Well folks, we are now into February with Valentine's Day just around the corner. Some of us love this holiday and others despise it. Whether married, dating, single or it's complicated, I'd like to hear some of your traditions on this day of love. I have been married for 4 1/2 years but I've been with him exclusively for almost 11 years! Yes you read that right, I was a baby when I met the greatest and smartest man alive. I had no idea at 21 years old that in a decade from then, I'd be married to my boyfriend, living in Austin (we met in San Diego and lived in LA for years), owning my dream house, owning three Weiner dogs whom I'm absolutley obsessed with, practicing real estate, planning monthly women's networking events and trying to start a family! Like whoa, life can be so crazy and unpredictable but incredibly beautiful with the timing of things.
Anyways, so I've never really been that into V-day, just because I get annoyed by the crowds, having to make reservations months in advance for the good places, spending a ton of money which is unnecessary, etc. I have always been happy to get a card and some beautiful flowers (yes I still expect flowers on this day EVERY year) and I like to make a nice yummy dinner at home for Chris and I. Then we usually do something fun that weekend like go on a little trip or out for a night on the town. This year I am so excited because we are going to see "Masters of Dance" put on by Ballet Austin! I grew up dancing, still take some classes here and there and am in love with anything dance all the time. I will let y'all know how the show is.
I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day whether it's spending time with your best girlfriends, having a romantic night in with the hubby, going out on the town for some drinks, or just staying home to soak in a nice bath. :) I'll be coming out with my top 5 restaurant picks for that special day soon!
Now that you know what we always do on this day, what are some of your Valentine's Day traditions? Do you get surprises? Do you ship the kids to grandma's and get crazy?? I want to know!
Happy Hump Day everyone! I wanted to get on here on this last day of January (finally) to post about the fantastic ladies we had as vendors at our event this month! Does anyone else feel like January has dragged on?? And what's with the cold weather for Austin, I am SO ready for Spring and sunshine, although today is actually pretty nice. If you came to our event at Craftsman on the east side, thank you so much for joining us! If you didn't make it, we hope to see you at the next one on February 22nd at The Brass Tap in the Domain! Below are all of the vendors we featured at our event, please feel free to reach out to them personally if they can help you in any way! They'd love to hear from you and give you ladies some information on their businesses!
Faith Lenz w/ Scentsy
Super Bowl Sunday is upon us! How do you spend the big day? If we watch it (we're not the biggest football fans in this house) we usually stay at home, have delicious food and my favorite part: watch all the commercials! As a little girl my Grandma and then my Mom would always make chili and cornbread on this day, simmering in the crockpot and ready to be eaten whenever anyone gets hungry! I make it now on game day as more of a tradition and it brings back great memories of being a kid and watching the game with my family.
This chili is one of the easiest recipes to throw together. It is my Mom's recipe and it is always a huge hit whenever I make it! It's one of those dishes that can be put together quickly and eaten after heating up, or you can let it simmer all afternoon to enrich the flavors. Make some cornbread with it and you're good to go!
Makes approximately 16 cups of chili
1 lb. ground beef or ground turkey
1 onion, diced
1 can diced tomatoes
3 cans tomato sauce
1 can pinto beans - drained
1 can pork n beans - drained
1 can kidney beans - drained
1 can chili beans - do not drain
1/2 Tbsp: chili powder (add more to taste)
1/2 Tbsp: cayenne pepper
1/2 Tbsp: red cracked pepper (less if you don't like it spicy)
1/3 Tbsp: paprika
Salt & Pepper to taste
Possible toppings: shredded cheese, diced onion, sour cream, jalapeños
1. Brown the meat and drain any fat. Add in diced onion and sauté.
2. Put all of the ingredients in a pot or a slow cooker. Stir. Bring to a boil and simmer for at least 20 minutes before serving. You could also set it on low in the slow cooker for 4-6 hours.
3. Serve with preferred toppings. Enjoy!
**Leftovers can be enjoyed during the next few days or frozen.
What are your favorite game day recipes?? Comment below, I'd love to try them out!
Aloha lovely people! As you can tell I recently just got back from my first trip to Hawaii and it was so nice! We went to Kauai which is known as the jungle island and not so touristy or city like as the other islands. I learned that you can't build a building there taller than a palm tree, that's the law! Pretty amazing. This photo above is me at Waimea Canyon which was insanely huge and awesome, it's not quite as big but comparable to the Grand Canyon in AZ. As you can see, it was pretty chilly up there though, we drove for about 17 miles all the way up to check out this view and it was totally worth it! A must see if you're ever in Kauai.
We also of course had our sunny beach days at Hanalei Bay and some other sweet spots, saw some waterfalls, took sunset boardwalk strolls, practiced yoga on the beach (loved this) & ate at some really yummy restaurants! Seriously ALL of the food was delicious, I was surprised. I'm not sure what I was expecting but I was very impressed with how fresh and tasty every meal was. We stayed in Kapaa'a and ate mostly at places within walking distance of our resort.
So my question is, what island should we visit next?? I've hard Maui has a bit of everything so I think that may be the one but I'd love to hear your thoughts and recommendations!! Check out the photos below from our vacay!
Happy New Year everyone!! Sorry I'm a little late on getting this post out, I've been traveling since Jan. 1st and haven't had a minute to finish this until now! 2017 was good to me in a lot of ways but also was a personally hard year in other ways, more so than other years. I am very welcoming of a brand new year because it's a fresh start and a clean slate! Below are some things that I am going to try to be better at for 2018 for myself and my overall happiness. What are some of your 2018 goals and resolutions?? Comment below, I'd love to hear your thoughts!
1. Stay positive & hopeful even when it seems hopeless.
2. Spend more quality time with family & friends.
3. Go into every situation with a positive attitude, no matter how hard!
4. Get more projects done around the house.
5. Master my garden/gardening skills this spring (everything died last year!)
6. Focus more on my Real Estate career.
7. Read at least one book a month, cut back on tv (I am a sucker for The Real Housewives of anything & Vanderpump Rules!)
8. Go to yoga daily & exercise more in general.
9. Eat cleaner, focus more on clean eating rather than dieting!
10. Throw some amazing events for the women in my community!
Any tips/advice/suggestions/recipes/anything basically that you want to share with me, I'd love that so much!! Wishing you all a very happy new year, 2018 is going to be the best one yet!
Hey everyone! I am so excited for this last edition of our monthly "Locals we Love" post because we had some pretty amazing vendors at our December event. I can't believe this will be my last post of 2017, this year has flown by and I am so grateful for how much our ATX Housewives in the City community has grown! I couldn't of done these events without all of your support and encouragement, I hope you've all had as much fun and have made as many wonderful connections as I have this past year! On Dec. 6th we had our final event of 2017 and it was one of our smaller events (I blame the freezing rain that just had to happen on that night) but it was still such a lovely night filled with spectacular local business owners sharing their brands and of course our awesome guests, both new and familiar faces, thank you all for coming out! Below are the vendors that attended that event, please reach out to them personally if they can help you with anything, answer any questions, sell you some products, etc. They all will be grateful for your business and happy to work with you in any way!
Leah Reed w/ Rodan + Fields
Earlier this month we had a big holiday and one year anniversary networking event which was so festive and fun! We thank all of you who came out and missed those of you who couldn't! We were so lucky enough to be able to partner up with the local charity PACT which stands for Partners Against Child Trafficking. Celina was the lovely lady who came to represent the organization and she was so great about educating me and the guests about what PACT does and how it helps in our community! Below is some information and ways that you can connect with them to volunteer, donate or anything else you may be interested in!
PACT's Mission:Uniting communities to bring an end to child trafficking by raising awareness, preventing victimization, and reducing demand.
PACT's Vision:Imagine a world without child exploitation.
Student Programs: The PACT Student Ambassador program is a project-based advocacy program designed to empower a generation of student leaders to get informed and take action to bring child trafficking to an end. Sign up here to become a PACT Student Ambassador! In addition to the Ambassador program, we will be releasing secular and scripture-based curriculum for youth in January 2018. The curriculum is designed to equip youth with the skills to resist, detect, and prevent child trafficking, while becoming advocates for human dignity in their community.
Hi lovely people!! I hope you all are relaxing and done with shopping and wrapping by this time, I can't believe Christmas Eve is tomorrow! Where did the time go?? We've gotten some wonderful cold and even snowy weather these past couple of weeks and I for one am so grateful, I absolutely love it! I've been cuddled up in sweaters with the pups sitting by the fire and sipping hot tea, does it get any better?! I just wanted to post a very delicious and extremely simple recipe of my absolute favorite Christmas treat, peanut clusters! I made these a few days ago and have almost single handedly finished them off. Oops! I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and let me know if you make these clusters and how you like them!
Peanut Clusters Recipe
~1 bag of dark chocolate chips
~1 bag of butterscotch chips
~2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
~1 jar of lightly salted roasted peanuts
~You'll need wax paper and a large baking sheet
First you want to combine both bags of chips and the vegetable in a large bowl and melt it by putting in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time. After each 30 second session, take the bowl out of the microwave and stir the ingredients. It took me about 1 min and 30 seconds total for all of my chocolate to melt. Then quickly you want to mix in the peanuts, I used about 3/4th's of the peanut jar, but you can use as much or as little as you like depending on how nutty you want them. Then once your nuts are stirred in, you will take a spoon and drop spoonfuls onto your wax paper (which is on your baking sheet) and make several little clusters on the sheet. The last step is once all of your clusters are on the sheet, you will refrigerate for about 20 mins so the chocolate can harden. Then take out and enjoy! Any extras should be stored in a container! Let me know what you all think, I absolutely love them and can't get enough!
I recently had the pleasure of experiencing my first ever blow out bar service at the very wonderful Vent Blotique in Round Rock on University Blvd! I wasn't quite sure what to expect other than, I'd go in there and they would make my hair look great. Well my expectations were beyond met! The lovely manger, Hope started me off with one of the best head massages and washes I've ever had! It was just what the doctor ordered and I was so impressed! The blow out that I chose was the All Out and it defintley lived up to its name. It included a soothing warm towel while my hair was being washed, an amazing hair masque (which I was in desperate need of), the aforementioned perfect scalp massage and if that wasn't enough I received a hand treatment/massage as well! Then Hope blew out and styled my hair, which was gorgeous and lasted for days!!
So trust me on this ladies and go check out your nearest Vent Blotique next time you want to get pampered and look amazing. They are also hosting a giveaway on our main Facebook page that you can check out and enter into! They are giving away three of their one month memberships!! You can win one for you and two friends, how amazing is this?!! You could go in every day for a month if you wanted to and trust me, after you try it once, you WILL want to!
address: 200 University Blvd., Ste 510, Round Rock, TX 78665
phone: (512) 969-2454
Before my amazing experience
The finished product!! Love it!
Hey everyone!! I hope your Thanksgiving was super delicious and spent with family and loved ones! I hosted at my house and had a lot of in-laws in town, it was a very busy but wonderful weekend! I of course made waaaaay too much food but the turkey was juicy, wine was flowing and desserts were amazing so all is good in the hood. A week before Thanksgiving we had our incredible November monthly event and it was one of my favorites to date! The venue Sonesta Hotel in Bee Cave is just gorgeous, the food is excellent and we had such a lovely group of vendors! Amazing turn out with our guests, free massages and wine samples, an amazing photo booth, we couldn't of asked for a better evening. If you missed it, no worries! Our co-sponsor was CHARM Med-Spa and I highly recommend checking them out! I've included all of the vendors below so you can reach out to them directly if you are interested in their business, want to purchase something or just have questions! They would love to hear from you all! I hope to see everyone for our last event of the year, next Wednesday on Dec. 6th at Hanovers 2.0 in North Austin!
Hi all! My name is Kacey and I am a realtor, a wife and a dog mom of 3 dachshunds in the wonderful city of Austin! I'm also a yoga & food lover, pretty good cook, wanna be crafter, hot tea drinker, movie watcher and most importantly I am the gal behind Austin Housewives in the City! I hope to see you at one of our Girl's Night Out events soon!!
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