Austin – East End & Holly

 

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Holly is one of those fabulously Austin neighborhoods. Obviously it’s in Austin but it FEELS like the Austin vibe that everyone talks about. Holly is one of the neighborhoods on the east side that has been going through a lot of renovations! The area feels very hip and a lot safer than older generations would remember it.

You’ll find a lot of younger professionals, and college students walking or biking to nearby eateries and coffee shops during the day, and at night everyone is walking to some restaurant or bar to enjoy some drinks and live music.

It’s one of those “NUPINCOMING” areas that is still undergoing a lot of construction and re-vamping but has somehow held onto the charm and unique nature of Austin. Here are just a few places to check out on your visit:

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Scoot Inn was built in 1871 and has run as a grocery store, a saloon, a restaurant, and beer tavern. Most notably nowadays, it’s known for live music! You can click the link to check out their calendar of events.

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Kebabalicious  started out as a food trailer and has now won it’s way into the hearts of Austinites and placed a storefront on East 7th. Their kebabs, k fries and even their salads (their turk salad with chicken is a favorite of mine) are all amazing!

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Hop on the Metro Rail at Comal Street! You can find routes and plan a trip here.

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One place that I’ve been dying to try is Cuvee Coffee! I saw it on the Daytripper and thought it looked so Austin, plus I couldn’t wait to try the coffee that everyone has been talking about. They are most notably recognized right now for their BLACK&BLUE nitrogenated cold brew coffee. Basically it’s a coffee that drinks like a beer. It’s got that same creamy froth that you would find on a Guinness and it’s really good! Drink it there so you can drink it from a fancy glass 🙂

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Burn Pizza + Bar gets it’s name from it’s perfectly crisped thin crust pizza. Check out their daily happy hour from 4-7pm. Discounts on drinks and 25% off all pizzas!

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The Grackle – “Chill hipster haunt known for its draft beer list & jukebox plus darts, billiards & spacious patio.”

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Zilker Brewing Co. is a really neat brewery experience in East Austin. Enjoy the custom bar, six delicious beers and food trailers nearby.

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Licha’s Cantina is always really popular around dinner time. You can expect a little bit of a wait for food but enjoy a bar out back and a nicely lit outdoor patio/courtyard while you wait! Five dollar happy hours are Tues-Fri 4-6pm. The last time I ate here I ordered the tacos Al Pastor and they were really good!

Hope you enjoy East Austin!! And let me know if you check out any other awesome places because there’s lots to explore around this area 🙂

Sincerely,
Amanda

2016 Wine and Wildflower Trail

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I feel like this post needs to start out like that Oprah commercial for Weight Watchers, except about wine. “THIS IS THE JOY FOR ME! I. LOVE. [WINE]. I LOVE BREAD…I MEAN, WINE.” Sam and I have fun saying that commercial in unison every time it comes on because they play it on repeat in between our Hulu shows…

But seriously, don’t you love wine and the beautiful Texas Hill Country?!? Me too! Especially in the spring when it’s covered in bluebonnets! It’s the perfect setting for a road trip and a day of sipping on wine with good friends and family. Who needs to travel all the way to Napa or Sonoma when we have great wine right here in Texas! JK I still wanna go there someday BUT I’ll enjoy the Texas Hill Country too, probably just as much!

The 2016 Wine and Wildflower Trail is coming up April 1-17, but you want to get your tickets NOW because it sells out every year usually by the first weekend! You get 17 days to visit 48 wineries, get complimentary tastings at up to 4 wineries a day and 15% off 3 bottle purchases! Also for fun (and so you remember where you’ve been already) you get a passport that will be stamped at each place you visit!

You can find more information and a list of all the wineries here.

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Extra Hill Country Winery Events

  • 4.0 Cellars – Live music on Saturdays and Wildflower Brunch coming up on Sat. April 9th
  • Becker Vineyards – March 19&20th is their Annual Bluebonnets, Bluegrass and BBQ. “Woodstreet Bloodhounds will play Bluegrass music on the lawn. There is no music cover charge. Music is from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. BBQ will be served from 11:30 a.m. until out.We encourage you to bring your lawn chairs for this event!!!”
  • Chisholm Trail Winery – Has a pizzeria! The Oval Oven Pizzeria is open every Friday and Saturday, noon to 5pm and Sunday, noon to 4pm.
  • Compass Rose Cellars – Dine at The Kitchen and then stay the night in a casita anytime! Or check out their Last Supper Dinner on Good Friday or their Easter Sunday Brunch.
  • Flat Creek Estate – On March 12th, go to a Crawfish Boil! Tickets are $12 and featured wines will be $5 a glass. Other dining events include their Rustic Wine Dinner: a 3 course meal and wine pairings at $50/ticket throughout the year. You can find dates on their site! OR make a reservation to enjoy some fine dining at their Bistro.
  • Messina Hof – March 5th there’s a Murder Mystery Dinner for $69/ticket! There are also a lot of other regular events at the three different locations in Fredericksburg, Grapevine and Bryan including Trivia Night, Wine & Chocolate Pairings, Wine and Cheese Pairings, etc.

Now get out there and drink some Texas grape juice!!

Sincerely,
Amanda

 

Date Night Ideas for Couples Working with a Budget

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Sam and I went on a date the other night to see Deadpool – that Marvel movie starring Ryan Reynolds (I don’t recommend it by the way! I couldn’t believe that it was a Marvel movie. Too raunchy and twisted for my taste…definitely not a movie kids should go to either!) – luckily every Tuesday the theater by our house does $5 movie night and it got me thinking about dates we have done and love doing that typically aren’t that much money. Dinner at a trendy restaurant is fun and all…but those kind of dates can add up quick $$$….

Here are 11 date night ideas that are a little bit more friendly on the wallet:

  • Explore your city! Austin is filled with fun (and sometimes really weird – see below) murals and I love finding them and taking pictures! Go on a photo scavenger hunt, discover new little parks, or areas you had never been/seen before.

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  • Go on a hike! A great way to get in some physical activity and good conversation.

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  • Try making a new recipe together for dinner! Turn on some Frank Sinatra, pour you both some Owner’s Box Cab and get cookin!

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  • Go to a minor league baseball game in your area and make a bet on the winning team. I know lawn seats to watch a game are cheap for the Round Rock Express.

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  • Go out dancing! You can pay $8 at the famous Broken Spoke Dance Hall and get an hour of two stepping and western swing dance lessons! And then stay after the lesson and keep dancing!

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  • Go to a concert or play in the park if they have those in your city. I know Austin always has free performances at Zilker Hillside Theater and free music at Blues on the Green. Bonus – you can pack a picnic!

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  • Go to a museum! Blanton Museum of Art is free on Tuesdays! A lot of museums offer reduced prices/free days.

 

  • Listen to a good podcast together. I talked about Serial in a couple previous posts, the podcast Sam and I have been listening to together! It’s nice because you can pause it and then talk about it together.

 

  • Have a marathon of your favorite show on Netflix or Hulu. Get cozy in your PJ’s, pop some corn, and cuddle up next to each other. Don’t just do it, make it an experience!

 

  • Sit on your back porch/patio/lawn with a glass of wine and a blanket and watch the sunset or look at the stars.

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  • Go to a coffee shop and play a board game. And don’t let your hubby/boyfriend outsmart you at checkers over and over and over again like me lol.

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Any others you’d add to the list? Hope you enjoy and happy date night-ing!

Sincerely,
Amanda

 

March Events in Austin

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March is pretty much here, almost! March is always a fun, crazy & busy time in Austin because of the RODEO & SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST! BUT there are also a lot of other fun things to do, check it out below!

March 3rd:

  • First Thursday & West End Galleries 1st Thursday’s. This will happen every month! You can look back at my February post to find links to these two events.

March 4th:

  • BBQ AUSTIN AND WHISKEY MYERS: “Come out to BBQ Austin for a day of BBQ, live music and carnival fun from Austin’s largest carnival. Teams from all over Texas will be competiting for the title of “BBQ Austin Grand Champion” and will offer free samples to the public. Concerts will take place on the outdoor stage from 2:00-7:30 p.m., with Whiskey Myers headlining the event at 8:30 p.m. Fairgrounds admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids. Parking is $10 at the gate.”

March 5th:

  • BBQ AUSTIN AND JOSH ABBOTT BAND: “Come out to BBQ Austin for a day of BBQ, live music and carnival fun from Austin’s largest carnival. Teams from all over Texas will be competiting for the title of “BBQ Austin Grand Champion” and will offer free samples to the public. Concerts will take place on the outdoor stage from 2:00-7:30 p.m., with Josh Abbott Band headlining the event at 8:30 p.m. Fairgrounds admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids. Parking is $10 at the gate.”
  • Modern Home TourSee some of the prettiest and most well designed modern homes in Austin on this four hour tour and get great ideas for your house!
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  • Sherwood Forest Faire is going on every weekend in March. Check out my Feb post for a link!
  • Austin’s Original Pub Run: Run a 2 or 5 mile race through downtown from pub to pub and even by a few watering holes. Check out the pubs on the list through the link above.
  • Illuminate Austin: “Illuminate Austin is an evening walk at the Long Center, along a path lined with luminarias. This fun, family-friendly event benefits SafePlace, which provides shelter and essential services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Austin. This year, we are so excited to have The Mrs. as entertainment! For a sneak peek on the band, check out this video. You won’t want to miss an opportunity to rock out with these ladies.”

March 6th

  • Zilker Kite Festival: Watch hundreds of beautiful kites, or enter a kite contest while also enjoying food and other vendors!

March 9th

  • Nerd Nite (happens every month): Speed Dating w/ a fun topic of conversation! (also in Feb. post)

March 11-20th

  • South by Southwest: LOTS of live music, films, interactive fun stuff and exhibitions. The passes are pretty pricey and while I’ve never bought a pass, you can find a lot of free things to do and lots of giveaways while downtown during SXSW. Last year I found free Kendra Scott Jewelry! See an interview I did with Kendra Scott here.

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March 11-26th

  • Rodeo Austin: My favorite by far is the music! This year some of my fav’s coming to the Austin Rodeo are Willie of course, Josh Abbott Band, Cam, Brett Eldredge, Eli Young Band, Josh Turner & Kevin Fowler! Fav by far is probably Brett Eldredgand my tickets are already purchased! 🙂
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Mom & I at the Austin Rodeo in 2010 watching Lady Antebellum perform. They were SO good live.

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Sam and I with a group of friends at the Houston Rodeo that same year watching Eli Young Band perform. Totally just friends at that point.

March 16-19th

  • Heart of Texas Rockfest: “The Heart of Texas Rockfest has played host to Rock Legends and Hitmakers like Tom Morello, George Lynch, Blue October, Ghostland Observatory, Pepper, Bob Schneider and many more. Every year a star is born and we continue to keep the event FREE and open to the public. NO $200 WRISTBAND REQUIRED.”

March 16

  • Austin Music Awards: Exactly what it sounds like. Kind of like an Austin version of the Grammys. Tickets are $25!
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March 17th

  • St. Patrick’s Day Austin: A family festival for people on St. Paddy’s Day (which did you know that was the correct way to spell it?) Get your fill of Irish traditions. OR just go to a pub downtown. Fado’s Irish Pub is always hoppin and will surely get crazy on St. Paddy’s. But be sure to buy tickets to the party before they’re sold out!
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This was one of my best friend’s 21st birthday (Sam D to the right of me in red) in 2009. In January I might add, but my roommate and I thought it would be fun to wear Irish shirts and be Irish for the night.

March 19-20th

  • Artists & Artisans Festival: “The intimate festival showcases the work of more than 30 American artists in beads, watercolor, metal, glass and other media. The sale includes nature-themed handmade items, such as mesquite bowls and handwoven clothing, painted silk art and sculptured jewelry as well as exquisite photographs and paintings on glass. The gardens are gearing up for spring with bluebonnets, winecup and other flowers prepping to bloom.”

March 24-26th

  • Easter Hill Country Tour: Grab your road bike and celebrate Easter on this 3 day tour through the Texas Hill Country. Don’t forget to snap some pictures in the bluebonnets!
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March 25-27th

  • Honk! TX: “HONK!TX is a nonprofit, community-driven festival that brings street and brass bands from around the country to perform for free in the public spaces of Austin, Texas. Mobile and unamplified, HONK! bands transform everyday locations into spontaneous stages, dissolving the line between crowd and performers and inviting everyone to celebrate the joys of music and community. A range of genres will be represented: New Orleans second-line brass, European Klezmer and Balkan, Brazilian, West African and more. HONK! is a celebration of community, collaboration and creative expression. Join the revelry!”

March 27th

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March 29-April 3rd

  • Broadway’s Cabaret: My mom and I have been to Wicked and The Little Mermaid together here in Austin and they are always so good!

Happy Planning!

Sincerely,
Amanda

 

February Austin Events

I love living in the Austin area. There’s always something to do! Whether it’s hiking, biking, going downtown, listening to live music or going to see a show. But sometimes it’s kind of hard to figure out what all is going on, especially if you feel like going out and doing something last minute. I’ve had a lot of Austin experiences where we luckily happen upon something cool going on (because there’s always something cool going on), but then I’ve also had experiences where we go downtown looking for something to do and just don’t know the right places to go.

That’s why I wanted to start sharing the main events that will be going on in Austin each month in 2016! Hopefully it helps if you are planning on visiting Austin or if you live here and aren’t quite sure what to do! Let me know if you have any questions or recommendations to make the list better 🙂

February 4th

  • 1st Thursday: West End Galleries from 6-8pm on West 6th. Go gallery hopping and enjoy art all within walking distance of each other. Some other’s nearby going on around the same time:
    • Women & Their Work
      Valentine Pop Up Gallery Shop
      one for me + one for you – happy hour
      Thursday, February 4, 5-7 pm : Shop & Sip! Please come over and mingle with these Austin makers, enjoy refreshments and browse our locally handmade delights. The gallery shop is open, too, and full of goodies.
    • Wally Workman Gallery
      Honora Jacob | Contemporary Histories
      Thursday, February 4, 5-8 pm
      Preview Happy Hour
  • 1st Thursday: Block Party on SoCo. All of the shops keep their doors open until 10pm, some of them even have special deals and give out drinks. A lot of the restaurants will have great drink specials as well.

February 6th

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February 9th

  • Mardi Gras Downtown! I won’t even try to list all of the things going on for Mardi Gras. Thankfully do512.com has us covered with all the Mardi Gras events. Basically it’ll be one big party downtown.

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Mardi Gras 2011

February 10th

  • Nerd Nite – “Speed Dating – Single? Nerdy? Fan of free drinks? Come check out Nerd Nite’s Speed Dating! Meet friendly and fascinating nerds, let us know which ones you’d like to talk to again, and if the feeling is mutual, we’ll make sure that you can get in touch later. Tickets are only $9, and include a free drink and the opportunity to reserve a prime seat for the main Nerd Nite event. We will be gathering in the back bar, a.k.a. the North Door bar– it’s cozy, and we think you’ll really like the atmosphere.”

February 12-14th

February 13-14, 20-21, & 27-28

  • Sherwood Forest Faire : Kind of like the Texas Renaissance festival that happens every year. There is entertainment, shops, food, etc. all set to a medieval theme!
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Ren Fest with college buddies in ’09

February 14th

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My second half marathon in 2012. The Spartan Beast. 13+ miles and 30+ obstacles!

February 16th

  • Ameripolitan Music Awards : Awards given to music outside of the confines of what is popular today. A great way for people to discover new artists and new music!

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February 18th

  • Third Thursdays at the Blanton : This art museum is free to the public on the third Thursday of every month! Enjoy art and then enjoy a glass of wine and slic of pizza at the cafe for only $5! Museum open until 9pm on third Thursdays.
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This was one of the exhibitions at the Blanton seven years ago! And that’s me with my best friend from high school seven years ago!

February 20th

  • Mighty Texas Dog Walk : Go for the biggest dog walk ever, right along Lady Bird Lake. There are do experts, free samples and a shopping plaza to enjoy too!
  • Lights, Camera…The Oscars! : I’m excited for this one because I’ve been wanting to go and hear the Austin Symphony and what better time than when they are playing all of the best music from all of our favorite movies? Right now you can still get tickets from $12!!

February 26-27th

  • Austin Jugglefest : If you enjoy the circus arts, then this if for you! Go take a workshop and learn some tricks of the trade.

February 27th

February 27-28th

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The only baking competition I ever won! In 2010 and I won a $20 gift card to Target.

P.S. Always check austinconcerts.org to see what live music is coming to town! Here are a couple in February that sounded familiar:

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Last year, Sam & I saw John Butler, Wild Child and Luke Wade at Stubbs! Such a great music venue here in Austin.

Hope you all have a fun-filled February!!

Sincerely,
Amanda

New Year’s in Austin, Texas

Still deciding where to go for NYE? If you are heading out on the town in Austin, Texas I have a little list of fun places to go in your best fancy shiny sparkly outfit! I would recommend skipping 6th street all together because it’s going to be insane! Unless you really want the crazy experience, then go for it! But if not, check out one of these parties instead and ring in 2016 in true NYE fashion. The price is well worth the atmosphere and goodies that come with the tickets!

1. The Driskill

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photos: www.driskillhotel.com

For $125 dollars you can enjoy a 6 course NYE meal at The Driskill Grill (you can check out the whole menu through the link above to the website) and entrance to the party at the Driskill Bar.

Otherwise if you want to skip the big dinner you can pay a $25 cover for entrance to the Driskill Bar where there will be live entertainment, dancing, and a champagne midnight toast!

2. The W Austin

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There are still tickets available for their All Things Positive NYE Celebration! They have a group rate for tickets. Or you can buy a single for $150, pair for $250 or get a special discount for being with a non-profit or with the press: $100

50% of the profits will go to non-profits in the Austin area and your ticket gets you musical entertainment, dancing, a champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres, and midnight breakfast taco buffet!

For $115 you can enjoy a NYE dinner at TRACE and then gain entrance to the W’s biggest NYE party in the Living Room for $25 a person, otherwise sold out!

3. The Goodnight

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This one is a little more casual. All inclusive Casino Night at one of the best bowling alleys in Austin. From 9pm-1am enjoy bowling, casino tables, appetizers, $5,000 in chips, 1 raffle ticket for a trip to Vegas and a champagne toast at midnight!

4. Gourdough’s Public House

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This place is famous for their big fat donuts, and this year they’re throwing a Big Fat NYE Bash at their 5th street location. For $95 get: All Inclusive Drinks, Hors D’oeuvres & Donuts from 9pm-12am, Party Favors, DJ and Midnight Countdown complete with Champagne Toast!

5. Four Seasons Austin

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Enjoy a fancy 5 course meal at their restaurant TRIO for $125/pp. Afterward join the party in the lobby lounge overlooking Ladybird Lake for $40 with live music until 1am!

Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Amanda

Weekend Shenanigans

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Happy Monday!

Sam and I had such a good weekend, I’m sad it’s over! It’s literally always the best when our friends from Galveston are around. We get to go on a trip with these people coming up in January and I’m soooo excited about it 🙂 couldn’t be more excited.

We all went out to Rainey Street on Friday night, where Sam and I dominated corn hole at Container Bar. Literally a bar made out of two shipping containers stacked on top of each other! So modern.

Saturday morning we had brunch at The Grove. My new favorite brunch spot. The prices are so reasonable and the food is all super good. Not to mention the Bloody Mary bar and all of the different mimosas! Super yummy if you’re looking for a good brunch spot in Austin. I had chicken and waffles with cinnamon butter and Sam copied me. 😛

After we all passed out for the longest and best afternoon nap, we made a trip to get a Christmas tree and then came home and our friend Shane made a feast! He has a fishing charter out in Galveston and he brought us some of his catches and they were delicious. We turned the Christmas tunes on, decorated the tree, found out that Fireball and Apple Juice doesn’t taste good (someone had recommended it as a good holiday drink..), watched Saving Santa and then hit the hay. Seriously the most relaxing Saturday in awhile!

Yesterday we all woke up and went to church before they left town. After that Sam and I had a lot of work to do at our condo before our next renters get in on Tuesday. Some of you may have seen the baby crib photo I posted on Snapchat, well, I’m not pregnant! Our next renters have a 9 month old and needed a crib. BUT I did have SO much fun picking out the bedding and looking at baby stuff! That’s a good way to start the baby fever. Think we’ve got about another year or two until we have a little Waltman though.

LAST WEEK OF WAKING UP AT 5AM for me! Hoping that this week passes quickly. Hope you all have a great week.
Sincerely,
Amanda

Sky Springs – Drinkable Rain Water Straight from the Sky!


I recently met Marc Howell and his wife, Wendy Goodwin, founders of Sky Springs Rainwater  (local, here in the Austin area) and I’m really excited to share this post with you all because Marc and Wendy are doing some serious good. They are leading the way in a sustainable water movement that is going to make a difference with our water sources here in Austin and around the globe!

If you’ve lived in and around Austin, TX for some time you probably know that the area has been in a severe drought for the past 7 years (starting around March 2008) which severely effected the water levels of Lake Travis, only one of the two bodies of water that supply the region’s drinking water as well as the water for agricultural industries and other businesses in the area. Not only that, but its one of the region’s main recreational lakes, so to say that Lake Travis losing all of it’s water hurts Austin’s economy is kind of an understatement…

The thing that is so awesome about Sky Springs is that it’s not only providing consumers with truly pure, fresh and chemical free water in a completely landfill biodegradable bottle, but it is truly advocating for a better alternative to the community and world’s water supply!

Sky Springs is only one of 5 companies globally that collects, harvests, stores, purifies, disinfects and bottles rain water that has never touched the ground for drinking water! Only 1 in 5!!?

Because the rain water never touches the ground, it is some of the most pure water you can buy. It doesn’t pick up ground pollutants and doesn’t have to be cleaned with chlorine and ammonia for it to be drinkable (it’s 20x more pure than Evian, yall!). Instead what you get is raw water that has been carbon filtered (which loses only 2% of water in the cleaning process as compared to reverse osmosis in which 50% of the water is lost) and is completely chemical free, even down to the BPA free bottle, providing the healthiest water you can buy!

Take a look at this: A roof measuring approximately 3ft here in TX can capture 5,600 gallons of water!! And that can provide a lot of bottled water, even in drought prone areas. I really believe Marc and Wendy are on to something HUGE that is going to have a really super positive impact locally and globally. I’m so glad that I met them because they are so passionate about making a difference and their innovative work is so inspiring!

I had a chance to try their water and no lie I think it’s the freshest and most healthy water I have ever drank! You have to give Sky Springs a try at one of your local stores or restaurants, or order their water delivery online. Be a part of the change and help conserve our area’s water 🙂 drink from the abundant Sky Springs!

Sincerely,
Amanda

Notes on Being Successful

As promised here are some notes from the Texas Conference for Women
but really…for anyone looking to:

Start a Business
Live Positively and Live Well
Be Successful
Or Build a Brand

Hope you find them useful! I took a ton but I’ll share top three for each category!

 Start a Business
1. Be Decisive! We’ve all heard the quote “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” So take a chance! Whatever you have been wanting and dreaming of doing, DO IT NOW.

2. Pursue your Passions! Are you excited to wake up every day and do what you do? Because if you aren’t, something needs to change!

3. Hustle! Never give up. Adopt a positive attitude and accept that failures are the building blocks to success! You live and you learn, so grow from it.

Live Positively and Live Well
1. Find the inspiring in the ordinary!

2. Live with open arms. Bert Jacobs of Life is Good said this and it stuck with me, “At the end of your life will you be running around and trying to make up for lost time, wishing that you had loved more?”

3. Embrace Serendipidity. Make the most of where and when you are!

Be Successful
1. Gloria Mayfield Banks said this, “There’s no comfort in the comfort zone!” Because the stuff you dream about doesn’t happen there, so step out!

2. Set SMART goals! This is another one from Dr. Gloria Mayfield Banks, but I’ve also learned more about this since I started teaching. Make sure your goals are Specifc, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and have a specific Time Frame! And set goals often!

3. Be positive and be confident! And if you need a little help being confident, just fake it until you make it!

Build a Brand
1. Be You! “Everyone else is already taken!” Right?! Only you can be authentically you.

2. Here’s something interesting I heard: To establish the DNA of your image think about what you stand for. Write down 3-5 adjectives and see what you find out about yourself!

3. Know your strengths, your weaknesses and your passions really well and always be ready to give your elevator pitch!

Books To Read:

Life is Good The Book by Bert and John Jacobs (jingle hiemer shmidt….anyone else? no?)
Leave Your Mark by Eliza Licht
Quantum Leaps by Gloria Mayfield Banks
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An Interview with Kendra Scott and Her Biggest Advice!


I love Kendra Scott, but I’ll be honest, I hadn’t truly heard of her until a little over a year and a half ago when I was trying to figure out what to gift my bridesmaids and my Matron of Honor asked if I was getting them some Kendra Scott jewelry? I was a little behind the times back then… 😉

Now a year and a half later, I’m pretty in love with Kendra Scott jewelry. Every single piece is gorgeous! There’s definitely a reason her jewelry has become so popular… It’s high quality and super chic! You can dress it up or wear it while dressed down and let the jewelry be the focus, because it’s seriously that stunning. Everytime I wear my Tiger’s Eye Skylar Earrings I get a compliment on them, EVERY. TIME. It never fails.

I love her jewelry but I also love that Kendra Scott got its start here in Austin, Texas!! Learning about her company and seeing the success that she has experienced with her jewelry left me really curious about the startup and the ins and outs of a business! I decided to interview Kendra and thankfully, even being the busy business and family woman she is, she still made time! So a huge thank you to Kendra!

All Photos from Kendra Scott Facebook

Take a look at Kendra’s start and her advice for us entrepreneurs! 

SinecerelySamanda: What inspired you to start Kendra Scott?

KendraScott: From the moment I could stand in my mother’s high-heeled shoes, I have been in love with fashion. I realized early on that my greatest dream was to tackle the world of fashion and start a business on my own. My passion for jewelry design became an outlet to turn that dream into a reality.

SincerelySamanda: So you had an idea, how did you turn your business into a reality?

KendraScott: I launched my first jewelry collection in 2002 as a new mom, and with just $500. I saw a white space in the jewelry industry for beautiful, handcrafted jewelry at an attainable price point, something I myself had been looking for. And that’s when the idea of Kendra Scott Design was born! I designed all my jewelry from the spare bedroom of my home in Austin, Texas, walking door to door to boutiques armed with a tea box full of my pieces in hand. I sold out the first day. That’s when I knew I was on to something. Today, I have watched my dream grow into a national, multi-million dollar fashion-lifestyle brand. We continue to design and operate out of Austin, TX with a focus on Family, Fashion & Philanthropy.

SincerelySamanda: What has encouraged you to keep building your business and your brand even when things were tough?

KendraScott: I am so passionate about what I do, and I feel unbelievably blessed to get to do what I do every day. I truly jump out of bed every morning and just can’t wait to get to work. I have an incredibly supportive family as well. My husband, children, mother, father, and friends are there to keep me motivated in the days when things are a little bit harder. They’re my cheerleaders, and I am beyond blessed to have them in my life.

SincerelySamanda: What advice do you have for young entrepreneurs and designers looking to make their break in the business world?

KendraScott:  To all girls who dream of breaking into the fashion industry (or any industry), I was once in your shoes! I have two simple, yet incredibly important tokens of advice to help any budding designer. Number one: Be yourself. The key to being a designer is taking those qualities that are uniquely you, and translating them into something beautiful that reflects those strengths. Number two: Once you figure out your direction, never take no for an answer! In my early days as a designer, I learned to remove the word “no” from my vocabulary. Once you adopt this attitude, you will soar! A positive outlook can take you places that you never even dreamed of reaching!

Such great advice!! My favorite and one that I have truly been working on is adopting a positive outlook! Hope Kendra’s advice helps you in whatever dreams you are pursuing! 

Any other advice to add? I’d love to hear from you!! What advice from Kendra spoke to you the most?

Sincerely,
Amanda