September is… National Apple Month!
Discover a Yummy Apple Crisp Recipe &
Truth Behind an Old Saying!
Lago Vista Life
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North Shore Spotlight LunchBox Kids: Lago Inventor............................... 3
The Bigfoot Beat & Other North Shore Creatures......................... 5
Exercise of the Month 30 Minutes a Day Challenge! ...................... 9
Recipe of the Month Easy Apple Crisp................................................... 11
Top 10 Body Language Tips...................................................... 13
Why Shop Local? ................................................................................. 14
Natural Remedies An Apple a Day….............................................. 15
Spare Money: Mail-Order ................................................................. 17
Make a Difference Lifelong Friends ................................................ 19
Word Puzzle Lago Vista Life ............................................................. 21
Event Listings ...................................................................................... 23
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North Shore Spotlight
LunchBox Kids: Lago Inventor
Local entrepreneur and inventor, Liz Northcutt, has created a game board that
does the seemingly impossible, it encourages kids to eat healthy and exercise!
The board game is called, “LunchBox Kids”, a name created by her (then) 7
year old daughter, Hailey.
The idea of a health and fitness board game came to Liz as she was on her way
to Bar K Park in May of 2007. Since then, she has met several obstacles along
the way, as well as many victories – from passing up several hundred
thousand dollars because an investor told her she was to “in love” with her
invention, to feeling the victory of an extremely successful test play at Lago
Vista’s Elementary school, where the kids loved playing the game beyond
The game incorporates exercise, including push-ups, abdominal crunches,
jumping jacks, frog jumps, toe touches, and hopping on right and left legs.
When the game is played, children learn that health and fitness is fun by going
through 400 questions about whole foods, processed foods, disease, over-
eating, self-confidence and more.
An example of one of the pop-quiz style of questions is, “Which has calcium to
help keep your bones and teeth strong and healthy? a) milk b) banana
The creation of LunchBox Kids has been a family affair. Liz, her husband,
Bryan, daughter, Hailey, and son, Kaius have bootstrapped the entire creation
of the game - from trips to CVS and Hobby Lobby to using duct tape and
filming their own videos (including the use of green screens!) It has been a
wild ride that has cost around $164,000 to get to the ultimate goal: having a
“real” professionally created game, and launching LunchBox Kids!
For a detailed timeline of events, in Liz’s words, go to www.LagoVistaLife.com
and search, “LunchBox Kids”. Learn more about the game at
www.healthandfitnessboardgame.com/. Congratulations to our local
inventor, Liz Northcutt, for making health & fitness fun for kids!
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The Bigfoot Beat
& Other North Shore Creatures
DR. FRANKLIN R. RUEHL, PH.D.:
“… And here we have a bone that was apparently from a deer.
The marrow’s sucked out. So possibly this creature [Bigfoot]
enjoys feasting on bone marrow of other creatures.”
The North Shore area has a very experienced Bigfoot hunter, who goes by
the name, “Bigtex”. He has a forum that highlights other’s finds, including
pictures. Below is an excerpt from his forum.
“Approximately 10 years ago.....one of my buddies and wife was down for a
visit, fellow Bigfooter Craig, and we went to a place where I had been finding
some unusual animal kills. We were walking in a wooded area along Lake
Travis (aka Colorado River), and came across a grisly scene. There was the
head of a deer, and this leg bone, both were just hours fresh. The rest of this
poor fellow was nowhere in site, and we looked for it.
The head totally creeped us out, and let me describe; the head was ripped off
the body, it was totally de-fleshed, the eyes were missing, the jaw was pulled
down beyond 90 degrees & broken with the tongue missing, and the nose
was bitten off with the imprints of huge molar teeth.......it just made the hair
stand on end looking at it. I collected the leg bone, but the head was too
gnarly, and decided I would come back for it later with a plastic bag, but was
gone the next morning. Craig took pictures, but I never got any copies.
A few days later, I took this picture of the leg bone. After careful inspection
by myself and others with magnification, we couldn't find any teeth marks, as
the leg bone was broken by 'hand', the skin peeled back like a banana, and
the marrow sucked out. This was the best, single bit of evidence I have ever
found that I would attribute to a BF kill.”
Search “bigfoot kill” on LagoVistaLife.com for a color picture of this story. If
YOU have any bigfoot encounters or questions, email
email@example.com, and you’ll get put in contact with Bigtex.
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Bonus excerpt from Bigtex’s forum:
“Had a great hike yesterday, roughly 2 hours, and hiked into a
new area that I had never been to. What a weird creepy place, and I
have named it the Kill Zone Part 2. In an area about the size of Kill Zone
1, I found no less than 35 dead (eaten) Deer, and several other smaller
species. This is way more than the KZ-1 had, and is damn hard to
figure. When standing near one kill, you can look around in all
directions and see many more. This place was just unnerving, and as
dusk was approaching, it got really creepy in those woods. What type
of predator would do something like this?”
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Have a Successful Garage Sale
This is the perfect time of year to have a garage sale!
Here are some tips to assure your success…
Don’t know what to get rid of? If you haven’t used it in 6 months, chances
are you won’t miss it – so sell it!
Organize small bits of items you are selling at a time. When you do this, you
won’t get overwhelmed, and you will make sure all your goods are prepared
and ready to sell!
Advertise. When you advertise (list it on the classified section of
LagoVistaLife.com, craigslist, & don’t forget old fashioned flyers), list all the
items you are selling. Also, when you make your signs, simply use neon pink
poster board with the word, “SALE” and an arrow pointing in the direction
your customers need to go.
Don’t price things. You never know, you just might get more money for
something than you would have if you priced it!
Partner up! Get your neighbors and friends in on the sale. Assign different
color stickers for each person’s belongings – that way you know who to direct
questions to on the big day.
Make your sale as presentable as possible. Hang up the clothing, put out
Ambiance! Let your customers have fun so they’ll stay longer and buy more!
Think about things like playing music and selling drinks.
Make sure you have an electrical outlet so customers can test out electrical
Have PLENTY of change ready. You don’t want to miss out on a sale because
you don’t have change. NOTE: Many times people will come to the sale with
a large bill so you will just give them the product instead of providing change.
Keep your house locked. Unfortunately, crime is unusually high at home
sales. Sometimes one person will distract you while another person will
sneak in the house to help themselves. Don’t let this deter you; but simply be
aware and take precautions. (This also means to keep all money ON you, and
not in a till box!)
Give away all of your goods that didn’t sell. Have a pre-arranged pick-up for
the day following your sale.
Now… RELAX and feel good that you are free of extra clutter!
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Wow! What a wonderful first month you all made for the August issue! Thank
you for all of your kind words and encouragement!
Lessons were learned during that first month. One of them being that we need
more booklets printed! In total honesty though, we need to fill up the
advertising space in the booklet before more can be printed… so tell your
favorite businesses you want to see them in here!
In response to you being able to find the booklet, there are now several places
where you will be able to find the booklet on a regular basis:
All About You Salon
Bam’s Roadhouse Grill
KNN Nails & Spa
Lago Vista Library
Here is to another great month! I hope you enjoy September’s booklet and, as
always, please feel free to call or email with any comments, questions, or
concerns. I love hearing from you!
Please shop local and support the advertisers in the booklet!
Share your daily exercise achievements on
Let us know what exercise you did for 30 minutes each day! We can
all motivate each other and get new ideas to fill our 30 minutes too!
You will also find, in this booklet,
a way to subscribe to Lago Vista
Life and have it mailed to you
monthly! No more scavenger
hunts to find the booklet!
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Exercise of the Month 30 Minutes a Day Challenge!
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Day 15 ________________________ Day 30 ________________________
After I complete this challenge, I will reward myself with:
30 minutes of daily exercise can change your life; and it doesn’t have to be
difficult! For this month’s exercise, simply commit to doing a total of 30
minutes of exercise daily. You can even break it up into 3 sessions of 10
minutes! Try to focus on cardio (walking, etc.), strength (weights, squats,
pushups, etc.) and flexibility (stretching, yoga, tai chi, etc.) Make sure this is
safe with your doctor, and then get to it! Use the chart, below, to write down
what you did for the day!
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“This applesauce is delicious! I make it for my younger brother all the
time and he loves it - and he hates canned applesauce!" — PHATCAT
4 apples peeled, cored, and chopped
¾ cup water
¼ cup white sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover
and cook over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes – or until your
apples are soft to your liking.
Allow to cook, and then mash apples with a fork or masher.
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Recipe of the Month
Easy Apple Crisp
6 peeled, cored and sliced apples
1 cup water
1 (18.25 oz.) package white cake mix
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ cup melted butter
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a
9x13 inch baking dish.
2. Arrange apples in an even layer in bottom of baking dish. Pour
water over apples.
3. In a medium bowl mix together cake mix, brown sugar, and
cinnamon. Stir in melted butter or margarine until ingredients are
thoroughly blended; mixture will be crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over
4. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes.
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Achievement of goals seems to be elusive in many people’s lives. They try
and try only to their own dismay. Perhaps you are one of these people.
Maybe you have set out on a quest, time after time, to only end up empty
handed. Most likely you have thought you have done things right – even
done all that you could possibly do in order to achieve your goal.
The hard fact is, when people keep ending up on the short end of the stick,
they are missing something crucial. Below are the simple steps to get what
you want in your life…
1. Decide what you want. Be very clear with yourself on this! Write it
2. Make a plan to achieve what you want.
3. TAKE ACTION on that plan! Chances are you are going to have to do
things that are outside your comfort zone!
4. Adjust your plan along the way. You may have to change things
slightly – and that’s okay!
5. Realize when you have achieved your goal.
This is extremely simplistic; but it works. Every time. Don’t overthink things,
don’t take time to talk yourself out of doing what frightens you. Simply DO
IT! Make it happen.
If you follow these 5 steps, you WILL get what you want in life.
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Body Language Tips
1. Eye Contact – Keep eye contact for about 60% - 70% of the
conversation so other person will enjoy your company!
2. Posture –Don’t slouch, but you don’t want to look like you run an
etiquette school either. The key is to appear confident.
3. Head Position – If you want to appear confident (and even powerful),
keep your head level horizontally & vertically. If you want to appear
engaged in the conversation, allow your head to slightly, and naturally
tip to the side.
4. Arms – If you want people to know you are upset, cross your arms in
front of your body. If you want to let people know you are interested,
confident, & receptive, keep your arms at your side or behind your
back. Use medium sized arm movements.
5. Legs – Keep your legs still so you don’t appear anxious, or as if you are
6. Body angle –If you like the person, or what they are saying, make sure
your torso is angled toward the person speaking. If you don’t like the
conversation, angle your torso away from them.
7. Hand Gestures – If you reveal your palms at all, fully or from the side,
it shows you are interested and open to the conversation. If you keep
them hidden, it shows that you are dominant or aggressive .
8. Spatial relations – Watch how closely others are standing and mimic
that distance. Too close & you’ll seem pushy – too far & you’ll appear
9. Ears – Easy one! Listen more than you talk!
10. Mouth – Lips pursed & you’re probably thinking or not saying
something. A smile always goes a long way; but keep it genuine.
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Why Shop Local?
1. Local Character and Prosperity
In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind
businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.
2. Community Well-Being
Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town
centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and
contributing to local causes.
3. Local Decision-Making
Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who
live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy
Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of
their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
5. Job and Wages
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide
better wages and benefits than chains do.
Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as
a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
7. Public Benefits and Costs
Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make
more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping
8. Environmental Sustainability
Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn
are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water
A marketplace of many small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and
low prices over the long-term.
10. Product Diversity
A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national
sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers,
guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
By Stacy Mitchell from ilsr.org
Shop local in the North Shore for Our Future!
We’ve got some great business owners here who will treat you right!
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An Apple a Day…
September is National Apple Month! It’s true! An apple a day just
might keep the doctor away! This is an amazing list of what a Red
Delicious or a Granny Smith apple a day can do for you:
Reduce acne (and possibly fine lines & wrinkles)
Reduce stroke & heart attack risks
End diarrhea & constipation
Help with breathing problems
Curb all kinds of cancer
Lower risk of diabetes
Detoxify the liver
Boost immune system
Aids in hair growth
Whiter, healthier teeth
Did you know…?
Apples ripen or
soften ten times
faster at room
if they were
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A BIG List of Things to Sell Through Mail Order…
Books, Newsletters, Videos, Refurbished Computers/TV’s/Appliances,
Collectibles, Electronics, Gardening Seeds/Tools, Foods, Alcohol, Educational
Resources, Homeschool Courses, Patterns for Clothing/Wood Working, Auto
Parts, Recipe Books, Boating Supplies/Guides, Fishing Supplies/Guides, Golfing
Supplies/Equipment/Guides, Candles, Sleep Products, Scented Goods, Stuffed
Animals, Pet Supplies/Guides, Exercise Equipment/Guides, Sporting
Equipment/How-To’s, Gourmet Coffees/Teas, Incense Sticks, Travel Guides,
Gadgets, Crime Prevention Packs, Legal Guides/Kits, Spy Equipment, Diet Kit,
Astrological Charts, Tarot Readings, New Age Products…
Services: Foreclosure Advice, Investment Advice, Credit Advice, Work at Home
Advice, Prepare Resumes, and MORE! The sky is the limit!
Do you have a business
& want to be a
Superhero in your
community? Let us
know what you have to
offer! You’ll save us
time and gas by showing
us that we can shop
Contact Erin to start your Superhero
status on the North Shore.
If you took 2 white-tailed
deer in the absence
of predators, in just 7-
years those two animals
alone can produce a herd
of up to 35 animals!
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Mail-Order… you may think it’s a dead business. Nothing could be further
from the truth. Think about Amazon or any other website. You purchase
something and eagerly await its arrival in your mailbox. Mail-order simply
has a new method of being “found”.
You can take just about anything and sell it for postal delivery. Guide books,
food, dog toys, boat cleaners, fishing bait, plants, recipes, educational
products, toys… you name it and you can sell it via mail-order.
What about being “found”? What is this new method? It is the Internet, and
along with the Internet, the delivery of information type products can be
delivered electronically to save you time and money.
Do you have to use the Internet in this new era of mail-order? No. You can
easily place ads where people frequent. Around the North Shore area, there
are several places you can hang a flyer…
Several different gas station windows.
The community area in the same building as Subway (Jonestown).
Contact the owner of the community board outside Lowes.
Place an ad in Lago Vista Life!
You can also venture into the online world and easily place a few ads there as
Local online forums
Think of something you can do well, and then make it and sell it – period.
You can bring in some serious spare money and have fun while you’re at it!
You can do this! Believe in yourself and jump in – it’s that easy.
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Cash, Checks, or Money Orders Accepted.
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Make a Difference
Since 1997, Lifelong Friends Pet Adoptions (formerly Lago Vista P.A.W.S.) has
been providing a safe haven for abandoned and abused animals. Over 3,000
animals have passed through our doors and been adopted. We were one of the
first “No-Kill” shelters in the area, which means we do not euthanize animals
simply to make space for more animals at our facility.
Lifelong Friends Pet Adoptions is an independently operated, 501c non-profit
organization. We are mainly staffed by volunteers who dedicate their time and
resources to providing day to day care for the animals. We do not receive any
funding from the City or State. We depend 100% on donations and money raised
through fundraisers to take care of the animals under our roof.
Make a Difference
You can make a difference by: Donating, Adopting, Fostering or Volunteering. We
have an Amazon Wish List where you can purchase items needed to take care of
the animals and have them directly shipped to us. Come down to the shelter on
the weekend and visit with the animals waiting for a Lifelong Home. If you cannot
adopt a pet, why not “Virtually Adopt” (for a small monthly donation). Fostering
an animal is a great way to make a huge difference, especially for animals that
need a little extra socialization or have medical needs. Volunteering requires no
more than a once a month commitment for a few hours, and is more rewarding
than you can ever imagine.
All of this information can be found on our website at www.lifelongfriends.org
and you can also follow us on our Facebook page.
We are located at 20803 FM 1431 in Lago Vista.
Our phone number is 512-267-6876.
Photo by: Jennifer Stamps Photography
Animals are such agreeable friends - they
ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
Read more at
By Andrea Phillips – Director
Jennifer Karpyshyn - Volunteer
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Fill in the blank squares so each row, column, and 3x3
block contain all the digits 1-9. The digits 1-9 cannot be
repeated in each row, column, or 3x3 block!
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Word PuzzleLago Vista Life
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Positive Thinking Day!
Look on the bright side – not
just today; but every day!
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Do YOU have an event happening? Either email firstname.lastname@example.org with the information, or
visit www.LagoVistaLife.com/event-calendar. For more information on the following events, call
the number listed or check the Event Calendar on LagoVistaLife.com. Check online for updates!
11am Story Time at the Lago Vista Library 512-267-3868
3pm Winery Production Tours 512-267-6310
10am Anniversary Sale & Open House Lil’ Red Schoolhouse. Vendors/Yard Sales/More
7pm Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group Lakeside Christian Fellowship Church
Balcones Refuge Hunt Program Applications Must be postmarked to day 703-994-4194
11am Winery Production Tours 512-267-6310
3pm Swift Fest in Jonestown Jim Nosler email@example.com
3pm Free movie, “Luther”, at Lago Vista Library 512-267-3868
7pm First Saturday Wine Dinner 512-267-6310
National Grandparent’s Day
Rally Day 512-267-7121
7:30pm Twilight Concerts 512-267-5735
North Shore Cancer Caregiver Support Group Lakeside Christian Fellowship Church
11am Winery Production Tours 512-267-6310
National Kreme Filled Donut Day
Lago Vista Country Western Couples Dance Club firstname.lastname@example.org
9am Community Awareness Event (booths/food/music) Advent Bldg. 20811 Dawn Drive
11am Winery Production Tours 512-267-6310
International Day of Peace
10:30am Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group Next to Lakeside Christian Fellowship
Church in Remax Building
Johnny Appleseed Day
8am Lakeside Kids Run Jones Brothers Park, Jonestown 512-267-3243
8:30am Lakeside Challenge 5K Run Jones Brothers Park 512-267-3243
11am Winery Production Tours 512-267-6310
Love Note Day
Make sure you check out LagoVistaLife.com/event-calendar for updated events & early October!