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Merry Christmas Eve... Big Jolly guy will be here before you know it! Of course it's never bad to plan a head when it comes to ringing in the New Year, so you can check this out while you wait for S.C. "ANY" details have been released!

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin's Free, Family-friendly and alcohol-free New Year celebration is moving to Butler Park to help usher in 2015.

The Fifth Annual Austin's New Year features fireworks at 10 p.m., vintage cartoons, music and displays designed for interactive play for all ages.

Two stages will feature music beginning at 5 p.m. featuring Invincible Czars' "Dance It Yourself Nutcracker," Mother Falcon, Peelander-Z, Brownout and Riders Against the Storm.

The Minor Mishap Marching Band will have "hide-and-seek" performances throughout the grounds.

Several food trucks will also be on hand.

The event starts at 5 p.m. and ends at the conclusion of the fireworks. For details, click here.

Street Closures

  • Cesar Chavez Street west of Guadalupe Street and the South First Street Bridge will be closed to vehicles from approximately 9 to 11 p.m.
  • Riverside Drive east of the Palmer Events Center to South First Street closed to vehicles from approximately 4 to 11 p.m.
  • South First Street from Riverside Drive to Cesar Chavez Street will be closed from 9 to 11 p.m.
  • No residential neighborhood parking allowed.
  • More here
Check this out to avoid Drinking & Driving, which is NOT an option! Have a Happy & Safe New Year! May 2015 Rock!
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A Bittersweet Pre-Christmas Day...

A bit ago I received an email that contained this in the message:

The 'Order' is the selling of my childhood home in Omaha, NE. Since my Daddy Maurice passed away last year, and my Mama Betty passed away over a decade ago, and the house needed MANY repairs, it was the best thing to do. I realize this, but it still doesn't make it any easier when it comes to the heart. The last time I was in the house in September taking care of things, it didn't feel like home, so I don't miss the structure, but I do miss the family in it. It's a relief to not have to worry about the structure much longer, but it doesn't keep the heart from feeling broken remember growing up under that roof.

My parents loved Christmas, and even when my mom passed my Daddy still did it up GRANDE STYLE! Christmas won't be the same without them, but I hope in time it will be easier to feel Happy at Christmas time knowing they are with me in spirit, and I'm with my Honey Ted who is always Amazing, and continues to be Amazing with his Love and support. Being an only child is not easy when it comes to dealing w/ all the things that are left to take care when your loved ones are gone. Thanks to my Honey Ted, I have been able to get through it, and I appreciate that so very much..

So why am I sharing this? 'Tis the season to share. Be sure to enjoy the moments you have w/your family. They will get you through the rough times when they are no longer around. If you are in a similar situatioin as I am with no immediate family around, be somewhere that makes you feel at peace, even Happier if that is possible. Do something during the holidays that make you feel good. The rest will fall into place. If that isn't happening, my thoughts and prayers are with you to find some happiness, because life is too short not too. :)

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! May Your 2015 be filled with lots of Happiness! I'm going to try for that one too, which I have a much better chance of doing that with 'My Boys', Ted's Fantastic Family and Fabulous Friends by my side:)

Y'all! Rock! :)

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2014 Thingies I tried...

As 2014 comes to an end, it's that time where reflection comes up. Things you enjoyed and regret doing. I'm going to concentrate on the positive, and hope I learned from my mistakes/regrets to be wiser next year. Here are a few Thingies I tried during the year, and in some cases I enjoyed, and others once was enough.

I flew Thanks to iFly ATX Booker was my flying buddy! Think we're ready for Skydiving in 2015???

If you told me I would purposely have a bucket of ice water dumped on me in 2013, I would have said 'No Way!'. But I did! I jumped on board the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to help rasie money and awareness for ALSA.org #IceBucketChallenge with donations as did TONS of other folks including MANY celebrities. Here's a mix of 50 Celebrity Best Challenges!

I tried Green Goo w/ Jay Styles and decided I liked this much better!

These are just a few of the many things I experience during 2014. #ThankYouAustin for another Fabulous Fun Year w/ Mix 94.7! I look forward to the fun we'll have in 2015! HR

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Big Fan!!!

1 week until Christmas. I'm a Big Time Christmas tree/decoration fan, even if I have a little (pink) tree. I enjoy them all and love to see what others do w/ their trees. I have a FB post up to 'Show Me Your Tree'. Thank you so much to those who shared their tree. They are all so Pretty, Amazing and Beautiful. Each one has it's own personality, which is what I Love about Christmas Trees and what peeps do with them. I wanted to share some of the 'Holiday Spirit' w/ you! Happy week before Christmas!

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Do you have this problem?

Lip Bleeds. It sounds painful, but I'm talking about when your lipstick bleeds outside of your lips. I put a post up on the Mix Facebook page and got some helpful suggestions and things to try. We're all different, so one thing might work for one but not the other. Thanks so much to our Mix Facebook Friends. If you have a tip that works, please share it! Click here check out the tips or to leave one! :)
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New to me Ear Candy..

I picked up the Shinedown album 'Amaryllis'. I'm on the way late side of doing it. But I'm glad I did! Love it! This will be perfect 'Ear Candy' for the long road trip coming up in a little over a week to Omaha, NE to visit My Honey Ted's family.

It's also a trip that will be closure w/ some of my family things. Since my Daddy Maurice passed away last November, and my Mama Betty has been gone 12 years, it's a been a slow/drawn out process taking care of family estate issues. Now that they are coming to an end, it doesn't seem that long at all. I'm trying to think of it as starting another chapter to life, which I hope I have many more a head, but you never know. Reason why you should find Happy moments each day. Anyway, once my family home is sold, besides a few little things to do, it will end that part of my life in a way. It will be weird going to Omaha, and not staying in the house I grew up in. But the other side of it would be, home really is where your loved ones are. Right now it's in Austin, Texas w/ my Honey Ted, and it has been for several years. My other loved ones are in my heart, where I can take them anywhere.

It's fantastic to go see Ted's family, which is also my family. I will remember to keep all those Happy moments in my heart, so they will go anywhere w/ me! If you are missing loved ones this Holiday season, like I am, try to remember the good times and make some Happy moments for this season you can remember for next.

It's strange how this Shinedown album led me to these thoughts, but I suppose that is what 'THEY CALL.. THE POWER OF MUSIC'! I highly recommend the album. This is one of my favs..

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Look out Sunset Valley!

When I was coming into the office this morning, I was riding up the elevator with this amazing smell. I followed it to the kitchen area discovering what the 'Fantastic Smell' was coming from.. 'Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint'. If they made our kitchen smell this good, imagine how it will smell walking into their place in Sunset Valley.How does it taste? Find out how it tastes this weekend.....

Doing some shopping this weekend in Sunset Valley, you could pop in Uncle Maddio's see what you think!
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Easy Holiday Bake Baking w/ Shaq!

I LOVED MY EASY BAKE OVEN! I want another one now since Shaq is Rocking it! Love this!
Check out 'Shaq's Teacakes.. when the Bros come over for Tea.. LOL'!

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New in Sunset Valley...

I'm looking forward to trying a new 'Pizza Joint' near my neck of the woods in SW ATX! Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint is new to Sunset Valley. Their schtick is 'You Create Your Own' pizza joint! You can pick from 3 different types of crusts, 6 different sauces.... the cheeses, toppings/meat/veggie. They have vegan, gluten free options. They also make signature pizzas. Salads.. soups.. I saw brownies & cookies mentioned on the nutritiion page.

"Free Pizza' is happening right now today/Thursday (12/11) & Friday (12/12)! They will give you a 3 topping 9 inch crust pizza to try them out. Since I have tummy issues, it can be hard when I'm eating out. Some places frown on substiutions. When I do it, many times I get weird looks, which can be annoying and make me feel bad. It's cool knowing I can walk in there and get whatever I want on my pizza and not have to worry about what I'm ordering! No judgement!

I'm a big crust girl, so that's going to be the deal breaker for me. Tasty, I'm in.. not so tasty.. sorry. We'll see how it goes. I'm looking forward to trying it out soon. They have yummy sounding soup too! Minestrone is on their menu..one of my favs! :)

Checking out locations looks like there's one opening in my hometown Omaha, NE! My Mom-in-Law Barb had restaurant gcs on her Christmas list. Might have to add one of these to her presents if they are tasty.
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They're calming to me during the Holiday season!

I'm a Big fan of Christmas Lights. Especially after a long day, or I'm waiting for my Shih Tzu Huey to do his business. It takes him forever sometimes, on purpose... anyway, late last night was one of those times. I looked up and saw my neighbors had put these lights up. Camera on my phone doesn't do it justice, but I thought the hearts were sweet, and the lights calming for me. Could be why I enjoy checking out lights in neighborhoods. Get lost in the lights. Wonder if Yoga with Christmas lights in the room could be a new trend? I'd be much more into that if that was the case. Add some Christmas cookies afterwards.. BONUS!

Click here to check out lots of Holiday Happenings in and around ATX. You will also find many places to check out the 'Lights'! Happy Holidays.. Merry Christmas! May 2015 Rock!
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I'm an Ed Fan!!

First time I met Ed Sheeran was during West of the Fest in 2012. A soft spoken young man who was very respectful to everyone he talked with. His laid back nature made it easy to get to know him even for a few moments.You could tell he loved music and that is what he wants to do with his life. When he got on stage, you could see there would be great things a head for Ed Sheeran. It wasn't hard to become an 'Ed Fan' when you saw him perform, and especially easy when you saw how he interacted w/ people.

The next year Ed did another performance for a Mix 94.7 Happy Hour on the Patio. By this time his star was rising and he had fans of all ages in ATX waiting to him play. A Big following with the ladies, and many ladies who weren't old enough to get in the bar. He made it a point of going to the back and saying hi to them, and finding a way they could enjoy his performance without it afffecting the legal issue of underage in a bar. Ed stepping up for fans of all ages .... continued to make me an 'Ed Fan'. That same evening after his performance when he was leaving I caught him and asked what he'd like to say to his fans...

,.. Sweet, Real, Humble... amazing what 2 years can do for a person. Ed went from 'West of the Fest' in 2012 to being the most downloaded artist in 2014 Globally (on Spotify) thanks to his most recent album 'X'.

Listen for his newest single 'Thinking Out Loud', which gives me gooseybumps when I hear it, because it reminds me of my Honey Ted! In fact before I wrote this blog, I emailed him the video link. I'm an 'Ed Fan' as long as he keeps it 'Real'. 'Real' in this cause just being Ed, and not what fame/fortune can create.

Here's the video to his newest single.. could be the next big wedding song. Dance class registrations may go up.. Ed and his smooth moves!

Random tibit: Ed found time to design jewelry w/ his mom. Kate MIddleton has been seen wearing one of his moms designs.
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Happy 10th!!!

Chick-fil-A Village at Westlake is celebrating their 10th Anniversary! Great idea for Breakfast, lunch & dinner!
Here's the 411!:
Join Chick-fil-A Village at Westlake for a day filled with games, free food and fun as we celebrate ten years of serving the Westlake community (#cfawestlake10)! We want to thank our guests because you are the reason we are here today. As an expression of our gratitude, visit us throughout the day to receive the following FREE food items. We are also planning to give back by hosting a community toy drive for children in need through Orange Santa.

Friday, December 5th:
6:30-7:30 a.m. - NEW Chick-fil-A Coffee by THRIVE Farmers
7:30-8:30 a.m. - Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Minis
8:30-10 a.m. - Chicken Biscuit
10-11 a.m. - Yogurt Parfait
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Chicken Sandwich
2-4 p.m. - 8-count Chicken Nuggets
4-6 p.m. - Milkshake, smoothie or iced coffee
6-8 p.m. - Grilled Chicken Sandwich
8-10 p.m. - Icedream®

Indoor activities:
• Food sampling
• Sustainability station – foam cup recycling
• Christmas toy drive
• Minute-to-win-it games
• Photo booth
...and more!
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Holiday Memory...

Can you believe it's only 21 days until Christmas. For #TBT I thought I would whip out some Santa Holiday Cheer. Although in this photo, I wasn't totally feeling Santa. My mom caught the vibe, and said he was Santa's helper, but I better be good so the 'Real Santa' would come and visit. So I wasn't perfect, but good enough for my Mom to get a photo, and for the 'Real Santa' to come visit me and make up for this 'Santa Helper'. :)

If you are like me, and your family will only be w/ you this holiday season in spirit, well keep their spirit going w/ Happy Holiday thoughts. I know my Mama Betty & Daddy Maurice are w/ me in spirit, and my Love for them will always be in my heart & soul. Happy Holidays! HR

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Naughty end up nice...

Jimmy Kimmel got together w/ The Killers to create a new Holiday Classic. downloads available on iTunes w/ proceeds going to the 'Red' campaign. 'Joel the Lump of Coal'! Go Joel!

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It's 'The Nog' month!

December is National Eggnog month! Favorite nog scene....

My Sis-in-Law Nici makes a mean 'E-Nog Cookie' that I have tried to copy, but have not perfected. So I'm sure I won't do Mrs.Claus E-Nog Cookie justice, but I may give it a try! Click here for the recipe! I've beeni n the Christmas spirit since Halloween, so I'm ready for 'The Nog' minus the fake blood!

(Mr. & Mrs. Z-Claus @ ACL Live @ the Moody Theater/ Halloween 10/31/2014 w/ Neon Trees)

PS: 'Spiked Nog' is cool, especially if you spike it w/ chocolate. What were you thinking of? :)
Happy 'The Nog' Month!

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