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50 Day Trips for Austin Families

It’s not surprising to learn that Austin is an amazing city to raise kids, but have you had a chance to explore what’s just outside of “Keep Austin Weird”? The Hill Country is chock full of fun things to do with kids and most of them are close enough for a quick day trip.  In […]

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Family-Friendly Fun: Geocaching

Geocaching. It’s our family’s newest obsession, and wow is it fun!  Why have we not tried this before?! And no, I’m not talking about going out and finding imaginary (and rather creepy) little yellow creatures on the neighbor’s front stoop. I’m talking about a scavenger hunt for adventurers of ALL ages! And within Austin, there […]

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Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom: The Good, Bad and the Ugly

I’ve officially been a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) for six and a half years. When I meet people that I haven’t seen since high school or college, they seem surprised that I have kids and that I stay at home. Well, I’m kind of surprised too.  It wasn’t on my agenda to be a stay-at-home mom. […]

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Best Nature Hikes for Every Age in Austin

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity,” John Muir. It’s truly a beautiful gift to live in Austin among our multiple green belts. Whether you have a newborn, toddler, tween, teen and/or college-aged “baby” in for a visit, we […]

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Fourth of July Activities in Austin

Fourth of July Activities in Austin

It’s summertime in Central Texas and that means food, family and fun including all the fantastic Fourth of July festivities. Whether you live in the Austin city limits or one of the surrounding areas, there are parades, fireworks, and of course live music to entertain you. Pack a picnic and extra water because I promise […]

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Best Splash Pads In And Around Austin

Opening Day is here, and we couldn’t be more excited. And no, I’m not talking about baseball. I am talking about the other game-changer…  SPLASH PAD OPENING DAY!   When I hear ‘splash pad,’ my heart smiles, my sunscreen leaps out to play, and I repeatedly thank the genius behind these mini-wonderlands that keep us all from melting […]

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Austin Mexican Restaurants with Kids

Best Mexican Restaurants For Families

When I was a kid the only restaurant that had a playscape was McDonald’s and it wasn’t really a “playscape” as we know them today. It was just a rickety merry-go-round that made children dizzy and a tall metal slide that burned the back of kids’ legs on hot summer days. Thankfully we’ve come a […]

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I Hate Playing With My Kids

“Am I the only one who hates playing with my kids? I mean, I actually HATE playing with my kids”. “I feel ya.  Me too” This is a snippet of a conversation I overheard seven years ago..yes SEVEN YEARS ago…while pushing my then 8-month-old son on the baby swing at our neighborhood park. The reason […]

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