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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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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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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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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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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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Make Plans Now to See the Azaleas in Tyler Next Spring

Spring has sprung in Texas, y'all. After a chilly, wet winter across most of the Lone Star State, trees are now budding and flowers are full swing into the stage of bloom. But it won't last long. Spring will give way to summer when the livin' will be plenty easy, but also plenty h-o-t. So, just in case you weren't already aware, the window is will soon be closing on the season for a few of our Texas-loves, my friends. Make Plans Now to See the Azaleas in Tyler Next Spring If you're catching on to this Over Fifty intentional

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A Visit to the LBJ Ranch is a Must-Do Texas Day Trip

We Texans love to drive around our vast and beautiful state. With endless points to explore, in categories from scenic to educational, it takes a lifetime to hit all the high points. That's why day trips are such a big deal for we who love the Lone Star State. A day here, a day there, a few hours of intentional adventure spent seeing something new, adds up to a long list of what makes us proud to be who we are. A Visit to the LBJ Ranch is a Must-Do Texas Day Trip A visit to the LBJ Ranch is a must-do Texas day trip. The whole

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