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Maybe more this year than years past, it is important to be surrounded by love and peace over the holidays. This year, the seemingly never-ending presidential election gave us a divisive environment in which to exist and go about our daily lives. Frankly, it became the new normal. Whatever side of the aisle you were standing on waving your American flag, it was apparent that respecting and encouraging independent thought and opinion is going the way of woolly mammoth. I’m an optimist, so I propose this holiday season we figure out what is truly important and why. I believe in people. I need to see the good intentions and redeeming qualities — even if I have to dig deep sometimes. As witnessed on Facebook, friends and family rarely present information that will change someone’s viewpoint. In fact, it just develops frustration and ratchets up discontent and anger. I’ve always found it important to agree to disagree (politely) in difficult conversations like religion, business and ummm, politics.

Unless asked, volunteering your opinion for the sake of changing minds is rather pointless. This doesn’t mean that you need to tolerate hate and bullying — that’s never OK. It isn’t easy to watch this ignorance in our neighborhoods, schools and communities and we all have a responsibility to speak up against people trying to harm others. But, combating ignorance or hate with violence isn’t the answer. After all, showing the value of peace and love is accomplished most effectively through actions, not words. How does this dynamic play out over the holidays as we try to focus on family? It may not be easy, right? Matters of family are difficult — maybe even more so as we gather around in small houses singing off-key Christmas carols. There are many expectations, highs and lows, disappointments, pressure to get along, weird family history and the list goes on. Take the time to appreciate each family member for his or her uniqueness. You may not always understand Aunt

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Betty or Uncle Jim’s perspective, but show them your love anyway.

This year, take a note from the Eyde family, who I am sure have seen up’s and down’s , but no matter what, always loves and respects one another. This month, new mom Evemarie Eyde tells her special family story. Originally from Lansing, she traveled the world for work and finally made her way back home to support her family and its business. Reflect your love out to the world this holiday season. We could all use an extra helping, right? Share love this holiday season,

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Meridian Township’s 175th Anniversary Kick Off Celebration Celebration activities start at 4 p.m. on December 31. Enjoy a special viewing of the Historical Meridian Documentary, fireworks, hot chocolate and the celebration’s signature drink the ‘Meridian Mule’ in a complimentary 175th anniversary mug! The first 75 guests will receive a commemorative Meridian Township time capsule! The documentary is a donation of $7.50, all ticket sales go toward the Friends of Historic Meridian. Documentary showings at 5:15 and 7:30 p.m. For more info visit 4

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ELE’S PLACE REMEMBERS YMCA OF METROPOLITAN LANSING OFFERS BREAST CANCER SUPPORT CLASS CHILDREN’S GRIEF The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing is offering lifechanging experiences to breast cancer patients and survivors through their Turning Point Program. The Turning Point Program, founded in 2008 through funding provided by Susan G. Komen Michigan, has served 156 women during this grant cycle with plans to serve 200 more by March 2017. The program supports breast cancer survivors once they have been diagnosed and throughout their lives to improve their emotional and physical health as well as their overall quality of life. “The program is a healthy lifestyle initiative which targets at-risk breast cancer survivors, providing them

with physical, social and emotional support. It is one of the only survivor programs in the greater Lansing community and our team at the Y is proud to offer this kind of care in a time of need,” said Cheri Schimmel, development director at the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing. The program provides 47 weeks of fitness, yoga and nutritional education. Classes are closely monitored in a group setting by certified staff who are trained to work with cancer survivors. For more information about the Turning Point Program or to sign up, contact Joy Berwald by phone at (517) 8279677 or by email at Learn more at

LIFETECH ACADEMY ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH DEAN TRANSPORTATION LifeTech Academy announced on Nov. 2 that it has formed a new strategic partnership with Dean Transportation. As a partner, Dean Transportation is now one of nearly 20 businesses and non profits that LifeTech Learners can choose from, as a part of their real-world, hands-on, projectbased learning experience. “We’re thrilled to be working with Kellie and Patrick Dean on this innovative and valuable program. It gets right to the core of our main objective with LifeTech Academy, which is to make education interesting and relevant, and focusses on our learner’s passions,” said Matthew D. Anderson, chief brand officer of Engaged Education, the company that supports LifeTech Academy. 
 The Diesel Maintenance Technology Program is the result of two years of planning and development. The nine-week long program runs from mid-October

through late December and will award each learner with a half credit in integrated science. The program will enlighten them to the world of diesel mechanics and will lay a foundation for more advanced courses that are already in the planning phase. 
 “We want to support these learners in their high school education and hopefully have them come back to Dean once they graduate to be valuable members of our team,” said Patrick Dean, vice president of business development of Dean Transportation. 
 Topics that are covered in the program include: gas and diesel engine systems; inventory and parts controls; technology in vehicle repairs; designing, 3D printing, and presenting on engine functions; and USDOT inspections, among others.
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AWARENESS MONTH One in 20 children under the age of 18 will have experienced the death of a parent. Many others will grieve the death of a sibling or another important person in their lives.

Ele’s Place recognizes that children’s grief is unique, and that unaddressed grief can have a negative impact on children’s health and well-being. That’s why Ele’s Place remembered Children’s Grief Awareness Month during the month of November. The local nonprofit offered ways for the community to get involved to raise awareness of and spread hope to grieving children and families. “Many bereaved children feel isolated in their grief, unaware that they are not alone. Children’s Grief Awareness Month is an opportunity to tell children they are not forgotten and that there is support, hope and healing to be found,” said Kate Powers, managing director of Ele’s Place in Lansing, Mich. Every year on the third Thursday of November, the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) proudly observes Children’s Grief Awareness Day. On Nov. 17, 2016, NAGC affiliate members and supporters across the country, including Ele’s Place, are acknowledging this day and encouraging the community to get involved. One way people participated is by wearing blue on that day. Ele’s Place has had the honor of serving grieving children, teens and their families across Michigan for the last 24 years. For more information about Ele’s Place or for resources on childhood grief, visit For NAGC information, visit

LANSING RHEUMATOLOGY’S GRAND OPENING East Lansing celebrated their first early arthritis clinic on Oct. 4, with the grand opening of Lansing Rheumatology. A regional center for rheumatic diseases, Lansing Rheumatology is led by Iris Zink, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, making Lansing Rheumatology one of only four practices in the state of Michigan with a nurse practitioner at the helm. Through a holistic approach, Zink and her team care for individuals suffering from autoimmune disease, arthritis and infections with custom care plans developed to achieve optimal health. For more information on Lansing Rheumatology, visit

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One such organization is the Lansing Symphony Orchestra (LSO). This nonprofit has been in the greater Lansing region since 1929; its mission: to enrich lives through music and education outreach. If that doesn’t sound like philanthropy, what does? LSO has provided live music experiences for decades, and one of the main goals, according to symphony Executive Director, Courtney Millbrook, is to give the community access to this art form. “We’re really fortunate to be located within a community that appreciates our education programs,” she said. Millbrook noted that the LSO partners with local school programs to create a community that’s enriched in music and music education. “It’s great to have a local orchestra that does as much ours,” she said. “Students can work with the orchestra, which is a great opportunity to be among professionals in the field.”

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When thinking about the term, nonprofit organization, terms like philanthropy, humanitarianism and compassion typically come with it. Large organizations like The Red Cross or United Way, for example, are commonplace, but many are surprised to find out that community arts and cultural organizations are nonprofits, and they are doing the same type of work as the big guys, only with a more focused audience – your community.

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There have been many success stories of musicians here in greater Lansing, but Millbrook noted that one, in particular, Tanya Ell, a cellist, is being celebrated next month with a homecoming concert on Jan. 7.

Ell grew up with both parents as musicians in the LSO; her father played clarinet and her mother played cello. She was trained in the Suzuki program on cello from a very young age, went on to Juilliard for her undergrad and attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for her masters. “I’m really excited, as you can imagine,” said Ell. “It means a great deal to me to be able to come home and perform with an orchestra I grew up listening to. It’s really an honor.”

Success stories like this are no stranger to LSO. Millbrook spoke on the many school programs LSO participates in and noted that exposing children to classical and live music at an early age is the goal of the entire organization. “I realize that they probably won’t be subscribers to the orchestra when they’re 15 years old,” said Millbrook. “But, if we can continue fostering an appreciation for our music, that’s important to us.” The orchestra puts on nine major shows per year, not including many smaller community events. In addition, LSO is one of the only community orchestras that has a full 17 piece jazz band. “I just want to get across to people to come visit LSO,” said Millbrook. “There are some great opportunities. Come support the arts in your community! There’s something for everyone.” Megan Martin is the Editor of Capital Area Women’s Lifestyle Magazine and Greater Lansing Business Monthly. She is a foodie who loves art, tea, the great outdoors and spending time with her family, her Fiancé and her miniature dachshund, Oakley.


A HOME FOR THE DIY SPIRIT IN ALL OF US Championing self-made artists, one shop at a time BY ADAM LANSDELL Having an open market approach to creating a sustainable art-based business is essential. In the modern era, the idea of selling your art can become a reality thanks to art fairs, craft shows and other online resources like Etsy. While these are all great entry points for artists, they are often met with inconsistency and lack of commitment from their artists over time. While these may be the traits that define modern artists looking to make a few bucks for their art, the accessibility of the Do It Yourself (DIY) industry comes with struggles. This is where River City MRKT (RCM) is changing the game. RCM is essentially a self-curating affair that celebrates regional artists through pop-up events and participation in local street fairs. These events are just pieces of a larger, dedicated experience; crafted by founders Amalia Boukos & Debbie Carlos. The two envisioned their business after forming a bond through their mutual appreciation and passions for unique handcrafted goods; such as jewelry, apparel, natural beauty care products, stationery and furniture. “In 2014, I started spending more time making items and then eventually selling them on Etsy,” said Boukos. “In the fall of that year I decided to organize a modern craft fair in town, but it wasn’t until early 2015 that Debbie and I began planning the first RCM. Our first market was June 6, 2015 at the Creative Corridor in REO Town. There were 21 super talented artists selling their goods at our market and the turnout and feedback were very positive.” The two have a knack for hand selecting the items that are featured in their shops and online stores. With a focus on bringing attention to individual artists that are making high-quality goods, they continue to champion the DIY spirit you may find in the aforementioned markets, on a local scale. “We have had a variety of artists represented in our pop-ups and we would love to continue working with

Photo by Debbie Carlos all of them. But, there is also a motivation to keep things fresh for our customers and to promote new artists, so there is always something or someone new at each event as well as a few repeat artists,” explained Boukos. “Our motive is to support artists, so as they grow their own businesses and get noticed by brick and mortar retailers, we may not carry their items anymore, but instead look for new artists to promote.”

consignment model,” explained Boukos. “But yes, store fronts have their advantages too. RCM pop-ups come and go but most people are creatures of habit and it’s easier to do that than to wait for the next RCM event. Because we’re so web-based I think we’ve limited our demographic. We’re fortunate to have many repeat customers but I think a store front would make it easier to grow our regular client base.”

While the two look for expressive innovation in the pieces they select, they are conscious of making art accessible. While their works of art range in price, they are always backed by quality craftsmanship and marked with an obtainable price tag. The two don’t see art as something for the elites and want to make sure that their featured products and the artists they work with are enjoyed by a wider audience. The unique style of business offers them both advantages and challenges.

With a focus on the little things around them, they’re crafting a brand that embodies the bigger picture. River City MRKT is an emerging center for artists and craftsmen that is well on its way to becoming an established force for change in the way we consume retail art and designer goods.

“I would say that the significant advantage for us as a pop-up has been avoiding the financial risks that come with long-term leases and accumulating inventory. Space for our one-day events has been affordable, and taking on inventory has been possible with a

“We are still an experiment in so many ways, still finding our feet,” said Boukos. “I think we have been successful in that we have given good exposure to our artists and I believe that many of them have had more successes from having worked with us. We’ve been able to encourage young artists to keep going and give them a space to sell their work and see how well their art is received by the public.” For more information on River City MRKT, its event dates, the online store and how you can get involved as an artist, visit Adam Lansdell is an Alumni of Grand Valley State University, and currently a Communication Specialist with M3 Group of Lansing. With a passion for all things creative it comes as no surprise that he’s also a musician, movie buff and graphic designer. Adam spends his down time biking, and spending too much of his personal income on concert tickets or vinyl records.

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THE ATROCITIES OF WAR BLEED COURAGE THROUGH FAITH Director Mel Gibson (“Braveheart,” “Passion of The Christ” and “Apocalypto”) relishes the opportunity to yet again use the elasticity of human will power when matched against all odds, as the framework for his vision. “Hacksaw Ridge” sets the tone as a shining example of the director’s ability to push characters to the edges of morality and plausible goodwill, while veiled by relentless brutality.


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Our story follows the true story of World War II (WWII) American Army Medic, Desmond T. Doss. Doss, portrayed by Andrew Garfield (“The Amazing Spider-Man” and “99 Homes”), is a unique individual from the get go — a southern boy from Virginia with an unparalleled commitment to Christian values. Doss was raised in abusive home, his father, portrayed by Hugo Weaving (“The Matrix Trilogy” and “V for Vendetta”), being a violent WWI veteran that has been plagued by remorse, hatred and alcohol. The aggressive nature of his father and an incident involving his younger brother leave Doss determined to be a better man; leading to his decision to never hurt or kill. The year is 1945 and with the war on its last legs of the U.S. occupation of Japan, Doss, like many young men at the time decide to join the fight. Using the Bible as his moral compass for life, Doss is faced with defiance, uncertainty when he refuses to use a gun or any other machines of war — instead opting to be a field medic and follow his passion of saving lives to better the world. Though miraculous odds and endless adversity, Doss overcomes it all — going on to save the lives of over 75 solders, across three days of gruesome, life altering battle. With faith as his weapon and a disposition to safeguard humanity, no guns are needed for Doss, who would go on to be the conscientious objector in history, receiving the coveted Medal of Honor. While other films may use violence and graphic content as a selling point, Hacksaw Ridge instead uses it as a vehicle to encapsulate its viewers by inviting them to take a glimpse into the real world horrors of war. While not for the faint at heart, the film works to create a deeper connection to the characters as well as

Last month, our reviewers went head to head reviewing both the film and book adaptations of the popular story, “The Girl on the Train.” We asked you, our audience, to give us your opinion, and you have spoken! Here are the results:


preferred the film

59% preferred the book

Be on the lookout for more quizzes, giveaways, weekly reads and more at and an affirmation of the atrocities that men on the frontlines of battle were asked to undertake. “Hacksaw Ridge” is guaranteed to leave viewers inspired in its wake. The film emits rare allowance of courage that leave us feeling that anything is possible, even in the darkest hour. Adam Lansdell is an Alumni of Grand Valley State University, and currently a Communication Specialist with M3 Group of Lansing. With a passion for all things creative it comes as no surprise that he’s also a musician, movie buff and graphic designer. Adam spends his down time biking, and spending too much of his personal income on concert tickets or vinyl records.

Let’s talk T.U.S.H. When was the last time you got some travel in using the TUSH method? If you think I am talking about anatomy, sorry to disappoint you. T.U.S.H. stands for “Travel Until Something Happens,” which it always does — guaranteed. TUSH traveling is similar to traveling on a shoestring, or having flexible dates, and there are many reasons to try this at least once in your life time. It’s forced adventure — living on the edge — that this type of travel offers and there are many ways to go about doing this. Some decide they’re going to go on a road trip a week (or days) before they leave. Others who want a global adventure might choose a one-way last minute flight out of the country. But what if you don’t want to commit to a one way plane ticket or feel uncomfortable just hopping in a car and going? There are many avenues in which someone can be introduced to the concept of TUSH traveling and there are many sites and organizations that can help you do it. This way, your trip is still planned, but still be spontaneous at the same time. Groupon is just one of those organizations that can help you get your TUSH on, but it’s one of my favorites — not only because my son, Aaron, works there, but it is a plus. Groupon works by pairing users with qualified travel agencies that work 24/7


monitoring flights, hotels and excursions on your behalf. Want to eat, pray and love in India? Groupon can help.

even be interviewed for this article. Here’s how the phone call went:

Groupon offers adult-only “white-sand beach bum lovers” trips to Punta Cana and other locations at as much as 50 percent off regular rates. I just spotted a five day $191 per night all-inclusive trip with dates into April. I have six hours to book the deal, and it is not refundable, but the site is loaded with FAQ’s to help answer questions and the trip has good reviews. Of course, I recommend you read all of the fine print in the information and make sure you ask about any additional resort or excursion fees.

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Besides the big discounts, Groupon prides itself in customer satisfaction. The company researches all travel companies and discontinues relationships with those who do not meet their standards. Groupon employs more than 10,000 experts worldwide and is home to 2,100 employees at their Chicago headquarters, many of whom are from Michigan State University and other mid-west universities. They are young and smart — they work for a company that understands travel and fun go hand-in-hand. Now, if you are thinking I am writing this because of some travel deal I am receiving, think again. Groupon keeps my son so busy, he did not have enough time to

Me: Do you have time for a quick interview Him: Send the questions to me via email. No promises I can get to them today.

Me: question: What is the best thing about working at Groupon?

Him: Copy and paste so I can type out my responses. Me: Dear Lord! Him: Do you want quality responses or what? Although I was tempted to remind him of the lastminute homework assignments I “assisted” with, or the black pants we had to have the night before his new job, I bit my tongue. I reminded myself that he was working and I should be happy. I was actually proud of his answer, because I knew at that moment Groupon had hired the right man, and I had raised a great son. Lisa Allen Kost was bitten by the travel bug at an early age. Growing up an “Army Brat” she has lived abroad and is always eager to book her next trip — no matter the destination. When she is not traveling, Allen-Kost calls Okemos home and is a commercial realtor with CBRE|Martin. Her favorite travel companions are her husband, Jim and their children.

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Looks to bring in the new year The holiday invitations are starting to fill your mailbox and it’s time to find something extra special to wear. Ringing in the New Year is always fun to do with a little extra sparkle. The ladies at Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine and Kellie’s Consignments have partnered up to bring you some new looks for your wardrobe. (1) Gold chain necklace and dangle diamond earrings set, $14; (2) Geometric dangle earrings, $4; (3) Set of 5 bangles, $3;(4) Black Betty Johnson purse, $39; (5) Set of 4 bangles, $5; (6) Dress with leather bodice, $16; (7) Black top with pearl detail and pant set, $32; (8) Silver heels, $14; (9) Pearl bracelet, $10; (10) Fur coat, $129; (11) Burgundy booties, $16; (12) Earring and necklace set (gold with red), $14; (13) Studded bodycon dress, $99; (14) Gold bracelet, $8; (15) Black heels, $12; (16) Gold clutch, $10


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Being thankful

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Every other month, our pet expert and Canine Coaches dog trainer, Jill Bailey, will answer your pet questions. Email her at For more information on Canine Coaches visit

Dogs are amazing. They are our companions, part of our families and our best friends. We’ve talked about so many ways to train them and work with them to make our lives co-exist in the best way. But, what we haven’t talked about is how dogs go above and beyond and how they have literally helped save the lives of so many people. There are bomb sniffing dogs that keep us safe, there are veteran assistance dogs, bedbug detection dogs and therapy dogs of all kinds. I’ve even read stories of dogs that have recognized dangerously low blood sugar in their humans or heard stories of dogs that have detected cancer. There are countless stories about brave dogs and at this time of year, people tend to reflect on what is important to them and what they are thankful for. I am thankful for all the dogs that have helped people get through each day and to all the humans who have trained them. There are so many organizations out there … too many to mention here, that have saved lives or just helped someone to live theirs without fear.

Photo by Erika Hodges The attachment between a human and their furry companion runs deep. The love they show us is unconditional. If you are in need, or know someone who is, check online for an organization that offers dogs for the specific need you are looking for. I wanted to be sure to remind everyone that at this time of the year when decorations are going up and family is celebrating, your animals will be a big part of the festivities too! Don’t forget that many things that are part of our holiday celebrations are toxic to dogs - chocolate, poinsettia, mistletoe, holly,

potpourri … the list goes on. Be sure to keep wires and ornaments out of your animal’s reach. Follow the general rule that if there is anything that isn’t your dogs, such as food or treats - they should not have it. HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON! Jill Bailey is the Media Specialist at M3 Group by day, by night she is helping train dogs for Canine Coaches! Having a life-long love of dogs, Jill decided to get her training certification in 2012. Visit for more information.



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With the holidays coming up, I thought it would help to make a list of the lies I tell myself about eating and drinking. I figure once I’m on to myself, I’ll have a much harder time tricking me.

LIE NO. 2: I cannot gain weight from the candy on my

At first it was easy to list the lies, then, not so much. It got tougher when I learned that lies can fly through our heads so fast, we’re hardly aware of them.

LIE NO. 3: I cannot gain weight at holiday parties,

Therapists who practice cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, will back me up. Powerful thoughts can zip through our heads at lightning speed. And if they’re negative or invalid thoughts - which is what lies are - they can really trip us up. I’ve been working to catch the zippiest of the lies I tell myself about how I eat and drink. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

LIE NO. 1: I cannot gain weight by sneaking fries from my kids’ fast food meals in the car on my way home.

coworkers’ desks. That candy was put there for peoples’ happiness, and since gaining weight is not conducive to my happiness, the candy will not cause weight-gain. wedding receptions and bar/bat mitzvahs no matter how many cheese logs I eat since I plan to dance hard enough to elevate my heart-rate to 290.

LIE NO. 4: Since dark chocolate is good for me, milk chocolate can’t be that bad because it’s made with milk which contains calcium and protein.

LIE NO. 5: I cannot gain weight on Saturday. If the

Saturday's within a leap year, I can’t gain weight on the following Sunday either — AND for another four years.

LIE NO. 6: I cannot gain weight by drinking milk

directly from the bottle. Milk must be consumed



from a glass in order to cause weight-gain. I am further protected from weight-gain by drinking the milk directly from the bottle while standing in front of the refrigerator. If I drink milk from the bottle while standing in front of the refrigerator with the door open, and the light burns out, my level of protection is quintupled. Now that I’m aware of these lies, maybe I’ll manage my weight more easily during the holidays. And I know they really are lies, too, because if they were true, I’d weigh 97 pounds. Teece Aronin is a blogger and columnist. Teece writes a humor/health and wellness column for the Oakland Press and is the Featured Writer for October at TrueHumor. com. Her artwork is available at the store, phylliswalter, and Teece seriously considers any request for workshops, coaching, and speaking engagements. Read her blog at ChippedDemitasse., contact her at and follow her on Twitter @taronin.

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Something old to something new It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle this time of year. With the holiday season starting off as a race we are constantly on the go. In between the gift giving, give yourself a little treat. Have you inherited a piece of jewelry that you are unsure what to do with? Or do you have something

you’d like to change or update for a new look? Take an older piece of jewelry and create a new vision for something fresh and new, just for you! A professional jeweler can help breathe new life into an old piece, or take a cherished memory and make it match your current style. You can simply update a piece or enhance an existing piece with additional

• Decide what piece of jewelry has potential to change based on what you want • Think about what you will get the most use out of. If you’re not crazy about rings, take the gem out and use it in a necklace or earring design • Meet with the jeweler to see what your options are • Talk about what will best display your stones or what would be the best use of the metals you have • Review existing pieces at the jewelry store for inspiration • Consider adding a little extra to the piece to make it your own • Review the renderings that the jeweler provides carefully to ensure the final piece is something you’ll love Turning something old into something new can be an exciting and a rewarding process. Once you start to look at hand-me-down jewelry or something you already wear, you’ll begin to see the possibilities of what it can become. So spend a little time this season and recreate a little something shiny you’ll love all year long! Melissa Dowrick is a MSU graduate and M3 Group event planner. She is a wife, dog mom of two and a first-time expecting mother. Her favorite season is fall and she loves fashion. She embraces all the good things because life is too short to be unhappy!

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Celebrity joy & holiday traditions The joys of the holidays come with gifts, family and most definitely traditions. Whether you have long lasting traditions with your family or are wanting to start new ones, these celebrity joys and traditions could give you a few ideas for this season’s festivities. “The View’s” co-host, Whoopi Goldberg has struck “gold” with her original creations and concepts. Perhaps there are more famous designers out there, but who could be a more suitable designer for an ugly holiday sweater collection than Whoopi?


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Goldberg, age 60, is the self-expressed queen of the ugly fashions, and she has collaborated with Lord & Taylor on an exclusive collection of wool, cashmere and alpaca sweaters, featuring both white and black Santa’s and an octopus/menorah hybrid, now available for $139 each. If you happen to be in Manhattan over the holidays, Lord & Taylor has a window dedicated to the must-have sweaters at its flagship store. The joys of the holidays are a giving time for celebrity couple, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness. “We make w, which is an Australian tradition,” the “X-Men” actor’s wife has stated. “We host all the Christmas orphans. So anyone who’s alone — we host them!”  Actress/producer Eva Longoria enjoys the holidays because it brings out her love of cooking. “The tradition is that I always cook. I fry the turkey and I make all the sides. For Christmas we do tamales, which is very different and unique. That’s always fun because it’s like an assembly line at work!” Ne-Yo, the R&B crooner says “Christmas is a lot different now than before I had kids. We are up at the crack of dawn because that’s when my kids wake up,” he adds. “I spend about three hours trying to open the packaging. Do you realize how hard it is to open toys?”

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Local events around the mid-Michigan area should keep you and your family full of activities. What are some of your joys over the holidays? Perhaps some of these celebrity shares have inspired you to create and start a tradition of your own. Taylor Kelsaw is a former Californian, presently living in Michigan with his family. He is an actor, radio personality and creator/television producer of The Evan Michael Show. He has worked in marketing, film and television production for more than 30 years on such shows as Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Live with Kelly and Michael, Access Hollywood, 24, The Matrix I, II, III and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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FROM FOLLOWING DREAMS TO FLOURISHING CAREER A degree in dance is perceived to be a waste of a degree unless making it big in New York City, on “So You Think You Can Dance” or by joining an international or national traveling dance company. Missy Lilje, CEO of Happendance, is living proof that one can live successfully with a degree in dance without having to leave the comforts of their hometown. Lilje began dancing at Happendance at the age of seven and continued until she graduated high school. She received her BFA in dance from the University of Michigan and had plans to relocate to New York City until her plans fell through and she moved back home with her parents. She began teaching at Lansing Community College and came to love her job. “I felt like I had won the lottery or found this crazy secret. I began to think ‘wow, how come nobody else does this, this is great,’” said Lilje. After four years, Lilje decided to further her studies and pursue her MFA in dance at Arizona State University. She was never able to overcome her homesickness for Happendance and came to the conclusion that it’s a special place for her and one of two organizations of its kind in the country. She decided to head back home to work on her research and thesis at Happendance and commute to Arizona when needed. As CEO of Happendance, Lilje’s days consist of checking emails, answering phone calls and teaching Advanced Modern Technique and Advanced Choreography. There are three aspects to her job: resource, board and staff development. “It feels like I get to create, innovate, organize and communicate in a way that allows me to completely

express myself,” said Lilje. “I start each day with a mantra that Oprah taught me, and that is, ‘how can I serve?’” Lilje loves working for an organization that leaves such a positive impact on others, including those not involved with Happendance. There is a collaboration between Happendance, professional dancers and the community that influences everyone. “We have a bunch of graduates who are innovating and changing the face of our field,” she said. One of those innovators is David who took his first dance class with Lilje at Lansing Community College at the age of 19. He interned with Happendance and was accepted into the number one dance program in the country. He founded his own dance company in New York City and is currently on his second European tour. Lilje believes that there is no other organization, besides one in Washington D.C., which could have contributed to his success like Happendance. “It’s the story of the person born to be an artist in this physical way, who now has a venue and an opportunity to realize their full potential and contribute to society,” she said. “That’s the best part of my job: watching artists flourish.” Just like many high school seniors, it was difficult for Lilje to decide on a college program. Her parents were not initial fans of her wanting to pursue a degree in dance. “They wanted me to do anything besides say that I wanted to be a dance teacher,” she said. “I just remember crying and looking into their eyes thinking ‘I can’t imagine being able to realize my full potential

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in any other way. Just let me get my bachelor’s degree then I promise I’ll get a real job.’” Eventually gaining the support of her parents, she was able to take the risk of following her heart and going after her dreams. Having support when taking such a big risk is important and comforting, said Lilje. “I realized that a dance degree really isn’t that big of a risk because the skills that you learn translate unbelievably well over into other fields. Take that first small step toward following your heart, maybe it’s a big leap, and always remember you can reevaluate and make a change at any time.” Alexandria Kobryn is an intern with M3 Group. She is currently a senior studying magazine journalism at Kent State University. When she isn’t working or volunteering with her sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma, she’s cuddled up with a good book or out seeing the latest new movie.

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“My cancer was very advanced. They’re more than doctors to me.” Denise LeMire expected medical professionalism from the staff at the Sparrow Cancer Center. But the level of compassion she found there still surprises her. “I can’t say enough good things about them,” said LeMire, a survivor of both ovarian cancer and peritoneal mesothelioma. “They are a compassionate, caring family of people who see you as a whole person - not just a cancer Patient. When I walk into the Cancer Center that’s how I feel, that’s how they make me feel.” LeMire was a 45-year-old single mother of three when she was diagnosed with latestage ovarian cancer in November 2012. Two years later, while the ovarian cancer was in remission, LeMire was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Meanwhile, in December 2012—just after she underwent surgery for the ovarian cancer—LeMire’s youngest daughter, Shelby, who was 16 at the time, was found to have a malignant melanoma on her head. “People can hardly believe it,” she said. “It’s such a horrific story. Shelby and I were undergoing chemotherapy at the same time.” LeMire, a Registered Nurse, had worked for years in a hospital emergency department and pediatrics. She married her current husband, Steve, about two years ago, while she was undergoing treatment. They moved to Beaufort, S.C. last summer.

LeMire’s relationship with the Sparrow Cancer Center began with what she described as “very vague, random, not-serious symptoms.” One of her fellow Nurses prompted her to see her obstetrician, who ordered a CAT scan but couldn’t identify the cause of LeMire’s abdominal pain and eventually referred her to the Sparrow Cancer Center. “I made an appointment,” LeMire said “and the minute that I met my oncologist he was very decisive and he knew right then and there that I needed surgery … and I was in surgery one week later.” LeMire recalled waking up after the surgery and overhearing the nurses talking about a port that had been implanted in her stomach. “As a Nurse, I knew it was for chemotherapy… My oncologist came in and he sat at my bedside and explained to me that I had latestage ovarian cancer. He explained that he had gotten most of the cancer during the surgery but I would need treatments with chemotherapy and he was very confident that there would be a 100 percent cure with the treatments. He explained all the details and everything I would go through for the next six months.” LeMire would receive 18 chemotherapy treatments. One of the things she particularly liked about her treatment was that Sparrow assigned her her “own personal Nurse.”

my primary Nurse. That’s a very important thing because I think that cancer Patients are very different than any other Patients … I mean we deal with life and death situations …” LeMire’s ovarian cancer was in remission for 18 months when a PET scan revealed the mesothelioma. Her father, who was exposed to asbestos in his work, died of the disease. She suspects there might be a connection. LeMire went through more surgery. Her spleen was removed, as well as some portions of other organs. She went through nine more months of chemotherapy and other treatment at the Sparrow Cancer Center. Both cancers are now in remission and LeMire considers herself a “one-year survivor.” “The Sparrow staff saved my life twice,” she said. Meanwhile, Shelby, who underwent treatment in Ann Arbor and in Houston, Texas, is a “two-year survivor.” LeMire’s advice to cancer Patients: “Never, ever give up. And believe that God has your back. God has a plan … Hold onto hope, have faith and expect miracles because they can happen.”

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“So my Nurse and I formed a very personal relationship. Because I was so scared, it was such a blessing to know that I was going to see her every time. Of course, the other Nurses came in … so I got to know all of them, but mostly it was one-on-one with

Denise Lemire developed a “sacred bond” with her team at the Sparrow Cancer Center, including Gordan Srkalovic, M.D., and Joseph Meunier, D.O. See Denise’s story. December 2016





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Making the choice that’s right for her BY MEGAN MARTIN

Evemarie Eyde has worked for highly successful luxury brands like Tiffany& Co., Carrera Y Carrera and Baccarat, and to do so has lived in cities like Chicago and New York, and has traveled across the globe – all before turning 40. “I had a career of selling things nobody needs,” Eyde laughed. Her impressive career has propelled Eyde to various degrees of financial and professional success, allowing her many unique opportunities. Due to the nature of her professions, however, a few opportunities were missed because of her busy and successful career. “I was traveling 90 percent of the time,” said Eyde. “I was in my late 30’s and I just thought, ‘I don’t have any friends and I’m never home.’”

With a career as full and successful as Eyde’s, it’s easy to see how maintaining a healthy work/ life balance might be difficult. She realized that she wanted a career shift that allowed for her to have a little more stability, including a social life; however, friends weren’t the only thing that she felt was missing.

Eyde was 42 years old when she began pursuing the opportunity to have a baby.

A Lansing area native, Eyde said that she had always assumed that she would get married and have a family when the time was right. Finding herself in her mid-30’s without a husband was completely fine for Eyde, but a desire to have children was growing.

Eyde went to a sperm bank and began the process of In Vitro Fertilization, only to find out that the quality of her eggs had deteriorated, as is natural with aging, and there was a less than one percent chance of Eyde becoming pregnant with her own eggs.

“I was perfectly happy not being married, which I didn’t think would happen,” Eyde said. “Not that I didn’t date wonderful people, but I just got to a certain age and I thought, ‘I want to have a baby – I don’t want that to pass me by!’”

“I remember thinking, ‘oh my gosh, I really waited too long,’” she said.

“I just assumed that I would have a baby at a certain age, and my doctor said, ‘You sort of have to do something about that!’,” Eyde explained, laughing. “So I decided I would do it on my own.”

The only option, according to her doctor, would be to get donor eggs and a donor sperm. Eyde’s

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"This community is diverse, people are very open-minded and accepting. I’m very pro-women making choices for themselves, that are true choices to what they want." mother, one of the most influential people in her life, played a big role in her decision to move forward with pursuing a pregnancy.

greater Lansing area. Eyde said that although New York, Connecticut and Chicago were great places to live, she’s happy to be back in the Lansing area.

“I was devastated, but my mom said, ‘yes, you can. He told you how you can have a baby, and that’s how you can do it,’” she said.

“I’ve come home. I’m so respectful and appreciative of the fact that the people are so much nicer and my son is growing up at that slower pace, something that I had to get used to when I moved back,” she said.

She bought six eggs through her doctor. The doctor explained that you get six, but about four or five would work for a frozen embryo transfer. The six eggs were bought and fertilized; but instead of four or five, she ended up having one embryo to work with. “The science is so fascinating and so experimental,” she said. “The doctors were like, ‘This never happens!’ but, as it turned out, it worked!” After a year and a half of trying to get pregnant, Eyde is now a mother to a healthy two-year-old boy, Christensen Eyde. “He’s the love of my life,” said Eyde. Soon after Eyde found out that she was pregnant with Christensen, she decided that moving back to the Lansing area was a must. She had been considering it before, but having a child on the way solidified that decision. “I’m so lucky that I had a place to come home to and join this [Eyde Company] business. I couldn’t do what I used to do with a baby.” Eyde is now a principal/part owner of her father’s company, the Eyde Company, which provides property management, interior design and construction in the


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She noted that people here are much more likely to value family, to go home and spend time with their kids and spouses, whereas in New York, she worked twelve hour days. “It’s honestly sometimes easier to come to work,” Eyde admitted. “Being a parent is hard! But I wouldn’t change anything.” Although she isn’t opposed to having a husband someday, Eyde said that she is completely happy with her son, noting that she isn’t very traditional in the domestic sense; she loves to work and doesn’t desire to stay at home. Most currently, Eyde is excited to be expecting again, with a genetic sibling for Christensen due at the beginning of March. “This community is diverse, people are very open-minded and accepting. I’m very pro-women making choices for themselves, that are true choices to what they want,” she said. “One of the things I hope my story will inspire is for more women to say, ‘you know what, I can take that next step and open my mind to what opportunities are available to me and go for it.’ There’s a whole big bad world out there! I think more women should go for it.”






















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‘Tis the season of giving and this quick and crafty DIY makes the perfect gift. These cool coasters pull double duty as a personalized and practical gift for almost anyone! And, as an added bonus, you can make a set for yourself and save all your furniture from those pesky water rings.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED • • • • • •

Four - 4x4 inch tiles Modge Podge Sponge brush Four photos of your choice Scissors Ruler

STEP 1: Choose four of your favorite photos (pets

and babies are always crowd pleasers for gifts) and trim them down to size. You can center the photos on the tiles or go retro and trim the photos a little smaller to recreate a Polaroid picture look.

STEP 2: Clean off your tiles and allow them to dry. Apply the first coat of Modge Podge at this point and allow it to dry slightly for optimal tackiness.

STEP 3: Place the photos on to the tiles and apply another generous layer of Modge Podge.

LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES: Try to select horizontal photos or photos where the subjects don’t take up the whole fame. If you’re looking to recreate the Polaroid style you’ll have to trim down the photos and you won’t want to lose any of the cuteness for lack of planning!

STEP 4: Let the tiles dry completely — and you’re DONE!

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STEP 5: Wrap with a ribbon or twine and add a

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Nyssa Levy Emergency Vet at MSU


When New York native Nyssa Levy was younger, she figured out pretty quickly that a dog was a woman’s best friend. Developing a love for all furry friends at an early age, Levy was always passionate about animals, but wasn’t sure how she would react to seeing accidents or injuries. “I always knew that I wanted to work with animals,” she said. “But was initially hesitant about working in an animal hospital - I used to be super squeamish about blood and injured animals. Now, many years later, dealing with trauma and all kinds of injuries and illnesses is a common part of my job.” After studying animal science at Cornell University in upstate New York, Levy went to be a veterinary technician and worked in a small animal hospital for a few years. Then, she attended graduate school at Iowa State University to study immunology, and after moved to Lansing in 2012 to intern at Michigan State University. During her Spartan years, Levy landed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. She spoke about her formative years. 24

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“This is where I developed a love for emergency and critical care medicine,” she said, “and ended up staying on for residency training, specifically in small animal Emergency and Critical Care medicine.” Her residency included an additional three years of specialized training and ended last summer – followed by a full-time faculty job at MSU College of Veterinary Medicine; an experience she describes as fortunate and exciting. Job duties for the recent resident grad include treating and teaching, while overseeing the clinic’s Emergency Room/Intensive Care Unit. Levy also aids students in learning both in the classroom and hands-on research and practice. “There really is no ‘typical day’ for me, which is part of what I love about it,” said Levy. “Similar to a human emergency room, we never know what patients we will see that day and treat mostly dogs and cats with a variety of illnesses, injuries and more.” Michigan State University’s veterinary hospital recently underwent a massive renovation to its ICU,

which Levy said is a state-of-the-art care provider to Michigan’s furry friends and their families. The facilities on the campus of the university are fully equipped to provide specialized critical care in special cases, like dialysis and ventilator support for animals ranging from dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, bunnies, hamsters and more. Though the job is stressful and demanding, Levy admits that she is thankful for her supporting friends, family and fiancé who all help her focus on the positive. When she’s not busy saving man, or women’s, best friend, she can be found playing tennis and exploring the mitten state. “Even after living here for four years, I am constantly finding new spots - from outdoor places to explore with my fiancé and our dog, to new restaurants and shops around town,” she said. Sarah Spohn received her degree in Journalism from Lansing Community College. She’s a concert junkie; living and breathing in both the local and national music scene. She is proud to call Lansing her home, finding a new reason every day to be smitten with the mitten.

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WHAT ARE THEY & WILL THEY WORK FOR ME? It’s likely that you have heard or seen the advertisements for payday loans. Often, they are enticing enough to grab your attention. A payday loan may seem like an easy option when you are in a tight situation: receive a small advance on your upcoming paycheck to cover immediate expenses and when you later receive your paycheck, you can pay back that small advance plus interest. While they seem, and are advertised as, small, personal loans, payday loans are potentially problematic. Rather than getting a one-time, quick fix to cover unforeseen expenses, many borrowers of these loans find themselves having to spend so much of their paychecks repaying the loan that they need additional loans to cover their regular, monthly expenses. To help you determine if a payday loan will work for your situation, or possibly make it worse, we’ve included some information that will help you learn about payday loans and how costly they can be.

What are payday loans?

Payday loans are typically offered by specialized lenders or businesses, rather than credit unions.

They work similar to loans in that you borrow a certain amount of money with the intention to pay back that amount plus any interest that has accrued. Unlike other types of personal loans, payday loans often have very high interest rates and other fees associated. If that’s the case, your small payday loan might become quite large and difficult to manage within your budget.

Why are they used?

Payday loans are often used in emergencies, when cash is needed quickly. If used, it’s crucial that the loan is repaid as soon as possible to avoid additional fees and exorbitant interest rates. With many payday loan lenders, a credit check is not required. This may seem attractive to borrowers who are unable to qualify for credit cards or accounts elsewhere.

What are alternatives to payday loans?

Because payday loans can be risky due to their high interest rates, you may want to consider some different lending options. Some of these options

could also be helpful if you’d like to break a payday loan cycle. These include: • Borrowing money from your savings accounts • Overdraft protection services • These are helpful if you are unable to pay a bill and your credit union offers a service to help pay certain transactions for a small fee • Negotiate different payment plans on your bills • A small personal loan from your credit union • Credit cards Before you explore the possibility of using a payday loan service, be sure to thoroughly research and determine if it will be helpful or hurtful to your finances in the long run. Also, be aware of how soon you can repay a payday loan. If you are unable to repay the loan quickly, it could damage your financial situation and credit worthiness, which may take a significant amount of time to repair. Deidre Davis is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at MSU Federal Credit Union. MSUFCU’s headquarters are at 3777 West Road East Lansing, MI 48823. Contact Deidre at or (517) 664-7877.

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M3 Group's Gift Guide In a gift-giving rut? No idea what to buy your boss, best friend or mother-in-law? Look no further, the M3 Group and Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle team has you covered! Check out our team’s top picks for perfect presents and get celebrating!

Austin Ashley

Clean up this holiday season with locally made artisan soap. Highquality soaps turn a mundane everyday occurrence into a luxury experience. Find a variety of colors and scents at boutiques and farmers’ markets.

Jill Bailey

I love to get people scratch-off lottery tickets. It isn’t something you normally buy for yourself and everyone gets pretty pumped about them, especially if they win!

I love giving gift jars personalized to the individual receiving it. A snow globe gift card jar is a fun way to give a gift card. Other ideas include a jar filled with candy around a paper roll filled with money or cookie ingredients layered with an instruction card.

Ellen Dowling

I’m making necklaces by buying bulk crystals on Etsy and wire wrapping them. There’s a large variety of crystals and gem stones. Using a birthstone is fun and makes it more personal. The end result is a beautiful necklace to compliment any outfit!

Kyle Dowling

Spencer Flynn

“Coupon book” redefined. My wife went to four to five of my favorite stores and restaurants and got a gift card at each. She put them in a cool little holiday-themed booklet with pictures of us and our daughter to round out the perfect present.

When sitting through a three hour meeting that was only supposed to take two, things can get desperate. It's the perfect time for a fidget toy that lets you get nervous energy out, without distraction.

Upgrade this holiday season with a Kindle Fire HD 8 for reading books, watching movies, or catching up on TV. It’s a kindle and tablet all in one.

Jaime Hardesty

If you have someone on your list this year who loves to bake, buy a cute holiday oven mitt, several spatulas to match, a cookie cutter and your favorite cookie recipe. Doesn’t that sound delicious?

Kerry Hidlay

A photo package works for anyone! It's great for families with small kids, seniors in high school or a group of friends that want to capture life-long memories.

Erika Hodges

The Xbox One is a gift for all ages, with a variety of games to match anyone’s interests. It can play DVD and Blu-ray movies, and support different video services, making it a useful media hub.

Beanies from Love Your Melon comes in all different colors and are really warm. 50 percent of the proceeds goes to fighting pediatric cancer. It's a great gift for a great cause!

Tiffany Dowling

Dinner of the month club at is a perfect gift for the busy professional. It’s a gourmet gift delivered directly to their door. Each delivery serves two to four people. This is perfect for the person who seems to have everything.

Melissa Dowrick

Looking for a gift that any age will enjoy? Purchase a refillable popcorn bucket from Celebration! Cinema that includes movie passes and other perks. Fill the bucket with candies or for adults, stuff it with gift cards to restaurants to create a dinner and a movie date night!

Jennifer Hodges

I think everyone should have a vacuum robot. The iRobot Roomba is a great gift for the busy mom. With the Roomba you can schedule up to seven cleanings in advance and come home to clean floors every day!

Ami Iceman-Haueter

I love the idea of giving something that represents a personal memory. This year my go-to gift idea is a coordinate necklace. Nothing says personal like a piece of jewelry with the coordinates of a special location in your life engraved on it.

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Megan Fleming

PlayStation VR Launch Bundle is a perfect gift and only $499.99. Finally a consumer-ready step into virtual

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reality. Any person with a PlayStation 4 is ready to play what very well may be the future of gaming.

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starter is not only good for the person about to drive but also for the engine. Installing one of these can also help with resale value, what a bonus!

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Down from the heavens has come a couch to end all discomfort! With the LamZac you can fall asleep just about anywhere you want – just add air! Perfect for camping, outdoor events, the beach and your backyard.

Megan Martin

If you have a loved one that has moved away from home, a great gift idea is sending them something to remember where they came from. Homesick Candles are a great way to do this! There’s a candle for every state with a matching fragrance.

Kelly Mazurkiewicz

With one, six and twelve month plans that can be canceled any time, Bark Box is the perfect gift for those with a furry loved one. Packed with themed chews, toys and treats, humans and dogs alike can’t wait til it arrives. Visit to order yours.

Nikki Nicolaou

To me, the best gift is one you can make with the skills you already have. As a graphic designer, I love to make my friends and family designs of things they already love. I’ve redesigned movie posters of their favorite film and given them a framed print of my design.

Kristine Richmond

What gift brings a family together more than a family portrait? With family spread across the city, state or country, it can be hard to get the family together. Scheduling a professional family portrait is the perfect opportunity to reunite families during the holidays.

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If you’re like me, you may experience a high degree of pressure during the holidays. Even though it should be an opportunity to share good will and spend quality time with others; it becomes more about gifts, parties and balancing the checkbook. This year I decided to take control of my holiday stress and simplify my life by concentrating my time, energy and focus on the real meaning of this holiday season. In this article, I will take a look at my holiday to-do list and attempt to remove the unnecessary bulk. A few examples:

TO-DO • Shop for holiday party dresses • Shop for Christmas gifts • Shop for hostess gifts • Buy dish to pass (that’s right, this girl does not cook) • Update my calendar with holiday party dates and times • Figure out how to clone myself • Now clone myself WHAT DO I CONSIDER STRESSFUL? Holiday Parties – Getting ready for parities used to be simple and fun. Although you can’t tell from this list, I am invited to ten holiday parties this year. Ten? Don’t get me wrong, I’m flattered and grateful to CHECK OUT “DROP IN THE BUCKET LIST” ON FACEBOOK

have options - but it’s time for me to ask myself, is it necessary to attend this many functions in one month? Does picking and choosing the way I should divide my time add value to the holiday experience, or do I just feel obligated to try and do it all because I should?

HOLIDAY GIFTS Can you relate to this? Spending 30 minutes on the hunt for a parking space that’s less than two miles from the front door of the mall. Spending weeks searching for gifts on-line, and in stores, trying to find something that a person would love. Only to settle on what I think a person will use for the next couple of days. Buying gifts for me when I really should be shopping for others - Of course I think I should buy something for myself since the stores are having unbelievable sales.

SO HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THESE STRESSES? Think outside of the box. Holiday experiences don’t have to be the most expensive, time consuming or hectic. I just need to stop thinking that I should, or have to behave this way in order to enjoy Christmas. The added pressure can be so distracting and overwhelming that I tend to miss out on the spirit of the season. I’m not being generous just because I spend a ton of money on gifts or decide to spread my time so thin that I can’t even catch a breath. This season, I promise not to engage in anything that

involves draining my wallet or positive energy. My heart will be focused on my many blessings and the well-being of those less fortunate. So, I encourage you to take a moment and evaluate your shoulds, also known as unrealistic habits that create conflict, resentment and stress. Remove unproductive thoughts like: We should all be together for the holidays, everyone should have the perfect gift, I should buy a new outfit for the party, and the list goes on and on. Let go of the idea that things have to be a certain way. Give yourself permission to only do the things that make you reflect on how great life truly is. Tis the season! Happy Holidays – As always, thanks or following my story. Catrice is fun, sassy but serious when necessary. A Project Manager by trade and a loving, devoted friend by choice. Finding the person(s), place(s) and thing(s) that are destined for her life has always been her number one passion.



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Meridian Cares Wine Tasting & Silent Auction, Okemos Meridian Cares is hosting a Wine Tasting and Silent Auction at Dusty’s Cellar. Tickets include a selection of wines from Dusty’s collection and gourmet appetizers. Enjoy local musicians playing music as you sample wine. The silent auction features a weekend hotel getaway, signed sports memorabilia and more! The Community Resource Commission aims to raise $10,000 for the Emergency Needs Fund by Dec.16 to help prevent seniors, children and families from going hungry, cold or even losing their homes this holiday season. Tickets are $60 each or two tickets for $100. Tickets can be purchased at the Meridian Township Municipal Building, or online at For more information contact Darla Jackson at (517) 8534204 or email her at


45th Annual NightLight Christmas Parade, Grand Ledge The 45th Annual “Night Lights” Christmas Parade is a spectacular night time

parade of lights and music! It starts at the Fire Barn and makes its way south straight down Bridge Street. Watch Santa and Mrs. Claus ride in on a fire truck at the end of the parade. Visit with Santa afterwards at the Sun Theatre and watch a free movie – “Shrek the Halls.” The parade begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. For more information visit or call the Grand Ledge Chamber at (517) 627-2383.


Sweets & Treats with Santa, Lansing Santa Claus is coming to town! Take your picture with Santa and receive a special gift with delicious Christmas treats! Register for a 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. session on Friday, or either an 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. session on Saturday. Sweets & Treats with Santa will be held at the Delta Township Community Center located at 7550 West Willow Highway. Cost is $5 for residents and $6 for non-residents. Call (517) 323-8555 to register. You can visit for more details.

DECEMBER 3 Toys for Tots at Wonderland of Lights, Lansing Potter Park Zoo is hosting its annual Toys for Tots drive. This year they’re stuffing a truck courtesy of Two Men and a Truck! Each person who brings in a

new, unwrapped toy will be admitted to Wonderland of Lights for free. In addition to visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus, there will be cookie decorating and animal presentations. Toys for tots will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit for more information.


19th Annual Holiday Light Parade, Williamston Surround yourself with the excitement of the holidays at the Annual Holiday Light Parade. The parade steps off at 6 p.m., with illuminated floats and vehicles, marching band, animals and more! After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will help with the lighting of the tree in front of City Hall at 161 East Grand River in downtown. Children should bring their Christmas lists for Santa immediately after the tree lighting. Santa will be in Keller’s Plaza at 107 South Putnam. The parade will offer extended holiday shopping hours with many businesses offering popcorn, hot cocoa, hot cider and more. Find more information by visiting or by calling the Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce at (517) 655-1549.

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TRICOUNTYEVENTS invites you to participate in their annual Christmas festival. The festival is full of jolly activities for the entire family! Find the perfect Christmas tree, have breakfast with Santa and stop by the craft show. Trees will be on display for the community to vote on the best tree. You can cast your votes by donating to your favorite tree. The winner that collects the most money overall will have the opportunity to decide which charity receives all the money collected. The festival is held at 1013 S US 27 in St. Johns. Visit for more information.


Winter Glow, East Lansing There’s something for everyone at Winter Glow, East Lansing’s free outdoor winter festival. Winter Glow activities will take place at Ann Street Plaza, Fountain Square and inside the East Lansing Marriott. This years festivities will include ice carving, a winter barnyard, horse and carriage rides, a special outdoor holiday farmers market, a heated music tent and fun games. Don’t miss out on winter fun Spartan style! Visit for more information.


14th Annual Christmas Bazaar, Eaton Rapids Get a start on your Christmas shopping early this year at the 14th annual Christmas Bazaar. Vendors will be selling goods from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and lunch will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All sales are in conjunction with Eaton Rapids Hometown Christmas Festivities. For more information call (517) 663-3487.


37th Annual Holiday Glitter & Applause, East Lansing On the first Tuesday in December, the Arts Council brings together Lansing’s growing arts community to kick off the holiday season at its annual Holiday Glitter & Applause. Held at the University Club of MSU, Holiday Glitter & Applause traditionally welcomes more than 200 guests and serves as a celebration of the arts by providing an opportunity for the Arts Council to honor artists, arts supporters and leaders in the capital region with their annual Applause awards. A silent auction will be offered with more than 15 works of art. Attendees receive two drink tickets and a cash bar will be available. To purchase tickets and learn more about this event visit


Winter Wine & Stein, Lansing Celebrate the winter season with Wine & Stein at Potter Park Zoo. Enjoy 30

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a casual tasting of beer and wine as you visit the animals. This year Potter Park Zoo is featuring their holiday favorite, Wonderland of Lights! Tickets can be purchased online until 3 p.m. and the gates will open at 7 p.m. Visit for registration and more information.


Dickens' Holiday Dinner, East Lansing Celebrate this festive time of year with those you love at the annual Dickens' Holiday Dinner hosted at the Kellogg Center. Chef Clyne is using his background to create the perfect menu while you enjoy the holiday festivities. The EL Singers of East Lansing High School will entertain guests with a wonderful collection of traditional holiday songs. Admission is $75 per person. Seating is limited so register early by calling (517) 432-5049.


MACC December Mixer and Annual Holiday Party, Mason Enjoy the holiday season with the Mason area chamber of commerce. Mason area restaurants and caterers will provide a taste of Mason dinner. There will be a live and silent auction, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, music and entertainment and a cash bar. The party will be at the Ingham County Fairgrounds community building from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Bring a guest and celebrate Mason’s holiday season! Visit for more information.


MSUFCU Night at the MSU Hockey Game, East Lansing Enjoy MSUFCU night at Munn Ice Arena as the MSU Hockey team takes on Minnesota. MSUFCU members who show proof of membership will receive two free tickets to the game! Head to the ticket office before the game to get your free tickets or print your tickets online at


Holiday in the Mitten State, Lansing Michigan calls home to many different ethnic traditions come the holiday season. The Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame invites you to celebrate the diversity of the holidays as you enjoy a special holiday craft activity to take home. Activities and admission are free on Family Saturdays. For more information please visit


Christmas in the Village, Meridian The friends of Historic Meridian invites you to enjoy their old-fashioned Christmas in the village. December 2016

Historic buildings will be open and decorated for the holidays. Volunteers in period dress will share some of the old traditions of how Christmas was celebrated in the past. Enjoy music of the season in the Village chapel. Visit with Santa, enjoy oldfashion cookies and sip cider as you shop for many unique and hand crafted items in their gift shop. Christmas in the Village will be at 5151 Marsh Road, Meridian Historical Village from 2 to 4 p.m. The community Christmas tree lighting is at 4 p.m. Visit for more information.


Pet Pictures With Santa, Lansing Soldan’s Pet Supplies has partnered with Ashley Photography this holiday season to give your pooch a memorable picture with Santa Claus. Get one 5x7 photo of you and your furry friend for only $10! You can even order Christmas ornaments and additional packages by calling Ashley Photography at (517) 669-2337. Pictures with Santa is happening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their West Lansing branch, located at 6201 West Saginaw Highway. Visit soldanspet. com for additional days to have pictures taken.


Holiday All-Nighter, Mason Instead of fighting over stuffed animals in the toy aisle this holiday season, find a real furry friend to give a forever home. The Ingham County Animal Shelter will be open from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. with the goal of giving every pet in the shelter a happy home for the holidays. State Rep. Joan Bauer will start the event by presenting a $1,900 check to the Mason shelter. The presentation will start at 4 p.m. and will serve as the opening for the 12-hour event. The Holiday All-nighter will have adoption specials, with a $21 adoption fee for all animals, which includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations and a microchip. Feature games, door prizes and refreshments will be provided. For more information call the shelter at (517) 676-8370.


175th Anniversary Kick Off Celebration and Fireworks, Okemos Join Meridian Township at Studio C! to kick off celebrating Meridian Township’s 175th Anniversary. Movie goers and visitors to Studio C! will enjoy a festive celebration with history, kids activities, memory making and more! Enjoy a safe and family friendly New Year’s Eve with fireworks and an old fashion movie night. The celebration is from 6 to 11 p.m. at Studio C! located at 1999 Central Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864. Visit for more information.



Lansing Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Pops Concert, East Lansing Celebrate the season and partake in a mid-Michigan community tradition. Bring together family and friends for a fun filled afternoon of timeless carols and festive tunes brought to you by the Lansing Symphony and guest performers Matt Eldred and the MSU Youth Chorale. The performance will take place at the Cobb Great Hall at 3 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found at


A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, East Lansing A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder, a Tony Award winning musical comedy, follows the story of Monty, an heir to a large family fortune who plots to skip the long line of succession by eliminating the eight relatives who stand in his way. Monty juggles his mistress, fiancée and the constant threat of landing behind bars. You can purchase tickets and read more about the Broadway musical at


Healing Through Movement Gentle Fitness Class For Cancer Survivors, Lansing McLaren Greater Lansing is offering a gentle exercise class for those affected by cancer. This class is designed to increase strength, flexibility, range of motion, coordination and balance. Participants will learn how to reduce stress and anxiety. The program will consist of a variety of activities including drumming and gentle strength training, taught by a certified instructor. Class is every Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the McLaren Greater Lansing Education Building, Room B. Participants can join anytime during the session. This a free class for cancer survivors. For more information contact Michele Loree at (517) 975-7814.


Alzheimer’s Association: Know the 10 Warning Signs, East Lansing Know The 10 Warning Signs is an introductory program that provides attendees with an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s. This class explains what to do if you or someone you know has signs of the disease. Attendees will view video footage of real people who are living with the early stages of dementia and their families addressing fears and myths associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This seminar is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the MSUFCU Farm Lane Branch. Register online at


Orthopedic Total Joint Replacement Pre-Operative Class, Lansing Talk with professionals and learn alongside peers about the challenges and lifestyle changes that come with total joint replacement surgery. This class is intended for those who are already scheduled for total joint replacement surgery. Attendees should park in the West parking structure and may use valet parking services available in the Sparrow Main lobby. Parking will be validated at the end of the session. This class is held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sparrow Tower, 6 West Conference Room, 1215 East Michigan Avenue. Please sign up to attend a session as soon as possible as class size is limited and sessions fill quickly. For more information call 1-800-Sparrow or visit

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NEWBY TEA London-based international tea company, Newby Tea has decided to open a location and education center in East Lansing. On Oct. 26, Newby Tea hosted a ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of its North American office inside the East Lansing Marriott at 333 Albert Ave., Suite 633. PHOTOS BY MEGAN FLEMING

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LEADERS AT EMERGENT BIOSOLUTIONS BY ERIN RICHARD, ANALYST II, QC ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY Erin Richard is an analyst in the Quality Control Analytical Chemistry department at Emergent BioSolutions. Richard joined Emergent five years ago as a technician in the Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (AVA) Manufacturing Department, making BioThrax® ― the only FDA-licensed vaccine for anthrax disease. In her current role, she performs product character testing, conducting assays for protein and chemical content. In addition, she ensures good manufacturing practices are followed in data collection and testing activities, and reviews and improves documents.

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When asked what her favorite aspect of her job was, she responded, “Working in biotechnology ― specifically applied immunology ― is exciting! It’s an emerging discipline with endless opportunity. Manufacturing vaccines and biological therapeutics enables us to evolve our immune systems and prevent diseases in a proactive way. It’s rewarding to be part of that.”

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Culture Club and is active in the company’s continuous improvement initiatives. Her advice to individuals starting their career is to focus on learning from those around you to build skills and experience. Away from the lab, Richard keeps active. She does yoga, gardens and raises backyard chickens. Emergent BioSolutions is a global specialty biopharmaceutical company seeking to protect and enhance life by offering specialized products to healthcare providers and governments to address medical needs and emerging health threats. Richard enjoys the excitement and importance that comes with work in the biotechnology industry.


Sleep Apnea?

Does my child have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or could it be a sleep disorder?

Obstructive sleep apnea in children is on the rise and should be considered when diagnosing ADHD. Children are often diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed medication to treat behavioral issues without exploring sleep deprivation or sleep apnea. When a child’s sleep is disrupted or delayed; daytime behavior can mimic ADHD symptoms. Teachers or caregivers may report lack of concentration, disruptive behavior, moodiness or irritability in the child. Parents may describe difficulties with bedtime routines, poor or restless sleepers.

What are the symptoms for ADHD and sleep disorder?

Children with ADHD show symptoms of: • Hyperactivity: Talking excessively, unable to play quietly, always on the go, frequent movements or fidgeting • Impulsivity: Impatient, interrupts conversations, blurts out answers • Inattention: Lack of focus, easily distracted, unorganized, makes careless mistakes Children with sleep disorder show signs of: • Difficulty paying attention: Daydreaming, lack of focus, makes careless mistakes • Aggressive behavior: Moodiness, tantrums, defiant • Hyperactivity: Talking excessively, always on the go, fidgeting • Behavior problems at school: Homework not completed, difficulty understanding concepts • Snoring • Restless Legs: Feels like bugs are crawling on them • Bed Wetting

Children are subject to unexpected changes in their behavior and functioning when their sleep is disrupted, especially if on a nightly basis. Unlike adults, who become sleepy with insufficient sleep, children have the opposite reaction. They become hyperactive. They may appear to be “constantly on the go,” inattentive, unorganized, and unmanageable. This may pose as hyperactivity and may be misdiagnosed as ADHD. In addition, there may be emotional outpourings such as aggression, crying, and inappropriate behaviors. School performance may suffer and learning may be impeded.

What sleep disorder could my child have?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), Insomnia or Snoring.

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If my child has ADHD do they have a sleep disorder?

Not every child with ADHD has a sleep disorder, but they may. About fifty percent of parents report their child with ADHD had difficulty sleeping, feels tired when they wake up, have nightmares, snores, or had other sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. Some parents reported, after having a sleep study and treatment for sleep disorder, ADHD symptoms went away.

How does sleep apnea effect behavior?

When children have disrupted or delayed sleep, either due to an inadequate amount of sleep, snoring, restless legs or sleep apnea, there is a considerable influence on their daytime behaviors. Sleep disorders in children can be corrected with tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, allergy treatment or CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) when sleep apnea persists after other treatment efforts.

Why does sleep apnea effect children differently than adults?

There are different theories as to why sleep apnea effects children differently, one plausible theory is children have a strong drive to be awake during a critical period of learning and development. The drive to stay awake, with nightly sleep disturbances may cause children to seek stimulating activities and have the urge for high level physical activity. It is also thought that the area of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, important in regulating behaviors and decision-making, may be especially vulnerable to sleep deprivation. This would cause behavioral issues in sleep deprived children.

What to Do If You Are Concerned About Your Child’s Sleep

If your child has difficulty with behavior during the day, you may wish to seek a thorough sleep evaluation. Sleep disorders may be contributing to the daytime difficulties. Fortunately, there are many effective treatment options available that may help your child to sleep better and thrive. Start by speaking with your pediatrician and consider a consultation with Dr. Oktai Mamedov, a board-certified sleep specialist who works with children in the Lansing area. Dr. Mamedov specializes in pediatric sleep medicine and is educated in both disorders. If you are concerned about your child’s behavioral issues, call 517-755-6888 to make an appointment at Comprehensive Sleep Center with Dr. Mamedov.


MYCOMMUNITY VETS TOO BOUTIQUE 12TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS GALA On Thursday, Nov. 10, Vets Too Boutique hosted their 12th Annual Christmas Gala, complete with wine and cheese and specials on jewelry and other gifts. They also hosted an open house on Friday Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vets Too Boutique, located at 2416 N. East Street, Lansing Mi 48906, is owned and operated by Bonnie Perdue. PHOTOS BY ERIKA HODGES Jan Mulvaney, Bonnie Perdue & P.J. Love

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Burcham Hills® blazes new trails with “Life Plan Community” designation Burcham Hills has adopted the designation of “Life Plan Community,” in support of a national movement of similar communities to change from being known as a “Continuing Care Retirement Community,” or “CCRC.” “This is exciting, not just for Burcham Hills, but for all communities like us,” says Executive Director Pam Ditri. “For years, the name ‘Continuing Care Retirement Community’ has given people a misleading impression of what communities like Burcham Hills are. They have looked at CCRC’s and thought they were all about ‘care,’ whereas the people that actually move to communities like ours know we’re all about getting the most out of life.” The term “Continuing Care Retirement Community” was coined nearly 35 years ago to describe the growing number of communities that provide a continuum of living and care options for older adults, starting with apartments and homes


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in which residents could live independently, then providing assisted living and skilled nursing residences that residents could move into if and when their health needs ever changed.

The new name, “Life Plan Community,” is the result of a multi-year effort coordinated by LeadingAge, a national association of not-for-profit aging services organizations, and Mather LifeWays, a not-for-profit organization which owns and operates two CCRC’s. The new name was reached after extensive nationwide research was conducted, including feedback from more than 4,100 survey respondents and 250 focus group participants.

“Today’s life plan communities have evolved from the original CCRC’s of 30 or more years ago,” says Ditri. “While, as a not for profit community, we certainly are proud of our healthcare services, we offer so much more such as fitness and wellness programs, fine dining, creative enrichment programs and socializing

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KATIE IZDEBSKI Katie Izdebski, who graduated from Kettering University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, began her 10year career with Emergent BioSolutions in their Validation Department. As a Validation Engineer, Izdebski qualified equipment used for manufacturing of the company’s vaccine for anthrax disease, BioThrax®. Over the course of her career, she earned the position of Validation Supervisor and eventually her current role as Project Engineer, where she manages capital projects from concept to turnover. In addition, she has been recognized with an Excellence Award and an Achievement Award for her contributions.

Allison Horn, assistant vice president of Branches, oversees four of the MSU Federal Credit Union’s Branches in the greater Lansing area and provides support to all 17 branch locations. She is part of a co-AVP of Branches team responsible for overseeing the strategic direction for the branch network, to provide superior service by assisting members and offering financial education. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication from Michigan State University.

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SAMEERAH SHAREEF Sameerah Shareef is a certified nurse midwife and has worked in the discipline of maternal child health since 1985. She holds several degrees including a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, a Master of Science in Nursing and her certification in midwifery. Shareef has taught at numerous nursing schools, including MSU, and presented workshops nationally on the topics of pregnancy and normal birth in a hospital. She especially enjoys visiting with her OB patients and talking to women of all ages about self-care. Shareef works at both Alliance locations and is currently accepting new patients.

Medawar Jewelers started in the 1970s by Christina’s family and has grown to five stores and counting. Christina started helping her parents at their stores at a young age and after graduating from MSU, she took her communications with a focus on a public relations degree along with her fashion sense and joined the company. Christina travels to different fashion shows and brings in the latest trends to Medawar Jewelers. She also loves being involved in community events and charities all around Michigan. Along with her brother, Christina plans on taking the legacy her parents made to new levels.

517-484-3000 | Main Campus South Campus 1560 Turf Lane 1100 South Cedar St. East Lansing, MI 48823 Mason, MI 48854

(517) 347-8808 2168 W Grand River Ave Okemos, MI 48864






CASE Credit Union's new Business Services Manager, Robert Whitaker, brings 25 years of experience in the Financial Services sector to the Credit Union. He joins CASE Credit Union’s management team having recently left his position as Retail Bank Manager, AVP at First Merit Bank of Lansing.

Dr. Oktai Mamedov received his medical degree from Azerbaijan Medical University. After receiving his residency in Internal Medicine in 2010 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore, affiliated with Johns Hopkins, he completed a Fellowship in Sleep Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Mamedov is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine and is proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of sleep disorders in adults and children. Dr. Mamedov is the Medical Director of Comprehensive Sleep Center in East Lansing, Mich.

(517) 393-7471 | 7527 Delta Commerce Dr. Lansing, MI 48917

(517) 755-6888 3515 Coolidge Road, Ste A East Lansing, MI 48823








Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine



Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle



December 2016






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CELEBRATE OUR EXPANSION And, Enjoy Exclusive Specials! MSUFCU is pleased to announce our expansion of two new branches in Oakland County. To celebrate, we’re offering several grand opening specials available to new and current members at all of our locations. New MSUFCU Branches: Clarkston 8055 Ortonville Road Clarkston, MI

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Not a member? Not a problem! There are many ways to join. Stop by any branch, call 517-333-2424, or visit to take advantage of these limited-time specials.

All offers available November 21, 2016 – December 31, 2016, for accounts in good standing. APR is Annual Percentage Rate. Rate is for members with high credit scores. Actual rates may be higher and are based on member’s credit score. Rates are for new loans or refinanced vehicle loans from other institutions. Visa offer applies to new Visa lines of credit opened during promotional period. Qualifying members will receive free gift within 4 to 6 weeks. While supplies last. First come, first served. Certificate rates are fixed for the term of the Certificate at the time the Certificate is opened. Early withdrawal penalty may apply. New checking account required to receive travel blanket. Qualifying members will receive free travel blanket within 4 to 6 weeks. While supplies last. First come, first served. Federally insured by NCUA.

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