Texas got it right

Local Roots

This past May, we decided to do free stuff for a month so our budget could recuperate from overspending in April. Because we weren’t spending money, I learned to appreciate other aspects of our outings. One Saturday, we went to downtown Austin for the Farmers’ Market...
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Texas–Style Toddler Fun

This summer our daughter’s best friend from Chicago visited with her whole family. For an entire week we showed our dear friends some of our favorite Austin spots. As we planned to tote the kiddos all over the place, our main theme was toddler-friendly activities. Here’s how we...
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Portas de Portugal

Knock! Knock? At one time, the question must have been a genuine one, but it had become a school-yard charade. For me, it never was a game or silly riddle. The question once brought deep terror to me as a child. I was most surprised and caught off guard when finishing a Popsicle...
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Shabby Chic Shine

One of my recent projects was transforming some beautiful toddler furniture we were given into a color pattern that fit my personal taste. The bird bed and bench dresser came with one stipulation – once our daughter grows out of it, we’re to pass the sturdy furniture along...
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Feeling Alive

What makes you feel alive?  I recently saw on a hand-painted decor piece. I stopped and smiled because I instantly knew my answer – riding on the back of my husband’s motorcycle. I wouldn’t have always answered that way, especially considering the first time I got on...
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Free Fun in Austin

In April, we blew our entertainment budget for two months, which was a lot of fun. But, in order to stay on track financially, we’re rebounding by declaring this “Free Month May.” On Thursdays and Saturdays (my husband’s days off), we are finding creative...
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DIY Texas Birthday Party

After moving to Texas and becoming familiar with the new terrain, we decided to throw a backyard BBQ for Baby Girl’s two-year-old birthday. This would accomplish two things – allow her to get dirty with her friends and prove to my sisters that I’d tackled my backyard...
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