How to beat the HOLIDAY BLUES, or at least keep them at bay

“Fill your calendar over the holiday with emotional energizers. Instead of saying yes to everything, decide what you want to do and who you want

to be with.”

BarBara Crawford

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Magical lights wow crowds at BLORA

For 18 years, the magic of Christmas has been captured in miles of colorful lights and creative scenes at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. More than 2 million people have toured the elaborate “Nature in Lights” display since it began, making it a cherished ritual for many in the Central Texas area.

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Banker empowered by adventure

A wooden plague sits on Karen Wheeler’s desk in her Extraco Bank office in Belton with the words “She believed she could, so she did.”

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Healthier choices available at local farmers markers

From computers to ice cream, soda to shoes, and wines to beers, many products are manufactured, made or produced in Texas. The list is lengthy but some of the Texas-made products include movies, music and grocery stores that are born and elevated to empire status in the state.

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Celebration of Love

It was love at first sight.

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Finding the Perfect Fit

The art of sewing is a very empowering thing. Creating clothes for others to wear is a true expression of their identity. In many ways, sewing is the ultimate sign of femininity — seductive and passionate, yet comforting. An ancient craft, sewing is also a skill that one can learn, but a true seamstress is an artist who breathes life into fabric.

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Long-Lasting Love

With one out of two marriages ending in divorce these days, it’s rare to find a couple whose love has withstood the tests of time. What do they know that others don’t? Do they have a secret to marital success?

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Getting down to business

Success is not defined by a career, education, title or wealth. Intangible and fluid, it cannot be confined or denied by any boundaries. Like physical traits, success is unique to everyone and comes in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes. Tex Appeal found several local women of various ages who are all defining success on their own terms.

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Answering God’s call

For 16 years, Janice Jones worked in technical business and exploration technology for an insurance company. With biology degrees, she also taught and served as an adjunct instructor at Montgomery Community College, now Lone Star College.

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Grow it! Container Gardens

If the answer to this question is negative, don’t despair. Even the hardiest gardeners have been tempted to throw their gardening gloves into the compost pile due to the dual challenges of the prolonged Texas drought and the unusually harsh winter.

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Awareness + Intervention = Prevention

Child Abuse in Central Texas

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Any Way You Slice It

Day trippers who do venture off Interstate 35 are in for a treat and will find new life breathing into this historic little country town. Century-old storefronts have been revamped and repainted in bright, colorful shades of blue, purple, and hot pink and have created a cheerful place where creative souls and energies flow to synergize Lorena’s old-town shopping district with one-of-a-kind shops and eateries such as The Crossroads Antique Mall, The Blue Roan Café, Just For You Gift Shop, The Village Lamp-Lighter, and The Pepper West Gals porcelain art studio.

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Chic & Cheesy

Create a stylish spread at your next party and impress your guests with a variety of cheeses on a rustic cheeseboard accompanied by an array of beautiful fresh fruits, whole grain crackers, rustic breads, fresh nuts, chutney or honey, and marinated black and green olives.

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Feeling the Squeeze

Life is busy in the Pierce household.

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Money smarts begin with the ABCs

Kids are like sponges that quickly soak up what they see and hear. Raising money smart kids should start when the children are young—even a 3-year-old can grasp putting coins in a piggy bank.

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