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Austin Travel Mama

Omni Fort Worth Vacation Packages for Families

March 28, 2016 0

Many times vacations are not relaxing at all and involve lots of going, lots of exploring and little relaxation. And then there are trips that we take that involve recharging, unwinding, and so much relaxing […]

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Reviews

Review: Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza

September 9, 2015 0

To watch a Cirque du Soleil show is to gaze in wonder. It turns us back into children, mouths agape and eyes wide. The newest traveling show, Kooza, is no exception. Punctuated by interludes with […]

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Places

Painting with a Twist

July 28, 2015 0

I like to fancy myself an artist sometimes; I nearly majored in fine arts in college and then realized that my talent was not strong enough to provide even a meager existence. So I took […]

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Reviews

Review: STAPLE! Independent Media Expo

March 10, 2015 0

STAPLE! Austin: The Independent Media Expo is over for 2015… which means my family is now waiting for the 2016 dates to be announced. What did our family get out of STAPLE! 2015? First and […]

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Austin Theatre Mama

Review and GIVEAWAY: Three Little Pigs

March 4, 2015 1

We are so lucky here in Austin to have so many opportunities for our kids to see such high-quality art, music and theatre. I really enjoy opportunities to get out and take in a performance, […]

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Reviews

Review: ZACH Theatre’s A Year with Frog and Toad

October 15, 2014 0

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.livemom.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Traci-Shannon.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Traci Shannon is a former actress turned military wife, SAHM, and hopeful writer. She spends her days trying to catch up with that life that happened while she was busy making plans. […]

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Austin Foodie Mama

Galaxy Cafe: Healthy, Kid-Friendly Dining

August 16, 2014 0

I try my best each week to make a meal plan, shop for all the ingredients and cook healthy meals that all my family loves. In reality, and especially during the summertime, I fall short. […]

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Places

Austin’s Park Works to Improve Its Food Offerings

July 22, 2014 0

As we reported last year, Austin’s Park celebrated its 10th “birthday” by investing over a million dollars to upgrade the facility. Improvements included new floors, new games, new go karts and tracks, new TVs and […]

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Austin Foodie Mama

Austin Foodie Mama: Gourmet by Numbers

May 15, 2014 1

What most families wouldn’t give to have a chef on staff! Or — okay, let’s be realistic — at least a sous chef. What if someone could chop all the vegetables, prep and measure all […]

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Giveaways

Giveaway: Jord Wood Watch

March 20, 2014 15

A watch made of wood? Huh. Interesting. Those were my thoughts when I was first contacted by JORD to review one of their watches made of 100% natural wood. I was intrigued for a couple […]

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Features

Must Have: Top 5 Food Trucks You May Not Have Heard Of

September 26, 2013 1

The Austin food scene has certainly generated plenty of national attention lately, from Aaron Franklin’s appearance on American Express commercials to various chefs’ appearances on Chopped, to the ubiquity of Paul Qui. Indeed, even our […]

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Recipes

Cookbook Roundup: Feeding the Family

March 28, 2013 0

When things are going as planned at home, I cook five or six nights per week (all bets are off during baseball season!). Because I’m cooking a good 300 nights a year, roughly, I am […]

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Austin Travel Mama

Walt Disney World: Who’s All Ears?

February 12, 2013 2

M-I-C… …K-E-Y… …all together now! …M-O-U-S-E. For many kids, a trip to Disney (either Disneyland in California or Walt Disney World in Orlando) is a rite of passage of sorts. In fact, almost 17 million […]

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Austin Health and Beauty Mama

Review and GIVEAWAY: milk + honey spa

February 12, 2013 5

milk + honey spa has recently moved and expanded their downtown location. I was invited to come try a Signature Facial, and there was absolutely no way I was going to turn that down. The […]

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Austin

Review: Goodnight Moon at ZACH Theater

February 5, 2013 1

Is it just me or do your kids also attempt to thwart all of your efforts to be the perfectly patient mom by getting out of bed for a million different reasons at at bedtime? […]

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Giveaways

BubbleBum Review and GIVEAWAY

January 28, 2013 0

As your child grows bigger, you slowly begin to slough off all the accoutrements of babydom: the play gym, the jumperoo, the Bumbo, the high chair, the bouncer, the Exersaucer (whew! That’s a lot of […]

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Thursday’s Dish: Banana Baby Brain AND GIVEAWAY!

November 1, 2012 0

* This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered! Sometimes, when your parenting life gives you lemons, you make lemonade (mixed with your alcohol of choice). At least, that’s how Janet Frongillo, the […]

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Features

Mom’s Weekend Away or a Fake Escape

September 4, 2012 2

My family and I had the recent pleasure of staying in a penthouse suite at the newly renovated Omni Austin located in the heart of downtown at 700 San Jacinto. The impressive suites are elegant, […]

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Austin

Thursday’s Dish: Mueller Eats

July 5, 2012 2

When we moved into Windsor Park in December 2004, the city had just approved plans to develop the site of the old Mueller airport into a mixed-use space featuring high-density residential property, retail space, green […]

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Austin

Tony C’s Review and Giveaway

March 21, 2012 1

Tucked away in the Hill Country Galleria is a restaurant called Tony C’s Coal Fired Pizza. Quaint, romantic, family-friendly, modern and dimly-lit are all words that would aptly describe this nice little restaurant, an unexpected […]

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Giveaways

Iron Cactus Review and GIVEAWAY

January 21, 2012 10

One reason I think so many Austinites are so smitten with the city is the variety and selection of restaurants to choose from. Yes, we Austinites love to eat out. Of course, for parents, eating […]

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Giveaways

Whirled Peas Baby Food Review and Giveaway

January 9, 2012 5

Whirled Peas Baby Food is an Austin company that was started by a local mom who knows just how busy parents are these days, but who also knows that feeding kids healthy, organically and sustainably-grown […]

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Reviews

Rapunzel at Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre

August 30, 2011 0

When my daughter was younger, we frequently attended Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre productions.  She enjoyed sitting on the ground in front of the stage, starstruck when characters would venture out into the audience and ask […]

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Features

Review and GIVEAWAY: J. Bell Photography

June 26, 2011 23

Sometimes, I feel like we are the only family out there that has not had pictures done professionally. Every house I go in has beautiful portraits of families, babies, and children at milestone ages, lovingly […]

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Austin

Bullet Point Coffee Shop Review: Month 1

June 8, 2011 5

First it was Cafe Mundi. Then it was Little City. My two favorite coffee shops, one where they actually knew my order when I walked in, have closed. When I heard the news that Little […]

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Features

Thursday’s Dish: Chef Jeff’s Crab Cakes

January 27, 2011 0

At our LiveMom retreat this past weekend at Lakeway Resort & Spa, we were treated to a chef’s tasting menu representing the talents of the new executive chef, Jeff Axline. The menu was a wonderful […]

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Giveaways

Rockabye Baby CD Review and Giveaway!

December 6, 2010 14

My sons like to listen to music at bedtime, so when Rockaby Baby! gave us the opportunity to select a CD from their lineup to review, I jumped at the chance. In the past, we’ve […]

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Giveaways

Family Dollar Review and Giveaway!

November 29, 2010 5

Family Dollar has a new, exclusive line of clothing for infants through toddlers called Kidgets. They recently contacted us to see if we’d be interested in reviewing some of the clothing. I said yes, of […]

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Giveaways

Review and Giveaway: Airzooka

November 22, 2010 6

The Airzooka– it’s a blast! Literally. It’s a cone-shaped gun that, when the trigger is pulled and released, shoots out a blast of air up to 15 feet away. Fun for kids, adults, and I […]

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Ahhhh, Massage Harmony

May 31, 2010 0

When the fine folks at Massage Harmony invited us to review their services for Livemom, I jumped at the chance. I haven’t had a massage that didn’t involve complaining from my husband since I was […]

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Austin Reading Mama

Courageous Parents, Confident Kids

April 12, 2010 3

Ok, so Parenting is challenging, right? They don’t send us home from the hospital/birth center/inflatable pool in your living room with a handbook that tells you how to handle every situation you will come across […]