Earth Day Celebrations in Texas for 2014

Earth Day Celebrations in Texas for 2014

Earth Day is on Tuesday, April 22, and cities throughout Texas are celebrating during the month of April. In short, Earth Day is a worldwide event designed to demonstrate united support for environmental protection. So join in the festivities and support Mother Earth by expanding your environmental awareness and having fun while doing it. Here are some of the larger Earth Day Celebrations happening in Texas. Austin Earth Day Festival 2014 It’s a day for Austin to “rally for the Earth while celebrating our diversity of Austin culture.” Celebrate Earth Day in Austin with live music, exhibits, a kids zone,…

6 Popular Easter Egg Hunts Across Texas

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When I think of Easter, the first thing that comes to mind is the classic “Easter Egg Hunt.” Whether it’s the thrill of “the hunt” or the mystery of what’s inside the eggs, Easter Egg Hunts seem to bring so much joy and excitement to kids and adults alike. With Easter this weekend, there will be many Easter Egg Hunts happening in communities and churches. Here are 6 popular Easter egg hunts across our great state of Texas. Coppell Don’t miss the City of Coppell’s Annual EGGstravaganza at Wagon Wheel Park. In addition to the big Easter Egg Hunt, there…

3 Gifts to Buy Your Favorite Texan with Your Tax Return

3 Gifts to Buy Your Favorite Texan with Your Tax Return

Tax Day is here! With any luck, you actually received a little rebate from the government for the taxes you paid in 2013. Many of us use this money to purchase a gift or trip that we wouldn’t usually buy. This year, why don’t you use some of your tax return money to spoil a Texan in your life? Here are a few ideas with a distinctly Texan flair. 1) “Let me root, root, root for the home team!” There is a small span of time in Texas when the weather is not scorching hot, and luckily it coincides nicely with…

Get Ready for the Texas Summer with a Tuneup for your HVAC System

Get Ready for the Texas Summer with a Tuneup for your HVAC System

It’s April! Spring has sprung! Trees are budding, birds are nesting,  and flowers are bursting into pink and yellow blooms. Warm, pleasant days in the upper 70′s and lower 80′s make it perfect weather for opening windows and airing out your home. No need to run the furnace, and no need to run the air conditioner. Yet… By now, you’ve noticed the building humidity and the lengthening days means summer is coming with all that Texas heat. Is your HVAC system ready to handle it this year? After all, your outside unit suffered through a longer and colder winter than…

5 Tips for Enjoying Baseball in Texas

5 Tips for Enjoying Baseball in Texas

While football might dominate our current sports landscape (especially here in Texas), there are plenty of us in the Lone Star State who love baseball. After all, the game remains “America’s Pastime” – no matter what television ratings and merchandise sales tell you. Since today marks Opening Day 2014, we wanted to share our 5 favorite tips for enjoying baseball in Texas. And don’t worry: we won’t recommend that you purchase season tickets for the Houston Astros (no matter how inexpensive the packages might be). It’s a Big State. As the 2nd biggest state in America, our wide open spaces…

Learn about Texas Wildflowers in Spring

Learn about Texas Wildflowers in Spring

“Native plants give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours.” –Lady Bird Johnson When my family and I first moved to Texas, it was in the dull, brown winter. You can imagine our surprise when spring rolled around and various flowers started sprouting up in the oddest places. We were even more surprised of the carloads of people rushing to park on sides of highways. Surely they weren’t stopping on a side of a highway to take a family photo? Having spent more than a decade in Texas now, families stopping on the side…

Prepare Your Home for the Texas Summer Heat in Springtime

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Not only is spring the time to get your garden ready for summer, it’s also the time to prepare your home for hot Texas weather. While some folks believe all they need to do is turn on the trusty air conditioner, we want to recommend a few ways you can prepare your home for the Texas summer heat in the springtime. Check over these areas of your house before the expensive cooling season starts. 1) Your Air Conditioner.  First, examine your air conditioner’s outside heat-exchanger for loose connections, excessive corrosion (often from pets), or debris. Before turning the system on,…

3 Tips for Planting Your Texas Garden this Spring

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While most of the country anxiously waits for spring, warm weather is already here in Texas. Most Texas gardeners have their favorite food crop seedlings already started indoors and are getting ready to start setting out their cool-temperature-tolerant plants. While having those seedlings ready to transplant is important, you also need to take time to prepare the soil before planting your Texas garden. Don’t Treat Your Soil Like Dirt Knowing more about your soil can save you time and money. Texas has 15 major land resource areas, and each one has a specific type of soil, vegetation, climate, and topography.…

Get a Head Start on Spring Cleaning when You Choose First Choice Power!

Get a Head Start on Spring Cleaning when You Choose First Choice Power!

Hey there, Texas! Thankfully, it looks like that most of those cold temperatures are finally behind us. Winter lasted a bit too long this year, at least according to THIS born-and-raised Texan. So, to celebrate the arrival of spring in the Lone Star State, we’re giving you the chance to get a head start on your Spring Cleaning efforts! When you sign up online with First Choice Power between March 14th and 24th, 2014, we’ll send you a $25 Walmart gift card to help with the purchase of your cleaning supplies. You just need to choose a fixed-rate plan that’s…

5 Inexpensive Day Trips in East Texas for Spring Break

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While children and teachers count down the days until Spring Break, many parents don’t share their same eagerness about this fun-filled time off. Children typically have their breaks mapped out, but since most of their plans can be completed in one short day, this leaves them uttering the long drawn-out whine of “I’m so bored!” Instead of zoning out with electronics, try one of these 5 inexpensive day trips in East Texas to help breakup the boredom before it has a chance to ruin everyone’s Spring Break. Nacogdoches, TX  Known as the oldest town in Texas, Nacogdoches founded in 1779,…