When a friend contacted me to tell me that a new magazine was going to be published in 2017 and would I like to be involved, the answer was an easy yes. I had a couple of meetings with Nikki, who is spearheading this project, and decided that this would be a fun new adventure.
What is the magazine?
The magazine is called Hedwig Village Living. Distribution is confined to my neighborhood in Houston, that’s around 1000 households. A glossy magazine lands in mailboxes towards the start of each month.
Turning neighborhoods into communities – the publisher N2 Publishing
A wide variety of articles are inside the glossy 24-page publication. The magazine is designed to reflect the social activities and interests within Hedwig Village.
Skimming through the first edition there are articles on gardening, pets, recipes, home design, and exercise. But the magazine also provides a useful list of important telephone numbers. Contact information for area utility companies, schools, and emergency responders are documented.
Furthermore, there are a number of local businesses that have taken out advertisements to highlight their local roots. Consequently, the magazine becomes a great resource for local residents.
Our objective is to provide homeowners and communities with a superior publication that is informative and useful, while providing businesses with an exceptional way of promoting their products and services. Duane Hixon, CEO & Co-Founder
Meet your neighbors
Each month the magazine will feature one of the families who call Hedwig home. Say hello to the Oxley family kicks off this feature with a look at my family. Following a meeting with Nikki, I filled out a simple questionnaire, and then Elizabeth McCabe wrote up a piece all about us Oxleys. It was very easy so I would encourage any of my Hedwig Village neighbors to give it a try. Contact Nikki at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about becoming a featured family.
Oxleys in the news…
I enjoyed working with Nikki on this project. I guess Nikki liked it too as next month there will be a feature about the Oxleys four-legged members. Check back on the blog next month for that article. Or better still sign up for my VIP list and never miss a post!
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When you walk past a restaurant many times and it always has a line of people waiting for a table, you can’t help but wonder why. I think that is a pretty impressive thing, especially considering just how many restaurants are in this neighborhood. I don’t usually like the idea of queuing for a table, but I got lucky one rainy weekend when the line was practically non-existent, so I decided to give it a try.
Have you tried a Kolache?
If you are from Texas then I’m betting you are shouting ‘yes of course’. But I was surprised to learn that outside of a few select towns in the South, many people have never even heard of this delicious breakfast staple. If you Google kolache (and let’s face it that’s how most of us get our information) you will find some rather misleading links; for example:
January is typically the month that many of us start full of enthusiasm with our New Year Resolutions. We set out our goals and start great. But by week two or three your resolve starts to fade and things begin to go downhill. When I look back at my list from last year, I guess it’s fair to say I didn’t do too well. So this year I thought I would take a different approach.
“Change is the end result of all true learning”. Leo Buscaglia
As the end of the year fast approaches I, like many others I imagine, look back and ask how did this year go by so quickly? I know, I’m sounding like your grandmother. But maybe this hectic year, full of ups and downs, has added a few extra gray hairs. For me, as I say goodbye to 2016 it will be remembered as a year of great change.
I am very thankful to be back in Houston for the holidays. After a busy year full of travel I was so looking forward to being in one place for an extended period of time. With the entire family coming into town I could not wait to dig out the decorations and make the Houston house as festive as possible. I managed to contain my excitement and wait until the day after Thanksgiving but was clearly behind the curve as when I needed to shop for a few additional decorations, the stores were pretty empty already!
Although I have lived in the US since 1999, when it comes to Christmas there are a number of essential “British’ items that must be present to make the season complete. While there are now a few retailers in the US that stock some of my must haves I am fortunate to be able to get a little shopping in on my last trip to London before heading home to Houston with the goodies.
After living in Mumbai for the past 3 years I thought I would share my tips, but also bust a few common myths. I hope this information will be useful for anyone who is thinking about visiting this fascinating city. Before I moved to Mumbai I was inundated with advice (mainly from people who had never even set foot in the country). While well-meaning, the information I was given was a little worrying and rather misleading. This post and video aims to look beyond the headlines and explain more about what Mumbai is really like by hearing from someone who has actually lived in the Maximum City.
With London being one of my home bases I don’t usually need to stay in a hotel. I have an apartment in the heart of Canary Wharf, however, on one of my summer visits this year I had ‘donated’ the apartment to my daughter and her friends during their London adventure. This gave me the perfect excuse to indulge my love for luxury and book a two night stay at the Four Seasons hotel. The location of the hotel is perfect as it’s just around the corner from my apartment.
I visit New York quite often and do like to mix up where I stay, and in what neighborhood. I obviously have my favorites but it’s fun to discover new gems along my travels. Hotel Eventi turned out to be just that with probably the best front desk staff I have met, anywhere in the world! I think that makes a big difference, adds that personal touch that makes you want to tell others. So that’s what I’m doing, passing along my recommendation for a great hotel in the heart of the Chelsea district of New York City so you have everything right on your doorstep. Take a look at my vlog to see my room tour plus some of the amenities that this gem could offer you on your next visit to New York. And of course if you do stay please tell them that Sue sent you 🙂