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Girlfriends Fixer Upper Trip to Waco, TX

Girlfriends Fixer Upper Trip to Waco, TX

Fans of the TV show, Fixer Upper, will recognize The Silos at Magnolia in Waco, TX. My girlfriends and I went to Waco, TX for a couple of days this past summer to experience everything Fixer Upper. Lori did a fabulous job of planning our adventure and,...

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Vacation on Hilton Head Island

Vacation on Hilton Head Island

In January, Izzie and I vacationed on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for a couple of weeks. We drove 1145 miles across east Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia through rain and a little sleet and snow. As we travelled to and from South Carolina,...

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Trip to Big Bend

Trip to Big Bend

Last week, my sister, Tami, and brother in law, Mike, and I took a road trip to Big Bend in west Texas. I’ve included links so you can read more about the places we visited. Day 1 – After leaving Izzie at the Canine Country Inn, we headed out on our trip...

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Dog Statues in Chicago

Dog Statues in Chicago

As my niece, Sarah, and I walked along Michigan Avenue in Chicago, we passed by colorful statues of German Shepherd Dogs. The dog statues were part of the Chicago “K9s for Cops” campaign. Local artists designed the 54 inch tall fiberglass statues, while...

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Walk through Lincoln Park in Chicago

Walk through Lincoln Park in Chicago

Hello, Fall. Usually the changing seasons brings a change in the weather. But, here in north Texas, the temperatures are still in the 90s. Next week, forecasters are calling for cooler temps which will signal that fall is finally here. Fall, also, is the...

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Girlfriends Asian Tour

Girlfriends Asian Tour

The other day, some of my girlfriends and I travelled to Japan for lunch then hopped over to Thailand and India to do some sightseeing before returning to Texas. Our Girlfriends Asian Tour was fabulous and very enlightening. My friends, Lori, MaryAnn, Sue, and Karen,...

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My Quick Trip to Iowa

My Quick Trip to Iowa

I’m an Iowa girl living in Texas. At least once a year, I travel back to Iowa to visit my family. This year, I flew into Sioux City to spend a few days with my sister, Tara, and her husband, Mark. Let me share a few photos from my quick trip to Iowa. As we flew over...

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A Day at Lake Okoboji

A Day at Lake Okoboji

I'm in Sioux City, Iowa this week visiting my sister, Tara. We, along with her husband, Mark, went to Lake Okoboji for a day. We shopped at The Central Emporium and the Barn Swallow, then headed to Park's Marina. Their boat was docked and ready for us to hop into for...

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The Texas Book Festival 2016

The Texas Book Festival 2016

In the fall of 2016, my sister, Tami, and I, attended The Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas. First Lady Laura Bush, who is a former librarian, co-founded the book festival in 1995 when she was the First Lady of Texas. The festival has become one of the country’s...

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