Loren McEllin

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Lo is the Founder + Chief Innovation Officer of Trotting with Tots, a local stroller-toting mama tribe. When not scoping out new trails and neighborhoods to explore with the running group, she spends her time cooking up random vegan concoctions, inflicting pain on friends with her waxing skills, putzing around on her Cricut machine, inventing some new house project for her husband, and/or drinking wine while watching the latest episode of Intervention. Lo is married to her very own Magic Mike, whom she met on an airplane, and is lackey Mom to two munchkins (Gage + Gemma), and an allergy-ridden pup (Killian). She loves the color yellow, the sound of high heels on asphalt and gargantuan wind chimes.
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Cupcakes and Cuss Words

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My son's first bad word was because of me. Which, might I add, was completely unexpected. If you've ever met his Grammy or his Daddy-O, you would have thought for sure one of them...
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The House That Built Me

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This post originally began as a ‘Big City vs. Small Town Rearing’ type thing, but has since morphed itself into a selfish ditty about the capital city where I was born, raised and lived...
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Family-Friendly Fun: Geocaching

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Geocaching. It's our family's newest obsession, and wow is it fun!  Why have we not tried this before?! And no, I'm not talking about going out and finding imaginary (and rather creepy) little yellow...
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Prepping for Kindergarten

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Kindergarten. I see this word, I write this word, I read this word and I am not fully grasping it's meaning. The day is sure to come when all the sobs come flooding out,...
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Old School Parenting Methods I Could Totally Embrace

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Wouldn't it be wonderful to parent in an era where you could just plop your kiddo down on his or her bike, push them off down the driveway, wave goodbye and go back inside...
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Dad’s Night Out Ideas

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Don't get me wrong, I love a good Mom's Night Out. Dinner and drinks with the ladies, a girly flick at Alamo Drafthouse, heck, even some freshly brewed coffee and a book discussion has me...
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Cutting the Cable Cord

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It's official. We have made the plunge! No more cable television at the McEllin casa. Over the past 6 or so months, an assortment of our friends and family have ditched cable and the...
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Best Splash Pads In And Around Austin

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Opening Day is here, and we couldn't be more excited. And no, I'm not talking about baseball. I am talking about the other game-changer...  SPLASH PAD OPENING DAY!   When I hear 'splash pad,' my heart...

32 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Austin

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32 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Austin St. Patrick's Day has passed, but don't put away your green just yet. Earth Day is right around the ivy-covered corner. It will be happening on Saturday,...
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Kid-Friendly Communities in Austin City Limits

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One year ago this month, our family was in the thick of some serious kid-centric house-hunting.  We searched high (Round Rock) and low (MoPac and Slaughter) and everywhere in-between before ultimately finding our ideal...