31 Best Coffee Shops in Austin

We love coffee and love exploring unique and local shops around town! AustinLocal.com has a great article on 31 of the best coffee shops around Austin!

Since we are located in the Lakeway/Bee Cave area, two of our favorites are Baguette et Chocolat and Lola Savannah. Lola Savannah actually has several locations around town!

Baguette et Chocolat:

In addition to a broad selection of coffee drinks, Baguette et Chocolat features authentic French and Vietnamese cuisine in a bright and charming setting. They also have incredible pastries and desserts that are all baked fresh in house, and different types of bread for purchase. This is a great spot to meet someone for coffee, breakfast or lunch, or just to drop in and get something to go!

Lola Savannah:

Lola Savannah has several locations around Austin including downtown, Lakeway and Westlake. They offer a large selection of coffee and tea beverages with comfortable seating and tables in case you want to work or study. Lola Savannah is also attached to one of our favorite local restaurants – The Grove – serving a changing menu of pizzas, pastas, entrees and an extensive wine list!

To check out more of the top Austin-area coffee shops, visit HERE.

Austin is the #1 State Capitol to Live In

For those of us who call Austin or it’s surrounding area home, we know what an amazing place it is to live! With a steady influx of new residents, a booming economy, gorgeous landscape, excellent job market and so much more, it’s easy to see why Austin is such a popular city.

Besides being popular, Austin was recently ranked the #1 best state Capitol to live in. Boise, Idaho; Raleigh, North Carolina; Madison, Wisconsin and Lincoln, Nebraska followed Austin in the rankings. The rankings are based on a metric ranking system with 54 components, including traffic, things to do and cost of living. The survey was conducted by WalletHub and you can see the entire report by visiting the link in the article link below.

 

Source:

https://www.ktsa.com/austin-ranks-as-the-best-state-capital-to-live-in/,” KTSA.

19 Free Workout/Yoga Classes in Austin

Are you wanting to get more active but don’t want the expensive commitment of a gym membership or personal trainer? Or are you someone that does better in a group setting versus exercising solo? Austin Local outlines 19 great free fitness classes around Austin!

Here are a few of the different offerings:

  1. Salsa Lessons at The Oasis – 6550 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX 78732. These free classes take place on Sunday’s from 7:00pm-10:00pm. You’ll enjoy learning a variety of different dances, listen to great music, and enjoy the stunning views of Lake Travis.
  2. Yoga on the Plaza at Whole Foods – 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703. Happening every Monday at 7:00pm, this class fills up fast so make sure to arrive early to get a spot. You’ll also need your own mat, water and towel.
  3. CrossFit Austin – 410 Pressler St, Austin, TX 78703. CrossFit is one of the most popular fitness crazes around. CrossFit Austin offers a free community classes throughout the month at their Downtown and North locations. Contact them directly to register.
  4. No Excuses Running Club – Different Locations. Happening on Monday’s at Wednesday’s at 5:45pm, come join a focused group for warm-up, running activities, cool-down, and group stretching. All fitness levels are welcome!

Check out the rest of the article for more detailed information on the above options and other free class options HERE.

Austin 2019 Festival Guide

Austin is famous for a lot of things, and perhaps one of the biggest things are some of the large festivals held annually in the Texas Capitol City. AustinLocal.com has a great post about all of the festivals happening in and around Austin in 2019!

Perhaps the two biggest festivals in Austin are South by Southwest and Austin City Limits (ACL). The great thing about this post is it provides all of the available festivals, broken down by month, for 2019. To check out what is happening the rest of this year, visit HERE.

Best Places to See Bluebonnets This Spring

Tomorrow marks the official start of Spring and we are so excited! Texas wildflowers and Bluebonnets especially are one of our favorite things about Spring in Central Texas. AustinLocal.com has a great post on the best places to see bluebonnets this spring!

Due to the abundance of rain, this year is supposed to have epic wildflowers! You can enjoy bluebonnets driving along roads or highways like Hwy 71 or Hwy 360. Or you can visit huge patches in a variety of parks. One particularly incredible place for Bluebonnets is Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area in Spicewood. To find out more information about Muleshoe and all the other places to see wildflowers, check out the rest of the post HERE.

 

 

 

Kitchen Cabinet Color Trends

For anyone who enjoys keeping up with home remodeling trends, one popular area in the kitchen cabinets! Colors are getting bolder and brighter, sometimes mixing in a pop of color on the island while keeping the other cabinets neutral and more. Another great option if you’re wanting to change up your kitchen cabinets but don’t want to gut your kitchen and deal with the mess and expense that goes along with it? Consider sanding your current wood cabinets and painting them a fresh, new color!

Colors

Here are some of the popular, trendy colors according to an article in Better Homes & Gardens:

  1. Bold Blue
  2. Chartreuse
  3. Purpleheart (wood)
  4. Blue-Grey
  5. Mint
  6. Robin’s Egg Blue
  7. Red
  8. Grey
  9. Butter Yellow
  10. Greenish Grey
  11. Dark Wood Island with Contrasting White
  12. Teal
  13. Pale Blue
  14. Orange
  15. Yellow
  16. Milky Green
  17. Ebony and Ivory

 

Source:

https://www.bhg.com/kitchen/cabinets/styles/colorful-kitchen-cabinetry/?did=338736-20190211&utm_campaign=bhg-diy_newsletter&utm_source=bhg.com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=021119&cid=338736&mid=18495592236&slide=slide_93569#slide_93569,” Better Homes & Gardens.

What Home Projects Have the Highest ROI?

Have you ever thought about updating your home? Whether you’re updating and planning to stay or sell, do you know which projects will get you the best return on your investment? Especially if updates are being made before putting your home on the market, it makes sense to weigh the upfront cost of the projects and updates with your likely return compared to leaving your home “as is”.

According to an article in Remodeling magazine, these are the following projects with the most return on investment:

  1. Manufactured Stone Veneer
  2. Steel Entry-Door Replacements
  3. Garage Door Replacements

And these are the projects with the worst return on investment:

  1. Master Suite Additions
  2. Backyard Patios
  3. Major Kitchen Renovations

This list is in no way comprehensive and of course, return on investment is influenced by many factors, including the housing market in your area, buyer’s demand, and more, but this may give you something to think about if you’re considering any home remodeling projects.

 

Source:

https://www.texasrealestate.com/members/posts/which-home-projects-have-the-highest-roi/”, Texas Realtors.