{Giveaway} The *Cutest* Bag from Drawstrings

I'll admit it. Sucker for bags, right here. So many uses, so little fabric. I've been on the hunt for a bag for A&M football games - one that the kids could tote around, had decent storage, was gender-neutral and machine washable. So, when Wanda, founder of Drawstrings, reached out, I knew I'd found a winner. She even embroidered it with a 'gig 'em'. And, to fully appreciate the awesomeness of this bag (and Wanda) you  need to know she's a die-hard Longhorn! That's love, y'all. We opted to take off the ruffle at the top because I'm not too sure my boys would be loving on that. The denim ended up being a good choice, too, because of its dark color and non-girly factor. We are season ticket holders for A&M home games and Scott rotates which kid gets to go with him to the games. This bag will be all kinds of awesome for them to store snacks, an extra change of clothes and a book for the drive over. The best part is, it's a backpack. Translation? Scott doesn't have to carry their stuff! And, because one can never have too many bags, I also have this gem. Right … [Read More...]

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A Baptism Celebration: the Chrism, the Party, the Joy!

Baptism day can be spectacular. We've had our fair share around here. We poured the chrism on sweet Gianna back in June and now I'm sharing all the lovely with y'all. First up? The big event. Scroll on down to the bottom for all the party pretty! I have always been a sucker for the details and this chapel has so many I've lost count. It's located in downtown Austin at Scott's old office, … [Read More...]

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A Speaker You Don’t Want to Miss

For my Austin friends, mark your calendars. As a non-Catholic I was always intrigued by the notion of saints. They were somewhat of a mystery to me. I could rationalize the sainthood of the Apostles and early martyrs, but modern-day saints were an unknown. How did a person achieve sainthood? Why was the Catholic Church in the saint recognizing business? Did these "miracles" attributed to saints … [Read More...]

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7 Quick Takes: Clean floors, killer empanadas and what I have up my party planner sleeve

- 1 - This week's quotes of the week (QOTW): "You sure have good stuff in there." Luke, commenting on me nursing Gianna and her loud smacking. "Tell them how we sometimes lie about our age." Will, after we informed the national park ranger he was 12, not 13. That's probably a trip to the confessional. But, the Texas Forever family vacation sure was a blast. "Was he your Papa when you … [Read More...]


This is Normal

It was my honor to participate in a breastfeeding awareness project this morning with the ever-talented Leilani Rogers. She captured Luke's personality (check out those rad Crocs!), Gianna's sweet demeanor and my love of motherhood all in one shot. I could not love this photo more. #normalizebreastfeeding @foxaustin @KVUE @cafemom to cover the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project? Yes! Let's … [Read More...]

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HDYDI: 10 Things You Must Do in Austin

Visiting Austin? Then I have your 411. I may be an Aggie, but hopefully my street cred, my fifth-generation Texan status and being the daughter of a Texas history teacher makes me a legit travel tip gal when it comes to the ATX. I've spent the last week chatting about all things Texas and great things to see along the way. Today, I share what there is to love about Austin. And, if you happen to … [Read More...]


The “Texas Forever” Vacation: Part Five

We’re recapping our 2014 “Texas Forever” Vacation. You can read about our adventure: parts one, two, three, four and five. On our final leg of the trip, we wanted to end strong. A little history, a little pretty and a whole lotta Aggie. It was the Fourth of July, after all. We finished our trip to Galveston by stopping at the Bishop's Palace. It was too early for it to be open, but pretty … [Read More...]

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The “Texas Forever” Vacation: Part Four

We’re recapping our 2014 “Texas Forever” Vacation. You can read about our adventure: parts one, two, three, four and five. The next morning we bid adieu to Alpine, but not before stopping in front of this mural. I like to call it, "find Anna-Laura." Then, it was off to Fort Stockton to hug the famous roadrunner, Paisano Pete's, leg. What a quirky, funny thing to happen upon as we … [Read More...]

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