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Dec. 4, 2017

MAJOR WATER PARK RESORT IS COMING TO ROUND ROCK!

THE FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS, KALAHARI PROJECT HAS JUST ANNOUNCED THAT THEY HAVE SELECTED ROUND ROCK, TEXAS AS THE LOCATION FOR A WATER PARK HOTEL RESORT. THE NEW PROJECT IS PROJECTED TO FEATURE A CONVENTION CENTER THAT WILL BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE LARGE GROUP MEETINGS AND OTHER EVENTS, A LUXURIOUS DESTINATION HOTEL, AND BOTH AN INDOOR AND OUTDOOR WATERPARK.

THE DEVELOPMENT WILL SIT ON 334 ACRES ALONG HIGHWAY 79, ACROSS FROM THE DELL DIAMOND AND OLD SETTLER’S PARK. 

THIS IS ALSO EXCITING NEWS AS THE RESORT IS EXPECTED TO CREATE NEARLY 700 FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME JOBS. GET READY FOR WHAT ARE SURE TO BE SOME FUN TIMES RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN CITY OF ROUND ROCK!

HERE’S A SNEAK PEAK AT ONE OF KALAHARI’S OTHER RESORTS FROM SANDUSKY, OHIO.

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Dec. 4, 2017

THIRD THURSDAY OCTOBER IN TAYLOR

Make plans to attend Third Thursday in downtown Taylor this week! Most shops will stay open until 9:00pm and they have a lot of fun and exciting things planned for this month! Here’s what just a few of the shops have planned this month. Come out to explore everything that this growing downtown has to offer.

Cherry Tree Creative

Cherry Tree will be featuring one of its local vendors, BWD clothing, which is locally sourced! They’ll have lots of their new fall arrivals to show o, as well as festive spirits to enjoy beginning at 5:00 pm! Plus other refreshments and door prize drawings throughout the day starting at 10:00 am!

Frills on Fourth

Frills for their fun annual event, The Holiday Open House! The shop will be debuting all of its upcoming Holiday apparel, as well as fabulous gift ideas! They’ll also have a photobooth, festive drinks, snacks, and plenty of door prizes and give aways!

Taylor Station

Taylor’s newest bar will welcome King V Blues at this month’s Third Thursday event! The band will play from 8:00-11:00 pm and happy hour specials are available from 5:00-7:00pm. 

Texas Beer Company

Taylor’s own brewery has a whole lot going on this Third Thursday! The taproom will open at 4:00pm. Davis BBQ will be on site with delicious catering starting at 5:00pm. Live music from local Tejano band, Los Tres begins at 6:00pm. Then a fun watch party featuring Taylor at 8:30 and raffle award winners will be announced at 9:00pm. The fun continues until the taproom finally shuts down at midnight!

2 St Farm 2 Market Deli 

his new addition to Taylor’s growing downtown will be officially opening its doors this week! Featuring all locally grown products, this new deli will sell everything from deli meats, cheeses, hummus, farm fresh eggs, and herbs and spices. They’ll also offer made to order sandwiches and even weekly produce boxes and special dietary boxes. Stop by and check them out starting this Thursday at 4:00pm!

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Dec. 4, 2017

THANKSGIVING TIPS, TRICKS, AND AWESOME HOUSES!

We’re officially one week away from Thanksgiving! Time for food, family, football and most importantly acknowledging what we are the most thankful for! I’ve gathered up some of my favorite recipes for Turkey day, along with some really great tips and tricks to make sure that the meal that people wait 365 days for goes out without a hitch!

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole is one of my favorite sides! It’s so creamy and warm and the fried onions add a unique savory crunch that is so yummy! 

Ingredients

1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup

½ cup of milk

4 cups green beans

1 1/3 cup fried onions

Directions

Stir the soup, milk, green beans, and 2/3 cups onions in a casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Stir gently and sprinkle with the remaining onions. Bake for 5 more minutes or until the onions are golden brown.

Paula Deen’s “Not yo’ Mama’s” Banana Pudding

This is the best banana pudding you will ever eat. Hands down. Trust me, it is delicious!

Ingredients

2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies

6-8 bananas, sliced

2 cups milk

1 (5 oz) box instant French vanilla pudding

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk 

1 (12 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

Line the bottom of a 13 x 9 dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top. In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Now take a look at a few of these homes with awesome kitchens that are perfect for creating that yummy meal! Let us know if you’d like schedule a tour to look at homes!

1567 Lake Ridge Blvd, Canyon Lake, Tx 78133 

209 Lost Prairie Trl, Liberty Hill, Tx 

15532 Brodick Dr, Austin, Tx 

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Dec. 4, 2017

SPRING BREAK STAYCATION

Spring Break is fast approaching; have you booked your flight, reserved your hotel, have you made any plans?! If your answer is no, don’t worry! There are plenty of things to do in the area that will make your Spring Break one that you won’t soon forget! We’ve got tons of great ideas for an awesome “staycation!”

1. Take a dip in a Watering Hole

Central Texas is home to several refreshing swimming holes that make for a reasonably priced and convenient way to cool o on a warm day. Barton Springs Pool is perfect for a day with the family, Hippie Hallow for the more confident as this one is “clothing optional” or Hamilton Pool for the adventurous-with a 10-15 minute hike down to the pool.

2. Explore a museum

There are so many cool museums to check out around the area, you’re sure to find one that appeals to you! If you’re a history buff take a look at The Bullock Texas State History museum or The Republic of Texas Museum. The Blanton Museum of Art, The Contemporary Austin, and The Dougherty Arts Center all feature beautiful art galleries. For a day with the kiddos-The Thinkery is a really cool new branch of the Austin Children’s Museum. It makes science and math fun and allows families to try out fun experiments first hand.

3. Take a crafting class

If you’re feeling a spark of creativity, try your hand at a class that will teach you a new skill! Painting with a Twist is tons of fun-offering a step by step painting class, you’re welcome to bring in whatever snacks and beverages you prefer (that includes alcoholic beverages) and you leave with a fun painting that you created yourself! Central Market offers cooking classes for those looking to try out some new and interesting recipes! Michael’s, Jo-Ann’s, and Hobby Lobby all also have crafting classes for any kind of craft you could possibly think of!

4.Visit Zilker Park

A day at Zilker Park can become an entire vacation all in itself. Zilker Botanical Gardens are absolutely gorgeous and make for a relaxing and tranquil experience. The Austin Nature and Science Center provides hands on nature exhibits and is dedicated to the exploration of the natural world. You can take a ride on the Zilker Zephyr miniature train, paddle a canoe on Town Lake, or bring a picnic out on the green.

5. EAT!

Seriously, there are so many cool places to grab a place to eat around here! There’s something in every price range and for any taste palette. It would be so much fun to just walk up and down the food trucks trying out anything and everything!

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Dec. 4, 2017

RELOCATING TO THE BIG CITY

Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible.

Research before you move.

It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that are native to that area. If you can, visit a city before moving and connect with someone who’s lived there before.

Have a plan.

There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Find housing before you leave, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for a home. Never sign a lease on an apartment that you haven’t seen. If you can’t get there, find a friend or an employer to check for you. Have a job waiting for you, or if that’s not possible, know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there. Try to line up things like driver’s licenses, car insurance, renter’s insurance, and parking passes ahead of time as well.

Get involved.

Meeting people in a big city can be daunting. Don’t expect the neighbors to knock your door down with a casserole when you arrive: city life is often too noisy and hectic. Take the initiative. If there are things you liked to do in your town, find ways to do those things in the city. Try new things. Volunteer. Big cities offer so many opportunities to engage other people, so find what you like.

Mind your wallet.

City life is expensive. Everything costs more: food, insurance, clothes, rent. There are also a lot more ways to get ripped off, whether legally or criminally. Be careful how you spend, and know where your money is going.

Posted in Real Estate Advice
Dec. 4, 2017

TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR HOME WHILE ON VACATION

Summer is right around the corner, and for many of us that means fun vacation time! Unfortunately, this is also the time that most home burglaries take place. Here are 5 preventative measures that you can take to prevent any unwanted visitors from ruining a good vacation! 

1. Stop your mail

An overflowing mailbox or newspapers piling up in the driveway can be a big indicator to a robber that no one is home. Ask the post office to hold your mail if you’re planning on going away for a prolonged period of time. You can also ask that your newspapers not be delivered for the time that you’ll be out of town.

2. Timed lights

Making your home look as normal and lived in as possible is essential. Consider installing lighting that turns on automatically on a timer at night. This is also more effective and eco friendly than simply leaving your lights on the entire time that you’re away. No one wants to come home to that electric bill!

3. Don’t over share 

It may be tempting to post your every move on social media these days but that could be detrimental to your home! You don’t want to advertise to burglars that no one is at your house. Resist the urge to check in and go ahead and wait until after your trip to upload all of those fun pics!

4.Invest in a home security system 

If your home isn’t already protected by a home security system, maybe it’s time to look into having one installed. Most security providers will alert you immediately if anything suspicious seems to be occurring at your home, and will contact the police if need be.

5. Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to watch your house

If you have a trusted neighbor living nearby, he could be a great resource while you’re away! Just ask him to keep an eye on the place. Or even ask if he can take out and bring in your trashcan or keep your lawn tidy!

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Dec. 4, 2017

PREPARING TO SELL

Selling your home doesn't just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.

Repair

Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to x any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.

 

Neutralize

You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral —beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.

Stage

Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, owners, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.

 

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Dec. 4, 2017

NOVEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS

It’s the holiday Season in central Texas, which means that they are a ton of fun things going on! Check out this calendar for some of the cool events taking place this month! 

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Dec. 4, 2017

LOOKING FOR THE BEST BURGER IN ROUND ROCK?

Finding a good burger joint can be a little like Goldilocks great adventure. Don’t get me wrong there are a lot of good burgers out there. But ‘just right’ is hard to find, especially with so many incredible options. Luckily there are few challenges more enjoyable than finding good food. So after carefully taste testing my way across Round Rock, three burger joints stood out for being ‘right’ in a particular way. 

For the gourmet burger lover, my recommendation goes to HopDoddy Burger Bar. Don’t let the fact that it is part of a chain effect your decision to go. It is a foodie experience with all the freshness and originality you’d find at a five-star restaurant. It can be a hopping place so take full advantage of their online ordering offer. 

Comfort food is an all-time favorite, especially if it is home cooked. The closest thing I’ve found to that is a meal from the Little Red Wagon Hamburgers. The rustic western vibe starts when you step through the saloon doors, to encounter the comforting sights and smells of a grandma’s kitchen. This place is a town gem. 

It's all about the beef at Svante’s Ranch Direct. Found on Main St., this family owned joint has built a name for themselves with their ranch raised beef. The meat lover in you will applaud this shop, as you can order extra beef to go at the counter. In fact, there is so much demand they had to start a catering business and a food truck just to keep the line down. Who knew the all America meal could be so tasty? My stomach is growling over here just thinking about all the yumminess. Can’t wait for the next epicurean experience. Until then happy dining! Do you have a favorite? I’d love to hear from you about your burger joint.

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Dec. 4, 2017

LABOR DAY STAYCATION

Three day weekend. Ahh…the excitement….the freedom….But what to do? Luckily, there are plenty of fun things to do all over Austin. We plan on attending a few of these ourselves–maybe we’ll see you there?

Friday night, kick off what is sure to be an epic staycation by enjoying the expansive views of Lake Travis. At The Oasis, you can settle in for a relaxing dinner by watching the sunset and listening to young local talent Lucas Johnson. That magical combination will melt away the stresses of the week setting the perfect tone for the three day weekend.

If you haven’t discovered all that Austin has to offer and want a bit of a challenge doing it, check out Urban Adventure Quests. Like a tame version of the Amazing Race, this scavenger-hunt style city tour will offer up local and historical gems for three hours. Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center provides another option for the outdoor lover. They take you on tour of the rural Texas Hill Country. It showcases a forty foot waterfall and gorgeous canyons.

Laughter is the best medicine. Well, whether you are in need of medicine or not, the Out of Bound Comedy Festival has a lot of laughs to offer. Prefer music? Austin happens to be the live music city capital of the world. Go to Sixth street which offers live music, dance floors, and bars a plenty for those looking for a night out on the town.

Brunch is a fun favorite. The options are endless. A few of our go-to’s are Mattie’s at Green Pastures, Patika, and Bufalina. A leisurely brunch followed by an exploration of the infamous Zilker park sounds like a plan. If you have the time, check out The Zilker Botanical Garden, it is sure to transport you all over the globe with its exotic sights and smells.

So much fun – so little time. We hope you enjoy your three-day weekend wherever it might take you.

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