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Our first Sunbirds, arriving soon Class is in session for the very first time this August at our brand-new TK-6th grade school—Stone Creek Elementary (home of the Sunbirds). Belonging to Golden Valley USD, the innovative 15.5-acre campus will feature tech-forward classrooms, outdoor learning spaces, a dynamic sports complex and much more. Ready for top-notch learning right around the corner from home? Come join us at Riverstone. For registration packets or other information, please contact Shellie Roth at 559.395.5264 or email@example.com.
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Dr. Jagdeep Tuli Dr. Jagdeep Tuli is originally from the United Kingdom, but moved to Canada at a young age. He graduated from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with a BS in Physiology attaining First Class Honors in 2012. In 2017, Dr. Tuli received his Doctor of Medicine from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies with Cum Laude Honors and completed his Internship and Residency in Pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland in 2020. Dr. Tuli is Board Certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program. He moved to Fresno in 2020 and in November began work as a Pediatrician with UHC at the new Fresno-Tuolumne Health Center that recently opened in August 2020. Dr. Tuli is thrilled to be providing comprehensive pediatric care to his patients, from newborns to young adults, in the beautiful new facility in Downtown Fresno. Dr. Tuli speaks English and some Punjabi. When he is not caring for his patients, Dr. Tuli enjoys watching sports (particularly ice hockey, a sport he became familiar with while in Canada), building 3D puzzles, and exploring new places and restaurants around the Central Valley, along the Pacific Coast, and in the Sierra National Parks with his wife.
Pediatricians with United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley
Dr. Menouchehr Bazyani Dr. Menouchehr Bazyani is originally from Iran, Persia, but attended medical school in Hungary. He came to the United States in 1996, and performed 3 years of Pediatric Residency, a year of Chief Residency, a year of Fellowship in Pediatric ER in Michigan. Dr. Bazyani’s first private practice was in Kentucky for 4 years, and then he moved to Fresno in 2004 where he worked at Valley Children’s Hospital in the ER for 9 years. From 2013 until 2017, Dr. Bazyani worked as a Pediatric Hospitalist in Visalia and also practiced with UHC in Parlier. In 2017, he moved to Riverside County to be closer to his children in college and practiced there until he returned to UHC at a new Clovis location in October 2020. Dr. Bazyani speaks 4 languages fluently; English, Farsi, Hungarian, and Arabic, and knows basic medical Spanish. Beside enjoying all Pediatric practice generally, Dr. Bazyani enjoys seeing his patients develop from a newborn to young adult. Dr. Bazyani has specialized experience in many pediatric procedures, including circumcision, ingrown toenails, and frenotomy. Dr. Bazyani and his wife now live in Clovis and have 2 boys—one to begin medical school at UCSF in 2021 and a younger son who has a year left before graduating from an IT school. They have a dog, 2 cats, and greatly enjoy soccer.
United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley
Pediatricians at United Health Centers are Board Certified or Board Eligible. They provide comprehensive primary health care in pediatrics from newborn care through adolescence including infants and children up to age 18. In Pediatrics your child is at the center of our practice, coordinating their care in dental or behavioral health or other specialty care all under one roof. Our goal is to have a life long relationship with your family through the years with compassionate and comprehensive care. Pediatric Services are available at all Fresno and Clovis locations: 6810 N. Milburn Avenue, 1780 E. Bullard Avenue 2610 Tuolumne Street, 1110 N. Blackstone Avenue and 2497 E. Herndon Avenue
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Interviewing Nikiva For the JUL | AUG Edition, CVLUX features Nikiva Dionne for the Wellness Issue.
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Let the Sunshine In “And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby The Luxury Awards are back, and we are so excited to celebrate with all of you once again! Mark your calendars for Friday, January 21st, 2022. After a year of shutdowns, it’s time to dust off your dancing shoes, throw on some diamonds, and get ready to experience the return of one of the largest, most anticipated events of the season. For the entire month of July, you can visit www.cvlux.com to nominate your favorite businesses for the prestigious Luxury Awards. For the first time, we are opening nominations to the public for our Diamond Award recipients— this category showcases different philanthropies across the Central Valley and will help us determine this year’s non-profit beneficiary. Don’t miss the opportunity to cast your vote for all of your
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Welcome to the Issue Wellness
The Dog Days Covergirl Nikiva Dionne opens up about her creative career journey and how her decidedly intentional approach translates into all aspects of her life (page 44). Meet the Central Valley’s health and wellness authorities (page 29). Create your own at-home spa (page 26) and get the 411 on how to introduce CBD beauty to your regimen (page 24). Update your haircare routine with sun-saving tips, tricks, and secrets from a local, sought-after hair guru (page 22). Escape to an ethereal, homegrown paradise (page 58). Savor summer veggies with a selection of mouthwatering plant-based recipes that make a serious case for the vegetarian diet (page 66). Stay sane with six life-altering product and hobby recommendations from a minimalist expert (page 20). A variety of local boutiques make it easy to shop for festival-inspired, bohemian wardrobe staples (page 55). Read what the seasons of Cancer and Leo have in store for you (page 72).
As we enter the dog days, it is a time to fully embrace summertime heat while savoring the final days of this season. Bask in the sun, relish summer crops, and find creative ways to keep cool with friends and family. May the fiery temperatures that are upon us mirror the flaming passion with which we are compelled to live life.
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Erin Melkonian Interiors Editor
Erin runs a collaborative design firm, EMID Design Group, specializing in healthcare, hospitality, and residential interior design, in Fresno, California. Seeing the world through an artistic lens has allowed Erin to experiment in a number of different styles. Everything she does with a space is deliberate. Every piece has a purpose and has been thought about (from color, to position, to scale) in order to create the most unique and personal spaces for her clients.
Ellie is a lifestyle, wedding, and brand photographer based in Fresno, California. An artist behind the lens, her trademark airy, light-filled style and masterful camera angles make her work easily recognizable. She uses her love for all things design related as inspiration for her work, and you can find her traveling any opportunity she gets to capture stories for her clients. Over the last four years, The Fresno Bee has named Ellie Best Photographer for the People’s Choice Awards.
Anna has been in the hair industry for over 16 years. She is the salon owner of re:TREAT in Clovis, an entrepreneur, educator, and ArTeam member for Sam Villa, as well as a former Redken Artist. She continues to share her passion and love for the beauty industry, finding peace in creating beauty while making others feel their best! Currently a full-time stylist behind the chair, Anna is able to relate to all stylists and clients, along with the challenges they face. Motivating others to grow and thrive is what inspires her daily.
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DEGREES OF SANITY Interiors Editor Erin Melkonian
2. I’m soaking.
Over the past year, my tub game has been strong. Handmade by local artisan and licensed therapist Annie Domingos, The Tub Club’s CBD aromatic, stress-relieving bath bombs (and newly released menthol muscle balm) ensure that I unwind in peace. The Tub Club CBD Bath Bomb $20.00 from www.thetubclub.com
1. I’m listening to podcasts.
I utilize waiting periods and driving time by indulging in a variety of podcasts. Dr. Andrew Huberman’s Huberman Lab on Spotify is my latest fave—it dissects complex health topics into digestible takeaways. Apple AirPods Pro $249.00 from www.apple.com
3. I’m claying.
You heard me right! I love making polymer clay trinkets, mostly earrings. I experiment with different color combos and patterns, which I then gift to my friends and family. My kids even get into it!
4. I’m expanding my plant family.
I often find myself at Gazebo Gardens or Home Depot, fawning over their latest hauls, searching for interesting shapes or unusual foliage. Recently, I purchased a Venus Fly Trap for my daughter, who’s been infatuated with this plant for over a year.
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5. I’m skating.
I learned to longboard 2 years ago, when my 6-year-old son developed interest. It’s a great workout and a fun way for me to get some one-onone time with him. I love the classic pintail shape boards made by Landyachtz. For kids: Landyachtz Drop Cat 33 Seeker $219.99 from www.landyachtz.com For adults: Landyachtz Battle Axe Paper Tiger $219.99 from www.landyachtz.com
6. I’m sleeping…well, trying to.
My 8-hour sleep is crucial for daily clarity! These Cariloha bed sheets are carbon neutral and made of 100% viscose from bamboo—the fact that buying them helps the environment alone helps me stay sane. Cariloha Classic Bamboo Sheets Set $139.00 to $199.00 from www.cariloha.com
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HOT HEADED Secrets For Perfect Summer Hair Beauty Contributor Anna Peters, Stylist & Educator
s a beauty industry educator, entrepreneur, and salon owner, it’s easy for me to see how seasonal haircare transitions are of upmost importance for hair health. When working with my clients throughout each year, some things stay the same, but others must evolve. From the color of your hair to the length of your locks, the elements brought on by the changing seasons make it essential to adapt your product and haircare needs accordingly! This year, the natural hair texture movement and lived-in hair trend are big and, more importantly, they are lending a huge helping hand to all their fans because of their low-maintenance, damage-free quality. This trend is also perfect for summer because it requires little to no heat styling and really leans into that carefree, goddess vibe we all want to feel while lounging with our favorite poolside beverage. We, as hairstylists, are loving this styling shift because people are finally embracing their locks and learning to love the hair they were born with. To become a natural hair master, all you need are
the right products and techniques to style or enhance your own beautiful, existing texture. When it comes to haircare, educating yourself on your hair type, the products you should use, and how to use them to your benefit are just as important as the amount of time, money, and education we put into our skincare routines. Here’s the skinny on this summer’s haircare essentials, styling must-haves, and its dos and don’ts! For more help with your hair, the re:TREAT Summer Box is here! In each Seasonal re:TREAT Box, you will get re:TREAT seasonal essentials. Each box includes my favorite hair, beauty, home, and lifestyle products—many of which are local and eco-friendly, with the highest quality in mind. You will also receive exclusive access to the best in hair and lifestyle tutorials, trending styles for your hair type, and how to use the seasonal hair goods inside of your box, along with exclusive member discounts on any items in the salon or online. Discover more by visiting www.retreatlifestyles.com to order your customized Seasonal re:TREAT Box! It’s time to TREAT yourself this summer!
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Pick Gentle Hair Accessories
As temperatures rise, so does the hair—up it goes into high ponytails and messy buns. This is great for staying cool, but, unfortunately, this is where we see a lot of hair damage and breakage happening. Hair ties and their unnatural bends eventually start breaking the hair, and soon you find yourself with a halo of short, broken strands. Up your style game with a luxurious silk or satin scrunchie, hair scarf, or a trending claw clip. None of them will cause breakage; they are gentle on the hair, super stylish, and, let’s face it, a lot better looking than the tired elastic. So, go ahead and throw that hair up! Just do it with style and awareness of what you are using.
Use Sun & Water Protection
What’s summer without a refreshing dip in the pool, lake, or ocean? Whether you’re swimming laps or floating by, don’t forget to protect your hair. Wearing a hat while lying out will save your color from fading while also saving your face from aging (win-win!). If you’re going deep, don’t forget to treat. Washing the minerals and chemicals out of your hair is a MUST as soon as you get out of the water. To keep hair color shiny and healthy, clarify every other week with Redken Detox Hair Cleansing Cream Clarifying Shampoo—it removes minerals and products that can build up on the hair and cause it to become dull and lifeless. Follow up by giving your hair some extra love with a relaxing hair mask or treatment. Chlorine, sun, and salt can zap the moisture from your hair, so make sure you give back by upping your moisture through the products you choose. For extra protection, apply your favorite conditioner or mask 10 minutes before you get in the water—letting it soak in will protect your hair from losing moisture and/or absorbing color-changing minerals and chemicals.
Embrace Heatless Styling
When on vacation, the last thing you want to do is blow-dry your hair or lug a blow-dryer around in a suitcase. Try heatless styling this summer! Start with the quick water-absorbing and frizz-fighting benefits of a microfiber hair towel. Pair that with our favorite Redken No Blow Dry NBD Airy Cream to air-dry into your beautified natural texture, or try a chic wet style that will keep you cool all day long.
Before your relaxing vacation, don’t forget to book an appointment with your hairstylist for when you return. You might want to book a haircut, professional conditioning treatment, and a glaze. Keeping your hair healthy and growing requires regular maintenance. Trims are less about removing length and more about removing split ends that can inhibit your hair from growing while making it look dry and damaged. Routine conditioning treatments at home are a MUST, but sometimes you might need the powerful benefits of a professional salon treatment like Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate treatment, which is customizable depending on what your stylist sees that your hair needs and is more concentrated than the at-home version. A glaze/gloss is a gentle and quick color pick-me-up, essential for maintaining that beautiful hair color you have and adding back the shine you deserve!
1. SMITH & LEN Silk Scrunchie in Nude $14.00 from www.retreatlifestyles.com 2. Kitsch Claw Clip in Gold $9.00 from www.retreatlifestyles.com 3. The Renaissance Circle Hopeless Hair Extreme Repair Mask $11.00 from www.retreatlifestyles.com 4. Davines Oi Oil $44.00 from www.retreatlifestyles.com 5. Kitsch Super-Absorbant Eco-Friendly Hair Towel $23.00 from www.retreatlifestyles.com 6. Redken Detox Hair Cleansing Cream Clarifying Shampoo $25.00 from www.retreatlifestyles.com 7. Redken No Blow Dry NBD Airy Cream $27.00 from www.retreatlifestyles.com
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LUX looks Beauty Trends
A Closer Look
CBD Beauty Beauty Editor Jessica McCafferty
It’s the buzzy ingredient popping up all over the beauty industry. But what exactly is CBD beauty and what does it do? Let’s take a closer look. “I say CBD, you say marijuana. But they aren’t exactly the same thing,” explains skincare expert and medical esthetician Cassandra Bankson (www.instagram.com/cassandrabankson). “The high that is associated with marijuana comes from a compound called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), meanwhile CBD does not cause any high and is a compound called cannabidiol. Both of these compounds work on different receptors in the brain, as well as receptors in your skin.” What is one of the most common places where you can see these three letters? It’s definitely in skincare. “CBD is beneficial for every complexion because it contains a blend of beauty vitamins like A, C, and E,” explains Elina Fedotova, cosmetic chemist, celebrity esthetician, and founder of Elina Organics skincare (www.elinaorganics.com). “They are powerful antioxidants that help to promote collagen and have strong antioxidant effects. CBD also helps to reduce free radicals which help to heal skin from sun damage,” she explains. The Elina Organics CBD Ageless line contains three different products (a face cream, a hand cream, and a wrinkle-filling serum) that use liposome-encapsulated CBD. Her CBD isolate also calms and soothes irritated and sensitive skin while also helping rejuvenate aging skin. But CBD is not just for skincare. A brand called Flowerkist has numerous makeup options, including their Pure Perfection CBD-Infused Primer. Delivering a soft-focus finish, this lightweight formula can be worn under makeup for an added smoothing effect.
When it comes to the body, Bawdy Beauty makes a product called The Bawdy Oil. With a blend of 300-mg full-spectrum organic CBD oil and nutrient-rich botanicals, it helps improve skin tone with marula oil while also revitalizing and relaxing your muscles. There is also This Works Stress Check CBD Body Polish Skincare. This natural CBD body exfoliator even features lactic acid and pumice to remove the buildup of dirt and improve skin tone, and its hemp-derived, pure CBD isolate (490-mg per tube) helps soothe and calm. But, as with all hot products, it is important to know that you’re buying quality products, too. “When anything becomes trendy, interesting, or has shown to be beneficial, someone is inevitably going to try to rip it off. CBD is not easy to extract—you need to get it from cannabis or hemp and separate it from the other components of the plant through extraction and distillation. Then you have to purify it—this is an expensive and timely process,” shares Bankson. “The best products are going to be the ones that give you the boost of other supplemental ingredients,” she adds. So, think niacinamide or salicylic acid. The final verdict: do your research and buy responsibly. You might just find that CBD is just what your beauty routine needs.
1. Elina Organics CBD Ageless $38.00 to $57.00 from www.elinaorganics.com 2. Flowerkist Pure Prefection CBD-Infused Primer $32.00 from www.flowerkist.com 3. Bawdy Beauty The Bawdy Oil $75.00 from www.bawdybeauty.com 4. This Works Stress Check CBD Body Polish Skincare $17.99 from www.shopcanopy.com
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HOME SPA ESSENTIALS Beauty Trends
Beauty Editor Jessica McCafferty
Though there’s nothing like a day at the spa, sometimes we just need a night in to ourselves. Fortunately, the essentials of the perfect spa getaway can be at the reach of your own vanity. So, put on your plushest robe and coziest slippers because we are here to give you the best ways to reset at home!
1. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Hyaluronic Clay Pore-Tight Facial Mask $40.00 from www.sephora.com 2. Circcell Amethyst Roller $45.00 from www.circcell.com 3. VERSED INSTANT GRATIFICATION At-Home Dermaplaning Tool $19.99 from www.versedskin.com 4. Heretic Parfum Dirty Lavender Bath Soak $35.00 from www.hereticparfum.com 5. Carrière Frères Candle in Lavender $54.00 from www.carrierefreres.com 6. Mila Moursi Cryo Serum Ice Cube Infusion $155.00 from www.milamoursi.com 7. Level Naturals Mixed Bath Bombs $18.00 from www.levelnaturals.com 8. Kat Burki Hand Therapy $45.00 from www.katburki.com 9. Peppy Co LED Light Therapy Mask V2 $149.00 from us.peppyco.com 10. Ikaria Beauty AGELESS Beauty Balm $89.00 from www.ikariabeauty.com
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wellness How do you measure success? It’s a subjective question, but following your dream and turning it into a livelihood is a good place to start. These professionals have done just that. They have established careers that reflect their personal interests and goals, often while building families and giving back to their communities— major accomplishments by any measure.
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Dempsey Orthodontics MELISSA DEMPSEY, DDS, MS
Riverstone Development CHRIS BEERY
Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center SHANNON BARNHART, DDS ALLEN T. CHIEN, DDS BRIAN HUH, DMD THOMAS CURIEL, DMD ARDAVAN KHERADPIR, DMD, MD
Hairitage Salon EILEEN SMITH CHRIS CRUZ LADONNA ENGLISH
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Valley Institute of Plastic Surgery & Aspire Medispa MARK A. CHIN, MD, MPH
CHUKCHANSI GOLD RESORT & CASINO YVETTE M. FREITAS, SPA & SALON MANAGER AT SERENITY SPRINGS SPA AT CHUKCHANSI GOLD
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” —C.S. Lewis
estled in the majesty of the Sierra Foothills, Serenity Springs Spa at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino invites guests to escape the rigors of life and journey to an oasis of beauty, health, and wellness with a rejuvenating menu of therapeutic massages, luxurious body treatments, soothing facials, full-service salon services, and more in a tranquil environment. Our caring professional staff brings the joy of service to the next level.
WHO I AM I strive to be the best version of myself. God, family, and friends are my core. Balancing my personal and professional lives may be challenging, but the blessings outweigh it all. When it comes to challenges, attitude is everything, so choose a positive one. Every moment matters, so seize the day! WHAT I LOVE ABOUT MY PROFESSION People! Through the years, as a professional stylist and businesswoman, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a plethora of different people who have enhanced my life and increased my knowledge—some have become lifelong friends. It is a rewarding and satisfying profession. As spa manager, I can make a difference in the lives of my guests. OUR PASSION Making our guests feel welcomed and exceeding their expectations to the level of extraordinary. NEW SERVICES WE ARE EXCITED TO OFFER We’ll soon debut a new spa menu featuring personalized services with luxury organic skincare and haircare products. Visit us for a day of beauty—I’ll personally welcome you.
Visit Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino’s site at: www.chukchansigold.com Location 711 Lucky Lane Coarsegold, CA Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 559.692.5444 ADVERTISEMENT
Your early and adult orthodontics specialist.
DEMPSEY ORTHODONTICS MELISSA DEMPSEY, DDS, MS ORTHODONTIST FRESNO, CALIFORNIA
empsey Orthodontics is a privately owned orthodontics practice serving the communities of the Central Valley. Dr. Melissa Dempsey and her skilled staff of dental assistants make use of various dental appliances and advanced techniques to create beautiful, healthy smiles. Treatment plans for each patient are unique and centered around the patient’s aesthetic desires. Dempsey Orthodontics takes pride in their exceptional orthodontic care.
ABOUT ME I have been providing cosmetic orthodontic care for over 24 years and serving neighborhoods across Fresno for 17 years. I obtained my degree of dental surgery from the University of California, Los Angeles and completed my orthodontics residency at Chicago’s Northwestern University. I remain regularly involved in the Fresno community and am a proud mother of two teenage sons. MY COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Community involvement is important to me, and I am an active member of multiple dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Fresno-Madera Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, and Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. THREE WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE MY WORK Compassionate. Dedicated. Transformative. WHY YOUR SMILE IS IMPORTANT New patients visit our office feeling self-conscious about some aspect of their smile. This often causes the patient to hold back from smiling, laughing, or talking regardless of the severity of the issue. Transforming the smile involves properly aligning and shaping the teeth, lips, and jaws. The result is a beautiful and healthy smile that boosts confidence and leaves positive first impressions.
Visit Dempsey Orthodontics’ site at: www.bracesinfresno.com Location 4005 West Figarden Drive Fresno, CA 93722 Email email@example.com Phone 559.226.7468 Follow @DempseyOrtho @dempseybraces1 @in/melissa-dempsey-29801369 ADVERTISEMENT
RIVERSTONE DEVELOPMENT CHRIS BEERY, CROSSFIT ATHLETE & TRAINER
Live by faith one day, one breath, and one rep at a time.
iverstone’s neighbor health highlight is Chris Beery, a trainer within our community who utilizes the Lodge Gym to train friends and his neighbors. Beery is a CrossFit Level 2 trainer with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from California State University, Fresno. With over 20 years of experience in health and fitness, Chris has competed in everything from bodybuilding to CrossFit competitions. He is excited to be training for The CrossFit Games in the Men’s Masters Division held July 27th through August 1st.
OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS There is a direct correlation between a person’s health and their environment. As a resident of Riverstone, it is evident that there was intentional design to foster outdoor physical activity that creates the opportunity for social connections. Unique amenities, such as a pickle ball court, a soccer field, ping pong tables, and beautiful walking paths, bring people together to be active. HOW WE SUPPORT AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE As fitness trends have transitioned from big gyms to home gyms, from spin classes to virtual Peloton and Zoom classes, Riverstone has maintained its commitment to their wellness initiatives and offered HIIT and yoga via Zoom. This adaption inspired residents to coordinate a number of fitness activities outdoors, like virtual running challenges, and started weight-loss accountability groups. The blessing of Riverstone is that we have everything we need to maintain our individual and community wellness right here—and this is still only the beginning, with two more clubhouses on their way.
Visit Riverstone’s site at: www.riverstoneca.com Location 370 Market Avenue Madera, CA 93636 Phone 559.785.1200 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Follow @LifeAtRiverstone @lifeatriverstoneca ADVERTISEMENT
FRESNO ORAL MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY & DENTAL IMPLANT CENTER SHANNON BARNHART, DDS ALLEN T. CHIEN, DDS BRIAN HUH, DMD THOMAS CURIEL, DMD ARDAVAN KHERADPIR, DMD, MD
Delivering excellence in dental implants and oral surgery.
DR. BARNHART PROCEDURES THAT SET OUR OFFICE APART We can place immediate dental implants at the time of your tooth extraction, along with the option of placing newer trabecular metal implants that can be restored with a final crown in two or more weeks. DR. CHIEN
resno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Center has a long history of putting the needs of our patients, our referring doctors, and our staff first. During this unprecedented global viral pandemic, rest assured that we have implemented screening protocols and workplace infection control measures to protect everyone’s safety.
WHY WORKING HERE IS UNIQUE The people of Fresno and Madera Counties are special. We have cared for generations of families and it is amazing to learn about their history and future in our community. DR. HUH WHAT WE DO DIFFERENTLY As board-certified providers at Fresno Oral Surgery, we help alleviate anxiety and deliver comfort during your dental implant procedures by providing different sedation techniques to enhance your experience. We pride ourselves on giving personalized, compassionate care in line with ever-changing technology standards. DR. CURIEL WHY OUR TEAM IS SO IMPORTANT Our team allows us to provide a patient experience like no other. The communication between our doctors, assistants, and office staff all play a crucial role in providing a pleasant experience from start to finish. DR. KHERADPIR HOW DENTAL IMPLANTS HAVE ADVANCED We’re often asked, “Can dentures be replaced with dental implants?” Today, dental implant surgery is the gold standard for replacing teeth. Replacing your dentures with dental implants is a very predictable procedure with excellent longterm, aesthetic, and functional outcomes.
Fresno Location 1903 East Fir Avenue, Suite 101 Fresno, CA 93720 Clovis Location 2026 Shaw Avenue, Suite 101 Clovis, CA 93611 Madera Location 515 North I Street Madera, CA 93637 Reedley Location 1140 F Street Reedley, CA 93654
Visit Fresno Oral Surgery’s site at: www.fresnooralsurgery.com Phone Fresno 559.226.2722 Clovis 559.472.4050 Madera 559.673.8337 Reedley 559.480.3002 Follow @fresnooralsurgery @fresnooralsurgerygroup @fresnosurgery ADVERTISEMENT
Life is beautiful.
EILEEN SMITH, SALON OWNER & STYLIST CHRIS CRUZ, STYLIST LADONNA ENGLISH, STYLIST FRESNO, CALIFORNIA
airitage Salon has deep roots in Fresno, founded as a barber shop by Chuck Weaver over 50 years ago. Having already established a prolific beauty career in the Central Valley, I came to work for The Hairitage (the salon’s original name) in 2013. My specialties include hair color, highlights, men’s and women’s haircutting and styling, as well as permanent makeup. I feel honored to have been handed the baton of a business with a great history and reputation. On May 1st, 2021, I became the new owner of Hairitage Salon! Life is beautiful—and if it’s not, I can fix that!
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME Tenacious. Talented. Timeless. MY APPROACH TO AESTHETICS When you love what you do, it isn’t a job. I choose to see the beauty or handsome features in each person and communicate each client’s requests with realistic results. Knowledge and continued education are important, so I make it a priority to stay up to date on the latest permanent makeup certifications. My passion is being of service to others and making the world more beautiful, one person at a time. WHO MENTORED ME IN MY CAREER In 1979, I attended Visalia College of Beauty under the direction of Don and Lydia Estes. Joseph Feramisco, of Joseph’s Salon, gave me my first start. I was inspired by Jose Eber and visited his salon several times in Los Angeles. Sandy Hammonds of Premier Pigments in Texas, a pioneer in permanent makeup, was also a big influence. MY HISTORY I have worked for several swanky salons in Fresno and even bought one in the Tower District—I had that business for five years before having my sons. I’m very proud to have worked alongside many well-known local beauty professionals and feel I’ve finally come full circle—I’m proud to have Chris Cruz and LaDonna English on my staff now. Plus, we have room for one more!
Let your stylists teach you regarding products and home care.
Hairitage Salon offers exceptional services in a luxurious setting.
Visit Eileen’s sites at: www.hairitagesalon.org www.eileenspermanentmakeup.com Location 1736 West Bullard Avenue Fresno, CA 93711 Email email@example.com Phone 559.281.9111 Follow @Eileen Smith Beauty 101 @myoohlala101 ADVERTISEMENT
Live your best life at Tesoro Viejo
HEALTHY LIVING COMES ALIVE AT TESORO VIEJO. MADERA, CALIFORNIA
esoro Viejo is a community where healthy living is alive and well. Access to fresh local produce is made easy with the Farmer’s Markets in the Town Center. The miles of trails for biking, hiking, and jogging provide the perfect opportunity to stay active and healthy in the fresh outdoor air.
A PLACE TO RELAX AND REFRESH Live a happier, healthier lifestyle at Tesoro Viejo with 14 miles of trails and hundreds of acres of natural open space. The promise of Tesoro Viejo is a place for healthy living and connection to the natural environment. This is the place to relax and refresh. FIND MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS WITH NEIGHBORS The resort-style clubhouse and recreation center provide endless opportunities to connect with family, friends, and neighbors. With a full-time staff, there’s never a shortage of events and activities planned throughout the year. Connect with your neighbors at AXIS Coffee Bar + Eatery in Town Center while enjoying live music and a craft beer or glass of wine. BE HAPPY. BE WELL. Staying active and living a healthy lifestyle has never been this easy – Tesoro Viejo’s natural setting and community amenities have it all covered. Join a fitness or yoga class at the clubhouse or enjoy a bike tour of the trails. Whether you are hiking the trails to the San Joaquin River or walking your child to Hillside Elementary School, you will thrive at Tesoro Viejo. HEALTH AND WELLNESS TAKE CENTER STAGE IN TOWN CENTER Camarena Health is building a new health and wellness center in the heart of Tesoro Viejo’s Town Center. Planned to open in 2022, the 13,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility will offer medical, dental, and health education. In addition, the new facility will launch a new concept for Camarena Heath with a fitness center and space dedicated to group exercise.
The national award-winning Ranch House Clubhouse and Recreation Center provides endless opportunities to connect with family and neighbors, while staying active in the fitness center and swimming pools.
Tesoro Viejo offers 14 miles of biking, hiking, and jogging trails. Enjoy an active lifestyle among the beautiful natural landscape.
Tesoro Viejo offers a happier, healthier lifestyle with hundreds of acres of preserved open space that transports you to a tranquil setting to live your best life.
Visit Tesoro Viejo’s site at: www.tesoroviejo.com Location Hwy 41 & Tesoro Viejo Blvd Madera, CA 93636 Phone 559.822.3375
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VALLEY INSTITUTE OF PLASTIC SURGERY & ASPIRE MEDISPA
Our number one concern is you!
MARK A. CHIN, MD, MPH COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGEON & DIRECTOR FRESNO, CALIFORNIA
he dedicated staff at Valley Institute of Plastic Surgery & Aspire Medispa is committed to having happy patients. We utilize the latest technology for skin analysis and a plethora of treatment modalities to brighten the skin. Our advice is given with the patient’s comfort and safety in mind. Using VECTRA XT 3D computer simulations to see what you may look like after surgery helps determine if the patient’s expectations can be met—this helps take the guesswork out of surgery. Our goal is to exceed our patients’ expectations.
THE MEDISPA TREATMENT THAT I AM EXCITED ABOUT RIGHT NOW EMSCULPT NEO® is a revolutionary FDA-approved device combining high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) energy and radiofrequency (RF) to build and strengthen your muscles while simultaneously disrupting fat cells. It treats your core abdominal muscles, buttocks, arms, and calves. Four sessions, a week apart, are recommended to see and feel the results. LOOKING YOUR BEST, NATURALLY We strive to optimize the patient’s own anatomy into a pleasing shape. We offer nonsurgical and surgical options that compliment each other to enhance one’s appearance without looking “over done” or “over plumped.” Creating a more youthful and rested face and a healthier looking body is what makes our jobs fun and exciting. HOW MY STAFF ENHANCES MY PRACTICE I am blessed to have a highly experienced and dedicated staff that places our patients’ needs and safety first. Their friendly, inviting smiles will ease your experience in the spa and surgical facility. They will develop a cost-effective way to work toward your goals and expectations. Kudos to my staff!
Visit VIPS’s site at: www.markchinmd.com www.medispafresno.com Location 6175 North Fresno Street, Suite 101 Fresno, CA 93710 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 559.435.9646 Follow @VIPSMarkChinMD @markchinmd ADVERTISEMENT
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Acting with intent Features Editor Elisabeth Ross Photographer Jamaal Murray Hair Trevor Jackson Makeup Andie Sleeman Creative Director Christina Marie
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hat is your purpose? Every human being would return a different answer to this question. Yet, it is those who strive to find purpose in all that they do that truly change the world for the better. Nikiva Dionne is intentional in all that she does, setting her apart as one whose platform is always used for the greater good. Working beyond a career that bloomed in fashion and is flourishing in film, it’s clear that this paragon’s pursuit in life is to always be better, no matter the industry. Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, Nikiva displayed her creativity from a young age. “I always loved arts and entertainment. But it never even resonated, until I left Baltimore, that I could actually become an actress,” she recalls. “It was just never a conversation.” Throughout her childhood, she did the “theater thing” and began modeling as a teenager, which familiarized her with the fashion industry. “I coordinated the fashion shows in high school. Yes, I took drama classes. But, you know, there was never a teacher that was like, ‘You should do this.’” So she wound up at Berkeley College in Manhattan, studying fashion. “They didn’t have dorms, but there was a building that was allocated to internships and students,” Nikiva recollects, narrating her experiences in the place where she lived, near Times Square, during her first year and a half in New York. “There was a lot of noise in the hallway one day, so I opened up the door and it’s my neighbors, who I never met—I had just moved there—and they were like, ‘Oh we’re so sorry! We’re running lines!’ And I’m like, ‘What?’ And they’re like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m in school for theater!’ I remember shutting the door and thinking, ‘Wait I could have went to school for that?’ I had no idea. No one ever said you could go to school for that!” That moment caused Nikiva to question her direction, but since success with fashion continued to come to her readily, she stuck with it and eventually graduated with two degrees. “New York is pretty much a place about work ethic—it’s not about who you know, they don’t really care. ‘Can you do the work?’ people would ask. So, I was able to thrive in that environment because I had always had a job since I was in the sixth grade—I’ve always worked!” Working in fashion, which is a notoriously fast-paced industry, really was the perfect fit for her. “I found success right away between school and I worked in wholesale—I did modeling
for BCBG.” One opportunity led to another, and she stayed with the brand for the next four years, a move that officially launched her fashion career. “New York definitely was that place of constant challenge.” Nikiva’s two childhood best friends from Baltimore had also moved to the Big Apple to study fashion at the same time. “It was kind of like I had my little piece of Baltimore in the middle of New York.” However, it wasn’t until she finally moved out to Los Angeles at 23 that Nikiva realized how valuable having that support system in Manhattan had been for her professional development. She had always wanted to move out to California and was eventually transferred to the West Coast to help launch a few major retail stores, turning that dream into reality. “I wasn’t looking for New York to do anything for me.” Nikiva had wanted to develop herself in NY, but her approach to LA was very different. She asked herself, “If I’m gonna be here, then what does this look like? What do I need from this environment?” As she still felt a strong pull to the entertainment industry, Nikiva decided to hire actors as models for the stores she was running to feed those creative cravings. “And that way they’ll have jobs,” she thought, “and I can give them flexible schedules, and that’ll be perfect!” Yet, it was The Alchemist that solidified that career pivot from fashion to acting, setting her course straight. Nikiva landed multiple promotions in the short time she’d spent in Southern California, but she couldn’t deny that something still didn’t feel right about this trajectory. It caused her to again question why she was vying for something more in fashion. Before stepping into yet another role, she decided to take a vacation. “My family and friends thought that I was in Mexico. I wasn’t. I was in a one-bedroom apartment in North Hollywood,” she admits.
ikiva had heard about fasting, though she’d never done it before. “A friend had bought me The Alchemist, and I had it and just never read it. So, I said, ‘You know what? No one can interrupt me!’ I knew there was something that wasn’t settled about accepting the job. Something wasn’t right, you know?” She did a water-only fast with little more than a new Bible and a notebook. “No electronics, no anything. I’m reading this book, and I’m seeing the parallels of my life,” referencing the main character Santiago, whose success in a crystal shop mirrored Nikiva’s own achievements in the fashion industry. “Maybe I keep wanting more in terms of the promotions because it’s not really what I’m supposed to do?” she wondered. That’s when she realized: “Okay it’s kind of now or never! You’re gonna try it and bet on yourself!” She knew whatever it was that was urging her had to be bigger than herself. When Nikiva came back to work that following Monday morning, she couldn’t shake the feeling that it was time to make that change. She knew she had to walk away; she was only looking for a sign—which came in the form of her store being fully staffed, an anomaly that gave her the peace of mind to leave, knowing that all would be just fine without her. “I got up and sent an email, and I left, and I knew I couldn’t give a two-week notice because I would have been talked out of it.” Reality hit when she pulled up to her home in North Hollywood. “I had a Lexus car lease, I had this luxury apartment, and I’m like, ‘Wait a minute…where’s the money gonna come from? You have about two months’ worth of savings!’ It was crazy.” But she had no doubt that she could make it as an actress. “It’s funny because I remember thinking one time, ‘I’m gonna be telling the story and it would be like a two-second soundbite when it was like seven years of hell,’” Nikiva recounts with an infectious laugh.
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This wasn’t really a job for me. This is a calling. It was way bigger than me. When it’s a purpose, it’s bigger than you because it’s not about you.
She knew a handful of actors but no one in the industry that could hire her. “What do I not need from outside?” Nikiva asked herself, knowing she needed to make an income—fast. “‘You know people,’ and I knew I could take a picture because I had modeled for so many years. I previously had commercial auditions—good or bad, I’ve done that before!” She joined Twitter and followed every casting director and commercial agent she could find. Then Nikiva picked up Self-Management for Actors, which was the first book her best friend had bought for her when she told him she wanted to act—a reference that she uses even today. It helped that she approached acting as a business, pulling from her management and analytical perspective to get noticed in a way that other aspiring actors weren’t. Nikiva booked her first two commercials from Twitter within the first two weeks of acting and hasn’t looked back since. A common thread runs through her work—headstrong, commanding characters, much like herself, allowing her to tap into a vein of empathy that is not easily portrayed. The actress made her network television debut in the fall of 2015 as a nurse in the Season 2 premier of Jane the Virgin on the CW. A slew of impressive recurring performances followed, with her roles in the HBO hit series Insecure and CBS’s S.W.A.T. standing out notably. In fact, her character Stacy Sutton is returning for the highly anticipated final season of Insecure.
ost recently, the actress got to play an actress on ABC’s A Million Little Things. Despite getting the script at the onset of COVID-19 shutdowns, when Nikiva’s schedule was booked out, she was immediately drawn to the character of Shanice Williamson. Sometimes with a role, “it aligns with your heart in that moment,” and this was one of those instances for Nikiva. “I was always a fan of the show. I always loved it. I love not just the story lines, but I love the humanity of the characters and how they deal with life in a very honest, loving way,” the emotions of which don’t always translate with network television. Her audition for the role of Shanice actually turned out to be her first via Zoom. Many of Nikiva’s roles are of successful, strong women, though this is not something she actively seeks out—it’s simply inherent. She was once asked by a casting director where this strength comes from. “And I was like, ‘I didn’t know it was strength.’ It was literally just doing what you needed to do. So, it’s not like I ever equated, ‘I’m gonna play these characters.’ I’m able to identify strengths within a character, but I’m also able to identify the redemptive nature and redemptive quality that you wanna have,” she explains. “I always approach the process with looking for the relatability and the aspirational qualities in any character.” That conviction is at her core and surrounds her person—Nikiva’s mom is a politician, her sister a sheriff, and the bonds of family are extremely
important to her; as is honesty, which directly relates to her need for purpose-driven actions and good intentions. With all that she does, she first asks herself, “Does this align with my purpose?” Thus, it seems perfectly fitting that all her companies come under her aptly named Platform4APurpose corporation. Lyric Party Game, Nikiva’s app inspired from a song text game, which she made up with one of her beloved nieces, falls under the corporation, becoming the embodiment of what it means to live purposefully. “My second oldest niece was going away to college, and this was a niece that I spoke to every day for years and then the conversation slowed.” Nikiva remembered how pivotal those college years were, “and I didn’t want to feel the distance. So, I was trying to find ways to keep us connected, and I realized that as much as I love music and song lyrics, ‘Wow, all of my nieces really do, too.’ And that just might be a familial thing. So, I would start to send voice notes to my niece when she went away to school.” The voice note would be Nikiva singing a song and her niece would send a voice note back finishing the lyrics. Sometimes, they would even text the lyrics back and forth. “She always knew it, and it was so remarkable to me! I was intentional about trying to maintain this connection with her.” It inspired Nikiva to write a bunch of lyric-based R&B song questions to play with her family who were coming in for Christmas one year—one thing led to another, the game got out on social media, and the rest is history. Well, it’s actually the Lyric Party Game app! “Oddly enough, and how I know that it was a God-ordained thing is that my niece—that I started sending those messages to—she passed away in 2020 at 23 years old. Now I know why I had to do it. Because creating Lyric Party Game was probably harder than acting and I never thought anything would be harder than acting. And I kept going. I hit every wall you could imagine; I mean bounced off of walls! And now, fast-forward, the game has been on the app store and Google Play for two years and it took three years in development. And now I’m like, ‘This is 100% why!’ Because the intentional moments that you create with your family, you have no idea that they might be the only thing you have left. But those memories that I have, you can’t imagine how I hold them now.” Savoring the little moments is one of the small things each and every one of us can do—not just for ourselves but for those around us, because being present is a gift that must not be taken for granted. “If you identify and give people your truth, even the transactional relationships always mean something deeper,” imparts Nikiva, and we must allow ourselves to evolve with those moments. “I say often that I’ve always been who I’m now becoming,” she states, knowing that acting is much more than an occupation. “This wasn’t really a job for me. This is a calling. It was way bigger than me. When it’s a purpose, it’s bigger than you because it’s not about you.” Nikiva Dionne lives by example—planning ahead, embracing new directions, but always, always striving to be a better version of herself.
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Navigate the boho aesthetic through the guidance of Shop CVLUX. Whether your wardrobe leans toward bohemian rhapsody or simply waves at the trend, peruse looks that’ll inspire you to embrace summertime festival vibes in an undeniably effortless way. Mimic this decidedly Californian style by layering on the accessories and separates, picking flowy fabrics and natural fibers, and making the LUXlife a carefree one.
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Bohemian style has managed to evolve and remain relevant for well over a century. The look is rooted in the gypsy culture of old-world Europe, yet the modern boho aesthetic we’ve come to identify with came to prominence with the “hippie era” of the 1960s and ‘70s. Since then, this festival vibe has developed into an extremely accessible style that is easy to create with a handful of elements. Flowy fabrics, loose silhouettes, vibrant yet earthen colors, natural materials, and extreme comfort are key hallmarks of the boho chic. In the Central Valley, the Mediterranean climate lends itself as the perfect environment for showcasing this quintessential style. Collectively, boutiques throughout the greater Fresno area have gravitated towards boho looks as summer knocks on our doors. To embrace the bohemian ambiance, don’t be afraid to layer—jewelry, separates, colors, textures. All contribute to making your style unique to you while nodding at one of the most universally recognized clothing crazes. With the heat upon us, visit your local boutiques to refresh your wardrobe with this tried-and-true trend!
Short, carefree dresses easily transition from day to night.
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Summertime has a way of inspiring us to be on our best diet behavior. With more heat and less clothes comes greater UV exposure and little room for extra snacking. The need for additional sunscreen during this time of the year is a given, but sometimes we also need a gentle reminder that what we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in them. However, that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice flavor! Food grown from the earth is at the foundation of every well-balanced meal plan. With several approaches to this lifestyle, it’s easy to tailor a plant-based food regimen to meet everyone’s lifestyle. The concept and definition of vegetarianism has evolved greatly over the years—plant-based diets have numerous variations that create several vegetarian subcategories. On the strict end, vegans exclude all meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products and byproducts from their diet, and the even stricter raw vegan prohibits plant foods to be cooked past 115 degrees. There are the lacto types (which allow for daily), the ovo (permitting eggs), and the
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hybridized lacto-ovo. At the middle ground are pescatarians, who eat fish. Over on the semi-vegetarian side are flexitarians, who, as the name suggests, are more flexible with occasional and mindful meat consumption. It is estimated that approximately 8% of the world identifies as vegetarian, with the United States making up 2.2% of the global vegetarian population. Another 10% of humans follow some kind of vegetarian diet. Yet, despite the relatively low percentage of vegetarians compared to non-vegetarians world-wide, plant-based diets reduce the risk of death from heart disease by an astounding 40%. Heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consistently ranks as the number one cause of death not just nationwide, but around the world. Mother Nature knows what’s best for our bodies! Our earth yields a rainbow of wonderfully nutritious, pure foods, so when it comes to tidying up our dietary intake, eat well and be full naturally.
Spinach-Stuffed Shells with Marinara SERVES 8
24 jumbo pasta shells 5 oz. fresh spinach 1 white onion (thinly sliced) 3 garlic cloves (minced) 1 egg 2 cups ricotta cheese 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded) ½ cup parmesan cheese (grated) Olive oil Garlic salt Black pepper White pepper
For the Marinara 6 Roma tomatoes ¼ bottle of white wine 2 tbs. butter 1 white onion 3 garlic cloves 1 bunch of fresh basil 2 heaping tbs. capers Olive oil Garlic salt Black pepper
Instructions Begin by setting a large pot of salted water to boil before preparing the spinach filling. Prep the white onion and garlic. In a large saucepan on medium heat, add enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan, followed by the onion and garlic. Once they’re cooked until soft and fragrant, toss in the fresh spinach, cover it with a lid, and cook until bright green and slightly wilted—if you need more moisture, just add a bit more olive oil. In a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses with the egg. Add garlic salt and black pepper to taste, plus a pinch of white pepper. When thoroughly incorporated, add in the cooked spinach mixture and fold it together to create the spinach filling. For the marinara sauce, wash the tomatoes before cutting away the stem bases, and then quarter them, as well as the white onion. Add the cut tomatoes and white onion to a blender, followed by the garlic cloves and half the capers, then add fresh basil, garlic salt, and black pepper to taste. This will make for a light marinara, so if you prefer a heartier tomato sauce, add a bit of tomato paste to embolden the flavor. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top of the ingredients, as well as the white wine, before pulsating until it’s nearly smooth. In a large saucepan, drizzle enough olive oil to cover the surface, and set it to medium heat. Pour the marinara sauce into the pan. Stir in the remaining capers. Add the butter, which will melt as the sauce cooks. Simmer the sauce until it becomes fragrant—it should begin to bubble gently and turn darker in color. Note: The sauce should reduce a bit while you prepare the jumbo pasta shells, but if it reduces to a point where it’s becoming thick or dry, just add some pasta water to bring it back to life. Boil the jumbo pasta shells until they are al dente. Remove the cooked shells from the pasta water and set them aside on paper towels to slightly dry and cool. Now, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Assemble the jumbo pasta shells for baking. Prepare a baking dish by covering the bottom of it with a thin layer of marinara. Gently stuff the jumbo pasta shells with the spinach filling. Place the stuffed shells open side up in the prepared baking dish. Once they are all lined up in the dish, spoon on the remaining sauce. Bake for 20 minutes—let the Spinach-Stuffed Shells with Marinara cool slightly before serving three to a plate.
Grilled Artichokes with Creamy Feta Sauce SERVES 4
2 artichokes 2 lemons (juiced; zest 1 of them) 4 garlic cloves (minced) Olive oil Garlic salt Black pepper
For the Creamy Feta Sauce 4 oz. feta cheese (whole feta in water is preferable) ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt 1 lemon (juiced) 2 garlic cloves ¼ cup fresh herbs (tarragon, dill, parsley, and basil are ideal) ¼ tsp. smoked paprika Garlic salt White pepper
Instructions Begin by setting a large pot of salted water to boil before preparing the artichokes. Trim their leaf spikes and cut off the prickly tops. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the outer skin of the artichoke stem, then trim the exposed tip off. Cut the artichokes down the center to create two mirrored halves. Rub about half of the lemon juice on the exposed artichokes to prevent them from browning. Place a steaming rack inside the pot of salted water. Once the water comes to a boil, place the prepared artichokes with the exposed side down on the steaming rack. Cover the pot, reduce the temperature to medium, and steam until they can be pierced easily with a knife (approximately 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the artichokes). While the artichokes are steaming, prepare the Creamy Feta Sauce. Add the feta cheese, plain Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic cloves, fresh herbs, and paprika to a food processor. Blend until the mixture becomes creamy, then add a pinch of white pepper and garlic salt to taste. Allow the Creamy Feta Sauce to refrigerate while you finish preparing the artichokes; the sauce can even be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. In a small bowl, mix an equal part of olive oil (a flavored or infused olive oil works beautifully for this step) to the remaining lemon juice before adding in the lemon zest and minced garlic cloves. Once the artichokes are done steaming, remove them from the steamer pot and brush the exposed sides with the lemon juice and olive oil mixture, and sprinkle them with garlic salt and black pepper to taste. Using a grill mat, grill the artichokes with the exposed side down. Once the grill marks are evident, remove the Grilled Artichokes from the heat and serve them with the Creamy Feta Sauce.
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Salmon Cakes atop Baby Greens with Lemon Beurre Blanc SERVES 3-6
½ lb. cooked salmon (skinless) 1 egg 1 bag of baby greens lettuce ½ red bell pepper 2 stalks celery 2 stalks green onions 2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 tbs. capers 1 tbs. mayonnaise 1 tbs. spicy brown or Dijon mustard 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce ½ tsp. Old Bay seasoning Avocado or olive oil Salted sweet cream butter
Instructions Begin by flaking the cooked salmon and setting it aside in a medium mixing bowl. In a small mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, the mustard of choice, and the Worcestershire sauce, then whisk in the egg to make the wet base. Finely chop the red bell pepper, celery, and green onions. Add the chopped vegetable mix to the flaked salmon, followed by the garlic and capers, then gently combine the mixture. Once folded together, add the wet base, as well as the Old Bay seasoning, and again, gently fold until fully incorporated. Refrigerate the salmon cake mixture for at least 30 minutes, preferably up to 3 hours. To cook the salmon cakes, preheat a skillet to medium-high heat. Melt an equal part of salted sweet cream butter with avocado or olive oil (the butter will give the Salmon Cakes a golden-brown crust; avocado oil is preferable because it has a higher burning point and the oil helps keep the butter from burning). Scoop approximately ¼ cup of the chilled salmon mixture into your
For the Lemon Beurre Blanc ½ bottle white wine 1 lemon (juiced) 1 shallot (minced) 1 heaping tbs. capers 4 tbs. salted sweet cream butter (chilled)
hand and press it loosely into a ball—place it into the hot pan, pressing the top with a spatula to flatten and create the “cake” shape. Cover it with a lid to cook. When the Salmon Cakes become golden brown on the bottom, flip them and repeat the process on the other side. If you need more butter and oil during the frying process, simply keep adding an equal ratio of both to the hot pan. While the Salmon Cakes cook, heat a medium pan on medium-high heat. Add the white wine and the minced shallot, and simmer until the white wine reduces by half. Once the white wine has reduced, remove the pan from the heat. Add the chilled salted sweet cream butter (which should be cut into four parts) and whisk until it is completely melted. Next, stir in the lemon juice and capers. This should yield approximately 6 Salmon Cakes and can thus be presented either as a main course or as an appetizer. To serve, place a handful of baby greens lettuce on a plate, nestle the Salmon Cakes on top, and then ladle the Lemon Beurre Blanc atop the arrangement.
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August 23rd to September 22nd
Service to another is important, but healthy self-worth is also crucial. Know your limits and satisfy your work and professional projects.
September 23rd to October 23rd
Find a healthy balance between work and play without giving too much time to those in social circles. Express yourself without guilt and move towards something you have always wanted to do.
October 24th to November 21st
You’re able to take more risks now, which allows you to influence where a change will happen and forge unusual alliances. Fine-tune what’s not working and move with efficiency to attend to details.
July 23rd to August 22nd
November 22nd to December 21st
You may feel inspired to teach subjects that interest you and help you understand new perceptions. When you turn your thoughts in a positive direction, it helps you feel less overwhelmed.
December 22nd to January 19th
Once you reevaluate what is important and bring your ideas and feelings out into the open, this will aid you in building confidence and self-esteem.
January 20th to February 18th
Adjust and redo a project to move forward. Your hard work and support from friends help you modify and fix the original design. Remember, it’s important to laugh and have fun.
February 19th to March 20th
Work out the fine points in relationships through creative pursuits of inspirational study or meditation. Opportunities to connect with others mentally and spiritually towards similar goals will succeed.
Your career is making significant strides and unexpected shifts. Let go of unrealistic goals while putting creative effort into pursuits that benefit your work life. Tap into the symbolic lion’s steadfast, affectionate, and hardworking nature. This fixed fire sign can be bombastic occasionally. Now is a time for pleasure, creativity, drama, entertainment, and playfulness in all its forms. Trust that life’s purpose will be revealed with direction. You’ll benefit from hair and scalp treatments and hot stone massages.
March 21st to April 19th
Your romantic desires are ignited from passionate affairs. There are sparks from this adventure, but beware of tactless remarks, as they may have repercussions.
April 20th to May 20th
Positive change happens if you get tired of the status quo. Keep all options open and move away from a grounded place.
May 21st to June 21st
When you ask others for help, it will bring you back to your good-natured self. You’ll reach new professional heights and gain confidence.
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