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,…

3 Texas Beach Trips for Spring Break

3 Texas Beach Trips for Spring Break

Spring Break season is upon us, and for many families, this means trips – more specifically, beach trips. Beautiful beach destinations like Mexico, Florida, and the Caribbean are popular locations for Spring Break trips for a reason; however, Texas beaches have much to offer as well and are a whole lot cheaper. So this Spring Break, save money and take your family on one of these Texas beach trips and enjoy the sun, sand, and ocean. Galveston Island While it’s not the prettiest of beaches, Galveston Island has the most to offer in terms of activities and attractions on and…

Happy Texas Independence Day from First Choice Power!

Happy Texas Independence Day from First Choice Power!

Tomorrow is a very important day for all of Texas. March 2nd marks the day that the Republic of Texas formally declared its independence “…from Mexico in the Texas Revolution. It was adopted at the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 1836, and formally signed the following day.” (Wikipedia) In addition to celebrating Texas Independence Day, March 2nd also marks two other special days – Texas Flag Day and Sam Houston Day, though these are special observances not legal holidays. (timeanddate.com) Texas Independence Day is celebrated in cities across the Lone Star State through festivals, re-enactments, activities and…

Support the Troops from Texas on Texas Independence Day!

Support the Troops from Texas on Texas Independence Day!

This Sunday, Texas will celebrate the 178th anniversary of its independence over Mexico. On Texas Independence Day, we remember the efforts and sacrifices of the men who fought so valiantly against the arms of General Santa Ana. While we should certainly commemorate the victory that General Sam Houston wrought in the Battle of San Jacinto, it’s also a day to remember The Alamo, Goliad, and other key battles in the Texas War for Independence in 1836. In this same spirit, First Choice Power wants to honor the people serving in the US Armed Forces. For every new customer that signs…

Upcoming Green Community Events in Texas for Spring 2014

Upcoming Green Community Events in Texas for Spring 2014

In spite of what you may think, green is a color that suits Texas well.  Everyday, somewhere in Texas, there is at least one green meeting, class, expo, conference, or volunteer opportunity.  When I decided to capture a snapshot of upcoming green community events in Texas, I have to say that I was overwhelmed with the challenge of sorting through the cornucopia of Texas green events scattered across the web. Thankfully, I was able to distill the voluminous calendars into a list of some of the largest green events upcoming in the next few months.  At the end of this…

Celebrating Mardi Gras in Texas

Celebrating Mardi Gras in Texas

For many, Mardi Gras is the time for partying and parades (among other things). It’s the last day of the Carnival season and always falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. So, “Fat Tuesday” represents the last opportunity for people to let loose before the 40 days of Lent begins. According to Wikipedia: “Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition, as it is associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins.…

Texas and the Presidents of the United States: A History

Texas and the Presidents of the United States: A History

Happy Presidents’ Day from First Choice Power! Today is the day to celebrate all U.S. presidents and everything that they have done for this country. Although popularly called Presidents’ Day, the holiday is designed to honor the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Presidents’ Day  originated as a celebration for George Washington’s birthday since he was the first President. Congress later moved the celebration (and a number of other federal holidays) to a Monday to provide workers with a number of long weekends. It then proposed to change the name to Presidents’ Day to honor both Washington and Lincoln’s…

3 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Texas Style

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The Lone Star State is known for many things – horses, boots, big hair and big hearts (just to name a few). These generalizations even apply to holidays. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, here are some ways to celebrate the day – Texas Style. 1) For many Texans, beef is the meat of choice for a Valentine’s dinner, much less any dinner. So, grab your boots and your date and head for a Texas-sized steak dinner. Depending on your budget you can go the cheaper route – barbecue! – or if you have money to burn, choose a fine-dining steakhouse.…

5 Fun Texas Road Trip Destinations for Valentine’s Day Weekend

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This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday, which means it’s the perfect time to turn Valentine’s Day into a weekend-long celebration. Since Texas offers so many fun weekend road trip options, why not choose one that would be fun and romantic for a perfect Valentine’s Day weekend? Here are five ideas for fun Texas road trip destinations for Valentine’s Day weekend. Fredericksburg - This is the perfect place for fun and romance. Tucked away in the Texas Hill Country in a romantic B&B, this city provides a beautiful and serene setting. With activities like shopping on Main Street, tasting wine…

6 Glamorous Texas Restaurants where You can Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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Over the past few years, the great state of Texas has become home to some of the hottest restaurants in the U.S. With two James Beard nominations just in 2013 and countless renowned restaurants, Texas has finally earned its spot on the “foodie” map. So with Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the “Day of Love” at one of these hot-spots. Here are six glamorous restaurants in Texas to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day (in no particular order). Houston Tony’s This is the ultimate glamorous, “see-and-be-seen” restaurant in Houston. Opened in 1965, Tony’s is an…