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Texas Schools Triple Recess Time to Help Kids Concentrate

To perform better in school, maybe kids need less time in the classroom.

Some Texas schools are gaining attention for tripling the recess time for students, and we're waiting to see if this growing trend catches on in East Texas.

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East Texas is Full of Outdoor Activities for the Kids

If your brood is anything like mine, the first thing the kids do when they walk in the door after school is grab the iPad or the Kindle. Spring is here, kids!  East Texas has plenty of things to do outside, and we're leavin' the house.  Here are just a few ideas.

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Curious? This is the Most Common Last Name in Lufkin.

Most people seem to think the most common last name in America is Smith.  That holds true in Angelina County, but there is a different name that tops the list in Nacogdoches County.  And does your name make the most-common list?

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These Are the Quirkiest Baby Names in Texas

Texans can come up with some goodies!  Just look at any kindergarten class list, and high five yourself for stamping your kids with some unique, cool, and creative names.

A new list is out, and please share your thoughts.  Are the quirkiest baby names in Texas really that quirky?

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Lufkin Lovebirds Can Enjoy Heart-Shaped Pizzas for Valentine’s Day

The actual heart shape might not last longer than a minute or two because you'll want to tear into it, but there are are few spots in Lufkin that will offer heart-shaped pizzas for Valentine's Day.  Here's where you can get 'em.

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How Do You Talk to the Kids When the Dog is Dying?

This is the worst part of pet ownership.  We've learned that Harry has major health issues and he's in noticeable pain, and we're faced with that big decision that no dog owner wants to make.  How do you talk to the kids about what's coming?

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Is It Stuffing or Dressing? [POLL]

What do you call that side dish made of cubed bread, chicken broth, and maybe some celery and sausage?

See what other people think about what's right and wrong, and then cast your vote to settle this once and for all.

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Three Reasons Christmas Should Start Before Thanksgiving

It's mean to withhold the magic of Christmas from the kids, and I just couldn't do it any longer. Lights on, tree up.

And I've discovered three big reasons besides these girls, why Christmas should always start before Thanksgiving.

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My Halloween Decorations Won’t Win Any Contest

Good luck today with your office cubicle decorating contest.  You are rockin' those cob webs.

I have failed my children with my lack of Halloween decorations, so my 6-year old decided to take matters into her own hands and make something festive on her own.  And then the sprinkler system hit it.

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East Texas Pumpkin Patches Are Getting Ready for Visitors

The pumpkin spice lattes are out, so we know the actual pumpkins are not far behind.  East Texas will have plenty of great pumpkin patches up and running this fall, and we've got the first look.

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No Homework All Year For These Texas Students

A Texas teacher is getting a lot of attention for a "no homework" policy that she says she's planning to stick to all year long.

She wants kids to play outside, have dinner with family, and get to bed early instead of burying noses in the books at home.  Think it'll catch on?

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Texas Lakes Are Calling: Free Fishing Day

There's a day coming up that gives us all the chance to fish without worrying about pay the license fee.  Even if we don't catch anything, it's still a great opportunity to relax by the water, have some cold beverages, and eat snacks.  And the Texas lakes will be full and ready after all this rain. 

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