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Austin: Go Local for Gifts This Holiday Season

December 16, 2011

Gift giving is a tradition that spans cultures and belief systems, centering on friendship, thoughtfulness, love, and sharing. While some wish lists may require a trip to a super electronics store for a new gadget, thoughtful gifts can come directly from fellow Austinites. Austin’s artisan and local business community is a thriving, inventive part ofRead More

Holiday-themed Spa Treatments in Austin Make Decadent Gifts or Indulgences

December 15, 2011

The holidays are a double edged sword: they are fun, memorable times to spend with friends and family; but they can also be stressful, activity-packed stretches without breaks and with long to-do lists. With so much bustle and not enough time in a single month, the hustle of the holidays can mean a relaxing hourRead More

Buddha’s Brew Promotes Active Cultures in Austin

December 8, 2011

Some days, nothing sounds better than a cold bottle of active bacteria strands muddled with green tea and a light flavoring. Really. Kombucha, a fermented beverage rich in beneficial probiotic bacteria, is a drink that has been cultivated for centuries around the globe, and since 2006, has been bottled and sold with huge success aroundRead More

Local Illustrator and Author Scott Sutton Finds Ample Inspiration in Austin

November 23, 2011

Creativity and the city of Austin go together hand in hand, and that’s because Austinites are a band of innovative artists, philanthropists, athletes, businessman, chefs, filmmakers, and writers. Scott Sutton, a local children’s illustrator and author, is one of Austin’s creative trail blazers. Starting his career as a commercial artist in 1971, Sutton moved toRead More

Austin Sugarworks: Think Outside the Cube

November 20, 2011

Tired of sugar swirling undissolved at the bottom of iced tea, or sweetener packets full of chemicals? Could that daily cup of joe use a pick-me-up? If life could be a little sweeter, or you’re on the lookout for locally made, artisan-quality, inexpensive gifts for the holiday season, sweet news: Austin Sugarworks was handcrafted forRead More

Feng Shui Tips For New or Well Loved Austin Homes

November 18, 2011

Feng Shui is sometimes considered either a school of decorating or a new age spiritual practice. In truth, Feng Shui is neither, and instead is an approach to design environments for the best possible energy, creating a positive effect on whoever enters the space. Austin and Travis Country residents may feel a long way fromRead More

Go Local Austin: Wexel Art

November 10, 2011

Every family knows the scenario: Little Timmy comes bounding in, fresh from another day in his Kindergarten class, his face beaming with pride as he hands over his latest masterpiece. This time it’s a picture of a T-Rex fighting a Triceratops, and at that moment it’s the most important thing he’s ever created. As aRead More

Local Austin Pet Food Company Nulo Making a Difference

November 3, 2011

Much like their owners, household pets are showing alarmingly increased rates of obesity, allergies, and food intolerance. It makes no difference if a pet lives in an East Austin or a West Austin home: its food, now packed with as many fillers, additives, and preservatives as our own, is showing the same devastating impacts onRead More

Austin Author Creates New Cookbook To Tackle The Wears & Tears of Aging

October 27, 2011

Spending the summer days laying poolside in Barton Creek or water skiing on Lake Travis can take its toll on tanned skin, but reversing sun damage and looking younger doesn’t necessarily require creams and outpatient procedures.  Rather, the aging process can be dramatically affected by shifting our perspective on the food we eat. Eating wellRead More

Johnson’s Backyard Garden Brings Farm Fresh to Austin

October 19, 2011

Johnson’s Backyard Garden is a 200-acre organic farm just 15 miles east of Downtown Austin. The farm is a CSA, or community supported agriculture endeavor, that sells shares of the farm in the form of boxes of fresh produce to its members every week. Boxes contain seasonal produce that can include over 60 types ofRead More