Deep in the Heart of Texas

Bluebonnet season is here!! Who else is as excited as I am?

If you are a Texan, you know this is the time of year when the weather gets warmer, days get longer and fields gets covered with bluebonnets. If you are looking for family pictures, this is the time to carve some time from your busy schedule to go out and capture those breath taking memories.

For those of you that may not be from Texas, let me explain a bit about the bluebonnet. Number 1: This is our state flower, and when they start sprouting you know it’s springtime. Number 2: When you see the fields covered in these purple/blue hues, it looks magical. And lastly, its the best state flower out of all the other states. (I am being a bit bias here ❤ ).

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If you live in the Houston metro area, you are in luck, they have started to sprout in several places, like Buffalo Bayou, White Oak Bayou, the museum district, and Sugarland. The thing with bluebonnets is that this is a wildflower, so they will pop up in different places, so you just have to be in the lookout for a good spot. If you ask me, this is the best thing because it becomes a mini adventure. However, if you are looking for fields of bluebonnets instead of just a couple of patches then this will require a mini road trip. You can head out to Brenham TX, the Hill Country, Austin or San Antonio. We headed to Brenham this weekend and found the best spots for our family pictures.

Now, before you go out there in your search of the perfect picture, a couple of things to keep in mind.

1. This is our state flower and even though it is not illegal to pick them (Although we all think it is) please don’t. These are wild flowers and we need them to fully blossom so that they can bloom again next year.

2. Be respectful, the bluebonnets are delicate! Tread around them. Respect people’s property. If you see a perfect spot but it is inside gated land, do not enter.

3. Be safe especially if you are out in the fields, there might be thorns or there might be snakes. Also keep in mind that with spring time in full swing, so is the humidity and mosquitoes. And remember to stay hydrated out there.

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A couple of tips: Take a small blanket or towel to sit on. If you have little kids, I would suggest taking a little step for them to sit on. And lastly, think of your outfit ahead of time. Make sure the whole family matches, it will make your pictures come out even better 🙂

New Orleans’ Hidden Gem

I was in New Orleans for work this week, and for those that have not been there I thought I would share my opinion on this city. I have to be honest; I don’t love Louisiana. I never visited before Hurricane Katrina so I don’t know how it was before the destruction. However, most of New Orleans to me seems to be dirty and old. There is however, the usual tourist attractions such as the French Quarters filled with music and creole food but truthfully, it’s not all that and a bag of chips. Everything is highly overpriced and crowded. Unless you’re heading there to party and drink or for Mardi Gras, then I would say to save your pennies for another place.

Ok, back to my story. During my visit this week, I was dreading having to kill time before heading back to the airport until I found a little hidden gem. If you drive down Harrison Ave you will find City Park, it is their equivalent to Central Park in New York. It is a 1,300-acre park filled with things to do. As soon as you enter the park, you forget that you are in Louisiana. The park itself is well maintained with many trees and flowers. There are plenty of people walking, biking, taking a sunbath, and even fishing in the ponds. They have a botanical garden (general admission is 8 dollars per adult but are free on Wednesday if you are a Louisiana resident). They also have a sculpture garden that is free to the public. I didn’t have time to explore the whole park but apparently, there is a carousel garden amusement park, tennis courts among other things. If you are ever in the area, stop by and check it out.

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