Places to Pick Your Perfect Christmas Tree!

We are only a few weeks away from Christmas! As Thanksgiving festivities subside, many people go searching for their perfect Christmas tree! In the Austin area, there are many options for choose-and-cut your own trees to fresh Frasier Firs from North Carolina or artificial trees that you can see in person or buy online. As you search for your perfect tree, here are some recommendations on where to start!

Brungot Farms

Brungot Farms Tree Forest is open just north of the Austin City limits at the Twin Lakes YMCA in Cedar Park. Tree pricing is available on their website or you can visit the open air display with lots of space between trees for social distancing while you shop. Delivery options include porch-drop and in-home set-up. Brungot Farms Tree Forest at Twin Lakes YMCA – 204 E Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park, TX 78613 https://brungotfarms.com

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm

Choose-and-cut your locally grown Virginia Pine or Leyland Cypress at Elgin Christmas Tree Farm! The farm provides a bow saw and will shake and bale your tree so you are all set to take it home! For customers who love Fraser Firs, the farm has imported Fraser Firs from North Caroline which come in freshly cut. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm 120 Natures Way, Elgin, TX 78621https://www.elginchristmastreefarm.com/

Evergreen Farms Christmas Trees

Evergreen Farms is a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm a short drive from Austin, in Elgin, TX. Choose from Virginia Pine, Leyland Cypress and Arizona Cypress trees and experience the fresh air of the Texas country while you pick our your perfect Christmas tree! Pre-cut Noble and Fraser firs are also available. The farm furnishes saws for cutting and harvest your tree but make sure to bring your own measuring tools! After you have harvested your tree, Evergreen Farms will shake the tree and wrap it in netting for easy transporting. Twine is also available. There are also many other activities to enjoy at the farm, including games, a maze, a playground, nature trial, farm animals and gift shot. On weekends there is a campfire for roasting marshmallows! Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm 242 Monkey Road, Elgin, Texas 78621 https://www.evergreen-farms.com/christmas-trees

Home Depot

Home Depot offers in-person and online shopping for Christmas trees with a large variety of sizes, types and shapes. Check out your local Home Depot or shop online at https://www.homedepot.com/b/Holiday-Decorations-Christmas-Decorations-Christmas-Trees/N-5yc1vZc3rz

Lowes

Lowes offers in-person shopping for Christmas Trees in their Garden Center. With a large variety of trees in different shapes, sizes and types, they are sure to have the perfect tree for your home! Check out your local Lowes or see what they have online at https://www.lowes.com/c/Christmas-trees-Christmas-decorations-Holiday-decorations

Optimist Club of Austin Trees

The Optimist Club of Austin has been selling Christmas trees since 1952! All of the profits from the lot go to youth charities in Austin. With over 4000 trees and 5 different types of trees, they are bound to have the perfect tree for your family! They also have wreathes and garland available. Check out their tree lot at the corner of San Gabriel and North Lamar. The Optimist Club of Austin – 2813 San Gabriel, Austin, TX 78705  https://austinoptimist.com/tree-lot

Papa Noels

Papa Noel’s offers some of the finest True Fur trees from award-winning farms across the country at 6 convenient locations around the Austin area. You can even go online to select your tree, stand, wreaths or garland and have it delivered and set up in your home! Papa Noel’s will deliver within a 5-mile radius of each of it lot locations. Papa Noel Christmas Tree See Multiple Locations – https://papanoeltrees.com/contact/

Robinson Family Farm Christmas Trees

The Robinson Family Farm proudly offers premium pre-cut Fraser First grown in the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. Trees range from 6’ to 15’ and prices vary based on height. They also offer tree delivery, handmade wreathes and tree stands. Spend some extra time viewing the Christmas trees while you enjoy a hot chocolate or hot mulled cider! Robinson Family Farms – 3708 White Owl Lane, Temple, TX 76501https://www.therobinsonfamilyfarm.com/christmas-trees

Vote 2020 – Central Texas

November 3rd is our national election for the President of the United States as well as for many other state and local offices, referendums and propositions. The 2020 election is shaping up to be one of the heated and controversial ones in recent history! Many have voted already in early voting or by mail but others have waited for election day, November 3rd. We strongly encourage everyone who is able to vote to make their voice heard by voting this Tuesday!

If you have yet to place your vote and are planning on voting on Tuesday, November 3rd, we have compiled some helpful information and links to help you.

Travis County

Where can I vote? Here is a list of polling locations in Travis County on election day.

When are polls open on election day? Election day hours are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Am I registered to vote? What is my Precinct Number? Your precinct number can be found on your voter registration card. If you do not have your card, are unsure of your precinct number, or need to confirm you are registered to vote, you can look online at www.votetravis.com . You can also use the 24 hour automated telephone system at (512) 238-VOTE (238-8683).

What type of ID do I need to vote in Travis County? Click here to visit the Travis County Voter Identification Requirements page to see a list of acceptable forms of photo ID, and options for voters who do not possess one and cannot reasonably obtain one.

Can I see a sample ballot? Click here to see sample ballots for Travis County.

Williamson County

Where can I vote? Registered voters in Williamson County can vote at any of the locations listed on this county election website. You can also CLICK HERE to see polling place wait times and directions from your current location.

When are polls open on election day? Election day hours are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Am I registered to vote? What is my Precinct Number? You can find your check your voter registration status, find your polling site or view your sample ballot by following this link.

What type of ID do I need to vote in Williamson County? CLICK HERE for information on ID requirements in Williamson County.

Hayes County

Where can I vote? Registered voters in Hayes County can vote at the locations listed in this document from Hayes County. Addresses are also included.

When are polls open on election day? Election day hours are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. You can see a sample ballot by following this link.

Am I registered to vote? What is my Precinct Number? You can find out your precinct number on this website from the Texas Secretary of State.

What type of ID do I need to vote in Hayes County? CLICK HERE for information on ID requirements in Hayes County.

Austin-Area Dog Parks

Bark in the Park!

Is the social distancing making you and your four-legged best friend a little stir-crazy? You both probably want to get out of the house and stretch your legs! Luckily, the Austin area has no shortage of great dog parks in town where you can socially distance while they get their play on and run off some of that energy! Here is our favorite places to take our furry friends…

Auditorium Shores Dog Park

Local Austin favorite right on Lady Bird Lake looking into downtown Austin! Auditorium Shores Dog Park900 W Riverside Dr. Austin, TX 78704

Barkin’ Springs 

A canine-friendly watering hole just below Austin’s famous Barton Springs Pool! Barkin Springs – 2201 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78746

Bee Cave Dog Park 

Dog park run by the City of Bee Cave with huge open fields and two fenced area for your dog to play! Bee Cave Dog Park – 13676 Bee Cave Pkwy Bee Cave, TX 78738

Cedar Bark Park 

A 5-acre off-leash park with a pond, showers and water fountains, plus a separate area for small dogs! Cedar Bark Park – 2525 W New Hope Dr. Cedar Park, TX 78613

Norwood Estate Dog Park 

Fenced-off dog park with some park benches, tree shade, water supply & drinking bowls at I-35 & East Riverside. Norwood Estate Dog Park – 1009 Edgecliff Terrace Austin, TX 78704

Northtown Dog Park 

Large, fenced dog park with plenty of shade and obstacles for dogs to enjoy! Northtown Dog Park – 14401 Harris Ridge Blvd. Pflugerville, TX 78660

Onion Creek District Park 

The Onion Creek Greenbelt is a 106-acre park with trails, woods and water, all off-leash! Onion Creek District Park – 7002 Onion Creek Dr. Austin, TX 78744

West Austin Park & Wading Pool

A small, shaded off-leash dog park completely fenced – great for dogs and owners! West Austin Park & Wading Pool – 1317 W 10th St. Austin, TX 78703

Yard Bar 

Hip central Austin park with sandwiches, cocktails and pet treats – plenty of space for your furry friends to roam! Yard Bar – 6700 Burnet Rd. Austin, TX 78757

Zilker Metropolitan Park 

Huge central Austin park with miles of trails, plenty of space and water for pets to explore and enjoy! Zilker Metropolitan Park – 2100 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78704

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Eye-Catching Ways to Decorate with Plants

With the colder weather starting to make its presence felt on all of us this Fall, many of us are spending more time indoors. To make our indoor space as enjoyable as possible, many people enjoy decorating with indoor plants and greenery!

Using plants as décor is a great way to add a little color and a natural, bright feel to any room. There are endless types of plants to choose from and various ways to display each one, but here are a few of our favorite combinations!

Geometric Pots

Find geometric pots or planters of various sizes and plant small succulents of different styles and colors in each one. Then group a few pots together on a window sill or shelf or use them individually to adorn a side table or center of the dining room table.

Long, Hanging Plants

Purchase a larger, draping plant-like eucalyptus, fern, or ivy and hang it from the ceiling using a macramé plant hanger or place it on a high shelf or ladder. These plants are perfect for the corner of your living room or room with a large, plain wall that is in need of a little pop of color.

Plant Corner

Have a large corner in the dining or living room and need ideas on how to fill it? Consider turning it into a small plant sanctuary. Select plants of all different sizes, heights, colors, and styles and purchase either matching pots or a mix of designs. Consider the use of a stool or small table to create additional levels and strategically place each one in the corner.

Air Plants

Air plants are universal and can be included in DIY wall art, hung from the ceiling or on the wall inside geometric metal prisms, or placed inside beautiful glass terrariums alongside other plants and colorful rocks or sand.

We hope this list of our favorite combinations has given you some ideas for your home! Do you have some unique ideas or ways that you’ve used plants to decorate your home?! Comment below to share with us – we’d love to see them!