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Home & Garden Issue FEBRUARY 2017 MANSFIELD GRAND PRAIRIE ARLINGTON EDITION

HOMESTEAD HAPPENINGS

BREATHE, BUILD, GROW

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SUCCULENT SPACES Ideas that inspire us

YARD TO TABLE Garden gastronomy on the menu

The DRIVING FORCE behind

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Special Section!

HOME & GARDEN

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CONTENTS FEBRUARY 2017 THE HOME & GARDEN ISSUE

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20 I MANSFIELD CHIROPRACTIC IN THE SPOTLIGHT

24 I BRYAN KEEVER,CFP

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COSMETIC DENTISTRY FOR KIDS ORTHODONTICS FOR ADULTS AND KIDS

BONUS FEATURE

PETPALOOZA! PAGE 70

Drs. Blane, Randy and Ross Hamilton

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MANSFIELD ORTHODONTICS

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FROM THE PUBLISHER SOCIAL CALENDAR BEST BETS TALK OF THE TOWN FRUIT OF THE VINE

HOMESTEAD

CUISINE

36 I Fresh Fences

64 I Getting Back to the Garden

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PUNCH UP YOUR POOL FINANCING YOUR RENOVATION PLUMBING PROBLEMS RIGHT UNDER YOUR FEET

WELLNESS 52 I Wake Up, Work Out, Repeat

AESTHETICS 56 I The New Naturals

ADVENTURE

FEATURES 26 I Succulent Spaces

Integrated easy-care plants to fire up your imagination

46 I It Lasts How Long?

Smoke alarms can wear out?!

Keeping up with the age of your home’s components

74 I 3 Key Inspiration Checkpoints Positive thinking to beat life’s burdens

58 I Always in Bloom

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February is that one month out of the year when we concentrate on love—in all its incarnations. We love our parents. We love our children. We love our Texas barbeque. And if we’re really blessed, we have that one person in our lives DR. SEUSS we can love and be lovable for. And here at Living Magazine, we certainly do love our readers. We hope you’ll prop up your feet and take some time to enjoy our popular home and garden edition, covering everything from pool redoes and stair makeovers, to fresh fences, beautiful gardens, and financing a home renovation. Find the right spot in your home to make a workout happen, take a look at natural and organic beauty products, and check out some recipes to tempt your palate. Lastly, we hope you’ll welcome our Petpalooza feature, with plenty of pet tips. We think it’ll become a favorite. I hope 2017 has started off with gusto for you. “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24 MISTY DANIELS, PUBLISHER mdaniels@livingmagazine.net

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Taking the Next Step Where are you? Where are you going? How will you get there? In his new book Next Step Discipleship, Arlington resident David Daniels helps you answer these questions. Daniels, who serves as Lead Pastor of Pantego Bible Church, introduces a simple spiritual pathway to lead you along the road to greater connection, transformation and missional living. Learn what it means to belong, to become who God created you to be, and to go beyond to change your world. Each copy purchased funds a copy of the leaders’ version, Next Step Church, for a ministry leader around the world. Learn more at nextstepdisciple.org or buy through amazon.com.

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TALK OF THE TOWN

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Taking the Field! FieldhouseUSA is a welcomed addition to Mansfield! This league, event and tournament based indoor sports facility is projected to generate over 1.6 million visitors annually.  The 106,000 square foot indoor sports facility serves the community by offering yearround league play in team sports such as basketball, volleyball and futsal, baseball and softball, birthday parties, boot camps, cheerleading, club volleyball, corporate events, dodgeball, lock ins, skill training, taekwondo, and tumble.  FieldhouseUSA  is geared for recreational, intermediate, and competitive athletes, and offers a variety of sporting activities where everyone has a place to play and create an amazing EXPERIENCE!

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SOCIAL CALENDAR FEBRUARY 11 AND 25 MOBILE PET ADOPTION EVENT 10:30am-3:30pm. Petsmart® in South Arlington, 203 E. I-20 (Arlington Highlands). Arlington

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MARCH 4 2ND ANNUAL WARRIOR BAND ON THE RUN 5K 5k Run/Walk. Benefiting Martin High School Band. 8:30am. Visit warriorbandontherun. com for details. Arlington

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ONCE UPON A TIME DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE 2017 Make magical memories and spend an unforgettable evening with your daughter(s). Registration is required. Tickets include a corsage, refreshments, dessert and punch, parting gift for daughters and a memorable photograph. Registration from February 1 - 6 is $35/person, $40/person with limo ride. The limo experience will begin on the red carpet at the dance! You will be driven around the scenic views of Vandergriff Park. No registration is accepted after Feb. 6. Daughters of all ages are welcome! (We recommend 2+). Feb 10: 7-9pm, Feb 11: 4-6pm and 7-9pm. For more information call 817-459-5474. Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center St. Arlington Parks and Recreation

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SWEETHEART DANCE

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE

Grab your hula skirt for an evening of fun, laughter, dancing and treats at the MAC “Beach”. Designed for 4-13 year olds, but everyone is welcome! Photos available for purchase. $15 per person. 6pm-8pm. Mansfield Activities Center, 106 S. Wisteria. Contact 817-728-3680.

Dinner: 6-7pm. Dance: 7-9pm. Each child will receive a memorable gift. Ticket must be pre-purchased at Charley Taylor Rec Center no later than Feb. 9. Limited number are available, no tickets will be sold at dance. Ruthe Jackson Ctr., 3113 S. Carrie Pkwy. For details call 972-264-6890.

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SCHOOL OF ROCK

This stage musical features all the original songs from the movie plus 14 new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Visit theatrearlington.org for show times. Theatre Arlington

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BEST BETS: FEBRUARY

TOBYMAC

EDITOR’S PICK

TobyMac is one of the most successful artists in Christian music history, universally recognized as a creative force, and one of the most humble and approachable merchants of cool on the scene today. On his third solo outing, Portable Sounds, he does not disappoint. An increased commitment to melody and soulful singing abounds, while his now trademarked rock/funk/hip-hop side hits deeper grooves and catchier hooks than ever before. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1 PM COSMIC CROW COLLECTIVE ARLINGTON

ARLINGTON NIGHTS CHAT & DO! WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 8 PM VERIZON THEATER AT GRAND PRAIRIE

DANCING WITH THE STARS: LIVE! THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 7:30 PM

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THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

WILL ARNETT, ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, ROSARIO DAWSON DIR. CHRIS MCKAY (THE LEGO MOVIE, ROBOT CHICKEN, MORAL OREL)

A spinoff of the enormously successful (and very fun) The Lego Movie, this Batman-centric installment is set in the same universe, with Arnett reprising his role as Bats. With a tagline like “always be yourself… unless you can be Batman,” the film is sure to feature plenty of the original’s clever humor and heartfelt sentiment. FEBRUARY 3

THE SPACE BETWEEN US

RINGS

ASA BUTTERFIELD, BRITT ROBERTSON, GARY OLDMAN DIR. PETER CHELSOM (SERENDIPITY, SHALL WE DANCE?)

MATILDA LUTZ, ALEX ROE, JOHNNY GALECKI DIR. F. JAVIER GUTIÉRREZ (BEFORE THE FALL)

The first person born on Mars and raised by astronauts—a now 16-year-old boy whose mother died in childbirth—sets out on a quest to find his father by using the Internet to communicate with a Colorado teenager in this sci-fi film with a very unique premise.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day (?!) comes Rings, set after the earlier horror/psychological thriller The Ring a cursed videotape that kills anyone who watches. This third installment, set 13 years later, revolves around Julia (Lutz) exploring a “movie within the movie” to save her boyfriend. Aw, how sweet!

ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL

THE TIME JUMPERS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL

RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER

FEBRUARY 17

THE GREAT WALL MATT DAMON, PEDRO PASCAL, WILLEM DAFOE DIR. ZHANG YIMOU (HERO, CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER)

Seemingly as epic as epic gets, this big-budget historical fiction action adventure film presents Damon as William Garin, part of a group of European mercenaries in Song dynasty China, as he stumbles across a dangerous mystery surrounding the Great Wall of China.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL

SHOJI TABUCHI - LIVE FROM BRANSON, MISSOURI THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL

SYMPHONY ARLINGTON FEAT. LESLIE MASSENBURG FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 THROUGH SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 VERIZON THEATRE AT GRAND PRAIRIE

SESAME STREET LIVE: ELMO MAKES MUSIC

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A SEPARATION KATIE KITAMURA

Rising talent Kitamura’s third novel—which has received plenty of advance praise—beautifully tells the story of a young woman who separates from her husband then discovers he’s gone missing in Greece. She somewhat uncertainly sets out to find him, still keeping their ending relationship a secret. FEBRUARY 14

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 8 PM

LINCOLN IN THE BARDO

A PIECE OF THE WORLD

VERIZON THEATRE AT GRAND PRAIRIE

GEORGE SAUNDERS

CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE

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Sting, live in Milan, in 2006: Photo courtesy of Yancho Sabev, Wikimedia Commons: CC BY-SA 3.0. | Still from the trailer for The Lego Batman Movie (2017), Warner Bros./DC Entertainment, fair use for non-commercial illustrative purposes. Book cover from A Separation, by Katie Kitamura: Penguin/Riverhead Books, fair use for non-commercial illustrative purposes.

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ON THE COVER

decompression really revitalized me as a chiropractor,” he said. “Before it I was somewhat able to help my patients with disc problems; to offer them some relief through traditional chiropractic. But I wasn’t able to greatly improve the problem for them. When I did the research and training on spinal decompression I knew this was the answer for my patients.” Since that time, he’s seen numerous patients who’d resigned themselves to a life of pain, given their quality of life back through spinal decompression. Yet his lifelong hunger for knowledge led him to look even further; to ask “What can I do to improve the lives of my patients even more?” The answer was nutrition and weight loss.

Nutrition and Weight Loss

THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND GEORGE BOBBITT AND THE NEVER STOP LEARNING MENTALITY. BY MEREDITH KNIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY BY DEREK GOWER

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If Dr. George Bobbitt had a motto, it might be, “Go big or go home”. It was that way when he opened his first chiropractic clinic, Mansfield Chiropractic. With the help of his business partner Glenda Davis-Tiller, that clinic was soon thriving and he opened a second, Kennedale Chiropractic. In no time, both practices were bustling with hundreds of patients. “Glenda facilitates the day-to-day administrative end of the business,” he said. I can’t imagine what I’d do without her. She allows me to concentrate on the medical end,

knowing I can totally trust her with everything else.” For more than twenty years, Dr. Bobbitt has undertaken a relentless search for better technology, more chiropractic and medical knowledge, often thinking outside the box and pioneering technologies, as they became available. “I try to approach each day asking myself, ‘How can I be a better doctor? How can I be a better business person? How can I be a better citizen of Mansfield?”

Spinal Decompression As the businesses grew, Dr. Bobbitt welcomed additional chiropractors, as well as chiropractic assistants, massage therapists, and spinal decompression technology. “The whole idea of spinal L I V I NGMAG A Z IN E . N E T

“There is an epidemic of obesity in this country and it’s effecting our quality of life,” he said. “We can get our patients well through chiropractic; through physical medicine; through massage; through spinal decompression, but there were still a lot of patients who weren’t as healthy as I knew they could be.” “The things that go into our bodies are what can make us healthy or unhealthy,” Dr. Bobbitt said. “I think my patients want to eat right and get adequate exercise. Unfortunately, growing up in this country most of us weren’t taught how to go about it. And without that knowledge; without making the right lifestyle changes, my patients were set up to fail.” The Neighborhood Weight Loss Center was born. Through it Dr. Bobbitt and his colleagues share their secrets to permanent weight loss and partner with their patients for a lifetime of wellness. “Many of our patients lose up to five pounds in a week,” he said. “But more importantly, they keep it off. Our program requires no strenuous exercise or drugs and no expensive foods to buy. We’re seeing success FE B R UA RY 2 01 7

stories every day. Each patient has their own personal weightloss coach to guide and monitor their success. I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to be about to give someone the tools to take optimum wellness into their own hands.”

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“I’ve been blessed with an outstanding, highly capable staff and I have every confidence in the doctors who’ve joined me in the practice,” Dr. Bobbitt said. “Knowing they’ll run the practice in the same way I would frees me up to speak to and educate the masses about the things I’ve learned. That’s where my career is taking me now. My next campaign is to speak to as many people as possible about how they can have better health and a better life.”

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He does this in many ways, including mentoring kids, volunteering his time, speaking at public health fairs, facilitating Dave Ramsey Financial Peace classes, teaching Sunday school at First United Methodist Church Mansfield, and, of course, in his role as father of five. “Each of us has seven basic areas of our life: spiritual, mental, financial, physical, social, family, and vocational,” he said. “One of my goals has always been to balance those areas as well as I can. Now I’m in a position to help others do the same; to help inspire people to be better, any way I can.” “Thirteen years ago, this community welcomed us with open arms.” Dr. Bobbitt said. “Now we want to give back in every way we can. At Mansfield Chiropractic Center, Arlington Chiropractic Center, and Kennedale Chiropractic, we commit to never stop searching for new technology and more knowledge, to help everyone we can without using unnecessary drugs or surgery, to never stop reeducating ourselves about any way we can help our patients, help the community, and help our staff.”

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FRUIT OF THE VINE

Love is a Four Letter Word BY LISA JENKINS-MOORE

In the English language, four letter words are those we consider profane or vulgar, and are usually words we use as slang or curse words. While “love” is in no way profane, it does contain four letters and is used so tritely, it often seems degraded. It is a word that has become so commonplace in our communication it has lost its significance. When we use the word, do we actually understand its meaning? We love our house, love our job, love our cat, love our daughter, love our husband, and love our God. How can we possibly use the same word to describe our relationship to both our cat and our God? Love has become a punchline in a movie and a common melody in a song. It has represented momentary delight, passing affection, and deep devotion. Perhaps the difficulty lies in the limitations of the English language—

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we have only one word for love whereas the Greek language has four: agape, philia, eros and storge—all of which represent the feeling one has for God (agape) or a person (philia, eros, and storge). Herein lies the root of the issue; the word “love” was never designed to refer to possessions. Many in western culture have become so materially focused there is no differentiation between our connection to things and our connection with God or others. I remember a line in an old BJ Thomas song from when I was a child; it said “Using things and loving people, that’s the way it ought to be, cuz loving things and using people only leads to misery.” Truer words are rarely spoken. As we take a moment to consider the word “love” and weigh its gravity, consider the finest definition of the word—found in the pages of The New Testament. L I V I NGMAG A Z IN E . N E T

I Corinthians 13 is known as the love chapter as it breaks down the definition of love in God’s terms. Paul writes, “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. (I Cor. 13:4-8, NKJV). The entire chapter is so convicting, and even these few verses seem impossible to live. We need not struggle to muster this kind of love, for it is impossible. It cannot be created from within. The key for us is to give ourselves completely to God, to love him with our entirety, to receive His love, and then let it flow through us to others. Only God can teach us to love purely. Perhaps the following mnemonic will help us remember the essence of the word “LOVE”:

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ive for God. He is to be our first love, our number one priority in life. In Revelation 2:2-5 Jesus states: “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” I’m often amazed by these verses, because these Believers were full of faith, doing commendable acts of service for those around them, yet Christ was unhappy with their priorities. God is always to be our first love.

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ffer yourself as a living sacrifice, holy unto God (Romans 12:1). The word “holy” simply means to be “set apart.” Give yourself willing to His plans as you set yourself apart for His purposes. Eternal perspective changes everything.

alue others more than yourself. We don’t have to be told to live for ourselves—that, my friend, comes naturally. Jesus told us to love others as we love ourselves because He knew where our natural allegiance fell. Jesus reduced all the commandments to one: Love God, Love people, knowing in that one simple statement, all commandments would be fulfilled. After all, you can’t very well love your neighbor, covet his house, sleep with his wife, and murder him all at the same time! Love trumps all other action. Philippians 2:3-4 reminds us to “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

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“Using things and loving people, that’s the way it ought to be, cuz loving things and using people only leads to misery.”

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scape materialism and live simply. In our western culture, love of money and wealth is an enticing entrapment. In some American cultures, we never seem to have enough; still many don’t realize that an annual U.S. salary of $32,400 puts you in the top 1% of the wealthiest people in the world! Of course, the abject poverty in many countries significantly impacts the average, but the point is the same. Even poor Americans have access to more provision than many in the rest of the world. As Believers, we should be givers, not just consumers. I struggle with over-buying and careless spending and enjoy shopping as much as the next person. I often look around my house and think, “Do I really need anything more?” One of my goals for 2017 is to reduce the clutter and simplify my life. I encourage you to find a few good websites and newsletters regarding de-cluttering— the connection to clutter and mental and emotional wellness is quite fascinating. As the New Year begins, our resolution list can be daunting. We are challenged in each new season to incorporate ways to live healthier, grow spiritually, make better financial decisions, and much more. We have been inundated with ideas on how to live better in 2017. Let’s challenge one another to not only live better, but to LOVE better.

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SPOTLIGHT DANIEL DRIVER, BRYAN KEEVER,

Bryan Keever of the Keever Group earned the Certified Financial Planner designation in 2008 and the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation in 2006. Since then he’s been awarded: • Ameriprise Financial Circle of Success award 2005-2016 • FIVE STAR Wealth Manager – 2011-2016

Helping you achieve your Dreams for Today, Tomorrow, and well into the Future. BY MEREDITH KNIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY BY DUSTIN DOSKOCIL

Little did Bryan Keever know when they visited a financial advisor as a newlywed that that meeting would set him on his career path. “She helped us prioritize our financial responsibilities and create a plan to achieve our future dreams,” he said. “I’d just completed my master’s degree and was searching for a career that allowed me work one-on-one with people. I loved the idea of helping people establish sound financial footing.” That was over 20 ago and this Texarkana boy is happy to report financial planning has been a great fit for him. “I’m in a unique position, because I essentially work as an entrepreneur but have the support of the national firm, Ameriprise, behind me,” he said. “It’s satisfying to know I’m

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making a difference in people’s lives by helping them create a plan to achieve their dreams, the way someone did for me, years ago.” The Keever Group is unique because of the relationships they’re able to forge with their clients. “When we begin working with a new client, we create a comprehensive financial plan that’s focused on helping them achieve both short- and long-term goals,” Bryan said. “This plan includes investments, insurance, tax planning, and estate planning. It’s vital that we earn our clients’ trust. We want them to feel completely comfortable asking any question they may have in any of these areas, so we can help them find potential solutions.”

Bryan realized early on that many people are under the misconception that they must have a lot of money to justify working with a financial advisor. “This is not the case,” he said. “We work with clients just starting to build their wealth who need help prioritizing their goals and savings, those who have a complicated financial situation and need help with planning to reach their goals, and with plenty people who’re looking for a third-party to offer unbiased advice on their financial lives.” That financial planning is a process with begins with Bryan actively listening to his clients to understand their goals (buying a home, saving for college retiring, etc.), “Then we create a plan to achieve those goals,” Bryan said. “Many goals—especially long-term ones like retirement— will take time and work to achieve. At each meeting, we chat about their progress, and make necessary adjustments to reflect their new priorities or changes in their finanL I V I NGMAG A Z IN E . N E T

been with our team for three years. His knowledge and experience has helped us Bryan’s ultimate goal is that each continue to offer high-quality client feel good about their finances, that they’re committed to working service to our current clients, through their plan, and that they have while serving more clients a financial professional they trust with their questions, concerns, and in the community. Amy was situation. added to help streamline our “I’ve been blessed with a team business processes and to that’s dedicated to serving make sure all our clients are our clients,” he said. “My client greeted with a smile. Most of service manager, Samantha, my success in growing our has been a part of my team practice is due to surrounding for 12 of my 18 years in the myself with the most efficient business. Bryan Leake, who team possible.” handles all of our back-office “Together we focus on building longmeaningful relationships with support, has been with me term, our clients and work to be the ‘go-to’ for almost 10 years. Daniel people, when they have an issue in Driver, another advisor, has their financial lives. They look to us cial situation. Having a plan in place gives clients increased confidence, because they know where they stand in achieving their goals.”

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for actionable advice to help them achieve their long-term goals. Three key principles drive our mission:” • Being 100% focused on clients and their needs • Developing long-term relationships with clients • Providing services and advice with the highest level of integrity When not on the job, Bryan enjoys time with his wife, Charlotte, and their three children, staying active outdoor, spending as much time as they can on Joe Pool Lake. He’s active at St Joseph Catholic Church, where he lectors and serves on the pastoral council, serves as den leader for Wolf Pack in Cub Scout Pack 384 in Rendon. He’s a member of Knights of Columbus 6269 and active with events at the Tarrant Area Food bank, Special Olympics, and Habitat for Humanity. 2340 Interstate 20 West Ste 214 Arlington, Texas 76017 (817) 465-6000

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GET THIS LOOK To accent a small patio, place an upright Euphorbia trigona in a tall 12-inch-wide ceramic pot, as shown here. Cover the soil around it with gravel mulch.

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Find fabulous design ideas to inspire your own succulent garden.

Tiny Patio Because her house near the Southern California coast is set in a hillside, Leslie Mannes was short on outdoor space for get-togethers. The only possibility: a tiny, crumbling patio out back. Enter landscape designer Ryan Prange, who revamped it into a stylish, surprisingly roomy refuge. Prange repaved and planted the patio floor, tucked a seating area into the corner, and added built-in benches and a gas-fed firepit. He hid part of a broken concrete wall behind a wood screen, and the rest under a curtain of creeping fig (Ficus pumila) planted against the wall. “Now the patio is inviting,” Prange says, “and full of nice little surprises.” Among them: a small bed of sedums and silvery blue Echeveria elegans, mingling with blue fescue against the firepit, and ribbons of sedum between the pavers.

Mini Garden Echeverias and a puff of blue fescue accent bands of sedum, visually softening the hardscape in this tiny patio.

Design by Ryan Prange, FallingWatersDesign.com. Excerpted from Succulents. Copyright © 2017 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Time Inc. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

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Patterns “There’s no way to duplicate a natural setting,” says landscape architect Keith Willig of this property, edging a creek. But Willig didn’t want to mimic the creek area, either. Nor did the property’s owners, who love the minimalist aesthetic of their home. Instead, Willig played up the leafy wildscape edging the creek through contrast. He used structural plants to extend the home’s architectural geometry into the yard and then loosened up the design toward the garden’s perimeter near the creek. Succulents are grouped by kind in tidy circular and rectangular beds, all surrounded with gravel mulches in various hues, from beige to soft gray. Now the owners’ minimalist crush extends to the yard, which changes with the seasons. The succulent blooms come and go; the grasses get big seed plumes. And the garden feels like a work of art.

GET THIS LOOK In a garden bed, set out plants of Echeveria ‘Afterglow’ from 4-inch containers; space them so their centers measure 6 to 12 inches apart. They’ll fill in within a year or two.

Design by Keith Willig/Keith Willig Landscape Architecture and Construction

Squares Wild around the edges, this garden is a streamlined sanctuary. Beds in bold, geometric shapes show off succulents that are massed, by variety, to enhance the garden’s minimalist look.

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Beach-scape A pair of agaves adds a sculptural element among grasses near the entry walk (foreground). A third agave accents the bed beside the front porch steps. Agaves are tough to beat for pure drama among grasses and perennials such as yellow yarrow (Achillea), which also blooms near the firepit.

Beauties at the Beach This small garden takes its design cues from the nearby beach. Throughout the lot, various outdoor rooms are filled with succulents and other unthirsty plantings, all inspired by coastal flora. Drought tolerant and requiring little maintenance, the plants always look tidy. In the front yard, inviting steps lead to the front door with stops along the way: at the firepit and at a cozy gathering spot on the porch. Succulents are stars in little vignettes that have big impact. All plants are on a timer-operated drip-irrigation system, with tubing laid atop the soil and covered with mulch. Design by Ryan Prange, FallingWatersDesign.com.

Fire The gas-fed firepit, made of buffcolored Mexican beach cobbles and boulders set in mortar, is embellished with shells. It is filled with sand that’s then topped with pieces of shell.

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Fresh Fences Nothing beautifies quite like a new fence BY SUSAN ISHMAEL

Fences aren’t just for privacy and pets, especially here in the Lone Star State. The right fence can be a decorative work of art that defines more than just the boundary of your property—it can define your tastes and style. Whether it’s time to replace your existing fence because of weathering or deterioration, or simply to bring your property some extra curb appeal, now is the best time to begin making plans for your new fence. Texas has a long history of fences that surround ranchland and farms. But don’t worry—you don’t have to live on a ranch to enjoy a unique fence! Custom gates and boundaries can give your home the right touch, even if you live in the suburbs. There’s no need to have a traditional wooden fence for your yard anymore—the choices in materials, style, and customization are almost unlimited. FIRST: DETERMINE WHAT YOU WANT

you want. Drive neighborhoods you admire and take note—and possibly photographs—of fences in the style you are looking for. For a wooden fence, you may choose a horizontal plank instead of vertical for a unique and modern look. Or you can add architectural details like post caps and board capping along the top of the fence and gravel boards along the bottom to give your traditional wooden fence a more finished appearance.

When it comes to replacing your fence, it’s important to get an idea of what

Making the choice between pressuretreated pine and cedar will affect the

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durability and appearance of your fence, as well as your pocketbook. Although pressure treated pine is less expensive than cedar, the posts will not last as long as cedar. Pressure-treated pine is also more susceptible to warping and to the earlier weathered appearance. A cedar fence, when properly installed and maintained, can last up to 30 years, where pressure-treated pine is expected to last half that long. You can also choose a stain color by finding examples in your neighborhood and sharing them with your fencing contractor. Color choices can range from a super clear poly coat to an espresso or ebony, depending on the tone you want to achieve. Choosing to paint your fence is another option if you desire a different look than the traditional stained fence. L I V I NGMAG A Z IN E . N E T

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HOMESTEAD However, paint requires regular maintenance to keep its appearance fresh and clean. Of course, wood is certainly not your only choice. Iron fencing adds a level of luxury and beauty to your property, while also allowing for the often-desired visual openness. Iron fencing can be offset with hedges and flowering bushes to provide some privacy. Another option may be to have a mixture of both plank fencing with iron accents or gates. This can keep your budget under control while also adding a customized level of detail to really make your new fence pop. If you are looking for a clean appearance with extreme durability and low maintenance, a vinyl fence may be right for you. Less expensive than wooden fencing, vinyl panels are an easy solution to the question of which privacy fence to choose. However, the look isn’t for everyone, so be sure you see an installed fence first before making your final decision. SECOND: CHOOSE A CONTRACTOR, OR DO-IT-YOURSELF?

Before making the decision of choosing a contractor or going it alone, get an idea of the cost and work load that each choice would entail. Begin by getting at least three quotes from fence contractors. Make sure you and the fence contractor

have shared goals for completion and budget. Beginning now is key, because late-winter and early spring is the peak season for fencing in Texas. Ask each fencing sales representative to price out optional items like custom gates and detailed additions. When you decide on a contractor, make sure that your contract itemizes the materials, stain or paint colors, and finished out details so that you know exactly what is included in the quote. In addition, ask for a completion schedule so that you will know what to expect regarding when the team will both start and complete your fence. In addition, don’t forget to ask about maintenance contracts.

Some fence companies can also provide annual maintenance to ensure that your posts and boards hold up to the weather. Iron fencing and gates can benefit from annual maintenance, too, when repairs or painting are needed. If you plan to replace your fence yourself, be sure you are prepared. It’s a big job to do right, especially if you’re doing it alone. First, you must learn how to set your posts in concrete to guarantee stability, and you must set your boards level. Taking this job over from the experts may save you a little money, but may not be worth the back-breaking labor and precision that it requires, especially when your materials are at stake.

Four Fence Firsts 1. Check your local zoning laws and your property line before going it alone.

2. Consult your homeowners association before making a drastic change to make sure it’s within neighborhood specifications. 3. Talk to your neighbors. If you share a fence line, will they pay for half of the replacement costs? 4. Call before you dig! In Texas, Call811.com can give you the information you need before digging and accidentally hitting a water, sewer, or gas line.

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Punch Up Your Pool BY MIMI GREENWOOD KNIGHT

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LIGHTS ON

Although this is more about the experience than the aesthetics, saltwater pools are gentler on swimmers’ eyes and skin than traditional chlorinated pools, and they’re also easier to maintain. If you and your family are looking for ways to go green, a fresh, healthy, saltwater pool might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Lighting the pool from within can create an exciting look and an added source of light in outdoor living spaces. Have fun with remote control lighting that can switch from clear, white light to alternating colors or even the colors of your favorite sports team.

HEAT THINGS UP

In addition to an outdoor pool, an indoor, heated lap pool can be the epitome of elegance. Consider walls of windows with exposed, natural wood beams overhead or even a skylight for a little stargazing, so you get the best of indoor and outdoor living.

Extend your outdoor living well into the winter months with a poolside fireplace or fire pit and a heated pool. Taking a dip in mid-December then drying off by a roaring fire is every bit as exhilarating as swimming in the summer months.

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Why own a pool?

If you’re iffy about the whole question of owning a pool at all, here are some unmistakable benefits to pool ownership that you may not have considered: • Added value to your home • Bringing family together • The perfect party setting • Health and fitness benefits too many to count • Fun for any age • Definite stress relief • Strengthened family ties • Kids at home where you can keep an eye on them • Great cure for sleeplessness • Mental health benefits

The National Association of Realtors advocates installing a pool to increase the resale value of your home. “In-ground fiberglass and concrete pools can increase the value of your home an average of 5 percent, so that on a $500,000 home, for example, a pool could add $25,000 worth of value,” they state.

817-500-5730 To own a pool is to have your own personal stay-cation just outside your back door; a spot for relaxation, exercise, sunlight, and family fun. Whether you’re gathering ideas for a future pool or considering a new look for the pool you have, here are some ideas to make your family’s backyard paradise pop. A great way to set your pool apart and create a seamless, modern look is an infinity pool. In an infinity pool, one or more of the pool’s walls stop just at the water level instead of below, allowing water to flow off the edge, making the pool appear endless.

chemical-free, employing aquatic plants for filtration. Skimmers and pumps can also circulate water through a regeneration zone made of stones and back into the swimming area. But the main difference with a natural pool is the appearance of being a natural part of the landscape.

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Financing Your Renovation 6 great ways to make plans into reality BY MIMI GREENWOOD KNIGHT

You can close your eyes and see it. That gleaming new kitchen. That spacious new bathroom! But if you’ve been fanaticizing about home improvements, sticker shock might yank you back down to earth. The average kitchen upgrade costs nearly $20,000. The average bathroom comes in at $9,000. The right renovation can add value and comfort to your home—the trick is deciding on the best way to finance it. 1. REFINANCE YOUR MORTGAGE

Refinancing is a good option if you financed your home when interest rates were higher than they are now. A mortgage refinance could lower your monthly payments and free up cash for your dream renovation. Or consider a “cash-out,” which generally allows you to borrow enough to pay off your current mortgage and take out up to 80 percent of your home’s value in cash. And interest should be tax-deductible. 2. A HOME EQUITY LINE OF CREDIT

Another way to borrow against the value of your home, a HELOC doesn’t pay off the original mortgage but gives you a line of credit—usually up to 80 percent of your home’s value, minus the amount of your home loan. Interest should be tax-deductible up to $100,000. 3. A SECOND HOME LOAN

If you don’t want to refinance your first mortgage, a second home loan (sometimes called a “home equity loan”) gives you a lump sum, and makes sense if it has a very low interest rate. Unfortunately, the interest rate is usually higher with a second mortgage than with a refinance. But interest payments are tax deductible.

You may be able to depreciate home improvement costs on your taxes if you: 1. Use a portion of your home as an office for a home business 2. Rent out a portion of your home 3. Make certain energy-saving home improvements 4. Remodel to accommodate a disability (ramps, grab bars, widen doorways)

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Most of us need a good plumber more often than we think. Uncontrolled water loss or release can cause extreme structural damage to a house faster than almost anything but fire. But plumbers aren’t only useful in case of emergency. Maybe your shower won’t drain or you need to install a new garbage disposal. Perhaps you want to upgrade a few things, like getting that new touchless kitchen faucet you’ve been eyeing for a while. How about replacing your powder room toilet that gets clogged all the time with a pressure-assisted flushing model? Do you need to run a water line to your new refrigerator to power your icemaker? Regardless of your requirement, hiring the right plumber will give you peace of mind that the job will be done correctly and without further concerns. As a homeowner, you want a plumber with whom you can build a trusting relationship and feel comfortable having in your home. It’s wise to choose someone local with a

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good reputation who has longevity in the business. A plumbing company who knows your property and its unique plumbing situation will likely be able to provide more efficient and timely service, especially if your house is older or has some unique design characteristics. And if you require a large plumbing job at some point, they will have the insight to better educate you and help you make important decisions. Professional plumbers will likely be licensed by the Texas Board of Plumbing Examiners, which indicates the plumber has completed the necessary training to install plumbing that’s reliable and up to code. A trustworthy plumber will welcome the opportunity to show you licenses, surety bond, and liability insurance credentials. And if an apprentice will be involved in your project, they will make sure he or she will do the work under the supervision of a journeyman.

Ascertaining the cost of plumbing services is usually more complicated than determining if your plumber is licensed, since labor quirks, part costs, and the particulars of jobs can vary. Luckily, a reputable plumber will make their pricing clear to you, encourage you to ask questions, and resolve your concerns patiently in layman’s terms. When getting an estimate, ask specifically what will be provided for the price quoted. Be aware that some plumbers charge according to time and material while others use a flat rate. You may also be expected to pay extra truck, trip, and parking costs, when applicable. When checking referrals, ask what the plumber is like to work with. An excellent plumber not only knows what he or she is doing, but has a good attitude, is communicative, and doesn’t make excuses. Other signs of a true professional include being polite and courteous, punctual, and tidying up the work area when finished. A good plumber will also explain situations as they arise on the job, and they almost inevitably do when it comes to plumbing. For example, if a toilet is leaking and the valve needs to be replaced versus repaired, he or she will explain why replacement is preferable, then seek your permission to move forward before doing the work. When you hire a plumber, you are saying, “I trust you.” Most plumbers are hard-working people trying to do their best, so in return, treat your plumber as you would want to be treated. Good relationships are built on mutual respect. Having the right plumber in your corner will save you time (and money) by helping you avoid future water-related headaches.

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15 YEARS According to a study by the National Association of Home Builders, the average kitchen faucet can last up to 15 years, depending on the amount of use it receives. Gaskets and moving parts will wear over time, leading to less than optimal operation.

HVAC SYSTEMS 15-20 YEARS

Though it depends heavily on how often they’re used and the intensity of the weather the units have had to work through, properly installed heating and cooling systems can last between 15 and 20 years. Keep your filters changed, ducts cleaned, and intakes clear.

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15-20 YEARS The commonly used asphalt shingle roof is expected to last around 20 years, according to the NAHB. Roofs made with fiber cement, wood shakes, or slate, copper, or clay can last 25, 30, and more than 50 years, respectively. Extreme weather like hailstorms can obviously shorten the lifespan greatly.

10+ years WASHERS AND DRYERS 10-12 YEARS

Most appliance manufacturers design their machines to last at least 10 years with routine use of cleaning cycles and solutions. Try running full (not stuffed) loads to keep the machines balanced, replace old or rusted water inlet hoses, and make sure to keep the lint trap and vent clean. Newer models are also more water and energy efficient.

REFRIGERATORS 12-14 YEARS

Keep the condenser coils clean and free from dirt, dust, and pet dander, as it can block airflow to the fridge. Also, try to keep it full—the cold food acts as a natural cooling source so the refrigerator doesn’t need to work as hard. New models are vastly more energy efficient than older ones, so consider an upgrade if it’s been a while.

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The National Fire Protection Association recommends replacing smoke alarms every 10 years, regardless of whether they’re hard wired or battery operated, as the sensors inside can become less sensitive over time. Carbon monoxide alarms or combination units should be replaced every 5 to 7 years.

Composed of a variety of moving parts, gaskets, switches, and frequently exposed to food waste and water, you can extend the life of your dishwasher by keeping the drain and disposal clean, loading it properly, and using it regularly (once a day on average).

The quality and materials of your carpet and carpet pad can dramatically affect its lifespan, as will how often it’s stepped on, what room it’s in, whether you have pets or not, and if you wear shoes inside. If it’s matted, stained, ragged, outdated, or smells funky even after a cleaning, it’s probably time to swap it out.

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HOMESTEAD to fit your home, and will definitely add value—not to mention visual appeal. You can also have wooden spindles repainted. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even get a little wild with an ombre effect!

Right Under Your Feet Your stairway has major design potential BY JESSICA TOMES

WAS 2016 THE YEAR OF THE STAIRS?

Some designers say that focusing on stairs was a definite trend in 2016— and one that probably won’t go away any time soon. “Stairs take you up or down, from one floor to another. But when stairs are transformed into a design focal point, beyond merely a mode of transportation, then you lift your renovation to the next level,” says Gillian Lazanik, a Houzz contributor. REAL-LIFE REFRESH

When Cheyenne and her husband purchased their beautiful Kingwood area home, a stairway renovation wasn’t even on her radar. Not until the couple took a few “pretty bad tumbles” down them—while wearing socks— which made the stairs “extra slippery,” according to Cheyenne. She says she knew that with toddlers eventually traversing up and down, over and over, the tumbling would have to stop! So she decided to add a runner. Something of a self-proclaimed “design lover,” Cheyenne had seen several of her favorite bloggers add runners to their own stairways, so she

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knew it was a possibility. But she had never really considered it, until her family started falling. She picked the materials and got to work. She says she’s very pleased with the transformation, which added some design flair and nice impact to the plain wooden staircase. And the biggest surprise was just how simple the project was to accomplish. Cheyenne says she would definitely do a project like this again. “It adds amazing impact to your home!” TAKING YOUR FIRST STEPS

Thinking about tackling your own stairway renovation? Here are a few questions to ask yourself: what are you hoping to achieve? What is your budget? Can you accomplish this project yourself, or should you hire some professional help? Before you start ripping out old shag carpeting, you need to have a plan. Hate your old, outdated stair railing? Want something more modern? A decorative, iron staircase (assuming this matches the overall look of your home), can be custom made

Tired of wiping out on the stairs? Adding a decorative runner (much like Cheyenne and her husband did) is always a good idea. White and espresso tones are lovely together—think dark wood on the landing, with white in between. Just a few steps? Don’t be afraid to play with pattern or color. Check out resources like Pinterest and Houzz for more ideas. Consider consulting with a designer if you’re having trouble coming up with a plan everyone can agree upon—they have a good ability to conceptualize the space and are well in touch with current design trends and function. Whatever you decide to do, don’t be afraid to “color outside the lines.” “Mismatching (materials) can be daring, and often makes people nervous at the start of a project,” says Lazanik. “But when executed correctly, it adds immediate interest to any space. This is a trend that keeps the boring out, and brings heaps of character in.” BIGGER STEPS

For some people, merely enhancing the current staircase might not be enough. If you really want to dig in, consider what you can accomplish with a general contractor or remodeler. If you have older plywood stairs or don’t like the layout altogether, now might be the time to build the solid, grand staircase you’re envisioning. Fresh looks with materials like stone, metal, and glass can give your house a modern and interesting look, or you can go traditional with high quality wood and added perks like under-staircase storage or custom railings and spindles.

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Many of us make fitness-related New Year’s resolutions every year—to lose weight, to get back in shape, to get back the six-pack abs we took for granted in our twenties. So here we are. It’s January, we’ve depleted our Starbucks cards on pumpkin spice lattes and under-thecounter sweets, and those ripped abs seem as out of reach as an Olympic gold medal. Well, take courage. It’s never too late to make a change of lifestyle. And for those who are already fit, it’s time to take it to the next level. It all comes down to the hard truth that in order to maintain a healthy weight and reasonable fitness level, adopting a sound diet and exercise habits is essential. By “diet” in this sense, I’m not referring to a weight loss program. I’m talking about adopting the simple, daily habit of eating real food that originates from a farm. There are countless viewpoints and conflicting philosophies when it comes to diet,

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but in addition to the good food we’re eating, we have to make the daily exercise we need as convenient as possible—by assembling a dedicated place to work out at home. HOME BODY

Strength training and cardiovascular activities such as biking, swimming, running, or anything that gets our heart rate up, our blood flowing, and our lungs pumping contributes to physical fitness. The key is consistency, and creating a home gym is a great way to make being consistent with our exercise easier to do. Although a home gym is no substitute for the community or structure of a full gym, a gym of our own is a good way to keep things going over the holidays or when time

is in such short supply that we can’t make it to the fitness club. A home gym can be whatever works for us. Each of us has distinct needs and limitations for physical fitness, and the great thing about a customized home gym is that it can be exactly what we need, without things we don’t want. A home gym can be simple and inexpensive, or state-ofthe-art perfection. An indoor solution is probably what most of us probably have in mind when considering a home gym. It’s simple to drop a weight bench or a treadmill into a spare bedroom and call it done, but with a bit of thought and planning, an indoor home gym can become a place we love to visit each day. Converting a room into a good workout space calls for a few simple updates. We’re going to sweat in there, so let’s start with the floor. A carpeted room is going to absorb and smell like a middle-school locker room before L I V I NGMAG A Z IN E . N E T

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long, so some sort of hard floor is the way to go. A hard floor is easy to keep clean, and doesn’t harbor mold, mildew, or other allergens. A few simple conversions can transform a spare bedroom into the perfect space for a home gym. For weightlifters, consider some rubber mats under the equipment to absorb the shock of dropping weights. Protecting drywall around the floor of the room with a plywood or diamond plate guard can save you from having to repair the walls later. Purchase a dorm fridge for your home gym, and keep it stocked with water bottles. If you have a high enough ceiling, install either a free-standing pullup bar, or mount one to the wall or rafters. Another useful modification is to add mirrors. Whether to observe your form as you exercise or to compliment yourself on how good you look, mirrors can help motivate you to get more from your workout. GEAR UP

The variety of indoor fitness equipment to choose from is endless, including dozens of different possible configurations of equipment for a small, indoor gym. Depending on your needs and what you know you want, you should take some time and assemble the pieces that you feel like are best for you. You might also consider some all-in-one options to save space and

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money—there are numerous home fitness systems that pack plenty of gear into one convenient setup. Some fitness experts think that a rowing machine, or ergometer, is the best way to work the most muscle groups using one machine. A rowing machine allows both strength training and cardio-vascular exercise, and can fit nicely into a relatively compact space such as a small bedroom. According to LiveStrong.com, you can spend anywhere from $200 to $1,000 on a rowing machine, depending on the quality of materials and whether the machine includes a computer. GET OUT

While an indoor gym can be used in all kinds of weather, many of us also like to exercise outdoors. The pullup is a great outdoor exercise that yields noticeable improvement in a relatively short time. With your own backyard pull-up bar, you can make this exercise a daily habit. Setting a personal requirement for a set of pullups before breakfast each morning could be the first morale-boosting act of the each day. Besides, breakfast tastes better after pull-ups. Other simple outdoor equipment ideas include dip bars and an adjustable, inclined sit-up bench. For those who like big projects, consider a workout deck or patio. Keep kettle bells on the deck with your bench

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and dip bars. An outdoor deck is a great place to use a jump rope, and a picnic table works great for box jumps. If you can get your hands on a large tractor tire and have a constitution that tolerates extremely hard work, try making a tire sled. Fasten a harness to the tire and drag it as fast as you can for 15 yards or so. Rest, and repeat. As an alternative to the sled, simply flip the huge tire up and down your driveway until you’ve had enough. If you have back trouble, you’ll probably be better off with a less demanding exercise—do what works best for you.

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With a bit of planning and your fitness goals in mind, a home gym could make the difference between getting a daily workout and giving in to the comfort and distractions of home. When the gym or club isn’t practical, it’s helpful to have an option just down the hall or in the back yard. Whether you purchase a top-of-theline piece of indoor equipment or choose to construct your own outdoor workout gear, you’ll be setting the conditions for achieving your fitness goals and removing the excuses that may have kept you from exercising in the past. Now get motivated, and find a place for your own version of the perfect home gym. L I V I NGMAG A Z IN E . N E T

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If you’re on the fence about trying natural beauty and personal care products, take a close look at the ingredient list on the brands you currently use. Many contain known harmful chemicals or irritants, such as parabens and sodium laureth sulfate (SLS). Unlike natural products you may have tried years ago, today’s advanced formulas—the new naturals—can work just well and often better than products containing synthetic ingredients. Here are a few we recently tried that deliver great results without all those manmade chemicals. OZNATURALS SWEET ALMOND AND MACADAMIA NUT BODY BUTTER As you slather on lotion to keep your skin soft and supple, remember that what you put onto your body, you also put into your body. The ingredients in this rich body butter include sweet almond, macadamia, avocado oil, kukui nut oil, and shea butter. Beyond providing moisture, it improves the overall health and look of your skin, creating a healthy-looking glow.

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Always in Bloom Three of the Most Unique, Must-See U.S. Botanical Gardens BY ANNETTE BROOKS

Tucked away from the everyday world, botanical gardens offer a colorful blend of art and nature, and a peaceful break from a busy vacation. With a vast assortment located across the country, it’s easy to include a botanical garden in your travel plans. We’ve selected three of our favorites to share—each with a distinct design—that you won’t want to miss when you’re in the area. DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN Phoenix, Arizona

Considered one of the best collections of arid-land plants on the planet, this botanical garden has around 50,000 florae from desert climates around the world. Surprisingly diverse, the garden consists of five themed trails—including one that highlights wildflowers—which help you explore the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Visitors enjoy permanent trailside exhibits, ever-changing temporary art exhibitions, and fun, informative seasonal experiences. Be sure to check out The Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail, which provides a fascinating look at how humans have adapted to a desert environment. The garden aims to transform the guest experience into one of discovery and meaning about the desert ecosystem and its plants, as well as its fauna. Watch closely and you will likely spy jackrabbits, quail, roadrunners, hummingbirds, and even great horned owls. Tip: The expanded, new butterfly exhibit—set to open in April—will incorporate a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber to let you view all stages of a butterfly’s life.

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Visit the City of Roses for the food, the hip vibe, the beautiful scenery, and to experience one of the largest, most notable Japanese gardens in the country. Discover why former Japanese Ambassador to the United States, Nobuo Matsunaga, believes it’s the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan. Meticulously maintained, Portland Japanese Garden is a slice of sheer tranquility perched on a hillside within Washington Park. Areas include a strolling pond, a tea area, and sand and stone gardens, where every plant, pebble, and tuft of brilliant green moss is perfectly placed and cultivated to create a landscape that exudes sophisticated simplicity and serenity. Stroll at your own pace to fully absorb the sights and sounds—such as the peaceful, rhythmic tapping of a bamboo fountain. Meander through “zen” gardens with carefully composed rock arrangements, pruned trees, and pebbles or sand raked to represent ripples in water. And make sure to stop at the tea garden, replete with stepping stones and lanterns that lead you through a rustic garden to the teahouse. Take a book and stop to read for a bit at one of the garden’s many benches, or jot down a few thoughts in a journal. Tip: A major expansion will be unveiled in April of this year. In addition to the five existing gardens, several new spaces designed by landscape architect Sadafumi Uchiyama will open, featuring rampart stone walls, reflecting pools, and cascading waterfalls. Furthermore, gorgeous buildings designed by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma—designer of Dallas’ new twisted Rolex tower—will serve as part of a Cultural Village.

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More Botanical Oases Some of our country’s most beloved gardens are found in major cities. St. Louis’ Missouri Botanic Gardens has one of the nation’s largest and finest orchid collections with around 7,000 orchid plants, and a geodesic dome (the Climatron) where you can experience climates from Hawaii, Arizona, and the coast of Italy all in a Midwestern afternoon. The New York Botanical Garden contains more than one million living plants and includes activity-filled Everett Children’s Adventure Garden and a classic Victorian-style glass conservatory. The San Francisco Botanical Garden—a living museum within Golden Gate Park—showcases over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world and an extensive Magnolia collection.

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As if Maine isn’t picturesque enough with its quaint harbors and wind-tossed dunes, this 270-acre garden includes whimsical features that let your imagination soar, and nearly a mile of tidal shore frontage with a boat dock and tours. The densest gardens are situated near the visitor’s center. Imaginative statuary and sculptures designed by regional artists complement the landscape and pique curiosity. Take a moment at the interactive Lerner Garden of the Five Senses with areas dedicated to smell, sight, taste, touch, and sound, and spend some time with your children in the fanciful Fairy House Village.

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Continue along winding pathways through rustic woodlands, and follow the trails down to the water where you can take a tour on The Beagle, the garden’s electric boat. Observe lobstermen hauling their catch, hand-cranked bridges to small islands, osprey and their young in nests, and more.

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THE PIGGY BANK We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. —2 CORINTHIANS 4:8-9

My husband is the ultimate “Mr. Fix-It.” In fact, when something breaks, the kids and I have a saying: “That’s okay! Daddy can fix ANYTHING!” Once though, we really put his expertise to the test. When my daughter was born a dear friend of mine gave her a beautiful porcelain piggy bank. It decoratively adorned a shelf in her bedroom, sitting in quiet but empty anticipation until Caitlyn turned three. Then Mike and I started giving her spare change anytime she did a small chore.

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She loved the merry sound of quarters, dimes, and nickels clinking on the bottom of the bank as she dropped them in. That little piggy bank was quickly elevated to a prized and cherished possession, and to my delight, Caitlyn started looking for chores. The emptying ritual is done on the kitchen table, and afterward the piggy bank is to be immediately returned to its spot on the shelf. Except one time, it wasn’t. On that fateful day Caitlyn left it on the stairs. About two warnings and an hour later she accidently kicked

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it all the way to the bottom where it shattered on the hardwood floors. Her shriek broke my heart. She sobbed uncontrollably in my arms for about 10 minutes. Sweet little Nick kept trying to tell her it was ok, but she knew otherwise. “It’s in too many pieces, Mommy! Daddy can’t fix it!” I didn’t vocalize it, but I inwardly agreed.

I think the experience resonated with me so deeply because I identify with that poor little piggy bank. I too, have sat amidst the broken pieces of my life, wondering how it could ever come together; too blinded by sorrow and pain to see that there was anything left to salvage. And just like Mike with Caitlyn, Jesus wiped away my tears, gave me hope, and carefully put me back together.

When Daddy got home the tears came back, and Mike did the sweetest, most tender thing he could’ve done. He held her, told her he loved her, and wiped away her tears. Then he looked through the broken pieces and gave her cautious hope.

Good as new – save the scars.

Later that night I came downstairs to see my husband deliberately, painstakingly putting that shattered piggy bank back together. Bit by bit and piece by piece, holding it carefully in his hands to make sure the glue adhered before adding another fragment. He worked slowly but intently, never taking his eyes off it until it was completed.

I find strength in my scars. And although I’m sure my daughter wishes she’d never broken that piggy bank, I see it as a beautiful illustration of God’s love at work in our lives.

Good as new, save the cracks.

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My daughter has outgrown the piggy bank, but not me. I treasure that little porcelain pig. Not in spite of the cracks; because of them.

Is your life in pieces? Take heart, sweet friend. Your Heavenly Father can fix anything. Psalm 107:20 – He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.

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WHEN INTEGRITY COUNTS...

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Dear United Dermatology patients, This February 2017 marks our practice's ten year anniversary. This has been an incredible journey for me, and I am so honored to serve our exceptional community. Having practiced in Mansfield for a decade now, I have witnessed many of you go through significant life milestones, and similarly, you all have seen me through my own life achievements. I have forged bonds with my patients and staff that feel more like family than work. In honor of our ten year anniversary, as a tribute to all of you, our loyal patients, I would like to make February 2017, Patient Appreciation Month. We will be posting surprise giveaways and specials throughout the month on Facebook and through eblasts. All of us at United Dermatology would like to sincerely thank you for allowing us to be a part of your care. We promise to work hard for you, always striving for excellence in all that we do, so that we can continue to serve you for many more years to come. Respectfully yours with heartfelt love and gratitude, Jeannine Hoang, MD

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Petpalooza! February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, and with love in the air, there’s no better time than now to remember to appreciate and care for your furry family member. Sometimes they’re so much like a part of the family that we forget our pets have special needs to look out for—but a healthy pet is a happy one, and will be for years to come.

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I-20 Animal Medical Center February is National Pet Dental Health Month. We encourage you to discover the difference specialty training makes. Specialty training in veterinary dentistry has evolved so that now our pets (furbabies) have access to dental care comparable to human dental standards. Dr. Bonnie Bloom is here for all your pet’s dental needs from routine teeth cleaning to advanced dental care including crowns, root canals, braces and oral surgery.

Why Dr. Bloom?

• Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine–4 year program • 3 year Dental Residency • Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry • Adjunct Professor at Baylor Dental College in Dallas • Performs Dentistry at both Dallas and Fort Worth Zoos • Author/Lecturer • Practice limited to veterinary dentistry

Over 75% of all dogs and cats over the age of three have some form of gum disease HEADING OUT ON A TRIP OR SPRING BREAK?

My pet looks fine. Do I really need to take them to the vet? According to Dr. Barry Kipperman, contributing to PETA.org, there are two main ways that visits to the vet can help keep your animal buddy safe—treatment and prevention. Immediate treatment situations might involve suddenly decreased appetite, a more lethargic or depressed mood than normal, and of course vomiting or diarrhea. Prevention is more than just vaccines, and modern vets tailor their care to each individual pet. For example, pets that live solely indoors and don’t have much exposure to other pets might need to be vaccinated less frequently than

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animals who mainly stay outside or travel and board frequently. Merely taking your pet to the vet when he or she looks sick isn’t a great way to make sure they’re getting good care. As Dr. Kipperman states, pets do their best to try to hide health problems from us, and regular trips will help identify issues you might not readily recognize, like the slow effects of bodyweight fluctuations, arthritis, or dental disease. As a rule of thumb, dogs and cats under 10 years old should see a vet at least annually, while you might want to go every six months if your furry friend is over 10.

We’ve all been there—you’re heading away for a little sojourn from the daily grind and you’re not sure what to do with your pets. If you’re not able to take them with you, you might consider looking at modern pet boarding services, which are often more like pet resorts. For dogs, that means regular attention, scheduled meal times, blocked out play times, and usually some level of grooming and other care. Cats tend to prefer a little more privacy, which means they’ll usually have their own space with things like places to hide, hammocks or cubbies to sleep in, some soft blankets, and in some cases even rooms with a view (like a busy aquarium or a window near bird feeders). It’s never a good idea to leave your pet at home alone for too long, so make sure they’re well cared for and you’ll both be able to relax.

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hustle and bustle, according to leading pet expert Aly DelaCoeur of WhyDoesMyDog.com. Get ready for begging. The good smells of home cooked food often fill the house, and can be all but irresistible for your pet. Provide a distraction while you’re eating. A dog treat stuffed with peanut butter could be the perfect thing to keep them distracted until dinner is done. Not all scraps are good scraps. It’s important to know which foods can prove toxic to your pets. For example, foods like chocolate, raisins, onions, and others can cause a lot of harm to your pup’s health. Watch out for guest overload. When entertaining, guests rushing in and out can either entice your pet to sneak out with them, or cause them stress as people come and go. If things get to be too much, send dogs to their beds or keep cats confined to their own area away from the commotion.

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When you’re setting about springtime entertaining, you’ll want to keep a few pet safety tips in mind. Here are some of the best ways to keep them safe even during

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Give a little extra love. Remember that your furry friend can sense when you are stressed out yourself, and might begin to act up or get scared if you’re behaving differently. Pay a little more attention to them and break out a special treat to keep them calm when you’re entertaining.

Love Your Pet Day! Monday, February 20, is observed by pet lovers everywhere as Love Your Pet Day, an unofficial holiday that asks us all to give a little extra pampering to our pets, whether they’re pedigree puppers, scaled swimmers, or frisky felines. Remember to pay them a little bit of bonus attention, bring home a special treat, and appreciate all the unconditional love they share with you every day.

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Key Inspiration Checkpoints

BY THE AUTHORS OF INSPIRED RIGHT 

“Inspiration” sure is an uncommon word these days, isn’t it? Maybe it’s time to bring it to the forefront of our conversations and our thinking once again. Inspiration is what enlivens us to pursue joy, fulfillment, contentment, peace of mind.  Inspiration is right for us.  Burdens and misery as lifestyles are wrong.  When inspired by what is right for us individually we become selfish about moving away from Wrong and staying out of Worse.  Look to a few key inspiration checkpoint examples that can help tell us where we are. PERSONALLY “Am I in relationships that are right for me?” “Am I pursuing what is better for others or what is best for me?” “Am I committed to the health and financial conditions that are best for me?”

SOCIALLY “Is Better my priority destination, or is picking a side for the sake of picking a side more important?” “Do I hide behind social media and texting while imitating honor in person?”

PROFESSIONALLY “Am I doing my life’s work, something which fulfills me or brings me joy?” “Do I use the tactics of Wrong because pursuing Better seems too risky?” “Is my sense of Right at work the same as my sense of Right at home?” INSPIRED RIGHT. SIMPLY BETTER FOR EVERYONE. is a new book that helps us revisit the conversation of inspiration in all that we do. Inspired Right is now available at InspiredRight.com. Authored by a diverse group of Texans simply wanting Better.

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