All posts by: Brenda McDearmon

Water Theme Makes Big Splash with Granddaughter

I Can Only Go So Long If you know me, you know I'm completely crazy about my granddaughter. I think about her every single day, and if the days stretch on very long without the joy of being in her presence, I start getting the dadgum shakes. The munchkin has been to Austin many times, and we always find new things to do, but for her recent summer visit, I thought we might spice it up a bit with a t-h-e-m-e. I mean, every good party needs a theme, right? After mulling over many possibilities, it clearly came down to this pretty

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Grandkids Coming to Visit? Make it More Fun With a Theme!

Grandkids Coming to Visit?  Do your grandkids live in the same city and come over to your house for frequent sleepovers? Do they, instead, live far enough away that, when they come, they get to stay a whole week? Either way, having the grandkids under your roof (and squished up next to you in the bed!) is the bomb.com, if you ask this Grammy. Here are 5 grand ideas and 50 fun suggestions to make the visit even more fun with a theme. Your grandkids will enjoy the anticipation when you announce that this year's visit will be

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#22 – Song of Solomon 5:1 – Eat, O Friends, and Drink

Dear Grandparent:  This is #22 in a series of 66 Bible Faith-building Bible Verses to Memorize With Your Grandchildren. The thread that weaves itself through these verses, one from each book of the Bible, is designed to create a heart of strong faith in you and your grandchild as you commit them to memory together.  May God add his blessing to every word.  THE VERSE Song of Solomon 5:1 Eat, O friends, and drink; drink your fill, O lovers. THE STORY Let's refresh our memories about Solomon, the writer of this book of the Bible.

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Books for Dads

Last minute gift needed for a special dad? Here's a great list of great books for dads. There's something for everyone in this mysterious, thoughtful, entertaining and enlightening menu of fabulous reads for the best of men - dads. THE BUTLER'S GUIDE This book is authored by Stanley Ager and Fiona St. Aubyn, with a Foreward written by Alastair Bruce. Mr. Bruce helped make the PBS Masterpiece production of Downton Abbey, of which I am a raving fan. If you are also a fan of this well-bred family and the on-screen lifestyle of

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Men Love a Good Hot Shave at Finley’s

MEN LOVE A GOOD HOT SHAVE AT FINLEY'S BARBER SHOP A trip to Finley's Barber Shop for a good hot shave will make your man smile smoothly from ear to ear! Be sure you make an appointment; otherwise, you may have to wait a while. Easy peasy online booking can be accomplished here. While the ladies in my family shopped on 2nd Street, the men spent a little time getting (more) handsome at Finley's Barber Shop on 3rd, next to Royal Blue Grocery. My poor guys looked a little nervous in this photo. Two had never had a good hot

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Gifts for Adventurous and Outdoorsy Guys

Calling all adventurous and outdoorsy guys - I'm confident that once you read the following list of gifts, you'll find something that really floats your boat.  So, the next time someone asks what you want for your birthday - for Father's Day - for Christmas, you'll know exactly how to answer. ROCK CLIMBING COURSE Ramp up your favorite guy's rock climbing experience with an outdoor course taught by a pro at Rock About Climbing Adventures. Here in the Austin area, he can choose to learn at Enchanted Rock, Reimers Ranch or the

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#21 – Ecclesiastes 12:13 – Now All Has Been Heard

Dear Grandparent:  This is #21 in a series of 66 Bible Faith-building Bible Verses to Memorize With Your Grandchildren. The thread that weaves itself through these verses, one from each book of the Bible, is designed to create a heart of strong faith in you and your grandchild as you commit them to memory together.  May God add his blessing to every word.  THE VERSE Ecclesiastes 12:13 Now, all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.  THE

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A Visit to the LBJ Ranch

On a recent anniversary weekend trip over to Johnson City, Texas, we toured the LBJ Ranch. If you haven't been there, you'll love the scenic drive from Austin and the step back in time once you arrive. It was in this historic place that Lyndon Baines Johnson was born, is buried and lived a totally Texas-style Presidential lifestyle in between. First - Coffee! Every serious road tripper knows that every serious road trip begins with a delicious latte, right?  Fortunately, there's a coffee shop in Johnson City where you can

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Best Burgers in Austin, Texas – Everybody Has a Favorite

Best Burgers in Austin, Texas - Everybody Has a Favorite After four years in Austin, we’ve taken a bite out of a bunch o’ burgers, my friends. Some we’ve tried on the advice of friends, and others on the recommendation of a website or two. At this stage of the game, here’s our very own list of what we  now think are some of the best burgers in Austin. If you’ve ever moved from your hometown to a big city, you know how much fun it is to explore all the restaurants in your new locale. It’s even more fun to ask the locals about

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#20 – Proverbs 3:5-6 – 66 Bible Verses to Memorize With Your Grandchildren

Dear Grandparent:  This is #20 in a series of 66 Bible Faithbuilding Bible Verses to Memorize With Your Grandchildren. The thread that weaves itself through these verses, one from each book of the Bible, is designed to create a heart of strong faith in you and your grandchild as you commit them to memory together.  May God add his blessing to every word.  THE VERSE Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make your paths

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