Page 1










Lifestyle 1

elcome. Her-LifeStyle Magazine would like to welcome you to a dream realized! This magazine has been a dream of mine for years. Words cannot express how blessed I feel to share this dream with you. Our goal at Her-LifeStyle Magazine is to enlighten, support and uplift our readers, we are dedicated to spreading positive local news, offering advice from local experts on a variety of subjects, and highlighting the amazing stories from remarkable local women. Share a copy of Her-LifeStyle Magazine with a friend. When you pick up a copy of Her-LifeStyle Magazine, please pick up an extra copy and pass it along to a friend. Subscribe: Although we have over 100 drop sites throughout Champaign County, the easiest way to get a copy of Her-LifeStyle Magazine is to have it delivered to your mail box. Please see our ‘subscribe’ page online for details or call us at 217-417-0612. To keep up to date on local events and any contest we are holding please follow us on Facebook. Our first contest is for an iPad2, simply like us on Facebook and share 6 words that best describe you. Good luck. Enjoy our Premier issue and please don’t hesitate to send us your feedback. Rachel Spencer


L Lifestyle


Lifestyle Published by Her-LifeStyle Magazine Inc. 217-417-0612 EDITOR Rachel Spencer 217-417-0612 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Tonya Price 217-417-0612 PHOTOGRAPHY Missy Larson 217-417-0612 DESIGN Brandon Satterfield Premier Print Group Miranda Singler 217-417-0612 To contact Her-LifeStyle Magazine 2001 N. Mattis #6712 Champaign IL. 61826 217-417-0612 Š

2012 Her-LifeStyle Magazine Inc. All rights reserved. HerLifeStyle Magazine is owned by Her-LifeStyle Magazine Inc. Her-LifeStyle Magazine is a free publication distributed locally throughout Champaign County and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected specialty stores, dental and doctor offices, medical centers, spas, hair and nail salons, restaurants, and numerous other high traffic locations. Please call for a location near you or to have magazines placed in your business. Her-LifeStyle Magazine does not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles, and of course your feedback. Her-LifeStyle is available for subscription; please call us at 217-417-0612 for details.

L Lifestyle 3


L Lifestyle

L Lifestyle 5


L Lifestyle

L Lifestyle 7

Lifestyle 9




GIRLS CAN C GRILL by Rachel Spencer



REPURPOSE by Rachel Spencer

















12 14







28 32



DRINK IT UP! by Rachel Spencer




SARAH’S HOPE by Sarah Smith




SWEET PEPPERS by Rachel Spencer


L Lifestyle


IRA ROLLOVER BASICS by Lauren Mitchell LETS MAKE A DIFFERENCE by Her-LifeStyle Staff




P. 32

“ “

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole. Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go further. So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon. The butterfly emerged easily but it had a swollen body and shriveled wings. The man continued to watch it, expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge and expand enough to support the body, Neither happened! In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around. It was never able to fly. What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand: The restricting cocoon and the struggle required by the butterfly to get through the opening was a way of forcing the fluid from the body into the wings so that it would be ready for flight once that was achieved.

Sometimess st struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us. We will not be as strong as we could have been and we would never fly.”

-Author Unknown

L Lifestyle 9


by BodiBronze

er-lifestyle Magazine would like to introduce you to bodibronzesunless…the only way to tan® that’s not just our tag line… that’s our belief. We see the damage sun exposure takes on people’s skin every day. We have also seen the direct improvements on people’s skin health and radiance from our sunless services. Our customers truly can’t believe how natural the results look. They walk out of our salon with the biggest smiles on their faces, thanking us for giving them a beautiful sunless tan. Our customers gain confidence and a sense of security knowing they will look amazing after each session with us. We see the damage sun exposure takes on people’s skin every day. We have also seen the direct improvements on people’s skin health and radiance from our sunless services. Our customers truly can’t believe how natural the results look. They walk out of our salon with the biggest smiles on their faces, thanking us for giving them a beautiful sunless tan. Our customers gain confidence and a sense of security knowing they will look amazing after each session with us. We see many clients who have experienced or who are experiencing skin conditions such as vitiligo, tinea versicolor (caused by UV tanning), hyper/hypo pigmentation, skin cancer, breast cancer,

pregnancy, cosmetic medicine procedures, etc. who need our services to correct their skin issues or offer an alternative to UV tanning. For individuals who cannot “tan” for various reasons, we are able to provide them with a phenomenal service that gives them that confidence they need. Ask us any sunless related question and our clients know they are getting educated and knowledgeable information in return. BodiBronze works side by side with cosmetic medicine companies, doctors, estheticians and other colleagues to guarantee correct and relevant information for our clients. We run the best sunless tanning facility around and want to make sure each and every client walking through our doors is taken care of like family. We are professionals at what we do and we want people to experience sunless the way it’s meant to be! Our salon is dedicated to sunless tanning and premier skin care. With state-of-the-art sunless tanning equipment and the most progressive sunless solutions and products, we are able to provide phenomenal bronzed results while preserving your skin’s natural health and radiance. BodiBronze Sunless Spa is dedicated to providing customized bronzing treatments to all of our clients depending on each individual’s skin type. After careful evaluation, the perfect bronzing solution for your skin will be chosen. BodiBronze uses only the best sunless tanning products on the market. Each tan typically lasts 7–10 days, and with the use of our after-tan products, your sunless tan can last 2+ weeks and fade evenly and naturally, looking fabulous to the last day. The treatments we use enable clients to have a natural, healthy looking sunless tan year around! Our Anti Aging, Bronzing and pH Balancing Elixirs rejuvenate the skin to uncover the skin’s natural glow. An exclusive blend of antioxidants and botanicals assists in hydrating, moisturizing and preserving your skin. Infused with emollients and humectants, your skin will be left feeling silky smooth and looking pure and healthy. BodiBronze uses the premium solutions and treatment elixirs. All of our products are derived from natural substances such as sugar, walnut extract, exotic aloes, plant extracts, antioxidants and botanicals to leave your skin radiant and invigorated after each session.

Please call us at (217) 355-1101 to schedule your appointment or visit our website at for more information.

L Lifestyle 11

by Holly Birch Smith

hoosing your wedding day photographer can be one of the most challenging but also most rewarding decisions you can make for your wedding day. You want beautiful photographs to remember the day, the people and the moments– both those you remember and especially those that you don’t. * Start by searching for your area and “wedding photographer,” ie. “Champaign-Urbana wedding photographer.” The photographers that show up first are not there by accident – they have targeted their sites to return under specific keyword searches.  Look through several photographers’ portfolios or blogs and determine what styles and techniques you like the best.  Do you like bright, vibrant colors?  Do you want candid, photojournalistic images?  Are you into modern, artful photography? What types of photographs move you? * Then read about each photographer’s personal & professional life.  You want to have a connection with your photographer – remember you have to spend most of your wedding day with this person!  I have a video of me on my site for exactly this reason.  I want my future clients to feel like they know me before they even email, call or set foot in my studio.


L Lifestyle

* Next, determine your photography budget and then look at prices and packages. You’ll also need to choose what products you’ll want following the wedding. Do you want a handcrafted album?  Do you just want a disc of all the images to print yourself?  Will your parents want albums?  Once you know those things, you can choose a package.  Many photographers base their packages on an hourly rate. Some will customize their packages and others will not. Don’t be afraid to ask your photographer about your wants and needs. * Finally, sign a contract!  Standard practice is to not hold a wedding date until the contract is signed and the deposit is paid.  If you are worried about your date being taken, don’t wait!  Once you know whose work you want hanging on your walls for the rest of your life, you’ll want to lock in that photographer as soon as possible!

Holly Birch Smith is a wedding photographer in Champaign-Urbana and the owner of Holly Birch Photography. She is married to Aaron, and is mother to two-year-old Maximus. Check out her work at


Lifestyle 13


L Lifestyle

L Lifestyle 15


L Lifestyle

L Lifestyle 17

laugh... one are the days when the most embarrassing thing that could happen to you was getting toilet paper stuck to your shoe or tripping while just walking across the floor (yes that was me in front of Macy’s last week, I tripped over my shadow). Having kids multiplies the opportunities for embarrassing moments by 10, and somehow those little people can take public humiliation to a whole new level! So try not to stress too hard if you’ve been a recent victim of “mom mortification.” Actually we would love to hear it about. Send us your stories we may as well laugh together! LAUREN OF CHAMPAIGN: I actually had to wash my baby daughter in the bathroom sink at Texas Roadhouse because she’d had a blowout! Women coming in the bathroom were looking at me like I was nuts! Except my sister & I were cracking up the whole time & taking pictures of it! LOL CINDY OF URBANA: My husband and his crazy humor had started saying to our baby every time he poo-ed “it smells like something crawled up your butt and died” then he would change him. Well we also have a 5 yr old that would hear this, daily. We were eating out and my oldest had to go to the restroom. There were only two stalls in this bathroom and they were both full, so we waited in the bathroom for our turn. One of the women in the restroom was doing... well a number 2, it was less than pleasant and my daughter said quite loudly, “OH mom it smells like something crawled up someone’s butt and died!!!”  I wanted to die!!!! BETH OF CHAMPAIGN: My three year old accompanied me to a baby shower, she has a habit of holding onto the bottom of my dress like a blankie when she is nervous. Well she decided to walk off and tugged my skirt with her. So everyone that was there knows I own a pair of hot pink spotted panties! Hey, at least they weren’t granny panties!

Hey, at least they weren’t granny panties!”


L Lifestyle

JENNY OF SAVOY: AVOY: M My daughter aughter was about six ix weeks old and I had returned to work. I was still i nursing and pumping every hour. I had just finished pumping and was running late to a training class. I had put in the new breast pads and dashed off. After about five minutes of sitting there, I realized that I was leaking, but did not think much of it as I had the breast pad in-or so I thought. At about the same time that I was thinking that I was safe, I looked across the floor and there laying in front of the speakers feet way my breast pad. I was so mortified. I couldn’t bring myself to excuse myself and during the whole speech I watched the speaker walk back and forth and around the breast pad. At the end of the speech I quickly picked it up and threw it away. I wanted to crawl in a hole! TRACY OF URBANA: My funniest moment had to be when my husband and six year old son stopped to see me at work. It was the first time my six-year-old had ever been in there. So my boss walks by and says “Hi, is this your son?” and my son says, “Mommy is this the job you said you are sick and tired of coming into?” I acted like I didn’t hear him but, I know my boss did. KATHIE OF CHAMPAIGN: I had just started a new job in home health care. That first Saturday we whad a soccer game. I was talking to a friend about the new job and my oldest son chimed in (in front of the whole team and parents) “Ya, can you believe she gets paid $10 an hour to give old people a shower!” I was speechless, but looking back it was funny.

OH mom it smells like something crawled up someone’s bu and died!”

Lifestyle L ifestyle 19


L Lifestyle

he American Academy of Pediatrics recommends when your infant is able to sit independently and is grabbing for things to put in their mouth (usually 4–6 months of age) is a good time to start introducing solid foods. Making their first foods is a simple and rewarding milestone for both mom and baby. Pediatricians recommend vegetables before fruits and to introduce foods at 4 day intervals, allowing for any food allergies/sensitivities to emerge. This time also allows your baby too get accustomed to the new flavors. It is so easy and rewarding (economical & eco-friendly too!) to make your baby fresh homemade food. Economically it is a fraction of the cost of commercial foods. It also allows you to provide more flavors, varieties, endless combinations of fruits and vegetables, thus creating more interest, and introducing a mixture of textures as well. Home made baby food puts you in charge, allowing for a fresher, healthier alternative, especially if you use local, seasonal foods. You can find a wide variety of produce grown in Illinois, many within 50 miles of you at Urbana’s market at the square and Champaign’s farmers market on historic north 1st. It is widely thought that making your own baby food improves the nutritional profile. Foods are not heated as they are commercially, commercial companies are required to heat their foods to higher tematures in order to kill any bacteria that may be present, therefore denaturaizing vitamins and minerals. Making your own food lets you control additives added and pesticide exposure. Then there is the environmental impact, yes even the environment benefits from your baby food making. There is no packaging waste, shipping costs are reduced, and your car will not use as much fuel going to the market as a semi would use traveling to the local grocery. We know there are some disadvantages to making your own food. Time and space being the two biggest issues therefore making it more convenient to buy the commercial versions. Keep in mind this period of time is relatively short when your infant is eating foods like this. With great gadgets like the Baby Bullet, youor hand mixer, or even that potato masher is takes only minutes.



it is so eeasy and rewarding economical & eco-friendly too!”

Lifestyle 21

Family BANANA APPLESAUCE MUSH 1 apple 1 ripe banana

DIY RECIPES SCRUMPTIOUS SWEET POTATO This has to be one of our all-time favorite first baby foods. All our children have loved it, probably because of its subtle sweetness. And it is, by far, the easiest vegetable to prepare. * Preheat the oven to 375 deg F. * Simply take one large sweet potato. Scrub it and prick it with a fork. * Bake for about 45 mins or so (depending on the size), until it feels soft. * Once cooked, all you need to do is split the potato and scrape out the flesh with a spoon. Hey presto - instant baby food, which doesn’t even need pureeing! Just mash it lightly with a fork and you’re ready to go. * One large potato will give you about 3 or 4 portions at this early stage. Bake a few at a time and you’ve got a nice supply! * Alternatively... you could peel the potato, then boil or steam it in cubes. But really, what’s the point in giving yourself extra work when baking it in its skin is so much easier?


L Lifestyle

APPLES/APPLESAUCE * This recipe is written so that you may use any amount of apples you wish. * Peel, core and cut apple into slices/ chunks. * Place slices or chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover apples * Boil/steam until tender; be sure to check on the water level and stir. * Apples may be mashed with a potato masher to achieve a smooth applesauce consistency. If your masher will not achieve a puree type of consistency, then follow steps 5 - 7. * Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the apples. * Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing. * Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin puree. * Add cereal (if desired) to thicken up the * Ask your pediatrician about adding some cinnamon for new tastes.

* Peel, core and cut apple into slices/ chunks. * Place slices or chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover apples. * Boil until tender; be sure to check on the water level. * Apples may be mashed with a potato masher to achieve a smooth applesauce consistency or you can puree in an appliance as shown above. * Peel a ripe banana and mash in a bowl with a fork (heating in the microwave for approximately 20 seconds will soften the banana up if needed) * Add applesauce to the banana * Puree if necessary but mashing with a potato masher will typically get this mix smooth.

MANGO MADNESS * Peel, de- seed and chunk the mango * Place mango chunks in a blender or food processor. * Add Formula, Breast Milk, or Water and blend or mash until the proper consistency for your Infant is achieved.

KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER WHEN MAKING HOMEMADE BABY FOOD & INTRODUCING SOLID FOODS * Always consult your pediatrician prior to beginning any new food for your infant. Discuss making homemade baby food with your pediatrician. * Always follow the 4 day wait rule introducing a new food to baby - offer your baby the same new food for 4 days to test for allergies to that food. This applies even when you are making homemade baby food. Never introduce more than 1 new food at a time. * Always use clean hands, clean cooking utensils, preparation surface(s), pots/pans etc when making and preparing homemade baby food. Cleanliness and food safety is a must when making homemade baby food. * And finally, all babies are different and will not like/tolerate the same foods or food textures. Do not despair. You should be willing to experiment with baby solid food for your baby. Offer your baby different foods, use different ways of preparing those baby foods.

GARDEN VEGETABLE COMBO GREEN BEANS, SUMMER SQUASH, PEAS AND CARROTS * Combine fresh or frozen green beans and peas, summer and/or zucchini squash and small pieces of chopped carrots. * Add enough water to just cover the vegetables. * Cook until tender, reserving water. * Puree vegetables in blender or food processor, adding reserved water from the vegetables until mixture is of the desired consistency.

Lifestyle 23


L Lifestyle




* * * * * * * * *

ach year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” It’s a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers. Asthma is a serious lung disease, act now against asthma at home. During an asthma attack, the airways get narrow, making it difficult to breathe. Symptoms of asthma include wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Asthma can even cause death. If you have asthma or a child with asthma, you are not alone. About 17 million Americans have asthma. Asthma is the leading cause of long-term illness in children. The air that children breathe can make a difference. Asthma may be triggered by allergens and irritants that are common in homes. Help your child breathe easier: consult a doctor and reduce asthma triggers in your home.

Your home is your castle, but when you’re suffering from allergies it can also feel a lot like a prison. There are steps you can take, though, to eliminate or control common allergens throughout your home, reducing your exposure and minimizing your symptoms.



26 26


Not all asthma/ allergy triggers are listed here. See your doctor or health care provider for more information.

FOLLOW THIS ROOM-BYROOM APPROACH FOR BANISHING ALLERGENS SUCH AS DUST MITES, POLLEN, PET DANDER, SMOKE, AND MOLD. SECONDHAND SMOKE * Asthma can be triggered by the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar and the smoke breathed out by a smoker. * Choose not to smoke in your home or car and do not allow others to do so either.

BEDROOMS * You spend more time in your bedroom — eight hours a night — than perhaps any other room in your home. That’s why it’s the perfect place to begin allergy-proofing. Start by using dust mite–proof covers on pillows, mattresses, and box springs, and change your bedding, including comforters, at least once a week, washing it in water above 130 degrees. Hard flooring like wood or linoleum is best in bedrooms because it’s easier to keep clean and free of allergens than carpets. At the very least, carpets must be vacuumed weekly with a vacuum cleaner that has a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Window coverings are another place where allergens can linger, so wash them weekly as well. In addition, keep pets out of the bedroom, eliminate as much clutter as possible, and make sure all furniture has hard, easy-to-clean surfaces. Finally, keep windows closed and eliminate any stray allergens from the air by running a HEPA filter while you sleep.

BATHROOM * Mold and moisture reign in this room, so take steps to eliminate as much moisture as you can. Use an exhaust fan during and after baths and showers to quickly move steam out of the room. Repair any leaking plumbing. Eliminate moisture-trapping rugs, window coverings, and fabrics when possible, or clean them regularly. Avoid wallpaper and opt instead for a nonporous wall surface like tile or mold-resistant enamel paint. Toweldry the tub or shower after each use. Clean or replace moldy shower curtains or liners. Clean the tub, tiles, sink, toilet, and floor weekly. Kill any visible mold with a 5 percent chlorine bleach solution.

LIVING ROOM * As in the bedroom and bath, eliminate places where allergens can linger as much as you can. Examples include carpeting, upholstered furnishings, curtains, blinds, wall hangings, and knickknacks. Keep dust (and dust mites) to a minimum with weekly cleaning sessions that include a thorough dusting. Wash

hard flooring or vacuum your carpets weekly with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter. Watch for signs of mold and moisture near windows, and clean as needed. Don’t allow smoking in your home. Keep windows closed during allergy season and keep pets outside.

KITCHEN * The main goal in the kitchen is to control moisture (and the resulting mold), as well as to keep insects and other pests at bay. Use an exhaust fan to vent steam from cooking; keep countertops, cabinets, appliances, floors, and other hard surfaces clean; and fix any plumbing leaks promptly. Keep the sink empty and dry. Clean any visible mold immediately. Check your refrigerator weekly for moldy food, and empty water from the drip pan as needed. Additionally, empty garbage containers daily and be sure they have insectproof lids. Address any insect or pest problems at the first signs of invasion, and take steps to eliminate pests’ access to food sources.

LAUNDRY ROOM * Some measures you can take in the laundry room include checking plumbing for leaks and repairing as needed, venting dryer steam outside, and cleaning hard surfaces and flooring weekly. Be sure to avoid letting clothing remain damp or wet for long.

BASEMENT * These dark, damp areas are mold traps. Avoid carpets, upholstered furniture, and fabric in the basement because they can harbor moisture. Check foundations, windows, and stairwells often for signs of wetness or mold and clean as needed. Store collectibles in sealed plastic containers. If moisture remains a problem, use a dehumidifier. Replace filters in heating and cooling equipment once a month. THERE ARE MANY STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO ELIMINATE OR REDUCE ALLERGENS AROUND YOUR HOME. INITIATING THESE STEPS AND BEING CONSISTENT ABOUT ALLERGY-PROOFING MAY SEEM DAUNTING AT FIRST, BUT THE COMFORT YOU’LL ENJOY AS A RESULT WILL BE WORTH IT WHEN YOUR HOME IS A HAVEN FROM IRRITATING ALLERGENS.

PETS * Your pet’s skin flakes, urine, and saliva can be asthma/ allergy triggers. * Consider keeping pets outdoors or even finding a new home for your pets, if necessary. * Keep pets out of the bedroom and other sleeping areas at all times, and keep the door closed. * Keep pets away from fabric-covered furniture, carpets, and stuffed toys. For more information on Asthma/Allergy Awarness and Education please visit or

L Lifestyle 27



L Lifestyle


hether the issue that interests you most is job creation or tax fairness, affordable health care or renewable energy, chances are you’ll be watching what happens in the presidential campaign over the next several months. The outcome of the 2012 presidential race like every other one before it - will directly affect the lives of all Americans. A new online series by Yahoo! News, “Remake America,” is helping put a human face on some of the race’s most-talked-about issues. The program follows the lives of six real families struggling to recapture “the American dream.” By putting relatable, human faces on some of the campaign’s most-talked-about issues, the series aims to offer meaningful, understandable insight into the political issues at the forefront of the election, including unemployment, health care, veteran affairs and the housing market. Experts in career services, small business ownership, personal finance, health and veterans affairs counsel families throughout the series. Viewers can contribute their comments, personal stories, anecdotes and advice through the “Remake America” conversations page. The featured families face challenges that are common among Americans, including: UNEMPLOYMENT Kirk and LaTosha of Houston both worked until Kirk was laid off from his IT job. Now the family lives paycheck to paycheck on LaTosha’s income from her job as a government counselor connecting families with income assistance programs. Even though her family is just one paycheck away from homelessness, LaTosha’s income still surpasses the maximum amount to qualify for assistance. FORECLOSURE Bill and Donna of Calabash, N.C., owned two homes, traveled the world and provided for their three children until a stroke left Bill unable to work as hard as he had been. He opened his own business, but the economy has brought his company to the brink of collapse. They now face foreclosure on their home. Their daughter, Erin, a single mother of 3-year-old twins, also faced foreclosure in the past year. She took on a roommate to help pay for her mortgage. Farnoosh Torabi, a personal finance expert and host of “Financially Fit,” advises people facing foreclosure to act quickly when they receive the first notice of foreclosure from the bank. Call the bank and ask for help, she says. The bank may be able to steer you toward a mortgage modification or even a forbearance that may allow you to suspend payments without penalty for a time. Also, check out to learn about any federal programs that may be helpful. Kyle and Krystal of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., face health challenges, medical bills and unemployment. While serving as a Marine, Kyle lost a hand during combat. The couple’s oldest child suffers from a rare genetic disorder that requires round-theclock care, making it difficult for her parents to work full time. Jose and Starlight of Austin, Texas, also face health issues that have devastated their finances. While a law student, Starlight fell ill and lost her scholarship. Her son has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. Without an income, the family cannot pay for living expenses or health insurance. Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News chief health and medical editor, advises families coping with health problems to remember to take care of themselves first in order to maximize efficiency and resources, embrace help, and research support groups. THE REAL ESTATE COLLAPSE Leslie, of Phoenix, Ariz., lost her job as a successful real estate agent and has gone on more than 100 job interviews with no result. She currently lives in her guest house while renting out her main home as a source of income. “Remake America’s” career expert, Tory Johnson, advises Leslie and other job hunters to keep three things in mind: don’t rely too much on the Internet for your job hunt, make face-to-face connections through in-person networking, and never lose sight of your goals. “Remake America” airs new episodes on Yahoo! News every Monday. To join the conversation, log onto

Photos by Michelle Ellisor

L Lifestyle 29




$10 off Custom Spray Tan *Full Body Applications only. Expires June 30, 2012.

Our salon is dedicated to sunless tanning a premier skin care. With state - of - the - art sunless tanning equipment and the most progressive sunless solutions and products, we are able to provide phenomenal bronzed results while preserving your skin’s natural health and radiance. Our sunless products use a combination of antioxidants and botanicals to give you a warm, natural -looking tan, while leaving your skin lusciously soft and looking younger than ever. Our amazing treatment elixirs help rejuvenate your skin by providing extreme moisturizing benefits, while enabling the bronzing treatment to develop to it’s full potential. This process leaves your bronzed skin looking healthy and feeling absolutely stunning!


201 W. Springfield Ave. Suite 903 · Champaign, IL (Inside Huntington Towers) 217.355.1101

L Lifestyle 31


TIME TO GET YOUR ON! by Carrie Miller

ith Spring break behind us and summer on the horizon now is the time to start practicing proper sun protection. It is also very important to understand the importance of early detection of skin cancer, the most common type of cancer. The majority of skin cancers are preventable by routinely protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. In fact, there is increasing evidence that excessive sun exposure, and particularly sunburns experienced prior to 15 years of age, are a major risk factor for skin cancer later in life. Most Americans are not doing enough to protect themselves. It’s about more than keeping your family sunburn-free! * Generously apply a broad spectrum water-resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of atleast 30 to all exposed skin. “Broad spectrum” provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Re-apply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating. * Wear protective clothing, such as a long sleeved-shirt, pants, a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses, where possible. * Seek shade when appropriate, remembering the sun’s rays are strongest between 10a. and 4p. Quick tip, if your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.


L Lifestyle

* Most kids rack up a lot of their lifetime sun exposure before age 18, so it’s important that parents teach their children how to enjoy fun in the sun safely. With the right precautions, you can greatly reduce your child’s chance of developing skin cancer. Protect Children from sun exposure by playing in the shade, wearing protective clothing including proper sunglasses, and applying sunscreen. * Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun which can increase your chance of sunburn. * We all need some sun exposure; it’s our primary source of vitamin D, which helps us absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones. But it doesn’t take much time in the sun for most people to get the vitamin D they need. Get Vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that may include vitamin supplements, don’t just seek the sun for this. * Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you’ve been in the sun, consider Spray Tanning (BodiBronze in Champaign can give you that sun kissed look in minutes) Make sure to keep using sunscreen. * Check your birthday suit on your birthday. If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist. Skin Cancer is very treatable when caught early. Enjoy your summer, and get your UV ON!

DRINK by Rachel Spencer

ondering what you should be carting with you to your summer play destinations? Before you fill the ice chest with soda and other sugary drinks, take a look at the natural health benefits of drinking your daily supply of water. Doctors have long surmised that we SHOULD DRINK EIGHT, 8OZ GLASSES OF WATER EVERY DAY.

* 75% Of Americans Are Chronically Dehydrated. * In 37% Of Americans, The Thirst Mechanism Is Often Mistaken For Hunger. * Even Mild Dehydration Will Slow Down The Metabolism By 3%. * One Glass Of Water Will Shut Down Midnight Hunger Pangs For Almost 100% Of The Dieters Studied In A University Of Washington Study. * Lack Of Water, Is The #1 Trigger Of Daytime Fatigue. * Preliminary Research Indicates That 8-10 Glasses Of Water A Day Could Significantly Ease Back And Joint Pain For Up To 80% Of Sufferers. * A Mere 2% Drop In Body Water Can Trigger Fuzzy Short Term Memory, Trouble With Basic Math And Difficulty Focusing On The Computer, Screen Or On A Printed Page. * Drinking Five Glasses Of Water Daily Decresses The Risk Of Colon Cancer By 45%, Plus It Can Slash The Risk Of Breast Cancer.

L Lifestyle 33



ALTERNATIVE RECIPES * Pineapple and mint * Raspberry and lime * Cilantro, lime and jalapeno * Tarragon leaves with blueberries and raspberries * Cucumber, honeydew and mint * Tomato slices with fresh horseradish * Strawberry, kiwi and mint

What are your favorite ways to dress up your water? Do you know more infused water recipes? Share your secrets with us on Facebook and win a Pitcher Set just in time for Summer Entertaining.




Yield: 1 ½ quarts or 4 servings

Yield: 1 ½ quarts or 4 servings

Yield: 1 ½ quarts or 4 servings

INGREDIENTS: * 6 cups cold water, divided * 10 strawberries, sliced thin * 2 tangelos, sliced * 4 sprigs fresh mint, slightly crushed

INGREDIENTS: * 6 cups cold water, divided * 1 ½ C watermelon slices * 2 lemons, sliced thin * 4 sprigs fresh mint, slightly crushed

PREPARATION: * In a 2 to 2 ½-quart pitcher, fill the bottom with about 1 cup of water. Add the mint and use a muddler or wooden spoon to lightly crush the leaves. Add the strawberry and tangelo, then the rest of the water. Chill for at least 1 hour. Add ice cubes just before serving and enjoy!

PREPARATION: * In a 2 to 2 ½-quart pitcher, fill the bottom with about 1 cup of water. Add the mint and use a muddler or wooden spoon to lightly crush the herbs. Add the watermelon and lemon, then the rest of the water. Chill for at least 1 hour. Add ice cubes just before serving and enjoy!

INGREDIENTS: * 6 cups cold water, divided * 20 thin slices cucumber * 2 lemons, sliced thin * 4 sprigs fresh thyme, slightly crushed * 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, slightly crushed


L Lifestyle

PREPARATION: * In a 2 to 2 ½-quart pitcher, fill the bottom with about 1 cup of water. Add the thyme and rosemary and use a muddler or wooden spoon to lightly crush the herbs. Add the lemon and cucumber, then the rest of the water. Chill for at least 1 hour. Add ice cubes just before serving and enjoy!

L Lifestyle 35


omes are as unique as the people who live in them. And the various homes, people, and situations that are encountered in any given property sale are, for me, part of the attraction of being a real estate agent. Early in 2011, I started my own real estate brokerage called Homeplace Advisors to continue working in the industry that I love while also attempting to improve it, if even only a little. It seemed that, despite their in-


L Lifestyle

that home sellers generally aren’t given any other options for paying their agent, nor are they given much say in the services that are provided for them. It’s a “take it or leave it” situation that drives many consumers to attempt to buy or sell a home on their own, foregoing professional guidance, simply to save money. BUT WHAT IF THERE WERE OTHER OPTIONS?

dividual situations, home buyers and sellers were often limited to a one-size-fits-all package of services when it came to selecting a real estate company to assist them. While I had, and still have, my work cut out for me, I set out to provide a feasible alternative. Anyone who has sold a home in the past or even investigated the cost of selling a home is well aware that paying a real estate commission can be expensive, often thousands of dollars depending on the price of the home. (That’s not to say that a real estate agent who has done a commendable job doesn’t deserve to be paid well.) The problem, as I see it, is

At Homeplace Advisors, we’ve established a range of service packages and à la carte services for consumers who are buying a home, selling a home, or just need help making a decision such as whether or not to buy or sell at all. The client is then able to choose the services that she needs based on her own situation, and, because she is not forced to pay for services that are unnecessary to her, she may even see cost savings in the process compared to choosing a traditional commission-based, one-size-fits-all bundle of services. Not only that, but we offer a few different payment options, as well, including a commission structure. Let me be clear. I don’t believe that there’s anything inherently wrong with being paid by commission. Rather, it is problematic when a commission is the only payment option a consumer has when the product, in this case a home, is so very expensive. The point is, at Homeplace Advisors the client is given choices and we provide the guidance for her to be able to make an informed decision, and ultimately the best decision for her. It is a simple way in which we hope to make a difference in the real estate industry. Buying or selling a home today can be a challenging and complicated venture. The best advice I can give a home buyer or seller is to make sure that you have a team of qualified professionals to help you throughout the process. Make sure your real estate agent is someone you trust and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. The value that a capable real estate agent brings to a home sale transaction is substantial, and we hope, by providing alternatives to the traditional structure, to make those services more accessible to consumers.



Meeting these th t women and seeing i h how the loans and scholarships have impacted their lives is truly inspiring”

by Sarah Smith

HOW SARAH’S HOPE JEWELRY BRINGS HOPE arah’s Hope Jewelry has a special place in their hearts for women and the struggle that many face when trying to overcome the crippling effects of poverty. The company gives at least 10% of profits to promote and fund small business loans, also known as microloans, to women in the developing world as well as funds small business education programs in the USA . “There are women all over the world who are driven, talented and determined who just need some help getting their dreams off the ground,” explained company founder Sarah J. Smith. “Through purchases of Sarah’s Hope Jewelry, we can all help make lives more beautiful.”    Since starting Sarah’s Hope Jewelry in 2004, Smith has been an advocate for microfinance and small business education programs. Sarah travels domestically and internationally, speaking to audiences about how their businesses can make local and global differences through microloan sponsorship and the importance of supporting small business training programs that give women the tools and knowledge they need to not only open their own businesses, but to run them effectively. She also visits loan and scholarship recipients personally, receiving and


L Lifestyle

giving encouragement and inspiration. “Meeting these women and seeing how the loans and scholarships have impacted their lives is truly inspiring,” said Smith.   Microloans are business loans given in small amounts, usually from $50–1200. This might not sound like much but in countries with an average income of less than $100 a month, it is enough to help women gain self-sufficiency, provide for their families and enrich their communities. In addition, microfinance allows women, who are often turned away from mainstream banks because of their lack of assets, to borrow enough money to purchase items in bulk which allows for increased profit margins and greater profitability as they build their businesses. Smith explained, “I visited Elia Rose, a tortilla maker, in Nicaragua. She was one of our poorest urban clients. We helped support a program that provided a $250 loan so she could buy flour at wholesale and therefore increase her margins. Because of this, her income added $60 a month to the family income and she was able to send her four children to school. They now dream of going to university. This is how the cycle of poverty can be broken, and it all starts with a $250 loan.”  In addition, purchases of Sarah’s Hope Jewelry also help support nonprofit small busi-

ness education programs in the USA. Usually a 12-week course, the company helps fund scholarships to low-income women to help them attend classes that focus on business essentials. Students are also matched with mentors who help support them and offer real-world expertise on everything from bookkeeping to networking to how to get financing.   Last fall, Smith, had another idea. “I just kept thinking about how local jewelers are so deeply connected to what is going on in their own communities...they’re the people who know the issues they face in their own backyards,” she explained. “I asked myself: How can our company make it easier for jewelers to help make a local difference?”  And thus the “Giving Back Locally” program was born. In this holiday-based fundraising campaign, which ran November–December 2011, customers could choose from a special collection of Sarah’s Hope Jewelry designs designated to give back locally. Each jeweler was able to select a local charity of choice which would benefit directly from the sales of the collection.  Eighty-eight retail jewelers across the USA and Canada participated in the program. From food pantries to women’s shelters, the United Way to Hospice, whether a few hundred dollars or a thousand, customers shopped locally to help raise over $38,000 for local charities.    The mission of the company now includes international, domestic and local support of programs that help to make a difference in the lives of others. The Giving Back Locally Program is being offered for mother’s day and the 2012 Christmas and Holiday season. Each design in this socially conscious jewelry line is named in honor of a woman who has lifted herself up through small business ownership. The jewelry is made of premium sterling silver and their proprietary stone, E’Sperene®. Prices range from $ 99–$400 in the collection and is sold in retail jewelry stores throughout the USA and Canada.  “Whether seamstresses, farmers, beauticians or daycare owners, these women inspire me and our designs ? and show that we must all dare to dream,” said Smith.  To learn more about Sarah’s Hope Jewelry and find a retailer near you, use their store locator at  

BASIC WIRE WORKING: How to Make Earrings: A great starter class! You’ll make two pairs of earrings. Please Note: This class is a pre-requisite for our Wire-Wrapping Pendants class. Cost: $15, 1 hour, materials included. by Catherine

BODY/MIND/SPIRIT SPRING 2012 EVENTS & WORKSHOPS Classes focus on Crafting, jewelry-making, beading, aromatherapy, medicinal herbs and personal development. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, we offer private classes for groups. Beads N Botanicals, 117 N Broadway Ave, Urbana, IL 61801 217-365-9355 TUESDAYS: 11am–4:30pm WED-FRI: 11am–6pm SATURDAYS: 10am–5pm  Please pre-register and pay for all jewelry making and craft classes at least two days in advance of the actual class, sooner, if possible, to guarantee yourself a spot in the class. reat news. We’ve always had psychic readers and healers at the shop, including sessions with Catherine and Marlita, as well as special events, such as Psychic & Health Fairs and our popular Beach Party Fridays during the summer. But now we have a new schedule with sessions available daily. While walk-ins are allowed, we suggest making an appointment to guarantee the time & date you want. Schedules are already booking up in advance. IN ADDITION TO TAROT, PAST LIFE REGRESSION AND HERBAL CONSULTATIONS WITH CATHERINE, THE FOLLOWING SESSIONS ARE AVAILABLE: TUESDAYS: Lee Fellers: tarot, psychic & palm readings tarot, psychic & palm readings 1pm to 4:30pm WEDNESDAYS: Elizabeth Ristow: clairvoyant readings  11am to 2pm Marlita: foot massage, reflexology, Reiki  12 to 6pm  Karen Gottlieb: channeled readings 3pm to 6pm THURSDAYS: Lee Fellers: tarot, psychic & palm readings 1pm to 5pm FRIDAYS:   Ruben Jian-Ai Martinez: tarot readings & Stress Reduction Therapy (SRT) treatments (in English and en espanol) 1pm to 6pm

* Wednesday, May 2, 6pm * Thursday, June 7, 6p * Thursday, July 5, 6pm BASIC STRINGING: NECKLACE DESIGN: Want to learn how to put together a necklace, but not sure how to begin? Or, how to end it? Learn about different necklace lengths and clasps. Cost: $18, materials included. * Wednesday, May 16, 6pm * Thursday, July 19, 6pm DREAMCATCHER WORKSHOP: Let’s Make A Dream Catcher. Marlita (Rainbow Buffalo) will lead this workshop. You will use your vision, energy and creativity to make your own dream catcher and decorate it the way you desire, while learning the history and application of this sacred medicine. All materials will be provided. However, if you have special beads, feathers, animal hide or hair with which you wish to decorate your dream catcher, bring them. If you choose to gather willow or grapevine from Nature, gather it in a Sacred Way.Address and give thanks to each direction - The Creator, Mother Earth, the East, the South, the West and the North. Give a tobacco and Cornmeal offering to the plant, and now you can cut your branch. There will be an optional Pipe Ceremony before the workshop. (Starting at 12 noon, available to workshop participants only) It is traditional to gift the Pipe Carrier with tobacco, sweetgrass, cornmeal, beads or some token of thanks and respect wrapped in red cloth. (Money is unacceptable) Cost: Adult: $65. Child accompanied by a paying adult $15. Elder: (65 yrs +) $45. Please pre-register and pay for this workshop by May 8th to guarantee your place in this workshop. Saturday, June 9, 1pm to 4pm (12 noon for the pipe ceremony) REIKI HEALING CIRCLE Open to all. You do not have to have Reiki certification to participate in this energetic healing circle. All participants give and receive healing energy. A wonderful way to relax and de-stress. Cost: $10.00 Second Wednesday of the month, 6pm to 7:30pm. May 9, June 13, July 11 PSYCHIC & HEALTH FAIR: Saturday, May 19, 2012 10 am to 5 pm Come and get a reading with the best readers in the Champaign Urbana area. Readings include: Channeled Readings, Clairvoyant readings, Stone Readings, Energy Art Readings, Psychic readings & Tarot Readings, Foot Massage, Reiki, Reflexology and more. Cost: $20 per 15 minute reading. Longer sessions available at additional cost. Fair also on Saturday, June 23, 2012 Fall Schedule TBA

L Lifestyle 39


L Lifestyle 41


by Rachel Spencer

bright rainbow of peppers, from vibrant yellow to plum purple, can be found at local farmers markets and your supermarkets. Our favorite places to get these yummy delights is Urbanas Market on the square- (Urbana’s Market at the Square is one of the largest and most diverse farmers’ markets in Illinois, and helps demonstrate Urbana’s firm commitment to sustainability.) and Champaign’s north first street farmers market. Green peppers are picked early; brilliant reds, orange, and yellow ones are actually green peppers left to ripen further. Sweet eppers that stay on the plant longer are naturally sweeter. Fresh peppers should be glossy and brightly colored. Steer clear of any that are shriveled, bruised or cracked. After shopping for your peppers refrigerate in a sealed bag up to a week. Or chop and freeze up to 6 months. Sweet peppers are higher in Vitamin C than oranges, with the red peppers having the biggest vitamin boost. Grilling sweet peppers is an easy way to add lots of flavor to your outdoor cooking during these grilling months. Place whole peppers over direct medium heat for 12–15 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are


L Lifestyle

charred. Remove let stand 10 minutes. Peel away and discard the skins. Slice and use on burgers, serve with goat cheese and crackers, layer on your pizza, or kick up your spaghetti sauce. You will not be disappointed!

Urbana’s Market at the Square May 5 – November 3, 2012 Every Saturday morning 7 AM-12 noon, rain or shine Located: Corner of Illinois & Vine Streets in Downtown Urbana North First Street Farmers Market The Farmers Market on Historic North 1st Street 3 - 7 p.m. on Thursdays. The 2012 season will be June 7th - September 6th.

by Rachel Spencer

GRILLED PORK MEDALLIONS WITH APPLE MAPLE GLAZE Pork and apples are such a great cold weather pairing, since we are still having a few nights in the 40’s we thought this was a great recipe to share! (Serves 4) INGREDIENTS * 1 pork tenderloin, sliced into 8 medallions * 1/2 tsp kosher salt * 1/2 tsp smoked paprika * 1/4 tsp black pepper * 1/4 tsp garlic powder For the Apple Maple Glaze * 2 tsp butter * 1/4 cup almond slivers * 1/4 cup shallot, finely diced * 2 cup apple, cored, peeled, and diced * 1 tsp sugar * 1 tsp cinnamon, fresh grated * 1/4 tsp nutmeg, fresh grated * 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper * 1/4 cup alcohol (we used brandy) * 1/3 cup apple juice * 1/4 cup maple syrup


INSTRUCTIONS * Preheat your grill for direct heat at 400f. * Season the pork medallions with the salt, paprika, pepper and powder. * Grill the medallions 4–5 minutes per side.  Temp check them to see if they are 140f internal.  If not switch to indirect heat and finish to 140f internal. * Preheat a skillet over medium high heat. * Add butter and almond slivers.  Allow to cook for 1 minute. * Add the apple, shallot, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne. Cook for 5 minutes, tossing or stirring frequently. * Flambe!  Safe Version – Remove skillet from heat, add the alcohol and immediately light with a long grill lighter.  (I just add alcohol and slightly tip the pan towards the flame – POOF!)  Let burn until the flame burns out, cooking off most of the alcohol. * Add the apple juice and maple syrup.  Simmer 5 minutes or until thickened into a syrup. * Place two medallions on a plate and top with some of the apple maple glaze. Repeat.

L Lifestyle 43

Home pu TR.V re • r • posed,

re •

pu r•


os • • , re ing

pu r • p os • e s

TO USE OR CONVERT FOR USE IN ANOTHER FORMAT OR PRODUCT by Rachel Spencer ecessity really is the mother of invention. Take a look at things around you, and see how clever you can be at repurposing them. Creative reuse can be fun, not to mention eco-friendly. Protecting our environment from more waste and more use of resources in no longer a fashionable idea but a necessity. Many see it as a passing trend for “crafty” types but it is far more reaching than adding some paint to book shelves. Too many of us have gotten used to disposing things like carpet, clothing or small appliances into landfills—and we all know that has to stop. HERE ARE A FEW SIMPLE IDEAS OF EVERYDAY ITEMS: * Cereal boxes covered with brown paper bags can become shipping boxes used for sending books and other small objects to friends and family members * Old plates and platters can be used under planters with drainage holes to catch any excess water and protect your furnishings and floors * Used coffee grounds and tea bags make great natural plant fertilizers. * An empty plastic milk jug becomes a watering can with a few holes punched into the plastic cap * Your old magazines can be dropped off at local bookstores or hair salons (we easily found one willing to take our leftovers) who then give them away for free to other customers.


L Lifestyle

BUT THINK FOR A MOMENT….. WHAT ELSE CAN REPURPOSING DO? WHAT IS THE INTRINSIC VALUE? * It breaks the “Just throw it in the trash and buy a new one” habit. Fix it, repurpose it, recycle it or donate it. Our wasteful ways have caught up with us and relearning a new habit isn’t easy, but we have to change. * Provides a feeling of accomplishment by coming up with a solution or creating something new from something considered useless or disposable. * Saves money….think “How can I reuse this?” Instead of “Go buy something cheap and toss it when I am done with it” * It keep us thinking in a resourceful way. That means taking what you already have and creating something useful….your stuff, your space, even repurposing a career.

Email us your repurposing ideas we will choose 5 each month to share in Her-LifeStyle Magazine. If we choose yours you will get a $25. Gift card! Email your ideas and pictures to Articles@her-Lifestyle. com, in the subject line please put repurposing. We look forward to your entries.


MUTT STRUT 2012 elp the animals by joining us in this dog walk and fundraiser for the Champaign County Humane Society. Register to walk your dog at the Mutt Strut and recruit sponsors to pledge donations. Enjoy activities, games and contests for you and your dog! SCHEDULE OF EVENTS * 8:15a. Check-in begins (coffee and donuts while supplies last!) * 9:00a. Blessing of the animals * 9:10a. Walk begins—stamp your Mutt Strut Passport! * 9:30a. Games & Fun! MUTT STRUT ACTIVITIES * Contests * Bobbing for Treats * Pawprint Paintings * Mutt Strut Passport—Get your Passport stamped for sit, shake, down, speak and roll over, then submit your Passport for a prize!




L Lifestyle 45


ast year my husband ordered me my favorite bouquet of flowers, Casablanca lilies. I was touched and thought they were absolutely beautiful, and then my husband got home. He was upset, the picture online was nowhere near what was sitting on our piano. He called the local florist who had filled the order that was placed through an online company, 1-800-Flowers. The local florist was very gracious and patiently explained step by step what had happened. We in no way know the in’s and outs of the floral industry. My husband ordered the arrangement, it was $59.99, he then had a $3.49 handling fee, a $9.99 service fee and to have it delivered to me by 1pm a $6.99 fee (it was delivered at 3:30, no fault of the local company) Total price of $80.46 now of that price the local company will only receive a percentage usually about 73–80%, depending on how the order was sent to them.


L Lifestyle

reached out to Brittany Frost of Blossom Basket to fill me in on what I see as a deceptive practice by these large conglomerates (order gathers) that tell you they are giving you a cheaper deal, when they’re actually giving you a smaller arrangement at an increased price and obviously stepping all over the local companies. Not only are they advertising online, on TV, they are first inline in the phonebook appearing to be local! How many times have you heard someone say order from 800 flowers they are cheaper? Brittany was able to explain some really interesting facts, for one, what you see on the site is not what you get. The images are heavily staged and often edited. Many times when these bouquets are photographed there are no flowers on the other 3 sides of the arrangements and a florist could not deliver a bouquet that looks like that picture and is aesthetically pleasing from all sides for the price shown. 2nd you could order that beautiful bouquet but there is no guarantee the local florist has those flowers in stock. Unfortunately this could reflect poorly on the local florist and can dilute their image. Most of us have heard of FTD and Teleflora. They are the two most recognized wire services in the floral industry. Traditionally, they offered services for real local florists to send and receive orders to each other as a service for their customers. They still offer these services to florists, but with advances in technology and utilizing the internet, they now directly compete for customer orders with ‘their’ florists, and then forward the orders to ‘their’ florist and retaining a percentage of the purchase price. Then there are the Order Gatherers who utilize the order relay system in place for florist but do not have a traditional retail florist. “Order Gatherer” is defined very

simply: Pursuing floral orders from areas that you do not serve and for areas that you do not serve for the sole purpose of relaying those orders to real local florists that do serve those areas. The “Order Gather” makes money from the sale in the form of any service fees charged directly to you—the consumer and in the percentage retained for being the “sending” florist. With the way they advertise in the phonebook and online they make themselves appear to be local, how can you tell if you are dealing with a real local florist, or an “Order Gather”?  A simple rule of thumb is effective: Location, location, location!  Where are they physically located? Their physical address should be on the main index page of their website. If it is not, you can check the ‘About Us’ page of their website. If you are unable to tell where they are located viewing these two pages, then you are almost surely dealing with an Order Gather’. In our case 1-800Flowers. The local florist that had filled our order was very gracious and even sent over a second arrangement the next day, unnecessary as we completely understood he was done just as wrong as we were. If my husband had went directly to him for the order and had paid him the $80.46 it would have been exactly what my husband wanted. Sad to report that florist is no longer open. Save money, support the local economy: Use a local florist. Then you know the money is going to flowers and not to some faceless conglomerate. You can order directly online from great local companies like Blossom Basket Florist. THANK YOU BRITTANY FROST OF BLOSSOM BASKET FLORIST FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE WITH THIS ARTICLE.

L Lifestyle 47

by Lauren Mitchell

rilling season has arrived. The unique flavors of sizzling meat on a hot grill are loved by all young and old. Whether you’re an enthusiastic foodie or a simple family chef, it’s time to get outside and perfect the art of the barbecue. If you’re new to grilling, it’s easy to make some wrong turns. No one wants to end up with dried out chicken, burnt steak or flavorless ribs. HERE ARE A FEW TIPS; * Get to know your butcher. He can help you pick out the best cuts of meat for your intended use. For example, fat marbling is one of the most important things to look for when selecting a steak, but too much or too little can ruin the cut. Chicken and pork are leaner meat options. Be ready to answer questions about preparation and cooking, because this information will guide his or her suggestions. * Think about spices. Once you have your meat, it’s time to visit your spice rack. A harmonious blend of spices will bring out the natural flavor as it cooks on the grill. Some traditional grilling spices include paprika, salt, pepper and garlic, but more exotic spices like cayenne pepper and Cajun seasoning can be used too if you’re feeling adventurous. * Enhance your flavors. Barbecue pros around the country have a secret that takes their spice mixtures to the next level: fruit juice like Tree


L Lifestyle

Top Apple Juice, made from 100 percent U.S.A. apples. Using juice, you can enhance the flavors of the spices and meat during the grilling process. Apple is a great juice option because the flavor pairs well with sweet, savory or hot spices. Tree Top Apple Juice can also be injected into the meat to keep it juicy and tender. * Learn how to cook on a grill. When your meat is fully prepped, warm up the grill and get ready to cook. But before you start, keep in mind cooking on a grill is different than cooking on your stove or in your oven. Thin-cut meats cook better with direct heat like a charcoal or gas fire. Chicken, thinly-cut steak and pork chops will cook quickly and evenly. On a gas grill, use all the burners to ensure the heat is even throughout the grill, and grill with the hood down as much as possible. When turning meat, use a spatula or tongs. Don’t poke it, because this allows juices to escape and can result in a tough, dry main dish. These tips should help you get the perfect grilled foods; but remember: if at first you don’t get it right, try again. With so many different steps and factors to consider, it takes practice to get the perfect succulent barbecue. Why not try this recipe for a tasty start to your grilling season? Your family and friends won’t mind being the taste-testers, and with so many wonderful scents floating through the summer air, your neighbors might be knocking on your door, as well. Check out our great recipe: Grilled Pork medallions with Apple Glaze Sauce on page 39. Happy Grilling!


Guess where this is and you could win

$25! elcome to Picture, Where? A monthly contest where we will print a reader’s photo showing a Champaign County location and you get a chance to guess where it is. We will reward the reader whose guess is correct and the photographer with $25. each! You can submit your answers on our Facebook page under Picture, Where? We will generate a drawing on the 15th each month. Ready to guess? Go to our Facebook page Her-LifeStyle and post your guess on the thread Picture, Where?

Have a photo? Send your photo (300 dpi please) to Send locations that are easy to identify but not to prominent (unlike our first submission) Please include your Name, and address with your submission.


L Lifestyle 49

Popular brands that Briella’s carries are baby Gap, The Children’s Place, Gymboree, MiniBoden, Justice, Aeropostale, Abercrombie, J.Crew, Ann Taylor Loft, Chico’s, Talbots, Coach, Louis Vuitton, and many more.

riella’s Boutique all started when Brittney Remole & Elaine Remole, two very close friends & also sisters-in-law by marriage, decided to take a leap of faith and purse their dreams by opening an consignment store full of fashion that would be fit for everyone. Briella’s Boutique opened in May of 2010 and continues to grow every day. Briella’s Boutique is an upscale consignment store that carries name brand clothing, purses, shoes, and accessories. They have children’s items ranging from newborn to size eighteen. They also carry Junior’s, Women’s, Men’s, Plus size, and Maternity clothing. Briella’s Boutique will always welcome you with a smile. Our friendly staff will help you find that perfect outfit that fits your budget. You’re invited to bring in your name brand items and put some extra money in your pocket as well.


L Lifestyle


Home Today, 60 families in America will learn their child has autism. According to a 2009 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as one out of every 110 children today will be

by Lauren Mitchell

diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The Autism Society estimates that 1.5 million Americans and their families are now affected. Autism is costing the U.S. at least $35 billion annually. Autism knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries and can affect any family regardless of income, lifestyle or education. The chances of knowing a person or family affected by autism are increasing every single day. Although the overall incidence of autism is consistent around the globe, it is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls.

Autism is treatable. Help the Autism Society improve the lives of all affected by autism today. BECOME A MEMBER TODAY.


or many people, the onset of spring and summer is the ideal time to take on a home improvement project. Paint is a popular choice for those looking to freshen up their space, given that it is an easy, economical activity and a fun way to make a dramatic difference. In fact, painting tops spring home improvement wish lists, according to the 2012 Spring Home Improvement Survey by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). With seven of 10 homeowners planning home improvement projects, nearly half (49 percent) cite painting as the most-desired need. They say that bedrooms and bathrooms are the first targets for fresh paint (both at 29 percent), followed by living or family rooms (28 percent). To help people jump start spring endeavors with low-cost project ideas and tips, NARI and Sherwin-Williams are launching National

Painting Week on April 16. "People are looking for more cost-saving ways to enhance their spaces," says NARI chairman Paul Zuch, certified remodeler. "Some of the most dramatic transformations are projects like resurfacing cabinets or changing kitchen or bathroom hardware, as well as painting the interior or exterior of your home." With today's technologies at your fingertips, determining the right paint color is easy and anyone can be their own interior decorator. * Choose colors like a pro using coordinated color collections. "It's easy to achieve designer looks in your own home with HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams," says David Bromstad, HGTV designer. "Each of the collections represents a style to match your own, and features colors that work together in any combination. The wallpaper coordinates with the colors and the exterior color collections highlight your home's architecture to achieve a harmonious look room to room, inside and out."

* See your finished look without picking up a brush with Sherwin-Williams' color visualizer, where you can digitally repaint your space, or get inspired with Chip It! (, which instantly turns any online image into a color palette using more than 1,500 colors. With the mobile ColorSnap app, you can turn anything that inspires you into paint colors. Capture an image with your smartphone and you will be able to see the paint color and two complementary colors. * Liven up your living area by revamping the bedroom, giving new life to an old piece of furniture or staining the deck. * Define your style. Make a statement combining bolder paint colors with their neutral counterparts. * Use high-quality materials. Spending a little more at the outset saves money in the long run. For more tips, visit

L Lifestyle 51

by Lauren Mitchell

RA - One of the driving forces in gardening is many American’s pursuit of healthier eating and greener living. This means that the new face of gardening has begun to change considerably in recent years. Today’s gardeners are younger and more urban than traditional gardeners, therefore, making unique impressions on the green world. SO, WHAT’S COOL ABOUT GARDENING? From growing vegetables in the front yard to creating an edible wall of green on the balcony, gardening is not limited to just a half-acre plot in the country anymore. Now, gardeners use any space available for a garden, no matter how urban or small. The key is adding individuality or personality to the garden in the form of handmade sculptures, water features, bird feeders or even the variety of unique heirloom plants that are used. Sustainability is also very important. Plants that serve a dual purpose - like low-growing thyme used as a ground cover in a small area or a cucumber plant that has been trained to grow up a trellis as a green screen - are excellent examples of how many gardeners have transformed traditional ideas of gardening. Looking at gardening and plants in new ways can lead to some great discoveries - and may even increase the productivity of a green space. HOW CAN YOU JOIN IN THE GARDENING MOVEMENT? Here are some helpful tips to get started. * Maximize space. Even if you only have a window, and no outdoor space, you can have a garden. An herb garden, like the Miracle-Gro Culinary Herb Kit, can be grown on a window ledge in the kitchen. No ledge? No problem. Just hang a hook from the ceiling and grow your plants in a hanging basket. For those with little outdoor space, try container gardening on the patio or use an outside fence or railing to grow a vertical garden. Simply hang pots on hooks or create your own “living wall” using chicken wire, coconut fiber lining and a quality potting mix. Then, plant trailing produce or flowers and watch your wall grow. If you have a sunny


L Lifestyle

space in the yard, create a small garden using the new Miracle-Gro Ultimate Raised Garden Bed. This easy-to-use kit snaps together and can easily be customized to fit in nearly any space. Simply add nutrient-enriched soil, like Miracle-Gro Expand N Gro or Potting Mix, and plant the garden on a patio, deck, rooftop or balcony. * Redefine terms. Produce plants are for vegetable gardens and landscaping plants are for the front yard ... right? Not necessarily. The great thing about gardening is that the only necessary rules are the ones Mother Nature created: plants need sunlight, water, food and soil with good drainage. Other than that, do not be afraid to mix it up. Plant vegetables in the front yard, use strawberries in a hanging basket or plant an herb for groundcover along a path. Tomatoes will grow beautifully next to marigolds and sage will add a nice contrast when grown in a container alongside yellow daisies. Grow what you like that will thrive in your climate, even if it is not what your neighbors are growing. * Stay true to yourself. If your favorite color is blue, then plant blue flowers. If you love salsa, then plant a “salsa garden” by using tomatoes, cilantro, onions and jalapenos. Add your own touch and make it personal. The materials used can represent your style and add interest in the garden as effectively as what is planted. With adequate drainage, even an old toolbox can come to life with some potting soil and impatiens. Collect stones and small objects with kids to make garden sculptures or bird feeders that the whole family can enjoy. Green plastic bottle caps can be turned into ornamental “trees” and grandma’s cracked tea cup could become a bird feeder with a little imagination. If you have extra produce, make sure to share it. Friends, neighbors, family and even many local food pantries will take donations of fresh fruits and vegetables. * Experiment. Although gardening can be seen as a science, it should also be looked as an art. Gardeners should feel free to experiment and express themselves through their gardens. Let your green space reflect your home, your interests and your individuality. Make it a tradition to try at least one new thing every year and you may be surprised how much you learn along the way.

L Lifestyle 53




by Lauren Mitchell

he two things that everyone could use more of are time and money. One way to help free up some of both is by rolling over your existing retirement assets into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). An IRA rollover may give you greater control of assets spread across multiple accounts and potentially offers improved diversification, flexibility, guidance and service. This could save you money in fees and other costs from different accounts as well as cut down on financial paperwork and other headaches from dealing with multiple assets. HERE ARE SOME BASICS FROM THRIVENT FINANCIAL REGARDING WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ROLLING OVER TO AN IRA. What is an IRA rollover? An IRA rollover is the act of funding an IRA with assets moved from an existing tax-qualified retirement account, a pension plan, a profit sharing plan, 401(k) plan, 403(b) plan or another IRA (with the exception of a Roth IRA, which can only be rolled into another Roth IRA) without penalty or tax withholding, for continued tax-deferred growth potential. Who can open a rollover IRA? You can roll over money from a former employer’s retirement plan (profit sharing, 401(k), 403(b), Roth 401(k) or Roth 403(b), etc.) to an IRA if you experience one of the following triggering events as permitted by the plan: * Change of employer * Termination of an employer’s existing plan * Retirement * Reaching age 59 1/2 * Disability * Divorce * Death You may also roll over or transfer assets from most traditional, Roth, SIMPLE and SEP IRAs into an IRA. The assets in the old plan or account are “rolled over” into an IRA and retain their tax-deferred growth potential.

WHY MOVE FUNDS INTO A ROLLOVER IRA? There are potentially four primary benefits in rolling tax-qualified retirement savings over to an IRA. These include: * Easier management of retirement assets. Consolidating multiple tax-qualified workplace retirement accounts into a single IRA may make it easier for you to manage your retirement assets. Instead of piecing together multiple statements to find your overall investment performance and balance, just one statement does the trick. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that baby boomers born between 1957 and 1964 held an average of 11 jobs from age 18 to age 44, according to the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. That kind of job mobility has the potential to greatly complicate the task of managing your retirement assets. For many, an

IRA rollover makes sense to better track and manage your retirement assets. * Increased investment options. Rolling over to an IRA may offer more investment options than your employer and plan custodian. More options may help you better diversify your investments or better align your accounts with your risk tolerance. Remember, while diversification can help reduce market risk, it does not eliminate it. * Potential tax-deferred compounding. IRA rollovers may offer continued tax-deferred treatment of retirement assets. There are two ways to accomplish an IRA rollover. Request a “direct” IRA rollover from your former employer or an “indirect” rollover. With a “direct” rollover, the funds being rolled over must be paid directly to the receiving organization, not to you. If the assets are paid directly to the new IRA trustee/custodian, this does not create a taxable event, although it will be reported for tax purposes as a distribution and rollover. With an “indirect” rollover the funds are made payable to the account owner, and the employer must withhold 20 percent of the withdrawal, which is sent to the Internal Revenue Service for taxes. You would still have 60 days to deposit the rollover into the IRA, as well as an amount equal to the 20 percent if it’s available from another source in order to maintain continued tax-deferral. In addition, if you are younger than age 59 1/2 when the distribution occurred, a 10 percent penalty may be assessed on any amounts not rolled over within 60 days of the withdrawal. * Simplified calculation of required minimum distributions (RMDs). Required minimum distributions (RMDs) - the minimum amounts that a retirement account owner must withdraw annually starting with the year that he or she reaches age 70 1/2 or, if later, the year in which he or she retires must be calculated for a combination of all your tax-qualified retirement accounts. Consolidating retirement accounts into one rollover IRA simplifies the calculation of a required minimum distribution. (Required minimum distributions cannot be included in a rollover IRA.) Additional factors to consider before rolling your retirement assets over to an IRA include the fees and expenses charged by your employer plan versus those charged by the IRA, as well as the impacts of combining pretax and after-tax assets, the 5-year waiting period for Roth assets, net unrealized appreciation, and early retirement. Consult a tax advisor before making the decision to do a rollover. Additional regulations apply to IRA rollovers, but knowing a few of the basic principles can be helpful. Rolling over to an IRA may be what is needed to help you more effectively monitor and manage your retirement assets - and dreams. You can find more information at

L Lifestyle 55


L Lifestyle

L Lifestyle 57


L Lifestyle




OUR MISSION: To instill respect, kindness, and compassion forr animals as community values. OUR PURPOSE: To prevent cruelty to animals, to promote animal welfare, to educate the public about the humane care and treatment off animals, to increase public awareness off the companion animal overpopulation issue and to provide solutions, and to provide high quality shelter, medical, and adoption services forr animals when necessary. Address: 1911 East Main Street, Urbana, IL, 61802 (Map) Phone: 217-344-7297 * GIVE TIME; Participate is ourr exciting events like the Mutt Strut! * GIVE THINGS; Wish List Donate items from ourr wish list. Many off the supplies we need can be purchased locally orr ordered on line. Donations off goods are tax deductible. Wish list is online at http:// * GIVE SUPPORT; Automatic Monthly Giving We can process an automatic monthly donation off any amount, via credit card orr bank transfer. To set up an automatic monthly donation, contact Megan Wolf, Development Director, at orr (217) 344-7297 344-7297

Ourr mission is simple — to share the love off God by helping those in need. Through ourr food pantry and clothing closet, we meet the immediate physical needs off families with limited financial resources. But ourr work doesn’t end there. From financial counseling and education that teaches important budgeting concepts to voluntary worship services that feed the needs off the soul, we offerr the salt and light that gives ourr community help and hope. Salt & Light 1512 W. Anthony Dr. Champaign, IL 61826 * GIVE TIME; Trust us. Iff you’ve got a skill, we can put it to use. Whetherr you’re interested in helping with a single event orr serving yourr community on a regular basis, give us a call. And we’ll find the right place forr you. * GIVE THINGS; We know the face off desperation, because we see it every day on the faces off those in need. But thanks to yourr generosity, we also see the light off hope — in a full bag off groceries, in a nice shirt forr the first day off class or a smile that stretches from earr to ear. If you’d like to join us in that mission of hope, please considerr yourr gift today. * GIVE SUPPORT: Because every dollar you donate buys $10 off food through the Eastern Illinois Food Bank, financial gifts provide the best way to feed the largest numberr off families in need.

Cunningham Children’s Home is a safe place where children and adolescents with serious emotional and behavioral disabilities can heal, learn, and grow. Founded in 1895, today Cunningham offers residential treatment, specialized fosterr care, independent living programs, and therapeutic special education to children and adolescents ages 5-21. Address: 1301 North Cunningham Avenue Urbana, Illinois 61802 Phone Number: (217) 367-3728 Visit Website: * GIVE TIME; Cunningham Children’s Home is grateful forr ourr many volunteers. From ourr United Methodist Women District Representatives to the many groups who organize special fundraisers, collect Wish List items, orr collect Box Tops, every minute spent volunteering forr Cunningham is a minute that makes a difference in the life off a child. We’d be glad to talk with you about ways you orr yourr group can get involved with a volunteerr service project. * GIVE THINGS; Each year, our young people’s lives are enriched by yourr generosity off donated goods and supplies. If you have any questions orr special ideas for a donation drive orr otherr project, please contact Stephanie Lynge at (217) 3673728 ext. 106 * GIVE SUPPORT; The Guardian Parent Givingg Program Guardian Parents are special friends who commit to regularr and ongoing financial contributions that help create lasting happy memories forr children and youth. There are three ways you can sign up to become a Guardian Parent.

L Lifestyle 59


L Lifestyle

Her-LifeStyle Magazine  

Her-LifeStyle Magazine a full color, high gloss monthly publication that is all about women...their work, families, creativity, styles, heal...