for the love of Texas – #FromHereForHere

This post is graciously sponsored by Ozarka Brand Natural Spring Water. Ozarka Water comes from three Texas springs, and is uniquely #FromHereForHere. Find a bottle at your local store or sign up for convenient Ozarka delivery. All words and opinions are my own. Texas is the only state I’ve ever lived in. And I say that […]

VentureLab STEM-related summer camps

This summer I’m partnering with VentureLab to bring you information about their awesome summer camp programs. VentureLab is holding a free Open House on Sunday, June 5, from 4 – 5:30 p.m., where you can learn more about the VentureLab experience. Visit the VentureLab website for more information, and read on to find out how […]

Maker Faire Austin: thumbs up from sensory kiddos & hovering moms!

I’m not a good busy person. It may sound like a cop out, but I am a low-energy introvert who can really only handle about one activity every few days. So being busy every day? Not my jam. But I will sacrifice myself for Mother’s Day and a good Austin event like the Austin Maker Faire. […]

Austin’s Trail of Lights + ZiP Fast Pass Giveaway

We love Christmas lights, and we love Austin-y things, but can you believe we hadn’t been to Austin’s renowned Trail of Lights since Rachel and Claire were babies? Yup. Their first Christmas season, we hauled them downtown and pushed them through the Trail in the double stroller. We marveled at the displays; they had absolutely no […]

we survived the ACL Festival

Over the years, we’ve watched the Austin City Limits Festival grow from practically nothing to one of the biggest music festivals in the world, which still blows my mind. Christian and I attended ACL years and years ago, before it got so huge. In 2003 we celebrated our first wedding anniversary on the same weekend ACL […]

The Domain’s Lighting of the Great Tree & Holiday Activities

Hey! This is a sponsored post through Orange Wall Collective. I know! Two in one week. I hardly ever do sponsored posts, and this was a mere coincidence. But it’s thanks to things like this that this blog stays up and running, so thank you for supporting those that support Genie in a Blog. One […]

Touch-A-Truck Benefiting Austin Children’s Shelter

  I’m doing a rare, local giveaway here today, so if you’re not an Austin area reader, feel free to check in with me next time, and have a great weekend!   This giveaway is closed! Congrats to Carol for winning the family 4-pack of tickets!   On Saturday, November 2, 2013, Gorgeous Millie presents […]

Austin products you need

    I am a huge proponent of buying local, which works out well because Austin fully embodies the concept of supporting local businesses. I recently got to hear Amy Simmons from Amy’s Ice Creams speak at a conference, and she said it best: that Austin really embraces entrepreneurship and creativity. Most people here would […]