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4 Perfect Planners for Men Who Have Plans

U.S. Hwy 287 On a recent drive from Dallas to Amarillo, I was sitting in the passenger seat jabbering about life while my hubby sat behind the wheel doing all the work. Watching the road. Paying attention to the traffic. Keeping us safe. Do you know where Hwy 287 starts and where it ends? I asked him. These are some of life's most important questions, after all. Where highways start and end. "No, not really." That usually means he's thinking about it but he hasn't had the time to formulate an intelligent answer. Then, as is

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Beloved TV Shows That are Turning 50 This Year

From September 26, 1969 to March 8, 1974, at the age when a lot of us were reaching that memory-making point on the timeline of childhood, a new TV show became a regular part of our lives.

It was called The Brady Bunch.

And this year, the story of a man named Brady turns 50 years old.

Beloved TV Shows That Are Turning 50 This Year Experts say that kids' memories start to crystallize around the age of 10, making the former things a little harder to remember, and the things from that

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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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Cool Summer Desserts We Texans Love to Eat

It's No Secret We Texans love to eat. And, my goodness, why wouldn't we? With such a rich heritage of all kinds of wonderful foods across the miles and miles of the Lone Star State, our choices are endless, and our taste buds have grown accustomed. When it comes to dessert, however, even with all the possibilities, there are just some desserts upon which we all stake our claim of affection, especially the cool and creamy treats of summer. Cool Summer Desserts We Texans Love to Eat Recently, a friend was visiting from

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Fredericksburg is Known for Its Orchards and Vineyards

Most people in the Texas Hill Country are well aware and pretty well-acquainted with a little German town situated between Austin and El Paso. Well, actually, it's a mighty "fer piece" from El Paso, but, still, it is between here and there. Fredericksburg is Home to Many Orchards Since at least as early as 1936, the Fredericksburg area has been the natural home for growers of pretty peaches. A short search reveals red dots on the map, indicating names like Eckhardt, Marburger, Vogel and Jenschke, family names of orchards that

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Texas Farmers’ Markets Sell Bushels of Fresh Veggies and Homegrown Fun

Texas is Big on Farming and Farmers Markets Not everyone in Texas has had the privilege of growing up on a farm. But every Texan knows how to appreciate the homegrown goodness from the acres and acres that make up our local agriculture. What is a Farmers' Market, Anyway? By definition, a farmers' market is an indoor or outdoor marketplace where consumers buy fresh eats and locally-inspired products. Most Texas farmers markets sell a spot for 30-50 local growers to set up their own unique space. When the market opens, eager

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