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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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Amazon Prime Day Deals on Texas-Based Products

Amazon Prime Day Deals on Trendsetting Texas-Based Products If there is one thing I think I’m pretty good at, it’s spotting a trend. “Trendsetter Brenda.”  Yep, that’s what I like to call myself from time to time when I “strike it rich” by spotting something that starts, gains steam, then becomes a full-on trend. Keep in mind, there’s a difference between trendsetters and trend-spotters. The first, I have never, never, never in my long-legged life claimed to be. The latter, however, is a group to which I have enthusiastically

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How to Plan the Perfect Texas Day Trip

One thing about Texans that seems to be true across the board is this. We love our day trips. Day Trips are Part of Being a Texan People who live in other states enjoy a nice Saturday outing as well, but there's something different about the Texas day trip. Most Americans probably want to see parts of the states in which they live, however, we who claim residence in the Lone Star State are loath to think we will never cover every square mile of ours. There's Only One Problem All it takes is a picnic basket and a full tank of

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Beautiful Places to Take Photos in Austin and a Fun Idea for the Pics

With the dawn of the smartphone, a good camera is always within reach. That's great for us Texans, because we're always exploring around here, or daytripping, or just snapchatting a cute filtered pic to the kids. If you're headed to Austin soon, check out these beautiful places to take photos. Your Instagram followers will thank you. People Come to Visit No matter where we've lived, it's always a treat when someone comes to visit. When we lived in Austin, lots of friends and family came to see us. It was fun to talk about

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5 Mother’s Day Gifts for Minimalist Moms

In most households, it's the mom who is charged with organizing the space. She's the one who has determined where things should live. But she's also the one who mostly decides how long those things get to stay. While decluttering isn't always strictly done by the lady of the house, many times it is, and that right there has turned a whole bunch of us into women known as minimalist moms. The Trend is Clear These days, it's pretty popular to downsize our junk and make more space for life, but the experts are quick to remind us

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The Bats in Austin – Try, Try, Try Again

The bats in Austin are really something to see. Or so we had heard. Bought the Book On a wintry evening trip to a neighborhood bookseller, this book caught my attention from its position on the top shelf of the "Texas" section. We had just moved from Amarillo to Austin a couple of weeks before and were starting to plan some of what we wanted to see and do in in our new city. From iconic pizza to scenic spots, this is the definitive list. 100 Things to Do in Austin - before you D-I-E, y’all. That Title, Tho Even though I’m

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5 Compelling Reasons to Visit a Church You’ve Never Been to Before

Several years ago, in the time between our 4th and 6th moves, I was speaking regularly to women's groups. The title of my talk had something to do with having crowned myself "The Queen of New Beginnings." I'm not bothered by that title at all.  In fact, it still fits, and I rather like it. For me, new beginnings involve a great deal of anticipated joy and a certain amount of adventurous excitement. In many ways, I've grown so accustomed to going with the flow that I hardly know what to do if I'm not navigating through a sea of

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Austin is Number One Place to Live in America for 3rd Straight Year

For the 3rd year in a row, Austin, Texas is the number one place to live in America, and Dallas is in the top 25. I guess I'm just Texan to the core, because that really makes me swell with the teensiest bit of pride. Having lived in Austin for the last five years, I can personally testify to its reason for the ranking. However, having also lived in five other Texas towns, I really think it's just TEXAS, y'all. People want to live here! And why wouldn't they? We're friendly, confident, benevolent folks who help our neighbors,

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Minor League Baseball in Texas is Major League Fun

There's just something about springtime and baseball, isn't there? One signals the other, and the two just go together like - well, like a hand in glove. Here in the Lone Star State, baseball is just as much the king of spring as it is anywhere else, but what seems to be gaining greater glory for itself this season is the minor league version of the game. Minor League Baseball in Texas is Major League Fun  When springtime rolls around in Texas, most of us start thinking about planning day trips, vacations and which veggies to

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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken Two known facts:  A)Boys like to eat, and B)Fried chicken makes boys very happy. During the five years we lived in Austin, we maintained a running list of restaurants to try, but until our son Keagon came home from college begging and pleading for fried chicken, Gus's hadn't been on it. I mean, yes, we love fried chicken, but I just usually think of getting a bucket for a picnic.  Or frying up a bunch in my mom's electric skillet for a Farmer Family Function.  Those occasions have typically

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