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Pantone’s 2013 color of the year is (drumroll please)… Emerald!

The world authority on all things color oriented in design has released 2013’s official color of the year. This year it’s emerald; rich, lush and waiting in the ranks to add a fresh pop to your home. As usual, you don’t need to go buy an emerald couch to appreciate this jungle-esque shade. Apparently green [...]

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Staying motivated through the chilly winter months

Once the weather cooled off to our nice warm-but-not-hot autumn temps, it was really easy to get your butt back in gear to get outside and exercise. Then it starts to get chilly and the days get shorter, which can put a damper your activity routine and it can start to see a bit of [...]

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Day trippin’: Go out West

Whoever thought driving south from Dallas would get you to West Texas? Actually, it gets you to West, Texas. About a 90-minute drive south on I-35 from Dallas will land you in a quaint little town of Czech heritage called West. In the late 1800’s, Czech immigrants came to southern North Texas for the same [...]

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Five reasons why steak houses are overrated

As a resident of the great state of Texas it’s not uncommon to overhear a conversation to the tune of, “Where was your best steak?” Come on, people; don’t be stupid. There really aren’t that many nuances to a lightly seasoned hunk of meat. If it’s corn fed, it will be well marbled and if [...]

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Give a post-Christmas gift to future you

As the holidays wind down and the Christmas hangover sets in, it’s really easy to get a little lazy when it comes to putting away all your decorations. Cut to 12 months in the future and all you have is a tangled ball of half-working Christmas lights mixed in with probably some broken ornaments. Give [...]

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Using the turn of the year to help kick start your house projects

Along with the New Year’s resolutions we almost always fail to achieve, the changing of December to January also tends to get us motivated for some serious cleaning, organization and general getting your place in order (and crossing your fingers it will stay that way). Unfortunately, much like the infamous resolution, the newfound motivation to [...]

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What to do with the pile of gifts you don’t really want

Despite the crazy stress everyone goes through thinking of gifts for people, we all end up with things at the end of the day that don’t quite suit us (to put it nicely) yet wasn’t gifted with a receipt. It can be quite a conundrum; you feel kind of bad chunking somebody’s gift yet don’t [...]

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Don’t wait until spring to get your home in tip top shape

Everybody does a big “spring clean” once a year (or at least, we mean to). It’s traditionally that top-to-bottom cleaning done after lots of dust has settled from staying indoors during the winter. Here in the south, however, we actually probably stay indoors more during the heat of the summer rather than during our typically [...]

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Getting organized in the New Year? Start with desktop clutter

Stop me if this has never happened to you. You download something, save it to the desktop for quick and easy access, then find yourself minimizing all the windows and staring at all the little icons that have cluttered up your desktop and can’t find what it is you need. Not so quick and easy, [...]

To resolute or not to resolute, that is the question

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To resolute or not to resolute, that is the question

Oh, the dreaded New Year’s resolution. Many people make one every year, only to fail (often within weeks) to that one little monster: will power. The health clubs did not invent this annual attempt at self-improvement; they are merely riding on the coattails of past civilizations and religious traditions. From the Babylonians to the Catholics [...]

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A tip or two learned from micro-living

While DFW is quite spacious and can urban sprawl all the way from Oklahoma to Waco if it wants to, many major cities, like San Francisco and New York are bound by nature yet still growing despite no more actual room for growth. Finding a place to rent in these overcrowded metropolises can be harrowing, [...]

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So, what to do with all that wild game?

Now that all the Christmas stuff is over we can focus on what really matters: hunting. After all, this is Texas, and Texans like to hunt. If you live here long enough some venison will eventually find its way into your freezer by way of a hunter-friend that, come January, had an excellent season and/or [...]

4 Points for taking better vacation photos in a snap

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4 Points for taking better vacation photos in a snap

Just because photography ain’t your thang doesn’t mean you should settle for horrible vacation photos. How else will all your Facebook friends “ooh” and “ahh” over your backpacking trip around Europe? Even a halfway decent point and shoot can deliver stunning (or at least near-stunning) photos; all you need to do is follow a few [...]

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How to throw a smashing bash on NYE

Throwing your own New Year’s Eve party can be a lot of fun and a much cheaper (not to mention safer) way to celebrate the New Year. Here are a few tips to make sure your house party as just as fun as the ones downtown:   The invite: Send an invitation to more people [...]

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Make a quick holiday getaway to ATX

Getting out of town for a few days is a great way to unwind from holiday stresses, burn those vacay days that don’t carry over or avoid overbearing family members. Dallas doesn’t have a lot to choose from when it comes to quick weekend or long weekend getaways (think mostly south). While we aren’t really [...]

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Don’t get stuck with a pile of dishes. Dine out this Christmas

There’s nothing better on Christmas than a home cooked meal with all that yummy Christmas food. Except that when you’re the one doing the cooking it’s quite a bit of work, both before and after the meal; never mind any lackluster culinary prowess. Luckily dining out for the holidays is a growing trend that will [...]

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Getting into the Christmas spirit when the weather refuses to cooperate

Yes, we all know that New York and Chicago get their panties in a wad when it’s not cold enough leading up to Christmas and they feel like it affects retail sales. Boo-effing-hoo. Those of us that live in warmer climates have to bring our own spirit to the holiday season, because baby, it’s warm [...]

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On gifting, consumerism and becoming a SPUG

The best part of Christmas as a little kid is waking up and seeing all those brightly wrapped packages under the tree in the morning, only to rip into them after weeks of anticipation. For the rest of us, however, it’s gotten a little…. annoying. Why do we have to give Christmas gifts anyway? Shouldn’t [...]

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Your green guide to wrapping

Holiday wrapping paper is such a nuisance. It’s so expensive and never seems to make it through a whole year in the close unscathed. It seems so useless, too, to buy all this new paper when we have so much old paper just lying around. Go with green wrapping this year, if not in color [...]

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Tips and tricks for hosting a holiday and enjoying it too

Oftentimes when you’re the host of your family’s holiday get together, you end up spending so much time in the kitchen and offering drinks that you end up not being able to relax and enjoy the time with your family. Here are a few tips to help the cooking go swiftly and smoothly to help [...]