Happy Birthday, Texas!

Today is the 175th birthday of my adopted home state, Texas, and as the saying goes, “I wasn’t born here, but I got here as fast as I could.” Although I was born in Alabama and have lived in several southern states, I’ve been in Texas for close to 30 years and have raised all my children here.

One of my good friends, Seresa, recently posted the following on her facebook page, and I think it sums up the feelings of all who call themselves Texans:

“I love Texas! Really…beyond the incredible special breed that is a Texan, the state itself is amazing. If you want desert and cactus, we’ve got it. If you want mountains and some snow, just head west or to the panhandle. We have the coast with beaches and palm trees. We have the piney woods of east Texas…beautifully green!

The hill country in central Texas is gorgeous with the hills, rocks, and clear water rivers. Lakes, rivers, springs, caverns…It doesn’t get better than this. International cultures of all varieties can be found, but true Texas culture will be found in them all here. It’s a good thing more people don’t travel the state the way we do…they wouldn’t want to leave and it might get a little crowded (though I heard recently that the entire population of the world could all fit in the borders of Texas in single family homes of 3-4 people! WOW!)”

I hope everyone loves their home state the way those of us in Texas do. Here’s a link to a short CBS News story on Texas Independence Day. So celebrate Texas today – have some BBQ, Tex-Mex, or at least raise a toast to the Great State of Texas with a really good Margarita!

Gifts for the Gun Girl

There still may be time for you (or your sweetie) to order something wonderful for Valentine’s Day from one of these online sites, but if he already has plans, or if you are looking for something special for yourself or a friend, these companies have gifts that every gun-loving girl would desire – for any occasion:

Gun Goddess, “Fun and Feminine Shooting Accessories, Apparel, and Gifts” – http://www.gungoddess.com/ – Check out the crystal heart necklaces or the Lone Star Bullet Casing necklace – as well as the engraved slide cover plates.

Bang Bang Boutique, “Accessories For Markswomen That Are On Target” – http://www.bangbangboutique.com/ – Check out their belt holsters in several colors and patterns.

Girls With Guns, “Womens Apparel and Shooting Accessories” – http://www.gwgclothing.com/ – Check out their GWG Kids Page – adorable!

Armed in Heels, “Largest Selection Of Self-Defense Products For Women” – http://armedinheels.com/index.php – This site has many unique products.  Check out their “I will defend myself with…something discrete.”

Natalie, from Girl’s Guide To Guns has an Etsy site where you can purchase those beautiful gold and silver gun necklaces, like the one you might have seen on Stephanie of Sons of Guns fame:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/addiemia.

And who could forget the chocolate?!?  Chocolate Weapons, “The Ultimate ‘Near Death’ (By Chocolate) Experience” – http://www.chocolateweapons.com/ – Next time you need to plan a birthday, bachelorette, or other party for a gun-loving girl, you can find the ultimate goodie bag item here.

There are many businesses these days (most of them women-owned) that cater to gun girls, so take the time to find and support them whenever you can.