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Money Matters | Episode 6: What to Do, Before the I Do’s

Are you ready when the wedding bells ring?
The team from Axiom talk about the financial side — and contract side — of what a wedding brings.
So again, I ask you, are you ready when the wedding bells ring?
Money Matters: The Podcast is sponsored by Axiom Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors.  This monthly podcast is in addition to a monthly article titled, “Money Matters,” that is posted online at www.ExtolMag.com and www.axiomfsg.com.
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At Axiom Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, our team caters to a select group of family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, individuals, institutions, and foundations, helping them build, manage, preserve, and transition wealth. We accomplish this while providing top-notch service through a team approach that puts our clients’ needs, goals, and interests first. To learn more visit our website at www.axiomfsg.com. Wells Fargo Advisors. Member SIPC.
The information provided is general in nature and may not apply to your personal investment situation. Individuals should consult with their chosen financial professional before making any decisions.

Any estate plan should be reviewed by an attorney who specializes in estate planning and is licensed to practice law in your state.  Insurance products are offered through our affiliated nonbank insurance agencies.

Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.
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A Treat for Teacher

By Morgan Sprigler

The thought of sending my firstborn off to preschool in a few short weeks has me feeling all the feels. For two mornings a week, she will be in someone else’s care, learning and growing without me, making new friends and becoming her own little person (cue the ugly cry). I am equally as excited as I am terrified at the idea. For those of you with several years of sending your children off to school under your belt, I commend you.

So, for the woman who will bear the weight of schooling my toddler (who, up until this point in her life, has been the boss), we have made you a vase out of pencils. Same, Same?

screen-shot-2017-08-05-at-11-16-11-amMATERIAL LIST

• Smooth, round vase

• Pencils

• Glue gun

• Glue sticks

• Ribbon

• Fabric flower

• Letter to teacher

• Envelope

• Scissors

• Floral sticks

• Floral tape

• Faux apple

• Card holder

screen-shot-2017-08-05-at-11-16-16-amStep One – Glue

Choose a vase that is the same height as a pencil or a bit shorter. Begin adhering pencils around your vase with a line of hot glue, alternating the direction each time. Genevieve participated by handing the pencils to me once I laid each line of glue. Be sure that your pencils are even at the bottom to keep your vase level.

Step Two – Jazz It Up

Genevieve chose a burlap/lace ribbon and a pretty ivory fabric flower to wrap around the center of our vase (like mother, like daughter). Have fun with this part. The options are endless! Simply glue the ribbon around the center of your pencil vase and adhere your flower in the center.

Step Three – Type a Letter

The letter we composed to Genevieve’s teacher, Mrs. Jamie, will come in handy throughout the year because we gave her a little bit of homework by asking her to fill out a few questions about her favorite things. Her answers will help me surprise her with gifts of thanks during the school year. We used the same ribbon we chose for our vase to decorate the envelope, and finished off the back with a cute little button.

screen-shot-2017-08-05-at-11-16-05-amStep Four – Flower Shopping Spree 

This was our favorite step of this project. We traveled to Nance’s Floral Shoppe to choose the perfect arrangement for our teacher. Mr. Brian was kind enough to allow Genevieve to select any flower she desired and even took the time to teach her how to put it all together. He was a great teacher, and Genevieve was a natural.

Step Five – Finishing Touches

Once we arrived home with our beautiful flowers, we decided to add some final touches. Using floral tape, we secured a few pencils to our floral sticks and placed them inside of our arrangement. With a Sharpie, I wrote the initials of Genevieve’s new school on the front of our faux apple and then secured it to a floral stick using hot glue before adding it to the arrangement. Finally, we placed our card inside of the card holder. Ta-da!

We hope Mrs. Jamie loves her vase as much as we loved making it. Don’t forget to tag me with photos of your creations on Instagram – I’m @ Mrs_Sprigler. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy school year!

XO 

Morgan

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Money Matters | Episode 5: College Prep 101

Are your (parents) prepared to send your child away to college?  Not so much mentally, but are you fully prepared legally and have you prepared your child financially?
Money Matters: The Podcast is sponsored by Axiom Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors.  This monthly podcast is in addition to a monthly article titled, “Money Matters,” that is posted online at www.ExtolMag.com and www.axiomfsg.com.
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At Axiom Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors we sincerely appreciate our clients making opportunities like this possible. Without their support of our business, we would not be able to support programs like this.
Axiom Financial Strategies Group
of Wells Fargo Advisors
101 W Spring Street, Fifth Floor
New Albany, IN  47150
P 812.542.6475 | F 812.948.8732 | www.axiomfsg.com
At Axiom Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, our team caters to a select group of family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, individuals, institutions, and foundations, helping them build, manage, preserve, and transition wealth. We accomplish this while providing top-notch service through a team approach that puts our clients’ needs, goals, and interests first. To learn more visit our website at www.axiomfsg.com. Wells Fargo Advisors. Member SIPC.
The information provided is general in nature and may not apply to your personal investment situation. Individuals should consult with their chosen financial professional before making any decisions.
Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.

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Weird School Down the Way

By Scotlyn McConnell

I want to let all of you in on the best kept educational secret in Southern Indiana: Community Montessori.

The non-traditional public charter school is currently nestled in a hideaway off St. Joseph Rd. in New Albany and the only real indication that the entrance is there is the beloved weeping willow and pond located at the entrance.

The building looks more like a ski resort than a school. But yet, the natural stone building holds around 600 students pre-K through 12 on any given school day. This, of course, does not include the Nurturey, the school’s daycare for 0 to 3-year-olds, which is located inside a house on the hill in front of the school. The school grounds also include a Creativity Cabin on the hill where ceramics and woodworking take place, a loopy parking lot, patio spaces off of each studio and a wooded area referred to as the “back four,” which is four acres of trees and trails.

 

The inner workings of the school are even more interesting than the outer. From how spaces are set up to the language used to describe them, there is no aspect of Montessori that can be compared to a traditional school. The school is made up of five different age levels. Each age level is mixed up and then put into a few classrooms. The easiest way to explain this clearly is with the high school program, referred to as the “Woods.”

There are four Woods studios (classrooms) called Sycamore, Sequoia, Cypress and Oak. Each studio has a mix of students 15 to 18 years old, freshman to senior, all collaborating in the same space. It’s the same with the Shapes (3- to 6-year-olds), Biomes (6- to 9-year-olds), Gemstones (9- to 12-year-olds) and the Islands (12- to 14-year-olds).

The Montessori schedule is perhaps the most confusing thing about the school. In the high school program, the average student will have a math class every other morning and a humanities class, which is a mix of English and history. In the afternoons on Tuesdays and Thursdays, students have two seminars that they choose at the beginning of the year. On Wednesdays, they have an expression, which is a class that is supposed to be something you’re more interested in. On Mondays, they have a free work cycle in the afternoon, and Fridays are free work cycle days.

One more thing that’s a little bit different in our high school program is that it’s required that we have an internship every semester from the time we turn 16. Every Friday once you’re 16, instead of going to school, we go to our internship sites. For example, every Friday this past semester, I interned with Angie Fenton, Extol’s editor.

I’d like to take a jump back and take a moment to talk about our elementary levels. The Shapes, Biomes and Gemstones are where Montessori philosophy truly shines. The school’s namesake, Maria Montessori, dedicated herself to these age levels as they are the most formative years. While living her life in Italy she constantly saw the wasted potential of children in the slums, so she made the first Montessori school and named it Casa dei Bambini Montessori or Montessori House of Children.

Basic Montessori philosophy is to meet children where they are. Whether that’s emotionally or academically, the school doesn’t try to make learners go faster or farther because they’re a certain age or that’s what they’re “supposed” to be learning. The other factor is to help the children be independent and learn how to do things for themselves.

As with the older students, in these age levels there are no lesson plans. Instead, every student has an individualized work plan. This is one of the ways to meet the children where they are. While this may create a harder time for the teachers, it pays off in the end when the student is learning at their pace and is only learning what they are ready for. This also gives the opportunity for students to be able to do work that is above their age level if they are ready for it.

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One of the fun things this age group gets to experience is what’s called “practical life.” During practical life, children learn how to wash dishes or chop food or tie knots or do other things they aren’t able to do at home. I remember very vividly a day when I was in Quatrefoil studio and we were doing practical life exercises. We were all given a piece of string and were learning how to tie bows. Then our teacher told us to try doing it on our shoes instead of with the string. That’s how I learned how to tie my shoes.

Unfortunately, Maria Montessori died before she could fully develop the teens program, but we follow the philosophy as best we can. Students are met where they are and have individualized work plans. With a lack of steady classes, most students take on a fair amount of independent credits. Students make these plans with one of the two advisors (teachers) in each class. Students are treated as equal to all the advisors. We call them by their first names and are encouraged to question advisors and to disagree when warranted.

Students are trusted to stay on top of their work, much like how college is. There’s no one standing over your shoulder telling you what to do. This is scary for a lot of parents, and a lot of kids aren’t able to work like that.

Before deciding on Montessori, it’s important to know that it is not for everyone. Not everyone can deal with having the freedom to do what they want all day. It takes a lot to make the decision to do math when you could watch Netflix instead.

I feel lucky that I can work in this environment. It took me a little time to get in the groove, but once I got there, it all fell into place. I was alway the “weird kid” at my traditional school, but at Montessori we’re all the weird kids. This school is a good fit for me because I used to always rely on other people to make sure I was doing well, but now I can rely on myself. I’ve become so much more responsible through this school. I’ve been forced to grow up, and I love it.

All in all, and I may have a bit of a bias here, Montessori is a great school. If you or your child don’t work well in traditional school environments, it may be a good alternative. Creativity is cultivated here, ideas are supported, people are made.

Extra Credit is a new feature focusing on education. If you have a story idea or are a student of any age interested in writing an opinion piece for Extol, please send an email to angie@extolmag.com.

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Bumps & Beauty with Angie Fenton | Episode 6: Sex (or not) After Pregnancy

It doesn’t matter where you do it, if it’s after pregnancy, it’s an entirely different story. Host Angie Fenton and friends dish the taboo topic.

Editor-in-Chief of Extol Magazine and new mother Angie Fenton hosts Bumps & Beauty.  Each episode, Angie will ask guests to share their parenting experiences and advice.

Parenthood: a mix of challenging moments and wonderful memories. This is Bumps & Beauty, presented by Extol Podcasting.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Extol’s October/November print edition, which will hit stands second week of June in more than 500 locations throughout Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Want to contact Bumps & Beauty? Send an email to Extol@ExtolMag.com. Subject line: Bumps & Beauty.

If you would like information about advertising on or hosting Bumps & Beauty at your location, please contact jason@extolmag.com.

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Bumps & Beauty with Angie Fenton | Episode 5: Casting Call

Have kids interested in modeling and acting? Well, professionally, that is… if so, you’ve come to the right podcast. In this episode, Angie speaks with special guest, Heyman Talent agency director and talent agent Kathy Campbell, about all the ins-and-outs of modeling at an early age, and how to best handle this interesting field as a parent.

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Editor-in-Chief of Extol Magazine and new mother Angie Fenton hosts Bumps & Beauty.  Each episode, Angie will ask guests to share their parenting experiences and advice.

Parenthood: a mix of challenging moments and wonderful memories. This is Bumps & Beauty, presented by Extol Podcasting.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Extol’s October/November print edition, which will hit stands second week of June in more than 500 locations throughout Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Want to contact Bumps & Beauty? Send an email to Extol@ExtolMag.com. Subject line: Bumps & Beauty.

If you would like information about advertising on or hosting Bumps & Beauty at your location, please contact jason@extolmag.com.

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Bumps & Beauty with Angie Fenton | Episode 4: Weighty Matters

Three weeks after our host gave birth, she received her first of many unsolicited offers from strangers who wanted to help her lose weight and get back to her “pre-baby body.” In this episode, she not only addresses those individuals but also talks candidly about her weight and shares the number on the scale.

Editor-in-Chief of Extol Magazine and new mother Angie Fenton hosts Bumps & Beauty.  Each episode, Angie will ask guests to share their parenting experiences and advice.

Parenthood: a mix of challenging moments and wonderful memories. This is Bumps & Beauty, presented by Extol Podcasting.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Extol’s June/July print edition, which will hit stands second week of June in more than 500 locations throughout Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Want to contact Bumps & Beauty? Send an email to Extol@ExtolMag.com. Subject line: Bumps & Beauty.

If you would like information about advertising on or hosting Bumps & Beauty at your location, please contact jason@extolmag.com.

 

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Bumps & Beauty with Angie Fenton | Episode 3: Expect the Unexpected

In this Episode, which is sponsored by Sapphire on Spring, host Angie Fenton talks with business owner Angela Gore and veteran mama Jennifer Zimmerman about how to handle the unexpected.

Editor-in-Chief of Extol Magazine and new mother Angie Fenton hosts Bumps & Beauty.  Each episode, Angie will ask guests to share their parenting experiences and advice.

Parenthood: a mix of challenging moments and wonderful memories. This is Bumps & Beauty, presented by Extol Podcasting.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Extol’s June/July print edition, which will hit stands second week of June in more than 500 locations throughout Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Want to contact Bumps & Beauty? Send an email to Extol@ExtolMag.com. Subject line: Bumps & Beauty.

If you would like information about advertising on or hosting Bumps & Beauty at your location, please contact jason@extolmag.com.

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Bumps & Beauty with Angie Fenton | Episode 2: WHAS11 Anchor Rachel Platt

For years, WHAS11 viewers have watched Rachel Platt deliver the news and highlight individuals and organizations from all over the Kentuckiana community. For our Mother’s Day 2016 edition, Rachel took the time to share what motherhood means to her, offer a bit of insight and even give a few words of wisdom.

Editor-in-Chief of Extol Magazine and new mother Angie Fenton hosts Bumps & Beauty.  Each episode, Angie will ask guests to share their parenting experiences and advice.

Parenthood: a mix of challenging moments and wonderful memories. This is Bumps & Beauty, presented by Extol Podcasting.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Extol’s April/May print edition, which just hit stands in more than 500 locations throughout Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Want to contact Bumps & Beauty? Send an email to Extol@ExtolMag.com. Subject line: Bumps & Beauty.

If you would like information about advertising on or hosting Bumps & Beauty at your location, please contact jason@extolmag.com.

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Bumps & Beauty with Angie Fenton | Episode 1: A Beginning

In this inaugural podcast, host Angie Fenton and her husband Jason Applegate begin to find out that sleep is precious and parenthood is a collaboration. Together, they introduce Bumps & Beauty — and their new daughter, Olive.

Editor-in-Chief of Extol Magazine and new mother Angie Fenton hosts Bumps & Beauty.  Each episode, Angie will ask guests to share their parenting experiences and advice.

Parenthood: a mix of challenging moments and wonderful memories. This is Bumps & Beauty, presented by Extol Podcasting.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Extol’s April/May print edition, which just hit stands in more than 500 locations throughout Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Want to contact Bumps & Beauty? Send an email to Extol@ExtolMag.com. Subject line: Bumps & Beauty.

If you would like information about advertising on or hosting Bumps & Beauty at your location, please contact jason@extolmag.com.

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Angie Fenton, Jason Applegate and their Daughter Olive

 

Angie's maternity photo shoot required a little extra help from Extol's art director Adam Kleinert

Angie’s maternity photo shoot required a little extra help from Extol’s art director Adam Kleinert

 

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Jason Applegate and Angie Fenton.

 

Editor Angie Fenton and her husband Jason Applegate will welcome Baby Applegate in January 2016. (And yes, Jason had just finished shedding a few happy tears when this photo was taken.)

Editor Angie Fenton and her husband Jason Applegate will welcome Baby Applegate in January 2016. (And yes, Jason had just finished shedding a few happy tears when this photo was taken.)

 

Intro Background Music by:  Peppy & The Firing Squad | Licensed as: by-nc-sa Title Y=MX+B| http://sampleswap.org/artist/xnoybis | Voice over by Angie Fenton