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What are You Getting Your Dad for Father’s Day?

What are you getting your dad for Father's Day?  Have you been thinking about it for a while? Maybe you've already asked Dad what he'd like to have this year. That certainly makes things easy! However, if the father or father figure in your life is a little more like mine, i.e., "I really don't need anything," then maybe you can find something in the following list that he needs (or wants) more than he really knew. Sock of the Month Club Since 2012, when yet another successful Austin start-up started up, Sock of the Month

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How to Move Your Son to Austin (or Anywhere), Mid-Junior Year, and Not Live to Regret It

How do you move a teenage boy across the state of Texas, from the top... to the middle... From the flat lands of the Panhandle, where he knows everyone and shows pigs for fun ... To the hills of central Texas where he knows no one and never thought about learning to paddleboard? Have you ever, ever, ever, in your cross-legged life sat around the picnic blanket with other moms and dreamily discussed moving your kids to a new city once they hit the midpoint of junior year? Neither have I. It's one of those subjects.

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#15 – 66 Faith-Building Bible Verses to Memorize

The most complicated watch ever created, and the most expensive watch to be sold at auction is the Patek Philippe $11 million pocket watch pictured above. It took five years to build, and for that amount of money, it surely tells really good time. I just love a pretty watch. The bigger the face, the better. The more bling around the circumference, the prettier I think it is. It doesn't have to be expensive, either. Just big and blingy. Accuracy would be nice, as well, although I have been known to wear a pink watch that didn't

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The 5 Restaurants Next Up On My List to Try

If you're a list-maker, list-taker, list-lover like I am, you might also have a list of all the restaurants you've tried, liked, loved - or wouldn't recommend to anyone. I have such lists, and in the same order as the previous categories, my lists are long, long, long and short. Here's why. It's not hard for me to find something I like at pretty much any restaurant.  Especially in Austin. While I definitely have developed a detailed list of favorites, I'm always game for trying some grub at a new spot or checking an

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Need a Last-Minute Gift Idea for Mom?

Since 1913, when President Woodrow Wilson signed Mother's Day into national observance, the second Sunday in May has been the day to celebrate our moms. Out of all the Sundays in the year, I wonder how Mr. Wilson chose this one. Did he and his wife, Ellen, discuss it? Did he ask the mother of his three daughters when she thought might be the best Sunday for Americans to celebrate their beloved mothers from now until forever? I have no idea! However, if you ask me, he did good.  Winter is gone, and spring has come. Frost has

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What to Do With Your Parents When They Come to Visit? Here are 5 Great Ideas

Back in the day, when the kids were little, my parents and grandmother would come visit our family and end up working pretty hard. They did everything from clean the baseboards to babysit the kids! Now, when my parents come for a visit, I like to throw out the welcome mat, show them around the city and have fun just being together.  Of course, there are some limitations. It's hard to accept that our hardworking parents are getting older. But, hey, Jack? So what if we have to plan around restroom accessibility and the

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Austin’s Independent Bookstores

With National Independent Bookstore Day approaching (every year on the last Saturday in April), I wanted to check out what Austin has to offer. While I've never been a collector of unique or rare books, I've always loved books. The more the merrier, too. I can't pass a neighborhood garage sale without stopping to see what someone else had read and is about to sell for a bargain price. One thing my husband couldn't part with when we moved downtown is the coffee-table size pictorial history of Phillips 66 that I found for him

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#12 – 66 Bible Verses to Memorize

(Note: This is verse #12 of 66 that I’m memorizing this year with my granddaughter – one verse from each book of the Bible. Links to the previous verses can be found below.) 2 Kings 8:19 Nevertheless, for the sake of his servant David, the Lord was not willing to destroy Judah. He had promised to maintain a lamp for David and his descendants forever. Remember when our children grew out of their cribs and started sleeping in their big boy or big girl beds? We decorated the walls, bought new bedding, added a toy box, and

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10 Things to Do on a Hill Country Girls Weekend

re·ju·ve·nate - verb to make (someone or something) look or feel younger, fresher, or more lively Ahhh. To be rejuvenated. With the girlfriends. As in, longer than a lunch hour. Long enough to hash it out and dish it up. If you're needing a little down time with your besties, or maybe planning that all-important bachelorette weekend before your biggest day, where could you go in the whole big state of Texas that would be better than right here in the Texas hill country? Especially now - while the bluebonnets are blooming -

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#11 – Wisdom as Measureless as the Sand on the Seashore

(Note: This is #11 in a series of 66 Bible verses my granddaughter and I are memorizing. To read the others, just search by the number. You can start here. It's my hope and prayer that we as grandparents will memorize scripture with our grandchildren as part of the great legacy we leave them!) When I was in high school, our church was BIG on youth choir. Big as in everyone wanted to be a part of it. Big as in even all the cutest guys wanted to be in our youth choir. It was GREAT FUN. We had a lot of talented voices, amazing

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