It might make you sad to hear it, but the summer is quickly drawing to a close. If you have kids, you probably have already started back-to-school shopping. However, before the school year officially starts, try one or more of these Texas day trips.
Fort Davis. This is one of the best surviving military sites from the Indians Wars era of the late 1800s. This fort was in operation from 1854 to 1891. Visitors can tour many of the restored buildings.
Fort Worth Stockyards. Twice every day, you can watch live cow herding at the Fort Worth Stockyards. In addition, every Friday and Saturday night there is a fun-filled rodeo.
Palo Duro Canyon. This beautiful red rock canyon is often called the “second Grand Canyon.” The park is open every day from 7am-10pm. There are campsites available for a longer stay.
Dinosaur Valley State Park. Walk in the footsteps of giants with a visit to Dinosaur Valley State Park. Follow the river to find the dinosaur tracks. You can also go horseback riding, camping, find a geocache, go for a swim, or catch some fish.
While many people outside of Texas imagine our state as simply rolling hills of desert and grass, here in the Lone Star State we know better. Our home has a wide and varied landscape that leads to some spectacular sights. Here are some of the best natural attractions in Texas to visit on your next adventure.
Balmorhea State Park. Take a weekend trip to Toyahvale to take a swim in the crystal clear, spring-fed waters. Once you experience what swimming in natural spring water feels like, you won’t ever want to swim in a harsh chlorinated pool again.
Devil’s River. Catch a glimpse of the beautiful blue waters found in the Devil’s River. It is located in remote Del Rio, which makes it one of the cleanest rivers in the state—an ideal place to go fishing.
Big Bend National Park.This park is located right along the border with Mexico. Here you can take in the breathtaking sights of a lone mountain range surrounded by desert. You may even catch glimpses of the hundreds of bird species who call this area home.
Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we love taking in the natural beauty of Texas and are proud to call this state our home. What is your favorite natural attraction in Texas?
The holiday season is over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to the next big day—Valentine’s Day! While grown ups don’t get to have candy-packed parties, if your kids go to school, they do. Try some of these DIY Valentine’s Day cards to show off your crafty side.
Candy necklaces. Create your own candy necklaces using licorice strings and gummy rings. Print out cards and tie the necklaces to the cards. Finally, put everything inside a plastic bag to keep it fresh.
Turtles. These cute turtle-shaped cards will make everyone smile. Add some glitter to its feet and put a special message under its shell.
Heart fan. To make these cards you will need four paper hearts, a gold brad, some twine, and anything else you want to add some bling.
Play dough hearts. These are perfect for younger kids. Make some pink-colored homemade play dough and cut out heart shapes using a cookie cutter. Place each heart in a plastic bag to keep it fresh.
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Each January, many of us set resolutions that we want to accomplish by the end of the year. However, even after just a few months, more than half of us have already given up. If you really want to succeed, here are a few tips on how to keep a New Year’s resolution.
Set SMART goals. Make your resolution Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This means, don’t set vague goals like, “I want to save money.” Instead, try something like, “I will save $100 each month.”
Make a plan. Figure out how you are going to save that money, or lose that weight, by laying out a plan and timeline. For example, you will take $50 from each paycheck and put it into a savings account.
Don’t give up. If you find you are missing your goals, don’t give up. Reevaluate your plan and make any needed adjustments. Aim for smaller, more manageable goals. Try saving $20 per paycheck instead of $50, for instance.
Get support. Talk to family and friends to see what their goals are. Find ways to encourage and support each other, especially if you have similar goals.
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If you love everything about autumn and are looking for more excuses to go out and do something, then check out these exciting October events in Midland:
Olivia Newton-Jon will be performing at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 1st, at 8 p.m.
The Basin BBQ Blowout will be held in nearby Odessa at the Ector County Coliseum on Thursday, October 5th, from 5 – 8 p.m. This marks the seventh year for the barbeque cook-off event, which will feature live music from The Chet Johnson Band.
The Lantern Fest in Odessa is scheduled for Sunday, October 15th, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Rolling 7’s Ranch Event Center. Thousands of locals will come together with flying lanterns to light the sky. While you wait for the big moment, enjoy face painting, s’mores, live music, a stage show, food, and more.
Swan Lake will be performed at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 21st, at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., visit the Museum of the Southwest for the Midland Downtown Farmers Market. Autumn is the perfect time to go for apples, pumpkins, and more.
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The 69th Season of Summer Mummers. Catch this hilarious show that takes you back to the summer of ’69 as performed by the Midland Community Theatre. The show runs all summer long, every weekend.
Pops in the Park. Celebrate Independence Day with a great live concert at Comanche Trail Park on July 3rd in nearby Big Spring. You can start heading to the park at 5pm to take your pick from a variety of food vendors. Then, there is a pre-show at 6pm and the symphony and fireworks will start at 8:30pm.
Movies in the Park. Throughout the summer, there will be a free movie series hosted by the Odessa Parks Foundation. On July 8th, catch the Jungle Book at Lawndale Park. Then, head to UTPB Park on July 22nd for an outdoor showing of Jurassic Park.
Midland Downtown Farmers Market. Every Saturday from 8:30am through 12:30pm, head out to the Farmers Market to pick up some delicious locally-grown and prepared food. Find everything from carrots, to bread, to jams, and more.
Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we hope to see you and your family at some of these fun events.
Summer in Texas is a beautiful thing. While it may be flaming hot most of the time, here are four places you can visit to help you take your mind off the heat.
Devil’s River. Head to Del Rio to take in the sights of the picturesque Devil’s River. Head to the bank, and stick your feet in the cool, clear water.
BSR Cable Park. Want to spend a day relaxing in the water? You can’t do much better than the world’s longest lazy river found at BSR Cable Park in Waco.
Barton Springs Pool. If you like the idea of swimming in a lake or river, but not the idea of what’s hiding under the water, try the Barton Springs Pool in Austin. This is a man-made swimming pool that looks more like a lake. It is filled with natural spring water, some small fish, and even some water plants.
Burger’s Lake. When you visit this lake in Fort Worth, the whole family is guaranteed to have fun. It comes equipped with water slides, a trapeze swing to jump in the water, and so much more.
Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we love our Texan summers. What is your favorite way to spend the summer?
March is here and spring has sprung, which means for a lot of people, it’s time to check some things off your list of spring cleaning and maintenance. Here are some spring car prep tips to get you started on taking care of your vehicle.
Wash Your Car
Winter leaves all kind of dirt and grime on cars that you wouldn’t even realize – for example, salt stuck up in the undercarriage, or dirt left behind by snow. Give your car a thorough spring cleaning to make it shine again.
Don’t Overlook Your Wipers
Spring means rain, which means you should probably swap out your wiper blades and refill the wiper fluid reservoir.
Inspect Your Tires
Check tread depth on your tires and also make a point to fill them up to the recommended tire pressure; cold temperatures cause tires to deflate faster.
While Thanksgiving is usually packed full of traditions, most of those family traditions usually involve food and the way it is prepared. If you’ve been aching to try something new this year, but don’t want to mess with the menu, consider adding some of these Thanksgiving traditions to your annual feast.
Eat breakfast. While some families have a strict “no breakfast” rule, why not indulge yourself? Search the internet for an intriguing fall-themed breakfast, such as this pumpkin pie breakfast bake.
Go for a walk. While this holiday is all about indulging on our favorite holiday foods, getting a little bit of exercise will lessen the stress of the day and perhaps even increase your appetite.
Create a thankful tree. Cut out colorful leaf-shaped pieces of paper. Have all of your guests write down what they are thankful for and attach them to the tree. You can share all the thankfulness over dinner.
Let the kids help. While toddlers and preschoolers may not be up to the task, older kids can definitely lend a hand. Put them in charge of dessert and they can take orders and serve.
Make a toast. Let everyone around the table make a toast. It will bring the family together and help slow down the meal.