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Elexa Martinez

Born and raised Texan and Austinite for over 20 years. Mom of 2 who loves all things Austin and what makes it weird and unique. I also love all kinds of beauty products and things that are useful to families.
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American Girl the Care and Keeping of You 1 & 2
Book
With a tween girl making sure we talk about all the things that have to do with the female body can be daunting to say the least. My daughter and I have so enjoyed reading these books together and they have really helped me to make sure I cover all the topics she needs to know about. I highly recommend these books and feel like they really are age appropriate for the recommended ages of the books. I find my daughter reading the books on her own and she has even gifted them to friends because she likes them so much. I feel she is as prepared for puberty as I can help her to be and these books have played a vital role.
Apples to Apples
Game
Go to classic family game. Fun for the whole family from kids to seniors this game is a hit for large family gatherings or just a family game night,
Austin Eastciders Blackberry
Cider
We just had the new Blackberry and I am obsessed. It is not overly sweet and has a wonderful berry undertone while still tasting like cider. It is not dry and the blackberry is now my favorite of them all. Super easy to drink the whole 6 pack.
Baleaf Men's Short Sleeve Rashguard Swim Shirt Upf 50+ Sun Protection Rash Guard
Swim Suits
With summer protecting our skin is so important. I got this a couple months ago for my partner to go to the beach and he has been totally protected in it. I have been very impressed by it.
Batiste Dry Shampoo
Shampoo
I use the Batiste Dry Volumizing Shampoo and it has been my go too for my thin hair. I prefer to put it in at night and do little spot spraying in the morning, it is a life saver as a busy mom.
Benefit Lip & Cheek Stain
Lipsticks
I love this stuff. It is really great for those no makeup light makeup days when you just want a touch of color for your lips.It is also a great base for glossy colors that tend to not last.
Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil
Eyebrow Color
I love the definition and shape I can create with this pencil. It blends so nicely as well with the attached brush.
Blackstone 12" Memory Foam Mattress
Mattress
We just got our Blackstone 12" Memory Foam Mattress a few months ago at Costco. It was super affordable and we love it. Comes in a box that fit in our SUV and was easy to set up.
Blue Diamond Nut Thins
Snack
These are my families go to gluten free cracker for homemade lunches, snacking and entertainment. They go so good on any meat and cheese board and are always in our pantry. The hint of sea salt is just the right amount. I prefer them over the original.
Burlap Bag
Candle
I would defiantly recommend The Burlap Bag candles they burn so great, they are soy candles and this one would be perfect for you I love a lot of their scents.
Canva
App
I love Canva for creating social media content, graphics, posters, flyers, and even party or event invitations. I have always found something to work well for my needs out of the free options. It is very easy to use and you don't have to be a graphic designer to make content with canva. I also really like the way you can customize your graphics to fit any social media platform which is very useful as a content creator or business owner, to have graphic sizes for each platform. It is definitely a must that I find myself using at least a few times a month if not more.
Catch Phrase
Game
This handy little game has brought us so much fun with our friends. We love to play it at couples game night.
Catch the Fox
Game
My kids love this game. They think it is so funny when the fox's pants disappear and the chickens scatter everywhere. A gift from grandparents that became a quick hit.
Cauldron Quest
Game
I got this because my daughter is a big Harry Potter fan and it is a cooperative game meaning everyone works together no winner. We love building all the potions great for ages 6-11
CGK Deep Pocket Sheets
Linens
We recently got a new mattress and needed some deep pockets to fit. We are really enjoying these cooling deep pocket sheets in a nice grey color. They really do fit our bed and are very soft and cool to sleep on.
Clif Kid Zbars
Protein Bar
My kids really like he brownie Clif Kid Zbars. With my super picky eaters I know they are getting some nutrition while they are thinking they are having a treat.
Cocoship
Swim Suits
I am always having a hard time finding a good quality suit. I have been so impressed by the true to size fit on this suit. The fabric is such good quality and I love that the bottoms on the one piece are shorts it is so very cute and comes in more than a hand full of pattern options. I can't express how much I absolutely love this suit.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top
Shoes
My always go to staple for any outfit. They are my favorite kids shoes and my kids have always had a pair in every size since they were babies. They last so long. super comfortable and have so many style options the possibilities are endless.
Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder, Translucent
Makeup
Well I guess grandma knew best!! I have used so many translucent powders and well the one my grandma always used really is the best affordable powder by far!! It is so great it is perfect for baking your concealer and really helps with oil control.
Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650
Coffee Maker
We love Cuisenart Coffee makers. They make excellent coffee and last what seems like forever. Over the passed 14 years we have owned 2 and we use them daily. Our newest one is this extreme brew. We found it on the more affordable side and it does what we need and is super convenient since it is programable.
Dashing Diva Nail Art
Nails
Dashing Diva Nail strips are my favorite. They are super easy to apply and that is saying something if you have ever used nail strips before. I have found that they last me 12-18 days and hold up really well with how hard I am on my hands as a mom. I also really like that they come with so many and I can do my nails and my daughter's nails with one box and still have some left over. The color options are super fun and the boxes come with toe nail sizes as well. For being under $10 they have swiftly turned into my favorite go to nail wrap.
DELUXITY Lightweight Medium Crossbody Bag
Bag
I have been extremely impressed by my cross body bag from amazon. I have had it since Christmas and for the price and how hard I am on purses. It is still in perfect shape and look so good, no cracks chips or anything.
Dinosaur Escape Game
Game
I got this at a local toy store for my dinosaur loving toddler and it has become a family favorite. It is a collaborative game so everyone works together to save the dinosaurs from the volcano eruptions.
Don't Break the Ice
Game
Another toddler favorite. Great for learning to take turns and fine motor skills this one is a must for our game collection.
Dr. Ohhirra's Probiotics
Probiotics
I really love the Dr. Ohhira's, Probiotics, Original Formula for the higher priced probiotic at about $45. I have gut issues and this one works great helps with yeast issues, and bloating.
Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara
Mascara
For a daily mascara, I use Essence Lash Princess false effect for just running around with the kids an and errands.
Graco Extend2Fit
Car Seat
We have really liked our Graco Extend2Fit. It was much more affordable than the one we had for our oldest and my youngest rear faces till over 4 years and has always been comfortable. It is really easy to install as well and not super heavy considering its size.
Harry Potter Puzzles and Spells
Game
If you are a Potter head and candy crush player you will love this game. It is so much fun collecting spells, making potions, and attending different Hogwarts classes while solving puzzles!
Harry Potter Uno
Game
This card game is a must for any Potter Head and Uno fan. So fun to play by Hogwart's houses. We have had so many fun family nights with this little card game
Ikea KURA
Bed Frame
We just re did the Ikea Kura in grey and we are absolutely loving it! My son is 5 and goes up and down just fine and he loves the play area under the bed! was super simple to repaint since it was in pieces when we got it.
Intex 8.5 X 5.3 X 2.13 Foot Rectangular Frame Swimming Pool
Inflatable Pool
With the Texas summers, investing in something for water family fun is a must. We have been extremely happy with our purchase last year of our Intex above ground pool, It was easy to manage when it came to treating the water. We refilled it about every 4-6 weeks. The whole family can fit in the pool and the kids have room for swimming fun. It was also just the right depth for our 4 year old who was just beginning to swim and big enough for our 8 year old to swim around as well.
Intex Dinosaur Inflatable Play Center
Pool Toy
When my kids were toddlers we had the Intex Dinosaur Inflatable Play Center and we loved it. It was pretty easy to maintain and had the water fall and slide and kept them super busy. We actually got this same pool 2 times. one for my oldest and then again for my youngest. They lasted about 2 summers each.
Intex Inflatable Sit N’ Float Pool Lounge
Pool Toy
We bought an above ground pool last year and I found that the Intex Inflatable Sit n’ Float Pool Lounge was not too big and the kids could still play while I enjoyed the float and relaxation.
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Phone
I love my IPhone 12 Pro I just upgraded from x. I have had no cons at all. The camera and the in phone editing is really great I don’t have to use an actual editing app as much. I like the faster charging with the usbc plug.
L'oreal Paris Makeup Voluminous Lash Boosting Conditioning Primer
Mascara
My number one favorite drug store eye lash primer. Works so well and the application brush is really nice.
L'oreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara
Mascara
On days I am looking for a more dramatic eye I use the l'oreal telescopic mascara with the l'oreal telescopic primer. I usually get them at CVS or Ulta I always try to use a coupon at either place for them.
Lafes’s Deodorant Stick Active Citrus & Beramot
Deodorant
We buy Lafes’s deodorant stick Active Citrus & Beramot for our daughter, we have tried a lot for her and this is the one she really likes it.
Libby
App
We absolutely love our library here in Austin and the Libby app offers so many books and audio books. We literally us the libby app every day. The read alongs with my younger child that turn Epicture books into readalongs, the ebooks for chapter books on our iPad and then audio books in the evening before my kids go to bed. I like playing the many mindfulness books for kids and adults in the evenings as well as novels with my older child. We have been able to discover so much literature this way since here in Austin our libraries are still closed.
Lifetime Geometric Dome Climber Play Center
Outdoor Playset
We got this for the kids 4 years ago for Christmas. It has been a wonderful investment for them and we have really loved having this for them in our yard.
Linenspa Waterproof Sheet Protector
Mattress Protector
We recently got this mattress cover for our 5 year old's bed and it has worked really great! He loves to drink water in his bunk bed and it has really protected the memory foam mattress he has.
LOreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Moisturizer Sunscreen Spf 30
Moisturizer
I have been using the LOreal Revitalift bright reveal brightening moisturizer sunscreen spf 30 for about 4 years now. It is my daily under makeup and is nice and light and doesn't break me out. I uses a lot of others before this one that did break me out.
Macbook Pro
Laptop
I love my Mac book Pro. I do a lot of content creating. event planning and accounting on mine. My husband works on a Mac Book Pro as well and he works in IT for a large agency and he really likes it. I think it is dependent on what your business is and what you will be using it for.
Mad Mattr
Game
My family loves Mad Matter. It is our go to sensory play product. It can be molded, squished, cut and it is easy to clean up. The reusable storage bad has kept ours fresh and good for well over 8-10 months. Not like others that won't last long. I feel like we get our money's worth and love to add little toys to it for more interactive fun.
Mattel Phase 10
Game
This card game has a been an adult game night favorite of ours.
Maui Babe Browning Lotion
Tanning Oils
I got this off the recommendations here and I am happy with how long I am keeping my color after just a couple time using it. I am excited to see how well I can maintain my tan passed the summer!
Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-In-1 Foundation + Concealer
Concealer
I recommend Milani Conceal perfect 2 in 1 foundation. I have more combination skin but it holds up and isn't over drying for my dry areas. It is really full coverage and love how it photographs and is long wearing for a full day. I do add a hydrating spray and primer before but I am very happy with how good it is at it's price point.
Milani Make It Last Matte Setting Spray
Setting Spray
I have really been surprised at how much less makeup comes off on my mask with this setting spray. I like the finish since I have combination skin.
Mint
App
My husband and I use Mint I really like and how it pulls data directly from our account to show us exactly how we are spending.
Mom, I Want to Hear Your Story
Journal
I got this for my mom for mothers day and she really liked it, The kids and I can't wait to read all she has to share.
Nanosteamer Large 3-In-1 Nano Ionic Facial Steamer With Precise Temp Control
Skin Care
I have been wanting one of these facial steamers for quite some time and I am super happy with this buy. It was on a lighting deal and was skeptical but I love it!!
Natural Vitality Calm Sleep Drink Mix
Melatonin
I started using this when I struggled with not getting sleep after having kids. It has the perfect formula to help settle your mind and body and to be able to sleep. I really like the little bit of gaba in this that helps with settling the mind. Then the melatonin helps you fall a sleep and magnesium helps with relaxation it’s a great combination and is nice as a warm tea!
Neewer Ring Light Kit
Ring Light
I have had this light for now over a year. It gives such great lighting and I love the bendable neck to get into any angle for all kinds of content creating being stills or videos and DIY photo sessions with family and friends. The versatility the little clicker gives with its bluetooth connection is so convenient. It is a bit top heavy so I have to be a careful having it up around the children but it is resilient and even though it has been nocked over a couple times, it still works like new and I do not see any damage.
Nike Girls' Swim Spectrum Crossback One-Piece Swimsuit
Swim Suits
Just snagged this swim suit for my daughter to participate in swim team with. She needed a new sport swim suit for all the practices and this one has a wonderful fit and full bottom coverage that can be hard to find for young ladies.
Nissan Pathfinder
Car
We really like our Nissan Pathfinder. We got it used we also needed the 3rd row for our kids. I did not want a van. I love the way it handles it doesn't at all feel like I am driving as large of a vehicle as it is. Within the price range, it has such a smoother drive than the others we test drove. We can fit 4 adults and 3 kids comfortably in the car with a car seat. Also you can fold down all the back rows for cargo hauling and we can fit so much in it. We also have heated seats.
Nivea Firming Gel
Skin Care
I discovered this last summer to help smooth out some problem areas. I have been surprising happy with the results of using the gel. I do feel like after 2-6 weeks my areas are smoother and firmer than they were without it. It is now a must have in my skin care routine.
Nuun Hydration
Energy Drink
I have been using these for years. I have an electrolyte deficiency and drinking these really helps me to stay hydrated and reduce the ache and pains of my deficiency. My favorite flavor is the Strawberry Lemonade.
Orgain Protein Shakes for Kids
Protein Shake
I have a super picky eater. I have to supplement him with Orgain Organic Kids Nutritional Protein Shake in chocolate. We have noticed so much growth in his build alone with development growth.
Organix Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Penetrating Oil
Hair Care
We started using the Renewing + attain oil of Morocco penetration oil for my daughter's hair. It can be used on damp and dry hair and it has been really helpful with managing her frizz.
Panache Lingere
Bra
My favorite brand with exact bra size is for sure Panache I got at Petticoat Fair, that bathing suit lasted me 4 summers and was totally worth the investment.
Physicians Formula Holiday Baby Butter Trio Glow Face Palette
Makeup
I snagged this trio over 6 months ago and I love it. The bronzer is just perfect to give good definition, the blush is just a subtle peach and the highlighter you don't need much of and it gives such a pretty shimmer.
Pirate's Booty Puffs
Snack
These are a staple for my family. These baked corn and rice puffs with real cheese are so delicious and my whole family enjoys snacking on them and they are perfect for school lunches as well.
Raw Sugar Hand Wash Therapy
Exfoliant
I have recently discovered this brand and they smell divine. I really like this one because it is a mild exfoliant that makes your hands super soft.
Redmond Re-Lyte Electrolyte Drink Mixed Berry
Energy Drink
This has been my go to for about a year for electrolyte replacement drink. The flavor is really great and you don't need much. If you are staying away from sodium then this may not be for you, but this has helped me so much with my electrolyte deficiency.
Richard's Rain Water
Sparkling Water
Love this local Austin water company. The water is so good and the sparkling water is super bubbly. They help support the Austin community in so many different ways. I love supporting a brand that supports their community back.
Samsung Aquajet Top Loader
Washing Machine
We absolutely love our Samsung Aquajet top loader we have the dryer as well. It’s been almost 3 years and no problems. Cleans well and easy to use even the kids can do their own laundry. They were on the affordable side but not cheap.
Schick Hydro Silk Touch-Up Multipurpose Exfoliating Dermaplaning Tool
Hair Trimmers
Have you tried at home Dermaplaning? It is a new thing that I have been doing for almost a year now and I have found these little Schick to be just wonderful for it. They are so easy to old and to work with.
Selfie Ring Light With Cell Phone Holder
Ring Light
Great addition for those zoom meeting, Instagram stories, Reels and speedy SM content creating. I like the 3 types of lighting options, the bendable stand that makes getting just the right angle and shot super easy. I have been impressed for the price.
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360
Vacuum Cleaner
We have been extremely happy with our Shark Navigator. It is easy and light enough for our kids to us. I also really like the rotating neck that helps to get into hard to reach places. We have a black lab and it keeps up with all the pet hair as well. The filter is easy to take out and wash. I also like the fact that it is bagless and not messy to dispose of dust and hair. For the price we are very happy with our purchase from 4 almost 5 years ago and have had no problems so far.
Siete Fuego Tortilla Chips
Food
If your looking for a spicy grain free crunchy snack these were shockingly good. They have become a staple to have for snacks and with our lunches. We have found them at Sprouts and HEB locally.
Siete Sea Salt Tortilla Chips
Food
Our go to grain free tortilla chip. With multiple members of my family having corn and gluten sensitivities we have found Siete Family Food products to be some of our favorites. We buy the super large bags at Costco and we use them for salsa, dips. hummus and on their own. They provide that perfect crunchy snack for those looking to stay away from gains.
Siete Taco Shells
Food
With our family trying to stay away from grains and gluten we love having a taco shell option. Texans and we sure do love our crispy tacos and these crisp up so nicely in such a short period of time. I have even broken them up for tortilla soup and even taco salad toppings. We have found these at Whole Food, Sprouts, and HEB locally.
Speedo Girls' Printed Sport Splice 1-Piece Swimsuit
Swim Suits
We recently got this swim sport suit for our swim team swimmer. It has a wonderful fit that can be a challenge with the speedo brand. We have had others that didn't fit as well as this one does. It also has nice bottom coverage that can be challenging for a young lady.
Spot it!
Game
My daughter and I love playing this fast paced card game. Great for kids who can't read yet but can make matches.
Style Décor Emma 6pc Comforter and Coverlet
Bedding
I got this at Costco and it had a comforter, quilt, and 2 shams & 2 quilted shams. We love ours and is a great deal!
The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Book
I found this series in the Libby app and swiftly fell in love with the whole series even the spin off book reads. If you like fantasy and ya you will love this series. The set up is well worth the journey. The world is do developed and dimensional. The characters are well rounded and you will find yourself right there along for the journey.
Tomy Pop the Pirate
Game
Anther great recommendation from our occupational therapist. This toddler/preschool game has been such a hit and works on fine motor skills putting the swords into the little slots also a great game for learning to take turns.
Vitamix 5200
Blender
We really love our Vitamix I have had it now for 7 years and still going strong. I have been even juicing with it over the passed few months and have now discovered a new way of using it. It is really worth the investment.
Waterloo Sparkling Water
Sparkling Water
My family is a big fan of the local Austin Waterloo Sparkling Water. Our go to flavors are watermelon and mango. I also love how they support the Austin community by sponsoring swim teams and other local things.
What do you meme?
Game
This game has been such a hit and super fun time for girls night but any night with a group of adult friends. We had so many laughs good for the soul.
Wonster Words
App
My daughter learned so much with Monster Words App.
Yellow Box Flip Flops
Shoes
I have been addicted to Yellow Box flip flops for now over 10 years. The only flip flops I buy now. They are just the right amount of bling for your feet and the most comfortable flip flops around. I have had some last me 4-5 years with lots of hot summer wearing her in Texas.
Zingo
Game
We got this game when it was recommended by my son's speech therapist and it has become a family favorite of ours. Like bingo but with words and pictures.
Zomake Casual Travel Backpack, Stylish School Backpack With Wide Doctor Style Top Opening
Backpack
We recently purchased this back pack for my daughter to return to in person school and I am super impressed with the quality of the bag. It has a secret sip zipper in the back for secure electronic storage and has so much space and water bottle holders on the sides. Also with amazon it was so affordable to add the warranty. Which I have learned we have gone though so man back packs that this may come in handy.

Special Occasions

Altitude Trampoline Park South Austin
Entertainment
This is our favorite trampoline park in Austin. My kids like the the variety of trampolines they have and I particular like that they have an area for smaller jumpers away from the larger jumpers.
Austin Eastciders Barton Springs
Restaurant
Wonderful addition to the Barton Springs area. We finally made it out to the new restaurant and had a wonderful time. Of course the ciders were wonderful and we really enjoyed the new blackberry cider highly recommend on tap. The food was just as good. We had the hamburger and the cuban sandwich. The spicy mustard was everything on the cuban and the hamburger was so good and smothered with cheese. They had live music and we felt so safe with all the precautions they have implemented. I loved the vibe as it felt like little bit of old Austin super chill and yummy food that did not break the bank. Also free parking in the garage with your receipt and they also do offer a kids menu.
Austin Flower Company
Florist
The most beautiful and unique flower selection you will find in town. They have amazing prices and wonderful selection. I got all of my flowers for my wedding here. I have received the most beautiful flowers from her as gifts as well.
Austin Java Coffee Cafe
Restaurant
Their pecan coffee is my favorite there. Also their lunch specials, hamburgers, tacos and salads are all so delicious. Great casual environment and good wifi. Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner and just coffee and some working.
Bookpeople
Book Store
Austin is lucky to have Texas' biggest independent bookstore. A local staples this is my family's favorite bookstore to go to. Amazing programs, incredible selection with super friendly and informative staff. It is a most for any Austinite that loves to read.
Bookwoman
Book Store
An Austin treasure for 45 years, I know that I will always find something I just have to have every time I walk into Bookwoman. I have been so happy with all the unique reads I have discovered and of course have a running list of future wants. The owner and staff are super helpful, when they have been out of what I'm looking for they will call me when it gets in again. It’s a must for any reader.
Casa Garcia's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Restaurant
For some reason homemade tortillas are hard to find in Austin. Casa Garcia has the best homemade tortillas and delicious traditional Mexican food.
Casino El Camino
Restaurant
This has been a long time favorite hang out of mine. My best friend and I discovered back in the early 00 showing my age. But I still feel like they have the best burger in town and also the best jukebox.
Crema Bakery Cafe
Bakery
My absolute favorite scone in town is at Crema, a sweet South Austin bakery and coffee shop. They have so many delicious pastries and the scones, I highly recommend. These ladies really have taken "serve the community" to a whole new level. Not only do they serve us with their delicious bites and yummy coffee, they have gone above and beyond helping the community during the past year and a half.
Danielle Warner Photography
Photographer
Danielle and I worked on a visual arts project for our school. She came and provided the most delightful photos of the event. She had such a wonderful way with the student and parents. Her amazing photos were incorporated into a visual presentation for the student and the non profit we worked with. Her photos from this project have been used in their media and I know that the school will cherish the photographs that were taken that day. I know I do.
El Chilito
Restaurant
So so good every single time. The El Pastor is just the right combo of sweet and spicy and the homemade chipotle salad dressing on their super fresh salad is so unique and flavorful. I always add the shrimp and am stuffed. Love this local spot with a killer playlist and outside patio space for the kids.
Enlightened Baby
Boutique
This is my favorite little baby boutique. They were my go to for cute cloth diaper selections. When I had my kids I went to so many new mom events and classes here. They have a wonderful selection of unique baby wears.
Evangeline Cafe
Restaurant
This is definitely our favorite cajan food spot in Austin. We have been several times and they are alway so wonderful about making sure that my husband who has a shellfish allergy does not have any cross contamination in the kitchen. Everything we have ever had has been so delicious.
Galaxy Cafe
Restaurant
Galaxy has a wonderful menu and wide variety of delicious foods. They offer gluten free options that makes it one of our favorite cafes in town.
Home Slice Pizza South Congress
Restaurant
This is one of my families favorite local pizza spots. The pizza has that perfect artisan and unique pizza, the whole family can enjoy. Perfect for a casual date or family night.
Hula Hut
Restaurant
They have the best salsa and margaritas! Beautiful views and yummy food. I really love their hula hut copped salad with the blackened shrimp. My husband like the flautas and they have a nice kids menu that makes it family friendly.
Jacoby's
Restaurant
Happy hour specials, great food and a view! Jacoby’s is a must really any time, but their all night happy hour on Wednesdays are a hit for my family. The burgers are top notch and the fries are just the right amount of crispy. If you like it a little spicy, they have the best chili sauce that we discovered when having the $5 deviled egg starters—on which, by the way, go the extra step and have the bacon added. You won’t regret it, they are delicious.
La Barbeque
Restaurant
From a trailer to a beautiful new restaurant with a great deck in east Austin. You will find some of the yummiest barbecue. The brisket is so moist, with the perfect amount of smoke. Be sure to try it with their two unique barbecue sauces, and a side of their fresh dill mustard potato salad. As a born and raised Texan, I love my barbecue and they fulfill this Texan’s cravings.
La Patisserie
Bakery
Wonderful little bakery and coffee shop. Our favorite for macaroons and their almond croissant is heavenly. Right in the heart of South Austin and next to the Greeting from Austin Mural. They also offer drive up.
Lick Ice Cream
Ice Cream
With so many hot days here in Austin, finding a nice spot for a cold sweet treat is a must. With so many Austin locations that offer unique and creative combinations of flavors, you are sure to find one that will hit the spot. We love chocolate, and every chocolate flavor we have had, we loved. Also, be sure to have a cone—the homemade waffle cones are light, crisp and the perfect way to enjoy a scoop.
Lucy in Disguise With Diamonds
Boutique
Lucy's has been our families go to for costumes. We have found the most unique costumes for Renaissance festival, Halloween parties and also rental of big head costumes for birthday parties. They are a year round costume shop and a must stop on South Congress even if you are not looking for a costume. It is just a fun spot to go and explore.
Magnolia Cafe
Restaurant
A long time 24 hour cafe in Austin for those late night munchies. I love Magnolia cafe, I have never had anything I didn't like there. So very Austin it is a must.
Meanwhile Beer
Brewery
When looking for a great brewery it can be challenging to find family friendly ones. Meanwhile isn't just family friendly they even have a playground with a great beer selection.
Peter Pan Mini Golf
Entertainment
Local long standing Austin tradition. Super fun 2 course option and BYOB. Peter Pan Mini golf is great for a unique date, a family afternoon or just fun with your friends.
Phil's Ice House
Restaurant
We love Phil's for the whole family. The burgers are really good the regular and the sliders and they have nice plump fries. They also have a playground for the kids with nice shaded tables for eating outside.
St Elmo's Brewing Company
Brewery
Very nice spacious and clean. Great beer and cider selection mostly on tap with a wonderful patio space. They were one of the breweries that assisted locals during the winter storm. They have super friendly staff and are one of our south Austin go to breweries.
Sugar Mama's Bakeshop
Bakery
Sugar Mamas has been our go to bakery for well over 12 years at least for cupcakes and cookies. Their cupcakes are in our opinion the best in town!! Also if you are looking for the best cookie you have ever had get the everything cookie from Sugar Mamas you will not be disappointed.
Tarka Indian Kitchen
Restaurant
My family's go to for Indian food. Our favorites are the chicken and veggie pakoras, chicken veggie tikka masala, kabob salad and of course their mango lemonade that we can never get enough of. I really like how you can choose how spicy you want your dishes. They are vegan and gluten free friendly and offer an amazing kids menu that is almost enough for an adult. I have been to 3 different locations and have had the same quality of food and service in all 3. It is a must local restaurant spot.
Thai Fresh
Restaurant
Local and so delicious with great gluten-free bakery options. My family's favorite is the drunken noodles for a little spice and the pat sea ew for the family. Their employee model is commendable I like supporting local and sustainable business and this one is a gem.
The Art Garage
Entertainment
We love spending some time creating Art at the Art Garage. My kids have really enjoyed the events they have hosted, along with drop in pottery painting and birthday parties doing tie dye. We have some pottery that have held up for over 6 years and look band new. You're not just having a good time but also creating treasures that will last.
The County Line on the Lake
Restaurant
We love this restaurant for barbecue and a view.
The Little Gay Shop
Boutique
I love this unique shop on the east side of Austin. The staff is super friendly, and I love that all the art is designed by LGBTQIA+ people. I can always find something I just have to have. Great Pride wears, accessories, gifts and my favorite, shirts with a statement. I want them all! I love that Austin has a place that showcases these artist where we can all support the community.
The Posh Picnic
Wedding Planner
The Salt Lick BBQ
Restaurant
We love taking the drive to Driftwood for some of the best BBQ in central Texas. The area is just beautiful. It is super kid friendly with a playground. Oh the BBQ is so juicy, smoky and yummy as my kids say it. They have unique sides and offer an all you can eat. Be sure to go with an appetite! Also they have a Tardis in the parking lot. If you know you know.
The Splash Shack
Entertainment
The best affordable, fun and year round water play. The Splash Shack is a micro in door water park with super friendly staff that help the children with the waterslides. It is always clean in the restroom and locker rooms when we have gone. Only down side is no outside food but they do have good options in house. Perk is if your child is older you have the choice to watch or join in on the water fun. This place is my kids year round favorite.
Thunder Clouds Subs
Restaurant
The best gluten free bread offered at a sub shop in town. They always have great weekly specials and their thunder sauce is everything .
Tiny Tails to You
Event Venue
Tiny Tails is my families go to for petting zoo. We love their tiny pets and have seen them all over Austin at book stores, libraries, birthday parties and holiday celebrations. They even began to offer virtual pets experiences throughout the pandemic for all us tiny pets lovers.

Home

3e Organizing
Home Organizer
East Austin Succulents
Landscaper
If succulents are you vibe like me who is no good at plant growing then East Austin Succulents is your spot for so many unique succulent plants.
Garden Seventeen
Nursery
April showers bring May flowers. I so enjoy walking though the lanes of all the beautiful plants, flowers and greenery. With the relaxing sounds of all their beautiful water fountains running throughout the garden area. I know I can find the perfect gift for any plant or gardening lover. If you are working on your landscaping, Garden Seventeen probably has what you need for any outdoor landscaping project.
Great Outdoors
Nursery
My family and I love to go to The Great Outdoors. They have the most beautiful flowers and trees. They even do kids crafting events that my kids have loved and we just like to go and walk around and take pics it Is just so pretty.
Longhorn Lawns
Landscaper
They have done some lovely landscaping for our school and have been wonderful supporters of the community.
Pink Flamingo Plant
Nursery
I Personally struggle with house plants but will frequent Pink Flamingo for house warming gifts for those that love them. They really have some of the best house plant selections around also wonderful succulents.
Sparkle Kids Upscale Resale
Consignment
The best upscale kid's resale in town. They have high quality brands and such unique finds for kids. It is a must for local parents.
The Natural Gardener
Nursery
Have a green thumb then Natural Gardener has overhang you may need. They are an all organic nursery and have lovely plants and flowers.
Uptown Cheapskate Austin
Consignment
My daughter and I love to go hunting for vintage and second hand wears at Uptown. We particularly love their dollar days sales, where you can get so much for just $1. They always have something cute and trendy that I walk out with. They also do buy clothes and offer you money on the spot for what they are interested in. Love helping to keep things out of the landfill and finding a great deal.

Beauty

Diablo Rojo Tattoo & Piercing
Tattoo
I just had a tiny tattoo done by Alejandro and it went so smoothly. Very clean shop, he adjusted the size of the script. It took just 10 min and I am so happy with it.
Diablo Rojo The Body Piercing Studio
Piercing
When picking a piercing studio to pierce my daughter's ears I definitely wanted the best. The staff over at Diablo were great. She was 5 at the time and she did not even shed a tear. They were so gentle with her, considered how her ears would grow when determining the placement, showed her what they were doing to do, and she picked out her jewelry, which by the way they have a great selection. We were very happy and she has had no problems with her piercings at all, it has been 5 years.
Embellish Nails & Boutique
Nail Salon
I love their little shop they have such fun gift, clothes and accessories. Their pedicures are definitely a treat for yourself
Frou Frou
Skin Care
I have been going to see Nicole for over 15 years. Hands down the best custom facial around. Her space is super relaxing and her technique is flawless. She can just look at your skin and know exactly what it needs and I love he vast knowledge of product ingredients.
Rock of Ages Tattoo
Tattoo
I have had 2 tattoos done at Rock of Ages with Steve Byrne. He is fantastic. The shop is a great environment, very professional and clean.
Sand Hair Lounge
Hair Salon
Serenity Nails & Spa
Nail Salon
My mom, daughter and I have frequented this nail salon for years. We always have a nice experience. They have a smaller princess pedi chair for little girls and that is why we would go when she was little. Not many salons cater to little girls like that. Recently we were lucky enough to see them on Groupon and snagged a great deal. They have a great gel selection with very pretty colors. I personally don't do the nail art or acrylic nails, so can't vouch for those services. But we keep going back and are very happy with our very well done single color gel mani predi.
Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids
Hair Salon
Just took my son to get his first haircut post covid and I am so glad I made the drive to Sharkey's. Their staff was super friendly, the salon was super clean, my son loved sitting in the lighting maqueen chair and the hair cut was perfect and exactly what I was looking for. It is challenging to find a kids hair cut place that can scissors cut long shaggy hair and they did superb.

Health

Bee Caves Pediatrics
Pediatrician
We have been going to Dr Norton for over 10 years. She knows us, respects us as parents, gives us our options and is always very thorough. She is super sweet with the children. I tend to stick with Dr Norton and Dr Ruize. I highly recommend them both. Have been to both locations and have had great experiences at both locations with these 2 doctors.
Big Sky Pediatric Therapy
Pediatrician
We have been going to Big Sky for now over 2 years with our son. We have done speech and OT and have been extremely happy with our experience. The facility is wonderful with so much for them to be able to do and the therapist are all just so wonderful with the kids. We drive 20 min to get there, that is how good it is, when there are many others closer to us. We just love Big Sky.
Broberg Eye Care
Eye Doctor
I have just had 2 lens replacement with Dr. McGlathery. I was very happy with how well he explained everything to me, better than any previous doctor over the passed 10 years. He gave me all my options, answered all my questions and concerns, He did a great job with both surgeries they went smoothly just like he explained it would go. I went from a -11 to -3 and have had no issues and I am very happy with the outcome.
Eyemart Express
Eye Doctor
I recently went here to get a pair of glasses. They had a very nice selection of affordable and high end frames. They offered so much within their one hour service. I even had a prescription adjustment and they were able to get that done quicker than an hour. The staff has been friendly to me each time I have been. They are closed on Sundays.
Joseph Strickland
Nutritionist
Kyle Raymond DDS
Dentist
We just love Dr Raymond and his amazing staff. We have been seeing Dr. Raymond for now over 7 years and have been very happy.
Light Family Acupuncture
Acupuncture
Melissa is absolutely wonderful. My first visit was to help me during my 1st pregnancy. I saw her while pregnant and also postpartum. She then helped me flip my 2nd child at 20 weeks from breech to head down position and to stimulate labor. She was an instrument part of my pregnancy support team and I would recommend her to any woman pregnant, wanting to get pregnant or post pregnancy
Peoples Rx
Doctor
I have been using people's pharmacy for years. Their supplement selection is the best as far as quality and variety. Their staff is super knowledgable and friendly. The supplement prices are comparable to others and most times more affordable. They have a wonderful customer rewards program and I feel like I am always getting some kind of a discount when I go. I have been to multiple locations and have had he same quality of experience at all. If you are looking for compounding I was alway very happy with the speed of which they could provide me with my compounded medication. A wonderful locally owned business and great resource for the Austin Community.

Wellness

Kids

Acorn to Oaks Preschool
Preschool
We sent our daughter to this school for both prek3 and prek4. We loved the program and they really prepared our daughter to thrive in public school.
Faith Preschool
Preschool
We love love loved Faith for our preschooler!! We did Prek 3 and we had the absolute best teacher, the program was wonderful and so fun for our boy. We loved the playground, it is pretty epic. We were so sad to have a short end with the pandemic, but they were just amazing with the virtual content they provided. The teachers messaging the students and a wonderful end of the year send off. I honestly can't express more how happy we were at Faith they are just wonderful.
Heartsong Music
Music Instruction
Heart Song has the best music together classes. With a lovely facility, super fun birthday parties and they are always popping up around town offering free sampler classes. Both my kids just loved their classes and parties they attended.
Terra Toys
Toy Store
The best local toy store for kids of all ages. They really do have everything. Local Austin staple with super fun events and unique gifts. Its always a treat to go to Terra toys.
Thinkery
Kids
As a nanny and mom in ATX the Thinkery is a staple. My kids love the outdoor space as well as the water room. It can get crowded on the weekends but their programing and free community nights make it top of my families favorites.
Toy Joy
Toy Store
My family and I love visiting the one down town. They have so many unique toys for all ages!!

Pets

Other

Austin Pets Alive Thrift
Thrift Stores
My daughter and I love thrifting and for a great cause. APA Thrift helps to keep Austin a no kill city. They have a wonderful selection of regular and boutique styles and at great prices with specials and discounts.
Austin Zoo
Zoo
My kids love the Austin Zoo. We have a family membership. They are a rescue zoo and they also offer super fun summer camps. We really have enjoyed their halloween events they hold every year as well. They have a fun train ride that takes you around the hill country property to see some of the animals.
Black Rock Coffee Bar
Coffee Shop
Great coffee and wifi with in door and out door seating and a convenient drive thru. It is my favorite south west Austin coffee stop.
Brentwood Social House
Coffee Shop
Brentwood is one of my family's all time favorite spot for coffee and play. We can't wait till the whole place is back open again and they start having the amazing kids shows on Saturday mornings again. They have an amazing pirate ship playground available for renting till they open up again and the coffee and snacks are superb.
Buzz Mill Coffee
Coffee Shop
I really like meeting up with friends at the Buzz Mill. They have great coffee, alcohol and a nice chill environment for catching up with friends. A great local 24/7 spot
Cannon Coffee
Coffee Shop
Great neighborhood coffee shop, they make their own caramel syrup and it is so good.
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
Bar
The boozy coffee is literally everything! The regular coffee is superb as well. They have an incredible outside space with chickens, a pond and the mexican food trailer is so delicious. I can find myself spending hours at cosmic with friends or on a date.
Emler Swim School
Swimming Lessons
My kids both have taken swim lessons at Emler. They have learned so much. Their staff is top notch. They offer a schedule to fit any family. The sessions have goals that make the structure different than other month to month swim lessons. The kids receive a ribbon each time they move to the next level that gives them such pride.
Figment Creative Labs
Art School
One of our favorite creative spaces to go to. Amber the owner is just amazing and what she has cerated for our children is just as amazing. What started as a preschool and art class program in her back yard that my daughter attended for a while. To now a whole center for STEAM based learning and birthday parties with pets on the property. My son and I loved the mommy and me preschool play times we attended. Figment also offers so much more with a preschool program, summer camps, classes, moms nights and homeschool programs just to name a few.
Jo's Coffee
Coffee Shop
Iconic Austin Coffee stop on South Congress. Wonderful coffee nice shaded outside space and they are always having something fun like venders and live music.
Juiceland Oak Hill
Juice Bar
Love Juiceland they have amazing juices, smoothies and snacks. They are always so fresh and filling. The management and staff at the Oak hill location is super personable and friendly and they also have a convenient drive thru.
Kerbey Lane Cafe
Cafe
Kerbey lane is such an Austin staple. Their kerbey queso is one of the best in town. They always offer a gluten free pancake and their seasonal menu is alway top notch! They offer a kids eat for free night and some of their locations have playgrounds. They are super family friendly and the kids love going.
Merit Coffee
Coffee Shop
My go to for a coffee working spot. Great coffee, strong Wi-Fi, comfortable indoor and outdoor environment with easy access to plugs. I find this being my favorite working coffee spot in south austin.
Patika Coffee
Coffee Shop
If you're on the hunt to finding the perfect cup of coffee, head to Patika on S. Lamar. The coffee is so smooth and my favorite, the mocha, is like a dark chocolate—not too sweet but just sweet enough. I have it with the oat milk but they offer many options and I am sure it is wonderful with any you prefer. If you’re wanting a bite, definitely snag one of their biscuits that are super fresh and just the right amount of sweet, savory, crispy and fluffy.
Radio Coffee & Beer
Coffee Shop
We love their wonderful courtyard and family friendly environment outside. They have excellent coffee with a couple trailers for food options. They also have a nice beer and cider selection. The wifi can definitely be spotty at times depending on how busy and can be noisy inside if you're looking for a space to work.
Radix House Coffee Shop
Coffee Shop
Their coffee is delicious. I had the butter pecan and I highly recommend it, I like the flavor caramel and I really enjoy it. They also offer online order and fast pick up.
Soup Peddler Real Food & Juice Bar
Juice Bar
Great smoothies and juice when you looking or a nice refreshing drink. They also have the best soup in town!!
South Austin Beer Garden
Bar
We really enjoy just relaxing on a date night, meeting up with friends or hanging with the kids and having a drink. The selection of beer and cider is great and they have an awesome patio and outside space.
The Highball
Bar
I only do private room karaoke, too shy to take the stage. So the High Ball is my go to with a group of friends.
The Little Darlin'
Bar
Our go to for ladies night. Great burgers and starters and wonderful selection of adult drinks. The outside space is large and casual with a stage and local music. They really are a South Austin hidden treasure.
Thrift Center
Thrift Stores
My daughter and I love this shop. What amazing finds we have found. Super trendy wears, awesome house and decor vintage and trendy. So impressed by the pricing. They even have buying hours. So it is like consignment at thrift store prices and better than some larger chain thrift stores pricing.
Thrift Land
Thrift Stores
Thrifting is one of my favorite hobbies and Thrift Land in South Austin is my favorite thrift store. They are always my first spot when looking for unique sustainable styles and they offer different sales every day. You really can snag some great deals. They have the best children's book selection and we always find something great, like scholastic and very recognizable titles, to add to our home library. They are a cash only thrift store but they do offer an ATM right by check out. I have always found it clean and organized.
Treasure City Thrift
Thrift Stores
Thrifting has been a long time favorite hobby of mine. While playing tourist in my own city, I stumbled upon my favorite little thrift shop, Treasure City in east Austin. They have great prices and some of the cutest finds. You are sure to find some treasures you will love and maybe even bump into friend or two like I do.

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