Melt My Heart: Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes for Two

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Congrats! You’ve made it through Dry January and Whole 30 after sticking to your New Years’ resolutions. Now it’s time to treat yourself for all of your hard work and commitment to starting the new year on a healthy note. Luckily, Valentine’s Day is conveniently around the corner, which for me is always an opportunity…

Step Up Your Exercise Routine

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution for 2021? Maybe you are having a dry January or trying the Whole 30 diet for the first time. Or, it could be as simple as just being more conscious of your eating and exercise routine. Personally, my goal for the year is to increase my exercise from…

Austin Entertains in 2021

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The culinary world is a male-dominated industry. Restaurant owners, chefs, winemakers, and brewers are all professions dominated by men. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women make up only 20.8% of the workforce for chefs and head cooks as of 2018. Five years ago, The Junior League of Austin created Austin Entertains, an event…

Keeping the Tradition Alive: the First Virtual A Christmas Affair

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For many members of The Junior League of Austin (JLA), A Christmas Affair (ACA) is a family tradition. So when COVID-19 threatened large gatherings and in-person events this year, 2020 ACA Chair Keri Bellacosa Walling was determined to keep the tradition alive. “The show had to go on,” Walling said. “A Christmas Affair funds JLA’s…

Holiday Lights off the Beaten Path

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Holiday light displays are the perfect COVID-friendly activity this year.  Branch out from the usual and go off the beaten path to explore different displays in Central Texas. Santa’s Ranch Located in New Braunfels between Austin and San Antonio. Stay in your car and take a drive through over a mile of winding country roads…

Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Days of Shopping “Small” in Austin

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“On the 12th day of Christmas, The Junior League of Austin gave to me”…a Holiday Gift Guide supporting local Austin and JLA member-owned businesses, of course! With COVID-19 making shopping small even more meaningful this year, I’m planning to check off the majority of my holiday shopping list with gifts from local businesses. Beloved Austin…

5 Family Friendly Holiday Activities in Austin

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  While COVID-19 canceled or changed a lot of our normal celebrations in 2020, it cannot stop the holiday season! Here is a list of events happening in and around Austin this holiday season that are both family friendly and taking COVID-19 precautions.   1. Mozart’s Light Show November 11, 2020 – January 6, 20216:00…

Coats for Kids 2020

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Join The Junior League of Austin (JLA) for its annual Coats for Kids Drive December 1–12, 2020. Now in its 34th year, Coats for Kids plans to provide over 30,000 winter coats to children in need. JLA and its partners—Jack Brown Cleaners, iHeart Radio and KVUE —are asking for the community to once again step…

Girls Empowerment Network: Igniting a Spark in the Pandemic

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  A Junior League of Austin community placement spotlight   Last year, I had the joy of working with Girls Empowerment Network in my first placement as an active member of The Junior League of Austin (JLA). Like most newly-active members, I was eager to serve my community, make a difference in the lives of…

Trick or Cheese(cake)

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The air is starting to cool, pumpkins are sitting on doorsteps, and the many princesses, superheroes, zombies, and ghosts are preparing their costumes for the big day. It is time for Halloween and thinking about this spooky Saturday makes me giddy. Honestly, my porch has been adorned in oversized spiders and skeletons since September! However,…