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Leila Kalmbach


Leila Kalmbach is a freelance writer and a native Austinite. Her work has appeared in Austin Monthly, Tasmanian Life, the Austin Business Journal, Yoga Sanga, Austin WeddingDay, Texas School Business and TravelMuse, among others. She writes people's life-changing true stories at

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smarter learning

Ignorance isn't bliss: Health groups propose first-ever national standards for sex education

By Leila Kalmbach

Texas school districts have long adhered to an “ignorance is power” approach to sex education, but now, four leading national health organizations are hoping to change that. In January, the ...

Weekend getaway

Takin' it easy in the Big Easy: A girls getaway guide to New Orleans

By Leila Kalmbach

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all, and New Orleans is one of the best cities in the country to escape to. With the prevalent sounds of ...

homemade for the holidays II

Clean up for the new year: A step-by-step guide to making homemade soap

By Leila Kalmbach

If giving the gift of infused vodka wasn’t for you, take it a step further and really impress your friends by giving them homemade soap. Soap is a little ...

Homemade for the holidays

Kisses for Christmas: Homemade lip balm is the easiest (and yummiest) beauty gift of all

By Leila Kalmbach

We’ve been working hard the last few weeks, making taste-testing liquor infusions until the flavors are just right, cursing at our lotions until they emulsify, and stirring chocolate on ...

Homemade for the holidays

Forget the inappropriate jokes: Homemade chocolate truffles make delicious gifts

By Leila Kalmbach

As you're probably aware, Christmas is just about here and Hanukkah has already started. Does that thought strike terror into your heart? It certainly does for me. I have ...

Homemade for the holidays

Get lubed up: Making and gifting homemade lotion will leave you messy, but moisturized

By Leila Kalmbach

If flavored booze isn’t your style and homemade soap is too much work, consider making some homemade lotion to give as holiday gifts. Lotion is fairly easy to make ...

weird merch

Giving the gift of Twilight: Beyond posters and pins to... glitter lube?

By Leila Kalmbach

The new Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn: Part 1, came out a couple of weeks ago. If you’re as much of a Twilight fan as I am, you know this ...

Drunk and Done

Homemade for the holidays: Whip up a gift of sweet (alcoholic) treats

By Leila Kalmbach

It’s getting toward the end of the year, and if your 2011 New Year’s resolution was anything like mine — more day drinking — then you’re probably realizing right ...

Back to School

New research questions whether your child's home-prepared school lunch is safe to eat

By Leila Kalmbach

Many parents agonize over sending a healthy lunch to school with their children — will he eat carrots? Is there enough protein in this meal? Will she trade her sandwich for ...

75th anniversary in 2014

Frankly, my dear, we do give a damn: Restoration underway on classic Gone With the Wind gowns

By Leila Kalmbach

The cultural impact of Gone With the Wind may not be fading, but the costumes used in the 1939 film are a different story. Some of the most famous outfits ...

Tastes good, too

Drink up: New studies show low-fat chocolate milk improves workouts

By Leila Kalmbach

Good news for chocoholics — oh, and those looking to get into better shape. Two recent studies by researchers at The University of Texas in Austin have shown that chocolate milk ...

Road renegades

Stay cool: Avoid heat exhaustion while exercising with these tips

By Leila Kalmbach

It’s been proven time and again that summer in Texas is hotter than summer in hell, yet hit Memorial Park this time of year and you’re far from ...

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