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Being in Siouxland

Spring 2017

Stuff that just might make your life better




Fashions Home Decor

A fresh look without a lot of work

Spring Fever

or is it allergies?

The Workout you’re missing How to get the HOUSE you want

Jose & Teri Quintana

Getting to the fairytale ending

Date Night Dinner

Cook up something special

Take this magazine with you. When you’re done, give it away.

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Table of




15 . A fresh look

Refresh your space in no time.

19 . Cleaning tricks

For people who’d like to skip it.

21 . Hard pet things

Happy answers for hard pet things.

22 . Just chill Q&A

Prepare now for summer air.


22 . The home you want

How to get it and mistakes to avoid.

23 . Car on the horizon?

Need a new car? Here’s one to look at.

24 . Lawn designs

Mowing tips for a great yard.

Brick room daylightistanbul studio /Shutterstock.com; Chicken Parmesan Ezume Images/Shutterstock.com

BETTER BODY 25 . Spring fever

Allergy insight with Dr. Tumpkin.

27 . Your mom was right



7 . Back to the table Make meal time family time.

9 . Better stuff

Stuff to make you smile.

10 . Tips n’ Trends

Why posture is important.

29 . It’s going to happen Your future with reading glasses.

30 . Battle of the brushes Electric or manual - does it matter?

12 . Top 5

Getting past organizing mistakes.

The gym you don’t know about.

13 . My best advice Three experts weigh in.

14. Opening doors

31 . Workout secret


Local businesses you should know.

33 . Timeless beauty Spring fashions for all ages.

What people are talking about now. www.beingbettermagazine.com / Spring 2017


On the cover


41 . Fairytale ending

Winning against extraordinary odds.


47 . Date night dinner A delicious menu for a night in.

50 . Let’s get gnarly

The perfect protein gets spiced up.

51 . Belly up to the bar

Creating an edible bar for your event.




JENNIFER WINQUIST jennifer@beingbettermagazine.com

Copy editors




Graphic design

36 . A place to play


What’s going on at GiGi’s playhouse.


38. Key to the keys

Account Executive

JESSIQUE STEELE jess@beingbettermagazine.com

The key to getting big ticket items.

39 . Held for ransom How you can avoid it.

One group is making this possible.

52 . Home grown

Local flavors at the Farmer’s Market.

54 . Food focus

Avocados for great guac.

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40 . Staying home

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LETTER / From the editor

Hey, Neighbor!


elcome to the first issue of Being Better magazine for Siouxland! Many of you may know who I am because I live here. I’ve lived in Siouxland my whole life, and while I’ve been producing magazines for the last 30 years or so, I haven’t done one exclusively for our area until now. I am so beyond excited about this one! For this publication we wanted it to be all about how to have a better life. Truly better. We want to bring you interesting and inspiring content. We want it to help you, motivate you, and change your life. It’s a tall order but we have a lot of amazing people in our community and we are tapping into their knowledge and expertise to do it. We all read the national magazines that reference [this expert] on the East Coast or [that skilled person] on the West Coast. Know what? We have a bunch of experience right here where we live. And, since we’re going to be calling them (and not the people far, far away), that’s who we decided to feature in the magazine. You’ll meet some incredible doctors in here who will give you tips on staying well and feeling better. You’ll get advice on styling and maintaining your home and yard from people who do that for a living. Our local experts will give you ideas on getting fit, eating well, staying safe behind the keyboard, and how to have better hair. Plus, you’ll learn about some new businesses and places that maybe you weren’t aware of. If you’re up for an amazing story, you will definitely want to read Jose and Teri Quintana’s. If you were ever going to give up on someone, these two would have been written off years ago. Thank God we’re not the ones making those decisions. Read their epic tale of lives completely remade. As I’ve interviewed all kinds of people for this issue, I’m even more proud to be from Siouxland! We have some great people doing great stuff. I pray you’ll get something valuable from this issue and that your life will truly become better.


Jennifer Winquist, Editor-in-Chief

This is me, and this is my chair, but truthfully, this is not my yard. Why? 1. When we shot this picture there was snow on the ground and nothing was green. 2. Because my backyard is not this nice and I wanted you to have something nice to look at. Maybe one day my yard will be awesome. In the meantime, we have the magic of Photoshop. Enjoy.

P.S. We’d love to get some feedback from you.

This is YOUR magazine and we want you to be included and be part of it. That means we want to hear from you. Let us know what you think, what you like, didn’t like, have an idea for, or who or what you think should be included in an upcoming issue. Shoot me an email anytime ─ Jennifer@BeingBetterMagazine.com or write me at ─ P.O. Box 5105, Sioux City, IA 51102.

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When time is short, we fill that time with life.

4300 Hamilton Blvd. • Sioux City, IA 51104 712-233-4144 • 800-383-4545 www.hospiceofsiouxland.com

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We can see what drive-thru dining is doing to our bodies and what eating on the run is doing to our family life. Not good. To our credit, the family dinner table is finding a come back. People are cooking together and trying to eat better. Yeah, us!


Back to the table


Jayson & Trisha Winquist are like a lot of families ─ their lives are crazy busy and it’s a battle to find time for all the right things. With three kids and all their activities, full time jobs, church groups, teaching fitness classes, and building a new house, it would be easy to leave eating right for the drive thru. Instead,

Normal life

Sioux City residents, Jayson and wife Trisha are health conscious and enjoy staying fit. In addition to their day jobs, Jayson teaches spin classes and Trisha teaches Zumba (see pg 31). They make dinner family time and enjoy trying different things that taste good and help them reach their health, fitness, and family time goals.

they make it a priority in their lives so they can do all the other things. Trisha says, “I don’t use busyness as an excuse for us not to eat healthy. I meal prep on Sunday and maybe choose 1 or 2 days in the week to cook depending on my schedule. “Every week, I choose 3-4 recipes from my cookbooks. Instead of eating fast food we make these and its like half the calories ─ and they’re usually good. There have been a few we didn’t love, but none we didn’t eat. “The Dude Diet recipes show you how to ‘hide’ nutritious foods that kids don’t like. Jayson really likes these. What are our favorites? Hmm, that’s tough…we’ve liked almost everything. I’d suggest the buffalo chicken salad, sloppy Joes, trashed up turkey burgers, and fiery ginger wings. My favorite recipe from Skinnytaste is the turkey pumpkin chili which sounds weird but even the kids like it. I also made a creamy tomato soup that might have taken over as my fav and the shrimp and artichoke quinoa bowls are really good. What I like about the Skinnytaste is that it doesn’t always taste skinny and each recipe gives you a breakdown of calories so it’s easy to be aware if you’re trying to track your eating. www.beingbettermagazine.com / Spring 2017








Where Smiles Happen

5804 Correctionville Rd - Sioux City, IA 51106 712-224-2267 - www.camphighhopes.com



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Blended stuff

In your blender, combine 4 oz of fruit juice (pineapple is wonderful), about 1/2 cup of any two fruits (try strawberries and banana), and add a large glass of ice. Add a little Splenda if your fruits aren’t sweet enough. Blend. Drink. Smile.

Funny stuff The teacher told her students that George Washington cut down a cherry tree, but he confessed that he did it. “Now class, do you know why his father didn’t punish him?” Louis answered, “Because he still had the axe in his hand.”

Posture stuff

Burger stuff

Chiropractor, Dr. Thomas Molstad (see pg 27) recommends these for patients who want to improve their posture. They’re also a great workout tool. You can buy the Posture Medic for $39.95 at his Sioux City office or order online.

Don’t freak out, but the burger we’re recommending as a better burger is actually [brace yourself] a veggie burger. Nope, we are not lying. These burgers from Morningstar Farms are actually good! Very good! They are low in calories, packed with protein [10 grams], and are low in fat. Seriously... try them. They come in several flavors. Available at many Siouxland grocers.

Quotable stuff “Racism isn’t born, folks. It’s taught. I have a two-year-old son. Know what he hates? Naps. End of list.” ─ Denis Leary “Your life will be better, not when you’ve made your life better, but when someone else’s life is better because of you.” ─ Unknown

Smoothies haveseen/Shutterstock.com

“You don’t start climbing a mountain to get to the middle.” ─ James Hart

Random stuff

The counting of Earth’s years is based on Jesus. Things that happened before Christ was born are represented by “B.C.” Events that happened after Jesus was born are tagged with “A.D.” which doesn’t mean “after death” but stands for “Anno Domini” which is Latin for “in the year of our Lord.”

Chill stuff

This cool little crock is a dip chiller. Fill the bottom with ice, add your favorite dip to the top, and you’re ready for dip on the deck or wherever the party takes you. $24.95. Get yours at Palmer Specialty Foods, 405 Wesley Pkwy, Sioux City, IA.


Jesus’ birth -7 -6 -5 -4 -3 -2 -1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 BC




B.C. = Before Christ



A.D.. = Anno Domini

(in the year of our Lord)

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Tips & Trends How to love your hair now WITH HEATHER GREEN, ILLUMINATE SALON

If you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling for your hair, the fix may be fairly simple. Heather Green, owner of Illuminate salon, tells us how.

Switch shampoo

“Clients ask us all the time what shampoo they can buy at the drug store or grocery store that will be best. We understand people need to stay on a budget but honestly there are so few “good” OTC shampoos.”

What’s the deal?

the interior of your hair to harmful elements. An acidic shampoo closes the cuticle and helps the hair retain moisture.”

Getting great hair

“To maintain vibrant color, shine, and overall health of your hair, find a shampoo with the proper pH (the right balance of acidity and alkaline). Find a product that has a pH level of no more than 7. “Want to love your hair now? It may be as simple as getting a new shampoo. Here are a few we recommend ─”

Reverse the damage

“You need to protect your hair and that requires an acidic shampoo, not one high in alkaline. Each strand of hair has ‘scales’ that are called cuticles. Water and alkaline cause these to open, exposing

It’s time to try it While sushi has been around for eons, around the Midwest it has been a little slower to catch on. No more. Everyone is eating sushi these days and you can find it at a lot of Siouxland restaurants. Mr. Stirfry has many different kinds on their buffet so it’s easy to try a few.

Not what you think

If you haven’t tried sushi you may be thinking it’s raw fish. Not exactly─ that would be sashimi. Sushi is actually rice with accessories. Sometimes it can be fish but it isn’t always raw. The picture shows a California roll which is avocado, cucumber, and cooked imitation crab.


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Surface shampoos have a pH balance of 4.5 to 5.5 which is optimal ─ so they treat your hair right. Awaken - for oily hair, $23 Curls - for dry hair, $23 Bassu - for color treated hair, $23 Available at Illuminate Salon in the United Building, Downtown, Sioux City. 255-7771.

Smiling lady Nadino/Shutterstock.com; Frizzy hair lady Maxim Ahner/Shutterstock.com; Sushi Ostancov Vladislav/Shutterstock.com

“When I was in beauty school I remember learning about alkalinity in products we use on our hair. There I sat with my Ogilvie Home Perm curling my hair that had been highlighted by Touch of Sun home color and wondering if that’s why the fuzz on my head acted more like cotton candy than hair. The instructor told us, ‘You can wrap hair in perm rods and apply off the shelf shampoo and the amount of alkaline in the shampoo will perm that hair.’”


Guys gotta have it



Since we know that Karlton’s is the go-to shop for guys, we asked Kim Kletschke what trends guys need to know about for spring.

Typically rabbit sales go up in the spring. While it may be a cute gift, it’s a big commitment as owning any pet is. Before you buy that bunny, make sure you know what’s involved. Family Pet Hospital takes us through the pros and cons.

[Bunny pros

• Great personalities -engaging social animals • Life expectancy 5-15 years -long term commitment required • Can be litter trained • Quiet pet • Rabbits like to be clean -much like cats

[Bunny cons Long and linen

“Linen shirts are big right now. These are from the Tommy Bahama line. They’re meant to be casual and comfortable, but guys are wearing them for lots of events. They do come in short sleeves too, but keeping the sleeves long in warmer weather is popular. Pair them with shorts and roll up the sleeves.”

Bunny ESB Professional/Shutterstock.com

Dressed down destinations

“Less formal attire, especially for destination events like a wedding, is hot. Style all the guys in matching linen pants and shirts, with a different color for the groom. Everyone loves not having to deal with tux rentals, plus they can wear the clothes again.” Karlton’s Clothiers & Tailors 515 4th St. Downtown Sioux City, IA 255-4040. Open Weekdays 9:30am-5:30pm Saturday 9:30am-5pm

• Lots of exercise and play time needed outside of their cage (which should be fairly large). However, they must be monitored as they will chew on anything! Rabbits should also be kept inside. • Entertaining toys needed like boxes, paper tubes, paper bags, and hard plastic baby toys. Sticks or blocks of wood make good chew toys. Avoid cherry wood (it’s toxic) and fresh pine branches to avoid sticky sap. • Veterinary care will likely be needed at some point in its life. Spaying or neutering is recommended. • Not a good match for young children who may not be careful enough when picking them up or playing around them. Some rabbits do not like to be held or cuddled. • Diet needs include good quality hay (such as Timothy hay) and assorted fresh vegetables. Rabbit pellets alone are not sufficient. Family Pet Hospital Dr. Michelle Bader & Dr. Abbie Krause 1909 Pierce St. Sioux City, IA. 277-1581 familypethospitalsiouxcity.com

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Top 5


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organizing mistakes

Buying supplies too soon.

We think having lots of trendy bins, totes, and shelves will get us organized in no time. Until you figure out exactly what you’ll need and where it’s going this can be a huge waste of time, money, and sanity.

Keeping too much stuff.


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Getting overwhelmed.

Before you drag everything out of the closet or onto the garage floor, make a plan of attack. The clutter didn’t happen in a day so it may take time to get it organized. Make sure you know what it’s going to take (time, supplies, strategy) before you dive in.

Unrealistic organizing.

Colored tubs may look cool and get your stuff organized but if you can’t see what’s in them that may be a problem. Make sure the system you choose will work for your lifestyle. If others have to participate, talk with them about the plan before you act. You may need hooks instead of hangers and open baskets instead of closed boxes.


Getting distracted.

We’ve all done it. You start sorting stuff and before you’re through one box you’re reading your 7th grade diary and perusing your junior high report cards. Make a mental note to stay on task. Create four piles: Throw, sell/rummage, give, and keep. Keep the report cards and when you’re organizing that pile later you can contemplate how you could have gotten a “D” in P.E.

Donation box moomsabuy/Shutterstock.com; Tennis racket pukach/Shutterstock.com

In the end, clutter generally means one thing: you have too much stuff. Simply getting rid of things is critical. If you don’t have a pet you don’t need to keep supplies from when you did. If you haven’t used it for two years, ditch it. Yep, that includes that outfit you want to wear again when you lose weight. After all, it will just be a let down if it’s out of style when that happens.


and how to overcome them

My best advice for spring


experts in their field weigh in




“Go to church”

“Every Easter we have noticed skid marks in our parking lot from people who are being dragged to church by family members. I remember having those same feelings from time to time and I am the Pastor! Easter is typically the most attended service of the year and people come for many reasons.” Come for Easter “On Easter morning we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and worship in an upbeat, creative manner. We teach from the Bible in a way that speaks to the concerns of today. The following Sunday I will start a series on temptation. This series will remind people that God is faithful no matter where you’re trapped─God always has a way out.”

No perfect people allowed

“Please know that Sunnybrook is not a perfect church, and you don’t have to be perfect (or even close) to attend. My advice for getting back to church is to come just as you are, trusting that God is going to meet you where you are and do a great work in and through you. We would love to have you join us.”

Sunnybrook Community Church is located on 5600 Sunnybrook Drive in Sioux City. Services: Sundays 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 am.






“Use sunscreen”

“Think tan skin looks healthy? In fact a deadly form of skin cancer is caused from UV exposure such as sunlight and tanning beds. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer derived from the pigment producing cells of our skin, the melanocytes. Most melanomas are directly linked to UV exposure. In the last 20 years, melanoma rates have doubled. This year it is estimated that 90,000 people will get melanoma and 10,000 will die. Let’s decrease our risk.” Wear sun protection “Wearing SPF 30+ routinely may have a 50% reduction in melanoma rates.” Avoid sun burns “Melanoma risk doubles with five or more sun burns.” Watch for changes “Be aware of any changing, growing, or non-healing lesion. It can be a change in an old mole or new lesion. Early detection is crucial in improving the survival rate. “Avoid tanning beds. People who tan 10 or more times have a 34% increase in melanoma rates. More people develop skin cancer (all types) from tanning than lung cancer from smoking.” Midlands Cosmetic specializes in the health and beauty of your skin. 4301 Sergeant Road, Suite 120, Sioux City. 712-224-SKIN.

“Go outside”

“As the weather warms up we are so ready to get outside. As a mother of three kids (15, 4, and 1 year), I know it can be difficult to have an outing. I keep it simple. When hot June days come, water is our friend. “I get out the baby pool and splash pad. My kids may have gills because they absolutely love the water. We live in a small town that has a pool two blocks from us so our oldest spends most days there with his buddies. I could drag the little ones to the pool too but it’s much easier, and just as fun, to splash at home. Before the little ones are up I’ll go out and fill the baby pool and let the water start warming up for an afternoon of fun. Jack (4) knows it’s time to go out when I get out the sunblock. The pure joy is undeniable. An added bonus is that the kids sleep so good with all that outdoor play. “We have always pushed our oldest to go out and play─like we were told by our parents. No video games, no sitting inside on nice days. I’m proud to say that he is all about being outside, fishing, hunting, swimming, playing ball, even doing manual labor. There are too many distractions in the world today that do not stimulate our children. Push them out the door for some playtime ─ better yet go with them.”

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Opening doors 1.

Take a peak at who’s open for business in Siouxland. Many are brand new but others have been around the block for awhile. Take a look to see what you might be missing.

5. Dagas. Daga’s Mexican Grill opened in early summer of 2011 in Winnebago, NE. We offer authentic Jalisco-inspired Mexican food. Our signature item is the Taco Queso. It is a must try!

1. Jumpy Monkey Coffee Roasting Co. Siouxland’s Coffee with a Cause! This locally roasted specialty coffee serves a greater mission: providing employment to individuals with disabilities through New Perspectives, Inc. Find them in all Siouxland HyVees and Fareways. Contact about fundraising and custom gifts! Email:

6. Mode. Welcome to MODE: a designer outlet! Visit us and enjoy shopping again! Our knowledgeable staff will help you put together outfits, find the perfect pair of $40 designer jeans, and make you feel amazing though our personalized service.

info1@jumpymonkey.com. 712-943-3026

2. Country Celebrations. Country Celebrations is a new and exciting event center in Siouxland. Our location is a rustic-chic venue perfect for any event! Plan your weddings, receptions, corporate meetings, family gatherings, and more.


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7. Lumin Therapy. We provide integrative therapeutic experiences for the mind, body, and spirit through the practice of yoga and mindfulness. Yoga is for EVERYbody. Check out

lumintherapy.com and follow us at facebook.com/lumintherapy. Email us at info@ lumintherapy.com.

3. Noah’s Hope Animal Rescue. Noah’s Hope is a 100% volunteer, foster-based rescue headquartered in Sioux City. We focus on the underdogs: the old, the sick and injured, the used-up by breeders, the forsaken and misunderstood. In the end, they rescue us as much as we rescue them.

8. Book People. More than a book store, Book People is Siouxland’s only independent book store located at Marketplace Shopping Center. We offer books for all ages, greeting cards, and gifts ranging from baby toys to women’s purses. 2923 Hamilton Blvd.,

4. Great Escapes. You have sixty minutes to use your wits, skill, and brains to solve puzzles, crack codes, and find keys that will ultimately aid in your escape. Whether you succeed or fail this fresh entertainment is sure to leave you exhilarated. For more info: 712-223-5528 Book Now: thegreatestescapesiouxcity.com

Sioux City, IA. St. 712-258-1471

9. Milwaukee Weiner. Serving classic Coney Island-style chili dogs, homemade chili, and bottled soda since 1918. Open 10 am to 6 pm.

301 Douglas St. Sioux City, IA

10. M’s on Fourth/UnCorked. Locally owned with a desire to offer fine dining at a reasonable rate. Customer service done with excellence and not just dinner but an experience. Great food meets great wine for great friends. 1021 4th St., Sioux City, IA.

Lady with dog Blend Images/Shutterstock.com


MODE in the Lakeport Commons next to Justice. 5001 Sergeant Rd. Ste. 265, Sioux City, IA. E: mode112@shopmodestore.com W: shopmodestore.com/siouxcity

5606 Hamilton Blvd., Sioux City, IA 712-253-8952 Countrycelebrationseventcenter.com

noahshopeanimalrescue.com 712-253-8394. Like us on Facebook


504 HoChunk Plaza, Winnebago, NE. Open Mon-Fri 10:30-3.

without a lot of work

Room photo by All About Space/Shutterstock.com

Sometimes you just need a new perspective─ to freshen things up a bit. Even if your time is limited, we’ve got some quick solutions. We spoke with interior designer Hilary Hawkins of Brown Wegher Construction. Follow her tips to get that refresh you want in no time at all.


BETTER A fresh look WITH HILARY HAWKINS of Brown Wegher Construction

Work with what you have

Toss a bright white blanket over your sofa to lighten things up (or to cover stains and tears). Add a few like-colored items and suddenly a new feel comes into your room.

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A fresh look

without a lot of work

Adding a splash of color

“If the room is too bland and needs some visual interest, add splashes of color with simple things like accent pillows and area rugs. It can instantly brighten up a dull room

and provide an exciting spark. Patterns, especially florals, are trending right now. Creating a fun space can be as easy as finding that one simple item.”

An area rug under a grouping of furniture will help it feel connected and grounded in its space.

“If you prefer a DIY splash of color, there’s lots of options. You might try being artistic. All you need is a blank canvas, paints, and a brush to express your personality.”

Simply paint colors you love in wide brush strokes on a canvas or tape off areas to paint for a defined design.


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Polka Dot Pillows Phaendin/Shutterstock.com; Red door image Hannamariah/Shutterstock.com; White furniture Sophie McAulay/Shutterstock.com; Painting Thirteen/Shutterstock.com

This great floral pillow brightens up any space. Find it at LandOfPillows.com.

BETTER / Home Make a statement

“Focus on one thing and make it a statement piece. Whether it’s an old dresser or a headboard that needs new life, you can get that “new furniture” look just by refinishing or repainting an existing item. A fresh coat of paint on your front door can add a dramatic change quickly and inexpensively.”

Find your accent

“Paint can change the vibe of your room in a big hurry. Don’t have time to do the whole room? Pick one wall to paint an accent color on. Choose the most focal wall or the one with the least amount of openings (windows and doors). Since you’re only doing one wall, don’t be afraid to use a bold color.”

Punch up one piece

Greenery Primrose Yellow Need some inspiration for an accent wall? Above are three of the top 10 colors chosen by Pantone® as 2017 colors for spring. Looking for a more neutral palette? Check out these two below for more tame tones.

Pale Dogwood


Kitchen image Artazum/Shutterstock.com; Headboard Sofiart/Shutterstock.com

Paint a vintage headboard to revive it. For a kids room consider painting the inset area with chalkboard paint that they can write messages on it!

“If you’re noticing a trend here with the punches of color it doesn’t end in the kitchen. A newer trend is to have a different colored island in your kitchen, which is something fairly easy to do. You can get wild and paint it something bright or just a shade lighter or darker than the rest of your cabinetry.”


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A fresh look without a lot of work Add some living decor

“Breath life into a dull space with plants. If you don’t have a green thumb, artificial plants do the same job and will keep their vibrant color. It has been shown that interactions with nature in one’s surroundings may increase productivity, reduce stress, and provide psychological benefits.”

Think outside the pot. Find interesting containers to plant herbs or house plants in.

Illuminate your space

“Light fixtures can make a big impact on a room. Something as simple as switching out a fixture can completely change the atmosphere. Lights can be a statement piece. Use them to show off your personality and set the theme for the space.”

Vintage lighting is popular for almost every room. These glass pendant lights are available from Electro_BP on Amazon.


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Planter can marilyn barbone/Shutterstock.com; Brick room daylightistanbul studio /Shutterstock.com; Large room setting pics721/Shutterstock.com

We’re here for all your home or commercial construction needs. Check out our Learning Center for more great home insight and ideas at BrownWegher.com


Spring cleaning tricks for people who’d really like to skip it

If your mantra is “You don’t wait for something to get dirty before you clean it,” then this article is NOT for you. If you think that statement makes no sense at all...read on.


et’s have the good news first. These cleaning tips are for things that only need to be cleaned once a year. Yeah! I think they invented “spring” cleaning because they figured we’d be in cheerier spirits with warmer weather on the way. We went in search of the best tips and tricks to get projects done as quickly and painlessly as possible. Get busy and you’ll have these chores checked off before you know it.

Stuff to clean once a year

Cleaning lady Iakov Filimonov/Shutterstock.com

Improve the view

The outside of your windows have been pelted by weather of all kinds and may be looking a little hazy at best. Why we hate this job: It’s so hard to get them completely clean! There are ALWAYS streaks. Solution: With two Norwex products ─ their microfiber cleaning cloth and polishing rag ─ you won’t ever dread this chore again. Wet the microfiber cloth with warm water and wipe down the window. Dry with the polishing cloth and windows are absolutely spotless. Seriously.

Hang ‘em high

Curtains and drapes may not look that dirty but they’ve been soaking up dust, allergens, and smells. Why we hate this job: They are just so bulky to deal with! Solution: If they are washable then the biggest chore will be getting rid of the wrinkles when they’re laundered. Skip the iron and steam them. With ironing you run the risk of scorching or melting the fabric. Hang your curtains and spread them fully across the rod, then use a steamer to work out the wrinkles. For drapes that must be dry cleaned that’s a no-brainer and even less work.

Go deep

Deep cleaning your carpets and furniture really needs to be done at least once a year ─ it’s grungy even if you can’t see it. Why we hate this job: Dedicating an entire day, not being able to use your space is a pain...and then it doesn’t really seem clean! Solution: The reality is this is a big deal. You can get products and try to do it yourself but this is really a good time to hire a professional. You’ll save yourself a lot of hassle and headache.

Time to vent

Your cold air registers and heating and air conditioning vents build up with dust over time. Why we hate this job: It’s not that we hate it so much, we just don’t think to do it.

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BETTER / Home Solution: Put the attachment on your vacuum hose with the brush and go to it. You’ll be done in no time.

Roll out the welcome

Your doormats have collected a lot of crud over the winter months. Why we hate this job: It just doesn’t seem like something that should need to be done. It should be able to take care of itself. Solution: Swat it with a broom, shake it out, vacuum it with a shop vac or hose it off. They are pretty resilient so get tough if you need to and knock it around until it looks welcome worthy.

Protect Santa

If you have a real wood-burning fireplace you probably have quite a pile of ashes from the winter. Why we hate this job: It is soooo dusty and dirty! Solution: Suck it all up with a shop vac then wipe up the remainder with damp paper towels. You’ll still need to have someone come and clean and inspect the chimney. That really should be done each year as well.


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Create some fan fare

The cobwebs are accumulating. You’re going to want to use the ceiling fan and you won’t want it to rain down a haze of dust. Why we hate this job: We don’t like craning our neck to deal with it. Solution: When you have the brush attachment on the vacuum hose (maybe you’re taking care of those air conditioning vents), take a swipe over ceiling fan blades and around light fixtures.

Open the windows

Spring’s a great time to clean up your door and window screens. Whatever dirt and residue has collected since last year will be blowing in when you open the windows this year. Why we hate this job: It just feels like a big mess waiting to happen. Solution: Unless you have been kickin’ up mud from the four-wheeler onto your back door your screens probably just need a wipe down. You don’t even need to involve water. Use a scrap of carpet as a rag. It acts like a powerful little brush to dust away all the debris.

All images Shutterstock.com: Register Claude Huot; Deck furniture fotoknips ; Fireplace Proxima13; Welcome Dog Javier Brosch; Bedroom Melissa E Dockstader; Quilt GoodMood Photo; Cat Diane N. Ennis

Stack the deck

As you break the deck furniture out for the season it’s a good time to clean it up. Why we hate this job: We want to use our patio furniture, not clean it. And it’s just so bulky. Solution: Get a bucket of warm water and squirt some dish soap in it. This is a great time to employ the kids to wipe everything down. Then, just get the hose out and rinse it all off.

Hang out

Bedding can get musty smelling especially if you’re swapping out something that’s been in storage. It might not really be dirty but could use a little refresh. Why we hate this job: We’re annoyed that it’s not as fresh smelling as when we put it away. Solution: This is a super-simple fix. Take comforters, quilts, and bedding outside and hang them on a clothesline or over the fence for the day.

Hard pet things



with happy answers it. Sometimes you just don’t have money to go to the vet. That’s why

All images Shutterstock.com: Girl with cat MNStudio; Puppy eating cynoclub; Vet’s office Lucky Business; Boy with dog sonya etchison.

the Humane Society has the Vet Assistance program to pay the initial vet exam fee.



e all love our pets but sometimes things go wrong and we don’t know what to do or how to care for them. That’s okay, because someone else does know. You might think that the Siouxland Humane Society is just where you go to adopt a pet. Well, that is true, but they also do a whole lot more that you might not know. Stuff that you very well may need to know some day. We spoke to executive director, Jerry Dominicak, and found out some very interesting things.

Help for pets and you


The “I don’t know how to plan for this” thing. When the big flood hit Siouxland a few years ago, people had to move out quickly. Some of them couldn’t take their pets

with them. When a mom has to find safety in a local domestic violence shelter pets can’t come. Not having a place for your pet would just add

Too many furry friends. Kitties and puppies are about the cutest thing ever, but pets who are not spayed or neutered can mass produce quickly so it’s best to get them fixed. Even if you didn’t get your pet from the Humane Society they can still help with their Spay/Neuter Assistance.


The cupboard is bare. Like Old Mother Hubbard, sometimes we run out of pet food. But unlike her, our pets don’t have to go without. The Humane Society has a Pet Food Bank for those needing some pet chow. To take advantage of these programs, contact the Siouxland Humane Society for details. Pet problems can be hard. Make sure they end happy.

insult to injury. The Humane Society has Emergency Sheltering for just such cases. During the flood they made arrangements for 200+ pets.


I need a vet for my pet. We see you on Facebook asking your friends their opinion on what might be wrong with Fido. We get

Siouxland Humane Society, The Right Place, All the Right Pets, Always The Right Thing To Do! Check out their many programs and services at www.siouxlandhumanesociety.org. Open Tues-Sat 10– 5, Sun Noon – 5. 1015 Tri-View Ave., Sioux City, IA 51103, 712-252-2614. www.beingbettermagazine.com / Spring 2017





Q. What do I need to do to my air conditioner before summer? A. Four quick steps. Repairs to an air conditioner should be done by a professional but there are four things that anyone can do to get the air conditioner ready for summer. 1. Shut the power off to the unit by turning off the circuit breaker in the electrical panel or by turning off the 240 volt disconnect which is usually located outside by the air conditioner. 2. Change the filter which is located by the furnace or air handler. This will ensure that air flow is maximized and that the unit is running at the maximum efficiency.

What to do now so you can

Just chill this summer

3. Clean the air conditioner coils and remove all leaves or plants that can hinder the unit from operating

properly. The coils can be cleaned by taking the top of the unit off and spraying water from the inside of the coils. Leaves, plants and seeds from cotton wood trees need to be removed from the coils and around the unit. 4. Check the refrigerant piping to make sure that it didn’t kink or get bent from the unit settling over the winter months. These types of issues usually cause refrigerant leaks. Test the unit, but before you do make sure that all power is restored to the unit. If the unit seems to be cooling properly you should be ready for summer. If not call a professional like the folks at Suter Services to make sure you’re cool this summer. 1800 11th Street, Sioux City, IA. 712-252-3007 www.cwsuter.com

How to get the house you want


ou’ve been waiting and planning and you’re finally ready to find just the right house. You head out to the Open Houses to find your perfect home, your dream home. However, keep this tip in mind so that dream house won’t slip right through your fingers!

Don’t make this mistake

Realtor® Carol Halstead with CENTURY 21 ProLink, warns, “Right now Siouxland is low on home inventory so houses are moving very quickly. Unless you can pay in cash (and can prove it) you have to have your finances in order and a mortgage approval completed.


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“I see people find the house they love and they want to put in an offer, but without mortgage approval lined up, they can’t. By the time they get it completed, the home they wanted is gone. “Getting pre-approval should really be your first step to home buying. Honestly, until you talk to your finance person, you don’t know how much you can buy. The good news is, depending upon your situation, there may be grants available so you may not have to have 20% down.”

The bottom line

“When you are ready to buy a house, talk to your lender first. That way you’ll set yourself up to get the house you really want!” Carol Halstead (Licensed in IA & SD) is with CENTURY 21 ProLink and has been a Realtor® for 10 Years. Contact her for all your home buying and selling needs at 712574-4600 or via email at Carol@C21ProLink.com.

All images Shutterstock.com: Couple Monkey Business Images; Blue house Breadmaker.


on your horizon?


Is a new car

All images Shutterstock.com: Subaru Forester Ivan Kurmyshov; Subaru Impreza Zoran Karapancev.



The Subaru Forester gets up to 26 city / 32 mpg hwy. Starting at $22,595

orty years of not getting stuck. That was the title of an article someone wrote. For those of us who have lived in Siouxland for any length of time, the thought of getting stuck in snow or mud resonates with us─and that’s just one of the special challenges we have when we go to buy a new car. The “not getting stuck” article was written about Subaru. They don’t get stuck because all of their models have all wheel drive (AWD). Definitely helpful in Midwestern climates. Last year, the Subaru Forester (shown above) was rated by Consumer Reports (CR) as the Best Small SUV. Its AWD system out-performed others in their snow-driving evaluations.

And, no, the rating is not all about its AWD feature. CR also said, “Fuel economy is among class leaders. It also has the best sight lines from the driver’s seat of any model on the market.” Forward-collision warning and automatic braking, and Strong IIHS crash-test scores were also a big factor. If you’re not into SUVs, the Subaru Impreza (shown right) was also listed by Consumer Reports as the Best Compact Car for 2016. Once again, getting stuck won’t be an issue with AWD. Plus, CR was impressed with the car’s ride and overall comfort, the amount of interior space for its size, safety technology, and great crash-test results...plus “an available hatchback version to haul bulky cargo.”

Bob Jensen, with Jensen Dealerships who sells Subaru says, “Subaru vehicles don’t just have a reputation for high-performance driving and getting around in any road condition. Subaru’s are well known for their reliability, safety, and are built to last. Plus, every model in Subaru’s arsenal has been awarded as a Top Safety Pick.” How does he know? Because he’s Jensen. If a new car is on your horizon this year, perhaps Subaru is one to look at. The Subaru Impreza gets up to 28 city / 38 mpg hwy. Starting at $18,395

Jensen Dealerships treat the needs of each individual customer with paramount concern. We feature both new and used cars and offer financing and service on all our vehicles. Come visit us in LeMars or Sioux City on Stadium Drive, or online at jensendealerships.com www.beingbettermagazine.com / Spring 2017


Lawn designs


and other mowing tips


What to know before you mow

No scalping. The rule of thumb is to only cut 1/3 of the height of the grass. Short grass allows sunlight to reach

weed seedlings. Grass that’s frequently cut too short doesn’t let the grass grow deep roots, which makes the lawn less tolerant to drought or high temperatures. Grasscycle. Don’t always bag your clippings as you mow. You won’t have to waste money on yard waste bags, plus grass clippings can provide up to 25% of your lawn’s fertilizer needs.

brown hue this may be the problem. Keep cool. Mowing is stressful for grass so treat it kindly. It’s best to avoid mowing during the hottest part of the day or try to mow when the lawn is in the shade ─ both options are good for you too.

Stay sharp. You should sharpen your mower blades two to three times during the mowing season. A sharp blade cuts grass cleanly, but a dull blade hacks grass, creating a rough edge leaving openings in the grass blade where pests and diseases can enter. If your lawn has a whitish or

Lawn Pros offers a variety of services. We can help you design, create, and maintain a beautiful landscape with our professional Landscape Design & Installation, Irrigation Systems, Patios & Retaining Walls, Perennial & Water Garden Design & Installation and Grounds Maintenance. www.lawnprossc.com


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All images Shutterstock.com: Home Kimberly Hall; Mower topseller.

ou might think that lawns with those interesting stripes and checkerboards mowed into them is just for looks. Actually, it can help the grass grow healthier and straighter too. You can run the risk of making ruts in the yard if you always go the same way. That’s a tip we got from the experts at Lawn Pros. Here are a few other mowing tactics the guys shared.




WITH DR. CHRISTOPHER D. TUMPKIN, MD Sioux City Allergy and Asthma Associates

Spring fever

or is it allergies?

Spring is great, but for allergy sufferers it can be miserable. This year, let’s breathe easier and save all the aggravation. After all, if our pipes break we call a plumber. So when our body’s not working lets get some expert help with that too. Here you go... Allergy expert Dr. Tumpkin, MD has some advice this season.

The doc is in

Dr. Christopher D. Tumpkin, MD has been practicing medicine for 25 years. He did his residency in Internal Medicine, completed a Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology, and has been specializing in asthma and allergy medicine since 1997.

Take preventative steps

“Once allergy season starts (about mid-March) wash bedding weekly, vacuum more often, and try showering in the evening to avoid transfer of allergens. Keep windows closed and run your room air purifier.”

Be proactive

“You don’t have to wait until you’re suffering to get help. Come in early. Lack of symptoms don’t affect the ability to test. No referral is needed for commercial insurances.”


“If it seems like your allergy symptoms are worse lately, it may be your treatment. Determining the right regimen is more than just switching medicines.”

Check children

“If your kids seem to be sick frequently, it may be allergies. Studies show about 40% of kids have some allergies. Often, kids are underdiagnosed and are prescribed antibiotics or undergo procedures that may not be necessary.”



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Laughter Laughter is the

best medicine.

Actual questions asked by lawyers during a trial... “You were there until the time you left. Is that true?”

Body of Knowledge

“The youngest son, the 21-year-old, how old is he?”

[Enjoy a cup of weight loss

“Were you present when your picture was taken?”

Research continues to brew up the benefits of tea─including weight loss. The combination of caffeine and catechins (an antioxidant) speeds up your metabolism. Opt for true teas: green, black, white, oolong, and pu-erh tea.

“Were you alone or by yourself?”

[Brew up some immunity

“How far apart were the vehicles at the time of the collision?”

According to a University of Florida study, people who drank two cups of green tea daily for three months had 32% fewer colds than non-tea sippers.

In the know

[Drink to your heart

A - God helps those who help themselves. B - Money is the root of all evil. C - To thine own self be true. D - To everything there is a season. E - Cleanliness is next to godliness. F - Love the sinner, hate the sin.

[Make no bones about it According to a Today.com article, data from recent animal studies has shown that green tea may prevent bone loss.

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Sleep more

A study shows that just slight sleep deprivation impairs our productivity. Going for 17 hours or more without sleep can leave us operating at about the same level as someone legally drunk.

“Did he kill you?”

Only one of these common sayings is really in the Bible. Which one?

Answer: D. While you’ve heard this in famous songs like “Turn, Turn, Turn” by The Byrds, this originates in the Bible: Ecclesiastes 3:1. (A is attributed to Ben Franklin. B is a misquote from the Bible: 1 Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” C is from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. E is actually in the Talmud. F is found in one of St. Augustine’s letters.)


Improve yourself

Warm up right

If you warm up by doing static stretches (holding a stretch) before you workout you may not be doing yourself any favors. Research from Stephen F. Austin State University found that exercisers who did dynamic warm-ups (muscle-warming movements like walking lunges and high skips) were able to perform better and had less injuries.

Wear sunglasses

Our skin isn’t the only thing we need to protect from the sun. Donning a pair of shades every day will guard against sunburn, cataracts, and even skin cancer. Choose sunglasses with 99-100% UV absorption or UV 400. Remember, the bigger the glasses, the better the protection you’ll get.

All images Shutterstock.com: Tea lady Raisa Kanareva; Tea pouring Marian Weyo; Bible Anelina; Man sleeping Rido; Sunglasses jakkapan.

According to American Dietetic Assoc. spokeswoman Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, LD there seems to be no downside to drinking tea. “It’s pretty well established that the compounds in tea – their flavonoids – are good for the heart and may reduce cancer.”

“Was it you or your younger brother who was killed in the war?”

A recent scientific study showed that out of 2,293,618,367 people, 94% are too lazy to actually read that number.

Your mom was right


...at least about this


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our eyes will probably not stay that way if you look at your nose too long and if you ate dirt at some point in your life you probably didn’t get worms. But, mom was right about one thing. You need to sit up straight. It doesn’t seem that hard to do but if you’ve been sitting at a computer day in and day out for a decade or so, you know the challenge. We talked to Chiropractor Dr. Tom Molstad about the pitfalls of our poor posture. Interestingly, there are a lot of aches and pains we’re suffering with simply because we aren’t heeding mother’s warning. Dr. Molstad says, “So much of what we do is in front of us. We roll our shoulders forward to work more comfortably, we crane our necks toward our computers to see better, or hunch over to engage with our devices. All of it leads to improper alignment, pain, and lack of mobility.”

Do this little test

Do it right: “Sit up as straight as you can, feet flat on the floor, and shoulders back. Turn your head left, then right.

degeneration by going back to good practices.”

Do it wrong: “Same thing, but this time, roll your shoulders forward. Do you notice how your ability to turn your head is restricted when you hunch? Over time, this bad habit becomes your new normal and when you need to look over your shoulder to merge onto the highway things can get dicey.”

So what’s the key

“You need to stay flexible and mobile. Recently, I met an 85-year-old man. He’d always been conscientious about eating well and mindful about his posture. He moved like a 30-year-old and he’d never been to a chiropractor. Don’t write off your pain as agerelated. It may be bad habit related.

What can I do now?

1. Move. Take walks. Do activity to keep your muscles active. If it hurts too much to move then you may need to come in to get aligned so you can start strong. 2. Go back to good habits. If you need help sitting up straight, use a tool like the Posture Medic™ (see pg 9). It will help get you in the right position until it becomes a habit. The PostureMedic is also an exercise tool. 3. Stretch. Keep your joints and muscles flexible, mobile, and strong. Check out the free exercise videos on my website to help get you started. (www.MolstadChiropractic.com ─ Menu>Community Content>Video Exercises)

“Even if you haven’t listened to your mom’s savvy advice about good posture, it’s not too late. Start today and in no time you’ll be making her proud.

Stop the pain in the neck

“You probably won’t come to see me because you have poor posture. You’ll come because you have numbness in your fingers, neck pain, or low back pain. When you consistently have poor posture, you end up with degeneration. That won’t get better on its own. You have to change what you’re doing. You have to stop the

Molstad Chiropractic Clinic 1206 Morningside Ave., Sioux City, IA. 712-276-7742. MolstadChiropractic.com

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Yep, it’s probably going to happen Presbyopia (why you’ll need reading glasses)


Glasses prisma/ Shutterstock.com; Sewing eyes Szasz-Fabian Ilka Erika/ Shutterstock.com; / Shutterstock.com; Computer guy baranq / Shutterstock.com.

Q. Will everyone need reading glasses at some point? A. For the most part, yes. “There are a handful of people that can use one eye for near vision and the other for distance vision. We call this monovision. Some people are born with this while others can have their refractive surgeries modified to use monovision. “Contact lens options would also include monovision and multifocal (bifocal) modalities. “The rest of us, I’d estimate 75%, will need reading glasses.”

Q. Would I strain or strengthen my eyes by not wearing them? A. Strain and headaches would most likely be the result of not wearing reading glasses. “There are some that believe that you can indeed improve your vision by under-prescribing and then making your eyes work harder in order to build up their visual abilities. I have been a provider in programs that attempted this. It has been my experience that most patients are disappointed with their results and ultimately opt out for glasses.”

Q. Are the cheap, over-thecounter reading glasses okay? A. They’re better than nothing. The department store reading glasses work but they’re not the ideal scenario, especially if you are working at the computer or reading for long periods of time. Your quality of vision will also vary depending on the materials that lenses are made from. You get what you pay for.

Q. Are reading glasses good for your eyes?

and straining, which can (and often does) cause headaches.


Average age you’ll probably start needing reading glasses

A. They can save you some pain. When made to your specifications, they help to bring near objects into focus and allow you to avoid squinting

Outpost Optical

Rabbitt Family Vision Center

“Let our family take care of your family.”

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The battle of the brushes

manual vs. electric

• 2-3 cavities within the last 12 months • History of gum disease • Poor plaque control with a manual brush”

Standard “


This is what we do for you

“The take away message for everyone to remember is to discuss options with your dental hygienist and your dentist to determine what will be most beneficial to achieve optimum oral health. In some cases, it may be a combined use of both an electric and a manual toothbrush. The removal of plaque comes down to frequency of brushing, duration of brushing, and technique used during brushing. Successful outcomes and excellent oral health is determined by the patient’s dedication and commitment.”


“Like the manual toothbrushes, there are a lot of electric models to choose from. Some can get expensive. Electric toothbrushes tend to

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Residential Rehabilitation


t’s too easy to get lost in the crowd. You need to stand out in business. Don’t get sucked into a sea of sameness. That’s what we do in Being Better magazine. We partner with you and tell people about how you’re unique, and why they want to know. We don’t sell people on you or your products, we just tell them a little something about why you’re the expert and how that makes their life better. Everybody wins that way. Call Jess today to find out how to be in an upcoming issue. See page 4 for our contact info. It’s going to be great!


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mission dRiven oRganization • Local Non-Profit organization founded in the 1990’s by families who had children with brain injuries • OU Mission Statement: Maximizing Personal Potential through Dignified and Purposeful Living • OU Core Values that inspire our staff and support persons served: • Celebrate the uniqueness of all people • Demonstrate integrity in all our actions • Pursue excellence in all we do

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e are often asked, ‘Do I need an electric toothbrush? Are they that much better than a manual toothbrush?’ There are many factors dental professionals consider when answering this question. “Patients who will benefit most from an electric toothbrush meet the following criteria: • Poor manual dexterity • Use of medication which could affect the gums • Braces or orthodontic appliances

“A manual toothbrush can clean thoroughly if you have good technique. One key is brushing long enough ─ two minutes is a good rule of thumb.”

remove plaque better and with less effort on your part. You still need to commit to a good two minutes of thorough brushing.


The workout you’re missing Sioux City’s best kept secret...until now that is



here are some great gyms in Siouxland, but one really nice one you might not even know about. Fitness trainer, Trisha Winquist, says, “It’s Sioux City’s best kept secret. They have state of the art equipment, basketball court, a spectacular indoor running track, fitness classes like taekwondo, yoga, body sculpting, spin, Zumba, and more.” This gym is at Western Iowa Tech. “I guess people think you have to be enrolled in a college course to join but anyone can become a member.” Trisha teaches Zumba and body sculpting in the evenings. “I love working with people. My classes are all about relationships. We’re not your typical gym environment ─ no one judges. We come to have a good time, to hang out together doing something positive. I really like motivating people who want to get in shape and be healthy. I love helping people reach their goals.” One of Trisha’s students, Gina Reese says, “I told her she can never quit doing this. It’s hard enough to exercise, let alone find something you love. This is fun for me. We have a great group! There’s no judgment here ─ there’s all different ages with all different abilities and everyone feels comfortable.” Now that the secret’s out, if you want to check out WIT’s gym, you can get a day pass for just $5. Various membership options are available too. Don’t miss out.

Trisha’s Zumba class has lots of fun.

Western Iowa Tech gym is in the Dr. Robert E. Dunker Student Center. Find out more at witcc.edu/student_center/ 712.274.8733 ext. 4477 Gym is open 7 days a week. WITCC 4647 Stone Ave., Sioux City, IA

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BETTER Timeless beauty is in style this season

It’s just a fact: When you like your look you just feel better about yourself.

Come with us to Versona to find your

best fit and see what spring fashions are cool no matter what your age.

You’re going to feel


Green leaves Pasko Maksim / Shutterstock.com

Go with the flow

This spring you’ll notice pieces that are feminine and flowy. We gave Jamie of Sioux City a versatile pair of strappy heels in a neutral color and a statement necklace for a foolproof formula this season. Dress - $49.99 Shoes - $29.99 Necklace - $29.99 Bracelet - $14.99 www.beingbettermagazine.com / Spring 2017

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Timeless beauty is in style this season Christie and her mom Marilyn [Lawton, IA]

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Elite and chic

In need of a little black dress? Hilary’s split caplet sleeves bring a magical finish to this stunning shift dress. Kim’s versatile pieces with reversible tank, button down cardi, and gingham pants look great for any occasion. Dress - $49.99 Tank - $19.99 Cardigan - $29.99 Pants - $29.99 Designer Inspired Accessories - $5.99 - $24.99

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Enchanted and irresistible Maxi and shift dresses are still a “go to” style for spring and summer this year. You can choose between long and flowy or short and classic to be ready for a night out. Print dress - $69.99 Navy dress - $39.99 Necklace - $17.99 Bracelet - $14.99

Hilary and her mom Kim [Sioux City, IA]


We feel better about ourselves when we look good and feel comfortable in our clothes. “My best tip for all women, young and young at heart, is to step out of your comfort zone and try something Designer Beth Williams of Beth’s Best Boutique offers her tips for dressing your best no matter different. You will be amazed at how it can transform your style and your state of mind.” - Lori Schrank, Versona, Sioux City. your age or your size.

Brittany [Moville, IA]

Classy and carefree Brittany rocks this cap sleeve ponte knit sheath dress and layered necklaces! It brings grown up glamour to your work wardrobe. Dress - $49.99 Shoes - $49.99 Handbag – $39.99

Ashley [Sgt. Bluff, IA]

Fun and fabulous

Layering an ultra feminine tank with a chambray boyfriend tunic allows you to go from a sunny day to star gazing on a summer night. Tank - $29.99 Fedora - $14.99 Shorts - $29.99 Shoes - $29.99 Chambray Tunic - $29.99

Hannah [Homer, NE]

Cool and confident

Pair stretch skinnies with a ruffled high low sleeve top with a draped back. Top it off with strappy sandals and simple accessories and you are ready to go! Jeans - $39.99 Sandals - $19.99 Top - $34.99 Necklace - $14.99

Come in and take a look at all Versona has to offer. The Versona associates love to help women find their own style. Versona is in Lakeport Commons, Sioux City. Open Mon-Sat 10 am to 9pm and Sun 12-6. See their local Instagram page @ versonasiouxcity and get a glimpse of what’s in store at shopversona.com. www.beingbettermagazine.com / Spring 2017 www.beingbettermagazine.com / Spring 2017

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How you can help

Each year GiGi’s Playhouse hosts different fundraisers throughout the community to support our cause. This summer we’re doing a Scramble for Sam. Samual Alekos Kazos lost his life to Down syndrome and a host of other issues shortly after his birth. To keep his memory alive, and to honor all that GiGi’s Playhouse does, we’re hosting this fun event. To find out how more about this event or GiGi’s playhouse, go to ─ Gigisplayhouse.org/siouxcity.


iGi’s Playhouse was founded in Illinois in 2003 by Nancy Gianni when her daughter GiGi was born with Down syndrome. Nancy did not have a prenatal diagnosis so it took her by surprise. The reaction she received from medical staff, friends, and family was not, initially, a positive one. She decided that she was going to create an environment for GiGi to grow up in which she could thrive and grow. She created GiGi’s Playhouse where families and children are celebrated everyday!

Come play - it’s free

All of GiGi’s Playhouse programming is 100% free to participants. In order to keep these programs accessible, GiGi’s is 100% privately funded and volunteer supported. Typically, there are only one or two paid staff at each location to coordinate teams of over 100 volunteers and also to run programming and administrative duties. Having fun at one of our recent Galas.

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founded in 2007 by Ron and Jenni Koch after their son Kohen was born with Down syndrome in 2006. They started the group “Buddies for Life” and held their first Walk for Awareness in the fall of 2008. They raised $15,000 that first year to go towards opening an official “Playhouse” in Siouxland. In 2009 they came back and raised even more money! Sioux City officially opened its doors in 2009 to become the 5th GiGi’s playhouse nationwide. To date there are 31 Playhouses globally.


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Do You know How Your Credit Score Affects What You Pay?


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retty much everyone wants to own a home and a car someday. While it’s great to pay cash for most purchases, these two big ticket items are ones you’ll likely need to finance. The big key to paying the least amount possible in interest is having good credit. When was the last time you actually thought about your credit score? Most likely it was when you decided to apply for a credit card, new vehicle, or home loan. Your credit score can range from about 300 to 800, depending on several factors. The higher the score, the better chances you have of securing that loan you want. So what makes up a credit score? Things like payment history, amount of debt owed, and credit history, among other items. Take a look at these examples and you’ll see the impact that your score has on what you pay for the money you borrow. As you can see, a lower credit score can make a big difference when it comes time to see if you get the loan you applied for, along with the interest rate you receive and pay over time.


Held for Ransom G N I E B VOID



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ast year, a hospital in Los Angeles received a threatening notice to pay up or else. They contacted the local authorities and the FBI only to find out there was nothing anyone could do. The hospital had no choice but to pay the demanded ransom ─ a whopping $17,000. Unfortunately, the perpetrators were not caught and the bad news is you could be next. What were the criminals holding hostage? Computer files. Over the last few years, unscrupulous individuals have developed software that they use on unsuspecting victims. The practice is virtually untraceable, evilly effective, and highly

lucrative. In fact, the increase in attacks in just one year rose 500%. Basically, the criminals get access to your computer. A common practice is using an email with a link you click or attachment you open. Pop-ups on websites you’ve navigated to can be a culprit too. We talked to Brian Wells of tudogs computing, ltd. for some insight. We wondered if it’s just big businesses who get targeted. “Not at all. Small businesses and individuals get hit every day. They may not be demanding as much money, but many individuals report having paid $300-$500 to get back access to their family photos, legal papers, and personal documents. “It’s not that they even steal anything ─ they just lock it down so you can’t access it. If you give them money, they tell you they’ll give you the code (a decryption key) to unlock your system.” Who do we call if this happens to us? Brian just shook his head. “Reaching out to the authorities is a good idea, but so far police and even FBI have been stumped on how to help. The takeaway here is do things that will either prevent becoming a victim or protect you if it does happen.” Here are a few easy suggestions Brian offered to avoid being held hostage, or at the very least, to protect your digital valuables.


Brian’s security tips Stop it before it starts.

No anti-virus software is perfect, but they do help. Anti-virus software knows how computer viruses work so when those activities are detected it goes to work to shut them down. Many free anti-virus programs work as well as paid versions for basic protection. The more at-risk you are (like a business), the more you’ll want to look at increased levels of protection.

Be safe, not sorry.

1. Emails. Don’t open emails if you don’t know who they’re from. Definitely don’t click on any link contained in them (instead go directly to the website you want to interact with) and don’t open any attached file. Delete the email. 2. Pop-ups can be part of a reputable site or a bearer of ill intent. If a pop-up seems questionable, don’t click on it ─ not even on the X that you think will close it ─ you may instead be launching it. Instead, press Alt+F4 (the universal “close” button). If the pop up doesn’t close, restart your computer. And if you can’t restart your computer normally, then force quit your machine (hold down the power button until it turns off). Turn your computer back on and don’t return to that site.

Back it up.

1. Get an external hard drive to back up your files regularly. Brian suggests an external Western Digital or Seagate hard drive as these come with good backup software. You can get an external drive in USB (for one computer) or network (for multiple computers). 2. Back up off-site to a cloud or online program. Brian likes Carbonite®,but Crash Plan and Acronis are other options. You can also use a service like Dropbox™, iDrive®, or Google Drive which you can use for your backups and also set up folders for multiple users to upload photos and documents to share.

Brian Wells, owner of tudogs computing, ltd. in Elk Point, SD, has over 20 years of experience in the computer industry. Brian helps individuals, small businesses, and local governments with all of their computer needs. Follow tudogs on Facebook. Learn more at tudogs.biz. www.beingbettermagazine.com / Spring 2017


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Stay home

Sometimes you just want to

LPNs, and CNAs to choose from so you’ll have the right level of care for your needs ─ and the right fit for your personality.

5 Care Markers

If you aren’t sure you or someone you love needs home care, here are a few things to look for. If one or more of these apply it may be time to get help. 1. Missed meds. Too many pills left at the end of the day. Unopened pill containers even though they are clearly marked.

Back it up.


e’ve worked hard to build the place we call home whether it’s an apartment, condo, house, or a mansion. Don’t we fear having to leave it when we get older? We all seem to worry how we will be taken care of or who is going to help us in our time of need. Sometimes you just want to stay home. According to Nicole Moodie, a home care staffing specialist with TriState Nursing, it’s entirely possible to stay in your home as you age. “No matter what help you need, we simply bring it to you. There’s no reason you can’t stay in your home and have the same care you’d get going to a facility. “We can pretty much do it all─from driving you to doctor appointments and organizing your medications to bathing help and grocery shopping.

“We cater to you. So, if you just need help a couple of hours a week that’s okay. If you need round the clock 24-hour-care we do that too.” Nicole says that every situation is different and it’s hard to know what to plan for or expect if you are looking for help for yourself or a family member. First, someone from Tri-State Nursing will do a phone interview to find out what their needs are. Second, a Tri-State Nursing nurse will come to you to fully assess the situation ─ which is done free of charge. Next, they may check in with your physicians for input and then they’ll offer a plan of what might make sense for your unique circumstances. The good news is Tri-State Nursing has plenty of staff ─ RNs,

3. Weight loss. If it’s difficult or painful to prepare meals, less healthy choices are eaten. Some medications rob our appetite and eating right is overlooked. 4. Calling frequently. Sometimes calls for “help” are made simply to have some human contact. Boredom and loneliness should not be ignored. Companion care is available. 5. Care stress. We love our family, but caring for someone alone is stressful. Don’t feel bad asking for help. Everyone benefits from a break.

Tri-State Nursing offers both flexible and personalized Home Care services. Whether you need some assistance after a stay in the hospital, help caring for a spouse, or have an elderly parent in need of a little extra attention, Tri-State Nursing is here for you. Contact us at 712-277-4442 or online at TriStateNursing.com.


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2. Declining hygiene. Sometimes showers are simply forgotten, or it may be there is a fear of falling while getting in or out.


Drugs, death, prison...

Getting to the

Fairytale ending

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inderella had a dysfunctional family, Aladdin was a thief, and Belle’s prince was a beast. People have rough starts sometimes. Dragons have to be slain. Evil conquered. It takes time to get to our happy ending. Otherwise we’d call them happily-ever-always. To get to our good “after” there’s always a remarkable story of “before.” For Jose and Teri Quintana it may not be a nice story, but it is an amazing one. Slaying dragons - Jose “My parents always used drugs from the time I was born, sold drugs, and always had massive keg parties. I remember always knowing the smell of marijuana. I remember mom and dad’s friends coming over and thinking they were all very cool, the stuff out of the movies ─ bikers, gangsters, and hippies. “I knew not to talk about what went on at home to my teachers. I believed cops were bad. When my parents separated, toxic relationships began for my mom. At age six I saw mom beaten and verbally abused. I could never say anything to anyone about it, especially police or teachers. “A couple of years later, mom met my step dad and the abuse stopped...for awhile. Step dad sold weed. “When I was 10, mom got pregnant and had Adam─my youngest brother. Me and my brother Rick became less

important. We’d get sent to summer camp, out of town with family every summer, so mom and step dad could have alone time. They even sent us to church every Sunday and Awana Wednesday night for that extra away time. I didn’t realize it then, but a seed was planted there. “When I was around 12, I stole some weed from my parents and got high for the first time. I loved it. It became a favorite thing to do. I would steal it and sell it to friends too. I had a big ego thinking, I’m the man! “By the time I was 15, I started going gang banging and got introduced to a whole new world of violence and meth. I took what I wanted. I had connections to get people hurt if needed. By 16, I had mom and step dad and their friends buying my dope. “Eventually, both my mom and step dad went to prison for drugs, lil’ brother Adam went to foster care, and me and Rick went on the run to avoid it─selling drugs to get by. “At 18, I met Missy and she got pregnant quick. Over the next couple of years I’d stop the drugs and try to change but kept going back. Three kids later she left with them because I wasn’t gonna change for anyone. The destruction went on for years. “When I was 28, I met Lyndsay. She was the one to finally change me. I got clean, got a job, worked, and was in love. My boys approved and were coming around again. All was good. “A year and a half later, Lyndsay developed epilepsy and www.beingbettermagazine.com / Spring 2017


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started having seizures. One day while I was at work she had a seizure. She died that day.

One day while I was at work she had a seizure. She died that day. “I stopped caring about anyone. I blamed God ─ I hated him. How could he do this to her ─ to me! I numbed the pain with drugs. I started injecting meth and I would do whatever I had to to stay high. It was never enough. I started cooking meth. That decision changed everything. “Suddenly the feds picked me up and I was indicted for conspiracy to manufacture meth. Wow! I could get 40 years! I thought, Is this real? “As I’m standing in front of the judge sentencing me to six and a half years the devastation of my life hit me all at once ─ my kids, my family. My mom, my dad, and my brother, Adam, were all in prison. My girlfriend ─ who’s six months pregnant with my

son Brayden ─ is watching me go to jail. “As I’m sitting in county jail waiting to go to prison all I can think about is the mess I created and I can’t do anything. I was overwhelmed and depressed. At the bottom. I gave up. Then, something amazing happened.” Battling the evil queen - Teri “I grew up very confused. My parents were divorced and we lived with mom. Her side of our family was very old fashioned, Old Testament religious people. When I was with them I felt like I needed to be a perfect princess. My father’s side races race cars, so when I was with them I felt like I needed to be a tom boy. The real me was somewhere in between but instead of realizing that was okay I just felt like I didn’t belong. “I got good grades, had lots of friends, and wore ‘the right clothes,’ but those things never completed me so I felt like a fraud. “The summer before my freshman year, I became a lifeguard. I became friends with another girl there who took me to my first keg. I remember getting a lot of attention. She was beautiful and popular. The fact she wanted to hang out with me made me feel important. And the alcohol! When I drank I didn’t feel all this pressure to be perfect. It was such a relief! And everyone still seemed to like me even when I wasn’t perfect so I thought this had to be a good thing. Not to mention I fell in love. “My boyfriend and I had big plans of going to college in Colorado together. Two weeks before our senior year, I tried meth for my first time. I instantly loved meth. It made me feel closer to him and it numbed all of my insecurities. I loved the way it made

On the first day of school, he died. I buried the pain with meth. Jose in his prison uniform.


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me feel like I could do anything. “On the first day of school, my boyfriend died in a car accident. It rocked my whole world. Until this moment I had our whole lives planned and now I had no idea what to do. I buried all of that pain by using. I learned that meth can numb any pain. Over the next year, I tried every kind

of drug available. “The partying only got worse during college ─ I barely made it to class. My intention was always to get as high or drunk as possible. After my second year, I ended up pregnant. I quit everything and moved back home and I remember thinking… See? I am not that bad. I can quit anytime I want to. “I had a perfectly amazing son, Cole, and his dad and I married. Soon, I started using again. He became abusive and unfaithful. I buried it with meth. “We decided to move to Phoenix and I tried to get sober. To prove that our problems couldn’t possibly be from my addiction I quit using meth for one year. And again I thought, See? I can quit. I am not that bad. “The day that year was over I started using again. The minute Cole would go to sleep at night I would leave and not come back until morning. I thought my husband should just put up with it since he had cheated so much. We fought constantly. “Cole went to visit his grandparents and asked if he could stay until we stopped fighting. It broke my heart, but I knew he was right. He has lived


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with them ever since. “I had no more reason to pretend I wasn’t a full blown addict. We divorced and I fully submerged my life into the drug scene in Phoenix. “My next relationship was 10x more abusive than the last ─ yet I thought it was love. In 2005, in the midst of a battle with my boyfriend, I desperately called my dad. I was on a plane in a few hours. Still, I thought meth was the only thing that got me through the bad things ─ that it saved my life not destroyed it. So as soon as I got home I was using again. “I got busted for meth and spent nine months in prison. I stayed off meth for about three years but still

drank every day. When I relapsed again I thought, See? I quit for almost three years this time. I am not that bad. “Shortly after I started using again I met a new guy. He never laid a finger on me and loved me. I truly felt happy. He also happened to cook drugs. I would steal the supplies he needed. We’d drive to Omaha every couple of days to pick up drugs. This was the beginning of the end. “In June of 2009, I met the feds for the first time. They followed us to Omaha and back and arrested my boyfriend but somehow let me go. The amount of drugs in his truck was overwhelming. He was facing 20 to life. I got a call from his sister at 1 A.M. He had hung himself in his jail cell. I let go of hope in that moment. “I couldn’t use enough after that. I

I got a call at 1:00 A.M. He’d hung himself in his cell. was shattered into a million pieces. “When I got pregnant with Eli, somehow I managed to quit. After he was born it only took a couple months for me to start again. After that no matter what I did I couldn’t quit anymore. I knew that I was going to have DHS or the feds show up at any minute but I couldn’t stop. I hated myself and I begged God to help me. God did. “The feds kicked in my door July

3, 2012. I was indicted for conspiracy to distribute meth. Because of my prior felony, they were threatening to double my sentence ─ instead of 10 years, 20. They told me I would get out in time to see Eli graduate. Things were going to change, but even I didn’t know how much.” A message and a mission - Jose “As I’m sitting in jail feeling completely helpless and hopeless, I remembered something my mom told me. She was getting out of jail just as I was going in. I could see she was different. I asked her how she made it through. She said, “I found God, buddy. You’ve got to find strength in God.” “Just then, over the intercom, I heard them say if anyone wants to speak to the Gideons to go out to the

waiting room. I thought, The motel Bible people? I went out to the waiting room and met a little old farmer man and we talked about God. About my messed up life. He asked if he could pray for me and if I wanted Jesus in my life. Right then I committed my life to Christ. We cried together and he gave me a Bible. He came back every week to visit me. “I read that Bible. A lot. Slowly the worry stopped. I began letting God handle things for me and to trust him. I had hope. I knew he had a plan and that I was gonna get through my sentence and come home a better man.” “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

Changing everything - Teri “I knew I wouldn’t be able to stay sober while I was on pretrial release so I checked me and Eli into a women’s and children’s treatment facility in Des Moines called House of Mercy. That changed my life! I worked with my counselor and began accepting responsibility for my life. I also went to my first Celebrate Recovery meeting. I cried during the whole worship. God, I thought, God can help me. I can’t do it but He can. I started going to church on Sundays and Celebrate Recovery on Thursdays. I learned about a God that loves me and a Son that paid the price for my sins. I learned about forgiveness. I committed my life to God and accepted Jesus as my Savior February 2013. “I worked that treatment program like it was life or death. I learned how to actually be a mom. I changed everything. I was also blessed with an amazing lawyer. Somehow he heard about my case and took it as a stateappointed lawyer even though he is not a state-appointed lawyer. But he is a Christian. He got my minimum dropped to five years and got me a 60% reduction. They also allowed me

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to stay at House of Mercy until the day I was sentenced which doesn’t usually happen with a federal charge. I got sentenced to 24 months and went to Waseca, MN federal prison. That’s where I learned how to trust God. “In there I had no control over anything. I spent my time in treatment learning how to change my thinking and in the Bible learning how to change my heart. I had worked through step seven with my AA sponsor before I went to prison and continued to work the steps with her while I was in there. They also had a Celebrate Recovery class in my prison that took you through the 12 steps so I took the class. My life was changing, but I had no idea how much more it would change.” “You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!” Psalm 30:11-12


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Through this program and church, I’ve found my wife, my church, and been baptized. Teri is my best friend, a gift from God designed for me. We have a great family! I’ve been out about two and a half years ─ God is moving fast. I can only imagine what is in store!”

The fateful encounter “I’m attracted to this girl at the aftercare group, but I’m not looking for a relationship. Weeks go by then months and I see her. She talks about God and tells her story and I’m more attracted to her. She invited me to Celebrate Recovery and Sunnybrook for church.” “I really had given up on finding a guy. I told myself that there was no way anyone I would be attracted to could be good for me. Just look at my track record! But, here I was with a crush. The way he talked about his faith ─ I had never heard someone like him be so unashamed of his love for God. I invited him to Celebrate Recovery.” A happily ever after in the making Since the fateful meeting, Jose says, “Celebrate Recovery has brought me so much closer to God and the way steps get tied in with verses and Jesus being the center of it. It’s perfect for my recovery. It’s brought me great Christian community, provided me with men I trust and can share my struggles with and not be judged. By the way, I married that girl from aftercare, had a baby, gained another son, and got custody of Brayden. God has blessed me in so many ways.

Jose and Teri tying the knot May 16, 2015 at Sunnybrook Community Church.

Teri agrees, “It never ceases to amaze me what God has done in my life. When I gave my life to Him all I wanted back was for Him to keep me clean. Every step I took with Him in my life He took back with me and blessed my life. “Every day I am grateful that I have such an amazing and supportive husband. He has been through everything I have been through and he loves God just like me and knows and does what it takes to have a strong recovery. There is really no one else in this world that I could’ve loved like I love him. “We not only have full custody of my son, Eli, and his son, Brayden, we’ve since added baby Asher. Eli and Brayden have grown tremendously with each other in their lives. They are seven months apart and were meant to be brothers. They also have accepted each of us as their parents and are full. They love and talk about Jesus all the time and every Sunday they ‘sing so loud Jesus can hear them.’ “I had the opportunity to make amends to Cole’s grandparents and finally be grateful for what they did when I could not. I held resentment and blamed them the entire time I was in my addiction. I was finally able to know that they saved me from

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Out of the woods After four and a half years, Jose was released from prison. “I felt strong mentally and strong in my faith. I set out on a mission to get my boy Brayden. I set up visits through DHS an hour twice a week. I started in an aftercare group at Jackson Recovery every week.” Teri left prison July 1, 2014, and came back to Sioux City to the federal halfway house. “I was able to see Eli the day I got out and started stepping toward having him back. I also got to see Cole that same week. I started looking for work. I applied at Sunnybrook Church and they gave me a job. Shortly after I started, I got to meet Lee. She was the leader of Celebrate Recovery that was held at Sunnybrook. After we talked and told each other our stories she asked me if I would be interested in co-leading

the group with her. Wow was I scared, but everything I had learned about trusting God and being obedient, relying on his power, not mine, I knew that was what He wanted me to do. I also had an aftercare group I had to go to at Jackson Recovery every Wednesday.


messing up my son’s life. I get to see Cole whenever he is able and we have a great relationship. He is 18 now and lives just a few hours away. He also gets along great with my husband and his brothers adore him.” A fairytale future? Jose has his own business doing construction and handyman work. Teri still works at Sunnybrook Church. “I see people’s lives changed by the love of God working in this place all the time. I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. “I also get the joy of co-leading Celebrate Recovery. Through this program, I have witnessed lives changed. Jill, one of my best friends in addiction, found her faith and committed her life to Christ in this program. I have gotten to walk beside

Nobody thinks, “I should’ve used for one more day.”

her and watch her grow and now we are able to be true friends to one another. I get to have people like Lee in my life who mentor me and lovingly support me to continue to change and grow into a better person. Each person in here brings joy to my heart.

Celebrate Recovery

a path to life change

“God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered.” Deuteronomy 30:3 (MSG)

“Truly, when God says He will restore it is so much more. I have never had this complete and full feeling in my life. And if you asked me what I could imagine I would never have imagined this.” Almost like a fairytale. Jose & Teri’s advice for those in addiction: “Get help. There’s a whole other life. You don’t have to live like that anymore. Nobody thinks, ‘I should’ve used for one more day.’”

Whether you have a drug or alcohol addiction, eating disorder, anxiety, depression, or are experiencing grief, Celebrate Recovery is for you. Sessions are held Thursday evenings at Sunnybrook Church with a meal at 6 pm, worship at 6:30, and class at 7. Call Teri at Sunnybrook Church for more information - 276-5814.

Celebrate Recovery’s 8 Recovery Principles


ealize I’m not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.


arnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover. onsciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. penly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.

oluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.


valuate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others.


eserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life, and to gain the power to follow His will.

The Quintana family living their happily-ever-after - Teri with Asher, Brayden, Jose, and Eli. photo by Kristine Bearce


ield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.

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BETTER / Life Got stuff you don’t need? We are always in need of donations (and volunteers). We pick up donations twice a week. What we do with your stuff. The Mission of the Messiah (MoM) is a nondenominational, non-profit organization in Siouxland that helps families during times of need with furniture and household items. Who we help. Families in need who are victims of abuse, experienced a death in the family, suffered a house fire, or homelessness are some who qualify. How someone qualifies. With a community referral letter a family can be assisted with services. Letters can come from an agency that is working with the family and knows their immediate need (like a pastor, doctor, teacher, DHS worker, CSADV, WCCAA, etc).

Come shop! Visit us at our new thrift and outreach center─ MoM’s Thrift Store 2450 Transit Ave, Sioux City, IA. (712) 224-2803

As for me and my house we shall serve the Lord. -Joshua 24:15


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CALL TODAY! 712-239-9890 Arm load MarijaPiliponyte / Shutterstock.com


There are currently 39 Siouxland children waiting to be matched with a mentor. With just a few hours of your time each month, you can impact a child’s life for the better. Forever.



Date night dinner


Easy & delicious

Every couples expert will tell you you need, yes NEED, to have a date night every week. This is true for newlyweds, those with kids, empty nesters, and those rockin’ 50 years or more of wedded bliss.

All images Shtuterstock.com: Young couple wavebreakmedia; Middle aged couple MarijaPiliponyte; Senior couple imtmphoto.

For date nights that are both relaxed and affordable, make the main event dinner. Not just eating it but making it together. Take your time. Put on some music. Focus on just spending time in the same space. We’ve put together a fool-proof menu that’s easy and delicious so all you have to do is get the groceries. Enjoy your night!

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A good start

Balsamic Bruschetta This appetizer is so simple and so delicious the hardest part will be trying to remember to save room for the rest of your dinner! Topping Ingredients: 8 Roma tomatoes, diced 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil or 1 t. dried basil 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 T balsamic vinegar 1 t olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Combine all ingredients into a bowl and set aside. Base Ingredients: French bread loaf, sliced 3 T olive oil 2 t Italian seasoning

In a non-stick skillet, heat olive oil, sprinkle 1 t. Italian seasoning over the oil and place a single layer of the bread slices on top. Drizzle another tablespoon or so of olive oil on the top, sprinkle more Italian seasoning and turn over when browned.

When second side is browned, remove and top with a spoonful of the tomato mixture. Eat.

Bruschetta by MaraZe / Shutterstock.com; Chicken Parmesan Ezume Images/Shutterstock.com


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The main course

Chicken Parmesan Sauce ingredients: 2 T olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes 1/2 t dried basil 1/2 t dried oregano 1/4 t sugar Salt and pepper to taste

Chocolate mousse margouillat photo / Shutterstock.com

Chicken ingredients: 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 1 egg 1/2 cup bread crumbs 8 oz spaghetti 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

water according to package directions. 9. Turn on the broiler. 10. Transfer chicken to a wire rack set on a cookie sheet. 11. Combine the two cheeses. Divide the cheese mixture to top each piece of chicken. 12. Broil cutlets until cheese melts and is spotty brown. 13. Drain pasta. Serve.

A sweet finish Chocolate Mousse Ingredients: 8 oz chocolate chips 6 T water 2 t vanilla 2 cups whipping cream

BETTER / Food 1â „4 cup powdered sugar 1. Melt chocolate and water in a saucepan stirring constantly. 2. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla. Let cool. 3. In a glass bowl, whip the cream using an electric mixer until it is thickened. 4. Add the powdered sugar, beating until well blended. 5. Turn the blender to low and add the cooled chocolate to the whip cream. Blend until combined well. 6. Put into serving dishes and garnish with additional whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or fruit. Enjoy.

1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat and stir in garlic. Stir in the remaining sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover and let simmer 15 min. 2. Heat a pan with water to cook your spaghetti in. 3. Put chicken in a large zip-top bag and beat with a heavy pan or rolling pin to flatten to 1/4� thick. 4. In a shallow dish, beat egg well. In another shallow dish, mix bread crumbs with a little salt and pepper. 5. Heat the oil in a large skillet. 6. Dip the chicken into the egg mixture and then cover both sides with the bread crumbs. Place into hot skillet. 7. Cook chicken about 5 minutes each side or until browned. 8. Cook spaghetti in boiling www.beingbettermagazine.com / Spring 2017



Let’s get gnarly with Greek


Sara started experimenting, “I started with the Like Mayo blend. Once I got that flavor down, I added the Onion Dip and Veggie Dip as fairly popular ‘known’ flavors that people like. Sara plans on adding additional flavors soon. “Creating new ways to eat and interact with food excites me the most in my Gnarly Pepper state.”

What is Gnarly Pepper?

Custom spice blends that jazz up plain Greek yogurt creating a healthier option over cream cheese, sour cream, or mayo. All three blends are gluten free and all natural, and two are also vegan friendly. Go to gnarlypepper.com for area shopping locations or buy online.

Gnarly Zucchini Fries serves 4 - appetizer style

2 medium zucchinis - quartered lengthwise 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs 3 t Gnarly Pepper Onion Dip Blend 1/2 T fresh ground pepper 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt 2 T olive oil


eet local girl and condiment junkie, Sara Gotch. She said it was her addiction to Tabasco sauce that started her love for plain Greek yogurt. “I’d add the yogurt to my salsa creations to tone down the heat.” Sara loves being creative in every way ─ especially with food. “Although food is fuel, cooking is an art! Being creative my whole life I feel food should be exciting and a gift. I am fascinated with the process of flavors from garden to plate. “The idea for Gnarly Pepper stemmed from wanting a healthier base option for myself — finding a substitute for traditional bases: cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise. Having a base that is way less in calories, has more protein, includes probiotics and other benefits — Greek yogurt was the obvious choice.”


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Preheat oven to 350°F. In a bowl, lightly toss and coat the zucchini with olive oil. In another bowl, combine grated Parmesan, panko, 1 teaspoon Gnarly Pepper Onion Dip Blend, and pepper. Lay zucchini out on a flat stone and sprinkle Gnarly Mix on top. Bake for 15 minutes, then broil for 2-5 minutes. While the zucchini is cooking, mix 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt with 2 teaspoons of Gnarly Pepper Onion Dip Blend. Get your gnarly zucchini dip on!


A bad egg.


Not as common as you think

Lover table spread Dan Gutu / Shutterstock.com; Cherry platter Andrei Salavei / Shutterstock.com; Chocolates Africa Studio / Shutterstock.com; Egg sandwich gkrphoto / Shutterstock.com; Egg carton images72 / Shutterstock.com

Belly up to the candy bar.

Q&A Food

Q. How long do eggs keep?


hether you’re planning a graduation party, birthday bash, baby shower, or wedding you’ll want to sweeten up the place. Big spreads of candy (called candy bars) have become all the rage over the last few years and there are lots of ways to get creative. We went to the candy experts at Palmer Candy to find out the latest tips and trends for doing it right.

Candy volume

Jon Sadler, manager at Palmer Candy, says to plan about 1/4 pound per person. That’s roughly a handful.

FOCUS. Every great spread needs an attention getter - like these lighted LOVE letters. Your focal point will be the biggest element on the table.

Second, they last a long time. According to www.incredibleegg.org, “Eggs are perishable and must be stored in the refrigerator or freezer...When properly handled and stored, eggs rarely spoil.” They claim eggs are more likely to dry up then to actually spoil if they have been around too long. BASICS. While your candy bar should have a variety of flavors, don’t forget the basics chocolate is still everybody’s favorite.

Candy selection

Jon has two cautions when choosing candy - both have the same message: Choose candy your guests will like. 1. Color coordinated. Depending on your event colors, finding candy that matches may present unique items not a lot of people like. Instead, try using platters, tablecloths, and decorations to bring in your color scheme. 2. More or less. Have more of what the majority of your guests will like. If the groom loves black licorice get some, but do a smaller bowl. Unless you want to be eating licorice until your golden anniversary. Palmer’s Old Time Candy Shoppe is located on 405 Wesley Parkway, Sioux City, IA and is open Mon-Sat.

A. A long time. Eggs are kind of the perfect food. First of all, they are so packed with nutrition they’ve been referred to as “nature’s multivitamin.”

Keeping it fresh. For best results they recommend keeping eggs in the shell and in the carton. This keeps them from absorbing odors and flavors, and from drying out. All the way in. Keep eggs on the shelf of the refrigerator instead of on the door. Temps fluctuate more on the door with all the opening and closing.

TREND. Some people can’t or don’t eat sweets. Include them by mixing in fruit, pretzels, and some party mix.

It’s all good. IncredibleEgg.org says raw whole eggs (in the shell) should be good 4 to 5 weeks beyond the pack date or about 3 weeks after purchase. Hard boil an egg and you should use it within a week.

CREATIVE. Naomi and Ben Moeller had a sweet parting gift for their wedding guests. Photo: C Starr Photography

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local flavors and fun

The Sioux City Farmer’s Market is held at the Tyson Events Center parking lot Wednesdays and Saturdays May through October, 8 am - 1 pm


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What you can find at the market

C. Brown Gardens

Enormous amount of produce, jams & jellies, beef, and pork.

Bob’s Garden Perennials

Ready-to-plant flowers: Iris, Daylilies, Amorphhallus, Lillies, Hibiscus, and Peonies.

Clint & Audrey Brown 21565 C-38, Merrill, Iowa 51038 . 712-568-2567

Rosie’s Coffee Roasting Co. 1830 Whitehouse Dr., Sioux City, Iowa 51106. 712-276-5543

Bagged Fair Trade Coffee, Cold Brew Concentrate By the Cup Coffee: Coffee (Pour over), Decaf Coffee (Pour over),

Farmer’s Market woman Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com; Calendar Ilona Baha / Shutterstock.com


or the best in local produce, the Farmer’s Market is definitely the place to get the freshest selection. Besides fresh foods, there are also a lot of other locally produced goods. More than 50 entrepreneurs show up to offer fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, meats, breads and baked goods, pasta, soaps, lotions, coffee, crafts, jewelry and art, wine, pottery and fresh, dried flowers and much more. All vendors at the Farmers Market grow, cultivate, breed, make, create, or fabricate the products that they sell, making the Farmers Market a great place for local entrepreneurs to introduce new products to the public. Offering an array of breakfast and lunch ready-to-eat, great local products and a friendly ambience, the Sioux City Farmers Market has become THE place where Siouxland starts their weekend.

Iced Cold Brewed Coffee, Iced Specialty Cold Brew Coffee, Flavored Hot Coffee (Pour over).

BJ McClellan. 1717 Terminal Dr., Sioux City, IA 51105. 712-560-6973. Koatedkernels.com

The Pastry Parlor

Sheet cakes, cheesecakes, pastries, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and more.

Tracy Everett. 2315 Kennedy Dr., Sioux City, IA. 51104. 712-281-0300. www.rosietheroaster.com


Handcrafted Jewelry. A collection of modern, fine diamond, and gemstone jewelry.

Iris Hammer. #16 16th St., Sioux City, IA 51103. 712-490-0184 Facebook: The Pastry Parlor

Doe’s & Diva’s Dairy, Inc.

Doe’s and Diva’s Dairy, Inc. is a small farmstead dairy located in the Loess Hills of Western Iowa. We create cheese, soaps, and lotions from the milk of our goats and sheep. All the products we offer are completely natural and crafted by hand.

Christopher Graham. 3060 Stone Park Blvd., Sioux City, IA 51104. 712-253-1486 www.circlesmith.com

BETTER / Food Once Upon A Candle Artisan candles and wax melts. All natural soy wax container candles with reusable candle tins and natural wicks. Most scents are Phthalate free.

Andrew Goodell-Rains. 2110 Summit St. Apt B2, Sioux City, IA 51104. 712-389-0407

Snowflake Woodcraft

Handcrafted wood cutting boards, trivets, trays, door stops, and knife holders.

Lynn Jarvis. 2930 300th St., Hornick, IA 51026. 712-874-3498

Jolly Time Koated Kernels

Handmade gourmet specialty popcorn Janna Feldman. 31140 185th Street Honey Creek, IA 51542. 712-545-3049 www.doesanddivas.com

Loess Hills Honey, LLC

Honey, Creamed Honey , Pollen Beeswax, Beeswax Lotion, Beeswax Lip Balm, and Honey Sticks. Becky Davis 807 South Martha St., Sioux City, IA 51106. 712-274-1476

Find out more about the Sioux City Farmers Market through our website, www.farmersmarketsiouxcity.com or our Facebook page titled The Sioux City Farmers Market. Or, you can contact Becky Kempers, Market Manager, at 712/251-2616. www.beingbettermagazine.com / Spring 2017



Food focus

Advantageous Avocados Avocados are not only delicious and nutritious, they are also great for repairing damaged hair, moisturizing dry skin, and treating sunburns and wrinkles because they’re packed with antioxidants, amino acids, and essential oils.


Avocados (aka: the alligator pear) grow on Persea Americana trees that can grow up to 65 feet tall.

Avocado facts

• An avocado is a fruit, and even more specifically, a single-seeded berry. • An avocado has twice the potassium as a banana. • Avocados contain 4g of protein among the highest amount coming from a fruit. • There are 10 grams of fiber in a medium-sized avocado. • Store unripe avocados in a brown sack with an apple or banana to ripen rapidly.

Easy Guacamole

Super conditioner

Avocados aren’t just beneficial to our insides. Their oils and proteins boast the best combination of nutrients for smoothing and taming frizzy hair. To Use: Mash up half an avocado and massage into clean, damp hair. Let sit for 15 minutes then rinse. Repeat every two weeks. Ingredients: 11/2 T coarsely chopped red onion 1 T lime juice 1/8 t salt 1 clove of garlic 1/2 jalapeño pepper 1 ripe peeled avocado 1-2 T chopped tomato (optional) Directions: If you like the heat, leave the seeds in the jalapeño. Otherwise, seed the pepper for a milder guac. Place the first 5 ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times until finely chopped. Add avocado; process until smooth. Sprinkle with chopped tomatoes if you like. Serve with tortilla chips or veggies.


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All images Shutterstock.com: Cut avocados Nataliya Arzamasova; Guacamole dip image Sean Wandzilak; Avocado in hand Yasko Creative; Girl with Avocados puhhha.

To tell if an avocado is ripe, hold it in the palm of your hand. If it is ripe, it should yield to gentle pressure.


4501 Southern Hills Dr. #3 Sioux City, IA 51106 712.574.8026 siouxcity@eatfitgo.com


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Being Better Spring 2017  

We feature stuff that just might make your life better. It's spring so we have cleaning tips, allergy insights, fashion trends, home decor i...

Being Better Spring 2017  

We feature stuff that just might make your life better. It's spring so we have cleaning tips, allergy insights, fashion trends, home decor i...