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House Hunters By Amy Dee Stephens
Oklahoma Style Meet the newlywed couple who recently starred in a new episode of HGTV’s House Hunters
It was sort of a joke when Edmond residents, Payton and Darian Minzenmayer, applied online to appear on House Hunters. Why would the show want to feature a young couple, fresh out of college, looking for a house on a $150 thousand dollar budget? But HGTV contacted the Minzenmayers just as Payton was offered a minister position at the Alameda Church of Christ in Norman and Darian began working at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The couple seriously needed to buy a house, and the show seriously wanted to film the process. In August 2016, a film crew spent five days in Oklahoma, during which, the couple selected one of three houses to purchase. On March 21, 2017, the episode finally aired, boiling their entire adventure into a 23-minute show.
“I think when people watch these shows, they think we walked into three houses and decided by lunchtime--but we had five full-blown days of filming” Payton said. “Filming was more technical than we expected,” Darian said. “Like not turning on the air conditioner because of the noise level. It was almost 100 degrees that week, so we were dripping in sweat.” “Or how we had to reenact a reaction three or four times so it could be filmed at multiple angles,” Payton said, laughing. “I think the show portrays our personalities pretty authentically,” Darian said. “We’d make little jokes off-camera and they’d say, ‘Do that again, on camera.’” “Television is a visual story, so we had to voice opinions we would normally keep to ourselves,” Payton said. “They constantly asked us things like, ‘What do you think about the tree in the yard?’ or ‘How do you really feel about those brown kitchen cabinets?’”
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Although the couple grew more comfortable being filmed, it was still stressful to make an expensive decision on a short deadline. “Maybe viewers will relate to us more because we’re newlyweds, not millionaires, and we bought our first house on a minister’s budget,” Darian said. The night the episode aired, Payton and Darian watched the show with friends. At every commercial, they shared their reactions and caught up on texts and social media posts coming in from friends. “There are probably a thousand House Hunter episodes, but that night, we felt famous,” Darian said. “They did such a good job of spinning the show with our pros and cons, that even we weren’t even sure which house we would pick!” “The whole experience was an exciting little adventure,” Payton said. “We might just send HGTV another application when we move again.” 8
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Outside LIVING MAKE YOUR FAVORITE ROOM THE OUTDOORS
The charm of southern living is never more apparent than when the full days of summer begin calling everyone outside. Joggers hit the trails, golfers hit the links, and families spill into their backyards to air out the winter chill. With patio furniture being a staple of Oklahoma life, we asked Beverly Hayden, store manager for J.C. Swanson’s Fireplace and Patio Shop, to share her 20 years of knowledge and experience about what to consider when shopping for the patio furniture. “There are so many different and fabulous collection options available,” Hayden says, “and the best investment choice for your particular space can initially be narrowed by discussing a few topics.” HERE ARE A FEW QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER: What side of the house will the patio furniture be placed?
The north and east side of the home receives less intense sunlight than a patio with south and west exposures, which makes a difference when considering whether or not to have thickly cushioned pieces. After a rain shower, furniture without the luxury of the sun and wind can experience a longer drying time potentially even resulting in mildewing. Do you experience strong winds at your home?
If you live in a community with a lower elevation or have a wind barrier provided by tall, mature trees, then the higher winds may not affect your living area to the point where lighter weight aluminum furniture can be selected. On the contrary, if your haven is widely exposed, a heavier selection such as wrought iron or cast aluminum would be a better option. What will be the function of your space?
While the traditional outdoor dining table setting is still available, the 24-inch tall “chat” table or fire pit surrounded by cushioned, sling, or padded sling lounge swivels provide, not only a place to eat, but a place to kick back and relax for the rest of your time together. Stop by the J.C. Swanson’s showroom to view a full selection of traditional, modern, wicker, and metal outdoor furniture. J.C. SWANSON’S FIREPLACE AND PATIO SHOP SWANSONSFIREPLACEANDPATIO.COM 405-341-2770
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To protect your home from harsh Oklahoma weather, a quick coat of exterior paint can preserve your most expensive investment. Kevin Calmes, owner of Legacy Painting, says the peeling and cracking of paint is an indicator the exterior has lost elasticity, causing the top paint layer to fail. “Paint before it peels,” he recommends, “every eight to ten years.” LEGACY PAINTING. MYLEGACYPAINTER.COM 405-286-5163
Lanscaping BUILD THAT WALL
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14 Must Have Fitness Tips The warmer, but not yet blistering, weather is calling everyone outside and Edmond walking trails are the place to be. The fresh air is no longer brisk. The flowers and trees are in bloom. And, unless allergies are getting the better of you, taking advantage of Edmond’s trail system, as well as stretching out on walking paths in your own neighborhood, is one of the best solutions to get you moving, more active, and primed for the high-energy summer months.
To help you get started, we asked four of Edmond’s experts on fitness and health to give us their best outdoor walking tips: Jennifer Foster co-owner, Red Rock Fitness & Training
1 Start gradually, then increase distance and speed. If you’ve been
mostly sedentary during the winter, she recommends beginning at one mile.
This is easier on joints than asphalt or sidewalks.
Safety should always be a priority, so walk with a dog, a partner, or carry pepper spray. Maintain situational awareness. And avoid hitting the trails early in the morning or late at night.
The variety will keep your workout more interesting and engaging.
like Nike+ Run Club, Zombies, Run!, or Beat-Burn.
2 Walking on dirt paths and grass are best, when possible. 3
4 Don’t just visit one walking trail. Pick out three and alternate. 5 To add fun to your walks, incorporate walking apps
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11 When transitioning from walking/running on tread
Use your walking time to quiet your mind and meditate. Focus on the sites, sounds, smells, and textures around you. Notice the different hues of green in the trees and grass. Hear and feel the breeze. Focus on the sounds of the birds. Keep all your thoughts in the present moment. This can help you quiet the mental busyness.
mills to walking/running outside, start slow to avoid injury. Due to the fact you are using different muscles and using them differently outside than on a treadmill, you can begin to experience issues, such as shin splints and plantar fasciitis, if not done gradually. Your shoe needs may also change.
12 If you want to work up to a run, incorporate the walk/
Carrie Kincade owner/personal trainer, Wise Training & Fitness
Start with 20 minutes three days a week of cardiovascular activity. If thatâ€™s still too intense, set a pace and distance that works for you, such as walking around the block or walking to your mailbox, and increase as you are able.
For those ready, incorporate strength training into your walk easily by adding lunges, side lunges, and squats.
run technique. One popular method is to jog for 30 seconds, walk a minute and a half. As this becomes easier over time, increase the run time and decrease the walk time.
13 Warm up before your walk instead of stretching,
in order to decrease your risk of tearing or straining muscles.
14 Donâ€™t push too hard when shifting from a gym
workout to an outdoor workout. If you walk or run three miles on a treadmill, start walking or running one mile outdoors. Give your muscles time to adjust, strengthen, and adapt to different movements.
Playground equipment, tree stumps, and staircases can be used to help create a full-body workout and build muscle. For example, do push-ups against tree trunks or off park benches.
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This is as close to eating from your backyard as you can get. Unless, of course, you eat from your backyard. The 2017 Edmond Farmer’s Market, Saturdays from 8am to 1pm at Festival Market Place, opens April 15. Local
vendors in Edmond and around the area will be bringing a variety of fresh foods and produce, products and pastries, all to invigorate your palate, your health, and your pleasure. Wine - Chapel Creek Winery
Indulge in the sweet robustness of home with any of the eight Chapel Creek Wines made from 100% Oklahoma grown grapes.
WHY STOP BY?
A one ounce wine sample is available and the flavor changes every week. Top sellers include white zinfandel and peach chardonnay. Pastries - Granny Had One Catering These are the pies grandma use to make. From the strawberry rhubarb to the bumble berry, these 9-inch round perfections will taste just like childhood.
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Granny Had One Catering also sells a wide-variety of fruit pies, sweet breakfast breads, homemade cookies, raw honey, farm fresh eggs, and produce from the family farm in Guthrie. Salsa - Dream Catcher Farm You like it hot? We’ll see. Dee Sporn makes her fresh, homemade, gourmet Mamma Dee’s salsa in four flavors - mild, medium, pretty hot, and you asked for it. Also known as Jr.’s Super Duper Hot.
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You can try your hand and your taste buds with free salsa samples before deciding how bold you want to go. Pasta - Tall Girl Specialty Pasta Add some garlic and olive oil and this pasta is ready to go. It’s so good, it speaks for itself. Sauces not required. WHY STOP BY?
The top three sellers are cracked pepper, garlic, and lemon basil. These pastas define “made by hand.” The spinach is sauted and the lemons are squeezed and grated by hand. Produce - Healthy Living Farm Vegetable lovers will find a broad, expansive variety of naturally-grown produce. It’s the crop rotation from the variety, says Toni Dennis, owner of Healthy Living Farm, that provides pest management without the need for praying and chemicals. WHY STOP BY?
While shopping for seasonal produce, you can also buy potted plants, flowers, and colorful flower bouquets.
Dead Coyote Hill Garden
Whole. Natural. Simple. Fresh. This is the spirit of Dead Coyote Hill Gardens. It’s in the produce and even in the unofficial but often repeated motto, ‘We grow real food for real people,’ according to Marilyn Barton, owner. WHY STOP BY?
Mara Des Bois Strawberry plants, which produce some of the most flavorful and fragrant fruit, are also available to buy.
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Milk - Marak Family Farm Good to start your day, end it, or quench your thirst at any point in between, Marak Family Farmâ€™s non-homogenized, low-temperature pasteurized whole milk comes straight from the pasture fed cows to your refrigerator. WHY STOP BY?
If you want tomatoes or purple potatoes from Marak Family Farm, you have to get there early. The Better Boys, Early Girls, Jet Star, Big Boys, and Supersweet 100 cherry tomatoes often sell out before the market opens. Flowers - Renrick Farming Gardens Your butterflies and bees will love these flowers. Renrick Farming Gardens specializes in natural grown perennial plants, which will not harm your propertyâ€™s pollinators. They grow between 400 and 500 different perennials, offering various types of your favorite flowers. WHY STOP BY?
You can dress up your dining room table with a bouquet of cut flowers or add greenery to your doorways and windows with aloe vera house plants, all are also available.
Bread - Bovarian Pretzels German bakers have been using these techniques for thousands of years. It takes patience, time, expertise, and a passion for creating flavor. Try European style bread, with a focus on German, and experience the artistry for yourself. WHY STOP BY?
Samples of breads are available for everyone interested. Other offerings include ready-made sandwiches, using artisan bread, along with imported and domestically-made meats and cheeses, as well as decadent pastries.
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Rococo: Noontime Noshing, East Coast Style By Laura Beam
Lunch is the new dinner -- or should be. That favorite meal of the day when you order whatever you want, eat your whole meal sitting down, and enjoy time with friends and colleagues. Longtime restaurant icon Rococo knows these mid-day moments are meant to be relished. Chef and Owner Bruce Rinehart and Chef Jason Bustamante have just unveiled a new lunch menu reflecting their customers’ preferences. Loaded with Rococo’s renowned variety of fresh seafood, the lineup includes favorites like the authentic Lobster Roll, Clam Chowder--appropriately pronounced 'Chowda,' the Fish-n-Chips platter, and Chef Bustamante's Wild Salmon and famous Crab Cake. Even their wildly popular Love Salad, made from Chef Rinehart’s true 'back-east' recipe from Connecticut, is now available in single or four-person servings. Named for a Valentine's special that quickly became a regular menu item, “it's a simple recipe, made entirely in house, but the combination of dressing ingredients with the meats, cheeses and vegetables is the perfect flavor profile," Chef Rinehart remarks. After years of requests, 12oz bottles of the exclusive red wine vinaigrette dressing are now for sale, too.
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The lunch menu is focused on portion size and speed. We know lunch needs to be quick and not make you wish for a nap after eating too much, Chef Bustamante admits. The Rhode Island Fish Stew, brimming with shrimp, scallops, cod, sausage, clams and mussels in a hearty saffron tomato broth, is not only indulgent but wellpriced and timely served. "We have many guests who bring business associates to Rococo but sometimes need a faster option," says Chef Rinehart. "The Express Lunch, including French Onion Soup, salad and a Provolone Crostini is designed for just that and served in 15 minutes.” While seafood dishes and sustainable sourcing are imperative to the chefs, the showstopping meatballs, steak, pasta, fancy grilled cheese, burgers, and Reuben sandwich are also main attractions. Gluten-free, plant-based dinners, and vegan and vegetarian options are also available. And for a supreme sampling of Rococo's culinary diversity, dine on Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm for a buffet brunch with extraordinary dishes and breakfast favorites. Visit Rococo, Northpark at 12252 N. May Ave. or 2824 N. Penn, or find more at Rococo-Restaurant.com
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By Dr. J. David Chapman
COMING SOON to a Theater Near You
My children grew up going to the movies at the Kickingbird Theater. This eight-screen theater has been a staple in Edmond since 1988. I love local, but recent announcements about new theaters in and near Edmond leave me wondering if that will be enough to sustain the local eight-screen fixture. Showbiz Cinemas, working with Covell-35 Development, have agreed on a $4.8 million incentive package with the City of Edmond to build a $23 million family entertainment center, which will include a 12-screen theater and 18 bowling lanes. The 82,500 square foot center will be built on 11.04 acres located on the northwest corner of I-35 and Covell.
This $4.8 million incentive will be paid annually based on an amount equal to two cents of the city’s sales, as generated from the movie and entertainment complex the previous year. Based on expected sales of $12 million per year, Assistant City Manager Steve Commons believes the incentive will be paid off in 15 to 16 years. This announcement is important for Edmond and confirms the “build-it-and-theywill-come” concept that was employed by city leaders when they committed $12 million to a public/private $37 million six-story hotel and conference center on the same corner. It also confirms that cities must be ready to come to the table with incentive packages to attract this type of development. Although technically in OKC, Warren Theaters has proposed a development at the Kilpatrick Turnpike and Eastern similar to their popular theater in Moore. This concept will offer movie-goers restaurant service with alcohol, if Okla-
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the survivor tree By Amy Dee Stephens
Local teacher creates children’s book to teach OKC bombing history The phrase “survivor tree” is an honorary term given to a handful of trees around the world that lived through catastrophic events and are now symbols of hope. Oklahoma City is home to one such survivor tree. The American Elm at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, the site of the Murrah Federal Building bombing, continues to thrive after more than 90 years. Despite its symbolism on the memorial’s logo, the tree’s secret life before and after April 19, 1995, is relatively unknown. That is about to change. Local fourth-grade teacher Gaye Sanders was looking for a relevant way to teach the required Oklahoma History lesson about the bombing to her students. She learned that no resources about the tree existed. “That planted a seed in my mind that someone needed to write a picture book for kids,” Sanders says. “I lived here during the bombing. I know a survivor. I feel such a connection to that event, so I knew that person should be me.” While researching the tree at the Oklahoma History Center and Memorial archive, she discovered photographs of the elm in the large yard of a farm-style home before the Murrah building was built. “It survived tornadoes, drought, ice storms and fires in the area, long before the bombing,” Sanders said. “Once downtown developed, a parking lot was built right up to the base of the tree. It
was the only shade around, so employees arrived early and paid to park under the tree. People ate lunch under its shade. Children from the daycare played hide-and-seek under that tree.” On April 19th, 1995, the elm was badly burned by the explosion. Only a few charred branches stuck out from the trunk. It might have been chopped down immediately if investigators hadn’t needed to gather evidence from the tree. After that, the tree was forgotten. Until…next spring rolled around and it began budding. “It had survived!” Sanders said. “Staff knew this was special. Workers began to care for the tree and gather its seedlings, which are now spread worldwide. Every time there’s an ice storm, Memorial staff stand at the base of the tree with bamboo poles, tapping on the branches to keep ice from forming.” Sander’s book, The Survivor Tree, is slated for publication later this year by Road Runner Press, an award-winning Oklahoma publisher who immediately saw the importance of the book to Oklahoma schools and libraries. It is currently being illustrated by Oklahoma-native artist Peter Hay. “I recently read the story to my students during our field trip to the Memorial,” Sanders said. “I always cry when I read it, even though there is minimal detail about the bombing, but the kids’ reaction validated this book for me because they felt such a connection to the tree. This living thing is now a piece of their heart.”
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Crazy Car By Louise Tucker Jones
It’s that time. Car shopping! Not my favorite sport. But my son, Aaron, is insistent that I upgrade from my sweet, little 2007 Chrysler Town and Country. So I bit the bullet and checked out some new models of minivans. First, I hit the Honda dealership where I drove a new 2016 Odyssey. The drive was smooth and there were a ton of gadgets. It even included a small, refrigerated compartment for food or drinks. However, I was unable to see it since I was driving and distracted by a screen that popped up and showed I was a little too far left when crossing a narrow bridge on a country road.
Next was a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, which drove well and had as many features as the Odyssey but two things bothered me. Could I really get used to that knob on the dash for a gearshift? Not sure about that. But the strangest thing—there was no spare tire. It had a built-in vacuum in case you needed to clean the car while you waited for a tow, but no spare for this pricey vehicle. Last, I tried a 2017 Toyota Sienna. I was already tired before trudging to the area where the minivans were located. Then, of all things, I was asked to wait in that cold, windy area while the salesman traipsed back to the building for keys. Really? Couldn’t he have brought the keys with him? Our test drive was much like the other two and had many of the same features. When he asked if I would like to get a “bottom price” from his manager, I declined. I was tired, cold and hungry and just wanted to go home.
But here’s my take. Never test-drive three cars in the same day. I thought it would be a good comparison. Nope! It simply confused me. By the time I finished driving the last car I had forgotten which features I liked or disliked about the first one. Meanwhile, I am quite comfy in my little ten-year-old minivan. Car shopping can wait. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Louise Tucker Jones is an award-winning author, inspirational speaker & founder of Wives With Heavenly Husbands, a support group for widows. LouiseTJ@cox.net or LouiseTuckerJones.com.
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Mom’s 6 Tips For a Lush Flower Garden
By Cindy Townsend
As a kid in Indiana, the land where everything flourishes, I thought I could grow anything. Then I moved to Oklahoma and found out, nope, it was Indiana. Growing anything in Oklahoma is hard. Where else do you have days that start with 70 degrees and end at 30? Oklahoma. If you’re struggling to keep your plants and flowers alive, it’s not you. Hear me on this. It’s not you. It’s Oklahoma! This is tough country. But, over the years, I’ve discovered things you can do that will produce stunning flowers and delicious vegetables. Trust me. Mom knows.
Cut away the dead, dying, wand deranged. Don’t panic just because your flowerbed is coming alive. This does not mean it’s too late to prep for summer. Start by cutting away all the dead foliage, dying growth, and deranged limbs going in the wrong direction, rubbing against other limbs halting good air circulation, or obstructing walkways. If it’s brown, brittle, or flimsy, remove it. Then compost it! And watch your garden thrive.
2 Divide, then share.
Divide your herbaceous stuff, like your lilies, asters, mums, peonies, daisies. These are your garden fillers, but they can take over after a few years if you don’t separate them. So divide them. Wait until they begin to bloom, then pull or cut them using a sharp spade. Chop the extra overgrown off, then share! This gives you the perfect opportunity to share a piece of your garden - and your heart! - with your family and friends.
3 Get rid of the unwanted weeds.
This is the time to pull out the weeds. Right now, they’re only peaking out from their winter nap. So attack quick and now before they get aggressive. And don’t leave any root. Even a quarter of an inch root left behind only ticks off the weed. Then they’ll grow just to spite you.
4 Enrich that soil.
If you have a lot of cracking in the top soil, you need to top dress it. Think of it like adding a nutrient blanket, which protects your soil from the wind, cold, or too much heat. My top soil of choice: pecan hulls. The nutrients will work into the soil and acidify it from our natural high-alkalized Oklahoma soil.
5 Next is the pre-emergent.
Pre-emergents create a barrier for your top soil to keep those blowing, wild seeds from germinating. If you’ve got your garden how you want it, all new items have been planted, then apply the pre-emergent. However, if you’ll be planting any additional seeds, such as marigolds, zinnias, or wildflowers, hold off on the pre-emergent. It’s only to be used after the seed you want has germinated and little plants are sprouting. Then you can seal the soil.
6 Fertilize is your finale.
The soil has been enriched using our organic matter, now it’s time to incorporate a slow release fertilizer. This capsulized fertilizer is engineered to break down over time. When choosing which one to buy, make sure it has all the macro and micro nutrients. You need your Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium (NPK), but you also need your calcium, sulfur, copper, iron, magnesium, nickel, etc. So buy a balanced fertilizer. Follow these steps and water for a full-bodied flower garden and make your momma proud. Cindy Townsend is a Horticulturist and owner of Martin and Cindy’s Landscape Design & Consultation
By Pat Becker, Host of Dog Talk
a glimpse behind the scenes of the local TV show I truly love producing my TV Show ‘Dog Talk,’ which airs Saturdays on KAUT Freedom 43. I’ve written books about dogs, recorded songs about dogs, had a radio show about dogs, but TV is the most fun of all. However, the truth is, it’s a heck of a lot of work! First, you need a sponsor—oh, yeah. Then a mission which dictates the content for the show. My mission is to educate dog owners to the value of pet advocacy. Owners should consider each of their animals as valued members of their family, while accepting responsibility for the emotional and medical care of each of their pets. Being a talk show host demands a pleasant presence, and an ability for articulate dialogue. Sometimes our most chatty guests can suddenly freeze when the red light on a camera is activated and their interviews begin.
Luckily, I can “talk dog.” So I’m prepared to fill in the conversation with relevant information, which I should have darn sure researched! I have a staff of eight people (my co-host, my producer, my director, my audio expert, videographers, and three ladies who welcome our guests each week) who are awesome and essential for the success of each week’s taping. We use the ‘live to tape’ method. So there are no ‘Re-Dos’. No mistakes covered. (I’ve had my share. It can be stressful at times.) Dog Talk is divided into segments for diversity---both educational, and entertaining. I spend weeks selecting guests who will have vital educational information for our viewers; and I and my videographer spend two days a week taping interviews at rescues, shelters and events. My Facebook page and website are updated daily. So, a TV show as a business? It’s fun, but expensive, and it ain’t that easy! For more information visit DogTalkTV.com
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His initial business logo was a calligraphy art piece his grandfather drew. That’s how Kevin Calmes started Legacy Painting, by carrying on his grandfather’s legacy. His own legacy, which started with the artistic touch of his grandfather, now continues on with each paintbrush stroke. “When I started, I had the idea of developing, not just a painting business, but more of a legacy in people, family, and community,” says Calmes. “Legacy is the idea of something not here and gone tomorrow. It’s lasting.” That was 18 years ago and Legacy Painting is still here, still offering high-quality work, and still providing a service to Edmond residents that lasts. Not only is this
his trade, it’s his service to the community where his wife works as a teacher at Summit Middle School, where his daughter graduated from High School at Santa Fe and attended UCO, where his son attends Cheyenne Middle School, and where the Calmes family calls home. “We’re not here one month and gone the next. Legacy Painting is connected to the community,” he says. “We’re engaged. We’re relational.”
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Legacy Painting clients can always count on knowing each step of the process during their project. The timeframe, process, and progression of the project are always communicated.
“We strive to be an A-plus painter, but also an A-plus communicator,” he says.
“We tell our clients, ‘We’ll be here at this time. We’re paining the living room and hallway today. At the end of the day go through what we painted, look for anything that needs addressed, we’ll be back here at 8:30 in the morning to start again,’” he says.
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Girls On The Run empowers Eleven year old Olyvia Miller doesn’t view advertisements the same anymore. Girls On The Run (GOTR) changed that for her.
I see ads of girls working out. Some make me feel good,” Olyvia says. “But girls sucking in their stomachs, photoshopped, not eating. They make me feel bad. Now I look at ads and think of that (GOTR) lesson. I think, ‘Is this going to make me look more beautiful? Because I’m already beautiful on the inside.
GOTR, a national nonprofit dedicated to inspiring confidence, health, and joy in elementary-aged girls through running, also teaches positive self-worth lessons before every practice. Last year, Olyvia joined the West Field Team chapter, which is part of GOTR of Oklahoma County, and the affects have been nothing but positive. “The first thing I noticed is she started challenging herself physically. She started thinking about what she ate, whether it would help her run better or be healthy,” says Jamie Miller, Olyvia’s mom. “After the media lesson, she also started watching things differently, which thrilled me to see. Sometimes you just accept whatever is presented as reality. Already at 10, she was starting to question that.” Miller says GOTR is really a “sneaky self-esteem program,” that looks like a track team but has such a broader impact on the girls. Lessons include topics for young girls, such as problem solving, self-esteem, resisting peer pressure, making healthy decisions, and contributing to
the community. The lessons not only impact the girls, they often impact the coaches who are teaching them. Jessica Kamp and Ellen Winter, both West Field Elementary teachers who started the West Field GOTR chapter, say the lessons are great reminders for them, too. “We recently had the ‘Star Power’ lesson,” says Kamp. “We read this peaceful scene, asking the girls to visualize it. You imagine you’re a star in the sky that’s brighter than all the others. And that star is you. You have all these great, unique qualities. And I thought, ‘Yeah, I needed that today.’” At the end of the 10-week program, GOTR of Oklahoma County holds a 5K run to celebrate their accomplishments, which will be held on May 20 at Bricktown Ballpark. Girls can run it, walk it, skip it, anything that keeps them moving. It’s an untimed 5K and open to the public. “It’s a wonderful program and many women wish they had this when they were girls,” says Leslie Littlejohn, execute director for GOTR Oklahoma County. “We don’t require girls to run, we only encourage that any girl can accomplish any goal by moving forward.” Volunteers and coaches are always needed. They don’t have to be runners, says Littlejohn, only women with a “heart ready to encourage our girls to be their best.” Olyvia says that’s exactly what GOTR has done for her by giving her the tools to know she can accomplish far more than she thought she could. Now, when she’s confronted with tough challenges, Olyvia says she has one thing to say, “Take that world.” If you’re interested in volunteering, visit www.gotrcentralok.org.
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The Outlook is a monthly, full color, glossy magazine mailed free of charge to 50,000 homes in Edmond and north Oklahoma City. Since 2005, w...