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Travis Heights • Austin, TX

Julie Joyce

Travis Heights • Austin, TX
Long time Austin resident. Know little bits about lots of stuff. Kid stuff, cooking and baking stuff, elementary school stuff, and stuff stuff.

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Products

Aerogarden
Gardening
Such a fun way to grow herbs indoors. The kids really enjoy it because they can help set it up, and watch it grow day by day. Fresh herbs year round.
Beautivity Rapid Effect Reduction Eye Serum
Eye Cream
No false advertising. The description said it was effective in reducing under eye puffiness and dark circles. It really does. I am quite pleased.
Button Lamp
Flashlight
Adhesive LED lights that have an off/on switch so they aren't on all the time. Keep them with our power outage stuff.
Chafon Inverter Generator
Power Storage
This was great to have during our recent power outage. We were able to charge the generator in the car, and use in the evenings to power a lamp. Handy for recharging phones and computers as well.
Dash Mini Waffle Maker
Waffle Maker
A fun dinner to do with the kids. Easy clean up.
Deva Curl
Hair Care
I have used the Deva Curl line in the past, and liked the product for curly hair.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11
Camera
My daughter said this is her “favorite birthday present by a million”. There were several fun colors to choose from in this model line. It has been easy to use, and the pictures are a better quality than I was expecting.
Greatergoods Digital Food Kitchen Scale
Food Scale
Good scale for the kitchen. Measures in fluid ounces, milliliters, pounds, and grams.
Ikea Raskog Utility Cart
Office Furniture
We have two of these. They are very useful. They have had several uses throughout their lifes in our home. One is currently an art cart and the other is a shoe cart.
Ooni Pizza Oven
Outdoor Oven
We really enjoy our Ooni Pizza Oven. Sundays have become family pizza night. Everyone gets to top their own. Website has some great videos.
Snaptain S5C
Drone
Hands down, this is my son’s favorite birthday present. Flight is smooth, and it is easy to operate. Enough bells and whistles to make it fun, yet not overwhelming. It comes with two batteries which is a real plus. Drone batteries tend to expend pretty quickly, so now he can just replace and keep flying
Soap Brite LED Lighted Dispenser
Soap Dispenser
A fun add to the kid's bathroom. Three colors to choose from. Lights up when the lights are off.
Tulip Tie-Dye Kit
Dyes
The kit comes with dye pre-loaded in plastic squeeze bottles and you just add water. Felt much safer than bowls full of dye. Kit also includes gloves, rubberbands and ideas.
Vanicream
Moisturizer
Wonderful hand cream.
Wordscapes
Game
My favorite escape app. Crossword type game with changing nature backgrounds that change as you level up.
Yeti 18oz Rambler
Tumbler
We have several Yeti products, but the one the family uses the most is the 18oz Rambler. It fits in the car cup holder and in the bottle pouch on most backpacks. Never have your ice-cubes melt in your cup on a long, hot hike again. I also enjoy my Yeti wine tumbler. Doesn't sweat if you are out by the pool with a nice rose. Plus it isn't glass. Safety first. ;)
Yeti Tundra Cooler
Cooler
Yeti coolers can keep ice-cream frozen even at an outdoor birthday party in the middle of July. Plus, now they have lots fun colors and sports team logos.

Special Occasions

Ace Mart Restaurant Supply
Baking Supply
If you like to cook or bake, you have to check this place out! It is a restaurant supply store, but they are open to the general public. Have t-shirts from local restaurants hanging from the ceiling.
Amy's Ice-Cream
Ice Cream
Lots of traditional flavors, with a few non-traditional ones as well. Flavors of the day, some even spiked for the grown-ups. Part of the fun is choosing your "crushins". Fruit, candy, cookies and lots of other choices that will be crushed into your ice-cream while you watch.
Austin Gift Company
Gifts
Excellent source for Austin and Texas themed gifts, tees and souvenirs. There are also booths that are rented by local artist to sell their work.
Big Top Candy Shop
Candy Store
The normal candies you would expect to find, plus international candies, and the unusual, like bacon flavored mints. Lots of things you can buy in bulk, and an ice-cream counter. Sugar heaven.
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Museum
A wonderful place to go to learn more about the story of Texas. Three stories means there is lots, and lots to see. There are several different movies that play as you work your way through the exhibits, as well as exhibits that have interactive components . There are exhibits that change throughout the year, so it is a good idea to keep an eye on their calendar of events. There is an IMAX theater that shows Texas themed movies, as well as first run theater movies.
Brenda Ladd Photography
Photographer
Brenda is an amazing photographer! Best Christmas cards we have ever had. We received so many compliments. She is great with the kids and manages to catch everyone smiling.
Easy Tiger
Bakery
Large outdoor area. Great menu with lots of hot and cold sandwich choices, as well as soup salads and sausages. Wonderful fresh made breads and rolls.
Hayleycakes and Cookies
Bakery
Beautiful, and delicious, cookies in so many themes. The cookies can look like, flowers, animals, superheros, sharks, and even tacos!! They even have a party box that you can pick up. We got one for a Christmas party and it contained plain holiday cookie shapes, icing bags and sprinkles for decorating.
JuiceLand
Restaurant
Yum! Great way to get my kids, and husband, to drink their fruits and veggies.
Kendra Scott
Jewelry
Wonderful, unique jewelry. Started in Austin Texas. Always a great place to find a gift, or two.Plus, you get half off one item during your birthday month if you sign up for the email list.
La Patisserie
Bakery
Macarons, eclairs, croissants, cream puffs, scones, crobrios, I could go on and on. Everything is so good.
Lucy in Disguise With Diamonds
Boutique
Not your run of the mill, October only, costume shop. Tons of options. Plus, vintage offerings as well.
Peter Pan Mini Golf
Entertainment
An Austin tradition since 1948. Two different courses to choose from. Every hole has a statue, theme or just a bit of whimsy.
Sue Patrick
Boutique
If you need something burnt orange for a UT game, this is your go to place! Lots of fun and unusual gifts as well.
Sugar Mama's Bakeshop
Bakery
A bakery in a vintage building, with lovely and delicious cupcakes, cookies and cakes. They seasonal and boozy flavors as well. Also sell bars and do custom orders. We ordered our kids first birthday party cupcakes from here.
Sweet Berry Farms
Venue
Strawberry picking in the spring. Pumpkins in the fall. A corn maze, giant bouncies for the kids, barrel train rides, flower picking and so much more. Lots of parking.
Urban Air Adventure Park
Entertainment
Amazing indoor play space for kids. Includes zip line, 3 story playscape, climbing wall, basketball, and so much more. We have spent many a hot Austin afternoon here.
Waco Mammoth National Monument
Venue
Waco, TX
This place is amazing. Located in Waco, it is a National Park built around a Woolly Mammoth herd discovery. You can take a guided tour with the park rangers and get so much interesting information about all the types of creatures that lived in this part of Texas, way back in the day. There is also a Junior Ranger program the kids can participate in. The are given a booklet with things to find, and when they are done, they are given a junior ranger badge and are "deputized" by a park ranger. We have been twice, and I want to go back again!!

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Julie's Conversations

Adam Doppelt
6 days ago • Magnolia
My emergency kit guide is up. Complete coincidence that we published this just as Texas was thrashing around with extreme cold, lack of water, and ...
Erin Lee
13 days ago • Portland
I have naturally curly hair and I'd love some recommendations on favorite hair products!
Ali White MacBeth
11 days ago • Ravenna
I do not have a green thumb, and on top of that I've never been into having house plants. However, our house is big and I would like to fill in som...
Melissa Gallagher
18 days ago • Decatur
It seems like we can't keep a printer alive & functioning for more than a year. I want a work horse that doesn't burn through expensive ink! Mostly...
Julie Joyce
20 days ago • Travis Heights
Does anyone have a good source for firewood in Austin? Want to try to avoid buying the little bundles from the grocery store.
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