All posts by: Brenda McDearmon

Decluttering Over 50 – What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do With All Your STUFF

Two friends, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, call themselves The Minimalists, and they are definitely making a minimal name for themselves. Armed with many minimal maxims, these two are making a hefty minimal impact on the world around them, and their message is especially popular with millennials. There's a reason for that. I saw The Minimalists a few months ago when they were here in Austin putting together a podcast on their favorite topic. It was lots of fun, and they even took questions from the

Continue reading

Celebrate National Soup Month With Austin’s Best Bowls

"Eating Soup. Thick soup served in a soup dish is eaten with the soup spoon. If you want to get the last bit of it, there is no impropriety in tipping the dish away from you in order to collect it at the edge. Indeed you are paying a subtle compliment to your hostess by this demonstrating how good it is. Drink thin soups and bouillons served in cups, as you would tea or coffee, but if there are vegetables or noodles left in the bottom, eat them with the spoon, rather than struggle unattractively to make them slide from the cup

Continue reading

The Best of 2016

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different. - C.S. Lewis How would you describe the past year of your life? Were the last 12 months long and difficult - or short and sweet? Did they creep by or fly like the wind? Here are my Top 10 experiences from 2016.  I'm hoping that when you see mine, you'll fondly reflect upon your own. Maybe you'll laugh about something funny you'd  forgotten, or perhaps you'll breathe a sigh of relief that you made it through that thing. You know

Continue reading

10 Ideas for a Ho-Ho-Hill Country Destination Christmas

More than ever before, people travel during the holidays. Some young families, taking advantage of the school break, pack their summer clothes and go on a big trip to Disney World. Some take ski trips. But for the people who want to have a little Texas-size fun, eat some Texas BBQ and relax under the big bright moon in the spacious blue Texas sky, planning a Hill Country Destination Christmas is the way to go. Here are 10 ideas for a holiday trip in the Texas Hill Country.   1. Country Relaxation at the Meyer Bed

Continue reading

25 Austin Christmas Gifts for Men

Ladies, if the men on your Christmas list are the hardest ones to buy for, get ready to be inspired. The following list of 25 Austin Christmas Gifts for Men is chock full of great ideas for gifts, stocking stuffers and adventurous experiences your man is sure to love. But, hey, why is it that men are so notoriously hard to buy for, anyway?  It’s not because they don’t want anything for themselves. I think it’s just that they’re more comfortable planning gift purchases for the ones they love than they are declaring a list of

Continue reading

Stretch 12 Days of Christmas Into 15 With These Holiday Musical Events

It’s almost time to deck the halls, wrap the gifts and plan the menu – but, hey, first things first.  Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World, you know. We can never get too much of a good live music thing around here – especially at Christmastime! So, if you're really looking forward to what Austin offers in the world of its live holiday music, check out this list that will help you hold that note - and stretch 12 Days of Christmas into 15. With everything from jazzy vocals to symphonic instruments, there's a lot to

Continue reading

6 Matchy-Match Planners Both You and Your Daughter Will Love

 If  you're the mom of a 20 something, you remember the days of mother-daughter-matchy-match.  We ordered matchy-match from exclusive southern catalogs. We bought patterns and fabric so we could create our very own two-of-a-kind originals. Matchy-match was the theme of many family photos, and it was SO much fun while it lasted. But here's the thing. It didn't last long. In the blink of an eye, our daughters were so over it. Just about the time we were cutting four legs out of two sizes of a Butterick pattern for the

Continue reading

A Lovely Fall Day Trip to Brenham

A Lovely Fall Day Trip to Brenham When you live in the Texas hill country, Brenham is a well-known day trip destination. That's partly because of its proximity to Austin (just about an hour and a half east on Hwy 290) and partly because of its thriving downtown (shops and restaurants around the walkable town square). [caption id="attachment_4432" align="aligncenter" width="1201"] Photo courtesy DowntownBrenham.com[/caption] However, what really gives Brenham a top spot on the day-trip list is the fact that there's always

Continue reading

Little City Coffee Roasters Makes Big Impact on Austin Coffee Drinkers

Little City Coffee Roasters Makes Big Impact on Austin Coffee Drinkers It was a little too early to wake the sleeping giant beside me that Sunday morning. Just because I couldn’t go back to sleep didn’t mean I should disrupt the blessed zzzzzzs of my sweet, hormonally-balanced man. [caption id="attachment_4376" align="aligncenter" width="866"] View from Fazendo Recanto - Brazilian coffee bean farm. (Instagram @casabrasil)[/caption] I had already been awake for almost two hours. Thinking. Praying. Planning. Perusing Facebook

Continue reading

7 Practical Ways to Honor Your Parents

7 Practical Ways to Honor Your Parents Smack-dab in the middle of the Ten Commandments are these very direct words from God concerning our parents. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving to you.  Exodus 20:12 All the commandments are important, but this is the only one with a promise attached to it. That's so interesting, isn't it? God tells us to keep the Sabbath holy, keep ourselves faithful in marriage, worship no other, speak truth, use his name

Continue reading