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How Military Families Can Communicate No Matter The Miles Between

1. Write a simple note and hide it before you leave. When you sense your loved one is having a rough day give him...

How To: Displaying the Fabric of Time

Do you have much-loved photographs or postcards stashed in a drawer or box? Do you have prized vacation photos stored in your smartphone? Are...

How To: Patriotic Lawn Stars and Wind Chimes

What captures the true spirit of the Fourth of July in Texas? Stars and stripes – and longhorns, of course! While you may not...

How To: Build Unique Birdhouses

Check out these suggestions, most being easy, inexpensive and fun, for homemade birdhouses. Chalkboard Birdhouses This design is easy, inexpensive and loads of fun for all...

How To: Deliver a Basket of Sunshine

We’ve all experienced times in our lives when the support of others seem to be the saving grace that helped us survive. There are...

Fancy Flocking: A December DIY from McKinney Magazine

  Do you ever tire of your same old holiday wreath? Looking for an easy and elegant alternative to that worn-out, faded heirloom? Well, lace...

How To: Pumpkin Patch in McKinney

  It’s that time of year when the temperatures are starting to dip and fall colors start to make their appearance. It’s also the perfect...

How To: Balloon Avalanche

  You will need ...       •  Inward-opening door       •  A helper (four hands are needed)       •  Team color balloons       •  Crepe paper streamers       •  Tape       •  Scissors Photos by Patti Richardson Step One Inflate 15-20 balloons. Step Two One person holds balloons...

How To: Get Started in Photography

Can I just share with you one of my heartfelt desires? Not the one where I wish I were a Broadway star. There’s another...

How To: One-Of-A-Kind Message Center

What’s really great about this project is that most of the supplies can be found around the house. Supplies Decorative frame with glass Fabric * Dry-erase markers Foam-core board X-Acto...

How To: Fourth Of July Fun

  Give your 4th of July party some sizzle. The Pop Rocks will pop from the moisture in the cake, so don’t pour them in...

How To: Night Writing

SUPPLIES Different colored laser pointers, mini mag lights, sparklers or small LED key chain lights Digital camera with an adjustable shutter speed Tripod or solid surface on...

How To: Green Earth Day Projects

Create a little “green” fun for Earth Day with the kids this year. These two projects are simple, inexpensive and use items you probably...

How To: Spring Clean The Natural Way

All Purpose Cleaner This all purpose cleaner took just a few minutes to make and offers a great alternative to harsh chemicals. Supplies: •  Spray bottle•  2 Tbsp. of...

How To: Make Dinnertime Valentines

Valentine’s Day = hearts, candy, love. It’s not hard to think of words to describe this special day, and words are how my family...

How To: Pom Pom Shooters

  A few items, a few minutes and a few helpers will add a whole lot of fun to Valentine’s Day with these super cute,...

How To: Present With Bows

  When I arrive at a party or shower or holiday get together, I have a gift in tow. More often than not, that gift...

How To: Santa Paws

  We adore our pets. The unconditional love, playful kisses and furiously wagging tails when we walk through the door can make a house a...

How To: Welcome Fall

We made it! We survived a brutal summer and now we get to celebrate one of my favorite times of year – autumn! Just...

How To: T-shirt Quilt

I’ve dreamed of making keepsake quilts for my kids. Quilts that will capture each child’s personality, interests ... their T-shirts. Yep, a T-shirt quilt!...

How To: Light Up the Night

  Cooler days and nights, holidays aplenty, we’re gearing up for fun, holidays and festivals. And so we decorate. Give us a budget, some time and...
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