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No Lamar, No Problem?

By Zach McCrite LIFE IS ALL ABOUT expectations. We all have expectations about certain aspects in our lives. Whether it be who we marry (shout-out to all the ladies and gents checking out this sportsy column in the midst of this wedding issue), how much money we make, how good we expect to be at…Read More

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Money Matters | Help Protect Your Finances in a Natural Disaster

From blazing wildfires and floods to hurricanes and tornadoes, natural disasters make front-page news whenever and wherever they happen. Less headline-worthy are the financial repercussions that follow, which tens of thousands of people are dealing with right now. These types of tragedies are unavoidable — the most you can do is prepare to minimize the…Read More

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Money Matters | Retirement Plans Can Be SIMPLE

Sponsored Post by Todd Harrett If you own a small business (or are self-employed), there are many retirement plan alternatives available to help you and your employees plan your financial future. One popular option for organizations such as sole proprietorship’s, partnerships, corporations, and non-profit organizations to consider is the SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for…Read More

Can’t beat a summer trip to the creek.

WHEN WE THOUGHT WE WERE BUSY…

By Adam & Kristin Kleinert Summertime is almost here. We Kleinerts are anxious to close out the semester, and everyone in the household is looking forward to a few mornings of sleeping past 6 a.m. Sitting at the dinner table together recently, one of the kids mentioned how quickly the break seems to go. The…Read More

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Progress & Priorities

Before: 180 lbs. Current: 129 lbs. The last time I stepped on the scale before giving birth to my daughter, I weighed 180 pounds and stood in awe. I’d happily gained what I referred to as “love weight” after meeting my husband, an incredible cook whose food I loved to eat. But after a year…Read More

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Tried & Tested

By Angie Fenton I AM IN NO WAY AN EXPERT WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH AND ALWAYS RECOMMEND CONSULTING WITH A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL BEFORE EMBARKING ON AN EXERCISE AND DIET PLAN, BUT HERE ARE SOME TIPS THAT HAVE WORKED FOR ME. DO YOUR HOMEWORK Thanks to the internet, I’ve found a zillion healthy, simple ways…Read More

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The Boys of Summer Have Made It

By Jim Biery Finally, summer has arrived after a spring that felt more like fall or winter. Now that I have referenced all the seasons in just one sentence, let’s talk baseball. America’s pastime has begun it’s rather lengthy 162-game season. That is a 26-week long season, and then the playoffs begin. I feel like…Read More

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A Weight Loss Journey I’m Afraid to Share

MY NAME IS ZACH MCCRITE and I am an addict. I’m the same sort of addict as one you probably know or are related to or might even be yourself. I’m no different from the guy who can’t kick the crack habit or the gal who just can’t stop smoking or the one who bellies…Read More

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BACK TO BASICS

By Morgan Sprigler It’s finally summertime, Extol Readers! Warmer weather is here and our kids are out of school. You may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with the fact that you have become the sole source of entertainment for your kids (and with the second fact that they will need a bath every. single. night)….Read More

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KIDS REALLY DIG GARDENING

By Farrah Alexander WHEN MY HUSBAND ASKED ME WHAT I WANTED FOR MOTHER’S DAY, I WENT THROUGH THE ROUTINE SUGGESTIONS: “OH, NOTHING. JUST THE ADORING LOVE AND ADMIRATION OF MY LOVELY FAMILY.” OR “I DO WANT TO SLEEP IN, THOUGH.” AND, “MAYBE A NAP, TOO. ACTUALLY, JUST 24 HOURS OF SOLID SLEEP SOUNDS NICE.” In…Read More