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cuss words

Cupcakes and Cuss Words

My son’s first bad word was because of me. Which, might I add, was completely unexpected. If you’ve ever met his Grammy or his Daddy-O, you would have thought for sure one of them would have taken that win. Untamable. Trucker. Mouths.    And because I’m sure I’ll never hear the end of it, I […]

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the house that built me

The House That Built Me

This post originally began as a ‘Big City vs. Small Town Rearing’ type thing, but has since morphed itself into a selfish ditty about the capital city where I was born, raised and lived until I was off to college. And more specifically, the red brick house within that Midwestern town that somehow managed to […]

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geocaching

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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dads night out ideas

Dad’s Night Out Ideas

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Mom’s Night Out. Dinner and drinks with the ladies, a girly flick at Alamo Drafthouse, heck, even some freshly brewed coffee and a book discussion has me saying, ‘Yes!’ But, no lies, it also sounds super appealing to put the kids to bed (early of course), change into […]

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Cutting the Cable Cord

It’s official. We have made the plunge! No more cable television at the McEllin casa. Over the past 6 or so months, an assortment of our friends and family have ditched cable and the $150+/month bill that goes right along with it.  So here we are, day 14 without cable… no more Top Chef to make […]

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best splash pads

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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