Reblog: 15 Random Things You Can Totally Thank Texas For

This is a reblog from BuzzFeed. Though I think these are all valid, the list could include Blue Bell, Whataburger, Dairy Queen, Matthew McConaughey, Hope Floats, and Frito Pie!

1. 7-Eleven


Every time you gulp down a Slurpee, thank the Lone Star State. Back in 1927, Southland Ice Company employee “Uncle Johnny” Jefferson Green started selling staples (think milk, bread, eggs) at the company’s pop-up ice house storefronts. The grocery items were such a hit that the company rolled the idea out to its 21 retail docks, and the convenience store was born! The ice docks eventually evolved into Tote’m Stores, which were later renamed 7-Eleven — to reflect the stores’ original operating hours — in 1946.

2. Frozen Margaritas

Frozen Margaritas

Yes, margaritas originated in Mexico. But in 1971, Dallas restauranteur Mariano Martinez retrofitted a soft-serve machine, poured in some margarita mix, and out came what is now one of America’s favorite drinks. Fun fact: In 2005, the National American History Museum acquired Martinez’s original machine.

3. Barney


Former inner-city school teacher Sheryl Leach brought Barney to life in 1987 when she saw a gap in the preschool home video market. It wasn’t until 1992 that Barney became a cultural phenomenon, when PBS stations across the country started broadcasting Leach’s videos. The series stopped production in 2009, but was filmed all over the Dallas area — which explains why Dallas natives Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato were part of the cast.

4. Breast Implants

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In 1962, two Houston doctors changed the world…of cosmetic surgery, at least. Frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin developed silicone breast implants in hopes they would become the go-to for reconstructive surgeries. They are, but they’re also used in cosmetic augmentations around the world — more than 1.5 million women got boob jobs in 2012.

5. Whole Foods

 Your health-conscious friend’s favorite grocery store got its start in Austin, Texas, back in 1980. Four local grocers banded together and created one of the nation’s first natural-food supermarkets. The company started expanding across Texas, then to neighboring states, and eventually across the country. Today, Whole Foods serves up organic produce and crazy bath products at more than 410 stores in 42 different U.S. states, Canada, and the U.K.

6. The Super Bowl

The Super Bowl
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The concept of the NFL championship wasn’t born in Texas, but its name was. Well, born of a Texan, so it counts. American Football League founder Lamar Hunt, who called Dallas home, coined the term “Super Bowl” in a NFL owners meeting in the 1960s — but it wasn’t printed on game tickets until 1970. Hunt said he must’ve subconsciously been thinking about his children’s Wham-O Superballs when it slipped out. The rest is history.

7. Fritos

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Like the margarita, the concept of a fried corn chip comes from Mexico — but the Frito is uniquely Texan. During The Depression, San Antonio confectioner Charles Elmer Doolin bought a bag of fried chips from a local gas station, and decided he could totally make his own. So, he perfected his own recipe and started selling the chips. They were a hit, and later spawned eponymous restaurants at Disneyland and in Dallas. Doolin partnered with Herman Lay in 1959, forming the Frito-Lay company, which makes all your favorite snacks and is now headquartered in Plano, Texas.

8. The Modern ATM

The Modern ATM
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The first automatic teller machines (you guys, that’s what ATM actually stands for!) made its American debut in New York in 1969 — but all it could do was dispense cash. ATMs as we know them today, with depositing capabilities, account balance information, etc., were the brainchild of Don Wetzel, an executive at Dallas-based baggage handling firm Docutel. Wetzel’s networked version of the ATM made its debut in 1971, and today there are more than 1 million versions of Wetzel’s machine around the world.

9. The Microchip

The Microchip
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You like your smartphone, right? And your computer? You obviously like the internet — you’re on it right now. Well, thank Texas. Texas Instruments, the Dallas-based electronics powerhouse, rocked the world in 1959 when it introduced the microchip at the Radio Engineers’ annual trade show in New York. No one knew it at the time, though — it would take years for the integrated circuit to become the foundation of, well, pretty much every technological innovation we know and love today.

10. Liquid Paper

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 OK, so maybe just your ’90s self who pretended Wite-Out was nail polish will be thanking Texas here, but still. While Bette Nesmith Graham was a secretary at Texas Bank and Trust in the 1950s, she started using tempera paint and a thin paintbrush to cover her typing mistakes. She started bottling her own paint concoction in 1956 as “Mistake Out,” eventually patenting it and renaming it Liquid Paper. BIC’s similar product, Wite-Out, wasn’t trademarked until 1974.

11. Chili’s

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 If the baby back rib jingle has ever been stuck in your head, then, yes, you can thank (or curse?) Texas. The ubiquitous chain restaurant got its start in 1975, when Larry Lavine opened the first Chili’s Grill & Bar in Dallas. What started as a pretty simple burger joint soon became a fast casual restaurant empire, which expanded to include Macaroni Grill, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and On the Border.

12. Fajitas


Fajitas are a staple on Mexican restaurant menus today, but they actually got their start in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Ranch hands and vaqueros are said to have invented the cooking method in the 1930s, but it wasn’t until 1969 that they became a commercial success. That’s when Sonny Falcon opened up a fajita stand in Kyle, Texas — not too far from Austin. From there, fajitas expanded onto Tex-Mex menus across the state and, eventually, across the world.

13. Shopping Centers

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Let’s be real: Shopping is an American pastime, and the modern shopping center got its start in Dallas. Luxury retail center Highland Park Village opened in 1931, becoming the nation’s first group of stores with a parking lot. Its also considered America’s first planned shopping center — it wasn’t just a bunch of stores built near each other. Highland Park Village was designed with a unified architectural style, “all built and managed under a single ownership.”

14. Corn Dogs

Corn Dogs
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Where else would the ultimate fair food have gotten its start but in Texas? Brothers Carl and Neil Fletcher sold the first “Fletcher’s Corny Dog” at the State Fair of Texas in 1942. Since then, everyone from Julia Child to Oprah has taken a bite of the battered treat.

15. Dr Pepper

Dr Pepper

Coca-Cola might be king, but Dr Pepper is at least prince, right? Dr Pepper Snapple Group is the country’s oldest manufacturer of soft drink syrups — and it got its start in Waco, Texas, back in 1885 (Coca-Cola wasn’t a thing until a year later). Originally sold at the Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store soda fountain, Dr Pepper went national in 1904, when it was introduced at the World’s Fair in St. Louis.

God Bless Texas!

15 Random Things You Can Totally Thank Texas For
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Where is The Love, Y’all?

I want to start this post by prefacing the fact that I have no desire to begin a political feud over the web. I am simply sharing a few thoughts I’ve had since hearing about the riots in Baltimore. I don’t claim to know all the answers, nor do I feel that my beliefs, or thoughts, are better than anyone else’s. I do, however, feel that there are solutions, we just need to pull together for the greater good and solve our Nation’s problems as one.

For starters, I believe that law enforcement needs to be reminded they are human, just like the citizens they ticket, arrest and lock up. Regardless of prior convictions, charges, etc., each person is still HUMAN, a child of God. No one, no matter WHAT they have done, deserves to be treated like they are anything less. I understand there are people out there who have done horrible, unjustifiable things, but they are still human beings. Not only that, but police officers are not employed to be judge, jury and executioner. Their only job is to protect and serve. Protect and serve the people of their community, INCLUDING the criminals. Officers should always maintain a certain level of respect, regardless of situation. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that people can be, and are, extremely disrespectful towards police officers, but that doesn’t give the officer’s free reign to multiply the disrespect. Not to get too religions, but the Bible says to “turn the other cheek.”

Second, I think more needs to be done in the education system. I know that schools are overcrowded and underfunded, but SOMETHING must be done. These children are lost. Their home lives are awful, they lack any guidance, except to violence, and they have no one pushing them to be better. Hate only breeds more hate. Imagine if these kids WANTED to go to school. Imagine if school was such an escape that they never wanted to leave. Then imagine if higher education were more accessible to these kids. If they knew that they could make something of themselves after high school. If they could see a future of success and financial independence, rather than violence, hatrid and strife.

What have we done for our children? We have all become so self-involved that we forget about the little children who need help. Instead, we judge from afar. We hide behind social media, thinking because we spoke out against the violence on Facebook that that actually makes a difference. No. We need to GO out and MAKE a difference.

Speaking of judgement, our nation is so divided it’s heartbreaking. We all point the finger at everyone else, never accepting responsibility for ourselves. We have become SO judgmental towards our fellow man. We shame women, we criticize men, we bully children, and then we pass those horrible habits on to others. I will be the first to admit, I’m terrible at judging others, and even worse at bullying, on account of sarcasm, but it needs to stop. This never-ending fight against “different” people is disgusting. Let’s band together and help one another. We are all children of God. In His eyes, none of us is better than the other.

Stop the hate. Stop the judgement. Start the acceptance. Find the love.

Be blessed, Blogosphere, and show someone love today.



DIY: Kentucky Derby Hat

I was recently invited to attend a bridal shower for a close friend of mine, and the shower had a Kentucky Derby theme, which required me to wear a Derby hat. After deciding that none of my current hats would suffice, I set out to find the perfect one! My search returned hundreds of results thanks to sites like Pinterest and Amazon, but most hats were $100+. Normally that would’t be a big deal, but I am currently saving my money for a Yeti and my Apple Watch (which I ordered on Friday, yay!), so funding was a little low.

Anyway, I decided to make my own Derby hat, which ended up costing less than $40 after it was all said and done – SCORE!

I found my inspiration from the Polished and Pink blog, formed a plan of attack, then ordered my hat on Amazon (thank goodness for Amazon Prime.) Once my hat arrived, I went to Hobby Lobby and picked out my silk flowers (here and similar here), and clips to attach them to the hat. (I decided to use flat alligator clips rather than glueing the flowers directly onto the hat.) I also bought a special silk flower glue, but ended up using my hot glue gun to glue the flowers and leaves onto the clips. I glued the green leaf onto the clip first, then glued the flattest part of the flower onto the leaf and waited for it to dry (about 10 minutes). Once I was satisfied with the flower clips I made, I arranged them and clipped them to the black ribbon on the hat.  

**Side note – I was very pleased with my decision to not glue the flowers directly onto the hat because I was able to reposition the flowers several times until I was satisfied with the arrangement.** 

Below are a few pictures of the finished result.



Overall, I was very pleased at how well my hat turned out. I received several compliments at the party, plus my boyfriend really liked it. My stepmom said I looked like the “ideal Derby attendee,” which I was quite pleased about! Personally, I felt like my hat was so big it needed it’s own zip code, but that’s just me!

What have you DIYd recently? Anything you care to share with a newbie like me?

Featured Blogger: So Honored

It’s been a few months since I blogged about anything, much less logged into WordPress, but I was quite surprised to see a comment about being the Featured Blogger back in February. How cool! If only I had logged in earlier, then I could have responded to my own prompt idea! Haha

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I suppose I should get back on the wagon and start blogging again. I don’t even have a legitimate excuse for my absence!