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ciao for now


Hello friends. Today is the last day of February and it is also the last day I will be publishing this blog as we know it. No fear, however. I have new plans for The Art of Living Beautifully.

But first a little story.

In 1965 my grandparents opened a meat-packing plant off east highway 380 toward Princeton. My parents arrived five years later to take over and my family has called McKinney our home ever since. Brian and I met at McKinney High School in 1996. We were married in McKinney 10 years later and settled just a few miles from our childhood homes. Our boys were born in McKinney. Our businesses are here. Our friends are here. Our life is here. It took some time, but I can now admit I am a born-again McKinneyite and I can admit it proudly:

I am a born-again McKinneyite!!!!

So today I announce The Art of Living Beautifully’s new direction is pointed toward our beloved town in the form of an e-magazine. McKinney culture, food, style, business, events and everything in between you will find right here on The Art of Living Beautifully. It has taken me a while to recognize it, but McKinney is enough. McKinney surely is enough!

Thank you so much for taking this 2 1/2 year journey with me. Thank you for your comments and support and loyalty and feedback. Don’t go far. TAOLB will re-launch in the coming months with a fresh new look and content relevant to anyone wanting to know more about our fantastic town. Please share this news with anyone you think will appreciate our mission. If you have never actually subscribed to TAOLB may I encourage you to do so right now? You will not want to miss out on the incredible things happening right here in the coming month: fabulous events, fantastic giveaways and uber fun how-to videos!

If you are a local business owner or know one who would be interested in being featured in The Art of Living Beautifully~McKinney, or who may be interested in our exclusive advertising, please contact me at

-ciao for now-


photo credit: Patrizia Montanari



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