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JULY 2017 THE LOOKS ISSUE

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PAMPER HOUSE DAY SPA

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BUDGET BLINDS

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WELLNESS 24 I

Dealing with Dry Eye 26 28

CUISINE No tears necessary!

HEALTH IQ: SCOLIOSIS ON THE MIND: SHOULD I LIFT WEIGHTS?

AESTHETICS 30 I IN EVERY ISSUE 12 14 18 19

PUBLISHER’S LETTER

TALK OF THE TOWN

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TUCKED AWAY: LIPO OR TUCK? WAX ON SELF TANNING

Summer Homework 56 58

Study up! FRESH COAT OF PAINT PRIMER: TIME FOR A SUMMER SPRUCE?

Coals and Cold Bites 70 72

A TASTE OF SUMMER VINTAGE COCKTAILS, NEW TWISTS

FEATURES 20 I 44 I

Rebecca Carrell

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No Reservations

Fit to Print Patterns that’ll grab headlines

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...end-of-year gifts for teachers, shopping for summer camps, and looking for that perfect, little strappy sundress. But, as we’ve learned from summers past, these three short months will fly by and, in no time, we’ll be shopping for school supplies and making our Christmas to-do list. Before that happens though, be sure to take some time to enjoy the pleasures that come with summer in our beautiful state. Take in a Rangers game (or three). Float down the river with nowhere to go and all day to get there. Schedule your weekends around music festivals then drive home with the windows down. And barbeque “anything that crawls by and slows down”. We also hope you’ll enjoy our annual Looks issue covering everything from liposuction and tummy tucks for that perfect beach body to home upgrades on a budget for a fresh, new look to your home. Enjoy some vaca ideas and light cuisine options. In honor of our nation’s 241st birthday, we’ll hear from a Navy Reservist on what it means to her to defend our nation. (And don’t look now but there are also ideas about getting the kids ready for back-to-school.) And finally, I’d like to say, “Happy first anniversary” to my husband and soulmate. You are a gift from God and I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together. MISTY DANIELS, PUBLISHER mdaniels@livingmagazine.net 682-556-1246

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Hello from our Mayors…

MAYOR RON JENSEN

MAYOR DAVID COOK

Summer is upon us! Kids are home. The Grand Prairie Library System has great activities through August to keep all ages connected. Take advantage of the early literacy programs to prepare children for kindergarten and stay on par in elementary school. For teens, spark a love of reading through hands-on STEAM programs, where kids create art, technology and games. Spanish speakers can attend Spanish GED and ESL classes, with daycare provided. Adults will enjoy computer classes, American Sign Language classes, Pinterest Club, Crazy Couponing and Zumba. Program and print something on the 3D printer. Create a video or use Photoshop on the Creation Station. Go online via www/gptx.org/library and select from thousand of e-books, audio books, movies, TV shows, and online resources. Nothing changes without education. And libraries provide free and equal access to connections, discovery and education for all regardless of age, means or background. Check yours out today!

One of the highlights of the summer is the celebrations we all can experience on Independence Day. The 4th of July means fireworks, picnics, community celebrations and flags. In Mansfield, we have been fortunate the last 10 years to host a free community-wide event at Big League Dreams Sportspark. Mansfield’s Rockin 4th of July, set this year for Monday, July 3, gives our residents – and visitors from all over the state – a chance to celebrate Independence Day in a big way with games, music, food and, of course, fireworks. It’s hard to believe 10 years have passed since we started this annual tradition. Each year it has grown and now Rockin’ 4th of July is one of the region’s top Independence Day celebrations. Families choose to come to our event because it’s a fun, safe and festive way to enjoy the holiday. And the fireworks are spectacular. But beyond the hot dogs, bounce houses and fireworks is a deeper recognition that what we have as Americans is precious and deserves to be celebrated. From our veterans to our first responders, we take the time to say thank you for their sacrifices and acknowledge that we enjoy freedoms that others on this planet do not, and we express our gratitude for all that we have as Americans. I hope you have a fun and safe Fourth of July holiday. Enjoy the time with your family and friends. But never forget that Independence Day is more than just a holiday.

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SOCIAL CALENDAR JULY 3 RED, WHITE & BLUE BBQ Join us for some grilled burgers and hotdogs with the all trimmings. We’ll also play bingo with many prizes. $4 per person. 3-4:30pm. Senior Rec Center New York, 2015 Craig Hanking Dr. Arlington Parks and Recreation

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JULY 3 LIGHT UP ARLINGTON Bring the family for games, activities, live music and fireworks. Activities begin at 6pm and fireworks begin at 9:45pm. Founder’s Plaza, 100 W. Abram St. Arlington

JULY 4

4TH OF JULY PARADE Come and enjoy the day at The Arlington 4th of July Parade! Entries created by local organizations and businesses—mix with expert floats for the two-mile, two-hour long patriotic experience. 9am. Downton Arlington and College Park District – W. Abram St. and South Pecan St. Visit arlington4th.org for information. Arlington

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Come to the pavilion in the heart of Downtown Arlington. The place for families and friends to experience nights of free, culturally diverse music. The Levitt Pavilion brings the magic of live music and the performing arts to Arlington in a whole new way – under the stars for everyone to enjoy! Visit the calendar for upcoming performances. Levittpavilionarlington.org.

This camp is for you if your child is interested in creating amazing art and having fun! Ages 6-12. For more information and to register call 817-275-4600 or visit arlingtonmuseum.org.

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There will be activities for the whole family, entertainment. The evening ends with the best fireworks show around. Parking and shuttle service at Newsom Stadium from 6:45pm - 11:00pm. (Hwy 360 at E. Broad St.). No parking will be available at Hawaiian Falls or Big League Dreams. Things to bring: lawn chairs, blankets, sunscreen, insect repellent, and cash for food & drinks. 7pm-10pm – Fireworks at 9:30.

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JULY 3 AND 4 LONE STARS & STRIPES Lone Star Park in conjunction with the City of Grand Prairie will host the annual Lone Stars & Stripes Celebration Monday, July 3 & Tuesday, July 4! Bring the kids out to enjoy the expanded Family Fun Park. Live music from 4-10. Following the last race enjoy fireworks choreographed to music. Members of any branch of the military receive one (1) free General Admission with a valid military I.D. Gates open at 3:00 p.m. First live race at 5:00 p.m. Grand Prairie

JULY 8 MOVIE ON THE BEACH: ENCHANTED Come and enjoy a family friendly movie on the lake beach. Entrance fee into the p ark is $10/vehicle. Drinks and concessions available to purchase at the beach or the Camp Store. 8:30pm. Loyd Park, 3401 Ragland Rd. For more information call 972-237-8100. Grand Prairie

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SOCIAL CALENDAR JULY 11 ROBIN’S CAFÉ COOKING CLASS Spend the afternoon with friends learning to cook delicious seasonal recipes. This month is That’s Just Peachy. 2-4pm. Registration required. Call 817-277-8091. Eunice Activity Center, 1000 Eunice. St. Arlington Parks and Recreation

JULY 14 DIVE-IN-MOVIE Featuring Disney’s Find Dory. Lounge in and around the pool with your friends and family while enjoying Dory featured on the big screen. Admission is $6 for under 48 inches and $6.50 for 48 inches and above. Registration is required. 8:30-10:30pm. Randol Mill Family Aquatic Center, 1924 Randol Mill Park Rd. Call 817-275-7542. Arlington Parks and Recreation

JULY 15 COFFEE & CRAFTING Enjoy good company and coffee/tea while having fund creating crafts. We will choose an easy craft and provide all the supplies. 9:15-11am. Dottie Lynn Rec Center, 3200 Norwood Ln. 817-277-5001. Arlington Parks and Recreation

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JULY 20

DIVE-IN-MOVIE

ADVENTURE DAYS FOR KIDS

Featuring Disney’s Find Dory. Lounge in and around the pool with your friends and family while enjoying Dory featured on the big screen. Admission is $6 for under 48 inches and $6.50 for 48 inches and above. Registration is required. 8:30-10:30pm. Randol Mill Family Aquatic Center, 1924 Randol Mill Park Rd. Call 817-275-7542. Arlington Parks and Recreation

A perfect way to introduce children to nature and outdoor experiences. Hiking, fishing archery and much more. 8-12 years old. 9am-12pm. For more information visitgrandprairietx.com/Home/Components/ Calendar/Event/26953/2044. Loyd Park, 3401 Ragland Rd. Grand Prairie

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JULY 10 - 20

JULY 21

NATURE WALK

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FRIDAY NIGHT N.E.T.S.

Explore nature trails surround the Science Center on a family friendly guided nature walk. FREE. Space is limited. 10-11am. 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd. Call 817-860-6752 to reserve a space.

Welcome to a fun, 10-day Music Theatre Camp for Students who have completed grades 1-8! We want to expose our campers to all aspects of musical theatre, and bring out the creativity and FUN in each one! Students will have the opportunity to not only sing and dance on stage, but to also play a role in the design and execution of the sets and costumes! 9am-3pm. Register online arlingtonmusichall.net.

This is a short, non-elimination tournaments that use modified and shortened scoring for ages 11-14. Tournaments include both singles and doubles and are for all levels. Players will be matched with opponents of similar skill levels if known. N.E.T.s are designed to allow fourth through eighth grade students an evening of fun tennis games and competition. Price includes a boxed, sandwich dinner. 5:30m-8:00pm. $18. Arlington Tennis Center, 500 W. Mayfield Rd. Visit naturallyfun.org/tennis/.

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JULY 8 AND 22 MOBILE PET ADOPTION Adoptions will be at the Petsmart® in South Arlington, 203 E. I-20 (Arlington Highlands) 10:30am-3:30pm. Arlington

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FRIDAY, JULY 28, 8 PM VERIZON THEATRE GRAND PRAIRIE

EDITOR’S PICK

CMT’S NASHVILLE IN CONCERT Stars of the hit CMT series “Nashville” will embark on a fourth U.S. concert tour this summer, playing 11 shows in July and August. This tour has become a celebration of everything fans around the world appreciate about the TV series Nashville. The tour brings storytellers, their music, and fans together in a way that gets more exciting to witness every year, both internationally and at home.

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DUNKIRK

FIONN WHITEHEAD, JACK LOWDEN DIR. CHRISTOPHER NOLAN (THE DARK KNIGHT, INCEPTION)

An ambitious undertaking from auteur director Nolan, Dunkirk is a World War II suspense revolving around three different perspectives of the Allied Operation Dynamo, a large-scale evacuation of 400,000 men that took place during the Battle of France in mid-1940. JULY 7

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SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

VALERIAN DANE DEHAAN, CARA DELEVIGNE DIR. LUC BESSON (THE FIFTH ELEMENT, LUCY)

TOM HOLLAND, MICHAEL KEATON, ZENDAYA DIR. JON WATTS

THURSDAY, JULY 6, 8:30 PM LEVITT PAVILION ARLINGTON

GREASE SING ALONG - MOVIE NIGHT  SATURDAY, JULY 8, 7 PM THE LOT DOWNTOWN 

BRYAN ANTHONY SATURDAY, JULY 15, 7 PM

Peter Parker, also known as Spider-Man (Holland), with the help of Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), balances ordinary high school life in Queens while taking on a new villain, Vulture (Keaton).

The unique aesthetic of French science fiction makes a big-budget splash in this effects-heavy summer spectacle set in the 28th century “City of A Thousand Planets.”

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THE EMOJI MOVIE

THE LOT DOWNTOWN

T.J. MILLER, JAMES CORDEN

THE HENDERSONS

DIR. TONY LEONDIS (LILO & STITCH 2)

FRIDAY, JULY 21, 8:30 PM LEVITT PAVILION ARLINGTON

THE DRIFTERS SATURDAY, JULY 22, 7 PM THE LOT DOWNTOWN

BETTYSOO SATURDAY, JULY 22, 7:30 PM

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HOUSE OF SPIES DANIEL SILVA

SATURDAY, JULY 29, 7 PM THE LOT DOWNTOWN

JESSIE FRYE SATURDAY, JULY 29, 7:30 PM VERIZON THEATRE GRAND PRAIRIE

I LOVE THE 90’S - THE PARTY CONTINUES TOUR SUNDAY, JULY 30, 8 PM VERIZON THEATRE GRAND PRAIRIE 

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From the bestselling author of last year’s smash hit The Black Widow comes the next novel featuring assassin/ spy/art restoration expert(!) Gabriel Allon. House of Spies tracks him as he hunts down the world’s most dangerous terror mastermind after a deadly attack on American soil. JULY 13

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STRANGE FASCINATION: THE DEFINITIVE STORY OF DAVID BOWIE

THE LATE SHOW MICHAEL CONNELLY

DAVID BUCKLEY

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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! Styx and REO Speedwagon United We Rock tour image property of respective parties. Still from the trailer for Dunkirk (2017), Warner Bros. Pictures/Syncopy. Book cover from House of Spies by Daniel Silva (2017), HarperCollins. All imagery is presented for non-commercial illustrative purposes.

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CALVARY GOLF TOURNAMENT

Calvary Baptist Church in Grand Prairie had it’s first annual “Send a Kid to Camp” Golf Tournament at Prairie Lakes Golf Course. The turnout was awesome and it was a great day for golf, barbecue and some awesome give away’s and silent action items!  “A week at church camp is one of the most pivotal weeks in the lives of students.  It is then that they are able to escape the pressures of school and the temptations of American pop-culture that has become all too familiar” said James Robinson, Youth Pastor at Calvary Baptist.  Riverbend Camp provides a place of refuge where kids can experience Christ.  They specialize in providing a place for teens to step away from day-to-day life and spend time with God, creation and each other. We would like to say “Thank You” to all the golfers who participated in this event and “Special Thanks” to all our sponsors, Lon Smith Roofing who was our Title Sponsor, Living Magazine, Bon-Air, Don Juan’s, Dave’s Trophies, The Logo Factory and the Dugan Family.  Without your participation this would not have been possible.  Because of you many teens will get to experience a week focused on becoming whole hearted followers of Jesus Christ. J U LY 2 01 7

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1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 –And you know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children. We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory. I get a wee bit frustrated (in a nurturing, sisterly way) with my morning show co-host on 90.9 KCBI. His name is Jeff Taylor. Jeff Taylor exists on a diet of Mountain Dew, Twinkies, and steak. Oh wait, he likes coffee, too. Jeff Taylor also gets kidney stones. You know what is not good for kidney stones? Mountain Dew and coffee. You know what is helpful with kidney stones? Lots of water. Guess what Jeff won’t drink? Sigh. I have a friend who gets terrible headaches. “Why don’t you take something?” I ask. “No, no, no. I don’t need anything.” Sigh. Kind of like me with grace. Don’t get me wrong – I love grace. I’m desperate for grace. I need grace like I need air; every minute of every day. So why do I resist it so much? Why do I try so hard to prove myself, as though I could win points with God? Why do I act like Jeff with his kidney stones or my friend and her headaches? I push and pull and strain against the very thing – the only thing – that brings relief. I know these things. Yet still I find myself living a life contrary to grace. I call it the trap of do-more-be-more-try-harder. I’m not alone, am I? Do we not all operate, at some level, under the guise that if we do-more-be-more-try-harder we will somehow increase our worth? We wear busyness like a badge of honor, as though the more harried we become the godlier we appear. J U LY 2 01 7

Oh boy. This was driven home to me recently by an e-mail from a dear friend. This is a small portion of it: I miss our talks, too. I tell you Rebecca, over the last couple of months I have been hurt so badly by people I love so dearly. I am realizing how much I need the Lord. I have realized how many things I did to get approval from people. I have stopped. I have been praying and thinking hard on every action I take. Is it for the Glory of God, to please people, or trying to be good enough? I’m realizing a lot about myself. It is a good time, but heartbreaking all the same. I love you and hope to get to spend some quality time with you soon. It was like reading a page from my journal. This is the response I sent. Little does she know I needed to read it more than she did. Maybe you do, too. Hey, sweet friend. I know just how you feel. Been there, been there, been there! I am sorry you’ve been so hurt. I hope I am not one of the people who have hurt you! And please don’t feel down about yourself and the things the Lord is revealing to you. I know you know this, but He convicts because He loves. And if we are constantly being made over into the image of Christ that means we are constantly being poked, prodded, squeezed, pressed, and shaken. It won’t end until we graduate from skin to glory. Here is what you need to swim around in for a while – because of the cross, there is nothing, NOT ONE THING that you can do to make yourself more acceptable to Him. Because of Jesus, His delight in you will never run dry not even on your worst day. He is not now and will never be angry at you, because He exhausted His anger on Christ. And as hard as you try to be holy, you will still struggle will pride. You will still judge people. You will

say things you shouldn’t say and think things you shouldn’t think. His grace has already covered those sins. The only thing you and I bring to our salvation is the sin that makes it necessary (thank you, Jeff Taylor). Think about this - as much as a six year old may want to ride a bike, it just takes time and practice and bruised knees. Doing things well takes perseverance and patience. And as much as you and I want to be sanctified NOW, it takes a LIFETIME of walking with the Lord. So....... just...... BREATHE He loves you. It’s not about how well you love Him. You don’t love Him with your whole heart, mind, soul, and strength - you can’t. But that’s okay because it’s not about you loving Him it’s about Him loving you. It’s not about you holding onto Him. It’s about Him never letting go of you. It’s not about your sinlessness or you sinning less. It’s about Him, fulfilling the law perfectly, and absorbing the wrath of a Holy God. Why? Because we are sinners. And He is stronger than our sin. It’s not even about your faithfulness. You only have faith because He planted it in you. It is about His faithfulness - no matter how many times you fail Him. And you will fail Him again. And again. And He knows it. And He still chose the cross. That’s what grace is. Grace is pretty cool, huh? I love you, friend. Let’s go walking soon. Much love, Rebecca John 1:14 – The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (NIV)

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At home with Jeannine Hoang…

A TRUE VISIONARY SHOWING THAT BEAUTY STARTS WITHIN. BY MEREDITH KNIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY BY DEREK GOWER

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e met up with Jeannine Hoang and her beautiful family at their home and enjoyed a nice evening out by the pool. Keeping the kids out of the pool was a challenge but we managed to capture some great shots.

MEET DR. HOANG An Arlington girl through and through, Jeannine Hoang married her high school sweetheart, Thien. They are proud parents of three and are blessed to both have their parents living nearby. “They’re a big part of our lives and our kids’ lives,” Dr. Hoang said. “We couldn’t do all we do without the help of our families and the support of the wonderful Arlington community.” Ten years has seen a lot of change for Jeannine Hoang and her team of dermatology visionaries. Opening her practice as Mansfield Dermatology in 2007 with a commitment to individualized care and patient education, Dr. Hoang watched her patient base grown rapidly, rebranding as United Dermatology Associates and adding locations in Mansfield, Arlington, Burleson, and Flower Mound. She’s now undertaking an expansion of her Mansfield location into a new, state-of-the-art office on Regency Parkway. United Dermatology Associates has endeared itself to patients by offering comprehensive medical and cosmetic dermatology services, but also evolved to embrace functional and integrative medicine, focusing on

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anti-aging, preventive healthcare, and within a society ravaged by the effects of an obesity epidemic, medical weight-control.

IDEAL PROTEIN WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM Ideal Protein is a medically-designed protocol that helps patients not only lose weight but also teaches them about healthy lifestyle changes, so their results may be maintained. “We started this program because I passionately believe that nutrition, lifestyle choices, and overall metabolic regulation are critical to general health and skin health,” Dr. Hoang said. “Beautiful skin starts from within.”

PROACTIVE, PREVENTIVE SKIN CARE Because skin conditions are often a bellwether of problems elsewhere in

the body, Dr. Hoang integrates fitness and nutrition in her treatment plans. “I can’t treat the skin effectively without looking at the overall health of the person,” she said. United Dermatology is also dedicated to skin cancer prevention. “Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the United States, but the majority of skin cancers are highly treatable and curable when caught early. Annual full body skin checks are an important part of a general wellness program,” said Dr. Hoang.

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“The best treatments are those that produce enhanced beauty in the most natural-looking way.” All of the providers at United Dermatology have undergone advanced cosmetic training in the application of dermal fillers and neurotoxins. The office provides cutting-edge technology that addresses skin tone, texture, and tightness, non-invasive fat reduction, as well as options for improving hair growth and treating nail fungus. Lisa Moody, PA-C heads the hair loss control Clinic (HLCC), a division of the practice that focuses on stimulating hair growth that has slowed down due to aging and other medical conditions.

PLATELET-RICH PLASMA THERAPY Always looking for new ways to serve her loyal patient base, Dr. Hoang is excited to offer a state-of-the-art option for hair restoration and skin rejuvenation. “Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a procedure in which we draw a patient’s blood and extract the plasma to regenerate cells of the skin and hair. Because it’s so rich in undifferentiated growth factors, PRP allows us to stimulate hair growth and revive skin texture, reducing wrinkles and refining pores.”

HORMONE REPLACEMENT TO ENHANCE OVERALL HEALTH Hormones play an integral role in skin health, radiance, and beauty making hormone therapy a logical progression of the United Dermatology offerings. “After attending several seminars about natural hormone replacement and how it can be used throughout life to help maintain a better and more functional balance of body and mind, I realized that this was something that I needed to introduce into my practice. When the body is healthy and balanced, through proper nutrition, fitness, and hormonal health, it will show through healthy, radiant skin. I don’t want to practice ‘reactive medicine’ anymore but preventive, proactive medicine, J U LY 2 01 7

“ THE BEST TREATMENTS ARE THOSE THAT PRODUCE ENHANCED BEAUTY IN THE MOST NATURAL-LOOKING WAY.” empowering my patients to care for their skin in order to prevent disease, cancer and aging.”

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Dealing with BY MIMI GREENWOOD KNIGHT

There’s plenty to see and do this time of year, but if you’re suffering from chronic dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) like nearly five million other Americans, it might not be as easy as it looks. Most sufferers, but not all, are over 50, with about 30 percent being women. The name sounds benign enough, but if you deal with dry eye, you know how miserable the condition can make you. WHAT IS IT?

Dry eye is a common condition that occurs when your tears aren’t able to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. It can occur because you don’t produce enough tears or if the tears you produce are of poor quality. Whatever the cause, chronic dry eye can leave you with eyes that sting or burn, can lead to light sensitivity, and can affect your vision over time. There’s no cure for dry eye, but there are treatments that can greatly alleviate discomfort. SYMPTOMS

Signs and symptoms of dry eye include: • A stinging, burning, or scratchy sensation in your eyes • Stringy mucus in or around your eyes • Sensitivity to light • Eye redness • A sensation of having something in your eyes • Difficulty wearing contact lenses • Difficulty with nighttime driving • Watery eyes • Blurred vision or eye fatigue

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COMPLICATIONS

People with dry eye are more likely to experience: • Eye infections • Damage to the surface of the eye • Light sensitivity (photophobia) • Decreased quality of life CAUSES

Tears are more than water. They are a complex mixture of water, fatty oils, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and mucus, which helps make the surface of your eyes smooth and clear, and protects your eyes from infection. Some causes of dry eye are: • An imbalance in tear composition • Aging • Certain medical conditions • Certain medications • Laser eye surgery • Tear gland damage from inflammation or radiation • Wind, smoke, or dry air • Blinking less often, while working at a computer, for instance • Eyelid problems TREATMENT

Depending on the severity of your dry eye symptoms and your doctor’s diagnosis of the cause, these treatments can help greatly: • Artificial tears or over-the-counter eye drops • Eliminating prescriptions that may be drying your eyes • Drugs (such as antibiotics) to reduce eyelid inflammation

• Eyedrops to control cornea inflammation • Eye inserts that work like artificial tears • Tear-stimulating drugs • Tear duct plugs (to keep tears from draining too quickly) • Special contact lenses that bathe the eye • Unblocking oil glands in the eye lid • Light therapy and eyelid massage LIFESTYLE

There’s also a lot you can do on your own to alleviate dry eye symptoms including: • Eyelid washing (with baby shampoo or another mild soap) to unblock oil glands • Eye gels or ointments at bedtime • Warm washcloth compress to control inflammation • Avoiding overly dry rooms or even using a room humidifier • Frequent breaks from computer work (because we tend to blink less when on the computer) • Positioning the computer lower (so eyes are less open) • Wraparound sunglasses or other protective eyewear • Smoking cessation One of the simplest things you can do to treat dry eye is to replace your missing tears with artificial tears or eye drops. But if you find yourself using them more than four times a day, opt for the single-use preservative-free type available at most drug stores. L IV I NG MAGAZ IN E . N ET


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While most people have a mild form of scoliosis, it can sometimes cause complications. • Lung and heart problems – In severe cases, the ribs can press against the heart and lungs making it difficult to breathe and harder for the heart to pump. • Back pain – Adults who had scoliosis as children are more likely than others to suffer from chronic back pain.

SCOLIOSIS Health IQ

WHAT IS SCOLIOSIS?

Scoliosis is a disorder that causes an abnormal curve of the spine. Spinal curves tend to be either S-shaped or C-shaped. The angle of the curve may be small, large, or something in between, but anything measuring more than 10 degrees is considered scoliosis. WHAT CAUSES SCOLIOSIS?

In approximately 80 percent of cases, doctors can find no known cause. This type is called idiopathic scoliosis. Family history and genetics can be risk factors for idiopathic scoliosis. If you or one of your children has scoliosis, make sure your other children are regularly screened. On the other hand, there are cases where the cause is known, and doctors divide these into two types, non-structural and structural scoliosis. • Non-structural scoliosis –The spine works normally but looks curved. Doctors look for some underlying

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cause to treat, such as one leg being shorter than the other or a recent serious inflammation like appendicitis. When the underlying cause is treated, the scoliosis often goes away.

• Structural scoliosis – The spine has a fixed curve which could be caused by a disease, injury, infection or birth defect. WHO HAS SCOLIOSIS?

Anyone at any age can have scoliosis, but the most common type is idiopathic scoliosis in children from about age 10 to the early teens. And although both boys and girls develop mild scoliosis at about the same rate, girls have a much higher risk of the curve worsening and requiring treatment. HOW IS SCOLIOSIS DIAGNOSED?

Doctors use medical and family history and various tests in diagnosing scoliosis. A diagnostic X-ray of the spine is also helpful, letting the doctor measure the curve of the spine in degrees to diagnose scoliosis.

• Appearance – Severe cases can lead to changes in appearance such as unlevel shoulders, prominent ribs, or uneven hips, which often causes individuals to be self-conscious about their appearance. WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS?

The most common forms of treatment are observation, bracing and surgery. • Observation – The doctor will check every 4 to 6 months to see if the curve is getting better or worse. This approach is commonly used for those still growing who have a mild curve. • Bracing – If a child’s bones are still growing and they have a moderate case, the doctor may recommend wearing a brace. The brace won’t cure scoliosis or reverse the curve, but it usually prevents a progression of the curve. • Surgery – If the spinal curve is 45 degrees or more, surgery may be recommended. Fusion surgery of the spine involves using a combination of bone grafts and metal rods, hooks, and screws to straighten the spine and hold it in place. CAN EXERCISE HELP?

The National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases asserts that exercise programs have not been shown to keep scoliosis from getting worse. But it is important for all people, including those with scoliosis, to exercise and remain physically fit. L IV I NG MAGAZ IN E . N ET


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WILL I GET “BULKY” IF I LIFT WEIGHTS? Let’s set the record straight, ladies. Lifting weights will not—we repeat, WILL NOT!—make you look like a bulky man-hulk. But if you’re still skeptical (and you’re not alone), keep reading. “Many women have the misconception that lifting weights will create a masculine look,” explains personal fitness coach Claudia Virgil (ClaudiaVFit.com). “Without supplemented hormones, women cannot develop enough muscle mass to appear masculine.” So, you can all breathe a sigh of relief as you literally don’t have enough testosterone to get big and bulky. Instead, building and strengthening your muscles will actually make you leaner and curvier in all the right places, provided you’re eating a healthy diet of lean meats, whole grains, and lots of veggies (and avoiding fried foods, cupcakes, and sodas). “If your diet is in check, you won’t bulk up from lifting,” said

TAKE IT FROM HER! “When I first started my fitness journey, I like most women told myself that I would never lift heavy weights because I did not want to get bulky and look masculine. After research and following my favorite fitness icons, I realized they were lifting extremely heavy weight compared to what I was doing. I loved their bodies and that made me realize that in order to look like them I had to lift like them. … Today, I feel I’m in the best shape of my life. I not only look good, but feel good. I’ve found my confidence stems from it.” – Leah Ward, 26, WBFF Pro Bikini Competitor from Tucson, AZ

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HOW MUCH SHOULD I BE LIFTING? Strength training is imperative for building lean muscle. But you have to tax your muscles for it to be worthwhile. You need to be struggling on the last few reps of each set for those fast-twitch muscle fibers to tear down so they can rebuild and reshape your body. “If you can lift 5-pound dumbbells until eternity, you aren’t choosing a weight heavy enough to spark muscle growth,” Northington said. “Pick a challenging weight.” Karey Northington, RN, CPT, a fitness nutritionist from Arizona (NorthingtonFitnessandNutrition. com). “The feeling of being ‘larger’ and the accompanying complaints of jeans feeling too tight stems from adding muscle but not eliminating body fat.” Think about it. Fat mass is bulbous, chunky, and takes up a lot of room. Muscle is tight and compact. A 5-foot5, 130-pound woman with 35 percent body fat will look much larger than a 5-foot-5, 130-pound woman with only 16 percent body fat. A pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat, but it sure looks better on the body! Get it? Where to start? Ideally, you should be doing three to four sets of five to six strength-bearing exercises for 12 reps each set at least three times a week. If you don’t know where or how to begin, consider hiring a personal trainer. L IV I NG MAGAZ IN E . N ET


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SKIN DEEP Common skin conditions and what you can do about them BY MIMI GREENWOOD KNIGHT

It’s summer in Texas and that means time to show more skin, skin, skin. But if you have embarrassing skin problems, this summer’s strappy little sundresses and off-the-shoulder styles might have you more than a little worried. With that in mind, this month we’re taking a look at some common skin problems and how to treat them, just in time to rock those sassy summer fashions.

SKIN TAGS WHAT ARE THEY?

Skin tags are small flaps of benign tissue that hang off the surface of the skin on the face, neck, chest, back, armpits, or groin area in about half the population, usually after midlife. Experts disagree on what causes them but some theories are skin rubbing against skin and building up collagen where skin is thickest, hormonal changes due to pregnancy, steroidal use, and heredity.

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WHAT TO DO

Your dermatologist can help by removing them with a scalpel, medical scissors, or laser, or using freezing or burning treatments or topical medications. But since skin tags tend to reoccur, you might consider natural alternatives including: • Cutting off the blood supply using rubber bands or dental floss to tie off the tag at its base • Soaking the pad of a band-aid with apple cider vinegar and applying it over the tag overnight each night for 10-14 days • Taking the same approach with an essential oil blend of equal parts cedar, melaleuca (tea tree), and lavender • Using an over-the-counter product called Tag Away with evergreen oil as its active ingredient

THE MIND/SKIN CONNECTION Emotions can play havoc with your skin. In fact, the stress/ skin connection has prompted a whole new medical discipline known as psychodermatology, which examines the interaction between our mind and our skin. You’ve probably noticed your face breaking out or existing skin conditions worsening when you’re particularly nervous or anxious. Stress can also negatively affect how skin medications work. Because dermatologists specialize in diseases of the skin and not psychotherapy, more and more dermatologists are working cooperatively with therapists, psychologists, or psychiatrists to help address psychodermatology issues in their patients. L IV I NG MAGAZ IN E . N ET


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AESTHETICS ECZEMA WHAT IS IT?

Eczema is a form of dermatitis that causes an itchy rash, characterized by dry, red, flaking skin, inflammation, and even blistering, cracking, oozing, or sometimes bleeding. The actual cause is unknown but contributing factors are believed to be poor circulation in the limbs, dry weather, an overactive immune system reacting to environmental factors or internal physiological factors, aging, or genetic predisposition. WHAT TO DO

Your dermatologist might prescribe pharmaceuticals such as prednisone, betamethasone, or antibiotics, or you can try treating it naturally by: • Supplementing your diet with proteolytic enzymes and omega-3 fatty acids, to control systemic inflammation • Using immunomodulators such as L-carnosine, CMO, and colostrums to control an overactive immune system • Addressing the trigger (assuming you can identify it), such as improving vitamin circulation, using a humidifier in the house, or using dust mite covers on your bed

PSORIASIS WHAT IS IT?

Psoriasis is a chronic, often lifelong condition that’s best defined as “a non-contagious inflammatory skin disease characterized by recurring reddish patches covered with silvery scales.” Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. For some people, psoriasis is disabling, although symptoms may improve for a time or even go into remission. The condition has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and higher risk of cancers. Unfortunately, there’s no known medical cure, but treatments can offer significant relief. WHAT TO DO

There’s a lot you can do on your own to quiet Psoriasis symptoms including using a nonprescription cortisone cream, exposing your skin to small amounts of natural sunlight, losing excess weight, undertaking a full-body detox to clean out possible antagonists, or using systemic proteolytic enzymes to reduce inflammation.

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WHAT ARE THEY?

Some scientists believe these five foods can improve the health and appearance of your skin.

A wart is a hard, benign growth on the skin caused by a virus. WHAT TO DO

You may see your dermatologist who can try freezing it with liquid nitrogen, giving you an injection to stimulate the immune system, removing it with a laser or scalpel, or burning it in a process called electrosurgery. Or you can try treating warts at home by: • Applying over-the-counter salicylic acid solutions (such as Compound W) • Repeatedly applying a band aid soaked in an essential oil blend of equal parts cedar, melaleuca (tea tree), and lavender • Asking your dermatologist to prescribe an athome chemical peel containing salicylic acid tretinoin, and glycolic acid

DANDRUFF WHAT IS IT?

Dandruff is a catchall term for itching and flaking of the skin of the scalp. Dandruff can actually be caused by oily skin as much as by dry skin. But it can also be the result of localized eczema, psoriasis, or an overgrowth of a yeast called malassezia, which can be the result of chlorine in the shower killing off good beneficial bacteria on your scalp.

• Low-fat yogurt This yummy snack is packed with Vitamin A, an element vital to our skin’s health, which also helps our intestines. And anything that helps keep digestion normal will be reflected in healthy-looking skin. Vitamin A also aids in repairing skin tissue, benefitting people with dry and flaky skin. • Antioxidant-rich fruits Blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and plums have high antioxidant content which helps prevent cell damage, to keep your skin looking younger longer. Also high in antioxidants are artichokes, beans, prunes, and pecans. • Salmon Salmon contains fatty acids which help strengthen cell membranes, allowing cells to more efficiently lock in moisture and even prevent inflammation in our arteries, as do walnuts and flax seed oil. • Whole-wheat bread products Whole-wheat bread has been found to possess higher levels of selenium which is believed to lower the risk of skin cancer and other kinds of cancer. You can also increase your selenium with turkey, tuna, and brazil nuts. • Green tea Green tea acts as an anti-inflammatory, helping to prevent skin tumors, defend against skin cancers, and fight UV radiation damage.

WHAT TO DO

Treatments for dandruff include: • Dandruff shampoos, although symptoms tend to return, as soon as you discontinue use • Having hormones balanced with progesterone or estriol crèmes • Obtaining a chlorine filter for your shower • Supplementing your diet with a good proteolytic enzyme formula and omega-3 fatty acids to control systemic inflammation • Using immunomodulators such as L-carnosine, CMO, and colostrums to control overactive immune systems J U LY 2 01 7

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aleane Reddell loves her life. Owner/operator of The Pamper House in Arlington, she spends her days helping others relax, rewind, and rejuvenate. It all began in 1991, when she realized her longtime dream of opening a day spa—the first in Arlington, in fact. It wasn’t long before locals came to rely upon Jaleane for indulgent spa services including massage, facials, nail and other aesthetic services. A good thing got even better in 1995, when she purchased and lovingly restored a quaint 1930’s home at 900 West Abram in Downtown Arlington. Within its walls, patrons found an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and be pampered and indulged. “It’s been great and I can’t believe how blessed I’ve been to do the thing I love; to offer our services to so many guests who’ve become lifelong friends.” “Our most popular offering is five and a half hours of pampering,” Jaleane

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oes your midsection give you pause? Do you have loose, excess skin or a stubborn layer of abdominal fat you’d like to get rid of? If the answer feels like yes, and you want to do something about it, you might find yourself looking at procedures like liposuction or a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). But how do you know which one is right for you?

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE ANYWAYS? Deepak Raj Dugar, MD, a board certified plastic surgeon practicing in Beverly Hills, is familiar with the difference between the two procedures. “Liposuction is a suction-assisted cannula (thin tube) procedure where tiny incisions are made in the skin. Small metal cannulas are introduced, and using suction technology with manual back-and-forth motions, fat is slowly ‘sucked’ out of the body from under the skin,” he said. “A tummy tuck is an invasive surgery that removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.” Liposuction is typically used for healthy patients who have otherwise normal skin tone without an abundance of excess skin and want to get rid of “superficial” fat that is cushioned between the skin and the muscle. A tummy tuck is generally recommended for patients who have excess sagging skin and weakened muscles due to major weight loss, pregnancy, aging, or heredity.

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AESTHETICS WHICH LAYER NEEDS HELP? Here’s a quick way to assess if you need a tummy tuck or liposuction. “Basically [your abdomen] is a three layer pie: the bottom layer is the muscle, the middle layer is the fat, and the top layer is the skin,” said Dr. Dugar. “If the fat is the only layer that is problematic, liposuction is ideal. If muscle or skin are problematic in addition to fat, then a tummy tuck is ideal.” However, it is very important to note that your diagnosis may not be as simple as you think, which means a qualified surgeon is the one who ultimately should address and diagnose the layers that are involved and give their expert opinion on treatment options.

BENEFITS AND DRAWBACKS LIPOSUCTION

Advantages of liposuction include very minimal scarring, generally reduced costs depending on where you go and if you do fat transfer in addition to liposuction, and less down time. On the downside, you may have more soreness and increased potential for sub-par results. Liposuction is “very surgeon dependent,” said Dr. Dugar. “It’s not a simple procedure, despite what people think. Depending on the surgeon, you can have smooth, toned results, or you can have lumpy bumpy results if the surgeon is not meticulous with fat removal.” TUMMY TUCK

Pros include more permanent results with some tightening of abdominal muscles in addition to removal of excess skin and fat. Cons include longer downtime, a permanent scar (located in the bikini line), recovery from a more invasive surgery, and higher costs. “The biggest advantage of a tummy tuck over liposuction is that for the appropriate candidate with loose skin, muscle laxity, and excess fat, it gives a dramatic improvement, creates a nice waistline, lifts loose pubic skin, recreates a nice youthful belly button, and flattens the tummy by tightening the muscles in a superior way to what liposuction can achieve,” said George Bitar MD, FACS, an award winning, fellowship trained, board certified plastic surgeon practicing in Washington D.C. “I tell my patients to think of liposuction as snorkeling and a tummy tuck as scuba diving––more risk but more reward.”

A WORD OF CAUTION Before you get too far, take time to choose your physician wisely. “In this day and age of flashy websites and great marketing, the consumer should not lose sight of the fact that both liposuction and tummy tucks are surgical operations that should not be minimized—they can have serious consequences,” explained Dr. Bitar. Do your research and choose an experienced, knowledgeable physician with a track record of success.

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IDEAL CANDIDATE CHECKLIST FOR TUMMY TUCK OR LIPOSUCTION According to George Bitar MD, FACS, an ideal candidate for these types of cosmetic procedures has to meet the following criteria before the individual’s operation of choice: • Has to be an appropriate candidate both mentally and medically. • Has to have realistic expectations (they cannot expect to get tummy tuck results with liposuction). • Must understand that neither a tummy tuck nor liposuction is a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise. • Must understand having children or gaining weight after either procedure can change the results–– sometimes very significantly––and to choose wisely at the time when the procedure is done.

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Before you slip into that bikini or lace up those boardshorts, you might hit the salon for a Brazilian or a back wax. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a regular, there are a few things you need to know before and after you go.

BEFORE YOUR WAX: • Make sure the esthetician’s license is present. • Exfoliate your skin with a loofah, but do not shave.

“Some people come in having never waxed before and they’re not ready, so they cry ‘uncle’ halfway through a Brazilian,” said Ava Trujillo, a licensed esthetician based in California who’s had nearly 10 years of experience waxing clients.

• Wear breathable clothes.

Trujillo recommends starting with a bikini wax to adjust to the discomfort and aftermath. As it turns out, there’s a bit of an “ouch” factor to waxing. The more sensitive the area, the more it stings. Following a wax, skin won’t be quite swimsuit-ready. It will be red and prone to breakouts for a day or two.

• Don’t ask your esthetician where to buy wax for home use. (It’s offensive.)

“Don’t schedule your wax the same day you’re going to the beach,” Trujillo said. “Plan your wax 24 to 48 hours ahead, depending on your skin’s sensitivity.”

WAXING MYTHS & FACTS

So, why wax? If you’re prepared for the pain and can pamper your skin afterward, waxing proves to be an appealing alternative to shaving. In her book Plucked: A History of Hair Removal, author Rebecca Herzig reports that American women will spend nearly two entire months of their lives wielding a razor. And more than 60 percent of American men are now regularly removing unwanted body hair. Waxing could spare the time it takes to shave or … ahem, manscape. And, there’s always the chief reason people wax: “You get smooth skin that can last several weeks,” Trujillo said. “And over time, waxing causes hair regrowth to subside.”

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INSIDER ADVICE

• Tell your esthetician if you’re taking medication or have diabetes.

AFTER YOUR WAX:

• Avoid applying sunscreen for 12 to 24 hours as it can irritate your skin. • Give irritated skin six to eight hours to clear up after your wax. • Continue to exfoliate skin to prevent in-grown hairs.

Myth: Waxing is permanent. Fact: You should get waxed every four to six weeks to see results. Myth: You must wait until your hair is really long. Fact: Body hair only needs to be ¼ to ½ an inch, or three weeks of growth. Myth: It’s ok to use a tanning bed after a wax. Fact: It’s best to avoid heat sources—the sun, tanning beds, saunas, steam rooms, spas, and hot exercise rooms—for a day or two.

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Self Tanners

RANKINGS AND REVIEWS

We all know that the sun can be very damaging to our skin so achieving a healthy glow in the summer can be a challenge. The retail shelves are full of self tanners, but how do you pick what’s best for you? Living Magazine wanted to find out the skinny on Self Tanners so we tested them ourselves. Check out our test results!

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A Few Good Men

Summer

Homework BY DAVID BUICE

The greatest one-shot home upgrades for a modest budget Whether you’re planning to sell or keep on nesting for years to come, you probably want your home to look its very best, both inside and out. The good news is that there are many ways to enhance the value and look of your home without busting your budget.

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An initial step in home improvement is spending an hour or so with a pro and getting their advice on ways to spruce things up. Some real estate agents will do this as a courtesy, but you might consider hiring a professional designer. It might run you a few bucks for an hour or so, but it’s money well spent, as a

designer can give you many ideas for needed improvements and help you avoid costly steps down the wrong path. Even small things, like wall colors and the placement of furniture, can improve the look and feel of your home. If you don’t want to hire a designer, look for ideas and inspiration yourself in magazines, books, websites, and television shows. Make a to-do list and keep it simple, one step or one room at a time. Think of your home improvement projects as a marathon, not a sprint. These are just a few of an almost limitless array of ways to upgrade your home on a modest budget, and whatever you decide, choose wisely. For the exterior, consider options that boost curb appeal, and for your interior, make changes that will both improve your lifestyle and give you a return on your investment in the future. L IV I NG MAGAZ IN E . N ET


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A FEW MORE BANGS FOR THE BUCK • Replace the showerhead. These are inexpensive and easy to install, and you can start your day on the right foot with a great shower experience. A handheld shower head is great for different heights, from tall adults to children and even pets. • Create a simple path through your yard or garden using irregularly shaped flagstones, and apply sealant to the stones to give them a permanent wet look. • If you have a bland concrete driveway or walkway, a brick border can add color and charm.

ON THE OUTSIDE SIDING

Though not the least expensive upgrade, remodeling experts believe you can recover about 80 percent of the cost, if you decide to sell, with the value new siding retains at resale. There are many siding options on the market that offer color retention and resistance to moisture, keeping your house looking great and enhancing curb appeal. FRONT DOOR

LANDSCAPING

You don’t want the beauty of your home overshadowed by a dreary yard. Landscaping makes a great first impression, and if you don’t have a green thumb, get the advice of a landscape contractor. Together, consider the size, shape, and color of your house when choosing plants, and for year-round appeal, use those that thrive in your climate.

A more modest proposal, applying a fresh coat of colorful paint and new hardware on your front door will give your home an instant facelift.

For an added touch, you might also consider installing solar powered lights along the border of your flower beds.

WINDOW REPLACEMENT

Get rid of years of accumulated dust, dirt, grime, and grease with a thorough washing of your house, deck, fence, patio, and driveway. If you’ve got a ton of free time you can do it with rented gear, but you really might want to hire professionals who know exactly how much pressure to use for the job without damaging your surfaces.

Not the cheapest option, but a wise and effective one. You can add interest to the outside of your house with options that complement the style of your home. Not only will new windows improve appearance, they will save money on utility bills. Some manufacturers now produce glass windows that block sun rays during the summer but allow

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shorter solar rays into your house during winter. If you’re selling, buyers will like that feature.

POWER WASHING

• Install a programmable thermostat. Regulating your home’s temperature will be a breeze using one of these and will save you about $150 a year in utility bills. • Install a new bathroom vent fan. If there’s mold in your shower or your bathroom mirror is foggy, it might be time to install a new vent fan. The end result will be a bathroom that is fresh, dry, and odorfree. • Install a pullout mirror in the bathroom. Now the mirror comes to you, and you won’t have to lean over the sink. • How about a choice of flushes? Brondell produces an ecoflow system that lets you choose a full or half-flush. The half-flush uses about 40 percent less water. • Install a closet organizer. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a neat closet. Wire shelving systems are inexpensive and easy to install. And unlike solid shelving, they won’t collect dust. • If you have a two-story house and slippery stairs, install off-the shelf runners to give those stairs a non-slip upgrade. • Make some shade and create privacy with interior window shutters. These were the original window treatments used in southern homes, and in addition to adding a dash of historical charm, they help keep out winter winds and oppressive summer heat. L IV I NG MAGAZ IN E . N ET


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ON THE INSIDE PAINT

One of the simplest and most costeffective interior upgrades is paint. Freshly painted rooms always look clean and updated, and that means added value. When choosing color, remember that neutrals appeal to the greatest number of people. Paint costs around $25 a gallon, leaving money for the other painting supplies you need. UNCLUTTER

This upgrade—which could cost absolutely nothing(!)—is very important if you’re selling. Buyers want to visualize themselves living in this space, and that’s hard to do if they’re distracted by your stuff. Uncluttered rooms also create the illusion of added roominess. UPGRADE THE KITCHEN

These days the kitchen is the heart of the home, and even small changes there will add big value. Upgrades could include something as simple

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as repainting your cabinets or adding new pulls. Another relatively inexpensive upgrade is a water filtration system. It will not only purify your water but save money. No more bottled water! For a more complete upgrade, you might think about stainless steel appliances and granite or quartz countertops. And for some extra pizazz, install pulls and switch plates that match your new countertop. If your budget can’t accommodate a major upgrade, change one item at a time, like a stained sink or an ancient microwave, with a new model. BRUSH UP THE BATHROOM

A bathroom upgrade is always a smart move and can be done without busting your wallet. Even if you can’t swing a full remodeling, small changes like removing dated wallpaper or adding new paint can make a huge difference. Replace dated lighting fixtures and consider re-glazing your tub to give it a likenew finish. Re-glazing looks fantastic

and is much cheaper than a new tub. You might also replace the toilet, especially if it looks dated and doesn’t work well. Another relatively inexpensive upgrade for the bathroom is a pullout faucet, a waterconserving alternative to a shower for a quick shampoo. GET RID OF THE POPCORN

Don’t forget to look up. Nothing dates a house more than popcorn ceilings, and you can handle this project yourself. Buy at the hardware store a solution to soften the texture, then scrape away and repaint the ceiling. And you can always call in professionals if you don’t want to tackle this one yourself—it can get a little messy. CONSIDER GOING TANKLESS

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f a person’s home is a reflection of who they are, then the windows of a home give an instant glimpse into the lives and styles of its occupants. Joseph and Raquel Elder, the owners of Budget Blinds, understand that windows, when done right, can offer not only practical solutions like insulation and shade, but also turn a drab part of a room into a stylish flourish that transforms the room itself. At Budget Blinds Mansfield you get the resources of the nation’s number one window coverings franchise with the benefits of dedicated and knowledgeable local owners. They offer high-quality products, professional service, prompt installation, and long-term warranties to the Mansfield area, all at an affordable price. Joseph loved his job as an installer for Budget Blinds from day one; love how it allowed him to meet new people and use his expertise to improve their homes and their lives, all the while working to save enough money to start a family with Raquel. Before

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long, to their surprise, they had the opportunity to take over the business, and they jumped at it. Now, as owner/ operators of Budget Blinds Mansfield and parents of two small girls, they take personal pride in giving their all to each project to leave their clients satisfied with the improved space. Budget Blinds’ wide selection of shutters, blinds, draperies, shades, and window film and its knowledgeable, dedicated, and personable staff make it the perfect choice to handle your customized home upgrade. If you’ve ever undertaken a home improvement by yourself, you know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the limitless combinations available. With decisions to be made about color, style, brand, size, and more, you can find yourself wandering the aisles of home improvement stores with your head spinning for hours. If only there were someone to help you make sense of it all. That’s why the Elders offer expert advice and free in-home consultations to make the

selection painless and fun. Instead of being alone and confused on that aisle, you could be sitting in your own living room while a friendly professional brings the showroom to you. This important part of the process allows Joseph to use his practical knowledge to understand the needs of your project, answer any questions you have, and demonstrate how the available products might interact with your existing decor. You will be able to help sift through the options with a professional to guide you to finding the right fit for your home. Once the Budget Blinds team has taken the time to understand exactly what it is you want, all you need to do is relax. Every step, from the very first measurement to the clean-up after the job is done, is handled by the Elders and their staff with the utmost professionalism. Installation proceeds promptly and efficiently, and before you know it, your home will have a whole new look. Are you ready to brighten up your L IV I NG MAGAZ IN E . N ET


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Fresh Coat A HOUSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR

WHAT NOT TO WEAR (HOME EDITION)

With an eye on your home’s look, start by taking into account the era and style of your home. Trying to update a 1950s ranch home or a Victorian manor with modern colors can suggest an identity crisis. Pick a color from history—one that’s era appropriate for your home.

When determining which colors to use, think about what colors you would pair in your wardrobe. Would you wear those colors together? If you are working with brick or other features that won’t be painted, coordinate your trim colors with those.

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR If there is a chance of a For Sale sign gracing your lawn in the foreseeable future, take that into account when choosing a color palette for your home’s exterior. Shades of white, putty, and dove grey are classics. You can add intrigue and style by adding a brighter color on the front door.

ALL SHADES ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL Some colors don’t age well and fade rapidly. Your sunny yellow can look a little overcast if the paint color is not specifically recommended for exterior. Your professional painter and the knowledgeable paint store employees can assist you with that.

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Will the palette seem dated in a year? Because your home’s exterior won’t be painted frequently, it is not the place to be ultra-trendy. For most home styles, limiting your use of bold colors is a wise choice. You can select one color that pops, while using another daring accent color sparingly. Save the trendy colors for your door, which is considerably less expensive to have repainted.

TRUE COLORS Check out large samples of trim paint next to the main color you are considering. If you are wanting to paint your house light blue, make sure the trim is not going to make it appear lavender.

OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE If you have a covered porch, consider adding a shade of blue on the

porch ceiling. It is an old Southern tradition, which adds a feeling of blue sky even on the darkest of days. And there may be some added benefit to the cheery ceiling—several house painters consulted believe the color discourages mud daubers and wasps from building their homes by fooling them into thinking the blue is sky.

INSPIRATION POINT Look around you for inspiration. Are there homes in your neighborhood with color palettes you admire? Take a drive and contemplate what looks good on other houses, especially those with a similar look to your house. However, it is probably best to not enter into a “Who Wore It Best” contest with the house next door. Consider the landscape surrounding your home. Do you want your home blend into the background or stand out? There is no wrong answer to that question.

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HOMESTEAD PRIMER

Time for a Summer Spruce? BY JESSICA TOMES

Is your barren yard in dire need of a summer spruce? (Sheepishly raises hand.) Making plans to plant a few trees is a great place to start. Much like any other relationship, many trees grow more beautiful with time. Others create decades of annoyance, dropping sticks or messy fruit, leaving you wondering if it’s time for the axe. When it comes to trees (also like relationships), the last thing you want to do is make a hasty decision. But how to know which trees are right for you? HERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU’LL WANT TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING “THE PERFECT TREE.”

Step one: determine your intentions. Ask yourself why you want a tree. For shade? For privacy? A little eye candy? Maybe you just want to block the view of your neighbor’s ugly backyard. The answers to these initial questions should bring some clarity. Next, you’ll want to determine what kind of commitment you’re looking for. Hardwoods tend to grow slower and live longer. Fast growers tend to

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be smaller, have softer wood, and generally don’t live as long. It’s also important to note that deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and are bare all winter. Evergreen trees and shrubs retain their foliage year-round.

The Texas Tree Planting Guide (at TexasTreePlanting.TAMU.edu—from the Texas A&M Forest Service), says these are a few of the best types of trees for growing in Dallas.

WHEN WE’RE TALKING TREES, SIZE MATTERS.

• Cedar Elm: This deciduous tree is drought tolerant and a good shade tree.

The experts at Better Homes and Gardens say trees should be scaled to their surroundings. A good rule of thumb (no matter the size of house or yard): place smaller trees closer to the house, and taller trees farther out, along the edges of your property. You’ll also want to find out what kind of soil you’re working with. Finally, you’ll want to consider the potential liabilities. Some trees have thorns, making them less suitable for children. Others are messy. Some trees are better matched for the country or suburbs, while others can handle the urban life. You may even want to consult a professional landscaper or gardener, or even an expert at your local nursery or home repair shop.

TALL TREES • Italian Stone Pine: An evergreen with edible pine “nuts” with a rounded shape and nice crown.

MEDIUM TREES • Bigtooth Maple: Native of the Hill Country, good for moist, well-drained soils and nicely handles shady sites. • Goldenraintree: A good all-rounder for urban settings, it has a reliable fall color and attractive brown seed pods in late summer.

SMALL TREES • Rusty Blackhaw: An excellent specimen tree with few problems, has showy flowers but requires good drainage. • Mexican Plum: This deciduous tree provides good fall color (yellow to red to purple), and prefers well-drained soil. This tree features bright white flowers in the spring and edible flowers.

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ADVENTURE

A Grand Vacation Family trekking through artsy Sedona and the magnificent Grand Canyon BY ANNETTE BROOKS

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eciding to splurge on a weeklong family vacation was easy. Choosing a destination everyone was on board with… not so much. Our children are eclectic—the adventurous, fun-loving scientist, the posh princess accountant, the artsy new age actor and playwright. (And thankfully, a couple of significant others who are generally up for anything.) After weeks of searching for potential destinations, we came up with a trip that offered something for everyone—Sedona, Arizona, with a twonight stay at the Grand Canyon. We bought airline tickets and booked an upscale condo and a hillside house with breathtaking views so everyone would have enough room. And then we went.

Blazing Sunset Among the Red Rocks The drive from the Phoenix airport to Sedona was mostly unremarkable, winding through miles of brown desert hills dotted with cacti. Then the road curved and suddenly magnificent red rock formations appeared. The views were so breathtaking that we quickly understood why everyone raves about Sedona. With the sky ablaze at sunset and the red rock hills serving as a backdrop, nature in all its glory welcomed us to this slice of desert heaven on earth.

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High in the Sky My husband and I were up before daybreak to take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise. The kids opted to spend the morning hiking the two-mile round trip trail to Devil’s Bridge, the largest natural stone arch in the Sedona area. Having never ballooned before, I was a bit apprehensive, but climbing into the high basket while wearing tight fitting jeans ended up being the only real obstacle I had to overcome. Once we were in the basket, our self-professed “balloon driver” fired up the burner and we began to gently float up and away. The absolute silence and stillness between burner firings was blissfully peaceful. As we glided through the air, the thin morning light gave us a birds-eye view of the sprawling countryside beneath us. We spied jack rabbits foraging as the desert came to life. That evening we compared our adventures of the day while preparing dinner at the house, which had a fabulous deck with a grill and large open kitchen and dining area. The wine and conversation flowed as we dined on a crisp salad, sizzling steaks, perfectly grilled chicken, and veggies. The familial feast ended with light angel food cake, fresh strawberries, L IV I NG MAGAZ IN E . N ET


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ADVENTURE and whipped cream. Delicious in any setting, but moreso while surrounded by family.

Over the Boulders The next morning my husband and I sipped coffee while admiring gorgeous vistas through huge picture windows, then did a bit of hiking on the trails behind the house to help work off dinner from the night before. Around noon our family met up at Pink Jeep Tours for a private off-road adventure. The Jeep, specially modified for climbing over boulders, crawled along the rugged terrain as majestic red rock formations loomed above us. The slopes weren’t vertical, but it sure felt like it a couple of times! Once we reached our destination— Merry-Go-Round Rock—we were in awe of the jaw-dropping panorama. Our day ended at award-winning Elote Cafe, which, hands down, has the best cuisine in Sedona. The menu highlights include entrees such as grilled adobo-seasoned wild Alaskan halibut with salsa verde and lime aioli, and pork cheeks served with cascabel chile sauce, grandma’s corn cake, and buttermilk cumin drizzle. Luckily, we went hot air ballooning the day before this meal, otherwise the balloon may not have made it off the ground!

Two Unforgettable Nights at the Grand Canyon The drive from Sedona to the Grand Canyon takes a couple of hours. As for the Grand Canyon itself—how does one describe the indescribable? I can only imagine what the early explorers thought when they first laid eyes on this vast, powerful, and awe-inspiring canyon. You can’t help but wonder about your place in the world when you’re standing at the edge. We hiked along the well-

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maintained Rim Trail, often peering into the steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River. Admittedly, the kids hiked farther than my husband and I did. Instead, we drove to the Grand Canyon West Skywalk, which allows you to walk 70 feet out from the rim and peer a mile down into the canyon from the glass floor! After an active day, we freshened up and unwound with drinks and dinner at El Tovar Dining Room, where Old World elegance meets with contemporary cuisine and a great wine list. My thoroughly carnivorous husband enjoyed the hand-cut, locally sourced grilled New York Strip with a coffee dry rub and a 1554 lager demi-glace. I ordered the boneless chicken breasts over angel hair pasta with mushroom sherry sauce—a dish that has been on El Tovar’s menu since 1947. Up bright and early on our second day at the Grand Canyon, we rode mules 2,300 feet down precarious cliff switchback paths and dusty ledges to the bottom of the Canyon. Suffering from acrophobia a bit, I had to close my eyes a couple of times, but the unforgettable ride was well worth it. That evening, our family headed out to Hermit’s Rest Road, where we took in spectacular views of a Monet-like sunset over the craggy canyon cliffs. Indeed, some of the best things in life are free!

So-Long…for Now Sitting at the Phoenix airport, we vowed to return someday soon for another family adventure. After all, memories made together last a lifetime. My husband and I imagine our children, long after we’re gone, talking about our wonderful family trips to Arizona’s red rock country. Wouldn’t that be grand? L IV I NG MAGAZ IN E . N ET


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CUISINE

BY MEGHAN BASSETT

There’s something special about grilling in the yard with family and friends, especially this time of year. The outdoor games, the beverages, and a pile of food make for a great afternoon! This menu is focused on one of my favorite grilled chicken thigh recipes, with a cold cucumber side and flavorful, fruity granita to cool off with. Effortless and effective for any occasion.

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pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs cup lime juice cup agave tablespoons soy sauce tablespoon olive oil cup chopped cilantro teaspoon garlic powder teaspoon salt teaspoon black pepper lime wedges cilantro

In a medium bowl, make the marinade by stirring together lime juice, agave, soy sauce, olive oil, cilantro, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Reserve about a quarter cup of the marinade. In a large zip-top bag, combine the chicken thighs with the rest of the marinade, seal, and shake until coated. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least three hours, and preferably overnight. When ready to cook, get the grill hot and season with oil to prevent food from sticking. Grill skin side down until crispy and brown, approximately 6 minutes. Turn and cook on the other side until cooked through, approximately 5 minutes. Baste occasionally with reserved marinade as the thighs cook on both sides. Serve immediately.

THE LONGER YOU MARINATE THE CHICKEN THIGHS, THE JUICIER AND MORE FLAVORFUL THEY WILL TASTE. INVEST THE TIME AND LET THEM MARINATE OVERNIGHT.

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Large tomatoes, seeded and diced English cucumber, peeled and diced cup corn kernels serrano pepper, diced cup chopped cilantro tablespoons rice vinegar teaspoon chili powder tablespoon lime juice tablespoons extra virgin olive oil cup queso fresco Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, whisk together salt, pepper, cilantro, vinegar, chili powder, lime juice, and olive oil. Add tomatoes, cucumber, corn, and serrano pepper. Toss to combine and coat. Top with queso fresco.

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WATERMELON MINT GRANITA 1/2 5 1 1/4 3/4 1/4 2

cup water cups seedless watermelon, chopped and frozen cup frozen strawberries cup agave cup mint leaves tablespoons lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Purée until smooth. Store in a plastic container or loaf pan in the freezer for at least 4 to 5 hours. Once frozen, use a fork to scrape the top, creating the granita texture (very similar to shaved ice!). Serve in small bowls with mint garnish.

WATERMELON MINT GRANITA CAN BE MADE UP TO A FEW DAYS IN ADVANCE. SIMPLY FREEZE IT AND DON’T SCRAPE IT UP UNTIL READY TO SERVE.

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ith summer in full swing, the last thing you’ll feel like eating is a heavy, calorie-laden sauce full of cream and butter. Instead, make use of the bounty of fresh herbs and produce available at your local farmers market or food store to create versatile, health-conscious sauces that add a big burst of flavor to meats and veggies. Your palette, and your heart, will thank you! ARGENTINIAN CHIMICHURRI South Americans love to dip grilled meats in chimichurri, which has an herbal yet piquant taste. Spread it on steaks and hamburgers as a condiment, add it to chicken marinades, or use it with any food onto which you would squeeze a bit of lemon. Traditional chimichurri is based on fresh oregano. You can find tasty, authentic recipes online, or try a twist using baby leeks with the recipe below and serve it on thin fronds of grilled asparagus. Divine!

CHIMICHURRI WITH LEEKS

• 3 to 4 tablespoons minced baby leeks • 1 cup finely chopped parsley • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano • 1/3 to 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (to taste), plus more for drizzling • Pinch of sea salt and pepper • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Combine all ingredients except the vinegar and mix thoroughly. Stir in the vinegar and spoon sauce generously over lightly grilled spears of asparagus, grilled flank steak, and more. Top with a bit of crumbled feta and a few pitted olives for even more pizazz. VENEZUELAN GUASACACA SAUCE This simple but astoundingly tasty sauce includes avocado, fresh parsley and coriander, bell pepper, onion, garlic, salt, olive oil, and vinegar. Venezuelans use it on grilled meats and for dipping. Toss the ingredients into a food processor and blend until you get the consistency you desire. LEMONY MINT AND PARSLEY PESTO WITH HAZELNUTS Pesto, which originated in Italy, traditionally uses basil as the main leafy ingredient, and includes Parmesan cheese. Next time you decide to put some together, try punching it up with some mint, parsley, and hazelnuts—a heavenly concoction that pairs well with grilled lamb chops and chicken. We like the recipe at FoodieUnderground.com/lemonyparsley-and-mint-pesto which you can keep in your refrigerator for about a week. CHICKPEA, ORANGE, AND TAHINI DRESSING This isn’t a green sauce, but it’s so delicious and nutritious we just had to include it. Instead of drowning your salad in ranch or blue cheese dressing, try a creamy, velvety alternative. You can find Laura’s recipe at Win-WinFood.com/tahini-dressing. And here’s a hint that will help ensure your sauce is super smooth: rub the chickpeas with a towel to remove the skins before processing with the rest of the ingredients.

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BY ANNETTE BROOKS

Nothing beats a cool drink on a hot summer day—but how about keeping things fresh by kicking back with a classic cocktail instead of the usual suspects?

LIMONCELLO COLLINS

This lemonade-ish drink is great to make for a summer party. Just whip up a pitcher in advance and top each glass, after pouring, with a splash of club soda. The recipe below is for one drink. • • • •

2 ounces limoncello 1 1/2 ounces quality gin, such as Beefeater 24 2 ounces fresh lemon juice 2 ounces club soda

Combine the limoncello (an Italian lemon liqueur), gin, and lemon juice into a mixing glass. Press three very thin lemon slices against the side of a Collins glass then add ice. Pour the limoncello mixture from the mixing glass over the ice. Top with the club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.

SOUTHERN-STYLE PRIMM’S CUP Primm’s liqueur, an English favorite, makes a Primm’s Cup, but this recipe adds some Southern sass and oomph with bourbon whiskey.

• 1/2 cup Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur • 1/4 cup quality bourbon whisky, such as Maker’s Mark • 1 orange, sliced and quartered (use cara cara or blood orange for more color) • 1/3 English cucumber, julienned • 1/2 red apple, cut into thin slices • 3/4 cup ginger ale • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves Mix the Pimm’s, whiskey, orange and apple slices, and a few cucumber slices in a large pitcher. Stir in some of the mint leaves. Let chill for about 10

minutes. Add in the ginger ale, and pour into 2 icefilled glasses. Add a few sprigs of fresh mint and an extra cucumber slice for garnish.

WATERMELON GIN RICKEY

The Gin Rickey was invented in a Washington D.C. bar during a brutal heat wave in the 1890s— probably close to an average summer day in Texas! Watermelon adds complexity to the flavor and a nice touch of color to this classic drink. • • • • •

Coriander seeds 2 ounces quality gin, such as Bombay Sapphire 2 ounces fresh watermelon juice 1/2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice (about 1 lime) Club soda to top up

Put the coriander seeds at the bottom of a cocktail shaker and crush lightly. Add the gin, lime juice, and 1/4 cup of the watermelon juice. Add ice and shake. Pour over fresh ice and top up the glass with club soda. Garnish with mint and a watermelon spear.

SMASHED CHERRY MOSCOW MULE With only a few ingredients, this drink may be destined to become your go-to summer party beverage. Serve in a copper mug, of course! • • • •

2 ounces vodka 4 fresh cherries ginger beer fresh lime juice

Muddle four cherries (halved, seeds removed) in the bottom of your cup along with the juice of half a lime. Add vodka, ice, and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime slice and a fresh cherry.


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Ashia Reynolds has a smile that could charm a raincloud away, and a purposefully upbeat attitude that always looks at the bright side of things. Originally from Houston, Texas, she now lives in Japan. That’s because Ashia is in the Navy Reserves. Her husband is also in the Navy, as an active duty sailor stationed on a ship in Japan. Ashia initially joined the Reserves with the intention of transitioning into full time active duty as an officer, but her plans changed when she met her husband and got married. Still, she’s glad that she joined. “It’s done great things for me, just as a person, character-wise,” she says. “It builds a lot of character. And I think it’s a good way to kind of figure out who you are and what you’re capable of.” While Ashia chooses to focus on how her experience in the Navy has helped her grow as a person, she

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