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JANUARY 2020

Editor 's Page Southern Wind Dallas Burrow - Cover Reboot Mouthwatering Chef Inspired Eats You Must Try at Texas Stadiums Theme Park Tips for Your First Visit to Big Bend National Park in Texas Candida Overgrowth Up The Road:Fun Things to Do Around Austin with Friends and Family in January 2020 State of Real Estate Far Infrared Rays Window Replacement 2020’S Hot Project Strengthen and Stretch

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"Such a fun Article Wanted include again" This final year of the twenty-teens has been filed with conclusions to many long running pop culture properties. It began with the conclusion to M. Knight Shyamalan’s surprise trilogy that started with 2000’s Unbreakable, continued in 2016’s Split and culminated in the movie Glass.

Tyler Perry declared A Madea Family Funeral the last appearance for his character after 11 films.

• • How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World brought closure after 10 years. • Then the mammoth hit that was Avengers: Endgame descended upon us which The Big Bang Theory said goodbye after 12 years on T.V.

tied together 11 years of storytelling within the MCU.

Dark Phoenix on the other hand was the not so well received final outing for Fox’s X-men films in the months after their acquisition.

Then there was Toy Story 4 which we all held our breath with anticipation would be good after the perfect ending was achieved in Toy Story 3. Thankfully it was.

Then came the controversial ending to Game of Thrones which many considered to be a very unsatisfying.

On television, The Walking Dead T.V. show trucks on despite slipping ratings but the comic book ended on a shocking and cleverly unannounced surprise ending after 16 years in publication.

After becoming the highest grossing horror movie of all time in 2017, the sequel It Chapter 2 concluded the story of the Losers Club and their fight against Pennywise.

Even Sylvester Stallone dusted off his old action hero Rambo for what is supposed to be the character’s final appearance with Rambo: Last Blood.

Finally, by the time this article drops we will know how the Star Wars saga will have concluded with the Rise of Skywalker.

Here’s to hoping we will raise our New Year’s toasts to a good ending and that 2020 will bring many new offerings for pop culture. -Joe Soliz

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Window Replacement Will Be 2020’S Hottest Home Improvement Project By Martin Bomba, Owner of Window World TX

According to a study conducted by the Home Improvement Research Institute, the most popular home improvement projects among homeowners includes kitchens, exterior paint, roofs, driveways and windows. We see this trend continuing into the new year due to the many benefits that come from window replacement projects in the home. Here are just some of the reasons why window replacement is going to be all the rage in 2020. Homeowners Want to Save Some Green Everyone has heard of energy-efficient dishwashers, ovens and other household appliances, but not many people know that windows can be a huge factor in energy efficiency. Older, inefficient windows are often to blame for an increase in air drafts and higher energy bills. According to Energy Star, older, single-pane windows are responsible for 25-30% of a home’s energy loss.

bay and bow windows Modern energy standards have made windows much more energy-efficient. Innovations like higher-quality frame materials, Low-E glass, multiple panes, gas fills and warm edge spacers have revolutionized windows over the best couple years. These energy-efficient upgrades are great for the environment and even better for homeowners’ wallets. Regardless of their reasoning, getting new windows will have homeowners seeing green.


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Older Windows Aren’t Cutting It While windows do last a long time, they don’t last forever. The general rule of thumb is that windows last 15 to 20 years, but some windows might need replacing before or after their life expectancy. There are a few telling signs that windows are getting too old and losing their functionality. If the frames around the windows are warped or starting to break away, they’ve probably gotten too old. Windows that have difficulty opening are also a sign they need to be replaced. Windows that don’t open or shut properly are not only an inconvenience, they’re also a safety issue. If windows have begun showing their age, the start of a new decade is a good time for replacement. Homeowners Want an Updated Look While new windows are a functional addition to the home, they also add to a home’s overall aesthetic. With a wide array of styles available on the market, new windows can completely change the look of a home. Some homeowners even go the extra mile by adding shutters or other exterior window covers. If you want to increase your property value or if you want to make your home the envy of all your neighbors, a stylish new set of windows will do the job. 2020 is just around the corner, and with it, new home improvement projects. If you’re looking for a home improvement project to improve your home’s functionality and appearance, consider starting off with a window replacement project.

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puters, sleeping, driving, taking care of kids the list goes on. A few months back I wrote an article on text neck and how it can create a tremendous amount of stress in the joints and nerves of the neck. There has been a popular term for this forward head, rounded shoulders bad posture and that is upper cross syndrome. It can cause neck pain. headaches, mid back pain and shoulder issues. Instead of exploring the science of it, let’s dive into the best ways to combat bad posture.

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1. Stretch your pecs. Find a door frame and place your forearm and hand against it and lean forward. You should feel a stretch from your sternum to your shoulder. Make sure to stretch both sides as this will allow your shoulders to not roll forward. The common question is how often and how long. We always suggest every few hours if your in that forward leaning posture.

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2. Strengthen your back. With our head going forward and shoulders rounding the #1 muscle group that gets weak is your back especially between your shoulder blades. This requires any exercise where you are pulling back and trying to touch your shoulder blades together. Rowing machines or and weights that your pulling back work wonderful for this. We have to actively work the body in the opposite direction of how we are sitting all day.

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3. Foam Rolling Place a foam roller horizontal and roll up and down your back a few times. After, place the foam roller again horizontally between your shoulder blades and stretch the top half of your body back over the foam roller. This will train your spine backwards, again, the opposite of your daily posture.

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Texas Black Gold Garlic Announces Revolutionary New Products San Antonio, Texas – San Antonio-based gourmet food manufacturer, Texas Black Gold Garlic, is excited to announce the release of three new unbelievably delicious "true vegan" products: Black Shallot, Black Pearl Onion and Black Ginger. Currently, these new products will be sold on the Texas Black Gold Garlic website, through the Pearl Farmers Market and exclusively through local distributor, FARM to TABLE. For more information, please visit texasblackgoldgarlic.com.


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For those who have had the opportunity to taste and cook with black garlic, you know what a wholly unique culinary experience it is and how it can enhance just about any dish, from savory to sweet, with its rich caramelized, balsamic-like punch of scintillating and complex flavors. Similarly, the Black Shallot, Black Pearl Onion and Black Ginger take these simple ingredients and send them into an umami orbit that chefs just can't get enough of. "There's simply nothing else like this on the market. Other black garlic companies have stopped at garlic, but we saw the potential to truly enhance these other basic ingredients that chefs and home cooks use every day," shares Chef and Owner, Stephen Paprocki. "This is my magnum opus for the culinary world." What They Taste Like, according to Chef Paprocki: Black Shallot: It's a pop of caramelized onion in your mouth, taking the staple of meat and potatoes to a whole new level. Black Pearl Onion: Imagine French onion soup in pearl form. Black Ginger: Nothing can compare to this unparalleled flavor profile. It's straight umami with none of the fiery/spicy ginger component one might expect. Like their predecessor, the new products also offer health benefits derived from the Malliard process, akin to fermentation, such as a massive increase in antioxidants. Additionally, the majority of the ingredients are grown in cooperation with local Texas farmers. "One of our company's primary missions has always been to work with and support local farmers. Not only does our seed program help the farmers, but knowing the farmer helps us maintain a significant amount of quality control, something no other black garlic companies are doing," explains Paprocki. "On top of that, we say our products are truly vegan and beyond organic because they're grown without fertilizer or pesticides and are naturally non-GMO, for that matter,' he says. "Many people don't realize this, but certified organic is not always what people expect. Meaning people, vegans for example, feel assured they're eating clean produce when, in fact, organic fertilizer can be used to grow certified organic vegetables, but when tested, animal protein is often found due to the organic manure, so it's not a truly vegan product. However, we test our produce for non-animal specific protein and it's a hundred percent clean. The industry practically forces companies like ours to pay thousands of dollars for a can be misleading, and we believe it's important that the public be made aware of this issue," adds Paprocki. Lab Test Results: https://www.texasblackgoldgarlic.com/quality localtouchcomal.com


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