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6 Ways to Encourage Outside Free Play

I’ve always been drawn to the freedom of the outdoors. When I was a kid, we moved to Montana, and later Idaho, to spend more time in nature. My dad wanted to make sure we had the type of upbringing where we weren’t scared to get our hands dirty, to explore freely and even learn to fend for ourselves a bit. My siblings and I were always playing in the

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Insider’s Guide to Austin City Limits

One of my favorite things about living in Austin is the music scene. Any night of the week you can find incredible artists playing around town. From locals like Shakey Graves, Gary Clark Jr. and Willie Nelson to touring artists stopping through, there is always something for everyone. It’s also home to one of my favorite music festivals: Austin City Limits. The three-day outdoor music extravaganza brings lots of traffic

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Camp Out

Outside Magazine recently wrote, “America’s kids are caught up in one of the largest mass migrations in human history: the movement indoors.”  This really struck a chord with me. Now, you might know that parent, who allows unlimited screen time at the supermarket, in the car, or while running errands… but I am not one of them. I have rules in place in hopes that my kids can sustain a

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Dive Into This Summer’s Best Swimsuits

Happy 4th, everyone! I consider the Fourth of July the official kickoff to beach season, so I rounded up some of my favorite swimsuits from this year’s collections. Whether you’re a one-piece girl, a sporty swimmer or a two-piece loyalist, there’s something for everyone here that will make you look and feel confident on the beach or at the pool. ONE-PIECES Summersalt The Deep Dive (Or this TAVIK Chase one-piece)

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Cheers to Inspiring Moms This Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, godmothers, aunts, and friend-aunts out there! It truly does take a village to raise a child, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am for all the strong, supportive, passionate, caring women in my life. I’m raising a glass of bubbly to all of you as we speak. Motherhood has changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. Having kids

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Mindful Movement: The Workouts I Swear By

Exercise is one of the things I always carve out time for, because I feel like a better person—for my husband, my kids and myself!—when I’m able to work out on the regular. Yes, I work out to keep my body in shape, but I also workout for my sanity. Being a mom of three kids under six, exercise has become an incredible stress release. One of the added stresses

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My Austin Gems

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Austin has long been famous for its amazing music scene and seriously good food (the surprisingly good barbecue had me at hello). It’s Austin’s unique creative texture that gives the city it’s alluring charm, and events like SXSW and ACL are just built in bonus points. Austin is brimming with inventive restaurant concepts from adventurous foodies, cool coffee spots, cocktail havens, and beloved food trucks that never compensate their Texas-bred

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