Austin DogVenture


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Weekdays are busy, making it hard to spend quality time with Ollie beyond a quick spin around the neighborhood and a game of tug, but come the weekend we head out for an Austin dogventure!


We like to hit the trails at Zilker Park early while it’s still cool and before it gets too crowded. Ollie likes the trail best when he can take in the sights and stop to smell (and pee on) the flowers.

Dachshund on WalkAfter a few miles, we head over to Barking Springs (are we the only people dorky enough to call it that?), the doggie beach just north of Barton Springs Pool, to cool down and relax. Ollie isn’t much of a swimmer, but he likes to dip his paws in when it’s hot and poke around on the rocks.

Barking Creek AustinAll that hiking and swimming calls for a breakfast taco, so we like to stop at our favorite taco joint, Taco Deli, on our way home. An Otto for me (black beans, bacon, avocado, and cheese) and an egg and cheese for Ollie. They’ve got a great outdoor seating area and nobody minds if Ollie gives them sad eyes and begs for queso.

Taco DeliAnd you know it was a worthy dogventure when the morning ends in a sunny porch nap. I suspect this is Ollie’s favorite part of our adventures.

Dachshund Lounging

If you can’t take your dog on your next adventure, check out DogVacay, a website and app that makes finding great pet sitters super duper simple. Pet owners can search for pet sitters in their area, book stays and pay online, and get daily photo “pup”dates, so overprotective pet parents (like me) can rest easy knowing that their best friend is in great hands. You can even find someone to stay at your own home with your pet if that’s where they’re most comfortable. All DogVacay reservations also include free pet insurance and 24/7 customer support.

Five Favorite: Palm Springs

I am super excited to be leaving today to spend a week in Palm Springs with my sister. We rented a car and we’re starting in LA, spending a day at Disney Land, and then making our way to the desert. We’re even meeting up with my parents for a day, who are in the area house-hunting. (Everybody keep your fingers crossed!)

I’ve never been, so I hope it’s everything these photos make it seem.

palm springs signvia ModFruGal

swan in poolvia The House That Lars Built

The Saguaro Hotel Palm Springsvia inthralld

pink door palm springsvia Studio DIY

palm springs modern house

via Architectural Digest

Worthy of the Week

Worthy of the Week Dachshund Walk

Worthy of the Week

Book of the Week

Having dreamed of owning Jackie O’s wardrobe after visiting an exhibit of her clothing in Chicago years ago, I was eager to start reading Pink Suit. It’s less about Jackie and more about the seamstress from Chez Ninon who created the iconic pink suit from a line for line pattern licensed from Chanel and her romance with the neighborhood butcher. That doesn’t mean the story was lacking — it was really lovely and sad and a recommended read. As are these 12 fascinating facts about the pink suit. It may be a bit morbid, but I was disappointed to read that the suit won’t be able to be viewed by the public in my lifetime.

What are you reading this week?

Head & Shoulders

Head and Shoulders

No matter if your hair is short or long, curly or straight, you’ve probably suffered from a dry, itchy scalp. I know it happens to me whenever I over-style my hair or the seasons change and the weather bounces from one extreme to the other. Most times, I stay away from dark clothes and wear my hair in a ponytail because dandruff shampoo isn’t known for smelling the best.

But Head & Shoulders Fresh Scent Technology is a new breakthrough formula that leaves you with 100% flake-free hair that smells amazing and is easy to style. The water-activated fragrance boost also helps to lift your mood as you start your day.

I’ve been using the new Head & Shoulders Fresh Scent Technology collection all week, and I’m really pleased with how my hair (and scalp) looks, feels, and smells. My hair is super easy to style and I don’t have to shy away from dark clothes and I can wear a pony tail because I want to, not because I have to.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Austin Staycation: Lakeway Resort and Spa

I was invited to be a guest at Lakeway Resort and Spa. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make this blog possible!

I have a confession to make. I’ve lived in Austin for over four years and I’ve never seen Lake Travis. I realize how ridiculous this sounds. I mean, it’s a lake. In the city where I live. How could I miss it?

Well, there’s no missing it at Lakeway Resort and Spa.

Sunny Day at Lakeway Resort and Spa Austin, Austin StaycationThe resort is tucked away in an upscale residential area that’s far enough from the city to feel like a vacation but close enough for a weekend getaway.

All rooms have been recently redesigned with a fresh and contemporary feel that compliments the colors of the lake and feels peaceful and relaxing. The ceilings are also sky high, giving the spacious rooms an even airier feel.

Room at Lakeway Resort and Spa Austin, Austin Staycation

Bed at Lakeway Resort and Spa AustinMy lakeview room had a comfortable sitting area and a great work station with plenty of space to spread out and blog. The wi-fi is also fast and free, which I took full advantage of in blissfully uninterrupted silence.

Sitting Area at Lakeway Resort and Spa Austin

Work Zone at Lakeway Resort and Spa AustinIt’s no secret that room service is one of my most favorite things in life, so I treated myself to a steak and salad from Masterson’s Restaurant, which didn’t disappoint. (Not pictured: chocolate cake. Which I may have eaten first. Shhhh.)

Room service at Lakeway Resort and Spa AustinI woke up early the next morning to get a good spot at the adults only pool. The area filled up quickly and definitely had a party vibe with the swim-up bar, but the view was really lovely and the margaritas didn’t hurt.

Pool View at Lakeway Resort and Spa Austin, Austin Staycation

Pool Time at Lakeway Resort and Spa Austin, Austin Staycation

Drink Service at Lakeway Resort and Spa Austin, Austin StaycationIf you have little ones, there’s a separate pool with slides and water features for them to splash around in all day. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted to give that slide a go.

Kids Pool at Lakeway Resort and Spa Austin, Austin StaycationThough I didn’t try any services, there’s a full-service spa on site if you require some additional pampering. You can also golf and sail and jet ski and fish nearby, so there’s no shortage of activities if lounging poolside isn’t your thing.

Sunset at Lakeway Resort and Spa AustinI really enjoyed my stay, from the people to the view to the room service. If you’re thinking of an Austin staycation, there’s still time to enjoy one last hurrah this summer with Lakeway Resort and Spa’s Labor Day Weekend Celebration. For more information on the Labor Day weekend festivities take a peek at the schedule and book your stay at