More Than Just A Strip

Getting off the airplane, the first thing I thought of was WOW! This is NOT what I was expecting at all lol. Sorry to burst your bubble, but the whole bright city lights were nowhere to be found. The only thing I could see were scissor lifts, boom lifts, all kinds of lifts. Vegas was, sure enough, going through a lot of construction.

But finally at night while we were heading to din-din (dinner), which was towards the “strip” I did finally see all the lights I’ve always heard people mention.

But there’s so much more to see in Vegas, then a 6-mile strip.  Which was the highlight of my trip besides EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) of course. So, let me tell you what Vegas is really about besides the Casinos and the Strip.

Below I’ve listed all the spots I visited and places I stayed at.

Hope you enjoy!

Where I stayed:

The reason why I chose to book this hotel is because, they have this AMAZING  1,149-foot observation tower and 4 rides, 100 stories above the Strip, plus a rotating restaurant in the observation tower. There’s also live entertainment, and an outdoor pool with cabana, plus several bars and lounges. And because I  booked with this hotel the admission for the rides and the tower was over 50% off. YAAASSSS!!!

Photo Spots:

Las Vegas Sign: 5200 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Seven Magic Mountain: S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89054

Neon Museum: 770 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Best Places To Eat:

Hells Kitchen: (Make sure you RSVP) 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Giordano’s Pizza:  3619 S Las Vegas Blvd Ste 200, Las Vegas, NV 89109

7 Sinful Subs: 5135 S Fort Apache Rd #145, Las Vegas, NV 89148

Straight From Philly: 65 W Lake Mead Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89015

Sugar Factory:  (Find your nearest location, you need to RSVP)

Places I wish I could've gone but didn't have time to.

Hoover Dam: Click here for direction details. 

Valley of Fire State Park: 29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV 89040

And here are just a few pics from EDC. I have more videos then I do have photos so excuse the small number of photos lol.

Stay tuned for my Vegas Vlog.

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XO,
Milly

Where I Went In Chicago

I recently visited Chicago for the first time and managed to cram A LOT in a short amount of time. Before heading to Chicago I did some research and read about places that weren’t worth going to and places totally worth checking out. So, I’m here to share those places with you. My friend and I had some unexpected expenses we had to pay for because very intelligent us (sarcastically speaking) accidentally booked our return flight to DFW in the year 2020, no biggie (insert rolling eyes emoji here lol). So, with that being said we had to budget, but for the record, I’m all about balance while traveling. Food is a big expense and so I like to keep breakfast and lunch simple and go big on dinner.

*Read more on how crazy our trip went by heading to friends Jazmine’s blog here.

Chicago is known for having a Midwest personality with big city vibes—the best of both worlds if you ask me. Although composed of several different neighborhoods, the majority of these Chicago spots are walking distance from one another or minutes using the train. Whether it’s a five- or 45-minute long walk, you’re bound to discover tons of gems along the way. I’m always looking for new spots to explore so please let me know if you have any Chicago favorite spots!

Below I’ve listed all the spots I visited and places I stayed at.

Hope you enjoy!

Places we stayed:

Chicago Gateway Hostel

I’m not big on the whole booking a lavish hotel just because I’d rather spend that money on activities and food instead. Plus I’d only be at the hotel to sleep so it’s just not a concern for me to have the best view in the city and yada yada… So my friend and I decided to stay in a hostel. The best way I can describe what a hostel is, it’s like a college dorm. So, for the low you can book a room where you’d sleep with people you don’t know or you can book a private room and stay with your travel buddies. The thing about this is there is no restroom in your room and the restroom you do have is down the hall and being used by everyone else in that building. Unless you live in an upgraded private room where you have your own restroom but if that’s the case might as well stay in a hotel… The great thing about a hostel is 1. the experience 2. you get free breakfast and 3. they have this massive kitchen that you can go into and just whip up some food.

Here are some photos.

The Inn of Chicago

Now, the only reason why we decided to get out of the hostel was because that hostel, in particular, the water coming out of the shower head was so light and it just felt like I wasn’t cleaning myself well enough lol. Plus we kinda wanted our own shower and to stay a little closer to downtown Chicago and to top it off it was a weekday so the cost to stay in a hotel was cheaper than usual. So we did it!

Here are some photos.

Cutest photo spots:

  • Chicago Riverwalk: E. Wacker Dr Chicago, IL 60601
  • Big Monster Door: 21 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60607
  • The Adler Planetarium *We didn’t go to the planetarium, this address just has a beautiful view of the city : 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60605
  • The Bean: * Inside Millennium Park: 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago IL 60602
  • Gallager House: *Due to the neighborhood of this address aka South Chicago (very known for crime rates) Do not go alone & do not go after midnight: 2119 South Homan Ave Chicago IL

Best places to eat:

  • Hampton Social: 353 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
  • Riva on Navy Pier: *Anything at the Navy Pier really, this place just had the best view: 600 E. Grand Ave Chicago IL 60611
  • Cindy’s Roof Top: 12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
  • Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria: There’re a few locations, find your nearest one.

Check out these bars:

There is a whole strip of bars on Addison and Clark Street. You can’t miss it because the Wrigley Stadium is right there.

  • El Hefe *Fave bar: 15 W. Hubbard St Chicago IL, 60654
    • If you check out El Hefe make sure you stop at JoJo’s Milk Bar for some good dessert: 23 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
  • Replay Lincoln Park: *This is a chill & game bar: 2833 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Check out this Museum:

Places I wish I could've gone but didn't have time to.

  • 360C Observation Deck: 875 N. Michigan Ave, 94th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611
  • Willis Tower: 233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606
  • Blue Door Kitchen & Bar: 52 W Elm St, Chicago, IL 60610
  • United Centre: * MJ Statue: 1901 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60612
  • North Avenue Beach: 1600 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60613

Now, that you’re done reading about where to go. The best and cheapest way to commute around Chicago is mentioned on my friend’s blog. So make sure you stay educated before you head there and most of all, have fun!

Click here to check out her blog.

P.S. I really hope this helps you and if you know anyone that’s going to Chicago send them to my blog. I’d really appreciate it 🙂

XO,
Milly

Custom Made Shampoo by YOU

*This post is in collaboration with Formulate. I received the products mentioned for free to review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you know me then you know I hardly wash my hair, not because I don’t want to but about 6 years ago I’ve noticed that when I would wash my hair a lot, I’d lose a lot of hair during a comb through. So, because of that not only do I wash my hair about 2-3 times a week, mainly 2 lol. I am very picky about what shampoo brands I use. Especially since I have colored hair, I don’t want to ruin $200 worth of a salon appointment for some cheap shampoo that will strip my hair color and leave residue.

So when Formulate reached out to me, the whole idea of “customizing” your shampoo to account for your natural hair, your hair goals, where you live, and your lifestyle. I was all in!

First and foremost, before you get your masterpiece you have to go through a series of questionnaires (that’s the scientist part/you customizing the shampoo). Once you’re done answering all the questions of what kind of hair you have and what kind of shampoo you want for instance; preventing split ends, lessen the amount of oil in the roots, etc… you end up with the “formula”.

Here’s mine.

As you can see everything about the ingredients are natural. And they are also preservative free, sulfate free, paraben free, and cruelty-free. AMAZING I KNOW!

Sometimes trying to find a formula that works best for you can be hard, so if they can’t get it right for you on the first formulation, they will work with you to adjust your ingredients and ship you a new formula FREE of charge! And if for any reason you still aren’t satisfied and wish to discontinue, they will issue a full refund, So there really isn’t anything to lose here.

Now let’s get to the fun part, the before and after.

In the before photo, I used a very popular drug store shampoo which actually smells amazing and cost me about $8 a bottle. In the after photo, I used the Formulate shampoo which is $49 for both the shampoo and conditioner and let’s keep in mind that it’s a custom shampoo. Both photos were taken on the first use and air dried. What I mean by “on the first use” is, I went to go buy this generic shampoo and after the first use, I let it air dry then about 4 days later I used the Formulate shampoo and TADA!!!!

Now, I’ve been using it for 3 months straight and I absolutely love it! It was confusing to me at first just because when I used it the first time I did not get any foam so, I thought maybe I didn’t use enough shampoo but right after speaking to a representative she stated “it’s actually totally normal for sulfate free shampoos to not have a ton of lather. It’s because of the lack of harsh, stripping chemicals! Ours are very gentle but should clean quite well 🙂 “.

Oh’ and another thing, your hair can feel like you have some kind of wax on your hair if you use too much conditioner. I definitely think I’ve been using too much conditioner because I’d cover my whole head with it, but you’re only supposed to put it on the very ends of your hair. “

Other then the minor complications I had there at first, surely you can tell that this shampoo is pretty awesome! On another note, the team over at Formulate is great enough to let me host a giveaway for one of you to win your own custom bottle of shampoo and conditioner! Just click here, to enter my giveaway and Formulate will be picking the winner. Go sign up now and you’ll also get $5 off your order after entering even if you don’t win! “.

If you want to try out Formulate, CLICK HERE and get $5.00 off your purchase. Ayyyyy!

XO,

Milly

Magical Dessert Bar in Deep Ellum

This year has been all about unicorns! Unicorn cake, unicorn tutu’s, unicorn headbands and the list just goes on for all the little girls and my 24-year-old self. It also looks like Dallas just fell into the whole unicorn obsession too because Deep Ellum just opened up a small dessert shop of all things unicorn!

As soon as I heard about this new place I didn’t even wait a day to go check them out. I went and ordered all the Instagram worthy desserts lol. Lo and behold, it wasn’t just eye-catchy but laawwwddd it was so tasty!

My top 3 favorites on the menu are: The Pink Hot Chocolate, Unicorn Milk Shake and the Unicorn Lemonade.

Check them out for yourself: 2646 Elm St. Dallas, Texas

XO,
Michaelle D.

World’s Largest Christmas Maze

The first time I’ve ever heard about “Enchant Christmas” was just last year; bought my ticket and headed to Arlington to visit the “World’s Largest Christmas Maze”. Enchant was definitely an awesome experience that Noah and I really enjoyed so we HAD to go again this year and now I think this is going to be a new tradition for us. Especially since every year, they have a new theme. And this isn’t just an ordinary maze that you have to find your way out of, but it’s an interactive one where you have to find certain objects in the maze.

Besides the really long interactive maze; you also have ice skating, photos with Mr and Mrs Claus, food, markets, and live music.

If you haven’t already checked them out they will close on Dec 30th so you still have time. Get your camera ready to take great pictures that will last a lifetime!

Click here to check them out: Enchant Christmas

What can you look forward to with your family:

• Enjoy looking up at the 100ft Christmas Tree

• Navigate the Maze full of lights

• Visit with Santa and his Elves

• Ice Skate along the Trail

• Look out for Mr. and Mrs. Clause and the Carolers

• Head to the Holiday Marketplace to find unique vendors and fun Holiday Gifts

• Tons of Food and Beverages are available in the Concourse

What’s Good to Know?

• Where is it? AtGlobe Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX

• Children 3 and younger are FREE

• Single Tickets start at $19.99 for Jolly Deals on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and pricing varies on Weekdays and Weekends with a Family 4-Pack from $64.99. Tickets are available for Market access only and with dogs on November 28 and December 27. The final 2 hours before closing also gives you discounted pricing with Merry Hour.

• Tickets are available on the door but are cheaper online, in advance.

• VIP, Season Pass and Group packages are available

• The Parking fee is $10 (VIP for $40) at Lots J, M and N.

• Ice Skating is $10

• The venue does allow Strollers (but not in the Maze – a Stroller Valet is available), but due to some tight spots, steps and potential crowds, if you can babywear it might be easier. Wheelchairs and Scooters are allowed in the Maze.

Watch our trip!

XO,
Michaelle

Photography By: Neoaffinity for Mybelle

The Crayola Experience

Who would’ve known that crayons could actually be so much fun. So fun, that I spent 4 hours with crayons EVERYWHERE! If you haven’t checked out the Crayola Experience in Plano then you and your child/children are missing out!

The Crayola Experience has a total of 22 attractions most of which include coloring sheets, crafts, puzzles using crayons, 2 playgrounds and different Crayola stations for some more fun.

For younger ones (ages 3-6), my favorite attractions were the Be A Star, Color Playground, Toddler Town, & Scribble Square. These attractions involve little to no technology and wouldn’t cause a little one to lose interest quickly or get frustrated.

For older ones (ages 5 & up), my favorite attractions were the You Design, Color Magic, Adventure Lab, & Melt & Mold. These attractions involve some technology and dive deeper into more creative processes. If your child loves to explore and can work somewhat independently, I think they’ll really enjoy these.

General Admission into Crayola Experience Plano is $20.99 per person at the door. (2 and under are FREE.) This includes admission into the Experience and 2 tokens in your goodie bag. If you pay online, you can save $2 and skip the ticket line. 

  • The Crayola Experience Plano is located INSIDE The Shops at Willow Bend. I recommend parking on level one of parking garage F. There are large signs now displayed on the parking garage and entrances into The Shops at Willow Bend that will guide you in the right direction.

If you plan on going or have already gone, leave a comment below. I’d LOVE to hear how your visit went.

Photography By: Neoaffinity for Mybelle

A Peek Inside Sweet Tooth Hotel

If you’ve ever heard of The Ice Cream Museum, 29 Rooms or Happy Place… then you’re in for a BIG surprise! No, they aren’t coming but FINALLY, something similar is popping up here in Dallas and It’s called Sweet Tooth Hotel.

Sweet Tooth Hotel is a 1,200 sq. ft. experiential art and retail pop up in Dallas, it delivers five sugar-themed interactive rooms based on popular treats, with lots of hidden surprises to uncover and will be open from May 18 to July 31st in Victory Park.

TIP: When purchasing your ticket I would get 1 keyholder admission per group, especially if you have a child. This “key” will unlock cool treasures that you or your little munchkin can take home.

June is completely sold out! But you can still buy tickets for July. So, HURRY UP! Get your tickets here.

Photography by Karla Janneth for Mybelle

XO,
Michaelle

Internet Cafe 2

All things pink, vintage and a unique style to all their drinks and treats is what this cafe has to offer in sweet ol’ Dallas, TX.

As soon as you walk in you’ll find a cute pink couch you’d definitely want to take pictures on (cause I sure did), cute floppy disk coasters, a rad a$$ 90’s desktop on the counter and well… I’ll let you check out the rest!

If you ever decide to visit them one day, make sure to try out their Sugar Rectangle’s (flaky pie crust with lemon blueberry inside) kind of like a toaster strudel/pop tart. They also have this, Byte Me’s shortbread cookies with house-made vanilla sprinkled frosting. And for you pizza lovers, they have pizzas too, how cool right? Pizza at a coffee shop? This is what we’ve all been waiting for hehehe.

Oh, and on the first Thursday of every month, Internet Cafe 2 host beat poetry night. Yaaaasss!

Check them out!

 

1333 Plowman Ave

Dallas, Texas

Monday – Friday: 7 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Saturday – Sunday: 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.

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Photography by Karla Janneth for Mybelle

XO,
Michaelle

My Smoothie Recipe for Kids + Twistshake

This post was sponsored by Twistshake, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

To keep Noah healthy, I am all about giving him really beneficial healthy ingredients in a way that tastes like a treat that he will actually enjoy. So, a few times a week or on a really hot day, we make a power smoothie either for breakfast or afternoon snack (to switch it up)! To ensure that he is getting all the important nutrients he needs.

The thing about smoothies is, it’s of course thicker than any other liquid because I am actually getting real fruits and veggies and blending these ingredients myself. So, what I LOVE to use when I make these smoothies is the Twistshake Sippy Cups. It has this awesome cap that prevents clogging and it’s super easy to just take apart and clean. It is also BPA-, BPS- and BPF-free which I am all about! You can read more about it here.

Here’s a look at the breakdown of the components of the Twistshake

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Scroll down to see recipes you can do at home and photos!

PB&J Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 c. peanut butter, plus more for garnish
  • 1 c. skim milk
  • 2 tbsp. fresh strawberries, chopped

Directions 

  1. Combine frozen strawberries, banana, peanut butter and milk in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour into 2 glasses and garnish with peanut butter and fresh strawberries.

Sunshine Daydream Smoothie

Ingredients 

  • 1 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 c. frozen peaches
  • 1 c. plain yogurt
  • 1/2 c. coconut water
  • 1 fresh strawberry, for garnish

Directions 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour into 2 glasses and garnish each with half a strawberry.

Razzle Dazzle Smoothie

Ingredients 

  • 1 c. frozen raspberries, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 c. Frozen Mango
  • 1/2 c. pineapple, plus more for garnish
  • 1 c. coconut milk

Directions 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour into 2 glasses and garnish with more raspberries and pineapple.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 fresh banana, peeled
  • 1 cup milk (I prefer almond milk in this one)
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 1 tablespoon honey, if needed to sweeten

Directions 

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, and pulse until combined. Serve immediately.
  2. (If the smoothie is too thick, add more milk. If it is too thin, add more fruit and/or ice

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Photography by Diana Rubio for Mybelle

Xo,
Michaelle

Changing the donut game in Dallas

Wow Wow Wow!

I mean, where has this been all my life? I LIVE for all things that are ABOVE and BEYOND what it should really be. If you know me, you know simplicity is not in my vocabulary.

 

Allow me to begin by saying, your child/children will LOVE this place! The interior designing has this cute home vibe and it’s super spacious so your kids will be running wild in there lol cause Noah sure was; especially with all the donuts he ate. Talking about donuts, OMG!!! TO DIE FOR! Well, at least he was acting like he was about to, if he didn’t get his hands on the worm donut (insert rolling eyes emoji here) lol.

Let me tell you, these donuts not only look amazing but taste amazing too. Wow! Donut & Drips is such a great place to not only eat there but also get donuts for any kind of event so your dessert table is totally Pinterest worthy lol. It really gives a whole other meaning to donuts, and I am not sarcastically speaking this time.

When it comes to the price of these donuts, it varies on how over the top the donut is. But you WILL want to buy majority of the top-notch donuts, so just go ahead and come after your payday lol. Oh’ and I can’t forget to mention the most important part of Wow! Donut & Drips is that they’re open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week! I mean… I totally get the name now, WOW indeed.

 

See for yourself!

You can check them out by clicking here

 

6509 W. Park BLVD
Plano, Texas 75093

Mon – Thur: 7 am – 11 pm

Fri – Sat: 7 am – 2 am

Sun: 7 am – 9 pm

 

 

 

Photo credit: Photography By Sunsetbysunrise

Xoxo
-Michaelle