This time of year has everyone itching to get outdoors. These do-it-yourself waterproof matches are a fun way to keep your kids busy while you pack up for your next camping adventure; and they can save your fire in a pinch.

Did you know that around your house, in the vacant lot down the street, and in the woods, there are a number of edible plants? Learning what plants are edible and maybe a little history behind them can be a fun “get outside and try it” kind of activity.

Southern charm meets East Texas elegance in this breathtaking three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath custom home in the Spring Creek subdivision in Nacogdoches. A split bedroom layout offers both functionality and privacy in the 3,400-square-foot plan. Special features include extensive crown molding; plantation shutters; plenty of large, open windows; and beautiful dark wood accents throughout. The property extends to the pond and also includes an attached two-car garage with a 250-pound capacity attic lift.

San Francisco Giants’ first baseman and Hudson High School all-star Brandon Belt and his family moved into their new spacious modern farmhouse this summer.

Mosquitoes are the worst. Here’s a simple DIY to help you enjoy being outside on these hot summer nights. And because this homemade bug repellant not only works well, but also looks pretty, these make great centerpieces for any back-to-school bashes you might be hosting.

Stacks of cookbooks and baskets. Rows of fluffy pillows. Shelves lined with vases, containers and fun knickknacks. Tables stacked high with cheeseboards and serving trays. Large pieces of artwork hang from the walls and chandeliers set a homey tone.

4-H is the largest youth development organization in the state with more than half a million kids enrolling each year. No matter what county you live in or what you like to do, 4-H is something that lets you be better.

Home Theater Concepts created a world-class audio, video and automation system in the Belts’ new home.

Summer 2020 is your chance to shine. Take off those boring, black yoga pants that you’ve been wearing for days on end and go bold with the summer’s hot new colors.

You won’t feel like you’re in East Texas anymore upon entering this beautiful custom-built, four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home in the Broadmoor subdivision of Nacogdoches. Built in 2016, the home’s 3,000 square feet features a second living area or media room with a bathroom upstairs, custom plantation shutters, a tray ceiling in the master bedroom and an open floor plan with simple archways in the kitchen/living area.

With the heat of summer squarely upon us (and more yet to come), let’s add one essential feature to your outside landscape. Water.

If there’s one good thing that has come out of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s the abundance of unique #quarantineDIYprojects. Check these out.

Painting rocks is one of the world’s oldest art forms, but over the past several years, a new hobby has swept social media — rock hunting. It’s simple enough — paint some rocks and then hide them for others to find — but it’s definitely a lot of fun. This is a great project to do with your kids, although I have to admit, I think I enjoyed it more than they did. It’s also a great way to get out of the house and still social distance, while also activating your creativity and imagination. It’s a win, win, win situation.

I have always enjoyed Father’s Day, and surprising my Dad with a homemade treat was always the way to his heart. Make your dad, grandpa or father figure’s day with this fun medal cookie that shows he will always be No. 1. Kids will love helping bake his favorite cookie — or any treat for that matter — and then crafting the cookie wrapper.

Small-town charm reaches its full potential in this beautiful, traditional-style Lufkin home. Sitting on just under half an acre in The Settlement subdivision, just off U.S. Highway 59 south, the property features a circle drive, a spacious covered deck and an attached two-car garage. The 2,000-square-foot plan, consisting of three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, is large enough for entertaining guests, yet cozy enough for intimate family gatherings. Neutral tones, together with dark hardwood floors and light tiling, provide comfort and simplicity throughout.

This 2017 custom-built four-bedroom, three-bath home in Nacogdoches is the perfect East Texas mix of style and character. Calming gray tones marry with clean whites and gorgeous wood accents throughout the home’s 3,000 square feet, while exterior columns are adorned with multi-colored stone features. Plenty of windows were worked into the home’s design plan to bring natural light in and invite your view out. Three-fourths of the sprawling 31-acre property is pasture, while the rest is made up of wooded areas and a pond.

What better way to show your love than with some flowers? Flowers that just happen to double as cupcakes that is! I do love receiving flowers, but this fun twist is something your kids could help with and everyone can enjoy.

Need a place to go, to relax, that’s not far and that can be designed to fit only you?

The big, yellow cloud has already covered our homes, our cars and even us. Spring here, and it is bringing with it all of the dust, dander, pollen and other allergens possible. Not to mention all of the viruses and illnesses that leave us feeling awful.

Improve your gardening success by building up your current garden’s soil and finding a good place to put a new garden.