Weekend Recap: Butterfly Center + Craft Coffee + Galveston

Saturday morning we dropped Frankie off at Doggie Day Camp and headed to Southside Espresso! Coffee is the best way to start off your day especially really good craft coffee!

I tried the Peanut Butter & Honey latte! It was absolutely delicious! Southside Espresso is an intimate coffee shop with refined espresso drinks, beer & wine, plus a changing menu of small bites.

We sat out on the patio so we could enjoy the summer sunshine! Southside Espresso is also known for their latte art. If you are ever in Houston, you must stop by!

After our amazing craft coffee, we headed to the Cockrell Butterfly Center! My first butterfly experience began in Key West when we went to Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and ever since then I have been obsessed with butterflies. The tickets were pretty cheap and they offered a military discount, woohooo! 

"OH MY GOSH, I'M SO EXCITED GUYS!"  Walking through a beautiful tropical garden surrounded by hundreds of butterflies is just breathtaking. I loved every minute of it!

The Cockrell Butterfly Center is a must see if you are ever in Houston. I promise the pictures don't even do it justice! It was absolutely beautiful.

"Enter a stunning, three-story glass structure built around a 50-foot waterfall! This simulated tropical rainforest is filled with exotic plants and hundreds of gorgeous live butterflies. These beautiful, delicate creatures imported from butterfly farms around the world will delight you as they flutter through the vegetation, stop to sip nectar or fruit juices, and occasionally alight on lucky visitors"

The center wasn't crowded at all... It was peaceful and just so much fun. Andrew and I were running around like kids, "oh look at this one!" "ohhh I've never seen on like that before!". It was nice to not drive far to enjoy something so unique. 

When we were leaving, we noticed a vending machine full of special treats. I tried sooo hard to get Andrew to try some crickets but he wasn't down for it. Booo!

We were leaving the Cockrell Butterfly Center to head to the car when we decided to explore the area for a bit. Houston is the 4th largest city in the US so it can be easy to lose yourself in the city even though you think you know it pretty well. 

We discovered the McGovern Centennial Gardens while walking back the car! Rose garden in the middle of the summer calls for a dance! I was in complete bliss.

The McGovern Centennial Gardens is home to a diverse collection of gardens including an arid garden, a rose garden, a woodland garden, an interactive family garden, and more. 

 You can get a bird’s-eye view of it all by walking the spiral path to the top of a 30-foot mount. It was a great discover and beautiful gardens. I can't wait to go back and explore more in the museum district after it cools off.

We were so hot and hungry from walking around the gardens that we decided to head to Prego for lunch. Have you noticed that we never eat at the same place twice?! We seriously want to try as much as possible! 

We love to share so we ordered the pollo salad and margherita pizza to split! The salad was made with mixed greens, candied walnuts, gorgonzola, poached pear, and wood grilled chicken breast. It was absolutely delicious. The pizza was great too! We were stuffed when our waiter walked by with a dessert tray... but we couldn't resist the crostata di Limone with garnished fruit and chocolate drizzle. It literally melted in my mouth, sooooo freakin good!!

After our amazing lunch, we walked around for a few and bought some new sunglasses! We decided it was too hot and that the pool was the next best idea! We enjoyed it for about an hour and then we hit the gym before picking up our fur baby. It was another great Saturday with my love exploring our local area.

Sunday morning we woke up at 6:30 thanks to Frankie. He is on a strict schedule during the week and doesn't let us forget on the weekends! We spent the morning binge watching Friday Night Lights and cleaning the house. 

We also took Frankie to the dog park for a few! He loves to be around other dogs... he has so much personality! Gosh, we love him so much. We had plans to meet some friends down in Galveston so we wanted to make sure he would be worn out! 

We headed to Galveston around noon. It is only 30 mins away and we didn't even hit traffic. Woohoo! We decided to check out MOD Coffee House because everyone talks about their coffee. The coffee shop was so delightful. I tried the Honey Bee latte and Andrew had "Just trust me". 

I had my latte with almond milk and blended with ice. It was the BOMB. Also the barista was gorgeous! She was a coffee goddess.  

We decided to walk around for a few before heading to meet our friends! It was a gloomy day in Galveston so you could actually bare to walk around outside. 

We stumbled upon a antique store! Andrew spotted some really old golf clubs and I found so many old cameras! I love going to antique stores... even though I can barely afford anything they have for sale, it is just fun to browse and be taken back in time. 

After our little stroll, we met our friends! We all brought a side dish, beer, and our swimsuits to enjoy Galveston! We had the best hosts who had a kayak and paddle board! It was a great time with our friends and catching up with everyone. 

How was your weekend?!