All posts by: Brenda McDearmon

Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Kind of Mom

Show your Mom some Mother's Day love with an item or two from this fresh list of Mother's Day gifts. Then get ready for a big squuuueeeeeze hug from the one who loves you like nobody else! A Gift for the Mom Who Loves to Be Pampered - at Woodhouse Day Spa A 50-minute Shirodhara at Woodhouse Day Spa. Starting with warm oil gently poured onto her forehead, this massage technique focuses on the scalp from where the tension will all flow away. What mom wouldn't love that kind of luxury? Book here for a Mother's Day package

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What We Did Last Weekend

Have you ever walked into work on a Monday morning and been asked, "How was your weekend?"  And then what's the customary next question? Usually, "What did you do?" (Austin) or "Whadyall do?" (Amarillo) or "Did you study?" (Mother to college son.) Weekends here in Austin are sometimes lazy and laid back, but sometimes packed full, because there's, you know, SO much to see and SO much to do! In case you're wondering how an average couple from the beloved Texas panhandle spends that space between Friday night and Monday morning

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#18 – Job 1:1 In the Land of Uz, There Lived a Man Named Job

Have you ever known someone who is simply beyond criticism? No one finds fault with that person because there's just not any to find? These people aren't perfect, of course, but for the very most part of their day, and inside the greatest percentage of their thoughts, these people exist in in a perpetual place of honor. That was Job. He was above reproach. He was a man so forthright that the Bible uses the word "blameless" to describe his integrity. His honesty qualified him for the unique descriptor of  "upright." Job feared

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22 Ways to Bless a Single Parent

National Single Parent Day affects over 14 million parents in the United States. My daughter is one of them. Single parents are near and dear to my heart. My mom was a single parent to me and my brother before she married my stepdad, and now our daughter is raising the sweetest munchkin on the planet by herself. Nobody wants it that way. It just is what it is. Most single parents are carrying around a heavy load of guilt because they feel like they should have known their marriage was a bad choice, or they did know it and would

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5 Outstanding Places for Patio Dining Near the Capitol

If you're spending a few days in Austin or you're planning your next date night, you might want to check out my list of 5 outstanding places for patio dining near the Capitol.  One of the very best, most wonderful and amazing things about the Texas Hill Country is the ease with which we enjoy dining outside. Morning, noon and night for almost three-fourths of the year, people eat on the patio, on a balcony or on a blanket at a park. People say that's because of the bats. The bats eat the flies. At least that's what they told

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Coffee is Capital on Congress Avenue

No one who enjoyed a cup of coffee in 1888 would have been drinking it while strolling down Congress Avenue. The paper cup wasn't even invented until 1907. Before a man named Walter Cecil developed his patented version in 1936, there was no paper cup with a handle on it. And then it wasn't until 1964 that fresh coffee was sold in to-go cups, when 7-Eleven  on Long Island, N.Y., became the first chain of convenience stores to sell it. Photo (1888) courtesy Texas State Historical Association. Read more about of the

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A Pajama Party, A Slice of Pie and A Parking Ticket – Just a Typical Girlfriends’ Weekend

I don't know why we said it, do you? Why, in the 70's did we emphasize important statements by starting with: "Man!" Man, that test was so hard! Man, look at that green Camaro! Man, I can't wait 'till summer! Stuff like that. Well, even though I LOVE men, especially mine, and even though I so want to energetically emphasize my next statement, it just seems a little, well, off, or even off-putting, to say, "Man! We had the best girlfriends' weekend!" See what I mean? So maybe I could say, "Wow!" (nope, that's overused) or

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#16 – Nehemiah 6:15-16 – So the Wall was Completed

Nehemiah built that wall.  Did that kinda make you laugh? I really hope so. Ok, sorry. Let's get on to the story of Nehemiah. Let's get serious here. No more jokes. I promise. Let's review. Our last verse took us up to the point in Israel's history when Cyrus, king of Persia had overthrown the Babylonian empire and began to allow the exiled Jews to return to Jerusalem after 70 years of captivity. In Ezra 3:11, we memorized the words that spoke of the people's worship when the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

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My Recommendations for Your Upscale Austin Valentine Dinner

Happy Valentine's Day!  Celebrating Valentine’s Day with those you love is a sweet treat, no matter where you do it. But if you want to spend a little time discussing life and love over a fabulous dinner at an upscale restaurant where the service is always stellar, try one of these fine Austin establishments. I personally recommend each and every one! The Capital Grille If there is anything not to like about The Capital Grille, I've yet to find it. Although you will be plenty happy with your choice of any spot on this list,

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#15 – Ezra 3:11 – With Praise and Thanksgiving

Have you ever been homesick? I remember when I was first old enough to spend the night away from home. I packed a bag with my favorite jammies, tucked in my toothbrush and couldn't wait for my mom to pull the car into the driveway at my friend's house. It was all kinds of fun until the sun went down and it got dark outside.  Then my stomach started feeling a little queasy, and I wondered what my mom and brother were doing at home. When the book of Ezra opens, it was 538 B.C., and God's people were plenty homesick. For 70 years,

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