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We, the women of the Today’s Woman staff, promise that this magazine will:

Foster conversations among Treasure Valley women. Celebrate local “she” power. Embrace community. Ignite, empower and liberate women. Delight in “she” things. And yes, even have a rip-roaring good time! Today’s Woman staff, from bottom center, counterclockwise: Vickie Schaffeld Holbrook, editor Angela Sammons, retail advertising manager Trish Usabel Grohs, marketing director Mackenzie Johnson McFadden, designer and contributor Shantel Bugby, ad-visor and contributor Melissa Valencia, sales Shelley Thayer, customer service manager and contributor Betty Schober, sales and contributor Not pictured: Christi Atkinson, sales Jenessa Farnsworth, designer Rachel Gall, designer

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Don’t wear your mama’s boots and belt to the rodeo. The Fashion Corral at Farm & City in Nampa will deck you out in sparkle heaven from the tip of your toes to the top of your head. The Lucchese (tall) and Roper (short) boots are fashioned from ostrich leather and must have been made to go with the BB Simon Belt because they complement each other perfectly.

You can never get enough chocolate. But this Spicy Chocolate Martini has a special kick! Brick 29’s Mike whipped up this special cocktail for Today’s Woman. Combine 1/2 oz. Serrano vodka; 2 1/2 oz. Absolut Vanilla vodka; 1 1/2 oz. Godiva Chocolate liqueur; Splash of half and half cream in a shaker with ice. Drizzle chocolate syrup on the inside of the glass. Shake vigorously and pour into a frozen martini glass, rimmed with chocolate shavings. Make the Serrano vodka by combining three Serrano chilies, stemmed, seeded and quartered lengthwise with a fifth of Absolut vodka. Let this stand at room temperature for two to four days, depending on how hot you want the final product. Strain the chilies through a coffee filter, store in original bottle and refrigerate.

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rab your girlfriends and join Treasure Valley women for one of the biggest ladies’ gettogethers of the year: Girls’ Night Out. The summer evening’s event gives women from around the valley an opportunity to support a great cause while enjoying some wine, appetizers, a fashion show and shopping — all under one roof. This is the event’s second year, with proceeds benefiting women in need of services and education for cancer prevention at Nampa’s Mercy Medical Center. This year’s event focuses on preventing all major health issues in women, so cancer survivors are especially encouraged to attend. “Our first year was a sold-out show,” said Trish Usabel Grohs, who is organizing the event along with Mercy’s Alisha Havens. Organizers are hoping for an equally popular event this year. The evening includes time for mingling and sampling appetizers from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wine glasses will be filled with the Snake River Stampede’s “Stampede for a Cure” wine. Enjoy live entertainment on two stages

and a free goody bag, too. A fashion show of all styles will be the main event underneath a large tent, and ladies will find more than 40 shopping booths to browse, including clothing, makeup, jewelry and fashionable frames. There will also be a large silent auction, door prizes from vendors and giveaways throughout the entire event. The night wouldn’t be complete without some entertainment provided by Nampa’s firefighters. And this year, Girls’ Night Out guests can buy a day planner featuring eye-catching portraits of local firemen posing for a good cause. Keep having fun late into the night at an after party. More info on the after party to come at www.idahopress.com.

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tional items for prevention,” Havens said. “There are many health risks that face women today, like heart disease and lung cancer and ovarian cancer, and we’re just wanting to get the materials into their hands. And if they need services and don’t have insurance, or have high deductibles, we would like to help with that.” Mercy Medical Center partners with the Snake River Stampede rodeo’s “Stampede for the Cure” breast cancer screening program to provide Girls’ free mammoNight Out, grams.

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FASHION

Originally patterned after a Japanese woven sandal and made popular by beach-goers in the 1930s, the flip flop thong has since become essential foot gear for just about everyone. And why not? It’s hard to resist its fun, easy-to-wear style.

Get ready for adventure! Enjoy the outdoors with these sport oriented sandals from KEEN. Added bonus, no more stubbed toes! KEEN’s Women’s Bali Priced at $60 www.keenfootware.com

For some people, bling is a must – even when it comes to a flip-flop. Express yourself with customizable Switch Flops and Snap Shoes from Lindsay Phillips. Idaho Bag Lady in Nampa carries a full line of “switchables.”

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These flops are definitely not for the dirt – flashy flops are a must for this summer’s cowgirl! We found this dazzling style at Farm & City’s Fashion Corral in Nampa. Vanglow Jewels’ Gypsy Sole Priced at $140 www.vanglowjewels.com

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Fashion’s florals a

Carmen Marc Valvo Flowers creep into his clothes all the time, but there have been two specific flower-themed runway shows. One came after his treatment for cancer six years ago. He saw the rebirth of his peony trees as a hopeful sign, so he used pinks, chiffon petals and “dewdrops” of crystals. A few years later he blew up Georgia O’Keefe-style flowers as prints.

Tracy Reese Peonies are also a favorite for Reese. Florals are a staple of her own wardrobe, and she likes to mix them with other prints. “I’ll wear florals and plaid, a striped sweater and a floral-print skirt, but sometimes there’s nothing more beautiful than a spring garden dress.”

Shoshanna Lonstein

2010 fashion trends

“You don’t want too much fabric,” she advises. “Try sleeveless or the top part of dress that’s floral with a black skirt or vice versa. If you pull one color out of the print and stick with it for the rest of the outfit, you’ll have a nice balance.”

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Michael Smaldone, creative director at Talbots

Ruffles

“I’m a pink guy, but my favorite flower is an orange poppy,” says Smaldone. “I love how they’re both wild — with ugly leaves and hairy stems — and have a beautiful delicate flower.” But whatever the climate is for style trends, flowers always fit in. “You can do everything with them. They can fit into any trend: ethnic, watercolor, Impressionistic, pop art — you name it.”

Floral prints Pink leads the list of pastels

Coming from a long line of gardeners, Schoenborn tries to keep up the tradition with lilacs and syringas. “Every spring is a floral bonanza for us,” Schoenborn says. “We don’t always do an exact replica of a flower. Right now we have an abstract orchid. There’s a Queen Anne’s lace that we hadn’t done but will have for summer. ... We don’t discriminate against any flowers, but we like ‘pretty’ so no cactuses, but we’ll even do lemon and lime blossoms.”

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AP Fashion Writer

Janie Schoenborn, Lilly Pulitzer design director

sign of the season

Along with crocuses and daffodils comes another surefire sign of spring: florals in fashion. The garden-party look is a seasonal classic, but there’s been some updating this season. Look for artistic — almost abstract — brushstroke technique, or realistic, photo-style prints. Other twists include tulip-style hemlines and fabric petals adorning everything from tank tops to ballgowns. Flowers, say designers, are an endless source of inspiration because of their delicacy, femininity and beauty. And it turns out many fashion insiders are gardeners (or aspiring gardeners), too.

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Fashion

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Alisha Havens

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Carol Andrews

Age: 29 Career: Executive director of the Mercy Medical Center Foundation Life goals: Continue to stay involved with my community, continue to challenge myself professionally, reach my goals in my personal life, and share in all that life has to offer with my family. Motto: Five years ago, my 2-year-old nephew, Noah, passed away, and from that I realized how short life can be. My personal philosophy: Life is not about sitting back and watching it pass by. Life is about accomplishing, reaching your goals, and, while doing so, giving all you have to give. I feel it’s important to get involved with your community and give to those in need, whether it be time, leadership, or through donation. For fun: Grabbing a cup of coffee (Perkup! Coffee Co.) on a nice day, enjoying a farmers’ market, and walking my dog Syd, makes for my ideal day. Guilty pleasure: Bath time after a stressful day Hidden talent: Dance instructor Type A or type B? Most definitely Type A

Age: 49 Career: Art coordinator/instructor Visual and Performing Arts Family: Three girls, ages 11, 14 and 16 First dollar earned: worked in the fields raising Green Giant corn and worked in town at “The Filling Station” Drive Inn Community involvement: Heavily involved, community volunteer. Life goals: To help others and to raise three girls who care about others, give back to their community and who feel good about themselves and who are happy with who they are. To help keep the arts as a vital part of kids’ education! Lessons learned: To be the heroine of your life — not the victim. Guilty pleasure: Mexican food, buying books Pet peeve: Lack of gratitude and rudeness Hidden talent: Writing and speaking publicly Bad habit: Interrupting. After suffering memory loss, I tend to interrupt people because I am always afraid of forgetting my point. Dream vacation: outside U.S. — Ireland; inside — San Francisco Early bird or night owl? Definitely night owl!

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Age: 50 Career: Advocate (director of Valley Crisis Center) Family: Partner, daughter, granddaughter Community involvement: Board Member of Idaho Women’s Network and Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence First dollar earned: Packing groceries in local supermarket Motto: Enjoy life and laugh everyday Life goals: To see a world without violence Guilty pleasure: Playing on the computer Bad habit: I bite my nails For fun: I love going to Jackpot and Reno. Dream vacation: Puerto Rico What product can you not live without? Diet Pepsi Early bird or night owl? Night owl. I get my second wind around 10 p.m. and start doing things around the house. Movies or books? I love murder mystery, and I love vampire movies.

Age: 56 Career: Business development representative for Pioneer Title Co. Family: Howard Andrews, husband of 37 years; Mallisa and Collin Sower – Brynna and Austin; Angela and Jesse Shuster – Morgan, Maddie, Maycee and Miyah; Daniel and Michelle Andrews – Campbell and Carson; Wayne and Martha Meeks – parents extraordinaire Motto: “You are who you roll with.” Life goals: To be the best that I can be at whatever I am doing until the end. Lessons learned: The sun will come out tomorrow … or the next day. Guilty pleasure: Chocolate Pet peeve: Selfish people For fun: Weekends with a good book at the cabin Hidden talent: Cannot afford to hide any talents Favorite place to shop: Macy’s What product can you not live without? AGT Lemongrass Salt Scrub Early bird or night owl? Early bird

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COVER STORY

Jennifer Deroin By Sharon Strauss Photos by Greg Kreller/IPT

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Giving in unexpected ways ife, mother, banker, friend, volunteer, baker, gardener and crafter. Jennifer Deroin — probably the most personable powerhouse you’ll ever meet — has had 37 years to figure out life and what works for her. The Payette native resides in Meridian — remarried and raising a blended family of five — but calls Nampa home. “I think your community is where you work,” said Deroin, who started out as a bank teller and now is vice president of Business and Professional Banking

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for Intermountain Community Bank’s Southwest Idaho Region based in Nampa, working with small business customers. One visit to a Nampa Chamber of Commerce luncheon and Deroin saw the need to be more active in the community. “I realized ‘I don’t know anyone in this room.’ Here in Canyon County, nobody knew Intermountain Community Bank. I wanted to make connections, friends, to get the word of the bank out.”


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rofessional networking turned into community service. A tour of the Canyon County Juvenile Detention Center changed how Deroin volunteered her time. Her heart was hooked after just one look at a baby-faced juvenile in custody. “It was overwhelming. My heart goes out to kids at risk.” She picked three main causes: the Mentoring Network, Rotary Club and the Idaho Meth Project, where she served as a volunteer coordinator and had her heart broken by the realization of just how many children’s lives methamphetamine touches. “You think it doesn’t affect that many people,” she said. “It does scare you a lot.” Deroin also volunteers at Syringa House, Hope’s Door and the Nampa Chamber Auction. She operates from the philosophy that you give to receive — you share your wealth of knowledge and it will come back in ways that you would never predict. “Trying to help people in unexpected ways beyond banking ... that’s what’s important to me,” Deroin said.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

I really like the $1 cheeseburgers at McDonald’s. Sometimes I drive-thru and get a Happy Meal. And sometimes I confess to reading the Twilight books.

What’s important to you?

Date night with my hubby. I feel “lucky in love” and cherish the partnership I have with my spouse. It’s important to reserve time to be together regularly, away from the stress of everyday life. Sometimes just taking a hike on a Sunday morning is what we can manage, but it gives us the recharge we need for the next week for our relationship. We try to take a trip once a year so we can have a couples adventure and reconnect. Keeping my plate manageable. I believe that your children need you physically when they’re little, but more emotionally and mentally when they’re older. My job affords me the flexibility to leave during the day if I need to take care of something and then I can plug in later at night to get caught up. It’s important that I’m available to them, especially during their middle and high school years when life’s really great some days and really horrible other days. This is something I have to continually work on, making sure I arrange to take time off when they’re away from school, and having the occasional date night (or coffee meeting) one-onone with them. (It’s amazing what they will talk about over coffee). Giving is important to me. I try to pick two or three organizations that I commit to on a yearly basis, both as a volunteer and/or financially. Others that I appreciate and want to be involved with, I’ll serve on a committee to help during an event, or give a gift to during their fundraising time. Idaho Press-Tribune • SUNDAY, MAY 9, 2010 | Today’s Woman

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Giving 100 percent at my job. I’m an all or none person (with the exception of above in regards to giving). At my work, I want to be the best at what I do and strive to continually improve what I do through evaluation of processes, to personal development — primarily through reading.

Who would you love to meet?

That’s a tough one... • Warren Buffett, to mentor me in regards to investing • My husband’s father, who passed before we met • Elizabeth Gilbert, author. I love her writing style. She makes me laugh out loud, and I’m sure she’s a very intriguing in person.

Favorite Web sites bhg.com foodnetwork.com maryjanesfarm.org

Products I’ll always buy Downy fabric softener Canned pasta sauce Old-fashioned oatmeal Garlic BareMinerals makeup

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Places I love to shop

Consignment shops for identifying potential treasures Edwards Nursery Williams Sonoma Idaho Bag Lady Lowe’s

Biggest regret

Not finishing college. “Going back is not on my radar right now as I’m in the midst of teenage/kid/ schedule stuff. I am taking a writing class this summer, but not yet formally seeking a degree.”

‘Me’ time

In January, Deroin started up a locavore supper club for people committed to eating foods grown locally. Once a month, about eight couples meet up and bring good-for-you food that is locally-produced. “That has been so much fun,” Deroin said. “That has been the thing I’m doing for me.”

Thank goodness for.... Automatic bill pay The internet Make-up and hairspray

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Favorite quick dinner menu Pork Chops with Apples, Couscous with veggies Biscuits

Recipe

Pork Chops with Apples Season pork chops heavily with thyme, salt, and pepper and sauté in olive oil until cooked. Remove from pan and cover to keep warm. To drippings add: 2 Tbsp butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar, lemon juice and zest, cinnamon and salt, and one (or two) peeled and diced Granny Smith apples. Stir until apples are tender. Serve pork chops with apple “sauce” on top.


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Take care of yourself Debbie Holm • For Today’s Woman

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wo women lie awake, pondering weight gain, insomnia, and stressful lives: Mary, 62, recently moved her ailing mother into her home, and Tracy, 35, with three kids and a part-time job, practically lives in her car going to soccer practices, piano lessons, and parent-teacher meetings. Both eat fast food and convenience food often, and neither can remember the last time she had a bubble bath or read a book. If their stories sound familiar, it’s because modern women are good at taking care of business — including other people—but poor at prioritizing their own needs. “We misunderstand the difference between self-care and selfishness,” Caldwell counselor Carol Collins says. “Women are trained not to be selfish. But taking care of oneself is vital — because it gives a woman the inner

strength to care for those she loves.” Cameron Preece, a family counselor with Sage Health Care in Boise, adds one more suggestion — that women add a spiritual, “let go and let God” element to their lives, which enables them to let go of perfectionism and accept their own best efforts.

Counselor Carol Collins offers these tips:

Exercises Make time for exercise you enjoy — you’re more likely to stick with it and your brain will release more moodenhancing endorphins. Keep it simple: walk, play basketball with your kids, play tennis, or go swimming. Indulge Surround yourself with things that make you feel good. (For Collins, it’s lace curtains!) Occasionally, indulge in harmless but enjoyable treats like a bubble bath or movie.

Avoid guilt Watch out for guilt. Figure out what people actually need versus what you think they need. With an elderly person, what they actually need may be beyond your ability to provide. Parents think kids need many activities, but families don’t need to be gone five nights a week—children and parents need quiet time, both alone and with family.

Tune in Be aware of clues from body or mind that say something is out of sync.

Diet Diets don’t work. If you need to change, shift to food choices you can sustain because you’ve decided you want those benefits. Train yourself to cut out fats and sweets and to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Knowledge Education—learn something new daily, whether through reading, community classes or college courses. Stay curious and keep your mind sharp.

Sleep For sleep trouble, spend time in the evening prioritizing the next day—don’t take worries to bed. Have a peaceful atmosphere during the last hour before bed.

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EMPOWERING HER

Need to reinvent yourself?

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ecessity is the mother of invention and, out of driving components like the current economic changes, we have had to creatively repurpose aspects of ourselves, sometimes over-hauling our entire existence. The fact remains that women have been masters at re-establishing themselves almost since the start of time. We reprogram our entire infrastructure when a child is born, a career is launched, or a relationship is started or ended. The skill sets required for each relaunch seem to come naturally to most of us. However, more and more of us are seeking new phases, new life purposes and fresh starts far before our current situation changes. So, if you’re feeling restless, itching to change course, you can purposefully begin the process of creating the new you! I’ve developed a five-step relaunch program that helps begin a new journey, change direction or completely alter a life path. 1. See the end result: Create a visual of the self you want to become. When I switched gears from full-time fitness expert to writer and teacher, I needed to see myself out of spandex and into a suit, out of the gym and in front of an audience. Capture a snapshot of the new you. 2. Discard the old: Many often feel the need to keep a safety net (and, mind you, there is nothing wrong with “plan B”), but keep in mind that hanging onto pieces of your soonto-be old identity may hold you back. You may stay stuck in a transitional version of the old/almost new you. DeterCelebrating Women & Girls Since 1993

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esearch says children who hear foul language are pretty likely to use it by the time they are 6 years old. Knowing that won’t lessen the blow when you hear it from your own child, but before you reach for a bar of soap, consider this: Your reaction is key to whether a child will continue to incorporate foul language into his or her vocabulary. “We tell parents, ‘It’s all about you,’” said Peggy Tietsort, coordinator for Becoming a Love and Logic Parent classes for the Nampa School District. “If we respond with anger, the child will focus on the anger and not on his or her bad decision. If we respond with love, empathy and consequences, we leave the door open for communicating with our kids.” Tietsort remembers as a child repeating a word she had heard at school and how her mother was shocked. But even more memorable was the ensuing positive conversation and interaction with her mother. “Modeling is more than what you say and do, it’s what you allow, how you react and how you communicate that to your child,” Tietsort said. “You can’t always control what they hear but you can model for them what you find acceptable.” Assistant psychology professor Elizabeth M. Morgan, director of Family Studies at Boise State University, and psychology professor Linda Anooshian, who teaches child development courses, offer these additional tips for dealing with foul language:

%#*@ Don’t become alarmed. Being alarmed doesn’t

give you the best approach for handling any behavioral issue. Overreacting inadvertently gives a child a lot of adult attention and children are notorious for seeking attention. Avoid an intense reaction like getting angry or laughing and, if you are going to punish, do it quickly and with little emotion.

#&@! A child younger than 3 has no idea what the word

means and, like with other words he/she is learning, is just repeating something. Since a child at this age can’t understand most disciplinary efforts, eliminate the words from the child’s environment.

*%@# As the child gets older, explanations work better so consistently let a child know that bad language is not acceptable in your family and can hurt people. Still, avoid intense reactions (this can reinforce the behavior). Because as kids get older they start

replacing physical acting out with more verbal acting out, provide children with alternative verbal expressions that are acceptable to you.

%#*@ Don’t underestimate the influence TV, music

and popular culture have on your child’s behavior. Watch TV with your child and, if you hear foul or disrespectful language, use it as a teaching moment. Point out why it’s not appropriate and why it isn’t used in your family.

#!@! If swearing becomes an ongoing problem, reward your child for NOT swearing with something they will respond to, like a later bedtime, an extra 15 minutes of TV or computer time or a new toy for each day/week they go without swearing. Rewards usually work better than taking something away, although that can be effective when it is known ahead of time and applied consistently.

%*@# Teens are a bit different. They are asserting

independence and pulling away from parents and, just like clothing, music, friends and how they keep their room, teens can see their language as a matter of personal preference. It’s very important to establish effective incentives for avoiding the use of vulgar terms and to reinforce that using that language is not desirable.

@#*! Swearing AT someone (a verbal attack) is MUCH worse than just using a swear word. So different consequences (positive or negative) for these two types of bad language use should be treated differently.

%#!@ Model good behavior. You’re going to have much

more credibility with your child if you don’t use bad language. It’s important to discuss why you don’t, and if the reasons are relevant for you, they’re going to be more relevant for your child.

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Things to do

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Money matters

Plan ahead for college: Become a life-saver!

Jennifer Deroin

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n a world where we wear mommy hats, spousal hats, work hats, volunteer hats, friend hats, family hats and more, any convenience that saves us time and money and eliminates the work keeps us focused on the prize. You can save for your children’s collegiate future if you become a life-saver with these five simple steps! 5. When budgeting for any savings/retirement option, you must first know what your monthly expenses are. That includes monthly dance tuition, the dry cleaning bill, the check you write for school lunches.  These are the expenses that derail the best of intentions when it comes to saving for yourself for short-term expenses, retirement and college savings.  The first step in the process must be an inventory of monthly expenses and a decision on how much you want to commit to the different saving “buckets” in your life.  4. Now that you know “how much,” you need determine “into what.”  There are several options for college savings.  The following includes information for each investment type: ● Taxable Account: Offers no tax benefit, pays interest, typically includes money market accounts, certificate of deposit, or securities investments.  Money can be used without restriction for any expense. Coverdell ESA or Higher Education IRA: Non-

deductible contributions — up to $2,000 per year — and earnings are tax-free when used for education expenses. ● PrePaid Tuition: Payments made for qualifying college (public in-state college) at today’s rate for future use — you lock in tuition at a specific institution in advance and buy “units.” Payments may be used for tuition and fees.   Contributions or “payments” may be tax deductible and made by other parties, such as grandparents (who may be looking for, opportunities to “gift” dollars with a tax benefit. ● 529 College Plan: Multiple parties can make state-tax deductible contributions into the account and the funds typically are invested into securities.  To learn more about the Idaho Plan (IDeal), offering a state tax benefit, in addition to the federal benefit, see: idsaves.s.upromise.com.   Earnings are withdrawn tax-free when used for higher education expenses, including tuition, fees, books, computers and room and board.  There are higher contribution limits of $4,000 for a single parent or $8,000 for a couple filing jointly, and there are no income restrictions.  There is an administrative fee for the account. 3. Now you’ve decided how much and to what type of account. Take the time and get it done!  We all have good intentions but life takes over.  Simply make a date for yourself to go online, stop at your bank,

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Beauty

Eyeliner for life — tips and tricks How it works

BEFORE

n Sign paperwork stating that you understand there could be adverse reactions and that you’ve disclosed any allergies. n Lidocaine was applied to my eyes for 20 minutes. n My eyes remained closed from the second the Lidocaine was applied until the process was completed. n The tattooing (needle going into skin) itself was not painful but the pressure on the eyeball was uncomfortable.

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n The best results come after one to three follow– ups (four–week intervals). n Touch ups should be done in a few years. n Cost for a three-treatment process is $300. n Plan about 60 minutes for the first visit.


Shelley Thayer • For Today’s Woman

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ince I was a young girl, I remember having facial hair, but it didn’t really bother me. It was soft and light in color. Then course black hairs sprouted on my chin in my mid 20s. I plucked and plucked and plucked … appalled this was happening to me. I also had my dark upper lip and eyebrows waxed about every six weeks at a cost of $30 or $240 annually. Nobody knew my private battle with my black chin hair. My young children eased me through the thicker 30s — they took the tweezers to my face as I “relaxed” on the floor. By the time I hit 40, I couldn’t hide it anymore, and shaving was not an option. I was in a California mall about 18 months ago and saw ladies undergoing a procedure called “threading.” Apparently it’s much better than waxing. Minutes later they were “threading” my whole face.

Huge mistake! They found hairs I didn’t realize even existed until the technicians got a hold of them. Silently, I screamed in pain and pondered an escape. “Get up and just leave. Only half of my face is done. What will it look like with half of it done and half not done? I’ve already paid for this so I can’t leave … Stay tough! I can do it.” I endured the 30-minute and $40 torture treatment and vowed this would never happen again. Six weeks later the lovely black hairs were back. Now at 45 years old, I settled on laser hair removal. I took advantage of a three-treatment special for $225 at a local reputable dermatology office. The process is fairly simple: about six treatments, more or less depending on each individual. “Stop plucking … for six weeks,” the receptionist advised. I panicked! “If I let this hair grow for six weeks, I’ll have a goatee. How will I go to work? What will my husband think?” I mentally debated, then calmly asked what could be done instead. “You can shave,” the receptionist said. Editor’s note: Today’s Woman extends a special thanks to Shelley Thayer who shares her personal experiences about laser hair removal and eyeliner tattoo procedures so our readers can learn more about these beauty services. Shelley personally paid Dermatology & Laser Center of Canyon County, located in Nampa, for the hair removal treatment. She also purchased a Visual Effects tattoo package at a local fundraiser.

Beauty

Nobody knew my private battle with my black chin hair.

Shave? Me? I have never shaved my face because I was told it would make my “hair” worse. But she assured me that it would be OK but I also needed to avoid the sun six weeks before and six weeks after to avoid serious skin discoloring. The laser treatment for my lip and chin area only takes a few minutes. There’s some discomfort — easily tolerated — and each treatment was easier. I am very pleased with the results. I no longer scour my face every day for 10 to 15 minutes looking for the dreaded black hairs. Would I do this again? Are you planning Absolutely. some special beauty I would not procedure? Call us wait as long and maybe we can to get it follow you and share done. your story.

Some hairy old wives’ tales n Shaving causes hair to come in thicker. n If you pull a gray hair out, two grow back.

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Beauty for Less

Sephora offers sweets A little over a year ago, a dear friend introduced me to a magical place called Sephora, which has stores in Nampa and Boise. If you love, or even like makeup or perfume, go to Sephora (at Towne Square Mall in Boise or at J.C. Penney’s in Nampa) immediately. It is all high-end products, so it’s spendy, but there are some good deals … even if you’re on a budget. And the best part? Everything has testers. Everything! I recommend them to all my female friends and family members, and I’ve received an outpouring of oohs, ahhs and thank yous in return. — Idaho Press-Tribune Content Editor Kendel Murrant Eyeshadow Primer Potion by Urban Decay, $18 at Sephora, comes in Original (matte nude) and Sin (shimmer champagne) The best part is that it makes $2 eyeshadows like the professional spendy stuff. Brow gel by Anastasia, $21, and comes in clear, blonde and brunette shades. Shapes and holds brow in place, budge-free.

Try it on. The seasonal palette for the Sephora by OPI collection includes dark moss and forest green, with the additions of orange and turquoise for summer. Many polishes are metallic or contain glitter, pearl or high shimmer to keep them modern and more dimensional than the oldschool frosts.

Fingering a polish? “The day of the nude or pink nail is over and we’re seeing a new revolution in color.” — Nancy Rappaport, director of product development for Sephora Collection.

If head-turning colors aren’t your thing, try your hand in one of the new neutrals: beiges, grays and taupes aren’t boring, and they’re part of a trend that will last well into fall. Try on the polish at this website www.opi.com

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Erase Paste by Benefit, $26 at Sephora, comes in fair, medium and deep shades. A very tiny spot of Erase Paste evens out discoloration and brightens your eye area. It cures mascara smudges, “tired” eyes and sun spots — and doesn’t cake or create makeup wrinkles!

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“Spring starts with lots of bright shades. It’s not only pinks, it’s bright shades from green to blue, purple and orange.” — Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI’s artistic director.


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Witch Hazel is an all-natural facial toner. It’s very inexpensive and doesn’t leave your face dry or oily. — Today’s Cover Woman Jennifer Deroin

Shadow Insurance by Two Faced. Find it at Sephora for $17. You put it on like a foundation, then layer your eye shadow on top of it. Your eye shadow literally lasts until you take it off yourself. It’s the BEST! — Misti Tracy Millward

Almond oil and sugar scrub for the face. It is amazing … I get my almond oil from Fred Meyer (health section) and just sugar. I just mix until I have a nice mix. I put it on in the shower. It makes my skin feel so soft. I love it. — Carol Schultz-Knox

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Sarah Bragg never knew what it was like to be thin. The Idaho State University grad student will be a full-fledged speech pathologist this fall. She’s always been heavy but she decided it was time to make some changes for the better. The 24-year-old didn’t choose a trendy diet. Instead, she made lifestyle changes. She refused to be a slave to the scales, but celebrates her new dress size. “I went from a size 22 and now I am currently a size 9/10, almost an 8!” What prompted you to go on a diet? When I first made the decision to lose weight, I wanted to approach it as more of a long-term lifestyle change vs. a diet or a get-thin-quick approach.  I began my “final” journey to get healthy about 20 months ago (fall 2008) and still consider myself on the way to a healthier life. I got to the point where I wanted to be a healthy, curvy, vivacious woman who could live an active lifestyle to keep up with the day-to-day activities and future job as a speech pathologist. I wanted to go on a run or a hike, take my dog for a two- to three- mile walk, and do everything that comes along with being active and healthy.    How long have you struggled with your weight? Growing up, I may have considered myself as a “big-

The new Sarah Bragg

k Plays in a softball league k Owns a two-piece bathing suit with a halter top k Is going to Las Vegas k “Bought my first Victoria’s Secret bra!” k Has inspired others to lose weight the healthy way k Enjoys more dating options k Still enjoys her daily double-white chocolate mocha

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ger” child, but I never had a complex about my weight and always wanted to think of myself as an individual first. From the age of 18 to about 22 or 23 years of age, I became of aware of how big I really was … There were some intimate and personal struggles that I went through that helped initiate my weight loss, but ultimately, it was me who decided!  How did you actually get started? Once I made the commitment, I never looked back!  I still obtain and utilize my gym membership and am eating what I consider “healthier than ever before.” It’s like I discovered food — good, wholesome food.  I changed the way I thought, looked at, and consumed food.  I highly recommend that you don’t give up anything that you like, just do it in moderation.  To be honest, I don’t buy sweets, because I know I will eat them. However, I partake in dessert when I have the opportunity!  These suggestions will change or vary from person-to-person as they become more comfortable with their weight loss successes or as their body begins to “shape.”  Give us an idea of what you eat during the day? I eat breakfast every morning. It’s usually cereal with flax and/or bran to facilitate regularity and satisfy me, until I can snack on a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts.  For lunch, I try to eat a turkey sandwich with whole wheat bread, light mayo and veggies along with more fruit, fresh veggies, and maybe some pretzels or crackers.   For dinner, I enjoy baked chicken with brown rice and either steamed veggies or a salad. I still enjoy my daily double-white chocolate mocha.

1436 S. Edgewater Circle Suite B, Nampa 208.467.1015 We started at Studio D where Danae Valle and Ann applied a rich glaze to perk up Sarah’s dark brown hair. Danae didn’t make any dramatic changes to the cut because Sarah already sports a pretty trendy look. Her feathered bangs and chiseled eyebrows provide the perfect frame for her new slimmer face. The hour-long makeover wrapped up with heaps of curl, a pretty up-do and some smokin’ hot makeup.

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s e z i s s s e r d x i s Sarah’s tips for success c Commit to a plan and follow through c Challenge yourself c Move! Walk to the store, walk your dog, walk with a friend, play a physical game.  Make it fuctional!  It is much more enjoyable.  c Be firm with yourself c Don’t eat after a certain time of day c Allow some flexibility if you are on vacation or at a friend’s house. Go ahead and participate, but be aware. c Avoid fast food c I prefer to make every meal, including lunches and dinner c Order a salad instead of fries to go with your hamburger c Moderation: Don’t give up everything you like

What did you do for exercise? Some people really enjoy the gym and hard-core workouts. I personally do not. That’s why MODERATION has been so successful for me and can be successful for many. However, you have to commit and challenge yourself.  Initially, I had a trainer at the gym show me (just once) how to do a weight training routine. She was going to weigh me and take my measurements every three months to begin with.  That didn’t last long, because it is not about a number for me. It became more about endurance, shape, nutrition and feedback from others when change occurred. I figured, muscle burns fat and that is why I concentrated on weight training while in the gym.  This did not deter me from doing cardio outside of the gym. n Send your Diet Success stories to todayswoman@idahopress. com along with before and after photos and how you did it. We’ll share them on the Web and choose one special woman to feature in the August magazine along with a makeover! 115 13th Ave. S., Nampa A new slimmer body means new clothes, too! Brass Razoo offers a wide selection of one-of-a-kind styles for the younger women of today. After trying on more than a dozen dresses, tops and pants, Sarah finally zeroed in on a sexy pair of jeans and a cute body-hugging top to show off her new curves.

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hese exercises target the bottom of the underarm that women so desperately want to look great — especially going into the hot summer months. Treasure Valley Family YMCA Membership Director Claudia Del Real demonstrates these exercises.

1. Bench Dips Position your hands shoulder width apart on a secured bench. Move your feet out as far out in front of you as possible. Straighten out your arms and keep a little bend in your elbows in order to always keep tension on your triceps and off your elbow joints. Slowly lower your upper body down towards the floor and keep your elbows tucked into your sides. Once you reach the bottom of the movement, slowly press off with your hands and push yourself back up to the starting position with your triceps.

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A splash of color Mother’s Day means time to plant the petunias. When my sons were young, I got 100 or so petunia plants and planted a flower bed on the deck for stunning color. I still plant them because they are forgiving, hardy, vibrant and reliable. They bloom all summer — and no deadheading — cutting off the old blooms. If you want instant color, annuals are your best bet. The “Wave” brands make petunias even more popular because they drip with blossoms and color. Don’t scatter a plant here and there. You lose the effectiveness of the color punch. For the best “wow” petunia plantings: Plant bunches for concentrated color. Draw a wavy line with a garden hose and create three or five rows of petunias. Create dimension with hanging baskets. Raise large flower pots so the “Waves” cascade color. Mother Nature wasn’t perfect, so don’t try to outdo her. Symmetrical plantings are boring.

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Women crave certain things in life, chocolate, bubble baths, pedicures, even the scent of a new baby, but more than anything else, they crave the companionship of other women. You can love and adore the man in your life, but there is no replacement for a girlfriend. As women, we seem genetically designed to crave the comfort and approval of other women. When we are young, we agonize over men with each other (oh wait, we do that always, not just when we are young!) Through men and kids and jobs, bad hair days and diets, you laugh together, cry together and celebrate the passing of life together. Throughout this, your circle of friends may ebb and flow. When you get married, your single friends may fall to the wayside. When you have kids, your childless friends will seek out friends who have more freedom. Life’s situations make you drawn to those going through the same stages, kids in grade school, high school, empty nesters, retirees. But through all of this, there are certain friends that will always be there, no matter the situation. One of the biggest blessings in my life is my best friend. She has been my closest friend all my life. Why? Not just because she is my sister, but because she is simply my friend. We lost our mother as young women, and when we each gave birth to our children, the only people in the room were our husbands and each other. We have only grown closer over the years, and there are times my heart aches for my daughter, my only girl, as she will never know the meaning of a sister friendship, the most important relationship in my life beyond my husband. I also have a friend who lives several hundred miles away. 9 places I know I’m going to save money: ebay.com amazon.com citysmart.com local.com thrift.it bigdeal.com freecycle.org frugalfun.com bidz.com 7 Places to buy bling: jewelryfresh.com shopthelook.net icedoutgear.com letsbuybling.com ice.com icejewelry.com fashionruby.com 5 Fun places to spend my “free ‘earned’ money:” 6pm.com freshtrend.com etsy.com half.ebay.com hautelook.com

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A few years ago she was ill, and under so much stress I couldn’t take it. I jumped in the car and drove 14 hours straight to be able to help her out. Why? Because she is my friend, and I know she would do the same for me. In my 20s, I was close with another friend who I have only seen a handful of times since then. But I know she would always be there if I needed her. Why? Because she is my friend. No matter the time, no matter the distance, these women will be my friends. The term friend has been so watered down with the new technology of social sites (like Facebook) that I sometimes wonder if we still have a grasp on what a true friend is. A true friend doesn’t have to talk to you every day, or even every month. In fact, I always say I can’t do “high maintenance” friends. I am too busy in my life to talk to someone every day, remember every activity of their life, or plan my calendar around them. I know in my heart the “true” friends I have, and they know me. They would never expect me to be any different than I am, and when life is crazy, they understand. They are not going to complain about how long it has been since I have seen them, or think because I am not in touch … I no longer care. We are friends, and they know it in the same way I know it. Yes, as women we need these female relationships. They feed our souls in a way that men will never understand, and no matter our age or circumstances, sometimes we just need a little “girl time.” So remember, we may love the men in our lives, but we most certainly need the women.


Creative ways to organize your ribbon All tangled up in ribbon? Can’t find what you need when you need it? Tame that unruly ribbon on a rod suspended over a couple of shelf braces or long knotted ribbon. Grab a hanger ,or better yet, sneak one of the slacks hangers from your man’s closet and

Bright ideas

From grrrrrr to great! turn it into a ribbon center in just minutes. Rotate your colors for different seasons. If you have lots of small rolls, turn a drawer into a perfect hiding spot by nesting dowels into pieces of grooved wooden side pieces.

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Shrimp Stir-fry

Lime Sauce

This is so easy and so versatile! Heat minced garlic in olive oil in a fry pan. Add shrimp and fresh veggies to your liking. We used broccoli and cherry tomatoes, but asparagus, fresh peppers and green beans work, too. Some folks use balsamic vinegar to add additional flavoring!

Combine in small bowl: 1 c. sour cream, 1 lime zested and juiced, 1 finely diced shallot, 2 T. chopped parsley, garlic, 1 T. sugar, season with sea salt and pepper. Serve chilled.

Shrimp Cocktail

Toss in blender: 1/2 c. apricot jam, 1 T. grated ginger, 1 T Dijon mustard, 1 minced jalapeno pepper (toss the seeds), 2 T. white wine vinegar or lime juice.

Drape tiger shrimp around a martini glass filled with zesty cocktail sauce. Put a bit of finely chopped lettuce at the bottom first. For an extra special treat, bath the shrimp in a shot of vodka and serve with a spoon and fork. We first tasted this decedent appetizer at Darby’s in downtown Nampa.

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Avocado Cream

2 medium avocados, 3 T. Miracle Light, 5 T. crème fraiche (saltier) or sour cream, 4 T. fresh lime juice, salt and pepper.

Coconut Shrimp Lollipops

You need 12 tiger/jumbo shrimp, 12 skewers, 2 c. sweetened flaked coconut, about 7 c. vegetable oil. Beat until smooth in a mixing bowl: 1 egg, 1 c. flour, ½ c. beer, ¾ t. baking soda, ½ t. salt, 1 t. cayenne pepper. Use more flour or beer to reach pancake-like batter. Wrap tiger shrimp like a pinwheel — tail end on the outside and secure with a watersoaked wooden skewer. Heat vegetable oil to 350 degrees. Pat shrimp dry, dunk shrimp in batter and cover with coconut. Cook until the coconut is light brown. Drain on paper towel. Display the lollipops as a flower bouquet.

Grilled on a Stick

Pick your favorite marinade, but go fancy. Add colorful peppers, juicy fruit or precooked hunks of steak for a bit of Surf & Turf.

Tequila Marinated Shrimp

Marinate overnight 16 medium cooked shrimp (with tails left on) in 1/4 c. tequila, 2 T. chopped cilantro, 1 t. red pepper flakes, 3 T. fresh lime juice, salt and pepper, 2 T. minced garlic Serve with the Avocado Cream.

Shrimp Salad

Dress up any salad with shrimp and lemon.

Shoot ‘em up

Combine your favorite salsas, Pico de Gallo, chopped peppers, avocado cream or guacamole and shrimp for easy-to-prepare-ahead shooters. They are fun and easy to serve and your guests will think you’ve slaved all day.

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Chocovine

Today’s Woman tasters give Chocovine a thumbs up. For $9.99 at World Market, this French Cabernet Sauvignon is subtly blended with a rick dark chocolate from Holland to create a decadent, silky smooth sipper.

Neti Pot

Ode to the Neti Pot Neti Pot, O Neti Pot, How I love what you have wrought, Nose was stuffed up, now it’s not! How I love my Neti Pot! – IK the Troll

Most who buy the Neti Pot ($14.95) and use it once or twice daily sing the praises of the pot. Television’s popular doctors, including Dr. Oz and the finest on The Doctors, recommend the little gravy boat-like pot. Just mix up a heaping teaspoon of noniodized salt and 8 ounces of lukewarm water and flush your nasal passages, pushing the daily grind and pollen out of your sinuses. This process is gentle and soothing. The practice of nasal irrigation originated in India.

Herb garden

It’s not too late to plant an herb garden. Betty Schober collects old pots to display her favorite herbs. Just be sure to drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage. Although there are more than 50 different herbs, they aren’t all easy to find. The most common are also the essentials for your growing spice garden. 1. Basil 2. Chives 3. Thyme 4. Sage 5. Oregano 6. Rosemary 7. Mint 8. Cilantro If you are after great aroma be sure to buy different varieties of basil. Lemon and pineapple sage are must plants, too. Just walk by and smash a leaf between your fingers for a pleasant experience. If you want more of a salsa garden, be sure to add onions, tomatoes and peppers to your garden.

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Pockarooz

Sisters Vicki Weatherill and Jennifer Spano give you a reason to ditch your purse for the night. They designed pockets and pouches so you can stash your business cards, credit cards or cash in a discreet, yet safe manner. The leather pouch/magnet Pockarooz ($19.99) can be worn on the outside to blend in with your outfit or you can keep your credit card and cash on the inside of your clothing with the Stasharooz ($12.99). The Boise women sell their invention on the Web at http://www.pockarooz.com and local tradeshows.


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