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FASHION Something New, Something Blue 12 Wedding Do’s & Don’ts 14 Wedding Beauty Tips From the Pros 16

LIFE & STYLE Don’t Buy It: Wedding Budget Calculators 18 Featured Weddings 20 Toastworthy 32 Happily Ever After 34 A Shower to Savor 36 Traditional Truths 38 Greetings From... 40 A Lifetime of Love 44 Helping Hands 46




SEPTEMBER OCTOBER HOME & GARDEN September & October Plants 50 ‘Til Death do us Part 52

MEDICAL His ‘n Hers Health 54 Matters of the Heart 56 Namasté 58 Improving Your Bottom Line 60 Healthy Habits for a Healthy Smile 62 Mixed Feelings 64 How Your Family Tree Affects Cancer Risk 66 The Prairie 68






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JENNIFER is the art director for Ellis County Living Magazine. She is a perfectionist who works around the clock to make sure the magazine maintains its high design standard. While ad design and page design are two very different worlds, her charming and positive nature keeps the two sides of magazine production working well together. Send questions or comments to KATHRYN is the editor of Ellis County Living Magazine and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. A curious nature drives her to always be asking questions and learning about the world around her. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, going out with her friends and playing games. Contact Kathryn at PAMELA is our advertising representative for Waxahachie and Red Oak. She has an extensive background in sales and advertising and runs a promotional advertising business. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, entertaining and traveling. Contact her at

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^AROUND TOWN^ A lot is happening in Ellis County...

EDITORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NOTE Well, the Wedding issue is here and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together. In these pages, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find so many beautiful pictures, tips on preparing for the Big Day, honeymoon destinations and some tips on making a marriage last, straight from the pros. On this page and the next, be sure and check out all that is happening in Ellis County in September and October. As I researched upcoming events, I got so excited as my list continued to grow. There are some truly unique events coming up and personally, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to try to make it to every single one! How lucky we are to live in such a vibrant area with so many incredible people who really make things happen. Keep it up, Ellis County.

DALE HANSEN FOOTBALL CLASSIC: STUART B. LUMPKINS STADIUM Friday & Saturday, September 7-8 See page 37 for details. MIDLOTHIAN CHAMBER AUCTION /DINNER AMERICAN BANDSTAND Saturday, September 8 â&#x20AC;˘ 5 p.m. Midlothian Conference Center $50 per person, includes dinner Casual attire/50s through 80s attire encouraged.

MEALS-ON-WHEELS OF JOHNSON & ELLIS COUNTIES 25th ANNUAL GOLF BENEFIT Thursday, September 13 1:30 p.m. tee time available Cleburne Golf Links

OKTOBERFEST Saturday, September 22 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Waxahachie Civic Center Enjoy German food, lots of shopping, raffles, auctions, games and more. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even a Biergarten for adults with valid ID. Visit waxahachieoktoberfest. com to learn more. Free admission and parking

Next is the Holiday issue in November, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be cranking up the Christmas tunes this month to get in the mood. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please send them to me at editor@living-magazine. com. I hope to see you out and about!

34th ANNUAL RED OAK FOUNDERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DAY Saturday, September 15 Parade kicks off at 9 a.m. Red Oak High School Celebrate 100 years with Red Oak ISD. Parade, booths, food and more. Contact the Red Oak chamber for more.


20th ANNUAL TASTE OF ENNIS Thursday, September 27 6 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, Ennis For just $10, sample great food and help the food pantry at Helping Hands of Ennis feed hungry locals for the rest of the year. SCREAMS HALLOWEEN THEME PARK Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. September 28 to October 27 & Sunday, October 28 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie $24.99 per person, free parking Haunted houses, games, rides, food & drinks.

ENNIS PUBLIC THEATREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GOT TALENT 2.0 Thursday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saturday, October 4-6 â&#x20AC;˘ Friday & Saturday, October 12 & 13 Watch members of your community showcase their talents and compete for money.

WAXAHACHIE CHAUTAUQUA PRESERVATION SOCIETY ANNUAL ASSEMBLY: THE CIVIL WAR 1861-1865 Friday & Saturday, September 21-22 Getzendaner Park, Waxahachie Step back in time at this unique event as you tour a period military encampment, visit with re-enactors, study numerous exhibits and witness educational demonstrations. All events are free to students. Info & tickets:

8th ANNUAL MIDLOTHIAN ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT Friday, October 5 11 a.m. registration & lunch, 12:30 tee time Mansfield National Golf Club

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Saturday, September 29 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $50 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, tea & admission to the five gardens. If you’re into beautiful scenery and delicious food, you don’t want to miss this. Dine on food prepared by local chefs while you sip some tea and peruse the beautiful gardens. The final stop is in Ennis at the home of Ed Stegemoller, whose magnificent garden you may recognize from the front cover of Living Magazine’s July/ August Backyards issue. Info & tickets: WAXAHACHIE CHAMBER AUCTION TWO TICKETS TO PARADISE Saturday, October 6 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Waxahachie Civic Center Enjoy an evening of fine dining, entertainment & auctions. Call the chamber at 972.937.2390 for information.

RED OAK AREA CHAMBER DINNER/AUCTION A NIGHT UNDER THE HARVEST MOON Saturday, October 20 6 p.m. Red Oak Municipal Center $50 per ticket Email for more information.

AUTUMN DAYS IN ENNIS FALL FESTIVAL Saturday, October 20 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Downtown Ennis Arts & crafts, children’s activities, food, photos, shopping and live music!

HOPE CLINIC ANNUAL FUNDRAISER SEEDS OF HOPE Tuesday, October 23 Midlothian Conference Center Save the date! Call 469.517.2523 for information.

MIDLOTHIAN CHAMBER FALL FESTIVAL Saturday, October 20 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Midlothian ISD Multi-Purpose Stadium Food, fun and fall festivities!

RED OAK FALL FESTIVAL Saturday, October 27 Pearson Park & Red Oak Municipal Center Haunted hayride, trunk-ortreat, carnival games, entertainment, costume contest, vendors and plenty more! Contact Lauren Findley at 469.218.1202 or lfindley@ for information.

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL YOGA MONTH The first ever Dallas Yoga Conference & Music Fest, co-created by Yoga 4 Love’s Lisa Ware, is coming up. Check out page 58 for a list of other events and to learn how to score half-priced tickets to this awesome event.




The Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association was formed by a small group of merchants in the mid 1990’s as a means for member businesses to work together to make the downtown area a viable and integral part of the city. SINCE 1850

Boyce Feed & Grain, 441 College St., Waxahachie FESTIVAL A sales rep will be at the October 27 store to show off the new 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. styles of Gypsy Soules, flip Historic Downtown flops that are handcrafted Waxahachie with Swarovski Crystals by Enjoy a free concert & 200 Texas women. There will booths with artists, craftsbe door prizes and hors men, food, entertainment and d’oeuvres. Call 972.937.1541 Texas Country Reporter series or 972.937.4260 for more alumni. Be sure and stop by information. the Waxahachie Downtown Merchants mall. Visit www. ELLIS COUNTY MUSEUM or FUNDRAISER SALE www.texascountryreporter. Saturday, September 29 com for more information. 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted to GYPSY SOULE TRUNK SHOW benefit the museum. September 5 • 6 to 8 p.m.


JUNK IN THE TRUNK SALE Saturday, September 15 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Historic Downtown Waxahachie Square Waxahachie’s Junk in the Trunk is a community-wide resale event. Businesses and residents come and sell your treasures around the courthouse square!

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DRESS, Chic Boutique $63.95 BRACELETS, The Doveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest $19.95 EARRINGS, Plain Jane $12 PURSE, The Doveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest $38.95 RING, Plain Jane $12.99 CORRAL BOOTS, Buffalo Creek Cowgirls $269


DRESS, Chic Boutique $39.95 BRACELETS, Chic Boutique $25.95 NECKLACE, Buffalo Creek Cowgirls $18.99 EARRINGS, Chic Boutique $12.95 PURSE, Briarpatch $18 SHOES, Chic Boutique $38.95

DRESS, Briarpatch $76.95 BELT, Briarpatch $218.95 PURSE, Plain Jane $22.99 NECKLACE, Briarpatch $14.95 BRACELETS, The Doveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest $12.95 SHOES, Briarpatch $88.95

6RPHWKLQJ%OXH We searched local boutiques for outfits to wear to the wedding and various events surround it, and found some great stuff! For good measure, we made sure to include your something blue.

DRESS, Buffalo Creek Cowgirls $57.99 BRACELET, Plain Jane $18 NECKLACE, Buffalo Creek Cowgirls $26.58 RING, Plain Jane $12.99 PURSE, Briarpatch $24 CORRAL BOOTS, Buffalo Creek Cowgirls $299

DRESS, Briarpatch $98 BRACELET, Plain Jane $18.99 NECKLACE, Chic Boutique $19.95 EARRINGS, Plain Jane $10.99 PURSE, The Dove’s Nest $24.95 SHOES, Chic Boutique $36.95

DRESS, Chic Boutique $78 BELT, Chic Boutique $14.95 BRACELETS, Plain Jane $4.99 each EARRINGS, Buffalo Creek Cowgirls $9.99 PURSE, The Dove’s Nest $36.95 SHOES, Chic Boutique $36.95 LIVING-MAGAZINE.COM // SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2012



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It is important to remember that bridal portrait makeup is different than wedding day makeup. Every bride wants a natural and beautiful makeup look for the day of the wedding, without her makeup being caked on. But for bridal portraits, it is important to remember that your makeup needs to be a bit more glamorous and overstated so that it can be seen on camera. -VONDA WHALEY, IMPRESSIONS SALON

As a former bride, bridesmaid, maid of honor and stylist of many brides, I have a few tips that will make your big day and your beauty routine run smoothly.


First of all, like I said, go with your gut. Just like any other decision pertaining to your wedding day, always trust your instinct. Your groom fell in love with YOU, not the girl you picked out in the bridal magazine. My doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ts will steer you clear of wedding day disaster and toward being the most stunning bride you can be on your wedding day.

When choosing nail color, opt for a nude, red or American manicure. Avoid French manicures, which photograph harsh. -AMBER THOMPSON, EQUINOX Dab a little foundation on ears. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen too many wedding pictures with gorgeous faces and bright pink ears! -TOM PECHEUX, ESTEE LAUDER

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â&#x20AC;˘ Get as much sleep as possible before the big day. â&#x20AC;˘ Use matte eye shadows. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make you look too shiny. â&#x20AC;˘ Blend well. Cameras pick up visible make-up lines. â&#x20AC;˘ One to two trial makeup and hair runs before the big day. â&#x20AC;˘ Touch up your roots or color no sooner than seven to 10 days before. â&#x20AC;˘ Use waterproof mascara or natural-looking false lashes. â&#x20AC;˘ Decide on a hairstyle before choosing a veil or headpiece. â&#x20AC;˘ Trust your natural style (i.e., if you look good with bangs, wear bangs). â&#x20AC;˘ Always keep bobby pins, lip gloss and hairspray with maid of honor. â&#x20AC;˘ Stick with a natural color. â&#x20AC;˘ Be open to compromise if the weather changes. Curly hair doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work in the rain.


Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll likely spend a couple hours in the sun taking bridal pictures. Make sure you apply sunscreen before slipping into your dress. Also, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good idea to bring an umbrella to preserve hair and makeup from the elements. -AMBER THOMPSON, EQUINOX

Volume is always a good base to start off with for any style. Let hair set in hot rollers or velcro rollers to add volume, and spray with Control Force Hairspray to set the curl. Control Force is a flexible hold spray with no build up so that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get that helmet head look. VONDA WHALEY, IMPRESSIONS





Think through your needs for the entire evening. Does your dress need to be bustled for comfort at the reception, or do you need to change into a more party-fitting dress? Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to carry your lipstick and powder for makeup touch ups? Assign a bridesmaid or responsible friend to help you with these small but important details. - Amber Thompson



â&#x20AC;˘ Wax ANYTHING within a week of the wedding. â&#x20AC;˘ Change skin care or hair products within 30 days. â&#x20AC;˘ Make a dramatic hair color change within two months. â&#x20AC;˘ Wash your hair immediately before styling. It will be too slick to handle. â&#x20AC;˘ Show your stylist a scrapbook of updos; show her your top three. â&#x20AC;˘ Over dramatize with fake lashes. â&#x20AC;˘ Pick a hairstyle that is too trendy or out of your comfort zone. â&#x20AC;˘ Switch hairstylists lastminute. â&#x20AC;˘ Choose a large or overly ornate headpiece. You are the star, not your tiara.

And remember: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.â&#x20AC;? - Antione De Saint-Exupery


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Neutrals are best. Taupes, coppers, subtle plums or soft grays work best for eye makeup. Beware of browns as they can make the eyes look tired. -AMBER THOMPSON, EQUINOX


is flower wax-infused and not only blends effortlessly, but gives a soft, floral aroma.

As a bride, you want your eyes to look fresh, but you also want them to bring a lot of sensuality to your face. Since it’s your wedding day, you may cry, so I always advise brides to use Sumptuous Bold Volume™ Waterproof Mascara. It will give you gorgeously full, beautifully lifted, waterproofed lashes that last. Fill in eyebrows with a dark powder. Just be careful not to go too dark – you want only focus on spots where you are missing hairs. -TOM PECHEUX, ESTEE LAUDER

OL3V Lips are a classic touch to a wedding day! Brides tend to lean to a natural lip, but my best tip is adding that extra splash of color. Light lips wash out in photographs, so a long-wearing lipstick like our newest product, Aqua Rouge, will give high pigment color in one swipe and last all day/night!

is a micro-dermabrasion treatment for your lips. It smooths and preps them so lipstick will glide on beautifully.

I like to focus on the eyes for a wedding, so you don’t want to choose a dark color for your lips. They need to look kissable, especially on your wedding day, so choose a beige pink lipstick color. If you find your lips a little too dark, dab a dot of concealer on top of your lipstick to lighten the color slightly. -TOM PECHEUX, ESTEE LAUDER


ESTEE LAUDER ADVANCED NIGHT REPAIR To keep your look fresh, natural and photo-ready all day and night, add a drop of Advanced Night Repair to your foundation. -TOM PECHEAUX, ESTEE LAUDER


-ASHLEY LEAL, MAKE UP FOR EVER DALLAS BOUTIQUE For lips, one shade darker than your natural lip color is a sure-safe option. Red can look great, too. -AMBER THOMPSON, EQUNOX

moisturizes with shea butter and ceramide 3 to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier while diminishing the appearance of dark spots.

MERLE NORMAN EXPERT TOUCH FINISHING SPRAY will keep your makeup in place and looking fresh, giving you one less thing to worry about on your big day!

Skin preparation: schedule waxing and facial appointments 3-4 days prior to the ceremony. Exfoliate gently the day of and apply a lightweight moisturizer to ensure the smoothest makeup application. -AMBER THOMPSON, EQUINOX Be very consistent with a skincare regimen for at least three to six months prior to the big day. Morning and night is a must for cleansing, toning, moisturizer and eye cream. Your facialist will assist with your specific product needs for your skin type. -PAMELA PETERSON, MERLE NORMAN The secret to bridal beauty is to play with your own beauty so that you look like yourself, but at your best. To stay true to your skintone, choose a foundation that’s half a tone darker than your skin so that when you apply powder on top, which lightens the appearance of skin, it balances the color out. It will leave skin completely even and your perfect color. Apply the foundation with your fingers so you can gently massage your skin as you apply – if you have any puffiness, this will help with blood circulation. When you apply your powder, you want to create a light veil of powder on your face. My trick is to grab some powder on your brush, then press your brush onto the powder lid and push it in to powder before applying to your face. If you need concealer, use it only sparingly. Add some glow to your skin with bronzer – remember to press down your brush like we did with the powder before applying. Then apply to cheeks first and finish with your t-zone. Finally, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks for a healthy look. -TOM PECHEUX, ESTEE LAUDER



Allred + Robinson 06.23.12

Hollie Allred married Joe Robinson on Saturday, June 23, 2012. Hollieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, Kristy Pennock was off and running by the time she contacted me for involvement in the wedding planning process. Hollie trusted her momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taste and ability to plan and meet timeframes. The ceremony dĂŠcor included two large, elegant floral arrangements of white and green hydrangea, cream stock and white snapdragons in a white container on white columns. Hollieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maggie Sottero gown was the perfect dress for her. The

bridesmaids and groomsmen were in gray. The bridesmaidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shoes were spectacular grey heels with feather details. The reception dĂŠcor was a fresh, summer, earthy style. The concept was detail oriented without being over done. The colors were in summer green, coppers and chocolates. The centerpieces were glass containers with fresh granny smith apples, tall glass containers with branches and white hydrangeas and lots of candles. The table linens were in Champagne, ivory and coppers with matching chair covers and sashes. The look of the reception


VENDOR LIST: CEREMONY: Central Presbyterian Church

invited the guests in to a night of fun and dancing.

RECEPTION: Midlothian Conference Center

Hollie had two action stations for her guests, a finger print tree for her and Joe to frame and place in their new home. She also had a photo booth; the guests enjoyed using the props and striking a pose. Hollie and Joe were sent off to their honeymoon with the guests waving sparklers as they entered the waiting limo. Hollie wanted her guests to feel relaxed, dance and have a great time. I think her goal was very much achieved.


-Teresa Choate, Wedding Planner

CEREMONY FLORAL DESIGNER: Fresh at Villa Flora PHOTOGRAPHER: Jamie Harper CAKE: Sugar Bee Sweets PHOTO BOOTH: Snapped Together Reception Music: J Team Rentals: TLC Event Rentals



Parker + Duncan 3.10.12

DIY Details I designed and created the floral monograms and the “LOVE” sign using paper in shades of white and ivory. The monograms were placed on either side of the stage and the giant “LOVE” sign over the Chautauqua entry. A garland made up of strips of different types of fabric in white and ivory was swagged down the aisle and across the front of the room. Flower holders were designed by me and custom made to fit the pews by my dad. Teresa Choate was my wedding planner/life coach for the year between engagement and wedding. As I was jumping from one project to another, Teresa was keeping me on task.

Valuable Lessons I’m a procrastinator, but I’m also an optimist. I was convinced that I could complete all of the handmade elements for my wedding at least a month in advance. As I sat at my parents’ kitchen table on my wedding morning with paper and glue all around me, I had an epiphany—everything was going to be amazing no matter what and no one was going to notice that these things weren’t there but me. So I put down my scissors. At some point, you just have to let it go and get to the salon.

The Dress When I began looking, I found the exact dress I had envisioned on Etsy, but the dressmaker was in Greece. Anthropologie had just opened its first store for its wedding brand so my mom, my employee discount and I went down to Houston. I can’t remember if the dress I chose was the second or third I tried on, but I knew when I saw it in the mirror it was the one. I threw on a jeweled belt and a sparkly barrette and I had myself an outfit.

Tip for Brides-to-Be Eventually, you have to stop looking at all the pretty blogs. Pouring over everyone else’s wedding is just going to make you second-guess yourself. If I could go back, I would start out thinking about how I imagine my wedding, then use blogs for the details.

- Kate Parker Duncan, Bride


VENDOR LIST CEREMONY: First United Methodist Church of Waxahachie RECEPTION: The Chautauqua at Getzendaner Park WEDDING PLANNER: Teresa Choaté GOWN: BHLDN (Anthropologie) CATERER: CN Catering PHOTOGRAPHER: Sara & Rocky Photography FLORAL: FRESH at Villa Flora CAKE: Charlesa Sims RECEPTION MUSIC: The Pictures




Godfrey + Cresap 06.16.12

Wish Upon a Star Amy and Evan met each other through a mutual friend at a party in the fall of 2008, while attending Texas State University in San Marcos. On one date, they drove out to the river late at night and were sitting on the top of Evan’s car. Evan looked up to the sky and asked for some type of sign to help win Amy over. As they laughed at the comment, one of the biggest shooting stars they had ever seen shot across the sky. It was that moment they shared their first kiss.

Engagement In July of 2011, Evan came to our house in Midlothian and asked Amy’s father for her hand in marriage. In August, Evan and Amy went to Colorado with a friend for vacation. One day, they went to Mesa Verde to see the Pueblo Indian cliff dwellings. Evan and Amy climbed up on a small ledge and as he asked the friend to take their picture, he knelt down on one knee and asked Amy to marry him. Amy was so surprised and almost fell off of the ledge.

Details The church was decorated beautifully with a ten-


foot iron arch and seventeen pillar candles, all surrounded by a mixture of purple, magenta and green flowers. On either side were six-foot iron candelabras with large floral arrangements in the same colors.

CEREMONY: Central Presbyterian Church of Waxahachie RECEPTION: Midlothian Conference Center CATERER: My Sister’s Affair GOWN: Casablanca PHOTOGRAPHER: Cherie Callaway Photography FLORAL & DECORATIONS: Weddings by Kim CAKES: Melissa Rose RECEPTION MUSIC: First Choice Entertainment

Party Time The caterer provided the favors - sugar cookies with a “C” monogram, individually wrapped and placed at each seat. Amy decided on a “blingy” theme with crystal chandeliers, bling vases with L.E.D. lights, four-foot crystal trees with hanging votives, and thirty-inch vases with chandelier/ candle holders. When the lights went down, the ballroom was accented by purple uplights provided by the DJ, Jon Watkins with First Choice Entertainment.

Newlywed Game One of the favorite events of the evening was a version of the Newlywed Game played by Amy and Evan. The couple sat back-to-back in the middle of the dance floor, each holding one of their own shoes and one of each other’s. Jon would then ask a question and they would answer by holding up one of the shoes, not knowing what

the other had done. It was so cute and so unique.

All You Need is Love The best man, Evan’s brother, said he knew it was love when he found Evan downloading a bunch a Beatles songs on his iPod. Evan had never really cared much for the group, but Amy is a huge fan! She had purple cocktail napkins designed that were inscribed with “All You Need is Love” – also the last song, chosen by Amy of course. As the newlyweds danced, everyone gathered around them in a large circle, wrapped their arms around the persons next to them, swayed from side to side, and sang along to the lyrics we all know and love…and now Evan does as well.

-Dana Godfrey,




Buchanan + Laning Engagement


My junior year at Tech, I met JJ on a student government retreat. After graduating, I moved to New York City for a job with an advertising agency in midtown. I loved the city life, but after my fifth winter in the Northeast, I decided to move back to Texas. JJ and I had been off and on during that time, so I called to tell him I was coming home and wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. He agreed.


Chandeliers of all shapes and sizes hung from trees with party lights strung across a narrow pathway in a zig-zag fashion. Shades of pink were the main color pallet, so Courtney at Villa Floral created vibrant pink and orange flower arrangements (rose, peony and hydrangea combo). Tables of various sizes were arranged along the pathway with wooden garden chairs.


Cindy Burch created a fabulous menu to feed about 320 people. Working with Cindy seemed like every bride’s dream. She handled everything from the menu and food to the tables and chairs, the décor for the groom’s table, the linens, the bars, the chandeliers, the hanging shelves and staffing the entire evening.

Sneak Peek

We did a first look before I walked down the aisle. This was suggested for several reasons: • Calms your nerves and makes your first look at each other incredibly private and special • Gets you to the reception quickly, so guests aren’t waiting • Ceremony send-off. Guests lined the church steps immediately following the ceremony. As we ran out to my step dad’s Cadillac from the 1930s, guests showered us with rose petals. TIP: only use white rose petals in a summer wedding for tossing. Any other color will stain your white dress in any kind of heat.

Worst (or best?) Moment

Watching the rain downpour Friday night during the rehearsal dinner and then pulling up to the reception and seeing the band on the driveway. I was disappointed at first, but the show must go on. JJ and I made our entrance to the reception and trotted down to the dance floor for our first dance, but couldn’t hear the music because the band was so far away. The wedding party burst into full song and pretty soon all guests were singing “Brown Eyed Girl” to us.

Lessons on Love

When something goes wrong (and something will), look around at the people you love and go around it or just forget it. Find the smile that you know is inside you, because you’re marrying the man of your dreams and it really is the happiest day in your life. -Kelly Buchanan Laning, Bride


VENDOR LIST: CEREMONY: Central Presbyterian Church of Waxahachie RECEPTION: Guy Park WEDDING PLANNER: Cora Martin CATERER: The Dove’s Nest GOWN: Pronovias PHOTOGRAPHER: Charla Holmes FLORAL DESIGNER: Fresh at Villa Flora CAKES: The Cake Guys



Hutchings + Stewart 06.16.12

Lisa Hutchings married Brian Stewart on Saturday, June 16, 2012. She was very hands-on in the planning of her ceremony and reception. She requested a rustic, shabby chic style, but it also needed to be pretty, with touches of crystals, rhinestones and pink. I think her vision was achieved. For the ceremony, the shabby chic gazebo was covered with a garland of greenery, hot pink, soft pink, yellow and white floral details. The aisle was lined with hot pink and yellow rose petals, and a combination of mason jars and wooden pockets filled with floral hung from Sheppard’s hooks. I particularly liked her selection for the bridesmaids’ gowns, they were white in different styles, with hot pink shoes and we added the floral bouquets of hot pink and yellow. Lisa was stunning in her Maggie Sottero dress; she floated down the aisle to meet her groom. The ring bearer’s pillow and the flower girl’s wooden box were part of Lisa’s detail to the concept of the event. The reception was kept in the rustic, shabby chic style with floral designs of hot pink and yellow floral in rustic wooden boxes and blue mason jars. The bride’s cake was a soft, pale yellow with white floral details.

VENDOR LIST: VENUE: Loma Linda Events

Lisa had a “Fingerprint Tree” made for her guestbook. Using an inkpad, the guests place their thumb print on one of the branches of the tree, then write their name. The bride and groom frame this and hang it in their home.


Lisa and Brian’s guests sent the couple off at the end of the evening with hot pink and yellow streamers.

FLORAL DESIGNER: Fresh at Villa Flora

GOWN: Maggie Sottero PHOTOGRAPHER: Kendra Wallace Photography

CAKE: Lovin Oven

-Teresa Choate, Wedding Planner






Faith Anne Pustmueller to Ryan Pitts ENGAGEMENT

He proposed at the top of the mountain in January when we were skiing at Deer Valley. After the proposal, we skied down to the Montage for a surprise celebratory lunch in a private room before a couples massage. It was a day full of surprises!


Samantha Meade to Kevin Kosoris ENGAGEMENT

Let me preface by saying that Kevin loves trains! The night before Thanksgiving, Kevin mentioned going for a walk downtown since the Christmas lights had just been hung. (Kevin lived downtown at this point). We started walking around and he mentioned that he wanted to go see the train station that was being restored. Once we got to the station, I could feel that something special was about to happen. He started talking about our relationship and his feelings for me and then he was down on one knee with the most beautiful ring! I loved it because it was just one else. Afterwards, we stopped by our familiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; houses to spread the exciting news, then went to dinner at Hattieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the Bishop Arts District. Kevinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mom, Susan, surprised us with a bottle of champagne and paid for dinner. The evening could not have been more perfect. Kevin and I say we are so blessed to have wonderful families that support our relationship!


Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m definitely more traditional than trendy. Still, rather than pick ideas from magazines or a vendorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s product list, we developed our own ideas and are implementing our vision. Our wedding is uniquely us. Since we are getting married in October, we wanted to keep the fall theme. The bridesmaids are wearing navy and I have chosen seasonal fall flowers. When I met with Courtney Flores at Villa Flora, I told her that I wanted lots of flowers and floating candles at the reception. The reception site is so beautiful that I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we needed too many decorations other than different sizes of flower arrangements on the tables. During the reception, we are having cocktail hour with appetizers while a jazz trio plays in the background. The jazz trio will also play during dinner and a DJ will play music for dancing after dinner. Kevinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandfather, Daryl Schliep, is making homemade jams and jellies for party favors.


I was thinking about having quilt squares at the tables for people to sign and write messages on. After the wedding we will have a quilt made! I think we will definitely look at this and use it more than my traditional wedding guest book.


I would definitely suggest hiring a wedding planner, especially if you are working or in school while planning. Teresa Choate has been such a blessing. I love when she tells me that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to make a decision or phone call and I can easily respond. She has so many connections that she has done all of the research for us.

THE GROOMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SIDE

Kevin has been so sweet and supportive throughout the wedding planning process! He always says that I can do whatever I want. His mom, Susan, went wedding dress shopping with us and has helped with many of the decisions. She says that she loves this because she had three boys and no daughters!



My inspiration for our wedding was a romantic, soft, vintage look. Our colors are blush, ivory and soft grey - a subtle color palette that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compete with the beautiful mountain backdrop. My favorite flowers are hydrangeas, so we incorporated those along with garden roses, ranunculus, gardenias and dusty miller in shades of ivory, green and pink. Ryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s twin 3-year-old nephews will walk down the aisle together carrying a hand-painted, wooden â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here Comes the Brideâ&#x20AC;? sign we had made for the occasion. is the go-to for these sorts of fun items. We will hand out antique tin bells tied with gold and ivory ribbons for our guests to ring during the ceremony since we are not getting married in a church. We are having Michael Lucarelli, a classical guitarist, play for our ceremony and our cocktail hour. The Party Crashers will be our reception band.


In addition to a guest sign in book, we made a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blessing Book.â&#x20AC;? We put together a photo book with all of our engagement photos and left plenty of blank space on the pages. We will set it out at the reception for our guests to leave wishes, marriage advice, etc. It will be a fun way to remember the day down the road. Plus, it is a great way to showcase engagement photos!


I had an image in my mind of EXACTLY the dress I wanted. Of course, once I tried on many dresses, I realized that particular style wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t flattering on me. The funny thing is the dress I ended up with was one of the first I tried on. I saw the dress on the hanger and almost skipped over it because it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t what I was looking for. Once I figured out what didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work, I was very confident and happy with my choice!


Ryan had fun helping with the planning process and contributed some fun ideas! He scouted out the band (his top priority), helped design the groomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cake, and contributed ideas throughout the process. The wedding will be an equal collaboration of both of our ideas.


â&#x20AC;˘ We do have a day-of coordinator, which I highly recommend. She will oversee the setup, troubleshoot, and make sure everyone shows up when/where they need to be. We are thankful to know she will be there so we can relax and focus on enjoying the day. â&#x20AC;˘ I would advise brides to discuss in detail with their venue what items are covered with the minimum amount before signing a contract. That said, we love our venue and know that the items we are paying extra for will be worth it. â&#x20AC;˘ Decide what items you care about most and trim back your budget in other areas. Also, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the whole point of planning a wedding. No matter what happens, if at the end of the day you are married to the one you love, everything went perfectly!

-Faith Anne





A Calculated View of Wedding Budget Calculators BY TERESA CHOATE

+RZPXFKZLOOP\ZHGGLQJFRVW" +RZGR,GHWHUPLQHP\EXGJHW" I am often asked these questions by brides and their families. They are very crucial and important questions that will determine the whole wedding plan. In answering them, there are many factors to be considered.

“How many guests do you plan to invite?”

So many times the answer is, “We plan to invite 300, but only half will attend.” I in turn ask, “Why will only half attend?” They respond that they have read it in planning books or seen it on websites, wedding shows and social media sites. In reality, this is a myth. The attendance rate is normally much higher - 7585% and sometimes higher. I feel some of the books, websites, shows and social media really do the brides and their families a disservice with some of the information they provide. These families, especially those who’ve never planned a wedding, are looking for accurate information to guide them through this process. The bride and her family must be able to accommodate every guest invited within their set budget.

“How do I determine my budget?”

Several websites and magazines have budget calculators. The bride can plug in the amount she would like to spend


and the number of guests she will be inviting. Her costs are separated into each category of how much to spend, but beware. To test one out, I plugged in a budget of $15,000 for a guest list of 200. The budget allowed $150 for the ceremony site and $1200 for the reception site, $210 for ceremony floral and $600 for reception floral, $900 for the photographer, $4500 for the reception menu, $375 for cakes and $150 each for wedding rings. Let me explain some of these costs. Rental rate for a church ceremony site on the low side is $800. Reception sites can start at $1200, but this probably does not include tables, chairs or linens. When you think about décor for the reception and the vision you have, most centerpieces in this scenario will not be $25 each. A budget of $375 for cake would mean $1.87 per serving. Most cakes start at $2.50 per serving and go up. Photography usually starts around $1500. I really found the menu/food projection interesting. Using a $10,000 budget, the calculator allows $3000 for food, or $15 per person. When I put in a budget of $15,000, the calculator allowed $4500 for food,

$22.50 per person, and did not make any adjustments in any other categories. The projected costs for wedding rings were $150 each. Really, how many wedding rings are available for the cost of $150? I give you this information not to be negative, but to give brides, grooms and families some knowledge on realistic costs. These budget calculators are primarily based on a percentage to each category. I really do not think they make good guides. My suggestion for getting started is that both families get together and start a rough draft of the guest list. This will help determine which venues can accommodate your guests. Start visiting venues to find out pricing, what is included, what you will need to provide and if there is a food and beverage minimum. Once you have the rates for the venues, an edit of the guest list may be required. Every wedding must have a ceremony and reception site, as well as a guest list. Once these things have been determined it is much easier to decide on the budget. Then you can set your priorities as far as photographer, floral designer, cake, menu and music for ceremony and reception and let all the fun of your engagement and wedding planning begin. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to send me an email




When it came time for the Wedding issue, going bubbly seemed like a no-brainer. We contacted vineyards from all over the country, and even the world, and received so many samples that we thought we’d share them! A champagne/sparkling wine party felt necessary, so we threw one together and had so much fun sharing (and sampling) to find our top picks. Thanks to great feedback from attendees, we’ve compiled some of our favorites and ranked them from driest to sweetest. We’ve also included some product info and pairing suggestions straight from the winemakers. You may just find your new favorite.

BILTMORE ESTATE MÉTHODE CHAMPENOISE BRUT “Peach, strawberry and lemonlime with a slight hint of sweetness. A refreshing and balanced sparkling wine with tiny bubbles and good acidity. Bread, peach, apricot and lemon aromas.”

PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: “Perfect with brunch, Maryland blue crabs and prawns. It would be lovely with eggs Benedict – or even better: crab cake Benedict!”


“Delicate and fruity with a hint of honey, Candoni Prosecco is crisp and clean in the mouth with a pleasant acidity that leaves behind a delicious and persistent freshness with a dry, wellbalanced taste. Candoni Prosecco is produced in the flourishing vineyard nestled in the midst of the hilly Prosecco district close to the historic city of Conegliano in the Veneto Region in Italy.”

PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: “This is a wine suitable for every occasion. Most sashimi and sushi dishes go beautifully with Prosecco wine.”

MUMM NAPA CUVÉE M “A light peach rose color in the flute, the aromas are elegant, rich and complex, showing fresh white and yellow stone fruits with subtle hints of wild strawberry. A light touch of fresh brioche with hints of vanilla and honey add to the wine’s complex bouquet. On the palate, full flavors of peach and pear combine with a creamy caramel character, which lingers into a long satisfying finish.”

PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: “The perfect aperitif with hors d’oeuvres, Cuvée M also pairs beautifully with creamy desserts and spicy foods. A nice, crisp acidity cleans and refreshes the palate with each sip and pairs up beautifully with almost anything.”

MIONETTO MOSCATO DOLCE “This sparkling wine is fresh and crisp with a citrus bouquet. It is crisp on the palate with flavors reminiscent of peaches and honey that are enhanced by the intense yet fine bubbles.”


SUGGESTIONS: “Serve with desserts - especially fresh fruits and pastries - or enjoy when paired with spicier dishes. Perfect for parties, summer sipping and Sunday brunches.”

PETALO VINO DELL’AMORE MOSCATO SPUMANTE “The Wine of Love” “Produced by the Bottega family, this delicately sweet sparkling wine is crafted from Moscato grapes grown in northeast Italy’s Colli Euganei region, nestled between two fabled cities of love, Verona and Venice. Wild roses grow among the Moscato vines in Colli Euganei and impart a pretty floral aroma to the grapes. Sweet with flavors of apple and peach.”

PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: “Delightful as an aperitif or enjoyed with brunch and desserts such as custards, fruit tarts and ice cream. Vino dell’Amore is the perfect toast to those you love.”

FIZZ56 “Fizz56 Brachetto Spumante is a sparkling, red, sweeter Italian wine made of 100% Brachetto. Fizz56 is as sweet as a first kiss and as seductive as the memory of it. A showstopper that is not only alluring, but also irresistibly delicious.”

PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: “As an aperitif or a complement to dessert, Fizz56 Brachetto Spumante is a deliciously irresistible way to celebrate any occasion. Fun, fresh and whimsical, this Italian Sparkling wine not only has a beautiful red color, but also tantalizes the taste buds with red berry flavors and sweetness.”








A happy ending can come in many shapes and sizes. While we’d all love to find our own, the real adventure is not about the destination, it’s all about the ride. The main characters in these works eventually find a happy ending, but it’s what leads them there that makes it all worth reading about. BY KATHRYN KEMP


A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed


When 18-year-old Janine joined her Jewish family aboard one of the last ships to leave France and the invading Nazis in 1942, she also left behind the man she loved. Though the words in his farewell note urged her to hold on to hope: “I give you my vow that whatever the time we must wait, you will be my wife. Never forget, never doubt,” her faith faded as time – and family – got in the way. Eventually moving on and marrying an American man, Janine would carry the love story on to her daughter, investigative reporter Leslie Maitland, whose curiosities would drive her to explore the love her mother once knew. This true story chronicles her adventures and the story of how she would find the answers she’d been seeking and the love her mother had longed for.


With candid humor and insightful storytelling, Charity Shumway paints a picture of a young girl many of us have been or known at some point. Fresh out of college and unsure of what’s next, Dawn West struggles to navigate New York City, a destructive ex-relationship, a less-than-desirable roommate and a writing career that’s nothing to write home about. When an awkward moment turns into the chance of a lifetime, Dawn steps onto a new path leading her on a journey of selfdiscovery as she learns the stories of some past winners of Charm magazine’s “Ten Girls to Watch” contest. What she finds in their stories and within herself will change Dawn’s life forever, and give her the confidence to pursue her dreams.



One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down


Andrew McCarthy

Author Andrew McCarthy seems to have come a long way since he played Molly Ringwald’s love interest, Blane, in the movie Pretty in Pink. An editor-at-large with National Geographic Traveler, he’s also written for such publications as the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and was named “Travel Journalist of the Year” in 2010 and 2011 by The Society of American Travel Writers. From Costa Rican rainforests to a riverboat on the Amazon, and up Mt. Kilimanjaro, McCarthy struggles to find his way to his wedding day - both physically and emotionally. “Disarmingly likeable, Andrew is open, honest and authentic on every page and what emerges is an unforgettable love song to the woman who would be his wife.”


YOU CAN BE RIGHT (or You Can Be Married)


In a quest to figure out why none of his long-term relationships seem to last forever, author Dana Adam Shapiro set out to learn how to be successful by studying the mechanics of a failed marriage. “Definitely worth reading. It opens a married person’s eyes to the little things that build up to a divorce. It’s sad to think how one slowly gives in to his or her wishes to be in a happy relationship, only for it to crumble. The author interviews 40 people who are recently divorced to find out their true perspective on what caused the failure of the marriage.” – Ellis County Living Magazine Publisher Cindy Camp





Formal, sit-down bridal showers may seem like a thing of the past, but they are making a serious comeback as brides gather with their closest friends and family for a classier affair. In keeping with the theme, we scoured some old Waxahachie Junior Service League cookbooks to bring you tasty ideas from some hostesses with the mostess.

CHICKEN SALAD IN CHEESE SHELL - 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese - 1 frozen (9-inch) pie shell - 1-1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken - 1 (9-ounce) can pineapple tidbits, drained - 1 cup chopped pecans - 1/2 cup chopped celery - 1 cup sour cream - 2/3 cup mayonnaise Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese in the bottom of the pie shell. Bake according to the pie shell package directions. Remove to a wire rack and let cool. Mix the chicken, pineapple, pecans and celery in a bowl. Mix the sour cream and mayonnaise in a small bowl. Add 2/3 of the sour cream mixture to the chicken salad. Stir to mix well. Spoon into the cooled pie shell. Spread the remaining sour cream mixture on top and sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Cover and chill before serving. YIELD: 6 SERVINGS.

DREAM BARS First Part: - 1/2 cup butter - 1/2 cup brown sugar - 1 cup flour Mix and pat into pan 8” by 12”. Cook slowly for 20 to 30 minutes. Be very careful not to burn. Second Part: - Mix 1 cup brown sugar with - 2 whole eggs, beaten - 1 teaspoon vanilla - 1/2 teaspoon baking powder - 2 teaspoon flour - 1-1/2 cup grated coconut - 1 cup chopped pecans Put second part on top of first part. Pat down until smooth and cook until it caramelizes. YIELD: 21 BARS. (From “The Original” Cookbook – 1977. Re-printed from the 1955 book, “Kitchen Kapers,”, submitted by Louise Ackley Barclay.)

(From A Step Back in Thyme – 2005)


CRUNCHY PEA SALAD - One 10-ounce package - frozen petite peas - 1 cup chopped celery - 1/4 cup chopped green onion - 1 cup cashews - 1/4 cup crisp bacon bits - 1 cup sour cream - 1/2 teaspoon salt Garden Café Dressing: - 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice - 1/4 cup red wine vinegar - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/4 teaspoon pepper Combine peas, celery, green onion, cashews, bacon bits, sour cream and salt. Cover with Garden Café Dressing and fold together. Chill and serve on a bed of crisp lettuce. SERVES 6. (From Gingerbread and all the Trimmings – 1987, submitted by Pam Marchbanks)

*HWWKH:D[DKDFKLH -6/&RRNERRN To purchase a cookbook, visit and click “Buy Cookbook” at the bottom of the page. Proceeds go toward various service projects within the community.




Being raised in modern American culture means growing up knowing all about the customary American wedding traditions. The white wedding dress, the veil covering the face, the act of giving away the bride...the list goes on. These are just some among many of the traditions that have become staples of an American wedding generation after generation. While such customs may seem innocent, symbolic or just plain fun, their origins may surprise you-and make you rethink that next garter toss! THE WHITE DRESS: For as long as anybody can remember, the proper wedding dress has been white. Any extravagant designers that attempt to deviate from this classic are mostly unsuccessful- the white dress just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to be changed. But this hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always been the case. Before Queen Victoria married Albert of Saxe in 1840, dresses could be found in many colors. When the queen married, she chose a white dress, a color symbolizing wealth. Her people clamored to imitate the monarchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style and also began wearing white dresses. The trend caught on and has not changed since. GIVING THE BRIDE AWAY: The sentimental scene of a father giving away his daughter never fails to move the audience. Next time you attend a wedding, however, remember that this custom has not-so-sweet origins. Directly correlated to the tradition of the veil, fathers back in the day (and still today in some countries) were in fact literally giving away their daughters, and not in a symbolic manner. Usually as repayment for a debt, a monetary offering, or as an attempt to rise in social class, fathers used their daughters as expendable currency as they gave them away at the altar. THE VEIL: Today, every bride knows that the dress needs a veil. But why are veils around in the first place? Back when arranged marriages were the custom and fathers literally gave their daughters away, veils


were used to cover the brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s features until the groom said â&#x20AC;&#x153;I doâ&#x20AC;?. In case the bride wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t very aesthetically pleasing, the veil would hide her well until the â&#x20AC;&#x153;I doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? were said. By then, it would be too late to back out of the deal. THE WEDDING PARTY: As rare as bride kidnappings might be today, there was a time when they were fairly common-whether it was a jilted ex-boyfriend or another potential suitor, the bride was in constant danger of being snatched at her wedding. That is where the bridesmaids come in. Dressing in gowns similar to the brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, the bridesmaids served as sort of distractions for a possible kidnapper. It was the mentality of our ancestors that if every woman in the wedding party dressed the same, the bride would be difficult to single out and steal away. THE BEST MAN: The groom also needed protection from this jilted ex-boyfriend/potential suitor. The groomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best man was not his best friend, but the best man he knew at sword fighting. Armed and ready, the best man was prepared to defend the new couple in case of a possible kidnapping attempt. In addition to protection, the best man was also there to ensure the bride (with a case of cold feet) did not actually attempt to run. THE GARTER/BOUQUET TOSS: If the married couple managed to wed with no kidnappings or cold feet, the garter and bouquet toss were traditions that followed the ceremony. Though in modern times the bouquet is not meant as a sexual tradition

and the garter is only a tad risquĂŠ, back in the day these traditions werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so demure. In our ancestorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; time, there was no such thing as a wedding reception. After the wedding, the bride and groom were to go into a bedroom immediately to consummate their marriage... and their guests were allowed to watch. In a usually fruitless attempt to distract the crowd before making their getaway to the nearest bedroom, the bride would throw her bouquet to distract the guests- if only for a few seconds. The guests would grab at her dress as she fled and often ripped off pieces for good luck. This would later evolve into the garter toss, a much more economical way to have a piece of the brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing.



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BY PATRICK HUSTED (married to Brittany Husted, Living Magazine staff member)

The Chautauqua

The Chautauqua at Getzendaner Park was originally built and used for religious and academic assemblies and seminars, but these days it plays host to all kinds of events. This March, Kate and Cory Duncan hosted family and friends at the historic landmark for a wedding reception that mixed modern beauty with oldschool elegance.

The Farrars

Edwin and Carol Farrar, this year’s Crape Myrtle King & Queen, were married in Waxahachie on October 3, 1964, and will celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary this year. Edwin says that he considers Carol his best friend and the love of his life. Carol says their lasting loving relationship came from implicit faith in God and each other, total honesty and trust, putting the other’s needs first, sharing humor often and showing patience with each other all along the way.


I’ve officially made it through my first year of marriage. Even though it wasn’t necessarily a piece of cake, it wasn’t as frightening as I thought. I would, however, like to lend my “expert” advice to any guy who is getting ready to tie the knot. • Pay attention and listen. Why is it that your “better half” always wants to have a serious conversation right in the middle of your favorite show? Well I’ve found it quite useful to just take a second to “listen” and nod. It will go a LONG way. (Also a killer sales point for DVR). • Do the “little” things. Lord knows I love my wife unconditionally, but every now and then she needs a little reminder. Whether it is bringing home a card or doing the dishes, you gain some serious points! • Be spontaneous. It can be very easy to get into a comfortable, daily work/life routine without giving much thought to anything else. Having something fun and unexpected planned out shows you care, and keeps the relationship fresh. After the first year of marriage you will learn A LOT about your spouse, and having a strong foundation to build on will allow your relationship to grow in the right direction. I don’t have it all figured out, but these few pointers have kept me out of the doghouse!


The Dress

Pictured here, Louella (Sims) Siddons, cousin to Nicholas P. Sims of Sims Library in Waxahachie, chose a dress that showed minimal skin and just about swallowed her up. While long-sleeved dresses are still popular (especially since Princess Kate wed her Prince in one last year), brides tend to choose dresses that only poof below the waste, like the one modeled at Barcelona Fashion week in May of this year.

Communicate! I think learning how to communicate with each other saves a lot of misunderstanding and heartache. No one is a mind reader, so say what you mean and mean what you say. -Alicia Baggett, married five years Be active in your church. Your faith is the center point of your relationship. Tell your spouse you love them every day, and mean it. Live within your means. You don’t have to keep up with the Joneses. Make time for each other during the week, especially if you have kids. Have a lunch or dinner date from time to time. Just the two of you. -Judd McCutchen, married five years

$W\HDUV Photo provided by the Ellis County Museum

Laughter is a very important part of my marriage. Have fun and don’t sweat the small things. -Megan Mills, married 20 years


When asked how she and my grandfather have stayed happily married for 60 years, my grandmother answered, “I can’t get my ring off.” LIVING-MAGAZINE.COM // SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2012

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Sandals Grande Antigua - Antigua If you are looking for paradise on your honeymoon, Sandals Grande Antigua is the place to be. Between the crystal blue waters, five star dining restaurants, secluded huts, gorgeous sunsets, and romantic ambiance, you are sure to have the experience of a lifetime. The resort provides something for everyone, whether you feel like relaxing quietly by the pool, singing late night Karaoke, having a candlelit dinner on the beach, or dancing the night away at Crickets. A few of my favorite things: â&#x20AC;˘ Marioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Italian Restaurant) â&#x20AC;˘ Eleanorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Caribbean Cuisine) â&#x20AC;˘ Red Lane Spa â&#x20AC;˘ Catamaran Cruise by Wadadli Cats (Snorkeling included) â&#x20AC;˘ Personal Butler Service â&#x20AC;˘ Live Performances (nightly) -Brittany Husted

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Carnival Victory Caribbean Cruise/ San Juan, Puerto Rico Our first day in St. Thomas was spent relaxing on the beach and snorkeling in the beautiful blue waters. Barbados was our next port of call, where we got the opportunity to swim with sea turtles at Payneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay. We must have used a whole roll of film on our underwater camera! St. Lucia was by far our favorite island. Paradise is the only true way to describe it. The next day we, found ourselves in St. Kitts. At our last port of call, St. Maarten, we explored the Dutch side of the island, Philipsburg. After the boat docked, we booked a hotel in Old San Juan and stayed an extra day. Our day was spent walking along the beautiful cobblestone streets, exploring the old forts that surround the city, and making a stop at the Bacardi Rum Factory. -Amy Cresap



Punta Cana, Dominican Republic The Excellence is a perfect honeymooning spot. The private, secluded resort has amazing ocean views, gorgeous white sand, seven awesome restaurants, and refreshing, cold drinks. Upon arrival, our Jr. Suite was adorned with rose petals, fresh fruits and a bottle of chilled champagne. Room service was delicious and offered 24/7. The Excellence has nightly entertainment, a casino and two large pools with lavish swim-up bars. The staff was always friendly, courteous, and available at any time. It is the furthest resort on the island from the airport, which makes for a 45 minute cab ride/transfer, but the privacy you get is worth the extra trip. I give The Excellence two thumbs for a romantic couples getaway. -Hollie Robinson



We decided on Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We flew into Montego Bay then took a two-hour bus ride to Ocho Rios. Along the way, we stopped at a small shop where we were able to pick up two bottles of Red Stripe to enjoy for the remainder of the ride. The resort we stayed at was called Couples Ocho Rios. This resort was â&#x20AC;&#x153;adults onlyâ&#x20AC;? and had a nude island. (This part of the property is optional.) We went to Dunnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s River Falls, zip-lining and to Nine Mile. Clark and I are huge Bob Marley fans, so we especially enjoyed Nine Mile, where he grew up and was laid to rest. I would recommend all three! TIP: Do not leave the resort to shop unless you want to be hounded by merchants. -Alicia Baggot







Cory and I honeymooned in on the North Shore of Oahu, spending five lovely days at Turtle Bay Resort. Because the resort is in a secluded area of the island, we rented a car to go exploring. We spent a lot of time in a nearby town called Haleiwa, eating most of our meals there and just walking around. Oddly enough, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to the beach much. Hawaii is like another world and feels so far away, making it the perfect place for a getaway. On our last night, we went to this hole in the wall called Opal Thai Food. It was very small and crowded but surprisingly romantic. The chef chose our order for us and the curry was amazing. TIP: Rent a car. Everything at the resort is really expensive, and all the car trips gave us time to talk. -Kate Duncan

JJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honeymoon dream was to stay in an over-water bungalow. After months of research, we decided to venture ALL the way across the globe to the Maldives; a group of islands south of India. Because we could likely never be in that part of the world again, we stopped in Dubai for five nights. There, we had quite the Arabian experience; camel rides, â&#x20AC;&#x153;dune-bashingâ&#x20AC;?, private dinner in the desert and made our way up to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. We stayed at a resort on the man-made palm island in Dubai. In the Maldives, we stayed in a beautiful over-water bungalow for three nights and an incredible beach villa for four. We fed stingrays and blacktip sharks, saw amazing coral, tried food from all over the world and got to know the wonderful Maldivian people. -Kelly Laning

THE MCCUTCHENS El Dorado Royal Resort Playa Del Carmen,


Highlights: â&#x20AC;˘ We were given a private candlelight dinner on the beach our first night at El Dorado Royal. â&#x20AC;˘ The resort features individual casita suites, very private, equipped with an outdoor shower and lazy river right outside the back door. â&#x20AC;˘ We took a snorkeling excursion. Little tip hereâ&#x20AC;ŚI took a box of Fruit Loops from breakfast with me (minus the box) and opened them once we started snorkeling. The fish seemed to enjoy them and we got to see a lot of cool fish. â&#x20AC;˘ We went parasailing for the first time. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect it to be so peaceful and relaxing. I would definitely do it again next time. â&#x20AC;˘ The food was great! Many different types of restaurants to choose from. And if we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to leave our room, we could use the 24-hour room service. -Judd McCutchen



We spent a few nights in London proper, abuzz with fun pubs and restaurants. We trekked through the city visiting many places, including Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Making our way to Paris, we stopped for a day in the Netherlands, where we took a very picturesque train ride through Belgium down to France. Paris was unbelievable, with the stunning architecture throughout the city and to-live-for patisseries on every corner. We visited the Musee dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Orsay, the Eiffel Tower and had great conversations with the Parisians nearly every night over really fantastic French cuisine. We finished our trip with a train ride back through northern France and the English Chunnel to Southern England, where we stayed for a few days with wonderful friends. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say to anyone traveling to Europe to take your time and make certain you visit few different places along the way. -Stephanie Ashmore





In our almost eight years of marriage, my husband and I have had lots of ups and downs. Lots of good mixed with bad. We have survived a cancer diagnosis and three pregnancies. We’ve traveled together and we’ve spent a lot of time at home. We’ve fought more than I would like to admit. We’ve had lean times and times of plenty. We’ve cried over our fears and laughed over pretty much everything else. While our marriage is in no way perfect (and never will be), ultimately I know I am married to my best friend.

“SO IT’S NOT GONNA BE EASY. IT’S GOING TO BE REALLY HARD; WE’RE GONNA HAVE TO WORK AT THIS EVERYDAY, BUT I WANT TO DO THAT BECAUSE I WANT YOU. I WANT ALL OF YOU, FOREVER, EVERYDAY. YOU AND ME...EVERYDAY.” - NICHOLAS SPARKS, THE NOTEBOOK The most real and honest thing I can say about marriage is that it takes work; a lot of work. But if you are with someone that you are willing to work for and with, the work is worth every second. I am fairly certain that even couples that have been happily married for several decades would agree that marriage is a work in progress. A continual effort of both parties. There are so many components of a successful marriage and those components probably look different for every couple. Here are a few that are pretty standard but also pretty important. Communication. From communicating about daily plans to feelings to future hopes and dreams, letting your spouse know what you are

thinking is so imperative. Admittedly, I am a talker, which is great for girls’ nights and phone conversations, but my husband is much less of a talker. I always have things that I want and need to talk to him about, but know that I will lose him if I get too wordy. I try to remember that sometimes less words equals more effective communication.

Compromise. From control of the TV to how weekends are spent to switching off getting up with the kids in the morning. Compromise is vital because by doing so, you are letting your spouse know that their needs, wants and plans are important to you too. For us right now, we mainly compromise about who gets alone time and when. It’s all about give and take, and trying to make sure that you are doing an equal amount of both. Quality time. This one is pretty self explanatory, but it can get tricky as you add in children and other responsibilities. Whatever your schedules look like, make a point to find time for each other - sans other distractions. I have heard before that marriages don’t end because of a lack of love, but because of a lack of friendship. Spending time together and making memories makes for a strong bond and a strong friendship. These days, our quality time usually centers around naptimes, but we make it work where we can. In addition to those, here are some other ways to show your spouse your love: Listen when they talk. Notice when they need you. Find ways to surprise them or make them feel special. Pray with them and for them. Hold hands. A marriage is something that evolves daily. Hopefully, you love your spouse the least on your wedding day and more each day after. Here’s to a lifetime of love, laughter and good times!

Lindsay, a Waxahachie native, is a mother of four and writes her articles during morning nap time. Visit her blog at www.themommarazziblog. to read more about her family.


QUICK FACTS FROM CURESEARCH.ORG: • Every day, 36 children are diagnosed with cancer. • Children’s cancer affects all ethnic, gender and socio-economic groups. • More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year. In May 2010, our oldest son Jackson was diagnosed with cancer. Everything was turned upside down and we were quickly thrown into a world full of unknowns and things we could not control. Thankfully, we were directed to Heroes for Children. Heroes for Children is a Dallasbased organization that provides social and financial assistance to Texas families battling childhood cancer. Their mission is to enable families to focus on the child. That kind of support during such a scary and uncertain time is priceless. We are beyond thankful for the assistance we received and spend our Septembers raising money for Heroes for Children’s mission. Every dollar raised goes directly to families to use wherever they need it most. Each September, Heroes for Children hosts a 5k walk/run. The J Team, formed in honor of Jackson, will participate this year for the third time. If you would like to learn more about Heroes for Children, visit




Helping Hands


family will be fed. “We’re not going to

30 families per week - a direct effect of the undying sense of community in Ennis.


even bills for those in a “crisis situation,” like the loss of a job. In 2011, 54 families received such assistance.

Thanks to generous donations from

pantry stays stocked, even if the money

site thrift store, open Monday through

largely funds the event and Ennis Office Supply takes care of printing needs.

“Every week, we are blessed by

Aside from providing inexpensive clothes

“Last year, there were balloons and kids

as slacks and other items necessary for a new job, serving 49 students and 77

a cross section of Ennis right there in that In 2011, Taste of Ennis raised $26,167 –

After an application process and interview, a family is approved for 30

of non-perishables, meats, produce, bread and whatever else the pantry has

through an annual Bull Shoot, an event where dart throwers gain sponsorship “We chose Helping Hands because they serve our community by helping those

more. After that, staff at Helping Hands determines case-by-case whether a

TASTE OF ENNIS to turn somebody down,” Hejny said, adding that if children are involved, the


September 27, 2012 Doors open at 6:00 and close when the food runs out. Knights of Columbus Hall, Ennis $10 per person to sample the best food Ennis has to offer

Until the funds come in, Helping Hands will continue to feed the hungry through generous donations. From the extra

Helping Hands is in need of peanut butter, canned tuna, spaghetti noodles, ramen noodles, canned soup, canned tomato products, green beans, corn, gently used clothing and plastic grocery bags. Visit to learn more.






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SEPTEMBER 2012 PLANTING • Plant fall-blooming annuals from bedding plants. • Most spring- and summerblooming perennials can be planted (like salvias, roses from containers, butterfly weed, phlox, cone flower and lantana). • Dig and divide springblooming perennials such as iris, daylilies, coneflowers, Gaillardia, violets and Ajuga. Amend the planting bed with compost and replant. • Plant trees and shrubs from containers. Fall planting will allow them to establish roots before hot and dry weather arrives next year.

FERTILIZING AND PRUNING • Fertilize lawns the first week of the month if it was not done in September. • Deadhead fall-blooming annuals and perennials. They will look better and flower longer.


• Save seeds from annuals and perennials that you want to plant next year, or take cuttings. • Chill tulip and hyacinth blubs in the bottom of the refrigerator for 60 days before planting in December.


GARDEN WATCH • Spray roses for blackspot and mildew that can be extremely troublesome in September and October. • Check for spider mites on fall tomatoes and newly planted transplants. Treat with a strong stream of water or insecticidal soap.



fertilizer on Bermuda and St. Augustine lawns or wait until the first week of October, after the grass has stopped growing. • Use a pre-emergent on lawn grasses to prevent germination of winter and spring weeds. • Continue to deadhead summer-blooming perennials to prolong seasonal color.


• Plant vines and ground • Watch for signs of browncovers from containers. patch fungus on St. • Put in cool-season Augustine lawns. Treat with annuals. Mix in some an appropriate fungicide. blood meal with the • Insects can be a problem amended soil. if the weather stays hot. • Daffodils and other springLook for whiteflies, aphids, flowering bulbs can be put spider mites and scale. in the ground now.

• Apply an all-nitrogen


(Or an everyday getaway for you and your love) The process from the building of our pavilion has evolved over 4 years. A design was formulated, boulders were placed, pathways and flowerbeds marked, then crushed granite spread. The landscaping progressed over the next few years. We chose perennials and plants that are native or adapted to our area to guarantee success. James’ love for rose bushes is very evident, especially the relatively new drift roses. The kitchen was done the month of June in 2011. The pergola and side ground work completed in November of 2011.







When we think of weddings, we generally associate the occasion with young love, long veils and extravagant receptions with lots of champagne. There is plenty of that going around, but in today’s society there are other weddings taking place with much less fanfare. These marriages carry a whole new set of issues far more complicated than the ever-present questions of color and style. Many folks are finding themselves single after years of marriage. Whether a spouse has died or a divorce has taken place, it is evident that having multiple marriages is more common than ever. Older people remarrying are generally not concerned with spending a large sum on wedding ceremonies or formal receptions. Their focus is more practical and involves memories, deep roots and a lot of emotion. If young children are involved, there is a multitude of separate issues, but I want to deal with the empty nester whose nest is about to change. The main concerns are where to live and who gets to keep what prized possessions. In my business, I have dealt with this more times than you can imagine. I have been called numerous times to accept or reject two households of belongings. When it comes down to my call, a deadlock has occurred. Even if the newlyweds decide to sell both their homes and buy one together, the issue of “my stuff” is huge. If a death has occurred, there is often a great deal of guilt and anxiety associated with separating yourself from the belongings shared with the deceased


spouse. Involving a third party is always a good idea. Emotions are very high and it is not a subject to be taken lightly. Many years of memories must be preserved in a delicate manner that is acceptable to both parties. It has been my experience that men often want to keep unorthodox items displayed on the bookshelves that drive their women to distraction. For the most part, men are not concerned about whether the longhorn mount is appropriate in a formal living room. They just want to make sure they have their treasure out for all to see. Let’s just say, compromise can be difficult. Accessory items are often a little easier to deal with than larger items, like the bed. His or hers? Each has nestled into their perfect spot for many years and absolutely cannot sleep on a different bed. ”By the way, this bed is the one my grandparents spent their wedding night on!” How about the guest room being dedicated to the memory of both families? This allows the new couple the opportunity to shop for a bed that is suitable to both parties and is “theirs”. My own personal experience involved the ugliest mauve velour recliner you have ever laid your eyes on. The first time I saw the beast I cringed. Little did I know, Les actually loved that chair, for lack of a better word, passionately. When we started talking about marriage, I specified that I would take him but not the chair. Many lengthy discussions followed. After the wedding, I was successful in not having to place the beast, but the price

was high. Every night, I had to listen to, ”I am just not comfortable; I need my chair!” Finally, for the sake of my sanity, I agreed that the chair could be placed in the upstairs den. Since the chair was placed exactly in my Christmas tree spot, it always had to be removed for the holidays. One year it did not return. Hurricane Katrina hit and some poor soul was thrilled to be sitting in a mauve velour recliner. As luck would have it, the day it was picked up Les just happened to turn a corner and end up behind the delivery trailer. There, on the very back, was his treasured chair. A phone call was imminent. I don’t think he will ever recover from the loss. The moral of the story is, treat your loved one’s “stuff” with respect or pay the price. Otherwise, you will hear about it for a long time. Happy decorating. See you next time.

DIANE JOHNSON COLLARD Diane has been decorating Ellis County for more than 20 years. Contact Diane Johnson Interiors at 972.935.8899 or

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According to the National Cancer Institute, about 61 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will most likely be diagnosed at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;distantâ&#x20AC;? stage of cancer- the stage at which the cancer has spread to â&#x20AC;&#x153;distant organs or lymph nodes.â&#x20AC;? The five-year survival rate at this stage is a mere 26.9 percent. Not all the numbers are negative, however. Early diagnosis of the localized cancer increases that same five-year survival rate to 91.5%. Such a marked difference reflects the importance of knowing your body and noticing any consistent changes taking place - then taking action when needed.

According to Dr. Oz, every year more men are diagnosed with prostate cancer than women are diagnosed with breast cancer. One out of six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. A cancer that affects the prostate - a gland in the male body that aids in the production of semen - it is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in American men. Prostate cancer is rarely diagnosed before the age of 40 and two-thirds of men diagnosed are 65 or older. Much like ovarian cancer, the five-year survival rate is usually high - up to 100 percent - if caught on time.

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Chest pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the emergency room. Most of the time, patients are kept briefly after their assessment, which usually includes an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), labwork, maybe even X-rays or CT scans, and then sent home with reassurance and a recommendation for a stress test. Patients sometimes wonder why this would be needed when “everything with their heart checked out ok.” Here are some answers. What is a heart attack? Even though the heart is full of blood that it is pumping to all of the other muscles and tissues in your body, it does not get its own blood supply from inside the pumping chamber. Rather, it pumps blood out into the large central blood vessel, the aorta, which has small arteries branching off of it that then dive back down along the outside surface of the heart. These arteries (coronaries) can become clogged with cholesterol, certain types of blood cells, and calcium to cause blockages, some of which are sudden and cause complete loss of blood flow, leading to death of the heart muscle supplied by that artery. Death of part of the heart is called a heart attack (or myocardial infarction). Some blockages are not complete and grow slowly over time to cause more and more chest pain or shortness of breath, a condition known as angina. Sometimes there is significant disease that does not cause many symptoms. Stents are used to open up blockages in the case of sudden heart attacks or chest pain caused by the heart. Stress testing identifies whether chest pain is from the heart.


What DID they check me for in the ER? The first thing they do in the ER is check the blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen level. These things give clues about the cause of the chest pain; severely high blood pressure or extremely fast heart rhythms can be picked up - both causing chest pain that is not due to heart artery disease. The next step is often an ECG, which usually tells you if you’ve had a heart attack in the past. But if enough time has gone by, the ECG can look normal again. The ECG also indicates if there is a sudden complete blockage that needs to be opened up immediately. In this case, patients will be transferred to a facility where cardiac catheterization is done. Sometimes there are ECG changes that suggest near-complete blockage, but even if a near-blockage is significant enough to cause symptoms, it may not be severe enough to cause an ECG abnormality. Say you have a 90 percent blockage in an artery and have started developing chest pain. The blockage has not killed off part of the heart muscle yet, and it is not completely blocking the blood flow. Your ECG and cardiac enzymes are normal and you are sent home to follow up with a stress test, the only way you will be able to identify the problem and get it treated. Finally, cardiac enzymes can be drawn to detect a heart attack. Minor elevations in these enzymes can occur without having an actual heart attack, and sometimes people have been told they had a heart attack though no evidence is present on further investigation. Some instances include dialysis patients, patients with

advanced kidney disease, patients with very high or low blood pressure, and severe infections. If the levels of these enzymes become significantly elevated while in the ER, patients are often referred for cardiac catheterization. This is a way of looking directly at the heart arteries and placing a stent if necessary. However, even if the cardiac enzymes are not significantly elevated, it does not mean there is not disease in the heart arteries. It just means that it has not progressed to the point of causing detectable damage to the heart muscle, though symptoms may be present. Therefore, showing normal cardiac enzymes in the ER only means that a heart attack or infarction has not happened already. “I had a stress test years ago and it was horrible! Why would I need to do one again? This is because the drug previously used caused people to feel like they were having a heart attack! That is much less common now. If patients are able, we usually try to perform exercise testing, which provides more information and is a better test in general. Having a normal stress test in the past does not mean that it is not possible to have heart artery disease that has developed since. In summary, it is possible to have a normal evaluation in the ER but still have major blockages present in your heart arteries. Getting a stress test is an easy, stress-free (hopefully) thing to do as an outpatient. Dr. Sullivan practices general cardiology in Ennis and takes call at Ennis Regional Medical Center.





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Learn to quiet the chatter in the mind. Build bone density; weight bearing exercise is the only way to do this. Listen and get in tune with your body. Create a place for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;me timeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on your yoga mat. Build strength, core power, agility, grace and endurance. Bring a greater awareness of the interconnection of yourself and nature. Begin to increase flexibility, no matter how inflexible you are right now. Dramatically decrease stress levels, knots, tension and cortisol by increasing release of anti-stress hormones DHEA and oxytocin through a regular yoga practice. Increase your daily energy level. Increase your libido. Yep, you read that one right. Develop healthy lifestyle habits. Surround yourself with people who lift you up. Make new acquaintances and friends in class.

The yoga studio or class that fits you may not be the first one you step into. Some yoga studios teach only the poses, or asanas, which is strictly the movement. Some teachers teach the breath and the movement. Others focus on the entire mind, body and spirit connection. Yoga is what YOU interpret it to be, so each individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yoga practice is vastly varied from anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience. Staying in the present moment, being guided gently to push your own edges and leading into a blissful state of final relaxation are wonderful additions to any lifestyle. This is yoga. Lisa is the owner of Dynamic Yoga 4 Love Studio and serves on the board of directors for Texas Yoga Association, DFW Free Day Of Yoga and Breathe the Cure 501c3.


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UPCOMING YOGA EVENTS IN THE AREA YOGA 4 LOVE: SEPTEMBER 3: 6th annual DFW Free Day of Yoga. SEPTEMBER 29: Outdoor Yoga at the Waterfall for Charity THANK YOU MOTHER INDIA 10:30AM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:45AM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ovilla Enjoy a wonderful vinyasa yoga by the Waterfall followed by a guided meditation in nature. Bring a dish to share for a yogi community champagne brunch on the patio after class. Suggested Love Donation: $12. RSVP for directions; 214.532.0776 or email OCTOBER 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NOVEMBER 10, 2-12 Saturdays 10:30-11:45 AM, 5 weeks Beginners Series Yoga 101 Early Bird Rate $49 through 10/6/2012 | After $59. Bring a notebook and a pen, water, towel and an open mind!

CRESCENT YOGA: ALL MONTH LONG: Visit, click â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yoga Finderâ&#x20AC;? then â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Week Free Yogaâ&#x20AC;? to print a card entitling you to one free week of yoga. SEPTEMBER 3: 6th Annual DFW Free Day of Yoga on Labor Day. 8:30 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Basic/Beginner class with live music from DJ Sukha. 9:45 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mix level classes. Enjoy healthy snacks, chair massages, sales and door prizes. SEPTEMBER 22: Global Mala Yoga for Peace Project: Uniting Yoga, Seva, & Collective Consciousness. Celebrating both National Yoga Month & UN International Day of Peace, doing 108 Sun Salutations as a moving meditation of joy & peace. SEPTEMBER 30: A worldwide wave of yoga â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2nd annual Time for Yoga Global Community practice. At 7 p.m. local time, people will be practicing yoga internationally. By participating during your own local time, a wave of yoga will take place around the globe.




INCONTINENCE.,WLVRQHRIWKHELJJHVWKHDOWKLV VXHVZLWKLQRXUFRPPXQLW\EXWRQHZHUDUHO\WDONDERXW 'XEEHG´WKHXQYRLFHGV\PSWRPÂľUHVHDUFKKDVVKRZQ WKDWDOWKRXJKWKHSUHYDOHQFHRIIHFDOLQFRQWLQHQFHLQWKH JHQHUDOSRSXODWLRQLVDERXWSHUFHQWRQO\RQHLQWKUHH VXIIHUHUVGLVFXVVLWZLWKDSK\VLFLDQ Fecal incontinence, or the inability to control the bowels, is more common in adults, predominately women, and is not a normal part of aging. According to a National Institutes of Health-funded study, more than 18 million Americans suffer from bowel incontinence problems, and as a result often struggle with everyday activities such as traveling, shopping, or spending time with friends and family. Fecal incontinence can be caused by a variety of factors, including damage to the nerves or muscles in the rectum from trauma such as childbirth, or other pelvic health disorders. One of the largest populations of sufferers is firsttime mothers. Research published in the medical journal Lancet revealed that the anal sphincter is injured in one in every three women at first vaginal delivery. A third of those patients will go on to experience new bowel problems, such as incontinence, the research said. Although fecal incontinence can have a devastating impact on oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quality of life, it is important to keep in mind that there are available treatment options. Understanding incontinence and recognizing that it can be prevented, treated or better managed


benefits patients by helping them to regain control of their lives. If you have been experiencing episodes of fecal soiling, your first step is to discuss the problem with your doctor. Your doctor will not only help you figure out why you are experiencing incontinence, but will also work with you to explore various treatment options and come up with a management plan. Traditional treatment options include: â&#x20AC;˘ Dietary changes such as timing and volume of food, beverage and fiber intake. â&#x20AC;˘ Medications, which may help with diarrhea by developing a more regular bowel pattern or decreasing the water content of stool. â&#x20AC;˘ Bowel training to improve bowel control through muscle strengthening and establishing bowel movement patterns. â&#x20AC;˘ Major surgery, including sphincteroplasty, colostomy, sphincter replacement and operations to treat rectal prolapse, a rectocele or hemorrhoids. Until now, there have been limited treatment options for people with fecal

incontinence who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respond to traditional treatment. A new treatment, InterStimÂŽ Therapy for Bowel Control, gives these individuals hope for living a more normal life. InterStimÂŽ is a minimally invasive option proven to improve or restore bowel control. The procedure uses mild electrical stimulation of the sacral nerves to influence the behavior of the pelvic floor muscles and bowel. As a result, the therapy significantly reduces fecal incontinent episodes for many patients. InterStimÂŽ Therapy is the only bowel control treatment option that allows patients and physicians to determine probable success of the therapy through a test stimulation procedure prior to committing to long-term therapy. To date, more than 100,000 people have received InterStimÂŽ Therapy worldwide. There has been remarkable success in recent years with incontinence treatment, so there is no need for anyone to continue to suffer in silence. Contact your physician and see how you can overcome incontinence, keep control and live life to the fullest.

Dr. Yomi Fayiga is a board-certified surgeon in Waxahachie who specializes in treating fecal incontinence. He is Board Chairman of Surgery Center of Waxahachie and is on staff at Baylor Medical Center Waxahachie.




October is National Dental Hygiene Month, so there is no better time to emphasize why your oral hygiene habits are vital to your overall health. Healthy gums and teeth have benefits that go far beyond fresh breath and a great smile. It may surprise you to learn that numerous studies link periodontal (gum) disease to heart disease, stroke, and even Alzheimer’s. Essentially, the way you treat your mouth affects the rest of your body. In light of these studies we should ask, “What can I do to achieve good oral health?” The single most important thing to do is visit a dentist for an exam and x-rays if you have not been within the last year. This will give the dentist a chance to evaluate your entire mouth for periodontal disease, dental cavities, oral cancer and any other conditions that may be present. Once your mouth is officially “disease free,” it is really quite simple to incorporate four oral health habits into your already busy life. You’re probably already doing most of them to some extent.

BRUSH Brushing your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day is a critical component to preventing cavities and gum disease. The most important time to brush is before bed. When you brush before bedtime, you are starting six to eight hours of sleep with a clean mouth. Saliva production slows down tremendously when we sleep, so whatever we leave on the teeth before we go to bed will not be rinsed off with saliva throughout the night, meaning bacteria will multiply exponentially. Sugar (from soda, dessert, even wine) is especially destructive if left on the teeth overnight. And if you have children, do not expect them to be able to do an adequate job of brushing until they are in the double digits! Even then, many of them will need direction and supervision, especially if they have braces.


FLOSS Floss daily - again, preferably before you go to bed. When asked if flossing is really necessary, the running joke among dentists is, “You only have to floss the ones you want to keep!” And there is truth to that! Flossing removes the plaque and bacteria between teeth and at the gumline, something that brushing by itself won’t accomplish. These hard to reach areas of the mouth are where cavities and gum disease often begin. There are many different kinds of floss and flossing tools available, so find what works best for you and you will be much more likely to incorporate flossing into your daily regimen.

MOUTHWASH Rinse with an anti-microbial mouthwash every day in order to kill any bacteria left after brushing and flossing. Brushing and flossing generally disrupt the plaque and bacteria growing in the mouth - rinsing expels it. Water is good, but an anti-microbial rinse is even better because it will help kill the bacteria on the tissues of your mouth and tongue. By the way, don’t forget to brush and/or scrape it too!

CHEW GUM! Lastly, and here’s the fun part, chew sugarfree gum after meals. This stimulates the most important natural defense against tooth decay – saliva – which, in turn helps fight cavities, neutralizes plaque acids, remineralizes enamel to strengthen teeth, and washes away food particles. It comes in all kinds of yummy flavors, so pick your favorite and chew away for a few minutes! Of course, a discussion regarding good oral hygiene would not be complete unless we mentioned diet. Cut back on sugars, especially

those in sticky candies and sodas, and drink plenty of tap water. Yes, good old-fashioned (and free) tap water can actually be a healthier choice than bottled water. That’s because it usually contains the optimal level of fluoride - the essential ingredient necessary to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities - as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. Amounts of fluoride in bottled water vary greatly, so it is necessary to contact the manufacturer to find out whether their “pure” water contains fluoride or not. Good habits are learned over time, so start practicing now and take that healthy smile to a whole new level! Margaret Shaw, D.D.S., P.A., is a family dentist in Glenn Heights and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Dentistry. Contact her office at 972.223.0313.







More and more individuals are choosing to remain single. However, there are several reasons why those in a committed relationship donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take the next step of getting married.

1. Some people fear committing to marriage because they have seen their parents go through a divorce. If they know people who had a painful divorce, they may be reluctant to expose themselves to that possibility. If this is the case for you, perhaps you can consider the happy marriages you know. 2. Similarly, do you know people who are unhappily married? Do you have friends who complain about their husbands? Discussing how you will problem-solve and communicate in marriage can help you avoid the same pitfalls. 3.

Are all your friends still single? If so, maybe you have fears about giving things up when you marry. Have a conversation with your boyfriend about both of your expectations for married life.

4. Some people are afraid of commitment


because they think their current partner may not be â&#x20AC;&#x153;the one.â&#x20AC;? Take an honest look at yourself and your boyfriend. What is lacking in the relationship? Do you see red flags regarding his behaviors? Although there are no perfect mates and no perfect marriages, if you have genuine concerns, they need to be addressed. If this is the case, you are smart not to jump into marriage hoping he will change.

5. Do you have fears about your ability to be successful in a relationship, or about your role as a wife? If so, you may want to see a therapist. 6.

Are you avoiding marriage because your friends or family do not approve of him? If so, do they have valid points? On the other hand, you are the one who has to live with your decision, so you have to make the one that is right for you. When we marry to please others, it can be a recipe for disaster.

7. Have you been deeply hurt in a prior relationship? If so, remind yourself that your boyfriend is not the person who hurt you and will not necessarily behave the

same way.


Another common reason I hear for avoiding marriage is the fear that things will change. Are you worried he will take you for granted? That things will become routine? Yes, these things can happen in a marriage, and it takes work to keep a marriage fresh and fulfilling, but staying together over the years can lead to a deep abiding love that makes all the effort well worth it. This is obviously an important decision for you. If you decide to marry, that is fantastic, but if you decide you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to, it is best to be up front with your boyfriend about your decision and not keep him hanging on. Good luck to the both of you.

DR. DONALDSON is a clinical psychologist practicing in Waxahachie. She can be contacted at or by visiting







AND HOW IT DOESN’T SUBMITTED BY BAYLOR HEALTHCARE Susan Filgo of Red Oak enjoys weaving and knitting, and was preparing to turn her hobby into a business. Knowing that she would be busy once the venture opened, she scheduled a medical checkup, which included a routine mammogram. And there it was. Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer. “It was a shock, because breast cancer does not run in my family,” Filgo said. After talking over the options with her physicians, Filgo had a lumpectomy and radiation treatment. “The lumpectomy is day surgery, so it was performed in the morning and I was back in my own home by about two in the afternoon.” “My surgeon was from Waxahachie,” Filgo said. “She reassured me that nowadays things are very customized to your individual cancer. She was so empathetic and sympathetic, but very positive that this was not something that I had to feel was a cloud over the rest of my life.” Some people, like Filgo, falsely believe that having no family history of cancer protects them from the disease. Others, who do have a family history of cancer, may falsely assume that they are destined to get it, no matter what. But that’s not necessarily the case either.

“People with family history of cancer often think there’s nothing they can do,” says C. Richard Boland, M.D., chief of gastroenterology for the GI Cancer Research Laboratory at Baylor Research Institute (BRI) at Baylor University Medical Center. “That’s simply not the case.” In fact, genetic testing is one tool available that could help protect one’s family and future generations. Is Cancer in Your Genes? “It’s important to distinguish between familial cancers—those that appear multiple times in families due to environmental factors or lifestyle choices—and hereditary cancers, which can be attributed to a single gene mutation,” Dr. Boland said. “Only about 3 percent of colon cancer cases—and probably most other cancers—are inherited.” A genetic counselor can help you understand the difference and provide testing to identify any mutations in your DNA. If the results are positive, look at it as an opportunity to be proactive instead of as a dark cloud over your future. Having a predisposition toward cancer isn’t a death sentence. Knowing that you carry a mutated gene offers valuable information that can help you make informed decisions

about preventive care. The importance of being proactive about your health, regular screening, and communicating with your physician can’t be emphasized enough. “Keep a detailed history of your family’s health conditions, age at diagnosis and age at death—and then share that information with your physician,” Dr. Boland said. And consider meeting with a genetic counselor, who can offer additional testing and valuable education. Then follow your physician’s orders when it comes to recommended screenings and make appropriate lifestyle changes to reduce your risk. Most of all, remember that the most significant determining factor of your future health isn’t that your parents died of cancer young or that your grandparents are still living cancer-free into their 90s—it’s you. “Now I go back and check with the doctors every six months with a mammogram, and then they do some blood work and we just have a nice little visit and I’m on my way,” Filgo said. To schedule a checkup, mammogram, or for a referral to a genetic counselor, please call 1.800.4BAYLOR or visit BaylorHealth. com/WaxCancer

Susan Filgo, pictured here, is a survivor of breast cancer, the most common cancer among women in the United States other than skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer death rates are decreasing, probably due to earlier diagnosis and better treatment. With October designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women are urged to schedule their regular mammograms and health checks to ensure these rates continue to decrease.




7KH3UDLULH For over ten years my husband and I have made the trek to Round Top, Texas, for what has grown to be the largest antique show in the country. We lovingly refer to it as Camp Round Top. On the first weekend of April and October, you will find dozens of circus-size tents selling period French furniture, old barns full of crumbling grandeur, and open fields where thousands of people sift through coveted junk. But what really makes this bi-annual trip feel like â&#x20AC;&#x153;campâ&#x20AC;? is where we have the privilege of staying when we are in town. Just five miles from Round Topâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s town square is an obscure dirt road that leads to what used to be called the Outpost at Cedar Creek. The lush 46 acres were original owner Houstonian Lenore Prudhommeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s labor of love. Each guest had their own cowboychic cottage, authentic casita, renovated smokehouse or individual room in the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main 1880s German farmhouse. For years, we have shared the retreat with an awesome group of creative guests, including the British queen of shabby chic fame, Rachel Ashwell, who is as lovely a person as her beautiful coffee table books portray. Rachel recently bought the Outpost from Lenore, adding Texas to her list of proper-

ties, which include London, New York and California. Going through what must have been hundreds of gallons of white paint, Rachel and her team put their signature shabby chic stamp on the place, renaming it The Prairie. As you drive down the long gravel road entrance, three flags now fly: Old Glory, the Texas flag and the Union Jack. The rooms have been transformed into a combination of shabby chic meets rustic elegance, or as Rachel likes to say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marie Antoinette goes to Texas.â&#x20AC;? English toiletries by Molton Brown, Shabby Chic Couture bedding and comfy slip-covered furniture fill the five eclectic properties, while vintage wallpaper, jam jars filled with fresh cut flowers, peely paint armoires and crystal chandeliers complete the look. Although the dĂŠcor has changed and the colors are softer, Rachel has been careful to keep the soul of our beloved camp intact, and my body still relaxes the minute we turn into the gates. Nailed on a tree is a simple sign directing you to check in at the Rangers Lounge, a communal barn where Big Pearl, the Prairieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s white Labrador, greets you with a wag of her tail. The barn also serves as a haven where guests


gather in the morning for a cup of English tea or a mug of strong coffee. Danny â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Dâ&#x20AC;? Riebeling, who looks like he could be a defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys, drapes a dainty floral apron around his ginormous physique and whips up the best breakfast this side of the Pecos. When Danny isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cooking, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the main man around camp, having recently completed another barn with reclaimed wood, making The Prairie a perfect destination for relaxing corporate retreats, workshops, filming, weddings and receptions. If Rachel is in town she will welcome you herself to the luxury camp, and if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not lucky enough to snag a reservation during antique week, you can still visit The Prairie and shop at the delightful Shabby Chic Couture store she has opened on site. It is chocked full of furniture, her signature bedding, books and accessories. She may have successful businesses around the world, but Rachel is just as proud of the Texas roots she is putting down in Round Top, and we are proud to be her campers.

Cindy Burch

Cindy Burch and her husband, Andrew, own and operate The Doves Nest in historic downtown Waxahachie. Cindy is also a freelance writer, caterer and consultant. Her award-winning cookbook, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Doves Nest Restaurant: New American Recipes From A Historic Texas Townâ&#x20AC;?, is in itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth printing.


September 2012 Ellis County Living Magazine  

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