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Be in the Middle of it All in League City, Texas

League City, Texas sits just 27 miles from Houston. With its’ close proximity to Houston as well as it being just over 20 miles from Galveston and a short drive to the attractions in Kemah, League City is a place where you can be in the middle of it all. 


League City is part of the Clear Creek Independent School District which is among the best in the Houston area. Four of its’ schools were ranked among the top schools by U.S. News and World Reports. The students perform above state and national average on SAT and ACT testing. The district’s Education Village is the only one is Texas to include kindergarten through 12th grade. The Village offers the students opportunities to get technical certification in welding, pharmacy tech, and certified nursing assistant,  among others. 

Dining Out 

League City offers many choices when dining out. Red River Bar-b-Que Company is a popular choice for locals. Their menu includes bar-b-que as well as steaks, burgers, stuffed baked potatoes and a salad bar. Red Oak Cafe serves breakfast and lunch. It is a great option for paninis, sandwiches, salads and banana pudding. Texans love our Mexican restaurants and that can be found at Mr. Sombrero. 


The League City area is growing rapidly. Home construction has been nonstop as well as construction for commercial spaces. UTMB opened the first full-service hospital in League City in 2016. Plans for a second UTMB tower for ICU, diagnostic care, and an expanded procedural area are going forward. As well as UTMB another major player in the healthcare field, MD Anderson, is building a $112 million facility to open by 2018. 


With many master planned communities in League City,  there is no shortage of amenities here. One such community, Tuscan Lakes, features hike and bike trails amongst Italian cypress trees, a pool with a splash pad and organized activities for the residents. 

Another of the larger master planned communities in League City is South Shore Harbour.  This area includes hike and bike trails, tennis courts, swimming pools, and activities. Golfers will enjoy the course at the South Shore Harbour Country Club. For those who prefer to be on the water South Shore Harbor Marina could be your retreat. 

Other Places of Note

The League City Main Street Historic District is a quaint part of town featuring parks and independent boutiques. Gifts for the home as well as clothing can be found in the shops here. 

Big League Dreams Park hosts youth baseball as well as adult leagues. Participants have the opportunity to play in replicas of stadiums such as Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium.

If looking for a place to live that is close to everything the area has to offer, yet wanting to be just outside Houston give League City a look.  I can assure you that you will not be disappointed 

New Year, New Smile

Smile Brilliant

Whew! Is it just me or has this year flown by? Who is ready for the holidays? I for one am ready for a little break from work and time with family and friends! 

With everyone getting ready for the holidays there is always so much added pressure to look your best! Family photos around the tree that will live on Facebook for the rest of eternity. Selfies with coworkers at the Christmas party. All of these things may leave you less than confident if you are not happy with your smile. But not to worry! Channelling Dolly has teamed up with Smile Brilliant so that you can go into the New Year feeling your best! 

Earlier this year I did a collaboration with Smile Brilliant and was so impressed with the results that I kept using their product. In fact, I have been asked so many times what product I use for bleaching that it was a no brainer to continue my use of their bleaching process. If you are not familiar with Smile Brilliant they are a direct-to-consumer oral care company that strives to provide products that are truly transparent and professional-grade, right in the comfort of your own home! Two things I love is that I do not have to make a trip to the dentist and they are cruelty-free! To see the entire process check out my last post here

Fortunately for one lucky reader Smile Brilliant is offering one of their systems to one of you! To enter just go to:

Enter now until December 30th for your chance to win my personal favorite whitening system!

Also all Channelling Dolly readers can save 15% off at Smile Brilliant by using code: channellingdolly15

Good luck everyone!! 

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*This post was sponsored by Smile Brilliant, but all opinions are my own. 


Houston’s Most Instagram Worthy Hotspots

Houston’s Most Instagram Worthy Hotspots

The number one question that I get on the Channelling Dolly Facebook and Instagram pages is where do I take my photos. Houston is such a vast city with so many great locations for photography. Like any other large city Houston is also constantly changing so there is always a new favorite place on the horizon.  Below you will find a list of Houston’s most Instagram worthy hotspots!  Continue reading Houston’s Most Instagram Worthy Hotspots

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

The island of Galveston lies alongside the Gulf of Mexico 50 miles southeast of Houston, Texas. Not only is it a popular location for locals, but its’ beachside community and cruise ship terminal make it a tourist destination for over 6 million visitors per year. When in Galveston one can’t help but notice the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier at 25th Street and Seawall Blvd. Jutting out over the water the pier provides an atmosphere of nostalgia for the modern-day amusement park goer.  Continue reading Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

Dog-Friendly Austin

If you own a dog chances are they become a huge part of your family. And what is better than a fun family vacation? If your pup is in the room with you don’t pass on this next statement. Not all cities are dog-friendly! Oh, the horror! Here at Channelling Dolly, we won’t focus on those places though! Allow me to introduce you to dog-friendly Austin. 

Dog-Friendly Austin

I have written about Austin several times on Channelling Dolly, here and here. One of the million reasons that I keep running back to this glorious Texas city as often as possible is that it is so easy for me to take Barkley there. Here are some of our favorite places to hit up while in the city! 

*Note the pep talk in the photo above. Thou shall not bite anyone while in a public place because if you are ugly on the inside you look ugly on the outside! 😉 

South Congress Avenue

Dog-Friendly Austin

If one area embodies the feel of quintessential Austin more than any other it would have to be South Congress Avenue. The shops are quirky. The people are refreshingly open and friendly and the entire area is very welcoming to dogs and their humans. Most of the shops allow your dogs inside and many of the restaurants have outdoor seating areas that are open to your furry children. Several people even offered Barkley water which was very sweet considering the day was extremely hot. 

*Channelling Dolly top choice for dining with your pet on South Congress is Home Slice! This pizza rivals that of NYC and the staff is top notch! Continue reading Dog-Friendly Austin

Disney California Adventure

Long have I had a love affair with California. The air, the sun, the beautiful hills. As the summer nears I am having a serious case of California dreaming. One thing fueling my love of the Golden State is the fact that the Disney properties originated there. Nothing like a trip to Disney California Adventure to satiate your desire for all things the state has to offer! Let me show you why I will always love this park and give you some tips for your time there! 

Disney's California Adventure

California Adventure has some of the most beautiful picture spots of any of the parks. Mickey’s’ Fun Wheel provides one of them. If at all possible get to the park early and stay late. All of the Disney parks take on a different look at night and it is truly worth seeing them both ways.

Disney's California Adventure

Seeing Mickey’s face reflected in Paradise Bay below is stunning! This view sets the background for the nighttime spectacular World of Color. 

Disney's California Adventure

When visiting Disney California Adventure you are doing yourself a disservice if you leave without watching World of Color. Putting the Bellagio fountains to shame, Disney outdid themselves with this show. Pieces of our favorite Disney films are projected onto the water as the fountains change colors to set the mood. 

Disney's California Adventure

Another thing that Disney outdid themselves with at this park was the addition of Cars Land. It is truly one of the best-themed areas in any of the Disney parks.  Guests are instantly transported from Southern California to Route 66. 

Disney's California Adventure

Disney's California Adventure

Both the young and the young at heart will adore Radiator Springs Racers. The ride vehicles are identical to those in the Cars movie. All of the characters from the Disney favorite make an appearance as the ride takes guests on a high-speed race! 

Disney's California Adventure

Disney's California Adventure

Disney's California Adventure

Grizzly River Run gives guests the feeling of being on a rafting adventure in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The grizzly mountain can be seen peeking out amongst the trees from various parts of the park. Disney's California Adventure

Warning! Almost everyone gets wet on this ride. Many get soaked!  This ride has a drop much larger than most of the raft rides which means a very big splash at the end. Make sure to store all electronics in the lockers outside the ride while walking up to board. It is not worth the risk of ruining your phones or cameras on your vacation. 

Disney's California Adventure Now that you have seen a little of what the park has to offer allow me to give you a few tips for your visit.

  • To make the most of your day check out the schedule for the day you will be visiting. Aim to get there an hour before the park opens in order to park and be early to the entrance.
  • Ladies wear a backpack or crossbody bag. It is so much easier to have your hands free. Not to mention carrying a purse on your shoulder at Disney all day literally is a pain in the neck. 
  • Don’t forget the essentials. Sunscreen, Dramamine for those with motion sickness, bandaids, memory cards for the cameras. All of these things can be purchased on property, but why pay a premium when you can purchase them before entering the land of Disney? Add poncho to your list if you wish to ride Grizzly River Run without walking around waterlogged the rest of the day. 
  • Pack some battery chargers for your phones so that you can charge them throughout the day. You may need them charged should your group decide to split up. 
  • Dress in layers. Southern California temperatures can change drastically throughout the day. One minute it is sweater weather and the next it is sweltering. Be prepared for both. 
  • Have a chicken in the family who has to be coaxed onto rides? No judgment here as I am the same way. One way to ease that anxiety is to watch the rides beforehand on YouTube. There are so many great videos from a rider’s perspective that have helped me feel secure about hopping on certain rides.
  • Finally just make sure to have a great time! It is so easy to get frustrated if the lines are long, or the kids need a nap or a plethora of other reasons. Above all strive to remember the memories you build at a Disney park will be with you for years to come. Don’t let the little things stand in your way of the happiest place on earth!

Surely you are ready to book your trip now! To do so head over to:

Disney California Adventure. 


Tips to Spend Less So You Can Travel More!

Tips to Spend Less So You Can Travel More!

Traveling is such a wonderful way to see the world, destress and spend time with your family. It is a way to leave your troubles at home and find your peace. However,  it can be so expensive that the cost associated with being the carefree version of yourself begins to be a stressor! Never bother with that! After traveling for many years and seeking out the best ways to save I would like to share with you all my tips to spend less so you can travel more! Continue reading Tips to Spend Less So You Can Travel More!