BELLE OF THE BALL
Mardi Gras done right
When this Acadiana mom faced death, she found a spirit of strength instead of fear. A lesson in listening when your body speaks and resilience no matter the odds. FEBRUARY 2012
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Whatâ€™s happening in February at Vanessa V.!! Vanessa V. is introducing a new designer to Lafayette, her name is Viereck. The purpose behind me buying this line for the store is because the dresses will be your go-to piece all spring and summer. The prints are amazing, the fit is just right (not too short, not too long, AND bra-friendly), and the fabrication is casual enough for a lunch or playdate with friends and dressy enough for work or dinner. You will LOVE this line!
February Spring Tops by Vanessa V.- known for our tops, we will be bringing you the perfect tops this month in fabrications and colors for February and beyond! Great to wear now over leggings, denim and colored bottoms and appropriate for shorts in the late spring/summer.
Spring Dresses at Vanessa V.need a dress for family pictures, a shower or wedding?- we are continuing to bring back the brands you love-pocketed perfections from Charlie Jade, and "wear did you GET that?" creations from Mink Pink. We also haven't forgotten to include easy to throw on dresses in the $38-$58 range!
Another new line to Vanessa V. this February is Sanctuary. Originally known for its great-fitting bottoms, Sanctuary has grown to an amazing collection of tops, dresses, shorts, jeans, and pants. This month come check out this gorgeous crochet maxi, beautiful flowy tops, and a BIG trend that started this fall and continues into spring...colored bottoms (check out Sanctuary by Vanessa V. in the fashion spread on page 52 in this magazine!)
Shoe trends this month- prints and colors are whats happening in shoes this spring! It is perfectly acceptable to mix and match your colors, try a red denim bottom, with a kelly green top and mustard wedge(pictured here). We will always bring you shoes that are unique, yet wearable from day to night and we would love to show you how colored shoes really do go with anything!
February Special at Vanessa V.!! Buy one pair of denim bottoms and you will receive a $40 accessory shopping spree good towards our fabulous new spring arrivals of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, scarves, handbags, and belts!
Have you tried our denim yet? The denim we carry is available sizes 0-18, is so unbelievably comfortcomfort able and they DO NOT stretch out! You will put these on your body and think "Finally, someone made a jean to fit a woman's body!" For the entire month of February-with the purchase of ANY denim at Vanessa V. you will be given a FREE $40 accessory shopping spree!! Mention this ad to recieve, 1-$40 credit per person to be used on same day as denim purchase one time in the month of February,credit is non-transferrable; offer good only on regular price denim valued at $98 or more; does not include jewelry in our cases or ADA leather belts, denim/accessories on this offer is non-returnable and is a final sale; absolutely no execeptions.
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56 l THE FACE
This vibrant woman faced an experience that would have broken some. It only made her stronger. A lesson in listening to your body no matter how “healthy” you may seem. 23 l TRUE LOVE
Three must reads straight from the pens of FACE readers.
30 l HOLIDAY FOR ALL
Whether married, dating or single, break out of the mold this Valentine’s Day and find a way to celebrate that’s more you.
31 l PEOPLE OF THE YEAR
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year is making the difference in the lives of the young and old in Acadiana.
33 l BACK TO BASICS
Learn how to escape the risk factors of heart disease with our super simple (read cheap and fast) tips from a local expert.
36 l HEART OF THE FAMILY
A tiny heart patient is the heart of her family. How her mother stays strong.
38 l LADIES IN RED
Lafayette’s can’t-miss ladies in red lunch brings in a national expert in getting fit. Get your red dress ready, ladies.
40 l MARDI GRAS MATTERS
One Acadiana krewe is taking the sussies of Mardi Gras overseas. How you can brighten a little corner of a soldier’s world.
42 l BELLE OF THE BALL
The Grace Notes experts give us a map for navigating the unique season of Mardi Gras with, of course, grace.
44 l HAVING YOUR CAKE
Try this super easy recipe for your very own king cake.
46 l MAD ABOUT IT
It changed me. God has a reason for me to still be here.” – Brenda Boudreaux
The wildest hat soiree brings new blood and a can’t-miss new auction to Mad Hatters.
48 l ROMANCING THE GIRL
The most romantic in dressing – from maxi dresses and skirts to look-at-me formals and springy denim.
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editor’sdesk amanda bedgood
urveying the landscape of the February issue the phrase "Eat better. Love more." comes to mind. Two things we could all do that would no doubt improve the quantity of our days and, more importantly, the quality of those days.
This issue is all about heart. Whether we're referring to that vital organ pumping your lifeblood or that vital host of your dreams, convictions and affections, a life of balance and joy means taking care of both. It's something the women filling our pages this month know something about starting with our cover girl Brenda Boudreaux. Brenda faced death and some dark days and yet came out more resilient not less. An experience that would have broken some only gave Brenda strength. Read her story on page 58 for a lesson in listening to your body and using whatever life throws your way for the good.
“It’s amazing how differently life is lived when it’s filled with love" When it comes to heart health don't miss our Heart Basics article on page 34 (and don’t miss one of our favorite events – the Go Red for Women luncheon). While new technologies are changing the landscape of heart health we learn that truly staying heart healthy requires less than an hour a day, some discipline and no extra strain on your pocketbook. Listen up, ladies. If you think these tips don’t apply to you, remember that 90 percent of women have the risk factors for heart disease. And 80 percent of the victims of this country's number one killer of women could have prevented it. Take some time to truly love yourself right now with a long walk and colorful bowl of fruit.
day on page 40. Speaking of revelry, don’t miss the ever-growing parade of outrageous (and demure) hats that will be rolling out for the Mad Hatters luncheon. The event to benefit the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra is all about fascinators this year. (I’m already picturing myself in something akin to those crazy hats I couldn’t get enough of during the royal wedding coverage last year.) Get the inside scoop as the torch passes to organizer Stacy Grow and check out the one-of-a-kind hats up for auction displayed in our homemade mad hatter tea party. Whether it’s the American Heart Association’s Go Red lunch, the Mad Hatters, eating healthy or our uber romantic fashion spread, this issue is truly filled with some of the things I love the most. We hope you take this month to fill your homes and hearts with the things you love the most (unless it’s king cake and fried chicken and then we ask that you consider some moderation). It’s amazing how differently life is lived when it’s filled with love. Love is something that I have no shortage of these days. I’m bursting at the seams with it. It seems to be what happens with a new baby around. (There are a lot of other things that happen with a new baby around – like 128 diaper changes a day and spit up in your hair.) Since the birth of Wilder in October I’ve definitely found myself living by the “Eat better. Love more.” Mantra. You need both to sustain not just that bundle of joy, but yourself. And it’s not a temporary thing. Eating better is a lifelong mission. Loving more is the greatest commandment and, if we think of the long term impact it can have, the most far-reaching thing.
Fruits, veggies and lean meat all add up to not only a great way to get and stay heart healthy, but are the basis of the latest buzz in dieting – the Paleo diet. Our resident expert in nutrition gives us the low down on the “Cave Man” diet. Before you start hunting and gathering, check out Yvette Quantz’s take on the new craze. February wouldn’t be complete without a nod to Valentine’s Day and, of course, Mardi Gras. We tapped into the minds of three very different FACE readers and gave them a pen (or keyboard) to share their stories of love. What we found is that everyone looks at love differently, everyone wants and needs love and love comes in many different forms. Check out their takes on the matters of the heart on page 24 and keep reading for some creative ways to spend the holiday (that don’t require reservations or red roses). There is no other holiday that is truly the heart of a region the way Mardi Gras is in Acadiana. True to form, we left the trite behind and found some unique takes on the area’s biggest party. The experts at Grace Notes give us a lesson in enjoying Mardi Gras without hating yourself (or anyone else feeling not so loving toward you) the next morning. From proper etiquette to good practices in behavior, our favorite duo shares how to navigate this one-of-a-kind holiday.
Feeling the love with Mike and Wilder. My two great loves.
When we went looking for a unique Mardi Gras story, we found that perhaps the most interesting happening connected to Fat Tuesday took place in Afghanistan (as in Kabul). Read how one krewe in Acadiana brought the revelry to the heroes fighting for us every
Amanda Bedgood is the editor of FACE Magazine. Send your fashion inspirations, interesting stories and other musings to email@example.com.
So, whether you’re a mommy, a wife, a sister, a friend, a daughter spend some time this February remembering why you love yourself and infuse that into your life. Your world will be much brighter for it.
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New boards of directors
The Downtown Development Authority and Downtown Lafayette Unimited announced their respective Boards of Directors for 2012. The two groups work together and in conjunction with the governmental, nonprofit and private sectors to advance the economic, cultural and physical development of Downtown – both preserving and enhancing its important role as Lafayette’s city center. "Through the diversity of our board of directors, DLU and DDA are able to harmonize many voices from various industries and areas downtown to keep the district moving forward. The boards are pro-active in creating a unique downtown experience that incorporates so much of what our area has to offer in a way that makes downtown the place to be in Lafayette,” said Cathy Webre, Executive Director, Downtown Development Authority. Newly selected chairman Bryant Poche says he’s honored as to 2012 DDA Board Members, pictured from left: Michele Ezell, Don take up the role as Broussard, George Favaloro, Pat Trahan (Secretary-Treasurer), Ed Bowie, Lafayette begins the Bryant Poche (Chairman) and Blake David (Immediate Past Chair/ Designee) development of the new Comprehensive Plan. “… I feel this is an important time in the planning for the future goals and direction of Downtown and I am excited to be involved during this process,” said DDA Chairman Bryant Poche. DLU announced a new Board of Directors for 2012 that incorporates those living and working in the district in industries ranging from the educational and financial industries to personal services and hospitality. With the leadership of the 2012 board, organizers will continue the revitalization of downtown and hope to continue to spur new businesses and continue events and promotions. “We welcomed 26 new businesses to downtown in 2011 and look forward to continuing that growth into the New Year. With our marquis event, Downtown Alive! entering its 30th season, I hope that we continue to draw the awesome crowds that come out every Friday night in the spring and fall. In addition to Downtown Alive!, 2nd Saturday Artwalk and over 80 other events in the parcs continue to bring the c o m m u n i t y together for the best the arts & culture district has to offer and we look forward to 2012,” said President Jaci 2012 DLU Board Members, pictured from left: Andrew Payne, Greg Dubois, Russo. Richard Kennedy, Gerd Weustemann, Mary Guidry, Joey Babineaux, Jaci D o w n t o w n Russo (President), Byron Trosclair, Ceci Thomassie, CB Talley, Eric Crozier, Gerald Breaux, Blaise Zuschlag and Ben Berthelot (President-Elect). Lafayette Unlimited (DLU) is a private, non-profit corporation formed in November 1983. Its general mission is the physical, economic and cultural revitalization of the downtown district – restoring and preserving its important place as the center of life in Acadiana. DLU strives to provide the private sector leadership and coordination needed in the revitalization effort working hand in hand with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the City of Lafayette to affect a strong public-private partnership in downtown improvements. DLU is also responsible for popular events downtown including Downtown Alive!, Movies in the Parc and ArtWalk. DLU membership is comprised of individuals and businesses citywide as well as downtown. DLU is governed by Board of Directors and utilizes committees and task forces to conduct the revitalization activities. Activities are funded privately through membership dues, grants, and special revenues.
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Everyone knows the story of Cinderella as portrayed in books and movies, but no medium quite captures the magic of this inspiring rags-to-riches tale as classical ballet. Experience the enchantment of Lafayette Ballet Theatre’s “Cinderella” at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 31, 2012, in the Heymann Performing Arts Center. LBT promises an awe-inspiring evening appropriate for all ages. Principal guest artists from the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Cincinnati Ballet will join the local cast in presenting the three-act, full-length classical production, set to Sergei Prokofiev’s celebrated score. Tickets – great for Valentine’s Day gifts – are available now through the Heymann Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are priced as follows: front orchestra, $40; back orchestra, $35; first balcony, $30; back orchestra, $20. Additional Ticketmaster fees may apply. Special group rates are available. Students are eligible for a 50-percent discount on balcony level tickets anytime, or they may opt for the “student rush” special: half off on all seats still available 30 minutes prior to curtain. artists Lindsi Dec and Karel Cruz, principal (Students must present a current school ID Guest dancers with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, will at the Heymann Center Box Office to receive perform the leading roles in Lafayette Ballet the “student rush” discount.) Tickets are Theatre’s production of Cinderella. available at the Heymann Center Box Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; via phone, 337-291-5555; and online at www.ticketmaster.com. Lafayette Ballet Theatre is a nonprofit organization offering classical ballet instruction, dance study scholarships, educational programs and quality stage performances to the Acadiana community. LBT’s production of “Cinderella” is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Acadiana Center for the Arts. For more information on LBT and “Cinderella,” call -337-262-0444 or visit www.LafayetteBalletTheatre.org.
The United Way of Acadiana is teaming up with local supporters for an event that equals better libraries. Day of Literacy is a one-day event that mobilizes local communities around the issue of education. United Way and KATC will help build school libraries by coordinating a community-wide book drive. By enhancing school libraries with age-appropriate books, they’re fostering early grade literacy in students. New and/or gently used books are requested. First and second grade books are preferred. A recommended book list can be found at UnitedWayofAcadiana.org along with chances to volunteer. Beginning Saturday, February 11 at 11a.m. and each night at 7p.m., leading up to Day of Literacy on February 16, Barnes and Noble will host storytelling to help promote the book drive. A book fair will begin February 10 through February 16 as well, and individuals may purchase books to donate to one of the participating school districts. Additionally, if shoppers mention the United Way Day of Literacy event, a percentage of all purchases will be given to the participating organization. Day of LIteracy: Feb. 16, 7am-6pm Drop off sites include: Lafayette Parish, United Way of Acadiana at 215 E. Pinhook Road / Lafayette, LA Acadia Parish, Acadia Parish School Board, 2402 North Parkerson Avenue, Crowley Iberia Parish, United Way of Iberia at 449 E. St. Peter Street, New Iberia St. Martin Parish, St. Martin Parish School Board, 305 Washington Street, St. Martinville Vermilion Parish, Vermilion Parish School Board, 220 S. Jefferson Street, Abbeville St. Landry Parish, St. Landry Parish School Board, 1013 E. Creswell Lane, Opelousas St. Landry-Evangeline United Way, 311 W. Vine St., Opelousas
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Krewe des Chien - PEOPLE More info: 337.322.1112. BALL Krewe of Andalusia Mardi Friday, Feb. 3, Abacus, Lafayette at 7 Gras Parade p.m. Admission: $45 per person. Friday, Feb. 10, Downtown New Iberia, 6:30 p.m.
The Mystic Krewe of Apollo de Lafayette Bal Masque Carencro XXXVI Saturday, Feb. 4, Cajundome Parade Oil Center Farmers' Market
Saturday, Feb. 4, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., LGMC Medical Plaza, 427 Heymann Blvd. More info: 337.232.1267; info@oilcenter. com.
King Cake 5K
Saturday, Feb. 11, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., River Ranch Town Square, benefits The Children’s Shelters of Acadiana Youth.
to Cajun Field, Lafayette, Celebrating King Gabriel, who reigns over Lafayette Mardi Gras.
Danse de la Louisiane
Lafayette Mardi Festival Parade
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m., AcA, presented by L.J. Alleman Dancers. Enjoy a lesson in Louisiana History through the magic of dance. L.J. Alleman Middle School dance students will present the evolution of dance and its direct relation to Louisiana culture. The performance will take you from its regal beginning in the royal court to the toe-tapping two-step in Cajun country. Dance styles to be explored include French European ballet, Spanish flamenco dance, modern, Cajun and hip-hop. Get ready to dance!
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jam session beginning about 10 a.m. Parade travels 100 yards on the west side of the Begnaud House.
Friday Night Parade
Friday, Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m., downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. Featuring multiple krewes from the Greater Southwest Mardi Gras Association. Saturday, Feb. 18, 12:30 p.m., downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette.
Saturday, Feb. 11, starts at Carencro High ends by Carencro Community Center 11 a.m. Organized by the Carencro Mardi Gras Association, the parade begins at Carencro High School.
Krewe of Bonaparte Mardi Gras Parade
Carnivale de Rio Parade Scott Mardi Gras Parade
Sunday, Feb. 12, 1 p.m. The Begnaud House will be hosting a family friendly
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1 p.m., downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. Celebrating King Toussaint L'Ouverture and Queen Suzanne Simmone.
Fox 15 Independent Parade
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m., downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Acadiana Walk to Cure Diabetes
Saturday, March 10, The event is a 1 mile walk originating and ending at beautiful Town Square at River Ranch. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m.
Heartstrings & Angel Wings 4th Annual Gumbo Borden’s Children’s Parade Cookoff
Saturday, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m., Lafayette Parade Route.
Saturday, Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m., downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette.
Monday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m., downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. Celebrating Queen Evangeline and her Court.
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. downtown
Saturday, March 10, at Henry Guidry Memorial Park in Henderson. The event will feature teams competing to be the best in the categories of Chicken & Sausage Gumbo or Seafood gumbo. Applications are being accepted now to compete and can be found on our website (www. heartstringsandangelwings.org) or by calling Chef Colt Patin (337) 277-6745. There is a $50 entry fee per category for all teams if applications are returned before Feb. 24.
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MILESTONES 35 years, more to go Brother’s looks to the future Lafayette’s longstanding Brother’s on the Boulevard celebrated 35 years in business. It’s a significant milestone in a business that is ever changing. We get the inside scoop from Brother and Catherine Abdalla along with daughter Alicia, who recently entered the fold, on just how they’ve maintained the family business in the midst of it all and how they plan to keep things going for the next generation.
Realty (named after Brother’s mother, Irma Belle Abdalla). Today, the center includes 17 tenants, from Jason’s Deli to Caroline & Company, Style America and Hershey’s Ice Cream. Throughout the year they give back through an annual Shop for the Cure for Komen, a twice a year suit trade-in for Acadiana Outreach and Souls4Soles.
Brother's has been in business for 35 years. Why? A lot of businesses come and go. To what do you all attribute In addition to the retail business, your longtime success?
Brother and Catherine also own “We continue to grow, adapt, and change and maintain the On the Boulevard with the customer. You must never stop shopping center, managed by Belle changing. The one thing constant about
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fashion is change. So over the years, we have attended all of the markets from New York, Chicago, and Atlanta to Dallas, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. We stay up to date with trends by networking and following all fashion magazines and news. We listen to our customers and buy based on what they want.”
What makes Brother's different? “We are the only locally owned and operated clothing, shoes, and accessories store for men and women of every age and every style. From casual to cocktail and everything in between, we can offer a classic look or a trendy look for any budget. We keep the customer in mind and offer superior customer service. From free alterations to personal shopping, our customers are our number one focus.”
We all feel very blessed to be here and we What is that like? are very humbled to have celebrated our 35th Brother and Katherine – “We are of course anniversary.” very happy to have her here. She wants to What does it mean for you to be a part bring back a younger, fresher look into the store and hopefully attract a younger crowd of the family business? Alicia – “Growing up in the family business, of shoppers back into Brother’s. She is a I always dreamed of owning my own store or buyer and helps with marketing concepts and running Brother's one day. Joining my family ideas. She also wants to learn more about at Brother's has allowed me to fulfill that how to tap into social media for marketing. dream while helping my parents and learning from the best in the business. It isn’t easy, that’s for sure! I have a lot to learn and a lot of mistakes to make but I am loving what I am doing and feel confident I can help take Brother’s through the next 35 years.
Our son, Adam Abdalla, is also a part of the family business. He has worked on the sales floor off and on over the years and now serves as the store and Boulevard Shopping Center’s attorney through his firm Becker & Hebert. Adam stays away from the fashion end but contributes on the business end with tenant management, which helps to ultimately draw shoppers to all the businesses in the center, including Brother’s.”
My goal is for shoppers to feel Brother’s is a store for men and women of every age and every style. I want Brother’s to continue to be a place where people can come with What does it mean to you to celebrate their children and grandchildren, but I want What's next for Brother's? Brother’s to be the go-to store again for high “Selling online, reaching more people in this milestone? Brother – “It is hard to believe the store school and college kids, as well as continue and out of state with social media, remaining is still going strong because when you get to serve our long-time customers.” competitive by continuing to look for the down to the second and third generation, it Bringing Alicia into the fold must be a next great brand and something different becomes even more challenging to continue great thing as parents - to see the next than what customers have seen before.” the success…
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Cave Man Cuisine Positive Points of Paleo
f you have been reading my column something from – and improve our health for a while now then you probably in the meantime. know I am not a proponent of one particular “diet” plan or another. I believe we all have different needs based off of our current situation, lifestyle, medical condition, food preferences and personal goals. Therefore you will never hear me saying there is only one “diet” to be followed by everyone. But instead I really strive to take a personal approach. The recent popularity of the Paleo Diet does peak my interest and while I do have some concerns of active individuals following the diet to the extreme, I do think there are many positive points from the Paleo diet that we can all learn a little
“… foods found from Mother Earth will increase the quality of your life.”
“Top 8 Positive Points of Paleo” 1. Eliminates refined flours. 2. Emphasis on eating more vegetables. 3. Includes essential fatty acids. 4. Focus on eating “from the earth” 5. Eliminates processed and packaged
foods. 6. Void of all hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup. 7. Encourages more cooking in the kitchen. 8. Cook with more herbs and spices. There is not one nutritionist out there who I believe will argue that following the eight principles listed from the Paleo diet will not lead to a healthier life. Eliminating processed foods and eating more foods found from Mother Earth will increase the quality of your life. If you are interested in following the Paleo plan then I would suggest you start by incorporating the principles listed above first. Once you have mastered these principles of eating more whole foods, eliminating processed foods from your diet,
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yvettequantz What is Paleo? For those who’ve been living in a cave, the Paleo diet is a plan that mimics the hunter-gatherer way of eating that our ancestors – read cave men – ate. It banishes processed foods and focuses on just the kind of eats Fred and Wilma enjoyed with the promise of warding off modern ailments like obesity, diabetes and heart disease (among others). Think lots of veggies and fruits along with wild game and certain fish. and preparing meals in advance and you still feel like incorporating more Paleo principles into your lifestyle then go for it.
The key with any “diet” is not just being able to follow the plan for a week, two weeks or even 6 months, but instead creating a lifestyle where you can do all you were created to do on this earth to do while still feeling healthy and able to enjoy the gifts around you. Any diet or nutrition plan should also help bring balance to your life helping to balance not only what is going on in the inside of your physical body, but also bring a sense of balance to your mind and soul. Through the years of practicing as a registered dietitian and also being “human”, if there is one thing I have learned and strive to share with others is the importance of creating that balance in life. And this balance does not come from following one diet plan, or one exercise plan, or even just one “spiritual” plan, but instead comes from
incorporating the practice of self love paired with good nutrition principles, regular
“… balance does not come from following one diet plan, or one exercise plan …” exercise, and connection with your “God.” So if the Paleo diet helps you do this, then I say – “go for it!” Yvette Quantz, LD, RD, CLT, is a Lifestyle and Sports Nutritionist and owner of Food Therapy, LLC. E-mail her at email@example.com and get more information about Food Therapy at www.foodtherapyonline.com.
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Looking For Love in all the
h, LOVE … the most addic- “I love you, not only for what you tive elixir in the world next are, but for what I am when I am to the chocolate. It can with you.” make us so giddy and hap–Roy Croft py. Who doesn’t want to be in a relationship where they are chercoming from someone else’s body. ished and loved? So, what happened? What changed I’m certain that some of you rememto tarnish the blush of our budding rober the song from the movie Urban Cowmance? The reason our prince (or prinboy, “Looking For Love in all The Wrong cess) turns into a frog is that we weren’t Places.” I love that song, and I am sure real clear with our instructions to the we have all felt like that at some point universe when we started out on our in our lives when we were looking for search for love in the first place. our prince or princess. Well, once the
secret you need to know before venturing forth into romance-land: you got to have a clear map for the journey. You wouldn’t leave on a vacation without a map or GPS would you? Of course not. Here are some course direction questions to ask yourself before you start out: 1. What does your dream relationship look like? Example: My partner must be loving, respectful, fulfilling, playful, trustworthy.
2. What would be a critical success faceuphoria and bliss wears off, we start As I am a firm believer in true ro- tor in a relationship? Example: He/she getting these mixed messages from this mance, I’d like to help you in your quest has to have a great sense of humor, be beautiful being that sound like they are for that perfect mate. Here’s the big playful, lead a balanced lifestyle, able to
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you’d expect of your partner? Example: Must be handy around the house, makes you laugh, cooks a mean dinner, enjoys 3. What would be a critical failure factor in spending quiet time with you, and apprea relationship? Example: They must not be ciates your worth as a human being. judgmental, critical, possessive, dishonest, lack communication skills, afraid of com- 6. What would he/she look like? Example: You can make a collage, but sometimes mitment. love comes in unexpected packages. Looks 4. What is your clear intention of what you will fade with time, but a kind heart lasts aspire to in a mate? If you are looking for forever. someone to complete you, forget it. That is a dead-end road. Look for someone to 7. What are the traits (gifts) that you bring compliment your already existing full life. to the relationship? You will experience a lot more freedom I know this list sounds like a lot of quesand dignity when someone enhances your tions and a lot of work, but then how serilife. ous are you about finding a soulmate? The show vulnerability, be secure in who they are.
5. What are some of the positive traits
the faster you are going to find who you are looking for. Here’s the bottom line. Is this a recipe for the end all, be all for beginning a perfect relationship? No, it is not. Does it mean that you will never disagree or fight? No, it does not. What it does mean is that you have a better chance of working things out in the relationship if you’ve attracted your potential partner using a clearer criteria list. Happy Valentine Day! May you find your love in all the right places. Cookie Tuminello, Leadership and Team Building Coach, is the founder and CEO of Success Source, LLC. Cookie can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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How every couple can learn to listen better, speak
ometimes we may or may not there’s a breakdown in intimacy, type of communication, intimate feel “in love” with our partner there is often misunderstanding communication isn’t an innate trait, or spouse. Not every day is and miscommunication about what but a skill that can be learned. Learning Valentine’s Day, and romance “intimacy” means: emotional or sexual, this skill can help partners to connect and intimacy give way to carpool lines, when in fact, it’s both and more. on a much deeper emotional level, alarm clocks, grocery store trips, and Many times couples grow distant leading to a more fulfilling relationship endless loads of laundry. That’s when because they do not know how to in and out of the bedroom. it’s important to remember that love For the speaker: When trying to is a choice, an action we consciously “Learning this skill can emotionally connect, less is more. and purposefully choose to take help partners to connect on Share only one thing at a time. every day, whether we “feel” like it Human beings can only process so or not. a much deeper emotional much information at once, and if you share too many things at one time Even when an intimate level, leading to a more with your partner, he will probably relationship is working at its best, connecting with our spouse is easier fulfilling relationship in and only remember the last part of what you said. Think of information like a at some times than others. For out of the bedroom.” package and keep it small. Second, example, when you’re running on don’t make accusations. When you empty from the sleep deprivation of having a newborn, emotional and communicate intimately. Rather than accuse or approach your partner in physical intimacy is not foremost on really talking or listening, they make anger (think “you always,” “you never”), the mind. Relationship connections assumptions, attempt to “mind-read,” you’re likely to get a defensive reaction.
With a little extra thought, there is almost always a way to be tactful in the way you share information. Third, help your partner understand you. When you’re speaking, it’s your job to help the listener understand what you think and feel. When answering questions, respond as openly as you can. Try and share yourself in a new way with your partner to deepen the conversation, and the connection, between you. For the listener: Assume nothing. Check out your assumptions and freely ask for clarifications. Don’t be afraid to repeat or reflect back your understanding of what your partner has told you and ask if it’s accurate. For example, you might say “I think you are saying that you really want to spend can also wither over time through and don’t really explore what is going time together and when I come home neglect. When couples do acknowledge on for the other person. Like any other late from work you are disappointed.
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better, connect better Is that right?” You probably won’t nail it every time, and that’s okay because when your partner responds, you continue to develop the discussion and get closer to what your partner thinks and feels (and to finding a solution). Second, ask openended questions, the kind that can’t be answered “yes” or “no.” For example, “What does that feel like for you when I come home late?” “Tell me more about what you’re thinking.” Open-ended questions keep the conversation going. Third, don’t get defensive. Whatever your partner says, think about it as if he or she
were talking about someone else. Don’t statement doesn’t seem true to you, it’s contradict what your partner says (e.g., true for your partner. Instead, tell her you can see how she feels or why you could imagine he feels that way.
“… don’t get defensive. Whatever your partner says, think about it as if he or she were talking about someone else.”
When emotionally connected speaking and listening comes together, it can be transformative. Anger and frustration give way to exploration and empathy, and that creates intimacy. Amy Cavanaugh, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with Center for Psychiatric Studies and the infant mental health consultant for the Healthy Start Program of the Family Tree.
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4 no-fail ways to set yourself apart in the job search
Searching for a new job can be an overwhelming and intimidating task, especially with the current high levels of competition. High unemployment rates mean that there are more workers than available jobs. Therefore, in order to be noticed and to land your dream job, you must differentiate yourself from the other candidates applying for the same position. The key to differentiating yourself in your job search is as simple as: “you.” Your background, experience, knowledge, skills, and expertise are unique and will be the reason why you will be the perfect fit for a position in a certain company or industry. This presents the challenge of displaying your unique traits to employers when applying for positions. These new tips and tricks will guide you in effectively marketing yourself employers, to stand out from the crowd and successfully search for
“… to be noticed and to land your dream job, you must differentiate yourself …” your dream job. Identify your Competitive Advantage. The first step to differentiating yourself is to know what makes you different from other candidates. Analyze and identify your strengths and weaknesses. By understanding these traits, you will be able to effectively communicate them to potential employers. In addition, understanding your weaknesses will reveal what areas you can improve on to make you an even stronger employee and more successful professional.
potential employers. Focusing on creating a narrow target market will make the job search process less overwhelming as well as provide you with a sense of direction and purpose. First, establish a general idea of the type of work you are interested in and where you would like to work. Through research of this field, identify a target market of about 20 employers that are ideal for you and your needs. This will
“… in today’s economy, who you know is just as important as what you know.”
Identify Your Target Market. Once prevent you from limiting your opyou have identified your competi- portunities and it will also give you tive advantage, you can then begin a good selection when tailoring your to identify your target market of »
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marketing efforts to each company.
the position, you must show them the you different than the several other Establish Your Selling Proposition. return you will provide them for that professionals looking for jobs. Even though there are currently more The key to effectively communicating investment. your competitive advantage to your Sell Your Product. Once you have workers than available jobs, following target market is to sell your potential for delivering results. Instead of simply communicating your skills and knowledge, you must communicate how these attributes will benefit your potential employer. Listing your accomplishments and how you benefit-
“… identify a target market of about 20 employers that are ideal for you …”
identified your competitive advantage, target market, and the benefits you can provide, you can then begin to sell your product. Job searchers should spend about 90 percent of their time networking and creating a professional presence for themselves. Attending networking events and joining professional organizations can help you expand your network, and in today’s economy, who you know is just as important as what you know. You can also create an online presence for yourself by updating and maintaining professional profiles on networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Writing blogs or articles for online magazines can also increase your presence and allow you to feature your expertise in your field.
ted past employers or any organization you worked for can accomplish this. Using numbers and raw data in your résumé will show how your positive impact improved the organi- By using this guide for targeting pozation. Before a company will make tential employers, you will be able to an investment in you by offering you successfully showcase what makes
“… know what makes you different from other candidates. Analyze and identify your strengths and weaknesses.” these simple steps and focusing on what makes you different will allow you to stand out from the crowd and reach your career goals. Danielle Dayries is the owner and operator of the leader career consulting, resume writing, and outplacement firm, DMD & Associates. Her experience has allowed her to successfully assist her clients to differentiate themselves in the job market to reach their career goals. Contact Danielle at email@example.com, (337) 504-5576, or dmdcareerconsulting.com.
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Where do we begin when it comes to putting into words that intagible thing that is love? Like most things in life that really matter, it is a different something for every woman, and so we turned to three very different FACE readers (and all-around fantastic women) for a lesson in what love means in their own words.
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When I was in ninth grade, I wrote a poem for English class about love being a decision. How I had such wisdom about love at such a young age is somewhat unfathomable, but a gift nonetheless. I think my understanding of love came from my understanding of God's love for me. I can't earn His love, I don't deserve His love, and He is the one that chose me first. That kind of love obviously isn't based on infatuation or fickle feelings. I clung to that Father's love as a child who did not know her father, and as I've grown older I am glad that I had His example as I entered into the institution He created ... marriage. My love story with my husband began my senior year of college when I was the manager of a restaurant and he was a "regular." His best friend asked me out for him (I think it went something like, "Are you working on Sunday? Are you working on Sunday? Good, do you two want to go on a date?"). We hit it off right away with similar experiences in our childhoods and a natural openness in conversation. At this particular point in each of our lives neither of us were looking for a relationship, much less a courtship, but that is what was in store! We engaged and married within 9 months of that first date and we will be celebrating 15 years of marriage this year! I read a quote the other day, "Getting
married is easy, staying married is more difficult, staying happily married for a lifetime would be considered among the fine arts." I find it interesting that we are duped as young girls that true love is in the falling, not in the living. All the stories are about finding true love, not nurturing it. That is where the real love story is told ... the living and nurturing of a lifetime commitment. Nurturing a marriage begins at "I do", but it's difficult to nurture a marriage when husband and wife try to continue on in two separate lives and add marriage as a relationship to their list ... daughter, granddaughter, sister, cousin, friend ... oh yeah, and now wife. The miracle of marriage is not that two halves come together to make a whole, but that two whole lives come together as one. Looking back, I know that is something we got right â€“ we became "one" from the beginning. Although the specifics of our story will differ from others, the "leaving and cleaving" that happened in our marriage started us out on the right foot. For us, we married, we moved and we started a business together. Moving to a town an hour away from each of our parents created the buffer we needed to begin our new life together. In addition to that, we were thrust into an environment where we had to make new friends together. We still had friend and family support, but enough space to create our own family. We have often said that
we wouldn't advise starting a business together in your first year of marriage because of the financial and emotional stress that it creates, but we wouldn't give it up for the world. The early years gave us the bond of common victories and failures as we shared what so many couples do not â€Ś our work. Something else that hindsight proved to be a "right" choice is taking the opportunity to minister together. We ministered together at a church for two years doing everything from painting walls, installing carpet, and cutting grass to leading worship, teaching classes, serving on committees and managing the books. Investing our lives together in a common effort wove our hearts together as we began this practice of ministering together in the first year of our marriage that we continue to this day. Even though we no longer work together professionally on a daily basis, we serve together on a weekly basis and it gives us something to talk about, dream about, and work out ... together. Although the pastor that married us did not hand us a spiral bound "Marriage Handbook," we believe that God who created marriage in Genesis, will provide the "rest of the story" of how He expects it to work throughout His Word. We have been blessed to be surrounded by friends who have similar life-long commitments and a desire to have a fulfilling, intimate marriage, not just one
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that survives. Together we have all studied God's plan for marriage, spurred one another on toward deeper relationships and challenged one another toward true love lived out. Through these studies, group discussions and one-on-one accountability with like-minded couples, we have been able and willing to communicate about topics many couples avoid or just don't ever think to discuss. This has truly deepened our love and commitment to each other as recently as the past few years.
idea that Adam was given the privilege of naming Eve, and told the men in the congregation that they too have the privilege of naming their wives. With that thought, he issued the challenge ... what will you call your wife? My husband chose to avoid the "old lady" path in exchange for a more inspiring term of affection ... he calls me his "sweet angel." I long to be all that I can be to support, respect and build up such a loving husband.
wait to see what unfolds. Whether or not I make an amazing heroine is left to be determined, but the hero in my story is a man of God, a wonderful businessman, and an amazing father who wants to be a part of my world and allows me into his. Michelle Duplecion Nezat is a displaced Cajun who was born and raised in Idaho, but returned to the land of her heritage in time to graduate from McNeese State University, meet and marry her husband Ron, have two beautiful girls and eventually snag the best job ever as Director of Institutional Advancement at Westminster Christian Academy.
I can honestly say that my love story Not long ago, my pastor spoke of the is just in the beginning chapters. I can't
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Ah, Valentine’s Day. A date that most single women absolutely dread, followed closely by New Year’s Eve and every other birthday. We should all just curl up with a gallon, nay a barrel, of Ben & Jerry’s, gripe about how much being alone sucks and overdose on repeated viewings of ‘The Notebook’ while building a small city of crumpled up, tear filled Kleenex. Call me a pioneer, but the cynical route to love is not the path I choose to take.
tionship. Be in love with all aspects of your life. Why not, right?! I was blessed with the love of a woman, my mother, for 22 years of my life. The love her and I shared was tragically cut short, but the fact that it existed and happened is precious to me and is forever held in my heart and soul. She engraved the
I love being in love. The euphoric, out of body experience you feel is a high that I cannot get enough of. Single women have been marked with associating not being in a relationship with loneliness and despair. I, on the other hand, see a different view. I fall in love constantly. A new song by my favorite artist, an inside joke shared by girlfriends or my puppy rolling over for a belly rub. Love can be found in everything and I am always drinking those moments in.
“Being able to work through an argument, be there when something catastrophic happens, or simply be a loving shoulder to cry on is what defines true love.”
In the short time that I have been on this Earth I have loved, lost love and come back full circle. To me, love is a feeling that we acquire without choice. We don’t choose love, love chooses us. How we decide to handle that feeling, however, is up to us. The feeling of love leads us to something greater. The key is to be open to the possibility of it. Now, the love that I speak of is not pigeon-holed into just being in a rela-
er even there to begin with. Keep it simple and easy. Your nonexistent wrinkles will thank you later!
People have differences, right? We argue debate, bicker and disagree. That’s only human. What, in my mind, strengthens committed, loving relationships are those tough times, those moments of disagreement and peril. Coming together, making it through those tough times, putting your feelings out there for everyone to see is what strengthens any relationship. Being able to work through an argument, be there when something catastrophic happens, or simply be a loving shoulder to cry on is what defines true love. This is where the love of my family and friends comes in. I am absolutely one of the luckiest girls on the planet to be surrounded by the phenomenal people I am encircled by. Call me bias, but my family and friends are pretty darn great. You cannot truly appreciate a good love without having a few idea of simplicity in me which I will setbacks and progressing forward. carry with me until we meet again. The The little loves in my life energize act of love itself is simple, where love can hit road bumps is when we substi- me daily, keep me motivated and furtute that ease for problematical point- ther strengthen my belief in the act of lessness. We ladies tend to overthink love. Love can be found in anything, ourselves into a problem that was nev- every day. I know I find it daily and I
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hold on to those moments in times of my less than best. I am in no way an expert when it comes to love, Lord knows I have made mistakes, but I do know one thing; love is a simple creature and if handled correctly can transform and evolve you in every aspect of your life. So, put away the marathon of Lifetime movies, step away from the Cookies &
Cream tub, get your butt up off that couch and embrace all the love you have in your life. Itâ€™s amazing what you will find once you open your eyes, mind and heart. Kimberly Wooten is the programs director for Lafayette Education Foundation and was born and raised in Erath before graduating from UL. Sheâ€™s a vibrant spirit who dreams of vintage, flowy dresses, red dirt Texas music and an open road.
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When I was invited to write about LOVE, I was delighted! Then, as I attempted to begin, I found it a topic so encompassing, so important, so sacred, that I questioned how can I ever be complete on such a subject! So I did my brainstorm process like I have taught so many times, and the web looked like the universe. But, here’s the thing: this universe of love of mine that I had created in attempting to begin this love evolution story was magnificently beautiful because it was all connected. The little bubbles on my diagram so preciously dipped and dove into each other. I LOVE that! My eyes were opened to the wonder of love by Dr. Leo Buscaglia, a professor and author on the very subject of LOVE. It was through a book I had discovered as a teenager called, Living, Loving, and Learning. This book resonated within me deeply because Dr. Leo spoke about building bridges instead of barriers, about authenticity and the power of love. He wrote about it being glorious to color purple trees and outside of the lines if that is what you love. Having a wonderfully authentic brother, Rosco, who truly lives by Superman’s standards, this book made me want to stand up and cheer for him and it inspired me to help illuminate the unique light in others! Then, Marianne Williamson’s Return to Love as well as all of her other books awakened the miracle of love in my life
h t e b a z i l E y m A again.
with the birth of my son, Kirby. WOW! The night those little blue eyes looked into mine in the hospital room, I felt how much love can exist! Now, I am so thrilled that this child of mine is now seeing and speaking to the world in his own way of love: music! What a gift back to me and to the world!
In the meantime and beyond, LOVE showed up for me in many ways: in my family and friends and my high school sweetheart that I married and with whom I have 2 children. Although settings and surroundings have changed with him, love remains for me for I feel And then how magical and miraculous love does not go away, but simply changes forms. Change is part of life and it is that love’s limitlessness expanded when my daughter, HOLLY, was born three and a half years later. She danced her way into my world like the Hollywood that she is and is still sashaying through and around my heart and always will! The abundance is awesome!
“The night those little blue eyes looked into mine in the hospital room, I felt how much love can exist!”
loving to accept and allow. (I am no longer the person that began writing this piece on love, for I have changed already in the moments since I started. I have experienced something new in this expression and so therefore I am changed. I LOVE that!) When I think of LOVE, the very first thing that comes to my mind are Kirby and Holly, my two children. The love for a child must be the purest, most powerful force ever! LOVE showed up for me in this way
Since it is almost Valentine’s Day, it is relevant, therefore, to say that a dear French Canadian, Martin, fits in my world of love. In 2004, he came here from Québec to teach French and I was so happy to meet this precious, endearing, and adorable man. He speaks English better than I speak French, but I am loving learning. I love and have always loved the French language, so I’m having fun! We discovered that we make pretty awesome partners and love traveling and experiencing this world together. We have been to Greece, France, Nova Scotia (Martin’s birthplace), and his hometown of Baie-Comeau, just to mention a few of our travels, and, of course, back and forth by car several times to and from Canada, making beautiful stops along
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the route in US and Canada. He knows state, or one country. I mean a oneness how to make moments special by bring- of all of us everywhere, taking away any ing along a picnic and a bottle of wine. That’s what I like now: taking the time to enjoy the moments and the beauty of this world. I LOVE to travel; it connects me to more of the world, and it’s all good = all LOVE!
“I feel love does not go away, but simply changes forms. Change is part of life ...”
So, for me, love is connection, a oneness of all of us. I don’t mean just a oneness of all of us in one family, or one barriers, blocks, or divisions based on
beliefs, culture, or whatever could possibly separate. As my mentor taught me years ago in California, it is about IN2MEUC, which is the only love that can heal this world. For when it is all said and done, really, love is all that we are here for, all that we can take with us, and all that matters. Imagine. Amy Billeaud Campbell is the daughter of Bernard Billeaud (of Cherry St.) and Linda Billeaud, the sister of JeanAnn and Rosco Billeaud, the mother (mutha drumma) of Kirby and Holly Campbell, and who is a runner, writer, traveler, teacher, and tutor (currently at Prairie), and believer of Namaste! Who is blessed with her belle mère, Carla. And fiancée of Martin!
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More than Roses Celebrate love wherever you are
Valentine’s Day. There are but a few folks that seem to fall into the most optimum of relationship status for this love fest. Others find themselves single, in that awkward stage of a relationship before it’s defined (“it’s complicated”) or married and wondering how they could possibly find a fresh way to celebrate their love after so many years. And so, we turned to local relationship expert Amy Cavanaugh for some spot on ideas for an enjoyable Valentine’s Day – no matter which box you’ve checked on your relationship status.
In other words, find what really mat- person you want to be when you are in a ters to your one-of-a-kind spouse rather relationship. than take the cues of what the commer“So treat yourself well and do things cial market tells us Valentine’s Day is all you enjoy. Don't wait around for someabout. body else to do the things or have the “One of the most special aspects of adventures you want to have – take that “I think it's important to really consider your spouse's love language (acts marriage is having someone who really class, eat at that restaurant, go see that of service, physical touch, words of affir- 'gets' you (and loves you anyway!), so movie.” mation, receiving gifts, and quality time) paying attention, giving thought, and Instead of staying in lamenting, head and choose or do something that reflects acting on something really meaningful to out and do something you love – treat your spouse would make a great Valenthat,” Amy says. yourself to a massage, go out with girltine's Day,” Amy says. friends, do what you like. For example, if your partner’s love language is words of affirmation, write a Dating “But don't give in to feeling down or If you’re dating, the way you spend Val- beating yourself up because you're withheartfelt letter. Finally building that flowerbed she wants in the backyard is per- entine’s Day should reflect where you are out a partner on Valentine's Day. Loving fect for acts of service. Or try taking the in the dating process. yourself attracts love in all its wonderful afternoon off from work to spend time in “If it's a long-term dating relation- forms.” an activity the quality time person enjoys. ship, the same suggestions for married For the married couples, Amy says determining how your partner communicates love is the key to finding a way to celebrate that is meaningful.
“Roses and fine dining are great, unless that really isn't your partner's cup of tea; then it feels 'nice' but not particularly inspired or thoughtful,” Amy says.
In a Relationship? Forget roses – try our unique ideas for sharing the love Write it Up – A heartfelt letter that your partner can keep forever can include every single last thing you love about them. Not a writer? Simply list the things you appreciate about your partner. Get Dirty – Not like that! Plant flowers in that neglected flowerbed. Organize an area of the home they never have time to tackle. (Or hire a maid service or professional organizer to give them a hand.) Mow the lawn, clean the gutters or have their car detailed. Déjà vu – Recreate a special and fond memory. Find that same bottle of wine you enjoyed on your first date. Wear his favorite dress from year’s gone by. Honor one of your favorite places to travel with a themed dinner by candlelight and cuisine that mimics the foods you enjoyed on your trip. Get Physical – Not like that! If you’re an adventurer, spend the holiday on the go rather than by candlelight. Try zip lining (yes, south Louisiana has zip lines), hiking, rock climbing (which you can do indoors in Lafayette) or a canoe around romantic Lake Martin.
couples may apply,” Amy says. “Certainly romance is more pronounced in a dating relationship, but Valentine's Day can create extra and unnecessary pressure for people just starting a relationship.” Amy says there are ways to acknowledge the holiday that work when you’re in that in between phase of a relationship. “Keep it light. A funny card, a small flower arrangement, a lunch date, especially if you're not sure where the relationship is going. You don't want to create false expectations.”
Single If rose strewn sheets are not in the cards for you this year, remember Valentine’s Day is not just about romance, Amy points out. “Valentine's Day is about love, not just romantic love. If you're single, you can still celebrate love of family, friends, children, pets, even love of yourself.” In fact, finding yourself single for Valentine’s Day is a great chance for you to work on becoming the kind of
Single? If you’re single, there’s no need to spend the holiday with a bottle of wine in your pjs. (Although it couldn’t hurt.) Gather a group of your favorite gal pals and make a plan. Close to Home – Have a gathering at your home and enjoy some decadent snacks and loads of chocolates. (A box of chocolate tastes just as good whether given by a lover or purchased yourself.) Make it a fancy affair with cocktail attire and champagne or have a good old fashioned pajama party with an assortment of flavored popcorns and candies. Art of the Matter – Get your creative juices flowing by visiting a place like Painting with a Twist or have friends over for a special project. If you’re looking for ideas checkout pinterest. com. (If you need an invite, message amanda@ facelafayette.com and we’ll hook you up.) Old and Young Alike – Plan a special visit to a widow or older singleton you know. Valentine’s Day is likely a lot harder for her (or him) than it is for you. Make sure to bring some treats they don’t likely get often (roses, chocolates, board games) or treat them to a mani/pedi, new hair do, massage. Spend some time with the little folks in your life. Babysitters can be hard to come by on Valentine’s Day or pricey. Offer to babysit for a friend who needs a night out with her hubbie or if she’s single, a night to just chill.
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People of the Year In 1999, Dr. Ray Authement’s daughter lost the battle against leukemia. And it was with her in mind that the former UL president brought the Man and Woman of the Year event to Lafayette. “It was something I wanted to do in her memory,” he says of Kathleen. The family had gone through the process of seeking a bone marrow transplant match with the help of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and after Kathleen died they sought to bring the contest to Lafayette as a means of finding a cure. Each year the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society brings the public a select group of men and women who are voted upon with each dollar donated counting as a vote with monies going toward blood cancer research. The candidates compete in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors – the Boy and Girl of the Year. The campaigns are ten weeks long and the top local winners for Man and Woman of the Year compete for the national titles. “The society helps individual families find matches and it’s so moving to see those young kids being impacted by the disease,” Ray says. “No matter how many cases you are able to cure … there are just as many that result in fatalities.” One of those success stories is that of Haven LaFleur, a five-year-old who recently celebrated her “no more chemo party.” “I can’t explain the emotions,” her mother Ashley LaLonde says. “It’s an amazing miracle to know we are finally done. It’s a dream come true.” Haven was diagnosed at a mere two and a half years old after being initially misdiagnosed as having roto virus. Her father, who at the time was in nursing school, recognized the symptoms and took her to the hospital where she was quickly diagnosed with leukemia. Ashley quickly sought the support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “I got involved with everything,” she says. “You’re not alone. Among all your friends you feel so alone. They have no idea what you’re going through. Being around those people makes
Chad Dartez of Farmer Merchant's Bank, Greg Davis – Cajun Dome director, Joey Durel – Lafayette City-Parish President, Mary Guidry of Iberia Bank, Jeanne Fitzgerald, Toby Daspit of University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Boy & Girl of the Year are local children battling blood cancers who serve as motivation and inspiration to Man & Woman of the Year candidates in their competition to raise funds and win the titles.
Boy of the Year Brayden Hollier
Top row: Micah Brown, Dr. Ray Authement, Eleanor Serrett, Ohaghi Celestine Bottom row: Sydnie Harmon, Brayden Hollier, Haven LeFleur
you realize that it is going to be okay.” Having others to whom Ashley could relate was a Godsend and made her realize there was hope. “The possibility of a happy ending,” she says. More happy endings is what the society is all about as they better the lives of thousands of patients battling bloods cancers including leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The funds raised from the contest go to lifesaving blood cancer research, financial assistance to cover patient expenses for transportation, medication and testing, free educational materials and events for patients and their families, local programs such as Family Support Groups and First Connection, a peer-to-peer counseling program and comprehensive, personalized assistance through their Information Resource Center.
This year the Man and Woman of the Year candidates are: Angie Touchet of Huval, Veasey, Felder, Renegar, Becky Berthelot, Haley Henry, Kathleen Thomas of Stuller Settings, Walter Campbell of Keller Williams, Staci Gatch of MI Swaco, Scottie Carriere of Kraemer Shows Oilfield Services,
After a trip to the ER in August 2010 over a swollen jaw, Brayden was diagnosed with ALL. His mother, Danielle, tells of how hard it was and that they didn't really know how to process everything at first. She says it completely changed their lives. Brayden has had too many chemotherapy treatments and procedures to remember all the dates. He receives chemo daily, a spinal every 3 months and a doctor's visit once a month. Brayden is doing wonderfully right now, full of life and energy. He enjoys playing with his toys and brother. Brayden's parents say LLS helped provide "the best support we could ever have imagined having."
Girl of the Year Sydnie Harmon Sydnie was diagnosed with MDS in March 2008 at the age of 11 months old. After enduring a physically and emotionally exhausting 7 months of chemotheraphy, Sydnie has been in remission for more than 3 years. She is in PreK and enjoys dancing, singing and playing with her big sister, Sophie. The Grand Finale event is slated for April 12 at the Cajundome with a cocktail reception and live auction. To vote and for more information go to mwoy.org. Past winners of the Boy and Girl of Year include: Micah Brown, Jessica Viator, Eleanor Serrett, Brennan Bergeron, Katie Daigle, Cameron Blanchard Madison Hanks, Trevor Hollier, Baleigh Marshall, Ohaghi Celestine, Sarah Guidry, Devyn Abshire, Aamina Green –teen, Caleb LeBlanc, Makenzi Meaux Eleanor Serrett – teen, Landon Meyerholtz, Haley Meche, Syndie Harmon and Brayden Hollier.
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BEATING THE ODDS Nearly every minute, a woman in this country dies of heart disease. Thatâ€™s every minute. More women die from heart disease than the next four causes of death combined (including every form of cancer). And while the statistic is tragic, what is perhaps the most tragic truth of it all â€“ 80 percent of those deaths were preventable. Read on to learn how you can beat the odds, join the movement and get out of the danger zone without spending more than an hour a day or a dime out of your pocket. (Seriously.) FEBRUARY 2012
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THE MAGIC BULLET The answer to beating the odds is right at your fingertips FACE sits down with cardiologist Dr. John Mickey for a lesson in preventing heart disease. What we learned is that every single woman has a fighting chance to not be in that 90 percent of women who are at risk for heart disease. And it won’t cost you a dime. Just a little (really little) bit of time and some effort. Dr. John Mickey is a cardiologist who practices at Lafayette General Medical Center. He sees women (and men) day in and day out facing heart disease. He knows the latest breakthroughs in technology. He sees the evolution of modern medicine. And yet, he explains, that the greatest tools to beating heart disease are right at our fingertips. “I could give you five million and you could spend it on best doctors and
technology, testing and if you simply quit smoking – there’s not a thing modern medicine can do that will equal the benefit of not smoking,” he says. While technological advances identifying heart disease are certainly beneficial,
every single day. Gone are the recommendations for three days a week of exercise, he says. A simple 45-minute walk every single day is the ticket. “We are not designed to sit in front of a desk clacking away,” he says pointing to our modern (read sedentary) lifestyles that breed a fertile ground for the risk factors for heart disease. Risk factors encompass 90 percent of women with many having more than one risk factor for heart disease. And 80 percent of women who suffer from heart disease could have avoided it. Even with a family history. Mickey points out that often the parents we believe we have inherited heart Mickey points to the most basic healthy disease from were themselves smokers. choices as creating the real change and “Regular exercise and smoking cessation thus preventing heart disease in women can save more people than all the expensive in a real way. The concept is three simple tests we do,” Mickey says. things – no smoking, eat better, exercise
“Don’t worry about speed or distance. But, stay out there …”
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That regular exercise doesn’t have to be complicated. A simple walk with bouts of excursion will do. He recommends starting slow. No need to impress. Take your time. Do it for you. “Go out and walk for 45 minutes. Don’t push yourself. You’ll be sore the next day and not go again. Don’t take the dog. Don’t take your spouse if you nag each other. Let it be almost like a Zen experience. Go for a walk and let your mind go blank and don’t try to go fast. Look at the things around you and let your mind relax. Don’t bring your cell phone. It’s your own little time. Take an hour for yourself,” he says. Over time you will walk faster and faster and get more benefit from it, he says. “Don’t worry about speed or distance. But, stay out there the whole 45 minutes,” he says. His tips for walking are to give it a go in the morning. Don’t exercise within four hours of bed. Avoid pavement or asphalt that can eventually lead to problems with ankles and knees. Girard Park has a soft track. Remember walking is simple cardio
that’s exercising the large muscle group of the thighs and if you can’t jog, no worries. “You get 90 percent of the benefit from walking that you do from running,” he says. Mickey says it all comes down to risk factors and urges women to get a lipid profile. Women by 20 or 25 should know
trends is the movement to test younger and younger (teenagers ages 12 or 13 even). He says they are looking for people with a congenital problem in metabolizing cholesterol. Getting them started early on the right track can prevent the heart attack that’s likely on the horizon when they are 40 or 50 years old. “We have 20 year olds that have heart attacks,” he says. The younger heart attacks are no doubt a result of a lifestyle that breeds heart disease – bad foods and little movement. “Our diet is so far away from what we were designed to eat,” Mickey says. “We’re not really designed to eat sugar and starch.” He says avoiding sweets and fried foods and sticking to the kind of diet we were made for – fruits, veggies – is a common their cholesterol. sense way to get back on track. “It can prevent problems downstream at “Everything we need to be healthy is in 40 or 50,” he says noting that just because our environment. You just have to take you have low cholesterol when young advantage of it and eat right,” he says. doesn’t keep you in the clear if you start “What you eat is just as important as what eating junk food and fail to exercise. you don’t eat.” Perhaps one of the most surprising new
“You get 90 percent of the benefit from walking that you do from running.”
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When Brooke Picard was born her parents had no idea she would face surgery mere months later. How this heart patient is thriving. By Sarah Blanchard
“Just knowing that she had a heart condition, even though you really couldn’t tell, was stressful …”
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hen Kim Picard gave birth to her fourth child five weeks premature, she never expected her daughter Brooke would need open-heart surgery merely three months later. “My husband and I were concerned with her being born a month early, but we just figured she would need a little more time to adjust to the outside world as had our oldest son Derrick, who was also a preemie,” says Picard, 37. Picard says she and husband Ray frequently called the nursery, anticipating seeing Brooke. Instead, the couple learned she was struggling to maintain a normal temperature and had trouble breathing during feedings. “They transferred her to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and that’s when they let us know she had a heart condition,” says Picard. “They weren’t sure the extent of it, so she stayed in the NICU 10 days then she came home.” Brooke’s heart condition, known as tetralogy of fallot, consists of five major problems: pulmonary stenosis, the narrowing of the pulmonary artery; ventricular septal defect, a hole in the ventricle walls; atrial septal defect, a hole in the wall of the upper heart chamber; muscle build-up; and an override of the aorta. “She wasn’t a sickly baby; she never turned blue,” says Picard. “If you wouldn’t have known she had a heart problem, you just would have never known.” After transferring doctors, Brooke’s second pediatric cardiologist, Michael Brumund, says she would need openheart surgery to make the needed repairs to her heart. However, the surgery, performed at Children’s Hospital Boston, could not be performed until Brooke weighed at least 10 pounds. “It was stressful because we had to wait for her to get to 10 pounds, which took her three months. Just knowing that she had a heart condition, even though you really couldn’t tell, was stressful,” says Picard. “Going to the hospital in Boston, where you know nobody, and handing over your 3-month-old little baby for them to fix her heart that is so tiny was stressful. It was definitely the best place to go, though.” Picard says the 11-day Boston
hospital stay consisted of routine echocardiograms, electrocardiograms and blood work prior to the surgery. She says during the day-long procedure, surgeons enlarged Brooke’s pulmonary artery, and then placed patches where the incisions were, along with patching
“… I think it’s made other people realize about heart troubles.” up the VSD, ASD and LPA. Brooke spent the following week recovering in the hospital before traveling home on her first Halloween. “Brooke has received glowing results from her cardiologist for the past two years since her surgery,” says Picard. “There are no residual effects from her surgery and Dr. Brumund does not anticipate any future problems with her heart. In fact, if she would not have the scars from the surgery, you would never know that Brooke is a heart patient.” With two premature children and the death of their 17-month-old son Austyn, the close-knit Picard family was no stranger to struggle. With the help of each other, the family simply saw Brooke’s medical problems as another chapter in a book. “I don’t think it necessarily brought us closer, because I don’t think we could get any closer,” says Picard, “but I think it’s made other people realize about heart troubles.” Despite her premature birth and initial health complications, Brooke is now a healthy and active 3-year-old currently enrolled in dance classes. “Her heart is better now than a person born with a normal, healthy heart. I say she has a super heart,” joked Picard.
“I tell Dr. Brumund they need to send her back because I think they wired something wrong because she’s 90-tonothing. She’s very busy!” One year after her surgery, the toddler was chosen as a poster child for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in 2009. Picard also told Brooke’s story during a Macy’s Go Red for Women event. “It’s good for people to see her because a lot of times you don’t see the good side of it. You see sick kids and they look sickly,” says Picard. “I tell my husband sometimes I feel kind of bad telling her story because when you look at her you think there is no way she can have heart problems. I guess she’s one of the really lucky ones able to fix it and she’ll live a normal, healthy full-of-energy life.” Although Brooke is still too young to realize the extent of her surgery, Picard says her daughter knows she is “special.” “We tell her that she has a special heart, but she was 3 months old, so I don’t think she realizes. She thinks it’s cool when we go places because she’s the center of attention,” says Picard.
“… when you look at her you think there is no way she can have heart problems. I guess she’s one of the really lucky ones.”
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A bevy of handbags up for grabs. A delicious lunch. And some tips that equal longer life and better health. It’s the order of the day for the Go Red luncheon and we’re ready to don our red dresses. The American Heart Association’s Go Red ladies luncheon may be known for a chance to wear your most fabulous red dress (in fact there’s even an award for the best dressed), but the mission and results of the gathering are far deeper. “We want to educate women not just how to improve their heart. But, how to improve as a whole. A better, well-rounded life, which is going to help your heart,” organizer and American Heart Association Regional Director Deborah Pierce says. To that end, Go Red is bringing the dynamic Jennifer Galardi in to speak. The nationally recognized fitness guru behind a dozen bestselling dance and workout DVDs (she’s worked with the likes of Carmen Electra, UFC champ Matt Hughes, Cheryl Burkes, Julianne Hough and Kim Kardashian) is also an expert in smart food choices and the founder of liveWhole, Inc., which is a company dedicated to healing and happiness through fitness, nutrition and holistic living. And she’s bringing her message to the ladies of Acadiana in the hope of changing lives for the better. “I hope to bring a sense of fun to the event and at the same time, provide the ladies with some real world advice about how to take care of their hearts on both a physical and emotional level. It is my hope they will leave with a light heart and a smile on their faces,” Jennifer says. The effort to bring balance to our lives begins with breakout sessions in the morning brought by Lafayette General Medical Center. The panel of doctors will cover more than just the heart and take questions from the audience. Experts will include an OBGYN, a dietician and a family doctor. Head to their Facebook page now (search for American Heart Association - Greater Acadiana Area) and you can submit questions for the experts.
life. Making the best choices for your heart is at the core of why Jennifer chose to speak at Go Red for the first time this year in Lafayette. “When I learned that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women over 20, I was shocked. (The "one woman every minute dying from heart disease" really struck me!) ,” Jennifer says. “And to know that a majority of these deaths are preventable through lifestyle CHOICES. Well, I felt that there was something I could do about it. I could get out there and teach these ladies all I know and empower them to make different choices to prevent heart disease. They can CHOOSE TO LIVE. And not only live, but thrive.” While Jennifer’s message details are under wraps, she did give FACE readers a few simple tips for staying heart healthy with a basic threeprong approach. “Move your body. Find the time to cook. Breathe – deep. And meditate. If we take the time we now spend on Facebook to do more of two or three of these things, we'll be a much healthier society,” Jennifer says. In addition to the breakout sessions and words from Jennifer, the Personally Fit ladies will be on hand again to show off their new figures. Each year the crew at Personally Fit helmed by Dawn Foreman chooses a select group of ladies who embark on a fitness journey that includes exercise and eating right along with a whole person approach and concludes officially for the luncheon with the goal of the ladies keeping their new lifestyle long term. (Check out future issues of FACE for the results of their hard work.)
The second breakout session, sponsored by Macy’s, will cover some of the fun stuff that improves heart health.
And the Go Red luncheon wouldn’t be complete without the signature red bag auction. The element sponsored by Sharon Moss and Moss Motors includes themed bags of every shape, size and price point. The “Purse-onality” auction asks that those creating the packages choose a theme based on their personality. Organizers are hoping to double the number of bags up for bid this year.
“The things that are good for their heart. Why every woman needs a little dark chocolate and red wine in their life,” Deborah says.
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r e h C , e m o H f o e c A Pie Danger on the horizon, dust in the Louisiana sauce” to their dry abode. air, arid nights. Not the stuff of any“I said, ‘I’m sure we can. Let me put thing related to Mardi Gras, as we in a call back home,’” Daniel says. know it in Louisiana. But, it was just That call was to Rebecca Landry at such a backdrop that played host to the Krewe of Acadithe first ever Mardi ana, of which DanGras 5K in Afghaniiel is a member. stan brought to life by the efforts of a “She jumped krewe in Lafayette. right away and from that point It began with there we got the a simple request. ball rolling and the Capt Daniel Wiltz sponsors togeth(a St. Martinville er,” Daniel says. doctor) was deployed to Afghanistan
“… this is just a taste of what Mardi Gras is about …”
months ago at a camp where he was What resulted was a 5K Mardi Gras asked if he could “bring some of that run that brought just a hint of the
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revelry to the fighting front. Donations in the form of caps, huggies, Cajun eats of all kinds and (of course) beads were so plentiful that they were able to award not two but four winners for the race. And the generosity and unique nature of all the is Acadiana did not go unnoticed. “The run was a true success. Probably the largest amount of participants than of any run prior,” Daniel says. “The people were excited about the beads.” It was Daniel’s third deployment and as both his experience in the military and as a doctor have taught him – it’s just this kind of thing that boosts morale and can make the difference in the lives of soldiers. “The biggest thing is that a soldier is taken away from their homeland
“The run was a true success …” and families and faced with that separation and then all the ‘what ifs’ of a war zone. If one contemplates too much on the ‘what ifs’ it wears down the spirit and morale,” he says. “This was an uplifting experience and brought joy and excitement. It relaxes them not to focuses so much that we are in a war zone.” For Daniel, the race was much more. It was a source of pride. “It gives you that unique feeling of pride that you are bringing a piece of yourself and your culture and your home,” he says. “Some of these people have never traveled anywhere but from their home state to overseas.” The run made such an impression that Daniel says it will no doubt bring some of the soldiers down south when they return home. “They were asking if there is a Mardi Gras run down there. We can make it to Louisiana and participate there too,” he says. “If this is just a taste of what Mardi Gras is about I would love to make it to Louisiana to enjoy the actual festivities.” When Daniel returned home, he was joined by an officer to present a special military coin to the sponsors at Krewe of Acadiana that made it possible. And after their successful first round, Daniel hopes they’ll roll out the run again next year. To donate for the next run contact Krewe of Acadiana on their website at kreweofacadiana.com.
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Belle of the Ball Do more than survive Mardi Gras season with grace – rule By Lynley Jones and Jan Swift
The ladies of Grace Notes bring us a special column on mastering the one-of-akind intricacies that are Mardi Gras. From how to treat royalty to ensuring you behave regally in the midst of the wildest fetes, Jan and Lynley break down best behavior for this beautifully unique season of celebration to ensure Mardi Gras 2012 memories leave you with a smile – not a grimace.
ardi Gras season is upon us. Along with the anticipation of beautiful gowns, fun soirees and memorable moments also comes the dread of social faux pas and moments you wish you weren’t so “memorable.” We guarantee that you can be the Belle of the Ball and shine like a queen with a few Mardi Gras Grace Notes. How do you become the belle of the ball? Confidence. Knowing what to do, or not do, and how to behave appropriately allows you to relax and exude a regal presence. So, when you walk into the Queen’s Tea, and someone says, “I love that dress. I wore it two years ago.” What do you say? You say, “Thank you for the compliment.” That’s it, period. Do not elaborate, do not mention that you bought it on consignment, and do not pour your drink on her. Just say, “Thank you.” Let’s say you are approaching the King and Queen’s receiving line. You notice the King’s zipper is open. Do you tell him? The Queen’s lipstick is smeared all over her teeth. Do you tell her? Someone asks you to dance during a callout and
he is wearing a rented tux that reeks. Do you tell him? Take a deep breath, relax and think through the following three etiquette rules governing personal remarks.
“Seeing someone in a $1,000 ball gown, drinking beer from a can, and dancing without their shoes on is never pleasant.”
• How embarrassed will the person be if you don’t tell them? When the Queen goes to the restroom, she will notice the lipstick on her teeth and be mortified. When the King proofs his photos and he sees his alma mater’s boxers making an appearance, he will be mortified. And, your friend with broccoli in her teeth will never speak to you again for not protecting her image. Think about how you would feel. The awkwardness you might feel by bringing it to their attention will last a minute, but their embarrassment could last a lifetime. • How well do you know them? Which brings us to the stinky tux guy you do
Rules for Personal Remarks: • Is the person able to do something about it? For example, the Queen can wipe the lipstick off her teeth and the King can zip up his zipper. On the other hand, a Maid cannot necessarily put on a new pair of hose, so you would not tell her that she had a run. If it cannot be fixed right then and there, do not point it out. You can think of similar examples: broccoli can be removed from teeth or bugs can be combed from hair, but a ripped hem cannot be mended on sight.
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not know and will never see again. Do sumption. Mardi Gras is such a fun time, you tell him? No. Just as you would not and it is so easy to lose track of the botjump over two planters in the mall to tomless glass. Memories of these spealert someone that their zipper is open, it is not your role to go around policing society and addressing social ills such as bad breath or body odor. Hopefully you can see how arming yourself with a few Grace Notes Etiquette tips will help you navigate potentially sticky Mardi Gras situations. Here are a few other timeless tips: • Don’t open gifts in front of the giver. For example, if you are royalty and you are dying to open the refrigeratorbox sized gift from your wealthy friend, don’t do it! It could be a stuffed owl or a macramé beaded plant hangar, or, a naked statue of a Greek god. Privacy ensures time to compose yourself and save that relationship. • Pace yourself with your alcohol con-
“Think about how you would feel. The awkwardness you might feel by bringing it to their attention will last a minute, but their embarrassment could last a lifetime.”
• Keep your shoes on. Seeing someone in a $1,000 ball gown, drinking beer from a can, and dancing without their shoes on is never pleasant. Don’t buy shoes that hurt your feet. Ked’s don’t count. Don’t borrow shoes from your friend just because they are the right color— make sure they fit! Making a spectacle of yourself is the opposite of a regal presence.
Etiquette is all about common sense. No matter the season or the occasion. We wish you a great 2012 Mardi Gras season. Be safe and have fun! Also, we welcome your feedback about our column and want to hear from you about topics you would like to learn more about. Please email us at gracenotesecial events should be enjoyable, and not email@example.com. fuzzy, or worse, excruciating. Imagine Lynley Jones and Jan Swift are partners in Grace Notes, LLC, waking up and remembering yourself an etiquette endeavor to help further society’s niceties. They may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. sitting in the lap of your best friend’s husband.
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All Hail the Cake Recipe by Holly Clegg
Some people look forward to the Mardi Gras parades, but I look forward to king cake. All the bakeries have their specialty, but with my easy recipe using reduced fat crescent rolls you can prepare your own king cake so easily. In fact, I have had people say they like this king cake best – you be the judge. Just make sure you have food coloring – icing colors represent power (yellow), faith (green), and justice (purple). King Cake with Cream Cheese Cinnamon Filling Now, you can make a quick king cake recipe in your own home any time, without worrying about a complicated yeast dough. Kids love helping with this cake year round— try red and pink colors for Valentine’s Day, pastels for Easter, and red and green for Christmas! Makes 16 servings. 2 (8-ounce) cans reduced-fat crescent rolls 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter 1 ⁄3 cup light brown sugar 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon Mardi Gras Icing (recipe below)
1. Preheat oven350°F. Coat 10-inch round pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray. 2. Separate crescent rolls at perforations, into 16 slices. Place slices around prepared pan with points in the center. About halfway down from points, press seams together. 3. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Spread on dough in the center where seams have been pressed together. 4. In another small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon with a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over cream cheese. Fold dough points over filling, then fold bottom of triangle over points forming circular roll like king cake. 5. Bake about 20–25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly and drizzle with colored Mardi Gras Icing.
Mardi Gras Icing 1 cup confectioners sugar 1–2 tablespoons skim milk
⁄2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract Yellow, green, red, and blue food coloring
1. In small bowl, combine all ingredients, except food color. Divide mixture into three bowls. 2. In first bowl, add a few drops of yellow food coloring. In second bowl, add few drops of green food coloring. In third bowl, add equal amounts of drops of red and blue food coloring (to create purple). 3. Drizzle over cooled cake.
Nutritional information per serving: Calories 184, Calories from fat (%) 36, Fat (g) 7, Saturated Fat (g) 3, Cholesterol (mg) 9, Sodium (mg) 275, Carbohydrate (g) 26, Dietary Fiber (g) 0, Sugars (g) 16, Protein (g) 3, Diabetic Exchanges: 11⁄2 carbohydrate, 11⁄2 fat.
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f you enjoyed those outrageous hats at the royal wedding last year and have been yearning to don your finest millinery finds, you’re in luck, ladies. The Mad Hatters luncheon is Acadiana’s perhaps most fabulous midday soiree when it comes to hats and this year promises to be no different as they pass the torch to a first time organizer – Stacey Grow.
Dorothy Parker, anyone can rock a hat that fits their personal style.” And this year, that style is all about fascinators, according to David Bennett who passed the torch to Stacey this year. “I’m always excited to have someone new with new ideas and new thoughts,” David says.
This year, for the first time, Mad Hatters will offer event goers Mad Hatters is slated for March 5 at City Club and includes a the chance to buy fascinators at the event as well as a special fashion show, scrumptious lunch and silent auction with monies auction of hat ware created by local artists. And, in a departure raised going to better the community through programs from the from traditional auctions, bidders can get in on the action now. Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. “This is our inaugural year for the opportunity to bid online for “This event exists to support and invest in music education for handmade fascinator hats crafted by local artists. So, art lovers the youth in our community while passing on long standing traand fashionistas – get your bidding on!” Stacey says. ditions to the next generation of women leaders in our commu(Check out www.acadianasymphony.org for the auction.) nity,” says Stacey with the Acadiana Symphony Women’s League. In addition to the hats for purchase, organizers once again will “This event is all about the women, but it's something more – it's roll out a can’t-miss, high energy fashion show with local retailabout our traditions as women and the impact we can have on ers as well as a hat contest, themed tables, door prizes and a the youth of our community when we come together.” silent auction with a variety of price ranges. And, FYI, ladies, they Coming together is one of the more interesting elements of sold out last year so give ASO a call now to get your tickets (337Mad Hatters. Women donning demure hats mingle next to risk 232-4277). takers showing off the wildest in wares. “I also love that this event lends itself to so many different personalities,” Stacey says. “Whether you want to be a classic Eliza Doolittle, a flashy Chorus Line girl or a more modest and modern
Pictured from top clockwise are Lana Carver, ASO Marketing Director, wearing a hat from artist Susan David, Stacey Grow, Mad Hatter chair, wearing a creation from artist Terry Grow, Mary DeRouen wearing a piece from artist Bonnie Camos, Alice (aka Ada Grow), Jenny Krueger, ASO Executive Director, wearing a fascinator by Louise Guidry. Bid on the one-of-a-kind creations now at acadianasymphony.org.
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Romance comes in many forms as spring peeks through the cold. Regal red gowns, bohemian laces and crochet, colored denim, high drama prints. The order of the day remains the maxi dress or skirt that converts quickly from winter to spring. A dramatic lengthy earring and simple hair are the best accessories.
Photography Penny Moore • Model Ramie LeBlanc • Hair Genna Bradley, Be. Salon • Makeup Jennifer Clay, Be. Salon • Styling Amanda Bedgood • Location Le Triomphe
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Romantic Ruby Sweeping red dress is high drama and high fashion. Pair with a simple long earring. From Park Lane, 1921 Kaliste Saloom, Suite 118 Parc Lafayette. FEBRUARY 2012
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Painterly Beauty A stand-out effect with artistic flair and one arm needs but a chic silhouette earring. From Brother's on the Boulevard, 101 Arnould Blvd. 50 FACE Magazine www.facelafayette.com
Golden Girl A sexy slit and shimmery fabric amp up an easy shape. From 7 Chics, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd, Ste 3003, River Ranch. FEBRUARY 2012
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Flower and Flow A floaty top pairs with springâ€™s musthave colored denim. From Vanessa V. Boutique, 5520-E Johnston Street.
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Vintage Vibe A sheer lacy topper creates a unique silhouette with a super long skirt. From Vertigo, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch. FEBRUARY 2012
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Swept Away A dramatic cut and ever flattering hue in this blue dress from Jewelie's Boutique, 407 Rena Drive.
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Peek-a-boo The maxi dress continues to reign. Try this version with a black slip (or mix it up with different colors) and a pair of tough boots. From Knotting Hill, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch. Boots from Shoe La La, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., No. 3010, River Ranch. FEBRUARY 2012
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REVIVED Brenda Boudreaux doesn’t look like a person with heart problems. That’s the thing about heart disease – it can appear in the most seemingly unlikely of places.
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Two years ago, a fit and not-yet-50 Brenda found herself in ICU fighting for her life. What she had once believed would be but a minor inconvenience nearly destroyed her and in the aftermath she learned some of life’s most precious lessons. Brenda Boudreaux was born with a heart mummer. While she should have had four valves in her heart she had but two. It was something she discovered in her 20’s but learned would likely not impact her life. She was told that in her 60’s or 70’s she would need to have a valve replaced and went about her life believing she had years before it would be a concern. Then at the age of 47, two summers ago, Brenda began feeling a laundry list of symptoms she attributed to everything but her heart. The woman who had always exercised never looked to her heart as the source. But, who would have? “It began as pain in my stomach and then panic attacks. My heart racing,” she says.
“I finally broke down and went to the doctor. I told him ‘I have to do something …’”
Brenda concluded it was likely her gallbladder. A common problem in her age group. She continued exercising doing cardio kickboxing and jogging and to her dismay no matter her efforts she couldn’t’ get her time up or increase her miles.
“I finally broke down and went to the doctor. I told him ‘I have to do something about my gallbladder,’” she says. After a series of tests Brenda was shocked to hear her gallbladder was in good condition. “He says ‘the gallbladder is fine. But, the heart mummer is very very bad. You need to go. Within a week you need to go.” Days later, on a Friday, Brenda headed to a cardio doctor for an echocardiogram. Even as the procedure was done, Brenda sensed things
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“As bad as it was. I have a full life now.”
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weren’t good. By Tuesday she got the call. “He said ‘you need the valve replaced and it’s bad.’ I said ‘how soon?’ and he said, ‘now.’” Her valve was worn out. When the doctor asked whether she’d had symptoms she assumed she hadn’t. But, she quickly learned that her laundry list of unusual ailments could be attributed to the problem with her heart. As Brenda waited for the surgery she was given a simple instruction ‘don’t get your heart rate up.’ Easier said than done. Brenda headed into surgery expecting a brief stay in the hospital after a procedure that would include an incision above the breast rather than the more invasive method of spreading her ribs. “Anything that could go wrong went wrong,” she says “I didn’t come out of it for three days.” And when she did, she was unable to speak. At all. Brenda’s surgery would be to use a pig valve to replace her own. When it didn’t fit correctly they went with a mechanical valve and sewed her back up. The procedure then required the valve be tested. “And it was leaking. They had to crack open my chest,” she says. The small Brenda gained 50 pounds of water weight afterwards and became jaundice leading to the need for a temporary pacemaker, which didn’t work.
“If I get out and have the ability to exercise I will and eat right.”
“They had to put in a permanent pacemaker and it still didn’t work. They had to put me under and shock my heart into normal rhythm.” Brenda spent 12 days in ICU and a month with paralyzed vocal chords. She has a scar she never expected and a pacemaker that because of her taut frame shows. And true to Brenda form she was back working less than a month from her release from the hospital. And while Brenda’s experience was a trying one, she has a message of hope for those hesitant to seek treatment. “As bad as it was. I have a full life now,” she says.
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Brenda now lives on blood thinners. She “It changed me. God has a reason for me to jokes that it means any plans for plastic still be here,” she says. It’s something Brenda’s own daughter surgery are likely off limits. “I guess I’ll have to age gracefully,” she says believes as well as she finds herself much more aware of the risks of heart disease. Brenda’s with a laugh. son was in high school at the time and her Brenda is taking care of herself and daughter, Julian, was in the first months of pursuing the things she never took time to her freshman year of college in Birmingham, before. Alabama. “The biggest thing I did after surgery was “It’s definitely made me more aware of to go get my master. I always wanted to do taking care of my heart. Normally that would that,” she says noting that she took out loans be something I wouldn’t think about. Her and made it happen. going through that – it’s always in “I love life,” she says. the back of my mind,” Julian says. It’s a lesson some take In addition to a newfound look years to learn and one at heart health, Brenda has a that Brenda already felt newfound look at her world. while she was still in the “She has this new outlook on life. hospital. She’s always been full of life. Very “I remember the vibrant and full of life. Now she nurses in ICU kept saying has a new appreciation for being ‘you’re so nice.’ Why around,” Julian says. would I complain? I’m That appreciation has led Brenda to alive. I’m lucky to be alive,” she says. participate in things like the American Heart And while she felt blessed to have survived, Association’s Circle of Red group and Road in the months following her procedure, to Recovery to American Cancer Society. Brenda wore scarves and turtlenecks because “I live each day to the fullest,” she says. of her scar. And then one day she didn’t. It’s a fact that wasn’t lost on Brenda’s “I wore a strapless dress to the Heart Ball cardiologist either. Dr. John Mickey says and someone said ‘you don’t let it bother you.’ Brenda’s outlook was not one everyone would I don’t. The scar gets better and better all the have in such a trying experience. time.”
“I live each day to the fullest.”
“She has a great attitude. It was a very traumatic ordeal that would have broken a lot of people. She has an amazing resiliency and positive outlook.”
And so, it seems, does life on this side.
Brenda remembers even before being discharged making promises to continue a healthy lifestyle. As she lay in the hospital she and her son joked about the lack of muscle tone left in her leg after the experience. “If I get out and have the ability to exercise I will and eat right,” Brenda says.
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“I remember the nurses in ICU kept saying ‘you’re so nice.’ Why would I complain? I’m alive. I’m lucky to be alive.”
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1 Neuro Feedback Clinic – 701 Robley Dr., Ste. 137 2 Purrfect Gifts – 5520 Johnston St., #F Centerpiece Shopping Center Vanessa V Boutique – 5520-E Johnston St. Centerpiece Shopping Center 3 Clothing Loft – 115 Arnould Blvd. On the Boulevard 4 Caroline & Co. – 113 Arnould Blvd. On the Boulevard 5 Acadiana Metro Realty – 3205 Johnston St. 6 Jewelie's Boutique – 407 Rena Dr. 7 Ashero Spa – 233 Doucet Rd. B1 8 Coccolare Spa – 331 Doucet Rd. 9 Christopher Hubbell, M.D., a Jeune Medical Spa – 913 South College Rd. 10 Schools of the Sacred Heart – Grand Coteau 11 Hallmark Jewelers – 1800 NE Evangeline Thruway Northgate Mall 12 Allure Enhancement – 1723 West Pinhook Rd. 13 J. Kevin Duplechain, MD, FACS – 1103 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Ste. 300 Laser Skincare of La. – 1103 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Ste. 302 14 Heart Hospital – 1105 Kaliste Saloom Rd. 15 Dunn’s Design – 208 Rue Louis XIV 16 Park Lane Boutique – 1921 Kaliste Saloom Rd. Parc Lafayette Superior Nails – 1921 Kaliste Saloom Rd. Parc Lafayette 17 Lamplighter's Interiors – 2207 Kaliste Saloom Rd. By Appointment : • Cameo Bookkeeping – 337-988-3260
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showyourface XANADU MUSE PARTY Nov. 11 – Trynd The shimmering ladies of Xanadu threw a sparkling fete at Trynd downtown. Their Muse Party was a Jeweled Xtravaganza.
COACH HUD SIGNING Jan. 14 – Brother's on the Boulevard Coach Mark Hudspeth brought out the crowds to The Boulevard after the Cajun’s bowl victory. Supporters of the UL coach stood in line for autographs from the popular Ragin’ Cajuns football coach.
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showyourface VICTORIA ANNOUNCEMENT Oct. 29 â€“ Petroleum Club The lovely ladies of the Krewe of Victoria gathered for their royal announcement soiree at the Petroleum Club.
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