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

Your Guide to Los Angeles, California

Hey babes!

Let’s play some catch up!

Summer is coming and that’s all that matters right now lol (looks at stomach), never mind lol.

Some of you may or may not know this, but I was in Los Angeles in December for 3 days and 2 nights and that’s honestly all the time I needed to get into some trouble in California lol (sarcastically speaking).

So, here I am ready to spill the tea on L.A. Grab that notepad because you’re going to want to take notes; so, you can visit these places too. I promise EVERYWHERE I went was worth going to. I will be headed to L.A. again in July for Beautycon LA (yaaasss) so if there is a place you recommend for me to check out comment below and let me know!

I’d love to visit some great places you have in mind.

Here are the places that I went to each day (check out the photos below).

DAY 1

Porto’s

(grab their delicious stuffed potato ball, it’s great to eat on the go or as breakfast).

Grand Central Market

(if you and your family/friends cannot decide on where to eat, this is a great place to go where everyone can get what they want; check out Eggslut)

The Last Bookstore

(if you love books/just want something to do, this is the place to be)

Refinery 29 room exhibit

(EVERYONE needs to experience this place! Oh’ and don’t forget to dress glam for those insta-worthy photos)

DAY 2

Museum of Ice Cream

(every child’s dream museum)

Late Late Show with James Corden

(attend a show here)

Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame

(just a fun thing to do and take snapchat videos)

DAY 3

Alfred Tea Room

(a must go for insta-worthy photos & great tea)

DASH

(a place to buy Kardashian merch if you’re not already broke from being in L.A. lol)

House of CB

(if you need a sexy outfit this is the place to get that)

Bite Me Cafe

(the amazing chicken waffle cone is where this is at)

Morphe

(for all my makeup lovers)

Let me know if you decide to go to any of the places I recommended. I hope this was helpful. I’d love to know how your visit went!

XOXO,

Michaelle D.

The Tooth About My Smile

Statistics say that the first thing you notice in a person is their smile.

I don’t think my smile is one of my BEST features. Best feature is a little further south! Lol I am very self conscious about my smile. I don’t want to go into specifics, but just know that I’m still working on my confidence in that area.

BUT besides the gaps, chips and other dental imperfections going on in my mouth, teeth whitening was something I knew would be affordable and could add a little more improvement to my smile.  

I had tried whitening strips before and TRUST ME, they DID NOT work. They would easily slide off and weren’t stable at all- which was super annoying. The whitening toothpaste well… that’s was a   N E G A T I V E. Straight up!

So when  Smile Brilliant reached out to me and asked that I try this “at home teeth whitening kit”, I was instantly interested. After I partnered up with Smile Brilliant my kit was shipped to my front door very quickly and it included everything I needed to get started.

The kit comes with two impression trays, as well as three sets of base and catalyst material (in case you need to re-do your impression).  

First I brushed and flossed my teeth. Then I mixed the catalyst and base paste together (one tray at a time) until the putty became a solid blue color.

Next, once the materials were thoroughly mixed together I placed the impression material in the tray and then placed it in my mouth. This was held in place for approximately 2 1/2 minutes. I repeated these steps for the lower impressions. Leaving the impressions in the trays I let them harden overnight. I then mailed the impressions in the pre-paid envelope back to the lab.

About a week later I had my impression trays delivered to my doorstep.

After about a week and a half later of using these trays every day I was able to see a noticeable difference in my teeth. I am SO pleased with the results, if I wanted more drastic results I could’ve continued the treatment for a longer period of time. But I have plenty of whitening gel left over, so I will save the gel and the trays to whiten my teeth again in a few months. The trays will last for years and Smile Brilliant sells the gel on their website, should you find yourself in need of more gel.

 

YAY! TO BRIGHTER TEETH!

 

Get your teeth whitening kit here: www.smilebrilliant.com

Let’s Talk Brazilians

The dreaded Brazilian wax. We all want it (cause we NEED it), but we all HATE it. Why God? Why us? Why do we have hair in places we don’t want? I know we have eyelashes to “protect” our eyes, and nose hair to “protect” our nostrils. But why must we need hair in our special places? I’m sure there’s some super important medical explanation, but it’s just such an inconvenience.

Most girls will start shaving their legs between the ages of 13-15. It’s inexpensive, discreet, and painless. It takes 2 seconds to quickly get rid of a few bikini hairs and our moms didn’t even know because we’d just sneak the razor in and out of the bathroom (#RememberWhen).

There’s nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to hair removal. We’re all human beings and we all have hair down there, believe it or not, you’re not the only person who wants it all gone. Of course, shaving will get the job done, but then the inevitable itch comes within 4 days. You know that itch when the hairs start to grow back? It’s blunt, coarse, and ITCHY.

So what do we do? Shave it again, again, and again…until you get to the point where you think to yourself, “OMG. I can’t deal with this anymore. I’m just gonna wax it off!”

Luckily, this year Depil Brazil reached out to me and wanted me to check out their services, I went ahead and said count me in lol. Rachel T. was my aesthetician, when she was ripping out all my hair that I noticed my legs weren’t twitching and I wasn’t bleeding like I usually would. Something about going to a brazilian waxing studio to get a brazilian makes so much more sense as to why it didn’t hurt as badly as going to the waxing studio by my house. I mean it’s basically their expertise if it’s in their name right? Well come to find out it’s no secret that the reason why I wasn’t in much pain or bleeding was because of the special ingredient in their wax. Which is an oil from the brazilian rainforest and even the CEO is from Brazil so, everything just clicked to me at that point.

TIP 101

The most important thing you have to do before your scheduled appointment is to stop shaving. The hair has to be a certain length for waxing to be effective. 2.5-3 weeks growth from the last shave, or if we are getting technical, 1 centimeter of growth. If you go to your appointment with premature hair it’s very possible the wax will not grab the hair properly and all that pain will be for nothing.

Before heading into your appointment you’ll want to make sure you are nice and clean. Take a shower before you go, and if you don’t have time to shower at least carry some baby wipes with you and wipe off really well. Be courteous to your esthetician. She would absolutely appreciate a clean area to work with.

I know Brazilians can sound scary but I tell myself that it will only be painful for a slight second and it will all be done. Plus after all this work, you should find yourself feeling smooth for 2-3 weeks (varies per person). Two full weeks of no hair? Now that’s a lot better than shaving, am I right? On average, Brazilians should be done every 3-4 weeks, and as time passes you’ll find your hair slowly starting to grow back finer and sparser. Stick to a consist schedule, and you’ll find yourself taking on Brazilians like a champ!

If you’re a newcomer to Depil Brazil Waxing Studio just let them know I sent you, so you can get any of the services mentioned below, and then you’ll be able to feel exactly what i’m talking about and leave your old wax studio for Depil Brazil (#NewYearNewAesthetician).

Free Bikini Wax or $35 Brazilian Wax

Males $50 Brazilian Wax

AND

15% off any other additional service or 15% off any products

If you’re under the age of 18 don’t worry babe, just bring in your guardian with you and you are set to go!

 

If you have any questions about Brazilians comment below!

Better than Chick-fil-A?

Yupp, you read that title completely right! Never did I ever think I’d say this but I think I just found a place that’s better than Chick-fil-A. And here I am spilling the beans for you.

First of all, let’s talk about how amazingly cool the design on Super Chix looks like.

Just look at these photos! And before you think or say anything just know that these photos are NOT edited whatsoever! These are raw images straight from the camera. If you’d like to go get a napkin real quick for your drool , i’ll wait….

[waiting…]

Great! you’re back.

I LOVE all things avocado so, I ordered the Bacon, Egg and Cheese Avocado minus the bacon and OMG that was the best burger I’ve ever eaten. It’s my two favorite things combined into one and oh’ how mouth watering that was lol, and I’m not even exaggerating one bit.

Hubbs ordered the simple sandwich, which is identical to the Chick-fil-A spicy chicken sandwich.

And can we talk about the side options that Super Chix has and Chick-fil-A does not? Like the fries covered in cheese and the fried pickles (insert drooling emoji here).

They also had this cute play area in the back/outside. So, you can definitely enjoy your meal while your offspring is outside playing. And yes it is gated so you don’t have to worry about anything happening to them. Honestly, if you haven’t tried this place out you MUST!

Super Chix locations:

14999 PRESTON RD
SUITE 226
DALLAS, TX 75254

1551 EAST RENNER RD
SUITE 830
RICHARDSON, TX 75082

9169 DALLAS PARKWAY
SUITE 100
FRISCO, TX 75034

Fall Feels In DFW

The leaves have changed colors and are falling all around us. The weather has started to change and cool, even whisper of hints of snow. Halloween has come and gone, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I am eating soup at least once a week and hot chocolate sounds good every second of every single day. It’s official, we are in what might possibly be my favorite season.

Not only do I love the season and all it brings, I absolutely love, love, love dressing for it. Layers, jackets, boots, coats, beanies, booties, sweaters, hoodies, and on and on and on. Dressing for the Fall brings so many options and so many wonderful looks.

Today’s post Noah is wearing a shawl collar sweater that is beyond comfortable, can be found here, and I paired it with some brown boots. Boots seem to be a staple and common theme in many Fall looks, you can find these boots here

What are you favorite Fall pieces to wear? Leave a comment below and share! I would love to hear your ideas and know what you type of items you wear over and over in the Fall! Part of creating your own looks and developing your own sense of style is looking at other’s ideas/inspiration and then experimenting what best fits what you like, what you enjoy pairing together, and what you want fits YOU. Stepping out of the your comfort zone, trying new pieces and new looks is huge to developing your own style. Taking inspo and gathering ideas from many different channels can help you to analyze options, weigh pros and cons, and really zoom in on what you like best and what makes your style and taste unique to you.

Happy Wednesday to all of you and thanks for following!

Here are some other cool outfits I think you would love. Click the photo to get more details.

XOXO,

-M