It’s #GoodToKnow how to customize your yoga mat. Check it out…

I HAD SOOOO MUCH FUN learning how to customize my (already customized – thank you Mommy!) yoga mat.

Nicole Sabourian teaches #sacredcrafting workshops, including how to customize ye yoga mats at Craft (on South 1st Street in 78704). Click here for more information about said workshops at Craft.

Or, follow these directions from Nicole herself:

1. Gather Supplies: Yoga mat, scrap paper, marker, dish sponge, scissors, acrylic paint, plastic container for palette, small paint brush for touch ups, ruler or piece of string for spacing stamps out.

2. Create Your Stamp:
– Trace an outline of your sponge on scrap paper so you know how much space you have to work with.
-Draw your simple stamp design inside of the sponge outline on the scrap paper.
– Cut out stamp design from your scrap paper, place it over sponge as template and cut sponge accordingly.

3. Get Your Stamp On!
-Dip your sponge stamp in small pool of paint in your container, and give it a test on scrap paper
-Start stamping your mat!
-Either stamp freestyle or use your ruler and marker to mark your stamp spots equidistant from each other. Serena says: measure and mark out where you want to stamp unless you are An Artist.
-Don’t forget to touch up with your brush to fill in crevices, or leave it as-is for a textured look.

Pretty sure I’ll be making and gifting yoga mats with my newfound info (and heart shaped sponge stamp) so that my favorite people will be surrounded by love whenever they get their Om on. In the meantime, be sure to try this technique out and tag your brags with #StatesmanSocial so I can see too!

– Serena

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SERENA HICKS keeps you up to speed on the hottest events, what’s trending and local luminaries in Austin. #StatesmanSocial is a product of Statesman Media’s content marketing group. Follow the fun, share your best Austin moments, and tag along with #StatesmanSocial:

My favorite puppets evah, Year of the Sheep, and CASAblanca; it’s #WTFwed 2.18.15

Hey Socialites! GREAT NEWS: Avenue Q is baaaack and playing again at the Austin Theater Project. So far they’ve had nothing but rave reviews – in from all over. Meanwhile, here’s my sell: I first saw Avenue Q when I was 25, broke as all get out (thanks MTV News for paying me $500 a week before NYC taxes!) and living in New York City. I could totes relate to Princeton… And Kate Monster…  And those Bad News Bears reeeeally resonated with me. But I digress. This musical/inspired-gem-that-beat-out-Wicked-for-a-Tony-Award-in-2004-what-whaaaa is poignant and hilarious. Please do yourself, and the rest of us, a favor by getting your tickets already. The ATP has been selling out performances. Get on it!

In other news… on Thursday… HAPPY NEW YEAR! Yes, again. 2015 is the Year of the Sheep. To celebrate, the Summit Lion Dance Team has a ton of events going on. If you’d rather keep up with them on Facebook, click here.

Finally, on Saturday, a sweet FUNdraiser oppty: it’s CASA of  Travis County’s 30th annual CASAblanca party and fundraiser! I’ve said it before: I AM A FAN OF CASA and how they train their volunteers to connect with and give voice to our community’s young people who are a part of the child welfare system (hint: that system is more than a little overburdened. If you haven’t already, check out what The Statesman has recently reported). ANYWHO, CASA and their volunteers are a part of the solution and this fundraiser specifically raises funds for CASA OF TRAVIS COUNTY.

If this (above) isn’t reason enough to drop everything and grab a few tickets, consider the items that will be up for Auction… 😉

As usual, I want to see where you are and what you are up to so be sure to tag your brags with #StatesmanSocial please and thank you.

I’ve got a new #GoodToKnow episode for you on Friday. Until then… you’re welcome people!

xoxo,

Serena

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SERENA HICKS keeps you up to speed on the hottest events, what’s trending and local luminaries in Austin. #StatesmanSocial is a product of Statesman Media’s content marketing group. Follow the fun, share your best Austin moments, and tag along with #StatesmanSocial:

 

 

Want to serve a super quick and easy (but so yum!) pizza? This trick is #GoodToKnow

Oh haaaai Socialites!

Fun fact: Every “Real Housewife” knows that having someone over for dinner does NOT mean you have to cook it yourself. I’m a fan of the Favor Delivery app here in Austin, but sometimes it’s more fun to make dinner (appear) another way. This is one such way…

Pro tip: skip the standard pepperoni order and go with some fancy pants ingredients like sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese and artichoke hearts (a favorite of mine from Austin’s Pizza). If you just can’t leave the pepperoni behind, try a four cheese topped with extra pepperoni.

Then sell it with a smile.

serving pizza screen grab 2.13.15

#ModernCooking

Be sure to tag your brags with #StatesmanSocial so I can see how you’re doing with this Hosting hack.

You’re Welcome!

— Serena
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SERENA HICKS keeps you up to speed on the hottest events, what’s trending and local luminaries in Austin. #StatesmanSocial is a product of Statesman Media’s content marketing group. Follow the fun, share your best Austin moments, and be social:

Wondering how to transform a cheap bottle of wine into something more palatable? This quick trick is #GoodToKnow.

Hey Socialites!

I love me some wine. Also, I love clothes, making rent AND supporting charities I believe in so my wine budget is… limited. No worries though, I learned of this quick trick and I am now a FAN.

On a personal note: this is totes a legit excuse reason to upgrade my blender to a Vitamix yes? That makes sense right?

Try it out and let me know what you think. Tag #StatesmanSocial to be heard. Until next week’s Where’s The Fun video (new #WTFwed goes live!)… drink responsibly and you’re welcome!

— Serena
STYLE CREDITS: Dress from SoLa on South Lamar, and necklace from the ever stylist Paige Cavazos. Thank you ladies!
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SERENA HICKS keeps you up to speed on the hottest events, what’s trending and local luminaries in Austin. #StatesmanSocial is a product of Statesman Media’s content marketing group. Follow the fun, share your best Austin moments, and tag along with #StatesmanSocial:

WTFwed: shopping, raw chocolate and two FUNdraisers 2.4.15

Hey y’all hey! I hope you’re hungry because this coming week is absolutely delicious.

On Thursday night, SoLa is taking their 1st Thursday Game to the next level by hosting their first ever “Girl’s Night Out” party. Sure, they’ll have the usual awesome 1st Thursday Sale pricing, but this month (and every 1st Thursday for the duration of 2015) they’re serving small bites and adult beverages from WineBelly and Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. AND, they’re showcasing Austin jewelry designer Haley LeBeuf who will be on hand selling her elegant timeless jewelry. Kendra Scott who? I’m just saying… Full details are here.

 

Fun fact: Miss Venus will be in attendance as per usual. See y'all there!
Fun fact: Miss Venus will be in attendance as per usual. See y’all there!

Saturday is superfab as well. For the Martha Stewart types, check out the Natural Epicurean’s Raw Chocolate making class. Sign up now to secure your spot!

If you’re more Ke$ha than Martha you can do some serious FUNdraising at Cupid’s Undie Run. Festivities start at noon at the Rattle Inn but the race itself doesn’t start until 2pm. It’s all for a good cause, as your money goes towards fighting tumors. Who can’t get behind that? 😉

Finally, and I do mean finally as this year’s event was pushed a week to sidestep inclement weather than never showed (oh, Austin…): It’ the 9th annual Chili Cook Off at Jo’s on South Congress! Your $20 ticket let’s you try all of the chili and supports the 100 Club of Central Texas. That’s the non-profit dedicated to providing emotional and financial support to our local police and fireman when they have been injured or killed in the line of duty. Seriously, you get to binge eat chili and it supports our 1st responders. SEE. YOU. THERE.

Given the all around yumminess of this week ahead I’m particularly eager to see you in the socialsphere (and also in real life). Tag your posts with #StatesmanSocial to  be heard… and seen… and possibly shared! #SharingIsCaring

Tune in Friday for our latest #GoodToKnow episode. In the meantime, have a great week y’all!

— Serena
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SERENA HICKS keeps you up to speed on the hottest events, what’s trending and local luminaries in Austin. #StatesmanSocial is a product of Statesman Media’s content marketing group. Follow the fun, share your best Austin moments, and tag along with #StatesmanSocial: