Hiking at The Violet Crown Trail

One of the things I love most about my man and this marriage we're still perfecting is the fact that we are also still discovering new things about each other. Hiking is One of Those Things In the first place, we didn't date long enough to know much about each other. In the second place, I guess that's part of what has made these years together so much fun. We are still combining what makes us individually him and individually me into what is collectively known as us. For example, neither one of us ever individually knew that

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Shopping in Lakeway, Texas

If life were all about the shopping, I would definitely come up short and be constantly confessing my aversion for it. I just don't love to shop. H-o-w-e-v-e-r, when it comes to this kind of shopping, I can do it all the livelong day. Put me in a store where the music is good and there's something yummy to drink while browsing, and you have now lured me in like a slow southern catfish who only goes for the best of the bait. Speaking of bait, Texas is home to some beautiful communities where fishing is not afar off, my

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The Carpenter Hotel – Retro Comfy Meets South Austin Trendy

Austin has no shortage of great places to the stay the night. If you want fancy, we've got it. Prefer rustic? There's plenty of that around these parts, too. But if you're looking for a hotel that offers a retro feel with a side note of history, you might want to check out The Carpenter Hotel on Josephine Street. Hall Turned Hotel This is the way the building looked back in the day when it was the Carpenters Union Hall. [caption id="attachment_7860" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Photo from The Carpenter

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Outstanding in the Field – An Event for the Bucket List of Every Foodie

If you're a wordie like I am, nothing captures your attention any quicker than a good play on an ordinary word. Take a common phrase and give it new meaning? Now, I'm really listening. Such is the case with the four words that make up the brand of the world's most inviting table. Outstanding in the Field Leave it to an artist like Jim Denevan to capture a culinary vision like this one. This is the kind of idea we all wish we could have been the first to have. However, as every regretful poetic line begins - Alas - it was not

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2nd Annual Essential List of Home Tours

As the sayings go, a man's home is his castle, his sanctuary and where his heart is. Home is where we let our hair down and enjoy some solitude away, ballgames on tv, and sleeping in our own beds. The opportunity to visit someone inside the four walls of where they live is an honor on any day of the week, but on home tours, the experience takes on an added air of expectancy. Our homes are where we dwell, where we think, where we smile and where we discuss all manner of topics. It's this opportunity to see inside the soul of

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Three Restaurant Chains Worth the Money

Whether you live in Austin or come for a visit, do you scope out the foodie blogs and plan your meals around the latest faves? Me, too. Recently, however, I found myself thinking about how nice it is to enjoy a traditional dinner in Austin at one of our national restaurant chains. There's a lot of competition around here, but these three places have determined to stay on top. They can definitely be a little pricey, but with consistent menus, stellar service, and desserts that wow, I believe these nationally known establishments

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