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

 | December 20, 2014 1:35 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

 | December 19, 2014 1:34 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

 | December 18, 2014 1:33 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

 | December 17, 2014 1:28 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

 | December 16, 2014 1:27 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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From Green to Nature Clean

 | December 15, 2014 1:22 pm

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

 | December 14, 2014 1:19 pm

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

 | December 13, 2014 1:15 pm

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

 | December 12, 2014 1:15 pm

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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Home Staging give homes a fresh new look fast.

 | December 11, 2014 1:14 pm

QUICK: Take a look around your house – a really good look. Do you like what you see?
It’s possible that your comfortable home may have become, well . . . a little too comfortable. Stacks of books, collections of knickknacks run amuck and furnishings that have long outlived their original functions all too often are part of the décor in most homes.

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Prevention is the key in fighting the debilitating effects of osteoporosis

 | December 10, 2014 1:13 pm

With no symptoms, osteoporosis is a thief that slowly steals the calcium in your bones. And it starts its work when you’re 30 – or even younger – deteriorating your bones and putting you at greater risk for fractures of the hip, spine and wrist. 

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Is Offshore Drilling Affecting National Security?

 | December 9, 2014 1:12 pm

Beyond the wondrous vista of the shimmering and pristine coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico reside two of our nation’s most precious resources – the oil and gas reserves below and the airspace above. While the value of further oil and gas exploration to the nation’s security is commonly known, the value of the airspace is not.

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If Gulf Waves Could Talk, What a Story They Would Tell

 | December 8, 2014 1:08 pm

The fabric of Fort Walton Beach’s history is richly woven with stories of native peoples, soldiers, pirates and pioneers.Where now there is a Blockbuster Video store, there once was the Magnolia Club; where Cash’s Liquors is now, Leon’s Cocktail Lounge was then. Today’s First National Bank and Trust once was the Spanish Villa. All once were popular nightclubs with floor shows, dancing and live entertainment. 

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The rarest of the Florida magnolias, Ashe’s magnolia is limited to six counties in the Panhandle.

 | December 7, 2014 1:04 pm

Springing from the charred ground at Garcon Point in Santa Rosa County are wetland jewels that have been restored by prescriptive fire. Pale pink ground orchids and carnivorous pitcher plants fill the wet prairie flatwoods as far as the eye can see. This nearly lost world of U.S. coastal bogs is now over 90 percent developed. In fact, Garcon Point has been called the “Serengeti of Carnivorous Plants” for its splendor. At least 13 endangered or threatened plant species grow there, including the imperiled Panhandle lily and four threatened orchid varieties.

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The love of life – this is the light I choose to pray to, the light I live by, the light I revere.

 | December 6, 2014 1:03 pm

My mother’s family is Christian, and my father was raised Jewish. I suppose that makes me bi-religious, or half-and-half, like coffee creamer.

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