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Happy (Easter!) Weekend || Fave Links

I’m convinced that spring in Austin is the absolute best of all of the seasons.  The snow this past winter was magical, saying that summer is hot is an understatement, and fall definitely has it’s moments, but Austin right now feels like a dream.  It’s breezy and cool in the mornings, sunny and warm in the afternoons with endless big white cumulous clouds that drift across the clear blue sky until dusk… which keeps inching later and later.  Aaron has been off of work this week. We’ve been taking advantage and …

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The Secret of Great Friendship with Ruthie Lindsey

I was looking on one day last week as my six month old baby watched her almost four year old sister, rotating from interest to joy to giddiness to giggles. The way she looks at her is so different than the way she looks at Parker’s peers when we pick her up from preschool. There is a bond forming already– a familiarity and the beginning of what will hopefully be a lifetime of friendship.  After all, friendship is innate.  It comes easier for some and harder for others, but you would be hard pressed to find a human who …

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Beyond the Dinner Reservation: 10 Ideas for a Great Date

Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against the dinner date.  My list of restaurants that I want to try in this delicious-food-laden city is constantly growing faster than my ability to make and keep a reservation.  Some of my favorite times with Aaron have, in fact, taken place, in a well-recommended restaurant over heavenly small bites and exquisite entrees– but not all of them.  No, some of them happen in less romantic and more impromptu settings.  I’m sharing a handful of my favorite dates and a few others you can try …

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Happy February || A Month of Connection

Connection: a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else.  That’s the quick google definition, at least, and it’s not wrong.  February has snuck up on us and with it this idea of love associated with chocolates and back massages, but we would be remiss to think that romantic love is what it’s all about– the great end all be all.  The answer to our question and solution to all of our problems.  I love this word connection.  To lock into. To be joined with allies.  To …

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