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Our Review Of the Space Center Houston's Family Camp Out

Our Review Of the Space Center Houston's Family Camp Out

I think every kid has wanted to visit space but fortunately enough for us, we were able to bring our kids to CAMP OUT in space!!
A few times a year, the Space Center in Houston (next to the Johnson Space Center NASA) hosts a family camp out inside the Space Center! Go HERE for more info! I should mention that they also have camping outside in the secured courtyard but we preferred to camp inside with air conditioning!
They start with checking in at 4:30 pm and after you get registered you are able to explore the grounds until dinner, which is held at 6pm. 
It's really neat for the kids to explore the Space Center while it's open to the public so they can grasp how special it is when everyone leaves and they get the royal VIP treatment.
After dinner, they have a group briefing in one of the auditoriums in which they explain all of the rules and activities for the evening. That's where you get a feel for the group and how the flow of the evening will go.
Here is the sample itiniary from our visit.
The actives range from rocket building to robot programming and the ages range between 5 years old to about 10. I would say that they evenly split the activities between the ages and there are quite a few activities appropriate for the younger kids.
After the last rocket launch (around 10pm), we went to our vehicles and grabbed our sleeping things and went back in to set up our site. They have maps where they have organized everyone's camping spaces so there is minimal confusion when it's time to get to sleep, which I definitely appreciate!
It was really fun to get up in the morning and walk through a completely empty Space Center, knowing what a special treat it was that we were able to participate in this lock in.
They prepared a wonderful breakfast for us and then we watched a movie on the Space Station. After the movie we decided to take their special private tram to the Johnson Space Center where we views the original Apollo 11 control room. It was awesome!
Oh, and here are their meal offerings for the weekend,
which was surprisingly tasty!
The Space Center Family Camp-Out really is one of the coolest adventures we have ever taken as a family and we are so grateful to the kind folks in Houston for hosting it. I would suggest though if you do plan to go, get your tickets as soon as they drop because they sell out fast.
Hope you enjoy our pics from our weekend and if you do make it to a Family Camp-Out, let me know how you liked it!!
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The Bauble Fairy and Their Magical Ways...

The Bauble Fairy and Their Magical Ways...

We have been quite smitten lately with a little mama run shop called, The Bauble Fairy. You can find their Etsy shop HERE.
Lyndsey hand makes the cutest bows and bracelets that we all adore.
She uses some pretty cool materials and her bracelets are always a hit with the kiddos who see my daughter wearing them. 
the bauble fairy etsy
Don't forget to join Lyndsey's BOW Facebook group HERE to get the low down on her bow releases first! And trust me, you don't want to miss her product drops because they sell out super fast!!
For one of a kind bows and bracelets, visit The Bauble Fairy and let me know what you think!
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Our Review of Yogi Bear's Jellystone Guadalupe in Kerrville, TX

Our Review of Yogi Bear's Jellystone Guadalupe in Kerrville, TX

We recently purchased our first RV and our most favorite spot to take the kids camping for the weekend is the Yogi Bear's Jellystone Guadalupe in Kerrville, TX!! Visit their website HERE!
We only live about 45 minutes away from this Jellystone but it always feels like we go on a full blown vacation even though we only go away for the weekend!
This trip was our 4th weekend stay here at this Jellystone and it was nothing short of amazing for us and the kids!!
We stayed right in the middle, in one of the yellow spaces on the map, which was a super short walk to the pool as well as to the rec hall! 
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The actual RV spots are small but spacious and we always feel like we have enough room between our camper and our neighbors. Each site comes with fun hookups and sewer, which is a MUST with small kids, lol!
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
We pulled in on a Friday night and hurried to set up camp so we could run to the water park, only a short walk from our camper!!
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
So. Much. Fun!!!!
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
The waterpark is PERFECT for any aged child. There are also two bigger pools which are nice for the adults as well! At this waterpark, there are 2 larger slides for the older kids, and also 2 smaller slides on the back side for the smaller kiddos! 
Our kids play in the water here FOR HOURS, lol!! 
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
In the mornings, we love to whip up a hearty breakfast to sustain us through out the day!! The kids love cooking for us and they absolutely love our camping "outdoor kitchen"!
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
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Everyday Jellystone offers activities for the kids! Laser tag, crafts, dj parties, movies under the stars, etc. On this day, the kids decided they wanted to go to the rec hall for some arts and crafts!
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
They had all kinds of arts and crafts including ceramics, melted beadwork, leather tooling, etc. The crafts cost money but they still cost less than if you bought them at a hobby store and besides, they're FUN!
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
Both kids decided they wanted to paint ceramics and the girls who were working the arts tables were SO NICE and helpful!!!
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
Doesn't it remind you of summer camp??!!
After we crafted our hearts out, we went back to the camper and ate lunch and then headed back to the water park for a couple hours of non stop swimming!!
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
Here's more pics from our lazzzzzzy Saturday at Jellystone Guadalupe...
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Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
Don't forget to check out the AWESOME general store they have too! Our kids love to save their money so that when we get to Jellystone, they can buy themselves a treat! This trip though, they decided to each get their "kids scoop" of Blue Bell Ice Cream, which was only $1 each!! What a deal!!
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
Can I also mention the STARS at night here!? You can walk the property and see the most AMAZING night sky, loaded with stars! Nighttime is magical here.
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
Omgosh, and don't forget their pancake breakfast on Sunday before you check out!!! All you can eat and $5 a person! Enough to fill the kids up, without having to cook! win, win!!!
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
They also have one of those enormous JUMP PADS which we love to visit early in the morning, before it gets too hot! It's so much fun for the kids to get wild on and the view of the river from here is simply gorgeous! 
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
And then there is the back lawn of the campground which is ammmmmazing! The kids love to run around and climb the huge trees! On our next visit we plan to rent a golf cart which we saw everyone driving along the back dirt paths and it looked like so much fun!
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
Yogi Bear Jellystone Guadalupe Kerrville Texas Joyaltee Upcycled Kids Clothes
So in conclusion, when our family wants to go camping, close to San Antonio but out in the country, we go to Yogi Bear's Jellystone Guadalupe in Kerrville, TX! It is one of our most favorite spots in the world!!
Love, Alix & Family

 

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Peek at Some of My Latest Upcycled Kids Pants for Sale!

Peek at Some of My Latest Upcycled Kids Pants for Sale!

Hi y'all!! Here's a peek of some of my latest work! As always, I upcycled t-shirts and make them into super fun kids harem pants and shorts!
You can purchase my one-of-a-kind pants through my instagram sale page, www.instagram.com/joyaltee.sale or directly through my ETSY shop!!
JOYALTEE UPCYCLED KIDS CLOTHES, ALIX JOYAL, BOERNE TX
JOYALTEE UPCYCLED KIDS CLOTHES, ALIX JOYAL, BOERNE TX
JOYALTEE UPCYCLED KIDS CLOTHES, ALIX JOYAL, BOERNE TX
JOYALTEE UPCYCLED KIDS CLOTHES, ALIX JOYAL, BOERNE TX
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My Volunteer Work with the Boerne Community Coalition

My Volunteer Work with the Boerne Community Coalition

As many of you already know, I'm super passionate about my volunteer work with the Boerne Community Coalition, right here in Boerne, TX. 
What we do is simple. We improve the quality of life for children and families in our community by creating, connecting, and providing them with needed services and resources.
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Basically, we provide meals for kiddos on their school federal meal plans, when AWAY from school. Weekends, holidays and summer break! We are a 100% volunteer organization and we exist solely on donations and sponsorships! We are SO grateful to our community of Boerne, TX for always showing us so much love and support!!
I am currently the admin for all of the social media for the Boerne Community Coalition and I'd love for you to check us out!!
If you're local to Boerne, TX and you'd like to volunteer with us, please visit our website for more info!! www.boernecommunitycoalition.com
 
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Come Follow Joyaltee on FACEBOOK!

Come Follow Joyaltee on FACEBOOK!

We are BACK on Facebook after a long break!! Come check us out for coupons and being the scenes peeks!!
Click the pic below for instant access!!

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Welcome to the world, Rory! Xoxoxox!

Welcome to the world, Rory! Xoxoxox!

I would like to take a moment to congratulate one of my most favorite Instagram mamas, Courtney of @liamadventures, on the birth of her second son, Rory!! Isn't he just the CUTEST!!!! Congrats, Courtney!!!

xoxox, Alix

 

PS- And of course, Rory is decked out in his itty bitty Joyaltee harems!!

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How to Make the Prettiest (and EASIEST) Fairy Flower Crowns on the Cheap!

How to Make the Prettiest (and EASIEST) Fairy Flower Crowns on the Cheap!

My daughter is having her 5th birthday soon and her part theme is Fairies!

I searched everywhere for cute party favors that the kids could enjoy during the party and I only came up with cheap crap from China or suuuuuuper expensive things.

There's definitely a craft to make beautiful fairy crowns and I can see why some folks charge so much to make them! But, we are having a party for 25 little girls and I don't have the hundreds of $$ to have them made for me. 

So here is my cheap-o tutorial on how to make quite beautiful fairy flower crown, for approx $1.25 each and all with items from the Dollar Tree!!

how to make a fairy crown on the cheap, joyaltee

So I started with Delphiniums from the dollar store! I realized quickly that you can just wrap the stems and that makes the crowns!!!! Hello!!! I bought wraps, wire, pipe cleaners, etc to make the crowns with and promptly returned it ALL to buy more delphiniums!!!

how to make fairy crowns for a party on the cheap

Then I started making the crowns with the flowers and some floral tape!

how to make fairy crowns for a party on the cheap

Fold the stems so they fit on your child's head and pinch where it overlaps. Then take your precut floral tape, I used a 5" piece, and just wrap it! You have to press the tape down and if it doesn't stick really tightly on the ends, don't worry because you can dab some hot glue on it when you glue the extra flowers in!

how to make fairy crowns for a party on the cheap

And literally, that's it. You can be done now and it's a pretty fly fairy crown for A DOLLAR!!!! $1!!!

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But of course, I'm a chronic over achiever so I couldn't stop there, lol.

I just popped off the flower heads from the other flowers that I also got from the dollar store and hot glued them in. I also got some 3 packs of butterflies that I just glued in as well!!

how to make fairy crowns for a party on the cheap alix joyal

And also, I used ribbons down the back! Just three strands, 13" long each and just tied them on! and Done!! I estimate they cost approx. $1.25 each in supplies so I saved some super mula doing them for all 25 kids!!!

how to make fairy crowns for a party on the cheap

how to make fairy crowns for a party on the cheap

Don't forget to follow me on INSTAGRAM!!! @joyaltee!!!

Enjoy your fairy party on the cheap!!!

xoxoxox,

Alix

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Joyaltee Featured on the Hip Kid Fashion Blog!

Joyaltee Featured on the Hip Kid Fashion Blog!

Omgosh. We have been big fans of Hip Kid Apparel since their very beginning and we are so very honored to be featured on their blog over at Hip Kid Fashion!
You can read the FIRST installment of their two part series on New Year's Resolutions and Recycling HERE!!
Hip Kid Apparel Review of Joyaltee Upcycled Pants and Kids Clothes
Hip Kid Apparel Review of Joyaltee Upcycled Pants and Kids Clothes
Our favorite part of the article is this:
"To think of the amount of waste we produce as humans is mind boggling. I wonder, I truly wonder, how many people realize that small steps to decrease your carbon footprint are extremely vital to survival of this plant and of our identity as human beings. We have a responsibility to society to do the best we can, as much or as little as that may be.
 Make no mistake, I will start small.
 I will now break it down into a piece by piece model. "
Ilana is a wonderfully witty writer and she really has a way with words! 
Follow her on her journey to be more eco-friendly and conscious in 2017! We can't wait to read the rest!!
Love,
Alix
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Joyaltee Featured on Love, Audrey Lei Blog!

Joyaltee Featured on Love, Audrey Lei Blog!

This week we were featured on the Love, Audrey Lei blog and she wrote up a really cool review on our upcycled tie dyed harems!

You can read the full article HERE!

My favorite part of her article is this:

"After a long day, do you have that one piece of clothing you have to put on when you come home to help you relax?  I know I do. Surprisingly, so does my toddler.  I know what you’re thinking – what toddler does that right?  Well, it’s all thanks for Joyaltee for creating unique and super comfortable clothing kids love!"

So cool! We feel the SAME way about our pants!!

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Head on over to Love, Audrey Lei to read more of her reviews and love of life!

Best,

Alix

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