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10 uses for autumn leaves

It’s hard to believe Chicz magazine is already celebrating one year of bringing fun, fresh and fab stories to our readers. Our sixth issue brings us back to my favorite season of the year – autumn.

I love the changing leaves and drier air, the fall fruits and vegetables, and returning to a more scheduled routine that back-to-school brings. Harvest season, be it from the farmers’ fields or your backyard garden, also brings with it a sense of accomplishment and gratitude. This month, we’ll tell you how to make that harvest last (Page 6), share several great apple recipes (Page 12), and provide you with some jack-o’-lantern carving tips (Page 10). We can also help you get organized for back-toschool (Page 4), plan for those school-year sleepovers (Page 22) and tell you what colors are in for fall fashion (Page 17).


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Cubbies & Bins Limit back-to-school chaos Now that school is under way, parents are finding their homes filled with books, backpacks, shoes, dirty uniforms and lunch boxes, and an overabundance of paper. Don’t spend another school year frazzled and unorganized. Develop a system of organization that works for all family members and ensure a less stressful arrival and departure each day.

The entry The entry your family uses daily is the most important area to keep organized. For kids of all ages, the easier you make things for them, the more apt they are to stay organized. Closets usually aren’t easy enough. Hooks, bins and shoe racks are a better option. Designate a hook, bin and/or drawer for each child so they always know where to go to find a coat, mittens or shoes. Keep backpacks here also. When each child finishes their homework in the evening, the backpack should be packed and hung on a hook for a quick grab and go in the morning.

By Tara Bitzan

The kitchen This is the site of hurried breakfasts, lunch-packing, afterschool snacks and friend gatherings. If you pack lunches, designate an area in your fridge and pantry for lunch items. Make these off limits for anything but packed lunches – that way you’ll have the items you need during the morning rush. Designate a cupboard or section of your fridge for after-school snacks also. Keep an ongoing grocery list on the fridge and train everyone to write down whatever they use up.

Bathroom This is the area where most of those precious morning minutes are spent. Make the routine quicker by organizing and labeling toiletries. Have bins for hair products, makeup, shower supplies. Towel and robe hooks are quick and handy. Again, have a list where everyone can write down what they use up.

Homework area It’s important to have an area free of clutter and distractions for homework. Keep electronics out of the area unless needed for homework. If it’s shared space, allocate or drawer or bin for each family member’s items so they are easily accessible.

Family space Designate one room of your home as a comfortable “winddown” space to watch TV, read a book of just hang out together without the stress of clutter. No one can relax with junk scattered about. Make it clear that this room isn’t a dumping ground and all should strive to keep it organized.

Information station This can be located in the most convenient place for your family, although having it near the entry is a good idea. The ideal station would include a bulletin board, family calendar, file bin and chalkboard or white board. When papers come home, immediately transfer dates to the calendar and hang items that will be looked at frequently, such as school lunch menus, on the bulletin board. Fill out permission slips and forms that need to be returned and put them back in the backpack, or have a top file bin designated for outgoing items. Other bins can be designated for items that need to be filed or for information that may be needed later. R001924394

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get organized with everyday items By Kendall Brickweg


ometimes all it takes is a simple little something to tidy up an area or to solve a pesky problem. Here are three simple and very inexpensive ways to fix some common household problems. S Hook: Take an “S” hook and hang it on the bar in your closet. Use it to simply hang any extra closet clutter that has a handle or a hole. In a utility closet, use it to get brooms, reusable bags, yard sticks and other miscellaneous items off the floor of your closet. In a clothes closet, use it to hang purses or scarves.

Bread Bag Tab: Collect your bread bag tabs and clasp them onto your many cords and cables. Label them accordingly. This will help cut down on cord confusion when switching plugs, rearranging cords, etc. Binder Clip: Sick of an phone charger that slips behind you dresser or nightstand? Clasp a large binder clip onto the edge of the dresser where you charge, leave the arms of the binder clip bent back and slide the top of your charger through both of the arms, then turn the top of your charger so it doesn’t slide back down. Then it stays right where you need it.

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Make your

plentiful harvest last HOW TO


By Lori Mork


hat do you do when you find yourself with more produce than you can eat before the weather changes? Here are a few tips: DRY: The last of the summer squash and the first of the pumpkins can be hollowed out and dried for fall tablescapes or pots for small plants. Another fun idea for a pumpkin is to hollow it out, then place a glass bowl inside and use to serve soup or other food. JAMS AND PRESERVES: Fall fruits are ideal as sweet or savory-sweet spreads. They can be frozen or canned for use year-round. Tomatoes with garlic and basil can be cooked down into pasta sauce.

BAKE: Fruits of the fall – apples, pears and dates – can make wonderful additions to cakes and cookies. Homemade apple sauce can also be used in baking. PICKLE: You can pickle just about anything – cucumbers, peppers, onions, carrots and green beans – all make for wonderful accompaniments to a meal. DEHYDRATE: Use that food dehydrator that’s been hiding in your cupboard to dry apples, grapes and other fruits. They make healthy snacks or are great with granola. FREEZE: Jams and jellies can be frozen, and freezing works well for cooked squash or corn fresh off the cob. You can also freeze tomatoes to use in sauces. INFUSE: If you grow garlic, rosemary, mint, onions or hot peppers, let them steep in vinegar, olive oil or vodka to make your own flavored liquids.

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From the University of Minnesota Extension Service When harvesting vegetables, be careful not to break, nick or bruise them. The less that they are handled, the longer they will last in storage. Don’t select vegetables that are overripe or damaged. They cannot be stored for long and could spread disease to other stored vegetables. Different produce need different storage conditions. Temperature and humidity are the two main factors to consider and there are three main combinations for long-term storage – cool and dry (50-60 degrees F and 60 percent relative humidity); cold and dry (32-40 degrees F and 65 percent relative humidity); and cold and moist (32-40 degrees F and 95 percent humidity). If storing vegetables in basements, provide ventilation. Harvested vegetables require oxygen to maintain high quality. Also, protect them from rodents. Here are some suggested storage conditions: BEETS: Harvest when 1-1/4 to 3 inches in diameter. Store in cold and moist conditions without tops. Should keep approximately five months. CABBAGE: Harvest when heads are compact and firm. Store in cold and moist conditions for approximately five months. ONIONS: Harvest when necks are tight and scales are dry. Cure at room temperature two to four weeks before storage; do not freeze. Store in cold and dry conditions for approximately four months. PARSNIPS: Harvest when roots reach desired size, possibly after light frost. Do not wax or allow roots to freeze. These sweeten after two weeks of storage at 32 degrees F. Store in cold and moist conditions for four months. POTATOES: Harvest when vines die back. Cure at 50 to 60 degrees F for 14 days before storage. Potatoes will sweeten below 38 degrees F. Store in cold and moist conditions for six months. Keep away from light. PUMPKINS: Harvest when shells harden before frost. Pumpkins are sensitive to temperatures below 45 degrees F. Store in cool, dry conditions for two months. RUTABAGAS: Harvest when roots reach desired size. Do not wax. Store in cold and moist conditions for four months. WINTER SQUASH: Harvest when shells harden before frost. Store in cool, dry conditions for two to six months, depending on variety.

STORAGE TIPS The first step to storing apples is making sure they don’t have bruises or cuts. Separate by sizes. Larger ones should be eaten first, because large apples don’t store as well. Once they’re sorted, they can be stored in a basket or box, between 30 and 32 degrees. Check potatoes for bruises or sprouts. Don’t wash them until ready to use. They can be stored in a cardboard box, mesh or paper bag, at 40 to 50 degrees. Carrots are best stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Winter squash and pumpkins will keep up to two months in a cool dry space. When harvesting pumpkins, leave about two inches of stem and they will last longer.


To store onions, make sure the outside skin is papery. Drop an onion into the leg of a pair of pantyhose, and tie a knot above the onion. Drop in the next onion and tie another knot, until you have a string of onions that you can hang in a cool, dry spot. When you need an onion, you just slit the pantyhose and pull one out.

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into your gardens By Amy Chaffins

Bee Balm

Tiger Eye bush Barberry bush

Ornamental grasses Asiatic Lily

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You have permission to cut into your gardens! Take that hard work and put it on display on your desk, table or anywhere you can enjoy it. The idea of taking scissors to your blooming lilies can be stressful, but go ahead! Do it. Pick daisies, pluck bee balm and snip coneflowers and arrange them all for display. Find a unique vessel, fill it with water and start plunking in all-things-floral. Glass containers work best to balance what you put into them – like Ball jars, vintage pitchers, pickle jars (with or without the label), old coffee mugs, fish bowls, homemade pottery, etc. Once you tuck the flowers into a jar or vase, expand into other areas of your yard. Cut stems of ornamental grasses or shrubbery and tuck them into your arrangement. The Tiger Eye bush features tropical-like, serrated-looking leafs. In mid-summer they sprout a poofy cluster of tiny white flowers. They’re so soft they beg to be touched. A branch of Tiger Eye bush is a good choice for filling in around other blooming beauties in your arrangement. Barberry bushes are common landscape features in the Midwest. Their striking, deep red leaves are highlighted with a dusting of olive green around the edges. Be careful when cutting – there are spiky little teeth that will poke you! Tuck a branch in the center of your arrangement for height and texture.

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Wine cork



By Jamie Kakach I came across this craft while I was looking for something fun to do with all my extra wine corks.

Glue the corks onto the glass, making sure to keep the corks as tightly together as possibly. Let dry overnight, and enjoy!

Remove the glass portion from your picture frame. This is what you will glue your wine corks to.


SUPPLIES: Cutting board Serrated knife Sandpaper 12 to 14 wine corks 2 - 3x5 picture frames (you will only use the glass from the frames) Glue (I used hot glue)

Directions: First, carefully cut the wine corks in half lengthwise. I used a regular serrated knife, and it took little to no effort to cut through the cork. Cut slow and make sure you have a good grip on the cork so it doesn’t slip.

Next, use sandpaper to smooth out the cork pieces so they lay flat against the glass. Once all the corks are cut and smoothed, make the pattern you would like for your coaster.

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art of carving


Jack-o’-Lantern By Jessica Sly

Jack-o’-Lanterns are one of the main staples of October. They line sidewalks, complement the fall leaves, flicker from windows and greet Trick-or-Treaters. Here are some tips and tricks to help you create your own!

PICKING A PUMPKIN: Find one that is fairly uniform all the way around. The shape is up to your preference, but the flatter the surface, the easier it will be to carve. Avoid pumpkins with moldy stems or bruises. Pumpkins with a lighter color have a softer skin, making them easier to carve. However, they are more prone to shriveling. GETTING STARTED: Don’t begin carving your pumpkins until a couple days before Halloween or the event for which you are using them, as they are quick to shrivel. When you cut out the lid, saw with the knife at a 45-degree angle, the tip pointing toward the stem. The angle keeps the lid from falling through after it’s cut.

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GUTTING: Use a spoon or pasta scoop to scrape out the seeds and the pulp until the inside of the pumpkin is clean. Scrape until the pumpkin wall is about one inch thick. This part can be tedious, but the result is worth it. Save the pumpkin seeds to season and roast later for a tasty treat (see related recipe). CARVING: You can either draw your own design, print one out from your computer or use one from a coloring book. Tape the design template to the surface of the pumpkin. Cutting slits in the edges of the template may help it lay flatter on the pumpkin. Then poke holes all the way around the design. Remove the template and cut, using the poked holes as a guide. It helps to hold the knife as you would a pen or pencil. Then saw at a 90-degree angle, using a gentle back-and-forth motion. This helps with accuracy and helps keep the remaining pumpkin parts intact.

LIGHTING: If you use a real candle, it helps to carve an extra hole in the lid for ventilation. Light the candle, place it in the pumpkin and put the lid on. After about a minute, remove the lid and cut a little “chimney” where the candle smoke made a mark. For a dazzling display, use a strobe or multi-colored LED light. If you use a real candle, try sprinkling the inside of the pumpkin with nutmeg, cinnamon or pumpkin spice. When the candle is lit, it will create a wonderful fall scent. TIP: To help keep your pumpkin from drying out, rub the cut edges and inside with petroleum jelly. When it is not on display, spray it with water, cover in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. If it starts to shrivel, soak in water for a few hours. Then thoroughly dry the inside with a towel to help prevent mold growth. SUPPLIES Pumpkin Serrated knife Newspaper Spoon or pasta scoop Permanent or dry-erase marker Nail or poking tool Candle or LED light

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cup Pumpkin seeds 2 tsp. Melted butter (or olive or vegetable oil) Salt or seasonings of choice: garlic powder, cayenne pepper, seasoning salt, Cajun seasoning, etc. DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 300o Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and seasonings. Spread seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until golden brown.





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a day By Lori Mork



This is a moist, dense cake with lots of flavor. I usually make two at a time and freeze one. The cake stays deliciously moist and fresh even after being frozen.

INGREDIENTS: 7-8 cups apples, sliced thinly 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup flour 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. nutmeg 2 Tbsp. butter, cut into chunks Ziploc freezer bag

INGREDIENTS: 4 cups finely chopped apples 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla 2 cups sifted flour 2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 cup finely chopped walnuts DIRECTIONS: Combine apples and sugar; let stand for half an hour. Beat eggs slightly, then beat in oil and vanilla. Sift soda, cinnamon, flour and salt. Alternately, stir egg mixture and flour mixture into apples. Stir in nuts. Pour into greased and floured 9x13 pan. Bake at 350º for 40-45 minutes. Cool. Frost with cream cheese frosting. FROSTING INGREDIENTS: 1 3-ounce package of cream cheese, softened 3/4 stick of butter or margarine 1 Tbsp. cream or milk 3 cups powdered sugar DIRECTIONS: Beat ingredients until smooth, adding enough powdered sugar for spreading consistency.

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DIRECTIONS: Pour sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg into Ziploc bag. Shake until well combined. Add apples and butter. Zip shut with lots of air and shake until apples are well coated. Open and pour in lemon juice. Zip shut and mix together well. Open and reclose, squeezing out all the air. Flatten the bag evenly and freeze. These stack well if doing a large number of bags. To use, remove from freezer and thaw flat on the counter for about 30 minutes. Mix it together and pour it into a pie crust. Cover with top crust or Dutch crumb topping and bake as usual. Note: You may want to add extra flour or thickener, depending on the juiciness of the filling. It also makes great apple crisp. Just pour into baking pan and add crisp topping. Bake as usual.

Fall is apple season and it is the very best time to take advantage of all the wonderful varieties available. Here’s a few recipes to get you started! CARDAMOM APPLE CAKE INGREDIENTS: 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 1 1/3 cups sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 1/2 cup orange juice 2 Tbsp. orange zest 2 cups all purpose flour 2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 3 McIntosh apples Icing sugar DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º. Grease and flour a 10-inch springform pan or 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Beat butter and sugar until pale and light. Add eggs and continue beating until well combined. Stir in vanilla, orange juice and orange zest. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, cardamom, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Core the apples, but leave the peel on. Chop apples into coarse chunks. Add dry ingredients to the sugar mixture, folding together until just mixed. Fold in apples. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for 5 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and cool it on a rack. Dust with icing sugar before serving.



INGREDIENTS: 2-1/2 cups flour 1 tsp. salt 1 cup shortening 1 egg yolk, add enough milk to make 2/3 cup 1 cup corn flakes 8 cups sliced apples 3/4 to 1 cup sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 beaten egg white

INGREDIENTS: 4 sm. to med. Apples (tart apples work best) 2 cups sugar 1 cup water 1/3 cup red cinnamon candies (Red Hots) 1-2 drops red food coloring, if desired

DIRECTIONS: Combine flour and salt. Cut in shortening half at a time. Beat egg yolk with milk and add to flour mix. This can be refrigerated for several hours or overnight. On floured surface or pastry cloth, roll out half of the dough to fit into and up the sides of a jelly roll pan. Sprinkle with corn flakes and top with apples. Mix sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle on top of apples. Roll out remaining dough and top the apples. Seal the edges and cut slits in the top, then brush with beaten egg white. Bake at 375º for 50 minutes. Combine 1 cup sifted confectioners sugar with 3-4 teaspoons of milk. Drizzle on warm bars. Cool.

DIRECTIONS: Core and peel apples, cut into rings Mix sugar, water and cinnamon candies (along with food coloring). Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar and candies are dissolved. Add apple rings and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Cool apples in candy mixture. Drain. Will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.



INGREDIENTS: 2 cups flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 cup sugar, divided in half 2 eggs, used separately 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla 1 cup finely chopped apple 3/4 cup granola 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/8 tsp. nutmeg DIRECTIONS: Stir together flour, soda and salt. Beat butter for 30 seconds; add sugars and beat until fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs; beat together. Stir in one cup chopped apples and 3/4 cup granola. Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg. For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup of mixture three inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake 12-14 minutes at 375º. Cool one minute, move to rack and cool.

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big taste

Small plates

Try these easy appetizers with favorite wines By Al Edenloff When it comes to wine, it’s easy to make things too complicated. Some will spend hours fussing over an elaborate dinner, trying to find the perfect pairings for everything they’re serving, down to every side dish and accompaniment. But if you’re craving something quick, easy and every bit as delicious, shrink your meal down with small plates – tasty appetizers you can throw together with ease that will still go beautifully with a favorite bottle of vino. A combo of two or three simple appetizers will have your taste buds singing. Here are three ideas: MOTTZO MAGIC Get a 4-ounce ball of fresh mozzarella cheese. Not the pre-shredded stuff. Also get a big ripe tomato or two. Slice the tomatoes into 1-inch-thick rounds, top with a slice of cheese and arrange on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking oil. Bake in a 400-degree oven until the cheese starts to melt. Remove from oven and after they’ve cooled a bit, drizzle with some quality balsamic vinegar. Take a bite and follow it with a sip of cabernet sauvignon. If you skip the balsamic, this also works well with white wines, like a pinot grigio. You can also ditch the tomatoes and just melt the mozzo on the pan and sprinkle with some salt.

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I LOVE OLIVES Start with a cup and a half of your favorite pitted olives, like a blend of Kalamata, pimento-stuffed and green olives. Add a half-pint of grape tomatoes, three or four cloves of peeled garlic, a tablespoon of herbs de provenance (a mixture of dried thyme, marjoram, savory, lavender, basil and rosemary), two tablespoons olive oil and a couple shakes of black pepper. Mix it all together and bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 425 degrees. Serve with focaccia bread. Try it with a hearty red like chianti or zinfandel. A crisp white sauvignon blanc also pair well. Remember: Small plates, big taste!


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drinks ZINGY GINGER BEER 3 quarts spring water 1 pound ginger root 1/2 cup lime juice 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar Wash and grate ginger root, do not peel. Boil spring water, remove from heat and add ginger. Let steep overnight. Strain water and ginger root through a fine mesh sieve into a second pot or pitcher. Press ginger into sieve to release flavor. Transfer to large bottle using a funnel. Add lime juice and one cup brown sugar. Add remaining half-cup of sugar, if desired. Swirl vigorously to mix. Cover and store at room temperature for 24 hours. Allow dregs to settle. Decant steeped ginger beer into bottles with tight-fitting screw caps. Refrigerate three to five days. Like a lighter zip? Try a sip sooner. Need more oomph? Wait a little longer for the beer to grow stronger. Too robust by day five? Combine with a bit of seltzer water.

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Emerald Emerald was named the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year, and it’s finding its way into fall fashions everywhere. This exciting green adds some zing to the traditionally muted tones of fall.

Caramel This rich brown tone is great when paired with creams or olives for a neutral look, but also works well when paired with expressive colors such as a blazing orange or a bright green.

Olive If emerald is a little too flashy for you, give olive a try. But don’t tone it down. This trendy color is being paired this season with bright splashes of accessory colors, such as fuchsia or coral jewelry pieces.

Burnt orange There are oranges all around us in the fall landscapes, from the crisp leaves to the autumn pumpkins and gourds. Although not always a top fashion pick for many women, it should be considered to add some fall pizzazz to your wardrobe.

Burgundy Deep burgundys have been plentiful on fashion runways when debuting fall fashion this year.


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Necklaces are in! Long, short, chunky, delicate, layered, thick, beaded, jeweled. There’s an unending pool of choices and a plethora of combinations. But when it comes to the differing styles of necklines on tops nowadays, how do you know which necklace to pair it with? Group your necklaces into separate categories (long, medium, short, pendants, etc.), then use these handy tips to pair your necklaces with complementary necklines.


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Shape with a jacket. For a square or boat neck, choose a long necklace chain. To add more flair, pair it with a cute jacket, which accents the necklace and accentuates your figure.


Pick a pendant. A classy pendant works wonders when added to a V-neck. It mirrors the shape as well as creates a perfect accent piece to tie your outfit together.



Fill space. Scoop necklines are the go-to top when seeking a sophistocated look. But they can leave your neck area empty. Choose a short multi-strand or chunky necklace to fill the space. Avoid pendants or vshaped necklaces.



Mirror the V. V-necks are nearly universally flattering, but choosing a choker or short necklace detracts from the flattering look the V gives your figure. Wear a V or triangular necklace to fill the space, yet retain the shape.


Accessorize. Instead or mirroring the neckline with the necklace, try mirroring the necklace with a fun scarf. This adds some extra flash to what otherwise might be a bloring blouse.


Layer it. Layered necklaces work best when paired with a high neckline. Choose two or three necklaces that complement each other. Mix and match to find your favorite combos.






Create harmony. Wearing high necklines with chokers or short chains will conflict visually. Instead, pair a high-neck shirt with extralong necklaces and chains that reach the belt line to create a harmonious look.



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face masks By Caroline Roers Facials are a fantastic way to keep skin glowing, but they can be pricey. Try these simple homemade fa ce masks that will replenish, rejuvenate and help with anything from stress to acne. Moisturizing mask for Dried and Stressed Skin Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. honey 2 Tbsp. flour 2 Tbsp. milk. Directions: Mix all ingredients until creamy and smooth. With a brush, spread the mask on the area of skin to be treated (face and/or body). Let sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing. Apply every two weeks. Organic Banana Face Mask This will give skin a healthy glow. Ingredients: 1/2 banana, 1 Tbsp. orange juice 1 Tbsp. honey Directions: Mash banana and mix in orange juice and honey. Apply to face and keep mixture on for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and then moisturize. Firming Egg White Mask This will help to tighten skin. Ingredients: 1 egg 1/2 Tbsp. honey Recipe: Break egg and separate the yoke. Combine egg white and honey with a whisk. Pat mixture onto a clean face and let dry for 10 minute until tight. Rinse with lukewarm water.

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Gentle Oatmeal Mask for Oily skin This will leave your skin looking and feeling beautiful. Ingredients: 1 Tbsp honey 1 egg yolk Oatmeal Directions: Mix honey and egg yolk in a small bowl. Slowly add enough oatmeal to create a thick paste. Smooth mask over face and neck and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Tea toning eye treatment This helps de-puff, relax, refresh and energize your skin. Ingredients: Chamomile or green tea Directions: Brew a cup of tea and allow it to cool. Soak two clean makeup sponges in the tea; remove and squeeze out excess liquid. Place one on each eye for 15 minutes daily. Baking Soda Acne Treatment This will help remove excess oil that leads to breakouts and fight blackheads. Ingredients: 8 Tbsp. baking soda and water Directions: Stir water into baking soda until the mixture is creamy and soft. Apply mixture to face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse paste off and apply moisturizer. Repeat every two weeks.

Thick hair? Don’t fight it, flaunt it!

By Tara Bitzan While the gals with thin hair are usually envious of those with thick locks, many gals with thick hair are thinking that the grass is greener on the thinner side. If you have thick locks, all you have to do to count yourself blessed is learn how to manage your hair. Here are a few quick and easy tips: Length: Thick hair is most manageable when worn quite short, or shoulder length or longer. In between, it tends to get poufy and is more difficult to style. Layers are also great at helping thick hair lay better – but the layers should be put in near the bottom of your hair. If done higher up it could actually increase volume. Products: Test different products (shampoo, conditioner, mousse, hairspray, etc.) or ask your stylist for advice. Some products are definitely better for managing thicker hair. This could make a big difference. Also, beware of conditioner, which can make your hair even heavier. Consider using it only on the ends. Washing: Shampoo your hair every day. One benefit of thick hair is that it tends to be strong, so daily washing won’t cause damage. Instead, it will get rid of product build-up that will thicken hair even more. Don’t fight it: Thick hair often has a natural wave. Stop fighting it and trying to make it straight. Daily use of a hot iron is hard in your hair. Styling will be much easier if you accentuate what you’ve got – scrunch your hair as you dry or use products that will add to the wave or curl.

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Need a night to hang out with your girlfriends and let loose? Try some of these great sleepover ideas to make great memories.

Chick Flick Extravaganza Feeling lazy and just want to chill out? Make some popcorn and decide on a few chick flicks or movies to watch. Suggestions: The Twilight Saga or a Disney princess movie marathon. Make sure to have plenty of pillows and enough candy to last the night.

Midnight Scavenger Hunts Start your cars and turn on your cameras, it’s scavenger hunt time! Photo scavenger hunts are a great way to explore your town and get crazy pictures with your friends. Split into teams and have a checklist of pictures to take. Must-haves on your checklist should include a human pyramid, a team member dressing up as a super hero and everyone squeezed into a bathroom stall. When you are done, order pizza and look at all the hilarious pictures you took together.

Karaoke Krazy Show your star power with a private concert. Split into teams and create dances to your favorites like Justin Bieber, One Direction or Rihanna. After, have an award ceremony with sparkling cider and silly awards.

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Bring Milan to your living room by setting up a makeshift runway and have a fashion show! Find old prom dresses or clothes from different decades and have head-to-toe makeovers. Then turn on some music, dim the lights and strut your stuff down the catwalk!

Chocolate and friends – what more could a girl ask for? Get some girlfriends together and have a cooking night. Pick a few favorite gooey chocolate recipes, and have everyone bring a few ingredients. After baking, lounge around, slip in your favorite chick flick and indulge.

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Get out the mud masks and curlers… it’s time to get gorgeous! You can paint each other’s nails or have a blast experimenting with different hairstyles. Watch online make-up tutorials to learn new make-up ideas and get your friends’ opinions on them.

Set up a tent in your backyard and have everyone bring their sleeping bags and scariest ghost stories. If you don’t have a fire pit, make S’mores in the microwave!

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with do-it-yourself toddler play make-up By Bridget Braun My youngest daughter, who is only 18 months, recently became obsessed with make-up. I am constantly finding her covered with smudges and smears from make-up she has managed to sneak away from either me or my oldest daughter. I found this great do-it-yourself play make-up idea online, and my daughter is convinced that her make-up is exactly like mine. I simply took old, empty, clean make-up containers and filled them with nail polish, then let them dry. I now have a happy little girl and the best part is I didn’t have to spend a dime to do it.

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Be POSITIVE! It’s key to job satisfaction By Amy Chaffins

It’s not easy being the positive person in the office. It can get downright lonely and it’s so much easier to slip into the role of crabby coffee-clutcher. Which one are you at your office? Are you cheery or negative?

Here’s a test: If you’re rolling your eyes right now just thinking about that positive person in your office, well, you’re due for a positive attitude makeover. Being positive and upbeat, smiling at your co-workers and holding your head high is simple and no matter how long you’ve been the office grump, it’s never too late to turn that frown upside down. If anything, being positive at the office is a self-preservation tool. The work day will zip by if you have the

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right frame of mind. Decide to be positive! Shirk the office gossip and choose to see the best in co-workers and customers. After all, this is just a job – don’t let your job define who you are as a person! Decide who you are as a person and fit those eight hours a day into your life. Ultimately, life’s too short to be miserable. If you hate your job, quit and move on. But if there’s still a sliver of hope that you can salvage your current employment situation with a change in your attitude – do it. Give it a try. In the meantime, I came across the some bits of advice for bringing positivity to the workplace. Dr. Marla Gottschalk, an industrial/organizational psychologist who specializes in workplace success strategies and organizational change, offered a few ideas to encourage positivity (below).

● Show gratitude. Recognizing others for their contribution to your own success or that of the team is a powerful resource builder. Routinely expressing gratitude can set a powerful and positive tone of respect among co-workers. The simple words “thank you” can have a longstanding effect on work-life happiness.

● Practice “flexible” thinking. When considering a new challenge, be sure to explore numerous potential obstacles and generate alternative pathways to effectively manage them. This exercise builds feelings of hopefulness in the face of an unexpected turn of events—a common occurrence.

● Focus on strengths. Utilizing our talents in the workplace is a key confidence builder. Make every attempt to incorporate the areas in which you excel into everyday work life. If you supervise others, help facilitate this process for them as well.

● Acknowledge steps to success. Often we focus on lofty, larger goals that may take an extended amount of time to accomplish. Identify and celebrate incremental goals along the way to help bolster energy levels and maintain focus.

● Balance negatives. Human beings have the tendency to dwell on negative information. Often we find ourselves obsessing about a goal we didn’t fulfill—or a perceived slight in a meeting. Build your inner resilience by refocusing your energy on successes when you are faced with disappointment or stress.

● Support your team. If you manage others, ensure that you are communicating your confidence in their abilities. Does your team understand that you truly believe in them? Remember, others can detect a subtle tone of negativity. If you have doubts, search for the source of your concern and help your team develop to meet the challenge.

wellness Autumn is the perfect time for hiking If you are craving a little outdoor adventure, autumn is a terrific time to visit Minnesota state parks or trails to do some hiking. Minnesota has one of the finest systems of state parks and trails in the country, and most Minnesotans live within 30 miles of a state park or recreation area. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website,, has complete information for 78 state parks and 24 state trails. A one-day permit is $5, but a $25 year-round permit provides unlimited visits to all of them for one year from the month of purchase. The sights, sounds and smells of the Minnesota woods in the fall are good reasons to head outdoors. Hiking not only builds leg muscles, but also burns from 400 to 900 calories per hour, depending on the terrain. It’s also a chance to unwind and reflect on the beauty of the season. Fall days can begin cool and crisp and heat up on a sunny afternoon, so it’s a good idea to dress in layers. A good ath-

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support and traction on dirt or rocky terrain. Soft, moisture-absorbing socks help keep feet comfortable and prevent blisters. What you bring with you will depend on where and how long you plan to hike. If you are hiking in an unfamiliar area, pick up a trail map at park headquarters or view maps provided along the trails. For shorter hikes, you may only need to prepare with insect repellant and sunscreen, but be sure to carry a filled water bottle. You will tire sooner carrying a backpack filled with supplies for a longer hike, so prepare by hiking shorter distances with a lighter backpack and gradually increase distance and backpack weight over time. Hiking with friends is more fun, and since there is always some safety risk, never hike alone. Stay on designated trails and let someone know where you will be and when you plan on returning. Study the weather forecast and time of sunset. Since daylight hours are decreasing at this time of year, especially in wooded areas, start early to finish before dark. Remember that cell phones don’t always get reception and are not a substitute for carrying the essentials.

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Change your way of thinking In July, I had the privilege to travel to British Columbia where I spent three days in class with other health professionals. We were enrolled in Dr. James Chestnut’s Lifestyle Camp, where we tackBy Pete led the question, Pfeffer “How does what we think, how we move and how we eat affect our overall health and vitality?” We met every morning at 6 a.m. and took a brisk 30-

minute hike through mountain trails. This act alone has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer and diabetes by upwards of 75 percent. We returned for an intense, body-weight-only work out following the principles of “moving well.” This satisfied the human genetic requirement for regular proper movement of our spine and extremities. A breakfast of organic fruits and vegetables and locallygrown organic eggs and lamb sausage followed. Next came three hours of lecture pertaining to the topics of thinking, moving or eating well.

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This was followed by a light lunch consisting of locallygrown organic vegetables and meats. An afternoon field trip coordinated a physical activity that supported the morning lecture. We returned to amazing dinners, again consisting of fresh locally-grown vegetables and a choice of wild salmon, bison or chicken. Following dinner, we had discussions that went as late as the day’s topic required. I wanted to set the table to illustrate the environment that taught me some fundamental wellness principles. I feel compelled to share these as summer draws to a close and many of us reorganize for fall. The major premise I was exposed to is that we are genetically designed to live nearly 120 years. We are tossed into the “swimming pool” of life with an empty backpack and pair of inflatable water wings that should keep us afloat for those 120 years. Unfortunately, our lifestyle choices, either conscious or unconscious, put rocks in our backpacks and squeeze air from our wings. The way we think, what we choose to eat, and how we move (or don’t

move) can add or subtract years from our life. Here are some affirmative statements that anchored healthy changes in me that may be useful to you, too: “I choose thought patterns that are genetically congruent with health.” “I think thoughts that are loving, optimistic, confident, content, successful, forgiving and healthy.” “I choose genetically congruent foods. I eat ‘fresh fiber’ first at each meal and choose foods that remove rocks from my backpack, extending and improving my life.” “I move well and often. I expend energy in ways genetically congruent with my frame that support my cells and tissues. I perform strength, power, agility, stability, flexibility and balance exercises several times a week.” This pattern of thinking has improved my health and changed my energy levels for the better. I have committed to pull the rocks from my backpack. Won’t you join me? Peter Pfeffer is a doctor of chiropractic with HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab in Alexandria.


Need a reason to quit? Here are several.

There are some very specific dangers in regards to smoking and women’s health. If more women can quit tobacco, it would be a major victory for health services worldwide. It would help prevent millions of unnecessary deaths and save a huge amount in health care costs. And it would make the next generation healthier. Need a reason to quit? Here are several: Decreased bone density. Women who’ve gone through menopause and who smoke have lower bone density, which means they have a higher chance of breaking a hip. Rheumatoid arthritis. Women who smoke are more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an inflammatory, chronic disease. People with RA have By Amy swelling and pain in their joints. Reineke Cataracts. Women who smoke are more likely to get cataracts that make their vision cloudy or foggy. Gum disease. Smoking is linked to gum disease, which may lead to bone and tooth loss. Ulcers. Smokers with gum disease are also more likely to get ulcers in the stomach, which can lead to death. Surgery. Smokers have lower survival rates after surgery and are more likely to have complications and poor wound healing.

Depression. It’s important for women to know about the link between smoking and depression; women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with depression. Menstrual problems. Some studies show that women who smoke have more irregular or painful periods. Menopause. Smokers are more likely to go through menopause at a younger age, and may have worse symptoms. Pregnancy. Women who smoke may have a harder time getting pregnant and have a higher chance of losing their baby before it is born. Studies show there is an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome, also called crib death, in babies born to smokers. Breathing. Teen girls who smoke have lungs that don’t grow as much as non-smokers’ lungs, and adult women who smoke have lungs that don’t work as well as others’. There are resources to help you become a non-user. Contact your physician, check with your insurance company or employer, or contact QuitPlan at 1-888-354-7526 or Amy Reineke is a health educator with Douglas County Public Health.

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Do you Today that means more than just surfing the web By Bridget Braun and Lori Mork o you Google? Chances are, if you use the Internet, you’ve used Google for something. Many people use Google, an Internet search engine, for almost everything they do online each day. It lets you find other sites on the web by using keyword searches. According to, it is the largest and most popular web search engine in the world. But more recently people have been talking about Google accounts and all that comes with them. For those of you wondering what they are, here’s a glimpse: Gmail is Google’s free e-mail account. It includes some great services, including Calendar to help you organize your life and Drive for creating and sharing docu-


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ments and information with others. Some of its other communication tools include Blogger (to create your own online blog), Groups (an online discussion service), and Hangout (live video chat). Google also provides you with other services, including the highly popular YouTube, as well as Google+, a new social networking service similar to Facebook. You can find a maps application for your phone to help you get directions and even find your favorite games and music through Google Play. You may not be interested in some of the services that Google provides, but having a Google account allows you to log in to nearly every major website through your account using the same username and password. Many Google services save the files you create directly into your Google Drive. This means they are stored online and you can access them from any computer or Internet-accessible device.

? Most of these services are free to use, although a small number of them require a minimal fee. All of them load right into your favorite browser, such as Firefox, Safari, Bing, Yahoo and Internet Explorer. So log on and browse awhile. Maybe sign up for a free Google account and check out the world of possibilities.

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Choose a theme. Do you paint? Collect vintage cars? Have strong opinions about movies? The theme can be anything! You could even start a blog about your everyday life. Choose a name. This will become your blog’s identity. It should be fresh, catchy and easy to remember. Choose a host. There are tons of free host sites out there, such as Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogetery, Livejournal, and Areavoices (which can be started through the Echo Press website).

NOTE: If you’re ready to commit to blogging regularly, then it would be best to get a personal domain, which can cost about $5 to $10 per year. This is done through a domain host site, which can cost about $10 per month. Choose a design. Most blog sites have templates and set themes that you can use to customize your blog. If you use your own domain or have the technical know-how, you can create the design from scratch. Choose a start date. Develop your ideas, plan some posts, determine a writing schedule, and start blogging!

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DABBLING in cemeteries Local historian uproots her past

By Crystal Dey Before you could click an leaf to peek into your past, Kathy Johnson was digging up the roots of her family tree the old fashioned way – through historical research. “When I started my family research years ago, there was no Internet, so a majority of my research had to be done by writing letters, making phone calls, visiting historical societies and hiring researchers, which can become expensive,” Johnson said. Johnson has always been fascinated with history and genealogy. She volunteered with the Douglas County Historical Society for six years. During her time there, she organized and maintained county cemetery records. Johnson grew up on a farm two miles south of Holmes City. She and her husband of 49 years, Dennis, farmed for decades in Moe Township. The Johnsons officially retired from farming in 1988.

Kathy and Dennis have three children, two grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. In 2000, they sold the family farm to their daughter and her husband and moved to Alexandria. They summer at their cabin on Lobster Lake. Johnson’s a Douglas County girl down to the dirt; she has already purchased her burial plot in Holmes City’s Van Loon Cemetery. She’ll be the fifth generation of her family to be laid to rest there.

When did you first become interested in history, genealogy and cemeteries? I began researching my family history about 40 years ago. Interest in cemeteries goes along with family research. I’ve always been interested in the history of Douglas County, especially the Holmes City area. Do you have any advice for people just getting started exploring their ancestry? Record all the information about yourself and then work backwards to your parents, grandparents, etc., recording everything you know about them. Then search for birth, death, marriage, land and military records.

There is a tremendous amount of information on the Internet. Start there. is an excellent research website, as is If you contact historical societies for information, be sure you state exactly what you are looking for and require they furnish you with documentation on the information they send you. Being exact with your questions eliminates being charged for research you may already have. How far back in time have you traced your family line? My maternal grandfather’s family is my real passion. They came from England in 1636. I have traced the family to the early 1500s in England. My maternal grandmother’s parentage is Bohemian. I have documented their arrival in the U.S. but have not traced the family in the Czech Republic. My paternal ancestors came from Germany. I documented their arrival in the U.S. and traced the families from that time. I have not pursued research in Germany.

Kathy Johnson spends a lot of time in cemeteries researching her geneology. She is pictured below next to her great-great-grandfather William Guile’s gravestone in Van Loon Cemetery near Holmes City. She has traced this line of her family back to the early 1500s in England.

“I discovered my great-grandfather was reviewed at least three times by President Lincoln.” Kathy Johnson HISTORIAN

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Do you have a favorite cemetery? Arlington National Cemetery and Gettysburg Cemetery are both favorites. My favorite local cemetery is Van Loon Cemetery in Holmes City Township. This is where my final resting place will be. My favorite local church cemetery is St. John Nepomuk Cemetery near Lake Reno. A set of my great-grandparents are buried there The gravestones are especially beautiful; it’s a very picturesque setting. Why do you think a lot of people find cemeteries scary? Maybe because of stories told during the Halloween season. Personally, I dislike the association of Halloween and ceme-

teries. The yard decorations with the R.I.P. gravestones are very distasteful to me. For me, cemeteries are very peaceful. The cemeteries in Douglas County are all very well maintained and each has its own special points of interest, with many reflecting ethnic traditions. There are 57 cemeteries in Douglas County; there are only five I haven’t visited. There are also 17 known family burial sites on private land in the county. What are your other passions, hobbies or interests? I am very interested in Civil War history because my great-grandfather and three

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of his brothers served from the state of New York. I have researched my greatgrandfathers journey through the Civil War, leaving by train for Washington, D.C. where he camped and guarded the White House before participating in the First Battle of Bull Run and several other major battles before being discharged. I discovered he was reviewed at least three times by President Lincoln. I also enjoy Native American history, especially the Lakota Sioux people. I am in the process of entering my family members on Anyone can contribute to this site, recording where people are buried, along with data such as obituaries. Family members can also be linked so this site can be very helpful for anyone doing genealogy. I enjoy being outdoors, walking, gardening and spending time at the lake in the summer. I like the snowy Minnesota winter season also.

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What is the farthest you have travelled to visit a cemetery? Massachusetts. I have visited family gravesites in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Missouri. Many of my ancestors are buried in private family cemeteries, which are located on private property now belonging to someone outside the family. Landowners are usually very gracious and allow you access to the burial site across their land.

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10 years and we’re still not on the same page

he sez...she sez Brandon and I celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary this summer and, incredibly, after being together this long... we’re still not “on the same page.” We can have an entire conversation talking about two totally different things and it’s not until there’s an awkward pause and blank stares at one another that we realize we’re soooooo not talking about the same thing. It happens all the time!

By Brandon and Amy Chaffins

The whole “on the same page” frustration is only because Amy is easily annoyed by me saying, “What?” a lot. I only say it because I have experienced the consequences of the automatic “Yes” or “Yes, Dear.” What can happen as a result of too many “Yes, Dears” is the unexpected appearance of new throw pillows – that I am sure all guys out there don’t really know the purpose of – and how they seem to multiply overnight like mushrooms in your yard. Am I right? So, saying “What?” a lot is my attempt to get “on the same page.” Instead, I get the wife-eye-roll.

I’m pretty sure we’re not even “on the same page” with this column. Let me give you an example. Have I mentioned my husband obsesses over his lawn and sprinkler set up? Well, he installed his own intricate irrigation system – with the turn of a dial, I can water sections of I used to be a groundskeeper at a golf course and I found the sprinkler yard and gardens. In an effort not to overwater, system there amazing! Miles and miles of pipes, countless valves, we tried to communicate about which sections pressure regulators and… the sprinklers! Ah, the sprinklers! I have I had already watered. His version of “behind several options at home. There’s impact, rotor, pop-up and the micro the house” is very different from mine. My versystems. I drag hose but fantasize about the day I will, at last, have sion of “behind the house” means the space an underground automated system. In the meantime, I installed a located directly behind the house. His version couple of sprinkler systems that water around our house and means somewhere over by the garage. Round garage. There is a fairly complex valve system involved, but I and round we went trying to figure out what thought it was pretty easy to comprehend. I think it was a “Yes, he meant by behind the house. We were Dear” moment for Amy when I explained the system I had conwaaaaay off. Ugh. cocted. So, ha! My “Yes, Dear” theory goes for women, too! See how easy it is to slip off “the same page”?

Here’s another example: He was going to do some shopping for a new truck. A few hours later, he rolled into the driveway all giddy and googly-eyed in his brand-new pickup. It’s one of those major purchases in life that you should consider “checking with the wife first.” Fail. This was his one “get out of jail free” card and he burned it up the first month of marriage. Being a new bride, I still thought he was adorable back then. If he did that now, it might not end well. Note to fellas out there: At least call your wife before you buy the truck. That’s all we want really – to be consulted and included in the decision.

C’mon! The truck thing again! I told you this one still comes up from time to time. I am not too proud to admit the oopsie-doodle on this one. But, now that I apply my newly revolutionized “Yes” and “Yes, Dear” theory, I think this is yet another moment when Amy tuned me out a bit. So, here’s what I’ve concluded: Being “on the same page” and listening a little closer are priceless and, ultimately, will save all of us from the “oops, I brought home a new truck” moments in a marriage. Keep the faith, guys. Brandon and Amy Chaffins of Alexandria have been married ten years – long enough to have learned to live with each other’s “quirks.”

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Those who truly want to know what men wish women knew no doubt come to this column as their primary source. But little did you know there are other credible outBy Eric lets for such topics. Perhaps Morken none better than a publication like Men’s Health. That’s why I went to their online version and found their list of “50 Things Men Wish Women Knew.” Without further ado, here are their top five, along with my analysis of each one. If you’re truly interested in us, don’t play hard to get. This should probably be higher on the list. I’ve never understood the point of playing hard to get. In fact, I’m not even sure it exists. It’s possible that’s just something men think women do in order to convince themselves that the woman is really interested. If I’m wrong, and you are doing this, stop. Too many mixed signals probably aren’t accomplishing the desired effect.


If you think I’m speeding now, you should see me drive when you’re not in the car. I don’t really know what they’re getting at with this one. Contrary to what Men’s Health would have you believe, not all men feel the need to speed. Nor do most think it is at all successful in attracting a lady. If your man is a frequent speeder who is costing you money through tickets and heightened insurance costs, feel free to get on him. All other forms of back-seat driving are off limits. There’s nothing more frustrating than those helpful reminders on the open road.


Bare, tan shoulders are underrated. I’ll keep things PG and just touch on this. There’s a fine line between attractive and going overboard with a tan. A dark complexion during the summer is nice. What you want to avoid is that burnt orange look, where it’s obvious that how tan you are consumes too much of your thinking.


You look hot in running shoes and shorts. And that top thingy with the stripes. This is true. Guys really do like the dressed down look. All women should feel beautiful in shorts and a T-shirt in front of their guy. There’s a time and a place for it in public, but dress down with confidence in other settings.


Express yourself. It makes us proud, even if someone thinks you’re wrong. Never be afraid to express yourself, but don’t pretend you know everything. You don’t have to have an opinion all the time, but expressing yourself shows confidence. This is great. My advice? Listen to a couple “Stuff You Should Know” podcasts and blow people away with your wealth of knowledge at your next gathering.


Eric Morken is a husband, new father, sports reporter and outdoor enthusiast.




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The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe This book is about the author’s special relationship with his mother, Mary Anne, and the time they spent discussing books after she was diagnosed with and being treated for pancreatic cancer. The reader knows from the start that Mary Anne will die, and while it is a story about death, it is mostly a celebration of life and how books can enrich it. Mother and son had always been very close and books were a big part of their lives. Will spent much of his career in the publishing industry, most recently as senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Hyperion Books. Mary Anne had worked as the admissions director for Harvard University and By Kathleen Pohlig later established an organization to help refugees, especially women and children. She travelled to Afghanistan and other dangerous places around the world without regard for her own safety and helped refugees come to America for an education and a chance for a better life. A kind, generous and wise woman, she raised three talented children and was beloved by her family and others in her wide sphere of influence and friendship. While reading the book, there were many times I thought I

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should stop and mark a passage I particularly liked or make note of a book title they were discussing. I didn’t stop; the story just kept me moving along. It may take a second reading to find all of the little gems again. Luckily, there is a list of all the books mentioned in the text at the end of the book. It all started with a common question from Will to his mom while they were waiting in a doctor’s office: “What are you reading?” It evolved into a two-person book club as they recommended books to each other or re-read books they had loved in the past. The books they shared allowed them to speak about difficult subjects, get to know each other in a new way and examine tough ideas and questions about life and death. Mary Anne told her son, “That’s one of the things books do. They help us to talk. But they also give us something we all can talk about when we don’t want to talk about ourselves.” Words on the back of the book sum it up nicely: “Through their wide-ranging reading, Will and Mary Anne – and we, their fellow readers – are reminded how books can be comforting, astonishing and illuminating, changing the way that we feel about and interact with the world around us. A profoundly moving memoir of caregiving, mourning, and love – The End of Your Life Book Club is also about the joy of reading, and the ways that joy is multiplied when we share it with others.” Well said. I highly recommend this title for individual reading or for discussion with family or book club friends. Kathleen Pohlig is owner of Cherry Street Books in Alexandria.


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by Susane Colasanti the story of Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist at Vogel, an Eden Prairie, MN pharmaceutical company. She is sent to the Amazon jungle to investigate the death of a co-worker and check the progress of a research project conducted by Dr. Swenson. Vogel has had no communication with Swenson in more than 26 months. It is believed she discovered a tribe of women who can bear children into Pam Carlson their 70s. Her goal is to find the secret to their fertility and develop a drug for Vogel. While searching for her colleague, Marina must confront the ghosts of her past and make painful moral choices. I loved this book. Rarely do I find a book this difficult to put down. It was full of adventure, science, suspense and mystery. It will leave you in your own “state of wonder,” examining your values and beliefs.

...tells the story of the wives of the astronauts of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. Reading specifically about the wives is a perspective of the U.S. space program that hasn’t been written about before and helps the reader understand the enormous pressures experienced by wives and families of astronauts. Prior to reading this book, I had no idea of the constant media scrutany and tremendous and unreasonable Joyce Engel expectations placed on astronauts’ wives by N.A.S.A. The wives formed the club for their own support and survival. I enjoy reading memoirs and even though this is not a memoir, it is a true story and reminded me of a multi-person memoir.

Brooke Greene is convinced that Scott Abrams is her soul mate, even though they’ve rarely spoken. She is so set on them being together that when he moves to New York, she follows him to live with her previously out-of-the-picture dad. It takes her about a year, but Brooke finally Heather Johnson realizes that she needs more fulfilling things in her life and not just her supposed soul mate. I liked this book because I enjoy love stories. It was also easy to relate to and it wasn’t predictable. I would recommend this book because it is a story line of finding yourself that I think most people can relate with. The characters are also easy to become attached to.

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QWERTY roaming smart station zoom 23. Deerfield, IL, Trojans school 24. Be obliged to repay 1. Applies paint lightly 25. Woman (French) 5. House mice genus 28. Delaware 8. Bible’s Chronicles 29. Fools around (Br. (abbr.) slang) 11. Old World buffalo 31. Affirmative (slang) 12. Expression of con32. With three uneven tempt sides 13. Levi jeans competitor 15. A small-wooded hol- 36. Tel __, Israel city 38. “As American as low apple __” 16. Donkeys 39. Aba ____ Honey18. River in Florence moon 19. L. Rukeyser’s TV 43. Fictive show 47. Press against lightly 22. The abominable 48. Eiderdown filled snowman 50. In the year of Our Lord

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25. Soft-shell clam genus 26. Mega-electron volt 27. Indicates near 30. The central bank of the US 33. Central processing unit 34. Direct toward a target 35. Side sheltered from the wind 37. 6th letter of Hebrew alphabet 40. Form a sum 41. The cry made by sheep 42. Defensive nuclear weapon 44. Clan division 45. Adult male deer

52. Obstruct or block 53. A companion animal 54. Political action committee 56. Big man on campus 58. “Frankly my dear, ___” 63. American Indian group 64. Lots of 65. Life stories 67. Sour taste 68. The Phantom’s first name 69. Leading European space Co. 70. Native of Thailand 71. Drive into hard 72. NY state flower

46. Patterned table linen fabric 48. Subtract 49. An imaginary ideal place 51. Chuck Hagel is the new head 53. Round flat Middle Eastern bread 55. Chickpea plant 56. Make obscure 57. Pole (Scottish) 59. Cavities where spores develop 60. Vintage Auto Racing Assoc. 61. Hmong language __: Yao 62. Small head gestures 66. Point midway between S and SE

horoscopes ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, no matter how hard you work, you just cannot seem to get ahead this month. Instead of tiring yourself unnecessarily, take a break and regroup.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 You may want to be friends with everyone, but you have to accept that a few people just do not meld with your interests. Hang out with those who do.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, generosity will endear you to others, but you have to be generous for the right reasons. It’s not a good idea to build friendships on false pretenses.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Devoting time to a spouse or children is of the utmost importance this month, other matters will have to wait. Enjoy this time with your loved ones.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, although you have many questions, the answers will not come so easily to you. Bide your time for a revelation.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Exercise can do more than just keep you physically fit, it also can help boost your mood when you need a pick-me-up, which could be the case in the future.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, avoid taking on any more projects for the time being. Although you excel in tackling things, even the best of us need a rest from time to time.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, a hectic schedule is compromising your ability to stay focused on the tasks at hand. You may need some help sorting some things out.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 It will be really difficult to put you in a bad mood this month, Gemini. Your energy and cheer will be a bright light to those around you, so enjoy.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, each time you think the grass will be greener somewhere else, you quickly learn it is not the case. Learn to appreciate what you have.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, you have to buckle down and get some things done at work, even if you are a little under the weather. Take it easy once your work is done.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 There are enough diversions around to take your mind off of your problems, Pisces. They may not disappear, but you can address some issues later.

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Cover up. Cold, harsh winters can be hard on perennial plants. To protect the roots, rake as many leaves as possible into your flower beds to cover perennials. The leaves compress under the snow and protect roots from deep freezes. Decorate. Leaves are great for stuffing scarecrows, ghosts and yard pumpkins. Scatter dry crunchy leaves over the sidewalk to add to your Halloween decor. Red, orange and yellow leaves add a festive fall flair indoors when arranged in a vase, bowl or basket.


Control weeds. Fences can be a huge catch-all for weeds. In the fall, pile leaves thickly along the fence line. Over winter, the leaves will compact into a thick mulch that will keep weeds down the following spring and summer.


Get crafty. Choose some of your favorite leaves and submerge them into melted beeswax or mod podge them to make them last forever. Or use leaves to make framed art, note cards, decorations and more. The Internet is full of leaf craft ideas.


Insulate. Bag up your leaves and place them around your hen house, dog house, pump/well house, etc. for some extra winter insulation.

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Bed the animals. Use dry leaves on the floor of your hen house, in nesting boxes, calf pens, pig pens, etc. When it’s time to clean the pens, remove the soiled leaves and replace with dry ones from a nearby stockpile. Spread on fields to fertilize. Make a Halloween costume. This Halloween, dress up as a pile of leaves! There are many different variations to this costume online, but basically it requires hot-gluing leaves (lots of them) to a large garbage bag. Cut holes in the bottom of the bag for your legs, and in the sides for your arms. Once you have it on, have someone fill the bag with more leaves before tying the top up around your neck. Voila! You’re a pile of leaves.


Mulch. Drive over leaves numerous times with a lawn mower until they are reduced to small fragments. These can be used as an organic mulch around trees, shrubs, flowers and in vegetable gardens. Layer two to three inches thick, keeping mulch from directly touching trunks and stems.


Feed the lawn. Instead of raking or bagging, drive over leaves with a mulching mower. With the deck set high, make a few slow passes over the area in different directions. The resulting small leaf pieces will easily decompose into the lawn over the winter and act as an organic fertilizer come spring.


Let them rot! Compost leaves to create a rich soil additive for your garden. Pile them in an out-of-way spot or construct a compost bin. Put leaves in the pile or bin, wetting them well with a hose. Nothing else needs to be added to the pile; leaves have their own decomposing micro-organisms. Until temps turn cold outside, turn the pile about once a month, adding water as necessary to keep leaves damp but not soggy. Once it turns cold, your job is done. In the spring, spread your compost in your garden.

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