Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Last Day of School Printables

You know the last day of school  is coming.   If you are one of those moms that does 1st day of school / last day of school photos you are going to love this.   Here are some great free Printables. 

Aren't these ones cute?  Click here to download this sign.


Or this Chalk Board Sign here



Click here to download these free 1st day last day school signs.


Or these great ones here




I hope I can save you some time searching just print and take a cute photo of your kid on their way to their last day of school. 

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Austin Zoo

The Austin Zoo has been around since 1990.  What started out as a goat ranch until it started acquiring exotic animals in 1994.  The mission of the Zoo is to assist animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation and education.  A lot of animals at the Zoo have come there once no one else can take care of the animals.   The Zoo needs private, corporate donations to survive and maintain the animals.  They also rely on admission fees, gift shop sales, and other fund raising activities  to ensure the animals are being taking care of.  



While at the zoo you can see over 300 animals in 100 species like Monkeys, Bears, Birds, Tortoises, Snakes, Lions, Wolves, goats, deer, llamas, sheep, pigs, Peacocks and many more.   It is a small zoo and takes less than 2 hours to visit.




Hours
Regular Hours (February 1 – October 31)  Open daily from 9:30am – 6:00pm 
Winter Hours (November 1 – January 31) Open daily from 9:30am – 5:30pm 
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day



Admission
$11.00 : Adult
$10.00 : Student, Senior (age 60+), or Military
$8.00 : Child (age 2-12)
$6.00 : Member Guest

You can purchase Animal Food to feed the goats, deer, llamas, and sheep in the Gift Shop.


 

 

Group rates:
$6.00 (per person) : Birthday Parties
$6.00 (per person) : Groups (15+ people scheduled in advance)

Annual Membership 
Annual pass holders receive unlimited visits for one year from the date of purchase as well as a 10% discount at the Gift Shop, and guests only pay $6.00 for admission when accompanied by you.  The zoo is a non profit so annual membership is tax deductible. 
Prices
$60.00 : Individual
$115.00: Family of Four
$30.00 : Additional Person


 

There is also a $3.00 per person train ride (children under 2 are fre) .  The train ride is about 15-20 minutes.  You can see some of the zoo’s additional animals as well as Texas Long Horns.   The train runs daily at the top of the hour, starting at 11:00am – 3:00pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays the train continues to run until 5:00pm. (Train accepts cash and credit cards) 




Parking:
Parking is free. 

FAQ
Austin Zoo does not have water fountains.  Bring water from home or purchase some at the zoo.

This Zoo in Texas Hill Country is not as big as the San Antonio Zoo but it is much closer and perfect for small kids. You can feed animals and do not need to walk miles. 

Food 
You are welcome to bring in your own food and beverages. Food is available to purchase Monday – Sunday, weekdays – 11AM to 3PM & weekends – 11AM to 5PM. 
Open all holidays 11AM – 5PM except Christmas and Thanksgiving.


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Friday, May 19, 2017

5 Social Media Moms I love and you will too

Here is a list of 5 mom Youtube Channels / Facebook pages / Mom Entrepreneurs that are killing it in 2017.   If you don't fallow these guys on FB, Instagram or Youtube you need to be. They make me laugh so hard I cry sometime.  Happy to spread the joy. 

1) Cat & Nat
These 2 Canadian women met in high school and have 7 children between the 2 of them.   They are all over the internet on People Family, their Youtube channel,  The Cat and Nat Show, or Facebook these women are hilarious.  I always love their weekly #momtruths



2) I Mom So Hard 
Another pair of funny women are Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley of imomsohard.   They can be found on Youtube Website, and Facebook.  These 2 Americans ladies make me laugh out loud.  #imomsohard




3) That's Inappropriate
Meredith Masony is a mom of 3 kids.  Her videos are funny but true things about husbands and life with kids. YoutubeFacebookwebsite  #winesday


4) The Holderness Family 
Now this family has been around a while.  They have 2 kids and a dog who live in North Carolina and make funny videos.  I love following them on facebook and they provide new videos weekly. Do you remember their thanksgiving parody of Adele's Hello - My kids were singing "They want Jello for their other side" for weeks. 



5) Kristina Kuzmic
This LA mom has 3 kids and posts video rants about parenting and children. YoutubeFacebookwebsite


Let me know you favorite mom youtuber's.  Is there anyone I am missing and need to be following?
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

True Food Kitchen & the Seaholm Power plant district

True Food Kitchen is a seasonal restaurant that rotates menu items to let guests experience ingredients when they are in season. They have a variety of gluten-free, organic, vegetarian and vegan options.   I highly recommend the Kale Guacamole and the Spicy Panang Curry bowl.   This place is located in the new Seaholm Power plant district down town.


We have been a few times and last time went with our kids.  If you sit out side there is a .75 grassy area next to the restaurant.  There are chairs and dogs and we could keep an eye on our kids from the table.   They had to cross what looked like a street to get to the grass area but the street was not in use.  Metal Barriers were in place to prevent cars.  I am not sure if is like this every day but it seemed very family friendly.


True Food Kitchen is not a chicken nugget / butter pasta kind of place for kids.  It serves real food. There are totally different kid menu options here like:

  • Almond Butter, Banana & Apple Sandwich
  • Mozzarella & Organic Tomato Pizza - My Daughter's favorite Pizza anywhere
  • Chicken Teriyaki Bowl (pea, broccoli, carrot, brown rice & quinoa)
  • Grass-Fed Burger 
  • Smoked Turkey Sandwich

My kids loved this place and I hope your will too.  Think of this as an alternative healthy spot down town that is family friendly.  If you are going for dinner I recommend reservations.


Location

22 West Avenue, Suite HR100
Austin, Texas 78701

Hours

MON - FRI: 11am - 10pm
SAT: 10am - 10 pm
SUN: 10am - 9 pm
BRUNCH :  Sat & Sun 10am to 4pm

Parking

There is 1-hr - free self-parking with validation at Seaholm Garage


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Salt Lick - A Texas BBQ Institution

The Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas is famous.  It constantly ranks as a top Texas BBQ joint.  This place is deep in the heart of Texas Hill country and 30 minutes from downtown Austin but always seems to have a crowd. You can smell the smoke from the restaurant's open pit from miles away. They use oak wood and wet pecan shells are added to the pit for flavor.  If you like meat then you better get your self some.


The sides include bread, beans, potato salad, coleslaw, pickles and onions.  My favorite is the sausage but my husband loved the brisket and ribs.  If you don't have time to make it all the way to driftwood you can stop at the quick service Salt Lick at the Austin International Airport.   Salt Lick is also available for delivery with Favor.   Down load the Favor app from the app store.   

If you don't live in Texas but still want to try out this delicious BBQ they ship nation wide.  Click here and you place an order. 


Salt lick has a store that sells hats, t-shirts like my favorite "I like pig butts and I can not lie", coffee cups, cook books and bbq sauce.  WARNING:  Salt Lick store and restaurant are CASH ONLY - be prepared.  They do have ATM machines available onsite of you forget.  

The Salt lick is BYOB, which is great.  You can bring a cooler full of beer or wine and sit down on picnic tables and enjoy some sausage, brisket or ribs.   But if you forgot to bring any alcoholic drinks then stop by Salt Lick Cellars tasting room and pick up a bottle of wine.  They serve ice tea, sodas and have fresh squeezed lemonade for purchase as well.  

 

There can be a wait for a table so while you wait they have live music.  You can sit under the shade and listen.  They sell popcorn and fresh lemonade.  You can drink your BYOB or stop by the Salt Lick Cellars tasting room or head over the the play ground area.   You can also order to go and take it with you or eat it at one of the many out door picnic tables they have in front of the live music or surrounding the property.  Hint if you have kids you can eat at the play ground and open fields where they have tables. 

Check out this you tube video on salt lick to make your mouth water. 

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Star Wars Day May 4th, 2017 "May the 4th be with you"


Did you know today May 4th, 2017 is Star Wars day?   Are you asking yourself what is Star Wars day?  It is celebrated on May 4th every year and it is more than just the day you get to say "May the 4th be with you" in reference to the famous Star War line "May the Force be with you." It started way back in 1979 when Margaret Thatcher become the first woman prime minister of the United Kingdom.  Her party ordered advertising space in the London Evening News that said ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,’ That is pretty cool. 

Today it is celebrated in many different ways.  Not just by posting star wars pics with #Maythe4thbewithyou on social media, which of course I did.  There are special Disney Events today since Disney now owns the Star Wars franchise.  There are movie screenings and Star Wars trivia at bars but more importantly there are a ton of deals on Star Wars related items all over?  Real Deals.   

Calling all star wars fans get out your credit cards and get ready to shop. See all the star wars deals and promos available at starwars.com here

I reviewed the list and here a few that caught my eyes especially for those with kids:

Build-a-Bear you can get a free light saber with a $50 purchase of any Star Wars furry friend.  Use promo code "starwarsday2017"

Pottery Barn kids even has 20% off all star wars collection off today.  Use promo code "Use promo code PKSTARWARS"

Hannah Anderson has 20% off kids stars wars clothes. 

Target has 20% off all star wars toys today only!

Toys R Us is 20% off all Rogue One toys today

Best Buy even has great deals like $40 on the Star Wars Complete Saga Blu-ray box set

Want to watch the movies but do not own the box set?   TBS is airing them all day.  Here is the schedule. 

6:40 a.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)
9:25 a.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002)
12:20 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
3:10 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
5:40 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
8:15 p.m. (ET/PT) – Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)

While we count down until the next Star Wars movie "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", which opens December 15, 2017 you can all have fun shopping & watching.  Happy Star Wars day and may the 4th be with you.


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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Museum of the Weird

My daughter needs to visit museums and write reports on the museum she visits for school.   A list of Austin Museums was sent home as a guide to choose from.   We were excited to choose some thing a little different as she already reviewed the Thinkery and the Austin Toy Museum.  So she chose the Museum of the Weird.    They call them self america's strangest attraction.   I was looking forward to our visit.   


The location is on 6th street at 412 E. 6th Street.  It is called dirty sixth for a reason.   We grabbed nearby street parking and immediately there was a smell of beer and urine.  If that does not deter keeping walking until you get to the Lucky Lizard Curios and Gift, which is also where you get tickets for the museum.    This is an eclectic gift shop with post cards, statues and a whole section dedicated to big foot.   The store itself was interesting and sells lots of Keep Austin Weird memorabilia.   

Then we headed to the back of the store and entered via turn stile next to a fortune teller machine.   We saw mummies, skeletons, movie props like a gremlin and Alien from the movie Alien.  Plus lot and lots of taxidermy animals with multiple faces etc.   We quickly realized the museum was VERY small.   Then we were told to watch a tv.  The show Unsolved Mysteries from the 90s came on and discussed the Minnesota Ice Man, which was a sideshow of a man-like creature frozen in a block of ice that went around the US in the 1960s and 1970s.    The Iceman was thought to show the missing link between man and apes.   In the 1970s the Iceman disappeared for 30 or more years and was later sold on E Bay to Steve Busti, the owner of the Museum of the Weird.   After the tv show stopped you entered a back area (aka a garage) and get to walk by the frozen casket / ice man.   It looks like it had been thawed and re frozen many times and you could not see much of the so called hairy man ape in ice. No Photos are allowed of the Ice Man.


After that you sit on bleachers and get a side show like a magician or sword sallower.  The day we went we saw a guy with named John T. Rex.  He does not feel the effects of electrical current. To show us this he asked for a volunteer and then he grabbed an exposed end of an electrical cord and had the volunteer touch the light bulb to his skin to light it up.  After this he allowed anyone who wanted to fist bump and where you could feel an electric zap.   Then he asks for tips and will sign a poster.   The whole museum takes less than an hour.   It was really small definitely not worth the price of admission.    If you are into these kinds of things you might enjoy it.  My kids did not like it.   The store was cool and is free to stop by and shop.   I recommend that if you are in 6th Street.  



Museum Hours:
10:00am to Midnight, 7 days a week

Rates: 
Adults - $12
Kids under 8 - $7
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