I never thought I’d be dealing with a food allergy, but my daughter developed a life-threatening allergy to eggs before she was a year old. Allergies aren’t something we often think about until they affect us, our children or a loved one. However, we can all do our part to help those dealing with allergies simply by learning more about them and understanding them. I’d love to share with you the basics of allergies so you can help those around you facing these challenges.

The bench press. At one point in my younger life, the bench press was the true measurement of a guy’s manly manliness. A dedicated gym rat, I spent tons of my Marine Corps off-duty hours in a weight room somewhere. There were plenty of other exercises and equipment available, but all those were more or less there to help us build up to the big one. There was plenty of talk thrown around about “maxing out” or how many reps we could perform with a higher amount of weight.

On the windowsill above the sink in my parent’s 150-year-old farmhouse kitchen sits a small, yellow flowerpot. In the pot grows a cluster of green-leafed wood sorrel, often referred to as shamrocks, but whose genus name is Oxalis. This pot of wood sorrel was given to my mother by her grandmother when she was a little girl. It was simply a weed stuck in an old pot, but that little plant bonded my mother to her grandmother. Mom is 85 now, and she’s kept this pot with its spray of heart-shaped leaves and beautiful, purple flowers for nearly seven decades. When I’m visiting home I know as …

The impossible is expected from you every day.

I always have artificial fragrances in my home, and I tend to change the scents with the seasons. It just gives my home a fresh, clean feeling when I walk into a room. However, the plug-ins you get at the store can get pricey and have to be full of chemicals, so I am giving essential oils a try and making my own (very budget friendly!) reed diffuser.

Lufkin mother and businesswoman Majal Minguez dove deep into the do-it-yourself culture many years ago, not to be trendy, but to find some relief for her son. Years later, the Oil Drops Shop and an entire community was born.

I wasn’t a college student at the time, but I’d heard plenty about Spring Break from my friends back home. It sounded intriguing. A whole week off, smack-dab in the middle of a semester, just to party? No worries about missing class or work?

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Everything old is new again when it comes to self-care.

Succulents are all the rage these days. And who could blame them? They are easy to maintain and make adorable favors to help guests remember your special day in the years to come. Succulents also are great for those who don’t have a green thumb, because they’ll be just fine if you forget to water them for a couple of days.

On Valentine’s Day, my husband, Zac, and I like to keep it simple and have a romantic night in. He’s always in charge of the main course, and I am in charge of dessert. To make your Valentine’s Day dinner even more special, add a nice bottle of Champagne (or for us pregnant women, a nice bottle of sparkling grape juice). You can re-create this unique floral ice bucket to hold your bubbly and make a statement piece on your table. All you’ll need is a few containers and fresh cut flowers.

If you use dietary supplements, then you are not alone. The popularity of dietary supplements has been increasing in the United States. A 2018 survey by the Council for Responsible Nutrition found that out of 2,004 U.S. adults, aged 18 years and older, 75% were supplement users. In the past 20 years, the supplement industry has grown from $6 billion to more than $35 billion in annual sales. Improving or maintaining overall health were the main reasons why consumers used dietary supplements.

“Add this to your sandwich,” she said, pinching off the top of a plant next to the picnic blanket.

Shop local in historic downtownSee a show at The Pines or the Temple TheaterVisit the History Center in DibollGo to Lufkin’s Bull Bash and the Angelina Benefit RodeoBecome a volunteerGrab an adult beverage at Angelina Brewing Company and Restoration BistroEat a homemade tamale at the Diboll Tamale FestivalEnjoy the 4th of July fireworks celebration at the Ellen Trout ZooPlay a round of golf at Crown Colony Country Club or Neches Pines Golf CourseEat a Chick-o-StickCheer for your hometown teamRide some rides and grab a ribeye sandwich at the Texas State Forest FestivalBuy fresh produce …