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Study: Sunscreen Is Good For Your Skin, Bad For Your Sperm

Study: Sunscreen Is Good For Your Skin, Bad For Your Sperm | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Exposure to UV rays still causes skin cancer, so don't skip suncreen just yet.
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Slippa Hanalei Beach Towel | Luxury Beach Towel

Slippa Hanalei Beach Towel | Luxury Beach Towel | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Slippa luxury beach towels are a definite must have next time you hit the beach. The new Hanalei beach towel is made of 100% cotton. This luxury beach towel is
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Houseplans

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Browse nearly 40,000 ready-made house plans to find your dream home today. Floor plans can be easily modified by our in-house designers. Lowest price guaranteed.
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5 luxury vacation homes you could exchange with your own - A Luxury Travel Blog

5 luxury vacation homes you could exchange with your own - A Luxury Travel Blog | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Here’s a luxury travel secret that owners of luxury second homes need to know. Anyone who has a rental property and has looked into the possibility of swapping their home with other like-minded owners will be aware that there’s a plethora of home exchange sites out there. House swapping has seen increasing popularity over the …
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Secrets of the Sands - Texas Highways

Secrets of the Sands - Texas Highways | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
The first time I saw the Monahans sandhills, I thought I had been taken in by a mirage. What else would explain the presence of beautiful rollin
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Spring Break in Port Aransas Texas

You’ll laugh. You’ll splash. You’ll get sunburned and sandy. Located just a stone's throw north of Corpus Christi on Mustang Island, Port Aransas stretches o...

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Design Mistakes to Avoid With New Homes

Design Mistakes to Avoid With New Homes | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
When building new, home buyers may be overwhelmed at the abundant choices and then suddenly find themselves in a designer role for their new home. Denver interior designers Lita Dirks and Tony Crasi, Akron, Ohio–based custom builders, offer up some of the biggest mistakes new buyers make as they design their new home.
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Granite: Granite countertops may not be the “wow” factor with all buyers as they once were, the article notes. After all, even some apartments now come with granite. To up the “wow” factor, Dirks and Crasi recommend more uniform surfaces like quartz or quartzite.


Over-the-top ceilings: Ceiling details can be a nice touch but can also quickly become “overkill” if there’s too much, the designers say.


Cramped laundry and mud rooms: These spaces are often found right off the garage and are becoming a priority for buyers. But they can be too small. The larger they are, the more comfortable they'll seem, and buyers will appreciate the storage.


Oversized islands: The island doesn’t need to take up the entire kitchen, dwarfing all else. If it does, the kitchen may need its layout tweaked or have the extra square footage go to somewhere else in the house.


Pantry doors: The doors often look like any other standard door in the house. “Don’t let it look like a bathroom; let it be part of the kitchen,” Crasi suggests. Try coordinating them with the cabinetry and using a different door for the pantry from the rest of the home.


See the designers' other thoughts on mistakes at BUILDER.

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How to Pull Off A Texas Roadtrip the Beyoncé Way

How to Pull Off A Texas Roadtrip the Beyoncé Way | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Beyoncé’s hometown is Houston, after all it is the place where she famously, as an award-winning musical prodigy,  said “I love you, Houston!” 

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Only an hour and a half outside of the city, Galveston is the spot where Houston locals go to escape tourists for weekends and getaways. Her mother, Tina Knowles was born in Galveston and the Knowles’s have owned vacation property along the beach. Pop over to spend the day on the beach.

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The Best New Travel Gear of 2016

The Best New Travel Gear of 2016 | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
This next-gen travel tech could make your upcoming travels a breeze.
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SanDisk Xtreme 500 Portable SSD

From surf to snow—or just a rainy night in London—this portable, durable, and water-resistant 480 GB solid-state drive (SSD) can transfer pictures to and from your camera, tablet, or iPad about four times faster than traditional external hard drives, making it an ideal accessory for adventurers and street photographers who like to take a lot of pictures on the fly.

Samsung Notebook 9 13.3-inch

Lighter than Air (the MacBook Air), Samsung's latest travel-friendly laptop weighs a mere 1.85 pounds. The battery lasts a full 12 hours, enough to power you from California to Cali, Colombia on a single charge (even so, you can recharge it back to life in as little as 90 minutes).

goTenna

Traveling with a group of friends or your family? This pocket-friendly, two-ounce antenna, lets you use your cell phone to text other goTenna-equipped people up to four miles away, without the need for a cell phone signal or WiFi. It's the perfect way to stay in touch with the people around you, whether you're trekking the Amazon rainforest or wandering the streets of Tokyo.

Audio-Technica High-Res Earbuds

The average Spotify music file still doesn't sound as good as plain old CDs, but High-Res audio restores and improves tracks to audiophile quality. And now you don't need a pair of clunky premium headphones to enjoy it, thanks to these high-res-audio-optimized earbuds, which deliver high-end detail and punchy, low-end bass in a travel-friendly package.

HopperGO

Need to catch up on the latest episode of Game of Thrones? This soap-bar sized device lets you store more than 100 hours of DVR recordings and stream them to up to five smartphones, tablets, or laptops, and works even if you travel internationally (where HBO Go isn't available).

MuSystem

It's hard to find something new in the universal international charger space, but the modular MuSystemchanges the game thanks to its swiveling plug section that folds neatly into a slimmed-down, pocket-ready body. It comes with four interchangeable plugs, each designed for use in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and Europe.

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Beach Sand and Seashell Memories Bottle Earrings Shells Gold Texas Gulf Coast

Beach Sand and Seashell Memories Bottle Earrings Shells Gold Texas Gulf Coast | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The Summer doesnt have to end. You can carry the beach with you when you wear these handcrafted beach bottle vacation memories earrings.

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New Photo Exhibit Shows What Humans Leave Behind on the Gulf Coast

New Photo Exhibit Shows What Humans Leave Behind on the Gulf Coast | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
With only scattered pictures of humans, a Galveston photo exhibit shows what we’ve left behind along the Texas Gulf Coast.
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One million barrels of Iraqi oil ‘stranded’ off coast of Texas

One million barrels of Iraqi oil ‘stranded’ off coast of Texas | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
A ship containing roughly one million barrels of crude oil from Iraq’s Kurdistan region is in a state of limbo off the coast of the United States, as its entry is prohibited due to a lawsuit filed by Iraq’s central government.
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Extreme Engineering Widening the Panama Canal

Widening the Panama Canal – Extreme Engineering The size of ships that can transit the canal, dubbed Panamax.

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The eight wonder of the world provides a 10 hr shortcut that avoids a 2 week trip around the continent.

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Experts debunk the case of the 'alien fish' swimming in waters off the coast of MexicoExperts debunk the case of the 'alien fish' swimming in waters off the gulf coast of Mexico 

Experts debunk the case of the 'alien fish' swimming in waters off the coast of MexicoExperts debunk the case of the 'alien fish' swimming in waters off the gulf coast of Mexico  | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
An unworldly looking shark, dubbed "The Alien Fish," can be found swimming of the coast of Cabos San Lucas after it was caught, photographed for a social media post which garnered thousands of online questions and released back into the water.
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Enjoying The Sunrise, South Padre Island, Texas by TN Fairey

Enjoying The Sunrise, South Padre Island, Texas by TN Fairey | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Enjoying The Sunrise, South Padre Island, Texas is a photograph by TN Fairey. Purchase Enjoying The Sunrise, South Padre Island, Texas by TN Fairey as wall art, home decor, apparel, phone cases, greeting cards, and more. All products are produced on-demand and shipped worldwide within 2 - 3 business days.
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TransCanada to acquire Columbia Pipeline Group in multibillion-dollar deal - Houston Business Journal

TransCanada to acquire Columbia Pipeline Group in multibillion-dollar deal - Houston Business Journal | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
The companies announced the deal one week after reports surfaced that they were in talks.
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Corvettes and Chevys on display in Galveston

Video of indoor car show at the Galveston Island Convention Center At San Luis Resort There was more than 100 vehicle's on display.

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TxDOT launches traffic congestion info website

TxDOT launches traffic congestion info website | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The Texas Department of Transportation has unveiled TexasClearLanes.com, a tool aimed at keeping Texans informed of the agency's efforts to address traffic congestion.


The website comes at a time when the agency is most focused on improving travel times for drivers as the state's population continues to boom.


While the site will include details about major road projects across the state, it will also provide visitors with in-depth information on congestion statewide, advice on how they can help reduce congestion, and examples of what Texas companies and state agencies are doing to improve mobility.


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http://drivetexas.org

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Port Aransas initiates drinking ban ordinance

Port Aransas initiates drinking ban ordinance | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The Port Aransas city council has initiated a drinking ban ordinance. Considered an emergency ordinance in response to spring break issues in the past.


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Currently, Port Aransas bans drinking on the beach during the week from midnight to 7 a.m. and midnight to noon on the weekends.

The City Council has yet to decide what time and day the ban will start.

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Winds of climate change will make transatlantic flights longer, study shows

Winds of climate change will make transatlantic flights longer, study shows | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Faster jet stream will add thousands of hours to journey times and increase airline fuel bills

Via Cathryn Wellner
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All the more reason to just drive to the Texas coast!

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What's The Best Way To Keep Mosquitoes From Biting?

What's The Best Way To Keep Mosquitoes From Biting? | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
The advice for avoiding Zika virus: Don't get bitten by mosquitoes in countries where the virus is spreading. So which repellents work — and which don't?
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Beach Sunflowers Wooden Fishing Pier Galveston Bay Blue Sky Nature Photography Texas Gulf Coast Coastal Clouds

Beach Sunflowers Wooden Fishing Pier Galveston Bay Blue Sky Nature Photography Texas Gulf Coast Coastal Clouds | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Beach Sunflowers on a background of shimmering water, wooden fishing pier, blue sky and clouds - Texas Gulf Coast Nature Photography This

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TAMU-CC professor exhibits vacation photos for scholarships

TAMU-CC professor exhibits vacation photos for scholarships | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Associate Professor of Decision Sciences Mohan Rao’s “Europe Through My Lens” exhibit is open through Jan. 29 in the downstairs atrium of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library.
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