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Welcome to Noteworthy! … The time for going back to school has arrived once again, bringing with it a sense of excitement and anticipation for the fresh academic year ahead. Local school districts are busy putting the finishing touches on their preparations for the upcoming school year. Teachers are decorating their classrooms, while sports teams and student activities are already in full swing with practices.

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School Spirit Style … Can you believe we are already beginning a new school year? High school and college games will kick off soon, and having the perfect look to support your favorite team is a must. There are so many great ways to incorporate your team colors into an outfit. Here are a few outfit ideas available from local small businesses that are perfect for women of all ages! … Meredith Gross is wearing a smocked maxi dress with ruffled sleeves. This is such an easy look to dress up or down for a football game!

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10 STUDY HABITS … • You do not need ONE study space. A well-stocked desk in a quiet place at home is key, but sometimes you need to switch it up. Local coffee shops, parks, or even just moving to a new location in your home will give you a change of scenery which can help your brain to retain information better. • Use your school planner for more than just homework. Maintaining a calendar helps you plan ahead, and stay organized. Make sure you are marking your homework, extracurricular activities, work, practices, away games, SAT/ACT dates, and social commitments.

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Ah, the sweet scent of freshly sharpened pencils and the distinct sound of football pads colliding. These are the unmistakable signs that summer’s sun-soaked days are reluctantly relinquishing their grip to the thrill of a new academic year and the glorious arrival of football season. As we bid farewell to lazy afternoons and less routine, it is time to welcome the delightful chaos that comes with kids going back to school and the triumphant return of our beloved “Friday Night Lights.” And let me just say, I am here for the routine! … To all the parents out there, I see you.

Beautiful Spaces for Beautiful Memories

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When it comes to family spaces, living large isn’t about an excess of square footage but about creating a space where the family can simultaneously live together and alongside one another. Thanks to good design, you would never guess this house was originally built as a bachelor pad instead of the perfect spot to raise a family. … Upon entering the space, you may notice the open floor plan feels particularly welcoming thanks to its earthy color pallet and strategically placed conversation groupings.

If These Walls Could Talk

Make Contentment Cool Again … Several years ago, I entertained the possibility of a career change. An opportunity became available for something I always said I wanted, but no matter how hard I tried, I just didn’t have peace about making the change. I remember talking to my parents about struggling with the decision, weighing the pros and cons, and Daddy asking me if I was unhappy with my current career. My response was no; I was actually very happy where I was and I enjoyed going to work every day. His next statement, as usual, was exactly what I needed to hear:

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Summer Activities for Kids … Summertime weather is heating up! Kids (and parents) are getting restless. When does school start again? It’s definitely time for some activities to keep the kiddos occupied as we go into the final month of the summer season. There are many different places for your kids to have fun in the Texarkana area, and I’m sharing a few of my personal favorites! … Buff City Soap … Looking for some “clean” fun? Your child can decorate and paint a mini bath bomb for free. These bath bombs not only smell great but are made of safe ingredients for the skin.

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Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream … President Bill Clinton’s Recipe … Made in Ice Cream Freezer … Recipe courtesy of Special Events, circa the 1990s … … INGREDIENTS … • 3 cans Eagle Brand milk … • 1 large marshmallow cream … • 1 small marshmallow cream … • 2 tablespoons vanilla … • ½ gallon whole milk … • 1 box of rock salt … Mix the first five ingredients in a large bowl, then pour into ice cream freezer. Leave approximately two inches from the top of the the freezer. Follow instructions on freezer. Should take approximately one hour to freeze. Layer two to three inches of ice.

Publisher's Letter

Lordy Lordy, look who’s 40! That’s right, it’s me! I cannot believe I am officially a quadragenarian, which is apparently what they call those of us between the ages of 40 and 49. I guess I’m in the beginning stages of adulthood now, where metabolisms slow down, hair turns gray (or disappears entirely), and I’ll soon start using phrases like “back in my day.” Ah, the joys of becoming “wiser.” … Reaching 40 feels like crossing a bridge from youthful exuberance to moments of “Where did I put my reading glasses?” Suddenly, I notice mysterious aches and pains that seem to pop up out of nowhere.

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