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Beyond the Grand Canyon: Awesome Places to Visit in the Southwest

    In Europe, it’s not uncommon for someone to leave their home on a Friday for a weekend trip that includes crossing international borders. For much of the EU, a few hours drive or train ride will land you in another country—or perhaps a few countries over. In the United States, that same scenario … Continue reading “Beyond the Grand Canyon: Awesome Places to Visit in the Southwest”

#Adulting: Landscaping for People Who Kill Everything

    There’s usually no defining moment that stands out as “The Day I Learned to Landscape” so it’s typically long and arduous process filled with errors, aha! moments, and usually a handful of dead plants. When you first buy your home it’s easy to envision how it will look with window boxes filled with … Continue reading “#Adulting: Landscaping for People Who Kill Everything”

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Home Field Advantage: The Best MLB Cities in the US

    America’s favorite pastime officially kicks off the 2018 season today with all 30 teams playing on the same day–for the first time in 50 years! While other major league sports have relatively short seasons, basketball and hockey each have 82 games in the regular season. While the NFL has a paltry 16 per … Continue reading “Home Field Advantage: The Best MLB Cities in the US”

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#Adulting: Get your house together in 10 minutes or less

    Most of us also remember as kids how we used to laugh and roll our eyes at our mom when she suddenly became a hurricane flurry of sweeping and mopping because “We have COMPANY COMING!” as if the Queen herself was about to show up at our door or our guests would really … Continue reading “#Adulting: Get your house together in 10 minutes or less”

Shenanigans Galore! Where to have the best St. Patrick’s Day EVER!

    Only 11% of US residents claim Irish ancestry (the second highest motherland after Germany), but on St. Patrick’s Day everyone’s Irish! Whether you’re planning to celebrate with some corned beef and cabbage or a pint of Guinness, there are plenty of ways sham-rock this St. Paddy’s Day! Looking for the best place to … Continue reading “Shenanigans Galore! Where to have the best St. Patrick’s Day EVER!”

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5 Easy Tips for Instagram-worthy Beach Pics

  Close your eyes and imagine a beach. You’re almost undoubtedly thinking about a sunny day, soft sand, and water in some shade of blue. It’s so easy to picture the perfect beach day that it’s almost easy to forget how difficult those memories are to turn into good photos. What you see and remember … Continue reading “5 Easy Tips for Instagram-worthy Beach Pics”

A 25 foot tall house of cards and other crazy records held by Texas

  From beauty queens (the most Miss USA titleholders) to chili con carne dreams (4,800lb–the world’s largest serving!), it really does seem that everything is bigger in Texas. Check out some of the other Guinness World Records set by Texans!     Largest Frito Pie Snackmaker Frito-Lay calls Plano, Texas home so it’s no surprise … Continue reading “A 25 foot tall house of cards and other crazy records held by Texas”

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Valentine’s Babies: Are the Southern States the Most Romantic?

    This Valentine’s Day, love is in the air, but apparently some states get a little more of the lovin’ feeling than others! From 2007-2015 there were 3,978,497 babies born in the United States with about 8% of them born in November—9 months after Valentine’s Day. To figure out where the love bug bites … Continue reading “Valentine’s Babies: Are the Southern States the Most Romantic?”

Sip on something awesome: Coffees of the Caribbean

  “Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.” -Edward Abbey   While Americans have enjoyed coffee from airtight tins since the early 1900s, many have not experienced the joy of truly fresh coffee. In 1907, 97% of the world’s coffee came from Brazil, but today many countries, from … Continue reading “Sip on something awesome: Coffees of the Caribbean”