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Summer 2019 This group is

Going for the win in sports and in life (Back row) Dustin & Gretchen Cooper and Rachel & Jeff Carlson. (Front) Jaleque Dunson, Devontá Cobbs, and Austin Trotter

Get growing

anywhere with container gardening

Painting? All your questions answered

A simple chair

that may change your life

Trending for summer:

Ice Cream “bars” Plus, fresh fruit desserts

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

Table of



21 . Get floored

Wow flooring for outdoor spaces.

21. Artwork Q&A

Why worry about art in the basement?

23 . Painting

All your painting questions answered.


29 . High-tech hearing Devices 007 would envy.

Green boots by sanddebeautheil and Lemon chicken by Africa Studio/Shutterstock.com. Bedroom by Benjamin Moore paint.


30. Consistency = success

Why keeping up on skills matters.

30 . Getting it together


How to find your healthy self.

31 . 5 great eats

Food to keep great teeth.

32 . The pain battle How to find your win.

32 . Good night

How to finally get some sleep.

33 . Sports specialization Is it a good thing?

33 . Ask the doc

What’s menopause all about?

35 . Untreated hearing loss


12 . Top 5

Could it lead to dementia?

Learning how to succeed as a grown-up.

13 . My best advice


7 . Welcome to adulting 9 . Better stuff

Stuff to make you smile.

10 . Tips & Trends

What people are talking about now.

Home projects that give the best value. Three experts weigh in.

37 . Going for the win


42 . Brain benders

15 . Get growing

Gardening on the small side.

A group helping youth win in sports and in life Keeping your mind sharp.

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49 . Fruit is in season!

Fresh summer fruit desserts.

51 . Ripening fruit It’s in the bag.

51 . Food Q&A

Good sources of non-animal proteins.

Photography SALES

Account Executive

44 . Summer camp & fun

JESSIQUE STEELE jess@beingbettermagazine.com

What’s going on for kids this season.

46 . Why she goes back

To contact us for any reason: Being Better Magazine P.O. Box 5105 Sioux City, IA 51102 . 712-301-4341 www.BeingBetterMagazine.com Email@BeingBetterMagazine.com

Healthy relationships insight.

46 . The Agape Cafe What is going on there?

©2019 ­Being Better magazine. Please ask publisher’s permission before using content for other public purposes.

47 . How to rewrite your story How you can have a fearless ending.


48 . A simple chair

The seat that may save your life.


52 . Ice cream bar

Here’s the scoop on the latest trend.


Copy editors


Quick tips from those in the know.



JENNIFER WINQUIST jennifer@beingbettermagazine.com

54 . Food focus: Lemons Light, lemon chicken bake.

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43 . Quick tips





LETTER / From the editor

Life is like ice cream. Enjoy it before it melts.


ou know how some people have those monitors they wear to track their steps each day? Well, I have a tracking system I use to know if I have fully embraced a particular season. For spring I have to enjoy a bouquet of lilacs (which is a little tricky since we don’t have a lilac bush) and for summer I have to go swimming with my grandkids. I’m not sure why these things are necessary, but I think it has something to do with the fact that those things won’t happen unless I make the effort. Smelling flowers and swimming aren’t really the point. Taking time to enjoy a favorite flower and time with my grandkids is. It’s all too easy in our hurried lives to remember to slow down and enjoy things. I’m notorious for constantly thinking about what’s next. Sometimes I find it hard to be present in the moment. Maybe that’s why I like summer. It has a reputation of relaxation built into it. It seems to say, “You want some of this? Then you have to slow down in order to grab it.”

Me and two of my grandkids, Jack and Leni, on a fine summer day. Who doesn’t love summer?!

This issue we’re taking a cue from kids and finding enjoyment in all of it. I had the great pleasure of meeting a bunch of people who are focused on creating programs for kids that will help them be better this summer and throughout their lives. We’re hoping that this not only gets you excited about the kids in your life who can be part of things, but also to inspire you to think of how you can be part of making a difference in kids’ lives. Plus, we’ve got some great garden ideas if you’ve got a green thumb itching to get outside, and painting tips if you need a little refresh inside. You’ll find great insights to keep your body in tip-top shape, learn some insights from local experts, and get mouth-watering recipes and ice cream bar ideas perfect for summer get-togethers. This season, don’t miss out on anything that summer has to offer. Make a point to slow down and enjoy at least a little slice of summer. Maybe even a lick or two. May God bless you like crazy!

Next issue

In our July/Aug issue, we are going to be featuring stories of Siouxland heroes including those in the military and local first responders (or those who were).

Jennifer Winquist, Editor-in-chief jennifer@BeingBetterMagazine.com

Look for your free copy at all the local area HyVee stores or waiting areas all around Siouxland.

And this is the way to have eternal life - to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. -Jesus [John 17:3] www.beingbettermagazine.com / May/June 2019


Last year,

MercyOne Child Advocacy Center helped more than 800 victims of child abuse. were victims of sexual abuse.


were under the age of 12.


were under the age of 6.


know their abuser.

The number of children abused sexually, physically, and emotionally in our community has doubled over the last ten years. The MercyOne Child Advocacy Center is the only one of its kind within 100 miles of Sioux City, assisting law enforcement and the courts in getting perpetrators off the street, allowing the abused to tell their story, keeping them safe and protecting their dignity. For more information, or to give to the MercyOne Child Advocacy Center, please call 712-279-2548.




We go to school to get educated on how to do a bunch of stuff we might need to know in life. But who teaches us how to live as a grown-up - and succeed at it? Take a seat. The teacher is in.


If you are over 35, you may not have heard the word “adulting” used to describe “the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult.” Whether you are just starting out or have been adulting for a good long while, this book has a wealth of insight on how to do it well.


e all longed for the day when we could call the shots, be our own boss, stay up late, and buy what we wanted at the grocery store. No one really told us there would be hard stuff like figuring out why we’re here, how to work well with others, why money isn’t the biggest motivator of our lives, how to pick your forever partner, and how to move past our mistakes. In Jonathan “JP” Pokluda’s book, Welcome to Adulting, he shares his own experiences, compelling research evidence, insights from the Bible, and lays out a roadmap for how to navigate your life as an adult. JP covers topics like friendships and dating, career and money management, interpersonal conflict, controlling anxiety, recovering from stuff that controls your life, and discovering your purpose on this planet. Again, everything anyone, of any age, will find words of wisdom about.

If you’re struggling to find your footing in the world of adult life, this witty, non-patronizing guide is for you. Makes a great gift for the graduates in your life.

Available at Amazon and other book retailers.

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Instant stuff

This photo printer is basically magic. How does it work? We don’t know. You take a picture on your phone, the printer connects via bluetooth and voilà, a picture comes out. The Polaroid Zip Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer prints 2 x 3 photos that are waterproof, tearproof, and have an adhesive backing. You can check it out on Amazon. Just under $100.

Kid stuff

A teacher was giving a lesson on blood circulation. Trying to be clear, she said, “Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know would run into it, and my face would turn red.” The class nodded. “Then why is it that while I’m standing upright the blood doesn’t run into my feet?” A boy proudly shouted, “Cause your feet ain’t empty!”

“The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children.” ─ Jim Henson

Orange stuff

Peeling and eating an orange can be messy business. That is only true if you do it the wrong way. Slice your orange horizontally, then cut through the peel on one side. Pull apart each slice at the cut and bite the goodness easily off the peel.

“The more I like me, the less I want to pretend to be other people.” ─ Jamie Lee Curtis “If only I’d known that one day my differentness would be an asset, then my early life would have been much easier.” ─Bette Midler

Critter stuff

Orange by Denphumi, Himalayan salt block by NatalyaBond, and fried egg by Angorius/Shutterstock.com

Himalayan stuff

Caravel Gourmet Himalayan Salt Cooking Brick, 8” x 8”, available at Palmer Specialty Food, $25.

Quotable stuff

You’ve no doubt heard of Himalayan salt that comes ready to grind to flavor your food at the table. Now, there are Himalayan salt bricks that can be chilled or heated to over 400 degrees on the grill to sear and season your favorite foods while infusing a small amount of healthy, mineral rich salt into your foods. Use for cooking, chilling, or serving food. Meat, bread, seafood, poultry, vegetables, and kabobs are excellent when cooked on Himalayan salt bricks.

Hot stuff

This handmade 100% Merino wool bed is for cats and small dogs. Not only is it like a piece of art, your critter will love it, and the added bonus is more pet hair stays off your furniture. Win. Win.

MEOWFIA Premium Felt Cat Bed Cave comes in lots of designs and colors and is about $43 on Amazon.

When the temperature rises and we’ve all forgoten how bad winter was, and you sit on your car’s leather seats, in shorts, you may think, “It’s hot enough to fry an egg on this thing!” In order for it to actually work, the surface you’re going to attempt it on needs to be at least 158°F.

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Tips & Trends Tips to save on a tight budget


Tap into your artistic side

or those who live paycheck, to paycheck it may seem impossible to save any money when you may be doing without a lot already. One tip is to try to carve out a little out of each category. Take another look.

Entertainment How much are you paying for TV? If your cable bill scares you, opting for Hulu or Netflix might save you a bunch.

Going to and fro Filling up your gas tank can be painful. Could you do it less often by sharing rides to work or events you attend regularly? Think about all the driving you do in a week and see if you can condense trips. It might be that planning ahead for needed items, and limiting trips to the store, will save gas and time. Now, as you make adjustments, make sure to put those saved dollars away or toward paying off debt.

Layering with texture


ere’s a great tip if you’re looking for something different for your kids to do this summer. Let them get creative. The Sioux City Art Center has five sessions of ArtCamp this summer (for ages 7-14), and they have multiple summer art classes available for ages 2 to adult! They provide high-quality instruction and hands-on visual art experiences for students of all background and skill levels. Also, make it a point to visit the Art Center and enjoy the ever-changing displays. You’ll be able to experience the brand new Junior League Hands On! Gallery, opening this summer. Stay tuned for details! To register for ArtCamp, go to www.siouxcityartcenter. org/classes/art-camp. To find out more, give them a call or head to their website. Sioux City Art Center . 225 Nebraska St. . Sioux City, IA 712-279-6272 . www.siouxcityartcenter.org. Hours: Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat 10 - 4, Thur 10 - 9 pm, Sun 1 - 4 Closed Mondays & Holidays

It’s normal for us to think of fall and winter as a time for layering, but a lighter tactile trend is happening for spring and summer. The look is based around comfortable living with the emphasis on natural materials. Layer lighter weight throws and blankets, add throw pillows covered in linen and woven cotton fabrics, and round out your design with a natural fiber rug. Handmade and handwoven Safavieh natural fiber jute area rug (5’ x 8’), available on Amazon, $105.


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Bed by All About Space/Shutterstock.com

Meals Could you pick one night that is meatless? Breakfast for supper night can be a big hit. Do you eat out more than you should because you find you’re just too tired to cook? On days you feel energized, make a double batch of dinner and freeze a meal so you’re prepared-or keep a couple of cans of soup or frozen pizzas on hand which cost less than the drive through.


No more rules “


rends are ever changing. Right now, the top trend is RULES ARE OUT. There are no rules. You like it, you love it, then do it!” That’s the word from Naomi Anderson and her crew at Central Kitchen & Bath. “The biggest thing to remember is that you can never have too much lighting to accentuate the design.”

Family fitness This white fireclay apron sink by Elkay has a wood cutting board and Cambria quartz chiseled edge for texture. Trainer Laura Groseth working with kids in the Thrive Go program.


This kitchen design shows two of the hottest trends - textured shiplap walls and an apron sink.

So what are the leading trends now that the rules are gone? Here’s what Central Kitchen & Bath is seeing: 1. Two-Tone: “Normally you see this in Cabinetry-whether the island and the perimeter cabinets are different colors/finishes, or the countertops have different designs. Then, again, sometimes, only around the stove, as seen in our showroom in our Woodland Cabinetry display.” 2. Farm Sinks: “These are also called apron sinks depending on who you speak to. Planning is essential to design one of these gorgeous sinks into a kitchen, but there are options

such as fireclay, stainless steel, copper, and even natural stone.” 3. Texture: “Whether it’s the chiseled edge I mentioned earlier, or a stone sink, shiplap ANYTHING (wood hoods or wall accents to name a couple), hammered lighting, or a Farmstead Patina Hickory Cabinet (below), homeowners are liking the touch and feel of different textures in a home.” One tone for cabinets and another for the island and bench seating creates a great twotone contrast. Varying materials give texture.

arents are prying the phones out of their kids’ hands, getting them active, and instilling a love of fitness early on. Laura Gorseth, General Manager and Fitness Coach at Thrive Fitness can tell you, the kids love it. “With our Thrive Go program, our students have a great time, and they’re learning how their bodies work.” Thrive has groups for kids ages 4-6, 7-9, and 10-13. Laura says, “Our main focus is on mobility. Kids’ bodies are growing and changing, so we help them understand what good movement should look and feel like. We incorporate a lot of games in the mix, talk about healthy habits, and teach what foods will give them energy to do fun things.” “We work on mobility, balance, and coordination. When kids struggle with a certain move, we teach them how to take those struggles and overcome them. They quickly see there is a way to succeed. And it’s fun.” Laura added, “Some of the classes are scheduled so parents can bring the kids and do their workout while they’re waiting. When fitness is convenient, people show up.”

Summer sessions for Thrive Go start soon. Sessions last three months and fill up fast so call soon to get your kids signed up.

Central Kitchen & Bath 844 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, IA 712-255-6891 www.centralkitchenbath.com Mon-Fri 9am-5pm We have it all: cabinetry, countertops, lighting, faucets, knob/pulls, and more.

Thrive Fitness

Owners Clair & Travis

707 N. Derby Lane, N. Sioux City, SD 605-540-0211 . www.thrivefitness-sd.com www.beingbettermagazine.com / May/June 2019


Top 5


1 3

that give the best value

Shut the front door

and paint it. You only get one chance to make a good first impression. Think about refreshing mulch, trimming shrubs, planting colorful plants, and refreshing door paint. Even a small investment can create real value that moves a buyer from the outside in.

Get cooking

Energy efficiency

A Remodeling.com survey found homeowners can recoup 116% of the costs of attic insulation. Not only are people more energy minded when they buy a home these days, while you are still living there, the savings continue to build.

80% of homebuyers list the kitchen as their favorite room. It only makes sense that remodeling dollars spent on kitchen updates would be impactful. While a major kitchen renovation might not be as likely to be fully recouped on a sale, doing a mini-remodel can. People get excited about simple things. A mini face lift including painted cabinets or new cabinet doors, new appliances, upgrading countertops, or new cabinet hardware can make a big difference.


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Splish splash

Next to kitchens, bathrooms are the number two selling point in most homes. Just like kitchens, a minor bathroom remodel can pay off big. You may be able to recoup the entire budget when you sell. Simply regrouting tile instantly freshens things up. Replacing the toilet, mirrors, and fixtures go a long way to improve the look and feel of your bathrooms.


Give it a coat

Realtors will tell you not to underestimated the effect that a clean coat of new paint has on a property. New paint brightens rooms, hides visual defects, and instantly makes a space feel fresh and clean. With a minimal amount of cost and effort, you’ll easily see the value and the payoff.

Image by ilterriorm/Shutterstock.com


home projects

My best advice

Stilianos Efstratiadis, MD

Giovanni Ciuffo, MD


experts in their field weigh in


Executive Director Catholic Charities

medical Director of Cardiology Interventional Cardiologist MercyOne Siouxland Heart and Vascular Center

Medical Director of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery MercyOne Siouxland Heart and Vascular Center




“People ask what signs they should look for with regard to heart disease. Signs that somebody needs to be worried about would be: exertional chest pressure or pain, unexplained shortness of breath with exertion of new onset or inability to perform daily activities, arm pain, tingling, numbness, neck pain, dizziness, passing out, upper abdominal pain.”

If you have to go through a heart surgery, Dr. Ciuffo says, “Recovery after bypass surgery is a much better experience than most people think. With new, minimally invasive techniques, a quick recovery is possible. Most patients can go home three days after surgery and resume normal activities in 10 days and gradual sport activity in three to four weeks.”

Symptoms for men vs. women “Men’s symptoms are more likely to include chest pain and arm and neck pain. For women, symptoms are not as revealing as men’s. They can be atypical and difficult to recognize. Discounting them could be deadly. Women’s symptoms may include shortness of breath, weakness and dizziness.”

What to expect “Heart surgery has two main purposes: To make you live better and to let you live longer. I love to point out the important after effects of heart surgery with one my favorite lines: ‘Once you recover from this surgery, you’ll find out you are a lot younger than you think you are.’”

“It’s easy to be empathetic when someone experiences a loss. It’s not as easy when you see a mom in the store yelling at her child. We don’t know her situation or background and forget that it wasn’t too long ago that we were the ones having a bad day with our kids. Empathy is putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. You can make a difference with a “Can I Help” approach. “Instead of judging, try empathy and say, ‘My kids are challenging in the store too-anything I can do to help?’ “When my daughter was a newborn, I had a moment in the night that changed me. I was a sleep-deprived, new mom, with a baby who wouldn’t stop crying. I was so frustrated, that I picked her up with a look of anger on my face. I’ll never forget how she looked back at me. I put her down and got my husband. I had help. Imagine being a mom with no money for diapers, no one to teach you how to parent, and no support system. That mom needs my support-not my judgment. Reach out to someone who needs a word of kindness. Practice empathy.”

“Watch for signs”

Avoid problems early “Regular exercise and diet are important, such as eating smaller portions of red meat and fried foods, and including fresh fruit and vegetables into your daily meals. Set small goals for yourself, like losing five pounds at a time and lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure.”

“Recover well”

Help yourself recover “Keep active and expedite your recovery by walking and doing deep breathing exercises every day. Slumping on a couch or a bed is never a good idea. It will just make you weak. It is normal to feel sore in your chest or your back. By your first week at home you will feel much better and a few pain pills, if at all necessary, will help you through a smooth recovery.”

MercyOne Siouxland Heart and Vascular Center www.mercyone.org Same day appointments available. 712-294-7020.

“Practice empathy”

Catholic Charities 1601 Military Road . Sioux City, IA 712-252-4547 . www.cathchar.com At Catholic Charities, individuals learn new skills to break negative parenting patterns. We help families heal and find hope.

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2019 $

Battery park Saturday, June 22 11AM-4PM


5804 Correctionville Road Sioux City, Iowa 51106


Non-Profit U.S. Postage PAID Permit #138 Sioux City, IA


Seriously. Who doesn’t want this? Party Details:


Siouxland Humane Society . 1015 Tri-View Avenue, Sioux City, Iowa . 712-252-2614 Shelter Hours: Tues-Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm, Sun Noon – 5:00pm


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Pets by Chendongshan/Shutterstock.com

Summer is a great time to adopt a pet. Check our calendar Buy Your Tickets NOW and SAVE! for off-site adoption Buy One Ticket for $100 & Get One FREE!* events in MayGoat to camphighhopes.com or call 712-224-2267 *Buy One Ticket and Get One Free Offer ends 8/31 at 12:01 am. Petco, PetSmart, From 9/1-10/16 at 12:10 am individual tickets will be sold for $100 each. Southern Hills Mall.

By Valeria Aksakova/Shutterstock.com

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here’s nothing tastier than farm fresh produce. Unless, it’s yard fresh - from your own yard. If you’re not keen on tilling up a section of your yard (because you don’t want the work or don’t like how it looks) we offer some options for container gardens that might be just the right fit to get growing. www.beingbettermagazine.com / May/June 2019



Get growing

with Shawn Emge, Store Manager Earl May Garden Center


any homeowners, and those with nothing more than a sunny deck or balcony, are getting their hands dirty and growing their favorite veggies. While big gardens are great, many are opting for smaller, more manageable and more accessible plots and pots to do their cultivating. With the proper soil and care, container gardening provides a viable alternative for you to enjoy the fruits (and the veggies) of your labors. We spoke with Shawn Emge with Earl May Garden Center in Sioux City for some green thumb advice on how to do it right.

Size right

Couple by Monkey Business Images, holding plant basket by kazoka/Shutterstock.com

“You can choose to grow your garden in larger raised beds or smaller individual containers. If you’re going with smaller containers and want to grow something like tomatoes, you’ll want to choose a smaller variety like patio tomatoes. You’ll want your pots


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BETTER / Home to be good sizes, 14” or larger, to hold the larger sized plant, and you’ll need to have some sort of support like a tomato cage. “If you are doing a raised planter, the key is not to make your boxes so big that you can’t access them from the side. If you want more room it’s better to do multiple growing boxes.”

Pick the right soil

“Don’t fill your container or raised bed completely with black dirt. For gardens, a good mix is 60% black dirt and 40% compost (or garden soil). Mix them together (you don’t want to have layers of different soils). “When you build a raised bed, you’ll want a minimum of 6” of dirt/compost.”

Indoor gardens

“If you want to grow items inside, herbs work well but not too much else. If you have a really good sunny window, starting your plants inside is fine-lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, etc.but, eventually they need to go out. Even the sunniest window just won’t provide enough continuous sun.”

Watch the water

Mailbox plants by Ev Thomas, patio tomato ny Agenturfotografin/Shutterstock.com

“Make sure you have a good water source fairly close by. How much water you need will be determined by

Far left: Herbs and starter plants can do well indoors in a nice sunny spot. Once starter plants get growing, transplant them outdoors. Above: Smaller varieties of tomatoes do best in containers. Remember, they still need a good 8 hours of sun. Left: Small containers hung on your fence or porch wall can be decorative as well as productive. Instead of cascading greens or flowers, try growing different herbs. Similar, metal mail containers can be found on Etsy and at World Market.

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the weather. Hot and windy will need more, cool and calm will need less. The best indicator is your finger. Stick your finger into the dirt a couple of inches. If it’s damp down that far, you’re good. If not, give it some water. (The same philosophy works for house plants.) When possible, try not to water leaves, but at the base. Watering leaves can lead to disease.”

Monitor the sun

“Growing pretty much any food requires at least 8 hours of sun a day.” “One of the upsides to container and bed gardening is that it’s a lot easier to deal with the weeds. Some people put their grass clippings around plants to keep the weeds down (and other benefits). This is a good idea unless your lawn is chemically treated, which can leach into your garden soil. If that’s the case, it’s best to skip it. If you do decide to use a chemical for weed control, don’t ever, ever spray chemicals when bees are around. They are the pollinators, and we need to protect them so they can do their job.”

Choosing plants

“For small containers, other than herbs, plant one variety per container. Obviously, plants that spread are probably not a good fit for your bed (like watermelon and squashes). Otherwise, check the labels to see how big plants will grow to allow for the proper space.”


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Raised beds can be simple and functional (above) or created to be a focal point in your landscaping. Since you don’t need room to walk between the rows, your plants can be spaced closer together, but still be mindful not to overcrowd for the best growth potential. Tip: Just like all gardens, don’t forget to rotate the location of plants from year to year. Tomatoes on the north end this year? Put them on the south end next.

Wood boxes by jgolby, landscaped planter by Del Boy/Shutterstock.com

Heed the weeds


Get more yield

“It’s not a bad idea to add an all purpose fertilizer. 10-10-10 is a good one to cover all the nutrients you need.”

Plan and learn

“Before you start, have a plan. Draw your idea out on paper. Think about your areas as outdoor rooms so plan how you want them to look. Each year, keep records, and track what worked and what didn’t. Adjust what’s needed, and try one thing new every year, and you’ll keep things interesting.” 

Red boots by suedtirol.click, woman by Jamie Hooper, green boots by sanddebeautheil/Shutterstock.com

Above and left: Instead of building raised beds use existing items like an old covered wagon, a wheel barrow, claw foot bathtub, or large birdbath. Below: Raised beds don’t have to be large either. Just want a variety of lettuces for your summer salads? A small, tidy bed works just fine.

In addition to the best quality plants, nursery stock, and lawn and garden supplies, at your local Earl May Nursery & Garden Center, you’ll find in-house experts trained to answer all of your questions

Two locations in Sioux City: 4141 E. Gordon Drive . 712-276-4776 4101 War Eagle Drive . 712-233-2951 Hours M-F 8-6, Sat 8-5, Sun 10-6

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Sioux City


If you interested in becoming a vendor at the Sioux City Farmers Market, go to www.farmersmarketsiouxcity.com Buy Fresh Buy Local - Siouxland, Inc. is the non-profit organizer of the Sioux City Farmers Market.


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Farmer’s Market art by Paul Craft/Shutterstock.com

The Sioux City Farmers Market will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm.


Get floored,

Artwork Q&A Why do I need to worry about UV ruining my image when I’m hanging it in my basement?

like never before



hen it comes to outdoor spaces, there haven’t been great options for flooring. At least not ones that weren’t industrial looking at best. Gina Jepsen, owner of Smarter Spaces, says that is all changing. Style has arrived with some amazing performance to rave about.

Choices just got fun

Gina reports, “Smarter Spaces has you covered with Swisstrax flooring (pun intended)! There are 19 colors to choose from, 7 hardwood grains, and more than 10 styles. This floor has superior resistance to oils, solvents, salts, and hot tires. Watch your home or commercial flooring transform!”

Basement room by Rabic, circus poster by benchart /Shutterstock.com

To the garage and beyond

“Swisstrax is more than just garage flooring. You can bring the luxurious look of hardwood to any room on a budget with luxury vinyl wood flooring tiles. Your outdoor space can be just as fashionable as the inside by customizing your patio or pool floors using one or a combination of patterns and colors. You can customize your commercial flooring to fit the needs of your business and even add your company logo right into the tiles.” To see samples and find out more about what a Swisstrax floor can do to transform your space, give us a call!

Gina & Jason Jepsen owners of 3K & Smarter Spaces

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The hard to believe stuff

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hether you are hanging a piece of art or an important photo, you need to protect it against UV light no matter where you hang it.” That’s the word from framing expert Ed Rosston, owner of Fast Frame. “All light has UV, and all light fades things-natural sunlight, incandescent light, and even LEDs have UV. We need UV in the visual spectrum in order to see color, but the ones above the visible spectrum actually do more damage.” So how do we protect against fading? “There’s no way to completely stop it, but we can slow it down as much as possible. Besides UV light, in the Midwest, we have to protect art and photos from humidity and heat. Properly framing it, including glazing that protects from UV damage, is key.” To protect your valued images, talk to Ed, and he’ll help you find just the right solution for what you want to preserve.

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All your questions



answered so you can start

The weekend is free, and you are finally going to tackle that painting project. You can’t wait for the transformation that’s going to take place! To help you do it right, we had Jim Wolcott, aka: The Paint Store Guy, owner of Sioux City Paint & Decorating, answer some of the most common questions they get, so you can start your project right.

Q. What type of paint should I use in the kitchen? A. “Advance is a great paint for cabinets, furniture, and kitchen use because

it is durable. We typically suggest an egg shell finish. It’s not too glossy, but it’s scrubbable. Like many paints now, it has zero VOC, so it has low odor and is environmentally friendly.”

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A. “For small nail holes and gouges,

A. “You’ll want to use a stain blocker

How do I patch holes? use a little spackling compound. Press it into the hole and scrap off any excess with a putty knife and let it dry. For larger damage like a door handle that pushed through your drywall, we have mesh peel-off patches. You apply the galvanized metal mesh to go over your spackle, apply some texture (a can of spray texture makes it easy), and it will be as good as new.”


How do I cover stains? before you paint the room. If you don’t, certain stains like watermarks and smoke damage will bleed back through. If it’s your ceiling that has stains, we carry a product that sprays straight up to make the job a lot easier.”

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Need some inspiration? These are some of the most popular Benjamin Moore paint colors.

Decorator’s White

Oxford White

Chantilly Lace

Simply White

Silver Satin

Gray Owl



Silver Marlin

Woodlawn Blue

Palladian Blue

Wythe Blue

Silver Mist


Van Courtland Blue

Van Deusen Blue

Hale Navy

Dragon’s Breath

Wrought Iron


Photos courtesy of Benjamin Moore paint




Do I need to tape off my room? A. “It’s really up to you. Most

professional painters don’t. If you are less experienced it’s a good idea, but it definitely takes time. If you wipe up splatters right away, most of the time it comes right off. It just depends on your comfort level and a steady hand.”


How many coats will I need to paint? A. “If you are doing a slight

change maybe one. To see the true colors of your paint you’ll want to do two coats. You especially want to do two coats for cabinets and woodwork for durability.” Jim offers a word of caution: “Cheap paint is not cheaper in the end. Time and time again we have people come in so frustrated because the cheap paint they purchased somewhere ended up taking multiple coats - maybe even requiring additional gallons, so there was no savings. Or it scrubbed off the first time they wiped a mark. Quality paint pays off in the end.”

do I need to know if I’m Q. What painting furniture or cabinets?

Color of the year

A. “A mistake we see a lot is painting directly over the existing finish. That is

okay if you are going to do chalk paint (also called cottage paint). People grab old, sturdy furniture pieces and do a shabby chic finish by applying the chalk paint and then rubbing the edges a bit to expose what was underneath. If that’s not what you’re going for you’ll need to rough up the surface before you paint. You don’t have to take the old finish down to the bare wood however. Just make sure you sand off the gloss so your paint adheres properly.”

Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan is a warmer gray that they say “exudes glamour, beauty, and balance.” Metropolitan

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Can I paint over problem areas without doing the entire room? A. “Maybe. If it’s been a few years

since you painted, your color will have dulled from light and possibly wear. Depending on your color, this may be fairly noticeable. If that’s the case, and you’re still determined not to do the whole room, professional painters have a trick. You can try adding a little bit of water to dull the color and apply it using more of a blotting technique to soften the line between the new and the old.”


Fun tip: You can turn any surface into a washable, erasable chalkboard―in any color!

Go to siouxcitypaintdec.com for fun and easy chalkboard paint ideas for your home.

What are the paint trends right now? A. “Accent walls are gone and

people are painting the walls uniformly. Light and airy is definitely a trend with lots of white and off-white covering the walls and woodwork. “People want environmentally friendly products too. Oil-based paints used to be big for cabinets, but now vegetable-based oil is common (like our Advance brand). This creates a hard, chipresistant finish. “Basically, there are no more rules. People are creating their own feel to have the room they love.”

Q. Is there any way to paint tile?

For all your painting and decorating questions, and your paint and painting supplies, Jim and his team are here to help.

A. “Yes. Back in the day, pink tiles were the rage in bathrooms.

Today, not too many people would be excited about that. If you can’t afford to do a total remodel but can’t stand the current look, we do have paint for covering both ceramic and plastic tile.”


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High-tech hearing

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David Wagner M.D., FACS & Colette Hadden, licensed, clinical audiologist have practiced together for over 20 years.


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hen people think of hearing aids they envision clunky devices grandmas and grandpas wear. Not any more. Today, hearing devices have evolved into high-tech marvels that you’d expect James Bond to be sporting. Dr. David Wagner with Wagner ENT and his audiologist for over 20 years, Colette Hadden, reveal the latest features.



Go incognito “We see people from age 1 to 100+. If it’s determined hearing aids would benefit you, don’t worry. The latest models are much smaller than in the past and some are virtually invisible. Even for those that do show, it’s not apparent that they are a hearing aid or just some cool tech device people are wearing. Working with an audiologist helps you select the best hearing aids for your situation.” Seize control “With the new technology, your hearing aids can connect to your phone via Bluetooth. Your phone becomes a remote control for your hearing aids. By being able to more precisely control volume and settings for your environment (which can even become automated) you can achieve a much more natural hearing experience.”


Take it beyond “Some models of hearing aids offer features like streaming your favorite music. Beyond hearing, technology is evolving for hearing aids to monitor overall health, and even assess your fall risk. For those with hearing issues, hearing aids may help and offer some cool benefits you didn’t expect.” Two Sioux City locations: 2730 Pierce St Suite 204 & Unity Point Sunnybrook Medical Clinic 712-234-8787 . wagnerent.com

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Consistency equals success

with Alisha dykstra


ummers may be a break from the routine of life, and it’s nice to make time for some different things, but don’t lose sight of what you’ve started. Alisha Dykstra, co-owner of V.I.P. Gymnastics, Ninja and Cheer, says, “Where fitness is concerned, you need the consistency to maintain and stay strong. It’s not like riding a bike. If you take three months off, it really gets in the way of improvement. Our bodies forget.” “For us, we use the summers to learn new skills and gain strength and flexibility.” For others, summer is the perfect time to try something new. V.I.P. offers some special events and camps for kids to give cheer, ninja, or gymnastics a try. “One way we accomodate a little more flexibility for summer is with our Flex Schedule. This allows for up to four weeks off and only paying for weeks attended. Even though summers can be a little chaotic, kids love being active and training consistency helps kids retain what they’ve learned.” Contact us to find out about our 12-week summer programs. Classes start June 3rd.

V.I.P Gymnastics, Ninja & Cheer 300 Centennial Dr., Suite 150 North Sioux City, SD . 605-540-0854 www.VIPgymnasticsninjacheer.com Watch our Facebook page for upcoming week-long summer day camps.


Getting it together

What it takes to be the healthy version of yourself WITH Dr. Pat Luse


ur bodies are complex to say the least. If you’ve ever struggled to understand what it takes to be healthy, not to mention try to lose weight, it can seem so complicated. Dr. Pat Luse, author of The 7 Systems Plan, has studied these issues over the last 30 years in his Siouxland practice. What he discovered is that most of our health problems come down to getting every system in our body to work together, and he’s developed a program that is having radical results. He explains how it works. The problem “Your body is an incredible network of 7 systems. If all of these systems are working optimally, you have ideal weight, optimal health, and are free of disease. In today’s world — because of our toxic environment, processed food, and stress-driven lifestyle — it is not easy for each system to function optimally. “If one system sputters, your weight goes up, your health and energy go down, and your risk for disease sky rockets. In a matter of weeks, a domino effect can take down other systems. The key to permanent weight loss and optimal health is to fix all 7 systems. Running the human body efficiently and effectively requires all the systems to work together in alignment. The solution Until now, it has been too difficult (and expensive) to evaluate these systems, identify malfunctions, and then optimize them to make them work for you again. But thanks to The 7 Systems Plan, this is no longer true.” The result Mike was struggling and searching for a solution. He found it in The 7 Systems Plan course and had an amazing health transformation. Within weeks, his obesity, diabetes, hypertension,

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Mike lost 50 pounds in just 49 days, is no longer diabetic, and his high blood pressure has resolved.

hyperlipidemia, and medications were all gone. His weight loss was impressive— 50 pounds in 49 days—but that is not the only thing that happened. The 7 Systems Plan course taught him how to: • Get rid of his angry belly fat • Eliminate digestive problems • Enjoy eating real food • Boost his energy 600% • Fix his hormones • Quiet chronic inflammation • Detoxify his body “You can experience your own transformation like Mike! Your body can do unbelievable things if you get each of your seven systems functioning optimally, and it is not hard to do. I love helping people make amazing health transformations using my simple, proven plan.” Join me for a free information meeting on The 7 Systems Plan by calling 402-494-5173

Dr. Pat Luse teaches the 7 Systems Plan course in his office at Tri-State Physicians and Physical Therapy Clinic in So. Sioux City, NE.

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5 great eats to keep great teeth

BETTER / Body “Where your family comes first.” www.familyfirstdental.com.

with family 1st dental

Drinking milk by Alliance, water by Singkham, protein by margouillat photo, fruit by Alexandra Lande, and nuts by Pixeljoy/Shutterstock.com

www.lillyfamilydentistry.com An affiliate of Family 1st Dental


ost people don’t long to wear dentures so it’s important to be proactive to keep our teeth in good condition. Of course, regular dental check ups are beneficial, but taking preventative measures is the best, first line of defense. The dentists at the Family 1st Dental offices in Siouxland offer these good food choices to chew on. Water “Water is the best beverage for maintaining your oral health. Not only does water simply help wash away the stuff on your teeth, it also has fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that protects against tooth erosion. It is found naturally in water but is also added to public water supplies so teeth get help

resisting acid attacks that cause cavities.” Dairy “Just like our bones, our teeth thrive on calcium. Milk, and other dairy products like cheese and yogurt, are high in calcium and help strengthen teeth.”

teeth. Many fruits and veggies require more chewing, and that provides two benefits, producing more saliva and rubbing against your teeth to remove harmful acids and food particles away from your teeth. Note: An added benefit of strawberries is they contain malic acid, which is a natural enamel whitener.” Nuts “Nuts contain protein and minerals important for overall health. It’s best to choose nuts that are low in carbohydrates (like pecans, Macadamia, and Brazil nuts); tooth decay is caused by acid-producing bacteria that are activated by carbs. Another benefit of nuts is that chewing them stimulates saliva production, which again reduces your risk for tooth decay.”

Lean protein “Dairy wins here again because it is high in protein too. Additionally, other proteins that are phosphorus-rich like meat, poultry, fish, and eggs also help promote strong teeth.” Produce “It’s no secret that fruits and veggies are important for our general health, and our teeth are no different. Produce is high in water and fiber, which balance their sugars as well as help to clean your www.beingbettermagazine.com / May/June 2019



the pain battle

with midwest pain clinics


f you are someone all too familiar with chronic pain, you’re probably taking a lot of medication in an attempt to control it. Perhaps you’ve even tried surgery to end the pain. For some, pain persists-and it’s likely to, possibly, the rest of your life. A pain pump might be the solution. “David Welch PA, with Midwest Pain Clinics, explains how it works. “A pain pump delivers medication directly to your spinal cord. The system uses a small pump (about the size of a hockey puck) that is surgically placed under your skin. The pump delivers medication through a catheter directly to the pain area, so your symptoms can be controlled with a much smaller dose of medicine

How to finally have a

Good night!

with dr. rhett ruehle


t a certain point, kids are supposed to sleep through the night. When a couple’s toddler wasn’t sleeping night after night, they had exhausted several ideas on how to correct it with no results. Desperate to try


than what you would take orally. For example, you may take 100 mg orally, yet it only takes 1 mg through the pump (intrathecally). Taking less means less side effects of the medication.” “Once the pump is surgically connected, the battery lasts 5-7 years. The pump is programmed to release medication over a period of time, as determined by the doctor. If changes are needed, the doctor can reprogram the dosing. When the medication reservoir is empty, about every 2-3 months, the doctor or nurse refills the pump by inserting a needle through your skin into the fill port. It’s considered a permanent surgery, but it can be removed surgically at any time.” “Because of government regulations around opioids, and other pain medications, we have to get people on lower doses. For those who have chronic, uncontrolled pain, a pain pump can be an option to improve pain management and have better quality of life.” anything, a friend referred them to her chiropracter. Dr. Rhett Ruehle, owner of Ruehle Family Chiropractic, met with them and noticed the child could benefit from an adjustment. “Their child was only sleeping a couple of hours a night. After that first visit her sleep improved - and so did Mom and Dad’s. “Another child, a six-year-old, was struggling with anxiety and sleep issues as well. After two or three adjustments, he is sleeping much better and his anxiety level has improved too. “His mom makes sure he is receiving regular care to ensure his body is working as well as possible.” But it’s not just kids who are dealing with sleep issues. Rhett says, “Lately, I’ve had a number of people coming in mentioning they are not sleeping well. They have their spine checked, and their body begins to perform as it was designed. “We see how people’s approach

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A pain port is surgically implanted to deliver pain medication intrathecally, so the amount of medication is dramatically reduced, yet pain management is improved.

Midwest Pain Clinics 211 Sioux Point Rd., Ste. 200 Dakota Dunes, SD 57049 605-242-3456 www.midwestpainclinics.com to chiropractic care has changed. People want their body to function at a higher level. They see how seemingly unrelated health issues, like sleep, are improved when their body is aligned properly. We want adults and kids to be able to live their best possible life...and to sleep well too.” Ruehle Family Chiropractic is celebrating a decade of service in the Siouxland area. Come and see what Rhett can do for you.

Ruehle Family Chiropractic 3215 Gordon Dr, Sioux City, IA 712-224-3949 . www.ruehlechiro.com Hours: M-W-F . 9-1 & 3-7

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Finding your win in

Sports specialization is it a good thing? with Dr. Keith roed

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What’s menopause about?


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Ask the doc WITH Dr. Hannah dewald

Dr. Keith Roed, PT, DPT, CMPT, Astym Cert.

ummer is here, and with that comes many activities, and sports will be in full swing. For many young athletes, they have already been preparing for months. This brings me to my topic of sports specialization. “The concept is, if one works really hard at a specific sport or task that they will begin to master it and turn into an elite athlete. This may lead to a club team, college visibility, and maybe even professional sports. The theory sounds good, but evidencedbased recommendations point to less specialization and more variety, at least at a younger age. “According to the NIH (National Institute of Health) ‘there is no evidence that intense training and specialization before puberty are necessary to achieve elite status. Risks of early sports specialization include higher rates of injury, increased psychological stress, and quitting sports at a young age.’ “The area that I want to address is that of increased risk of injury. Simply, if an athlete trains very hard and focuses on one sport specifically, they are moving the same way all the time. As such, they are at a much higher risk for tissue breakdown and possible overuse injuries. Being involved in different sports and different activities allows the body to move in different planes and train different muscle groups. This allows for a more wellrounded and healthy individual, and more balance and symmetry for the


body. Over-utilizing certain muscle groups, due to specialization in one sport, may increase the risk and likelihood that the individual or athlete will have a time loss injury. “In my years in the medical field, I have noticed an increase in adulttype injuries in adolescent athletesnamely baseball and softball players. We are seeing more and more elbow and shoulder injuries than ever before in younger athletes, and a lot of it has to do with sports specialization. “Now, I’m not trying to say don’t work in specializing in one area or sport. But if you are going to focus on one, it is best to make sure that you are providing adequate rest times intermittently throughout the year. Also, a well-balanced exercise program on top of what you are doing will help to ensure that you are maintaining balance and prevent the breakdown that can put your body at risk for a harmful or lost time injury. “The NIH also goes on to state, ‘Some degree of sports specialization is necessary to develop elite-level skill development. However, for most sports, such intense training in a single sport to the exclusion of others should be delayed until late adolescence to optimize success while minimizing injury, psychological stress, and burnout.”’ If you are an athlete or parent of an athlete dealing with soreness, pain, or injury and not quite sure what is wrong, contact us for a Free Discovery Session. We’ll assess the problem and give you an idea what’s going on and help you decide what to do next.

very woman will go through menopause. Simply put, menopause is when a woman has not had a period for one year. The time leading up to that is called perimenopause. Dr. Hannah Dewald, with Siouxland OBGYN, gives some tips on getting through the change. “Around your late 40s, you’ll notice periods becoming irregular and may start experiencing hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. Typically, symptoms last 1 to 3 years, but for about 15% they can last 15 years or more. “While hot flashes and night sweats are momentarily uncomfortable, a few lifestyle changes may help you manage them. Dress in layers, don’t eat too much spicy food, and keep your room cool and drink cool drinks. Track what you’re doing and eating when a hot flash triggers and see what you might modify. “If you’re not getting enough relief, supplements like black cohosh might be worth a try. One non-hormonal option that is FDA approved is Paroxetine, an antidepressant. “Vaginal dryness occurs because of hormone deficiency so that won’t go away. Vaginal moisturizers can be used as needed, and with no hormones, they’re safe to use even daily. “The most effective option in relieving all symptoms is hormonal replacement therapy, but it does come with some risks. We’ll walk through those with patients, and help them make the best decisions.”

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BETTER / Body similar damage to nerve cells involved in memory and higher cognition.” People with hearing loss often become isolated. This may also increase the risk for mental decline, Lipton said, because interacting with others is crucial in preventing dementia. The bottom line is, dementia has less to do with chronological age than previously believed. Researchers are focused instead on biological age and the overall health and lifestyle of those patients who exhibit early symptoms of cognitive decline.

Untreated hearing loss may

Lead to dementia with The hearing place


study by the U.S. National Institute on Aging showed a link between hearing loss and dementia. It found that patients 60+ with hearing loss had a 35 percent higher risk of developing dementia. Researchers monitored 600+ patients for signs of dementia over a four-year period. Data showed those with moderate to severe hearing loss developed such signs at a higher rate than others. For every additional loss of 10 decibels of hearing capacity, a patient’s risk for cognitive decline increased 20 percent. More research is needed to find a definitive association. “Hearing loss might result from damage to nerve cells,” Dr. Richard B. Lipton said. “That means damage to the hearing organ and hair cells of the inner ear… that may be a kind of marker for

If you think you may have hearing loss, contact The Hearing Place a Division of Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants at (605) 217-4327 for an appointment with one of our Doctors of Audiology.

Source: Lin FR, et al. Hearing loss and incident dementia. Jama Neurology. 2011; 65(5): 582-590.


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Laughter Laughter is the

best medicine.

Lost in translation After GM introduced its new auto in Latin America they found out that Nova, when translated, means, “It won’t go.”

[Don’t fret the fallout

Even though your hairbrush may look like it’s got all your hair, don’t despair. On average, we shed between 50-150 hairs a day. Plus, aside from bone marrow, hair is comprised of some of the fastest-growing cells in the body.

[Be a hot head

As the weather heats up, so does your hair growth. Hair grows slightly faster in warm weather as heat stimulates circulation.

[Get fat hair

According to WebMD, fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel are packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids. They protect you from disease, but your body also needs them to grow hair and keep it shiny and full.

[Be an iron man (or woman)

Too little iron in your diet can lead to hair loss. Simply chow down on fortified cereal, beef, especially organ meats like liver, have lots. Shellfish and dark leafy greens do too.

[Strong as an ox

Your hair is very strong. An individual strand can support 3 ozs. Therefore, the total 100,000 or more strands together on your head could hold 10 oxen. If that was something that made sense in any way.


In Chinese, KFC’s slogan “Finger Lickin’ Good” translated to, “Eat your fingers off.”

Better perspective Improve your way of thinking

People give and get advice all the time. Here are some maxims that are tried and true. See which ones you need to embrace.

“Got Milk?” in Spanish missed the mark as “Are you lactating?” Coors “Turn it loose” campaign in Spanish: “Suffers from diarrhea.”

In the know

[Almost] worthless facts. The world’s most expensive coffee comes from beans that monkeys have chewed and spit out. The chewing gives the coffee a unique vanilla-like flavor. Cost: $600 a pound. The Green Bay Packers have 86,000 people on their waiting list for season tickets. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older. Want to guess how many snowflakes fall in the U.S. each year? Write a 1 followed by 24 zeros. That’s a septillion. Give or take.

Capture memories

Take vacation photos but make sure you or your friends are in the photos too. In 20 years, you’re not going to care about the ancient ruins, you’re going to care about the people you love standing in front of them.

Love well Love is an action. If you love someone your actions will prove that.

Don’t brag Don’t boast about your abilities. If they are good, people will do the talking for you.

Plan ahead Buy a plunger before you need a plunger.

An almost worthless invention is called a chindogu. Things like shoes with built-in toe umbrellas, chop sticks with a fan to cool your noodles as you eat, or a baby’s jumper fitted with dustmop strands. When baby crawls the floor gets cleaned...kinda.

Prioritize properly

In ice cream, pecans are the most popular nut chunk in the U.S., and strawberries are the most popular fruit chunk.

Look forward

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Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.

Make the most of what you have The grass is greener where you water it. Draw from your past, don’t let your past draw from you.

Avoid regrets Never write down (or type or text) anything you wouldn’t want read in court.

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Body of Knowledge

Jolly Green Giant in Arabic got a little creepy: “Intimidating Green Ogre.”

A university study found that 7 out of 10 people report experiencing an insight or breakthrough while in the shower.

the win


Going for


in sports and life


riends since they were kids, Dustin Cooper and Jeff Carlson loved sports. Growing up, they were always involved in playing, practicing, and striving to become better. As they grew and began to coach, and have kids of their own, they saw a problem impacting many kids. And then, they had an idea.

Back row: Dustin & Gretchen Cooper and Rachel & Jeff Carlson. Front: Jaleque Dunson, Devontรก Cobbs, and Austin Trotter Photos by Troy Kern, Ask2Media

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BETTER / Life our thing, that made the most sense. We talked about making some donations, or providing opportunities for kids in training sessions, or maybe hosting an event. Jeff said, “We wanted to call it something cool and relevant. Thirty seconds later, I thought of We Got Next.” (That’s what kids say so they can be the next to play the game.) Their mission: To provide opportunities to youth through sports.

What camp accomplishes

Getting started

By working with Siouxland teachers and coaches, and connecting with youth at the summer camps, Jeff and Dustin’s We Got Next Foundation (WGN) takes the next step. Dustin says, “The guts of the program is what happens outside of the camps. Guided by recommendations from teachers, coaches, and other community members, our foundation goes to work by providing Siouxland youth with necessary resources based on need. We may provide sports equipment, league/camp fees, performance training, nutrition education and supplementation, or other educational resources...it is all subjective to the need of the individual. Student athletes do not have to be great at sports to be a part of our program. They just need to be committed to working hard in the classroom, in their sport, and have a desire to grow as high character individuals. We want to provide these young people with the tools to succeed in life.” Jeff adds, “Every kid should have someone in their life that has a vested interest in them.”



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What happens after camp

Investing for the long haul

That vested interest is not just on the court or the field either. Jeff and Dustin, along with their wives and families, focus on the big picture. As they’ve walked alongside several students, tight bonds have formed with a few kids-like Devontá and Jaleque. Calls and texts to the players

Photos by Troy Kern, Ask2Media

In the summer of 2016, Jeff and Dustin got things rolling and offered a free basketball camp for kids third grade through high school. With the help of more than 20 former or current We Got Next founders Jeff Carlson and Dustin Cooper. athletic volunteers, some with pretty impressive credentials, they opened the doors of fter playing multiple sports a local high school gym. Not sure how from Kindergarten through many kids would show up, 85 kids came college in Siouxland, Jeff went that day-some with no experience who off into the business world and Dustin came in flip-flops, and others who were into education, teaching and coaching just off the AAU circuit. basketball. Although Dustin moved For 2017’s camp, 130 kids attended, out of state for several years, Jeff and he stayed close, talking on the phone often. and last year, they had to cap it at 225 Growing up in hard-working middle kids because of space restrictions. (They are currently working to create class homes, they understood that a space large enough to host as many things weren’t free. Jeff said, “Our kids as would like to come.) parents personified an unparalleled work ethic and a willingness to sacrifice in order to provide us with avenues to succeed. The pillars of our foundation GREAT LEADERS DON’T are rooted in that spirit.” SET OUT TO BE A LEADER. As they grew up and started families of their own, they saw how THEY SET OUT TO MAKE A those limitations were even more pronounced for other kids. Some DIFFERENCE. IT’S NEVER who had incredible talent and passion ABOUT THE ROLE. IT’S weren’t always able to compete simply because they lacked essentials. ALWAYS ABOUT THE GOAL. Dustin said, “When I moved back -UNKNOWN four years ago, we’d been talking about Jeff & Dustin have embraced this quote for their how great it would be to give back to We Got Next efforts. Siouxland kids-and since sports was

Today, sign ups for the camp typically come from teachers and coaches. And, while the kids learn basketball skills, Dustin says, “What you [the kids] remember are the lessons - the character components and life lessons. At the camp, we give awards and not just for outstanding achievements. We give an award to the kid who had the best attitude and the one who gave the most high-fives.” Jeff nodded, getting choked up he added, “To see the faces of kids when they get an award, and how that elevates them, is everything.”

BETTER / Life asking how things are going happen frequently, and accountability for grades and behavior are discussed. Jeff says, “The kids know it’s not about just being a good athlete, but about being a good person.” Not only are Jeff and Dustin mentoring kids, but partners and volunteers are getting invested as well. Bo Jackson, ESPN’s Greatest Athlete of

“Every kid should have someone in their life that has a vested interest in them.” all-time and friend of WGN, donates burgers for every camper and their families each year. 800+ meals have been grilled and served by volunteers following camps. Matt Holmes, who coaches a travel team, has kids from several area schools, and WGN sponsored them last season. Matt says, “Jeff and Dustin truly care about kids. Basketball is the vehicle, but the goal is to create good human beings. We are using sports to impact kids for life. “For us there is a sense of family between myself, my son, and my players. The kids may be rivals during the school year, but then the travel team unites us together. “As we saw how Austin was excelling as an athlete, we knew he’d benefit from the resources WGN could offer, and we nominated him. It’s so great to see WGN support him, so he can focus on his game, and not on obstacles that may arise.”

Above: Over 200 kids attend We Got Next’s basketball camp 2018. Right: Adam Woodbury, Iowa Hawkeye, Grand Rapids Drive (NBA G-League), speaks to the kids.

choices. We are excited to see them mature and go on to succeed in life.” Dustin’s wife, Gretchen, adds, “It’s so funny how fast this all got going. It’s bigger than they ever thought. Rachel and I are more behind the scenes. When events are happening, we are putting swag bags together, our kids are helping, and we’re running the desk for registrations. The guys do such a good job incorporating everybody. In the summer, nobody cares what school people are fromthey have a great time. “Because of this our kids know kids from everywhere. I’m thankful that our kids can see that we are a family who helps people and gives back.”

What’s next

The goal is to roll out programs for other sports including wrestling, football, and dance (which will start later this year).

Jeff and Dustin say, “We’ve grown exponentially and quickly. The kids are coming faster than the funds. While we have a large volunteer base, funding things is necessary to grow the amount of kids we can serve. There are no employees in the WGN program. 100% goes right back into the community in some fashion. The proof that this program is necessary is shown by our explosive growth!”

A family affair

As you can imagine, all of this effort takes up a lot of time - after work time. Jeff and Dustin sing the praises of their wives and their invaluable contributions of support. Jeff ’s wife, Rachel, says, “It’s just what we do as a family. We go to a lot of the guy’s [Devontá and Jaleque] games. It’s fun to watch them! We take the guys for dinner or to do something fun. It’s been so great to see the impact -not just athletically, but seeing them grow, making good

We Got Next recipients, Austin Trotter (L), Devontá Cobbs (C), and Jaleque Dunson (R) hanging out with their sponsors, coaches, and friends, Dustin and Jeff.

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92 boys and girls teams from 3rd through high school will compete in this ultimate basketball tournament experience! Our partner, THE ARENA, along with other tournament sponsors, help to make this a FREE tournament for all! All concessions and gate proceeds go directly to WGN Foundation and local youth!

JUNE 1st & 2nd

South Sioux City High School Sports Complex


Austin Trotter . Below Just completed 8th grade @ LawtonBronson Age: 14 years Height: 5’ 11” Goals: “Going to college on a scholarship.”

High School Age: 17 years Height: 6’ 3”


Goals: “To eventually do sports coaching or training. Right now, to get as many looks from colleges as possible and get a scholarship.” What have you gotten out of We Got Next? “They show a sense of care. Jeff is always keeping in contact about school and grades. We go out to eat. They are always there for me. Knowing that is kind of comforting.”


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Devontá Cobbs . Above 2019 North High School graduate. Accepted @Council Bluffs Iowa Western. Preferred walk-on for football. Age: 18 years Height: 6’ 2” Goals: “I plan to study engineering in college. I’ll take my athletic career as far as I can.” What have you gotten out of We Got Next? “They help me as a person. Just being around good people makes you a better person.” Photos by Troy Kerns

[JustJaleque Dunson . Above completed junior year at East

What have you gotten out of We Got Next? “They are straight up with you. They’re very serious about character building, being responsible, checking in on grades. It’s a really good program. They’ll do anything for the players.”


How to help

If you’d like to help give youth a level playing field in sports, get involved with one of these great kidfocused efforts below this summer...and beyond.

We Got Next Foundation [How you can be involved This year’s basketball camp will be held Saturday, August 9th. To sign up a student, to make a donation, or help sponsor an event, email wegotnextfoundation@gmail.com. Or go to our website to find out more: wegotnextfoundation.com, or call Jeff 712-899-6593. Damon Dotson playing at We Got Next weekend Party On The Patio 2018. This year’s WGN weekend fundraiser will take place August 9-10, culminating with an annual golf event at Whispering Creek on Saturday, August 10th.

Miracle League [How you can be involved The Miracle League Baseball spring league runs from April 21-June 16 at The Miracle League complex in Riverside Park. Players are from 3-74, and anyone with a physical or mental disability qualifies. Cost $35-scholarships available. Sign up at their website, or pick up a registration form at Sunnybrook Community Church. On September 6-8, 2019, Miracle League will be hosting the 2nd Annual Miracle League All Star celebration!! Over 144 players and their families from across the US and Canada will be in town for this event. Miracle League is so excited to show off their complex and city. If you’d like to help, they are currently in a campaign to raise $300,000 to host the All Star event and add another playground to their complex. To make a donation or to find out more, go to their website @ www.miracleleagueofsiouxcity.

The First Tee [How you can be involved The First Tee summer classes run June 3rd-Aug 5th. Kids 7-18 may register. Cost $85-scholarships available. Sign up at their website or pick up a registration form at Sun Valley, Floyd Golf, Deer Run, or Green Valley golf course. First Tee’s mission is to impact the lives of young people through programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. To volunteer, make a donation, or to find out more, contact Treyla Lee at 712-898-2910, email: sygagolf@outlook.com, or go to www.thefirstteesiouxland.org

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Brain benders


Riddle me this

Coded message

Figure out the code below, and fill in the right letters to reveal a quote by Kellen Keller. __ __ __ __

11 5 5 16

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__ __ __ __ 6 1 3

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1 14 4

20 8 5

Can you answer each of these riddles?

25 15 21 18

25 15 21 19 8 1

__ __ __ __ 23 9 12 12


__ __ 20 15

__ __ __ __ __ 14 5 22 5 18

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19 5 5

4 15 23 19

Changing season

These beach scenes may look the same, but there are seven subtle differences. Can you find them all?

1. I am heard before

I am seen. Startled and I am alive. I rumble like thunder, yet I pour like rain. I am felt before I arrive; stand with me and you won’t survive. What am I?

2. Spelled forward I’m something you do

everyday. Spelled backward it’s something to avoid. What am I?

3. What do you call two math friends? 4. How do fish communicate? 5. I am an odd number. Take away one letter and I become even. What number am I? 6. What belongs to you but other people use it more than you?

Name dropping

Finish the problem

Place each of the math symbols below into the appropriate boxes in the equation so that the math problem comes out correctly. ANSWERS

16 11 4 42

10 6 = 5

Riddle me this: 1) Stampede. 2) Live. 3) Algebros! 4) A shell-phone. 5) Seven (take away the “s’”and it becomes “even”). 6) Your name. Name dropping: Jed. Finish the problem: 16 - 11 = 5, 5 x 4 = 20, 20 + 10 = 30, 30 / 6 = 5. Coded message: Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows. Changing season: Extra spot on orange umbrella, hat band color, flip flops color, man’s hair color, beach ball colors, extra brown starfish, and edge of table color.

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Farm scene by Teguh Mujiono, Beach scene by MSSA/Shutterstock.com

Q: My name is Jed. On my farm there are five dogs. Their names are Snowy, Flash, Speedy, and Brownie. What do you think the fifth dog’s name is?

Quick tips


Insight from those in the know

Merrily we roll along

Your carpet rules

“Proper rolling (or cuffing) makes most any pair of skinny or straight legged jean work with any height or any style of shoe.” That’s the word from Kristi Pittman, owner of A La Mode boutique. “Ankle length is in this spring and summer, so don’t panic if your skinny jeans are a tad short. But when it comes to boot leg, flare, or wide leg jeans, please don’t roll them. They are meant to be worn as is.”

Darrick Schubert, owner of Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning (a Siouxland’s Choice Winner), says, “You probably know that your carpet has a warranty - maybe 10, 15, or even 20 years. Maybe you didn’t know that there are certain rules you’ll need to follow or you can void that guarantee. One requirement is that you have your carpets professionally cleaned at least every 12 to 18 months. Check your warranty to make sure. (Renting a self-cleaning system probably doesn’t qualify.) Keep your receipts to prove your case should you need to make good on that warranty.”

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A La Mode Lakeport Commons 5001 Sergeant. Rd #390 712-274-5977 Open Mon-Fri 10– 7, Sat 10-6.

605-232-6230 or 712-899-4289 www.heavensbest.com e: schubertdarrick@gmail.com

Breathe natural

Be memorable

“It’s been years since I used perfume, artificially scented candles, dryer sheets, or chemical air fresheners. Lindsey Deurloo, Health Educator with dōTERRA Essential Oils, has a natural alternative. “With the aromatic oils from plants, you can have natural personal fragrance, room fresheners, and dryer sheets. Not only does this remove chemicals from your life, it adds positive and restorative benefits.”

When a big day is coming for someone, do you opt for something common or something unique? Jennifer Rassel, owner of Little Red Embroidery, asks, “Don’t you want to give a gift your recipient will treasure and remember long after the special occasion? Consider a personalized embroidered gift. Customized stuffed animals, blankets, towels, and other gifts will continue to spark memories long after their special day!”

To get dōTERRA Essential Oils, or to find out more, contact Lindsey Deurloo at 712-251-0913 ldeurloo76@gmail.com

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Summer Camp

Where everything changes

Castaway Club . YFC Camp High School Camp Castaway Club is a premier Midwest camp property located in the heart of Minnesota lake country. YFC Camp is excited to be partnering with them for 2019! Dates: June 6-11 Ages: Age 14 to 19 years old Activities: Banana boat, indoor gym, climbing wall, disc golf, game room, outdoor sport courts, sports field, tubing, water skiing & wakeboarding, water zip line, lake swimming, and coffee shop. Scholarships: 90% of high school kids who attend camp receive a scholarship at $500 each. 44

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Sunstream . YFC Camp Middle School Camp Located conveniently just one hour northwest of Des Moines, Sunstream offers more than enough activity for your middle school students including flying through the air on five amazing zip lines, a black light dodge ball gym, a brand new low ropes course, or going head over heels in the novel Zorb Ball. Dates: July 27-31 Ages: Graduated from elementary school (min 11) to 14 years old. Scholarships: 100% of middle school kids who attend camp receive a scholarship at $400 each. For more information on sending a kid to camp or to sponsor kids, contact: Youth For Christ www.siouxlandyfc.org 1807 Nebraska St., Sioux City 712-255-9599 or 1055 3rd Avenue SE, Le Mars, IA 712-546-8883

Campfire kids by Collin Quinn Lomax and young kids by MANDY GODBEHEAR/Shutterstock.com

If you’ve ever gone to camp when you were a kid, or as a teenager, you know those are memories that will last a lifetime. Sometimes, God enters space at camp and changes your life forever. At YFC Camp, it is our desire to create an environment that invites God to transform the lives of young people through shared experiences, outdoor challenges, and times of solitude that draw students to the heart of God within the context of authentic relationships and memorable learning experiences. If you have or know of an unchurched middle or high school student that desires or needs an experience like this, contact YFC.

It’s summer fun time!


VBS and church events are coming!

Many churches will be having Vacation Bible School and other kid-focused events this summer and it’s a great opportunity to get kids involved in something active and stimulating. Check for schedules and details of churches near you and the ones below. Most churches would welcome some help so don’t forget that you can get involved too.

Cook Park/West Side

Heartland Community Baptist Church Block Party for kids at Cook Park May 18th, 11 am - 2 pm. Come for free food, games, and fun!

Champion’s Challenge (VBS) Offering camps in Arts/Crafts, Cheer/Dance, Drama, and Sports Dates: July 22-26 Time: 6 pm - 8:30 pm Location: Heartland Community Church 2201 W 19th St, Sioux City Ages: Completed K-5th Grade Cost: FREE Registration: beginning online late May @ hcbchurch.org

West Side Radiant Life Church

First Evangelical Free

“The Incredible Race” VBS Dates: June 24-28 Time: 9:00 am - Noon Location: 401 9th Street, Sioux City Ages: 3 years-completed 5th Grade Cost: FREE Registration: beginning May 1st, online @ www.firstevangelicalfreechurch.org or phone (712) 255-7239

Morningside Morningside Assembly of God

Mega Sports Camp Kids do a different sports theme each day, highlight on different sports heroes, Bible teaching, half-time snacks, and prizes! Dates: August 5-8th Time: 6 pm - 8 pm Location: 4310 Old Lakeport Rd, Sioux City Ages: Completed K-5th Grade Cost: FREE Registration: beginning mid-July The website to register will be @ www.morningsideag.INFO or email Csilvis@morningsideAG.org

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Annual Community Carnival August 10th, 11 am - 2 pm. All ages invited! Free food music, games, and prizes! Location: 2410 W. 1st, Sioux City Cost: FREE


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Healthy Relationships 101 BY melanie olsen

The Agape café


f you’ve never been in an abusive relationship, it’s easy to think you’d never put up with that, much less go back once you left. As a domestic violence survivor herself, Robyn Lieber, Healthy Relationships Coordinator with Her Health Women’s Center, knows why a woman goes back. Robyn shares, “She misses the familiar feeling of home, family, and togetherness. She worries what other people think. She feels guilt for taking the children away from their father. “She goes back because she really does love him. She thinks it will be different this time. If she just tries harder, or loses weight, or cleans the house better, he’ll love her and not hurt her.” After leaving several times, Robyn sought professional help and realized her true value and worth. She gained confidence in making life-changing decisions, instead of just “getting by,” and improved life for her and her kids. So how can we help? Robyn advises, “Women need a positive support system to help them stay strong and steady in their decision to escape domestic abuse. Surround yourself with people who validate your feelings and reaffirm your decisions, who encourage you as you gain confidence and work to live your best life.”

5732 Sunnybrook Drive, Sioux City, IA www.herhealthwomenscenter.org Call: 712-224-2000 or Text: 712-522-2920 Call Robyn @ 276-0237 to have Healthy Relationships teaching for your group.


What’s going on at


he word “agape” describes a selfless love, committed to the well-being of others. The highest love of all, agape is God’s love for us. The Gospel Mission’s newlynamed Agape Café is doing just that showing Christ’s sacrificial love for all. Paying attention to the little things, the Agape Café serves with the dignity of their residents and guests in mind. Providing over 250 meals a day between breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there is never a cost to anyone. Making a variety of meals including fish, pork, chicken, Mexican, Italian, barbecue – and occasionally steak – the café shows compassion and caring through food. Paying attention to how food is plated and presented adds another layer of love. With the recent addition of trays, there’s no more juggling of plates with salad, desserts, meat dish, potatoes, and veggies. Each dining table has salt and pepper, napkins, fresh water, and decorations for an uplifting atmosphere. Napkin holders have scripture verses telling about the love of Christ. Guests are invited, and encouraged, to take one of the Bibles that are on every table. Recently, an early-morning community has begun developing. Previously, people waited outside

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until the Food Pantry opened at 9:30AM. At first, the Gospel Mission opened a door so people could wait inside a small vestibule. Soon after, the cafeteria area was opened up for waiting. Now each morning, earlier and earlier, more friends are gathering in the Agape Café, sharing life together. At the Agape Café, hearts are on fire with the mission to show others they are loved. As Jesus commanded in John 13:34, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” For those of you who need a good meal, come and have a seat. If you’re interested in helping to serve the residents and guests, contact the Gospel Mission to see how you can show agape love in a special way. Better yet, stop by for a meal and a tour, and see first hand what’s going on at Agape Café.

The Gospel Mission (& Agape Café) 500 Bluff St., Sioux City, IA 712-255-1769 www.thegospelmission.org E: mission@thegospelmission.org

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Why does she go back?


How to rewrite your story

for a fearless ending

with Shari black mary kay director

with shari black, mary kay


any people think about having a dream job. One that not only is financially beneficial but leaves you feeling fulfilled. For some reason, all too many of us leave those dreams in our heads. Shari Black went after those dreams a few years ago, and now they are her reality. What she’s learned may be able to fuel your dreams.

Embrace fearlessness

“I went to college and earned a master’s degree and enjoyed a career as a nurse practitioner. As the years went on, I became restless. When my husband died 11 years ago, I realized how short life is and that we shouldn’t waste time. “As I watched my nieces engaging in barrel racing and even wrestling, I realized that they were fearless. I wondered, When do we lose that? I was determined to get mine back. “Losing my husband increased my faith and gave me a new perspective of what was really important. I realized we are not in control of anything, and we can only choose how we react to what happens. I believe God has a plan, and I just needed to listen to the Holy Spirit. I started listening. That

Above: Shari with some of her reps she mentors to be fearless. Left, Shari’s niece barrel racing.

made me fearless. “I didn’t want to waste time doing things, or being in situations, that didn’t bring me joy. “I had always used Mary Kay, and suddenly, the option of doing this as a job was in front of me. My first thought was that I was too educated to do that. It would be a waste of my degree. In 2013, I started doing it as a side business. The first three months my understanding grew. I discovered that this wasn’t about selling products, it’s about creating relationships and getting to know people. It was much like my nursing career and what I was good at. It was about listening and helping people to live their best life.” With that revelation, everything changed for Shari. “I moved up to directorship in 2014 and earned my first car.” In 2016, Shari flipped her jobs around. Nursing became her part-time job, so she could focus on her Mary Kay business more. Soon, Shari felt God telling her to take a leap of faith and just do Mary Kay full time. “It took me until last year to do that. If I knew this could be my job, I would have done it years ago. Before, I made a good income, but someone else was determining my value. As my own boss, I determine my value, and I make more than I

ever have. Even when I was working part-time, I sometimes had to miss family functions because of work, and I got tired of that. Family is very important to me. Spending time with them regularly is high on my priority list. Being my own boss gives me the flexibility to design my own schedule, and I can work my business anywhere in the country. I love that!” Today, Shari continues to build her Mary Kay business and works with other women who want to start their own journey toward fearlessness. Shari Black, Mary Kay Director, whose primary focus is on finding and building up leaders.

If you are interested in hearing more about creating your ideal lifestyle so you can become fearless, contact Shari. www.marykay.com/sblack10011 Email: shariblack31@gmail.com 330-310-4569

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A simple chair that may change your life


ull up a chair. Have a seat.” When someone says that to you, some sort of story is going to be told. Maybe a story about job performance, a discussion about your family, relationship, or stories about life to help us catch up with one another. Important things. What I am about to tell you could change your life. Maybe even save your life. Back in the 80’s, my favorite group was Aerosmith. Interestingly, my son’s favorite group was Aerosmith too. He was way more into them then I ever was. I bought an album-once. My son has been to umpteen concerts, bought CDs, t-shirts, joined their fan club, worked security at a concert when they came to Sioux City, and even has a tattoo of their logo across his back! Guess what? Steven Tyler, the lead singer, does not know my son. Oh, you’re not shocked? Then let’s put another relationship in perspective. When I was young, I grew up going to church every Sunday. My mom and my grandma were into everythingteaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, leading women’s groups, organizing bake sales and children’s programs. As I got older, I followed suit. In fact, I did even more religious goodies. Heck, once I was even the president of the women’s council and head of the children’s department at the same time. Guess what? If Jesus had

walked in the room at that moment I would have felt the need to introduce myself. See, the problem is that many of us go to church and call ourselves a Christian for all the wrong reasons. We do it because that’s what we’ve always known. We do it out of routine. We do it to be noticed-so people will think we’re a good person. We might do it to have more business connections or because we like some of the people that go there. The bad news is that none of that gets us to the thing we all want. What is it that we want? The truth is that we do pretty much everything we do to try not to feel empty. We want to feel fulfilled, connected, like we matter. We want to feel whole. But the things we do only make us feel good momentarily. Then we have to recreate that experience or try something else. Nothing really gets us whole. So how do we fix that? Pull up a chair. Except this time the chair isn’t for you. The chair is for Jesus. It’s time to meet Jesus. It’s time to really know God, and to let Him know you. A pastor tells the true story of an elderly man who was dying. The man asked for the pastor to come and pray for him. As the pastor finished praying, the old man said, “I wish I knew how to pray like that. It’s like you really know Jesus. I’ve never had that.” The pastor told the man

about the chair, “This is something that has always worked for me. I pull up a chair next to me and ask Jesus to sit with me. Then I just talk to Him like I am talking to my best friend. I tell him everything. I listen to him.” Within a couple of weeks, the old man died and his daughter called for the pastor to perform the service. He asked if there were any interesting things to share or any words he had spoken in his last moments that could be shared. She said, “I don’t know if it’s worth sharing, but dad had this chair next to his bed the last couple of weeks, and he wouldn’t let us move it. When we found that he had passed, his head was laying on the chair.” John 17:3 says, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” Just like that pastor, and that old man, I can tell you that when I began to sit down with Jesus to get to know him, my life profoundly and permanently changed. My only regret was that someone didn’t tell me that this was the answer to finding wholeness in life sooner. Is it time for you to pull up a chair? Grab a seat and get to know God. It will change everything...for always.

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in season

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Fruit is




hen fruit is in season, it takes the cake - and maybe the pudding and the ice cream. Grab what’s in abundance, and enjoy nature’s sweetest treats. We have a few suggestions to make some fancy desserts and an easy cheat for each because we know the struggle is real. Enjoy! www.beingbettermagazine.com / May/June 2019



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in season into the prepared baking dish, and bake just until set, about 12 min. Remove from oven. Drop cherries evenly on top, and sprinkle with 1/3 cup sugar. Gently ladle the rest of the custard over the cherries so they stay put. Bake until puffed and browned, about 45 min. Serve warm. Easy cheat: This is already pretty easy, but there are instant custard mixes, or simply add cherries to your favorite cooked or instant pudding.

Peach melba Filling: 6 apricots chopped (2 c) . 1/3 c sugar 1 T cornstarch . 1 T lemon juice . 1/4 t salt Cake & crumble: 3/4 c butter . 1 c flour . 1/2 c sugar 2 t vanilla . 1/4 t salt . 1/2 t cinnamon . 2 T milk Wash apricots, score a cross on the skin, and blanch them in hot water for three minutes. Then drop them in cold water, so the skin peels off easily. Remove skin and chop. Preheat oven to 3750F. Cut butter into pieces, and add to a food processor with flour, sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Pulse a few times until crumbly. Pour a little less than half into a bowl to save for the topping. To the rest, add the 2 T of milk and pulse a few more times. Grease and flour an 8� round or square cake pan. Pour the mixture into the pan, and press firmly and evenly into the bottom. Bake 10 min until edges are slightly golden. While it cools, combine filling (sugar, lemon, vanilla, salt, and cornstarch). Add apricots and mix well. Pour over the base and spread evenly. Top with remaining crumble mixture. Bake for about 30 minutes until topping is starting to brown. Easy cheat: Use canned apricots (drain and chop) or frozen (thaw and chop).

Cherry clafouti

1/2 c flour . 2/3 c sugar (divided) . 11/4 c milk 3 eggs . 1 T vanilla . 1/4 t salt . pint of cherries, pitted Preheat oven to 3500F. Rub some butter on the inside of a 4 qt baking dish (or 6 individual ramikins). Combine flour, 1/3 cup sugar, salt, and milk in mixing bowl. Whisk to blend. Whisk in eggs and vanilla. Ladle about half of the custard


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Poached peaches: 2 c sugar . 2 c water . 2 T lemon juice 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise . 3 peaches, halved and pitted Vanilla ice cream . Sliced almonds Optional: Serve with a round cut from prepared white cake.

Combine raspberry sauce ingredients in a saucepan, and bring to a simmer over med-high heat and cook 2-3 min. until sugar dissolves and berries collapse. Strain into a bowl. When cool, refrigerate. To poach peaches, combine sugar, water, lemon juice, and split vanilla bean in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over med. heat. Place peach halves into syrup and simmer until tender, about 5 min. per side. Pour peaches and liquid into a bowl. When cool, cover, and refrigerate until chilled (4 hours or overnight). To serve, remove peach skins and slice peaches. Continued at right >>>

Apricot crumble image by padu_foto, cherry image by from my point of view, and peach image by Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Apricot cake crumble

Raspberry sauce: 3 c fresh or frozen raspberries . 1/3 c sugar 1 T lemon juice . 1 T water

Ripening. It’s in the bag



ruit is in season, but at the store we get some that aren’t ready to eat. No one wants to bite into a hard peach or pear. This trick has been around forever, but let’s review for those who may be out of the loop.


Q. What are some good sources of non-animal protein? A. Nuts & Peanuts are a good protein option. Peanuts, for example, are protein-rich, contain healthy fats, and may improve heart health. They contain around 20.5 g of protein per 1/2 cup.

Fruit by Andrii Ridnyi, avocados By Binh Thanh Bui, peantus by kram9, potatoes by Africa Studio, salad by Irina Rostokina/Shutterstock.com

Make a home for your unripe fruit in a brown paper bag, close it up, and in a couple of days you’ll be in business. Why does this work? As the fruit ripens, a hormone known as ethylene is produced and emitted as a gas. The bag traps the ethylene around the fruit while still allowing air to reach it. Plastic bags don’t work the same way because plastic traps too much moisture.

What about avocados? Avocados do not ripen on the tree; they ripen or “soften” after they have been harvested. The paper bag method works the same to speed up the avocado ripening process. To boost the ripening speed, try putting them in a paper bag with another fruit that gives off the gas (like an apple or banana) and in a couple of days they’ll be guac ready. Don’t have another fruit to put in with them? Fill the bottom of the bag with a couple of inches of flour. Strange but life hackers say it works.

A. Potatoes A large baked potato offers 8 g of protein per serving. Potatoes are also high in other nutrients, such as potassium and vitamin C.

Peach melba continued >>> Present with a scoop of ice cream, peach slices, raspberry sauce, and sliced almonds. Easy cheat: Serve sliced peaches (fresh or canned) with ice cream and top with raspberry jam.

Victoria berry sponge cake pg 49 Cake: 1¼ c flour . 1½ t baking powder . ¼ t salt ¼ c butter . ½ c whole milk . 3 lg eggs, room temp. 1 c sugar . 1 t pure vanilla extract Whipped Cream: 1½ c heavy cream . 1/2 c cream cheese ¼ c powdered sugar . 1 t pure vanilla extract Berries: 1 pt strawberries and 2 c other berries.

Preheat oven to 3500F. Grease two 8” pans and line bottoms with parchment paper. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a small saucepan, combine butter and milk. Over medium heat, warm just until butter is melted. Do not boil. In a glass bowl, beat eggs on high speed until starting to foam (about 1 min). Gradually add sugar, and beat until tripled in volume (about 5 min). Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to med-low, and add warm milk mixture in a slow, steady stream. Stir in flour mixture 1/3 at a time using a rubber spatula, just until combined. Pour batter into cake pans. Bake 20-25 min, until the center springs back when lightly touched. Cool on a wire rack for 15 min. Run a knife around the edges and remove cake. Let cool completely. Whipped cream: In a bowl, beat cream with cheese, sugar, and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Assemble the cake: Layer one cake, whipped cream, and sliced strawberries. Top with remaining cake, cream, and berry mixture. Easy cheat: Make a yellow cake mix, top with canned whip cream, and top with berries.

A. Lentils & chickpeas. Red or green lentils contain plenty of protein (8.84 g in 1/2 cup), fiber, and key nutrients, including iron and potassium. Cooked chickpeas (this is what becomes hummus) are also high in protein (7.25 g per 1/2 cup.)

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Ice cream bar

Make it easy. Designate someone to be your ice cream scooper. Letting guests scoop their own can get messy, and if you’ve got kids in the mix, it could get a little unsanitary. The other




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Recreating these ice-cream inspired invites and games are easy with your computer or markers and colored paper.

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Right: For the Ice Cream Cone Catch game, let party hats double as a cone. Blow up balloons just big enough to sit on the cone, then tie. Let kids glue on a pom-pom cherry and confetti sprinkles. Using the cone, see who can toss and catch their ice cream.

Food photos by Mark Karrer


et’s be honest. People love, love, love, love candy. It’s no wonder having a huge spread of candy at weddings, baby showers, and birthday parties has been so popular. Until now. That popular candy “bar” has gotten an upgrade. The big trend now is to do an ice cream bar with a selection of toppings. Palmer Candy & Palmer Specialty Foods has just about everything you need to create one cool spread. Here are some tips.


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BETTER / Food option is to pre-scoop the ice cream. Fill a muffin tin with festive paper liners and fill with a scoop and freeze until ready to serve. Present well. Choose similar containers and have fun with your display, but make sure it’s functional. It doesn’t hurt to put individual spoons into each container for easy access. Focus. To keep things a little more manageable, choose a focus. You can do a banana split bar with just a few toppings or maybe a Twin Bing theme focused on cherries, nuts, and chocolate. Have fun. For a baby shower or birthday party, run with your ice cream theme. Create ice cream invitations, play pin the cherry on the cone and ice cream cone catch, and let guests create their own ice cream cone or bowl at the ice cream bar. Left: Give your spread some height using various sized containers and interesting platforms. Clear vessels let the treats shine. Don’t forget the nuts, sprinkles, and extras like giant dipped marshmallows (all available at Palmer) for a well-rounded bar.

Above: Use pint-size canning jars for a clear view of goodies. Don’t forget the toppings. Palmer’s most popular picks are their Raspberry Sauce, Pecan Praline, Hot Fudge, and Sea Salt Caramel (that Katie says is THE best!). Left: To create a Twin Bing inspired spread, choose a vanilla or cherry (or combo) ice cream. Offer up peanuts, chopped up Twin Bings, and of course, bing cherries. Palmer carries jars of dark, rich-flavored, Bada Bing Cherries. Enjoy!

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In the 1980 movie “Atlantic City,” actress Susan Sarandon stroked lemons on her arms and neck to remove the smell of seafood after her shift as an oyster-bar waitress.


When life gives you lemons … smile. Lemons are high in vitamin C, folate, and potassium. According to research, lemons, in addition to their own nutritional properties, help unleash benefits from other foods when combined with them. Benefits that you might not otherwise absorb.

Lemon facts • Lemon trees can produce up to 600 lbs of lemons every year. • Lemons are technically berries. • California and Arizona produce 95% of the lemon crop. • An average lemon holds 3 tablespoons of juice and 8 seeds. • The heaviest lemon weighed 11 lbs. 9 oz. (2003).

Lemon Chicken Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to an even thickness 4 cloves garlic, peeled & minced 3 T melted butter 2 T freshlysqueezed lemon juice 1 t fresh thyme leaves 1 t Kosher salt 1/2 t black pepper 1 lemon sliced


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Because of its high acidic nature, lemon juice can be used for cleaning. Lemon halves dipped in salt or baking powder can be used to shine copper, clean grill grates, and clean kitchenware.

Lemon aid Because lemons are high in vitamin C, they can prevent the disease scurvy which was common among sailors stuck on ships for many months. It is a terrible disease, but it’s completely preventable with proper nutrition. People can still get scurvy today, so squeeze some lemon in your water, or make some lemonade and drink up.

Directions: Preheat oven to 4500F. In a large baking dish, whisk together the garlic, melted butter, lemon juice, and thyme. Layer the chicken breasts on top, and brush the butter mixture all over the chicken breasts. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place lemon slices in the pan. Bake five min., then remove from oven and baste again. Do this three more times (baking for 20 min. total, or until chicken is cooked and no longer pink with an internal temp of 1700). Remove from oven, baste again, cover loosely with foil, and let rest 10 min.

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