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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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Do You Owe A Dead Person An Apology?

I do.  I hope my hilarious and talented Aunt Jane in heaven heard me tell her how sorry I was for this, and I hope she sees how I've tried to make amends.

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Need Help Handling Awkward Gift-Opening Moments? Here You Go.

Aunts are the worst Christmas gift-givers, according to a survey.  But there are probably plenty of others in our circle of family and friends that can contribute to awkward gift-related moments!  What to do, what to do.  Here are some face-saving ideas.

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It’s Okay to Pig Out On Thanksgiving

Like we need encouragement to eat a lot on Thanksgiving.  Bring on the 3500-calorie meal!

But just in case you need a little nudge, one diet expert offers some thoughts to help justify the over-eating.

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Did You Name Your Cat After Booze?

Some of the top cat-naming trends include names that could double as kid names, and other popular cat names reference alcohol.  

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Do Your Kids Get Messed Up By the Time Change?

We've got to spring forward one hour this weekend, and that has a tendency to mess up family life.

The experts have some advice for parents on how to help kids deal with the beginning of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday.

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Impress Your Family With These Oreo Balls

Guys, this is the easiest thing you'll ever make, and it's awesome!  Impress your wife with these babies.  They're addictive I warn you.

I make Oreo Balls every year and my dad and 11-year old niece always fight over the first one, and could polish off the whole tray themselves.

Here's the recipe.

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Going To The Ex’s House For Thanksgiving?

This is my second Thanksgiving as a single lady.  My ex and I ended things in the summer of 2013, and with three kids it's been important to us to get along and maintain a good relationship, and let it evolve into something new.  We're both much happier apart, an although we weren't right for each other as spouses, we genuinely care about each other and have been able to find places for each other in our lives as we move on.  And I'm going over there for Thanksgiving!  Is this a good thing?

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What’s Your Biggest Road-Trip-Ruiner?

 

Road trips are great, right?  The weather is awesome, you roll down the windows and crank the music, and there is no stress at all.  Yay!  That was how is used to be before kids.  And then those little needs - constant needs - change the dynamic of the car for the rest of our lives.

What's the biggest road-trip-ruiner when kids are involved?  Here's mine!

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Kids! Mama Got Roped Into Getting Another Pet.

Kids always want a pet it seems. My three daughters seem to rotate the duty of asking for a new pet, even though we have a miniature schnauzer named Harry and he's a good boy and not in danger of losing his role in the family. When I point out that we could just settle in and be content with Harry, they inevitably ask, "Ok, but when Harry dies, can we have a cat?"

I don't know whether to be upset, or just be thankful that they are forward-thinkers who are already planning for the future and setting lofty goals. It's the little things.

I finally caved and bought a fish. I too love aquatic life and supported the girls in their $4 decision to invest in Maddox the Betta. But here's why I'm having pet regret.

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