Blossom By The Arroyo
Mar14

Blossom By The Arroyo

Rubber Ducky Trail House Built in 2016, 4,174 square feet New construction 20 miles outside Las Vegas, Nevada Project by Hoogland Architecture     Desert Distinction Located just 20 miles from Las Vegas on the outskirts of a historical mining town, this house is situated on the banks of a desert arroyo against the backdrop of millions of acres of public-access wilderness and trails.       Weathered World The design of the home works...

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Lighten Up With These Recipes
Mar14

Lighten Up With These Recipes

Recipes and photos By Meghan Yager Being health-conscious in the kitchen doesn’t mean you have to miss out on good tastes! Instead of eating just to fuel yourself, thrive on exciting flavors that will make you forget how good the dishes are for you. You’ll flip over all three of these nutritious recipes!     Grilled Salmon with Tomato Avocado Salsa Makes: 4 filets  |  Time: 20 minutes   for the fish: 4 6-ounce skin-on salmon filets 2...

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Beecoming a Beekeeper
Mar14

Beecoming a Beekeeper

By Mimi Greenwood Knight From Bumbling Gardener to Buzzing Queen of the Back Yard When I reached a certain age, I remembered Ouiser Boudreaux from Steel Magnolias who said old southern women should “wear funny-looking hats and grow vegetables in the dirt.” I’ve never been able to pull off a hat, but I figured I might be able to coax a few vegetables from the ground. So, five years ago, I accepted my obligation as a southern lady,...

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Thrive – Your Best Self Begins Within
Mar14

Thrive – Your Best Self Begins Within

By Broc Jahnke   Wouldn’t it be nice to thrive in your relationships at home, at work, and in the public? For years I would have some success thriving, but inevitably I would find myself back in some sort of dysfunction because I would discover the character flaws in those around me. My marriage was always just okay, my work relationships were never quite right, and don’t get me started on those obnoxious parents at my kid’s sporting...

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From Carhenge to Colorado
Mar14

From Carhenge to Colorado

A Road Trip Tale of Travel and Friendship By Audrey Ashe   “We should sign our names on it,” I heard Toni declare as I chewed thoughtfully, reaching for the crackers, cheese, and fig spread. “Anybody have a sharpie?”       The sun had begun to set, casting pink and orange hues over Carhenge, and I couldn’t help but think “these really are the days of our lives” as I hopped off a half-buried truck to squeeze my initials between the...

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Love is…
Feb15

Love is…

By Lisa Jenkins-Moore     What comes to mind when you hear that phrase? In a world where the word “love” is tossed about flippantly and defined in ways many of us never imagined, is love more than a mere perception? Can it be an absolute? It seems we often hear the word “love” in the context of tolerance. As Christ-followers, we are admonished to “Love God and love others,” but honestly, do we even know what that means? As the mom of...

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Recipes Fresh From the Garden
Feb11

Recipes Fresh From the Garden

Whether you’ve got aspirations of a flourishing garden or are content to fully rely on your local farmers market, fresh produce punches up a dish in plenty of ways. From vibrant herbs to juicy vegetables, this month we’ve chosen an all-veggie menu that’ll help inspire you for the season to come.     Caprese Salad Stacks WITH MARINATED RED BELL PEPPERS Makes: 2 stacks  |  Time: About 15 minutes   for the stacks: 2 tablespoons olive oil...

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Weekend in Midtown – A Revitalized Miami Mosaic Where South Beach Meets Street Art
Feb04

Weekend in Midtown – A Revitalized Miami Mosaic Where South Beach Meets Street Art

A Revitalized Miami Mosaic Where South Beach Meets Street Art By Jennifer Simonson   Miami had never been at the top of my travel bucket list. Despite my love of Latin American culture and beautiful beaches, I had long avoided the city, figuring it was just another flashy party destination that lacked any real culture. I decided to get off my travel high-horse, however,  when I was invited to Southern Florida to check out the city’s...

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Personalized Pampering – Natural Skin DIYs To Sooth Skin
Feb04

Personalized Pampering – Natural Skin DIYs To Sooth Skin

  Handcrafted Help for Skin That Needs Soothing By Audrey Ashe   Plenty of things can cause or exacerbate dry skin, such as harsh soaps, hot water, and of course, the inescapable freeze of winter. Low humidity and wind, along with excessive heat to counter the cold, cause our skin to lose moisture at a faster rate, leaving it cracked, itchy, and chapped. And though winter is the worst for many, naturally dry skin can be a challenge no...

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Creating Creative Kids – Tips for Raising Creative Children
Feb01

Creating Creative Kids – Tips for Raising Creative Children

HOW TO INSPIRE A THOUGHTFUL SPARK IN YOUR LITTLE ONES The Play’s the Thing! Instilling creativity in your children can be as easy as child’s play! Provide things that encourage creative actions, such as costume boxes, puppets, an art corner, building blocks, and musical instruments. Resist the urge to micromanage creativity. Play with your child, but also allow for times of independence.   Think Like an Inventor Rather than...

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Jumpstart Your Wellness Plan
Feb01

Jumpstart Your Wellness Plan

Creating a process that works for you By David Buice     After the final holiday celebration is over and that last slice of pie has been consumed, millions of Americans make their New Year’s resolutions. And by February the chances are good that the immediate post-holiday focus has vanished, we’ve slipped back into our regular daily routines, and those well-intentioned resolutions have fallen by the wayside. But recognizing that just...

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Cozy Up to Danish Hygge
Feb01

Cozy Up to Danish Hygge

  The simple art of feeling content, happy, and comfy Long before I heard of the Danish word hygge (pronounced almost like “hyuu-guh”), and before hygge became a global trend, I was longing for life pleasures that encouraged a sense of contentment and well-being. Nothing on a grand scale, mind you—just the little things that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Slipping on a pair of cloud-soft aloe-infused socks on a cool evening,...

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A Closer Look – How one popular treatment is helping people look more youthful
Jan31

A Closer Look – How one popular treatment is helping people look more youthful

How one popular treatment is helping people look more youthful By LaRue V. Gillespie       “Lip fillers are very popular among younger patients who generally want to enhance their lips. Once patients hit their forties, they often want filler to restore the volume that they had in their youth. Many people don’t realize that lip fillers can be done in a way that looks very natural. This is a medical procedure, so it is important to go...

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Acute Addition – An Expanded & Updated Residence in Austin, Texas
Jan31

Acute Addition – An Expanded & Updated Residence in Austin, Texas

  Colorful Kitchen Turquoise backsplash tile from Fire Clay Tile adds a happy dash of color in a compact yet spacious kitchen with locally milled Texas walnut flooring from Hewn.     Creativity from Constraints Located on a small triangular lot near Bull Creek, the house addition had to comply with regulations that limit the size of the house by embracing restrictions rather than fighting them.     Forming Attachments The areas are...

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Create a Smarter Closet Experience
Jan22

Create a Smarter Closet Experience

Craft a Smarter Closet Experience Experience how a tidy space transforms your life BY PAMELA HAMMONDS   Organizing professionals have long dispensed advice on how to control a chaotic closet. If you don’t wear it for a season, get rid of it. If you buy something new, get rid of something old. Turn all your hangers backward until you wear an item; after a season, get rid of any remaining backward hanging items. The main drawback to...

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Trekking Taos – Adventure to Taos, New Mexico
Jan08

Trekking Taos – Adventure to Taos, New Mexico

By Annette Brooks     My first time in Taos, New Mexico, was a whirlwind affair.   I thought a one night stay added to a Santa Fe vacation would be fine, but it wasn’t nearly enough. The Taos community has a one-of-a-kind laid back vibe along with a storied, proud history, multiple cultures living side by side, and a heritage of colorful people. The area also offers a rich array of activities for outdoor enthusiasts—and you’ll find...

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Matters of the Mind – Brain Building Activities
Jan07

Matters of the Mind – Brain Building Activities

Brain-building activities that’ll keep you sharp and focused By Mimi Greenwood Knight   We’ve all stumbled when reaching for a stray thought— a song we heard the other day, what we had for dinner, where we set the keys… and perhaps with increasing frequency as we get older. But research seems to show that performing regular, targeted brain exercises can increase the brain’s cognitive reserve and lessen the effects of age on our...

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Don’t Stress – Five Great Ways to Chill Out
Jan07

Don’t Stress – Five Great Ways to Chill Out

If you feel stressed after a day at the office—or even just a busy one at home—you’re not alone. A recent study found that about 8 in 10 employed Americans felt stressed about their work. If you’re like most people, your instinct might be to pull up social media or flip on the TV, but depending on the day’s developments, that might even make things worse. Forget tech and media for a while and focus on yourself with a few of these...

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Recipes to Keep You Fueled and Focused
Jan07

Recipes to Keep You Fueled and Focused

Recipes and photos by Meghan Yager   When it comes to starting the New Year off on the right foot, you have to focus on the first meal of each day. Whether you prefer a grab-and-go smoothie, a big bowl of warm overnight oats, or a handheld egg sandwich, we’ve got some ideas that’ll keep you fueled and focused all morning long.       Freezer Frittata Sandwiches Makes: 6 Sandwiches | Time: 55 minutes Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil...

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Dwelling in Dallas – Residence in Greenway Parks – Dallas, Texas
Jan07

Dwelling in Dallas – Residence in Greenway Parks – Dallas, Texas

  Classic Meets Modern The careful design illustrates how contemporary architecture can still flourish in a National Historic Landmark neighborhood.     Lived In The home needed to be friendly for a busy family with active children, so the materials used are both simple and durable.     Nice at Night Situated on a constrictive lot in the Greenway Parks neighborhood of Dallas, this Waneta Street project had to stick within the area’s...

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Rethink and Repurpose – New Approaches For Lesser-Used Rooms
Jan07

Rethink and Repurpose – New Approaches For Lesser-Used Rooms

New Approaches For Lesser-used Rooms By Annette Brooks   With the arrival of the new year and the departure of any lingering houseguests, now is an ideal time to rethink how you’re using your home—and you might have some good data if you recently hosted visitors. Release yourself from traditional notions about how rooms and space ought to be used and focus on enriching your life with the things you enjoy and love doing most. Maybe the...

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Practicing Gratitude – How Being Thankful Can Actually Improve Your Health
Dec10

Practicing Gratitude – How Being Thankful Can Actually Improve Your Health

By Mimi Greenwood Knight   “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero         We all enjoy being around people who are naturally grateful. And most of us try to cultivate an attitude of gratitude in ourselves. But did you realize there’s a connection between being grateful and your mental and physical health?   “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though...

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Stoneham Harmony – Featured Home Design by PARKA
Dec10

Stoneham Harmony – Featured Home Design by PARKA

    FULL EXTERIOR Natural wood and black slate on this house newly built for a young, dynamic family contrast with the white volume of the house, blending with the snowy surroundings in winter and contrasting with the bright greens and vibrant colors in summer and fall.     PATIO Designed for all-season use, the exterior spaces are creatively shielded from rain and snow while being open and accessible to the backyard pool.      ...

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All I Want For Christmas is Food
Dec10

All I Want For Christmas is Food

Photos and recipes by Meghan YAGER   ‘Tis the season for spending time with family, and one of the best places to make memories is the kitchen! This month, with mugs of slow cooker hot chocolate in hand, bring the gratitude and holiday feelings to life by baking classic gingerbread cookies and a seasonal eggnog pull apart loaf.   Pull Apart Eggnog Loaf WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING   Serves: 4 to 6 | Time: 55 minutes   for the dough: 2...

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Christmas in the city of a Hundred Spires – Christmas in Prague
Dec10

Christmas in the city of a Hundred Spires – Christmas in Prague

  By Annette Brooks   Prague shines brilliantly among Central Europe’s glittering jewels of art, culture, and architecture in any season, but during Christmastime, the city is sheer magic, transforming into a festive winter wonderland. And if you’re lucky enough to find it blanketed in sparkling snow, its romantic charms will dazzle you.           Old Town Square is the main place to be and to see in Prague. Covering around a quarter...

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Fighting the Feisty Flu – Three Ways to Fight the Flu and Stay Healthy
Dec10

Fighting the Feisty Flu – Three Ways to Fight the Flu and Stay Healthy

    3 Ways to Keep it at Bay and Stay Healthy By David Buice   Flu season is upon us. While it’s possible to contract influenza (the flu) any time, the number of flu cases often increases during October and peaks between December and February, though widespread activity can continue as late as May. There’s no way to make yourself “bullet proof” against the flu, but there are steps you can take to reduce the chances of getting it or...

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Gatherings & Gratitude – Encouragement for hosting your first Thanksgiving
Nov01

Gatherings & Gratitude – Encouragement for hosting your first Thanksgiving

  Encouragement for hosting your first Thanksgiving By Lisa Jenkins-Moore   Sandwiched between the gore of Halloween and the glory of Christmas is a holiday we should take time to savor—Thanksgiving. With so much to give thanks for and the opportunity to gather with friends and family for good food and fellowship, Thanksgiving is to be cherished. If you have the honor of hosting  the celebration in your home this year, consider the...

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Seasonal Soak – Our recipes for the perfect holiday bath
Nov01

Seasonal Soak – Our recipes for the perfect holiday bath

Our recipes for the perfect holiday bath By Mimi Greenwood Knight The holidays— whether they’ve yet to actually take place or have recently passed—can wear you down like few other times of year. Amid all the hubbub, it can be super helpful to take an hour or two to slip away, unplug, and revive your spirit with a long, soul-reviving bath.   Starter Pack   Ideal Bath Basics Temperature: 92 degrees Fahrenheit Length: 20 to 30 minutes...

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Fall in Nova Scotia
Oct31

Fall in Nova Scotia

Falling for Atlantic Canada By Annette Brooks       The lyrics from “You’re So Vain” kept replaying in my head as we sped northward, trying to make it to St. John, New Brunswick before the ferry to Digby, Nova Scotia departed. Listening to Carly Simon’s 1972 hit back in the day initially ignited my curiosity about Nova Scotia (Then you flew your Learjet up to Nova Scotia/To see the total eclipse of the sun), and it stayed with me over...

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Empty Nest
Oct31

Empty Nest

    By Mimi Greenwood Knight   How to adjust when it’s time for them to leave Something happens to me each day at about three in the afternoon. I suddenly panic, thinking I forgot to pick the kids up from school. Then I realize “the kids” are down to one and that beautiful boy got his license and car this summer. He’s not waiting for me in the school carline. He’s pulling out of the parking lot with a cute blonde in the passenger seat...

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An Autumn Assortment
Oct31

An Autumn Assortment

TIPS & TRICKS These three recipes make for a great three-course dinner for your next gathering! All the recipes come together in a little over two hours of cooking time, plus dessert can cook while you eat the main course.     Pumpkin Sage Fettuccine Alfredo Serves: 4 Time: 30 minutes   1 pound fettuccine 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons flour 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 4 cups low-fat milk 2...

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Life Among the Mountains
Oct31

Life Among the Mountains

  Lodgepole Retreat, near Allenspark, Colorado   PROJECT BY AND COURTESY OF Arch11 Photos by Raul Garcia BUILT by J.A. LONG CONSTRUCTION COMPANY About the architects: Founded in 1993, Arch11 is recognized for precision, craft, and a modern sensibility that anchors buildings to their sites, heightening the experience of materials and place. They design solutions specific to place, purpose, and client, and are continuous learners,...

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Celebrate Autumn In Asheville
Oct24

Celebrate Autumn In Asheville

As the dog days of summer wane, autumn beckons to us all. You can almost feel the crisp air, smell the wonderful fall aromas, and visualize foliage so vibrant you want to reach out and touch it. That’s when it’s time to head to Asheville, North Carolina. Each year, autumn-loving visitors from around the world slip into town to drink in the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains ablaze with color, fill their hearts with laughter and joy...

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A House in the Woods
Oct05

A House in the Woods

  UPDATED EXTERIOR This mid-century original underwent a comprehensive renovation for its new owners, both to respect the home’s roots and reflect the owners’ aesthetic and lifestyle. Every inch of the space, interior and exterior, was redone.     CUSTOM Kitchen The entry wall wraps to form the interior custom walnut cabinetry inside, both at the entry gallery and into the kitchen, part of an open concept living space.   LAID-Back...

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Dealing With the Stress of Unexpected Changes
Oct02

Dealing With the Stress of Unexpected Changes

By Mimi Greenwood Knight         You’ve undergone life changes you didn’t sign up for or expect. But here you are. When it happened to our family, we made a lot of mistakes. But we also learned some strategies that helped, and continue to help, as we move forward. On November 6, 2014, our home phone rang at 3:00 in the morning and life for our family was never the same. An hour before, our dynamic, world-moving daughter had a freak...

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Pumpkins & an Irishman Called Jack
Oct02

Pumpkins & an Irishman Called Jack

The carved pumpkin, otherwise known as a jack-o-lantern, is an established part of our Halloween traditions, but where did that practice come from? Why do we carve pumpkins at Halloween? The answer lies buried deep in the myths and traditions of ancient Ireland. One version of the tale says that a fellow named Jack once chased the devil up a tree. Then he made a deal: He would let the devil come down from the tree if the devil...

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Cozy Sunday Cooking
Oct02

Cozy Sunday Cooking

Recipes and photos By Meghan Bassett The seasons are changing and a cold breeze will be heading our way in no time. Cozy up to a weekend bowl of creamy pumpkin soup, or heat things for sports with spicy chicken tortilla soup. You can even pair them with a slice of homemade no-rise bacon and sage bread. All recipes serve from 6 to 8 people.     Creamy PUMPKIN SOUP INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 small white onion, chopped 2...

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Rightsizing Your Residence
Oct02

Rightsizing Your Residence

Is the home you bought still the home that fits? By Annette Brooks     Once the kids have left home, what’s the point of hanging on to a big house? The extra bedrooms are probably seldom used, except for an occasional overnight stay. And if you were a younger, kid-free couple when you bought your smaller place and a little time has passed, maybe you’re wondering whether it’s still such a good fit. Instead of sinking money into a place...

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Renewed Spirit
Oct02

Renewed Spirit

Travel destinations that’ll leave you uplifted for whatever life changes come your way By Annette Brooks In a hectic, tumultuous world, finding a place on earth that instills wonderment, if only for a few moments, makes an impression that lasts a lifetime. Spirit-renewing experiences are deeply personal and often happen serendipitously as you explore new destinations. A singularly still moment while touring San Antonio’s Spanish...

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Fair State – One of Mind, Body and Fried Foods
Sep06

Fair State – One of Mind, Body and Fried Foods

Proclaimeth the operators of the State Fair of Texas: “Since 2005, the Big Tex Choice Awards contest has solidified the State Fair of Texas as the top fair for great food creations.” Clutch your hand to your chest gingerly and think of your arteries, dear reader, cause that’s not all a decade of fried delights have solidified. The question, of course, is whether we’d have it any other way.   It is now a Texas tradition, and...

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Weird Texas
Sep05

Weird Texas

Things you’ve never seen—just outside your front door In addition to its well known wide-open ranges, rolling vineyard-filled hills, and action-packed theme parks, Texas has its share of odd destinations—really odd destinations. From kitschy roadside attractions to towns devoted to beloved rodents to alien gravesites, Texas truly has it all. Cadillac Ranch Amarillo When people think of Texas oddities, it’s possible that they first...

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Updating A Houston Classic
Sep04

Updating A Houston Classic

  About the Designer: Founded in 1991 by principal Jay Baker, Jay Baker Architects is Houston’s premier residential architecture firm known for harmonizing form and function. For more than 25 years, the firm has designed new homes, renovations, and additions throughout Houston and Southeast Texas, leaving an indelible mark on the architectural tapestry of the region. The firm has committed itself to providing a uniquely engaging and...

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Celebrating Our Style Icons
Sep04

Celebrating Our Style Icons

What Would Make Your List? Texas has embraced and nurtured an attitude and style all its own from the very beginning. Not surprisingly, when it comes to fashion, design, and tastemakers, natives of the Lone Star state make an impact. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite style icons to highlight in our edition that celebrates everything Texas. Tom Ford When it comes to world-renowned fashion designers, many would agree that...

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Finding Home
Aug30

Finding Home

A young artist returns to Texas By Audrey Ashe   There’s an old saying, “You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the girl.” Years ago, I would’ve rolled my eyes at this. I still may, but perhaps with a little more whimsy. As a child who grew up in rural Texas just north of Dallas, I have memories as far back as I can remember of distinctly not wanting to be in Texas. Being a decidedly shy kid who was much...

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Be the Hero of Your Grill This Summer
Jun20

Be the Hero of Your Grill This Summer

Nothing brings people together like a barbecue. There seems to be something about being outdoors and the sizzle of fresh food on the grill that makes you want to gather with family and friends. This summer, you can be the hero of your grill with a few simple tips and tricks: A great meal starts with great meat. Make sure to use versatile, high-quality and tender cuts like Smithfield Fresh Pork ribs, chops and tenderloins. Cut down on...

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Summer Learning Activities for Kids
Jun20

Summer Learning Activities for Kids

Summer may be a break from formal education, but keeping kids excited about learning can be an easy way to keep them active and engaged instead of zoned out on screen time. The National Summer Learning Association estimates that kids can lose up to two months of learning during the summer but involving kids in educational summer activities can prevent them from forgetting skills they learned during the school year. Encourage your kids...

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Austin Hotel Restaurants to Remember
May30

Austin Hotel Restaurants to Remember

Whether you are traveling on business, enjoying a romantic weekend getaway, or simply looking for a new place to overnight, these fantastic Austin hotels offer more than just a comfortable room. In-hotel restaurants have in times past been thought of as simply convenient, but sometimes the best fare in the neighborhood is right where you’re staying. In fact, locals frequent and recommend these fabulous Austin hotel eateries below,...

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A Deserved Day for Dad
May14

A Deserved Day for Dad

Whether dad wants to spend his day on the patio, in the garage, on the couch or at a ballgame, Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate everything that makes him special to you and your family. Since each dad is a little different, it’s sometimes tough finding just the right gift to put a smile on his face. Whether he’s into a grilled meal, a clean deck or a quality shave, these products are ideal for all types of fathers....

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Rejuvenated Real Estate
May09

Rejuvenated Real Estate

From May baskets and Cinco de Mayo to Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, the month of May has a lot going on. It also happens to be one of the best months to buy a house. Beautiful spring weather—especially before the summer heat and humidity hits in full force—means it’s a better time for house hunting. And of course, new listings begin to pop up like Texas wildflowers. The birds are chirping, the leaves and grass are green, and sunshine...

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A Piece of Spring
May09

A Piece of Spring

A spring swimsuit is a versatile thing, whether matched with a breezy cover up, the rest of an outfit, or worn solo. We’re not quite into the depths of summer yet, but the Texas sun is more than sufficient for an early season splash. Gibson & Latimer – Pique Stripe Plunge $82 La Blanca – Vision Quest Plunge Cross Back Tummy Toner $119 Gossip-Jean’s Addiction Ruffle Off-the-Shoulder $70 Kenneth Cole Reaction-Over the...

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