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PUBLISHER EDITOR SENIOR ADMINSTRATOR EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRIBUTORS

There seems to be so much suffering ...

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...in the world right now. Between hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, The Las Vegas shooting, and other dire events, many are hurting and many are questioning the reason for so much misery. But I take comfort in Romans 8:28 which promises, “In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”. And we certainly have seen good triumph, in many of these circumstances: neighbors pulling together to help each other, complete strangers rushing in to minister to those in need, heroic and selfless rescues, and miraculous survival stories. Please, know that our love and prayers are with everyone who’s been affected by recent events. We hope this month’s Living Magazine; our annual family edition, can serve as a delightful diversion and a reminder that, we may not know what tomorrow holds. But we know Who holds tomorrow. As Lamentation 3:23 reminds us, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning.”

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The Thanksgiving season is a wonderful time to not only give thanks for the blessings in our lives, but to reflect on what we’re grateful for as a community Mansfield is truly blessed on so many levels. We have a growing city with a strong economy, great city services, an excellent school district and a quality of life that draws families here from all over the state and the country. Beyond those positive traits that every city strives for, Mansfield also has a strong sense of community with residents who strive to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors and those in need. Throughout the year the city works with local civic, church and community groups to do everything from clean up trash from our parks and open spaces to helping repair homes for seniors and homeowners facing financial challenges. Each time we ask, hundreds of individuals heed the call to contribute their time, talents and, in some cases, money to assist us in these efforts. However, it isn’t just city programs that work to make difference. Organizations such as Mansfield Cares, The Wesley

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Mission, Common Ground and Feed the Kids work year round to provide healthcare, food, job training and other services to those in our community who are in need. The city’s churches, both individually or as a group with Mansfield Churches For the City, call on their members to give back to the community in a variety of ways. This giving spirit is part of who we are as Mansfield residents. In this season of Thanksgiving, we say thank you to those who are a blessing not only to those they help but to our entire city. Happy Thanksgiving

Mayor David L. Cook Mansfield

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As we gather family and friends for Thanksgiving, may I share what I’m thankful for as Mayor of this great city: 1. I get to be Mayor where I grew up, a city of friendly people with a passion for family, philanthropy and fun. 2. Epic Waters year-round indoor water park is opening, another jewel for Grand Prairie-Arlington tourism offerings. 3. The Epic mega-life center opens early 2018, featuring an artist in residence, inclined track, recording studio, teen center, theater, café, $1 million in work out equipment, futsal and pickle ball courts, teaching kitchen, bike spin room and swimming pool. 4. IKEA opens late 2017, bringing one of the world’s best retailers to town and an explosion of retail and restaurants. 5. Our City Council and management team are among the best in the nation, as evidenced by a host of national awards for Parks, Libraries, Police, Fire and more. Live Life Grand,

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November is traditionally a month to reflect on our blessings and be thankful. Even after a tough year like 2017, there’s no doubt that we in America’s Dream City have much to be thankful for. This year through our “Experience the Kindness of Our Dream City” campaign, we were blessed and amazed to witness ordinary citizens reaching out and making a difference for friends, neighbors, colleagues, city workers, and complete strangers. What began as a desire to shine a spotlight on kindnesses happening around Arlington, grew into a citywide focus on compassion and benevolence. From community gardens and canned food drives to mentoring and volunteer tutoring, from one neighbor cutting another neighbor’s grass to many of our citizens putting their lives on hold to help Houston get back on its feet, we’ve seen kindness and selflessness become a way of life in and around Arlington, like never before. To all of you who accepted the challenge to not only report the acts of kindness you witnessed but to pay it forward yourself, I want to say, “thank you”! It is truly an honor to serve as your mayor. This year has shown us that, while Arlington is an outstanding place to live, play, and work, the best years are still to come.

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SOCIAL CALENDAR NOVEMBER 23 8TH ANNUAL ARLINGTON TURKEY TROT Registration/packet pick up 6:30. The Puffin for Stuffin 1- mile starts at 8am..5K run/walk starts at 8:30am. Globe Life Park. For details visit arlingtonturkeytrot.org. Arlington

NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 23 PRAIRIE LIGHTS Enjoy the best holiday lights tradition! Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy. Visit prairielights.org for information. Grand Prairie

DECEMBER 3 THE HOLIDAY HOME TOUR

NOVEMBER 20-22

THANKSGIVING BREAK CAMPS This is a great way to spend Thanksgiving Break. Come join us for three days full of fun games and activities. Please bring a sack lunch. Pre-registration required. Ages 5-12. Cost is $35/day. 7am-6pm. Dottie Lynn, Elzie Odom and Hugh Smith Rec Centers. Visit naturallyfun.org. Arlington Parks and Recreation

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HOLLY DAYS Methodist Mansfield Medical Center will have caroling and pictures with Santa. Main floor. 2700 E. Broad St.

NOVEMBER 3 FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY: LUNCH SERIES Come on out with family and friends and enjoy music, fun and great food from our area food trucks. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets to the food truck events as seating is limited. 11am-2pm. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St. Arlington Parks and Recreation

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Tickets to the Mansfield Women’s Club Holiday Home Tour go on sale at Tom Thumb grocery store located at Walnut Creek Dr. & Hwy. 287, Mansfield. Tickets are $25.00 each. None of the 5 homes are handicap friendly. For more information visit themansfieldwomensclub.com. Mansfield

The MWC hosts The Holiday Home Tour. This year there are 5 beautifully decorated homes. No advance tickets will be sold at the doors. There are 4 exciting raffle items! All proceeds benefit women and children in need in the Mansfield area. For details visit themansfieldwomensclub.com.

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NOVEMBER 18 HOLIDAY IN THE PARK Six Flags Over Texas is back for select days in November for the most magical time of the year! Create memories for the family with our winter wonderland features and activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Visit sixflags.com. Arlington

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2018 DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE EARLY REGISTRATION Have a magical night for you and your daughters and spend an evening together. Join us for an evening full of dancing, food, DJ music, photos and limo rides. This will be a special night you will never forget! Cost: $20. No Limo/$25 with Limo. Event will be held your choice of February 9 or 10. Visit naturallyfun.org/ddd2018. Arlington Parks and Recreation L I V I NGMAG A Z IN E . N E T


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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (SEASON 14) The sensational dancers from this season’s hit FOX television show, So You Think You Can Dance, will be shaking things up this November. From hip-hop to ballroom, jiving to krumping; you will be amazed at the versatility and passion these dancers display. The season 14 tour features your favorite performances from this season’s top ten dancers— plus appearances from all-stars Jasmine Harper and Marko Germar. Don’t miss this incredible night of dance perfection only at the Verizon Theatre!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 @ 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL

BOBBY BARE & MELISSA LUMAN SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 @ 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL

EDITOR’S PICK

COCO DIR. LEE UNKRICH (TOY STORY 3)

ANTHONY GONZALEZ, GAEL GARCIA BERNAL

Pixar’s next effort revolves around the Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead, following a 12-year-old aspiring musician who’s a member of a family with a generation-old ban on music. In his quest to learn more about his musical idol, he sets off a series of events relating to his own family history. NOVEMBER 3

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THOR: RAGNAROK

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

DIR. TAIKA WAITITI (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS) CHRIS HEMSWORTH, CATE BLANCHETT

If the phrase Thor vs. Hulk gets you all fired up, then this seemingly self-aware and super colorful third installment of the Thor series featuring the crown prince of Asgard with shorter hair and without his fabled hammer Mjolnir is most certainly for you. Grab a bucket of popcorn.

DIR. KENNETH BRANAGH (CINDERELLA) KENNETH BRANAGH, PENÉLOPE CRUZ

Based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie, the newest adaptation features an ensemble cast of award winners and nominees including William Branagh (Hercule Poirot), Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, and Michelle Pfeiffer as they navigate a rail-bound murder mystery. NOVEMBER 22

THE GUESS WHO

MOLLY’S GAME

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 @ 8 PM

DIR. AARON SORKIN JESSICA CHASTAIN, IDRIS ELBA

VERIZON THEATRE AT GRAND PRAIRIE

90’S POP TOUR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 @ 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL

HERMAN’S HERMIT STARRING PETER NOONE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 @ 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL

TONY JACKSON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 @ VARIOUS TIMES VERIZON THEATRE AT GRAND PRAIRIE 

PAW PATROL LIVE!

Based on the life of Molly Bloom, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s (A Few Good Men, The Social Network) directorial debut follows Bloom (Chastain), a 26-year-old who secretly operates an underground poker empire for athletes, celebrities, tycoons, and the mob, as she becomes the target of an FBI investigation. NOVEMBER 21

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TRIBE OF MENTORS: SHORT LIFE ADVICE FROM THE BEST IN THE WORLD TIM FERRISS

Self-help guru and experienced interviewer Tim Ferriss sits down with 100 specialists in wide ranging fields, including elite athletes, lauded actors, and tech industry pioneers to get a bit of insight on some of the things they’ve learned along the way.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 @ 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL 

THE RAT PACK IS BACK WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 @ 6 PM VERIZON THEATRE AT GRAND PRAIRIE

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FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD

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While we check the accuracy of event information prior to press, details can change. Please check with the venue before hitting the road!  Willie Nelson performs in Stockton, California (2009), photo by Bob Tilden/Flickr.com: CC BY 2.0. Still from the trailer for Coco (2017), Disney/Pixar. Book cover from Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss (2017), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.. All imagery is presented for non-commercial illustrative purposes.

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MANSFIELD WOMEN’S CLUB PRESENTS

Holiday Home Tour SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3rd, 1-5PM

The City of Mansfield’s Hometown Holidays ends on Sunday with a festive afternoon tour of 5 beautifully decorated homes.

Sponsored by: METHODIST MANSFIELD MEDICAL CENTER Dura-Tech Processes, Inc. FROST BANK MERLE NORMAN COSMETICS MOUSER ELECTRONICS RJ CARROLL CO. UNITED DERMATOLOGY ASSOCIATES

Tour Tickets $25

Tickets are available November 1st at Tom Thumb, Hwy 287 & Walnut Creek Dr and Poured Wine Bar, 1601 Debbie Ln, call 817-453-7919 for hours.

RAFFLES $10

We have 4 exciting raffle items this year, drawing to be held at the close of the Tour. Thanks to our raffle sponsors: Mansfield Fine Jewelry — Diamond Earrings ($1400 value) Becky Hearne, RE/MAX Pinnacle Realty — $500 Gift Certificate Mansfield Women’s Club Members — $500 Gift Certificate Fontana’s Fine Dining— ($300 value) www.mansfieldwomensclub.com www.facebook.com/Mansfield.Womens.Club.Mansfield.TX Kathleen Powers, Chairwoman. 817-932-2329. All proceeds will benefit women and children in need in the Mansfield area. N OV E M B E R 2 01 7

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ARLINGTON/MANSFIELD

THE MATHNASIUM METHOD

Welcome to Mathnasium of Grand Prairie—your neighborhood math-only learning center that teaches kids math the way that makes sense to them. Our experienced math tutors utilize our proprietary teaching materials and techniques,The Mathnasium Method™, to deliver a customized learning plan designed to address each student’s needs, whether they started out far behind or are already ahead in math. Our instruction approach goes beyond traditional math tutoring to develop understanding and build a love for math.  Mathnasium of Grand Prairie was established in Fall 2017, and the ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted on 09/12/2017 with mayor Ron Jensen. When a child has the confidence to learn, it empowers them far beyond the classroom. That’s why at Mathnasium, we’re helping kids transform into confident critical-thinkers one lesson at a time. Whether your child started out far behind or already ahead in math, Mathnasium will help them leap ahead because we know that any child can be successful in math—it’s a matter of teaching it in a way that makes sense to them. Our experienced math tutors utilize our proprietary teaching materials and techniques, The Mathnasium Method™, to deliver a customized learning plan designed to address each student’s needs. Our instructional approach goes beyond traditional math tutoring to develop understanding and build a love for math. If math is a problem, Mathnasium can solve it. Students will grow more excited and confident about math—and their grades will reflect that. For students who already excel in math, the sky’s the limit. They will work to expand their math skills and, with math learning made exciting, can see all the doors that being great at math can open. Sam is the Center Director at Mathnasium of Grand Prairie, TX. Prior to his new role at Grand Prairie Mathnasium center, Sam started his career 10 years ago as a Sr. Scientist II with Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research, specializing in Ophthalmology Drug Discovery. He has an MS in Pharmacology and a BS in Toxicology from the University of Louisiana, Monroe. After finding Mathnasium, Sam knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life doing what he loved the most, teaching children and math. He believes that Mathnasium can change children’s attitude towards math and help develop a deep understanding of “number sense.”

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ON THE COVER

Meet Part of Our Dynamic Team at AVANTÉ Salon & Day Spa BY MEREDITH KNIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAUREN MARIE

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VOTED #1 SALON AND DAY SPA THIRTEEN YEARS RUNNING

t AVANTÉ Salon & Day Spa in Mansfield, Owners Danny and Jacqueline Hughes, Emilie Woodward, and Jamie Bunton have hand-selected each member of their team and pay careful attention to even the smallest detail of the experience their guests enjoy. From the tranquil environment to the menu of indulgent services, nothing is left to chance. But as their guests are quick to point out, the thing that makes this A-list salon and day spa such a treat is the team of ladies themselves.

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Jamie Bunton

Mallory Galusha

Michelle Holderman

A proud owner, leader, and educator at AVANTÉ, Jamie loved the technology, tools, and gorgeous atmosphere of the salon, from the first moment she entered. “I love providing oneon-one coaching, always setting new goals, and pushing myself and my girls to do more than we thought we could do.” After 16 years as a stylist, Jamie still loves every day at the salon, providing highly-personalized care to her guests.

A driving scripture in Mallory’s life and work is Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” That verse drives her to go above and beyond to perfect her craft and stay on top of the latest trends and techniques for her guests. “I see my career as a way to let the light of Christ shine through me,” she said.

Michelle has a thirst for knowledge; to know everything she can about hair. “The coaching, resources, and continuing education I’m given at AVANTÉ have really helped me set myself apart from others in my field,” she said. “My mission as a hair stylist is to empower my guest to see the beauty they already hold and to educate them to achieve the things they want for themselves.”

Lauren Goforth

Brenda Stewart

Lauren feels blessed to have grown up with her brothers who were inspiring role models and to have trained under outstanding teachers and mentors. Now as an AVANTÉ stylist and educator, she says she’s surrounded by ladies who truly want the best for each other. “My goal each day is to happily serve others, to be more than a stylist to my guests, and to create bigger and better challenges for myself.”

Brenda found a unique way of combining her love for theatre (in the costume, hair, and makeup department) and the service industry. As an AVANTÉ stylist, educator, and team mate, she loves that her days are filled with meeting new people who welcome her into their lives. “I love being a part of the Mansfield Community through a business that has its guests in mind. It’s a beautiful thing,” she said.

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AVANTÉ Salon & Day Spa’s salon services include Precision Cuts, Custom Color, Hair Extensions, Brazilian Blowout, latest trending Balayage/Highlighting techniques and much, much more. The spa side is a soul-soothing oasis offering specialized spa treatment from Swedish, Hot-Stone, and DeepTissue Massages to Reflexology Foot Treatment, Dead Sea Mud Wraps, Seaweed Body Wraps, Spa Pedicures, Lash Extensions, Lash Lift, Personalized Facials, Peels, Microdermabrasion and much more. Find out more about this dynamic salon and day spa at BestSalonMansfield.com. 1223 East Debbie Lane (near Matlock Road) Mansfield, Texas (817) 477-4040 BestSalonMansfield.com

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Surrender Your Story BY LISA JENKINS-MOORE

“Give God the right to direct your life and as you trust him along the way you’ll find he pulled it off perfectly!” (Psalm 37:5, TPT)

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A few weeks ago during the musical worship session at church, one of the musicians sang “Surrender Your Story.” These three words pierced my heart as I considered their weightiness. I was born into this world strong-willed and determined and I’ve been trying to write my own story for decades. Though my belief in Christ has almost always existed, my full surrender has been a constant battle. Just when I think I’ve humbled myself and given Him my all, He pulls back another layer, revealing a nasty mess of twisted desire, selfish ambition, envy, and superficiality.

‘yes’.” I researched this rocking and the Yiddish term for it is “shuckling” which means “to shake.” Historians believe it initially began when Jews would read the Torah; the number of texts was limited so they would move around one another bending forward for a better view.

What does it mean to surrender? When we say “yes” to Christ’s salvation, we must also say “yes” to His Lordship, which requires a far greater level of self-denial, faith, and trust. My friend, Hanna, recently posted this on her page:

limited perception; Yes, Lord, my life is not my own—I was bought with a price and I belong to you.

Many rabbis connect the shaking during prayer to Psalm 35:10 which says, “All my bones will cry out!” The Passion Translation reads like this, “Everything inside of me will shout it out: There’s just no one like you, Lord!” Others believe the motion was adopted to help the body connect Can anyone out there relate? In a world of right-now better with the spirit for more focused prayer and meditation. information, overused technology, teachers and authors at Whatever the origin, I’ve found myself moving in this fashion our fingertips, everyone gets their fifteen minutes of fame and on numerous occasions in both prayer and worship and for pride can raise its ugly head and scream, “What about ME???” now, I see it as my visual “yes”—not just a nod of the head, but And the Son of God who emptied Himself and abandoned his a nod of full body surrender—“yes, Lord.” God-ness to give Himself completely for mankind once again Yes, I will surrender—not just in the stirring I feel in worship takes a back seat. Quite frankly, I’m tired of being the driver. and in prayer, but in the daily doing of life. Yes, Lord, Your The hamster wheel of life has worn me down and finally, yes, to-do-list, not mine; Yes, Lord, Your thoughts, not mine; Yes, finally, I surrender. Lord, Your attitude, not mine; Yes, Lord, Your vision, not my

Ever hear a song that resonates so deeply to your heart? Well... this morning, while I was cooking breakfast, Give Me Faith by Elevation, played on my Echo. It was beautiful. It was powerful. It was a God wink! If I could sum up my current season, in just ONE word, it would be SURRENDER. Surrendering my life to the Lord: my family, my finances, my plans... well just about everything. Doing my best to say YES to whatever He asks of me. Is it hard? OH YEAH. It’s actually not easy AT ALL. Has the Lord redirected MY plans? YES. Has He asked me to do things that make ZERO sense? YES. But you know what? The more I say YES the easier it becomes to surrender it all to Him. It’s all His anyways, right? Jenn Johnson quoted this recently and it is something I meditate on often, she said, “Let the cry of our hearts be yes, before He even asks.”

Oh, the challenge for the independent mind in a society that values individualism. If I write my story, it will be a shallow misrepresentation of all I was intended to be. If He writes my story, it will be exactly as He intended it to be, a life fashioned for His glory—not a minute wasted, a life engaged in the journey living for the eternal rather than the temporal, a story worth living, a story worth telling—my life, surrendered becomes His-story. The useless clay becomes priceless in the hands of the potter. I surrender. Dear God, may we all surrender our story.

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Hanna is a young married woman with two small children who has been gifted with wisdom beyond her years. If all of us, regardless of our age or stage in life could just lay down our desires, our will, our perfect plans for our lives and trust our Creator completely, how would we change personally and better yet, how would the lives of those around us be changed? During worship in another service, I found myself rocking back and forth and had the picture of the Jewish people at the Wailing Wall. I heard the words, “Their entire body says

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This community leader, single dad, and former preacher has a natural rapport with his viewers and listeners simply because he’s one of them. With his jammed-packed schedule these days, we managed to slow Mark down long enough to find out a little about the journey that’s brought him to where he is today. “Life has been full of great places, people, and adventures,” he said. “Since 1987, BizTV Channel 55.6 I’ve found myself working as a non-profit CEO, commercial M-F 6-7pm real estate VP, chamber of commerce executive, record Facebook Live from producer, church planter, and now a radio/TV host. But my 3:00 to 5:00 pm at most important job, for the past ten years, has been fullfacebook.com/biztelevisiontexas time dad to my three kids. Tragically, we lost their mother to Huntington’s Disease. So, I also volunteer my time to help support fundraising and awareness of this terrible disease.”

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Just Ask! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HOLIDAY CONVERSATIONS WITH LOVED ONES—FOR YOUR HEALTH

Beyond exchanging hugs and old stories, family gatherings present an opportunity to talk to relatives about hereditary health issues. It may not be easy to ask about your grandma’s heart attack or your uncle’s battle with cancer, but these questions could save your life. “Your family medical history can help you understand your own risks,” said Shawn Sheble, a registered nurse with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “Conditions most commonly inherited include heart disease, hypertension, asthma, diabetes, osteoporosis, certain types of cancer, and some mental illnesses.” Knowing what to expect could lead to screenings or early diagnosis, and even lifestyle changes that will keep you in good condition for years to come. For example, Sheble said, if a relative has suffered breast and colon cancer at an early age, you may be predisposed too. A family history of high cholesterol could put you at greater risk of heart disease or stroke. Timely tests could rule out or identify problems, giving you the chance to take immediate action. “Gather information by talking to whoever you can, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, and your parents,” Sheble said. “Let them know you are looking out

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FIVE KEY QUESTIONS You can start by choosing from the following questions suggested by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 1. Do you have any chronic diseases, such as heart disease or diabetes, or health conditions, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol? 2. Have you had any other serious diseases, such as cancer or stroke? (If cancer, ask what type.) 3. How old were you when each of these diseases or health conditions was diagnosed? (Even the approximate age is useful.) 4. From what countries or regions did your ancestors come to the United States? 5. What were the causes and ages of death for relatives who have died?

KEEP A RECORD Be sure to write down the information you gather and keep documenting your family health history. The U.S. Surgeon General offers a helpful tool called My Family Health Portrait, a free online application you can use to keep everything organized. You can create your family health history at FamilyHistory.HHS.gov.

SHARING IS CARING Knowing is not enough, warns the CDC. Share any health records you attain along with any results from genetic testing you have done, especially with younger members of your family. If you have a medical condition, tell your family members about your diagnosis. And, of course, talk to your doctor.

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Hygge is derived from a sixteenth-century Norwegian term, hugga, meaning “to comfort” or “to console.” Considered the likely origin of the English word “hug,” hygge encompasses feelings of relaxation, modest indulgence, gratitude, well-being, and coziness. deeply soothing. Now that’s hygge! Is hygge a kind of mindfulness, as well—another buzzword that has captured our attention lately? While hygge and mindfulness are not necessarily mutually exclusive, I think “presence” is more appropriate than “mindfulness.” Mindful means being attentive and aware, but it can also mean being careful. It doesn’t seem that hygge involves cognizant carefulness. Instead, it’s the sheer

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in a hygge world, direct social interaction, personal warmth, and a genuine nature are cherished.

Perhaps it’s easier to describe what hygge does not entail—materialism, gluttony, envy, and excess. Having an enormous house, driving the fastest car on the block, or carrying the latest designer handbag (admittedly, one of my indulgences) aren’t hygge. It isn’t about one-upping your neighbors or hanging out online either, because

HYGGE HAPPY Now you have a better understanding of what hygge is, but what’s the big deal about living a hygge life? Sure, we all like to feel cozy, but is there more to it? An answer may lie with the Danes. They have been embracing the hygge lifestyle for L I V I NGMAG A Z IN E . N E T

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HOMESTEAD GETTING HYGGE WITH THE NEIGHBORS For a touch of homemade goodness this season, don’t reach for Neighborliness can be hygge. For instance, my neighbor and I look forward to sharing what has become an annual tradition. It began when he hung a finch feeder that’s visible from our front doors. I contribute thistle seeds, as does he, to keep the “finch action” going throughout the season. My initial donation was planting moon flowers which reseed each year in the same area as the bird feeder. We rejoice when the seedlings sprout, water the plants and watch them grow, then celebrate when their giant white blossoms unfurl as dusk draws near. (You might find us out there doing a goofy impromptu moon dance some evening!) All this warms our hearts and nurtures a neighborly spirit. Definitely hygge. ages, to the point that it has become part of their national character. And it seems to contribute to their overall happiness factor. According to the United Nations World Happiness Report, Denmark is considered the happiest country in the world. This is a bit surprising when you think about it. High taxes and long, cold winters with brief periods of daylight aren’t necessarily synonymous with happiness, in my opinion. And yet, the Danish people live contentedly practicing their hygge philosophy.

MORE THAN CANDLES, HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS, AND COZY DECOR Sure, these things can contribute to “hygge-ness,” but hygge life will vary among us as individuals. For example, I may love cookies just out of the oven with gooey chocolate chunks whereas you may prefer sipping spring cherry green tea from a decorative porcelain tea cup or a mug your son gave you (but it’s okay to want a warm cookie to go with it!). Along with a pervasive enjoyment of cozy things, hygge is also about convivial togetherness. A casual dinner with close friends without lots of fuss and plenty of friendly, easy-going interaction is hygge. A personal favorite hygge togetherness

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moment for me is afternoon tea with my husband—our version of a lowkey high tea. We sit in upholstered chairs with a view of the garden and drink fragrant tea steeped in handstitched silk tea bags while mired in conversation that meanders and flows from topic to topic. Our tea times together foster a deeper connection between us.

CELEBRATING THE HIGH HYGGE SEASON Naturally, the holiday season is all about hygge. Just the thought of hot cider with a cinnamon stick and holiday music playing in the background brings a cozy feeling. Sharing special moments and traditions with friends and family and adding homemade gifts to your gift exchange—also hygge. Making a gift is satisfying (and hygge) for both for you and the recipient, and it doesn’t need to be ultra time-consuming. Create a terrarium or paint a wooden bird house you picked up at the hobby store. Place some colored glass beads in the bottom of Mason jar, put a tea candle on the level beads, tie a ribbon around the opening of the jar, and voila, you have a candle holder that’s great for a deck or a kitchen table. Comfort food and evoking taste memories of happy times in the past are hygge, too. If it’s not much fuss,

make your grandmother’s fudge, your father’s special egg nog, or aunt Sarah’s free-form plum tart. Just thinking about these things makes me “hygge happy.” How about you? Hygge may be a trend right now, but it should have staying power because it’s a “good thing.” In today’s world that often seems consumed with hatred, violence, and vitriol, living the hygge life helps us appreciate the sheer art of living and perhaps, the essence of life itself.

In his Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, Meik Wiking outlines practical ways to bring hygge into your life. One of his suggestions: create a self-care emergency kit that will help you wind down and relax at the end of a rough day. Wiking recommends making a kit that contains comforting things, such as quality chocolate, herbal tea, a soft blanket, a page-turner, a notebook and pen, and a photo album. L I V I NGMAG A Z IN E . N E T

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For many of us, the holidays are synonymous with houseguests. This can be a mixed blessing. When we allow ourselves to get so bogged down in the details of hosting that we forget to enjoy our time with our guests, the typically joyous occasion can become seriously stressful. But with a little forethought and consideration, you can get your home houseguest ready—then kick back and enjoy every minute you have with your friends and family this holiday season. Think of all those chores, home repairs, and DIY projects loitering on the back burner. Impending houseguests can serve as the kick in the pants you’ve been waiting for to get them done. Give your kitchen cabinets a fresh coat of paint. Wake up that tired flowerbed. Or give your house that deep cleaning that’s going to put fresh wind in your sails. (Easier still, pay a pro to take care of it!) If your guests are of the overnight variety, consider these ten tips for making them feel at home in your house.

1. Find out beforehand what types of snacks your guests enjoy and whether they have any dietary limitations. Do they have a favorite wine or beer you can stock for them? 2. Plan a range of potential activities for your guests, from a simple shopping excursion to a cocktail party or daytrip to an amusement park. Consider what things make your town unique and make plans for your guests to experience them, if they so choose. 3. If your guests include children, make accommodations for them, too. Have

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games and coloring books on hand. Rent a family-friendly movie or plan an age-appropriate craft. If you’ll be attending a holiday party with the parents, find the names of a few responsible local babysitters who can watch the kids. 4. If your guest room sheets have been on the bed awhile, give them a wash. They may be stale smelling. Provide plenty of extra blankets and comforters. 5. Offer current magazines or perhaps a book of short stories in the guest room in case your guest has trouble sleeping, or they rise earlier or go to sleep later than you. 6. Provide a basket with bottled water and snacks, as well as toiletries such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, lotion, aspirin, toothpaste, dental floss, or toothbrushes they may have forgotten. 7. Provide closet and dresser space for your guests, or at least a flat surface to open their suitcase and live out of it.

8. Place nightlights around your house so guests can find their way around at night. 9. Post your Wi-Fi network name and password in the guest room, and make sure a power outlet is accessible for chargers. 10. Guests are a perfect excuse to splurge on cute Thanksgiving or Christmas dishtowels, the holiday dishware you’ve always wanted, or a larger than usual Christmas tree. After all, you’re not doing it for yourself. It’s for your guests, right? And whatever you do, never underestimate the charm of fresh flowers in the guest room and throughout the house. Lastly, remember that the most inviting thing about your home should be you. Hosting isn’t about impressing someone with how Martha Stewart you can be, but rather about letting them know you love and value them enough to want your house to feel like their home away from home. L I V I NGMAG A Z IN E . N E T

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Ah, there’s nothing like indulging in seasonal fall favorites. Cozy sweaters, crunchy leaves, spiced ciders, and of course, the reigning champion of all things autumn—pumpkin. It’s pretty much impossible not to get sucked into the pumpkin craze each year with tantalizing treats everywhere you look, but we’re not here to talk about delicious desserts or spiced lattes. Did you know you can use the powerful vitamins and antioxidants in pumpkin to treat your skin as well? That’s right, just when you thought the fall favorite couldn’t get any better!

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A FREE RADICAL FIGHTER Vitamin A is excellent at repairing skin, and it’s found a-plenty in pumpkin. With their bright orange color, pumpkins are rich in carotenoids—a type of Vitamin A commonly found in fruits and vegetables—which your body breaks down into retinol. Although free radicals such as UV rays break down the skin’s elasticity and inhibit its ability to repair itself, retinol packs a punch by repairing damaged cells. Sure, you can always take Vitamin A supplements, but why not get a little extra boost straight from the gourd this season?

COLLAGEN STARTS WITH C Moving down the alphabet, pumpkins are also chock-full of Vitamin C, which is good for your body in many ways besides helping ward off a cold. As we age, our bodies naturally slow down the production of collagen, which helps keep our skin firm, plump, and elastic.

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MINERALS ON MY MIND While vitamins are a big part of staying healthy, minerals are nothing to sneeze at. One particular mineral found in pumpkin is zinc. There’s a lot more to zinc than its potential ability to shorten the duration of a cold. In fact, there’s a lot to get excited about from a skin health perspective. Zinc is known to repair skin like a pro. Not only does it aid in cell regeneration, it can be used to treat inflammation. Skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and even dandruff may be curbed by the ingestion of zinc. Zinc is even known to help reduce acne flare-ups by moderating the amount of sebum produced by the skin. Talk about one powerful mineral, huh?

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FIBER-FILLED Pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber, which is not only good for digestive health but for beauty as well. A diet with a good amount of fiber ensures that our bodies effectively rid themselves of waste and toxins. When the digestive system is run down, it can manifest as tired-looking, sallow skin. Finally, don’t forget the seeds! Pumpkin seeds are packed with as many vitamins and minerals as the pulp. Not only do they make a tasty snack, they boost your beauty factor by aiding in the growth of glossy, healthy hair. Simply rinse off the seeds you scrape them from the pulp, soak them in a bowl of salted water for a few hours, and bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees until seeds are cooked through.

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HOORAY FOR PUREE! For a touch of homemade goodness this season, don’t reach for store-bought canned puree for your recipes. It’s actually quite easy to make, and all you need is a fresh pumpkin and hot water. Here’s how: 1. Cut the pumpkin into chunks, removing the seeds and peel. 2. Bring water to a boil and cook 20 to 30 minutes or until the pumpkin has become soft and tender. 3. Drain and let cool completely. 4. Mash or puree and store for later. If not used right away, the puree will be freshest up to three days in the refrigerator and three months in the freezer. Happy pureeing!

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ADVENTURE Fun, Family-Friendly Camping Activities There are many activities that don’t require packing lots of extra gear—after all, you’re a camper, not a pack animal! Here are a few ideas. Instead of hiking just to hike, spend some time ID’ing plants. This gives you a chance to explore and stay active, and to possibly learn something new as well. Camping isn’t complete without s’mores. Check out creative ideas at TheKitchn.com (salty caramel bacon s’mores, anyone?), then bring along the ingredients in addition to the usual graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars—and let the deliciousness begin. Discover the stars. Beautiful, cool, clear nights are great for star gazing. There are a variety of online sources where you can download easyto-follow star maps. Use these to help identify constellations. While you’re at it, be on the lookout for a possible shooting star and make a wish. Play camping games. Don’t be tempted to bring an iPad in case the kids get bored. Time away from electronics gives everyone an opportunity to interact and play. Washer toss, for example, is a fun game for players of all ages. It’s like horseshoes but easier, and requires minimal gear—two targets consisting of a square box with a circle of plastic pipe in the center, and metal washers in two colors (three of each). You can buy washer toss games, but they’re easy to make. You can find lots of instructions online. Teach your children safety and cooperation, and lead by example. Camping is a good time to foster an understanding of the importance of safety in the wilderness. Educate children about being aware of their surroundings and get them involved in the camping experience from the beginning planning stages through to campsite cleanup. Teach them how to set up and break down camp, gather firewood and tinder, etc. Tell campfire stories and sing songs. Sitting around an evening campfire is a perfect time to share family memories and make new ones. And of course, stories and songs are part of the experience. If you’re looking for story ideas to tell with your family, check out the book, Spooky Campfire Stories: Outdoor Myths And Tales For All Ages.

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HOLIDAY FOOD FACT The first commercially made cranberry sauce hit store shelves in 1912. Americans consume approximately 5,062,500 gallons of jellied cranberry sauce every holiday season. The ruby red, gelatinous log is served at 94 percent of Thanksgiving dinners.

THE OLD TABLECLOTH TRICK Instead of buying tablecloths for each holiday, start a new tradition. Purchase one and have guests sign it before holiday dinners. When the holiday is over, embroider over each guest’s signature, creating a holiday heirloom.

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It’s better to give than to receive, but you have to know when to give. If you feel like giving back this holiday season, why not volunteer at a soup kitchen? Consider showing up not on Thanksgiving or Christmas day, when most soup kitchens are already bursting at the seams with volunteers, but a week before or after a big holiday. People who are dealing with stress or loneliness related to an impending or recently passed holiday will appreciate it.

We all know Thanksgiving is the day when family (ideally) gathers around the dining room table looking like a Norman Rockwell painting. But what if you aren’t able to make it to your family’s Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t despair and succumb to holiday depression. Why not host a Friendsgiving? Invite all your friends who can’t get home for the holidays. The best part is it doesn’t even have to be on the fourth Thursday in November. You can pick any date you want. Now that sounds like something Norman Rockwell might draw.

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If you’re looking for a way to keep the kiddos busy before a holiday meal, put them in charge of making butter. Simply fill some mason jars halfway with heavy cream, seal tightly, and let the youngsters shake the daylights out of them. It takes about fifteen minutes of diligent shaking for the cream to turn into butter. When a ball of butter forms in the jar, drain off the liquid (which is buttermilk) and press out the remaining liquid with a wooden spoon. Stir in a bit of salt if you wish, and the butter for your bread will be extra special.

The average Texan might not know a lot about Iceland other than Björk’s swan dress and the fact it’s ironically warmer than Greenland, but they have one of the most charming Christmas traditions American families should adopt. It’s called Jólabókaflóð. It’s pronounced… Well, don’t worry about how it’s pronounced.

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The Law Office of Lauren Gaydos Duffer, P.C. HOLIDAY FOOD FACT If you’ve ever thought putting marshmallows on sweet potatoes was kind of a cracker jack idea, maybe that’s because the Cracker Jack company originally printed the recipe for this holiday fixture in a booklet of recipes published in 1917. It was all in an effort to get people cooking with marshmallows. inute Free 30 m ns at our consultatio office Arlington onth em during th ber. of Novem

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SANTA’S SECRET SPIES The trend of elves spying on children and reporting back to Santa on their naughty and nice behavior seemed to have come out of nowhere. In reality, this tradition has been a staple of many families for generations. Santa’s helper can take many forms—not just an elf with a really good publicist. You can get one of Santa’s helpers anywhere, including a dollar store. Take your pick! It doesn’t matter if it’s a stuffed animal, snowman, or reindeer. They will move around your house just as well as an elf. The children will never know where it will turn up next. It can be in the bathroom, on your Christmas tree, or

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EASY BREEZY CHRISTMAS EVE-Y With all the hard work that goes in to making your family’s magical Christmas Day meals and traditions come to life, why don’t you make it easier on yourself by making Christmas Eve a breeze? A fun, contemporary idea for Christmas Eve dinner is for each family member to pick out a frozen appetizer of his or her choice, then cook them up and enjoy serving them buffet style. No muss. no fuss!

MERRY KITSCHMAS! If you’re longing for a simpler time, break out your finest 50s attire and celebrate this holiday in retro style. Not only is a kitschmas party wholesome good fun, it’s also an economical crowd pleaser. Set the scene with an aluminum or heavily flocked tinseled tree and decorate with anything that would have been at home in Donna Reed’s living room. Put on some classic Christmas albums (bonus points for vinyl albums playing in the corner).

For refreshments, the crazier the better. Deviled eggs served with party crackers and cream cheese make excellent appetizers. For the main course, look for any old recipes with “loaf,” “casserole,” or “surprise” in the title. Don’t forget the gelatin salads! Keep desserts simple with a variety of pies and a pineapple upside down cake. This is the perfect time to use your grandmother’s punch bowl.

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