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JANUARY 17, 2020 - FEBRUARY 21, 2020 Fitness Issue

ALTERNATIVE WAYS

TO GET YOUR

HEART RATE UP

WOMEN OF ARGYLE

CHRISTMAS DECORATING CONTEST

WHAT IS

MARDI GRAS?

Organizing Your Life CLOSETS BY DESIGN

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TAKING BACK YOUR

FITNESS GOALS

T

he holiday season is long gone, and hopefully, that means no more cake, candy, and kitchen tables loaded with food we shouldn’t be eating but do it anyway. I mean, don’t get me wrong. Just the sound of all that is making me hungry. But now is the time to start thinking about what we can do to better ourselves — and start anew.

Naturally, a great place to start is by recapturing your fitness goals. Everyone is talking about it, so much that we’ve even made fitness the theme of this month’s magazine! This issue is chock full of words of wisdom from fitness experts and new places in town to work up a good sweat. There’s even a feature article that lists alternative activities that can get your blood pumping and boost that heart rate. Did anyone say rock climbing? How about a game of basketball with the kiddos? I’m a big fan of health and fitness. I mean, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’ll never look like 54-year-old actress/model Elizabeth Hurley, who is bikini-bod ready

12 months out of the year. But that’s not my goal, anyway. I workout at Jesse James Fit three to four times a week with my closest friends, eat right, and do everything in moderation. For me, that plan works. I look and feel great, and I stick with it, which is the secret ingredient for any health and fitness plan. Wishing for a better life isn’t going to get you one. You have to have a goal in mind and be able to put it into action. Learning your strategy is half the battle — the other half is taking action. Thank you for picking up a copy of this month’s magazine. We hope you enjoy it.

Sincerely, Kelly Murray

Publisher of Murray Media Group, kelly@murray-media.com

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TABLE OF

CONTENTS

FITNESS ISSUE LOOK FOR THE ICON

ASK THE EXPERTS On the Cover is Lisa (left) and Jay (right) Hemby

27 Dentistry with Country Lakes Family Dental

38 Gardening with

Complete Solutions

ARTICLES 06 Let’s Getaway For Valentine’s Day 08 What Is Mardi Gras? 10 Alternative Ways To Get Your

FEATURED ARTICLE

20 Organizing Your Life One Closet At A Time

Heart Rate Up

13 Community Corner: 2020

Resolutions For Precinct 4

14 Tax Time Is Coming 16 Inside Community & Education 19 Sibling Check-Ups 22 20 Questions With

Mike Winburn Of Win Kids

24 Foodie Friday DFW With Jay Marks Real Estate

29 All-District Volleyball 2019

EDITOR’S PICK

36 Women of Argyle: Christmas Decorating Contest www.ArgyleLivingMagazine.com

33 Sheriff’s Corner With

Sheriff Tracy Murphree

35 Argyle Football District

7-4A All-District Team 2019

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Getaway for VALENTINE’S Let’s

Day by Brooke Ezzo

V

alentine’s Day falls on a Friday this

year, creating just

enough time to take your

honey on a long-weekend getaway. It isn’t too late to

plan the romantic trip, either. Whether you’re looking for

secluded and private to city

strolls and adventures, there are a few different ways to celebrate each other this Valentine’s Day. There is

something for everyone

on this flower-smelling and chocolate-eating holiday, and we have found a few

places you may enjoy for a

few close-to-home escapes this February.

GRANBURY, TEXAS

1.5 HOURS AWAY

photo courtesy of The Grandbury Square facebook

This charming old town offers plenty of romantic options for a long getaway. Stay in the Garden Cottage with a private patio and fireplace at the Iron Horse Inn Bed and Breakfast, which is minutes from the historical Granbury Square. You can also spend your days on the square with a variety of restaurants and bars, a unique art scene, live shows, museums, and shopping. The New Granbury Live at the opera house presents a Blue Brothers Tribute and a Valentines dinner on the 14th. Don’t forget the lake, as there are a few services that offer moonlight dinner cruises out on the water. A great way to end an enchanting weekend away together. With a list of B&Bs, restaurants, and tickets to the opera house, visit www.visitgranbury.com.

BROKEN BOW, OKLAHOMA

3 HOURS AWAY

photo courtesy of www.TravelOK.com

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If you are looking for a nature adventure, Broken Bow has it all. Take a quiet drive to a log cabin you booked on Airbnb, where you are surrounded by the soaring pine trees and secluded in your own romantic world. If you want to leave the cabin, there is still plenty to do. Spend a day at Beavers Bend Resort Park where you can hike a variety of trails, go fishing, and even zip-line through massive trees and over the water. Make your way to a wine or brewery tour, stroll through the wildlife museum, go horseback riding, or meet some furry new friends at the petting zoo. Last but not least, try your luck at the Choctaw Casino. For more ideas for your scenic getaway, visit www.travelok.com.

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4.5 HOURS AWAY

FREDERICKSBURG, TEXAS

Everyone talks about Fredericksburg,

but have you ever experienced the Hill Country? Known for its wineries and

peaches, you’ll also be drenched in its German history, natural beauty, and rustic charm. With hundreds of bed

and breakfast options, you’ll be sure

to find one that fits your tastes. Take a

chauffeured tour on the 30-mile stretch

of road that is home to over 40 wineries

and tasting rooms. Beautiful Main Street offers unique shopping and German-

inspired foods. Take a historical walking tour, stroll through the Herb Farm, and

explore Enchanted Rock. And, of course, only 14 miles away in Luckenbach, end

your weekend in this two-building town listening to country music and dancing the night away. To see what else the Hill Country has to offer, visit

www.visitfredericksburgtx.com. You don’t have to travel far to wine and dine your love this Valentine’s Day!

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Just Color ful Beads: W H AT e Than

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HERE ARE A FEW NOTES AND FACTS ON MARDI GRAS THAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW: • Mardi Gras is known as Fat Tuesday. It happens on the last Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, signifying that it’s time to have one last night of bad food and celebration before fasting

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veryone has heard of Mardi Gras, which this year falls on February 25. It’s that fun time of the year when people line the streets of New Orleans for a seemingly unending stream of parties, parades, food, drinks, camaraderie, and beads. Oooh — it’s all about the beads! The best part is that Mardi Gras isn’t just for natives of New Orleans. People from all over the world host and attend Mardi Gras events, including plenty right here in Denton County. But while Mardi Gras truly is a global phenomenon that you don’t want to miss, what most people forget is its rich history and the real reason it exists. And trust us, it’s not because of the beads.

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• Mardi Gras is also known as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day • The first New Orleans Mardi Gras parade was in 1837 • Beads (purple, gold, and green) have been a Mardi Gras staple since around the early 1900s and are tossed at spectators during parades and other events • Green beads signify faith. Purple represents justice, and gold indicates power

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• Mardi Gras is actually a state

holiday in Alabama, Florida, and parts of Louisiana

• Surprisingly, it is illegal to ride a float during Mardi Gras without wearing a mask

If you’re looking to celebrate close to

home while still feeling like you are in

New Orleans, Lake Dallas will hold its 15th annual festival and parade on Main Street. The exact date for that event hadn’t been

If you can’t make it out to Lake Dallas, various restaurants throughout Denton County will likely have drink and dinner specials on Fat Tuesday. Check with your area for more details. Connect with us next month on social media and share your favorite Mardi Gras photos. Who knows? You may see them in the pages of a future magazine.

released as of press time, so be sure to

check with city officials for more details. Not only is this the largest and possibly only Mardi Gras parade in Denton

County, but it also gives you a chance to visit with your neighbors, stroll the vendor market, and check out all the entries in the Mask Contest. Like last

year, there may also be another crawfish eating contest.

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Fitness

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO GET YOUR

by Steve Gamel

T

he higher your heart rate is, the more calories you burn and the more weight you lose. It seems pretty simple, right? For many of us, that means making sure we hit the gym for some strength training, CrossFit, and a few miles on the treadmill or

elliptical machine. But what if that’s not your thing? Or even if it is, what if you don’t have time to go to the gym this week or simply need a break from the normal routine?

Luckily, there are plenty of alternative activities out there that can keep your heart rate elevated and improve your cardiovascular health. Here are a few alternatives to consider as we enter a new year:

ICE SKATING

Even though we are in Texas, there are places like the Galleria or the Children’s Health StarCenter that not only offer a great experience for the family but also help you get in a killer leg and cardio workout without even realizing it. Ice skating is great for joint and muscle health, improved balance and coordination, and stress management.

STROLLER SPEED WALKING

It can be difficult for new moms to find time to get to the gym. Stroller speed walking is the perfect alternative; simply put the little guy or gal in a stroller and speed walk around the neighborhood or a local mall? Believe it or not, this is a form of high-intensity interval training that pushes your heart rate into the batburning range. 10 | ARGYLE LIVING

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SWIMMING

Swimming is a highly underutilized form of cardiovascular exercise to get your heart rate up. Swimming is also great in terms of recovery from a tough workout. Several places in town offer an indoor pool experience so that you can still get your swim on without having to make an icy plunge.

BOXING

To piggyback off the previous alternative workout, there are tons of gyms in town that offer everything from a simple punching bag to go a few rounds with or a full-blown boxing and kickboxing cardio workout.

PLAY BASKETBALL WITH THE KIDS

For the competitive dads in their 40s and 50s, there is nothing like trying to recapture your youth by trying to beat your 12-year-old son or daughter in a game of pickup basketball. The cardio benefits are numerous, not to mention the ability to regain some of that long-lost endurance and coordination.

DANCING

ROCK CLIMBING

If you do have time to get to the gym but crave something different, consider yourself blessed if they have a rockclimbing wall. Places like Summit Climbing in Denton or Lifetime Fitness offer indoor rock climbing, which is perfect for cardio along with improving grip strength, coordination, and strength. Plus, it’s just fun! www.ArgyleLivingMagazine.com

Take a dance class or bring your spouse out for a night on the town. If you’re planning on attending a wedding, get out on the dance floor and cut a rug. There are even interactive dancing games you can play with your kids on Xbox or Playstation. Bottom line, dancing is perfect for getting your heart rate up and requires zero workout equipment.

This is just a shortlist of alternative ways to get your heart rate up and keep it in tiptop shape. Remember that as you keep your heart rate up, you are naturally burning calories, improving stamina, and even building yourself a strong immune system. Did we leave anything off the list? What are your favorites? Please share with us so that others can join in on the fun. JANUARY 2020 | ARGYLE LIVING | 11


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COMMUNITY

CORNER 2020 RESOLUTIONS FOR PRECINCT 4 by Denton County Commissioner Precinct 4 Dianne Edmondson photo courtesy by Commissioner Dianne Edmondson

W

ith the start of a new year and a new decade, now seems the perfect time for resolutions.

To make a resolution achievable, the list

2. A second resolution is to be even more transparent in government

spending. We want you to be able to

see where your money goes and how

needs to identify something specific and

it is being used. Stay tuned on this one

with a goal in mind.

for more details.

After giving it some thought, I’ve created a

3. In 2020, my plan is to schedule and

to follow and to achieve.

Precinct 4. We held Precinct 4 updates in

few resolutions for the New Year that I plan 1. My first resolution is to continue our

careful oversight of taxpayer (your) money. We’ve kept the property tax rate low and,

in fact, in 2019, we adopted the lowest tax

hold more town hall-type meetings in

2019 but my hope is to go beyond road and bridge updates and give you more details about what we are doing across the board in Denton County.

rate since 1986! Spending your dollars

4. As you know, Denton County is one

worth in services is important.

the U.S. With that growth comes both

wisely and ensuring you get your money’s

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of the fastest growing in the state and

advantages and challenges. One of my goals this year is to consider innovative solutions for dealing with the hypergrowth in our county. We also welcome your input and hope you would share any ideas you might have at one of the town hall meetings or even at the Denton County Commissioners Court meetings on Tuesdays. 5. With just over 80 people moving into Denton County every day in addition to the many who pass through our major thoroughfares, transportation is an ongoing issue. My goal in Precinct 4 for 2020 is to create a well-thought-out road maintenance plan to ensure your safety and ease of transportation on our county roads.

6. And on that note, to ensure your Precinct 4 roads are handled with the utmost professionalism and care, I resolve to increase training for our Road & Bridge West employees. A well-trained workforce is an important dual use of your tax dollars. These are just a few of the main goals I have as we start this new decade. Each is an important component to ensuring your county government is efficient, transparent, communicative, looking ahead, supportive, easily traversed and professional. To receive a newsletter, please contact Precinct 4 Commissioner Dianne Edmondson at Dianne.Edmondson@dentoncounty.com and ask to be placed on the email list. OR CALL AT 972.434.3960.

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TAX TIME IS COMING

by Steve Gamel

W

e’re barely through the first month of 2020, so let’s talk about taxes, shall we? You’re probably saying to yourself that it’s way too soon to talk about that, and, in many ways, you’re right – tax day isn’t until April 15, and even then, you can always file an extension. But waiting until the last minute only makes things worse. So why not start now?

Here’s a simple, yet important list of five common tax items everyone should be rounding up right now:

ALL DOCUMENTS T H AT P R OV E W H AT YO U M A D E I N 2 0 1 9

A D E TA I L E D L I S T O F A L L YO U R DEDUCTIONS

This includes everything from

income, social security benefits,

This is a perfect example of something that will take some time, especially if you are relying on crumpled up receipts between the seats of your car. Be mindful

PERSONAL I N F O R M AT I O N

of anything that can help out your case, including childcare and educational expenses, property tax and mortgage interest, retirement accounts, etc.

W-2 forms to unemployment income, investment income, rental property and even 1099s.

If you’re doing a single filing, this is as

simple as knowing your social security number. But if you’re married and

have children, you will need the same information for each person in your family. If you’re relying on a CPA to

handle your tax return, make sure they

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A LIST OF ALL YO U R C R E D I T S Credits are another great way to lower your tax burden, but you need documentation to prove you deserve them. Examples of common credits include child credit, premium tax credits, and lifetime learning credits.

“THE HARDEST THING IN THE WORLD TO UNDERSTAND IS THE INCOME TAX.” — Albert Einstein

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D I R EC T D E P O S I T I N F O R M AT I O N Assuming you are one of the lucky

ones to get money back on your taxes,

make sure you have your bank account

information handy. This includes routing and account numbers.

These tips are all fine and dandy, but what about the procrastination part?

After all, even if we know how to get our

hands on all the information above, most of us see it as too big a chore and ignore it for as long as possible.

SOME TIPS TO HELP WITH PROCRASTINATION INCLUDE: BLOCK OUT TIME Maybe a few weekends are coming up

where you can spend an hour at a time getting all your ducks in a row. Starting earlier and in smaller doses makes tax prep and easier pill to swallow.

PRIORITIZE Ask yourself, “what’s the one item I can

accomplish today?” Once you know the answer, then do it.

CREATE YOUR OWN DEADLINE Pick an earlier date as your own personal deadline. Mark it on your calendar and make sure it’s listed as a big deal.

HIRE A BOOKKEEPER The benefits of having a bookkeeper are

numerous. Perhaps the biggest one is that they can do all the heavy lifting for you

and then give you a pretty package of tax documents for your CPA.

We’d be silly if we didn’t add in here that

Murray Media Group are not tax advisors. This is merely a basic list of information

you should consider pulling together now rather than waiting until the last minute.

There are plenty of qualified CPAs in and around Denton County who can help answer specific tax questions as they relate to your situation.

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INSIDE COMMUNITY

FROST FEST Sat., Feb. 8 | 4 - 6pm | Canyon Falls Club 6950 Canyon Falls Dr. Northlake, TX 76226

REFUGE FOR WOMEN Thurs., Jan. 30 | 7 - 8:30pm | Robson Ranch Clubhouse 9400 ED Robson Blvd. • Denton, TX 76207 The Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a Sex Trafficking panel event on behalf of Refuge for Women North Texas. This event will include representatives from The Department of Homeland Security, local law enforcement, a sex trafficking survivor, and others to answer questions to better equip, bring awareness, and empower residents. For more information about the event, contact lakysha.chambers@refugeforwomen.org. This is a free event for the community. logo courtesy of Abby Germer

The highly anticipated annual neighborhood event is here! Enjoy food

trucks, s’mores, cocoa, a snow play area, and a movie on the lawn to follow. Bring a warm blanket so you aren’t FROZEN during the movie. Frozen starts at 6pm after the Frost Fest activities! RSVP for the fest through the event page at http://www.canyonfallstx.com/newsevents/events.

INSIDE EDUCATION photo courtesy of Kelly Zindel

ARGYLE HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE PRESENTS:

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Jan. 23-25 at 7:30pm | Jan. 26 at 2pm Argyle High School Auditorium 191 US-377 • Argyle, TX 76226 Thoroughly Modern Millie, is a musical comedy that follows the journey of Millie Dillmount who is determined to make it in the big city but finds a few hiccups along the way. This is Argyle’s 7th annual musical and biggest fundraiser of the year. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased at the door. Break a leg, Argyle Theatre!

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WELCOME CHIEF JACKSON On December 18, 2019, Argyle’s Mayor Donald Moser announced that chief of police from Keene, Texas, Emmitt Jackson will be the Town’s new Police Chief. Jackson has 17 years of experience in law enforcement, holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and is a graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. Jackson began work January 2, 2020. Welcome to Argyle, Chief Jackson!

THE TOURING CHOCOLATIER Denton County resident, Kay Thibodeaux is your local cocoa expert. Wanting to increase the community’s knowledge of great chocolate her company, The Touring Chocolatier, offers incredible chocolates, and truffle-making and candy-making workshops. Visit Kay’s website at www.touringchocolatier.com or email her at Kay@TheCocoaExpert.com to order your Valentine’s Day chocolate or to host a class! Come for the chocolate, stay for the adventure!

DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT Sat., Jan. 25 | 5 - 10pm | Liberty Christian School | 1301 S. Hwy 377 • Argyle, TX 76226 This annual event promises an evening filled with friendships, games, food, and friendly competition. Boys and girls in 3rd to 8th grade are invited to the tournament sponsored by the Baseball and Softball teams at Liberty. Register in advance for $45, or day of in person for $55. Reserve your spot today at www.libertychristian.com/dodgeball.

SUPERHERO ACADEMY Thurs., Jan. 30 | 5:30 - 8:30pm Argyle West Elementary 1741 Old Justin Rd. • Argyle, TX 76226 STEM night sponsored by the Argyle West PTA is a chance for your child to get some superhero training. Activities will explore the science behind super powers such as super strength, invisibility, and x-ray vision. Enjoy demonstrations by CoServ and a family science night with the Perot Museum. No cape needed to attend!

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NIGHT TO SHINE Fri., Feb. 7 | 6 - 9pm Argyle High School 191 US-377 • Argyle, TX 76226 Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, The Well church is hosting a Night to Shine Prom experience for teens and adults, ages 14 and over with special needs. With a limo ride, red carpet and paparazzi, dinner, dancing, and each honored guest being crowned king or queen, this will be a night they will remember. To register for this free prom event, visit www.thewellargyle.com/nts. Parents and caregivers are welcomed!

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SIBLING

CHECK-UPS by Dr. Rebecca Butler, Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics

P

ediatricians face a unique challenge that, generally speaking, adult providers do not typically encounter. Most medical practices struggle with how to schedule patients throughout the workday while still maintaining good medical care with minimal patient wait time. Pediatric offices also struggle with balancing multiple siblings at their well-child check-ups scheduled within the same visit. The longer I have been in practice, the more evident it becomes that these double or triple booked visits oftentimes, on one level or another, result in medical care that is sub-par to the standard I personally wish to uphold.

Imagine your typical yearly physical.

It’s probably booked for 20 to 40 minutes. Since you, like many of us, may see your

physician only once a year, it is important

for you to have your physician’s complete

attention and to have all of your concerns addressed. Some of these concerns may

be sensitive in nature. Your physician may ask you some probing questions about

matters you consider private. None of this is out of the ordinary for a typical annual physical, and during this time, you most

likely do not divert and ask medical advice about your husband, relative, child, etc. Now imagine bringing your spouse or friend to your medical check-up.

Not as support for you, but they have

an appointment with the same doctor booked at the same time in the same

exam room! You go back at the same time, and your histories and exams are blended

together. On top of that, if, in fact, their medical history is more complex than yours, they easily need more time and attention. Also imagine, as I see very often with siblings, that this person is naturally chattier than you and indeed very happy to jump in and provide their own answers to questions your doctor asks of you. And privacy? Forget about it. I hope this imaginary scenario strikes most people as entirely nutty, not to mention entirely avoidable. Who would book their annual physical with another person?

room at the same time as her 9-yearold sister and her 7-year-old brother (with asthma and ADHD), even though they would never think of doing the same thing with their own health care. Why is that? I know the answer: convenience. I get it, BUT our kids deserve better. They deserve the same amount of time and attention as an adult patient. For obvious reasons, children are seen with parents or other caregivers, but there is no reason they must be seen with other siblings. Yes, even twins! Twins are people too, people deserving of the same basic dignity and autonomy as any other patient. But when I’ve gently suggested to parents of twins or other siblings that they should consider bringing them in separately, they look at me as if I have three heads. I still try my best to give parents the convenience they seek, so we don’t restrict the booking of multiple appointments together. But parents, I implore you: Consider treating your kids the way you would want to be treated. I speak all of this with respect, empathy, and understanding for how crazy things can get for all parents. This is in full regard to my passion for providing comprehensive and complete medical care to each and every patient as an individual which unique qualities, characteristics, and needs.

Many of our patients come to see us once a year, often during the summer or on holiday breaks when school is out. If they have siblings, they are very frequently booked together, sometimes even three at a time. Parents oftentimes think nothing of having their 14-year-old daughter undergo her annual physical in the same

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Organizing Your Life ONE CLOSET AT A TIME

by Steve Gamel | photography by Nick Allen Photography

J

ay Hemby has always been one of those guys who can walk into any organization and instantly come up with a better way of doing things. To him, there’s always an opportunity to improve your business and personal life, whether it’s through streamlining processes, being aware of inefficiencies and fixing them, or simply being more organized. So why is it that for the longest time

Organization 101. Jay and Lisa, who live

his office?

of Closets By Design, a unique company

he’d cringe anytime anyone would see “People would always tease me because my office was so disorganized,” Jay said with a sheepish laugh.

“Over time, stuff would just pile up, and they’d be like, ‘Wait! You’re supposed to

be the organized one who talks about continuous

improvement and lean this

that prides itself on having

“HONESTLY, IT WAS A MESS. AND I NEVER WANTED ANYONE TO SEE IT.”

and lean that. But look at your office!’”

He added, “Honestly, it was a mess.

And I never wanted anyone to see it.” Jay and his wife, Lisa, won’t have to

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in Flower Mound, are the proud owners

innovative solutions to all your home storage and

organization needs. Closets By Design specializes in

designing and remodeling attractive storage spaces

for any area of your home, including everything from that packed closet in the

master bedroom to home

offices, kitchen pantries, and garages.

better and faster than anyone in the industry.

Their vast collection of floor-based

organizing options such as shelves,

drawers, cabinets, dividers, lighting,

desks, custom finishings, and more look like they were an original part of your home once installed.

“When we go meet with someone, they already have a need. And, obviously,

closets are the lion’s share of what we

do,” Jay said. “What most people have is a builder-grade closet with a single rod and a shelf above it. It’s useable,

but over time, everything starts piling

up because you don’t have shelves or

drawers. Before you know it, your closet is a disaster. We will come in and redesign that space to optimize storage capacity and help people get organized.”

They have 60 employees, including a

But don’t just take Jay’s word for it. Lisa

your space and offer a myriad of custom

19-year-old company in April from another

full-service design team that will measure options as if their showroom was right in

your home. They also have 10 installation

vans that allow them to service all of DFW

says that ever since they purchased the

husband-wife team, they’ve been addicted to getting their home totally organized — including Jay’s office!

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“We have these products in the

office, in our two kids’ rooms, and

our entertainment room,” Lisa said. “We’re also planning on doing our

garage. You put it in your home, and

it’s amazing how much more organized it makes you.Honestly, these products really do change your life.” Jay agreed. “We didn’t know how it all worked until

we tried it for ourselves, and we love it,”

he said. “We’ve had people call us up and

tell us, ‘I had it in my last home, and I don’t want to live without it in my new home.’ It makes everything simpler.”

Putting Jay’s previous office mess aside, having them take over a budding

company like Closets By Design with the goal of taking it to new heights couldn’t www.naphoto307.com

have been a better fit. Jay’s background is in engineering consulting, while Lisa’s

is in interior decorating and design from 10 years of flipping houses with Jay on

“ WE WILL COME IN AND

the side. So while they didn’t know the

first thing about how Closets By Design products worked, their background

helped them get up to speed quickly.

And they appreciated all the benefits the

REDESIGN

products provide.

THAT SPACE

They wanted one that provided real

They didn’t want just any business. value to its customers.

TO OPTIMIZE

“We had looked at all types of businesses

STORAGE

said. “We found this one, and we felt like

CAPACITY AND HELP

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— fast-food chains, car washes, etc.,” Jay it was a great fit. Another husband-wife

team was running it, and we all had similar backgrounds. But after 19 years, they

were ready to retire and be grandparents. We have literally stepped right into their shoes.”

PEOPLE GET

Lisa agreed.

ORGANIZED.”

moving parts, but it’s really worked out

“It was a perfect fit. There are a lot of well,” she said.

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QUESTIONS with MIKE WINBURN OF WIN KIDS

by Steve Gamel

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nyone in the area who has young kids has likely been to Win Kids at least a few times. For many parents, it’s a weekly thing. Since 1998, thousands of children and families each year come to Win Kids for everything from gymnastics and swim classes to cheerleading, dance, sports, martial arts, music, and more. But what about the guy behind the curtain who runs the whole thing? In a recent interview with Murray Media, owner Mike Winburn was gracious enough to give everyone a peek behind the curtain with an old-fashioned game of 20 Questions.

MMG: You have created a gem at Win Kids.

accounting or something like that, but I

Mike: I would say it’s when I see a child

our promises.

Mike: Stick Figure MMG: Do you have Disney Plus and what

would you be more likely to binge watch?

Mike: We have it here at the club, but I just don’t watch a lot of television.

MMG: Who is the funniest person on your staff?

Mike: It’s our Ninja Director, Josh

What is the best part of it for you?

really want to make sure we are keeping

MMG: Iron Man or Captain America? Mike: Captain America

who has been coming to us for a long

MMG: Do you ever get in the Ninja training

and confident. I really like to see a kid who

MMG: Star Wars or Star Trek? Mike: Star Wars

Mike: Not in the Ninja training room, but

MMG: What’s your favorite hobby outside

time, and they’ve become more athletic

is so confident that not only are they solid athletically, but they can hold their own in a conversation rather than being wimpy or withdrawn.

gym when no one’s looking?

definitely on the trampolines for gymnastics.

MMG: If you were stuck in an

elevator with one person, who would it be?

of work?

Mike: Water skiing MMG: What is your worst trait? Mike: My family would say it’s that I never rest. I’m high strung.

MMG: How long do you see

Mike: Steven Covey. I have just

Mike: There’s no end point for

talk about human nature

MMG: What is your favorite food? Mike: Italian pasta

MMG: What is the one household

MMG: What is your favorite color? Mike: Cobalt blue

yourself doing this?

me. I am constantly thinking of

ways to make this place better.

I think if I had to give this place up, I’d

miss it too much and end up getting into something that resembles it.

MMG: If you couldn’t do Win Kids, what would you do and why?

Mike: I would help people come up with the ideas to design and remodel their buildings and homes.

MMG: What is the least favorite part of your job?

Mike: The concern I always have that people are remaining content and

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really enjoyed listening to him and principles.

chore you can’t stand?

Mike: That’s hard because I’m a do-it-all

kind of guy. But I’d have to say cleaning out a hairy drain.

MMG: What is your deepest

MMG: Have you ever played Truth or Dare? And how did that work out for you?

Mike: No, and that has worked out for me just fine.

darkest secret?

MMG: If you could star in a movie, which

out of school in the ninth grade.

Mike: I have two answers. The first is Bodie

years later and ended up graduating

from Gladiator.

Mike: I was a runaway child who dropped The good news is that I went back three Summa Cum Laude.

MMG: What’s on your playlist in the car on the drive home from work?

movie would it be?

from Point Break. The second is Maximus

MMG: Cups in the cupboard. Right side up or upside down?

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Foodie Friday DFW: Old Town Market

Old Town Market’s

NEW LOCATION W

Owner Shawn Knowles and his wife,

which we love, ready-to-eat sides like okra,

community and have worked hard to

upon jars of pickled items.

Sharon, are beloved members of the

continue on the “customer-first” tradition and philosophy of the original meat

market which was opened by Shawn’s father, Bob, and Dickie Grant.

an assortment of spices and rubs, and jars Of course, the showpiece of the store

is the meat counter which is constantly being restocked with only the highest-

quality meats Shawn can find. Whether

Hanging in the new location of the Old

you need steaks, hamburger patties, roast,

original carving knives, there to serve as a

can help you out. And if you don’t see the

Town Market in Double Oak are Bob’s

fajita chicken, or ribs, Shawn and his team

reminder of the past 43 years of service to

cut of meat that you need, let them know

the community.

and they’ll cut it however you need!

The new location is absolutely beautiful

You can find specials running throughout

and is jam-packed with all kinds of

incredible products like the Amish butter

photos courtesy of Foodie Friday DFW

hen we featured Old Town Market 2 years ago at their Old Town Lewisville location off of Mill St, they were our most-watched episode of 2018. If you’re a customer of theirs, you know why that’s the case!

the year for holidays, etc. But their most popular deal is most definitely their

all the meats. It truly is an art form and is fascinating to watch. Now at the new location, you can watch them at work through the big, open windows behind the meat counter. We selfishly love that their new location is closer to us and are grateful for the years of dedicated service they’ve provided to our local community!

Anniversary specials in May which include the Bacon-Wrapped Filets. We always get some for ourselves and apparently lots of you do too, because Shawn told us they sold around 42,000 filets this past May!

One of our favorite parts about filming at the Old Town Market is getting to go in

the back and watch them cut and carve

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Dentistry: Ask The Expert

NEW SMILES FOR A NEW YEAR

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by Dr. Matt Artho, Owner of Country Lakes Family Dental

t’s a new year, and as I reflect on the intimate time spent over the holidays with family and friends, celebrating the season and appreciating those cherished moments of joy and giving, I can only sum it all up in four simple words: I ate too much. Yes, once again, we start the new year off with resolutions to shake off those habits so easily picked up during the time of merriness and cheer. Now, with the holidays behind us, we can focus on some

new ways to improve ourselves, even our oral health. Here are some dental ideas for how you can start the year with a great smile.

Every good resolution starts with a solid foundation. With your oral health, it’s

back to the basics of brushing, flossing,

and regular dental visits. Brushing after

meals, or at least twice a day is a common

understanding, but flossing can be a tricky habit to start. Some tips for flossing can include setting up a reminder in your

phone or creating a progress chart. It may even be helpful to place floss next to your sink as a daily reminder to floss. When it comes to improving the aesthetics of your smile, there is a wide spectrum of dental treatment that is available. If you have never tried whitening, this is a simple and easy way to enhance the look of your teeth. If you have ever considered straightening your teeth, this may be the year to consider orthodontic or Invisalign treatment. As you start off 2020 with new resolutions for a healthy, happier you, make sure to keep your oral health as a part of that package. Happy New Year and Happy Smiling!

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ALL-DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL 2019

ARYGLE District 8-4A

CO-HITTERS OF THE YEAR: Mariah Hesselgesser SETTER OF THE YEAR: Kassidy Reeves LIBERO OF THE YEAR: Jada Price NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Ella Payne COACH OF THE YEAR: Megan DeGroot FIRST TEAM: Kiley Lavelle, Jessie Moore SECOND TEAM: Andie Piel, Ava Curran

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LIBERTY CHRISTIAN TAPPS 6A

MVP: Madison Morrow DEFENSIVE MVP: Parker Ford SETTER OF THE YEAR: Bailey Shiflet NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Reagan Fifer FIRST TEAM: Madison Morrow, Bailey Shiflet, Reagan Fifer, Parker Ford SECOND TEAM: Kaley Janusek, Jadyn Fife, Ella Grace ALL-STATE FIRST TEAM: Madison Morrow SECOND TEAM: Bailey Shiflet HONORABLE MENTION: Reagan Fifer

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SHERIFF’S W I T H

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S H E R I F F

T R A C Y

DENTON COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS

enton County Crime Stoppers, Inc. celebrated 30 years of service to Denton County, its citizens, and

state and local law enforcement. In 30

Productivity Award 2016 Most Cases Cleared for

Population of 500,001-1,000,000

M U R P H R E E Productivity Award 2018 Most Cases Cleared for

Population of 500,001-1,000,000 Productivity Award 2018

Greatest Dollar Recovery for

Population of 500,001-1,000,000

years, Denton County Crime Stoppers

Productivity Award 2016

A partnership with the Denton County

Population of 500,001-1,000,000

enforcement. Crime Stoppers pays up

Productivity Award 2017

arrest of an individual — and you

has certainly made an impact locally.

Sheriff’s Office, the public, and the media has created a winning combination.

Over the past three years, Denton County Crime Stoppers has been recognized by the Office of the Governor and the Texas Crime Stoppers Advisory Council for the following achievements:

Greatest Dollar Recovery for

Most Cases Cleared for

Population of 500,001-1,000,000 Productivity Award 2017

Greatest Dollar Recovery for Population of 500,001-1,000,000

Let’s continue to help them help law

to $1,000 cash on tips leading to the remain anonymous!

You can call 1-800-388-TIPS (8477) with information or visit

www.dentoncountycrimestoppers. com for more details.

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ARGYLE

FOOTBALL

DISTRICT 7-4A

ALL-DISTRICT TEAM 2019 MVP: Bo Hogeboom, Argyle OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Brendon Lewis, Melissa DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Logan Engle, Celina OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Sheridan Wilson, Argyle DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Damon Youngblood, Melissa OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Micah Hiter, Argyle DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Tate Van Poppel, Argyle UTILITY PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Cade Merka, Argyle COACHING STAFF OF THE YEAR: Argyle

FIRST TEAM Hunter Watson, Celina; Do’rian Williams, Paris; Logan Point, Celina; Tito Byce, Argyle; Cole Kirkpatrick, Argyle; Alex Gonzales, Argyle; DJ Dell’Anno, Celina; Chase Mapps, Melissa; Tyler Burton, Melissa; Jasper Lott, Argyle; Blake Spence, Argyle; Caden Reeves, Argyle; Bryson Zufelt, Melissa; Jack Tucker, Argyle; Tyler Bidelman, Celina; Blake Carrico, Melissa; Blake Sullivan, Argyle; Quintarious Dangerfield, Paris; Kattravion McCarty, Paris; Braiden Rexroat, Argyle; Lain Atwood, Paris; Davis Elsey, Argyle; Caden Hayes, Melissa; Riley Hartman, Argyle; Jalen Gray, Paris; Reese Bedford, Celina; Jameon Mitchell, Paris; Jake Sullivan, Argyle; Abner Dubar, Anna; Will Ramsey, Argyle; Trent Espinosa, Celina; Caden Dodson, Argyle; Brian Ramirez, Paris; Tallyn Melborn, Sanger. SECOND TEAM Rylan Smart, Sanger, Xylohn Posey, Melissa; Isaiah Martinez, Celina; Luke Farris, Argyle; Zach Shepard, Sanger; Dorien Allen, Anna; Luke Addy, Celina; Ezra Monroe, Melissa; Antonio Robinson, Melissa; Brady Cunningham, Celina; Dawson Younker, Celina; Lukas Self, Celina; Garrett Bowen, Melissa; Michael Reemts, Celina; Hayden Nofziger, Melissa; Ashton Milton, Paris; Logan Walker, Celina; Caleb Kroese, Melissa; Cullen Davee, Argyle; Wyatt Stephens, Celina; Ethan McCollum, Melissa; Carson Stamper, Sanger; John Mark Box, Anna; Tyler Merchant, Celina; Parker Jack, Melissa; Dykalen Douglas, Paris; Braylon Brown, Melissa; Ja’Bray Young, Melissa; Carlos Branch, Melissa; Micaiah Ross, Anna; Caleb Murdock, Argyle; Zachary Roberts, Celina; Bubba Gray, Paris; Zach Stewart, Argyle; Caden Knowles, Celina; Isaiah Martinez, Celina; David Patrick, Melissa. www.ArgyleLivingMagazine.com

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WOMEN OF

CHRISTMAS DECORATING

CONTEST by Brooke Ezzo

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omen of Argyle (WOA) was created by several local women with something in common — wanting to bring their community together through fellowship, charity, and concern for their local area.

WINNER (Thibodeaux Family)

As a charitable non-profit organization, the ladies put together annual fundraisers that benefit families in their community. This past Christmas, their home decorating contest was a big hit. Residents who live in Argyle as well as Canyon Falls, Lantana, Harvest, and Country Lakes were encouraged to enter into the contest. “They were already decorating their homes for Christmas,” said Robin Massey, founder of WOA. “Why not enter in for a good cause and a chance to win a prize!?” Residents paid $10 to enter their decorated homes through the Women of Argyle website. Over two days, members of the group drove through the neighborhoods and judged the beautiful decorations.

RUNNER UP (John Family)

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achievement. Winners were selected and announced on December 20. Congratulations to the winners, the Thibodeaux family, from Lantana. The John family from Argyle finished second overall. Their homes were beautifully decorated. And, because of their entry and the many others throughout the community, Women of Argyle was able to

WHY NOT ENTER IN FOR A GOOD CAUSE AND A CHANCE TO WIN A PRIZE!? bless two adopted families with Visa gift cards for the holidays. The Women of Argyle Adopted Family would be a family in the local area going through a hard time regardless of income level. There could be a loss of job, severe illness, death in the family, or a home fire. Funds raised from the annual Christmas fundraiser, the Halloween party, and Fall Fundraiser are used to help these families. The bottom line is that the WOA is a group of ladies focused on helping make the world around us all a better, happier place. With the help of the community, you can be apart of making their vision become a reality.

If you would like to nominate an Adopted Family, find out how to volunteer, or see the Women of Argyle’s event calendar, visit their website www.womenofargyle.com. You can also follow them on Facebook at @WomenOfArgyle.

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Ask The Expert: Gardening

WELCOME by PJ Kratohvil Owner of Complete Solutions

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e hope everyone had a GREAT CHRISTMAS and that you’re looking forward to this new year. As the 2020 to-do lists come out, keep in mind projects can be exciting and the rewards enjoyed for years to come. But just remember, as we always say: “Good labor ain’t cheap and cheap labor ain’t good.” By hiring legitimate, local contractors, you can protect your investments and give yourself peace of

mind – ensuring that your time and money are being well spent. January is a great time to get that soft screen planted. Larger shrubs and trees do well when planted in winter due to stored nutrients and the fact that majority of root growth happens in winter. Everyone appreciates some

level of privacy, especially in our larger communities where the lots are closer together. So take advantage of the cooler temps and get to work!

While things are dormant, it’s also a perfect time to get in your beds and add some structure. Pots, water & fire features, cedar or iron screen walls and accent rocks are all great for personalizing your space. If you’ve experienced standing water or drainage issues with the heavy rains we had this season, a dry creek bed might be a great option for you. A contrast of materials, colors, and texture add so much to the bed spaces as things come alive in the spring. If you don’t have an outdoor space that’s covered, January could be the perfect time to get that patio cover drawn up and moving forward. Getting to enjoy a dinner on the patio (rain or shine) or an evening next to the fireplace under cover is an experience you’ll look forward to repeating!

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