Tough as a Mother.

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It’s crazy to believe that this is my second Mother’s Day as an official member of the “Mother’s Club”. I mean please someone explain to me how time flies so quickly?? But man oh man I could do the typical blog post about how I have been changed, and how I love being a mother more than anything in the entire planet ( which is all VERY true) this year I have decided to switch things up and get on a real level with you. So here are 5 things I’ve learned about being a Mom (while also being a full-time marketer, home rehabber and wife) and how I try to balance and attempt to be the best Mom I can.

  1. Don’t get too comfortable- I think back on my pre-momhood stage and laugh now because I thought all my years of working with children would prepare me for motherhood. While I definitely learned a few things that have made the transition easier, I quickly realized that little babies are CONSTANTLY growing, changing and becoming little people. Once you have a few days in a row of consistent sleep and a solid routine starting to build…. WHAM.. BAM. They change and they are on to a new stage. For my type A personality this has been a humbling challenge to say the least. But I’m soaking it all in because I look back at how FAST a year flew and dang. The days are long and the years are lighting fast.

  2. One day you will feel like a human again- I am proud to say that I survived a year of nursing and pumping. I know that it is not for everyone and I 100% believe it’s every mother’s decision on how they nourish their children, but this ended up being the thing that worked best for our family. BUT. OH. MY. GOSH. I had no idea what pumping was going to mean for me. Over the last year, I have pumped in my car, in a storage closet at work with a non locking door, at the job site (several times),  a LOFT dressing room, several bathrooms and the list goes on. Not going to lie, for the majority of this year I felt like a human feeding machine who solely existed to make sure my baby never went hungry. And while I will definitely check this off as one of my greatest accomplishments, it does not take away from the dedication and discipline it required of me as mom and person. But there is light at the end of the tunnel and the day I stopped pumping I felt like a BRAND NEW WOMAN! Score.

  3. Prepare to be HUNGRY all the time- As noted above I pumped and nursed constantly so inherently I was also hungry ALL the time. I read a quote the other day that said something to the effect of, “it takes 30% of your energy to breastfeed your baby, which is more than your heart requires to beat.” So phew. Hungry all the time, yes, because my energy supply was depleting. But as soon as Ivy started eating solids she also became very curious of the food I was eating. So the cutest girl in the whole world essentially was eating all my food. Becoming a parent is a real selfless act, ha.

  4. Copy cats walk among us- This is a lesson I’m still very much learning, but babies are like little sponges. They look to you for everything and they are always watching and learning. It has been equal parts fun and terrifying as you then realize you want to be the BEST version of yourself so that your child only picks up on the good parts. It just reminds me on a daily basis to slow the heck down, smell (or in Ivy’s case eat) the dandelions and be kind to everyone you meet because those little ones are watching.

  5. You can always justify a purchase- I’ll start this one off by saying- Gray if you are reading this stop reading now. Okay- I always wanted a little girl especially since I am one of 3 girls and having Ivy has been NOTHING short of incredible. But man, I can literally justify buying her something almost everywhere I go. Whether it’s a snack, a toy, a shirt, some socks, pajamas or a stuffed animal it does not really matter because I find some real joy in picking her up little thing. In full disclosure, she just hit the stage where she can really comfortably sit in the cart at Target and it has all gone down hill. Just the other day I bought glittery gold Pumas because she saw them and kept saying “shoes”. SO yeah, the shopaholic within me might be taking over as Ivy’s interest in shopping continues to grow but I’m trying to wrangle her back in and remember she’s just a baby and she doesn’t need it all. Can any other moms or dads out there relate? Well I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my progress though, oops.

So in conclusion, I am very much still figuring out this Mom thing but really enjoying the process a long the way and hope you enjoyed reading this post!

P.S. Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing, hardworking, hustling moms out there. xoxo- Air

 
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Gray & Air Rehab45 | Ep. 4 - Texas Weather is Upon Us

Time for the fun to start! From floors and countertops to tile and stair railings, Gray and Air show the buildout and progress that’s been made at the project. This is when it all starts coming together. But it’s not all fun and games. Follow along as Gray deals with the challenges that come with Austin’s crazy weather and see how Air deals with a sleeping baby, a not-so-practical pair of shoes, and closet doors. Work/life balance, amirite? And don’t forget to tune into the final reveal coming soon!

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Cool People Doing Cool Things: MetalWork Austin

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Ever wonder how (and where) things like metal staircase rails, hood vents, and furniture are made? Enter MetalWork Austin: a custom metal fabrication shop that focuses on creating unique architectural details, interior furnishings, and metal art; locally owned and operated by Ryan Scott-Nairns.  

Ryan was inspired by his uncle, a welder and fabricator who worked on everything from power plants and space shuttle parts to metal sculptures and art cars. In his late teens, Ryan decided to follow in his uncle’s footsteps. He took a metal sculpture class at ACC and from there pursued a degree in metal arts. After gaining experience working in metal shops, blacksmithing, and creating decorative ironwork; he decided to set out on his own.

Ryan says, “The best thing about my job is that it’s a never-ending learning process. You can study endlessly and still not know everything. I never know what challenging or interesting items our clients will request. We have designed and built so many unique items, like a cactus cabinet, a copper vent hood, and even a hanging library with a catwalk!”

We met Ryan and his wife Marie through our mutual friends and neighbors and hit it off from the start. As South Austin residents, Ryan and Marie enjoy every bit of what 78745 has to offer, from its restaurants and entertainment to its sense of togetherness.

“We love South Austin because it’s a very neighborly community. I like working with other local small businesses and there’s a strong sense of camaraderie between the entrepreneurs here. We all are very supportive of each other.”

And it’s easy to support MetalWork Austin when all of their creations are unique, beautiful, and made to last. We work with Ryan and his team to incorporate his designs into the houses we renovate and are always recommending MetalWork to clients who are remodeling their new homes.

So if you’re in the market for a beautiful staircase railing, a one-of-a-kind kitchen table the whole family can gather round, or even want a piece of metal art to make a statement; look no further than MetalWork Austin.

Follow along for all things MetalWork Austin >>> facebook.com/MetalWorkAustin | Instagram @metalworkaustin Portfolio + Website http://metalworkaustin.com/ <<<<<

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603 Davis Lane #1706 - Just Listed

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Experience luxury downtown living with calming eastward views in this spacious 1 bedroom/ 1 bathroom condo. Head to the ground floor and you're in one of the top entertainment districts in Austin, Texas. The building is located in the heart of the Rainey Street District. This condo features high end amenities including resort style pool, gym and clubhouse.

If you would like to view this property or see others like it contact us today! 

Agent- Gray Adkins, Realtor, GRI | 512.762.8187                                                                                                                                                     

10 Things We Love About Lajitas Hideaway

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Hey everyone! If you follow along with us on our blog you might have seen the sneak peek  of this gorgeous house, which has now gone live and listed on MLS (Multiple Listing Service). If you're new to the party, we are glad to have you. Today, we would like to share with you 10 things we LOVE about Lajitas Hideaway. There is quite a lot to see but we broke it down to 10 truly noteworthy highlights of this property. We would love to know your favorites! Comment in link below and we hope you enjoy this post!

1. Modern Kitchen with Darling Details: This kitchen boasts smart and thoughtful design with ample storage and low profile appliances. One truly unique aspect is the hand crafted tile backsplash. Yep, you heard right! Each tile you see on the wall was hand crafted to give this modern kitchen a touch of warmth and old world charm.

2. Smart Home: Think of your smart phone as a remote control for this smart home. Need to turn on lights? There's and app. Want to turn on the pool features? There's and app for that. Yeah, feels great to hold the power of your home in your hand. :)

3.  Eco-Friendly: Harness the power of the rain in the eco-friendly home. With 8000 gallon rain water tanks that connect to the yards irrigation system, you can truly "Make it rain". Lajitas Hideaway was also designed to be energy efficient  with Carrier's- Green Speed Energy Efficient variable speed HVAC system, Insulated Garage doors and a back up water tank supply located in the garage. 

4. Natural light: We're suckers for natural light and this home has incredible windows and extra wide glass paneled doors that encourages soft natural light all day long. If you do choose to turn on a light or two, might we suggest the Tom Dixon lighting in the entry way or the Modo Chandelier by Roll and Hill over the dining table. 

5. Luxe Magazine approved: We love a good pin worthy bathroom and Luxe Magazine knows good design when they see it. That gorgeous black and white powder bath was featured in the September 2016 issue. See for yourself here: https://issuu.com/sandow-media/docs/az_lx35_digital/246

6. Max Air Trampoline: This in ground trampoline sits on the left side of the yard and invites guests to bounce, jump and flip on it's bouncy surface. What's we found super cool was that it is ground level which make bouncing easy for the whole family. MaxAir describes their products as: "A unique combination of our jumbo-sized super springs and our two-string technology allows the bouncer to jump up to 20 feet high, five times higher than traditional circular black bed trampolines, while making it easier on the athlete's body." 

Gray tested, Air approved! 

7. Dog Friendly: We love our pups and this house had furry friends in mind with a built in dog door in the laundry room that allows the pups to come in and out as often as they please! Sleek design and thoughtful accessibility for our four legged friends. 

8. European White Oak:  We are firm believers that the right flooring can truly transform a space and we are gaga over this wide plank, european white oak flooring. This flooring feels timeless- so change your furniture, switch out the rugs, let your style evolve with you and never worry about the floors clashing. Did we mention that the upstairs has rubber dampened sub flooring to keep upstairs feet quiet from downstairs entertaining. 

9. Built in Storage- If you are like us you aim to live the minimalist lifestyle but also like stuff,  then the storage solutions at Lajitas would be right up your alley. At Lajitas there is large built ins for all your books, trinkets and baskets. There is also several low profile closets with enough storage for wrapping paper, old coats or mementos you just are not quite ready to give up or get rid of. With smart storage like this, items seem purposeful and organized. 

10. Designed by Tim McIntyre- Thoughtful design in any house is key! We love the overall feel and design of Lajitas Hideaway created masterfully by Tim McIntrye and Associates. 

Photography by Jenna McElroy