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Indy Jazz Fest Sept. 10-19 Indy’s jazz tradition hits its peak each September during this popular annual festival of concerts, master classes and panel discussions, all sponsored by the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation. The 2015 roster of performers includes Cathy Morris, Dianne Reeves, Jonathan Butler and the Indianapolis Jazz Collective. Various locations, indyjazzfest.net

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Indy Irish Fest Grab the Sharpie and start marking up the calendar. With so many seasonal events, festivals and concerts going on in Central Indiana this time of year, we’ve got you booked solid.

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Little Women, the Broadway Musical Sept. 11-26 Relive the timeless Civil War-era adventures of Marmee, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy during this musical retelling of Louise May Alcott’s charming classic tale. Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, 3 Center Green, Carmel; (317) 843-3800; thecenterforthe performingarts.org

Taylor Swift, 1989 World Tour Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. Get ready to shake it off as the Grammy-winning pop ingénue brings Bad Blood, Style and the rest of her extensive musical hit list to Indy, much to the delight of her screaming legions of fans. Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania; 800-745-3000; ticketmaster.com

Sept. 18 to 20 Feelin’ lucky? Indy celebrates all things Irish during this beloved yearly event promoting Celtic history, culture, art and music. Irish dance, live music, an Irish market, kids’ activities and pints of Guinness are all part of the agenda. This year marks the festival’s 20th anniversary. Military Park, downtown Indy; (317) 713-7117; indyirishfest.com

Pumpkin Harvest Festival Sept. 26-Oct. 31 Orange is definitely the new black. Now in its 43rd year, this Stonycreek Farm event is a must-do for fall fun with weekend hayrides, a 400-foot zipline, a gourd slingshot, a haunted house, bonfires and a giant jumping pillow. 11366 S.R. 38 East, Noblesville; (317) 773-3344; stonycreekfarm.net

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Bard Fest 2015 Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 1-18 Catch performances of Othello, As You Like It and Timon of Athens as Studio 15 Theatre presents the works of Shakespeare with a schedule of evening shows and matinees. 15 First Ave. NE, Carmel; firstfolioproductions.org

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Hamilton Harvest Train Oct. 3-31 Sponsored by the Indiana Transportation Museum, the Harvest Train shuttles families through the fall foliage from Noblesville to a pumpkin patch to enjoy face painting, a petting zoo and other family fall festivities. Don’t wait too long to save your spot, as these seats fill up fast. Reservations are strongly recommended. Forest Park, Noblesville; (317) 773-6000; itm.org

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Frank Sinatra, Jr. Oct. 16, 8 p.m. Sinatra sings Sinatra, as Frank Jr. pays tribute to his dad, Old Blue Eyes, through song. This unforgettable evening will include stories and anecdotes, rare family photos, videos and all the classic tunes. The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel; (317) 843-3800; thecenterfortheperformingarts.org

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Heartland Film Festival Oct. 16-25 More than 100 independent filmmakers from around the globe descend on Indy to celebrate the cinema with screenings of “truly movie pictures” during this annual 10-day event. This year, the festival puts special focus on Hoosier filmmakers with an Indiana Spotlight Competition. Don’t forget the popcorn. Various locations, (317) 464-9405, trulymovingpictures.org

Oct. 9-25 The beloved legend lives on at Conner Prairie when the Headless Horseman mounts his trusty steed to ride again. “Scary-o-ke,” games, haunted hayrides, storytelling sessions, a costume runway, caramel apples and ghoulish encounters make this event a full-fledged Halloween treat for the senses. Be sure to get your tickets ahead of time. 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers; (317) 776-6006; connerprairie.org

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HAMILTON COUNTY RESIDENTS IN NEED By Casey Kenley

When a Hamilton County mother of two opened her home to three foster children, she had serious, time-sensitive concerns about how they had been previously treated. But their Medicaid insurance had not yet been approved. During a high school football game, a 14-year-old freshman fractured his ankle. While both of his parents worked part time, the Hamilton County family had no insurance coverage and seemingly nowhere to turn for care. Cherie had a detached retina, which normally results in permanent blindness if not treated within a few days, but she couldn’t afford the up-front fee required by area surgeons. These Hamilton County residents are just three of the 4,296 people who found free or reduced-cost medical, health or dental support at the Trinity Free Clinic in 2014. As a result, the foster children were cared for, a generous orthopedic surgeon treated the football player, and Cherie did not go blind. Established in 2000 as an outreach ministry of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, the Trinity Free Clinic once used the school nurse’s office and patients were seen in the school library. Since then, the organization has grown into a separate nonprofit supported by the community. The need for its health services is greater than many people realize, says Autumn Zawadzki, director of marketing for the organization. About 16,000 Hamilton County residents are at or below the poverty line, and the Trinity Free Clinic serves about 25% of the county’s neediest residents. While it is easy—and comforting— to view new construction, excellent schools and accolades

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from national magazines as signs of great progress in Hamilton County, there are less showy signs of despair, pain and need in our midst. Hard-working mothers and fathers who can’t afford insurance premiums, or families going through hard times when insurance is unavailable are struggling to care for themselves. Refugees from Africa and Middle Eastern war-torn countries can’t prosper here when they are facing health issues. “Someone came to me and said they saw on a mom’s blog group that they had to go to Marion County to make donations and to volunteer,” Zawadzki says. “We serve a lot of patients and families that are kind of invisible to those around them.” In Marion County, there are about 50 clinics offering free or reduced health care services, but in Hamilton County there are four, and the Trinity Free Clinic is the only one that performs full-scale dental care.

Fortunately, many people do see the need and are responding. More than 500 volunteers— doctors, dentists, nurses and others—provide their professional time and talents to the Trinity Free Clinic. Former patients also give back, such as an Egyptian refugee who comes in weekly to interpret for Arabic patients, and a patient who now serves on the race committee for the Trinity Free Clinic 5K fundraiser. “We never want to have to turn someone away,” Zawadzki says. With individuals’ continued support, the Trinity Free Clinic will continue its important work. To find out how you can help care for your Hamilton County neighbors in need at the Trinity Free Clinic, visit trinityfreeclinic. org/support.


THE COMMUNITY WE’VE BECOME STARTED TAKING SHAPE A CENTURY AGO. THE COMMUNITY WE’LL BE IN 100 YEARS

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Share your vision for the future of Central Indiana at CICF.org/BeIN.

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It was a great summer! Now that school has started… it’s time to take care of you!

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR Ashlie Hartgraves

EDITOR Casey Kenley

HOME AND FASHION Erica Sagon fashion feature stylist Cassandra Perry home/fashion contributor Susan Beckwith fashion contributor Mackenzie McGilvery fashion intern

WRITERS Judy Burnett Amy Lynch Tracy Line Joanna Lowe

ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Whonsetler lead photographer Lindsey McVey graphic designer/stylist Wil Foster illustrator/photographer Julie Taylor-Reed ad designer Sara Stellema ad designer Michelle Thompson ad designer

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE Our “Life After High School” feature on page 35 is all about preparing kids for life after high school. While we were putting this story together, we got to reminiscing and thought it would be fun to revisit our Kit staff members and contributors as they were making their own transitions from high school to college and then out into the great big world! See if you recognize some of these familiar faces.

CHRIS WHONSETLER LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER Attended Marion High School, Marion, Ind., Graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Ind., in 2007. Favorite thing about college: “I loved the dedication and inspiration I received from my professors.” Favorite class: Contemporary Photography

CASEY KENLEY EDITOR Attended University School of Jackson in Jackson, Tenn. Graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1997. Favorite thing about college: “I made incredible friends who I still see and talk to regularly. And, I ended up marrying one of my best friend’s brothers, which is how I ended up in Indiana these last 16 years.” Favorite class: Film Criticism

ASHLIE HARTGRAVES CREATIVE DIRECTOR Attended Oregon Davis Jr./Sr. High, Hamlet, Ind. Graduated from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., in 2005. Favorite thing about college: “The people I shared a house with who became my family, and the fact that you were in that blissful stage of being (nearly) independent but not full responsibility yet.” Favorite class: “Media Law. It was hard but I learned a lot.” AMY LYNCH WRITER Attended Richmond High School, Richmond, Ind. Graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., in 1992 Favorite thing about college: “My mom was originally from Bloomington and graduated from IU in 1954, so for me, going there was a no-brainer. Even now, the campus and the town feel like home. And study sessions at the Big Wheel.” Favorite class: History of Rock and Roll

MICHELLE THOMPSON AD DESIGNER Attended North Central High School, Farmersburg Ohio. Graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., in 1990. Favorite thing about college: Kilroy’s and Macri’s Deli Favorite class: “Studio Art Class, going out and drawing whatever I wanted for three hours. I always chose nature— Bloomington has some beautiful scenery!”

SUSAN BECKWITH FASHION CONTRIBUTOR Attended Heritage High School, Indianapolis. Graduated from Huntington University, Huntington, Ind., in 2005. Favorite thing about college: “I had wonderful professors who really cared about my education and pushed me to achieve my absolute best. Graduate school was a challenge but as the first person in my family to have a master’s it’s something I’m immensely proud of. Favorite class: Advanced Study of Fashion Designers

LINDSEY MCVEY GRAPHIC DESIGNER/STYLIST Attended Noblesville High School, graduated from Indiana University in 2015 Favorite thing about college: “I fell in love with IU’s beautiful campus and the size of the school. Being at a huge school with so many different kinds of people and things to do was so much fun!” Favorite class: Magazine editing and design classes

KELLY MCVEY PUBLISHER Attended Noblesville High School. Graduated from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., in 1986. Favorite thing about college: Lafollette Complex, Woody Hall. “I met my future husband the first day in the lunch room. I knew he was it the first time I saw him, but it took him more than a year to figure it out.” Favorite class: Advertising classes. “I enjoyed seeing how creative everyone would get with their campaigns.”

MACKENZIE MCGILVREY FASHION INTERN Attended Noblesville High School. Graduated from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., in 2015. Favorite thing about college: “Hanging out with friends and exploring the unique restaurants, bars and shops of Muncie.” Favorite class: “Fashion industry course. We had professional guest speakers give us insight into the industry, jobs and opportunities the fashion field can offer.” TRACY LINE WRITER Attended Lawrence Central High School, Indianapolis. Graduated from Hanover College, Hanover, Ind., in 1988. Favorite thing about college: “I loved everything! The freedom, my friends, taking classes of interest, being in a sorority and shopping in the nearby quaint town of Madison. Hanover has a beautiful campus near Clifty Falls State Park—we went hiking all the time!” Favorite class: Neuro-psychology. “We got to train rats and learn all about the brain.” WIL FOSTER PHOTOGRAPHER/ ILLUSTRATOR Attended Sunshine High in Melbourne, Australia. Graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Ind., in 1995 Favorite thing about college: “The freedom; my parents were on the complete other side of the world. I was a bad boy who made the right decisions.” Favorite class: Printmaking and Illustration


Get your life back.

September is National Recovery Month Recovery Month is a national observance educating Americans about addiction treatment and mental health services. National Recovery Month spreads the positive message that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.1 million people aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem, but only 3.8 million received professional treatment for a substance use disorder. Kristin was one who was fortunate enough to find the help she needed to turn her life around. Kristin’s story began when she was a teenager, drinking with friends. She went to college, but didn’t graduate, due to partying. She moved on to a job, marriage and motherhood, and her drinking increased. After divorcing, Kristin raised her daughter while working and purchasing a house. She found herself turning to drugs, such as meth, to help her through the day. Eventually, Kristin’s alcohol and drug addiction got the best of her. Her personality changed as her life spiraled downward. Then one day Kristin was arrested and began to face the reality of the addiction she had been hiding from her family.

“I was tired of living with the pain of everyday life.” Kristin entered Laverna Lodge for Women, a program of Fairbanks Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center. Now 19 months sober, she is living in the community and volunteering as a sponsor for other women in the program. In addition to regaining hope and finding her purpose, Kristin shared that the most amazing aspect of her recovery was discovering her self-esteem. “For the first time in my life, I could look in the mirror and like what I saw,” she said.

In recognition of National Recovery Month, Fairbanks Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center is reaching out to the Indianapolis community to help spread the word that treatment works and recovery is possible. If drugs or alcohol are affecting your or a loved one’s life, seek help from a professional. Fairbanks offers free assessments seven days a week.

Call 800.225.4673 to make an appointment or fill out an online inquiry at www.fairbankscd.org.


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Add accessories your Colts Sunday football best with a few local finds. Lucky Horseshoe Bracelet, $48; Sterling Silver 16” Lucky Horseshoe Necklace, $50; Hand Stamped Charms by Twigs & Twine Jewelry, $28 each; Handwrought Fosterweld Leather and Steel Cuff Bracelet, $30 all at Silver in the City.

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People for Urban Progress repurpose fabric from the RCA Dome to make these gamefriendly clutches and wallets.

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Fall is approaching, leaves are turning and you’re pulling warm layers out of your closet. You know what that means? It’s time to hit the road! Hidden gems and humble destinations can be found in every nook and cranny of Indiana, and we’ve scoped out the best of the best for a realistic road trip. If you need a weekend away, take a look at Corydon. Indiana’s original capital city features rolling hills, serene rivers and darling wineries. So fill the tank, grab your favorite people, pack the weekend essentials and go!

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for more information about these wineries visit the Harrison County Visitor’s Bureau (thisisindiana.org).


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SCOUT MOUNTAIN WINERY

SCOUT MOUNTAIN Scout Mountain is a delightful, endearing winery with a vineyard and orchard on site. It recently celebrated its sixth anniversary and is a proud participant in the Hoosier Wine Trail. In addition to wine, Scout Mountain grows heirloom apples, vegetables and herbs for purchase. To extend your stay, check out Scout Mountain’s bedand-breakfast cottage, located right on the winery. Also enjoy free wine tastings, tours, outdoor seating, gift shop, homemade breads and private tastings.

QUIBBLE HILL Quibble Hill’s twostory log cabin holds a tasting room and fermentation room. On the grounds of this quaint winery in the hills of southern Indiana sits a gazebo and picnic tables. Call ahead to get details about the live music every Saturday. Owner Jamie Kraft was inspired to start the winery from her father’s wise words: “Do what you love, because life is too short.” Check out Quibble Hill’s famous Sweet Niagara and Deladew wines, the crowd favorites.

TURTLE RUN Drive to the east side of Corydon to find Turtle Run and its less traditional wine selection. Its fermentation process helps create different types of wine—some fruity, some dry and some sweet. After studying wine at Miami University, Jim Pfieffer became passionate about the traditional European fermentation process. Turtle Run’s wines are barrel aged, and the sweet wines contain no added sugar. Check them out individually or catch them on the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail.

BEST VINEYARDS Owners Wilbert, Rachel and Berretta Best initially started Best Vineyards winery as a hobby and, hopefully, make a few extra dollars. They had no interest in grapes, but then stumbled upon the idea after discussing crops with different farmers. They now have 2,500 vines and have won many awards for their delicious wine.

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Ultrasound Testing for Varicose Vein Disease The only effective way to determine the cause and severity of varicose veins is by diagnostic ultrasound. Dr. Schoonover explains the process for diagnosing vein disorders.

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ein problems are not always visible to the naked eye. Therefore, modern diagnostic techniques are important tools in determining the cause and severity of the problem. If you are in need of help for varicose veins, there are many treatment options but the first step is proper diagnosis. In our office, patients go through a pre-treatment screening ultrasound evaluation. Depending on the results of a preliminary screening evaluation, your physician may recommend additional tests, such as diagnostic ultrasound mapping to evaluate all the veins in one or both legs and identify where and how badly your veins are damaged. Ultrasound machines generate painless, harmless inaudible sound waves through the body from a hand held instrument placed on the skin’s surface. A gel is used between the instrument and the skin. The sound is reflected back and converted to an image on a monitor, which shows the structures under the skin. Doppler testing, which is part of the mapping exam tells us the direction and speed of blood flow. During the test, a blood pressure cuff is used periodically to squeeze your leg. If your valves are normal, when we squeeze the blood will be pushed up and when released there will be no backflow. If your valves are leaking, when the calf is released, the ultrasound will show a reverse blood flood, called reflux, back down the vein. This is what we call venous insufficiency. Ultrasound mapping carries minimal risk because there is no radiation involved. This ultrasound is performed with you in shorts and in an upright position, which is now the standard of care. If you are not standing, or close to standing, gravity is not working against the blood flow and thus would be harder to identify if you suffer from reflux. We have many years of experience and are able to identify the cause of vein incompetence in our patients. We will perform the physical examination and then correlate your symptoms. Key examination findings, including chronic skin changes and ankle swelling, as well as the ultrasound mapping results are pivotal to making the proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations. You will know exactly what veins need treatment and what treatment options are the best choices for you.

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Bloggers are making a name, and career, for themselves in Indiana By Amy Lynch

According to a HubSpot Science of Blogging study in 2010, 46 percent of us spend time reading blogs more than once a day. It's not hard to assume that percentage has grown. The blogging industry has exploded during the past decade, with hosting sites like WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger providing a ready-made platform for anyone who’s got Internet access and something to say. Simply pick a topic, a name, start typing, and you’re off and blogging. It sounds easy enough, right? Not so fast. With so much competition out there, just what is it that makes any given blog rise to the top of the heap, burning itself into the hearts and minds of readers, and inspiring a following of loyal fans? We asked the authors of three successful blogs with Indiana ties for their thoughts and insights.


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CHAN CHANDLER NEHRT, STYLE BLOGGER + LIFE ENTHUSIAST candidlychan.com @candidlychan crnehtt@gmail.com Chandler Nehrt admits she’s never been a woman of few words, launching her own fashion blog two years ago and transitioning it into “Candidly Chan” last year. “I began blogging simply for something to do on the side during my first year of college,” she says. “I’ve always had a passion for writing, photography and fashion, and there is no better combination of the three than a blog, in my opinion.” When Chandler started gaining a steady stream of readers, she realized her blog could turn into something more than just a hobby. She’s held jobs in marketing and retail as she works her way through school, and hopes to turn Candidly Chan into a full-fledged career after graduation while pursuing marketing/brand management work in the fashion industry.

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My style has always been a means of personal expression for me. Since the creation of my blog, I’ve seen a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes in the fashion world, and that’s made me love it even more.

Social media is everything. Instagram is my primary platform for communicating updates and announcements to my followers. Every collaboration I do with outside companies helps, too. A lot of my site traffic derives from recognition from those companies on their digital platforms.

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What do you enjoy most about blogging?

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I get paid for some collaborations I do with different companies. One thing brands like to do is offer a coupon code I can advertise to my readers. I get paid a percentage of the profit the company generates from purchases under that code. Other brands pay a set rate per post I write. Outside monetary reward, most companies gift the clothes you wear for them.

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The opportunity to work with brands I’ve loved for years. Beyond the connections I’ve made with so many companies, just having the chance to share something I’m passionate about with so many people is really the coolest thing ever.

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How did you first learn to blog?

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How do you make money through your blog?

Via Instagram and social media platforms. I had to learn about website design and how to build a site from the ground up. It’s been two years full of sites crashing and 2 a.m. tech support calls to get where I am today. I manage my own site content, but I’m hoping to have an expert step in to help eventually. I have a pool of talented photographers who have helped me, including close friends and my mother.

How do you measure your readership?

I track my site views every day. My page views fluctuate depending on how often I post. I try to hit 5,000 page views a month; that gives me something to work for.

Among a million other topics—uniqueness, good content and being relatable. It’s absolutely necessary for a blog to have something unique, whether it’s a different perspective, a unique writing style or a killer site name. In some cases, a unique edge can be as simple as kick-ass content. If a blogger puts serious time into making the content stellar, that shows serious potential. Being relatable has everything to do with the reader and any company you work with. Nowadays, consumers are more reliant on platforms like blogs. In the fashion industry, I believe that’s because it’s a much less intimidating form of product advertisement. Women are more likely to buy clothing they see on a real girl than a model in a magazine. Brands are always looking for relatable bloggers to represent their products.

Some of my favorite blogs include Sincerely Jules, Late Afternoon Blog, Happily Grey, Song of Style, Cara Loren, Barefoot Blonde, and The Blonde Salad.

I’d love to see my blog turn into a career. I’ll continue to provide the best content that my cranium can create, and work as hard as I can.

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CHICK SARAH SAUCEDO, DIY-ER, DECORATOR + BLOGGER

thriftydecorchick.com | @thriftydecorchick thriftydecorchick@gmail.com On the heels of her seventh blogging anniversary in May, Sarah Saucedo relishes her role as Thrifty Décor Chick. “I started TDC to share our home and my projects with friends and family,” she remembers. “I only sent the link to a few people for a good six months; those reading were mainly my dad, sisters and close friends. Eventually, I discovered there were similar blogs out there, and it opened a whole new world for me.” Sarah worked in marketing and public relations for a decade, transitioning into interior design after the birth of her son. Realizing that writing and working on her home were what made her happy, she left the design field after two years to focus solely on her blog.

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How did you originally get interested in decorating and DIY?

I’ve loved décor since I was a child. Neither of my parents was into décor though, so I’m not sure where that comes from. My love of DIY is in my blood, though. One grandfather was an incredible DIYer, and the other was very crafty. I remember them both in their workshops; I loved to watch them and look at their tools. My father is also incredibly handy.

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Do you make money from your blog?

I do make an income from ad networks and paid sponsorships. The majority of income is from my advertisers. It’s entirely possible to make a full-time income blogging. It just doesn’t happen immediately.

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Do you track your readership numbers? I hit between 700,000 to 1 million views a month, depending on the time of year. How did you learn to blog?

I’m still hosted by Blogger. I know very little about coding, so I hire help for site redesigns. Blogger makes it incredibly easy to handle the rest on my own, even without knowing much about the technical side. I do all my own photography.

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What do you enjoy most about blogging?

It’s a wonderful feeling to empower people to pick up a tool and do something for themselves. It’s incredible to change your home for the better with your own hands. I also enjoy the connections I’ve made with people.

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What are your biggest challenges as a blogger?

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How has your blog grown since its launch?

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What do you think makes a blog successful?

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What blogs do you follow?

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Where would you like to see your blog go from here?

Time management and developing a thick skin. There are some really negative people out there. I’ve come to embrace the mantra that what people think of me is none of my business. It’s a freeing notion, in blogging especially, but for life in general as well.

Photos by Sarah Saucedo

I left my interior design position to focus on contacting businesses and building relationships. What’s funny is that I ended up just focusing on content, and the businesses started coming to me. As far as growing readership, it’s been a long process of consistency and keeping my voice and content authentic. Nothing means more to me than being real with my readers, and that goes a long way toward building a consistent following and building relationships with brands.

Authenticity, 100 percent. There are plenty of bloggers I don’t consider authentic, but who are making more money than I am. The fact that my readers trust me, come back week after week, and care about me and my family is the biggest compliment.

I read home décor and DIY blogs pretty exclusively—way too many to list. As a reader, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with information when you read a lot of blogs. I step away at times and take a break. Then there are other times when I can’t read enough—usually in the fall and winter.

I’m happy with the slow, steady growth I’ve seen over the years. I do this part time, and I love that I work from home and can be with my son. I definitely have the best of both worlds and am content where I am for now. I daydream about a line of TDC products some day. I think that would be a blast to develop! But for the time being, I’m happy to just write and work on my house.

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MEET A COUPLE COOKS SONJA OVERHISER, WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER, WHOLE FOODS RECIPE DEVELOPER + BLOGGER, WITH HUSBAND ALEX OVERHISER acouplecooks.com | @acouplecooks | sonja.overhiser@gmail.com They say necessity is the mother of invention. That’s how A Couple Cooks came about. Sonja and Alex Overhiser celebrated their blog’s fifth anniversary in August, which they launched a year after they got married in 2009. “We wanted to have guests over for dinner, but realized we had no idea how to cook,” Sonja explained. “We started exploring and fell in love with the process, though it was a rough start. I had no idea how to even boil water, and was used to eating microwave dinners and cereal.” After discovering a book called “Food Matters” that encourages cooking with nonprocessed whole foods and focusing on vegetables, Sonja and Alex were surprised at how delicious the foods were, and how great they felt after eating them. The couple started photographing the recipes they prepared and posting them, evolving into a blog they decided to devote exclusively to food. Along the way, they became passionate about sustainability and the health benefits of eating whole foods.

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Photos by Sonja and Alex Overhiser

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Do you two have full-time jobs beyond blogging?

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How have you promoted your blog since it started?

I’m Vice President of Avalon Group, an Indy-based technical writing firm. Alex works for Avalon Group as a project manager/graphics designer.

Networking and social media have been the largest avenues for growth. We’ve been lucky to meet an amazing community of food bloggers from around the globe, which helps with encouragement and co-promotion. In the early days of A Couple Cooks, we started out creating recipes for the Indy Winter Farmer’s Market newsletter, which connected us to our local community. Social media is a big part of blogging. We’ve also been featured in print magazines, made TV appearances and taught classes.

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Do you make money from your blog?

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How many readers do you have?

Our income comes from a few sources. We have banner ads on our site, and we work with select brands to create custom recipe content with their products and share it on our site or through our social media channels. We also do freelance food photography and recipe development, and occasional speaking engagements or classes.

We reach hundreds of thousands of visitors each month.

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How did you learn how to blog?

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Where does your recipe inspiration come from?

We’re self-taught on everything—software, design, photography, recipe development, food styling, even cooking! Alex is the tech genius behind it all, so he manages the software and design side of the site. I’m a professional writer, so I manage the writing and content, and I also do much of the recipe development and food styling. Alex is the photographer.

Our favorite source is the local farmers market, where we can pick out whatever’s in season. We read and reference a large number of food blogs, recipe sites, cookbooks and food magazines. Other sources include foods we try at restaurants or things cooked by friends and family.

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What do you enjoy most about blogging?

My favorite aspect of blogging is connecting with people. We’ve met so many amazing people from all over the world, not just readers, but other bloggers, artists, authors, nutritionists, farmers and chefs. My other favorite aspect is being able to inspire positive change. I love food because it is both an art form and a way to change the world through personal health and environmental sustainability.

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EXPERT ADVICE BREAST CANCER PART II

Rethinking Breast Cancer Early detection is crucial. In Part 1 (see the July/August issue of Kit) we learned (a) that mammograms can be risky because they involve radiation exposure and (b) that they’re a very poor way of screening for breast cancer. That’s where we’ll start. Why are mammograms a poor screening tool? Here’s one huge reason: It can take up to 20 years for the first breast cancer cell to grow to a size it can actually be visualized by a mammogram or felt on physical exam. The longer it grows undetected, the greater the chance it’s already spread beyond the breast. Interestingly, though, long before cancers become visible or palpable, they do something that make them stand out from the normal, noncancerous tissue around them. To make a long story short, they “heat up.” By their very nature, cancer cells are more “metabolically active” or “energetic” than non-cancer cells. Because they multiply so fast, they need more energy. Which means more oxygen. Which means more blood flow. And all that means more heat.

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So, if only there were a way of picking up on that heat, wouldn’t that be great? Fortunately, we can do just that. How? Medical Thermography, that’s how. Now, thermography isn’t new. The theory and technology underlying thermography has been around for a long time. What’s changed recently is the resolution of the “camera” and the sophistication of the technology. Today thermography has now advanced to the point that, given the right equipment, we can pick up on those subtle temperature differences between “normal” and “abnormal” better and more precisely than ever before. The result — Earlier detection. And earlier detection means better outcomes.

A Word About Prevention Is breast cancer preventable? Well, yes and no. While no cancer is 100% preventable, there are still several things you can do to minimize your risk of developing breast cancer. These are the most important: 1. Most important of all: Nutrition. Eat real food, avoid processed foods and minimize carbohydrates (especially sweets). 2. Exercise regularly. It doesn’t have to be intense. Consistency is the key. 3. If you need to and can, lose weight. 4. Quit smoking and eliminate (or at least strongly limit) alcohol. 5. Vitamin D and Iodine — Ask your doctor to check your levels. Being deficient in either of these increases your risk of breast cancer.

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THE BREAST CANCER FIGHT STARTS AT HOME TWO BREAST CANCER ORGANIZATIONS ARE KEEPING IT LOCAL October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and two local groups are doing their part. The Catherine Peachey Fund provides money to local breast cancer researchers and the Pink Ribbon Connection provides emotional support, local resources and education to those across Indiana who are touched by breast cancer. By Judy Burnett | Photos by Wil Foster

HASTENING RESEARCH THE CATHERINE PEACHEY FUND

Every day in Indiana, researchers are studying the causes, prevention and treatment of breast cancer by looking at genetics, lifestyle factors, environmental risks and more. A great deal of work is being done at the IU Simon Cancer Center at the Indiana University School of Medicine. The success of research depends on two things: talent and funding. The Catherine Peachey Fund was founded in memory of local breast cancer activist Catherine Peachey following her death from the disease in 1994. Since its launch, the fund has contributed more than $2.7 million to breast cancer research in Indiana. The fund's mission is to promote advances in breast cancer research and treatment, and to provide financial support for research and programs the fund’s directors believe are best positioned to move “from the bench to the clinic.” “We can’t, and we won’t, give up,” says Connie Rufenbarger, a board trustee and Director of Project Development for the Catherine Peachey Fund. “We have a role to play in the history of breast cancer. We can’t settle or give up until we have become stronger and smarter than this disease.”

CONNIE RUFENBARGER (LEFT) AND STEPHANIE RUFENBARGER LESHER KNOW THAT GETTING PROMISING RESEARCH OFF THE GROUND IS CRITICAL TO FINDING A CURE FOR BREAST CANCER.

Stephanie Rufenbarger Lesher, a Catherine Peachey Fund trustee, says Peachey’s friends and family members were the fund's original backers, starting it to continue Peachey's advocacy for research. Some have been active with the project for more than 20 years.


It was also Peachey's loved ones who created the Catherine Peachey Breast Cancer Prevention Program at the IU Simon Cancer Center and helped to found what is now known as the Komen Tissue Bank at IU Simon Cancer Center, the only bio-repository of normal breast tissue of its kind in the world. Milan Radovich, an assistant professor and the co-director of the IU Health Precision Genomics Program at IU Simon Cancer Center, has received two grants from the Peachey Fund. Radovich is profiling the changes that occur in cancer DNA with triple-negative breast cancer —

We have a role to play in the history of breast cancer. We can’t settle or give up until we have become stronger and smarter than this disease. -connie rufenbarger

the most deadly of breast cancers — coupled with the biology of normal breast tissue. The information he’s gathering is being used to create new drug combinations, develop an understanding of how different genetic changes come together to cause breast cancer, and learn how to use the genomic information to develop rapid, cost-effective diagnostics to detect breast cancer earlier. “Funding from the Catherine Peachey Fund allows us to rapidly engage in novel ideas in real-time,” Radovich said. Traditional funding mechanisms, mostly through the National Institutes of Health, can take up to 18 months to procure funds and the applications require extensive preliminary data before a new project is even considered. “Peachey allows potentially life-saving projects to begin immediately.” The Peachey Fund, which is entirely volunteer-run, relies on the sale of its cookbooks and donations to provide research funding; 95 percent of the money raised goes directly to local research. Go to catherinepeacheyfund.org to give or learn more.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK'S BREAST HEALTH NAVIGATORS Imagine you just received a positive biopsy for breast cancer. Where do you turn? Certified breast care nurse Claudia Davis started and now manages the breast health navigators program at Community Health Network in 2006 to provide women in just this sort of situation someone to turn to. Breast health navigators serve as one-on-one advocates and resources for breast health patients. Registered nurse Betsy Lynn has been a breast health navigator at Community Breast Care North since 2013. "We work with any diagnosed breast cancer patient whether they are newly diagnosed or coming in from another system," she says. "Our goal is to be an advocate for them; to be a single point of contact for them and to do anything we can to make their journey through their treatment easier." Navigators typically meet patients for the first time during a patient's consult with the breast surgeon after they have had a positive biopsy. "We sit in on the consult with them," Lynn says. "At that point they are usually very overwhelmed and have a really hard time seeing what they should do next. We try to ease their minds and assure them that we will be with them through each step." The navigators schedule appointments for patients, go to major appointments with them, act as educational resources and are available for patients from the beginning of their journey to long after treatment. "We become very close to our patients," Lynn says. "They know if they need something, they can call us." Breast health navigators are available at Community North, South and East. To contact a breast health navigator, call (317) 355-4114 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

JUST PEACHEY: BEARING FRUIT, 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION This cookbook is a collection of recipes, entertaining tips and breast health information born from the passion and commitment of those who want to see advances in breast cancer research in Indiana. The first cookbook was published in 1995, selling more than 57,000 copies. This second printing launches a new commitment to raise $1 million for breast cancer research at Indiana University. Along with recipes contributed by national and local celebrities, friends, family, doctors and researchers, the 20th anniversary edition includes a completely updated section of “Pink Pages,” containing information to help women and men navigate the world of breast health, empowering a new generation to continue changing the course of history and winning the war against breast cancer. The cookbook culminates the work of more than 30 volunteers who’ve worked on sales and marketing efforts, and 100 percent of all proceeds will go directly to local breast cancer research and programs. To buy a cookbook, go to Amazon.com.

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YOU ARE NEVER ALONE PINK RIBBON CONNECTION Pink Ribbon Connection, formerly known as Y-Me of Indiana, believes that no one should have to face breast cancer alone. Several local breast cancer survivors came together to create the organization in a statewide effort to provide emotional support, resources and education to those touched by breast cancer in Indiana. Services include a Peer Counseling Help Line that connects newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with survivors to provide them with emotional support. Efforts are made to match the patient's and survivor’s ages, diagnoses and circumstances. Any survivor who has been out of treatment for at least one year can become a peer counselor after completing a training program with Pink Ribbon Connection. Pink Ribbon Connection also provides a "Patient Resource Guide," available to newly diagnosed patients at their doctor’s office, hospital, online or by calling Pink Ribbon Connection. This guide contains information on credible online resources; clinical trials; local breast cancer organizations; how to talk with children, family and friends about breast cancer; and sources for wigs, bras, prostheses, swimwear and lymphedema garments. Jennifer Combs was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2014. She reached out to Darcy Milner, a

woman she knew casually because their kids went to elementary school together. What Jennifer didn’t know when she made that call was that Milner is a peer counselor for Pink Ribbon Connection. “I knew she had had breast cancer and asked her if I could talk to her from time to time and get information,” Combs says. “When Darcy came to visit me, she brought the Pink Ribbon Connection resource packet with her. My involvement with the Pink Ribbon Connection has connected me to other people and given me valuable tips on how to deal with breast cancer.” Combs plans to apply to be a peer counselor herself when she is eligible. “I thoroughly recommend that everyone let someone who has been there help guide them on their breast cancer journey,” she said. PRC is a mission-driven, local group that focuses on the survivors they serve. The staff is tiny — just Dori Sparks-Unsworth, executive director of the organization for the past six years, and Barri Rairdon, a part-time office manager. “One of the biggest bonuses of local groups is that they can be fluid enough to be responsive to the needs of those we serve, and not have to go through the levels of bureaucracy required by national groups,” Sparks-Unsworth says. “Eighty cents of every dollar we raise goes to the support of breast cancer patients, and 100 percent of our funds stay in Indiana.” Pink Ribbon Connection offers free monthly informational gatherings at its Fountain Square office for those affected by breast cancer.

BREAST CANCER SCREENING GUIDELINES Dr. Stephanie Brazus clears up some of the confusion surrounding breast cancer screening guidelines. Stephanie Brazus, a board certified OB/ GYN at Noblesville OB/GYN, understands why women are confused about when and how often they should be screened for breast cancer. "I follow the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists guidelines. The United States Preventative Services Task Force would like us to use their guidelines in an effort to cut costs of 'unnecessary screening' and supposedly decrease the risk of adverse effects from this screening," she says, such as potential psychological costs to a patient when they worry about an abnormal mammogram or the monetary costs of additional testing. Brazus, however, is clear that she prefers to err on the side of caution for her patients. "I used to get a baseline screening mammogram sometime between 35 and 40 until the guidelines changed," she says. "Now I recommend starting screening at age 40, unless they are at high risk for some reason, and then doing them annually." If Brazus discourages patients from annual mammograms, clinical breast exams and self-exams, she says she is increasing the chance a cancer will be detected too late. "I had a 33-year-old young woman come into the office who, during a breast self-exam, discovered a lump that proved to be malignant. If she hadn't been doing self-exams, that cancer might not have been found until it was too late," she says. The bottom line, according to Brazus, is to discuss screening with your physician, taking into account your individual risk factors.

To receive PRC's e-newsletter, call the office at (317) 255PINK. Donations can be made at pinkribbonconnection.org/donate.

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Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 Watch survivors and members of their medical teams work the runway in clothing from The Secret Ingredient and J.BENZAL. An anticipated audience of 1,000 will take part in an emotional, uplifting day to celebrate survivors and to support the work of the Pink Ribbon Connection. To purchase tickets or make a donation, go to pinkribbonconnection.org. Indianapolis Marriott Downtown | $75 per person, $750 for tables of 10 PRC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DORI SPARKS-UNSWORTH.


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Fashion and lifestyle blogger Chandler Nehrt shares her favorite fall styles and why these retro threads are a must-have. Pick one piece or try them all. These minimalistic, comfortable items will be fall staples you can’t do without.

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“One of the most important things to stock up on in the fall season is layering pieces. Plaid has always been a cool-girl staple print for this time of year, so this long sweater really is an all-around style steal!”

“Dresses are my jam. I especially love throwing them on for days when I am crunched for time in the morning. I had a serious love-at-first-sight moment with this chic, minimalistic cowl-neck dress.”

Cardigan, $79 at AH Collection

Sweater dress, $69 at Urban Outfitters

“Trailing along with the reemergence of ’70s threads, flare jeans have made a comeback of epic proportions. Don’t get me wrong, a good pair of skinnies have a very special place in my heart, but let’s all let our ankles breathe for a minute in this cool style this season.” Boho flare jean, $54.95 at American Eagle Outfitters

“Sneakers are a great shoe to transition into fall without feeling too winter-y. In a fun color or pattern like these, they immediately give any outift a fresh, cool-girl feel.” New Balance sneakers, $64.95 at American Eagle Outfitters

“A comfortable striped tee is the ultimate layering piece for the fall season. It’s such a versatile staple that every woman needs in her wardrobe. I could live in this number.”

“The ’70s have made a huge comeback this season. A suede skirt is the perfect piece to showcase that trend in a subtle way.” Button up faux suede skirt, $36.99 at Charlotte Russe

Striped pocket tee, $18.99 at Charlotte Russe

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BY 2020, TWO-THIRDS OF ALL JOBS WILL REQUIRE SOME SORT OF POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION.

Whoever decided kids are ready to figure out their life plans at age 18 must have never had a kid. Or been one, for that matter. When it comes to planning for one’s future, a little guidance from Mom or Dad never hurts. But here’s the catch: Times have changed since we parents left the nest. A study by Georgetown University’s Center for Education suggests that by 2020, two-thirds of all jobs will require some sort of post-secondary education. How can you best help your adult child find his way to a successful future? Arm yourself with the knowledge you both need.

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THE TRADITIONAL FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics found young adults with a bachelor’s degree earned 62 percent more than those with only a high school degree. In addition, they earn twice as much as those who did not complete high school. The median income for those with a bachelor’s degree was $48,500 compared to $37,500 for those with an associate’s degree and $23,900 for those without a high school diploma. This is the good news. Yet admittance into a four-year school is more competitive than ever. Today’s student is not only competing for college acceptance, but also for scholarships and financial aid. To increase one’s chances, Luann Brames, Director of Freshman Admission at Marian University, suggests students focus on taking rigorous classes and getting good grades. She also recommends extracurricular activities.

says, “but not at the expense of their grades.” Determining which school is right depends partly on what your student is interested in. “Look closely at subjects that interest and excite them in school, as well as the subjects they excel at,” she says. For those who are unsure, career path and interest inventories (available online and in book form) can help. The size of a school should also play a part in the decision. Smaller schools offer a more intimate classroom setting, but fewer majors and class options. Larger universities have big classrooms, but more selection of classes and majors. Websites such as CampusExplorer. com, CollegeBoard.org and PrincetonReview.com provide detailed information and assist students in narrowing their search.

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Would my student thrive living on a college campus? Does she or he enjoy learning?

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How specialized is my child’s chosen field of study?

Do we have the finances to pay for a four-year school? Would my child qualify for a scholarship or financial aid?

“College and universities like to see applicants who are involved in athletics, clubs and organizations, community service, etc.,” Brames

MARIAN UNIVERSITY Academic excellence, a strong regard for ethics and experiential learning: it is this combination that distinguishes Marian University from the rest. Built upon the four Franciscan Values of Dignity, Peace and Justice, Reconciliation, and Responsible Stewardship, Marian strives to give its students everything they need to be competent, sought-after employees upon graduation.

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Marian University specializes in preparing students in the fields of health care, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), education, business, public service and ministry. Conveniently located just minutes from downtown Indianapolis, Marian partners with a variety of notable businesses, affording students real world learning opportunities both in and outside of the classroom. An education at Marian University will prepare your child not only to be a viable employee, but also a leader in the workforce.


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This is where it starts. Here we go. Schedule a campus visit by emailing campusvisit@marian.edu or by calling 317.955.6000. To apply, go to www.marian.edu/apply.

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TWO-YEAR SCHOOLS Students who are struggling to know what they want or who aren’t quite ready to leave home should consider community college. Community colleges offer a wide variety of two-year degrees in the fields of health, technology, business and public services. Students can enroll in introductory classes and take time deciding on a career path. Though there aren’t as many social activities (many students commute), community college is a good way to ease into college life, and a student can earn his degree quickly.

Community colleges also often have a higher acceptance rate. If your student didn’t get accepted into her dream school, she likely can get into community college. After successfully completing a year, she can reapply to her school of choice and transfer credits. Indiana students denied acceptance into Indiana University can apply for Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Hoosier Links program. These students live on the IU campus but take classes at Ivy Tech. This gives them the chance to strengthen their academic and social skills while earning credits transferable to IU.

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Will my student be working? Is a flexible class schedule required?

Community colleges also tend to be less expensive than a four-year school.

INDIANA WESLEYAN

With over 15,000 students, Indiana Wesleyan is Indiana’s largest and fastest-growing private university. An offering of more than 80 majors makes this Christian university a great choice for a diverse student population. In Marion, Ind., 3,000 students live on campus in stateof-the-art residence halls, while another 12,000 adult learners commute or take classes online. The university strives to provide a valuesbased education. Students are encouraged to develop “Christlikeness” and pursue a lifestyle based on commitment, leadership, service, stewardship, innovation and diversity. Indiana Wesleyan offers both undergraduate and master's programs and recently opened a premier nursing school.

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CAREER SCHOOL

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As the job market continues to change and the need for additional education increases, career schools (those teaching a specific skill or trade) become increasingly important. These schools are typically designed for the unconventional student, one who’d rather be active or work with his hands.

It’s likely the oldest form of public service. There are a number of benefits to joining the military. First, you get paid to learn transferable job skills. Young recruits also gain maturity, focus and a sense of pride as they learn discipline and improve their physical skills. In addition, they gain on-the-job training and advancement opportunities.

Students can become a skilled carpenter, computer technician, website designer/developer, heating and air conditioning technician, dental assistant, sous chef, electronics repair person, landscape designer and more.

Military personnel receive a salary, health care, vacation days, taxfree housing, education benefits and a pension. In other words, in exchange for serving their country, these young adults gain the chance to learn, earn and create a better future for themselves.

Many career schools offer online classes as well, allowing students great flexibility to work while they attend school. In addition, one can earn her degree or certification quickly. Dental Office Training by Lynn in Fishers, Ind., offers dental assistant certifications in just 12 weeks. The program strives to not interfere with weekends or family time; it's three days a week, 12 weeks, 252 hours.

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Does my student know what she wants to do? Does her career choice require specific training?

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Is my young adult willing to commit to a time of service?

Would he thrive in a rulesbased environment? Can he thrive with limited access to family and friends?

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Could he effectively manage the physical and mental rigors of military life?

DENTAL OFFICE TRAINING BY LYNN

Looking for a field with high demand? Think Dental Assistant. The U.S. Bureau of Labor states employment of dental assistants is projected to grow by 25 percent from 2012 to 2022. While many community colleges offer certification, so do a number of private schools. Dental Office Training by Lynn, a private, fully accredited school in Fishers, Ind., offers elite training and certification in a fun, relaxed environment. The DOT by Lynn facility offers the latest technology and most advanced materials and techniques. Students will master chair-side assisting, materials, instrumentation, sterilization, software, radiology and more. In addition, owner Lynn Uptgraft maintains relationships with more than 120 local dentists. This allows her to ensure the training centers on what dentists need. Students at DOT by Lynn are also taught office etiquette and interpersonal communication skills. Job shadowing, assistance with resume creation and job placement are included. Such skills not only prepare students for the workforce, but also give them an edge in gaining employment. “Dental assisting is one of the best hidden secrets,” says Uptgraft. A career in this field allows young adults (or in fact, people of any age) the ability to become self-sufficient. The median income for a dental assistant is $34,500, with those in the top 10 percent earning well over $47,000 (U.S. Bureau of Labor, 2012).

Is my student a hands-on learner?

Does my student enjoy studying or does he just desire training so she can work?

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Become a master of fall transition with stylist Susan Beckwith’s easy-to-imitate tips for layering and accessorizing. By Susan Beckwith | Photos by Chris Whonsetler

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SUSAN SAYS: As our wardrobes transition, layering can be the key to creating eclectic looks that also provide warmth as temperatures cool off. The perfect transitional piece to capitalize on is a vest. Here are three must-have vests for fall.

MILITARY VEST SUSAN SAYS: Military style has major staying power. This utilitarian-chic look is incredibly versatile. It’s an ideal weekend piece worn with a plaid shirt, a striped three-quarter length sleeve boatneck T-shirt or over a simple cotton dress. However, don’t be afraid to take it to dressier level. To accomplish the look, wear a fitted tank underneath the vest, and then button up and belt the vest to emphasize your waist; pair it over a tulle skirt with high heels.

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HERRINGBONE SUSAN SAYS: Herringbone is as classic as it comes. (Fun fact: The weave gets its name from its resemblance of the skeleton of a herring.) Most often found in twill fabrics, this pattern is an ideal choice for fall and winter. As shown here, you can easily wear it casually with plaid and denim. Don’t count out this look for work. I plan to layer it over a crisp baby blue blouse, classic black trouser pants, my camel closed-toe pointed pumps and Kate Spade black satchel purse. Soft pastels give a touch of femininity to this otherwise menswear-inspired print, but it looks equally stunning worn over bright pops of color.

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SUSAN SAYS: I’d have to say when my friends envision my style, this type of vest is the one they’d probably most see me wearing. I love this look and it’s for good reason. There are endless ways to style it. Rock it over a plaid or denim shirt for a casual but trendy look. Want to go more glam? Throw it on over a monochromatic black or cream ensemble. In my opinion, these vests are timeless but they’re especially hot right now. An excellent choice to pair with all those ‘70s-trend pieces that continue to reign supreme this fall 2015 season. If real fur isn’t for you, opt for a faux fur option that evokes the same fab look. For those interested in this gorgeous piece, it’s a reversible mink section vest from Day Furs in Carmel.

DOUBLE DUTY SUSAN SAYS: Have a favorite summer dress you just hate to put away until next year? Have no fear! By adding some key accessories and various layers, you can easily take that dress right into fall. This Doe & Rae dress for $35 is a great example, especially since the floral pattern has warmer colors that seamlessly flow into the autumn season. While the weather is still warm, I like to wear it with my short, black cowboy boots and bare legs. As we head into October, I add leggings for warmth. For those really cool days, I’ll throw on my denim jacket and maroon floppy hat. If you’re interested in adding my new favorite dress to your closet as well, visit Corner Cottage in downtown Noblesville. It’s now available for purchase for $34. Adorable and budget friendly!

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SUSAN’S TOP 7 FLOPPY HAT I love my maroon hat from Mulberry Cottage in Nashville, Ind., so much that I’ve added this camel color to my collection.

MOTO JACKET I’ve had this BCBG leather moto jacket for ions but never wore it because the sleeves were too long. After a little altering, I’ve fallen back in love with it and I’m excited to get lots of wear out of it this fall.

FRINGE EARRINGS These earrings from Bauble Bar (baublebar.com) make such a statement and hang beautifully. I swear they make my neck look longer. It’s like magic!

STATEMENT SCARF A fun style statement over a tank during those warmer fall days, this scarf is equally fabulous over a sweater, a dress or worn with a lightweight trench. I’ve had this cheetah print infinity scarf from Express for years. It’s a classic piece I’ll get lots of wear out of.

NUDE NAILS A darker nude polish like Butter’s Yummy Mummy is a great shade for this time of year. If it seems too lackluster for you, paint a bright red or electric blue accent on the ring finger of each hand for an unexpected punch.

ANKLE BOOTS I really like these Dry Goods booties worn with skinny jeans, but I have especially come to adore the eccentric flavor they can instantly add to a flared skirt or dress.

GRAPHIC TEE A divine layering piece, throw it under your fall plaids to give your outfit extra personality. This one was purchased from the new Giggle Gal boutique in downtown Noblesville.

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extended hours make scheduling health appointments easier for women Q&A with nurse practitioner Julie Schnieders It’s time to schedule your annual exam, but looking ahead at your upcoming calendar, you just don’t know how and when you’re going to be able to fit it in. Many pediatric offices are now open on weekends, and drugstore/grocery clinics offer extended hours for some health issues, but what about addressing health needs specific to women? Fortunately, St.Vincent Carmel Women’s Center is now making it more convenient to schedule appointments by offering evening and Saturday hours for annual exams, pelvic health issues and other female health needs. Here, Executive Director and Nurse Practitioner Julie Schnieders answers questions about how women can best maintain their health in the midst of today’s busy lifestyles, and how St.Vincent Carmel Women’s Center’s new hours can help.

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Why do women often tend to neglect their own health?

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What guidelines should women follow for routine exams and checkups?

St.Vincent Carmel Women’s Center 13420 N. Meridian St. Carmel, IN Call 317.415.6420 to schedule an appointment.

Women take care of everyone else first. They may be taking care of kids and parents, on top of a full-time job. There is not enough time in the day to care for themselves. I think it comes down to a time issue.

Depending on your age, there are several guidelines out there that tell you what you need to do. Regular check-ups according to guidelines are so important. If you have something in your family history, some of those guidelines may be different. For example, if your mother had breast cancer in her early 40s, your doctor will want you to get a mammogram sooner and have a work up to determine your risk for breast cancer. St.Vincent has a high-risk clinic for women with a more than 20 percent lifetime risk of getting breast cancer.

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What are the dangers of skipping or putting off these appointments?

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Why did St.Vincent Carmel Women’s Center decide to start offering evening and weekend hours?

The danger is that health issue could be dealt with very easily becomes a huge problem that affects your daily living. Taking care of all of those others in your life won’t be possible if you’re not healthy.

We realize that women are busy through the week wearing many different hats. Saturday morning and evening hours we think are a nice offering to women who can’t get away during the regular workday. For some, taking a day off work is impossible. Saturday morning or an appointment after 5 p.m. give women more options. ADVERTORIAL

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What services are available to women during these extended hours?

Currently, gynecological services. You can get an annual exam, and our pelvic health nurse practitioner Cara Raunick DNP is also seeing patients during these hours for incontinence issues, sexual concerns and other conditions.

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Are there advantages to scheduling appointments during evenings and on weekends as opposed to regular weekly office hours?

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I think it’s time for just you, the woman. There are fewer people around. Phones aren’t ringing off the wall. I love seeing patients during this time. They’ve usually set time aside and thought about themselves. The lab is open, so if women need blood work they can get that done also.


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So what is anxiety, really?

Anxiety is a physiological, mental and emotional response to a stressor; it is a heightened, more extreme response to things that aren’t necessarily threats. Take for example the sensation you might get when meeting someone new. Your heart beats faster, your hands tremble and your mouth gets dry. Chances are, the person you are meeting isn’t a threat, but your autonomic nervous system perceives him or her that way.

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What are the symptoms of anxiety in kids and teens?

Kids experience anxiety in a variety of ways, most commonly moodiness/irritability; withdrawal from friends, family or activities; headaches or upset stomach; and difficulty concentrating. Going back to school can be a very stressful time for kids and teens, and can trigger the start or continuation of anxious thoughts and feelings. Children with ADD or ADHD also frequently experience anxiety.

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What are the symptoms of anxiety in adults?

In adults, symptoms usually present as worrying about work, relationships and finances to name a few. Adults typically report feeling keyed up or tired, difficulty falling or staying asleep, difficulty concentrating, comfort eating or craving carbs, feeling irritable, difficulty relaxing and turning off their thoughts. Those around you may notice fast-paced talking, restlessness, and difficulty being quiet or not interrupting.

Holly Skinner, MA, LMHCA Living with Intention, INC 11979 Fishers Crossing Dr. Fishers, IN 46038 317-863-5888 LivingWithIntention.biz

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What are some common causes of anxiety?

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What can I do to relieve my anxiety?

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What if those steps aren’t enough?

Diet, poor sleep, hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, expectations from self or others, social media, family and friend dynamics, poor boundaries and traumatic events as well as others.

Anxiety is incredibly treatable. The first step is to recognize it. Steps you can take on your own include physical exercise, reading for pleasure, watching TV or movies that make you laugh, journaling, listening to relaxing music, making time to be with friends, and limiting caffeine and foods high in sugar.

Seeking professional help at that point is wise. A professional counselor can help you get to the root cause of your anxiety and help formulate a plan. Your plan might include specific thought and behavioral skills and techniques as well as medical interventions to address your physical symptoms.

Holly Skinner, MA, LMHC-A is a therapist at Living with Intention, Inc. in Fishers. She works with children, adolescents and adults. She excels in the areas of anxiety, depression and life transitions, as well as in improving family dynamics.

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN TV LAND, a man named Brady, with three children, met and married a lady with three children of her own. And, as we know, they became the Brady Bunch. There were no exes or even extended family in the picture, dad and mom implicitly trusted each other to parent their children, separately and collectively. There were some humorous misunderstandings, which were all neatly solved in a half-hour.

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beyond the brady bunch

Statistics show that over 40% of adults in America have at least one step-relative and that approximately one-third of all marriages form stepfamilies, or, blended families. While blended families are quickly becoming the norm in society, they present a unique set of legal challenges. Unless your new spouse is a widow or widower with children, it is likely that their custody and parenting time is governed by an existing divorce agreement or court order. Familiarize yourself with this document as you may have specific responsibilities regarding the children. For example, there may be restrictions on who may pick up the children from school or transport them to social activities. In addition, if either your new spouse or his or her former spouse petitions for modification of a preexisting child support order, the courts have discretion to include your personal income in the calculation. If you as a step-parent are seeking to adopt your spouse’s children, it is strongly advised that you consult a private attorney or an adoption agency. Adoption can be a lengthy and convoluted process, and the proper guidance and support will help ensure a positive result for all involved. In the event you and your stepchildren’s parent divorce, you as a step-parent are permitted to petition the court for visitation. Keep in mind that a previous custody and parenting time order may be in place for the other biological parent of the children, and the court cannot issue parenting time for you which would affect that parent’s rights. Typically, a step-parent’s visitation would occur during their spouse’s parenting time periods as specified under the prior court order.

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Leslie Craig Henderzahs (pictured) Jennifer C. Hughes Laura Stephan Ryan Church Church Hittle & Antrim Attorneys at Law 10765 Lantern Road, Suite 201 Fishers, IN 46038 317.773.2190 cchalaw.com When creating a step-family relationship, having answers to the following questions will help ease the transition:

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How will the current court orders affect my routine and children? My income and any child support adjustments? My parenting time? If adoption is contemplated, what issues should we, as a couple, be considering?

Should you find yourself in need of legal assistance, be sure to seek an attorney in whom you have trust and confidence to assist you and your blended family.


EVERY BLENDED FAMILY BEGINS WITH A LOSS OR ABSENCE. -Linda Elliott Linda Elliott, MA, LMHC, therapist and executive director at Living with Intention, Inc. in Fishers, IN, who works with many families who have become blended through remarriage, cautions that real life is never that easy. But combining families can be successful if the parties approach the situation with clear and realistic expectations.

So what is meant by blended?

Traditionally, a stepfamily resulted when kids from two families were brought together into a new unit through remarriage. A blended family was a yours, mine and ours, the distinction being the addition of any biological child(ren) resulting from the new union. Nowadays, the terms stepfamily and blended family are used interchangeably. Elliott says every blended family begins with a loss or absence, through death or divorce, for example. A new entity is created with the hope that everyone will get along, and sometime after that, Elliott says, is when families turn to her for help.

This is not the Brady Bunch.

So many questions need to be answered and they are best answered beforehand, according to Elliott. Communication, important in all families, is paramount when bringing together children from past relationships. Having a plan, with goals and expectations, may not sound romantic, but it is key to success. There are many relationship dynamics to consider: with ex-spouses, who may be co-parenting, between the biological children of each parent, and between the new spouse and the non-biological children. And there are many decisions to be made, such as how much time the kids are there, who disciplines, who financially supports what and at what level? The Bradys made it look so easy and with some intentional goal-setting, it may be achieved in real life.

Where to begin?

If you are anticipating blending two families in the future, Elliott recommends that you be proactive now. If you are already there, you can still implement some tactics. »» Have a plan. Who will children live with and for how long? Who disciplines whose children? Who will pay for a car, or college, for example? A lot of these may have been legally set but it helps to review so everyone is clear on what to expect. »» Be realistic and flexible. This does not mean a lack of accountability. Hear and validate children’s feelings and don’t take it personally. Don’t be the parent that is rigid and puts on the pressure. »» Move slowly. Introduce children with short visits at first. Give each child what they need, not necessarily the same thing to each child. Remarriage shatters the dream of reconciliation between biological parents, so give it time. »» Manage your feelings. Try not to be defensive. Avoid comparing or favoring children, who probably already fear that happening. Recognize that bonds may not be exactly the same, but that’s okay. »» Make time as a couple. Coming into a new relationship already having children doesn’t allow a lot of time with each other. Work at finding some. It is important to build on shared values and cultivate trust. Success is different for different people. Discuss what that looks like for your family. After all, you may not be the Brady Bunch, but with some thoughtful planning and good communication, a healthy, functional family can be achieved.

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DELETING YOUR DOUBLE CHIN Do you look in the mirror and wish you could do something to get rid of your double chin? Plastic surgeon Dr. Stanley Harper explains how a new non-surgical treatment can give a better contour to your neck and chin.

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double chin, or submental fullness, is a common problem for both men and women. Factors such as aging, genetics and weight gain can influence a double chin. Like many isolated pockets of fat, submental fullness is often diet and exercise resistant. The FDA has recently approved a new treatment for moderate to severe submental fullness. It is useful for those patients who do not want liposuction or a neck or facelift. The treatment is an injectable drug called KYBELLAâ&#x201E;˘. The active ingredient in KYBELLA is deoxycholic acid, which aids in the breakdown and absorption of fat. When KYBELLA is injected into the fat under the chin, the fat cells are destroyed. Once the cells are destroyed, they cannot store or accumulate fat. The results develop and improve over time. Most patients see visible results after two to four treatments spaced one month apart. Up to six treatments can be administered. If there is a significant amount of laxity in the skin, it will not be affected by removing the fat. Therefore, if there is significant laxity present, other treatments may be indicated to eliminate the excess skin. The results from KYBELLA are permanent. Temporary side effects of KYBELLA can include swelling, bruising, numbness, discomfort and redness in the injection area. A consultation is required to determine if KYBELLA is right for you and how many treatments you will need. Call 317-848-0001 to schedule your consultation.

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Photos by Chris Whonsetler | Home decorating by Cassie Perry, Angie Fischer, Stacy Molander and Annie Gonzalez

Bed down and wake up in a room you love. As days grow shorter and the dark sticks around longer, embrace the cozy, stylish possibilities in your bedroom. We asked three local designers to spruce up the same room by splurging on neutral bedding and then adding easily changeable accessories. The results are beautiful and represent three distinct styles to inspire your own bedroom update.


Your bedroom should be a relaxing and romantic retreat.

PEOPLE OFTEN BUY RUGS THAT AREN'T BIG ENOUGH. THEY SHOULD EXTEND THE BED BY AT LEAST 2 FEET ON THE SIDES AND FRONT OF THE BED.

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SOOTHING SANCTUARY Choose a theme to guide your bedroom redo Powdery creams and shades of orange against dark wood with a pop of blue come together in this mashup of masculine and feminine influences. Annie Gonzalez and Stacy Molander conjured a seamlessly romantic vibe in this bedroom design.

PROPORTION IS KEY: Your night stand should be proportional to your bed. Keep it 3-4 inches from the top of the bed to give the room visual interest and functionality. This particular night stand comes with an adjustable crank so you will always have the perfect height—even if you switch out beds in the future.

GET THE RIGHT LIGHT: In most bedrooms, a mediumsized table lamp is sufficient. This blue one is 17 inches tall. If your bedside table is too small for your lamp and nighttime necessities, opt for wall-mount lighting as a real space saver.

REPEAT AFTER ME: This DIY headboard is made from metal ceiling tiles that were framed out, painted and distressed. The tile's medallion pattern is carried over from the pattern in the pillows. Picking a design theme—a common texture, pattern or color—helps you pull together coordinating pieces and achieve a complete look.

WHAT'S OLD IS NEW: Keep an eclectic symmetry by mixing pieces. This bench is a reclaimed piece of wood (old) with metal hairpin legs (new). Accessories and furniture like this balance vintage accessories with modern ones.

STACY MOLANDER (right) is the founder of Rusted Window and has over 19 years of experience as a florist and interior decorator. She has a love for all things vintage and industrial, with some new modern pieces mixed in. ANNIE GONZALEZ (left) is Rusted Window's übercreative marketing and retail manager. RUSTED WINDOW | CARMEL, IN rustedwindow.com

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Your room should be a retreat to unwind in. No laptops allowed.

GO FAUX IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. THIS ONE-LAYER RUG APPEARS TO HAVE TWO, WITH A NEW TEXTURE ALONG ITS EDGE.

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CLEAR-YOUR-HEAD CONTEMPORARY Your room should be a retreat to unplug at the end of the day, Cassie Perry says. Her quick-change tips are especially great for commitment-phobes. She chose gray, high-contrast white and black, and slivers of chartreuse to dress this modern bedroom.

BRANCH OUT: Create the illusion of a headboard by hanging a series of artwork. Choose wall accessories with depth, like Cassie's tangled wood hangings. Switch them out on a whim or as the seasons change. PILLOW PALS: Stack throw pillows for more height, boosting the headboard illusion. Mix patterns in the same color palette as your bedding for a strong neutral theme. Another visual trick: a hand puppet silhouette pillow!

BEDTIME RESERVES: Keep your side tables tidy and stocked with items that help you relax at the end of a chaotic day: iPod with peaceful music, lavender candle, magazine or novel. Limit the tabletop accessories to no more than four pieces, including lamp, and create layers of height and texture.

TRAY BIEN: This welcoming arrangement of fresh flowers (MacNamara Florist ), coffeeready cups and a simple ornament is a perfect addition to a guest room. Include a note for your visitors to up the hostess savvy. They'll be able to easily move it off the bed when it's time to hit the hay.

LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER: Cassie says to look around your house for elements that can be brought in and repurposed in the bedroom. The "throw" at the end of this bed is actually a table runner! You can also buy a few yards of fabric to drape across the foot of the bed, adding pattern and texture.

CASSIE PERRY is a Chicago transplant now residing in Carmel, Ind., with her three children. Cassie is a regular Kit contributor, so you've seen her style before. She thrives on reinventing the wheel and repurposing items for different spaces. HAUS OF HUNTRESS | CARMEL, IN hauseofhuntress.com

Torre Graphic Mugs, $26 set of 4; Newgate Lime Green Cubic Alarm, $42; Phillips Vine Wall Decor, $55; Trica-Absolute Night Stand, $776; Tozai Frame, $47; Vase in Black and White, $85-$98 all at Houseworks.

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All rooms should have something vintage. It creates history and tells your story. Your bedroom should be personal.

BE FEARLESS IN THE BEDROOM. THIS MODERN WALLPAPER AND TRADITIONAL OIL PAINTING STRIKE A SURPRISING BALANCE.

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EDGE OF LUXE & ROCK This is where your room design gets personal

Angie Fischer takes no prisoners in her bedroom design. Dramatic gold and black among rock 'n' roll symbols nearly belie the crisp white linens and white daisies. She has just one strict design rule: keep only what you love.

LIGHT MY FIRE: A high-end pistol lamp can run you well over $1,000. Angie bought this one at Hobby Lobby and spray-painted it gold, all for around $50.

LAYER ON THE TEXTURE & PATTERN: White cotton, gold chevron, sheepskin, velvet skulls and fuchsia geode stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it all blends together in an eclectic, personal way.

PETAL METTLE: Flowers can bring together different accessories in a room beautifully. Buy stems of the same variety (daisies from McNamara Florist) and space them out so they draw the eye around the room.

FASHIONING YOUR SPACE: Dressing a room is not like dressing yourself. You have much more space to work with, so mix those patterns. A common color, such as white, helps stripes and chevron play together nicely.

BEDROOM TIPS: "An antique will always be antique, but modern changes," Angie says. Blend modern accessories and furniture with antique ones and be willing to switch things out. This helps you keep things fresh and completely personal. Love it or leave it, and always splurge on comfortable neutral bedding.

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CLOSET THERAPY: BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE?

Fall decorating shouldn’t just end with the bedroom—go even deeper and give your closets a makeover while you’re at it! Text by Susan Beckwith Photos by Chris Whonsetler

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The feeling you get when you open a newly purged, organized closet is titillating bliss. Spend the hour—or six hours—it takes to uncover that moment of wardrobe euphoria. Local fashion blogger Susan Beckwith, Belle of the Midwest LLC, works with clients to develop and plan their personal wardrobe styles and offers a “Closet Clean-Up” to identify wardrobe pieces that need to be retired, make the most of basics and point out any essential items you might be missing. Along with California Closets of Indianapolis (check out the new showroom open in the Carmel Arts & Design District), Susan offers five easy tips to organize and revitalize your closet this season.

Divide and conquer

Organize your closet by type of clothing— pants, shirts, jackets, skirts and dresses. Once you’ve broken out your wardrobe into different classifications, categorize by color. This will help you see and better understand what colors are overused and underrepresented in your wardrobe. The California Closets design team also recommends hanging your pants on the top row to allow overhead light to hit the shirts hanging below.

Hang vs. fold

To maximize space, hang your nicer pants, and then fold and stack jeans according to color. Good nonslip hangers can make all the difference in transforming your closet from ordinary to boutique chic (to really keep things looking uniform, stick with the same color).

Shipshape shoes

Invest in some clear plastic containers or drawers that protect your shoes while still allowing you to see what’s inside. These containers are great if you’re limited on space because they can be easily stacked. Store your tennis shoes on the floor since they’re generally the dirtiest, and leave a couple of your prettiest pairs out on display for fashion inspiration.

Orderly and accessible

Accessories can get out of hand quickly if you’re not careful. Jewelry organizers are a wonderful way to keep everything nice and tidy. (You can find them for a steal at HomeGoods.) This small investment is definitely worth the time it takes to untangle all those necklaces. Built-in, pullout accessories are also an option with a California Closets system like this one on display in the Carmel showroom.

Out with the old, in with the new

If you buy something new, remove and donate an older garment from your closet that you no longer wear. This will free up closet space (check out all that luxurious space in the photo at left), and you’ll feel good about passing along a wardrobe piece to someone else who’ll love and adore it. Also, just because it still fits doesn’t mean you should hang onto it. This mentality leads to a cluttered, chaotic closet. A good rule of thumb to follow — if you haven’t worn the garment in two years, you probably won’t. Time to retire it.

Bust out the footstool and place seasonal footwear like flip flops and winter boots on the top shelf when not in use. California Closets offers many options for displaying shoes, including slanted shelving that let you really see what you have, even if stored up high.

ia Want to see more? Check out the Californ ber Closets Showroom Grand Opening on Septem 10, from 4-8p.m. in Car mel.

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TASSLE PILLOW By Mackenzie McGilvrey | Photos by Chris Whonsetler

Give your bedroom a handcrafted feel with these colorful DIY throw pillows. Using our easy tutorial, you can modernize your room in six simple steps. The project is so simple, you can make multiples for couches, office chairs or your favorite reading nook!

SUPPLIES Home Décor fabric (enough to cut out two 22-inch squares) Fabric scissors Embroidery thread (1 bundle per 3 inches of fabric) Polyfil fiber stuffing (about 32 oz) Sewing machine Prep work: Take your embroidery thread and cut two 4-inch pieces. Tie one of these threads around the middle of the bundle and double knot. Fold your bundle in half with the double knot at the top. While folded, take the other 4 inch piece and wrap it around the folded bundle and tie a second double knot an inch below the first, top, knot. Cut the bottoms to create a fringe effect. 1. Iron fabric before cutting to erase creases and folds. Cut two 22-inch squares. 2. Place the two squares on top of one another. In between the two squares on three sides of your fabric, create a line of tassels facing inward. We used seven tassels on each side. Remember this is sewn inside out, refer to diagram above. 3. To keep your tassels stationary, pin them through both pieces of fabric. Make sure your sewing pins are pinned horizontally; this makes them easier to sew over. 4. After pinning, sew three sides of the pillow; remove your pins along the way. Turn your pillow right side out. Stuff the inside with polyfil fiber. 5. Once you’ve filled the pillow, pin your last row of tassels in between the two fabric squares. 6. Hand-stitch the last side and remove your sewing pins.

FOR MORE FUN DO-ITYOURSELF TUTORIALS, CHECK OUT OUR BLOG AT KITINDY.COM/BLOG!

SOURCES Home décor fabric in white, $5.99/yard, Jo Ann’s Fabric and Craft Store; embroidery thread, 36-count package in multiple colors, $5.99, Hobby Lobby; polyfil fiber stuffing, 32 ounces,

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DENIMs D By Mackenzie McGilvrey & Lindsey McVey

Denim has evolved from its roots and classic American Leviâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s persona to become the quintessential American fabric. Matchlessly versatile and universal, denim is being used to fashion dresses, shoes, accessories, shirts, swimwear and even sweats! Find a style that fits your personality, and make room in your closet for these new staples. We promise they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappoint.

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The Denim Shirt

Pair your denim top with a moderate or darker pair of skinny jeans. Some call it a Canadian tuxedo, but we call it the perfect Saturday uniform. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to try tucking it in either!

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The Jogger

Denim joggers have duel benefits for the casual lovers. Not only are these cute and cozy for errands or lunch dates, but you can also dress them up with a pair of heels and get away with wearing them out on a Friday night or to an informal meeting.

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The Flare

For all you vintage lovers, the bellbottoms are back! Wear them highwaist or mid-rise and almost to floor length. A darker wash is easy to dress up, so couple them with a great wedge and channel your inner Farrah Fawcett.

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Distressed Denim

Ripped jeans are back in style and are an essential this season. Throw them on with a soft tee and sneakers or dress them up with a blouse and heels. Wear your skinnies cuffed or straight and your boyfriends pegged!

Chambray Dress

Casual Fridays match perfectly with a denim or chambray dress. Pair a button down or shift dress with a slim belt, leggings and boots, or show off some leg and wear them with your favorite pair of heeled booties!

Denim Shirt American Eagle Outfitters Flared Bell Bottom Jeans Anthropologie, Distressed Jeans American Eagle Outfitters Denim Joggers Target Chambray Dress Gap Clothing

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Alex and Sonja are also feat ured on page 24!

SUPER BOWL BOUND Recipe and photo by Sonja and Alex, acouplecooks.com

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Indianapolis blogging celebrities Alec and Sonja of A Couple Cooks seek to inspire people to enjoy cooking wholesome, nutritious foods. The married team knows how to play nice with this sweet potato-filled chili featuring beans from Hurst’s, fittingly located in the shadow of Lucas Oil Stadium. It’s game day! Don’t forget to load up this hearty vegetarian dish with your fave garnishes.

ALL-STAR SWEET POTATO CHILI SERVES 8-10

BEANS

41/2 cups Hurst’s HamBeens chili beans Water, as needed 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put beans into a Dutch oven and add water to cover by 1 inch. Cook for 1.5 hours or to desired tenderness.

CHILI

1 medium red onion 2 green bell peppers 11/2 pounds sweet potatoes 6 garlic cloves 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes 1 cup corn (fresh or frozen) 2 cups vegetable broth 4 tablespoons chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 /2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon cocoa powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 /2 teaspoon black pepper 1 /4 cup masa harina (optional) 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (optional) Hot sauce, sour cream, sliced scallions, and shredded cheese, to garnish 1 While the beans are cooking, chop the onion, green peppers and sweet potatoes into a small dice (cubes about 1/2-inch thick). Make sure to cut the sweet potatoes as directed so they cook quickly and to obtain the correct chili consistency. Mince the garlic cloves. 2 In a large Dutch oven or stockpot (at least 5 quarts), heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the diced veggies for 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Then reduce heat to medium-low. 3 Add the beans, garlic, tomatoes and their liquid, corn, vegetable broth, and spices (chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, cocoa powder, salt and pepper). Stir, and then cover and cook for at least 35 minutes total, stirring occasionally.

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4 After 25 minutes, mix the masa harina with 1/2 cup water and stir it together in a small bowl. Add the mixture to the chili to thicken it, and cook 10 minutes more. Stir in the balsamic vinegar. 5 Season the chili with additional kosher salt and pepper, to taste. Divide the chili into individual bowls and garnish with hot sauce, sour cream, sliced scallions and cheese.

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