Ready for the Fourth of July? Observe These Texas Firework Laws and Safety Tips

Ready for the Fourth of July? Observe These Texas Firework Laws and Safety Tips

Without a doubt, fireworks are fun and important part of any Fourth of July celebration, but it’s important to pay attention to safety and the law if you want to avoid serious injury (and maybe a trip to jail). The Basics First, let’s talk about a few rules for fireworks here in Texas.  First, be aware that, while state laws for fireworks are a good place to start, individual towns and cities often have more restrictive than those of the state.  That being said, here are a few key guidelines to help you enjoy your Independence Day: Bottle rockets are banned. …

What’s Happening at Blue Bell? An Investigative Report

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Heidi looked at me with desperate, pleading eyes. “Is it gone forever? Is it coming back?” Suddenly, she pounded her desk with both fists. “WHEN CAN WE ENJOY THE SWEET, SWEET TASTE OF BLUE BELL AGAIN?” I replied calmly, “I’ll figure this out for you, Heidi. I promise.” What’s Happening at Blue Bell? For some Texans, Blue Bell ice cream is the very essence of life itself. The Brenham-based ice cream maker has been churning out its wholesome frozen confections for 108 years. But this past March, five people developed listeria in Kansas after eating an ice cream product called “Scoops”…

Seven Tips to Make Renting More Energy Efficient

Seven Tips to Make Renting More Energy Efficient

Renting a house or an apartment in Texas is often a double-edged sword. On one hand, you usually don’t have to worry about maintaining the appliances and the air conditioner because that headache belongs to your landlord. On the other hand, you usually can’t do anything about improving the inefficient appliances and air conditioner, which can cost you a bundle to run because they belong to your landlord. Thankfully, there are seven ways you can use energy smartly enough in your rented home that can reduce your energy usage and could potentially lower your monthly energy bill. They’re easy and inexpensive…

Rangers and Astros Update for June 2015

Rangers and Astros Update for June 2015

While the Houston Astros continue to hold onto the top spot in the American League West, the Texas Rangers gained a ton of steam in the last month. They now sit in second place and trail the ‘Stros by 3.5 games – quite a feat given they were sitting in last place about a month ago. The two Texas teams last met in early May, when the Rangers put a halt on a big Astros winning streak by sweeping them in 3 games. The next meeting between the two clubs is in Houston on July 17-19th. The positive push out…

Ten Top Wineries and Breweries in Texas

Ten Top Wineries and Breweries in Texas

Texas has become a major contender in the food arena over the past few years, as up-and-coming chefs make their names in a diverse range of restaurants and cuisines. The Lone Star State is also getting recognition for its beer and wine production. If you haven’t made your way to some of the wineries and breweries across our great state, then now is the time! To get you started, let’s check out ten of the top wineries and breweries in Texas. Wineries In my opinion, the Texas Hill Country wine trails represent the top destination in Texas for wine. Deemed the “Wine…

Moving to Texas? Four Tips to Help Understand the Lone Star State

Moving to Texas? Four Tips to Help Understand the Lone Star State

Over the recent years, Texas has experienced quite an influx of people moving to this great state – mainly due to jobs and affordable housing. In fact, just from July 2012 to June 2013, Texas gained over 387,000 new residents (politifact.com)! If you find yourself moving to Texas in the near future, here are some things you should know to help you with the transition. 1) There’s More to Texas than Meets the Eye First and foremost, it’s important to know that Texas offers more than the stereotypical cowboys, cattle, and oil wells. While many small towns across the state…

Six Creative Gifts for the Texan Dad on Father’s Day

Six Creative Gifts for the Texan Dad on Father

Warning! Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 21st! For those of you who forgot or are still in search of that perfect gift for your Texan dad, look no further than these great ideas. 1) Engravable Golf Marker Many Texas dads love to play golf, so what better way to add some style to his next golf outing by giving him this cool silver golf marker from James Avery ($69.00). You can add a personal touch by engraving his initials or a special message on it. 2) Sony Walkman Sports MP3 Player With the hot Texas summers, swimming can be a great…

Our Top Four Places to Camp in Texas

Our Top Four Places to Camp in Texas

Our massive, gorgeous state contains a diversity of ecosystems – from deserts and piney forests, to rivers and mountains. Just thinking about how much great camping exists in Texas gets me in the mood to create a new “To-Bring” list and start sweeping out the tent! No matter which outdoor activity calls you, our state and national parks have it. You may need to drive 10 hours to get there, but hey, think of the beauty (and all those great small town Texas BBQ shacks) you’ll see along the way. 1) Big Bend National Park – This national park is the…

Top 7 Bands to See This Weekend at Free Press Summer Fest 2015

Top 7 Bands to See This Weekend at Free Press Summer Fest 2015

Despite the obstacles Mother Nature has thrown at Texas the past couple of weeks, the long-awaited Free Press Summer Fest (FPSF) is back for its seventh year with a new location and bigger acts. The two-day music festival, now held at the NRG Park, will showcase big names such as Skrillex, R. Kelly, Belle and Sebastian, Weezer, Tears for Fears, and many more. Given FPSF’s long lineup of 74 vastly different acts, choosing which ones to see will probably be the hardest decision fans make this weekend. To help those who are still losing sleep over which acts to see,…

How to Thank the Military, Ideas for Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is a special time to think about the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country and for our freedom. Often times I think the true reason behind Memorial Day gets over shadowed by BBQ’s and other festivities, and we tend to lose sight of the true importance of the day. This Memorial Day, lets take time to remember our fallen soldiers and thank those men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day.  Here are some ideas on how to thank the military this Memorial Day. Fly an American Flag. …