Day Trip to Pedernales Falls State Park

One of the best things about living in Austin is its proximity to so many scenic spots in the Texas Hill Country. In a short hour's time from downtown Austin, much of Texas' rugged beauty can be experienced and enjoyed. The next time you find yourself hankerin' for a switch from your regular routine, consider a day trip to Pedernales Falls State Park. C.A. and Harriet Wheatley were a well-suited couple who enjoyed camping and fishing together for years after they were married in 1916. They were also a good business team,

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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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