Extra Curricular Activities

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Return Of The Elf

Tis’ the season of Chip.  He’s our family’s Elf and he does anything but stay on a shelf.  It’s nice to have him around so that I can mention, ‘Chip is watching…’ in any unfavorable situation, and somehow smiles and proper behavior roll-out instantaneously.  And although I rather enjoy Chip when he’s here visiting (mainly […]

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volunteering in Austin

The Season of Volunteering in Austin

“This is your world. Shape it or someone else will.” -Gary Lew I don’t know if its the falling leaves or the fact that Halloween just passed us by, but this is the time of year when we realize how truly fortunate we are. I believe as human beings that it is our responsibility to […]

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Team Sports: “I Want to Quit!”

When I was a kid, my favorite thing to do was play softball in the local youth league. I played softball from the tee-ball years up until middle school. I loved everything about the game and being a part of a team. When we had kids, I hoped that they would eventually acquire a love for […]

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Planning a Halloween Party

So, you wanna plan a Halloween party (cue Vincent Price’s “Thriller” Laugh)…Here are some tips and ideas for hosting a “Spooktacular” Soiree! Halloween party tips:  Decide on a Budget: The biggest decision maker will be how much you want to spend. Will this be a fancy evening with rented tables and chairs, a ghoulish band […]

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Austin Girls Learn What It’s Like to Be an Engineer

:: Sponsored by : The Society of Women Engineers :: The largest non-profit organization for women engineers is bringing its popular annual event for kids to Austin this fall – Invent it. Build it. The event takes place Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9:00am – 3:30pm, at the Austin Convention Center as part of WE17, the […]

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pumpkin patches in Austin

Best Pumpkin Patches in Austin

Ah, Fall in Texas — my favorite time of year. It’s time for Pumpkin Spice and everything nice! We’ve rounded up the best area pumpkin patches to fulfill your pumpkin-picking, cider-sipping, fall fest-ing dreams. Here are our favorite pumpkin patches in Austin:  Central Red Barn Garden Center: “PumpkinFest” – Oct. 14th from 10 a.m. to 4 […]

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The Art of Saying No to Birthday Parties, Volunteering and More

I’m the master at saying no. I like to say no. I’m good at saying no. (My children can confirm this.) And I still find myself overloaded at times. So how in the world are you YES people surviving? I don’t get you. But I want to help you. I think that as humans, we […]

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Things to do in Austin this Fall

Austin Fall Bucket List: 100 Things to do in Austin this Fall

It’s fall y’all! The weather is finally starting to cool off (hopefully) and it’s time to get outside. There are so many things to do in Austin this Fall — it may be hard to decide. Check out this list and plan some great fall days. This list is organized for your convenience by month. Scroll […]

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