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Real Talk with Real Moms || Favorite Books

Do you remember the first book that really made an impact on you?  I loved to read as a kid and fell in love with the Little House on the Prairie series. I would read them over and over until their pages were well worn and my mother, with a concerned look in her eye, forced me to the backyard with my sisters.  Little has changed– except maybe the amount of time I have to devote to reading– it’s still one of my favorite ways to unwind, to learn about new things, and to recharge.  We thought for this next round of our Real …

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10 Things I Learned From My First Styling Job

Does anyone listen to the Girl Boss podcast?  She always asks her guests what their first job was and I find it so fascinating!  I’ve learned, having listened to many episodes, that there are two kinds of people: the ones who sold ice cream at the neighborhood swimming pool or had their own lawn mowing business in high school, and the ones who didn’t work a day in their lives until they graduated from their choice ivy league business school program.  I fall into the former category.  I remember that I couldn’t wait …

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10 Things To Do This Weekend

Happy Friday, friends! I hope your first foray into 2017 has been a good one.  This week was undoubtedly spent with more than a little catching up after the break, but I wouldn’t trade it for the two weeks off in December with my family.  We are celebrating my birthday tonight with my whole family– one of the perks of being back in Austin. Just to make things feel totally full circle, I’m dragging them to The County Line, a barbecue place that I would ask to go for every year for my birthday! As for the rest of the …

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A Healthier New Year with Outdoor Voices

I couldn’t think of a better place to start out this new year than over at the Outdoor Voices shop here in Austin. The OV gals truly embody the spirit of the company and their enthusiasm for fitness, wellness, and #doingthings is contagious! I was dying to pick their brains on getting back into the swing of working out this new year, plus their favorite healthy spots around town. If you’re not already familiar Outdoor Voices, it’s an athleisure brand rooted in fabrics that function across multiple activities– think …

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