Keep It Light:  10 Tips  To Simplify The Season

Keep It Light: 10 Tips To Simplify The Season

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, full of friends, family, and festivities. But research confirms a different reality. Most Americans have elevated stress levels during the holiday season. Instead of being full of good tidings and cheer,...
Lost Pines: A Holiday Wonderland

Lost Pines: A Holiday Wonderland

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines was a favorite trip with my children when they were one, three and five years old. But how would it be to visit this iconic resort now that some of us were teenagers, and didn’t want to leave home and friends? What would we find to do, and...
Make this Thanksgiving Meaningful

Make this Thanksgiving Meaningful

When we think of Thanksgiving Day, delicious food, football, and getting together with family and friends come to mind. The original purpose of Thanksgiving was to show gratitude and give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Now, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, it is easy to...
Three Ways to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

Three Ways to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

Growing up, my overachieving family placed a high value on competency. “Often this translated into a mindset critical of one’s self and others, where we frequently saw the bad before the good.   This way of being, like all patterns, became habitual for me and my...
Creating the Ultimate Fall Family Fun List

Creating the Ultimate Fall Family Fun List

When you think about fall family fun in Austin, you might be expecting a list of events like corn mazes, ghostly outings, and festivals. While those are wonderful options for many families, what I discovered repeatedly when my son was younger is that we needed to look...
Cool STEM Projects for Fall

Cool STEM Projects for Fall

Fall is back to school time—and a great time to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). Learning knows no season, but each season brings its own ways to interact with STEAM activities.   Monarch Migration Some types of butterflies,...
National Stepfamily Day: Wisdom from Stepparents

National Stepfamily Day: Wisdom from Stepparents

No parent is perfect. And in the case of blended families, the art of step parenting can be even more challenging. According to the U.S. Census, over 50% of US families are remarried or re-coupled. More than 1300 new blended families form every day. Fifty percent of...
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