Osceola Woman July 2018

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MAGAZINE July/August 2018


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MAGAZINE

features BE THE 1 TO SAVE A LIFE.

YOU CAN DO SOMETHING TO PREVENT SUICIDE.

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Vote 2018

KEITH TRACE p32 CHERYL GRIEB p32

Christine Arendas Ms. Arendas looks forward to being elected and serving as your next Osceola County Judge.

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departments HEALTH

CHRISTINE ARENDAS FOR OSCEOLA COUNTY JUDGE p28-31

Summer Tips for staying cool and protecting your skin

LIFE & WORK

HOME & STYLE

Staying fit and healthy

Tips and stories for everyday life

LET’S TAKE A STEPIN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, AND BRING A FRIEND ALONG! p6-7

AN INVITATION FOR QUESTIONS p14-15 5 TIPS TO TRANSITION FROM SUMMER TO BACK TO SCHOOL p16-17 SIX MONEY MISTAKES WOMEN IN BUSINESS SHOULD ADDRESS p18-19 SOCIAL SECURITY IS HERE FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU p20

BE THE 1 TO SAVE A LIFE. YOU CAN DO SOMETHING TO PREVENT SUICIDE. p8-10 BEAT THE HEAT BY STAYING COOL p12 ARE YOUR KIDS SKIN-READY FOR SCHOOL? p13

All the goods of living in Osceola RECIPES p22 BRUSHES p21

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Dear Osceola Women,

MAGAZINE

Publisher JENA THREADGILL

WOW! Can you believe summertime is coming to a close? I’m sure some of you are more than ready for school to start! We’ve got some great stories this issue so be sure to check them all out! On page 6, there is an article that discusses “taking a step in the right direction”. Our cardiovascular health is important, so this is a must read! We also have “Beat the Heat” on page 12, this gives you ideas to stay cool during our extra hot months! Dr. Borgman addresses a great question from a reader on pg. 14. This is especially important in Florida! On page 18, there is a great article by Laura Royer for the business women out there. So flip on over and take a read! Don’t forget to check out the Women on the Move section that

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(jthreadgill@osceolawoman.com) Art Director AMY POSADAS

starts on page 23! This is just a small fraction of our shakers and movers of Osceola County! Hope you all are having GREAT summer & THANK YOU for being an Osceola Woman!

Until next time,

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Let’s take a

step

in the right direction, and bring a friend along! | By Eileen Bauman, ARNP-C |

Obesity is truly an epidemic! Our lives with the conveniences of cars, TV’s, Cell Phones, and computers encourage a sedentary lifestyle. So many people work in a job where they get little to no exercise and sit at a desk for way too many hours. This could cause expansion of the gluteal muscles and permanent damage to the abdomen. After spending a stressful day online, behind the register, on the phone and on the buttocks, most people lose all motivation and wind up on the couch. “Newton's First Law states that an object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force.”

Let ’s get your force going!

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Mrs. P told me the story about how she got her ‘force’ going: “I was taking my baby boy out in the stroller and met a neighbor from two doors down. She asked me if it would be okay if she walked with me. After introductions, we started talking and it seemed she was experiencing the same dilemma with motivation. We both had some work that needed to be done on our physiques. We decided to help each other out by becoming walking buddies and when weather allowed, I put the baby in the stroller and we had a “walk and talk.” We started out with just a few blocks but eventually went miles together enjoying the discussions and not even thinking about the exercise and pounds we were losing. Honestly, I looked forward to our time together, it was therapeutic and an additional benefit was that my son would be asleep by the time we were done.” If you could just find 20 minutes three times a week to walk it would make a big difference in your life. Consider taking an agreeable spouse, your child or children, or a friend and have a “walk and talk” it would change your life and the life of others. The benefits are both psychological and physical and the sacrifice is small. I encourage my patients to take a walk, to find a friend and make

a commitment to do this for both of you. A patient concerned about his blood pressure and weight decided to play tennis regularly with his children, he said: “I lost 15 pounds in just a few months and get along with my children much better. They love the interaction and I love them. Also, my blood pressure has gone down and I feel so much better.” If you have limitations or are medically compromised, consider moving the arms or lifting your legs or moving whatever you can to music. Dance in the chair like nobody is watching and reach for the sky.

It’s the little things you do that make a

big difference

One nurse said: “I experienced unbelievable foot pain, had surgery and was told I may never be able to wear shoes comfortably or dance again. I used a balancing ball and put on a belly dancing DVD and did my best. At first I felt discouraged, but with continued effort could walk a straight line. Now I wear low heels and sneakers and walk like nothing ever happened.” I see people pairing up every morning and walking along Lake Toho in Saint Cloud. That always brings a smile to my face, if you are one of those dedicated walkers; I want you to know you make my day! Also, did you know there’s a 6:30 AM group that does Tai Chi or Yoga at the lake? What an awesome way to spend the morning at sunrise by the lake.

in how you feel.

So, please take a step in the right direction and bring a friend along!

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Be The 1 to save a life.

YOU CAN DO SOMETHING TO PREVENT SUICIDE. | By Judith Mitchell, MSW LCSW |

Suicide is a subject reignited in the media recently, brought to the spotlight with the loss of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. It is unfortunate that the dialogue is often raised when those in the public eye take their own lives. This is a topic that needs to be discussed regardless of socioeconomic status. If individuals felt more comfortable speaking openly about internal conflicts, then maybe the stigma would be lessened and more people would seek the help they need.

Every year over 40,000 individuals die by suicide in the United States and with each of these deaths it is estimated that six people are impacted. While many national and federal agencies are involved in addressing this epidemicwhat can individuals do to reduce the risk of suicide?

First, be aware of the

WARNING SIGNS

in those you love and yourself. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has published a list:

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• Talking about wanting to die, feeling hopeless, being a burden, feeling trapped or in unbearable pain; • Looking for a way to die;

• Increasing use of alcohol or drugs;

• Behaving recklessly;

• Sleeping too much or little;

• Extreme mood swings.

• Withdrawing or isolating socially;

• Showing rage or seeking revenge;


For those experiencing these warning signs, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has started a movement to reduce suicide rates in our country called #BeThe1To. The movement encourages individuals to follow these five steps:

ASK- “Are you thinking about suicide?” to open a conversation and show that you are willing to listen. Do not diminish concerns or promise to keep suicidal thoughts secret. Instead, do shift the focus on a reason for living. A common misconception is that talking about suicide will increase the risk when in fact the opposite is true. KEEP THEM SAFE- Find out if someone who is having suicidal thoughts has a specific plan and what it entails. Knowing the intent and plan can determine the severity of the danger. The more steps to a plan the greater the risk, and the more need for intervention, such as calling the authorities or going to the emergency room. It is important to put “time and distance” between a suicidal person and means, such as weapons and medication. BE THERE- Simply put- physically be

present for someone by calling them or staying with them and following through- do not make a commitment you cannot keep. It is important that a suicidal person feels a sense of connectedness to others to reduce their sense of isolation.

HELP THEM CONNECT- Help someone

or yourself by connecting to a safety net like the Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 800-273-8255; it is available 24/7. Also, develop a “Safety Plan”. My3 app is a safety planning app that can help store a plan on your phone.

FOLLOW UP- After these steps are

completed and support systems are in place, follow up regularly with the individual to show your continued support.

If you or someone you love is having suicidal thoughts, help them reach out to mental health providers who can address these conditions with brief and effective treatments.

WHERE TO ASK FOR HELP • If immediate help is needed go to your local hospital emergency room. • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - many employers offer this benefit that provides free short-term counseling for employees and their family. • Insurance Provider- check with your medical insurance for a list of in network behavioral health providers. • Online Therapy- There are also multiple online options if you prefer not to meet with someone in person, such as Thriveworks, 7 Cups of Tea, BetterHelp, Talkspace, Lantern, etc.

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HEALTH

Additional support can be found through the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration has a treatment referral and information service at 1-800-662-4357.

A client of mine asked to share her thoughts regarding a dark time in her life, in hope that it would inspire others to ask for help. She attributed her request for assistance as saving her life.

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Imagine being in a darkness where you feel trapped and nowhere to go. You feel worthless, lonely, unwanted and unloved. Not wanting to live anymore so you no longer feel the pain. No more pain, no more suffering, no more battles. Feeling everyone would be better off if you are not around. One of the hardest things I have ever done was to make that phone call and ask for help. To realize that if I did not, it truly would be the end for me. I was hospitalized for a week and today I continue my outpatient therapy. I still have my battles, but I am learning to cope with things differently. I now know I have a purpose in this life. Listen, pay attention, we give signs for help when we are most afraid. This is so hard for me to share, but if I could save one life- it is all worth it.

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I am a survivor!!

Judith Mitchell, MSW, LCSW; is a mental health counselor at the Osceola Regional Outpatient Behavioral Health Partial Hospitalization/ Intensive Outpatient Program.

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HEALTH MOST OF US HAVE ADAPTED TO THE HEAT IN FLORIDA DURING SUMMERTIME, BUT ARE YOU PREPARED?

Here are some helpful tips:

Shopping? Try to park in the shade

Take cool showers or baths

Avoid caffeine and alcoholthese will make you dehydrated

BEAT the HEAT By staying cool

Stock up on popsiclesat work & home

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Wear loose-fitting clothing and don’t forget your shades

DEHYDRATION

• Increased Thirst • Headache • Dry Mouth • Fatigue • Disorientation • Dizziness

Stock up on bottles of water

HEAT EXHAUSTION • Weakness • Heavy Sweating • Muscle Cramping • Thirst • Rapid Pulse • Fatigue • Fainting

Long Hair? Girl, throw it up in a messy bun

Eat salads and fresh fruits that contain water


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• CHECK YOUR FAMILY’S SKIN PRODUCTS. If anyone has sensitive skin or a history of eczema, this is even more important. Look for the word “hypoallergenic” on all soaps, lotions and detergents. This term means the product is free of irritating dyes, fragrances and substances that may cause an allergic reaction. • DON’T FORGET THE SUNSCREEN! Summer may be coming to an end, but remember that we are in Florida, and there is a reason it’s called the sunshine state. Continue summer and keep your children protected with a “broad spectrum” sunscreen SPF of 30 or higher. If they have outdoor recess, send them to school with a hat and a bottle of sunscreen. • TAME ACNE. Most of us remember high school and the growing pains of selfconfidence. Add acne to the mix, and you might have an emotional teenager on your hands. When trying to treat acne, many

parents and kids tend to be influenced by highly advertised brands, yet it is not a onesize-fits-all type of remedy. When over-thecounter treatments aren’t effective, moderate to severe acne may require prescription treatment, such as a retinoid cream or an antibiotic.

A dermatology provider can also prescribe an acne treatment that helps treat and prevent scarring. Also, check makeup packaging and make sure the wording includes the term “noncomedogenic,” which means it won’t clog pores. So, while kids enjoy the last few days of summer freedom, keep their skin in mind. An ounce of prevention — and sunscreen — goes a long way. Over-the-counter tips, tricks and old wives remedies can treat many skin conditions; however, know when to seek professional advice, and keep your family’s skin healthy for all the seasons to come.

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An Invitation

FOR QUESTIONS | By Dr. Gary A. Borgman |

Practicing veterinarians invite and welcome questions about animal health issues. In fact, this is a very large part of what we do. We are here to answer questions, concerns and to assess the situations as presented. Of course we also ask a lot of questions on the phone and in the examination room. The subjective information from pet owners plus our objective ďŹ ndings through examination, diagnostic tests and procedures come together to form an initial assessment and plan to proceed.

One question that was recently passed to me through the Osceola Woman office was to please address the harmful effect to pet paws from hot pavements.

Dogs can indeed be injured by prolonged exposure to a hot asphalt or concrete pavement, but fortunately it does not occur very often. The foot pads are a thick collection of specialized keratin which actually protects the sensitive and alive tissues beneath the pads. We all can relate to walking on a hot pool deck or side walk and quickly getting off! Human feet are

much more sensitive to the heat than are dog feet. If a dog is inadvertently exposed to such heat they will usually seek to get off it as soon as possible. If an owner suspects that the pads have been overheated, I recommend cool ice water as soon as possible to minimize the damage. I can recall only a few cases of real damage to canine feet and they all recovered very quickly. Since cats are not usually walked on a leash, they will instinctively avoid such surfaces. I do not recall ever seeing feline feet burned from such exposure. One very sad case I do recall was with a family who had traveled here from a northern state. They had filled a tub of

water with warm water to give their pet a bath before heading south. Somehow, the hose supplying water into the tub, apparently hooked to a hot water faucet in the laundry room, had inadvertently scalded the pet, resulting in severe third degree burns over the entire body. The family arrived in FL with a very injured pet and the unfortunate patient was humanely euthanized. I hesitated to write about this incident but it does reinforce that burning accidents can occur and we all want to help prevent such incidents. Generalized hyperthermia and fatal heat stroke is much more likely to happen to our pets, especially when animals are left unattended in a closed or

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mostly closed vehicle. Just today, I read about the arrest of a man for animal cruelty because he had left his dog in a car with windows partly open for a few hours, while he patronized a bar. Yes, the pet perished! Hyperthermia can occur for a variety of reasons. A second situation, which I witnessed, was a muscular, sixty-pound pit bull dog who had been jogging/running with his athletic owner at 3:00 pm on a very hot and humid day. Humans can perspire and avoid hyperthermia much longer than can dogs who cannot perspire. Dogs must pant to cool themselves and on a humid day, this becomes much less effective, resulting in a critical body temperature rising very quickly. If a dog seems overheated, it is

important to apply cool but not ice-cold water with towels or even emersion. Ice cold water can be counterproductive by causing vasoconstriction at the skin level, so the desired cooling effect is negated. Of course it is essential to seek immediate emergency care if hyperthermia is suspected. A big “thank you” to the reader who raised the above-mentioned issue and I invite more questions for future issues of the Osceola Woman.

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Celebrating a

New School Year

tips

5

TO TRANSITION FROM SUMMER TO BACK TO SCHOOL

Summer is in full swing, but before you know it, it will be time for back to school. A new school year for students means meeting new teachers, catching up with old friends, getting to know new friends, new course work, and much more. All of these things can make children nervous and anxious and parents really stressed.

1. GET BACK INTO A ROUTINE. Summer

At the Osceola County Catholic Schools, we have been preparing for the new school year all summer long. Our classrooms have been painted and refreshed, new banners and posters hung, rooms reorganized, and our staff is eager to welcome everyone again. We are continuously raising the bar to provide our students with the best safe, secure and caring learning environment.

2. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR CHILDREN’S SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST. Feeling

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offers a lot of time off and at times unstructured days/nights. Getting back into your morning, afternoon and afterschool routine can be tough for students as well as parents. However, understanding the way the day will flow, will ease any anxiety and help you and your child(ren) get ready for a new school year.

that you have the whole back to school process under control is easy by printing the supply list for your child’s upcoming grade. This will avoid buying unnecessary supplies, saving you time and money in the process.

3. PURCHASE A SCHOOL CALENDAR.

School activities and important events can be easily missed with our busy work/life schedules. However, having a school calendar in plain sight and marked with your child’s important dates, will assure that you don’t miss anything. You will show your child(ren) how important is for you that you are part of their school community.


4. WHETHER YOUR FAMILY IS NEW OR RETURNING TO THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY, MAKE AN EFFORT TO GO TO THE OPEN HOUSE. This will not only give your child the opportunity to meet his/her peers, but also you the chance to get to know his/her teachers better.

5. LEARN ABOUT EXTRACURRICULAR OPTIONS. Most schools offer an after care,

extracurricular activities or sports. Get your child(ren) excited about going back to school by understanding what kind of after school activities he/she can be part of. Our schools offer many options to get active and involved right on school grounds. Osceola County Catholic Schools want to wish you and your family a blessed and fun rest of your summer and a successful back to school.

e m o c Wel

Osceola Catholic Schools welcomes two new leaders to our schools this academic year. Fr. Jorge Torres was named pastor of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and School earlier this summer. Previously, he served as Director of the Vocations Office in the Diocese of Orlando. Also new to our schools is Mr. Nick Pavgouzas, principal at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in St. Cloud. Before joining the STA staff, he served as Assistant Principal at the Sanford Middle School and has his Master in Educational Leadership and Administration from UCF. Welcome!

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ix sMONEY MISTAKES

Women in Business Should Address | By Laura Royer |

Running a small business is challenging most days, especially when it comes to making financial decisions. It’s one thing to be a master in your skill, product or service, and another to master all the financial decisions that must be made in your business. As a business financial coach, who helps other small business owners manage both their business and personal cash flow, I’ve found some common mistakes that many make with money. If you are a business owner or independent contractor, the following are six things that I recommend you address immediately in your business cash flow.

1

DO NOT MIX YOU BUSINESS AND PERSONAL ACCOUNTS.

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2

AVOID OVERINVESTING IN THE BUSINESS.

This is a common mistake with all business owners because they generally lack the patience to afford what they want to purchase for the business. If your strategy for spending money is hoping to just magically make more money before any effort has been made to make it, your risking your entire business on that one hope line. A general rule of thumb when it comes to reinvesting in is 10% of your gross profit. The benchmark doesn’t always work but I do recommend that you establish a guideline for your business and stick to it.

Whether it’s a bank account or credit card, do not use personal accounts for business expenses or business accounts to make personal transactions. This is a big no-no for many reasons, like taxes, overspending, misuse of funds and not seeing a separation in business and personal income. So many

times, I’ve seen a business owner experience frustration with their cash flow, and a lot of it is because they do not have separation of financial transactions. Open separate accounts for business and personal use and only use the account for its intended purpose.


3 DO NOT CONTINUE INCURRING MORE DEBT WITH THE EXPECTATION OF FUTURE REVENUE.

4

SET ASIDE MONEY FOR SLOW SEASONS.

As a business owner, there will be many waves of revenue flow. Therefore, be sure to have a realistic budget for running the business and paying yourself a paycheck in the same, consistent manner. It may be tempting to pay yourself more during a month where your business knocked it out of the park, but if you do that, you may not have the money to cover your expenses in a slothful month. The rule is to have at least three to six months revenue in reserves to compensate for those slower seasons.

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PLAN FOR UPCOMING TAX OBLIGATIONS.

The adage, “you have to spend money to make money” may seem true, but it’s not always. There are many ways you can generate revenue without first borrowing it to leverage your financial capacity. Many businesses fail because they incur higher debt loads then they

can pay back. So, if you are going to use credit to supplement your buying power, be sure to have a workable, proven revenue strategy that has already been tested, instead of creating something brand-new with the hope you’ll make the money back.

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SPEAKING OF BUDGETS, CREATE A STRATEGIC BUDGET THAT WILL WORK FOR YOU. So many businesses simply go out of business because they mismanage the cash flow, and that is mostly due to not having a realistic, actional budget in place. Take the time to sit down and map out what your business needs are, including payroll, and create a budget around it. Check in (or hire someone to do this) weekly with the business cash flow to stay are target. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure a balanced monthly and annual budget is intact.

As a self-employed individual, it’s easy to forget about the tax obligations of running a business, especially if it’s just you on the payroll. However, many business owners get into trouble because they put off paying their taxes quarterly or on-time and either don’t have the money when its due or end up paying penalties. This happens from failing to set aside money for taxes each time the business make money and sending it in to the IRS. If this is an area that you struggle with in your business, then hire an accountant or bookkeeper to manage your books for you so you can focus on what you do best – your business product or service.

Laura Royer is the Founder of Catch Your Money. She offers business and financial coaching services. To set up a free discovery call she can be reached at Laura@catchyourmoney.com. JULY/AUGUST 2018

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SOCIAL SECURITY

is Here for People

LIKE YOU | By Blanca Taylor |

All kinds of people make up this great nation. Seniors, soldiers, individuals with disabilities, and newlyweds — they are the workers, civic leaders, social workers, and artistic creators of countless things and ideas that help us have better lives every day. All of our collective talents and passions create one of the most unique societies in the history of the world. Social Security understands your individual needs. From early career to retirement, we’re here, securing today and tomorrow. Our People Like Me webpages give you information tailored to your specific needs. Here are a few: • Early Career – The earlier you start saving, the better off you will be — during your working years and in retirement. Learn how Social Security is here for you when you start working at www. socialsecurity.gov/ people/earlycareer. • Mid-Career – Did you relocate

for a better job? Are you starting a family? Buying your first home? There’s a lot to consider when planning your future and we can help. www. socialsecurity.gov/ people/midcareer. • Veterans and Wounded Warriors – Providing services to those who served us is how we honor the people who put their lives on the line for our freedom. Learn more about how we help service members at www.

socialsecurity.gov/ people/veterans. • Pre-Retirement – For those of you who are about to retire, we not only congratulate you, we offer many resources for your golden years. See how we can help at www.socialsecurity. gov/people/ preretirement. • Women – Statistically, women live longer and earn less over their lifetimes. This creates unique

challenges for a long and happy retirement. Learn how you can get ahead by knowing the facts at www. socialsecurity.gov/ people/women.

Creating resources for people like you helps us provide you with information about programs that can create lasting, positive change in your life.

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Brushes

STYLE

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BIG OR SMALL BRUSH?

Still sharing the same haircare tips, tricks, fashion news and much more bi-monthly, only now from a new location! Working behind the chair in downtown Saint Cloud at The Color Loft at 1025 New York Avenue.

Generally, the longer the hair the bigger the brush. However, if you are wanting to create some texture and waves in your hair use a size smaller than you would normally reach for. However, feel free to use a combination of large and small brushes. The larger the brush the more hair you can dry at once - the smaller the brush use for details.

BOAR BRISTLE OR CERAMIC BRUSH?

| By Victoria Quednau |

Every time you leave the salon your hair looks great right? Smooth, shiny and bouncy? But when you get home, wash your hair and try to replicate it on your own it never seems to look the same…am I right? If your answer is yes than keep reading. It can be a little over whelming at first but all you need are some clips, a blow dryer and a brush. While everyone seems to focus on the hairdryer, it’s really your brush that does a lot of the hard work. Don't know what kind of brush to use?

Pro Tip

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VENT BRUSH If you are looking to get out of the door fast this is the brush you should reach for. Letting the maximum amount of air through your hair while smoothing it at the same time. A vent brush is best for people that have a relaxed or fairly straight textured hair.

WET BRUSH

I don't care about the texture or length of your hair, everyone should invest in a wet brush. Perfect for getting tangles out of your hair after the shower or the beach. The soft bristles make the brush glide through just about any knot. It definitely makes a great gift!

If you have coarse or frizzy hair you want to reach for a boar bristle brush. It will help smooth out your hair the best while adding shine. Ceramic brushes are best for setting waves or adding volume to your hair. A ceramic brush works just like a hot roller. Roll your hair into the brush with the heat blowing on it. Keep the hot hair blowing and then hit it with the cool shot button on your dryer. When the hair is hot it stretches into whatever shape you are pushing or bending it to. The cold air is what is going to help set that curl in. So, for all of you who always wondered what that little cool button is for... you’re welcome!

TRAVELING BRUSH

I also encourage you to find a small pocket size brush to keep with you anytime. Keep it in your care like me or in your handbag to refresh your look at any time! *Remember the only real way to get volume in your hair is by blow drying and staying it! JULY/AUGUST 2018

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SUMMER RECIPES

SESAME, TOMATO, AND CUCUMBER SALAD

Ingredients

Instructions

Arrange tomato and cucumber slices on a platter. Whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, olive oil, and sugar in a small bowl until sugar dissolves. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of dressing over tomatoes and cucumbers, and top with scallions, jalapeno, and sesame seeds. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Serve immediately with remaining dressing.

• 1 pound tomatoes, thinly sliced • 1/2 cup thinly sliced cucumber • 1 tbsp soy sauce • 1 tbsp rice vinegar • 2 tsp olive oil • 1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar • 2 scallions, thinly sliced • 1 jalapeno chile, thinly sliced • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds • 1/4 tsp sea salt • 1/4 tsp black pepper

WHITE CHEDDAR-CHIVE PIMIENTO CHEESE

Ingredients

• 1 (12-oz.) block aged sharp white Cheddar cheese • 1/3 cup plus 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise • 1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained and rinsed • 1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh chives • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Grate half of cheese using the large holes of a box grater; grate remaining half of cheese using the small holes of box grater. Stir together mayonnaise and next 6 ingredients. Stir in Cheddar cheese until well blended. Let stand 15 minutes. Serve immediately, or cover and chill up to 3 days.

PANINI MARGHERITA

Ingredients

• 16 (1/8-inch-thick) slices plum tomato (2 large tomatoes) • 8 (1-ounce) slices rustic French bread loaf • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese • 12 fresh basil leaves • 8 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided • Cooking spray

Instructions

1. Divide tomato slices evenly among 4 bread slices; sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper. Sprinkle cheese evenly over tomatoes. Arrange basil leaves evenly over cheese, and top with remaining

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4 bread slices. Drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil over top of each sandwich, and coat with cooking spray. 2. Place a grill pan or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Place sandwiches, oil sides down, in pan. Drizzle 1 teaspoon oil over top of each sandwich, and coat with cooking spray. Place a piece of foil over sandwiches in pan; place a heavy skillet on top of foil to press sandwiches. Cook 2 minutes or until golden brown. Turn sandwiches over; replace foil and heavy skillet. Cook 2 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.


DIRECTORY

CELEBRATE, EMPOWER AND SUPPORT WOMEN IN BUSINESS

BAKERY Candyland Designs Co.

103A Broadway Kissimmee, FL 34741 407-906-5582 www.CandylandDesignsCo.com

BEAUTY Victoria Quednau 1025 New York Ave St. Cloud, FL 34769 631-942-7811

BUILDING & REMODELING Gunther General Contracting Services 1420 Park Commerce Court St. Cloud, FL 34769 407-957-9929 www.Gunthergcs.com

NON-PROFIT Tile It 2450 Smith Street Suite F Kissimmee, FL 34741 407-847-4543 www.Tileitflooring.com

BOUTIQUE Bella Gowns & Tuxedos 3352 Canoe Creek Road St. Cloud, FL 34772 321-251-2866 www.bellagowns4less.com

Allstate Insurance Sydney Harrell 1216 10th Street St. Cloud, FL 34769 407-498-4184 www.agents.allstate.com/ sydney-harrell-saint-cloud-fl.html

Grace Landing 407-470-6041 www.gracelanding.com judda@gracelanding.com

A Woman’s Touch Painting & More, LLC 407-908-5526 aWomansTouchPaintingFL@gmail.com

PHOTOGRAPHY

INSURANCE

TITLE INSURANCE

Allstate Insurance Clarine Huet 7780 Lake Wilson Road Davenport, FL 33896 407-964-3244 www.agents.allstate.com/ clarine-huet-davenport-fl.html

A Clear Choice Title & Escrow of Osceola, LLC 119 E. 13th Street St. Cloud, FL 34769 407-892-6800 www.aclearchoicetitle.com

Air Vision, LLC 407-460-5104 www.Airvisionfl.com Airvision101@yahoo.com

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Kris Brewer Air Vision, LLC

Owner/Pilot Air Video & Photography

407-460-5104 | Airvisionfl.com | Airvision101@yahoo.com We have the VISION to make your special day one to remember! Air Vision, LLC is owned and operated by Kris Brewer who is a newcomer to the small business industry. Air Vision is a drone based aerial video and photography business. Videos and photos can be provided in raw form or edited to music or voice over. Kris has a law enforcement background of over 22 years and has been an FAA certified helicopter and airplane pilot since 2008. She is also an FAA certified drone pilot. Kris is working to partner with other small businesses in need of this specialized aerial product and service. Air Vision specializes in Weddings, Real Estate, Special Events, and Property Inspection. Like Air Vision, LLC on Facebook and visit our webpage www.airvisionfl.com

Juda Attkisson Grace Landing

Founder

gracelanding.com

Fostering our Future Juda Attkisson founded Grace Landing in April 2010 to bridge the gap for foster youth once they were emancipated (18 years of age). Osceola County has a growing demand for foster homes as only 7 of 35 teens have been able to reside in individual homes within the county. Grace Landing’s “Fostering our Future” initiative continues to help solve the foster care problem in Osceola County and address the issue of capacity, stability, and quality for the current 97 foster children. Our goal is to mobilize, organize, and equip local churches and families to care for vulnerable children and families as a compassion ministry of the local church. Through this initiative each church is equipped to recruit and support 3 to 5 new foster families annually and provide volunteer relief for each family. When foster families are successful, children find healing, families are restored, and our community is transformed. To find how you can get involved visit our website www.fosteringourfuture.info/partners.

Mitzi Wynn Tile It...

Owner

407-847-4543

2450 Smith Street Suite F, Kissimmee, FL Tileitflooring.com Tile It... Flooring is more than just a flooring company. Family owned and operated business that has served the Central Florida community since 1998. Tile It is a Minority & Women-owned Business Enterprise and LDB Corporation, and we are certified through the State of Florida, as well as Orange and Osceola Counties. Let us design and quote your next project, and we can create exactly what you envision! Like Tile It... on Facebook and visit our webpage www.tileitflooring.com

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Janice Gunther

Owner

407-957-9929 www.Gunthergcs.com Gunther General Contracting Services is a Women Owned Company (WBENC Certified) that specializes in commercial construction and custom homes. Some recent projects completed that you may have visited are Lions Pride Pub & Grill (downtown Orlando), EPCOT- Japan Merchandise, and Disney SpringsLevi’s. To find out more about their services visit their website www. Gunthergcs.com.

Sydney Harrell

Agent

407-498-4184 | 1216 10th Street | St. Cloud, FL 34769 Mon-Fri: 8:30am – 5:30pm Sat/Sun: By Appointment Only After Hours Appointments Available

Clarine Huet

Agent

407-964-3244 7780 Lake Wilson Road Davenport, FL 33896 ClarineHuet@allstate.com

As your Allstate agent, I can help you understand how the choices you make – such as the car you drive – affect your insurance rate. I’m committed to helping you get your appropriate level of protection and make it easy to do business with Allstate. From auto and home to life and specialty insurance products, I can provide you with a wide variety of options. Visit my webpage https://agents.allstate.com/sydney-harrell-saint-cloud-fl.html JULY/AUGUST 2018

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Leia Perez

Owner

103 A Broadway Ave Kissimmee 407-906-5582 Hours: Wed - Sat 10am- 6pm Sun 3pm- 5pm (Class Only)

www.candylanddesignsco.com Leia Perez, is the owner of Candyland Designs Co., a former accountant turned pastry chef. Mrs. Perez has a degree in business management and finance from Case Western Reserve University. She and her family relocated to Florida after her husband, Sgt. Perez, was retired from the Army. Candyland Designs Co. specializes in Custom Birthday & Wedding Cakes, Cupcakes, Event Dessert Table Designs & Liquor Infused Desserts. Leia also offers Cake Decorating Classes & Workshops for kids!

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Why Choose Us? - Evening and Weekend Closings - Courtesy Closings - On-Site Closings - Personable Customer Service - Over 45 Years of Experience

In 2006, Michelle Bowers co-founded A Clear Choice Title and Escrow of Osceola, LLC along with her husband Kent. Throughout the years A Clear Choice has helped hundreds of buyers, sellers and their real estate agents in closing on their homes. Whether you are buying or selling a home or refinancing your mortgage, A Clear Choice Title & Escrow will handle your transaction quickly eďŹƒciently, and most importantly, correctly.

Michelle Bowers Owner

Tammy Bowers Closing Manager

119 E. 13th Street St. Cloud, FL 34769 407-892-6800 www.aclearchoicetitle.com JULY/AUGUST 2018

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CHRISTINE

ARENDAS For Osceola County JUDGE

On a beautiful Friday morning in front of the historic Osceola County Courthouse, Osceola Woman Magazine had the opportunity to sit down with Christine Arendas, candidate for Osceola County Judge. In this article, you will get to know the only female in this race and explore her passion for our community and her desire to become a judge, which began for her at the age of nine years old. Mrs. Arendas has been a Florida resident since she was nine. She is a graduate of Cocoa Beach High School, where she was a member of the JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps). Despite her father being an Army veteran who served in both Vietnam and Desert Storm and having a brother who is in the Army Reserves, the military was not something she planned for her future. Instead, with her sights already set on law school, she joined the JROTC to begin developing and strengthening her leadership skills. Her senior year of high school, she was the Brigade Commander for four high schools. She also was on the JROTC Drill Team and Color Guard, played softball and was a member of the swim

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and dive team. Following high school, she enrolled at Brevard Community College (now Eastern Florida State College) and received her Associate of Arts. Mrs. Arendas then transferred to the University of Central Florida to complete her bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on economics. She continued on to Barry University Orlando School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate degree. While attending college and law school she worked as a paralegal for a family law attorney. Upon graduating she continued working for the attorney who had bought the practice. In 2008, she “hung her shingle” and started her own practice. During this time Mrs. Arendas received her mediation certification and became a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and handled numerous civil matters, such as foreclosures, debt collection, probate, adoption, and breach of contracts. In late 2009 she was approached by her former law partner and was asked to join her practice.

Mrs. Arendas agreed and was initially supposed to shadow her, but unfortunately her former law partner’s husband passed away two days before she began at the office. Mrs. Arendas showed up Monday morning with a confident “can-do” attitude, determined to be successful even without having ever practiced that type of law before. She succeeded, and two years later she became board certified as an adoption attorney and is one of twenty-nine certified adoption attorneys in the state of Florida. She is also a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, which is a national organization that recognizes experts in adoption and assisted reproduction. In 2014 Mrs. Arendas was voted in as the executive director of A Chosen Child, a non-profit Christian adoption agency. She served in that position, while running her law practice, until 2017 when she made the decision to begin pursuing judgeship.


“My commitment is that I will follow the law” she said, “but while following the law I will also treat everyone with utmost respect.” “It’s an internal feeling; everything about who I am fits with being a judge” was the answer Mrs. Arendas gave when asked what factors influenced that decision. “I’m actively involved in my community, I give back to my community on a regular basis, I provide pro-bono services to folks in need, and I serve on various boards.” The particular seat she is running for in the county court is commonly referred to as the “people’s court” and often deals with people without representation. As this involves dealing with people in more of a one-on-one setting, she feels that her patience, understanding and longing to serve the community, makes her

a perfect fit to fill Judge Draper’s seat upon her retirement. When it comes to her community involvement, Mrs. Arendas has quite the impressive resume. She has been involved with the Boy Scouts for over a decade, serving with Cub Scout Pack 69 as Den Leader, Treasurer, and Committee Chair, and when her son was old enough to go into Boy Scouts they joined Troop 192 in St. Cloud, where she was asked to be an Assistant Scout Master. A couple of years later she also served as a Unit Commissioner for the District, working as a liaison between assigned troops and packs and the district. She is currently an

Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 192 as well as a Merit Badge Counselor for the district, helping teach citizenship, swimming, law, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and various other civic and life skills type badges. Additionally she volunteers with the Troop to collect food every November which is provided to the local food pantry, serves with the Troop at the annual Spring Fling and she volunteers serving meals through Elmer’s Kitchen. She has also served on various boards for numerous athletic associations and helped organize a travel ball team in St. Cloud. Mrs. Arendas is one of the founders as well as the secretary

for IDignity Osceola, a sub-program of the Community Hope Center which helps people obtain their ID’s and the legal documents needed for them to get their ID’s. Over the last two years they have served over 1,200 people. In addition to serving on the board she also volunteers at the events and serves as their legal lead. Recently she was asked to serve on the Community Hope Center Board, aiding homeless and low-income families. Since 2009, Mrs. Arendas has been an active volunteer with the Osceola County Teen Court program, allowing her to provide mentorship to both the young adults serving as teen attorneys as

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well as those going through the program, which she finds extremely rewarding. She was the Treasurer of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers and President in 2010-2011. She currently serves on the Central Florida Family Law Inns of Court, the Florida Adoption Council, the Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Committee, the Ninth Circuit Professionalism Committee, she is the Vice Chair of the Legal Aid Society of Osceola County, and is involved with our local Bar. “I feel we not only have the opportunity to give back, but also the responsibility. That has always been part of who I am.” She has been married to her high school sweetheart Kurt for 22 years. Kurt served in the Marine Corps

until he was injured and received an honorable discharge, from there he worked as a state correctional officer at a prison for 13 ½ years. He then went on to work for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission until retiring in 2016. They have two childrenCole, who is 16 and attends St. Cloud High School, and Claire, who is 20 and is a graduate of Osceola High School attending college. “We don’t have Gators and Seminoles in our house, we have Kowboys and Bulldogs”, Mrs. Arendas joked. They have two dogs, Baby and Gizmo, as well as a bearded dragon named Buddy. Whenever she has some down time she enjoys spending it with her family, being outside, going to theme parks, or scrapbooking. The family came to Osceola County in 2006, when Kurt was assigned to come here while working for FWC, and they quickly made this community their home. She feels very passionate that the opportunity to become Judge is the next step to take in furthering her already extensive involvement in serving the community.


they are non-partisan. Judicial candidates and Judges are governed by judicial ethics and “judicial canons” and are not allowed to take a personal position on issues, especially those that may be brought before them. A judge’s party affiliation does not play a role while on the bench, their duty is to follow and administer justice according to the law.

Mrs. Arendas feels that her upbringing is what shaped her into who she is today and placed her passion for her family and her community into her heart. Coming from a broken family, she said that she is incredibly fortunate to have ended up where she is today. Her experience allows her to really relate to people going through difficult times, especially young adults, and gives her the opportunity to let them know that they are in control of the decisions that are ultimately going to determine the course of their life. Her family moved here when her mom divorced her first stepfather, and she was separated from her siblings. She was being raised by a single mother who was almost always working, therefore leaving little time for parenting and supervision. Mrs. Arendas said she recognized she could go one of two directions with her life and became the first in her family to not only attend college, but also the first to end up with an upper level degree. The separation of her family at such a young age led her to wanting to be a protector, someone who is there to guide and help people.

Her judicial philosophy is referred to as “procedural justice”, which is where you give the people appearing in your court their own voice and let them be heard. You make sure they understand the process, remain neutral and unbiased, and treat everyone with the same amount of respect. Mrs. Arendas has extensive knowledge of the resources available to help people and would bring that knowledge to the bench with her, allowing her to help people while administering and upholding the law. “My commitment is that I will follow the law” she said, “but while following the law I will also treat everyone with utmost respect.” Mrs. Arendas said campaigning has been hectic but fun and has granted her opportunities to meet numerous people she would not have otherwise met. She has gotten to hear concerns, praises, and ideas, while also getting to educate people on the judicial process. One of the areas she has really gotten to elaborate on is how judicial races are different than other races in the fact that

To learn more about Christine Arendas, a true champion for our community, you can visit her campaign website, arendasforjudge.com, or go “like” her Facebook page Arendas for Judge. Most importantly, do not forget to GO VOTE on August 28th!

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Keith’s family moved to Osceola County when he was three years old and grew up on Neptune Road. After graduating from college Keith moved to St. Cloud with his wife Kelly, whose family goes back four generations in Osceola County. Keith graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and earned his P.E. (professional engineer) license a short time later. Having been involved in the engineering, surveying and land development profession for almost 15 years, he loves being able to use his professional experience to help shape our community. Keith has served in various government leadership roles such as the chairman of the Osceola County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, the Osceola County Planning Commission and Osceola County Enterprise Zone Advisory Committee. Keith represents the City of St. Cloud on the MetroPlan Orlando Citizens Advisory

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ABOUT KEITH COMMUNITY Committee. He was appointed by the City Council in 2012. The Committee ensures the public has the opportunity to review and evaluate proposed transportation plans and programs, providing opinions on behalf of their respective communities. Keith also graduated from the St. Cloud Citizen’s Academy in 2010. As a Scout at a young age through his late teens, he learned the importance of giving back to the community that has given him so much. Keith has volunteered with Relay for Life, as well with the Community Hope Center of Osceola County, serving disaster relief families in conjunction with Osceola REDI. Keith and Kelly attend Canoe Creek Christian Church in St. Cloud.

- City of St. Cloud Representative for MetroPlan Orlando - Community Hope Center Volunteer - Planning Commission Chairman, Osceola County - Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Chair, Osceola County - Enterprise Zone Committee Chairman, Osceola County - St. Cloud Citizens Academy Graduate

PROFESSIONAL - FBPE Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) - Bachelor Degree, Civil Engineering, University of Florida - Valencia President’s Academic Scholarship Recipient

PERSONAL -

Raised in Osceola County Cub Scout and Boy Scout Attends Canoe Creek Christian Church Married to high school sweetheart Kelly for 7 years

CONTACT KEITH Ph: 407-490-3126 Em: keith@keithtrace.com www.KeithTrace.com Follow the campaign on Facebook & Twitter! /KeithForStCloud


2018 YEAR OF THE WOMAN

Cheryl has always held Osceola County close to her heart. Her involvement in the community shows her commitment to continue to help improve our overall “Quality of Life” here in Osceola. As your Commissioner, Cheryl has worked hard to make significant contributions to our environment, education, and infrastructure. We need to keep her in office working for us! Cheryl originally born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, moved to Florida with her mother and three brothers after her father, a police officer in Linden, New Jersey, suddenly passed away. Cheryl was seven years old when she began her life in Osceola, and is a proud graduate of Osceola High School—go Kowboys! Following in her mother’s footsteps, Cheryl obtained her real estate license in 1986 and now owns her second real estate company, Olde Kissimmee

Realty, specializing in historic properties for residential and commercial use in downtown Kissimmee and Saint Cloud. Cheryl was elected to the Osceola County Commission in 2014, and currently serves as Vice Chair. Prior to the election, only one woman had served on the Commission in 100+ years. Previously, Cheryl served as a Kissimmee City Commissioner from 2006-2014. She is presently a member of the Downtown Kissimmee Area Council for the Chamber of Commerce, a member of NAR Smart Growth Advisory Board, a member of Nine County Coalition Board, the Metro-Plan Orlando Chairman, a member of the Water Resources Advisory Committee, past chairperson of the Tourist Development Council, past chairperson for GOPEP, past chairperson of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, past president of the Osceola County Association of Realtors, received the Realtor of the

Political advertisement paid for and approved by Cheryl Grieb, Democrat, for Osceola County Commission District 4.

Year award in 2001, and is a graduate of Leadership Osceola. At the state level, Cheryl is the past chairperson for the Smart Growth Council for the Florida Association of Realtors, as well as serving on the Legislative Committee. Cheryl enjoys kayaking, hiking, fishing, and appreciating the great outdoors with her wife Patti. They live in downtown Kissimmee with their dog Meg, and their cat Misty.

The citizens of Osceola County know they can count on Cheryl. Please remember to vote in the August 28th Primary Election, and if you are in district 4—please consider re-electing Cheryl Grieb to the Osceola County Commission.

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