Several years back, I covered a story for the newspaper. A “First Day of School” feature, only instead of covering a regular school, I’d be on a campus for 3-year-olds. Sort of a Head Start program for little ones.

It’s an ironic twist that the cleaner, more sterile we become the worse the illnesses that befall us. Autoimmune diseases lead this list, with cases such as asthma, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus and more than 70 others wreaking havoc on modern man ... and in may cases, even worse on modern women. It’s like the less our immune system has to work the more easily confused it gets.

Kids are clever. Their ultimate goal when it comes to eating is to gain control of any given situation and get the upper hand. Tired, frustrated and busy parents will often slowly but surely give over control of food choices to their children, one demand at a time.

East Texas summers are no joke. The sweat starts pouring before you even make it to your car. But staying cooped up all summer isn’t much fun either. It can be tricky finding something enjoyable to do – whether it’s on your own or with the whole family – that doesn’t involve a heat stroke or breaking the bank. Luckily, we’ve found several cheap and easy ways to have fun and keep your cool this summer.

Ah, the Fourth of July! Sure, it’s hot outside but that just makes the beer colder, the water balloon fights wetter and grilling smarter, while turning our picnic tables into neighborhood social centers. There’s something about the founding of America that draws people together at the ends of driveways to share fireworks and food. And as the local forager, you can combine both in a wild manner.

Picnics are awesome. I mean, minus the biting insects and blazing hot sun ... maybe they are mostly awesome. Eating outside for one reason or another is a great way to spend more time outdoors, which is truly good for the body and the soul. Whether you’re on a road trip, at the playground, the ball park or your backyard, there are plenty of occasions that call for a picnic. The key is to be prepared with a few basics to keep things simple and easy to pull together. So spread your picnic blanket, get comfy and let’s come up with some portable meals that will work for your next casual ou…

Texas, with 679,917 miles, has the most roads of any state in the United States. Perhaps this partially explains our love of road trips. Considering the beautiful scenery including woods, sea, desert and mountains, not to mention Lady Bird Johnson’s priceless gift of wildflowers, it’s not surprising how often rubber meets the road for vacations. Of course, there’s one other aspect of road trips that makes them so special — the food!

Summer. Just thinking about it makes me thirsty. Be ready this year with a hydration game plan at the ready for keeping taste buds happy and bodies hydrated. Use these 10 tips to get started.

In a sea of green, bright reds stand out. This counts as much in East Texas woods as along the coastal beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. This time of year in our forests one red flower cluster draws more eyes and more questions than anything else. These would be the long, red, tubular flowers of coral bean trees, Erythrina herbacea.

From hours of pouring over Pinterest and property listings to days of patiently (or very impatiently) waiting for the perfect price or closing deal, there is a lot that goes into buying a home. One of the more important aspects of the home-buying process is ensuring the safety of the ginormous investment into your future.

Traditions are what define a culture. The shared experiences of food, drink, actions and ceremonies bond individuals together in unity, regardless of how different they may actually be. The traditions of the South are not the traditions of the North, nor are those of the West the same as found in the East. Yet, while traditions hold on to the past, in this dynamic age, subtle blending can occur, often to the betterment of all.

Spring is upon us and I am anxious to get our outdoor space ready for entertaining. This concrete tray DIY is just the ticket to get my décor on the right track for entertaining, and all while being budget friendly. So, it is a win-win!

Growing up, most of us don’t have a wealth of knowledge on the real estate front. When it comes time for us to leap into the home-buying world, we either have to beg our agents to explain the process or spend hours in research.

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.”

Our bodies are not designed for the world in which we live. In times past, calories were a scarce commodity. Every bite represented work, struggle and physical output. It cost many, many calories to produce a simple meal, from the planting, ranching, farming or foraging all the way down to the food preparation and cleanup. Now, our food costs us very little, and we fail to consider its great value. Food is available in such vast abundance with close to no physical effort required to get it. We used to spend time physically working for our food, and now many of us sit behind desks earni…

Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday to celebrate those that you love. I began thinking of fun DIY gifts to create with your kiddos to fill their friends’ Valentine’s Day bag at school. I wanted gifts that didn’t contain sugar and are very budget friendly, and thought about slime. If you have little ones, you know that making slime is all the rage right now. Glow in the dark slime, slime that smells like chocolate, and the list goes on and on. So why not get them involved and make a big batch of Valen-slime to hand out their friends? They will love it, their friends will love it and s…