Fighting Juvenile Diabetes

 | July 29, 2014 7:47 am

To Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson and his wife, Erin, their 8-year-old daughter Annabelle was the picture of health. She loved playing outside at their DeFuniak Springs home and doing stunts on her scooter.

“She is fearless on that thing,” says Erin Adkinson.

In the fall of 2008, the energetic Annabelle became ill with what her parents thought was a stomach virus. But her vomiting continued for hours until her small body was limp and gaunt.

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Clean Home Without the Toxic Side Effects

 | July 28, 2014 7:47 am

Natural Products and Methods Keep a House Clean Without the Toxic Side Effects

The lemony scent of a magnolia blossom and the sweet sound of native songbirds signal the arrival of springtime on the Emerald Coast. Southern hospitality is alive and well, but with the joy of entertaining comes the responsibility of getting the house in order. This year is the perfect time to put a little twist on spring cleaning and “go green.”

Combing through the many eco-friendly articles on the Internet, I was surprised by the sheer simplicity of green cleaning. It is nothing more than reverting back to yesteryear, the simple life and using the products, tools and methods from our grandparents’ generation to tidy our homes. In fact, it’s so straightforward that you will find yourself saying, “I knew that.”

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How to Write a Simple WordPress Plugin Tutorial

 | July 27, 2014 7:47 am

Winners and losers in the final stimulus bill

 | July 26, 2014 7:45 am

Here is a breakdown of who gained, who lost and who survived in the final economic stimulus bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on Friday:

                                           Amtrak gains funding in the compromise version of the economic stimulus bill.


High-speed and inner-city rail: Went from $300 million in House bill to $2.25 billion in Senate to $8 billion in final version. There also is a $6.9 billion provision for public transit.

Amtrak: Picked up $500 million from both House and Senate versions to total $1.3 billion. The bill stipulates that no more than 60 percent can go to the Northeast Corridor.

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Before the Wedding Reception

 | July 25, 2014 7:44 am

Before the Wedding

If you’re about to get married, a prenuptial agreement can protect your assets.
The wedding is perhaps one of the most important events in a person’s
life. Such agreements, although for some, might give impression of lack of trust between partners, will greatly facilitate the hard step of separation, if it arrives.

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Start the Backyard Barbecue with Plank Cooking, an Indirect Grilling Method that Produces Flavorful Foods

 | July 24, 2014 7:44 am

Dozens of hungry patrons gathered at Criolla’s in Grayton Beach one recent Friday evening to feast on a special Australian dinner prepared by the restaurant’s new executive chef – and resident Aussie – Shayne Vaughan. As guests slurped ginger beer broth and nibbled lamb loin in the modestly decorated dining room, cooks moved about the kitchen wrapping Barramundi fillets in thin sheets of cedar and setting them on the grill.

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Take a Dip for a Low-Impact Workout with Refreshing Results

 | July 23, 2014 7:43 am

Does the thought of slipping into a Speedo and tucking your tresses into a skin-tight cap take you a little out of your comfort zone? Don’t let the traditional ideas of swimming keep you from dipping your toes into the water and experiencing a powerful yet refreshing workout.

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This all-american comfort food features versatile cooking styles and a variety of picnic-perfect flavors

 | July 22, 2014 7:37 am

Barbecue is a highly personal thing. From the way you spell it (bar-b-cue, bar-b-que or barbecue) to the way you cook it (smoked, grilled or both) and the way you eat it (wet or dry, spicy or sweet) depends on individual preferences – not to mention a telltale allegiance to your place of birth.

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Discover the ‘Northern’ Fruits You Can Grow on the Emerald Coast

 | July 21, 2014 7:37 am

While digging turnips in my early garden with my 2-going-on-20 granddaughter, Riley Rose, I was bombarded with questions.

“Grammy, how did these leaves get here?”

“Grammy, are these the greens we eat?”

“Grammy, why don’t you grow apples?”

As I patiently explained how my garden grows, her last question made me wonder … Can I grow apples in Florida?

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Travel to Berlin-European Destination City

 | July 20, 2014 7:36 am

Berlin is an emerging European city. During World War II, large parts of the German capital were destroyed by air raids and the Battle of Berlin, one of the final battles of the war during which Hitler committed suicide. Soon after, a decades-long Cold War filled with fear and control split the city – and the nation – in two.

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Managing Photos Online in a Flash

 | July 19, 2014 7:36 am

The Digital Dilemma

So you finally gave in and bought a digital camera, thinking it would the answer to all your photographic needs. After all, a digital camera offers an easy, cost-effective way to take photos – not to mention that wonderful instant-gratification factor.

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From Green to Nature Clean

 | July 18, 2014 7:36 am

Green Cleaning Grime Fighters – The battle against household grime

In the Battle Against Household Grime, Chemical Warfare Has Some Competition

CleanersGreen cleaning – the hip new term for cleaning without chemicals – has been highly touted as safer for our health and our environment, which is without a doubt appealing. But what we want to know is if cleaning with products stripped of chemical agents really can get the job done.
One Emerald Coast News tester, a self-professed bleachaholic, took three natural cleaners to task, choosing a product from three of the most popular brands.

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Wise Home Remodeling

 | July 17, 2014 7:30 am

Home makeover projects can be overwhelming to homeowners. Fortunately, there’s help.

Make your home remodeling project pay for itself – and then some.

Home makeovers look so easy on TV. Designers sketch a few ideas on paper, bring in a crew in matching T-shirts, and presto: The house is ready for Architectural Digest.

In reality, remodeling projects are a lot more daunting to the average homeowner. Whether you’re remodeling your primary residence or an investment home, you’re likely to be overwhelmed by decisions:

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Managing Menopause

 | July 16, 2014 7:28 am

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy In Your Future?

Hot flashes. Night sweats. Insomnia. Anxiety. Mood swings. Memory problems. Low energy levels. Irritability. Vaginal dryness. Low libido.

Many or all of these symptoms greet women when they hit menopause – the time in a woman’s life when her hormone production decreases. Women typically enter this phase in their lives between the ages of 45 and 52, and there is a dizzying array of things a woman can do to fight these frustrating symptoms. An estimated six million American women opt for hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

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Teach Yourself Online

 | July 15, 2014 7:26 am

MIT leads the revolution in free learning

With the advent of modern technology, autodidacts are getting access to knowledge – and not just from your average university – via the Internet. Although these college courses won’t make you a rocket scientist or grant you a degree, those with a lust for learning now have access to some of the best professors at several of the nation’s leading universities – and it’s all free.

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