Renegade Craft Fair-ATX Style

This past weekend, I took the kids to Austin. The Renegade Craft Fair was in town and I had been wanting to go since last year when I first found them during a late night, internet troll session.

The Renegade Craft fair is ran independently and curates the best in DIY-ers, artist, makers, and designers. This fair is held all over the country and in London. Luckily, Austin is just a short drive from home.

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It was a complete celebration of small businesses with food trucks, samples, and live music. And this may not be a highlight to some people but the Fair Market is equipped with nice, clean bathrooms so…. no port-a-potties! (If you are raising one or more toddlers, you completely understand why I was so happy about real bathroom access).

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While I was there, I was able to see and speak to some businesses that I was currently aware of and loving their work (like Stay Home Club) as well as find some new and amazing brands to swoon over (like Piper Press & Lemon Glaze Ceramics).

I bought these awesome pins from Stay Home Club:

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This print from Piper Press that I am SUPER excited to put in the kids’ room:

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This amazing herbal tea ‘Cougar Tranquilizer’ and robot tea infuser:

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The girl with the cool hair working the booth explained to me that the tea is naturally sweetened by liquorish root. It tastes AMAZING.

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I bought this candle ‘Hippie Scent’ that has a heavier musk smell which is my go-to in my bed- and living room. The girl at the booth said that during their last burning test, the candle burned for 82 hours (although most burn for about 70). Most soy candles this size only burn 30-40 hours so this was a great value.

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I loved my interactions with all the vendors but the business that stole my heart was Lemon Glaze Ceramics.

I bought the Tupac bowl but the entire set is amazing.

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Carmen Aberasturi is the maker and founder of Lemon Glaze ceramics. If you go to her site, you’ll notice that these ceramics are not featured. She explained that her daughter loves hip hop and that she made these as a going away gift for college. When her daughter got to college, her friends freaked at how cool the dishes were and asked the daughter if her mother could make the same dishes for them. They became an instant hit and Carmen explained that her daughter said she should make more and sale them at the fair. “I just listen to my daughter. She knows.”

Carmen is the sweetest little lady you will ever meet and the dishes really are a hit. I took my dish to work to decorate my desk and have been asked by several people for Carmen’s contact information.

Gotta love the makers, creators, movers, and shakers of the world! I hear that the New York fair is the biggest with over 500 vendors. Traveling to NYC to see the Renegade Craft Fair in all it’s glory is definitely on my to-do list now.

It’s Time To Start Dropping Hints|Mom-Worthy Gifts

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. I’m always so wrapped up with my kids, I forget about celebrations that are designed to make me feel special (I got the memo about Mother’s day when I started getting emails for Mother’s Day promotions). With that being said, I decided to web-window shop some items that I wouldn’t, at all, mind getting for Mother’s day. Her are some of my picks.

P.S. I also plan on printing these pictures out and strategically placing them around as not-so-subtle hints for the husband. I suggest you do the same! 😉

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I love a good coffee mug. Especially since I’m almost always in need of a caffeine fix (mostly thanks to my 2 children!) The mug from weestructed is a perfect addition to the pantry; partially because it reminds you of why you’re probably drinking coffee in the first place: raising tiny humans is exhausting. The tote bag also makes it onto the wish list because I’m trying to be more eco-friendly and what better way to communicate your situation at the grocery store than packing two kids and this tote, right?!

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This tank top by Sandi Lake Clothing spoke to me because, well, I’m a Rad Mom. Enough said.

FullSizeRender-5 With a full-time job, 2 kids, a husband (I call him my first baby), and finishing up my last semester of grad-school, I am a card carrying member of #TeamNoSleep. Now, thanks to River Babe Threads, I can also have a shirt to prove membership! And I’m a sucker for a black & white raglan.

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Arrow House is a stockist for these beautiful weekender bags by Ali Luma. Made ethically in Kenya, the production of this bag brings many jobs to Kenya and the proceeds of the bag go back into the community to help the elderly and provide education the children through programs funded by Ali Luma. The bag is a little expensive, yes, but the story and the purpose behind it is worth the price. Read the article on these bags (click the Arrow House link above) if for no other reason than to be reminded of the beauty that is still left in the world. ❤

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Simply put, the Mommy Mailbox is a great way to remind yourself (once a month) that you deserve nice, thoughtful things too. For parents, the focus is always on the little humans so, sometimes, we can forget about ourselves. Mommy Mailbox is a monthly subscription that sends a sweet package to your doorstep. You will never be happier to see your mail-lady.

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Stay Home Club is an emo-recluse-inspired brand that is oh, so cool. You can never go wrong with a good tote.

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I am all about shopping small but a nice designer shoe is always a good choice for mom and how could you not just swoon over this pineapple slide by Tory Burch?! I’m in love.

To all my momma-bears out there: Happy Mother’s Day! Enjoy it! You totally deserve to.