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TRINITY • NEW PORT RICHEY • ODESSA • HOLIDAY • TARPON SPRINGS • EAST LAKE • PALM HARBOR

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Your Family | Your Community | Your Life

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For the LOVE of

West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Joe Alpine,15 Years of Dedication

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For The Love of Chocolate Valentine Gift Ideas

Chocolate Diamonds

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Artisanal Chocolates

Experience chocolates the way they were meant to be enjoyed. Made with French and Belgian dark and milk chocolate, each hand crafted piece is a work of art. They look too beautiful to eat but are simply too good not to! So many delicious flavors to choose from! Viktoria Richards Chocolates 6334 Rowan Rd, New Port Richey 727-505-6567 | www.vrchocolates.com

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Rich Chocolate Hair

Chocolate this rich doesn’t come in a box but it will make someone special look and feel beautiful Cabelo Salon 10720 State Road 54, Ste. 100, Trinity 727-372-5555

Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes

Gourmet moist and delicious cupcakes baked from scratch daily with plenty of love. Hence, the nickname "Love Muffins". Sugardarlings Cones & Cupcakes 8511 Old CR 54, New Port Richey 727-376-CAKE | www.sugardarlingscupcakes.com

Chocolate Hand Paraffin Treatment

Indulge your senses as you restore, nourish & moisturize your hands with your next dental cleaning and exam. Now that is sweet! David W. Dempsey D.D.S. | The Art & Science of Dentistry 10733 Maplecreek Dr, Ste. 102, Trinity 727-372-0550

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Directory OF HOMETOWN PROFESSIONALS Accounting A+ Tax & Accounting...........................30 Unbehagen Advisors.............................33 Advertising It’s Your Home Magazine..................6,34 Topaz Marketing Group.....................6,34 Air Conditioning Best Services A/C.................................28 Harrell Home Services..........................25 McWilliams A/C...................................22 Apartment Living Trinity Club...........................................29 Attorneys- Personal Injury Andreopoulos Law Firm.......................32 Bakery Dove Chocolates.....................................2 Sugardarlings Cones & Cupcakes.........12 Sweet Pretzels & More..........................14 Viktoria Richards Chocolates..................2 Banks/Credit Union Achieva Credit Union..............................5 Florida Central Credit Union.................32 Business Groups Cash Mob of West Pasco.......................30 Rooters Club..........................................36 Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce.........................................36 Trinity Business Association.................48 West Pasco Business Association..........36 West Pasco Chamber of Commerce.......7,35 Cleaning Service The Cleaning Angel...............................28 Computer Repair A+ Computer Services..........................30 Cudixs....................................................34 Consignment Shops Smile Faith Thrift Shop.........................20 Dentists David W. Dempsey, D.D.S....................18

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Family Entertainment Jungle Bounce.......................................43 Congo River Golf .................................42 Florist Chloe’s Creations..................................15 Gift Shops Karen’s Gifts..........................................12 Golf Seven Springs Golf & Country Club.....................................................40 Hair Salons & Nails Aqua Terra Salon & Spa........................13 Cabelo Salon Inc....................................16 Stylez of Trinity......................................17 Health & Nutrition Better Health & Nutrition......................17 Homecare Services Home Helpers........................................20 Jewelers DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry........................6,11 Massage Therapy Massage Therapy Center......................10 Mind & Body Defy Aging............................................21 Music Lessons Music Matters .......................................42 Nail Salon Amber Nails..........................................16 Non-Profit Organizations Smile Faith Foundation.........................20 SPCA Suncoast.......................................47 Pavers C.M. Pavers & Hardscapes...................25 Pet Grooming & Boutique Paw Wash Plus......................................47 Physicians-Cosmetic Surgery Rinnova Med-Surgical & Laser Institute,.................................................17

Physicians-Internal Medicine Dr. Halima Gafhoor................................20 Physicians-Optometrist Dr. Sandra Stroud...................................20 Picture Framing Picture Perfect ......................................25 Plumbing Contractor Pete’s Certified Plumbing.......................28 Pool Contractor Posh Pools of Florida, Inc.......................23 Real Estate Debbie Dawson, ReMax Sunset Realty........................26,27 Mary Archie, Florida Luxury Realty............................22 Restaurants Best of Philly Cheesesteak House...........38 Carmelita’s..............................................38 Dimitri’s On the Water............................37 Grand Plaza Cafe...............................37,39 Seven Springs Golf & Country Club.......................................................40 Windows on the Green at Fox Hollow Club.....................................38 Zen Forrest..............................................37 Roofing Contractors Arry’s Roofing Services.........................24 Storage Facilities Seven Springs Self Storage.....................29 Upholsterer Sunshine Upholstery...............................22 Veterinarians Animal Care Center of Pasco..................46 Website Design Websitedzyn............................................31 Weight Loss Body by Vi.............................................19


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Yourhome IT’S

TRINITY, NEW PORT RICHEY, ODESSA, HOLIDAY, TARPON SPRINGS EAST LAKE, PALM HARBOR & NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES

Volume 4 Issue 1

VALENTINE Issue 2013

PUBLISHER/EDITOR Debbie Dawson

WEBSITE DESIGN Rich Scherch, Len Wasnock

ART DIRECTOR Papande Newman

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Debra Taylor

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS DEFY AGING Barbara Marville-Kelly & Dennis Kelly MONEY MATTERS Todd Unbehagen NUTRITION TIPS Melanie Milletics TAYLOR MADE Debra Taylor TECH TALK Richard Scherch YOUR HOMETOWN REALTOR Debbie Dawson

Just in Time for Valentine’s Day DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry is happy to announce the arrival of award winning jewelry artist Chi Galatea’s interchangeable pendant and earring components. These designs are for use with any style of beads (today’s hottest fashion) including Chi’s hand carved Tahitian and freshwater pearls, available exclusively at DeLuca’s. Not only are these pieces exceptionally crafted and designed, they are affordable. All are priced below $100. So, this Valentine’s Day, don’t just be ordinary, be Extraordinary! Visit DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry, where all of our unique pieces of jewelry and beads are hand selected. Take home a special treasure for your Valentine this February 14th.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Joanna & Larry DeLuca

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West Pasco Chamber of Commerce

FAREWELL TO PRESIDENT JOE ALPINE AND WELCOME NEW PRESIDENT CHIP WICHMANOWSKI

Joe Alpine

He has lived a colorful life. He was drafted into the armed forces and served in Vietnam in 1965-66, as a helicopter gunner and later, a military police officer. He married his wife, Barbara, in 1967, and they raised two daughters. Upon moving to Florida in 1971, he became an “elf” for eight years with Keebler, the well-known cookie manufacturer.

In 1997, he co-chaired the Business Development Week in Pasco County, which led to his becoming the President of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. Now, after 15 years of dedicated service to the Chamber, Joe Alpine has relinquished his executive position. “How time flies when you’re having fun,” he quips. When Joe turned 70 last Fall, he decided it was time to retire and spend more time with Barbara, his daughters and grandsons, Justin & Ayden. A “Roast & Toast” celebration of his tenure with the West Pasco Chamber was held at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey, January 11, where he was honored for his tireless service. One of his biggest accomplishments as President of the Chamber was keeping the membership up as the economy entered into recession. The Chamber membership currently exceeds 860 businesses and organizations, which is down from the pre-recession total of 1000. However, the programs initiated over the last few years of Joe’s presidency have kept membership strong. “If you put others before yourself, it turns out pretty well,” Joe explains. “Try to do what you think is best.” What is best includes supporting and promoting local businesses. Joe has consistently recognized the impact of small businesses on the local economy. “Small businesses provide the spark,” he believes. In retirement, Joe plans to attend all of Justin’s basketball games at Florida Christian College in Kissimmee, and will enjoy watching 9-year-old Ayden grow up.

Chip Wichmanowski

Although the shoes he is filling are big ones, Henry “Chip” Wichmanowski, the new President of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, is more than capable of doing just that.

“I have a passion for West Pasco,” Chip said. “I think I bring the ability to get people to work together. I believe I have the ability to network and work with people to get more members here.” With approximately 4,500 West Pasco businesses, his goal is to have a quarter of the in the Chamber. However, it is not simply about expanding membership, but retaining current members. “If I had my druthers,” Chip said, “there’d be no terminations (among members), although, some turnover is inevitable.” Chip proudly served as Executive Director of the Pasco Education Foundation, which raises money for the Pasco school district, and this aligned him perfectly with his new position. His experience with the Foundation will assist him in fundraising efforts to implement programs necessary to continue economic development. He continued, “Our biggest opportunity is increasing and growing businesses here. My goal is to make the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce the go-to organization for economic development in West Pasco.” Chip and his wife, Debbie, lived in Florida briefly in 1977, and returned as permanent residents to Pasco County in 1984, and they have been serving the community and Pasco County School System since. Chip became Principal at Gulfside Elementary School, and later Calusa Elementary. Debbie is currently Assistant Principal at Longleaf Elementary School. Their three children are Nicholas, 31, a commercial liability insurance salesman in Fort Myers, Jamie, 29, an Anclote High School teacher; and Alisha, or Ali as she prefers, a River Ridge High School junior. For more information about the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, call 727-842-7651 or visit their office located at 5443 Main Street, New Port Richey. We wish you both many blessings in your next phase of life!


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Hand Pick the Perfect Gift

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Chef Roy Werner of Grand Plaza Café You Can Taste the Love in Every Bite

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The Sweet Taste of Chocolate

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Your Vote Counts!

Our Hometown Story

West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Farewell to President Joe Alpine and Welcome New President Chip Wichmanowski

Dr. Gerard Cappiello

Love to Shop Local

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Good For Your Heart & Brain

Directory of Hometown Professionals

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To Warm Your Heart

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When You Live in Full Vitality Body by Vi

Defy Aging

Living From The Heart

The Sign You Want

Debbie Dawson, Your Hometown Realtor

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Stop Throwing Away Money!

Dining & Entertainment Things to Do Around Town

Our Local Farmers Markets

Healthy & Fun

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Lobster Bisque TO WARM YOUR HEART

Ingredients: 1/2 lb lobster meat, cut into small chunks 2 tablespoons minced shallots 2 tablespoons chopped green onions 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1/4 cup white wine 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce 1 teaspoon dried thyme 6 tablespoons dry sherry 1 teaspoon paprika 1 cup hot water 1 teaspoon lobster base (better than bouillon) 4 ounces tomato paste 2 bay leaves 2 cups heavy whipping cream 4 tablespoons butter

Directions: • In a sauté pan heat a little oil over med-high heat and sauté shallots, onions, and garlic for one minute. • Deglaze the pan with the white wine.

• Add the worcestershire, tabasco, and thyme and saute for another minute. • Deglaze the pan with the sherry.

• Add the paprika, hot water and lobster base and combine well. • Stir in tomato paste and add the bay leaves. • Simmer for 10 minutes.

• Whisk in heavy cream and the butter and bring to a boil. • Add the lobster and simmer until cooked through. • Serve with crusty garlic bread.

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LETTER

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From the moment chocolate was discovered it was considered valuable, divine, and decadent. Chocolate not only looks and tastes good, it has many health benefits as well (pg 12). With chocolate’s longstanding magical and mythical properties, it’s only fitting that the name of the tree it comes from, Theobroma Cacao means “food of the gods.” Chocolate is associated with divine love and is of course a traditional gift for Valentine’s Day. It’s rich, melting effect is symbolic of the melting of the heart, making it a natural choice in celebrating love and romance. As you flip through the pages, you will find Valentine gift ideas from local merchants and shops in our community. Check out the great article (pg 41) about our local farmers markets promoting healthier living with an emphasis on locally grown produce. This is the year to stay healthy, get fit and have fun! Make your health a priority and you will be more successful in all areas of your life (pg 19). Join IT’s YOUR HOME Magazine each month as we “Mob” another local business. Cash Mob of West Pasco helps local businesses achieve financial success, create everlasting customers and unite those in our community. Cast your vote for the next business to be “Mobbed”. In seven “HITS,” our local Cash Mob has contributed more than $13,000 back into our local businesses and local economy. Our thanks to the generous folks of our wonderful community! To find out more, join our Facebook Group, Cash Mob West Pasco. Our businesses within these pages have made a commitment to you to offer great products and services while supporting our community in so many different ways. IT’s YOUR HOME Magazine continues to connect our readers to our local businesses in an effort to promote a thriving, economically viable and close-knit community. Your Family. Your Community. Your Life…IT’s YOUR HOME!

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Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate Good for Your Heart

Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate two or three times each week can help lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate improves blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots. Eating dark chocolate may also prevent arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

Good for Your Brain

Dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain as well as to the heart, so it can help improve cognitive function, helps reduce your risk of stroke and contains several chemical compounds that have a positive effect on your mood and cognitive health. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), the same chemical your brain creates when you feel like you're falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release endorphins, so eating dark chocolate will make you feel happier.

Helps Control Blood Sugar

Dark chocolate helps keep your blood vessels healthy and your circulation unimpaired to protect against type 2 diabetes. The flavonoids in dark chocolate also help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body's insulin efficiently. Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won't cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels.

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Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants help free your body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells. Free radicals are implicated in the aging process and may be a cause of cancer, so eating antioxidant rich foods like dark chocolate can protect you from many types of cancer and slow the signs of aging.

Contains Theobromine

Dark chocolate contains theobromine, which has been shown to harden tooth enamel. That means that dark chocolate, unlike most other sweets, lowers your risk of getting cavities if you practice proper dental hygiene. Theobromine is also a mild stimulant, though not as strong as caffeine. It can, however, help to suppress coughs.

High in Vitamins and Minerals

Dark chocolate contains a number of vitamins and minerals that can support your health. Dark chocolate contains some of the following vitamins and minerals in high concentrations: • Potassium • Copper • Magnesium • Iron The copper and potassium in dark chocolate help prevent against stroke and cardiovascular ailments. The iron in chocolate protects against iron deficiency anemia, and the magnesium in chocolate helps prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

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By Debra Taylor

IN WEST

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TAMPA BAY

The Sweet Taste of Chocolate In all honesty, I often choose not to indulge in dessert or sweet confections. My mother, Marie, is an incredibly talented baker, and yet, when I visit her in Kentucky, I usually forego her delectable treats. Perhaps, that stems from not wanting to gain weight. Maybe, my daily sugar intake does not allow my mind & body to crave anything additional. I don’t really know.

milk, a half tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, two small scoops of frozen chocolate yogurt, a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter, and a banana. Yummo, as Rachael Ray would say.

I do know that when I choose to indulge in something sweet and sinful, it most often contains some form of chocolate. Mom’s chocolate meringue pie is the best I have ever eaten. For my birthday last year, Publisher of It’s Your Home, Debbie Dawson, bought me a “Molten Chocolate Cake” at Chili’s, which oozed creamy chocolate lava from within. Delicious.

Sipping a chocolate martini, enjoying a spectacular sunset, on the patio at Dimitri’s on the Water in Tarpon Springs, is immensely relaxing.

The “Chocolate Elvis” smoothie at Planet Smoothie is something I attempt to emulate in my own kitchen I use dark chocolate almond

Chocolate-covered strawberries are truly decadent when they are the wonderfully sweet strawberries harvested here in Florida.

There are chocolate-filled croissants in my freezer. My favorite chocolate-glazed doughnuts are sold at Hadorn’s Bakery in Bardstown, KY. Give me a bowl of Double Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream, and I am in Heavenly Hash! Yet sometimes, a simple square of a quality

dark chocolate bar is just perfect. Numerous studies over the last decade have shown the benefits of cocoa phenols found in dark chocolate. As powerful antioxidants, they remove “free radicals and destructive molecules that can lead to heart disease and other ailments,” according to a report by in WebMD Health News, Aug 2003. The phenols also serve as catalysts in lowering blood pressure, according to their published studies. Milk chocolate, white chocolate, or even dark chocolate coupled with a glass of milk, do not have the same healthy properties. (As I have learned, milk is not as good for a body as you might think.) For those reasons, I will consistently opt for dark chocolate if…when …I choose to partake. Hmmm. That “Chocolate Elvis” smoothie sure sounds good… ; )

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Ten Tips to Organize One popular resolution as the New Year arrives is to become more organized be it at home or work. The following helpful tips, should assist in keeping this New Year’s resolution from falling by the wayside! 1. Dispose of anything you don’t often use, efficiently store these items, or find them a clearly designated space where they can be easily accessed. 2. Once you find a “home” or space for these items, PUT THEM AWAY, promptly after you use them. 3. Use plastic baggies, like “Ziplocks” to keep things together, compact and dust-free. 4. Keep a calendar on your desk or refrigerator for keeping track of appointments, weekly tasks, and special occasions. 5. Use a planner if your schedule is jam-packed with appointments, meetings or errands. 6. Purchase a “Smart Phone” for easily accessible data that you may need regularly. 7. Write things down! Keep notes, lists, phone numbers, schedules on Post-It notes, index cards or legal pads that can be quickly referenced.

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8. Delegate responsibilities to others to keep yourself from becoming bogged-down or disheveled. 9. Indecision of what to do with clutter results in disorganization. Make a decision about what to do with stuff, and do it! 10. Clear the surfaces around you, and it will clear your mind.

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Hand Pick the Perfect Gift for Your Loved One at Chloe’s Creations Florist & Boutique

A new combination, florist and boutique, has opened its doors in Trinity, and it contains some of the most beautiful and unique floral and gift creations in all of West Tampa Bay! Chloe’s Creations Florist & Boutique just celebrated their Grand Opening, January 26, after their soft opening, December 15. This festive celebration filled the beautifully decorated shop with friends, family and residents of our community. Many door prizes were donated by her vendors and local restaurants, plus plenty of delicious food and refreshments were enjoyed by all. Owner, Tracy Metzler, earned her diploma from South Florida School of Floral Design and has now fulfilled a dream of operating her own shop as a venue for serving others. She is completely within her element, happy and content within the confines of her lovely store which bears the name of her beloved Chihuahua, Chloe.

HAND PICKED JUST FOR YOU!

Handmade One of a Kind Items from Local Artists & Crafters

As many as 20 artisans and craftsmen share their works through this adorable boutique, alongside Tracy’s fresh and silk one-of-akind floral arrangements. Hand-painted stemware, hand-crafted jewelry, decorative pillows, gift baskets, ornaments, paintings, and so much more are available to commemorate any occasion. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Tracy has designed two signature floral arrangements, perfect for that special someone! “I love creating something unique on a daily basis and making my customers happy,” Tracy confided. And she is making her customers happy! She consistently donates her time, money and floral creations to local schools and organizations as a way of giving back to the community. Currently, Tracy and her colleague, Dan, have several projects in the works with Trinity Oaks and River Ridge Elementary Schoolsalong with other local businesses- to involve children in floral arts & crafts projects at her boutique.

Please visit Chloe’s Creations at 8351 SR 54, Broehman Plaza, Suite 111, in Trinity. Although they are closed Sundays, the boutique is open Monday-Thursday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Friday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Tracy offers complimentary gift wrapping and local delivery of her floral arrangements and gift items. Call 727-372-5522 for more information or check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ ChloesCreationsFlorist.

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&BEAUTY Emerald for Fashion

The prevalence of green has been steadily rising for several seasons, especially in the fashion and couture markets, and even on the red carpet. Appropriate for every occasion, Emerald’s classic elegance makes for striking and irresistible women’s formal and everyday wear as well as accessories. Emerald also makes a strong statement in men’s sportswear, knitwear and ties. Fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2013, including Tracy Reese, Nanette Lepore, Barbara Tfank, NAHM and Marimekko, are incorporating Emerald into their spring collections. Balanced yet sophisticated, Emerald enlivens all colors in the spectrum and will continue to make a statement beyond spring and summer into fall and winter.

Emerald for Beauty

Equally harmonious on the cosmetic color wheel, Emerald dramatizes all eye colors as it beautifully enhances green eyes, is compatible to blue eyes, emphasizes the green undertone in hazel eyes and intensifies brown eyes to make them appear deeper. Emerald is also a perfect complement to peaches, pinks, roses, ruby reds and aubergines – offering a variety of lipstick and blush options. For those who want to sparkle and stand out, Emerald is the perfect punctuation point in nail color because of its complementary nature.

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At the start of a new year, people often reflect on the previous year and make resolutions to become healthier through exercise programs and better nutritional and lifestyle choices. Peter and Janice Dunn, through their business, Better Health & Nutrition have made it their goal to assist individuals and families realize their health goals – hence the store’s tag line, “The Natural Way to a Healthier Life”. “You have a responsibility for your own health. If you want to lead a healthy lifestyle, it is up to you to do what is best for your body, from exercise and stress relief, to utilizing nutritional supplements and specialty health foods,” Janice & Peter say.. Better Health and Nutrition offers customers the highest quality of nutritional supplements, organic and gluten-free foods, vitamins, minerals, herbal extracts, protein powders, antioxidants, and probiotics, just to name a few. Janice is a Certified Nutritionist, Licensed Massage therapist, Reflexologist and Master Herbalist, among other things. With over 30 years as a practitioner and supplement provider she is eminently qualified in helping people make decisions on how to lead healthier lives. Better Health and Nutrition is conveniently located at 5336 Little Road in River Crossing Shopping Center. For more information about their products, visit their website, betterhealthandnutrition. net, or call 727-807-3225.

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FOR MEN AND WOMEN The new method of hair transplant Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is very safe, minimally invasive, relatively minor procedure without a scar or long painful recovery. This new technology is revolutionary and eliminates all of the very down sides usually associated with hair transplants. With the Follicle Unit Extraction method there is minimal discomfort, no scalpel incision, no sutures, little to no risk of complications, quick recovery time, fewer activity limitations and a more natural looking result than traditional strip methods (patients can wear their hair short if they choose too without an unsightly scar. With the FUE method there are no linear scars (as with the antiquated “strip” method”) which can stretch out over time and be very visible making it difficult to wear short hair. The FUE extraction method uses a contra-angled automated tool, perfected by Dr. Cappiello, insures excellent follicle quality. The extracted follicles remain moist and robust because the collection canister is filled with YOUR OWN STEM CELLS AND PLATELET RICH PLASMA. The addition of stem cells to your scalp and to the physiological solution that holds the hair units as they are transplanted , result in a much larger percentage survival yield to the individual follicular units that are transplanted. This hair transplant is perfect for women and men who desire a fuller crop of hair without the stigma usually associated with hair transplants. Dr. Cappiello can also transplant hair to the eye brows or in unsightly face lift scars. This method is affordable and cost little more than the antiquated and unsightly method that is no longer acceptable by more and more men and women. There is just no better way to do hair transplants! Dr. Gerard Cappiello should know since he has had excellent results!

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Dr. Cappiello is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and holds numerous memberships in  professional organizations in the United States and Europe. He is also a “preceptor”, trusted to train other physicians in the art of using lasers in aesthetic medicine. Dr. Cappiello is affiliated with Morton Plant Mease Hospital in Countryside and Dunedin as well as Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital.

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You’ll Achieve More in Life When You Live in Full Vitality Make your health a priority and you will be more successful in all areas of your life. Neglect your health, and you won’t have a life to be successful in! When you are vitally healthy you have more energy, clearer thinking, and are better able to handle stress. On the contrary, when you neglect your health you may feel sluggish and chronically stressed. In studies in both children and adults, they have found that obesity can hinder you from getting a good night’s sleep, which directly affects brain health and cognition. What that means is that being overweight or obese is actually negatively affecting your brain. To be on top of your game, and get ahead in life, you’ve got to have every bit of brain power you can muster! So how do we ensure good health so that we can live in full vitality and achieve more in life?

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Creating Smiles

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LIVING FROM THE HEART On 12-12-12, at 12:00pm, 12 beautiful, empowered women of greatness gathered together to form HEART W.A.V.E.S. (Women And Visionary Enlightened Spirits). Connecting through our heart sources, our intention is to make a difference in the world by adapting “Your Song” as our mantra for life. This is derived from an anonymous story about an endearing African Tribe, seen below. We ALL have a song to sing in life, regardless of what it is, how it sounds or how it is sung. It is literally a song, or simple spoken words, of expression. “Your Song” tells a story of who you are and where you’ve been. HEART W.A.V.E.S. serves as a metaphor, describing effective women in this world of changing times, consciousness, awareness, and enlightenment. It is important to sing “Your Song” during life’s transitions. If you have forgotten, HEART W.A.V.E.S. will be here to help remind you! HEART W.A.V.E.S. gathers once a month, with an open invitation to women of like minds and spirits. We share time, regenerate, renew and do what we do best, CHIT CHAT, We watch the miracles of life unfold, just as they are supposed to. Our fellowship will embrace you with open arms! I hope you delight in this endearing story of Living from the Heart, and resonate with “Your Song!”

“YOUR SONG”

“When a woman in a certain African tribe knows she is pregnant, she goes out into the wilderness with a few friends, and together they pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child. They recognize that every soul has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud. Then they return to the tribe and teach it to everyone else. When the child is born, the community gathers and sings the child’s song to him or her. Later, when the child enters education, the village gathers and chants the child’s song. When the child passes through the initiation into adulthood, the people again come together and sing. At the time of marriage, the person hears his or her song. Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, the family and friends gather at the person’s bed, just as they did at their birth, and sing the person to the next life.

In the African tribe there is one other occasion upon which the villagers sing to the child. If at any time during his or her life the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, the individual is called to the center of the village and the people in the community form a circle around him/her, and they sing the individual’s song. The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment: it is love and the remembrance of identity. When you recognize your own song, you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another. A friend is someone who knows your song and sings it to you when you have forgotten it. Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your PURPOSE when you are confused. If you do not give your song a voice, you will feel lost, alone, and confused. If you express it, YOU WILL COME TO LIFE! We attract people on a similar wavelength, so we can support each other to sing aloud. Sometimes we attract people who challenge us by telling us that we cannot or should not sing our song in public. Yet these people help us, too, for they stimulate us to find greater courage to sing it. You may not have grown up in an African tribe that sings your song to you at crucial life transitions, but LIFE IS ALWAYS REMINDING YOU WHEN YOU ARE IN TUNE WITH YOURSELF AND WHEN YOU ARE NOT! When you feel good, what you are doing matches your song, and when you feel awful it doesn’t. In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well. You may feel a little warbly at the moment, but so have all the great singers. JUST KEEP ON SINGING, AND YOU’LL FIND YOUR WAY HOME!” Anonymous My deepest gratitude goes to our sponsor, Debbie Dawson, of It’s Your Home Magazine, as our continuously emerging, amazing, and empowered woman, who ALWAYS steps into the greatness with which she was born!

For more information about the next gathering of HEART W.A.V.E.S., call: Barbara Marville-Kelly at 727-945-9223 barbaramarville@aol.com www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com

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The 2012 Color of the Year, PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, a spirited, reddish orange, provided the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward. Emerald, a vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony. Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity. “Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors Source: www.pantone.com

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Then it may be time to consider renting just the right amount of space for your precious possessions, and it can be done in as little as ten minutes! New managers, Bill Ferraro and Diane Scura can set you up with exactly the right amount of space to securely store your belongings. They offer lighted, climate-controlled units & non climate-controlled units, RV, boat and trailer parking. They even supply locks, boxes, tape and packing supplies to help in your organization process. This state of the art facility provides that extra space you need to clean up and clear out your closets and garage, to simplify your life. You can rest assured everything is safe and secure at an affordable rate. Video surveillance and the watchful eyes of Bill & Diane, make certain no one has access to your stuff but you! Regular facility inspections of the perimeter, all locks, and gates are another safeguard you can count on. Unlike your garage, your unit will never be left open, unlocked or unattended. Should you leave the door open to your unit, it will promptly be secured and locked, and you will be notified right away. Bill and Diane take pride in their commitment to security. Whether you have been their customer of ten years or ten days, you can feel confident you and your possessions will be treated with the utmost respect that’s deserved!

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Dr. and Mrs. James P. Gills’ vision was to create a community in Trinity for residents to live, work and play, that accommodated all generations and interests. In the spirit of community, with charm, convenience, elegance, luxury and impeccable design, we proudly present, Trinity Club Luxury Apartments! Located in the heart of Trinity and built on the foundation of design, charm, lifestyle, and spirit, Trinity Club Luxury Apartments developed into a visionary masterpiece just off of Duck Slough Blvd., between SR 54 and Trinity Blvd. This Mediterranean style 300-unit apartment home complex features maintenance-free living, with luxurious one-, two-, and three-bedroom plans. Amenities include controlled-access gated entrances, 24-hour fitness center, game room with billiards, business center with internet & coffee bar, as well as a zero-entry pool with lap lanes, barbeque grills, and poolside fire pit. Additionally, Trinity Club Apartments includes a fenced dog park, a kid’s playground, a soccer field, and valet trash & recycling pick up. Discover spacious living areas with nine-foot ceilings, beautiful granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and laundry rooms with full-sized washers and dryers. You’re invited to stop in for a complimentary tour. The courteous, professional staff will be happy to welcome you! What a well-planned community! Thank you Dr. & Mrs. Gills! For more information visit www.trinityclubapts.com.

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A cash mob is a new trend in which people plan organized events, providing a way to join together and support local businesses. Cash mobs encourage members of a community to make a change and help support a local business. Mobbers typically spend 10-20 dollars at the business being mobbed, which creates an immediate economic stimulus. Not only are cash mobs helping local businesses achieve financial success, they are creating everlasting customers and uniting people of the community.

What A Great Way to Bring Our Community Together! On Saturday morning, January 19, at 10:00AM, a crowd embarked to the parking lot of Publix at River Crossings, located at 5324 Little Road, in New Port Richey. There, Debbie Dawson and Valerie Wilson-Napoli of It’s Your Home Magazine, announced the name of the business that was about to be “HIT”. Within minutes, dozens of friends & neighbors from our community crashed Better Health and Nutrition, where everyone shopped! Owners, Janice and Peter Dunn, were shocked as this group of eager customers entered their store. Peter exclaimed, “This exceeded my expectations! Thank you to everyone!” The “mob” then retreated to Steve’s Place, a nearby restaurant, to enjoy networking and a tasty lunch. Votes were taken for the next Mom & Pop business to “HIT” in the West Pasco area. Stay tuned and join us for the next Cash Mob in February! You can find more information on Facebook at Cash Mob West Pasco.

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Many great chefs profess that their passion for food and cooking was initially influenced by “Mom”. Chef Roy Werner of Grand Plaza Café is no exception. However, the fire sparked by his mother, was stoked by experiences and individuals throughout his career. Born in Queens, NY, Chef Roy began his culinary journey at the tender age of 14, when his family moved to Miami. At a Jewish delicatessen called Wolfie’s Rascal House in North Miami Beach, he learned everything he was taught about deli meats and all things Kosher. When he was 16, Chef Roy’s passion was further kindled when he became a short order cook at another eatery in North Miami Beach, Essen Deli, where he earned promotions to Kitchen Manager and eventually, Restaurant Manager. It was at Essen Deli that he worked alongside a man by the name of Jimmy Wilcox, who was also quite a role model for this young Chef-to-be. The extensive deli experience Chef Roy gained has only enhanced his performance at Grand Plaza Café. Just visit The Pastrami, Corned Beef and Rueben Love’s Corner of the lunch menu. Piled high on ciabatta rolls or rye, these sandwiches are constructed with the freshest most flavorful meats imported from New York. Your choice of homemade potato salad, crisp cole slaw or their signature macaroni salad is a perfect complement, no matter your preference! Many of the recipes prepared at Grand Plaza Café were derived from generations of Jewish and Italian flavors, New York-style. “We import many of our products from New York. Our Matzo Balls are made with love, which you can taste in every bite. Many call it ‘Jewish Soul Food’,” Chef Roy explained.

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Healthy Snacks For Kids 10 Child-Friendly Tips Snacking is a major pastime for many kids — and that's not necessarily bad. Nutritious snacking can help your child curb hunger throughout the day, as well as provide energy and important nutrients. Find out how to make healthy snacks for kids.

Keep junk food out of the house Your child won't clamor for cookies, candy bars or chips if you don't keep them on hand. Set a good example by choosing healthy snacks yourself.

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Mix and match

Serve baby carrots or other raw veggies with fat-free ranch dressing or hummus. Dip graham cracker sticks or fresh fruit in fat-free yogurt. Spread peanut butter on celery, apples or bananas.

Broaden the menu

Offer out-of-the-usual fare, such as pineapple, cranberries, red or yellow peppers, mangoes, tangelos or roasted soy nuts.

Revisit breakfast

Serve breakfast foods — such as scrambled eggs and whole-grain toast — as healthy snacks for kids in the afternoon.

Sweeten it up

Healthy snacks for kids don't have to be bland. To satisfy your child's sweet tooth, offer fat-free pudding, frozen yogurt or frozen fruit bars. Make smoothies with skim milk, fat-free yogurt, and fresh or frozen fruit.

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Use a cookie cutter to make shapes out of low-fat cheese slices, whole-grain bread or whole-grain tortillas. Make fruit kebabs or show your child how to eat diced fruit with chopsticks. Make a tower out of whole-grain crackers, spell words with pretzel sticks, or make funny faces on a plate using different types of fruit.

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Don't be fooled by labeling gimmicks Foods marketed as low-fat or fat-free can still be high in calories and sodium. Likewise, foods touted as cholesterol-free can still be high in fat, saturated fat and sugar. Check nutrition labels to find out the whole story.

Designate a snacking zone

Restrict snacking to certain areas, such as the kitchen. You'll save your child countless calories from mindless munching in front of the TV. If your child needs to snack on the go, offer string cheese, yogurt sticks, cereal bars, a banana or other drip-free items. Teaching your child to make healthy snack choices now will help set the stage for a lifetime of healthy eating. Start today!


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Waldorf School, which accommodates students from kindergarten through eighth grade. “Kindergarten”, or the “Child’s Garden”, is far from lost at Suncoast Waldorf, where two mixed classes of children ages 3 ½-6 are allowed to play, grow and learn at a pace suited to their developing bodies. The colors of the rooms are warm, and the lights are natural and soft. Children have access to various hand-crafted toys and multi-textured objects to stimulate their young imaginations. Teachers share stories and fairy tales from memory, not books, keeping the tots engaged. They offer guidance toward acceptable social behaviors, while promoting a feeling of community spirit. Students are enveloped in love and nurtured to learn at their own individual levels. An emphasis on creativity and imagination in play, arts, crafts, music and nature, allows young children the opportunity to evolve normally and

enjoy discovering more about themselves and the world around them. “Merrily We Meet” are play-group sessions that run weekly over the course of 13-15 weeks. These playgroups are open to mothers, fathers, grandparents, step-parents, nannies and caregivers to bring their infants and toddlers and experience a beautiful togetherness within the nurturing educational environment that is Suncoast Waldorf School. ”Windows into Waldorf”, their Open House, Saturday, February 9, at 9:00AM, is designed for visitors to experience all the school has to offer. Please RSVP to the school if planning to attend. For more information about Suncoast Waldorf School, please visit their website, www.suncoastwaldorf.org, or call 727-786-8311.

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Talk To Your Kids

About Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is bullying or harassment that happens online. It can happen via email, text message, game, or on a social networking site. It might involve spreading rumors or images posted on someone’s profile or passed around for others to see, or creating a group or page to make a person feel left out. • Tell your kids that they can’t hide behind the words they type and the images they post. Bullying is a lose-lose situation. Hurtful messages not only make the target feel bad, but also make the sender look bad. Often they can bring scorn from peers and punishment from authorities. • Ask your kids to let you know if an online message or image makes them feel threatened or hurt. • Read the comments. Cyberbullying often involves meanspirited comments. Check out your kid’s page from time to time to see what you find. If your child is targeted by a cyberbully, keep a cool head. Tell your child not to respond. Instead, encourage him or her to work with you to save the evidence and talk to you about it. If the bullying persists, share the record with school officials or local law enforcement.

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Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs Dogs are known for eating things when they are not supposed to. This is especially true of puppies. Also, dogs have an excellent sense of smell, making it fairly easy to find any secret hiding spots for the chocolate. This can be a dangerous combination when there is chocolate around the house. Chocolate is derived from the roasted seeds of Theobroma cacao, which contains certain properties that can be toxic to animals: caffeine and theobromine. If ingested, these two ingredients can also lead to various medical complications and may even prove fatal for your dog.

Symptoms and Types

Milk Chocolate

– Mild signs of toxicity can occur when 0.7 ounces per pound of body weight is ingested; severe toxicity occurs when two ounces per pound of body weight is ingested (or as little as one pound of milk chocolate for a 20-pound dog).

Semi-Sweet Chocolate –

Mild signs of toxicity can occur when 0.3 ounce per pound of body weight is ingested; severe toxicity occurs when one ounce per pound of body weight is ingested (or as little as six ounces of semi-sweet chocolate for a 20-pound dog).

Baking Chocolate – This type of chocolate has the highest

concentration of caffeine and theobromine. Therefore, as little as two small one-ounce squares of baking chocolate can be toxic to a 20-pound dog (or 0.1 ounce per pound of body weight).

Vomiting Diarrhea Increased body temperature Increased reflex responses Muscle rigidity Rapid breathing Increased heart rate Low blood pressure Seizures Advanced signs (cardiac failure, weakness, and coma)

Causes

In the right quantities chocolate can become toxic for any dog. So be wary of feeding your pet anything that might contain chocolate and always keep it out of reach.

Diagnosis

The amount and type of chocolate ingested is also important, as they are the determining factors for the severity of the toxicity. The three types of chocolate that you must be aware of are:

Your veterinarian will perform a complete physical exam, including a chemical blood profile, electrolyte panel and a urinalysis. These tests will help determine if there is a chocolate/caffeine overdose. Blood can also be taken to test for theobromine concentrations, while an ECG is performed to help determine if the heart is showing any abnormalities in rhythm or conduction of heart beats. Source: www.petmd.com

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