Announcement

Good morning, Good morning!!

Last night, I released an announcement over on my Facebook (@RootedMama) and Instagram (@rootedhealthymama) on what we are doing to expand!

Head on over- like and follow Facebook and Instagram for updates as these next few months unfold.

Small Town, USA: Branson

I absolutely love Branson, MO. And, I never would have guessed that it’s a small town. There are always SO many people there..but, I digress. Small town, it is.

So, Why Branson?

Well, you write about what you know…right? I’ve grown to know a little more each time I visit. And I get the joy and honor of visiting Branson, because my sister and brother-in-law are locals. So, that’s one of the reasons why I love Branson…because family.

The other reasons I love Branson, unfold, because my sister is a local. We hear stories about community. It’s a tight knit community…. that is more than the strip and tourist attractions. And, when you look close, you see it in everyday interactions of the locals.

It amazes me how giving the people of Branson are. And because businesses are made and run by people…it also reflects in their businesses.

Also, if you want to get in the Christmas Spirit…Branson is a great place to go. We were there at the end of October, Early November…and the streets and businesses were already beginning to be decked out in Christmas decorations.

So, I’d love to tell you about some great places to visit while you are in Branson.

Silver Dollar City- Silver Dollar City is easily becoming one of my favorite places to visit. There are rides and things to do for all ages. The food is amazing. And, when it starts to get dark…you have got to ride on the train. Trust me. I also hear there is an RV Park. I hope to stay there at least once.

Top of the Rock-This place is absolutely stunning. There’s a spectacular golf course, among many attractions, and a restaurant with exquisite food and a breath-taking view. Head on over to their website www.bigcedar.com to learn more.

Andy B’s– This place is so fun. Equipped with a bowling alley, restaurant, escape rooms and more. If you’re looking for a place to hang out, connect, build community, and make memories. Andy’s Bowling Alley is where it’s at. They also have other locations-look them up.

Branson RecPlex- We attended a community event that they do right before every school year. The community comes together to collect items for backpacks to hand out. There’s a lot to do while you’re there: Vendors, Jump Houses, Food and Drink, and more. As this event draws closer, next year…I’d love to keep you in the loop. Otherwise, you can head on over to bransonmo.gov to see the parks and facilities has that Branson has to offer.

The Landing- Can you say, Shopping? And food? One of my favorite features at the landing is the fountain. We could sit and watch for quite a while. Head on over to bransonlanding.com to see the shops, food, entertainment, and fountain schedule.

30 Days of Thankfulness : Day 10

Today, I am thankful for The Afghan Village Restaurant in Houston. They have some amazing Hardawa. I love their Bolani with Green Tea–ooh! And their Naan!

If you ask my kids…the love the Rice Pudding the best!

When you’re in Houston head on over to the Afghan Village Restaurant! We also like to go into their shop next door and get all the ingredients for our favorite tea!

Photography

In 6-7 months, my family and I will be headed on the road to travel America. This is something that has slowly been coming to fruition over the past year and a half. Through the whole process, our answer has been “We’ll say ‘yes’ until God says ‘no’.”

I’m excited for many things, when our journey begins….

On of them being my love of photography.

I am excited and can not wait to document and share the places we will visit and learn about.

Small Town, Texas: Lufkin

Last week, we had to make a run to Lufkin. We needed a place to stay, close by. So, naturally, I posted in an RV group…asking for places to stay close to or in the Lufkin area.

We ended up setting up at KOA Lufkin. (This is not an ad. I love to share places we stay and things we do).

I’m so glad we did. The location was perfect for what we needed. It was quiet and peaceful. The staff were polite and warming.

It’s definitely a place we will stay, again.

Head on over to the KOA Lufkin website to view their amenities:

https://koa.com/campgrounds/lufkin/

Next time we go in, I’ll share places we like to visit while there!

Small Town, Texas: New Braunfels

Every summer, my husband and his family have spent time in New Braunfels. It’s a tradition. They rent out a condo at the Inverness along the Comal River. They have perfected the art of tubing down the river. Every year for 30+ years, there has been some combination of the family spending the summer relaxing.

Last year, my husband, our three kids and I missed, because of conflicting schedules, and jet lag.

This year, we went with a new spin.

As a whole family, we are out growing the condo. So my husband and I felt it would be best if we stayed somewhere that accommodates our little portion of the family.

So, we took our 5th wheel.

We hooked up at a local RV Resort, Hill Country RV Park– and they did not disappoint.

Amenities include a very nice outdoor pool, with outdoor games and daily activities nearby. A fitness center with an enclosed play area for kids. A playground. And an indoor pool, among many others that I know I am leaving off.

What I loved about staying there is that we had the comfort of home, with the added benefits.

Our stay was the week of the 4th of July- and we decided not to go see the fireworks. However, I snuck out when (I thought) the kids were in bed, and found a spot to watch the fireworks from the ground. Still beautiful. Little did I know, hubby and our two boys stepped out to watch fireworks that were going off close by.

I’d love to talk about other places we have visited and things we have done in the past in another post, but for this year…it was fun to start new traditions while learning how to keep some of the old ones.

Small Town Texas: Shiner

Shiner, Texas.

We love this place.

Over the years, my husband and I have grown to love the little town of Shiner.

The first time we went on an anniversary trip, I had planned it because my husband loves Shiner and I figured he’d love going to tour the brewery. And he did.

On our first trips, we stayed at a quaint Bed and Breakfast, Old Kasper House . Now, I didn’t know how I would feel about staying at a place with strangers in the same house….so, we stayed in one of their cottages. And we loved it. We still got the feel of a bed and breakfast, while also having some privacy.

Cindy (I believe she is the owner, but I could be wrong) is super sweet. You can tell that she loves the community she lives in and will tell you some pretty great places to go and visit while you are in town.

In fact, every business that we have come into contact with is like that. They build each other up.

Another place that we have come to love, now that we have an RV is Shiner Boggy Creek RV Park. Jane is also super sweet, and will let you know about what all is going on in town while you’re there. There is a park right across from the RV Park, so if you have kids there are some fun things to do with them, as well.

We also like to venture out to the surrounding communities. There are a ton of history rich communities surrounding Shiner, so if you think you’ll get bored because it’s a small town- you won’t, because there are a lot of fun things to do to get you out and about.

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I hope you enjoyed reading about some of our favorite places in Shiner. If you find yourself out there, feel free to email us back what you loved: Contact@rootedmama.org