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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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A Visit to The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Begs a Question

What is it about flowers? That was the question my friend posed to the rest of our four-person yaya group as we tiptoed through the tulips at The Dallas Arboretum. Why, now that we're at this age and at this stage, do we love flowers so much? None of us had a great answer to that. It must have been the state of springtime stupor to which we had succumbed. Who could possibly think very hard at all when our senses were fastened on such flora and fauna? One after another, we slowly shook our heads and dreamily, softly, hardly

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A Weekend in San Antonio Sure Does a Body Good

[caption id="attachment_9161" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Photo from Shutterstock - Sean Pavone[/caption] Most of us who have grown up in Texas have visited the city of San Antonio at least once. But Texas is so big, so vast, so wide and so long that getting there may not happen all that often. After a recent trip from up north to down south, I found myself feeling a little sad about that, because a relaxing weekend in San Antonio sure does a body good. San Antonio is a Long Way from the Panhandle Growing up in Amarillo,

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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

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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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