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ith this issue, we at InFluential Magazine

So, this issue is dedicated to family and motherhood.

decided to focus on what truly makes our

Whether you are a mother who carried her children, a

world go ‘round - The heart of the family.

mother who adopted her children, a mother who married

Mother. Father. Child.

Family is the basis

into her children, a mother who took in her children, a

of all that we are. It all starts with us being

father who is both mother and father, a sibling, a friend,

citizens of our planet. We are all children of Mother Earth,

a cousin, an anyone who is holding a family together, this

one big family of human beings. And on Earth we are

issue is for you. We aim to keep you well. We aim to keep

part of our surroundings. Mother Nature plays a large

you content. We aim to keep your family at the heart of

role in what we do, what we say, what we see, and who

your world.

we are. Mother Nature makes us one with the oceans and

the trees and all creatures great and small.

From our InFluential family to your influential family, we

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bring you The Heart of the Family. We hope you enjoy. In this issue, though, we are focusing on growing, raising and being part of our own families. We start with Mother.

Thank you for reading,

The woman who is often the backbone of the family. The preparer of meals, the washer of clothes, and the kisser of

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boo boos.

Editor-in-Chief

Beginning motherhood can bring things we

don’t expect. In this issue we explore healthy pregnancy. We dive in to let you know some information you may not know. We grow that motherhood into ways to help keep baby healthy and happy. Also, we have a little advice for when baby isn’t so baby anymore.

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

LAUREN GLEISBERG

Health & Fitness Blogger

Lauren is a health and fitness blogger at www.fitnessbarbielaurengleisberg.com. Lauren holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology which she uses in her discussions of human physiology and the importance of healthy eating and regular exercise. Lauren’s passion involves using health and fitness to live a life of happiness and confidence; her blog is a place where health and wellness enthusiasts can connect. Lauren enjoys traveling, time with family and friends, and will be entering dental school this year to pursue a career as a dentist where she plans to create healthy smiles.

S TA C E Y H A R R E L L

Photographer | www.staceyharrell.com

As the society columnist and photographer for West Austin News, Stacey attends the events that appeal to Austin's most affluent and philanthropic. Since joining West Austin News in 2011, Stacey has covered over 300 events representing over a hundred nonprofits. Stacey brings some of her personal favorites to InFluential Magazine. Stacey's own photography clients include the St. David's Foundation and Greenlights for Nonprofit Success. To learn more about Stacey and see her work visit: www.staceyharrell.com

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Owner, The Natural Way | www.thenaturalwaymassage.com

Krystal Kincaid is the owner and founder of The Natural Way as well as a nationally certified licensed massage therapist with over 700 hours of highly specialized training. Krystal founded The Natural Way with the vision of providing massage that goes beyond basic relaxation and instead utilizes a variety of techniques for deep, restoring massage. The Natural Way was recently voted “Best Massage in Austin” by the Austin A-List.

SCOTT LUDINGTON

Managing Director at TPG | www.paradygmgroup.com

Focused, insightful, energetic, inspirational and innovational thought leader are just some words used to describe Scott’s eclectic blend of expertise and experience gained from over 20 years of professional consulting. Scott worked for some of the world’s largest accounting and management consulting firms before starting his own practice. He has a unique blend of professional services, personal mentorship and training which gives him a unique big-picture point of view on the “why” issues, and not just the “who”, “what,” “how,” “where,” and “when,” questions where most individuals and institutions get stuck. Scott is passionate about making a difference in everything he does.

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KRISTEN MORADO

Director of Public Relations & Marketing | www.ILDLighting.com

Kristen is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin obtaining a Bachelors in Journalism in 2011. During her time at UT Austin, she discovered a passion for every aspect of the communications field. With experience in journalism, public relations, and marketing, she is now the Marketing & PR Director for Intelligent Lighting Design. She has a background in fashion marketing and enjoys discovering new talent within the industry. Being in the events world, her true fascination lies in creating profitable events to give back to the community.

J U S T I N A . M C N U LT Y

Founder & Editor | www.JustinDoesBlog.com

Justin has been an avid traveler since he was a kid. Having attained his first elite status with an airline when he was a freshman in college, he now travels close to 100,000 miles a year spending around 50 nights a year in hotels. Justin has been to 48 states in the United States and almost 30 countries on four continents. Justin enjoys sharing his experiences, tips, and tricks he has learned while both at home and on the road. Follow his adventures on Facebook (facebook.com/JustinDoesBlog) and Twitter (@JustinDoesBlog).

DERRICK J. ROGERS

| Master Barber

Derrick is a licensed professional Master Barber who works at Generations Barbershop just outside of Austin. He attended Roffler School of Hair Design and has been a professional barber for over ten years. He began his barber career at Hair Studio. Derrick built his clientele to over 500 faithful patrons from nearly the ground up. Derrick or (Dee “The Barber�) always has a positive energy and is a welcoming people person who loves his craft. He is also a husband and father of two who is a very family-oriented guy. During his downtime, he is a self-proclaimed backyard BBQ pitt master who loves to be out enjoying family time. Learn more about Derrick at barbervision.com and barber4real on Instagram.

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| The Autism Trust USA | www.theautismtrust.com

Ryan is chairman and president of The Autism Trust USA. He is the father of two beautiful children, Kaleb and Lana. Kaleb was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. After military service overseas, Ryan and his wife Maria chose to make their home in Austin, Texas. The Parmenters have worked with several autism organizations in the last five years through fundraising, marketing, promotions, and community outreach. Fueled by the vision of The Autism Trust and its founders, Ryan is committed to providing futures with purpose for individuals with autism.

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C O N T E N T S

May / June

2014

IN FLU E N C E Wellness Defined...........................................................9 HEALTH & WELLNESS

Pregnancy Etiquette (in the 21 Century) ...........................14 ETIQUETTE

Fitness Barbie to the Health Rescue.................................16 HEALTH & WELLNESS

A Tailored Touch...........................................................18 LIVING WELL

New Mom Etiquette.......................................................24 ETIQUETTE

Can You Teach a Toddler Etiquette? You Bet.....................25 ETIQUETTE

Thumb Sucking............................................................26 HEALTH & WELLNESS

Parenting - It Begins With You........................................28 LIVING WELL

FEATURES

Defining Edible Terms............. .....................................30 HEALTH & WELLNESS

BELOVED SANTA FE .................................................10 Relax, Reconnect, Refocus

THAT MAGIC GLOW...................................................20 Skin Changes During Pregnancy

SKIN SO SOFT..............................................................22 Caring for Baby's Skin

A Future of Health, Wellness & Purpose .........................32 HEALTH & WELLNESS

Celebrating Increased Awareness ...................................34 HEALTH & WELLNESS

Tips for Happy, Healthy Travel ......................................42 TRAVEL

A GIRL'S DREAM ........................................................36

Seeing is Believing ........................................................44

To be the Heart of the Family

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IN FORM You, Us, & Them: A Guide to Healthy Communication ............50

IN S OC I E TY Women on Their Toes.............................................................57 80 Years of Community Leadership..........................................58

Girl on Fire .................................................................46 HEALTH & WELLNESS

How to Find the Barber Who is Right for You ...................48 BEAUTY

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WELLNESS D E F I N E D W R I T T E N BY

W I L L I A M JAC KS O N

ow do I define wellness? Wellness is a positive approach to living – an approach that emphasizes the whole person.

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It is the integration of the body, mind, and spirit; and the appreciation that everything I do, think, feel, and believe has an impact on my state of health. Of course the definition of wellness is varied so an expert viewpoint is apropos. The National Wellness Institute--along with the help of leaders in health and wellness--shared many interpretations and models of wellness.

There appears to be general agreement that:

Institute is consistent with these tenets. Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make

• Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of

choices toward, a more successful existence.

achieving full potential Courtesy • Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment

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Dimensions

by Bill Hettler, MD

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Wellness

Model

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• Wellness is positive and affirming The definition of wellness long used by the National Wellness

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F E AT U R E

{ B e l o v e d S a n t a Fe }

R E L A X , R E C O N N E C T,

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fter spending most of the last year apart due to work obligations, enchanting and historic Santa Fe provided my husband and me with the perfect opportunity to relax and reconnect. We both returned to Austin refocused on each other and singing the praises of this desert oasis set against the Sangre de Cristo mountain range.


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We stayed in the fabulous second home of Austinites John Hogg and David Garza. Situated in a gated community overlooking a vast vista, this beautiful adobe style home features hand trowel plaster walls, reclaimed wood beams, and a chef's kitchen. The home is full of art, books, textiles, and a vast collection of

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Southwestern artifacts.

Santa Fe, the nation’s oldest state capitol, is laid out around a traditional Spanish plaza surrounded by the Palace of Governors, the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, boutiques, and museums. Within walking distance of the plaza you’ll find Canyon Road featuring over a hundred art galleries and studios exhibiting Native American art and antiquities.

Santa Fe’s culinary scene consistently ranks near the top of every foodie’s list with several James Beard Foundation Award nominees calling the area home. You will find cuisine ranging

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from ethnic Native American and Mexican styles to new world cuisine. With an amazing kitchen to utilize, cooking was a must for us, so we skipped the national grocery chains and visited the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market featuring organic mountain grown vegetables, flowers, and fruits.

After exploring, eating, and shopping, take a trip 70 miles north of Santa Fe. You will find the perfect spot to unwind at a nearly 150 year old resort called Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa. There you’ll find the only hot springs in the world with four healing minerals in the waters of its 11 pools. John Hogg also recommends visiting Jemez Springs where with a little effort - hiking and biking required – you will discover the nearly private oasis with a hillside spring water cascading down the mountainside. In his words, “Totally natural, totally beautiful.”

When asked why Santa Fe was selected as the location for a second home, “Aside from providing me a chance to collect and decorate in a different genre, displaying many family Texas items in the western and adobe setting, we go simply to relax! We are always enlivened when we go to Santa Fe. It is our complete recharge zone.

It gives us time to focus on each other and

ourselves, as well as the pups (three Viszlas). We leave stronger and invigorated, ready to face our daily world in Austin!” said John.

While having so much to do in and around Santa Fe is a huge draw, one wouldn’t be disappointed with their visit if they never stepped foot outside, preferring instead to curl up on the leather sofa in front of the fire with a good book and a glass of wine.

S A N TA F E BY T H E N U M B E R S • Rated #1 in a Travel & Leisure poll for culture, peace, and quiet. • Health.com ranked Santa Fe the #2 city in the country for air quality. • 320 days of sunshine per year. • Santa Fe is 50% higher above sea level than Denver makes it the highest state capitol in the US. • Named by Singletracks.com one of the top 10 cities for mountain biking with 30 miles of hiking trails.

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IN F L U E N C E :

etiquette

PREGNANCY

ETIQUETTE {IN THE 21ST CENTURY} as suggested at www.emilypost.com

rom tweeting during labor to having your big

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news scooped on Facebook, sharing the news of pregnancy has a modern etiquette all its own. There are few pieces of news as exciting to share as

pregnancy. Whether it is a first or fifth, a surprise or long hoped for, it is joyful news. The choice about who to tell and when will vary from family to family. Though some couples share the news as soon as the pregnancy is confirmed, it's smart to wait until the first trimester is well in hand. Most people tell immediate family first, followed by close friends. If you're one of the first to know, this conversation may be accompanied by a request to hold the information close until the couple has the chance to tell others personally. Some will make an announcement at a family event to make sure their closest loved ones hear about it directly from them. Facebook has added an extra twist: Until the couple is ready for anyone to know about a pregnancy, they might restrict their Facebook wall to prevent an over-eager well-wisher from spilling the beans. Even if a Facebook wall is active, be sure the news is truly public knowledge before posting congratulations. If you deduce someone is expecting, either from an extra glow or a declined glass of wine, show respect by allowing her to tell you in her own time. When she breaks the news, it's okay to share the insight you had then

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FITNESS BARBIE { TO T H E }

H E A LT H R E S C U E WRITTEN BY LAUREN GLEISBERG

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or as long as I can remember, health and fitness

I turned back to health and fitness blogs to fuel my motivation. I quickly

have been a part of my life. I was an athletic child,

found myself feeling confident, secure, and happy. Through healthy

participating in a wide variety of sports. In high

living I believed I found the key to happiness, and I wanted to share

school my interest in gym workouts grew. However,

that with others. I began my own health and fitness blog blogging

I was unfamiliar with what workouts to do in the

under the name “Fitness Barbie,” (fitnessbarbielaurengleisberg.com)

gym and the proper form for exercises. I began researching on the

symbolizing my love of fitness and all things cute and girly.

internet for fitness guidance, and I stumbled upon several health and fitness blogs which helped me understand the basics. I admired

My initial goal with blogging was to hold myself accountable and to,

these bloggers, taking inspiration from their journeys.

hopefully, inspire a few others along the way. My ultimate blogging goal quickly became using health and fitness as a platform for finding

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In college, my interest in working out and eating healthy grew into a

happiness and confidence in addition to a physical transformation.

passion and my ultimate hobby. Still, college was quite a challenge

As a blogger, there is an immense amount of fulfillment through

for me; I was a biology major with a rigorous and time-consuming

being able to touch the lives of others. I strive to create a community

course load. I struggled to make time for working out and found

of empowerment centered on healthy living where individuals

myself eating unhealthy food on a regular basis. I actually took a few

can connect to inspire and be inspired. My story is not one of a

months off from my usual healthy lifestyle, struggling to find myself

“before and after” picture, rather a journey of finding happiness and

- something many teenagers and college students go through.

confidence through health and fitness. Blogging has allowed me to

Fortunately, I decided to take control of my life wanting to look and,

share what working out and eating healthy has done for me to help

most importantly, feel healthy.

inspire and motivate others to find that on their own terms.

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A TA I LO R ED

TOUCH Finding the Best Massage to Match Your Lifestyle W R I T T E N B Y K R Y S TA L K I N C A I D

N

o two bodies are the same. As individuals,

practices, each employing use of varied techniques

our day-to-day routines demand that

that target individual tissues and yield specific results.

we exert ourselves in various manners,

Determining the appropriate type of massage for your

resulting in strains and stresses on our

lifestyle is the fundamental first step towards achieving

bodies that are explicitly unique from those

total body wellness.

around us. It stands to reason then that when our bodies tell us that it’s time to push the restart button the way in

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which we do won’t be a one-size-fits-all solution.

Expecting mothers don’t need to tell you that carrying a baby for nine months can be an increasingly uncomfortable

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Massage has long been revered as a go-to treatment for

experience. As the developing baby grows, so too do the

many common wellness issues due to its extensive health

strains put on mom-to-be’s body. Prenatal massage is

benefits, aiding in everything from stress reduction to

tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women’s

chronic pain relief. To most; however, massage is thought

changing bodies and aims to relieve the stress that

of as a singular technique; a blanket term for a relaxing

pregnancy puts on the back, neck, abdominal muscles,

rub down that’s best reserved for special occasion. On

and shoulders. In addition, prenatal massage can be an

the contrary, massage encompasses a broad range of

effective way of reducing joint pressure and swelling.

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and overall wellbeing. Office workers typically require the

You don’t need to be a pro athlete to reap the full benefits

most attention due in large part to the incredible amount

of a sports massage. This method was created to address

of time spent sitting, often in a hunched position. A series

the pain and disability of muscles and tendons that can

of regular treatments can dramatically reduce the amount

often arise from overuse and the repetitious nature of

of tension carried in the neck, back and shoulders and over

exercise. Sports massage can speed the healing of injuries

time, aid in reversing the negative effects to the spine caused

by reducing joint swelling and inflammation. This allows

by prolonged inactivity. Prenatal, sports and a series of

your body to retain nutrients that encourage rapid tissue

recurrent therapeutic sessions are just a few of the many

repair. Sports massage is most effective when integrated

massage choices available to you. By speaking with a

as part of an overall training program, which includes pre

skilled therapist, you can determine the method that

and post event treatment.

best suits your lifestyle and specific needs. It’s important to remember that as with most things, massage yields

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greater results when used regularly. The more hands-on

Though it might seem counterintuitive, sitting at a desk all

time your therapist has, the more they can learn about

day puts an incredible amount of stress on our bodies and is

your body, which will in turn, help them to better address

one of the biggest detriments to our posture, spinal health

your needs in the future.

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{ T H AT }

MAGIC GLOW SKIN CHANGES DURING PREGNANCY

W R I T T E N B Y D R . C O L B Y E VA N S , M D

our body changes dramatically and sometimes unexpectedly during pregnancy. Being prepared

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for these changes can help you know what is normal, what is not, and how to best care for yourself during this exciting time. Perhaps more than any other organ, the skin can change substantially during pregnancy - the following list will help you manage these changes:


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• Stretch Marks - The most common concern about the skin during

to where it belongs. Support stockings used to be thick, hot, and

pregnancy is stretch marks (sometimes call striae) which are

unattractive, but have come a long way in the last few years and

scars formed when the skin stretches faster than it can tolerate

now many resemble pantyhose. If spider veins do occur, your

and occur to some degree in over 90% of pregnancies. The more

dermatologist or vascular surgeon can treat them with injections

the skin stretches, the more likely stretch marks can occur, so they

(sclerotherapy), surgery to remove large veins, or lasers.

are especially common on the abdomen and with large babies or twins. Parallel purple, pink, or skin-colored lines of scars on the abdomen or thighs are most common, although they can occur on the breasts or upper arms. Not all stretch marks can be prevented, but moisturizing the skin several times a day and drinking plenty of water can keep it soft and help it stretch with the baby. Once nursing is complete, there are potential treatments which can soften the appearance of stretch marks, including tretinoin cream and lasers to remove the redness. • Acne - Acne is a hormonal disease which often affects teenagers but the wild hormonal ride of pregnancy can cause it to improve or flare up. Many inflammatory conditions (including acne) improve during pregnancy as the body downregulates the immune system so as not to attack the baby. Unfortunately, sometimes hormonal changes overwhelm the skin and acne can appear or worsen. Always avoid picking or squeezing lesions and see your dermatologist if your acne flares. Many traditional treatments for acne (like oral antibiotics, tretinoin cream, and isotretinoin) are not safe to use during pregnancy but there are a few good options to get you through.

• Benign Skin Growths - Many types of benign skin growths, including moles, skin tags, and cherry angioma (blood moles) become larger and more numerous during the topsy-turvy hormonal changes of pregnancy. Although these generally cannot be prevented, they can be treated or removed once the baby is born if bothersome or unsightly. Always see your dermatologist during or after pregnancy for any spot that is growing, bleeding, changing color, or otherwise concerning to you since skin cancer can develop during pregnancy. • Hair Changes - The hair on your head often gets thicker and grows more quickly during pregnancy. Unfortunately, after the baby is born this extra growth will often quickly fall out, giving the impression that you are losing your hair! This quick and heavy hair loss after a stressful event (such as surgery or having a baby) is called telogen effluvium. Although it can be frightening, it is temporary, generally lasting about three months and typically resolves without treatment. Many women also wonder about coloring or treating their hair during pregnancy. There are no useful studies in humans, but studies reported by OTIS (Organization of Teratology Information Specialists) in animals showed no increased risk even at one hundred times the usual exposure to hair coloring

• Melasma - Sometimes called “the mask of pregnancy,” melasma

chemicals.

is one or more spiraled dark spots that many women (especially women of color) get on their upper cheeks or forehead during pregnancy. It is caused by a combination of hormonal changes and the sun and can be difficult to treat once present. Prevention is critical by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF rating of 30 or higher, wearing a hat or visor, and avoiding the mid-day

Skin care during pregnancy is very important to protect and nourish your body while trying to prevent some of the changes that can occur with pregnancy. A gentle, fragrance-free cleanser should be used with warm water, followed in the morning by a moisturizer with sunscreen at at night with a fragrance-free moisturizer.

sun. If melasma discoloration does occur, your dermatologist can

Many women prefer to avoid chemical sunscreens during pregnancy

help with treatments after nursing is complete, which may include

and brands with only zinc or titanium sunscreens are excellent for

prescription bleaching creams and chemical peels.

this purpose, such as Elta Pure or Blue Lizard Sensitive Skin. If you

• Spider Veins - As the baby grows, he or she compresses the large vein that brings blood back from the legs to the heart. That leads

live in a dry climate, a cool-mist humidifier overnight and drinking plenty of water can help fight dryness and stretch marks.

to increased pressure in the veins of the legs, which can lead to

Don’t hesitate to ask your obstetrician or dermatologist for specific

visible broken surface veins or bulging varicose veins in the legs.

recommendations or about concerns that occur during your

Predisposition to spider veins is partially genetic, but prevention

pregnancy. With care and expert help where needed, your healthy

can include elevating the legs when at rest and wearing support

skin will see you through to the birth of your children and beyond.

stockings that help gently squeeze the legs to return the blood

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SKIN SO SOFT C A R I N G F O R YO U R B A BY ’ S S K I N

W R I T T E N BY

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DR. COLBY EVANS, MD

any new parents have questions about caring for

Babies can be born with a variety of skin issues, or develop them in

their baby’s skin. Since the skin of young children

early life. Always consult with your pediatrician or dermatologist

is still developing, it can be particularly sensitive

for any specific concerns about your child. Some of the most

and careful selection of soaps and sunscreens can

common issues are:

help prevent irritation. • Pigmented birthmarks are tan to dark-brown growths on the

• Bathing - Many parents overbathe their children, which can lead

skin at birth or in the first few days of life. They can be anywhere

to dry skin and even eczema. A bath every other day to twice

from smaller than a dime to covering the entire chest or back

a week is good for most children. Baths should be warm and

and often have thick, dark hair growing from them. It is possible

short, using either no soap or the least amount of soap possible.

for these birthmarks to transform into melanoma (a dangerous

Gentle, fragrance-free cleansers are best, such as Cetaphil or

form of skin cancer) later in life, although the risk is low for

Aveeno. You should pat your child dry with a soft towel and

smaller birthmarks. These lesions should always be monitored

avoid vigorous rubbing.

with the help of your doctor and can be removed by a pediatric plastic surgeon if needed. Birthmarks occurring over the spine,

• Moisturizer - Baby’s skin is often sensitive, so a gentle, fragrancefree moisturizer like Cetaphil cream, Aquaphor, or plain Vaseline

neck, or face require special attention and should be monitored with the help of a pediatric dermatologist.

should be used daily. Although scented and colored baby moisturizers are common, these can irritate the delicate skin and should be avoided.

• Vascular birthmarks are red or purple spots on the skin at birth or that appear in the first few days. These can be flat (port-wine stains) or raised (hemangiomas) and can occur anywhere on

• Sunscreen - Since baby’s skin can absorb more chemicals from creams than yours, using physical sun protection like clothing, hats, umbrellas, and avoiding direct sun are recommended during the first six months of life. Chemical-free sunscreens which rely on zinc or titanium are generally the best for young children, such as Elta Pure or Blue Lizard Sensitive Skin. Hats, swim shirts, and sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 30 may

the body. Any birthmark should be evaluated by a doctor, but it is especially important to consult a pediatric dermatologist for those occurring on the face or neck or if one limb with a birthmark is bigger or smaller than the other. New treatments are quite helpful in treating these vascular birthmarks, which include oral propranolol to stop their growth and lasers to remove them.

be used for older children. Sunscreen should be re-applied every

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two hours if outdoors all day and it is best to confine summer

• Baby acne is very common and generally benign. Most of us

outdoor activities where possible to either before 10am or after

think of acne in teenagers but leftover hormones from the womb

4pm.

can persist and cause whiteheads on the baby’s nose or cheeks.

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It usually resolves on its own over a few months without treatment. If it is severe, consult your dermatologist for treatment. • Diaper rash is experienced at some point by almost every baby. Changing diapers frequently with a thick diaper cream such as A&D Ointment or Desitin can help keep irritants off of the skin. Some “diaper-free” time with exposure to the open air also helps. Your pediatrician may prescribe antifungal creams or a gentle steroid if the skin is damaged. Consult with your dermatologist for persistent or severe diaper rash,

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which can rarely be a symptom of more serious conditions. • Eczema is very common in children, especially if there is eczema, asthma, or hay fever in the family. It is an itchy, sensitive type of skin

Dr. Colby Evans practices dermatology in Austin.

which can be easily irritated by overbathing, fragrances, or rough

completed his medical degree and residency in dermatology

fabrics. It usually occurs on the cheeks in babies and the crooks of the

at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

elbows and knees in toddlers. Gentle and infrequent bathing with mild cleansers and aggressive use of a thick moisturizer (like Aquaphor or plain Vaseline) is often helpful. If these are not enough or if itching is keeping your baby up, consult with your dermatologist who may prescribe mild steroids or (for older children) antihistamines to settle the itch. Although this chronic condition tends to come and go throughout childhood, many children outgrow it in the pre-teen years.

He

in Dallas. He then furthered his study with a clinical fellowship at the St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, an internationally acclaimed institution in London, England. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Dr. Evans is honored to be the Chairman-Elect of the Board of Trustees of the National Psoriasis Foundation. He regularly volunteers with a free clinic in Austin and

Babies’ developing skin can be sensitive and prone to some issues not

as a community instructor to the dermatology residency

common to adults. With gentle care, good sun protection, and the

at Brackenridge Hospital. In his free time he enjoys

expert help when you need it, you can help your baby start on a road to

spending time outdoors with his wife, Sara, and their three

healthy skin for a lifetime.

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NEW MOM

ETIQUETTE WRITTEN BY

BETH WILSON

as suggested at www.emilypost.com

regnancy and birth are half the challenge (and

P

not having kids hold him yet.”

joy) of becoming a new mother. The other half is learning how to deal with unsolicited advice (even

W H E N A N D W H E R E TO B R E A ST- F E E D

if well intended), relentless offers and disapproving

“This is not a black or white issue,” claims Post. It depends on the

glances from friends, family and strangers. Etiquette

place, the people around you and their feelings, what you’re wearing,

expert Peggy Post, great granddaughter-in-law of Emily Post and a

and your own comfort level. “The key word here is discrepancy,” says

regular contributor to Good Housekeeping magazine, provides tips

Post, who once saw a woman sit on the floor in the middle of a long

for those common sticky social situations that new mothers are

airport line to breast-feed. According to Post, the woman should

likely to experience.

have moved to a chair away from the crowd. Likewise, at a mall, Post suggests moving to someplace out of sight. “Be considerate of

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other people.”

Unfortunately the likelihood of strangers and family offering advice to new mothers is high. Those who think they know better may ask, “Shouldn’t she have on a sweater? It’s cold outside.” A polite rebuttal: “We’re just fine, thank you” or “Thank you, but she’s always warm.” Post warns, “Don’t get into a big discussion.”

I N P U B L I C W I T H YO U R C H I L D There’s a difference between taking an infant to a family restaurant (one with other small children) and an intimate restaurant. In a family restaurant, if your child starts screaming you’ve got more time to calm him or her down. In a quiet place, such as a nice restaurant,

TO H O L D A N D H A N D L E To avoid the hands-on approach, control the number of visitors and then let them know your comfort level. Post advises a direct, but kind response, “We don’t want everyone handling him” or “We’re just

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library, or church, Post suggests leaving. “It’s best not to drive others crazy.” How much time do you have to quiet your child? “You can tell from how many glares you get,”


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C A N YO U T E A C H A

TODDLER ETIQUETTE? YO U B E T.

as suggested at www.emilypost.com

C

hildren need to learn how to act in ways that

making someone else smile – it makes them smile too. It will take

are respectful, considerate, and honest – the

much patience, repetition, and good modelling on your part to teach

fundamental principles of etiquette and building

your toddlers to share and care. But hang in there. It’s well worth it.

strong relationships with family and friends.

But how young can we go? Can toddlers learn concepts like respect and consideration? While toddlers may not understand principles and concepts, children this age can learn some basic behaviors that are fundamental to developing strong relationships.

Most three

year-olds, for example, are able to understand that sharing and caring make the other person feel good. They know this because they can see the smiles that sharing and caring bring. A smile is concrete. Toddlers can see the results of positive behavior

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THUMB SUCKING Courtesy of Healthy Mouth by the American Dental Association

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ike many parents, you may be concerned about

Children usually stop sucking between the ages of two and four

your child’s thumb sucking, finger sucking or

years old, or by the time the permanent front teeth are ready to

pacifier use. You may wonder if it is harmful, at what

erupt. If you notice changes in your child’s primary teeth, or are

age it should stop or what could happen if your

concerned about your child’s thumb sucking consult your dentist.

child does not stop. Tips for helping your child stop thumb sucking:

What is Thumb Sucking? Thumb sucking is a natural reflex for children. Sucking on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers or other objects may

• Praise your child for not sucking.

make babies feel secure and happy and help them learn about their world. Young children may also suck to soothe themselves and help them fall asleep.

• Children often suck their thumbs when feeling insecure or needing comfort. Focus on correcting the cause of the anxiety and provide comfort to your child.

However, after the permanent teeth come in, sucking may cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of the teeth. It can also cause changes in the roof of the mouth. Pacifiers

• For an older child, involve him or her in choosing the method of stopping.

can affect the teeth essentially the same ways as sucking fingers and thumbs, but it is often an easier habit to break. The intensity of the sucking is a factor that determines whether or not dental problems

•Your dentist can offer encouragement to your child and explain what could happen to their teeth if they do not stop sucking.

may result. If children rest their thumbs passively in their mouths, they are less likely to have difficulty than those who vigorously suck their thumbs. Some aggressive thumb suckers may develop problems with their baby (primary) teeth.

If the above tips don’t work, remind the child of their habit by bandaging the thumb or putting a sock on the hand at night. Your dentist or pediatrician may prescribe a bitter medication to coat the thumb or the use of a mouth appliance.

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PARENTING I T B E G I N S W I T H YO U WRITTEN BY B R A D K E N N I N G T O N, L M F T, L P C S T A F F W R I T E R F O R I N F LU E N T I A L M AG A Z I N E

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elationships are inherently messy. Two people with

Parenting is a skill you development, not inherit; a skill that you

their own ideas and opinions and feelings try to

perform, not perfect. I was told recently the goal in parenting is

connect and find some meaning out of a shared

to get it right just 30% of the time. That’s it—less than a third of

experience. It sounds good on paper but, it takes a

the time. That leaves plenty of room for mistakes, messes and near

lot of effort in reality. It takes even more effort when

misses. I am often asked by moms and dads if they are “doing it

that relationship is between a parent and their adolescent.

right” when it comes to raising their adolescent child. Unfortunately, there is no script or manual on how to raise your progeny through

The adolescent’s brain is experiencing a lot of changes. Studies show

those tumultuous teenage years. But all effective parenting has the

that our brains undergo disorganization and reorganization from the

same starting place-you.

beginning of puberty to early adulthood. Couple this with a healthy dose of raging hormones coursing through your youngster, and you

You, as the adult in the parent-adolescent relationship, play the

have a recipe for a rocky ride, for sure. At times it may feel like you

primary role in setting the tone of the relationship. And how do you

are trying to connect with a polar bear!

do this? By providing the core needs that your youngster needs to continue to develop physically, mentally and emotionally. According

According to Erik Erikson, the psychologist made famous for his

to Drs. Terry Hargrave and Franze Pfitzer, clinicians who have

stages of psychosocial development, it is during the adolescent

devoted much time to researching family relationships, parents are

phase of personal growth where we start struggling with our own

obligated to give their kids love, care, nurture, security, protection

identity formation, trying to discover who we are and how we fit in,

and discipline. That does not mean that your son or daughter will

what we value and believe in. And as adolescents develop their own

appreciate or even respect what you provide. But that is not the

sense of self, they begin to move away from their family of origin and

point. It is your job to provide the right environment for growth and

begin to establish stronger connections with peer groups. Trying

to teach your kid how to take responsibility for their own behavior

to figure out who we are is really a lifelong process, I believe, that is

within that environment.

complicated and confusing even for us adults. But it is even more

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daunting for an adolescent who finds him/herself in that weird place

Adolescence is a time of awkward wonder where these young

where they are no longer child but not yet adult, embarking on a

people stumble and experiment and cuss their way through a period

journey into an unknown land without a map or compass.

of changing bodies and intense relationships. Some parents, in an

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attempt to ease their adolescent’s angst, try to be their child’s friend. But this is exactly what they do not need. Your teen needs a parent not a peer. They need to feel safe as they traverse the teenage terrain. They need someone in charge, someone with a strong but gentle presence to ensure that the limits and boundaries that you set and they will surely challenge will hold. They need to know that someone older and more experienced at

BRAD KENNINGTON LMFT, LPC

this thing is available to walk with them, will allow them to explore their own voice, and in the end will let them leave the tribe to form their own.

Brad Kennington, LMFT, LPC is a therapist in private practice at Brad Kennington & Associates. He provides therapy to individuals, couples and

All of us were parented by someone(s) who may have succeeded at doing their thirty percent or may have struggled to just get to five percent. How we were parented influences how we parent. But just because your parents may have been in the five percent club does not mean you will too. Knowing what worked and what did not when you were a kid can help reverse the course with the next generation. And, what gift to give your child and yourself!

families and focuses on disordered eating, anxiety, grief & loss and relationship issues. Because of his expertise with eating disorders and relationship issues, Brad has been interviewed by satellite radio and has been quoted by Huffington Post. Brad is a board member of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders, a clinical fellow with the American Association for Marriage and

Despite all the crazy things that go on between you and your teenager, what

Family Therapy and is the president of Austin

they need most is a relationship with you. As Erik Erikson succinctly stated,

Eating Disorder Specialists. To contact Brad, you

“They want to face you and want you to face them."

can reach him at bradleykennington@gmail.com.


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W R I T T E N BY Chloe Scheller

{DEFINING}

EDIBLE TERMS W R I T T E N BY C H LO E S C H E L L E R

he words "farm-to-table" seem to be hitting menus and restaurant signs all over North America, but the term takes on

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different meanings depending on who you are speaking with. The definitions can range from mass production farming to a DIY tomato plant hanging in the kitchen window. When talking with Bethany AndrĂŠe, owner of Snack Bar, an eclectic restaurant located in Austin's iconic SoCo, it becomes evident that to her farm-to-table is not just a trend but the basis on which her restaurant operates.


At Snack Bar, farm-to-table is defined by reducing the stages of

(www.fooddialogues.com) as a great online resource which allows

food production between harvesting crops and consuming them.

readers to ask questions and receive answers from the U.S. Farmers

This can be done through sustainable or organic agriculture and

& Ranchers Alliance. Amy also recommends watching the film

buying produce locally or regionally. Farm-to-table consumption

Farmland which will hit theatres in early May. It stands to reason, the

can eliminate stages that are wasteful or harmful to the environment

best way to set a healthy table is to sort through confusing labels

(and ourselves) such as pesticide use and addittional transportation.

and terms, ask questions, and remain ever-learning.

Bethany urges that when food is bought locally it is fresh and

Learn more about Snack Bar by visiting www.snackbaraustin.com.

rich with nutrients. Local food may also have a lessened risk of contamination during shipping and handling. Not to mention, local produce may have a noticeable abundance of flavor compared to produce that has been sitting out or transported long distances. Often times, farm-to-table can have a lower carbon footprint since less transportation equals fewer emissions, sustainable practices yield less chemical use and investing in urban farms provides more green space.

Along with a multitude of health and environmental benefits, Snack Bar's farm-to-table mindset is one that invests in the community by providing support for small businesses, producers, ranchers, farmers and their families. For them, farm-to-table also keeps money local, making a community both stable and in many ways self-reliant. According to a study done by the New Economics Foundation, buying from a local farmer's market keeps twice as much money in the community than buying from a supermarket. In many ways farmto-table can help sustain healthy eating, a healthy environment, and a healthy local economy.

However, what farm-to-table means at one restaurant may be contrastingly different at another. Today's many vague terms and product labels can lead to a lot of consumer confusion and frustration. Since consumers want to ensure that their food is safe, it is important that they seek information. If you want to know what is really being served on your plate it is best to ask each restaurant what farm-to-table means to them.

"Today, most Americans are five generations removed from the farm. When seeking information about their food they are left to roam

"TODAY, MOST AMERICANS ARE FIVE GENERATIONS REMOVED FROM THE FARM. WHEN SEEKING INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR FOOD THEY ARE LEFT TO ROAM GOOGLE LEADING TO MISINFORMATION OR AN OVERWHELMED FEELING."

Google leading to misinformation or an overwhelmed feeling." said, Amy Manske, the communications coordinator for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. Amy suggests The Food Dialogues

- Amy Manske


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A FUTURE OF

HEALTH, WELLNESS & PURPOSE for Individuals with Autism W R I T T E N B Y R YA N PA R M E N T E R

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he Autism Trust was founded by Polly Tommey in England in 2007. Realizing provisions and educational opportunities for her son Billy were bleak at best, she chose to take matters into her own hands. Rather than establishing a special needs trust or developing an adult care plan for her son, Polly and her husband Jonathan dreamed bigger. There are countless other “Billys� out there who need the same care and support as they enter adulthood. Autism now affects 1 in 68 children. Why should they stop at their own front door?

Their dream was to build a place that would focus on the talents and abilities of each individual with autism, teach them life skills, and help them become a part of society rather than isolating them from it.

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In 2013, after successfully establishing The Autism Trust in

The Autism Trust aims to provide lifelong services from early

the UK with Polly’s Place, a social enterprise boutique and

childhood through adulthood and to guide parents through

workshop, the Tommeys moved to Austin, Texas in order

the difficult process of diagnosis.

to expand The Autism Trust and achieve goals that were impossible in England. Polly’s vision for the future is a brave one but achievable nonetheless. The entire Autism Trust model will be developed The Autism Trust USA will be the first facility of its kind

into an operations manual that can be distributed and

offering

semi-

replicated across the world to ensure that individuals with

independent residential support for teens and adults with

vocational,

educational,

wellness

and

autism have the care and support they need to live a life of

autism. Focused on full spectrum support and community

health, happiness, purpose, and dignity.

integration, The Autism Trust USA will provide a supportive and nurturing environment that fosters independence, builds life skills, and generates community support and awareness

Learn

more

of the vast capabilities of individuals with autism.

how

you

about can

The

Austism

demonstrate

Trust

your

USA

and

support

by

visiting www.theautismtrust.com. Health and nutrition are key elements in The Autism Trust USA’s strategy to full spectrum care and support. Many individuals with autism require special dietary accommodations and avoidance of chemicals due to inadequate detoxification. Great success has been found in many children and adults with autism through gluten and casein free diets, nutrient supplementation, and detoxification support. Jonathan Tommey is also managing director of The Autism Clinic where he oversees the health and nutritional management of over 880 individuals with autism. Mr. Tommey brings his experience and knowledge to The Autism Trust where he will provide health and nutritional support to those who choose to live and/or work there. Exercise, nature, and outdoor activities are also essential in the whole-health concept of The Autism Trust. Nature trails, gardening, horticulture, and horse riding are a handful of outdoor activities that will be available to stimulate mind and body in a natural setting.

Although the vocational programs are focused towards teens and adults, children are gladly welcome in The Autism Trust. Parents with newly diagnosed children often struggle to find appropriate resources and services for their child.

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INCREASED AWA R E N E S S of Children's Mental Health WRITTEN BY KRISTEN MORADO

ay is a very significant month for the Austin

In 2014, came new branding for the center with a new logo

Child Guidance Center (ACGC) as each year

and colorful outdoor sign. These new designs symbolize

they

Health

the ongoing positive direction that the center is taking

Awareness Day through special events and

within the community with media outreach, more events

community awareness activities. Children’s

and therapy strategies for the children. New approaches

mental and emotional well-being is important as it connects

were also implemented including the construction of their

to a child’s overall health, academic success and life

outdoor Children’s Healing Garden complete with a new

outcomes. The consequences of untreated mental health

music station built by volunteers. The outdoor landscape

issues can be devastating. Children with mental illness have

incorporates nature, sensory activities, and play therapy.

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celebrate

Children’s

Mental

higher absentee rates at school, are retained more often, and are more than three times as likely to be arrested

“The music station has played an integral part for the

before graduating.

children,” said Hanson. “This is one way to get our kids to

Considering the fact that half of all

lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, early identification and treatment is paramount.

communicate and relax just how musicians do.”

Lack of resources and

adequate insurance are barriers for families to accessing

As time proceeds, music is becoming a prominent part of the

mental health care for their children. However, for over 63

agency’s culture, therapeutic process. and methodology to

years, Austin Child Guidance Center has provided quality

raise funds for services. On September 26, ACGC hosts its

mental health services to children and families who might

3rd Annual Austin Originals Benefit Concert at the Austin

otherwise go without care. Serving over 3,500 clients

Music Hall with Cassie LaMere of Lexus of Austin serving as

annually, the center does not turn away any child for the

its honorary chair. Expect an exclusive “Tasting Grove” drink

inability to pay.

and entertainment by Austin’s finest. Special thanks to current and returning title sponsors H-E-B and Silicon Labs.

“We are very proud and fortunate that our services are receiving more awareness,” said Director of Development,

Contact Renee Hanson at rhanson@austinchildguidance.

Renee Hanson. “What many don’t know is that we even

org if you would like to become a sponsor of this event or

offer services off-site through various collaborative projects

become more involved with the center.

to meet the needs of the community.”

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hether a blushing bride, a mother to-be or a gentle grandmother, the woman is the lifeline

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of the family. She fights for the health and the happiness of her family with open arms and a beating heart. So in this issue we celebrate the Heart of the Family. From walking down the aisle to watching the grand babies, a woman's commitment to health, fitness and family should never go unrecognized. Here's to Mother's Day lasting more than 24 hours.


M A K E U P & H A I R WA LT E R F U E N T E S FA S H I O N D E S I G N E R B I N Z A R I O C O U T U R E M O D E L K AY L I E H A R T M A N O F PAG E PA R K E S M O D E L S ST Y L I N G M A RY M I R S KY


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10 WAYS

{ TO}

REFASHION & BEAUTIFY YO U R FUR N I TUR E WRITTEN BY Maureen Stevens

G

iving your outfits a little makeover is as easy as putting on a few accessories or donning

Whether it’s a piece you’ve had for a long time (bachelor

a bolero or sweater and layering away!

pad or college days ring a bell?) or it’s a yard sale find with

Giving your furniture and decor a makeover

good bones; here are ideas to restore, revamp and yes,

may not be as fast and easy to do, but

refashion your furniture:

just spending a few hours and a little elbow grease can

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give that ho-hum, tired furniture a new lease on life.

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1 . PA I N T I T. It may sound like a no-brainer, but changing

simulates gold is alive and well in the 21st century. I am

the color of a furniture or decor piece can totally change

not suggesting to gild a whole table, but how about just

the look and feel of it. How about painting a wooden

a portion of its legs for a dipped gold leaf look?

piece antique white for a refreshing coastal or shabby chic feel? Or emerald green to exude Hollywood glam? 2 . S T E N C I L I N G . From Moroccan to damask, geometric to

floral....your options for stencils are endless. Stencil the whole piece or just a part of it, and you’re giving that furniture a new statement. 3 . C H A N G E T H E H A R DWA R E . Maybe you’re tired of the

faux-brass finish and want to go for the polished nickel look. All you’ll need is a screwdriver to take out the old and bolt in the new fittings. 4 . L AC Q U E R . It’s not new news; the glossy, shiny, sparkling

repurpose

7.  USE

APPLIQUES

OR

OV E R L AYS .

Like

three-

and gleaming is back again. The clear or colored wood

dimensional ornaments, appliques or overlays comes

finish that gives furniture that hard, durable shiny

in a wide array of designs. Fretwork panels are great

finish can transform a stale piece into a glamorous and

for simple, modern furnishings while appliques such as

sophisticated one.

escutcheons and rose swags will be amazing for a girl’s bedroom furniture for a French-inspired design. 8 . WA L L PA P E R . You are not reading it wrong. Wallpaper

can also be installed in small pieces such as a dresser or nightstand. Choose furniture with clean lines, no curves or crevices, for a polished look. 9 . STA I N . This may be the easiest way to update a furniture

piece. It’s really as easy as 1-2-3. One, prepare the piece; Two, stain and Three, finish the surface. 1 0 . R E P U R P O S E . Giving a piece a new function or a

distressing or aging

new purpose, and moving it to a different part of the house is both clever and ingenious. All you have to

5.  D I ST R E S S I N G O R AG I N G . New furniture can exude

do is tickle your creativity. A discarded butcher block

more character with distressing techniques. Aging

kitchen island can be your new home office desk or

furniture is just like as it sounds, making it look older.

a bar cart as your new night stand... wine bottles

Distressing techniques can range from using chisels and

not included.

a hammer to add cracks to the piece, a wire brush or other abrasives to create scratches, or antique finish

So, the next time you’re thinking of tossing that furniture

paint and glazes.

piece think again. A list of creative options is out there.

6.  GILDING

OR

G I LT I N G .

The decorative technique

of gold leafing or coating a piece with material that


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tips for

H A P PY, HE A LTH Y

TRAVEL WRITTEN BY J U S T I N A. M C N U L T Y OF WWW.JUSTINDOESBLOG.COM

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aintaining a healthy lifestyle is difficult

New Balance to lend you new workout clothes while

enough when you are at home. Finding time

staying with them. www.westin.com/newbalance.

for the gym or a little bit of exercise in your busy schedule is half the battle. Then when

• Not much of a gym-goer? Turn to your handy-dandy

you throw in travel plans, any sort of regular

friend, Google, and search “Hotel Room Workout.”

schedule you have is shot.

You’ll find countless websites that suggest brief (15-20 minutes) routines you can complete from the comfort of

I travel over 100,000 miles a year via planes, trains, and

your hotel room.

automobiles. As a result, I’ve picked up a few ways to maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle while on the road:

• Are you staying in an unfamiliar city or have a limited amount of time at your destination? Combine your

• Most hotels offer local running maps. Be sure to check

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sightseeing

with

some

exercise!

I

routinely

visit

with the concierge if your hotel offers one, in not, head

Frommer’s (www.frommers.com) before I head out on

over to www.willrunformiles.com where Kathy frequently

the road. Frommer’s posts free suggested itineraries and

posts running maps from her travels.

walking tours for most cities worldwide.

• Did you know some hotels provide workout clothes

Don’t let travel get in your way from staying in shape. Follow

if you forgot yours at home? Unfortunately, you

his adventures on Twitter (twitter.com/JustinDoesBlog),

can no longer use the excuse that you don’t have

facebook (Facebook.com/JustinDeosBlog), and Instagram

workout clothes with you! Westin has partnered with

(instagram.com/JustinDoesBlog).

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SEEING IS

BELIEVING W R I T T E N B Y D R . C O L L I N TA M

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hen considering the nature of working on the internet these days, more time on the computer, exposure to lit screens and portable devices has necessitated some consideration be given to the concerns of today’s working man and woman. There are a host of vision and eye issues related to constant computer and portable device use. The most obvious are eyestrain and fatigue. Air conditioning in the workplace is a predominant factor for dry eyes which is a major problem with contact lens use. Most of these issues can be addressed in the course of the eye exam where proper lenses and solutions or

medications can alleviate most problems. Regular eye exams are important to monitor any early changes in vision and health problems of the eyes. Symptom-free diseases like glaucoma and retinal disease are only detected early with a thorough eye exam with dilation of the pupils before serious vision changes occur. Contact lens problems are easily prevented and should be evaluated regularly for proper alignment and lens care. Mild eye allergies can be resolved with the correct contact lens and disinfectant solution combinations. Prescription eye drops can resolve more serious cases of allergies and red eyes with proper attention from an eyecare professional no matter if one has contacts or glasses. Children’s vision can be affected with extreme and constant use of portable devices, such as: smart phones, iPad tablets, and video games. There is a possibility that with extended accommodation these devices, along with heavy near work and computer use, myopia or nearsightedness can progress. This progression will necessitate the increased need for prescription glasses or contact lenses. There are

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certain therapies, like more outdoor activities and the possible use of a contact lens system called orthokeratology, that reduce this effect. This is a technique using a rigid contact lens as a retainer lens to reshape the cornea while the patient sleeps to correct and slow down progressive myopic changes in childhood. This has been a safe and effective method to correct vision and give children and teenagers clear and comfortable vision without the need for glasses. Also, strabismus or “lazy eye� needs to be addressed in

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children as it will potentially affect long term vision development if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. Treatment can range from simple eyeglasses to a combination of patching and vision training exercises which need to be monitored by specialized

Dr. Collin Tam, optometrist, was born and raised in San

optometrists in vision therapy.

Francisco, CA and has been an Austin resident for 20 years. He is a graduate the University of Houston College

Online eyewear offerings have become very popular, but they are poor substitutes for hands-on attention to the effectiveness and proper fitting of eyeglasses. A personal visit with a respected optometrist or optician can help you avoid mishaps in the prescription and fit since there are precise measurements and adjustments that need to be made before lenses can be fabricated. This will ensure the prescription and fit are correct. Eyeglasses are custom made to the individual, and it is difficult to do online particularly with astigmatism and progressive lens prescriptions. It

of Optometry and his dedication to the profession is apparent with his volunteer work with optometry missions to Central and South America as well as vision screenings for schools in Austin. He is well versed in many new advances in optometry including glaucoma and diabetic management, LASIK surgery and Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT). When not at work, he enjoys the many outdoor activities and events Austin has to offer and spends his downtime as a connoisseur of fine foods.

is important to have someone skilled to handle these issues.

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GIRL ON FIRE T U R N I N G U P T H E H E AT O N YO U R H E A LT H & F I T N E S S R E G I M E N WRITTEN BY LINDSEY J. WIESE S T A F F W R I T E R F O R I N F LU E N T I A L M AG A Z I N E

he temperature outside is finally heating up, and with that rise of mercury in the thermometer comes exposed skin, swimsuits,

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and shorts. Just in time for summer, many of us are seeking out something new to enhance our workout & wellness routines. InFluential Magazine sent me, contributing writer Lindsey J. Wiese, out to scour spas, saunas, and even the grocery store in an effort to harness the power of all that heat and use it toward a wellness advantage. The results expose new & exciting ways to ignite metabolism, torch fat cells, and melt away stress.

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“Spicy foods can definitely prompt increased perspiration in many

Almost every fitness enthusiast understands the importance of

people. It is often noted that such increased perspiration can help

dietary intake as it relates to an overall healthy lifestyle. Proper

eliminate toxins in the body and provide other health benefits. At

nutrition is a critical player in supplementing a workout routine.

Central Market, we just enjoy the zip and zing of a spicy dish from

However, beyond just providing “fuel for the fire,” some foods –

time to time, and that enjoyment just has to be good for an overall

especially those that bring the heat—are believed to contain an

healthy lifestyle!” said Kellie Nutt-Robinson, Foodie, Selling/Events/

added benefit of boosting metabolism.

Community Relations Manager, Central Market Westgate.

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Central Market (CM), for example, offers a variety of products to

activity: hydrotherapy, massage, and steam. Even better, they’ve

supplement spice into your dietary regimen.

incorporated gentle heat into these three steps, coaxing tension out

Cayenne capsules

are a popular item found in CM’s Healthy Living Department. The

from inside the body.

produce section has a wide variety of fresh and dried peppers from the everyday jalapeno to the world-famous super-hot ghost pepper,

First comes a session in the individual hydro tub where 50 jets

and even horseradish root. Central Market offers cayenne and chili

loosen up muscles from every angle and essential oils are infused

powders all the way up to 100,000 heat units! Other spicy options

into 100-degree water for aromatherapy. Known for its therapeutic

include hot pepper pastes, wasabi gumballs, super spicy pepper

benefits, hydrotherapy soothes headaches and inflamed muscles

sauces and salsas, Korean pepper paste, and spicy kimchee.

and joints, encourages tissue rejuvenation, stimulates the immune system, increases circulation, and promotes relaxation.

ENHANCE It’s general knowledge that 15 minutes in the sauna after your

Next, a Swedish massage (the original form of massage therapy,

regular gym routine is a great way to promote the body’s natural

developed for gymnasts who worked out all day, everyday) is

detoxification process through sweat. However, the next level of

complimented with a hot stone upgrade. The Swedish massage

sauna “technology” has arrived in Full-Spectrum Infrared Saunas.

is designed to ease fatigue, calm the nervous system, as well

These private saunas equipped with music players, TVs, and Netflix

as, improve circulation and blood flow to vital parts of the body.

boast a range of health benefits from improved circulation to lower

Added therapeutic heat from the hot stones allows those benefits

blood pressure.

to penetrate through the body, releasing tension, and providing soothing relief.

“The difference between a traditional sauna and infrared is that an infrared sauna heats your body from the inside out versus a regular

“The best time to get a massage is after your workout, not before.

sauna which simply heats the air around you. It's perfectly safe as

I have clients who come in after running marathons that same

it's the same technology used in baby incubators. Detoxification

morning – it’s an excellent way to get ahead of soreness by flushing

from an infrared sauna happens on a cellular level, ridding your body

that lactic acid build up from your muscles,” said Bonnie Holtman,

of heavy metals, localized fats, and general toxins. Your core body

massage therapist at Spa Reveil.

temperature goes up 1-3 degrees increasing blood flow to your extremities and promoting healing and recovery throughout your body,” said Zach Medlin, president of SmartSweat.

Last, round out your services with a few deep breaths in their exclusive women’s and men’s “Hammam” - an Arabic word for “spreader of warmth.” More of a warm wet room than your gym’s

Infrared saunas are unique because they generate sweat 7-to-10

typical hot steam room, taking a few minutes to simply sit and

times more detoxifying than traditional saunas; in other words,

breathe inside this amazing Turkish steam bath is the perfect way to

sweat produced here contains less water and more toxins. Plus,

complete a post-workout recovery plan.

here’s the kicker: you can burn anywhere from 200 to 600 calories in a single 40-minute session! The infrared heat works from the inside out resulting in an increased heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate as your body works to cool itself down.

Whatever type of workout in which you choose to engage, these are some of the new tactics in the health and wellness world that “keep the fire burning.” Metabolism boosters like spicy foods, detoxifying infrared saunas, and the restorative powers of massage & steam are

R E COV E R : Spa Reveil at the Domain in Austin, TX has developed

options to utilize in making the most of an active lifestyle.

the perfect prescription for optimal recovery from athletic

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DERRICK'S DIALOGUE How to Find the Barber Who is Right for You WRITTEN BY D E R R I C K J. R O G E R S

rooming at the barbershop is important

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to every man who desires to maintain his persona and consistently remain at his absolute best and most confident. Unfortunately,

many

modern

men

are missing out on the benefits of having a regular barbershop experience. However, barbering is a timeless male tradition that in recent years has become more and

YO U R A DVA N C E D P R E PA R AT I O N

Do your due diligence. If you’re looking for a new barber, a great first step is to ask other males with whom you come in contact for recommendations. Make certain to seek recommendations from men who always seem to have a consistently great haircut. Social media is also becoming an increasingly popular way to narrow your search for great barbers in your area.

more popular across the country. Yes, men are returning to the barbershop.

While You’re at the Shop Look for confidence. Barbers should be passionate their

A quality barber has a solid memory.

As you visit

craft as well as knowledgeable and energetic about the

regularly, he’ll become familiar with the many contours

business. You also want a barber who can confidently tell

of your head and the complexities of your hair and will

you what would work best for your hair even if it varies

know how to cut and style your hair just the way you like

from your initial request.

it. Plus, your barber can become a good friend, someone with whom you can have casual conversation, develop

Take note of how well groomed the barber is. Barbers

a great friendship and look forward to seeing every few

are normally very in tune with current fashion. A good

weeks.

barber takes his personal appearance seriously because he’s in the business of helping men with their personal

So how does the influential man go about developing this

and professional image.

important, potentially life long, relationship and finding a

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good barber? I have a few key recommendations based

Take note of the shop’s cleanliness and organization. City

on my over ten years of experience as a master barber.

health regulations have put important health guidelines

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in place to ensure cleanliness, sanitation, and most importantly that all licensing and permits are up to date. In addition to checking how sanitary the barbershop is, take note of overall feel of the shop. A good barber with an eye for detail will make sure his work area is in excellent condition.

Clippers and shears should be sprayed and

sanitized frequently during the service. Combs and brushes should also be freshly cleaned before your service. Does the barber ask the right questions? When you sit down in the barber chair and the barber puts the cape around your neck, the consultation should include questions like “What type of haircut would you like?”, “Do you desire a shave?”, and “Are there any sensitive or problem areas of your skin or scalp of which I need to be aware?” To get an idea of the barber’s experience, simply ask. Barbers enjoy barbering and would welcome sharing their journey. Determine how busy the barber is, and if he works

I M P O R TA N T T I P S TO E N S U R E YO U R OV E R A L L PERSONAL GROOMING:

by appointment or is business based on walking traffic. Regardless of which, if he seems to be busy on a regular

• Schedule regular barber visits based on lifestyle.

basics, you’ve probably found yourself a quality barber. • Hair should be shampooed at some point throughout the After you get an idea about his experience and how in

day after your haircut.

demand he is, ask questions to get a feel for his personality. Do you and the barber share some common interests?

• Depending on your lifestyle and type of hair, hair should

Hopefully you have a few things to help begin developing

be shampooed every three to four days being mindful

that barber-client relationship. As your service is complete,

that natural oils are being removed from your scalp’s

you should leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and recharged.

pores.

Determine reliability. It’s important to take cues on the potential reliability of the barber.

The barber should

have business cards readily available and should request

• Depending on the type of or needs of the hair, replenish natural oils with a simply oil sheen or tea tree oil. Use of coconut oil adds luster and shine to the hair itself.

your contact information as well. An additional indication would be if the barber request to set your next and/or reoccurring future appointments. The barber’s timeliness

• Pomades should be used sparingly and washed out after each use to avoid clogged the pores of the scalp.

of your appointments and advanced notice of any changes is a professional representation that the barber values your time and his business.

• When shaving, always wash with a mild facial soap or wipe with an astringent to start with a clean face. Use a fresh razor, or shave with a sanitized clipper. Be sure to

Grooming is very important. When we look good, we feel

follow up the shave with a mild after shave or antiseptic.

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IN IN FORM NETWORK

YOU, U S, & T H E M A Guide to Healthy Communication WRITTEN BY

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SCOTT LUDINGTON

ommunication can be your greatest ally

yourself about yourself. Most people assume they know

or your worst enemy. Knowing how to

and communicate well with themselves but may not have

communicate and effectively relate to

spent proper time getting to know themselves the way

the world around you is something most

they know other people. This kind of communication

people take for granted. In a world where

happens consistently and long enough that you know all

tweets and Facebook posts are all too often taken out

the bad stuff and choose to love yourself anyway.

of context, where text messages are sent so carelessly that your funny and even unintentionally offensive

Some people find it hard to spend time building up the

autocorrected messages can get you read during Ellen’s

good in their lives, as well as, dealing with the bad. To

weekly “Clumsy Thumbsy” segment, it’s important to

put it another way, feeding what you want to live and

have purpose in your communication. You can’t live

starving what you want to kill about yourself. You have to

life by accident. You have to live it on purpose. Healthy

know the good and love yourself in spite of the bad; love

communication happens in three basic arenas that I’ll

yourself enough to become the best you that you can

refer to as YOU, US, & THEM.

be. However, that doesn’t happen unless you can have open, healthy, and honest communication with yourself

The first arena we will call “YOU.”

This is when you

about yourself. Once you know how to have healthy and

communicate with yourself. Seems easy, right? Wrong.

effective communication with yourself, you can begin to

Too many people have never taken what some call “the

have it with others.

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For a more in-depth perspective, you may want to check

solid foundation for your self-talk and healthy, honest

out Shad Helmstetter’s book What To Say When You Talk

communication is familiar, you are ready to take on what

To Yourself.

is foreign to you or “Them.” “Them” takes authenticity.

The second arena we will call “US.” This takes openness,

Authenticity is being who you are such that you are

the kind of openness that comes easily once you know how

neither threatened by people who are different from you

you communicate with yourself. “US” are those people in

and how you believe nor are you yourself threatening. We

your circle of acquaintances, friends, and family; people

all have the idea of otherness in operation in our lives.

who are known to you and those who are familiar. These

Otherness is when we look out into the world from our

are people who let you be you, and for the most part,

own limited perspective and categorize people that are

totally accept you for who you are. With these people you

fundamentally different from how we see ourselves and

can be comfortable and complacent.. It’s good and it’s bad

those we are most closely surrounded with. People that

which is why you have to make sure the communication in

fall outside of our frame of reference qualify as otherness.

this arena is healthy and growing. This balance keeps you

This could include a different faith, political party, culture,

from stagnating. The kind of openness you can have with

sexual orientation, etc.

the “US” in your life is wonderful. The shared meaning, the laughter, the growing body of experiences that bring you

We can get trapped in domain dependence. Domain

closer is one of the things that makes life worth living.

dependence occurs when we are all partially handicapped in a similar way, unable to recognize ideas when presented

Where we sometimes go wrong here is with assumed

in different contexts. We are all too often fooled by the

agreement. Assumed agreement occurs when you see

most superficialike the giftwrapping around the object

someone at church, at a PTA meeting, or with whom

instead of the object itself. Being distracted by outward

you play intramural sports, for example, and have never

appearances is why we tend to not acknowledge and

explored anything beyond the cliché in terms of the depth

accept new ideas, people, and experiences. If we have

of your communication. We all have people with whom

good communication with ourselves and with those

we interact, and we assume they are just like us. Same

closest to us, we are secure enough to encounter new

political party, same ideological outlook, same ethics,

things and evaluate each on our own merits rather than

same everything.

instantly discarding something just because it’s unfamiliar.. When we are able to live this way with the larger part of

However, once we find out differently, we are faced with

the world to which we are not directly connected, the

having to reevaluate how we feel. We mentally scroll

result is actualization.

through everything else we know about them and wonder what else we don’t know. A sort of distance can start to

Communication is a constant. You are always going to

form. If we keep things fresh and alive-and continue to get

be involved in communication. It starts the moment we

to know the people in our lives that we are closest to and

are born and never stops. Whether it written, verbal,

interact with the most-it can give us a healthy perspective

nonverbal, etc., the channels are almost limitless. Apps on

and a growing sense of security in who we are. It also

our phones, email, texts, Twitter, blogs, large-scale social

keeps us from being intimidated by minor or even major

events, intimate gatherings with family and friends, and

differences.

personal time spent in meditation and personal reflection are just the beginning. The key to healthy communication

The third arena we will call “THEM.” Once you have a

is openness, authenticity, and actualization.

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Dr. Deborah Luis

FRESH-TIPS

®

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resh-Tips® is a privately owned brand

Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener that can be

started by dental professionals Dr. Deborah

extracted from fruits and vegetables. It looks like sugar,

Luis and her husband Rene Luis. Their goal

tastes like sugar and it has been substituted for sugar

is to promote fresh breath and oral health

since the sixties. It gained popularity due to its ability to

worldwide.  Fresh-Tips® Peppermint debuts

fight cavities. It’s great for diabetics and is a naturally

as the first ever, complete mouth freshener that is both

occurring sweetener and is the #1 ingredient in Fresh-

a disposable brush that functions as a healthy lollipop.

Tips®.

The product is set to revolutionize the oral care industry. Kids beg for Fresh-Tips® so the newest flavor bubblegum Fresh-Tips® is a disposable toothbrush that contains

will be introduce to market very soon. It’s great for kids

rubber bristles and a xylitol (all natural, sugar-free) mint

and comes without the toothpick for their little mouths.

that cleans your entire mouth: teeth, tongue, and gums.

Young kids can use Fresh-Tips® as a way to learn how

It is gentle on your enamel and massages the gums. More

to brush their teeth and it helps prevent cavities, which

importantly, Fresh-Tips® are a lot of fun because you use

makes it a win for moms too. The #1 chronic childhood

them like a lollipop. You open one and place it in your

disease is dental cavities, so one mouth at a time Fresh-

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cleaning. It has an interdental toothpick for all those hard to reach places. Fresh-Tips® are easy to carry for their comfortable size; a necessity for any man’s pocket and any woman’s purse. Fresh-Tips® are ergonomic and fits perfectly in the mouth.

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P E R F E C T LY

SATURDAY, MAY 31

Brazos Hall • Downtown Austin

BENEFITING

PA R T Y Tickets and sponsorship available at

komenaustin.org/perfectlypinkparty CO-CHAIRS: DEB DAVIS GROVES AND MARTHA COONS

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GALA GUIDE Ante Up for MS: A Women’s Charity Poker Night

Best Party Ever Friday, May 9 | 5:30 – 10 PM W Hotel, Austin

Thursday, May 8 | 7 PM The Classic Car Club, Manhattan, New York

The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering 7th Annual Spring Ball

Komen Austin’s 3rd Annual Perfectly Pink Party

Tuesday, May 13 | 7 PM The Waldorf-Astoria, NYC

Saturday, May 31 | 5:30 PM Brazos Hall, Austin

MAS 2014 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal Presentation

Austin Over the Edge: Make-A-Wish

Wednesday, June 11 | 7 PM 583 Park Avenue at East 63rd Street, New York City

Saturday, June 14, 9 AM – Sunday, June 15, 6 PM W Hotel, Austin

Visit www.austinsocialplanner.com or the The New York Social Diary to learn more about individual events and to get the scoop on everything going on!

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{Ballet Austin Guild Presents}

A Platinum Celebration, 20 Years of

"WOMEN ON THEIR TOES"

Bambi Bratton, Elizabeth McGuire, Jessica Weaver, & Heather May

Elsie Abrams, Glenda Patterson, Margaret Kelly, Louise Hein, Christine Wotkyns

WRITTEN BY W I L L I A M J A C K S O N

Raffle Assistants, James Christiano, Alexi Bauereis, & Freddy Christiano are all young dancers at Ballet Austin Academy

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n the beautiful shores of Lady Bird Lake in

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Betty Oltorf, Ballet Austin Guild President

Russell Collection Fine Art which went to the highest bidder.

vibrant downtown Austin, 375 guests joined the Ballet Austin Guild as they presented A

A highlight of the afternoon was the Ballet Austin Guild's

Platinum Celebration, 20 years of Woman on

presentation, by guild president Betty Oltorf and event chairs

Their Toes on April 17 at the Hyatt Regency.

Jessica Johnson and Lorelei McDevitt, of a $2,000 check to

The annual luncheon/fundraiser benefiting Ballet Austin

guest speaker Rachel Moore, in support of Project Plié.

presented a retrospection of the past 20 years of honoring Austin area non-profits and their volunteers including a video

It was a pleasant experience to share the afternoon with

presentation about Ballet Austin Guild and the work it does

a number of influential men and women from the greater

supporting Ballet Austin.

Austin communities.

A lively and engaging conversation

with Kim Updegrove, executive director of Mothers Milk Jade Mingus, KVUE, and Cassie Gallo, KEYE served as emcees

Bank Austin was thought provoking.

We look forward

keeping the lively attendees thrilled about being involved in

to visiting Mothers Milk Bank Austin to see firsthand how

the Ballet Austin Guild, either as members or supporters.

they add tremendous value to the communities at large.

They also presided over the announcing the results of the silent auction which included six sumptuous raffle baskets

To

learn

more

about

which had a value over $15,000 and “Ballet Pointe Shoes,” a

visit www.balletaustinguild.org.

Ballet

Austin

Guild

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{The Junior League of Austin Celebrates}

PLANTING SEEDS O F I M PA C T 80 Years of Community Leadership W R I T T E N BY W I L L I A M JAC K S O N P H OTO S C O U R T E SY O F D E B R A G U L B A S P H OTO G R A P H Y

ver the past 80 years, The Junior League of Austin has grown to become one of the largest Junior Leagues

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in the nation, with more than 2,400 members commited to nuturing the Greater Austin community. Members annually provide 100,000 volunteer service hours and approximately $750,000 are invested in other non-profit agencies and programs across the community. Each dollar raised is tripled in value by our volunteer’s time. To date, The Junior League of Austin has supported more 200 community partner

projects, non-profit agencies, and programs with gifts of funding and volunteer manpower.

These

accomplishments

celebrate

The

Junior

are

definitely

League's

strong

reasons

to

An

informative

video

provided

an

inspirational

commitment

retrospective of The Junior League’s impact throughout

to cultivate a healthy community. That’s exactly what

the communities they serve. One couldn’t help but see

hundreds of influential women and men did on April 17

(and feel) the enthusiasm and pride members exude

at the historic Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin. Under

for being instruments for positive impact; it was truly

the very capable direction of Terri Broussard Williams,

an inspirational evening. Congratulations to The Junior

Junior League member and chair of the 80th Anniversary

league of Austin and continued success in the many years

Celebration Event Committee, a lovely cocktail reception

to come.

complemented by a string sextet, a room dedicated to the history of the Junior League in Austin, a custom

Learn more about The Junior League of Austin by

champagne and vodka cocktail, fabulous food and of

visiting www.jlaustin.org.

course lively and engaging fellowship.

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