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11 Fantastic Ways to Enjoy a Delightful Getaway in Rustic Round Top, Texas Now

11 Fantastic Ways to Enjoy a Delightful Getaway in Rustic Round Top, Texas Now

Have you been looking for your next great getaway? Look no further than the charming and rustic town of Round Top, Texas. Nestled in the heart of Texas, this small town is just brimming with activities perfect for women over 50 looking to enjoy a tranquil and delightful escape. From historical sites to outdoor adventures, here are 11 fantastic ways to spend your time in rustic Round Top.

1. Visit the Historical Sites

Step back in time and explore some of the incredible historical sites that dot the landscape of Round Top. With over 15 historical markers throughout the area, there’s plenty to explore. Be sure to check out the World’s Smallest Catholic Church (less than a five minute drive outside town) and the historic cemetery located outside Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where an 1866 organ is still in use today.

Historic Cemetery at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top, Texas

2. Attend an Event

If you’re looking to enjoy some entertainment while on your getaway, be sure to attend one of Round Top’s many events. Popular events include the One Square Mile Music Festival, Dinner in the Hayfield, classical music performances at Festival Hill and art shows downtown featuring both local and international artists.

3. Go Antiquing

What would a trip to rustic Round Top be without an antique shopping spree? You can find plenty of unique antiques tucked away among the shops lining Main Street or along Highway 237 – from vintage clothing and furniture, to jewelry, books, knickknacks, artwork and more! The Original Round Top Antiques Fair occurs every spring.

4. Explore Outdoor Adventures

Not only does Round Top offer plenty of indoor activities – it also has a variety of outdoor ones! Take a leisurely stroll along a trail around nearby Lake Fayette, go bird watching, roll the windows down for a scenic drive or simply admire nature up close as you relax beneath gorgeous live oak trees – there’s something for everyone!

11 Fantastic Ways to Enjoy a Delightful Getaway in Rustic Round Top, Texas Now
Photo – Along a Scenic Drive Near Round Top, Texas

5. Relax at Local Spas

After spending all day exploring all that Rustic Round Top has to offer, why not end it with some pampering? Stop by one of their local spas for some much-needed relaxation – whether it’s getting a massage or facial treatment or simply taking some time alone in their meditation room – you won’t regret it.

6. Eat Pie

Since 2011, visitors to Round Top started stopping in at Royer’s Pie Haven before heading back home. Tara, the pie queen, is the owner and the creative baker behind Round Top’s now-famous pie shop. Which pie will you try? Blueberry Lemon or perhaps Texas Trash?

7. Read a Book

Be sure to bring a book to read on your getaway weekend in Round Top. Because when you find yourself sitting on a plank porch in a wooden rocker, having a book in your hand will help keep you there just a little longer.

8. Finish a Manuscript

Are you an author with an unfinished manuscript? A few days in rustic Round Top, Texas may be all it takes to complete the project. Don’t forget your laptop cord!

9. Meet in the Middle

When we moved to Austin from Amarillo, some very good friends from The Woodlands suggested we meet in the middle on a lovely springtime day. The drive was beautiful, the weather was perfect, lunch was delicious, and the company couldn’t have been better. What a great idea it was to meet in the middle.

11 Fantastic Ways to Enjoy a Delightful Getaway in Rustic Round Top, Texas Now
Friends Meeting in the Middle at Round Top, Texas

10. Enjoy the Eateries

With nearly a dozen eateries to choose from, yummy meals are always just around the corner for Round Top’s locals and visitors alike. Last year, my besties and I had a hard time choosing where to have dinner when we were there. We finally settled on Royer’s Cafe, where I ordered a selection called Micah’s Pasta. It was just as outstanding as it was described on the menu.

11 Fantastic Ways to Enjoy a Delightful Getaway in Rustic Round Top, Texas Now
Micah’s Pasta at Royer’s Cafe in Round Top, Texas

11. Shop at Junk Gypsy

Don’t let the name fool you. There’s no junk at Junk Gypsy. But you will find lots of cute stuff. Not sophisticated, nor elegant. Just glitzy and glammy and just right for that certain gypsy look. The owners even designed Miranda Lambert’s tour bus!

Whether you seek adventure or relaxation (or both!), the beautiful and rustic town of Round Top has something for everyone who is looking for an enjoyable getaway experience. From its plentiful outdoor activities to its unique antique stores filled with treasures waiting to be discovered – there are countless ways for you and your friends to make lasting memories in this charming part of Texas.

Encouraging intentional adventure and lots of weekend getaways,

Blogging to encourage intentional adventure!

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10 Essential Books to Read When You Become an Empty Nester

10 Essential Books to Read When You Become an Empty Nester

Entering the empty nest phase can be both a challenging and liberating experience. It’s a time when parents, after years of dedication to raising children, find themselves with newfound freedom. It’s an opportunity to rediscover personal interests, embark on new adventures, and embrace a fresh chapter in life. To help guide you through this transition, here are ten essential books that offer wisdom, inspiration, and practical advice for empty nesters.

1. The Empty Nest Awakening by Ruthie Gray

Ruthie Gray’s “The Empty Nest Awakening” is a heartfelt guide for parents facing the emotional rollercoaster of an empty nest. Gray shares her personal journey, providing practical advice and spiritual insights to help you navigate this new season with grace and confidence. This book is a comforting companion, offering reassurance that you’re not alone in this transition.

2. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

In “The Slight Edge,” Jeff Olson introduces a philosophy that can transform your life one simple step at a time. As an empty nester, this book encourages you to make small, positive changes that accumulate over time, leading to significant personal growth and success. It’s an inspiring read that emphasizes the power of consistent, incremental progress.

3. Roctogenarians by Mo Rocca

Mo Rocca’s “Roctogenarians” celebrates the wisdom and vitality of those in their eighties and beyond. Filled with humorous anecdotes and inspiring stories, this book showcases how life can be vibrant and fulfilling at any age. It’s a delightful reminder that the best years may still lie ahead, encouraging empty nesters to embrace their golden years with enthusiasm.

4. How to Age Without Getting Old by Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer’s “How to Age Without Getting Old” offers a refreshing perspective on aging. Meyer combines practical tips with spiritual guidance to help you maintain a youthful outlook and vibrant lifestyle. This book is a valuable resource for empty nesters looking to stay active, healthy, and spiritually grounded as they age.

5. Reading People by Anne Bogel

“Reading People” by Anne Bogel delves into the fascinating world of personality frameworks. As you embark on this new phase of life, understanding yourself and others better can lead to deeper, more meaningful relationships. Bogel’s insights into personality types provide tools for personal growth and improved communication with loved ones.

6. Dust in My Eyes by Chris McClure

Chris McClure’s “Dust in My Eyes” is a poignant collection of essays reflecting on life’s fleeting moments. This book encourages empty nesters to cherish memories while embracing the present. McClure’s reflective writing style offers solace and inspiration, reminding readers to find beauty and meaning in everyday experiences.

7. God Wants You to Win by Jeff Copenhaver

“God Wants You to Win” by Jeff Copenhaver is a motivational guide rooted in faith. Copenhaver’s uplifting message encourages readers to pursue their dreams and overcome obstacles with God’s guidance. This book is perfect for empty nesters seeking spiritual encouragement and a renewed sense of purpose.

8. Nerves of Steel by Tammie Jo Shults

In “Nerves of Steel,” Tammie Jo Shults recounts her extraordinary journey as a pilot who successfully landed a damaged plane, saving countless lives. Her story is a testament to resilience, courage, and faith. This book inspires empty nesters to face new challenges with confidence and to trust in their abilities and experiences.

9. The More of Less by Joshua Becker

Joshua Becker’s “The More of Less” advocates for the minimalist lifestyle, emphasizing the joy of living with less. As an empty nester, this book can guide you in decluttering your home and simplifying your life. Becker’s philosophy promotes a more intentional, fulfilling way of living, allowing you to focus on what truly matters.

10. The Ultimate Texas Bucket List Series

Lastly, for those looking to embark on new adventures, “The Ultimate Texas Bucket List Series” is an essential read. This series, written by me, provides a comprehensive guide to exploring the best of Texas. From hidden gems to must-see attractions, these books inspire empty nesters to hit the road and discover the wonders of the Lone Star State.

Embrace the Journey

Becoming an empty nester is a significant milestone, offering a chance to rediscover yourself and explore new horizons. These ten books for empty nesters provide a wealth of knowledge, inspiration, and encouragement to help you navigate this exciting chapter with confidence and joy. Happy reading!

Encouraging a spirit of intentional adventure, especially as you become an empty nester!

Texas Over Fifty

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Happy Thanksgiving and My Top 6 Black Friday Picks!

Happy Thanksgiving and My Top 6 Black Friday Picks!

As the aroma of roasting turkey fills the air and families gather around tables adorned with festive decorations, there’s a palpable sense of gratitude that marks the arrival of Thanksgiving. This holiday is a time to reflect on the blessings in our lives. It’s also a day to express gratitude for the warmth of companionship and the abundance of good fortune.

As we revel in the joyous spirit of Thanksgiving, another eagerly anticipated event is just around the corner—Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving has become synonymous with incredible deals, massive discounts, and a shopping frenzy that sets the tone for the holiday season.

In this blog post, we’re blending the spirit of gratitude from Thanksgiving with the excitement of Black Friday. Join me as we explore my Top 6 picks for picks for this year’s Black Friday deals. Each one is chosen to enhance your spirit of intentional adventure! Whether searching for something that gets you out of the kitchen quicker or a simple product to enhance your skin care routine, these deals are for you! Let’s make this season of thanksgiving a time to treat ourselves and our loved ones to some thoughtful gifts. So, grab a cozy blanket, a hot cup of cocoa, and dive into my Top 6 Black Friday picks!

*As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

KitchenAid Mixer in (University of Texas) Orange

With a mixer like this one sitting on your kitchen counter, you’ll be the envy of every other Thanksgiving host you know. How does it make you more adventurous? Well, I mean, who can gaze at this beautiful shade of orange for a single minute and not want get a hankerin’ to head to Austin for a football game? Hook ’em, Horns!

My Top 6 Picks for Black Friday

Samsonite Expandable Luggage in (Texas A&M) Merlot

Speaking of Texas football, here’s a great Black Friday deal for every A&M Aggie on your list! WHOOP!

My Top 6 Black Friday Picks

Fuzzy Memory Slippers in (Texas Tech) Black

It wouldn’t be fair not to include a Black Friday deal for all my friends and family who fly the Red Raider flag, now, would it? All the Texas Tech fans in your family and mine are bound to love these memory foam slippers. Besides being easy to slip off when sitting on the couch in front of the TV, they’re comfortable for standing in the kitchen in front of the oven. Pre-game pigs in a blanket, anyone?

My Top 6 Black Friday Picks

Clip On Ring Light

Calling all grandparents of teenage girls! This ring light clips on at the top of your favorite teenager’s smart phone, making her Instagram photo shoots easier and more fun. Of course, you can go ahead and get one for your grandma-self as well. I am!

My Top 6 Black Friday Picks

Multifunctional Vegetable Chopper

If culinary pursuits are the name of your adventure game, give yourself one of these trending vegetable choppers. Less time chopping = more time sampling.

My Top 6 Black Friday Picks

LumiSpa iO by Nu Skin

Finding the right skin care products is always an adventure, right? This beauty device leads the pack, and it’s quite possibly my favorite Nu Skin product! At a Black Friday discount of over $80, this is the perfect time for you to give or get one. It comes in Rose Gold or Blue, and includes a cleanser for your skin type. Message me for your discount link to purchase. Hurry! Sale ends Monday, November 27, 2023 at midnight MST!

As we wrap up this Thanksgiving blog post filled with gratitude and warmth, I want to extend my heartfelt wishes to you and your loved ones for a joyous and blessed holiday season. When I reflect on my blessings, I think of you! And, of course, I hope you’ve had a day filled with love, laughter, and delicious food.

Remember to shop wisely, stay safe, and enjoy the thrill of finding great bargains. As we embark on this season of giving, let’s also cherish the moments spent with loved ones and create memories that will last a lifetime.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with gratitude, your Black Friday be full of fantastic finds, and your holiday season be wrapped in love and warmth. Happy Thanksgiving, and happy shopping!

Encouraging a spirit of intentional adventure through the holidays and beyond,

Texas Over Fifty

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PRIME BIG DAY DEALS! Here Are My Best Choices! (Day 2 of 2)

Prime Big Day Deals

Welcome back to the second and final day of the Prime Big Day Deals extravaganza! If you thought yesterday’s selection was impressive, you’re in for a treat today. As the clock ticks down, we’ve scoured the digital aisles to bring you the very best deals across a myriad of categories. From tech gadgets to home essentials, fashion must-haves to kitchen marvels, we’ve got something for everyone.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll be spotlighting the crème de la crème of Day 2’s offerings, carefully curated to ensure you make the most out of this prime shopping event. Whether you’re hunting for that perfect gift, upgrading your living space, or simply indulging in a little self-care, we’ve got you covered.

So, grab your virtual shopping cart and let’s dive into the PRIME BIG DAY DEALS! It’s time to discover the savings, the steals, and the must-haves that are bound to elevate your lifestyle without breaking the bank. Without further ado, let’s get shopping!

Sony Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones

These days, I find myself traveling quite a bit, both across the wide prairie spaces of Texas, and above the forested beauty of the eastern United States. I often see other people wearing noise canceling headphones and wonder why I’ve never gotten a pair for myself. Hmmm. #christmaslistideas

Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray

Every time I see a certain very product-savvy friend of mine, she tells me about the latest-greatest thing that’s rockin’ her style. Here’s a brand my friend highly recommends, and here’s a link to one of her styling products you can steal a Prime Big Day deal on today! 

Best Prime Big Day Deals

Apple Watch – 2nd Generation

Of all the jewelry I like to wear, it’s cute watches that I adore the most. My favorites are big and a bit blingy, and the noise they make when bumping into the bookended bracelets I wear just makes me really happy. That said, I’ve been resistant to the popularity of an Apple Watch. And yet, I saw a girlfriend wearing one with this white band, and I must confess: This snappy timekeeper lends a little wiggle room to my watch-wearing wariness. If you feel the same way, get this one today for $229. 

Best Prime Big Day Deals

Play-Doh Bulk Pak – 48 cans

My grandson loves him some Play-Doh! While I think this would be a great gift for his adorable three year-old self, I wonder if his Mommy and Daddy would appreciate his Mammie showing up with 48 tubs of sticky stuff?? So, here’s a better idea. How about giving out tubs of Play-Doh to your trick-or-treaters this year? At this price, it’s no more expensive than handing out candy bars. ⭐️

Apple iPad 9th Generation

Confession: My hubby and I have not watched TV in bed for years. I mean, it’s bad for your marriage, right? ALL the experts say so. But, I haven’t seen a rule anywhere that prohibits each of us from watching our own shows on our own iPads. He watches sports, I watch old TV series. He listens to preachers, I listen to podcasts. This little arrangement has worked out so well! However, somebody needs a new device. Somebody was generous to his wife a couple years ago, and has since been using her hand-me-down until his own iPad has morphed into a true blue clunker. Shh … can you keep a secret? He’s getting a new one for Christmas!! 

Best Prime Big Day Deals

5-inch Smart Mini LED TV

Speaking of TV, this is a great buy on a 75-inch QLED. When you click, scroll down for an option to get a virtual view of how it will look in your room. Isn’t that amazing? 

Prime Big Day Deals

Curling Wand Set

We women are wearing our hair much longer than our mothers and grandmothers did. With beauty tools like this set of curling wands, there’s no need to wear those long locks in a scraggly bun. Let the curls flow! (Video tutorials are provided at the link.)

Prime Big Day Deals

4-Piece Travel Packing Cubes

If you’ve been following me for a while, you will remember that I was blessed to take a dream trip to England last fall with my long-time friend, Lisa. Our guide had given us plenty of time to plan what we would take, and she encouraged us to err on the side of minimal. So, I packed, and Lisa packed, and we compared notes along the way. Both of us decided that packing cubes were going to be a must. And we were right. How helpful it was to coordinate those cubes! The set of cubes below isn’t the exact same as what I took, and you can find more colorful if you want to. But take a look at the video and photos at the link before you decide. What I like about this set is the handles. The cubes can be stacked sideways, such that the handle is on top. I love that! I also loved our big trip to England! It was a grand and blessed adventure. If you want to enjoy the same experience, contact Shelly at Walkabout Tours. I simply can’t say enough about how amazing our trip across the pond turned out to be.

Best Prime Big Day Deals

Fisher Price Baby Walker Learning Toy

Are you a grandparent? Or just need to get a baby gift? Here’s a really popular little baby walker that gets five stars and transitions from pushing to riding.

Best Prime Big Day Deals

Artificial Christmas Tree and Stand, 9 feet

Anyone been putting off the purchase of a new Christmas tree? This one sure is pretty, and it’s definitely priced right! Ho, ho, ho!!!

Best Prime Big Day Deals

Solar Deck Lights

If you’re anything like me, you are a touch crazy about outdoor lighting. Is there anything more relaxing that sitting outside in the evening? Yes, there certainly is. That would be sitting outside in the evening with soft lights all around! These deck lights are beautiful. I can picture myself right this minute, legs wrapped in a cozy throw, cup of hot tea in hand. Mmmmmm.

Best Prime Day Deals

Black Leather Soft Desk Chair

Now that everyone has been working remotely for a while, the ol’ desk chair could probably stand a switcheroo. Isn’t this one elegant? I like the black and gold combo, and I think it would look so pretty in either a modern or traditional decor. If I were going with modern, I would use some abstract art on the wall above the desk and black photo frames on the opposite wall. For a traditional twist, I would put an embroidered pillow in the desk chair, install new flooring and lay down a luxurious rug for my feetsies. What would you do?

Best Prime Big Day Deals

Personalized Initial Letter Pouch Makeup Bag

Isn’t this the cutest little makeup pouch? Every girl (or gal) loves monograms and initials, which means that whoever receives this bag from you is going to love it!

Best Prime Big Day Deals

Glass Electric Tea Kettle

After that wonderful trip to England last fall, my love for all.things.tea was rekindled in a big way. Thankfully, my son knows his Merm very well, and he gifted me with this beautiful electric tea kettle for Christmas last year, and this one is super nice as well. You can put loose tea in the holder and let it steep in the pot. Shall we have a spot of tea and a biscuit, ol’ chap?

Best Prime Day Deals

Hands Free Magnifying Glass

Listen up – if you hear a friend, coworker, grandmother or mom say, “I used to cross-stitch, but the stitches are too small now,” then that sweet homebody might need one of these handy dandy hands-free magnifying glasses. Just sayin.’

Best Prime Big Day Deals

Merino Wool Ski Socks

Okay, seriously. I love ski socks. Maybe that comes from the fun memories I have of all the ski vacations my mom and dad provided for us when I was growing up. Perhaps thinking about ski socks reminds me of how organized I felt when I had a brilliant idea to use my old Samsonite luggage to store my own family’s ski wear in our attic. (That matching lime green set of suitcases had a long and useful life!) Whatever it is that brings on all the feels, I really love ski socks, and I bet there’s someone on your gift list who feels the same (weird) way.

Best Prime Big Day Deals

Knot Throw Pillow Balls

I just finished reading Dawn Barton’s new book, which is all kinds of sweet and funny. While I highlighted quite a few parts on my digital copy, I also had to giggle out loud every time Dawn mentioned her extreme love for throw pillows. I bet she would really like a little group of these ball shaped pillows for a guest bed or for the sofa in a family media room hangout. They come in plenty of colors and sizes!

Best Prime Big Day Deals

Light Up Football

Calling all parents of boys! This light up football would make a great gift for any guy in your life. I’m even thinking about getting one to have on hand for Thanksgiving when my family needs a break from the 1000-piece puzzle I’ll be insisting we finish. :)

Best Prime Big Day Deals

PUMA GOLF Men’s Ignite Nxt Lace Golf Shoe

“Do people still wear golf shoes?” I asked my hubby. “Yes, but not usually the old kind with cleats,” he answered. Well, there ya’ have it. Isn’t this pair so trendy and stylish?

Best Prime Big Day Deals

Fly Fans for Tables

If there’s one thing in life you can count on, it’s this. The guys at Sad Monkey Mercantile know how to spot a trend. They also know how to start up a business and boost it straight from 0-100 in 30 days flat. But that’s partly because they know how to make guests comfortable enough to stay a while. Like allllll day and into the beauty of a Panhandle starry night. Because, hey. If the flies aren’t forcing a Texan indoors, a Texan will sit outside shootin’ the breeze, listening to music and ordering from a food truck ’till the cows (or Longhorns) come home.

Best Prime Big Day Deals

Nespresso Capsules

Are you a coffee drinker? Do you have an espresso machine at home? I love ours, and this is my favorite pod. If you want to know how to use these little jewels to make outrageously good coffee in your own kitchen, read this.

Best Prime Big Day Deals

Amazon Fire Kids Tablet

For the preschooler on your list. After all, if the little varmint has his own tablet, he won’t be beggin’ to use yours. :)

Best Prime Big Day Deals

Large Grill and Picnic Caddy

Keep all your tailgating supplies organized and ready in this large grill and picnic caddy. Isn’t that ingenious to have provided a place for the roll of paper towels?

Best Prime Big Day Deal

Gold Initial Necklace

Remember the outfit I put together in yesterday’s Prime Big Day Deals post? Well, it needed one more thing to finish out the look. A gold necklace like this one!

Best Prime Big Day Deals

The Big Texas Cookbook

Okay, you knew I couldn’t finish out two days of deals without including something with TEXAS written on it, right? Check out this cookbook from the editors of Texas Monthly. Regular price is $37.50, but today’s deal has it marked down to $15.38. You just can’t beat that deal with a stick.

Best Prime Big Day Deals

Enjoy Your Prime Big Day Deals!

Thank you for letting me share my best Prime Big Day Deals ideas with you! I hope you had as much fun as I did!

I enjoyed thinking about what all you might like and then wondering how you might use each item. Or to whom you might be gifting it.

So, what was your favorite purchase? I’d love to hear!

Here’s a list of what I bought:


Encouraging intentional adventure and always getting a good deal on something for yourself or for someone you love,

Texas Over Fifty

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Here are My Best Choices for Your Prime Big Day Deals! (Day 1 of 2)

Welcome, savvy shoppers, to the most anticipated retail extravaganza of this fall season! As the digital storefronts buzz with excitement and virtual shopping carts eagerly await their contents, it’s time to gear up for the Prime Big Deal Days! Over the next two days, we’re about to embark on a whirlwind tour of some of the most tantalizing deals and exclusive offers that the retail world has to offer. From fashion-forward finds to must-haves for your home, I’ve scoured the virtual aisles to bring you a curated selection that’s bound to make your shopping spree worthwhile.

Rhinestone Suede Sneakers

Sneakers are the new heels, right? I was on the elevator last week, headed to Women’s Bible Study at my church when I noticed a pair of super cute sneakers on the feet of the lady across from me. I’m not sure what brand they were or where she bought them, but they looked a whole lot like these! Prime Big Deal Day price = 20% off!

Best Prime Day Deals

True Classic Short Sleeved Solid Polo for Men

If you haven’t heard of True Classic’s brand, you might be living under a bit of a rock. Granted, most of their visibility is due to the undershirts that are taking our men’s world by storm, but they can achieve the same great fit when wearing this classic polo. I see a new shirt in my hubby’s future for sure!

Prime Big Day Deals

Yankee Candle – Cliffside Sunrise

The name of this candle makes me think about the beauty of a sunrise at Palo Duro Canyon State Park!

Best Prime Day Deals

Fabric Shaver and Lint Remover

My oldest daughter told me about this amazingly useful little household tool. She used it on her sectional sofa and on some of her daughter’s sweaters with really great results!

Best Prime Day Deals

Pastel Sticky Notes Set

I don’t know about you, but I love all.things.paper. I saw a set like this at a big box store at a much higher price point. Glad I waited till I searched Amazon Big Prime Day Deals before I purchased! I can’t wait to start using mine. And they’re even designed in my favorite fall colors. Win/Win!

Best Prime Day Deals

Love & Lemons Cookbook

You may already know that I’ve been raving and raving and raving about my new plant-based eating plan. I’ve used several recipes from Love & Lemons, and now the cookbook is on sale! Plant yourself on the couch and start planning new menus for a new YOU, my friend. Seriously, these plant forward recipes are easy and delicious, and I’m feeling GREAT!

Prime Big Day Deals

Flameless Taper Candles With Remote Control

Flameless candles ain’t what they used to be, y’all. They’re gorgeous, stylish, and lend a safe air to the ambience in your home. Being able to control them from the couch is also a big plus.

Best Prime Day Deals

Button Down Flannel Shirt

Okay, stay with me while I explain why I chose this shirt to feature on my recommendations for Prime Big Day Deals. First, I do love flannel. Second – it’s finally feeling like fall around here, y’all. And third, I saw a cute outfit on a store mannequin that you can so copy with this shirt! (Keep scrolling for a pic of the outfit I saw in the store.)

Best Prime Day Deals

Winter A-Line Maxi Skirt

First, you buy the flannel shirt, then you buy the a-line skirt!

Prime Big Day Deals

Fall Themed Pumpkin T-Shirt

Next, you love the skirt so much, you buy a fall-themed t-shirt to go with it. Can I hear an amen?

Best Prime Day Deals
Best Prime Big Day Deals
(This is the outfit I saw on the store display. I think it would be cute to pair the skirt with a fall-themed t-shirt, too.)

4-Piece Patio Furniture Set

This is a great time to buy patio furniture, especially at a Prime Big Day price like this one!

Prime Big Day Deals

Acrylic Book Vase

Last, but not least on my Prime Big Deals list of ideas is this simply beautiful acrylic book vase. What a great gift for the booklovers in your family. And wow – it can be yours today at 46% off!

Best Prime Day Deals

More Prime Big Deals Tomorrow!

See you tomorrow right here at the same time, same place, when I’ll have Day Two’s list of My Choices for Your Best Prime Big Deals!


Encouraging intentional adventure and always getting a good deal on something for yourself or for someone you love,

Texas Over Fifty

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10 Best Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in Texas

10 Best Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in Texas

Top 10 Texas Botanical Gardens and Arboretums

Texas is known for its diverse landscapes, from desert to coastline, and this diversity extends to its botanical gardens and arboretums. These green spaces are a testament to the state’s rich biodiversity and provide a haven for plant enthusiasts, nature lovers, and families alike. Here are the ten best botanical gardens and arboretums in Texas:

1. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Austin

Located in Austin, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a haven for native plants and wildflowers. Named after the former First Lady, this center focuses on the conservation and use of native plants. With over 900 species of native Texas plants, it’s an educational and visually stunning experience.

2. Houston Botanic Garden – Houston

Situated in the heart of Houston, the Houston Botanic Garden is a living museum for plants. It features a diverse collection of plants from around the world, divided into different ecosystems like the Global Collection Garden and the Culinary Garden. It’s an excellent place to explore the botanical wonders of the world without leaving Texas.

3. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden – Dallas

Known for its breathtaking seasonal displays, the Dallas Arboretum is a must-visit for anyone in the Dallas area. With 66 acres of meticulously maintained gardens, including a stunning collection of azaleas and the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, there’s something for everyone here.

4. San Antonio Botanical Garden – San Antonio

Situated in the heart of San Antonio, this 38-acre garden is a serene oasis within the city. It features a diverse collection of plants from around the world, including a stunning rose garden and the Texas Native Trail, which showcases the state’s unique flora.

5. Fort Worth Botanic Garden – Fort Worth

One of the oldest botanic gardens in Texas, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden spans 110 acres and features 23 specialty gardens. From the stunning Japanese Garden to the colorful Conservatory and the beautiful Rose Garden, it’s a place of beauty and tranquility.

6. Mercer Botanic Gardens – Humble

Located in the Houston area, Mercer Botanic Gardens is a 400-acre oasis of native and cultivated plants. It includes a pitcher plant bog, a tropical garden, and an expansive collection of azaleas. It’s an excellent place for those interested in both local and exotic flora.

7. Zilker Botanical Garden – Austin

Nestled within Zilker Metropolitan Park, this 26-acre garden in Austin offers a diverse range of gardens including a Japanese Garden, a cactus and succulent garden, and the Hartman Prehistoric Garden which features plants from the time of the dinosaurs.

8. Clark Gardens Botanical Park – Weatherford

Located just outside of Fort Worth, Clark Gardens encompasses 50 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. It boasts a variety of gardens including a Japanese Garden, a woodland garden, and a butterfly garden, making it a delightful destination for plant enthusiasts.

9. South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center – Corpus Christi

Situated on 182 acres, this garden and nature center in Corpus Christi showcases the unique flora and fauna of South Texas. It includes a butterfly house, a xeriscape garden, and a hummingbird garden, providing a rich experience for visitors.

10. Texas A&M University Gardens – College Station

Part of Texas A&M University, these gardens span 40 acres and serve as an educational and research facility. Visitors can explore a variety of themed gardens, including a rose garden, a water conservation garden, and a butterfly garden.

Whether you’re a plant enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a peaceful escape, these botanical gardens and arboretums in Texas offer a diverse array of plant life and natural beauty. Take some time to explore these remarkable spaces and immerse yourself in the rich botanical heritage of the Lone Star State.

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Blogging to encourage intentional adventure!

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10 Best Gifts for Friends Who Love Fall

10 Best Gifts to Send to Friends Who Love Fall as Much as You Do

Fall Gifts for Friends

There’s something magical about the arrival of fall—the crisp air, the cozy sweaters, the vibrant leaves, and the scent of pumpkin spice in the air. If you’re lucky enough to have friends who share your love for all things autumn, why not show your appreciation by sending them thoughtful gifts that capture the essence of this wonderful season? Whether they’re fans of pumpkin-flavored everything, enjoy outdoor activities, or relish in the cozy indoor vibes, here’s a list of 10 best gifts to send to friends who love fall as much as you do.

Fall Gifts for Friends

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  1. Fall-Themed Candles: Enhance the cozy atmosphere with fall-scented candles. Look for scents like pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon, or even a woodsy bonfire aroma. Not only do these candles provide a warm ambiance, but they also fill the air with the comforting fragrance of fall.
  2. Pumpkin Spice Goodies: For those friends who can’t get enough of pumpkin spice, consider sending them a package filled with pumpkin-flavored coffee, cookies, or even pumpkin spice syrup. These treats will surely make their taste buds dance with delight. Be sure to include a Starbucks fall-themed gift card. Tip: when loaded into the app, gift card purchases accumulate double the stars!
  3. Autumnal Accessories: Scarves, beanies, and mittens in fall colors are always a hit. Choose warm and stylish accessories that your friends can wear to stay cozy while enjoying outdoor activities or simply sipping a hot beverage.
  4. Fall Recipe Book: If your friends are into cooking and baking, a fall-themed recipe book can be a great gift. From hearty soups to apple pies, they’ll have a blast experimenting with seasonal ingredients.
  5. Fall Decor: Send them a piece of autumn-inspired art that they can hang on their wall. Or simply send a set of cute kitchen towels to display.
  6. Cozy Throws: What’s fall without snuggling up under a soft blanket with a cup of hot cocoa? Choose throws with warm colors and textures, perfect for wrapping themselves up during chilly evenings. This solid herringbone throw from Anthropologie comes in several fall colors.
  7. Texas State Park Pass: For friends who love hiking, camping, or even just taking leisurely walks in the crisp fall air, consider gifting them with a Texas State Park Pass. Fall is the perfect time to visit all of Texas’ scenic and historic state parks!
  8. Big Fall Puzzle: Tap into your friend’s reflective side by sending a big fall puzzle to work on cool evenings after work. This Texas-sized puzzle is sure to have your friend thinking of your thoughtfulness for weeks (or months!).
  9. Seasonal Tea Sampler: If your friends are fans of hot beverages, send them a selection of seasonal teas. From spiced chai to pumpkin-flavored blends, they’ll appreciate the warmth and comfort these drinks bring.
  10. Football Everything: Giving football-themed gifts is like a touchdown for thoughtfulness! From jerseys donning the colors of your friend’s favorite team to stadium blankets perfect for chilly game nights, these gifts bring the perfect blend of autumn’s coziness and the fervor of football together for a winning celebration of fall.

Share the Joy of Fall

Sending gifts to friends who share your love for fall is a thoughtful way to celebrate the season and show your appreciation for their friendship. From aromatic candles to cozy blankets, these gifts will not only warm their hearts but also remind them of the beauty and magic that autumn brings. So, embrace the spirit of fall and spread joy to your friends near and far with these 10 delightful gift ideas.

Making gift-giving a fun fall adventure,

Texas Over Fifty

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Recommended Reading: The Man in The Ditch by Mike Bassett

The Man in the Ditch

In the vast landscape of human experiences, tales of redemption and transformation have always captivated our collective imagination. They remind us of the power of humility and the potential for personal growth. One such remarkable story is that of “The Man in the Ditch” by Mike Bassett.

Bassett’s story takes us on a profound journey in which his life is laid bare, and the consequences of his choices exposed. Admidst the ruins, there remains a glimmer of hope.

The Man in the Ditch reminds us that our mistakes need not define us, it’s never too late to seek forgiveness, and no one is beyond the redemption of God.

Encouraging an everyday life filled with intentional adventure and inspirational reading,

Texas Over Fifty

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Lady Bird Hike-and-Bike Trail in Austin – 15 Helpful Tips to Know Before You Go

Lady Bird Hike and Bike Trail

Austin, the vibrant capital city of Texas, is renowned for its dynamic culture, thriving music scene, and a love for outdoor adventures. Nestled amidst the city’s bustling urban landscape lies a true gem for nature and fitness enthusiasts alike—The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake. This beloved trail stretches along the picturesque shores of the Colorado River, offering breathtaking views, serene landscapes, and a refreshing escape from the city’s fast-paced energy.

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker, an avid cyclist, or simply someone seeking a rejuvenating stroll amidst nature, the Hike-and-Bike Trail is a must-visit destination. With 10 miles of well-maintained paths, diverse flora and fauna, and numerous attractions along the way, it’s no wonder this trail has captured the hearts of locals and visitors alike.

To ensure you make the most of your experience, I’ve compiled a list of 15 helpful tips to know before you go. So, lace up your boots and dust off your bike. This guide will equip you with everything you need to embark on an urban adventure along this iconic trail.

The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail

The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake is a 10-mile stretch of stunning urban outdoor beauty, which would not be here today without the effort of two forward-thinking Austin friends.

On a trip to London in 1971, as Ann Butler and Lady Bird Johnson stood together admiring a portion of the Thames Path, they wondered if something similar could be accomplished back in Texas.

Once they returned home, these two visionaries declared that it very likely could.

And then it was.

Today, almost three million pairs of feet enjoy this beautiful trail every year, just as Mrs. Butler and Mrs. Johnson suspected they would.

So, next time you’re headed to Austin for a conference or convention downtown, be sure to pack a pair of walking shoes.

You’ll probably going to want to enjoy at least one trip around what the locals call the trail.

 

15 Helpful Tips

For parking and access point information click here. Then check out the following list of 15 helpful tips to know before you hike or bike the trail and boardwalk around Lady Bird Lake.

1. Don’t be too ambitious.

If you’re not prepared for at least seven miles and a couple of hours, check the map and plan a shorter route. This is such a scenic trail that it’s easy to get on, keep going and going, and then suddenly realize how far you’ve strayed from the car. While it’s no fun to run out of water, time or energy on the trail, it’s also downright dangerous in the heat of a Texas summer.

2. The trail is well-maintained.  

Because Lady Bird is a constant level lake, and due to the dedication of many volunteers, the trail is well-maintained and accessible pretty much year-round.

3. Bicycles go fast.

Bicycles go fast on the trail around Lady Bird Lake. Most of the time, there will be very little space between you and them. Some riders will give voice to an on-your-left type warning. But don’t rely on it. Keep your dog close by, and turn to look behind you before exiting or veering toward a water fountain. The basic rule of safety on the trail is to stay far right and in single file formation where you can.

4. Prepare to take pictures.

Make sure your phone is fully charged before taking off for a trek around the trail. The Instagram-worthy photo ops are plentiful, no matter the season or time of day.

5. Scooters don’t work.

There are so many scooters on the streets in Austin, and they are lots of fun to ride! But, while people sometimes assume they can meander off the street and onto the trail with a rented scooter, it just doesn’t work. Scooter tires and batteries are no match for the gravel and sand that make up the trail’s terrain.

6. Track with an app. 

Use an app on your phone or watch to track steps, distance, calories burned, time, or all of the above. That way, when you make it ALL the way around Lady Bird Lake, you’ll be able to substantiate an obligatory brag.

7. Kids get tired. 

Many families make the mistake of going too far and end up carrying a hot, sweaty, tearful little one the rest of the way. So, if you’re taking the grandkids for a fun stroll around the trail, plan to start small.

8. Dogs are welcome.

Dogs are welcome on the trail around Lady Bird Lake, but you will need to clean up after them. I’ve never liked the idea of taking our small grand dogs on the trail, though. I certainly wouldn’t mind scooping up their poop – it’s the bicycles whizzing by that make me a little nervous.

9. Take some water. 

There are water fountains around the trail, but they’re some distance from each other. So, fill your bottle when you have an opportunity. In addition, don’t plan on relying on the fountains alone. Dog bowls are available at the base of the fountains, but you might want to carry a folding bowl with you, in case Rover gets thirsty between fountain stops.

10. The forecast is mostly sunny.

Yikes. Nobody wants to ruin a great trip to Austin by getting a painful sunburn. And the trail around Lady Bird Lake is a place where you could definitely get one. You should be okay with a hat, sunglasses and some sunscreen, though.

11. Restaurants are off the beaten path.

The geographic location of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail can be a little deceiving when it comes to planning to grab lunch. If you hike way over from the north side onto a long stretch of boardwalk on the south, and then decide to eat at a fun place near the Capitol Building, lunch is definitely not happening for a while. Been there, done that. :)

12. Emergencies occur. 

I’m sure there are ways to get off the trail and call a cab or use an app on your phone to get a ride. I, thankfully, have not needed to find out. Things happen, though. So, just be aware that should omeone in your party have an incident that requires help, places to exit the trail aren’t very apparent. If you’re not familiar, treat your walk about the water like you would any other lengthy hike. Take yours and your party’s fitness level into account. Don’t overestimate the level of everyone’s stamina, especially in the heat of the summer. Know your limits and those of the people who go along with you.

13. The trail is beautiful at night.

The trail at Lady Bird Lake is a big draw for tourists and locals alike, and it’s busiest during the day. However, it’s prettiest at night! Lights reflect off the water. Cruisers quietly wait for glimpses of the bats. People stroll slowly or get in one last run for the week. So, even if the sun has set, you can still enjoy time on the trail. (Some early morning fitness enthusiasts use headlamps to light their way before dawn.)

14. You might see some weirdness.

With all the recent city growth from technology sectors, some of the old and beloved weirdness of Austin has gone by the wayside. Yet, Austin is still one of those places where people feel uninhibited and don’t mind being themselves in a whole lot of unique ways. On the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, that’s as true as it is anywhere else in the city. I’ve seen people jogging in western boots and dancing some funky jigs, nearly naked. So, if you’re out to capture a bit of the essence, the trail might be a great place to start.

15. Staying safe is a worthy concern.

During the day, there are plenty of people on the trail, which makes for more safety. And while staying safe around an inner city hiking trail is always a worthy concern, if you take basic precautions, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of this one without too much worry. Notice your surroundings. Let someone know where you’re going. Maybe share your phone’s location. And don’t be out on the trail late at night.

Your Turn

Have you done the hike-and-bike trail around Lady Bird Lake?

Do you have any other tips?

Please feel free to share in the comments!


Encouraging intentional adventure in the midst of the city,

Brenda

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Here’s a Big List of the Great Books I’m Reading This Summer

Big List of Great Books I'm Reading This Summer

With the arrival of summer, there’s no better time to bask in the warmth of the sun and immerse yourself in a captivating book. Whether you’re lounging on the beach, relaxing in a hammock, or simply seeking a cozy nook indoors, the power of a great book can transport you to distant lands, ignite your imagination, and provide a much-needed escape from the demands of daily life. In this blog post, I’m sharing with you a big list of great books that I’m reading this summer. From delightful works of fiction to thought-provoking non-fiction, prepare to embark on a literary journey that will enrich your summer days and leave a lasting impression on your mind and soul.

So grab your sunglasses, find a comfortable spot, and let’s explore the pages of these remarkable books together.

Fiction Books I’m Enjoying This Summer

Jan Karon’s Mitford Series. Several years ago, I fell in love with a series of books written by Jan Karon about an Episcopal priest who ministers to his parish in a small town by the name of Mitford. Since I didn’t actually finish the series back then, I decided to start over. This summer, I’m reading Book 5 on my way to 14. I look forward to every moment of reading these delightful stories. Here’s a link to purchase the first five books on Amazon, and a link to purchase the whole set from the author.

Robert Morris’s House of Winslow Series. Another series I started several years ago and never finished is this wonderful historical fiction set. Although there are 40 books in total, it’s my goal to finish what I started – by the end of this year. Here’s a link to purchase the first five books in the series.


Nonfiction Books I’m Learning From This Summer

Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman. Every year, as part of my overall reading plan, I read some books about Texas and Texans! This year, I’m making my way through this fascinating book about Charles Goodnight. It’s a long read, but I’m enjoying what I’m learning.

Not a Tame Lion. This book about C. S. Lewis is filled with insightful nuggets from the life of one of the greatest Christian authors of all time. I’m not forcing myself to read it quickly, because there’s more than a lot of food for thought within the pages of this great book.


Christian Inspiration Books I’m Reading This Summer

Dark Clouds Deep Mercy. I picked up this book after it won a Christian book award. Because the topic is so intriguing, I’m enjoying this thoughtful read very much. Here’s how ChristianBook.com describes it. “Lament is how we bring our sorrow to God-but it is a neglected dimension of the Christian life for many Christians today. We need to recover the practice of honest spiritual struggle that gives us permission to vocalize our pain and wrestle with our sorrow. Lament avoids trite answers and quick solutions, progressively moving us toward deeper worship and trust.”

The Women of the Bible Speak. I’m almost finished with this book written by Shannon Bream. What I’ve enjoyed most is the fresh perspective the author brings to familiar stories of women in the Bible.


Business Books I’m Challenged By This Summer

The Elements of Style. Another category of books I read every year includes titles about business and writing. This one is a small volume with a big reputation, and I’m enjoying it very much.

Published: The Proven Path from Blank Page to 10,000 Copies Sold. Written by Chandler Bolt, entrepreneur and founder of Self-Publishing School, this book is approachable, challenging and motivating in every way. As a rookie writer, I’m eating it up, word by word.


What’s in Your Book Bag?

I’d love to hear what’s on your big list of great books you’re reading this summer. Please share in the comments!


Encouraging a lifetime filled with intentional adventure and book bags filled with great summer reads,


Texas Over Fifty

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3 Refreshing Cold Drinks to Help Cool You Down This Summer

3 Refreshing Cold Drinks to Cool You Off This Summer

As the scorching heat of summer envelopes us, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as indulging in refreshing cold drinks to beat the sweltering temperatures.

Whether you’re lounging by the pool, hosting a backyard barbecue, or simply seeking respite from the relentless sun, a chilled beverage can be the perfect companion to keep you cool and hydrated.

Here are three of my favorite delightful and invigorating cold drinks that are sure to quench your thirst. They’re fruity, frothy and fun! So grab your favorite glass or travel tumbler, and prepare to embark on a journey of sipping satisfaction!


Cynthia’s Heavenly Tea

My mom never made iced tea. We drank milk at every meal, and occasionally were allowed the indulgence of an generic-style soda. Very occasionally. 

My mother-in-law, however, made iced tea every day, for lunch and dinner. And if she served a soda, it was a real Coca-Cola in a glass bottle, slightly icy from a few minutes spent in the freezer. 

While I don’t follow the exact pattern of either of our moms, I do enjoy surprising my hubby with a pitcher of iced tea. Especially during the summer.

It makes me feel accomplished, and it makes him feel extra-loved when I do it. 

When I read about Cynthia’s tea recipe in Book 5 from my all-time favorite book series, I knew I had to up my tea game and prepare a cold pitcher of this delightful blend to celebrate the first day of summer.

In the story, Cynthia (the wife of a small-town Episcopal priest) works to come up with the perfect tea recipe when she commits to hosting an event for the ladies of the church.

When she lands on the final concoction, Cynthia raves to her husband, Father Tim.

Did the tea recipe meet his approval?

Absolutely!

“Two thumbs up!” he said.

My hubby agrees. It’s very, very good.

3 Cold Drinks to Help You Cool This Summer



The Perfect Strawberry Smoothie

Another drink that is sure to cool you off over the hot days of a Texas summer is my Perfect Strawberry Smoothie. It’s healthy, smooth, and so refreshingly cold.

This recipe is easy, satisfying and extra-delicious, no matter where you plop down (or strap in) to enjoy it. 


Frothy Orange Drink

I started making this drink for breakfast when my kids were in school, but it soon became a favorite cold drink for hot summer afternoons after they had been playing outside.

There’s something incredibly rereshing about the combination of citrus, almond and icy froth that places this drink in a category all its own.

3 Refreshing Cold Drinks to Help Cool You Off This Summer


I hope you’re feeling inspired to try these tantalizing concoctions. With each sip, these beverages offer a delightful respite from the sweltering Texas heat.

Whether you choose a tangy burst of citrus, the luscious sweetness of strawberries, or the revitalization of iced tea, these cold drinks are sure to cool you off during scorching summer days.

So, grab your blender, stock up on your favorite fruits and flavorings, and let your creativity flow.

Feel free to experiment with different combinations to customize these recipes to your liking. The possibilities are endless. And the result will always be a thirst-quenching mood-lifter that will make your summer days even more enjoyable.

Cheers to staying cool, hydrated, and fully immersed in the delights of summer, my friend!

Let’s beat the heat, one sip at a time, and make this summer a season to remember.


Encouraging a lifetime of intentional adventure, especially through the hot days of a Texas summer,

Texas Over Fifty

PS: I adapted Cynthia’s Heavenly Tea recipe to our taste by using a bit more mint, a little more apricot nectar and an extra teaspoon of almond extract. But you can read the original version and all the other recipes mentioned in my favorite book series in Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader.

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