Top 21 Irish Movies to Watch

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated festivals and cultural events in the world. After having lived in Ireland, my life has been forever changed. One regret was that I hadn’t studied up more on the Irish culture before moving to Ireland. The Irish have an extremely rich culture and watching movies about … Read more

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Discovering Texas | Family Road Trips West of Dallas

After living abroad, Ireland & Scotland, I moved back to my home state, Texas, and realized that I really needed to explore my own state more. I think often on people getting the itch to get on a plane and explore the “exotic” world while overlooking their own unique backyard, their hometown, city, state or … Read more

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Ultimate Offer Specially Delivered to You FREE Books

Ultimate Offer Specially Delivered to You FREE Books. We are a book-loving family, and there is nothing sweeter to me than scoring free books. Let me rephrase that, FREE hand-held, physical, hard copy books of my own. Not ephemeral books online. Having a free book arrive in the mail monthly is exciting and truly a … Read more

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The Best Hallmark Christmas Town in Texas

The Best Hallmark Christmas Town in Texas

I first met my German husband at a Christmas Market in Munich, Germany. German Christmas Markets are heavy garlanded wooden places, bready pretzel-smelling places, candle-scintillatingly-lit romantic places, melodically peaceful places; the ultimate Christmas experience. We’ve been wanting to take our three boys to a place that evoked that magical, Christmassy way, with the weight of … Read more

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Oktoberfest Tips to have You Wiesn Like a Local

186 Oktoberfests! I haven’t been 186 times but I have been nearly 18 times over a 12 year period. The following post gives some Oktoberfest tips to have you Wiesn like a local!! Oktoberfest 2019 will mark the 186th celebration since 1810. Marrying a Bavarian quickly taught me the depth of which some Bayern truly … Read more

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Exploring Hidden Tunnels & Abandoned Bunkers in France

In my previous post, “Kid-Approved Best Fortress in Europe” I wrote about an amazing fortress that we literally stumbled upon while traveling around Europe. Around that fortress and underground, we discovered amazing tunnels and bunkers some of which were used during WWII but the majority were actually created over 300 years ago in the early … Read more

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Kid-Approved Best Fortress in Europe

While traveling from Germany into France, we literally passed a fortified structure that caught my attention. I pulled over to explore and 7 hours later, we were walking away exhausted from our fun day of exploring history. Make sure to add this Kid-Approved Best Fortress in Europe to your bucket list! What we had stumbled … Read more

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My Unexpected Discovery, USA, The Lost Sea

What I thought would be just a brief stop to see some cool underground lake turned out to be a mind-blowing cave excursion, history lesson, Guinness Book of World Record find, Registered National Landmark discovery, and educational lesson while hiking 140 feet below ground level. My Unexpected Discovery, USA, The Lost Sea. A few years … Read more

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Cursive: Why is it Returning to Texas Schools?

Cursive in Texas Schools: Last week, Texas became one of “fourteen states, to have passed new standards making cursive mandatory.” Cursive: Why is it Returning to Texas Schools? Back in 2017, I first published a post that contained a significant amount of research and science supporting the benefits of cursive being taught in schools and … Read more

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People Want to Know How to Make This Cactus Salad

People Want to Know How to Make This Cactus Salad and I’m finally sharing My Recipe! It’s budget-friendly, extremely healthy, can easily be served as a meal, appetizer, or feed a crowd, great vegetarian-diabetic-friendly option and it tastes heavenly. Cactus Salad The Invention of My Cactus Salad: Many years ago, while teaching at Eastfield Community … Read more

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