Moms that brunch.

Mother’s day is in just a couple days, so if you’re scrambling for ideas to make her smile from ear to ear, take a look at these bunch spots and breakfast-in-bed ideas that are guaranteed to make her wish Mother’s Day was 365 days a year.

157a47_09c53e7682f64ecd9dfffce0bf0a4e3d.png_srz_p_409_628_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srzIf you’re not the cooking type, it’s not too late to make reservations! Times may be limited, but most Mother’s Day brunch spots keep serving until 3pm. Here is a list of my favorite ones in Austin:

Eden East on the eastside (farm to table, outdoor atmosphere, love this place)

Olivia on South Lamar (classics)

Hudson’s on the Bend in Lakeway (this is my new favorite restaurant!)

Yellow Jacket Social Club on the eastside (outdoor seating, relaxed environment, great shrimp and grits)

Hillside Farmacy on the eastside (quaint vibe, great food)

Feeling up to the challenge? Whip up a delicious meal for Mom, she will love it!

For you late risers, this overnight french toast can be made the night before! All you need is a quick pop in the oven and a pot of coffee brewing before service starts :)

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I made these dutch babies before, and my mom loved them! So they are going back on the brunch table again. Try them out, they are super easy to make and incredibly delish!9878b477578b7313c0700442158fc8b1

I fell in love with mango mimosas when I couldn’t stop sipping them at El Alma with the girls. Here is a simple recipe to change up this classic brunch cocktail.b13a352d8e212ed1ac8b8c2cf253458f

Being that I’m from Seattle, smoked salmon is a must for practically every meal (at least in my family). We eat lox bagels ALL the time because they are just that good. Try setting up a bagel bar for brunch, all parties will be thankful.99684a03d35d5a8761006d23e974bd22Happy Mother’s Day y’all!

DIY Pom Pom Tote

toryburchtoteUnfortunately, like many women, I have expensive taste and frankly my wallet just isn’t full of cash money. I often find myself walking through stores thinking “that’s way too expensive, I might as well make it” and instantly get to work. Case in point this Tory Burch beach tote that retails for a whopping $295. Yikes. I had this wicker bag hiding in storage and knew it was perfect for a little DIY project, not to mention today is Cinco De Mayo and the colors are so fitting to the holiday! This can double as a beach tote OR a picnic basket filled with all the chips and guac you could ever want. Heading to the La Condesa Cindo De Mayo Block Party tonight? This little number might make its debut.

SAMSUNG CSCPom Poms are key to taking this tote from drab to fab. I decided to make navy blue poms to match the stitch in the basket. Find out how to make your own here.SAMSUNG CSCI tied eight pom poms (about three inches round), along the trim of the basket. The good thing about working with wicker is the easy access for tying thread together, but there are many options, so make sure you choose the tote you like best before getting started! 
SAMSUNG CSCIsn’t it darling?! If anyone is interested in adding this to their handbag selection, let me know, I’d be happy to make you one! $25 a pop is much better than the alternative :) In other news, Happy Cinco De Mayo! May your day be filled with more beans and rice than you know what to do with. Olé!

¡Fiesta!

Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 10.06.18 PMThere are many reasons why I love Austin; good vibes, great weather and delicious food. It’s also clear this city knows how to let loose and throw a party from time to time (I mean, there is literally a festival happening every other weekend). So I decided to compile some fun ideas together to help make your Cinco De Mayo fiesta (which is less than a week away!) extra spicy. Being from the PNW, there isn’t as much of a mexican presence like in Texas, so I fully embrace the holiday spirit, piñatas and all.

Decor: This is everything when it comes to a party. Unfortunately, it can also be very expensive and time consuming. Stick to decorating a specific area if you are on a budget i.e. the food and drink table, because that’s where people will be most ;) These cactus cupcake holders fulfill function and decor – perfect!Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 9.58.57 PM

Food:  Probably the main thing guests care about, other than the drink selection. There is nothing worse than showing up to a party to see only a half scoop of guac left in the bowl. Spare your guests from getting hangry and make individual servings like these seven layer dips, to prevent that one person, we all know, who takes enough to feed a family of four. Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 10.02.14 PM

Drinks: Cinco De Mayo is not Cinco De Mayo without, you guessed it, alcohol! Gosh, who doesn’t love a party where you’re encouraged to hit cardboard for candy while under the influence? Get innovative with drink ideas – make it an activity for guests to create their own! Sip on these blood orange margaritas I whipped up for National Margarita Day, they are delicious! But don’t drink and drive, people. SAMSUNG CSCGot leftover lime wedges? Jello shots are probably a good idea. 
Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 10.00.39 PMAttire: I’ve really been into embroidered tops lately so Cinco De Mayo comes at no better time to play a little dress up. If you live in Austin, check out Fiesta Mart to find authentic mexican shirts dresses. I could actually wear these year round.
Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 10.18.10 PMThese flower crowns are the ideal accessory for this colorful occasion. If you haven’t made one yet, check out this quick tutorial. SAMSUNG CSCAnd if you actually don’t know why Cinco De Mayo is a holiday (guilty <insert embarrassed face>), read up. Ay ay ay!

Weekend Details.

32a7815315d6cf0c2f018404e7665f0cHappy Sunday Fun Day! This weekend was full of family, friends and a lot of sunshine; pretty much all you need in life. Unfortunately, we all miscalculated how much sunscreen was needed for a full day on the lake, and now we’re REALLY paying for it, whoops. But all this time outdoors is really getting me into the summer spirit – pretty soon Barton Springs Pool will be the only Austin destination when temperatures break the high 90’s and SnoBeach will be backed up with Tiger’s Blood orders. So naturally, Peter and I decided to plan a little getaway to Miami to soak up the sun kissed beaches and cuban inspired cuisine. I’m pretty much just trying to live vicariously through every Slim Aaron’s summer holiday photo.

First off, if anyone has ever been to Miami, any tips/suggestions are more than welcomed! We plan on amping up our food game with top notch cuban sandwiches, exploring the 60’s MOD architecture of downtown Miami and finally driving the overseas highway to Key West with Sixt Rent a Car. If you plan on taking a road trip anytime soon, look no further, as this family owned and operated rental car company comes highly recommended! They set the bar high with more than 100 locations worldwide (including our very own Austin, TX!), flexible drop off/pick up locations (which we all know is key) and really great rates. The  choice rides are just an added bonus, but here are some coupons to sweeten the deal. Road trip!

In other news, here are a few things I’m currently obsessing over:

How cute are these handmade headbands by Libellula Designs?! Presh.

I’m a big fan of long lasting lipstick and think I just found my new number #1.

I did a little sunday shopping today at Olive on the eastside, it’s a must see!

If you love truffles, Bola Pizza will blow your mind! I had a little taste at the EAUFT and still can’t get enough.

Clay makers.

SAMSUNG CSCIf you’re into DIY projects just as much as me, then you’ve probably heard of Sculpy Clay already. It’s hitting the crafting world hard, and I’ve been up to my ears with projects to try. SO, since I’m really into gardening right now (give it another month and I’ll be anywhere but outside in the Texas heat), I decided to make some herb garden markers for my latest martha wannabe DIY.SAMSUNG CSCThese herb markers were made with oven bake Sculpy Clay, you can also purchase an air dry clay as well. Ah, so many options, so little time!SAMSUNG CSCI used letter stamps to write out the words into the clay before putting them into the oven to cook. Check out this full step by step tutorial to get all the details. SAMSUNG CSCHey, at least I’ll be able to tell the difference between mint and parsley, finally.

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