About Etx Life

We think the tight knit communities of East Texas each have something unique to offer. We intend to explore each one and share our discoveries with you. One of the great things about living here is our proximity to other cities and states. We encourage everyone to have a sense of adventure and try out new activities, restaurants, retail shops, classes, events and more to support local businesses and help foster community growth. We look at it as one big family, that’s why you will see recipes, kid friendly suggestions and other topics you would talk about with people closest to you. If you have an ETX treasure you would like to share please email us here. We love hearing from you and featuring folks on ETXlife.com

Ciara Polikretis

My East Texas roots run deep. My grandmother was born in Gilmer right before the Great Depression. I’ve lived in Gilmer, Longview, Austin and Waco where I graduated with a degree in Communications from Baylor. Sic ’em Bears. One of my favorite things to do is meeting new people and discovering all the amazing things East Texas has to offer. My husband, daughter, and dog now call beautiful Hideaway home.

Holli Fourniquet | Podcast Host

My home has always been in East Texas. After attending college at Stephen F. Austin State University in the oldest town in Texas (Nacogdoches), I spent a few years traveling around. But something kept drawing me back to the Pineywoods. Every time I visited, the people were nicer, the sunsets were prettier, and I felt the area calling me home. I now spend my time keepin’ Tyler rosy with my husband, son, and yappy Chihuahua.