A fifth-generation San Antonionian - who happened to spend her formative years in Austin - Amanda loves the SAT from the confetti in her hair to the bluebonnets under her feet. Never one to miss a reason to host a party or decorate for a theme, Amanda revels in the 'mas Fiesta' attitude of the city. She's mom to Vivi (2012) aka #HurricaneVivi, Mac (2020) and wife to Francois, whom she met at Texas A&M (FTAC '05). She has a Masters in Early Childhood Education and a Doctorate in Making it Up As She Goes - which means she's a sometimes-fun-mom. You can find her on Instagram . She loves confetti, croissants, and a cold Ranch Water. Favorite Restaurant: Piatti's Favorite Landmark: Johnson Street footbridge in King William Favorite San Antonio Tradition: Fiesta Medals

Tips from a Teacher: Nipping Nagging and Dealing With A Know-It-All

I was over at a friends house a few weeks ago and her 4 year old wanted a snack. I'm pretty good at repressing the "teacher urge" when I'm with my friends and their...

Party Invitations, Decorations and Supplies for the Best Birthday Yet

Birthday planning doesn't need to be all characters and themed sets (though no one can blame you for the easy party planning!) when there are so many amazing birthday party resources in San Antonio...

Beating 2-Digit Multiplication

I'm terrible at math. I generally hate math (thanks to a horrific seventh grade math teacher). Despite those two things, I find that I'm a really successful math teacher. Probably because I can figure...

Simple Summer Recipe: Lavender Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

There is something so chic and spring-y about using lavender in a recipe and these cupcakes are no exception. Add a little lemon zest to the batter or buttercup and they will carry any...

Potty Training Mommy

My 2-year-old is a precocious and independent little soul. She has very strong opinions, a fierce sense of self and can be quite demanding. So, when she decided 3 weeks or so ago that it...
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Spring Time Random Acts of Kindness

Random acts of kindness are a wonderful way to brighten someones day - and sometimes it seems that after the winter holiday season passes the enthusiasm for RAKs (as random, or planned, as they...

Flower Power: A Fun Evening Learning Something New

Over Spring Break, my teacher friend Angel and I talked about getting together to catch up - it had been too long since the last time we'd just been able to hang out! We...

San Antonio Zootennial Plaza Grand Opening

Happy 100th Birthday to the San Antonio Zoo! The zoo turned 100 on March 7 in grand style - the St. Mary's marching band led a parade - including a 100 year old Model T...

Preserving Family Memories – The Easy Way

The summer between sophomore and junior year in college, my roommate Katie and I scrapbooked our summer away. In between summer school classes, we'd marathon-watch movies and cut, glue, embellish, and tape our memories...
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Free Last Minute Printable Valentines

Even though I've been looking forward to it since Christmas and started decorating at the end of January - I feel like Valentine's Day totally snuck up on me this year. Raise your hand...
Alamo City Mom Blogs - Free Printable Valentine Banner

DIY Printable Valentine’s Banners

 Valentine's Day may just be my favorite day of the year. I love the sentiment that surrounds the day and I love telling my friends and family that I love them! Plus, after...

Making Merry! Alamo City Moms Blog Contributor’s Home Tour

It is such a joy to visit friend's homes during the holiday season and see their decorations and what meaningful traditions they enjoy - from quirky to heartfelt. The Alamo City Moms Blog contributors...

Updating a Christmas Classic : Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt dough ornaments are one of those rights-of-passage crafts that every kid should get to enjoy - and every parent should get to experience on the "other side". Salt dough is easy to make,...

10 Ways to Capture the Little Moments This Holiday Season

The preparation, the traditions, the squeals of joy and quiet moments of thanks - we lock those feelings and memories away in our hearts every year during the holiday season. Capturing those memories with...