Fastest growing water sport: stand-up paddleboarding.

 | May 29, 2015 10:20 pm

“You only live once” say the co-creators of the YOLO Board, Jeff Archer and Tom Losee.

 Both led successful lives in different parts of the country before moving to the Emerald Coast and founding the Santa Rosa Beach company in 2006. Since then, YOLO has quickly gained a reputation along the Emerald Coast and beyond as the paddleboard of choice for the fastest-growing water sport – stand-up paddleboarding.

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Stimulus Package and Education Funding

 | May 28, 2015 10:20 pm

How the Stimulous Package Breaks Down:

Education:

• $54 billion in state fiscal relief to prevent cuts in state aid to school districts, with up to $10 billion for school repair;

• $26 billion to school districts to fund special education and the No Child Left Behind law for students in K-12;

• $17 billion to boost the maximum Pell Grant by $500 to $5,350; $2 billion for Head Start.

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All bridal couples have a unique story about their “big day.”

 | May 27, 2015 10:19 pm

Of all the big days we celebrate in life – the first kiss, getting a driver’s license, graduating college, starting a career – the wedding day tops them all.

Planning that big day can be so consuming that it takes as much time as a full-time job. Invitations, location, flowers. The vows, the theme, the wedding photographer, the cake. And for goodness’ sake, the most important decision – the dress! It’s exhausting and exhilarating at the same time.

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Good Friends and a Great Vintage Promise Big Fun on a Small Budget

 | May 26, 2015 10:15 pm

With the holidays behind us, we can all return to our normal lives. For many people, this reality entails a nine-to-five job, loads of laundry, bundles of bills and sky-high stress.

To revive the fun in your every day and night, don’t sweat the small stuff – celebrate it. Occasions need not be occasional. With tips from professionals who enjoy life for a living, you too can make the most of any moment.

We called upon a pair of Emerald Coast event planners and one savvy sommelier to create a wine and cheese party guaranteed to entertain your entourage without breaking the bank.

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Fighting Juvenile Diabetes

 | May 25, 2015 10:14 pm

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

 | May 24, 2015 10:14 pm

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

 | May 23, 2015 10:11 pm

Winners and losers in the final stimulus bill

 | May 22, 2015 10:11 pm

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.

Winners

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

 | May 21, 2015 10:09 pm

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

 | May 20, 2015 10:04 pm

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

 | May 19, 2015 10:03 pm

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

 | May 18, 2015 10:02 pm

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

 | May 17, 2015 10:01 pm

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

 | May 16, 2015 9:55 pm

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

 | May 15, 2015 9:55 pm

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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