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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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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Home Tour: 7708 Forest Wood Rd.

Situated on over half an acre in 78745, 7708 Forest Wood Rd is a farmhouse lovers dream. Built in the ’50s, this house has lived an eventful life thus far. In 2010, an accidental fire broke out in the kitchen. Luckily, the 80-year-old owner wasn’t home at the time any d only part of the house was affected. Even so, the house went through an extensive rebuild to eliminate all traces of the fire, with attention to every single detail of the original house so that the owner could return to her home as she knew it.

The design layout, the fireplace, the hardwood floors, the front and south walls, and the carport are all original to the house. Everything else that had any fire or smoke exposure was replaced. As a result, you have a home with the charm of a 1950’s build with the modern efficiencies of a new build.

Upgrades to the home include:

  • Removed and rebuilt roof

  • Spray foam insulation in all walls and attic

  • Interior walls completely rebuilt with new wood

  • Replaced all windows with energy efficient windows

  • Soft-close cabinets and drawers

And that’s not even the coolest part. The property also contains an uncompleted back house that was built in the ’70s. With solid bones, ready-to-use plumbing, and wired for electricity, this bonus addition is a great place for a shop, studio, guest house, or office. The options are limitless!

7708 Forest Wood Rd., has been owned by the same family since it was built and has mostly remained unoccupied since the rebuild took place.

Take a look at the video above to see this unique beauty for yourself!

Listed by Gray Adkins, REALTOR®, GRI | Powered By Waterloo Realty

Gray & Air Rehab45 | Ep. 3 - Follow The Signs Ahead

On this week's episode of Rehab45, Gray and Air share the progress that’s been made at the project since the last episode. They discuss design options for the finish out while braving Ikea for their first time as a family. Stay tuned to see how the experience goes and if they will ever visit the store again (hint: not anytime soon).

Cool People Doing Cool Things : Lucky Fish Designs

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We caught up with our client turned good friend, Adam Saltzer, Owner of Lucky Fish Designs – a custom furniture and woodworking business, to talk all things South Austin, carpentry and home renovation. Although we’ve known Adam for a little over a year, it seems like he has always been our South Austin neighbor. And with a career in furniture design and woodworking, we instantly hit it off.

In the beginning of 2017, after completing an intensive hand-tool woodworking program in Washington, Adam, along with his girlfriend and friend, packed up everything and headed to Austin... for the first time! It was a good decision, to say the least. After getting a feel for the 78745 and loving what he saw, Adam reached out to Gray for help establishing good ole’ Central Texas roots.

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“I met Gray through my girlfriend, Becca. She grew up with Gray and has multiple family members who used him to find their homes in South Austin. They all had great home buying experiences and had only good things to say about him. After learning he is a South Austin native, is active in the community, and dabbles in woodworking too, I knew I found my guy!”

Adam bought his property a few months ago and hasn’t looked back. He is busy building his company (from his garage), renovating his new home, and exploring all that South Austin has to offer.

“My favorite thing to do in South Austin is to go for a climb at Crux Climbing Gym and then walk over the 100 ft. to Cosmic Coffee and Beer to hang out. It’s such a cool space and such a great little community is built around that little nook off Pickle Rd.”

But Adam’s true passion is found in his work. It all started with a wood sculpture class he took back in college. He instantly fell in love with the concept of wood as an art medium, which eventually evolved into furniture design.

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“Furniture offers the chance to express oneself in nuanced ways while marrying both form and function.  At the end of the day, no matter how pretty your chair is, if it hurts to sit in it; you haven’t really made a good chair now have you?” says Adam.

The process, he continues, is all about listening to the client and getting a thorough feel for that client’s aesthetic. Adam can then take that information and turn it into a one-of-a-kind design made to suit the client’s lifestyle.

It’s this kind of personalized service and attention to detail that we love so much and that can only be found from local businesses like Lucky Fish Designs.

We think Adam put it perfectly. “There’s a profound sense of camaraderie. We’re all just here trying to find our way and have a good time doing it. We’ve got each others backs and work together to help accomplish our goals.”

Photos provided by Adam Saltzer

Check out Adam’s work and more by clicking here >>  www.luckyfishdesigns.com Instagram: @luckyfishdesigns