is a church on the property and is beautiful, so be sure to walk in there. You can get there from the basement of Buffalo Bar, and there is also a really cool wine cellar down there! There is also a golf course that is supposed to be one of the best in the country! We don’t golf, so I can’t personally attest to that 🙂

When you arrive at Top of the Rock, you will have to pay a $10 entrance fee and then you park at the gift shop/welcome area and a shuttle will take you over to the restaurant area, where the amazing view is. The golf cart activity is right where you park and it takes about an hour or longer to go through. There is amazing waterfalls and lookout points along the way. They also offer a shuttle from Big Cedar grounds to Top of the Rock.

Below is the view from Top of the Rock. It was a cloudy day when we last went, but still beautiful!

Where to Eat

This would be our only complaint about coming here: the food. It’s not the greatest, in our opinion. It’s also pricey everywhere you go. We joke that we can’t get out of a restaurant without spending a hundred dollars every time. On property they have Truman, which is a cafe and it’s great for coffee and breakfast + lunch and opens as a custard shop at night! There’s Devil’s Pool + Buzzard Bar in the same building and we typically eat at Buzzard Bar if we are eating out. Then there’s Uncle Bucks in Fun Mountain. The food is good, but it’s not great. We typically bring food and make meals in our room. We will take lunches to the pool or on the boat, make  breakfast and dinners in the room, and maybe eat out a a few times a week

 

That’s a Wrap!

That pretty much sums up all the info! It really is hard to explain how special it is, but once you get there, you will totally get it! The grounds are so beautiful and there is so many cute little nooks to explore. I will be doing a seperate post about Christmas time at Big Cedar, because that is the most magical time to go!! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! You can always DM me on Insta, or email me mary@missmarypowers.com

Thanks for reading!!

 

May 7, 2020

Beating the Covid Crabbies and Cute New Spring sandals – With Famous Footwear

Hi everyone! I’m back with more fabulousness from Famous Footwear! How cute are these Nike sandals?! They haven’t left my feet since I got them! They are my go-to’s for running around because they’re so easy and super cute! Plus, they feel like I’m walking on a cloud!!

The girls and I went for a drive and stopped at this little spot to get out and enjoy some vitamin D. It was amazing and gave us a little pep in our step. I swear getting a little sun and fresh air does wonders for us. My kids have had wayyyy to much screen time, so I put the electronics away for a week, and said we are getting out of the house. First day with them is going ok, but we’ll see how the rest of the week goes haha!

We are doing our best to stay sane during this time, and sunny days have been making all the difference. We can instantly feel our mood brighten when we get out in the sun. Some things we have been doing to combat the Covid Crabbies are: taking walks, ride bikes, dance parties, crafts, electronics, baking, & zoom calls. What are some things you’ve been doing?

You can head HERE to shop the Nike sandals, and browse the rest of the goodies at Famous Footwear right now! I will take on one of everything, please 😉

 

XO,

Mary

May 6, 2020

A Much Needed Getaway – Big Trout Lodge with Rent Branson

This past week we had the pleasure of staying at the Big Trout Lodge cabin with Rent Branson, which you can check out HERE, and had the most wonderful time!! We desperately needed a change of scenery, as I’m sure you can all relate, and this was the perfect getaway. We felt completely safe with everything going on, and wouldn’t have changed a thing.

The Cabin

The cabin was beyond our expectations! Of course we saw pictures online, but it was even better in person. It had 4 bedrooms/4 bathrooms, game room with a pool + foosball table, hot tub, and grill with outdoor seating. It was amazing! The girls room had bunk beds, and let me tell you, they were more excited to sleep in bunk beds than anything else with the trip!! The other rooms all had king beds, and were very comfortable. They provide firewood for a daily fire, and we loved making fires every day! It’s the little things like that, that make all the difference 🙂

The cabin comes fully stocked with appliances + washer/dryer, so the only thing we brought was food. Due to Covid, no restaurants were open, nor did we want to go anywhere, so we brought enough food to eat every meal in the cabin. There is a grocery store not too far if you did forget something. There is a playground in the complex, and it was open, so we let the kids play on it.

The complex is located right across the street from Big Cedar Lodge, which you all know we love. It was so nice to stay outside of the resort to get a feel for other lodging options! I would definitely say you could rent here and just head to Big Cedar and use their amenities. It was a much better price than a cabin there, as well. I’ll share more of this below.

Feeling Safe During Covid

Rent Branson did an amazing job making us feel safe during our stay. First off, there is no in person check in or check out. There is a key pad on the doors, and when it’s check in time, they give you a specific code and that lets you in. They are only a phone call away if there is any problems. In fact, our code didn’t work at first, and Jessica texted me right away and got it working. I even texted her a couple other times during our stay and she responded immediately.

They are also waiting 72 hours after a guest checks out to let the next guest check in, so that there is plenty of time for sanitizing and airing out the cabin. The cabin felt very clean and we didn’t have any issues whatsoever feeling “unsafe.” We did bring a can of lysol wipes to wipe down anything extra, but didn’t even feel like we needed it! Upon check out we just texted when we left, and that was it! No in person contact at all.

What To Do

When there isn’t a world crisis going on, there is a ton to do in Branson!!! When there is, unfortunately not a lot to do lol. However, we planned on not doing much, so we didn’t mind that everything was shut down. We took daily walks at Big Cedar, played on the playground, played in the game room, soaked in the hot tub, and actually rented a boat one day! It was the coldest day of the week (see below haha!!), but we didn’t mind because we love boating!

We rented the boat through Big Cedar at Long Creek Marina, which was only 3 miles from the cabin. We try to get out on the water every time we are in Branson and rates were discounted, so we said why not! The Big Cedar property is so beautiful, so I highly recommend walking around there as much as possible! When everything opens up, definitely check out Top of the Rock, Fun Mountain, the Spa, and all the restaurants they have to offer there. Truman Cafe was open for take out while we were there, and so we did that one morning, and it was amazing because we had the entire resort to ourselves!! We sat outside to eat and literally didn’t see anyone else. A very strange feeling, for sure. Mini Golf was also open, so the girls did that several times.

Like I mentioned above, there is a great play area for the kids and there is also a pool and outdoor bbq area for the guests to use, as well. If the pool had been open, we would have no reason to leave the cabin! It had lots for us to do.

Another fun thing to do in Branson is Silver Dollar City. Of course it wasn’t open when we were there due to Covid, but it’s definitely worth doing when you come! It’s extra magical at Christmas, if yo happen to be in Branson then. We typically do 2 trips a year to Table Rock Lake. One in the summer and one at Christmas.

What I Wore

You know I can’t let my outfits go without being shared ha! So, here is what wore!

Please let me know if you have any questions or want to know more about our trip. I’m happy to help in any way! You can check out Rent Branson HERE, and our cabin HERE. It really is the perfect getaway, even during the pandemic that’s happening right now.

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this post! It is in partnership with Rent Branson, and as always, all opinions are completely my own.

XO,

Mary

 

 

April 9, 2020

Staying home doesn’t mean you can’t look cute – Spring shoes with Famous Footwear

Hi friends! What a whirlwind few weeks this has been, huh? I don’t know about you, but I go through a wide range of emotions daily. I am a work from home mom, so I am used to being home, but having my kids here 24/7 and not being able to leave and do our normal routine has been an adjustment. I will say, it’s been better than I thought it would be. I am trying to stay positive and look for the silver linings through this. Such as, getting more one on one time with my family, saving money, having time to do some house projects, taking walks with my family, and just getting back to what’s really important in life and not being so GO GO GO!

 

During this time, I’m trying to create a sense of normalcy and one of the ways is by getting dressed every day. If we all stay in pj’s, I feel like it affects our mood and we won’t feel as good. When we get dressed, it gives us a mentality of normalcy. Another thing we have been doing is taking a daily family walk. It has helped SO MUCH just getting fresh air and getting out of the house. I tell my kids we are walking off the crabbys, because we really are doing that lol. We all come home in a better mood!

 

I have been so excited about spring fashion the past few months, but now that we have nowhere to go, it was upsetting I had to skip my favorite clothing season!! I decided I’m still going to dress in my spring clothes, only if my commute that day is just to the living room 😉 I think you should do the same!! Who says you can’t look fabulous in your own home?! I’ve been getting dressed for our family walks too. Instead of athleisure, this is what I wore for our family walk last Sunday. I am SO excited to share these new Puma kicks with you all from Famous Footwear! You guys know I already have an obsession with white kicks. These are an excellent addition to my collection! I love the iridescent side detail to give them a pop, and OMG they’re so comfortable!! They have a cloud foam insert to make them feel like you’re walking on a cushioned cloud.

 

I love white sneakers because you can wear them with SO many things. I wear mine with casual outfits, and I also dress them up! I’ve worn them with a silk midi skirt, denim skirt, and little summer dresses. The possibilities are seriously endless! You can head HERE for my exact pair. They run true to size and are on sale right now with code FAMOUSTOGETHER, so run to their website HERE and get you some shoes, girl!! (or guy ;))

 

Here is a few other was I’ve styled them:

 

March 2, 2020

Step into Spring with Famous Footwear – Get Moving

Hi friends! Who else is ready for spring?! I know I am! I am not a cold weather girl and am itching to get outside and start running again. Plus, I can’t wait for daylight savings to kick in again. This whole getting dark at 5pm really messes with my moods. Ya feel me?!

Today’s post is all about spring with Famous Footwear! I recently went in and picked up some new running shoes and am so happy with the ones I chose. I went with the Nike Revolution Running Shoe and absolutely love the way it feels on and while running. I am super picky when it comes to running shoes. They basically have to fit like Cinderella’s glass slipper for me to love them. They have to be lightweight with good support, and also can’t feel too restricting. This shoe fits that perfectly! It honestly feels like you’re wearing socks, but in the best way possible. The shoe fits your feet like a glove, but the material is so soft and stretchy, that it totally conforms to your foot. It also has the perfect amount of support. I also love the white and pink combo 🙂

I typically do about 4-5 runs a week when the weather is nicer, and I do 4-5 miles each run, so I need a shoe that will stay comfortable and give me the pep that I need. This shoe does just that! Plus I love the look of the shoe. I’m so happy I don’t have to give up the look that I want, just to have comfort. I can have both with this shoe, and at under $100, you won’t have to break the bank either!!

What type of exercise do you all do? If you’re a runner too, you need to check these out!! I promise you will love them! You can head HERE to check out these exact ones.

 

 

 

  • This post is in partnership with Famous Footwear and as always, all opinions are completely my own.
November 7, 2019

Old Navy Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

Hey hey! I went into Old Navy this morning to do a little Thanksgiving outfit try on and you can watch it HERE on Igtv! Please let me know if you have any questions about sizing. See below for everything I tried on!

 

August 19, 2019

How to wear it – 5 Fall Transitional Outfits

 


 

 

 


 

 

Size UP in the jeans, size DOWN in the top, and shoes true to size.

 


 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

*dress is from Target, but not online yet. Brand is A New Day.

August 7, 2019

A Weekend In KC – How to get there, What To Do, and Where to eat.

There are few things in life better than a weekend getaway, exploring a new city with your girlfriends. Am I right?! Bonus, it’s your birthday weekend, too! To say Meghan, Emily, and I had a great weekend in KC, would be a major understatement. I absolutely fell in LOVE with this city and all it has to offer!! It’s such a gem that is so close to STL, that it basically makes it a no brainer to make a trip there.

I had only been to Kansas City once, 12 years ago celebrating my one year wedding anniversary. We stayed at the The Rafael in Country Club Plaza, and we loved it, but we never ventured into the city. I was so happy we got to stay in the heart of the city this time, but we did make our way to Country Club Plaza twice, because you gotta eat and shop while on vacay!

Let’s get this party started, shall we?!

How to get to KC:

This one was an easy decision because we have Amtrak right at our doorstep, and it’s such an easy and comfortable ride. From Kirkwood, MO to KC it was a 5 hour trip. The train is very comfortable, clean, and you are able to drink, #YesPlease! You sit 2 to a row, and there is plenty of leg room. I had taken the train to Chicago once before and loved the ease of it. You can bring as much luggage as your heart’s desire (hell yeah!), bring any food or drink you like, and most of the time the train isn’t at capacity, so the chances of having an empty seat next to you are pretty good.

A few draw backs to the train: You are on a train track, so if there is delays, there is literally nowhere for you to go. On the way there, we had a train break down on the tracks in front of us and we were delayed about an hour. The second drawback is the WiFi is pretty spotty. It may just be there route to KC isn’t the best for signal, but it was not very reliable. If you plan on working on the train ride, just keep that in mind. Another thing that was a little unnerving, there is no security whatsoever. No one checks your bags, or you, for anything. You literally get on the train with no hassle at all. That is nice, but at the same time, kinda strange. Me being paranoid for safety when I travel was a bit uncomfortable with that aspect. However, everything was completely fine, and I felt totally safe. There are Amtrak workers that are walking through the trains constantly.

Kikrwood, MO Amtrak station

Are you even a blogger if you don’t do this pose?! 😉

 

Where to stay:

 

Since our trip was in collaboration with VisitKC, they set up our accommodations at the Marriott Kansas City Downtown, and we could not have been happier about that. The hotel was in the perfect location, felt very luxury, and had everything we could have wanted or needed. It was close to shops, restaurants, the convention center, and local transit. This hotel gets a lot of convention guests, since the convention center is literally right at their doorstep. They recently underwent a $65 million dollar renovation, and the hotel is absolutely beautiful! They thought of every detail a guest would need or want. Dustin Holcumbrink, the director of sales & marketing, set us up with one of their suites on the 20th floor, and we were in heaven!! 3 mom’s away without the kiddos in a gorgeous hotel suite…. are ya kiddin me?! One of the things I loved about the room was the technology. We all know you go to hotels and watch movies, am I right?! They have Netfilx built in, so you just enter your login info and voila! You can catch up on your shows while away. Brilliant!! The bed was also super comfy. I am slightly high maintenance when it comes to sleeping, and this girl slept great there!

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I thoroughly enjoyed having a beautiful hotel room all to myself! My kids have trained me to be an early riser, as much as I don’t want to haha! So both mornings I woke up around 7am and headed down to the hotel’s coffee bar and enjoyed my Americano in peace and quiet. It was amazing 🙂

My morning coffee in the hotel lobby

 

We had planned on taking the city’s free transit that is a few blocks from the hotel, but it was super hot the weekend we went and wanted to be pampered to the max, so we decided to Uber the whole weekend. We were there from Friday afternoon till Sunday afternoon and we spent 76$ in Uber charges. I don’t think that’s bad at all! I feel like we did a lot too, so it’s definitely reasonable. That’s one of the things I loved about the city, was how close it all is for food and activities. I didn’t feel like we had to drive 30 minutes just to get to a destination. The city felt so safe too. It was also so clean, which was so nice! They have done an incredible job making the city feel clean and safe. Those are two major things I look for when visiting a new city.

What to do:

Friday:

KC has no shortage of things to do. We were there 3 days, and I feel like we still had so much left to see and do. That just means another trip is in store 😉 We got in to KC around 4pm on Friday and went straight to the hotel to drop off our bags and luggage. From there we went to The Crossroads Hotel, which was incredible. I highly suggest checking out that hotel, if only for the decor. They have a rooftop bar called Percheron, and the view is incredible. They have great cocktails and apps, too. From there we went to a new restaurant called Fox and Pearl. You guys. incredible food!!! The decor was gorgeous too. The overall vibe was just so me, and I loved it. I cannot wait to go back there sometime. I got the ravioli and it was divine. It was the perfect spot to celebrate my birthday! Thank you to Fox and Pearl for the meal ♥

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Saturday:

Dream morning at the Marriott!

 

We made our way to The Country Club Plaza ( a must do in KC) and had brunch at Gram & Dun, which was delicious! Something to note: the plaza was only a 10 minute drive from our hotel, which wasn’t bad at all!

 

Country Club Plaza

 

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From brunch we did a little shopping in the Plaza. They have pretty much every large retailer you’d want. You can find a list of their shops HERE. One store we really enjoyed at the plaza was a store called Made in KC Marketplace. It’s a marketplace for all locally owned KC small businesses. We loved it! You could even go in to sit and have a beer at their cute little bar section.

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After we left the Plaza, we headed to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to play mini golf! Sounds interesting, huh? It was SO fun. The art inside, inspired each hole of the 9 hole course. You can play the course and then go inside to learn about the art that inspired each hole. So cool right?! It was very hot the day we went, but thankfully they had a bar cart and a misting station to cool us off. You can check out the course info HERE and schedule a tee time!

 

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After the museum we headed back to the hotel for some much needed rest before we headed to dinner. We didn’t have anything specific planned for dinner that night, so we tried to find a restaurant with open reservations and came across The Reserve in The Ambassador Hotel. It was the perfect spot for what we wanted that evening. The decor was very chic and they had a great band playing. It was just the vibe we were looking for.

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The next morning (our last day), we really wanted to check out an area called West Bottoms in KC with lots of vintage/antique shops, but they were all closed on Sundays, unfortunately. We should have planned that one out better, but now we know for next time. We decided to head back to the Country Club Plaza for brunch and a little shopping before we headed back home. We ate at the Parkway Social Kitchen and loved it.

Parkway Social Kitchen

 

We walked around a bit more, got our kiddos some presents (maybe a few for me lol), and headed back to the hotel to get our things. We headed to Union Station, which is something to note because it’s gorgeous!! The interior is incredible and a definite must see, even if you aren’t taking the train. You can stop in for some ice cream and see grand central hall to people watch 😉 They even have something called Science City inside Union Station, that the kiddos would love. You can check it out HERE.

Union Station KC

 

We had such a great weekend in Kansas City, and will absolutely be back!! I would love to bring the family next time and go to LegoLand. My kids would love taking the train, too!

A HUGE shout out to Derek with VistKC. He was incredible to work with and set us up with the best KC has to offer! He also gave us the best recommendations for the weekend, which is now being passed on to you for your trip to KC 😉 Big thanks to the Marriott KC Downtown, as well, for hosting us in luxury, and pampering us all weekend!! Our trip was one for the books!!

Please reach out with any questions, or if you want any more info on a particular thing we did. Thanks for reading, and hope this was helpful!!

XO,

Mary ♥

 

 

 

 

June 21, 2019

Allurez Jewelry

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m so excited to share this gorgeous necklace with you from Allurez, an internet family jeweler. Allurez is special because all their pieces are hand crafted in the USA. You guys know I’m all about made in the USA! Most jewels come from overseas, and also come with a huge markup. Allurez crafts their own here in in the US, which in turn gives YOU a better price! They also donate 5% of profits to charity, which I love. You can read more about the company HERE.

The personalized initial necklace HERE is 14K gold and comes with a 20″ chain that can be worn a variety of different ways. I love the simplicity of it. I don’t wear a ton of jewelry, and when I do, I want to wear pieces that are dainty, but stand out. This is definitely that!

This necklace would be the perfect gift for anyone special in your life! They also have financing options you can check out HERE.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! Happy Friday!!

XO,

Mary ♥

 

 

 

* Necklace was gifted. All opinions are my own.

June 19, 2019

Let’s Talk Bras! – b.tempt’d by Wacoal

A bra so pretty, it can be worn as part of the outfit! No joke, this is the most comfortable bra I’ve ever worn. I LOVE that it doesn’t have an underwire, which makes all day wear so easy. I have been a long time fan of @wacoalamerica and now I’m legit hooked on their @btemptdbras line. For a limited time you get a free panty with purchase! You can head HERE for this exact bra!