Living Magazine April 2021

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APRIL 2021

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CAMP THURMAN NOW MORE THAN EVER 52 Years of Drawing Closer to God

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contents | LIVING MAGAZINE inside this issue

APRIL 2021 | f r e s h

on the cover 20 I CAMP THURMAN PROFILED 24 I SUNSHINE YOGA SHACK

features

32 PASSION FOR PETALS

Our long lasting love for florals in fashion

38 BIG TALEN T IN SM ALL TOWN S

The Texas Connection

52 BEYON D T HE B OUQUE T

Mother’s Day gift guide

54 S QUEEZE T HE DAY

Lemon DIYs that are simply the zest

56 BED CHEC K

Things to consider when buying a mattress

58 TUIT ION TACT IC S

Planning for the high cost of higher education

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PUBLISHER LETTER

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40 WELLNESS ’TIS THE SEASON FOR SNEEZING

SOCIAL CALENDAR

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BEST BETS

42 AESTHETICS BIKINI BODY BASICS NOT SO FRESH BREATH

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FRUIT OF THE VINE

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48 HOMESTEAD QUICK FIX

TALK OF THE TOWN

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LIVING PET CLUB

60 ADVENTURE

LIVING LIKES

64 CUISINE

A TEXAS-SIZED CELEBRATION

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letter from the publisher

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publishing PUBLISHER Misty Daniels

When I was a kid, Easter was about colored eggs and bunnies. I knew the story of Jesus, of course. But now as an adult, I realize the importance of that story—in my life and in the history of the world. Jesus willingly left the perfection of heaven to come to a fallen Earth. He lived a perfect life as an example to you and me. He died a martyr’s death on “the old, rugged cross” to erase the penalty of sin for anyone who chooses to follow Him. As the song goes, “When He was on the cross, I was on his mind”. You were, too. The perfect, sinless Lamb endured inhuman torture and a humiliating death, to pave the way for us. But thank God the story doesn’t end in the garden tomb on Good Friday. On Resurrection Sunday, the tomb burst open, the angels sang in heaven, our Savior stepped forth, and the world has never been the same. That’s the Easter story. Jesus may have been the first to rise, but He won’t be the last. Because He lives, we’ll all live again—with perfect bodies no longer bearing the burdens of mortality. “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future. Life is worth the living just because He lives.” Glorious Resurrection Sunday from the Daniels family to yours!

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letters from

O U R M AYO R S mayor

MICHAEL EVANS

April will begin with the fresh fragrances of spring, the hope of Easter and the celebration of National Library Week and National Library Workers Day. Our community libraries and the dedicated people who work, serve and volunteer in them are the unsung heroes of our civilized society. The library is where people of all ages can travel to distant lands, meet people from various cultures and escape from reality. Those few valuable hours spent in the library often help patrons settle their troubled minds. The library provides opportunities to escape the pressures of life without leaving the city, state or country. Mansfield’s Director of Library and Historical Services Yolanda Botello, MLS, reminded our City

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Council recently that the work of the library stretches miles beyond the doors of our facility. She painted a picture for each of us and helped us to know that our libraries serve as the “building blocks” of our community. The library’s volumes of books and its engaging community activities will expand the minds of all who partake in that treasure trove of knowledge. Mansfield salutes and offers its most sincere thanks to the “Keepers of Knowledge,” our library workers and volunteers. Let’s continue to support our local libraries by securing the resources they need to help them thrive well into the future.

RON JENSEN

WalletHub.com recently ranked Grand Prairie as the #3 Best City for Jobs in Texas and #4 Happiest City in Texas, in addition to self-made.io’s ranking of Grand Prairei as the #1 Best Place to Retire in Texas. A recent venture now under construction is a great example of why our city keeps hauling in accolades like these. Chicken N Pickle (CNP) restaurant, the nation’s leading indoor-outdoor pickleball, dining and entertainment venue, will open later this year in our EpicCentral development. Chicken N Pickle is the wildly popular entertainment complex featuring indoor/outdoor pickleball courts, with a farm fresh chef-driven restaurant and sports bar. A large rooftop bar, stages for live performances and all of the signature CNP lawn games round out the property. When completed, Chicken N Pickle - Grand Prairie will

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JEFF WILLIAMS

Spring has sprung in The American Dream City. I hope you’ve been out enjoying it. There’s no end to fun outdoor activities right now to enjoy with family, friends, and neighbors. To kick off spring, the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation put together a series of free, outdoor wellness classes designed for every fitness level. Produced in cooperation with the Levitt Pavilion, the classes take place on Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 and feature top Arlington fitness experts from Arlington Yoga Center, Camp Tuf, and the University of Texas at Arlington Department of Athletics. Visit ArlingtonTX.gov to find out more. With the lifting of group gathering orders, the neighborhood block party trailer is back and available to be reserved for FREE for upcoming

GRA ND PRAI RI E begin hosting pickleball clinics for beginners or advanced players and pickleball tournaments. In this joint venture between CNP and the City of Grand Prairie, the city will own the land, develop parking needs and lease to Chicken N Pickle. Chicken N Pickle will operate the facility. Already located in EpicCentral are the award-winning Summit Active Adult Center, Epic Arts, Fitness and Entertainment Center, Epic Waters Indoor Water Park, PlayGrand Adventures all-accessible playground, Central Bark Dog Park, Prairie Paws Animal Shelter and the city’s Public Safety Building. Live Life Grand,

A RLINGTON neighborhood event. Filled with picnic tables, folding tables, chairs, water coolers, ice chests, trash and recycling cans, games, street barricades, cones and more, the trailer is free to registered neighborhood groups with the goal of advancing community engagement throughout Arlington by providing a fun way for neighbors to get together in casual group settings. Eligible neighborhood groups must submit an application to reserve the trailer at least seven days before their scheduled event. If approved, the trailer will be dropped off the Friday before the party and picked up the Monday after. Visit ArlingtonTX.gov to find out more. We’re getting closer on the pandemic but remember to wear a mask, social distance, and get vaccinated so you can help others.


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TENTS AND TALES CAMPOUT A r l i n g t o n P a r ks a n d R e c re a t i o n

Join us for a night under the stars as we camp out at River Legacy Park. Make sure to pack your tents and sleeping bags as we set out for wilderness right here in the city! The night will include dinner, a movie under the stars, sleeping bag story time and a good old fashion camping sing along. The movie feature we will be watching is “Onward” rated PG. Friday 4pm-Saturday 8am. $12. River Legacy ParkElm Grove Pavilion, 701 NW Green Oaks Blvd. To enroll visit our website. N AT U R A L LY F U N . O R G

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MEDITATIVE YOGA

A r l i n g t o n Yo g a C e n t e r

Strengthen your mind and body through this yoga class featuring moderate exercise with meditation and breath control. Free! Visit our website for registration. D O W N TOW N A R L I N GTO N . O R G / H E A LT H - A N D WELLNESS

SUNDAY BRUNCH

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Ve n t a n a G r i l l e - A r l i n g t o n

Come and enjoy Sunday Brunch with us and choose from our savory menu entrees. Make this a great dining option for your family. 10am-4pm. Ventana Grill at the Tierra Verde Golf Club clubhouse, 7005 Golf Club Dr.

Experience a total body workout while learning functional movement patterns and exercise variations designed for a broad spectrum of physical ability. Free! For more information and to register visit our website. D O W N TO W N A R L I N GTO N . O R G / H E A LT H - A N D W E L L N ES S

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SENIOR PARKING LOT BINGO A r l i n g t o n P a r ks a n d R e c re a t i o n

Join us every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month for a safe yet fun senior bingo experience. Bingo will start promptly at 11am. Ages 60 years+. $1. Visit our website. N AT U R A L LY F U N . O R G APRIL 10 AND 24

MOBILE PET ADOPTION EVENT Arlington

Adorable adoptable pets looking for new homes will be available at the mobile adoption unit for immediate adoption! Visit with

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adoptable cats available inside PetSmart! Adoptions will be at the Petsmart® in South Arlington, 203 E. I-20 (Arlington Highlands) 10:30am-3:30pm. Scheduled events are subject to cancellation without notice due to weather conditions (heat, cold, storms, etc.) for the safety and protection of adoptable pets, volunteers, and staff.

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TOUGH TEXAS LAWNS AND GARDENS, VIRTUAL A r l i n g t o n Wa t e r U t i l i t i e s

The climate in North Texas can be harsh, but having a lush lawn is easy with the right turf type. Not all grasses are the same and there are tons of new varieties on the market. Let our lawn expert teach you all the tricks to make your grass green, even in the Texas heat. 6pm-7pm. To register visit website. E V E N T B R I T E . C O M / E / TO U G H T E X A S - L AW N S - A N D - GA R D E N S R E G I ST R AT I O N - 1 3 3 1 6 4 0 0 61 27

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RAIN BARREL PICK UP EVENT, IN PERSON A r l i n g t o n Wa t e r U t i l i t i e s

Want to start the summer off right and the spring/summer growing season with a new rain barrel? Arlington Water Utilities and Tarrant Regional Water District will be distributing 25 rain barrels. 9am-12pm. East Library and Rec Center, 1817 New York Ave. Register and pay the $25 fee for your barrel by visiting our website. E V E N T B R I T E . C O M / E / D I Y- R A I N WAT E R H A R V E ST I N G - A N D - B A R R E L - SA L E R E G I ST R AT I O N - 1 3 3 1 7 1 27 787 7 APRIL 30

NITE BITE M a n sf i e l d

Come join us for an evening of fishing! Since we will be targeting catfish mostly, we will be teaching some different rigging techniques for that style of angling. We supply the equipment and bait! Must be over 16 years of age must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield Parks. Pre-registration required. 8pm-9:30pm. Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park, 150 Matlock. Contact 817-728-3680. M A N S F I E L DT E X A S . G O V / C A L E N D A R

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PRE M I E R I N G IN AP R I L

APRIL 22 // GRETA THUNBERG: A YEAR TO CHANGE THE WORLD

THIS M ONTH IN M OVIE HISTORY

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APRIL 8, 2005 // FEVER PITCH

In partnership with the BBC Studios’ Science Unit, PBS will air a new three-part documentary series following teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg as she seeks to raise awareness about climate change. Over the course of the three episodes, Greta travels to extraordinary locations across the globe, meeting leading climate scientists, witnessing first-hand the consequences of climate change, and confronting the complexity of what is required to make change happen. Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World premieres in its entirety as a special presentation on Earth Day, April 22 at 7:00 PM.

DREW BARRYMORE, JIMMY FALLON DIR. PETER AND BOBBY FARRELLY Celebrate baseball season with a romantic comedy about finding love during baseball season. Based on Nick Hornby’s book, Fever Pitch follows the courtship between Ben (Jimmy Fallon) and Lindsey (Drew Barrymore), who fall in love despite not having much in common. Everything is going well until baseball season, when Ben’s obsession with the Boston Red Sox is revealed. Though she tries to understand his passionate team loyalty, eventually, it threatens to end their otherwise happy relationship.

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W HAT TO R EA D

APRIL 27 // THE MUSIC OF BEES

BY EILEEN GARVIN

APRIL 9 // TAYLOR SWIFT FEARLESS (TAYLOR’S VERSION) APRIL 9 // NICK WATERHOUSE PROMENADE BLUE APRIL 16 // ERIC HEART

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Beautifully moving, warm, and uplifting, The Music of Bees is about the power of friendship, compassion in the face of loss, and finding the courage to start over (at any age) when things don’t turn out the way you expect.

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APRIL 30 // ASHLEY ROSEGOLD

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A heartwarming debut novel about three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town, each working through grief and life’s curveballs, who are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm where they find surprising friendship, healing — and maybe even a second chance — just when they least expect it.

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Imagery from Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World (2021), Jon Sayers, BBC Studios. Movie image from Fever Pitch (2005), Fox 2000 Pictures. Book cover from The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin (2021), Dutton, with description excerpt from the publisher. Album covers and all other materials are presented for non-commercial illustrative purposes.


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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Camp T h u r m a n ’s l e a d e rs h i p l o o ke d a t t h i s s u m m e r ’s s e a s o n f ro m e v e r y i m a g i n a b l e perspective and believe they can still of fe r a s a fe c a m p ex p e r i e n c e fo r c h i l d re n t h i s s u m m e r. T h e y ’ r e d o i n g t h i s t h r o u g h unique scheduling and creative protocols that take all precautions, including social distancing, into account to keep campers a n d c o u n s e l o rs s a fe . Find out more at CampThurman.org/covid-19.

CAMP THURMAN 2021 MAKE MEMORIES YOU’LL NEVER FORGET

The internet is abuzz with rave reviews of Camp Thurman—from parent, from campers, from counselors, and from the community. One parent review that says it all, “This is our fourth year, and my kids love Camp Thurman every second. They not only have fun, but they learn about God. The staff is great and very attentive. Thank God for Camp Thurman!”

INVESTING IN KIDS Established in 1969, Camp Thurman is a nonprofit, ministry-minded camp dedicated to sharing God’s love and helping people pursue their identity in Christ. Located on 14 verdant acres in Pantego, it offers summer sleepover camp, day camp, team building, and camp-style activities for kids throughout the

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year. Because of its lush, country setting, kids can feel far from home, when they may only be miles away. It’s no wonder one longtime Camp Thurman camper wrote, “Camp is my favorite part of the summer every single year.”

INVESTING IN FAMILIES Over the past 52 years, Camp Thurman has touched and molded the lives of approximately 128,000 campers. In 2000, they realized a longtime dream of extending the reach of the camp with a year-round challenge adventure program. More than

INVESTING IN YOUNG ADULTS Camp Thurman counselors are the cream of the crop chosen through an extensive application and interview process during which each potential counselor must pen a letter explaining what they can uniquely bring to camp life. As many of them hope to return as a counselor, after making their own memories there as a camper, they understand that being at Camp Thurman is being part of a loving, Christian family. After working there three years, one counselor said, “This is one of the most fun places I’ve ever worked and

Whether your child attends overnight camp or day camp at Camp Thurman, they can enjoy: • Two pools and a lazy river to escape the summer heat • Towering rope courses to navigate over rivers and through the trees • A giant bouncing pillow for endless jumping • A 40-foot tall, two-lane zipline • A giant pendulum swing and two trapeze jumps • Fun and exciting camp games such as SlapDodgeball and Capture the Flag • Crafts, games, skits, and snacks galore

For 52 years, Camp Thurman has met the needs of local kids with a variety of camp experiences including: • Classic Day Camp For children ages five to 11, or entering K-6th grade • Sunshine Camp A shorter day for youngest campers, aged four • ETC Camp Night camp experience for campers entering the 7th grade • Breakout Camp

7,000 participants of all ages enjoy Camp Thurman’s specialized programming each year through outdoor activities, corporate retreats, team building workshops, and leadership and character development workshops. Each event is fully customized for each school, college, church, non-profit organization, corporation, or other special group to create an experience that’s life changing, not only for individuals but for our community. After each event, Camp Thurman continues to act as a resource for the group. One happy dad wrote, “Loved bringing the family on Family Day. Staff is super friendly and well trained. My family and I had a great time.”

Camp for campers entering the 8th and 9th grade

truly an incredible experience. The greatest group of people work here for one common goal—to draw closer to God together.”

• Get-Away Camp An away camp experience for campers entering the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade

INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITY Camp Thurman invests in the lives of their annual 350 counselors, helping them find, explore, and strengthen their identity in Christ. Many of them return to camp throughout the year for Bible study then return to share God’s love with our community—and our world. It can make that difference for your child or young adult in 2021.

• CIT Servant Leadership For students completing 8th grade year in Spring 2021 Visit CampThurman.com to find out more.

Find out more about the life-changing camp experience at CampThurman.org.

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community | FRUIT OF THE VINE

A TALK with God BY M IM I GR EEN W OOD KN IGHT

“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:14

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hen my daughter, Molly, was three and a half, we rocked her little world by bringing home a baby brother. From the moment I passed my home pregnancy test, Molly seemed to know something was up. She’d always been on the clingy side but, during the next nine months, she barely left my side — especially at bedtime. I consulted with my older sister, who’s years ahead in raising children. She told me to make a little pallet for Molly alongside my bed. “She’ll get tired of sleeping there, after a few nights, and go back to her own bed,” she assured me. Uhhhh…no. Molly happily slept on that pallet next to my bed for the better part of three years, long after Baby Brother had moved into his own room. But here’s the thing. I loved it. I loved lying down alongside that spunky girl each night. She decided since I’d sung her to sleep so many times, she’d return the favor. Many are the night I dozed off to the sound of my baby girl making up songs about all the things that had happened in her world that day. But the mornings were the best. I absolutely loved hearing this sweet child’s first thoughts in the morning. She’d lie there waiting for me to wake up. When I did and looked over the side of the bed, she’d say, “Mom, can we talk?” It didn’t matter what she said next — what her dreams had been, what she hoped we could make for breakfast, or “Why did Brother wake me up so much last night?” (Good question.) It wasn’t what she said. It was that sweet, early-morning time of just being together. One of those mornings, talking about nothing and everything with Molly, I heard the still, small voice of God say, “This is how I feel when you want to spend time with Me.” If I’d never been a mother, I guess I’d never understand the way our Heavenly Father feels just to have his daughter eager to share time with Him. In Philippians 4:6, God tells us through the Apostle Paul, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Now, that’s a Father who wants to hear from His children.

At Easter, more than any other time, we Christians reflect on the greatest gift we ever received when the curtain was torn top to bottom and heaven was thrown wide open for all believers. Thanks to the sacrifice of our Savior that first Easter morning, we now have complete access to our Heavenly Father — day or night — for praise or lamentation — in our mountaintop moments and when we find ourselves wallowing in the valley — on days when prayers fly from our lips and the times when all we can do is be still in His presence (Psalm 46:10). Our Abba Father is there waiting, watching, and wanting to talk with His children. I heard a pastor recently refer to the cross as “the Mercy Tree.” It’s only through God’s unfathomable mercy that a sinner like you or me has access to all the riches and all the wisdom of God. What is it that’s tugging at your heart this Easter season? Perhaps the challenges of keeping up with work, family life, and just trying to live in a pandemicridden world have caused you to drift from God. No matter how far away you might find yourself, He hasn’t moved. He’s still there with His arms open wide and your name on His lips. Take a moment to let these words from Romans 8:38-39 wash over you, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Through the Apostle Paul God issued His invitation “come boldly to the throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16). And again through the Prophet Jeremiah, He offered us this goosebump-inducing summons, “Call to me and I will answer you and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” (Jeremiah 33:33) In these verses and others, God leaves little doubt. He wants to hear our thoughts, questions, concerns, requests and just to spend sweet time with His children. Let’s slow down this Easter season, turn off the noise of the world, and just BE still with our God. He’s waiting and hoping to hear from His children.

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PROFILE

BY MEREDITH KNIGHT

SUNSHINE YOGA SHACK ELEVATE YOUR YOGA PRACTICE

Yoga changed Lynn Rozak’s life. Her life’s mission is to offer that same transformation to men and women of all ages, body types, and fitness levels. “Yoga elevated my life and changed me, mind and body. After years of practice and teaching yoga on the mat I learned how to break free from the ground and fly in the silks. I knew I had found something magical I had to share.” she said. Lynn and her staff work to make yoga and aerial yoga accessible and obtainable. “Over the past 20 years, I’ve practiced yoga at every studio I could find. Too often, I notice an atmosphere of exclusivity,” she said. “My mission was to create a place where everyone feels welcome, and everyone is able to learn about yoga and aerial in a safe and fun environment.” She’s done exactly that at Sunshine Yoga Shack. “There are many misconceptions about yoga and aerial,” Lynn said. “Yoga is an ancient technique to explore the self through mindfulness. The benefits include a healthy body and mind. People need to understand we start where they are today and grow from there. Every practice will help bring mental clarity and peace as well as a physically stronger and more flexible body. Yoga has been found to help with stress, anxiety and depression.” To further her mission of making yoga accessible for everyone, Lynn opened Sunshine School of Yoga registered through Yoga Alliance, where she trains future yoga and aerial instructors. “We are one of the only studios in the Metroplex that offers comprehensive classes and teacher training for students who want to study on the mat or above it. We begin with the very basics of yoga and cover the history and science of yoga as well as the art of teaching yoga,” she said. When the COVID pandemic threatened to derail her efforts, Lynn and her team transitioned to online and on demand classes in 24 hours. “Since May 2020, all of our yoga and aerial classes, as well as teacher trainings are offered in studio, streaming and on demand. Just download our ap” she said.

Meet Lynn Rozak, E-RYT-500, YACEP and Reiki Master Lynn is an E-RYT-500-Hour-Certified and Register Yoga Teacher who has taught over 5,000 hours of yoga, a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), and a Reiki Master. She’s certified in seniors yoga, prenatal yoga, and Thai body work and has 100-hour certification in trauma and recovery yoga. A Fort Worth native and 20-year Mansfield resident, Lynn spends her free time with her husband of 22 years, Eric, their three amazing kids, and two dogs. She enjoys reading, practicing and learning all she can about yoga and aerial yoga.

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community | TALK OF THE TOWN

TEXAS HEALTH HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS 100+ HOURS AFTER WINTER STORM BY EMMA VERDICK NE IN THREE CHILDREN IN MANSFIELD ISD COMES FROM AN ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED FAMILY. The local community is at the forefront of everything Texas Health Hospital does. Their team is committed to having a volunteer project each quarter with a local non-profit to address the community’s needs.

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ARLINGTON/MANSFIELD/GRAND PRAIRIE

Last week, the Texas Health Hospital team volunteered 100+ hours with the Mansfield Mission Center, which prov ides a f ree healthcare clinic, financial and employment coaching, senior support, a food pantry, and so much more. During their time, they were able to help unload, sort, and tag donations while also preparing food baskets for families in need. “Volunteering with the Mansfield Mission Center was very rewarding — it allowed Texas Health Hospital to serve the community in a different way in the midst of the pandemic. Volunteers went to help others and received a huge personal blessing in return,” said Tiffany Hernandez, Director of Community Engagement & Foundation. Texas Health Hospital wants everyone to feel their mission in action — both inside and outside of the hospital — which is why they strive to be a neighbor in good health and provide uncommon compassion to every person every time.

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MOVING FORWARD GROWING STRONGER I N T R O D U C I N G M AY O R A L C A N D I D AT E J I M R O S S BY MEREDITH KNIGHT IM ROSS DIDN’T SET OUT WITH THE IDEA OF RUNNING FOR MAYOR OF ARLINGTON, TEXAS. But after the city established term limits, he found himself at a function chatting with another attorney. “I asked, ‘What are we going to do when Mayor Williams’ term is up?’ He said, ‘You’re gonna’ run.’ We both had a laugh.” But as time went on, Jim began hearing the same idea from more and more people. “I was watching the people I hoped would run to see who’d throw their hat in the ring,” Jim said. “But they were all too busy. It took a while of waiting and watching before I considered, ‘Is this something I can do? Is this something I want to do?” If you’ve been in Arlington long enough, you know Jim is crazy busy himself with a thriving law firm in three locations with dozens of employees. He’s also a father and adoring grandfather and ardent advocate of local non-profits. His life was full and fulfilling.

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“I’ve worked hard getting my businesses to where they are,” Jim said. “Mayor of Arlington isn’t a parttime job. It would take 110% of my time and energy. And I had no idea if my businesses could run without me.” But he knew he had outstanding people in place to run his offices. So, he started stepping back and realized the businesses could run fine without him. That’s when he spoke to his kids. “I know politicians families live in a fish bowl and I wouldn’t choose that for my kids, unless they were 100% onboard,” Jim said. “They all said, ‘Dad, do it!’ That’s when I spoke to Mayor Williams and Richard Greene who both encouraged me. So, I was as surprised as anyone to realize I was running for mayor of Arlington, Texas.”

A LEGACY OF SERVICE Jim Ross may not have set out to become mayor of The American Dream City but the life he’s lived has certainly equipped him for the challenge. The son of a blue-collar worker, Jim watched his dad work two and three jobs to give his family the life he wanted for them. His dad had also served in the US Navy. Jim joined the Marine Corp and took his turn serving his country for four years before settling in Texas. Arriving with his wife and young son, Jim took a job with the Arlington Police Department while working at night on his undergraduate degree. Over the next 13 years, he served on Arlington PD’s first fulltime SWAT team, taught self-defense to his fellow officers, and worked as an undercover officer. The latter found him frequently testifying in court where he observed defense attorneys and realized trial work is what he wanted to do. He began his law career practicing environmental law for some of the country’s most prestigious law firms. When he was ready to go out on his own, he began with nothing and built a thriving law practice now including offices in Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth, a dozen attorneys, and 36 employees. Any success Jim Ross has experienced as a businessman, a lawyer, a family man, and a human being he attributes to the relationships he’s forged. “The Lord has blessed me,” he said. “I’ve had a rich and fulfilling life. And

relationships have made it that way. When you treat people right, they have a tendency to tell others about it.” As his campaign builds steam, his emphasis on relationships is bringing him enthusiastic endorsements from all four local police associations—a first for any Arlington mayoral candidate. Arlington Police Association, Arlington Municipal Patrolman’s Association, African American Peace Officers Association of Arlington, and Hispanic Police Officers Association (Amigos en Azul de Arlington) are all backing him for mayor as are the Arlington Professional Fire Fighters Association and others.

COMMUNITY-MINDED Jim is a 40-year Arlington resident, an active member of Compass Church and an ardent supporter of Special Olympics, Inspiring Hope, Boys & Girls Club, The American Heart Association, and other local non-profits. He’s served as chairman of the board for the Arlington Police Foundation and is active with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. And one of his great joys is serving each year as a judge at the Special Needs Beauty Pageant. He was also appointed by the Mayor Jeff Williams and city council to serve on the Economic Recovery Task Force. “I’ve learned throughout my life experiences that it’s not about my accomplishments,” Jim said. “It’s about giving back and lifting up. The people of Arlington has been good to me and I want to give back. That’s why I’m running for mayor. Mayor Williams has done an outstanding job. Now, I want to take this great city to the next level.”

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our picks | PET CLUB

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Buttercup // Louise O.

Dillon and Dexter // Cesar M.

Dillon and Dexter are Italian Greyhounds that enjoy chillin’, but not in the cold weather. That’s why they love these stylish outfits that keep them warm.

Lilly May Sunshine // Ree B.

Kiffin & Crosby // Miranda M.

Birdie Rose // Connie S.

PET CLUB MEMBERS To join the club, visit LivingMagazine.net/pet-club. Send your pet’s name, your name, your address, and a clear photo of your pet. They might just turn up in a future issue of Living!

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Petals PA S S I O N F O R

History ’s love affair with florals has stood the test of time BY JESSIC A SU T TON

The floral print may not be groundbreaking (according to Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, ) but they sure do win over the hearts of top designers every spring.

ZIMMERMANN [ABOVE] BOTANICA BUTTERFLY BLOUSE, $480 BOTANICA WATTLE FLIP SKIRT, $695 WIDE LEATHER BELT, $295 [LEFT] BOTANICA BUTTERFLY GOWN, $1,950 NARROW WAIST BELT, $165

There's something uplifting and blissful about florals — whether they are dainty prints or bright blooms, it's a trend that just won't end. Historically, flowers have spoken their own language. Roses signified true love, orchids were a sign of elegance or wealth, daisy's expressed purity, and sunflowers represented loyalty. The symbolism may have lost its luster over time, but flowers will always tell a story that continuously conforms to the current day and age. The unapologetic print is mostly known for its heavy influence in the '60s and '70s. Think beyond your grandma's wallpaper or your mother 's retro sofa to romantic botanical gowns and blouses that were a staple during these decades. Rarely a season passes by without the influence of retro floral designs on the runways or in our wardrobes. But this season, florals are more significant to our world than ever before. Just like in the era of the Great Depression, the floral print is a breath of life and light into a time of social and economic struggles. Color is our comfort , and florals our freedom. Not only did colorful trends skyrocket during the pandemic, but so did playful patterns. When we can't control what's around us, historically, women tend to find freedom in what they wear. Spring is here and floral designs have sprouted once again. Take a tip from our ancestors and celebrate the season by wearing a print that signifies hope and new beginnings.

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J O H N N Y WA S [CLOCKWISE FROM TOP] EDITH DRESS, $435 INDRAA PUFF SLEEVE EFFORTLESS BLOUSE, $225 AMALFI KIMONO, $525

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ROOLEE [RIGHT] WISTERIA DREAM FLORAL MAXI, $58 [BELOW] VON TRAPP TIERED MAXI, $66

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Steven Cateron took the reins of Rebecca Taylor ’s design department after 10 years at Club Monaco. His first order of business was to edit and consolidate the collections, bringing Tailored Rebecca Taylor, La Chemise, and La Vie back under the Rebecca umbrella. For his debut collection, Cateron took inspiration from vintage imagery, delicate embroidery, and antique pieces to guide his creative process and convey a new kind of casual elegance. Silhouettes derived from ‘50s couture techniques and elements of ‘70s sensuality feel familiar yet modern. Newness in the form of pleats and plisse add volume and a touch of romantic drama. Set against a backdrop of the city, the new Rebecca celebrates emotion, individualism, and the glorification of the past. Q: What are your goals as the new designer for Rebecca Taylor? A: My intention is to bring a sense of romance to every occasion to get dressed. I aim to apply feminine details to clothes in new ways — and as there have been fewer reasons to put on a dress in the last year, we have imbued in many other garments a more relaxed, less studied sense of femininity and sophistication; it appears throughout in a special knit technique on a sweater, a different shape for a pant , a hand-drawn print on a jumpsuit. There are plenty of ways to convey sensuality with more relaxed clothing. Q: What was the inspiration for your debut collection? A: Spring 2021 is about Art and Romance — nostalgic vintage fashion, art glass, Beaux Arts architecture, magazines from the sixties, an expressive sense of self. It was a collection designed from home, and I think that resonates throughout the collection, the rewarding practice of surrounding oneself with beautiful things. Q: Was there a pivotal moment in your life when you decided you wanted to become a designer? A: The first time I saw my grandma make clothes I was intrigued by how a paper pattern ultimately became a piece. In high school, I took a summer sewing class at a college in Pasadena — the whole class was older ladies — they told me I had a gift for it , said I just knew what to do. Most people in the class made a basic shirt. I made a suit for my grandma, and the ladies in the class told me this was going to be my career. Q: Who inspired your early designs, and who inspires you today? A: The way that my mother styled herself in feminine and romantic clothes to feel good and project confidence as a single working mom of three young boys inspired me then and inspires me now. Q: What are some of your go-to styling practices when it comes to florals? A: I work with a variety of print artists and dealers of vintage textiles, whose work we reference, then work together to reinterpret and often hand-paint as exclusive new designs for us. When approaching a season, my team creates prints that evoke the seasonal message that the customer can also come back to and wear in many different ways. And the base of the fabric is just as important as the artwork itself — that dynamic is something we work hard at to make seamless, but also create a tension between — that way, the end result is not such a literal reiteration of the original art that inspired us. To create depth, we print on jacquard and organza, and we also employ warp printing — that ’s when the yarn is printed before it ’s made into fabric — there are many different ways we look at print.

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IN SMALL TOWNS The Texas Connection BY KAMI ANDERSON

y husband and I recently enjoyed a trip to Dillon, Colorado where our daughterin-law, Jade, was participating in a professional-style photoshoot. Being from Texas, it ’s easy to forget how majestic the snow-covered mountains are. The world, God’s masterpiece, is absolutely amazing and his attention to detail is mindboggling. Jade and a group of photographers from across the country met for a styled wedding photography shoot with Taylor Olivares of Traveling Weddings. Originally working as a hair and makeup artist, Taylor Olivares learned what goes on behind the scenes of a wedding quickly realizing there’s a huge difference between a wedding planner and a wedding planner/ designer. A wedding design team handles every single detail taking 100% of the stress off not only the bride but both families as well. Taylor ’s company handles both wedding planning and design. Their job is to make your day perfect. Your job is to enjoy your perfect day. Taylor grew up around DF W and currently lives in Coppell. She and her team travel across the country facilitating styled shoots such as the one in Dillon, often donating the proceeds to local charities. Taylor and her husband have four children, all of whom are involved in the business and have been blessed to see places they know only God can create. Visit travelingshootswithtaylor.com or @traveling_shoots_ with_taylor to view Taylor’s stunning portfolio of work.

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PHOTOS ARE THE ONLY WAY TO HOLD ON TO WHAT YOU KNEW, BECAUSE THE MOMENTS THEY SHOW NEVER CHANGE; WHEN THE PEOPLE IN THEM DO. – UNKNOWN

Jade Anderson started her business, Peony + Pine Photography, five years ago after the birth of her first daughter. She began trying to capture her daughter candidly throughout the day so she could look back and remember the little things. Little did she realize those little things would turn into big things for her. The joy she experienced looking at her photos helped her create a business that would help others truly love getting their pictures taken as they preserve their own memories forever.

The two models from the shoot were Trevor Lyons of Frisco and Sheriden Lemon of Mansfield. Both graduated from local high schools in the area and are with The Dragonfly Modeling Agency in Dallas. Gown: @shophannahtikkanen, Hair @thelucky6pence and Florals: @nostalgicfloralco

Through her work , Jade strives to create raw and organic moments for her clients, to have real-life images as they interact with each other bringing out each person’s personality. “Photography is so much more than just pointing a camera and clicking,” she said. “It ’s creating friendships and bonds with your clients, so they feel comfortable with you. You’re capturing big life moments for people and creating something beautiful for them to remember.” Many of Jade’s clients return year after year as their families grow and change. It ’s one of her favorite perks of the job. Jade herself grew up in Grand Prairie and is currently living the life in Arlington. She says her business vibe can best be described as organized chaos. In addition to her photography business, she works fulltime as a neonatal and pediatric flight nurse at Cook Children’s Hospital. When she isn’t working or flying, she loves going on walks with her husband and two daughters or doing anything outdoors. Jade is a twin and both sisters married men with the same birthday. How crazy and fun is that? Visit peonyandpinephotography.com to view Jade’s stunning portfolio of work.

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wellness

‘TIS THE SEASON

for sneezing SPRING IS IN THE AIR,BUT U N F O R T U N AT E LY, S O A R E A LOT OF ALLERGENS BY PE T E A L FAN O

choo!!” Was that the sound of someone sneezing? Given the time of year, it must be the beginning of the spring allergy season in Texas. Of course, it always feels like allergy season in Texas, and experts say that one reason is that our winters are relatively mild compared to, let’s say, North Dakota. So, plants often survive a couple of short-lived freezes and pollenate all year round. Still, spring and fall are the worst times of the year for environmental allergies. According to the Asthma and Allerg y Foundation of America (AAFA), an estimated 54% of Americans suffer from one kind of allergy or another. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness. There are food allergies; some people are allergic to certain medications, and others cannot be around a dog or cat without their eyes tearing, nose running, and skin itching. These allergies can be avoided. But environmental allergies present a bigger challenge unless you decide to live in a bubble. These allergies can be simply a nuisance or lead to more health issues. If ignored, allergies can cause a sinus infection. A sinus drip can also irritate your throat, causing a cough that can develop into bronchitis and, yes, even pneumonia. And those who are already asthmatic will be more vulnerable to pollen, dust, and mold in the air. Chronic headaches, ear infections, sore throats, and a stuffy nose are symptoms of allergies, but also a cold, flu, or coronavirus. So, it makes sense to see your doctor and not just attribute your symptoms to allergies. A steroid injection to reduce inflammation and antibiotics are effective in fighting infections caused by environmental allergies. Your doctor may prescribe medication that is stronger than over-thecounter brands.

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Tree pollen is the main culprit in much of Texas during April. Everything from ash to pecan, oak, maple, and sycamore trees are sprouting new leaves. By May, allergies to some weeds and grasses begin popping up, with tree pollen still a major issue. Windy days spread the pollen like wildfire. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association estimates that Americans spend $442 a year on over-the-counter medications for allergies. These range from antihistamines to decongestants, steroidal or saline nasal sprays, and inhalers. Nasal irrigation systems, or lavage, are becoming more popular as people look for safer ways to keep their nasal passages clean. These procedures might provide relief as they wash allergens out by rinsing the nasal cavity with saline (saltwater) solutions. One practice any allergy sufferer might learn from dealing with the coronavirus is to wear a mask outdoors during the peak allergy seasons, especially if you are doing yard work. But if your allergies are debilitating and affecting your quality of life, you can be tested to determine what specifically is causing the problem. You then can receive regular injections, which place a small sample of the allergen in your body, enabling your immune system to build resistance. Be prepared, however, because it may take months to build resistance. Environmental allergies may start as a nuisance, but don’t let them become a more serious risk to your health.


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aesthetics | BIKINI BODY BASICS

ABDOMEN, ARMS, AND THIGHS, OH MY!

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If you are concerned about pockets of fat around your abdomen, arms, or thighs that don’t improve with diet and exercise, you have several options that don’t include wearing a winter parka to the beach.

The texture of breast tissue changes as you age. As time passes, the texture becomes softer, allowing gravity to take its toll. A skilled surgeon can lift them where they belong with a breast lift.

Non-invasive body contouring treatments include: CoolSculpting. Cold temperatures are used to freeze away fat cells. SculpSure. It uses a high-intensity laser to melt away fat cells. Vanquish. Electromagnetic waves permeate and destroy fat layers.

Emsculpt. The first device to build muscle and sculpt your body through electromagnetic therapy.

A minimally invasive option is: Renuvion. This procedure is designed to firm and contour. Tiny incisions are made on the targeted areas, and tissues are treated with cold plasma energy. Invasive options for sculpting these areas include: Arm lift. This surgery removes excess skin and fat, also known as bat wings, from the area between the armpit and elbow. Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty. Removes excess fat and skin while tightening loose abdominal muscles. Liposuction. Uses a suction technique to remove fat and contour problem areas.

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If you’re looking to fill out your bikini top, then fat transfer breast augmentation may be right for you. This cosmetic procedure removes fat from areas like your thighs and buttocks and relocates it to your breasts. For people with no body fat to spare, you can talk to your doctor about traditional implants. If your bra cup runneth over, a breast reduction can help you feel more confident. This procedure can also reduce chronic neck and back pain and may be covered by your health insurance.

BEACH BUM Gravity can also wreak havoc with the buttocks. A buttock lift can help create a new line of demarcation between the rear and thighs. Brazilian butt lifts remove fat from hips, thighs, abdomen, or other areas through liposuction. The fat is purified and injected into areas of the buttocks. People without enough fat to relocate might want to consider Sculptra. Sculptra is an injectable treatment that promotes collagen growth. Traditionally used for fine lines and wrinkles, some physicians use it to give a fuller appearance to the buttocks.

GET THE BEACH BALL ROLLING Recovery time will vary depending on which procedures and how many you get. Don’t forget to plan ahead to allow your body plenty of time to heal before swimsuit season. The best way to learn all of the answers to your questions is to schedule a consultation with a skilled plastic surgeon in your area.


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e’ve all found ourselves in conversation with someone and wondered, “How’s my breath?” Of course, the other side of the coin is wondering how the person you’re talking to doesn’t realize they’re breathing dragon breath in your face. Either way, halitosis can be a formula for social embarrassment. What exactly causes bad breath, and what can you do about it? There are a number of possible culprits.

Foods such as garlic and onion

Dry mouth perhaps from medication

Smoking or chewing tobacco

Some medical conditions

Untreated tooth decay or gum disease

Poorly fitting dental appliances

Think of bad breath as any other type of body odor, usually a social problem more than a medical one. If you have B.O., you take a shower. As you clean your body, you reduce the bacteria population under your arm, eliminating the odor. In the same way, brushing and flossing your teeth reduces and scatters the bacteria in your mouth, usually eliminating bad breath. One way to test your breath and see if you have a problem is to take a dry, clean unscented cloth and scrub your tongue as far back as you can for about five seconds. Wait thirty seconds, then smell the cloth. You can also ask your partner or a close

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According to the American Dental Association (ADA), 90% of bad breath originates from bacteria on the tongue. Because our tongues consist of tiny hills, valleys, and crevices, it’s the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. If you suffer from chronic nasal drip, bacteria are even more at home. And since bacteria like to congregate at the back of your tongue, it’s important to attack it at its source. Just as you take time to floss and brush your teeth, devote some time to brushing your tongue, as far back as you can tolerate. Invest in a tongue scraper and use it, first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, also as far back as you can stand. Other than that, you can: Be diligent about regular professional cleanings and check-ups.

Drink plenty of liquids.

Chew sugar-free gum.

Use a saline nose spray to break up mucus and moisturize nasal passages. Ask your dentist to recommend an ADA-approved mouthwash. If your dentist determines your teeth and gums aren’t the sources of your bad breath, consult with your primary care doctor to make sure odor isn’t caused by pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, gastrointestinal issues, and liver or kidney problems. Lastly, there are a few home remedies you can try. Gargle with water and either apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, or salt. Or carry a few cloves that you can chew on (but don’t swallow) whenever you’re worried your breath might not score an A+.


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Q U I C K fix SIMPLE AND FRESH UPDATES THAT WILL LIFT YOUR SPACES SPIRITS BY C O URT NEY WARREN PHOTOS BY JARRO D EST ES

Ah, spring! You look out at the bright blue sky, the vibrant blooming flowers, and the budding trees and feel so inspired. But as your gaze moves from the outdoors back inside, your mood might shift a bit. Compared to the freshness outside, your rooms are seeming, well, a bit stale. A new season can bring us out of the winter doldrums, but our homes require help from us to take them from blah to beautiful. The good news is you don’t have to do a major remodel — simple changes here and there can give your spaces the refresh you crave.

WALLPAPER PRESENT TENSE Today’s wallpaper designs are bold and fresh and can instantly change a room’s look from tired to terrific! Not ready to commit completely to wallpaper? A papered accent wall is easy to create and delivers a distinctive focal point for the room. Many wallpaper styles now come in removable versions, so the look can easily change down the road.

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MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL In addition to bouncing light around a room, a dreamy mirror can show off your room’s best features and bring fresh energy to your design. Bonus: a mirror is not only utilitarian but functions as art on your wall! If your home’s design feels a tad down-at-the-heels, spring is the perfect time for a new look. Give the heave-ho to worn or dated elements like old rugs and regrettable lighting. Bring in some up-to-date replacements that inspire fresh design, like a colorful new rug, trendy wallpaper, a statement mirror, or lively lighting. And, while you are at it, throw in a few jaunty new pillows and a bundle of fresh flowers. As the cheerful spring sun filters in the windows, your newly refreshed rooms will thank you.

THE LIGHT FANTASTIC Speaking of transformations, what can inject fresh style into a room like new lighting? From chandeliers to pendants to sconces, there are so many affordable options out there. Besides amping up the style, light is a great mood lifter. Adding lighting not only brightens your spaces but helps them feel larger and more cheerful, especially in a room with little natural light.

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RUG REFRESH While you’re at it, consider changing out the rug in your room. A new pattern underfoot is relatively inexpensive and can tie together your whole design — or even inspire a new palette! Soft and serene or bold and graphic, a new rug transforms the style of any room. Designer’s tip — do you have carpet that you can’t afford to replace? Layer a large rug on top of it to change your look, bring in a new color scheme, define an area, or even camouflage a worn or stained spot.

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A GUIDE TO MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS THAT WE THINK ANY MOM WOULD LOVE BY SYDNI ELLIS A perfectly presented floral arrangement is the quintessential Mother ’s Day gift for a reason — it is classic and beautiful. But this year, don’ t be afraid to switch things up. Little gifts like bath bombs, perfume, or jewelry are a great way to express how exqusite you think your mom is.

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All-Day Rela xat ion With its cotton and ultra-soft microfiber fleece, the Nodpod Weighted Sleep Mask makes sleeping, well, a dream! It features four weighted pods that contour to your face, with no pesky straps to get in the way. It can also be cooled in the freezer for an even more soothing experience. $32, UrbanOutfitters.com Encourage your mom to take a relaxing bath by giving her this gorgeous Floating Flower Bath Bomb. It features a cocoa butter chrysanthemum to deeply moisturize her skin and calming lavender oil, and nourishing almond oil. $9, Lush.com

Spruce up the Home The fresh scent of flowers is temporary, so instead, try the Illume Coconut Milk Mango Diffuser for aromas with a little more staying power. Unlike traditional wall plug-ins and room sprays, this diffuser uses wood reeds and fragranced oil in a glass bottle to release a positive scent throughout the home. $28, CrateandBarrel.com Whether or not your mom has watched the Netflix show, read the books, or followed Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin on social media doesn’ t matter. She will love The Home Edit Workbook: Prompts, Activities , and Gold Stars to Help You Contain the Chaos either way! It features 52 home-editing challenges to help you organize and maintain every space in your home in just a few months. $17, BarnesandNoble.com

Tech-Minded Your mom doesn’ t know how much she needs the LYMMC 180-Degree Rotation Phone Charger Stand, but she quickly won’ t be able to live without it . It features a spot to charge AirPods, an Apple Watch, and an iPhone or iPad with cords tucked away. The rose-gold color will make her nightstand pretty and functional all at the same time. $20, Amazon.com From applying lipstick to dabbing on eye cream, the Browgame Signature Lighted Makeup Mirror will always be there for your mom. Change the brightness and color temperature by rotating the mirror to the left or right , then use the magnetic magnif ying mirror for an even closer view. When not in use, it looks sleek and pretty on any bathroom counter. $169, Anthropologie.com

Kitchen Meets Art Skip breakfast in bed this Mother ’s Day and make your mom a delicious charcuterie on one of these chic Monogrammed Serving Boards instead. Choose the initial of your mom’s first or last name, which will be inlaid in brass, surrounded by white marble and mango wood. These food-safe boards are as practical as they are artistic, making them a thoughtful present . $40, CrateandBarrel.com Cereal has never tasted more refined than when it ’s in a gorgeous Titania bowl created by French artist and designer Nathalie Lete. The trio of whimsical designs inspired by florals, felines, birds, and love are so elegant your mom is definitely going to want all three! $16, Anthropologie.com

Luxury Beauty If you can afford to splurge, then opt for a luxurious perfume like Marc Jacobs Perfect 3.3 oz . Eau de Parfum. It ’s a bouquet in a bottle, featuring keynotes of daffodil, rhubarb, almond milk , cedarwood, and cashmeran. It ’s a warm, feminine spring scent that your mom will love. $128, Sephora.com Charming, elegant , and timeless, this Zoe Lev Jewelry Two-Initial Necklace with Diamonds will be your mom’s new favorite piece of jewelry. Personalize this 14-karat yellow gold necklace by entering your mom’s initials when you order. It will then be covered with sparkling diamonds and integrated asymmetrically into the necklace. The result is exquisite — just like your mom. $580, NeimanMarcus.com

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In the kingdom of fruits, lemon might be the freshest of all. The smell, taste, and color embody everything invigorating. It’s not just in your head either.According to color theory, shades of yellow evoke feelings of happiness and positivity. In aromatherapy, bright, citrusy scents may have an effect on producing the happy hormone serotonin and mental stimulation. Here are a few lemony projects you can make right at home to tantalize your senses.

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Pom-Pom Marigold Garland No-bake Lemon Cheesecake This delicious dessert is the perfect blend of sweet and tangy, and it’s easy with just four ingredients. 16 oz. softened cream cheese 14 oz. condensed milk ⅓ cup lemon juice Zest of 1 lemon divided (leave ⅓ to sprinkle on top for garnish) Mix above ingredients and pour into a premade 10-inch graham cracker crust, top with the remaining lemon zest, and refrigerate a minimum of four hours or until the filling sets.

Give your room a pop of color with this fun, easy craft. It can be used to accentuate wall art, hang from the ceiling, or as a beaded curtain alternative. 1. Trace a circular object onto cardboard, then trace a smaller circle inside it to make a donut. Cut out the large round shape, then cut a slit in the side to cut out the center circle. 2. Wrap yellow yarn around the ring until it is covered. Repeat for a few layers to create a full pom-pom. 3. Snip the yarn around the circle’s outer edge to create a pom-pom that is secured inside the donut hole. 4. Cut a separate piece of yarn to tie the middle, remove it from the ring, then fluff and trim your pom-pom to your liking.

Lemon Drop Martini Swap out the Chardonnay with this refreshing cocktail with a kick. Juice ½ lemon into a wide-rimmed dish and sprinkle sugar onto a plate set right beside it. Dip the rim of a martini glass in the juice and sugar. For the cocktail itself, you will need: A handful of ice 3 to 4 shots of vodka 2 shots limoncello (hint, search for recipes and make your own) 1 shot triple sec 1 teaspoon sugar Remaining lemon juice to taste Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and mix until the sugar dissolves. Pour into a sugar-rimmed glass and garnish with sliced lemon or lemon twist.

Repeat until you have enough marigolds to string onto a wire to create a garland. Lemon-Lavender Room and Fabric Spritzer Instantly liven up any room with this simple, all-natural room spray. No more bathroom, pet smells, or heavy artificial scents. You will need: Lemon essential oil Lavender essential oil 3 oz. rubbing alcohol or vodka (don’t drink this, though) 1 ½ cups distilled water Make sure to work in a well-ventilated area. Fill a spray bottle with the distilled water and mix 10 to 15 drops of each essential oil with the alcohol or vodka. Combine, shake well, and spray the doldrums away.

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Bed Check MAKING THE RIGHT MATTRESS CHOICE WILL HELP YOU GET A GOOD NIGHT ’S SLEEP BY CHERYL ALEXANDER When it comes to saving on a mattress, major holidays, Black Friday and Cyber Monday might be the first thing that comes to mind. But according to moneywise.com, May is possibly one of the best times of the year to get a good deal. Not only do you have Memorial Day weekend sales, but new models are introduced in the spring, leaving last year’s designs up for grabs at a discount. Purchasing a mattress is a long-term investment, so here’s a guide to help you organize and prioritize the details so you can sleep at night.

FACTORS TO CONSIDER

TYPES OF MATTRESSES

There are three basic categories of mattresses:

Support: You want a mattress that holds you in proper alignment from head to toe so you don’t wake up with a backache. Comfort: You want a mattress that creates minimal pressure on your body, so you don’t spend the night tossing and turning.

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Motion & Separation: You want to minimize motion transfer if you share a bed. If your partner gets in or out of bed or changes positions, you risk being wakened. Try the mattress in the store with your partner and have your partner switch positions while your back is turned to see how much motion you feel.

Temperature: You want to lessen heat retention in the mattress. Most good beds have features to alleviate this (advanced foams, phase change materials, ventilation, etc.)

Edge Support: You want strong edge support on your mattress, particularly if you sleep near the edge or sit on the edge of the bed often. Most innerspring mattresses use an upgraded foam encasement around the edge, but some less expensive mattresses only use a thin steel rod. Memory foam mattresses don’t typically have separate edge support due to the nature of the foam (it’s designed to take the shape of your body, even when you’re just sitting on it).

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Specialty foam: These are usually made of latex and memory foam. Innerspring: These are the traditional mattresses with springs (or coils if you prefer). They can be all tied together or individually wrapped. Hybrid: Recently, brands have introduced “hybrid” options for people interested in aspects of both foam and innerspring.

WHERE TO SHOP

Shop in the store if you want to experience the options and lie down before buying. Shop sales, and don’t be afraid to negotiate. Most stores will set up your new mattress and remove your old one. Don’t rush. A big mistake is quickly lying down on several mattresses to find the one that feels best. Take at least 10 minutes to test your top three to determine if you feel any pressure or pain.

If you find decision-making difficult, you might want to consider shopping online. Depending on the company, shipping, in-home setup, removal of your old mattress, and money-back guarantees might be included. Finally, whether it is in-store or online, make sure you understand warranties and return policies before purchasing.



Planning for the high cost of higher education The nursery is freshly painted with mobiles attached to stimulate the mind of the future occupant. A changing table is in place, and you are about to head to the store for diapers and other necessities for the arrival of your first child. But before you go on that diaper dash, go online or call your financial advisor to register for a college savings plan. Experts say it is never too early to lay the financial groundwork for your child’s higher education. That, of course, may be easier said than done. You may be already contributing to your employersponsored 401k plan with pre-tax dollars. You have monthly bills to pay, which could include financing a car, and a family has to eat. Putting money aside that won’t be used for seventeen or eighteen years can be difficult, if not impossible, for families living paycheck to paycheck. But if you have the financial flexibility, you can give your child a head start by exploring several savings options. Remember, the annual cost of attending an out-of-state university can be almost double that of one in-state and attending an instate school can cost more than $9,000 annually for tuition alone. Private universities could cost more than $50,000 a year. Those universities have generous endowments that can lower the price tag, and students may also qualif y for financial aid. Saving for college is also a joint venture. Obviously, a six-year-old cannot get a job. But a prospective college student can find part-time jobs while in high school and while attending college. Students can also apply for academic scholarships, and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to qualif y. Grant-in-aid is available for those who are financially strapped. And students can apply for college loans.

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Other helpful hints for college students include:

• Buying used textbooks.

• Skipping spring break trips.

• Eating meals on campus and listening to free music instead of paying to download it. The groundwork for paying for a college education starts with parents and perhaps contributions from grandparents. Here are some popular options: Texas Tuition Promise Fund: You can lock in the price of tuition today at most Texas Universities. The money is tax-free if used for tuition. Anyone, not just a family member, can contribute, and the limit is $15,000 a year. The contributor or the beneficiary must meet Texas residency requirements. 529 Plans: Accounts owned by dependent students are treated as parent assets, and nothing has to be reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when the funds are withdrawn to pay for college. Contributions can total $15,000 annually and qualif y for a gift tax exclusion. Funds are considered parental assets. Coverdale Education Savings Account: It is a tax-free plan but limits contributions to $2,000 a year. Deposits have to be made before a student turns 18. Tax-free withdrawals can be used for college or even elementary through high school expenses. Custodial Accounts: These can be set up at most banks. There is no limit on deposits, and a student does not get control of the account until he or she is considered an adult, which is either 18 or 21years old. The money does not have to be used to fund a college education. However, the funds are considered a student asset and subject to the “kiddie tax ” for unearned income over $2,100 annually.


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troll through Fredericksburg’s Marktplatz Park on historic Main Street, past the Maypole that displays each chapter of the town’s history along its branches, past the octagonal Vereins Kirche building that is a replica of the town’s very first community building, and you will stumble onto a bust of John O. Meusebach. In the mid-1800s, Meusebach was responsible for leading a group of immigrants fleeing Germany’s social, political, and economic conditions that would result in the Revolution of 1848. The group known as the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas wanted to establish a new German settlement within the Lone Star State. After years of preparation, the group landed in Texas in 1844. The group first established themselves in New Braunfels after purchasing 1,265 acres of land for $1,112. On May 6, 1846, Meusebach chose a location 70 miles northwest of New Braunfels near the Pedernales River to be the group’s second Texas settlement. The 10,000-acre settlement was located between the two creeks with an abundance of water, stone, and wood. The 120 original German settlers received a parcel of land in town in addition to 10 acres outside of town. Meusebach named the new settlement Fredericksburg after Prince Frederick of Prussia. Like many pioneer towns, Fredrickburg’s first years were not easy. Disease, Comanche attacks, and drought proved trying for the early settlers. Since its humble beginnings, however, Fredericksburg has grown into a popular tourist destination known as the second most visited wine region in the nation while still holding on tightly to its German roots.

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Although the 175th Anniversary Steering Committee has decided to postpone portions of the opening weekend celebration formerly slated for May 2021 and remains committed to following local, state, and national CDC guidelines and recommendations relating to COVID-19 safety, there are still several socially-distanced events starting May 7, 2021. Updated 175th Anniversary Opening Weekend Celebration events include: • “The Art of Fredericksburg: 175 Years” art show featuring more than 60 pieces of original art created by nearly 30 talented artists throughout Fredericksburg’s history will be on display May 8 through September 19, 2021. The free exhibit will take place in the George H.W. Bush Gallery’s temporary exhibit hall at the National Museum of the Pacific War. • Opening Weekend Celebratory Fireworks Show will take place on Friday, May 7, at approximately 9:00 PM at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

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• Commemorative Founders Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at Marktplatz on Saturday, May 8 at 11:30 AM.

MORE WAYS TO CELEBRATE To plan a historic weekend in Fredericksburg, start by booking a stay at one of the Sunday Houses around downtown. The original settlers who lived and farmed on large swaths of land surrounding Fredericksburg built one-room homes on their downtown plot of land. These tiny homes became known as Sunday Houses because settlers would use them during the weekend when they came to town to conduct business and attend church. Several of the original Sunday Houses that dot the downtown area are available for short-term rentals. The white-washed, two-bedroom Metzger Sunday House is one of the most popular Sunday Houses for rent. In 1898 the farming family built the tiny home one block away from Main Street. The picturesque home with its hanging swing on a small, covered porch looks like it did when it was built. The outside staircase leading up to an upstairs loft is typical of homes in the time period. Children would sleep in the upstairs loft while their parents slept and cooked downstairs.

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The town’s rich history does not end with lodging. The Pioneer Museum provides a glimpse of what life was like for the early settlers and how Fredericksburg evolved into the German-Texan town it is today. 11 historic buildings from the town’s early days make up the outdoor museum. Visitors can walk through one of the town’s original log cabins, a one-room schoolhouse, the town’s first barbershop, and several early Texas homes staged with furniture from the time period. History-loving visitors can also take a tour of St. Mary’s Parish that dates back to 1846 and browse the collection of Gillespie County archives in the replica of the Vereins Kirche. While museums provide important historical context, one of the best ways to explore a region’s culture is through food and drink. Walking around town, visitors will find an abundance of restaurants and biergartens dedicated to preserving the town’s German roots. It is easy to spend a whole day eating German food in Fredericksburg. For breakfast, stop by the Old German Bakery and Restaurant for potato pancakes or a Holstein schnitzel. For lunch or a late afternoon snack, the Auslander in the heart of historic Fredericksburg is a go-to destination. The restaurant specializes in authentic German dishes from the state of Bavaria, which means the menu is full of various types of smoked sausage, schnitzels, and German beer. Otto’s German Bistro just off Main Street uses locally sourced ingredients to create German comfort food like duck schnitzel, German Kassler, and apfelstrudel.

Otto’s German Bistro

Speaking of beer, finish your celebration by raising a pint of hefeweizen to the town’s history at Altstadt Brewery. The brewery spared no expense when building the Bavarian-inspired biergarten just outside of the historic downtown. Brewers at Altstadt follow the historic German purity law of 1516, which dictates that they only make beer using four ingredients - hops, barley, yeast, and spring water. For more information and updates on the events scheduled through May of 2022 visit, 175th.org. PHOTO CREDITS: Main Street - Rhiannon Taylor, Maibaum at Marketplatz - C. Barrington, Vereins Kirche - Fredericksburg Convention & Visitor Bureau, Pioneer Museum - Pioneer Museum, Otto’s German Bistro - Trish Rawls, Altstadt Brewery - Altstadt Brewery

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INGREDIENTS: 16 oz. cherry tomatoes | 1 cup asparagus, diced | 2 Tbsp. minced garlic | 4 Tbsp. olive oil | 1 tsp. salt | ½ tsp. pepper | ½ tsp. red pepper f lake | ½ tsp. onion powder | 8 oz. block feta cheese | 4 to 5 cups cooked pasta of your choice | Fresh basil | Parmesan cheese DIREC TIONS: PREHE AT o ve n t o 4 0 0 °. DR A IN fe t a a n d a d d t o th e

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cuisine | BRIGHT BITES

FENNEL SLAW SERVINGS: 6 TO 8 | TOTAL TIME: 20 MINS.

INGREDIENTS: 3 Tbsp. olive oil | 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar | 1 Tbsp. tarragon | 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice | ¼ tsp. sugar | 3 celery stalks, thinly sliced diagonally, plus ¼ cup loosely packed celery leaves | 2 small fennel bulbs, thinly sliced crosswise, plus 1 Tbsp. chopped fennel fronds | Salt and pepper DIRECTIONS: WHISK the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. ADD celery, celery leaves, sliced fennel, and chopped fennel fronds to the bowl. TOSS to coat and season with salt and pepper. Inspired by Bon Appétit. Adapted by Melissa Tate.

TIPS AND TRICKS: Add a small sliced crisp apple to to create a summer slaw.

STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE SERVINGS: 8 | PREP TIME: 15 MINS. | BAKE TIME: 45 MINS.

INGREDIENTS: Dough for single-crust pie | FILLING: 1 large egg | 1 cup sugar | 2 Tbsp. flour | 1 tsp. vanilla extract | ¾ pound rhubarb ribs, cut into ½ inch pieces or 3 cups sliced frozen rhubarb | 1 pint fresh strawberry, tops cut off and halved TOPPING: ¾ cup flour | ½ cup packed brown sugar | ½ cup old fashioned oats | ½ cup cold butter, cubed DIRECTIONS: PREHEAT oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, ROLL

dough to a ⅛ inch thick circle and transfer to a 9-inch pie plate. TRIM crust to ½ in over rim of the plate. In a large bowl, BEAT egg. BEAT in sugar, f lour, and vanilla until well blended. GENTLY stir in rhubarb and strawberries. POUR into crust. For the topping, in a small bowl, COMBINE flour, brown sugar, and oats. CUT in butter until crumbly. SPRINKLE over fruit. BAKE 10 minutes. REDUCE heat to 350° and bake until crust is golden brown, and filling is bubbly, about 35 minutes. COOL on a wire rack. SERVE with ice cream if desired. Recipe by Taste of Home.

TIPS AND TRICKS: If using frozen rhubarb, measure while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in colander but do not press liquid out.

ABOUT OUR CHEF Melissa is a freelance food writer with a passion for hospitality and home cooked meals. Along with writing, she helps her husband run their working ranch and event venue in Rockwall, Texas. To follow her cooking and ranching adventures visit MelissaTateTX .com or find her on Instagram at

@MELISSATATETX

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our picks | LIVING LIKES

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of stuff THAT’S MAKING US SAY “WE LIKE IT!” THIS MONTH BY HE AT H E R WI T H E R S POON

SWEDISH SIMPLICITY What’s not to love about the Hildegun kitchen collection from Ikea? The timeless, functional designs are made of 100% cotton, and you can’t beat the price with the most expensive item (Apron) at less than two dollars! $.49 TO $1.99, IKEA.COM

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SCENT OF THE SEA You know something is good when one of your daughters pinches your perfume. Outremer’s Oceane Eau De Toilette Spray is a light, fresh fragrance with notes of sea salt atop an aromatic marine base making it perfect for everyday wear. The elegant Art Deco-inspired glass bottle evokes France’s gardens and the sophistication of Paris where it is produced. $18, ANTHROPOLOGIE.COM

Pallini’s family limoncello recipe is over 100-years-old and is crafted from the finest sfusato amalfitano lemons that are carefully hand-picked for optimal freshness and flavor. This luxurious lemon liqueur can be enjoyed in a creative craft cocktail or slowly sipped chilled or on the rocks after dinner. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LIQUOR RETAILER FOR AVAILABILITY & PRICING.

BOWLED OVER Exclusively at World Market, this Paisley Bamboo Fiber Serving Bowl and Salad Servers Set is crafted of bamboo fiber and melamine with a multicolor paisley design. The serving bowl includes two salad servers that store in the rustic lid. This space-saving set is perfect for preparing, tossing, and serving a full salad or side. Storing leftovers is simple. Just top it with the natural bamboo and pop it in the fridge. $30, WORLDMARKET.COM

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