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Last week, we went over 5 easy, no budget tips for spring cleaning your home. After your cleaning spree, what do you do to help keep your home clean for the rest of the year? Here are some quick, easy, and painless tips for keeping a cleaner house.

  1. Fill your dishwasher at night, and empty it in the morning. Put the dishes away while you make your morning coffee, and they’ll be clean and ready for you during dinner. After dinner, rinse and load the dishwasher, then start it if it’s full.
  2. Utilize commercial breaks. When you’re watching your shows at night, skip fast forwarding through the commercial breaks and use that time to do a small chore. This is a great time to load that dishwasher!
  3. Keep a “toss” basket for quick cleanups. Once a day,
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Spring is upon us, which means most of us are getting “the itch”- that urge to clean after the holiday parties and winter hibernation period is over. Luckily, you don’t have to drop a ton of money and time on the project to scratch that itch. Here are 5 easy, free, and quick tips to help you clean your home in a pinch.

 

1. You can use the dishwasher for more than just your dishes!

Most plastic toys, knicks knacks, and other objects can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Start the cycle before you begin your other tasks, and you’ll be done in no time.

2. Get rid of unwanted pet hair with rubber gloves

Grab a pair of damp rubber gloves and use them to pick up the pet fur and stray hair off of pillows and furniture.

3. Clean your gadgets!

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While Austin is in the throws of SXSW, it's also St. Patrick's Day this Friday. Austin is more than ready to celebrate with family friendly festivals, epic block parties, and beer specials all around. We're lucky to live in Austin.

1. St. Patrick's Day Austin

Hosted by the Celtic Cultural Center of Texas, St. Patrick's Day Austin is an all-day live music event that features traditional Irish folk musicians and dancers. They also serve traditional Irish eats and brews. The Gaelic League of Austin will be teaching Gaelic to anyone who want to learn. The event also has lots of family friendly games and activities. Get your tickets here, for only $15.

2. Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant

The fine folks at Fadó are shutting down W 4th Street to throw

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Spring break is finally here. We're all super excited about the time off, but what are we going to do with it? Here is a non-comprehensive list of the best ways to enjoy Spring Break in Austin.

1. SXSW

Obviously, we had to mention SXSW. It is most famous for it's music festival, but they also showcase film, comedy, and interactive technology. The film festival portion is a series of screenings that happen all around town, you can get the schedule here. The complete schedule for the epic Interactive festival has yet to be announced, but the Opening Party is March 10. The robust SXSW comedy showcase is occurring March 10-18 and is open to all interactive, film, and music festival attendees. And of course, there's the music. Catch the biggest,

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Dana Tuggle (center, Regional VP of RE/MAX of Texas) with Tim Kress (left) and Tammy Kress (right) receiving the national Broker/Owner of the Year Award for the United StatesCEDAR PARK, TX – Broker/Owner Tim and Tammy Kress of RE/MAX 1 were presented with the Broker/Owner of the Year Award for the United States on Tuesday, February 28th at the RE/MAX National Convention in Las Vegas. This prestigious award recognizes one outstanding Broker/Owner in the country who demonstrates extraordinary commitment and loyalty to fellow RE/MAX Associates, employees and clients.

Tim and Tammy Kress opened RE/MAX 1 in 2010 and have since grown the brokerage to 93 Associates and a 6-person support staff team. RE/MAX 1 agents specialize in residential and commercial sales in the greater Austin area.

In addition to this year’s Broker/Owner of the Year Award, The Kress’ were also named Broker/Owner of the Year for the Texas region. RE/MAX

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We would like to introduce our new blog series! "Local Gems" will be focusing on local favorites from greater Austin, featuring a new town each week. Comment local favorites from your town and we'll try to write about it!

 

1. Balcones Canyonlands Wildlife Refuge

 Originally created to preserve the golden-cheeked warblers and black-capped vireos, the Balcones Canyonlands Wildlife Refuge is a designated globally Important Bird Area. Make the most of your bird-watching experience in the awesome overlooks on site. Or, take a walk on the wild side using the parks map of trails.

2. Lake Travis Music Theatre

 Since 2007, Lake Travis Music Theatre has hosted productions for the hill country community, by the hill country community. All productions

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Cue the red, white, and pink. Valentine's Day, Single Awareness Day, and the all important Galentine's Day celebrations are fast approaching. Time to find a date, reserve movie tickets with your girly swirlys, or just restock your Franzia. And if you're a guy reading this, it's about time you figured out what you're getting that special someone (or made plans to hibernate through Mid-February). Whatever you're relationship status (we know it's complicated), we've complied some Valentine's Day treats and gestures for all the dates, babes, besties, co-workers, 'lil pumpkins, and spouses in your life.

 We've made several boards for your convenience, so take what you need and leave the rest! Keep reading to see our boards, and our favorite pins for all

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We would like to introduce our new blog series! "Local Gems" will be focusing on local favorites from greater Austin, featuring a new town each week. Comment local favorites from your town and we'll try to write about it!

Known as the “Gateway to the Hill Country,” Dripping Springs is home to 30,000 fun-loving Texans. It is also home to 30 wedding venues within a 15 mile radius, making it the "Wedding Capital of Texas" as well. There is also an abundance of wineries, breweries, and distilleries.  There are so many little gems in this town, we had a hard time even deciding what to feature.

1. Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool is an extraordinary swimming hole in Dripping Springs. You can find Texans from all over the hill country basking in the

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We would like to introduce our new blog series! "Local Gems" will be focusing on local favorites from greater Austin, featuring a new town each week. Comment local favorites from your town and we'll try to write about it!

1.Harvest Ranch

In Liberty Hill, along the ranch road, is the "The Harvest Ranch Chuckwagon and Dinner Show." This dinner show is truly like nothing else in the Austin area, it features good 'ol "chuckwagon" cuisine and western jams from "The Booher Kids." Finally, the night will be finished with a rodeo show! The 2017 season at Harvest Ranch begins April 1st, so get tickets here.

2. Best of the West Shooting Sports

 This Texas shooting range and paintball center is fun for everyone. With pistols and rifles available for

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We would like to introduce our new blog series! "Local Gems" will be focusing on local favorites from greater Austin, featuring a new town each week. Comment local favorites from your town and we'll try to write about it!

Buda, located just a half-hour south of downtown Austin, is known as the "Outdoor Capital of Texas." It has the unique distinction of having more parkland per capita than any other town in the state. You can always find Buda locals soaking up the beautiful central Texas weather.

1. Jackson Tyler Norris Memorial Skate Park

This awesome skate park is dedicated to deceased local skater Jackson Tyler Norris. The seven people who received Norris's organs are celebrated by seven wall etching at the park, and seven newly planted

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