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Winter Boredom Busters for Extreme Family Fun (on the Cheap)

The economy wanes. Credit card bills are in from the holidays. Your CPA sent you a reminder…tax season is right around the corner! Yea. Then the little lights of your life turn off the Xbox and proclaim, with all sincerity, “We’re bored!”

Before you kick them out in the cold North Texas weather, consider that you could use some decompression time. So for the sake of your mental health and skimpy budget, and to teach the kids that out of adversity, resourcefulness is born, check out these ideas. They are the top five winter equivalents to traditional summer activities .

(You do NOT have to get supplies at Wal-Mart, so there’s another perk. And no electricity is required. Everything you need should be in your house. If not, improvise. That’s half the fun. Oh, and be sure to have your camera close at hand.) Continue reading


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Winter Gardening in Northeast Tarrant County

Grapevine, Southlake, Roanoke, and Trophy Club fall in the 8a-7b “middle south,” according to the National Gardening Association website’s USDA Hardiness Zone Finder. What does this mean to you, who have little time for serious gardening? In short, if you want your gardens to look good, you need to know which plants thrive in the middle south. For a full list, visit

As for bulbs, if you haven’t planted them, you may be too late. In our zone, bulbs should go in the ground in December. However, if you hurry, your tulips may bloom in April. Click here to read planting instructions for tulip bulbs.

The Texas Cooperative Extension at A&M offers this advice regarding bulbs. Continue reading

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Remodeled Bathroom in Grapevine Historic District

A drive in the historic Grapevine neighborhood, just east of Main Street, can make you feel like time stood still 50 years ago. Treed streets are lined with unique old homes whose charm and character have only grown richer through the years. Time, though, is not quite so kind to the heavily used bathrooms and kitchens in these quaint abodes.

Recently, Chris Duty, Roanoke resident and owner of Striking Image Porcelain Refinishing, transformed one of these homes’ decaying old bathrooms into a fresh, modern bath that not only looks great, but significantly adds to the  home’s value. The homeowner, a do-it-yourselfer by nature, wanted to finish out the bathroom by painting it and laying a new floor himself. Chris was happy to do the work that required a little more expertise. Continue reading

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