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There's more to hosting a great barbecue than just grilling some meat and putting it on a plastic tablecloth. If you want to create a truly spectacular event, here are just eight tips for hitting it out of the park!

1. Mind Your Menu

Get a good head count and make a little extra. There's nothing worse than running out of ribs in the middle of your barbecue. Thankfully, you can avoid this fate with a well-planned menu! There are even apps and online calculators that can help you figure out quantities, prices, allergies, and nutritional information.\

2. Offer Activities for All Ages

This is what distinguishes a true "family event" from "an event where families happen to be." Whether it's a simple ring toss or an elaborate pool-based obstacle

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Moving is one of life's most difficult events, particularly for children. To help everyone adapt to the change, there are certain things that you can do in advance of, during, and proceeding the event. This blog contains advice for families moving with kids.

In Advance of the Move

Problems start as you start packing. Communicating is essential. Tell kids what will take place. Include them in the planning to instill excitement. Talk about all of the good aspects of the move and not the people they are abandoning.

On Moving Day

Change is hard on every member of the family. As stressful as it can be, try to stay positive. Your demeanor has a huge influence on your kids and their reactions. The following are a few other things you can do on

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Easter is fast-approaching on April 1, and with the holiday comes many opportunities for family fun. Here are five things to do in Central Texas to celebrate.

Egg Hunt 2018
Austin Zoo
10808 Rawhide Trail
Austin, TX 7873
Date: March 31, 2018; check-in for the event starts at 8:30 a.m.

Bring your basket to collect those eggs at the Austin Zoo! Show up early to enjoy a yummy doughnut breakfast, and then get hunting for eggs. Once you finish, go visit the animals, including Texas wildlife, amphibians and big cats. Admission is free for zoo members, and $5 for the general public. Advance registration is required for this event.

City of Harker Heights 23rd Annual Egg Hunt
Harker Heights Community Ball Fields
307 Miller's Crossing
Harker Heights, TX 76548
Date: March

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Spring break in Austin, Texas is a time to regroup, refresh and look forward to the warm months to come. But let’s be honest for a moment – if you have kids, that week of spring break can feel long if you have nothing planned. To keep from hearing the inevitable “I’m bored,” make a plan to visit the many amazing museums and activities that Austin has to offer. Whether you’re a long time resident or a visitor, there are tons of family-friendly things to do.

Museums are always a great choice for the family because there’s something for everyone to be excited about. Start out at The Thinkery, a hands-on museum that encourages building and creativity. The Austin Nature and Science Center offers indoor and outdoor exhibits to explore, including wildlife

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Did you make an energy efficient improvement to your home this past year? Homeowners who make energy efficient improvements may be able to use tax credits. There are different types of tax credits that can be applied: energy efficiency tax credits and credit for wind, solar, geothermal, and fuel cell tax credits.

Credit for Energy Efficiency

There are many updates that can be made to your home for energy efficiency. This type of tax credit applies to the following energy efficient items:

  • Building components

  • Furnaces

  • Windows

  • Air circulating fans

  • Insulation

  • Roofing

  • Doors

  • Hot water tanks

Certain requirements apply, so check the tax guidelines prior to buying materials

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Valentine's Day is coming up and if you live in or near Austin, Texas, you have all kinds of exciting options for how to show your spouse or significant other that you love them. Here are some of the best Valentine's Day events in Austin this year.

Tom Petty, Talking Heads, and Bee Gees Tributes Concert

How about having a Valentine's date with a little heartbreak? We don't mean this in a bad way. There will be a concert paying homage to three all-time great music acts at Hotel Vegas. The recently-departed Tom Petty will be honored with a tribute to him and his band, The Heartbreakers. New wave titans Talking Heads and disco legends Bee Gees will also be tributed. It's a wonderful way to start dancing and remember some of your favorite

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The time for the big game has finally arrived! The Super Bowl takes place on February 4, 2018 at The US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The game features the New England Patriots vs The Philadelphia Eagles. The Super Bowl is one of the biggest events of the year, and millions of people will be watching. To enhance the viewing experience, many people enjoy going out to one of the nearby Super Bowl viewing parties. Here is a look at some of the best parties to watch the Super Bowl in Austin.

  1. Cover 3
    Cover 3 offers patrons a large menu that is sure to appeal to the entire family. Start your meal off with some chipotle ranch wings or meatball sliders. Desserts include the key lime pie and peach pudding cake.
  2. Salvation Pizza
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If you are wanting to sell your house in the near future or are simply tackling projects, there are certain repairs that are more likely to add value to your home. Some may be more pricey than others. The following are a few ideas for improving home values.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Adding a clean coat of paint is a slight improvement that can dramatically alter the look and feel of a room. To improve resale value, use neutral color schemes. This allows likely buyers to visualize their own possessions in the space instead of being focused on your bold color choices.

Add a Bathroom

If your house only has one restroom, adding even a half bath can make a great difference when you are ready to sell. It is a convenience factor. Separate full

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