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Tracy Begland (Luxury is in the Air, p. 40) graduated from Ohio State University and Louisiana State University with degrees in engineering. She now resides in Dallas where she writes about the people, activities, and cuisine that pique her interest. She judged her fi rst bean competition at the Parker County 4H chili cook-off .

Holly Beretto (Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, p. 11; Date-Night Dining, p.62) graduated from Franklin Pierce and St. Louis universities with degrees in communications and journalism. She currently works in marketing for Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering and writes about food and wine, travel, and interesting personalities for local, regional, and national publications.

Bend the Light Photography

(Our Love Story, p.35) Jennifer Verme and Kaylinn Standlee of Bend T e Light Photography are a two-girl photography team. T is San Antonio-based duo uses a combination of photojournalism, art, and modern portraiture. “We look for interesting angles, natural light, and those little moments that others might overlook. With our always-ready, unobtrusive, laid back but professional style, we will capture your day as it unfolds so that you will never... ever... forget.” See more at

Christina Carroll (Past to Present, p.31) Christina Carroll’s love of photography started at age 14. She attended Texas State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Advertising and Photography. A few years after graduating, Christina decided to pursue her dream and start a photography business. Six years later she has photographed hundreds of weddings, portrait sessions, and stylized shoots. Christina says, “I feel honored and blessed to photograph life’s most joyful moments.”

Clover and Rachel Carroll

(Dare the Devils, p. 24) met and fell in love after discovering their mutual love for history, music, and Jesus (not necessarily in that order). T ey perform as Back At T e Ranch (Western Swing and Jazz music), produce “T e Ranch Road Show,” fi lm “Down the Road” segments, and enjoy traveling down the road together.

Bridget Edwards (For Love or Cookies, p.64) has been decorating cookies for over a decade and eating them for as long as she can remember. A self-taught cookie decorator, Bridget publishes the blog Bake at 350, and is the author of the upcoming book, Decorating Cookies, due in fall of 2012. She lives in outside of Houston with her taste testers (aka husband and teenage son) and two kitties. Visit her blog at

Raye Green (Texas Reads, p.22) is retired after teaching high school English and working as Director of Public Relations at Concordia University in Austin. She lives in Taylor, where she amuses herself by reading and blogging about books at

Brittany Shewbart (Kendra Scott: Bridal Accessory Guru, p.48 ) is a native Texan who loves the charm of small town life. A graduate of Texas State University, she now holds a master’s degree in technical communication. Brittany enjoys writing, photography, and spending time outdoors.national publications.

Britney Voelkel (Kenneth Mathis, p. 16) traded in her corporate offi ce career for the view of her free-range chickens from her front porch of her country farmhouse. She decided to start living the simple life with her husband and daughter. She now enjoys photographing families and children. You can check out her view of the country life on her blog: www.

Jay White (Preparing for Spring, p. 55) is a business intelligence analyst for the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and is completing a Masters of Horticulture degree at Texas A&M University. In his spare time, he gardens and writes about the joys and trials of growing organically in his Brenham gardens. Jay’s blog, “T e Masters of Horticulture” (at is full of the tips and tricks that you need to grow the best fl owers, vegetables, trees, and perennials in your part of Texas. His blog and gardens are frequently covered in Texas Gardener Magazine and will soon be seen on PBS’s “Central Texas Gardener.”

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