8 Great Spring Break Road Trips Across Texas

8 Great Spring Break Road Trips Across Texas

If you want to plan a fun Spring Break trip for your family, but expensive airfare costs stop you, then a great Texas road trip may be the perfect option! Texas  has a million of different activities to take advantage of – as long as you don’t mind driving a bit. From watching stingrays and dolphins in Corpus Christi to hitting the rapids in Big Bend, here are eight ideas to consider for your next Spring Break road trip across Texas. 1) Austin  This is THE hot spot for many music lovers as it hosts the annual SXSW (South By…

9 Easy Energy Saving Tips for Active Duty Military Personnel

9 Easy Energy Saving Tips for Active Duty Military Personnel

More Texas military families live in privatized housing than ever before. The unpredictable Texas weather makes it difficult to keep home energy consumption within the approved Utility Allowance for a given home type. To help ease your frustration, we’ve collected nine things you can do to reduce your energy use – and maybe even get some money back. 1) Save on Heat and Cooling When your family heads out during the day, set back your thermostat for heat to 64°F (or 80°F when the air conditioner is running). Simply put: there’s no reason to heat or cool an unoccupied house.…

Celebrate President’s Day with Fun Facts about Presidents from Texas

Celebrate President

Out of the 44 US Presidents who have led our great nation, three of them have called Texas their home. George W. Bush (the 43rd President), his father, George H.W. Bush (the 41st President), and Lyndon Johnson (the 36th president). Of course, technically if you count Dwight D. Eisenhower who was born in Denison, Grayson County (1890), there have been four of them. But two years after his birth, the Eisenhower family moved back Abilene, Kansas, and that’s the place “Ike” considered his home town. In honor of President’s Day, we’d like to point out some fun or little known…

Top Fine Dining Restaurant Destinations for Valentine’s Day across Texas

Top Fine Dining Restaurant Destinations for Valentine’s Day across Texas

One of the things I love most about Texas is the sheer number of fantastic restaurants around the state. From BBQ to Tex-Mex and from casual to fancy, Texas has restaurants to suit everyone’s needs. Now that Valentine’s Day is almost here, you may be searching for just the right restaurant among all the available options. To help with your quest, here are some of the top fine dining destinations for Valentine’s Day across Texas. Houston  Tonys  This is a Houston classic for fine dining, as it’s been a city icon since its inception in 1965. Order off the regular…

Rodeo Time is Here! Your 2015 Texas Rodeo Roundup

Rodeo Time is Here! Your 2015 Texas Rodeo Roundup

It’s rodeo time again here in the great state of Texas and we couldn’t be any more excited! With bull riding, calf roping, and carnivals (oh my!), the Texas rodeo scene is chock-full of activities and events to entertain people of all ages. So dust off your boots, break out your cowboy hat, and get ready for the Texas Rodeo season. Though rodeos often take place in almost every Texas town, here are some of the main rodeos happening this year in our 2015 Texas Rodeo Roundup. Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo – January 16 – February 7, 2015 …

Powering the Lone Star State: the Energy Outlook for Texas in 2015

Powering the Lone Star State: the Energy Outlook for Texas in 2015

Now that it’s midway through Winter 2015, many people wonder what the coming summer will be like. In particular, “How hot it will get, and what does this mean for electricity in my Texas community.” Well, back in December 2014, the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) released its energy usage forcast for this coming year (and beyond). The good news is that the report states that there is plenty of capacity to meet demand during Summer 2015. However, there are still a few problems that could complicate service in parts of some cities. And if you’re living in one…

Loving the Cheap Gas? Try Out These 3 Long-Distance Texas Road Trips

Loving the Cheap Gas? Try Out These 3 Long-Distance Texas Road Trips

Retail gas prices across the Lone Star state continue to drop.  According to GasBuddy’s daily survey of over 13,000 gas outlets in Texas, the average cost at the pump dropped 6.2 cents per gallon to settle at $1.87 per gallon. Except for a few months in 2008, gas hasn’t been this inexpensive in the states in 10 years, as gas prices have decreased close to 60 percent since late June. The lower-than-usual price of gasoline makes this an ideal time to take a road trip. We even shared a list of fun road trips last week that you should take…

Take Advantage of Low Gas Prices This Spring with These 5 Texas Road Trips

Take Advantage of Low Gas Prices with These 5 Texas Road Trips

With gas prices below $2.00 per gallon for the first time this decade, now is the perfect time to take a Texas road trip. But if you’re struggling with ideas for places to go, we’ve come up with a few great destinations you and the family can enjoy over the next few months. 1) Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Bust out the western wear to celebrate the 119th year of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Held this year from January 16th to February 7th at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, this Cowtown event is worth the drive.  At…

A Yankee Speaks to Texans: 6 Tips for Surviving Winter Weather

A Yankee Speaks to Texans: 6 Tips for Surviving Winter Weather

Having been a Yankee for most of my life, I’ll be the first one to say that winters in Texas are amazing, usually. Over the last 5 years of living in the Lone Star State, I’ve experienced such joys as short sleeves in January and springtime weather coming on before Easter. Given that this winter has been colder than most, I thought I’d bring some northern winter wisdom to this unusually chilly Texas winter. I remember my first few days in Texas: it was January of 2010 and the massive winter storm that hit the East Coast had dropped 9” of…

Become More Money-Savvy in 2015 with These 4 New Year’s Resolutions

Become More Money-Savvy in 2015 with These 4  New Year’s Resolutions

Towards the end of 2014, many of us started to think of New Year’s resolutions. It’s exciting to think about the upcoming year and the changes you’d like to make. But the novelty soon wears off, and it’s easy to go back to our old ways – a feeling I’m all too familiar with. It can be disappointing to fall off the wagon just one day and miss our goal – which makes it easier to miss the following day, and the following, until it all unravels and we decide next year will be different. A common New Year’s resolution…