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CONTENTS 04 AT HOME
Light & Cozy Home Tour DIY Board & Batten DIY Welcome Mat Home for the Holidays A Splash of Hope
Q&A with Authentic Pools Q&A with Farm + Yard
LIFE & STYLE
Chasing Slow Holiday Budgeting Blanket and Book Pairings 4 Transitional Pieces
Galentines Party Nailed It Hand Tied Hair Extensions Men's Gift Guide What's Trending: Style Up Your Eye Game
IN GOOD HEALTH
FROM THE HEART
Working Moms Around Town Local Teachers Making a Difference
ON THE ROAD
IN THE KITCHEN
Eggnog French Toast with ButteredMaple Bourbon Syrup Creamy Maple Mustard Chicken Breasts Cheesy Horseradish Mashed Potatoes Easy Garlic Mashed Potatoes Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus What's Trending: In the Kitchen Rustic Spiced Pear Galette Limiting Food Waste
Integrative Medicine with Dr. Kirk Chaga Mushroom Latte
Weekend Escape to Calvert, Texas Winter Getaways
102 DIRECTORY Entertainment Restaurants Shopping Murals
and the World Smiles Back
Dr. Charles Town, DDS, of Stonehaven Dental & Orthodontics created a contest for one lucky winner to win a $40,000 makeover. The winner would receive a complete customized Hollywood smile. The package also included hair extensions, hair color, weight loss treatment, lash extensions, micro blading, Botox, massage, Manicure and Pedicure, 2 outﬁts, full face Glam Makeup, 1 hour photo session and a month of kickboxing exercise. Cindy Wilkins Humphreys was the lucky winner of the $40,000 contest! She was overwhelmed, excited and couldn’t believe she was the lucky winner! It literally changed her life! Cindy had recently experienced a few years of hardship when she stumbled across the advertisement for the $40,000 Makeover Contest, of which she promptly entered. When Cindy received the call that she had won, she exclaimed “It’s like I won the lottery, and it’s all for me!” On Cindy’s ﬁrst visit, she and Dr. Town discussed what she wanted to have ﬁxed as well as what needed to be ﬁxed. It proved to be more than what the contest originally offered, but Dr. Town decided to do the works!
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Cindy required several procedures to help improve her smile. She had short teeth, her bottom teeth had formed a gap in the middle and her top front teeth had grounded down from her bad habit of vaping (which she no longer does). And believe it or not, Cindy still had her wisdom teeth. Dr. Town pulled her wisdom teeth, put braces on, and added veneers to her top and bottom teeth to lengthen them. Cindy used to squint when she smiled, and now Cindy can smile without squinting. You could say she has a customized Hollywood smile! Cindy also received a Sonicare tooth brush and a Crest Spin Brush that hooks up to her phone by Bluetooth, which lets her know how well she is brushing her teeth.
Cindy stated: “This has changed my life in more ways than one. I have a beautiful smile, I have a friend in Dr. Town and Jackie Wheeler from the ofﬁce, and it has deﬁnitely increased my conﬁdence. Things are looking so much brighter than they did a year ago. I would deﬁnitely recommend Dr. Town, Jackie Wheeler and the wonderful people at Stonehaven Dental & Orthodontics. Dr. Town is very professional, has a fun sense of humor, and had a very natural way of making a tense procedure comfortable. To say it was a fantastic experience is an understatement. I’m a new person because of Dr. Town and the staff at Stonehaven Dental!”
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LIGHT & COZY HOME TOUR By Nina Williams @NinaWilliamsBlog
Niña and Nick built their dream home over four years ago in Iowa. With no design experience, Niña’s main goal was to create a home with a coastal farmhouse style. She wanted the home to be bright with soft colors and a touch of rustic. She used to be a professional photographer, so natural light pouring into the house was important to her. Check out that wall of windows in the living room! Remember that it takes time to make your house a home. It took Niña over a year to design the living room how she wanted it, and even longer for the other rooms in the house. When decorating, she incorporated a light and airy feel throughout the house. She loves styling with neutrals and adding hints of color. Her favorite area to decorate for the season or holiday is the front porch.
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AT HOME Niña has always said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and her favorite room in the whole house is the kitchen. When friends or family are over, that’s where everyone usually gathers. The 12-foot island is great for entertaining. It’s used as the buffet station when family is over and an area to sit down and talk with friends. Niña wanted to have those rustic touches in the kitchen, so they added barn beams around the opening from the kitchen to the living room. She also added the wood piece on the kitchen hood. The kitchen hood is thin brick and covered with white mortar. Light fixtures can make a statement in a house, and for her kitchen she selected these big brass pendants. They also went with porcelain countertops for the kitchen and walk-in pantry. Niña and her husband love the marble look, but were too worried to have marble since they have 4 kids. When they saw porcelain countertops in a home show house, they knew they wanted that in their house.
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When Niña and Nick built this house, they thought it would be their forever home. They quickly learned that you should never say "forever home", because they actually sold this house last year to a wonderful family. They are going through the building process again and currently building another coastal farmhouse style home on 40 acres in Iowa, where they fell in love with the location. The new house has a different layout than their previous home. It is a 2 story house instead of a 1.5 story. They have a four season room, kids’ loft upstairs, an office for Niña, an office above the garage for Nick, breezeway, pool room, and a formal dining room. Follow along on their journey on Instagram @ninawilliamsblog.
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Board & Batten By Angela Rose @angelarosehome
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: • Wood or medium density fiberboard (MDF) strips in the width you want for the batten • Backer board to make walls smooth (if your walls have texture)
t’s all here–what to do, and what not to do for the most professional-looking board and batten wall. Board and batten application means putting wood or medium density fiberboard (MDF) strips on your wall in a pattern or design. I love it because it is an affordable way (around $150) to give a space character, add a focal point, and elevate your space. Another option is to use a $99 paint sprayer, which makes the finish so smooth! I also used tape with plastic attached to make painting prep easier.
• Nails • Liquid nails • Wood filler/ sandpaper • Paintable caulk
I wanted a thinner look for my batten so I chose a 1×2 finger joint pine (see image on next page). Other options are to get just normal or select pine boards, or MDF boards. Here's a helpful tip: before purchasing boards, always hold them to your eye and look down them to make sure they are straight. For my backer board (only if you have textured walls and want a smooth look) I purchased a 4×8 sheet of the Eucaboard at Home Depot. It is dark brown and one side is super smooth. You could also get a thin plywood, but this was cheapest. MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 15
STEP 1: Before purchasing anything, you need to draw out your wall and measure where all of your batten trim boards will go. This is very important because in the end you will want to have your backer boards seams all covered by the trim pieces. A few things to consider when drawing out your wall: • Don’t forget a trim piece will need to be placed on the very left, right, top and bottom of your wall to frame out the space, if you’d like. • Remember the real dimensions of a 1x2in board is actually 3/4 x 1.5 in, a 1×3 is 3/4 x 2.5 in, etc. • Keep spacing between trim batten boards the same. • Helpful tip: This website can help you calculate where your boards should go! Once you’ve drawn out your trim batten pieces, you will then know if you need to have the backer board cut down slightly so all the seams are covered. Or, you could just plan your space already knowing that you want your trim batten pieces to fit with the 48 in width backer board. 16 | moderntexasliving.com
STEP 2: Now you can go and buy your materials! Have your hardware store cut the large backer board, but leave the trim pieces for home with your saw because you will want them to be exact (and every space is slightly different). If you have smooth walls, skip to step 5. STEP 3: Cut the window and outlet holes on your backer board. I measured where the cuts should be, drew it on my board, and then used a circular saw to cut the window holes. For the outlet holes, drill a hole with a drill bit into the corner and then use your jigsaw to cut it out (you can also use your jigsaw for the window too). STEP 4: Put liquid nails on the backer board, place on the wall, and nail on the outside edges (so that nails will be hidden by the batten trim pieces).
STEP 5: Now it’s time to add the trim batten pieces! Start with the whole wall framing trim pieces on the very top, then the bottom, then left and right. Make sure they are level, and attach with liquid nails and finishing nails. Next you will do your vertical batten trim pieces. I found it easiest to get even spacing by measuring and marking on the top trim pieces where our vertical boards should go. You also can cut a board to your desired spacing, and use it as a spacer between vertical boards to get even spacing. Helpful tip: if you are doing this by yourself, put one nail in the middle, make sure it’s level, and then nail up and down the board. Another helpful tip: only cut one board at a time to get the cut exact. The spacing will all be slightly different since ceilings and floors are not perfectly level. Next, you add the horizontal batten trim pieces. Mark on the wall where they should go, and make sure they are level. Occasionally, measure from the BENJAMIN MOORE floor and step back to make sure it’s NEWBURG GREEN not gradually creeping up or down. Cut See attachment these one at a time to get as close of a for color splash fit as possible. (A laser level would be very helpful here, but I didn’t have one!) STEP 6: Fill all nail holes with wood filler, sand smooth, and caulk all edges and seems. This is the step that makes all the difference! If you want your space to look professional, don’t skip this step. To caulk seams, run a small bead of caulk where the trim pieces meet the wall.
STEP 7: Tape off walls in preparation for painting. STEP 8: You’re ready for painting! You can definitely roller the wall, but I wanted the smoothest finish possible, so I used a paint sprayer. The wall turned out so smooth, and I was very happy with the sprayer. With a smooth wall it very easily shows imperfections, so the sprayer solved all of my problems and gave me a professional look. (The sprayer I used doesn’t need to be watered down and has very little overspray. I just grabbed a bunch of cheap plastic drop cloths to cover nearby furniture, and put up my tape/plastic around the edges of my accent wall.) *priming first is always a good idea! I used Benjamin Moore Newburg Green.
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Tip: Layer your new door mat over a fringe scatter rug for a fun cozy look!
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HOW TO: 1. Cut word of choice out of sticker paper - I chose "cozy." 2. Peel back paper and stick on mat. 3. Use a sponge to create an outline around the letters. I chose to do this in white so it would really stand out. 4. Peel the sticker paper letters from the mat. 5. Cut sponges into desired shapes. I did 3 similar leaf shapes to use with 3 different shades of green. 6. Layer the leaves until desired look, then add in groups of dots for berries! (the berries would also be so cute in red for a more festive look).
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Holidays By Emily Barlow @handmade.farmhouse
Inspired by the excitement of her children at Christmastime, Emily of Handmade Farmhouse sprinkled whimsy around her home and created a theme of "A Childlike Wonder" for the holiday.
Using non-traditional colors like pink and aqua paired well with the bright vintage red in their neutral space. Emilyâ€™s goal for decorating their home was to emulate the feeling of a child watching a shaken snow globe. "The magic is in the small details!" says Emily of @handmade.farmhouse. Create long-lasting memories for little ones with exciting traditions and flavors that bring them back to special moments as they grow.
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Above: Emily's decor shows that a little creativity can go a long way with seasonal styling! Collecting colorful, second-hand items, or adding little DIY projects (like wrapping small food boxes in brown paper) make for an inexpensive holiday decor statement. Opposite: By adding apothecary jars filled with candies, Emily creates a tablescape with a play on an â€œold fashioned candy shoppe.â€? This table instantly becomes a welcoming place for kids to sit down and decorate a cookie and enjoy a cup of cocoa! 28 | moderntexasliving.com
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Opposite: Emily transformed her kitchen into a gingerbread bakery for her children to enjoy frosting their favorite spiced gingerbread men and little houses. Find her recipe over at Handmadefarmhouse.com. Above: Add a twist to traditional gingerbread houses by cutting your own house cookie and adding intricate details. Pipe frosting from a ziplock bag in little swirls and pretty details. "My kids love to make their own unique houses, it's a fun activity for our whole family!" says Emily. 32 | moderntexasliving.com
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Brick is low maintenance and low cost. If you want a more high-end look try German Schmear. Stone is more middle to higher cost while also being low maintenance. Tip: To upgrade your brick, a trend we have been seeing is painted brick. One of the most popular colors is Alabaster White.
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This exterior is higher maintenance, due to the need for paint upkeep, and comes in a a price point just above brick. For a more high – end look you can run the siding vertically to create the look of Board and Batten.
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CHRISTMAS By Jess Davis @carcabaroad
Creating Christmas in sunny St. Augustine, FL can feel a little different when the kids are playing in the surf rather than snow, but this Jersey girl at heart blasts the classics and decks the halls. NoÂ room is left undoneâ€“even the kids bedrooms are sprinkled with magic!
Steal the Style I love to incorporate a modern rustic mix of decor with Christmas classics. My favorite pieces can't be found in big box stores, but from my favorite small shops. The "All Is Calm All Is Bright" letters were hand made by @vintagemetalco. The book page sign "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is from @ourfoundhome.
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t had been a rough day. My heart was heavy and my mind was racing, so I reached out to a dear friend to ask her for some words of encouragement. She hadn’t responded to my text quite yet so I tried to distract myself with house work. Cleaning the dishes seemed like a good enough task, so I stood there and scrubbed. Just a few moments later the notification on my phone went off with it’s familiar sound. I dried my hands to open the text to see her simple and powerful response, “the daughter of a lion, is a lion.” I said it out loud as I lowered my hands back in the sudsy water. I said it again slower. I said it over and over as I stared at the wall of subway tile in front of me. I didn’t want to forget those powerful words that encouraged me to remember who I was in my faith. I stared at that wall trying to mentally burn the adage in my mind and then it hit me. Write it down, I thought! Write it right there in front of you so you don’t ever forget it. I ran to my office and found a dry erase marker. With soapy water running down my arms, I wrote in big black letters, “The daughter of a lion is a lion.” There, I thought. Now I won’t forget! Over the course of the next several months I would write even more on my backsplash with a dry erase marker. I would write scriptures, quotes and words of affirmation. All of these are still up there today, edifying me and my family every time we see them. Plus, it’s a much better view than the blank tile when you’re washing dishes. If you’d like to do this on your own backsplash just make sure of a few things:
Use a dry erase marker to ensure what you write can be erased. You can test this on a small part of your backsplash to be sure. This will not work on porous stones. In my experience it works best on glass and ceramics. The slicker the surface, the better. Don’t let any ink come into contact with the grout lines. The marker should easily wipe off of tile, but it will not come off your grout.
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By Samantha Lischka, Texas Mama of 3 and founder of Modern Burlap Photos by K Goebel Photography
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There is beauty in chasing slow, in going back to the basics, in eating farm to table when you can, and in giving your children a childhood with more time spent in nature than anywhere else. These are just a few of the things my husband and I told ourselves as we leaped into owning backyard chickens and creating this outdoor garden space of our dreams. My husband and I didn’t grow up with chickens or a garden, but we decided to take a leap into the unknown and provide these experiences for our children. We’ve gained so much wisdom as a family by branching into the unknown. We are always learning and always growing in this space, and it continuously makes us pause and appreciate our surroundings so much more than we otherwise would. Time slows down every time we step into this space, and every moment spent here leaves us more in awe of nature, our creator, and the beauty of life that is all around us. I’ll never forget seeing my children’s faces – or my husband’s face – when our hens started laying eggs. I’ll never forget their faces when our baby chicks hatched for the first time. I’ll never forget endless days watching all 3 of my boys race to the chicken coop to gather eggs – or the way my 5 year 48 | moderntexasliving.com
old and 7 year old waited all day during the pandemic to get just one more egg to make my 30th birthday cake! I say I’ll never forget these things, because they continuously replay. Each time we see the new eggs, the chicks hatch, or a new fruit or vegetable ready for picking, the miracles right in front of us leave us in awe again. As they say at Texas A&M, “From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it. And from the inside looking out, you can’t explain it.“ I share all this to inspire you if you feel a pull on your heart to take a leap back to the basics too. It is never too late to slow down or learn something new. Steal the Backyard Chicken Coop & Garden Shed from Farm + Yard Mini children’s greenhouse from Little Cottage Company Galvanized tanks from Tractor Supply
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This hardworking duo strive to provide top quality storage sheds, playsets, carports, chicken coops, green houses and horse barns to our neighbors around Central Texas. (254) 537-1014 201 S Robinson Dr, Robinson, TX
WHAT TYPE OF TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING WITH BACKYARD STRUCTURES?
We hear weekly about how couples have a garage but they can't park it in because it's too cluttered, but the wife wants something aesthetically pretty that won't clash with their home. We are able to show them all of the designs we have available with different colors, and sizes, to build them a beautiful space that adds value to their property. It's not your normal "storage building." They serve a purpose but they are also beautiful.
I SAW YOU ALSO HAVE PLAYGROUNDS FOR SALE. THE HOLIDAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND SO MANY OF US ARE LOOKING AT PURCHASING ONE. HOW DO WE KNOW IF IT WILL FIT IN THE SPACE I HAVE AVAILABLE IN MY BACKYARD AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THEM INSTALLED? We offer FREE yard evaluations where we come out to your property and measure your space. After your evaluation, we let you know your options so you can choose which one you like best. Once your playset is built, we deliver and install it for FREE. Typically our installs take about 4-6 hours.
DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS ? Yes, we have multiple financing options available that make our structures affordable for everyone.
Many people are using them for home offices. We also find that our storage buildings save people money by not having to purchase storage space at a facility long-term. Central Texans are also becoming more interested in raising sustainable foods in their backyard. Our chicken coops and greenhouses are helping them withÂ that. MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 49
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HOLIDAY Budgeting By Kim Doreck
Set a spending limit If possible, review how much you spent the previous year and keep a tally on how much you are spending or planning to spend this year. Be sure to set your spending limit early, and include in your budget any money needed for those “other” expenses (travel, wrapping paper and trimmings, Christmas cards, etc.)
are purchasing a number of items from the same online retailer, buying all the items together can cut down on shipping costs.
Use helpful budgeting tools There are several simple and FREE budgeting tools available. The simplest being the use of pen and paper, or even the use of envelopes. Spread sheets and work sheets are also very useful.
Keep a list
For those who like to keep their budget online,
Once you know how much you have to spend, write
through your bank or download a budgeting app,
out a list of everything you will likely purchase. The
such as MINT.
consider the budgeting tools that are available
list should include everything from gifts, to food,
to decorations. Your list should also indicate how much you are planning on spending for the items as well. A helpful app to consider using is the app called Giftster. It allows you to set a budget for each person and helps you keep track of what you have purchased and spent along the way. This will help avoid any impulse shopping.
Once the holidays are over, recheck your budget and see how well you managed to stick to it. If you stayed within your budget in every category, congratulations!
completely (or even a little), review your budget to see where you can cut back for next year.
Getting a headstart for next year can be done by
Shop early and shop for bargains! Consider what
simple as saving all your loose change in a jar, to
your funds look like once you have an idea of what
setting aside an envelope to place money in, to
you're looking for, and for whom you are buying.
setting up a separate account that is allocated for
Use cash when you can. There are also shopping
the holidays only. By getting started early, you can
apps, such as ShopSavvy, that make comparison
give yourself a comfortable budget to work with
shopping more manageable. In addition, if you
next time the holidays roll around.
just setting aside money each month. It can be as
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Stress-Free Moving and Junk Removal in Waco, TX When people hear our name, they often wonder who—and what—we are. Though junk hauling and moving are both in our name, we are that and so much more. College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving® is the premier full-service residential and commercial service company that offers moving, junk removal, donation pickups, and labor services in Waco.
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TRANSITIONAL PIECES By Sam Stewart @styleofsam
It pays to invest in some quality pieces that you can wear over and over. You can decide the budget for your pieces. It’s doesn’t have to cost hundreds or thousands of dollars.
THE OVERSIZED COAT
THE TURTLENECK SWEATER You can look so chic with just a turtleneck sweater, skinny jeans, and heels. Use it as a layering piece (ex. under a blazer or dress) or wear it on its own. If it’s a great neutral, then you’ll be able to wear it for many years. I’ve have worn this turtleneck for at least seven years that I can remember.
THE DENIM SKIRT Denim skirts made their first debut in the 1970s as a way to recycle jeans. These are a feminine answer to jeans and can easily change the look of an outfit. The fabulous thing about a denim skirt is that it can be worn ALL SEASONS!! Just pick a length that works for you!
Oversized coats are wonderful because they keep you warm and cozy but can also look very sophisticated if worn correctly. If you have one in a lighter neutral color, then it will serve you well during colder Spring mornings. The trick to wearing oversized coats is to make sure your silhouette or what’s showing is slim and NOT big/boxy/oversized. Taller women can probably get away with bigger and boxy skirts, etc. but it doesn’t seem to work for me.
THE LIGHTER COLORED SPRING BOOTS Switch out your darker boots for lighter colors (like grey, taupe, beige, and even white) during the Spring. They still keep you warm but work with a lighter color palette. I’m wearing over-the-knee boots with a mini skirt. You can do the same with knee-high boots or booties. The trick is to make sure some skin is showing so that the skirt isn’t covering the top of the boots. Your skin can be covered with tights. There just needs to be a clean break so you don’t have bootlegs. MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 55
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THROW THE BEST GALENTINES DAY PARTY Galentines day is the perfect excuse to grab your girlfriends, a Nicholas Sparks movie and make some fun memories together.
COTTON CANDY AND WHAT?
THE NEW CHARCUTERIE A twist on a traditional meat and cheese board. Throw on some of you and your girlfriends favorite sweets and pile them high. Trust us when we say they will be gone by the end of the night.
Pop open the bubbly! Pour some champagne in a glass and top it with a tuft of cotton candy. When you're ready to drink it, push the cotton candy into the glass and sip away.
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DIY A MAILBOX
PLAY A GAME Games are a fun way to break the ice if there are some people that don't know everyone. Try a game like Heads Up or grab the card game called For the Girls. By Megan Marlowe @strawberryblondekitchen 56 | moderntexasliving.com
Go back to your Grade School days and sit down with your girlfriends and DIY a mailbox for everyone to write valentines and slip them in. On the valentine cards people can write words of encouragement, compliments, Bible verses or whatever they want! Photo by Finished Favor onÂ Etsy
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Five Star Painting Locally Owned by the Praesel Family
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HAND TIED HAIR EXTENSIONS By Amy Lynn @amylynn_hairartist
WHAT ARE HAND TIED EXTENSIONS? Hand tied wefts are a weft of 100% human hair that is hand tied into your natural hair by a row of thread and beads.
PROS OF HAND TIED VS. OTHER METHODS No heat, no glue, no melting, and no tape involved, making maintenance a breeze!
Get noticeably longer thicker hair that looks natural with Hand Tied Extensions.
HAND TIED MEMBERSHIPS
Easily concealed, you can easily wear your hair in a high pony or top knot. Low maintenance, grow out isnâ€™t as noticeable so you are able to go longer in between maintenance appointments.
Get the hair of your dreams without breaking the bank with my new Hand Tied Membership Program. Pay the deposit and break the remainder of the expenses into monthly payments.
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in Commercial Appliance Repair & New and Used Restaurant Equipment Sales and Installation Husband and wife team, David and Carrie Rhoten, have the market cornered with new and used equipment sales, parts and service.
We Build Custom Food Trailers
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by Melissa Caballero
LONGINES Conquest Classic Leather Strap Watch 43mm $800 Sporty yet polished, a stainless-steel watch featuring a Swiss-quartz movement is detailed with bold numbers and luminous hands and markers.
BUSHNELL PRIME 1300 LASER RANGEFINDER MODEL: LP1300SBL $170 ARZ technology (Angle Range Compensation) accounts for terrain angle, giving you true distance to target on uphill and downhill shots.
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DIAMONDBACK HD 15x56 $475 The Diamondback HD smashes the scale of price vs performance, delivering a rock-solid optic that optically punches high above its class.
LULULEMON Fleece Back Soft Shell $198 Designed for movement in cold conditions, this versatile jacket can be layered under a coat or worn on its own.
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COMBINE AESTHETIC TREATMENTS FOR TOTAL BENEFIT by Rhonda Schaeper
he appeal of non-invasive aesthetic treatments is increasing because let’s face it, who has time to be out of commission? This is the perfect time of the year to double up while you are out of the sun and getting holiday ready for those social events and family gatherings.
Highly sought treatments span from injectable like fillers, neurotoxins and pdo threads, to skin rejuvenation using lasers or energy based devices along with cosmeceuticals for your daily at home use.
Here Are Some Great Combos: The Face Area
• Hydrafacial & microdermabrasion & high frequency • Lash & brow tint & customized facial (30 min) • Customized facial & Aquagold
The Eye Area
• Botox crows feet & Belotero tear trough filler • Ultherapy & Botox
Face & Body
• Radiesse & PDO • Microneedling & CO2
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Botox • Derma Fillers • PRP • IV Therapy • Ultherapy • Microneedling • Laser Hair Removal • Thermismooth • Hydrafacial
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BAREFOOT DREAMS COZYCHIC CARDIGAN Nordstrom.com The softest cardigan you'll never want to take off.
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FALL/WINTER FAVORITES We've rounded up our favorite fall and winter trends. These staples will last for seasons to come.
GIMME BEAUTY PEARL HEADBAND Nordstrom.com The perfect addition to any outfit to dress it up for the winter season.
HAIR TIES Gimmebeauty.com Best Hair Ties we've ever tried! They don't snag or pull or crease your hair, so comfy! MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 67
Cortny + Co has not just been a dream of mine, it’s been my plan basically my whole life. It would be different than anything like anyone had ever seen, something more than just your typical salon experience. I wanted to create a luxurious space where clients could come in, relax and feel right at home. Then walk out feelin’ like a queen. Where stylists like me, would love coming “to work” everyday, sharing their God given talents and hustle with the world. Babes, who truly support other babes. Good vibes only. Not only beautiful, but peaceful. My own sanctuary.
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UP YOUR EYE GAME by Houston Puryear Ward @HoustonPWard
GET A STAND OUT LOOK
“I just want to know how to make my eyes pop.” I hear this over and over from women of all ages. The truth is eye shadow does make your eyes pop, but it takes a little more effort than that to get to the end goal.
For something simple and easy, choose neutral shades that match the natural tones in your eye lid. A lot of times these shades will be taupes, light grey’s, or even mauve depending on the skin tone. Pick two to three shadows for an easy classic eye.
ALL OVER COLOR The lightest shade should be in the ivory/bone range which you can wear all over for a fresh natural look with mascara, or you can use it to highlight your brow bone.
BROW BONE add your lightest shade
THE CREASE The medium shade should go into your crease, lightly blend in with a minimal amount of shadow. You don’t need a lot, as you are working on such a small surface area. Blend a little of the same shade underneath the eye too, to give a little shadow and denition without it being too harsh. From there you can load up on mascara and call it a day.
EXTRA If you want a little more drama add some liner to your top lash line. Always choose a shade darker than your eye color to really make them pop!
CREASE blend in a neutral shade
TOP LASH LINE grab a darker liner and apply to top lash line. I like to wing it a tad at the end.
LOWER LASH LINE dust the same neutral shade crease onto lower lash line
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS: December 11th at 6:00pm: Designer Purse Bingo The Exchange Event Center 300 South Jefferson Avenue McGregor,Texas 76657 Doors open at 5:00 p.m. *For sponsorship and table information contact: Hmckinney@advocacycntr.org
Save the Date
November 1st – December 10th: Christmas Adoptions The ACCVC Christmas Adoption Program, relies on the generous giving of donors to partner with caregivers by providing children with gifts during a difficult holiday season. Our Christmas Adoption Program helps to bring a little extra hope and joy to survivors and their families in the midst of a time that has been overwhelmed by trauma. Contactless porch pickup will be available as well as Amazon, Target and Walmart Registries. For more details call 254-752-9330.
Saturday February 27th: Mardi Gras Ball The Baylor Club at McLane Stadium *For sponsorship and tables information call Development Specialist Alison Sorley at 254-752-9330 ext 127 or email at email@example.com
Give Campaign Pave the Way for Change by supporting the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children Prevention • Advocacy • Victory • Education
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IN THE KITCHEN
Eggnog French Toast with Buttered-Maple Bourbon Syrup By Amie MacGregor @food.duchess
INGREDIENTS Buttered Maple Bourbon Syrup • 1 ½ cups Maple Syrup • 1/3 cup Unsalted Butter, at room temperature • 1 Tbsp Bourbon Eggnog French Toast • 10 slices of Thick Stale White Bread • 6 Eggs • 1 ½ cups Eggnog • 1/4 cup Sugar • 1 Tbsp Bourbon • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon • Pinch of Salt
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INSTRUCTIONS Buttered Maple Bourbon Syrup 1. Add maple syrup and butter to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer, allowing all the butter to melt, then turn the heat off and add the bourbon. Allow to cool slightly before using. Eggnog French Toast 1. (Optional, if baking after). Preheat oven to 375°F. 2. In a bowl, whisk egg until well beaten. Using a sieve, strain eggs to remove any large chunks. Then add remaining ingredients to the eggs, whisk until well combined. Transfer custard to a large baking dish (around (9"x13") for soaking the pieces. 3. Prepare a baking sheet by placing a wire cooling rack over top. Place bread slices into custard batter, soak for 30-40 seconds per side. Place soaked bread slices onto the wire rack that is over top of a baking sheet. Allow bread to rest on racks for around 5 minutes, while you preheat your pan. 4. Preheat a large frying pan. When hot, add ½ Tbsp of butter and ½ Tbsp of oil. When butter has melted and bubbles have dissipated, add bread slices (do not overcrowd the pan). Cook about 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Serve hot with Buttered Maple Bourbon Syrup. 5. (Optional) Place bread back onto rack after cooking. When all slices have been fried, put the rack directly into the oven, and bake for 5 minutes.
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Creamy Maple Mustard Chicken Breasts INGREDIENTS • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts • Salt & Pepper, for seasoning chicken • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided • 1 Small Yellow Onion, diced small • 1 Large Shallot, diced small • 2 tsp Finely Chopped Fresh Rosemary • 1 Tbsp Flour • ½ cup Dry White Wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc • 1 cup Half & Half • ½ cup Heavy Cream • 2 Tbsp Quality Grainy Mustard • 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup • Dash of Cayenne • Salt & Pepper, to taste 74 | moderntexasliving.com
INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Pat chicken breasts dry and then season with salt and pepper. 2. In a large pan over medium heat, heat 1 Tbsp of the olive oil until it begins to shimmer, then add chicken. Brown the chicken on each side for about 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a baking sheet and place into the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through. 3. Meanwhile, add the other 1 Tbsp of olive oil to the pan that the chicken was browned in. When the oil is hot, add the onion, shallots, and rosemary. Use the onions to deglaze the pan, scraping at the browned bits. Fry until the onions are almost cooked through, about 7-8 minutes. 4. Add flour to the pan and stir to coat the onions with the flour. Add white wine and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the wine has reduced by about half. Then add the half & half, heavy cream, grainy mustard, dijon mustard, maple syrup, and cayenne. Stir to combine. Bring the sauce to a bubble and cook until the sauce has thickened nicely. Season with salt and pepper, and then spoon over the cooked chicken breasts to serve.
Cheesy Horseradish Mashed Potatoes INGREDIENTS • 4 Russet Potatoes • A handful of salt • 2 Bay Leaves • 2 cups Half & Half Cream • 10-12 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme • 6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter • 1/3 cup Full-Fat Sour Cream • 4 tsp Prepared Horseradish • 1 Block Bothwell Horseradish Cheddar, shredded & divided • 1/2 cup Shredded White Aged Cheddar, divided • Salt & Pepper, to taste
INSTRUCTIONS 1. In a small sauce pan over medium heat add cream and fresh thyme. Allow to simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until it has reduced by half. Ensure you stir frequently to ensure it does not boil over. When reduced strain the thyme out with a fine mesh strainer. 2. Meanwhile, Place potato pieces and bay leaves into a large pot, and cover with enough water so that the water is 1 inch over the potatoes. Add enough salt to the water so that the water is similar to seawater. Place over medium-high heat and cook until potatoes are fork-tender. 3. Preheat oven to 425°. Drain potatoes with a colander, and discard the bay leaves. Using a potato ricer or a masher, mash the potatoes back into the empty pot. Add butter, infused cream, sour cream, horseradish, ½ of the Bothwell Horseradish Cheese, and ½ of the aged white cheddar to the pot, and mix well until completely combined (using a hand-mixer makes very easy work of this!). Season with salt and pepper, and place into a baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese and place into the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown. MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 75
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Pecan Plaza Shopping Center | 1401 South 31st Street | Suite I | Temple, Texas 76504 | 254.770.0904 Photograph by Angela Sitz
Models: From left to right Martha Daniel and Gwen Bever
Easy Garlic Mashed Potatoes INGREDIENTS • 4 Russet Potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces • 10-12 Whole Garlic Cloves, peeled • 4 Tbsp Butter or Garlic Butter, at room temperature • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream, warmed • 1/2 cup Herb & Garlic Cream Cheese, at room temperature • Salt & Pepper, to taste
INSTRUCTIONS 1. Place potato pieces and garlic cloves into a large pot, and cover with enough water so that the water is 1 inch over the potatoes. Add enough salt to the water so that the water is similar to seawater. Place over medium-high heat and cook until potatoes are fork-tender. 2. Drain potatoes with a colander, and using a potato ricer, rice the potatoes and garlic back into the empty pot. Add butter, cream, and cream cheese to the pot, and mix well until completely combined (using a hand-mixer makes very easy work of this!). Season with salt and pepper, and serve! 3. (Optional) If you do not have a potato ricer, pull the cooked whole garlic cloves out before mashing, and either use a garlic press to crush them into the mashed potatoes, or add the cloves to the cream and blend in a blender or food processor. MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 77
IN THE KITCHEN
Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus INGREDIENTS • 1 bunch Asparagus, bottom 1/3 removed • 8-12 slices Prosciutto, sliced vertically to be ≈ 1 ½” wide and 6” long • Salt & Pepper, to taste • A Squeeze of Lemon Juice (Optional) • Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated (Optional)
INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 2. (Optional) To make the asparagus bright green, create an ice bath using a container, skillet, bowl, or anything large enough to fit the asparagus, by filling with ice and water. Fill a large skillet halfway with salted water, bring to a boil. Add asparagus and boil for exactly 1 minute, then remove asparagus and immediately transfer them to the ice bath to stop the cooking process. Remove the asparagus from the ice bath, and dry with a clean towel. 3. Wrap the asparagus by taking one asparagus with one of the 1 ½” slices of prosciutto. Create a sort of triangle shape with them, with the prosciutto beginning just after the head of the asparagus. There should be about a 45° angle in between the asparagus and the prosciutto. Begin rolling, ensuring that you are keeping the prosciutto tight around the asparagus. Repeat with all of the stalks, then season the assembled stalks lightly with salt and pepper. 4. Place assembled asparagus onto a baking sheet, and bake for 12-16 minutes, depending on asparagus size. When cooked, the asparagus should be tender, but not stringy or mushy, and the heads should look slightly crispy. Top with freshly squeezed lemon juice and parmigiano or enjoy as is.
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Rustic Spiced Pear Galette INGREDIENTS Pie Crust • 2 cups All Purpose Flour, measured correctly † • 4 Tbsp White Sugar • Pinch of Salt • 1 cup Unsalted Butter, cubed and very cold • 4 Tbsp Ice Cold Water, plus more if needed • 4 Tbsp Cold Vodka Spiced Pear Filling • 2 Tbsp Apple Butter • 3-4 Pears, cores removed, sliced into 1/8” slices • 3 Tbsp White Sugar • 2 tsp Cinnamon • 1 tsp Ginger • 1/4 tsp Allspice • 4 Tbsp Cold Butter, cut into small cubes • 1 Egg + 1 tsp Water, for Egg Wash • Turbinado Sugar, for sprinkling on crust (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS Making the Rustic Pear Pear Galette Pie Dough 1. Mix together vodka and water into a small measuring cup, then set aside. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, and salt. Whisk to combine. Add in cold butter cubes, and work the butter into flour with your hands or a pastry cutter. Work the butter until it is crumbly and about the size of peas. 2. Slowly drizzle in vodka-water while simultaneously tossing with a fork to combine. After all the vodkawater has been added, knead the dough a few times inside the bowl until a shaggy dough forms. If the dough doesn’t come together, slowly add more water until a shaggy dough forms. 3. Form dough, as best as you can, into a disk shape, then place into a freezer bag, then into the fridge for an hour to chill. 4. Remove dough from fridge and place onto counter for 5 minute to warm-up a bit. Remove the dough from the freezer bag and place onto a well-floured work surface. 5. Roll dough out to be about 1/4” thick, and about 13-14” in diameter, aiming for a general circle shape (however it does not need to be perfect). Place rolled out dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Filling & Baking the Rustic Spiced Pear Galette 1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. Set aside. 2. Spread a layer of apple butter along with bottom of the galette dough, leaving a 2-3” border around the edges. Then place the slices of pears in a single, even, and relatively compact layer on top of the apple butter. Sprinkle the pears with the sugar mixture, then top intermittently with the cubed cold butter. 3. Gently fold the bare edge of the dough over the filling, overlapping the dough as necessary. Press gently to seal the edges. 4. In a small dish, whisk together the egg and water until frothy and combined. Brush this egg wash across the edges of the galette, then sprinkle with turbinado sugar. 5. Place the Rustic Spiced Pear Galette into the oven, bake for 35 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. RECIPE NOTES † to measure flour correctly, use a spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup, then level off with a straight edge. Do not pack the flour into the cup, or scoop with the measuring cup straight from the bag/ container. Alternatively, weigh the flour (1 cup = 120g or 4oz)
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IN THE KITCHEN
Food Waste By Kaleigh McMordie Photo Credit Heather Rowland Photography
Americans throw out $218 billion of food annually. Not only are we throwing away food, but money as well. So I try to make every effort to keep the food waste in my house to a minimum, something I think we can all look at in our own homes and try to be mindful of as we go about our lives.
MAKE A PLAN
SHOP MORE FREQUENTLY Instead of making one big grocery trip, make a couple of smaller ones throughout the week. Despite our best intentions, plans can change and you may end up eating out or eating leftovers one night instead of cooking. If you only shop for the next few days at once, you are more likely to buy only what you need, knowing you’re coming back to the store in a few days.
STORE YOUR FOOD STRATEGICALLY
Reducing food waste starts before you go to the grocery store. Take a look in your refrigerator before you go shopping to evaluate what perishables you have that need to be used. Plan your meals and snacks for the week around what you already have and what will be going bad soon. Then make a list and stick to it. Buy only what you need until your next shopping trip to avoid buying too much food that might not get eaten before it spoils.
Try to place things that spoil more quickly where you can see them so you don’t forget they are there. Try placing fruit or cut-up vegetables in see-through containers at eye level. Also, make sure you keep your refrigerator clean and uncluttered so that food doesn’t get pushed to the back to spoil. Over-stuffed fridges and freezers run less efficiently, costing you money and circulating cool air poorly.
ONLY BUY WHAT YOU KNOW YOU WILL EAT
EMBRACE THE UGLY
Shopping in bulk can be a great way to save money, but it’s not a good deal if you end up throwing it away. Make sure your family will eat what you buy before it goes bad. We like to vacuum seal meat, poultry, and fish and freeze it if there is a good deal on bigger packages. The same goes for fresh fruit and vegetables. Even if they are on special, resist the urge to buy too much that could end up spoiling.
Sadly, produce that doesn’t look pristine often doesn’t get sold from grocery store shelves despite being perfectly edible. Make an effort to buy the awkward shaped fruits and veggies so that they don’t get tossed out. And don’t ignore the less than perfect produce in your fridge. A small bruise can easily be cut away so that you can enjoy the rest.
USE THE SCRAPS Have you ever thought about why you cut out the kale stalks or peel your carrots? You really don’t have to. Even if you do cut away things like broccoli stalks, you can use them, along with things like beet or radish greens, in salads, soups or stir-fries. Greens like carrot tops can also be used in pesto. Finally, plenty of other scraps, like onion, carrot, and celery ends, herb stalks, parmesan rinds, and chicken carcasses can be used to make homemade broth. MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 83
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IN GOOD HEALTH
THE WORLD OF FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
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Chaga Mushroom Latte By Jules Hunt @omandthecity
’ve been whipping up this Spiced Chaga Latte in the afternoon and it is delicious. Let's dive into what chaga
is, the potential health benefits, and how exactly I make mine. WHAT IS CHAGA? Chaga is a nutrient-dense mushroom that grows on birch trees in the Northern Hemisphere. Chaga has the highest ORAC score (the measure of antioxidant potency) of any superfood on earth, and has been traditionally used by shamanic healers in Asia, Russia, and other Northern European countries to treat everything from viruses, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. It is traditionally harvested and grated into a fine powder to be mixed into hot or cold liquid. As with any wellness product, you should always do your own research and decide whether it’s right for you.
SPICED CHAGA MUSHROOM LATTE • 3/4 cup Filtered Water heated to 175 degrees • 1/3 cup Nut Milk heated • 2 tsps Chaga Mushroom Powder • 1/2 tsp Raw Cacao Powder • 1/2 tsp Pure Maple Syrup • 1 Tbsp Coconut Butter • 2 Scoops of Collagen Peptides • Sprinkle in Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Cloves! • Blend it all up in a high-speed quality blender like Vitamix for one minute!
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IN GOOD HEALTH
FACTORS TO CONSIDER IN DESIGNING A SUSTAINABLE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE By Brooke Rosolino
e are living in an age of information
Brooke Rosolino is a coach and consultant. She has been working with clients for six years to co-create customized health plans that fit within your lifestyle and goals. If you find you need support in creating healthy habits, you can reach out to Brooke Rosolino by emailing her: firstname.lastname@example.org or reaching out to her on Instagram @brookerosolino.
overload. It can be hard to know what and whom to believe. It can all seem so complicated that our health journeys feel
like a constant pulling of straws. To simplify your health journey today, here are five key factors to keep in mind as you continue to build a sustainable healthy lifestyle. Keep in mind; it is easy to do anything for a short amount of time. When we are talking about our health journey, consistency trumps everything. Itâ€™s the daily and weekly habits that will make or break our health. Below are 5 factors to consider as you design sustainable health plan.
BECOME AN INFORMED EATER. Nutrition is
the #1 factor we can control that determines our body fat % and energy levels. The best way to do this is to log your food intake. I like My Fitness Pal, which is an app on your phone and is very user friendly. It can help manage your daily and weekly calories by knowing how your food adds up. In general, our perceived intake is very different than our actual intake.
BUILD AND SUSTAIN YOUR MUSCLE MASS.
Muscle protects our bones and helps prevent breaks and falls as we age. Muscle also speeds up our metabolism. Two ways to build muscle mass are: eating an adequate amount of protein, and resistance training. I encourage you to eat 75% of your total body weight. To lose body fat, try eating your body weight in protein (until you reach your goal), and resistance training. We must challenge our muscles to build them. I recommend resistance training 3 times a week.
MOVE YOUR BODY DAILY. Yes, daily! Moving
your body is the easiest way to move stress out of your nervous system. The simple habit of walking outside daily has enormous amounts of mental and physical benefits like releasing feel-good chemicals in your body called endorphins, giving you healthy doses of Vitamin D, and inspiring creativity.
SLEEP. Create healthy evening routines that allow you
to get at least 7 hours of sleep. Keeping a consistent bedtime is helpful so that your body can stay in a sleep rhythm. Remember to put those screens away as early as possible. If you must be on a screen before bedtime, purchase some blue light blocking glasses.
PRACTICE MINDFULNESS. We can be healthy in
our bodies, yet sick in our hearts and minds. Pay attention to what you are feeling. Tune into your body sensations when you are in place of fear, worry, judgement, or doubt. Then explore different ways to restore yourself to a place of commitment, faith, trust, forgiveness and personal responsibility. I have a playlist that helps restore me. I also go on a walk outside if I need to be restored! MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 89
Struggles of Being
A Working Mom by Kristina Holcomb with Waco MomsSM
s this our new normal? Covid-19 has brought many changes to our lives. While there are positions and careers that allow for us to work from home, it’s
not what it used to be. Working from home means different things to different people. For moms, it’s a juggling act between keeping the routine of the household, making sure you are present and attending to your work life - all at the same time. We have all experienced the updates, information, and changes Covid-19 continues to bring, and with that it has created a sensory overload. It’s like when your infant is on the play mat looking all around at the colors, textures, and mirror, and then vomits. For the working mom, there are mixed emotions. We are grateful to have our job, but the pressure of getting our littles in a routine, logging into their Zoom meetings, answering their questions, and keeping them engaged, all while working simultaneously, has brought many of us to a breaking point. But what gives? Many schools are still utilizing e-learning, and in some cases we as parents feel like that is the safest option for our family. Luckily, we have amazing schools and administrators who have dedicated this time to learn and create an environment that works as best as it can for both the schools and parents. It all helps. At the end of the day, the saying, “do what’s best for your family” has never rung truer. Everyone’s circumstances and situations are different. We have all had to reflect, really consider what is important to us, and focus on the “now”. Here are some ideas to consider during these wild times.
DO WHAT YOU CAN As a working mom, routine and schedules are critical to a successful day. With Covid-19 our routines feel as if they are in a tornado that changes each hour. Understanding that things are going to be interrupted and the day might not go as planned is essential. Having the flexibility to pivot when needed is important. Plan as best you can and then get ready to roll with the punches.
GET OUTSIDE Fresh air has never felt so good! Take your work outside and let the kids run off some energy. Or enjoy your lunch break and let the emails pile high. Go play outside with your kids and leave the chaos of the day behind, even if it’s just for 15 minutes.
BE SELECTIVE Consider what needs be communicated by an email or message versus what needs to be a meeting or phone call. If you can have some say in those things, do it! Being home with kids, regardless of the age, is usually loud. To avoid added stress on yourself, plan the time as best you can, and be selective with the things you fill your day with. Consider planning activities for when your spouse can help and/or plan certain jobs/activities that are better suited for one another.
LAUGH Because if you don’t, you’ll likely cry- which is okay too! Find the joy in the day and take time to laugh about things that are happening. There are plenty of great memes and social posts to keep us all laughing for a while. We are all figuring this out for the first time and doing the best we can. Show grace to others and yourself. Most importantly, stay safe and know that you are not in this alone.
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FROM THE HEART
Meet Crissie Richardson I have been married to my husband retired Maj. Robert Richardson for 21 years. We spent 18 of those years in the U.S. Army. We have three dogs Sadie Mae, Diesel, and Leia. I was raised in Breckenridge, TX and attended college at Texas A&M University. We have lived in this area since 2003. Robert retired from the Army in 2016, just after we opened Premier Temple. We moved to Salado soon after that.
PROFESSION: I hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, as well as a BBA and MS in Marketing from Texas A&M University. My nursing career began as a nurse intern in the Emergency Department at Scott and White. I worked there until 2016 when I joined the Premier team. At Premier, I helped to open the Temple facility as Nurse Manager. A short time later, my responsibilities expanded to include serving as Regional Nurse Manager for three of our Premier facilities. I am an active member of the Emergency Nurses Association with a passion for advocating for emergency nurses throughout the state. WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO GO INTO THAT FIELD? Initially, being a nurse was not the career path I had ever considered. Then I married a military man and realized I needed a job that I could do wherever we went, so I chose nursing. I moved to Belton while he went to Korea for a year, and graduated from UMHB in December of 2005. I started in the ED as a nurse intern. There were some REALLY tough days, but I don’t regret it for a second. I love being a nurse and advocating for other nurses. WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE? I round with staff, see if there are any needs I can assist my team with, have our daily OHANA (review of our past 24 hours and any issues/concerns/updates for the next 24 hours to make our team aware of), followed by catching up with emails. There is also lots of brainstorming and collaborating with others via many different modalities to continually improve our patient care processes.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST MOTIVATOR? Making my family proud and working hard now so that I can play later. WHAT'S THE MOST REWARDING PART ABOUT YOUR JOB? The most rewarding part of my job is providing our nurses and other staff members with the training and tools they need to provide our community with the best possible care that we can give. HOBBIES: I love to read, hang out on the back porch with my pups, bake with my niece (it's not always pretty to look at, but it tastes good!), and I also like to travel. OH! And football— Cowboys and Aggies! FAVORITE HOT SPOTS AROUND TOWN: In Waco, my favorite restaurants are La Fiesta and Baris. For Temple, my favorite restaurants are Millers BBQ and MeeMee’s Thai food. I also enjoy spending time hanging out with friends and family at Barrow Brewing Co. in Salado. FAVORITE ACTIVITY AROUND TOWN: One of my favorite events to attend is the Temple Community Clinic’s annual Caring Ball. AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS/BOARDS YOU ARE ON: I am the president-elect for the Texas Emergency Nurses Association, which represents ~5000 emergency nurses in the state of Texas. Our local chapter recently won the Team award from the National Emergency Nurses Association for our efforts to bring the Stop the Bleed Program to local schools. MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 91
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Are Teaching Us All By Julie Hays
Some of the greatest lessons I've learned from teachers have come in 2020. I've always had an appreciation for educators, but never before like I do now. When the first bell rang this fall with the lurking threat of COVID-19, some students returned to campus. Others, like my three kids, stayed home to learn virtually. I'm in an unusual high-risk category right now because of a drug I take for a pre-existing condition. Without teachers being the rock stars they are, my family's health would be at greater risk. And some teachers are doing both. The gratitude we feel as a family for teachers is deep and personal.
My youngest, Natalie, started first grade this fall. I dressed her up on her first day of school even though she was not
We had a choice, but they did not. Teachers had to go to
going on campus. That morning, I faked my best smile while
work and under anything but normal circumstances. Masks.
taking her picture. But a teacher named Mrs. Minard came
Social distancing. Temperature checks. Stressed out parents
along and somehow virtual learning began to seem normal.
and nervous kiddos. Some teachers have classrooms full
Natalie has dress-up days, words of the day and is reading
of students, while others sit in empty classrooms trying to
with her peers through Google Meets. It's not traditional, but
connect with their students through a computer.
her progress is right on par. MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 93
John is in second grade. Most of his buddies are on campus and that's hard for a 7-year-old boy to understand. Luckily for me, his teacher is Leeann Fortenberry whose passion is undeniable and whose methods are fun. John says Mrs. Fortenberry loves to dance. She's even known to throw a good virtual Friday pep rally. Callie was supposed to be enjoying fourth grade traditions
Teachers, I've always known you were versatile, strong, brave
in the final year at her school. Missing out on my account
and underappreciated, but maybe I didn't understand the
has been tough, but her teachers, Ms. Sandager and Mrs.
lengths you'd go to do your job:
Bullajian, made that mom guilt disappear. That you'd act silly in front of a camera to engage a student Ms. Sandager gives every virtual lesson her all. I don't know
on a sofa.
how she does it but she makes watching a lesson online exciting. And she's creative. As a reward, Callie once got to
That you'd put on your bravest face behind a mask to comfort
"bring her dog to class."
students showing up to class unsure about what to expect.
Mrs. Bullajian has brought the campus to Callie. She's
That youâ€™d risk your health, your comfort and your peace of
dropped by more than once for a front porch visit. If you've
mind to educate, no matter what.
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And that is a lesson we can all learn from. .
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ON THE ROAD
Weekend Escape TO CALVERT, TEXAS
60 miles south of Waco
THE PIN OAK BED & BREAKFAST The Pin Oak B & B is a 120-year-old Queen Anne Victorian house sitting on an entire city block, nestled among thirty-one stately live oaks within Calvert’s National Historic District. The third largest in Texas. The Pin Oak B & B has four spacious guest rooms decorated with antiques including a full epicurean breakfast. Step back into a more gracious period of time and let the Pin Oak make your stay memorable. _________________________________________________________ 503 Pin Oak St. Calvert, TX 77837 979.364.2935 Pinoakbb.com
GALLERY ON MAIN AND CAST IRON BISTRO Calvert's newest Gallery and Bistro welcomes guest to view original paintings Bronze sculptures and beautiful photography as they enjoy a down home dining with a modern flair experience. ________________________ Located at 726 Main Street Calvert, TX 346.719.7719
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EN GEDI VINEYARDS AND WINERY Visit our tasting room on historic Main Street in Calvert, or order online. Karen and Pat’s passion for the farm life led them to Milam and Robertson counties where they are dedicated to growing the finest wine grapes I the Brazos Valley, and producing spectacular award-winning 100% Texas wines. One sip and you will understand! We love what we do and hope our customers do too! Nothing fake, just real Texas wine, grown, vented and bottled right on our family farm and winery. __________________________________ 604 S. Main Calvert, TX 77837 254.265.9669 engedivineyards.com
FARMERS TO MARKET CALVERT COFFEE COMPANY
Welcome! You will find an eclectic selection of fossils, jewelry, greeting cards, boxes, and much more in this working pottery studio. Whether you are looking for a memento or a significant purchase, we are hoping that you will enjoy your experience in this unique store. ________________________________ 419 S. Main Street Calvert, TX 206.683.3882 email@example.com
WONKEY DONKEY Wonkey Donkey located on charming Main Street in Calvert, Texas is a wood fired pizza restaurant with a small menu of other favorite items. We also feature wines from 9 Texas vineyards as well as a few popular and local microbrew beers. We are a family friendly, elegant ranch atmosphere with excellent food, terrific drinks, warm hospitality, gift shop, and nightlife entertainment. ___________________________________ 505 S. Main Street Calvert, TX 77837 979.906.0495 wonkey-donkey.com
The Calvert Gallery 510 N. Main Street in Calvert Texas. Original Oil Paintings
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Located in Calvert’s acclaimed Historic Business District, Farmers To Market/Calvert Coffee Company is a premier, traditional coffee/espresso bar representing the heart of the community. Celebrated for its signature drink, a Crème Brûlée latte. The barista caramelizes the sugar, just like the dessert, personally for each and every drink. A large backyard patio with outdoor seating, fireplace and greenhouse is the perfect setting to gather with friends or reserve for your next private event, tea or luncheon. _________________________ 704 S. Main Street, Calvert, TX 77837 979.364.2323 Farmers-To-Market.com
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ost Creek Gallery has made its home in the quaint little town of Calvert, 60 miles South of Waco & 35 Miles north of Bryan College Station Texas. In this lovingly restored 1878 building you will find artwork of award-winning artists. Representational art is their style. Step into the gallery and feel welcomed and comfortable while enjoying walls hung with fantastic original art-work and sculpture sitting elegantly on pedestals. Upon entering, visitors are pleasantly surprised at the quality of artwork in the gallery of small historic Calvert. “The gallery is truly a gem of Central Texas.” As a bonus, owner/artist June Cates or artist Cynthie Hanks may be seated at their easels creating another work of art. Lost Creek Gallery opened its doors on September 26, 2019 & has thrived even with the pandemic which has caused many new or small businesses to close down. We are grateful to have survived
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New York City is always a good idea, and, with more opening up, there’s no better way to spend Christmas than surrounded by the beauty of the city. ______________ STAY Riu Plaza Times Square New York, Lotte New York Palace EAT Visit a Christmas lover’s dream and dine at Rolf’s German Restaurant for authentic cuisine and a stein of beer, or spot celebrities at Gallagher’s Steakhouse in the Theatre District. DO Explore the Christmas windows along 5th Avenue and check out one of NYC’s many holiday markets.
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ENTERTAINMENT HOMESTEAD HERITAGE
Type of Place: Craft Village Address: 608 Dry Creek Rd, Waco, TX 76705 Phone: 254-754-9600 Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm
Type of Place: Home Goods Market + Food Trucks and Lawn Games Address: 601 Webster Ave, Waco, TX 76706 Phone: 254-235-0603 Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday: 9am-6pm
WACO DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET
Type of Place: Natural Science & History Museum Address: 1300 S University Parks Dr, Waco, TX Phone: 254-710-1110 Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday: 10am-5:30pm, Sunday: 12pm-5:30pm
Type of Place: Farmersâ€™ Market Address: 500 Washington Ave, Waco, TX 76701 Phone: 254-307-1884 Hours of Operation: Saturday: 9am-12pm
DR. PEPPER MUSEUM
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Type of Place: Historical Museum Address: 300 S 5th St, Waco, TX 76701 Phone: 254-757-1025 Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday: 10am-5:30pm, Sunday: 12pm-5:30pm
Type of Place: Water Park Address: 5347 Old Mexia Rd, Waco, TX 76705 Phone: 254-227-6388 Hours of Operation: Sunday-Saturday: 11am-7pm
Type of Place: City Park Address: 2601 N University Parks Dr, Waco, TX Phone: 254-750-5980 Hours of Operation: Sunday-Saturday: 6am-12am
Type of Place: City Tours Address: 215 S University Parks Dr Suite #104, Waco, TX Phone: 254-300-8725 Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday: 9am-6pm, Sunday: 1pm-6pm
CAMERON PARK ZOO
THE BACKYARD BAR STAGE AND GRILL
Type of Place: Zoo Address: 1701 N 4th St, Waco, TX 76707 Phone: 254-750-8400 Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm
WACO SUSPENSION BRIDGE Type Of Place: Suspension Bridge Address: 101 N University Parks Drive, Waco, Texas 76701 Phone Number: (254) 750-5980 Hours: Things To Do: Tortilla Tossing, Picnics
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Type of Place: Restaurant & Bar Address: 511 S 8th St, Waco, TX 76706 Phone: 254-235-1151 Hours of Operation: Sunday-Saturday: 11am-2am
TEXAS RANGER HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM Type of Place: Museum Address: 100 Texas Ranger Trail, Waco, Texas 76706 Phone Number: (254) 750-8631 Hours: Sunday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm Things To Do: Take a look at the history, artifacts, and photos of the Texas Rangers
ENTERTAINMENT PRACTICALLY PICASSO
KLASSY GLASS WINE BAR
Type of Place: Art Studio Address:4310 West Waco Drive, Waco, TX Phone: 254-217-8793 Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday: 10am-8pm Friday: 10am-9pm, Saturday: 12pm-9pm, Sunday: 1pm-6pm
Type of Place: Wine Bar Address: 723 Austin Ave #1, Waco, TX Phone: 254-752-1008 Hours of Operation: Monday-Tuesday: 4pm-10pm, Wednesday-Thursday: 2pm-10pm, Friday: 2pm-12am, Saturday: 5pm-12am
LITTLE LAND PLAY GYM
BARNETT’S PUBLIC HOUSE
Type of Place: Kids Play Gym Address: 1201 Hewitt Dr. #107, Waco, TX Phone: 254-572-8890 Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday: 9am-6pm, Friday-Saturday: 9pm-7pm, Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Type of Place: Old School Bar Address: 420 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX Phone: 254-714-1356 Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Thursday: 11am-12am, Friday: 11am-2am, Saturday: 10am-2am, Sunday: 10am-10pm
HEMINGWAY’S WATERING HOLE
Type of Place: Trampoline Park Address: 5701 W Waco Dr, Waco, TX Phone: 254-845-8004 Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday: 4pm-8pm, Friday: 4pm-11pm, Satuday: 10am-11pm, Sunday: 12pm-8pm
Type of Place: Pub Address: 4700 Bosque Blvd, Ste B, Waco, TX Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday: 5pm-2am
CRICKET’S GRILL & DRAFTHOUSE
BARE ARMS BREWING
Type of Place: Grill & Drafthouse Address: 211 Mary Ave, Waco, TX Phone: 254-754-4677 Hours of Operation: Sunday-Saturday: 11am-2am
Type of Place: Brewery Address: 2515 La Salle Ave, Waco, TX Phone: 254-759-8480 Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 4pm-8pm, Saturday-Sunday: 12pm-4pm
Z’S AT THE CURRY
Type of Place: Movie Theater, Bar, Restaurant Address: 724 Austin Avenue, Waco, TX Phone: 254-296-9000 Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday: 11am-9pm, Friday: 11am-11pm, Saturday: 9am-11pm, Sunday: 9am-9pm
Type of Place: Bar Address: 611 Washington Ave, Waco, TX Phone: 254-235-1757 Hours of Operation: TuesdayWednesday: 4pm-10pm, Thursday: 4pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday: 4pm-12am
HAWAIIAN FALLS WACO
Type Of Place: Waterpark Address: 900 Lake Shore Drive, Waco, Texas 76708 Phone Number: (254) 892-0222 Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10:30am-6:00pm, Friday-Saturday: 10:30am-7:00pm Things To Do: Wave Pool, Slides, Lazy River
Type Of Place: Park and Recreation Address: Estates Drive, Waco, Texas 76712 Phone Number: (254) 772-4050 Hours: Open 24/7 Things To Do: Lake Hiking Trails, Disc Golf
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RESTAURANTS LOLITA'S RESTAURANTE
Type of Food: Mexican Address: 1911 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76701 Phone: 254-755-8008 Our Favorite to order: The large breakfast burritos; bacon, egg, potato, and cheese with red salsa
Type of Food: Steaks - Fine Dining Address: 1201 Hewitt Dr #110, Waco, TX 76712 Phone: 254-666-3100 Our Favorite to order: The Filet, Shrimp + Scallops
SCHMALTZ'S SANDWICH SHOPPE
Type of Food: Sandwich + Soups Address: 105 S 5th St #2102, Waco, TX 76701 Phone: 254-753-2332 Our Favorite to order: The original sandwich and Wisconsin cheddar soup
Type of Food: Mexican Address: 3815 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76710 Phone: 254-756-4701 Our Favorite to order: Chicken Enchiladas, Chicken Quesadillas, Fajitas and Nachos
GEORGE’S RESTAURANT & BAR
Type of Food: Everything - Great Burgers & Chicken Address: 1925 Speight Ave, Waco, TX 76706 Phone: 254-753-1421 Our Favorite to order: Bear Bites, Chicken Fried Chicken, Cheeseburgers, Big O’s
Type of Food: Italian Address: 904 N Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76710 Phone: 254-755-8008 Our Favorite to order: “Pink Sauce” + rolls, Manicotti, Lasagna, Fried Cheese Ravioli
CUPP’S DRIVE INN
Type of Food: BBQ Address: 1600 Speight Ave, Waco, TX 76706 Phone: 254-752-7591 Our Favorite to order: The Gut Pak - Its a local favorite on their menu! It includes Fritos, beans, chopped brisket, sausage, cheese, and bread! Just trust us!
Type of Food: Old school hamburgers Address: 1424 Speight Ave, Waco, TX 76706 Phone: 254-753-9364 Our Favorite to order: Cheeseburger + french fries. Seriously, best in town!
KATIE'S FROZEN CUSTARD
Type of Food: Sandwich, Soups & Desserts Address: 1509 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701 Phone: 254-754-7467 Our Favorite to order: The Sironia Trio, Vermicelli Salad, Tuna Salad on a Croissant, their signature muffins, every dessert!
Type of Food: Custard (Ice Cream) Address: 602 S Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76711 Phone: 254-754-5899 Our Favorite to order: Butter pecan cone, chocolate or vanilla cone, Brownie Sundae
BROWN HOUSE CAFÉ
Type of Food: Scratch Kitchen Address: 608 Dry Creek Rd, Waco, TX 76705 Phone: 254-754-9604 Our Favorite to Order: Pancakes
Type of Food: Mama’s Home Cooking Address: 9110 Jordan Ln, Woodway, TX 76712 Phone: 254-235-1251 Our Favorite to Order: Cobb Salad and Chicken Salad Sandwich
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RESTAURANTS BUZZARD BILLY’S
ALPHA OMEGA GRILL & BAKERY
Type of Food: Seafood / Water Front Bar Address: 100 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd Phone: 254-753-2778 Our Favorite to order: Gator Fingers, Armadillo Eggs, Fish and Chips
Type of Food: Mediterranean + Gyro Sandwich Address: 929 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76701 Phone: 254-732-7506 Our Favorite to order: Chicken Gyro
HAROLD WAITE PANCAKE & STEAK
Type of Food: Breakfast Address: 941 Lake Air Dr, Waco, TX 76710 Phone: 254-772-9970 Our Favorite to order: Pancakes and Bacon
Type of Food: Pizza Address: 703 N Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76710 Phone: 254-776-6776 Our Favorite to order: Pepperoni Pizza
THE OLIVE BRANCH
JAKE’S TEA HOUSE
Type of Food: Breakfast + Lunch Address: 215 S 2nd St, Waco, TX 76701 Phone: 254-757-0885 Our Favorite to order: French Toast, Breakfast Croissant, Texas BLT and Potato Soup
Type of Food: Retro eatery with a classic Southern fare, plus homemade desserts & local beers. Address: 613 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701 Phone: 254-756-2522 Our Favorite to order: Chicken Fried Steak
Type of Food: Mexican Address: 220 S 3rd St, Waco, TX 76701 Phone: 254-757-2050 Our Favorite to order: Chicken Enchiladas
Type of Food: Breakfast + Lunch Address: 2132 S Valley Mills Dr, Waco, TX 76706 Phone: 254-235-6111 Our Favorite to order: Biscuits and gravy, Strawberry Butter, Bacon, House BLT, Lemon Lavender Donut Holes, Aunt Opal's Banana Pudding
Type of Food: Burgers + Milkshakes Address: 2600 W Waco Dr, Waco, TX 76710 Phone: 254-753-1118 Our Favorite to order: Cheeseburger, Fries and a chocolate Milkshake. It has been around since 1963 and is a longtime Wacoan Favorite.
Type of Food: Vietnamese Address: 416 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76701 Phone: 254-756-2721 Our Favorite to order: Pork and Chicken Egg Rolls
CORONA’S DE ORO
Type of Food: Good Mix of Everything Address: 720 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76701 Phone: 254-759-8027 Our Favorite to Order: Ramen from Koko Ramen
Type of Food: Mexican Address: 219 S East St, Belton, TX 76513 Phone: 254-613-5007 Our Favorite to Order: Enchiladas and Margaritas
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Type of Shopping: Clothing Address: 2704 W Loop 340 D6, Waco, TX 76711 Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm
Type of Shopping: Gifts, Clothes, Home Decor Address: 1509 Austin Avenue, Waco, Texas Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-6pm
JUNQUE IN THE TRUNK
Type of Shopping: Clothing Address: 2444 W Loop 340 #14, Waco, TX 76711 Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am-8pm Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Type of Shopping: Antiques, Home Decor Address: 910 La Salle Ave, Waco, Texas Hours: Wednesday-Saturday: 10am-5pm Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Type of Shopping: Gifts, Clothes, Home Decor Address: 213 Mary Ave, Waco, TX 76701 Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Type of Shopping: Clothing, Accessories, Gifts, and Home Decor Address: 408 Lake Road, Belton, TX 76513 Hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm, Saturday: 10am-4pm
Type of Shopping: Clothing Address: S 2nd St, Waco, Texas Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm
Type of Shopping: Gifts, Clothes, Home Decor Address: 501 S 8th St, Waco, TX 76706 Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm
Type of Shopping: Monogramming, Embroidering and Gifts Address: 1401 S 31st St Ste I, Temple, TX 76504 Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10am-5pm, Saturday: 10am-2pm
Type of Shopping: Gifts and Clothes Address: 804 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701 Hours: Monday-Saturday: 12pm-6pm
CRYIN' OUT LOUD BOUTIQUE
Type of Shopping: Children's Clothing and Gifts Address: 1401 S 31st st Suite A, Temple, TX 76504 Hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-5:30, Saturday: 10am-2pm
Type of Shopping: Clothing and Accessories Address: 113 S. University Parks Dr., Waco, TX 76701 Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 12pm-6pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm
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Columbus Avenue and Eighth Street
214 S. 4th St, Waco, TX
324 S. Sixth St. , Waco, TX
5th and Franklin, Waco, TX
501 S. Eighth St., Waco, TX
300 S 6th St. Waco, TX
910 La Salle Ave, Waco, TX
808 Austin Ave, Waco, TX
622 Washington Ave, Waco, TX
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