7 Cool Ways to Beat the Heat and Enjoy What’s Left of Summer

Summertime ... and the livin' is easy. - DuBose Heyward and George Gershwin If you're good about introducing your children to different genres and styles of music, you're to be commended.  

My mother was good about that.

She invited me to watch nostalgic old musicals with her on television, announcing it something like this.

"Show Boat is coming on tonight. It's a really good one, and I think you'd like it."

She was probably using a little positive psychology of some

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11 Birthday Freebies You Might Not Already Know About

Happy birthday!  If you enjoy celebrating your birthday every year when it rolls around, and you also love a good freebie, you're in good company.

August is my birthday month, and I'm all about stretching the fun out all month long. And, why not? It takes a while to take advantage of all these once-a-year birthday perks that come at absolutely no cost to me.

The birthday girl.

Yes, sirree, bub.

From coffee to dessert, these birthday freebies are guaranteed to make a

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13 Delicious Things to Make With Texas Peaches Before They’re All Gone

Is there anything better than fresh peaches in the summer?

Here in Texas, peaches are plentiful, especially in the Hill Country around Fredericksburg, but are also grown on orchards in other parts of the state.

Family-owned Efurd Orchards, located east of Dallas in Pittsburg, sells several varieties grown on over 15,000 trees on the property.

With summer's abundance, there comes a frenzy around here about this time of year.

People are canning them, freezing them, and

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Restaurant Weeks in Texas – 5 Helpful Tips to Make Your Experience Amazing

Texas is blessed with a world of restaurant choices any time of the year, but during August, we have an opportunity to try something new while also helping local food banks.

It's Called Restaurant Weeks

Local Texas food banks have partnered with hundreds of Texas restaurants to fund thousands upon thousands of meals for those who need them.

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Every August,

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National Ice Cream Sandwich Day in Texas

Happy National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Y'all! When it comes to national days of celebration (more than 1500 of them!), how can it get any better than this one?

I mean, some things just deserve their own day, right?

Mothers ... Fathers ... Independence ... and Ice Cream Sandwiches! Oh, well, why not?

It's fun to celebrate, and who doesn't love an ice cream sandwich, so I'm all for it. Definitely down for dat, my friends.

August 2nd, you are a day to be commended. <br

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