Honeymoon Series: Anniversary Photo Shoot by Katie Mitchell Photography

This is post continues our honeymoon series – I can’t wait to share them all with you! If you have any specific questions, just let me know in the comments below or email me at heather@3blackcatco.com!

Since Roswell and I took a delayed honeymoon, it ended up being the perfect time for anniversary photos. A little over a month before our trip, I contacted Katie Mitchell, an Australian photographer living in Paris that I had been following on Instagram for a while and had fallen in love with her shooting style. Katie instantly made Roswell and I feel at ease in front of the camera while engaging us in conversation. I would highly recommend a photo shoot for anyone on vacation (especially with Katie!) – it was much an amazing experience to meet a local photographer and have this photos that we will cherish forever. Thank you, Katie!


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Austin Summer Bucket List

We made it to Wednesday, friends – we’re half way through the week! This week has been particularly crazy for me because we started our youth summer musical intensive. In ten short days, a group of kids from 8 to 18 years old will rehearse, stage and perform a fully produced musical. It’s mind boggling! But I’m loving the music that accompanies my work in the morning since they are learning one of my favorite Disney musicals, Beauty & The Beast. If you’re in Austin and are looking for a great family friendly outing, the opening night is Friday, June 19 and runs through Monday, June 22 with a total of 6 performances. I highly recommend you check it out!

Now that the summer season has started at work, it has me thinking of all of the things that I want to do in Austin area this summer! Since this is my first summer in Austin, the list is pretty long, but I think I’ve narrowed it down to things that we can definitely make happen! Continue reading

Honeymoon Series: Brussels & Bruges

This is post continues our honeymoon series – I can’t wait to share them all with you! If you have any specific questions, just let me know in the comments below or email me at heather@3blackcatco.com!

After spending three amazing days in Amsterdam and getting used to being on vacation, we packed up our bags and walked to the train station to catch our train to Brussels. One thing that I LOVE about Europe is the ease of getting around. I wish that we had trains in the States that could just take us to another country! In less than two hours, we had left the Netherlands and arrived in Belgium. Conveniently, our hotel was again right next to the train station (literally across the street) and we walked off the train and set off to our hotel. We stayed at the Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi and I worry that we may have been a little too spoiled by the Grand Amrath in Amsterdam. We thought the location was great being right next to the train station and a ten minute walk to our reason for going to Brussels (more on this later), but it was really far away from the main downtown area that we spent a majority of our time. The quality was okay, but nothing near where we stayed in Amsterdam (or even some hotels in the States).


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Honeymoon Series: Amsterdam

This is the first of many different kinds of posts about our honeymoon – I can’t wait to share them all with you! If you have any specific questions, just let me know in the comments below or email me at heather@3blackcatco.com!

Bridge over Herengracht in Amsterdam | Photo by Heather Mundwiler

Nearly a year after getting married, Roswell and I finally packed our bags and embarked on our amazing trip. We knew that we wanted to go to Europe and actually had a honeymoon registry for our wedding in lieu of a traditional gift registry. Having an extra year to save also helped us truly make this an unforgettable trip. Continue reading

Photo Friday: Honeymoon Sneaks

We’ve been home a week from our honeymoon and I finally spent some time culling all of the photos I took over the two week period (over a thousand photos total). I wanted to share a few photos from the amazing places we visited while I wrote longer posts dedicated to each city. I can see below, I might have a bias towards one of the cities. We had such an amazing time, definitely learned a bit about the world and how we like to travel and we’re already looking forward to our next trip! Continue reading

Honeymoon in a carryon

Roswell and I have been looking forward to our honeymoon for quite a while now. We got married in April last year and we already knew our honeymoon was going to be delayed until after the grad school semester had ended. When we were in the midst of our wedding planning and preparation, Roswell interviewed and accepted his new job position in Austin. Two weeks before the wedding, Roswell packed his car and headed to Austin – the very morning, we picked up our marriage license at the court-house in fact. He flew back the week of the wedding and the day after our wedding, I dropped him back at the airport so he could start his new job in Austin and we started our 8 months of living in different states. Continue reading

Bindlestick Brewing Company Brew Kettles

Brewery Visit: Bindlestick Brewing Company

Hello! Roswell here. Heather has asked me to be a part of her creative outlet documenting our adventures in good ol’ Austin, TX. I will be giving my input from time to time and, we should probably grab a beer sometime. Seriously, if you see an awkward looking beerded dude at a bar in Austin, come up and say hi, it may be me. I just got back from a run on this gloomy afternoon and figured I might as well buckle down and write blog post while I listen to Tycho and watch some hockey.

Lately, wherever you go, there always seems like there is at least 4,000 breweries opening up every second. This can be a bit overwhelming at times and, with the advent of social media, there is always a “have to have” beer that seemingly pops up out of nowhere every second of every day. How does a beer lover deal with that? Empty your bank account spending $30 on a bomber every time a unicorn is released because you have to have a beer that will never exist ever again? Drink beer all day? Sure! But, even that becomes a chore at times (oh shut up Mr. 22 year old “I can drink beer all day”…I’m turned 30 in March, drink one for me…jerk-face…). The best thing I can do at this point in time in my life is appreciate the little things. These little things include one of my things to do with the wonderful founder of this blog: visiting breweries!!!!!


So, with that being said, we went to Bindlestick Brewing Company on Saturday in March. I have a soft spot in my heart for true grass-roots breweries that are built on one thing… love of beer. From the moment you walk in to their industrial complex entrance, you get the feel that these guys are working their asses off. There isn’t much around, but, what you do see is a sense of pride. You see two guys that are just flat out excited to do what they do. Their “Monkey Wagon” is the first true indicator that these guys are just having fun. It is delicious amber ale that hits all of the wonderful malty notes with a truly great hop aroma. These guys are going places, and, I hope those places include expanding into the lot next to theirs. Their next beer, the peculiar “Candy Mountain” IPA is… different. You will stand there wondering, “What the heck makes this an IPA?” I had to stand there and think about it for a bit… “Candy mountain… did they put sweet tarts in to it? Nooo, Swedish fish? Nah…Well, I might as well ask one of the owners that is coming over to say ‘Hi’”.  Pleasantries are exchanged and we get down to talking about beers, business, and just all around brewery life. The “candy” in Candy Mountain is ginger. I’ve had a few beers in my lifetime, and, that includes more than a few ginger beers. That being said, if you had a knife to my throat and tried to force me to pin down the flavor, I couldn’t tell you.  This is a good thing… seriously. To have a flavor that you can’t pin down as a beer appreciator, well, it’s is a really neat experience.  All of their beers have the intangible factor that I have known to appreciate as love. Love includes a few things, cleanliness, attention to detail, and quality of ingredients. These guys have all of it.

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This is their baby and it shows. It is a family affair here at Bindlestick Brewing Company the brewer, the husband, the wife, the incredibly well behaved kid. This gives me hope that craft beer really isn’t a gimmick… it is here to stay.