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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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13 Must-Have Smartphone Apps for Everyone Over Fifty

13 Must-Have Smartphone Apps for Everyone Over Fifty Of all the inventions our generation has seen over the last 50 years, the cell phone may just be the most influential. When our dads hit the Big 5-0, asking for a new phone for their birthdays would have been a pretty expensive request, considering that the cost for a good bag phone was around $800. And then, our dads had to be willing to pay $49 a month for a measly 30 minutes of usage. In addition to the cost, bag phones were never really seen by our parents as a

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15 Ways to Make it Feel Like Fall in Texas

Oh, how I love the fall.  Once you've endured a hot Texas summer and worn the elastic out of everyone's swimsuits, it's time to make the smooth and velvety transition into the cooler temperatures and warmer colors of fall. However ... The season of changing leaves and everything pumpkin, for the greatest part of our Texas land mass, is still pretty dadgum hot until about November. Hence, the yearly dilemma. Cuchara Valley, Colorado - by Jeff Stovall  How do you get that lovin' fall feelin' when the temperature is

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50 Fabulous Ways to Celebrate the BIG 5-0 in Austin

 Welcome to the Fabulous 50's, my friend!  How are you feeling about your big 5-0? Are you giving yourself some pats on the back for getting out of bed and smiling - with Every Breath You Take? Or are you finding your Down Under to be a little stiff, making you feel a little like Mr. Roboto? Say it Isn't So! Well, You Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' before you have a Total Eclipse of the Heart, so Jump out from under your knitted afghan, because If This is It, and you're really 50, there's going to be some Dancin' in the

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A Full List of Fall Home Tours

HAPPY TEXAS FALL, Y'ALL!  While it's not, by the calendar, technically FALL for a few more days, it's close enough for you and me, isn't it?

We start getting ready for a pumpkin spice latte just about now, right? And football - and leaves changing from green to burnt orange - and being wrapped in a blanket on a cool morning - and - well, you know - just all things FALL!

Back in the panhandle where I'm from, the leaves are changing and blowing right off the trees about now, but the hearts

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An Anniversary Weekend in Johnson City, Texas

Happy anniversary to us!  There are about a jillion ways to celebrate an anniversary in the Texas hill country, but before we moved to Austin, I didn't really know what they were. Now, after a whole bunch of anniversary celebrations in fascinating parts elsewhere around the country, we are finding that the only places we really want to go are the ones to which we haven't been - right here in our own big ol' Texas backyard. So, this anniversary, we explored the tiny little hill country town of Johnson City, where we discovered

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