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I N S P I R AT I O N , E N T E R TA I N M E N T & E M P O W E R M E N T F O R C E N T R A L I O WA W O M E N

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pring! Soccer starts soon and I really can’t complain about how this winter shaped up either. When it did snow, it was very picturesque. My life is really mirroring Pam Dixon’s column because we both have high school seniors preparing for college and they are our only children. We remember when Maddie was at Devin’s first birthday party like it was yesterday. There have been some last firsts this year, too. Like the last first day of school picture. Which actually was a picture of him running to his car before I could get a good picture, but I did get one. Leaving the nest will be hard, but he is ready and I think we are ready, but we’ll see what I am saying when graduation comes around. Isn’t our cover girl gorgeous? We approached Lily in a coffee shop months ago because we like to have real women on our cover and she was exactly what we were looking for. Enjoy Kate’s article on the new website Pinterest; it’s all the rage. Louise from The Cake House is quite an inspiration and Max’s column has some interesting news. It is so cool how his son is mirroring him in his younger years, too.

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Giggling & Growing ~ Kate Garner..............................................5 Grace Notes ~ Debra Landwehr Engle ......................................6 Cents & Sensibility ~ Ben Hildebrandt ......................................7 Your Sanctuary ~ Kate Garner ......................................................8 In Action ~ Amanda Schreiber ....................................................10 Everyday Gourmet ~ Christina Logsdon. ......................................11 Broad Appeal ~ Pam Dixon ..........................................................12 Maxwell’s Theater @ Large ~ Maxwell Schaeffer..................12 She’s Still Got It! ~ Suzy Collings................................................13 Unconditional Love ~ Stephanie Filer ......................................14 Surviving & Thriving ~ Amanda Schreiber ................................16 Your Calling ~ Linda Schemmel ................................................20 Nead Inspiration ~ Liz Nead ........................................................21 Musings ~ Mary Day........................................................................22 Man Cave ~ Andy Hall....................................................................24 The Shopping Ninja ~ Karess Carter ........................................24 Life’s Journey ~ Kate Garner ......................................................26 CREDITS: On the cover: Ayah “Lily” Moneer, a Multilingual Interpreter/Translator and Advocate, as well as a budding author. Hair by Ashley Berk from MasterCuts in Jordan Creek Mall. Magazine Editor – Kate Garner

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Teresa in Des Moines: I have a daycare and one of my kids, 3-year old Jayce, ran in to show my husband his caterpillar in the jar. Jayce said, “He’s going to turn into a raccoon!” I had just explained how his little caterpillar might change into a cocoon before he turns into a moth.

Cindy in Ankeny: A couple of weeks ago we let our almost 3-year old son Nicky sit through the adult worship service at church. I was holding him in my arms during the Lord’s Prayer, when I heard him say, “Our Father, who does art in heaven, Harold is his name…”

Allison in Pleasant Hill: My daughter Sophia, age 7, was dillydallying as she got ready for school. I called upstairs, “Sophia? Are you dressed?” Sophia’s response was measured, “Mom, you would consider it a ‘no’, but I’m going to go with a ‘YES’! I already have my underwear on!”

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Mike in Des Moines: My 5-year old daughter Carley is quite a card. She has an opinion about everything and it’s usually quite funny. A few weeks ago she said something that had us in stitches. She quickly ran over and put her hand on my cell phone, “Please Daddy, don’t tell the Facebook!” ❥

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Grace Notes Planting Joy BY DEBRA LANDWEHR ENGLE


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She heard the voice of a friend saying, “Where are you going to live?” She heard her own voice saying, “Who do I think I am? Do I really get to have the life I want?”

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Several months ago, she answered that last question with a committed yes, and things started happening quickly. In fact, just two weeks from now, she’ll load up a truck and move. She’s not yet sure where she’ll live or what she’ll do once she’s there, but she knows for certain that she’ll be home.

My client is well aware that many people could call her crazy, but she’s no longer willing to settle for less than joy. “If I can make choices that make me happy,” she says, “why wouldn’t I make them?” After all, she makes decisions that please her dog, her friends and her co-workers, she says. Why wouldn’t she do the same for herself? A part of her is coming alive—a part that has been dormant for many years and is now ready to blossom. How did she get to this point? By listening, paying attention, and being honest with herself about when to say yes and when to say no. Just last week, she saw an ad for a tempting job out East and was tempted to apply. Her dad’s words were speaking to her, after all. But she realized that she couldn’t go for it. To do so would mean compromising once again. It may seem like she’s unique. She doesn’t have young children or a spouse to consider, and she has skills that will transfer well no matter where she lives. But don’t we all have the options each day to choose what we really want rather than what someone else says we should have? Spring is a time of possibilities. So ask yourself today, “What choice would make me happy?” Think beyond the temporary boost of a new dress or pair of shoes, and consider making a choice that speaks to your deep, long-term joy. Then shush the naysayers in your mind, say yes and get ready to bloom. ❥ Deb Engle mentors clients in life issues and writing/book publishing, and through the Tending Your Inner Garden program of personal and spiritual and personal growth for women. Find her online at and

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riving my oldest daughter to school, she reminds me of her weekend social schedule. “Dad, remember after school I have swim practice and an overnight at Hannah’s. Tomorrow, Katie and I are shopping after soccer practice, but before mock trial.” “Elena,” I respond, “when I was your age, I didn’t want to be rich or famous or become President. I wanted to be 43 years old, driving my child to wherever she wanted.” “Well, I guess you’re livin’ the dream, huh dad?” she says. Funny, when you have children your dreams change. Suddenly, you’ve got to think of the real future; the future of your lineage. There’s daycare, doctor’s bills, clothing and school lunches, camps and tutors, so much more until eventually (hopefully), college. Then, once you’ve helped them out of the house you can maybe get to work on the dream of retirement. Good diets and taking control of your finances have one vital commonality—both involve a lifestyle change. You won’t lose those extra 20 pounds in a week and you’re not going to erase

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Organizing Great Ideas ~ An Introduction to Pinterest BY KATE GARNER


e all do it. We find a recipe, a craft, a great dress – and we tear it from a magazine, print it off a website or put a bookmark in the spot and pile up the books for ‘later’. We are busier than ever and yet we create clutter to have to organize later, which we know will never get done. Pinterest to the rescue! The new image sharing site is a virtual bulletin board that allows you to collect all of your favorite, well everything, into one spot and save a few trees in the process. You see, you pin the main image that represents the project or inspiration and that saves the link to the page where you found it, so you can always click through that picture to what you want.

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n women’s athletics, there aren’t many (if any) tougher than roller derby. It is a full-contact sport requiring strength, agility, and speed— one that uses all the muscles and demands a player’s complete Deanna (on left), focus. Deanna Hobart posing with the referees. will be the first to tell you that just because they’re wearing roller skates, no one is messing around. Playing is a total body workout. “Your body has to be automatic,” she explains. Deanna is a blocker for the Des Moines Derby Dames, based out of Skate North. She goes by Lassie McSassy on the rink, a nod to her Irish roots and love for playing the Irish fiddle.

She was living in New York when derby was on the rise. Lassy McSassy in yellow, on the right. When she moved to Des Moines last June, it captivated her attention. “I can’t think of anything I don’t love about it.” Deanna, 39, gave it a try and joined the Dames in September. “You’d be amazed what you can accomplish if you want.” Deanna has always been athletic (a runner, diver and a gymnast), but Derby is her first team sport. And yet the team is as close as family. Deanna names their fiercely determined and driven nature (called the “Derby Soul”) which unites them so strongly. With all 3 of her daughters on the junior team, she is grateful Derby teaches a positive self-image, acceptance of all body types, and perseverance. “I can be beat from head to toe…” but at the end of the day, Deanna says: “I feel like Wonder Woman.” ❥

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It All Goes So Fast!

Theater as the “Matchmaker!”

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BY MAXWELL SCHAEFFER “Maxwell & Pam In The Morning” 93.3 KIOA

’ve known this was coming for 18 years. But, I didn’t know how hard it would be to get my daughter to decide on a college to attend this fall. You see, my fate was sealed the day I was born, as a future Iowa Hawkeye. My dad was an Iowa graduate and Iowa City was sacred ground. My mom went to William Woods – an all-girl school in Fulton, MO. (Glad you had fun, Mom, but not an option!) So my daughter, Maddie, has also been raised a Hawkeye since birth and it only makes sense that she attend…Kansas? With virtual tours of college and university campuses available online now, plus word of mouth, she thought KU was worth a look and it was. We loved everything except the price. I’m still trying to swallow that Rock Chalk. We’ve looked big and we’ve looked small, in state and out of state. Great Baby schools are everywhere. But, when did the price of a college education get so out Maddie of control? When I close my eyes, I just see numbers spinning around my head. What school will be the perfect fit? Well, as they say in broadcasting…stay tuned. We leave for more school visits this spring, trying to find that “sacred ground” and a major. For years, people with older kids have been telling me to enjoy life with my child because the time goes so fast. In her pre-teen years I thought they must be joking. But, I’m feeling it now and every moment we’re in the car together on these campus visits, and she’s telling me how to drive, I’m grateful. ❥


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n past articles, I’ve talked about meeting my wife, Karen, in the early 80’s, at an audition for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. We were both cast and our relationship developed through the course of rehearsals. By the time the show closed, we both knew we’d found our match! So, it came as no surprise, when our son, Alex, announced that he would Alex & Gracie in costume for marry his girlfriend, Gracie, in May. one of their various ensemble After all, like us – they developed their roles in The Producers. relationship during rehearsals for a play (The Producers) at the Playhouse last fall. I was also in the production, and Karen was the stage manager, so, we had a front row seat for the Alex/Gracie courtship. We re-lived our courtship watching our son court his sweetheart! Here’s the kicker; Alex and Gracie will be moving to New York this summer to pursue theater careers. She aspires to be a Rockette, and Alex will hit the audition rounds seeking professional employment. If you look around the circles of local theater folk, you will find one couple after another who have consummated similar theater relationships, and have a shared lifelong avocation. Single? The theater is a great place to meet great people! ❥

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She’s Still Louise Stromberg The Cake House Lady BY SUZY COLLINGS

Got It!

Louise Stromberg


he sugar in the treats at The Cake House isn’t the only sweet thing about this Des Moines icon.

At the age of 80, purveyor Louise Stromberg, is pretty sweet too. Oh, and very busy. Louise keeps a full appointment book at all times and bakes plenty of wedding cakes. Louise moved to Des Moines in 1957, where she raised four sons alongside her late husband and worked many different jobs. In 1969, she volunteered to bake her son’s wedding cake, she had no idea it would change her life. Her cake was such a hit with friends and family, she decided to become an entrepreneur and opened her own shop. She has enjoyed it so much, it’s something she recommends for any person wanting to start their own business.

Philippians 4:13 - “I can do all the things through Christ who strengthens me.”

That’s the Bible quote that Louise has turned to many times in her life. She used it after suffering the loss of her first husband, and two sons. She turns to Christ not only for her strength, but for her clientele, as well. She prides herself on building a relationship with her clients and advising them about a successful marriage.

“I tell the young couples that come in to wake up in the morning and say, ‘I love you’ to each other, and fall asleep saying ‘I love you’. Communicate and keep love aglow each day, work hard and you will be forever married,” Louise says. Today, being happily remarried for nearly 37 years, she falls more in love with her husband Don each day. By the way, Louise doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon, but when the time comes, she will keep the business in the family and pass her work along to her son. Which reinforces the saying you will find on all of her materials, “At The Cake House you may come as a stranger, but you’ll leave feeling like a member of the family.” ❥

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Unconditional Love To Puppy, or Not to Puppy?



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your puppy. (If you adopt your puppy from the ARL, many of their initial vaccinations are already covered.) Sometimes unexpected illnesses or injuries can lead to a trip to the emergency vet. • Are you willing to pay the cost of spaying/ neutering your puppy? There are already more dogs in shelters than there are enough homes for them, so spaying/ neutering your puppy is not only an important part of controlling the pet overpopulation crisis but it also saves your puppy from future medical complications, the urge to run off, and other unpleasant side effects. (If you adopt your puppy from the ARL, they will already be spayed/neutered.) • Are you ready to give a dog daily companionship, instead of companionship when it’s convenient? It is important to socialize puppies with other animals and people of all sizes, ages, and colors. This will help your puppy become a confident and well-mannered adult. Additionally, it’s important that they bond with you. Bonding with your puppy will help you train him/her to be a good dog. Puppies require time, money, care, and a commitment for a lifetime. If that doesn’t fit in with your lifestyle – take another look at the situation. Better yet, consider adopting an adult or senior dog. Not only are older dogs generally housetrained already, they usually know basic commands and are past the destructive phase. The Animal Rescue League is full of dogs of all ages and all lifestyles so make adoption your first option. ❥ Stephanie Filer is the Manager of Special Gifts and Partnerships for the ARL. If you have would like more information on the ARL’s programs or adoptable animals, please contact Stephanie at or (515) 473-9116. You can also visit the ARL’s website for more information at

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New Activist She was diagnosed with lung cancer—even though she was never a smoker, and had never been around second-hand smoke. She is clear on the facts, “If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer.” It all started in the spring of 2010, when she began coughing and wheezing. It was mild at first; Gail thought it was allergies or a cold. Yet, none of the typical medicines were helping. When she was wheezing with every breath, she visited her doctor. He suggested an x-ray, and it became clear how serious it was. They found a cancerous nodule in the lower lobe of her left lung, and the doctor recommended her lung be removed.

Gail campaigning for the cause with nephew Sammy.


hen I met with Gail Orcutt, she had just come from a meeting with an aid to Congressman Boswell regarding the dangers of radon. Gail belongs to the Iowa Radon Coalition and she also volunteers for the American Lung Association; she is working with them to introduce a bill in the legislature, advocating preventative measures and awareness of radon.


A school teacher for 33 years before retiring, she says, “I do not consider myself a political person, but I’ve sort of gotten pulled into it.” A Cough What pulled Gail into politics was a life-changing event, and yet she often reminded herself it was “just a bump in the road.”



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Gail had scheduled an appointment with her hair stylist immediately after the doctor’s appointment where she, coincidentally, first received the lung cancer diagnosis. She laughs, retelling how she kept the appointment, since you never know when the salon will be able to get you in again. “You have to find the funny part in all the sadness, too,” she smiles. Gail and her stylist cried together at the salon. The fight was hard, but Gail had a team. She describes her husband as being a pillar of support and encouragement for her. With help from family and friends, she kept a positive attitude. She remembers thinking, “This isn’t Alzheimer’s, this isn’t ALS…it’s cancer. They treat cancer now. We can do this.” The long weeks of chemotherapy, however difficult and incapacitating, were also a learning experience for Gail. “Attitude is everything,” she says. “That is one thing you find out when you get a cancer diagnosis: you have no control over anything but your attitude.” And, she adamantly kept a positive one. “I learned that I didn’t have it so bad…Anytime I was feeling sorry for myself, I would learn about someone else who was much worse off. I made it. When Gail was recovering from her lung surgery, she had an epiphany. She came across an article in Bottom Line Health, called

“Lung Cancer and Non-Smokers” which identified radon as a lung cancer-causing agent. Out of the 6 physicians who helped heal Gail, none pointed towards radon as the cause of her cancer. After becoming suspicious about radon, she tested her basement/family room and discovered radon was present. It was not extremely high, but she and her husband had lived there for 18 years. That was enough. A Crusader Radon is a radioactive gas. You can’t smell, taste, see or feel it. It comes from uranium (naturally found in the soil) that is decaying. Radon rises up in the soil, and begins to seep into foundations through cracks and joints and gaps around pipes. Iowa leads the nation in high radon levels, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that 7 in 10 Iowa homes have levels higher than the EPA’s radon actions level. Furthermore, the average radon level in Iowa is 6 times the national average. As a cancer survivor and activist, Gail speaks frequently before a plethora of different groups and people. Gail has even been on the Today Show, and on the radio with First Lady Michelle Obama, a friend of hers these days, who is helping take up the cause. “Now, a lot of times I think my whole career of teaching was just a build-up to this. Because I’m teaching a lot [about radon] now,” Gail says. The bill she and the Radon Coalition are hoping to pass would

Gail during treatment.

Gail with late mother-in-law Zetta.

require radon-resistant new construction, a radon test for every real estate transaction (buying or renting), radon testing in schools, and money to continue educating the public. “Don’t be afraid to test your home,” Gail fervently recommends. She says to call the Iowa Radon Hotline at 1-800-383-5992, or go to The Hotline will send you a radon detection kit for less than one costs at the hardware store. Gail reinforces, “We need to get past treating disease and get to preventing disease…I don’t want anyone to go through what I did, or lose someone. It’s so preventable.” ❥

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…cont. from pg. 8

Now Ben’s idea, Pinterest, is the hottest and fastest growing social site on the internet. The company doesn’t release official numbers, but estimates say that in less than 2 years the site has attracted almost 3.5 million regular users. The success has helped Ben attract major investors to improve and expand the website, which is what they are working on right now.

find them again with a click of a mouse. And, as a busy wife and mom, easy is much appreciated! It isn't all about the food though. We just bought a house last October and I also have a board filled with pins for Spring projects for my husband. Not to mention adorable arts and crafts, and many ideas for keeping my toddler entertained without the use of toys or the TV.

A Quick Pinterest Primer: 1. Pinterest is so popular, you need an invitation to join. Find a friend who pins and ask them to invite you – it’s faster than trying to join on your own. 2. You can set up as many boards, or sub-sections, as you like. So, get creative and pin what you love. 3. When pinning, be sure to use the image from the original website. If a recipe first appeared on the Kraft site, for example, pin the image from there so you can easily find it and the link won’t expire.

Don’t take my word for it, get started yourself! Happy Pinning! From

Amy Wormsley in Urbandale:

My name is Amy and I am sickly addicted to Pinterest. So much so that whenever my family or friends see something new in my home or try a tasty snack they immediately ask, "Is this from Pinterest?"

And if you think people just ‘pin’ and don’t necessarily do, we grabbed a couple of local Pinterest ‘pinners’ to share their interests: From

Mellissa Hall in Des Moines:

I’m a bit Pinterest-obsessed, and have been since Day 1, which for me was December of last year.

Mellissa’s bourbon chicken.

Mellissa’s tomato basil parmesan soup.



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Amy’s fun hair accessory project.

I have 30 boards where I post everything from recipes to wicked smart ideas. It is the place that I retreat to dream of my someday cabin or my go-to when I have to entertain guests. I even have the app on my iPhone so that Pinterest is never far away. Pinterest has become a useful tool in my creative and crafty life. When someone has pinned something off your board or someone wants to follow your pinboards, it makes you feel like you have been invited to sit at the cool table.

My husband and I have been together for nearly a decade, and I'm sure he was just as sick of the same old dinners all the time, as I was making them again. Plus, my husband has an appetite that won’t quit AND I have a picky toddler who, some days, will only eat a few bites of his meals. With Pinterest, I never have a shortage of meal ideas!

I love to have what I refer to as “a-ha” moments while perusing Pinterest. I would have never thought of placing my sheet set into Amy’s homemade one pillow case for easier storage! baby gift. Genius! My family may have had to endure a few failed Pinterest meals, but for the most part we have enjoyed delicious snacks and savory meals.

Cookbooks? Recipe cards? All fine, but they also take up a lot of space and aren’t so easy to organize. With Pinterest I can pin the recipes I want to try on one board and easily

Pinterest is really helping people get back to our roots, reminding us of how a heartfelt homemade gift can have more meaning than something manufactured. It encourages families to get together around the dinner table with easy and delicious food and gives us creative ideas to spend more time with our kids. Happy Pinning! ❥

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have in your life. So many would love to trade places with you. If you vision something else, you might dream yourself right out of your comfortable existence. Better to be very thankful for what you have so you don’t lose it.

search for quotes every week. There’s something about a well-worded phrase or sentence to kick me out of my comfortable sand box of responsibilities and assumptions. I found one this week from Napoleon Hill:


“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”

• The “I don’t deserve it” blueprint: So you’ve made a few

mistakes, have you? Your time has run out to have a life free of the consequences of your actions. Or, for some reason you weren’t given the easiest life and you have become comfortable expecting less than the best. Wanting something more will only lead to disappointment anyway.

The act of vision-ing is natural and healthy. And whether you believe it or not it’s working right now. New Life Counseling Psychologist Don Gilbert thinks vision is not only natural and healthy, but “necessary. Being stuck in an open-ended rut can cause you harm. Choosing something different is always a healthy option.” How do you treat your visions? Do you feel the power? Your visions of the future establish powerful blueprints that influence your daily experience.

Gilbert maintains you should not “ask yourself WHAT YOU WANT in five years (money, career), but rather ask yourself WHO you want to be?” Which brings me to the last and LIZ APPROVED blueprint.

• The “stability” blueprint: You imagine you will never find

passionate love, so you don’t put yourself through the process of finding a person who fulfills those needs. You can see you will never be able to leave your job to pursue the career you really want, so you stay focused on your daily tasks and stop dreaming of your purpose. What are you imagining? Do you picture never finding love? Never able to afford to have that career you really want? That is part of your blueprint, reducing your risks to have stability. • The “don’t buck the system” blueprint: Yes, you have

visions but maybe now is NOT the time to step out on the crazylimb. Everyone else seems happy with their lives, and it’s working for them. Your parents, and your parents’ parents did just fine with this life, and it WORKS for them. Who do you think you are to change a process that works? • The “let’s just be grateful” blueprint: No one will call you a malcontent. It is your responsibility to be grateful for everything you

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my favorite and my preference. Realize everyone has the right to dream just as they have the right to draw oxygen in their lungs. Treat those dreams and vision as the “design plan” of your best life. Imagine careers, relationships and situations that FIT your strengths, that FIT you! Take a second today and admit to your blueprint. It’s okay, and it’s normal. THEN, start dreaming. Remember our friend Napoleon Hill. Visioning is necessary, normal and essential to experiencing a life full of purpose and meaning. ❥

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Musings by Mary Day


elieve it or not, I have not always been in the radio business. It happened when I was in my 40’s and that is where I have been since. Well, except for a year in television, this just made me miss radio all the more. Being on camera just wasn’t for me. Before radio though, lookout, I have done everything… In Iowa City when the father of my four children was in school, I worked at University Hospitals, Children’s in the Psychiatric ward with autistic children, one of my favorite jobs. When our second child

was born, I was a stay-at-home mom. Then I worked the night shift in an automobile parts factory. After that we transferred states nearly every year for his job, so I got to do my favorite job of all, stay-at-home mom. When we were transferred back to Iowa, I got a job at the grade school my children went to as a teacher’s aide in a classroom for exceptional children. I loved that because I could go to work with my kids and come home with them and have holidays and summers with them, too. When my youngest was born, I chose to stay at home and did daycare for seven little ones. It was great. Then came my radio days. I started on an AM station that was full service - I played music, had specialty shows and more.

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Oh, and I almost forgot, I must mention my stint as a soda jerk at Boyd’s Dairy and then White’s Dress Shop in my hometown of Boone. I couldn’t wait to get a job when I was 16. I’m still glad to have one at 69. ❥

~ Mary

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owans are lucky. If we want a taste of Holland, we head to Pella! If you want a touch of Norway, head to Decorah. We can explore another country without roaming far from home.

Iowa River. I stumbled upon Ruby’s. The Norwegian meatballs were so good, I brought home extra!

The idyllic little town is set in scenic river valley country. Flat Iowa farmland gives way to beautiful rolling hills. It’s no wonder the King and Queen of Norway travel all the way here.

the top 100 craft galleries in America.” StoryPeople creator Brian Andreas graduated from Luther College and produces his artwork here in a gallery open to the public.

Start the weekend at the historic Hotel Winneshiek. The hotel boasts, “You’ll feel like royalty.” You might also try the B&B On Broadway. Mollie and Kevin Cooney loved the attic room. They also recommend Rubailyat, a fine dining favorite! The poetic name refers to the joy that good food and wine bring to life. Some say Mabe’s Pizza is the best in the world, but USA Today called McCaffrey’s, “the best pizza in Iowa.” It’s nestled in the charming bluffs near the Upper

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Be sure to spend time on the river! Canoeing, tubing and kayaking offer views of towering bluffs and soaring eagles. This is home to the world famous Eagle Cam! National Geographic Adventure calls it, “One of the top 100 adventures in the US.” Who knew?! Don’t miss Dunning’s Springs, a 200-foot waterfall. Take time to stop at the Seed Savers Farm, the Trout Hatchery and Luther College. A trip would not be complete without seeing the Veterheim Norwegian-American Museum, the most comprehensive in the US dedicated to a single immigrant group focusing on Norwegian culture and folk art. ❥

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Man Cave

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y wife and I used to take annual road trips to Texas in the early spring before Alexander came along. Not only is Texas a relatively easy drive, and an early taste of Spring before its official arrival in Iowa, for some unexplained reason it also has always felt like home to me. A home away from home away from home, technically, since I’m a Minneapolis native that was transplanted in Iowa via work. In fact, we haven’t embarked on an excursion of much significance since our honeymoon in Cancun in April of 2009, so to say we’re excited about taking our show on the road next month is a rather sizable understatement. Andy Hall is the Music Director and Afternoon Host at Lazer 103.3 FM

Alexander’s first real road trip comes with some trepidation, of course. Generally, he hasn’t had to sit in one place for more than a couple hours at a time. And, as he nears his 2nd birthday, the fact that he’ll need just as much entertainment for the drive down as he will once we actually arrive at our destination has us scrambling for ideas on how to keep him occupied. • Step 1 has already been installed…DVD monitors in my headrests. • Step 2 is next…purchasing every Sesame Street and Dora The Explorer DVD I can get my hands on. • Step 3 after that…a sunscreen to ensure no unexpected fits of rage, or potential blindness.

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What we do from there is anybody’s guess. Another first in our journey as Mom and Dad, (with any luck) will result in a week of (some) rest and (moderate) relaxation with new memories we will (hopefully) cherish for the rest of our lives. ❥


Shopping Ninja by Karess Carter think eating together as a family is important. It’s an opportunity to share with each other the events of the day. Occasionally, cooking is the last thing I want to do after a long day at work, but dining out can be a budget buster! I’ve found a Karess & way for your family to dine out daughter on the cheap. Restaurants have Rhiannon clued in to the fact that as parents, we need to watch the spending. So, I love the fact Karess Carter is Midday Host that many food establishments at STAR 102.5 FM in the metro have come up with some discounts to encourage you to dine out as a family. I’ve put together a list of specials around the metro and organized it by the day of the week.


The best special to me is one that you can take advantage of any day of the week, it’s at two IHOP locations. Stop in to the locations in Urbandale or on SE 14th and enjoy a free kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult meal. That’s a bargain in my mind! As always, specials can change without notice. I suggest you call ahead or make sure you ask your server if these specials are still in place when you order. I took the liberty of calling each of these businesses to make sure the deals were current. For the complete list of specials and the nights they are, go to Please let me know if there is a special we need to add to the list or one that changes. As always, I invite you to email me with your money saving tips! ❥ Have tips to share with Karess?


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Yet, while writing the article about Pinterest on Page 8 (a site I LOVE, BTW), I came across a saying that, if I were to embrace it, might help everyone’s stress level a little. Ben Silbermann, founder of Pinterest, keeps it in his office, “Done is Better than Perfect.” So, whether this is perfect or not, I guess I need to be done. ❥

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Intuition - March/April 2012  

Inspiration, Entertainment and Empowerment for Central Iowa Women. Inside This Issue: An Introduction to Pinterest, Planting Joy, Roller Der...

Intuition - March/April 2012  

Inspiration, Entertainment and Empowerment for Central Iowa Women. Inside This Issue: An Introduction to Pinterest, Planting Joy, Roller Der...