Sponsor Spotlight: Thunderbird Real Food Bars

Spring sprang in Texas a while ago, which means we're in that heady time of wildflower season. Going for a weekend drive in the country is serene, but so is driving on the highway because Ladybird made it so. Seriously, some of the best wildflower patches are between 3 lanes of traffic. 🤔 

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This past weekend, we went out to Pedernales Falls State Park for a little retreat before the final week of sale-planning. We even left our phones off, grabbed a film camera to document it, and let fate decide if we'd get in-focus photos. Spoiler: not always.

We DID bring a few Thunderbird bars because hiking to the best spot on the river is nicer with a light load.

Thunderbird Bars are home grown here in Austin. It's feels great to support a company in a way that is 100% in-line with how you live. The makers probably hike the same trail when they aren't at their (certified gluten-free) facility testing recipes.

More about the bars- they are gluten free, vegan, and without added sugar, just the natural sugars from the peaches, dates, and other fruits they use. Which is crazy because they are more like a little treat than "energy bar". I smartened up a while ago and started to keep the Cashew + Fig + Carrot in my glove compartment. Now I ... look forward to forgetting to eat breakfast? I kind of do!

Thunderbird breaks down exactly what each of their ingredients does for you on their site which is super informative.
Check it out here.

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Get out there, and see Texas! As this post is going to press it's raining really hard, which means this weekend it will be a verdant paradise out there and the rivers will be flowing.

 
 

FELIZ Spring 2018 is May 6th, 11am - 6pm.

Before you head out on your Sunday Drive, swing by the Palm Door on Sabine to see some of our favorite designers, ask Thunderbird what's new, and then get out there.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Party at the Moontower Rentals

We love having a lounge from Party at the Moontower at FELIZ. It sets the perfect tone- fun and relaxed with a unique look. We wanted to talk with these pros all about parties. How to throw 'em and how to make 'em memorable.

Can you describe for us the ultimate setting for Party at the Moontower?

It would be an outdoor spot, under a grove of trees with twinkling lights…an evening party surrounded by friends. We’d furnish with a nice bar, cocktail tables and lots of lounge seating, so everyone feels the warmth and comfort of being in a private home.  

For those of us not planning weddings- but would like to bring a little flair to a backyard bday party, what is an impactful finishing detail from PATM?

We think it’s a lounge area! Doesn’t have to be big—maybe only a few chairs and couple of side tables—but we think it’s extra nice for hosts to provide warm and inviting areas in places that might normally be empty. A lot of people have social anxiety, and it’s nice to create a moment where folks can relax a bit vs. feeling like they're naked in the middle of a room. 

Do you come from party-throwing families?

Sorta…My family is in the restaurant business, so I grew up hanging around those public spaces a lot. Unfortunately, my folks were too busy being the operators to throw too many parties themselves! Tenaya comes from a family of 8 kids, so every day was like a party for her. No joke. 

Can you describe an early party memory?

For my father’s 50th birthday one of his friends got him a surprise sexy birthday greeting—sorta like the famous Marilyn Monroe “happy birthday Mr. President” routine. Scantily clad, she started singing and dancing next to my dad, my little sister who was maybe six at the time started yelling “you get away from my daddy!” in front of everyone.

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There are a few moms on the Party at the Moontower team, are you developing celebratory traditions with your kids?

I’d like to think so! But right now the only ones I can think of are our daily celebrations. Like sometimes we’ll have random dance parties to help my daughter (and me) get some energy out before bed. Recently we’ve been really into picnics! Ideally we're at a park or something. The other day we just put a blanket on our front porch and ate there (cause we don’t have any grass in our yard).

I think you all travel quite a bit for inspiration, business, and relaxation. What are the last great vacation spots for the team?

We visited Oaxaca City at end of last year for a wedding. It was hands down the best wedding I’ve been to… festivities included dancing in the streets with shots of mezcal and eating the feast of our lives in the most incredible botanical garden I’ve ever seen. Inspirational to say the least.

I’ve finally started leaving enough room in my suitcase to bring back some souvenirs. Do you have tips for finding the good stuff wherever you go?

Ask around to locals or at your hotel. I find that the more boutique, deisgn-hotels (find on tablet.com) have better tips for the best, non-touristy stuff because they pride themselves on being outside of the mainstream. Even if you’re not staying at one, you can swing by for a drink and ask at the front desk or concierge. And be sure to ask friends for their tips if you know they’ve been somewhere. 

ATTN: invite us to all parties with a lounge set up.

See more gorgeous rentals here. On MAY 6TH, make sure to get a spritz, grab some friends, and hang out at the lounge. You'll see us there, for sure.

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