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Holiday Headaches

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Auburn, Ala.—The holiday season is a time for celebration, family gatherings and love. But sometimes the holidays can get busy, stressful and the true meaning of the holidays is overlooked. Feeling down during the holidays is not uncommon, but equating a rise in depression and suicide with the holidays is not factual. “There is a persuasive myth that suicide rates ... Read More »

Tis the Season: Caring for your Christmas Tree

Auburn, Alabama—For most families, on Thanksgiving Day they say goodbye to the fall décor and hello to snowflakes, snowmen and Santa Claus. The one decoration that most people always seem to enjoy the most is the Christmas tree. Whether you choose to go with an artificial tree or a cut tree, the Christmas tree is one of the most recognizable ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Expands Estate Planning Program

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AUBURN, Alabama–Death and taxes—there is that old joke about two certainties in everyone’s life.  But handling even just the basics of estate planning will make life easier for your family after your death. Dr. Robert Tufts, an attorney with Alabama Extension, understands that estate planning can require difficult decisions for some people. “But something is going to happen to everyone ... Read More »

Save Money This Holiday Season

ONEONTA, AL— The holiday season brings about a spirit of joy, togetherness, generosity and love. We create memories with our families and pass down traditions to younger generations. We spend generously on the ones we love to see the joy on their faces when they open their gifts. At such a special time of the year, stressing about finances is ... Read More »

Preparing Your Produce Properly

Auburn, Ala.—Essential parts of every balanced diet are vibrant fruits and nutritious vegetables. However, with the discussions concerning pesticides in our produce, it is hard to determine which and when fruits and vegetables are safe to consume. Do you have to buy organically grown produce to avoid pesticide residue? Are conventionally grown fruits and veggies a health risk? The recommended way ... Read More »

Cooking on a Budget

AUBURN, Ala. — There is a common misconception in American society that you can eat cheap or you can eat healthy, but not both. In reality, this is not true. Healthy cooking on a budget is not impossible, it just takes planning, self control and research. “That’s just been ingrained in our minds that eating healthy is expensive. So many people think  ... Read More »

Reaping the Benefits of Eating Breakfast Regularly

AUBURN, Ala.–We’ve all heard the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” What are the reasons behind this? What are all the health benefits? What is considered to be a good, well-balanced breakfast? Those with busy schedules may feel as though they don’t have the time to sit down and eat a good breakfast, while others simply ... Read More »

Fall into Fitness with These 8 Easy Tips

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AUBURN, Ala.—  Research shows that seasons can have a direct effect on your physical activity. For many people, staying active and remaining motivated about fitness during the fall months can be a difficult task. The transition from warm summer days to the cool autumn season often brings about a change in routine for individuals. Whether that change includes going back to school, participating in a team sport, ... Read More »

Money Saving Tips: Energy efficiency in the home

AUBURN, Alabama–For many, opening the monthly power bill can be a stressful experience. If you are one of those people constantly wondering why your power bill  is so high, take a moment to reflect on your daily routines. You may find that too often you wake up hot in the middle of the night, run to the thermostat and turn ... Read More »

Keep the Scare in your Jack-O-Lantern this Halloween

AUBURN, Alabama–With Halloween rapidly approaching, millions of people are headed to the pumpkin patches to select that perfect pumpkin for carving the family jack-o-lantern. The life span of the jack-o-lantern is a short one. The day after carving the pumpkin, there is a noticeable difference in the pumpkin and by the next night that scary face that you carved, is ... Read More »