Living Magazine February 2018

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The Caring Issue PLUS!

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FEBRUARY 2018 ARLINGTON MANSFIELD GRAND PRAIRIE EDITION

LIVING PET CLUB Join the fuzzy festivities

KITCHEN KINDNESS

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IDYLLIC INTERLUDE

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

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The Caring Issue

FEBRUARY 2018

on the cover 22 I KE EYE CENTERS OF TEXAS

Profile 41 I ALBA DAHLIA FLORAL

FEATURES 40 I The Big Day

Much ado about wedding planning

BONUS FEATURE

42 I Light in White

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52 I Rebecca Carrell

Bridal basics that are easy on the wallet

PET-POURRI!

in every issue

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14 FROM THE PUBLISHER 16 BEST BETS 18 SOCIAL CALENDAR 20 TALK OF THE TOWN 24 FRUIT OF THE VINE 30 LIVING PET CLUB 74 LIVING LIKES

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WELLNESS CARDIAC KINDNESS

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AESTHETICS

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HOMESTEAD

ANTI-AGING DIET

SAGUARO OASIS

THE SHAPE OF THINGS

LOVE IT AND LIST IT

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ADVENTURE A STORYBOOK GETAWAY

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CUISINE COOKING FOR COMFORT

EPHEMERAL FLOWERS PLUMBING PROBLEMS

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FROM THE PUBLISHER

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PUBLISHER EDITOR SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRIBUTORS

Welcome to the February edition

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of Living Magazine. This is one of my favorite months of the year, because it’s a time when we pause to consider the loves of our life. Be they a spouse, a child, a parent, or a beloved friend, February is about letting those we care about know how much they mean to us. Flowers, cards, candlelit dinners, and decadent boxes of chocolate—I love it all! And while February 14th is Valentine’s Day, don’t forget February 13th. Dubbed GALentines Day, it’s a day when women show appreciation for female friendships . It’s a great day to gather with your gal friends for a little brunch and a whole lot of laughter.

And our annual Caring issue is here to help you care for yourself a bit too. Within these pages, you’ll find advice on caring for everything from your heart, eyes, and figure to your home, pets, and garden. You’ll find our take on creating edible care packages, putting your best foot forward with winter fashions, a no-nonsense wedding day checklist, and more. As 2018 begins to take shape, remember the promise we find in Isaiah 40:31, “Those who hope in the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not grow faint.” Happy February to you and the ones you love!

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Letters

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Mayors

MAYOR DAVID COOK

MANSFIELD

MAYOR RON JENSEN

GRAND PRAIRIE

There are many great things happening in our community this year and we would love for you to be a part of them. There’s no better way to be a part of it all than volunteering. When residents take an active interest in their city and volunteer their time, it ensures that their city will thrive. Having residents who care about their community is an important asset. And it’s not only about giving back to your city to help its growth; it’s often benefiting neighbors who need assistance. There are dozens of opportunities to give back and make a difference in Mansfield. The city’s volunteer coordinator Priscilla Sanchez organizes thousands of people each year to assist with programs like Keep Mansfield Beautiful, Habitat for Humanity and Feed the Kids. She also works with our Code Compliance Department to identify residents who need a helping hand. Show a little love to your neighbors and your city. Be a volunteer.

New Development is the big story in Grand Prairie this year: •Our new 293,000-square-foot IKEA store is now open, which includes a 450-seat restaurant. •Epic Waters indoor water park is open with a retractable roof, 11 slides, indoor lazy river and FlowRider surf machine. It’s like a cruise ship on land! •The Epic Life Center, a mega recreation and entertainment venue will open in spring 2018 •New restaurants are popping up on State Highway 161 including Jason’s Deli, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle and more. •Three new hotels, Hyatt Place, Hilton Tru and Staybridge will be opening in 2018 •Auto parts maker Flex N’Gate has acquired a 430,000-square-foot new manufacturing facility on Bardin Road. The company plans to hire 568 employees by 2020. Continued improvements to roadways, including the addition of new frontage roads on Interstate 20 and Interstate 30 and the 360 South extension to US 287, will continue to help spur unprecedented growth as we continue to Live Life Grand!

MAYOR JEFF WILLIAMS

ARLINGTON

The residents of the great city of Arlington have used words such as innovative, full of opportunity, authentic, on-the-move, and more to describe the current climate and atmosphere of our city. As we embark upon a new year, there is no better time to be living, working, and playing in The American Dream City. Arlington is unique in that a student can receive an exceptional education in our city all the way from kindergarten to Ph.D. Young families are realizing the dream of home ownership. Entrepreneurs are launching new businesses. Research and innovation are advancing by leaps and bounds. Vibrant neighborhoods are growing. Through our legacy of hard work and a can-do attitude—with neighbor helping neighbor—we’re making Arlington into a place like no other. This year, we will also see the opening of Texas Live in downtown Arlington between AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park. This downtown entertainment venue will open many possibilities for continued development and growth for our city. We have some exciting days ahead! 2018 is shaping up to be another year of blessing and bounty, with an even better life and an even better Arlington for everyone.

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BEST BETS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 @ 7:30 PM VERIZON THEATRE GRAND PRAIRIE

FEBRUARY 23 ANNIHILATION

FEBRUARY 16

BLACK PANTHER

NATALIE PORTMAN DIR. ALEX GARLAND (EX MACHINA) EDITOR’S PICK

LITTLE BIG TOWN The Breakers Tour is the fourth and current headlining tour by American country music quartet, Little Big Town. The tour is in support of their eighth studio album The Breaker. The set is largely composed of songs from the band’s two most recent albums (The Breaker and 2014’s Pain Killer) alongside covers and some of the best known hits from their back catalog.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 @ 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL

AN EVENING OF ROMANCE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 @ 8 PM VERIZON THEATRE GRAND PRAIRIE

ADAM TRENT

CHADWICK BOSEMAN, LUPITA NYONG’O DIR. RYAN COOGLER (CREED)

A biologist (Portman) ventures into an unusual environmental disaster zone with a small expedition team to find out what happened to her husband, who suffered a mysterious fate linked to the site, dubbed Area X. Based on the 2014 Nebula Award winner for Best Novel.

Don’t look now, but we’re up to eighteen (!) films in Marvel’s comic-based cinematic universe. This one—long overdue—sees T’Challa (Boseman), whose ceremonial title as the king of fictional African nation Wakanda is Black Panther, work together with the CIA and Wakanda special forces to prevent all-out war.

FEBRUARY 9

THE 15:17 TO PARIS

FEBRUARY 16

SPENCER STONE, ANTHONY SADLER, ALEK SKARLATOS DIR. CLINT EASTWOOD (UNFORGIVEN)

EARLY MAN

Eastwood dips his toes back into current events after American Sniper and Sully with this true story about the three men (Stone, Sadler, and Skarlatos, as themselves) who thwarted a potential terrorist attack aboard a Thalys train in France in 2015.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 @ 8 PM VERIZON THEATRE GRAND PRAIRIE

EDDIE REDMAYNE, MAISIE WILLIAMS DIR. NICK PARK (WALLACE & GROMIT)

Aardman Studios and Nick Park bring the distinctive stop motion animated look from the Wallace & Gromit series back to the dawn of time and the era of prehistoric beasties, as caveman Dug (Redmayne) is forced to protect his village with his pet Hognob and his friend Goona (Williams).

ALAN JACKSON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 @ 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL

THE RAT PACK IS BACK FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 @ 7:30 VERIZON THEATRE GRAND PRAIRIE

JO KOY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 @ 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL

BJ THOMAS

EDITOR’S PICK

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CHICAGO

DAVID MAMET

Acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Mamet (The Untouchables, Glengarry Glen Ross) returns to Prohibition-era Chicago for his first novel in more than twenty years with Chicago, which follows a newspaper writer who falls in love—and seeks revenge. Filled with signature “Mamet speak” and mixing fiction with fact, this one is sure to be a gritty page-turner. FEBRUARY 6

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 @ 8 PM VERIZON THEATRE GRAND PRAIRIE

MERCYME SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 @ 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL

DAILEY & VINCENT

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THE GREAT ALONE

KRISTIN HANNAH

FEBRUARY 20

THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY

MICHIO KAKU

While we check the accuracy of event information prior to press, details can change. Please check with the venue before hitting the road! Lana Del Rey performs at Irving Plaza in New York, 2012, photo by George Miranda do Nascimento/Flickr.com: CC BY 2.0. Still from the trailer for Annihilation (2018), Paramount Pictures. Book cover from Chicago by David Mamet (2018), Custom House/HarperCollins. All imagery is presented for non-commercial illustrative purposes.

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SOCIAL CALENDAR ARLINGTON - MANSFIELD - GRAND PRAIRIE

FEBRUARY 9 AND 10

2018 DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE Tale As Old As Time. 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. The Bob Duncan Center will be transformed into an enchanted ballroom. 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. Registration closes February 6. Visit naturallyfun.org/ddd2018. Arlington Parks and Recreation FEBRUARY 1 - 28

four wheels at AT&T Stadium. For tickets and more information visit attstadium.com/events/ monsterjam2018.

Spring 2018. Register online at coapar.siplay.com. Visit naturallyfun.org for details.

Arlington

YOUTH SPORTS REGISTRATION Arlington Parks and Recreation

FEBRUARY 7

CUPID SHUFFLE Fun for the entire family. Kids in pre-K through 5th grade and family are invited to dance the night away to tunes of a DJ. Enjoy a photo booth and sweets from The Candy Shoppe. 5:30-7pm. Betty Warmack Library, 760 Bardin Rd. Grand Prairie

FEBRUARY 9

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE Enjoy an evening of dining and dancing for all ages. Participants will receive a memorable gift. Photographer will be available for additional fee. 6-9pm. $25/person. Call Charley Taylor Rec Center for information - 972-264-6890. Hosted by Grand Prairie Parks and Rec and Charley Taylor Rec Center. Grand Prairie

FEBRUARY 10

MONSTER JAM See world class drivers compete in both monster truck racing and freestyle competitions in the most action packed live event on

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FEBRUARY 10

BARKS AND REC RUNNING CLUB Get in shape and make a difference to a four-legged friend! Our new running program is six weeks of training designed to help all ability levels go from inactivity to completing a 5k race. Weekly team runs with running partners from the Mansfield Animal Shelter. Registration includes entry into the Barks & Rec 5k on Mar. 24. A portion of the fees will be donated to the Mansfield Animal Shelter. One dog per family, participants must be 14 years or older with a guardian’s permission. There are limited spots available, register early! $40 per participant. Katherine Ross Memorial Park. Visit mansfieldtexas. gov/event/6741/barks-rec-runningclub-14y for details. Mansfield

FEBRUARY 10 AND 11

VALENTINE’S CARRIAGE RIDE

Enjoy a romantic carriage ride through one of Cedar Hill’s favorite settings, Hillside Village as you snuggle with your sweetie and admire the beautiful landscape from a horse drawn carriage. Rides are

free but donations are accepted and will benefit the American Heart Association. Rides are first come, first served. Departing from the Décor Market/Honey Baked Ham parking lot. Saturday 6-9pm/Sunday 3-6pm. Also Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm enjoy some jazz music at the Village Green next to James Avery.

project at River Legacy Science Center. Artini Hours include project instruction, supplies, a specialty drink, wine and light appetizers. 6-8pm. Cost is $20 per person. Ages 21 and up only. Driver’s license required. 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd. For additional details call 817-860-6752.

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FEBRUARY 23-MARCH 11

SWEETHEART SWIM Buy one get one half off admission. Hugh Smith Indoor Pool. Call 817-275-0513 or visit naturallyfun. org for information. Arlington Parks and Recreation

FEBRUARY 20

MAGNOLIA MARKET There’s a little something for everyone at Magnolia Market at the Silos. Shopping, games, the garden and even a bite to eat. The Market itself is staged and set up with one goal in mind: to inspire you to own the space you’re in. 9:30am-5pm. Cost $12/$17. Mansfield Activities Center, 106 S. Wisteria. Visit mansfieldtexas.gov/event/6740/ magnolia-market. Mansfield

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ARTINI HOUR Monthly Artini Hours are a fun way for adults to socialize, enjoy some drinks and create an upcycled art

DREAMWORKS SHREK JR.

Come and see this youth production of everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek! A fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way. Presented by Theatre Arlington. For show times visit theatrearlington.org. Arlington

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PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT A one day tournament held indoors at the Mansfield Activities Center. Men’s and Women’s Doubles. Divisions 59 and under, 60-69, 70+. Lunch and snacks provided. $20 per player. Registration deadline is February 15. Games begin at 8:30am. Contact MAC 817-7283680 or visit mansfieldtexas. gov/event/6696/pickleballtournament-16y to register. Mansfield


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TALK OF THE TOWN 19TH ANNUAL MANSFIELD CARES CHARITY BALL SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2018 BY MEREDITH KNIGHT

Evangelist, philanthropist, and pastor John Wesley penned this challenge, many years ago. “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” The caring souls at Mansfield Cares spend their days doing just that. With an outpouring of support from the community and in conjunction with many other local non-profits, Mansfield Cares has raised over $2.5 million since 1999, to support these are other causes. • Caring Place The Caring Place Clinic of Mansfield provides free medical, dental, and vision care to people in need, as well as supporting the JPS MISD clinic for free health assistance to MISD students in need. • Food Bank Harvesting International Ministries Caring Center Food Bank consists of twelve local food pantries which feed many individuals and families each year. • Scholarship Program The MISD Scholarship Program has expanded from two scholarships to over fifty awarded annual to qualifying graduating seniors. • Back to School Program In partnership with the Common Ground Network, Mansfield Cares helps MISD students purchase school supplies and conducts a free health fair to provide children with free dental, eye, and scoliosis screenings. • Family Assistance Program Helping Hands, in partnership with Wesley Mission Center of Mansfield, provides free groceries, encouragement, counseling, rent and utility assistance, and medical supplies to individuals and families with special critical needs or emergencies. • Shoe Program With the support of Payless Shoe Source, Mansfield Cares provides MISD students in need with shoe vouchers for purchasing new school shoes. • Angel Tree Program In coordination with the Common Ground Angel Tree Program, Mansfield Cares provides assistance to over 5,500 MISD students each year with grocery store vouchers to provide meals for families in need over the holidays, as a network of churches and civic groups “adopt” groups of children to provide gifts and clothing for the holidays.

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How Can You Help? This is a great time of year to be part of all the good Mansfield Cares is doing, by supporting their Annual Charity Ball, Paint the Town Red. The community’s largest individual charity fundraising event, the ball raised over $150,000 each year, during a single night of great food, fun, and community support. This year, the event will be held at the lovely Walnut Creek Country Club and will include music by the King David Band, live and silent auctions, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a valet. You can be a part by attending the event by sponsoring at a $500, $600, $1,500, $2,500, or $5,000 level, by attending the ball, or simply by making an individual donation in any amount. Find out more at 817-269-1915. MansfieldCares.org

Mansfield Cares Charity Ball 2018 “Paint the Town Red” Saturday, February 17, 2018 7:00 p.m. till midnight Walnut Creek Country Club Featuring • The King David Band • Live and Silent Auctions • Heavy hors d’oeuvres • Cash Bar • Valet


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ON THE COVER

KE Eye Centers of Texas NOW WITH OFFICES IN ARLINGTON, PLANO, MOUNT PLEASANT, DALLAS, AND GUN BARREL CITY, AND COMING SOON TO SOUTHLAKE

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BY MEREDITH KNIGHT

here was a buzz across the city of Arlington, as ground broke on the newest KE Eye Centers of Texas. Then as the sleek, high-tech building took shape, it’s sheer size and innovative design captured the imaginations of drivers passing on I-20. Merely the latest location in this rapidly growing practice, the Arlington KE Eye Center office is the architype of a next-generation medical center, housing the latest, advancing technology, yet as thousands of patients can attest, still offering the down-home, know-you-byname service they’ve come to expect from the former Kleiman/ Evangelista Eye Center. Now with offices in Arlington, Plano, Mount Pleasant, Dallas, and Gun Barrel City, and coming soon to Southlake, KE Eye Centers of Texas employs hand-selected ophthalmological surgeons and staff and offers a full menu of cuttingedge ophthalmological services from blade-free Lasik, advanced cataract surgery, dysfunctional lens syndrome (over-40 vision) treatment, multi-focal

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and specialty lenses, comprehensive care for a range of eye diseases, and state-of-the-art refractive surgery as well as a relatively new corneal inlay procedure. CONCIERGE CARE KE Eye Centers of Texas surgeons and staff take pride in offering patientcentered concierge care. Longtime patients and newcomers alike are treated like family. The doctors

and staff take time getting to know each patient, educating them about their many, state-of-the-art treatment options, then partnering with them to choose the best treatment option and lenses for their lifestyle. ADVANCED CATARACT TREATMENT Previously necessitating a lengthy recovery, cataract surgery has progressed to a sophisticated laser procedure requiring only a tiny incision to remove the cataract followed by lens implantation. The LenSx laser and LifeStyle lens which are implanted during cataract surgery are safe and precise. The procedure is pain-free and non-invasive, and recovery time is minimal. In most cases, patients are able to see clearly with these lenses with reduced


dependency on—or completely without—glasses or contacts. CUSTOM LIFESTYLE LENSES KE Eye Centers of TX offers a variety of LifeStyle Lens procedures for patients who live active lifestyles and want to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or bifocals. LifeStyle Lenses allow KE Eye Center doctors to customize each procedure to a patient’s individual vision needs and active lifestyles. So, whether you love to cycle, play tennis, swim or enjoy a good book, there’s a procedure tailor-made for you. For patients with an active lifestyle who also spend time at the computer or enjoy reading, the ReSTOR Lens corrects for multiple distances. HOW IT WORKS The ReSTOR Lens uses “apodized diffractive” technology, which functions like two lenses in one, allowing for near, intermediate, and distance vision correction. In clinical trials, the ReSTOR Lens eliminated the need for corrective

Deepak Sobti, MD • Anthony Evangelista, MD • David Kleiman, MD Kelly Frasier, MD • Mark Stephens, MD • Mujahid Hines, MD Loan Nguyen Ramsey, MD • Michael A. Minadeo, MD • Sai Chavale, MD eyewear in over 80% of patients who received the implants in both eyes. And 94% of patients involved in the clinical trials reported they’d elect to have the procedure again. Visit LasikSurgery.com or call (800) 714-2020 to schedule an appointment

at the location nearest you. Arlington Office 350 East Interstate 20 Arlington, Texas 76018 (817) 784-0222 LasikSurgery.com

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FRUIT OF THE VINE

BY RACHEL RUSH

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t had been a long day at work followed by a full evening of cooking dinner, chasing my toddler around, giving him a bath, putting him to bed, cleaning up dinner, and putting away at least some of the toys that were strewn about the house. My husband and I were lying in bed and talking like we often do right before going to sleep. Some days, it’s our only time to really talk without having to shout over a yelling toddler. He asked me a simple question in a patient and loving way. “Where are you?” I knew he was pointing his question at something deeper inside me. In my mind, I had aced the day, checked off all the to-dos, and fulfilled every expectation he and

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my son had from me, thanks to my productivity and accomplishments… right? But he saw things differently. He knew my thoughts and heart had been distant and that I had been

going through the motions of work, marriage, and motherhood with zero passion—not depressed, but definitely not engaged. The best word to sum up my


house cleaner, if only, if only. These silly things stack themselves up and paint a picture of my expectations for myself, and the devastation I’m describing came on that night when I realized a shocking truth. My husband and my son expect none of those things from me as proof of my success, and most importantly, neither does Jesus. You may think I’m being hard on myself and succumbing to the Mom guilt. I assure you that’s not what I’m preaching! I have definitely learned the important art of forgiving myself and not feeling guilty that I can’t do everything. But hear my heart as I try to unveil this truth the Lord is using in all of this to set me free. In Exodus 20:3, God clearly lays out the framework for our priorities. “You shall have no other gods before me.” I have too often written this off as an archaic old covenant principle that didn’t apply to me in my “maturity” now. After all, I wasn’t putting anything worldly before Him, so what’s the big deal? But I felt the Lord tugging on my heart and pressing in with a question—“so what about when you put yourself before me?”

emotional state was devastated. I have always prided myself on being a task-oriented achiever. And deep down I typically feel I am only as good as what I’ve accomplished. On the flip side, I live with a constant self-condemnation for not “being better.” If only I had gained less baby weight, if only my child would eat more than Cheerios (don’t even get me started), if only I could keep my

Part of the Hebrew word for “before” in this verse means “face.” I was putting myself, my expectations, my goals, and my desires for myself before my face. I was beholding a better version of me. And while none of those qualities were bad, I was still cutting my beloved Jesus out of the picture. He wants to be the One I am beholding. He wants to be the one in front of my face. His desire for all humanity from the beginning has always been a face-toface relationship. Not some cheap counterfeit where we assume we

already know what He wants and never talk to Him about any of it. No more secondhand revelation where we memorize all the right Scriptures and say all the right things that people expect from “good Christians” while we have no intimacy with the One we claim to represent. In our self-motivated, willpowerdriven culture we have convinced ourselves that we can work hard enough to become better. New year’s resolutions embody this core belief. And maybe some of us have or will show those outward signs of transformation—weight lost, addictions overcome, and goals met. Again I say none of those things are wrong on their own—only when used as a means for discovering identity apart from every day oneness and communication with the only holy God who penned your life before it ever began. Before I was ever called to be a wife, homemaker, and mother, I was created to love and know Jesus. And the same is true for all of His children. And the only way to be successful, to be transformed, to become “new,” is to find the place of rest He has prepared for you. That secret place where you are before His face and He is before yours. So I’m presenting you with the same challenge the Lord has extended to me for this next year. To start the year with only one resolution. A totally different, very contradictory, extra counter-cultural one. And it is this—to behold Jesus more this year than I ever have. And I know, without a doubt, that when I commit to that simple practice, I will be transformed in every area of my life as He leads me. Won’t you join me?

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Pet-pourri! TOP PET NAMES IN 2017 Looking for the perfect name for your dog or cat? These were the top ten names in 2017. Boy Dog

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1. Bailey

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2. Bella

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4. Daisy

4. Oreo

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5. Rocky

5. Maggie

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5. Daisy

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6. Sophie

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6. Angel

7. Jack

7. Sadie

7. Felix

7. Cleo

8. Toby

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FEATURE IS YOUR PET A FATTY? According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), about 50 million US cats and dogs are overweight, putting them at risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and other ailments. “Body condition scores” can be found online, including pictures of the way your pet should look and their ideal weight. Another test for obesity is to feel their ribs. If you can see your pet’s ribs, they’re too skinny. But if you can’t even feel them, it’s time to talk portion control.

INTERESTING FACTS It’s a myth that you can tell your dog’s temperature by checking their nose. Wet or dry, the best way to know is to use a digital thermometer. Black cats aren’t an omen of ill fortune in all cultures. In the UK and Australia, spotting a black cat is good luck. At the end of the song “A Day in the Life,” Paul McCartney recorded a high-pitched whistle that only dogs can hear. He did this especially for his pup, Martha.

“Pets are our family. Whether for boarding, training, grooming, or daycare, I approach pet care facilities the same way I would a child care facility. I look for a clean, up to date facility, with a wide variety of services offered, and a knowledgeable staff with a background in behavior and safety.” - Shane Kelly, CEO of Destination Pet and Man’s Best Friend

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Cats have over 100 sounds in their vocal repertoire, while dogs have only 10. Some dogs can identify the smell of lung cancer from sniffing a person’s breath. The priciest dog in the world, a Tibetan Mastiff, was recently bought in China for $1.5 million. Cats today are living twice as long as they did just 50 years ago.


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FUN FACT 94 percent of pet owners say their animal pal makes them smile more than once per day.

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WELLNESS

CARDIAC KINDNESS Living a heart-healthy lifestyle BY AUDREY ASHE

Of all the vital organs in your body, your heart is the MVP. This hard-working muscle pumps around 2,000 gallons of blood through your body every day. Needless to say, your heart loves you, but are you reciprocating? Unfortunately, cardiac disease is one of the most common afflictions in men 45 years of age and over, and in women 55 and over. Triggers include genetics, lifestyle, and diet choices. Let’s touch on some ways to say “I love you!” back to your heart.

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LET’S GET PHYSICAL Regular cardiovascular exercise keeps the heart muscle strong, improves blood flow, and may help reduce plaque buildup in the arteries. It also combats obesity, a leading cause of the trio of chronic diseases mentioned above. Just 20 to 30 minutes of daily moderate exercise can increase your heart’s strength. Even small steps make a difference, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking a few blocks after a meal.


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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GOOD FATS We generally think dietary fats are a big no-no for heart health, but saturated fats like the ones found in red meat and trans fats in bakery products and junk food aren’t the kind we’re talking about here. Many raw foods have naturally occurring essential fatty acids, especially omega-3. While touting the title of the number one brain food, omega-3 is equally important for heart health as it is known to reduce inflammation. This miracle fat is invaluable because our bodies can’t produce it naturally. In addition to eating certain fish and taking supplements, there are plenty of plant-based sources, such as walnuts, winter squash, flax seed, and wild berries, which contain omega-3. Just a handful of each can give your daily diet the boost it needs.

MAKE IT MANAGEABLE Perhaps the most difficult part of starting any new healthy habit is exactly that—starting. Lifestyle changes can be overwhelming and leave feeling you more stressed than ever. Make it easier by keeping track of small changes, increasing your habits one by one, and using accountability. Surround yourself with people who support heart-healthy ways, and maybe even get a buddy to join in for a bit of friendly competition.

HEALTHY PINK GUMS, HAPPY HEART As if we didn’t need another reason to keep our teeth and gums in tip-top shape, studies have found links between oral health and coronary disease, as well as other chronic diseases. One reason is due to the passage of harmful bacteria from the mouth into the

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body. Keeping up with dental appointments is important to help reduce the risk of secondary illness from poor oral hygiene. At best, flossing and brushing twice a day could keep heart and other health problems away. Now that’s something to smile about!

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, CHOLESTEROL, AND DIABETES What do these three things have in common? Heart disease. They can put you at higher risk for conditions such as atherosclerosis—fatty buildup in the arteries that disrupts the regular flow of blood, increasing the chance of clots that can lead to cardiac arrest or stroke. But enough doom and gloom. The key is making positive changes that help your heart fight the good fight.

GIVE IT A REST Studies have shown that people who get a well-rounded night’s sleep (seven hours) have lower blood pressure, lower levels of inflammation, and better cell regeneration, all things your heart will thank you for.

JUST SAY NO TO TOBACCO Smoking is hard on the lungs, but it’s also just as bad for the arteries. Tobacco use not only damages the lining of the arteries long term, but delivers immediate risks worth taking into consideration. Smoking puts excess stress on your heart by reducing the amount of oxygen in the body and stimulating adrenaline, which forces your heart to work much harder and can raise blood pressure.


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Anti-Aging Diet 9 FOODS THAT CAN HELP YOU STAY YOUNG AND FEEL YOUNG BY MIMI GREENWOOD KNIGHT

Most of us have heard it all our lives, “You are what you eat”. Well, if what you most want to be (and feel and look) is young, here’s good news. New research shows that a diet rich in vegetables, whole grains, and seafood can help you look and feel younger, and keep you living longer. Try incorporating these anti-aging foods into your diet.

1. BLUEBERRIES Because they’re filled with phytochemicals, blueberries help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress on the body, helping prevent cell and tissue damage, which contribute to the aging process. Opt for wild blueberries, which contain more anthocyanins than domesticated varieties.

2. ALMONDS Raw almonds are packed with magnesium which plays an important role in slowing the aging process. They’re also high in healthy fats and protein, which means they’ll keep you going and make you less likely to snack on less healthy options.

3. TOMATOES Tomatoes are jammed packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants that help fight aging. Cooking your tomatoes boosts antioxidant level. However, if you’re more interested in their Vitamin C content, eat them raw.

4. FLAXSEED Inflammation plays a big part in the aging process. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as flax seed, help reduce inflammation. Look for bread containing flax seed. Toss them in your smoothie. Or take them as a supplement. Look for milled or ground flaxseeds, since whole flaxseeds could pass through your digestive system without breaking down.

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5. SPINACH Spinach is rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants, to help reduce inflammation and cellular damage, and fiber to assist in the digestive process and keep you feeling younger. But be sure to keep your spinach refrigerated, since the amount of antioxidants in spinach can drop by half, after just a few days in a room temperature environment.

6. BEANS Legumes pack a lot of fiber and protein and are low in carbohydrates, making them a great choice if you’re trying to lose weight. They’re also loaded with anti-inflammatory compounds, for slowing the aging process. Go for red beans, black beans, and pinto beans which contain the highest amounts of antioxidants.

7. WILD SALMON Salmon is packed with healthy protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and help slow the aging process. For the best results, eat wild salmon and avoid the farmed stuff. If you’re not a fan of salmon, you can get much the same benefits from sardines or tuna.

8. YOGURT Most yogurt contains probiotics, which can help in the digestive process and combat inflammation in the gut. Because probiotics target inflammation, they play an important role in regulating the entire system. Try to pick yogurt with high fiber and low sugar content.

9. TURMERIC Turmeric is loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that can help the digestive process and slow aging. Found in most Indian curry dishes and available in most grocery store, turmeric makes an excellent addition to any meal. But be warned, this yellow spice can stain clothes and even countertops. In addition to adding these anti-aging foods into your diet, be vigilant about getting enough sleep, keeping stress to a minimum, drinking plenty water, limiting sugar, and exercising, as often as possible.

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AESTHETICS

the SH APE of THINGS Multitudes of options for finessing your figure BY LARUE V. GILLESPIE

“My theory is this: self care is self love,” said Alexandra Janelli, hypnotherapist, life coach, and owner of Modrn Sanctuary, a luxury spa in New York known for offering cutting-edge alternative treatments for optimal health. “When we love ourselves enough to take care of our incredible bodies, we can feel more confident and in charge of our lives, and show up for the people in our lives in a much more powerful way.”

and dieting in the world can’t eliminate stubborn fat deposits tenaciously holding on to thighs, arms, chins, and tummies. Thankfully, you can opt for non-invasive medspa treatments such as CoolSculpting or Vanquish to blast fat. CoolSculpting freezes fat cells, while Vanquish uses radio-frequency energy to heat fat cells to 120 degrees, killing them.

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Sometimes, nothing can get you the results you want without going under the knife. Tummy tucks, arm lifts, breast augmentations, mommy makeovers, Brazilian butt lifts—there are plenty of very popular surgeries. If you’re considering surgery, it’s important to have realistic expectations and to take precautions when choosing your physician, like checking for board certification and experience. Do your research and follow your post-op instructions for optimal healing.

You knew we were going to say it, but exercise truly is important! You don’t have to spend a fortune on gym memberships or take two hours out of your day just to work out. “Minimalism here is the key—while expensive gyms and fancy equipment can be enticing, what matters is that it gets done,” said Dani Singer, CEO and director of Fit2Go Personal Training. “So rather than getting distracted by the flash, focus on the key simple exercises that will actually change your life.”

SLEEP MORE With science continuously proving the many negative effects of sleep deprivation—from major hormonal imbalances to increased weight gain—it’s no wonder obesity rates are climbing. You have the ability to combat these issues by getting regular rest.

SPLURGE A LITTLE There are times when all the exercising

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HAVE PATIENCE Remember, baby steps are better than no steps when it comes to caring for your body. If you simply exercise 10 minutes a day and make sleep a priority, you’ll be feeling and looking much better in no time. Go ahead and splurge on a medspa treatment or two or even surgery if you want to. Just don’t quit. Don’t give up. Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live!


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THE BIG DAY “Isn’t this the most romantic time of your life?” “Aren’t you having SO MUCH FUN?!” BY NATALIE K. GOULD

If you’re engaged, you’ve probably heard this stuff from friends and family. And if you’re like me, you feel as though your response should be an overwhelming “OMG YES,” even when your caterer won’t return your calls, half your family isn’t speaking to each other, the seating chart is a disaster, and your guest list thinks RSVPs are a suggestion. The truth is that while being engaged and planning a wedding is a beautiful time of life, it’s not always the most fun or romantic. However, through the process of planning my own wedding, I’ve developed some strategies that can hopefully keep the tears and panic attacks at bay.

SET THE BUDGET ON DAY 1. This is the most important thing you can do. More important than finding your dress. More important than the venue. More important than beef or fish. The very next day after you get engaged, set the budget. If you and your partner are paying for the wedding, sit down and agree on a number as well as where that money is coming from. If someone else is helping you pay for it, have that conversation before you start imagining any details whatsoever. Make sure you are crystal clear about what you will and will not be financially responsible for. Pro tip: Build in some padding to the budget. Even the most stringent budgeters cannot predict the volatility of wedding detail costs. I suggest a 15 percent safety net.

DELEGATE. The biggest mistake I made at the beginning of wedding planning was not asking for help. This is your wedding and your partner’s wedding. Even if they’re less concerned about linen colors than you are, they are still very capable of making phone calls and getting quotes. Pro tip: Ask how your partner would like you to communicate about tasks you would like them to take over. Then, communicate in that way on a weekly basis. I use email to communicate about our wedding tasks. We keep each other appraised of the status as we get something completed, and then I store it in the “wedding” folder in my email. Use the organization tactic you prefer, but decide on it together and stick to it.

DISTINGUISH MUST-HAVES FROM NICE-TO-HAVES. As soon as the Internet finds out you’re engaged, you’ll be inundated with ads, phone calls, and emails detailing every wedding option ever. Before you know it, your budget is out the window and you’re planning a shabby chic wedding when all you’ve ever wanted was country club classic. Stay focused. Don’t fall for it. As soon as you have your budget, make a two-column list: one for musts and one for nice-to-haves. For me, I knew that a string quartet during the ceremony was a must. I knew that paying postage on the RSVP return envelopes was a must. Pro tip: Create this list on a document, such as on Google Docs, that you can share with your spouse-to-be and collaborate. Then, try to estimate how much money you’re willing to put toward each of these musts. Closer to your wedding, you can see if there’s any money left over for the nice-to-haves.

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Every couple has its own story of how they met. No two first glances, first kisses, or first dances are exactly alike. On the one day that’s meant to celebrate you, your partner, and your story together, every element— from the music to the menu—should reflect your story and that one-of-akind style only you share. Rachel Ciastko, owner and operator of Alba Dahlia Floral, prides herself in her ability to identify and express each couple’s unique taste through floral design. She combines this sensitivity to style with her own creative vision, to provide unparalleled floral creations that make your big day truly “you.” Rachel has had a passion for design all her life, and discovered her love

of floral design on her own wedding day. “I remember looking at the reception tables and thinking, ‘That’s me! ‘That’s my style!” says Rachel. “It made the moment truly special. I love being able to share that feeling with other couples through my work.” Once she’d identified this passion, Rachel set about training with some of the top florists in the Dallas Fort Worth area. She’s now using the expertise and confidence she garnered to break out on her own and work diligently to make each client’s special day even more special. Her enthusiasm and eye for detail shine through in her work, and her patience and flexibility make her the perfect person to walk you through the decisions ahead.

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The No-Stress Wedding Checklist Follow this order of events to keep calm and plan on. 1. Wedding date 2. Budget/number of guests 3. Choose your bridesmaids/groomsmen 3. Wedding venue 4. Vendors:

Caterer and bartenders

Photographer

DJ or band

Officiant Cake Rentals Coordinator Flowers

Hair and makeup artists

5. Wedding dress 6. Engagement photos 7. Registry and wedding website 8. Decide the guest list 9. Send save the dates (if your engagement is 6 months or less, skip this step) 10. Secure hotel block and rental car discounts for wedding guests 11. Tastings with caterer and cake provider 12. Final decisions on menu, cake, and alcohol 13. Final guest list review 14. Design and purchase invitations (don’t forget to budget in cost of postage for the invitation and RSVP envelope—some invitations require extra postage. For the ultimate in no-stress, spring for having the addresses printed on the envelopes.) 15. Send invitations (Note: standard practice says to send invitations 6 weeks before the wedding, but my recommendation is to send them out far ahead of time because you’ll need weeks to wrangle missing RSVPs and get a final headcount) 16. Collect RSVPs 17. Send final headcount and meal count to caterer and coordinator 18. Decide on day-of timeline 19. Finalize ceremony with officiant 20. Get married!

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WHERE DO I START? I

have the odd job combination of being both a morning radio show co-host and a Bible teacher. Since 90.9 KCBI plays both Christian music and teaching programs it’s a happy marriage where one vocation often serves the other. Being in a relatively visible position, I field a lot of email and social media messages. This one is, by far, the most common: I hear you talking about the Bible and I want to know more, but I don’t know where to start. So much of it makes no sense to me, but when I hear you talk about it, it comes to life. How do I do that? I love answering this question because, for years, I was in the same boat. I started reading the New Testament in 7th grade—Matthew to Revelation— over and over and gained a moderate amount of understanding. But when I received a full Bible as a sophomore in high school and started on the Old

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Testament, things got dicey. How could I reconcile the loving, self-sacrificing Jesus of the New Testament with the dung-on-face-smearing (Malachi 2:3) God of the Old? Were they two different Gods? Did God somehow change after the cross? I wanted to know more but I didn’t know where to start. I firmly believe that anyone can pick up the Scriptures and grow, regardless of whether or not they’ve had any training. However, it’s good to have a working knowledge of what the Bible actually is if we are going to grasp what it means. So here we go. You ready? WHAT IS THE BIBLE? The Bible, at its most basic level, is a book of books. This masterpiece of literature has stood the test of time in regards to relevance. To date, it is still the number one bestselling, most

read book of all time, with almost four billion copies sold in 2012. But the Bible is far more than a book. It is the written revelation of God given to us that we might know him and make him known. The Bible is one book, but it is a collection of sixty-six individual books written over a span of around 1600 years on three different continents in three different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek). The Holy Spirit inspired approximately forty different people to write our collection of Scripture that covers a multi-genre span including historical narrative, poetry, songs, wise-sayings, and personal letters. Each of these separate works has its own theme that fits neatly into the over-arching theme of the Bible, which is this: REDEMPTION One of the best books I’ve read on understanding the Old Testament is


a basic principle of Bible study: We cannot know what the Scriptures mean for us until we first know what they meant to the original audience Before diving into to one of these books we need to ask some questions. When does this book take place; before the kingdom split, during the divided monarchy, or after the exile? Who was the prophet prophesying to: the united kingdom, the northern, or the southern? These answers can usually be found in the book’s introduction. THE PROMISED OFFSPRING The entire Old Testament—the story of the birth, rise, and fall of Israel— points toward the one who is to come. By the time we get to the book of Matthew, the remnant is oppressed by the Roman Empire and depressed by their circumstances. The glory of the Lord has left the Temple (Ezek. 10) and the religious leaders have grown cold.

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Sandra L. Richter’s The Epic of Eden, where she describes Scripture as God’s rescue mission to reconcile his people back to himself. Richter puts it this way: God’s plan is for the people of God to live in the place of God worshipping and enjoying the Presence of God, and if you look closely, you’ll see this theme weaving itself throughout all of Scripture. In the Garden of Eden, God’s people (Adam and Eve) lived in God’s place (paradise) and enjoyed his Presence. But the serpent deceived the woman; the man and woman disobeyed God by eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and they were evicted from his Presence. But God, in his mercy, had a plan that he set in place. In Genesis 3:15 the Lord says, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” The man and woman have hope.

Someday, through one of their descendents, all will be made right between God and his people. THE RISE OF A NATION Through the first seventeen books of the Old Testament, we travel with God’s chosen people, the nation of Israel, as they meet their God, devote themselves to him, fall away, come back, and are eventually exiled from their Promised Land in judgment. But the Promised One is never far from their minds, and God’s plan for his people culminates in the arrival of Jesus. THE PROPHETS Many of the most oft-misquoted verses are pulled from sixteen Old Testament books written by the prophets—men and women chosen by God to proclaim his message to his people. Sometimes they brought tidings of hope and comfort, other times words of dire warning. Here we must employ

And quietly, announcing himself only to lowly shepherds, the Messiah enters the world wrapped in flesh. The Old Testament is the story of the birth, rise, and fall of Israel. The Gospels tell of the birth, ministry, and death of our Savior. The rest of the New Testament tells of the birth, rise, and spread of the early church. The Old Testament points to the New Testament and the New Testament points back to the Old Testament, and both of them point to the future. What started in the Garden of Eden was realized in the Garden of Gethsemane and will be actualized when Christ comes again in glory to usher in a new Heaven and Earth. So that one day the People of God (all who call on the name of Jesus) will be in the place of God (the New Jerusalem) forever worshipping and enjoying the manifest Presence of Christ Himself.

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The best time to choose a plumber is when you don’t need one. Rather than waiting until you’re knee-deep in water or have no water at all, take the time now to vet local plumbers and find the one you’ll call when your time of need arrives. Though the decision may seem common, it’s best not to take it lightly. There’s little that can destroy your house more quickly than uncontrolled water, whether it comes from a faucet, water heater, dishwasher, sink, or washing machine. Find the wrong one, and you’re putting yourself at needless risk of destructive damage to your home or even more costly repairs in the future.

listings, too. Once you have a list of recommended plumbers, contact them or visit their websites to find out about their licensure. The state of Texas requires working plumbers to hold a license.

When it comes to deciding who you’re going to ring up in your time of need, you can definitely start off by asking around at your church, business, or around the neighborhood. Check local newspapers, magazines, and business

Although pricing shouldn’t be your first concern, you want a plumber who’s able to offer an accurate estimate, barring unforeseen problems, on any job you may need done. It’s a good practice, when the

Any plumber you consider should also be insured and bonded, to protect both you and the plumber, in case of an injury or accident. Ask each plumber how long they’ve been in business. A larger company will likely have plumbers with years of experience, but you should still ask. It’s a good sign if the company has been in business for several years, because it often indicates a proven track record of quality work.

time comes to hire someone, to obtain at least three estimates. Remember that several variables go into the price, including the time that it takes to complete the installation or repair, the difficulty of the repairs, the quality or number of the fixtures, or any unique specialization required, including camera work or other removal of fixtures. Be wary of any estimate that’s considerably lower than the others. It could mean the plumber is cutting corners or plans to use inferior parts. Ask potential plumbers how they guarantee their work. Do they guarantee workmanship as well as the parts they use, and for how long? Many warranties cover the plumber’s work for up to one year. If the plumber refuses to guarantee his or her work, move on. Ask any plumber you’re considering for references. If they’ve been in business for any length of time, this shouldn’t be a problem. Talking with past customers is one of the best ways to accurately gauge the quality of the plumber’s work and how well they back up the work they do. If they can’t or won’t provide references, consider looking elsewhere. And of course, you can investigate their ratings and reviews online. Plumbing is an old craft, but an important one. There’s nothing more annoying than low water pressure, contaminated water, leaky fixtures, or slow-draining tubs. Finding the right plumber can be the key to keeping you happy and keeping your home safe.


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“Are you getting ready to sell your place?” More than one neighbor asked me this when my home’s hardwood floors were being refinished and the interior painted. The truth was that I simply wanted to care for the place I call home. Too often we wait until we’re thinking of selling to give a little TLC to our frequentlyneglected abodes, only to be struck with a pang of sadness—“I didn’t know it could look like this!”

Replacing cabinets is a great way to update your kitchen and bathroom. If your cabinets are in good condition, have them professionally painted or refinished. Replace the hardware with soft-close hinges and drawer slides. Install new knobs and pulls.

NEW OR REFINISHED FLOORING You can paint the walls and change the décor, but if your flooring is shabby or outdated, the whole room (or house) suffers. With so many modern flooring options to choose from, your replacement flooring will not only look better, but may be more durable and easier to maintain. If you have hardwood floors, they can be refinished and stained to look like new. For instance, a deep, rich Jacobean stain on red oak floors totally transforms their appearance.

OUT WITH THE OLD Tile, that is. An outdated kitchen backsplash and tired or damaged bathroom tiles (including shower and tub surrounds) are an eyesore that can drag the whole room down with it.

DRIVE UP MAKEOVER Tired of pulling up to your home and feeling less than thrilled with its curb appeal? Replace an aging cement walk with a welcoming stone path. Resurface the driveway. Trim back or replace overgrown foundation plants. Upgrade your mailbox. Replace exterior lighting. Repair or replace fencing and stone walls. Install lighting to bring the exterior of your home to life after dark.

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Not something that’s high on the funo-meter, but the results can make you feel great and your house look amazing. Instead of trying to do it all at once, spend two or three hours on one project or space if you have the luxury of time. If you need to do this quickly to sell, hire a professional.

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The word ephemeral defines anything that lives for just a short time. It’s often used to define flowering plants that are annuals, which grow from seed, mature, flower, and set new seed within just a single growing season. Those suited for dry gardens can be divided into three loosely defined categories: Annual wildflowers are by far the best example of ephemeral plants yet are among the most misunderstood and underappreciated garden plants for drought. Do not confuse these with perennial wildflowers, which are slower to germinate and more difficult to establish from seed. Tender bedding plants cannot survive a frost, so they’re absolutely limited to growing season and will be cut down by the first cold mornings of fall. These may be annuals or very fast-growing perennials from mild winter regions that offer lots of color for limited amounts of water.

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Bulbs and their kin are a third group of ephemeral plants with growth strictly limited to the rainy season. For example, daffodils originate in arid North Africa and the western Mediterranean where their growing season is typically during the cool, moist winter months, so they come and go before the heat and low humidity of summer. This unusual season of growth is a drought adaptation from their habitat of origin that allows them to lie underground, dormant without a drop of water from about June until early winter.

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My heart was racing and my legs felt a little shaky as I raised the 20-gauge shotgun to my cheek and stared down the barrel. I hollered, “pull!” and instantly a neon orange clay rocketed into the air. I aimed. I fired. I missed. While I may have missed that first, second, and third clay (fourth time’s a charm?), what I hadn’t missed was the fact that this little getaway at a place in Georgia called Barnsley Resort was unlike any other I’d experienced before. Upon stepping onto the

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immaculately landscaped grounds of what appeared to be a storybook English village replete with colorful cottages and tree-lined walkways, I felt like I’d been transported to another time and place far, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Barnsley Resort lies about an hour north of Atlanta, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the town of Adairsville, Georgia. The 3,000-acre site is home to 90 guest rooms and suites situated within a variety of 36

spacious cottages, two restaurants, a beer garden, lush gardens, a 19th century manor house in majestic ruins, and soon the Inn at Barnsley Resort and the Georgian Hall. Activities on the property include clay shooting, fly fishing lessons, golf, hiking trails, horseback riding, paintball, tennis, disc golf, and nightly s’mores by a campfire. Ultimately what I mean to say is that all of it combined to make me feel like I was at a summer camp for grownups, in a good way—I couldn’t wait to see where the weekend would take me.


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First up: a trail ride through the woods via horseback. Once fitted for a helmet and paired with a “very kind and very patient” horse named Luke, my companions and I lined up behind our fearless horse wrangler, Hannah, for an hour-long ride. Thankful for the lastminute boots I purchased on Amazon, I sank into my saddle, pushed my heels down into the stirrups and said, “giddyap!” The ride was lovely with no accidents on my part (I’ve been rather unlucky on horseback in the past). But dinner was lovelier. We dined inside the ruins of what was once a sweeping Georgian manor built in the 1800s by Godfrey Barnsley for his wife, Julia. While sampling delicious cheeses and fruits and sipping crisp white wine, we gathered by the fireplace to hear the history of this place and its ghosts as regaled by resident historian Clent Coker. Dinner was served on a rustic wooden table inside the front parlor, the blue sky overhead. We feasted on such fare as fire grilled quail, white and green asparagus, and pimento cheese corn bread. We ate until the sun went down, lighting candles for dessert of pecan pie. The next day, after a delicious

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breakfast at The Woodlands Grill, it was time to try our hand at clay shooting. We shot from a platform overlooking a large pond, and later on a course where various stations simulate targets like rabbits, quail, and other creatures. The best part was blasting the clays to bits, scattering them to the winds. I was immensely grateful for the kind instruction, encouragement, and extreme patience of Skip Smith, who has 35 years experience with clay shooting. He’s one of only 70 clayshooting instructors in the United States and he’s right there full time.

learned how to stand and work the fishing pole to cast the fishing wire out over the pond. We didn’t actually fish that day, but the company offers guided fishing tours if you’re so inclined.

All that shooting made us ravenous. Lunch was served at the outdoor beer garden. Pulled pork was on the menu, along with grilled greens, creamy coleslaw, black eyed pea bean salad, and other delectable options. After lunch, it was time for fly fishing lessons. I’d seen it glorified in the movie A River Runs Through It (I swear Brad Pitt had nothing to do with me watching that movie), but I’d never tried it. Heck, I’d never fished before in my life.

Full to capacity, we still made room for fireside s’mores. I mean, when in Rome, right? One little tip I brought home with me from the trip—if you’re going to do s’mores, forget plain chocolate. Instead, go with a little peanut butter cup (big thanks to the gal who brought them with her to the campfire). It was a game changer. Truly.

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Dinner that night, at the upscale Rice House on property, did not disappoint. We started with diver scallops paired with a French white wine. Other courses included rabbit served with roasted beets, and venison with a parsnip potato puree. All courses were served with corresponding wines, as selected by Aaron Stiles, director of food and beverage for the resort.

If you’re looking for a girls’ getaway unlike anything else you’ve ever experienced, or a summer camp for adults, or even an adventuresome romantic weekend for Valentine’s, Barnsley Resort is probably the place for you—it sure was for me!

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CHOBANI’S NEW LOOK We love the fresh feel of our favorite Greek yogurt’s new logo makeover for 2018—jettisoning those crisp, elongated letters in favor of a roundy, 70s-style font that makes it feel extra comforting and playful.

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